Drug Rehab Program in Adelaide 

Help to Stop Taking Drugs

The first (and most difficult) step in getting treatment for drug addiction is realising that there is a problem in the first place. Standing up and admitting there is an issue is your first step to recovery.

'A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step' – Lao Tzu

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Why addicts can't stop

It is easy to think of drug abuse and addiction as a social issue. Some people characterise those who are addicted to drugs as morally weak, asking, 'Why can’t drug addicts just stop taking drugs?' These people claim that addicts could stop if only they were willing to change the way they behave.

People who are not fully informed of the complexity of drug addiction find it very difficult to understand that addiction is like a disease that impacts the brain, making stopping a much more difficult issue that just having willpower.

Research shows exactly how drugs work in the brain, and this gives us good evidence that drug addiction can be successfully treated if done properly. Help to stop using drugs really is available: hundreds of thousands of people worldwide know you can beat addiction with the right therapeutic help and advice.

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When drugs stop being fun

Drug addiction comes in many forms. For some, it is a dependence on a painkiller or other prescribed medication.
For others, what started as social use becomes problematic, and they find themselves binge-using despite promising not to use again.
And for others still, the drugs take over and life without a fix can seem impossible.

Nobody sets out with a plan to become addicted to drugs, yet hundreds of thousands of men and women find themselves trapped every year.

Signs of drug addiction

Sudden changes in your behaviour that you find distressing

Mood swings: feeling irritable and grumpy, and then suddenly happy again when using

Feeling withdrawn from family members and loved ones

Lack of interest in personal grooming and cleanliness

Loss of interest in hobbies, sports and your other favourite activities

Being in a bad mood when not using drugs

Trouble fulfilling commitments and keeping promises

Feeling ill and experiencing sweating when you stop taking drugs

Changed sleeping pattern: up at night and sleeping during the day

Liver disease

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What is addiction?

Addiction can be described as a constant, relapsing cognitive condition causing compulsion to use a drug even when this results in harmful consequences to addicted person and to those around them (such as family and friends).

Drug addiction is often viewed as a disease because the abuse of drugs constitutes changes in the neurological configuration and operation of the brain. Taking drugs in the beginning is done voluntarily and is usually fun at first. But, over time, the changes in the brain caused by repeated drug abuse affect a person’s self-will and control, resulting in them losing their ability to make logical decisions. It is then as if the person is forced to use drugs against their will.

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Drug rehab options

The changes in brain chemistry can make it very challenging for a person who is addicted to drugs to be able to stop using without professional therapy.

This paints a bleak picture for a person who is looking for help to stop using drugs. Fortunately, there are evidence-based treatment options that help to offset the controlling negative effects of addiction, and that assist the person who is seeking help with drugs to regain control of their life again.

Research shows that the most effective way to treat a drug addiction problem is to combine medically managed options (such as a detox for drug addiction, where needed) with a psychosocial intervention program and a supportive aftercare package to help the person maintain a drug-free life.

Effective treatment for drug addiction should be bespoke – customized to each individual’s requirements taking into account their drug of choice, and their social, emotional, health and psychiatric needs.

The Visible Recovery Freedom program equips the person with the tools to adjust their life and regain control.