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Norco Pain Pills Are A Gateway For Addiction

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Commonly Prescribed Norco Pain Pills, A Gateway for Addiction, What Are Norco Painkillers

The United States has been in the midst of a drug abuse problem for years, but it has grown to an epidemic status in recent years due to legal painkiller over-prescription and abuse. Commonly prescribed opioid painkillers include Vicodin, Percocet, and one of the most commonly prescribed painkillers: Norco.

What Are Norco Painkillers?

Norco is the brand name for a mixture of hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen, making for an opioid analgesic used to treat moderate-to-severe pain and discomfort. Hydrocodone is a controlled substance, and it’s only available with a valid prescription in the United States, though studies have shown that doctors are prescribing more hydrocodone-based medications every year.

Why Have Opioid Prescriptions Increased In Recent Years?

The increase of prescription opioids in recent years has been linked to several variables. First, the abuse of painkillers has become more common. Studies have shown that there has been an increase in the recreational use of prescription drugs in general, with opiate-based painkillers seeing the largest increase in abuse statistics. Second, studies have documented a general rise in the overall prescription rates per patient, meaning that more individuals are taking painkillers on a regular basis and for extended amount of times.

A Gateway To Opioid Addiction

Opiate-based medications are highly addictive, with a serious dependence on the drug being possible within months or even weeks of prolonged use. The longer these drugs are used, the stronger the addiction and dependence becomes. While the extended use of painkillers is often very necessary for chronic pain in certain patients, statistics show that long-term prescriptions have increased exponentially – hinting at over-prescription rather than an increased need.

While some serious diseases require strong pain medication – such as morphine or fentanyl patches – Norco and hydrocodone pills are generally prescribed for less serious procedures and short-term pain relief. Common reasons for the prescription of opioid painkillers range from dental procedures and oral surgery to broken bokes and mild-to-moderate chronic pain.

Opioid painkillers can become a gateway to addiction in 2 main ways:

  1. Extended Use of Painkillers: For most minor procedures that permit the prescription of Norco and other comparable painkillers, doctors surmise that the patient should be out of the discomfort and pain requiring doses in roughly 7-10 days. Though doctors recommend this specific time frame, it is very much up to the patient to follow through and work toward getting off the medication.
    Very often, patients who have anxiety about pain levels will not taper off their drug usage, and rather will continue to take the medication for several weeks. Sometimes this leads to the patient missing his or her window of opportunity to taper off the drugs without any harsh side effects or symptoms of dependence.
    At this point, the roots of addiction have already taken hold, and will likely cause the individual to actively search for more drugs or keep the prescriptions coming by exaggerating his or pain levels. In recent years, doctors and addiction medicine specialists have seen a large increase in patients citing this form of “extended use” as the root of their addiction.
  2. Recreational Prescription Drug Abuse: Another often-cited root of opioid addiction comes from using the drugs as purely recreational, and never related to any treatment for pain or discomfort. Teens and young adults are often found in this category – purchasing the prescription pills from friends or on the streets, or taking leftover painkillers from household medicine cabinets.

The recreational abuse of Norco and other painkillers is truly playing with fire, because just as quickly as addiction and dependence can sneak up with extended medical use of the drugs, it can sneak up just as quickly with only a few weeks of recreational use.

Though this is often seen in young adults and teens, addiction due to recreation painkiller abuse is being seen more in the age ranges of 30 to 45, and even in seniors 65 or older. The reasons adults begin to abuse prescription painkillers are varied, but no age group is invincible from drug dependence and addiction.

How Opioid Painkillers Can Lead To Stronger Drugs

In the United States, not only do we have rampant prescription drug use ravaging the country, we have also seen a uniform increase in heroin abuse, addiction, overdoses and deaths.

