Category: Addiction

rehab learning

What drug & alcohol rehab will teach you about yourself

Every person has a different story, has experienced different things in life, and may even have different reasons for winding up in rehab.

rehab patientsHowever, if a person is in rehab for drug addiction or alcoholism, they turned to drugs and alcohol for some reason. Rehab is there not only to get the individual clean, but to help them understand why they turned to drugs and alcohol in the first place.

2.6 million people turned to inpatient rehab in 2009.

The numbers of individuals who need rehab have been rising since. Whether their family made them, they had a court order, they decided by themselves, or some other reason, a person in rehab hopefully will make the best of it.

Rehab generally attempts to help the addict find out more than just “I’m addicted.”

It should address the root of drug addiction and help the addict with solutions so they do not wind up in the same situation – or if they do, they can deal with it.

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Detox Only vs. Complete Rehabilitation

A drug detox program which only addresses getting the user clean and then throws them back into life without addressing the root addiction issue cannot be considered a true rehabilitation program.

detox coupled with supportMany of the 30-day programs work this way. The addict does a detox. They get off the drugs they have been abusing. They might get a lecture about drugs or some group therapy while in detox. After the addict is clean, they graduate the program.

Detox is a very important step in the rehab process.

It helps the person think clearly, see the world through their own eyes, and make their own decisions – unclouded by drugs.

However, if the person still possesses the same drug abuse causes, if these go unaddressed, if they still have “reasons” to turn back to drugs, if they have no support group – it is highly unlikely they will last very long without turning to drugs again.

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Effective Drug Rehab

Effective drug rehab starts with detox, and then proceeds to help the addict take a good look at themselves and their life.

It must help a person discover what in their life upsets drug abuse. Once the addict spots his or her upsets, they are able to address these situations instead of running to drugs in order to solve their problems.

For example, an addict might have had a situation at school where he was failing, his parents were mad at him, and he didn’t know what to do. Maybe a friend or classmate told him to let it go and just get high. He got high and felt better.

realizing what your triggers areNow, in his current life, whenever he gets into a stressful situation at work or home and someone is upset with him, his “solution” is to get high. On a physiological level, the drugs stimulate the pleasure centers of his brain and make him feel better – at least for a short time.

Sooner or later, he learns that drugs are not the answer. In fact, they often make things worse.

Running away from a stressful situation at work to get stoned is a great way to get fired. Snorting coke in the bathroom when your wife gets mad at you for not picking the kids up from school will likely lead to that wife and those kids leaving you.

An addict must discover that both, the upsets and the fact that the drugs were actually harming his life.

In the case of the young man in school, he may have had the goal to get good grades and got stressed out when he started to fail. His parents getting mad at him only built upon his feelings of failure. In rehab, he gets a chance to sort these things out.

The whole rehab process deals with much more than just getting a person clean and sending them back to lead the same lifestyle or fall into the same patterns they did before.

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Approaches to Rehab

Every single addict is different.

Some may be very religious or spiritual, while others may have no affiliation. Some may dislike group therapy and only want one-on-one sessions, while others may prefer interacting in a group environment. Others still may have no idea which approach suits them best – they’d just like to see if they can stay clean. This is why there are varied rehab methods.

The end goal for each method is essentially the same. A rehab facility wants their graduates to be healthy, happy, drug-free individuals who will not relapse.

Some of the methods and approaches to rehab are:

[accordian] [toggle title=”Self-Help” open=”yes”] These involve self-help support groups like Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous, attending lectures from other recovering addicts, educational, and other steps – all geared towards enabling a person to rise above their addictions.
[/toggle] [toggle title=”Indigenous Recovery Materials and Groups” open=”no”] There are many groups and materials geared specifically to indigenous cultures. The Native American Wellbriety movement is a large part of the recovery effort in the US today. The goal is to help indigenous people heal from their addiction physically, mentally, and spiritually. Even people who are not of Native American descent may choose to follow this deeply spiritual route.
[/toggle] [toggle title=”Faith-Based” open=”no”] Spirituality can be a huge part of helping an addict move through the recovery process. There are many excellent faith-based programs (Twelve Step and otherwise) which help a person on their religious or spiritual journey.
[/toggle] [toggle title=”Holistic” open=”no”] Yoga, Aikido, and other martial arts training can help an addict recover by giving them focus both mentally and physically. There are proven holistic paths to empowering oneself over addiction, including acupuncture, guided imagery, and meditation.
[/toggle] [toggle title=”One-on-One Therapy” open=”no”] There are various types of therapy which have been proven effective in rehab. Gaining an inside knowledge of yourself with the non-judgmental assistance of a professional – who is there to guide you through the difficult path of recovery – can give the addict the boost and self-knowledge they need to beat their addiction.
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Aftercare

After a person has addressed their addiction in any of the modalities available, they often leave a very caring and close-knit group for the wider world that drove them to addiction in the first place.

