How Addiction Treatment Has Ushered in a Third Wave

Harm Reduction Therapy uses many of the same concepts as other substance abuse treatment plans. HRT is part of a program known as the Third Wave. This substance abuse treatment program and the methods it uses work to effectively curtail substance abuse.

Harm Reduction
The Harm Reduction program focuses on healing outside of the criminal justice system. It works by using whatever health-based methods necessary to reduce the harm caused by the drug addiction.

Anyone who seeks treatment under this program can receive it, no matter what stage of addiction they may be involved in. Treatment can range according to the exact needs of the patient.

Psychotherapeutic and psychological approaches are used to reduce the amount of harm an individual can cause to themselves and others.

Third Wave Concepts
Following the Moral and Disease Models, the Third Wave offers a new approach to the treatment of drug abuse. Both models prior to the Third Wave had shortcomings that eventually undermined their success.

The new model picks up where others have left off, and focuses more on the health of the individual rather than treating a disease that is already present. Instead, the ‘Third Wave’ works to prevent the disease-mentality from taking over.

Successful Lifestyle Changes
Being proactive and making positive lifestyle changes that promote good health aim to help the person overcome feelings and physical problems associated with addiction.

The Third Wave concepts provide useful tools to regaining both physical and mental health, as well as helping the person stay on the path to good health.

Enrich Your Relationship with Honesty This Valentine’s Day!

It can be very tempting early on in a relationship to be economical with the truth to make you look better to your new partner. We all do it, and often you both settle down to an open honesty that is healthy for your relationship. However, dating when in the grip of addiction, or even when undergoing recovery can be a minefield, leading to manipulative or even emotionally or physically abusive behavior.

The good news is that the counseling you undergo during recovery gives you the tools to examine patterns and learn how to break them.

  • Talk it out – Don’t assume your partner is aware of your thoughts and feelings; they’re not a mind-reader, and if you’ve been used to covering up your addiction you’re probably a master at hiding your feelings. Allow yourself to be vulnerable both in expressing your emotions, and listening to your partner’s hopes and fears too.

  • Walk; don’t run – Although it can be tempting to replace the false stability that substance or alcohol abuse once gave you with the immediate intensity of a serious relationship, constant communication to make sure you’re both equally invested is essential.

  • No relationship is bomb proof – We’ve all seen couples who appear to have the perfect relationship. They never argue, and they seem perfectly in tune with each other at all times. Unless they’re putting on a front for the outside world, there’s a good chance they work hard on their communication, and talk through any issues in their relationship with each other before they become a serious problem.

Whether you’re dating, or looking for a life partner, all relationships deserve honest and open communication. Even if you’re not for the long-haul, you’ll take positive experiences from this relationship into the next.

OxyContin Addiction: Key Signs and Treatment Options

OxyContin is an opiate based painkiller that physicians prescribe to patients who are suffering from severe pain as a result of illness, injury, or surgery recovery. OxyContin addiction is one of the most rapidly growing drug problems in the United States. Due to its addictive, intense nature, OxyContin causes many people to lose everything in their lives from close relationships to jobs.

Addictive nature
The inherent opiate quality of OxyContin makes it addictive, even when taken in regular doses. However, when people abuse it, such as snorting it, crushing it, or mixing it with a liquid and injecting it, the drugs become extremely dangerous. Taking an entire dosage in a single sitting can lead to a host of serious issues, and under the wrong circumstances, even death.

Signs and symptoms
For many people, OxyContin creates an overwhelming sense of euphoria. Over time, the body adapts to the effects of the drug and develops a tolerance. This means that when someone quits taking it suddenly, there are likely to be severe withdrawal symptoms. OxyContin has a wide range of physical, behavioral, and psychological symptoms from behaving secretively to experiencing frequent mood changes to having a lack of concentration with routine tasks at work or at home.

Treatment options
The best tactic for OxyContin rehab is a combination of behavioral, psycho-therapeutic, and pharmaceutical approaches. Most families choose to intervene with an addict in a non-formal, pre-planned intervention meeting. This meeting makes the addict aware of the negative consequences of long term OxyContin abuse and broaches the possibility of OxyContin rehab.

New Horizon Recovery is here to help take you out of OxyContin addiction. We begin the process of OxyContin rehab with physical detoxification, which is safest when done under the presence of an experienced doctor. Reach out to us today at 760.805.4015.

The Horrifying Consequences of Opiate Addiction

The National Summit Survey revealed new and horrifying information on prescription drugs. For example, there has been a high death total linked to opiate overdoses over the last 30 years, a very alarming stat. Despite that stat, there is a small myth and incorrect information about these drugs. Here are some facts about opiates and being addicted. Please consider these facts if you are going to opiates rehab.

