It can be one of the most harrowing experiences you will ever go through in your life.
Maybe someone in your family is having a problem licking drug abuse. They could be popping pills, taking painkillers to get through a day or just finding a way to relieve stress.
Even worse, the drug abuser could be you.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a reported 22.5 million Americans over the age of 12 used illegal drugs in 2012. That was almost nine percent of the population. It should be noted that all but a little over four million of these users smoked marijuana, a drug that has gained some acceptance over the years. Times have changed though, people are now actually using these vaping devices for vaporizing weed. Many are crusading to have the drug declared legal, in order to devote resources to ending abuse of harder drugs.
That said, some of these marijuana users eventually gravitate to harder stuff. Over six million users took what are called "psychotherapeutic" drugs, or painkilling-type drugs that can be obtained with or without prescriptions.
No one needs to tell you that this type of drug use endangers health. It can cause symptoms that range from deterioration of physical appearance to mood swings. You can become volatile, edgy or even combative.
The good news is there is help. It won't likely come in the form of an intervention found in Hollywood movies and TV shows, but someone, whether it be an individual or a group, might come to you and say you or someone you know has a problem and needs help.
If you live in the Southern California area, maybe closer to the Mexican border than Los Angeles and its sprawling suburbs, maybe a dual diagnosis treatment center San Diego based can give you the care you need to get over your addiction or help your loved one lick his or her drug problem. Contrary to what you may have heard, it does not take hitting rock bottom for a person to recognize there are problems. Hitting rock bottom is another misconception that movies and TV shows may present.
You might see someone hitting the bottle or popping so many pills that they end up on skid row or in a flophouse. It isn't always so cut and dry. Drug abuse walks around in all forms of life, from lower-income to the rich. Chances are you may know someone that has a drug problem or fought to overcome one.
If you are using drugs or suspect someone you love is using drugs, contact a treatment center. Regardless of where you are in the process, experts will know where to step in and guide the family to a successful conclusion. And it won't be overnight. It takes time to rid the body of illegal drugs so expect some time to heal and get the body back to 100 percent.
The way to restoring good health is to recognize the problem exists. That's the first step in battling addiction. Whether it is you or someone you love, the time is always right to step forward, treat the problem, and seek a solution that won't send you down that path again.