Addictive Substances and Drug Rehab

Many substances come from plants and have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. The chewing of coca leaves to increase endurance by the natives in the Andes highlands has been present since 1500 B.C. Cocaine was use with permission all over Europe and then America into the twentieth century to ease exhaustion and was an ingredient in the original Coca-Cola drink and more than 50 other commonly available drinks and elixir.

In Asian and European countries, the milky juice produced from the poppy plant called opium has been used for hundreds of years to relieve pain . In some parts of eastern Africa, the Middle East, and South America, the leaves of a plant called that have been chewed to produce a sense of well-being and relief from fatigue . These days, modern derivatives of that are used to make amphetamines, a category of drugs used to take care of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, narcolepsy, and obesity and integrated in over-the-counter cold remedies and hunger suppressants for weight control.

In order to produce psychological changes important for some religious ceremonies, substances have been long used. For instance, the peyote cactus has a substance that, when chewed, causes people to experience visual hallucinations, in the form of brightly colored lights, or bright, kaleidoscopic visions of geometric forms, animals, and people. The Aztecs and other native groups in Mexico and the Kiowa, Comanche, and other native groups in the United States and Canada have used peyote as part of religious rituals for hundreds of years.

There many uses one can find on every substance. Primarily, substances are there to help human in their day to day lives. However, as more and more effects that are discovered on many different substances, people start to abuse it. These people do not take into account the many negative consequences that come with the abuse. The unstoppable abusing of addictive substances by these people always lead to a deterioration on their health. As always, there is drug rehab to offer help and services.

Drug rehab helps people who have drug addiction by undergoing them on a treatment. Once the individual decides to undergo drug rehab, he or she will be going through different methods . One of this is the biological method where in prescribed drugs are used as a treatment to treat this drug addiction. The effects of the addicted drug is being countered by the drug being prescribed in this method. For example, the drug being addicted to is heroin, the prescribed synthetic drug called methadone can aid in the decreasing use of heroin. Methadone helps in reducing the intense negative withdrawal symptoms from the instant discontinued use of heroin. The medical aspect of drug rehab prescribes drugs dependent upon the drug being addicted to. To help drug addicted individuals recover, psychotherapeutic ways is another kind of treatment. Psychotherapeutic ways include the use of psychodynamic, humanistic, behavioral and cognitive treatments. To help an individual stay away from the use of drugs, behavioral treatment uses different behavioral techniques . It helps in putting out unwanted behaviors and teaches one in acquiring new and positive behaviors. Psychodynamic helps an individual in recognizing the maladaptive manners in which they try to cope up and in the source of their unconscious conflicts. Humanistic therapy helps someone by discovering the potentials and one’s place in the world through the manner of exploring the self that is why humanistic therapy is often referred to as a person- centered therapy. And lastly, cognitive therapy works by focusing on people’s maladaptive interpretations of events or ways of thinking and tries to replace them with more adaptive ways of thinking. It also aids in getting new and more effective problem- solving techniques in dealing with the concrete problems life gives.

Substances have many effects which is often abused by men. When the time comes that the effects cannot be controlled anymore, drug rehab can be of help.

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