Drug Addiction
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Drug Addiction Treatment

Drug addiction is a major problem in Canada. According to a CCSA drug report in 2022, . In 2017, alcohol contributed to 18,000 deaths in Canada, and the costs associated with alcohol use in Canada were $16.6 billion, with $5.4 billion of that sum spent on health care. Opioid pain relievers were used by 11.8% of the population in 2019, with opioid-related poisoning admissions in hospitals being on the rise compared to the previous period, leading to the unfortunate 2,913 opioid-related deaths in 2019. Drug addiction can cause a variety of problems in a person’s life, including physical and mental health, financial, and legal problems.

But there is good news. There are treatments available for drug addiction that can help you and your loved ones overcome their addiction and live a healthy, productive life. These treatments include behavioral and holistic therapies, medications, rehab programs, and self-help groups.

Behavioural therapies involve counselling and psychotherapy to help with addiction and change harmful habitual behaviors. Medications are used to help reduce cravings for drugs and to prevent relapse. Self-help groups such as Narcotics Anonymous can provide support and encouragement to stay sober. All these work hand in hand to ensure your complete recovery from drug addiction.

When it comes to treatment for drug addiction, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment plan. The best and most effective treatment depends on your individual need and situation, and with the proper treatment plan, you can overcome your addiction and live a healthy life.

What Is Drug Addiction?

Drug addiction, also known as substance use disorder or opioid addiction, is a recurrent, chronic disorder marked by obsessive drug cravings and use despite negative effects. As a result of its functional changes to reward, stress, and self-control brain circuits, it is regarded as a brain disorder. Long after you have stopped using drugs, those effects could persist.

When you are addicted, you may feel unable to control your drug use and continue using despite the negative consequences. Like with other kinds of diseases, drug addiction can disrupt the normal, healthy functioning of many organs in your body and cause serious problems, including financial ruin, job loss, family problems, and mental disorders.

People who are addicted may turn to crime to get money to pay for their drugs. They may also have accidents or be involved in violence. Drug addiction is a serious problem that requires treatment.

As mentioned earlier, drug addiction treatment often includes counselling, medication, and support groups. Seeking treatment for substance use disorder can help you stop using drugs and rebuild your life.

What Drugs Lead to Addiction?

There are two major categories of drugs: illicit drugs and pharmaceutical drugs. Illicit drugs are those that are not regulated by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and can as well be seen as illegal drugs, whereas pharmaceutical drugs are those that have been approved by the MHRA. In addition, some drugs are considered both illicit and pharmaceutical.

Examples of illicit drugs include heroin, cocaine, marijuana, LSD, ecstasy, methamphetamine, and magic mushrooms. Examples of pharmaceutical drugs include Adderall, Xanax, Oxycontin, Prozac, Ritalin, Ambien, Valium, Trazodone, Ativan, and Zoloft.

While there are many factors that can contribute to drug abuse and addiction, certain drugs are more likely to lead to dependence than others. Drugs that are highly addictive tend to produce a strong sense of euphoria, which can lead users to crave more and more of the drug in an attempt to achieve the same level of intensity.

Additionally, these drugs tend to be highly potent, meaning that a small amount can have a powerful effect. For example:

  • Methamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant derived from natural ingredients, and it’s a highly addictive drug that can cause severe neurological damage.
  • Cocaine is another addictive substance that can lead to heart problems and mental health issues. It is a white crystalline alkaloid obtained from coca leaves.
  • Heroin is also highly addictive and can cause respiratory failure and death. It’s an opiate derived from opium poppy seeds. Its active ingredient is morphine.
  • Marijuana – Cannabis sativa is another drug that is highly addictive.
  • Ecstasy – is a psychoactive drug produced naturally by some species of Psilocybe mushroom and is addictive too.

These are just a few examples of drugs that can lead to addiction. However, while not everyone who uses these drugs will become addicted, they do pose a greater risk than other substances.

Who Is At Risk of Substance Use Disorder?

