You didn’t set out to become a drug addict. Whether you started using drugs out of curiosity, or to self-medicate for some underlying physical or mental condition like pain, depression, or anxiety, you didn’t want to become so addicted that you couldn’t function without them. If drugs are controlling your life, it’s time to get treatment for your drug addiction at a drug rehab in Texas.
The problem is that drugs rewire your brain, hijacking its reward center and turning it into an addiction machine: all you care about is getting your next fix. On top of the mental addiction, the physical withdrawal from drugs can be unbearable in some cases. Quitting drugs can be one of the hardest thing you ever do, because you’re fighting your own brain and body.
Relapses are common with drug addiction recovery, but losing ground is common for people with other chronic conditions as well, such as diabetes, hypertension and asthma, and no one suggests they shouldn’t attempt recovery again. If you suffer a relapse you should not give up. Never quit quitting, because recovery and long-term sobriety are very possible. Fighting addiction is hard, and even harder when you’re on your own. This is why it’s important to get help from one of the best treatment centers in Texas.
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One of the reasons that ending drug addiction is difficult is the withdrawal process. Once drugs have a hook in your brain, to stop using drugs can cause discomfort, even pain. This pain can come in many forms and from many different drugs such as Halcion, Darvocet/Darvon, Dexedrine and even Amytal. These can vary by type – elevated pulse, sweating, tremors, anxiety, stomach cramps, vomiting or other gastrointestinal upset – and intensity.
But withdrawal can be controlled, minimized, even prevented, during the first step of drug rehab in Texas: detox.
Detox, short for detoxification, means removing all traces of the drug from your system. There are two basic drug detox methods currently in use, both of which are safe under proper medical supervision, but which can be risky if you try them on your own.
- Medically managed drug detox: Sometimes it’s considered advisable to ease the addict off of one drug, such as heroin or prescription opioids, with weaker, safer maintenance drugs, such as methadone or buprenorphine. You won’t get high (at the prescribed dosages), but you go through little or no withdrawal symptoms. This can be a short-term or long-term solution.
- Natural drug detox: Also known as cold turkey, natural detox simply means that you stop using the drug or drugs to which you are addicted and begin going through withdrawal in anything from a few hours to a few days. This can take up to two weeks, depending on which drugs and how addicted you are. Some of the pain can be distracted with physical therapy and other activities.
But removing the drugs from your system is only the first step. During rehab, detox specialists and medical personnel also evaluate why you are addicted, so it can be treated in the next phase: drug addiction treatment.
After detox, the real drug addiction treatment begins.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy: Drug addiction doesn’t happen in a vacuum. There was a reason you started abusing drugs. Sometimes a mental illness can lead to addiction, and sometimes addiction can cause a mental illness. CBT – an evidence-based, time-limited psychotherapy – can help you identify and treat the degree of co-morbid disorders, such as mental illness and addiction, if that is the case.
- Medical monitoring: Just as abusing drugs can put a strain on your body, so can getting off drugs.
- Physical activities: Hiking, swimming, gym workouts are all helpful in recovery, both as a distraction and way of making you healthier and happier. Exercising improves the performance of the heart and lungs, and activates the brain’s pleasure circuit (the runner’s high). Activities like these are easy to do at a drug rehab in Texas, due to the sheer amount of open space and rugged terrain.
What Comes After Treatment at a Drug Rehab in Texas?
Since relapses are so common, aftercare is vital. In aftercare you learn skills that can mean the difference between failure and success, relapse and recovery, such as identifying, avoiding and coping with addiction triggers.
Basically aftercare is more therapy and/or support group meetings.
- Individual therapy: You meet one-on-one with a psychologist/psychiatrist.
- Group therapy: You and other recovering addicts together meet with a psychologist/psychiatrist.
- Narcotics Anonymous: A 12-step support group program similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. You meet with other addicts, tell your stories and struggles, and work the steps, including admit that you’re powerless over your addiction, turn your will and life over to the care of God or a higher power, and make a list of all persons you’ve harmed, and make amends wherever possible.
- SMART Recovery: Self-Management and Recovery Training is a non-12 step, secular support group, online and face-to-face, utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy techniques.
You need a drug rehab in Texas with up-to-date facilities, an experienced medical staff, comfortable and comforting amenities and the follow-through to maximize the odds of your successful post-rehab recovery. Willow Springs Recovery has it all.
Willow Springs is one of the best treatment centers in Texas, and offers customized treatment based on your needs, with expert staff, including medical practitioners, psycho- and physical therapists, nutritionists and spiritual guides. The 38-acre property provides an attractive setting for recovery and contemplation, including comfortable and comforting rooms, a full gymnasium, and beautiful natural surroundings.
Plus Willow Springs works with health insurance providers around the country who may cover at least some of the costs of treatment. Use our Online Verification Form to check your plan’s coverage. There are no guarantees, except that you can’t recover if you don’t try. You didn’t choose to become an addict, but you can choose to try and change.
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