ARISE® Continuing Care with Intervention
for Drugs and Alcohol
Substance abuse does not discriminate. Men and women of all ages and from all walks of life are equally prone to addiction. Over 23.5 million Americans are addicted to drugs and alcohol. That means approximately one in every 10 Americans over the age of 12 struggles with addiction. There is a good chance that you know someone who needs help recovering from a substance abuse disorder.
Alcohol and drug addiction can have detrimental, life-long, physical and mental implications. Substance abuse can jeopardize relationships, financial stability, job security, and communities. This abuse disorder is a progressive disease. Sadly, without treatment, it can result in irreversible damage to internal organs. Worst case scenario, addiction can lead to death.
Alcoholism is the most common form of addiction in the United States. According to Foundation for a Drug Free World, alcohol kills more teenagers around the world than all other drugs combined. Since it is legal and socially acceptable, alcoholism may go undetected by those close to the Person of Concern for a long time. Alcohol affects the brain directly. Similar to drug abuse, alcohol addiction is likely to end in brain damage or death.
Addiction to alcohol is not defined by the type or amount of alcohol the Person of Concern drinks. An individual who abuses alcohol has a strong desire to drink alcohol. He or she wants to drink as often as possible. Additionally, this craving cannot be satisfied with will-power alone. Those addicted to alcohol are simply unable to slow down their drinking habits, despite repercussions.
Alcohol cravings occur in the unconscious part of the brain. They are not under conscious control and cannot be overcome with willpower. Someone abusing alcohol tends to make drinking the central activity in their life. This person will forgo healthy activities and relationships to maintain the habit. Recovery comes with time, treatment, family, and social support. Although the determination to recover is necessary, there must be social and professional support.
Drug addiction is a chronic, progressive brain disease that causes compulsive drug-seeking behavior. Despite harmful consequences, this disease often comes with a high rate of relapse from recovery.
Drug addiction can happen to anyone. While the initial decision to take drugs is often voluntary, brain changes occur that can last a lifetime. The Person of Concern becomes unable to resist abusing drugs or alcohol. Very often, families have a hard time understanding why the addicted individual can’t “just say no!”.
It is important to realize addiction occurs in the unconscious “survival brain.” The addiction damages the part of the brain responsible for logic, attention span, and memory. When this damage occurs, the brain is not able to override the impulse or craving. Addiction, like other chronic diseases, can be managed with the correct treatment, family and social support and education.
You may notice the Person of Concern exhibiting unusual behavior, common signs are:
- neglecting responsibilities
- mood swings
- withdrawing from friends and family
- using drugs/alcohol to regulate/stabilize mood
- trembling hands
- flushed skin
- loss of relationships
- increased tolerance to substances
- deterioration of hygiene/appearance
- heightened secrecy
- legal consequences are also common