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Why Addiction Occurs Among Celebrities

While there are actually undoubtedly some perks to being popular, there are actually likewise numerous downsides that come along with that lifestyle. There is a high probability that the characteristics that aided the specific accomplish their popularity might additionally create all of them a lot more susceptible to addicting actions.

What Leads Celebrities To Addiction

There are actually a large amount of main reasons for why popular professionals fall under chemical abuse featuring:

Plenty of these people might have been actually violating compounds just before they arrived. For some folks the decrease right into dependence takes place over years.

Several of the occupations that result in popularity entail a sturdy consuming or even substance abuse society. This implies that those which participate in such a line of work could experience drug abuse.

Famous individuals are going to commonly possess a lot more non reusable earnings to invest in entertainment medicines.

The individual qualities that assist individuals could be just like those located in the habit forming character. This might indicate that several of those which reach some sort of popularity could lean to addicting conducts.

The tensions of popularity could be utilized as a rationalization to exploit liquor or even medicines. They usually think that they should have a break created by all the stress encompassing their job.

It has actually been recommended that those which mishandle alcoholic beverages and also medicines as well as those which require popularity might delight in greater dopamine spikes because of such habits. Simply puts they receive greater sensations of enjoyment in comparison to the ordinary individual.

That could be unbelievably hard to become well-known, and also a number of these folks cannot explore their nearby stores without being harassed through press reporters. This could be added as reason to exploit alcoholic drinks or even medications.

How Can Famous Celebrities Get Help?

Those experts that draw in limelights might believe that they possess far fewer possibilities when this pertains to addressing their obsession, however this is actually only a reason to refrain everything pertaining to the concern. The truth is that they perform numerous achievable roads right into recuperation featuring:

There are actually a lot of rehabilitation centers that concentrate along with coping with the renowned as well as abundant. Such plans are going to comprehend the unique necessities of those that join the general public eye.

Those that are actually placed off through the religious elements of the 12 Actions will definitely discover that there are actually even more nonreligious options like SMART Healing.

Simply surrendering liquor or even medications is actually usually insufficient by itself to make sure that the expert will definitely possess a satisfying way of life advancing. There is actually normally a hidden main reason for why they counted on chemical abuse to begin with, consequently this is crucial that once individuals turn into serious they manage this source.

Most rehabs protect their patient’s privacy by hiding any information about their stay.

The Dangerous, Unpredictable Effects of Club Drugs

Club drugs is an umbrella term that encompasses a wide variety of substances, most of which are stimulants in pill form. These pills are known to provide energy and a feeling of euphoria, along with dramatically lowered inhibitions, making them popular on the dance party scene. Read on to learn more about abuse of club drugs, including the different types of drugs in this category and their effects.

Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, Ecstasy, E, X, Molly)

This drug is a type of amphetamine that lasts about three to six hours, allowing users to dance for the duration. It’s also a mild hallucinogen. Negative effects include increased risk for dehydration, hypertension, heart failure, and drastically increased body temperature. Long-term abuse can lead to mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, and paranoia, difficulties with cognitive function, including confusion and memory loss, and problem sleeping.

Gamma-hydoxybutyrate (GHB)

Commonly used as a date rape drug, GHB depresses the central nervous system for up to four hours, causing both a sedative effect and euphoria. These effects are particularly pronounced, and much more grave, when combined with alcohol. GHB dramatically slows breathing and heart rate, often leading to overdose.

Methamphetamine (Speed, Ice, Crystal, Meth)

This substance, which can be snorted, taken orally, injected, or smoked, is an intense central nervous system stimulant. Users show agitation, excitement, and increased physical activity, along with a lack of appetite. With long term use, methamphetamine can cause dramatic weight loss, psychosis, paranoia, and damaging physical effects (particularly to the brain and heart).

Ketamine (Special K)

Commonly used by veterinarians as an animal tranquilizer, ketamine causes hallucinations similar to those caused by another drug, PCP. With long term use, memory, learning, and motor function are impaired, depression develops, and high blood pressure and other cardiac effects are common.

Rohypnol (Roofies)

Like GHB, roofies are commonly known as the date rape drug. They dissolve easily in most beverages and leave no taste or odor. What’s more, they cause amnesia, and this effect is aggravated by alcohol use. The drug can also cause dangerously lowered blood pressure, hallucinations, confusion, and dizziness.

Dangers of Club Drugs

In addition to the effects detailed above, many club drugs are addictive, causing physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. And because most of these drugs are manufactured illegally, the effects vary each time. That means that even experienced users are subject to serious health risks, including death by overdose.

