The founder of Tesla, Elon Musk has recently opened up about his personal life and mental health problems in a series of public tweets. The successful engineer and businessman admitted that he suffers from issues of depression which continues to affect his everyday life. His reality, he said, is a mix of “great highs, terrible lows and unrelenting stress” as a result of his battles with mental health.
Musk replied to user tweets reacting to his admission of personal struggles, one of which asked if he was bipolar. He initially responded yes but then followed up the tweet saying “maybe not medically”. Musk has never been diagnosed by a psychiatrist but his high pressure job may be causing him to experience what feels like manic depression due to the highs and lows of his life.
As the creator of his own company, Musk knows that he willingly chose a stressful job and believes that the struggles he experiences are what he signed up for as an entrepreneur. He has major responsibilities that impact other people which puts him at risk for high amounts of stress leading to anxiety, anger and depression. Psychologists believe that high power jobs and executive positions can often lead to isolationism and various mental health challenges.
Entering the Business World and Creating Tesla
Elon Musk was born in South Africa and as the son of an electromechanical engineer he had many natural gifts. He developed an interest in computing and taught himself computer programming at the age of 12. He went to college in Canada where he studied physics and economics and instead of continuing to pursue a PHD he decided to pursue his aspirations as an entrepreneur.
Musk started a few businesses over the years including a web software company called Zip2 along with his brother as well as an email payment company called X.com which merged with the company Confinity, ultimately becoming PayPal. Musk was CEO of PayPal for a period of time and when it was acquired by eBay in 2002 he received $165 million. Musk also founded SpaceX which develops and manufactures space launch vehicles and was awarded a contract with NASA in 2006.
The Tesla company had already been in early development before Musk took over as CEO and product architect following the financial crisis of 2008. Tesla Inc has been successfully creating and selling electric cars, something that Musk has become passionate about as part of the effort to reduce the effects of global warming. Since taking over Tesla, Musk has been involved in several other projects related to clean energy and transportation including SolarCity and Hyperloop.
Success, Stress and Mental Health
With his involvement in so many different projects, it is not surprising that Musk has to cope with the ups and downs that come with these various pursuits. As an executive, it can be difficult to find the time or space to handle mental issues especially with so many people depending on you. There is often a stigma associated with problems like anxiety and depression that makes it hard for top level professionals to admit that they are dealing with more than they can handle.
Many people in high power positions worry that if they admit to having a disorder like major depression or bipolar disorder they will lose their credibility and it might affect their career. They may fear that asking for help and support or even seeking treatment may make them look weak. They also may fail to take time off to address their personal problems because the stakes are too high.
From what Elon Musk has revealed in his tweets, it seems like the stress of his career has taken its toll on him and he has not yet received any help from a professional. Musk admitted that he channels all of his good and bad energy into his work as a way of coping with his emotions. He said that his solution is to “take the pain and make sure you really care about what you are doing.”
Like Musk, many executives are still highly functional in spite of their mental health problems and believe they can power through their feelings. The reality is that they can still benefit from treatment even if their problems do not necessarily affect their jobs. Instead of suffering in silence and escaping pain through hard work, this type of personality can still get help and balance their work life.
Elon Musk has taken a brave step by admitting his issues with mental health on Twitter and speaking candidly with people on the site about what he goes through. Speaking out about mental illness can help reduce the stigma especially for those in high power jobs that worry how depression might affect their careers.
Although plenty of people dream of being a famous musician, singer or actor, the price of fame can be high and it is all too common to lose some of our favorites artists to addiction. Celebrity overdoses have always been a rampant problem even since the 1960s when talented legends like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin died young from drug related issues. Over the years, drug statistics have the tendency to rise and fall but celebrity drug use remains stagnant. What is this the connection between celebrity status, drug abuse and overdose? Although each individual’s story of addiction is different, there seems to be a pattern related to fame and what it involves that causes drug abuse. Celebrities often have unbridled access to drugs combined with issues of depression and anxiety that can be common in creative people. Looking at different celebrity stories may make it easier to understand why this problem is so prevalent.
Prince’s Struggles with Opioids
Prince was known for his outlandish looks, passionate performances, impressive guitar playing and unique skills in songwriting. He honed and crafted all these talents in spite of growing up in desperate poverty, his family barely able to afford food after his parents divorced. He had epilepsy as a child and was often bullied in school which made him crave attention and develop anger issues as he grew up. Prince began playing in a band when he was just 14 and by the age of 19 he was already the youngest artist signed to Warner Brothers with contract allowing him complete creative control. He had breakthrough hit albums in the early 1980s like Dirty Mind and 1999 which sold 3 million copies. His issues with opioids began more recently after he started suffering from hip strain which caused him to have chronic pain. Many of his friends knew that he was in a lot of pain even though he chose to keep performing and recording, using prescription opioids to continue working as much as possible.