Aftercare programs are there to help the addict understand that they are not alone in their continued recovery process.

There are so many people just like them who no longer have their old group of drug abusing friends or may have alienated their family.

Aftercare is there to help the former addict reforge broken connections and rebuild their life into one that is drug free, healthy, and happy.

Sources

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
White Bison Wellbriety Movement

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What To Do if You Suspect an Employee is On Drugs

In a 2011 survey, it was found that about 22.5 million Americans aged 12 and up abused drugs.

This means that you probably know someone who abuses drugs – and that person could be your employee.

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Signs of Employee Drug Use

You may suspect a person that works for you of taking drugs.

However, how do you know for sure? What signs can help you determine that you aren’t just being paranoid or mean?

Signs that an employee may be abusing drugs:

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  • Dilated pupils
  • Diminished job performance
  • Sharp decline in productivity
  • Constantly late or absent
  • Asking for advances or to borrow money constantly
  • Stealing company supplies
  • Seems groggy or hung over at work
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  • Taking extra-long breaks with no explanation
  • Leaving early for the day on a routine basis
  • Becomes unaccountably argumentative or hostile
  • Gets into accidents consistently
  • Wears long-sleeves though they are physically warm
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  • Gets clammy or has cold sweats
  • Seems exhausted or jittery
  • Gets depressed or upset easily
  • Slurred or overly rapid speech
  • Heavy breathing
  • Lingering smell of the drug
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While all of the above can indicate drug abuse, some signs can also be indications of ill-health, upsets at home, etc.

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What to Do

Unless you catch your employee or co-worker in the act of shooting up, popping pills, or drinking on the job, there is no way you can tell for sure they are taking drugs.

Drug addicts are often secretive about their addiction, and if you don’t know your employee well, it may be hard for you to talk to them about your suspicions.

You may feel like you aren’t really the right person for them to talk to. There are several things you can do as an employer to detect and help an employee who is using drugs or is addicted.

1. Review your company policies.
It is likely that you have a company policy regarding drug use when it comes to employees. Review the policy and find out if there is information regarding the proper channels to help your employee.

2. Document behavior.
A person can just have an off day, be physically ill, experience grief, or be regularly abusing drugs. Documenting your employee’s behavior will give you a list that could indicate drug abuse or something else.

3. Discuss the matter with HR (Human Resources).
Your HR rep may already know about a medical condition that is causing your employee to act erratically, or may know about a recent divorce or death of a loved one that they are dealing with. If your HR rep has seen your documentation, and agrees that something is off, go to the next step.

4. Meet with the employee.
Make sure to have a third party (like your HR rep or a company lawyer) at the meeting. Discuss what you have observed, listing specific instances and signs. Allow them to give you information about their behavior. Be sure to document the discussion.

5. Request a drug test be done.
Most company policies state which type of drug tests are appropriate for your company, how random they are, etc. There are legal ramifications to drug testing without notification or without consent. Make sure you are informed of these ramifications before requiring your employee to take the test.

NOTE: Do not let your employee drive themselves to the test. Make sure that, if the test is being done outside of your company premises, you provide transportation for this activity.

6. Follow your company policies with regard to the results.
If they come up negative, be sure to inform the person and allow them to get on with their job. If they need help or correction on job performance, see if there is policy on the best way to help them. If the test results are positive, be sure to follow your company policy regarding this as well.

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Company Drug Education and Other Solutions

As an employer you can help educate your employees about drugs, drug use, and more.

They may find this education personally helpful in making decisions about their own lives – or it may help them with their loved ones.

Prevention is always the preferable way to solve the drug problem.

If a person has already begun the spiral of addiction, Best Drug Rehabilitation offers a medical detox program to get users safely off drugs in as comfortable a manner as possible.

After the detox, both physical and mental therapy, educational steps, and an array of holistic remedies are provided to help former users return to their lives and succeed.

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Sources

www.CBSNews.com
www.SAMHSA.gov

Bath Salts Effects

The Negative Effects of Bath Salts

Bath Salts Stats

Last year, the American Association of Poison Control reported that there were 58,627 cases of drug abuse that resulted in a call to poison control. 2,655 of these calls were attributed to the designer (synthetic) drug known as “bath salts.”

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What is “Bath Salts”?

The drug known as “bath salts” is not the perfumed crystals used to soften and scent bath water.

Bath Salt NamesIt is a drug that has been sold on the internet and in stores under that name to avoid notice by authorities. What the term “bath salts” refers to when we talk about drugs is actually a group of chemicals – all of which are made in a laboratory. Most varieties of bath salts contain the chemicals mephedrone or methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV).

The chemicals that make up bath salts are actually related to a substance found in nature called “khat”. This is an organic stimulant that is found in the Middle East and East Africa. The drug “khat” is illegal in the US as it contains an addictive substance called “cathinone.”

