“I feel like a prisoner. All I’ve been doing for the past year is going to work, then coming home and drinking until I pass out.
I repeat this cycle every day.”
“I don’t know how I’m going to get the addiction treatment I need. I don’t want to lose my job.”
“My boss would fire me immediately if I tried to take time off for addiction treatment. I haven’t even been there 90 days.”
Drug Addiction: The word “addiction” comes from a Latin term that means “bound to” or “enslaved.”
If you or someone you love has struggled to overcome drug addiction, you understand this concept.
In active drug addiction, I not only felt painfully helpless against this monster that had awakened inside of me, but the more I learned about the repercussions, the more I began to feel like it was a life sentence, even if I broke free.
Alcoholism and Active Duty Military
According to Military.com, a new study on Alcoholism in the Military finds that active duty military personnel drink alcohol more than workers on any other career path. The mental and physical health of our military includes Tricare approved alcohol rehab and a growing number of individuals are receiving the help they deserve.
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
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
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.
Staying Sober After Detox
Deciding to give up alcohol or drugs is the first step toward recovery. If you’ve been through detox, you may be wondering why you can’t just stop here. Why do you have to spend additional time in a drug treatment center —a.k.a. ‘rehab’? Will it really make all that much of a difference?
Right now, you feel good.
Your head is pretty clear and you’re able to make the right choices to keep you on the path toward recovery.
…or are you?
Addiction Rehab: Is Out of State Treatment a Good Idea?
Choosing to take a positive step toward recovery by attending addiction rehab is important to your future. Deciding on the right rehab is just as vital. The choice you make can affect the treatment you receive and even your chances of remaining sober. One of the biggest questions that most people have when selecting an addiction rehab is whether they should consider out of state treatment. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there isn’t one particular treatment that is appropriate for everyone. Each choice relies on certain factors that will help make the decision right for that individual.
Let’s take a look:
Are You Enabling an Addicted Child?
Look for yourself in either of these descriptions:
Enabling Someone in Addiction: Doing something for someone to ease the reality of their consequences. Doing something for someone that they can (and should) do for themselves.
Possible examples: Calling treatment facilities to ask questions about care. Searching the internet for job openings while your child sleeps. Driving someone to obtain illegal substances to help keep them from withdrawal. (The alternative to this last sentence would be to provide information on detox facilities).
Helping Someone in Addiction: Offering support, encouragement or information to help a person begin their journey of recovery.
Possible examples: Visiting a person in treatment during family day. Attending Al-Anon or Nar-Anon in order to understand codependency and to become as healthy as possible for yourself and the family as a whole.
Addiction cravings are an obsessive desire for a particular thing, whether it’s alcohol, drugs, cigarettes or even sugar. When a person stops using a substance and the physical symptoms of withdrawal are gone, cravings can linger on.
During addiction, the neurons in the brain have been transformed and trained to respond to the chemicals in drugs or alcohol. When you become sober, your brain has a hard time adjusting, and those neurons don’t know how to respond without the drug they have become used to. This leads to cravings.
Here’s some help: