Many people underestimate the importance of substance abuse treatment. Substance Abuse treatment and addiction education include a wide range of treatment modalities, from Inpatient Treatment, PHP (Partial Hospitalization), IOP (Intensive Outpatient), Outpatient Treatment to 12-step support groups. Each step is important and vital to one’s recovery. In today’s fast-paced times, with the increasing pressures of life, most people see it as a burden on their lives to enter into a treatment program. What they don’t seem to understand is without taking the time to take a hard look at their life, and being vigilant in their recovery, they could be treading into dangerous territory.
Substance Abuse Treatment is Vital
People will usually unknowingly shortchange themselves and choose to abstain from their drink or drug of choice without working on the core issues that cause them to drink and drug in the first place. What they don’t realize is that recovery from addiction is much more than just abstaining. Addiction starts from within, when you go through a physical detox you are still left with the mental urges and triggers that had kept you using in the first place. Without realizing what those issues are, and taking steps toward fixing them, you will be put in a position where you are left vulnerable to repeating the same mistakes you made in the past. Going to an outpatient facility and support groups will help keep you out of the grips of addiction in early recovery.
You are going to need to arm yourself against the disease of addiction. While you are relaxing at home, your disease is metaphorically in the parking lot doing push-ups, waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. Identifying and working on the core, underlying issues that have been fueling your addiction will help prevent you from repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Without undergoing substance abuse treatment you are not learning your relapse triggers, not working through the past, and not learning steps of how to maintain your sobriety. The rare instance we see someone beat their addiction without going to meetings or working on themselves, we are usually left seeing someone who is not clean or sober, but rather “dry” without any lasting emotional sobriety.
Instead of gritting your teeth and white knuckling, you can go through the process with the help of caring therapists and a support group who are able to help you tackle the issues hands-on as opposed to avoiding them. You can only avoid an issue or trigger for so long till it ends up blowing up in your face.
It is important to take care of your issues at-hand instead of letting it go to the wayside. Today is the perfect day to stop and take control of your disease!
Addiction is not easy; no one should have to go through it alone. If you or someone you love is struggling with overcoming addiction, there is a way out! At Recovery Care Partner, we understand the delicate nature of planning an intervention and guiding a loved one toward recovery from active addiction. We offer a free, 30-minute pre-treatment consultation to help you make an informed decision on if our support is appropriate for your circumstances. Beyond that, we offer intervention services, post-treatment support, recovery care monitoring, transition coaching, and sober companions for intensive, discreet, and professional one-on-one support.
Our goal is to help your loved one come to terms with their illness and learn to build stable, sustainable lives while concurrently improving the lives of those directly affected by their disease.Learn More
We are frequently asked this question:
“Does cocaine use cause withdrawal?”
The answer we have to this is slightly complicated. Cocaine withdrawal is unlike heroin, alcohol or benzodiazepine withdrawal. Cocaine has no visible physical withdrawal symptoms like the latter drugs, which can cause symptoms from vomiting and shaking to full blown grand mal seizures. The user experiences cocaine withdrawal when they cut down or quit taking the drug. This phenomenon is also known as crashing. The symptoms during a crash can range from mild to extreme (severe depression and cravings).
Symptoms Experienced During Cocaine Crash or Withdrawal
A cocaine crash occurs after a cocaine binge or period of long-term heavy cocaine use. The symptoms can last anywhere from as a short as a day to months (for heavy cocaine use).
Primary Cocaine Symptoms Include:
- Suicidal thoughts in extreme cases
- General malaise and disinterest in activities
- Increased appetite
- Vivid and unpleasant dreams
- Slowing of activity
- Cravings for cocaine
- Agitation and restless behavior
Treatment for Cocaine Withdrawal
Since there aren’t really any pronounced physical withdrawal symptoms, there aren’t any medications specifically designed for “cocaine withdrawal”. More often than not, insurance will not cover a detox visit strictly for cocaine as it usually isn’t medically necessary. That doesn’t mean treatment isn’t necessary, the patient just won’t need to detox under medical supervision unless they’ve been using other substance such as alcohol, opiates, or benzodiazepines. Some treatment centers will prescribe Clonidine for issues with blood pressure and agitation, and a non-narcotic medication such as Trazodone to help with sleep. Wellbutrin is also used from time to time for issues with depression, low energy, and cravings.
