Predisposition to Substance Use

You’ve probably heard about the concept of predisposition. Namely, that if someone, or multiple people in your family, have a substance use disorder (SUD), that you are more likely to experience the same outcome for yourself. This is based on a person’s DNA or genetic makeup. Predisposition is generally seen because of certain variations of genes that are passed on from one’s parents. As noted by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, while these genes do not specifically cause a disease, they do increase the likelihood of the development of the disease. An interesting note is that not everyone within a family will end up getting a disease, it may pass over children and show up again in grandchildren. There is also the possibility that everyone within a family will end up getting the disease. It really comes down to what side of statistics your family’s genes happen to be on. In some cases, genetic variations account for only a small chance of developing a disease, however, the more genes that carry a variation, the greater the likelihood of disease development.

Epigenetics is something that should also be discussed here because it is the study of either inherited or sometimes the functional change in how the genetic activity is regulated within the body. It also works to explain gene expression, and how it works without dependence of the order of gene codes. It seeks to explain the fact that some genes are actually altered by environmental factors and other contributors that can change the way a person’s genes work. Often, epigenetics ends up being problematic for your children rather than for yourself. Breaking it down, essentially, what you are exposed to now and the things that you do to your body has the potential to significantly impact the way your genes show themselves in your children. Therefore, participating in substance use, for example, has the chance of altering your genetic makeup and passing along mutated genes to the next generation, without you even realizing it. Histones are also commonly studied within the topic of predisposition. Histones are explained as being what gives genes organizational structure. Genes use histones for the purpose of either having more or less control over gene expression. Research has indicated that there is a possibility of being able to manage those enzymes that seek to alter histones, which may have significant positive impacts on the future of SUD treatment.

Beyond Genetics

Even though genetics have been said to play a role in the development of SUDs, there is a little bit more to it than that. Some people begin using substances and their family members have never done so. There can be a feeling of wanting to simply try a substance or seeking out substances as a means of escaping things that you are feeling or experiencing. You may have been influenced to try a substance or felt pressured into it at the time. No matter why a person started using substances, the fact remains that they were ultimately a product of their environment at that moment, and their surrounds shaped their actions, and ultimately impacted in a negative way. Now, if you are someone who has never used substances or does so on occasion, it is important to pay attention to yourself and recognize that family ties may be important to you. It is not to say that because your parents were alcoholics that you will be too, however, you may be more likely to become one because of that fact. In this case, if you are someone who likes to come home from work and have a drink of some sort, but one turns into two, and then suddenly it’s five or ten, you have to be aware of your intake. Furthermore, if you feel yourself falling into a perhaps problematic habit, catch yourself and work to maybe find something else to do when you get off work or just simply being aware of yourself. It may be easier said than done, but you have the chance to not fall into the same patterns as your parents maybe did and you can be the difference for yourself, your future children, and maybe even help those in your family who need your support to move into recovery and work towards a better future. What you do now will impact your entire life and it’s important to keep that in perspective.

If you are currently suffering from a SUD, there is a chance that you feel like it is the fault of your family because they too partook in substance use. Whether they did so before you were born or have been doing so as long as you can remember, their use may have impacted yours. We want you to know that you can break the cycle and stop the appearance of substance use in your family and we want to help you. Make a personal investment in yourself and get help today by calling us at (805)719-7954.

How do you Help a Child Whose Parents Engage in Substance Use?

The National Institutes of Health noted that roughly 25% of children who are aged eighteen or younger are a part of a family in which at least one family member engages in alcohol use or is dependent on alcohol. This does not account for those children whose parents use substances other than alcohol or those with a serious substance abuse disorder (SUD).

