There are plenty of professional aids for assisting one’s recovery. One of those aids is prescribed medication, mostly to help one move through their withdrawal symptoms. However, if taken improperly, there is a chance of abusing the medication. Abuse or misuse of the medication can result in an all-new dependency, or even death. Now, this is not meant to scare anyone considering prescription medication for his or her condition. Medication is both safe and necessary when prescribed properly by professional doctors and addiction counselors. It is a good thing, and can only become a problem if taken outside of the instructed dosage. In order to better appreciate the power of prescription medication, here are a few potentially addictive medications for your addiction education. The more addiction education skills we have, the better we can understand our current condition and rise above it.
Meant to treat panic and anxiety disorders, Xanax is a popular drug that strengthens GABA, which is a naturally calming chemical in the brain. Xanax is a highly addictive medication if taken outside of the proper prescription instructions. Usually a change in dosage should be gradual; any extreme change in dosage could result in side effects. If there is an apparent risk of side effects or dependency, your doctor will make safe adjustments accordingly. Our addiction doctors keep special focus on what the patient needs as their body adapts throughout the recovery process.
Oxycodone is an opioid pain reliever meant for extreme pain. It is effective only if the patient seriously requires it. Its proper usage is on a regularly scheduled basis, not whenever someone feels pain. Any recreational use can result in addiction. Oxycodone should be taken strictly as prescribed, which is why Recovery Care doctors choose the best schedule for patients to take the drug if they require it. Oxycodone should never be given to anyone without the proper prescription and addiction education. Misuse of Oxycodone could result in dangerous long term side effects, including potential death. Such misuses include: taking it if you have asthma or breathing problems, allergies to Oxycodone, and/or stomach blockage.
Like Xanax, Valium is meant for people suffering from anxiety disorders, but can also treat muscle spasms and seizures. It allows for the brain and nervous system to calm down during such episodes. It is often prescribed for someone going through alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Before taking Valium, be sure to inform your doctor if you have any of the following conditions: sleep apnea, myasthenia gravis, liver disease, glaucoma, epilepsy, alcoholism, and/or breathing problems.
Amphetamines are stimulants for your central nervous system meant to control hyperactivity, particularly Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). They can also be used to treat narcolepsy. However, certain side effects can result either from not being compatible with amphetamines, or taking amphetamines improperly. Before taking amphetamines, be sure to inform your doctor if you have any allergies, anxiety, overactive thyroid, high blood pressure, a family history of heart disease and/or sudden death, and any other conditions that might have an affect on your prescription use.
Ritalin is another stimulant used to treat ADHD, and works by readjusting the chemicals in the brain and nerves. It is often recommended for increasing focus, controlling behavior and treating narcolepsy. Also like Amphetamines, side effects can occur if they are taken improperly. Before taking Ritalin, be sure to inform your doctor if you have allergies, glaucoma, muscle twitches, high blood pressure, congenital heart defect, a family history of heart disease and/or sudden death, or any other biologic factors that could affect Ritalin use.
Despite the potentially dangerous side effects of these various drugs, they are perfectly safe when taken according to your doctor’s instructions. Recovery Care doctors would never prescribe a medication to anyone if there were a risk of dangerous side effects. They are also sure to provide the patient with any needed addiction education on their specific substance. Even if abuse begins to appear, it is just as treatable as other addictions. Recovery is a journey of adjustments, and we at Recovery Care Partner are here to adapt to your needs no matter what arises.Learn More
Addiction was for the longest time seen as a moral choice. People looked down upon those who were “addicts” as if they were both selfish and self-destructive. There was a moral condemnation for those suffering from addiction. But when it became apparent that addiction is a disease (a circumstance that manipulates the person rather than being controlled by the person) the public began to understand the nature of it all. People who were addicted were given more in depth levels of assistance with the illness. However, one has to ask, why is it considered an illness in the first place? What makes Addiction a disease?
The National Institute of Drug Abuse defines addiction as:
“… a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain—they change its structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long-lasting, and can lead to the harmful behaviors seen in people who abuse drugs.”
Although the first exposure to a particular drug is usually voluntary, continued use is usually involuntary. Addiction ends up reworking the brain’s needs to become dependent on a substance, with little-to-no intentional control on the person. The person becomes an addict because the brain becomes dependent on the drug in order to properly function. It is not merely something that we can switch on and off. Also like other diseases, addiction can be fatal if left untreated. That not only goes for continued usage, but also for withdrawal as well. Withdrawals should always be conducted with both medical consultation and help from a friend. One’s mind and body grows sick by the lack of the substance, and therefore needs proper control and assistance in order to get through the withdrawal symptoms.
Unlike other diseases, Addiction is an illness that can be successfully treated. It requires care, discipline, and occasionally strict medication. Unfortunately the addiction cannot always be 100% ridden out of a person; what this means is that a person might always have the capability of loosing control if they ever touch the substance again. They will always have the biological potential to become an addict. However, that doesn’t mean that it will always control them. But they can be treated to move on and no longer desire that substance and have a free life again. Recovery is achieved not when someone doesn’t take a drink, but it is achieved when someone no longer desires to have a drink in the first place.
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For those of us returning to our lives after in-patient treatment, some environments can seem daunting to return to. School can often be one of the most challenging areas, since it contains many different influences on our physical and emotional wellbeing. But like all areas of our lives, we do not need to be afraid of returning to our education. Once we successfully do that, we can learn to adapt to any environment for our recovery living. Here are a few tips to avoid relapse in a school or college environment.
