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Despite the fact that there are many thousands of people suffering through dependence on addictive substances in the United States, drug addiction is still a very misunderstood, extremely stigmatized disease. Usually, the foundation of this misconception is that people think substance addiction is a decision, and many believe people who use should be disciplined for their choice, rather than treated for a disease. As a result, many people struggling with addiction are shamed and threatened by the prospect of seeking help. However, there is compassionate help available to those who need it most.
In most Chicago-area addiction treatment facilities, a patient’s substance abuse disorder is addressed in a way that is caring, effective, and based on scientific and medical research. Rehab centers also employ medical and clinical professionals specializing in dependency recovery, so their programs are accredited and certified from state to state. A dedicated recovery team creates individualized, customized treatment plans to fulfill the physical, mental, social, medical, vocational, and emotional needs of all its clients, and offers a healthy, compassionate atmosphere for addicts who want to begin recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. To find treatment in or near the Chicago area, call us at (877) 447-4756.
The Truth about Addiction
Addiction is a mental disorder. This type of disorder affects an individual’s cognitive abilities and overall brain function. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), no longer uses the terms substance abuse and substance dependence, rather it refers to “substance use disorders….” Substance abuse disorders require specific and specialized treatment.
When addicts understand their dependency on drugs or alcohol is a problem but oppose treatment, intervention is frequently the first step towards recovery. An intervention is a planned event in which the addict’s loved ones confront the addict about their drug and/or alcohol problem and encourage them to enter a rehab facility. However, it is important to recognize that intervention is not treatment. To receive treatment for their addiction, a client must enter a rehabilitation facility.
Addiction is unquestionably complex and progressive over time if treatment is not sought. Above all, treatment for addiction is available and we hope to encourage you to fight back. Chicago-area rehabilitation facilities employ teams of counselors, physicians, and medical staff specially trained in addiction treatment to care for each client that walks through the door. For more information call us today.
The Warning Signs of Addiction
Addiction is a complex disease, often chronic in nature, which affects the functioning of the brain and body. It also causes serious damage to families, relationships, schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. The most common symptoms of addiction are severe loss of control, continued use despite serious consequences, preoccupation with using, failed attempts to quit, tolerance and withdrawal. Addiction can be effectively prevented, treated and managed by healthcare professionals in combination with family or peer support. It’s important to understand that recreational drug and alcohol users are at risk and vulnerable to the psychological changes that take place when someone becomes addicted. Abusing alcohol and/or drugs on a daily basis puts you at risk of altered brain chemistry. The brain is rewired when someone ultimately crosses the line of control to addiction. Following the re-wiring process, an individual’s brain is convinced that it needs drugs or alcohol in order to stay alive.
There is a range in the severity of substance problems, from mild to moderate to severe. People who abuse drugs or alcohol can experience serious consequences such as accidents, overdoses, crime, school problems, violence and suicide. Many people experience alcohol or drug abuse problems, but are able to stop using or change their pattern of use without progressing to addiction. There are several warning signs that reveal addiction’s presence in our life or life of someone we care about. To learn more about substance abuse disorders, common signs associated with addiction, or to find treatment for your or your loved one, contact us today.