Addiction FAQs

Chemical Dependency Treatment in Cody, WY

Addiction can affect anyone, and it’s not always easy to tell when it’s happening, how bad it’s gotten, or how to start recovery. If you believe you or a loved one has developed a chemical dependency to drugs or alcohol, these answers to frequently asked questions can help you figure out what to do next. We encourage you to call us today at 307-578-2531 or 800-775-6016 to talk to an experienced addiction counselor.

How can I tell if I have a problem with drugs or alcohol?

Addiction often develops gradually, making it difficult for someone to realize that a dependency is forming. There are a few signs you can look out for to determine whether or not you or a loved one has an addiction:

  • You continue to consume drugs or alcohol even when it has led you to destructive behaviors in the past.
  • You no longer plan or predict using drugs or alcohol, it has become a constant presence in your life.
  • You often drink or use drugs alone
  • You have developed a tolerance and need to consume more drugs or alcohol to feel their effects.
  • You are frequently depressed when not using a substance.
  • There are large gaps in your memory after taking drugs or consuming alcohol.
  • Your relationships have suffered as a result of substance usage, and you find yourself cancelling plans or missing work/school often.

The damage from addiction can be intense, but there is always time to make a chance. Speak with a knowledgeable addiction counselor if you need help determining whether or not you or someone you love has an addiction.

How Do I Start Recovery?

You have probably heard that “admitting you have a problem is the first step” and this is a very important step in recovery. No one can overcome addiction unless they want to, it takes tremendous effort and willpower, but it is not something anyone needs to, or should, go through alone.

Checking it to a treatment center is a vital part of recovery, and there are numerous national, state, and local organizations that offer addiction recovery services. The truth is, without a strong, patient, understanding support system, it is extremely difficult to maintain sobriety after an addiction. While friends and loved ones can and do provide this for many people, it is hard for someone who has not gone through an addiction to fully understand what you’re going through and what you will need during this journey.

Some community resources you can use to find treatment include:

  • Community drug hotlines
  • Local emergency health clinics or community treatment services
  • City/local health departments
  • Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or AlAnon/Alateen
  • Additional substance abuse resources

At Cody Regional Health’s Cedar Mountain Substance Treatment Center, we offer on-site, comprehensive residential treatment to individuals from all around the U.S. Also, because the center is located at our West Park Hospital location, we can also provide patients with behavioral health outpatient, prevention, and behavioral and psychiatric services.

Does Treatment Work?

Research and past experience has shown when appropriate treatment is given and when clients follow the prescribed program, treatment does work. Addiction is a brain disease, and one that cannot be overcome through willpower alone. In response to drug use over time, the brain changes and that leads to a person's loss of self-control and ability to make good decisions and prompts intense cravings and urges to use drugs or alcohol.

Through a combination of the appropriate treatment, behavioral therapy, and sometimes medication, recovery can be achieved. Through the use of brain imaging, we now can actually see that the brain has an amazing ability to heal itself. Addiction effects everyone differently, and recovery is not as easy for some as it is for others. Some people go through treatment several times before it finally sticks, but just having the desire to make a change means that healing is possible.

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