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According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism nearly 88,000 people, approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women, die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD): AUDs are medical conditions that doctors diagnose when a patient’s drinking causes distress or harm. The American Psychiatric Association states in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual that alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence are a single disorder called alcohol use disorder, or AUD, with mild, moderate, and severe subclassifications.
According to the NIAAA 16.3 million adults ages 18 and older had an AUD in 2014. This includes 10.6 million men and 5.7 million women. About 1.5 million adults received treatment for an AUD at a specialized addiction treatment facility in 2014.
People who have AUD’s don’t just drink in their homes, they drink publicly, they drink alone and in groups, and they want to stop but seem unable to do so.
What we mean by alcohol is various alcoholic drinks. Beer, wine and spirits fall into this category of consumable alcohol. The scientific name for the alcohol in these drinks is ethanol or ethyl alcohol. Although it’s legal for people aged 21 and over to buy and drink alcohol, that doesn’t mean it’s safe.
Alcohol slows down your body’s responses in all kinds of ways. It is a depressant, which means while if you drink just enough it can make you feel sociable; too much and you’ll have a hangover the next day and may not remember what you did while under the influence of alcohol. There are some serious repercussions to alcohol abuse and addiction. If you drink too much alcohol either in a single session or for a prolonged period this could put you in a coma or possibly even kill you.
Difficult or unusual drinking patterns can shift electrical activities within the addict’s brain, and when that happens, the individual might have little to no control over how much they drink or when they drink. As well as numerous side effects from alcohol addiction there are many risks associated with quitting drinking especially if you drink consistently. A wide range of physical health problems, either as a result of binge drinking or from more regular drinking can occur. The problems caused by alcohol include high blood pressure, stroke, liver disease, cancers and falls or other accidents.
Other adverse behavioral effects include:
It can be difficult to recognize when you or someone you know drinks recreationally and when it has developed into a problem. There are certain symptoms that occur due to alcoholism that you can look out for to help you and your loved ones stay safe. These include but are not limited to:
Detoxing from alcohol can often require professional clinical help to manage the severe physical withdrawal symptoms. Blood pressure increases and unusual heart rate set in followed swiftly by hallucinations, agitation, fever and even seizures. Anxiety, insomnia and confusion can occur within 24 – 72 hours after your last drink. Withdrawal can have serious effects and can even lead to death so it is important that you are aware of the risks before you attempt to stop drinking at home.
If you, or someone you care about, are suffering due to alcoholism and need to get help, communicating with an alcohol rehab center and entering an addiction treatment program that includes a process of detoxification is the best way to get results. The road to recovery may be challenging but it will be worth it.
Some people that abuse or are addicted to alcohol manage to stop drinking on their own for a time. Some can go longer than others. The big problem is that they often relapse and return to drinking. A relapse is when someone who uses drugs or alcohol stops for a time and then goes back to it again. This can even happen after attending an alcohol rehab. Alcohol’s effects can seem transient, wearing off in just a few hours, but the chemical changes after drinking can stick around for a long time lingering deep within the body and brain. At times these fundamental changes have become so severe that people have developed severe life-threatening complications during withdrawal, including heart palpitations and shocking seizures. People who develop serious alcohol withdrawal problems need to be taken care of by professionals in an environment that is safe and effective. If a person has a family history of difficult alcohol withdrawal they should definitely enter a clinical detox program in order to get better. However the fact is that even people with no family history of difficulty can find it hard to withdraw from alcohol abuse. Stopping drinking can make you feel jittery and shaky. If you have tried to stop but felt like this then you are exhibiting the first signs of a difficult withdrawal, and those signs will probably just get worse and worse. Anyone who is trying to get help from alcohol or is entering alcohol rehab and mentions these issues should be considered for a clinical detox.
A clinical detox program takes place in an inpatient rehabilitation center, where clinical teams can provide supervision and support around the clock. A patient is monitored while they go through the detoxification process to make sure the treatment is safe and effective. Following the detox and inpatient treatment a comprehensive program of followup care including possible outpatient treatment and community support will reduce the risk of relapse. An alcohol rehab inpatient treatment program allows a person with an addiction to step away from their daily concerns of life so that they are able to completely focus on their own particular needs and the specifics of their recovery. Every person is different and their lives are not the same so you have to take into account what they deal with on a day to day basis and what external stresses impact a person in their individual lives.
An inpatient program might be the best way to go for people who have tried outpatient alcoholism recovery before and found that those programs did not solve their problem. When relapses seem to happen, over and over again, that’s a sign that the program that they have tried in the past was not the best choice for them. A clinical detox program takes place in an inpatient center, where clinical teams can provide supervision and support around the clock.
There are, however, some people who can do well in outpatient programs. People who have a relatively new alcoholism habit might succeed in outpatient care. It is also good for folks who have a strong family connection and a good support group and might not need all of the security and supervision inpatient care can deliver. Families can be a big help to people in need of alcohol rehab.
Alcohol abuse disorders can seem persistent and even unbeatable, especially if a person displays any of the symptoms of withdrawal. A professional alcohol rehab can help a person pick up the skills they’ll need in order to say “No” to that next glass of alcohol and stay sober. There are a number of programs available and the treatment process will change from person to person so it is advisable to seek help beforehand. Treatment for alcoholism is challenging but conquerable.
Ativan is the trade name for the generic drug Lorazepam and part of the drug class known as benzodiazepines, a category of drugs also known as sedatives or tranquilizers. Ativan works by attaching itself to gamma-aminobutyric acid receptors in the brain which slows down the chemical messages the nerve receptors receive, causing an overall calming effect.
Ativan is a prescription medication mainly used to treat anxiety but many doctors use Ativan to treat a variety of conditions as they have discovered it can have therapeutic effects for many different problems.
Some of the conditions Ativan is used to treat are manic bipolar disorder, chronic sleep problems, restlessness, muscle spasms and many symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal. It is also used to help gain relief from vomiting associated with cancer drugs and chemotherapy as well as general nausea.
Ativan abuse can have serious physical side effects. The following are the most common side effects that can be noticed when a person is addicted to Ativan and is now taking higher doses of the sedative:
If someone buys Ativan illegally on the street from street drug dealers. This is quite a problem as sometimes these dealers sell a version of the drug or another pill entirely which can put the addict at significant risk.
