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Parents and caregivers should discourage teens from doing drugs, spot if they are abusing illegal substances and help search for t…
Parents and caregivers should discourage teens from doing drugs, spot if they are abusing illegal substances and help search for t…
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Part One: My experience at Desert Hope played a remarkable part in my life. That is why I want to share it with anybody who has been struggling with alcohol, drug or any kind of dependency for a period of time and also share it with those who might want to support another ...moreperson in need of help. Shortly after finishing my assessment over the phone with American Addiction Centers, they scheduled my flight and I was on my way to West coast within hours! A staff member picked me up at the airport around midnight. During the first few days, caring medical staff watched over me. Since I spent some time in a hospital prior to my arrival, I chose not to detox at Desert Hope, but I have heard good feedback on that from other clients. Overall, the facility is absolutely astonishing, beautiful and spacious. My room looked luxurious, my bed was confortable and the bathroom was big. Because of great housekeeping service available for the clients, the facility was always clean and neat. The facility has a gym, art room, patios outside and even a musical room with a grand piano. I have been to various treatment centers, but the program has a unique and holistic perspective on every aspect of the disease called addiction. I would like to share my insight on their treatment and how it worked for me. First, DH cares about PHYSICAL well-being. My weight was 75lb upon starting my treatment and I was out of shape. The staff members set me up with a nutritional specialist and counselors that helped to look healthy and properly gain weight. I received useful suggestions on how to work out as well and I had an opportunity to apply them during my treatment. They had a personal trainer and yoga instructors. Furthermore, if you are a client that shows some progress, you can get a one hour massage. I personally utilized any opportunity to exercise as it made me feel much better. Of course, my body had to be medically examined and restored to its balanced state. The nurses were knowledgeable and doctors were professional. I was open to their suggestions about my further treatment and was very satisfied with medications they introduced me to during my treatment at DH. Second, the program at DH addresses PSYCOLOGICAL aspect of the disease. It helped me with my MENTAL illness and EMOTIONAL disturbance. I had both group and one-on-one sessions with counselors, behavioral therapists and psychiatrists. During individual sessions, I felt safe and welcomed; I was always honest and open about my problems, which made this session work for me tremendously well. I could finally concentrate on what’s most important to me - my inner self. I highly recommend participating in all groups because there was so much useful information I got out every time I attended one. view less
Part Two: Third, the program helped me to start growing SPIRITUALLY. Besides 12 Step program, you may try other approaches such as Smart Recovery, Rational Recovery, and others. DH also brings worship services and people from churches to the facility. For me, attending m...moreeetings, listening to the solution of people in recovery, sharing my experience and realizing similarities with my thinking, actions and emotions based on other personal stories. Lastly, there is a SOCIAL aspect of recovery. Before I was discharged, I made a decision to stay in Las Vegas. Caring case managers helped me to find a sober living house, introduced me to local people in recovery, assisted me with admission into Intensive Outpatient Program, familiarized me with the best recovery clubs and meetings in the area and even recommended me what doctors I could get referrals to. Also, if your family is willing to participate in your recovery, DH offers therapeutic programs, at least every month. It would be very beneficial for you to include important people in the treatment process. Finally, I would like to emphasize an important factor of such great success of any program at American Addiction Centers. The majority of people working there are also in recovery, and each and every one of them is evidence to the fact that addiction is a serious but TREATABLE disease. Personally, I have never felt so accepted and understood at any other treatment facility but Desert Hope. I highly recommend you calling their number so that you could find out what would be the best option for you or your loved ones. To sum up, the treatment at Desert Hope incorporated all aspects of my well-being by analyzing not just physical but nutritional, emotional, mental, social, environmental and spiritual values. They are extremely helpful in teaching me what lifestyle I should have in order to stay clean, healthy, strong and happy. At the end of my treatment at Desert Hope, I had faith, feeling of support, a solid plan for the nearest future and positive attitude upon whichever was coming next. The day I left the facility, I was no longer shaking, my skin and my body looked healthy, my thinking was less foggy, my mind was clear and I even could play my favorite Chopin’s nocturne nearly as well as I used to... 13 years ago. view less
I give their holistic Pain Recovery Program 5 stars, but their entire program has improved dramatically in the 11 years they have been in business. Las Vegas Recovery Center has a new CEO, Johanna O'flaherty who formerly worked for Betty Ford Center. Her focus is on clinical...more excellence and treating trauma along side addiction. They continue to make updates to their facility, have an extremely dedicated staff, are involved in their community and are committed to an intimate healing setting and providing long-term support for their clients through their alumni association.Their 10 year old chronic pain treatment program has grown and improved substantially. They are one of, if not he only, pain program(s) to publish their program outcome averages on their website here: http://lasvegasrecovery.com/Chronic-Pain-Treatment/evidence-that-our-chronic-pain-treatment-program-works.All programs are still led by Mel Pohl. He is well known and respected throughout the field of addiction. I know many people who have thanked him personally. He has gained a lot of respect from forward thinking medical experts for maintaining his stance that opiates are not a cure for chronic pain and there are better ways to treat chronic pain than treating opiates. Anyone who knows anything about chronic pain treatment knows the field is gravitating towards programs like the one he created a decade ago.While Las Vegas Recovery Center is a highly qualified addiction treatment facility, there simply is no more comprehensive holistic chronic pain treatment program out there. If you have chronic pain and would like to stop taking prescription medication and want to get your life back, this is where you should go. If you are close to Las Vegas, NV and want the best addiction treatment doctor in the state, there is noone more qualified than Mel Pohl in Las Vegas.view less
Drug abuse and addiction is a public health issue with serious consequences. From prescription drugs to cocaine, inhalants and marijuana, illicit substances have affected nearly every community and person in some way. But what exactly is drug abuse and how do people seek treatment for this disease?
