Drug addiction

Understanding long term substance dependency and its effects

At The Hader Clinic, we know that drug addiction is nothing new. It's a common illness, and like many illnesses, with the proper steps, it can be treated.

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Treating drug addiction with holistic care

Drug addiction is a multi-layered illness that can permeate through every facet of life. It isn't relegated to people of low intelligence. There is no such thing as a 'functioning' addict. People don't 'grow out' of addiction. As a specialist treatment facility, The Hader Clinic understands these misconceptions, and works with patients to overcome the trials that they are facing.

Treating drug addiction is about treating the individual. Substances affect people in different ways. Our treatments have been designed with different elements, programs, and costs, all geared towards the single-minded focus of breaking the cycle of addiction.

The Hader Clinic’s Jackson Oppy explains how addicts are not able to predict how much they are going to use once they start using or control their use.

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The effects of drug addiction

Drug addiction can have far-reaching implications throughout the lives of addicts. The Hader Clinic focuses on holistically treating addiction, addressing its physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual effects. Here are some general effects of drug addiction on the body, mind, and self.

Physical

The physical manifestations of drug addiction can be both immediately apparent, and under the skin. They include:

  • Unhealthy eating habits and malnutrition
  • Compromised immune system
  • Severe, permanent dental issues
  • Reproductive damage and infertility
  • Respiratory failure from smoking
  • Irreparable damage to vital organs
  • Permanent brain and heart damage
  • Increased tolerance and cravings

Psychological

Drug addiction can take a severe toll on mental health in both the short term and the long term. Dangers include:

  • Long term memory loss
  • Reduce intellectual capacity
  • Psychosis and hallucinations
  • Obsession and compulsion
  • Decreased emotional function
  • Higher response to triggers
  • Personal denial and compulsive lying

Emotional

Drug addiction affects brain chemistry, and can have a severe impact on emotional responses. Emotional effects include:

  • Apathy and loneliness
  • Dissociation and disconnection
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Mood swings and aggression
  • Fear and paranoia
  • Extreme exhaustion

Social

Drug addiction can cause addicts to abandon their most intimate connections. Common consequences include:

  • Increase in risky behaviour
  • Sexual and romantic issues
  • Lack of interest in hobbies and activities
  • Abandonment of work and education
  • Pathological lying to others
  • Stress on family relationship
  • Financial hardship

Spiritual

When drugs control an addict, they can suffer highly detrimental consequences that affect the self. These can potentially include:

  • Lacking personal confidence
  • Destruction of self-worth and self-esteem
  • Complete inability to function without drugs
  • Damaged view of self
  • Lack of interest or connection with life

Understanding drug addiction withdrawals

Withdrawal is the process of the body detoxing itself after continued drug use. Physical and psychological dependencies on drugs vary by severity. They can be influenced by how long an addict has been using, what kind of drugs they are addicted to, and the method of withdrawal.

The Hader Clinic offers a safe, nurturing environment for patients to overcome withdrawal. As well as our holistic care approach, we can provide medically-assisted detoxification, fully supervised by a team of medical specialists. Our treatment gives patients the best possible chance of ongoing success.

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Frequently asked questions about drug addiction

My loved one is a smart person. How did they get addicted to drugs?

Addiction never discriminates. It affects a broad cross-section of society, and afflicts people of all ages, ethnicities, and social status. It also has nothing to do with intelligence. It is a normal and common illness, that fortunately, can be treated.

I use drugs, but I'm not an addict. What about us functioning users?

The "high functioning addict" is a common oxymoron that we come across. When someone is addicted to drugs, everything suffers. As a "high functioning addict", you might be able to go to work and  function in society. But in reality, everything else suffers — your relationships, your finances, your connection with your family. There's no such thing as a "functioning addict".

Can I get out after I've been detoxed?

It's not as simple as getting clean and getting out. Our 28-Day Withdrawal & Detox Program is not a treatment for addiction. It merely treats the physical symptoms. The underlying social, emotional, psychological, and spiritual issues remain, below the surface. That's why The Hader Clinic practices a holistic model of care.

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