Drug addiction, also referred to as a substance use disorder, is a highly complex medical disorder that has affected the lives of many throughout our history. It is characterized by compulsive drug use despite the serious negative consequences for the afflicting individual. Most often, drug addiction refers to a dependence on one or multiple substances that can highly influence specific brain regions, in particular, an area called “the reward system.” The specific effects of these drugs taken on the individual are such that, over time, both a psychological and physical dependence occurs.
What is Drug Addiction?
At Sensum, we approach substance use disorders as being a maladaptive coping mechanism rooted in the pleasurable experiences during the onset of usage. Depending on the individual’s biochemistry and/or overall wellbeing, a substance induces specific feelings and emotions, allowing the individual to experience life free from the inhibitions present due to underlying causes. In time, the individual’s biochemistry adapts to the intake of a specific substance and more is needed to produce the same response. In addition to being more tolerant towards the drug of choice, negative physiological and emotional features, frequently referred to as withdrawal, occur when the drug is not taken. Drug addiction, therefore, is both biochemical and existential.
of Addictive Substances
Over the years, specific drugs have been qualified based on the effect they have on the central nervous system. Some, like cocaine or amphetamine, are called stimulants because they cause improved awareness, confidence, and energy. Others, including alcohol, are labeled depressants because they reduce functional and nervous activity leading a person to feel relaxed and more confident or social. Narcotics, also known as “Opioids,” refers to substances that dull the senses and relieve pain whilst hallucinogens distort perceptions of reality. The last of the five categories most often used in the field of addiction treatment is anabolic steroids. It is abused to enhance muscle growth, enhance physical performance and/or appearance. Except for anabolic steroids, the common denominator between all these potentially addictive substances is that they are all psychoactive. This means that they have a profound affect on mental processes, change brain function and influence our mood, perception, and consciousness. When seeking treatment, keep in mind that long term abuse of any of these substances can lead to physical dependence. A medical detox may be needed to help stabilize the body and brain to secure a safe transition.
Treating Drug Addiction
Addiction is neither your fault nor intention but a complex medical disorder that can be treated successfully. At Sensum, we developed and employed an advanced, holistic, personalized and evidence-based treatment program proven to be effective and record an exceptional success rate. Each individualized drug addiction treatment program is comprised, of science-based therapies enhanced with complementary therapy to ensure you an all-round healing experience. Intensive group and individual counseling sessions help you understand what addiction is and how its processes are influencing your entire being – body, mind, and spirit. Mindfulness, a therapy or skill promoting a non-judgemental awareness, will help reduce triggers such as stress and anxiety. Healthy dietary changes help rebalance your biochemistry whilst physical therapy will restore and bolster mobility, strength, and endurance. Our modern approach will help you understand what is driving you to misuse a substance and offers the tools and support to overcome it successfully.