There’s a very common misconception that the hardest part of drug or alcohol addiction is going through the detox process. The reality is that detox is only the first step in recovery, and staying sober involves addressing the psychological aspects as well. Psychological dependence on drugs or alcohol is the primary reason that people relapse after they go through detox. The good news is that through various types of addiction treatment programs, you can stay sober for good.
How Psychological Dependence Develops
Humans, as well as all other living creatures, function based on reward-based learning. We need to have this reward-based learning in order to remember where to find food when we’re hungry. This is something that has helped us survived for hundreds of thousands of years, but it can work against us too. There are three steps that constitute this reward-based learning system. These steps include:
These behaviors form a habit loop. For example, when a baby is hungry, he or she cries, resulting in mom or dad feeding him or her. As we grow older, we broaden this habit loop, so we may begin to want a drink or to use drugs when we’re feeling stressed or upset. Every time a person does a specific behavior based on a specific trigger, it lays down a memory in the brain telling him or her to do it again. So, when you think about the psychological dependence of drug addiction, it’s easy to see why this is hard to break.
Breaking Through the Psychological Dependence
While breaking physical dependence is a crucial step in the drug detox process, it’s important to continue treatment. Throughout your drug or alcohol addiction, you have hard-wired specific habit loops in your brain that revolve around drugs or alcohol. Some people drink or use every time they’re anxious, lonely, sad, angry or even happy, but addiction therapy can help. This is extremely important because even though you get clean and sober, the triggers will still be there. Through addiction treatment, you’ll first learn how to identify your triggers and see what the source of your addiction is. By knowing what your triggers are, you can more easily begin to work through your psychological dependence. From here, you’re going to develop a wide range of tools that you can use to work through cravings in a new way. Each time you turn to a more healthy behavior, your habit loop will begin to change so you can continue your sobriety.
Gallus Detox Service
Gallus Detox is a drug and alcohol detoxification facility in beautiful Arizona. Whether you’re from Scottsdale, Phoenix, Gilbert or Ahwatukee, we’d love to help you begin on this new journey. We have a team of medical professionals who are here to make your detox as comfortable as possible. Our primary goal is to ensure that you’re safe throughout the detox process while also minimizing your symptoms of withdrawal. Not only do we provide detox services, but we also want to help you begin treatment and break the psychological dependence. In early recovery, the most difficult part about staying clean is getting through the cravings. You’ll go through various groups as well as individual therapy sessions to begin working on overcoming your addiction. We’re an all-inclusive facility and also provide a safe place for those in the LGBT community. Some of the various substances we can help you with include:
Find out more by calling us today at 888-228-9114.