Recognizing substance abuse is not always easy or straightforward. Ativan is particularly difficult one to diagnose as it is generally a prescription medication in many cases given to the user by a medical doctor. Not everyone who takes Ativan abuses it and so it is an individual case by case basis to determine the situation and the person involved. Ativan, like many other drugs, is not just mentally addictive, it can cause physical dependence. Two main physical dependence traits show up when someone is addicted to Ativan. A person who abuses the drug may show the following signs:
-The first sign is that over time the Ativan user’s body develops a tolerance to this tranquilizer. This means that increased dosages are now required to get the desired effect. For recreational users this means they need more and more of the drug to gain the same “high” that they are seeking. The higher the tolerance, the bigger the dose, and so in turn the risks of use increase exponentially as time goes by. Some individuals go “doctor shopping.” This is when they go to see multiple doctors and gain many different prescriptions for the same drug so that they are able to take as much as they want.The person may buy Ativan from other individuals who have existing or falsified prescriptions.
-Secondly, once they have gotten to the point of increased tolerance, Ativan abusers often experience physical withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking the strong sedative. They may even have withdrawal symptoms if they do not stop “cold turkey” but simply reduce the amount of Ativan they were taking, which can be a very scary proposition.
In most cases, individuals get Ativan via prescription, which means prescription bottles may be in evidence in the person’s home, car, or even workplace. Any person who is legally using Ativan as a treatment for a condition will use it in compliance with a doctor’s orders and will only have one prescription per month. In most cases they will also not have a prescription for more than four months. A person who has become addicted to the prescription sedative Ativan will most often display psychological and behavioral signs of their addiction negatively impacting work, family, school, and/or their personal obligations. People have also even reported having hallucinations.
Ativan withdrawal symptoms can be highly dangerous. It is not easy to get off this substance as the effects of the physical and mental dependency are significant. A simple search online will yield horrifying results of people who have had terrifying and expensive personal accounts of benzodiazepine withdrawal. If you or someone you care about are physically dependent or addicted to Ativan these are the signs to look out for when you try to stop taking it. Some of the side effects are significantly worse than others but all have an impact on day to day life as well as physical and mental health.
The fact of the matter is that in most cases withdrawal from Ativan requires a tapering process, as if someone was to just to suddenly stop taking this drug the consequences could be any, or more probably, more than one of the above symptoms as well as even more severe complications.
A person who has been taking a high dose and/or long-term users are strongly encouraged to undergo a clinically supervised detox with professionals who have dealt with these issues before. It is not something you should try alone at home and certainly not with a place or persons who have not got your best interests at heart. If you or someone you care about is suffering due to Ativan addiction it is recommended that you contact a drug rehab center as soon as possible.
Complementary services that are put in place to support the core recovery plan are essential to ensure the effectiveness of a program to combat this particular problem of Ativan and benzodiazepine abuse. These include pharmacological interventions and psycho-behavioral therapy. Pharmacological intervention is when a clinically designed program is designed to help an individual get off these drugs. At present it important to note that there are no medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration to specifically treat Ativan abuse (other than using benzodiazepines in the tapering process).
The best way to treat Ativan abuse is using a core set of services focused on psycho-behavioral therapy. Our drug rehabilitation center focuses on what causes psychological stress leading to a person’s own addiction and makes sure that the most effective approaches to achieve and maintain a drug-free mind are used.
Some of the most commonly used psycho-behavioral therapies in our drug and alcohol rehab centers are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the 12 step program. In Dimensions drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers psychotherapy is provided on both an individual and group level.
Our expert therapists work with the recovering individual to help identify the particular thought processes underlying the person’s substance abuse. CBT has a strong focus on learning processes that drug abuse is not the best way of coping with stress and they help develop new drug-free strategies to cope with triggers that cue the person to abuse drugs. We try to make sure that an addict is able to engage in other behaviors rather than taking drugs to solve a problem even if it is as simple as taking a walk or calling a friend for support. CBT has proven to be the most effective and long-lasting treatment of Ativan abuse and addiction.
A Behavioral Addiction, sometimes referred to as a Process Addiction, is defined as the compulsive indulgence in a specific behavior, or type of behaviors, that has a net result of harm to the individual. Plus, the inability of the individual to reduce or manage these behaviors without treatment.
The majority of people will engage in hundreds of different behaviors every day and every behavior has its own set of consequences. People generally choose which behavior to engage in with relative thoughtfulness and with the intention of improving their life experience. When a person is unable to stop a behavior and it becomes impulsive in nature and starts contributing to the development of a range of physical and mental issues it is termed an addiction.
A behavior is termed an addiction when the following is true:
If you, or someone you care about, is struggling with a behavioral addiction the good news is that it can be managed and overcome with treatment. The issues caused by the long-term behaviors can be addressed and a healthier lifestyle can be implemented.
What causes Behavioral Addiction?
Often a combination of issues will cause a behavioral addiction to develop, these issues include:
Many people do not feel that a behavior can be characterized as an “addiction,” they believe self-control is all that’s needed. Unfortunately, it remains a fact that if self-control was the only issue, people struggling with behavioral addictions would stop engaging in a behavior long before it caused them physical or emotional harm, ended their primary relationships and created a host of legal, financial and mental health issues.
Whether any behavior can develop into an addiction that’s harmful to an individual’s ability to function is still up for debate. What we do know is several behaviors are commonly reported as occurring at a level of addiction. They wreak havoc and destroy lives for as long as they go untreated.
The most common behavioral addictions are reported to include:
-Signs and Risks Associated with a Gambling Addiction
Gambling addiction refers to gambling or choices related to gambling that endanger or compromise a person’s life, their career, or their family and close relationships. If the choice to gamble is characterized by the following then it is termed an addiction:
People who seek treatment for a gambling addiction often report huge losses, which include bankruptcy, legal problems, foreclosure, divorce and more. Additionally, many who struggle with this type of addiction may have suicidal thoughts and attempt suicide.
-Signs and Risks Associated with a Food Addiction
Many people overeat on occasion or tend to eat out of boredom or for pure enjoyment. Individuals with a food addiction cannot control their compulsive eating behaviors and often describe feeling “high” while eating. People with an addiction to food can develop a tolerance, just like those who are addicted to alcohol or drugs. They require more and more food to experience the “high” they are seeking.
People with a food addiction may be obese, but it is possible for people with a normal BMI to struggle with the disorder. Damaged relationships with family and friends, issues of self-esteem and other physical and mental health problems can be a result of food addiction.
-Signs and Risks Associated with a Risky Behavior Addiction
Sometimes the thrill of a new or potentially dangerous activity (that might actually be dangerous) can create the feeling of a “high” for a person. Some people take it further than adventure sports and roller coasters for an adrenaline rush. Risky acts like driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, unprotected sex with strangers, and choosing to engage in other activities that clearly put their health and lives at risk can indicate a risky behavior addiction. When the individual is unable to stop these activities despite the increased negative consequences they should seek help.
