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Chemical Dependency in Portland, ME

At Liberty Bay Recovery in Portland, Maine, individuals benefit from a three-stage approach in which diagnosis, treatment, and recovery are all emphasized. If all of these elements are not present, individuals are at higher risk of relapse and worsening of their dependency. Diagnosis of chemical substance dependency, as with any other chronic disease, paves the way toward the treatment of individuals and their subsequent recovery. Regardless of which chemical is involved, we focus on addressing the dependence like any other chronic health problem and support its resolution.

To help individuals recover from chemical dependency and reclaim their strength and happiness, we employ a dedicated, professional staff. Throughout the recovery process, individuals have access to several treatment options and enjoy a high level of care that keeps them safe and enables their success.

What Is Chemical Dependency?

Chemical dependency is often used as another term for drug abuse or drug addiction. However, chemical dependency can also refer to a specific clinical disorder defining the illness of addicted individuals. An individual suffering from chemical dependency is reliant on alcohol or drugs but does not have symptoms of classic addiction, such as obsessive and compulsive behavior. A variety of issues may occur at the same time as chemical dependency, but those issues are actually caused by the latter disorder.

For example, an individual who takes opioid pain medications, prescribed by a doctor, may need those drugs after receiving a medical procedure. If those drugs are taken for the long term, however, larger amounts will become necessary because tolerance develops. As a result, the individual remains dependent on the drug even after the pain has disappeared.

Drugs Associated with Chemical Dependency

Examples of commonly abused drugs associated with chemical dependency include the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Amphetamines
  • Opiates
  • Methamphetamine
  • Cocaine
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Marijuana
  • Hallucinogens
  • Anabolic steroids
  • Nicotine
  • Inhalants

Chemical Dependency Symptoms

Individuals may begin to display symptoms of chemical dependency after losing control of their drug use following abuse of a substance. In many cases, these individuals experience denial because they are enamored by the euphoric effects of the drug. Signs that might indicate chemical dependency include the following:

  • Tolerance to the drug that results in the use of larger doses to achieve desired effects
  • Inability to control use of the substance
  • Frequent thinking about the substance
  • Suffering symptoms of withdrawal when not using the substance
  • Denying dependency and suffering from distorted thinking about the issue
  • Continuing to use the substance despite suffering harmful effects

Without some form of intervention, chemical dependency tends to become worse and may result in more extreme negative effects. To get back in control, individuals must undergo professional treatment.

Chemical Dependency Treatment

Individuals have to admit that a problem exists before they can be treated successfully. According to established principles, the denial stage must be overcome before treatment can ensue. In actuality, chemical dependency sufferers must be able to see that the problem requires resolution. This is the first step towards getting assistance in this situation; whether help comes from within the person or from a friend, family member or another person.

Present substance abuse must be assessed along with substance abuse history and overall health at the start of treatment for chemical dependency. To maximize chances of recovery, individuals must receive a personalized rehabilitation program according to their needs. A variety of treatments may be used, such as therapy, education, stress management, coping skills and relapse prevention.

Don’t Wait. Call Today.

Rehabilitation is beneficial for a long list of reasons. Left untreated, chemical dependency can harm not only addicted individuals but also the people who care about them.

Everything may be lost as the problem grows worse. To learn more about how we can help, call Liberty Bay Recovery today at 844-894-2673.

We can work with several insurance providers, including Cigna, Aetna, Humana, United Health Care, ValueOptions, GEHA (Government Employee Health Association), UMR (United Medical Resources), Providence Health Plans, Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare, as well as state insurance. We also offer many affordable self-pay options as well.

Contact Liberty Bay Recovery

If you or somebody you care about is currently dealing with chemical dependency, contact us today to learn how Liberty Bay Recovery in Portland, Maine can help. As a provider of professional counseling and other treatment services, we can provide the help individuals need to recover from addiction and get back on track for good.