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Knowing More About Drug Abuse and Addiction Could Help Save A Life

Whether you are concerned about your own struggles with drugs or for those of a loved one, knowing more about drug abuse and addiction could help save your life or the life of someone you care about. It’s important to understand the ways drugs affect your body and brain over time since they can make it very difficult to quit using without professional guidance and help.

Our caring, non-judgmental professional staff are available to help answer any questions you may have and to guide you through the full detoxification and recovery process and show you how living a sober life happily is possible.

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A New Beginning is Possible!

If you or someone you love is struggling with drug addiction, please call us anytime, day or night, at 888-919-1621 or contact us today for help with taking the first step towards recovery and a new beginning!

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3D image of brain for Gulf Breeze Recovery's non-12 step holistic alcohol and drug rehab

How does drug addiction start?

Drug addiction can start with the first experimental use of a drug in social settings for some and for others, begin with the exposure of prescribed medication. Most people voluntarily make the decision to take drugs initially, but the repeated use of drugs can lead to changes in the brain that can cause interference with an addicted person’s self-control and ability to resist urges to take drugs. The drugs cause ongoing brain changes which alters the brain and makes quitting on your own hard even when you want to. Drug addiction is considered to be a complex “relapsing” condition because of these persistent brain changes.

What Happens to Your Brain When You Take Drugs?

Taking most drugs affects the brain’s “reward circuit,” which causes a euphoric affect and floods it with dopamine – a chemical messenger.  Normally, the brain’s reward center stimulates you to repeat healthy good behaviors like eating and spending time with your family and friends.  When a person is taking drugs, the floods of dopamine in the reward circuit cause the reinforcement of pleasurable, but unhealthy habits like taking drugs, which causes people to repeat that bad behavior repeatedly.

Tolerance -- Taking More To Get The Same High

image of woman contemplating treatment for drug addiction for Gulf Breeze Recovery's non-12 step holistic alcohol and drug rehabOver time and with continued drug use, your brain changes and adapts by reducing the ability of cells located in the reward circuit to respond to the drug, which continually reduces the high. This is how you build up a tolerance. This leads to taking more of the drug to get the same high. The person will find it harder to take pleasure in things they once enjoyed like food, social activities, or sex. Those suffering with addiction will find that as their drug use increases, it is increasingly more difficult to go without the drug. Attempts to stop using the drug may cause intense physical withdrawal symptoms. The brain adaptations from drug abuse and addiction affect the entire body’s brain chemical system and circuits and cause long term changes that affect learning, judgement, decision-making, memory, behavior, and stress functions.

What influences drug addiction?

Drug addiction is influenced by a combination of factors and no single factor can predict if someone will become addicted. However, the more risk factors a person has, the greater risk that taking drugs may lead to addition.  Here are a few factors to be aware of:

Genetics: The risk for addiction starts with the genes that you’re born with and accounts for half of a person’s risk for addiction. Biology – the gender, ethnicity and understanding the presence of other mental or health disorders may influence the risk for drug use and addiction.

Environment: A person’s family, friends, economic status, and general quality of life all influence their environment. There are many different environmental factors that can greatly affect a person’s likelihood of drug use and addiction – exposure to violence, physical, mental and sexual abuse, early exposure to drugs, alcohol, stress, peer pressure, and parental guidance.

Development: Interaction with critical development stages in a person’s life with their genetic and environmental factors can also affect their drug addiction risk. While taking drugs at any age can lead to addiction, the earlier the drug use begins, the more likely it is to turn into addiction. This is especially true for teenagers because the areas within their brains that are responsible for controlling decision-making, self-control and judgement are still developing, making them especially prone for risky behaviors like taking drugs.

Is there a cure for drug addiction?

image of woman running a group therapy session for Gulf Breeze Recovery's non-12 step holistic alcohol and drug rehab

image of Patty Deanna "In search of some “me” time, she would have a drink – or lots of drinks" for Gulf Breeze Recovery Non-12 Step Holistic Drug and Alcohol treatment centerOnce the grip of drug addiction has taken hold it can be difficult to break without professional help. The good news is that drug addiction is a condition that can be treated. It’s important to understand that treatment approaches vary.  Gulf Breeze Recovery’s program is based on a highly individualized treatment approach to each person’s specific needs; their drug use patterns and any co-occurring medical, mental, and social problems. The program gets to essence of why a person chose to use the drug in the first place and then continue into addiction.  Our goal is to help you or your loved one stop the revolving door of chronic drug relapse and to enjoy health and find contentment, happiness, and serenity through sober living.