If you or a loved one abuses club drugs, help is available. Substance addiction can be treated, typically with a combination of rehabilitation methods and cognitive behavioral therapy. Talk with a doctor, who can help determine the treatment methodologies that are best suited for your individual situation. While recovery is challenging, there is hope for those affected by addiction.

Best Drug Rehabilitation _ Walk Like MADD

A Brighter Path – Taking Steps Towards a New Purpose in Life

Discovering the rewards of giving back to the community, patients and staff members at Best Drug Rehabilitation show support for MADD

Recovery from addiction has many different aspects to consider. There is much more to it than simply addressing the symptoms of a person’s addictive behaviors. In order to realize true recovery, the underlying causes of the individual’s addiction to drugs or alcohol must be uncovered and addressed, repairing their altered thought processes and renewing their outlook on life and the world around us. The program at Best Drug Rehabilitation seeks to help our patients do just that, with a thorough and effective treatment strategy that focuses not only on healing the patient mentally, but also on restoring their physical health and reconnecting them with the universe spiritually. It is only when these three aspects of the whole self are healthy and working in harmony with one another that we see a true recovery from addiction.

One of the ways that we strive to accomplish this is through community outreach and participation in events that promote a healthier lifestyle, encouraging people to take a stand and fight for a safer and more positive world. As our patients begin to shed their old selfish ways, they begin to discover the benefits and rewards of giving back to others, offering their time and efforts to help where help is needed. Many of our patients have spent months or even years living solely for themselves and their addiction. Through cooperative efforts with other groups or organizations that share our goals of building a world free of addiction to drugs and alcohol, they begin to realize that they can truly make a difference in the lives of others and to discover a renewed sense on confidence and self-value.

On September 12th, 2015 at the Sixth Street Bridge Park in downtown Grand Rapids, MI, patients and staff from Best Drug Rehabilitation had the opportunity to join in just such an occasion, as the Michigan chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving held their annual fundraiser, a 5K called “Walk Like MADD”. A nationally coordinated event, the “Walk Like MADD” fundraiser sees teams in over 60 major cities across the country showing support for MADD and their mission to “end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking.”

In 1980, Candace Lightner, a woman who had lost her daughter to the negligence of an impaired driver, formed Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Since it was founded, MADD has been a strong force in the fight against impaired driving, working with lawmakers for stricter legislation and pushing for harsher punishments for those who engage in this dangerous practice. The organization was instrumental in lowering the legal BAC limit from 0.15% to 0.08%, and they have convinced many states to implement ignition interlock requirements for convicted offenders. As a result, the number of deaths attributed to alcohol-related incidents has dropped over 50% since MADD began its fight.

Supporting MADD and its members, largely made up of people who have lost loved ones due to impaired driving, was the main goal of Best Drug Rehabilitation and our decision to join the “Walk Like MADD” 5K fundraiser. There was, however, another benefit to our patients, which was reinforcing some of the concepts and ideas that our program is designed to instill in them. Several of them sat down and shared a little about their experience at in Grand Rapids that day, telling us about their motives behind participating and what they learned while they were there. A highlight video with footage from the event and clips from the patient interviews is available on the Best Drug Rehabilitation YouTube channel.

Ryan spoke with us about his personal need to support MADD due to his own experience with a close friend. “I had a friend who was hit by a drunk driver,” he says. “He was in a coma for three or four months, and he’s still recovering. His life was almost taken because someone wanted to drive drunk.” Ryan’s personal understanding of the issues that can arise from the poor choices made by a person who has been drinking will help him to recognize the problems that he has experienced in his own life due to his own bad decision. “It was a good feeling having so much support from so many people being in the same situation,” he continues. “Being able to share with people who’ve been through the same thing, it was awesome.”

Casey has a different perspective of the issue of driving while intoxicated. “Two years ago, I got a DUI,” he admits, “so it meant a lot to me to be able to give back to families that have lost loved ones. It made me aware of how my actions can affect others.” When a person is struggling in the depths of addiction to drugs or alcohol, it can be difficult to truly realize the consequences of their decisions, especially since their sight is often narrowed to include only themselves and their own lives. “When you are drinking and using, you don’t think about how your actions affect other people,” Casey continues. “It made me feel really grateful to know that I’ve been given a second chance and that I did not take my own life or someone else’s in my actions.”

Amber also talked with us about some things that she realized while participating in the “Walk Like MADD” 5K fundraiser. “I was a drinker,” she tells us, “and I drank a lot. I was always against drinking and driving, but, at some point, I got so caught up in my addiction, and I decided one night that I was going to do that. The realization within that walk was that I could not only have harmed myself, but I could have harmed somebody else.” As our patients work through their recovery program, they begin to understand that their decisions and actions have consequences that reach much further than only their own lives, and that others must be taken into consideration. “It doesn’t just impact that one immediate family,” Amber continues. “It impacts a community.” This empathy towards others and the world around us marks an important stepping-stone in navigating the path to a substance-free lifestyle.

