Name: Deepak Sai Mahabashyam
From: Tempe, Arizona
Addictions shouldn’t kill us.We need to kill it
Addictions shouldn’t kill us. We need to kill it
Once the brain has become imbalanced due to drug abuse and dependence, it can take some time and effort to restore things. Cravings and emotional and physical withdrawal symptoms can be significant; with some drugs, they may be dangerous or even life-threatening. The safest method to restore a chemical balance to the brain is through medical detox.
Detox is the process of allowing toxins to make their way out of the brain and body, allowing for proper healing. Medical detox is the most comprehensive form of detox.
Different drugs may process out of the body at variable timelines, and side effects can range greatly in intensity during detox. On average, a person will remain in a medical detox program for several days to a week or two. Medications are often used to counteract withdrawal symptoms and manage drug cravings.
Behavioral therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), have been shown to improve brain functioning and connections by modifying negative thoughts and emotions and creating healthier responses to stress.
Often used to treat addiction, CBT improves self-reliance and enhances self-esteem while teaching effective coping mechanisms and measures for preventing relapse when confronted with potential triggers. In therapy, people can learn healthy ways to enhance pleasure and occupy the mind. These methods then help them to maintain ongoing sobriety.