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Deeper Look: Social Aspects That Contribute to Addiction

In the not so distant past, in the minds of most, addiction equated to a lack of self-control. Others simply saw it as a degeneration of morals or values. Of course in the past decade we have come a long way in addiction treatment and education; however, there is still a good deal of misunderstanding involved. Especially in the social contributors.

The truth is the full spectrum of substance use disorder origin is a broad topic. There are multiple biological, behavioral, and societal influences in the development of this condition. However, the relationship between behaviors and psychology is complex. So here are a few variables to keep in mind as you are taking steps to understand addiction, either for yourself or in a loved one.

#1: Sense of Community

An important social factor that can engender addiction is a sense of community. This is seen frequently in teens. It’s completely normal to have young people gathering in places where alcohol and/or drugs are present. Of course, the risk of rejection is keenly felt by teenagers, and they are not fully aware of the physiological commitment and destruction they are risking with their behaviors. So to connect and find community, they join the behavior.

But its effects are not immune to adults. Far from it. Social lubricants are necessary for some people to feel connected to others in their peer group. Business meetings and conferences where individuals feel as though their careers are dependent on the evening gathering at the watering hole. Golf courses and Super Bowl parties, women’s get-togethers with wine and cheese, and more. All of these are places where heavy drinking isn’t just normalized, it is expected.

#2: Relief from Stress, Environment, and Trauma

We live in a world where we keep rushing from one place to the other. From taking care of your home and family, to work, to parties, to so many other commitments. In Orange County, California, where SoCal Detox is located, this seems to be even more acute than other areas. Sometimes, people just “need” to get away from the reality for a second or two. This need can push individuals to alcohol and drugs. The strong need to disconnect from the stresses of the real world.

The truth is that each one of us can be subjected to a different kind of stress. You can have an extremely busy work life but you may also be experiencing some changes in your environment or even experiencing a trauma. From frequent arguments to a divorce, from verbal or physical abuse to an accident or a natural disaster, all these situations can be additional factors that contribute to addiction.

In an attempt to eliminate the pain from your life, drugs, and alcohol convince your brain that they help you achieve this. However, the reality is that the addition of chemical substances causes more problems than it solves. They add more stress than they relieve.

#3: The Lifestyle

Unfortunately, many people tend to look at the heavy use of drugs or alcohol as something appealing. There is a desire to live fast and live hard. Yet, there is an inherent denial in this approach. Despite the information available and the social proof, the desire to get quick hits of dopamine through risky behavior is appealing to some. Then the more access a person has to their addictive substance or lifestyle, the deeper the problem will get.

The sad fact is that even though a person might be in denial at the beginning of their addiction, eventually nearly every person with an addiction can recognize the destruction that is happening to their lives, their health, and their relationships. But they are too far in. At that point, willpower has little effect on the brain’s control over a person’s actions.

This is where addiction and substance use disorder becomes its most destructive self. Not only is a person with an addiction aware of the pain they are causing themselves, they see the chaos around them. Please note: many are deeply in denial about this destruction and chaos. But they see it. They have cognitive dissonance.

What is the answer for someone this deep? They need to reach out for help.

SoCal Detox Can Help

Anything a loved one can do to help a person with substance use disorder find help is the best option. Always remember, addiction does not have to have the last word. Recovery is possible. Finding help is the way to the solution. If you need advice or assistance with your own addiction or someone you love, please call SoCal Detox today: 888-590-0777.

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5 Common Reasons for Addiction

There is no way to pinpoint the cause of drug addiction in an individual and the source of substance use disorder overall. We wish there was. It would be wonderful to discover a particular universal cause. Identify a specific gene. But the reality is, even though we are aware of symptoms and some causal aspects of addiction, they are not guarantees of addiction. some people encounter these causes and do succumb to addiction. Others don’t.

 Unfortunately, substance use disorder is a continually growing problem in our country. Recent decades have seen record numbers of abuse cases and abuse-related deaths due to alcohol, drug, and opioid misuse. It has left many professionals and families questioning: With all the education available, why do people even start using? Here are a few of the more common places addiction will find its origins.

Why People Abuse Drugs

There are many reasons why a person may begin using addictive substances. Here are a few primary common ones as identified through research carried out by recovery centers and therapists who have worked with addicts first-hand.

  • Trauma:

A traumatic experience can leave an individual feeling alone, hopeless, angry, guilty, or lost in life. This can include the death of a loved one, or even the loss of a job. It is “an incident that causes physical, emotional, spiritual, or psychological harm.” The instability and insecurity they feel as a result can lead them to use alcohol or drugs as a coping mechanism or an escape.

