Drug Addiction Recovery
Drug addiction recovery is a long and winding road, one that is unique to each person. No two people will have the same journey through drug addiction recovery. Drug addiction is defined as a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite consequences to the drug addict and those around them. Drug addiction is considered to be a brain disease because the abuse of drugs leads to changes in the structure and function of the brain.
People experiment with drugs for a variety of reasons. Some people try them out of curiosity, to have a good time, because friends were doing it, or in an effort to improve athletic performance or ease other problems. There is not a specific point at which drug use moves from casual to problematic. In 2011 it was estimated that there were approximately 20.6 million people in the United States over the age of 12 with an addiction.
Signs and Symptoms of drug abuse include:
- Neglecting responsibilities
- Using drugs under dangerous conditions or taking risks while high
- Drug use is leading to legal trouble
- Drug use is causing problems in relationships
- A drug tolerance has been built up
- Drugs are taken to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms
- Control has been lost over drug use
- Life revolves around drug use
- Activities that were once enjoyed have been abandoned
- Continued use of drugs, despite knowing that it is causing harm
Drug addiction recovery is typically done through a detoxification period, behavioral counseling, medication, evaluation and treatment for co-occurring disorders, and long-term follow-up to prevent relapse. Medications can be used to help manage withdrawal symptoms, prevent relapse, and to treat co-occurring conditions.
Relapse prevention plays a vital role in drug addiction recovery. Relapse to an addict could be a life or death decision. Relapse prevention is a cognitive behavioral approach with the goal of being able to identify a high risk situation and abstaining from any action that would result in the problematic behavior.
Early detection of drug addiction can make the recovery process less intense for patients. Our dedicated intensive outpatient staff provides support and treatment for those seeking help with drug addiction. If you or a loved one are looking for help with drug addiction recovery, please don’t hesitate to call us today at 1.844.TALK.ANS.