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What is Addiction?
Addiction refers to substance seeking and use that an individual is not able to control. In most cases, the person is aware that they are harming themselves but find they are powerless against the pull of the addictive substance. The range of addiction is broad and does not only refer to drugs or alcohol. Some people are addicted to physical activities, gambling, working, eating, among others.
The path that leads to addiction is a slippery slope. Many people will take substances out of curiosity, but using the substances over and over again will result in addiction.
There are many neurological explanations behind why people are unable to have control over the urge to use addictive substances. It could explain why many individuals go back to using drugs given after seeking and completing treatment.
It is essential to realize that there is a distinction between addiction and overuse. The latter refers to the excessive use of substances without necessarily leading to addiction. For instance, one may binge drink, but be able to keep away from alcohol over consecutive days.
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Signs + Symptoms of Addiction
There are sure signs one should watch out for because they could be indicative of substance abuse. These include behavioral, psychological, and physical manifestations. Take note of the following:-
- Tremors, impaired coordination, slurred speech
- Sniffling or runny nose
- Unexplained weight loss
- Deterioration in personal hygiene
- Inability to sleep
- Bloodshot eyes
- Poor appetite
- Inability to relate with other people
- Suspicious, secretive behavior
- Sudden violent or negligent behavior
- Change in friends or favorite Hangouts
- Incessant borrowing or an increase in financial problems. they may resort to stealing
- Paranoia, anxiety, and fear
- Swings between extreme energy and lethargy
- Mood swings characterized by irritability and outbursts
- Changing attitude and personality
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Substance Abuse Treatment Options
When substance abuse becomes severe, an individual can voluntarily seek help to stop. In other cases, there could be family or Court intervention, which could Force the individual into treatment.
The treatment is more likely to succeed if the individual chooses to do it himself. It will come from the realization that the substance has become problematic, and is affecting the quality of their life. An addict to not be able to function well in all aspects of his or her life, whether at home, school, work, or any other area requiring social interaction.
Treatment and recovery is a lifelong process, and that is why you may find an individual who knows the exact amount of time they have been sober. Many times you will hear an ex-addict say they have been sober for ten years, ten months, ten days, and 10 hours. Every day for an ex-addict is one that they can relapse, and that is why every day of sobriety is an achievement.
The type of treatment will depend on the individual’s requirements. The experts will go for the best option after a careful evaluation.
Some of the treatment options available include;-
Detoxification is the first step and works towards cleaning the body of the addictive substance while making sure that the withdrawal symptoms do not result in a fatality. There is the use of medication to reduce the adverse effects of the withdrawals.
Behavioral therapy and counseling
Once the body is clean of the addictive substances, the next step is therapy. Healing could be an individual, group, all family therapy. There are different kinds of treatment, and they include:-
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy aims at teaching an individual to realize that they have a problem with regards to substance use.
- Multi-dimensional family therapy usually works for adolescents or teens and equip families with skills on how to deal with an.
- Motivational interviewing – these focus on changing and making adjustments to certain behaviors.
- Motivational incentives- these use positive reinforcement to encourage an individual to stay away from the substances.
Treatment Options for Addiction
Rehabilitation is a long-term treatment and works towards keeping an individual substance-free and equipping them with the skills to become functioning individuals of society. There are specific options, an individual can consider.
- Short-term Residential treatment – the individual will undergo detoxification within a therapeutic community and intensive counseling.
- Therapeutic communities are in-house treatments and require that the individual checks himself or herself into a facility for a 6-12 month. It allows for Close monitoring and is dependent on the community and staff members to help the individual recover.
- Recovery housing is short-term and will give patients a place to stay as they try to adapt to the new substance-free life.
- Partial hospitalization programs (PHP) will require the individual to dedicate a certain number of hours every week to therapy. It works well for those who have completed in-house treatment but want to continue with rehabilitation.
Self-help groups work well for recovering addicts and include Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.
An individual with a substance abuse problem can take medication continuously. While in the initial stage, the drugs are useful for dealing with withdrawal symptoms, an individual may continue to use them on a more prolonged basis. Some medications will reduce the cravings, thus making it possible for the individual to keep away from the addictive substances.
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Our approach to substance abuse is client-centered because we understand that every individual has a unique need. Our ways are useful because we collaborate with the patients to come up with a workable method. We do not judge, we empathize with our clients, we seek to motivate them, and most of all, we focus on finding a solution.
We carry out a careful evaluation of our clients to understand whatever issues they could be going through. Once we understand the underlying mental conditions, we come up with achievable goals. All our activities have the aim of equipping the patient and family members on how to cope.
The journey of recovering from substance abuse is not a one-person battle. It requires that the client, the family members, or those in their circles come together to find a solution. If you may be struggling with substance abuse, we will be able to help. Contact us for more information so that we can start the journey of recovery together.
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