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Battling Drug Addiction in Troy

Causes of Drug Addiction

Some people are more prone to drug addiction than others, but all usually start recreationally or when they suffer from excessive stress and anxiety. The people who are constantly surrounded by occasional users of these drugs tend to have higher chances of being addicts.

Other facts that can cause addiction are your surrounding environment, family history for addiction, and your genes.

This addiction can further develop over time if you are not careful. People start relying on these drugs either because they make them feel good, or because they stop them from feeling bad about something.

Treatment of Prescription Medication Addiction

Due to the physical dependence created by abusing prescription medication, addiction treatment begins in a residential treatment facility. The initial phase of treatment is detox. It is here, under medical supervision, that the symptoms associated with withdrawal from prescription medication are managed, reduced and some times eliminated. The average length of time spent in detox is approximately seven days. During this time, the person will be monitored medically and any psychiatric or psychological issues will be assessed.

After the person is medically stable, they are generally referred to residential treatment to complete the treatment plan designed in detox. By the time most people enter treatment for prescription medication addiction, they have created quite a bit of emotional damage to themselves and loved ones. It takes time to recover from shame, grief, guilt, and rebuild a level of trust amongst the family. Recovery in a supportive therapeutic environment eliminates many of the outside distractions and allows a person to focus on issues relating to their recovery. The length of stay is approximately twenty days and may be followed by outpatient therapy.

What Causes Heroin Addiction

Drug abuse stimulates pleasure receptors in the brain, and gradually the addict ends up believing that he cannot experience pleasure or calmness without the drug. This is where you can say that a person is dependent on the drug because the body no longer functions normally.

The short term effects of heroin include a surge of euphoria, which are followed by alternately restless and drowsy states. Heroin suppresses breathing, and therefore, overdose can be deadly. Addicts who inject the drug risk infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.

How Does Addiction Develop

When you try a drug for the first time, it produces exaggerated effects. Some of these might be psychological in nature; however, a majority of the effects are drug induced. As you continue to engage in the activity of taking drugs and enjoying its pleasurable effects, you begin to reach a state where the dosage does not produce the required effects. This is when you develop what is called a tolerance for the drug.

Under this phenomenon, your body grows accustomed to the drug. Now, whenever you take the dosage that you are accustomed to, your body does not experience the usual high. This of course forces you to increase your drug intake. And the vicious cycle of addiction begins because now you have to continually increase your dosage just to feel a regular high.

Now that you are physiologically dependent on the drug, the chemical balance of your body is changed. At this point, you will realize that you need the drug. This will scare you because you do not want to be dependent on it, so the instant reaction is to stop. Unfortunately, this only further aggravates your health condition because you start to suffer from what are called, withdrawal symptoms.


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