The summer months offer educators time to focus on their needs. Many educators struggle with the management of mental health symptoms and various stressors throughout the school year, leading some to use various substances to help manage their symptoms and overwhelming emotions. Often, this repeated use of substances to manage their struggles can result in the development of a substance use disorder (SUD).

What Are Substance Use Disorders?

Addiction to alcohol or other substances or behaviors can be chronic and affect the brain in significant ways. Once you become dependent upon the substances or behaviors due to a dopamine surge, abstaining from substances or behaviors may seem impossible. However, with treatment, you can overcome the urges to use and pursue a life in education that is consistent with your values.

There are many reasons people choose to use substances, and there are more reasons why people become addicted to them. Scientists are still trying to root out the causes of addiction. However, we know that when a person struggles with their life, they want relief, and sometimes, the use of substances may provide just that. Unfortunately, the relief is short-term and leads to tolerance and sometimes dependence, often resulting in SUD. Life does not end with a diagnosis of SUD, and it’s important to remember that you are so much more than a diagnosis. You are an individual with a unique story and deserve the life you want. Begin that life by seeking treatment.

2 Reasons to Pursue Treatment

SUD is treatable. SUD is a real disease that can cause serious and harmful effects on the body and one’s life. Your social, professional, and personal life are all negatively impacted by the misuse of alcohol and/or other substances, but there is hope. Treatment at Enlightened Solutions can change your life and get you back to living the life you want.

#1. Be An Example

One primary reason many educators seek treatment is to be an example for their students. You may imagine how hard it is to advise students against substance misuse when you are struggling with the same issue. Seeking treatment and developing a plan to cope with urges will help you be more present for your students. You will also show your students what living in balance is like.

Being an example for your students is critical to your success as an educator. Not only are you teaching them content for classwork, but you are also teaching them how to manage stress and live a full and healthy life.

#2. You Can Overcome SUD

Another critical reason to pursue treatment is that you can overcome SUD. SUD is not a life sentence. While you may struggle with urges and triggers for many years, you will be able to overcome those urges to use by a careful focus on your recovery.

Choose Treatment, Choose Life

When you choose treatment at Enlightened Solutions, you are choosing to change your life and be more present. You are choosing a path that will lead you to success and, in some ways, your students to success.

Choosing treatment means you are choosing health. As you seek treatment and pursue recovery, your body heals. While not everyone experiences full health restoration, you can be assured that you will reap many benefits from seeking treatment. One benefit is that your brain will begin to function normally once again. Within weeks of treatment and detox, your brain begins “lighting up” as expected to certain stimuli. With this in mind, you can be assured that treatment will help you return to a life of helping others and your pursuit of knowledge.

Summer Treatment

At Enlightened Solutions, we know choosing treatment can be difficult in the midst of teaching during the school year. Why not take this summer and pursue your wellness? We offer a variety of treatment services to help you develop the skills you need to return to school this fall fully ready to tackle teaching.

We offer individual therapy and holistic care, encouraging you to adopt eating and sleeping habits that will improve your overall wellness. We also focus on the whole being, not just your emotions and physical self. We recognize that your whole being involves an element of spirituality, which is why we offer mentorship for you to develop yourself holistically. 

We want you to be ready to return to school this fall and be present, not only for your needs but also for the needs of others, including your students. You deserve to be your own advocate and be the best educator you can be.

The summer has arrived and may be the best opportunity for you to pursue healing from your addiction. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction to alcohol and/or other substances or behaviors, you are not alone and help is available. Being an advocate and role model for students can be difficult and sometimes overwhelming. But, remember, as an educator, you are an amazing individual and deserve exceptional care. Enlightened Solutions offers care at every stage of recovery, from detox to help in maintaining recovery after leaving. Our compassionate team knows and understands addiction. Contact Enlightened Solutions and learn how we can help you on your journey to wellness from addiction. Learn how to live your best life and be your own advocate through treatment at our southern New Jersey treatment facility. Call us today at (833) 801-LIVE and start your recovery.