-Signs and Risks Associated with a Video Game Addiction
Video games provide an escape and video games addiction is a growing phenomenon especially for people who have a hard time connecting with others in person. Acting the role of someone else outside of reality and living a virtual life can be an alluring proposition. Video game addiction may seem relatively harmless, and it is true that many people can play games without developing a problem. But, compulsive game play can affect an individual’s ability to connect positively with others and engage in healthy relationships, maintain responsibilities at home and work, and make healthy choices that support their physical and mental well being.
Those who go untreated may end up completely isolating themselves from reality, losing their ability to function in the real world, whether that is interacting with their family or achieving any goals outside video games.
Identifying in yourself or others when a specific behavior or type of behavior has developed into a problem issue and that problem has developed into an addiction is not always easy. It can be hard to recognize when something has elevated to a diagnosable disorder that requires treatment.
Addiction is defined as a disease of the brain, it is a chronic illness that requires therapeutic and clinical treatment at an addiction rehab center. When a person is unable to stop engaging in the addictive behavior even when everything is spiraling out of control and they have a genuine desire to stop, it is time to seek treatment.
The signs of an addictive issue can vary depending upon the individual and on the behavior at the focus of the addiction, but the following is a guide as to when it is time to get help:
When suffering from a behavioral addiction it is important for you or your loved one to accept a need for change and to understand that enrollment in an integrated treatment program at a drug detox and recovery facility is the way to find help. It is possible to manage and overcome these behavioral issues and be a positive agent of that change. Recognizing the signs of behavioral addiction and the treatment options and support groups available is the first step towards recovery and a happier, healthier life.
Many of the treatment programs used for treating drug or alcohol dependence are also effective for treating behavioral addiction. An effective behavioral addiction treatment program should include a combination of the following resources:
Benzodiazepines, also known as “benzos,” are prescription medications that have been used for more than 50 years and belong to the prescription sedative class of drugs. They were originally developed in order to help people with very real mental health or physical health concerns. The drug class known as benzodiazepines is made up of prescription tranquilizers and are also called sedatives or anxiolytics. They are prescribed for a host of conditions, such as anxiety disorder or panic disorder. Some of the drugs used are Ativan, Ambien, Klonopin, Xanax and Valium. Although benzodiazepines have a calming effect, they are highly addictive, and a person who abuses them faces a host of symptoms including weakness, blurred vision, drowsiness, headaches, difficulty breathing, tremors and even death if an overdose is taken.
These drugs cause a shift in the chemical signals the brain uses in order to communicate a pleasurable event. When this takes place in the brain a user feels a boost of sensation that is associated with reward, joy and security. As time passes the altered brain cells may stop functioning at an optimal level on a day to day basis without access to benzodiazepines. Brain cells start to demand the drug in order to feel these sensations and it is very hard to ignore. This is when an addiction comes into play.
The development of tolerance to benzodiazepines causes physical dependence. When a person builds up tolerance the brain becomes more and more used to the drug and, for this reason, requires more of it or the person will not get the same high they used to get from the same amount. When the brain does not get the dose that it is used to either because the person is reducing the familiar amount or stopping completely cold turkey then the body triggers a withdrawal. Benzodiazepines are dangerous because they cause persistent brain chemical changes.
The following is a list of benzodiazepines, by branded name:
There are significant risk to abusing benzodiazepines. The following are the most common side effects when a person is addicted to benzodiazepines:
Withdrawal from benzodiazepines is considered to be very dangerous, and in some instances, it can even be fatal. Serious seizures are one of the symptoms of withdrawal from benzodiazepine addiction.
Recognizing substance abuse is not always easy. Benzodiazepines are dangerous and these are particularly difficult to diagnose as they are generally a prescription medication. This means that people are given these substances in many cases by a medical doctor. Not everyone abuses them and so it is an individual case by case basis to determine the situation and the person involved. A person who abuses the drug may fall into any one of the following categories:
In most cases, individuals get benzodiazepines via prescription, which means prescription bottles may be in evidence in the person’s home, car, or even workplace or desk drawers. Any person who is legally using these drugs as a treatment for a condition will use it in compliance with a doctor’s orders and will only have one prescription per month. In most cases they will also not have a prescription for more than four months.
When a person suddenly stops taking benzodiazepines after a dependency has formed some serious effects may occur as their body reacts to the substance being tapered off or the fact that it is lacking in their system. A type of overexcitement of the nerves and neurons that have been suppressed with the drugs starts to take place which results in an elevated heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. On top of these the person now also has to deal with insomnia, anxiety, and panic symptoms. If any of these symptoms like panic attacks were the reason they started taking benzodiazepines in the first place they may return in an even greater measure than before.
Some of the symptoms of withdrawal from benzodiazepines are:
If you are worried that you or someone you care about is abusing or addicted to Benzodiazepines it is vital that you make contact with a drug rehabilitation center as soon as possible. Enrollment in a drug addiction treatment program will be the most effective way to break the habit. Professional help can be the difference between a happy, healthy life and the destructive cycle of drug addiction.
About thirty percent of people who take these prescription medications for six months or longer will experience health problems. Benzodiazepine addiction treatment begins with a supervised clinical detox. It is recommended that an individual does not try to get off these substances without professional help as the withdrawal and detox period can be very stressful and dangerous, possibly even fatal. Once stabilized, individuals continue their recovery through inpatient or outpatient programs that offer cognitive therapies and counseling sessions. Many inpatient programs provide comfortable surroundings so that a client can heal in a safe and soothing environment.
A full recovery is possible, with the help of therapy and a clinical detox at a drug or alcohol rehab center. Inpatient programs can provide monitoring during a proper clinical detox. Trained professionals are close by to spot symptoms and address them before they have a chance to get worse. This type of around-the-clock care is not something that a family is able to provide. Dimensions drug or alcohol centers also provide trained, qualified staff to run counseling and coaching sessions that help give people addicted to benzodiazepines the tools to stay sober for good. Inpatient programs make sure there are home-like amenities so that people can get clean and sober in supportive environments. Unfortunately benzodiazepine addictions don’t simply disappear. Symptoms have a tendency to get worse and worse over time if they are not treated in a comprehensive manner by professionals who are versed in the problems and triggers facing an addict.
12 step programs
A part of the drug and alcohol rehabilitation process that is very helpful is the 12 step program which can be instrumental to the recovery process during inpatient or outpatient treatment. This is often considered to be synonymous with recovery but the 12 step program is different from general psychotherapy group work. The sober sponsors are totally voluntarily and those who work with members of 12 step groups are not paid by a rehab center.