With various treatment options for our patients to choose from, the program at Best Drug Rehabilitation is designed to help each one of them to find the path to recovery from addiction that will best suit their individual needs. From our effective core program options to the many unique supplemental courses and spiritual tracks, we embrace the differences of each person who comes to our rehabilitation center seeking help in overcoming their addiction. By contributing to community outreach events, such as the “Walk Like MADD” fundraiser, our patients discover a renewed sense of purpose in life and the ability to reconnect with the world around us and those in it. They find that they have a brighter outlook on life and a more optimistic view of the future. They discover that there are many more positive and productive alternatives to substance abuse. Their eyes are opened to the beauty and hope in all of our lives.

See the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP5NrNoh6WE.


Looking for Answers – Finding the Causes of and Alternatives to Substance Abuse

Best Drug Rehabilitation interviews country music performers at Peck Fest 2015

Understanding addiction can be tough for those who have never experienced the pain and chaos that comes along with it. Even for those of us whose lives have been touched by the effects of substance abuse, there are often many unanswered questions.

“How did this happen?”

“Is there any hope?”

“What do we do now?”

As a person struggling with substance abuse, or those close to them, searches for the answers to these questions, it becomes apparent that finding an effective recovery program at a professional treatment center is the best way to overcome addiction to drugs or alcohol. There are simply too many questions, too many unknowns, and one of the hardest parts is the uncertainty of the future. A person may believe that they can do it on his or her own, and certainly this is the case for some. However, these instances are few, and very far between. Most of them end up relapsing, stuck in the vicious cycle of addiction and sobriety. Some, sadly, never find their way back to a substance-free lifestyle.

In most cases, it is usually best to leave these matters to the experts. At Best Drug Rehabilitation, we have developed a program that allows our patients to find the method of treatment that works best for them. We offer several program options for the patient to choose from, and, with guidance from their counselor and case manager, they are able to help create the most beneficial and effective recovery strategy for their individual needs.

Searching for the most successful programs available for those in recovery, and incorporating them into our own program, helped to develop our concept of treatment. One of the ways that we were able to do this is by reaching out to others, constantly holding open dialogue and examining the facts about addiction and rehabilitation. We continue these efforts today, as a way of ensuring that we are always offering the very best in addiction recovery programs that we can. From treatment specialists to entertainment professionals, to everyday people whose lives have been affected by drug abuse or alcoholism, we have discovered that every individual that we speak with has something to teach us.

On September 4th-5th, Best Drug Rehabilitation sponsored Peck Fest 2015, a part of the “Taste of Nashville” Country Music Tour. Peck Fest was named in honor of Gary Peck, owner of the Kanawha River Campground in Point Pleasant, WV, where the event was held. As a sponsor of the festival, BDR had a unique opportunity to speak with some of the many performers over the weekend. We discussed many different aspects of addiction and recovery, continuing the constant search for the answers to those questions. Highlight videos of these interviews are featured on the Best Drug Rehabilitation YouTube channel.

“How did this happen?”

This is a question asked by just about every person that has ever struggled with addiction or has been affected by a loved one’s substance abuse. There are no easy answers to this question, and the answers that we do find are as varied as the people in our recovery center.

Addiction can begin anywhere, with anyone, and for any number of reasons. However, we do find some similarities in many of the stories of those who come to Best Drug Rehabilitation for help. There are some factors that we regularly hear in the beginnings of our patients’ journeys on the path of substance abuse.

Dustin Miller of Double Barrel, a duo formed with longtime friend Jared Elledge, believes that a lot of the problems with substance abuse begin with family. “I think the problems do start at home,” he observes. “I think we’ve gotten far away from being a family unit. There’s no responsibility taken. I think there’s a lot to be said for that, and I think that’s something that we’re missing nowadays in this country.” These kids that are having difficulties at home often look for personal connection with their friends, and may pressure them to use drugs and alcohol at the same time, leading even those teens and young adults who are not having issues at home down the darkened path of substance abuse. Mike Short Jr, the lead singer of Mike Short and Outlaw Revival, has a similar perspective of the origins of addiction. “I think addiction starts in not just one place,” he says. “I think it starts at home, it starts in school. I think a lot of it is to distance yourself from the people that influence those bad decisions. It’s not always easy. It’s hard to say ‘No’ when you’re afraid of what people will think. But, at the end of the day, the only one that matters is you.”

