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Prescription Drug Addiction

Free Opioid Overdose Antidote Available in Six States

Opioid Overdose TreatmentPatients in six American states will have free access to the Evzio naloxone auto-injector which is a medication used for reversing an opioid overdose. This is a very important medication that is available by way of a pilot program since America currently has an opioid epidemic which has been declared a public health emergency.

The six states which will have the naloxone auto-injectors available include:

  • California
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Nevada
  • Missouri
  • Ohio

The United States Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, called for naloxone to be more readily accessible to those individuals who are at risk of overdosing on opioid medications. He also mentioned that friends and family members of such individuals should also be supplied with the naloxone auto-injector to use on the person overdosing on the narcotics.

In a statement, Dr. Adams mentioned the following:

  • 77 percent of opioid-related deaths occur outside a medical setting with the majority taking place at home.
  • Increased naloxone availability should occur in conjunction with increased access to evidence-based therapies for substance use disorders associated with opioids.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 115 Americans die daily from overdosing on opioid medications. In 2016, more than 42,000 people died from an opioid overdose and this rose to over 66,000 in 2017. This is why having naloxone available, which reverses the effects of opioids, is a very important step in attempting to curb the death rate caused by this crisis.

How to Receive the Naloxone Auto-Injector

Patients with commercial insurances will be able to receive the naloxone auto-injector without a prescription and without having to pay anything by calling a toll-free number and speaking to a pharmacist.

There is no fee for the device because it is available through the pharmaceutical company that developed the product, Kaleo’s, virtual standing order program. The device is then delivered to the individual’s home address once ordered.

If a patient doesn’t have government or commercial insurance and whose total income is less than $100,000 annually, Kaleo offers a Patient Assistance Program that makes the device available for free out-of-pocket.

Kaleo also says that they plan to extend their pilot program to additional states and hopefully the auto-injecting device will be available to more individuals around the United States to help prevent deaths as a result of opioid overdosing.

Pacific Bay Recovery

Pacific Bay Recovery is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center based in San Diego and they deal with and manage patients who are dependent and addicted to medications and drugs such as the opioids.

The services offered by the rehabilitation center include:

  • Inpatient programs for withdrawing patients from the offending drugs as well as psychology, and occupational therapy sessions.
  • Psychiatry consultations for those who have any underlying mental health conditions.
  • Group therapy sessions for patients to help them relate to others with similar issues as themselves.
  • Outpatient programs for those who are assessed as being able to benefit from such a service.

The healthcare professionals at Pacific Bay Recovery help patients to discontinue using offending drugs in order to reduce health-related complications that may occur as a result of opioid use and to improve their social and occupational situations at home and at work.

 

Cases of Severe Bleeding Linked with Synthetic Cannabinoid Use

Around the end of March of this year, 2018, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported that there were 50 cases of severe bleeding linked with the use of synthetic cannabinoids in that state, including two cases where patients died.

The synthetic drug which is referred to as fake weed, spice or K2 consists of a combination of hundreds of different chemicals. This makes it very difficult to determine what the user has smoked or consumed.

The drug is produced and sold as a cannabinoid product because it acts on the same receptors in the brain as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) does which is the main active ingredient in cannabis. According to the IDPH, synthetic cannabinoids have unpredictable side effects and can even be life-threatening to the user.

The perception around synthetic cannabinoids is that they are a legal and safer alternative to cannabis but many of the products that are available are actually illegal and can cause severe health-related problems.

Adverse Effects of Fake Weed

The symptoms of synthetic cannabinoids, or fake weed, that was reported by the IDPH included:

  • Bleeding from the ears or eyes.
  • Coughing up blood.
  • Blood present in the urine.
  • Bleeding from the nose.
  • Bleeding from the gums.
  • Increased menstrual flow in women.

In general, synthetic cannabinoids are chemicals that are sprayed on plant material that is dried and these can then be smoked or converted into liquids that can be ‘vaped’ in electronic cigarette devices.

In the cases of the patients that suffered from episodes of bleeding, the blood samples taken from them showed that they had warfarin present in their bloodstream. Warfarin is an anticoagulant drug which is used in patients who have an increased propensity for developing blood clots or who are diagnosed with this problem. The medication is used to break up these clots by reducing the clotting factors in the bloodstream. Therefore, individuals who do not have any problems with increased clotting issues will develop a bleeding disorder if they consume or inhale warfarin.