After graduation the work done within a 12 step program is an effective aftercare program that provides support and a healthy way to deal with addiction and triggers that could lead back to abuse of benzodiazepines .
Families and loved ones are often the people that are there for the person who abuses benzodiazepines and using family therapy is a great way to make sure that the support network is available to someone who needs it. Defining triggers and what is required of a family member, the emotional costs of the treatment as well as the necessary understanding and support of family is what could be the make or break point of a recovery process. Even a recovering person with a supportive family may need additional help from public systems that offer help with housing, free or low-cost legal services, transportation, public benefits, childcare, and/or job placement.
A co-occurring disorder is when someone is diagnosed as having both a substance abuse disorder, for example an addiction to drugs or alcohol, and a mental illness such as PTSD, depression or an anxiety disorder. This is also referred to as dual diagnosis and any combination of substance abuse and mental health disorder qualifies for this diagnosis. An individual might suffer with cocaine dependence and anorexia, heroin addiction and PTSD, alcoholism and depression, prescription drug dependence and anxiety and many more co-occurring disorders.
Everyone is different when it comes to their experience with mental illness and addiction. Some people start to experience issues with their mental health during childhood or adolescence and begin to experiment with drugs or alcohol soon after, causing them to develop both a serious mental illness and an addiction problem simultaneously. Others might seek out drugs in an attempt to “self-medicate” a mental health issue that has developed in their early adulthood or that stems from trauma or an injury later in life. Sometimes a person may develop an addiction problem that grows so severely that it causes mental health issues or possibly triggers symptoms that may have otherwise remained dormant.
Individuals who enter treatment with symptoms of addiction or substance abuse are about twice as likely to also present symptoms of a mental health disorder, compared with those who don’t struggle with drugs or alcohol. Individuals who enter treatment for symptoms indicating a mental health disorder are also twice as likely to be living with a substance abuse disorder at the same time.
Co-occurring disorders are not uncommon. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) say that an estimated 8.9 million Americans are living with co-occurring disorders. SAMHSA also report that less than 7.5% of Americans living with co-occurring disorders enroll in comprehensive treatment programs that could address those disorders each year.
How do Co-occurring Disorders Develop?
Every person is different and there is no one cause of addiction, however, living with a mental health disorder can increase the chances of developing an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Just as living with an addiction can increase the likelihood of developing a mental health issue, the symptoms appearing later, triggered or worsened by continuous drug use.
In the majority of cases, a combination of issues may contribute to a person developing an addiction and/or mental health disorder, these issues include:
Living with both substance abuse or addiction and a co-occurring mental health disorder can be a deadly combination. Often poor lifestyle choices are associated with these two disorders and without treatment at a drug rehab facility they can translate into early and/or sudden death.
Some common issues that can be life-threatening for individuals diagnosed with co-occurring disorders include:
Addressing all disorders that can contribute to lifestyle choices that may cause an early or sudden death is of vital importance for individuals who are living with a co-occurring disorder. An effective treatment plan offers the individual a range of services, providing everything necessary for them to heal on all levels. These specific services will vary depending upon the client’s needs but will include assistance in lifestyle changes such as improving communication, nutrition, sleep habits, family relationships and work-related issues, in addition to drug addiction and mental health treatment.
Symptoms of one of the disorders might predate the other, however both disorders do tend to exacerbate one another. This can make it impossible to differentiate between the disorder causing the symptoms. As an example, someone attempting to escape the symptoms of depression which are associated with mood or personality disorders by taking prescription medication or injecting heroin will soon discover that though this might work the first few times they quickly begin to struggle with other issues.
In addition to the symptoms of depression, they will experience:
The specifics of each co-occurring disorder are defined by a range of symptoms with varying levels of severity which are impacted by the unique experience of each individual. It is recommended these individuals receive intensive clinical and therapeutic treatment for both disorders simultaneously to manage the symptoms effectively and safely. This allows them to seek help for their mental health disorder without drugs or alcohol worsening their condition. Comprehensive care at a specialized drug treatment facility will address the individual’s specific needs from detox to therapy and continuing through aftercare treatment and support. This is the best way for the individual to build a new life in recovery from co-occurring disorders.
If a person has a co-occurring disorder it is recommended that they enroll in a program of integrated treatment, a comprehensive form of rehabilitation that provides all the resources necessary to help clients heal physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. This includes clinical treatment, therapy, and holistic treatment.
Each client will be provided with a unique treatment plan that suits their needs and recognizes the personal challenges they are facing. For those with both an addiction disorder and a mental health disorder, an integrated treatment plan will generally include the following:
Aftercare Services and Support
Which mental health issues can be treated?
No matter what mental health issues a person is suffering from their symptoms can be addressed with comprehensive treatment at an addiction rehab center. There is no mental health disorder that cannot be impacted effectively by a customized integrated treatment program. The following is a list of mental illnesses that will benefit from comprehensive clinical and therapeutic care:
Effective Treatment for Co-occurring Disorders
For an individual in recovery from co-occurring disorders a range of therapeutic interventions may be appropriate. Both personal therapy on a one-on-one basis and in a group setting is advised. As the sessions are client-driven or group-driven they can focus on the acute issues facing those involved while offering support and benefits from sharing experience. Common therapies used to treat co-occurring disorders include:
If you or someone you care about is suffering due to a co-occurring disorder seek help at one of our drug recovery centers to safely manage treatment.
Cocaine, which is commonly referred to as “Coke” or “Blow,” is a strong stimulant that affects the user’s central nervous system. Mostly used as a recreational drug cocaine augments the amount of dopamine that is released and recycled in the brain. Users feel a boost of pleasure, enhancing their experiences and creating the effect of long lasting happiness. Cravings can be persistent, tolerance levels and dependence can develop quickly, which is why cocaine is often associated with addiction. The illegal substance is extracted from the leaves of the coca plant and mixed with an alkaline such as hydrochloric acid to covert it into cocaine hydrochloride. It usually appears in powdered form as a fine white powder that can be inhaled, ingested or injected. Also sold in crystalline format, Crack cocaine is cocaine powder that has been processed with water and baking soda and made into “rocks” which can be smoked.
Freebase cocaine is cocaine in its purest, solid form which is where the name comes from, it is the “base” form of the drug. It is achieved by using ammonia to extract the cocaine base from the salt form in which it is found naturally. It is incredibly dangerous to produce as it involves using Diethyl ether to dissolve the cocaine which is extremely flammable and volatile. Powdered cocaine is converted to cocaine sulfate which results in a form that is almost 100% pure. This creates a substance with a low melting point that can be easily smoked but is difficult to melt and inject.
