EFFECTIVE DRUG REHABILITATION IS COMPREHENSIVE FOR ANY SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS
The Impact of Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs on Society
Research has concluded without a shred of a doubt that abusing alcohol, tobacco, and drugs like opioids and other substance use disorders have both immediate and long-term health effects. Worldwide, the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime estimated that 275 million people worldwide consumed drugs at least once in 2016. Approximately 31 million people who have used drugs suffer from drug use disorders; in other words, their drug use has progressed to the extent of needed treatment.
In the United States alone, it is estimated that approximately 22.5 million Americans have reportedly developed substance use disorders and require addiction treatment. Unfortunately, it is estimated that only 10% of those struggling with substance use disorder will be able to receive access to comprehensive treatment – some are limited because they don’t have insurance, and others may not have the financial means to pay for effective rehabilitation. By looking outside of the U.S. people can have access to affordable and effective drug rehabilitation services.
The most frequently abused substances include alcohol, and tobacco, as well as illicit drugs like cocaine, meth, heroin, PCP, MDMA, ecstasy), and prescription medications such Vicodin, Oxycontin, Xanax, Adderall, Ritalin, and others.
The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) mentions the following as just a few of the risks associated to substance abuse disorder:
- Excessive alcohol use can increase a person’s risk of developing serious health problems in addition to those issues associated with intoxication behaviors and alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
- Tobacco use and smoking do damage to nearly every organ in the human body, often leading to lung cancer, respiratory disorders, heart disease, stroke, and other illnesses.
- Marijuana has not only immediate effects like distorted perception, difficulty problem solving, and loss of motor coordination, but also effects with long-term use such as respiratory infection, impaired memory, and exposure to cancer-causing compounds.
- Opioids reduce the perception of pain but can also produce drowsiness, mental confusion, euphoria, nausea, constipation, and—depending upon the amount of drug taken—can depress respiration.
In addition to substance abuse disorder, people often suffer from other highly toxic and addictive behaviors including gambling addiction, sex addiction, social media addiction, work addiction, etc. all of which fall under the category of mental health & behavior science.
Effective Treatment for Substance Abuse Disorder & Behavioral Health
Fortunately, the study of addiction and mental health has advanced immensely in recent years making mental and behavioral health treatment services like the ones offered at Costa Rica Treatment Center available to anyone struggling with the disease of addiction, no matter what the manifestation of symptoms.
International drug rehabilitation centers help people with mental illnesses or substance use disorders get access to comprehensive treatment programs that address the underlying conditions of addiction. Studies show that the most effective approaches include a combination of evidence-based therapies and holistic approaches that make health improvements that affect the mind, body, and spirit.
Most therapies should be used in combination with psychiatric support to ensure the person is getting a comprehensive treatment plan that also factors in substance-induced imbalances in the individual’s brain. These effects need to be medically evaluated, addressed and supervised to ensure the person receives the necessary medical attention for the healing process to take effect.
Among activities and therapies like yoga, forest bathing, art therapy, occupational therapy, family therapy, physical training and recreational therapy below is a list of effective approaches used at Costa Rica Treatment Center.