The Fear of Help

fear of seeking treatmentOne of the main reasons for fear of seeking treatment is the detoxification process.  Many people suffering from addiction, especially to substances such as heroin or alcohol often find themselves using to avoid suffering from withdrawal symptoms.  Depending on the substance used, withdrawal symptoms can have severe adverse effects on the body.  Substances such as heroin can cause those addicted to suffer withdrawal symptoms as early as 6 hours after their last dosage.  These symptoms usually tend to peak after one to three days, and usually, subside after a week.  Withdrawal can lead to physical symptoms such as nausea, abdominal pain, sweats, and shaking.  Withdrawal can also affect an individual’s mood as well and cause them to show signs such as agitation, depression, nervousness, and increased cravings for drugs.  There are facilities that can assist those suffering from drug addiction that offer services such as natural drug detox programs.

If you or someone you know are suffering from a drug addiction, you should speak to a health care professional as soon as possible.  If you are not sure whether health is needed, below are circumstances to consider about your own or someone else’s drug use.

Some questions to think about include:

  • Do your or someone you know take a drug in larger amounts or for longer than intended?
  • Do your or someone you know want to cut down or stop using the drug but can’t?
  • Are you or the person in question unable to manage responsibilities at work, home, or school because of drug use?
  • Do you or someone else continue to use a drug, even when it causes problems in relationships?
  • Have you or someone you know given up important social, recreational, or work-related activities because of drug use?
  • Does the person in question use drugs again and again, even when it puts him or her in danger?
  • Have they developed withdrawal symptoms, which can be relieved by taking more of the drug? (Some withdrawal symptoms can be obvious, but others can be more subtle—like irritability or nervousness.)

If a majority of the responses to the question above are yes, it might be time to seek professional health as chances are that the person in question might, in fact, be suffering from an addiction.

Drug detox treatment isn’t something that should deter those suffering from addiction from seeking help.  Many people with less severe addictions are able to benefit from outpatient drug detox services, which allow people to receive treatment, without being permitted to stay within the facility 24 hours a day.  This could be ideal for those who have obligations such as work and school, while still being able to treat their addiction and help them live healthier and more productive lives.  Outpatient detox centers offer services to help patients get through their peak withdrawal stages as mentioned earlier, but also provide them with tools and resources to help them cope while continuing with their daily functions.

Not everyone is going to be inclined to seek out treatment when faced with a drug addiction.  Many of us are familiar with the term “rock bottom” and often times people have to reach that point before they think of treatment as an option.  Communication and the offering of support are two ways to assist people with not only recognizing their own addiction but often the keys to help those seek recovery measures.  With the help of loved ones, friends, and health care professionals those suffering from addiction can work towards beginning a new chapter in their lives.  The sooner the problem is addressed, the sooner the recovery process can begin.