Typically freebasing involves a glass pipe and a small piece of heavy copper on which the cocaine can be melted. Placed at the end of the pipe the melted cocaine produces a vapor that is then inhaled. As it is absorbed through the lungs the effects are felt almost immediately and it creates feeling of intense euphoria and an extreme high that lasts for approximately 30 minutes. The high is intensive but short-lived and is followed by a powerful crash which is why it is a highly addictive substance with a high risk of overdose.
As well as the serious psychological effects, numerous physical effects can result from cocaine addiction. Cocaine can disrupt all the body tissues it comes into contact with. It can tighten and shrink blood vessels and over time this can cause the tissues that depend on these vessels to shrivel up and die. Snorting cocaine can lead to trauma to the mouth, nose, and palette which can include tumors and lesions and often results in surgical correction. Users who swallow cocaine could experience life-threatening intestinal problems. Intestines, when starved of blood, can bunch up and block flow, or grow thin and weak, which could cause them to burst.
In the long-term, cocaine addiction can cause severe and irreversible physical side effects. The following list is just a sample of the possibilities:
Another huge risk of cocaine use is the addition of cutting agents that include ‘Adulterants’ to increase weight or volume and ‘Substitutes’ which enhance the effects of the drug. The user has no idea how much of either may have been cut with the cocaine and what the effects might be.
Cocaine is a stimulant and carries an extremely high risk of addiction. Individuals may quickly progress from recreational use to abuse to addiction. That is why it is important to understand some of the symptoms of cocaine abuse so you can recognize them in other people in case they need help for addiction treatment. Here are some of the possible physical, psychological and behavioral symptoms of cocaine abuse:
If you recognize one or more of these symptoms in yourself or someone you care about, contact our addiction recovery center for more information on addiction treatment options.
Withdrawal from cocaine can begin as quickly as 90 minutes after the last dose depending on the user. Cocaine withdrawal may not be as severe as withdrawal from other drugs such as alcohol or benzodiazepines, however it can be extremely challenging and uncomfortable.
Cocaine withdrawal can lead to a number of harrowing psychological symptoms which include:
Cocaine withdrawal symptoms typically resolve after approximately a week to 10 days. However, breaking the pattern of use and overcoming the intense cravings can be hard to achieve without professional help at a drug rehab facility or drug recovery center.
Like many drugs, cravings for cocaine can occur years after the individual has purged cocaine from their system and can happen suddenly with unknown triggers.
It can sometimes be difficult to recognize symptoms of cocaine use but if you see signs of cocaine addiction in a family member or friend you need to communicate with them concerning their enrollment in a cocaine rehab treatment program. You can do this by sending us a message, email, or by calling us on the phone. Since cocaine cravings can be persistent, you should consider a treatment program that will provide ongoing, comprehensive relapse prevention care and support.
The lasting effects of chronic cocaine abuse can be life threatening. If you, or someone you care about has an issue with cocaine addiction, treatment programs and rehab options are available. With professional help and effective followup care, cocaine addiction can be managed and overcome.
Treatment for cocaine addiction is readily available. Inpatient programs will provide around-the-clock care. Outpatient programs can mean the user does not have to stay at the recovery center and can visit for sessions a number of times a week. Most addiction treatment programs provide a mixture of the two formats. There are no steadfast rules about which is best, it will depend on the individual and their needs.
The type of treatment that will be most effective will depend on the individual. While detox can often be completed as part of an outpatient program, allowing the addict to stay at home throughout the process, clinical detox and comprehensive inpatient addiction treatment can be recommended in some instances. This is because 24-hour supervision can be necessary for those who have relapsed in the past, are at high trigger risk, of if the user suffers from a co-occurring mental health disorder.
There are a number of programs to chose from but this should not be overwhelming, your local addiction recovery center is here to help and can provide you with all the information you need. People in recovery need to stay connected to the tools and resources that can help them to stay clean and might need to stay connected for a number of years. That is why it is important to chose a rehab center that makes you feel comfortable and suits your needs
The sooner cocaine addiction is identified and treatment can begin, the more likely it is that the issue can be conquered and resolved. This is possible with the help of professionals, family, and friends and by getting real and lasting cocaine addiction help.
When a person is trying to stop using a substance they have become addicted to there can be serious effects. The first stage towards successfully getting clean is a ‘detoxification’ or ‘detox’ process. This process allows the body to rid itself of a drug while safely managing the often uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal. It is a physical process of flushing the substances and toxins left in your body from using drugs or abusing alcohol. There are multiple symptoms that accompany the detoxification process, this combination of withdrawal symptoms is called “withdrawal syndrome.”
To manage withdrawal syndrome without danger the detox process should take place with professional guidance from a drug detox and addiction recovery center.
Withdrawal syndrome is the name for all the withdrawal symptoms from a substance an individual may experience when they start a drug detox. When a person stops putting a drug into their body that they use consistently, the body, brain and nervous system can react badly. These symptoms are beyond the user’s control and can be uncomfortable and oftentimes dangerous. Withdrawal symptoms can be both psychological as well as physical. They are different in every person and occur in different combinations. It is recommended that before a user attempts to detox from a drug that they seek advice from an addiction recovery center.
The duration of withdrawal and the severity of the symptoms is influenced by the user’s level of dependency and a number of other factors, including the following:
Before we look at these symptoms in more detail here is a basic outline of the withdrawal timelines for the major targets of abuse:
Withdrawal will usually begin between 8 hours after the user’s last drink and up to a few days after drinking. It will peak within 24-72 hours and can last a few weeks at a time.
Alcohol withdrawal can be broken down into three stages:
When drinking alcohol its effects can seem short-lived, however people with alcoholism or alcohol addiction issues tend to remain in a state of slight sedation around the clock. This means that their brains are constantly being influenced by alcohol. When they decide to stop drinking and try to get sober, they can feel shaky, jittery and paranoid. It can be extremely dangerous to quit drinking “cold turkey.” According to data that has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, approximately half of the people suffering with an alcohol use disorder will experience a form of alcohol withdrawal when their alcohol use is cut down or eliminated completely. These symptoms can include; Headaches, fatigue, sweating, dizziness, mood swings, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, clammy skin, shallow breathing, insomnia, nightmares, dehydration and depression.
Between 3-5% will suffer from the most serious form of alcohol withdrawal which are called Delirium Tremens, also known as DTs. While the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can start within a few hours after a user’s last drink, DTs may not begin for an additional few days. They can appear suddenly which is what makes alcohol withdrawal dangerous and detox safest when it is monitored by a clinical professional 24 hours a day.