Warfarin is also the main ingredient in older versions of rat poison.

The Problem with Synthetic Cannabinoids

The biggest problem concerning synthetic cannabinoids is the ease of availability of the product and that is can be purchased from virtually anywhere. The products can be found in:

  • Convenience stores.
  • Drug paraphernalia shops.
  • Gas stations.
  • Novelty stores.
  • Online stores.

Pacific Bay Recovery

Pacific Bay Recovery is a top drug and alcohol rehabilitation center that specializes in programs to help patients suffering from substance use disorders.

The services offered by the rehabilitation facility include:

  • Inpatient programs for withdrawing patients from the offending drugs as well as psychology, and occupational therapy sessions.
  • Psychiatry consultations for those who have any underlying mental health conditions.
  • Group therapy sessions for patients to help them relate to others with similar issues as them.
  • Outpatient programs for those who are assessed as being able to benefit from such a service.

The healthcare professionals at Pacific Bay Recovery help patients to discontinue using offending drugs in order to reduce health-related complications that may occur as a result of drug or alcohol use and to improve their social and occupational situations at home and work.

Everything You Need to Know About LSD

Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is sold on the street under names such as Blotter, Dots, Trips, and acid. The designs on the blotter paper also influence the name, such as Purple Dragon. LSD is an odorless, colorless, bitter tasting synthetic drug that has been around since the 1930s. It is a potent hallucinogen and is manufactured from lysergic acid found in ergot (a fungus) on rye and grains. LSD is diluted as a liquid for oral use or produced in a crystalline form that is mixed with excipients.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NHSDA) in 2010 estimated that more than 6 percent of surveyed adults ages 18 to 25 used LSD at some point of their lives. This number was down significantly from 16 percent in 2002, however. For youth, the rate of LSD use during the last month is less than 1 percent.

LSD Uses and Effects

LSD is usually taken as a recreational drug, entheogen, or for psychedelic therapy. It has been used by psychiatrists who value the therapeutic effects in the treatment of cluster headaches, alcoholism, to enhance creativity, and for spiritual purposes. Also, LSD can help a patient to “unblock” subconscious repressed memories, leading to benefits in psychotherapy.

LSD effects are unpredictable, and use is considered to be an experience or “trip.” When it’s not pleasant, it’s considered a “bad trip,” versus a “good trip” when all goes well. These “trips” can last for up to 12 hours, and the first effects of the drug are experienced approximately 30 to 60 minutes once it is used.

The user will have varying emotions, mood swings, extreme changes in mood, impaired depth and time perceptions, and distorted perception regarding movements, shapes, colors, sound, body image, and touch. If taken for an extended period of time, the drug produces hallucinations and delusions. LSD causes physical changes also, such as high body temperature, dilated pupils, sweating, nausea, increased blood sugar, elevated heart rate, high blood pressure, dry mouth, tremors, and sleeplessness.

LSD Health Hazards

LSD use makes a person lose the ability to make sound judgments and view danger. After using LSD, a person suffers depression and/or anxiety, and may also experience flashbacks, which are re-experiences of the “trip days or months after consuming the last dose. If a flashback suddenly occurs, it is often without warning, and the hallucinogens are more common in a chronic LSD user or those with an underlying personality disorder. Healthy individuals who occasionally use LSD also have flashbacks and bad trips. In addition, LSD produces tolerance, and users need to take larger and larger amounts to achieve a state of intoxication. This, however, is a dangerous way to use LSD, as it is an unpredictable drug.

LSD is not seriously addictive, as it does not lead to compulsive drug-seeking behavior. Addiction to hallucinogens is quite a rate but does occur. Because LSD produces a tolerance, some users report that they need to take higher doses each time. Also, LSD is illegal and possessing it leads to disciplinary consequences, fines, and heavy prison sentences.

Medical Marijuana: A Safer Solution to Opioids?

Drug overdose is a major problem in the United States. Illicit and prescription drug abuse have plagued our country for years, and now, the statistics apply to professional athletes. In a recent survey of more than 150 NFL players, use of chemical opioids was extremely common and encouraged by some league physicians. The addiction qualities of opioid painkillers are basically a Russian Roulette for some pain sufferers, however.

The Problem

Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription pain relievers and heroin. These drugs act on the opioid receptors in the brain to produce a pleasurable effect along with pain relief. More than 20 million Americans had some type of substance use disorder in 2015, and opioid addiction is causing many overdose deaths. The opioid overdose death rate in 2008 was four times what it was in 1999, and there were 20,000 deaths due to prescription opioids in 2015 alone.

