The Recovery Connection
What is Recovery?
Recovery is the process of getting better from an illness by improving your physical and mental well-being through treatment.
Addiction is a disease, which is why when someone suffering with an addiction is in rehab, they are often said to be “in recovery.” And like any disease, treatment is what helps people overcome addiction.
But unlike recovery for most diseases, there are many different parts of addiction recovery.
Recovering from addiction is a life-long journey that requires a person to be fully involved in their recovery process.
It also requires help from a quality rehab facility, like Resurgence Behavioral Health.
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For people who have been struggling with addiction, the word recovery usually means giving up the substance they were abusing. But recovery is often more complicated than simply stopping your drug use.
This is because, unlike other diseases, addiction has no cure. Instead, addiction recovery is a process that gives clients the tools to help them fight their drug-seeking urges and remain sober. As long as a former addict follows the treatment plan that they set out in rehab, they can keep their addiction in remission.
That is what makes following your rehab plan so important to your long-term health and wellness.
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What is Addiction?
Many people think that drug addiction is a choice, but that simply is not the case. Addiction is a chronic disease that changes the way your brain works, making it very difficult to stop using. When most drugs enter your brain, they interact in the area that helps manage our emotions. They make your brain release dopamine, a chemical that controls happiness and relaxation. But drugs do not just release a normal amount of dopamine. Instead, they cause a flood of dopamine that is much more potent. This makes you feel extremely happy and relaxed. It also makes your brain crave more drugs in order to keep releasing dopamine. Over time, this makes you less able to enjoy things that used to make you happy. Instead, your brain wants drugs in order to release dopamine. This is what leads to a drug addiction. Long-term drug use can change many other things about your brain, including your ability to learn, make decisions, use your judgement, manage stress, remember things, and how you behave.
The Effects of Drug Abuse
No matter what type of drug you are abusing, it is certain to have negative effects on your body. These effects can be both short term and long term depending on how serious your addiction is. They can also vary depending on what drug you are using. Some of the major effects of drug abuse can include:
- A weakened immune system, which means you are at a bigger risk of becoming sick or getting an infection.
- Different types of heart conditions, ranging from abnormal heart rates to heart attacks.
- Damage to your nose or nasal passages from “snorting” drugs.
- For people who inject their drugs, collapsed veins as well as skin, muscle, or blood vessel infections
- Nausea and stomach pain, which can cause a lack of appetite and weight loss.
- Problems with your liver, including liver damage, liver disease, or even liver failure or cancer.
- Confusion, seizures, stroke, and brain damage.
- Lung disease or lung cancer.
- Problems remembering things, paying attention, and making decisions.
- A higher chance of becoming infected with HIV/AIDS or hepatitis.
Mental Illness and Addiction
Many people who struggle with a drug addiction also struggle with a mental illness. In fact, studies have found that about 50 percent of people with an addiction have a mental illness. The most common mental health conditions that addicts struggle with are depression and anxiety. This is because of the way that drugs affect the chemicals in your brain. You find it hard to regulate your emotions, and are often depressed when you are not using drugs, or are anxious about when you will be able to take drugs again. Some mental health conditions actually make it more likely that you can become addicted to drugs. These include bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, psychotic illness, and antisocial personality disorder.
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Treatment Options in Recovery
At Resurgence Behavioral Health, we know that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all treatment. That is why we spend time with each client, so that we can decide together what the best treatment plan is for you. Our first step will be in helping you stop using drugs. This often begins with detox, so that we can be sure all drugs are out of your system in a safe and controlled environment. Next, we can move on to the rest of your rehab plan. Depending on what kinds of drug you were using, this can include a few different options, such as:
- Medication-Assisted Treatment, or MAT
MAT uses both medicines and counseling to treat addiction. This approach is very effective at treating detox and withdrawal symptoms for more serious drug addictions, such as opioids and other prescription medications.
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, or CBT
CBT works to help clients see the situations or emotions that trigger their drug use. Once a client can recognize these triggers, we give them the tools to help you avoid and cope with them in order to stay off of drugs.
- Contingency Management, or CM
CM gives clients small rewards, such as cash, vouchers, or small gifts. You receive these rewards for things like attending and participating in your therapy sessions, for sticking with your treatment plan, and for staying clean after rehab.
What is Aftercare?
Your treatment for drug addiction does not stop when you leave our facility. This is where aftercare comes in. Aftercare is a type of ongoing treatment that a client participates in after they have completed their recovery program. It helps ensure that you continue to have all of the help and support that you need to stay sober. There are four main things that we focus on in aftercare to help support our clients’ recovery:
- Health: overcoming your addiction to making informed, healthy choices that help you stay physically and emotionally well
- Home: having a safe and stable place to live
- Purpose: finding meaningful things to do everyday, while also having the things you need to safely be a part of society
- Community: having a strong network of friends and family that help you by being supportive with friendship and love
Relapse rates for people with drug addiction are very high, especially if they do not get help from a rehab facility like Resurgence. But by combining our rehab program with an aftercare program, you can significantly reduce your chances of relapse. Aftercare programs can also help you with many aspects of your life, helping you get all of the support you need in times of stress or doubt.
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Get the Help You Need From a Dedicated Recovery Team
The first step in your journey to overcoming your addiction is simple: contact us! At Resurgence, we pride ourselves on building an affordable, personalized recovery plan for each client – without sacrificing quality.
Our free insurance verification allows us to help you figure out exactly what your insurance will pay for. We accept most PPO insurance as well as private forms of payment for treatment. We will also communicate with your insurance provider to ensure that you receive every benefit that you are entitled to. You can complete a simple form right from our website, or call us directly.
At Resurgence, we believe that environment is just as important as treatment. That is why our locations are in peaceful neighborhoods, with plenty of open space for clients to take time to themselves as well as participate in our supportive community.
Our warm, sunny weather, as well as our nearby beaches and parks, means that, when you are ready and able, you can enjoy being outside. And our specially prepared nutritious meals help to support your total physical recovery.
There is no one single thing that makes a person become addicted to drugs. From your genes to your environment to how you were raised, there are many different reasons you may have found yourself using drugs.
But there is no reason that you have to live with your addiction, or try to overcome it on your own. Resurgence Behavioral Health’s team of dedicated addiction specialists can help you with every part of your recovery process, from detox to therapy, for a lifetime of success.
Let us help you with all of the tools and resources that you need to overcome your drug addiction. Call us today to get started in a drug rehab program, and get on the path to a drug-free life.