The real issue among cocaine addicts is the fact that over half of them have a co-occurring mental disorder. Providing the necessary treatment by use of different medications and cognitive behavioral therapy is usually provided in an inpatient or outpatient treatment center.
Just because cocaine doesn’t have any pronounced withdrawals, it doesn’t mean the dangers of cocaine addiction and withdrawal couldn’t be life threatening and/or dangerous. A cocaine overdose could speed the heart up to supraphysiological levels and could lead to heart issues or even worse, a heart attack. Furthermore, the withdrawal could cause depression and in severe cases, suicidal thoughts. Suicidal ideation could become a life threatening issue and would require treatment immediately.
There is a Way Out
If you are or someone you know are struggling with addiction, there is a way out. At Recovery Care Partner, we understand the delicate nature of planning an intervention and guiding a loved one toward recovery from active addiction. We offer a free, 30-minute pre-treatment consultation to help you make an informed decision on if our support is appropriate for your circumstances. Beyond that, we offer intervention services, post-treatment support, recovery care monitoring, transition coaching, and sober companions for intensive, discreet, and professional one-on-one support.
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We at Recovery Care Partners are well versed in the problems that addicts go through when they are facing the struggles of overcoming addiction. The greatest issue for an addict or alcoholic is the fear of losing their best friend, the fear of losing their comfort blanket. Many people in the grips of addiction will lie, manipulate and do anything to keep their addiction going. They will go through stages of denial and rationalization. Many of them think that they are tricking the people around them, but the only person they are lying to is themselves. The disease of addiction is so strong that they believe that the drug is the only thing that is keeping them living when in reality it is quickly destroying every area of their lives.
Addiction is one of the hardest things anyone has to go through. When someone is going through cancer and the doctor recommends chemo, are they going to go through with the treatment or just sit on the sidelines and continue to get sick? With addiction, due to the powerful grips of the drug, many people consciously or unconsciously choose to continue to stay sick. Even in the face of a better life and treatment, they believe that continuing their drug and alcohol use is the best option. What they don’t realize is that there is a much better life out there. We have talked to and treated many people that have exclaimed great joy of how much better their lives have become after dropping their drug of choice.
Many of our past clients have told us about their struggles and how they have overcome them. The common theme was that if they didn’t overcome their addiction they would see the fate of many addicts, jails, institution, or death.
We know the struggle first hand, so we came up with a list of some of the common problems addicts and alcoholics face in early recovery as they try to overcome their addiction.
- Denial: Denial sure is one of the biggest factors of keeping someone from giving up their comfort blanket. Many people are so blinded and clouded by their drug use that they are unable to accept the fact that the drug is destroying every area of their lives. The first step of making a change is to accept that you are an addict or alcoholic. Until that happens you will continue living in denial that the drug is helping you, when it is actually putting your life in shambles. Many people will rationalize their use, saying that it helped their depression, when in actuality it leaves them feeling worse than when they started.
- Giving up their best friend: This is a tough one. Many people in the grips of addiction consider their drug of choice (yes even alcohol, alcohol is a drug too) their best friend. They believe that the drug is always there with them through the toughest of times and good times, they can always rely on that certain substance to give them a certain effect. What they don’t realize is that their “best friend” eventually turns on them and becomes their greatest enemy; taking away their sanity, their ability to have interpersonal relationships, and their ability to function in every other area of life.
- Fear of stigma: Many people do not want to be labeled as an addict or alcoholic in fear of what others will think. Even in today’s world of easily accessible information, many people in our country are still ignorant to the fact that addiction isn’t a moral decision and that in fact, it is a debilitating disease. While still not perfect, we have been making great efforts to spread the facts about addiction. September 2016 was last year’s National Recovery Month and the theme was “Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, Valuable.” According to Barack Obama’s proclamation released on the 10th of September 2016, this theme “encourages us all to do our part to eliminate negative public attitudes associated with substance use disorders and treatment.”
- Seeing no other alternative to life: This is a big issue for someone currently in the midst of active addiction. They are in a state of total hopelessness and do not see a way out or a better life for themselves. What many of them need is for people to love them till they can love themselves. Luckily there are many options for someone currently struggling with addiction. They can go to Support Groups or even enroll into a Substance Abuse Treatment Center. There are many different options, no one way is the answer to everyone, a treatment plan should be tailored specifically to the addict; whether that means enrolling in an IOP or Outpatient Program or talking to a Substance Abuse Therapist!