Why does the rate of heroin abuse and prescription painkiller abuse rise in relation to each other? Both are made from opium, have similar chemical structures, work on the same pleasure-related regions of our brains, and – the most important factor – each drug can be a supplement for the other during withdrawal. In short, an individual suffering from hydrocodone and prescription opioid withdrawal symptoms can satisfy the cravings by using heroin, while heroin addicts can allay their withdrawal symptoms with painkillers.

With heroin and prescription opioids being two different types of essentially the same kind of drug, you will see the figures for the abuse of both rise together. The most troubling evidence of this is seen in those that unwittingly became dependent on legitimately prescribed opioid painkillers, and have resorted to using heroin after the prescription drugs were no longer available. Drug treatment centers and counselors in Florida and across the United States have seen an increase in patients seeking treatment for heroin addiction that originally started as addiction to painkillers and opioids.

How Do We Treat And Prevent Opioid Addiction?

If there is any silver lining to the fact we have more people in our country addicted to heroin and prescription opioids than ever before, it is the fact the issue cannot be ignored any longer. Also, we now know we have to take real steps to not only treat those who have already become addicted, but to prevent anyone else from getting swept up in this epidemic.

Lawmakers, medical professionals and addiction counselors are all doing their part to raise awareness about this national emergency, as well as studying further into the root causes of addiction and how to effectively treat it.

Prescription drug drop-off events are becoming quite regular all over the country, a frontline in preventing the initial abuse of prescription drugs. Opioid monitoring programs have been implemented in many states to keep track of not only how often individuals are being prescribed dangerous drugs, but also how often individual doctors are prescribing these drugs to their patients.

Doctor shopping laws have also taken hold in certain states, which promotes record keeping between prescribers to better recognize those that are doctor shopping – or seeing multiple doctors with the intent of being prescribed more pills.

As for the treatment of withdrawal symptoms associated with detox from opioids, the process is getting easier with the help of new medications that ease the symptoms, coupled with new forms of counseling and medically sound rehabilitation.

What is needed most of all is wider knowledge of just how dangerous and addictive hydrocodone combinations such as Norco, Lortab and Vicodin can be if misused, and to teach the importance of reducing the longevity of use of painkillers to avoid dependence.

For those that the disease of addiction has already touched, it is important to seek treatment as early into the addiction as possible. A full recovery from opioid and dependence IS POSSIBLE, and it starts with admitting the problem and accepting any help that is available.

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Supporting Sobriety Through the Holidays

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
 Supporting Sobriety Through the Holidays

The holiday season is filled with warmth and happiness. Many spend the last few months of the year eagerly awaiting these special dates in a state of joy, and families gather together to dine and celebrate. For others, however, the holidays season brings an array of negative emotions and can be hard to get through. This is especially true for those in addiction recovery. Besides the regular stress of present-buying and holiday travel, those in recovery face additional obstacles during the season. Fortunately, if someone you care about is in recovery, there are tips you can offer to help them get through difficult situations.

Staying Sober at Gatherings

Regardless of culture and religion, the typical holiday gathering involves an abundance of alcohol, and being surrounded by substances can be difficult for those in recovery. This could be a trigger for relapse, or simply put the person in a very uncomfortable spot.  The excitement of spending time with friends and family can turn into anxiety about encountering alcohol in every corner. Here are some steps your loved one can take to manage such situations:

  • Offer your support. Before attending a party or gathering, it’s important to talk to a friend or relative who will also be there about the situation. Having a support buddy to talk to in moments of discomfort provides a safety net for your loved one.
  • Take a break. If a situation is stressful, it is okay to take a break. Advise your friend or relative in recovery to go for a walk, call their sponsor, or read a chapter in a book.
  • Don’t be scared to leave. Your loved one may feel obligated to stay through the whole gathering, but they should always remember that recovery comes first. It is absolutely okay to remove oneself from an environment that may be triggering, and the family and friends at the event will understand.
  • Attend a meeting. Always remember that there are local AA/NA meeting for additional support! If your loved one plans to travel, help them do some research to find their nearest meeting.

