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The Most Addictive Drugs

April 23rd, 2020 Posted by Disease of Addiction, Opioid Epidemic, Relapse Prevention 0 comments on “The Most Addictive Drugs”

It’s estimated that more than 21 million Americans are currently in the process of fighting a substance use disorder of some sort. Not only that, but with new drugs hitting the market every year, and experimentation with different combinations of substances, a clear recovery method isn’t always clear. After all, drugs are often made imprecisely to begin with. Then you’re admitted to recovery, addicted to a very specific combination of cocaine, heroine, fentanyl or something else, and there are dozens of different factors at play.

But let’s keep it simple. What are the most addictive drugs out there? Join us, today, as we take a closer look.

Heroin

With a dependence rating or 2.89, Heroin is widely known as one of the most addictive drugs in the world. It has the ability to quickly reach the brain, producing surges euphoria in a flash. It’s because of this reason that it’s still as widely used as it is, despite its publicized health risks.

Heroin prompts the brain to halt production of reward feelings, instead rewarding the user itself with an intense dopamine rush. After a time, however, the user will feel like they can’t experience good feelings without the drug. This is where the addiction factor comes in. Throw in some pretty severe physical withdrawal symptoms, and there’s a reason for Heroin’s bad reputation.

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Crack Cocaine

Following closely behind heroin, crack cocaine has a dependence rating of around 2.8. This is largely due to it being the purest and most potent form of cocaine available. It functions in a similar way to heroin, activating your reward systems, and flooding the body with dopamine. Crack is usually smoked, allowing it to reach the brain faster than being snorted like cocaine.

It also only lasts for about 15 minutes, leading many people to chase one hit with several more, in order to sustain their high. This leads to a rapid onset of addiction, often immediately following first-time use.

Nicotine

Any time anybody’s ever told you cigarettes are more addictive than hard drugs, this is the number they were talking about. With a dependence rating of 2.82, tobacco is extremely addictive. It actually tops out many other hard drugs in creating a dependency among those who use it. With over 30 million smokers trying to quit, every year, a staggering 85% of them will relapse.

Of course, nicotine withdrawal isn’t something many people go to rehabilitation for. It’s a habit with multiple far-reaching implications for your health, though. Combined with its extremely addictive design, it’s well worth considering before ever trying, and working hard to quit if you are already addicted.

Methadone

Our last entry into today’s list is methdadone, with its own dependency rate or 2.68. Methadone is interesting, when compared to other drugs, because it actually has a place in the treatment of various other drug addictions. A popular treatment for heroin or morphine addiction, it’s the user’s tolerance to this drug that makes it beneficial. The risk for addiction, here, is much lower, but it must be used as prescribed and under strict medical supervision. Otherwise, it’s fully realistic to assume that anybody using this medication recreationally could become addicted.

As a final note, Methadone withdrawal should be looked at before ever trying to use it recreationally. Painful and difficult, this process may well last for longer than a month at a time, which is extremely difficult for someone trying to clean up.

There Are Rehabilitation Options, Even With Addictive Drugs

Struggling with addiction and ready to make a change? Intensive programs like those on offer from Serenity Springs Recovery Center have a measurable impact on alcohol recovery, and are available to help you. Get in touch with us today to find out more!

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Looking For Help As A Parent With Addiction

April 11th, 2020 Posted by Alcohol, Blog, Recover, Treatment 0 comments on “Looking For Help As A Parent With Addiction”

Alcoholism is a much more complicated problem than many people realize. The phrase “kicking the habit” makes it sound like stopping biting your nails or giving up dairy. But the truth is, this is an addiction that affects more people than just the alcoholic themselves. And those complications are compounded when you add parenthood into the mix. So, how do you reach out for help as a parent with addiction issues of their own?

Join us today, as we bring you three of our top tips for this awkward but necessary process.

Reach Out To Someone

One of the most difficult parts of dealing with alcoholism in the family is dealing with feelings of isolation. Start by reaching out and talking to someone. Therapists and authorized counselors are required, by law, to never disclose information they acquire during patient sessions unless absolutely necessary. So you should feel safe knowing you can speak to them about your struggles as a parent with addiction.

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The impact of therapy on your ability to live your life shouldn’t be understated, either. You’ll gain insights that make your own life easier, but which also give you the tools you need to be a better supporting player in your loved one’s battle with alcohol addiction, as well.

Protect The Children

In the social services industry, any mental health professional, pastor, or teacher, or really any professional with access to children is what’s known as a “mandated reporter.” These people are required, by law, to disclose any and all information that would keep a child safe. This same regulation applies to the elderly, adult dependents and anybody else potentially at risk, as well.

Make no mistake: alcoholism affects the children in a family often and without rhyme or reason. Even when alcoholic parents are not outright aggressive or abusive, they can easily put their children at risk. Driving under the influence. Negligent behavior with regards to their safety around the house. These aren’t always necessarily true, but is statistically more likely in a home where someone is consistently heavily under the influence.

