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Drug Detox | Knowing what Drug Addiction Is

In order to find the right drug detox and rehabilitation treatment program it is important to know what drug addiction is. Understanding drug addiction will help you and/or a loved one find and enter into a drug detox and rehabilitation treatment program that will teach you how to stay sober. They will also help you discover triggers that might lead to relapse, but just as important if a relapse does occur they will teach you what to do about it, and how to get you back on track. Eventually, with this help long-term sobriety can be achieved.

Drug addiction is a chronic brain disease, where relapse is common due to a change and function in the brain’s chemical makeup. Once the addiction starts, it develops into a compulsion where harmful consequences are secondary to seeking and usage. Over a period of time, the continued use of drugs will change how one thinks. In most cases people take drugs as a conscious decision for various reasons; peer pressure, to feel good, to let loose, etc. But, the person’s self control and impulses eventually turn a corner.

As with other chronic diseases like, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease, drug addiction can be managed through drug treatment programs. And with relapse, which can occur in any of these chronic diseases, it should not seem like a failure at all, but more that adjustments need to be made so that the next time the person can regain clarity, sobriety can last for a much longer period of time.

Pat Moore Foundation’s drug & alcohol detox and alcohol & drug addiction treatment programs are licensed and certified by The State of California. We provide non-medical and medically managed detoxification (using Suboxone, Subutex, and Buprenorphine when appropriate) and primary residential treatment.