Drug Addiction Treatment
Addiction is characterized by the body becoming tolerant and dependent on a substance.
Drug addiction is a wide-spreading disaster and unfortunately, there are no signs of it slowing down. Treatment is offered at rehabilitation facilities all over the nation; however, because of fear of conviction as well as the fear of withdrawal symptoms, people continue to use and are increasing their risk of overdose and death.
At Sprout Health Texas, we understand the courage and strength it takes to admit to an addiction and seek help. We offer guidance, support and help in order to receive treatment and maintain a sober, healthy lifestyle.
How to Detect Drug Addiction
Addiction is characterized by the body becoming tolerant and dependent on a substance. It does not happen overnight. Addicts begin by abusing their substance and at some point, users cannot function without the substance because their bodies and brain have become so used to it that they would not know what to do without it. This is addiction; it is dangerous and should be treated immediately.
Besides psychological and physical dependence, an individual with an addiction tends to exhibit the following signs and symptoms:
Ensuring constant availability of the substance
Engaging in risky and inappropriate behavior.
Depending on the substance, symptoms may also include physical changes in their bodies and moods, such as:
Appears anxious, fearful or paranoid for no reason
Sudden change in friends or hobbies
Chronic Substance Abuse Retrains the Brain
As mentioned above, our bodies and brains become tolerant and dependent on a substance after a prolonged time of use. Substances, like alcohol, illicit drugs and prescription drugs, are meant to either block pain or create a pleasurable feeling. Our bodies already create these sense receptors; however, when a substance is introduced, it blocks the body’s natural release of those sense receptors. Over time, the body and brain will get used to the substance being in the system that the brain will significantly decrease, or completely stop, producing the natural receptors. When this happens, users will need to continue to use in order to feel good again; this is dependence. Additionally, if prolonged use continues, the body adapts to the amount and grows dull to the effects; this is known as tolerance.
Drug Treatment Programs Offered in Texas
A combination of both traditional and holistic treatments are necessary to achieve prolonged success in recovery. Holistic treatments help build a long-lasting system of good behaviors that a person can use on their own once out of the treatment center and in the real world. Traditional treatments are used to acknowledge the physiological symptoms that occur during the detoxification, withdrawal and treatment stages.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment – This method is recommended for individuals who have some self-control over their substance addiction. They are required to complete daily sessions in a facility but are allowed to return home every evening. There is no one accompanying the patient home; therefore a patient is solely responsible for their sobriety. It is up to patients to remain sober on their own anyway, but this treatment poses a risk for those who do not have the strength or willpower to remain sober on their own.