Addiction Treatment Programs
It doesn’t matter if you’re young, old, rich, or poor. Many people suffering from the burden of substance abuse end up in financial and legal trouble because of their issues. The acts they take can place themselves or loved ones in danger. When it gets to that point for you or a loved one, it’s time to look into addiction treatment programs at Gaudenzia across Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington, DC.
Gaudenzia offers treatment to those dealing with a substance use disorder. Our addiction treatment programs provide support to a diverse clientele. The staff at Gaudenzia works hard to provide everyone who comes to us with a viable treatment plan. We want every client to get well and find a path toward a brighter future. Contact Gaudenzia today at 833.647.0719 to learn more about our treatment programs.
What is a Substance Use Disorder?
A substance use disorder is where a person takes too much of a substance above and beyond normal limits. It’s also where people take illegal drugs like heroin. The way people consume substances affects how quickly they feel the impacts. For instance, injectable drugs produce a more immediate high than taking them orally. No matter what, excess consumption of drugs or alcohol impacts how the brain functions. It starts experiencing an increase in dopamine production.
Dopamine regulates our emotions, decision-making, and how we process pleasure and pain. People often turn to substance abuse as a way of dealing with stress or trauma. Many of them have an undiagnosed mental health disorder that they are trying to self-medicate through drugs and alcohol. Gaudenzia’s addiction treatment programs are a way to offer people a safe place to heal and recover.
The Cost of Substance Use Disorders
Effects of a Substance Use Disorder on Mental Health
Research shows a lot of overlap between people dealing with an undiagnosed mental health problem and a substance use disorder. Factors like genetics and environment can play a large role in the development of these issues.
Stress also plays a huge role in how people manage substance use. PTSD and childhood trauma can also increase the risk of a person developing a mental health disorder that they self-medicate through drugs and alcohol.
A long-term substance-use disorder may exacerbate an existing mood disorder or other mental illness. Excessive drug and alcohol consumption over a long period can change brain chemistry. It can be difficult to determine which condition drives a person’s actions.
People with a co-occurring disorder, where they have a mental illness and an addiction issue, need a full spectrum of treatment. Gaudenzia works with each client enrolled in one of their addiction and mental health treatment programs to come up with a therapy plan to address all aspects of their illness.
Nearly 1 in five veterans diagnosed with PTSD also suffered from a mental health disorder.
When to Seek Out an Addiction Treatment Program
Many people see themselves as being social when they consume alcohol or take drugs. It’s a rite of passage, something that helps them bond with peers. It can be hard to recognize when prescription pills or drinks during the day become a crutch, without which you may have a hard time functioning normally.
When it comes to alcohol, signs you may need to start looking into inpatient addiction treatment programs include not being able to get through the day without a drink. People taking too many prescription pills can start feeling jittery and unfocused if they try to slow down their consumption.
Friends and family often notice changes in an individual due to substance abuse. For that reason, people with a substance use disorder often pull away from those they care about to avoid judgment about their problem. It becomes more appealing to spend time alone drinking and using drugs versus answering uncomfortable questions.
As a substance use disorder progresses, it often affects a person’s cognitive abilities. The deterioration of brain cells can lead to a lack of focus at school or work. An individual can end up losing their job because of poor performance or because they stop showing up. They lose out on a career that they worked hard to build.
All the above are reasons to seek out treatment at an addiction treatment program. It could be the thing that gets someone back into a life free of addiction.
Available Treatment Options for Addiction
Studies show that up to 90 percent of people who need addiction treatment do not receive help. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatment options and recovery support services available at Gaudenzia, including:
Halfway House Services
Withdrawal Management/Detox/Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Mental Health/Co-Occurring Services
Prevention and Recovery Support Services
Additional Information About Addiction Treatment Programs
There are no guarantees when it comes to getting help for a substance use disorder. Still, deciding to take part in an addiction treatment program opens the door to walking away from the problems that come with living a life of addiction. Alongside addiction treatment programs for men and women, our Regional Addiction Program in Washington, DC accommodates transgender individuals.
Gaudenzia’s staff of addiction specialists and medical professionals evaluate each client upon arrival to develop a treatment plan most likely to help clients stay in recovery. We believe in the value of using the latest research when it comes to helping people overcome addiction. Clients get to experience living life according to a schedule while learning social skills and behavioral tools necessary to maintain a drug-free existence.