When a person tries to quit drugs and alcohol alone, he or she is putting themselves at risk for serious mental and physical health complications. The individual goes through intense withdrawal symptoms, depending on the type of drug used, duration of use, and the severity of addiction. Some withdrawals from drugs such as heroin will cause flu-like symptoms. The uncomfortable and sometimes painful withdrawals are why individuals often relapse.

Drugs and alcohol change the way a brain controls a body’s functions. Over time, the brain becomes dependent on the drugs or alcohol and needs those substances to make the person feel comfortable. Drug and alcohol abuse causes the brain’s neurotransmitters to release increased levels of dopamine and the individual experiences euphoric and pleasurable feelings.

Many people use drugs or alcohol to cope with stress or anxiety and escape reality. If a person has an underlying mental health condition, drugs and alcohol can alter his or her symptoms. These substances can increase anxiety, paranoia, and depression. The brain relies on the drugs or alcohol to function, which makes quitting very difficult. Medication-assisted detox is a safer and more comfortable way of ending drug and alcohol use. A medical professional monitors the detox process and administers medication if needed.

A good treatment program teaches the individual how to cope with problems without using substances. He or she needs to learn how to live without substances to cope. People, places, and things associated with his or her drug or alcohol use need to be avoided. Meeting people in support groups can lead to new, sober friendships.

Never try to quit drugs or alcohol alone. Holistic treatment is a proven, successful approach to recovery. Quitting drugs and alcohol is the first step to a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle.

Cypress Lakes Lodge specializes in holistic treatment for addiction and addictive behaviors with a focus on healing the mind, body, and spirit. The staff at Cypress Lakes Lodge is compassionate and committed to the overall health and well-being of every client. You are not alone. Get help today.

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