Symptoms of the DTs can include fever, seizures, severe confusion, agitation, hallucinations, and delirium. These symptoms signify a severe form of withdrawal and they can be fatal without swift intervention so clinical detox at an addiction treatment center is essential.
Withdrawal from cocaine starts within hours after the last dose, it will peak after a few days and can last from 1 week to 10 weeks.
Cocaine withdrawal usually manifests in 3 phases. These include the initial crash, then acute withdrawal, followed by the extinction period:
Compared to other drugs cocaine has a very short half-life, this means that withdrawal symptoms can start to appear as quickly as 90 minutes after the last dose is taken.
The withdrawal symptoms typically resolve after between a week and 10 days. However, cravings can occur suddenly even years after users have purged cocaine from their system.
The “high” from this stimulant takes effect very fast and can produce feelings of extreme euphoria, heightening a person’s energy levels and elevating their self-esteem and confidence. But, the feelings are short-lived. This can result in repeated abuse in a binge pattern and why cocaine addiction can become a serious issue.
As there is a lack of many physical symptoms cocaine withdrawal is unlike withdrawal from the majority of other substances. As a result of this the process of withdrawal from cocaine is considered not to be life-threatening. However, while cocaine may not cause the serious medical complications that often occur with substances such as alcohol and benzodiazepines, it is still a hazardous drug to detox from, as the effects can last for a long time. Throughout this period, without clinical supervision, people can experience anxiety, irritability, and find themselves unable to concentrate. They can also feel intense cravings for the drug which puts them at a high risk for relapse.
Drug cravings and the emotional turbulence associated with this type of withdrawal may be best treated by a mental health professional at an addiction treatment facility who has been trained in substance abuse and dependency. This way they can provide the necessary care and psychological support during the detox process and throughout recovery.
Heroin withdrawal starts within 12 hours of the last dose. It peaks at approximately 24-48 hours and can last from 1 week to a few months. For most prescription opiates withdrawal usually starts within 8-12 hours, then peaks over 12-48 hours and lasts 5-10 days.
Withdrawal from opiates occurs during 2 distinct phases, known as early withdrawal and late withdrawal. They produce both physical side effects that can mimic the flu and psychological symptoms.
Withdrawal begins when the drug’s half-life expires. This is when the drug is no longer active in the user’s bloodstream. Of the opiates, which includes Oxycontin, Morphine, Methadone and Vicodin, Heroin has the shortest half-life which is approximately a few minutes long. That means it takes effect the quickest, but it also rapidly leaves the body. OxyContin comes in two formats, it has a half-life of 3-4 hours in the immediate-release format and 12 hours for the extended-release format. Morphine has a half-life of 6-10 hours. Methadone has a slightly different withdrawal timeline. Withdrawal begins within 24-48 hours usually peaking in the first few days and can last from 2-4 weeks.
People who attempt to stop taking opiates themselves without enrolling on a clinical detox program can experience withdrawal symptoms that can persist for several days. This increases the chance of relapse and failing to break the destructive cycle of addiction. While withdrawal from opiates is not technically considered life-threatening, opioid withdrawal can be extremely dangerous and should be performed under clinical supervision and guidance from professionals who are trained in heroin addiction treatment and prescription medication addiction. It can be a very uncomfortable time. It is imperative that one of the many clinical heroin detox programs is utilized.
Benzodiazepine withdrawal may start within 1-4 days then peak in the first 2 weeks. In the case of protracted withdrawal it is possible for it to last months or even years without professional treatment.
Benzodiazepines, often called “benzos,” include drugs like Xanax, Ativan, Valium, Halcyon, and Klonopin. They are sedating substances often prescribed for anxiety or panic disorders as well as sleep aids or muscle relaxants. Similar to alcohol they can lead to serious complications during withdrawal which can be life-threatening. When the brain and body are dependent on benzos and the drug is suddenly removed, a rebound effect can happen. People who attempt to quit using these drugs too quickly can develop symptoms such as tremors, hallucinations, and seizures. Again, clinical detox in a professional drug rehab center is necessary.
Benzos are generally deemed to be ‘short-acting,’ ‘intermediate-acting,’ or ‘long-acting.’ Their different half-lives dictate when withdrawal may begin. All 3 types of benzos produce similar types of withdrawal symptoms.
During the acute withdrawal phase the majority of benzos withdrawal symptoms will be present. These can include:
If someone is heavily dependent on benzos and stops taking them suddenly more serious withdrawal symptoms can also occur, such as fever, delirium, hallucinations, extreme confusion and deadly seizures. This can be life-threatening due to grand-mal seizures that can occur and may result in coma or death. Protracted withdrawal is when psychological withdrawal symptoms continue to occur for several months or years after an individual stops abusing benzos. This can be managed by mental health professionals and with continuous support and therapy services.
Withdrawal from any drug or substance of abuse after an addiction has formed is best performed in a drug rehab treatment facility that offers clinical detox services.
A clinical detox is when a team of professional treatment specialists is on hand around the clock to ensure the individual’s safety. They monitor vital signs and emotional states to achieve physical stability so the psychological effects of withdrawal can be addressed.
An individual who is suffering from alcoholism or addiction to opioids, or benzodiazepines should always undergo a clinical detox to safely remove these drugs from the body with the fewest number of adverse consequences. Every person reacts differently to detox treatment and this also allows the professionals to treat the individual’s needs. As we have explained, different drugs also have different withdrawal timelines and a range of symptoms. Addiction treatment can be tailored to the specific drug and its side effects to best suit the user. Mental health and medical issues can complicate the withdrawal process and these issues can and should be considered throughout treatment.
Residential inpatient addiction treatment often provides the most comprehensive care and the most effective chance of long-term recovery. Clinical detox is the optimal choice in helping to make the withdrawal process as comfortable and as smooth as possible for most addictive substances.
Heroin is a powerful drug that is smoked snorted or injected. It is made from morphine, which has been extracted from a plant called the opium poppy. Opium is a drug that has been around for hundreds of years and originally it was used to treat pain and sleeplessness. Like many drugs made from opium (called opiates), Heroin is a very strong painkiller. Internationally, Heroin is controlled under Schedules I and IV of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. Often Heroin, which is illegally sold, is mixed with other substances such as sugar or strychnine. An individual builds up tolerance very quickly which means that increased doses are needed in order to achieve the same effects, which can be dangerous and even lead to overdose and death.
