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Indiana residents are not immune to substance abuse problems. A survey of 23,649 residents showed alcohol addiction was admitted to by 6,610 people. 73.1% of them were males, with 81.7% of those who sought treatment for their addiction being white. 5,945 admitted to being addicted to both alcohol and another substance of abuse; 13.9% of these were African-American.
This is just a sampling of the results of that survey. Other information is available, but it would only confirm what is already known; every state, no matter its location or population has residents with substance abuse addictions, and Indiana is no exception. Rather than ignore it and pretend it doesn't exist, though, Indiana provides its citizens with 291 drug treatment centers where they can receive help for their problems.
Lines and figures on charts give a good idea of the severity of a problem, but they don't offer much other than ethnic, gender, and age information on the people who have the problem. This is especially true of substance abuse addiction, because so many things can happen to cause someone to become addicted.
For example, it is believe that alcohol addiction can be caused by both heredity and environment. So, of the 6,610 people who admitted to being addicted to only alcohol, and the others who admitted to alcohol and drug abuse, how many had family members or close relatives who drank? Which ones were raised in an environment that may have contributed to the addiction?
How many began drinking because they had an underlying mental or emotional condition, such as bi-polar disorder, depression, or schizophrenia? Approximately 11% of those Indiana residents who admitted to just being addicted to alcohol were between the ages of 50 and 65. That's old enough for some of them to be veterans of the Vietnam War, and others to have seen service during both Gulf wars. How many of them may be suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which is now being recognized by some health care officials as eligible for classification in the dual-diagnosis category.
For those who may not be familiar with this term, dual diagnosis simply means that a person has been diagnosed, or, as in some cases, is diagnosed with both a mental or emotional disorder such as those listed as well as having a substance abuse problem. (There have been incidences where people who were undergoing drug abuse rehab had never received a diagnosis of a mental or emotional disorder.)
Those staff members in treatment centers in Indiana that are equipped to handle patients who have a dual diagnosis are faced with a number of unique challenges. These can include not knowing that a mental or emotional disorder existed to discovering that withdrawal from a substance of abuse made the disorder worse.
Further, those who treat patients with dual diagnosis may find themselves asking which came first, or what caused what? Did the mental or emotional disorder cause the patient to turn to substance abuse, or did the substance abuse affect the brain in such a way as to cause the mental or emotional disorder?
All of the questions above, as well as others, must be answered before a drug treatment program can be set up to treat the patient. If the condition has just been diagnosed, it may be necessary to make sure the medications given are working and that the patient is in as stable a mental condition as possible before drug treatment can even begin. If a person was abusing alcohol or drugs to mask or even suspend the symptoms, that issue may need to be addressed before drug treatment can proceed.
Those whose substance abuse caused the mental or emotional disorder may find that once they are drug-free, the other symptoms are diminish or even disappear all together. This would, of course, be a good thing, but care would need to be taken to make sure that the changed were permanent.
Drug abuse treatment in patients with dual diagnosis can be tricky, but it is possible. It only takes a willingness to achieve the goal.
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