Addiction is defined as a chronic disease which is characterized by drug uncontrollable, compulsive drug seeking behaviors and use, in spite of being aware of the harmful consequences. In most cases a person's choice to use drugs and/or alcohol is voluntary, however with repeated use the use of the substances can become uncontrollable. The manner in which drugs act on the brain have the ability to change the way the brain functions over time. Majority of drugs have the ability to affect the brain's reward system by producing excess levels of dopamine. Dopamine is associated with reward and pleasure. The over-stimulation of the brains reward circuits caused by drug use produces a very pleasurable high which has the tendency to make people use the drug repeatedly. Over time, as the drug is used continuously the brain starts to become dependent on the excess levels of dopamine. Addiction typically develops over time, a person can start out using the drug recreationally, and however, over time they will begin to develop a tolerance. In most cases, a heightened tolerance can lead to developing a dependency on the drug, or a full blown addiction. When a person develops a tolerance for a drug they begin to use more and more of the drug to achieve the same high. In addition, developing a tolerance can also cause users to experience less pleasure from things they once enjoyed. However, despite the harmful consequences associated with using drugs, many people still continue to use them. Addiction is a very serious disease which although cannot be cured, it can successfully be treated and managed. If you or your loved one are suffering from addiction, and are interested in enrolling in a Montgomery addiction and recovery program, call Alcohol Treatment Centers Montgomery today at (334) 651-0018. We would be happy to go over treatment options with you and help you find a place to recover.
Recovery is the process in which a recovering addict commits to a process of change through which they achieve abstinence, as well as improved physical and mental health, wellness, and quality of life. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), recovery is comprised of four major dimensions:
The process of recovery will vary from person to person, as addiction impacts everyone in its own unique way. There are several pathways to recovery which may include clinical treatment, medication, peer support, family support, and other approaches for recovering from addiction. Recovery is ultimately characterized by the continuous growth and improvement in one's overall well-being, in the face of setbacks and potential setbacks. A major part of recovery is remaining resilient, being resilient will take you very far in recovery, as well as in the face of adversity.
Despite the high rates of addiction and substance abuse in the United States, the rates of treatment for these diseases are still not high enough. The importance of treatment at an addiction recovery center isn't recognized as it should be. Addiction recovery centers were developed with the goal of providing recovering addicts with a safe and drug free environment where they can move through their pathway to recovery without distractions. At a Montgomery recovery treatment center, they provide clients with the treatment, care, education, and support they need to achieve a successful recovery from addiction. They offer a myriad of effective treatment services and have helped countless individuals recover their life from addiction.