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Do you suspect a loved one is abusing drugs? Are you, yourself, addicted? Learn more about the real signs and symptoms of the disease of addiction, and how our drug treatment program at Principles Recovery Center can help you or your loved one find their path to long-term recovery.

Content Overview: Drug addiction has become an epidemic in America throughout the last decade, and because of it drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. The reality is that 1 out of every 7 Americans will deal with a substance abuse issue at least once in their lifetime. For many, addiction can be fatal; but the good news is there are treatment programs like ours at Principles Recovery Center that can help you overcome addiction for good.

There are numerous forms of addiction, many of which are treated at Principles Recovery Center. If you or someone you love is battling drug addiction, alcohol, or a co-occurring disorder and is in need of a high-quality treatment program, we offer treatment for the many forms that the disease of addiction takes. Additionally, each of our treatment plans have been uniquely designed to offer patients the highest chances of achieving lasting, stable sobriety.

What Exactly is Drug Addiction?

There are many misconceptions about substance abuse, addiction, and recovery. Even with years of research and data that have been done to further understand addicts and alcoholics, the overwhelming stigma and outdated assumptions persist throughout our nation.

Although addiction would seem to be a behavioral problem, it’s not merely a behavior. According to the latest addiction science, addiction is actually a chronic, progressive, and relapsing brain disease. Yes, a disease, which is unfortunately incurable with today’s resources. However, it can be treated and go into remission. Through the combination of multidisciplinary approaches, including holistic treatments and clinical-based therapies, individuals who develop unmanageable substance abuse problems can achieve lasting sobriety and live happy, healthy, and productive lives free from the grips of drug addiction.

Despite the fact that addiction can be treated, it’s important to have a thorough understanding of how this disease occurs, its effects and symptoms, and how it can be managed in a healthy way.

A person doesn’t succumb to drug addiction or alcoholism overnight. It takes using a varying amount of the same substance repeatedly over a significant period of habitual abuse for a person to develop an actual addiction. If a person ceases his or her use prior to that abuse becoming a dependency, addiction treatment typically isn’t necessary, as he or she can stop using the mind-altering substance without consequence.

However, when the substance abuse has continued for a period of time, treatment is likely going to be a requirement for the individual to achieve long-term sobriety. The reason that treatment is so imperative is that it gives the individual a break from “real life” to essentially unlearn the behavior — i.e., abusing a substance (or substances) — that was reinforced over an extended span.

Of course, there are often signs that an individual is suffering from addiction. The development of an addiction to alcohol or drugs often coincides with significant changes in behavior and even some noticeable personality changes. An addiction often makes individuals secretive and can cause the individual to withdraw from important relationships. Additionally, a common trait of someone who suffers from addiction is a sudden lack of concern for physical appearance, a sudden increase or decrease in weight, and other symptoms that can appear similar to either depression or mania.

Signs of Withdrawal & The Detox Process

One of the top reasons why individuals remain in active addiction is due to fear of withdrawal symptoms. Anytime an individual who is in the throes of active addiction goes even a relatively brief period of time without the substance of his or her addiction, the individual will experience a number of negative physical and possibly even emotional effects known as withdrawal. Although the specific symptoms of withdrawal can vary from one substance to the next, there are a number of symptoms that tend to be more common across different classes of substances.

Physical discomfort is often a staple symptom of alcoholic or drug withdrawal. As the body has become accustomed to the continuous presence of the substance, the sudden lack of the substance throws the body into a state similar to shock. Meanwhile, many types of withdrawal include sweating, yawning, watery eyes, sneezing, muscle stiffness, and mild to moderate pain in the joints. As well, individuals suffering from withdrawal often find it extremely difficult to sleep despite their overall lack of energy and a pervasive sense of listlessness.

Many individuals have wondered how patients handle early recovery since it requires them to abruptly stop consuming alcohol or drugs. Don’t they experience withdrawal? Actually, the vast majority of individuals don’t experience withdrawal during treatment because they overcome those symptoms during detoxification.

In short, detoxification often comes as the first phase of a patient’s treatment plan and consists of an initial period during which to concentrate on overcoming the physical aspects of drug addiction. Usually, under the supervision of physicians, nurses, and detox techs, individuals in detox treatment receive the support and care needed to mitigate withdrawal as much as possible, minimizing the discomfort that’s often associated with abruptly ceasing substance abuse.

Addiction Treatment Options

When it comes to the types of treatment we offer, our program options can be broken into three categories: detoxification, inpatient, and outpatient. As mentioned previously, detox treatment often serves as the first period of rehabilitation and serves as a primer for recovery, cleansing the body of all mind-altering substances as well as any other toxins and chemicals. The idea is to restore the body to a state of physical health before the patient begins the actual treatment phase of recovery.

Inpatient care is widely viewed as the best and most effective form of treatment as it gives patients the most well-rounded, comprehensive curriculum. Additionally, since they live on-site for the duration of the program, individuals in inpatient care tend to experience greater levels of success since they’re not confronted with temptation by continuing to live at home.

Beyond inpatient care, we offer several forms of outpatient care, including our partial hospitalization treatment, intensive outpatient, and outpatient programs. Generally, outpatient care tends to be best for individuals who require flexibility from their addiction treatment. Rather than living on-site during completion of the program, individuals in one of our outpatient programs continue living at home. Thus, outpatient treatment is best suited to individuals who have safe, stable, alcohol- and drug-free home environments where their recovery journeys won’t be threatened.

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Can Drug Addiction Ever Be Cured?

A range of care with a tailored treatment program and follow-up options can be crucial to success. Treatment should include both medical and mental health services as needed. Principles Recovery Center in Davie, Florida, takes each individuals specific situation into account then assigns them a primary therapist and we outline a robust treatment plan tailored to our client’s needs.

Our clinical team has over 30 years experience so you can trust you or your loved one will be provided the best possible treatment every step of the way. We do not believe in having one “track”, but having a number of different tracks for each client based on their: Drug of choice, Length of Use, Family History, Personal Timeline, and a number of other characteristics. Once we have identified these factors we draw up a specific plan tailored to the individual. We feel this is a major reason why our clients have had a well above industry average success rate.

We can list every aspect of our treatment program online, but we encourage all individuals looking through our site to simply call us using the number at the top of the page to truly get to know how we operate as an institution.

Let Principles Recovery Center Help You Overcome Addiction

If you or someone you love is suffering from an addiction to alcohol or drugs, Principles Recovery Center can help. With our selection of comprehensive addiction treatment programs, we have a demonstrated history of success in recovery. For more information about our addiction treatment programs, or for a free assessment today, call Principles Recovery Center toll-free at 1-866-692-0909.

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