Who is at risk for substance use disorder? Unfortunately, the answer is just about anyone. Substance use disorder does not discriminate. It can affect people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

In fact, anyone who uses substances or abuses drugs is at risk of developing a substance use disorder. However, there are certain factors that can increase someone’s risk.

For instance, people who have a family history of substance abuse are more likely to develop a problem with substances themselves. Additionally, people who suffer from mental health disorders or who have experienced trauma are also at higher risk. The key is to be aware of the risks and to take steps to protect yourself.

How Might Substance Use Disorder Affect Me?

People with substance use disorders (SUDs) tend to become dependent on drug(s), meaning they require larger amounts of the drug to get high or feel normal. Dependence occurs when the brain changes its chemistry to adapt to repeated exposure to a particular drug.

When dependence sets in, you experience physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms if you try to quit taking drugs. These withdrawal symptoms may cause problems for you at work, school, home, and even relationships.

Signs/Symptoms of Drug Abuse/Drug Addiction

There are many signs and symptoms of drug abuse and addiction. They can vary depending on the person, the drug they are using, and how long they have been using it. Signs you may be addicted to a drug include:
  • Increased Need for Drugs – This is one of the first and most common symptoms of drug or opioid addiction. When you are always using drugs to get “high” or cope with everyday problems such as stress, anxiety etc., then you are addicted to that substance.
  • Loss of Interest – People who abuse drugs often lose interest in their friends, family members, job, school, etc. In fact, they may even become indifferent to things that once brought them joy. They may also become more withdrawn, less interested in activities they used to enjoy, and more secretive.
  • Loss of Interest – People who abuse drugs often lose interest in their friends, family members, job, school, etc. In fact, they may even become indifferent to things that once brought them joy. They may also become more withdrawn, less interested in activities they used to enjoy, and more secretive.
  • Changes in appearance, mood, and behaviour.
  • Have poor decision-making skills.
  • Develop Memory Problems such as memory loss. If someone abuses drugs, his or her memory could suffer. People who use drugs may forget where they put things, what they did earlier, and what they said. They may also have problems remembering appointments and events.
  • Irritability – people who use or abuse drugs tend to get irritable and angry easily.

Drug Addiction Treatment Options

Treatment for Drug Addiction at Laser
Quit Therapy Using Low-Level Laser Therapy

Cold lasers are painless and non-drug treatments that work by stimulating your body to release a powerful endorphin rush, similar to taking drugs or drinking alcohol. We use low-level lasers, which have been shown to be effective in helping treat addiction, ease withdrawal symptoms, cravings, and other difficult aspects associated with quitting smoking.

FAQs

The first step in the treatment process for addiction is acknowledging that there is a problem. This can be difficult, as addiction can lead to feelings of shame and denial. However, once the decision is made to seek help, it is important to reach out to a trusted family member or friend for support.

The next step is to seek professional help. This may involve meeting with a therapist, counsellor, or treatment provider such as Laser Quit Therapy to discuss the issues surrounding your addiction. One of the therapeutic techniques we use at our treatment center is to create you a plan for coping with addiction triggers and avoiding relapse. This, together with our cold laser therapy, you can overcome addiction and regain control over your life.

Acceptance, commitment, accountability, support, medication, therapy, and/or self-help groups. These are the pillars of drug addiction treatment.

Yes, we have many cases where people who were addicted to drugs have been able to overcome their addictions successfully using our cold laser therapy. There are several reasons why this happens. One reason is that they have learned how to cope with drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

Another reason is that they have developed coping skills to deal with stressful situations. And finally, they have learned about the causes of their addiction and what triggers them. Once these things are understood, you can begin to make changes in your life.

You CAN Trust Your Laser Treatment

Drug addiction is a serious problem in Canada and one that has plagued millions of lives, including the economy. Although treatment for drug addiction is available, you first need to speak with an addiction professional first to know which treatment option is best for you. Some of these treatments include behavioural therapies, medications, and peer support. Each of these treatments has its own benefits and drawbacks. It is important to find the treatment that is best suited for your individual need. Low level laser therapy will help you fight cravings and improve the natural endorphin production in your system. It is an excellent additional service for your recovery.

LaserQuit is Here To Help.

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