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Myths About Drug Abuse Addiction and Rehab

Clearing Up 4 Major Myths About Drug Addiction and Rehab

Medical science has been researching substance addiction for many years. As a result, today much more is understood about how various drugs interact with receptors in the body and brain to drive physical and, by extension, psychological addiction. But, many people still make assumptions about addiction and treatment based on false information from unqualified sources. So, let’s look at some of the most harmful myths about drug addiction and rehab and use this information to start helping people become better informed about the problem and solutions.

What Is Drug and Alcohol Addiction Assessment?

What Is The Addiction Assessment?

Substance addiction rehab logically begins with an assessment by the treatment professionals who will design an individualized recovery plan for you. The rehab assessment involves a complete psychological and physical examination. This fundamental step toward recovery provides the therapeutic team with the information necessary to deliver practical help. The alcohol or drug addiction assessment also facilitates the rehab team’s efforts to ensure that you have an enriching and satisfying experience in your treatment program.

Signs of Self-medicating for Depression, Anxiety, & Stress

What Are The Signs of Self-Medicating?

Mental health issues can lead to depression, anxiety, anger problems, and other disorders that make life much more challenging to manage. People in this situation often begin self-medicating with alcohol or drugs to cope. Substance abuse initially seems to help by numbing their feelings of frustration and fear and providing short-term comfort. But, naturally, dependence on addictive drugs or liquor alters brain chemistry, which compounds the original mental health issues. Here’s some information on the signs and dangers of self-medication and how you can help.

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Mental Health Disorders and Substance Addiction

People struggling with physical health problems or mental health challenges from grief, trauma, depression, bipolar disorder, or other issues often turn to substance abuse to cope. That’s why co-occurring mental health disorders and substance abuse disorders are not uncommon.

Self-medicating to alleviate the symptoms of mental health disorders can result in addiction. In turn, addiction can become a cause of mental health issues or worsen them. Substance abuse can lead to depression, anxiety, delusions, and other severe symptoms. In some cases, the symptoms persist even after the high effects of the drug are gone.

Further, people with substance abuse disorder are more likely to experience job loss, financial difficulties, legal problems, and separation from family and social groups. Though substance addicted people with mental health disorders often become highly motivated to quit using, attempting to stop consuming the substance can cause very severe withdrawal symptoms in many cases.

Signs of Self-Medicating

Is someone close to you showing symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other mental struggles? Have you also discovered apparent signs of substance abuse in that person? If so, one of the following common scenarios may explain some reasons for self-medication with alcohol or drugs by people who are coping with mental disorders:

  • People seeking treatment for an anxiety disorder often use opioids to numb their sense of mental pain.
  • Someone with PTSD may consume various drugs and/or alcohol to relax and forget.
  • Research has shown a 58% alcohol abuse rate among people with bipolar disorder. They may consume it to feel happier during their low periods.
  • A person with depression may smoke marijuana to feel happier.

Combined Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders

Treatment for a co-occurring mental health disorder and substance abuse disorder requires therapeutic specialists to treat both conditions. Without such comprehensive treatment, a person suffering from dual disorders can be stuck in a vicious circle of continuous relapsing. Even for someone committed to overcoming their addiction, that can mean continuously repeating the withdrawal and rehab process without ever achieving lasting results.

Pathways’ dual-diagnosis and treatment program provide solutions for both mental and substance abuse disorders to help people achieve a full recovery:

Pathways provide a complete life-long resource for our clients in addiction recovery, from medically assisted detox to support for long-term relapse prevention.

Our mental health and addiction specialists work with each client to develop a customized treatment plan that focuses on each individual’s unique needs. That may mean more focus on mental health treatment for some and a stronger emphasis on addiction treatment for others.

Mental Health and Addiction Treatment in Utah

Pathways Real Life Recovery is a mental health and addiction treatment center with a team of top professionals who have helped many people develop mental wellness and a sober lifestyle.

Contact Pathways Real Life Recovery at (801) 895-3006 or online to schedule a free consultation and start on your path to a much happier and more meaningful life.

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How to Help a Loved One Get Started in Drug Rehab?

How to Help a Loved One Get Started in Drug Rehab

If someone close to you is suffering from an alcohol or drug addiction, it may be up to you to help him, or her get the necessary help to overcome it. But, persuading someone to start drug rehab is often not easy. The idea of rehab is daunting for most people. But, so many people do not find their way back to living free from addiction without help. What you do to help your loved one get the treatment they need could be life-saving. Below are some tips for helping your loved one get into an effective drug rehab program.

Patient Satisfaction with Virtual Care

Patient Satisfaction with Telehealthcare

Telehealthcare adoption by both patients and doctors soared in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic caused the need for a rapid shift in the way people access healthcare. The accelerated evolution of virtual healthcare is reflected in statistics from some of the world’s most respected researchers and consolidated in a data report from Wheel Health, Inc. The report highlights key 2020 medical industry trends. The telehealth statistics below illustrate the spectacular transformation of U.S. healthcare services in just one year, through virtual care adoption. The patient satisfaction data are especially remarkable.

11 Ways Behavioral Health Services Help People With Telemedicine- Pathways Real Life

11 Ways Behavioral Health Services Help People With Telemedicine

Untreated mental illness is a crisis in the United States. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) Over 20% of adults in the country have a mental illness, but only around 45% of those receive behavioral healthcare (2019). The lack of local access to mental health services, cost of treatment, societal stigma, and other factors contribute to the widespread inability to get treatment. Telehealthcare removes obstacles to receiving mental health care. Virtual therapy sessions are enabling more and more people with mental health issues to succeed in their lives.

Overcoming Obstacles to Substance Abuse Treatment in Utah

Overcoming Obstacles to Substance Abuse Treatment

Most people who need to seek substance abuse treatment don’t attempt to obtain professional help. There are typical obstacles that dishearten many people suffering from alcohol or drug addiction, causing them to avoid seeking treatment or doubt their likelihood of lasting success after rehab. In some cases, individuals face a combination of these barriers to entering a substance abuse program. But, every individual who needs alcohol or drug addiction treatment should be able and willing to receive it.

Although some people succeed in turning away from abusing drugs or alcohol with just support from friends or family, there are over 20 million individuals struggling with addiction in the United States who need treatment in a substance abuse center in order to overcome their dependency. In those cases, their addiction may be too extreme, or they may have a strong genetic predisposition, or there may be mental health factors or other issues which require help from rehab professionals.

Best Drug & Alcohol Abuse and Depression Treatment Center in Utah

It’s Time to Change the Way We View and Treat Severe Depression

The struggle with depression has spanned across all the eras of humans, affecting all age groups, races, and economic classes. Our understanding of depression has evolved over the centuries. Earlier generations perceived depression as a character weakness or mood problem. Until recently, it was believed to be a mental condition. Current research findings suggest that professionals providing today's best treatment for depression will recognize it as an illness of the entire body. Depression has been viewed as a mental illness due to neurological chemical imbalances triggering various symptoms, including feelings of sadness, despair, and tendencies to agonize and sorrowfully dwell on negative thoughts. But, more recent medical evidence suggests that depression affects the whole body, causing both physical and mental effects. So, if you are experiencing severe depression, you should seek one of the most advanced depression treatment centers Utah offers, where the most up-to-date knowledge is being applied.

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