DRUG ADDICTION COACH

 
Prescription and street drug addiction recovery coaching

The majority of people just don’t know how easy it is to fall into a prescription medication addiction.  Often these addictions begin as a result of legitimate medical problems.   Most of us put great faith in the hands of our doctors and when presented with an injury, surgery, depression, anxiety or other uncomfortable physical symptoms. The guidance and help from a Drug Addiction Coach can be the difference between painful addiction and healthy, clean living.

Many patients are prescribed medicines that are addictive in nature, either with or without warning from our doctors.  Most people come to the end of a prescribed dose, evaluate their pain and progress and never feel the need to return for more medication.

Other patients however, find not only relief of uncomfortable and painful physical symptoms; they crave the psychological side effects of the medication which have taken them out of their psychological pain.  These patients “self-medicate” themselves feeling that no doctor or other professional really, truly understands their pain and how to best treat it.  Some may return to their doctor or “shop around” for other doctors to find more of the same kind of psychological pain relief upon which they have come to rely.

These patients are subtly moving from using to abusing medications as they “self diagnose” their pain or problems to be much greater than they really are, if there are any problems at all. They then have begun to create an addiction far beyond just the physical dependence that the regulated use as prescribed by a physician will cause.   These patients are at great risk for addiction and will encounter great difficulty when they want to stop taking the medications and find that they cannot without serious physical discomfort, painful withdrawals, or risks of seizure or death.  When the painful symptoms of withdrawal are in place the addict is trapped in a cycle of addiction that is no longer in their control.

Over sometimes short periods of time the legitimate doctor’s dosage amount stops being enough to deal with the pain and an increased tolerance for the drug cause more and more cravings at higher and higher doses.  Other patients, from the onset, many turn to street drugs to misguidedly try to manage their psychological pain which is increasing as a result of guilt, shame, confusion and fear of withdrawal and of discovery of their addiction by friends, family, loved ones or employers.

The addiction itself manifests in certain patients prone to addiction while others stop the medication and do not crave the feelings the medication caused at all. There is the occasional recreational drug user that dabbles in using but doesn’t feel the same euphoria or relief that potential and true addicts feel.  So these recreational users stop with before disrupting their employment, family commitments or fear of legal problems.

The addict will absolutely not be able to stop without getting some professional help.  I am here to help.  I am qualified as a doctor of psychology who can assess the level of addiction and appropriate type of help needed.  Once the addict has been stabilized it is imperative that the addict stay in treatment to work through the psychological pain that brought him or her into the addiction cycle.  The only way to manage addiction is through healthy methods and behavior modification with a professional in psychology.  All addictions have roots in biological and neurological pathways, but if it was only about getting through the stages of withdrawal most addicts would be able to stay drug free, however, this is rarely the case.  Most of the time the craving for the euphoria still exists after discontinuing the use of the drug, causing an obsession to get “that feeling of ease and comfort” again.

An ongoing plan of behavior modification and psychological guidance is best chance for the addict to maintain his sobriety and enjoy a healthy life style.