If you know your child may be in danger due to alcoholism, talk to your care providers. You may be worried your child will be removed from their home, but it’s actually rare for children to be permanently removed when the parent is the one bringing the issue to the authorities. Work with your caregivers and you can keep your child safe until your alcoholism is no longer a safety issue.

Be Aware Of Your Situation

Denial is one of the biggest killers among people struggling with alcoholism. And, while it’s to be expected with someone struggling with a disease like this, it’s important to be self-aware enough to know that at least your habit is affecting your children.

In situations like this, it’s important to act on your instincts. You might rationalize your addiction in many different ways but, when there’s the risk of danger to your child, “better safe than sorry” is always the best advice.

Reach out to friends, family, and anybody you have a good working relationship with. If you’ve lost contact and feel isolated, then make the leap and contact someone you haven’t spoken to in years. We live in a digital age and communication is easier than ever.

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What’s important, here, is to frame your situation through the potential for harm to your children. And remember, you can always reach out to a professional organization with experience in rehabilitation, like Serenity Springs. Serenity Springs Recovery Center looks forward to speaking to you, soon. For immediate assistance, call 828-551-0507, or send us a message to find out more about our services.

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Despite criticism, Alcoholics Anonymous does save lives

March 24th, 2020 Posted by Alcohol 0 comments on “Despite criticism, Alcoholics Anonymous does save lives”

Research has shown and specialists often promote alcoholics anonymous as a fundamental treatment method in overcoming alcoholism. And, while not always perfect and exhibiting its own pros and cons, AA consistently works well when compared with many other approaches.

But, the reality is that alcoholism and addiction are complicated issues, and everybody is different and has different pasts and issues. Keeping techniques like 12-step recovery and organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous alive is crucial, as anything that leads individuals to effective recovery is a positive.

AA is the foundation for many similar programs

Alcoholics Anonymous, which is a 12-step program, has caused a number of similar programs to sprout up, such as Celebrate and Smart. These kinds of programs are respected in the world of recovery due to their accessibility and the fact that they provide individuals with a solid foothold. These programs tend to target the psychology, considering personality traits and traumas which make them more personal and holistic.

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Like with any group of new people, it’s important to set boundaries

While some criticize AA for sometimes being unsafe due to predatory individuals, most report that their peers are respectful and that the atmosphere is supportive. In any situation where you are entering a group of new people, it’s important to set boundaries. This doesn’t mean keeping your guard up or shutting out the group. It’s more so just proceeding with a healthy degree of caution when it comes to meeting new people.

It’s not about being a powerless victim

Some have also argues that Alcoholics Anonymous acknowledges the alcoholic’s powerlessness and that it can have a negative effect by shining a light on that. However, it’s often the case that individuals with addictions have a false sense of control, thinking they can stop at any time. Once they recognize and accept that the alcohol does have a power over them, they’re more able to move along toward recovery.

Alcoholics Anonymous doesn’t promote viewing oneself as a powerless victim, as much as it encourages individuals to seek a higher power. And, even in this case, many people in the program say they don’t feel pressure to be spiritual. The program more so promotes seeking solace and comfort in something to lead to recovery.

AA isn’t a quick fix – and recovering from addiction shouldn’t be

Like many things in our society, people want a quick fix that doesn’t require much effort or work to put in. People also want a way to become sober or recovery alone and on their own terms, and avoid divulging a lot. And, while that may seem like the ideal situation, the reality is that recovery isn’t possible without hard work and support from others.

Individuals with addictions must face difficult truths and shed a sense of selfishness in order to heal and start their recovery process. Being patient through your recovery process, no matter where you go, can help with this.

AA helps get to the root cause

Another common theme among alcoholics or those with addictions is a lack of self-esteem, which is also coupled with a lack of humility. Many people who are suffering from addiction either flat out deny their problem, blame it on someone or something else or, oftentimes, both. Programs like Alcoholics Anonymous approach the psychology of a person and work to help them get to the root of the issue.

The connection with similar individuals make AA successful

While there are many treatments for addiction out there, including biological and medicinal, there’s no denying that emotions also require attention. Being in a peer support program, listening to and sharing with people with similar stories truly helps people face their emotional traumas. And, very often, the way to get to that point is through a 12-step program. Programs like these help not only recover, but change those with addictions for the better.

If you’re struggling with addiction, seek treatment

When it comes to 12-step programs, it’s important to go with a provider you trust. Intensive programs like the one at Serenity Springs Recovery Center have been shown to have a measurable impact on alcohol recovery. Our team specializes in 12-step addiction treatments and a dual-diagnosis substance abuse treatment. Reach out, today, to find out more! For immediate assistance, please call: 828-551-0507.

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