Continuous substance abuse can cause brain changes governing an individual’s self-control, making it challenging to resist intense substance cravings.
At Tulip Hill, we aim to provide our clients with the tools and information they need to overcome their addiction.
Below, you’ll find all the valuable information you need surrounding substance addiction, commonly abused substances, the physical and psychological impact they have, and the most effective treatments.
Drug addiction begins when the desire to consume a substance hijacks the regions of the brain that reward behaviors and provide benefits to the body. Simply put, most substances cause euphoria while also filling the brain's reward circuit with the chemical messenger dopamine.
Typically, a fully functioning reward system encourages people to repeat behaviors necessary for survival, such as eating and socializing with friends. However, this natural flow changes once a substance-induced surge of dopamine enters the reward circuit.
From that moment on, the brain reinforces the enjoyable but harmful behavior of substance use, encouraging repeated use. This is how substance addiction develops.
In time, the brain adjusts itself by lowering the sensitivity of cells in the reward circuit to respond to substances as a person continues to use them. This means it now takes more of the chemical to have the same effect - also known as building a tolerance.
Many substances can influence people’s thinking and decisions and cause health problems such as addiction. Some of the most commonly abused substances are:
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Even when used in moderation or as prescribed by a physician, any substance might have short-term consequences. Some short-term effects of abusing a substance or misusing a prescribed substance include:
Beyond physical health, substance abuse can harm a person's quality of life. The following are some of the symptoms people with substance use disorders may experience:
Chronic substance use, on the other hand, can change a person's brain structure and function. This can lead to long-term psychological disorders, including depression, stress, panic attacks, increased aggression, schizophrenia, and hallucinations. Memory, comprehension, and focus are also affected by long-term substance use.
The symptoms and behaviors associated with substance addiction include:
Yes, addiction can be effectively treated and managed, provided the individual is determined and motivated to quit.
At Tulip Hill, we combine addiction treatment medications with a range of complementary therapies to give people the best chance of success. Personalized treatment plans can also be expected during recovery.
Recovering from substance addiction is more complicated than many believe, especially as co-occurring mental health conditions often contribute.
At Tulip Hill, we treat addictions and any associated issues in a holistic approach. Otherwise known as dual diagnosis treatment, our clinicians and therapists work closely with our clients to determine what motivates them.
Upon acquiring a broad understanding of the client and what makes them tick, a customized treatment plan is devised with the ultimate objective of helping those in our care overcome their addiction and develop healthier coping strategies.
Tulip Hill doesn't believe in prepackaged therapies. We believe we're eligible to help people recover from their addiction and manage their health issues. We treat every client with the utmost respect and consider them a part of our family.
If you decide to attend our center, you will have the opportunity to take advantage of the following treatment options:
The use of legal and illegal narcotics can lead to overwhelming cravings and addiction. Though difficult to break free from independently, professional help is available.
Tulip Hill was created to help people heal from addiction and its underlying causes. Our skilled team builds a treatment plan unique to each person and tailored to their specific needs and objectives.
We truly believe that there is hope for everyone, irrespective of their past. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please contact us now or call us at 877-845-8192 to begin your journey towards a happier, healthier life.
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