Chemical Dependence Treatment

Chemical Dependence TreatmentChemical dependence occurs when Chicago residents come to rely on mood-altering chemicals such as drugs or alcohol. When a person is dependent, he or she is unable to control use of the substance, and drug or alcohol use will continue despite negative consequences.

How Do Chicago Residents Become Chemically Dependent?

The process of becoming chemically dependent varies among substances, but the general principle is the same. A substance has specific effects on the body, generally related to raising neurotransmitter levels, and the body reacts to those changes, generally by decreasing amounts of the same neurotransmitter or by making receptors less sensitive. This often leads to both physical dependence in which withdrawal symptoms occur when the substance isn’t in the body and psychological dependence that is related to the substance’s effects on the body’s reward system.

Treatment of chemical dependence is multifaceted. The first step is a medically managed detox in which withdrawal symptoms are treated as the substance leaves a Chicago resident’s body. This is an important first step, but it is not enough on its own to overcome chemical dependency.

Chemical Dependence Treatment Will Identify Contributing Factors

It is common for chemical dependence to co-occur with a mental health condition such as anxiety, depression or posttraumatic stress disorder. It is important to treat both the dependence and the mental health condition in an integrated way. At other times a physical health condition is involved in the development of chemical dependence. Chicago residents may become addicted to drugs they were originally prescribed for treating pain.

Obstacles to Chemical Dependence Recovery

A Chicago resident’s social situation or environment can make it difficult to break free from chemical dependence. Friends and family members may not always be supportive of the goal of recovery, or they may contribute to the problem. Sometimes factors that make it hard to recover from chemical dependence are internal ones. People may have persistent thought patterns such as, “I’m not strong enough to overcome this” or, “I’m destined to be an alcoholic like everyone in my family.” Negative thinking will interfere with recovery. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that can identify and address these thoughts is often an important part of treatment.

Chicago Residents Can Make Chemical Dependence Relapse Less Likely

Every recovering Chicago resident has personal cues that trigger the desire to use drugs or alcohol. These may be sensory experiences such as sights, sounds or smells or emotional states such as anger or boredom. During treatment counselors help patients identify their triggers and learn ways to avoid relapse.

Chemical Dependence Recovery Is Possible for Chicago Residents

Have you become chemically dependent? If so, recovery is possible. Call our toll-free helpline, staffed 24 hours a day, and let us answer your questions about treatment. We can help you sort through your options to find a program that is right for you. We can also check your insurance coverage for your treatment option of choice. A life in Chicago free from substance abuse is waiting. Call now.