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Inpatient Drug Treatment

What You Can Expect From an Inpatient Drug Treatment Program

The best type of drug rehabilitation program is one that uses unique treatment methods for addiction and teaches patients how to take full responsibility for their actions. This type of treatment is centered on the idea that the actions that lead to substance abuse and addiction are learned behaviors that can be changed with the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This treatment method helps to resolve spiritual, emotional and physical issues that patients who struggle with addiction tend to have. In order to get the best results from this therapy program, it is best for patients to seek inpatient treatment. Choosing inpatient treatment will give patients the opportunity to learn essential recovery skills.

We feel that patients should be able to choose their own recovery method. In order to help make this possible, we provide structured treatment methods that can be fine-tuned to fit a patient’s specific requirements and needs. Every aspect of the program is intended to help patients reach their own specific goals. Read on to learn more about the main aspects of our treatment program.

Individual Treatment

With an individual treatment plan, the patient will work one-on-one with their main counselor. This will guarantee that all of their particular needs are met throughout their treatment process. Once the patient creates a set of goals that they would like to achieve, the counselor helps them to choose the most beneficial programs for them to take part in.

Counseling for Groups and Individuals

Individual counseling sessions give patients an intimate setting in which to resolve the issues that cause their addictive behaviors. Group counseling allows patients to discuss shared issues with a group of peers who are also going through similar treatment programs. These group sessions tend to focus on resolving the negative thought patterns, behavior problems and emotional trauma that caused their addiction. Once the patient has completed the inpatient program, their counselor can help them to create a plan to receive on-going counseling sessions.

Educational Lectures

Lectures are an important aspect of addiction treatment because it teaches patients about the effects that certain substances have on their bodies. Lectures also include information on how to develop basic skills for living a sober life and being a productive member of society. Important skills like stress management are essential things that patients need to learn in order to maintain their sobriety. The resources and information that patients receive in these lectures will prove to be quite valuable after they complete the program. Below are the groups and lectures that patients will be able to take part in:

  • Basic Overview of 12-Step Programs

In these lectures, patients will learn about 12-step programs like NA and AA. Instructors will discuss the basic elements involved in these programs along with a brief history. These support programs offer on-going support to recovering addicts and greatly reduce the likelihood of relapse.

  • Moral Reconation and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

This type of therapy is intended to help patients create a healthy self-image and develop a positive mindset. These skills will greatly increase patients’ level of cognitive reasoning. They will also be able to uncover additional talents that they can use to improve their self-confidence and remain motivated to reach their goals. Patients are less likely to return to their addictive behavior once they realize how much they have to offer others.

  • Self-Discovery Inventory

This program teaches patients how to come to terms with negative past events that lead to their problems with addiction. These unresolved negative events can keep patients from reaching their goals or living up to their highest potential. Helping patients to resolve these past issues gives them the chance to start their addiction-free life with a clean slate.

  • Identifying Addictive Triggers

After a patient completes the program and leaves the treatment facility, they must know how to avoid people and situations that can trigger negative thoughts and behavior. This is one of the most difficult aspects of remaining sober. Certain triggers can cause patients to return to their addictive patterns. This program gives patients the tools to know how to identify and avoid their triggers after they leave in-patient treatment.

  • Preventing Relapse

This program aims to help patients understand that sobriety is an on-going process and that it is completely up to them whether they fail or succeed. In the event that certain indicators of relapse appear, patients will be armed with the skills and resources necessary to overcome them.

  • Anger Management

In order to help patients remain in control of their stress and anger levels, we also offer anger management programs. These programs give patients the skills needed to manage stressful situations in a positive way. They will also learn other important skills like forgiveness and how to release feelings of resentment and anger.

  • Life Skills

In this program, patients will learn important skills that will get them through many areas of life. Facets of this program include:

• GED Preparation
• Time Management
• Parenting Skills
• Financial Management
• Coping Skills

  • Physical Fitness

This program helps patients to learn how to improve their level of physical fitness. In addition to improving their overall health, this program helps them to develop a sense of pride in themselves and their appearance.

  • Spiritual Therapy

This is a discussion-based group program that allows patients to understand and get in touch with spirituality. They also learn various methods for using spiritual guidance to combat their negative addictive behavior.

  • Music Therapy

This program uses music to increase relaxation, motivation and encourage verbalization. Patients can choose to listen to music or play a musical instrument of their choice.

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All of these critical tools for overcoming addiction and remaining sober can be gained by entering an inpatient drug treatment program. Counselors and staff can provide patients in the facility with personal treatment that is fine-tuned to give them the tools that they need in their journey towards a life of sobriety.


