Archive for the 'Drug Abuse' Category

Apr 07 2009

There Are Many Advantages Of Residential Drug Treatment

A lot of times drug addiction treatment environments are associated with hospitals, however, this is not always the case. Luxury residential drug abuse treatment may occur in non-hospital settings. In fact the preferred treatment environment for the drug addict in a lot of situations would be one that was less restrictive, however did have supervision and structure. At the time of discharge a drug treatment client has a continual care or aftercare program and most inpatient and residential programs gradually reintroduce a client to a “normal” environment through community outings and supervised passes.

These drug rehab centers generally offer supervised detoxification that may involve medication in a hospital setting or social detoxification (i.e. no medication) in a non-hospital setting. The typical 28-day treatment duration has no research base and has come about as a result of financial constraints, particularly the reluctance of insurance companies to pay for treatment. Inpatient and residential treatment settings have the advantages of 24-hour supervision, the reduced likelihood of clients using alcohol or drugs while in treatment, highly structured days, and a total immersion in treatment with removal from the everyday stressors and pressures.

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Jun 04 2008

Being sober-it is a life philosophy

Published by Suki under Drug Abuse, Sober, Sober Living

Why would anyone choose something that represents any kind of a possible damage in their life? As shocking as it may sound, some people -either conscious or unconsciously- choose certain behaviors or conducts that will later result in serious health complications. But luckily there are also good ways of life to be learned and taught simultaneously. Being sober is more than a state of mind or body, it is a life philosophy. Since little kids most of our parents teach the benefits of a sober life: little or no health difficulties. But there is more to it. If alcohol and/or drug abuse takes an individual to negative outcomes, being sober will most definitely work as an opposite. Alcohol and drug abuse can lead a person to an antisocial conduct. Sober living will contribute to good and healthy social interactions.

Family and friends tend to characterize an individual for the pathology he or she has, but with a sober life people will take the individual as the person it is and no judgment will take place. It is almost medically accepted that it is healthy to drink one alcoholic beverage -usually red wine- per day for its few benefits, such as lowering cholesterol and pressure. The problem lies in taking this advice to the extreme, and start drinking more and more. So, next time you are out and have the choice of being sober or abusing of any substance, remember that it is easier to live a sober life with all its positive outcomes, and no one will regret it.

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Feb 18 2008

Drug Abuse Treatment

Drug and alcohol rehab centers always have several balancing acts to achieve while assisting drug abuse clients to find sobriety. One is between dealing with the past, present and future. Helping people dealing with the realm of the past is primarily a counseling issue. Moving past our histories and old behaviors many times is best handled by competent and caring counselors. Even in a a luxury residential drug abuse treatment center it is not possible to be all things to all people. It seems that some drug abuse treatment centers are trying this, but how can this make sense? What I am talking about are drug abuse treatment programs that profess to be both 12 step and cognitive based at the same time. How can this be?

If you follow the 12 steps you must at some point come to accept that you are powerless over drugs and alcohol. You then are to turn it over to a higher power, what ever you believe that to be. This may seem like an over simplification, but these are part of the foundation of 12 step.

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Jan 15 2008

There can be NOTHING generic about rehab

The best private drug abuse treatment centers are the ones that care for addicts as unique individuals. Sounds like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, too many drug rehabs in Los Angeles try to turn addiction treatment into a generic process. That isn’t the way it works. Substance abuse is personal problem. Substance abuse rehab has to go forward on intimate terms. If you’re going to get better in a drug abuse treatment center, it’s going to be because you get care uniquely suited to your own needs. Drug abuse treatment centers that don’t offer that much can’t ever expect to succeed.

Remember, drug treatment is an inherently difficult process. It can’t be effective if it isn’t done the right way. Some drug abuse treatment centers can help their patients achieve meaningful, lasting drug abuse recovery. Some can’t. The difference, for you, is more important than any in the world. Let today be the day you day you resolve to learn what you need to learn in order to make an informed and intelligent decision about your rehabilitation options.

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Oct 29 2007

Finding the ability to laugh agian

Published by Suki under Drug Abuse, Substance Abuse

Laugh. Laugh now. Seriously, you better be laughing. Life is about smiling, being a goof, having fun with your friends, playing with your children, going after what makes your heart go thump. Paint, Write. dance. Make money. Love THE ONE. Now, go do it, NOW! Yes you can. I did. I was slave to a crack pipe for 12,582 years. A long ass time. I rolled around the streets of Los Angeles playing BS artist for most of those years. Lying to everyone, stealing from anyone and fooling no one. My substance abuse problem was taking me down, and almost out. I needed help and didn’t even think drugs were the problem. I wanted to be happy, I wanted to be in love, I wanted to go after my dreams. Hah! Fat chance when my only friend was a glass pipe. When I checked into a drug abuse treatment center, I didn’t know what to expect. I never thought I could arrest my drug abuse and I surely didn’t think one of the things that would happen is I would find my ability to laugh again. I did. I’ve been clean and sober for 1-year now and I am having a ball. I am as happy as Ive ever been and you know what I do every day, I laugh. Ha!

