Cocaine / Crack Addiction

Cocaine has a long and convoluted history — not only in the United States, but also in the world at large. The drug originates from a plant that grows naturally in South America. Ancient South American civilizations chewed the leaves of the coca plant for its stimulant and numbing effects. When European explorers came to the Americas, they began taking some of the dried leaves back home, where the plant became popular for similar purposes.

Then, in the 1800s, a German chemist isolated the chemical compound in the leaves that gave the plant its unusual abilities. Scientists and doctors were quick to synthesize the new compound, called cocaine, and began using it during medical procedures as an anesthetic. But the dangers of the drug had not yet been explored, and as such, the general public’s access to cocaine was not limited or controlled. The chemical was added to powders, pills, beverages, creams and more, and was widely used in ways from soldiers’ “pep pills” to purported teeth whitening.

It eventually became clear that cocaine’s harms were equal to, if not more than, its benefits, and that it had a strong potential for addiction. By the mid-1900s, cocaine was a controlled substance in the United States and much of the Western world. However, the new laws did not stop people from making, distributing and using it — and from creating increasingly powerful versions of the drug. Today, cocaine is available in two forms: a white powder, commonly associated with an upper-class partying lifestyle, and a crystallized rock called crack, which throughout much of the ‘80s and ‘90s wreaked havoc on inner-city communities.

Modern cocaine of all types is a dynamic drug that affects Americans of all walks of life, from homeless people to top-level executive figures. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimates that 2.2 million people in the United States are current cocaine or crack users, and that 966,000 of these individuals have a cocaine use disorder — that means that nearly half (about 44%) of all cocaine users struggle with cocaine addiction.

At Enlightened Solutions, we know that cocaine addiction in New Jersey and beyond affects so many individuals, their families and their other loved ones, and we want to help. We provide holistic cocaine addiction treatment in the Atlantic City, New Jersey area, that is focused on helping people and their loved ones heal from the physical and psychological wounds caused by addiction to drugs like cocaine and crack. We educate family members about the drug and how it affects the individual, and about ways to recognize addiction as early as possible. We also offer several types of outpatient recovery programming for cocaine addiction, including detox, to help New Jersey residents and their loved ones through this difficult process.

Signs of Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is an illicit drug — although it does still have some highly limited medical purposes, any use of cocaine in daily life is a risky behavior that could result in serious health concerns, legal trouble or otherwise. If you or someone close to you is using cocaine or crack, you should seek professional assistance immediately to safely stop using the drug and to learn about ways to avoid using it again in the future.

If you are using cocaine and are unsure whether your use is becoming problematic, you can monitor yourself for signs of addiction and you can familiarize yourself with the path from occasional drug use to drug dependence. Cocaine users who are on the road to addiction will quickly develop a tolerance, which means they will need to use more and more of the drug to achieve the same high. They may also begin to experience intense “comedowns” between highs, in which they feel depressed, exhausted or irritable — these effects are the beginnings of withdrawal symptoms that occur when the body becomes dependent on cocaine or crack. They may also start to experience cravings for cocaine or crack, either in certain situations or anytime throughout the day. Even if you do not think this is happening to you, we do urge you to keep in mind that cocaine is a dangerous drug regardless of how frequently you use it or how much you use. You should consider talking to a professional healthcare provider who can give you the tools you need to stop using cocaine before you become trapped in a cycle of addiction.

If you do not know for certain whether a loved one is using cocaine, there are some signs of cocaine or crack use that you can watch for. If any of the following signs are apparent, you should consider talking to your loved one or a professional about your options for seeking treatment.

  • Bouts of high energy with crash or sleeping through the following day
  • Changes in moods, personality or daily interests
  • Decreased performance at work, school or other responsibilities
  • Abnormal sleeping patterns
  • Rapid breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Clammy skin or excessive sweating
  • Reduced hygiene
  • Unexplained financial difficulties
  • Dilated pupils
  • Difficulty with memory or concentration
  • Nervous movements
  • Nosebleeds and dryness around the nostrils
  • Burn marks on the hands or mouth
  • Signs of white powder on skin or clothing
  • Presence of drug paraphernalia including razors, pipes, or baggies

If you are near Atlantic City, New Jersey and are worried about yourself or a loved one, please contact Enlightened Solutions today to find out how we can help. Our compassionate staff is ready to answer your questions and connect you with the resources you need to leave your drug use or addiction in your past and to take your first steps toward a new, sober life.

