Drug Addiction Treatment in Cincinnati
Taking a Holistic Approach to Treating drug addiction in Cincinnati
There are a variety of drugs out there, but any drug addiction can be extremely harmful to a person’s health and result in them losing control over their own life. At Cedar Oaks Wellness Center, we strive to help our clients reclaim their lives by recovering from drug addiction. Because recovery is as unique as the clients we serve, we offer individualized, holistic treatments that provide for the needs and goals of each person. We also have a variety of treatments and therapies because believe every activity has the power to heal.
What is Drug Addiction?
Drug addiction, or substance use disorder, develops when a person’s drug use is compulsive, despite the negative issues associated with frequent use like relationship problems, health issues, disability, and a failure to fulfill obligations at work or school. Categorized as a chronic brain disease, drug addiction causes changes to a person’s brain chemistry, particularly the brain’s reward system. As the brain adapts to the drugs by developing a tolerance, people often feel inclined to take more of the drug to regain the same high they felt before.
There are all kinds of drugs people can develop addictions to, but our team offers specialized treatments for the following drugs:
- Prescription drugs
What Causes Drug Addiction?
Many people wonder how drug addiction occurs or why some people become easily addicted to drugs while others don’t. There are various factors that can increase a person’s risk for addiction, and the more factors that apply to a person, the more likely it is that they will develop an addiction if they use drugs.
Some common risk factors associated with drug addiction include:
- Family history: Genetics are known to account for a person’s risk of addiction. If your family has a history of drug or alcohol addiction or a history of mental illness, you’re at a higher risk of developing an addiction.
- Childhood abuse: Children who experience physical, emotional, or sexual abuse are more likely to develop drug addictions when they get older. Children who weren’t abused but have been neglected by family members may also develop drug problems.
- Early exposure: When people are exposed to or try drugs at a young age, they’re more likely to develop an addiction as they head into adulthood. Young people often experiment with drugs in high school or college, but that experimentation can quickly lead to addiction.
Symptoms of Drug Addiction
It’s important to know the symptoms and behaviors associated with drug addiction, especially if you’re worried about a friend or family member. Drug addiction is more common than you’d think – in 2017 alone, 19.7 million American adults battled a substance use disorder, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).
Common addiction symptoms include:
- Needing more of the drug over time to get the same high
- Spending all your money on the drug
- Borrowing or stealing money from others to spend money on the drug
- Having intense urges to use drugs that prevent you from thinking about anything else
- Doing risky activities when under the influence
- Losing interest in other activities
- Developing health issues like weight loss or gain
- Developing work or school problems like lower performance
- Changes in relationships as a result of more time spent using or thinking about drugs
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you go for a period without using drugs
What are the Stages of Recovery?
It’s important to know that there isn’t one fix-all that will cure you or your loved one of drug addiction. Recovery is a long process that is full of obstacles, even when someone has completed treatment at a rehabilitation center. Before someone is ready to get treated for their addiction, they must first acknowledge they have a problem and realize the ways in which their actions have harmed their loved ones and themselves. During this acknowledgment and awareness, there is a gradual acceptance of the addiction, but the person has not yet committed to quitting.
The following stages include:
- Recovery exploration: Once someone has realized their addiction is a problem, they may attempt to quit using drugs on their own, only to relapse. When this occurs, the person may finally admit that they need professional help and reach out to a friend or a treatment program.
- Beginning addiction recovery: The individual is now undergoing professional treatment for their addiction, which can include attending therapy and learning healthy coping skills and habits.
- Aftercare: Many people unfamiliar with the recovery process assume that their addiction is over for good once they’ve completed treatment, but recovery requires ongoing care. Treatment centers may connect clients with support groups and suggest they continue going to therapy to work on their skills and continue committing to a sober lifestyle.
If you’re ready to make a change in your life, Cedar Oaks Wellness Center is ready to help. We can walk you through the recovery process, learn more about your needs, and work closely together to create a plan to facilitate your journey.
Asking for help is the first step to overcoming addiction. If you or someone you love needs assistance, don’t hesitate to contact our team in Cincinnati today at (513) 780-5201.