  • Peer Pressure:

Peer pressure still exists and is still a very common impetus for people, especially younger people, to begin a lifelong relationship with drugs and alcohol. People often feel they need to drink or use drugs to be entertaining or to “fit in” to the crowd. Their friends may dare them into using it or mock them for not doing so.

  • Medical Conditions:

Many addictions begin as a doctor prescribed medications. Opioids are commonly prescribed (and over-prescribed) to alleviate pain. However, the CDC believes opioids are so powerful that once a person makes use of these medications for longer than three days, an addiction could develop. Since on average a prescription lasts over a week, you can see where the epidemic has happened.

  • Self-Medication:

Many times, people who are suffering from a physical (or emotional) ailment who cannot afford to go to the doctor or who do not want to go to the doctor will self-medicate by illegally acquiring drugs or alcohol. They may see this as a way to give them an escape, or help them relieve pain but it can quickly get out of hand.

  • Depression, Anxiety, and Other Mental Illness:

Mental illness is very common in individuals with substance use disorder. Depression, and anxiety in particular. Individuals with these issues often turn to drugs or alcohol to alleviate their discomfort and suffering. The problem is that it works. And it becomes a psychological and physical necessity in a person’s life.

 To reiterate, there is no single reason for substance use disorder to take hold. The sources are as diverse as the number of people in the world. However, these are some origin clues to be aware of. In the same vein, there is no single magic treatment formula that works for every person. Recovery is an intensely individual process. There are, however, some treatments that have been backed by research and experience.

Getting Help With Addiction in Orange County, California

At SoCal Detox, located in San Clemente, California, we make use of these treatments and create an individualized program for each client that comes in. In fact, our clinical programs are more involved than most detox only facilities out there. Plus we always walk our clients to the next step with care, compassion, and clarity.

If you or a loved one are struggling with drug use and addiction, please call us today. We are here to help you take the first step in your journey to full recovery. Call: 888-590-0777.

Read Part 2: The social influences on drug and alcohol addiction.

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4 Reasons People Avoid Addiction Treatment

The rates of drug and alcohol addiction are on the rise. Its an epidemic in this country and is gaining ground all around the world. For many, addiction will end in painful tragedy for them and their family. The best response to this crisis is twofold: education on the dangers of addiction, and working with people to get addiction help sooner rather than later.

Professional help is the proven way to help people recover from addiction. Despite the difficulties involved for individuals managing the disease of addiction, healing is possible when they are willing to find the help. However, despite this, many people choose not to reach out.

4 Reasons Why Addicts Don’t Get Help

#1. They Don’t Want To.

This is one of the most unfortunate reasons a person will choose to remain chained to an addiction. Their brains have been hijacked and their physical reward systems have convinced them that the damages and broken relationships are worth it. Often a person has to get to a place where they come to realize they are throwing their lives away. This is what people often call “rock bottom.” No one should ever get to that point as it is dangerous and frightening. However, loved ones can help by not enabling a person in their life who has an addiction.

#2 Cost.

Unfortunately, proper treatment can seem inaccessible because of high costs. The good news is that most insurance plans cover addiction treatment. However, if a person does not have health insurance, the cost of enrolling in a treatment plan could make it unattainable for them. Luckily, in response to this, many non-profit organizations offer discounted and even completely free programs to those who cannot afford the cost of a treatment center. The best option is to find a high-quality detox (such as SoCal Detox in San Clemente CA) and let the team help you understand your options from there.

#3 Stigma.

Thankfully, many organizations and individuals out there are working to remove the stigma associated with addiction. However, there is a fear of being judged and looked down upon (or losing a job or social status) that stops many people from getting addiction help. The best remedy for this is, again, education on the dangers and prevalence of addiction. As well, employers and family members can take the initiative to understand that the stigma can deter people from getting the help they desperately need.

#4 Feeling lost.

Oftentimes, a person suffering from addiction may want to seek out addiction help, but they simply don’t know where to go. This is an unfortunate truth, but luckily there are many ways a person can get in contact with someone that can set up a treatment plan or check-up for them. Usually, getting help for addiction is as simple as a phone call. At SoCal Detox, our addiction specialists can be reached at any time at 888-590-0777. Your initial phone call will be easy and informational. We are here to answer questions and let you know of all the options available to you.