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If Addiction Rules Your Life--You Need to Seek Help Now Before It's Too Late sunspirehealth.com/if-addiction-rules-your-life-you-need-seek-help-now-its-too-late

Blog Listing Author: John Connolly Addiction isn't something that can be denied away. If drug or alcohol use has become the main pursuit of your life, the time to get help is now Addiction isn’t something that can be denied away. If drug and alcohol use has become the main pursuit in your life, the time to get help for it is now, not tomorrow. The stakes have never been higher—the risks of job loss, driving while intoxicated, alienating family and friends—waiting for rock bottom to hit isn’t the time to seek help. But the good part is if you’re here looking for answers to your questions about getting help for addiction—you’re already in a good place. Numbers Don’t Lie There’s a small consolation—you’re not alone. Overdose rates in the United States, fueled by prescription opioids, have risen steadily. The numbers are sobering. A 2016 analysis found that heroin, cocaine and opioid deaths rose by an average of 50 percent. So far, drug overdoses have killed 63,632 Americans, nearly two-thirds involving a prescribed or illicit opioid, such as fentanyl. Fentanyl, a highly potent and addictive pain medication, is over 30 times stronger than heroin or morphine. It was fentanyl that killed the singer Prince in 2016. The entertainer became addicted after it was prescribed for a hip injury he had suffered at one of his concerts. Fentanyl-laced heroin has played a role in the uptick of these overdose deaths and shows no signs of diminishing. Consider, too, that prolonged use of these illicit drugs can bring about changes to the brain, including those parts facilitating self-control. No Good Reasons to Avoid Treatment In addition to affecting the brain, another byproduct of addiction is physical. The consequences to your mind and body can range from mild to fatal— High blood pressure Trouble sleeping Mental Illness Mood changes Overdose Death 1/3


And if you’re pregnant, your addiction isn’t just affecting you, but those who will be here tomorrow if it continues unchecked. These dangers can include preterm labor, stunted growth, and fetal death. Risk of stillbirth and miscarriage are other stark examples of what could face women struggling with drug or alcohol addiction during pregnancy. You’re Affecting Those Around You The physical and mental fallout from your addiction can sometimes be more obvious than the social. While those are harmful, the social component holds the potential of being like a weapon of mass destruction because it affects so many in your circle. Among the casualties frequently observed with rampant addiction is family, marriage, employment, education (if you’re attending school), lifelong friendships and your personality. Many have their health, finances, and lives flipped over, with the result being that these connections can be permanently ruined. No one can afford to lose their support systems, particularly at this critical juncture in their lives. Addiction Reshapes Your Life Path Many with addiction believe that drugs and alcohol help them in their workplace settings. It starts innocently enough—company happy hours, a promotion and the boss takes them out for drinks, long business trips meeting clients at the hotel bar—the drinks and drugs can flow. They enjoy their professional success and work overtime to keep up appearances and hold down their job. Soon it becomes an all-consuming double-life where the person finds ways of feeding their addiction during working hours. Instead of being an integral part of the company, the boss finds them dozing at their desk. This can translate into a roadblock affecting any future they might once have had with the company. Those who are higher functioning with their addiction can get away with it a bit longer than the rest, but eventually they too will succumb to the disease. Keep this in mind—your workplace successes came because you made good decisions—not from any crutch the drugs or alcohol gave you. Seeking out the Professionals If your addiction has gotten to the point where it’s bringing nothing but pain and misery to your life, it’s time to talk to the professionals. A treatment center with licensed addiction counselors can provide guidance and support to help you get clean. Treatment today looks very different than it did 10 or 20 years ago. With the amount of options available, there is no reason to keep living with your addiction. It damages not only you, but leaves in its wake collateral damage in the forms of family, friends, coworkers, business associates and all the rest. There are many ways to look at an addiction. Science has revolutionized the treatment options for addiction. Once upon a time those with addiction were thought of as morally lacking and weak. But research has since cast a light on the true reasons. Through science, we now know that addiction is fed by a person’s genetics and brain chemistry. Advancements in treatment drugs like Desipramine and Naltrexone have remapped the way of rehabilitation therapy. These drugs can be administered monthly to those with addiction, making treatment easier and

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creating less of a chance for relapse. Medication Assisted Treatment, or MAT, used in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, provides a much fuller approach to treating substance use disorders. Begin Your Journey Today With these treatment advances come options. With these options come a substance-free life for you and those around you. You’ve got a second chance at rebuilding your personal life and those all-important family, friend and business ties. The first step is finding a treatment center that offers choices so you can choose the ones that works best. There are in-patient and outpatient options, intensive outpatient programs and clinical follow-ups. These are the tools for you to restore your well-being and life energy. Rediscover what it meant to have a life of meaning and purpose. Start the healing today with a phone call. Remember, getting help is only the beginning of the journey because for you, the stakes have never been higher. Give us a call today. Sunspire Health

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Sunspirehealth com if addiction rules your life you need to seek help now before its too late  

Addiction isn't something that can be denied away. If drug or alcohol use has become the main pursuit of your life, the time to get help is...

Sunspirehealth com if addiction rules your life you need to seek help now before its too late  

Addiction isn't something that can be denied away. If drug or alcohol use has become the main pursuit of your life, the time to get help is...

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