Substance abuse issues among soldiers is unfortunately not uncommon. Traumatic experiences in combat can often catapult a solider into self-medication as a coping mechanism. According to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), alcohol abuse is still the primary reason that veterans turn to a substance abuse treatment program. In 2013, the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) found that 65.4 percent of veterans who entered a substance abuse treatment program reported alcohol as their primary substance of abuse, while 10.7 perfect reported heroin, and 6.2 percent reported cocaine. This information was collected only from veterans who chose to enter a non-VA facility.
Most people today are not as aware of the dangers of cocaine as they might have been in the past. Cocaine use has gone down significantly since its peak in 1982. At that time, the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse revealed that 10.4 million Americans reported they had used cocaine. Between then and 2007, cocaine use dropped to 2.1 …
When you begin treatment at a residential addiction treatment center or even a sober living home, you need to sign a document titled Consent to Treatment. By signing, you are agreeing to proposed services which will soon be provided and you understand that participating in such treatment will benefit you. Essentially, the Consent to Treatment agreement is a legal document …
It might sound obvious that to create change you need to take some sort of action. However, sometimes it’s important to be reminded of what’s right under our noses. This can be especially true if we are blinded by the denial and dishonesty of addiction.
If you want to create change in your life, you can’t only think about getting drug abuse help, you’ve got to make some phone calls, ask some questions, and get answers about cost, length of treatment, and whether your insurance can cover some of the expenses. You’ve got to assess what drug treatment centers are offering compared to what you need. Perhaps you need to call your doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist, and your family. Getting the kind of help it takes to get sober means taking real steps to acquire that help, not just thinking about it.
However, it’s true that it could be challenging to take action because of fear, unwillingness to face the unknown, a desire to stay in your comfort zone, the continued need to stay on the drug you’re using, and a host of other reasons. Sometimes you might notice yourself avoiding the action you know you need to take when you find yourself procrastinating, intellectualizing, or ruminating.
Of course, if you’re only thinking or dreaming about drug abuse help and not taking any action, then obviously nothing will happen. In fact, getting drug abuse help isn’t just about taking action in the beginning in order to get yourself into drug treatment. It’s about taking action throughout your recovery. Some of the action steps that you’ll want to consider during your recovery include: