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Families Need to Improve Their Approachability for Loved Ones in Recovery

Recovery and rehabilitation are hard for anyone recovering from addiction. The only thing that makes it worse is feeling as if you have no one you can easily talk to about the difficulties of the process. The recovery process can feel lonely and is an intense time, especially after what may have been years of active addiction. Not having drugs and alcohol as a crutch leaves the person experiencing several different emotions that in the past had been numbed. For this reason, it is so important for loved ones in recovery to know that their family is approachable to help during the hard times.

On the other side, the effects of addiction on families is immense. Experiencing an addicted loved one is just as hard and lonely. Family members tend to feel a sense of helplessness. They want to help their loved ones through recovery, but aren’t sure what they can or cannot do; how much support is too much support. While many family members think they need to act a specific way or need to be careful around their recovering loved one, they only need to be more approachable.

What Approachable Means

A person can be said to be approached when they are readily available. However, there’s a little more to it. A person is approachable when the other person feels comfortable communicating freely with that person. There are many ways you can improve your approachability and help your loved one have an easier and smoother recovery. Simply listening and relating to what they have to say is one way of being approachable. Additionally, accepting the fact that your loved one is in recovery is a vital step for both the family and the recovering addict.

Allows Easier Communication

Knowing how to deal with addiction in the family is difficult. No one knows how to handle it at first, but by being approachable, you are allowing communication to flow smoother between you and your recovering loved one. If the individual in recovery feels comfortable in enough to communicate with the family, the family will be able to understand better what is happening in the recovering addict’s life.

Builds Trust within the Family of Loved Ones in Recovery

When family members are approachable, the person in recovery starts to feel like they can trust their family members in sharing their recovery with them. When the person in recovery shares their struggles along with their successes with recovery, family members begin to gain trust in them as well.

Relationships Become Stronger

You will find that if families become more approachable with their loved ones in recovery, relationships begin to grow stronger. Family members start to work better with one another and start to communicate more. The family dynamic gets stronger, and the entire family begins to act as a team.

Addiction Recovery at Best Drug Rehabilitation

At Best Drug Rehabilitation, we know how difficult it is for both families and their loved ones in recovery when it comes to addiction. We know that recovery can seem scary, awkward and uncomfortable on both sides. However, we also have the tools to help recovering addicts and family members have success with recovery and feel like a team. At our facility, we do our best to offer a unique approach to addiction treatment that encompasses all the many different aspects of the physical, spiritual, and emotional issues involved with addiction. This is why we help recovering addicts, and their families work together during recovery, so everyone involved feels confident and comfortable. If you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction or would like to learn more about the healing process and what we can do to help, please contact us.

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Man Enters Rehab a Drunk and Leaves with a New Life

Walking down the street, drunk and tired, Trevor felt ready to give up right then and there. As he stumbled down the street he got into an argument with an older man; the reason he couldn’t remember. He kept mumbling his thoughts and felt angry towards the world. How did it get this bad? Trevor had a family, friends and a decent job at one point, but that was pretty much all gone now. Although drunk, Trevor knew he needed to change something. Somewhere inside of him, he was aware that this wasn’t how his life was meant to be and that he can do better. As he kept walking down the street, he came across an ad for a rehab facility and saw it as a sign to take control of his addiction.

Entering Rehabilitation

The next day, Trevor made it to the rehab facility with the help of a family member. Still drunk from the night before, he walked in and told the receptionist he needed help. He went to detoxification immediately and started the process of becoming sober. The withdrawal symptoms came sooner than he thought and they were worse than he imagined. Trevor hardly slept for the next five days, but as the withdrawal symptoms became less and less, Trevor started to feel normal again. He began to think more clearly and felt brighter in general.

When detoxification was complete, he continued with his treatment program. Trevor’s treatment program consisted of therapy and classes that taught him tools he could use to handle his addiction. Therapy was what made Trevor realize that he was not alone. Several other people were in a similar situation as his. For the first time in his life, he felt he was a part of a community he could trust and turn to for help.

