Substance abuse has become a rapidly increasing problem in society. While there has always been an issue with substance abuse, new drugs on the market are making it easier than ever to use. With such an increase in drug and alcohol abuse, the need for treatment is more vital than ever. Substance abuse treatment Houston trusts with Serenity Light Recovery is the necessary first step for you to take to begin living life to the fullest.
Why Seek Substance Abuse Treatment?
When deciding to take back control of one’s life, most people require treatment to do so. Many individuals attempt to get sober on their own to avoid added stress to their loved ones as well as wanting to do it “their way” or “on their terms.” Traveling this journey alone is almost impossible. While committing to end substance abuse takes enormous strength, one must work through the root cause of why they use in the first place to truly achieve long-term sobriety and freedom from addiction.
When embarking on a path of recovery on your own, there may be little to no support. The disease of addiction can leave a wake of burnt bridges. Our team of compassionate professionals, therapists, Recovery Coaches, and medical staff comprise a complete network of support to help our clients accomplish their goals and provide the tools necessary for lasting recovery. Over 80% of our staff is in recovery, and we walk this path together with empathy and understanding of the recovery process. From detox to relapse prevention, we want to be the beacon of light and hope you need to accomplish every goal you set for yourself.
The detox program through Serenity Light Recovery is pivotal to substance abuse treatment. As you stop using substances, your body will begin to experience withdrawal, which can be quite uncomfortable. Our medical team, which includes an on-site physician, psychiatrist, and team of nurses, will make evaluations to determine what is needed both physically and mentally. We prescribe specific medications to safely minimize your discomfort while also providing you with mental support. Our goal is not to replace one substance with another addictive substance, but to allow the brain and body to heal, maximizing the body’s ability to restore balance.
How Alcohol Abuse Affects Your Body
Alcohol abuse causes major damage to your body’s vital organs. While sustained alcohol abuse is certainly an issue, it only takes a few instances to make a lasting impact on your health. Some of the most susceptible parts of your body are the following:
Alcohol can disrupt the communication pathways of the brain, creating changes in mood and thought patterns. Most of us are familiar with how alcohol can affect the brain. It causes slurred speech, delayed reaction time, poor coordination, and imparied judgement. However, what many don’t realize is alcohol use disorder can literally change an individual’s personality through abusing the substance. Because alcohol mars the brain’s pathways, overtime individuals begin to act differently.
The stress on the heart from alcohol abuse can result in increased blood pressure, stroke, irregular heartbeat, and cardiomyopathy. All of this pressure makes familiar tasks more difficult to accomplish. The heart has to work harder and as such it wears down faster. Often, individuals discover even when not drinking, they can’t participate in the activities they once did.
Excessive drinking creates severe inflammation, which can lead to fibrosis and cirrhosis of the liver. As the organ that takes the brunt of alcohol abuse, the damage done to the liver is severe. Alcohol use disorder can lead to fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, and cirrhosis. These conditions make it difficult for the body to function causing other parts of the body such as the lungs and gut to also begin to malfunction.
Alcohol addiction treatment can help you safely detox from alcohol and put you on the right path to sobriety. The sooner you find the help you need, the sooner you can live a full, healthy life.
Dangers of Detoxing Without Professionals
For many, detox is the first step in entering substance abuse treatment. Fortunately, the professionals at Serenity Light Recovery are experienced and compassionate caregivers. Detoxifying from drugs or alcohol can’t be done alone or without supervision. There are far too many things that could go wrong in the client’s body when attempting detox. For example, clients could suffer from any of the following:
- Increased heart rate or blood pressure
- Delirium Tremens
- Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
Trying self-detox or going ‘cold turkey’ can leave a client’s body unnecessarily damaged. Also, without proper medication management or controlled environment, an individual could not only harm themselves but others inadvertently. However, substance abuse isn’t going away. As recently as 2016, nearly 2.2 million Americans sought treatment for drug use. Thus, bringing more individuals into treatment leads to fewer deaths and more recovery.
Often attempting self-detox only sets an individual back in their recovery. While done with the best of intentions, going ‘cold-turkey’ does things to the body, an individual may not even realize. Detoxing is difficult emotionally and psychologically. Without support, individuals frequently find themselves unable to maintain the process. The cravings but often, the discomfort and pain drive them back to the drug. This kind of relapse can do permanent damage. For example, self-detox can cause an individual’s system to re-set or lose its tolerance. However, the individual may not realize this has happened. When they relapse, they may take a dosage they assume they can handle. But this dosage can be too much, leading to an overdose or death.
Furthermore, if an individual is dealing with other mental health issues, the attempt a self-detox can cause emotional harm. When someone is suffering from depression but is unaware of it, insomnia caused by detox can have negative effects.
Serenity Light Recovery for Treatment
The substance abuse treatment center for the Greater Houston Area, Angleton and Galveston is Serenity Light Recovery. We offer numerous program options to ensure each client receives the help they need to begin living their best life.