Making the decision to seek help for drug addiction is a huge step toward improving your health and overall wellness, as well as that of your family and community. But where do you start? There are many options.
Attend a Rehabilitation Program: There are a plethora of rehab options available to people who abuse drugs. You should be able to find one that fits your budget and lifestyle. For a very intensive treatment, try an inpatient rehab program at a facility that is well-versed in addressing long-term addiction. These organizations provide a place for you to stay while you go through withdrawals, as well as medical assistance if it is needed. Drug rehab facilities offer therapeutic programs such as cognitive behavioral therapy to help users address the problems that may drive them to drug use. You'll also be surrounded by others in similar positions who are looking to stop using and seek support, which can be very helpful and inspiring.
1. Intake Process: Every person beginning an inpatient rehab program will go through an intake process. This involves a physical exam from a doctor and a mental exam from a therapist or psychiatrist. These professionals note any mental conditions, like bipolar disorder and depression, as well as physical issues, such as chronic fatigue or multiple sclerosis, which may be affected by drug use. New patients are usually searched to ensure they do not bring any drugs to the facility on their person or in their belongings. Once a patient has undergone the intake process, they will likely not be allowed to have visitors or even talk with friends and family over the phone for a few days. This promotes focus on recovery without distractions. Each facility is different, but after a few days or weeks, patients are typically allowed to make phone calls and receive visitors.
2. Detox: The first week of inpatient drug rehabilitation is often spent detoxing. Most facilities do not host many classes or require users to attend functions at this time, as it is instead spent dealing with the emotional and physical consequences of coming down from drug use. Long-time users may experience intense symptoms such as temporary blackouts, memory loss, depression, irritability, unpredictable mood swings, headache, insomnia, anxiety, nausea and more. Most patients just entering rehab find their first few days are some of the most difficult as they must completely adjust their habits and mindset, all while going through complex bodily symptoms. Physicians supervise this time of withdrawal to address any symptoms that require medical attention. After you have completed the detox phase and there is no more trace of drugs in your body, you will likely begin attending group and individual therapy sessions.
3. Therapy: While in drug rehabilitation, you don't simply stay away from the substance that you've become addicted to. Instead, you will spend your time learning about what triggers your abuse, and how to address urges and make amends. You will also likely attend group therapy sessions where you and other addicts can share your experiences and learn from one another under the supervision of a therapist or psychiatrist. Being in the presence of others who are learning how to restructure their lives after drug abuse can be very helpful. Knowing you're not alone is a huge step, plus you may be able to turn to those in similar situations for advice.
4. Reintegration: Eventually you will need to leave the safety and routine of your inpatient rehabilitation program and return to regular society. This comes with a lot of risks, as you may interact with situations and individuals that triggered your drug use. Before you leave a drug treatment program, you will learn skills to cope in the real world that don't involve turning to drugs. You might learn to walk away from certain individuals or not go to particular places where you formerly used to go. You may also return to the inpatient program facility for outpatient counseling. This helps many drug users to reintegrate into society and still maintain some source of assistance by going to daily or weekly therapy sessions.
Consider an Outpatient Program
Outpatient programs offer similar assistance to inpatient options such as therapy sessions and counseling, but the patient sleeps in his or her own home and is not confined to the rehabilitation center. Some patients prefer this option because it resembles some form of normality and allows them to potentially work and partake in family activities. It is important to note, though, that a person may require more serious, constant treatment than these outpatient programs can offer. If you are considering seeking treatment for drug addiction, discuss these possibilities with your doctor. He or she will help you decide what program is right for you.
