This is the fourth in a series of blogs here at onlinedrugclass.com looking at the addiction issues faced by those with disabilities. People with handicaps, be it mental, physical, or emotional, are more susceptible to addiction.
In the first three blogs we looked at some statistics and a few of the reasons why the disabled are so more susceptible to addiction problems. If you have not read them, I encourage you to go back and catch up at the onlinedrugclass.com blog. As reported in www.addictiontreatmentmagazine.com.
Now we will continue to explore the reasons why the disabled are at higher risk for addiction.
A person with a disability may not have access to proper treatment
Physical disabilities and mental health conditions, such as impaired visions or severe depression, leave some individuals essentially trapped in their homes. The logistics of living with the disability prevent them from receiving regular medical care that would otherwise provide education or screening for substance abuse, followed by the necessary treatment.
Some experience a lack of social support
Many individuals who become disabled end up losing much, if not all, of the social support they had prior to their disability. Their condition and, perhaps, the stigma attached to it, keep friends and family away. This social isolation potentially leads to the loss of other sources of support as well, including that from former co-workers, neighbors, and even fellow church members. The loss of much-needed emotional support and sense of connection can make them very vulnerable to abusing alcohol or drugs.
In the fifth installment we will continue to look at drug use and abuse with disabled individuals, more specifically addressing the dangers. Again if you, or someone you care about suffers from addiction issues, seek help ASAP. If you prefer to maintain anonymity there are online drug classes which provide a good place to start.