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In order to properly understand what it means to have an addiction, it’s important to consider both the psychological (mental) and physiological (physical) aspects of the disease. For the purposes of this article, we will be focusing on the nuances of physiological addiction. It doesn’t mean that one aspect is more important than the other.
By definition, physiological addiction refers to the body’s physical dependence and tolerance for a given drug. A physical dependence on a substance usually takes a few weeks to develop in one’s system. That’s not to say it’s not possible for the body to build up the tolerance in a shorter period of time. For instance, nicotine is a drug. Some smokers report feeling the signs of a physiological addiction within 7-14 days.
Other people have reported the onset of an addiction to opioids in a relatively short period of time. The reality is the onset of an addiction to a particular substance is dependent on the individual and the substance being abused.
Physiological addiction occurs when the individual starts taking a substance with a mindset on the desired effect. As the brain develops a tolerance for a particular substance, the individual has to start increasing the dosage in order to get the effect they expect. Over a certain period of time, he or she might end up taking a ridiculous amount of the substance to realize the desired effect. In many cases, the individual also has to start increasing the frequency with which they use the substance.
Because of this physical dependence, drug addiction is now formally classified as a medical disease. It might surprise you to find out that an individual can have a high tolerance for a drug even though they have never really abused it.
As the brain/body builds a physiological addiction to a drug, the individual loses the ability to function without the appropriate dose in their system. Withdrawal symptoms appear when attempting to stop drug use. These withdrawal symptoms are very unpleasant and can be dangerous. The ki. of substance and the depth of the addiction dictates the danger from withdrawal symptoms.
While some people can lay claim to successfully defeating an addiction by stopping “cold turkey,” they are certainly in the minority. At the recommendation of most physicians, the cessation of drugs should be managed with a strong detox program. Most detox programs allow the patient to go through their withdrawal while under the care of a physician. If the withdrawal symptoms become too overbearing, prescription medications may be provided to ease the suffering.
Beaches Recovery drug addiction treatment center is located in Jacksonville, Florida. After a screening process, our counselors and clinicians will be able to determine if detox is necessary. If required, we have the ability to provide detox services. During the detox process, our sole objective is to keep the patient safe while their brain adjusts to the absence of drugs.
After detox, it’s time to get down to the business of treating the psychological aspects of addiction. Based on the premise that each patient is a unique individual, we use a variety of treatment methods that can be customized to the patient’s circumstances. Here is a list of our featured treatment plans:
If you find yourself struggling with your addiction, maybe you should admit defeat and seek help. You can do that by contacting Beaches Recovery at 866-605-0532. As you contemplate your next move, remember this–the road to recovery from the disease of addiction goes through you. We are here to help you get there.