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What is Addiction?

While some people may think that addiction is a choice, it is in fact, a chronic disease of the brain.

Psychodynamic therapy works to help addicts discover feelings that may contribute to their substance abuse.

Addiction causes people to use substances regularly, even when they know that the substance is bad for them because it changes the way that the brain works. This change in brain function is what makes getting sober difficult.

At Resurgence Behavioral Health, we understand just how serious this disease is. Our mission is to help every client find a lasting path to a successful recovery starting with our drug detox and alcohol detox programs .

Understanding Addiction

Addictive drugs are chemical substances that can change how your body and mind work. Regular use and abuse of addictive drugs can lead to an addiction.

There are a variety of addictive substances that can alter the body and mind including: prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs.

Prescription Pill Addiction

In recent years, many medications have become new sources of addiction for American citizens as there has been an increase in people misusing prescription and over-the-counter medicines.

Misusing medication includes:

  • Taking a medicine that was prescribed to someone else
  • Taking a larger dose than you are supposed to
  • Using the medicine in a different way than you are supposed to. For example, instead of swallowing your tablets, you crush and then snort or inject them
  • Using medicine to get high instead of treating your symptoms

How Addiction Affects Your Body

No matter what kind of drug you may be addicted to, it is certain to be bad for your body. Drugs are chemicals, and they can have a big impact on the way that your body works.

  • Smoking tobacco can cause many different types of cancers.
  • Methamphetamine can destroy the enamel of your teeth and make them rot away, and cause lung problems.
  • Opioids are easy to overdose on, which can lead to death.
  • Some drugs can also damage or destroy nerve cells in the brain or nervous system. This can lead to permanent brain or muscle damage.

For people who inject drugs using a needle, there are more health risks involved. Sharing needles can lead to HIV or Hepatitis C. And if your needle has bacteria on it, you can get serious infections under your skin or in your heart.

How Addiction Affects Your Mind

Drugs are addictive because of the way that they affect how your brain works. Most drugs flood your brain with “feel-good” chemicals like dopamine. Your brain sees this flood of dopamine as a positive thing and begins to make you crave the drug.

As you continue using drugs, your brain becomes dependent on them to release dopamine. This makes you less interested in things that you used to find enjoyable like food, sex, and spending time with friends and family. Long-term drug can also increase stress while negatively impact learning, judgment, decision-making, and memory.

Even if you are already aware of all the negative effects that drugs can have on you, it is still a struggle to quit. The way that addiction changes your brain makes it difficult to stop using. That is why getting addiction treatment from a reputable drug rehab and alcohol rehab facility like Resurgence helps increase your chances of getting clean and staying clean.

Mental illness and Addiction

Addiction and other mental illnesses often go hand in hand. In some cases, a mental health issue came before drug addiction. Issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia can lead to addiction. This is because some people use drugs to try and make their mental illness symptoms go away.

For many people, drug use makes mental health issues worse. People with anxiety or depression often find that drug use makes their symptoms worse in the long run. And by the time they realize this, many are often already addicted.

Resurgence specializes in dual diagnosis treatment for our clients that are dealing with mental health issues and a substance abuse problem.

Signs that Someone has a Drug Problem

Some people who have been using drugs for a long time may show signs of drug addiction. However, many people are good at hiding their drug addiction and this can make it harder to tell if they are in real trouble. There are several signs that you can look for that indicate someone might have a drug problem including:

  • Changing friend groups, or avoiding friends entirely
  • A loss of interest in activities they used to love
  • A lack of care in their physical health or appearance
  • Being overly tired and sad
  • Eating more or less than usual
  • Being very energetic, talking fast, or saying things that do not make sense
  • Consistent mood swings or angry outbursts
  • Sleeping at strange hour
  • Missing important appointments
  • Having problems at work or at school
  • Issues in personal or family relationships

Psychodynamic Therapy Treatment

When it comes to treating addiction, there are many different options for our clients at Resurgence. One of these options is psychodynamic therapy. And while it may sound like some new and modern form of addiction treatment, psychodynamic therapy is an established and well-respected rehab option.

When it comes to treating addiction, psychodynamic therapy works to help clients discover feelings deep inside of them they may not have known about. You will discover these feelings with your therapist by looking at many different things about you including:

  • How comfortable and aware you are of your feelings
  • Finding feelings you may have that you do not know about or understand
  • Understand how deeply negative feelings are buried in your mind
  • The physical or mental effects that buried feelings may be causing

Buried feelings often have a negative impact on the way that a person acts, making it easier to become addicted, or even making you feel like you do not have a problem. These behaviors are harmful to your ability to quit using drugs. Psychodynamic therapy helps clients in rehab see the connection between their actions and their feelings.

Your therapist will help you work through these feelings and find positive ways to deal with them. This helps you manage feelings that may trigger your substance use. In the long run, psychodynamic therapy will help by lowering the chances of relapsing after you have completed rehab. While it may take several psychodynamic therapy sessions for you to see results, it is just one part of the process to help you to overcome your addiction.

Paying for Treatment

The first step in your journey to overcoming your addiction is simple, contact us. Every member of the Resurgence Behavioral Health team prides itself on building an affordable, personalized recovery plan for each client – without sacrificing quality.

Our free insurance verification tool 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 Behavioral Health, we believe that the environment is just as important as treatment. That is why our locations are in safe and secure neighborhoods, with plenty of open space for peace and quiet.

Our warm, sunny weather and proximity to beaches and parks mean 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. Facing detox and rehab alone can be a scary and difficult process. Let us help give you the treatment that you deserve.

We will arm you with all the tools and resources that you need to be successful in overcoming your addiction. Call us today at (855) 458-0050 to get started on your road to a substance abuse-free life.