Addiction is a chronic disease, which means there is no cure for it, but it can be sent into remission through comprehensive treatment. Addiction is a relapsing disease as well, which means that if someone in recovery uses drugs again after treatment, the addiction can come back.
Addiction is characterized by changes in the structure and function of the brain, and willpower alone is rarely enough to beat a drug addiction. Call Drug Treatment Centers Linden at (908) 329-2159 for help.
Drug rehab is a comprehensive drug treatment program that starts with medical detox to break the physical addiction. During this process, medications are administered as needed to reduce intense cravings and alleviate the uncomfortable or painful symptoms of withdrawal.
After medical detox, drug treatment therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy and family counseling are used to address the underlying psychological components of the addiction. The last phase of recovery treatment is an aftercare plan that’s individualized and implemented to help prevent a lapse in sobriety and a relapse of the addiction.
Drug rehab can give patients with an addiction a new lease on life. A number of substance addictions can be treated in rehab, including:
Secondary addictions often accompany a primary substance addiction. Secondary addictions are usually addictions to behaviors like binge eating, gambling, or engaging in risky sex. Secondary addictions are addressed in the treatment phase of drug rehab and may stem from a history of abuse or high stress, or they may stem from engaging in the behavior while under the influence and associating them with pleasure.
Over time, drug abuse can result in a tolerance to the drug, which is characterized by a change in the way the brain produces chemicals. Once an addiction sets in, withdrawal symptoms will appear when the drug use is discontinued. The physical addiction is broken through medical detox.
The psychological aspects of addiction are far more complex and require a lengthy round of treatment therapies that are designed to bring self-awareness to the patient about the issues behind the addiction.
While different types of drugs have their own set of signs (indicators others can see) and symptoms (indicators the person with the addiction will feel,) general signs and symptoms of drug addiction include:
Drug rehab is available through either inpatient or outpatient programs.
Inpatient rehab is particularly essential for those with a secondary addiction, co-occurring mental illness, or an intense addiction or long-term history of abuse. Patients are able to focus fully on recovery without the triggers and stresses found at home, and the rehab community offers continual support and care.
Outpatient rehab can be successful as well, but only for those who have a strong personal commitment to recovery and a strong system of support in place at home. Outpatient treatment programs offer more privacy, and they allow patients to continue meeting obligations at home, work, or school.
If you’re not sure which type of treatment would be best for you or a loved one, an addiction counselor or other mental health professionals can help you decide. Call Drug Treatment Centers Linden at (908) 329-2159 for help.
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