Addiction can take many forms and manifest in multiple behavior types, but one of the most common is chemical addiction, under which drug and alcohol addictions fall.
Substance abuse disorder (SUD), the result of drug and alcohol addiction, is a common condition. When someone is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, it leads to an inability to control how much they use, which makes their life unmanageable. People often continue to abuse their substance of choice even after it has taken a tremendous toll on their career, relationships, and personal health.
The same can be said for different forms of addiction, like behavioral addictions, but the key difference is the presence of a mind-altering substance.
The symptoms and behaviors of drug and alcohol addiction are easy to recognize. It’s the intense urge for the substance that blocks other thoughts and feelings, failing to meet social or professional obligations because of the substance, doing things to secure the substance that you are morally wrong, like lying or stealing, or taking increasingly larger amounts of the substance over time. These are all signs that you have an addiction problem.
The most abused substances are alcohol, illegal drugs like heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamine, and prescription drugs, such as benzodiazepines like Xanax, or painkillers like oxycodone, also known as opioids.
Miramar Recovery understands the nuances of each of these addiction types, as well as the co-occurring mental health conditions that can lead to substance abuse. Our team of specialists helps patients deal with the mental, physical, and emotional challenges associated with addiction so that they can make a full recovery that leads to a lasting life change.
Health complications associated with alcoholism include heart disease and liver disease, both of which can cause death. Alcoholics also experience ulcers, vision problems, high blood pressure, and weakened immune systems.
Miramar Recovery is here to help. To overcome addiction, you must first understand it. When an alcoholic fully comprehends the nature of alcoholism and the deleterious effects it has on their life, that’s where recovery starts. Therapy, education, and motivation play a vital role in the treatment process.
Drug addiction, like alcoholism, is characterized by substance use that is compulsive and destructive. Repeated drug use can rewire a person’s brain and inhibit their self-control. Their ability to resist the drug is diminished over time.
Drug addicts eventually begin to increase their usage in search of a previous high, a goal that consumes them and removes their ability or willingness to make healthier choices. They eventually lose interest in things that they used to enjoy, and they also isolate themselves from friends and family as they become more fixated on their drug or drugs of choice.
People suffering from an addiction to drugs increase their likelihood of developing other serious conditions, including (but not limited to) lung disease, cancer, and stroke. Specifically, meth causes severe dental problems, while opioids have an extremely high risk of overdose.
Mental disorders such as depression and anxiety also come with drug addiction – or, in some cases, existing mental conditions are worsened by substance abuse. In any event, drug addiction is a major health risk.
There is no single factor that can predict drug addiction. Circumstances regarding a person’s biology, lifestyle, environment, and upbringing can contribute, but addiction does not discriminate. Addicts come from all walks of life and nobody is immune.
Furthermore, addiction is not a choice — someone with a SUD cannot simply decide to stop. Along those lines, people do not decide to become addicts in the first place. It is a dangerous trap that can ensnare even the most upstanding and well-off people in society.
Miramar Recovery offers comprehensive and caring treatment for those suffering with addiction in Orange County and beyond. Patients undergo extensive assessments and evaluations, including a physical and examination of their medical history; blood testing when indicated; complete psychological-social evaluation; and a psychiatric workup.
The results of these comprehensive assessments are utilized to create a customized, detailed treatment program, which will be followed by the patient for the duration of their treatment period. The assessment findings will serve as the framework for the treatment plan.
Those burdened with drug and alcohol addiction in the Orange County area have recourse to our IOP (intensive outpatient program) at Miramar Recovery. An IOP is one step removed from a partial hospitalization program (or PHP) but offers more than the average outpatient programs.
Our IOP treatment offers different options such as:
It has been shown that IOPs can be equally as effective in treating drug and alcohol addiction as inpatient programs.
There are several factors to bear in mind when looking for the right drug and alcohol addiction treatment center.
Location: When it comes to outpatient treatment for addiction, choosing a facility close to home is very important. You may be anxious about your treatment in the first place, so driving a long way to get there is not optimal.
Miramar Recovery has 3 treatment facilities in Orange County to better serve our community.
Types of Treatment: Different treatment centers will adopt different approaches and modalities to dealing with addiction, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Whether you need a more holistic approach with a spiritual angle, or more of a focus on medication-assisted treatment, you need to find what works best for you. You need to be clear on what the different approaches to treatment are so you don’t end up pursuing inappropriate treatment.
Staff-to-patient ratio: Ask about the proportion of staff to clients is so you know you will have the personal attention you need at this critical point in your life. While larger treatment centers offer a broader range of options and opinions, smaller facilities usually provide fewer distractions, a better ratio of staff to clientele, and more privacy.
Insurance: the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health claimed 3-in-10 individuals who needed addiction treatment did not pursue it, claiming costs were a barrier to entry.
Make sure any treatment center you consider accepts insurance. Miramar Recovery proudly accepts most major policies to cover the cost of rehab, including Aetna, Beacon, Humana, BlueCross BlueShield, and others.
Take the first step in your recovery by calling Miramar Recovery today and see how our many treatment offerings can help pull you out of the cycle of addiction.
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