Your Body and Addiction
Addiction affects each person differently; this is one of the most important aspects of treatment. There is no one way to take on addiction as each person has a different history with a substance, family history, different substances, mental factors that contribute to substance abuse, and other possible variables. But there are similarities from one addiction to the other, particularly when it comes to the side-effects on the mind and body. These side-effects vary slightly depending on the substance and the severity of the addiction, but there are also some that span multiple substances.
Substance abuse is an incredibly dangerous condition for both the abuser and those around the person. Many cases of domestic abuse have been tied to alcohol and drug abuse, as well as an even higher number of violent crimes being committed while under the influence of a substance or substances. The bottom line is that addiction requires help, and that help is right around the corner.
Treating the Disease
Addiction can be as complicated as it is dangerous. Treating addiction takes the right approach, and there’s no one way to go about it. More specifically, the specific addiction has to be targeted like any disease would be and given the proper treatment designed around each variable of the disease.
As a recovery service, we seek to not only understand the addiction but also understand the person underneath. There are many factors that can attribute towards an addiction and every single one must be taken into account in order to accurately teach the addict how to better their life.
Treatment encompasses two phases: detox and therapy. Detox handles the physical aspect of treatment, cleaning out the body of harmful toxins and removing the addictive chemicals. The problem, however, is that physical addictions often create psychological dependencies that aren’t handled by detox. This is where therapy comes in.
Psychological addictions are generally formed through the habit of using. This habit becomes an automatic association with pleasure. Now, whenever stressed, depressed, generally unhappy, or even bored the association enters the brain and tells it to go back to the “joy” of using. Relief is sought from any distress through the substance of choice. Therapy helps by teaching productive methods of coping with reality and stress, and instilling positive habits and hobbies.
Therapy can take the form of exercise, nutrition, art, music, animal care, and other forms that keep the mind and body busy. These are used to form new habits and new associations with happiness, stress relief, and pleasure that can be used in place of drugs or alcohol. So instead of getting drunk or high, now the person works out and sweats, or draws, or creates music, or crochets. The other benefit of these therapies is that it helps the client to gain insight into their own life.
Getting Help for Your Loved Ones
If you have a friend or family member suffering the scourge of addiction, then there is no time to waste. Help is just a phone call away.
Call 954-210-4010 to speak to one of the experts that can give you all the information you need to help your loved ones.