6 Misconceptions About Addiction Treatment

6 Misconceptions About Addiction Treatment

Of all the people in the US who have a substance use disorder, only about 10 percent ever get help for it. It shouldn’t be surprising then, that a lot of people have mistaken ideas about what addiction treatment programs are like. These misconceptions, along with just not knowing what to expect at all, scare people away from treatment or at least give them plausible-sounding excuses not to go. Although treatment for addiction certainly has its challenges, it might not be what you expect. The following are some common misconceptions about treatment.

“You Have to Hit Rock Bottom for Recovery to Be Possible”

The most common myth about treatment for a substance use disorder, and the one that probably does the most damage is the idea that you have to hit rock bottom in order to recover. This idea keeps people from seeking help when they consider their own substance use only mildly problematic and it prevents family and friends from encouraging someone they are concerned about to get help. In reality, “rock bottom” is whenever you want it to be. It’s when you decide that you don’t like the direction your life is heading and you want to make a change.

It’s not even really necessary to be committed to getting sober. Pretty much everyone feels ambivalent about entering treatment but many of these people do pretty well. Some people don’t even want to get help. Consider drug courts, for example. These courts give non-violent drug and alcohol offenders the option to seek treatment rather than serve jail time, an opportunity most defendants take advantage of, even if they are far more enthusiastic about staying out of jail than about getting sober. Despite their reluctance to enter treatment, research shows that drug court participants typically have much better outcomes--less recidivism, better employment status, and so on--than people who serve jail time.

“Treatment is Too Expensive”

People see that some celebrity or other has announced they’re entering treatment and they draw the conclusion that treatment is only for the rich and famous. While there are posh treatment facilities for the upper crust, these don’t necessarily have better treatment outcomes. At luxurious facilities, your money often goes to amenities rather than treatment and so more moderately priced programs typically offer a better value.

What’s more, treatment has never been more affordable. Because of the opioid crisis, there is now more federal money available for treatment, and state and local governments are also offering more assistance as well. For most people, insurance will pay for at least some of their treatment and most quality treatment programs work with several insurers. In short, treatment is probably more affordable than you would think. Contact a few programs you’re interested in and see if they can help you pay for treatment.

“Detox Is All You Really Need”

Detox is often a major obstacle to recovery. Many people are so afraid of withdrawal symptoms that they just keep drinking or using. It might make sense then, that many people believe that if they can just get over that particular hump, then they’ll be fine. Unfortunately, that’s not usually how it works. Every stage of recovery has its own challenges. Once you get past the detox hump, you still have to deal with cravings, friends who don’t support your recovery, co-occurring mental health issues, and so on. Addiction is a complex problem and physical dependence is rarely the only factor.

“Treatment is Boring”

A lot of people imagine treatment as going to some sterile facility where they don’t know anyone, following a strict schedule, spending endless hours in classes and group therapy sessions, interrupted only by sleep and bland meals. Perhaps even worse, you may imagine having to participate in some kind of pep-rally style positivity. In reality, there is a lot of variation in treatment programs.

The best programs are designed to be challenging and engaging. There will always be challenging times, like facing your demons during therapy but much of treatment is also about finding out what brings you joy and connects you to other people. At various times, you might engage in exercise, sports, outdoor activities, art or music, and any variety of activities. Recovery works best when it’s about discovering joy and meaning rather than relying on grim determination.

“You Have to Find Religion”

It’s no secret that AA and similar groups were originally based on the idea of religious conversion. You can’t beat addiction on your own, so you rely on a higher power to help you. There are certain corners of the recovery community where people believe that a spiritual awakening is the only path to sobriety but it’s just not true. Plenty of people enjoy a strong recovery without such an “awakening.” Recovery is always an individual journey.

Many of the principles work for many people, but in the end, you have to do what works for you. Even in the 12-Step approach, more people typically benefit from the group support and the systematic process than from any religious conviction. If your faith helps you recover, then great, but it may not be for everyone and it doesn’t have to be.

“Recovery Ends After Treatment”

Finally, a lot of people have this idea that you can go into a treatment program, they fix you up, and you’re no longer addicted when you leave. In reality, treatment is more like a training camp. You learn a lot of recovery skills, interpersonal skills, emotional regulation skills, and so on. You find out if you have any co-occurring mental health issues and you begin treating those.

