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Drug Addiction Treatment

Drug Addiction Treatment

Drug Addiction Treatment Programs

Drug addiction affects millions of people worldwide. Unfortunately people are afraid of getting in trouble with the law or embarrassing their family if they admit to an addiction. Because of this there are few who seek treatment in order to live a healthy, happy and sober life.
Elevate’s drug addiction treatment program utilizes modern empowering treatment therapies coupled with a healthy lifestyle to create a robust successful program.

Drug Addiction Treatment

Understanding Addiction

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Addicts begin by abusing their substance and at some point, cannot function without the substance because their bodies and brain have become so used to it that they would not know what to do without it.

Substances, like alcohol, illicit drugs and prescription drugs, are meant to either block pain or create a pleasurable feeling. Our bodies already create these sense receptors; however, when a substance is introduced, it blocks the body’s natural release of those sense receptors.
Over time, the body and brain will get used to the substance being in the system that the brain will significantly decrease, or completely stop, producing the natural receptors. When this happens, users will need to continue to use in order to feel good again. When an addict gets to this point it is considered dependence.
Additionally, if prolonged use continues, the body adapts to the amount and grows dull to the effects; this is known as tolerance. Addiction is characterized by the body becoming tolerant and dependent on a substance.

Depending on the substance, the symptoms of addiction can vary and include:

  • Uncontrollable compulsion to regularly use the substance
  • Lack the ability to cease using the substance
  • Ensuring constant availability of the substance
  • Finding any means necessary to obtain drugs, even if it’s illegal
  • Falsely believes there are benefits of regularly using the drug
  • Engaging in risky and inappropriate behavior.
  • Extreme weight loss or changes in appetite
  • Destruction of dental health
  • Impaired coordination and/or speech
  • Lack of motivation
  • Appears anxious, fearful or paranoid for no reason
  • Hyperactivity or agitation
  • Unusual smells on breath, body or clothing
  • Frequently getting in trouble
  • Sudden change in friends or hobbies

 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that rates of overdose deaths caused by the use and abuse of all prescription drugs increased 2.5-fold between 2001 and 2013. That increase includes a threefold increase in overdose deaths caused by prescription painkillers and a fourfold increase in deaths caused by the use of prescription sedatives.

Most Common Addictive Drugs

The most commonly used drugs, which are all highly addictive, are heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, xanax, oxycontin and benzodiazepines.

Heroin

Heroin is an extremely potent opioid drug. It is highly addictive and extremely dangerous. There are 9.2 million users, with over 900,000 in the United States alone. In just one year,  heroin caused over 50,000 overdose deaths.

Heroin users feel a rush of energy and euphoric feelings for only a few hours; however, there are many long-term effects that are not so pleasurable.

Short-term Heroin use effects include:

  • Warm or flushed feelings
  • Heavy sensation in the extremities
  • Reduced sensation of pain
  • Drowsiness
  • Sedation
  • Lethargy
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Grogginess
  • Dry mouth
  • Itchy skin
  • Confusion
  • Slowed respiration and heart rate
  • Light sensitivity
  • Constricted pupils
  • Lower than normal body temperature

Long-term Heroin use effects include:

  • Excoriated skin from scratching
  • Severe constipation
  • Weakness and sedation
  • Poor appetite and malnutrition
  • Sleeping problems
  • Decrease in sexual functioning
  • Liver or kidney damage
  • Infectious diseases
  • Brain damage due to lack of oxygen
  • Bacterial infections
  • Mental health, such as depression and anxiety
  • Social isolation
  • Memory problems
  • Dependency and addiction
  • Death

Cocaine

Studies show that 1 million Americans are addicted to cocaine and sadly, a small percentage of those are eighth graders. Cocaine is the second most widely abused drug in the world causing more than half a million visits to the hospital each year.

A cocaine user will be extremely talkative and alert. They lose their appetite and become restless. Their heart rate becomes elevated followed by high blood pressure. Once they begin to come down from their high, they will become depressed, irritated, spacey and delusional.

Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth, is extremely powerful and addictive stimulants. It is the 4th leading cause of substance abuse and contributes to at least 120,000 substance abuse problems each year. Meth can be smoked, snorted, ingested or injected. It stimulates the brain and causes an intense but quick euphoric rush.

Because of its short-lived high, users are prone to abuse and addiction. Meth significantly affects cognitive functions as well as the brain’s ability to subdue addictive or habitual behaviors.

Xanax

Xanax is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders as well as clinical depression. It is a great resource to help calm nerves and reduce stress; however, studies show that reducing too much stress can actually cause negative effects on people. A healthy dose of stress is necessary for motivation; however, on the other hand, stress causes people to abuse other substances in order to reduce it.

Xanax may cause dizziness, the inability to concentrate, drowsiness, difficulty experiencing pleasure, a loss of interest in life, an increase in anxiety or depression, heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure.

Oxycontin

Oxycontin, also known as Oxy, is a medication designed to slowly release pain relief throughout the day. It contains a high dosage of oxycodone, which is an opiate created from the poppy plant.

Like all opiates, Oxycontin works to block our brain’s natural release of pleasure receptors. Over time, the brain will be used to the substance producing the pleasure receptor that it will decrease or stop production altogether. Prolonged use of it causes tolerance and dependence, which is the beginning of addiction.

Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines, also known as benzos, are a prescription drug used to treat both mental and physical conditions such as anxiety and panic attacks, seizures, insomnia, general anesthesia, depression, muscle relaxation, nausea and vomiting, sedation before surgery and alcohol withdrawal.Even when benzos are taken as prescribed, withdrawal symptoms may occur, such as agitation, insomnia, seizures, muscle cramps and vomiting.

Do not stop taking benzos abruptly; they should be tapered off slowly. Research suggests detox, addiction rehab and aftercare treatment are useful in the rehabilitation and recovery from benzos.

Treating Addiction’s Root Causes

Drug addiction treatment varies by patient and depends on the severity of the addiction. Patients must undergo a series of extensive assessments that help medical clinicians diagnose all conditions in order to create a treatment plan that meets their individual needs.

All drug addiction treatment programs begin with detoxification (detox) process and once again, will vary depending on the severity of the addiction. Patients will either undergo a medical or residential detox.

Medical Detox

This detox process is highly recommended for those who are suffering from adverse withdrawal symptoms. They will be monitored by medical professionals during the entire process, which usually lasts 5-7 days. Depending on how severe their withdrawal symptoms are, they will be administered medications that can help ease the pain during the first phase of drug addiction treatment.

Residential Detox

After all conditions have been assessed, patients who are medically cleared are transported to a residential setting where Biomedical Techs monitor each patient’s progress and help them administer their own medications. The client may resume drug addiction treatment from home.

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After the detox process, patients will immerse themselves in behavioral therapies where the will learn how to recognize their maladaptive behaviors, avoid their triggers and learn positive coping mechanisms. What patients will learn about themselves and addiction during the therapy sessions will help them live and maintain a healthy, sober lifestyle.

Elevate’s relationship with the client does not stop after drug addiction treatment. Our staff will remain available even after our client has left our facility. Hearing a familiar voice can mean the difference between staying sober and relapsing. At Elevate we are dedicated to helping people achieve long term sobriety.

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