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Drug and Alcohol Addiction

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Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Addiction can take many forms and manifest in multiple behavior types, but one of the most common is chemical addiction, under which drug and alcohol addictions fall as subsets. Substance abuse disorder (SUD), the result of drug and alcohol addiction, is a common condition. When someone is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, it leads to an inability to control how much they use, which makes their life unmanageable. People often continue to abuse their substance of choice even after it has taken a tremendous toll on their career, relationships, and personal health. The same can be said for different forms of addiction, like behavioral addictions, but the key difference is the presence of a mind-altering substance.

The symptoms and behaviors of drug and alcohol addiction are easy to recognize. It’s the intense urge for the substance that blocks other thoughts and feelings; failing to meet social or professional obligations because of the substance; doing things to secure the substance that you are morally wrong, like lying or stealing; taking increasingly larger amounts of the substance over time. These are all signs that you have an addiction problem.  

The most abused substances are alcohol, illegal drugs like heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamine, and prescription drugs, such as benzodiazepines like Xanax, or painkillers like oxycodone, also known as opioids. Miramar Recovery understands the nuances of each of these addiction types, as well as the cooccurring mental health conditions that can lead to substance abuse. Our team of specialists helps patients deal with the mental, physical, and emotional challenges associated with addiction so that they can make a full recovery that leads to a lasting life change.

Alcohol Addiction

Alcoholism, like all forms of substance abuse disorder, is a real disease that can alter neurochemistry, which limits a person’s ability to control their actions. It reveals itself in different ways because not all drinking habits are the same – some alcoholics heavily drink all day long, while others binge drink for extended periods and then go sober for a bit. Then you have functioning alcoholics, who appear to be keeping things together even though they have made alcohol a key priority and bend their behavior toward their addiction. Generally, alcoholism occurs when someone relies on drinking and cannot stay sober for an extended period.

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Health complications associated with alcoholism include heart disease and liver disease, both of which can cause death. Alcoholics also experience ulcers, vision problems, high blood pressure, and weakened immunity.  

Most alcoholics cannot overcome alcoholism without professional treatment. And they often cannot beat alcohol addiction without attending an alcohol rehab center and receiving medical detox. Miramar Recovery is here to help. To overcome addiction, you must first understand it. When an alcoholic fully comprehends the nature of alcoholism and the deleterious effects it has on their life, that’s where recovery starts. Therapy, education, and motivation play a vital role in the treatment process.

Drug Addiction

Drug addiction, like alcoholism, is characterized by substance use that is compulsive and destructive. Repeated drug use can rewire a person’s brain and inhibit their self-control. Their ability to resist the drug is diminished over time. Drug addicts eventually begin to increase their usage in search of a previous high, a goal that consumes them and removes their ability or willingness to make healthier choices. They eventually lose interest in things that they used to enjoy, and they also isolate themselves from friends and family as they become more fixated on their drug or drugs of choice.

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People suffering from an addiction to drugs increase their likelihood of developing other serious conditions, including (but not limited to) lung disease, cancer, and stroke. Specifically, meth causes severe dental problems, while opioids have an extremely high risk of overdose. Mental disorders such as depression and anxiety also come with drug addiction – or, in some cases, existing mental conditions are worsened by substance abuse. In any event, drug addiction is a major health risk.

There is no single factor that can predict drug addiction. Circumstances regarding a person’s biology, lifestyle, environment, and upbringing can contribute, but addiction does not discriminate. Addicts come from all walks of life and nobody is immune. Also, addiction is not a choice — someone with a SUD cannot simply decide to stop. Along those lines, people do not decide to become addicts in the first place. It is a dangerous trap that can ensnare even the most upstanding and well-off people in society.

Learn More About Our Addiction Programs

Miramar Recovery offers comprehensive and caring addiction treatment. Patients undergo extensive assessments and evaluations, including a physical and examination of their medical history; blood testing when indicated; complete psychological-social evaluation; and a psychiatric workup. The results of these comprehensive assessments are utilized to create a customized, detailed treatment program, which will be followed by the patient for the duration of their treatment period. The assessment findings will serve as the framework for the treatment plan. Contact us to learn more.

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