Offer a safe Haven

If you notice that a child is showing signs such as being afraid to go home or would rather stay at school or be anywhere besides their home, it may be worth looking into their home situation to see if a SUD is present in their parent(s). Most often, it will be a child’s teachers or parents of friends, or neighbors who notice that something isn’t quite right before anyone else will. Whether you fall into these categories or you happen to run into a child who comes to you for help, listen to them. Offer to be a person that they can express their concerns to and let them know that there is someone who is willing to help them. If you are an adult that the child is familiar with, offer to do the same thing and sit and talk with them and be a trusted adult that the child can come to. If you are close with the family or your child is friends with the family, consider having the child over for sleepovers or to spend time with your family so that they can have some extra time away from their home. If you are a teacher, consider helping the child get involved in extracurricular activities that will allow them to do things that they enjoy in a safe place that keeps them away from exposure to the SUD. Family members should consider allowing the child to move in with them if it will be the best option to keep them safe and have a chance at a normal childhood.

Alert Authorities

Situations in which a parent’s SUD is a serious detriment to the health or safety of a child call for you to alert the authorities as to what is going on in the child’s home. No child should have to feel unsafe in their own home, let alone go through experiences that are traumatizing or that lead to the compromising of their well-being. If a child is being neglected, as sad as it is, they may need to be moved to the home of a family member or with someone who can handle raising them while their parents get the help that they need. Many children with parents who engage in substance use often are forced to grow up faster than their peers and may engage in illegal activities such as theft in an attempt to take care of themselves in cases where their parents cannot. There is no reason why a child should ever have to subject themselves to that type of life simply out of necessity, they do not deserve that. As an adult, it is your responsibility to point out these situations to the right people so that they can get help. Doing nothing is just as bad as what is going on in the home, especially if you can help the child.

Seek Support from the Education System

If you are worried about the outcome of contacting the police or Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), then use the school as a resource to get help for the child. Telling the guidance counselor and principal can help alert someone else to the situation, which means that more people will be working to help the child, which is what you want. Furthermore, they may know the correct people to get into contact with and can do so quickly in order to get the child out of that situation. While it is a hard conversation to have, it may save a child’s life and that makes it worth doing. Do not feel guilty for getting help, if the parent(s) with the SUD were in any other state, they would greatly appreciate you looking out for their child and they would probably do the same if they noticed another child going through the same situation. Reach out to those who can do something and get help for the child and then work to help the parent get help as well.

If you know a family in which the parent(s) are currently suffering from a SUD, there is a chance that you can help the children within that family unit. You may not understand what is going on with the family, but everyone has a responsibility to be there for children. We want to help you help the family get back on track. Make a call and get help for them today. Having a team and really community of support to help get them through can offer piece of mind and a sense of security. At Enlight Treatment Center, we emphasize care and comfort and we want to be that team for you to help them overcome issues and get back to feeling like themselves. Whether you have questions or want to visit our facility and talk with us in person, we are always here for you. You can call us at (805)719-7954 or schedule a tour of our facility at 11811 Darlene Lane, Moorpark, CA 93021.

Nutrition in Relation to Substance Use Disorders

Those who suffer from substance use disorders (SUDs) often experience nutritional deficiencies due to the use of certain substances. Deficits in nutrition may be caused by both psychological and physiological aspects being impacted by the effects of various substances. Alyssa Salz, MS, RD, LD noted in her article Substance Abuse and Nutrition that for those who suffer from SUDs may have not been getting their nutritional needs met at all, or they may be getting insufficient amounts of their daily intake needs. Some people may only eat small amounts of food a day and it can likely be just something to make sure they’re intaking anything, but in some cases, it is only what they can find. For those people whose SUD is severe, they may not even be focused on eating at all, this can sometimes be caused by needing money and a means to obtain substances that can take precedence over other needs such as eating. Even when the frequency or amount of substance use isn’t grave enough to impede one’s ability to obtain or intake food, many substances come with side effects that will affect the user’s ability to achieve optimal nutrition for themselves. Depending on the substance being used, a person’s metabolic rate will slow down and blood sugar levels will be irregular, making the body’s ability to digest food and use nutrients properly will be negatively impacted. Most commonly, substances have the tendency to decrease or eliminate one’s appetite, therefore they do not eat anything while feeling the effects of the substance. Still, in other cases, the appetite may be enhanced, which will cause a person to overeat, which will potentially lead to significant weight gain. No matter which end of the spectrum an individual falls on, there tends to be no moderation which ultimately makes a person’s overall health much worse, especially in conjunction with substance use taking place.

