How to Tell if Someone You Love Needs Inpatient Drug Rehab

If someone you love is struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction, you may be in a position to help. Of course, their recovery is ultimately their own responsibility, but anything you can do to help them take those important first steps towards living free of alcohol or other drugs is well worth doing.

Many people who struggle with alcoholism and drug addiction, including the people who need drug detox the most, are in a state of denial. It sometimes takes someone they care about to point out what’s obvious to everyone else – that their alcohol or drug use has become a problem, a severely out of control problem.

So, how can you tell if someone needs an outpatient or inpatient drug rehab program, and how do you approach them about it if they do?

Your Encouragement to Seek Drug Detox Could Save a Life

First, understand that caring enough to confront someone about their drug or alcohol problem very well could save their lives. We all know people whose lives have been ruined by substance abuse. Most of us have no trouble seeing that an addicted person affects many people other than just himself with his addiction and that there are many lives – beyond just the addicted person’s – that could be improved if he were to seek help for drug addiction.

While it’s important to confront an addicted person with their need for drug detox, it’s just as important that you do it in a way that communicates that you care about and value the person. The last thing an addicted person needs is to be made to feel bad about themselves. In the vast majority of cases, even if they put on a cheerful or confident façade, they are already dealing with depression, bipolar disorder or another condition that causes that to feel very badly about themselves. That’s one reason it’s important for people who need drug detox to go through a program that offers dual diagnosis treatment.

Is Outpatient Drug Addiction Treatment Good Enough

There are lots of good outpatient drug rehabilitation programs out there, and many people get the help they need through them. While an outpatient drug addiction treatment program can’t offer everything that a private detox center can, many people can and do find freedom from addiction through outpatient programs.

However, for many, inpatient drug rehab is a better option. Signs that a person may need inpatient rehab for meth addiction or other drug addiction include:

  • The addicted person has tried outpatient programs and failed or relapsed

  • The addicted person can’t stay away from negative influences while going through treatment

  • The addicted person is dealing with a high stress environment that makes rehab for meth addiction or other drug addiction more difficult

  • The addicted person is not being treated for the underlying causes of addiction (depression, bipolar, other dual diagnosis treatment) in outpatient programs

Orange County Meth Rehab – Why Luxury Drug Rehab Works

For many, a luxury drug rehab is an ideal option. A high end rehab does more than just allow someone to live it up. The good ones provide a relatively stress free environment where the addicted person can devote their full attention to recovery. It really is easier to deal with the struggles of addiction when you eliminate the outside stressors and a high end rehab in an idyllic location – like a drug rehab Los Angeles – helps many people who otherwise can’t shake drug addiction or alcoholism.

The Hills offers drug treatment. Los Angeles provides a perfect setting to break free of addiction. While sunny weather won’t cause drug detox all by itself, it certainly doesn’t hurt. When combined with caring, professional staff who know how to offer effective dual diagnosis treatment, our Los Angeles meth rehab facility offers the perfect place for people to overcome addiction.

 
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How to Get Help for Meth Addiction

Are you or someone you care about dealing with meth addiction? Are you ready to be free from your addiction, but aren’t sure about the level of help and intervention you need or whether an outpatient meth rehab program or inpatient drug rehab would be better for you? Worse, are you caught in the web of addiction and aren’t sure whether you could ever be free of meth or other addictive drugs?

There’s good news. Many people, just like you, have struggled through addiction to methamphetamines and other drugs and have found their way to a better life, sober and free of drug abuse. You can, too.

Whether you go to a private detox center, a luxury drug rehab or an outpatient rehabilitation program, don’t go through drug detox alone. Breaking free from addiction is not easy. It’s possible, and with the right help, it’s even probable, but it isn’t easy. Reach out for help.

Admitting the Need for Drug Detox is the First Critical Step

If you’ve admitted to yourself that drug abuse is a problem in your life, that your meth use has taken control of your life, you’re to be congratulated. Admitting the problem is the first – and arguably the most critical, if not the most difficult – step towards breaking your addiction.

