Drug Addiction Recovery
Drug Addiction Recovery assists those struggling with substance abuse and chemical dependency. If you or someone you care about has a drug or alcohol problem, please speak with a drug addiction recovery helpline consultant today at:800-980-3927
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The path to addiction treatment isn't a straight line, and the process is as individual as the people we're helping. The following topics cover the most common areas of substance abuse rehabilitation and give you a brief overview of what to expect. Don't let the name fool you, Recoveryy.org can help with the entire range of drug and alcohol treatment phases, not just Rehabs! If you're ready to take the next step and get help for yourself or a family member, call an advisor today. Don't waste another day you could spend getting well.
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Most Commonly Used and Abused Drugs:
Without question, the most commonly used and abused drug, after alcohol, is marijuana. Other common drugs of abuse include cocaine, heroin, inhalants, LSD(acid), MDMA (ecstasy), methamphetamine, phencyclidine (PCP), steroids (anabolic), Vicodin, OxyContin and other prescription drugs.
Short-Term Effects of Drug Use:
Drugs are chemicals and while each drug produces different physical effects, all abused substances share one thing in common. They hijack the normal function of the brain and change the way the brain responds to issues of self-control, judgment, emotion, motivation, memory and learning.
This is why the person feels differently — the signals coming and going from the brain have been changed. Although this can cause temporary euphoria it can also cause hallucinations, anxiety, paranoia, and uncontrolled behavior. It can cause your respiratory (lungs) and cardiovascular (heart) systems to malfunction or fail.
And, there are social consequences to using drugs including losing the trust of friends and family; poor performance at school or work; quitting activities you enjoy; making bad decisions like placing yourself at risk to be a victim of violence, drugged driving; getting pregnant and surrounding yourself with other people who use drugs.
Long-Term Effects of Drug Use?
Beyond the short-term risks and consequences are the potential long-term effects. It depends on the drug, but all drugs can cause negative health effects and can lead to addiction.
Whether you become addicted to marijuana, OxyContin, heroin, Xanax, cocaine, methamphetamine or Vicodin, the effect on the brain and your life is the same: an uncontrollable craving to keep using that is more important than anything else in your life, including your family, friends, co-workers, career, school and even your own health, security and happiness.
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Question: Does marijuana use lead to the use of other drugs?
Answer: While most marijuana smokers do not go on to use other illegal drugs, long-term studies of high school students show that few young people use other illegal drugs without first using marijuana. Using marijuana puts people in contact with people who are users and sellers of other drugs and are more likely to be exposed to and urged to try other drugs.
Question: Why do some drug users become addicted, while others don’t?
Answer: Risk factors for becoming drug addicted, like other conditions and diseases, vary from person to person. But, the common risk factors include: 1. Genetics- your family history, 2. Age when you start taking drugs, 3. Family (including abuse, neglect and traumatic experiences in childhood) and Social Environment (including access to drugs) and 4. Types of drugs used.
Question: Can you get addicted even though you only do it once in a while?
Answer: YES. For most, drug addiction is a process - not an event. Most people who use drugs do so with an intention of only using once or once in a while. No one decides that they want to be an addict. But, we are dealing with addictive drugs that directly affect the brain. It is easy for occasional use to change to frequent use or constant use- that is addiction. The only thing we know for sure - if you don't do drugs, you definitely won't become addicted.
Question: Are over-the-counter (OTC) drugs dangerous?
Answer: All drugs, regardless of whether they are illegal, prescription or over-the-counter (available without a prescription), change your body and can be potentially harmful. Some over-the-counter drugs can cause serious problems or even death, if used incorrectly. The only safe way to take any over-the-counter medication is exactly as directed and for the specific problem for which it is intended.
Example: OTC Cough and Cold Remedies: The health risks of abusing OTC cough and cold remedies include impaired judgment, nausea, loss of coordination, headache, vomiting, loss of consciousness, numbness, stomach pain, irregular heartbeat, seizures, panic attacks, cold flashes, dizziness, diarrhea, addiction, restlessness, insomnia, high blood pressure, coma, and death. Like any other drug, overdoses from over-the-counter medication can occur.
