Addiction is a disease that doesn’t discriminate. It affects people all over the world of every race, creed, religion, and profession. But, even though addiction is so widespread and can affect anyone, there are still some common misconceptions and stigmas that surround addiction. Therefore, education about addiction, especially for people living the experience of addiction or affected by it through the experience of a loved one’s addiction, is very important and useful. Education about addiction can help people to better understand the addiction experience, how to help a loved one, how to go about getting help, and which treatments may be most effective.
From the moment you reach out for help with addiction, you’ll begin to learn more about how addiction has affected your life and those around you. First, during your initial assessment and evaluation, you’ll be asked questions about the symptoms you’re experiencing, the negative effects of addiction on your life, and how long you’ve been dealing with this issue. Then, with guided help through mental health specialists, psychiatrists, doctors, and therapists, you’ll continue your education about addiction by exploring different treatments. Doing this deep dive into exploring how addiction has affected your life can help you to learn how deeply addicted has impacted your life and the lives of others. Therefore, giving you a place to start accepting what you’ve experienced and begin the process of healing.
Furthermore, learning about addiction not only gives you a place to start healing, but it can also help you stay in recovery. Specifically, learning about addiction from an outside perspective can assist you with recognizing the overall impact of addiction on people. This means learning not about how addiction has affected your own life experience, but how using addictive substances has physical effects on the body, how other people have overcome addictive lifestyles, and how the cycle of addiction is a disease rather than a choice people make. Using this knowledge can help you better understand why remaining in recovery is so vital to your overall physical and mental health. And, knowing that recovery is possible can help to provide you with the hope that’s required to keep pushing forward.
Additionally, learning about addiction can also include learning about how to stay sober. This means learning about various means to utilize once treatment concludes. One of the best ways to keep from reverting back to addictive behaviors is to prioritize one’s own thoughts and feelings by participating in various activities. These activities are practiced and learned about through treatment and can include group therapy, exercise, nutrition, hobbies, meditation, yoga, and more. Learning how to control impulses and focus on alternative lifestyle habits and create healthy routines is a major aspect of addiction education. And, having this aspect of learning throughout treatment can help people learn to stay in recovery.
Here at Yellowbrick, we understand the importance of addiction education for people who are living through active addiction. And, loved ones and families of those who are impacted by addiction. That’s why we implement education in our addiction treatment programs for both individuals and families. Find out more about our substance abuse treatment that has a focus on education right from our website.
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A mental health condition that’s characterized by intense shifts in mood including both manic and depressive episodes.
People living with Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD, experience episodes of depression and sadness that are debilitating to daily life.
Those living with anxiety disorders experience high levels of anxiety and stress that interfere negatively with daily life.
A mental health issue in which a person’s cognitive function is impaired, resulting in symptoms like experiencing challenges with conducting speech, reading and writing, and behavior.
Mental health disorders that negatively affect a person’s behaviors, thought patterns, and function. People diagnosed with these disorders experience challenges with managing relationships and understanding various situations.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that people can develop as a result of experiencing traumatic situations, characterized by symptoms including flashbacks, avoidance behaviors, and more.
A mental health condition that is characterized by specific symptoms of forgetfulness and lack of concentration, which makes it challenging to complete necessary tasks.
Mental health conditions that interfere with a person’s eating habits, thought patterns, and behaviors in negative ways.
A mental health disorder diagnosable with the DSM-5 that is characterized by both obsessions and compulsive behaviors.