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In the last several years, drug-related deaths have spiked dramatically. Synthetic narcotics, most notoriously fentanyl, have invaded the illegal market and have contributed to the 70,200 deaths reported by the CDC in 2017. That number exceeds the number of deaths reported from car crashes, gun violence, or H.I.V. during their respective peaks.

Calling the current drug epidemic a national crisis is not an exaggeration, and statistics give no indication that the problem has been slowing down. If you or someone you know is struggling with drug addiction, the best course of action is to enter a drug treatment center and begin the path to health and sobriety. The consequences of delaying treatment at a drug rehab center can be tragic.  

Treatment Options

Luckily, there are several different substance abuse treatment options for people looking to start treatment at a drug rehab center. Some are designed for flexibility, while others are designed for immersive, around-the-clock care.

Inpatient

Inpatient treatment is the most comprehensive form of substance abuse rehabilitation. Patients live in a treatment facility for an extended period of time, where they have access to specialists, support groups, and medical professionals.

Outpatient

Outpatient care is designed for patients who require a more flexible schedule, or for those who are struggling with a milder form of addiction. Patients attend several treatment sessions throughout the week, which can be slotted around work or school obligations.

PHP

Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) is a common treatment option that some consider a step down from inpatient treatment. Most PHP programs require patients to attend a facility for up to 5 days a week, for at least 6 hours per session. It offers intensive monitoring for people who may be experiencing relapse symptoms.

IOP

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) are outpatient rehab programs that are usually focused on therapy sessions, which are conducted either in groups or in a one-on-one setting.

Drug Detox

While different drugs have different addiction recovery timelines, the purpose of detox is always the same: rid the body of drugs and then help stabilize the life of the patient. Ideally, by the time detox is complete, the patient will have learned techniques for coping with their addiction and will have established healthy sustainable routines.

In most cases, detox can also be dangerous. For long-term sufferers, addiction leads to chemical dependency which means that the body actually relies on the drug to function. By quickly removing the drug from the system, the body can struggle for days or weeks to achieve stability. This window of time is challenging, and many who attempt to detox without the aid of medical professionals wind up relapsing to subdue the withdrawal symptoms.

Inpatient vs Outpatient

While most rehab programs differ slightly, the most significant difference between inpatient and outpatient care is the level of oversight given to the patient and the cost of the program. However, both hope to achieve the same goal: sustainable sobriety and health.

Inpatient drug rehab treatment centers offer around-the-clock supervision. Patients spend 24 hours, 7 days a week in a facility for anywhere between one and six months. These facilities are positive, healthy environments that offer both mental and physical support. For users who struggle with intense addictions, inpatient treatment is the ideal option.

Outpatient treatment is for those trying to overcome a milder addiction or for people who can’t commit to the comprehensive inpatient schedule. In an outpatient program, patients sleep at home and report to regular meetings and therapy sessions at a drug rehab facility. During these sessions, they receive the same kind of addiction treatment that a residential treatment center provides.

Signs of Drug Use

In some cases, drug use is obvious. In others, it can be devious and subtle. Being able to identify the symptoms of addiction can help you save either your own life or the life of someone you know. Among addicts, symptoms are generally broken into two categories: behavioral and physical.

Behavioral symptoms involve changes in a user’s attitude or habits. They may include mood swings, depression or anxiety, aggression or hostility, lethargy, or a sudden shift in habits or priorities. If you feel like you may be addicted, a common behavioral symptom is often the inability to slow down or cease drug use even if you may want to.

Physical symptoms of substance abuse can often be identified visually. Symptoms may include bloodshot or glazed eyes, abrupt fluctuations in weight, unkempt appearance, poor coordination, or problems with sleep. It’s important to note that while different drugs produce different symptoms, these are the most universal signs of drug use.

Opiate Abuse Stats

While the opiate crisis is a worldwide phenomenon, it’s hit hardest in the United States. While our population only accounts for 5% of the world’s total, we consume around 80% of the world’s opiates. Our overdose statistics are also incredibly alarming: every day, more than 130 people die from misuse. Financially, the “economic burden” of opiate abuse costs the United States $78.5 billion per year.

There’s also no indication that these statistics are changing for the better, or that the problem is slowing down.

Costs & Insurance Options

Most people who require drug treatment believe that the financial cost of rehab is too great a challenge. However, most private insurance plans include partial coverage for treatment. Some offer comprehensive coverage, though they often include higher premiums.

If you’re having difficulty understanding your policy, many drug rehab centers retain insurance specialists to help prospective clients navigate their options. Simply calling and having someone talk through the options vastly increases the chances of entering a treatment program.

Helping a Loved One

Watching a loved one struggle with drug abuse can be incredibly challenging. In some cases, they might have become socially isolated and difficult to reach. The important thing is to be compassionate, patient, and persistent.  

Talking about the problem can be helpful. Without using accusatory “you” statements (e.g. “your addiction is out of control and you need rehab”), attempt to describe how the loved one’s behavior has changed and express your legitimate concerns. Remind them that privacy laws also protect them from prying eyes should they want to seek help but are afraid of the stigma.

It also might be crucial to enlist the help of a medical professional. Trained specialists can better determine the extent of a person’s drug or alcohol addiction and know how to best coax the person into an addiction treatment program. They can also help stage an intervention, which can backfire if it’s not executed correctly.

If you are looking for a drug rehab in California, Lake Arrowhead Recovery Center should be your first choice. Our staff will guide you through every step of the way in your recovery process.

Sources

Substance and Mental Health Service Association. Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States. 2016.

New York Times. “The Numbers Are So Staggering.” Overdose Deaths Set a Record Last Year. 2018.

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