Drug treatment can be a life-changing experience for addicts who have been suffering from the physical, mental, and social damages caused by drug and alcohol abuse. Many drug treatment centers also offer family help to repair the anger, guilt, and shame that comes with having an addicted family member.
Drug treatment can take place in a residential rehab center or in an outpatient setting. Some types of addictions require medical detox for safety purposes, as well as the addict’s comfort.
For more information on drug treatment programs, call Troy Drug Rehab at (518) 626-8511.
An addiction occurs when a person develops a physical and psychological dependence on a substance. This can occur with alcohol, prescription medication or illicit street drugs. When addiction develops, the addict no longer controls his or her drug use, instead the drug is in control.
Rehab is a set of programs, models of treatment and various therapies that are used to help the addict recover from addiction. There are many different forms of treatment with proven success rates to treat various types of addiction, along with co-existing addictions and mental health disorders.
Addiction forms when a person takes a drug and the drug “tricks” the brain into responding in a positive way towards the drug. This increases the chance that a person will use the drug again. This occurs because the human brain is hardwired to respond to certain stimuli in a positive or negative manner. With repeated use, the brain becomes dependent on the substance to function normally.
However, addiction is not only psychological, it is also physical. When a person is physically dependent on a drug, he or she must take drugs or alcohol to avoid uncomfortable or dangerous withdrawal symptoms. This occurs because a chemical change occurs when a person abruptly stops taking a substance. The brain, which has become dependent on the drug cannot adapt to the chemical changes that occur fast enough, resulting in physical symptoms.
Although scientists do not know exactly how addiction works, it is generally believed that factors such as genetics, a person’s environment, past trauma and belief system all play a role in addiction. There are multiple addiction theories, including the disease model which explains addiction as a chronic disease.
Symptoms of addiction can vary, depending what type of substance is being abused. Common signs of addiction include:
Seeking treatment allows the addict to regain control of his life and health. Fulfilling one’s potential, regaining self-confidence, working through psychological traumas, engaging in healthy relationships and moving forward to a positive and productive future are only a few reasons a person should seek treatment for addiction.
There are many reasons that people avoid getting the treatment they need for substance abuse and addiction. Often, the fear of living without a drug is stronger than the desire to be drug-free. Many people assume they cannot be helped or are “beyond saving.” This is simply not true. Additionally, the cost of drug and alcohol treatment can play a factor, people may think they can overcome addiction without professional assistance, have a fear of being vulnerable or fear the social stigmas associated with addiction.
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