Boston has some of the worst drug problems in the United States. The number of cocaine-related hospitalizations increased by 41% between 2010 and 2012, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The worst problem in the city is heroin, with overdose rates increasing by 76% between 2010 and 2012—66.1 cases per 100,000 people. As in other major metropolitan areas, prescription drug and prescription opioid abuse is on the rise, with overdose cases increasing by 66% between 2008 and 2012. Boston has repeatedly been ranked the drunkest city in America, with 15.6 alcoholic drinks consumed per capita in 2013.
No quick or standardized remedies can treat this epidemic. What’s needed is calm, patient, relaxed, comfortable, and caring addiction treatment. Stigmatization and acrimony have no place in addiction treatment. Boston Drug Alcohol Rehab takes a sympathetic, compassionate approach to recovery while educating patients on the source of their problems and teaching them avoidance skills.
How Drug Addiction Works
The medical community was befuddled for decades by the question of addiction. What was it that caused otherwise healthy and well-adjusted people to become addicts? The easy answer, and one which was believed for many years, was that the substances themselves were chemically addicting. While this is partly true—cocaine, methamphetamine, nicotine, and other drugs have been proven to be habit-forming on a chemical level—the real answer is more complicated. Complex genetic, environmental, and psychological factors are involved in addiction. Often, it is a product of the individual’s mental state. Stressors such as peer pressure, loneliness, financial or relationship problems, hopelessness, humiliation, and co-occurring disorders like depression or schizophrenia often take part in instigating addiction. Another problem with treating addiction is the incredibly diverse array of drugs which are available both legally and illegally, and the fact that these substances each have disparate side effects and symptoms. One thing is for certain: standardized addiction treatment doesn’t work, and can even worsen a person’s addiction. Each person needs individualized care, and that’s just what Boston Drug Alcohol Rehab strives to offer. They provide patients with the tools they need to successfully resist addiction and the knowledge they require to recognize its onset and temptations. Expert therapists and counselors teach patients how to effectively combat the stressors which can trigger relapse.
The definition of addiction has also varied throughout the years, but it is now understood to be a recurring psychological disease. The primary symptom is a powerful, overmastering urge to engage in a certain type of behavior. This results in a rush of endorphins (pleasure chemicals) in the user’s brain. Typically, the pleasant activity is the use of a chemical substance such as meth, heroin, cocaine, or alcohol. Addictions can also be purely behavioral: sex, shopping, Internet, video games, etc. Chemicals, however, can create both a mental addiction (a psychological urge to use the drug in question) and a physical dependency (a need to use the drug to stave off withdrawal symptoms and bodily discomfort). Whatever a person’s addiction or dependency may be, Boston Drug Alcohol Rehab has specialized programs and regimens in place to treat it safely and adroitly.
Where Drug Rehab Fits
Boston Drug Alcohol Rehab prides itself on providing the type of compassionate, personalized care that’s so vital in recovery. Anyone with dual diagnoses, secondary addictions, or persistent dependency problems can come to Boston Drug Alcohol Rehab ‘s state-of-the-art rehab center and experience the finest quality treatment. What happens first is detox, which lasts a maximum of one week and is intended to cleanse the patient’s body of drug toxins while preventing the most drastic withdrawal symptoms from causing harm. After detox, rehabilitation proper begins. This is a lengthy and intensive period (45 to 90 days) of therapy and counseling intended to address the patient’s underlying mental health issues and teach them how to kick their dependence once and for all.
Addiction: How to Recognize It
One of most important first steps to obtaining essential addiction treatment for yourself or a loved one is to first recognize the signs of addiction. While it’s true that there is a bewildering variety of drugs available to users across America, and that each of these drugs affects the human body in disparate ways, there are universal indicators of addiction—specifically regarding the afflicted person’s behavior and appearance. Be alert for:
- Decline in hygiene or personal appearance
- Irritability, anxiety, or mood swings
- Abandonment of once-beloved hobbies or pastimes
- Spaced-out attitude and slurred speech
- Mysterious behavior, absences, or disappearances
- A new set of unsavory friends
- Drug paraphernalia (syringes, tinfoil, metal spoons, water pipes)
If you observe one or more of the following signs in yourself or a family member, it’s time to get help. It may be tempting to seek recovery on your own by quitting “cold turkey” (abstaining entirely from your drug of choice). This, however, is a recipe for disaster, especially if the addiction in question was intense or long-lasting. There are unaddressed mental health issues inherent to addiction which must be addressed in therapy. To avoid relapse, effectively treat mental disorders, and successfully address all addiction-related issues, competent and professional medical help is required. Call Boston Drug Alcohol Rehab at (617) 209-4044 to learn about competent drug rehab centers that can help you or your loved one attain permanent sobriety.