Getting over the delusion that you’re in control of the drug use, that you can quit anytime you want all by yourself, is the first step in meth addiction rehab. In fact, it’s the first step in any reputable and effective alcohol or drug rehabilitation program.

Options for Drug Detox

There’s more than one way to skin a cat, as the old saying goes. At the end of the day, any solution that ends with you being free of chains of drug addiction is a good solution.

Some people can and do walk away from meth use on their own. However, for the overwhelming majority of people addicted to meth or other drugs, some form of help is needed. There are several different types of drug treatment programs. Certainly more than is practical to list here. Rehab for meth addiction programs can be divided into two types (though there is a lot of variance within each type):

  • Outpatient meth addiction rehab

  • Inpatient meth addiction rehab

While there are many different approaches to treatment, there are two things you should look for in any meth addiction rehabilitation facility or program:

  • The 12 steps. It’s become fashionable in some circles to suggest that there is a better basic program than the 12 steps, but there’s a good reason alcohol and drug detox programs have used the principles first brought to us by the founders of AA – because they work.

  • Dual diagnosis treatment. Very seldom does someone become an addict without underlying psychological – and often physiological – causes. Treating the addiction without dealing with the depression, bipolar disorder or other condition behind it is like treating a sneeze instead of treating the cold.

The Hills is a high end rehab center in sunny Southern California. We operate with a simple philosophy – drug detox doesn’t need to make you completely miserable. It’s hard enough to overcome addiction without making it unnecessarily difficult. Our meth rehab Los Angeles programs provide a comfortable place where you can get away from the stress of life and focus on recovery.

 
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Advantages of a Private Detox Center

Whether you’re seeking rehab for meth addiction, alcohol addiction treatment, or a drug rehabilitation facility or program that deals with some other form of drug addiction, there are lots of options available. The question is, which will work for you?

There’s really no one size fits all answer to that question. Most drug and meth addiction rehabilitation programs work for at least some of the people who turn to them. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be around long. However, there are certainly some approaches to meth addiction rehabilitation that can statistically be proven to be more effective than others.

Undoubtedly, if you’re seeking rehab for meth addiction, you want to give yourself the best chance available of kicking your addiction to meth, alcohol and other drugs once and for all. While most types of drug rehabilitation programs are helpful on one level or another, we contend that there are some significant, demonstrable advantages to using a private detox center.

Outpatient Programs vs. Inpatient Drug Rehabilitation Facility

One of the first things people ask themselves when they finally face the need to get help in dealing with a drug addiction problem is whether an outpatient drug addiction program or an inpatient drug addiction program will work better for them. Either can be helpful and even if you do undergo drug, alcohol or meth addiction rehab in an inpatient drug rehab, it’s always a good idea to continue outpatient aftercare treatment after you’ve gone through your initial drug detox.

While outpatient drug rehabilitation programs can and do work for many people, there are significant advantages to inpatient drug rehabilitation programs, especially for those who have tried other programs and relapsed. Some of the advantages of an inpatient drug rehabilitation center include:

  • Lack of availability of drugs. Yes, you will eventually have to go back to the world where meth, alcohol and other drugs are available, but it doesn’t help to have them under your nose while you’re starting your recovery.

  • Ability to focus on recovery 24/7. Most of us can accomplish just about anything if we devote our full time and attention to it. An inpatient drug rehabilitation center allows us to focus completely on our recovery.

  • Removal of stressors and triggers. Can an inpatient drug detox eliminate all stressors or every trigger? Of course not. Not even the best high end rehab can provide a 100% stress free environment, but the best inpatient treatment centers provide an environment in which you have far fewer outside stressors than outpatient centers.

  • Regular access to professional help. Let’s face it, it’s important to have a support system, and that support system should ideally include trained professionals who understand drug and alcohol addiction and who can offer help not only with addiction, but with the underlying causes of our addictions.

