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10 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Addiction

10 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Addiction

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Recovering from drug abuse and addiction isn’t a matter of willpower. People do not choose to become addicted just like they don’t choose to have diabetes or cancer. Turns out, both genetics and environmental factors (family life, upbringing and peer pressure) play a part in the risk of developing addiction.

Here are 10 things everyone gets wrong about addiction.

Myth #1: Addiction is a choice and a matter of willpower

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Brain imaging studies have shown that there are differences in the brain that are both a cause of and effect from drug addiction. Long before drugs enter the picture, there are actual physiological differences in people who become addicted compared to those who do not. And, after someone graduates to long-term drug abuse, there occur changes in the structure and function of the brain. This makes it difficult to control impulses, to feel pleasure from natural rewards like food or sex, and to focus on anything other than getting and using drugs (mental obsession).

Myth #2: You can’t get sober with just one attempt

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Yes you can. It is possible to recover from drug addiction without relapsing. There are many people in recovery who only had one attempt at getting clean and sober and have been ever since that first attempt. While relapse can be a part of recovery, it is not necessarily the case for everyone.

Myth #3: People who are chronic relapsers are hopeless

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On the flipside, drug addiction is a chronic disorder and sometimes, people do relapse. That isn’t to say that their situation is a hopeless one. Recovery is still possible, even after multiple relapses. It’s important to realize that recovery is a long-term process that oftentimes requires multiple attempts at treatment before complete and consistent sobriety is achieved.

Myth#4: There’s only one way to recover

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There’s no “magic bullet” when it comes to drug treatment that will “cure” addiction. People use and abuse drugs for different reasons and therefore have different abuse-related problems. In actuality, patients can respond very differently to similar types of treatment, even when they’ve been abusing the same drug. As a result, drug addicts need an array of treatments and services that are tailored to address their specific needs.

Myth #5: People forced into treatment don’t have a chance at success

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In fact, two of the main reasons people enter drug treatment are because they are court-ordered or because a loved one urged or demanded that they go. Studies have shown that people who enter drug treatment programs because they were forced, that is to say, faced a “high pressure” situation to address their addiction actually do somewhat better in treatment, regardless of the reason they sought treatment in the first place.

Myth #6: People usually get addicted to only one kind of drug

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Polysubstance abuse is the term used for people who abuse more than one substance. Another term you might hear is ‘cross addiction,’ which, when complicated by drug interactions and side effects, makes polysubstance abuse riskier and more difficult to treat than other types of drug abuse.

Myth #7: Marijuana is a “gateway drug”

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Research shows that the addiction rate among those who smoke marijuana is lower than that of those who drink alcohol. Furthermore, there is little scientific evidence that pot is a trigger for using “harder drugs.” Not to mention, most teens begin experimenting with substances like alcohol and inhalants.

Besides alcohol and inhalants, another more likely culprit is the class of prescription drugs – to include painkillers (oxycodone/Oxycontin, hydrocodone/Vicodin), amphetamines (study drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin) and anti-anxiety meds (Xanax, Valium). These are more easily accessible by teens and have strong addictive properties.

Myth #8: Drugs abuse “fries” your brain

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Remember those anti-drug ads that showed an egg frying in a pan with a narrator saying: This is your brain on drugs?” This is a more a perfect example of melodrama than truthfulness. Yes, drug abuse certainly affects the brain but, recovery allows for the brain, mind, and body to heal. There are many people who are in recovery and who have become highly respected and successful people. This myth gives the wrong impression that recovering addicts and alcoholics are somehow “damaged” and that they can never lead normal lives.

Myth #9: You have to “hit rock bottom” in order to recover

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Every person has a different “rock bottom.” For some people, it’s getting arrested or being homeless. A lot of times, though, it’s not that extreme. Losing an important personal relationship (such as through divorce), being confronted by a loved one or doing poorly at work or school might be the motivation someone needs.

This is an important myth to challenge because, if you wait until your loved one hits what you think is their rock bottom, it just might be too late. Many, many people die from the disease of addiction.

In fact, there is virtually no evidence that supports this idea of a “rock bottom” when it relates to their chances of success at recovery. It’s better to get help early rather than to hold out for the perfect moment of desperation.

Myth #10: If you’re motivated, you can successfully complete treatment in a couple of weeks

 

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Research shows that a minimum of 90 days of treatment to have a beneficial effect. To be followed up with further supervision and support, such as an IOP and then sober living, which offers more freedom than inpatient treatment but with some structure for accountability. When it comes to recovery programs, the best chance of success is the length of treatment.

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.

 

Sources:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/where-science-meets-the-steps/201305/5-myths-about-addiction-undermine-recovery

http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/13/health/jaffe-addiction-myths/

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Went to Rehab

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Went to Rehab

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Looking back on my stints in rehab, I see many different things that I wish I would have known prior to going into treatment. Most of us go into rehab and have no idea what exactly we are going into. I’ve thought of 7 things I wish I knew before I went to rehab.

