As you reflect on your condition during your search for a treatment facility to overcome your substance addiction, it is important to keep in mind your overall health, which includes your emotional and physical needs. When you start to choose a treatment facility, you owe it to yourself to find someplace that offers you the chance to heal your body from the ravages — those immediate and potentially long-term — of excessive drug use for an extended time.
What Are Some of the Physical Effects That Happen During Your Drug Use That You Need to Correct During Rehabilitation and Beyond?
You probably feel some of the physical effects of addiction, whether you have identified them or not. The Mayo Clinic notes that, at the very least, you probably lack energy and motivation, and you have probably all but abandoned any efforts to keep up physical fitness. Those are probably only some of the most minor physical health considerations you face, especially depending on the type of drug, or drugs, that you use.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, your body potentially undergoes a large range of changes to try to accommodate the excessive foreign substance it isn’t naturally accustomed to processing. Each drug creates its own effects on various organs, but there are other factors to consider, such as changes in appetite — either greatly excessive or non-existent — and metabolism, heart rate irregularities, respiratory problems, contraction of HIV or hepatitis, kidney and liver damage, and an increase in body temperature, which could affect many other physical functions in the future.
As frightening as all of those potentially life-altering conditions sound, you are now making the choice to put a stop to the behaviors that could lead you toward deteriorating health. With the right support team at a committed treatment facility, you can avoid these health concerns, or if you already suffer from any of these health issues, you can begin the process of controlling and slowing their negative impact.
The Best Programs Start With a Healthy Approach to Safe Detoxification
If you haven’t already weaned your body from drug use, you will need help from professionals. Find a treatment facility that offers medically supervised detoxification, so you can feel gentle support during the difficult drug withdrawal process. This process of removing the toxins from your system takes anywhere from three to five days, so you want to make sure there are medical professionals with you to monitor your progress and help you through the discomfort it can cause.
Choose a Treatment Facility Program
When you choose a treatment facility plan, focus on infusing your program with healthy endeavors, when possible. In addition to your counseling sessions, participate in yoga, nutrition and meditation sessions to help heal your body as you continue to work on moving forward from the addiction. These physical focal points are tools that you can take with you once you finish your program and continue through your aftercare. Removing old bad habits, such as drugs and the poor eating and lifestyle that accompany them, and replacing them with these physical and spiritual focal points offer you an active and positive strategy.
Aftercare and All the Healthy Possibilities
Once you complete your facility-based treatment, you are ready to face the world with the tools you’ve acquired from the dedicated staff. You won’t face the world alone, though. You will work with graduates of your program who understand your struggles from the time you still used drugs and during the time you face the world without them. You will find all kinds of additional support available, as well, which include recovery workshops, evening groups and individual therapy sessions to keep you feeling secure and on track.
When you are ready, we are here to help you choose a treatment facility.
If you feel ready to stop suffering and worrying about your future health and start healing, contact us today for a free consultation with our caring staff.
- Drug Addiction Symptoms, Mayo Clinic, December 5, 2014, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/drug-addiction/basics/symptoms/con-20020970
- Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse, National Institute on Drug Abuse, December 2012, http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/medical-consequences-drug-abuse/other-health-effects
- The Healthy Place, January 14, 2014, http://www.healthyplace.com/addictions/drug-addiction/effects-of-drug-addiction-physical-and-psychological/
- National Institute on Drug Abuse, November 2012, http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/understanding-drug-abuse-addiction