Intervention is the First Step in Saving an Addict’s Life

Drugs and alcohol are both popular addictions for millions of people across the globe. Unfortunately, these addictions can kill the people they affect. Family members and friends to not want to hear the news of a loved one passing away due to these damaging addictions. Although many individuals will attempt to help a loved one who has addictions, these interventions may be too late. Many will not see the signs of a loved one’s addiction early enough or will try and fail to intervene. However, if loved ones knew and understood the signs and symptoms of drug or alcohol addiction, they can get the addict the help they so desperately need.

The Center for Disease Control, or CDC, recently reported that men are the most common addict to lose their life due to a drug or alcohol addiction. Although many people believe that young adults are the most common addicts, this is not the case either. The most common age group of addicts who overdose are between the ages of 45 and 54. For loved ones who have family members of close friends in this age group or outside the normal range, understanding the signs and symptoms of a drug and alcohol addiction is imperative.

Denial is Part of the Problem

Denial is one of the most common ailments that addicts and their family or friends have to deal with. Most addicts do not truly believe they have a problem. They may attempt to live a normal lifestyle with work, school, and family life but are dealing with their cravings and making plans to find their next fix all throughout their days. They may surround themselves with others who enjoy the same type of drug to ensure they can easily use when they prefer to. Thankfully, loved ones who feel they are dealing with an addict that they are close to can learn the signs and symptoms:

There are many physical signs of drug abuse including:

  • Bloodshot eyes and large pupils
  • Sudden weight loss or sudden weight gain
  • Unappealing odors from the user’s breath, clothing, body, or home
  • Slurred speech
  • Tremors
  • Coordination issues
  • Possible seizures

Of course, a drug addict’s behavior will also show signs and symptoms including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Inability to be present even to important functions
  • Constant financial issues and possible signs of crime
  • Many personality changes
  • Mood swings, outbursts, anger issues
  • Lack of motivation

Although these signs and symptoms of drug abuse may be seen in many people, including non-addicts, alcohol abuse is much easier to diagnose. Alcoholics may also deny their problem and many will not ask for help until they have pushed away their family and friends. Most alcoholics will reach their rock bottom after they have lost spouses, children, jobs, and homes. However, understand the physical and emotional signs of alcohol abuse can help loved ones in tremendous ways.

Physical and Behavioral Signs of alcohol abuse:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sudden changes in personality
  • Dysthymia
  • Increased consumption in alcohol
  • Coordination issues
  • Self esteem issues
  • Slurred speech
  • Reduced inhibitions
  • Drinking alone
  • Withdrawal symptoms

Planning an intervention does not have to be terribly challenging. Friends, family members, and coworkers can help their loved one receive help by making sure they understand how their problem affects others. However, the intervention should offer the addict a peaceful environment so they do not feel threatened or “bullied.”

First, it is smart to determine who will be present during the intervention and why. Close family, wife or husband, and close friends are all important people during the intervention but the actual persons will all depend on relationships that addict has with others.

Professional Advice is Recommended

It is wise to contact a drug rehabilitation facility for the organization and management of the intervention. The staff can offer experience, knowledge, and actual treatment which will be made available to the addict during the intervention.

It is important for the family and friends to keep an open mind during the intervention and not force the addict to leave or become angry. Loved ones should ask the addicts questions, allow them to speak and share their feelings, and create a calm, relaxed, but serious tone in the space during the intervention.  Moral and emotional support is imperative during the intervention, also. The treatment process will be painful both physically and emotionally for the addict and loved ones must be ready for this.

Regret is a part of many people’s lives. However, loved ones do not have to live with a feeling of regret by not intervening in the life of the addict. If a person feels the addict’s problems are not their business, they will most likely end up living with regret. Fortunately, the Best Drug Rehabilitation Center can help loved ones find help when intervening in an addict’s life.

Overcome Addiction

Helping a Loved One Overcome Addiction

The friends and family members of people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs often dread getting “the call” indicating that their loved one has overdosed. The unfortunate fact is that it happens far too often. Many times, loved ones of an addict have some evidence of addiction, but don’t know how to act to get the addicted person help. With the right kind of information and tools to intervene, family members can help their loved one face, and beat, their addiction. Of course, that requires that they know the signs of drug or alcohol addiction and how to approach the subject without adding undue pressure on the addict or enabling further use.

