What is substance dependency?
Substance dependence, also known as drug dependence, develops from repeated or habitual drug use or abuse, stopping the drug abuse or use generally results in withdrawal, rehabilitation centres specialise in this specific treatment. If you find yourself not being able to control your drug use, experiencing negative consequences from your drug use, and feel like your life is spinning out of control, then searching for rehabilitation centres is your first step in a positive direction. Rehabilitation centres in Cape Town have different approaches and treatment regimens for substance dependency. Finding the one that will work for you is key.
Do you have a substance dependence disorder?
Yes, No, Maybe? Can’t decide? Best to get expert advice from rehabilitation centres Cape Town.
Rehabilitation centres may use an evaluation tool to diagnose you with a substance dependence disorder. It is often difficult for you as the individual to admit and accept the fact that they are suffering from the disease of addiction or substance dependence disorder.
Take a minute to answer these few questions: REMEMBER being honest is important!
1) Do you often use larger amounts of drugs or alcohol for longer than you intended?
2) Have you had a persistent desire or failed efforts to control or reduce your using?
3) Do you spend a great deal of time obtaining, using or recovering from using or
4) Have stopped or reduced important social, occupational or recreational activities as a result of using?
5) Has your use continued, despite your knowledge of a physical or psychological
problem that has been caused or exacerbated by your use?
6) Have you found that (Tolerance)
- you need increased amounts to achieve the same effect
- a diminished effect with same amounts
7) Have you experienced (Withdrawal)
- a substance-specific withdrawal syndrome
- withdrawal avoidance with further drug or substitute drug use
If you have answered “yes” to 3 or more of the above questions and it has occurred in the last twelve months then it is likely that you are suffering from an addiction. Rehabilitation centres may just be your saving grace.
Understanding why you become dependent
The five basic different models of addiction: Where do you feel you fit in?
• The moral model: Addiction does not exist. Some people make bad choices and do not know how to behave.
• The neurobiological model: Addiction is a brain disease. Some people have the vulnerability and others don’t.
• Psychological understanding: addiction is a way of dealing / coping with a disturbed psyche.
• Sociocultural model: addiction represents a response to unfortunate circumstances or an adverse environment.
• Spiritual model: addiction is the function of a sick soul.
Rehabilitation centres Cape Town could approach understanding your dependency as a combination of the above bullet points and as layered and complex. Therefore rehabilitation centres should have a multi-faceted therapeutic professional team to meet your multi-faceted addiction, to work through the different layers giving you’re a holistic treatment approach.
Rehabilitation centres will teach you that most drugs affect the brain’s “reward circuit,” causing euphoria as well as flooding your brain with the chemical messenger dopamine. The function of dopamine is being responsible for your pleasure feelings, reward system and motivation. A properly functioning reward system motivates a person to repeat behaviours needed to get ahead and live, such as eating and spending time with loved ones.
Seeking treatment at rehabilitation centres could aid in achieving those pleasures. High intensity intervals of dopamine in the reward circuit cause the reinforcement of pleasurable but unhealthy behaviours like using drugs, resulting in repeating the behaviour again and again. This is why rehabilitation centres include certain practical activities to their programme such as “activities of daily living”, it will encourage and motivate you to be productive.
As you continue to use drugs, the brain adapts by reducing the ability of cells in the reward circuit to respond to it. This reduces the high or euphoric feeling you feel compared to the high you felt when first ever using the drug, this is known as tolerance. Ultimately you may find that you have been taking more of your drug of choice to achieve that same euphoria you once felt before.
What is loss of control?
Loss of control relating to substance dependence refers to the inability of an addict to stop using once started and the inability to refrain from substance use following a period of abstinence. This has been attributed to impairments in the area of the brain that is responsible for executive functions including behavioural autonomy and self-control. Rehabilitation centres need you to identify your loss of control to achieve future control of your life.
Loss of control can be described and depicted as the following:
1. Using more of the substance than you intended
Once you start using your substance of choice or at times any mind or mood altering substance you may find it difficult to stop. Have you ever noticed that once you start using you become oblivious to time and the obligations you have, perhaps you have missed an appointment recently as a result of your using or stood up a family member or friend.
Does this sound familiar? Your roommate says he’s just going to have one or two beers over at a friend’s place. You drop by about an hour later and find that he’s finished a six pack and is heading into a new one. Can you possibly relate to this scenario?
Rehabilitation centres aid you in identifying these specific scenarios and events in your life and point out specifically where you lost the control and the negative affects it had for you.
