Drug Addiction Rehabilitation in Boise, ID (208) 272-9857
When a person has an addiction to drugs, they can no longer control their actions in relation to that drug; instead the drug is in control. Drug addiction results in intense psychological and physiological cravings, and has a severe emotional and social impact on the user. Drug addiction rehab can help addicts who are ready to give up their substance abuse habits and learn to live a sober lifestyle.
You can get help in finding centers and treatment programs that suit your needs, by contacting Boise Drug Treatment Centers at (208) 272-9857.
Different Types of Drug Addiction
There are many different types of drugs and each poses its own unique challenges when abused.
- Opiates – Involves the use of legal and/or illegal drugs. Opiates include heroin, morphine, codeine, oxycodone or opium in its natural form. Opiates may be snorted, smoked, injected or swallowed in pill form.
- Methamphetamine - Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive stimulant and may be referred to as ice, meth or crystal. It can be smoked, injected, snorted or taken orally.
- Tranquilizers/Benzodiazepines - While tranquilizers or benzodiazepines such as Valium, Ativan and Xanax are widely prescribed, this type is also widely abused and highly addictive. Even use of mild forms of benzodiazepines like Ambien can result in addiction.
- Cocaine - Cocaine, like meth is a stimulant. In powder form, it is snorted and in rock-like form (crack) it is smoked.
- Inhalants - While not as widely used as some other forms, the use of inhalants is particularly dangerous. This type is found in household products or gasoline. Substances are inhaled or "huffed" from a plastic bag or container to produce a high.
Many people that struggle with drug abuse also have secondary addictions that co-occur such as gambling, eating disorders, sexual or binge spending. These can be devastating to a person's mental and physical health, relationships and finances. Often, certain types such as eating disorders or sexual promiscuity are the result of abuse or a coping mechanism for stress.
Physical and Mental Addiction
Substance abuse causes physical and mental addiction very rapidly. Physical addiction normally occurs in a 4 to 6 week period, but this can vary depending on what being used. Psychological or mental addiction occurs at a much faster rate, often happening in as little as 48 hours. When a substance is taken for recreational purposes, dopamine is released and this triggers a pleasurable feeling.
Signs and Symptoms of Addiction
- There are some common signs and symptoms that strongly indicate a problem with substance abuse.
- Has caused legal problems
- Withdrawal from family, friends, school, social activities or the home
- Engaging in dangerous or risky behavior such as driving while high or unprotected sex
- Personal, work or social relationship issues caused by drug use
- A tolerance has developed
- Life revolves around doing, getting and paying for substances
- Not able to stop using, even if quitting is desired
- Taking drugs to control or stop withdrawal symptoms
- Experiencing black outs, depression, severe mood swings and paranoid thoughts
Luckily, there is help available. Treatment options are varied and include residential drug and alcohol treatment facilities or outpatient care. Individualized plans, as well as therapy in a one-on-one or group setting are also extremely beneficial.
Medical detoxification can be a beneficial part of drug addiction rehab treatment. Fear or experience of withdrawal is largely responsible for patients returning to drug or alcohol abuse time and time again. Removing the fear of physical withdrawal through professional medical care in a clean, drug-free environment can help prepare patients to tackle the psychological effects of alcohol and drug dependence.
Residential vs Outpatient Care
Residential care involves a long or short term stay in a rehabilitation center. This type of care provides 24 hour support and an intense focus on treating the underlying causes. This type of care is normally required for people who experience severe withdrawal symptoms.
Outpatient care is often used as a supportive tool after release from a residential facility, but it can also be effective if a person has sufficient support. Outpatient programs vary in levels of counseling and services available.
Choosing the Best Option
Choosing the treatment option that is best can prove challenging. It's important to consider the degree of addiction and the likelihood of relapse, particularly in the first days and weeks. In some cases, outpatient care is more affordable or the only option available. Yet, many residential care centers have a higher success rate.