The classes were what he was missing all along. Trevor noticed right away the difference these tools made on his life. He started to communicate better with others, he was able to control his anger better, and he felt confident he could fix the issues he had caused with his family members. At the end of his treatment program, 45 days later, Trevor felt healthier, wiser, and confident enough to return home.

Overcoming Hardships with Recovery After Rehab

Trevor thought the hard part was over, and while he had overcome a big challenge, he realized he had more challenges to overcome. Returning to his life after rehab was painful. He had to re-create a life for himself that embodied his new values and goals to maintain his sobriety. He started with finding a new job with a company he respected. Once he reached that goal, he began to look for a new place to live. Using the tools he learned in rehab; he noticed he was reaching his goals faster than he thought was possible.

As Trevor reminisced over his active addiction, he realized how far he had come. He went from wanting to give up his life to creating a life full of happiness and sobriety in a matter of a few months. While Trevor wishes he would have entered rehabilitation sooner, he doesn’t regret anything that happened because if it weren’t for his addiction, he would have never learned the skills he now knows, and he would have never had the opportunity to have a support system that he could rely on. Rehab made Trevor feel confident that he could maintain his sobriety no matter what challenge comes up. With confidence comes security, and with security comes happiness.

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Why Anger is a Dangerous Trigger for Addiction Relapse

Everyone gets angry occasionally when a situation becomes frustrating, or a person feels they were mistreated. At the same time, everyone shows their anger in different ways. Some are more open about it while others keep their anger hidden. Violence, especially if it’s built up, can act as a trigger for addiction relapse and create all sorts of consequences emotionally and physically. Classes on managing anger in recovery are vital for those who are recovering from addiction. Anger is a dangerous trigger and here’s why:

Alienates Friends and Family

When a person has excess anger built up inside of them, they will come to points where they have outbursts. These eruptions can cause friendships and families to fall apart. Because the person or family member didn’t know the recovering addict was angry in the first place, the outburst tends to come out of nowhere. Learning how to manage anger with anger management programs will help keep friendships and families together. Learning to avoid angry outbursts can assure that you will avoid an addiction relapse in the future.

Increases Chances of Committing Illegal Acts

When a person is angry, they can sometimes act impulsively and not think clearly. Acting impulsively can lead to criminal acts, such as breaking and entering, stealing, vandalizing property, etc. When a recovering addict has gone through anger management, they have more control over their actions and emotions.

Increases Risk of Relapse

Along with acting impulsively, a recovering addict who is angry may go back to their old ways and interfere with the progress they have made. The early months of recovery can be an emotional rollercoaster, and when they haven’t learned how to manage their anger properly, they have a higher risk of an addiction relapse.

Can Cause Health Issues

Anger can cause insomnia, fatigue, and violence, all of which can put stress on the body. When a person becomes exhausted and fatigued on top of their anger, not only does that affect their health, but they can act in ways they otherwise wouldn’t by being rude or violent. It’s vital for recovering addicts to learn how to handle their anger in a way that keeps their body healthy so they can live a high-quality life.

Can Hurt Relationships

Excessive anger can cause a person to shout, be aggressive, and rude to their significant other. These actions can create tension between the two and cause the relationship to decay. It’s important for the significant other to understand anger management just as much as it is important for the recovering addict to learn how to control their anger healthily. When both people understand the anger and how to manage it, they can work together as a team and create a tighter bond.

Can Lead to Loss of Employment

If uncontrolled anger reaches the workplace and affects too many colleagues or clients, the recovering addict may find themselves losing their job. This can put a significant amount of stress on the recovering addict and their family, which can make it even harder to control one’s anger.

Anger Management to Avoid Addiction Relapse

At Best Drug Rehabilitation, we understand that recovery comes with highs and lows, along with the recovering addict feeling intense emotions such as anger. We know that excess anger can wreak havoc in all aspects of one’s life. However, we have the anger management tools needed to help recovering addicts get back in control of their emotions and life.

