The Roots of Addiction
There are so many addictive drugs available- both legal and illegal- that it is difficult to keep track of them all. However, all addictive drugs have certain qualities in common. They all bind or attach to one or more brain proteins and t hey all alter the functioning of brain cell receptors or neurotransmitters, particularly dopamine, which is the primary neurotransmitter involved in the addictive process. All addictive drugs seem to hook into the dopamine pleasure pathway in some manner, resulting in a pleasurable “high,” and cravings for more of the drug.
The initial decision to take drugs is mostly voluntary. However, when drug abuse takes over, a person’s ability to exert self-control can become seriously impaired. Brain imaging studies from drug-addicted individuals show physical changes in areas of the brain that are critical to judgment, decision making, learning and memory, and behavior control. Scientists believe that these changes alter the way the brain works, and may help explain the compulsive and destructive behaviors of addiction.
How We Treat Drug Addiction in San Jose CA
No single drug treatment program works for everyone. Each person has their own medical and psychological issues outside of their addiction (including other addictions), and all of these need to be taken into account before determining the best treatment strategy. Treatment strategies may differ, but our drug addiction services all start with a detailed, in-person interview with patients and family members to take these matters into account, and to help plan the best course of treatment.
Depending on the severity of the addiction and the patient’s individual circumstances, we offer inpatient care and intensive day programs on an outpatient basis. Most of our patients are best served by an in-patient course of treatment, but for out-patient care may be appropriate for those who are medically stable, and have an adequate, supportive living situation. Regardless of the program chosen, our certified drug addiction counselors and support staff will be on hand 24×7 to ensure your road to recovery is a smooth one. Contact us today!
A Smooth Transition: One of the toughest hurdles of addiction recovery is the fact that our culture encourages and even glorifies the use of drugs and alcohol. We teach you the skills necessary to function in a world where drugs and alcohol are the cornerstone of so many activities.