Drug Addiction

Alcohol Or Drug Addiction Treatment – How Do They Work?

September 19th, 2016

Depending on the specifics of the addiction, alcohol or drug addiction treatment can take many different forms. The exact treatment used depends on the severity of the problem, the length of time that the addiction has had its hold and any family or personal history specifics that may impact the case. A treatment plan is customized with those variables in mind.

If you are addicted to one of the so-called “hard drugs,” such as heroin or cocaine, a stay in a residential drug rehab facility is virtually a necessity. Only a residential drug rehab program will provide you with the constant medical surveillance and care to appropriately and safely withdraw physically from your drug of choice. Many residential drug rehab stays are quite short-term, just long enough to ensure your physical well-being. This type of inpatient alcohol or drug rehab treatment is quite often covered by your regular medical insurance. If you do not have insurance or your insurance will not pay, do not let this dissuade you from seeking a medically necessary inpatient drug rehab program. Some programs offer sliding scale rates based on your ability to pay.

If your drug of choice is safe to physically withdraw from without assistance from the medical staff members, you may be able to avoid an inpatient alcohol or drug rehab program altogether. . If your insurance or sliding-scale program covers only a short-term emergency stay, you will be out of residential drug rehab very quickly. Anyway, you will then need to choose from among the available outpatient alcohol or drug addiction treatment choices.

Regardless of whether your drug addiction treatment occurs on an inpatient or outpatient basis, your treatment course will follow a basic pattern. You will meet with a drug addiction counselor, usually a licensed therapist with specialized training in addictions. This person will conduct your intake interview. This interview will be long and complicated, as the counselor attempts to determine the details of your specific addiction, any history of drug addiction in your family, other psychological disorders that may exist and your general medical history.

Based on the data gathered during the intake interview and the policies of the company, you may be scheduled for appointments with other specialists. These experts may include a psychiatrist, a nutritionist, a therapist or a peer counselor, as well as nurses and other support staff. The various experts that assist with your drug addiction treatment are collectively known as your treatment team. Your addiction treatment team will work together to design and implement your plan for recovery, which is also known as your individualized treatment plan.

Under older systems, clients were not as involved in the decision making process. This was because drug addicted people were thought to not be as sound of mind as potential experts. With changes to the system, the plans are more client-involved and offer more assistance to make the client involved in all of the major decisions. The days of strapping an addicted person to a chair and draining drugs from his or her body are, luckily, gone.

The customizable drug treatment plans are becoming more and more popular, as people start to take charge of their healing process. With education and insight, drug addicts are more than capable of making their own treatment decisions. They are living the addiction, so they should be experiencing the drug addiction treatment process with hands-on involvement.

Does Rehab Cure Drug Addicts?

September 19th, 2016

There is a hullabaloo that surrounds drug addiction or abuse of street drugs all across the globe. There have been many researches that proved over and over again that drug addiction can happen or affect anyone regardless of the gender, age, marital or financial status. Mostly, addicts are considered to be as slum of the society and are generally neglected by the society.

A common thinking came forward by some surveys that people think that drug addiction can only be cured by the will power of the addicts, and only they themselves can easily cure their dependency. It is proved medically that addiction is a chronic illness, and it needs to be thoroughly understood for a cure. Drug addiction in fact is considered as much more of a multifarious problem and simply not the case of alternating the behaviour.

Drug rehabilitation centres play an important role in helping the addicts recover from drug addiction and bringing them back to their normal lives. It is very difficult to get cured from drug addiction without treatment or medication. Meanwhile, the addicts take the thought of going to a rehabilitation centre as a threat. But, if they know that they are going to have a better situation there, the situation of considering it as a threat may be avoided to some extent.

Every rehabilitation centre is unique in its own way of treatment. There are many types of rehabilitation centres. Majority of them might be unique in one way or the other. The rehab centres handle both physical and psychological aspects of drug or alcohol dependence.

Doctors take it more as a challenge than duty since this is the first step in breaking the drug addiction of the patient. It is believed that addicts suffer from withdrawal symptoms as they develop a chemical dependence on drugs or alcohol.

Every drug addict comes with or has different situations around him. There is not a fixed method of treatment for every addict. Most rehab centres adopt group therapy and individual counselling as they are another important part of treatment. Patients participate and share with each other their experiences or problems in the group sessions while being treated in group therapy.

