However, here is the good news: substance abuse and addiction is never hopeless, and no addict is ever beyond the help that rehabilitation and recovery can provide.
Recovery is not easy. It requires a lifetime of commitment, and every day brings new battles. It is also not something you should ever pursue solo. Recovery is only possible when you have a support structure in place—friends and family members, but also a clinical outpatient program or inpatient drug rehab program. At Above It All, we provide our clients with that level of structure and a supportive environment that they can count on with trusted facility partners.
Above It All provides many drug rehabilitation programs and treatment options through our facility partners. We are honored to provide both encouragement and clinical support from our partner facilities to those battling substance abuse. Every client who enters our treatment center immediately feels at home, and our staff cares about helping each person find the best path to hope, healing and long-term recovery. Our mission is to provide the tools and strategies that support a lifetime of recovery.
Drug Addiction Statistics
Drug addiction is a real problem. It comes in many forms and varying degrees of intensity. Often, addiction is the result of illegal drugs, such as meth or heroin. However, more and more frequently, addiction begins with opioid painkillers; physicians sometimes prescribe these drugs to help people manage pain and other symptoms, but these painkillers can present their own side effects and health risks.
According to the National Institutes on Drug Abuse, 23.5 million people, age 12 and older, needed treatment for either drug or alcohol abuse in 2009. Just over 10 percent of these individuals sought the treatment they needed in a specialty drug treatment facility.
Signs of Drug Addiction
But how do you know if you—or a loved one—has full-fledged drug addiction? There are several signs to watch out for. Some of these include:
- Using drugs in ways or in doses other than the way they were prescribed.
- Going to multiple doctors to receive prescriptions for the same problem.
- Using medications that were prescribed for other people.
- Taking medications even after they are no longer needed for a specific medical problem.
- Taking prescribed medications with alcohol.
- Needing higher doses or larger quantities of drugs to achieve the same effect you used to get.
- Being secretive about your drug consumption.
- Neglecting favorite activities or withdrawing from relationships to spend time getting or using drugs.
- Trying to quit using a particular substance but not being able to do so successfully.
- Experiencing withdrawal pains when a drug is not taken—tremors, headaches, nausea, etc.
- Stealing or borrowing money to afford drugs.
Noticing any of these signs or symptoms in yourself or a loved one points to a substance abuse problem, which exemplifies the urgent need for a supportive addiction drug rehabilitation program such as Above It All Treatment in California.
Treatment for Drug Addiction
Remember that there is always hope for addiction recovery, and one of the best ways to pursue recovery is through a compassionate and personalized treatment plan at Above It All. Because no two people are the same, no two recovery plans are the same, and it is important to start with a medical evaluation in order to choose the right drug recovery plan for you.
The specific steps of one’s addiction rehabilitation process may vary according to the type of addiction, the treatment plan used, and the individual seeking rehab. However, Above It All’s recommended recovery programs and processes do tend to share certain key elements:
Drug rehabilitation must begin with the detox process, where we work with a network of trusted facility partners. Detox takes a few days, in some cases a few weeks, and is necessary for ridding the body of harmful substances and also moving past withdrawal pains—ultimately, creating a blank slate and a clean headspace for pursuing lifelong recovery.
Inpatient Drug Treatment Programs
Once detox is completed, most clients will move directly into an inpatient recovery program with a partner facility. In an inpatient drug program, clients receive around-the-clock medical care. Our partners happily offer luxurious facilities, a perfectly tranquil environment for focusing on health and wellness in an in house drug rehab center.
For some clients, it is simply not possible to escape from personal or professional obligations; or, it may actually be more beneficial to pursue recovery at home, surrounded by family. As long as meetings are attended and therapy appointments are kept, this can be a fine way to pursue recovery.
Recovery is ultimately a process that takes a lifetime—and there is no end point just because an inpatient or intensive outpatient treatment program is completed. Sobriety must be strived for and supported every day. That is what makes aftercare treatment services so important, and we place a heavy emphasis on it here at Above It All, connecting you with an aftercare treatment center we trust. We also offer a relapse prevention plan as part of our relapse prevention program.
Addiction Recovery from Drugs
By seeking substance abuse treatment for drug addiction, and receiving ongoing support from friends and family, it is more than possible to live a life full of hope and healing—in short, a life of recovery and sober living.
Above It All is committed to making the dream of recovery into a reality in the lives of our clients. Though our team is marked by great expertise, the real hallmark of our program is how much we care—the personal investment we make in supporting every client and working with them toward a brighter, fuller future.