A New Beginning Is Possible!

image of man speaking in front of therapy group for Gulf Breeze Recovery's non-12 step holistic alcohol and drug rehab

Knowing More About Drug Abuse and Addiction Could Help Save A Life

Whether you are concerned about your own struggles with drugs or for those of a loved one, knowing more about drug abuse and addiction could help save your life or the life of someone you care about. It’s important to understand the ways drugs affect your body and brain over time since they can make it very difficult to quit using without professional guidance and help.

Our caring, non-judgmental professional staff are available to help answer any questions you may have and to guide you through the full detoxification and recovery process and show you how living a sober life happily is possible.

A New Beginning is Possible!

If you or someone you love is struggling with drug addiction, please call us anytime, day or night, at 888-919-1621 or contact us today for help with taking the first step towards recovery and a new beginning!

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How does drug addiction start?

Drug addiction can start with the first experimental use of a drug in social settings for some and for others, begin with the exposure of prescribed medication. Most people voluntarily make the decision to take drugs initially, but the repeated use of drugs can lead to changes in the brain that can cause interference with an addicted person’s self-control and ability to resist urges to take drugs. The drugs cause ongoing brain changes which alters the brain and makes quitting on your own hard even when you want to. Drug addiction is considered to be a complex “relapsing” condition because of these persistent brain changes.

3D image of brain for Gulf Breeze Recovery's non-12 step holistic alcohol and drug rehab

What Happens to Your Brain When You Take Drugs?

Taking most drugs affects the brain’s “reward circuit,” which causes a euphoric affect and floods it with dopamine – a chemical messenger.  Normally, the brain’s reward center stimulates you to repeat healthy good behaviors like eating and spending time with your family and friends.  When a person is taking drugs, the floods of dopamine in the reward circuit cause the reinforcement of pleasurable, but unhealthy habits like taking drugs, which causes people to repeat that bad behavior repeatedly.

Tolerance -- Taking More To Get The Same High

image of woman contemplating treatment for drug addiction for Gulf Breeze Recovery's non-12 step holistic alcohol and drug rehabOver time and with continued drug use, your brain changes and adapts by reducing the ability of cells located in the reward circuit to respond to the drug, which continually reduces the high. This is how you build up a tolerance. This leads to taking more of the drug to get the same high. The person will find it harder to take pleasure in things they once enjoyed like food, social activities, or sex. Those suffering with addiction will find that as their drug use increases, it is increasingly more difficult to go without the drug. Attempts to stop using the drug may cause intense physical withdrawal symptoms. The brain adaptations from drug abuse and addiction affect the entire body’s brain chemical system and circuits and cause long term changes that affect learning, judgement, decision-making, memory, behavior, and stress functions.

What influences drug addiction?

image of woman running a group therapy session for Gulf Breeze Recovery's non-12 step holistic alcohol and drug rehab

Drug addiction is influenced by a combination of factors and no single factor can predict if someone will become addicted. However, the more risk factors a person has, the greater risk that taking drugs may lead to addition.  Here are a few factors to be aware of:

Genetics: The risk for addiction starts with the genes that you’re born with and accounts for half of a person’s risk for addiction. Biology – the gender, ethnicity and understanding the presence of other mental or health disorders may influence the risk for drug use and addiction.

Environment: A person’s family, friends, economic status, and general quality of life all influence their environment. There are many different environmental factors that can greatly affect a person’s likelihood of drug use and addiction – exposure to violence, physical, mental and sexual abuse, early exposure to drugs, alcohol, stress, peer pressure, and parental guidance.

Development: Interaction with critical development stages in a person’s life with their genetic and environmental factors can also affect their drug addiction risk. While taking drugs at any age can lead to addiction, the earlier the drug use begins, the more likely it is to turn into addiction. This is especially true for teenagers because the areas within their brains that are responsible for controlling decision-making, self-control and judgement are still developing, making them especially prone for risky behaviors like taking drugs.

Is there a cure for drug addiction?

image of Patty Deanna "In search of some “me” time, she would have a drink – or lots of drinks" for Gulf Breeze Recovery Non-12 Step Holistic Drug and Alcohol treatment centerOnce the grip of drug addiction has taken hold it can be difficult to break without professional help. The good news is that drug addiction is a condition that can be treated. It’s important to understand that treatment approaches vary.  Gulf Breeze Recovery’s program is based on a highly individualized treatment approach to each person’s specific needs; their drug use patterns and any co-occurring medical, mental, and social problems. The program gets to essence of why a person chose to use the drug in the first place and then continue into addiction.  Our goal is to help you or your loved one stop the revolving door of chronic drug relapse and to enjoy health and find contentment, happiness, and serenity through sober living.