Overdose can result in death or disability, although according to the CDC, men die of overdose more than women. And contrary to popular assumption, people who overdose are in the age group of 45 to 54, not young adults or teenagers. Knowing that someone who is old enough to have teenage kids himself might overdose on drugs or alcohol is a terrifying reality for many to face.

Signs of Drug Abuse

Drug users, especially those deep in the throes of an addiction, are often in denial, even though they anxiously await the next time they can use. At some point, every other priority, such as work responsibilities, family obligations, and household duties take a backseat to their addictions and when they can next get high. The family members of an addict will be best prepared to help the addict recover after they’ve familiarized themselves with typical behaviors and habits of the highly addicted. A qualified drug rehabilitation facility will be able to help you learn what the most typical signs of drug or alcohol addiction are.

Physical Signs and Symptoms

You can determine whether your loved one is using drugs or alcohol by examining the user’s physical appearance, including:

  • Large pupils, bloodshot eyes
  • Extreme, unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Unpleasant odor emanating from the clothing, breath, or body of the suspected addict
  • Speech changes like slurring, general slowness or lack of coordination, shaking, or seizures

Behavioral Signs and Symptoms

There are also changes in behavior that can indicate drug use, including:

  • Disregard for school or work, in both attendance and attention
  • Legal troubles or disciplinary action for fights or other illegal acts
  • Desperation for quickly earned money or constant financial problems
  • Withdrawn, secretive attitude

Psychological Signs and Symptoms

A third way to determine if your loved one is using drugs is to examine his psychological symptoms, including:

  • Inexplicable anxiety or fear
  • Lack of motivation or enthusiasm
  • Sudden anger or unexplained outbursts or mood swings
  • Noticeable personality changes

Alcohol Abuse May be Easier to Identify

Alcohol abuse can be easier to identify in some ways, because an alcoholic may not attempt to hide his activity as much. In addition, it is easier for family members to monitor alcohol consumption, since a serious problem typically constitutes drinking large quantities of alcohol per day. Because alcohol consumption is not illegal, it may be easier for an alcoholic to hide his problem behind celebratory or relaxation excuses.

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Dependency

The signs of alcohol addiction are similar to those of drug addiction, but there are some differences. Here are a few things to look out for:

  • Mild but long-term depression known as dysthymia
  • Denial of any drinking problems
  • Unexplained, sudden personality changes
  • Anxiety, depression, or both
  • Drinking alone or at home
  • Drinking after a bad day or a disappointment; drinking to “deal” with a situation
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Lowered coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Stumbling or tripping inexplicably
  • Inappropriateness in certain situations due to lowered inhibitions
  • Withdrawal from family and friends, fatigue, irritability, nausea, headaches

Because alcohol is so readily available, an alcohol abuser may be able to stay in denial for a very long time. Often, it takes hitting rock bottom–facing losing everything you have left–to get the alcoholic to take action. Faced with losing his job, his spouse, his children, and even his freedom, an alcoholic may become motivated to take action.

How You Can Help

Traditional interventions seem to consist of groups of family and friends ambushing the suspected addict and forcing him to confront how his addiction has affected their family. There are ways, however, to organize a successful intervention that gets these important points across to the addict without making him feel threatened or pressured. Here are a few tips for confronting someone who you think might be addicted to drugs or alcohol:

  • Carefully vet attendants at the intervention: who should be there, and why? If one person, such as a romantic interest
  • with whom the addict has a traumatic relationship, or old drinking buddies, might not be the best choice.
  • Contact a professional interventionist and get some advice on what tactics work the best.
  • Don’t force the addict to do anything they’re not ready to do.
  • Make sure the addict knows you are willing and ready to provide all the moral support he or she needs.

Having an addict in your life can be scary and tumultuous, but it is important that you help him recover as much as you can. Love, support, and compassion are three tools an addict needs to survive and recover from his addiction. Contact the Best Drug Rehabilitation Center immediately to find out more about interventions and how you can help.

Recovery Science - Addiction's Effects on the Human Brain

Recovery Science – Addiction’s Effects on the Human Brain

Combating the national epidemic of addiction means asking tough questions to find the right answers. It is no secret that our society is facing a major problem that has grown to epidemic proportions over the past few decades. It is one that many have tried to ignore, sweeping it under the rug and acting as if nothing is wrong, turning a blind eye to it and hoping it will work itself out or simply just go away. But this is not something we can be blind to. Addiction is ravaging every corner of our nation, from the most rural communities to the largest metropolitan areas, and without action, it isn’t going anywhere.