Coping with Holiday Blues

Another reason the holiday season is difficult for some is it often brings along bouts of sadness. Whether it is from missing a loved one who is no longer with us, feeling financially inept or other reasons, depression is often present around these times. Since almost one-third of people with major depression also have a substance abuse problem, it is not uncommon to deal with holiday blues while in recovery.  However, there are things those in recovery can do to keep their spirits up:

  • Don’t isolate. If your loved one is feeling down, they may feel like they don’t have the strength to attend events or hang out with anyone. However, staying cooped up will only give their mind room to fill with negative thoughts. Even small outings such as visiting a relative or having lunch with a friend can help.
  • Get in the spirit of giving. Practicing generosity will not only help others, but it will help your loved one feel good as well. They can donate presents for underprivileged children, make care packages for the homeless, or even volunteer with a local organization.
  • Practice gratitude. Breaking the chains of addiction is no easy task, but they have managed to do it and are now living a sober life! Your loved one can make a list of things they are grateful for, send “thank you” cards as needed, and remember the countless ways in which recovery has made their life better.

Supporting Loved Ones in Recovery

There are ways to be helpful and supportive throughout the season. Let your loved ones know that you are proud of them. Offer to be his or her support buddy, and be there for them to listen, step outside the party for a while, or even join them in sobriety at certain events. Most importantly, remind them that recovery is the best gift they can give you.

The holiday season can be a stressful time for people in recovery, but it can still be filled with love and joy. After all, the holidays are not about drinking or using – they are about showing love and gratitude. If you find yourself or a loved one needing help with a substance addiction, please don’t hesitate to call us at 855-545-6777. Our admissions counselors are glad to answer any questions you may have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – even on holidays.

Carfentanil: The Latest Deadly Opiate

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Carfentanil - The Latest Deadly Opiate

Carfentanil, a powerful sedative normally used to tranquilize large animals such as horses and elephants, is the latest deadly opiate being sold on the streets and causing an increase in overdose deaths. In the past month, roughly 300 people in at least four states have died at the hands of the potent sedative. Ohio and Florida have so far seen the most cases of carfentanil use, but it is still difficult to determine just how much this drug is being abused around the country because not many labs are equipped to test for it at the moment.

What is Carfentanil?

Carfentanil (also known as Wildnil or Carfentanyl) is a synthetic opioid that, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is approximately 10,000 times stronger than morphine. It is also 100 times more potent than the more commonly known fentanyl, which has its own body count. This large-animal tranquilizer is not approved for human use in any way, as very minimal amounts can be deadly. In fact, officers and health officials have to take precautions to avoid accidentally inhaling or even touching carfentanil. When tending to overdose victims, they wear protective masks and gloves to avoid any sort of direct contact with the drug.

Most carfentanil on U.S. streets appears to be originating from labs in China, where the synthetic drug can be manufactured inexpensively and shipped to online buyers. Carfentanil can be pressed into pills or mixed with heroin. The drug is added to heroin to increase the length and potency of its high, but because it is clear and odorless, users may not even know when it is present. In addition, it is still uncertain how often carfentanil is being combined with heroin or other opioids. This makes street drugs all the more dangerous, as users may be thinking they are taking their usual dose of heroin while actually taking a much stronger dose of carfentanil that may lead to their death.

Effects of Carfentanil on the Body

Carfentanil produces effects of numbness like other opioids, but will also induce sedation because of its potency. Similar to opiates such as fentanyl, carfentanil can cause the following side effects:

  • Itching
  • Nausea
  • Clammy skin
  • Constricted pupils
  • Lightheadedness and lethargy
  • Respiratory depression
  • Heart failure

The human body can take hours to metabolize carfentanil, allowing it to produce a longer-lasting high while making it difficult to reserve its effects after an overdose. Naloxone, an emergency antidote used to counteract opioid overdoses, has proven to be less effective with the extremely-potent drug. In situations where one or two shots of Naloxone are usually enough to reverse a heroin overdose, carfentanil calls for approximately six shots, and even that much will sometimes not be enough to stop the drug’s deadly effects.