How are Cocaine and Crack Used?

Like most drugs, cocaine and crack are absorbed into the bloodstream, where they make their way to the brain and trigger chemical signals that create a high. In order for cocaine or crack user to achieve these effects, they must take the drug in a way that gets it into their bloodstream as quickly as possible. This usually includes proximity to absorptive mucous and highly vascularized tissues — notably found in the nasal passages and the lungs. Powder cocaine is, therefore, most frequently used via snorting, or forcibly breathing the powder in through the nose. Crack, on the other hand, can be vaporized in a specialized crack pipe. The smoke is carried into the lungs and absorbed the same way the body takes in oxygen.

The human body is not designed to process drugs like cocaine and crack in this manner, and as such using the drug can have serious physical effects. Individuals who take cocaine via snorting often struggle with nasal problems ranging from dryness and frequent nosebleeds to injuries in the septum that can become infected and require surgery. Crack users who smoke the drug are susceptible to mouth, throat and lung problems that run the gamut from burns to cancer. And, the more frequently the drug is used, the more serious the physical effects: cocaine users can develop a tolerance quickly, and chronic users can find that they need doses every hour or every half hour.

Seeking treatment to cease cocaine use is therefore essential, not only to prevent deterioration of psychological health but also to prevent the physical effects of crack and cocaine use from causing long-term health concerns.

Reasons Someone Would Use Cocaine or Crack

Cocaine and crack affect many different kinds of people for equally as many different reasons. Some young people turn to cocaine because they have seen it glamorized in movies or on television, and they fall prey to peer pressure among friends at school or work. Other people have grown up in an environment that normalizes cocaine or crack use, and they do not realize that life without drugs is an option for them. But one of the main reasons that cocaine and crack take such a strong hold on their users is that these drugs have the powerful ability to boost mood and energy and to stave off negative feelings.

In these cases, cocaine and crack users may be self-medicating — they may have underlying emotional or mental health concerns that cause painful memories and feelings. Past experiences may include traumas such as sexual abuse, emotional abuse or abandonment, which leave behind feelings of powerlessness or self-doubt. Others may struggle with depression or anxiety, the symptoms of which are easily masked by a cocaine or crack high. Being high on cocaine or crack lends a false sense of self-control, self-confidence and sociability, which allows individuals to get through their day without worrying about the problems that may lie deep within them.

Contact Enlightened Solutions

Cocaine and crack are dangerous drugs that come with many serious health concerns — including the possibility of a fatal overdose. It is vital that you or your loved one comes to understand the risks they are taking on when they use cocaine, and that they understand how their actions are affecting their future, their families and others around them. At Enlightened Solutions, we provide effective treatment for cocaine and crack addiction that teaches our patients and their families about the realities of drug abuse and addiction, and gives them the tools they need to begin taking confident steps toward sobriety.

We welcome anyone that is seeking help to find solutions in recovery and is open to exploring the mind, body, and spirit. Please contact us today to learn more about our recovery community and to find out what we can do for you.

Who Is At Risk For Cocaine Addiction?

Those who struggle with cocaine/crack addiction are primarily people who are trying to self-medicate. Past experiences may include traumas such as sexual abuse, emotional abuse or abandonment, where the individual feels powerless and looks for validation in cocaine use because of the side effects and/or altered perception. Those that abuse cocaine describe the use of the substance as an enhancement of themselves that elicits feelings of power or control. However, cocaine produces a false sense of control and self-possession. Cocaine is a dangerous drug, since the dose needed to achieve an initial high, followed by an increased high, is never the same from one to the other. Whether or your loved one understand the severity of cocaine/crack use, one use can kill you, and the risk of fatality only increases with each dose. Common causes of death from cocaine use ends in a heart attack.

We welcome anyone that seeking help in finding solutions in recovery and is open to exploring the mind, body and spirit. Our program was built to work with you or loved ones by addressing the whole person, not only detoxing the system. Lifelong recovery from addiction requires holistic methods. Call our intake team at Enlightened Solutions to discover ways you can remove cocaine from you or your family member’s life.


Oxycodone

Developed from a derivative of opium, oxycodone is a prescription-only semi-synthetic opioid that’s prescribed to patients for relief from mild to serious pain. As with the other opiates and their derivatives that we treat, oxycodone is a powerful narcotic that can easily result in addiction if it’s not closely monitored or taken as ordered by your physician.