However, you have to carry all this work through to your regular life after you leave. To that end, it’s typically a good idea to step down levels of care or at least pay special attention to making a smooth transition through therapy and regular attendance of 12-Step meetings. Treatment is really only the beginning but it can give you a good head start and a map for the road ahead.

There are somewhere around 14,000 addiction treatment centers in the US and whatever negative preconception you have about treatment is probably true of at least one of them. However, good treatment programs know that real change comes from engagement and self-discovery, not from being badgered or bored into compliance.

At Enlightened Solutions, we believe that joy and connection are the keys to a strong recovery. We offer a variety of services, including interventions, individualized treatment, and transitional care. To learn more about our program, call us today at 833-801-5483.


Families and Detox

If you’re a friend, family member, or coworker of a loved one entering treatment, it’s quite possible that you may be nervous about what’s to come next. Many people who are trying to support their loved one in addiction recovery fear detoxification, because the exact process through this journey isn’t talked about as often. In fact, there may be many questions that you have, such as what they’ll experience, how this will impact their recovery, what success or failure looks like in sobriety and more. These questions are important, and while we can’t always control our loved one’s process in recovery, we do have control over our words and actions, to provide the best support possible. The first step of addiction recovery is detox, which occurs either naturally or is assisted with medication; with detox, a person’s body rids the toxins that it’s acquired throughout the addiction. It’s important to note that detoxification isn’t meant to be used by itself, but as only a beginning part of the long-term treatment recovery process. 

First and foremost, you’ll need to assess whether your loved one is in a good place to begin detoxification. When discovering what types of treatment centers are out there, you’ll want to take particular note of the amazing support and services that are offered at Enlightened Solutions. Not all treatment centers are the same, so it’s important that your loved one seek out help at a reputable treatment center where a person’s complete health and wellness are taken into consideration and treatment is looked at holistically. At Enlightened Solutions, you and your loved one can expect to receive the following:

  • A respectful, nonjudgmental, and supportive atmosphere where individuals can feel “normal” and can receive education to reduce stigma of addiction
  • Services that are accessible and focused on what client’s need individually
  • Opportunities for family members to become involved, such as through family therapy, so that the family unit as a whole can become more cohesive together

Once you’ve decided to enroll your loved one at the proper facility, treatment will begin.

One of the most challenging steps for individuals in moving forward with recovery is the step of entering detox. If your loved one has reached this step, that’s a good sign. Of course, detoxification is a rough process for many people because their body is still getting used to the state of sobriety – when substance abuse has been present for so long, the mind and body must then learn to readjust and get used to living without it in order for sobriety to take place. There are a number of uncomfortable symptoms that can appear, such as: 

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nausea, vomiting, etc.
  • Muscle tension, twitches, muscle aches
  • Sweating, tingling
  • Anxiety, restlessness, panic attacks, irritability
  • Social isolation, depression, fatigue, etc.
  • Poor concentration, difficulty remembering things

It may feel easy to get angry or retaliate when your loved one exhibits these symptoms, but you must remember that this process isn’t easy for them either – in fact, they may very well be hating the fact that they’re experiencing some of these symptoms, and they need all the support they can get. Medication may be able to assist your loved one in managing these symptoms, but the symptoms may pursue in varying degrees until the detox period is over. The type of medication that your loved one may receive in treatment does depend on the symptoms they’re experiencing, the severity of their addiction, their mental and physical health history and so much more.

Many family members can find this part of detox challenging, as this means they must continue to be patient and supportive, aware of the “bigger picture” – even if their loved one can’t necessarily see the “light at the end of the tunnel.” To be a family member or friend during this challenging time can be exhausting, but it’s nonetheless important for them to stick with it.

Most people in addiction recovery come to rely on their friends and family members to help them get through the ups and downs associated with detoxification. It’s nice for those in recovery to include their loved ones as part of treatment, and oftentimes this helps them to keep moving forward in their journey to sobriety. 

