Addiction Treatment Information

Ever really wonder why ten percent of the population needs addiction treatment of some sort or another? One would think with all of the research and development efforts expended more knowledge about the addictive qualities contained in drugs would be made available.  This is obviously not the case making the major problem to identify effective addiction treatment methods impossible due to the misleading information given about addiction, drugs and alcohol.

Addiction is a condition characterized by repeated, compulsive seeking and use of drugs, alcohol or other similar substances despite adverse social, mental and physical consequences. It is usually accompanied by psychological and physical dependence on the abused sub­stance and the appearance of withdrawal symptoms when the addictive substance is rapidly decreased or terminated. When addiction exists, the drug use controls the individual rather than the individual controlling the usage.

In order to overcome dependence on drugs or alcohol, any substance really one must understand addiction and to do so would have to look at all the negative aspects caused by abusing substances. There are a series of physiological effects that take place within the brain and body that dramatically increase the desire to not only continue the abuse but also require more of the drug to produce the same effect. The first euphoric effects felt at the outset of drug or alcohol abuse are sought with a terrific effort.

First, drugs negatively influence the neurological balance of the brain setting off the release of neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and others causing the feeling of euphoria. This depletes the supply of naturally produces “feel good” chemicals in the brain and burns up tremendous amounts of nutrients, the fuel needed to produce more of these. Now with the neurotransmitter levels depleted and the inability of the body to produce more depression and anxiety set, otherwise known as coming down. This increases the desire to use more, and requires more of the drug to produce the same effect.

Second, drugs, any drugs are received by the body as toxins and are handled as such. All toxins are processed via the liver and kidneys, broken down into particles that are then disbursed back into the bloodstream. This design is supposed to allow the toxins to exit the body via the sweat gland or intestinal tract. Unfortunately these toxins are now fat bonding particles that can lodge in the fatty tissues of the body for undetermined length of time, as has been proven with the metabolites produced by marijuana.

These toxic particles are continually built up in the fat stores of the body causing continued nutritional deficiencies, making the addict feel worse and wanting more. This desire overrides any other thing in life, things that matter the most, like family, friends, job and quite often freedom and life. This culminates into feelings of hopelessness; guilt and inability of function in life or interact in a sane fashion.

Addiction treatment programs that reverse these toxic effects will produce improvement in the addicts overall disposition and offer. There are some rehabilitation programs that have greatly improved psychological test scores with nutritional therapy alone. Addiction treatment centers that start from the ground up by handling physical addiction and then mental emotional issues work far better than traditional treatment options.

Robert Otis is an addiction counselor experienced in the field of drug and alcohol addiction treatment and works to help educate people about the danger of substance abuse. He writes articles for Addiction Treatment Watch about effective drug rehabilitation and addiction treatment methods.
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