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When you are stuck in the cycle of addiction, it is hard to know where to turn. Our mission is to get people back on the right track by giving patients and their families resources that help them know how to end their addiction to drugs or alcohol. While making the decision to stop abusing drugs or alcohol is a critical first step toward improving your life, it is also essential to understand how addiction impacts your body so that you can overcome challenges that could interfere with your recovery. As you prepare to take the next step, here is what you can expect throughout the process of getting treatment for your addiction.
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Understand Addiction And Its Underlying Causes
People often lump addictions under the same category. However, addiction is different for everyone. While people may binge drink after a stressful day at work, another person may be unable to stop using prescription painkillers long after their injury has healed. Treatment for someone who has dealt with addiction for many years may need intensive inpatient treatment while someone who is just starting to struggle with the early stages of alcohol abuse may be able to work through an outpatient program. Some drugs also cause the body to develop a dependency that makes quitting without help difficult and even dangerous. This is why a person who is addicted may not just be able to quit like everyone asks them to do. For example, abruptly quitting heroin or alcohol can generate severe withdrawal symptoms that sometimes require hospitalization. This is why many treatment programs use an intake assessment to determine what types of drugs a person is abusing along with how much and for how long.
Treat the Coexisting Issues That Influence Addiction
Addiction can also have different underlying causes that must be identified and addressed. Learning about the reasons why a person abuses drugs or alcohol is critical for creating a treatment plan that includes strategies for finding positive ways to deal with the reasons. It is typical for a person first to start abusing drugs or alcohol to mask the symptoms of other mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. The guilt, shame, and frustration of dealing with addiction for many years also affect a person’s self-confidence, and negative emotions contribute to the cycle of dependency. The worst part about this is that using drugs and alcohol tends to make other coexisting issues worse. For this reason, we aim to help you learn healthier coping methods that address underlying problems such as ADHD, PTSD, and depression.
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