Doctors that prescribe oxycodone warn their patients that they need to use the drug only as directed, and remember to keep their prescription in a safe place and out of the hands of anyone but the patient.

Oxycodone Addiction is Serious

Oxycodone is a mid-level opiate, just beneath morphine and fentanyl in strength. As with any opiate, oxycodone reaches receptors all over the body, as well as brain channels reserved for naturally created “happy” chemicals called dopamine. The purpose of this drug is to reduce the pain sensations we feel throughout the body. For people that deal with chronic pain, it can seem impossible to live without this drug, which is where physical dependence begins. This isn’t like the other pain medications, because it’s meant to be released slowly in the body and brain at intervals, which is why it’s usually in a time-release capsule form. The effects are lasting, and if taken without a prescription or without the supervision of a doctor, it can seriously interfere with your breathing, heart rate, coordination, and concentration.

There are always numerous reasons why someone becomes addicted to oxycodone, and it’s not simply because of the drug itself, but addictive behaviors that are genetic or have been learned early in childhood. Our clients come from a variety of backgrounds, and are dealing with childhood trauma, sexual abuse, mental health conditions, or current life struggles, all of which may have led them to their addiction to oxycodone.

Side Effects of Oxycodone Abuse:

  • Nausea and vomiting right after consumption
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Clouded memory
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Social withdrawal or anxiety
  • Depression when sober
  • Cardiac issues
  • Mood swings
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Slowing of heart rate and blood flow

How is Oxycodone taken in addiction?

Oxycodone can be taken in a variety of ways – in it’s original capsule or liquid form, crushed and dissolved in a drink, or even crushed, dissolved and injected directly into the bloodstream. Some oxycodone addicts also have an alcohol addiction, and the combination of the two can be deadly. Whether you’re addicted to oxycodone or both oxycodone and alcohol, call Enlightened Solutions to get help as soon as possible – we have medical detox programs and combination therapies to help you begin recovery. Entering into addiction recovery for oxycodone addiction is the best option for those struggling with dependency because we can control the environment, creating a safe space that supports healthy recovery for the mind, body, and spirit.

Withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Seizures
  • Skin rashes
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting and digestion conditions
  • Migraines
  • Visual and mental impairment
  • Severe sweating
  • Insomnia or chronic fatigue
  • Heart attack

Enlightened Solutions Cultivates Inner Peace and Balance

Our team of addiction professionals will help you recover from the effects of oxycodone if you’re suffering from this addiction. We have created a healing space here at Enlightened Solutions with many people that have the experience and compassionate hearts to work with you to repair the damage that addiction has done to your life. We have spent a lot of time creating an addiction recovery facility that is a sanctuary for mindful recovery. In addition to offering the best possible holistic treatments to our patients to help those suffering from addiction and/or mental health conditions, our Enlightened Solutions recovery plan cultivates inner peace and joy from within.

Total Wellness and Healing for the Whole Family

Our treatments restructure the thought process surrounding addiction, and we work to enhance the experience with natural recovery, connecting these long-term practices with our client’s desire to find joy in their lives. We strive to build a stable foundation in recovery and give our clients are confidence to build on that foundation in their everyday lives once they’ve completed our program. We also work with families to reintroduce their loved one into a more stable, supportive household, teaching families how to heal as a unit.

Oxycodone addiction can be fatal, so it’s important you enter into a recovery and detox program immediately. Call Enlightened Solutions to get started on your journey to recovery at 833-801-LIVE.


Ecstasy / Molly / MDMA

Understanding MDMA/Molly/Ecstasy

Over the last few of years, the use and experimentation with the drug MDMA/Molly/Ecstasy has increased significantly. While there are many names for what may seem like a mysterious substance, Molly, MDMA and Ecstasy are all the same type of drug. However, ecstasy remains cryptic and files in its own category because of how it is synthesized with ingredients unknown to you. The increased use of MDMA at popular music festivals has brought the issue of death by recreational drug use to the media. At Enlightened Solutions, we hope to educate parents, friends, family and those addicted to the euphoria associated with ecstasy about the dangers of use.

Pretty Pill. Life-Threatening Reaction.