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Healing Bodies - Physical Wellbeing and Recovery

Healing Our Bodies – Physical Wellbeing and Recovery

Repairing the damage caused to the body by long-term substance abuse is a vital part in overcoming addiction. True recovery from addiction is more than just getting clean and sober. It is more than just “quitting” drugs or alcohol. It is a lifestyle change that leads to a more positive and productive way of living. A major part of this lifestyle change is repairing the physical damage that results from neglecting and abusing the body.

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How to Kick Addiction

Here’s How to Kick Addiction and Reclaim Your Life

According to a survey conducted by SAMHSA in 2009, over 23 million people over the age of 12 needed to seek help for a drug abuse problem that they were dealing with,  These numbers are staggering and it is no wonder that rehab facilities are becoming the norm for most people who have drug issues. If you or a loved one has a drug problem, there are quite a lot of things to know when it comes to seeking treatment, what types of treatment facilities are available and what to do in terms of kicking the addiction and getting control of your life once again.

Acknowledge the Drug Problem

Identifying a drug problem is one of the first steps to seeking recovery. If you feel that you might have issues with drugs, there are a few things to look for. You might find yourself spending all of your time thinking about or even doing drugs. You might wonder where you’re going to get drugs next or you could even panic if you know you are out of them. These are signs that you might have a drug addiction and require help to get over it and put it in your past.

If you feel that someone you love has this type of addiction, there are a few other things to look for when it comes to this issue. The person might be withdrawn, complain of pains within their body or just avoid the topic altogether. When dealing with someone else who has a drug issue, it is important for them to identify the issue on their own and for them to take the incentive to seek treatment. This will help them to have a better chance of recovery than if they are forced into treatment.

Choose the Appropriate Treatment Program

When seeking help through a rehabilitation center, it is important to decipher the differences between an inpatient facility and an outpatient facility. In general, most people do better in an inpatient facility because they are not able to be influenced by outside sources. The Treatment Episode Data Set conducted a survey and found that over 56 percent of individuals who went into a rehab center were taking more than just one drug at the time (source). Because of this reason, it is a good idea for someone with a drug problem to be away from any influence that they might deal with out on the street.

During their time in the program, the individual is protected from external resources that could supply them or tempt them with drugs. They are in a healthy and clean environment that allows them to have professionals around them at all times. This will help the process of detox so that they can live a healthier life. Self-detoxing can be incredibly dangerous, so seeking help through an inpatient facility can help the process to go a lot more smoothly and a lot healthier for the individual who has the drug problem.

While many individuals use outpatient facilities, these rehab centers may not work for everyone. The person who needs this type of treatment must be home or work or school every day and may be around drugs or other drug users on a constant basis. They are virtually never away from the temptation of using drugs, which can make the issue worse or cause it to stay the same. Inpatient treatment for drug abuse is definitely the better option and can be beneficial for both teens and adults who have major drug addictions and are seeking help for this specific issue.

Finding the right rehab center might require a bit of research on your part. It is a good idea to stick with a center that is within your budget range. Many insurance companies will pay for your stay in one of these facilities, but you may be limited on the ones that you can choose. Knowing which facilities are available and which ones have the best success rate can help you to find the one that is going to be the best choice for you when you choose to get clean and live a healthier life.

Commit to Doing Your Part to Become Clean

When you find a good quality inpatient facility, you can go there and have a director give you a tour of the center itself. They will tell you about how they treat addiction, the amount of people staying there at the moment and different activities that they might have available to you when you begin staying there yourself. You will also be able to discuss the budget of staying there and whether or not your insurance company will cover the costs. Visiting the center before checking yourself into it is a good way for you to feel more comfortable about this process.

It is important to remember that regardless of the program you choose, it can only be effective if you are committed to doing your part in getting clean and rejoining the real world.

There are quite a lot of benefits that come with going to rehab and getting clean. While drug addiction is a lifelong struggle, the benefits of going to a rehabilitation center are countless.  Just a few of the benefits are as follows:

  • You will be surrounded by individuals who are there to help you.
  • You will be learning new life skills to combat drug addiction.
  • You can speak with others who are dealing with drug addictions just like you.
  • You will have a clean and healthy environment to get clean and the support that you need.

Treatment in an inpatient facility can help you to live a clean and healthier life. Once you identify that you have a drug problem and that you want to get help for it, it is important for you to find a local rehab center that you can enter right away before things get any worse.  Being surrounded by caring professionals and others like yourself will make the detoxification process much easier and the rehabilitation more effective so that you can soon walk out of  those doors and take back control of your life.



