Addiction is a chronic disease with two primary forms: psychological and physical. Physical addiction is when your body reacts adversely to an absence of the substance. You probably experienced it when trying to quit using on your own. There’s a way to overcome this part of dependency without pain.
How a Physical Addiction Develops
You started drinking or doing drugs. Over the course of days, weeks, or months, your body developed a tolerance to the substance. This is your body’s way of trying to deal with the chemicals you’re putting into it. For you, this means needing more of the drug to get the same effects.
It’s a small step from tolerance to physical addiction. An increase in the drug results in changes to your brain’s chemistry. In many cases, it alters the way that the brain releases neurotransmitters. Now, your brain needs the drug’s chemicals to trigger the release of dopamine and other substances.
Withdrawal Symptoms and Medical Detox
Physical dependence eventually leads to withdrawal symptoms. You probably experienced them already. You wake up in the morning and your body signals its need for the drug. Pain, discomfort, and physiological manifestations such as trembling hands can happen.
For your body, the presence of the drug is the new normal. When you want to quit using, you need to restore your body’s natural equilibrium. Medical detox is the safest method to overcome a physical addiction. At a facility, you work with treatment specialists who customize a treatment approach.
Possible therapies include:
- Tapering that allows the body to return to its natural balance gradually, which is safest in some situations
- IV therapy that allows for the use of pharmacological assistance and pain medications
- Nutrition education as a means of strengthening your body while you withdraw a substance
- Exercise therapy that stimulates the brain’s dopamine release mechanism
- Individual therapy and group therapy sessions that encourage your desire to quit using and prepare for rehab
Beyond Detox: Rehab Comes Next
Whenever possible, check into a facility that offers medical detoxification and rehab on the same campus. Doing so dramatically reduces the chance of a relapse in between medical and clinical treatments. Moreover, your rehab can build on the personal growth you underwent during detox. This can significantly speed up your healing process.
During rehab, you tackle the psychological aspect of the addiction. You learn why you started abusing a drug in the first place. Some people learn that they’re dealing with an underlying mental illness. Others discover areas of dysfunction that hearken back to unresolved traumatic experiences from the past.
Rehab is the treatment that lets you handle these issues. Therapists work with you to overcome the addiction. It’s also an opportunity to make plans for the future. After all, you’re laying the groundwork for a sober lifestyle.
Getting Help Now
Of course, before you can make plans for sobriety, you need to overcome the physical addiction. At the Melrose Recovery Group, therapists want to be by your side and help. Call 866-271-3438 today for immediate assistance.