Drug addiction and alcoholism affect every corner of life and every profession. No one is exempt from the pain of this disease. Addiction and alcoholism even reach our high school educators. Teachers are responsible for educating the children in our country, so when they are faced with the disease of addiction and alcoholism, the student’s education suffers. According to research done by SAMHSA in 2015, over 5% of people working in educational services were reported to have a substance abuse disorder. With the recent “normalization” of drug use, those numbers may be even higher today.
Why do Highschool Teachers Turn to Drugs & Alcohol
When educators use drugs and alcohol as a way to cope with the stress of their jobs and daily life, not only does the education of their students suffer, but this could also put the students at risk of exposure. There are many different reasons why a high school teacher may be using drugs and alcohol such as:
- Pain relief by treating an injury through the use of prescription pain medications until the addiction to those medications got out of hand
- Reduce stress and lift their mood with the use of euphoric drugs or alcohol
- Increase efficiency by using stimulant drugs like Adderall, cocaine, or methamphetamines.
Symptoms and signs of drug and alcohol use vary depending on the substance being used, however, some are noticeable no matter when the substance is. Those include:
- Mood swings
- Decline in productivity
- Missing work
- Lack of motivation
- Feeling sick due to withdrawal
Addiction Treatment Options for Teachers
The good news for these teachers is that they always have a way to get sober and be a healthy, production teacher again. The best treatment options for teachers should include certain factors. Firstly, a formal assessment should be done by doctors and treatment professionals to determine the severity of substance abuse.
Then, the safest option is to participate in a medically assisted detox to help the individual safely detox the drugs from their system followed by addiction treatment to educate them on their substance abuse and how to stay sober. Once a treatment program has been completed, participating in support groups with other individuals suffering from the same disease as you should be utilized to maximize long term sobriety and keep spirits up.
Help with Drug Abuse for High School Teachers
Here at Recreate Life Counseling, we offer a wide variety of different treatment options depending upon the individual’s needs and the severity of their situation. We address the person as a whole, not just the addiction, to maximize success by getting to the root of their problems.
We offer a partial hospitalization program that provides the most intensive treatment for those struggling with drug and alcohol treatment. The therapies and activities offered are dependent on the specific need of the person. Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) generally provides medication management, for those dealing with mental and behavioral disorders prescribed by a psychiatrist. It offers group therapy, individual therapy, and even family sessions.
We also offer different outpatient treatment programs that offer intensive treatment is a structured setting in a less restrictive environment. This provides therapy, education, and guidance as a person begins to reintegrate into society. For high school teachers, we will focus on the day-to-day hardships that they will face on the job and at home and teach them different coping techniques to successfully deal with it. Our programs offer relapse prevention and cognitive behavioral therapy to strengthen your coping skills so you can handle cravings and temptations out in the real world.
We want to make sure you have the tools you need to be sober and successful in the real world. Drug addiction and alcoholism aren’t an easy thing to face and you do not have to do it on your own. Let us give you the knowledge you need to succeed in your recovery even after you have left addiction treatment.