According to the 2017 survey involving current and former NFL players, 91% said they had taken an opiate-based pain reliever. In addition, almost half of those surveyed said they felt pressure by teammates, staff, and even team doctors to use a chemical substance for pain. Many players admitted to recreational use of opioids after they first took them by prescription.

The Cause

Opioids are the fastest and strongest form of pain management available to NFL players. The NFL physicians can injection painkillers directly to the affected region for quick pain relief, which permits the player to go right back to the field. These opioids have a laundry list of side effects, however. They can cause dizziness, confusion, nausea, vomiting, and respiratory depression. In addition, they are extremely addictive, with 70% of NFL players reporting being concerned to an unhealthy dependence on the drugs.

In 2012, the NFL Players Association had an injury data analysis conducted. They found that there was an increase of 1,302 total injuries from 2010 to 2011. In 2011 alone, there were 4,493 minor injuries in the NFL, which included the start of training camp through the Super Bowl. In addition, there was a 17% increase in moderate injuries, which means the player was out of action for 8-21 days.  

An Alternative Solution

The nation’s largest medical marijuana online marketplace, BudTrader.com, conducted a lengthy study regarding NFL players and opioid addiction potential. The study evolved after the marketplace’s CEO, Brad McLaughlin, was notified of the problem by former NFL player Marvin Washington. According to the report, Washington is an advocated for a safer form of pain management: use of medical marijuana. Washington believes professional football players could benefit from the unique compounds found in marijuana, which protect the brain against pain and inflammation.

According to the NFL survey, 89% of NFL players felt that medical marijuana was a safe alternative to treating injury pain. These players said that fewer chemical opioids would be used if they had access to medical marijuana. According to authorities, this would call for major policy reform within the league. The NFLPA plans to make medical cannabis a priority in the future, however.

Pacific Bay Recovery offers top rehab in Southern California for prescription and illicit drugs. Success rates are very high and most insurance is accepted, call  us today!

Resources

Alternet (2017). Recent Poll Shows NFL Players Are Increasingly Concerned About Opioid Use and Addiction. Retrieved from: http://www.alternet.org/drugs/nfl-players-are-increasingly-concerned-about-opioids

American Society of Addiction Medicine (2016). Opioid Addiction. Retrieved from: http://www.asam.org/docs/default-source/advocacy/opioid-addiction-disease-facts-figures.pdf

90-Day Treatment Plan for Addiction in San Diego

This is a longer term commitment for those heavily addicted to drug and/ or alcohol who may need more time to get sober from their years of long term abuse of alcohol and drugs. These addicts have developed habits that they need to learn how to break and re-learn new healthy ones to replace them with the assistancealcohol rehab san diego  from the addiction professionals and counselors in the program to teach you how to stay clean and sober for the long term life recovery.

Most all 90 day plans have an inpatient or outpatient program but the inpatient programs have a higher chance of success.  Most outpatients plans are designed for the addicted individual who cannot leave there current obligations for this extended amount of time.

The longer plan is designed for the recovering drug addict or alcoholic to build a long term foundation for their life being sober. Many that have failed with sobriety and relapsed during the 30 and 60 day plans may choose this plan to continue learning other skills they did not get in the shorter plans like coping, refining social skills, developing meaningful relationships without the addiction.

Alcohol RecoveryThe 90 days treatment begins much like the 30 and 60 day treatments of intense detox, relieving the body of the toxins to bring the person back to the normal levels while getting the unhealthy chemicals out that could take up to two weeks.  This is done in a medically supervised environment by professionals to ensure that everyone is safe in case any side effects arise. After detox the rehabilitation begins with individual and group therapy sessions, this will be the communication and sharing the events that one has experienced. 

This also helps to communicate with others in the same position or maybe further along the treatment program to validate that this is not just happening to the addict.  In therapy, an addict will learn new skills to cope with their daily life issues using different types of therapies to help the addict physically and mentally and spiritually.  These therapies could be yoga therapy, sometimes this includes learning to have meditation time, yoga therapy helps with the mind and body to a line together. 

