Substance abuse is one the major problems affecting Montana. People abuse all sorts of legal and illegal drugs, prescription and recreational drugs, mild and potent drugs as well all types of psychoactive drugs (stimulants, depressants and hallucinogens).
Alcohol is a recreational drug whose possession and consumption in Montana is legal; except for those that are underage. Alcohol abuse comprises of excessive intake of alcohol, which often negatively influences the person while they are while under its influence.
The drink alters thinking; as it slows the functioning of the brain and body. Automatic bodily processing such as respiration, heart rate, breathing etc. are slowed; in effect reducing one’s energy and affecting their balance while the brain’s functioning and perception are slowed or distorted.
Prolonged use and abuse of alcohol often forms habit, and this may lead to addiction, which is hard to stop. This starts by the body and brain increasing tolerance for the drug; hence forcing more indulgence in the drink.
This then develops into physical dependence followed by addition (a physical and psychological compulsion for the drink, characterized by withdrawal symptoms whenever the drink is reduced or stopped altogether).
Montana hosts a number of intervention centers for alcoholism (educational and treatment/ rehabilitation). Educational facilities aim at educating the public of the effects of alcohol and other substance abuse on their health and their lives in general. Rehabilitation and treatment centers aim at helping people get off the drugs safely.
Alcoholism treatment center and program
Alcoholism is alcohol addiction and there are many facilities offering treatment for this addiction in Montana. Common treatment programs employ an interventionist in the medical treatment and another in counseling of the addict.
During alcoholism treatment a medical professional helps the individual in detoxification. This is the process of enabling them to get off drinking by stopping further intake (gradually) and treating the resulting withdrawals, and sometimes a medication is used to help with this process. Gradual withdrawal is important to help the detox professional monitor the withdrawals so that they can know what medication to use to treat them when needed; adequately and on time.
A substance abuse counselor also plays a very important role in helping the alcoholic rehabilitate. This is because just detoxification will not necessarily keep the addict off the drug; for even after detox.
If underlying factors are not addressed, then the addict may relapse. To avoid a relapse, it is important for them be helped to understand their substance abuse, how it affects others and how dangerous addiction is; for it can result in an overdose or even death.
This is sometimes needed when someone knows someone with a problem with alcohol or drugs. This is a form of a confrontation where people that are close express how they have been impacted by the individual’s use, and that they hope the individual will get help.
This is a sensitive matter and much care should be taken. It is highly recommended to seek the services of an addiction interventionist in staging and preparing for the intervention. The hope is to have them agree to go in for substance abuse rehabilitation at a treatment facility.
Alcohol and drug addiction treatment can take place in different facilities which may offer different programs in the treatment. People can be treated at home (or whatever other venues they may choose) or they can be treated at rehabilitation centers (private or public).
Regardless of where the addict will be treated at, it is important that they be under the supervision of a qualified detox doctor in the beginning so that their withdrawal symptoms may be monitored and treated on adequately and on time. It is also important to have a substance abuse counselor and a lot of social support from loved ones.