Addiction involving drugs can include prescription medication, opioids, stimulants, cannabis, hallucinogens, and any other mood-altering substances

Drug Addiction (also known as Addiction involving drugs) is Addiction that is manifested by a compulsion or lack of restraint to repeatedly use drugs despite them causing negative consequences to the person’s health and wellnessPeople seeking Drug Addiction Treatment and Counselling may be struggling with substances that include prescription drugs, illicit drugs and/or legal substances. Those seeking Drug Addiction Treatment and Counselling may be experiencing symptoms of obsession, rumination, compulsion, low self-worth, escaping or numbing uncomfortable feelings (e.g., loneliness, boredom), and isolation. The behaviours are the same seeking of escape, reward and relief that people struggling with Addiction involving alcohol experience as well as Addiction beyond substances (e.g., gambling). There are significant consequences to these behaviours and there is an inability to stop the behaviourswithout help in spite of a desire to do so.

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, memory, motivation and related circuitry.  Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations.  Addiction is about differences in brain functioning where the substance use or behaviours are recognized as consequences of the disease.  Addiction is a single condition-Addiction is Addiction- rather than describing “addictions”. This is the reason that we use the language of “Addiction involving…”

Addiction is characterized by:

A.  Inability to consistently Abstain
B.  Impairment in Behavioural control
C.  Craving
D.  Diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviour and interpersonal relationships and
E.  Dysfunctional Emotional response

Addiction involving drugs is a chronic medical condition. Some of the main characteristics of Addiction involving drugs include:

  • An overpowering feeling to keep using drugs
  • Using drugs more often or in larger doses than intended
  • Feeling annoyed by others criticizing your drug use
  • Hiding or lying about your drug use
  • The inability to consistently abstain from using drugs

Drug Addiction Treatment

At Health Upwardly Mobile, we provide outpatient, continuing care for those seeking Drug Addiction Treatment and Counselling.  All new clients initially undergo our full comprehensive assessment. It is recommended that all appointments be done on separate days to optimize the opportunity for you to talk openly and honestly with each professional and learn incrementally through each interaction.  A comprehensive treatment plan will be developed throughout this process and shared with you as the assessment progresses. By the final assessment session, recommendations will be discussed, which will provide guidance regarding ongoing services at HUM, which includes individual counselling and group therapy.  Referrals to external resources will be done as needed.

Withdrawal symptoms from drugs will vary depending on the drug/drugs used so patients may initially need medically supervised outpatient withdrawal management and medical detoxification. The aim of medically supervised outpatient withdrawal management and medical detoxification is to provide the appropriate level of support and minimize the risks associated with detoxification and withdrawal. Following the withdrawal period, through drug Addiction treatment and counselling, goals are set around abstinence and holistic recovery. A person will learn more about triggers, addictive thinking, feeling and behaviours that impact wanting to escape/numb with drugs. This work may be done in residential treatment, hospitalization, intensive or outpatient settings. The level of treatment is dependent on the acuity (severity) of symptoms. If you are concerned about withdrawal symptoms and/or are interested in medically supervised detoxification, than we will schedule you to see a physician at HUM for support.

As Addiction is a primary, chronic brain disease, continuing care and ongoing Drug Addiction Treatment and Counselling are necessary to optimize an individual’s health and wellness andreduce relapse risk. Social and peer support is important and participation in 12-step groups may be encouraged. In addition, other recovery actions such as meditation, journaling, a balanced approach to exercise and nutrition may be some of the recommendations you receive during Drug Addiction Treatment and Counselling as part of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework of recovery.