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According to the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, prolonged use of opiates creates long-lasting changes in the brain that will most likely lead to drug addiction. Many factors, primarily neurobiological, take effect on the brain’s natural reward system, creating a dependency, known as addiction. The Role of Neurotransmitters The same way a key fits a lock, particular neurotransmitters activate specific receptor molecules. When opiates like heroin, Vicodin, and Oxycontin enter
  Residential addiction treatment facilities are as varied as college campuses. Finding the right match is a detailed process, which involves research and discovery. Getting There Perhaps you’ve visited the residential treatment facility. Perhaps you’ve spoken to an addiction specialist over the phone. The first thing you have to do is arrive. Private transportation can be provided, especially if the client is arriving from the airport; a car service can also be arranged, depending on
Prescription opiate addiction and heroin addiction have been on the rise for the past decade. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimating that more than two million Americans have substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers. The prescription pill addiction can lead to overdoses, deaths, risky behaviors like motor vehicle accidents, and spread to an addiction to heroin. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), four out of five new
Addiction and substance abuse don’t exist in a vacuum. It often develops hand-in-hand with other mental health conditions, an occurrence called ‘dual diagnosis’. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, roughly 33 percent of individuals suffering from mental illness also succumb to substance abuse. Among those suffering with a severe mental illness, this figure increases closer to 50 percent. According to NAMI, Dual diagnoses are more common among men than women; and it’s more
Boundary setting is vital for the addict to do in recovery. Setting boundaries is the basis for a balanced life with healthy relationships, so learning this skill is part of a life of sobriety. The skill can help an addict through stressful times when risks of relapse typically increase. Boundaries and Addicts Often addicts do not have healthy boundaries. They may push away people who care and instead seek the company of fellow addicts they
Once a drug or alcohol addict admits dependency on a particular substance, the next best step is to seek assistance from qualified professionals in the addiction rehabilitation field. Community outreach services for addicts commit to providing accessible and inclusive services in Malibu, California. What is Community Outreach? Outreach programs commit to helping at-risk alcohol and drug user facilities and individuals with substance abuse issues. This approach centers on providing services and materials to these people
The cost of rehab programs may frighten potential clients seeking recovery from addiction and alcohol abuse. High-end luxury programs can appear imposing upon first glance, especially if the inquiring party is considering paying out of pocket. Fortunately, most insurance companies now provide coverage for residential addiction programs and treatment beyond inpatient residential facilities. Four things will most likely affect the cost of rehab programs: length of stay, location of facility, program type, and amenities included.
“Your body is your temple.” For years, health practitioners and yogis alike have been extolling the virtues of treating your body with respect and care, which means daily maintenance through various healing modalities, especially when under levels of high stress. During a transition, the body is more prone to react in a state of duress, exhibiting symptoms such as muscle tension, respiratory constriction, cardiovascular fluctuations, liver taxation, and endocrine stress response production. In addition to
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), most drugs of abuse alter a person’s thinking and judgment, leading to health risks that include addiction, impaired driving, and even infectious disease. While there are a seemingly endless number of prescription drugs available, broadly speaking, and according to the NIDA, the most commonly abused drugs fall into the following three categories. Commonly Abused Prescription Medications Opioids, also known as painkillers, reduce the intensity of pain
Psychiatric health and addiction used to be considered separate entities. Today, addiction specialists understand the importance of integrated treatment for dual diagnosis, creating an all-inclusive recovery plan for the client. Anxiety attacks, depressive episodes, mood swings, and psychotic breaks are all symptoms of underlying psychological issues that may exacerbate an already-existing addiction to food, drugs, alcohol, or sex. Integrated Treatment for Dual Diagnosis The importance of integrated treatment for dual diagnosis exists in a treatment