Drug addiction

Help with drug addiction

Sometimes people take drugs purely for recreational use.

It is possible to become addicted to many different drugs, ranging from soft to hard drugs, and also prescription medication. The active ingredients in drugs activate the brain’s reward system leading to a brief change in consciousness. Drugs are divided into three categories based on the effect they have: narcotics, stimulants and mind-altering (hallucinogenic) substances. Initially, the effects can be pleasant as problems fade into the background. However, such effects are only short-lived.

It is possible to become addicted to many different drugs, ranging from soft to hard drugs, and also prescription medication. The active ingredients in drugs activate the brain’s reward system leading to a brief change in consciousness. Drugs are divided into three categories based on the effect they have: narcotics, stimulants and mind-altering (hallucinogenic) substances. Initially, the effects can be pleasant as problems fade into the background. However, such effects are only short-lived.

How can you tell if someone has a problem with drugs?

A drug addiction expresses itself differently in different people

When someone is addicted to a drug, they regularly crave it. If you are addicted to a drug and stop using it, you will experience different mental and physical withdrawal symptoms depending on the type of drug.

Symptoms

Drug use produces mental effects and activates the reward center in the brain. On the basis of these effects, drugs are divided into three categories: narcotics, stimulants and consciousness-altering (hallucinogenic) drugs. Depending on the type of drugs, mental and possibly physical withdrawal symptoms occur with abstinence. A drug addiction can be very persistent. The effects and characteristics of a drug addiction are very dependent on the type of drugs you use. Below you will find the most common characteristics.

  • Loss of reality
  • Personal neglect
  • Isolation
  • Social alienation
  • Cognitive impairment

How does U-center treat drug addiction?

We start with reducing your drug intake and at the same time try to find out what the reasons were for you to start using the drug. Together, we will try to change certain behaviour and patterns that are maintaining your addiction. Any underlying issues, your physical condition and social life all play an important role in treating an addiction to drugs. We work on building your mental resilience and help you to stop taking drugs.

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Different types of drug addiction

Cocaine addiction

Cocaine (also known as coke or snow) has a locally numbing effect and acts as a stimulant. It comes from the leaf of a cocoa plant that grows in central America. It is usually snorted in powder form. It can also be smoked in pure crystal form (crack).

What are the short-term effects of taking cocaine?

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Excitability
  • Exhilaration
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Psychotic complaints (paranoia, hallucinations)

What are the long-term effects of taking cocaine?

Over the long term, taking cocaine can affect nasal cavity tissue and result in malnourishment, apathy and severe mood swings. Drinking alcohol at the same time produces cocaethylene which can cause acute oxygen deficiency in the heart muscle.

Seek help for cocaine addiction in time

Do you want to stop with cocaine? Are you experiencing any of the withdrawal symptoms listed above? Most people with an addiction to cocaine cannot quit cocaine without professional help. Please contact us and we will decide together if we can help you to overcome an addiction to cocaine.

Cannabis addiction

Cannabis and marijuana intensify your mood. Cannabis or hash gets its name from the active ingredient THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which comes from hemp resin. Marijuana or weed comes from the same plant, but is usually made from dried stems, leaves, and flowers. Both are usually smoked together with tobacco in hand-rolled cigarettes (joints). They can also be eaten, for example in pot brownies or space cake, and hash oil can be drunk.


What are the short-term effects of taking cannabis?

Since cannabis enhances the user’s mood, it can be used as both an intoxicant and stimulant. An excited user can have a fit of laughter, while someone who is feeling low can become depressed. People usually say they take cannabis or marijuana to relax.

  • Red eyes
  • Increased heart beat
  • Dry mouth
  • Weak muscles
  • Hunger
  • Sleepiness
  • Change in the perception of time, space and sound
  • Heightened imagination


What are the long-term effects of taking cannabis?

If you have an addiction to cannabis, and you have used it excessively and over a longer period of time, it can have the following long-term effects:

  • Inactivity (lack of motivation)
  • Slowing down
  • Problems concentrating
  • Reduced awareness
  • Development of psychoses
  • Extreme or altered emotions and sensory perception

Cannabis can also affect the immune system. An accumulation of THC in fatty tissue can damage the brain, liver and ovaries. Smoking joints increases the risk of (lung) cancer.


Seek help for cannabis addiction in time

Do you want to stop with cannabis? Are you experiencing any of the withdrawal symptoms listed above? Most people with a cannabis addiction cannot stop taking cannabis without professional help. Please contact us and we will decide together if we can help you to overcome an addiction to cocaine.

Integrated and personalized approach

An addiction to drugs often does not come alone. Usually there are several problems such as depression, anxiety or a traumatic experience from your past. There can, therefore, be other problems sustaining your complaints. For this reason, at U-center we take an integrated, individualised approach. Together, we look at all the factors that have influenced your life and your addiction. This includes your personality, relationships, family and work, as well as your physical health. Together with our treatment team, we research the underlying issues behind the addiction. In this way you gain new insights into the behavioural patterns that are maintaining your addiction.

 

 

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.

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