Do you have questions about addiction or how the treatment process works at Harmony Place? This resource will answer some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from clients, or family members of clients, to help you better understand our treatment facility. If there is a question that isn’t answered for you here, please feel free to give us a call and our caring staff will be able to answer it for you.
Drug and Alcohol Addiction FAQs
How do I know if a loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol?
Even though addiction can affect each individual differently, there are some common signs that someone is abusing drugs or alcohol.
These may include:
- Loss of interest in activities that were once very important
- Frequent absence from school and/or work
- Changes in sleeping and eating habits
- Weight loss
- No regard for personal hygiene
- Attitude changes
- Lack of motivation for normal activities
- Legal problems such as fighting, possession of drugs, underage drinking, driving while intoxicated, etc.
- Mood swings
- Financial problems
How does addiction affect the brain?
Substance abuse and addiction can affect the brain in a number of ways. No matter what the drug of choice is, addiction will cause cravings. These cravings can become so strong that they can cause the mind to only focus on the craving or fix.
This can affect many areas of the brain including:
- The ability to make rational decisions
- Behavioral issues such as anger or emotional outbursts
- Drug and alcohol abuse causes increased levels of dopamine in the brain, which is in the brain’s pleasure center. The brain will want to continuously feel this sort of “pleasure” when abused by drugs and alcohol.
- They will often say they don’t feel “normal” without drugs or alcohol, making it difficult for them to focus and think clearly.
What is the difference between dependence and addiction?
When someone is dependent on drugs or alcohol, different areas of their brain are affected in comparison to those who are addicted.
Dependence can occur when an individual is prescribed a drug for pain or illness and their body physically needs it in order to prevent withdrawal symptoms.
Addiction is the behavior where people will compulsively use the substance regardless of the outcome. Many times they are unable to stop using the substance and they can build up physical dependence as well. Both correspond with one another and a supervised detox may be recommended, depending upon the longevity of use and physical tolerance.
Can I bring my pet to treatment?
We’re very open to discussing your individual needs. If necessary, we can make considerations for those who need to have their pet in treatment as long as it directly benefits their recovery goals.
Are family members involved in the treatment process? If so, how?
Family and friends can play a key role in the recovery process. We encourage family and friends to be part of the process, and our staff will help by offering family therapy sessions. We encourage constant support from family members during and after treatment since the transition can be crucial to recovery.
Is detox included in the program?
We offer a sub-acute detox program which in most cases allows you to detox at our facility. This reduces any transition time between detox and treatment. We want the entire healing process to be as seamless as possible.
Does your facility include mental health services?
Addiction is a disease that is often co-occurring with other disorders. We have a psychiatrist on staff along with other medical professionals who are fully qualified to treat most psychiatric illnesses.
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