Phoenix Addiction Treatment for Drugs and Alcohol
Our professionals use several forms of assessment to qualify an individual as an addict. Addiction is a medical condition associated with the use of drugs or alcohol to a degree that results in harm or distress to the patient, as well as to the people around him. The problem can be mild or severe – or fall within this range.
Symptoms of Addiction
How can you tell if you are alcohol or drug dependent?
Most individuals go for assessment when they have strong suspicions that they have an addiction. Indications usually include:
- Taking more drugs or alcohol – or for a longer duration than initially intended
- Trying or wanting to cut down or stop substance use, but failing to
- Spending excessive time taking alcohol or using drugs – and suffering from strong ill-effects after
- Experiencing very strong cravings
- Experiencing trouble – personal, work or school, as a result of using alcohol or drugs
- Failing to stop use in spite of the consequential problems
- Cutting back on or giving up interesting or significant activities in favor of using alcohol or drugs
- While under the influence of drugs or alcohol, getting into situations that present danger to yourself or to others (like swimming, driving, engaging in unsafe sex, using machinery, and going to risky areas).
- Persisting in substance use in spite of the knowledge that doing so can result in memory black-out, anxiety, depression, and health problems
- Having to take more drugs or alcohol to get the same effect
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms like nausea, anxiety, restlessness, irritability, excessive sweating, shakiness, depression, or sleep problems once the effects of the drugs or alcohol wear off
If you recognize some of these symptoms as a result of your use of alcohol or drugs, it may be prudent for you to seek professional assistance to formally assess if you already have an addiction.
General Treatments for Drug or Alcohol Abuse
The approaches leading to the cure for alcohol and drug dependence continue to evolve to this day. Phoenix treatment (drugs and alcohol) typically includes steps that have been found effective by both research and experience.
If you are a drug or alcohol dependent, your options may include the following:
- Going cold turkey
- Seeking assistance through outpatient rehab programs
- Seeking residential treatment in a rehabilitation center
Going Cold Turkey
This approach requires a great resource of the strength of will and self-discipline. You simply decide to abruptly stop using drugs or alcohol completely.
Although certain individuals may be able to stop their dependence this way, these people belong to the minority. Not many people will be able to stop addiction without some form of medical assistance or professional help.
Outpatient Rehab Programs
Drug or alcohol rehab is not a simple process. Addiction is complex. It is a problem that needs to be addressed on several planes, including the physical, behavioral, psychological and social levels. If you want to achieve a recovery that lasts, you need professional help in the form of medication, psychological advice and support, counseling, and other professional assistance.
You can get such help by seeking outpatient rehab. You continue with your normal daily routine while getting the interventions necessary to become sober.
Services of Trained Physicians
With specialized addiction treatment, you often have the luxury of having ready access to trained physicians who can help you in many ways, including prescribing medications, treatment referrals, and other interventions.
A trained physician will first assess if your pattern of drinking or drug use has reached risk levels. He will evaluate if medications are appropriate for you, and give you prescriptions for the meds that will be of help to you. He will evaluate your overall health and design a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.
Behavioral therapy is also referred to as counseling. When you are in a recovery program for addiction, you will work with health professionals in identifying and addressing behaviors that promote heavy drinking or substance abuse. Counselors will help you:
- Develop the skills you need so you can reduce and, eventually, stop using alcohol or drugs
- Build a dependable social network you can turn to whenever you need support or encouragement during and after treatment
- Establish goals that are realistic and achievable
- Understand and cope with the triggers that push you to use alcohol or drugs
- Strengthen your resolve to fight relapse once you leave the center
Therapists will work with you to help you recognize the emotions or situations that prompt you to drink or to resort to using drugs. They will help you change your thought processes and the behaviors that these “cues” are likely to trigger. They will help you plan alternative behaviors that will help prevent a relapse.
Therapists may sometimes hold these counseling sessions one-on-one. Sometimes, they may conduct these sessions in small groups. Small group sessions will help you realize that you are not the only one coping with addiction. They also help you establish a social network that is helpful in promoting mutual encouragement and support among the patients in the center.
Therapists also help promote and reinforce your motivation to change your behavior and fight addiction. Therapy sessions are usually centered on helping you identify the pros and cons of fighting addiction, formulate a plan to make behavioral changes, build your self-esteem and confidence, and build and expand the skills necessary to see your plan through and avoid relapse.
Some therapists may consider it helpful to conduct family counseling. Research indicates that addicts have a stronger chance of achieving and sustaining recovery if they receive strong family support. Therapists will talk to family members to show them that they play a significant role in helping you stay sober and in mending and strengthening family relationships.
These are short meetings with therapists. These sessions are usually conducted one on one or in small groups. Therapists use these sessions to give feedback about your alcohol or substance abuse pattern and help you set your sobriety goals. They help you come up with ideas useful in making and sustaining behavioral changes.
Addiction Treatment with Springboard Recovery
Springboard Recovery is acknowledged for helping patients recover from addiction through effective Phoenix treatment (drugs and alcohol).
The center is widely recognized for our safe, holistic and affordable solutions to drug and alcohol addiction and wellness. If you are a resident of Scottsdale, Arizona, it will be worth your while to seriously look into how Springboard Recovery Rehab can help you regain sobriety.