Often classified within the guidelines of a hallucinogen and a stimulant or psychedelic, MDMA distorts your idea of your environment and surroundings. Because of the blind, unregulated purchase of MDMA and ecstasy, you can never be sure what the drug contains and should be weary. Ecstasy comes in creative shapes and colors to make the drug look more appealing and to mask the dangers associated with use. As soon as you pop a pill of ecstasy, everything changes as serotonin floods your system. The effects of ecstasy intensify physical touch and mood. These feelings are false and impossible to reach without the drug, and this concept is enough to create and reinforce a system of abuse. Reality falls short, often causing depression and anxiety without it.

Young people all over the world take more than one pill to sustain the effect that can last up to four hours. Ecstasy use can result in death, and it is important to understand immediate effects, in addition to the severity of long-term use. Blood pressure and heart rate increase and can add stress to the heart. Heart attack and stroke can occur when taking MDMA/Molly/Ecstasy, but the calming feeling for the user can make these things undetectable. Often those who overdose have no idea what is happening to them as they lose consciousness or until it is too late.

Get Help Today

Before you go to the next rave or think about taking a pill from someone you do not know, remember that it is dangerous. To find beauty in the world, you need to find it within yourself, and this drug will distort your mind, restricted your access to discover peace. Our programs at Enlightened Solutions include psychotherapy, holistic treatments, mindfulness exercises and individualized therapy. Our treatment center can show you how wonderful the world can be by presenting a skilled team of people that will be your lifeline for active recovery.

Our intake counselors can help you get started by calling Enlightened Solutions at 833-801-LIVE.


Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana addiction isn’t something you typically hear about, as it is thought to be more of a safe, non-addictive, recreational drug. Most people think that it’s a one and done experience, but that all depends on the person taking the drug and in what mindset they take it.

The general debate is that marijuana isn’t a dangerous drug because it’s all natural and grows from the earth, but many people know it’s not always as natural as they would like to think it is. At Enlightened Solutions, we understand that this addiction is difficult for people to admit when so many are telling them it’s nothing to worry about. Marijuana addiction does exist and is a very real thing for a lot of the clients we see; it’s often a “gateway” addiction, since it rarely occurs alone.

Truth: Millions of People are Addicted to Marijuana

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, over 4.2 million individuals in the United States alone are addicted to marijuana. The numbers we see in recovery for marijuana dependence are small compared to alcoholism or opiates – only about 130,000 people – but it is an addiction nonetheless. When we experience things like substance abuse or addictive behaviors, it can feel lonely, and asking for help is hard. But our Enlightened Solutions team understands the difficulty of going through something like this, no matter what the issue affecting your life may be. We’re here to help you find the right recovery program that will uncover what’s at the core of your addiction and get you back on track to experiencing a life that is peaceful, productive, and enlightening.

Marijuana Affects the Brain and Body

The common argument is that marijuana only relaxes the user, and doesn’t interfere with normal activities or brain function, but it’s been proven that marijuana interrupts the development of the brain’s natural communication pathways. The younger people begin experimenting with and abusing marijuana, the more it will affect the brain; studies have found that teens and children are more susceptible to developing new addictions, as the brain creates synapses and tolerance to cannabinoids. Recent studies show that the long drawn out high experienced with marijuana can cause memory loss, reduced reaction rates when driving or performing any physical activity, and difficulty processing or understanding.

Uses and Why it’s Easily Abused

There are several ways to use marijuana, the most common being to smoke it or make it into an edible form. In the past few years, oil extracts have become more widespread as well. It’s a diverse drug that’s altered and made into hybrid versions; every year there are new strains of marijuana with increased amounts of THC, the active ingredient that creates the high. When people experience a high from smoking or ingesting marijuana, they’re attracted to it because the chemical is a copycat of something already in the body in small doses.

Before experimentation with marijuana to produce highly potent strains, it was known that THC levels were as low as under one percent and as high as four percent. We now have strains of THC being produced in the 70 percent range.

When marijuana is modified, the effects change, and the problem with raising the level of THC is increased tolerance and reduced cognition, coupled with the fact that no one is affected in the same way. It may have seemed harmless at one time, but it’s not just a simple plant anymore – it’s something much stronger that has long-term effects on the brain.

