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Addiction is a disease marked by the inability to control your drug use despite the relationship, financial, legal, or health problems it’s causing. Addiction is a chronic disease, meaning it can’t be cured, and it’s relapsing, which means that it may return if someone in recovery uses again after drug rehab has sent the disease into remission.
The first phase of drug rehab is medical detox, which breaks the physical addiction and involves administering medications to alleviate the cravings and other symptoms associated with withdrawal. Medical detox must take place at an inpatient facility or through an outpatient drug rehab program.
The second phase of drug rehab is treatment, which utilizes various therapies to address the complex underlying issues behind the disease. The last phase is an aftercare plan that’s based on individual need and implemented to help prevent a lapse in sobriety that could lead to a relapse. To find out more about the steps of recovery, contact an addiction specialist at Drug Treatment Centers Westport at (203) 571-0064.
Alcohol is the most widely abused substance in the United States and in Fairfield County and Westport. Around 17 percent of adults in the U.S. abuse or are addicted to alcohol, and that percentage is much higher in Fairfield County, where a 2013 county health assessment found that over 26 percent of those aged 12 and over admitted to binge drinking in the past 30 days.
Illegal drugs like cocaine, heroin, and meth have long been a problem in the U.S. Heroin is the primary drug of concern in Fairfield County, where current admissions to treatment citing heroin as the main substance of addiction are 300 percent higher than they were in 2010. Statewide, over 8,000 people enter Connecticut treatment centers each year for heroin addiction.
Prescription drugs are a major problem in the United States, where five percent of the world’s population consumes 75 percent of its prescription drugs. Prescription drug abuse and dependence results in 1,750 admissions to treatment in Connecticut every year, primarily for prescription opiate addiction.
Over time, abusing drugs causes structural and functional changes in the brain, and when the drug is withheld, physical withdrawal symptoms set in. The physical dependence is broken through medical detoxification during the first phase of drug rehab.
The psychological aspects of addiction are far more complex and require a variety of intensive therapies to address. These include individual, group, and family therapy and behavioral therapies to help patients become self-aware of the issues surrounding the disease and develop coping skills to handle stress, manage cravings, and avoid or effectively deal with triggers.
Inpatient rehab requires an extended stay at a residential rehab facility, where 24-hour care and supervision are provided and detox and treatment are administered in a close-knit, caring environment. Inpatient rehab allows the patient to focus solely on recovery, and these programs are best for those with ambivalence toward recovery, secondary addictions, or co-occurring disorders.
Outpatient rehab allows patients to continue living at home during detox and treatment, enabling them to meet obligations at home and in the community. Outpatient programs are only truly successful for those who have a strong system of support at home and a deep personal commitment to beating the addiction.
If you’re unsure about which type of treatment might be best for you or a loved one a professional with Drug Treatment Centers Westport can help you decide. Choosing the right program is essential for the best chance at a successful lifelong recovery. Call us today at (203) 571-0064.
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