Drug addiction can be a complicated issue, especially to those who have never struggled with the issue before. People may wonder why their loved ones continue to use harmful substances, despite the health concerns, legal trouble, and destruction of relationships that it can cause.
The good news is that there is help available. Drug addiction rehab helps people who are struggling to quit on their own but are ready to make that change for the better.
Addiction is an extremely progressive disease. It is cunning, baffling, and powerful. As anyone who has ever struggled with it knows, the painful reality is that it is not that easy to just walk away. The body craves the substance and the mind obsesses over it. Unfortunately, an addict will oftentimes have to hit rock bottom before they seek help.
Pinnacle Peak Recovery is a top-rated holistic drug rehab located in Scottsdale, Arizona. We are here to help you regain control over your life and start living again.
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- What is drug addiction?
- How does it help substance abuse?
- What is it like?
- Does treatment work?
- What types of treatments are available in Arizona?
- Contact us today to get started with your recovery.
The important thing to remember is that you are not alone. Drug addiction is an expensive habit for all Americans, including those who do not abuse drugs. According to the Office on National Drug Control Policy, the misuse and abuse of drugs and alcohol costs the United States $200 billion each year. This debt is accrued from all of the medical, legal, and criminal justice system costs, and this figure doesn’t even mention the loss of productivity at workplaces. At Pinnacle Peak Recovery in Arizona, we are here to help you get back on the right path.
What is drug addiction?
In order to understand what drug addiction rehabilitation is, it is important to first fully comprehend what addiction means. Addiction begins deep inside a person’s brain, where dopamine is released into your system during pleasurable experiences. This could be a substance such as food, alcohol, or drugs, or it could be an activity such as exercise, gambling, or sex.
The body’s natural reaction to pleasing substances and activities is the release of dopamine. When this occurs, the brain makes a note that the substance or activity felt good. When encountering that opportunity again, people will often take advantage of it in order to be able to feel that pleasure again. This explains why some people can become addicted to things other than drugs or alcohol, such as exercise or food.
Regular spikes in dopamine levels are normal in a healthy brain, which may go through several cycles of high and low levels throughout the day. The problem with introducing drugs into this process is the fact that many illegal drugs raise dopamine levels to extreme proportions. This euphoric feeling only lasts for a short period however, and as the dopamine and drugs wear off, dopamine levels plummet far lower than normal. This part of the cycle is commonly referred to as “coming down” and can feel terrible.
These low feelings are just as unnatural for the brain to experience as the highs, and the brain may begin to calculate ways to start feeling better again. For many people, regaining the chemical balance in the brain just takes some time. After a while, the brain will make more dopamine to bring our state back to “normal.” But for other people, remembering how good the high felt takes over, and the person begins craving the drug once again. If this cycle is repeated with frequency, the body may eventually become dependent on that substance for any sense of pleasure or satisfaction.
When a person begins to use any substance (or do any activity) in this manner, they oftentimes become addicted to it. They will rely on it to feel normal, may change their thoughts and behaviors to focus on it, and can continue to relentlessly seek it out despite any trouble or hardships it brings. They have become addicted to that drug, which may be a substance such as prescription drugs like opioids and other painkillers, anxiety medications, sleep medications, marijuana, cocaine, crack, amphetamines or methamphetamine, ecstasy, and hallucinogens.
Drug addiction rehab centers are treatment facilities with programs that help people who are struggling with abusing or misusing drugs or alcohol. Regardless of whether the individual has been using for a short period of time or their entire life, drug addiction rehab programs can help them stop their unhealthy and harmful behaviors and start happy and healthy lifestyles.
How does addiction rehab treat substance abuse?
When a person has become addicted to a substance, their life changes drastically. There are many things that need to be addressed when treating substance abuse in a rehab facility.
Physical Healing: There are chemicals within the brain that no longer operate at normal levels when a person is abusing drugs or alcohol, and there may be physical damage that has occurred to their body which could cause health concerns. The first step at an addiction rehab is to clean the body of the substance and then return the brain chemistry back to normal levels. Treatment facilities provide a safe environment for the body to heal from the damage that has been caused by the substance abuse.
Behavioral and Mental Health Therapy: There may have also been noticeable changes in an addicted persons behavior and social patterns. The hobbies and other activities that were once very important to them may now be neglected completely. They might also have very distorted or negative thoughts and feelings about reality. Addiction centers will provide many types of therapy, including group therapy, individual counseling, and family therapy to help you get back to a pattern of normal and realistic thinking and behavior.
Social and Life Skills: A person’s circle of friends may change because of drug or alcohol addiction. Their social group may become significantly smaller or even non-existent. They once may have been successful in life with gainful employment, regular mortgage payments, and financial savings for a rainy day. But now it seems they have lost it all, including their former ability to think clearly. Addiction treatment centers will provide classes and tools to help you strengthen your social communication and life skills.