We do our best to offer a unique approach to addiction treatment that encompasses all the many different aspects of the physical, spiritual and emotional issues involved with addiction. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction or would like to learn how you can incorporate anger management into your treatment program, please contact us.

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The Use and Abuse of Opiates Today

Some various substances within our contemporary society can often seem innumerable. There are many different kinds of drugs, with some having valuable purposes within the medical realm and others only existing because of people recreationally using them to get high. One substance that is incredibly prominent in the society and used highly within the medical realm are opiates. This heading can include quite a multitude of different substances.

Opiates and Opioids

A person may hear one of two terms when these substances are being mentioned, which could be opiates or opioids. Technically, opiates refer to drugs that have been derived naturally from the opium poppy. Whereas, opioids also encompasses drugs where the opiate-based compounds have been semi-synthetically or synthetically modified. When speaking of opiates, this often alludes to prescription medications, but both terms are often used interchangeably.

The base purpose of opiates within the medical realm is for pain mitigation. Opiate compounds will bind to the receptors in the brain and help to curb pain signals being sent to the body. Though, this is a highly simplified version of what exactly occurs. There are numerous different types of opiate medications that are used for this purpose, as there are variations in different levels and types of pain. For instance, some drugs are used for moderate pain, whereas others may be prescribed for more severe or consistent pain, such as cancer. One of the most dominant types of pain medications currently out there is fentanyl, which is used to treat quite severe pain.

Codeine and Other Types of Opiates

Some of the various types of opiate pain medications are:

  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Morphine

Codeine is a substance that many have likely heard of, as it is commonly used in cough medicines because it is highly efficient in suppressing coughs.

Illicit Use of Opiates

Then, there is the more illicit use of the opiate realm. The most prominent drug that comes under this heading is heroin, which is entirely illegal and serves no purpose in the medical field. Heroin often comes in the form of a white or brown powder that people use through various methods, whether it be smoking, snorting, or injecting. But, the medications that are used within the medical realm are also often used illegally by those without a prescription. Fentanyl has been entering the street scene much more prominently over the past few years, with it sometimes even being mixed with heroin to create more potent effects. Unfortunately, this has also led to increased rates of overdose and death. When dealing with drugs like this on the street, one never really knows what it is or has been added to it.

Both the illegal and medical opiates have very high incidences of dependence and addiction. Opiates can create a high physical dependency, and this can also bring severe withdrawal symptoms when abusers attempt to stop using. For this reason, it often requires that an individual attend a detox center to appropriately and safely come down off of these drugs. And as far as addiction, they should then follow up with a full treatment program to address the non-physical side of the situation.

When Seeking Treatment for an Addiction

Addiction to opiates or any other substance can be complicated, but it can be overcome through proper treatment. Best Drug Rehabilitation helps thousands to overcome their addictions every single year, and we would like to do the same for you or your loved one. Our success lies in our individualized approach, as we create a custom program for each person that is admitted. Give us a call today, and we can answer any questions that you may have about our program.

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How Willie Started Over After Rehab

Willie had forgotten how to live. He forgot how to be truthful, how to be successful, how to hold onto a job; he forgot how to be himself, and that was the most upsetting part of it. Each time he used drugs or alcohol, strips of him were going away. At first, he thought it was a good thing because he didn’t really like who he was that much anyway, but now, more of him is gone than he wanted. Sick and tired of feeling lost, Willie knew what had to be done to find his way again. He knew he would hate it and feared it wouldn’t work, but drug rehabilitation was the only solution he could think of.

Finding the Rehab

Without many friends or family to do the research for him, Willie did his best to figure out which rehab facility would be a good option for him. In a hazy state, Willie lightly searched around and thought Best Drug Rehabilitation could help him get clean. As he entered the facility, he felt a sense of relief but also felt nervous for what was to come. He knew his withdrawal symptoms would not be easy.

