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Research and Addiction Information
Cirque Lodge Drug Rehab Center

Drug abuse and alcoholism come in many different shapes and forms. Part of treating the addiction and helping others stems from educating individuals on the nature of alcohol addiction, drug abuse and what it takes to rehabilitate from these substances. The research aspect of the Cirque Lodge web site was created to provide specific addiction information on specific types of drugs of abuse and alcoholism. Much of research offered stems from information released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

If you are seeking treatment for yourself or for your loved one, there is also information on the Cirque Lodge program in treating specific drugs of abuse and alcohol. For further answers to your questions regarding our alcohol and drug rehab center, please call 1-877-99-REHAB.

What are Drugs of Abuse?

Substances that contribute to drug abuse can vary. When someone thinks of drugs of abuse, they would usually think of the more illicit drugs like cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine. However, a number of prescription medications are also substances that can lead to drug addiction. All these different drugs have different interactions with the brain and body. Stimulant drugs heighten senses and increase body functions; this is found in certain prescription medications, cocaine and methamphetamine. Depressants do the opposite by slowing down the system and body functions. Common depressant drugs are heroin and prescription painkillers.

Prescription drug addiction is a growing concern in society. Many of the drugs we take each and every day have substances in them that can be habit forming. Cases of hospital visits and treatment episodes for prescription medications have grown hundreds of percentage points in recent decades. Prescription painkillers contain a synthetic narcotic like hydrocodone or oxycodone. The brand names of abused painkillers include: Percocet, Lortab, Vicodin, and Oxycontin amongst others. Benzodiazepine drugs are used to treat anxiety disorders. Stimulant medications are used to help people focus or give them energy. These drugs are also addictive and can result in substance abuse and dependency.

What is Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism?

Struggles of Alcohol Abuse Even with the many drugs that are abused, alcohol is still the biggest problem faced by this world when it comes to substance abuse. Much of this has to do with the legality and availability of it. Reports vary, but estimates of those in the United States with an alcohol problem are between 17-20 million individuals. Even with treatment for alcohol addiction being readily offered in most communities, a small percentage of these individuals actually seek out treatment for their struggles.

Alcohol abuse and alcoholism are different entities entirely. A person can abuse alcohol on occasion and not become an alcoholic. When concerns should arise is when this abuse is more frequent, or cannot be controlled. Alcohol abuse can lead to alcoholism. Alcoholism is when the body and mind have become physically dependent on drinking to maintain normal function. To halt drinking would create withdrawal symptoms that can be life threatening if not properly treated. Further information is provided on alcohol addiction.

What is the Disease Concept?

One concept that is shared by many in the field of chemical dependency is that addiction is a disease. This is one of the most talked about, debated and problematic stigmas that is had in society and the medical profession in regards to addiction. Because the abuse of drugs and alcohol is self-inflicted, people can struggle with this concept and with the moniker of a 'disease'. As a recovery oriented program, we are founded upon this concept and the research pages on drugs and alcohol do reflect this.

Many of the leading researchers and science around the field of addiction reflect studies that address this concept. The abuse of drugs or alcohol creates alterations to the brain and behavior functions. These alterations create the need or crave for these substances. This brain 'sickness' can lead to a great deal of other emotional and psychological problems. Many of the governmental programs, research and institutes behind studies and addiction treatment work on a recovery oriented system and with the disease concept of addiction.

Breakthroughs in Research

Much research and additional studies is being done when it comes to alcoholism and drug abuse. This research can lead to breakthroughs in how we treat addiction and behavioral health. With technology the way it is nowadays many studies are being done and things like medications are being developed that address craving and withdrawal in alcohol abuse and drug addiction. Hopefully, these breakthroughs and developments can be a means to treating those that struggle. We will continue to offer this addiction information to those who come to our site.

Effective alcohol treatment and drug rehab is a means to helping those that struggle. Cirque Lodge is considered one of the very best when it comes to an addiction treatment facility. Let us help you with your addiction struggle. We offer healing and recovery within the quiet serenity of the mountains and nature. 1-877-99-REHAB.