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Question: What drugs are the most commonly abused?
Answer: Each year, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) tracks drug use trends among high school students (8th, 10th and 12th grades) through the Monitoring the Future Study (MTF). The following is a list of the most commonly abused drugs among 12th graders starting with the most frequent: marijuana (21.4% of high school seniors used marijuana in the past 30 days�.more than the number smoking cigarettes – 19.2%), Vicodin, amphetamines, cough medicine, Adderall, tranquilizers, salvia, hallucinogens, OxyContin, sedatives, MDMA- ecstasy, inhalants, cocaine and Ritalin.
Question: Can a person be too young to become addicted to drugs?
Answer: No. And, research and experience show that the younger someone starts using drugs, the greater the chance that they will become addicted.
Question: Are prescription drugs dangerous?
Answer: All drugs are chemicals that affect the body and how it functions. Unfortunately, too many people don't realize that prescription drugs can be as dangerous as street drugs. Prescription drugs require a prescription from a doctor because they are powerful substances, need to be regulated and taken under a physician's care.
Even if a person is prescribed a medication, taking more of that drug than the recommended dosage is dangerous, including accidental overdose. Medical supervision is needed to avoid dangerous drug interactions, as well as potentially serious side effects. And, prescription drugs can be addictive. Between 2005 and 2015, treatment admissions for abuse of prescription pain relievers grew more than 300%. Using prescription drugs without a prescription and medical supervision is unsafe and illegal.
Question: Marijuana is just a plant... is it really that dangerous?
Answer: Yes, marijuana is a plant but it has very real health consequences, including drug addiction. While some people think marijuana is a “harmless drug,” actual experience and the real science show a different reality. More teens are in treatment with a primary diagnosis of marijuana dependence than for all other illegal drugs combined.
Question: How do I know if I or someone close to me is addicted to drugs?
Answer: The short answer�.if you or someone close to you is having a problem with drugs and they continue to use, it’s time to get help. Continued use, despite negative consequences, is a powerful indicator of addiction.
Question: How quickly can I become addicted to a drug?
Answer: There is no easy answer because there are many different factors involved. A person's genetic makeup (family history of alcoholism or addiction) clearly plays a role. In fact, that's why some people seem to become addicted almost immediately, but for others, it may take more time. And, some drugs are more addictive than others. For some, one time use can prove to be fatal. Choosing to use drugs is like playing a game of chance. But, if you do, the earlier you stop, the more likely you will be to avoid addiction and the harmful brain changes that result.
If you or someone you love is suffering from drug addiction, please call a drug addiction recovery consultant today at: 800-980-3927
Question: What is drug addiction?
Answer: Addiction is a chronic disease. It is a complex disease characterized by craving, seeking and using drugs that affects every organ system in the body, including the brain. Repeated use of drugs changes the brain—including the way it looks and functions. The changes in the brain interfere with a person’s ability to think clearly, exercise good judgment, control behavior, and feel normal without using drugs.
Question: If drug addiction is a disease, is there a cure?
Answer: There is no cure for drug addiction, but it is a treatable disease and millions of people are living lives in long-term recovery. Recovery from drug addiction, like other chronic diseases, is a lifelong process. Just as the addiction has impacted every aspect of your life physically, emotionally and socially, recovery requires making major changes to the way you live, deal with life’s problems, and relate to others.
Drug Addiction Intervention, Alcohol Intervention, Prescription Medication Abuse Intervention, Mental Health Disorder Intervention
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For family members and friends concerned about someone’s use of alcohol or drugs, there can be a great deal of confusion and frustration about what to do. The last thing we want to do is to admit that there’s a problem��we just keep hoping things will get better or that they will just stop.
However, since addiction is a chronic and progressive disease, sitting back and hoping that things will get better can be very dangerous. If you are concerned, NOW, not later is the time to get help from someone specifically trained and successfully experienced in helping individuals and families with alcohol and drug problems.
Most of us approach, alcohol and drug problems from a common sense understanding of what we think might help. In fact, we often make the problem worse for us and the person we are concerned about.
Decades of experience have shown that intervention is a powerful tool to help.
