Tennessee is at the forefront of a dire opiate epidemic. The Tennessee Drug Control Update in found that, in 2007 and 2008, Tennessee was first out of all 50 states for the nonmedical use of pain relievers in people 26 or older. It was also in the top ten for use of illegal drugs (besides marijuana) among people over the age of 12. The proportion of drug-induced deaths in Tennessee during that time frame was 16.8 fatalities per 100,000 people, well above the national average of 12.7 per 100,000. As of 2014, the situation had not improved by much; the state ranked second per capita in the nation for use of prescription drugs, specifically opioid painkillers, which in turn caused a rise in heroin overdoses and usage. Tennessee has the eighth highest fatal drug overdose rate in the country. Heroin has comparable effects to many opioid pain relievers but is far cheaper—and more dangerous. Heroin is a central nervous system depressant, meaning that it slows the function of the heart and respiratory system and has a calming, sedative effect on the brain. It’s a popular drug with people who want to escape from their daily problems. It’s not easy to treat heroin addiction because of the co-occurring disorders which often cause it. These must be addressed in therapy if the addiction is to be permanently expelled from a person’s life. This is something the mental health professionals at Nashville Drug Rehab comprehend, and so they go to great lengths to ensure that a patient’s physical and mental addictions are cured side-by-side with a competent and time-tested therapeutic approach.
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How Drug Addiction Works
The causes of addiction are still not completely understood. Though addiction is now believed to be a mental disorder rather than a weakness or lack of willpower, there are a diverse and bewildering array of factors involved. Usually, there is some psychological stressor or illness involved. A person may be suffering from too much stress, or have a psychological disease such as schizophrenia or depression, and this causes them to use drugs to escape their emotional pain. A person may also be genetically vulnerable to addiction—if their parents or relatives were hooked on a substance, it makes them more likely to abuse a substance at some point in their lives. The person’s environment may also play a role. If they are surrounded by people using drugs, they may be tempted to try them just to see what it feels like, and if the right combination of genetic and psychological factors combine, addiction and abuse may result. Addiction manifests itself as a powerful desire—an irresistible compulsion—to use one’s drug of choice. Many drugs cause a euphoric rush, a flood of pleasure chemicals in the brain. This conditions the brain and body to crave more of the substance. Often, a person becomes incapable of feeling pleasure at any time other than when they are using substances, and this means that they become wholly dependent upon their drug of choice for pleasurable feelings. This is called dependency, and a person who is physically dependent upon a substance is unable to quit without feeling uncomfortable or excruciating physical side effects—aches, convulsions, sweating, nausea, and so forth. When a person uses drugs to calm their mind or escape from their painful reality and find it impossible to stop without cravings or urges, addiction has set in. Some drugs do not foster physical dependency in their users, but any drug, or even certain types of non-chemical behaviors (hoarding or shopping) can create mental addictions. Knowing this fact, however, means that you have taken a positive first step in the direction of recovery. Nashville Drug Rehab has years of experience treating all sorts of addictions and can assist you or your loved one in getting clean, no matter what type of addiction you may have or how intense it was. Nashville Drug Rehab has proven methodologies and techniques in place to teach patients how to handle cravings constructively and respond to life’s stressors without turning to substances. They also educate the patient about how addiction takes hold of the mind, forewarning them against relapse. Qualified detox clinicians purify the patient’s body of substances and administer medications to calm the worst of the withdrawal symptoms so that rehabilitation can begin. Six weeks to three months later, rehab concludes, and the patient is free to begin their happy, healthy, drug-free life.
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Recognizing Addiction Symptoms
Even if you are abusing a substance, you may not believe or even realize that you have a problem. Being vigilant for the telltale signs and symptoms of addiction is one way to learn whether you or a loved one needs immediate help. Some of the indicators of mental addiction or physical dependency include:
If your loved one exhibits two or more of the preceding signs, it’s a good idea to get them into treatment as soon as possible. The professional help available at detoxification centers and rehab facilities is what’s necessary to put your loved one safely on the path to sobriety. Quitting “cold turkey” or attempting to detox at home is unwise—many types of drug withdrawal are rigorous and painful, and heroin withdrawal is no exception. Sweating, nausea, convulsions, hallucinations, or delirium are all reported side effects of heroin withdrawal, and these symptoms may last days or weeks. Trained physicians and mental health professionals can purify the patient’s body of toxins, administer medications to curb cravings and withdrawal symptoms, and begin to address the patient’s underlying mental health issues and root out addiction at its source. At Nashville Drug Rehab‘s world-class addiction treatment facility, the highest priority is the patient’s safety.
- Dilated pupils
- Wearing long sleeves even on warm days (to hide needle tracks)
- Poor hygiene
- Slurred speech
- Abandoning once-loved pastimes
- Sleeping all day, awake all night
- Drug paraphernalia such as shoes with no shoelaces, silver spoons, lighters, hypodermic needles, water pipes, etc.
- Evasiveness or secretive behavior
- A new and unsavory set of friends
The dangers of drug addiction are very real. Get help for yourself or a loved one by dialing Nashville Drug Rehab at (615) 246-0550 today.