what is a drug relapse

What Is A Drug Relapse?

A drug relapse is the recurrence of drug abuse from someone who is going through or has gone through a recovery program. Addiction is a chronic disease that is subject to periods of relapse. Usually relapses happen when the person being treated is exposed to certain triggers that increase their risk of returning to substance…

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Drug detox, how does it work?

Drug detox works by getting rid of the poisons and toxins in your body. Most people choose to go through a drug detox because of the discomfort and danger often related to withdrawing from certain drugs. For example, alcoholics almost always need medicated assisted drug detox because of the dangers associated with detoxing from alcohol.…

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What Is Substance Abuse Treatment?

Substance abuse treatment is a type of therapy for individuals who use drugs and/or alcohol to the detriment of themselves and others. Substance abuse treatment centers usually follow a standard framework of therapies that work by changing the behavior of the individual using the substance[s]. Types of substance abuse treatment programs are: Inpatient residential treatment…

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Medical Detox What Is It?

Medical detox is a type of detox that is done under medical supervision. Medical detoxes are designed to be safe and ease discomfort involved with withdrawals. Medical detoxes are staffed with doctors and nurses trained in helping patients cope with withdrawal symptoms. Without medical care, these withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant, dangerous, and even life…

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How to treat substance abuse?

How to treat substance abuse? Treating substance abuse is difficult and requires many steps. Addiction is a complicated disease that affects brain function and behavior. It’s important that the individual has quick access to a treatment facility near them. The treatment program must address all their needs, not just substance abuse. It’s important the individual stays…

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Drug Detox

Detoxification: The purpose of drug detox is fourfold: (1) to manage withdrawal symptoms, (2) purge chemical substances, (3) recuperate the body and (4) return the brain to normal function. Why Do You Need Detox? Those who attempt to quit on their own often have to deal with the pain and discomfort of withdrawal symptoms. Many…

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How Opiates Affect Your Brain

Neurons: When opiates enter the brain they disperse and start bumping into neurons. Some neurons have what’s known as opioid receptors on their surface. When an opiate bumps into an opioid receptor attached to a neuron within the Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA) of the brain it will activate what’s called an opioid circuit. These opioid…

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Treatment Options For Heroin Addiction

Heroin tolerance, dependence, and addiction are all manifestations of brain changes resulting from repeated heroin use. The struggle for recovery is in great part a struggle to overcome the effects of these changes. New pharmacotherapies act on the same brain structures and processes as addictive opioids, but with protective and normalizing effects. Despite the effectiveness…

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