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Went to Rehab:

1. Rehab is not a punishment.

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Believe it or not rehab is not a punishment, it’s a privilege. You are getting a second chance at life and are getting to work on yourself. Most people don’t get that chance, especially most addicts. A lot of addicts and alcoholics never get a chance to get sober and make it to rehab. Be grateful that you are getting this chance and don’t sulk like it’s the worst punishment ever; I get that it’s not fun but you’re lucky to be alive.

2. My addiction affects more than just me.

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Wait, what? So you’re saying it’s not all about me and other people are suffering from my addiction, too?! Big shocker; yes the people closest to you actually suffer just as much if not more than you do from your addiction. Think about it, they make meetings for people who just know someone who is an addict or alcoholic. JUST BECAUSE THEY KNOW US! We have that much power and effect on other people’s lives, so remember you’re not only getting better for you.

3. Rehab doesn’t fix everything and make it all better.

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I was surprised to find this out at first. I thought once I went to rehab I would be fixed and everything would be back to normal again and I could be a normal person. It turns out rehab doesn’t fix you or make it all better; rehab is to help you get better. When you are an addict or alcoholic, you have to continue working on yourself and rehab doesn’t just make all your problems go away. Rehab is there to help you get through your problems so you aren’t alone.

4. I shouldn’t be ashamed to share and it will only help me get better.

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At first, when I went into rehab I was absolutely frightened to share anything about myself with the people in there. Come to find out, a lot of them had been through similar situations to mine and understood what I was going through. It can be scary sharing your secrets and life stories with strangers but just know that these people identify with the feelings you are feeling and sharing will only help you get better and stronger in your recovery.

5. I don’t have to detox at home before treatment.

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It is dangerous to try to detox at home by yourself and the staff actually expects you to come in sick or even under the influence. When I went to rehab I failed the drug test and thought I was going to be thrown out but they just had me go through detox prior to starting my treatment. They are trained to make sure you are safe medically before they can help you with your addiction issues. A lot of people die from trying to detox at home, withdrawals can be dangerous and deadly. Don’t try to detox yourself!

6. It doesn’t matter where I go to rehab.

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Now when it comes to being dual-diagnosed, this isn’t 100% true but with most of us, it really doesn’t matter where you go to rehab. When you’re going to rehab the most important thing is that you’re there. You don’t even have to be there for the right reasons, as long as you go. When I first went to rehab I didn’t want to be there for the first two weeks and eventually that changed so you don’t even have to want to be there and it definitely doesn’t matter which facility you choose to go to!

7. Pack comfortable and appropriate clothes, not trendy clothes.

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I don’t personally relate to this one because I always dress comfortably and don’t really wear inappropriate clothes but a lot of girls and guys in rehab pack and get there and don’t realize that it can be really cold and you want warm clothes and also that there is a dress code. We go to rehab to get better from our addiction, not to find a life partner or look good. After rehab, you can dress however you want but in rehab you will most definitely want to be comfortable.If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.

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Book Review: Clean

Book Review: Clean

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Addiction can take your life away whether it’s with an overdose, illness or constant and chronic relapsing; the disease of addiction is a progressive and sometimes fatal illness. With David and Nic Sheff, their lives have been made very public in dealing with the struggles of addiction. During the past five years, they have each written a small collection of memoirs revolving around Nic’s fight with substance abuse. Nic, who is now 31-years-old and currently sober, has written two books and his father David wrote the best seller Beautiful Boy.

David Sheff recently wrote Clean, which is not so much a memoir but a guide for those just starting to deal with addiction; an issue that David Sheff is extremely familiar with. The disease of addiction is chronic, progressive and can be treated. In the book Clean, he discusses how as with other illnesses, the methods that are most probable to work are based on science. These facts are the basis of Clean; the book that is a paradigm-shifting view of drug abuse. This book is a jump beyond the customary approaches to prevention and treatment of addiction and mental illnesses that typically go along with it; due to recent research in medicine, psychology and neuroscience.

Twelve step programs (AA,NA,CA,etc.) and rehabs, our current treatment systems, have helped several, but David Sheff gives details as to why it has been unproductive at helping many others. He has spent time learning how addiction works and what can successfully treat it by spending time with doctors, counselors, scientists, addicts and the families affected by addiction. Clean suggests a strong and persuasive message for parents and others who want to avoid drug problems and for addicts and their loved ones no matter what phase of the disease they are in. This book is an influential reconsidering of the highest public health issue of our time and can help anyone.

Readers who are looking for a clear-cut reference on the best available treatment may be let down by this book. But in spite of his ringing calls for scientifically confirmed substitutes, he is often caught short when it comes to particulars. He states that the treatment for addiction is not like treating other illnesses. Given the state of the science, “sometimes there’s no clear course forward even for those being advised by highly skilled doctors.”

When it comes to addiction, I have seen and been through a lot of different situations with a parent who was an addict, siblings and other family members who suffer from this disease and the only solution I have found to work is working a program of recovery in the rooms of a 12-step fellowship following treatment in a rehab facility. I’m not saying that works for everyone, but for all the addicts and alcoholics I have encountered this has been the only thing to work for them. I personally, tried everything else and nothing else worked. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.