Tom Dixon, who comes from New Hampshire and was named “Country Act of the Year” at the 2013 New England Music Awards, shared some of what he has seen at home and around the country. “It’s crazy, even going back to New Hampshire, I hear more and more stories,” he tells us. “Things like meth. I mean, all drugs are bad, but meth is one of those things that is just destroying kids. It’s sad, you know? It’s sad to see people that could become somebody and watch them take that wrong road. I’ve seen it with people I grew up with. It’s tough to watch.” Chris Rakes, the lead guitarist of Black Mountain Shine, had a more personal viewpoint to offer us. “Different phases in my life where I’ve tended to consume maybe too much alcohol, for instance,” he said, “is when I’ve been most miserable in my personal life as well. The story ends the same – it’s a bad road to go down.”

“How did this happen?”  Whatever the underlying causes of a person’s addictive behavior may be, it is extremely important to uncover and address those issues. This is what the program at Best Drug Rehabilitation strives to help our patients with. Only in this way can they achieve true recovery from addiction.

“Is there any hope?”

Too often, a person struggling with addiction feels lost and helpless, resigned to their fate as a drug user or alcoholic. The further down the spiral they fall, the more hopeless they feel. They may ask themselves “What’s the use?”, or they may say to themselves “What difference does it make? I’ll always be this way.” But nothing can be further from the truth. There is always a way to turn it around and find a path to a healthier and happier lifestyle.

Some struggling with addiction may find it too embarrassing to admit, suffering in silence and “hiding” it from their friends and family. But, anybody who has witnessed a loved one going through that struggle knows that there is little they can do to hide it. Mike Short JR offered some advice on the subject, saying, “A lot of people with addiction are embarrassed by it, and the only way to help somebody with it is to show them that you are there for them, and there are people there to help.” Trampus Stomper, vocalist for Black Mountain Shine, understands that the decision to seek help will have a positive effect on an individual’s future, regardless of how difficult that decision may be. “Do you want to be where you want to be in 20 years, or do you want to be in the same place?” he asks. “I think different vices keep you from your goals and the person you want to be.”

Jeff Dane, the lead singer for The Lost Trailers, knows from personal experience that there is always a path to recovery. “I have personally dealt with addiction to alcohol and certain drugs,” he admits. “I’ve since kicked that habit, so I’m happy with myself. I feel healthier. It takes a toll on your body, physically, mentally, and emotionally. But, as long as you are alive, and no matter what level your addiction is, it’s never too late.” Tom Dixon had some encouraging words for those who may be feeling the effects of substance abuse in their lives. “Even if you had a problem at some point in your life, that doesn’t mean it’s over,” he offers. “You can’t just go ‘Well, I’m a junkie, I have a problem, and that’s who I am forever’. You have an opportunity to change that. Take it. Take life by the horns.”

There is no addiction too bad, there is no person too far gone, there is no situation too difficult to seek out help and to overcome. “Is there any hope?” Yes, there absolutely is, and we seek to offer that hope at Best Drug Rehabilitation.

“What do we do now?”

Just as there are many different ways that addiction can begin to take over a person’s life, there are many different ways to overcome it. This is the reason behind the many different treatment options that we offer in the Best Drug Rehabilitation recovery program. We understand that every person’s journey through the struggle of addiction is different. Likewise, every person’s journey on the path to recovery will also be different. In the end, whatever the patient finds that best suits their individual needs in treatment will be the right tools for them.

Finding positive and productive outlets is a very important part of overcoming addiction. Healthy alternatives to substance abuse are found everywhere we look, waiting for someone to reach out and take hold of them. “I say, find something you love to do, and go be addicted to something positive,” offers Jared Elledge, the other half of the Double Barrel duo. “If you want to make nutcrackers, go make nutcrackers and be the best at it. If you want to be a musician, go be a musician, and be the best musician you can be. Make that your drug.”

Trampus Stomper sees spirituality as a definite need in life in general, especially in recovery. “One of the biggest things for me is faith,” Trampus explains. “Whether it’s in God or in somebody that you look up to, whatever it is, faith has a big part of what you’re doing. Take that step, believe in people, believe in God, and trust yourself, and I think everything works out. But you’ve gotta take that step.” The Best Drug Rehabilitation program offers many different spiritual tracks to our patients, allowing them to discover what will help them the most. From Christianity to Eastern Philosophy, to even Indigenous Native American spirituality, we have an option for every person that might come to our treatment facility.

Jeff Dane understands that each person will find different things to be most beneficial in recovery from addiction. “There’s people and places out there to help,” he says. “Maybe AA is not for everybody, but find other avenues and other outlets for help. Believe in yourself and know that you’re worth it, and go out there and seek the help that you need.” While we have traditional 12-Step recovery options, we understand that some people will find other methods of treatment to be more beneficial, and we offer many different alternatives for our patients.