Turning your Health Around

In addition to poor nutrition being prevalent among those with a SUD, dehydration is often common. Therefore, the first step to turning one’s health around is to start by drinking water. Water intake not only keeps your body hydrated but it helps all the body’s processes to work much more effectively. You may be able to go longer periods of time without food, but the same rules do not apply to water and how much you should be drinking daily. Depending on how long a person has gone without proper nutrition, they may want to start on softer foods and move towards solids later, when they feel that their body is ready to be reintroduced to a wider variety of foods. This can be especially true for those overcoming a SUD who are experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as nausea because it will be much harder for them to keep food down, especially solids and or food in larger quantities. Not only will focusing on making your body healthy again help you on your journey of recovery, but it will also help your mind tremendously. Improved nutrition leads to better mental health as stated by Salz, which means that your state of mind will be benefitted as well, allowing you to have a better chance at staying focusing on making yourself well and growing through your experience(s).

Resources for Restoring Nutrition

Should a treatment center be a viable option to aid in recovery, many of them offer tremendous meal plans complete with carefully curated healthy meals to help both your mind and body feel better. For many people going through recovery, it may be helpful to get into contact with your doctor and/or a dietician who can help aid you in eating the right kinds of food to get back any nutrients that you may be lacking. You can also look to those members of the recovery community and gain insights into some of the methods that they choose for themselves in terms of lifestyle changes and healthy eating. If researching nutrition alone is not enough, remember that you have resources and many people who are more than willing to help get you back to your best self.

If you are currently suffering from a SUD, it is likely that you’re not making yourself a priority. We want to see you be healthy in your mind, body, and spirit. When the time comes that you decide that you are ready to leave substance use behind and move on to better things is the perfect time to do so. You are probably aware that your whole life will change, but in many cases, change is for the better. Despite having reservations and fears about what the future will look like for yourself, know that it can only get better from here. Having a team and really community of support to help get you through can offer peace of mind and a sense of security. At Enlight Treatment Center, we emphasize care and comfort and we want to be that team for you to help you overcome issues and get back to your best self. Call us today at (805)719-7954.

How does Substance use Change a Person’s Health and Physical Appearance?

Not surprisingly, individuals who engage in substance use are likely to suffer from changes to their overall health and appearance. Those with substance abuse disorders (SUDs) that have been using for a long period of time will not only have their entire lives change, but they can ultimately end up feeling and appearing like a totally different person. Knowing what substances can do to one’s body is important to recognize those loved ones who need help but is also an incentive for those with SUDs to seek support to get help and get back to being themselves again.

Internal Health

More important than one’s physical appearance is their health and the way it is impacted based on prolonged substance use. The effects on health are not only determined by the type of substance ingested but by other factors such as the amount taken, how long it is taken, and whether it is taken with anything else. The class of substances known as stimulants such as methamphetamine and cocaine can lead to strokes, heart attacks, heart palpitations, blood clots, and damage to the heart. Use of inhalants may lead to the same health issues and even death. Mixing alcohol with any other type of substance significantly increases a person’s risk of ending up in a coma or dying. Substances such as ecstasy may cause an increase in body temperature and dehydration which inhibits effective blood flow throughout the body which can lead to the kidneys shutting down. Poor nutrition and impaired cognitive function are also on the list of adverse health effects as these two areas alone impact so much else of what they body does. Other ill effects for health due to prolonged substance use include addiction, contraction of HIV/AIDS, contraction of Hepatitis, mental illness, cancer, as well as lung and heart disease. It is important to note that substance use that occurs in women during pregnancy can cause their baby to develop differently than they normally would as well as for them to be born and have to face withdrawals. Additionally, substance use can alter the genetics, which can lead to mutated genes being passed on to babies, which may lead to health issues or the development of disorders in children.

