Drug Addiction Treatment
Magnolia Medical Group provides Denver drug addiction treatment programs to help you find freedom and recovery from substance abuse. Call us today!
Drug addiction is an issue in Denver, across the state of Colorado and nationwide. You may have heard of the opioid crisis, attended drug counseling, or even been affected by drug addiction to substances such as prescription opioids, heroin, or fentanyl. According to American Addiction Centers, as many as 19.7 million teens and adults had a substance use problem in the year 2017.
Many people with drug or alcohol abuse issues can identify other family members who struggle with the same or similar issues. Drug addiction is a multifaceted, life-changing problem that can affect you and those you love. Read on to learn about the widespread effects of undiagnosed, untreated addiction, as well as, co-occurring mental disorders and how you can get help you need to overcome drug addiction.
What is Drug Addiction?
Though drug addiction may seem like a catch-all term for drug use, drug dependence, and addictive or compulsive behaviors, it may surprise you to know that it’s not possible to diagnose someone with a simple “addiction” if you’re using The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Instead, the DSM lists out 11 criteria that include a craving for the substance, physical dependence on the substance, and an eventual tolerance to the substance. A state of withdrawal will result if the substance is removed from the person’s life.
Who Does Drug Addiction Effect?
Drug addiction does not discriminate: It can affect the rich, the poor, people with great health insurance, and people who have no access to healthcare at all. However, it can sometimes be difficult to classify someone who uses drugs as addicted. If you’re having trouble maintaining employment, relationships, or even a consistent mood, it is possible that you may be developing an dependence to drugs. Developing dependence or an addiction is possible with both prescription and nonprescription drugs.
Drug addiction is not the universal result of taking drugs; for example, many people experiment with drugs once in their youth and never use them again. So, what makes individuals who become addicted different from those who don’t?
Research from NIDA suggests that the risk of developing an addiction narrows down to genetics and the environment. Individuals who are genetically predisposed due to addiction running in the family or those who have had a traumatic childhood are more likely to develop an addiction from the use of drugs and/or alcohol.
The Impact of Drug Addiction
In the short term, addiction can ruin your health and your relationships. If you’re always seeking out your drug of choice, this can cause unnecessary stress between you and a romantic partner. It can cause similar rockiness if you decide to quit but are unsuccessful in managing the withdrawal by yourself. Children of those addicted to drugs may live in a state of constant stress, and they are at high risk for developing addictions and mental health disorders themselves.
In the long term, an addiction can lead to deteriorating physical health and worsening mental health as well. Because many people who start abusing drugs are attempting to self-treat a mental health disorder like depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder, it’s important to recognize that simply removing the drug is not going to fix the issue immediately. Those who have abused drugs for a long time should be treated in an intensive environment that aims to address their mental health as well as their physical symptoms of withdrawal.
How Magnolia Medical Group Can Help
At Magnolia Medical Group in Denver, we believe that addiction treatment is best facilitated in an intensive outpatient program that combines a behavioral counseling approach such as cognitive behavioral therapy with medication management. To learn more about our programs, including our medication-assisted treatment of drug addiction, get in touch with us today to learn more.
Within our outpatient recovery programs, patients get to know their peers, make lasting relationships with their behavioral counselors, and get help with their withdrawal symptoms in a safe, positive space. We strive to treat all of our patients respectfully and non-judgmental as they begin and continue their journey into a new way of life. Come meet with us and see what we have to offer you.
Recovery From Addiction in Denver, CO
Recovery from addiction is possible, but it’s made much harder when you attempt to go through withdrawal by yourself! If you are ready to take the next step by getting help, contact us in Denver, CO, today. We look forward to meeting you and helping you attain your goal of a drug-free, mentally healthy life.
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