Jan 262011
 

A rehab center is often associated with drug abuse or behavioral and mental problems, thus it is, at times, regarded by some as a disgracing place.  What most people do not know is that this very institution is esteemed for the life-changing services it can offer.

Also called as residential treatment centers, rehab centers provide various structured programs and methods to their clients or residents depending on their cases as well as the degree of their problems.  Some of these centers allow their residents to move around freely while other centers limit their residents’ movements only to their rooms.

Kinds of Rehab Centers

One kind of rehab center focuses on children and adolescents who have addiction to drugs and alcohol, or who have mental and emotional disorders.  Residents here exhibit aggressive behavior and have family issues or physical abuse.  This clinically-focused facility primarily offers behavior management or intervention and highly effective for those with history of addictive behavior or criminal activity.

Drug rehab centers, on the other hand, are equipped with programs and staff that specialize in addiction medicine.  Since residential treatment centers cater to individual needs, clients may choose programs such as “inpatient, residential, outpatient or short-stay options” depending on their conditions.  In severe cases of addiction, inpatient program is provided to residents as it follows the rigorous standards of medical care.  Doctors and nurses monitor them 24/7 to make sure they withdraw from harmful substances.  Residents’ treatment period also vary depending on the severity or stage of there condition as well as on their progress.  Also, a drug rehab center also provides continuing care to ensure full recovery.

The same thing goes for an alcohol rehab center.  Both alcohol and drug abuse affect not just one person but an entire family.  Hence, family involvement or

family therapy is deemed necessary in every rehab center.

Tendency for Relapse

Issues of relapse come from the fact that sometimes abstaining from addictive substances or chemicals may cause someone to overindulge once exposed again in the same harmful environment after treatment.  Thus, there is another kind of rehab center that concentrates on relapse prevention.  Private rehab centers provide a high quality and strong after-care service to make certain that a person does not end up abusing drugs or alcohol again after treatment.  These centers aim to identify factors that can trigger relapse, to equip recovering residents with skills to cope and resist temptation, and to teach them a healthy lifestyle.

For some people, the decision to enter a rehab center is a difficult one to make.  For those who cannot decide, consider that if not treated, the cost of substance addiction and alcoholism is hundredfold more than the cost of the treatment.

Dec 272010
 

Chronic methamphetamine (meth) use can be difficult to overcome.  If you are someone looking to get clean, or know someone who does, this article can provide some help.

Some of the challenges to recovery from meth use include the following:

  • Meth recovery can take a long time, with some of the damages incurred from meth use being permanent and irreversible.  For chronic users, significant improvement may take as long as a year or two before it begins to show.
  • Concentration, decision-making and memory are all severely compromised in a chronic meth user.  These cognitive deficits may make it harder to follow treatment directions and recommendations.  Guidance from a family member will do much to help.
  • Expect to hit a ‘wall’ at about 45 days of sobriety.  Symptoms would include a sudden intensified surge of depressive symptoms and a marked inability to experience any pleasure.

Addicts withdrawing from meth generally do not need any medical attention, as the withdrawal does not produce any medically dangerous manifestations like heroin or alcohol.  However, during withdrawal, meth addicts feel significant confusion, memory problems and impaired decision-making ability.  This stage lasts for about two weeks, and is characterized by cognitive deficits, fatigue, hunger and depressive symptoms.  Some may have psychotic symptoms which will need medical attention.  Once the withdrawal period is over, focus must shift towards preventing relapse.  Here are some research-proven treatments which help addicts recover from meth addiction:

  1. Contingency reinforcement – use of rewards as positive reinforcement for meeting goals.  Typical rewards may include gift checks or restaurant vouchers given after positive events such as a clean drug test.  These small rewards have been shown to improve commitment to treatment.
  2. The 12 steps – research show that meth users who attend 12 step meetings such like Narcotics Anonymous (patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous) had better treatment outcomes than those who did not attend any such programs.  The greater involvement and commitment to the 12 step program, the better outcome achieved.
  3. Family involvement – the family lends invaluable support to the recovering meth addict, especially during early recovery.  The longer a meth user spends in treatment, the better his chances of recovery and non-relapse.  Family members can encourage users to stay in treatment, boosting the success of rehabilitation.