“What do we do now?” If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol, the next step is to seek help. Don’t hesitate. Find the help you need today. Each day that passes is just another roll of the dice. Tomorrow might be too late.

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The Dangers of Addiction as a Teen

The Dangers of Addiction as a Teen

Teenagers are known to experiment with various drugs because it is during this age that they are more curious. When does this curiosity lead way to a full blown teen drug addiction? Marijuana is the most common drug that teens tend to prefer because they can easily get cheap marijuana. The statistics for marijuana from 2012 show that around 6.5% of teens in 8th grade, 17% of teens in 10th grade and 22.9% of teens in 12th grade use marijuana. This is not just a one-time thing either. In 2007, daily marijuana use in 12th graders was 5.1% and the 2012 statistics showed that it has increased to 6.5%. Has marijuana suddenly become more popular or are these figures indicative of a trend that will grow more?

Teens Are Choosing New Substances

The latest teen drug addiction trends point to something new. Kids are now looking towards substances that they can easily find at home and convenience stores. The 3 new drug trends that teens have discovered are as follows:

1. Energy Drinks – Energy drinks give the body a rush or buzz which gives sudden energy. They are not alcohol, but they can be pretty harmful for the body. Elementary kids are showing an increased addiction towards energy drinks that are highly caffeinated. Heart palpitations are becoming common problems that school nurses are facing. Caffeine has known addictive properties and elementary kids seem to have discovered those.

Caffeine strips have become popular as well. One caffeine strip usually equals the effect associated with a single cup of coffee. The strip needs to be placed on the tongue to take effect. The kids, however, are taking around 5 – 6 of these gel caffeinated strips in their mouth. Even 3 or 4 of these strips can cause caffeine overdose.

Caffeine overconsumption can have a lot of health effects. For adults, it doesn’t affect their body so much since the bodies are bigger in size. But kids and teenagers with smaller bodies can react pretty badly to caffeine overconsumption. It can cause seizures, strokes and in some cases, even death. This clearly shows that the pictures of Starbucks that teens share on Instagram and Facebook cannot be “liked” any more.

2. Computer Cleaners or Dust-Off – This trend of huffing computer cleaners has started in the last few years and seems to be getting popular as time progresses. Finding substances in the household is pretty common, but computer cleaners are a new addition to that list. The high caused by huffing or inhaling computer cleaner can last for a few seconds to a couple of minutes. The attraction of dust-off is that the effects are quick and there is no waiting time involved. Plus, the easy availability doesn’t hurt at all.

2010 statistics from SAMSHA show that from kids in the age group of 12 to 17, 2 million had tried huffing household products, among which shoe polish, glue and toluene were the most popular.

Inhaling computer cleaners can be detected by rashes around the nose or mouth and a smell of chemicals in the breath. Sudden weight loss could also be a symptom.

3. Pharm Party – Also called ‘Skittles parties,’ they are a new form of entertainment for kids where Ecstasy, Xanax, Valium and other similar pills are washed down with alcohol to have a night of fun. They also include many prescription pills. Statistics show that more people die of overdose from prescription pills than they do from cocaine and heroin put together. While marijuana accounts for 47% of  teen drug addictions, Adderall, Vicodin and cough medicines follow with 7.6%, 7.5% and 5.6% respectively.

Inpatient Addiction Treatment Programs

For serious addictions, parents can always get their kids into drug rehab and ensure that their kids get the help that they need.  Inpatient addiction treatment centers offer many treatment programs for teens and have the best results for recovery.

Drug Addiction is Your Worst Enemy: Here's How to Defeat It

Drug Addiction is Your Worst Enemy: Here’s How to Defeat It

Are you or a loved one coping with the struggles of drug or alcohol abuse? Are you unable to change your habits and give up those substances? Is drug or alcohol use ruining your life – in the form of your relationships, your career and your personal happiness? That is the problem with addictive substances. They are hard to give up because they make us feel so good in the moment. The reality is, substance abuse will destroy your life if you let it. If you are ready to take some steps in a different direction, read our guide of tips for how to defeat the drug addictions that are your worst enemy and have the potential to ruin your life.

Step #1: Admit

The first step in defeating drug addiction is in admitting that your life has become unmanageable because of using the substance. This is not an easy thing to do. But you know in your being when you have reached that point. If you are denying it, you are standing in the way of your health and freedom. First admit that you cannot go on like this.

