From Decision to Disease
For many people, substance abuse begins as a casual incident, but they quickly find that the volume they are taking, and how regularly they are using it, is snowballing. When drug abuse increases in quantity and frequency, it is more difficult to go without the drug because the addict fears the extremely unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Eventually, the addict’s body becomes so dependent on the drug that it can’t function properly without it. Knowing the pain that will be a part of quitting, most addicts don’t want to quit. They decide it’s better to stay an addict than endure the withdrawal symptoms. What began as a decision has now become a disease. The addict’s body and mind have changed. Both have become reliant on the drugs.
Quitting drugs without the proper help is nearly impossible for most people. Fortunately, this is something that good counselors and medical professionals are trained to deal with. The staff at a drug rehab center will know about what you’re going through and what steps can be taken to help you. Highly trained professionals can help you form a program that is suited to your individual needs, which will help you remain drug-free. They will determine which drugs you have been taking so they can better treat you. No two people will have the exact same treatment. But if you’ll let them help you, a qualified staff can determine the best ways to keep you off drugs forever.
What to Expect
A good treatment plan addresses both the physical and psychological dependence that forms due to legal and illegal drug abuse. Physical dependency occurs after continual drug use has disrupted the way nerve cells in the brain communicate, and drug abuse becomes the only way to trigger pleasure-giving brain chemicals. Psychological dependency can take longer to establish. It occurs when the addict feels stress and nervousness at the thought of not having the ability to acquire the drugs that makes them feel good or normal again. To treat dependency effectively and comprehensively, it is very important to deal with both the physical and psychological dependence on drugs. This is the purpose of the medical detoxification (detox) and rehabilitation treatment (rehab) procedures.
Detox is a process that rids the body of harmful substances (usually toxins) left behind due to the addiction. This will return your body to a more normal state, where it will be easier to overcome your addiction. Without the dangerous toxins, you have a much better chance of starting a new life. It’s important to have a supervised detox plan so that you’ll be able to endure the challenges of detox. You may be familiar with drug withdrawal symptoms. They can include vomiting, sweating and having difficulty sleeping. These painful symptoms occur because your body is trying to cope with the changes that come with detoxification. A qualified staff can ensure that the withdrawal symptoms you may face won’t be too much to handle. Thanks to counsel and medication, these painful symptoms can be greatly reduced if not eliminated during the detox procedures.
Rehab and the ‘Cure’
Drug rehab is an ongoing process which can last for the patient’s lifetime. Addiction can be managed and regulated, but never ‘cured.’ Many different illnesses, like hypertension and diabetes, cannot be cured. But they can be managed and regulated so that the ill person is not a slave to the disease. A good rehab program will give you the skills you need to manage your addiction. As with any treatable disease, you will be able to live a normal life with the proper safeguards in place. If temptation strikes, you won’t be helpless anymore. You will know the damages of addiction. You will know about the loss of control that comes with addiction. And this time, you won’t be a slave to your addiction.
It’s possible because treatment by qualified personnel can show you what you’re missing. Treatment involves not only medical procedures, but an ongoing change in a person that motivates them to stay sober. It often begins with someone realizing that they have an addiction and need help to overcome it. Once that person reaches out for help, they can find people at rehab centers and elsewhere who can get them on the right path. But it begins with reaching out. If you live in the Glendale, California area, you can speak to professionals who can answer questions about which treatment plan would be best for you. Contact them at (623) 323-3834.
What Types of Drug Addiction Help Are Available?
Help for addiction comes in different forms, but usually includes treatment and counsel procedures. Treatment can include medicine or medical procedures, such as detox. Counsel would include learning skills and mental habits to overcome addiction. If you are an addict, a combination of all of these may be necessary to recover your life
With Outpatient treatment a patient comes to a rehabilitation facility to get daily care. The patient can stay in their household. The addiction treatment will take place at health clinics, counselor's offices, neighborhood health centers or in residential programs with outpatient services.
Inpatient treatment is focused on medically supervised detoxification. This is the perfect place to start the recovery process. Following the detox process, it is recommended that patients seek out further treatment. Detox without further treatment is often not enough, but detoxing is an important step!
This is perfect for client that would benefit from a mix of inpatient and outpatient care. In this situation patients live in residential homes and are taken to get treatment daily. This gives patients a new routine to build on so they can adjust to their new life in the future.