Men’s Drug Addiction Treatment
Drug addiction affects millions of people nationwide from all walks of life. The decision to enter a drug rehab program is a delicate one, and the facility the individual or their family chooses should reflect the gravity of their choice.
The drug rehab program at Destination Hope focuses on reversing the patterns and daily habits that naturally develop when a loved one is addicted to drugs. Our goal is to help addicts overcome their substance abuse disorders and retain the skills they need to live a sober life.
What is Drug Addiction?
Drug addiction, also known as substance use disorder, is the dependence on a legal or illegal drug or medication. Addiction is often considered a chronic disease of the brain that is characterized by the compulsive need for the drug, despite risks and consequences.
Most drugs affect the brain’s “reward circuit” by flooding it with dopamine, a feel-good chemical. Dopamine regulates movement, emotion, motivation and feelings of pleasure. When the brain is overstimulated with drugs, it causes euphoric effects, better known as a “high.”
Drugs can release two to ten times the amount of dopamine released during natural rewards (i.e. sex, eating, exercise, etc.). The effects of drugs can also be much longer. Over time, the brain’s reward circuit will produce less dopamine for natural rewards. The euphoric effect of the drugs will strongly motivate users to continue their drug use.
Drug addiction can cause serious, long-term consequences, including problems with physical and mental health, relationships, and employment. For some, the addiction can become fatal.
Drug addiction is not a character flaw or a lack of willpower, it is an illness and should be treated as such.
Signs and Symptoms of Drug Addiction
Drug abuse often begins with the experimental use of a drug in social situations or by prescription after trauma. Whatever the reason a person begins to use drugs, their dependency can develop quickly. Many users will not realize the addiction is taking hold until it is too late.
Over time, drug users will need larger doses, which leads to increased drug use. Frequency of drug use will also increase until eventually an attempt to stop or failing to use will cause withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms may include headaches, nausea, vomiting, sweating, and seizures/tremors.
Some signs of drug addiction may include:
- Daily or hourly drug use
- Intense urges for the substance
- Needing more of the drug to get “high”
- Maintaining a constant supply of the substance
- Spending money on the drug, even if you cannot
- Failing to meet work, social, or recreational obligations and responsibilities
- Doing anything you can to get the drug
- Driving under the influence
- Focusing time and energy on getting the drug
- Failing to stop using drugs on your own
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms
Family members and friends may also recognize changes in the person’s behavior, including:
- Problems at work or school
- Bloodshot eyes or a glazed over look
- Loss of appetite and abrupt weight changes
- Dilated or constricted pupils
- Physical signs of injection sites
- Lack of interest in appearance
- Changes in behavior
- Increased aggression or irritability
- Lack of energy or motivation
- Financial issues
Signs and symptoms of drug addiction can vary by substance as well. Some substances may increase energy, alertness, and impulsivity, while others can relax the user or make them drowsy.
Types of Drug Rehab Programs Available
Substance abuse treatment is not one-size-fits-all. All substances affect the body and individual differently, which means the treatment for each person should be unique. Furthermore, if a person is suffering from mental health issues or trauma, treatment should also include mental health rehabilitation and/or trauma resolution.
Drug Treatment Care Options
At Destination Hope, we strive to break the social stigma linked to addiction and understand that it is a public health issue.
Our therapies work to confront the underlying psychological issues that may have caused the drug abuse as well as treat the addiction. Patients receive the necessary therapeutic attention while working on exposing and replacing bad habits with good ones, creating a healthy, sober lifestyle. Our drug addiction treatment includes inpatient and outpatient programs.
Residential, inpatient programs provide care at all times with planned stays for an extended period of time. Treatment is structured and patients will receive a variety of therapy approaches, medical treatment and assistance, and family and individual therapy sessions – all in upscale community living just minutes from South Florida beaches. Destination Hope also has exceptional aftercare and alumni programs to help you conquer sober living and prevent a relapse.
Outpatient programs are less restrictive but require a specific number of hours a week to be completed in order to achieve sobriety and prevent relapse. These hours are spent receiving drug abuse education, individual and group counseling, and teaching addicts the coping skills necessary to conquer their addiction and lead a sober life. As outpatient programs allow addicts to remain at home, 12-step meetings may be used as part of treatment.
The priority of our admissions counselors and addiction specialists is your well-being. We accept a number of insurance carriers and can provide you with information on financial options.
Call an admissions counselor at 888-756-HOPE and take the first step into a new life.