Drug Addiction Treatment at Wyoming Recovery
There are many social stigmas about drug addicts. However, the truth is anyone can develop a drug addiction, regardless of their age, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, or cultural background, at any time in their life. While the majority of people who experiment with alcohol or recreational drug use do not develop an addiction, some drugs are so addictive that a person can become hooked in just one use. For those seeking drug addiction treatment, Wyoming Recovery provides customized plans tailored to each patient’s needs to ensure a greater rate of success. Affiliated with the Wyoming Medical Center, we offer a detoxification program, as well as inpatient and outpatient drug rehab. If you believe you or a loved one may have a drug addiction, please contact us today to learn more about our drug addiction treatment programs and how we can help.
Is Drug Addiction a Disease? Why People Get Addicted to Drugs
Drug addiction (also referred to as substance use disorder) is a disease similar to alcoholism that affects the brain and involves a chemical dependency. However, there is not a one-size-fits-all textbook definition for drug addiction. For some, it may begin with casual drug use in social situations that eventually progresses into more frequent use. Many people are exposed to what are known as gateway drugs, such as alcohol, nicotine, and marijuana, before moving on to harder substances. Others may become addicted after a single exposure to an addictive substance, such as an opioid prescription for pain. The frequency of use does not necessarily define drug addiction. It’s more about losing control and not being able to stop using the drug despite the dire consequences.
Many drug users are addicted to the way the drug makes their body feel. Your brain releases a chemical called dopamine when you experience intense feelings of pleasure. Drugs such as methamphetamine cause your brain to release dopamine in large amounts at first. However, over time, it may require a larger dose of the drug each time to produce the same chemical high because the drugs break down and destroy your brain’s dopamine receptors. Once a person becomes addicted to the drug, intense cravings and physical withdrawal symptoms caused by their chemical dependency may prevent them from quitting. Certain drugs have higher risks for addiction than others, which can also affect how long it takes to become addicted to them. At Wyoming Recovery, we commonly treat patients with addictions to the following kinds of drugs:
- Prescription drugs
What Risk Factors Increase Likelihood of Drug Addiction?
While it’s true that anyone can become a drug addict, there are specific risk factors that increase an individual’s likelihood of developing a drug addiction, including:
- Genetic predisposition (family history of addiction among parents, grandparents, or siblings)
- Having a mental health condition (depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.)
- Exposure to trauma (physical, sexual, or emotional)
- Early exposure to gateway drugs and peer pressure
- Lack of family involvement/supervision throughout adolescence
- Easy access to addictive substances through family or job
Recognizing Significant Symptoms and Signs of Drug Addiction
It should be noted that not everyone with heightened risk factors will become addicted to drugs. Statistically speaking, men are more likely than women to develop drug addictions, although women tend to progress from a mild addiction to a severe addiction at a more alarming rate. Symptoms of drug addiction will vary from person to person and by drug type. However, according to most medical and behavioral experts, these are the most common signs of drug addiction:
- Experiencing intense cravings for the drug (could be daily urges)
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not taking the drug, including:
- Mood swings
- Increasing tolerance for the drug causing you to take more than intended
- Continuing to use the drug despite being able to see the consequences of your actions
- Increasing social isolation from friends and family and giving up other interests
- Allowing the drug to interfere with responsibilities and relationships with others
- Missing work or school and neglecting grooming, eating habits, etc.
- Using the drug despite being in a high-risk situation, such as operating a vehicle
- Spending larger amounts of money on the drug even if you can’t afford it
- Engaging in illegal activities to get more of the drug (lying, stealing, forging a prescription, visiting a drug dealer, etc.)
- Desiring to stop using the drug but being unable to do so through willpower alone
Physical signs of recent use to be on the lookout for if you suspect someone you know may have a drug addiction (although these too will vary by the drug type and the individual involved):
- Decreased mental sharpness
- Slurred or rambling speech
- Dilated or constricted pupils
- Chills or sweating
- Involuntary tremors/shaking
- Reduced inhibitions
- Increased panic attacks and anxiety
- Lack of coordination and muscle control
- Changes in breathing, blood pressure, heart rate, or body temperature
- Erratic mood swings and behavior (may become violent)
- Increased paranoia
- Unexplained weight loss
- Increased energy or restlessness
Short-Term & Long-Term Consequences Caused by Drug Addiction
Diagnosing drug addiction requires a thorough assessment by a team of physicians, psychologists, and other licensed alcohol and drug counselors. Additional diagnostics in the form of blood or urine tests may be ordered to assess drug use and potential damages to your health. If left untreated, drug addiction has many short- and long-term consequences to your mental and physical well-being:
- Increased risk for heart or lung disease, cancer, liver and kidney disease, and more
- Increased risky sexual behavior resulting in sexually transmitted diseases
- Increased risk of conflicts with family or domestic partner arising in custody issues
- Poor work or school performance resulting in the eventual loss of employment
- Legal woes from arrests, drug possession charges, or driving under the influence
- Financial problems caused by spending money you don’t have on drugs
- Increased risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident
- Increased risk of accidental overdose or death
Do you suspect a loved one has taken a drug and may have overdosed? If they show any signs of seizures, difficulty breathing, a possible heart attack, or changes in consciousness, you should get emergency medical help right away. Their life could depend on your quick thinking and action!
How Our Drug Addiction Treatment Programs Work in Wyoming
Wyoming Recovery is a drug addiction treatment center focused on treating the whole person and not just the symptoms of their disease. Our multistep treatment program begins with detoxification, followed by inpatient and outpatient drug rehab. We base our levels of care on each patient’s needs. During the detox phase, we’ll help you keep your withdrawal symptoms at bay with non-habit-forming medications administered by qualified medical personnel. Our inpatient rehab facilities provide 24-hour access to medical and clinical care while you recover. We apply a holistic approach here, incorporating other types of treatment such as yoga, acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy, and more. Once you’re ready to leave our facilities, you’ll be given the tools to remain sober long-term with our outpatient drug rehab care. Keeping up with medical check-ups, psychiatric evaluations, and your individual and group therapy sessions with our counselors will help you avoid relapses.
The Prognosis for Recovery from Drug Addiction with Our Help
Thanks to our holistic treatment approach at Wyoming Recovery, we tend to see a high success rate among patients at our drug addiction treatment center. The longer you stick to a drug addiction treatment program, the less likely you are to relapse. However, you should continue to monitor your drug cravings and attend therapy sessions for ongoing support. Avoid the people you used to take drugs with or buy from – not putting yourself in temptation’s way is a crucial part of drug rehab. If you do relapse, seek immediate help. There’s no shame in going through our drug addiction treatment programs multiple times. We’re a judgment-free zone focused on helping you recover.
Contact Our Drug Addiction Treatment Center in Wyoming Today
If you think you or a loved one may have a drug addiction, seek help immediately. Emergency medical assistance may be needed in the case of an accidental or intentional overdose. An intervention may be necessary with friends and family confronting an individual about their suspected drug addiction. An intervention should not be thought of as an attack on the person struggling with the drug addiction. Rather, it should take more of a heart-to-heart conversational tone with the person about the possible consequences of their actions and the benefits of seeking treatment for drug addiction. You can talk to your primary care physician, or you can call an anonymous hotline for more information about most types of drug addiction. We also encourage you to reach out to us at Wyoming Recovery to inquire about our evidence-based drug addiction treatment programs in Wyoming. With an experienced case manager on duty 24/7, we’re always happy to assist any way we can. The road to recovery begins here!