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Substance Abuse

“When you can stop, you don’t want to; and when you want to stop, you can’t.”
—Luke Davies

What is substance abuse?

Substance abuse is when you use, misuse, and abuse drugs, alcohol, or toxic chemicals. Taking these elements, even on small dosage can inflict emotional, mental, and physical harm to the user and the ones surrounding the user.

As a result of continuous use, the abuser can experience the following symptoms:

  • Respiratory problems
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Persistent perspiration
  • Infectious diseases such as hepatitis and HIV because of sharing needles
  • Blackouts
  • Irritability
  • Hopelessness, helplessness, and purposelessness
  • Lack of passion over activities he previously enjoyed
  • Aggression
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Inability to decide properly and to focus
  • Thoughts of committing suicide
  • Hallucination and fear
Substance Abuse

Merito, home to some of the most highly regarded substance abuse rehab centers, offers highly efficient treatment programs for substance abuse. We are here to help you clean your body up from all the toxicity that has accumulated over time and is destroying your body from the inside, out. From consultation to recovery, we will assist you all the way until you are fully treated.

When does a person start to abuse drugs?

  • Stress and problems. This is the most common reason for abusing drugs, to relieve stress and get away from the problems of life even for a few moments.
  • Peer pressure. Teens often fall for drugs out of curiosity and peer pressure.  They want to look cool to their friends.  Especially nowadays where children are so exposed to the Internet where knowledge about drugs is rampant.
  • Loneliness. In the search for happiness, people do drugs.  Especially when drugs activate in the brain and create a euphoric symptom, many addicts believe that they can escape from extreme sadness and emptiness by abusing drugs.  However it’s obvious that this is not a long-term solution.
  • Spiritual emptiness. Everyone feels a void in one’s life.  That feeling that there is something missing.  Despite everything you’ve done to make you happy, contented, and complete, you seem to be searching for more things to fill in the void.  And similar with loneliness, people think that by taking drugs can one feel satisfied in life.  Merito offers Chrsitian substance abuse treatment programs to help fill this void.

But the problem is that drugs can never give you the happiness and completeness that you are seeking. Even if you take all the drugs in the world, it would not suffice. Drugs are not the answer or a solution.

“Every addiction, no matter what it is, is the result of trying to escape from something by going in the direction of a need that is currently not being met. In order to move past our addiction, we have to figure out what we are trying to use our addiction to get away from and what need we are trying to use our addiction to meet.”
—Teel Swan

Why should you seek rehab for substance abuse?

Our goal is to help you recover from the addiction and help you avoid relapse. Recovery can be a lifelong process. And while taking the process, you might feel discouraged and want to stop. Without guidance and support, healing can be a real struggle not only for you but for everyone that are also in close proximity to you.

Through the help of rehab for substance abuse, you are surrounded by the right people who could truly help you and give you the proper medication. Part of the substance abuse treatment programs are the following:

  • Detoxification
  • Co-dependency treatment
  • Cognitive behavioral treatment
  • PHP treatment
  • IOP treatment
  • Yoga and meditation

We also offer outpatient substance abuse treatment programs that include outdoor therapy, counseling, fitness, group therapy, and community meetings.

Help yourself, help others

Drug addiction is best treated during its early stage. So don’t be afraid to speak for yourself and for others if you know someone who needs urgent help. Truth is, you want to be free from the clutches of substance abuse, you just don’t know how. Start with making a conscious decision to change and then gather courage and humility to ask for help.

The key to recovery and healing is communication, support from the ones you love, and full cooperation. Without these three, no amount of powerful substance abuse treatment can treat you. Our goal is to bring back hope, purpose, and beauty in your life.

“To know you are not alone and that you can and will make positive changes to your life no matter how bad your life may be, so take heart, you can and will heal yourself. It is up to you.”
—Sian Young.


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