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Many people do not understand why people become addicted to drugs or how drugs change the brain to foster compulsive drug abuse. They mistakenly view drug abuse and addiction as strictly a social problem and may characterize those who take drugs as morally weak. One very common belief is that drug abusers should be able to just stop taking drugs if they are only willing to change their behavior.

What people often underestimate is the complexity of drug addiction -- that it is a disease that impacts the brain, and because of that, stopping drug abuse is not simply a matter of willpower. Through scientific advances we now know much more about how exactly drugs work in the brain, and we also know that drug addiction can be successfully treated to help people who want to stop abusing drugs and resume productive lives.

What Is Drug Addiction?
Drug addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the drug addict and those around them. Drug addiction is a brain disease because the abuse of drugs leads to changes in the structure and function of the brain. Although it is true that for most people the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary, over time the changes in the brain caused by repeated drug abuse can impair a person's self-control and ability to make sound decisions, and at the same time create an intense impulse to take drugs.

It is because of these changes in the brain that it is so challenging for a person to stop abusing drugs. Fortunately, there are treatments that help people to counteract addiction's powerful disruptive effects and regain control of their lives. Research shows that combining addiction treatment medications, when appropriate, with behavioral therapy is the best way to ensure success for most patients. Treatment approaches that are tailored to each patient's drug abuse patterns and any concurrent medical, psychiatric, and social problems can help achieve  sustained recovery and a life without drugs.

Treatment for Drug Addiction in the Philippines
There are a number of treatment options available to people in the Philippines who need help including:

* Narcotics Anonymous is a twelve step program that supports the individual to escape their addictions. This fellowship is not just focused on stopping the drug use but also on building a life worth living.
* There are a number of drug rehabilitation facilities in the Philippines including Serenity at the Quarry.
* It is becoming more common for Filipinos to go abroad to seek the most effective treatment for their addictions. Drug and Alcohol Rehab Asia is based in Thailand and is considered to be one of the leading rehab in Asia.


Private Drug Addiction in the Philippines Treatment
The centers in the Philippines that I refer to are private centers with qualified local staff who also have international experience. One major advantage in the Philippines is that many of the counselors and therapists have worked or studied overseas and are well trained to international standards. When I ran a rehab in Thailand I regularly recruited staff from the Philippines to work with my Wester client base. What I am saying is that basically the facilities for treating drug addiction in the Philippines are not the luxury facilities you find around the world. The more important aspect however is that many of the therapists are the same therapists, the staff are the same staff that I would be hiring at Western facilities to treat rehab tourists that come from all over the world for addiction treatment in Asia.

So if you are looking for treatment for drug addiction in the Philippines and don't need daily massages and luxury accommodations, the Philippines are a good option. You will need to share a room with one or two other people, however the important aspect of treatment is the counselors and the program and some are very good.

Get in contact with me via email or call, I can put you directly in touch with the directors of the centers.

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