Addiction is a complex illness that requires a tremendous amount of understanding and works to treat. Everyone’s experience differs, as it has a wide array of causes and every substance comes with its own particular struggles. However, there are certain common factors in all addictions. Because of this, there are fundamentals to addiction recovery that will remain the same no matter your particular circumstances.
Addiction to drugs and alcohol causes physical addiction. This is a natural consequence of using increased amounts of the substance. Your body gets used to having the substance in its system, and it takes more for you to get drunk or high.
It starts taking the place of certain regular physical systems. When you don’t use the substance for a period of time, your body craves it. If this continues for long enough, you begin to experience severe physical symptoms.
All addictions are considered mental illnesses, even though they are often strongly rooted in the body. This is because your psychological mechanisms change in response to the substance or behavior.
Rather than using healthy coping mechanisms to deal with difficult emotions, you start turning to the addiction. Ultimately, it becomes incredibly difficult to cope with these problems without the substance or behavior.
All good recovery centers offer detox, with medical professionals on hand to design a detox schedule and make sure nothing goes wrong. If you do respond negatively, they are available to ensure your safety and get you back on track.