Addiction and Substance Abuse
Addiction and substance abuse is a complex disorder which is characterized by compulsive drug or alcohol use. Addicted people experience an overwhelming and uncontrollable need for drugs or alcohol even if it means loss of work and relationships. Repeated drug use forms a chemical dependency and causes long lasting changes to the way the brain functions and operates. These changes interfere with a person’s ability to think clearly, exercise good judgment, control your behavior and feel normal without drugs.
Substance abuse is a progressive disease that over time can turn into a strong physical and psychological craving which then needs professional intervention to counteract and treat the disease of addiction. While each drug produces different effects, all abused substances share one thing in common. They hijack the brain’s normal “reward” pathways and alter the areas of the brain responsible for self – control, judgment, emotional regulation, motivation, memory and learning. All abused substances, including alcohol, heroin, Xanax, speed, or nicotine, Vicodin act on different pathways in the brain but result in the same uncontrollable need to obtain more of the substance, which, in turn, creates a significant disruption in daily living.
At Caron Texas alcohol treatment and drug rehab facility, we have the expertise, research and tools to help you or your loved one with a substance abuse problem. For patients under treatment, we first treat the primary chemical dependency, including any withdrawal symptoms and co-occurring mental health conditions. Each patient’s individualized alcohol treatment and drug rehab plan consists of individual, group and family therapy along with cognitive and behavioral therapy to help a person recover and return to their life as quickly as possible, armed with addiction education and other tools to promote aftercare recovery