The 90 day plans will have you living on site while going through their treatment plans much like in the 60 day treatment plan. The addict will attend individual and group therapy sessions by trained substance abuse counselors who will teach you the Addiction Treatment Centerskills of recognizing and dealing with the triggers or situations.  Learn how to avoid them and recognize the ones that might lead you to a relapse. In group therapy sessions you will get support from others with addiction and who are going through the same daily challenges that you are dealing with.  This can involve some family sessions where the addict and the family members will learn how to trust each other again. The addict and family members will learn how to express their feelings and thoughts on a healthy level by including them in the recovery process.

Most all plans have different approaches but will include many of these method IGT integrated group therapy deals with the addicts that might have two problems one physical like addiction and behavioral like bipolar disordering a group setting. Some will use the 12 step program methods and /or scientific methods.

The 90 day treatment plan is the usual plans most addicts choose who are addicted to cocaine, heroin, alcohol, etc. This inpatient plan helps addicts to have hands on time with the medical and therapeutic staff 24 hours a day for 90 days.  These addictions did not occur overnight so learning new skills to not fall back into doing drugs or drink alcohol by learning more coping skills to add to their arsenal to live a sober and drug free life takes time, to become a normal skill or decision to choose on a daily basis.  90 days is a lifestyle change.

Pacific Bay Recovery offers top treatment for addiction in San Diego, including all types of substance abuse. Whether it’s prescription or illicit drug abuse, or alcohol, the treatment center provides compassionate, effective treatment that works well a vast majority of the time. Call us today for a free consultation to learn more!

 

Facts on Drug Rehab Treatment from a San Diego Addiction Treatment Center

Drug addiction, in most cases, goes untreated. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug and Health, 9.4 percent of the US population aged12 or older had to be treated for drug or Detox Center San Diegoalcohol abuse problem in 2007. Of those people surveyed, 2.4 million individuals (10.4 percent) needed treatment or received treatment at a specialty rehabilitation (rehab) center by addiction professionals.

Therefore, 20.8 million people (8.4 percent of the US population 12 or older) needed to be treated for a drug or alcohol abuse problem and probably didn’t receive it. This survey is available online at www.samhsa.gov and from NIDA at 877-643-2644.

Addiction – A Treatable Disease

Addiction is a treatable disease that affects the body and brain in many ways. All treatments aren’t for every person, so you must be assessed by addiction professionals on a continuing basis to make sure the treatment is working for you. However, treatment might need to be changed, depending on how you are responding. You may require therapy that is both medical and psychological, depending how you are doing. For most people that are addicted, they just can’t stop using because they want to. They will not feel good until the drugs are out of the system and the brain and body quits craving the substance.

Because of these drug cravings, some treatments professionals use legal medications to help with the process for the individual who is addicted to make them better without feeling sick. The drug detoxification (detox) treatment process does work for individuals who seek out treatment and stick to the plan can change. However, this process usually is long and hard. alcohol rehab san diego Relapse is inevitable in the beginning, but the main factor of success is to get right back on track with your treatment when relapse occurs Re-teaching oneself to do something different is hard when you have engaged in negative behavior for such a long time. You many slip up many times, but you need to stay the road and continue treatment for many years before you are better, especially when the life you led for a long time was centered on finding drugs and putting them into the body.

Costs of Drug Abuse

Substance abuse costs the U.S. $510 billion dollars each year, and these costs are related to specialty alcohol and drug services, medical consequences, lost productivity due to illness and injury, and legal costs. Research shows that for every dollar spent on prevention and early treatment programs, two to ten dollars could be saved in health costs, criminal and juvenile justice costs, educational costs, and lost productivity.

Treatment has been shown scientifically to help addicted patients of drugs abuse to avoiding relapse and recover their lives. What people learn during rehab treatment is to stay clear of drugs or alcohol by building positive healthy habits that help a person cope so they don’t relapse. Recovery is a long road, but it is possible.

Pacific Bay Recovery offers the best addiction treatment in San Diego. This includes all types of substance abuse such as alcohol, prescription drugs and illicit drugs as well. Call us today for help!

Resources

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Drug Facts: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction. Retrieved from: http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/treatment-approaches-drug-addiction.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (2014). Justification of Estimates for Appropriations Committee. Retrieved from: http://www.samhsa.gov/Budget/FY2012/SAMHSA-FY11CJ.pdf

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The Cycle of Addiction – Info from a Top Rehab Center in San Diego

With addiction, the addict becomes caught up in a viscous cycle, and he/she is unable to break from of the addiction. Understanding this cycle of addiction helps you realize the causes and issues associated with this disease.