Why a Luxury Drug Rehab Really Is the Best Option for Most

There’s a reason that sports teams prefer playing at home over playing on the road. At home, they’re surrounded by a crowd that supports them, that cheers their every success. On the road, they are surrounded by a hostile crown that wants to see them fail.

When you go to a private detox center, you eliminate the road crowd and surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed and break free of drug addiction. This includes both the dual diagnosis treatment professionals who are there to help you and others who are also going through drug detox. In many ways, it’s like surrounding yourself with a team – other people with the common goal of breaking free of addiction – and coaches – professionals who know what it takes for you to break free.

Drug rehab doesn’t need to be unnecessarily uncomfortable. In fact, there’s every reason to believe that a luxury drug rehab is the best option for most people. Being in an inpatient facility that’s comfortable and that encourages family involvement and allows pets and other non-drug related things that bring you comfort can help keep stress levels down and allow you to focus on recovery.

The Hills is a drug rehabilitation Los Angeles center. Set in beautiful Southern California, we offer a low stress environment where you can focus full time on your recovery. If you’re looking for a Los Angeles meth rehab facility or looking for other drug detox, Los Angeles is an idyllic setting to find your recovery. Come see what our drug rehab Los Angeles program has to offer – you’ll be amazed at how pleasant drug rehab and your first steps towards freedom from addiction really can be.

 
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WAX – THE LATEST DRUG TO HIT THE SCENE

During the last year or two, a unique form of marijuana has become increasingly popular.  It's known as marijuana wax, ear wax, dabs, or simply wax. This form of marijuana concentrate is a far more powerful substance than marijuana in weed form.  It reportedly leads to a quicker, stronger high; the highest of marijuana highs on the drug market today.


WHAT IS WAX ?

According to ABC News, wax is the ultimate distillation of marijuana, and is so strong that one single hit can keep the user on a high that lasts more than a day.  One hit of wax has been likened to smoking 20 joints of high grade marijuana product.


GOVERNMENT CRACKDOWN

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is reportedly cracking down on wax usage, especially in California.  In Colorado by contrast, wax is legal for those over age 21, and increasingly popular. Wax is the distillation of marijuana, and the person making wax uses a highly flammable substance, butane, to strip the THC from the marijuana.  THC is the active ingredient in cannabis that gives it its narcotic and psychoactive properties.

 

CALIFORNIA IMPACT

Fire officials in Southern California have reported at least six fires and or explosions related to the production of wax just this year alone, and that number is expected to rise. Mr. Gary Hill of the San Diego DEA's office reports that they have observed people with the onset of psychosis and even brain damage from exposure to that concentration of THC, involved in either the production or use of wax.  Chemical residue from the butane further complicates the adverse effects of the THC.

 

ORIGINS

 

Why wax?  The answer lies in money motivation more than the curiosity to invent a more potent high.  Marijuana growers cultivate their crops by manicuring the high-priced buds for smoking, and trimming of the excess, non-essential leaves.  These other leaves and trimmings are used in the distillation of the marijuana into wax; which means more profit generated from your plant investment.  It's strictly business.  Even attempts at testing and regulation, such as recent attempts at ballot measures in Los Angeles, will not curb black market wax makers.

 

TREATMENT

It's important to have awareness and concern about this new niche market in the world of substance abuse.  At The Hills Treatment Center in the hills overlooking Los Angeles, the staff of professionals there have their fingers on the pulse of all substance abuse and addiction issues.  They are trained to recognize and understand the traps and pitfalls of drug and alcohol temptation.  The Hills has the right solution for your addiction, personalized and customized to treat you as an individual. In the privacy and luxury of a residential setting, they can guide you through detoxification, treatment and recovery.  Contact The Hills today, and partner with them in finding the right solutions to whatever your addiction problem may be.