External Appearance

All substances have differing effects on a person’s appearance, some similar to one another and others are specific to certain substances in particular. Use of steroids can cause the breasts to develop on male users in addition to causing serious acne all over the body, not just on the face. Also, there can be a reduction in hair growth for women and for men. If used at a younger age, steroids may even stunt your growth. Methamphetamine can cause changes in appearance such as the presence of wounds from a habit known as “picking” where users pick at their skin to alleviate various sensations. It also causes skin that looks as though it has lost its color in conjunction to causing acne. It also seriously impacts a user’s mouth in that it can cause them to clench their teeth, increase dry mouth, and impair one’s ability to take care of their teeth and in many cases an individual’s teeth may actually rot.

Methamphetamine will also cause users to lose their appetite which can result in severe weight loss due to malnourishment. If substance users inject their substance of choice intravenously, then they will likely have “trach marks” in places such as the ditch of their elbow from continued insertion of needles. These are all very negative effects of substance use and it can be hard on friends and family to see their loved one turning into a person that they hardly recognize. Getting into treatment and starting the road to recovery is the best way to change one’s physical appearance and begin to look healthy again. The body is surprisingly forgiving and if you suffer from a SUD, you should consider letting your body work its way back to health now before damage is irreparable while you work to get everything else back on track.

If you are currently suffering from a SUD, there is a chance that you may feel as though you have lost your way. You may not understand why you are where you are or how to find a way out. We want to help you get back on track. Make a personal investment in yourself and get help today. Having a team and really community of support to help get you through can offer piece of mind and a sense of security. At Enlight Treatment Center, we emphasize care and comfort and we want to be that team for you to help you overcome issues and get back to your best self. Whether you have questions or want to visit our facility and talk with us in person, we are always here for you. You can call us at (805)719-7954 or schedule a tour of our facility at 11811 Darlene Lane, Moorpark, CA 93021.

Running Towards Recovery

When anyone mentions running, most people might cringe, and while you don’t necessarily have to run, exercising is certainly something worth considering, when working towards recovery from substance use disorders (SUDs). While it may not be the only method that works to overcome SUDs, when it is combined with other treatment methods, it has been proven to be highly effective as stated by Claire Twark, MD. She cited several studies that were conducted on rats, and it was found that when rats participated in swimming, it reduced the voluntary consumption of substances. For those who ran on an exercise wheel, it was found that there was a decrease in the frequency of the administration of substances. Furthermore, in one study that was conducted using people as participants, they were asked to partake in an exercise program that lasted anywhere from two to six months and included three weekly group sessions. The results of this particular study were recorded five years after completion. It was noted that of the nearly 40 participants, 20 completed the program in full and of those 20, 10 people had significantly decreased their substance use and 5 people had stopped using substances altogether. While this study is smaller, it does provide promising information concerning the correlation between increased exercise and decreased substance use, which is very positive. You must ultimately find coping mechanisms and programs that fit who you are and will work the best for you, but exercising on a regular basis is certainly worth consideration.

Health Benefits

No one has to tell you that exercising is good for your health, it’s common knowledge. However, when going through a significant life change such as moving into and maintaining recovery, it is important to note that the health benefits can be even more important for you than ever before. It is likely that you experienced significant changes to your health when battling your SUD and getting your health back on track will only make you stronger and give you the energy you need to keep moving in a positive direction.

When you begin making your physical health a priority once again, there are many advantages that exercising can bring you such as:

Weight management (whether gaining or losing weight).

Improvement of your mood and mental health.

Increase in your potential life span.

Improved sleep.

Reduction in risks for cancers, heart disease, and other health issues.

