September is National Recovery Month, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The goal is to educate Americans on the mental health and addiction treatment services available within our communities. This month is also a time to celebrate those in recovery. This year’s theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose and Community.
Addiction IS a Brain Disease
American rapper Mac Miller passed away from a drug overdose just days ago, and some people have been quick to judge him for his “choices.” Yet, no one chooses to be a drug addict. Scientific research shows that addiction is a medical disorder that affects the brain and changes behavior. This highly complex disease has both environmental and genetic components.
Months like September help raise awareness about the true nature of addiction. The more informed people are, the more effective we can be in treating substance abuse. Addiction is treatable – millions of people live in recovery every day!
Identifying Who Needs Help
In some cases, addicts realize that they need help and are willing to make a change. But, in many other cases, it’s the family and friends that bring light to the situation. If you know of someone who may be abusing drugs or alcohol, it’s important that you care.
It can be hard to know the difference between substance abuse and addiction, but most people abusing drugs and alcohol can benefit from some treatment. Here are the signs that professional Phoenix addiction treatment may be needed.
- Diagnosed health problems caused by drugs or alcohol
- Loss of interest in hobbies and activities once enjoyed
- Fluctuating levels of sleep and energy
- Fluctuations in mood
- Changes in appearance
- Frequent disappearances
- Absences from work or school
- Lying or dishonesty
Helping someone get the help they need is a complex process, but there are tools and resources to make it easier. We recommend visiting SAMHSA’s Find Treatment page to look up rehab centers. You can also call a Phoenix treatment center directly to verify insurance and explore the various levels of care.
Continuum Recovery Center offers Primary Care Treatment, Extended Treatment and Intensive Outpatient Treatment, and we accept most insurance plans. Call our admissions coordinators today to learn more.
Geffen has been in the field for over 20 years, and has worked in every facet of substance abuse treatment. Using his own personal experience in recovery and the education he has learned while in the field, Geffen can relate and connect with clients in a way that promotes recovery, self love and the desire for clients to achieve the best for themselves. Geffen is licensed in Arizona as a substance abuse counselor and has an IC&RC certification, as well as a life coaching certification.