In 2020, Covid-19 created a new set of drinkers and recreational drug users. With overwhelming isolation and boredom, it’s not hard to understand how someone can fall victim to temptation when normally they were adverse. At the same time, those teens and adults who were already “active” took their game to the next level, for the very same reason. What has happened is a huge spike in behavioral health / addiction problems that has led our country to what will account to about 82,000 drug overdose deaths in 2020 (an increase of over 10,000 from 2019). The point to all of this is simply that addiction is slippery slope and it’s not hard to get into the deep end of the pool quickly.
Increased Alcohol & Drug Use
Alcohol and drugs change how your brain handles emotions or feelings. Substances prevent the signals sent from one neuron to another. For example, drugs like heroin, can act as a neurotransmitter, a chemical at the end of a nerve that delivers responses to other nerves because they can imitate the chemicals produced by your brain. Other drugs like cocaine can trigger an irregular amount of natural neurotransmitters or block neurotransmitters’ reuse. Whether the substance is cocaine, marijuana, alcohol or an opioid, all substances hinder with the brain’s natural message structure.
Think about this way: when you first use a substance, you didn’t need a lot to get high or tipsy. At first, you used what your friends were using. The use became a part of regular social situations. However, as time went by, you noted you required more to achieve the same effect. At the same time, increased use of a substance amplifies the risk of long-term damage to your brain, organs, or mood. This could suggest that it’s time to get help for substance use disorder (SUD).
Time for Florida Addiction Treatment
Once you make a decision to change, it is time to think about going to rehab. Drug and alcohol treatment should incorporate detoxification, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, or outpatient therapy. Substance abuse treatment is the first step to take back your self-control. Whether you decide to stop using because of consequences or an increased need for substances, you are choosing to take back your life. Make an appointment with an admissions counselor at Simple Path Recovery and discuss your drug and alcohol use, goals, and level of care you might need. Thorough addiction treatment creates a groundwork for a healthy, long-term recovery journey.Simple Path Recovery is a oceanside, boutique addiction treatment center located in Pompano Beach, FL. Recognized as a Top Florida Drug & Alcohol Rehab, Simple Path is committed to individualized care, 12-step integration, and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). Their addiction helpline is available 24/7 at 855-467-3625.
About the Author
Matthew Koenig is the principal of Last Call Marketing, which devotes their efforts to Digital Marketing, Content Marketing, Website Design and SEO, primarily in healthcare and tourism concerns. Mr. Koenig is based out of South Florida. His sober date is June 10, 2013.