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Drug addiction and treatment
Regardless of the circumstances, drug addiction recovery can be a challenging road to walk that comes with immeasurable reward.
However, the current lockdown in South Africa has placed added pressure on those with drug addiction as well as those who are in recovery.
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The South African government has placed a nationwide ban on the sale of alcohol during the lockdown period, but how does this affect those with alcohol addiction during lockdown?
According to the World Health Organisation, South Africa has the fifth highest rate of alcohol consumption in the world.
There are typically two rehabilitation options for substance abuse, namely inpatient and outpatient treatment.
Although both options are fundamentally focused on rehabilitation, each treatment option is designed to offer different types of support, for different levels of addiction.
Setting goals during addiction recovery is a key component of successful recovery as it helps us gain a clear vision of where we would like to see ourselves in the future.
Having goals can help us dedicate our time and efforts to focussing on recovery and finding harmony in a life of sobriety.
Although over the counter drugs are available to purchase without a prescription from your doctor, it doesn’t mean that there are no dangers involved with abusing this type of medication.
Hundreds of people all over the world misuse and abuse prescription drugs, whether it be intentionally or unintentionally.
Prescription drug misuse can be described as using prescription medication in a way that is not intended by the prescribing doctor.
This could mean that taking someone else’s prescribed medication, taking more than what your doctor has prescribed. For example – regularly taking twice as many tranquilisers as prescribed.
There are many additional activities that we can incorporate into our lives during the process of addiction recovery which can be instrumental in our path towards sobriety.
Addiction recovery is not just about no longer using a substance; it’s about finding new ways to enjoy our lives, or remembering what gave us joy before we became addicted.
There is no doubt that physical activity is good for the mind, body and soul. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that there are several, far-reaching benefits of exercise for addiction recovery.
Addiction and isolation are very closely related. Sometimes feelings of isolation can cause a person to turn to substance abuse, while long-term substance abuse and addiction can further exacerbate isolation.
This can easily lead a person feeling completely detached from the people around them, overall society and even themselves.
There is an uncomfortably close link between domestic violence and addiction; substance abuse is often the cause of domestic violence, while domestic violence can just as well cause substance abuse.
Therefore, both substance abuse and domestic violence are considered the cause and effect of the other, and when investigating the one the other should always be considered.
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