Willie’s Rehab Experience

As soon as he signed all of the papers and got settled in, he was taken to detoxification. The first week was dreadful, and he started to doubt if he could make it through rehab. He couldn’t sleep even though he was exhausted and the withdrawal symptoms became so severe that he didn’t think it was even worth going into rehab. When he was close to finishing detoxification, he noticed that his withdrawal symptoms were finally coming to an end and he saw subtle changes within himself. He felt a clearness in his head that hadn’t been there in years, and his reactions to many things had changed for the better.

After detoxification, Willie started his treatment program that was tailor-made for him. During his treatment program, he learned tools to ensure he can be successful – something he always wanted while he was using. He has learned more about himself than he ever thought he could and understands why he got into drugs and alcohol in the first place. Willie started to finally feel as though he had found himself again and could start to recognize the person inside him.

Life After Rehab

After rehabilitation, Willie had to start and overcome a new challenge in his life. He wanted to make amends to the family and friends he had deceived and hurt while he was using. He also wanted to start taking action on his goals, some of which was to get a good job, have a nice home and to have friends and family he can trust and who can trust him. As he has started taking steps on these goals, he has been able to use the tools he learned from his treatment program to help him become successful in all aspects of his life. He has fixed the relationships of some of his family and friends so far and has started a new job that he is excited about.

The idea of starting over was an obstacle Willie had to overcome, and while life after rehab has been challenging, he is full of hope and promise for the future. He is grateful that he can have a second chance at living a sober life where he can redeem himself and redefine as spiritually and mentally, as well as physically. Rehabilitation has made Willie confident that he can be successful in his life again.

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The Difference Between Hydrocodone and Oxycodone

Opiates are one of the most common substances within our contemporary society. Of course, they have a valuable purpose within the medical realm, but they are also used by a multitude of individuals for recreational uses. There are numerous different types of opiates, but a couple of the common ones that many people have likely heard of are hydrocodone and oxycodone. Both of these substances come under the heading of opiates, but there are significant differences between the two of them.

Both of these medications are prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. Of course, both of them should only be taken as prescribed by a doctor, as misusing them can lead to the risk of addiction. Fortunately, both are available in abuse deterrent forms. Aside from pain mitigation, hydrocodone can also be used as an effective cough suppressant.  Both can carry the risk of dependency, but oxycodone seems to be a bit higher statistically, as it is one of the most abused opiates within the country. Oxycodone is also more expensive; it is often around two times more than hydrocodone.

How Hydrocodone and Oxycodone are Used

As far as pain mitigation, both of these substances tend to be equally effective. There are different versions of each, as they can be provided by themselves or in combination with other medications for a more effective treatment. For instance, Oxycodone is often prescribed in a form by itself called OxyContin, but it can also be combined with acetaminophen or aspirin to assist certain conditions better. Generally speaking, oxycodone tends to be prescribed on its own, while hydrocodone is more typically prescribed in a combination form. Both hydrocodone and oxycodone are also sold in immediate relief and extended release versions. Both forms are used because some pain may need to be handled on an as-needed basis, whereas other types of pain can be around the clock. Extended release forms may be used for around the clock care.

Both opiates can have similar side effects, such as:

  • Shallow Breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Itching
  • Dry Mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Impairment of Motor Skills

A common side effect of many opioids is constipation, but out of the above two, hydrocodone tends to be more likely to result in this, as well as stomach pain.

Other more severe side effects can arise as well, though these tend to be less common, such as:

  • Pain when Urinating
  • Seizures
  • Feeling like One May Pass Out
  • Confusion
  • Rapid Heart Rate (Which could lead to heart failure)

As mentioned above, both of these substances can result in physical dependency and addiction. With powerful substances like hydrocodone and oxycodone, the physical dependence and addiction can be quite severe. Therefore, it is ideal that an individual seeks professional help with these conditions. These substances can have quite intense withdrawal symptoms, and it is better if they are monitored through the detox process by medical professionals.

Best Drug Rehabilitation Can Help

More and more people continue to fall into addiction every single day. And while addiction can be a challenging condition to struggle with, it can be overcome through proper treatment. Best Drug Rehabilitation can be of great assistance, as we help thousands to overcome their addictions every single year. A large part of our success lies in our focus on individualization, as we recognize that every single case of dependency is unique in many ways. As a result of this, we create a custom addiction treatment program for each person that is admitted, which allows us to address the difficulties that are particular to each. Give us a call today, and one of our staff can answer any questions that you may have regarding our program.