Step #2: Seek Help

No one can fight drug addiction alone — no one. Say that again. It’s important to remember that, so you do not shame yourself and prevent yourself from seeking professional treatment. Anyone can be addicted to a substance. You are addicted, and you have admitted that. Now it’s time to go to an inpatient treatment center where you can get the support you need to live your life fully and drug free.

Step #3: Commit and Cope

Anyone who has ever abused a drug knows that there will always be the desire to do it again. That’s where making a commitment to a drug-free life is helpful. In addition, at an inpatient treatment center, you can learn the skills that will help you cope with those desires. You can learn skills that will help you manage your life, distract yourself from giving in to your past habits, and fill your schedule with happier, more fulfilling and life-giving activities than using drugs.


In conclusion, you or the person that you love struggling with drug or substance abuse is one step further in the journey to be free from the destructive ways of drugs and alcohol – simply by reading this guide. With help from a supportive network of emotional health and substance abuse professionals – and with the help of inpatient treatment, you can be free from the destruction of drug use on your mind, heart and body.

You deserve much more than the life you are giving yourself right now with drug abuse. So be courageous and strong; get help. Go to an inpatient treatment center. It will be difficult, but there is hope; it is worth it. Don’t let drug use destroy your life any longer. Become the person you know you can be and deserve to be.

5 Things People Should Ask About Addiction Treatment

Anyone who has dealt with addiction knows how terrifying it can be. No matter if you are the person with the addiction or if the addict is someone you love, dealing with an addiction can ruin your life. The best hope of recovery for people with addictions is treatment. However, it is important that addicts enter treatment programs that will give them the best chance to beat their additions. To that end, here are five questions that need to be asked before entering a treatment program.

1. Does the Treatment Program Offer Individualized Treatment?

The truth is that no two people’s addictions are exactly the same. Therefore, it stands to reason that your treatment plan should be individualized to meet your particular needs. The last thing you want to do is to enter a treatment program that has a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. Talk with the program first to see how they can work with you to develop a program tailored to your situation. This will give you the best chance of a successful outcome both during treatment and when you leave.

2. Does the Treatment Plan Adapt Throughout Your Stay?

Your road to recovery will be traversing a constantly changing landscape. Your treatment plan must constantly change to keep pace with your changing needs drying the recovery process. Before you enter a treatment program, make sure to ask about how the program will work to constantly manage and update your treatment plan. There should be daily and weekly meetings with your counselor to discuss the way your treatment is progressing and how it can be modified to give you the best results.

3. How Long Is the Program?

Recovering from an addiction is not an overnight progress. In fact, it is a lengthy journey that will last you for the rest of your life. Once you have an addiction, you never truly conquer it. You must begin the battle anew every day to keep the demons of addiction at bay. Gaining this mindset of vigilance in the battle with addiction takes a significant amount of time. Research has shown that the best outcomes happen for people who enter a rehab program that is at least 90 days in duration. While not every one of these days has to be as an inpatient, it is important that you look for a program that will give you at least 90 days of treatment to set you on the right path. This will give you the best odds of staying clean for the rest of your life.

4. What Are the Costs and Payment Options?

Entering rehab is an investment in your future. The truth is that many people will die from their addictions if they do not seek the help they need. It should never be for a financial reason that someone cannot enter the treatment program they need. You must ask about the financial issues before you decide on a particular rehab. Most of them will be willing to work with their patients to develop a payment plan that will fit their budgets. However, you need to hash out these financial details before you enter the facility. Stress from a big bill when you leave rehab could lead to a relapse. Avoid this by getting the money issues sorted out beforehand.

5. What Happens When You Leave the Program?

One of the scariest days during the recovery journey is the day you leave rehab. The thought of relapsing can be absolutely terrifying. To keep this fear to a minimum, it is important that you get help even after you leave the treatment program. Therefore, you must ensure that the program you choose will give you the necessary help to stay clean after you leave the facility. They should be able to hook you up with a support group that will assist you in your sober living lifestyle when you are out on your own again.

The decision to enter an addiction treatment facility is one of the most important decisions an addict will ever make. There is never a bad time to enter rehab. When you have made this gutsy decision, you want to make sure that it pays off with a successful outcome. Asking these five questions will give you the best chance of leaving the treatment facility clean and sober. It will also ensure that you have a great chance to stay clean when you leave treatment.

Alcohol Addiction

What is the Difference Between Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Addiction?

The use of alcohol causes significant problems for many people. With approximately 25% of adults ages 18 and over engaging in binge drinking in the past month, almost everyone has someone in their life that could be an alcohol abuser. Truly, this is a problem that impacts almost everyone.

However, it can often be difficult for people to understand just what type of alcohol problem they’re dealing with. Since many alcohol users don’t self-identify as having a problem, many alcohol problems go unnoticed. It’s important, then, for everyone to understand the signs of both alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction–and to understand the difference between the two.