Addiction and It’s Effects on the Pleasure Center of the Brain

Addiction is a disease of the brain grounded in genetics and fortified by access to things in the environment. In 2011, it is estimated that over 5 million emergency room visits were related to drug use. Of those emergency room visits, 51 percent involved illegal drugs, 51 percent involved pharmaceutical use that was nonmedical, and 25 percent involved alcohol combined with drugs. The highest rates were for cocaine and marijuana.

Types of Addiction

Not all addiction involves substance abuse, although clearly that makes up a large part of it. Addiction is more related to the individual’s reaction to the object of their craving and how it makes them feel than the object itself. The object that an addictive personality focuses on can differ widely and range from food to exercise to drugs.

Obeying the Reward Center

Addiction is rooted in the brain and how the brain reacts to stimuli. To understand this, think of the brain as divided into three areas that send data to each other. Deep within the brain matter is the area that controls reward, motivation and behavior. Known as the reward center, it ensures that we survive by doing things that are necessary for us. Simply put, the reward center rewards certain actions and by doing that makes sure we do them again.

The reward center communicates with other areas such as the memory center and the area that receives input from our senses. If, for example, an individual is hungry, the brain seeks out environmental stimuli that suggests a particular food is available. The brain’s memory center has information stored there that suggests eating that food was pleasurable and provided saity. But, how does the memory center know the food was pleasurable? That is where the reward center comes in. When we do something that is good for us and provides us with pleasure, the reward center releases dopamine. This chemical signals pleasurable behavior and stores that information in the memory center so the action will easily be repeated.

However, the jolt of dopamine is about pleasure and is non-discriminating. If you are asking yourself if doing something that is not good for you but still provides pleasure, will the reward center still release the jolt of dopamine? The answer is yes, and herein lies part of the problem of drug addiction.

Genetics and Addiction

Genetics are another part of drug addiction. This does not mean that one single gene controls it, nor does it mean that no matter what the individual does, they are doomed. Rather, it means the individual has a propensity for addictive behavior. Individual inheritability and whether or not the trait for addiction will be expressed is affected by chance and environmental factors. To study genetic inheritance of addiction, researchers study the expression of this trait much as they do the trait for eye color. They study families where one parent had addictive behavior to determine how many people in succeeding generations express that trait. Cross testing DNA sequences in their genetic material will allow the researchers to isolate the particular part of the genome that has been passed down and to whom. Depending on whether the trait is dominant or recessive, it may be possible to skip generations.

Symptoms of Addiction

The symptoms of addiction crosses boundaries and are fairly recognizable. They are:

  • Craving – this is an overwhelming compulsion to do or use a substance or engage in an activity.
  • Emotionally and physically incapable of limiting their addictive behavior.
  • Develops a tolerance to their substance or activitiy of choice so it takes higher levels to achieve the same result.
  • Withdrawal results when the user attempts to stop using the drug or engaging in an activity.
  • Social and interpersonal relationships as well as employment and other factors are compromised.

There are multiple types of addictions and they are not limited to substance abuse, such as:

  • drug addiction
  • nicotine
  • alcohol
  • food addiction
  • exercise addiction
  • sex addiction
  • gambling
  • other behavioral activity

Humans have an unlimited ability to develop an attraction to things that damage their health and destroy their entire way of life.  The above list is only a small representation of the different types of addictions prevalent in society today.

Drug Withdrawal Goes Through Stages

Each drug or activity has specific symptoms associated with discontinuation. It generally occurs in steps and is divided into two main stages. The acute stage lasts for several weeks and the post-acute stage is also known as the Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome. This stage has less physical symptoms associated with it and a higher frequency of emotional ones. While behavioral addiction such as exercise or overeating has a heavy bend toward emotional withdrawal symptoms, there is some overlap in terms of real physical symptoms the person may experience. While they are listed below in two separate groups, be aware that overlap may and does occur.

Physical Drug Withdrawal Symptoms

Every addict’s worst fear is withdrawal.  This is the main thing that fuels their continued use of the substance.  They would rather endure the dangers of continued addiction than experience the discomfort of withdrawal.  Some of the physical and mental symptoms can include the following:

Physical withdrawal symptoms:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Muscle pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Tachycardia
  • Respiratory distress
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Palpitations
  • Tremor
  • Headache
  • Seizures
  • Delirium Tremens
  • Hallucinations
  • Heart attack and stroke

Emotional withdrawal symptoms:

  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Lack of social interactions
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Poor ability to concentrate
  • Restlessness

Post-acute withdrawal syndrome:

  • Fatigue
  • Moodiness
  • Sleeplessness
  • Excessive sleep
  • Low energy

As the addicted individual moves into the Post-Acute phase of withdrawal they may experience periods when the symptoms are less and periods when the symptoms are intense and not to be ignored. However, generally the longer this phase lasts the asymptomatic periods predominate. Yet, relapses do occur and sometimes recur with a vengeance. Why this happens is debatable and may be the result of environmental factors or happen for no reason. Regardless, they usually last for a few days. Getting through these periods is paramount to recovery.

