Addiction is a disease that knows no boundaries. While every one of us would like to believe that addiction could never happen to us, the truth is that it can. Every single person we help in our outpatient detox Delray Beach program believed at one point that they, too, could never succumb to addiction. But addiction affects people of all ages, backgrounds, professions and social classes. No one is immune.
Addiction Creeps up on You
Especially in its early stages, addiction has a way of creeping up on you. You can abuse substances regularly for weeks, months, or even years, but it’s not until you try to stop that you realize you’re addicted. Some people in the early stages of addiction will even test themselves, telling themselves that they will stop for a few days, a few weeks or a few months just to prove that they aren’t really addicted to their substance of choice. In the early stages of addiction, you may not even feel any withdrawal symptoms, even after abusing a substance regularly for a period of time.
Many substance abusers think that they are immune to addiction because they have a naturally high tolerance for the effects of drugs and alcohol. While it’s true that some people have a naturally high tolerance for substances, that doesn’t mean they are immune to addiction. In fact, these are the people who are most likely to find themselves in need of our outpatient detox Delray Beach program. Folks with a naturally high tolerance for the effects of alcohol and drugs drink the most and drug the most, thinking that since they don’t feel their effects as strongly and don’t experience physical withdrawal symptoms, that means they don’t have to worry about becoming addicted.
In the end, it’s the people with a naturally high tolerance for drugs and alcohol who become the most heavily addicted. Of course, that’s not to say that anyone could find themselves in need of our outpatient detox Delray Beach program.
Address More than Your Substance Abuse Habits with Outpatient Detox Delray Beach Program
A big part of our outpatient detox Delray Beach treatment program is helping recovering addicts to understand that addiction is about more than just your substance abuse habits – it’s also about your attitude toward substances. It’s true that a small percentage of people who become addicted were born with brains naturally prone to addiction. But that natural predilection accounts for only about five to 10 percent of people who ultimately succumb to drug addiction.
What about the other 90 to 95 percent? Those people develop addictions because they believe that addiction couldn’t possibly affect them, or because they turn to substances as a coping mechanism when times get tough.
That’s why so many addicts are able to give up their substance of choice for a few days, weeks or months without experiencing significant psychological or physical withdrawal symptoms. These addicts know that their self-imposed abstinence from drugs or alcohol is only temporary. Knowing that there’s an end in sight makes it easy for some addicts to exercise the self-control necessary to abstain from using drugs or alcohol for a short period of time. However, just because you can manage to not get high or drink for a week or two doesn’t mean you don’t need help from our outpatient detox Delray Beach program or other addiction treatment.
In order to truly recover from addiction, you need to address the underlying emotional and psychological issues behind your addiction. This is known as “emotional recovery” and it is every bit as important as abstinence from drugs and alcohol. Emotional recovery helps you learn to acknowledge, accept, manage and deal with your emotions – all of your emotions, even the scary, painful ones. When you recover emotionally from addiction, you learn how to function as an adult member of society, take responsibility for yourself and become independent. When you enter our outpatient detox Delray Beach program, you will receive intensive counseling aimed at helping you achieve a full emotional recovery from addiction.
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, you’re not alone. Millions of other Americans also struggle with substance abuse issues. Our outpatient detox Delray Beach program can help.
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