The decision to seek treatment for an addiction is rarely easy, especially since those with a history of drug or alcohol abuse often have a difficult time coming to terms with their problems. However, it is also one of the most important choices one can make.
Addictions are neurological issues that can have both behavioral and genetic components. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, substance abuse costs the United States more than 484 billion dollars each year once crime, care, treatment, welfare, and lost work time are taken into account. The costs of substance abuse are far more than just financial, though. Seeing a loved one fall further and further into substance abuse can take a serious emotional toll on friends and family, and relationships between them and the addict often become increasingly strained over time.
Throughout these troubling times, the important thing for both the addict and their loved ones to remember is that addictions can be beaten, and that with the right care and support, they can all make it through the recovery process and move towards a brighter future.
In this book we outline 24 treatment options, ranging from fairly traditional choices such as counseling and support groups, to lesser-known approaches such as amino acid therapy and the use of music. Information on other things to keep in mind, such as the role of sleep problems in addiction and the importance of vitamins, is also provided.
It is our hope that through this book, addicts and their loved ones will be able to find the treatments that best suit their needs, preferences, and lifestyles, helping them get - and stay - on the road to recovery and a happier, healthier life.