Drug Addiction: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

If you have developed a physical dependence on a mood-altering substance such as cocaine, cannabis, heroin, prescription medication, or any other type of drug, Banbury Lodge is here to help you. You do not have to continue struggling with drug addiction any longer; our programmes of rehabilitation have been designed to effectively help you overcome this destructive illness so that you can regain control of your life once more.

What is Drug Addiction

There are many reasons individuals start using mood-altering chemicals such as illegal drugs and prescription medication. For some, these substances help to block out the pain associated with traumatic events, while for others they are used to treat genuine medical conditions. There are those that use for recreational purposes. Nevertheless, whatever the reason, mood-altering drugs can hijack the brain’s neural pathways and reward centres and lead to addiction.

What must be mentioned though is that despite what some people believe, drug addiction is never a lifestyle choice and it is not just something that happens to those who are ‘bad’ or ‘weak’. This is an illness of the brain, so if you are affected then you should know that you have nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about.

We understand that drug addiction carries a huge amount of stigma and that those who find themselves struggling to deal with it often feel a sense of shame. The negative opinions of those with little or no understanding of addiction can lead to discrimination and judgement, and it this can make it difficult for addicts to accept the illness for what it is.

Having said that, you should know that you will face no judgement or discrimination from the people who work at Banbury Lodge. We do understand what drug addiction is and we want to help you get better. We are not here to lecture you or make you feel bad. We are here to help you understand more about what this illness is and how you became affected. We will then teach you how to beat this illness once and for all so that you can get back to living a normal life with those you love.

Do I Have a Drug Addiction?

We know that accepting a diagnosis of an addict is not easy. No matter what substance you have been abusing, coming to terms with the fact that your use of it has spiralled out of control will be difficult. However, it is important that you do come to terms with what you are dealing with as this is the only way you can move forward.

We can help you by providing an assessment of your situation; this will allow us and you to get a clearer understanding of what you are dealing with. Think about how you have been using your drug of choice and then consider whether there is a possibility that you might require professional help.

Think about why you use mood-altering drugs and how they make you feel. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you using drugs to change the way you feel?
  • Do you use drugs to help you do something – talk to others, go to social events?
  • Are you taking prescription medication that was not prescribed for you?
  • Are you visiting more than one doctor to get multiple prescriptions?
  • Do you need more drugs than before to achieve the feelings you desire?
  • Do you lie to your loved ones about your drug use?
  • Do you feel guilty for using drugs after promising that you wouldn’t?
  • Have you tried to cut down or quit your drug use but found it impossible?
  • Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when in need of drugs?

Answering yes to most of the questions above could mean that you already need help for a drug addiction. We urge you to get in touch with us as soon as possible. It may be the case, that you just need some advice about how to cut back on your drug use; alternatively, it may be that a programme of detox and rehabilitation is required to help you get back on your feet.

What are the Side Effects of a Drug Addiction?

If you are wondering how your drug addiction will affect you, know that this is an illness that has numerous side effects. Your physical and mental health is bound to suffer the longer your addiction is allowed to progress.

Unfortunately, although drug addiction is an illness, it is not one that will pass by itself. In fact, it is more likely that your addiction will get worse and you will have a higher chance of developing long-term problems. Health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, psychosis and schizophrenia are just a few of those associated with drug abuse.

Drug addiction also has a massive impact on your relationship with others. As your behaviour will change due to the damage to certain parts of your brain, you will find it difficult to maintain healthy relationships with the people around you. This includes family members, friends, and those you work with.

As your illness progresses, your need for drugs will increase. It may get to the point where the only thing that matters to you is the drug you crave. This can result in tense relations with those close to you, who will undoubtedly find it difficult to understand why you continue to use drugs when it is obviously having a negative impact on not only your own life but the lives of those around you.

It is not uncommon for relationships to reach a breaking point. Some affected individuals find it almost impossible to keep things on track with family members and friends. In certain cases, relationships will be irreversibly damaged.

Money issues are also common for those with drug addictions. You may have noticed this yourself already. In the early days, your substance use might not have been that bad and you may have been able to fund the cost of your habit without leaving yourself or others in a precarious financial situation.

However, as the illness gets worse, your need for drugs will increase. You will find that you are spending more and more money on drugs and you will care less and less about anything else. You may very well find that you begin spending money that is reserved for essential items such as paying rent or the mortgage. If you do this, you will be risking the financial security of yourself and your loved ones.

Where Can I Get Help for My Drug Addiction?

Help for drug addiction is available from various organisations. As well as outpatient programmes provided by the NHS, local support groups and charities, you can access inpatient programmes provided by private clinics in your area and other parts of the country.

Outpatient programmes are daycare based treatment programmes that run alongside daily life. With this type of care, you would attend regular sessions of counselling or therapy before returning home after each session.

Inpatient programmes are much more intensive and require you to leave your everyday life and move into a clinic for a period of up to twelve weeks. For most people, inpatient programmes run for between six and eight weeks. A longer stay is required for those suffering from more than one type of addiction or those who also have mental health issues as well as a drug addiction.

The type of programme that you require will be based on the severity of your illness, the type of support network you have in place at home and whether you have commitments that would prevent you from accessing inpatient care.

Can Banbury Lodge Help Me?

As a private clinic regulated by the Care Quality Commission, we are committed to providing excellent programmes of care for those with all types of addiction. If you are keen to get started on a programme of recovery and would like the opportunity to overcome your addiction in the shortest space of time, we can help.

Our treatment programmes are designed with you in mind. We will work with you to create a programme that will help you to overcome your drug addiction once and for all. Please call us today to find out more about what we do and how we can help you get better.

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