Drug addiction
Castle Craig has been treating patients with drug addiction for over 30 years

Treating drug addiction

Drug addiction is a chronic brain disease that causes mental and physical harm to the user. People start to abuse different types of drugs for a variety of reasons, such as peer pressure and stress, and many become addicted to different types of drugs.

Most common drugs

See also: Opiates | Stimulants | Sedatives | Benzodiazepines

The Effects of Drugs

As drug addiction becomes established there are changes in the brain. These neurochemical changes affect a person’s self-control and decision-making processes.

There is a strong impulse to continue taking drugs despite the harm that drug use is causing.

Addiction to drugs can take hold quickly, and the user requires increasing amounts or stronger substances to achieve the desired effect. Drug craving and drug withdrawal keeps the user ‘hooked’ and those suffering from addiction often resort to crime to fund the habit. Understanding drug addiction.

Drugs and Denial

When people are addicted to drugs they are usually in denial about their addiction and unwilling to get help for their drug addiction. They do not see that they are addicted and often blame those around them for the problems that have arisen from their drug abuse. Sadly, drug addiction not only affects the user but also their family and friends.

If you suspect that you or a close family member or friend may be addicted to drugs and is suffering the consequences of drug abuse, the best thing to do is seek help immediately.

What We Treat

Castle Craig treats the following drug addictions.

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Page last reviewed and clinically fact-checked | October 12, 2021