What is the Science Behind Addiction?

Not everyone who drinks alcohol or uses drugs is an addict. However, continued, problematic use can lead an individual down the path to addiction. 

The science behind addiction shows that while no one factor causes addiction, many common factors exist that can predict an increased likelihood. Scientific studies have also told us the most effective ways to treat addiction and help individuals maintain sobriety.

At Total RMH, we believe the science. Using top-of-the-line IV therapies, we support our clients through detoxification and addiction treatment. Our goal is to get you back on your feet faster, and we do that with our 4R addiction treatment program. Relief, Repair, Recover, and Rebuild are the foundations in which we transition our clients. 

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What is addiction?

Addiction is a mental health disorder that is defined as a chronic disease revolving around repeated substance use regardless of physical or mental impact. Individuals who become addicted to substances don’t start out with the belief they will become addicted, but drugs and alcohol impact how the brain functions and the reward center in the brain. By altering these essential functions, individuals can become addicted and are unable to stop using without help. 

People with a family history of addiction or who are exposed to addiction at an early age are more likely to experience addiction themselves. Additionally, individuals who use drugs in developmental stages like teen years and early adulthood have a greater likelihood of developing an addiction as use began at a time that decision-making and judgment are still being developed.

Is addiction more than just a lack of self-control?

Addiction is more than just a lack of self-control. Heavy drinking or problematic drug use may start out as a lack of self-control or even worsen due to it, but addiction at its base is the inability to stop using regardless of the problems it causes.

A heavy drinker or a person who uses drugs has the ability to stop. It may be challenging, but they can achieve sobriety without the negative health effects that a person who is addicted to drugs has.

Individuals experiencing addiction need help, not judgment. At Total RMH, our expert staff is compassionate and ready to support individuals who are ready to make a change. 

The Science Behind Addiction

A person who is addicted to drugs or alcohol experiences a much more difficult time when they make the decision to stop using the substance. Addicts can experience changes in emotions, behavior, and personality while using drugs. But long-term consequences can impact “learning, judgment, decision-making, stress, memory, and behavior.” This means that the science behind addiction can prove that while use can impact the present, it can also impact your future.

Scientific study has also proven that addiction is not something that can be cured. It is, however, a pervasive and chronic disorder that can be managed. Through specific behavioral treatment and the development of relapse prevention strategies, individuals can develop the necessary skills to maintain sobriety. 

Total RMH – Regenerative Health for Your Future Self

At Total RMH, we believe that there is change and opportunity in every choice. Making the choice to detox and go through addiction treatment with Total RMH is a choice you won’t regret. With the best, newest, and most innovative IV therapy and addiction counseling, our program is designed to get working professions and individuals back up on their feet quicker and with less trouble. 

By focusing on relief, repair, recovery, and rebuilding, we work with our clients to support their rehabilitation goals. With Total RMH, our goal is for you to leave our facility feeling better, younger, and healthier. 

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How Does Alcohol Affect the Brain and Central Nervous System?

Alcohol is a legal drug that impacts the body when consumed. Its impact on the brain and central nervous system can be immediate and profound. 

To make a change today, contact Total RMH. Our Rapid Detox Outpatient Program is designed to get you back on your feet and focused on your recovery in under a week. We believe in improving both the mental and physical health of our clients through IV treatments and licensed therapeutic treatment. Contact us today to see how our treatment programs are changing the game.

How does alcohol affect the brain and central nervous system?

Alcohol’s effect on individuals can be vast, varying, and long-lasting. Alcohol can affect how the brain processes information and emotions and how the central nervous system controls the body in both the short and long term.

Alcohol affects how the brain processes information and emotions in the long and short term. In the short term, alcohol lowers inhibitions and may cause someone to process information slower and experience emotions outside their normal scope. For example, individuals that are intoxicated may engage in more risky behaviors like driving while drinking or having unprotected sex. Both situations may have long-term consequences that aren’t considered at the time.

In the long-term emotions and processing can be affected too. Alcohol can be linked to learning deficits, dementia, and other memory disorders. It can also be linked to personality disorders and other changes that are related to the impact of alcohol use on the body.

Alcohol impacts the central nervous system when consumed. In the short term, it can cause loss of motor control, loss of perception and coordination, impairment in hearing and vision, and other uncomfortable side effects. These are the damaging side effects that make drinking alcohol dangerous for individuals to drive or consume alcohol under the age of 21.

Long-term central nervous system effects are also possible with chronic alcohol abuse. Individuals who drink consistently and chronically have a higher risk for many additional health problems. Diseases such as liver cirrhosis, pancreatitis, and cancers are all possible as a result of chronic alcohol use.

If you suspect that you or a loved one are struggling with alcohol addiction, it is important to get help now. Our program at Total RMH focuses on recovery and rehabilitation in a method that works for you.

How to Get Help with an Alcohol Addiction Today

If you are ready to get help with alcohol addiction today, there are several ways to do this. You can attend a traditional addiction treatment program, an outpatient program, or a rapid detox outpatient program. 

Traditional addiction treatment programs include inpatient residential detox and treatment. Through these traditional measures, you are monitored through natural detoxification from the drugs and alcohol in your system. This can be uncomfortable and even painful for individuals who have previously chronic use. Following detoxification, clients are transitioned into long-term residential treatment where they focus on supporting their mental and emotional health. Following that, continued treatment and alumni care is available.

Some individuals may transition immediately to outpatient care. Through this process, individuals detox on their own and attend regular counseling and group therapy sessions to support their recovery. This is often useful for individuals with less severe addiction use disorder or those who have previously attended a treatment facility.

The last option is to attend a rapid detox outpatient program. Through this style of treatment, individuals get the rapid detox necessary to aid in lessening withdrawal symptoms. Treatment is provided over the phone or an internet meeting. In this process, clients are detoxed and working towards being physically healthy while they address the emotional and mental toll of addiction. This option gets individuals feeling better sooner and they are better able to focus on recovery without the nasty impact of a long withdrawal process.

Total RMH – Changing Recovery 

At Total Regenerative Medical Health, we believe in changing recovery for the better. We want our clients to feel relief by the time they end our rapid detox program. Giving the body initial relief from drugs and withdrawal, clients can better focus on their own personal recovery and rehabilitation. By helping clients to restore total body health, they can better focus on their future.
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