 
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HIDING ALCOHOL ADDICTION

 

It's easy to hide an addiction to alcohol, and problem drinkers have lots of time and space to perfect the art of secret drinking. At what point does drinking cross over the line from acceptable social drinking to a level of alcohol consumption that is dangerous?  It's an insidious process that almost creeps up on you in such a way that you don't notice it until you are addicted to alcohol.  But, realizing that you have an addiction problem is the first step on the road to sobriety.  It's helpful to understand how and why problem drinkers have become so good at hiding their alcohol addiction.

 

How Did It Happen?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that alcohol is an intoxicating ingredient found in beer, wine and liquor. Drinking alcohol affects every organ in the body because it is a central nervous system depressant.  As a depressant, it acts almost as if it soothes or calms the drinker when they are under stress, or in turmoil over life's many problems. In fact, studies have shown that addictive drinking may also coexist with depressive illnesses. But, drinking alcohol is just a false and temporary calm, a quick fix that only harms the drinker in the long run.  

Ask yourself or the drinker, when did the drinking begin?  Was it partying as a college student, or at business lunches, or at holiday dinners?  Can you identify when the drinking went beyond these occasional social events?  Or, was there a trigger event of upsetting proportion that presented an opportunity to begin drinking heavily?

Why Hide?

There are any number of reasons why those addicted to alcohol hide their drinking.  By hiding, there is a tacit acknowledgment that a problem exists.

 

Are you guilty or embarrassed about your drinking?

Do you wind up drinking more than you thought you would?

Has your drinking gotten you in trouble at work or school?

Does your family confront you about your alcohol addiction?

Has your spouse or partner threatened to leave you?

Are you experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you go without alcohol?

 

Easy To Hide

Alcohol consumption is not an illicit activity, therefore society gives silent license to drinking behavior. A person can purchase unlimited supplies of alcohol without any accountability.  This is the first step; acquiring alcohol with ease.  Once the substance is so readily had, it's a quick step to the art of consuming it secretly.

 

  • Hiding Places:  There are many hiding places in which to store alcohol.  Every nook and cranny around the house presents a possible hiding place, as well as in your car, your garage, your backpack, or your briefcase.

 

  • Excuses:  There are many opportunities to sneak off and have a drink.  A person can excuse themselves for a nonexistent phone call, run out their car for something on false pretense, or step away to the bathroom.  All of those are locations are easy hiding places for alcohol.

 

  • Appearances:  The person who is gregarious or even loud and entertaining is often a popular person.  It is very possible to hide an alcohol addiction behind the guise of a strong personality, where peers don't recognize problem drinking behavior.  Perhaps they just think the drinker is funny or entertaining.


Treatment and Recovery

In the greater Los Angeles area, The Hills Treatment Center understands how and why hiding alcohol addiction occurs, and they have the professional staff that can guide you through the recovery process. In a private, luxury setting in the Hollywood Hills, you will find the right, gentle guidance from intake  to transitional home support.  Contact The Hills today, and come out of the shadows of hiding your alcohol addiction, into the light of recovery.

 
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THE WHITE HOUSE ISSUES A NEW DRUG POLICY

 

The White House is paying close attention to drug use in the United States, and has crafted a new drug strategy to support drug control and treatment.  Leading the campaign that advises the president on drug control activities and related funding is the Office of National Drug Control Policy, or ONDCP.  This office was created by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 and is a component  of the executive branch of government.  There are some key components in their renewed efforts to coordinate control of drug use in the United States that take a different tact, a fresh approach.

 

 

THE ONDCP STRATEGY

  • Government Wide Public Health and Safety Approach

  • Emphasis on Community Based Prevention

  • Early Intervention Programs in Healthcare Settings

  • Diverting Non-Violent Offenders Into Treatment Instead of Jail

  • Funding Scientific Research on Drug Use

  • Expanding Access to Treatment Centers through The Affordable Care Act

 

Drug use affects every segment of society, puts a strain on families, the economy, the healthcare and judicial systems both.  Perhaps most of all, it endangers the lives of all of those who suffer with drug and or alcohol addiction.  In order to support the ONDCP strategy, the current administration has committed over $10 billion in drug education programs and in support of opening up access to drug treatment programs.

