Addiction destroys lives—and that is a heartbreaking experience. Struggling with drug addiction can make an individual feel trapped in a bottomless pit, with no light shining in and no clear way out. Watching a loved one or family member go through addiction can feel even more painful, and just as helpless.
However, here is the good news: 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 drug rehab program. At Above It All, we provide our clients with just that level of structure and support environment that they can count on.
Above It All is honored to provide both encouragement and clinical support to those battling drug addiction and their family members. 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 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 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 drug addiction problem, which exemplifies the urgent need for a supportive addiction recovery program such as Above It All.
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 processes do tend to share certain key elements:
Drug rehab must begin with the detox process. 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 Addiction Rehab
Once detox is completed, most clients will move directly into a residential, inpatient recovery program. In our inpatient program, our clients receive around-the-clock medical care. We also happily offer luxurious facilities, a perfectly tranquil environment for focusing on health and wellness.
Outpatient Drug Addiction Rehab
Above It All also provides services on an outpatient basis. 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 outpatient program is completed. Sobriety must be strived for and supported every day. That is what makes aftercare services so important, and we place a heavy emphasis on it here at Above It All.
Recovery from Drug Addiction
By seeking clinical help, 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.
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 clinical 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 help. Start your road to recovery today by contacting the team at Above It All.