There are many different types of Heroin. The color of the substance as well as its physical state may cause it to have a certain name. Some forms are named after the producing region. Afghan brown, Black tar, Colombian white are all different types of Heroin with distinct physical and chemical variations and can be bought from dealers of “street” Heroin. Other factors for different types of Heroin include the heat stability, water solubility, levels of purity and “cuts” and will determine the strength, availability or name of the drug. Most street Heroin is cut with a wide range of substances such as sugar, flour, caffeine, starch, powdered milk, quinine, and, even if rarely, strychnine (apart from being used as rat poison, in low doses it is a stimulant).
Heroin can have severe health consequences if an individual uses it Long-Term. When people continue to use Heroin despite the dangers that the drug presents they can experience all sorts of significant and scary health consequences.
Some of the Heroin Health Risks are:
Body systems impacted include:
Recognizing substance abuse is not always easy or straightforward. Heroin is a very dangerous drug and if you or a loved one need help to get clean and sober it is important to contact someone with experience to help you through this difficult transition phase. Heroin can kill you either by taking too much of it as an overdose or even by its side effects like stopping your heart or breathing. In 2013, approximately 8,200 people died from a Heroin overdose, which is close to four times the number of Heroin-related overdose fatalities in 2002.
If you are worried that someone you care about is using Heroin there are some signs to look out for.
Remnants of Heroin Use That You Might Find:
Fast Symptoms of Heroin Use
Heroin is a fast-acting opiate. Some of the signs of use are that the users pupils will be constricted and they may fade in and out of wakefulness. Breathing will be slowed down, which is how an overdose kills. When the person is awake, their thinking will be unclear. They tend to lose track of thought and conversation and some of their decision making is affected.Other signs of Heroin use to look out for are itching, nausea and vomiting. The user’s pain will be suppressed, which is not surprising because opiates are used for pain relief. Heroin use can also include spontaneous abortion in a pregnant woman.
Heroin is a highly addictive drug and it creates a physical dependency. Due to its serious withdrawal symptoms if you or a loved one are dependent on Heroin then you should seek help from a drug or alcohol recovery center where clinical detox is available. It is not something you should try alone at home. Clinical detox has a dedicated staff on hand around-the-clock who are experienced in these sorts of situations. At Dimensions Recovery Centers we are able to use medications and therapy to soothe symptoms, boosting the chances that a person will move through withdrawal safely and successfully.
Heroin withdrawal symptoms may only last a week or so, but the symptoms can be severe and include:
A person who has been taking a high dose and/or long-term users are strongly encouraged to undergo a clinically supervised detox with professionals who have dealt with these issues before. It is not something you should try alone at home and certainly not with a place or persons who have not got your best interests at heart. If you or someone you care about is suffering due to Heroin addiction it is recommended that you contact a drug rehab center as soon as possible.
As a general practice, individuals who receive treatment at one of our Dimensions Recovery Centers will first be stabilized as many people arrive at our facilities still under the effect of the drug as Heroin is the type of drug you cannot go without and not get withdrawal symptoms. Once stable they will then undergo a clinical detox. After the detox they then enter intensive therapy treatment. Heroin and other opioids are unique in that there are prescription medications available to assist with both withdrawal and abstinence maintenance. In the case of Heroin, a person in recovery may be treated with buprenorphine (Suboxone), methadone, or naltrexone. Each medication can have different introduction times but all will require either an in-clinic visit or a prescription for at-home use.
Prescription medications are drugs that are prescribed by doctors and medical professionals to treat disease, as well as the discomfort and pain that diseases can bring. For individuals with medical conditions ranging from asthma to cancer and for people with mental health issues such as anxiety or depression these medications can mean the difference between a happy, healthy life and a painful and upsetting illness.
For some people though, taking prescription medications develops into something different. Many become addicted. The shift can happen slowly, without the person noticing a prescribed amount turning into a dependence and then into a full blown addiction. For others taking the drugs has nothing to do with an ailment and they are abusing them for recreational purposes. In both situations the outcome is serious. Prescription drug addiction is a serious problem and one that is widespread across America. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, approximately 52 million Americans over 12 years old have used prescription medications non-medically at some point.
While individuals who abuse or are addicted to prescription medications may assume their habit is harmless, especially considering these drugs are prescribed by professionals, in actual fact they can cause serious consequences. It is recommended that if you have an addiction to prescription drugs you seek help at a drug detox facility in order to recover.
The main types of prescription drugs when it comes to addiction fall into 3 categories.
Every drug within each category may have its own brand name, but all the drugs in a particular category tend to work in the same way and produce the same kinds of effects.
Opioids are designed to treat pain, but they don’t work to reduce inflammation or combat infection. Instead, they tend to deceive people into ignoring their symptoms of pain or discomfort. Opioids achieve this by altering the levels of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is released when something rewarding or pleasant is occurring. Opioids cause the brain to release high levels of dopamine essentially tricking the user into feeling happy and at ease when something painful is actually happening. This boost can be intensely addictive especially if the drug starts to wear off and the pain reestablishes itself.
CNS stands for Central Nervous System. CNS Stimulants boost or stimulate the brain and speed up mental and physical processes by enhancing activity in the nervous system. This speed comes from an added release, or blocking of, the chemicals in the brain that have to do with reward, focus and attention. They can make users feel more alert and produce an increase in energy levels that can become highly addictive.
CNS Depressants slow down the operation of the brain by reducing or altering the chemicals used in the brain’s communication system. Individuals who suffer from mental health conditions such as anxiety or panic disorders are prescribed these medications because they benefit from this slowing. They help them to maintain mental equilibrium when they feel an attack coming on.
People who abuse opioids tend to need more and more to regain the same level of pleasure. This means opioids can be extremely dangerous and opiate addiction can be life-threatening. Overdosing on prescription opioids can cause death as it is easy for an addict to take too much which can suppress the urge to breathe. For people that have certain mental health conditions that impede focus taking CNS stimulants benefits them by making them feel more attentive and reducing their nervousness or worry. However, side effects for addicts who are abusing these drugs for recreational purposes can be dangerous and even fatal. CNS Depressants come with a risk of addiction. Altering the chemicals in the brain can also increase levels of dopamine which means the user may feel both euphoric and sedated at the same time. This can feel intensely enjoyable and can lead to recreational use of CNS Depressants. When mixed with other drugs such as cocaine or alcohol the dangerous combination can be life-threatening due to the slowing of the user’s breathing rates. People attempting to stop taking CNS Depressants can be profoundly ill throughout their recovery. They could even experience seizures. That means people who are suffering with addiction often need the help of clinical addiction treatment programs in order to recover safely and comfortably.
Often prescription drug abuse begins by a person taking more medication than they have been prescribed by their doctor. They may use prescriptions of friends and family to attain more and more drugs. The way a person takes their medication may also start to change. Rather than taking it orally they may crush and snort their pills, or dissolve them and then inject them into a vein. This gives them a much stronger high that works more quickly.
