A drug addiction is either physical or psychological in nature. Contrary to popular opinion, not all drug addictions relate to illicit drugs. In fact, far more people become addicted to prescription drugs that were initially taken to combat a physical or mental ailment.
Both illegal and prescription drugs are highly addictive and dangerous to human health. Examples of addictive illegal drugs include cocaine, cannabis, crack cocaine and heroin. Examples of addictive prescription drugs include oxycodone, benzodiazepines and the so-called ‘z’ drugs such as zopiclone and zolpidem. These prescription drugs are controlled, and it is illegal to consume them without a valid prescription.
Why people become addicted to drugs varies enormously between individuals. We discuss these reasons throughout this website, and we offer workshops and therapy sessions to help our clients better understand their own unique reasons for abusing illicit or prescription drugs.
When a person becomes addicted to drugs, by far the best approach is to seek out drug rehab treatment at a residential facility. This is exactly what we offer at Ocean Recovery Centre in Blackpool, Lancashire, and nationally throughout the United Kingdom through our parent company, Step One Recovery. Undergoing a drug rehab programme allows you to detox under medically controlled conditions. You will also benefit from a robust therapy and counselling service that help you to readjust to life without drugs. Here, you will gain the tool-set needed to remain in recovery for the rest of your life.
What is meant by drug addiction?
The word ‘drug addiction’ is a common term used in speech. You will have come across the term in films, TV programmes and during your school years. However, the exact definition of drug addiction is often misunderstood.
So what exactly is a drug addiction? Essentially, a drug addiction is either psychological or physical and psychological in nature. Generally, you cannot be physically addicted to a drug without being psychologically addicted too, whilst it is possible to be psychologically addicted without being physically addicted. If you become physically addicted to a drug, you will experience physical withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to detoxify. Examples of physically addicted drugs include alcohol and heroin. Examples of drugs that are merely psychologically addictive include cocaine and cannabis.
The public is generally unsympathetic to people who develop an addiction to drugs. Surveys conducted by researchers and media publications prove this fact. Many assume those who develop an addiction to drugs are someway culpable for their addiction. Others assume drug addiction is merely a lifestyle choice. These popular opinions are widely denounced by the wider medical community. For many years now, medical experts equate drug addiction to an illness that’s largely devoid of moral responsibility on the sufferer’s behalf.
At Ocean Recovery Centre, we reject popular opinion by agreeing with the medical community that drug addiction is indeed a disease of the mind. At Ocean Recovery Centre, this view of drug addiction permeates everything we do. When you attend Ocean Recovery’s core drug addiction treatment programme, you will benefit from a wide range of therapy techniques that allow you to combat the disease of addiction and thus live a long and happy life.
What are the signs that may signify I am suffering from a drug addiction?
If you are concerned you or a loved one could be suffering from a drug addiction, you will undoubtedly benefit from knowing the classic signs of drug addiction. The term ‘drug addiction’ is a general term, and the signs of drug addiction vary between different drugs. Here, we shall list some of the signs that are common amongst all drugs. You will thus need to conduct additional research in discovering the signs of the specific drugs you or your loved one is addicted to.
Some of the classic symptoms that appear for all drug addictions include:
- Your sleeping pattern is negatively affected by your drug use
- Your education or work has been negatively affected by your drug use
- You conceal your drug use from your loved ones
- Your mood is affected by your drug use to the point that it is raising concern amongst your loved ones
- You have given up interests and hobbies in order to spend more time taking drugs
- You experience a number of physical changes such as dramatic weight loss due to your drug use
What are the reasons for developing an addiction to drugs?
The reasons why you may develop an addiction to drugs are many, and modern researchers have failed to pin down one definitive set of causes. Most researchers agree that drug addiction arises due to environmental and genetic characteristics. You are also more likely to develop an addiction to drugs if you suffer from a physical or sexual traumatic experience during your childhood.
You are also more likely to develop an addiction to drugs if you suffer from a common mental health ailment. This is because people who suffer from mental health ailments are known to ‘self-medicate’ the symptoms of these underlying illnesses with illicit or prescription drugs. Examples of these ailments include anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and an eating disorder.
How do I overcome a drug addiction?
By far the best way to overcome a drug addiction is to attend an inclient drug rehab clinic. Here, you will be detoxed safely off your drug of choice in a controlled manner. You will then benefit from therapies that address the mental aspect of drug addiction.
At Ocean Recovery Centre, we offer residential drug detox at our clinic in Blackpool, Lancashire. For a free telephone assessment, contact us today on 01253 847 553 , or alternatively, submit an enquiry through this website.