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Addiction is addiction to drugs. It is the excessive and abusive consumption of toxic substances, also called a SPA. A SPA alters the functions of the brain. There are three types.

Stimulants , which speed up the body’s normal process, such as cocaine, amphetamines, coffee, energy drinks, tobacco, etc.

Hallucinogens , which impair perceptions and judgement, such as LSD and cannabis.

Depressants , which provide a feeling of relaxation, such as alcohol, sleeping pills, drugs, etc.

Drug addiction affects all spheres of the addicted person’s life. This disorder is dangerous both for the person who suffers from it and for those around him. Solutions and treatments are available to overcome this disease.

What are the signs of drug addiction?

There are three levels of use: recreational use, risky use and addiction. This last level is drug addiction. This is the most serious type of consumption since the person loses his freedom and can no longer control his drug use.

This results in addiction. To prevent addiction, the signs of drug dependence should be recognized from the second level of consumption, that is, from risky use. At that point, a person no longer consumes recreationally: they consume because they need to, but they risk developing addiction-related problems.

What are the signs of drug addiction?

Behavioral changes: The behaviors of a person with a drug addiction may be altered. The person may become irritable, impulsive, they may isolate themselves and neglect their appearance and hygiene, etc.

Loss of interest: Drug addiction changes, overnight, a person’s interest in once-enjoyed activities and hobbies.

Physical signs: drug addicts often have red eyes or dilated pupils, lack of sleep, but great fatigue, dry mouth and confusion in speech and gestures, etc.

The causes of addiction can be anything from the environment a person grew up in to genetics or dating.

The Myths and Realities of Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is the victim of many false beliefs. These are often propagated mistakenly thinking that it is a real fact. Here are the most common myths about drug addiction.

Addicts don’t have jobs and are lazy

This is the most common myth. Indeed, anyone can develop a drug addiction, including doctors, lawyers and teachers. The causes of addiction vary with each person.

the solutions available are non-existent for people with drug addiction

Although addiction is a chronic disease that can reappear at any time, the treatments offered to regain control of your life are effective. People addicted to drugs transform their lifestyles and, with the help and treatment offered, can overcome their greatest demon.

Treatment steps

The overall stages of the treatments offered are the same for all patients: it is then that we personalize the treatment according to the situation of each one. When a patient needs to be treated for a drug addiction, our treatment experts go through a series of steps to fully understand each person’s condition.

At Clinique Nouveau Départ, we offer a 6-week in-house program, and an 8-week virtual outpatient program to be completed online, from the comfort of your home. During the healing process, the patient will be able to:

Understand that addiction is a disease

Understand the consequences of his addiction on his life and that of those around him

Develop an abstinence plan and a relapse prevention plan according to their situation

Following the in-house program, Clinique Nouveau Départ patients follow an out-patient program for a minimum of 12 weeks during which individuals will have weekly follow-ups with our treatment experts. The objective of the external program is to prepare the patient to reintegrate into his living environment.

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