Can You Be Addicted to Injecting Drugs?

Drug addiction is a very complex disease. Different people will be drawn to chemical substances for a variety of different reasons. In some cases, genetic predisposition and family history drive substance abuse, in other cases, environmental factors or underlying and untreated mental health issues will be the predominant underlying cause of addiction.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines addiction as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug-seeking behaviors despite an accumulation of negative interpersonal consequences.

Just like other diseases, addiction affects a vital organ – in this case, the brain. Over time, brain chemistry changes significantly and the body and mind begin believing that drug or alcohol use is essential to adequate functioning. It is important to note that chronic diseases will never resolve on their own – they require treatment. At Recreate Life Counseling, we have extensive experience treating the disease of addiction and all related symptoms.

Can You Be Addicted to Injecting Drugs?

Intravenous Drug Abuse Explained

When it comes to drug abuse, there are numerous methods of administration. The most serious and dangerous method is injection or intravenous use. This entails filling a syringe with a chemical substance in its liquid form and injecting it directly into the bloodstream. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the main concerns amongst those that abuse drugs intravenously are overdose and increased incidence of blood-borne infections like HIV and hepatitis.

Unfortunately, once an individual begins abusing drugs intravenously there is little chance that he or she will be able to quit without intensive professional intervention and long-term treatment. This is partly because the actual act of injecting drugs can be addictive in and of itself.

Why is IV Drug Use So Addictive?

There is ample evidence to support the idea that injecting drugs can be psychologically addictive. Some individuals who use drugs intravenously report feeling a certain level of comfort or euphoria when they administer their substance of choice in this way. Of course, the risk never outweighs the reward when it comes to illicit drug use.

You must seek professional help immediately if you or someone you love has been injecting a chemical substance of any kind. We at Recreate Life Counseling are available to help. Our experienced team of licensed therapists understands how addictive injecting drugs can be, and they will work with each client, helping them overcome even the most serious and life-threatening addiction-related issues.

Recreate Life Counseling and Drug Addiction Recovery 

At Recreate Life Counseling, we offer an integrated and highly individualized approach to drug addiction recovery. We understand that no two addictive disorders are the same, therefore no two paths of recovery will be identical. We offer an unmatched level of clinical care and offer a wide range of recovery-related services, including intensive outpatient treatment and one-and-one and group therapy. Our treatment program is unique in that it consistently puts the unique needs of each client first. If you or someone close to you has been injecting drugs of any variety, professional care will be a necessary next step.

We recommend medical detox as the initial phase of the multi-stage recovery process, where an individual will be physically stabilized in a safe and secure medical environment. This phase is especially important when it comes to intravenous drug use. In many cases, individuals who have been abusing drugs intravenously will require Medication-Assisted Treatment, which can only be properly administered in a medical detox setting.

Next, the individual will require inpatient care, and finally, aftercare (which generally consists of sober living and intensive outpatient (IOP). To learn more about effective recovery options for intravenous drug use, please feel free to give our treatment advisors a call at any time of day – they are standing by to help you in any and every way possible.