I believe the root cause of the development of Substance Use Disorders is psychological. In substance abuse, we understand that most individuals turn to their substance of choice to better cope with stressors in life. I feel that the root can be found in its definition, “A substance is any natural or synthesized product that has a psychoactive effects-it changes perceptions, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors” (Nolen-Hoeksema,2020). Substance abuse can impair an individual’s functioning and inability to fulfill everyday duties and obligations such as working and taking care of family responsibilities. Individuals suffering from substance abuse can also act impulsively and out of character and potentially endanger their lives and the lives of others. I believe the best treatment and prevention can begin with Psychosocial Treatments, where “several behavioral and cognitive techniques have proven helpful in the treatment of substance use disorders” (Nolen-Hoeksema,2020). From a Biblical perspective, I believe it is imperative to act with love, patience, and kindness while offering grace and patience when treating and preventing substance abuse. It is also crucial to remember that the cause may have deep roots that require much wisdom and strength that can only come from the Lord because He will provide everything we need to pull us through by His grace and faithfulness. “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (New International Version, 1 Corinthians 10:13).
Here in Gwinnett county, we have many treatment facilities, one in my area is called “The Carter Treatment Center” in Suwanee. This facility treats alcoholism, benzodiazepine, Xanax, valium, cocaine, crack, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine, prescription, oxycontin, opiate, and fentanyl addictions. Providing alternative therapies, family programs, outpatient rehab, co-occurring disorder treatment, and aftercare. This facility also has partial hospitalization programs for intensive outpatient care.