An enormous part of why so many people within the United States are not receiving the addiction treatment that they so desperately need is because there is a definitive lack of understanding of what is involved with drug rehabilitation. In order to change this for the better, there needs to be education for the addicted and non-addicted alike as to the facts and figures surrounding drug use and abuse.

How Education Leads to Drug Rehabilitation

Part of so many people’s grief in their addiction experience is that others who have little to no experience with drug abuse don’t know much about it (as one might expect). This breeds misunderstanding, prejudice, and a general disconnect between the patient and his or her loved ones. Since drug rehabilitation often involves the person’s friends and family some way or another, it’s most beneficial if and when those friends and family have at least a basis for understanding how addictions function.

“Many people… think that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to,” but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. This kind of belief is not only a greatly-warped reality, but one that can be very hurtful to the individual seeking addiction treatment. It is almost impossible to end a drug habit out of willpower alone and no one should be expected to attempt this. In fact, if the withdrawal symptoms are strong enough, it can be dangerous, or even lethal, to try.

Drugs change the chemistry of the brain, adjusting it in a tangible, physical sense that can’t be denied. As modern research develops more and more completely, we become better-equipped to use counseling, medication, and other professional measures to aid those with addictions. Drug rehabilitation exists for this very purpose, but the stigma against those who are struggling with drug abuse often discourages those who need this help from coming in to receive it. “As with other chronic health conditions, treatment should be ongoing and should be adjusted based on how the patient responds.” Unfortunately, too many people, even these days, do not view addiction as an issue of physical health.

As mentioned above, those who are addicted have the very wiring of their minds changed by the substances. Those who are responding with stubborn prejudice, however, have the ability to change the way that they think. It’s understandably difficult to face someone who has an addiction, particularly if you care for that person, but that is all the more reason to do everything possible to get help for them and to find the most effective form of addiction treatment available. 

Another huge factor in understanding addiction is understanding how they come to exist in the first place. Different people have different levels of risk of developing such an issue depending on their genetics, environment, and more. Some may say “well, I don’t have a problem, and we’re in the same situation,” but it is a deeply personal experience from beginning to end, one that varies greatly even within similar circumstances. 

Luckily, if a person is allowed to seek out help, or if they are directed to a professional drug rehabilitation center, there is hope for a smooth recovery. With the support of loved ones, this process is even easier. Contact The Bergand Group if you are looking into recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction treatment and recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction.  We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.

About The Bergand Group:

At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.