What are Depressants?
What is Substance Abuse & Addiction
What Causes Abuse & Addiction
- Genes - Family History of Addiction
- Mental Health - Mental Disorders
- Family & Social Environment - History of Abuse & Neglect
(HelpGuide, n.d., para. 4)
Treatment should be tailored to the needs of the individual and a thorough assessment should be done prior to treatment.
- Behavioral Therapies
- Group Programs - 12 Step Programs
FREE REFERRAL HELPLINE 1-800-662-HELP
What to look for in a Therapist
- Master's Degree
- Certified per States Licensure Laws
- National Counselor's Exam
- Examination of Master Addiction Counselors
- Interpersonal Skills
(Counselor - License, 2014, paras 8-10)
Myths and Misconceptions
- You can't force someone into treatment - not true, they do not have to hit rock bottom first. Offer them help and guidance. Let them know there is help and they are not alone.
- Why bother, treatment didn't work before it won't work this time - not true, maybe you didn't find the right fit in a therapist and it doesn't matter how many times you seek treatment, keep trying!
- There's nothing you can do about your illness - not true, it is not a weakness, it is a legitimate illness and there is help.
- You can stop anytime you want - not true, not for everyone, and if you have progressed to the point of addiction and abuse you can't stop without help.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE, THERE IS HELP!!!!
The Alcohol & Drug Addiction Resource Center: 800-390-4056
Alcohol Abuse and Crisis Intervention: 800-234-0246
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Helpline and Treatment: 800-234-0420
Alcohol Hotline Support & Information: 800-331-2900
Counselor - License. (2014). What are Addiction Counselors? Retrieved from: http://www.counselor-license.com/careers/addiction-counselor.html#prefilter
Foundation for Drug Free World. (2014). Depressants. Retrieved from: http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/prescription/depressants.html
Help Guide. (n.d.). Drug Abuse and Addiction. Retrieved from: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/addiction/drug-abuse-and-addiction.htm