Every Experience is Different and Not Always Pleasant

The effects of marijuana can be much more traumatic than you think. People that take it religiously can have “bad trips” causing:

  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia experiences
  • Anxious and depressed feelings
  • Increased effects of mental health conditions
  • Increased thoughts of suicide

When their reaction rates are slower, people can put themselves in danger or endanger others in the process. Depending on your existing mental state, these drugs can manipulate the mind and make whatever condition you’re trying to avoid worse. Many of the people we work with suffering from marijuana addiction started at a young age and were never aware of a mental health condition, but over time experienced symptoms amplified by marijuana. Since most people assume marijuana is a pleasant experience, they don’t think it could cause serious problems, but it can also bring on alcoholism or an affinity for other drugs just to counteract these social, mental and physical concerns.

Treatment for Marijuana Addiction at Enlightened Solutions

No matter your drug of choice, we find solutions to the problems at the root of your addiction. Addiction is the reason you feel down and removed from everything wonderful in the world. Our clients learn through experiential and holistic therapies that they only need to find their happiest moments and remember them throughout everything they do. Enlightened Solutions isn’t here to punish or enforce guilt, but to understand and change the negativity in our lives to a more positive experience. We can have that joy and beauty in life we think only others around us can experience – it’s for you too! Through mindfulness and meditation exercises we first learn what is missing in ourselves with a clear mind and body after detox. We can then focus on how to interact in a peaceful and meaningful way that will only get better as we commit to our sobriety.

To learn more about our marijuana addiction treatment offerings, call Enlightened Solutions today at 833-801-LIVE.


Meth / Adderall Addiction

What is methamphetamine?

Meth comes as a powder, pill or crystal and is made from a combination of pseudoephedrine (cold medicines) and household cleaners. This drug is unnatural as it is made from a combination of toxic ingredients that send the brain into extreme reactive behaviors that cause:

  • Wakefulness
  • Appetite suppression
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Increased dopamine levels
  • Higher rate of norepinephrine to run through the body
  • Reduction of inhibition
  • and more

What happens to you when you take methamphetamine?

Meth is classified as one of the more dangerous substances abused by people today. Users of methamphetamine like the rush of the drug that can last for days on a binge. For those who have social anxieties, any sense of nervousness leaves the body because of the drug’s ability to block out emotion or decision-making capabilities of the brain. The presented myth is that meth can increase physical performance however, it only increases heart rate, raises blood pressures and anxious feelings.

Methamphetamine takes the system into overdrive so the brain is unsure of what is a danger to the body, while those experiencing these binge sessions exhibit episodes resembling psychosis. When the brain is given this amount of dopamine over the course of days or weeks, unnecessary stress is added to the cardiovascular and respiratory system. Without proper nutrition and the lack of sleep that comes with methamphetamine, some users overdose or die from malnutrition and sleep deprivation.

Is methamphetamine similar to Adderall?

There are various arguments about the similarities of Adderall and methamphetamine and whether these drugs are considered similar or identical. The reaction or intended use for Adderall mimics those effects that methamphetamine offers users. While Adderall is a prescription drug meant for those struggling with ADHD, it too is taken for recreational use primarily by college and high school students. While Adderall increases concentration in overactive brain conditions, it calms appetite and causes a rush of dopamine and pleasing effects to the user.

When taken in extremely high doses and for extended periods of time, researchers found that the long-term effects on the body resembled methamphetamine. These drugs are classified as stimulants and regardless of prescription should be monitored or prohibited if other options for treatment are available. Addiction forms quickly in both cases and physicians recognize the highly addictive qualities of Adderall, as it is part of the amphetamine family.

Get Help for Meth/Adderall Addiction

Addiction begins when the ability to control what you believe is recreational use, is lost. When your life is unmanageable and without relief from anxiety and stress, the use of meth/Adderall isn’t the answer, but treatment for drug addiction can help. At Enlightened Solutions, you’re never judged but rather are welcomed by our team. With custom detox, therapy methods, nourishing meals and soul connecting activities, you’ll find everything you need to regain balance in your life. Call Enlightened Solutions at 833-801-LIVE to address your drug use and begin the process of recovery.


Heroin Addiction

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, over 600,000 people have become addicted to heroin in the United States, and that number is continuing to rise. This drug, which is a part of the opiate family, is one of the most abused drugs on the market and runs rampant on our city streets.

Recently, an article by U.S. News referenced studies indicating that the rate of heroin use is up 60%, and heroin overdoses are up by 300%. For those of you who may not have realized the severity of heroin use, these numbers should give you some idea of why many treatment centers — Enlightened Solutions in Atlantic City included — equip themselves to provide care for those who are struggling with addiction to this drug. Treatment centers in New Jersey may also provide specialized heroin detox care to help individuals get through these drugs’ notoriously difficult withdrawal symptoms.