It helps them a lot as many have undergone various recovery stages, which can be a help for the patients who have just started the program. However, there is no guarantee by the drug rehabilitation centres that the individual will completely recover after completion of his or her treatment. The time taken by patients depends on his own will power as it plays a vital role in his rehabilitation.

Some drug rehabilitation programs prefer nutritional supplements to enhance the recovery process, and they do not use any medications for their patients to recover. But, most rehab centres use drugs, and at times, use anaesthesia to treat the patients from serious drug addiction condition. For this, they hire specialist anaesthesiologists, who help the addict sleep while he goes through painful withdrawal symptoms.

There are many drugs rehab centres that provide both outpatient and inpatient service, once you have decided that you need help with your drug addiction problem. You can also suggest your family doctor for your comfort of mind. They might help you to suggest a better and comfortable drug rehab centre.

Prescription Drug Addiction in the US

September 19th, 2016

Prescription drug abuse and addiction is a severe and growing problem in the United States. Abuse of prescription drugs has surpassed that of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, leading to new drug addictions for millions of Americans each year. The most critical problem is that users are generally under the impression that such drugs are “safe” because they are medically approved for use. However, most of these drugs are made from dangerous and addictive substances such as opiates, and even under supervised medical care addiction can occur. But while there may be drug addiction treatment centers readily available in every state, the best defense against prescription drug addiction is a good offense in the form of education.

The demographics of people who abuse and become addicted to prescribed drugs are surprisingly diverse. Affluent people, the very poor, the educated and uneducated, professionals and laborers alike all fall victim to this disease. According to 2004 research by the US Office of National Drug Control Policy, an estimated 20% of adult Americans have abused these drugs at some point in their life. In fact, abuse of painkillers and sedatives is highest among the elderly, who are prescribed more of these drugs than any other age group. Even under a physician’s care it is possible to become addicted to such medications and many elderly may not even realize they have become addicted.

The second largest age group of prescription substance abusers – and the fastest growing – is among teens. Prescribed drugs are easy for most teens to obtain and are often marketed under the guise that these drugs are safe alternatives to other drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and heroin. In fact, this popularity of prescription drug use among teens has helped push prescription drugs to become the 2nd most widely abused drugs in the country behind marijuana. Painkiller abuse by teens is especially dangerous considering that the human brain is still developing and can be profoundly and permanently affected by even moderate drug use.

The mental and physical health risks associated with prescription drug addiction are substantial. For example, a 2004 study on deaths caused by poisoning in the United States indicated that nearly all were caused by drugs, and most were specifically related to prescription drug abuse. (According to theantidrug.com, a US-Government-backed website dedicated to eradicating illicit drug use.) This is attributed to the fact that these drugs are highly addictive, cause tolerance and dependence to develop rapidly, and have severe physiological consequences such as heart failure, pulmonary disorders, seizures, stroke, suicidal or homicidal tendencies and psychotic episodes.

Despite the severity of most prescription drug addiction problems, treatment is easy to obtain and can be very effective. Severe problems can be addressed in an inpatient treatment center, while less severe problems or recent relapses can be treated in an outpatient treatment program. While each might have varying levels of treatment, both make use of individual and group therapies as part of a lifelong strategy of Relapse Prevention to address denial management and the treatment of Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome or PAWS.

Whatever your situation may be and wherever you are, you’ve come to the right place. Use the links below for more information or to call us right now for a free, confidential and no-obligation consultation to see how we can help you or someone you care about fight the disease of prescription drug addiction.

Is a Drug Addict or Alcoholic Ever Cured?

September 19th, 2016

In today’s world in which more and more information is readily available, there seems to be more and more confusion regarding the topic of an “Addiction Cure.” Is there a cure for addiction? Some people would argue quite convincingly that there is.

I will point out that “even quitting use completely, for many years-does not mean that someone is cured.”

You’ll probably read or hear information on this topic with various points of view. The concept of an addict who has been clean for years and years-not being cured-is a tough one to comprehend.

I recently received a letter from a reader who presents his point of view. I include part of it, plus my response to him. I believe you may hear and learn to discern some of the more subtle differences and truths regarding this baffling disease of addiction.

Letter signed “an ex-addict from the Netherlands”:

“I just finished your book and want to thank you for your courage. Your insight is an inspiration to me. I have great admiration for people who dare to be vulnerable and put their journey on paper.

