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.

Dec 062010
 

Substance abuse and addiction can put one’s life out of control and can damage personal and professional relationships. These are problems that slowly destroy lives and should be addressed at the soonest possible time. In convincing addicts to seek treatment, one may need to seek the assistance of someone who can help with an intervention.

Fortunately, there are professional interventionists trained specifically for the purpose of helping addicts come to terms with their problem. An intervention is a valuable tool that can help addicts curtail the effects of addiction by encouraging them to seek treatment as early as possible. Addressing addiction or drug dependence at its onset, in turn, helps make addiction treatment easy and quick.

A professional interventionist is someone who can help with an intervention effectively. The mission of every interventionist is to help addicts see the error of their ways and convince them to rectify it by checking themselves into a treatment facility – and staying there until they have recovered. An interventionist does not treat addiction per se, but provides assistance in taking that big leap from addiction to sobriety. Falling victim to addiction can be very challenging for anyone, accepting that one is, in fact, a victim, more so. More often than not, addicts need the support of a friend or a loved one during these trying times. In times like these, an interventionist is best equipped to help.

All people affected by an individual’s addiction should be involved in the treatment process and in the intervention.

During the intervention, an interventionist’s best friends are the family members, friends, and loved ones of

the addict. Addicts need a strong support system during treatment and the intervention is a good place to start building up on this. The family is a good foundation for a support system, and their involvement will be very helpful in the long run.

Interventions are never easy and addiction treatment will always be challenging. At Walking Miracles Recovery Centers, we encourage family involvement and friendly visits to help addicts cope with the difficulties of treatment. If you are wondering who can help with an intervention, contact Walking Miracles today and we will be glad to help you.

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Aug 202010
 

My life

has been a whirlwind ever since I was introduced to this white powder that almost destroyed my life. I never realized the damage drugs could do to one’s life — until now. When I first got hooked on drugs, it was a different kind of thrill. Whenever I got stressed, or whenever I felt I couldn’t handle the pressure, drugs seemed to calm me. It was my instant problem solver. Who would’ve known it would also be the cause of my downfall. My problem solver has given me the kiss of betrayal by alienating my friends and family, destroying my career, and compromising my health.

Now I realize that drugs are more trouble than they’re worth, and the problems I thought they solved now come back to haunt me and remind me of the stupid choice I made when I decided to take drugs. In hindsight,

I realize that my addiction, instead of eliminating my problems, has doubled them and made them worse. At the time I was taking drugs, I really didn’t consider the long-term consequences; I only wanted some kind of escape from my problematic life. Drugs made me forget, and that seemed to be enough at the time. Now, my addiction haunts me each day, and it’s making my life a living hell.

After treatment, I decided to check myself into a sober living home where I can recover with the assistance of professionals and toge

ther with people in the same boat as me. I did not want to take my chances by trying to recover from my addiction by myself. in a home, I will be with my peers and I can always consult therapists whenever I feel the urge.

They say old habits die hard. By staying in a sober living home, I make it easy on myself and on my loved ones. I may not have the determination and the will to overcome addiction, but with the help of addiction experts and of my loved ones, I will not fail. I owe it to myself and to the people I hurt to get sober and remain that way for good.

Jun 132010
 

This cracked me up when I saw it, it reminded me of trying to kick Heroin on my own and basically sums it up in about 3 minutes.  This excerpt is from the movie Trainspotting and pretty much represents even with the best of intentions exactly how we try a self medicated detox and what happens.  I cracked up remembering w atching this movie

at like 3 years sober and coming out in a sweat having watched them glorify drugs for 2 hours.

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.

Jun 042010
 

Attached is a video from a writer friend of mine about his experience getting sober and addressing the demons of addiction.

In this video he talks about his addiction, about his rehabilitation from drugs and alcohol and about recovery fellowship.  Thanks Mx for your contribution to my site.

Michael Xavier is a Los Angeles based underground author that writes about the grit, struggles, and ultimate triumphs of the everyday men and women who struggle with lifes demons.

His books “The Demon In My Brain” and his Novel, “LULLABY” are due out next year. You can see more of his work at:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/michaelxavier-writer-fan-page/113476372020447

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.