The use of a mood-altering substance or drug in which the user takes the substance in amounts that is not approved or supervised by a medical professional. Lack of impulse control and impulsive behavior is often included in substance abuse patterns. Some of the drugs that are abused include alcohol, amphetamines, methamphetamine, benzodiazepines, cocaine, and opioids to name a few.
Abuse of these substances can lead to criminal justice penalties along with possible physical, social and psychological harm. Sometimes permanent and long term physical and/or emotional damages can occur in individuals abusing substances, including alcohol. As it is said in 12-step programs, addiction can lead to jails, institutions and death. This is the honest truth about the potential of any kind of an addiction that is left untreated.
This disease of addiction, more than any other, destroys families. It is chronic and it is progressive. Family members come to accept unacceptable behaviors and develop coping strategies that are self-destructive. The disease of chemical dependency controls and dominates the family, even when the addict/alcoholic is highly functioning.
What has become the "automatic" response to chronic dilemmas develops into behaviors that are destructive to one self and/or others. But even the most hopeless people, couples and families have chosen recovery and have developed a joyful life in their own recovery. This recovery begins in family counseling and a support system that includes Alanon or other 12-step based groups.
Drug & Alcohol Education
The goal at Wellminded is to provide essential social and emotional support along with the life skills necessary for a happy, balanced life. We are committed to providing education about addiction and what it is and isn't. Scientific advances over the past decade have taught that addiction is a brain disease that develops over time as a result of the initially voluntary behavior of using drugs/alcohol. The consequence is virtually an uncontrollable compulsive drug craving, seeking and use that interferes with if not destroys a person's functioning in the family and in society. This medical condition or disease requires formal, professional treatment.
We now know:
The brain mechanisms through which drugs modify mood, perception and emotional states.
Using drugs/alcohol repeatedly over time changes brain structure and function in fundamental and long-lasting ways that can continue long after the use is stopped.
Addiction comes about through an array of neuro-adaptive changes and affects new memory connections in the brain.
Addicts can't stop using chemicals by sheer force of will alone. The data shows that the best addiction treatment approaches address the entire person, combining the use of evidence-based treatment practices, repairing brain chemistry, behavioral therapies and necessary social service-based resources.
Our program is a highly effective integrative model focusing on the whole person. We begin by evaluating an individual's physical imbalances. Through a pro-recovery diet and targeted supplementation using amino acids, biochemical brain chemistry imbalances can be corrected naturally and pretty quickly. The brain gets the nourishment that it requires and begins to rebuild and heal.
Symptoms of a balanced biochemistry:
- Reduction or Elimination of Cravings for Substances
- Clear Thinking
- Improved Sleep
- Reduced or elimination of anxiety/depression
- Positive Attitude
- Calm Mood
- Improved Focus
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