Addiction

Take back control

If something feels good, we want as much of it as possible. However some people have no "stop-button" and can get addicted.

For many people, addiction has quite a stigma. For that reason it is also often referred to as a problem with substance use which can vary from light, to serious or chronic use. We also talk about being dependent on a substance, or substance dependency. It is possible to become addicted to 10 different types of substance. Excessive use of any of them has a direct effect on the brain’s reward centre, which plays an important role in motivating our behaviour and the formation of memories. Any of these addictions involves losing control over the use of a substance.

For many people, addiction has quite a stigma. For that reason it is also often referred to as a problem with substance use which can vary from light, to serious or chronic use. We also talk about being dependent on a substance, or substance dependency. It is possible to become addicted to 10 different types of substance. Excessive use of any of them has a direct effect on the brain’s reward centre, which plays an important role in motivating our behaviour and the formation of memories. Any of these addictions involves losing control over the use of a substance.

How can you recognize an addiction?

Addiction affects different people in different ways

One sign is that you have started taking more of a substance, and you want to take it more often, when previously you would only take it once in a while. This is because your tolerance for the substance has increased, so you need to take more to feel the same effect. Your mind is constantly occupied with thoughts about when you can have your next drink or shot, or how you are going to find more cannabis, cocaine or whichever substance you are using. You would like to reduce or stop taking it, but cannot. If you try, you have cravings and experience withdrawal symptoms. Now you need the substance, you have become dependent on it.

Symptoms

Excessive substance abuse or an addiction to drugs can seriously disrupt your relationship, family or professional life. You may be trying to downplay or hide how serious it has become, out of feelings of shame or guilt. Addiction usually leads to a lot of conflict and tensions. Perhaps you can no longer fulfil your most important commitments. You may have given up leisure activities and stopped socializing. Continuing to use could even be putting your life or others in danger. Substance abuse can also lead to a number of other problems, such as depression, anxiety and insomnia.

  • Substance tolerance
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Feeling guilty
  • Giving up hobbies and socializing

How do we treat an addiction

U-center treats you as a person, not just the diagnosis. We look further than just the addiction and assume a number of basic interventions. For addiction this is primarily a detox and cognitive behavioral therapy. Additional interventions include body-oriented treatments, expressive therapies and interventions aimed at lifestyle change. U-center also pays attention to the underlying causes and personality traits. Individual calls, group therapy, partner relationship and system therapy are used here. It is important that you become active again and build a daily routine, structure and physical condition. The treatment takes place in a fixed team with multiple practitioners, tailored to your specific situation.

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Substance

Addiction

We distinguish ten types of substances. All substances that are used excessively have in common that they have a direct effect on the reward system in the brain: a system that plays a role in the empowerment of behavior and the formation of memories. The central issue is loss of control over the use of substances.

Behavioural 

Addiction

People can also become addicted to certain behaviour, such as gambling. Gambling activates the reward centres in the brain, just like any addictive substance. Behavioural addictions therefore have similar symptoms to a substance addictions. Someone with an addiction to gaming or gambling also loses control over their behaviour.

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Integrated and personalized approach

U-center takes a holistic approach. This means that we look at the factors that could have had an influence on your behavior and addiction: your personality, relationships, family and work, as well as your physical health. With your treatment team, you will research the underlying issues behind your addiction. In this way you gain new insights into the behavioural patterns that are maintaining your condition.

Intensive treatment programme

U-center offers a seven-week intensive and integrated inpatient treatment programme which can be followed by a seven-week outpatient programme. Inpatient treatment at our centre near Maastricht gives you the opportunity to work on yourself and your problems with our help and support. Together with your mentor, you will draw up a personal treatment plan which provides you with the necessary guidelines and sets out the goals you wish to achieve. Our professional staff will provide you with all the tools and support. However, your commitment is also of the essence in order to make progress. Our healing environment, consisting of warm and welcoming surroundings and various facilities, ensures that you have every opportunity to work on yourself and provide the space you need. If you decide to follow outpatient treatment with us, you will put the new insights and knowledge you have gained into practice under the guidance of your U-center outpatient therapist via our e-health programme or at our outpatient clinic near Utrecht.

Loved ones

Living with someone with an addiction

Living with an addict is difficult and has a lot of tension, sadness and conflict. It is terrible for family, partner and friends to see how their loved one is slipping further and further into his or her addiction. The contact slips through your fingers like sand. Denial can lead to a lot of frustration and anger and you get a tendency to check. This increases the tension even more and more fleeing the behavior and lies are often the result. Together you are caught in a vicious circle. Addiction breaks a lot. Indeed, 'more than you love ...' Until one day you notice that it can not continue like this. From experience we know that it takes a lot of effort to address someone on his or her behavior. There is still a taboo on addictions in the Netherlands. In addition, most addicts find that they do not have a problem. Do not do it alone and seek support and help from friends and family or from professional care providers.

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