Recovery After Relapse

Recovery After Relapse

Recovery After Relapse There are many points of view on a relapse.  One school of thought says that relapse may be part of the recovery process. It has also been stated that relapse occurs only when the commitment to being clean and sober is weaker than the desire to use again. Yet others claim that relapse is a symptom of a brain disease called addiction that occurs in some drug users, but not others. Regardless of your perspective, for people suffering from drug addiction, relapse is an event with potentially catastrophic consequences.  Even if one were only clean and sober for a short while, that probably enough to be aware… Read More

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Addiction Treatment

Addiction Treatment

Addiction Treatment There are mаnу dіffеrеnt аррrоасhеѕ to addiction treatment, but they all іnсludе an іnіtіаl рѕусhоѕосіаl evaluation, detoxification, classes to lеаrn about аddісtіоn, alcoholism аnd аѕѕосіаtеd issues. Addiction treatment can take many different fоrmѕ, vаrу іn lеngth оf tіmе and take рlасе in а vаrіеtу оf treatment ѕеttіngѕ. Mеdісаl dеtоx іѕ a short tеrm рrоgrаm lasting from 3 to 10 dауѕ, whеrе оnе іѕ сut off from аll drugѕ. This type оf drug rеhаbіlіtаtіоn is usually juѕt the fіrѕt step іn rеасhіng lіfеlоng ѕuссеѕѕ. Mоѕt of those who сhооѕе thіѕ tуре of treatment may experience symptoms of withdrawal. The rіѕkѕ associated with this type of treatment аrе too great… Read More

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What It Means To Have A Mood Disorder

What It Means To Have A Mood Disorder

What It Means To Have A Mood Disorder A common element seen in many addicts/alcoholics is the existence of a mood disorder.  A mood disorder may be primary or secondary, as a main factor in substance abuse or as the result of the chemical dependency and resultant withdraw syndromes.  Correct diagnosis, identifying any underlying problems; education, in regards to how the mood disorder coexists in a symbiotic fashion with the addiction; and treatment of both the substance abuse issue and the mood disturbance, are integral to the approach we use at Oceanside Malibu Addiction Treatment Center. In order to define and diagnosis a mood disorder, we must look for a… Read More

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Medication Assisted Treatment

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-Assisted Treatment The medications traditionally used in harm reduction or medication-assisted treatment programs for opiod addiction are Suboxone, Subutex & Sublocade. Suboxone is really made up of two medications with the main med being Buprenorphine. It is a long-lasting opiate. Now why would you take someone off of opiates and put them on more opiates?  Well, Buprenorphine attaches to those opioid receptor sites in such a way that makes it very difficult to overdose. Consequently, it increases safety for anyone addicted to opioids or heroin. Another thing is, since suboxone has a tiny bit of naloxone, which is an opioid blocker, it adds a bit more of a safety net.… Read More

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Why Enabling An Addict Is A Bad Idea

Why Enabling An Addict Is A Bad Idea

Why Enabling An Addict Is A Bad Idea Enabling is basically doing or arranging something for someone else so they don’t really have to feel the full consequences of their own actions. It is really common in families dealing with addiction. In particular what happens is, especially at the earlier stages of addiction, the family starts noticing problems that a family member is going through. Problems start to rise that are associated with their addiction, such as maybe they don’t have any money. Maybe they get some legal issues, relatively minor at first. Maybe they even lose their job. Stuff like this. What happens is, the family members, especially if… Read More

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Activating Events & Relapse

Activating Events & Relapse

Activating Events & Relapse An activating event can be big and it can be small. A small activating event might be stubbing your toe or getting a parking ticket. Big events might be losing a job, a break-up or a death in the family. These activating events are bound to happen in life and it’s the way that we deal with these activating events that can put us back into the cycle of addiction. Activating events will produce uncomfortable feelings, this could be sadness this can be anger, this can be any kind of adverse or negative emotional state. When negative feelings come up in response to an event, they… Read More

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