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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 Are the Biggest Myths About Addiction and Treatment?

Substance addiction is a physical and psychological plague that is having a severe impact on the health of individuals, families, and communities throughout the country. Here, we will examine a few of the most harmful common myths regarding drug addiction and recovery. Instead of repeating the myths, here are some myth corrections to help dispel some falsehoods often believed about drug addiction and treatment.

It’s Not Just About Willpower

A powerful myth that undermines the belief systems of many people who need treatment for drug addiction is that you just need enough willpower to overcome addiction. However, simply willing away the physical compulsion to stop using an addictive drug usually is not possible with a substance abuse disorder. After a physical and deep psychological dependence has taken hold, professional help in addiction rehab is usually necessary to achieve lasting recovery.

Drug Addiction Treatment Is Well Worth It

The myth is that there’s no point in working toward recovery because substance abuse disorder is incurable. It’s true that sustaining recovery from a drug abuse habit requires maintaining a lifelong commitment. But, the many game-changing benefits that people gain from their rehab treatment make the value of rehab very clear.

Just being free from the intense cravings, understanding how the drug acts on their brain and body and stopping the physical and mental health damage from ongoing drug abuse all make rehab a great solution to the ravages of untreated addiction.

It’s a Tragic Mistake To Wait Until an Addict Hits Rock Bottom

It’s a common false belief that people need to “hit rock bottom” before they can be ready to commit fully to turning their lives around through rehab. But, of course, the compounded problems caused by continued drug use make it easy enough to understand the critical importance of getting off the addictive drug as soon as possible. For example, waiting to start drug addiction treatment can lead to:

  • Physical damage, like organ failure
  • Potentially fatal overdose
  • Severe long-term mental health consequences
  • Job loss, damage to professional relationships and references
  • Lost or irreparably damaged personal relationships

It just doesn’t make sense to wait until a person’s addiction gets worse before getting help. The sooner recovery begins, the less damage to the body and brain and a person’s professional and personal relationships.

Relapsing Does Not Mean Your Addiction Treatment Did Not Work

Relapse is a temporary setback that many people experience sooner or later after recovery treatment. It’s far from a permanent failure, and it certainly doesn’t mean you can’t overcome the addiction. It means you need to continue getting the level of support necessary to avoid relapse as you learn to alleviate feelings of the need to use more and more effectively.

After relapse, some people are best helped by increased support or more advanced care. Others often need more emphasis on understanding the impacts of trauma, stressors, or mental health issues contributing to their addiction. A drug rehab center is a place that provides the ideal resources for helping accomplish these critical goals.

The Best Help for Overcoming Drug Addiction

If you’re struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, there is a range of rehab programs to help you regain control of your life. An addiction assessment can help determine the level of addiction treatment that would best benefit you. Pathways drug addiction recovery programs include:

  • Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
  • Men’s drug rehab program
  • Women’s drug rehab program
  • Aftercare relapse prevention support

Pathways Real Life Recovery for Real Help Beating Addiction

To dispel another common myth — you can overcome drug addiction! People do it every day. At Pathways Real Life Recovery Center, we treat drug addiction, depression, PTSD, and other co-occurring disorders to help people gain control over their lives. Our therapeutic team helps people overcome the common deep senses of guilt and shame that can psychologically paralyze people and keep them from believing they deserve healing and happy, meaningful life.

Our highly experienced rehab treatment team includes Medical Doctors (MD), Alcohol and Drug Addiction Specialists, EMDR (Trauma) specialists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Family Counselors (LMFT), and other professionals.

Call Pathways Real Life Recovery Center at (801) 895-3006, or use our online contact request to schedule a consultation and get help starting your recovery.

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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.

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.

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Opioids: Overdoses Are More Frequent; Why Is This the Case?

Substance abuse and drug addiction are among the biggest problems facing modern society today. Unfortunately, opiate addiction is incredibly common. In a lot of situations, this addiction takes root following prescription medications. Opioid and narcotic drugs are only supposed to be used for short-term conditions. Unfortunately, many people end up relying on them to control chronic pain for prolonged amounts of time. Eventually, people get addicted to them. People may progress from prescription opioid medications to substances that are more deadly. Sadly, opioid overdoses are incredibly common. Why is this the case? What makes them different from other medications?

