Anatomy of a Disease
Many of us need look no further than our own neighborhoods to see the damaging effects of addiction. For many people, substance dependency starts as a casual experience, but quickly the amount and frequency of use increases, spiraling out of control. The more drugs consumed, the tougher it becomes to go without the drug. What may have begun as a choice has turned into a disease. The addict’s body and mind have changed so that the addict can’t function properly without the drug. The addict doesn’t dare try to quit because of the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. It’s a vicious circle. There doesn’t seem to be any escape for drug addicts. But that’s not the case.
There is a way out of drug addiction for any addict who can see the need for help. Rehabilitation (or rehab) facilities address the physical or psychological dependence that develops in response to drug addiction. They can provide the individual attention that is necessary for an addict to get the help they need. They are staffed by people who understand the nature of addiction. Highly trained professionals can help you form a program that is suited to your individual needs, which will help you remain drug-free. They will determine which drugs you have been taking so they can better treat you. No two people will have the exact same treatment. But if you’ll let them help you, a qualified staff can determine the best ways to keep you off drugs forever.
Detox for Drug Addicts
Many addicts must go through some kind of medical detoxification (detox) process in order to begin their recovery. Over a period of time, an addict’s body begins to collect dangerous chemicals because of the addictive substance. Detox rids the body of those harmful substances, returning your body to a more normal state, making easier to overcome your addiction. Detox is also a chance for health care workers to analyze you and determine other treatment methods that can help. Once your body has gone through detox, you will be ready for your own path to wellness.
It’s important to have a supervised detox plan so that you’ll be able to endure the challenges of detox. You may be familiar with drug withdrawal symptoms, including vomiting, sweating and difficulty sleeping. These painful symptoms are unfortunately a normal part of detox, and occur because your body is trying to cope with the changes that come with detoxification. But a qualified staff can ensure that the withdrawal symptoms you may face won’t be too much to handle.
Teamwork is Key
Recovery cannot be achieved alone. It requires lots of experts to help addicts during the recovery process. Drug abuse recovery specialists are many of several people on the recovery team that help addicts manage their substance addiction. Licensed substance abuse treatment counselors are highly educated people that help addicts conquer addiction. In many cases, they are addicts in recovery themselves. Other experts on the recovery team can include social workers, counselors, doctors, nurses, psychologists, and psychiatrists. This team of professionals is responsible for numerous aspects of recovery, such as evaluation, medical care, counseling, education, family education and therapy, and follow-up care.
Most addicts try to overcome their addictions by themselves. The problem is that addiction is a complicated disease. It’s not something that will ‘go away’ by itself. The disease affects a person’s body and mind to the point that the addict loses hope they don’t believe it’s possible to live without the addiction. But once the addict knows that help is needed, they can take the steps to get it. There are many people trained to help addicts recover, including many people here in Massachusetts. But you must be willing to reach out to those people. If you are ready to change your life, call (617) 996-7921 to speak to people about detox or rehab facilities in the Massachusetts area.
What Types of Drug Addiction Help Are Available?
Help for addiction comes in different forms, but usually includes treatment and counsel procedures. Treatment can include medicine or medical procedures, such as detox. Counsel would include learning skills and mental habits to overcome addiction. If you are an addict, a combination of all of these may be necessary to recover your life.
With Outpatient treatment a patient comes to a rehabilitation facility to get daily care. The patient can stay in their household. The addiction treatment will take place at health clinics, counselor's offices, neighborhood health centers or in residential programs with outpatient services.
Inpatient treatment is focused on medically supervised detoxification. This is the perfect place to start the recovery process. Following the detox process, it is recommended that patients seek out further treatment. Detox without further treatment is often not enough, but detoxing is an important step!
This is perfect for client that would benefit from a mix of inpatient and outpatient care. In this situation patients live in residential homes and are taken to get treatment daily. This gives patients a new routine to build on so they can adjust to their new life in the future.