Drug Treatment Your Way

Inpatient treatment is largely preferred since it allows the individual to be disengaged from an environment that will allow him or her to relapse. As the user builds strength, they are able to cope in the outside world. How long this takes is individualized and not predictable.  For these reasons, many rehab programs are flexible and can be adapted to each person’s specific situation to ensure the most favorable and lasting results.  Also, some programs offer options that allow patients to take part in choosing their own path to recovery.  Some of the options include faith-based therapy, music and art therapy, exercise and fitness routines, nutritional guidance and many others.  Today’s programs are more effective than those of the past and more oriented to the individual, which results in successful recovery for thousands of people.



Drug Abuse

Why People Can’t Beat Drug Abuse by Themselves

Drug abuse can develop when life events converge to cause extreme physical or emotional pain that requires intervention. Few addicts planned to become addicted to drugs, prescription or illicit, when the first dose was taken. Once the addiction takes hold of a person, independent attempts at overcoming addiction are impossible because of the radical changes that happened in the body, lifestyle, and relationships of the addict. Treatment programs offer hope to those who have fallen prey to the stronghold created by drug abuse.

More Than “Mind Over Matter”

Unfortunately, those who have never experienced an addiction believe that drug abuse can be resolved with “mind over matter.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Drug addiction contains multiple facets that become stronger as substance abuse continues.

  • Physical need – The human body “remembers” the effects of a drug in the tissues and brain. Physical need to repeat the physical sensation the drug creates becomes stronger with each subsequent use of the substance. As time passes, the addict will require higher doses, or more powerful drugs, to achieve the same physical sensation. The cycle continues until the addict enters a treatment program or dies from an overdose.
  • Coping mechanism – An addict relies on the drug of choice to deal with life’s problems. Drug addiction creates more problems when the job is lost because of drug use. Solutions to problems are buried in the cycle of drug highs and lows that create an alternate reality for the addict. Overcoming addiction requires learning new coping skills that do not include drugs.
  • Lifestyle pattern – Drug abuse requires association with a provider, fellow users and secrecy. Addicts become withdrawn in the quest to fulfill the drug cravings that continue to strengthen. Exposure to the settings where drug use is expected ensures that the drug addict continues to use the substance. Acceptance is sought from the wrong sources when the addict has lost contact with family and friends who disapprove of the drug habit.

Addicts Miscalculate the Effects

Caring friends and family members strive to convince the drug addict that the substance has taken over his life. No amount of convincing will cause the addict to embrace a successful effort at overcoming addiction. Drug addicts lead a double life that causes internal conflict between logic and emotion. Periods of time when the addict is “high” allow the addict to avoid reality where friends and family members live. Dealing with the addict during this time is avoided because of the lack of reasoning that exists.  Some of the effects they experience include the following:

  • Inability to live responsibly – Addicts are unable to retain employment that would provide money for rent, food and basic needs. Friends and family members are asked for money or support to compensate for the addiction. Early on, the addict is able to hide the cause for these problems. Once the truth is revealed, people will sever ties with the addict. Close relationships will be damaged because of the trust that is broken as the addict attempts to live a double life.
  • Drug need trumps relationships – Addicts lose perspective concerning right and wrong when the drug need increases and monetary sources dry up quickly. At times, the addict will go to great lengths to extract money, or valuables, from people who once mattered to the drug user. Physical need for the drug will cause extreme emotional reactions that will be spewed on other people, including children. Avoidance of the addict becomes essential for those who have been betrayed for a drug habit.
  • Others’ lives are affected – Drug use blinds the addict to the needs of children, spouses, aging parents and friends. Overcoming addiction is prevented when the drug addict refuses to acknowledge that many other people are paying the price for his actions.

Addiction Programs Teach Life Skills

Drug addicts know that serious choices are required to address the drug problem that has developed over time. Fear must be addressed in the effort to convince the addict to enter a professional treatment program. Few people enjoy the thought of undergoing significant life changes because of a deep-seated fear of the unknown. Successful completion of the program can lead to overcoming addiction because of important facets that are addressed.

