Drug addiction impacts the lives of many people throughout the United States. Even those not using drugs can relate to the negative impact of a family member or friend struggling with addiction. Drug addiction often occurs as a result of underlying issues, like stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, and low self-esteem.
Buckhead Behavioral Health of Atlanta, Georgia is here to help those with drug addictions. We also treat underlying mental health issues often driving drug addiction. Our structured drug rehab programs empower you or your loved one to thrive in a life of recovery.
What is Drug Addiction?
Drugs are chemicals that can potentially over a period of time cause major damage to the body and the brain. When someone states that someone is suffering from illicit drug abuse and addiction, one should also consider the long-term harm it causes to your body.
Users can take drugs through inhalation (smoking), ingestion (eating), and injection (through a needle). The effects depending on the method can take minutes or hours to affect the user. Injection, for example, gives the user an immediate effect, since the drug is injected immediately into their bloodstream. Ingestion can take a few hours because the drug has to be digested to enter your bloodstream.
Over 7 million users risk dying from Illicit drugs, due to the fact that 700,000 deaths per year occur from drug abuse. What does that mean? This means that illegal drug use kills more people than those that suffer from heart attacks (655,000), cancer (599,000), or any other cause of death. From these outrageous numbers of deaths, over 550,000 of those deaths come from increased risk of disease or injury and another 160,000 come from drug overdoses.
What is Drug Rehab in Atlanta, GA?
Drug rehab in Atlanta offers several levels of care to meet your needs. The professional staff at Buckhead Behavioral Health will guide you or your loved one to the right treatment plan
Drug rehab programs at Buckhead Behavioral Health include:
Partial Hospitalization (PHP)
PHP, also known as day treatment, is the most intensive type of outpatient drug rehab available. Hence, PHP is great for those stepping down from inpatient or residential treatment. You can also enter a PHP if you don’t need residential treatment yet still need a high level of care.
During PHP, you attend the program for several hours per day for 3 to 5 days each week. You can live at home during PHP or at a sober living facility.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
IOP is similar to PHP. However, you attend IOP less often than PHP, usually in the evening hours. IOP is excellent if you have work, school, or family responsibilities. Typically, IOP lasts for about 3 to 4 hours per session about 3 days per week. Many facilities also offer telehealth IOP options for even more flexibility.
Outpatient Drug Rehab
Outpatient drug rehab is the least restrictive rehab program available. Therefore, you only need to attend treatment for a few hours or less each week. Outpatient drug rehab could be regularly meeting with a therapist or attending group therapy once a week for instance.
Fortunately, Buckhead Behavioral Health also provides outpatient detox services. These services are great if you need to detox, yet you don’t require the 24/7 supervision of inpatient detox.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
In addition, any of these outpatient programs could include MAT. MAT combines behavioral therapy with FDA-approved medications. These medications reduce the risk of relapse and lessen the severity of withdrawal symptoms during early recovery.
Your treatment plan could include MAT as you progress through any level of care in drug rehab. For instance, you might use MAT from inpatient detox to outpatient drug rehab.
Substance Abuse Disorder
The clinical term for substance abuse is ‘substance abuse disorder’, and describes a compulsive, addictive use of drugs. Users consume alcohol, marijuana, hallucinogens, and opioids.
There are various short-term and long-term health effects to drug addiction, but regardless of the consequences, addicted users will keep using these addictive substances.
Negative Health Effects of Drug Addiction
Drug addiction can cause several short and long-term negative physical health effects. Some of these issues occur only while on the drug. On the other hand, several health effects worsen with continued substance abuse and lead to permanent damage. However, many of these effects can improve or go away by quitting and entering rehab.
- Weakened immune system leading to illness and infection
- Heart conditions which could lead to heart attacks or disease
- Nausea and stomach pain resulting in unhealthy weight loss
- Live strain and liver damage, leading to liver failure
- Stroke, seizure and brain damage
- Lung diseases
- Regular living is harder with memory, attention, and decision making declining
- Full body effects such as body temperature, heart rate,
- Deaths, with the leading drug being opioids and heroin
Effects Drugs Have on the Brain
There are many drugs that can contain components that affect the brain, whether it’s alcohol, nicotine, cocaine, or any other substance. Drugs can interrupt the users’ mental processes such as their regular thought patterns, emotions, physical, or behavioral symptoms can appear.
In regards to short-term effects, these can include hallucinations, paranoia, and impaired judgement. However, long term effects can be more severe which may include a loss of self-control, increased impulsiveness, and increased levels of addiction.
These addictive substances affect a part of the brain called the limbic system. This regulates the reward mechanism and handles behavioral and emotional responses to our deepest survival instincts. This part of the brain also connects to our fight-or-flight responses, which is why some drug symptoms include paranoia, aggressiveness, and impulsive behavior.
Drug Effects on Instinct and Mood
Chronic drug abuse can lead to short and long-term effects on the brain. This can lead to negative moods like depression and anxiety. Drug users average out to be twice as likely to suffer from anxiety disorders as the general population. While it’s not clear that drug abuse is causing anxiety, the overall issue is that leads to both disorders occurring.
As one continues to abuse drugs, these substances have shown the potential to cause extreme effects on one’s instincts and mood. Over a long-term period, drug use can slow down one’s learning process, judgment ability, decision-making, and damaged memory. The addictive nature of these substances makes the user want to keep using, even though there are visible negative effects on one’s life.
Behavioral Effects of Drug Addiction
There are many adversarial effects of drug abuse, ranging from drunk driving which can kill innocent bystanders to domestic violence and punishable offenses, which will ultimately result in jail time. The daily effects on some casual users can include lack of focus, increased aggression and frustration, a loss of self-control, and more addictive behavior patterns.
Drug addiction can start slowly, but because of its addictive nature and chronic habits, it can lead to excessive use that will cause harm to the individual or society. The process of addiction may come from other mental health issues that already existed. While the nature of substances is that they are addictive on their own, they will act as a crutch and get harder to stop.
Pregnancy and Drug Abuse
Unborn babies get all their nutrition, oxygen, and other substances from the mother, so if she is using drugs, she’ll pass them down to the baby. This can lead to premature births, low birth weight, and can even cause withdrawal symptoms for the newborn child. Moreover, the impurities from drugs are so harmful to the baby, they can cause long-term birth defects. Some of these affects which may include learning or behavioral issues, or other problems later in life.
Can Drug Abuse Be Treated?
Short answer, yes. There is an effective treatment for drug abuse to end addiction for good. The treatment process can take a long time, and it’s harder depending on the drugs taken and the level of addiction. Drug rehab in Atlanta involves quitting substances, learning new mental frameworks, emotional regulation, and dealing with problems head-on to improve.
If you’re looking for treatment plans, then you’re a part of the improving minority. Drug use is on the rise, and we’re helping to increase the rise of treatment as well. Reach out to Buckhead Behavioral Health if you or someone you know have suffered from any level of drug use, and we’ll see how we can help.
Drug Rehab in Atlanta, Georgia
Buckhead Behavioral Health is a luxury addiction treatment facility and drug rehab in Atlanta, Georgia. Offering individualized treatment, our staff at Buckhead Behavioral Health offers evidenced-based practices to help individuals recover from addiction in a safe and structured setting free from distractions. Contact us today to learn more about drug rehab in Atlanta.