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Am I addicted or do I just have a habit?
Many people conflate the terms ‘habit’ and ‘addiction.’ Although they may appear similar, addiction and habits are not exactly the same. For instance, biting your nails is a habit. You may bite your fingernails every day, but you could stop biting your nails without suffering any drastic effects. Lots of people quit biting their nails without the need for luxury treatment centers in Orange County. Addiction, like asthma, high blood pressure, or diabetes, is an actual physical condition that is chronic and incurable. Today, the American Psychiatric Association encourages people to use the more correct term, ‘substance use disorder,’ when referring to physical dependence on certain types of drugs. When a person is addicted to drugs or drinking, their brain changes in a way that makes it nearly impossible to stop using without medical help and compassionate counseling. If you take drugs and can’t stop on your own, rehab can help you get sober and well again.
How did I get addicted?
Scientists now understand that some people have brains that are ‘wired’ in a way that makes them susceptible to addiction. If your parents or other close relatives are addicts, your chances of becoming addicted increase exponentially. Of course, the substances you dally with also have a great deal to do with whether or not you will develop an addiction. Opiate pain medications, for instance, can lead to physical dependence within a very short period of time. If your doctor prescribed strong pain medication such as OxyContin or Vicodin after you were injured, and now you can’t stop taking them without feeling sick, please speak with someone at one of the luxury treatment centers in Orange County today.
Why is it so hard to kick an opiate addiction?
When humans take opiate drugs such as OxyContin, the drug acts on specific areas of the brain. Mood, emotion, sensations of reward, and response to pain are controlled by these brain areas. When an external drug meets these brain areas, they produce an overabundance of feel-good chemicals called endorphins. At first, this may feel good. After all, most people wouldn’t try something twice if it didn’t feel pleasurable. The trouble with opiates is that once the brain gets used to them, it stops making its own natural endorphins. It doesn’t take long for the brain to ‘demand’ the presence of opiates in order to feel normal. In substance use disorder, the desire for opiates outweighs the desire for practically everything else. With time, more and more of the addictive substance is required to feel the same effects that used to be obtained with far less. Once the brain and body are addicted, a lack of opiates causes severe physical and emotional distress. The best way out of addiction is to walk through the doors of a licensed luxury treatment center in Orange County or wherever you are. Dana Point Rehab Campus accepts most forms of insurance. For additional information, please call 1-877-349-2391