I too was once addicted. I ended my addiction in 2008. Now, I coach others to free themselves from the confidence trick of drugs. Ironically, I live in the Netherlands where drug culture is not the same as we know it in the United States. I moved here from the great state of Colorado (yes, the “coffee” shops had plenty to do with it). My four years at college were, without question, the place my addiction took off. Cheap beer, cheap pot, cheap coke… and lots of willing “students.” Destructive combination.

Joe, there is another reason I feel compelled to write today. To be honest, there is a core component in your philosophy (and AA’s and pretty much every 12-step program) that I disagree with. I’d like to share it with you:

You write (and AA preaches) that an addict is never cured. In your view, an addict is forever “recovering.” Truth be told, not only do I disagree with this idea, I think it makes it harder for addicts to even attempt to quit.

Allow me to explain. I believe in my heart of hearts, based on my own personal experience, that when a drug addict no longer wants to take a drug, truly has no desire whatsoever to take the drug, he/she is free. Cured.

Recovered. An “ex-addict,” not a “recovering addict.” It is OVER. Why saddle ourselves with the gloomy proposition of forever having to look over our shoulders for triggers, temptation, pending relapse. Once we see that drugs never gave us anything, nothing at all, and that drugs have absolutely nothing to offer us in the future, we are done.

I coach my clients to revel in that moment, to celebrate the new-found freedom and to immediately get on with the joy of life in front of them. Right now! Don’t wait 150 days. Don’t wait to get your next chip. You’re free. You get it. It’s over. Enjoy, from now on.

If support groups help, great. If a “sponsor” helps, super. If counseling counsels, right on. We certainly must nurture our physical and spiritual selves for the remainder of our days. But to constantly be adding up the days, months, and years, waiting until enough time has passed before we are free seems so daunting to users that they won’t even attempt to quit for fear of the lifetime of “battle.”

And don’t get me wrong. AA saved my father’s life. AA saved my brother’s life. I am grateful for AA’s huge contribution to health and well-being in our culture. But the idea of “recovering” needs an update, a dose of

evolution, a face-lift if you will. Once you quit, you’re not an addict. You’re an ex-addict.

In the brilliant words of the American folk singer Todd Snider, “Drugs? I’m over it.””

Thanks again Joe and God Bless You.

~ an ex-addict from the Netherlands

Dear Ex,

Thanks for the encouraging words in your email. We have spent many years trying to come up with quality information on this very perplexing problem called addiction. Our focus is with alcohol and other drug dependencies.

I’ll limit my terminology regarding addiction to tangible substances such as alcohol, coke, meth, weed, heroin and so on. When it comes to using the word addiction for gambling, porn etc., I’ll let someone else tackle these issues.

What I’m picking up in the second half of your email is the dilemma of differentiating the words “recovered and recovering” as they relate to addiction. Hence we find ourselves using labels that most people do not want to use, such as addict and alcoholic. Who wants to forever identify themselves as either of these??

On the other side of the argument is the term “cured.” Almost all who study and work in this field say there is no cure for drug addiction-so who is correct?

I think one way to approach this is to review a definition of alcohol/or drug addiction. Although there are many signs and symptoms, there is one that is common to all alcoholics and drug addicts-and that is loss of control. At some point a person will lose the ability to control their use. Whether they are daily users or binge users, the common thread is-once they start using they cannot control how much or when to stop.

So if we can agree on that point we can go on to a discussion about cure. To me a cure means a reversal, or absence of the problem or disease. In the case of addiction to substances I, in the past thirty-three years, have never seen an addict regain control of their use-to become a social-occasional user.

So I believe that if I were to tell someone they are cured, they may think they no longer have a problem. That opens the door to another attempt at social use-which NEVER turns out well.

The way I explain it to people is to think of it like cancer. There is no cure for cancer but cancer often goes into remission after treatment. It does not mean they have been cured or that a cure has taken place. It’s still there but it’s in remission.

Personally, I have not used anything since 1977-but I’m not cured. My disease is in remission. If I were to choose to try to drink occasionally or socially I would bring my disease out of remission and very soon it would again cause lots of problems.

I do agree with what you said though-that once a person “gets it” they can move on with their life. Once they come to believe and understand their disease at a deep level they can and should move on with their life. I don’t tell people they “have to go to lots of meetings for the rest of their life.” Each person will have to decide for his or herself-how much involvement they need to stay sober and how often they should attend support groups.

