Addiction Treatment for a New Year and a New Life

Addiction Treatment for a New Year and a New LifeFresh calendars epitomize the potential and opportunity that await each person in the New Year. Resolutions typically involve goals like joining a gym, starting a business, or losing weight, but the goal for some may be to reduce or stop substance abuse. Addiction is a chronic disease that affects brain reward, memory, and motivation, and changes in brain circuitry can produce obsessive cravings, thoughts, and behaviors. Many addicts do not recognize or accept that they have a serious problem. Despite resolutions, they tend to relapse quickly and repeatedly. In such cases, addiction and dependence may have taken hold, and making the resolution a reality may require additional help, such as professional rehabilitation treatment.

Importance of Addiction Treatment

Forbes magazine wrote in 2013 that up to 40 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but few can be as important as overcoming addiction. Professional treatment helps in many ways and involves several potential therapies, including the following:

  • Detoxification under medical supervision to maximize safety and comfort
  • Evaluation of what motivated the initial substance abuse and its escalation
  • Individual and group therapies that target unhealthy thought patterns and behaviors
  • Development of life skills tools to manage anger, stress, and conflict more efficiently
  • Identification of substance craving triggers and strategies to avoid them

Mental health disorders are common co-occurring conditions associated with substance abuse. Most facilities provide integrated screenings and treatment for a dual diagnosis, as well as counseling for unresolved trauma and abuse histories.

Signs of Substance Abuse

Several signs suggest that a person may have a substance abuse problem, including the following:

  • Absence from school, work, or other engagements due to hangovers or desire to use
  • Use of prescription drugs that exceed need, safety limits, or the doctor’s direction
  • Initiation or acceleration of mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression
  • Willingness to take legal and financial risks to procure and use drugs illicitly
  • Deception or the act of doctor shopping to access prescription drugs
  • Emergence of withdrawal symptoms and cravings when substance use stops
  • Obsessive thoughts and behaviors about acquiring and using drugs or alcohol
  • Characteristics of substance use, including secrecy, solitude, and denial

Addressing a substance abuse problem is essential. According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) report, there were more than 5 million drug-related emergency room visits in 2011, up 100 percent since 2004. That is more than 1.6 medical emergencies for every 100 people.

Finding a Treatment Center

When seeking a treatment center that meets a particular set of needs, there are several considerations that should be kept in mind, including the following:

  • Insurance policies typically provide more treatment benefits for in-network facilities.
  • Outpatient treatment allows patients to sleep at home and assist with family needs.
  • In-house residential treatment arguably produces more positive recovery outcomes.
  • Sober companions can provide more accountability for addicts in outpatient programs.
  • Getting help in another city, state, or even country is more productive for some patients.
  • Certain treatment centers offer tracks for specific cultures, languages, privacy needs, sexual preference, occupation, and gender.
  • Detoxification options may include tapered dosage reductions and opiate replacement therapies.

The best resolutions lead to a new life, and professional treatment provides addicts with the most effective path to new opportunities and recovery.

Addiction Recovery Help

If you need help, our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to provide it. We can discuss types of care, treatment tracks, specialized services, facility locations, and support options. If you have health insurance, we can look up the policy and explain its benefits. We are ready to answer your questions on our toll-free helpline, so please call now.

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