There is no shame in seeking drug addiction treatment
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, doesn’t mince words. “Dependence on alcohol and drugs is our most serious national public health problem.” In an era of widespread division, drug and alcohol dependency unites us. “It is prevalent among rich and poor, in all regions of the country, and all ethnic and social groups,” SAMHSA says.
The problem is so widespread and so insidious for a number of reasons, including the fact that, according to SAMHSA, “Most individuals who abuse alcohol or drugs have jobs and are productive members of society creating a false hope in the family that ‘it’s not that bad.’”
It’s tempting to believe that you are in control of your life. Your family wants to believe in your ability to handle it. “The problem is that addiction tends to worsen over time, hurting both the addicted person and all the family members,” SAMHSA says. “It is especially damaging to young children and adolescents.”
Millions of Americans have a problem with drugs or alcohol. But, as the agency points out, “Millions of Americans and their families are in healthy recovery from this disease.”
And make no mistake, addiction is a disease.
“Stopping the alcohol or drug use is the first step to recovery, and most people need help to stop,” SAMHSA says. “Often a person with alcohol or drug dependence will need treatment provided by professionals just as with other diseases.”
You wouldn’t try to cure your own heart disease or take out your own tonsils. And you don’t need to face this on your own.
At Spring Gardens Recovery Treatment Center in Florida, you will find a caring and committed staff of medical practitioners with experience in the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction. Tanveer Chaudhry, M.D., is the medical director at Spring Gardens, among the most progressive addiction detox centers in Florida. He brings a medical degree from the University of Miami and more than 20 years of experience in the treatment of addiction and the use of holistic medicine as well as wisdom and compassion as he greets each new guest at our residential treatment facility.
If your son or daughter is struggling with addiction, it doesn’t mean you have been a bad parent. If you find you can’t get through the day without a drink, it doesn’t mean you are weak. If Uncle Paul always knocks back a few too many when the family gathers for the holidays, it doesn’t mean he’s weird or a creep or the family funny man.
Addiction is a medical condition. One that the SAMHSA points out, “happens in the best of families.”
Right now, you’re focused on getting help for the addict from Spring Gardens, among the most comfortable and the most progressive Florida rehab centers. It’s important to remember, however, that alcohol and drug abuse hurts everyone in the family. According to the agency, “Families with alcohol and drug problems usually have high levels of stress and confusion. High stress family environments are a risk factor for early and dangerous substance use, as well as mental and physical health problems.”
Fortunately, Spring Gardens is truly a full-service detox treatment center in Florida. In addition to individual and group therapy, we also offer family therapy sessions at our residential treatment center.