Many people who are addicted to prescription painkillers are at high risk of developing a serious addiction to opiates. Many users of prescription pain medications that can no longer fill prescriptions through a physician or steal them from friends will find other ways to soothe their addiction cravings. Heroin produces the same numbing effects as other opiates, but is easier to get than prescription drugs because it’s readily available in various forms that all deliver the same chemically boosted feelings of euphoria as prescription opiates.

What happens to people when they take heroin?

The most common way heroin is used is through injections. The drug is injected directly into your veins, so it’s fast acting and gets right through the bloodstream and up to the brain in no time. There are special receptors for drugs like heroin — these receptors are like tiny sockets in certain cells all over the brain and body that bind with heroin. When these painkilling heroin molecules connect to your receptors, pleasurable effects cascade throughout your body with numbing, sleepy sensations. slowing your physical and mental processes, including your breathing, your heart rate, your ability to process information and your functional movement. The duration of the high itself is short, but the after-effects can last for hours or days, and long term heroin use can damage the brain and body for years to come.

Signs of heroin use:

  • Needle marks (typically on the arms)
  • Rapid weight loss and muscle reduction
  • Nose bleeds or chronic nasal irritation
  • Mood swings from energized to fatigued
  • Cold sweats or chills
  • Fever
  • Intestinal or digestion problems
  • No appetite
  • Depression
  • Memory issues
  • Heart pain

What’s dangerous about these effects?

When heroin makes its way through the body, the pleasurable effects cause the user to become dependent on the drug. As they use more and more, the tolerance threshold is consistently raised, so that each time they use heroin, they’ll need to increase the amount they smoke, inject or dissolve in liquids. So many deaths attributed to heroin are because overdosing is easy to do when a user doesn’t know when enough is enough. Many people that have survived regular use of this drug and have gone through recovery say that each time, the high is never enough. Overdose happens because you’ve taken too much of a drug whose primary function is shutting everything in your body down, and you’ve given it plenty of ammunition to do its job.

In addition, since the mental and physical effects of heroin are so intense, withdrawal from heroin and other opiates is known for being particularly unpleasant. Flu-like symptoms, nausea, anxiety, paranoia, body tremors and more are commonly experienced by individuals who are addicted to heroin when they can’t access the drug or try to stop using. The severity of these symptoms is a major reason that addiction to heroin is so hard to overcome — users will often do anything out of desperation to avoid feeling withdrawal. Choosing professional treatment with medically supervised detox is the best way to get through withdrawal safely and to prevent these symptoms from drawing you back into addiction time and again — the longer the cycle persists, the more heroin use will change your priorities, behaviors, health and grasp on reality

At Enlightened Solutions, we want to help you recover from this dangerous addiction that cripples the mind, body and soul. We offer a range of programs for treating heroin addiction, including monitored detox and inpatient and outpatient care. Our signature approach to treatment in Atlantic City, New Jersey relies on helping you overcome the cycle of addiction and heal from the harmful effects of heroin abuse.

How We Treat Heroin Addiction in New Jersey at Enlightened Solutions

If you’re reading this page now, it means that you’re willing to seek treatment for heroin addiction — and at Enlightened Solutions, we are ready to help you defeat this dangerous problem. Whatever causes people to begin using these drugs (whether it’s depression, feelings of inadequacy, chronic pain, severe mental illness or otherwise), at Enlightened Solutions, we can work with you to overcome your past. We begin by providing safe, medically supervised detoxification programs to start you on the road to recovery. After detox, we work on a dual diagnosis, and begin individual therapy to find out just what you need before starting work with our other holistic and evidence-based treatments. We offer treatments that will open up your heart so that you can understand and work through the issues that kept you addicted to heroin. True joy is found within you, not through the substances you’ve grown dependent on, so let us show you how to find true happiness with our custom recovery programs. It’s our goal to connect all of our holistic treatment mediums and modalities to the things that really make you feel whole. Sobriety is the key to happiness, not dulling your feelings, so we work to create natural mood boosting effects throughout the body by finding true happiness and joy in your everyday life through recovery.

