Addiction is a powerful brain disease that can quickly or gradually grab hold of your life and cause it to spiral downward. There are four stages leading to addiction. The first is experimentation, which many people do before they’ve reached adulthood. Peer pressure is strong when you’re in the vulnerable teenage years causing most people to try things they wouldn’t have initially done on their own. Going to parties and drinking and trying drugs appears to be the cool thing to do when you’re young.
Experimentation can quickly lead into regular, social use. You may find that you look forward to each weekend so you can go drink and use drugs with your friends at a party. The party becomes more about the alcohol and drugs than it does hanging out with your friends. Regular use can turn into risky use, where you may find yourself binge drinking each time you drink or experiencing complete loss of control over yourself when you use drugs. Someone who begins to get into risky use may find that once they start, they have a hard time stopping. A person in this stage of addiction is a good candidate for outpatient treatment because their using is getting out of control, but it has not quite crossed the line into physical dependency.
The fourth stage of addiction is true chemical dependency. Alcohol and drugs are all derived of chemicals. When taken, the chemicals target various places in the brain, causing a certain type of high. The brain remembers this high and the euphoric state it causes, so it craves more. The obsessive craving becomes so strong, addicts and alcoholics have the inability to fight it. When a chemical substance is taken frequently, the body becomes physically dependent on it. If you are chemically dependent on a substance and you try to break free from the addiction, you may have potentially fatal withdrawals that include violent vomiting, shaking, and seizures. This is the point where inpatient residential treatment is highly recommended.
Residential treatment is a great place to be for an addict or alcoholic. People who may have tried time after time to break their addiction by quitting cold turkey or switching substances, yet are unable should seek inpatient treatment. A residential program not only provides a person with the resources to be able to detox, they provide an extremely protected and safe environment for those new to recovery. There are trained therapists that provide life skills and coping strategies; resources that you’ll need for lifelong sobriety. Making the decision to attend a residential program can be initially scary, but it will be the best thing you ever do for yourself.
Treatment and recovery for addiction should be simple. Simple Recovery offers dual diagnosis treatment for men and women in a multiphase format encouraging growth and development. Going back to school, back to work, or engaging in volunteer work, our clients waste no time starting their new lives as they continue to heal in mind, body, and spirit.
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