People can become addicted to a wide range of things. Some people are literally addicted to working out. Others are addicted to eating or sex. But when most people discuss addiction, they are usually referring to some form of chemical dependence. Feel free to examine the more clinical definitions of addiction.

Clarity deals specifically with people who are addicted to opiates. Whether they got their drug of choice from a pharmacy or a dealer on the street, the behavior tends to be the same. What follows are a few examples of addiction behavior that are common in most cases of addiction. Most addicts may be unaware that they are exhibiting these behaviors – but their co-workers, friends, and family members will usually have the ability to see an addict’s behavior from a broader perspective. If you see many of these behaviors in someone in your life, please do not hesitate to call us. We’ll help you get a better understanding of what you’re witnessing and how to help.

Although drugs have different psychological and physiological effects, dependency shares many common characteristics. If you or a loved one experience any of these effects, there is likely an addiction.

– Increasing dosages

With more drug use, tolerance levels increase and drug users will commonly increase their dosages.

– Changes in mood, concentration and energy levels

As tolerance increases, social activities and interactions may diminish, and a user may begin to withdraw from family and friends. Additionally, when attempting to hide a drug dependency, abusers can become very defensive about their secret, and perhaps react inappropriately to simple requests or questions about the drug use. A drug user may also try to conceal their dependency by hiding drugs engaging in atypical behaviors.

– Less personally and professionally responsible

A dependent person may call in sick to work more often and neglect regular household activities and personal hygiene routines. Sleeping and eating habits change, and cold-like symptoms such as a cough, runny nose, and red, glazed eyes may appear.

– Sound and light sensitivity

Addiction can cause oversensitivity to normal sensations and sensory hallucinations may begin to occur as well.

– Seeking prescription extensions

A dependent person will aggressively seek additional prescriptions or extensions despite improvement in the originally diagnosed medical condition. The user may visit different physicians or even try to purchase drugs through unlicensed sources. A drug dependent individual may even begin to associate with other dependent people in an effort to seem more normal or even in an attempt to seek more drug sources.

– Unsuccessful attempts to quit

A dependent person may have tried to quit independently, however, continues to return to drug use because of overwhelming physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms.

– Memory loss

A very clear indication of dependence is when the person regularly forgets events that have taken place and appear to suffer blackouts.

Easy things you can do for better treatment

1. Avoiding alcohol is not limited to staying away from the actual drink. One must also stay away from people, places, and occasions that may push you to drink. If you’re a friend or a family member do not give them any reason to drink.

2.Support. Alcoholics should not keep their problems to themselves. Instead, seek out friends and families’ support. As a friend, do your best to give them courage and support.

3. Make a lifestyle change. Discovering new hobbies are a good way to divert alcoholics’ attention from drinking. Join volunteer groups, support groups, and religious groups. The most important is to make your life a healthy one.

Although the root cause of all addictions is almost the same, there is a difference in their substance or the “topic”. Therefore, the physical and emotional experiences are different. For example, for an alcoholic, perhaps the feelings of grandiosity and yet depression might be more highlighted and the hangover experience would be different from a drug addict.

Therefore, the best and most effective method for treating any addiction is the recovery programs with the psychological and medicament supporting.

Revia (Naltrexone) therapy

After patients detoxify the clinic over three days, they have prescribed Naltrexone, a drug that blocks the effects of opiates, aids in the cessation of cravings and withdrawal. Naltrexone was originally used to treat dependence on opioid drugs but has recently been approved by the FDA as treatment for alcoholism.

Revia (Naltrexone) formula

Naltrexone is taken monthly by injection. It’s known as an opioid receptor antagonist. That means it literally blocks parts of the brain – receptors – that crave opiates and get high from them. It’s been credited with significantly speeding not only the rate of recovery but its success. Traditional detox programs use methadone, an opiate itself, to gradually wean patients off opioids. But methadone must be taken daily, isn’t always readily available and requires great discipline among patients. Unlike methadone, Naltrexone has no potential for abuse because it is not an opiate.

Is alcohol addictive?

Alcohol intake may be occasional meaning they only drink during parties or celebrations. But for some, drinking is much more frequent and difficult to control to urge drinking. In this way, they fall into alcohol addiction and become trapped. And that is not good, at all.

Alcohol addiction (also called alcoholism) is a disease affecting all kinds of people. Unfortunately, no single cause has been identified. It can be due to genetic, psychological or behavioral factors.

Take note that alcoholism is not simply a disease. It is real and serious. Changes in the brain and neurochemistry can occur causing an alcoholic to be unable to control their actions. Alcohol can be very addictive.

Alcoholism can be treated. But like any other addiction, it’s not easy to overcome. It requires a lot of courage and patience to treat the addiction. People and friends of the alcoholic also play a major role in treating them properly. What’s important is to have the determination to overcome such a dangerous addiction. If you do not get rid of this severe behavior disorder in time, then this will certainly lead to serious consequences for the body, including manic depression. Bipolar disorder signs, symptoms, and treatments.

There are certain stages of addiction treatment. Services by centers or at home, there are three stages that an alcoholic will have to undergo. The stages are:

Detoxification

This is the first step in treating addiction which is stopping alcohol intake and clearing out your system. This can be very painful depending on the severity of the addiction. The pain can be alleviated by certain drugs and medications to a certain degree, but such side effects won’t easily go away.

Rehabilitation

Once detoxification is over some may feel the urge to continue drinking. With the help of addiction treatment services and doctors, alcoholics are given counseling and medication to lessen the chance of them giving in to their alcoholic urges.

Sobriety

After some time the urge to drink may come and go. During this time one must be committed and driven to stay away from alcohol. During this time, support from families and friends, as well as support groups can be a big help to maintain sobriety.


This article was written by Dr. Andrew Gordon, M.D. in neurology and psychotherapy; Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Washington, Law, and Humanities Committee of the American Academy of Neurology, and chair of the Ethics Committee of Northwest Hospital.
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