What is Alcohol Abuse?

Alcohol abuse is a pattern of behavior. It is not, by itself, a dependency. That said, alcohol abuse can often develop into a whole host of other problems. People who indulge in alcohol abuse typically:

  • Make alcohol a focus for their social life
  • Lose control of their behavior while drinking
  • Become erratic in regards to their social and professional obligations
  • Experience mood swings and fits of anger

The distinguishing factor for an alcohol abuser is that they often recognize that their behavior is problematic. This awareness leads observers to believe that they don’t have a persistent problem. Rather, it’s often assumed that the alcohol abuser simply made a poor decision that evening. However, abusers often make these behaviors a habit, and the certainly need help regulating their behavior.

What is Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol addiction, on the other hand, is a true addiction. This means that the addict could have complications when they cease drinking, and their body may have developed a dependency on alcohol to function. The signs that an addict is suffering symptoms of withdrawl include:

  • Insomnia
  • Excessive sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations

In these situations, it is important to get the addict into an environment where they can receive professional help. These symptoms can be life-threatening and should not be ignored. Only with the help of professionally trained medical personnel can an addict’s needs be appropriately met.

Distinguishing Between These Two Conditions

Alcohol abuse is more common that people think. It is the third largest cause of preventable death in the United States each year. Alcoholism, on the other hand, isn’t quite as common–but no less serious. An alcohol addict is exposed to all of the same dangers related to alcohol abuse.

An abuser is easily spotted by their social drinking behavior. They are often the life of the party, having fun and over-indulging in their favorite alcoholic beverage. Also, they tend to contain their drinking to socially acceptable times and places. They can go a great deal of time without abusing alcohol, but will typically return to the practice at some point.

Alcohol addicts are often much more secretive. Because of their tolerance for alcohol, they often don’t appear inebriated in public. They are also prone to significant hangovers, creating the illusion of inexperience with alcohol. However, their drinking is usually constant. They will often sneak off during working hours to have a drink, and will spend hours at home alone drinking.


The biggest similarity between these two conditions is that they both require professional help to contain. Both the addict and the abuser is engaging in a behavior that will have a profoundly negative impact on their life. They both need help to see the gravity of their situation and support as they navigate the recovery process.

Inpatient treatment, while a strong response, is an ideal solution for both the abuser and the addict. These services provide a controlled environment that gives patients the best possible chance for successful treatment. Both alcohol abuse and addiction are serious medical conditions and should be treated as such.

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10 Celebrities Who Died from Prescription Drug Overdose Prescription Drugs

In 2010 researches concluded that about 6,600 people begin using prescription drugs for non-medical reasons each day. Prescription drugs are currently the number one cause of overdose including allergic reactions, accidental, and purposeful overdose.

Celebrity Deaths Due to Overdose

Numerous celebrities have gotten caught up in the prescription addiction trap despite living a life where they seem to have it all. No amount of talent, money, or fame can shield you from falling victim to the serious consequence of fatal overdose.

  • Heath Ledger: In 2008 Ledger died as a result of mixing several prescription drugs. It was made clear by the Medical Examiner that he was using the drugs for their intoxicant effect.
  • Chris Penn: This actor died from overdose of promethazine and codeine. His enlarged heart and obesity likely aggravated his heart disease making him more vulnerable to problems with prescription drugs.
  • Jimi Hendrix: After taking too many of his girlfriend’s prescription pills, this influential musician literally choked to death on his own vomit.
  • Elvis Presley: The King is one of the most famous celebrities who died from overdosing on prescriptions. At the time of death he was under the influence of at least 14 drugs.
  • Anna Nicole Smith: This former Playboy model made headline news when she was found to have died from overdosing on painkillers. Though the levels of the drugs in her system were lower than normal overdose levels, the cocktail of at least nine various prescriptions caused a fatal reaction.
  • Michael Jackson: This star’s controversial death was officially ruled a homicide when his personal physician is said to have administered Michael with prescription drugs which led to overdose.
  • Bruce Lee: At the young age of 32 he died from swelling of the brain caused by a serious allergic reaction to a prescription painkiller given to him by a friend for a headache.
  • Judy Garland: This “Wizard of Oz” star overdosed on barbiturates after years of prescription pill abuse.
  • Marilyn Monroe: At the age of 36 this famous actress died from “acute barbiturate poisoning” after ingesting multiple prescription drugs.
  • Whitney Houston: In 2012 on Whitney fell asleep in a hotel bathtub after ingesting cocaine and various prescription drugs. When police arrived on scene her hotel room was scattered with prescription bottles which had been prescribed by five different doctors.

