Chemical Dependency Recovery: The Process of Beating Dependence
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimated the number of adults in the United States with substance use disorder to be 20.2 million in 2014. The staggering amount of people that suffer from the disease is a major problem in America. Once a chemical dependence has formed, it can seem impossible to stop. However,through the chemical dependency recovery programs at WhiteSands, you can find all the help you or a loved one needs to break the vicious cycle of substance abuse.
In this article, we will discuss how drug dependency is treated in rehab by examining the process.
What is Drug Dependency?
Drug dependency is different from addition; however, they usually occur together. Chemical dependence refers to the condition where a person’s body has adapted to the use of physically addictive drugs, causing them to have to continue to take the substance to maintain this new balance or suffer from withdrawal symptoms.Withdrawal symptoms are essentially what happens when a physically dependent person doesn’t take the drug and their body tries to adjust to normal function again.
Chemical Dependency Treatment
The process of chemical dependency recovery is fairly straightforward at first; withdrawal symptoms is the first thing that needs to be tackled. It’s easy enough to treat when withdrawal medications are used, but it can still be life-threatening and therefore medical supervision is always advised for severe addictions. Even if the drug doesn’t pose withdrawal death risk, if the person were to relapse after their tolerance lowered, there is a chance that the person will take too much of the drug and suffer from an overdose.
Physically addictive drugs are initially treated in a medical detox program. This is a program that incorporates FDA-approved medicine to help the person cope with the withdrawal symptoms. For example, methadone is frequently given to people suffering from opioid dependence. Methadone itself is also an opioid, but a long-acting one that doesn’t make a person feel “high”.This allows the addict to slowly taper off the drug, thus reducing symptoms.
A medical detox for a moderate to severe addiction will take place in an inpatient facility, such as the WhiteSands Tampa and Fort Myers locations in Florida.Here a person can get the around-the-clock care and vital medications needed to properly deal with withdrawal.
Long-Term Chemical Dependency Recovery
Having dealt with the withdrawal symptoms during the first stages of chemical dependency treatment, the addict is now able to put their focus on treating the addiction itself, which is a process that requires behavioral therapy, addiction education, relapse prevention techniques, and aftercare services to manage the disease over the long term.
Behavioral therapy is perhaps the most important part of chemical dependency recovery that assists with long-term recovery. Its purpose is to deal with any problem, whether it is emotional, behavioral, or part of their thinking, that has led to their current substance abuse problem. This is the most effective way to treat addictions and dependence to substances including:
• Opioid prescription medication
• Crack cocaine
• Other prescription medications
• And more
While receiving this type of treatment for substance abuse is important for recovery, long-term abstinence from substance abuse requires that a person manage their addiction throughout their normal life. This can be done by taking advantage of aftercare services such as sober living homes and follow-up therapy. Along with support groups and an ample support network, long-term abstinence from drug and alcohol abuse is within reach.
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.