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Frequently Asked Questions about Alcohol and Drug Abuse

April 30, 2013 by  
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Frequently Asked Questions about Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Q. Why do people abuse drugs and alcohol?

People abuse drugs and alcohol essentially because they like the way drugs and alcohol make them feel. It is as simple and complicated as that. Eventually those who abuse drugs and alcohol will find themselves building a tolerance and then an addiction.

Q. Is it an addiction if I have a prescription?

It depends on the circumstance. A prescription doesn’t have anything to do with whether a person has an addiction though. Someone with a prescription can just as easily have an addiction as someone who is shooting up heroin. The piece of paper doesn’t change that. A person who is taking their prescription as prescribed probably wouldn’t have an addiction. Abusing a prescription medication; such as taking more than is recommended or using it in a way that is different than it is prescribed is probably an addiction.

Q. What are the signs of alcohol addiction?

  • Drinking in the mornings
  • Blackouts or not being able to remember the night before
  • Drinking despite negative consequences
  • Missing work
  • Failing grades at school
  • Drinking alone
  • The inability to stop drinking after you have begun drinking
  • Any legal issues due to drinking such as DWI’s

Q. How do I know I’m experiencing withdrawal?

If you stopped taking the drug or drinking and started to feel really sick. The best way to figure out if you are really experiencing withdrawal is to begin using the drug you stopped using. If you feel better almost immediately after you use the drug again what you were experiencing was withdrawal. This goes for alcohol and drinking too. If you are experiencing withdrawal it is best to go to an inpatient or outpatient detox.

Q. How long will drugs and alcohol stay in my system?

This all depends. Different drugs stay in the body different amounts of time and it all varies based on your age, weight, and height etc. For instance for one person marijuana could stay in their system one week; another person a month!

Q. How long does someone have to be in rehab?

This varies depending on the individual’s personal circumstances. For anyone trying to overcome an addiction or alcoholism though it is best to stay as long as possible. There are some people who can’t go to rehab at all so if you have the opportunity take advantage of it and stay as long as you can. Someone doesn’t HAVE to be in rehab long though.

Q. How much does rehab cost?

Depending on whether or not you have insurance; this varies. Rehabs can range from costing nothing with insurance up to 70,000 dollars a month for your super high end luxury treatment centers; maybe even more. The average for most decent rehabs is around 15 to 20 thousand dollars a month.

Q. What is a co-occurring disorder?

A co-occurring disorder is when any two disorders are present in a person at the same time. For instance someone with a co-occurring disorder would have bi-polar disorder and substance abuse or an eating disorder and substance abuse.

Q. Are older adults at risk for drug and alcohol abuse?

Drug and alcohol abuse risk factors are even across the board. Anyone and everyone are susceptible to drug and alcohol abuse if they use drugs and alcohol for the wrong reasons.

Q. How can a 12-step program help a person overcome a drug or alcohol abuse problem?

12 step programs help addicts and alcoholics to realize they are powerless over drugs and alcohol. Then the 12 step program helps them find a power they can rely on; this is usually a higher power. 12 step programs also emphasize service, accountability, honesty and commitment which are key tools to staying sober.

Q. How many people overcome their addictions?

Overcoming an addiction is a journey not a destination. The exact number of people who overcome their addictions would be absolutely impossible to figure out. This is because people can relapse and never get sober, people can get sober the first time and never relapse, or someone can get sober for a while and then relapse and then get sober again.

Q: What happens after rehab?

The best bet for long term sobriety is to move into sober living or a transitional sober living home. This can help to guarantee success in sobriety. But what happens after sobriety is up to the recovering person to decide. What happens after rehab may be going back home and attending 12 step meetings, it may include sober living, it may include attending aftercare or outpatient. What happens is all varied on an individual basis.

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