A person who is battling a substance use disorder may find themselves trapped between two terrible options.
On the one hand, as they continue to misuse drugs or alcohol, the toll on their physical and mental health intensifies. Depending on the substance involved, the results of continued use can be devastating and permanent. Meanwhile, the rest of the person’s life is likely also crumbling, as work or school become impossible to focus on, relationships fall apart, and financial issues related to drug use arise. All of those things are bad enough, but it is important to remember that in the very worst cases, misuse of drugs can lead to death. It happens far too often.
On the other hand, quitting is no walk in the park. In many cases, a person’s body and brain have become used to—even dependent on—a continuous supply of drugs or alcohol. Any effort to quit, especially suddenly, can lead to withdrawal symptoms that can be extremely dangerous. At the very least, withdrawal generally involves intense cravings for the drug in question—cravings that are all but impossible to resist. And here’s one way withdrawal and continued use are the same: In the very worst cases, an effort to give up a drug can lead to death.
Those are two terrible choices: ongoing misuse of drugs or alcohol, or devastating withdrawal symptoms. For someone stuck in the cycle, it may seem as though there is no way to break free.
But there is. And Highland Hospital can help.