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Physical Disability and Addiction

Physical Disability and AddictionIn 2011, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) issued a detailed brief on addiction and the disabled, but the more important number is the rate of treatment for disabled addicts. Fortunately, many rehab centers can now provide Dual Diagnosis treatment for concurrent addictions and physical disabilities, so San Diego residents can address both problems if they seek professional help.

Substance Abuse among the Disabled

Substance abuse problems can lead to a physical disability, such as injuries from a car accident that occurred while intoxicated. Likewise, physical disabilities can motivate substance abuse for any of the following reasons:

  • Addiction while taking narcotic painkillers for chronic pain
  • Easier and wider access to addictive substances
  • Desire to self-medicate mood disorders like depression and anxiety
  • Substance abuse to soothe social isolation and unemployment

Drug and alcohol abuse can also be tied to physical abuse. According to the aforementioned SAMHSA brief, a study found that 20% of disabled men and 47% of disabled women experience physical or sexual abuse. Another study put the female percentage at 56%, with 89% of those women reporting multiple incidents. Physical and sexual abuse risk addiction, so San Diego residents who endured these problems should seek professional help to prevent further issues.

Risks of a Disability and Addiction

Dealing with a physical disability can be a challenge, but substance abuse makes the situation worse in the following ways:

  • Potential interference and interactions with prescribed medications
  • Negatively affects cognition, coordination, muscle control and motivation
  • Limits full engagement in physical rehab and self-care routines
  • Contributes to unemployment, poor health, domestic strife and disease

Unfortunately, the following challenges can affect a disabled person’s desire to seek treatment:

  • Loved ones enable the addiction out of misplaced pity for the disability
  • Addicts incorrectly surmise that treatment centers cannot help the disabled
  • Both substance abuse and disabilities can motivate unhealthy social withdrawal
  • Concerns about rehab transportation, location and other logistics

Contrary to some beliefs, treatment centers can cater to most every need or preference imaginable, including physical disabilities, religious faith and language.

Substance Abuse Treatment

Rehab centers can provide any of the following services:

  • Medically supervised detox with a gradual withdrawal for certain substances
  • Screenings and integrated care for mood disorders and mental health issues
  • Counseling to address unresolved conflicts and substance abuse triggers
  • Behavioral therapies to reshape mental and emotional responses
  • Group counseling to discuss addiction, denial, coping and support

The facilities naturally feature elevators, wide doorways and signage for the vision impaired, but they also provide for disabilities in the other following ways:

  • Continued rehab for any physical disability
  • Strategies to avoid relapse when medication is required
  • Holistic therapies and devices to treat chronic pain naturally
  • Counseling to address the social aspects of living with disabilities

Many treatment centers can handle most physical disabilities, though some facilities specialize in treating patients with particular issues, such as blindness and deafness. Our addiction counselors can provide information on such options, so San Diego residents should reach out to us right now for immediate help.

Help for San Diego Drug Addicts with a Physical Disability

Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to speak with a counselor about your needs. We can discuss specific rehab facilities, treatment options for the disabled and any logistical concerns. If you have health insurance, we can check your policy for coverage, and we can discuss addiction problems in loved ones. We are ready to help San Diego residents, so please call now for instant support.