“Even suffering through a traumatic event, such as being caught in a building fire, can instigate a drug or alcohol addiction.”
There are many underlying causes of substance abuse and addiction. Even suffering through a traumatic event, such as being caught in a building fire, can instigate a drug or alcohol addiction. In these cases, individuals may be helped by seeking treatment for their addiction and the effects of catastrophe at recovery centers that have programs designed to help people overcome these issues.
If you need help finding this type of rehab facility, we can assist you through our confidential helpline at 1-888-319-2606 Who Answers? Our representatives have access to thousands of recovery centers and can answer questions about the different rehab and recovery treatment programs available.
About Trauma and Addiction
Drugs and alcohol are known for their addictive qualities. Abuse and misuse of these substances can cause the body to develop a physical addiction to them. Ceasing consumption of these substances frequently results in the person suffering from a variety of withdrawal symptoms that dissipate after a period of time as the body recovers.
A person may also develop a psychological dependence on the substances. This dependence may stem from a desire to alleviate the anxiety or pain caused by the memories of trauma they experienced. A presentation put together by Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME) reported that approximately two-thirds of the people seeking treatment for substance abuse or misuse reported experiencing one or more traumatic life events.
Recognizing the signs of addiction is critical to helping yourself or a loved one realize there is a problem. Common signs of drug or alcohol addiction include:
- Uncontrolled substance consumption
- Changes in appearance (e.g. bloodshot eyes, disheveled appearance)
- Odd smells on body, clothing and breath
- Sudden weight gain or loss
- Tremors, shaking, impaired coordination and/or slurred speech
- Unexplained money or financial issues
- Sudden mood swings
- Secret or suspicious behaviors
- Withdrawal symptoms after ceasing consumption
- Neglecting responsibilities at home, work or school
- Using the substances under dangerous conditions (e.g. driving while intoxicated)
- Legal troubles associated with the substance (e.g. arrested for possession of illegal narcotics)
- Relationship troubles associated with consumption of substance
- Tolerance to the substance
- Preoccupation with acquiring and consuming substance
- Abandonment of previously pleasurable activities
- Continuing to pursue and consume substances despite consequences
Dealing with the underlying cause of the addiction can go a long way toward helping the person achieve lifelong sobriety.
Finding a Substance Abuse Treatment Facility
There are thousands of catastrophe and addiction recovery programs, which can make finding the best one for you something of a challenge. Some factors you should consider when searching for a program that treats addiction and the traumatic effects of catastrophe include:
- Demographics. Many addiction rehab facilities cater to everyone in the general population; however, there are some that focus on one particular population group (e.g. women or teens). Some people may feel more comfortable being treated in a facility devoted to helping individuals in their age or gender group.
- Medical care. Some addictions require medical intervention during the detoxification process. For instance, alcohol detox can cause severe life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. In this case, it may be best to choose a center with licensed staff on hand who can respond to medical emergencies.
- Type of substance abuse treated. While there are addiction rehab facilities that treat more than one type of addiction, a center that specializes may be more in tune with what patients suffering from a particular addiction require.
- Program length. Addiction programs can be as short as 30 days and as long as a year or more. While longer programs increase the odds of remaining sober, not everyone can afford to be in treatment for a long period of time. Consider your lifestyle and how long you are able to remain in an inpatient treatment facility.
- Facility amenities. The services offered by treatment centers vary. Some rival five-star hotels, while others only offer basic facilities. Think about the type of services you would like the facility to have (e.g. fitness center, yoga classes, religious facilities) and look for centers that offer them.
“Dealing with the underlying cause of the addiction can go a long way toward helping the person achieve lifelong sobriety.”
A good way to find programs that treat addiction and the effects of catastrophe and that have the amenities you want is to ask others for recommendations. An easier option is to call our helpline at 1-888-319-2606 Who Answers? . Our counselors will help you narrow down the thousands of options to those that meet your needs and preferences.
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