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Addicts often connect to one method of treatment and stick with it throughout their life. For example one may use the practice of yoga to reduce stress and prevent relapse. However, undergoing treatment is more complex than yoga. There are a variety of recovery program facilities that offer medical detox, therapy, counseling, and addiction aftercare to fully break the physical and mental dependence addiction manifests.

For more information about how Union Drug Treatment Centers can help, call (908) 329-2286.

What Is An Addiction? How Does Rehab Help?

Addiction occurs when a person is so addicted to a substance that he or she cannot stop using it, even if the substance is hurting the person. Drug addiction rehab is designed to help a person withdraw from the substance as well as break the mental addiction to how using the drug makes him or her feel.

A person can be addicted to one or more drugs, and they are not always illegal. Many people seek drug addiction rehab for prescription drugs, such as opiates, tranquilizers and stimulants.

Other drugs a person may seek drug addiction rehab for include:

  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Marijuana
  • MDMA or “molly”
  • Methamphetamine

Secondary Addictions

A person addicted to a particular substance may develop additional addictions. Known as secondary addictions, these addictions manifest themselves when a person is taking a certain drug. Examples could include snorting cocaine to stay up all night and gamble. Those who abuse methamphetamines may develop an eating disorder because the drug acts as an appetite suppressant.

A secondary addiction would not occur without the primary one. A person should always disclose these addictions when seeking treatment so that they can get the most focused treatments.

How Is Addiction Mental and Physical?

Addiction causes a person to become physically addicted to a substance. Drugs change how a person’s brain works and affect a person’s abilities to think about anything else other than the drug. Addiction is also mental because a person loves the rush or high he or she feels when using the drug. The person often has to use more of a drug to achieve the same high over time.

Signs and Symptoms of Drug Addiction

Knowing the signs and symptoms of drug addiction can help you get yourself or a person into treatment quickly. Seeking treatment early on in a substance abuse problem can help prevent health complications and social consequences like law troubles, failed relationships, and mental health issues. Even if a person has been abusing drugs for years, treatment can still be effective and lasting.

Signs and symptoms associated with drug addiction include:

  • Experiencing trouble with the law
  • Financial difficulties
  • Lying, stealing or hurting others to use a drug
  • Stopping doing things the person once enjoyed
  • Sudden weight loss or gain
  • Unexplained behavioral changes, including frequent mood swings

Treatment for Drug Addiction

Just as a person undergoes medical treatment for a chronic disease, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, it is important a person seek treatment for addiction. These treatments can be on an inpatient or outpatient basis.

Inpatient treatments involve a stay at a drug treatment center. The staff can provide medical support for a person undergoing drug withdrawal symptoms as well as provide counseling and group activities in a safe place. Because a person’s life used to revolve around drugs, inpatient rehabilitation provides a new start free from the stresses and temptations that being at home can bring.

However, outpatient rehabilitation can be an alternative for people who do not have a “complicated addiction.” This means the person does not have a secondary addiction, addiction to another substance or suffer from another chronic illness, such as a mental health disorder.

For more information on drug addiction rehab, please call Drug Treatment Centers Union at (908) 329-2286.

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