 

THE ONDCP ON TREATMENT

The new strategy acknowledges what experts have known for a long time; access to addiction treatment can be critical, pivotal, even life-saving as a resource to those with addictions, and their family and friends. Like other chronic diseases, professional intervention is required to stave off the powerful effects that drugs have on the brain and on behavior.  Studies show that dollars spent on treatment saves many dollars in public health and safety costs.

 

THE ONDCP ON RECOVERY

The ONDCP wants to commend those in treatment and loudly applaud those achieving recovery.  With a new awareness on the part of this office, they understand the long journey from addiction, to detoxification, to recovery; whether it's through medication assisted treatment or purely through counseling.  The ONDCP is committed to spreading the promise of recovery and it is one of their driving objectives.  They are devoting energy to partnering with recovery support services to help people achieve and sustain recovery.

 

WHERE TO SEEK TREATMENT

If there's great awareness about drug addiction issues on the federal level, then certainly there's still greater awareness on the individual level.  If you, or a loved one, has struggled with the disease of addiction, end that battle now by seeking treatment.  In the greater Los Angeles area, there's no finer treatment facility than The Hills Treatment Center.  With their supportive staff of professionals, they will guide you through detoxification, treatment, and transitional recovery, with varied and specific support groups tailored to meet your exact needs.  Contact them today, tour their private residential facility in the secluded hills overlooking Hollywood, and begin the road to recovery.

 
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How Meth Affects the Body

There are few drugs that have a more devastating effect on the body than methamphetamine (also known as meth or crystal meth). Meth is an extremely addictive and corrosive drug that can quickly wreak havoc on an addict’s mind, body and spirit. Most meth addicts truly do not comprehend the level of destruction that meth will inflict on their body and pick up the drug out of curiosity or because of peer influences. Since methamphetamine can be manufactured using household ingredients, it is readily available in many areas, whether urban or rural.

Why do People Get Addicted to Meth?

Methamphetamine is a very attractive high because it provides immediate satisfaction. Users report that they experience a sudden “rush” or pleasure and an instant sense of euphoria after taking meth. The also experience an increase in energy, confidence, focus and feeling of sexual desire and desirability. Basically, meth puts you on top of the world – until the high wears off and you come crashing down. Seeking out that next high becomes an instant reflex. People want to capture that feeling again. No one plans on becoming an addict. Many people just want to feel good and escape their problems. Unfortunately, most people are deep into their drug habit and have already sustained physical and mental damage before they get help for meth addiction.

What Meth Does to the Body

As addiction sets in, the effects that meth has on person are frightening. Here are a few major areas that meth causes damage:

  • The Brain: Meth causes a surge of dopamine, which causes intense pleasure. Over time, meth destroys your dopamine receptors, making it nearly impossible to feel pleasure. These pleasures centers can heal after addiction recovery, but the damage to a users’ cognitive ability could be permanent. Meth can also trigger psychotic behavior such as delusions, hallucinations, paranoia, anxiety, insomnia and extreme aggression.

  • The Skin:Meth causes the destruction of tissues and blood vessels and can affect the body’s ability to repair wounds. In addition, meth causes an “itchy” feeling and obsessive behavior, so many addicts end up picking at the skin on their body and face, leading to open sores than do not heal. Skin also loses its elasticity, making meth users look far older than their years.

  • The Teeth:Meth causes an addict to grind their teeth. In addition, the ingredients in meth are corrosive to teeth enamel, the lining of the mouth and to gums. Meth causes tooth decay, tooth loss and gum disease. Teeth issues are so prevalent with methamphetamine users that addicts are known to have “meth mouth”.

