What Is Addiction?
Addiction is a disease that affects not only the brain, but the body as well. Addiction can be seriously life-threatening, and cause damage to families, workplaces, relationships, and yourself. Addiction is a complex disease, which can manifest by compulsive substance abuse despite known harmful consequences. For many, substance abuse can take over their entire life. According to the Center on Addiction, 1 in 7 Americans, or 40 million abuse or are in some way addicted to drugs, alcohol, or nicotine. Your addiction is unique, and the severity ranges from person to person. Most substance abuse problems fall somewhere between mild to moderate to severe. Severe addiction is chronic and physical – it’s a disease that will require long-term, intensive treatment to address.
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Symptoms Of Active Addiction
The four main categories of symptoms of substance abuse disorder are
- Social Problems
- Impaired Control
- Drug Effects
- Risky Use
Social Problems include cutting back or dropping out of social situations in favor of substance abuse. It can also manifest itself as the inability to complete major tasks at home, school, work, or in your life.
Impaired Control includes the desire to cut down or control your substance abuse, and an intense craving or overwhelming desire to use a substance such as drugs or alcohol.
Drug Effects include withdrawal symptoms that may drive you to use again, such as nausea or suicidal thoughts; and an increase intolerance, which leads to the need for larger and larger amounts to get the same “fix.”
Risky Use includes both continued abuse despite known problems to yourself and your surroundings, and abuse in known unsafe settings.
Known or unknown mental illnesses can increase the propensity for addiction. Addiction may also trigger or make a mental disorder worse, such as anxiety, depression, and more.
Primary indications of addiction include the uncontrollable urge to seek out drugs; uncontrollable engagement of harmful, habit-forming behaviors; the loss of interest in activities that you used to enjoy; difficulties in relationships; secrecy and hiding behaviors and substances that you are afraid of someone seeing; changes in hygiene and appearance; willingness to include in risky behavior; and most importantly, the inability to stop using the drug or substance.
Addiction treatment can be painful, but it is effective in treating any manner of substance abuse. Addiction is a progressive disease, and it gets worse and worse over time. It gets harder to quit, as well, so it’s essential to reach out for help at the first sign of addiction in you or your loved one.
Why Is Addiction Treatment Needed?
The first step towards saving and taking back control of your life is to seek addiction treatment. According to Harvard Health, “addiction is a chronic and often relapsing disorder.” However, “… people can and do recover with help … [from] a treatment provider.” The first step towards addiction treatment is to recognize you have a problem. A healthcare professional and aid in this step, conducting a formal assessment to see if a substance abuse disorder exists. For most people, a combination of individual or group therapy and medication is the most effective type of addiction treatment.
If you do not seek addiction treatment, complications could include:
- Physical difficulties, such as constipation, damage to the nasal cartilage, and injury
- Overdose, which could result in coma or even death
- Cardiovascular health, such as spikes in blood pressure, heart attack, and the increased risk for a stroke
- Loss of proper hygiene
- Fetal damage, if pregnant
- Drugs can cause hallucinations and long-term psychological effects
- Adverse life circumstances, such as financial problems, homelessness, and a higher probability of committing criminal acts
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Types Of Addiction Treatment Programs
There are many types of addiction treatment services. Rise Up Recovery in Dana Point, CA, can help you find the right rehabilitation path for you.
Types of addiction treatment services are:
Detox – Detoxification treatment is usually a form of inpatient, in which the user is given time for their body to process out the substances and toxins in their body.
Long-Term Residential Treatment – Long-term residential treatment generally occurs in a non-hospital setting, in which there are medical professionals on staff to aid you with your
withdrawal and recovery 24/7. This treatment is highly structured and can help you to examine the damaging beliefs and destructive patterns of behavior that lead to there. This is one of the best forms of treatment to ensure long-lasting sobriety.
Short-Term Residential Treatment – is a shorter form on long-term treatment, based on the 12-step approach. This program usually lasts 3-6 weeks of hospital-based inpatient treatment, followed by outpatient treatment and therapy.
Outpatient – Outpatient treatment is centered around group counseling, usually using the 12-step approach.
Aftercare – Types of aftercare include individualized drug counseling; group counseling; and/or frequent checkups with a medical professional.
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