Some signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse to look out for:
A person becomes drug dependent when their brain becomes physically incapable of functioning at an optimal level unless the drugs they are abusing are present. This pattern of use causes persistent changes that cannot be ignored. There is a chemical need for the medication and that need drives continuous use, even if the user wants to stop taking the drug.
A user who is physically dependent on a prescription medication will experience withdrawal symptoms when the use of the drug is suddenly reduced or stops entirely. These withdrawal symptoms may include:
These withdrawal symptoms can be mild or severe depending on the individual and the drug that is being misused and can usually be managed safely at a clinical detox center.
Prescription medication addiction does not have to be a permanent issue. With the right help from a professional drug detox and rehabilitation facility plus good followup care, people with addiction issues can manage to keep them under control, so they can live happy, healthy lives free from drugs.
Understanding the different types of prescription drugs that are available is a vital part of understanding how addiction can develop. It’s also important to understand how specific drugs work as each medication comes with different risks. Knowing how the drugs work within the human body can help families of addicts to understand how treatment can benefit them and the user.
People with a prescription drug habit are among the drug users that most often need specialty help due to their clinical detox services. Professional addiction treatment at a drug detox and recovery center can help people leave a prescription medication habit behind.
Individuals who abuse CNS depressants can experience seizures when trying to quit, while those who abuse opioids can feel flu-like withdrawal symptoms. To make sure withdrawal is overcome safely and comfortably a clinical detox treatment program offers the user medication therapies and alternative medicine techniques.
Drug rehab programs for prescription medication will often combine behavioral therapy with medication therapy so those who enroll have the opportunity to work with therapists to understand how the issue started and how they can prevent relapse. Therapy allows people the knowledge and skills to emerge from the treatment programs ready to face the world and change their patterns to avoid using again.
Relapse programs provide individuals with vital information about how the relapse process works. As a program like this finishes, a person might be aware that they will be tempted to use again and they will know they should access the available support services. Relapse programs also help people realize their triggers, so they will have a higher chance of a successful long-term recovery and be less likely to put themselves at risk in the future.
Suboxone is a medication used to treat opiate dependence and for most people in recovery the use of Suboxone is temporary. Suboxone contains buprenorphine and naloxone. The medication is used to replace the opiate that the person is addicted to and is slowly tapered off in a drug rehabilitation center to make way for complete sobriety. Despite its effectiveness, Suboxone can also be addictive. When someone becomes addicted to Suboxone on its own it becomes necessary to work out a different path to recovery that may not include use of any type of addictive medications. This requires the guidance of a specialized clinical team of substance abuse treatment professionals. This team are all educated and experienced in substance abuse treatment and dedicated to offering a comprehensive drug treatment plan that has been customized to meet the person’s needs. The individual may require long-term support to get fully clean.
Suboxone can reduce cravings and the debilitating effects of opioid withdrawal, unfortunately though in some cases it is not always the lesser of two evils. It is possible for Suboxone to work too well. There are situations where individuals are prescribed Suboxone for addiction to other opioids, then instead of taking the drug orally, the patient dissolves the filmstrips in water and injects the liquid solution directly into their veins.
Injecting Suboxone means it bypasses the digestive system. This would normally maintain naloxone’s opioid antagonist properties but instead it is activated in the bloodstream and means the user is now taking two opioid agonists. Some people might do this because they want faster relief from physical distress, however others may believe this is a “safer” way to experience a legal, narcotic high. They underestimate how quickly Suboxone addiction can develop and just how dangerous it can be when it is misused.
Death is the most extreme consequence of abusing Suboxone as improper use of the medication can cause the user’s respiratory system to shut down. That is why it is important to notice the signs associated with Suboxone addiction.
There are a number of other physical and psychological side effects that you can look out for when a person has started to misuse it.
Recognizing these signs and symptoms can be paramount in helping the person abusing Suboxone to get the help and support they need to wean off the prescription medication. They include the following:
The first 72 hours of Suboxone withdrawal are the worst as this is when most physical symptoms are experienced by the person addicted to the substance. After the 72 hour period they enter the first week of withdrawal, symptoms generally manifest as general aches and pains in the body as well as insomnia. Mood swings also begin to show up which can be confusing and cause problems in interpersonal relationships. After the second week, depression becomes the biggest concern.
Suboxone produces similar withdrawal effects to other opioids if it is quit “cold turkey.”
The symptoms of withdrawal can vary in severity and duration and can last for as long as a month, depending on how long users have been taking Suboxone, as well as the dosage of the drug. Symptoms can include:
If you are concerned that you or someone you love is abusing or addicted to Suboxone it is important that you contact a drug rehabilitation facility as soon as possible. Professional help can be the difference between a happy, healthy life and the destructive cycle of drug addiction. Enrollment in an addiction treatment program will be the most effective way to break the habit.
Clinical care to address detox and associated withdrawal symptoms is necessary to make sure that the person gets completely clean and does not fall prey to relapses or have to deal with various side effects on their own. Medication may not be necessary to stabilize in recovery. While Suboxone can be an effective medication to aid in recovery from opiate dependence, it is often a drug that must be taken for long periods of time after the user has stopped taking other addictive opioids.
Without therapy, it could be impossible to remain clean and stay off opiates for any meaningful length of time. Each client receives an individualized treatment plan that varies from person to person. Every individual is different and we all have varying triggers and stresses. It is important to get the most effective plan possible to make sure you have the best chance of success. Speaking to a therapist and making sure the plan is the right one is essential. Evaluation and assessment of the individual takes place to understand all of the issues involved. It is imperative that any behavioral disorders, co-occurring mental health disorders or underlying medical conditions are talked about or uncovered before embarking on a journey to recovery. If something is left out then a trigger could arise that was not known about and so could not be avoided. If there was any trauma or any other problems that may be relevant these need to be discussed during the treatment process. This means that a unique treatment plan is created.
Personal therapy: Meeting regularly with a therapist on a one-on-one basis can provide a “home base” for the client throughout recovery. Here, it is possible to work on past issues and present challenges, and manage treatment goals.
Group therapy sessions: Meeting regularly with others who are also on the path to balance in sobriety can provide a valuable network of support during treatment and in the months and years following.
Peer support, or 12-Step, meetings: This has proven beneficial in the lives of millions of people. Many treatment programs incorporate the philosophy and group session style into their programs. This not only offers clients positive support in recovery but also provides them with an option of using the program in their daily lives all over the country and indeed the world. Meetings take place in many different areas, wherever you go you are able to find someone who can help you stay sober and give support.
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