Drug addiction and treatment
Addiction is a complex issue and people often feel confused about the difference between physical and psychological dependence. In this article, we aim to provide some clarity on this matter.
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A common misconception is that addiction happens overnight and there is no way to see it coming. However, when we look at the cycle of addiction and its different stages of evolution, we can see that there are many opportunities to identify it before it grabs hold and consumes us.
Cocaine is a highly addictive drug which is made from the leaves of the coca plant which is processed with other chemicals and additives. The result is a fine, white powder which are compressed into bricks before distribution.
Although addiction recovery focuses largely on detoxing the body from addictive substances, there are many other elements of recovery that are just as important as the detox process. Therefore, successful addiction recovery depends on a recovery programme which focuses on the mental well-being of individuals receiving addiction treatment.
Practicing mindfulness every day gives us the power to intentionally improve our behaviour, make better decisions and reshape our brains in ways that give us awareness of self.
Regardless of the circumstances, drug addiction recovery can be a challenging road to walk that comes with immeasurable reward.
However, the current lockdown in South Africa has placed added pressure on those with drug addiction as well as those who are in recovery.
The South African government has placed a nationwide ban on the sale of alcohol during the lockdown period, but how does this affect those with alcohol addiction during lockdown?
According to the World Health Organisation, South Africa has the fifth highest rate of alcohol consumption in the world.
There are typically two rehabilitation options for substance abuse, namely inpatient and outpatient treatment.
Although both options are fundamentally focused on rehabilitation, each treatment option is designed to offer different types of support, for different levels of addiction.
Setting goals during addiction recovery is a key component of successful recovery as it helps us gain a clear vision of where we would like to see ourselves in the future.
Having goals can help us dedicate our time and efforts to focussing on recovery and finding harmony in a life of sobriety.
Although over the counter drugs are available to purchase without a prescription from your doctor, it doesn’t mean that there are no dangers involved with abusing this type of medication.
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