  • Address physical need – Removing access to the drug will cause physical discomfort for a number of days, or weeks. Once the human body has forgotten its need for the substance, the treatment program can proceed. Addicts fight this program phase because of the battle that must be fought to regain control over both mind and body. Treatment programs are designed to reduce the body’s withdrawal reaction through proven techniques.
  • Create life structure – Each day inside a drug-abuse treatment facility is structured to remove temptation for the participants. Every minute is scheduled to train each person to implement a daily routine that will carry over into life after the program. Basic skills are taught with hands on experience that must be continued after leaving the facility. Lifestyle changes provide the foundation necessary to repair relationships and embrace productive life activities.
  • Provide on-going support – Drug addicts know that the group of supportive friends in the substance abuse circle must be left in the past. New friendships are built when the former drug addict faithfully attends support meetings. Daily success is rewarded through recognition in the new group of friends.
  • Teach coping skills – Problems that arise in the former addict’s life will be addressed through acceptable methods that do not include substance abuse. Professionals will be available to support the individual in daily challenges that require problem-solving skills.

Successful Recovery is Possible

Anyone dealing with a drug habit should seek help from the best treatment program available. Overcoming addiction is possible when the addict admits that professional help will change his reality. Humans need support from like-minded individuals if the problems in life are going to be managed appropriately and overcome. The addict must find emotional acceptance from the people who want him to stop the drug habit. Criticism of mistakes made after the battle appears to be won will derail the addict’s journey.

Opiate Addiction

Some Surprising Opiate Addiction Facts

The body undergoes significant changes as it withdraws from the dangerous substance. As the person works through the withdrawal stages, he or she will experience a range of physical and mental changes. Symptoms and the length of the withdrawal process will vary from person to person.  Understanding opiates and their powerful grip on users will help us develop effective treatment programs for those who suffer opiate addiction.

What Does Research Say About Opiate Addiction?

In 2010 alone, there were 210 million opiate prescriptions filled. As much as nine percent of the population admits to abusing opiates during their lifetime. World Health Organization research shows that approximately two million people in the United States are addicted to prescription drugs.

Other opiate addiction facts:

  • There were one million ER visits attributed to prescription drug abuse in 2009
  • For the first time in 2007, the number of opiate related deaths surpassed the amount for cocaine and heroin combined
  • In 2009, 16 million Americans under the age of 12 took opiates for recreational purposes
  • In the U.S., prescriptions showed a 61 percent increase in the past decade
  • The average person experiences opiate withdrawal symptoms between 10 and 25 times

In the U.S., an estimated 52 million people admit using prescription drugs at one point in their life. The growing problem of opiate addiction has affected teens. Approximately, 1 in 20 high school seniors reported using OxyContin in a recent survey.

What Are the Stages of Opiate Withdrawal?

The patient first begins to the see the signs and symptoms of withdrawal within 8 or 12 hours of the dose. In 5 to 7 days, the person’s opiate withdrawal systems will occur. For up to 3 weeks, a person can experience a range of symptoms. Below is a timeline of what to expect during the withdrawal process:

Day 1: Runny nose, eyes watering, lethargy
Day 2: Sweating, chills, body aches
Day 3: Upset stomach, diarrhea
Day 4: Night sweats, stomach cramping
Day 5: Memory problems, forgetfulness

Of course, everyone responds differently to the effects of the drug, but the above are the most commonly experienced symptoms.

What to Expect During Withdrawal

There are two types of withdrawal symptoms. One set of symptoms occurs during the earliest stages. Those symptoms are agitation, anxiety, muscle aches, increased tearing, insomnia, runny nose, sweating and nausea. Abdominal cramping, diarrhea, dilated pupils, goose bumps, nausea and vomiting are the symptoms that manifest during the later stages of withdrawal. One of the most difficult symptoms for patients to work through is the diarrhea.

The vomiting and diarrhea symptoms can lead to disturbances in the system, which affects the level of electrolytes. During withdrawal, the person will feel extremely lethargy but won’t be able to rest due to insomnia. Muscle spasms and restless leg syndrome will make it harder to sleep peacefully through the night. The person may feel as though they are in a mental fog and will have recall problems. It takes time for the drugs to completely leave the system and this affects how the brain functions.

When do the Withdrawal Symptoms End?

The withdrawal symptoms can last for a week in some patients. Others may not see improvements in symptoms for two weeks. Most patients see an improvement in their symptoms after the initial two weeks.