AA and the 12 steps are the best support for laying that foundation. This is what has worked the best for the most. And in the long run it is, in my opinion, better to err on the side of caution concerning this horrific and devastating disease.

Grace and peace,

~Joe

Is There Really a Solution to Drug Addiction?

September 19th, 2016

Drug dependence and drug addiction can cause different problems for communities and societies. The psychological and medical effects of drug addiction are very obvious. The people who are addicted to drugs do not function and behave like other members of the society. The addicts become very care free; they do not take things seriously, and they e are unable to think or perform properly. Addicts sometime resort to abusing their families and commit crimes. Drug addicts commit several misdeeds; including cheating, lying, domestic violence, stealing and some can do anything to satisfy their drug cravings.

Dug addiction has become a major problem among the youth today. Many adolescents, teenagers and adults are into drug use and this is affecting the society negatively. Many countries along with international organisations are running campaigns and rehabilitation centres in order to prevent drug use, encourage its treatment and fight addiction.

An addict usually develops drug dependence, and it becomes very hard for him/her to stop the abuse. People who want to get over drug-addiction and give up this habit often find it very hard. The drug addicts are sometimes afraid and embarrassed to accept help; therefore, they do not even ask anyone for help. Some addicts who try to give up, often due to the severe withdrawal symptoms of drug addiction and craving, change their minds.

Many people think that there is no solution to strong drug-addiction, but they are wrong. Drug addiction can be fought; the addict just needs guidance, awareness and support. Families and counsellors play the most important role in fighting drug-addiction, as the addict needs constant motivation and support.

Drug addicts sometimes lack the confidence and do not trust the present treatments to get rid of their addiction. They just need a little support and motivation to gain this confidence. Sometimes drug abuse becomes a part of their lifestyle, and to them it seems impossible to get rid of this habit.

Solution to drug addiction is provided by many organisations and institutions to help the addicts leave this dangerous habit. If the drug addict has support from his/her friends and family along with a strong will to give up this habit, only then he/she can be successful.

From a social viewpoint, a solution to drug addiction would be reducing its supply and availability. Information and awareness about drug abuse, addiction plus the damage it can do is also a solution that can help avoid this problem. It would also encourage the drug addict to quit this potentially lethal habit. Because of the emotional and physical dependence that a drug addict develops, one might think that there is no solution to such an addiction.

A person who is entrapped in drug addiction might not realise that he/she needs help. They would not find a solution to their problem by waiting. The family and friends of the drug addicts have to help him/her. Giving a drug addict support and encouragement to quit drug abuse can make this possible. In severe cases one can also get help from different organisations and rehabilitation centres.

Drug Addiction Facts and Truths

July 22nd, 2016

Introduction:

Drug addiction and corruption has been a foremost botheration of association for abounding years. This has acquired several types of abuses worldwide, including crimes and health. This may advance to adverse after-effects to the addict, including accident of employment, the falling afar of his family, abortion in school, adolescent abuse, calm violence, or abounding added crimes.

Though not anybody who uses drugs eventually becomes an aficionado to them, to some it activate as accidental use only, but eventually or after leads to biologic addiction. This addiction can activate a long-term, astringent appetite for the drug. Abounding would wish actual abundant to get out of it but acquisition it actual harder to do it, and abnormally on their own. When acceptable an addict, it becomes actual difficult for the user to ascendancy himself, and he may consistently accept some appetite for it, even alive the corruption it may could could cause to not alone to their life, but for all the humans about them who care. These are the biologic addiction facts and truths.

Though biologic addiction, getting a big botheration in society, is continuously getting lectured in schools, universities, altered institutions, churches, or even in TV. Yet abounding still do not accept why assertive humans become absorbed to drugs or how the academician animate the accepted biologic abuse. Biologic addiction has been beheld afield as alone amusing crisis and bodies who are into it are about week. Through added studies and researches of science we can now apperceive how absolutely drugs action in the academician and treatments has been apparent to auspiciously advice users and addicts stop abusing biologic use and abide reside a accustomed and advantageous lives.

Defining Biologic Addiction:

Drug addiction is authentic as an aberrant action which takes abode by acceptable compulsive, uncontrollable, and common biologic use. This action is a ataxia of attraction or addiction that leads to the alternation of biologic use and development of drug-dependence behavior that continues even beneath annihilative circumstances. It can be a assurance on a artery biologic or medication.