People take heroin to numb their feelings and find some type of happiness in those brief moments when the drug attaches to the brain’s receptors and creates dopamine boosts. We want to show our clients that you don’t need this drug like you believe you do. We provide specialized heroin detox to help you cleanse your body of the chemicals that trap you in the cycle of addiction. We offer therapies where clients can experience and understand what they’ve been missing in their everyday lives. When you can key into those treatments that open up your chakras and reveal freedom through enjoyment and meaning, you will be free to explore everything that is natural and feeds your heart. We offer equine therapy, art and music therapy, acupuncture to reduce stresses, herbal therapy, family constellation therapy aligned with yoga and meditation. Contact Enlightened Solutions in Atlantic City, New Jersey today at 833-801-LIVE to learn how to find peace in addiction through our recovery programs.

People take heroin to numb their feelings and find some type of happiness in those brief moments when the drug attaches to the brain’s receptors and creates dopamine boosts. We want to show our clients that you don’t need this drug like you believe you do. We offer therapies where clients can experience and understand what they’ve been missing in their everyday lives. When you can key into those treatments that open up your chakras and reveal freedom through enjoyment and meaning, you will be free to explore everything that is natural and feeds your heart. We offer equine therapy, art and music therapy, acupuncture to reduce stresses, herbal therapy, family constellation therapy aligned with yoga and meditation. Call Enlightened Solutions today at 833-801-LIVE to learn how to find peace in addiction through our recovery programs.


Costs, Financing, and Insurance

Choosing and maintaining sobriety is not easy without help, but Enlightened Solutions is a place that is unlike any other – we heartily believe that lifelong sobriety can happen holistically while engaging the mind, body, and spirit.

For everyone hoping to start their journey of recovery in a healthy, nurturing environment, we will help you find the best financial option for you. When you call to set up your initial appointment to join one of our recovery programs, our intake counselors will help you gather the information you need to talk with your insurance company and make the process of financing your recovery as easy as possible.

Expect acceptance from our addiction specialists, with a healthy dose of hard work. When you are entering treatment, we will teach you how to be sober, confident, and thriving, but we will also keep you accountable. We focus on the reasons you have developed addictions so that you can uncover the meaning of your emotional and physical dependency on drugs and alcohol, and learn to leave them behind and move forward with a healthy, sober life.We encourage everyone battling addiction to call Enlightened Solutions today at 833-801-5483 to learn how to be authentically happy in a sober environment.

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What to Expect

Helping You Find Your Best Recovery Option

When you call our addiction recovery center at Enlightened Solutions, you will be greeted by someone that understands the daily difficulties of those suffering from active addiction, and the families distressed by their loved one’s condition. We welcome you and your family into recovery by getting you set up with a detox program that works best for you and your specific addiction(s). Enlightened Solutions is part of the MAP network of contracted partners, so we can find the best providers for you both financially and emotionally.

Detox, Co-Occurring Diagnosis and Holistic Therapies

As soon as you have completed detox, you will meet with our addiction counselors, who will go through the program steps with you. Any questions you have pertaining to a particular treatment and its benefits will be laid out for you. Upon checking into our programs, you will meet with a mental health professional that will assess and treat you for co-occurring diagnosis of any mental health conditions that coincide with your substance addiction. No matter what your addiction or past, we will welcome you with open arms if you are ready and willing to take on your addiction and embrace recovery.

Programs at Enlightened Solutions:

Depending on the type of recovery program you choose with Enlightened Solutions, the intake process may vary and you may either be coming to our facility part-time in order to participate in therapy and holistic treatments, or you may require more intensive engagement and integration into our programs. Our recovery offerings are fun and interesting, with the goal of treating each aspect of your mind, body, and spirit, so you can live as a whole, functioning member of society. We also offer gender specific treatments that will help you focus and be as comfortable as possible without distractions.

Expect acceptance from our addiction specialists, with a healthy dose of hard work. When you are entering treatment, we will teach you how to be sober, confident, and thriving, but we will also keep you accountable. We focus on the reasons you have developed addictions so that you can uncover the meaning of your emotional and physical dependency on drugs and alcohol, and learn to leave them behind and move forward with a healthy, sober life.We encourage everyone battling addiction to call Enlightened Solutions today at 833-801-5483 to learn how to be authentically happy in a sober environment.