Enlightened Solutions is a treatment center that uses evidence-based methods of recovery to focus on your loved one’s individuality through holistic treatment to help them get sober from drugs and alcohol. We offer a comprehensive range of services including outpatient treatment, post-rehab services, continuing care, and long-term treatment.  If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, call us today at 833-801-LIVE to learn how we can help your loved one find the care and support they need to live a healthier and happier life in recovery. 


Relapse Prevention

Relapse Prevention

Living in recovery is a chance to take back life, one day at a time. People with addiction must treat sobriety delicately. What many addicts don’t know at first is that relapse happens days, weeks, months before the behavior physically occurs. Keeping sobriety intact means there must be relapse prevention. There are many tools that help in staying sober, if the addict is willing to use them. Many times treatment centers will suggest 12-step meetings, such as AA. In these support groups, there are suggestions to live sober and sane. It’s a physical and psychological obsession, and there must be active work to keep both running properly. Once the additive behavior has been eliminated, there can be work on the emotional aspect. This is where it can get tricky.

After finishing what can be a brutal detox, it’s time to start on the real work of recovery. Recovery is a lifestyle, not a quick fix. Treatment facilities offer therapy and group sessions focused on how to handle life while still having an addicted mind. It’s as if the brain is being rerouted. It’s a daily struggle to continue down this path but the rewards are substantial. The goal is to work on new coping mechanisms. These must be utilized to fight the desires to fall back into old patterns. Often times, depression and anxiety can lead to relapse, which is why there are ways to keep these emotions at bay. Trauma therapy allows the processing of emotions that had been built up over the years. This paves the way for new emotions to surface and be dealt with appropriately.

Prescribed medications are sometimes necessary for those who are in need. This is vital with those with mental illness and that cannot solely be fixed with yoga and meditation. However, these are only prescribed by doctors, after a medical assessment. This helps keep the mind chemically balanced. Yoga and meditation can take form in different ways and people can choose what works best for their own connection to the soul. Taking care of the body and being out in nature is can also help in many ways. Having a healthy diet is especially important for its nutrients that keep the body systems running accordingly. Each of these mechanisms help in maintaining sobriety.

 

Enlightened Solutions partial programs offer those seeking recovery a life of sobriety through the mind, body, and spirit. Our dual diagnosis programs support recovery from substance use disorders and mental health related issues. Call us today for information: 833-801-5483.


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Alcoholism And The New Year

Sit in any meeting place of twelve step fellowships like Alcoholics Anonymous through the month of January and witness many birthday celebrations. January is a popular time to get sober. May people hit their bottom during the holiday season of December. What brings them to decide to make the decision on recovery is different. Some people have ruined one too many holiday celebrations with their families or missed them entirely. Some found themselves in the hospital or arrested due to drinking. Others realize that yet another year has gone by lost in the bottomless hole of addiction and alcoholism.

If you or a loved one are ready to seek treatment for alcoholism, Enlightened Solutions is available to guide your through the recovery process from detox to after care. Here are the steps to take if you are ready to make the ultimate new year's resolution to get- and learn how to stay- sober this year.

Medical Detox

Detox is not a requirement for recovery. The need for detox is dependent upon how much one has been drinking. Severe chemical dependency will result in symptoms of withdrawal. Detoxing from alcohol can be dangerous if done alone. In extreme cases, one develops delirium tremens which can result in hallucinations both tactile, auditory and visual. Sweats, seizures, vomiting, and more are common symptoms of detox from alcohol. At this time Enlightened Solutions does not provide detox services. However, we have close working relationships with many detox centers and can refer you while making your arrangements to attend treatment at our facility.

Residential Inpatient Treatment

If, even after detox, you or your loved one are not sure you can continue to live on your own without resuming to drink, you need residential inpatient treatment for alcoholism. Residential inpatient treatment offers a place to live while being securely monitored 24 hours a day by registered nurses and trained clinicians. Inpatient will include one on one therapy, holistic healing, and more. For 30-90 days, inpatient is a place to become stable before returning to independent living.

Ongoing Support

Treatment is multiphasic in order to encourage a step down transition into independent life after alcoholism. Following residential inpatient treatment can be partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and aftercare. Continuing to receive therapeutic and community support for alcoholism recovery is essential for helping create a lifestyle of sobriety.

Enlightened Solutions is ready to help you get sober today, and for a lifetime. For more information on treating alcoholism and why Enlightened Solutions is right for you, call 833-801-5483.