Signs of Opioid Overdose

Opioid overdoses can be fatal and require urgent medical attention, so it is important to recognize them as soon as possible when they occur and take action by calling 911. A person who is suffering from an opioid overdose will likely experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Pale, clammy face
  • Limp body
  • Blue or purple colored fingernails
  • Vomiting
  • Gurgling or choking sounds
  • Slowed or stopped breathing
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Inability to speak

Since carfentanil is so much stronger, the signs of an opioid overdose may happen more quickly and be more severe.

The Ongoing Opioid Epidemic

These cases of carfentanil overdoses are part of the growing opioid epidemic that has been impacting the United States for years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of opioid overdoses has quadrupled since 1999. There were more overdose deaths in 2014 than any other year on record, and three out of five involved an opioid.

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Over half of the overdose deaths in 2014 were caused by prescription opioids such as Oxycodone, Methadone and Hydrocodone. However, in recent years, there has been a surge in synthetic opioid usage. Carfentanil is the latest synthetic opioid to trend in the United States, and has already started to contribute to the epidemic with the numerous overdoses it is causing. Law enforcement has started to crack down on the drug, moving forward with the first federal carfentanil case in the country. Two dealers were indicted last week in Cincinnati after lab tests of drugs they sold out of their apartment came back positive for heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil.

Meanwhile, the opioid crisis is taking more and move lives. Street drugs like heroin are often laced unbeknownst to users, making them even more dangerous and increasing the risk of overdose. Recently, a photo surfaced of two unconscious adults who had overdosed in their car with a 4-year-old sitting in the backseat. They are just a few of the many victims affected by the ongoing epidemic. These opiates are extremely addictive, but recovery is possible with professional help.

If you or someone you know is struggling with an opioid addiction, find help today by calling us at 855-545-6777. Our admissions counselors are glad to answer any questions you may have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Tips for Staying Sober this Fourth of July

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Tips For Staying Sober This Fourth of July
 

The day America celebrates its independence, The Fourth of July, is traditionally a day associated with barbecuing, fireworks and drinking. For those in recovery, especially early on, it can be a particularly difficult holiday to celebrate and enjoy in a safe and sober manner. Reminiscing on past times of drinking and revelry on The Fourth can be a big trigger toward relapse. Combine the memories of bygone Fourth of July’s with being surrounded by people drinking, and it can be even more dangerous to a person’s sobriety. With all of this going on, The Fourth can still be enjoyed in a safe and sober way. There are plenty of activities to do and new sober memories to be made.

Some of you may plan to enjoy the holiday with family and friends who are not in sobriety, and will be around alcohol. People are social creatures, and it can be a big trigger watching others drinking while abstaining from alcohol. When confronted with a situation that’s causing thoughts of drinking, just remember it’s okay to walk away and take a breather. Removing oneself from the situation to obtain a clear head can be a useful coping tool. Walk around the park or neighborhood for ten minutes until the urge to drink passes.

It’s also important to reach out to sober support and be honest about the feelings and thoughts that are occurring. If there is someone at the party who is a support, even if they are non-sober, don’t hesitate to speak with them about the situation as well. Worst case scenario, make sure you have an exit plan if the urge to drink does not cease, and the situation becomes overwhelming. Maintaining recovery should far exceed any need to stay in a situation that is causing relapse triggers.

Others may be planning to spend The Fourth amongst fellow people in recovery. Many AA/NA clubhouses and sober homes throw July Fourth celebrations where people can enjoy the day partaking in sober activities. Ask around at meetings and with friends, chances are people will know of a few different sober parties that will be occurring. The clubhouses will also be having meetings throughout the day during the festivities.

Most towns have family friendly firework shows where people are able to enjoy the day without being surrounded by drinking. It can be fun to get a group of friends together for some outdoor activities. Being surrounded by others enjoying the holiday sober will help alleviate any triggers of relapse that might arise and provide a positive outlet if support is needed.