2. Using the substance longer than the intended time
You may at times find difficulty in stopping once you have started dipping your toes or your nose into your substance of choice.
Can you think of a time where you told your spouse or partner or family member you are only going out for a quick drink with the boys or sundowner with the girls? However the outing doesn’t quite end as quickly as you had intended or thought it would. Next thing you know it past midnight and you are stumbling through the front door.
Times like the above mentioned can leave your loved ones angry and resentful, rehabilitation centres in Cape Town work with you and your loved by enabling them with the knowledge and understanding you gain about addiction after completion of a substance dependence programme.
3. Not being able to keep track of how much of the substance you have used
It is likely to be the case that you underestimate the amount you are using or have used. This would be because you usually do not keeping track in the first place because again, your use is not in a socially manner but rather a manner of overindulgence.
Believe it or not, if you are asked by a therapist how much you use and your answer is “I don’t know” it is probably the most accurate and honest answer. You might try downplaying the amount you use by giving low amounts but that would only be to make you feel better but in fact when going to have a look at your bank balance for example and calculating the amount you have spent on your substance of choice you will come to realise that it is probably quite a bit more than you would like to admit.
Have you had to beg, steal or borrow to support your substance dependence disorder? Have you chosen to spend your money on your substance of choice instead of purchasing food? Admitting yourself for treatment at rehabilitation centres Cape Town can guide you in making better choices with regards to fundamental needs to live a healthy lifestyle.
7 parts of your life that is affected by your unmanageability.
Unmanageability may be more than a symptom of addiction; it could be the reason why you use substances and or alcohol to self-medicate. If you can relate to the below then rehabilitation centres could be the place to find manageability in your life.
1. Social Life: Public drunkenness; public aggression; not being included in party invitations, loss of friends, turning down social invitations; insulting behavior.
Rehabilitation centres will tease out incidents where unmanageability in your social life has occurred. These incidents could be permanently damaging to long standing relationships with friends and loved ones. Rehabilitation centres can also work therapeutically with your friends and loved ones in hopes to repair your broken relationship.
2. Personal Life: Loss of weight; weight gain; neglect of personal hygiene and appearance; sloppiness; unwanted pregnancy; abortions; high risk sexual behavior, domestic accidents; homelessness; loss of interest in hobbies; overdosing.
Participating in healthy behaviors does not only pertain to your thoughts and substance use when searching for treatment. Rehabilitation centres will give you the guidance you need to take back your self-care physically, psychologically and spiritually.
3. Ethical and Legal: Drinking & driving; violence; stealing; fraud; lying; cheating; criminality; damage to property; deviant sexual acts; misuse of prescribed drugs; professional misconduct; marital infidelity, etc.
Being convicted of a crime carries a stigma but also has lasting effects on your life. Seeking treatment at rehabilitation centres Cape Town cannot reverse those incidents or remove the damage done, it can however make you understand why you allowed your substance dependency to cause such damage.
4. Financial: Overspending, debts; loss of business; loss of contracts; loss of property; demotions; using money for alcohol or drugs instead of family.
We all need money to survive. The amount of money we need depends on our lifestyle and buying choices.
As you are reading this would you rather spend your savings on treatment in rehabilitation centres in Cape Town, or would you consider spending your savings on your substances of choice as the “better buy”
5. Family and relationships: Domestic violence; emotional/verbal/sexual abuse; family arguments; broken promises; divorce; lying; neglect of children; putting family at risk; family break-ups; embarrassing family members; threatening suicide; emotional blackmail.
Rehabilitation centres Cape Town can do phenomenal work with you and your family. Offering your family support and guidance should be of priority to the rehabilitation centre.
6. Work/Academic: Endangering others; letting colleagues down; avoiding responsibility; high absenteeism rate; late arrival and early departures; silly mistakes; shifting responsibility; letting clients down; failing exams; dropping out.
The above is quite self-explanatory. Whether you thought you could maintain your high academic results or continue your career seamlessly, I am sure you have realized that you have let yourself down in those departments. By seeking treatment at rehabilitation centres Cape Town you give yourself the opportunity to rectify and continue your aspiring career by ensuring you are clear headed and productive.
7. Health: Physical/ Mental and Emotional Nutritional deficiencies; heart problems; liver damage; broken bones; insomnia, depression, paranoia, hallucinations, psychosis, anxiety.
Our health should always be a priority as your body is your vessel and without good functioning organs your quality of life won’t be that great. Rehabilitation centres Cape Town will have trained medical professionals to ensure all you medical needs are seen to and that you are well looked after.
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