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Types of Detox Treatment Methods

Medically Assisted Detox

Medically assisted detox receives a lot of attention and controversy. Most medically assisted detox treatments involve the use of drug replacement therapy or drug substitution therapy. Famous name drugs like methadone or suboxone are prescribed to help someone slowly ween off of drugs like heroin, meth, and cocaine. Methadone and suboxone contain small traces of opioid, or morphine. Instead of enduring the unrelenting symptoms of withdrawal, someone can taper down through the process. Detox is the highest risk period of relapse. Medically assisted detox helps ensure against relapse.

However, that trace of morphine can be abused and become depended upon. Some people stay on substitution drug therapy treatments for years on end. While some practitioners see that as a success if the person does not turn back to illicit substances, others see that as not being true abstinence from being dependent upon a mind altering substance.

Naturally Assisted Detox

Naturally assisted detox is a relatively new treatment method for detox. With great sucess, NAD also reduces the symptoms of withdrawal, similar to the way medically assisted detox does. However, NAD relies on the intravenous administration of naturally occurring amino acids, vitamins, and minerals to replenish the body’s natural immune system, rather than morphine. Not only does NAD reduce symptoms of withdrawal, but it reduces the detox time period.

Cold Turkey

Putting an abrupt halt to the abuse of addictive substances can cause a range of health complications, which can include death. Detox, though it depends on how long drugs were abused and how severely they were abused, can be dangerous. When the body is detoxing, the brain is going through all the desperate measures it can think of to make the experience as awful as possible. One the one hand, the brain is in chaos- it doesn’t know how to function without the presence of drugs and alcohol anymore. Simultaneously, it wants to cause as much discomfort as possible through intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms so that it might make using sound convincing.

Quitting cold turkey and doing an at home detox is possible with some preparation. Having plenty of fluids, regularly taking temperature, and being monitored is important. Detox can cause seizure, heart attack, stroke, and passing out.

Enlightened Solutions proudly works with nearby detox treatment centers for patients looking to start treatment, but are in need of detox first. We offer treatment programs for men and women seeking recovery from their relationship with addiction. For more information call 833-801-5483.


You Didn't Know How Good Massage Was For You

Massage is good for Muscle Recovery

Massage helps to loosen up muscles that are storing tension. Tension in the muscles can come from strenuous physical activity, sickness, and stress. Muscle tension prevents the natural flow of energy from moving through the body. Additionally, tight muscles can lead to injury and muscle trauma, which is very painful and takes time to heal. Through massage therapy, tight and tense muscles get released, also releasing any toxins being held in that area. If you cannot get regular massage treatments, doing self massage on your shoulders, arms, and legs can be of great benefit. Self-massage is a great way to practice self-compassion and self-care.

Massage is good for Lymph Nodes

The lymphatic system is important to the body. Healthy lymph nodes means a healthy body. Massage helps to stimulate the lymphatic system by causing lymphatic drainage. Massaging lymphatic areas helps to release waste and toxins stored in lymph nodes. Cleaning out the lymphatic system improves the immune system, increases metabolism, and helps the body better to function.

Massage is good for Relaxation

Massage is usually seen as a luxury activity for relaxing days at the spa. All that muscle work is of no coincidence with the ability to relax. Many massage therapists have healing energy that is transmitted during their massage work. In fact, many regard massage as a healing touch, and those who practice is have healing hands. Not only is massage itself relaxing, but it is actively aiding you in being able to relax. Working on tense muscles helps you to notice where you are holding stress. Then, you can let it go. You begin to relax on a mental, emotional, and physical level because everything is connected holistically.

Massage is good for Circulation

Especially for people recovering from intravenous drug use, helping the circulation of blood flow is an important healing aspect. Massage is proven to improve over all circulation. There is an increase in blood flow and vascular function. Circulation is important for recovery from drug and alcohol addiction because the entire body needs to heal.

Massage is good for Healing

Massage is recommended as a healing tool for people after surgery. Detox and recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is it’s own kind of surgery. Recovery is a long process of healing, for which there are many ways to help. Massage helps people in recovery relax and release emotional stress they may not be able to otherwise.