Substance Addictions, otherwise known as drug addiction or Substance Dependence, can be defined in a number of ways. Generally, they involve compulsively seeking to use a substance or repeating certain behaviours regardless of the potentially negative social, psychological and physical consequences. Addictions can include alcoholism, illegal & prescriptive drug dependence, compulsive gambling, excessive internet use, gaming addiction, eating disorders and compulsive sex, to name just a few. Drugs, in particular, have the most powerful effects on the body and mind and they can become addictive emotionally, psychologically, even physically.
Signs of Drug Addiction
Drug use crosses the line into drug addiction when you feel you have to have the drug, and you increase the amount of the drug you take. Using drugs or repeating certain compulsive behaviours can become a way of coping with painful psychological feelings such as anxiety, depression & loneliness. Various factors, such as your personality, your genetic makeup and peer pressure, affect your likelihood of becoming addicted to a drug. In addition, some drugs, such as heroin or cocaine, produce a physical addiction much more quickly than other drugs do for many people.
Drug Addiction characteristics may include:
- Having an intense craving for the drug
- Feeling that you need the drug to deal with your problems
- Making sure you maintain a steady supply of the drug
- The feeling that you need to use the drug regularly, in some cases many times a day
- Repeated and unsuccessful attempts to stop using the drug
- When you stop taking the drug you have unpleasant physical reactions
- Doing things you would otherwise not normally do to obtain the drug, e.g. stealing
- Putting yourself and others at risk of physical harm such as driving under the influence
Not everyone who uses drugs will become addicted, however many people do. Addiction cares nothing about sex, race, income, intelligence or wit – it bestows its mark upon any and all, and it’s first come first served. For many individuals, the first sign that the downward spiral has begun is when the harms associated with using the drug begin to outweigh any perceived benefits. If your regular drug use is beginning to take a toll on your moods, your health, relationships with others, affecting the quality of your work, putting your job at risk or placing you at odds with the law, then professional treatment and support may prove necessary. Breaking a drug addiction is difficult, but not impossible and Gladstones’ team of experts can help you finally beat your drug dependence for good.
Common types of Drug Addiction we regularly treat
Gladstones’ private drug rehab team have successfully helped many people to overcome their substance addictions, including clients addicted to opiates like heroin and opium, crack, cocaine, marijuana, cannabis, skunk, weed, sparkle, 6-APB, HEX TC, meow meow, ketamine, ecstasy, MDMA, MDA, speed, mephedrone, ketamin, legal high addiction, benzo fury, MDAI, mexxy, black mamba, GHB and LSD.
We recognise that there are usually many different issues to consider when analysing one person’s addiction. Therefore, we design every one of our drug addiction recovery programmes to be assured that the specific needs of each client are addressed and the most effective therapeutic strategies are used. Before entering one of our intensive treatment programmes, it may or may not be necessary for the client to undergo a medically supervised drug detox at our clinic. Once the client is stabilized, our supportive staff will assess their situation to determine the best course of action to take in the mapping of their intensive recovery programme. Throughout their stay with Gladstones, the client will have full access to the wide range of treatments we have available, including medical care, intensive counseling, and complementary therapies which are all designed to get them back to health in the shortest possible time.
Contact us on 0800 774 7024 or help @gladstonesclinic.com to find out what our private Drug and Substance Addiction rehab programme can do for you.