Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Alcoholism and drug abuse are two of the most common addictions in the United States.  It’s estimated that more than 23 million people in the U.S. alone struggle with drug and alcohol abuse or some other form of addiction.  Treatment comes in many forms but admitting that there is a problem is often the first step towards effective recovery.  Addiction is easy to fall prey to and can sometimes be difficult to avoid.  There are many factors that contribute to drug and alcohol addiction including lifestyle, stress, genetics, and more.

What is Drug and Alcohol Addiction?

Drug and alcohol addictions are sometimes difficult to treat.  Addiction itself is a chronic and reoccurring brain disease that manifests in both physical and psychological ways, making an individual dependant on their vice of choice.  Quitting or “getting clean” isn’t always as simple as putting down the bottle or destroying a stash.  Addiction can be an all-consuming disorder that alters the way that one feels, thinks, and acts, and can even become disruptive to someone’s day-to-day life.

It should be noted that while both are equally damaging and should be treated, addiction and dependence aren’t the same conditions.  Dependence on drugs or alcohol means that the individual will experience withdrawal symptoms should they stop consumption of those items.  Addiction is an uncontrollable desire to partake in cravings associated with substances like drugs or alcohol.  Both of these disorders are deadly.

Signs of Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Recognizing the signs of drug or alcohol addiction is the first step towards recovery.  From a clinical perspective, we break them down into two categories: Behavioral and physical.  Below you can see a brief list of common “symptoms” of addiction.

Behavioral signs include:

  • Making acquiring a substance a top priority

  • Disregard for personal safety in lieu of taking drugs or alcohol

  • Inability to stop, even if the desire is present

  • Denial of a problem

  • Unable to set boundaries

  • Attempting to hide substance-seeking behaviors

Physical signs include:

  • Weight loss or weight gain

  • Disruptive sleep patterns or insomnia

  • Lack of coordination

  • Slurred speech

While these lists are not all-inclusive, they are common signs that drug or alcohol addiction may be present.

How Drug and Alcohol Addiction Are Treated

The first step towards recovery is admitting that you have a problem.  Seeking help is the next.  At Strategic Behavioral Health, we treat addiction with a variety of different, effective methods.  If necessary, our providers will recommend a detoxification process.  Detox is often an important part of recovery from addiction, as it allows your body to recover from substance withdrawal in a safe environment where you can be monitored both physically and psychologically.

We also employ a variety of therapies including cognitive behavioral therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy, and other options like 12-Step programs to help you or your loved ones recover from addiction to drugs or alcohol.

How Strategic Behavioral Health Can Help

No single case is the same.  At Strategic Behavioral Health, we treat the patient as a whole, ensuring you get a full wellness experience.  Our compassionate team has helped individuals all across the mid-south.  If you’re ready to take the first step towards recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, reach out today to make an appointment.

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