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Do Drug Addiction Rehab Centers Really Work?

4 Oct

This is the question that many families ask themselves when faced with the dilemma of sending a loved one into one of these programs. It is also a hard question to answer, because there are so many factors involved. One of these is time spent in a program. Any addict can go through a withdraw clinic and come out wanting to use again right away. All these facilities are is a quick fix and are not designed to actually help a person stay away from their addictions, only to really detoxify their bodies.

There has been many a tall tale about rock stars back in the day that went to these so called drug addiction intervention places to clean the drugs out of their systems so they could pass a drug test. Of course after the concert tour was over or even while performing, they still were doing drugs. Do you think any of them learned how not to be an addict?

The true test of whether a drug addiction intervention program will work is how long the addict stays there. A short term detoxification program where a patient is in and out in a few days is probably the least effective method. The patient returns to their old life and old ways almost immediately, and relapse just as quickly. The longer a patient is in treatment, the more of a chance that they will recover.

But it isn’t just time alone that is needed. An addict must learn a whole new way of thinking now that they are clean. How to manage stress and anger, changing old habits, and learning to commit to staying clean are just a few of the many obstacles an addict has to overcome. While drug addiction intervention facilities are about intervention, it shouldn’t just stop there. Intervention has to be combined with counseling, learning programs, and whatever else it takes to help keep someone clean.

As far as if any of them really work? Some websites suggest that even though there is insufficient research done evaluating these programs, some of what evidence that has be gathers suggests that addict rarely get clean without any relapse of some kind. They also mention that if any facilities claim that they have a high recovery rate, it’s because they want the addict or family to turn to them for solutions.

If an addict has gone through a well-staffed, professionally-monitored system, they could do pretty well. Many factors contribute to relapse, friends, other family members; stresses at work are just a few of the many. The more time a patient has spent learning the new skills it take to live in the outside world, the more self-confident they will be about just saying no. It also has to do with the choices a person makes as well.

No matter how rough it may be, a person has their own free will to use again or to contact someone for help. A drug addiction intervention program should also be able to put you in touch with outpatient contacts.

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Prescription Drug Facts

29 Sep

Prescription drugs are generally prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain, and, if properly taken, prescription drugs are effective in treating their targeted ailment. However, some prescription drugs are highly addictive.

 

Most Abused

Opioids such as OxyContin, Percocet and Kadian (morphine) are among the most abused prescription drugs. Central nervous system (CNS) depressants such as barbiturates (Nembutal) and benzodiazepines (Xanax and Valium) are also highly abused. Stimulants such as dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) and methylphenidate (Ritalin), which are used to treat narcolepsy (sleep disorder), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obesity, are commonly abused as well.

 

Street Names

Prescription drugs can often be obtained on the streets. Consequently, many prescription drugs have street names: OxyContin–Hillbilly heroin, Oxycotton and Oxycet; Percocet–Percs; Vicodin–Vikes and happy pills; Ritalin–kiddie cocaine, West Coast and Vitamin R; Xanax–totem poles; Benzodiazepines–downers, candy and sleeping pills; Amphetamines–Bennies, Black Beauty, Hearts and Speed; and Barbiturates–Blue Birds, Barbs and Phennies.

 

Risks

The inappropriate use of prescription drugs (using without prescription, medical permission, or not as prescribed) can cause addiction. The excessive use of opioids, pain relievers and narcotics can cause the user’s breathing to slow or stop. Abusing depressants, tranquilizers and sedatives in general can result in respiratory depression (inadequate ventilation), reduced heart rate and seizures. A dependency on stimulants can cause deviant heart rate, elevated body temperature, seizure and cardiovascular shutdown.

 

Illegal Trafficking

A 2007 study by Columbia University, sponsored by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), revealed that 210 hours were spent recording the number of Internet websites that were distributing specific prescription drugs. Through search engines and email campaigns, 187 Internet websites were found guilty of selling prescription drugs over the Internet; 84 percent of these sites did not require prescriptions to purchase the drug. A mere 30 sites required a prescription. However, 17 of them stated that a faxed prescription was sufficient, 4 stated that the prescription had to be mailed and 9 said that they would contact the physician before distributing the drug.

 

Prescription Drug Views

According to the Kaiser Public Opinion Spotlight, most prescription drug users in America agree that prescription drugs have had a positive effect on their lives. 54 percent of adults report using four or more prescription medications daily. There is mixed perception on the pharmaceutical industry, however. Seven out of ten adults report that the pharmaceutical industry is too focused on making money instead of helping individuals. 79 percent believe that high profits are to be blamed for the high costs of prescription drugs, which many feel are unreasonable.

Treating Drug Abuse Before It’s Too Late

21 Sep

There are stages of drug abuse and – up to a point – a drug user can still voluntarily stop his drug use. However, this does not mean that he couldn’t use any help. If you are a drug user who wants to stop your habit, you should first consult with your doctor on how to safely proceed. This is important to remember as stopping drug use and detoxifying on your own can be very painful or even fatal.

When you come to consult with your doctor, he will normally evaluate your degree of addiction through an interview and general health checkup. Depending on your health, age, history of drug use, your doctor can recommend what action is most appropriate.

