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Understanding drug addiction will help you to see the signs and symptoms of the disorder and what can be done to treat it.
Not everyone that uses drugs becomes addicted. Some people experiment with drugs and decide to stop before they have used long enough to become dependent or addicted. While other drug user's continue the behavior over an extensive period and become addicted or dependent. The symptoms manifest themselves when a drug user has become dependent on a drug are called withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms from drugs such as heroin, vicodin, percocet, xanax, methadone, meth, alcohol and crack to name just a few can be extremely uncomfortable when the person stops "cold turkey". Most addicts are not willing to experience these uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and will seek out and use the drug to avoid them. In addition to the pain and discomfort the addict may experience, the withdrawal symptoms of some drugs can be life threatening. The proper method to safely treat an addict experiencing withdrawal symptoms is known as a medically assisted detox in which the addict is slowly weened from the drug until they are completely off of it. Detox alone is seldom a long term solution for drug addiction, but when followed up with a comprehensive long term inpatient treatment plan a full recovery is often accomplished.
Some of signs and symptoms that a person has developed a substance use addiction are: The person will continue to use even in the face of severe consequences i.e. neglect of their children, legal problems, loss of shelter and food, etc. People that have developed and addiction often cause damaging effects to those around them due to drug use. A person that has an addiction problem is prone to dishonesty and is liable to steal or commit crimes to obtain and use the substance he or she is addicted to. They will spend money on drugs, even though the money should go toward housing or food. They are constantly concerned about their drug supply and use. They have extreme urges and cravings when they do not have the drug. They very much would prefer to stop using and change their life, whether they say they want to or not, they just do not know how to stop or change. They frequently lose interest in their education and hobbies they enjoyed in the past such as sports, music etc. They may go to great lengths to keep family members from going into their bedroom in fear that proof of their drug use may be discovered. Their general appearance and health may diminish as their addiction progresses and continues goes untreated. The list of negative side effects caused by addiction is potentially endless. The above are pointed out as some of the most typical symptoms.
The first step for the treatment of drug addiction requires the person to be safely gotten off the drug or drugs that they are addicted to, this step typically requires a medically assisted detoxification. Once the detox is complete and the person is stabily off all substances, it is time to move to the next and most vital step... a long term recovery plan that is geared toward teaching the person how to maintain their sobriety.
A long-term drug addiction treatment program offers intensive inpatient therapy over a period of months. This form of treatment has many advantages when treating drug addiction. Long term inpatient treatment programs provide a safe, drug and alcohol-free environment where individuals can focus and address their addiction and associated issues, with the help of professionals. Therapy usually consists of a mixture of group support, individual care and an introduction to the principles of long term recovery. Inpatient treatment centers provide 24 hour care, generally in non hospital residential settings. The best-known long term treatment model is the therapeutic community or (TC), but long term treatment may also employ other models, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy. Many individuals admitted into long term residential programs have histories of positive social skills, good education, valuable employment backgrounds, and healthy family relationships that have been diminished by their drug or alcohol addiction. For them, recovery involves restoring these positive functions that existed before alcohol or drug addiction as well as restoring physical and psychological well being. Also, people in recovery are sometimes asked to help others with their recovery process. This means that people in recovery also assume partial responsibility for the recovery process of their other group members. This can be an important aspect of an individual's own treatment.
It is often difficult to understand and confront the chaotic condition of drug and/or alcohol addiction but it is easier to confront the problem than it is not to. An addiction is unlikely to go away without professional intervention and treatment. An untreated condition of addiction to alcohol or drugs can cause unnecessary devastation not only to the life of the addict but also their family.
If you or a loved one are suffering with drug addiction, long term treatment is an effective way to recover from addiction. If you need help or guidance to find the help that you need call 1-877-882-9275 to speak with a treatment professional. One of our counselors will help you every step of the way to a new and better life.
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