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Opiate Addiction Treatment That Works

Need some information on opiate addiction and the addiction treatment process? This article will educate you on opiate addiction, why medical detox is necessary, and what addiction treatment consists of.

Opiates and Opioids. What is the Difference?

The word opioid is used to classify the synthetic (or man-made) form of opiates. Opiates are a drug derived from the poppy flower. Both opioids and opiates are highly addictive. They depress the central nervous system which can cause a user’s heart rate and blood pressure to dramatically drop. Opiates and opioids can ultimately result in death by depressing an individual’s breathing and at the same time sedating them, making it impossible for them to wake up from oxygen deprivation.

Risk of Death Connected to Opiate Addiction

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Danger of Detoxing From Alcohol At Home

Sometimes called, “cold turkey”, detoxing from alcohol at home is something that many individuals struggling with alcoholism have attempted. Is it a good idea? The only answer to this question is, no, and here’s why.

The Danger of Detoxing from Alcohol at Home

Alcohol is one of the most dangerous substances to detox from. For those experiencing the most serious symptom of withdrawal – the shaking, sweating, heart palpitations, hallucinations, and marked confusion of delirium tremens, or the DTs – the death rate has been estimated to be as high as 1 in 25.

Because of this risk, safe alcohol treatment begins with medical detox. But why? What really happens that’s so serious?

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Trauma Therapy: Healing the Root of Addiction

The statistics are startling. One in 6 boys, and 1 in 4 girls, are sexually abused before the age of 18. As a parent, a survivor of childhood sexual trauma, and a person in long term recovery, I know the importance of trauma therapy during addiction treatment firsthand.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it is estimated that nearly 15 million adolescent children have experienced forced sex. Sexual trauma greatly increases an individual’s risk factor for alcoholism or drug addiction, and setting aside these “official statistics”, I can personally report that every person I was in small group with during my time in treatment, both male and female, vividly reported sexual trauma as a factor.

Healing Sexual Trauma

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Addiction Intervention Planning: 5 Things You Need to Say

An addiction intervention isn’t an easy thing to do, but it’s often a necessary one. President Obama once wrote in National Drug Control Strategy that to succeed against addiction, “we will need to rely on the hard work, dedication, and perseverance of every concerned American.” For those who watch their loved ones struggle daily with addiction, these words are fire, burning through their hearts and pushing them to help those around them begin healing.

An addiction intervention takes a good deal of planning, however, as the discussion that occurs can be a tricky and touchy one. Mapping out the conversation in advance and making sure you say the right things can reduce the amount of stress for all involved and help the conversation flow more easily.

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Substance Abuse Treatment – Active Military Reserve

Substance Abuse Treatment for the Military

Men and women in our nation’s military have much different stressors and lifestyles than ordinary citizens. Wartime deployment and combat put individuals in our armed forces at greater risk of developing unhealthy coping habits, such as alcohol and drugs.

In addition, the military has a zero-tolerance policy on drugs. While this means that only 2.3 percent use illicit drugs, it also means that most who are struggling with drug abuse don’t get the treatment they need. They’re too afraid they’ll lose their jobs. These policies also don’t cover legal substances that military personnel might use to deal with stress, such as alcohol or prescription pain relievers. In one study, more than half of the military members interviewed admitted to partaking in binge-drinking episodes, especially when faced with stressful situation like combat and war.

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I Don’t Have A Problem: Denial and Addiction

Denial is one of the main reasons why drug addiction and alcoholism are maintained and prolonged. Many researchers argue that addiction wouldn’t be possible at all without denial. If you’re reading this, you probably know an individual who refuses to acknowledge that he or she has a problem. It’s important to understand that denial is a symptom of addiction.

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Opioid Prescriptions are at an All-Time High in Some States

Opioid Prescriptions at All-Time High in Rural America

Each day, over 115 U.S. citizens die from overdoses from opioid prescriptions. This reality has led to a serious national crisis. Many states have declared public health emergencies due to the number of overdoses each year. Even with federal laws in place, the number of opioid prescriptions, such as morphine, hydrocodone and oxycodone, has increased greatly, especially in some rural areas. In 2016 data released by the CDC, there are quite a few states with high amounts of opioid prescribing rates. Here are the top three.

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Signs Your Loved One is Ready to Talk About Drug Addiction Treatment

When you discover a loved one is struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, the first thing you want to do is get them some help. Seems rational, right? Most often, however, it isn’t that easy. Denial is a big part of addiction. “I don’t have a problem,” may be the reply to every attempt at a  conversation, and even after the problem is acknowledged, the person struggling may believe they can quit on their own, any time they want to.

The truth is, addiction is just as much of a lesson in powerlessness for loved ones as it is for the person in active addiction. We quickly discover that it’s not really up to us when our loved one goes to rehab. Getting help is a personal crossroad and everyone gets there “when they do.” 

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What’s Rehab Like? An Addiction Treatment Overview

What’s Rehab Like? 

Your life has spiraled out of control.
You’re caught in the bondage of drug addiction or alcoholism.

If you’ve been thinking about rehab and this is all new to you, you’re probably wondering what to expect.
What’s rehab like?
Is it like a hospital?
Will I be locked in?
Will I be able to talk to my family?

I’ve been asked every one of these questions by people just like you who were ready for help but afraid of the unknown.
Having a clear picture of what rehab is like can greatly reduce the fear you may have about the process and help you feel more confident about saying yes to addiction treatment.
Here’s what you should know:

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