5 Consequences of Substance Abuse and Addiction

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The consequences of substance abuse and addiction can end up taking over every aspect of your life.  From the big things to the little things, addiction affects the physical as well as filling your inner life with false signals and meanings.

1. Legal

There are a number of legal consequences for substance abuse and addiction. There are many drug laws which can make possessing or using certain substances a criminal offense. The penalties for violating these laws can be large fines, probation, mandated substance abuse treatment programs, and even jail or prison time.  A complete loss of your freedom physical is a big price to pay.  Not just for yourself but for the loved ones you risk leaving alone.

2. Financial

The financial consequences of substance abuse and addiction can be high. Alcohol and drugs can be very expensive, and when you use these substances on a regular basis the financial consequences can interfere with your financial obligations in other areas. Missed payments, shut off notices, a negative impact on your credit rating, and eviction or foreclosure from your home are just some of the consequences to your finances.  Worst of all, these aspects of life can continue to be ignored when an addiction takes first priority.

3. Social

Substance abuse and addiction have a large impact on your social life. As you get deeper into drugs or alcohol old friends no longer seem important, and your social circle changes to eliminate anyone who does not share your substance abuse habits. Long-time relationships will deteriorate and you will alienate those who truly care for you.  As a dependency grows larger and larger, friends and family will drift farther and farther away until even you won’t value your life as much as the addiction.

4. Medical

The medical and health consequences of substance abuse and addiction can be enormous and wide-ranging. Over time the abuse of drugs or alcohol will start to harm your health. Your internal organs may stop functioning properly, and poor nutrition will only make your health problems worse.

A vicious cycle of feeling bad from feeling unhealthy, then using substances to feel better just make you feel worse and worse over time.

5. Daily Responsibilities

One of the most visible consequences of substance abuse and addiction involves the neglect of your daily responsibilities. Finding time to handle every-day tasks like cooking, cleaning, and taking care of your family responsibilities can be very hard when most of your time and attention is focused on getting and abusing substances.

Despite all of these consequences

Individuals struggling with addiction May choose their drugs over anything else. This is because of the Limbic system in our brain it is responsible for our survival both as an individual and as a species, it is attached to the reward pleasure center of her brain. Drugs and alcohol trigger the reward /pleasure center of our brain (Limbic System) and tell it substances are important. The longer and more frequent we use substances the stronger that signal is, telling our brain drugs and alcohol have a bigger priority than they really do. As an individual continues to use the signal becomes stronger and the consequences are less important to them.

The good news is

that given time away from substance use the brain will begin to heal and priorities will begin to go into their natural order. The Nuero-plasticity of Brain is astounding, and often times despite all the abuse we put it through it is still amazingly resilient.

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The Program: We offer an intensive, residential program (30-120 days). The core components of this program are group therapy, individual therapy, psycho-educational workshops, and fitness.

Group Therapy:  Keeping with our low residential capacity of 6  clients per residence, we are able to keep our groups small and personal, with a maximum of 10 clients when women and men come together.  In group therapy, clients will be examining their lives through various exercises, projects, and general group work. 

Our Technique:  We believe strongly in dealing with many of the underlying issues that are fueling mood disorders, so groups will pinpoint topics such as anxiety, depression, anger management, codependency, and boundaries.

Our Small Groups and Pyscho-educational workshops include topics such as:

  • Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome
  • Neurobiology of Addiction
  • Changing Beliefs
  • Managing Stress
  • Self Esteem
  • Feelings and Positive Thinking
  • Non-Violent Communication
  • Anger Management
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Grief and Loss
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Codependency
  • Boundaries

Benefits of Our Programs:

  • A Renewed Sense of Self Determination
  • A Renewed Sense of Community
  • Effective and Meaningful Intensive Group and Individual Therapy
  • A Fresh, Holistic View of Addiction
  • Professional Staff that Believe in You
  • Up-to-Date Addiction Research
  • Engaging Workshop Topics
  • Long Term Support
  • Life Skills Development
  • Caring and Knowledgeable Staff
  • Doctor Support
  • A Place to Get Well and Realize Recovery

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