There’s a lot of talk about addiction these days thanks to growing awareness about the damage it can cause to individuals, their families, and society at large. There’s also an opioid crisis that’s all over the news, prompting even more discussion.
It’s great that there is more awareness of addiction and addiction treatment, but there is still a lot of opportunity for education. Many people don’t quite understand addiction and how to treat it – especially those who may be addicted and in need of treatment themselves. Here’s a guide to addiction and what you can do about it if you are in its grip:
What Is Addiction?
Addiction isn’t a choice. Yes, the person may have made the choice to try drugs in the first place, but the rest happened independent of their control. Addiction changes the way the brain responds, including how it processes memory and how it perceives reward and motivation. The brain creates a constant reward loop around the addictive substance, whether it’s drugs, alcohol, gambling, or even eating.
Many people erroneously believe that addiction is a moral failing or a behavioral failing – that it is somehow a personal choice. However, those who have become addicted really don’t have a choice. They need serious medical help to stop the cycle of addiction and to relearn patterns.
Addiction vs. Dependence vs. Substance Abuse
Many people use the terms “addiction,” “dependence,” and “substance abuse” interchangeably. However, they are not the same thing.
Substance abuse is just what its name suggests – the abuse of drugs or alcohol despite the consequences. The difference from addiction is that abusing substances is a choice, while acting out of addiction is not. Dependence refers to a physical or mental dependence on drugs or alcohol. Addiction also involves dependence, but dependence alone is not addiction.
Signs of Addiction
Many people who are addicted to drugs are in denial about their addiction. If you are a drug user or you love someone who is, you might want to assess these signs to determine if you’re dealing with an addiction:
- Changes in personality
- Changes in appearance
- Loss of interest in activities or relationships
- Feelings of guilt and shame around drug usage
- Frequent drug use or drinking
- Serious cravings for drugs or alcohol
- Physical withdrawal symptoms between usage
- Increased tolerance leading to increased usage
- Financial problems
- Legal troubles
- Problems at work
These are just some of the common signs that occur in addiction, but they are not exclusive. Every person can experience different negative effects from addiction. If you see these signs or others that you think are problematic, you may need to seek addiction treatment.
Options for Treatment
Fortunately, there are several options for addiction treatment if you think that you are an addict. You should research the treatment options to find the program that might be best for you.
A detox program focuses on helping you through the withdrawal process while the drugs and alcohol are cleared from your body. Detox is not meant to be a curative program. You should enter a therapeutic program after you are done with detox, which may take a few days to a few weeks.
Inpatient treatment is an intensive addiction treatment program that sees you through detox and the beginning of your recovery. Inpatient treatment includes individual and group therapy, family counseling, and more. It helps you learn how to develop healthy habits and a strong support system.
Outpatient treatment offers much of the same treatment options as inpatient treatment, but you do not have to enter a residential facility. The options are flexible to meet your schedule, and you are able to get treatment while living in your own home. However, the addiction therapy is not as intensive, so it may not be as effective.
Sober living programs are designed for those who have gone through initial treatment and are now trying to make it through the early stages of recovery. The programs give recovering addicts the chance to master what they’ve learned in therapy before they reintegrate into society and their old lives.
Finally, recovery coaching offers you individual coaching and counseling as you continue along your path of recovery after your initial addiction treatment.
If you think that you are suffering from addiction, it’s time for you to get the treatment you need so that you can take back your life and start being healthy and happy. Corebella Health and Wellness is an Arizona drug treatment center and wellness clinic that offers a variety of therapies that can help you recover from addiction. We offer medication treatment such as suboxone, as well as addiction counseling and therapy. We also offer general wellness therapies such as massage and acupuncture to help you create a healthier lifestyle. Call us today to learn about our treatment facilities in Glendale and Tempe.
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