According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, tobacco, alcohol, and drug addiction costs America over $600 billion annually. In 2013, 7.4% of young adults ages 18-25 struggled with drug addiction, the highest percentage reported among those 12 years or older.
Addiction is a chronic disease defined by the habitual, and often irrational, use of substances despite negative consequences. When substance use begins to interfere with the responsibilities of life (such as work, relationships, or health), then one is said to have an addiction.The causes of addiction are complex; they can be biological, psychological, and/or social. However, all addictions share the same characteristics, including the inability to abstain from the substance, control self-sabotaging behaviors, and produce ordinary emotional responses.
As a chronic disease, addiction involves periods of relapse and remission. It's important for those in treatment to receive care from a multidisciplinary team to meet all their needs. Addicts must also become informed, active participants in their own care. By learning to self-manage their addiction, individuals can live successfully in long-term recovery.
Methadone Detox Treatment
Methadone is a long-acting, synthetic narcotic analgesic that is commonly used in tapering patients struggling with opioid addictions such as heroin, morphine, and codeine. Methadone’s function serves to reduce withdrawal symptoms, curb cravings, and block the euphoric effect of opioid abuse. A common occurrence with this treatment is that the patient is essentially trading one addiction for another, thus creating a new need to detox from the treatment itself. The New Steps Recovery Center works with patients to successfully detox from methadone and continue on their paths to sobriety.
Cocaine Addiction Treatment
Cocaine is the second most trafficked illegal drug in the world and the most abused stimulant drug in the U.S. It’s highly addictive, coming from the leaves of the coca plant. Adults ages 18-25 have the highest rate of cocaine abuse. The drug is often referred to as the “caviar” of recreational drugs, with descriptions that include gold dust, the Cadillac of drugs or the champagne of drugs.
Cocaine use has decreased slightly since 2007, with 1.7 million Americans over the age of 12 using the drug in the past month. Some cocaine users say the drug is not addictive because it doesn’t share the same physical withdrawal symptoms as heroin or alcohol, but cocaine is particularly addictive to the mind. Its physical effects are not to be ignored, of course, as cocaine is one of the most frequently involved drugs in ER visits.
Marijuana Addiction Treatment
Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the U.S., and it has been increasing steadily among young people since 2007. This is due to the growing tolerance of the drug and a diminishing perception of its associated risks. Although marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I substance by the federal government. Two states have legalized marijuana for adult recreational use, and 21 states have passed laws allowing it as a treatment for certain conditions.
Marijuana may not have a grim reputation as other drugs do, but its concerns are not without merit. Marijuana affects the brain’s development and interferes with patterns of thinking, memory, concentration, and sensory perception. It acts as an irritant to the lungs, increases heart rate and is linked to mental illness such as depression, anxiety and personality disturbances. Contrary to popular belief, marijuana is addictive and can lead to more serious drug abuse down the line.
At New Steps Recovery we believe that education is a vital component in achieving lasting recovery. While this is invaluable for the addicts themselves, it is also extremely beneficial for family members to become better educated on addiction. Addiction is not only hard on the addict, it is just as hard, if not harder, for the family to watch their loved one disappear before their eyes.
Acquiring a broader knowledge of a substance that is being abused can play a large role in preventing a relapse. The addicts and their families will be able to understand the disease on a higher level and break down barriers that have hindered their relationships. When the addict has a family that they can turn to during times of struggle, that understands addiction, it is a tremendous help in recovery.
We offer addiction education to our clients as a part of their treatment program. On Saturday’s, we offer addiction education classes to families and loved ones of our clients. This helps the family to better understand the disease of addiction, realize their loved one was sick, and understand how to better help them upon their release.
This information will prove to be indispensable in lives of the addict and their families. Our main priority is to free the addict and the family from the horror of addiction through educating all the parties.
Drug and alcohol abuse is a serious problem in the United States. Once an addiction takes hold, it can be nearly impossible to kick on your own. It may have started out as the legitimate treatment for chronic pain, or you may have first turned to drugs and alcohol as a result of peer pressure or experimentation that seemed harmless at the time. However, the addiction creeps in slowly and can soon take over your life. The only thing that matters is the next high, and that high becomes harder and harder to achieve. If this describes you or someone you love, the good news is that there is help available through rehab facilities all across the U.S.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, drug use continues to be a prevalent problem in the country. These are the trends that were seen between 2015 and 2016.
Addiction destroys lives—and that is a heartbreaking experience. Struggling with drug addiction can make an individual feel trapped in a bottomless pit, with no light shining in and no clear way out. Watching a loved one or family member go through addiction can feel even more painful, and just as helpless.
However, here is the good news: Addiction is never hopeless, and no addict is ever beyond the help that rehabilitation and recovery can provide.
Recovery is not easy. It requires a lifetime of commitment, and every day brings new battles. It is also not something you should ever pursue solo. Recovery is only possible when you have a support structure in place—friends and family members, but also a clinical outpatient or inpatient drug rehab program. At Above It All, we provide our clients with that level of structure and a supportive environment that they can count on, offered in one of the best drug rehab centers in the entire United States.
Above It All is honored to provide both encouragement and clinical support to those battling drug addiction and their family members. Every client who enters our treatment center immediately feels at home, and our staff cares about helping each person find the best path to hope, healing and recovery. Our mission is to provide the tools and strategies that support a lifetime of recovery.