Helps metabolic function by managing blood sugar.

Improves mental acuity.

Even though it may take some time to notice a difference, you will be happy that you chose to engage in exercise. When done on a consistent basis, you will surely notice positive changes in your health and appearance.

Consistency Translating to Recovery

One important key to keep up exercise is finding something that you really enjoy doing. Coming up with a few different exercises will also help you to change things up so you don’t get bored doing the same things repeatedly. Being able to work exercise into your daily routine will ensure that you stick to it and make it a good habit that you incorporate into your everyday life. If you are able to get to a point where you can exercise every day, it proves that you can choose to do something and stick to it. This means that you are able to make good choices in other areas of your life and stick to them as well. All good decisions take time to come to fruition and to put into practice, however, once you make the decision to do something, your willpower will help see you through. Even small changes made over time can add up to big results, so don’t feel like you have to make all of these big changes all and once and overwhelm yourself. Take small steps towards progress, one day at a time, and enjoy the long-lasting fruits of your labor in all areas of your life that you put effort into.

When the time comes that you decide that you are ready to leave substance use behind and move on to better things is the perfect time to do so. You are probably aware that your whole life will change, but in many cases, change is for the better. Despite having reservations and fears about what the future will look like for yourself, know that it can only get better from here. For more information, call us at (805)719-7954.

What are some Commonalities Among Those with a Substance Use Disorder?

If you break down what the commonalities are of people who have substance use disorders (SUDs), you will likely find that the biggest one is that they all have a need to partake in substance use. They all have feelings that won’t go away until their needs are met, and their lives are very much impacted because of it. The lives of everyone around them are affected as well. Looking further into SUDs and similarities, the most important one to recognize is that those who use substances to the point of addiction all need a helping hand and the opportunity to improve their lives and get back on their feet in a positive direction.

Comorbidities

Instances of SUDs are hard for a person to deal with, but changes are, that isn’t the only battle they’re fighting. In many cases, people who engage in substance use also are dealing with other disorders that may not be so apparent because their SUD steals the limelight. Often, people use substances as a means of escaping the symptomologies of other disorders such as depression and anxiety, among many others. Feeling debilitated in their daily life makes it hard for them to function and substance use may have made these individuals feel as though they were able to loosen up and get through their other issues easier. Although, this is not a sustainable coping mechanism. If you know someone or come across someone with a SUD do not simply assume that they are just bad people who make poor choices. Yes, their choices matter, but they were simply not able to handle their problems the same way that you do. Instead of passing judgement, help them to get into recovery and to learn the right ways of overcoming obstacles to do better in the future.

Development of an Alter-Ego

Individuals suffering from a SUD often develop characteristics or personality traits that aren’t anything like the person that they used to be before the start of their substance use. Researcher Robert J. Craig and his colleagues used the Million Clinical Multiaxial Inventory in order to assess common personality traits among participants who suffer from SUDs, namely those who are alcoholics. Within the data they collected, they found that while there were differences among participants, many of the alcoholics depicted similar personality styles such as Schizotypal, Paranoid, and Borderline personality disorders, through the exhibition of characteristics such as dependent submission and avoidance. They also noted that these individuals experienced higher levels of hopelessness and psychological issues that were most commonly due to the continued effects from prolonged alcohol. Some of which include emotional states of confusion and impairment in memory and cognitive function. These researchers do believe that studying this concept further through asking the right questions can help to further use personality styles to gain information such as likelihood of relapse.

