Ashley Addiction Treatment is constantly combating addiction on a case-by-case basis and in a more global perspective by trying to change the way people think about addiction. That means we’re fighting a difficult battle unless we have your help. We need help from our community, the personal commitment of the individual patients, and a strong network of like-minded professionals so we can overcome addiction in our neighborhoods. Addiction is an issue that is global in effect, but nuanced and acute in treatment. Fighting addiction in Maryland is different than in Los Angeles, or New York. Overcoming an addiction from heroin is different than from meth, alcohol, or kratom. As such, we need to understand the unique needs of the various groups that are fighting addiction, and that means tearing down the barrier of stigma.
Addiction can also be worsened by bad behavior
Much like heart disease and diabetes can be provoked by unhealthy behavior, such as poor diet or lack of exercise; addiction can also be worsened by bad behavior. Just like heart disease, even though addiction could have been prevented, that doesn’t mean suffering through addiction is the fault of the victim. Because of the complexity of addiction, and the millions of ways we can fall victim to it, it’s important to treat addiction as a no-fault disease. Just like diabetes, we have to recognize that some families are more susceptible than others; factors can include stress and trauma, such as from dangerous or demanding jobs, which in turn can deteriorate our mental health and physically change our genes to make us more susceptible to addiction. Mental health issues, such as depression or personality disorders, can also mix with substance use disorders to become unmanageable by individuals without proper help.
Study after study shows that addiction is often premorbid with another mental health disorder, such as depression or anxiety. A family history of mental illness can increase the odds you have of being at-risk for addiction. Our at-risk populations need the help of their communities to help them build resilience to addiction, and to be able to find a proper treatment center when they need it most.
Our community is the biggest factor in whether or not someone makes the first step to seeking out treatment. In its most essential utility, a community can be a massive resource for addicted individuals to find personalized, responsive care. The difference in criminalizing addiction or caring for it can be the difference between thousands of men and women overcoming lifelong disorders. Local churches, nonprofits, health clubs and committees are our lifeline to reaching out to those addicted. If you know anyone in your family, your workplace, or any other social circles that might need help, you shouldn’t hesitate to give us a call.
Our community is the biggest factor in whether or not someone makes the first step
Likewise, primary care doctors, emergency room physicians, and therapists should all be skilled in detecting potential comorbidity with drug addiction. A skilled referral network trained in spotting the sign of addiction before they manifest into something worse. Primary care doctors hold a special authority for many people, so being able to accurately diagnose a patient suffering with substance could increase their chances of survival and recovery.
If you’re currently suffering with addiction, you should know that you hold the key to your success. A treatment center like Ashley can simply provide you a steady hand as you unlock your true potential. Learn the skills to succeed in a caring, nurturing environment where you can forget your worries and focus solely on recovery. Whether you’re a young adult, looking to build a steady future or a long-term sufferer ready to enhance your life, you should give us a call immediately.