Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug or alcohol seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs and alcohol change the brain, both structurally and how it works. These changes can be long lasting and can lead to other self-destructive behaviors.
- The inability to limit the use of a substance (alcohol, opiates, benzos, cocaine, methamphetamine as examples) leading to impairment and potentially poor judgement and action.
- Craving or compulsion to use the substance.
- Recurrent use of the substance leads to tolerance and therefore the need for greater quantities or stronger doses.
- Attempts to stop result in withdrawal symptoms which may include any of the following: shaking, irritability, anxiety, headache, body aches, restless legs, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hallucinations.
- Recurrent use of the substance affects home life, family, work, school, friends.
- Commonly there are feelings of shame, guilt, hopelessness, self-anger, anxiety or depression.
Outpatient vs Inpatient Treatment
Either type of treatment is valuable because it is a path towards a better life.
Benefits of outpatient at Queen Creek Naturopathic
- Medically managed withdrawal.
- Often less expensive than inpatient treatment.
- Allows you to continue to work, go to school, be with family.
- More flexible schedule.
- Nutritional IV and glutathione IV drips to help the body and mind heal.
- Acupuncture to work on balance, excellent for anxiety, depression, pain.
- Work with the doctor to help with underlying physical issues that have the potential to be the reason for increased use.
- Amino acid therapy to work with the neurotransmitters in the brain.
Benefits of inpatient: this treatment is best for extreme addictions, such as methadone, or for those that need 24 hour structure.
For an additional one on one conversation for more information on our treatments and how we can help you call Teresa at 480-489-4221.