Illict Drug Addiction
Anyone can become addicted to drugs, and you don't have to start with illegal substances to find yourself in this boat. For many people, drug abuse begins with a legitimate – and often needed – prescription pain medication treatment. Once your body begins to rely on a drug, it can be difficult to stop using it. Whether you began using drugs out of medical necessity, recreational curiosity or pressure from others, once your body is reliant on the effect of the drug, you might begin abusing other drugs.
Even if you want to stop drug use, it might seem like an impossible task. If you avoid using the drug for even a day, you could be plunged into extremely uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous physical side effects. Often, that's what drives people back to using when they truly want to quit
The National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that withdrawal symptoms can last from days to weeks. Without treatment, withdrawal symptoms associated with some drugs can even crop up from time to time for months. Medically-supervised drug detox lets you cut ties with substance abuse without suffering from some of the more extreme and uncomfortable physical and mental side effect of withdrawal.
Some withdrawal symptoms you can avoid or substantially reduce through medically-supervised detox include:
- Problems with memory or focus
- Digestive distress, including nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Decreased appetite
- Runny nose
- Trouble breathing
- Agitated or anxious state
- Pain or tension in the muscles
- Rapid heart rate or even a heart attack or stroke in extreme cases
- Excessive sweating
- Shaking or trembling
Addictions and Dependencies That We Treat
Our therapists can help individuals overcome their addictions. We have experience treating patients that are addicted to or dependent upon the following substances:
While we often see patients that are addicted to the substances above, we have the ability to treat all types of chemical dependencies.
The Dangers of Ongoing Drug Abuse
Coming off of drugs is no simple task. We understand there may be times when the thought of quitting drugs is actually more terrifying than continuing to abuse them. However, long-term drug dependence is far more harmful to your mind and body than ending your substance abuse.
The negative repercussions of drug abuse extend much further than the loss of friendships, family relationships and even your job. The side effects of long-term drug abuse vary from substance to substance and may include:
- Severe depression and/or anxiety
- Endocarditis (a bacterial infection of the heart's inner lining)
- Hepatitis C or HIV
- Collapsed veins
- Sexual dysfunction
- Cancer of the colon, liver or mouth
- Brain damage
- Overdose and/or death
Drug Abuse Statistics
If you're struggling with drug abuse or addiction, you aren't alone. About 9.4 percent of the population, or around 24.6 million Americans, reported using an illicit drug in the past month during a 2013 survey. Marijuana is still the most commonly used drug, but the abuse of prescription drugs has risen quickly in recent years. Many people aren't even aware that you can become addicted to something prescribed by a doctor, but some prescription drugs are among the most dangerously addictive substances in the world. Common prescription drugs that people abuse or become addicted to include painkillers, sleep aids, stimulant drugs used to treat ADHD and anxiety medications.
People of all ages can be affected by drug use. Young people have especially high rates of abuse and addiction, with about 22.6 percent of 18- to 20-year-olds reporting illicit drug use, but drug use has also increased significantly in people over fifty during the last decade.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 23.5 million Americans need treatment for drug or alcohol addiction and abuse, but only about 11 percent of people who need treatment actually get help. Fortunately for those who do pursue substance abuse treatment, success is possible. Most people who seek treatment accomplish their goals and go on to carry out a happy, healthy drug-free life. The earlier you seek out and get drug addiction treatment, the more likely you'll be to achieve a full recovery.
How Do I Know If I Need Drug Treatment?
It can be difficult to tell if you or a loved one needs treatment for drug addiction, especially if others around you are using. This can make it seem like drug use is normal and reinforce bad habits. In fact, surrounding yourself only with people who abuse drugs and excluding people who don't could indicate that you have an addiction.
Additional signs you are in need of drug treatment include:
- Continued use despite negative emotional, physical, financial or social consequences.
- Tolerance – The need to consume more of a drug each time in order to feel the desired effects.
- Avoidance – Hiding drug use from loved ones and coworkers.
- Decline in personal hygiene.
- Denial – Becoming defensive when asked about drug use.
- Rapid or uncharacteristic mood swings.
- Changes in sleep patterns – Either a drastic increase or decrease in time spent sleeping.
- Cravings – Obsessive thoughts about acquiring and using the drug/drugs of choice.
- Legal issues – Facing legal consequences due to drug use or turning to illegal behavior, such as stealing, in order to accommodate drugs.
- Decline in emotional and physical health.
If you or someone you know exhibits any of these signs of drug addiction, it's time to seek treatment at an inpatient drug rehab. Not only could you or your loved one continue down this path of destruction, but the reality of drug abuse is that by the time you decide to reach out for help, it could be too late. Learn more about our simple admission process.
Accredited Drug Rehab Center
Do you feel trapped by your drug use? Do you desperately want to quit, but feel unable to on your own? You're not alone. Oftentimes, quitting drugs without professional guidance is excruciating and unsuccessful. Seeking treatment at an accredited rehab center can give you an edge for combatting addiction.
The Treatment Center Outpatient Services is a licensed drug rehab that offers both inpatient and outpatient services. Our comprehensive treatment plans address the whole person—mind, body and spirit—preparing individuals to get their lives back. Our dedicated treatment team understands what you are going through and is focused on helping you overcome your drug addiction for good.