We also proudly offer our support to family members as they seek to help loved ones, offering them the education and the encouragement they need to facilitate meaningful change.
Addiction to drugs can be life threatening, and life ruining—but that is not how your story has to end. Recovery is always possible, and no one struggling with addiction is ever without hope. The first step is to seek drug rehab treatment and live a drug-free life.
What Causes Addiction?
Addiction is caused by physiological changes in the brain. Illegal substances, such as cocaine or methamphetamines, for example, are highly addictive. Even a single use can create behavioral patterns that lead to substance abuse and eventually addiction. This occurs whether someone uses drugs recreationally or if a person takes prescription drugs to help with pain management. With every use, the feeling of euphoria leaves the person wanting more.
Chasing the high is what leads to drug dependency. Over time, the body then begins to build an immunity to the drug, meaning it requires more to feel the same euphoric feelings as before. This dependency makes you feel like you have to have the drug to function. Once addicted, withdrawal symptoms occur when not using the drug, which can be painful and uncomfortable. This is one of the main reasons sobriety is such a challenge. However, with the right treatment and support, you can overcome your addiction.
How Common is Drug Addiction?
Drug addiction has become increasingly common over the past two decades. The numbers have reached a point where America is now suffering a nationwide opioid epidemic. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), over 2 million people suffered from opioid use disorder as of 2016; 11.5 million had misused prescription opioids in the same year; and over 42,000 people died from an opioid overdose.
As of 2017, the HHS rolled out a five-point strategy to prioritize how their funding, research, and assistance can aid in this state of emergency caused by the growing number of drug addictions that occur every day. This plan includes providing increased access to drug addiction treatment, advancing pain management solutions, and targeting the availability of overdose-reversing drugs. The need for addiction treatment and rehabilitative care is important now more than ever. With the help of drug addiction treatment programs, there is a greater likelihood of a safe drug withdrawal process and long-term sobriety.
Physical Health Effects of Drug Addiction
There are several factors that determine how a person reacts to drug addiction. Physical effects include damage to the kidney, brain, and other organs, nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, and change in appetite. Drug addiction can also result in cardiovascular problems such as a stroke or heart attack. In the most extreme cases, drug addiction can cause a coma or death.
The amount of drugs you use and how often you use them affects the severity of the physical effects you’ll experience. Factors such as height, weight, age, and gender also play a part in how drug addiction physically affects you. However, anyone is susceptible to the dangers of drug use and addiction. There’s no way to be certain about how the body will react. Accidental overdose can occur regardless of how many times you’ve used drugs before. Additionally, all damaging physical effects as the result of drug addiction accumulate over time, making it harder on the body to rehabilitate and recover.
Mental Health Effects of Drug Addiction
Drug addiction affects a person mentally just as much as it does physically. People who suffer from drug addiction are approximately twice as likely to suffer from mood disorders. These include paranoia, anxiety, and depression. Drug addiction can also cause insomnia and hallucinations. Many times there are previously undiagnosed mental disorders that come to light as a result of drug addiction. It also causes unpredictable behavior and in some cases, aggression and violence.
In short, it affects how you think, act, and feel because opioids and other illegal substances change the physiological makeup of your brain. Over time, the addiction takes over and you have no control over how you act or react to drug use. As a result, these types of behavioral changes can push away your family and friends. It can feel like a dark, downward spiral but there is help available to restore your body and mind to a healthy state.
Long-Term Effects of Drug Addiction
The more you use drugs, the more you are desensitized to their effects. It requires more to create the same euphoric feelings as before, which can result in overdose. All of the physical and mental effects that occur within the body as a result of drug use are magnified as the addiction continues. Long-term effects consistent in drug addiction of different kinds of illegal substances include memory loss, unpredictable mood swings, motor skill deficiency, as well as health problems caused by how the drug is ingested or what kind of drug is used.
For example, methamphetamine causes rotting teeth, which is where the term “meth mouth” originates. On the other hand, drugs that are injected carry their own dangers such as susceptibility to hepatitis or HIV due to sharing unsterilized needles. Drug addiction ruins interpersonal relationships, causes problems at work, and puts you at risk with the law. Long-term drug addiction wears down the body and every level. It may seem impossible to overcome, but sobriety is achievable.Start your road to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction with one of our treatment programs at Above It All. Talk with a specialist. Call
Clients come to Above It All from every state in the United States for our treatment programs. We are proud members of our California community and frequently serve clients from the following local areas:
Santa Monica, Thousand Oaks, Long Beach, Costa Mesa, Torrance, Riverside, Pomona, Pasadena, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Anaheim and all throughout California. Let us help you get clean and sober today!
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