Some people can use alcohol and even other drugs in a recreational way and not have substantial negative consequences. For many others, the use of alcohol and drugs becomes a devastating and debilitating problem that is very difficult to handle.
In the United States, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that alcohol and drug abuse impacts about 8.4 percent of the population. Further, there are known consequences from long-term use of drugs and alcohol. Family and relationship problems, employment difficulties, legal issues and other mental health problems can develop from the abuse of alcohol and drugs.
Fortunately, there are treatment programs that can help individuals solve the problem of substance abuse. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is the treatment of choice for substance abuse problems. Occasionally, this needs to be in an inpatient setting but very often can be successful in an outpatient setting.
Some helpful questions to ask yourself may be:
- Am I neglecting my responsibilities at work, school or home?
- Do I use drugs or alcohol at times when it could be dangerous?
- Is my alcohol or drug use causing me legal trouble?
- Am I able to maintain good relationships with friends, family and coworkers?
- Do I continue to use drugs or alcohol even though it has caused me problems?
If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, it may be a good time for you to seek help. It is sometimes difficult to ask others for help for our own personal problems. However, treatment works for many people and it can work for you as well. The Counseling Connection has clinicians specifically trained to help you deal with and defeat the problem of substance abuse. The Counseling Connection is here to help. Call us for an appointment at 304.340.3676.