Why you should seek treatment for drug addiction
If you're asking yourself whether you should seek professional treatment for drug addiction, the answer is undoubtedly 'yes'. Here, we take a closer look at drug addiction and explore the solutions that are available to addicts of all ages.
When to seek treatment for drug addiction
Seeking professional treatment for any type of drug addiction has many advantages. Whether it's for yourself or a loved one, a specially devised treatment programme such as that offered by The Wave Clinic is much more likely to lead to long-term sobriety than a home detox and recovery plan. There are a number of reasons for the success of our residential rehabilitation programmes and clients of all ages benefit from:
Medical support through the early stages
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A structured day to day itinerary
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A personalised, age-appropriate treatment plan
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Access to holistic therapies and alternative treatments
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An extensive support system that includes qualified professionals, peers and family
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Proven treatment methods that combine classic 12-step programmes with complementary therapies, physical exercise and education
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Aftercare and ongoing support
What is drug addiction?
Before we discuss the need to seek treatment for drug addiction in more depth, it's worth considering the nature of drug addiction and who it affects. Drug addiction is a blanket term that covers the physical or mental need for a substance. Drug addiction doesn't respect age, race or geographical location and it's classified as a chronic disease. Users can be addicted to street drugs like heroin, crack cocaine, fentanyl or methamphetamine, prescription drugs such as Vicodin and Oxycodone, over the counter medications like codeine, a combination of drugs, or drugs and alcohol.
Like any chronic condition, drug addiction should be viewed as a long-term issue. The addictive nature of drugs coupled with the physical and psychological changes experienced by users means that the potential for relapse is enormous. Even people who have been clean for many years can relapse. However, those who undergo a mid to long-term programme of residential rehab are better equipped to deal with temptation.
Why it makes sense to seek treatment
Often, people don't really understand why addicts can't just stop taking drugs. They wrongly think that drug users are weak or don't care to make the effort. In fact, drug addiction is a cruel and complex disease that causes physical changes to the brain. For example, opioids latch on to receptors in the brain and cause the body to stop producing the feelgood chemical dopamine. This makes it incredibly difficult and painful for addicts to stop taking drugs, even when they desperately want to. The longer an addict takes a particular drug, the greater the change so it's essential to seek treatment for drug addiction as quickly as possible. Thankfully, a specially-devised drug abuse treatment programme can help users to overcome the obstacles that litter the pathway to sustained recovery.
How can a structured treatment programme make a difference
As we mentioned, drug abuse leads to physical changes in the brain. Most drugs target the brain's 'reward circuit'. Drugs flood the brain with dopamine and cause feelings of euphoria. In healthy adolescents, young adults and adults, dopamine is released when participating in enjoyable activities such as eating, sports, sex or spending time with friends and family. In drug users, the brain adapts by making cells in the reward circuit less able to respond and as a result, the feelings of euphoria are lessened.
Furthermore, addicts or regular drug users often find that previously satisfying activities like socialising, sports, sex or eating are less pleasurable. They also need more and more of the drug to achieve the same effect. Seeking expert help enables drug users to manage detox and the early stages of recovery more effectively. Our treatment plans include activities that help to stimulate the brain's reward circuit such as sports, complementary therapies and outdoor activities. A structured approach backed by highly-qualified medical experts tackles addiction from every angle; this method is of particular benefit to clients who have missed important or key developmental stages because of drug addiction.
What to do if you or a family member needs professional help with drug addiction
According to an American survey from 2010, 48.2% of 12th graders (aged 16 to 17) admitted to having used illicit drugs. Today's figures are likely to be much higher – the UN estimates that over 50 million people worldwide regularly use heroin, cocaine or synthetic drugs. Adolescents and young adults are particularly vulnerable, but they are also more likely to recover with fewer relapses than those who have been using for a prolonged period. That's why it's vital that you seek expert advice from qualified health professionals as soon as possible.
Seeking treatment for drug addiction today
If you or someone you know uses drugs on a regular basis, their long term prognosis isn't good. Drug users are less able to hold down a job, for example, and are more likely to become homeless than their peers. They are also prone to depression and mental illness as well as debilitating physical conditions such as heart, lung or liver disease and ultimately, death. Choosing a mid to long-term residential treatment programme is the best solution for young addicts and adults. At The Wave Clinic, we offer personalised six to ten week treatment plans that have been specifically designed to tackle all the problems associated with addiction.
Expert treatment for substance addiction
Located in a gorgeous residential area of Kuala Lumpur, The Wave Clinic is a peaceful space where young people and adults can embrace recovery through a carefully structured programme that offers them the help and ongoing support systems they need. We believe in treating the whole person and we encourage family participation. As well as a traditional style treatment plan based on tried and tested methods, we provide a vast range of therapeutic and holistic therapies, educational and physical wellness activities and one to one and group counselling.
Don't let drug addiction come between you and a happy and fulfilling life, contact us today for advice or information on any aspect of addiction and its treatment.