Drug Rehab in Chesapeake (757) 447-9507

Drug rehab centers specialize in providing medical detox and therapy to people with addictions to substances. Drug rehab centers will normally provide residential medical detox programs during which addicts will quit taking the addictive substance. They will also provide aftercare programs and therapy. These are crucial in the fight the recovering addict will face to stay off the addictive substance.

Finding drug rehab treatment is easy with help from Chesapeake Drug Treatment Centers. Call today at (757) 447-9507.

What is an Addiction?

Formerly, medical experts would have described a substance addiction as a physical dependency on a substance. Today, the scope of the definition has been expanded, and an addiction is regarded as the persistent usage of a substance even when taking that substance is causing problems in the person's life.

Physical dependency develops when excessive levels of a drug are taken over a long period. When a physical addiction is present, and addicted person will find it extremely hard to quit the substance. He or she will experience cravings of such intensity that they are almost impossible to resist.

What causes Physical Dependency?

Addictive substances like heroin, alcohol and Valium induce chemical alterations in the brain's neurotransmitters. The neurotransmitters are the chemicals the brain uses to handle messages that control various functions in the body. When their chemical balance is affected, the brain adjusts the balance in the neurotransmitters so that they still work. However, to maintain that new balance, the body has to have the addictive substance present. It is now physically dependent on the addictive substance.

Mental or psychological dependence develops when an addict believes he or she must have the addictive drug to perform certain tasks, or simply to cope with daily life. While there are no physiological causes, this type of dependency can be as difficult to treat as physical dependency.

Common Addictive Drugs

People can get addicted to virtually any kind of drug. However, the most widespread addictions are to those drugs with psychotic effects. These include legal and illegal drugs. Some examples of addictive drugs are:

  • Xanax, Prozac, Valium and other drugs used to treat anxiety or depression are frequently abused.
  • Tylox, OxyContin, Vicodin and other narcotic drugs that are prescribed for pain relief.
  • Adderall and other stimulants.
  • Illegal drugs like heroin, cocaine and marijuana.
  • Alcohol. Despite its easy availability and widespread social acceptance, alcohol is essentially a drug, and the most widely abused one.

Secondary Addictions

While medical researchers are fairly certain of the mechanisms that cause addiction, they do not know why some people are destined to develop addictions while others are not. There seems to be some underlying factor that makes a person prone to addictions, because people who have drug or alcohol addictions frequently have secondary addictions.

A high proportion of substance addicts are also addicted to nicotine and caffeine. People addicted to drugs or alcohol will sometimes develop addictions that are not substance related. One of the commonest secondary addictions is gambling. Less frequently, substance addicts may develop food or sex addictions.

What are the Signs of Addiction?

These can vary substantially. Some addicts are really good at hiding their addiction, while others do not care who knows they have a problem. Signs can include:

  • Sudden financial difficulties
  • Unexplained disappearances
  • Flu-like symptoms exhibited by the potential addict
  • Rapid mood swings
  • Forgoing responsibilities at work, school, or home
  • Failing romantic, platonic, and familial relationships

Where can Addicts Get Drug Rehab Treatment?

Residential drug treatment facilities allow addicts to stay on-site in a clean, sober environment for 90 days or more. These treatment centers provide medical detox to address withdrawal, therapy for emotional trauma, and aftercare for long-term sobriety.

For more information on drug rehab treatments, contact Chesapeake Drug Treatment Centers at (757) 447-9507.

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