Counseling and Treatment for Addiction
Chemical dependency is a complicated problem around the globe, not just in Portland, OR. Drugs and alcohol directly impact an area of the brain known as the “pleasure center” which strongly influences behavior, at times more strongly than the rational parts of the mind. Our brains are hard-wired to repeat behaviors that stimulate this area. Unfortunately it doesn’t take but one or two flushes of artificial chemicals in that part of the brain to establish very destructive habits.
Once a person has introduced powerful drugs like stimulants (amphetamines), psychotropics (benzodiazepines, anxiety pills), depressants (opiates, heroin, morphine, oxycodone), or even high levels of alcohol, this area of the brain will crave more. Increased use creates tolerance, meaning it requires more of the substance to achieve the original effect, and addiction is born. Signs of addiction include the following behaviors:
- Obsession, constantly thinking about getting more of the drug and using it
- Fear of quitting
- Withdrawal symptoms if not using the drug
- Loss of healthy relationships
- Work or school problems
- Lack of motivation
- Dishonesty or criminal activity to get the substance(s) in question
- Continued use despite negative side-effects
- Lying to those who love you
How to Get Clean from Drugs and Alcohol
Willpower is important, but often not enough for the addict to truly conquer addiction. Outside help is needed. Since the mind of the addict is part of the problem, it can’t be trusted in the recovery process on its own. Modern medicine and recovery therapy has never been better equipped to help Portland addicts beat their addictions. Doctors with special training and their attentive support staff have perfected diverse techniques to help anyone serious about recovery. All good treatment centers, whether residential inpatient programs or outpatient centers, understand that there are at least two major aspects to addiction; physical and psychological.
Drug and Alcohol Detoxification for Portland Residents
The first step in the addiction recovery process is to remove all of the toxins from the user’s body. During this detox the person will undergo any of a variety of very difficult withdrawal symptoms. In some cases these symptoms may be relieved by closely monitored medical help. In other cases patients may choose to detox naturally. Either way, the primary goal is to carefully get the person’s body completely free of the controlling chemicals. However the patient and their doctor decided to do it, it is important that the addict has help. In some cases “cold turkey” or sudden detox can be dangerous or even life-threatening. Withdrawal can last from a couple of days to longer than a week.
Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation for Portland Addicts
Once the patient has detoxified it is crucial to address the psychological and emotional aspects of addiction. There are several options used by leading recovery clinics to help addicts conquer the emotional and psychological aspects of addiction, including the following options:
- 12-Step programs
- Spiritual care
Find Drug Addiction Help
If you live in Portland, Oregon, and have a drug or alcohol problem that you are not able to beat on your own, we can help. Our specially trained staff is on hand to take your call on our toll-free helpline 24 hours a day. Even if you’re not sure that you actually need treatment, the call costs you nothing. Don’t waste another day on addiction. We are ready for your call.