  • Weight:Meth is a powerful appetite stimulant and massive weight loss is a very common side effect of meth use. A rapid drop in weight and lack of nutrients can cause dangerous imbalances, osteoporosis and lack of menstruation in women.

  • The Libido:An increase in libido is one of the most dangerous side effects of meth. Combined with impaired judgment, it leads to risky behavior, such as unsafe sex with multiple partners. The risk of contracting STIs and even HIV is greatly increased.

Rehab for Meth Addiction

The best place for a meth addict to be is in a top-notch rehabilitation center. Rehab for meth addiction can help an addict get much-needed professional medical care, detoxification, treatment and therapy to help them break the physical, mental and emotional connection to meth. Los Angeles’ The Hills Treatment Center is a private, high-end meth addiction rehabilitation facility with a proven track record of success in dealing with meth addiction. To learn more about meth addiction rehabilitation options, visit the The Hills web site for more information.

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5 Surprising Resources for Drug Addiction Help

Overcoming drug addiction is not something you should do on your own! Not only is it much more challenging, it is potentially dangerous depending on the addiction. Educating yourself on the effects of drugs and addiction is just as important as choosing the right drug rehab center. Let’s look at a few of the surprising resources for drug addiction help:

1) Quality Online Resources

While the internet is certainly full of bogus information and questionable websites, plenty of quality online resources exist, including those concerning drug and alcohol addiction and rehab. The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a great example, and features many online bulletins and publications. These publications concern the various addiction treatments available, questions to ask when searching for the right drug rehabilitation center, how addiction affects the brain and much more.

2) Knowledgeable Family and Friends

It’s not uncommon for addiction to run in families, or for addicts to have friends with similar issues. If you have one or more friends and family members who have overcome addictions, talk to them about what they found worked best. Ask what ultimately led to their decision, what private addiction rehab center they chose and why, and any other information that’s relevant to your issue. Knowing that those close to you have struggled with similar problems and came out victorious is often very reassuring when considering treatment, and these people can also provide information and support on long-term recovery.

3) Quality Hotlines

Quality drug and alcohol hotlines are often very helpful when first deciding to undergo drug rehab. The person on the other end of the line provides not only support and guidance, but also treatment facility recommendations.

4) Treatment Center Staff

Drug addiction help in the form of treatment center staff may seem a little obvious. What isn’t always obvious is that such people are often former addicts themselves. Talking to staff members will usually provide a wealth of information on overcoming addiction, and staff are frequently willing to share their own experiences to help you recover. Working with those who have first-hand experience around addiction when undergoing treatment is both extremely comforting and tenders a valuable resource.

5) Support Groups

Some may eschew support groups when seeking drug addiction help, as discussing issues in a group setting is often difficult. However, support groups, whether utilized during inpatient drug rehab or as part of a long-term recovery plan, can prove an invaluable resource. The support of a group setting provides benefits you may not have considered previously, and again it’s helpful to speak with others going through the same thing you are. Whether you start a group therapy session while staying in a treatment facility or after you leave, it’s definitely something to consider.

These are just some of the drug addiction help options out there! Utilize them and find the right treatment facility for your needs. Quality care by educated and friendly staff is essential to successful long-term recovery, so find a drug rehab facility that makes you feel welcome and supported!

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3 Myths Shattered by Medical Detox

A number of myths concerning medical detox have cropped up over the years, often confusing people who are considering treatment. If you’ve been thinking about entering alcohol or drug detox, it’s important to educate yourself about these myths to choose a quality facility that understands just how essential medical detox is. Let’s take a look at three of the many myths surrounding this form of detox:

Myth #1: Any Addiction Can Be Overcome “Cold Turkey”

Most addictions are hard to overcome alone, as changes in brain chemistry have resulted in assorted compulsions and cravings that are very real and very painful. And while those addicted to drugs or alcohol may want to get sober, it is often very difficult to do so on their own due to these neurological changes. Depending on the addiction, attempting to quit “cold turkey” without the supervision of a drug rehabilitation center can actually be dangerous. Medical detox followed by a quality drug rehab program is often the best and most permanent way of ending addiction.

