Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is an extremely challenging and detrimental disease which defines itself as being an uncontrollable compulsion towards drug taking despite the negative consequences.

Addiction is more than just a desire for a certain substance, it’s a mental state where the brain feels like that substance is a necessity. Any barriers or obstacles in the way of attaining the substance will be completely ignored. The changes in the brain can lead to long-term harmful behaviours and can relapse without the proper treatment.

How do drugs affect the brain?

Chemicals within the drugs can influence natural messengers in the brain to change the way in which it responds. The type of drug will determine how dramatically they’re affected and the exact result. For instance, marijuana and heroin contain a similar structure to the brain’s neurotransmitters which mean that they can trick the nerve cells into sending incorrect messages. Interestingly, most drugs will affect the brain’s reward system by increasing the amount of dopamine in your system.

What are the causes of drug addiction?

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The amount to which somebody becomes addicted to drugs or whether they do at all will depend on a number of factors. These include biology, social environment, the drug itself and other things.

People start taking drugs for many reasons. Sometimes it’s stress; sometimes it’s peer pressure; sometimes it’s curiosity. However, addiction is another thing. Addiction is usually caused by reoccurring emotional feelings. Whether that be happiness, sadness, stress or anger depending on the individual. People may also have a family history of addiction or be introduced to it at a young age which increases the sense of normality.

Myths about treatment

There are some myths regarding drug addiction so make sure you don’t get caught up in the fake facts. These myths also regard getting back on track, too. Rehab isn’t a shameful thing and you shouldn’t avoid it because you think it will carry negative connotations. Some of the most common myths are:

  • I can’t afford treatment
  • It will take up too much time
  • It won’t work
  • It will only work short term
  • It’s a waste of time
  • No part of the process is enjoyable
  • It’s too hard
  • Everyone I know will find out
  • I’m too old/young to go for treatment
  • All treatments are the same
  • I only need to go if I’ve hit rock bottom

None of these are true. People think of rehab as a military style boot camp for only people in dire need of treatment. However, rehab can be for anyone at any stage of treatment and can be an enjoyable experience. We want you to get back to being healthy as much as you do.

What does treatment include?

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No single treatment will be right for everyone. We understand that using cookie cutter treatments doesn’t work long term. Each treatment is will be based upon where your status and level of drug addiction. Effective treatment will address all areas of your addiction to get you back to a healthy standpoint.

We offer top of the line treatments to give you full recovery using our understanding of addiction and invaluable experience. Our treatments are separated into 30, 60 and 90 day lengths depending on the seriousness of your addiction. Treatment will include techniques designed to alter your outlook, mentality and behaviour. It will also require detoxification: removing all traces of the drug from your body through withdrawal. Medications help with the symptoms of withdrawal, to prevent relapse and other conditions which can be brought on through drug use.

However, there is a way to get out of this. Here at Faith Drug Rehab we aim to get you back on track through the best means possible. Contact us now to speak with one of our specialists.