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Sep 20 2007

The success of sobriety

In drug abuse treatment centers the goal of every person there is sobriety. It doesn’t matter if they are the counselors or the patients, sobriety is the focus. Why? Well for obvious reasons. The whole point of drug abuse treatment centers is to help people reach sobriety and get their lives back on track. People who abuse drugs and change their lives around know that drug and alcohol rehab treatment centers are the only way to truly get well again. They were made for just that reason. If you think you know a better way, good luck. It’s just that the people I know that have used the services of drug abuse treatment centers know that they wouldn’t have turned their lives around if it wasn’t for drug rehab. They would still be the junkies that they hated being and they would still be engaging in the same habits that they were way back when. Nobody wants to relive that kind of pain and that’s why I constantly see ex-drug addicts speaking the praises of the people and programs that saved their lives. They are constantly singing the undying praises of drug abuse treatment centers. For without them, they wouldn’t even be living life as beautifully as they are today.

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Sep 06 2007

Drug addiction is a personal disease

So think all drug abuse treatment centers are alike, and that a drug rehab program that works for the guy next to you should be just as good for you?

Yeah, right. And you and that guy next to you are the exact same person too…

Here’s the deal: Drug addiction is a personal disease. If you’re here, reading this, you don’t need me to tell you that. What’s less obvious, maybe, is that you need a personal solution to beat it. Drug treatment isn’t a generic kind of thing…what’s right for one rehab patient may be entirely wrong for another. Successful drug abuse treatment centers are, without exception, the ones that pay special attention to the individual needs of their individual patients. Short of that, even the most exclusive addiction treatment program in the world can’t do anyone a lick of good.

If you’re a victim of addiction, you know how important drug abuse treatment centers are. But remember: Drug rehabilitation only works if it’s done well. If you’re going to sober, it’s going to have to be on your terms. Impersonal drug rehab is a contradiction in terms. For your own sake, make today the day you resolve to find a drug treatment center that cares about the most important person in the world: you.

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Aug 08 2007

My rehab center made me the strongest I have ever been

Published by Suki under Drug Abuse, Rehab, Rehab Centers

People make mistakes. It’s just a fact of life. Making mistakes no matter how big or how many times is a part of being human. A lot of people forget how much making mistakes plays a part in the growth of a person and how important it is to admit to making them and moving on. My mistake was getting hooked on drugs. It’s a common mistake. Thousands of cats everyday fall victim to the ills of drug abuse and drug addiction. It happens. The problem is that a lot of the people who get hooked on drugs try so hard to hide their mistakes and never seek out the help that rehab centers can offer. Rehab centers are filled with people who have strayed from the path a bit, but are desperately seeking to reconnect with their lives. They are there facing their problems face to face and they are not backing down from the problems that come with that task. Rehab centers make people like us stronger and stronger everyday by giving us the tools to combat our illnesses and come back to reality. It’s a great feeling. Mistakes are made all the time by everyone, but it is what you do to remedy the situation that matters.

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Aug 01 2007

My most valuable lessoned learned…

Drug abuse rehabs taught me a valuable lesson: everybody’s got problems. If you only fill your brain with boob tube programming and all the other junk that’s known to come our way as Americans, you may be inclined to believe that drug abuse rehabs are filled to the brim with degenerates and losers. Now, I’m not saying those kind of people aren’t in there too, but you’d probably be surprised at the amount of normal people there are in there. You see drug abuse doesn’t discriminate. People from all walks of life have problems that they think they can’t shake and they turn to drugs or alcohol just like anyone else can. It’s so funny to me that we live in the land of the free and the home of the brave, but we have more stereotypes here than in most parts of the world.

Hey, I’m not perfect either. I used to think that drug abuse rehabs were all filled with hookers and panhandlers too. I was so surprised when I finally got to rehab and I met teachers, doctors, lawyers, and even soccer moms that had problems just like me. It was like we were all in it together. All these people that I may have never met in my life were all fighting for the same cause that I was—sobriety. It was a truly great experience because it taught a valuable lesson: you never know what someone else is going through.

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Jul 24 2007

NO way to sugarcoat Drug Treatment

I wouldn’t be here, today, without drug treatment. Drug abuse ruined my life, but drug treatment saved it: gave me the power get over the Need. I can’t go back, now, to fix everything that heroin destroyed…but at least I can go forward, and convince people like you that drug treatment is the last best chance you’ve got. Please, for your own sake, make the right decision. With so much to lose, you can’t afford to do anything else.


When I was on heroin I wasn’t Me. I was someone, of course…but whoever it was was a stranger to anyone I’d ever believed myself to be. When I was on heroin, all I knew or cared about was Using: the next hit, the next high. With heroin, I was everything I needed to be. Without it, I was nothing.


Heroin abuse ruined my life, if you really want to know. I could try to sugarcoat it, tell you about how I Grew As a Person because of the experience, but that wouldn’t change the thing: wouldn’t change the fact that substance abuse cost me my wife, my kids, my career. If you or someone you care about is a heroin addict, please don’t make the same mistake I did. Don’t ignore the problem. Don’t pretend like it doesn’t exist. Most importantly, don’t be fool enough to believe you can get better on your own.

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