Getting Treatment for Drug Addiction
Drug addiction affects all different types of people, from kids in high school to professionals in high-paying, corporate jobs. Being addicted can destroy families, friendships, and careers. But you are not alone in your battle to be drug-free. With different types of treatment available, you can join others in recovery and get your life back.
You may have already tried to stop using drugs a number of times, only to go back when the craving became too intense. You can become both physically and psychologically addicted.
On a physical level, continually putting the drug into your system causes changes to brain chemistry. You become tolerant and need higher and higher doses to feel the same effect. If you were to suddenly stop taking it, your body goes into withdrawal. Depending on which drug you are addicted to, you may have a range of symptoms—tremors, stomach cramps, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, chills, insomnia, and restlessness.
Psychologically, you may feel that you cannot function without the drug, and being stressed may make you want to use the drug even more. Your time may be spent around friends who are also using drugs, which only encourages you to continue the habit. Quitting can trigger an extreme desire for the drug and can lead to feelings of depression, paranoia, anxiety, agitation, and aggression.
All of these factors work against you in your fight to be drug-free. Also, you may not just be dealing with the addiction itself, but also with an underlying mental health issue (such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder), interpersonal conflicts, unemployment, and health problems. That is why it becomes so important for you to get professional help.
Last reviewedSeptember 2012by Brian Randall, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.