Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency

What Is Addiction?

Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse is a pattern of overindulgent and recurrent usage of a substance which leads to harmful physical and mental consequences. Individuals who abuse substances may experience repeated failures to fulfill roles for which they are responsible, legal difficulties, or social and interpersonal problems. Individuals suffering from addiction may have an inability to concentrate in school or at work, and an overall suspension of life activities. Lying, cheating and stealing are often indicative of substance use. What is especially concerning is a loss of passion and a lack of interest in the future - sacrificing life goals in favor of drug or alcohol use.

At Balance Treatment Center we take a non-12 step approach to the treatment of addiction. We focus on underlying issues, individualized treatment, identifying motivations larger than the addiction, and taking action and control of your life.

To understand addiction it is important to address and treat the various psychological issues that create the desire to use. Issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, grief and trauma all play major roles in understanding addiction. In order to begin the healing process, Balance believes that these issues must be fully explored and properly addressed.

Detox

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The first step in the treatment process toward recovery is a medically supervised detox. Balance Treatment Center works in close collaboration with several facilities that provide a safe, highly monitored environment for individuals during a detox. While the detox period is not a part of services at Balance Treatment Center, our medical director Ronald D. Sager, M.D. is on staff at these facilities that do provide detox where he is able to oversee a safe and effective withdrawal.

Clients may enter Balance Treatment Center after being medically cleared from an acute detoxification period. At Balance, clients may then begin to work on the root causes and other factors contributing to their struggle with substance abuse and relapse. Balance Treatment Center offers a safe, highly monitored medical environment designed to support clients after withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs. The client will be monitored by a qualified, highly experienced staff 24 hours a day and medications will be prescribed as needed, depending on presenting symptoms. During this period our staff will effectively engage the client in appropriate treatment in order to make their experience after withdrawal as comfortable as possible. The Balance Treatment team will work with clients to help them understand their addiction and will create a treatment plan that will address the underlying psychological issues that have contributed to their substance abuse.

Substances

Alcohol

Alcohol

Problem drinking is the consumption of alcohol in any way that negatively affects one’s life and the lives of those around them. Alcoholism is a complex disease, according to the American Medical Association, “alcoholism is an illness directly associated with persistent and excessive use of alcohol. Impairment may involve physiological, psychological or social dysfunction.”

Alcohol withdrawal is serious and includes headaches, loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting, sweating, rapid heart rate, insomnia, severe confusion, tremors, mood swings, irritability, anxiety, nervousness, depression, and several other debilitating conditions.

Marijuana

Marijuana

In both smoking and edible form, marijuana has a strong tendency toward habitual addiction. While many users argue about marijuana’s chemically addictive properties, clients often find it challenging to quit as abuse has ingrained itself in all habits of daily life. Sustaining abstinence for many smokers can be difficult without proper treatment. The potency of marijuana has gotten substantially stronger over the years and is easily accessible in most areas around the country.

Marijuana withdrawal symptoms include extreme moodiness and irritability, insomnia, headaches, restlessness, lack of appetite, and extreme cravings.

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Opiates

Opiates

Opiates are the principle drugs used to treat pain, diarrhea, and cough. The term opiates refers to all addictive prescription medications such as Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percodan, Percocet), Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab, Norco), Morphine, Codeine, Fentanyl, Dilaudid, and other heavily prescribed medications that have led to an epidemic of widespread abuse.

Opiate withdraw is extremely serious and should be monitored by a medical professional. Symptoms include severe, acute anxiety, depression, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, dilated pupils, insomnia, agitation, and other serious medical conditions.

Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines

This class of drugs refers to sedatives, hypnotics, anti-anxiety, anticonvulsant, and muscle relaxants. These medications which are commonly abused include Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin and other popular sedatives.

Benzodiazepine withdrawal is extremely serious and can also be characterized by seizures in addition to insomnia, nausea and vomiting, agitation, extreme anxiety, sweating and depression.
 

Heroin

Heroin

A strong synthetic opiate, smoked, sortable, and injectable. Like opiates, “kicking” heroin should be monitored in a medically supervised environment where proper concern and medications can be administered, if necessary.

Heroin withdrawal symptoms are similar to opiate withdrawal, including nausea, vomiting, sweating, tremors, anxiety, insomnia, agitation, cramps, and other medical conditions.
 

 

Cocaine

Cocaine

Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. The name comes from "coca" and the alkaloid suffix -ine, forming cocaine. It is a powerful stimulant; its effects can last from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the route of administration. Cocaine dependency may result in physiological damage, lethargy, psychosis, depression, akathisia, and fatal overdose.

Cocaine dependence (or addiction) is psychological dependency on the regular use of cocaine. Cocaine dependency may result in physiological damage, lethargy, psychosis, depression, akathisia, and fatal overdose. The symptoms of cocaine withdrawal range from moderate to severe: dysphoria, depression, anxiety, psychological and physical weakness, pain and compulsive craving.

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Party Drugs

Party Drugs

Drugs such as Ecstasy, Ketamine, and GHB are being abused and are extremely dangerous. These drugs induce psychosis, heart attack, and death.

Inhalants

Common inhalants include Nitrous Oxide and a variety of aerosols, solvents, gasses, and nitrates. These are extremely dangerous and can cause innumerable physical dysfunction.

 

Steroids

Steroids

Symptoms of steroid abuse include elevated blood pressure, increased agitation, anger and rage, heart attack, stroke, extreme risk of hepatitis and HIV, and a variety of other serious medical conditions and physical dysfunction.

Characteristics of drug and alcohol dependence are:

  • An unhealthy preoccupation with the substance between periods of use.
  • Development of tolerance: using more of the substance to get a desired effect.
  • Experience of withdrawal symptoms when substance use is stopped.
  • Repeated, unsuccessful efforts to curtail or stop use.
  • Intoxication at inappropriate times, such as at school or at work, or when withdrawal interferes with daily functioning (hangover, etc.).
  • Reduced social, occupational or recreational activities in favor of substance use.
  • Continued substance use in spite of the individual having suffered social, emotional or physical problems related to use.