Addiction: A Breakdown - Solutions Recovery

Addiction: A Breakdown

Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction is the most common substance abuse problem in America. It is an issue that is harder to address due to the social acceptance of alcohol use by our culture. Alcoholism is typically considered to be a lifelong issue. However, data from various studies and our own Alumni’s testimonies show that many people who seek formal treatment are able to remain alcohol-free. Below are some common signs and symptoms of alcoholism.

Signs of Alcohol Addiction

  • Dizziness
  • Talkativeness
  • Slurred speech
  • Disturbed sleeping patterns
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities)
  • Unexplained change in personality or attitude
  • Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts

Long-Term Effects of Alcohol Addiction

  • Liver failure
  • Heart attack
  • Memory impairment
  • Depression
  • Stroke
  • Seizure
  • Respiratory failure
  • Paranoia

Drug Addiction

Drug Addiction is a major problem affecting millions of individuals in North America growing the demand for drug rehab. At Solutions Recovery we are dedicated to helping families, friends, and loved ones get on the path to recovery with a complete confidential care program custom tailored to your individual needs. Below are some common signs and symptoms of drug addiction.

Signs of Drug Addiction

  • Bloodshot eyes/pupils that are larger or smaller than usual
  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns
  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Deterioration of physical appearance and personal grooming
  • Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing
  • Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination
  • Drop in attendance and performance at work/school
  • Unexplained need for money or financial problems

Long-Term Effects of Drug Addiction

The effects of a drug addiction are dependent on a variety of factors, including a person’s size, weight, age, and sex, as well as what specific substance they are using. An addicted individual may not be able to control his or her drug use and may continue using despite the harm it causes. Drug addiction can cause serious, long-term consequences, including problems with physical and mental health, relationships, employment and the law.

Prescription Drug Addiction

Every day, there are reports of individuals dying from accidental overdoses of prescription drugs. Despite the legality and medical benefits of prescription medications, unless they are being used as prescribed by the patient, they can be dangerously addictive. It’s not uncommon for individuals to continue their use of painkillers and anxiety medications after the legitimate need has passed. Once they develop the addiction they may buy the drugs online without a prescription or go “doctor shopping” to acquire more drugs. Also, many prescription drug abuses are using multiple prescription drugs, which can be fatal depending on the combination of drugs and if alcohol is involved.

The abuse of prescription drugs will soon surpass smoking as the number one health problem in America. Just because they are prescription medications, does not mean they aren’t as addictive or harmful as street drugs. Below are common signs and effects of prescription abuse.

Signs of Prescription Drug Addiction

  • Bloodshot eyes/pupils that are larger or smaller than usual
  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Drop in attendance and performance at work or school
  • Unexplained need for money or financial problems
  • Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors
  • Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies
  • Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities)
  • Unexplained change in personality or attitude
  • Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts
  • Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness
  • Lack of motivation; appears lethargic or “spaced out”
  • Appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid, with no reason

The effects of a prescription drugs/pills depend on a variety of factors, including the individual’s prescription drug of choice, frequency and quantity of their doses, addiction progression, body weight, sex, and tolerance to the substance. Prescription drug abuse can cause serious, long-term consequences, including problems with physical and mental health, relationships, employment, and the law. Additionally, combinations of certain medications and alcohol can result in respiratory failure and death.

Interventions for Addiction

Addiction interventions can be successful process that has enabled thousands of addicts to receive treatment, despite the fact that they have already refused to do so. Contrary to myth, people do not have to hit bottom in order to receive help. Sometimes that is too late.

An intervention, by breaking through the denial of the addict succeeds in “bringing the bottom up” by creating a crisis situation. Through clear, detailed, often documented information, presented in a loving, firm and supportive way the person is able to see the effect their addiction has had on everyone who is important to him/her as well as on their own lives. It is our goal to help you plan an intervention that will get your loved one the path to sobriety.

Detox for Addiction

Detoxification or “detox” is a cleansing process to purge the body of harmful and dangerous substances. Detox aims at lessening the physical withdrawal caused by the addictive substances in the client’s body. The client’s first step in detox is undergoing a medical and psychological evaluation. To determine whether the patient requires a medically monitored detox process, our clinicians assess the patient to identify which substances are in the client’s bloodstream, when the last drug usage took place, and the severity of the addiction to his or her drug of choice. At this time, the patient will be evaluated for any potential co-occurring mental health disorders or medical conditions.

Treatment for Addiction

Solutions Recovery offers a wide variety of addiction recovery programs individually tailored for the unique circumstances of each and every client.

  • Residential Treatment Program (RTC) – our RTC is committed to providing drug treatment to substance dependent adults in a safe, secure, and peaceful setting. Each client participate in a minimum of 30 hours/weekly of therapeutic activity including individual counseling, group counseling, and 12-Step meetings. Other holistic services and amenities at Solutions Recovery include acupuncture, massage, and personal training.
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) – Our IOP is a structured program designed for the working professional who is committed to overcoming his or her drug dependency on an outpatient basis. The IOP includes an individual medical and psychiatric assessment, group therapy, individual therapy, and continuing care planning. Each client meet three days per week for a minimum of three hours per session.

Evaluation for Addiction

The decision to begin a drug treatment program takes a great deal of strength and courage. We honor your courage by making the admissions process simple and straightforward. A quick call to our admissions team will help you make the best decision possible. Our experienced and professional team will answer all of your questions so you can feel confident this is the right choice for you or your loved one.

Chronic Pain Program

Chronic pain is arguably one of the more misdiagnosed, inadequately treated, and poorly coordinated program areas in addiction treatment. The costs involved in misdirected office visits to primary care physicians and specialists, excessive pharmacy spending, unnecessary medical procedures, and unwanted surgeries justify a change in current treatment protocols.

Current Systems of Chronic Pain Treatment

  • Mask the underlying injury and dysfunction
  • Complicate the diagnostic and treatment picture
  • Increase the client’s sensitivity to pain
  • Increase emotional and physical dysfunction
  • Ignores addictive and/or psychological components of the syndrome

Solutions Recovery has operated our Chronic Pain program for five years and over 100 patients have undergone treatment in our pain program. Individual pain symptoms varied from physical ailments that caused long-term disability and dysfunction, chronic opiate use, and significant addictive issues. Following completion of our program all participants reported significant increases in quality of life, improved functionality, and a decrease in their pain levels.

Our Chronic Pain Program help the client break the addiction/pain syndrome and move on to a healthier, improved stage in their lives.

Physical Interventions in Treatment of Chronic Pain

  • Acupuncture
  • Auricular therapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Six types of massage including Myofacial Release
  • Non-narcotic pain patches and topical analgesics
  • Trigger point therapy (medical and physical)
  • Physical exercise
  • Physical therapy
  • Physiotherapy (ice/heat, electro-stimulation therapy, and ultrasound, etc.)
  • Extremity and spinal adjustments
  • Progressive relaxation

Clinical Components

As a part of the pain program, clinical needs of the client’s addiction and co-occurring psychological issues include:

  • Biopsychosocial Assessment
  • Group and Individual Therapy
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)
  • Family Education and Therapy
  • Psychoeducation
  • Residential Treatment Care

Evaluation & Outcome Measures

We work with medical staff to develop evaluation and outcome measures including but not limited to:

  • Abstinence from opiates, alcohol, and other substances
  • Increased functionality
  • Increased patient satisfaction
  • Increased quality of life rating
  • Medical cost reduction
  • Pain level reduction
  • Successful return to work