Addiction takes over a person and changes many things in their life in a relatively quick manner. Rehab provides a safe, clinically supervised, and supportive environment where an individual can give their body the time it needs to clean out the harmful toxins. Additionally, learning how to deal with life’s ups and downs is equally important to the recovering person’s success. There are life skills that may need to be taught, counseling that needs to happen in order for past traumas to be appropriately dealt with, and new bonds that need to be formed with family members and peers. All of these things are built into a good treatment program.
What is drug addiction rehab like?
There are a variety of different types of drug addiction rehabs. Some may require 24/7 supervision of their clients; others allow a great number of freedoms in their programming. It all depends on the level of care the patient is receiving. Some of those different treatment levels include the following:
Residential/Inpatient Treatment: In this setting, the patient resides at the treatment facility 24/7. All meals, activities, counseling and therapy sessions are held on-site, and the patient only leaves the campus rarely, if at all. This is often the first level of care for someone entering rehab, especially for the first time.
Partial Hospitalization/Intensive Outpatient: With this level of care, the patient spends most of their time at the facility attending classes, counseling sessions, group activities, therapy, and meeting with their case manager on a regular basis. However, at the end of the day, they sleep at a home that is not on-site at the treatment center. Usually this is a sober living arrangement that is still managed by the facility.
Outpatient Therapy: Outpatient therapy is usually implemented after a patient has completed a residential program. The person still attends classes, meetings, and therapy sessions several times each week (3-5 days) for a few hours each day. When not attending these activities, the patient can spend their time however they would like, including going to work or school.
The fact is that every drug addiction rehabilitation program is different. At Pinnacle Peak Recovery, we pride ourselves in offering evidence-based treatment to our clients in a compassionate and supportive environment. At our program, you will receive top-of-the-line treatment from professionals who truly care about your success. You will find that our accommodations and learning environment are second to none, allowing you to focus on what’s important: getting on that path towards sobriety!
You will have the opportunity to not only participate in group sessions, but also enjoy the beautiful outdoors during your treatment. By the end of your stay with us, you will have gained new confidence in yourself as well as some great new friends!
Does drug rehab work?
Judging the effectiveness of drug rehabilitation in general is not quite as simple as it seems. First, it is important to look at some basic statistics. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there were approximately 23.5 million Americans (aged 12 years and older) who needed drug or alcohol treatment for their addiction in 2009 alone. Sadly, only 2.6 million of them (11.2%) actually received the appropriate care.
In order to decipher if drug rehab is successful for an individual, it is first crucial to determine what success means in this context. If success equals completing a rehab program and then remaining clean and sober afterwards without any incident of relapse, then the statistics are unfortunately somewhat bleak. It is currently estimated that between 40-60% of all patients enrolled in a drug rehab will eventually relapse and go back to their substance of choice at least once.
While a relapse rate of 40-60% may seem grim, in reality that means that the other 40-60% of people who attended a drug rehab program stayed clean and sober afterward. For the percentage of people who completed the program but ultimately suffered a relapse, hope can be had in the fact that at least this time they are armed with extra knowledge they gained while attending their program. Hopefully, this information will help them come back and continue the treatment they were receiving.
Consider these additional statistics:
- Short term, inpatient treatment has a 73% completion rate with 21% of patients still sober after 5 years.
- Longer stay, residential treatment programs generally see about half of their clients complete the program, with 17% still sober after 5 years.
- Outpatient programs usually see a 43% completion rate with only 18% still sober after 5 years.
While these figures may seem dismal at first, there is one huge thing to consider: even if a client relapses after treatment, or doesn’t complete their program as scheduled, they have still learned valuable tools, had an extremely valuable respite from abusing drugs while they were in treatment, and likely improved both their physical and mental health. The time spent in a drug rehab treatment program is priceless and could end up saving their life, which is certainly a success.
Drug addiction and alcoholism are diseases, just like hypertension, asthma, and type 1 diabetes. When you take into consideration that hypertension and asthma have a 50-70% relapse rate, and type 1 diabetes has a relapse rate of 30-50%, you can see that the disease of addiction is very close in line with each of those.
What types of treatments are available in Arizona?
Pinnacle Peak Recovery is proud to offer a wide variety of different types of treatment. No matter what issue you are struggling with, we have a program to help you, including:
- Cocaine Treatment
- Crack Cocaine Treatment
- Ecstasy Treatment
- Heroin/Opiate Treatment
- Marijuana Treatment
- Methamphetamine Treatment
- Prescription Drug Treatment
- Synthetic Marijuana Treatment
- We are also happy to offer a long list of different types of therapy available to our clients. Below are just a few of the options you have available to you through our program:
- Group therapy
- One-on-one counseling
- Family therapy
- Outdoor therapy
- Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Experiential therapy
Call Pinnacle Peak Recovery today.
If you are located in the Scottsdale, Arizona area and are interested in learning more about our program, staff, facility, or living arrangements, give us a call today. We have intake specialists available 24-hours a day to answer any questions you might have and get you started on the path to a better life.
Call our support hotline today at 866-954-0524 to find out more about our program. We will design an individual treatment plan that is unique to you and your specific needs. If you or a loved one are struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction, remember that you don’t have to face it alone. Pinnacle Peak Recovery is a licensed treatment facility that offers customized programs to fit all of your needs.
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