Drug and alcohol addictions are serious problems across the United States and right here in Garland. And many people do not seek out drug rehab at the first signs of addiction. In fact, many people try to avoid going to drug rehab for one reason or another, thinking that they can take care of everything themselves. However, drug rehab gives an addict the best possible chance at overcoming their addiction successfully and safely.
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Drug and alcohol rehab is a form of addiction treatment that helps to break both the physical and mental dependencies that a person has to addictive substances. This is accomplished through intensive treatment in a residential or live-in facility so that the recovering addict has no opportunity to relapse while undergoing treatment and so that the addict can focus entirely on their recovery without outside distractions.
An addiction, when in reference to drugs or alcohol, is a chronic and progressive disorder that involves uncontrollable compulsive behaviors involving substance use and abuse. The disorder is chronic because it continues on for a prolonged period of time and it is progressive because over the course of that prolonged period of time, it gets worse and worse.
There are various types of addiction that a person could suffer from. There are certain categories of drugs that are more addictive than others. Some of those drug categories include:
Stimulants are drugs that are designed to excite or stimulate the central nervous system. What this means is that they are created to trigger processes in the central nervous system and get the nervous system and brain into action. A common side effect of these drugs is that they give a person a burst of energy. Some stimulants include:
CNS (central nervous system) depressants have the opposite effect of stimulant drugs. They are designed to slow the functions of the central nervous system. This means that they suppress the nervous system and make people feel calm and relaxed. Some of these drugs include:
Opiates are powerful drugs that are often used as painkillers. They have a profound calming effect on the mind and body and blocks pain receptors throughout the body. Some opiates include:
Addiction is both mental and physical. It is mental in that a person comes to think or believe that they need the drug or alcohol to get through their days. The mental addiction involves thoughts, cravings, and yearnings for the drug. The physical addiction develops based on the ways that the drug interacts with the human body.
The interactions with the brain and nervous system that occur through prolonged abuse of the drug make the brain and nervous system adjust their functions to only do certain things when the drug tells them to. This adjustment and change is a physical addiction.
When a person realizes that they have a drug or alcohol addiction, they should seek out drug treatment. The first treatment they should seek out is medical detox. Medical detoxification helps a recovering addict to overcome their physical addiction to drugs or alcohol. They no longer consume the substance, but receive medical care to help them deal with withdrawal symptoms as well as to make the process gradual so the body does not go into shock.
Following detox, options for treatment include individual and group therapy, family therapy, art or music therapy, chiropractic care, restorative yoga, and many others.