How to Come Out of Addiction

July 13, 2022

Drug Addiction | Gratitude Lodge

Drug addiction takes a toll physically, mentally, and emotionally on a person, and seeking help can be just as taxing. But coming out on the other side of addiction as a healthier person with a new lifestyle shows that addiction treatment can make a big difference in helping a person get better and overcome their drug addiction. 

Have you wondered how drug and alcohol rehab can help you come out of drug addiction? It’s time you found out


Drug addiction is defined as a chronic relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite adverse consequences. Addiction is considered a disease that affects the brain and the way it functions. Your brain and body become dependent on drugs and require more and more as time goes on to attain a certain feeling. Many turn to drug use because of the pleasure it brings. It makes you feel good at the moment and eases the feelings of stress and anxiety. 

Some even turn to drug use for its stimulant effect, which improves focus and performance temporarily. But drugs can become easily addictive and a person is relying on them to function “normally” before they realize it, not to mention the damaging effects drugs can cause. They include:

  • Behavior effects: paranoia, aggressiveness, hallucinations, impaired judgment, loss of self-control
  • Physical effects: weakened immune system, heart conditions, weight loss, seizures, stroke, memory problems
  • Long-term mental effects: depression, anxiety, insomnia


Many prescription and non-prescription drugs can be misused very easily and a person can be addicted before they realize it. Let’s take a look at a few of the most commonly abused drugs.

Benzodiazepine is typically used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Common names include Xanax and Valium. The drug gives a relaxed feeling when taken by blocking transmitters from the nervous system to the brain, making them easily addictive. Addiction symptoms include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion
  • Impaired coordination
  • Drowsiness

Cocaine is a stimulant drug that increases dopamine in the brain, causing a feeling of euphoria, or “high.” This drug requires more each time to achieve that “high” feeling, making it extremely addictive. Addiction symptoms include:

  • Overly excited
  • Risky behaviors
  • Dilated pupils
  • Social isolation

Opioids are prescription pain relievers and are used for anesthesia. They create feelings of euphoria by blocking pain signals in the body to the brain and release dopamine, which makes it addictive. Common names include hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine, and morphine. Heroin is also considered an opioid because both drugs come from poppy plants. Addiction symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Shallow breathing
  • Cravings

Heroin is an illegal drug that is produced from morphine. It works the same way as opioids and is just as addictive. Addiction symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Slurred speech

Meth is an illegal drug that also produces feelings of euphoria by producing dopamine in the body. It can be made (“cooked”) from over-the-counter drugs such as pseudoephedrine. Addiction symptoms include:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Skin sores
  • Mood swings
  • Agitation


An inpatient rehab addiction center like Gratitude Lodge is your best option for treating drug addiction effectively. You begin with a detox process to rid the body of the drug under medical supervision. Professionals monitor you 24/7 to treat withdrawal symptoms and make the process as smooth as possible. From there, you continue treatment in a luxury rehab center living with others who are on a similar rehab journey. You attend meetings, therapy sessions and have structured days that are tailored to help you overcome your addiction.

Rehabs offer several therapy programs based on the needs that allow you to heal and learn coping strategies so you are equipped to handle life’s stresses and anxiety in order to avoid relapse. The individual and group meetings allow for extra counseling from professional staff, as well as connections with peers who can relate to you and help you heal. This is a significant benefit of living in a luxury rehab center like Gratitude Lodge where you live together and create community and camaraderie with each other.


Coming out of treatment, you learn responsibility, self-sufficiency, and how to rid yourself of negativity. Your mental health is on the path to restoration. You learn new habits and skills, as well as how to stick to a daily routine to avoid open areas that may lead to returned drug use. Treatment allows you to start over with a new, healthy lifestyle. It allows you to return to your loved ones and friends as a changed person, opening the way for making amends and long-term healing.


If you are ready to get help for your drug addiction today, then Gratitude Lodge can help. We have three locations in Newport Beach, Long Beach, and San Diego in California. Our luxury inpatient facilities provide a judgment-free space for healing and privacy to overcome your addiction in a safe environment. Check out our website to see the many drug addictions we can help treat and contact us so we can get you set up in a program that caters to you and your needs.


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