From a clinical standpoint there are proven personality traits that are present within substance users, but these characteristics show themselves in many different forms in one’s normal environment. Many of those with SUDs gain tunnel vision, only being focused on obtaining their next fix, which leads them to be neglectful of their responsibilities. They lose interest in their hobbies or goals they once had for themselves. Typically, they become unproductive unless it suits their needs. Manipulation is common among those with farther developed SUDs because those who have been using substances for a longer period of time may have exhausted their own resources in an attempt to keep their usage going. Ultimately, they begin doing whatever it takes to meet their needs, even if it means taking advantage of someone else. They may end up lying or stealing to get their needs met as well. While all of these are not positive things, the important thing to remember is that many people with SUDs were not like this before they began relying on substances. They were happy, loving, productive, inspiring people who simply lost their way. What’s important is that there is an effort made to help them get into recovery so that they can lose this alter-ego that they’ve created for themselves and get back to being the good people that they once were, only even better than before.

If you are currently suffering from a SUD, there is a chance that you may feel as though you have lost your way. You may not understand why you are where you are or how to find a way out. We want to help you get back on track. Make a personal investment in yourself and get help today. Having a team and really community of support to help get you through can offer piece of mind and a sense of security. At Enlight Treatment Center, we emphasize care and comfort and we want to be that team for you to help you overcome issues and get back to your best self. Whether you have questions or want to visit our facility and talk with us in person, we are always here for you. You can call us at (805)719-7954 or schedule a tour of our facility at 11811 Darlene Lane, Moorpark, CA 93021.

How do Substance Use Disorders Start?

People who have a substance use disorder (SUD) may not remember exactly how their disorder started or why, but there are a few safe bets as to how things began. Some individuals begin using substances because they are offered it and want to try it, they went through a traumatic event or they were experiencing debilitating effects from mental health issues. Others might have found themselves in overwhelming environments or around people who were not good for them, whether they knew them personally or not. What is important to note is that no one who has a pervasive SUD ever thought that this is where they would end up. Their intentions weren’t to end up with an addiction, they simply wanted to escape pain or other negative emotions, or they wanted to try something that ended up being taken too far. When you’re younger everyone tells you about the negative aspects of substances and why they are awful, however, no one tells you about the negative aspects of life and how hard it will be as you get older. You start off on this road of life trying to do the best you can do but at some point things go astray, but by getting help and getting back on track, you can put your life together again and make it even better than it was before. That’s reason enough to have hope and faith in yourself.
The Different Types of Substance Uses

When talking about SUDs it is important to discuss more in depth the varying types of reasons that people end up using substances in the first place because everyone’s goal is not the same and addiction doesn’t always start in the same places for everyone. As someone who uses substances or if you know someone who uses them regularly, these scenarios will look familiar to you:

Salubrious usage: using substances as a means of gaining therapeutic benefits.

Usage based on situation: substances used socially to overcome anxiety or during exceptionally stressful times.

Recreational use: taking substances just for fun or to feel good.

Dependent usage:
taking substances because you have come to need them in order to function and make it through daily life.

Bingeing: partaking in larger amounts of substance use over a shorter period of time.

Experimenting: trying a substance based on being inquisitive.

Breaking down the different types of use can help people to recognize where they fall within these categories and find a way to either put a stop to these activities themselves or they can obtain help and get into the recovery community.

Opportunistic Activity

Since the majority of people will say that they use substances to escape from something, whether it is a situation, environment, or emotion, it is good to discuss why substances end up being the thing that they run to. Different substances have different side effects which can work to ease feelings and change one’s physiological state in varying ways so not everyone will gravitate towards the same substances. In some instances, people choose substances over other methods because they feel as though it’s the easier choice. One of the biggest issues concerning substance use that needs to be addressed is their availability. If you look at the cost of seeing a therapist or getting some kind of professional help to work through issues, you’ll notice that it’s quite expensive. Not that the costs of substances don’t add up and quickly, but in a weak moment, it’s easier to afford $20 for a substance than it is to pay out $150 for a therapy session. The fact that healthcare is exorbitant makes people feel as though they can’t take advantage of resources which is really unfortunate. Additionally, there are so many harmful substances that are legal. Some of the most used substances to date you can buy at a store or get from a pharmacy. Having these substances readily available for consumers not only increases the number of people who will be exposed to them, but it increases the likelihood that usage will turn into addiction. Regulation is very important to the future of addiction and recovery. Being able to move forward responsibly will not only help people now, but it will help keep SUDs from being so pervasive in the future.