In order to more clearly mark their “brand,” drug dealers have been selling bath salts under many names, such as: Ivory Wave, Purple Wave, Red Dove, Blue Silk, Zoom, Bloom, Cloud Nine, Ocean Snow, Lunar Wave, Vanilla Sky, White Lightning, Scarface, and Hurricane Charlie.

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Bath Salts Violent Behavior Negative Effects

Bath salts have been shown in the news as the culprit behind violent and bloody attacks on other people.

This may make you think that bath salts are hallucinogens. Factually, bath salts usually give people hallucinations in the way that LSD does.

It is more likely to give a person a distorted sense of what is already there or an acute paranoia.

Violence is not the typical reaction to bath salts, although it can occur. Some dealers and “head shops” sell it as a substitute for cocaine or methamphetamine. The most common theory behind the incidents of violence is this: Since bath salts are not a controlled substance, the user has no idea of the strength of the product they are buying, how much of the product will produce what effect, etc. The same goes for cocaine, meth, or any illegal narcotic sold on the street today. They are not safe, no matter how much a dealer or user may attempt to reassure you.

Another factor is that bath salts stop you from sleeping.

Insomnia Bath SaltsThis isn’t just regular insomnia. Users of bath salts have reported taking sleeping pills while high with absolutely no effect. When a person doesn’t sleep, they can get extremely depressed or go temporarily psychotic, depending on the length of time they have failed to sleep and their general temperament to begin with. Additionally, insomnia results in elevated stress hormone levels. Your body perceives that you are in danger.

With side effects like paranoia, violent behavior, and delusions already common to users of bath salts, the upped hormone levels and false alarms to the brain can do nothing but harm someone.

Imagine that you have not slept in three days straight. Your body is exhausted; your brain thinks there is something seriously wrong for you to be putting your body through this. Add a drug that causes paranoia and depression, and the level of insomnia, irritability, depression, paranoia, etc. only rises. You can probably see why a person might have a violent reaction to this drug.

Because bath salts is a relatively new drug, all of the negative effects are not necessarily known. However, here is a relatively comprehensive list:

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  • Sweating
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Agitation
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
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  • Chest pain
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Panic attacks
  • Violent behavior
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
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  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Brain swelling
  • Paranoia
  • Addiction
  • Continued paranoia
  • Seizures
  • Death
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Besides the paranoia and delirium experienced while the person is high, cases have been reported of people remaining psychotic or schizophrenic for over a week after taking the drug.

Additionally, they are likely to experience flashbacks, and – just like with cocaine or methamphetamine – they are likely to become addicted, either physically or psychologically.

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Solutions

The best solution to keep you and your family safe from this drug is education.

The more educated a person is on a drug and its effects, the more likely they are to make a sane decision about that drug. Get the truth and make sure your child, the children around you, and your local schools are aware of this drug – and drugs in general – and are educating students about them.

Education Is The SolutionIf you are already addicted, or know someone who is, it’s not too late.

Best Drug Rehab delivers a medical drug detox program. Recovering addicts can be helped with therapy and education, and can carry on with their lives – free from the harmful effects of drug abuse.

Sources

 

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drug abuse prevention

How to Prevent Drug Abuse From a Young Age

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[fontawesome icon=”warning-sign” circle=”no” size=”medium”]The Problem At Hand

Drug abuse isn’t a problem that suddenly begins in adults.

In most cases, experimentation with alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and other drugs at a young age often leads to abuse with significant repercussions for the youth.

Preventable costs for health care, law enforcement, and crime related to drug use total over $500 billion nationwide, and much of this is due to drug abuse that began in young people.[/one_half] [one_half last=”yes”]

[fontawesome icon=”key” circle=”no” size=”medium”]Prevention Is Key

Efforts to prevent drug abuse obviously aren’t guaranteed to work for all young people, but they do have a significant impact. Statistics show that every dollar spent on prevention can save up to $7 on costs like treatment and maintaining the criminal justice system. Plus, preventing young people from heading in the direction of drug abuse can help them reach their fullest potential with regard to education, social development, and becoming productive members of society. Families and communities should turn to a wide range of methods to prevent drug abuse in young people.
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Parents Need to Discuss Drug Abuse With Children

Preventing drug abuse starts at home, and it’s the responsibility of the parents to initiate conversations about drug abuse with their kids. An increasing number of parents don’t discuss drugs at all, and if kids aren’t getting any information from home, they’re more likely to experiment. Some of the most important topics to hit on in discussions include:

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  • What types of drugs are abused and what they may be called
  • Negative physical effects of using drugs
  • Legal consequences of underage drug use or use of illegal drugs
  • Parental expectations about the child’s use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco
  • How to say no when drugs are being offered
  • Alternatives to drug use, like sports teams, after-school activities, and finding other circles of friends
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A one-time discussion isn’t enough. Parents should begin discussions in late elementary school, which is when most children are old enough to understand drugs, but hopefully have not been exposed to them yet. In fact, most children between 8 and 12 years old naturally condemn drug use. However, discussions need to continue all the way through middle school and high school as children are exposed to peers who are using drugs.

