Addiction ruins lives. It impacts the lives of those who struggle with addiction as well as the lives of loved ones. Addiction is a complex brain disease and alters brain chemistry and the way that it functions. Relationships are often torn apart and loved ones feel helpless, hopeless, and alone through the emotional distress caused by addiction. Job productivity and performance is affected by addiction and can lead to job loss and financial hardships.

Addiction is not confined to only drug or alcohol use. Some people are addicted to gambling, gaming, using the Internet, social media, tobacco, caffeine, and much more. All addictions interfere with a person’s ability to live in a productive, healthy way.

The brain controls all functions of the body such as walking, talking, thinking, and feeling. The brain also controls the organs in your body. When you use drugs, your brain’s communication to your body is disrupted. The brain’s neurotransmitters are responsible for delivering messages throughout your body. When you use drugs, your brain becomes physically dependent on the drugs to function. Withdrawal symptoms from drugs make you severely sick and your risk of relapse drastically increases.

Addiction leads to severe physical and mental health complications. Drug use causes heart complications and can result in cardiac arrest or heart disease. Drugs affect your breathing and can lead to serious lung infections. Drug use increases the possibility of irreversible brain damage. Other health problems include depression, anxiety, seizures, overdose, and death.

Relationships are affected by addiction. Drug use can make you irritable, withdrawn, antisocial, or aggressive. Addiction interrupts normal sleep patterns and can cause insomnia. Depending on what drug is used, drugs can cause dramatic weight loss and decrease your appetite.

Addiction is treatable and starts with detox to lessen the intensity of withdrawals. Family and friends can begin the healing process through group therapy, counseling, and talking to others in Nar-Anon groups or meetings and drug addiction forums. People in Nar-Anon meetings are going through similar experiences.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, do not wait. Make today the first day in your journey to sobriety. Do not fight addiction alone.  

Cypress Lakes Lodge specializes in addiction treatment and is located in a serene, remote, lush-green, oxygen enriched environment. The program encompasses holistic addiction therapy and offers yoga and meditation for the mind, body, and soul. The focus is on physical, mental, and emotional well-being by generating the balance of life-enriching treatment, wellness, and healthy, sober, sustainable relationships. Call us to get started: 409-331-2204