Why Choose Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre?- Pathway Real Life Recovery, Utah

Why Choose Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehab?

Among the various issues facing the modern healthcare system today, drug and alcohol abuse are among the biggest problems. In the past, there was a significant stigma that surrounded addiction and substance abuse. Thankfully, the stigma has started to lift. As a result, more resources have been poured into helping those who struggle with addiction and substance abuse. One option that is available now is residential rehab. First, you need to understand the basics of residential drug and alcohol rehab and residential rehab centers’ benefits.

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What Is Inpatient Rehab for Addiction Like?

When you struggle with chemical dependency or addiction, recovering from it involves having plenty of support and the right kinds of services. Inpatient rehab programs can provide you with a supportive and safe place to focus on overcoming a mild or severe drug or alcohol addiction. Knowing what this kind of treatment program is like can help you better understand what to expect from inpatient treatment centers.

How to Improve Your Mindset for Addiction Recovery - Pathways Real Life Recovery

How to Improve Your Mindset for Addiction Recovery

When it comes to addiction recovery or managing a mental health disorder, the way you think has a big impact. Your mindset affects your ability to successfully deal with these kinds of challenges, as well as mistakes you might make in your daily life. Understanding your brain’s reactions to these situations and conditions can help you make changes in order to achieve a healthier outcome.


COVID-19 Protocol - We're Here for You

Pathways treatment center’s top priority is our clients and staff. Because of this, we want our clients and staff to be safe from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). We will follow guidelines for how to handle signs and symptoms that are provided by the department of health. Pathways staff has been educated about monitoring any signs and symptoms and reporting them to medical personnel. The medical staff has ensured that they are following the department of health and CDC guidelines and will report any incidents to their local health department.

We are currently accepting patients in our residential and intensive outpatient programs. We also are taking increased precautions.

Pathways’ full-scale infection control plan including the following:

• Increased housekeeping procedures for infection control.
• Pathways has purchased additional sanitary supplies including antibacterial soap, hand sanitizers, antimicrobial wipes, bleach, and disinfectant sprays.
• We have increased cleaning and maintenance for a complete and thorough wipe down of all surfaces in the residential program and common areas. The staff has been instructed to perform continuous disinfection of surfaces and other areas where infection can be transmitted, i.e, doorknobs, light switches, etc.
• All employees have been instructed to stay home if they have any signs or symptoms of being ill. Employees who report to work ill will be sent home in accordance with these health guidelines.
• Employees planning to travel out of the country are required to contact human resources in advance to discuss possible restrictions in Quarantine’s mandated by CDC guidelines
• Due to the nature of our business telecommuting is not conducive to our work environment and our ability to serve our clients.
Currently, all employees will report to their work locations as usual we will communicate any updates as needed based on CDC guidelines.

Client Precautions

Aside from the increased education on infection control protocols being provided, we have also set some guidelines put in place in order to limit exposure:

• Some Client outings have been temporarily postponed (this includes outside meetings) – Alternative options have been made
• Clients are urged to keep a safe distance from other persons
• Clients have been instructed to report to medical staff any symptoms… Including cough, fever, body aches, etc.
• Constant handwashing throughout the day
• Cover your cough/sneeze.
• Outside visitation will be temporarily restricted.

Clients and or visitors will not be allowed into the facility if they have any of the symptoms listed under clinical features or if they have been in high-risk coronavirus areas.

If a client does contract coronavirus, they will be isolated and quarantined on location. The client will only be handled by designated staff with the proper personal protective equipment. The local department of health will be informed so that they may come out and provide further guidance on how to best handle the individual. All suspected cases are reported to the department of health will be handling it accordingly. A deep cleaning will occur at the location that has a patient with coronavirus present. The deep cleaning includes top to bottom disinfectant and heavy antimicrobial solution as well all clients remain in their room during this time.

Upon admission to our detox or residential programs, all clients will undergo an evaluation which includes checking their temperature for fever, observation for any coughing, sneezing or respiratory issues, etc., and bloodwork on a case by case basis.


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