White Sands Tampa Addiction Treatment 101

Get educated on what addiction is and how it can be effectively treated at our Tampa addiction treatment center.

What Is Addiction?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction is when an individual who uses drugs cannot stop taking a drug even if they wanted to due to having urges to strong to control. Individuals who are addicted to drugs continue to use them even though they are aware of the harmful consequences of using the drug. Addiction is considered to be a brain disease. It affects the brain the following manner:

  • Drugs change how the brain functions
  • The changes caused by repeated drug use can be long lasting
  • Changes caused in the brain by drug use can cause mood swings, memory loss, poor decision making and more

Fortunately, Tampa addiction treatment is readily available for those in need. Treating and overcoming is possible, it all starts with committing to recovery.

Can Addiction Be Treated?

Although there is no cure for addiction, the disease is capable of being effectively treated. Due to addiction being classified as a chronic disease, it’s not possible for a person to abstain from using substances for a period of time and be cured. A vital part of addiction treatment is committing to it long term or repeated care as a means to achieve total abstinence and recovery. Addiction treatment is used to help individuals:

  • Abstain from using drugs and/or alcohol
  • Stay drug-free
  • Be productive in multiple facets of their lives, especially with their families, and at work and in society

With effective treatment persons suffering from addiction are able to successfully achieve abstinence and maintain it long term.

How is Addiction Treated?

There are several pathways to recovery from addiction, however, there are only a few treatment approaches which have shown to be effective I successfully treating addiction. Medications are commonly used in addiction treatment and have shown to be highly effective, especially when combined with behavioral treatment approaches. Medications are typically used to manage symptoms of withdrawal, prevent any instances of relapse and to treat any co-occurring diseases or conditions. Behavioral therapies have also shown to be highly effective in addiction treatment. Behavioral therapies are useful for helping individuals to modify their attitudes and behaviors associated with drug use, enhance healthy life skills and help assist with medications. A successful and effective treatment should include the following:

  • A medically assisted detox
  • Behavioral counseling (i.e. cognitive behavioral therapy)
  • Medication
  • Evaluation and treatment of any co-occurring mental health problems including anxiety and depression
  • Long-term follow up as a means to aid in relapse prevention

Treatment for addiction should always include both medical and mental health services, follow-up care, and recovery support systems. Treatment can be received in various settings, with various treatment approaches. Addiction can be treated in either an inpatient or outpatient treatment setting. Our drug center ensures that all of our clients receive the treatment they need for a successful recovery. We pride ourselves on being one of the best drug and alcohol rehab Tampa programs. We offer a myriad of services all geared towards achieving a successful recovery from addiction.

If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.