When discussing drugs with teens, it’s especially helpful to have a conversation rather than making teens feel like they are being lectured. Parents should ask their teens how they feel about drugs, what they have heard about them from their friends, and what media messages they have been exposed to. Getting the teen talking gives the parent a better idea of how to approach the topic and what guidance may be most helpful for the teen.

Parents Need to be Involved as Positive Role Models

largeChildren notice what their parents are doing, and they’re often more likely to follow this than what their parents are saying. That’s why it’s so important to not only discuss not using drugs, but also to follow this in practice. Children should never see their parents using illegal drugs. Parents who use legal drugs, like tobacco and alcohol, should do so in moderation around the children. Parents can also discuss the importance of waiting until the legal age and managing use to avoid being out of control while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The parent-child relationship will be most influential if the children actually trust their parents. Communication is key, and parents should always be involved in their children’s lives, talking with them and offering suggestions to issues that come up. It’s much better if youth feel free to tell their parents about ways they have been exposed to drugs and have the chance to talk about the topic than if youth don’t feel comfortable discussing the issue at all.

Children and teens who respect their parents will also be much less likely to turn to drugs and alcohol just for the sake of engaging in rebellious behavior. Rapport goes a long way in giving the parents credibility and encouraging kids to follow in their parents’ footsteps, rather than contradicting household guidelines.

Communities Need Drug Awareness Programs

Not all parents will be involved in preventing drug abuse in youth, which is why communities and schools need to do their part as well. Many national programs have been successful over the years, including D.A.R.E. lessons in elementary schools and ATLAS and ATHENA programs targeted at teen athletes. Studies have repeatedly shown that students who go through substance abuse prevention programs in school are less likely to drink, smoke, and use marijuana than similar students who do not go through programs.

Communities where drug use is especially prevalent need to do their part to tackle the problem on a local level. Community organizations should sponsor programs to educate youth about the negative effects of using drugs. If the problem is something the community cares about and takes ownership over, a successful solution is much more likely to come about. The “broken window theory” suggests that responding immediately to a problem is the most effective way to deal with it, so communities should not be ignoring the drug abuse within their boundaries.

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Youth Need Reduced Access to Drugs

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Young people who can’t get their hands on drugs will have a hard time abusing them. Communities need to follow through on enforcing laws that ensure youth aren’t able to purchase tobacco or alcohol on their own. They also need to ensure that people of legal age to purchase tobacco and alcohol aren’t buying it for young people. In addition, local law enforcement that focuses on eliminating the availability of illicit drugs can reduce the incidence of youth drug abuse in the community.[/one_half] [one_half last=”yes”]

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Parents can do their part by making sure kids don’t have access to drugs in the home. Alcohol should be stored in a locked cabinet if it is kept in the home. Cigarettes should never be left out where kids can take them without the parents noticing. Lastly, parents should keep an especially close eye on prescription medications in the home and safely dispose of any medications that are not needed, rather than keeping them in the house.[/one_half]

Media Needs to Portray Drugs in A Negative Light

Even if all of these local influences are steering young people away from drugs, the media often presents the opposite message. Celebrity drug use is all over the tabloids, and when kids see their idols binge drinking, smoking, or using drugs, they’re going to get the idea that drugs are appealing. Television and movies also often portray drugs in a positive light, showing the glamorous side of drug use at parties, without showing the real-world repercussions.

Teach Youth the Consequences of Drug Abuse

parenting children rightDrug abuse has real consequences. Parents need to teach their children that using drugs can cause severe harm. Show them eye-catching infographics that illustrate the effects of drugs like crack cocaine, heroin, and binge drinking so they can understand what they are doing to their bodies with drug abuse.

Although parents can do their part to screen the media their children are exposed to, the culture as a whole has a responsibility to accurately portray the dangers of drug use. If young people are hearing that drug abuse is unacceptable from their parents, peers, teachers, mentors, coaches, celebrities, and political figures, they’ll be much more likely to believe this message. The prevention of drug abuse in young people will be most successful when it is carried out from all angles.

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How to Find a Drug Rehab Center That is Best for You

Drug Rehab Centers Are Not One Size Fits All

When it comes to seeking treatment at a recovery center, an abuser cannot simply just look in the phone book, pick somewhere to go, and achieve success. There are many different types of rehab centers out there and they are not all created equal. When abusers are looking to go to treatment, it is vital that they research each facility to make sure that the drug rehab center is a good fit for them. When a good match is made, the chances of a successful recovery improve dramatically. So how are abusers supposed to know if a specific facility is a good match for them? They can begin by asking these five questions.

Are the Treatments Used Backed by Science?

There are many different kinds of treatment programs available; however, not all of them are scientifically proven to work. It is important that abusers choose a facility that uses techniques and strategies that are proven so that they have a higher chance of success. Sure, some treatments without scientific backing may work occasionally, but abusers are better off using proven methods so they are not wasting their time.

