There are many endearing qualities about Chatham-Kent. Alcoholism and drug abuse are not among them. Alcoholism, it seems, has taken a back seat to the more attention getting Dual addictions often involve drug addictions, alcoholism and mental illness, and often a combination of the three. Many times, alcoholism or drug abuse is simply a result of someone trying to self-medicate due to a series of stressful situations., but often the two are combined.
Regardless of how and when alcoholism and/or drug abuse begins, rehabilitation is needed to end it. There are stories quite often in and around Chatham-Kent which involve people who have gotten into trouble by using drugs and alcohol. Many people are then surprised to learn that it is someone they know, or a friend of a friend. Those are the lucky ones, however, because drugs and alcohol also often lead to tragedy. As frightening as rehabilitation may seem, it is far more frightening to think about death as a result of drug and/or alcohol abuse.
Those who have a dual diagnosis of drug abuse and alcohol addiction often hide behind the alcohol, since it is legal. Alcoholism has too long been accepted in society in general, and is a convenient excuse not to get help. Either one can be deadly, or the two combined almost always ends in death or injury. Sadly, it isn’t always the addict who is injured or killed, but innocent people who happened to be in the same house or on the same road.
The people of Chatham-Kent do have options when it comes to rehabilitation. Treatments which are drug-free are often the best choice. Long term treatment has proven to be more successful overall for drug addiction and alcoholism. Without help, there is no end to drug addiction and/or alcoholism, save death or a life of misery. Sadly, not only the substance abuser suffers, but the loved ones as well. Drugs and alcohol literally rob people of their lives in every way possible.
Drug and alcohol prevention is another part of the puzzle. Naturally, if one never starts drinking alcohol or using drugs, they never become addicted. Young people should be taught early the dangers of alcohol and drugs. The information given just may save their life one day. Parents would do well to understand the signs and symptoms of addiction in order to spot any possible activity with their own young people. Together, prevention and rehabilitation can make a serious dent in the drug problems facing society.
Procrastination is something of which many people are guilty. Sadly, tragedy does not wait when it comes to alcoholism and drug addiction. Some addicts will reach out for help, but the majority will not. It is often up to parents, friends and family members to take action. Intervention is quite common these days, but often just setting up the boundaries and sticking to them is enough to convince the addict to get help. Any action concerning putting an end to addiction is better than no action at all.
Get started on the road to recovery, please call Narconon at 1-877-782-7409.