Let the holiday become a celebration of the fun that can be had sober and allow it to become a time of fellowship and bonding with those you care about. Holidays, such as July Fourth, can be a trigger for many if they don’t take the little steps to make it a safe and sober celebration. It’s important to still enjoy holidays in recovery and learn new ways to do so.

President Obama Addresses Addiction as a Health Problem

Monday, April 4th, 2016

President Obama Addresses Addiction as a Health Problem

On March 29, 2016, President Barack Obama spoke at a National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. At the summit, Obama committed to tackling the opioid epidemic plaguing our nation by focusing on prevention and treatment, rather than on dated “war on drugs” policies. Obama emphasized the importance of altering the lens in which we view drug addiction. Instead of looking at substance abuse as a criminal problem, President Obama suggested that we view addiction as a health problem.

Changing the Discourse on Addiction

Obama’s statements build on this month’s congressional movements to change the political discourse regarding addiction and to allocate government funds to fight the opioid overdose epidemic in the United States. Historically, addiction has been viewed as a criminal problem, not as a public health concern. The Obama administration is working to overturn that perspective on addiction and shift it towards a health concern. Obama stated, “If we treat addiction like a crime, we aren’t doing anything scientific and it’s ineffective.”

In many societies, substance abuse became heavily criminalized due to the belief that addicts and alcoholics were immoral, weak in character, selfish, and lacked self-control. In essence, addiction was seen as a moral issue. Over the years, advocates have worked tirelessly to convince the public that addiction is a disease, not a moral failing. They attempted to change the approach to treating addiction from a punitive approach to a more rehabilitative one.

Obama said that historically, addiction has not been viewed as a public health concern, primarily because it was believed to affect “the poor and minorities.” Addiction was seen as a character flaw, rather than as a disease affecting people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic statuses.

Taking Steps to Tackle the Opioid Epidemic

The Obama administration has taken steps to expand access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders. According to Michael Botticelli, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, “research clearly shows that [the medication-assisted treatment] approach, when combined with behavioral therapies, is more effective at sustaining recovery and preventing overdose.” The Obama administration plans to expand access to treatment by issuing $94 million to 271 community health centers across the country to increase substance abuse treatment, with a focus on expanding medication-assisted treatment in underserved communities.

In addition, President Obama signed a memorandum calling for the creation of an interagency task force to expand access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) will soon release a new $11 million funding opportunity to states to purchase and distribute naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug.

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain. It was the CDC’s first-ever recommendations for primary care physicians on prescribing opioids. In addition, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced safety-labeling changes for all immediate-release opioid pain medications, which included requiring a new warning about the serious risks of opioid abuse, opioid addiction, and opioid overdose deaths. As evidenced above, the White House and several government agencies are working hard to combat the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic affecting the United States. Addiction is a chronic, progressive and fatal disease if left untreated, but recovery from opioid addiction is possible. With treatment and support, you or your loved one can recover from opioid use disorder.

Recovery is Possible

Are you or a loved one struggling with drug addiction? If so, help is available. Individuals struggling with substance abuse can experience hope and healing at The Treatment Center. We offer a variety of treatment programs, services, and therapies to best suit the needs of each individual patient. To find out more about our facility, contact us today at 877.392.3342, or chat with an admissions counselor online. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

CDC Urges Against Prescribing Opiates for Chronic Pain

Monday, March 28th, 2016

CDC Urges Against Prescribing Opiates for Chronic Pain

On March 15, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged doctors to avoid prescribing powerful opiate painkillers for patients with chronic pain given that the risks for taking such drugs far outweigh the benefits for most people. The CDC is taking action to combat the nation’s fatal prescription painkiller epidemic.

The new CDC guidelines include an exception for patients receiving cancer treatment or end-of-life care. If doctors determine that such painkillers are necessary in other situations, the CDC suggests that doctors prescribe the lowest possible dose for the shortest amount of time.

