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The Growing Prevalence and Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders


Substance Abuse

<p>There is ever growing evidence that substance abuse disorders are an increasing struggle for many among us in today&rsquo;s society. There are many factors that contribute to one&rsquo;s ability to develop a substance abuse problem. These factors range from genetic, to underlying mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety, PTSD, and even an attention deficit disorder, among others. It has also been observed that there are growing numbers of depressed or anxious emotions among many individuals, specifically teens and young adults.</p> <p>Positively, our society is always growing, evolving and changing for the better. Technology improves along with medical science and medical treatments. However, with these positive improvements come negative outward effects. These result in easier access to addictive substances through prescriptions and increased mental health struggles due to isolation induced by the overuse of technology.</p> <p>Simply the act of recognizing a substance abuse problem in either ourselves or a loved one is an incredibly steep hill to climb. Then, once that is acknowledged, seeking beneficial and successful treatment is another struggle. Many patients suggest that they needed to hit rock bottom before recognizing how much they lost control. Everyone is different; therefore, everyone&rsquo;s struggles with addiction and mental illness are different. Treatment plans need to be made to support the individuals needs as well as abiding by the tools and tricks of the trade that have been proven to be successful.</p> <p>Forming a strong bond, or therapeutic alliance, is a key element in successfully recovering from a substance abuse problem. The therapist/patient relationship is a very special and individualized one. It is a very personal experience moving forward and finding the right therapist to treat a substance abuse problem. Building a strong bond with a therapist allows patients to more easily be vulnerable and examine the sides of themselves they may not like. The sides that may be the root of their struggles. Studies have showed that casual relationships with therapists do not result in successful outcomes the way strong relationships with mental health professionals do. Therefore, taking the time to find a therapist with whom one can bond with makes all the difference when seeking treatment.</p>
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