If you wake up each morning feeling sick and exhausted, you are probably starting to feel the many possible negative physical impacts that drug addiction is causing in your body. As difficult as it to accept, drugs cause chaos in your body. The longer you use drugs, the more damage they can do to your body. (1)
Some of the possible illnesses or condition you might experience when using drugs over a long duration include the following:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Lung disease
All of those conditions on top of the basic disease of drug addiction can ravage your body in a relatively short time. However, you can work to overcome these issues, or if you already suffer from some physical issues due to drug use, you can at least find a way to stop adding to the damage.
A Rehabilitation Center to Take Your Health and Your Future Into Your Own Hands
If you have had enough of feeling awful each day, or if you have received a diagnosis for an illness or disease, you can make changes to turn things around, or at least make healthier choices to improve your condition as much as possible.
You probably feel like you will need a bulldozer to turn the earth of your life and start anew, but you can do it by reaching out for help from family and friends, as well as finding the right treatment program and facility to guide your way.
Search for a Drug Rehabilitation Center That Features Comprehensive Treatment
Once you have decided you are ready to work to change your life and have enlisted support from a trusted family member, friend or significant other, you should look for a drug treatment center that offers a comprehensive treatment program.
It is important that you search for certain criteria that meet your situation, as well as treatments that feature scientific backup, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2)
Consider some of the following types of treatment and how they might help you find lasting success:
- Behavioral Therapy. This type of therapy might work best when combined with medications, depending on your facility and your medical staff’s opinion. The basic ideas behind behavioral therapy focus on your motivation to change, determining what incentives you have to stop taking drugs, building skills to help you stop taking drugs, and finding alternative coping skills and activities that you reach out to instead of considering drug use.
- Pharmacotherapy. Many times, medication-oriented treatments help patients, especially when used in conjunction with behavioral counseling and talk therapy. Some drugs are more effective at different times during treatment than others. For example, patients might take drugs at the beginning of treatment to simply stop wanting to take the drugs. Next, they will need drugs to ease the withdrawal symptoms and stay in treatment while some patients will need to continue taking medications to avoid relapse.
- Medical Treatment. In cases such as yours, and you are not alone, patients need medical services and treatments to help make it through the program. It is important that the rehab facility has the appropriate staffing team to help keep you physically healthy while you work through your comprehensive treatment program. (3)
If you are ready to find out more about comprehensive care programs in drug rehabilitation centers, contact us for more information during a confidential consultation.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse, December 2012, http://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/medical-consequences-drug-abuse
- National Institute on Drug Abuse, https://www.drugabuse.gov/sites/default/files/treatmentbrochure_web.pdf
- National Institute on Drug Abuse, January 2007, http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/teaching-packets/understanding-drug-abuse-addiction/section-iii/4-components-comprehensive-drug-addiction-treatm