Although significant progress has been made to reduce the stigma of drug addiction, it can still feel incredibly difficult to admit to yourself or loved ones that your drug use has become unmanageable and you require help. Furthermore, it might be a tough, emotional journey encouraging a loved one to recognize that they have a drug addiction and require help.
At Beachcomber, we understand that drug addiction is a unique and devastating condition which affects all people, regardless of social status or any other intersection of society. Therefore, we treat each person with compassionate, understanding care with the sole purpose of helping to regain their confidence and self-respect, take responsibility for their addiction and begin their journey to recovery.
What is meant by a drug addiction?
It can sometimes appear confusing as to how some people are able to use drugs occasionally, with no repercussions, whereas others are unable to limit their use and drugs become the central part of their lives, by which everything else revolves, including friends, family and work.
According to the DSM-5; drug addiction is more concerned with the stimulation of the brain’s reward system; the brain releases pleasure hormones such as dopamine when substances are consumed, creating the ‘high’ that addicted people will continue to chase. Some people will experience a high from drugs so powerfully that they prioritize using drugs over everything else; their daily routine, their hygiene, relationships and employment. This demonstrates an addiction.
Signs and symptoms that somebody may be suffering from a drug addiction
While it is understood that drug addiction will affect each individual differently, depending on their family structure, relationships, access to employment and many other factors, it is possible to identify several behavioral patterns which indicate a person may be struggling with a drug addiction.
These are often:
- A person becoming more withdrawn and isolated that unusual without any genuine explanation
- A person neglecting hobbies or activities they used to enjoy, instead choosing to spend time with people at events which enable or allow their drug use
- A person appearing secretive, dishonest or misleading about places they go and people they spend time with
- A person displaying noticeable, different and significant mood swings; especially when they are unable to access or use drugs
- A person attempting, but appearing unable to cut down or stop using drugs, despite positive intentions
- A person becoming unreliable and dishonest about money, often being without money without any explanation for why and asking to borrow from many different people without paying it back
- A person encountering negative consequences as a result of using drugs, such as hospitalization, unemployment or arrest, but continuing to take drugs
Treatment options for drug addiction
At Beachcomber, we understand that there is no “one size fits all” for people suffering from drug addiction. We believe drug addiction treatment must address the root causes for why a person is taking drugs, and what that means for them. Once a person has stopped taking drugs; this is just the beginning.
Our treatment options offer a detoxification treatment, for those that have developed a psychological and physical addiction to their substance of choice. This service will provide high quality care and compassion to those going through a withdrawal process, which can be a dangerous process if done without professional medical care.
Furthermore, Beachcomber recognizes that once the drugs are out of a person system; this is where the work begins. We offer a range of holistic therapy services such as Meditation and Yoga alongside one to one, group therapy and outpatient treatment to suit each person’s unique, individual needs, to help them towards a future without drug addiction.
A full list of our services is:
- Inpatient Residential Treatment
- One-to-one Therapy
- Group therapy
- Family/couples therapy
- Rapid Resolution Therapy
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
- Yoga Therapy
- Meditation Therapy