Setting the Record Straight
The inability to say “no” to a substance resulting from excessive abuse is called addiction. Addiction has nothing to do with morality, rather it is a disease that infects the mind and body by creating a dependency for a substance, or substances, in order to function. Any drug can be abused and some even have addictive chemicals that trigger the brain into needing them in order to survive. Once this stage passes and the addiction has set in, all other priorities are swept away and replaced with the desire to get the next fix.
When a person doesn’t use again, the body and mind are subject to potentially unpleasant withdrawal symptoms . By themselves, these symptoms often drive people into relapsing simply to rid the side-effects of withdrawal. These symptoms are why detox ought to be done in a safe, medically controlled environment surrounded by the right professionals who can help you. Even knowing that the next fix is just around the corner can stave off the psychological anxiety, that is how powerful addiction is.
When the phase of detox is over, there are a small number of people who are able to go on with their lives and never relapse. This is somewhat uncommon, however, as detox only treats the physical dependency, not the psychological ones. For the most part, when detox is over there is still a very strong psychological dependency that reacts to triggers and sends people back into relapse. The best way to beat this aspect of addiction is to go through therapy after detox. We highly recommend therapy for everyone for everyone who has gone through detox because it helps to teach individuals how to live without drugs.
What Rehab Can Do for You
At the end of the day, treatment just through detox is largely ineffective. There are countless cases of people only using detox for their treatment and then relapsing because they don’t have the necessary knowledge and skills to resist temptation afterwards. This is why rehab is recommended after detox.
The goal of rehab is to help addicts reenter society as productive members. Rehab teaches addicts how to cope with their stress in a positive way through exercise, music, family communication, animal care, and even art. Having a constructive means of dealing with stress is crucial. Often times drug use is started in order to deal with a stressful problem or situation. It could’ve been a regular fight with a spouse or family member, stress at work, a traumatic event, or a personal loss. Knowing an alternate means to handle these situations will help each client in their day to day life.
These skills are also used to combat triggers. Triggers are the items, people, situations, or even places that send your mind into a place where it desires drinking again. With rehab, the rest of a person’s life can not only get clean but remain clean with the right knowledge, skills, and therapy.
Take the First Step
Take the time and pick up the phone now. Call (239) 244-8977 and get in touch with the right people. Speaking to the professionals on the matter will help you better understand how to help your loved ones with their addiction, and get the help that they deserve.