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Addictive Substances and Drug Rehab

For many centuries, there are numerous substances that came from plants and have been used for medicinal purposes . As long ago as 1500 B.C., natives in the Andes highlands chewed coca leaves to increase their endurance. Coca leaves can be manufactured into cocaine. Cocaine was use lawfully all through Europe and then America into the twentieth century to alleviate exhaustion and was a component 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 . Today, recent derivatives of that are used to create amphetamines, a category of drugs used to take care of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, narcolepsy, and obesity and included 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 example, the peyote cactus has a substance that, when chewed, can cause people to experience visual hallucinations, in the form of brightly colored lights, or bright, kaleidoscopic visions of geometric forms, animals, and people. For a hundred of years, the peyote cactus has been used as a part of religious ritual by the Aztecs and other native groups in Mexico and the Kiowa, Comanche, and other native groups in the United States and Canada .

Substances are of many uses. In order to help humans in their day to day activities is the primarily use of a substance. People started abusing these substances when they start to discover that there are more effects a substance can offer. 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. There are different methods that a drug addicted individual would undergo once he or she undergoes drug rehab. 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 prescription of the synthetic drug called methadone can help in the slow 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. Psychodynamic, humanistic, behavioral and cognitive treatments are the processes being used in psychotherapy. To help an individual stay away from the use of drugs, behavioral treatment uses different behavioral techniques . Acquiring new and positive behaviors plus putting out unwanted ones is how behavioral aspect changes an individual. Recognition of maladaptive manners in which an individual would try to cope up can be aided by psychodynamic help. The discovering of one’s potentials and one’s place in the world through the manner of exploring the self is how humanistic therapy can help an individual. This kind of therapy is often referred to as person- centered therapy . Finally, the focus on people’s maladaptive interpretations of events or ways of thinking and tries to replace them with more adaptive ways of thinking is how cognitive therapy works. It also aids in learning new and more effective problem- solving techniques in dealing with the concrete problems life gives.

Addictive substances are quite dangerous and its use have been increasing which is why drug rehab has also been in an increased need.

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