Painkillers and Therapy
Some drug users who have been abusing pain medications like Oxycontin or morphine require pain relief but must find it in other ways than potentially addictive drugs. To address this issue, some people receive methadone, a synthetic narcotic. Individuals in inpatient or outpatient programs may use methadone, as can people who are not seeking any formal treatment but are trying to stop abusing painkillers. Your doctor may prescribe a methadone treatment plan if you have chronic pain issues and are recovering from addiction. Methadone can be given intravenously, via a tablet or as a dispersible. Use of this medication is carefully monitored as it can cause respiratory issues when you first begin or anytime you up your dosage. If you are concerned that you may be abusing prescription painkillers, talk to your physician about Methadone and other options like Suboxone or Narcan.
Working With a Sponsor
Similar to alcoholism treatment, some former drug users require assistance from sponsors. These individuals are often previous addicts themselves or have experiences as therapists or psychiatrists. They meet with patients regularly and are often available at a moment's notice to talk when an individual is feeling vulnerable and triggered. Sponsors can offer help when you need them the most and provide a firm sense of accountability.
To go through treatment successfully, it's important to find the right facility for you. To do so, first talk with your doctor. A physician can determine how severe your addiction is, which will help you decide if you want to try inpatient or outpatient treatment. He or she can also consider any withstanding health issues such as psychiatric conditions that should also be factored into your decision.
Next, check out facilities and programs that offer treatment for the substances that you abuse. Attending a program that is specific to your drug of choice will make your treatment much more likely to be impactful and successful. Look into potential facilities and learn about their drug policies. Some provide certain users with medications like Valium and Xanax to counteract symptoms of distress associated with alcohol or drug withdrawals. You may not want to attend such programs if you fear that you may instead become addicted to these substances or if you have ever had issues with abusing these medications in the past.
You should also note what potential programs to turn to during drug cravings. Some offer excellent nutrition and wellness plans that use healthy eating and exercise to reduce the physical and psychological want or need for a substance. Learning this coping skill is imperative to transitioning back into society, as you will be better prepared to face cravings once you are no longer in drug abuse treatment.
Some treatment programs promote quick sobriety through seemingly impossible means, such as herbal supplements or religious affiliation. When choosing a treatment facility, be wary of questionable claims like, "Shake your drug addiction in one week!" If the advertising sounds too good to be true, the program could potentially be a scam. Instead, look for organizations that include approval and certification from real doctors and health care providers. If a well-known drug abuse therapist or hospital recommends a clinic, for example, it is much more likely that you will have a successful treatment experience there.
Finances are another major part in your treatment program choice. Some facilities accept health insurance like United Healthcare, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Humana and Medicaid. To learn what options are financially feasible for you, call your insurance provider and ask about any programs with which they are connected. Many carriers support in-state assessment, detox and outpatient treatment. Some also partially cover residential or inpatient treatment.
Because drug addiction is considered a disease, major health insurance providers must treat it like any other chronic condition that requires medical treatment. Make a call to the member services phone line at your insurance company and they can explain both in-network and out-of-network coverage for addiction and drug abuse treatment. Be sure to inquire about co-pays and deductibles so you don't receive a surprise bill months after you start a program. If you don't have insurance, you may be able to find outpatient programs like Narcotics Anonymous that offer counseling and meetings for patients at no cost.
Drug Abuse Facts
Every illegal use of a drug, from prescription medications to a hit of methamphetamine, creates an addiction risk for the user. One single dose of a club drug, for example, can cause long-term cognitive damage because it changes the chemical makeup of the brain. It is not always the substance that leads to a label of drug abuse. Instead, it is the nature in which the substance is used. For example, you may break a bone and require surgery. You will likely be prescribed some painkillers to promote healing in your body and make you more comfortable. If, however, you find that the medication creates feelings of euphoria so you pretend you need the drug longer than you do in order to get more pills, that is considered drug abuse. It doesn't matter that you have a prescription and the substance is technically legal.
Helping Your Family Cope
You are not the only one affected by your drug abuse. You family and friends may also appreciate going to therapy to learn how to cope with your addiction. Many people attend support meetings or join groups to mingle with others who are close to drug addicts to provide emotional assistance. When you go through treatment, those close to you must also learn to change their mindsets and behaviors to address these changes to the new you. Many patients have to stop associating with some former friends in order to stay away from illicit substances and avoid situations that may trigger drug abuse. Starting a hobby is a good way to meet new people outside of these social circles once you've received treatment.