Drug Rehabs & Addiction Treatment Centers
Drug addiction is an epidemic that continuously spreads across the nation. Health experts are concerned that is has reached colossal proportions. Addiction itself is hard to overcome; add the potential for legal trouble, and the likelihood of an addict to reach out for help will most likely decline. At Sprout Health Arizona, we know that it takes tremendous courage to, first of all, admit that you have an addiction; and secondly, to seek a treatment center in order to learn the tools necessary to live and maintain a sober, healthy lifestyle. Do not be afraid to find help; empower yourself to make the change for a better life.
Dangers of Drug Addiction
Addiction, defined by health experts as “a condition whereby the brain’s reward and motivation system has been inadvertently rewired by substances”, is one of the hardest things to overcome; and if not treated properly, can lead to overdose or death. Substance abuse accounts for over 25,000 deaths per year; due in part by, the rewiring of, or effects on, the brain that cause users to repetitively use and abuse addictive substances, which leads to dependence and addiction.
Chronic use of substances causes changes in the brain’s natural chemistry, which in turn changes the way the brain will function. As time passes, if prolonged use continues, the body adapts to the amount and grows dull to the effects; this is known as tolerance. Once a body becomes tolerant, it will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms, causing a user to increase their intake of the addictive substance or search for an alternative, which is usually something worse and more damaging. The body becomes dependent on substances and drug use begins to spiral out of control.
Tolerance and dependence play a major role in drug addiction and recovery. Addiction usually occurs after a user becomes tolerant to and dependent on the substance. The physiologic changes that occur with tolerance and dependence, unless treated, cause addiction and increase the risk of overdose and death.
Discerning the Signs and Symptoms of Addiction
Besides psychological and physical dependence, an individual with an addiction tends to exhibit the following signs and symptoms:
- Uncontrollable compulsion to regularly use the substance
- Lack the ability to cease using the substance
- Ensuring constant availability of the substance
- Finding any means necessary to obtain drugs, even if it’s illegal
- Falsely believes there are benefits of regularly using the drug
- Engaging in risky and inappropriate behavior.
Depending on the substance, symptoms may also include physical changes in their bodies and moods, such as:
- Extreme weight loss or changes in appetite
- Destruction of dental health
- Impaired coordination and/or speech
- Lack of motivation
- Appears anxious, fearful or paranoid for no reason
- Hyperactivity or agitation
- Unusual smells on breath, body or clothing
- Frequently getting in trouble
- Sudden change in friends or hobbies
How We Treat Drug Addiction
A combination of both traditional and holistic treatments are necessary to achieve prolonged success in recovery. Holistic treatments help build a long-lasting system of good behaviors that a person can use on their own once out of the treatment center and in the real world. Traditional treatments are used to acknowledge the physiological symptoms that occur during the detoxification, withdrawal and treatment stages.
The first step in the treatment program and one of the hardest is detoxification. During this time, patients will safely remove the addictive and dangerous substance from their body in one of two ways; while under medical supervision or center assisted. Center assisted treatments help manage difficult withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings through the use of medications and counseling. Medically supervised detoxification is provided by a multidisciplinary team of board-certified doctors and is usually followed by rehabilitation treatment.
Partial Hospitalization Program
Patients who require comprehensive clinical services and intensive therapeutic modalities, which are specialized treatment programs that provide non-surgical and medication-free treatment options, such as ultrasound therapy, shortwave diathermy, gentle electrical stimulation or infrared light. Partial hospitalization programs are medically-supervised to provide a more analytical approach to the management of an individual’s addiction. These programs occur in a non-residential and non-inpatient setting to ensure a more effective treatment. The facilities are better equipped with the staff and tools necessary to monitor and manage a patient’s needs round-the-clock.
Typically recommended for patients with co-occurring conditions, this treatment offers cognitive behavioral therapy at the same time as the detoxification process. It is beneficial for those who are apprehensive to enter a rehabilitation facility.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment
This method is recommended for individuals who have some self-control over their substance addiction. They are required to complete daily sessions in a facility but are allowed to return home every evening. There is no one accompanying the patient home; therefore a patient is solely responsible for their sobriety. It is up to patients to remain sober on their own anyway, but this treatment poses a risk for those who do not have the strength or willpower to remain sober on their own.
Drug addiction treatment and rehabilitation is a demanding and difficult process. It requires effort, hard work and dedication. Admitting addiction and seeking help are the first and toughest steps toward sobriety; we will not let you walk the path to recovery alone. Our trained professionals at Sprout Health Arizona are here to help you learn the tools necessary to live and maintain a healthy, sober lifestyle.