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Drug and Alcohol Addiction, A Chronic Disease

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD By September 28, 2018

It’s hard for anyone to miss the fact, these days, that there is a massive drug and alcohol addiction problem in this country, and yes across the world, but we often don’t think about the problem in terms of our own community. New Jersey is not immune to this chronic disease. Like asthma, this chronic illness is not curable. However, alcohol and drug addiction can be managed so that the person suffering from the disease can live a relatively normal life if treatment is consistently maintained through the years. Treatment comes in the form of medical detox and behavioral therapy, as well as other forms of therapy, usually conducted at drug rehab centers in NJ.

 

What Is Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Drugs and alcohol are intoxicating substances that usually alter the brain functions of the person suffering from an addiction to a substance. The substances that lead to addiction intoxicate the user, triggering the reward center of the brain so much that eventually the person suffers from a chemical dependency on the substance. Substance abuse leads to addiction fairly quickly. As the person consuming the drug does so they begin to build a tolerance to the substance, making them intensify their consumption, or increase their dose, to keep their body working properly.

When someone is addicted to a substance their bodies have adapted to the consistent input of the intoxicant and will rebel in withdrawal symptoms if the toxin is not present in the users body. This is the reason that withdrawal often starts quite quickly for a person struggling with addiction. They can occur as soon as a few minutes after the last time the drug was consumed.

 

Intoxicants can be medications prescribed by a medical physicians, or they can be illicit drugs made and sold outside of the law, such as methamphetamine. Alcohol, too, is a legal substance that is highly addictive and can cause serious medical problems if not treated at a medical detox facility.

These substances are taken or administered by many different means. Some people snort the substance in a powder, others are taken intravenously through injection, or injected into a muscle, other drugs are eaten in a food that has been infused with the drug. They can be taken in tablet or capsule form, smoked out of a pipe, absorbed subdermally with a patch, or even used in a suppository. Each of these ways of taking drugs causes their own side effects even outside of the substances own effects, and some of them are more dangerous than others. For instance, injecting drugs into one’s veins can cause blood vessel blockages or veins to collapse.

 

There’s Hope for Addicts at The Best New Jersey Rehab

Discovery InstituteDiscovery Institute boasts one of the top rated drug rehab centers in NJ. There you will find a qualified medical and therapeutic staff who will create a plan for treatment that considers each individual patient and where they are – their challenges and their motivations. Medical detox, followed by rehab and relapse prevention aftercare treatment are all important steps in recovery for a person struggling with an addiction. Call us today at 844-478-6563 or contact Discovery Institute online to learn more about the hope that can be found through recovery treatment.

Article Reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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