You must certainly have heard about drug rehab programs being excruciatingly painful and drastic and all that, and it must be said that most of it is true. If someone is hooked onto a life-consuming drug for a pretty long time, it is just not possible to bring them out of the addiction in the matter of a day. This is going to be a very arduous journey with a lot of pain for everyone involved.
But, having said that, it is also important to mention that today there are several drug rehab centers that are making this long and painful process simpler for their residents. They are using cutting edge medicines and treatment procedures that are making the withdrawal symptoms (these are actually the most painful part of the entire addiction treatment process) quite bearable.
Coming back to our first point, why are drug rehab programs so excruciating? There’s a reason for that. All drugs – heroin, crystal meth, whatever – take a severe toll on your life. One of the first things that they will do is that they will house themselves in the immune system and get the body used to them. Within a short while, the body will become so dependent on this drug that it will react violently when the drug is not available for consumption. This is exactly what happens in a drug rehab program. When the person is cut off from the drug, the body reacts in a very aggressive manner. Cold turkey occurs. This period is typified by drastic pains, severe stomach problems, hallucinations, fevers and chills and a lot more.
Medicines have made this period simpler to bear. But the fact remains that drug rehab treatment is not easy. It is quite demanding on the addict, the treatment programs as well as the friends and family of the person in question.
Many drug addicts wonder what actually happens in a drug rehabilitation program. Some of them are curious and others are a little anxious. They don’t want to sign up for something they don’t completely understand.
Very few people are able to beat a drug addiction without the help of a rehab program. Most people want to, but it just doesn’t work. It’s hard enough with the support of professionals and the structure of a treatment center.
One of the reasons why drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs work is that they force change. Patients must either follow their rules or face the consequences, which will eventually mean leaving if they continue to step out of the boundaries.
A common misconception about drug rehab programs is that finding them is easy. Each person has to have a program tailor-made for their own need, otherwise it’s very likely not to work and after discharge there will be a relapse.
Methadone is a prescription drug that sometimes causes an addiction in individuals who begin using it for a legitimate reason, usually as a method of treatment for another drug addiction or as a pain medication. Many people are able to take it effectively without developing a dependence on it. However, it can cause a very strong physical and psychological addiction in individuals who abuse it. Continue reading →
In the beginning cocaine abuse doesn’t seem as bad is it ends up being. A little bit seems to put a nice spin on everything you do. But cocaine turns that spin into a fast moving spiral. That bump that you wanted becomes the line that you need. Then it becomes constant use, all day long. No longer are you using cocaine while you are doing other activities. You are now managing to do other things while you use cocaine. Finally you are using cocaine in places, and around people, that you never thought you would. No matter how much you increase your use, you will never get back to the feeling of the first high. Continue reading →
A recent study has shown that cocaine addiction and abuse can dull the brain’s sensitivity to rewards. This means that the individual will no longer feel as much pleasure from things in life that make most people happy. This research was conducted at the United States Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. The participants included eighteen adults who were cocaine addicts along with a control group of eighteen adults who were not addicts. Similar studies have been performed in the past and discovered the same results of cocaine addicts’ brains not reacting to rewards as strongly as a healthy brain would. Continue reading →
A new study shows that more of the people in rehab facilities are getting help for drug abuse than in the past. The percentage of patients who received treatment for alcohol abuse declined in 2006, while the ratio of patients seeking drug treatment rose. Continue reading →
The nature of drug addiction is frequently misunderstood in our society. Family and friends don’t know how to deal with an addict partially because of these misconceptions. The following are some of the biggest myths about this condition.