What's Drug Addiction?
What’s Drug Addiction?
Who Does Drug Addiction Affect?
What’s Drug Addiction: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Definition
Legal Substances that Can Lead to Addiction
- Prescription medications
What‘s Drug Addiction: The Role of Genetics
What’s Drug Addiction: Environmental Factors
- Exposure to drugs
- Peer influence
- Family dynamics
- Traumatic experiences
What’s Drug Addiction: Co-occurring Mental Health Disorders
Underlying mental health conditions can increase the risk of addiction. Co-occurring disorders are when an individual has a mental health and substance use disorder simultaneously.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
What’s Drug Addiction: DSM-5 Criteria
Risky Use and Consequences
Drug addiction is accompanied by continued use of substances in hazardous situations. This includes driving under the influence or engaging in risky behaviors.
The person may experience legal troubles, financial instability, or physical harm due to their drug-seeking behavior.
What’s Drug Addiction vs. Drug Tolerance/Dependence?
What’s Drug Tolerance/Dependence?
What’s Drug Addiction Withdrawal?
- Physical discomfort
- Potentially life-threatening symptoms, such as seizures and psychosis
How Does Drug Tolerance/Dependence Affect Addiction?
Drug Tolerance/Dependence and Psychological Effects of Addiction
What’s Drug Addiction: Common Signs and Symptoms
Compulsive Drug Use
One of the primary signs of drug addiction is the compulsive need to seek and use drugs. People may find themselves obsessively thinking about obtaining and using drugs.
They also often prioritize drug-seeking behaviors over other important aspects of life.
Loss of Control
- Bloodshot eyes
- Dilated or constricted pupils
- Sudden weight loss or gain
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Poor hygiene or deteriorating physical appearance
Physical and Psychological Symptoms
Decline in Health and Well-being
What’s Drug Addiction: Common Treatment Options
Detoxification, or detox, is often the first step in the treatment process. It involves the supervised and gradual withdrawal from drugs under medical supervision. This helps manage withdrawal symptoms and ensures the safety and comfort of the individual.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Motivational interviewing (MI)
- Contingency management (CM)
Supportive psychotherapy offers a safe and supportive environment. Individuals can explore their emotions, enhance self-esteem, and develop healthy coping mechanisms.
It helps people address underlying psychological issues that may contribute to drug addiction.
Self-Help and Support Groups
- Mindfulness practices
- Art therapy
Aftercare and Ongoing Support
- Continued outpatient counseling
- Participation in support groups
- Regular check-ins with health care professionals
- Access to community resources that promote relapse prevention and ongoing support
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Treatment at Rockland Recovery
- Individualized treatment plans
- Individual and group therapy
- Evidence-based therapies
- Holistic therapies
- Supportive care
- Quality aftercare services and so much more!
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