So, then – What is an Intervention? – How does it work? – Can it produce a successful result? - Can it fail? - Who gets involved? – Where do you begin?
What is an intervention? Intervention is a professionally directed education process resulting in a face to face meeting of family members, friends and/or employer with the person in trouble with alcohol or drugs. Intervention helps the person make the connection between their use of alcohol and drugs and the problems in their life. The goal of intervention is for them to accept help.
How does intervention work? As we discussed earlier, much of the intervention process is education and information for the friends and family. The opportunity for everyone to come together, share information and support is critically important. Once everyone is ready, a meeting is scheduled with the person everyone is concerned about.
Can intervention be successful? Absolutely. When done with a person who is trained and successfully experienced as an interventionist, over 90% of people make a commitment to get help.
Can intervention fail? Yes. But, as stated above, most interventions are successful. In some cases, a person may refuse help at the time of the intervention, but as a result of the intervention, come back and ask for help later.
Who gets involved in doing an intervention? Most successful interventions are professionally directed. The interventionist will work to help you to determine who should be invited to participate in the intervention- parents, spouses, siblings, friends, co-workers etc. Making sure that the right people are involved is very important to the success of the intervention.
Where do you begin? It is first important to realize that intervention may not be necessary or appropriate for all families or all circumstances. You should contact a drug addiction intervention specialist at: 800-980-3927 to find out what may be best for you or your family.
Taking prescription drugs not prescribed for you by a doctor or in a way that hasn't been recommended by a doctor, can be more dangerous than you think. In fact, it can be fatal.
Prescription drugs are the third most commonly abused category of drugs, behind alcohol and marijuana and ahead of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. Some prescription drugs can become addictive, especially when used in a manner inconsistent with their labeling by someone other than the patient for whom they were prescribed, or when taken in a manner or dosage other than prescribed. Overall, an estimated 48 million people have abused prescription drugs, representing nearly 20% of the U.S. population.
The prescription drug medications that are most commonly abused include:
Tranquilizers and sedatives
What are prescription pain relievers?
Prescription pain relievers include the opioid class of drugs, such as hydrocodone (i.e., Vicodin), oxycodone (i.e., OxyContin), morphine, fentanyl and codeine. Opioids work by mimicking the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals, attaching to receptors in the brain to block the perception of pain. Opioids can produce drowsiness, nausea, constipation, and slow breathing. Opioids also can induce euphoria by affecting the brain regions that mediate what we perceive as pleasure.
Dangers when abused:
Can slow one’s breathing to dangerous levels, including accidental overdose
Particularly dangerous when used in combination with alcohol
What are tranquilizers and sedatives?
Tranquilizers and sedatives are central nervous system depressants, such as Xanax, Valium, and Librium, which are often prescribed to treat anxiety, panic attacks and sleep disorders. Central nervous system depressants, known as barbiturates and benzodiazepines, slow normal brain function to produce a drowsy or calming effect.
Dangers when abused:
Can slow breathing and heartbeat, especially if combined with other prescriptions, alcohol, or over-the-counter (OTC) cold and allergy medications
Can lead to withdrawal and seizures when discontinued after prolonged use
If you or someone you love is suffering from a prescription drug addiction problem, please call an drug addiction recovery consultant today at: 800-980-3927
What are stimulants?
Stimulants such as Ritalin, Adderall and Dexedrine increase alertness, attention and energy and are often prescribed for health conditions such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, narcolepsy and depression. Stimulants enhance the effects of norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain, increase blood pressure and heart rate, constrict blood vessels, and open up the pathways of the respiratory system. They can also produce a sense of euphoria.
Dangers when abused:
Can create extremely high body temperature
Can cause seizures/irregular heartbeat
Alarming Trends in Prescription Drug Use:
Although prescription drug abuse affects many Americans, some concerning trends can be seen among older adults, adolescents and women.
Seniors and Elderly: Seniors and the elderly are at significant risk for prescription drug abuse in which they intentionally or unintentionally take too much medication or medications that are not medically necessary. In addition, a large percentage of older adults also use over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and dietary supplements, sometimes in combination with alcohol, increasing the potential for negative drug interactions and cognitive impairment.
