Drug addiction is a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug use, despite harmful consequences.

Some people are still under the impression that a drug user can just stop, but this is not how addiction works. This is why it cannot be treated with willpower or motivation alone.

Addiction is a lot like other diseases, such as heart disease. Both have the potential to disrupt organ function and create harmful effects, yet both are usually preventable and treatable. Without treatment, however, the conditions can last a lifetime and result in disability and death.

Fortunately, we know more about addiction than in previous decades, and we know what it takes to fight this disease. While addiction can’t exactly be cured, it can be successfully treated and managed. There are many, many people who have achieved long-term sobriety and are living their lives freely.

Why Do People Take Drugs in the First Place?

Whether you are searching for addiction treatment services for yourself or a loved one, it’s helpful to understand why a person starts using drugs in the first place. Let’s explore some of the top reasons why people fall into the cycle of drug abuse.

  • To feel good. Drugs hijack the brain and produce intense feelings of pleasure. Some people get hooked on the feelings of power, self-confidence, energy, satisfaction and/or relaxation. (The effects vary depending on the drug taken.)
  • To feel better. Sometimes, people use drugs to feel better about themselves or the situations they’re in. For example, someone who suffers from social anxiety might smoke marijuana to feel less self-conscious.
  • To perform better. Another reason why some people use drugs is to perform better. They may take drugs to focus better and get good grades, or they may use drugs to improve their abilities at sports.
  • Peer pressure. Teens are most affected by social pressure, though it can happen to anyone. Adolescence is a difficult time when the pressure to fit in can lead a young person to start experimenting with drugs.

What Types of Drug Addictions Do We Treat?

It’s important to understand why you or someone else may be abusing drugs, as this will help in figuring out how to stop. For instance, if you take drugs to increase confidence around your peers, it’s time to ask yourself why you feel insecure and what you can do to improve your confidence naturally.

While each drug is unique and causes its own effects, addiction tends to have the same symptoms. Still, it’s important to choose a treatment center that understands your addiction, the withdrawal effects that may occur and the safest, most effective ways to stop.

The addictions we treat are:

  • Alcohol addiction
  • Prescription drug addiction
  • Opioid addiction
  • Hallucinogens addiction
  • Stimulant addiction
  • Sleeping pill addiction
  • Marijuana addiction

Start Your Recovery from Drug Addiction At Shadow Hills Recovery

Shadow Hills Recovery is a detox and residential rehab facility that offers individualized treatment services for each client. We will make sure that your stay is comfortable and relaxing so that you can focus on getting better.

The past is behind you. With our help, you can conquer your addiction and start building a new life that will bring greater happiness than any drug can ever do.

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