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Drug Addiction Treatment

Addiction is characterized by the body becoming tolerant and dependent on a substance.

Drug Addiction TreatmentDrug 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:

  • Uncontrollable compulsion to regularly use the substance
  • Lack the ability to cease using the substance
  • Ensuring constant availability of the substance
  • Finding any means necessary to obtain drugs, even if it’s illegal
  • Falsely believes there are benefits of regularly using the drug
  • Engaging in risky and inappropriate behavior.

Depending on the substance, symptoms may also include physical changes in their bodies and moods, such as:

  • Extreme weight loss or changes in appetite
  • Destruction of dental health
  • Impaired coordination and/or speech
  • Lack of motivation
  • Appears anxious, fearful or paranoid for no reason
  • Hyperactivity or agitation
  • Unusual smells on breath, body or clothing
  • Frequently getting in trouble
  • 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.

  • Detox Treatment – The first step in the treatment program and one of the hardest is detoxification. During this time, patients will safely remove the addictive and dangerous substance from their body in one of two ways; while under medical supervision or center assisted.
  • Partial Hospitalization Program – Partial hospitalization programs are medically-supervised to provide a more analytical approach to the management of an individual’s addiction. These programs occur in a non-residential and non-inpatient setting to ensure a more effective treatment. The facilities are better equipped with the staff and tools necessary to monitor and manage a patient’s needs round-the-clock.
  • Residential Treatment – Typically recommended for patients with co-occurring conditions, this treatment offers cognitive behavioral therapy at the same time as the detoxification process. It is beneficial for those who are apprehensive to enter a rehabilitation facility.
  • 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.
Drug addiction treatment and rehabilitation is a demanding and difficult process. It requires effort, hard work and dedication. Admitting addiction and seeking help are the first and toughest steps toward sobriety; we will not let you walk the path to recovery alone. Our trained professionals at Sprout Health Texas are here to help you learn the tools necessary to live and maintain a healthy, sober lifestyle.

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