Adolescents/Teens: The non-medical use of prescription drugs has been rising steadily for adolescents, particularly in the area of prescription pain relievers, anti-anxiety medications, stimulants and steroids. With a greater number of prescriptions being written, such drugs are more widely available (including parents’ prescriptions) and abusers may mistakenly believe that such drugs, because they come from a doctor, are safer to take than street drugs. The possible combination with alcohol significantly increases the risk of accidental overdose.
Young Women: Overall, men and women have roughly similar rates of prescription drug abuse, though an exception is found among 12- to 17-year-olds. In this age group, young women are more likely than men to misuse psychotherapeutic drugs. In addition, research has shown that women are at increased risk for non-medical use of painkillers and tranquilizers.
People of all ages abuse prescription drugs for a number of reasons, including:
To feel good or get high
To relax or relieve tension (painkillers and tranquilizers)
To reduce appetite (stimulants)
To be accepted by peers (peer pressure) or to be social
To be safe — it's a false belief that prescription drugs are safer than street drugs
To be legal — it's a mistaken thought that taking prescription drugs without a prescription is legal
To feed an addiction
Recognizing prescription drug abuse, symptoms include:
- Stealing, forging or selling prescriptions
- Taking higher doses than prescribed
- Excessive mood swings
- Increase or decrease in sleep
- Poor decision-making
- Appearing to be high, unusually energetic or revved up, or sedated
- Continually "losing" prescriptions, so more prescriptions must be written
- Seeking prescriptions from more than one doctor
Treatment and Recovery From Prescription Drug Addiction:
Addiction to any drug (illicit or prescribed) is a disease that, like other chronic diseases, can be treated. In fact, millions of people are living in long-term recovery. No single type of treatment is appropriate for all individuals addicted to prescription drugs. Treatment must take into account the type of drug used and the needs of the individual and may need to incorporate several components, including detoxification, counseling, and, in some cases, the use of pharmacological therapies as well as mutual aid/self help and recovery support.
For more information on drug and alcohol treatment (inpatient residential rehabs, outpatient programs and recovery resources), please call an addiction consultant today at: 800-980-3927
Drug Addiction Warning Signs:
The use and abuse of drugs are serious issues that should not be ignored or minimized and we should not sit back and hope they just go away. If left untreated, use and abuse can develop into drug dependence. As a result, it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of drug abuse early. If you’re worried that a friend or family member might be abusing drugs, here are some of the warning signs to look for:
Physical and health warning signs of drug abuse
Eyes that are bloodshot or pupils that are smaller or larger than normal.
Frequent nosebleeds--could be related to snorted drugs (meth or cocaine).
Changes in appetite or sleep patterns. Sudden weight loss or weight gain.
Seizures without a history of epilepsy.
Deterioration in personal grooming or physical appearance.
Injuries/accidents and person won’t or can’t tell you how they got hurt.
Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing.
Shakes, tremors, incoherent or slurred speech, impaired or unstable coordination.
Behavioral signs of drug abuse
Drop in attendance and performance at work or school; loss of interest in extracurricular activities, hobbies, sports or exercise; decreased motivation.
Complaints from co-workers, supervisors, teachers or classmates.
Unusual or unexplained need for money or financial problems; borrowing or stealing; missing money or valuables.
Silent, withdrawn, engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors.
Sudden change in relationships, friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies.
Frequently getting into trouble (arguments, fights, accidents, illegal activities).
Psychological warning signs of drug abuse
Unexplained change in personality or attitude.
Sudden mood changes, irritability, angry outbursts or laughing at nothing.
Periods of unusual hyperactivity or agitation.
Lack of motivation; inability to focus, appearing lethargic or “spaced out.”
Appearing fearful, withdrawn, anxious, or paranoid, with no apparent reason.
Signs and symptoms of Drug Dependence:
Drug dependence involves all the symptoms of drug abuse, but also involves another element: physical dependence.
- Tolerance: Tolerance means that, over time, you need more drugs to feel the same effects. Do they use more drugs now than they used before? Do they use more drugs than other people without showing obvious signs of intoxication?