Call to Action

If you are currently suffering from a SUD, there is a chance that you may feel as though you have lost your way. You may not understand why you are where you are or how to find a way out. We want to help you get back on track. Make a personal investment in yourself and get help today. Having a team and really community of support to help get you through can offer piece of mind and a sense of security. At Enlight Treatment Center, we emphasize care and comfort and we want to be that team for you to help you overcome issues and get back to your best self. Whether you have questions or want to visit our facility and talk with us in person, we are always here for you. You can call us at (805)719-7954 or schedule a tour of our facility at 11811 Darlene Lane, Moorpark, CA 93021.

When Should I Consider a Treatment Center to get help for Myself or a Loved one with a Substance Use Disorder?

If you are someone suffering with substance abuse disorder (SUD) and you are lucky enough to recognize that you are at a point where you can choose recovery over addiction, then you should certainly consider doing so. However, for those who are much deeper into their substance use, they may not be so lucky to take the steps on their own to get help. In these cases, help is often given from friends or family who care about their loved one enough to support them through the tough things they are facing and to continue to be there to see them through to the other side. As a close relative or friend of someone who uses various substances, you may be able to recognize when enough is enough and an addiction is either too serious or has gone on for too long and nothing else has helped them. This is when a treatment center becomes a real option to help aid in the recovery of the person with the SUD. You may also be in the situation where you know that there is a problem but you’re not sure if it’s time to consider a treatment center or if you should still try to find other options to help them get to a point of recovery.

Recognizing SUD Severity

Dennis Hopson has outline signs of alcoholism that you need to pay attention to in order to decide that it’s time for further help from a treatment center. While these characteristics of this SUD are applied to alcohol use, they are representative of addictions to other substances as well. Therefore, no matter the substance, if you find that your loved one exhibits these signs and symptomologies of a SUD, then it is time to get them the help that they need:

Legal Issues: some people with a SUD tend to end up in jail, having their driving privileges revoked, being required to pay fees and court costs, and end up with one or more criminal charges on their records, whether misdemeanors or felonies.

Blackouts: those with severe use may end up not remember what happened to them, how they got somewhere, and may sometimes unknowingly find themselves in dangerous situations.

Deteriorated relationships: those with a SUD that has been going on for a long time or has gotten out of control can be taxing on family and friends and can severely strain these relationships.

Choosing a SUD over responsibilities: if a SUD is severe enough, the person may begin to stop going to work, do poorly in school, and even stop taking care of their children, depending on the situation.

Increased tolerance: many people who have a long-lasting SUD often gain a high tolerance to substances which means that it takes more of it to achieve the desired effect; this can be dangerous and very expensive.

Going through withdrawal: if a person begins experiencing withdrawal symptoms because they are going without a substance, then their SUD is severe and should be addressed and treated. Symptoms include anxiety, hallucinations, flu like symptoms, headaches, and sometimes seizures, among other things.

Lack of control of consumption: being unable to go without the substance in certain situations or prior to, or not being able to stop usage during events such as when having a medical procedure done or being placed on other medications for health issues.

If you recognize any of these signs in yourself or a loved one, find someone to talk to and find a way to get help. At this point, getting help may be the difference between life and death should the SUD continue and worsen. It is understandable that life is hard and that there are many feelings that have to be dealt with, but substance use isn’t the way, at least, not anymore. You are so much stronger than you think and have the power to overcome much more than you probably give yourself credit for, and this truth applies to getting on the road to recovery. You can do it.

