Drug Rehab is the First Step Toward Your Future
You already know that drug addiction or alcoholism causes nothing but pain and suffering for both the addict and his or her family because you’ve either personally experienced it or know someone who has. At Recovery First you or your loved one can learn to break the downward spiral of substance abuse produced through chronic drug addiction or alcoholism.
Using the best evidence-based practices, we have developed a drug rehab treatment formula that will help you put an end to drug or alcohol abuse – and it works. While you are in drug rehab treatment, you will:
- Craving – a desire to use that cannot be explained or understood
- The body craves that which it is used to having
- The brain has been trained to satisfy that craving by using
- The physical discomfort of withdrawal starts this cycle
- Craving can lead to relapse
- Withdrawal – the physical effects of ending drug use
- Flu like symptoms
- Changes in blood pressure
- Aches & pains
- Feeling like you are “coming out of your skin”
- Runny nose
- Medical Consequences
- Liver damage / jaundice
- Brain damage
- Heart disease
- Immune system damage
- Severe cases can lead to loss of limbs
- Hepatitis C
- Memory loss
The abuse of street drugs or prescription drugs significantly impair one’s rational thought processes. Addicts typically lie to themselves and others about the extent of their substance abuse problem and minimize the damage they are doing to themselves and others:
- Obsession with using.
- Poor decision making.
- Ignoring the consequences.
- Reckless behavior, and
Feelings of apathy concerning the future.
Living in a state of denial, addicts frequently remember the thrill of being high and forget the devastation of the morning after. They say things like:
- “I’m not so bad”
- “I can do it on my own”
- “I don’t really have a problem”
- Feelings of anger, resentment, fear, fear of not being liked, fear of not being normal, not being the life of the party, anxiety, feelings of doom, depression (light to severe), shame, paranoia, loneliness, feeling different, feeling inadequate,
- Childhood Issues
- Family Issues
- Not being able to talk about what’s important to you
- Hiding feelings thoughts or actions from loved ones
- Just wanting to die
- Little to no self worth
- Lack of self confidence
- Poor impulse control,
- Wondering how did I end up here again
- Doing things that get you into trouble,
- Using someone else’s needle,
- Inappropriate sexual behaviors.
- Ending up on the street,
- Being homeless
- Thinking that these behaviors are normal.
- Isolating from others
PAWS: An acronym for Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome.
Although Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome is a well-known phenomenon to mental health professionals, it is one of the least known components of the recovery process. Most addicts, their families, and the general public have never heard of it, and it is one of the leading causes of Relapse.
Simply put, when you use drugs over the course of years, the substances permeate your body and reside in-between muscles and in organs. Being detoxed for a week does not pull these substances out of your body. This complete cleansing of the body takes anywhere from 3 to 18 months, depending on the substance.
In the post detox phase of your early recovery, the body begins to heal, and as it does that, it releases these substances into the bloodstream to be processed and eliminated. When this happens, you will probably experience as strong craving for drugs. This is a temporary feeling, but unless you know what is happening to you – you have a much greater chance of giving in to the craving and relapsing – even though everything is going well.
This is phenomenon is baffling to addicts that are new in recovery, because they cannot understand why – when they were doing everything right – they relapsed. Some of our clients that were previously in other treatment centers tell us that:
- They never were told about this in previous treatment programs
- That It really makes sense to them
- They feel relieved and prepared for the next time
It’s one of the reasons that our clients have such a great track record for staying clean and sober.
Denial Management: Deals with thinking
Denial, as it applies to addiction, is the mental phenomenon that allows someone to believe that something is true – when it’s absolutely not true.
It is the conscious or unconscious refusal to acknowledge or admit – to yourself or others – that you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, and that it is causing damage in your life and the lives of those around you.Simply put, you are lying to yourself, and it is one of the major precursors to relapse.
Examples of denial thinking:
- “I’m not an addict”
- “I can have just one”
- “It wasn’t so bad”
- “I don’t have time to go to treatment – I need to do…”
- “I wasn’t so bad”
- “I can do it myself
- “I’m ok”
- “I know what to do (when I really don’t have a clue)”
- “Everyone else is wrong/no one understands”
Thoughts precede actions, and if an addict thinks these statements are true – he or she picks up again and starts the vicious cycle all over. This thinking has to be interrupted in order to stop the cycle.
Denial Management is a systematic way of paying attention to your thinking so that when these ideas pop into your head, you can interrupt them before you act on them. Without an effective strategy to combat this, you are defenseless against this phenomenon.
There are many different patterns of denial, and while you are here, you can uncover your personal denial pattern, and we will help you to create an individualized personalized strategy to help you manage high risk situations and thereby reduce relapse risk. This is one of the reasons that our program is so successful.
Relapse Prevention: Deals with behavior
A proven method of interrupting the cycle of relapse – before you pick up again.
The key to preventing a relapse is to identify “relapse triggers”: situations that “trigger” thoughts, feelings and destructive behaviors that can lead to relapse. To interrupt the cycle – before you relapse.
Part of what relapse prevention does is that it exposes the reality of what drugs do to you, and the consequences of using. It doesn’t let us romance the high, but teaches us that there are consequences – and to look at the consequences before we pick up.
While you are in treatment at our facility, you will learn many effective strategies that will teach you how to interrupt this cycle. You will identify what your personal triggers are, and together, we will design a customized relapse prevention tool for you to use instead of picking up. As part of this customization, we will look at past behavior in high-risk situations and help you develop a plan for future behavior in that situation where you won’t use. We expose the lies that permeate your thinking; expose the reality of what drugs do – and show you how to stop “romancing” the high by looking at the consequences of using: everything from loosing a job or your family to death by overdose. Recovery First is here to help.
Recovery First offers several levels of substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation. Our most intensive level of treatment is the Inpatient Drug Treatment Program, but we also have other treatment options for drug addiction and alcoholism like our Day/Night Program, Intensive Outpatient Program or Sober Living.