Drug Addiction Treatment Centers
Hope for sobriety, and hope for a new life.
Drug addiction has been growing so fast, that leading health experts agree that it has reached pandemic proportions. Along with the grip of addiction, fear of conviction of criminal drug offenses continue to drive many to try and hide their addiction. We know it takes a tremendous amount of courage to admit one’s drug addiction problem, and even more to check yourself into a rehabilitation facility, but hope exists in these drug addiction treatment and rehabilitation centers.
Understanding Drug Addiction
Health experts define addiction as “a condition whereby the brain’s reward and motivation system has been inadvertently rewired by substances.” Unfortunately, this change in the mind leads to excessive and uncontrolled compulsion to use the addictive substance. Simply put, the individual believes that the benefits of using the substances outweigh any issues that might occur. A byproduct of repetitive use of addictive substances is the development of tolerance and dependence to the substance.
Chronic use of substances changes the brain’s natural chemistry which, in turn, changes the way the brain functions. Over time, the body will adapt to the amount and frequency of the substance entering the body, and will start to grow dull to the effect. This effect is known as tolerance to the substance, and can cause a body to go into a withdrawal-like stage. In order to counter this feeling, the individual has to increase their use of the substance, either by increasing the dosage or increasing the frequency of intake. In order to achieve the desired results, individuals are now required to take more than they had originally expected, and this is where the body gains a dependance for the substance. At this stage, drug use begins to spiral out of control.
Both dependence and tolerance will play a major role in drug addiction and recovery. In this situation presented, addiction is the behavior that results from the physiologic changes that occur with tolerance and dependence.
Signs and Symptoms of Addiction
In addition to the psychological and physical dependence on a substance, the individual who has an addiction will typically exhibit the following signs and symptoms:
Engaging in risky and/or inappropriate behavior.
Drug Addiction Treatment
Addiction treatment requires a combination of traditional approaches and holistic approaches, to achieve a comprehensive solution. The former are used to address the physiological symptoms that often direct immediate actions, the latter help to build a long lasting system of good behaviors that a person can rely on to stay sober. A combination of both are required for prolonged success.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment – This method is an outpatient method that is typically recommended for individuals who are able to exert a certain degree of control over their substance addiction. Individuals are required to complete daily addiction sessions, but are allowed to return home every evening. This type of program requires more individual control and commitment, as there is no one watching once you leave the facility.