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Drug addiction is a growing menace all over the world.

Addiction is the behavior that results from the physiologic changes that occur with tolerance and dependence. Drug addiction treatment and rehabilitation is a very long process. However, as long as you take the crucial first step in seeking professional help, Sprout Health Group will be there to help you lead an addiction-free life.

drug addictionDrug addiction is a growing menace not only in the United States but also all over the world. In fact, leading health experts agree that it has now reached pandemic proportions. Unfortunately, drug addiction has always been criminalized by the media, forcing individuals to not reach out for help due to the fear of getting arrested and convicted of drug offenses. However, Good Samaritan Laws in certain states all over the country is providing hope to many drug dependents and addicts who would like to turn a new leaf. While it takes a tremendous amount of courage to admit one’s drug addiction problems, hope is provided by drug addiction treatment and rehabilitation centers like Sprout Health Group.

Signs and Symptoms of Addiction

In addition to the psychological and physical dependence on drugs, the individual who has addictions will typically manifest the following signs and symptoms:

  • Uncontrollable compulsion to use the drug on a regular basis;
  • Difficulty willing himself to cease using the drug;
  • Making efforts to ensure the continued availability of the drug;
  • Looking for any means necessary to obtain drugs, even in illegal terms;
  • Falsely believes in the unsurpassed benefits of regularly using the drug; and
  • Engaging in risky and/or inappropriate behavior.

Understanding Drug Addiction

Health experts define addiction as a condition whereby the brain’s reward and motivation system has been inadvertently rewired by substances. This leads to excessive and uncontrolled compulsion. To use the addicting drug simply because of the perceived albeit distorted sense of rewards or benefits from using the drug. To put it simply, the individual believes that the benefits of using the drugs far outweigh any serious issues that might occur. Closely associated with this belief is the development of tolerance and dependence.

182896901 Chronic use of drugs changes the brain’s natural chemistry, which in turn, changes the way the brain functions. Over time, the body has already adapted to the amount of drug present in the body such that it no longer feels any of its effects. As such, the body will go into a withdrawal-like stage. In order to counter this, the individual has to increase his consumption of the drug either by increasing its dosage or increasing its frequency of intake. Either way it can be said that the individual has already developed tolerance to the effects of the drug such that he now requires substantially greater amounts of the drug in order to achieve the desired effects. If such effects are not achieved, the body goes into withdrawal. By this stage, the individual is already said to be highly dependent on the drug.

Both dependence and tolerance play a major role in drug addiction. Therefore addiction is the behavior that results from the physiologic changes that occur with tolerance and dependence.

Drug Addiction Treatment

Drug addiction treatment requires a comprehensive yet holistic approach to the problem. While physiologic symptoms may direct immediate treatment approaches, it is the individual’s cognitive and behavioral concerns that often dictate the success or failure of drug addiction treatment programs.

Detox Treatment

All drug addiction programs start with detoxification in order to assist the individual to get rid of the drug from their system. Depending on the severity of the drug addiction, detox treatments can take the form of medically supervised detox programs or center-assisted detox programs. In some cases, these have been referred to as acute detox or sub-acute detox treatments, respectively. The point is to remove the offending drug from the body in the safest and most efficient way possible to pave the way for more definitive drug addiction treatments.

Partial Hospitalization Program

For individuals who may require comprehensive clinical services and intensive therapeutic modalities, partial hospitalization programs may be recommended. These addiction treatment programs are medically supervised in order to provide a more structured and highly coordinated approach in the management of an individual’s addiction and any inherent heightened disturbance. The program occurs in a non-residential or a non-inpatient setting to make it more effective.

Residential Treatment

For individuals who may have co-occurring conditions like mental health problems or behavioral issues in addition to their drug addiction, a residential in-patient drug treatment program may be needed. This is especially useful for individuals who do not have any life-threatening medical issues that require round-the-clock medical management and monitoring in an acute care setting. This type of drug addiction treatment is one of the best treatments for certain individuals as the cognitive-behavioral therapy can commence even during the detox treatment phase of the drug addiction program.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment

For individuals who may not yet have serious drug addiction issues and who are still able to exert some degree of control over their lives, an outpatient addiction treatment program may be recommended. In this program the individual is obliged to complete his addiction treatment sessions on a regular basis. While at the same time given the opportunity to return home and resume normal activities of daily living right after each session. This type of drug addiction treatment requires absolute control over one’s thoughts and behavior. The temptations will still be present once the individual returns home from treatment. The key here is commitment.

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