About 40 million Americans are currently addicted to some kind of substance, but only a small percentage of those people get treated for their condition. The truth is that addiction is an illness like any other, and those who are suffering from it deserve access to treatments that allow them to live their best lives as they once did. The Wright Center for Community Health offers addiction and recovery services for patients who need help getting through this challenging period of their lives. You should never feel too proud to ask for help, and that’s why we are here.
What Is Addiction?
Addiction is a brain disease that causes people to use and compulsively abuse controlled substances. The natures of these substances make them seemingly enjoyable to use, but in reality, they end up causing only pain and destruction. This point is vital to the definition of addiction: people who are addicted to such substances continue to use them despite knowing they will cause highly destructive and potentially fatal consequences.
We described addiction as a disease, and this is true. If left unchecked, addiction can take control of a person’s very existence, leading those people to damage relationships with their family members, romantic partners, friends, coworkers, and classmates.
Substances to which people may become addicted include:
- Opioids, including painkillers and heroin
- LSD and similar hallucinogens
- Sedatives and tranquilizers
The aspect of these substances that initially gets people addicted is the ability to make one feel “high.” These drugs provide people with pleasurable experiences, feelings of being happy, introspective, or without care or worry.
The trouble is that, over time, the brain builds a tolerance to the substances and needs more to feel the same effects. The brain essentially changes how it works. It now makes the person crave the substance at all costs. Work, school, and favorite activities will all take a back seat to obtaining and using the substance.
Eventually, if the addicted person uses enough of the substance at one time, overdosing and death can occur.
How Addiction Treatment Can Help
The picture painted above is a grim one, indeed. However, we take solace in knowing that addiction and recovery services have been proven to work for people with addictions. As always, though, the big first step is knowing a problem exists and wanting to get help for it.
Addiction treatment has two goals: first, to stop the substance use, and second, to help the person become a functioning member of society again.
It is first necessary to detoxify the body from the harmful substance. During this period, stressful withdrawal symptoms will be likely, but certain medications can be used to relieve some of these symptoms.
Treatment also typically involves talk/behavioral therapy with a counselor or social worker, who will attempt to introduce new, positive ways of thinking that can help an individual avoid using the substance. A counselor may help the individual deal with the stressful set of circumstances that led to substance abuse in the first place. This kind of treatment can be held in inpatient or outpatient settings.
Given enough time and commitment on the part of the patient, full recovery from drug addiction is most definitely possible.
The Wright Center Provides Addiction and Recovery Services
In 2016, the Wright Center for Community Health was designated as an Opioid Use Disorder Center of Excellence. Unlike a traditional rehab facility, our center helps those in recovery to reshape their lifestyles from the comfort of their own communities. When individuals connect with our Center of Excellence, they will meet with addiction and recovery specialists, social workers, and medical providers. Learn more about the Center of Excellence.
Here at the Wright Center for Community Health, we work with our patients to make treatment easy and accessible. Your primary doctor can refer you to us, and then we will communicate with your insurer to make sure you get the care you need. From Medical Assistance to Medicare, we accept a number of health insurances. Additionally, know that you may qualify for our sliding fee schedule if you need help accessing our services.
Contact us today if you or someone you love is suffering from addiction and in need of recovery services. The Wright Center for Community Health is here to help when you need us.