addiction misconceptions

Many misconceptions exist in Illinois and the rest of the country regarding drug and alcohol abuse, not only on the part of the addict but on those surrounding them as well. Many of these misconceptions prevent the user and those around them from seeking effective treatment. It's often believed that those struggling with addiction are beyond help or can only help themselves, where, in fact, studies have shown that family intervention for drug and alcohol addiction has a success rate of 90-95%.

The most widely held misconception is the traditional notion that addicts are weak and do not have the willpower to quit. Besides physical dependency and unbearable withdrawal symptoms, drug use over a period of time causes users to experience an uncontrollable compulsive need to use and powerful cravings. Drugs artificially raise the brain's levels of the chemical dopamine, which controls pleasure and regulates the way that your brain perceives reward reinforcement. Addictive drugs increase the brain's dopamine levels up to five to ten times the normal amount. It only takes a couple of uses before the user's brain begins to associate the drug with a neurochemical reward.

Addiction to drugs has to do with your brain's expectations. The extra kick of dopamine that the drug produces each time increases its value. In this way, the drug essentially "hijacks" the brain's reward system. Dopamine-producing drugs constantly fill the brain's need for higher levels of dopamine. Over time, the drug has raised the amount of dopamine our brain thinks is normal, creating a need that only its use can meet. The artificially high dopamine levels desensitize the brain's neurons and reduce the number of receptors, causing the individual to lose control and have an intense drive to compulsively take the drug.

Getting Addiction Treatment at A Center for Addiction Recovery

Reach out to us. A Center for Addiction Recovery is a premier substance abuse treatment center providing unique addiction treatment programs. Our staff is comprised of licensed social workers, mental health counselors including therapists specialized in an array of addictions. Our addiction treatment therapists understands the dynamics of addiction and when preparing a treatment plan for each client they take in consideration the clients past experiences, which may include trauma, family and cultural backgrounds, as well as the client's present situation and life style. Our medical team consists of physicians, psychiatrists and nursing professionals. We have medical personnel on site 24/7 to ensure the safety and comfort of our clients during and after detox. Each client is given a through medical exam and nursing assessment upon admission. Clients follow individualized detox protocols that are carefully monitored and tailored to address detox symptoms. If a client's recovery is compounded by mental health issues, we offer a complete psychiatric evaluation and appropriate psychotropic medications, as indicated. After detox is completed, we offer supportive therapies that promote total wellness, including: medical massage, chiropractic care, yoga and personal training.

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