Facilitating a long-term recovery, at Empowered Recovery Center, we offer a range of substance abuse treatment plans to provide support and care to help clients on the road to recovery.
What Is Drug Abuse?
Drug abuse is the use of legal or illegal substances to achieve a desired ‘high’. This is different from drug addiction, as people can abuse drugs without being addicted. Common drugs that are often abused include:
- Prescription painkillers
- 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)
Regular drug abuse can quickly spiral into drug addiction, especially when highly addictive substances such as heroin, cocaine, and prescription painkillers are consumed. As these substances are extremely addictive, the brain and body come to rely on them, making them very difficult to give up.
Some people live in denial about drug abuse and addiction and will attempt to cover up any signs they need treatment. However, common indicators of drug addiction can include:
- Constant thoughts of using drugs
- Trying and failing to stop using the substance
- Ongoing drug use, even if it causes physical harm or discomfort
- Continuing to buy the drug even if financial difficulty is experienced
As drug abuse and addiction come hand in hand with many negative consequences, it is important to treat drug addiction or abuse as soon as possible. This is because a SUD can be incredibly dangerous and even lethal.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, some of the health consequences of drug abuse and addiction can include:
- Kidney damage
- Liver damage
- HIV and hepatitis
Unfortunately, the United States is currently facing an immense drug problem. In 2019 alone, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that there were 70,630 overdose-related deaths, compared to 3,329 in 2010.
Although seeking help for drug abuse may be intimidating, it is vital to do so. Empowered Recovery Clinic provides comprehensive care during and after treatment to help prevent relapses and educate people with lifelong skills that can contribute to long-term recovery.
Signs of Drug Abuse
Changes in eating habits
Lethargy and fatigue
Loss of interest in hobbies
Financial or legal issues
Missing work or school
People display the signs and symptoms of substance abuse very differently. It can depend on them as a person as well as the type of drug they are abusing. If you recognize any of these signs in yourself or a loved one, drug rehab must be considered.
When clients first receive treatment for drug abuse, they will often undergo medication-assisted treatment (MAT). This helps with the detox stage of recovery, as medication can reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms.
Different types of medications are used to assist withdrawal. Though they depend on the substance used, they can include:
Benzodiazepines - Benzodiazepines are a common drug used to treat alcohol withdrawal symptoms. They help to calm the central nervous system while reducing some withdrawal symptoms such as chills, sweats, and seizures.
Methadone - Methadone is a controlled replacement for opioids. As a long-term treatment, the dose is reduced over time to ease the intensity of withdrawal symptoms.
Naltrexone - Naltrexone blocks the rush of feel-good endorphins that happens when people use drugs or alcohol. It can be used for both opioid and alcohol detox.
More than often, SUD and mental health conditions arise simultaneously. Some people may use drugs and alcohol to try and numb mental health disorders. Meanwhile, others may find that using drugs makes their mental health much worse. This is known as a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder.
Symptoms of a dual diagnosis can include:
- Erratic behavior
- Sudden mood swings
- Missing work, school, and other commitments
- Withdrawing from friends and family members
- Difficulty completing everyday tasks
- Suicidal thoughts or impulses
- Financial or legal issues
Empowered Recovery Center is fully equipped to treat dual diagnoses with our intensive therapy plans and a full team of medical professionals. This complex issue can appear daunting, but you’ll be fully supported throughout your treatment. You’ll also receive specialized treatment to target the root cause of addiction and reduce the risk of a relapse.
Our options include:
- Partial Hospitalization Treatment - Partial hospitalization allows clients to spend their days in treatment but returns home at night. This is a suitable option for those who require more intensive treatment, are returning from residential rehab, or want to remain close to family members for support during treatment.
- Intensive Outpatient Treatment - Our intensive outpatient treatment program aids clients who require ongoing treatment but do not need complete care or residential treatment. This option includes several hours of therapy per week to support long-term recovery.
- Outpatient Programming - Although this sounds similar to intensive outpatient treatment, outpatient programming does not take up as much time and includes less contact time with therapists and counselors. This is ideal for those stepping down from more intensive forms of treatment but still want or need ongoing support.
What To Expect in Drug Rehab?
At Empowered Recovery Center, you’ll be surrounded by a team of medical professionals to support you throughout drug rehab. Each treatment plan includes:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Medical evaluation
- Weekly check-ups
Our goal is to support long-term recovery for everyone, which is why we go above and beyond to educate each client with the lifelong skills they need to heal and grow.
At Empowered Recovery Center, we know that completing a treatment plan does not mean that a person is fully recovered. Relapse rates are high, and ongoing support is needed to mitigate this risk. As a result, we provide each client with a full year of aftercare to reduce the chances of a relapse.
Family therapy is an important component in substance abuse treatment. Studies have shown that including a person's family in the recovery process can aid rehab outcomes significantly. By educating family members about addiction and strengthening your support system, Empowered Recovery Center aims to promote long-term recovery and improve mental health.
It can be difficult to find the time to commit to regular therapy meetings, especially if you’re trying to work or attend school while in recovery. Empowered Recovery Clinic offers flexible teletherapy options to work around busy lifestyles to promote the best chances of recovery.