In 2015, it was estimated that the world had over 255 million people who were addicted to drugs. This is according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Out of that number over 21 million people aged 12 years and above have a drug addiction problem. National Institute on Drug Abuse suggests that over half of illicit drug users began with marijuana. As the number is rising yearly, so is the crime rate. One noteworthy disadvantage of using drugs is that users are more prone to infections such as HIV and hepatitis.
Contrary to popular myths that only hard drugs can be abused, the tide has shifted over the years; hence we are witnessing a large number of people abusing over the counter drugs. According to NIH, marijuana is the most abused drug with over 22 million people users in America. Over the counter drugs follow suit with opioids taking the largest chunk of the numbers. In case you are a drug addict, and you wish to stop your addiction, here are some Hollywood treatment options to help you avoid a relapse.
Avoid your old hangouts
You don’t need to be high on drugs to enjoy yourself. Most of recovering addicts say that the hardest part is usually during the beginning. Afterward, you can attend clubs and take a club soda, though you need to make this choice once you feel you are strong both, mentally and emotionally.
Change your friends
As the saying goes, birds of the same feather flock together. One of the most common reasons people relapse is because they interact with their previous friends. It is no brainer that at one point you will be tempted to try out a puff or a needle, so steer away from your old pals. To help you ease the new changes, consider staying proactive with new adventures like swimming, visiting famous watersports in Goa or reading a book.
Try a sober living home
According to Wikipedia, a sober living home is a facility used by persons recovering from drug addiction. They serve as an interim environment between rehab and the normal society. The benefit of living in this home is that you will live with others who have the same experiences as you. It is noteworthy though that you will be required to pay rent and help with household chores. Additionally, you will be required to attend group meetings.
Regular intake of medicine
It is estimated that over 50 percent of individuals who are recovering from drug addiction suffer from dual diagnosis. If you fall in this bracket, then always remember to take your medication regularly. Anxiety and other psychological conditions contribute a lot to drug abuse relapse, hence the need for these drugs. They work perfectly fine such that they convince recovering addicts that they are healed, which is not the case.
Drug addiction is a global endemic with over 255 million estimated users. Out of that number the USA has over 21 million people aged 12 years and above who abuse drugs. Marijuana is the most abused drug followed by opioids. Addicts who would wish to quit are advised to change their circle of friends and then avoid old joints. Additionally, they need to try a sober living home and also take their medication regularly.