Addiction — How To Treat It?

What is Addiction?

It is a state in which a person develops a compulsion towards a substance or an activity. It might feel pleasurable at first but the continued use of a substance or engagement in an activity (gambling, porn etc.) eventually starts to affect a person’s physical and mental health adversely. People may not be even aware of this compulsion until things start to spin out of control.

Are you addicted to any substance?

Here is a checklist to help you figure out whether you are addicted or not. (Substance-addiction could be related to any kind of drug or alcohol)

  1. Continue taking a drug even after the prescribed duration
  2. Losing self-control while drinking or taking drugs
  3. Losing count of time when trying to obtain or using a substance
  4. The insatiable craving for a substance
  5. Performance failure at work, home or school due to continued use of a substance
  6. Growing social isolation due to substance use (could be caused by a smoking or drinking habit)
  7. Increase in feuds with family and close friends because of continued substance use
  8. Using substance in uncommon situations (like drinking or using drugs while driving)
  9. Inability to quit a substance even after facing physical and mental health issues due to the substance use
  10. Growing tolerance for a substance
  11. Going through withdrawal symptoms when you don’t get to use the desired substance

What to do if you are Addicted?

If you are addicted to a substance and having a hard time controlling it, then don’t panic because addiction is treatable.

Treatment for Addiction

A combination of medication and behavioural therapy is widely used by treatment facilities to treat drug addiction.

i) Medication — Medication is primarily used to help to recover individuals deal with the withdrawal process. Some medications are used to enhance the brain’s ability to cope with the unavailability of the substance that the body has gotten used to. You can use a free prescription discount card to buy your medications at the discounted price.

ii) Behavioural Therapy — This kind of therapy is essential to change an addicted person’s outlook. For example, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is used by psychiatrists to help people understand how their harmful thoughts led to poor decision making. CBT can also be used to help manage psychological triggers that prompt use of a substance.

Remember, nothing is impossible if you are determined to get better and have the courage to take the right steps towards the road to recovery. With the right support and unwavering commitment to get better, you can easily live a drug-free, healthy and happy life.