If your doctor thinks the drug use is still mild, he may refer you only to a drug use prevention seminar, or if the abuse is at a more advanced stage, he may tell you to admit yourself at a drug rehab treatment clinic. He may also personally recommend a detox and rehab center based on your profile and factors pertinent to your drug use.

You also have an option to hire a treatment center consulting agency or search for the treatment center that you want on the net. Going to a drug treatment facility where you think you will have the highest chance of permanently kicking your drug habit is important both for your comfort and for the efficacy of the treatment. Depending on your preference, you mad admit yourself to an inpatient or outpatient treatment center or to any other subtype of treatment center.

Additionally, you can attend different drug addiction treatment therapies, which often prove effective in stopping drug abuse if paired with a strong resolve to remain clean. Knowing the awful experiences of some longtime drug addicts and hearing about others’ success stories can have powerful effects and may lead support to you on your own struggle with drug addiction.

The Challenge of Methadone Withdrawal

19 Sep

Methadone withdrawal will be required sooner or later, after methadone maintenance or a pain management program using methadone has begun. If you’re feeling enslaved by having to go to a clinic or a pharmacy every day and going through hell if you want to travel, there is a way out.

Methadone use produces a numb feeling to living, significant stomach problems and physical dependency that beats all others; that’s the short list. All kinds of other health problems that methadone use produced are uncovered once starting methadone withdrawal. I’ll give you some answers to help right now, and further solutions to handle the problem to ending methadone dependency forever.

 

Methadone Use Is Epidemic

Addictions doctors and pain management clinics are busily prescribing methadone for opiate abuse and chronic pain, but what are the consequences of methadone use? I’ve listed many below. If you’ve already tried Methadone withdrawal and had problems, I’ve got some help you wouldn’t have found elsewhere. Once it is time to start methadone withdrawal, many people are having BIG problems ending their methadone usage. How does one withdraw from methadone? What challenges will they have to overcome?

 

Methadone Withdrawal Challenges

Methadone use makes people unfeeling, numb. Even stepping down from methadone can expose hyper sensitivity to discomfort and nutritional depletion symptoms — cramping, aches, nervousness, sleeplessness. Methadone withdrawal is often 4 times longer and more difficult than heroin once the drug has been abused or used incorrectly for long periods of time. Withdrawing from methadone can give pains and aches which people can mistake for stress and pain from past accidents.

The fact is that many addictions doctors and pain management specialists are acting on the recommendations from their peers and advisors. They are not told of the deaths due to prescribed methadone use nor the difficulties that sometimes occur when withdrawing from methadone use.

The burden unfortunately lies with the consumer. Vital: thoroughly research drugs or medications yourself before you purchase or take them. The effects can be gruesome. They also may have dangerous interactive effects when taken with other drugs. Many if not all of methadone effects are caused by nutritional deficiencies. Methadone use creates nutritional depletion – especially calcium and magnesium depletion. Another is B vitamin deficiency. This is how these deficiencies are manifested.

 

Methadone Withdrawal Symptoms

The most common symptoms of withdrawal from Methadone are: anxiety over sensations, pains and discomforts returning, sleeplessness, sneezing, cramping of legs and arms, bone aches, and flu or dope sick. Methadone withdrawal will require a lot of extra nutritional supplementation. That means it’s time to feed the body. Calcium and magnesium will assist with the cramping etc. But there will be some difficulty many will have taking their nutrients – a bad gut.

 

A Bad Gut

Methadone and anxiety meds tend to destroy the gut lining. A leaky gut gives pains when eating or allergies, prone to sickness and skin problems. Another symptom of a leaky gut is irritability and a ‘bad attitude’. The attitude can have physical causes unspoken by the person.

A good tip to helping the gut problem is eating lots of good quality yogurt with live probiotics in it, like acidophilus and bifidus. One can also supplement with large quantities of glutathione – an antioxidant to assist the detoxification process. The quantity of nutrients required during methadone withdrawal is underestimated so often that I shake my head in wonder.

 

Drugs Like Methadone Are Toxins

The problem with methadone is that it is toxic to the body. Your body knows it, but you may not. Taking methadone challenges your organs to detoxify the body and protect the vital organs before they are badly harmed. Toxins give the body a hard time. If you’ve seen drug users with dark circles under their eyes, gray skin, bad skin, hair falling out, low energy, strange ailments, etc. they’re got nutritional deficiencies. Those deficiencies are hard to recover from with food alone. Sometimes that food isn’t being properly digested = bad gut.

 

Methadone Detox

Detoxifying the body is more than simply stopping drug use. Drug abuse creates internal body damage you may not immediately recognize. However, the body will try to detoxify right after drug use and heal itself using any nutrients available. If the nutrients aren’t available, the body will borrow (steal) them from the bones, nervous system or other important functions.

Some will require medical detox from methadone – the problem is that most methadone detox centers don’t use nutritional supplements as part of their program. They just give more medications, and often not the right ones. The lack of full understanding on Methadone detox creates a brutal scene to withdraw from.