  4. Education – meth users should be taught about the drug, and its effects on the body, the brain and the psyche.  In addition, they should be taught about the course of relapse, recovery and abstinence.  By knowing what to expect, they feel in better control.

Methamphetamine rehabilitation is a difficult process.  Users who attempt to stay clean should be given resources and support to have the greatest possible chance for success.

This post was written by Joana Chrystal Ventura-Moises, a registered nurse and an expert on plumbing supplies and vessel sinks.

Jul 042010
 

In the past ten months, the staff and myself have had the honor of working with this client on levels of personal, psychological, mental and emotional dynamics.  Often times, we’ve experienced the arduous tasks of crisis management, addiction intervention and mental breakdowns with Mr. Anonymous.  In the fields of addiction, psychology and psychiatry, this is referred to as Co-Occurring Disorders.  When an individual is experiencing the burdens of functioning a healthy lifestyle with Co-Occurring Disorders, a system of monitoring by professionals must be set in place until the individual is psychologically stabilized and cognitively functioning in manner that is safe and productive.  Anonymous client’s history of Co-Occurring Disorders is very extensive and according to key members of the client’s family, this is has been challenging since Anonymous client’s childhood.

Even though, the guidelines of Mr.

Client’s trust is designed to transcend funding towards future generations, it is unreasonable to expect Mr. Client to be responsible for offspring, future generations or even to develop a healthy relationship with a woman to bear children.  The main focus with the Client’s family ought to be with the welfare of the client!  I’m sure the Client’s father would have agreed with this advice.  After all, the family’s legacy is directly related to addressing Anonymous Client’s Co-Occurring Disorders.

After reviewing all the reports from the treatment professionals concerning the client, we strongly suggest pursuing an appointed companion that will oversee the client’s day-to-day affairs and responsibilities.  The appointed companion will be responsible for the client’s doctor visits, physical well-being, life skills development, personal finances, social etiquette and career management.

 The sober living staff and management is certainly prepared to addressed the needs for the client under the direction of the family.

Letter from a case manager to a family
Jun 052010
 

It took me many years and leaving no stone unturned to get to that “breaking point” where I was willing to admit I had a problem.  Not a problem with drugs and alcohol but a problem living without drugs and alcohol.  I was pretty much a garbage can at the end of my using.  I would do anything that anyone had to use.  I was living on the streets some nights high on meth-amphetamins so I didn’t have to sleep, or I was nodding out on someones couch that would let me in because I had enough heroin to get them high also.  It was a miserable existence coming from an upper class family and all my life having everything that I ever needed and more.  Before I created enough chaos to no longer be welcome in either my families household I fought everything tooth and nail with both parents.  I had to get to a point where I didn’t have any other choices and eventually I did.  I had been running from my problems for about three years and really had no where else to turn.  I fancied myself a bit of a hustler thinking that if I just could make one big score things would be alright.  Eventually my actions ended me up in jail facing some sever criminal charges and I finally got to a point where I was willing to ask for help.

I think that point was crucial for me, having always thought that if people would just get off my back and let me use the way I wanted to use I would be alright.  That breaking point came when I was sitting in jail for the 4th time that year and this time they weren’t going to let me out.  I had been to drug treatment before and didn’t think that was going to work but I also didn’t know what really was going to work.  I knew I couldn’t keep living the way I was living without some serious consequences, which at the time I was already facing.

I reached out to a family member and asked them what I should do and if they could help me.  They were well trained in the arts of Alanon and basically told me that I had no other option but to go back to rehab.  During my first few months in that treatment center I was basically bogged down with legal commitments and it’s kept a good sense of fear in me to just do what I was told to do.  It was exactly what I needed unfortunately.  This healthy fear kept me willing to do the things that were suggested and when I was released from that rehab I managed to get on the right path.  I hope everyone gets a chance to sober up if they have a drug or alcohol program, I even think that people outside

the program could really use

the 12-steps.

