April 11, 2019

If I want help with drug addiction, where do I start?

Asking for help is the first important step. Call and Visit your doctor at Southeast Medical Group for treatment. It takes a lot of courage to seek help for a drug problem because there is a lot of hard work ahead. However, treatment can work, and people recover from addiction every day. Like other chronic diseases, addiction can be managed successfully. Treatment enables people to counteract addiction’s powerful, disruptive effects on brain and behavior and regain control of their lives.

Why can’t I stop using drugs on my own? 

Repeated drug use changes the brain, including parts of the brain that enable you to exert self-control. These and other changes can be seen clearly in brain imaging studies of people with drug addictions. These brain changes explain why quitting is so difficult, even if you feel ready.

What if I have been in rehab before?

This means you have already learned many of the skills needed to recover from addiction and should try it again. Relapse should not discourage you. Relapse rates with addiction are similar to rates for other chronic diseases many people live with, such as hypertension, diabetes, and asthma. Treatment of chronic diseases involves changing deeply imbedded behaviors, and relapse sometimes goes with the territoryit does not mean treatment failed. A return to drug abuse indicates that treatment needs to be started again or adjusted, or that you might benefit from a different approach.