Addiction is not easy; no one should have to go through it alone. If you or someone you love is struggling with overcoming addiction, there is a way out! At Recovery Care Partners, we understand the delicate nature of planning an intervention and guiding a loved one toward recovery from active addiction. We offer a free, 30-minute pre-treatment consultation to help you make an informed decision on if our support is appropriate for your circumstances. Beyond that, we offer intervention services, post-treatment support, recovery care monitoring, transition coaching, and sober companions for intensive, discreet, and professional one-on-one support.
Our goal is to help your loved one come to terms with their illness and learn to build stable, sustainable lives while concurrently improving the lives of those directly affected by their disease.Learn More
One of the first biggest breakthroughs for someone just coming into treatment is the realization that drugs and alcohol themselves aren’t actually the direct cause of our problems, but rather they became our solution to the problems experienced both mentally and emotionally in our daily lives. Up until the 1990s, anyone who suffered symptoms of a mental health disorder, be it mood swings, depressive episodes, anxiety attacks or delusional behavior, had to be treated separately from those who were seeking help for substance abuse and alcoholism. According to previous models of addiction education, those who suffer from problems such as depression and anxiety used to be denied mental health treatment until they had at least 6 months clean and sober. The problem in this situation is that these conditions often overlap, and substance abuse is often driven by an underlying problem. This often meant that anyone suffering from co-occurring mental health and addiction problems never truly received the help they so desperately needed. This is why the most successful programs are integrated to treat all aspects of the illness to ensure the greatest chances of sustained recovery.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment Strategies
- Group Therapy – Mutual support groups are a key element in dual diagnosis treatment. Both addiction and mental illness can cause or exacerbate symptoms of depression and social anxiety. Isolation and social withdrawal can worsen as a result. Getting together with other members of a supportive group can help restore faith in humanity and enhance their sense of worth.
- One on One Sessions – Intensive counseling sessions with a psychiatrist, psychologist, or certified addictions counselor will address both their psychiatric condition and their addictive disorder. Because they are so closely related, it is important that both conditions are treated simultaneously. All therapists should have proper credentials in their field.
- Proper Medication – Proper management of symptoms of depression, anxiety, manic-depressive disorder and schizophrenia often require the assistance of modern pharmacopeia. Medication is a widely accepted tool in dual diagnosis treatment and is considered to be an essential part of recovery for most patients with some form of mental illness.
- Couples Counseling and Family Therapy – It is often said that addiction is a family disease. The family unit is almost always affected, and sometimes even plays a key role in the patient’s illness. Always be sure to invite the patient’s spouse, family, or any other significant individuals to play an active part in their loved one’s recovery.
- Social Services – For those who struggle with mental health issues, keeping up practical tasks and basic life skills can be quite challenging. Services such as vocational training, relationship counseling, and nutritional guidance are often implemented by the recovery care management team, but it is important to get the patient signed up for social services as well. Food stamps, housing assistance, and childcare can mean the difference between setting your patient up for success or having them fail under the weight of their pressures.
No matter what type of addiction education is employed by your recovery management team, it is important to stage a proper family intervention to help guide your loved one if they aren’t willing to get the help. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or alcoholism and don’t see a way out, we can help. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-727-2887.Learn More
If you have a friend or family member with an addiction problem, then an intervention is likely necessary. However, it is not the wisest choice to perform an intervention without any prior research or experience. That is why our professional intervention specialists can give you the needed guidance and preparations for your meeting. Here are just a few things that you can expect from working with a Recovery Care intervention specialist.
Medical and psychological assessment is needed for interventions. The environment needs to feel calm yet taken seriously. It is a tricky situation, but with an intervention specialist, you will have the foresight to know what will calm the person, while not accidentally putting any stress on them as well. The best-case scenario is to have the person agree to go into recovery right there after the intervention is over with.
The intervention specialist also will be able to recommend the best type of recovery treatment. Our process involves hearing about the person first (including the nature of their particular addiction). How they act in regards to addiction and their personal lifestyle has a big impact on how they react to the idea of recovery. Some people are open to recovery, while others are unsure or even fully against the idea. From there we can recommend which treatment program will best suit their needs. The strength of the addiction greatly indicates which kind of treatment is right for them. With the interventionist’s expertise and your personal understanding of the person, the person will not have to be afraid of being misunderstood at the recovery center.
