What is an Addiction?
Not everyone who uses drugs becomes addicted. Each person’s body and brain are different. People react to drugs differently. There’s no rule about how soon someone becomes addicted. It can happen quickly or take time. People don’t plan to get addicted. When people first take a drug, they might like how it makes them feel. They believe they can control how much and how often they take the drug. But drugs can take away people’s control. Drugs can change the brain. At first the drugs might make you feel good. But after time you might need to take the drug just to feel normal. You might start taking more just to get the same high. You might keep using the drug, even though it starts hurting your life.
You might spend a lot of time trying to get more of the drug. Seeking and using drugs might start hurting your loved ones, but you can’t stop. These are signs of an addiction. An addiction can take over your life. Taking drugs can become more important than the need to eat or sleep. Getting and using drugs can become all you think about. The addiction can replace all the things you used to enjoy. You might do almost anything to keep taking the drug, like steal or lie.
Is Addiction a Brain Disorder?
Drugs can change how the brain works and the brain changes can last for a long time. The changes can cause problems with a person’s behaviors. People with a drug addiction might be moody, have memory loss, or even have trouble thinking and making decisions. An addiction is an illness, just as heart disease and cancer are illnesses. An addiction is not a weakness. It does not mean someone is a bad person. People from all backgrounds can get an addiction. It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor. It doesn’t matter where you live. It doesn’t matter if you went to college or not. An addiction can happen to anyone and at any age. But the chances are higher when a person starts using drug when they’re young.
What Makes Someone More Likely to Get Addicted to Drugs?
Everyone’s bodies react to drugs differently. Some people like the feeling the first time they try a drug and want more. Other people hate how it feels and never try it again. Some are more likely to get addicted than others depending on their body. When kids use drugs, it can change how their bodies and brains finish growing. Using drugs when you’re young increases your chances of becoming addicted when you get older. People who have mental health problems are more likely to get addicted. This is because drug use and mental health problems affect the same parts of the brain.
Some mental health problems are depression, feeling so sad or worried about something that it is hard to live your life normally, or attention deficit disorder, having trouble paying attention, or being bipolar, having quick mood changes. Some people might use drugs to try to feel better. Friends or family members who use drugs can make you more likely to use drugs. Trouble at school or work or trouble getting along with people, can make life hard. You might use drugs to try to get your mind off these problems or use drugs to make friends.
What Addiction Therapy Services Will I Find at Evoke Wellness?
Individuals who use drugs and/or alcohol for an extended period will likely need to undergo medically monitored detoxification before safely transferring to an inpatient treatment center. Depending on the substance involved and the frequency of use, different techniques will be employed to help alleviate symptoms of withdrawal. In most cases, newly sober individuals will be prescribed medications to reduce physical pain and prevent serious side effects from occurring.
Intensive Inpatient treatment may be required in three different circumstances. The first being if the concerned patient is dealing with a co-occurring psychiatric disorder, such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, or PTSD. The second being is the individual is dealing with unresolved trauma. The last being if the active drug addiction or alcoholism was especially severe. If you’re interested in an intensive inpatient treatment program, please contact us for more details.
In most cases, residential treatment programs last for a minimum of 28-days. Residential treatment allows newly sober individuals the opportunity to focus exclusively on maintaining their sobriety. The daily activities they partake in will be predominantly recovery based, and experienced staff members will be available for 24/7 support. Once an individual has undergone medically monitored detox, he or she will usually transfer to a residential treatment center. Residential treatment is also an ideal option for those who have attempted outpatient treatment, only to experience relapse or find that they are struggling mentally or emotionally. The immersive environment is geared towards teaching fundamental life skills, teaching more about the disease of addiction and how it can be successfully treated, an furthering physical, mental and emotional health.
Dual diagnosis treatment hasn’t always been an option – in fact, it wasn’t available until the early 1990s. Before its invention, those who suffered from mental illness and addiction were treated for each disorder separately. If symptoms of two conditions overlapped, individuals usually weren’t treated for mental illness until they had been sober for an extended period. Unfortunately, the symptoms of the untreated disorder would often lead the patient right back to drinking or drug use. Now, addiction specialists, psychiatrists, and other medical professionals understand that all existing conditions must be treated at the same time. Nowadays, there is no dividing line between mental health and addiction – both are treated as part of a comprehensive issue and understood to be highly interrelated.
Eating Disorder Treatment
Treatment plans for eating disorders include psychotherapy, medical care and monitoring, nutritional counseling, medications, or a combination of these approaches. Treatment goals include restoring adequate nutrition, bringing weight to a healthy level, reducing excessive exercise, and stopping binge-purge and binge-eating behaviors. Specific forms of psychotherapy (or “talk therapy”) and cognitive behavioral approaches are effective for treating specific eating disorders. Medications may help treat some eating disorders and co-occurring anxiety or depression related to eating disorders.
How Can Evoke Wellness Help You?
If you or someone you know is fighting with alcoholism, drug addiction, or eating disorders, Evoke Wellness provides a safe and comfortable environment for you to begin your journey in recovery. Our services meet the specific medical, mental, social, occupational, and family needs of our patients. We provide different therapies and treatments in order to maximize each person’s success by facing everyone’s health and happiness head on.
Our addiction professionals will help you plan your aftercare which includes but isn’t limited to detox, intensive inpatient, residential rehab, integrated treatment, and eating disorder treatment. Luckily you do not have to face these hardships on your own. Take the first step towards recovery by reaching out to one of our confidential professionals at Evoke Wellness.