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Drug Addiction

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Drug addiction is a crippling condition that severely affects an individual mentally and physically. A complex disease of the mind and body, addiction to drugs can be disastrous and can affect individuals in varied ways. Drug overdoses alone accounted for 52,404 deaths, in the U.S., including 33,091 opioid-related in 2015. According to a preliminary data compiled by The New York Times, more than 59,000 Americans succumbed to drug overdoses in 2016.

Prolonged drug use often tricks the brain into thinking that drugs are essential for proper functioning. Any attempt to quit the substance can result in severe withdrawal symptoms and uncontrollable drug cravings. Drug use often begins voluntarily, may be to relax or to escape problems and stress. However, the consequences of drug use are often worse compared to the reasons for which they were initially taken. The pleasurable sensation of intoxication often outweighs its negative side effects. For many people, addiction is considered as a solution to a variety of problems in life. However, people who harbor such a perception, fail to realize that addiction has a negative impact not only on a person’s health and relationships but also on the society and environment.

Drug Addiction: Causes and consequences

Drugs are taken for a plethora of reasons. However, the user doesn’t realize that prolonged use of the drug often leads to physical changes in the brain as well that can cause drug dependence and eventually addiction. An individual can take to drugs for various reasons such as to get a high, due to peer pressure, for experimentation, to improve athletic performance, as self-medication or to escape the daily grind.

Following are some of the common factors behind drug addiction:

  • Environmental: A variety of environmental factors like friends, family, school and work place play an important role in influencing the course of drug abuse and addiction in one’s life.
  • Biological: Genetic factors are known to play an important role in one’s addiction to drugs. A relative with a predisposition to drug addiction may increase one’s chance of drug dependence or addiction.
  • Developmental: The duration of drug intake is often responsible for leading one to the path of addiction. Drug use in early life can also be associated with more serious drug habits in adult life. Drug abuse in adolescent years can affect one’s judgment and decision-making abilities.

Drug addiction can often damage trust among peers and lead to strained relationships. Law prevents one from acquiring or possessing illicit drugs, thus, individuals often resort to illegal means to obtain them. Drug-related legal troubles can lead to a number of complications like fines, arrests and a criminal record.

Signs and symptoms of drug addiction

The signs of addiction vary on a case-by-case basis and while each drug has its own manifestations, there are some general signs (physical and behavioral) that can indicate whether a person is abusing drugs. Some of the common signs of drug addiction include:

  • Nausea and drowsiness
  • Aggressive mood swings
  • Sweating and tremors
  • Violent outbursts
  • Loss of interest in activities once considered enjoyable
  • Declined performance at work or school
  • Confusion, anxiety and depression
  • Drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms
  • Hallucinations, delusions or paranoia
  • Negative effect on personal and professional life

There has been a rapid spurt in the use of drugs like heroin, meth and marijuana, with a simultaneous increase in the non-medical use of prescription drugs, including pain relievers or opioids, depressants and stimulants.

  • Some of the most common opioids include heroin, oxycodone, codeine and morphine. They are extremely addictive in nature. Opioid addiction may result in drowsiness, slurred speech, respiratory depression and even coma.
  • Known to cause extreme relaxation by slowing down the brain activity, when abused, depressants can cause one to experience life-threatening withdrawal symptoms and can even slow down one’s breathing, resulting in death.
  • Often taken to increase alertness and raise energy levels, stimulants have a high potential for abuse. An addiction to stimulants may lead to high fever or cardiovascular failure. Long-term abuse of stimulants can cause paranoia, hostility and psychosis.

Drug addiction: Treatment

Addiction is mostly ignored, and it is addressed only when symptoms reach a critical level. Stigma and discrimination surrounding addiction often prevent one from seeking treatment. Similar to any other life-threatening illnesses, treatment for addiction needs to be sought at a certified facility under professional care.

Intended to help an individual give up the habit of drugs, treatment for drug addiction can vary in duration and can take various forms. A comprehensive treatment for drug addiction may involve detoxification, psychotherapies and behavioral counseling sessions. While detoxification helps flush out toxic substances from the body, psychotherapies help one uncover the underlying reasons behind drug addiction and learn coping skills to resist and overcome cravings, along with adopting a healthy lifestyle.

Drug addiction treatment at Sovereign Health

A leading addiction treatment provider, Sovereign Health of California provides comprehensive, personalized and evidence-based treatment. Considering that addiction is a chronic disease, treatment for drug addiction combines detoxification along with intense psychotherapies. What sets us apart is our holistic and medically informed approach that helps individuals bring about real-life changes. Offering residential and outpatient addiction treatment programs to both adolescents and adults, our integrated substance abuse and behavioral health programs treat addiction and the underlying causes that feed them. Combining traditional clinical therapies with scientific modalities, our drug addiction treatment centers provide personally tailored drug addiction treatment programs to each of our clients.

At Sovereign Health of California, we believe that an effective treatment for drug addiction must address the underlying causes and conditions of addiction. In addition to medically-assisted detox, Sovereign Health of California also offers Nutritionally Assisted Detox (NAD) at its San Clemente, California facility. The other treatment programs include neurofeedback, cognitive remediation and relapse prevention for those suffering from substance abuse, mental health and co-occurring disorders.

By delivering a reliable and effective addiction treatment, we help our clients understand addiction and how they can move forward with effective therapy. Sovereign Health of California also offers continuing care through its specialized recovery management programs that help in regaining normal lives, maintaining progress during recovery and avoiding any chance of relapse. By equipping our patients with the necessary life skills, we ensure that our clients enjoy a lasting recovery. For more information on our evidence-based drug addiction treatment programs, call our live admission specialist at our 24/7 helpline number (866) 819-0427 or chat online with our representatives for any further assistance.

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