There are many different types of behavioral therapies that are proven to work.

[accordian][toggle title=”Conscious Decision Making” open=”yes”] For example, conscious decision making therapies that concentrate on providing a motivation to change can be very effective. When patients see how their life can improve once they complete the recovery process, they will actually want to go through the not-so-easy process.[/toggle] [toggle title=”Providing Incentives” open=”no”] Some other proven methods include offering incentives for the patients to stop using their drug of choice and rewards for attending counseling sessions or taking their medication. Science also shows that when patients are taught skills they can use to resist temptation and solve problems, they have a higher chance to succeed.[/toggle] [toggle title=”Group Therapy” open=”no”] Group therapy is also widely used in recovery programs because it has shown that it can be very effective in helping people realize the causes of their addiction and how to cope with problems moving forward.[/toggle]

 

Is the Program Individualized for Each Patient?

individualized treatmentAs previously mentioned, no two patients are alike. They each have their own back story, their own addiction problem, and consequently, their own road to recovery. When abusers are trying to find the best treatment center for them, it is crucial that they choose one that will tailor the treatment program to meet the abuser’s specific needs. If they do suffer from an emotional disorder as well, they need to make sure the treatment center will treat both issues simultaneously. If one condition is treated, but the other is not, relapse is very likely. They may also want to find a recovery center that caters to their specific gender, ethnicity, culture, and even age. When patients are surrounded by people similar to them, they feel more comfortable and are more likely to fully commit themselves to the recovery process.

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The best recovery programs out there will thoroughly assess each individual upon admission. They will then create a custom treatment plan that combines several different methods of treatment.

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Many abusers may also want the assistance of a 12-step program to aid in their recovery process. Not all treatment centers use the 12-step program, so if this is a want, it needs to be established from the beginning.

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Is the Treatment Center Willing to Adjust the Treatment Plan as Needed?

Even if a recovery center takes time to set up entire treatment plans around their patients, things change. Along the way, the treatment center may realize that what they thought would work in the beginning is no longer as effective as it should be. A good treatment center will perform drug monitoring throughout the process to make sure a relapse has not occurred. If a relapse does occur, the treatment center needs to be willing to re-evaluate and update that patient’s treatment plan. Relapse is not a sign that the person cannot recover, it is simply an indication that the treatment plan in progress is not working like it is supposed to. If a treatment center only sets up an initial treatment plan and never re-evaluates, the patient is not receiving the best care possible.

How Long is the Treatment Program?

how long is treatmentIn order to ensure success, the abuser needs to make sure that the treatment center they want to attend has a program that is long enough for them. Of course, the length of time that is needed will vary from person to person. This is why it is important to choose a center that will not put a time frame on your recovery process. Although science shows that most patients will need at least 90 days of treatment to achieve the results they desire, some may require less or more. The length on the treatment program should be dependent on the patient’s progress. Staying the correct amount of time at a treatment facility will mean a better outcome.

Does the Recovery Center Offer Continuing Care?

In addition to a sufficient length of time in recovery, abusers need to make sure that the treatment center offers care options once they complete their initial program.

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  • Do they have follow-up options to monitor the patient’s continued success after leaving treatment?
  • Do they arm their patients with tools to help them avoid relapse by dealing with temptation in another way?
  • Do they work with the families of their patients to make sure that everyone is on the same page?
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Many treatment centers will also have counseling appointments set up for the abuser in their hometown that they can attend on a regular basis.

A good drug rehab center does not forget about the patient as soon as they leave the facility. They are constantly making sure that the patient is on the right track and offers an open-door policy should the patient ever need to return. They will understand that every patient is different and each one will require different forms and levels of treatment. They will make their patients feel comfortable as they aid them through the recovery process. Above all, they will care about their patients as if they were their own family members and really demonstrate a commitment for each patient to succeed.

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How Holistic Drug Rehab Programs Work

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Getting the Holistic Drug Rehab Right Treatment

Fighting an addiction requires the right type of treatment approach. The search for the right treatment facility starts with understanding the options. When a treatment program suggests that holistic drug rehabilitation is available to fight drug abuse, it is referring to alternative solutions to overcome the challenges of fighting an addiction.

Meaning of Holistic

Before it is possible to understand how the holistic drug rehab program works, it is important to recognize what the term actually means. When the term ‘ holistic’ is used for medical or treatment needs, it refers to a treatment approach that addresses the needs of the whole person.

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Instead of focusing solely on the addiction and fighting the physical dependency, holistic drug rehab focuses on treating the body, mind, and spirit of the individual.

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[fontawesome icon=”leaf” circle=”no” size=”medium”]The Impact of Emotions

Addiction is a problem that impacts the emotions, mind, and spirit as much as the physical body. Although the physical symptoms of withdrawal from a drug or cravings for the drug play a role in the continued abuse of a substance, it is only part of the problem. The altered state of mind or the emotions related to the situation also contribute to the continued abuse of the drug.[/one_half]

Holistic treatment means that the program will not limit the solutions to only one part of the problem. The rehabilitation will provide treatments that address other human needs, including spiritual comfort and emotional concerns.