If you are addicted to any of the drugs above or other substances, you've come to the right place. Together, our treatment team has decades of experience effectively treating those battling with the disease of addiction. Due to our high level of care, The Treatment Center has been awarded the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission.
Learn how our evidence-based substance abuse treatment programs can provide you with the skills you need to get your life back on track. Call today at (844) 211-7944. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Evidence-based Drug Addiction Treatment Programs
Our medical team is comprised of board-certified doctors, licensed therapists, registered nurses and more. Throughout your stay at our drug treatment center, one of our addiction specialists will always be available to assist you with your recovery.
We recognize that each person comes to us with unique backgrounds, circumstances and needs, which is why a one-size-fits-all approach is ineffective. Upon admitting you to The Treatment Center, we will evaluate your medical history, mental health status and lifestyle in order to create a personalized treatment plan that matches your individual needs and recovery goals.
Some of the evidence-based services, therapies and programs we offer at our drug rehab include:
- Medically-supervised detox: If your body has become dependent on any substances, you will need a medically-supervised detox. The purpose of detoxification is to safely remove the drugs and/or alcohol from your system. Our medical professionals will ensure you are safe and comfortable during this process.
- One-on-one and group therapy: Once you arrive at our facility, you will be assigned a primary therapist who will conduct all of your individual sessions. Meeting with a therapist regularly will help you learn more about yourself, such as what led to your drug use and how you can prevent relapse. Sharing in group meetings can help you relate to others and fight off feelings of loneliness and isolation that often accompany addiction.
- 12-step recovery programs: Through groups, literature and individual sessions, we offer an introduction to the 12 steps. You may find that this treatment approach is the most effective for your individual needs, and if so, you will be prepared to begin working the steps and seeking a sponsor once you leave treatment.
- Faith-based programs: The Treatment Center can accommodate you with our optional faith-based programs. Some features of our faith-based treatment programs include religious counseling, prayer, meditation and bible study groups.
- Relapse prevention: A vital part of effective drug abuse treatment is teaching the skills needed to avoid relapse in the future. Through individual therapy and group therapy sessions, you will be taught new coping mechanisms and life skills that will help you prevent relapse.
- Dual diagnosis treatment: Dual diagnosis (i.e. co-occurring disorders) is a condition that is best described as a mental illness with accompanying substance abuse or addiction. If you abuse drugs to escape the symptoms of depression or anxiety, you may have co-occurring disorders. Our staff specializes in dual diagnosis treatment and will be able to treat your mental health condition and drug addiction simultaneously.
- Chronic pain management: It is not uncommon for those with chronic pain to become addicted to prescription opiates (painkillers), which can eventually lead to a heroin addiction. Using holistic therapies, such as massage and laser therapy, we can ease your chronic pain without the use of addictive substances.
- Court liaison services: Your legal problems do not have to stand in the way of receiving the help you deserve. Our Court Liaison Program, which is overseen by our supervising attorney, will allow you to fulfill your legal obligations while simultaneously receiving drug treatment. We can assist you with obligations such as mandatory drug testing, documentation, and transportation to and from court appearances during treatment.
- Family therapy: Drug abuse and addiction can drive a wedge between you and your family. To help bring the family back together, The Treatment Center offers family therapy and family workshops. During these sessions, you will have the opportunity to discuss the recovery process and the disease of addiction, and begin rebuilding your relationships with your loved ones.
You will also have access to 24/7 medical care, sober recreational activities and aftercare services as a part of your personalized treatment plan.
Treatment doesn't end at our door, either. While you're participating in our treatment program, you'll learn how to manage life in the real world without drugs or alcohol. Addiction recovery is a lifelong process, and you'll gain tools and tricks at The Treatment Center that help you maintain your focus on a drug-free lifestyle for years to come.
Seeking Assistance With Drug Rehab
The first step in seeking assistance for drug addiction is realizing that you need help. It seems like a small thing, but if you are struggling with drug abuse, it can be an enormous and very difficult step. If you've made that step and are seeking information about drug detox centers, then you are incredibly brave and are moving in the right direction.
The next step is contacting someone who can help connect you with an appropriate treatment facility. Once you get in touch with a treatment facility, don't be afraid to ask questions. While it's important that you get into a facility quickly before you back out of your step through fear or a physical need to return to drugs, you also want to ensure that the facility is right for you.
Many people seeking detoxification treatment are worried about the financial aspects. This is something you should ask about during the intake process. Most health insurance plans today do provide behavioral health benefits, and that covers drug treatment, but you might owe some out-of-pocket portions. Many treatment facilities offer affordable payment plans for these portions of the bill, so ask about options instead of ignoring your need for treatment because you are afraid of the money aspect.
After going through detox and rehab and being discharged, don't forget to engage appropriately with aftercare resources. Drug addiction isn't something that can be cured with a short stay in the hospital. For many people, it is a life-long condition that requires ongoing treatment. Your therapists and other treatment professionals might recommend ongoing group or individual therapy once you are out of a facility, and many people find success with programs such as AA or NA. You'll also want to maintain your overall health and see a medical physician for checkups.
You won't find judgment, fear or anger. You'll find answers and a wealth of information about your options for starting the journey to a drug-free life. Learn more about our admissions process.
Call us now at (844) 211-7944