Substance Abuse Intervention

When is a Substance Abuse Intervention Needed?

When a loved one finds themselves dependent on drugs, alcohol or other substances, it can be difficult for both the addict and close friends and family. It can be difficult for loved ones to watch someone self-destruct and not know how to help. Furthermore, it can be frustrating for a loved one who is dependent on a substance to be told they need help regularly. In cases like this, a substance abuse intervention can significantly benefit everyone involved.

What is a Substance Abuse Intervention?

Unlike times where loved ones who are dependent on a substance are told they need to seek help, a substance abuse intervention is a structured process that results in a solution. The purpose of an intervention is generally to get someone who has a problem with substance abuse to seek help in overcoming their addiction.

Those who are involved in an intervention are typically close family and friends who are participating in the person’s life. Anyone can share their feelings on why it’s important for the person to seek help and how the substance abuse has affected family relationships and friendships. An intervention is not a confrontation or a time to point fingers but is an opportunity for the individual with a substance abuse problem to accept help and take their first step toward recovery.

When Should an Intervention Be Done?

Some people who struggle with substance abuse recognize that they have a problem and know they need help to overcome their addiction. In this case, an intervention wouldn’t be necessary as the person already agrees they need help. However, many people are not aware that they have a problem or don’t want to acknowledge that they have a problem. In this case, an intervention is necessary to get the person to look and agree that help is needed. It’s not uncommon for addicts to deny that they have a problem with drugs and to blame their problems on other people. An intervention can break through the denial and help them see more clearly.

While it has been believed for a long time that an addict needs to be in terrible shape before they are ready to seek help, an intervention can be done at any point and should be done sooner than later. When the addict agrees to seek help, a treatment program at a rehabilitation center should be found, and the user should enter rehab as soon as possible.

Professional Substance Abuse Intervention

When a substance abuse intervention doesn’t go as planned when done by yourself, a professional intervention can be the next step. Sometimes addicts react violently or become angry when they are confronted about their addiction, making a professional intervention less intimidating for friends and family. A professional intervention ensures the meeting will go as smooth as possible and provide the best chance of your loved one deciding to seek help. Additionally, a professional intervention ensures the meeting stays on track and keeps the focus on the addict to agree to receive help.

How to Prepare for Success After the Intervention

It is a significant accomplishment to have gotten a loved one to look and decide that they need help to overcome their addiction. However, it is important that you don’t stop at that point. At the end of a successful intervention, the addict should enter a substance abuse treatment program as soon as possible, if not immediately. The addicted individual’s motivation to seek help is very high when they decide help is necessary. If you wait too long, that motivation starts to decrease, and another intervention may be needed.

By researching rehabilitation centers and choosing the best fit for your loved one before the intervention begins can prevent a second intervention from needing to be done and allows the addicted individual to take action right then and there. If an intervention was not successful, that doesn’t mean it can’t be in the future. Sometimes the intervention plants the seed that may take days or weeks for the addicted individual to realize they do need help finally.

Learn More About Substance Abuse Interventions at Best Drug Rehabilitation

At Best Drug Rehabilitation, we understand just exactly what it takes to fully recover and heal from the downward spiral that is drug or alcohol addiction and all that is involved with it. Our methods have proven to be very successful. We do our absolute best to offer a unique approach to addiction treatment that encompasses all of the very many different aspects of the physical, emotional and spiritual issues involved in addiction. If you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction or would like to learn more about how to have a successful intervention with your loved one, please contact us.

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The Most Frequently Abused Drugs Today

The number of substances out there being used and abused by people seems virtually innumerable. Over the years, a multitude of new substances have entered the scene, and older ones have continued to be altered and made more potent. With the various legal and illicit substances that riddle the country, it is no wonder why addiction rates continue to be such a large issue. Of course, some substances tend to be used by a much smaller percentage of people, and then some heavy hitters are the most frequently abused drugs today.

