Tag Archives: Substance Use Disorder

Tag Archives: Substance Use Disorder


How families play a role in substance use disorder treatment

Addiction rarely affects an individual in isolation. When one family member has a substance abuse disorder, the consequences are felt throughout the entire family. In fact, researchers have learned a great deal not only about how addiction impacts the family but also how the family constellation can affect the development and maintenance of substance abuse behavior.

It is a widely held belief among treatment experts that treating only the individual who is experiencing an addiction problem can limit the scope of healing. Mental health and social work professionals know that treating only the addict without the participation of his or her significant others can severely limit treatment efficacy for two major reasons.

Support is Necessary for Recovery 

First, addressing an addiction problem in isolation overlooks the devastating effect that substance use has on the family unit as a whole. Second, not involving family members ignores a tremendous and valuable source of healing and support.

Underpinning these beliefs is the fact that both environmental and genetic factors have a role to play in the development of substance abuse disorders. Thus it stands to reason that one’s family has a vital role to play in therapy.

In addition to genetics, family member beliefs and attitudes can be very influential factors in how one approaches treatment and sobriety. The beliefs that family members have about addiction often influence individuals as they try to get sober, and can ultimately influence the efficacy of treatment interventions. For example, the family may view addiction as a moral failing and advocate that “will power” be used to get clean.

More Than a Disorder or Illness

Modern medicine views addiction as a disease to be treated, not a vice to be eradicated. Thus, if a significant other is at odds with an individual’s treatment philosophy and goals, it is a situation that the therapist needs to be aware of. In such cases, it is important for the entire family to be educated about the development and course of substance abuse as well as on proper treatment methods.

Recovery is possible—recover your unique, purposeful, sober life by reaching out to the dedicated experts at Cumberland Heights.

Addiction is a chronic, progressive and potentially fatal disease. For over 50 years we have carefully provided the highest quality of care for adults, adolescents and families who suffer from, or are affected by this devastating disease.

Our nonprofit alcohol and drug addiction treatment center is located on a peaceful, pastoral 177-acre campus on the banks of the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee. We provide a continuum of services through two 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers and 4 sober living homes.

At Cumberland Heights, we always put the patient first, and value the importance of family participation in the recovery process. Take the first step toward healing by calling us at (866) 899-5231 today.

Parental addiction on the rise

Substance abuse is a major concern to people of all ages in the United States; the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published an article in 2017 explaining the various effects of parental addiction that also impacts children and other family members, such as:

  • Failing to pay the bills
  • Being unable to control substance use
  • Violence in the home
  • Missed responsibilities
  • Parental neglect
  • And more

Parental substance abuse significantly affects children of all ages, with adult children also reporting significant effects years later from their parents’ substance use. Several studies have shown that children battle making friends, succeeding in school and maintaining healthy self-esteem when their parent struggles with substance use concerns.

Last year, Very Well Mind, a website that publishes information related to a variety of mental health conditions, explained that families can break up because of substance abuse – and when that happens, children are often left to grow up much earlier than anticipated. Neglectful parenting could mean that some children begin taking care of siblings at a very young age or even becoming involved in illegal activity in efforts to make money to pay the bills. Some children are exposed to harsh environments where drugs are used, which increases their risks for accidentally consuming drugs or even experiencing an overdose from them; and if help isn’t sought by the parent, risks may only worsen.

If you are a parent battling substance abuse, speak with a professional from Cumberland Heights today. The only way that the family – and your life – can get better, is to seek treatment and begin your journey to recovery. It’s a long road, but it’s worth the effort – and your loved ones will be thankful that you seek the help you need.

Cumberland Heights is a nonprofit alcohol and drug addiction treatment center located on the banks of the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee. On a sprawling 177-acre campus, we are made up of two 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers, and 4 sober living homes. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first. For more information, call 1-800-646-9998 today.

What age is more susceptible to addiction?The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) states that an estimated 1.3 million adolescents ages 12-17 years old had a substance use disorder (SUD) in 2014, with youth transitioning into adulthood having some of the highest rates of alcohol and substance abuse. When we talk about addiction, there’s no doubt that our adolescents are at incredibly high risks – and the more preventative measures we can take, along with recovery interventions to seek out when our teens need it – we’ll hopefully be able to reduce some of these numbers. It’s not just youth that are susceptible to the disease of addiction, however.

Due to America’s drinking culture, adult populations often have difficulty recognizing the difference between recreational use and substance use disorder (SUD). All too often, we’re in denial or we view substance use as a “common” occurrence amongst our social groups, which makes it even more difficult to seek the help we really need. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) does highlight gender differences that occur amongst adults who are susceptible to addiction, and here are some of the facts:

  • Women are just as likely as men to develop a SUD
  • Women are more susceptible to cravings and relapse than men are
  • Men are more likely than women to use almost all types of illicit drugs
  • Men are more likely to experience emergency room visits and overdose deaths than women when it comes to illicit drug use

A 2014 study published in the journal Clinics in Geriatric Medicine noted that Baby Boomers – who became of age during the 1960s and 1970s – also experience high rates of SUDs and are expected to grow substantially, despite the fact that they’re a highly underestimated population when it comes to suspected addiction rates. As a whole, it seems that there are a number of life stages that bring about heightened risk for addiction – which is why, at any age, we need to surround ourselves with resources and support to protect ourselves from – and increase our chances of recovery from – addiction.

Cumberland Heights is a nonprofit alcohol and drug-addiction treatment center located on the banks of the Cumberland river in Nashville, Tennessee. On a sprawling 177-acre campus, we are made up of 2 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers and 4 sober living homes. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first.

Recognize the early stages of dependencySubstance use disorder (SUD) affects around 20.2 million adults aged 18 or older, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SUDs can greatly affect a person’s ability to perform tasks at work or school, and many people with SUDs go on to experience trouble with the law, difficulties at home and withdrawal symptoms if they try to quit. If you have a loved one who you think may have an SUD, it’s best to recognize the warning signs of dependency, which is often a transition into addiction.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines dependency as this:

“…Dependency develops when the neurons adapt to the repeated drug exposure and only function normally in the presence of the drug.”

The following are some of the major warning signs for dependency:

  • A persistent desire to use
  • Larger amounts of a substance are taken over time, which typically end up being more than the person intended
  • Withdrawal symptoms occur when a person ceases substance use to manage responsibilities
  • Social groups and recreational activities begin to fade away as a person focuses more on the use of substances
  • A person continues using substances despite the problems it is causing them in their life
  • And more

SUDs rarely improve for a person on their own. Treatment is an incredibly important aspect of recovery, and intensive outpatient programs can provide individuals with the tools, resources and support they need to form structure and stability in their daily lives.

If you know of someone who may have developed substance dependency, urge them to seek help right away. The sooner they seek help, the greater the chance they will be able to recover with less pain. If you are currently struggling with substance abuse, get enrolled in Cumberland Heights’ Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program. As American novelist Anne Lamott once stated,

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.”

Cumberland Heights’ Intensive Outpatient Program in Sumner County Tennessee is designed for people whose needs and schedules vary. A quality intensive outpatient drug and alcohol rehab program will be designed to treat the whole person, not just the addiction. Take the first step by contacting us at 615-356-2700. Recovery is possible, and Hendersonville Treatment can help.


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