Drug Addiction

Physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance or behavior, and unable to stop taking it/doing it without incurring adverse effects. Addiction is a disease which needs medical attention. People with an addiction do not have control over what they are doing, taking or using.

  • Drug Addiction – there is a psychological/physical component; the person is unable to control the aspects of the addiction without help because of the mental or physical conditions involved
  • Drug Habit – this is done by choice. A person with a habit can choose to stop, and will subsequently stop successfully if they want to. The psychological/physical component is not an issue as it is with an addiction

What is Drug Addiction? Do I need a Drug Treatment Center? Do I need a Drug Detox Center?

An addiction must meet at least 3 of the following criteria. This is based on the criteria of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-IV).

  1. Drug Tolerance. Using more alcohol or drugs overtime to get the same effect.
  2. Drug Withdrawal. Experiencing physical or emotional withdrawal when you stop using, such as: anxiety, irritability, shakes, sweats, nausea, or vomiting.
  3. Limited control. Drinking or using drugs more than you would like to, Such as: planning to only have one drink and not being able to stop after you have the first drink.
  4. Negative consequences. Continuing to use even though there have been negative consequences to your mood, self-esteem, health, job, or family.
  5. Neglected or postponed activities. Putting off or reducing social, recreational, work, or household activities because of your use.
  6. Significant time or energy spent. Spending a significant amount of time obtaining, using, concealing, planning, or recovering from your use. Spending a lot of time thinking about using. Concealing or minimizing your use. Thinking up schemes to avoid getting caught.
  7. Desire to cut down. Thoughts about cutting down or controlling your use, acting on those thoughts, then being unsuccessful in your plan to quit.

If this sounds like you or a loved one, then there may be a clinical diagnosis of drug addiction. A drug addiction is a disease that requires medical intervention at a Detoxification Center or a Detox center followed by a Drug addiction or Alcohol Treatment Center or a Drug addiction and Alcohol Rehab Facility. Drug Detox Centers and Drug Addiction and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Centers are everywhere and Revive Recovery can help place you in one that meets all of your needs. If you or a loved one is suffering from any Drug Addiction and you also have a Mental Health Disorder then we can help place you in a Dual Diagnosis Center that will be able to handle both Drug Addiction And Alcohol Abuse or any other Addiction, as well as your Mental Health Disorder. Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers can be hard to find and Revive Recovery is committed to helping you get the best possible care for your Drug Abuse, Alcohol Abuse, Substance Abuse or Drug Addiction. Call today to hear your options.

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Approximately 10% of the population has a drug addiction or alcoholism.
Drug Addiction is more common than diabetes, which occurs in approximately 7% of the population.
Addiction crosses all socio-economic boundaries. 10% of teachers, 10% of plumbers, and 10% of CEOs have an addiction.

What are people addicted to?

Drugs – 10% of the population

  • Heroin
  • Crack
  • Cocaine
  • Cocaine Free Base
  • Prescription pain pills or Pain Killers
  • benzodiazepines
  • opiates
  • opioids
  • buprenorphine
  • methadone
  • methamphetamine
  • amphetamine salts
  • mushrooms
  • acid
  • pcp
  • marijuana
  • nitrous oxide
  • Kratom
  • Spice
  • Bath Salts

Alcohol – 15% of the population

  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Hard liquor
  • Cold syrup

Shopping – 8% of the population

Gambling – 5% of population

Eating disorders -13% of the population

  • anorexia-.6%
  • bulimia-1%
  • compulsive eating(binge eating)-2.8%

Internet – 10% of the population

  • Computer Games
  • At home gaming

Sex – 6% of the population

All of these addictions have the same thought process with many of the same consequences.

Why do some people suffer from drug addiction and others don’t?

  • An addictive substance or addictive behavior feels good because it stimulates the pleasure center of the brain through neurotransmitters such as dopamine and GABA
  • If you have a genetic predisposition, addictive substances or addictive behaviors, don’t just feel good, they feel so good that you will want to chase after them and will chase after these substances even if it means suffering negative consequences in order to get more and to continue to feel the high
  • In someone who is not addicted, drugs and alcohol only produce a mild high compared to the high you get if you were genetically predisposed to the addiction disease

Because addictive substances feel good, an addict will initially deny that they have a problem. In the long-run addiction isolates you from the people and activities and that mean the most to you.

What are the negative consequences of the disease drug addiction?

  • Getting a communicable disease: People who are addicted to a drug are more likely to get an infectious disease, such as HIV, Hepatitis and Other Infectious Diseases either through unsafe sex or by sharing needles.
    • Accidents: If you’re addicted to a drug, you’re more likely to drive or do other dangerous activities while intoxicated
    • Suicide: People who are addicted to an addictive substance or an addictive behavior, commit suicide more often than people who aren’t
    • Family problems or loss of family
    • Work issues or loss of work
    • Problems at school:
      • Decrease of motivation
      • Loss of concentration
  • Legal issues:
    • Getting caught with illegal substances can land you in jail or prison
    • Stealing to support your addiction
    • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
    • Disputes over child custody
  • Financial problems:
    • Spending money to support your habit takes away money from your other needs
    • could put you into debt
    • could lead you into illegal or unethical behaviors
    • loss of shelter, leaving you and/or your family homeless
  • Health problems:
    • Cardiovascular Effects
    • Respiratory Effects
    • Gastrointestinal Effects
    • Musculoskeletal Effects
    • Kidney Damage
    • Liver Damage
    • Neurological Effects
    • Mental Health Effects to include depression and suicidal thoughts
    • Hormonal Effects
    • Cancer
    • Prenatal Effects
  • Unconsciousness, coma, and sudden death.

At least twice as many people die from alcoholism in the US every year as die from motor vehicle accidents.

Alcohol intoxication is associated with 40-50% of traffic fatalities, 25-35% of nonfatal motor vehicle injuries, and 64% of fires. Alcohol is present in nearly 50% of homicides, either in the victim or the perpetrator.

Alcohol intoxication is involved in 31% of fatal injuries, and 23% of completed suicides.

One study found that 86% of homicide offenders, 37% of assault offenders, and 57% of men and 27% of women involved in marital violence were drinking at the time of their offense.

People only stop using drugs and alcohol when they have suffered enough negative consequences.

You don’t have to hit rock bottom.

Sit and imagine what rock bottom would look like and feel like for you or a loved one. Losing your family, being homeless, sitting in jail, attempting suicide. You don’t have to wait until you’re there to get help! Addiction ends the same for everyone, we all end up dead or in jail if we don’t get help at a drug treatment center. Stop now and get help! Revive Recovery is here to help! Visit our contact page now.

Addicts, Alcoholics, and those Addicted to compulsive behaviors, feed their denial saying things such as; “I don’t have a serious addiction because my health is fine, and I haven’t lost my job.” But those are very late stage consequences.

As far as work is concerned that’s usually the last thing to suffer. You need your work in order to make money so that you can continue your addiction. When your work begins to suffer, you’ve slipped from being a functioning addict to a non-functioning addict. It is time to call and get into a detox center and/or a drug rehabilitation center.

The damage drug addiction does to your relationships and self-esteem is far deeper and takes longer to repair. You’ve hurt friends and family. You’ve disappointed yourself. You’ve traded important things in your life so that you could make more time to use. You’ve lived a double life. You’ve seen the hurt in your family’s eyes, and the disappointment in your children’s faces. Those are the consequences that can motivate you to begin recovery. It’s not too late for you! Call now so we can place you in a detox and drug addiction treatment center, which fits all of your needs!