Long Release Pills Cause a High Overdose Risk
Large pills often result in an accidental overdose such as the FDA approved Zohydro, an opiate pain medication. While it would seem that you could take a big pill to ease the pain for several hours, actually Zohydro increases the chance of an accidental overdose. The half-lives of drugs stay in the system longer than what addicts are used to. The person may not recognize how much is truly left in their system, which will cause them to use another opiate, which will cause them to use another opiate, which in turn raises the risk of an overdose.

Dependence is Multifaceted
Dependence affects many aspects of a person. The physiological or biological components of the disease drive addictive behavior. After a lot of opiate use, you need more to keep your body normal. Withdrawal happens when the drug is no longer needed for the new normal. The user will then rapidly seek the drug in order to avoid the withdrawal.

Prescription Drugs Are Responsible for More Deaths than Cocaine
The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that accidental overdose deaths due to drugs are higher than both Cocaine and even Heroin. Perhaps drug users don’t respect them as they would a drug with a more deadly reputation. Prescriptions Drugs are incorrectly assumed to be completely safe.

Consider these factors before going into opiates rehab.

Heroin Addiction Reaches Alarming Levels in America

Everybody knows how dangerous the drug heroin is – at least everybody who is in their teens or older. However, what you may not realize is that heroin is a drug that is still prevalent in the United States. In fact, it’s actually growing in popularity, and heroin addiction is reaching alarming levels in the country.

While you might be familiar with the fact that heroin is an addictive drug, most people don’t really understand how the drug works or why people become so addicted to. Most people don’t even know that it doesn’t take more than using the drug once or twice, especially if you do it in a short period of time, to become physically addicted.

When it comes to heroin, the United States is experiencing a major epidemic. But why? It’s a question a lot of people are wondering in the United States – if they’re even aware of the problem.

Why Is Heroin Popular Again?

Heroin is not a new drug, not by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, older adults likely remember the first heroin craze that took place in the 1960s and then again in the 1990s. However, just because heroin isn’t a new drug doesn’t mean that it isn’t cause for alarm when more and more young people are using it.

The truth is that the reason heroin is so popular again isn’t quite as simple as you might think it is. When it comes down to the facts, people actually use heroin for a variety of different reasons, and they aren’t really all that similar.

Apprising Your Kids About Dangers of Drug Abuse This Halloween

Drug abuse is something that every parent of a pre-teen or teenager fears. While we might think that drugs aren’t in our community, the truth is that even the best neighborhoods and school districts have drugs, and chances are our children will be exposed to them at some point in their adolescence.

That’s why it’s so important that parents do everything they can to teach children about the dangers of drugs. These teachings are especially important at times like Halloween when kids are having fun with friends and otherwise celebrating.

Use this guide to help you teach your children about the dangers of drugs on Halloween and how they can avoid taking them, even if they’re offered by close friends, acquaintances or peers.

Talk to your kids about the physical dangers of doing drugs.
Even drugs that don’t seem ‘serious’ like marijuana can be physically dangerous, especially when your child is out and about. Explain that doing drugs can inhibit their ability to function even on a basic level, which can increase the risk of physical harm being done to them.

Something as bad as walking in front of a moving car is much more likely if you’re on drugs.

Explain the potential for overdose.
Many kids don’t know that drugs like cocaine can kill them if they take a little bit too much. While these ‘hard’ drugs may seem out of reach for your kids, they could be more prevalent than you think.

Teach your kids that drugs can be addictive.
Taking some drugs just a few times can make them want the drug again and lead them down a dark rabbit hole that can be hard to get out of. Drug addiction is a serious problem with kids and they need to know the consequences.

The Music Community Rallies to Fight Drug Addiction Menace

Music Community Fight Drug AddictionThe “Stand Against Addiction” music festival is the brainchild of Alliance Records CEO, Jey Roman. Having always believed that music can be used as a powerful tool to spread positive messages, he started the music festival as a way to spread awareness about all the negative effects that come with heroin and drug abuse. Sadly his actions were taken when Jey Roman lost a close friend to heroin and this loss had a major impact on him, prompting him to take action against drug abuse.

In a statement, Jey Roman said, “Last February, a friend passed from a heroin overdose. Since then, we have been contacted by multiple people who have experienced the same thing as we have.”

Rock and hip-hop artists like Funk Nasty, S5ive, West Water, Just Jake and J-NiBB are scheduled to perform and so are artists from other labels like EAZR and The Underdogs. Many artists have wanted to be a part of the festival, which will kick start in Piqua, Ohio, because like Jey Roman they believe that it is for a great cause that will send a powerful message about the dangers of drug addiction.

