Drug Addiction Rehab Centers Waterville ME

There are two components to drug addiction and these are physical dependency and psychological dependency. With physical dependency, the person has used the drug so often that it is now habit and he or she must continue to use the drug in order to feel that they are able to function normally. To stop using the drug would bring on severe and highly unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

MaineGeneral
Residential Services for Women
9 Spruce Street,
Augusta, ME04330
(207) 621-7218
www.mainegeneral.org

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Buprenorphine Services

Residency: Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid

Payment Assistance: Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors), Payment assistance (Check with facility for details)

Languages: ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

Specializing in Women

As the largest private employer in the Kennebec Valley region, MaineGeneral Health is a comprehensive non-profit system that includes: A medical center with three campuses in Augusta and Waterville. A state-of-the-art regional outpatient cancer treatment center Physician practices Nursing homes Specialized rehabilitation, mental health and substance abuse services Home health care and hospice services Special care for patients with memory loss Community outreach programs and Retirement living options
MaineGeneral also keenly focuses on preventive health and supports many ongoing programs throughout our communities.
MaineGeneral
Residential Services for Men
2093 Belgrade Road,
Sidney, ME4330
(207) 547-3065
www.mainegeneral.org

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Buprenorphine Services

Residency: Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid

Payment Assistance: Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors), Payment assistance (Check with facility for details)

Languages: ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

Specializing in Men

As the largest private employer in the Kennebec Valley region, MaineGeneral Health is a comprehensive non-profit system that includes:

A medical center with three campuses in Augusta and Waterville
A state-of-the-art regional outpatient cancer treatment center
Physician practices
Nursing homes
Specialized rehabilitation, mental health and substance abuse services
Home health care and hospice services
Special care for patients with memory loss
Community outreach programs and
Retirement living options

MaineGeneral also keenly focuses on preventive health and supports many ongoing programs throughout our communities.

Our Physicians
The 250+ physicians on our active medical staff come from some of the country's finest medical schools and training programs and provide an array of specialty services from anesthesiology to urology.

Our Patients
We serve patients from 88 cities and towns throughout the Kennebec Valley region, providing them with the broad spectrum of services they need for every phase of their lives.

Our Commitment to the Kennebec Valley
Our mission is to enhance, every day, the health of the people of the greater Kennebec Valley.

We follow this mission with a forward-looking vision of focusing on clinical excellence, customer satisfaction, financial stability and positively impacting the health of our community each day.

Drug Addiction

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Drug Addiction

Anne Wolski

Friday, September 14, 2007 Drug addiction is a state of being that is characterised by the compulsive intake and intoxication of a drug. It is the compulsion to consume the drug, regardless of the negative consequences. It can be either a physical or psychological addiction or even a combination of both of these.

It is more appropriate to say that it is a behavioural problem where the use of a mind altering substance dominates the person's motivation and where it appears that normal controls no longer work. Addiction is actually a complicated brain disorder but it can be treated.

This is one of the most common illnesses in the Western world with an estimated nine million Americans needing treatment for an addiction. This makes the condition more prevalent than heart disease. There are also thousands of drug-related deaths every year and around a quarter of AIDS cases are from injecting drugs.

Not every drug affects every user in the same way. It is believed that some people are more predisposed to addiction than others. This may be psychological or genetic in nature. Also, some drugs require more exposure than others before addiction sets in.

Often, substance abuse is confused with addiction. However, substance abuse which is any use of a harmful substance can occur with or without addiction. These drugs affect the neurological impulses affecting motivation and reward. They also inhibit further learning, therefore meaning that further use ceases to make learning important to the user.

It has long been known that Glutamate, Dopamine, and Serotonin, chemicals in the brain, are associated with drug addiction and the compulsive behaviours related to cocaine and amphetamine use.

There are two components to drug addiction and these are physical dependency and psychological dependency. With physical dependency, the person has used the drug so often that it is now habit and he or she must continue to use the drug in order to feel that they are able to function normally. To stop using the drug would bring on severe and highly unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

Psychological dependency, on the other hand, happens when the drug has been used regularly to obtain pleasure or alleviate pain and the person has become emotionally dependent on the effect. As with physical dependency, to stop the drug makes the person feel incapable of normal functioning and produces intense cravings. It is common for addicts to have both physical and psychological dependency.

There are treatments available to help the addict. These can include cognitive therapy, psychotherapy, counselling, medications and combinations of any of these. The success of treatment is just as effective as it is for other chronic disorders such as asthma and high blood pressure and the treatment is cost effective.

It has also been noted that there is a marked reduction in drug related crime among those under treatment. Additionally, those on Methadone tre...

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