Coming to terms with the fact that they have a problem is one of the most difficult challenges that many people suffering from substance use disorders face. It's not surprising that many people struggle to admit they have an addiction.
There is a significant stigma associated with drug and alcohol addiction, and many people are simply unaware of how much their addiction is affecting their lives and the lives of their loved ones. However, this stigma is frequently based on assumptions, preconceptions, and generalisations rather than facts. Stigma has the potential to harm a person's self-esteem and to exacerbate defence mechanisms such as denial and minimization of their substance use disorder. It can also lead to strained relationships with family members and employers. The sigma can be so powerful that it frequently prevents active users from seeking treatment or admitting they have a problem.
However, becoming addicted to drugs or developing a substance use disorder can happen to anyone, as many factors influence the development of such disorders. It is critical to remember that we can all do a better job of reducing the stigma associated with addiction. Stigma, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is "a major cause of discrimination and exclusion, and it contributes to human rights violations."
If you are unsure whether you have a problem, you should consult with a substance abuse professional right away. There is a widespread misconception that you must "hit rock bottom" before seeking treatment. That couldn't be farther from the truth. If you or your loved ones believe you have a problem or if substance abuse is negatively impacting your life, it is never too early to seek treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. This is true regardless of whether the addiction is to a prescription or an illegal substance.
Identifying and Planning the Best Treatment Option
Different substances and individuals necessitate different treatments. Some treatment facilities, for example, specialise in specific substances (such as alcohol) or groups of people (like minors). Most treatment facilities have professionals who provide a variety of therapies, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) (DBT). A substance abuse counsellor will tailor the therapy model to best meet the needs of the individual, depending on the individual.
The first step in determining and planning the best treatment option for you is to consult with a substance abuse professional for a thorough assessment or evaluation, commonly referred to as a biopsychosocial assessment. This assessment is used for diagnostic purposes as well as to determine the client's specific needs, including the best level of care in treatment.