The Dangers of Prescription Painkillers

According to the CDC, roughly 40 Americans die each day from overdosing on prescription painkillers. In 2013 alone, an estimated 1.9 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription opiates. CDC director, Thomas Frieden, commented, “We know of no other medication routinely used for a nonfatal condition that kills patients so frequently…These are really dangerous medications that carry the risk of addiction and death.” Many prescription opiates are as addictive as heroin and poorly control chronic pain.

The CDC hopes their new guidelines, directed to primary care physicians who prescribe nearly half of the opiates, will help doctors determine better practices for prescribing prescription painkillers. Although doctors aren’t legally obligated to follow the guidelines, such directives often have a significant influence. For the first time, the government is communicating that the practice of treating non-fatal pain conditions with long-term opioids is dangerous and inappropriate. Andrew Kolodny, executive director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, called the guidelines a “game changer.”

Nonopioid Therapy for Chronic Pain

The CDC recommends nonopioid therapy to treat chronic pain outside cancer, palliative and end-of-life care. What types of nonopioid therapy exist for chronic pain? The Treatment Center’s outpatient care center, Restore, provides evidence-based treatments for chronic pain sufferers by offering a wide variety of holistic treatment services. We believe in teaching our patients how to safely and effectively manage their chronic pain. Our alternative pain therapies include chiropractic care, cold laser therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, traditional physical therapy, yoga and meditation:

  • Chiropractic care: Can increase mobility in your neck, back, legs, and arms; relieves stress, tension, and headaches you may experience when quitting narcotic painkillers
  • Cold laser therapy: Effective in reducing joint inflammation and muscle spasms; also increases the effectiveness of chiropractic care
  • Acupuncture: Useful in treating depression and insomnia; reduces drug cravings without the use of other prescription drugs
  • Massage therapy: Can ease anxiety and muscle tension; promotes restful sleep
  • Physical therapy: Can improve your physical health and mobility, particularly if you experience chronic pain or have endured an injury
  • Yoga: Boosts self-esteem; improves physical strength; improves mind-body-spirit connection
  • Meditation: Can improve your ability to cope with stressful situations; promotes feelings of calmness and happiness

At The Treatment Center, we believe that holistic therapies are an essential component to an effective pain recovery plan. Our pain management program will teach you safe and effective ways to manage your chronic pain. With the proper treatment and support, it is possible to learn how to manage your pain without depending on opiate medications.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, help is available. The Treatment Center is here to help suffering individuals find lasting recovery. Call our 24-hour confidential helpline today at 877.392.3342. Our compassionate and knowledgeable admissions staff will find you the appropriate help you need to combat your addiction.

From Doubting Recovery to 2 Years Clean and Sober

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Doubting Recovery | Clean and Sober | Addiction

 

Angela found herself experimenting and abusing drugs in her early teens. She was involved in a horrible motorcycle accident that left her seriously injured. It wasn’t long before she began abusing opiates, which soon progressed into heroin and crack cocaine. Although she knew she had a problem, she couldn’t bring herself to quit and felt the drugs were more important to her than her family and friends.

One day she saw herself in the mirror and she had dropped to a mere 90 pounds. All she cared about was chasing the next high, not about her loved ones. It was then that she realized that she couldn’t continue living that way.

Before attending The Treatment Outpatient Services, Angela was lost and hopeless and felt she would need someone to push her to get addiction treatment. When Angela first started her journey in recovery, she didn’t think she’d be able to do it. She felt she needed encouragement and someone there to push her to complete her treatment.

