Substance abuse and addiction are caused by many different factors.
Among young adults, it is mostly contributed to peer pressure and the need to fit in. In adults, it could be a result of the misuse of their prescription drugs. And in the elderly, they may begin to drink in excess because of the recent loss of a loved one. Either way substance abuse and addiction should be treated. If not, they can lead to dangerous or fatal consequences.
Understanding The Difference Between Substance Abuse and Addiction
Most people do not know that there is a difference between abuse and addiction. Abuse occurs when an individual uses far more than originally intended, such as taking three pills instead of one and in a more frequent manner. Addiction occurs when individuals can no longer function without the abuse of the substance. The release of dopamine in their brain no longer occurs naturally, and they must use the substance in order to activate their pleasure sensors. Additionally, addiction begins once individuals develop a tolerance to and dependence on the substance. Tolerance is characterized by an individual’s diminished response to a substance because of repeated use. The body adapts to the continual presence of the substance and resists the normal effects of it, causing the individual to use more at an increased rate. Dependence occurs when there is a physical need of the substance in the body.
The Signs of Substance Abuse
There are many signs of substance abuse, including:
Increased spending habits: Addicts will spend more and more on their substance of choice because of the increase in their tolerance and dependence levels.
Sprout Health Texas offers programs to help combat substance abuse and addiction as well as therapies that benefit both our patients and their families. We believe that it significantly increases the chance of a successful recovery if our patients develop better relationships with their family and have a large support network.
How We Treat Substance Abuse
At Sprout Health Texas, our treatment programs, which include detoxification, rehabilitation and counseling, are comprehensive and designed for each individual to help treat the various forms of addiction. Through the use of cognitive behavioral therapies, which are highly recommended in the treatment of addiction, we can retrain your brain to adjust its thinking process and develop new behaviors. With the consent of our patients, we include family and loved ones in the process of recovery. As mentioned before, the bigger the support group, the better the chances.