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Addiction has both a physiological and psychological component.  In some cases, such as heroin, the physical aspect is overwhelming.  Going without the drug for even a day, the addict may feel intense pain, break into sweats, feel overwhelmed with anxiety or depression, be unable to sleep and be unable to eat or digest food properly.  This makes it nearly impossible to quit “cold turkey” and means that medical help and then a period in a rehab center are essential to recovery.Nashville Addiction Interventions

With other drugs such as marijuana or club drugs, there may not be a physical compulsion or a terrible withdrawal and detox period if use is discontinued, but the psychological element of addiction can be particularly strong.  The user feels as though it is a conscious choice to seek more of the drug because she likes it and prefers the feeling of high to being sober.  The user may feel depressed if she doesn’t take the drug because the real world seems colorless or boring in comparison to her perception when high, but it is essentially the conscious choice and attitudes as well as the ingrained pattern of behavior and neurological pathways that must change for the user to get free of the addiction.

Help Someone You Love in Nashville with Addiction Interventions

Regardless of the form of addiction being faced, addiction interventions are one of the best methods of beginning the process of recovery.   A Nashville addict is likelier to be successful getting clean and staying clean with a strong support system in place, and an intervention establishes that system from the start.  With family, friends, or even work colleagues gathered to discuss the problem and insist that it is time to take action, the Nashville addict will realize both that he needs help and that he will not be alone when it gets difficult.

When you seek help from an expert doctor or social worker, you will also be better prepared for what happens after detox and rehab.  You will likely be pleased with the effects of a 28- or 30-day program, because an addict who commits will come out feeling healthy and determined to stay clean.  Things will likely get more difficult again in the coming weeks and months when particularly intense cravings for the drug surface again.

Understanding Relapse for Nashville Addicts

Statistics on relapse are universally considered impossible to pin down, but most doctors will tell you that almost all of their patients relapse at least once.  Understanding this when you undertake an intervention is essential — and in some cases you may find that you are performing a second intervention. In this case, try to recall how much your Nashville loved one wanted to remain sober and don’t be angry.  Just show solidarity once again to help her re-commit to a program that can help.

In Nashville, or elsewhere in Tennessee or across the US, call (888) 371-5722 to talk about intervention treatment and rehabilitation options available to you.