  1. Obsession

The first stage of the addiction cycle is obsession. You experience an intense euphoria (reward) with drug use. The substances help you cope with problems and stress. With obsession, you want to re-experience that first high over and over, and nothing else in life offers any relief or pleasure. In addition, you neglect your family and self with the obsession stage, drugs becoming your number one priority.Detox Center San Diego

  1. Insanity Develops

Drug abuse interferes with the brain’s communication system. You do not make logical judgements, rational decisions, and sane choices when using a drug or alcohol. In addition, it is hard to distinguish reality from fantasy, which is a form of denial. Other manifestations of insanity include:

  • Selfishness – You want to feel normal and could care less who is hurt.
  • Use of defense mechanisms – These include anything to rationalize the consequences of drug addiction, such as manipulations, dishonesty, justifications, minimization, and intellectualization.
  • Grandiosity – Thinking you are special, different, smarter, and better than other people.
  • Chaos – Your life is unmanageable and chaotic. You cannot rely on yourself to make a rational decision.
  1. Cravings Develop

Drug abuse changes the brain’s structure and function. Brain nerve cells receive, send, and process information that is abnormal, and the brain is actually physically dependent on the drug. Slowly, the brain requires the drug to function normally. In a recent study, researchers conducted a large review of the impact of opioids on the endocrine system. They found that these substances induced central suppression of secretion of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GRH), which resulting in fatigue, depression, infertility, low libido, anxiety, and loss of muscle strength. They concluded that non-opioid management of pain be used to prevent these problems.

  1. Tolerance Develops

The brain adapts to the substance and builds a tolerance. This means you require more and more of the drug to feel normal. Tolerance causes loss Rehab Center San Diegoof emotions, problems with feelings, and changes in morals. With tolerance, you are no longer able to respond to the drug in a way a normal person would. The development of tolerance is not addiction, but many drugs that cause tolerance also lead to addiction. Opioids bind to certain brain receptors, triggering the inhibition of the enzyme adenylate cyclase. This causes abnormal brain cell function.

  1. Experience Hopelessness

With addiction, you are not aware of the disease. You think you are bad or just a weak person, causing feelings of guilt, shame, and regret. Drug use gives you the illusion of power, and you often make sincere attempts to not use again. Feelings of hopelessness develop, causing you to continue using as an escape.

  1. Reaching Rock Bottom

In recovery, rock bottom is a phrase use to describe total loss. You lose your job, your family, your assets, and sometimes, your freedom. The cycle is repeated over and over again until you do reach rock bottom. Ending up in an institution or killing one’s self are examples of what could happen if you choose to continue with the cycle of addiction.

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Resources

Katz N & Mazer NA (2009). The impact of opioids on the endocrine system. Clinical Journal of Pain, 24(2), 170-175.

National Institute of Drug Abuse (2016). The Neurobiology of Drug Addiction. Retrieved from: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/teaching-packets/neurobiology-drug-addiction/section-iii-action-heroin-morphine/6-definition-tolerance

A Glimpse Of What To Expect At A Rehab

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Alcohol Rehab San DiegoThe first steps are usually the most difficult. Most people are wary of going to a rehab even after they have decided to go to overcome their drug and alcohol addiction. The primary reason is they do not know what to expect at a rehab. Addiction specialists at Pacific Bay Recovery in San Diego throw light on what goes on in a rehab helps you get rid of substance abuse.

A quality rehab would take necessary measures to not only help you overcome addiction but also avoid relapse and recover fully. To ensure that, a drug rehab center such as Pacific Bay Recovery would offer a variety of programs including detox, inpatient and outpatient treatments and rehabilitation.

Medical Detoxification

Most drug rehab centers would take you through medical detox as a first step. To break chemical dependency, systematic withdrawal is performed under medical supervision to ease the discomfort of withdrawal. It also stabilizes brain’s neurochemistry. Pacific Bay is one of San Diego’s top detox centers.

Inpatient Facility

An inpatient treatment program helps you cultivate a drug free lifestyle by keeping you in a safe, secure environment away from the triggers and temptation. Various innovative therapies are used at Pacific Bay Recovery rehab at San Diego to assist people in building psychological and behavioral skills required to lead a healthier, happier life.

Outpatient Program

Once the person has overcome the addiction, an ongoing support system in the form of Outpatient Program is generally provided by good rehab facilities. Pacific Bay’s intensive outpatient program focuses on long-term recovery and success to ensure prevention of relapse.

