Addiction is the psychological and behavioral impulses characterized by cravings, compulsion, and the inability to stop using despite negative consequences.
Substance addictions include alcohol, methamphetamine, tobacco, opioids (painkillers or heroin), prescription drugs (such as anti-anxiety medications or sleeping pills), marijuana, cocaine, inhalants, and other substances. Each addiction has a different set of symptoms and effects on the body and each addiction has different options for treatment.
Signs of addiction include:
Identify signs of addiction first, then determine whether the addiction is to opioids or another substance in order to seek professional help from a qualified addiction specialist. For example, verifying that a person you care about is addicted to opioids will help you understand the type of care to search for to get the best treatment program specific to the addiction that needs to be addressed. Mountain State Recovery Center is specialized in the treatment and recovery of opioids (heroin or painkillers) as the primary addiction and our doctors are specialized in addiction medicine. If a patient is also addicted to other substances, Mountain State can help the patient find the appropriate continuum of care with specialists for other addictions as well as part of the full treatment program.
It is important to understand that addiction is no longer a voluntary response on behalf of the individual. Addiction is a chronic brain disease that has changed the structure and functioning of the brain, affecting a person’s judgment, decision-making, reaction to stress, memory, ability to learn and behavioral control.
Individuals needing help should have the support, patience and understanding of those that care about them and should be encouraged to seek help from a specialist. Similar to interacting with individuals who have other diseases, compassion, encouragement and positivity are a source of motivation to get treatment and help to provide resolve to stay in treatment.
People do recover with treatment!