Treatment for Alcohol and Drug Addiction

million Americans aged 12+ are affected by substance abuse disorder

Substance abuse, also called addiction, is an uncontrollable urge to use harmful substances despite adverse effects on your health and life. Alcohol abuse alcoholism is the most common type of substance abuse. People can also get addicted to prescription and illegal drugs. Addiction changes the way your brain works, and many people who suffer from addiction try and fail to quit many times throughout their lives.

Illumma offers holistic ketamine treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction at our healing centers in Austin, Texas. Dr. Ken Adolph and a dedicated team of infusion specialists who specialize in helping you with ketamine infusion therapy. If you struggle with substance dependency, use the online booking feature or call the office today to schedule a complimentary info call.

Alcohol and Drug addiction

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Common questions about addiction + ketamine.

What are alcohol and drug addictions?

Alcohol and drug addiction, also called substance use disorder, refers to excessive alcohol or drugs. Substance use disorders include the following substances:

  • Alcohol
  • Cannabis
  • Inhalants
  • Opioids
  • Sedatives
  • Stimulants
  • Tobacco

You can use these substances excessively without becoming addicted. However, substance abuse increases your risk of substance dependency.

What causes alcohol and drug addiction?

Drugs and alcohol stimulate your brain’s reward and pleasure system, where they trigger the release of brain chemicals that boost your mood, make you feel good, and take away your pain.

If you keep using drugs and alcohol, they cause physical changes in your brain. As a result, you develop intense, uncontrollable cravings for that substance.

Once cravings begin, you experience withdrawal symptoms if you try to stop using the substance. That’s when you cross the line from overuse to substance dependency.

Before long, another change occurs: Your brain builds up a tolerance to the amount you use. Suddenly you discover that you need to satisfy the cravings and achieve the same pleasurable experience. This process continues to escalate as long as you use your substance.

How are alcohol and drug addiction treated?

While all addictive substances cause uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, some are downright dangerous and can lead to death if you suddenly stop taking them without medical support.

Ketamine is a medication that has been used as an anesthetic during surgery for decades. Medical experts recently discovered that low doses of ketamine effectively treat mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and OCD. And now research shows that it can also treat an addiction to alcohol or drugs.

In addition to its impact on brain chemicals, ketamine may improve neuron connections, alleviating changes in the brain caused by the ongoing use of drugs and alcohol. Studies show that ketamine improves withdrawal symptoms in people who are dependent on opioids.
The medical experts continue to explore other possible mechanisms of action. For example, ketamine shows promise for disrupting neural networks that support dependency and blocking drug-related memories. Ketamine infusion is already a proven therapy for depression, which often accompanies addiction.

If you or someone you love need help breaking an addiction, call Illumma or book a complimentary consultation online.

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