Myth #2: Medical Detox Eliminates Withdrawal Symptoms

Unfortunately this is simply not true. While detox medications are designed to aid the process and lessen withdrawal symptoms, most do not eliminate symptoms entirely, making it all the more necessary to rely on supervised treatment by experts. Physical discomfort is especially prevalent when undergoing withdrawal from opiates, and side effects from detox medications are also possible. Examples of side effects from detox medications include fever, insomnia, irritability, nausea and intense muscle aches.

Myth #3: You Can’t Force Someone Into Medical Detox or Drug Rehab

Just because a person entered a private detox center unwillingly does not mean detox and rehabilitation won’t be successful. Many enter medical detox following a court order or because of pressure from work, the military, or concerned family and friends. And while the addict may be hesitant to seek treatment at first, completing detox and overcoming withdrawal often allows for self-examination and the decision to live an alcohol and drug-free life. Eliminating cravings thanks to medical detox allows the person to clearly see the negative impact of drugs and alcohol and how important it is to rectify the issue before further damage is done to health, well-being, work and personal relationships.

These are just some of the many myths surrounding medical detox! Give yourself the gift of education concerning this subject, as it will help you choose the right private addiction treatment center for your needs. After all, you’re making a very important decision—isn’t it necessary to choose the best facility possible?

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Addiction in Seniors: How Common Is It?

Drug and alcohol addiction in our senior population is much more common than one may realize. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), persons aged 65 and over represent 13 percent of the total population, but account for over one – third of all prescribed medications. Beyond that, the number of people over age 65 taking three or more prescription drugs has skyrocketed to half of all seniors in the last decade. Drug, and even alcohol, addiction within the senior population is of special concern. Alcohol is clearly the most often used drug among the senior population. In 2011, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 8.3 percent of persons aged 65 and older report binge drinking every month.

COMMON?

Yes, addiction among seniors is common, and it’s not surprising. It is also understandable. The incidents of addiction occurring in a population that is aging, that wants relief from both physical and mental pain, makes perfect sense that those seniors will seek help however they can. There is no end to the current supply of over-the-counter medications from which to choose and mix, no end to commercial advertisements for the latest drug company’s cure-all. It should come as no surprise that seniors with various ailments will be prescribed medication at an increasing rate parallel to scientific advancement. Although their ailments are legitimate, the effects of multiple prescription medications from multiple physicians all equals eventual addiction.

While easy access to prescription drugs may be a more modern trend, alcohol is a tacitly approved substance that many seniors grew up using freely, and so continue to do so in their retirement years. Alcohol addiction is part of an approved life style that seniors bring with them to their new found drug dependence. Alcohol is an easy remedy for the physical pain associated with an aging body, and the mental pain, depression, or grief associated with illness or loss that befalls people in their senior years.

HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?

Whether a senior or a teen, drug and alcohol addiction is addiction. In fact, retiring baby boomers who grew up experimenting with drugs, don’t attach as much of a stigma to drug use in their senior years, especially if it’s prescribed by a physician for an ailment. But some do use illegal substances. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, nearly 4 percent of adults ages 60 to 64 report using illicit substances.

WARNING SIGNS:

The consequences related to substance addiction in seniors are serious.

  • cognitive problems
  • depression
  • balance problems
  • insomnia
  • agitation
  • “doctor hopping”
  • loss of appetite

SECRETS

Pay careful attention to your senior loved one, and if you have concerns about possible addiction, consult this excellent Family Guide provided by The Hills Treatment Center in Los Angeles. At a detoxification and rehabilitation center like The Hills, a professional staff can assist you and your senior through residential, outpatient, and home support therapies with insight and success. Don’t let senior addiction remain one of the best kept secrets.

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