Most people are quick to blame the addicts for their substance use. However, addiction is not a choice. It is a disease; one that alters the brain. This is why medical professionals nationwide call addiction a “substance use disorder,” or SUD. Like with many conditions, genetics and environment are significant factors in the development of addiction. Plus, the effects on long-term health are staggering. With this in mind, it’s not fair to label addiction as entirely preventable. This is why treatment is necessary, as it would be for any disease. The problem is this: who has the time to dedicate to recovery? Actually, everyone does. Recovery doesn’t have to bring your schedule— or your life— to a screeching halt. Intensive outpatient rehab facilities offer many of the same programs, services, and recovery benefits as any residential treatment center. Better yet, the best ones have the same rates of success.
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America is currently facing one of the biggest crises the medical world has ever seen— the opioid overdose epidemic. So far, drug overdose death rates are steadily increasing, with a total of 52,000 deaths in as recent as 2016. Of those, more than 20,000 were the result of prescription opioid misuse. Today, the Kaiser Family Foundation has determined through polling that 66% (two-thirds) of the American population consider prescription drug abuse a severe problem that requires more attention. With this in mind, it’s of vital importance that we better understand and utilize any medical tools that can help prevent overdose and slow the death count. Thankfully, we have one: naloxone. Here are some need-to-know facts about the life-saving, overdose-reversing drug.
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Christmas has been and probably always will be the most widely-anticipated event of the year. However, even the most wonderful time of the year comes with its drawbacks— and its ironies. No matter what stage of treatment they’re at, the people in addiction recovery face certain aspects of the holiday season that pose problems and risks to their sobriety. Namely, the holiday season can potentially trigger a relapse. Here are just a few of the many contradictions surrounding Christmas that contribute to relapse rates over the holiday season:
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The changes that come with life after rehabilitation are often the hardest to face and adapt to for recovering addicts. The shift from a drug-fueled life to sobriety can seem stark and even a little sad— especially for those who found great pleasure in the world of drugs.
Recovery targets and addresses these kinds of feelings to help you move on, but it’s not always easy. If you’ve spent months or even years using drugs, spending time with other drug users, and enjoying locations frequently preferred in the drug community, recovery will be an uphill battle. Plus, being aware that you need to make a change and actually making that change are two very different things. And it can be especially challenging when you have to sacrifice things like friendships to make that change possible. Now, it’s good to remain in contact with friends during and after recovery. However, spending time with the people who enabled you during your life of addiction should involve extreme caution.
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If you are struggling with addiction, getting sober might feel like an uphill battle. However, it’s not a battle you have to fight alone. At The Treatment Center’s Outpatient Services, our staff of certified professionals helps people from all walks of life find and maintain sobriety. To help you on your recovery journey, we offer a variety of treatment options, including outpatient rehab programs geared toward patient success. For many in treatment, outpatient services provide effective healing in a comfortable, flexible setting. So, if you are searching for your best fit for treatment, look no further. We invite you to contact our professionals at The Treatment Center’s Outpatient Services to get started.
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With over 23 million Americans facing the challenges of addiction, there is an overwhelming number of people who are seeking help for their struggles. At The Treatment Center’s Outpatient Services, we don’t think that you should feel like another number in line as you work for your sobriety. At our outpatient rehab facility, we provide personalized care to support you and foster success. When you work with our outpatient team, you’ll receive so much more than group therapy. You’ll receive the support, guidance, and growth you need to keep on the road to full recovery. Are you are ready to heal? Are you are ready to get and stay sober? If so, start your journey by seeing how our outpatient rehab facility’s personalized care can help you.
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Drugs and alcohol are controlling substances that create many systems of power in a person’s life. Getting sober is about getting help, and the programs that work for one person may not be the best fit for the next. While some people succeed through inpatient treatment, others prefer the features of an outpatient program. Intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) is an increasingly popular treatment path that offers comprehensive treatment to those who prefer living elsewhere while receiving care.
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It’s not always easy to make the choice to reach out to others. For many people struggling with addiction, there is a natural desire to withdraw from family, friends, and the general public. Unfortunately, staying withdrawn only keeps you trapped in the cycle of addiction.
Connecting with others in the safe, comfortable environment provided in a group setting can help you build alliances, lean on one another, and start on the path to recovery. Learn about the types of meetings available to you, what to expect from meetings, and how to find them.
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Many people who are finally ready to find sobriety are concerned with finding treatment programs that fit into their everyday life. At The Treatment Center Outpatient Services, we offer a wide variety of treatment programs to help fit every need. Outpatient addiction treatment programs have proven successful for many individuals in recovery. Many patients are looking to attend rehab after work, building the tools of sobriety as they continue their employment. While every situation is different, our outpatient services may allow for patients to participate in their rehab program on an outpatient basis, with day and night programs to help support recovery. If you are interested in our rehab after work opportunities, we invite you to discover The Treatment Center Outpatient Services difference.
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The addiction recovery process is hard work. It involves the acceptance of a problem, the request for assistance, and the constant work to maintain the recovery. Although all parts of the recovery process are difficult, the most trying part for many is maintaining recovery. The struggle with preventing relapse is often caused by the inability to recognize triggers and plan for them, reducing their chances of lifelong recovery. It is important to develop a plan and to be aware of the common causes of relapse and specific triggers for you.
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