A Guide to Drug Intervention

7 Sep

Dealing with an addicted loved one can be frustrating and emotionally exhausting. While it is natural to want to help the addict, many drug addicts behave in selfish and often hurtful ways, and you might sometimes be tempted to just give up and leave things to fate. But when you love someone, this is not a real option, and eventually you will want to take action. That is where staging a drug intervention comes in. If you have tried everything and are now looking for a powerful tactic to get your loved one into rehab, here is what you can do.

Step 1: First, recruit other people to participate in a drug intervention. A good intervention should have between five and ten participants, all with an emotional stake in the addict’s well-being. Talk to a few other people and see if they think it is a good idea. If they are willing to participate, it is time to start taking this idea seriously.

Step 2: If you feel that you might be getting in over your head with this drug intervention, you might want to seek a professional interventionist. You can probably find one through local rehab centers, support groups, and religious institutions. Some also have listings online.

Step 3: Start planning the practical matters. Consider when would be a good time to stage the intervention, and think about where you want to hold the event. Your interventionist should be able to give you some good advice on these matters. Make sure the drug intervention is held at a time and place where the addict is not likely to be high.

Step 4: Consider treatment centers in the area. You may find that there are many programs to choose from, in which case you should consider what the addict is likely to respond to. If inpatient care is necessary, find a treatment center that is warm, welcoming, and effective. Again, you can talk to your interventionist about options. In any case, it is a good idea to have a few top choices to present at the drug intervention. You can even make arrangements in advance if you have found the perfect program.

Step 5: Think about what you are going to say. Everyone who will be at the intervention should have a short speech that outlines how the addiction has affected them and expresses their support for the addict in treatment. It may help to write down what you are going to say and to try to memorize it.

Step 6: Once you have done all this, it is time to perform the drug intervention. Even if everything does not go perfectly, try to make sure the addict knows he or she has your support and that you will be there for them throughout the recovery process.

Luxury Rehab Treatment Centers

7 Sep

Luxury drug rehabs are created to provide drug rehab treatment to individuals who require a high level of privacy or who may need some amenities not provided in other rehab centers. Luxury rehabs are run privately and are known for catering to high profile personalities and well-to-do clients.

An example of a luxury drug rehab center

A defining characteristic of luxury rehab centers is its extreme confidentiality. They are normally located in scenic places that are not easily accessed by public transport. The location is often critical not only for purposes of discretion, but also to provide the clients with a good, stress-free environment. Visits in luxury rehab centers are strictly monitored for the welfare of the clients.

Compared to other drug treatment centers, luxury treatment centers provide better facilities and services. This does not always assure a speedy recovery, but it can help in making the clients feel more comfortable and are therefore more open to treatment. Also, because the treatment programs in luxury rehab centers are more client-focused, it may be better in dealing with each client’s specific problems.

However, phases of treatment in luxury rehab centers don’t greatly differ from that of other treatment centers. Patients still start treatment by undergoing detoxification, and in most cases will still be required to attend group counseling sessions as well as private therapy sessions with a medical doctor or psychiatrist.

During the recovery, the patients are – as much as possible – provided with their different needs and requests. Patients also get more comfort, better treatment and medical attention from the facility’s staff compared to patients of other treatment centers. Treatment from a luxury rehab centers are generally much more expensive but clients are compensated by the quality of service and other benefits.

Drug Addiction Treatment for Gays and Lesbians

6 Sep

According to some estimates, the number of gays and lesbian people who has a drug addiction problem rises two to three times more than that of the general population. Some suspected reasons for this is that gays and lesbians use drugs as a coping mechanism to feelings of discrimination and sexual repression and the widespread use of certain drugs (crystal meth in particular) within the gay clubbing community.

Because of this, there is a need for more drug addiction treatment centers that focuses on treating to gay and lesbian individuals as addicts have a better chance of recovery when they enter a facility that houses patients from similar backgrounds and belief systems.

However, this should not be taken to mean that gays and lesbians cannot be treated in facilities with patients of mixed sexuality. Based on interviews gays and lesbians respond positively to treatment programs as long as individuals feel comfortable about their environment and can openly discuss issues of sexuality and how it pertains to their drug use. Gay and Lesbian addicts report that they appreciate having therapists and other addictions professionals address their lifestyle and sexuality issues directly.

Gay and lesbian substance abusers can get treatment either at a gay and lesbian exclusive rehab facility, or at a mixed sexuality facility; but one that observes a determined tolerance and freedom of expression towards all genders and sexualities.

Advocates of both argue the relative merits of each, and it seems that either type of facility can offer good support and treatment, and it simply comes down to an individual comfort level. If you do not feel comfortable discussing personal issues in a mixed sexuality environment, then a gay specific rehab may be the better choice, but if you are comfortable contributing openly and honestly within a mixed a facility then you may have more options available to you.

Ultimately, an attitude of respect and tolerance is all that is required in a drug treatment center for gay and lesbian patients to be comfortable and be encouraged to recover. It is recommended that gay or lesbian drug addicts who wish to find recovery should first consult whether the treatment center they intend to ender has a positive, working relationship towards patients of all sexuality.