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Treating the Physical Body

treating the physical bodyDrug abuse is often related to physical needs or challenges. In some cases, addiction develops as a direct result of physical pain, such as opiate addiction. Others will develop physical health problems due to the drug abuse. Regardless of whether the health concern arose first or the drug abuse caused physical problems, a holistic approach to drug rehab will provide physical care.

Doctors and nurses are available in any holistic drug rehab program to ensure that a patient is getting proper treatment to solve the health problems. Depending on the situation and the problem, the amount of care provided and the solutions will vary.

Treating the physical body helps remove certain distractions, such as physical pain or general illness. Although addiction treatment is not limited to just the physical side, it is a vital element of treating the underlying causes. It is hard to recover when withdrawal symptoms are causing pain or the body is so ill that drug abuse seems tempting. The physical treatment focuses on overcoming the cravings and feeling more comfortable over time.

Treatments

Emotional health plays a significant role in the ability to fight substance abuse. When the mind is focused on emotional problems,  it makes it hard to give up the drugs; it can make the process of recovery much longer.

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A holistic program will provide evaluations and proper care for emotional concerns based on the situation. Even if an individual does not have an emotional problem or has not developed these conditions as a result of substance abuse, counseling is still provided to work through emotional challenges and discuss the situations that led to substance abuse.[/one_half] [one_half last=”yes”]

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Emotional problems account for a large number of substance abusers. Many turn to drugs for relief from stress, mental challenges, or emotional pain. By evaluating the state of mind and obtaining appropriate  treatment, it is possible to work through those challenges and avoid substance abuse related to those problems in the future.[/one_half]

Even if it is not necessary to work through emotional pain, trauma, or similar problems, counseling is still an effective way to improve an individual emotionally and ensure that the emotions are as stable as possible. Substance abuse can cause many problems, and some issues are not related to physical well-being. The counseling will address the issues so that the mind and body are both getting proper treatment.

Alternative Methods of Relieving Stress or Emotional Pain

Since stress and emotional pain can contribute to substance abuse, holistic programs will provide alternative solutions to alleviate the stress. The exact programs and solutions that are available will depend on the specific rehab program, but focus on healthier ways of expressing emotion or reducing stress levels.

The alternative solutions that can help and are often available in holistic treatment programs include:

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  • Music therapy
  • Dance therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Martial arts
  • Tai Chi
  • Exercise or fitness programs
  • Massage therapy
  • Yoga
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The recreational activities might not seem effective, but it can help reduce stress and provides alternative ways to handle cravings for drugs. Depending on the therapy and program, the method of recovery will vary.

Alternative approaches to treatment are not limited to only physical and emotional health. That relief from stress can potentially provide a stable mind, a healthier body, and a spiritual experience.

Spiritual Development or Teachings

Since holistic rehab focuses on the whole person, it does not leave out spirituality. Depending on the program, the method of spiritual development and growth will vary. For some individuals, the spiritual side will take on the form of religious beliefs and education. Other individuals will find that yoga, tai chi, and deep breathing will provide a spiritual experience that is not related to a specific religious belief.

The growth and development of the spirit will depend on personal belief systems. A holistic program strives to help improve growth, but only within the realm of personal beliefs. The professionals working with individuals in the program will never push aside personal beliefs or try to force other beliefs on an individual. The goal is growth, so a discussion about personal beliefs will provide the foundation to develop a personalized program.

Cultural Development

cultural developmentAlthough cultural awareness and development will depend on individuals, holistic approaches can provide educational tools that focus on cultural development.

This type of treatment can help if an individual has a strong cultural identity, but it is not always part of treatment if individuals do not follow or identify with specific cultural backgrounds.

 

Developing Skills or Improving Education

Educational tools and skills development is another aspect of holistic treatment that is available. The rehab program can provide groups or training programs to help develop basic life skills that are useful after leaving the program.

The life skills that are provided will depend on personal needs and the situation that caused substance abuse. The skills that the program might teach include:

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  • Basic money management
  • Basic reading or math skills
  • Balancing checkbooks
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Life skills are the necessities that make it possible to improve in life. Depending on the situation and the skills that are necessary to improve overall quality of life, the rehab program might offer educational groups or programs to help improve the necessary skills.

Treatment Works

Holistic drug rehabilitation is designed to fight substance abuse by involving every area of an individual’s needs. By addressing the emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical needs, it is possible to find the primary causes of addiction and fight back. The best holistic drug rehab program uses alternative and traditional approaches to addiction treatment so that it is possible to live a drug-free lifestyle in the future.

