The Basics of Drug Addiction

When an individual crosses the boundary separating drug abuse from a physical dependency on drugs, addiction occurs. Drug addiction is usually characterized by the compulsive seeking to use a substance regardless of the possible negative social, psychological, and physical effects. The drive to drug abuse is not only a mental, or psychological addiction, but driven by the physical need to maintain a certain level of the drug in the system. If the level of drugs is not maintained, the body protests by exhibiting withdrawal symptoms that may include nausea and vomiting, insomnia, irritability, diarrhea, bone and muscle aches, and even death.

Drug Abuse Versus Drug Addiction

While often lumped together in most literature, drug addiction and drug abuse are separated by one thing: actual physical addiction. Drug abuse covers a lot of ground and includes everything from overindulging in drug binges in social situations to a compulsive desire to use drugs even when it would do harm in the way of maintaining commitments and making safe decisions. Drug addiction, on the other hand, is an overwhelming psychological desire that feels like a need for drugs. Without the drug, withdrawal symptoms can begin almost immediately, a psychosomatic reaction to being without the drug of choice. Before long, these symptoms become very real as the physical levels of the drug fall below what the body is used to and has adjusted to depend upon.

At SouthCoast Recovery our staff is prepared to handle those who suffer from any level of drug abuse or drug addiction.

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Drug Addiction: Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of drug addiction vary according to the type of drug and the length of time that the addict has been using, but some symptoms apply across the board. They include:

  • Prolonged personality change
  • Extreme mood swings bouncing between euphoria and paralyzing depression
  • Continually missing appointments, being late, forgetting commitments
  • Doing things under the influence that put themselves or others in danger (i.e., driving a car)
  • Putting themselves in risky situations that they would ordinarily avoid in order to obtain their drug of choice
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    Drug Addiction Treatment

    There is no cure for drug addiction. Because the brain is altered on its most fundamental levels during chronic drug use, the addictive personality will never be able to use drugs recreationally without eventually falling back into addictive, destructive behavior. There is treatment for drug addiction, though, and with patience, persistence, support and an honest desire to break physical addiction and attend to psychological addiction, drug addiction treatment can be extremely effective. SouthCoast Recovery offers both outpatient and inpatient treatment, after care treatment and extended care for those who would like to take their time in early recovery.

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    SouthCoast Recovery: Specialized Drug Addiction Treatment

    At SouthCoast Recovery, we provide all the tools you will need to build a strong foundation in recovery. A dual diagnosis drug treatment center, SouthCoast Recovery is staffed by educated professionals who are trained to treat those who have co-occurring disorders: addiction and emotional or psychiatric disorders like depression or bipolar disorder. A truly unique feature, finding a treatment center that equipped to treat drug addiction in addition to other disorders simultaneously is no simple feat.

    Call us at 1-866-847-4506 – professional assistance is available 24/7.

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