Los Angeles is no stranger to drug problems. Mexican drug trafficking organizations, or DTOs, smuggle hundreds of pounds of marijuana, cocaine, and black-tar heroin into the city yearly. The victims of addiction may be anyone from suburban mothers to high school students, who are either stressed by their lives or curious about trying something new. Prescription drug abuse is also a rising problem in LA, as it is in other major cities across the country. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that 44 people in the US die every day from a prescription drug overdose. More than 60,000 Los Angeles County residents were admitted to rehab programs during the 2009-2010 fiscal year.
At CA Drug Rehab Los Angeles, it’s understood that a two-pronged approach is necessary to treat drug addiction holistically. The treatment system has been specially designed to remedy both the symptoms and the causes of the addiction. By addressing the roots of the problem and helping the patient come to terms with the factors in their lives which abetted their addiction habit, CA Drug Rehab Los Angeles significantly improves the client’s chances of achieving lasting sobriety.
What is Drug Addiction?
Drug addiction is defined by the American Medical Association as a chronic mental disorder, wherein the individual afflicted suffers from powerful cravings to indulge in a certain type of pleasurable behavior. Addictions may be chemical or non-chemical (i.e., eating, shopping, or gambling). Most often, an addicted person has the irresistible urge to inject, smoke, snort, or swallow hazardous chemicals. The strong chemicals found in drugs like heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine also tend to build up tolerance in their users, resulting in physical dependency and further complicating recovery. Fortunately for you or your loved one, CA Drug Rehab Los Angeles’s programs are specially formulated to teach clients about the addiction, empower them to resist their cravings and negative impulses, and reclaim their lives in sobriety.
Other potential obstacles to recovery are co-occurring disorders (mental health conditions which worsen, cause, or facilitate addiction) and secondary addictions. Substance addiction may not be a person’s sole coping mechanism—they may also indulge in sex, gambling, eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia, shopping sprees, or other unhealthy compulsions as a result of their mental disorder. Genetics, environment, and past psychological trauma also play a role: people with PTSD, schizophrenia, depression, or bipolar disorder frequently self-medicate in order to escape their torment. All of these factors must be addressed during an effective recovery episode.
How Drug Rehab Helps
It’s almost impossible to overcome an addiction by oneself—it can even be dangerous. The safety of a qualified rehabilitation center and the expertise of qualified medical personnel are vital ingredients in the process. CA Drug Rehab Los Angeles’s rehab plans are designed to help a patient recover and curate their mental health as they forge a new and productive lifestyle free of the oppressive yoke of substance abuse. The first step in the process is medically supervised detox, wherein the client’s body is cleansed of toxic drug residues. During detox, the client is prepared mentally and physically for the next step of the process. What follows is a 45- to 90-day treatment episode consisting of therapy, counseling, and perhaps even supervised activities. This treatment episode will be longer or shorter depending on the results of a certified physician’s diagnosis and assessment of the patient’s condition. It’s important to keep in mind that detox is not treatment. Therapy and counseling are necessary parts of a synergistic whole, and prepare the patient mentally for life without drugs or alcohol. While the body may be purified, the brain still craves the drug, and it is these cravings, and the behaviors which facilitate them, which therapy will address. Even after the treatment episode concludes, it’s recommended that an individual join a support group such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous to ensure that their recovery—and sobriety—is ongoing.
Dependence and Addiction: Tell-Tale Signs
Addiction issues affect individuals in various ways. No two people respond to a certain drug in an identical fashion. Even so, the signs of addiction which an individual exhibits while addicted are fairly easy to spot if you’re on your guard. These signs include:
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
- Abrupt behavioral changes, mood swings, or irritability
- Neglect of once-beloved hobbies and pastimes
- Sudden shift in friends and social circles
- Mysterious errands, disappearances, or habits
- Secretive or dodgy behavior
- Emotional distance or obliviousness
- Poor hygiene, neglect of personal appearance or grooming
One of the benefits of rehab is that it re-teaches an individual how to live an upstanding and well-rounded life. The things which the individual neglected in favor of their drug of choice—hobbies, socialness, hygiene, productive personal habits—will enable the afflicted individual to put themselves back on their feet. Rehab provides clients with psychological and social tools with which to insulate themselves against relapse in the future.