Drug Addiction Rehab Knoxville, TN

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Drug Addiction

Drug addiction, often referred to as substance use disorder, is a very serious medical condition that affects all aspects of a person’s life. At Tennessee Valley Recovery, we offer drug rehab services in Knoxville, TN to help individuals understand the root cause of their substance abuse and break free from addiction. Our program helps you move past addiction and into a healthy new life.

What is Drug Addiction?

Addiction is considered a chronic disease because of how it affects the way that your brain works. Substance abuse changes the way that your brain releases the so-called “happy chemical” dopamine. This chemical is usually released in small amounts when you participate in positive things, like spending time with loved ones, eating a good meal, or exercising. 

When you abuse drugs, your brain releases a flood of dopamine, which makes you feel euphoric, – what is typically called a high. The longer you abuse drugs the less your brain is able to release dopamine naturally, and the more your brain will crave drugs in order to make you feel happy and relaxed. This is what leads to addiction and the need for help to overcome this serious disorder. Once a person becomes addicted to drugs, they need professional treatment in order to detox from them and begin recovery.

Signs and Symptoms of a Drug Addiction

One of the most difficult things about substance abuse is being able to admit that you have a problem. Many people end up so wrapped up in drug-seeking behaviors that they do not realize how serious their situation has become. They put great effort into hiding their drug use, which often leaves loved ones unaware of what’s going on, too. No matter what kind of drug a person is addicted to, there are certain signs and symptoms that can indicate a person has a drug addiction.

These include:

  • Weight gain or loss
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Lethargy
  • Excessive energy
  • Isolating
  • Neglecting hobbies and pastimes in order to use drugs
  • Changing friend groups
  • Neglecting personal hygiene 
  • Frequent episodes of anger or violent outbursts
  • Mood swings
  • Trouble fulfilling obligations at work or school
  • Having problems within personal relationships
  • Craving drugs when you are not using
  • Spending significant amounts of time and money trying to get drugs

While just having one or two of these signs may not indicate a drug addiction, if more than two apply to you or your loved one, there is likely reason to be concerned. It can also help to take our addiction assessment to better identify any signs or symptoms of addiction. Call Tennessee Valley Recovery to find out more about your treatment options.

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Different Types of Drugs that are Addictive

When someone becomes addicted to drugs, these changes in your brain make you crave and seek drugs, even when you know they are causing problems with your life or well-being. There are seven different categories of drugs and they all put people at risk of abuse and addiction. 


Also called “uppers,” these drugs can make people feel energetic, alert, social, and even paranoid. Common stimulants include cocaine, Ritalin, Adderall, and methamphetamine.


Also called “downers,” these drugs can make people feel relaxed, sleepy, confused, dizzy, or lethargic. Common depressants include alcohol, benzodiazepine, barbiturates, Xanax, and Valium.


These drugs cause users to experience a distorted reality, causing them to disassociate, or feel as though they are watching themselves from outside of their body. Common dissociatives include ketamine, PCP, and DXM.

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These drugs create a distorted perception of reality, which can include both auditory and visual hallucinations. Common hallucinogens include LSD, mescaline, salvia, and “magic mushrooms.”


Most commonly abused by teens or young adults, inhalants are typically common household items that are inhaled or “huffed.” Common options include paint, gasoline, paint thinner, aerosol sprays, markers, and room deodorizers.


One of the most dangerous and concerning drugs abused today are opioids, a class of very powerful painkillers. They are derived from the same plant as heroin. Commonly available opioids include hydrocodone, Vicodin, Oxycontin, Percocet, codeine, morphine, and fentanyl.


Often called marijuana, or simply pot, this drug is legal on some level in over 30 states. When used in excessive amounts, however, cannabis can be addictive. While cannabis was traditionally smoked in leaf form, these days it can also be vaporized or infused into candies or baked goods, called “edibles.”

Drug Rehab Programs at Tennessee Valley Recovery

Seeking help for drug addiction is one of the biggest steps that a person can take toward getting their life back on track. Receiving treatment from an addiction recovery center in Knoxville, TN makes you more likely to be successful in overcoming your addiction and living a fulfilling sober life.

Our drug rehab programs in Knoxville, TN are designed to treat addiction in a holistic way. Holistic treatment addresses the underlying reasons behind your addiction and helps to heal both your body and your mind. We know that not all treatments are right for all clients, which is why we focus on building a customized plan to address your individual needs and goals. Our program offerings include:

Drug Rehab in Knoxville, TN

Treatment for addiction is not a one-size-fits-all process. No matter what drug you are addicted to, or how long you have been using, you do not have to keep letting addiction control your life. At Tennessee Valley Recovery in Knoxville, TN, our drug rehab will help you find your own path to recovery with our variety of scientifically-backed treatment options. Contact us today and let us tell you about our admissions process and how we can help you turn your life around. 

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It is time to put your health and wellbeing first. Call us right now to learn more about how we can help you put a stop to your active addiction and begin living a life of recovery.

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