5 Ways Rehab Centers Increase Success Rate for Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment

Opiate addiction deprives life of its purpose and divests an individual of his motivation, strength and ability to work. Obtaining professional help and treatment at an addiction rehab center in San Diego is crucial to get rid of the problem. However, not all have are fortunate enough to break the bondage of opiate drug dependence despite the best treatment and care. Relapse ends sobriety and the willpower to say “no” weakens. Recovery reverses and patients take to addiction and return to rehab again for treatment.

The following five suggestions are helpful for rehab centers to increase their success rate of prescription drug addiction treatment and ensure prolonged and permanent sobriety in addicts preventing their relapse forever.canstockphoto14328599

  • Personalized Plan for Each Addict

Addiction has an underlined cause deeply rooted in the perception of the world by the patient. There are many factors, personal, environmental, medical and family, specific to the patient responsible for drug addiction. The treatment plan should develop a recovery perspective taking into account these highly personal aspects. It must acknowledge the unique character of every addict, recognize internal changes and plan the most suitable treatment regimen.

Based on patient-centric propositions, the rehab center should reinforce de-addiction and sobriety. All patients should not be seen equal and differential attention is essential for each individual during the recovery process. While adopting a multi-problem view point, cultural, social or spiritual markers unique to each patient must be recognized and the each stage of recovery and rehabilitation should be planned in that context.

  • Integrated Treatment

Integrated treatment and rehab for prescription drug addicts has following facets.

  • Providing unhindered access to routine and crisis services appropriate according to the patient condition.
  • Offering outreach support for criminals, homeless, jobless and other special requirements with an affirmative “right door” policy.
  • Effective and wholesome assessment, referral and treatment covering all social, cultural, economic, family, health, education, psychological and personal settings. It must respond and readjusted to changes in a patient with treatment process.
  • Planning to encourage and engage reluctant and “unmotivated” patients.
  • Treatment plans should be based on clients’ needs and should respond to changes as they progress through stages of treatment.
  • Appraisal of existing social support and reinforcing it.
  • Treatment and rehab must thoroughly address the correlation between addiction and mental illness.
  • Wholesome Approach and Competency

Treatment models should encompass “treatment at various levels of need, appropriate to severity and by different agencies” and focus on engagement, primary treatment and continuing care. Rehab must include a phased approach to treatment with early attention to real-life problems. It follows restoring cognitive and functional impairments of a patient. As client progresses across different levels, continuity of care in close coordination of past and present treatment stages is essential.

Services must be comprehensive to address multidimensional problems leading to and associated with addiction, such as medical condition, social disorder, mental agitation and instability in life. The focus should be on stabilizing living condition of recovered patients using skill development, employment support, nutrition, housing support, recreational activities, and similar productive assistance.

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  • Treatment With Spiritual Exploration

Treatment cannot assure complete success unless a patient develops a positive sense toward life and willingness to shun prescription drug addiction. This requires mental detoxification and strong psychological motivation. Nothing is more powerful than spiritual exploration to inculcate these attributes. It instills emotional sobriety, cool off the agitated mental state and encourage to see and feel life in a positive way. Patients in their quest to stay spiritually fit, avoid being cynical, disturbed and find out ways to stay sober.

Spiritual discovery also plays a crucial role in encouraging patients to explore, learn and understand the culture and social context of life and strengthen their position as a benign member in the community. It creates a social sphere free from vices and full of self-realization and this goes a long way in pushing patients for a more meaningful and responsible life against living with addiction.

  • Social Plan for Relapse Prevention

Success has no meaning without complete recovery and relapse prevention is key to ensuring complete recovery and rehab. Rehab centers must create a social plan to aid relapse prevention and encourage continued addiction-free life. The key elements of such a social plan should include

  • Mobilization of support from family, friends and the faith community
  • Create, maintain and patronize mutual self-help movement among recovered patients
  • Organizing client community get together
  • Preventing addiction stigma from affecting a patient of his family
  • Encouraging patients to end alienation and become a bona fide community member
  • Post-treatment support through continued engagement, therapeutic support, endowing personal responsibility and creating peer support
  • Effective use of social, recreational and religious organizations to reinforce reintegration with family and community

Pacific Bay Recovery is the top drug, alcohol and behavioral addiction treatment center in Southern California. Experienced, Board Certified providers offer treatment with a very high success rate. Most insurance is accepted, call us today at (619) 432-7784!

