Do you or someone you love have a drug problem? You may feel that it is under control and that you are not addicted; but the truth is that this is denial. Many drugs are highly addictive; just 2 or 3 uses of the drug is enough to leave you wanting more; the sign of addiction.
What is Addiction?
Drug addiction is not something to be ashamed of; millions of people suffer from it every year and many of them move past it to lead normal lives.
Addiction is actually a chemical process which goes on inside your body. When you take a drug your body reacts; it will probably release endorphins; associating the drug with happiness. If you have an addictive personality (and you have no control over whether you do or not); then you will start to crave and physically chase the high that is associated with this drug.
This will quickly take over your thought processes; your behavior will start to change as you focus solely on getting more of your drug.
Is A Drug Rehab Clinic The Only Option?
Drug rehab centers are designed to deal with this addiction and provide you with the best possible care. They should also help you to adjust to life without drugs as this will assist you in remaining clean for life.
It is important to note that the temptation may get easier to deal with but your addictive nature will not change; just one hit of your drug is enough to make you addicted again.
It is possible to avoid using the drug rehab clinics to overcome your addiction; but this is a difficult route and one that needs the complete support of your family.
Stages of Going Alone
You will need a space where you are away from the influences of drugs; in particular your normal supplier. The most likely option is a room in a loved one’s house.
- Stop the drug
As soon as you arrive in the ‘safe house’ you will be committing to not taking any more of the drug. This will be exceptionally hard for the first week as your body goes through deprivation and cries out for the drug.
It is possible that you will be violent, pleading and even crying. Your loved ones will need to stay strong. You do not need to stay at the house but, if you go anywhere your loved one will need to go with you; to ensure you do not go straight to a dealer.
To help reduce cravings and start supplying your body with the nutrients it needs your loved ones will have to prepare a balance and nutritious diet for you. If they need inspiration with this there are many forums on line which can help.
- Return to Normality
Once the cravings have passed and you are eating healthily the drug will have left your system. However, returning to your old haunts is difficult as this will expose you to the same factors which caused your initial addiction.
It is better to avoid moving back and look to a new home and a new future.
The Advantage of a Rehab Clinic
It sounds almost easier to complete this process at home but it is not; you should not underestimate the power of your cravings. Your family will need to be prepared for hell!
The rehab clinic offers much more than a home environment can:
- Dedicated Professionals
The staff at the rehab clinic has been trained to deal with drug addicts and know the best way to assist you in getting the result you need.
- Treating the Cause
You will also find that drug rehab clinics will spend time with you getting to the root of the problem. This means you will know why you turned to drugs and how it is not a solution anymore. Understanding your addiction will really help to stop you relapsing.
- Building Life skills
Rebuilding your life is not easy but the information and education you are provided with while in drug rehab will help you to do this successfully. From cooking, to nutrition and even job hunting; the clinic can help you find your feet again.
- Ongoing Support
Finally, even with the best will in the world your family cannot be there for you 24 hours a day; they have their own lives and commitments. But, a drug rehab clinic has many staff; all of which will help you even after you have left the clinic.
This ongoing support has been shown to be vital in preventing relapses.