Of the Most Frequently Abused Drugs, Marijuana is Number One

Marijuana has been and continues to be the most commonly used illicit substance. Of course, the illegal aspect has begun to change somewhat, as several states within the nation have legalized it. Numerous states have legalized it for medical purposes, and a few others have even legalized it for recreational use. Other than that, it is still quite illicit in numerous parts of the country. A few of the effects of marijuana can be quite appealing to users, such as euphoria and relaxation. Some will also experience altered time perception, laughter, increased sensory perception, and often increased appetite. Of course, as with any substance, there are also several negative effects that can come along with marijuana use such as paranoia, fear, anxiety, distrust, or panic. And some that take larger amounts may experience an acute psychosis, which could bring about hallucinations or delusions.

Spice/K-2

Also common among users is K-2 or Spice, which can be a variety of herbal mixtures that bring about similar effects to those of marijuana. These are illicit substances and have no medicinal or other types of beneficial value. Spice is one of the most frequently abused drugs by high schoolers. Some of the packagings of these substances may state that they contain natural material, but analyses done upon them commonly shows that they are synthetic cannabinoids.

Spice can be quite a dangerous substance, as it carries some pretty massive adverse effects, such as vomiting, agitation, rapid heart rate, hallucinations, increased blood pressure, and sometimes even heart attacks.

Some Other Frequently Abused Drugs are Prescription Medications

Numerous substances can have a valuable purpose within the medical realm, but many of these are also commonly abused drugs. One of the most frequent instances of this is with opioids, which are prescription painkillers. These are obviously used to mitigate pain from some conditions such as injuries or post-surgical, but they also have a range of effects that can be appealing to people. They can bring about a sense of euphoria, pain relief, and relaxation. Not only does this make recreational users fall into abuse and addiction to them, but it can also result in those legitimately prescribed them beginning to abuse the meds. Adverse effects of opioids can include constipation, slowed breathing, nausea, coma, unconsciousness, and numerous withdrawal effects when people cease use. The opioid epidemic has been sweeping the nation at a rapid pace, and many overdoses and deaths have been following in the wake.

There are also stimulant medications, such as Adderall and Ritalin, which can be used to treat medical conditions like ADHD or Narcolepsy. Stimulants can bring about effects like increased alertness, more energy, and a sense of well-being. But they can also have their range of adverse side effects such as muscle shaking or tremors, increased body temperature, agitation, and increased heart rate.

If you or a loved one are seeking help with an addiction, give Best Drug Rehabilitation a call today. Recovery is possible.

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How Zackary Overcame Drug Addiction

It was the weekend, and he was out with friends. This time had been the third time he had tried to stop using drugs on his own, but his friends always got him to use again. He knew drugs were destroying him slowly, but he felt weak when it came to saying no. “I’ve already taken them before, they won’t do much more harm if I use again,” is what Zackary thought to himself right before he gave in to his friend for nagging at him about taking a hit. That last hit felt weird to him; it didn’t feel like what he had taken before. As Zackary was about to ask if it was laced with something, he started tripping harder than he ever had.

He couldn’t remember much of what had happened when the drug finally started to wear off. All he knew was that he was upset, tired, and stuck in a trap he didn’t know how to get out of. He whipped out his laptop and typed in “best rehab centers near me” and clicked search. He scrolled until he came to Best Drug Rehab and decided to check it out. He read over the entire website and thought if he ever wanted a chance to find peace with himself again, he would need to go here.

Zackary’s Rehab Experience

Zackary made an appointment to visit the facility and toured it. He decided he was going to enter rehab that day. He felt proud for taking this big step on his recovery journey, but he also felt scared, nervous, and anxious. Soon after he signed in and got acquainted with the facility, he was brought to the detoxification center. He could tell that this was going to be the hardest thing he had ever done so far in his life. The first week and a half of detox felt like he was stuck in a nightmare. His withdrawal symptoms were intense, and he couldn’t stop it. He kept reminding himself why he was doing this in the first place and that it would be worth it in the end. When detoxification was over, the withdrawal symptoms were gone, and he already felt 100 times better.

