On Dealing with Addiction — Ways to Help Yourself or Your Loved Ones Heal

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Drug rehabilitation can be a difficult matter to manage. There are many reasons why someone gets addicted and many ways to help them stop.

Where Does it Start?

There is nothing inherently wrong with seeking pleasure. Addiction can start when the drive to seek pleasure turns into a constant craving.

In the case of drug use, pleasure can become unnaturally intense, causing the brain to change how it responds to the sensation. Processing pleasure is a cyclical event for the body. It comes in waves, rising and falling naturally. Drugs disrupt this natural flow by flooding the brain with dopamine, the neurotransmitter responsible for mediating pleasure. As a result, drugs become a crutch — a necessity to bring dopamine levels back to normal.

What Can be Done?

There is no definite way to predict who will get addicted and how long it will take for it to happen. The fact a person uses drugs, however, means that there is a risk for addiction.

Successful rehabilitation begins with the willingness to stop. The hardest step is to stop using the substance. Counseling follows, along with medication, if necessary. It is during counseling that any possible reason for the addiction is discovered. Though it may not necessarily follow, people who fall prey to addiction may often have an underlying mental illness like depression or anxiety.

Depending on where you live, there are different resources and support groups that can help deal with rehabilitation. There are substance abuse rehab centers in many large cities like Salt Lake City and Austin.

Can It Happen Again?

Recovery is not concluded upon release from the center. After leaving the center, support systems must be in place to keep the patient from relapsing. Abstinence from substance abuse is not necessarily a sign of recovery. Continuous support must be available for at least a year to better ensure that relapse does not happen.

Individuals who remain connected to treatment centers may find it easier to stay clean, so to speak. When they assist in mentoring others, it can increase accountability to themselves. Regaining control of their own lives is, after all, the best way for a patient to remain sober.