Support organisations and help
Drug abuse and addiction can wreck lives, damage relationships, lose people their jobs and livelihoods and even result in death.
This life-limiting affliction affects a huge number of people, with more than half a million people thought to be alcohol dependent to the extent that require medical intervention in the UK alone.
Overcoming addiction in any form is a difficult task and one that is immeasurably harder without good support and guidance.
Without support, continued drug and alcohol abuse combined with PTSD can lead to:
- Poor performance at work or losing a job
- Strained or broken relationships with a partner, family or friends
- Long-term health complications such as heart and liver disease and psychosis
- Financial hardship and the risk of criminality
Often the decision to try and end the cycle of dependency on drugs or alcohol is not an easy one for a user to make and requires the intervention of friends, family or colleagues to encourage the final decision to seek help.
If you are worried about a loved one and their addiction, it’s important to understand how the process of intervention works so that you have the best chance of successfully helping that person overcome their dependency
Support and advice
Whether you are addicted to a substance yourself, or you are worried about a friend, employee or family member, there are many places to begin to look for good advice and support. Learn more.
Broadly speaking, the best sources of advice and support come in two categories;
Emotional and mental support
- Mutual support groups are a good way of confronting addiction and beginning the path to recovery. Talk to groups like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous about their process for dealing with addiction to alcohol and drugs respectively
- FRANK is an impartial drug advice organisation, particularly for young people who are worried about their relationship with substances.
Physical and medical support
- Call your GP in the first instance to discuss the problem of your addiction and get a medical opinion of the best course of action
- Consider residential rehab at a facility that specialises in the physical and medical process of detox and recovery from addiction
The Good News
As society’s views on drug and alcohol addiction evolve over time, people who are addicted to substances are becoming less vilified and seen more as patients with medical needs.
This makes the process of seeking help and support easier and less socially taboo, meaning more and more individuals who need help feel they are able to reach out and get it.