Zackary then started his customized treatment plan. He learned a lot about himself and got to have conversations with others who had very similar situations to him. Zackary used to feel alone when it came to feeling trapped by drugs, especially since his friends didn’t seem bothered by it. He was happy to meet people who felt the same way. Zackary learned the tools that he was missing to help him remain sober and live a successful life. During his treatment program, he learned how to control his anxiety and face his problems so he wouldn’t have to use drugs as a crutch anymore. The best part of rehab for Zackary was that he finally started to have self-respect and love for himself again. He hadn’t felt that in many years and he never thought he’d be able to gain that back.

Re-entering Society After Rehab for Drug Addiction

Zackary felt ready to re-enter the world when his addiction treatment program was over. He felt confident enough to be able to handle any challenges that came his way and to remain sober for a very long time. Life after rehab wasn’t a walk in the park; it was hard work, and there were many challenges he had to overcome. While he knew he had changed, it had to be proven to many people he had lied to and deceived while he was using. Now, Zackary has gained back the trust of his family and many of his friends and is on the road to a successful life and recovery from addiction.

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The Physical Effects of Rohypnol

People may use substances for several different purposes. It could be that they are prescribed something for a medical condition, they are looking for the euphoric effects of some substance, or they may be trying to make themselves feel better about something. Whatever the case, there are numerous substances that can be used for all of the above, and there are also some that people can use for themselves or use them on others for malicious reasons. One of the latter could be Rohypnol, which is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant and is also commonly referred to as the “date rape” drug.

Rohypnol is a benzodiazepine, and these types of substances can provide anti-anxiety, muscle relaxant, and sedative-hypnotic types of effects. It is often used for the purpose of treating insomnia, as the above effects can help a person to get relaxed and fall asleep. Of course, these types of effects can also be quite appealing to many recreational users.

Rohypnol as the Date Rape Drug

Back to Rohypnol being the date rape drug, it is obviously used for malicious purposes in this regard. In fact, if you have ever heard of the term “roofie,” Rohypnol is generally what is being referred to. When used in this way, it is generally slipped into someone’s drink so that sexual assault can take place. It is effective in this way because when placed in a drink, it is tasteless and odorless. It can bring about sleep and sedation to incapacitate an individual for this to happen, and it can also cause amnesia so that the victim may not even remember the assault. Because of how frequently that Rohypnol was being used for this purpose, measures were taken to help prevent it. One of these was that the pill was reformulated from a white tablet to a green oblong tablet that dyes liquids blue, as it used to be colorless when placed in drinks. Although, generics brands may not have this safeguard in place.

There are also several other effects that Rohypnol can have upon an individual, including impaired judgment and reaction time, aggression, confusion, and excitability. In regard to physical effects, it can cause loss of motor coordination, respiratory depression, headaches, weakness, and slurred speech.

Of course, there is also the potential for physical dependence and addiction. If an individual continues use of this drug over time, they may find themselves in withdrawal when no longer taking it, or engaging in risky behavior when seeking it. In this situation, they should seek professional help to get off of it. There is also the possibility of overdose, which could include symptoms like decreased heart rate, severe sedation, unconsciousness, and respiratory suppression that could result in death.

Best Drug Rehabilitation Can Help You or A Loved One

Struggling with addiction to any substance can be quite arduous, but it can be overcome. Through comprehensive addiction treatment, an individual can achieve their sobriety, which is where Best Drug Rehabilitation can help. We create a customized addiction treatment program for each person that is admitted into our facility, which allows the unique difficulties of each case to be addressed. Many facilities tend to create their programs with a one size fits all approach, but we recognize that this is often unsuccessful, which is why we approach treatment on an individualized basis. In fact, we offer a range of different modalities so that we can craft a program to fit virtually anyone. Give us a call today and one of our advisors will answer any questions that you may have in regard to our program.

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