Many people think of addiction as a purely physical condition. It’s true that there’s a physiological component to the disease. That said, psychological dependence is by far the more extensive part of the illness. Here is how to get out from under it.

Understand the Difference between Physical and Psychological Dependence

individual and therapist discussing psychological dependenceThere’s a lot of debate over the depth of psychological dependence when compared to its physiological counterpart. Here’s what we know. Physical dependence leaves your body unable to function properly without a substance. When you withhold the drug, withdrawal symptoms set in.

Depending on the substance you abuse, they vary in severity and extent. Typically, symptoms include gastrointestinal upset, cramps, shakes, and pain. If you try to quit drugs cold turkey at home, the pain probably convinces you to start using again. When you stay strong, you’ll eventually also encounter psychological withdrawal symptoms.

Drops in dopamine and serotonin levels typically trigger depressive episodes. Anxiety, insomnia, and an inability to relax are part of the experience. That’s why withdrawing from a drug at a detox facility with pain relief and medical monitoring is your best option. At the Woodlands Recovery Centers, you transition from detox to rehab as soon as you’re ready.

Rehab Addresses the Psychological Addiction

Even after you break the physiological hold of the substance, there’s still the psychological dependence. It’s the compulsion to use the drug for a desirable outcome. You believe that you need a stimulant to get out of bed because you have no energy without it. You take the study drug to boost your work or school performance because without it you just can’t do it.

Without the marijuana, there’s no way that you can fall asleep. You need a few drinks to overcome your anxiety about hanging out with a group of people. The rationalizations never end. However, they all highlight how your mind creates the perception of a need for a drug.

It’s interesting to note that the drug abuse fuels the dependency. Chemicals change the way that your brain chemistry works. Compulsions soon become self-fulfilling prophecies. The only way out of this vicious cycle is with the help of substance abuse treatment in rehab.

How Modalities Work Together to Help You Break the Dependency

Rehab tries to get to the reasons for drug abuse along with focusing on psychological dependence. What caused you to reach for the drug in the first place? How did the way it made you feel trump concerns about possible consequences? For many clients at the Woodlands Recovery Centers, trauma is a common underlying theme.

They self-medicate to tune out intrusive thoughts or unwelcome emotions. Nervous system depressants let you zone out for a while. Stimulants keep you going with little sleep, which leaves you too busy to feel things. Trauma treatment enables you to deal with the underlying situation to remove the emotional compulsion to use. Treatments combine with other addiction therapy services such as:

  • Experiential therapies for whole-person wellness and healing
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy which lets you replace dysfunctional behaviors with healthy ones
  • Talk therapy sessions for goal-setting, addiction education, and relapse prevention
  • Family therapy as a method of healing and moving forward together

What holds you back from seeking out help for a substance abuse problem today? You don’t have to give in to a psychological dependence any longer. At the Woodlands Recovery Centers, compassionate therapists routinely work with people just like you to facilitate healing. Call 855-752-3377 today for the help you need now.