Organizers of the festival wish to share the music and message of the festival with a wider audience, which is why Jey Roman is in talks with different organizations as well as law enforcement precincts. The hope is that they will be able to take “Stand Against Addiction” to a national level, reaching out to more people who are struggling with the hardships of addiction and those who have lost someone they love to this terrible disease.

Drug Addiction: A Form of Mental Illness?

Drug addiction causes a great deal of stress to both the person with the problem and those who love that person. Mental illness creates the same type of distress. When considering private rehab in San Diego, is it necessary to look for a place that treats both? Recent thought has considered that this may be because drug addiction is a type of mental illness. Here are some of the recent reasons for this consideration.

Brain changes
Mental illness is a result of chemical changes within the brain that make it difficult for a person to behave in a manner that is considered “normal”. The changes in the brain can cause a person to do many things out of character or become obsessed with one thing to the exclusion of all others.

Alcohol and drugs create changes in the brain as well. At first, they work on the pleasure centers and then they eventually change the person’s entire brain in regards to the substance of use. The drug becomes an obsession, with the person thinking of it to the exclusion of all other things. This change in the way the brain operates has experts believing addiction is yet another form of mental illness.

Co-morbidity
Even those who don’t consider the two as the same do see that both often exist within the same person. A person with mental illness may turn to drug abuse to mask the symptoms. Eventually, addiction kicks in and worsens the original mental illness. It becomes a vicious cycle of illness and abuse.

When seeking out help at a private rehab in San Diego, ask about their opinion on the correlation of mental illness and addiction. It is important to find a center that addresses both of these problems, and this could make a huge difference in the success of the rehabilitation.

How Early Intervention in Young Women Stops Addiction

Young Women Addiction InterventionTeenagers and young women are being exposed to drugs and alcohol almost every day, and at alarming rates. Studies show, that about 30 percent of high school girls admit to knowing that drug use, and the selling of drugs takes place in their school. Also, many of these young women admit to trying drugs (both prescriptions and over the counter) because they were readily available on school property.

Peak Periods of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Studies over the years have proven the peak periods of drug and alcohol abuse is primarily between the ages of 19 and 22. Although, the first instance of experimentation with drugs begins as early as the ages of 13 to 15.

The key to preventing long term drug abuse is to offer drug and alcohol rehab opportunities to teenagers and young women at the earliest point of drug abuse.

Preventing addiction involves breaking the cycle of use as well as teaching young women the dangers of drugs and clearing their common misconceptions about drug use.

Methods of Prevention
Early intervention and the use of alcohol and drug abuse awareness classes are effective when they are given at the right time. Today, several methods of prevention are being used in the alcohol and
drug rehab programs, these include:

  • Offering alcohol and drug rehab classes at the earliest point of use
  • Including parents and family members in the program
  • Activities and classes that dispel common misconceptions
  • Early intervention tactics that involve many different methods and techniques

By employing a multi-dimensional approach, and allowing the parents or family members to be involved as part of a solid support group, young women are less likely to increase their level of drugs use, if they are provided with effective rehab opportunities.

Taking a Pledge Against Drug Abuse

With attitudes towards substance abuse varying to greatly even within the drug-taking section of the community, any pledge against drug abuse has to, by necessity, be firm, inclusive and non-judgmental. This would enable non-alienation for those that need the resultant care plans and therapies the most.

Family breakdown, financial issues, and social isolation aside, the bigger picture is overwhelming impact upon healthcare provision services and endemic substance abuse within certain sections of the community as a norm.

Taking a firm pledge against drug abuse requires an equal balance of understanding, and strict zero-tolerance policy. The set of circumstances for an individual to tip even recreational occasional use into abuse and addiction will be as varied as the reasons they may make any number of other life choices, from the trivial to the significant. Commonly, you, the individual, will experience considerable condemnation amongst any commitment to help.

As with breaking any habit, making sure that any triggers, be they stress, peer group pressures, depression or other medical issues are at least reduced and preferably removed is key. On top of that, making sure that you have removed yourself from any source of supply, or other means to obtain drugs is essential. For many, going “cold turkey” can be as dangerous as drug abuse in the first place, so proper medical support, counseling and supervision should be in place.

When breaking a habit, the most effective tool at your disposal is to put another habit in its place; most effective when tackling drug abuse is to invest in the individual. Proper understanding of the reasons why you might fall into this situation in the first place is the key step in taking the pledge to tackle drug abuse.