The job for you as a friend/family member is to give them support and take away any worries that they may have. This might be anything from telling them not to worry about finances or what is going to happen to their career while they are in rehab. Most importantly, the intervention specialist is here to teach you how to receive the person with care while also pointing them to the prosperity that comes with recovery. For more information on our intervention services, please be sure to contact Recovery Care Partner today.Learn More
When it comes to the road to recovery, there can be many roadblocks or moments of despair. These moments can be tough and hard to overcome. It might seem like recovery is just a pipe dream and that our body and mind is forever attached to our addiction. But no matter if you are haunted by heroin or alcohol, it is seriously possible for the addiction to be defeated. With the guidance of our recovery care management, a sober companion, and/or sober escort, it is important to carry a few reminders to help stay focused on your end goal.
Mistakes are not in vein
Often one of the things that we dread while in recovery is the appearance of a relapse, emotional/anxiety attack, or any other kind of bad circumstance. We feel as though that we should not have done whatever it is we did in order to actually move forward. But a horse ride isn’t over when you fall off the horse. It is over when you give up and decide not to get back up on it. Support from your sober companion and recovery care management will certainly be here to accept and encourage you despite any mistakes and struggles.
Recovery takes time
As implied earlier, this is a journey involving roadblocks and learning. Recovery is not a speedy process. We are essentially reworking our lifestyle and mental inclinations to live healthier away from the traps of the addictive substances. To do that, we must have take steps ahead in their proper time, and allow the body and mind to move away from the addiction.
Asking for Help is good
Sometimes we can find ourselves believing that we are advancing if we have to ask for help. Yes, there comes times where we will have to find the strength in ourselves, but if we need help then we need help. There is no shame in that. It is the help that we receive that allows us to find the strength to handle any future struggles.
One of the biggest pieces of inspiration we receive in recovery is from those who know your struggle. If you would like to hear more about meeting with our recovery care team members, a sober companion, or any other friends along the way, then please give us a call. We are here for you and your future of freedom.Learn More
There are a lot of awful physical struggles that come with the withdrawal process. However, the relieving aspect of recovery treatment is that those things are capable of being overcome. Physical withdrawals are always temporary. Now, the mental struggles are also conquerable, but in a different fashion. It takes more than just exercises and a sober coaching to maintain sobriety. One needs to see the self-assurance to move through the struggle of withdrawals to the other end. Along with guidance from your professional counselors, sober companion, and treatment staff, you can find the hope in yourself to withstand the demons that say that you will not get out of it. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind in order to prove those mental naysayers wrong.
Spotting the Lies
When your brain is in the midst of withdrawals, there are a lot of things that are being presented as fact, which are actually just misinterpretations of fact. These lies are often so subtle that we can easily just gloss over them while we focus on physically keeping away from the addictive substance.
Remembering the Truth
One key way to notice these lies is to doubt the feeling of doubt. Whenever we feel like we are in a negative spot (i.e. believing that we can’t do this) that might be because we treat those subtle lies as reality. For instance, if there is a consistent lie in the back of our heads that says that we are faulty enough to relapse, we might grow to feel that is inevitable. However, if we are reminded of the truth, which is that we are capable of standing through the withdrawals without relapsing, we can see that that doubt is just a lie. We can say, “Yes, relapse is possible, but I have just as much of a real opportunity to move past it.”
Lessons from our Struggles
The mental demon is just spouting fears, and fear is not logical. It is just something to ignore in order to get to the sober life we dream of. And in that sober life, we will be able to look back and see that the demons, in a way, allowed us to get through the withdrawals. When we ignored the ideas of failure and unworthiness, we have to rely on another belief. And that belief is the same one that friends, counselors, and sober companion each know: that you are intrinsically capable of saying no to the addiction and saying yes to the peaceful life without it.
If this article helped at all, or if you require a different point of view on overcoming withdrawals, then please feel free to contact us. Our sober companion, counseling, and other recovery care services can help guide you through the next step to recovery with all of the necessary tools to overcome the withdrawal process.Learn More
The first step to a successful healing process for any drug user is of course detoxification and treatment. For any person who is going through an ongoing addiction recovery from heroin, withdrawal can be more than just very uncomfortable, and can sometimes seem like there is no end to the pain that you endure every waking hour. Heroin is perhaps one of the most well known opioid drugs out there in the world. It has a number of effects on the brain, as well as the entire body which replicate naturally occurring substances. An opiate such as heroin activates all the receptors in the brain and functions as a neurotransmitter. The neurotransmitter works as a source to broadcast signals to your neurons and cells.
