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.

Nov 162010
 

The number of people in the United States that participate in the misuse of alcohol is climbing higher at an alarming rate, with a large percentage being teens and young adults. There are several reasons that people abuse alcohol, and everyone acts differently under the influence. Alcohol, just like any other control substance, can trigger anybody’s addictive personality – thus we get, Alcoholism.

The average age that people choose to start drinking alcohol is fifteen, and rapidly becoming younger and younger the more that young people are exposed to it. Teens that begin drinking before age fifteen are far more likely to develop addictive behaviors. A good part of the reason teens begin drinking is because it is demanded of them in many social situations in order to “fit in” with a group of friends. Since most teens do not understand the intoxicating effects and different strength of different types of alcohol and alcoholic drinks, they tend to drink more alcohol faster than an adult who understands these types of things.

However, it is not just teens and young adults that abuse alcohol it can be anyone of any age for any reason and in any way.

Older women are at particular risk for problems related to an over-consumption of alcohol, because women tend to live longer than men do therein outliving their spouse, which could trigger depression and loneliness – two main factors that trigger the abuse of alcohol. Women are also more prone to develop alcohol-consumption related health problems as they age.

Alcoholism can have devastating effects on the human body, especially towards those who become addicted younger than those who began at the legal age (21 years). Everyone has a different reason that they abuse alcohol, and their personalities are different when intoxicated.

Alcoholism can ruin lives don’t let it ruin yours.

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 212010
 

Letter to a Case Manager:

Friday dinner with my parents, three brothers, my sister and brother in law and daughter Ashley was an evening I will always cherish.  I do not recall ever being as vulnerable and honest.  It was freeing.  I shared with them my feelings as I never have in my life.  I felt strong.  There is a peace in my soul. My work at Seasons is not a dream.  I did not betray myself with my family. I am authentic.

I am a real person no longer split off from my self.  I am in tune with myself, my family and God.  I am a real person.  I have my Self back with me.  I am a happy man. I am a man.  For the first time in my life ” I Am”.   Tonight at our Shaver cabin I did not rehearse my comments.  I expressed myself in a new and fresh way.  Oh my dear sweet God I am not locked up.  I am not being smothered by inner shame and endless doubt. My heart is full.

I’m alive.  I will sleep soundly tonight. Wow…I have tears of gratitude and faith and no shame. Kevin…..the real Kevin