2. Withdrawal: As the effect of the drugs wear off, the person may experience withdrawal symptoms: anxiety or jumpiness; shakiness or trembling; sweating, nausea and vomiting; insomnia; depression; irritability; fatigue or loss of appetite and headaches. Do they use drugs to steady the nerves, stop the shakes in the morning? Drug use to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms is a sign of addiction.
In severe cases, withdrawal from drugs can be life-threatening and involve hallucinations, confusion, seizures, fever, and agitation. These symptoms can be dangerous and should be managed by a physician specifically trained and experienced in dealing with addiction.
3. Loss of Control: Using more drugs than they wanted to, for longer than they intended, or despite telling themselves that they wouldn’t do it this time.
4. Desire to Stop, But Can’t: They have a persistent desire to cut down or stop their drug use, but all efforts to stop and stay stopped, have been unsuccessful.
5. Neglecting Other Activities: They are spending less time on activities that used to be important to them (hanging out with family and friends, exercising or going to the gym, pursuing hobbies or other interests) because of the use of drugs.
6. Drugs Take Up Greater Time, Energy and Focus: They spend a lot of time using drugs, thinking about it, or recovering from its effects. They have few, if any, interests, social or community involvements that don’t revolve around the use of drugs.
7. Continued Use Despite Negative Consequences: They continue to use drugs even though they know it’s causing problems. As an example, person may realize that their drug use is interfering with ability to do their job, is damaging their marriage, making problems worse, or causing health problems, but they continue to use.
A Drug Addiction Recovery Consultant is available to help you begin the healing process. Please call today and get started on a path to recovery. 800-980-3927
Drug Addiction Recovery Insurance Provider Benefits
Allow one of our addiction recovery specialists maximize your available drug and alcohol rehab insurance benefits and pre qualify you or your loved one. With some insurance plans, there may be no out-of-pocket treatment costs. An intake specialist can also quote private substance abuse and or mental health treatment pay options. We work with a vast network of treatment centers around the country to ensure a wide range of options.
Aetna Health Insurance – Serving over 36 million people nationwide, Aetna Health Insurance allows you and your loved ones to utilize in-network benefits for the cost of drug rehab treatment.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association – Also known as BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield healthcare allows you to utilize your out-of-network benefits for treatment.
UnitedHealth Group Insurance – Many treatment providers are contracted with United Behavioral Health. Utilize your in-network benefits for an addiction treatment program that is unique to your specific needs.
Cigna Health Insurance – Cigna Health Care is recognized globally for its customer care and insurance coverage. You can utilize your out-of-network benefits to help cover the cost of drug rehab treatment.
Humana Health Insurance – Humana provides many forms of insurance coverage and allows you to utilize in-network benefits to cover an addiction treatment program.
Value Options Behavioral Health Care – Value Options is the largest independent behavioral healthcare company in the nation. Many drug and alcohol rehabs will readily accept Value Options’ in-network benefits.
AmeriHealth – Offering nationwide coverage, AmeriHealth insurance is also readily accepted by many drug and alcohol treatment centers for you to utilize your out-of-network benefits. In many cases your insurance can cover most, if not all, of your treatment costs.
ComPsych – ComPsych insurance specializes in behavioral health, the branch that includes alcohol and drug addiction treatment. ComPsych’s in-network benefits may cover the cost for treatment.
GEHA Health Plans – Providing insurance for federal workers, GEHA Health Plans allow you to use your out-of-network benefits for alcohol and drug addiction treatment.
APS Healthcare – APS Healthcare provides multiple plans including behavioral health. APS Healthcare’s out-of-network benefits may cover your drug rehab treatment.
Medical Mutual of Ohio”s out of network benefits may help cover the cost of addiction treatment.
Great West Insurance – Great West Insurance has provided benefits for quality addiction treatment for over 50 years. Many treatment programs have a relationship with Great West and accept their in-network benefits.
PLEASE NOTE: If your Insurance Company was not included, please call us and speak with one of our addiction recovery specialists to find out what your specific provider benefits cover: 800-980-3927