In this post we will be taking a look at some of the research findings on effective treatment options there are to drug abuse and addictions. If at all you are looking for treatment from addictions, get in touch with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA’s, National Helpline here for more on the various counseling services and the treatment options you may have in your state.
By and large, looking at what drug addiction is, this can be defined as that chronic condition which is marked by a compulsive and unreasonable crave for the use of a drug or some other substance regardless of the known side effects and consequences that the use of the same may have on the health and the changes that these effect on the brain which are at times long lasting. These are the changes that effect the harmful behaviors we see in those who use drugs. Over and above this, it is to be noted that drug use is a relapsing condition and this basically means that one can still get back to the use of the drugs even after they have made attempts to stop the use.
Generally speaking, addiction can be said to be a progressive condition and it all begins with the voluntary act of taking the drugs but as they get on with it over time, one loses the ability to control the use of the drugs, in essence the use now becomes compulsive and a kind of obsession. This is often the result of the long term effects that the drugs have on the brain and how it functions. By and large, the use of drugs and the subsequent addiction that follows is often going to have an impact on the parts of the brain that are responsible for reward and motivation, learning and memory and control over behavior.
The good news is that even for those who may be addicted, treatment is an option that can be explored. While it may be such a fact that it may not be as simple treating an addiction like so, the good news is that whatever drug it is that one is addicted to and however deep they may have sunk into it, treatment is still possible and an option that you can comfortably explore going forward. The challenge is often as a result of the fact that addiction as a condition develops over time and as such one may not be able to simply quit and stop the use of the drugs just some few days into treatment. This explains the reason why it would be important for you to go for long term care and repeated therapy for you to be able to recover your life from the clutches of addiction.