While the payoff for going through rehab is a healthier, happier life that is very much worth the effort, there’s no denying that rehab is challenging for anyone. When the person seeking treatment is a single parent, the “degree of difficulty” increases significantly for a number of reasons. However, as we tell people at our Sacramento drug treatment center, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. In fact, we work with people on a regular basis who are balancing their parental responsibilities with their need and desire to get clean.
Rehab Hurdles for Single Parents
If you are a single parent who is fighting an addiction, you may find it hard to pursue rehab for a number of reasons, including:
Financial challenges. As a single parent, you may already be working hard just to pay your bills. The thought of paying for rehab on top of your other commitments can seem daunting. And, if you plan to take time off from work to be in rehab, you may not be getting compensated until you’re back on the job, adding to your burden. Read more from this article: http://bit.ly/2sOdRN3
As a person with an alcohol addiction, you can surely come up with a number of reasons that make sense to you for continuing to drink. And if you keep that list top of mind, it is unlikely that your situation will change for the better. But as we tell people at our alcohol rehab in Sacramento, if you instead choose to focus on the many reasons that it makes sense to get treatment, you’re much more likely to find yourself on the road to recovery.
Here are just a few of those reasons:
1. Repaired relationships. Friends, siblings, parents, children, coworkers… as a person with an alcohol addiction, you’ve probably seen your relationships with many of these people grow strained if not ended altogether. Getting help can mean you will have the opportunity to repair those relationships and reconnect with the people you love. Read more from this article: http://bit.ly/2sOWGuM
While addiction can have similar, tragic consequences in both men and women, the two genders aren’t exactly the same when it comes to why they become addicted and how they respond. When we talk with people seeking addiction treatment in Sacramento, we point out that it’s important to understand these differences. That includes getting the facts related to certain myths about women and addiction.
Women and Addiction: Truth and Fiction
Here are some myths and reality when it comes to gender and substance abuse problems.
Myth: Both genders become addicted for the same reasons. False. For a number of reasons including differences in brain chemistry, women have a much higher incidence of anxiety and depression. Their attempt to deal with these conditions often causes them to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs, which can lead to addiction. Women also are more often affected by interpersonal violence, which can lead to substance abuse and addiction. Read more from this article: http://bit.ly/2u7mJRK
The negative consequences of drug and alcohol addiction — isolation, helplessness, regrets, etc. — often result in the development or worsening of the symptoms of depression. However, we’re happy tell the people we work with at our drug rehab center in Sacramento that there is increasingly good news to report on the treatment of depression.
The Growing Bright Side of a Very Dark Condition
Here are some positive things to keep in mind if you suffer from depression:
Researchers and healthcare professionals understand it better than ever. While we certainly haven’t found a way to prevent or completely cure depression yet, we do know much more about it than we did just a decade ago. Ongoing research and advances in brain imaging are giving us more insight into what depression is and how it develops. Read more from this article: http://bit.ly/2sOwjFt
It has been widely reported in recent years that prescription drug abuse among teens is on the rise. Where in the past, teens who acknowledged using substances would most often name marijuana and alcohol as things they had tried, today it’s much more common to see prescription drugs like Adderall, Ritalin, and Xanax on the list. As we tell people at our Sacramento rehab, this is a trend that we all need to be aware of. Everyone in a teen’s sphere of influence needs to be ready to take action as needed.
The Challenge of Detecting Substance Abuse
Prescription drug abuse among teens can be especially hard for parents to spot. Unlike marijuana and alcohol, which have telltale odors, these drugs do not. And because mood swings and odd behaviors tend to be common even in adolescents who aren’t involved in substance abuse, people often overlook them. Read more from this article: http://bit.ly/2u7Bwfw
By some estimates, people who are in the grip of an addiction are as much as six time more likely to commit suicide. This is due, in large part, to the fact that people with substance abuse problems are very likely to experience depression, and depression is the number one risk factor for suicide. In addition, being under the influence of drugs or alcohol impairs a person’s judgement which can lead to them following through with an act that they wouldn’t commit while sober. As we tell people at our detox center in Sacramento, it’s important to understand the relationship between a person’s addiction and their thoughts of taking their own life. Read more from this article: http://bit.ly/2u7Mku5
It is well known that there is a strong connection between stress and addiction. In fact, many of the people who come to our Sacramento rehab report that they have a tremendous amount of stress in their life. That tension, along with poor coping skills, can lead to serious problems with drugs and alcohol.
Normal Stress vs. Chronic Stress
When talking about stress, there are two primary kinds: normal stress and chronic stress. It’s safe to say that everyone experiences some stress in their life. In fact, many people seek out a certain amount of stress at times, in part because it feels good to overcome it. For example, running a marathon can create both physical and emotional stress. This kind of stress is moderately intense at most, predictable, and of limited duration. And, the payoff when you cross the finish line is worth it to most people. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2wHV0FT