A Look at Gulfport Treatment Programs
Gulfport, Mississippi was among those communities affected by the BP oil spill, which in turn has negatively impacted the local economy. While efforts are ongoing to restore Gulf communities, the effects will linger for some time to come, affecting both the economy and the general health of residents.
There are numerous stressors that contribute to disorders such as alcoholism and drug addiction. Substance abuse affects approximately 10 percent of the population.
If you are among that 10 percent, you should understand that what you are experiencing is an illness, which can be treated like any other.
What to Look at Before Entering Rehabilitation
It takes some time and research to determine which rehabilitation is right for you. Your choice will depend on:
- How long you have had a problem
- What substance(s) you have been taking
- Whether you need isolation or can manage your everyday life during treatment
- Whether or not you feel that spiritual counseling would be helpful
- How close you are to friends and family and how well they support you
It’s important to understand that virtually no addict or alcoholic is able to recover on their own (in fact, isolated individuals are at greatest risk for addiction). If you do not have family and/or friends to help you with your recovery, you should start with a residential program – then look into joining a support group.
The Disease Model of Addiction
Throughout history, it has been popular to blame addiction on weak character and moral failing. However, research strongly suggests that some individuals are genetically predisposed to addiction. In a study of twins separated at birth, scientists found that, once environment and other factors were eliminated, rates of alcoholism and addiction among siblings were significantly higher than could be explained otherwise.