Understanding the Disease of Addiction
Across the nation, millions of Americans struggle with addiction. In some cases, the struggle with addiction begins as early as age twelve, and without addiction treatment, the impacts of addiction stretch far beyond the individual who drinks or uses drugs. Although deciding to take the first drink or experiment with drugs is often voluntary, addiction (once it develops) is not a choice. For many years, there was a common belief among the medical and mental health communities and society as a whole that addiction or substance use disorders were believed to be a moral failing or something the individual willingly chose. These unfortunate misconceptions have caused millions to struggle with chronic addiction, despite needing treatment.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than twenty-one million American’s have at least one addiction. Unfortunately, as few as ten percent of those will ever seek or receive potentially life-saving treatment. Addiction is a complex disease that impacts the structure and function of the brain along with other body systems. Someone who struggles with addiction has an intense and overwhelming focus on using or obtaining a specific substance or substances such as alcohol or drugs. Because of how alcohol and drugs affect the brain, it is not uncommon for someone with an addiction to continue to use drugs or alcohol even when they are well aware of the negative consequences that come with ongoing or regular use.
There are many substances one can become addicted to, including alcohol and marijuana to opioid painkillers, stimulants, sedatives, and tobacco, among others. Each substance affects the brain and body in different ways, but the most common relates to how the substance impacts the reward centers of the brain. Dopamine is a chemical produced in the body known for causing feelings of happiness and pleasure. When someone initially starts using drugs or alcohol, it prompts the brain to release dopamine. Eventually, after ongoing and increasing use, someone who struggles with an addiction to drugs or alcohol finds they cannot achieve feelings of pleasure and joy, once found through everyday activities, without substances. Also, as time passes and a dependency on drugs or alcohol grows, the amount of the substance needed to attain the level of pleasure found early on continues to increase.
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Addiction, whether to drugs or alcohol, is an illness that is not restricted by demographic, economic, or social standing. It does not care about age, gender, religion, race, or employment. Anyone, at any time, can become addicted to one of many different substances. Because each substance has unique effects on the brain and body and the individual who uses them, it can be challenging to define concrete signs or symptoms of drug or alcohol abuse. The signs and symptoms that someone is abusing drugs or alcohol will be different from person to person. Also, they will vary depending on that person’s substance or substances of choice. Although most substances produce effects unique to the nature of that drug, there are several common effects better seen regardless of the individual substance of choice. The most common of these include alterations in behavior, appetite changes, lack of energy, new or worsening challenges at home, school, or work, weight changes (most commonly weight loss), new or worsening legal challenges, and new or worsening financial difficulties. Also, someone struggling with substance abuse or an addiction to drugs or alcohol will often be defensive when asked about drinking or using drugs.
Symptoms of alcohol abuse and drug abuse share many common factors; however, alcohol abuse has specific symptoms related to drinking as well. Someone addicted to alcohol will often struggle with a lack of control over how much they drink, prefer to drink alone, find excuses to drink, or continue to drink regardless of the adverse effects of alcohol. They may also experience frequent mood swings and other emotional disturbances that are not typical for their personality. This is especially true when they are unable to drink or abstain from alcohol.
When a friend, loved one, or family member is struggling with addiction, many of these symptoms may be upsetting or distressing to witness. It is important to remember that if your friend or loved one is struggling with addiction, they may not realize or be ready to admit they have a problem with substances. As the severity of addiction progresses, someone who uses alcohol or drugs often lacks the ability to understand they have a problem and therefore cannot acknowledge it or admit that they need help. Although it is likely challenging, it is crucial to help in any way you can while realizing that it may take time for your friend or loved one to acknowledge their relationship with substances.
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How Our Santa BarbaraTreatment Center Can Help
At a quality addiction treatment center in Santa Barbara, you will have access to the most comprehensive treatment available. Many treatment programs use a combination of therapies to help someone struggling with addiction learn more about their illness and better ways to manage addictive behaviors. It is essential to seek addiction treatment at a quality treatment program to ensure you can achieve sobriety in the safest, healthiest manner possible. Because detox in Southern California and withdrawal can often be complicated (and in some cases dangerous, a medically assisted detox program followed by comprehensive addiction treatment therapy is the best way to cleanse your system of toxins and begin the process of healing. Addiction treatment programs work to heal the physical, psychological, and spiritual impacts of addiction by combining traditional and alternative therapies with medical supervision, nutritional supports, and comprehensive aftercare planning.
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The struggles each person faces with addiction are individual and unique. At our Santa Barbara Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center we specialize in comprehensive treatment programs designed to meet your unique treatment needs and goals. During your stay at Stillwater, you work to heal while enjoying a luxury treatment setting with ocean views, a professional chef, nutrition specialists, and a vast array of traditional and alternative therapy options. We strive to offer our clients a wide variety of holistic and evidence-based treatments and only the best exclusive programming to alleviate anxiety, stress, and relief from a life of addiction. Stillwater is dedicated to providing a warm and inviting sanctuary that allows our clients to become immersed in the benefits of a collective, healing, healthy and positive environment.
In addition to the evidence-based addiction therapy you would expect from a professional treatment facility, we provide sought-after holistic healing opportunities, including massage therapy, aromatherapy, acupuncture, yoga, meditation, reiki, and energy healing. Our large, spacious rooms each have flat-screen televisions, and our facility provides access to onsite fitness, pool, spa, and housekeeping services for our clients. We understand how valuable privacy is to the healing process. To ensure you receive the most comprehensive treatment in a private and secure location, our location is gated for privacy.
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If you or a loved one struggle with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, don’t wait another day to begin your sobriety journey. At our Santa Barbara Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center, our highly-skilled, compassionate staff will work with you to create a treatment plan specific to your needs as you pursue sobriety. We understand that seeking treatment is not easy and often comes with various fears, concerns and questions. What will happen at treatment? Can I leave my family? What is rehab like? These questions and more add to the difficult decision many struggling addicts face when deciding to get sober. Although the process may not be easy, today is the best time to take the first steps. Reach out to our alcohol and drug treatment center in Santa Barbara today to learn more about how we can help you recover from addiction.