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What to Bring

For clients in our Partial Care Program who are going into a local sober living house, here is a list of things to bring:

  • 2 Weeks of Clothes – We have washers and dryers so you can launder your items – make sure to bring athletic clothes for yoga, as well as, boots for equine therapy (we have some extras in case you do not).
  • Toiletries – Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, hairbrush, razor, shaving cream.
  • Computer – If you have work to do while with us, you may bring a laptop that will be locked up unless you are using it.
  • Cell Phones – All cell phones will be locked up during the Partial Care phase of the program and returned once a client transitions into IOP.
  • Medications – Please come with any medications that you currently take. Our doctor will assess and make any changes as necessary.
  • No Food or Drink – We supply healthy and organic food to rebuild your body and mind back to its optimal level.

If you have any questions about other items not listed above, please call our admissions desk at 833-801-5483. We are happy to help you get started and make the transition into a supportive recovery system as comfortable as possible.


Acupuncture

Acupuncture and Addiction

In the early 70s, acupuncture was first used in addiction recovery to reduce the stress addicts were experiencing during recovery, while simultaneously reducing addiction cravings. The addiction community’s work in the 70s was later combined with the traditional methods of Chinese medicine, focusing on management of chronic pain, to create the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA). This association established the guidelines for building a successful practice of acupuncture based on specific pressure points localized in the ear. Enlightened Solutions has embraced this complementary therapy to broaden our spectrum of holistic treatments in serving individuals with substance use disorders.

Alternative methods such as acupuncture build upon the hope that recovery from addictive substances and behaviors is possible. Clients experiencing detox, withdrawal, and post-acute withdrawal symptoms often feel discomfort and have difficulty sleeping. The introduction of acupuncture during this critical initial step of recovery, we can dramatically assist reducing cravings and some of the strong withdrawal symptoms, as well as reduce feelings of distress. Additionally, acupuncture can help induce complete relaxation. During acupuncture sessions, many therapists observe clients becoming so relaxed they often fall asleep. In the beginning stages of recovery, sleep deprivation is one of the more common complaints, therefore, complete relaxation is beneficial.

How Acupuncture Works

Studying the ancient art of Chinese medicine, we look to the balance of nature to bring that Yin and Yang into ourselves. Acupuncture clicks into the lack of Yin within us, and those with addiction suffer from this imbalance in addition to the many other aspects that we address in treatments. It’s theorized that the more out of balance we are with the Yin and Yang, the more our need to abuse substances is substantially increased. During acupuncture treatments, each client will sit back comfortably in a chair and treatment will begin. The acupuncturist will apply needles to five pressure points on both sides of the ears in a process that takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.

What are the five points we focus on in acupuncture for addiction?

The NADA concentrates on five points in the ear as they connect to the central systems that react in stress responses, or those related to the sympathetic nervous system. Targeting these five points will reduce the overactive responses to anxiety and extreme stress that create this need for addiction.

  1. Autonomic Point: A small needle inserted into this pressure point will relax your nerves and calm your system.
  2. Shen Men: This is where we connect with your spirit to relieve any anxiety and nervous responses. Addiction creates chronic anxiety and stress reactions.
  3. Kidney Point: The kidney is vital to your system, so we use this point to promote healing of your organs as well as complete serenity.
  4. Liver Point: Your liver is responsible for removing harsh toxins from the body and purifying your blood. In detox or shortly after, we use this point to support this purification and to calm mood swings, anger, aggression, and aggravation.
  5. Lung Point: In mindfulness and meditation exercises, we focus on the breath and how it moves through the body. This point will help increase the strength of your breath and cleanse the body with extra oxygen; for those holding fast to loss and grief from that loss, this will help them achieve peace.

Benefits of Acupuncture:

  • Relaxation
  • Inner peace
  • Mindfulness
  • Improved sleep
  • Lessens mood changes during detox
  • Reduced cravings
  • Improved circulation
  • Improved mood, happiness, and joy
  • Promotes energy
  • Relief
  • Calms emotional trauma
  • Allows people to let go of their emotional distress

Acupuncture increases your body’s production of endorphins. As an alternative to relying on drugs for this escalation, you can rediscover your body’s ability to be happy naturally. Acupuncture treatments usually occur every few weeks, depending if clients adopt them as relaxing and a beneficial addition to their treatment. We are lucky at Enlightened Solutions to employ Erica Dice as our in-house acupuncturist. Erica worked at a detoxification clinic in the South Bronx and was specially trained to treat individuals struggling with addiction 833-801-LIVE.

Call Enlightened Solutions at to find balance in your Yin and Yang, and curb your post-detox addiction cravings. These alternative treatments in combination with our variety of holistic offerings can make natural recovery possible.