The city of Orlando has approximately 263,000 citizens. As the Orlando population increases, so does the number of citizens suffering in a life of addiction. Addiction is often the result of daily alcohol and drug abuse. The psychological change that occurs from daily substance abuse happens without the consent or knowledge of the abuser. Individuals who live with addiction, often times do not understand that they are living with a mental disorder. A brain influenced by addiction usually simulates feelings of morally corruption and hopeless. The feeling of hopelessness in such a situation might prevent someone from asking for the help they need.
For instance, data collected in a National Survey on Drug Use and Health presented by SAMSHA shows that of individuals 12 and older, only 13 percent received treatment for illicit drugs. Similarly, individuals showing signs of alcohol dependence or abuse, roughly 10 percent received treatment. The collected data is based per year in 2009-2013.
As previously mentioned, addiction is a mental disorder. This type of disorder affects an individual’s cognitive abilities and overall brain function. Recognized by SAMSHA “The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), no longer uses the terms substance abuse and substance dependence, rather it refers to substance use disorders….” Substance abuse disorders require specific and specialized treatment. Addiction is a mental illness that is unquestionably complex and progressive over time if treatment is not sought. Above all, treatment for addiction is available and we hope to encourage you to fight back.
Drug and alcohol addiction is a discouraging mental disorder. It’s important to understand that recreational drug and alcohol users are at risk and vulnerable to the psychological changes that take place when someone becomes addicted. Abusing alcohol and/or drugs on a daily basis puts you at risk of altered brain chemistry. The brain is rewired when someone ultimately crosses the line of control to addiction. Following the re-wiring process, an individual’s brain is convinced that it needs drugs or alcohol in order to stay alive.
There are several warning signs that reveal addiction’s presence in our life or life of someone we care about. The warning signs are physical, behavioral and psychological. Physical signs may include, impaired coordination, change in weight, overall appearance and sleep patterns. Behavioral signs are likely to include, loss of control over use, using to avoid withdrawal, increased tolerance for substance of choice and neglecting life responsibilities. Psychological signs may include emotional instability, lacking motivation, changes in personality and attitude. Although these signs of addiction are common, there are many more. The signs of addiction are different for everyone.
Detoxification is allowing the body to cleanse itself of alcohol or a drug while regulating the symptoms of withdrawal. Detox is certainly an unpleasant task, however, it is tolerable when managed by medical professionals. When you begin the detoxification process, you will experience withdrawal symptoms. The severity of your withdrawal symptoms vary depending on the substance and how long the substance was abused. Thankfully, there are medications available to help manage the detox process. However, medication management is only available when provided by a licensed medical professional. Our licensed medical professionals are available for your care 24- hours a day, to ensure your overall safety and comfort-ability.
Detoxification is a crucial first step to regain your health, though it will feel impossible for most. Obviously, the detox process addresses the physical factor of addiction. However, it often takes several months for the brains normal functioning to return, as well as, the ability to successfully manage cravings.
In receiving treatment for addiction, it is important that the methods used are fact-based and proven effective. In order to provide a long lasting solution, addiction must be recognized and treated as a mental disorder. We understand that personalizing treatment plans is important, due to no two individuals being the same. Overcoming addiction is possible with specialized treatment. We offer a variety of treatment methods that are proven effective in restoring a life in addiction to a life in recovery.
Having a variety of treatment methods, allows our licensed therapists to design a plan that is specialized to meet your needs. Methods we find particularly effective are individual and group therapy. Additionally, family therapy is encouraged, because we recognize addiction as a disorder that affects everyone in the family. More specialized therapeutic methods, range from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, also known as, CBT to yoga therapy.
Watching addiction alienate someone you love is despairing. In fact, your feeling of despair does not have to be forever. There is help available and resources for even the most withdrawn families. One of the most recommended and effective resources is intervention.
Intervention is a method that is used as a way to communicate with your loved one and offer them a way out of active addiction. In staging an intervention, it is important to seek advisement from a professional. Professional interventionists are able to mediate and assist in keeping the process focused in a positive direction. Similarly, a professional is trained in how to redirect and refocus emotionally charged situations.
Recovery from the pain and powerlessness of addiction is possible. Many people in recovery from addiction have found a life of happiness and success. We urge you to take action now and get help with your addiction. (407)-603-7544 .