Symptoms:

Drugs can be a actual catchy substance. At times, you wouldn’t apperceive area it leads you because it may alpha as just a accustomed use because of medication or alone for amusing purposes. To some, it just stays there and controllably uses it alone as needed, but for some it doesn’t. Some uses drugs as a habit, a approved routine, until whether carefully or aback uses it added and added to the point of assurance on drugs. As this addiction is developed it tends to be actual difficult to reside after the biologic and aperture of it shows abandonment symptoms.

These affection of biologic addiction includes boundless spending of money even if you can allow it and at times may advance to exceptionable behavior to access money needed, declining to stop use the drug, acceptable that you accept approved accumulation of the drug, assurance on the biologic or feel bootless or ill after it, assured in accomplishing chancy activities that may even could could cause death, and assertive that common biologic use as an escape or acknowledgment to problems.

Knowing the Admonishing Signs of Biologic Use and Dependence:

The blazon of the drugs getting acclimated is important in adjustment to analyze assertive break or admonishing signs of biologic use and assurance because depending on the biologic the signs would differ. Through this it is accessible to apperceive if a admired one, ancestors member, or a acquaintance is abusing biologic use based on the behavioral and concrete admonishing signs and affection accompanying with the drug.

Kinds of Addictive Drugs:

There are several examples of addictive drugs. These accept become addictive because of assertive actinic compounds that accomplish the drug. Examples of these addictive drugs are hallucinogens, barbiturates and benzodiazepines, methamphetamine, cocaine and added stimulants, marijuana, hashish, analgesic affliction killers, inhalants, and club drugs.

Prevention of Biologic Addiction:

Doctors commonly gives decree drugs to patients to accomplish them feel and get better. You have to be amenable to yield medications for it can be addictive too if break used. That is why physicians or doctors appoint assertive doses and accumulate clue of the abundance of use in adjustment to adviser the patients for a safe medication. If you, as a patient, feels like you charge added of the biologic than that of what is prescribed, bigger argue your doctor first. As for actionable drugs, the best way to abstain and anticipate addictions is not to try application the biologic at all.

Drug Addiction Treatment Facilities For Teenagers in Rehab

June 4th, 2016

Teen biologic addiction assay includes methadone maintenance, drug-free programs and cerebral treatments. These biologic addiction assay accessories are offered to any affectionate of booze corruption in teens. Public and clandestine sectors are alms assorted addiction assay accessories for disturbing teenagers, which is actual accessible and admiring to balance from addictions.

All the treatments are professionally advised with years of acquaintance in alleviative biologic absorbed teens. Specialists architecture a assay access for anniversary alone based on the antecedent assay of boyhood addiction. Majority of biologic adjust centers accommodate assorted aftereffect aggressive accessories such as boarding programs, day programs, alone support, acceptable playgrounds, analytic accessories which accompany a new change in teenagers.

The boarding accessories of these adjust centers are actual adorable and helpful. A lot of of these boarding adjust centers action twenty four hour helpline casework to biologic absorbed teens. Biologic addiction treatments offered by Christian adjust centers are adjustable for any affectionate of booze abusers. These Christian rehabs action amount beneath casework to affordable cost. A lot of of the booze rehabs are accompaniment adjourned and action assorted adjustable banking options to biologic absorbed teens. They accommodate some appropriate accessories for families with low assets and experiencing assorted types of addiction problems.

The counseling casework offered by the booze rehabs advice boyhood addicts and families to accept the accent of booze addiction treatments in a specialized biologic rehabs. A lot of of the addiction assay centers action aforementioned affectionate of accessories for boys and girls experiencing addictions. There are some individual gender addiction assay centers are aswell accessible for the confused teenagers.

These individual gender centers are actual accessible for girls. They accommodate all all-important and avant-garde addiction assay accessories to adolescence with the advice of biologic addiction assay specialists. The agents associates of these centers are actual caring, accessible and accomplished in alteration a lot of of the absorbed adolescence to amenable individuals.

Most of the biologic assay schools are actual old and accept acceptable acquaintance in allowance absorbed teens. Number of addiction assay centers is accretion day by day as the addicts are accretion rapidly. At this acute time allotment a accustomed and accomplished biologic adjust is capital to appear out of these biologic addictions in a able approach.