What Is Addiction
Everything You Need to Know About Addiction
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), the world’s leading authority on addiction, uses the following definition:
“Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences.”
People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences.
Prevention efforts and treatment approaches for addiction are generally as successful as those for other chronic diseases.’
At Miracles Asia we pride ourselves with knowing that what we do actually works, and helps people find a long lasting recovery and happy life.
As a boutique drug, alcohol and behavioral addictions rehab in Thailand, on the beautiful island of Phuket, we have been treating people with addiction since 2017 with great results.
The disease of addiction is treatable, and people do recover.
Like any other disease, drug addiction recovery is possible and checking in to an addiction rehab center will give your recovery the best chances of success.
Addiction to alcohol or other drugs – or even compulsive behaviors like gambling or sex – is widely stigmatized and misunderstood.
The way we behave while we’re in active addiction is hard for family members and friends to see, and often they don’t understand why we can’t ‘just stop’.
That’s why rehab centers are there.
We need hands-on assistance to stop and stay stopped because of the compulsive nature of the disease – our best efforts led to nothing.
There’s no shame in asking for help.
“The meals were amazing, both the international and Thai dishes were delicious and healthy and my vegetarian diet was always accommodated. Snacks, sweets, and coffee are always available as was a beautiful coffee machine. Accommodation is in a luxury villa but the beauty is the program and the freedom it has given me – Thanks Mark and team! You Gave me my life is back!”
How To Ask For Help
One of the hardest things for people with a drug problem to do is ask for help. Sometimes it just seems easier to just keep on using, right?
You probably know you need help, but aren’t sure how to ask for it, even though you’re miserable and are sick and tired of being sick and tired.
The following are some ways you can ask for help:
Write a letter or an email
Writing is sometimes easier than saying it out loud, especially when it’s about asking for help.
There is something about writing that helps you to organise your thoughts in a way that makes sense.
You may even begin to understand more about yourself and your struggles by writing it down.
After you hit send, there’s no going back.
You’ve made the decision to ask for help and there’s usually a relief in that.
Ask a medical professional for help
Addiction is a disease and most doctors have been trained to know what to look for in someone who asks for help.
Make an appointment with your doctor, and tell them what has been going on, trusting that they will treat you with confidentiality.
Remember, they’ve heard it all before and won’t judge you. They may even know about a drug rehab center where you can go.
Talk to someone online or by phone
The internet has so much information on drug addiction and how to get help. This includes websites for drug rehabs, helpline numbers and chat rooms.
A quick search will give you many options from the anonymity of your computer.
It’s sometimes helpful to talk to a stranger before talking to someone you know in case they judge you.
Talk to someone who has had the same experience
If you know someone who has been through what you’re experiencing, they will know what to do, especially if they’ve found help themselves.
Find out what worked for them and figure out if the same thing would work for you.
You might find someone at a 12-Step meeting, like Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous, who is in recovery and will take time to talk with you about their experience of an addiction rehab.
Talk to someone you trust
Hopefully you have someone in your life who you can talk to about anything, even if they have no experience with drug addiction.
Maybe you need someone to listen so you can work out what’s going on yourself and whether you think you might need a drug rehab.
Benefits of asking for help
If you are able to make the effort and ask for help, chances are you will feel like a huge weight has been lifted and that you have taken steps in the right direction.
One of the behavioral aspects of addiction is carrying on using or drinking or behaving compulsively when we know the addiction interferes with achieving our goals.
We might say to ourselves ‘I know I’ve got a problem, but I just can’t stop.’
Even though your life might be out of control and things have begun to rapidly spiral downwards, it’s impossible to stop.
Addiction is a disease, not a disgrace and asking for help is the first step. Admitting you have a problem can feel like an immense relief.
A Chronic Disease of the Brain
Addiction is also often described as ‘a disease of the mind’. It’s because addiction means physical and psychological craving or compulsion to use substances or an inability to control behaviour.
Recovery from addiction means we need help to heal. It’s very difficult to do this on our own.
If we could ‘just stop’ we wouldn’t need 12-Step fellowships and rehab treatment centers.
At Miracles Asia we know that if it’s left untreated, addiction can lead to more and more negative consequences and can have a major impact on all areas of your life – including your ability to function in your job, your relationships, and your health in general.