Eric P.

May 222010
 

With an introduction to Narcotics Anonymous and drug rehab at an early age, I wasn’t sure I had a problem at that point.  I was 17 and my major tendency was just getting into trouble.  Once again I had been in trouble with the law and was trying to please my parents and the courts by going into rehab (not to mention the fear of being locked up).  I was amazed at the stories I heard.  I was even taken back a bit  because my addiction hadn’t gotten to the where I was hearing about in comparison to others, or so I thought

.  So on my merry way after 3 months and not in any trouble with the law anymore and off and running I went.  A few years later, at 21, I was again in trouble with the police and still wanted to blame it on anything besides my drinking and using.  I did recognize that I had a drug problem, but being so young, clearly it wasn’t life threatening, I just didn’t want to continue with getting in trouble and dealing with the consequences.

Mind you my consequences were getting much bigger each time, but I couldn’t, or didn’t, recognize them for what they were yet.  I was facing more problems, being estranged from a loving family, and wasn’t willing to go

to any lengths. This time I spent almost 9 months either in a drug rehab facility or in jail getting my “problems” cleared up.  I had a good head start and was going to meetings when I got out of the treatment center that I went through.  I spent a total of 4 1/2 years sober this time.  I was on top of the world, that young, arrogant attitude got the best of me at some point and I had slipped away from doing what I was supposed to do to remain sober.  I would just check in on meetings here and there and my priorities were to make money and get laid.  I didn’t have much of a sense for what life would have in store for me though.

Eventually I had a slip.  My minor slip lasted a total of 5 years and things got progressively worse.  Those damn people in the meetings were right!  I wasn’t as unique as I truly thought.  I was starting to get a grasp on things now and my addiction had beaten a good dose of humility in me.  For me it was all about being willing to change my life.  I came back in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous a beaten man, not such a smart ass boy I had once left them.  I was using needles (something I never thought would become of me).  I was working at a phone room lying to people about investments to make money for my addiction.  I was in trouble with the law again.  It was all coming back to me how my life was a consistent up and down and this time I was older and alone.

The legal system again intervened in my using and I was grateful for it this time.  I was sentenced to outpatient drug rehab by the courts and ordered to maintain a residence at a sober living facility.  It was a knife with two sharp edges for me, I was trying to get out of trouble and this time save my life in the process.  I diligently started working the 12 steps like my life depended on it.  I was grasping at any spiritual connection I could to maintain some sort of mental sanity through the process, be it church or meditation classes and even a Buddhist temple once a week.  I found peace in my life and a great support group going to lots of meetings.  The manager at my sober living told me that I had something to offer because of my prior experience in AA and it made me feel like I was needed.

Today I lead an exciting life without drugs or alcohol.  I’ve been sober longer than I thought was possible.  I have people I sponsor and they help me stay on track, reminding me of the things I used to think were so important.  My sponsor always tells me to focus on what’s good and working in my life and other good things will make themselves known in the process.  Those are words I live by today.

My family is back in my life and I have been able to be there for them through some tough times that life has brought to them.  I was in a motorcycle accident close to my 4th AA birthday and the fellowship helped support me through having to take medication (which scared me to no end).  I’ve been able to deal with 18 major surgeries I’ve had on my leg because of that accident and with a positive attitude went from the doctors telling me that I was probably going to lose my leg to spending the winter snowboarding and this summer back to surfing again and I’m only 2 years out from that accident.

Even that accident brought me a great perspective on where my life is now.  Going from real close to being a pirate with a wooden leg, everything is easy to deal with.

Today I don’t think about myself so much.  I concentrate on how I can be of service to life.  I’m not a saint by any means but there’s no reason not to shoot for the stars.  I recognize that not everybody is going to be happy with me but I try to make amends to those I upset and stay on track.