Drug Addiction TreatmentReading Time: 4 minutes
There’s no doubt that dealing with drug addiction can be difficult. However, taking the first step by recognizing and accepting the signs of your – or a loved one’s – addiction is the only way to begin a successful journey towards recovery. At Connections ATC, we offer a comprehensive drug addiction treatment program, using a holistic approach which is designed to accommodate your individual needs. Our aim is to give you the best possible chance to recover, using a therapeutically-intensive, personalized approach which will heal you mind, body and spirit.
Signs of Drug Addiction
Drug addiction manifests itself differently in different people, and signs and symptoms depend on the type of drug to which the individual is addicted. However, there are certain tell-tale signs which you should be able to recognize in yourself or a loved one, which may indicate that drug addiction treatment is necessary.
- Use Patterns: Do you find that you are using the drug more and more frequently, taking it up to several times a day?
- Cravings: Do you have intense urges to use the drug?
- Fixation on the Availability of the Drug: Do you obsess over how much of the drug is available to you at any given time? Do find yourself spending lots of money on the drug, or even stealing or borrowing money in order to pay for it? Are you spending more and more time on acquiring and using the drug?
- Personal Changes: Do you care less about your personal grooming and hygiene? Have you lost interest in hobbies and friends? Is your drug use causing you financial, work and family problems?
Apart from these external indicators of addiction, there are a number of physical symptoms which present themselves when drug dependence develops.
Physical Symptoms Associated with Addiction
Two key indicators of abuse are withdrawal and tolerance. Repeated drug use will result in the development of bodily tolerance for the drug. This means that over time, your body will require higher and higher doses of the drug in order to get the same effect. Increased use will also lead to withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms include shakiness, depression, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and in severe cases, seizures. General physical and mental symptoms of drug use include mood swings, depression, irritability, weight loss, bloodshot eyes, changed sleeping patterns, and tremors. More specific symptoms present themselves depending on the drug addicted to. Common symptoms of particular drug addictions include:
Sleeplessness for days at a time, total loss of appetite, weight loss, anxiety, agitation, aggression and hallucination.
High levels of stimulation and sensory perception after immediate use, combined with symptoms of depression, paranoia, confusion and reduced cognitive ability after long periods of use. Users will start to crave and use the drug outside of the usual setting (at home and not just in clubs).
Long-term signs of use include depression, delusions, agitation, nervousness, tiredness and loss of sleep, and enlarged heart.
Tiredness and sedation, itching, nausea, constipation, skin infections, lowered immunity, decreased sexual functioning, and depression.
Long-term symptoms will vary depending on the particular sedative or tranquilizer used. Drowsiness, decreased coordination, dizziness, slurred speech, depression and paranoia are common symptoms.
The Science of Drug Addiction
What makes drug abuse so dangerous is that repeated use causes long-term changes in the user’s body and brain chemistry, making it extremely difficult for the user to maintain control of their addiction. Changes to neurotransmitters and receptors over time result in physical dependence on the drug and the feeling that one is compelled to take it. Long-term changes to brain structure and physiology make treating addiction particularly complex and challenging. Physical addiction is accompanied by psychological addiction, which is why multi-faceted drug addiction treatment plans are so important. Since many drug users also experience mental health problems, treating the two health issues together becomes vital for successful recovery.
Drug Addiction Treatment
The first step in any addiction treatment process is detox. Detoxification involves flushing out the build-up of toxic substances in the body. Detox for drug addiction treatment must be carefully managed by medical professionals, as drug users’ bodies often experience severe withdrawal symptoms which can last from a number of days to a period of a few weeks. A comprehensive detox program will eliminate the risks associated with sudden cessation of drug use, including death. Addiction treatment medicines are administered to ease the pain and discomfort of withdrawal, and stabilize the body. Following successful detox, post-acute withdrawal symptoms must be treated, and psychiatric and psychological treatment of addiction must begin. Understanding and managing the root causes of addiction, including addictive personality disorders, mental health problems, and psychological traumas which have led to drug abuse – such as grief, divorce, loss of employment, or sexual trauma – is crucial if relapse is to be prevented. This is why Connections ATC places a holistic, multi-faceted, comprehensive treatment plan at the core of our drug addiction treatment philosophy.
Connections ATC: Our Addiction Treatment Philosophy
At Connections ATC, your recovery is our main priority. Years of experience in addiction treatment has taught us the value of accommodating individual needs and customizing treatment plans to cater to each individual’s unique journey of recovery. Our expert medical staff will strive to make your withdrawal as pain-free, safe and comfortable as possible, and will evaluate and treat your individual medical needs, while our experienced clinicians and counsellors will provide you with intensive therapy and support in order to ensure that you achieve your personal goal of full, permanent recovery. Recreational activities, nutritional therapy, and massage therapy all add to our holistic treatment approach, and facilitate the process of recovery. The sunny, tranquil South Florida surrounds with state-of-the-art facilities provides the perfect environment for your concurrent mental, physical and spiritual healing. Throughout your healing process, our team at Connections ATC will be there to support and guide you, and help you to achieve your personal goals, so that you have the best chance of recovery. We believe in you, and we believe in the possibility of living life addiction-free.
Contact Connections ATC today 1-888-615-4889 to begin your recovery.