Whether drugs or alcohol, legal or not, misuse can wreak havoc
The use of drugs or alcohol can go from recreational to problematic very quickly. It’s easy to believe that addiction happens to “other people,” and it can be hard to admit your drug or alcohol use is out of control. Young adults tend to be less likely than older adults to seek professional help for addiction issues because they feel invincible and don’t recognize their behavior as a serious problem. It may take parents, friends, or loved ones to realize that something doesn’t seem right. But admitting there’s an issue is the first step, and the sooner you reach out for help, the sooner the recovery process can begin.
When a substance is legal, widely consumed, and socially acceptable, it can be easy to dismiss someone’s drinking as a problem. But if you or someone you love is drinking to excess and can’t function without alcohol, that loss of control is too dangerous to overlook. Far from a harmless rite of passage, alcohol abuse is responsible for 88,000 deaths every year, according to the National Institute On Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Alcohol misuse also causes health issues, damages relationships, and lowers inhibitions, leaving the user at greater risk of being victimized.
It may seem harmless in the beginning: borrowing a friend’s prescription to help you stay awake during finals week, popping a pill to “take the edge off” after a stressful day, looking to relieve some physical or emotional pain, or experimenting with friends during a night of partying. Most people who experiment with drugs don’t envision developing a full-blown addiction, but they forget just how incredibly addictive these substances are. Before you know it, life revolves around getting more.
The Addiction-Trauma Connection
At the Claudia Black Young Adult Center, we believe trauma underlies nearly all conditions.
Whether related to addiction, family-of-origin issues or abuse, trauma can reverberate through many facets of our lives, following us into adulthood and inhibiting us from living in the present.
Our experienced, compassionate Admissions team is here to help 24 hours a day and will treat you with the dignity and respect you deserve. Let our specialists help you create a road map to get you where you want to go: a healthier, more balanced, fulfilling place in life. When you call, you’ll be led through a series of questions to determine if the Claudia Black Young Adult Center is the right fit for your needs, and how soon your treatment can begin.
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