Emotional struggles are part of life. We know that everyone experiences anxiety, anger, disappointment, and sadness at certain times. However, when mental health concerns form a psychological prison that doesn’t fade away in time, this indicates a deeper psychological concern. Unfortunately, many psychoactive drugs, whether they are regulated or unregulated, may appear to treat certain symptoms of a psychiatric condition. This causes people to take increasing amounts of powerful drugs. People with psychiatric issues don’t self-medicate to get high; they self-medicate because they are desperate for relief.
Self-medication, whether this involves alcohol or increasing doses of physician-prescribed medication, causes chemical changes in the brain. The resulting chemical imbalances cause changes in appetite, self-esteem, sensitivity to heat and cold, insomnia, and pain regulation. Many people, especially people who are used to solving problems on their own, are reluctant to seek treatment when they are experiencing symptoms of withdrawal because they are afraid. At CeDAR, our professional, competent, and compassionate medical team offers Denver’s top psychiatric and addiction treatment. Contact us by calling 720.848.3000 to learn more about our amenities and treatment modalities.