Surround yourself with positivity
A sad truth of most school environments is that negativity tends to travel fast. Whether it is finals, teachers, or relationships, tense emotional situations can arise and therefore make the urge to relapse stronger. To help avoid this, it is best to keep together one or multiple friends who can help keep you motivated and accountable. We need friends to encourage us, whether they are old friends, new friends, or teachers who can be our friend when no one else can. A sad fact for many students dealing with addiction is judgment and ostracization from their peers. Some of these peers might even have been former friends. The important thing to remember is that you are not blameworthy or a bad person, no matter what someone tells you. It hurts to be seen negatively, but it is okay to be hurt; you don’t have to hold it in, because that builds up anxiety that can lead to a possible relapse. What you really need is at least one good friend to believe in you. One person who is there with you and can understand that the addiction is not your fault and that you are working to get better. With just one person by your side, student or teacher, you will have already won half the battle.
Take precautions to avoid high-risk scenarios
As mentioned before, Schooling often creates stressful situations. Some of those situations could be emotional, while others could be brought on by the stress of your studies. Recovery is a journey to overcoming substance abuse through readjusting to your previous life, not staying absent from your life. One thing to do is to regularly participate in stress-relieving activities, such as sports or art programs during or after class. Another thing we suggest is to make a trust-worthy teacher or administrator aware of your concerns, and how you might need to receive certain accommodations and assistance for your work. That way they can help the school’s administration understand where you are coming from. These can be small things like extra time on homework, or reminding your teachers to not bring on any stressful triggers.
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The “G” word. The thing that always accompanies addiction at one point or another. Guilt is the dreaded reminder of what we’ve done and how wrong we know it was to do. But although we need guilt for life guidance, certain lies can accompany guilt, especially when we are dealing with the disease of addiction. In such confusion, we need anyone or thing that can remind us of our inherent worth and value. When we learn to stand against improper guilt, we make a huge leap to recovery
Know guilt and know your worth
Guilt is a sign of our conscience. It is a good thing and a natural emotion. We shouldn’t try to live life ignorant of guilt. Having said that, our guilt can often be mixed with lies and exaggerations on our self worth and identity. With the struggle of addiction, our self-respect is based on how much we resist said addiction. If we resist for a long period, we feel good, but when we give in we are a “terrible person”. That’s how our brain works under that lie. But in order to overcome these lies, we need to understand our self worth. People and events can tell us that we are awful and worthless, but that is an abusive lie from their own personal distortion. You and everyone else carry inherent self worth since you were born. You are a human being who is meant to be loved and appreciated. The addiction is a disease that tries to destroy your capability of living such a life. Despite any decision in the past, the horrible cycle of addiction is not your fault. You need help not because you are unworthy, but because you are worthy.
Spot the Lies
It is extremely hard to believe truth when lies feel so real. But when we are going through recovery, the one thing we always need is reassurance. We need to be reminded that we are worthy of help and that recovery is a reality. Our lies often take the form of discouragement and cynicism through the fear of failure and pain. These lies don’t hold up under scrutiny once we speak them out-loud to someone who can understand. There is something strange about how we can tell ourselves an encouragement, but we don’t fully believe it unless someone else says it.
A Push Forward
Guilt can be a troubling and even destructive emotion when taken out of its proper context. But once we separate the lies form the truth, we can start to see not only our true worth, but our true problem as well. If guilt should tell us anything, it should be that we do in fact need help and cannot stay stuck in this vicious cycle. We have to be brave enough to reach out to the person we know loves us enough to stick by and lead us to recovery. But if there is ever a reason we can’t, then there is still Recovery Care Partner to talk, understand, and offer help when we need it most.
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Addiction is a battle fought often in the subtle aspects of life. When readjusting to your life post-treatment, you have to look out for the subtle challenges that pop up. One of the many ways that addicts are instructed in avoiding the urge to relapse is by surrounding themselves with friends. However, one has to make sure that these friends are a positive, and not a negative influence on your road to recovery.
The cause of addiction has many aspects to it, and that is because it is a very complex disease. It mainly is caused by a physical dependency, but what often goes unspoken is the emotional dependency it has on the addict. A person might not be addicted to just the high, but they could also be trying to avoid any anxieties or troubles that the high takes away. This is often the case where the person is connected to both a physical and an emotional desire to escape from the stress of the outside world. So one way to help avoid this is to surround oneself with friends who not only keep them accountable, but also make the outside world seem fun and stress-free again.
Picking the Right Friends
Although hanging out with friends and family can be a productive step to overcoming addiction, it is wise to take some necessary precautions first. For instance, make sure that you are exposing yourself to personalities that are productive, rather than destructive. Not to be too harsh, but we all have some friends who radiate stress and negativity. They are not always the most positive to be around, and it might not be a good idea to hang out with them this early into your recovery. This is not a rude action on your part; it is merely a necessary precaution for your own mental health.
Explaining your Accountability
Another thing to keep in mind is that you should explain to your friends (at least one or two) that you are on a specific road to recovery, and cannot be put in an uncomfortable position. Again, this is not yours or anyone else’s fault. This is merely the situation that your peers need to understand so that they do not do anything that could produce harmful triggers (such as going out to club or bar). Unfortunately that sometimes means staying away from certain places for a while. It doesn’t have to be a depressing situation. If anything, this is a new opportunity for you and your friends to try something new. Their loyalty to you in your recovery will only increase your confidence and self-esteem.
Friends in Treatment
However, once you enter Recovery Care, there will be plenty of people you will get to know who are experiencing the same things as you. We encourage new relationships with recovery companions, so that you not only learn how to stay active, but also to learn how positive, lasting relationships can be a weapon against addiction.Learn More