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Why Drug Addicts are ‘Afraid’ of Addiction Rehabilitation

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A Hard Commitment to Make

[one_half last=”no”] The prospect of entering into an addiction rehabilitation program can be unnerving – even for drug users with a lifeline of friends and support. Sometimes the very concept of surrendering “self” to the care of drug rehab professionals can spark thoughts of shame, personal failure, and financial woes. Fear, however, does not always provide an
[/one_half] [one_half last=”yes”] accurate reflection of conditions. Accurately applied drug rehabilitation promotes life-preserving behavioral modifications that produce positive improvements in the patient’s current and future living conditions. It provides drug abusers with a gateway to a brighter future. It opens the windows of hope and peace.
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Moral Models Vs. Medical Models

There are different types of drug rehabilitation programsDrug rehabilitation programs typically swing from two opposing viewpoints. One group upholds the theoretical perspectives of moral responsibility. The second group polarizes the popular and theoretical viewpoints of addiction and sickness.

Moral Addiction Rehabilitation Programs

These programs focus on drug abuse as a chosen lifestyle. The core argument establishes the user as an irresponsible individual who purposefully determines to live a life of crime, drug abuse, and other careless behavior patterns. Having the ability to choose an alternative lifestyle makes the user accountable and responsible for any drug consumption, related injuries to self or others, and violations of legal perimeters.

Medical Addiction Rehabilitation Programs

[one_half last=”no”] This type of program functions on the grounds that drugs create disorders in the brain of the user. When left un-treated, drug addiction takes on the power to remove an individual’s capacity to control choices and behavior. Thereby, the user should receive addiction treatment rather than moral judgment. Yet even as the arguments swing back
[/one_half] [one_half last=”yes”] and forth, the drug abuser remains addicted, troubled, and afraid of what may happen if he or she enters into a drug addiction rehabilitation program. Confusion obstructs reasonable decision patterns. Fear of change hinders the user’s ability to choose helpful treatment over a continued one-on-one battle with a mind-altering addictive substance.
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[fontawesome icon=”ok” circle=”no” size=”medium”]Ten Reasons Drug Abusers Fear Addiction Rehabilitation

Fear is a personal emotion. It springs forth from the wells of yesterday’s memories and from the,as yet, unseen possibilities of tomorrow’s changes. Yet, learning to face fear can bring about the joy of personal freedom. Here are some of the common fears that can prevent drug abusers from seeking professional addiction rehabilitation help:

[accordian][toggle title=”1. Pregnancy” open=”yes”] Pregnant women have a very personal fear of the effects medications and drug rehabilitation treatments may have on them and their infants. Furthermore, many perceive the social service agency as an enemy seeking to remove their child and their parental rights.[/toggle] [toggle title=”2. Pain of Withdrawal” open=”no”] Many users have attempted to end drug abuse on their own. Failure begets a greater fear of continued failure. They fear that drug rehabilitation centers will merely renew the pain and side effects of drug withdrawal. Holistic treatments for withdrawal can help ease this pain.[/toggle] [toggle title=”3. Peer Pressure in Youths” open=”no”] Teens often harbor deep-rooted fears of stigma and the long-term effects of peer judgment for drug addiction. For notice on the positive side: Teens who participate in wholesome school-based, community-based, or faith-based activities are much less likely to engage in the use of alcohol, cigarettes, or illicit drugs.
[/toggle] [toggle title=”4. Peer Pressure in Adults” open=”no”] Peer-related decision errors are not limited to teens. Adults also suffer from the fear of how neighbors and community groups may react to anyone in need of addiction rehabilitation. Yet failing to take action merely increases the error factor.
[/toggle] [toggle title=”5. Old Trauma” open=”no”] Everyone has memories that feel ugly and untouchable. Many people are terrified of facing past sufferings. For many drug abusers, rehab embodies the concept of forced trauma management.
[/toggle] [toggle title=”6. Fear of Failure” open=”no”] From children to adults, dreams have been hindered by embarrassment, lack of confidence, and a fear of failure. Drug abusers must often hit bottom before realizing they need help, thus they stand at the door in doubt of ever succeeding again, even in trying to end the habit.
[/toggle] [toggle title=”7. Cost-Related Consequences” open=”no”] In the first nine months of 2012, better than 14.7-percent of individuals in America lacked health insurance coverage. Many of those who abuse drugs fear the cost-related consequences of drug addiction rehabilitation programs.
[/toggle] [toggle title=”8. Negative Effects on Employment” open=”no”] Although most employers are open to helping drug abuse patients overcome their addiction, 7-plus percent of the users perceive drug rehab as a negative influence on their employment status.
[/toggle] [toggle title=”9. Fear of Intimacy” open=”no”] Drug abuse is sometimes a direct result of personal loss, rejection, or forced intimacy. Modern rehab centers strive to help users re-establish broken family, employment, and social connections. Many drug abusers fear the concept of new or renewed relationships.
[/toggle] [toggle title=”10. Fear of Vulnerability” open=”no”] Drug addiction often permits the user to conceal feelings of inadequacy behind a false sense of excess energy, strength, and well-being. While under the influence, users may experience feelings of invincibility. When sober, the feelings vanish. For this individual, the fear of losing perceived self-confidence hinders the will to participate in an addiction rehabilitation program.
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Long-Term Goals of Drug Treatment Programs