Source:

http://www.minnpost.com/mental-health-addiction/2014/01/beloved-son-fuels-his-fathers-quest-understand-addiction-and-recover

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/30/science/clean-book-review-once-an-addicts-father-now-an-advocate.html?_r=0

http://davidsheff.com/clean/

Drug Rehab in Montgomery County, PA

Drug Rehab in Montgomery County, PA

Addiction is a progressive and deadly disease that you can recover from; but you have the best chance of finding recovery if you go to Drug Rehab in Montgomery County, PA. When you go to drug rehab in Montgomery County, PA they will make sure you are fully detoxed, get the proper care for your treatment needs and help you create a plan for after you leave rehab.

Drug Rehab in Montgomery County, PA: Detox Should Come First

Before you can start working on your recovery, you need to get the alcohol and drugs out of your system. At drug rehab in Montgomery County, PA they make sure you go through the proper detoxification prior to starting your treatment plan. In detox, they will start you on medication and gradually wean you off until the severe withdrawals are over. You will most likely still feel uncomfortable but going into detox is the safest way to get off alcohol and drugs. The medical staff will watch over you and take care of you.

Drug Rehab in Montgomery County, PA: Treatment and Therapy

Now that the drugs are out of your system, you will enter drug rehab in Montgomery County, PA. In rehab, they will evaluate you to determine which therapist on their staff will be best for you. You will meet with your therapist and go to group therapy sessions during the week and do different activities on the weekends such as bowling, go to the pool, play sports and go to the movies. They will teach you life skills and how to function without drugs and alcohol. To help support you in your recovery they will take you to 12-step meetings and introduce you to the recovery community around you.

Drug Rehab in Montgomery County, PA: IOP & Meetings

After anywhere from 30 to 90 days of in-patient treatment, you will phase up to IOP or out-patient treatment. In IOP, you have more freedom and are able to not live on the rehab’s property and typically live in a halfway house or sober living environment while still attending group and individual therapy sessions. In IOP you are still drug tested as you are in a halfway house and also in halfway you are required to get a job, do chores, have a curfew, go to meetings, work a program of recovery and get a sponsor. 12-step meetings can show you how to better your life and what you need to do to stay sober.

Drug Rehab in Montgomery County, PA: Life after Rehab

Drug Rehab in Montgomery County, PA helps you get your life back on track and shows you the way to start on your journey in recovery. Recovery is a journey and not a destination; that is important to remember. To stay sober you will have to continuously work a program of recovery and help others. As long as I’ve been sober I’ve seen people go in and out and the only thing that has ever worked is 12-step meetings and fellowship. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.

15 Signs You Need a Meeting

15 Signs You Need a Meeting

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Going to meetings is a huge part of recovery and can be vital to staying sober. Meetings help us relate with other alcoholics or addicts around us who are going or have gone through similar situations as us. It’s just one hour of your time where you put the rest of the world aside and can focus on you and your recovery. There could be a million signs that you need a meeting but I thought of 15 signs you need a meeting.

15 Signs You Need a Meeting…

1. You are on your menstrual cycle (I mention this one every time but it is sooo true.)

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2. You are very easily irritated (by everything.)

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3. You’ve been around people who drink or use drugs too much (and may even be offering you some.)

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4. You have went through multiple seasons of your favorite show via Netflix and not been to a meeting in a while (watching about addiction on Netflix isn’t a meeting.)

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5. You’ve seriously thought about and maybe even threatened violence on someone (but they took MY parking spot.)

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6. A majority of your sober supports think you’ve relapsed and have been contacting you making sure you’re okay (they’re just worried about you.)

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7. You are going through a break-up (this is a time where you really need support.)

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8. You don’t have a sponsor (go to a meeting, and get one!)

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9. Someone close to you has relapsed (it can be really rough to deal with.)

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10. Your family is driving you crazy and you’re trying to just keep it all together (they are seriously insane people.)

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11. All you have been doing is working and/or going to the gym (I don’t think people realize that those can be addictions, too.)

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12. If you’re moving; because packing and dealing with moving trucks and a lot of people can be stressful and overwhelming (trust me, I’ve done it a few times, not fun!)

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13. You’re in an argument or a fight with someone (whether they are a close friend or someone you hardly know that you’re resenting, get to a meeting.)

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14. You don’t have any sponsees or haven’t been helping people (this is a huge part of staying sober.)

 

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15. You’ve relapsed and have been drinking or using drugs (please, go to a meeting and reach out!)

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There are many more signs that you may need a meeting and some of these signs might not apply to everyone. Most of the time (for me) I can tell when I need a meeting by the way I’m feeling. If I’m starting to get angry a lot or feeling discontented, then I know I need to hit a meeting and connect with my women in the rooms. The good thing about meetings is that most of the people in them are happy to see you regardless of whenever your last meeting was or how long you’ve been sober.

I’m so grateful to have great women in my life and have meetings to attend that I absolutely love and I wouldn’t have it any other way! If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.

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