It’s important to know that you don’t need to suffer alone – alcohol and other drug dependence is definitely able to be treated and the most important initial action to take is to ask for help – with people who know how.
Miracles Asia addiction rehab center in Thailand is a great option with a proven track record of success with a 98% program completion rate.
By starting your healing journey in a safe, luxurious environment you’re proving that you are worth it, that you are worthy of the best kick start to your recovery in a beautiful, tranquil rehab where you will receive a combination of therapy and the highest quality care.
We know that if left untreated, drug addiction can lead to many major problems which can have a hugely damaging effect on you and your loved ones.
These include your ability to perform to your previous standard at work, your physical and mental health, as well as your relationships with other people.
At Miracles Asia, our highly qualified addiction specialists are dedicated to providing you with personalized, comprehensive treatment.
They will nurture you back to good health in a serene setting far away from your everyday world and all its stressors.
Here, you’ll be far away from your daily triggers and we’ll give you time to start the healing process in comfort and privacy.
We work hard here at Miracles Asia, to create a safe place where your confidentiality is our highest priority.
“Though Miracles Asia is not a 12-step program, they do attend 12 step meetings. Nothing was ever forced on me. Instead, staff explained why every option was helpful and I was free to make my own choice. Religion is not emphasized. No one ever told me I had to believe the way they believed. I liked that.”
Australian living in Hong Kong
Effects of Addiction on the Brain
The human brain that’s affected by addiction is hard-wired to compel you to repeat experiences that make you feel good, so you’re motivated to do your particular drug, substance or behavior again and again.
Your drug of choice will target your brain’s reward system. The drug floods your brain with a neuro chemical called dopamine (the reward) which triggers an intense feeling of pleasure and the need to chase that high becomes compulsive. You can’t stop without help.
After a while, and everyone is different, your brain gets used to the extra dopamine and you’ll probably need to take more of the drug to get the same high. You mightn’t enjoy other things as much, such as being with family and friends, or taking care of yourself.
Over time, drug use can cause changes in other parts of your brain which can lead to affecting your:
- Ability to learn
These brain changes can lead to taking drugs in ways that you can no longer control. ‘Just one more’ may be your thinking, or ‘I can’t stop now’.
Everyone Is Different …
People react differently to drugs. Some people love the feeling the first time they try drugs and want more. Others hate the experience and never want to try again.
So it follows that not everyone who uses drugs ends up being addicted. Some of the following factors may raise your chances of addiction:
- Early introduction – if a drug is introduced to a developing brain, i.e. a child’s, drug use will stop the brain from growing. Taking drugs as a child can lead to addiction when you get older.
- Family history – If your ancestors or siblings have problems with alcohol or drugs, you’re more likely to as well. And if there is trouble within the family system, this might also be a contributing factor.
- Mental health – If you have anxiety or depression (or both), or trouble paying attention, you have a higher chance of developing an addiction and you might try drugs as a way to feel better. A history of trauma also makes you more likely to develop an addiction.
You Don’t Need to Reach Rock Bottom
One school of thought is that people need to hit rock bottom in their addiction before asking for help.
This is not always true.
Why risk reaching that place before admitting defeat?
Some people never recover if they are unable to get honest with themselves.
What’s really going on?
If you’ve reached the stage of looking online for your treatment options let’s see if you think you qualify as being at the stage of needing help by asking yourself the following questions:
- Do you find you need to drink, or use a substance, or perform a certain behavior more these days to get the same effect?
- Do you need to keep using the substance (or behavior) to stop withdrawal symptoms?
- Do you find that you use the substance in larger amounts or over a longer period than you intended?
- Have you tried over and over to cut down or control your substance use or compulsive behavior and failed?
- Do you notice that you spend a lot of time in an effort to get the substance, use the substance, or recover from its effects? The same applies to compulsive behaviors.
- Are important social, occupational, or recreational activities given up or reduced because of your substance use?
- Do you blow off family get-togethers or work because of your substance use?
- Do you continue with the substance use, or behavior, even though you know you’ve got a problem?
If you answer yes to the first two questions, you most definitely need help.
If you answer yes to three out of these seven questions you definitely need help.
We at Miracles Asia know how to help.
Visiting a rehab in Thailand may be the best option and the much needed solution for you.
Don’t wait till you hit rock bottom.
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