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Due to the physical dependence created by abusing prescription medication, addiction treatment begins in a residential treatment facility. The initial phase of treatment is detox. It is here, under medical supervision, that the symptoms associated with withdrawal from prescription medication are managed, reduced and some times eliminated. The average length of time spent in detox is approximately seven days. During this time, the person will be monitored medically and any psychiatric or psychological issues will be assessed.
After the person is medically stable, they are generally referred to residential treatment to complete the treatment plan designed in detox. By the time most people enter treatment for prescription medication addiction, they have created quite a bit of emotional damage to themselves and loved ones. It takes time to recover from shame, grief, guilt, and rebuild a level of trust amongst the family. Recovery in a supportive therapeutic environment eliminates many of the outside distractions and allows a person to focus on issues relating to their recovery. The length of stay is approximately twenty days and may be followed by outpatient therapy.
Physiological dependency is when your biological system is addicted to the drug and propels you towards the intake. The aforementioned is the result of a physiological dependency.
A psychological dependency, however, occurs when you want to swiftly slip away into another world and run away from unpleasant feelings. As a tool for escapism, the drug is utilized. Breaking away from reality and everyday concerns such as failed relationships, poor job performance, poor grades or the like can be undertaken with the use of several drugs.
Heroin is an opiate drug that when consumed enters the brain and lets the user experience a euphoric effect. Heroin abuse can cause chronic brain disease where the receptors of the brain create a continuous demand for the substance which forces the individual to start abusing the drug much more frequently.
Heroin vaccines try to counter the effect of the heroin by preventing it from entering the brain and affecting its receptors. This is essential to stop the urge for abusing the drug and preventing addiction while also aiding with withdrawal.
When you start consuming more and more of the drug, you are on the verge of addiction. You feel as if the drug is the most important thing you will need for the day because it fulfills an unspoken need inside of you.
When people use drugs to counter some weakness as opposed to just using it recreationally, that can pose a greater risk because that weakness will come back once the effects of the drug wears off. Then you will need more to achieve the same effects.
When drugs start taking over your life, you miss out on the most important things such as school, family, relationships and work.
Your life halts completely because drugs become your primary focus. Your physical and mental condition also starts deteriorating, and you start experiencing a lot of health related issues. Withdrawal symptoms are the worst when an addict is trying to recover and there is always a chance of a relapse because of the difficulty faced with withdrawal symptoms.