How To Know If You Have A Prescription Pain Drug Addiction

About 15 million US residents are victims of prescription drug addiction at any given time while at least a quarter of them fit the criteria for prescription drug addiction treatment and rehab. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the country has a population of over 52 million Americans who resorted to prescription drug use without any medical need between 12 years of age and now. Almost 90 percent poisoning deaths are attributed to these drugs.Drug Treatment Center San Diego

Opioid pain killers account for the maximum number of prescription drug addiction incidents, even higher than cocaine and heroin cases combined together. Stimulants, antidepressants and non-opioid pain killers are other prescription drugs that are widely abused leading to dependency and deaths. The misconception that these drugs are “safer than illegal street drugs” is the key driver for this addiction problem, claims a report by the Foundation for a Drug-Free World.

Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Pain Drug Addiction

  • Increased Usage and Self-Medication

Once addicted, a person resorts to frequent and increased dosage and self-medication. As the body grows accustomed to the drug, the level of tolerance increases with the prescribed dose showing diminished effects. If a patient increases his dose or continues ongoing use without consulting doctors, it is understood that he is no longer getting relief and his body demands an increased dosage. Frequent self-medication following long use of prescription drug also highlights the fact that the patient has become addicted to drug and needs at the slightest pretext.

  • Personality Change

Sudden changes in appearance and behavior pattern also indicate drug dependency. Observe one for mood swing, sudden shift in personality traits, increased psychological uncertainty, lack of concentration and loosening energy levels to carry out daily responsibilities. Addiction may result in craving for a drug and the addict exhibit more-pronounced symptoms related to the disorder the drug intend to cure. Everything becomes secondary to the need for that drug.

  • Psychological Signs

 

  • Social withdrawal and reduced interaction with family and friendsDrug Addiction Treatment San Diego
  • Depression, aggressive behavior, agitated mentality, being paranoid or suicidal
  • Preference for isolation over social interaction
  • Exhibition of hostility, irritation, anger and agitation
  • Disturbed psychology and inability to focus
  • Anxiety and confusion
  • Inability to understand and concentrate
  • Emotional craving for the prescribed drug

 

  • Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle and behavioral changes are first visible in daily routine and habits. Addicts give up interests and hobbies due to psychological disturbances. Suddenly, everything becomes secondary to the drug consumption and addicts become preoccupied in getting that. Many of them may even commit unthinkable actions to get the drug. School and job neglect become more and more pronounced.

The addict may appear to be with bad temper, jittered and physically dropped. He or she becomes hostile to anyone trying to control drug use. Appearance deteriorates and lack of freshness is discernible. Disregard for rules, family regulations and education is quite common. Even eating and sleeping habits change.

  • Negligence Toward Responsibilities

The attraction of the prescription drug becomes so big that the addict neglects all other responsibilities. The negligence is partly due to lack of focus and partly because of the addict’s willingness to consider it secondary. He or she shows extremely stimulated behavior even for minor causes and skip school, household chores and office frequently.

  • Negative Attitude and Physical Condition

An addict turns more negative in his style, approach and life. The “sick” persona is reflected in increased sensitivity, blackouts and defensiveness. He or she overly reacts to normal emotions or sounds. The medication usage continues even after the healing or improvement in the medical condition and there is frequent feeling of the disease. It is common to see them rejecting any help, attempting to conceal their dependency and becoming increasingly defensive when questioned about the drug use. Other signs and symptoms may include,

  • withdrawal-like symptoms
  • muscle and bone pain if the drug is deniedPBR_Treatment_Girl
  • insomnia and sleeping disorder
  • blackouts and forgetfulness
  • poor memory and speech problem
  • potential motor coordination difficulties
  • loss of agility and slowed, unsteady movement
  • drowsy or intoxicated appearance
  • loss of manners, disorientation and irregular blood pressure
  • poor judgment and lack of decision-making

Who Are At Risk of Prescription Drug Addiction

Men, women and teen-age school students — all are equally at the risk of prescription drug abuse. In fact, the incident is higher among women. According to the Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence, there has been 415 percent rise in opioid pain reliever overdose among women compared to 250 percent among men in the last one decade. The abuse starts as early as 12 years of age. In the last seven years, there has been a 132 percent increase in prescription drug abuse. Those using the medication for long time, going for doctor shopping or getting prescription drugs easily from various sources are at the enhanced risks of prescription drug addiction.

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