One of the leading risk factors for overdose is relapse after the body is cleansed of the substance. The opiate withdrawal process lowers the person’s resistance to the drug. Over time, the person will find that they are unable to tolerate what they previously took in larger dosages before they sought treatment. When they resume their habit, people are at risk for overdose. Any lasting mental illnesses that aren’t managed will continue if undiagnosed and never treated.

How Does Inpatient Treatment Help?

Inpatient treatment reduces a person’s risk of overdosing. The person receives the treatment in a world-class facility that is supervised by addiction counselors and specialists around the clock. The person remains safe throughout the entire part of the opiate withdrawal process and will learn the necessary coping skills to manage their sobriety long term. During inpatient treatment, any mental illnesses that may be affecting a person’s sobriety are examined and treated. It is this uninterrupted course of treatment that ultimately sets the patient up for success.

The opiate withdrawal symptoms affect each person differently. Medically supervised inpatient treatment specialists monitor every aspect of the withdrawal process and manage the person’s mental state as he or she works through her opiate addiction.


Is it True That an Addiction Can’t be Cured?

The truth is that an addiction can never be completely cured. If you have a cold or the flu, these illnesses can be cured with proper treatment and care. Even some serious diseases can be cured using advanced medical treatments and vaccines. But you can’t cure an addiction, you can only learn how to manage it, and the skills needed can be learned in a professional rehab.

The first step in treating an addiction is simply recognizing that it is there in the first place. This is often hard to do with substances like alcohol. Alcohol is such a prevalent drug, and it is also a legal drug. You will encounter alcohol all around you at parties, restaurants, celebrations, gatherings and stores. You will also constantly see it in movies and on TV.

Many people use alcohol as a social lubricant, and a lot of people will give you a hard time if you try not to partake in drinking it with them. A lot of people have overdone it with alcohol before, but it has almost become a social norm to do that every once in a while. How do you know if you’re addicted? You may start drinking more often and while you are alone, but are you addicted then? It can be difficult to know whether you have an addiction or you just need to cool it on the drinking for a while. Addictions to other substances may be hard to spot or recognize as well.

Signs and symptoms are actually two different categories of events used to recognize a specific problem or illness. A sign is something that is observed or spotted by someone else. For example, a sign may be noticed by a friend, family member or doctor. A symptom is something noted in the patients themselves..

Knowing the Signs and Symptoms of Addiction

There are several key signs and symptoms present when someone is addicted to a substance, so the following list may help you in this area:

  • Problems within social circle and with relationships
    Addicted individuals may turn down social gatherings when no drugs will be present there. They may be very late or forget appointments with friends and family, and they be difficult to reach.
  • Problems at work or school
    Many people who become addicted to a substance have jobs and classes that suffer. They may be lazy or out of control while present, or they might miss class or work altogether.
  • Financial problems
    Drugs and alcohol can be expensive, and when work suffers, money problems often ensue. A lot of addicted individuals have serious financial problems.
  • Problems with the law
    It is not uncommon for addicted individuals to have run-ins with the law because of illegal consumption of substances or acting out in public places.
  • Addicted individuals cannot stop
    It is a glaring symptom of addiction when the individual attempts to stop doing drugs or drinking and they cannot fulfill their desire to quit. Withdrawal symptoms often show up at this point.
  • Secrecy and solitude
    Addicted individuals are often secretive, and they may tell their friends and family that they prefer to be alone. They may also hide or store stashes of their drug of abuse.
  • Using substance to deal with stress and other problems
    Another glaring sign of addiction is when addicted individuals go straight to their substance of abuse whenever they have a problem or difficult situation to deal with.

Options for Treatment of Addiction

Once an addiction has been acknowledged, there are several options available to get help. Inpatient treatment centers are the best way to fight an addiction, but deciding on a treatment center will depend on several different factors. For many people, money plays a big role. Some treatment centers cost thousands of dollars. Location may also make a difference. In addition, treatment centers are not available all around the world in every city.

Inpatient Treatment Centers

Even though there are a lot of factors to consider before deciding on an inpatient treatment center for addiction, this is your best bet at beating an addiction. Detoxification and therapy are the cornerstones of addiction therapy, and both are offered at these facilities. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help patients get to the roots of their addiction problems and help them to see why they started using in the first place.

Remember, if you feel that you may have a problem with addiction, you are not alone. There is hope for you, and it is possible for you to recover and return to the life you love without drugs or alcohol. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, make contact with a person or organization today who can offer you help in recovery at a quality inpatient treatment center.

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