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Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is a complex neurobiological disease. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the structure of the brain and how it works. This can lead to a wide range of issues that impact professional goals, personal relationships, and overall health. Without quality treatment, these brain changes can be long-lasting and have profound effects on a person’s quality of life. Over time, these serious side effects can be progressive, and if left untreated, fatal.

With over 30 years of experience, our drug addiction treatment programs provide world-class, evidence-based  care. Origins’ experts include physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, licensed therapists, and 12-Step immersion staff because we know that there is no one cause of addiction. Together, we provide a clear path to a life of healing and restoration.

Commonly Used Illegal Drugs


According to a 2012 study, nearly 24 million Americans aged 12 or older used an illicit drug each month. Rates of illegal drug use are highest among young adults (those aged 18 to 25). Examples of illegal drugs include:



Commonly Used Prescription Drugs


Prescription drugs are used by all age groups for non-medical reasons, often in combination with alcohol. Since these drugs are often considered less risky because they can be prescribed legally, the risks of drug interaction or accidental overdose is often overlooked. Commonly misused prescription drugs include:



The effects of both illegal and prescription drugs on the brain and body vary widely. Each requires medically intensive, evidence-based treatment that is based on rigorous medical and psychological assessments.


Alcohol Is a Drug


One of the most common misconceptions is that alcohol is not a drug. Though legal, alcohol is a mind-altering substance. In fact, it is the most common addiction in America behind nicotine. When misused or taken in combination with other drugs, the effects can be deadly.


Signs and Symptoms of Drug Addiction


Sometimes the warning signs of drug use are very noticeable. Other times, the symptoms can take much longer to surface.


Common signs of drug addiction include:


  • Loss of control
  • Continued drug use despite negative consequences
  • Spending less time on activities that used to be important
  • Drop in academic or professional performance
  • Taking serious risks in order to obtain one’s drug of choice
  • Acting out in personal relationships
  • Isolating from people who try to hold them accountable
  • Going out of one’s way to hide the amount of drugs taken
  • Deterioration in personal hygiene or physical appearance
  • Use more and more of the drug in order to produce the same effect
  • Withdrawal symptoms (shakiness, trembling, sweating, or nausea)


If you feel as though drug addiction is taking a toll on your life, or the life of someone you love, it’s important to find quality treatment that comprehensively addresses all aspects of the disease: body, mind, and spirit. When overseen by a skilled multidisciplinary team, residential treatment provides a launchpad for lasting recovery.


Drug Addiction Affects Every Organ in the Body


Aside from overdose, there are many adverse medical effects of drug addiction. These include:


  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Contraction of illnesses such as HIV or hepatitis
  • Heart rate irregularities or heart attack
  • Respiratory problems such as lung cancer or emphysema
  • Abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting
  • Kidney and liver damage
  • Seizures, stroke, brain damage
  • Sleep disorders or changes in sleeping patterns
  • Pancreatitis
  • Changes in appetite or malnutrition


Sophisticated Medical Care and Detoxification at Origins


With over 30 years of drug treatment experience, Origins Behavioral HealthCare’s programs are acutely aware of the mind-body connection. Our exceptional medical services are an essential part of our mission to provide complete recovery for our patients. Beginning with comfortable, medically monitored detox, our patients begin their stay with a thorough medical examination and the assessment of physical conditions that may have been caused by addiction. Our team of medical doctors, nurses, and psychiatrists handle both acute and chronic medical conditions — even conditions that other centers are unwilling to treat. We offer medications for co-occurring disorders, as well as non-narcotic Medication Assisted Therapy for opioids and other drugs.


Fully Integrated Treatment for Drug Addiction


Integrated treatment is comprehensive programming that offers all of the therapeutic resources necessary to help the individual heal physically, mentally, and spiritually. Along with comprehensive medical care, we offer fully integrated counseling, psychiatry, and psychology services.


Origins’ customized treatment plans may include:



Origins Center for Brain Recovery


Our health psychology department, Origins Center for Brain Recovery (CBR), is an innovative program that addresses brain health with targeted, evidence-based therapies. CBR services are specifically designed to address the organic changes in a person’s brain that exacerbate addiction. Led by a licensed psychologist, Origins’ brain recovery specialists usher patients through an array of services that acknowledge the connection between addiction and mental health disorders.


Learn more about Origins Center for Brain Recovery here.


There is No Cure for Addiction, But People Can and Do Recover


While there is no cure for any mental health disorder, including drug addiction, recovery is possible. The key to lasting success is receiving compassionate, personalized treatment that is intensive and integrated. When long-term support, as well as therapeutic and spiritual interventions are applied, people can recover: body, mind, and spirit.


Contact Origins Behavioral Healthcare


Origins Behavioral Healthcare is dedicated to helping our patients achieve lifelong, sustainable, and complete recovery. We believe that sobriety is possible for everyone, especially through an evidence-based understanding of the disease of addiction and through therapies that restore mental, physical, and spiritual health. Our team provides precisely the type of proven effective, cutting-edge care that enacts real, lasting change for our patients by helping them lead healthier, more confident, and more purposeful lives.


Today is the day you break the cycle of addiction for good – start your journey to freedom and fulfillment by calling Origins Behavioral Healthcare at 561-841-1296.