Inpatient Treatment

Prescription drugs in particular are often used by people who are attempting to recover from another addiction. This often leads the hopeful into another cycle of addiction. By taking advantage of inpatient treatment you can learn coping techniques without relying on different drugs. Additionally such treatment can provide you with privacy, security, friendships, and constant day or night support.

According to the CDC, overdoses have tripled in the past ten years. Don’t fall victim to this tragic consequence of prescription addiction. Inpatient treatment can provide you with a new life of recovery and help you steer clear of prescription drugs for good.

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The Epidemic of Heroin Abuse Today

The past few years have shown us that heroin abuse has skyrocketed. With reports from the Center for Disease Control indicating that the amount of heroin deaths have doubled between the year 2010 and 2012, the complexities with this harmful drug is a deadly problem.

Heroin Abuse and the Signs that Mark the Abuser

Heroin is type of opioid drug that is created from morphine. Morphine is a natural substance that comes out of the seedpods of the poppy opium plant. Heroin is seen as a white powder or brown powder. It can also appear as a stick black substance. This is usually called “black tar heroin.”

The problem comes around when this drug is used and abused by heroin addicts. From there, the abuse and effects of heroin can produce a person into a downward spiral.

There are several ways that heroin is used. It can be injected, inhaled or smoked. Each way can deliver the drug to the brain incredibly quickly. When the drug arrives in the brain it changes to morphine again. That is what gives the abuser the rush of euphoric feelings that keep them coming back to the drug over and over again.

Some of the symptoms of heroin abuse that a drug user will experience may include the following:

  • Having dry mouth
  • Constricted pupils
  • Very tired appearance
  • Quick change in actions or behaviors
  • Feeling disoriented
  • Being very alert at one moment and very drowsy the next moment
  • Experiencing shortness of breath

Not every symptom a person experiences from the above list will be indicative of heroin abuse. However, it’s common to find a heroin abuser with some of the following items:

Heroin Paraphenalia

  • Syringes and needles
  • Gum wrappers with burn marks
  • Aluminum foil with burn marks
  • Missing shoelaces on their shoes
  • Silver spoons that are burned
  • Straws with burn marks

How Heroin Effects an Individual

Heroin can cause people to act differently. A person you once you knew could seem quite unlike the person you knew before.

Here are some of the behavioral signs that will indicate someone is a heroin abuser:

  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Increasing their need for sleep
  • Slurring and speaking incoherently
  • Stopping a hobby or activity they once enjoyed
  • Stealing or borrowing money for friends and family
  • Feeling unmotivated to reach their goals
  • Lacking the attention needed to take care of physical appearance
  • Dressing in long sleeves and long pants, no matter what the season
  • Becoming very angry with a friend of family member for breaking a commitment

When heroin users continue using the drug more and more frequently, they can build tolerance to its results. This leads to using more of the drug and consuming it more often than before. An observer can notice the abuser’s weight loss, consistent runny nose and marks on their arms. Infections may also appear near the injection site. You may be able to see cuts, scabs and bruises on their arms. Women may even lose their menstrual cycle due to heroin abuse.

A Public Health Crisis Continues

Studies have shown that 3,036 people have died from heroin poisoning. This stark number has many people worried about how people become heroin addicts.

This isn’t exactly a recent phenomenon. The United States Attorney General Eric Holder has called heroin use an “urgent public health crisis.” This comes from statistics that state an increase in overdose deaths from the harmful drug that occurred between the year 2006 and 2010.

Specialists believe that the drastic increase in heroin abusers are due to the crack down on prescription drugs. Pain pills aren’t as easy to obtain as they once were. Many believe that the lower price of heroin makes them the better drug of choice for some.

Loved Ones Speak Out

Some heroin abusers report that they feel in constant opposition to the people they love. In between their heroin injection sessions, they fight with others over a multitude of things. This leaves loved ones feeling helpless and worried.

It’s estimated that around 300,000 to 500,000 heroin addicts are in the United States. This number shows that many families from a multitude of backgrounds are struggling with a deadly problem every day.

When people learn to spot the signs of heroin abuse, loved ones can help addicts when they are hurting. For some addicts, an overdose that takes their life can come too quickly. That’s why it’s important to help a heroin addict as soon as possible.

Support is Necessary

Making changes to stop heroin abuse can very challenging. However, when an abuser is getting the support and tools they need to overcome this addiction, they can make the steps toward recovery.

At a rehabilitation center, a heroin addict can have help managing their intense withdrawal symptoms safely. Having counselors and specialists who are well acquainted with this deadly drug can make a heroin abuser feel more at ease as they overcome their addiction.

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