It is important to understand that an addiction is not a character flaw or a moral weakness, nor is it about not wanting to change; addiction is a disease. Drugs and alcohol disrupt and impair the normal chemical functions of the brain’s neurotransmitters, which control our moods, emotions and thought processes. Addictive substances flood the brain with the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is associated with the brain’s reward center. Dopamine generates feelings of excitement, well-being and pleasure. Over time, the brain produces less dopamine naturally, as the addiction retrains the brain to rely on alcohol and drugs to trigger its production and release. At this point, the addiction becomes a vicious cycle, with the substance abuser depending more on alcohol and drugs to experience momentary feelings of dopamine-induced happiness. This is a defining aspect of the disease. This change in brain chemistry makes an addiction nearly impossible to overcome without professional assistance.
The comprehensive addiction treatment recovery program at White Sands Alcohol and Drug Detox Center includes a medically-managed detoxification process, which allows our clients to safely withdraw from alcohol or drugs as safely and comfortably as possible.
Based on individual assessments, White Sands Addiction Treatment Center also provides multidisciplinary therapies that address not only the addiction, but also the emotional or mental disturbances that may be at its core. The co-occurrence of a substance abuse problem with a mental health disorder is known as dual diagnosis, and it is a common problem for someone struggling with substance abuse. In fact, many addictions may start as an attempt to self medicate feelings of depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, PTSD, and other mental health issues. Contrarily, a serious and prolonged substance abuse problem
Although addiction has been officially recognized as a disease, there is still a resistance in society to acknowledge that it is a serious disorder that requires professional medical assistance. Do to the stigma associated with drug and alcohol abuse, many are resistant to admit that they have a problem. Instead of seeking the help that is so desperately needed, these addicts just allow their addictions to spiral even further out of control, completely ignoring the potentially fatal consequences.
There are many reasons an addict may resist recovery, some of which include: denial, fear of withdrawal symptoms, fear of change, low self-esteem, previously unsuccessful attempts at recovery, and a variety of other reasons. Additionally, an outwardly successful addict who is respected by co-workers, friends and family, may think that they have too much to lose. In all reality, seeking help for an addiction requires great courage and strength; avoidance signifies weakness. Unless addiction is treated, the disease has the potential to take everything that the addict is afraid of losing.
While deciding to enter an addiction treatment program is a crucial first step in the recovery process, too often the misconceptions and false beliefs about rehab can keep someone from getting the help they need.
At White Sands Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Center, we understand that considering treatment can be frightening. We welcome you to speak to an addiction specialist any time at (877) 855-3470 with any questions or concerns you may have about seeking treatment. Let us help you make this an informed, life-changing decision.
At White Sands Substance Abuse Treatment Center, we want everyone to know that there is a great deal that can be done to overcome roadblocks to recovery. Understanding all aspects of the recovery process can help an addict move past their fears and resistance to treatment. Health and happiness is a phone call away. Call us toll-free today at (877) 855-3470 we’re here 24/7 to give you the help you’ve been looking for.