Drug addiction is a growing problem in the United States. With so many people overdosing each year, it’s critical to understand how addiction works and affects you so that you can seek the help you need from Renaissance Recovery. People don’t get addicted all at once. It starts with physical dependence. Physical dependence and addiction are basically the same because of how they impact your body.
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What Is Physical Dependence?
Physical dependence refers to your body having a physical need for whatever drug you are taking. This means that if you try to stop taking the drug, you’ll experience uncomfortable symptoms known as withdrawal. Physical dependence can occur gradually or, with some drugs, happen quite rapidly. The withdrawal may vary depending on what type of drug you’re taking.
Signs Of Physical Dependence
As noted, every drug is different, but you’ll notice some common symptoms of physical dependence when you stop taking the drug. These usually occur about 12 hours after the last dose, although it could be sooner.
Some of the symptoms you may experience when you stop taking a drug abruptly include:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Excessive mucus or runny nose
- Other aches and pains
The symptoms you experience will depend on what drug you used. Not everyone goes through all of them. There also could be some you have that aren’t on the list.
What To Do When Dealing With Physical Dependence?
If you are struggling with physical dependence and drug addiction, the best course of action is to enter substance abuse treatment. At a rehab clinic, you can safely detox from the physical dependence and move forward with life. A treatment center will offer evidence-based therapies designed to get to the root of your problem, so you don’t suffer a relapse. Some of these therapies include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy — this therapy works on changing your mindset to have more positive thoughts and actions.
- Dialectical-behavior therapy — through DBT, you learn coping mechanisms instead of turning to drugs.
- Holistic therapy — you’ll use natural remedies for healing during holistic treatment.
- Trauma-based therapy — if you’ve suffered from trauma in the past, then resolving the underlying problem helps you cope without self-medicating.
- Family therapy — mend family relationships and learn better communication skills through family therapy.
- Group therapy — in a group setting, you can safely discuss your inner feelings and learn strategies from the others.
As you go through the detox and therapy journey, you will begin to heal from physical dependence as well as from inner psychological wounds. Therapy gets to the root of your pain and helps you understand why you used drugs in the first place. Often drugs serve as a numbing agent, but once your inner issues are resolved, then you don’t need them any longer.
Seek Help For Your Addiction At Renaissance Recovery
At a rehab facility, trained professionals will lead you through the process of withdrawal and make sure you are comfortable and cared for. You don’t have to go through this alone. At Renaissance Recovery, our compassionate therapists are ready to help you navigate a brand-new future that is bright with promise. Some of the treatment programs that we offer include:
- Partial hospitalization program
- Intensive outpatient treatment program
- Outpatient treatment program
- Medication-assisted treatment program
- Men’s rehab treatment program
- Women’s rehab treatment program
- Sober living at The District
Don’t let physical dependence steal your hope in life. You can overcome an addiction problem by reaching out to a quality rehab center. Contact Renaissance Recovery at [Direct] today, and we’ll get your loved one on the road to recovery.