How to Stop Using Drugs
One of the biggest lies that drug addicts tell themselves is that they can stop using drugs any time they want to. Addicts underestimate the influence that drugs have on them.
The truth is that if you’re an addict, you don’t have control over your use of drugs. You might have every intention of cutting back on your use but you are just unable to do so without help. In fact, an inability to stop use of a substance is one of the hallmark signs of addiction. Drug addiction is not a matter of willpower; it is a disease that alters brain function, making it incredibly difficult for addicts to stop using on their own. According to the American Society of Addictive Medicine (ASAM), addiction causes cognitive, emotional and behavioral changes which result in the addict continually seeking drugs, even when they know they are causing themselves and others severe harm.
Here are a few reasons why trying to quit on your own is seldom successful:
- Drug use alters your brain chemistry to make you crave more of the substance.
- Stress can trigger a relapse and lead to further drug use.
- Environmental factors, such as certain locations, sights or smells can remind the addict of prior use and make him or her vulnerable to using again.
A Sample of Treatment Programs Available:
- Alcohol Rehab
- Drug Rehab
- Prescription Drug Detox
- Prescription Rehab
- Eating Disorders
- Group Therapy
- Holistic Therapies
- Individual Therapy
- In-Patient Treatment
- Women’s Only Treatment
Drug addiction, which affects both adults and kids, needs to be stopped in its tracks before it gets any worse. If it’s not treated, drug addiction can lead to a wide range of negative consequences, including serious health issues, financial repercussions, legal troubles and relationship problems. The health effects of drug use will vary greatly, depending on the substance abused. There are, however, certain commonalities across all drug addictions, such as damage to the kidneys, heart, liver, digestive system, brain, respiratory system and hormonal levels. In addition, drug addiction can lead to various types of cancers as well as sudden death from a range of factors.
Due to the nature of addiction, it’s most often too difficult to stop using drugs on your own. In fact, attempting to detox from certain drugs without medical assistance can endanger your life. Most often those who attempt to cease drug use without professional help end up returning to drugs when cravings strike, and they ultimately relapse quickly. Only professional treatment programs offer the best possible way out of an addiction.
In an addiction treatment program, you’ll have professionals leading you down the path to recovery. If you need to detox from drugs, you’ll have medical professionals on hand to help you through difficult withdrawal symptoms. You may receive medication assistance during detox, depending on the drug in question. There are also holistic options available, if you prefer a completely natural approach to detoxification.
In therapy, you’ll address the causes behind your drug addiction and learn new methods for dealing with life’s stresses so you don’t return to drugs when times get tough. You’ll also build a support system so you know where to turn for help once you’re out of treatment. Ultimately, drug rehab can give you the foundation you need to leave drugs behind forever and live a full life.
How to Get Help for Drug Abuse
If you want to stop using drugs, you need to get professional help. When you’re ready, you can start by calling us here at 1-800-565-0577. A trained counselor will tell you about different treatment options available that can help you to effectively stop using drugs. You don’t have to do this alone; real help is available.
All you need to decide before you make the call is that you want to stop using drugs. Call now and get the help you need to get sober today. Your life is on the line.
I thought my addiction was going to destroy me. I was wrong because I found help. I cannot thank you enough."-David
A private, luxury environment made me feel safe and comfortable during this process. This was my BEST decision." - Mya