Angela went from doubting recovery to 2 years clean and sober. The Treatment Center Outpatient Services gave her the foundation, understanding, and freedom from addiction that she hoped for. Find out how she’s doing today in the video below:

 

Family Workshops at The Treatment Center with Judi Jenett

Friday, November 27th, 2015
Family Workshops at The Treatment Center
By Family Therapist, Judi Jenett

Family Therapist, Judi Jenett | The Treatment Center blog

For families, the pain of living with a loved one’s addiction can lead to shame, secrecy and isolation.  Spouses often feel responsible for their partner’s addiction, and parents feel responsible for the addictions of their children. Children of addiction often suffer from abuse or neglect, and they often develop addictions of their own later in life. Families feel a need to keep the addiction a secret out of shame, fear of criticism, pride, a desire to protect the addict, and fear of financial consequences. In trying to keep these difficult secrets, family members often become controlling and rigid, yet at the same time, they may feel powerless, hopeless, and depressed. In a very real sense, the family becomes as disabled by the addiction as the addicted person does. For children and young adolescents it is a confusing time because no one is talking about what is really going on in the house. Everyone is affected both emotionally, physically, mentally, socially and spiritually.

Although addiction causes great stress in families, it need not destroy them. With proper treatment, families can become stronger and closer. Successful recovery of the family means considerably more than mere abstinence by the substance-abusing member. For months and often years, the family challenged by substance abuse has been functioning in an unhealthy manner to accommodate the disease. Families will need to unlearn coping mechanisms that evolved to adapt to the disease and learn new healthy thinking patterns, emotional responses, and behaviors.

The Treatment Center recognizes the importance of the family as a whole unit and encourages family members to attend our biweekly intensive Family Workshops. At our workshops, family dynamics are explored openly and respectfully so that each person feels heard. Overcoming communication difficulties and interaction with the chemically dependent family member are of top priority. Those attending the program receive the tools necessary to begin the process of recovery and develop their own resiliency. Our Family Workshops are open to family members and loved ones ages 12 and older.

Please contact our Family Therapist, Judi Jenett for further information and/or registration. Assistance will also be provided with hotel reservations. You can contact Judi directly via email

[email protected] or by calling 561-557-2797.

Hope Diaries: The Best Gift You Can Give | The Treatment Center

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

The Best Gift You Can Give - Hope Diaries - Sobriety at The Treatment Center
 

Emily was headed on a path of destruction and going nowhere fast. She went from partying all night and enjoying herself to drinking so much that she would frequently blackout. Her drinking had soon taken control and she began to isolate from her friends and family. Nothing could stand in the way of her drinking.
After living away from home, she got so out of control she moved back home with her parents. Once she saw how well her friends were excelling in life and reaching major life goals without her, this fueled her to drink even more. Drinking alcohol soon became her safety net from the uncomfortable feelings she had with herself.
Emily soon found herself homeless after being kicked out of her parents’ home. Nothing could stop her; not getting in trouble for underage drinking, the multiple DUIs, being homeless, and staying with friends all the time. It just wasn’t enough for her to quit drinking.
Yet one conversation with a friend and former alumni of The Treatment Center would eventually change her mind. To see how Emily went from staying in her friend’s dirty garage to receiving the best gift she could give herself in treatment, watch the video below:

 

 

 

 

ALS Treatment | Beating the Odds | The Treatment Center

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Beating The Odds of ALS - The Treatment Center Testimonial

A year and a half ago, Ernest was diagnosed with ALS, a spinal muscular atrophy disease. As the disease progressed, he had to walk with a walker. A serious fall left him with a broken hip and he became wheelchair bound. With the desire to slow down the progression of the disease, his wife, Petra began taking him to The Treatment Center to receive ALS Treatment, utilizing holistic services.

Ernest suffered from frequent muscle spasms and triggers of severe pain. To help ease his discomfort, he began receiving holistic therapy three days a week as form of ALS treatment. As a result of integrative treatments such as acupuncture, laser therapy, massage, and chiropractic care, Ernest began to see a huge transformation.

Ernest was much more at peace and relaxed after receiving the treatments. Eventually, he began to feel better and gain more independence. Today, Ernest courageously fights his ALS with a smile.

To find out how receiving holistic treatments have healed his pain and transformed his life, watch the video below:

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