Disability Rehabilitation Center And Rehab Facilities in CA
People With Disabilities Are At A Higher Risk Of Substance Abuse
A disability can be doubly challenging if it is coupled with an addiction to drugs or alcohol. The fact remains that people with a disability are at a higher risk of substance abuse than the general population. They also face unique barriers in getting the treatment needed to get well and sober. People with disabilities need a strong support group of advocates to help them achieve long-lasting sobriety.
There are a number of factors that contribute to the substance abuse challenges of handicapped people.
- There is a greater potential to misuse prescription medications for pain. Handicapped people are often in greater pain than people in the general population. With medication that are readily available, there is greater temptation to abuse them. Handicapped people have greater need for muscle relaxants and medication to reduce muscle spasms too. Even when using these medications as prescribed by their doctor, patients can develop an addiction.
- Pain and limited mobility are major causes of turning to an illicit or prescribed drug to combat feelings of isolation or depression. A disability, all by itself, can make individuals feel like they are separated from others.
- Care providers can become enablers. It is easy for care providers to feel emotional attachments and become enablers in the process. It is not that anyone would consciously enable a handicapped person, but it does happen in an attempt not to make that person feel any more hurt than they already are feeling. Oftentimes, family members will claim there is nothing they can do to stop the handicapped individual from abusing drugs or alcohol.
- Disabled persons can also be at a disadvantage due to limited transportation and access to educational materials. There are hurdles they face that the average individual is not aware of. These hurdles make the recovery process even more challenging for them.
The numbers indicate that nearly half of all disable people abuse drugs or alcohol. Those numbers are extremely high, and are greater than the general population at large. To make matters worse, handicapped individuals that drink or take drugs may be at an even greater risk for damages to their heart, kidney, liver, muscles, urinary tract infections, and pressure sores.
People with disabilities should seek professional help at a facility that has experience working with this population group. At Sprout Health California Detox, our capable staff has he knowledge and credentials to help addicted individuals through detox and rehab. We can provide the medication that can relieve symptoms of detox, and then provide therapies that help individuals to make the connection with their thoughts and actions. Our inpatient treatment program is intense, and we monitor our patients on a 24/7 basis. As such, we can make adjustments as needed along the way.
We can also offer holistic therapies that include massage, meditation, and even acupuncture. We also recommend that our patients join groups like Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous so that they can stay connected and grounded when they have temptations to relapse.
Outpatient treatment, less intense, is just as effective. Patients can move into this treatment who show good progress and that have a measure of control over their addiction. The unfortunate thing is that many disabled people who make it through substance abuse treatment fall back into relapse, never achieving long-term recovery. It may be that they continue to experience frustrations from being able to reintegrate into the community. There may be a natural hindrance in finding meaningful work, or developing and maintaining strong relationships with sober friends.
Additional Recovery Obstacles
It may also be that reading material is written at a reading level beyond that of many people with disabilities, especially if the disability is mentally related. In addition, many materials rarely show handicapped people in advertising. This may give the impression that handicapped individuals are not at risk. Handicapped individuals are also left out of many clinical studies. Unfortunately, at almost every level that addresses substance abuse issues, handicapped people are removed from the equation.
Whatever their need to achieve abstinence, we have the solutions that handicapped, addicted individuals need. We respect their commitment to finding a solution for their addiction. We know how difficult it can be for people to avoid relapse when there are overwhelming issues that can keep pushing them in that direction. Our mission is to provide the tools for any addicted person to achieve long-term sobriety. If you or a loved one is fighting drug or alcohol addiction, contact us today to learn more about our programs.