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Addiction Overview

Addiction or Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is a complex, progressive condition. Without professional treatment, addiction worsens. It can jeopardize all areas of a person’s life.

Addiction is being unable to control your intake of a specific substance/substances, despite adverse effects. Addiction has a significant impact on our mental and physical health. It also puts us at risk of job and relationship loss and financial and legal issues.

It can feel like addiction has taken over your life. People prioritize it over their families, friends, and loved ones. However, addiction doesn’t have to be permanent. It is possible to take back control of your life and recover.

Early intervention is essential for recovery success. The longer a person goes without treatment, the more severe their addiction becomes. At Detox West Tennessee, we help clients of all demographics overcome their addiction and return to health.

At our center, we offer medically supervised detox programs. If you struggle with heroin addiction, cocaine addiction, alcohol use disorder, or a range of other substance-related disorders, we are here to help.

Addiction in the Population

Addiction can affect anyone. It does not discriminate by age, gender, socioeconomic status, job, or family structure. None of us are immune to addiction. Prolonged misuse of substances creates neural changes in the brain. These changes drive compulsive drug-seeking behavior.

While addiction can affect anyone, specific subsets of the population are at greater risk of developing an addiction than the rest. Treatment providers do not always offer a wide enough range of specialized programs to help these groups. A center might provide specialized care for a specific group, but others are left out.

Finding a treatment provider that offers specialized care for your specific needs can be difficult. At Detox West Tennessee, we take pride in providing inclusive yet bespoke detox programs that cater to every individual.

We understand that addiction affects people on a deep level and that care should address the whole person. We do not discriminate by background, ethnicity, age, or career type.

We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind, and our staff leads our detox programs with compassionate care. We help anyone who comes to us for support.

Addiction in Women

Medical Clinics of North America reports that women are the fastest-growing group of substance misusers in the U.S. Prescription drug misuse is one of the most common substance-related issues affecting women.

According to SAMHSA, 8.4 million women in the U.S aged 18 and over have misused prescription drugs in the past year. Treating addiction in women must involve female-specific approaches to treatment.

Addiction in Men

Men face specific issues around substance misuse and accessing treatment. Many men today have grown up in a culture that suppresses male vulnerability. Reaching out for help can be difficult for men, many of whom struggle with societal stereotypes of toughness and independence.

Alcohol is one of the most common drugs of misuse among men in the U.S., according to SAMHSA. Men also use high levels of cannabis and stimulants. Male-specific approaches to treatment reduce the prevalence and severity of addiction in men.

Addiction in the LGBT Community

Members of the LGBT community face a higher risk of substance-related disorders than the general population. This marginalized group faces barriers to treatment. Social stigma and stigma from treatment providers prevent many from seeking help. Although it is more accepted today than ever before to live openly with one’s sexuality and gender, this group still faces harmful discrimination.

Alcohol, cannabis, and methamphetamine misuse is high in this community. Treatment providers must understand and customize treatment programs to tackle addiction in the LGBT community.

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Addiction in Trauma Survivors

SAMHSA defines trauma as ‘an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being.’.

According to BMC Psychiatry, trauma survivors face a higher risk of addiction than the general population. Traumatic memories can be difficult and overwhelming. Many trauma survivors may use substances to self-medicate.

Any relief gained is temporary, as is the nature of drug use. Soon, those memories and emotions return. A person may then find themselves once again reaching for a substance to help. Such behavior leads to dependence and addiction, which exacerbates the trauma.

Addiction treatment for trauma survivors requires acknowledgment and consideration for trauma. Trauma-informed care is necessary to support healing and prevent re-traumatization.

Addiction in Senior Citizens

Clinics in Geriatric Medicine reports that substance misuse among senior citizens is a growing issue in the U.S. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, alcohol and prescription drugs are among the most misused substances in this set of the population.

People often don’t notice the signs of addiction in older people. They can seem like a natural part of the aging process. However, drug addiction is dangerous at any age.

The natural aging process can be challenging to manage. Senior citizens are more prone to pain, insomnia, depression, and anxiety than other groups. Feelings of loneliness combined with the issues mentioned above can make substance use seem appealing. Older generations may also be less likely to admit that they need help.

We understand that although it’s scary, you’re never too old to recover. We’re sensitive to the mental and physical health needs of older adults. If you want to take the first vital step into recovery, we can help you.

Addiction in Legal Practitioners

Lawyers and others in the legal profession face long hours and emotionally taxing workdays. Substance misuse rates and poor mental health are high in this group. The Journal of Addiction Medicine reports that depression and suicidality are very common in lawyers and attorneys.

Some legal professionals self-medicate through the use of alcohol or prescription medications. Self-medication is very risky. It can quickly lead to substance dependence and addiction.

The stigma attached to substance misuse and addiction is a barrier to treatment. Many of those struggling with addiction face job loss and harsh criticism from others about their substance use. This stigma prevents many in this profession from seeking the help they need.

Addiction in College Students

College students face unique challenges around substance use and misuse. There is immense pressure on these young adults to perform well at school. This pressure can be overwhelming and increase the appeal of using substances.

Drug and alcohol use is common among college students. Aside from the academic pressure, this group also faces social pressure. Alcohol, stimulants (cocaine, methamphetamine), and marijuana are common drugs of misuse among this group.

Addiction in Native Americans

Native Americans make up around 1.7 percent of the U.S. population. Though this number is low, SAMHSA reports that Native Americans have disproportionately high rates of substance use.

Historical trauma, discrimination, and high unemployment levels put Native Americans at an increased risk of substance use disorder.

According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the prevalence of substance use is higher in Native Americans than in any other ethnic group in the U.S.

The NSDUH also reports that around 10 percent of Native Americans suffer from a substance use disorder. 7.1 percent of this group struggle with alcohol use disorder (AUD).

Addiction in Veterans

According to Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation, veterans are among the most common groups diagnosed with substance use disorders (SUD). On returning from service, many exhibit depression and/or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms.

PTSD symptoms can be debilitating, and some veterans turn to substances to cope.

The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs reports that binge drinking is prevalent among veterans. This may be in response to past trauma and intrusive memories of combat. According to the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs, around 1 in 10 soldiers who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan returned home with a substance use issue.

Addiction Recovery Support at Detox West Tennessee

No matter who you are, we are here to help. We understand the complex nature of addiction and how difficult it can be. We know that everyone has their own reasons for addiction. We appreciate that certain types of people might be vulnerable for different reasons, and we accommodate that.

When you come to Detox West Tennessee to engage in our detox programs, we provide you with compassionate, non-judgmental care. We support each client throughout their detox. We make the process as smooth and comfortable as possible through monitoring and around-the-clock medical supervision.

Once you complete your detox program at Detox West Tennessee, you will be in an optimal position to enter rehab and continue on the road to recovery. We stabilize your physical health so you can engage in a comprehensive addiction rehabilitation program.

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If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction and don’t know where to begin, please contact us today. We can arrange for an initial pre-detox assessment to determine your specific needs. From there, we can deliver the most effective and appropriate detox program.

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