Call to Action

If you are currently suffering from a SUD, there is a chance that you may feel as though you have lost your way. You may not understand why you are where you are or how to find a way out. We want to help you get back on track. Make a personal investment in yourself and get help today. Having a team and really community of support to help get you through can offer piece of mind and a sense of security. At Enlight Treatment Center, we emphasize care and comfort and we want to be that team for you to help you overcome issues and get back to your best self. Whether you have questions or want to visit our facility and talk with us in person, we are always here for you. You can call us at (805)719-7954 or schedule a tour of our facility at 11811 Darlene Lane, Moorpark, CA 93021.

How Does Faith Play a Role in Recovery?

If you are someone who struggles with a substance abuse disorder (SUD), you might find yourself asking a lot of questions. How did I end up here? When did things go wrong? What happened to me? How do I stop this or What is my way out? There may be aspects of your situation that you’re fully aware of or maybe things have been out of the norm for so long that you forgot how you even got where you are. What’s important to remember is that you don’t have to stay in the place that you’re in, you have the opportunity to change your life for the better and to find yourself again. You are at a point where you can rekindle the things you used to love about yourself and work on the things that maybe needed improvement. Even more important is that you are not alone. There may be people who don’t feel as though faith in a higher power may do much for them, but for others, welcoming some divine intervention was the best thing that they ever did for themselves. At this point, you don’t have anything to lose from choosing to have faith and using it as a guiding force in order to start and maintain recovery.

In fact, coming from Baylor University, Dr. Brian Grim, a sociologist, who was published in the Journal of Religion and Health, studied the relationship between faith and recovery from addiction. Programs that incorporate faith into their treatment plans are said to be widely successful in the aiding of long-term recovery for reformed addicts. This is something that should certainly be paid attention to seeing as how in the United States alone there are roughly 20 million people who are suffering from SUD. Dr. Grim also noted that despite less than half of the U.S. population feeling as though faith has a solution for the problems that currently exist in today’s society, over 70% of treatment programs, for example 12-step programs, implement faith or spirituality into their recovery plans. In the same way that various programs and treatment centers utilize group therapy models and seek to have those in recovery be a part of a strong, growing community, having some form of faith enables people to further be a part of a group that can have a strong influence in a positive way other their life. There may not be an understandable reason as to why things are the way they are, but with faith, there is the promise of a way out and for better things to come to you.

Developing a Personal Relationship with God

One important aspect of faith in recovery to note is that people are not required to subscribe to some sect of religion. While choosing a church and attending services may help for community inclusion and offer a chance for structure, that is not all that faith is about. Many people in present times denounce religion for many reasons. Some people do not like the rules and others simply don’t agree with all the practices that take place. The most important facet of faith and spirituality is that you develop a personal relationship with God or whichever higher power you choose to place your faith in. Prayers can be said anywhere, and they are always heard and answered, even if the answers come in unexpected ways. You can talk to God without the formality of a scripted prayer, just through using regular conversation, and He will hear you. Doing your part to show respect and reverence on your own is far more valuable that sitting in a church getting nothing out of the message. Within treatment programs, there are often prayers that are said regularly and that is because they work, especially when you believe in them. You, yourself, may have felt powerless over many situations and experiences that you have come across, and perhaps you really were. However, it doesn’t have to stay that way, you have the power to take back control and reclaim your life, your identity, all of it. Life may not be perfect, but it does get better, and knowing that you have someone who is capable of miracles on your side is one of the best tools that you can have to overcome any obstacle that you may face.
Call to Action

If you are currently suffering from a SUD, there is a chance that you may feel as though you have lost your way. You may not understand why you are where you are or how to find a way out. We want to help you get back on track. Make a personal investment in yourself and get help today. Having a team and really community of support to help get you through can offer piece of mind and a sense of security. At Enlight Treatment Center, we emphasize care and comfort and we want to be that team for you to help you overcome issues and get back to your best self. Whether you have questions or want to visit our facility and talk with us in person, we are always here for you. You can call us at (805)719-7954 or schedule a tour of our facility at 11811 Darlene Lane, Moorpark, CA 93021.