Understanding Addiction and Treatment
Disorders involving substance abuse, such as addiction to drugs or alcohol, are the most well-known types of addiction—the addictions that people know to seek drug rehab for. But it is important to understand that addiction disorders can involve a wide variety of substances and activities, including numerous different drugs and behaviors. If addiction is involved, it is usually necessary to seek rehab to recover.
For instance, eating disorders are a type of behavioral disorder commonly treated at addiction centers. Fortunately, the various treatments offered at rehab centers can be effective for treating most types of addiction—and there are treatment centers that specialize in different types of addiction.
Whether it is a substance or an activity, you can get help for yourself or your loved one if you know where to look. Traditional rehab centers can help with addiction to substances like alcohol or drugs—including both prescription and illicit drugs. If you are struggling other types of addictions, such as gambling, sex or food, there are treatment centers that focus on these issues as well.
In the end, the key is seeking addiction treatment, whatever the addiction.
Warning Signs of Addiction
If you have never personally struggled with addiction before, or known someone who has, it can be difficult to know if what you are experiencing or observing is actually an addiction. While there are signs of addiction that are specific to a type of drug or behavior, there are many signs that are common with most addictions.
These warning signs may include:
- Strong compulsions to use a certain substance or participate in a specific activity.
- Continuing to use a substance or participate in an activity for longer than the individual has originally intended.
- Struggling to keep up with work or other obligations due to the use of a substance or participation in an activity.
- Ignoring negative consequences that result from the use of the substance or the activity, and continuing to use in spite of the negative consequences.
- Continuing to use the substance or participate in the activity even after damaging social relationships due to the addiction.
- Spending significant amounts of time using/participating, recovering and seeking more of the substance/activity.
Alcohol Abuse and Addiction
Alcohol addiction is a serious condition that can be life-threatening in certain situations.
Social drinking is common, but some people struggle to keep their alcohol use under control or at a relatively healthy level. Signs of alcohol abuse include physical dependency, increased tolerance to alcohol and suffering from negative consequences due to alcohol use—such as damaging relationships, DUI, violent behavior, etc.
Not every individual who abuses alcohol will develop a physical dependence. However, those that do develop physical dependency can expect to suffer from significant negative symptoms when they stop drinking suddenly. These symptoms can include tremors, vomiting, inability to sleep, seizures, hallucinations and more.
Alcohol abuse can cause serious damage to the body, along with damage to relationships, career and more. It is important for anyone addicted to alcohol to seek treatment from a rehab center as soon as possible.
Drug Abuse and Addiction
There are numerous drugs, both prescription and illicit, that present a risk of addiction when abused. From popular street drugs like cocaine and heroin, to various prescription opioid painkillers—regular use of such drugs often leads to addiction. Abuse and addiction cause damage to both the body and the life of the user, including damage to relationships, jobs, financial stability and more.
The treatment of drug addiction is based on the class of drug involved.
Many drug addictions will require a detox period before actual treatment can begin. Some drugs, like opioids and benzodiazepines, are best to quit under the supervision of a treatment center or medical care provider. In the case of benzodiazepines, quitting without medical supervision can actually be deadly. It is important for anyone who wants to quit such substances to consult with a treatment provider before attempting to quit using the drug.
Medically supervised detox can also make quitting more comfortable and increases the likelihood of success.
It is possible for addiction to reach beyond drugs and alcohol, for example; eating disorders, sex addiction, and gambling addiction amongst others. These behavioral addictions can be as debilitating and sometimes as dangerous as drug or alcohol addiction. Like with all serious addictions, the best path is to seek treatment from specialists that understand how to address your specific issue.
Many treatments for behavioral addictions are similar to treatments for substance abuse addictions.
Treatments will often differ depending on the type of behavioral disorder or addiction being treated. Effective treatment often requires uncovering what triggers such behaviors and finding a path to avoid these triggers and/or to respond to the triggers in a healthy way. Treatments for behavioral addictions may include animal-assisted therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, art therapy, group therapy, individual counseling, and meditation. Behavioral addictions may require interventions, just as substance abuse addictions often do.
Luxury Addiction Rehab
While all reputable rehab centers can treat addictions effectively, some offer a more luxurious experience than others. For clients seeking (or require) better personal accommodations, personal dining options, or more privacy a luxury addiction rehab may be a better option. Luxury rehabs tend to include other benefits as well, as spas, secluded picturesque surroundings, along with private accommodations.
Finding Help for Addiction
Choosing to seek addiction treatment is often the most difficult step. At Recommended Rehabs, our goal is to provide you or your loved one with a simple path to find the treatment needed. Our team can help you locate and connect with a drug rehab center that is ideal for your situation. We can also help you compare facilities that you are considering to make the process of finding your addiction treatment center simpler.
If you or your loved one is ready to start down the road to recovery, just click on a state to search for a program that fits your needs. If you prefer, you can speak to one of our helpful advisers by phone 24/7. Just call 1-800-581-0754 for assistance. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 immediately.