Addiction is a disease that affects a person’s ability to control cravings for a particular substance. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction affects the brain’s reward, motivation and memory circuitry. Drug rehab is often needed when a person struggles with dependence, as it often affects a person’s health and overall well-being. Drug rehab and aftercare services following treatment can help a person maintain long-term sobriety.
Examples of different types of drug addictions include:
If you or someone you now has begun to abuse or is already addicted to any of these substances, then now is the time to seek help. Call Drug Treatment Centers Port Saint Lucie at (772) 882-3919 to find out more about how you can break free from your addiction.
According to an article published in “American Jails,” the average drug offender in Port St. Lucie, Florida, returns to jail for four subsequent arrests with jail stays of 90 days each time.
Drug abuse, especially prescription drug abuse, has historically been a problem in the state of Florida. In 2011, Florida was known as the “Oxy Express” where pain clinics that dispensed hydrocodone prescriptions were more plentiful than McDonald’s restaurants, according to National Public Radio.
At this time, the Florida government began to pass legislation that made medications more difficult to obtain. In 2012, the rate of deaths from prescription drug overdoses fell by 23 percent, according to The New York Times. However, illegal drug deaths from drugs including heroin and cocaine increased. According to The New York Times, this may signal that former prescription drug abusers are turning to illegal drugs as an alternative.
Drug and alcohol addictions can sadly often be accompanied by secondary addictions or compulsive behaviors. Examples include gambling and eating disorders. Having these co-existing conditions can further jeopardize a person’s health, while also making recovery more difficult.
Addiction affects a person both psychologically and physically. For example, it causes a person to build up a tolerance to a particular drug. When a person does not use the drug, he or she experiences withdrawal symptoms, which can be best treated using medical detoxification treatment methods. These can include pain, nausea, anxiety and other symptoms, depending on the drug of abuse.
Substance dependence is mental because using a drug can make a person feel temporarily euphoric or high. Someone may turn to drugs as a mental escape from the stresses, anxieties or pains of daily life.
Typical signs and symptoms of substance abuse may include the following:
Treatments for drug dependence include both residential (inpatient) and outpatient rehabilitation. Residential rehabilitation typically involves a 30 to 45 day stay in a rehabilitation facility. Outpatient options include attending a day program or outpatient counseling to help a person overcome their dependence issues.
Choosing between the two program types can be a difficult decision. Generally speaking, anyone with a drug addiction requires intensive treatment and assistance to beat the disease. This kind of personalized care is often more synonymous with inpatient rehabilitation.
Outpatient rehabilitation is often a choice for those wishing to maintain sobriety after rehabilitation. However, a person may be unable to participate in a residential program. Having the extra support of an outpatient rehabilitation program can be a better alternative than the absence of a relapse prevention program.
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