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What is Addiction?
Addiction is a complex, chronic behavioural issue characterised by drug craving, seeking, and use that persists even in the face of devastating life consequences. Drug addiction is treatable, through a combination of behavioural therapy, environmental change and relationship restoration. However, relapse is common and can happen even after long periods of abstinence, underscoring the need for long-term support and care. Relapse does not signify treatment failure but rather should prompt treatment re-engagement or modification.
How do I know if someone is using or is addicted to drugs?
There are many varying indicators of someone being addicted, which differ from person to person. Listed below are some of the common warning signs.
- changes in appetite or sleep patterns
- changes in mood or disinterest in engaging in relationships or activities
- sudden weight loss or weight gain
- impaired speech and motor coordination
- bloodshot eyes or pupils that are larger or smaller than usual
- changes in physical appearance or personal hygiene
- unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing
How long does it take to recover from drug addiction?
This question has many answers. Recovery is a process and as such has many stages. Healing Wings’ mantra is; “recovery is a lifelong journey” , with continual need for revision of the basics learnt in a primary care addiction facility. The length of primary care with Healing Wings is long term, meaning six months or longer. The reason for this is that studies and experience have shown that short term treatment is ineffective at countering a lifetime of behavioural issues.