An addiction is a physical and psychological dependence on a substance like drugs or alcohol. It is a chronic and recurring disease that’s characterized by continuing to use a substance even though it’s causing problems in your life.
There’s no cure for addiction, but through comprehensive drug rehab treatment at a reputable recovery facility, it can be sent into remission. Addicts and their loved ones are encouraged to call (845)-207-5158 to speak with the experts from Drug Treatment Centers Middletown.
There are three major types of drug dependence.
Alcohol addiction is the most common type of drug abuse problem in the U.S., with 53 percent of American adults reporting that they have one or more close relatives with a drinking problem.
Illegal drug addiction involves street drugs like heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine. Heroin accounts for 43 percent of drug overdose deaths in Orange County, which includes Middletown, and it’s the primary reason for 45 percent of those entering drug treatment in Orange County.
Prescription drug addiction is a dependence on medications like opiate painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin, stimulants like Adderall and Dexedrine, and sedatives like Xanax and Klonopin. In Orange County, the most commonly abused prescription drug is OxyContin, which accounts for about 12 percent of all drug rehab admissions. From 2008 to 2013, the number of prescriptions written for OxyContin increased by 60 percent in Orange County.
The physical aspects of substance abuse involve changes in the function and structure of the brain, which result in withdrawal symptoms when the substance is withheld. The physical dependence is addressed through detox, which is the process of removing the substance from the body so that brain function can eventually return to normal.
The psychological aspects of addiction are highly complex and different for each individual. Underlying issues contributing to drug abuse must be addressed, and any co-occurring mental health disorders or secondary conditions must also be dealt with during drug treatment through various therapies, including group, individual, and family cognitive and behavioral therapies.
While each type of drug has its own set of signs and symptoms of substance abuse, some of the general signs and symptoms of drug dependence include:
Building up a tolerance so that more is needed to get the same effect.
Drug treatment can be provided at an inpatient residential treatment center or through an outpatient program. Each has its own benefits and down sides, and deciding which is right for you or someone you love depends on individual needs. A drug abuse specialist or other health professional can help you decide if you’re not sure which is best for you.
Inpatient treatment involves an extended stay at a residential rehab facility and is best for those with a long history of substance abuse issues, a co-occurring mental health disorder, or a secondary substance abuse problem. Those who are ambivalent toward recovery should also choose an inpatient program.
Outpatient treatment involves living at home and attending regular classes and sessions at a rehab facility. Outpatient treatment can be very successful for those who are motivated to change, have a personal commitment to their recovery, and have solid support at home.
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