[one_half last”no”] Drug addiction involves complex conditions, including a link to individual habits, various social and economical positions, and the accumulated history of any given individual. Rehab comes in many formats, like holistic rehab programs, yet an entirely personalized approach has of recent become foremost in the healing process. Every individual has need of a personalized approach to his or her specific drug addiction rehabilitation process. Although universal in concept, medical recovery programs
[/one_half] [one_half last=”yes”] must provide a flexible approach that corresponds to each user’s precise addiction and behavioral patterns. Application depends on the drug or drugs in use, the measure of associated detoxification requirements, and a combination of therapy, counseling, and group relationships. Medication is but a short-term solution; healing seeks for a long-term solution. The process is designed to effectively eliminate the physical dependency and then provide long-term rehabilitation that deals with the individual more than the addiction.
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New Perspectives and New Life

Along with providing long-term freedom from the consequences of drug abuse, rehab treatment programs also help drug abusers gain new perspectives on current problems. Trained counselors are always on hand and ready to walk each individual through his or her unique set of fears, environmental obstacles, and social consequences. Likewise, trained medical personnel are available to ensure the safety of pregnant women and their infants.

When drug rehabilitation is applied correctly, withdrawal pains and withdrawal symptoms can be minimized and controlled. Troublesome memories become manageable. Initial fears begin to crumble before the confidence that accumulates in the wake of achievable recovery. Healing replaces fear.

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Elite Fighting and Fitness – Founded by Per Wickstrom

Forging a Foundation for Recovery

I hit rock bottom at the age of 38. I could no longer play sports, I could no longer enjoy football games, I could no longer hang out with my friends. Nothing mattered but getting high and drinking. Luckily I found an addiction treatment center that saved my life.

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I decided to open up a boxing center and partner with my good friend and former WBO Cruiserweight World Champion, Tyrone Booze, and I dedicated my life to helping those people in need. That is why I built Best Drug Rehabilitation, a leading addiction treatment center.

With Tyrone Booze and Sugar Ray Tony Rozario, we are creating a youth boxing academy here in Battle Creek, Michigan. As a young man I was a professional boxer; I was very good, but there were better. Like the old story goes, there’s always somebody better around the corner. My experience with boxing taught me how sports can help children and young adults; they learn the value of hard work, they learn the value of being a disciplined individual, and they learn to respect one another.

As children, we dream about changing the world and doing amazing creative things. But somewhere along the way, a thing called reality kicks in and tells us we shouldn’t dream big; but that instead, we should dream realistically, we should work from 9 to 5, and we should just be a part of this big machine we call society. Many people, in fact, because of those reasons turn to alcohol and drugs.

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Life is a lot like boxing, you’re gonna get hit. What matters is if you have it in you to get back up when you’ve been knocked down.
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I took it as my mission to help all the addicted people in this world recover from any drug and alcohol problem. That is why it’s so important not only to instill good values to our youth, but also to provide them with organized outlets to express their creativity, exercise, and most of all, to compete against one another in a safe environment.

Life is a lot like boxing, you’re gonna get hit. What matters is if you have it in you to get back up when you’ve been knocked down.

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Am I Addicted to My Prescription?

Wondering “Am I addicted to my prescription” is something that is not a very uncommon question. Countless people all over the world are given prescription drugs for whatever reasons, and soon after begin showing signs of an addiction, but not all people suffer with a prescription addiction.

Am I Addicted to My Prescription: Questions to Ask Yourself

To better understand if you are addicted to prescription painkillers, ask yourself these few questions:

  1. Do you find yourself thinking about your prescription throughout your day?
  2. Do you feel incomplete if you have not taken your prescription, even if you do not need it?
  3. Do you get headaches or feel sick if you miss taking your prescription for a day?
  4. Have you noticed yourself going to several doctors so that you could get higher dosing to “fix” your sickness?
  5. Have you begun noticing that your prescription is affecting your finances, social life, or love life?
  6. Ask yourself if your prescription is even needed anymore, or if you are taking it out of routine?

 

These few questions can help you determine if you are, in fact, addicted to your prescription, and in some cases help you see that you are not addicted, just maybe misusing your prescription. In any case, you need to determine if you have a prescription addiction and if so, help for your addiction is necessary.

Am I Addicted: Getting Help for Prescription Addiction

There are thousands of different treatment programs throughout the United States that specialize in prescription addiction, and many of these programs offer both long-term and short-term help. To learn more about prescription addiction or to find the perfect prescription addiction treatment center nearest you, contact one of our prescription addiction treatment counselors today at the toll-free number above. They will be able to better assist you in planning your recovery over your prescription addiction and get back to the way life used to be, addiction free.

 

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