In Seattle, as in other major American metropolises, drug abuse is a serious issue. Large numbers of young adults across the country use drugs every year. The NCADD (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence) reports that over twenty million people in the US try illicit substances each month.
The Nature of Drug Addiction
For decades, physicians and psychologists were baffled at the true nature of substance addiction and struggled to determine its root causes. Of particular difficulty is addiction’s tendency to affect each person differently, manifesting itself in wildly variable symptoms and behaviors. At Seattle Drug Rehabilitation, the focus is on both educating the patient on the true nature of addiction and empowering the patient to resist its temptations and triggers.
Currently, addiction is classified as a recurrent mental disorder. Its most notorious symptom is the compulsion to engage in a certain pleasurable activity. Drug addictions can be chemical or non-chemical, the latter of which includes activities like shopping, hoarding, and sex addictions. Many chemical addictions are both physical and mental—both the body and the mind crave the activity. An alcoholic, for example, will experience both a physical need to drink and experience withdrawal symptoms if they do not.
Secondary addictions may also accompany a primary addiction. People who drink or do heroin may also feel compelled to shop, sleep with numerous partners, hoard belongings, gamble, or engage in a number of other addictive behaviors. Seattle Drug Rehabilitation specializes in addressing their client’s special needs during the recovery process.
The Role of Drug Rehab
Compassionate support and unconditional help are what’s necessary to convince a person that they need to seek treatment. Seattle Drug Rehabilitation‘s personalized plans are tailor-made to help clients defeat their addiction, co-occurring disorders, and secondary addictions, if any. The first step is generally a one- to seven-day period of medical detoxification, which purifies the client’s body of drug residues and helps them withdraw safely from their drug of choice. When this process has come to a close, a much longer period of inpatient or outpatient counseling and therapy are strongly advised. Programs typically last for 28 days, but Seattle Drug Rehabilitation believes that a longer a person stays in treatment, the better chance they have at making a full recovery; therefore, plans last from 45 to 90 days.
Dependence: Signs and Symptoms
Getting your loved one—or yourself—the help that’s necessary becomes a lot easier when you learn to recognize the signs of addiction. Each person responds to their drug of choice differently, and each substance has its own unique side effects. Nevertheless, signs of drug addiction are fairly standard. Drugs affect people’s appearance and behavior most drastically—neglect of personal hygiene and abrupt personality shifts or mood swings are dangerous signs. If a person inexplicably abandons a hobby or pastime which was once important to them, this can also be a sign of dependency issues. Sleeping problems, a spaced-out attitude, unexplained disappearances or absences, a new set of friends, and secretive behavior are also addiction warning signs.
It’s never a good idea to try to tackle a drug addiction by yourself, whether you or a loved one is the more addicted. Mental healthcare and top-notch counseling are what’s necessary to effectively defeat an addiction. People who attempt to quit by themselves face a higher rate of relapse and other complications, such as severe withdrawal symptoms and even death. Contact Seattle Drug Rehabilitation at (206) 900-8811 to find out more about your drug addiction treatment options.