How Addiction WorksWhen you battle a substance abuse disorder, you experience significant changes to your brain chemistry, which influence your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. As the stages of addiction accelerate, your substance of choice becomes increasingly more important, meaning that you can choose to spend money acquiring drugs and alcohol instead of paying bills. Addiction is a complex disease that causes significant alterations to your brain chemistry. Because drugs and alcohol are neurotransmitter inhibitors that force your brain to release more neurotransmitters than it should, addiction leads to significant imbalances. When you use your substance of choice, the rush of pleasurable neurotransmitters creates positive feelings of intoxication. Once the effects wear off, you experience cravings and mood changes as you suddenly combat a shortage of neurotransmitters. As your tolerance builds, you have to increase your use so you can continue feeling the positive effects of intoxication. If you develop a severe physical dependency, you may have to use solely to avoid withdrawal symptoms. While most withdrawal symptoms are painful but not fatal, they’re severe enough that it’s difficult to avoid using again without help from a men’s addiction treatment center. Your brain can eventually become completely dependent on your substance of choice to release neurotransmitters, which can lead to mood and behavioral changes. A men’s addiction treatment center provides the structure and addiction treatment you need to make a lasting recovery from your drug addiction by helping you overcome powerful drug withdrawal symptoms.
Men’s Addiction Treatment ProgramsMen’s Addiction Treatment Center provides a multitude of men’s addiction treatment programs that provide the comprehensive dual diagnosis treatment necessary to overcome co-occurring mental health disorders and substance abuse. Upon your admission into a men’s addiction treatment center, the addiction treatment staff will conduct a mental health assessment to determine the unique underlying mental disorders fueling your addiction, to create a personalized addiction treatment plan. Addiction therapy programs commonly utilized include:
- cognitive behavioral therapy
- dialectical behavior therapy
- group therapy program
- individual therapy program