As you are well aware, endorphins usually release when you are going through physical exertion like exercise or high levels of stress. These endorphins block the pain that you feel by preventing neurons from receiving the high levels of pain signals in the body. For heroin, the release is 2 or almost 10 times more the amount of dopamine that our bodies will naturally produce, which can eventually lead to addiction.
Now, you may be wondering, how long does it take for the effects of heroin to be withdrawn from the system completely? When a person becomes addicted to this drug, the brain and the body will start to develop a tolerance for it, so in order for you to reach the same high, you have to use more doses of it to achieve the same effect of euphoria and intensity.
So, when you finally decide to get rid of it completely, you can enter a heroin withdrawal timeline phase, which has its own side effects and symptoms like loss of appetite, chills, profuse sweating, nausea, irritability, vomiting and a whole lot more. The initial time line it takes to withdraw completely varies in time and intensity. Most addicts would see symptoms of withdrawal within 6 to 12 hours of their last intake, peaking from at least 1 to 3 days, then will gradually die down over 5 to 7 days.
These symptoms can be very uncomfortable, sometimes unbearable, but after 90 days these will die down and the recovering addict will eventually dive into deeper recovery and will also gain physical and emotional strength.Learn More
If you are reading this and have completed the Recovery program, then on behalf of everyone at Recovery Care Partner, congratulations!! You have climbed a huge mountain and revolutionized your life. You must have learned quite a lot during your recovery. However, it is important to remember that both temptation and struggles can still arise post-treatment. It is also important that you remember that none of those struggles own you anymore, and you can stay strong above them. Here are a few sober coaching tips for you to stay clean once recovery is finished and you are back out in the world.
This may at first seem insignificant, but eating healthy actually does do a lot for how one stays on track with recovery. You may have discovered this while in treatment through sober coaching education. Regardless, healthy eating is valuable both during and post-treatment. A balanced diet and regular exercise not only helps stabilize your body, but it also helps rebuild it after the destruction of the addiction.
Hobbies or passions
Addiction is often used as a false substitute for a fulfilling life. Now that you have your life back, it is time to take advantage of your second chance and really enjoy it. Practice some constructive activities. Anything from sports to art can be a wonderful new way of keeping your mind and body focused. Who knows, you might even find something that becomes a real passion.
Avoid Addiction-inducing situations
Although your new life is here, you might still see reminders of your old life in passing. Old friends, habits, or locations related to addictive behavior can still pop up in your day as you readjust. The important thing to do is to first recognize these habits, and then from there develop new habits that replace the old ones. You have to avoid the conditions that bring on the addictive behavior, and the best way to do that is to form new habits and relationships.
Check in Regularly
One of the great things about Recovery Care Partner is that we are not just a treatment facility or a sober coaching service. We are a family. Once you leave treatment, it is perfectly fine (even recommended) to give us a call and update us on how you are doing. We can help you make sense of any thoughts or concerns post recovery.
Our goal at Recovery Care Partner is to help those with a substance abuse disorder recover and grow back into a positive, drug-free life. We incorporate several techniques in order to do that, one of which is our random drug screenings. A random screening is exactly what it sounds like. It is a surprise evaluation meant to check if you are staying drug free. It is an efficient tool for making sure one is staying on track.
Although a random screening may be encouraging to some, it might also be frightening to others. In certain cases, some are deathly afraid of drug screenings. Not because they have been regularly taking the substance, but because of possible malfunctions ruining their chance of recovery. Others just get anxiety from taking any kind of test, regardless if they’ve been relapsing or not. There are two main things that Recovery Care Partner would like to clear up.
First, we take accuracy very seriously in securing test results. There is an occasional chance that a test could mistake prescription medication as the wrong substance, but that is only one portion of the overall evaluation. The final determination is ultimately done by a wise evaluation, not a computer. This evaluator takes in all of the accounts that go into your screening process.
Secondly, at Recovery Care Partner, our main values are focused on you, not your track record. We are here as coaches for your ultimate recovery. If you have any anxieties about the testing process, we are here to listen and make it as comfortable as you need. If you were to fail, we will never abandon you. There will be struggles and we are here to coach you through such problems. Random screenings are only disciplines meant to help keep you on track. Our main way of helping you recover is through proper sober coaching and a friendly treatment program. We are all imperfect and capable of screwing up. It is through friendship that we coach you to see the strength in yourself.
For further information on our random screening process, be sure to contact Recovery Care Partner here.