Drug use initially is a voluntary act. The drug use becomes habitual and evolves into a full-blown addiction that occurs through a range of circumstances. In the past, addiction was seen as arising from the moral failure and lack of will of a person. Recently, biological theories, and with the advances in scientific research, it is widely accepted that addiction is a "brain disease". This, however, is still up for argument by some sectors of the medical arena.
Some tend to describe it as a disorder requiring ongoing treatment, rather than a disease since it supports the belief that addiction can be controlled by behavioural changes and that the patient is ultimately in charge of the problem.
Addiction And The Brain
Addiction wields a long and powerful influence on the brain, which characterizes in three distinct ways: compulsion for the object of addiction, lack of control over its use and continued involvement with it despite detrimental effects. While defeating addiction is doable, the process is often long, slow, and complex.
Drugs interact with the limbic system in the brain to induce powerful feel-good sensations, influencing the person's mind and body. When the brain recognises something pleasurable, its reward centre immediately lights up, sending signals to the rest of the body. To demonstrate, individuals continue taking drugs to sustain the intense feel-good emotional states released by the brain, thereby perpetuating the cycle of drug use and intense highs. Ultimately, they're taking the drug just to feel normal.
Addiction And Withdrawal
The high, feel-good sensation encourages drug addiction, prompting the individual in a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows. The individual feels helpless without it. Once the individual stops taking drugs, a backlash of harsh mental, emotional, and physical discomfort is experienced.
Some of the physical symptoms of withdrawal are:
The psychological symptoms are sometimes manifested by:
Sadly, the inability to recognise and deal with signs of psychological withdrawal is often the cause of relapse.
The Process Of Healing
Combatting addiction can be hard. The addiction didn’t just happen overnight and neither is the recovery process. It is best to start the process in a safe and secure atmosphere, such as a detox facility or hospital. It is crucial to understand that the process of withdrawal needs the support of professionals who can provide discrete and compassionate care. It would be quite daunting and inadvisable for some people who struggle with addiction to attempt to navigate the withdrawal phase at home effectively on their own.
For this reason, The Arden Centre would be the perfect place for the healing and recovery process. The warm and supportive environment at The Arden Centre on top of its highly trained professional staff will make the recovery less distressing for the individual. The Centre’s step-by-step and holistic approach to the variety of addiction disorders is tailored to the needs of the individual. The focus of the treatments goes beyond just the psychological aspect, the physical component is also part of its unique therapies.
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