DRUG ABUSE, ADDICTION AND THE BRAIN

What Is Drug Addiction?

Drug addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the drug addict and those around them. Drug addiction is a brain disease because the abuse of drugs leads to changes in the structure and function of the brain. Although it is true that for most people the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary, over time the changes in the brain caused by repeated drug abuse can impair a person’s self-control and ability to make sound decisions, and at the same time create an intense impulse to take drugs.
It is because of these changes in the brain that it is so challenging for a person to stop abusing drugs. Fortunately, there are treatments that help people to counteract addiction’s powerful disruptive effects and regain control of their lives. Research shows that combining addiction treatment medications, when appropriate, with behavioral therapy is the best way to ensure success for most patients. Treatment approaches that are tailored to each patient’s drug abuse patterns and any concurrent medical, psychiatric, and social problems can help achieve sustained recovery and a life without drugs.
As with other chronic diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease, drug addiction can be managed effectively. Yet, it is not uncommon for a person to relapse and begin abusing drugs again. Relapse does not signal failure; rather, it indicates that treatment should be reinstated or adjusted, or that alternate treatment is needed to help the person regain control and recover
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Drug Addiction and Abuse Treatment Help
The most effective way to treat drug abuse or dependence is through the comprehensive care offered by a qualified drug rehab program.

DETOX
Detox helps the individual overcome the physical aspect of drug abuse and addiction by allowing the body to be cleansed of harmful drug toxins. Often painful and potentially life threatening, it is important to assess the subject’s condition to determine if medically assisted detoxification is necessary. In medically assisted detox, medical personnel administer medications that manage withdrawal symptoms. This makes the detox process less painful for the recovering individual and allows the body to be slowly weaned off the substances of abuse.

COUNSELING
Counseling gives the individual a chance to explore the root causes of their problem, and better understand the “triggers” that led to drug abuse and addiction. Individual, group or other specialized forms of counseling and therapy are common in rehabilitation facilities and programs. This is where the true work of recovery takes place, as they get to the reasons behind their addiction. Once those reasons are addressed, the individual can learn to manage their triggers and truly progress in recovery.

AFTER-CARE PROGRAMS
Finally, aftercare programs help the individual make a smooth transition back into life after treatment. This may include placement at a sober living facility, drug testing, meeting with a behavioral health counselor, or other regularly scheduled outpatient services. To learn more about the different types of addiction treatment, including residential rehab, outpatient addiction treatment and holistic drug programs, we hope you will read related articles on the site. We profile drug addiction treatment centers that help people overcome addiction. From improper use of prescription medication to steroid use for performance enhancement, there are resources to help those in need and we are here to help you find them. If you have any questions about addiction treatment, or if you would like assistance finding an addiction treatment facility that can provide needed help to you or your loved one, contact us today. We are here 24/7 to help.


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