Prince was found dead in April of 2016 at his home in Minnesota and it was determined through a toxicology report that he overdosed on fentanyl, an opioid prescribed by doctors for cancer treatment that may have been obtained illegally. Friends and family revealed that he had been dealing with an addiction Percocet for a number of years. It was later discovered that Prince’s prescriptions for oxycodone had been written under his bodyguard’s name, Kirk Johnson, for “privacy”. This suggests the possibility that some of those in Prince’s inner circle were helping him obtain medication in spite of his addiction, an issue that is commonly seen in celebrity overdoses.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s Fatal Heroin Addiction
A critically acclaimed actor with multiple awards and nominations for a long list of films, Phillip Seymour Hoffman was known as one of Hollywood’s elite talents. He was also a devoted father of three and had been sober for decades before relapsing back into heroin abuse and eventually spiralling out of control. Hoffman had a deep love for theatre and very high standards for his acting which at times could cause him to feel tortured about his artistic performances. He had checked into rehab for a heroin addiction just after graduating college when he was only 22 years old. Once he became sober he began his career mostly with small roles until he started collaborating with directors like Paul Thomas Anderson in “Boogie Nights” and eventually went on to win leading roles such as that of “Capote” for which he won an Academy Award.
Hoffman had been off of heroin for 23 years but the problem started resurfacing and he started relying on prescription drugs to break the habit again. Friends and neighbors said that he could be seen at the bar alone at night looking dark and depressed. He was kicked out of his family home because his heroin addiction started spiraling out of control. Although Hoffman returned to rehab and was briefly sober again, he was later found dead in his apartment with a syringe still sticking out of his arm. Police found 70 bags of heroin in a drawer inside his home and people in his inner circle confirmed that his heroin use had been very heavy before his death.
Scott Weiland Loses His Battle to Drugs
Even though he was a rockstar with a career spanning three decades, Scott Weiland dealt with some personal demons and drug abuse that ultimately took his life. In the 1990s he rose to fame was the frontman for the popular band Stone Temple Pilots, later moving on to the supergroup Velvet Revolver with members of Guns N’ Roses in the early 2000s. Over the years, Weiland battled an addiction to several drugs including heroin but at one point had quit all of his habits. His drug abuse had caused rifts between him and people in his life and many of his performances suffered due to being intoxicated onstage. He was seen on a few different occasions forgetting lyrics and even falling off stage at one show.
Even though he had been sober for some time, shortly before his death there were rumors floating around that he had returned to drug abuse and cocaine was found on the bus that he died on. Weiland was known to have suffered from depression for years and even took medication for bipolar disorder. He spoke in interviews about his tendency to use heavy drugs until they exacerbated his depression which ultimately gave him something to write about in his music. When sober he felt uninspired and admits that he probably subconsciously took drugs to fuel his creativity.
Corey Monteith’s Tragic Overdose
One of the stars of the hit show Glee, Corey Monteith, was only 31 when he was found in a hotel room dead from a mixed drug toxicity of heroin and alcohol. Monteith had a lifelong struggle with addiction but was trying to get on the right track by spending a month in rehab prior to his overdose. His drug and alcohol use had been a problem since he was only 12 years old trying to escape his troubled youth. He began jumping between 16 different schools including alternative programs for problematic kids. Asked by his family to quit drugs, Monteith decided to get sober and move to LA to start acting in 2009. It wasn’t long before he landed his breakout role in “Glee” where he began to gain some notoriety. It was while working on the show, however, that Monteith relapsed and many of the cast members and producers became concerned. They staged an intervention, asking him to attend rehab and get clean to which Monteith complied. Soon after completing rehab however, he overdosed most likely because of a decreased tolerance from his period of sobriety.
Whitney Houston’s Addiction to Cocaine
Pop princess, Whitney Houston, has long been touted as one of the most talented singers of all time. However, her issues with drugs caused the star to pass away at the age of only 48 years old. Houston was groomed to be a star by Arista president, Clive Davis but she began rebelling against the pressure to be perfect by taking drugs in her early 20s. The singer often felt that she couldn’t be herself completely because of her fame and she had to hide many of her insecurities, family issues and personal emotional problems that plagued her throughout her career. Houston especially resented the control that Davis had over her and the clean image that he wanted her to present at all times. Friends and colleagues said that Houston used drugs to escape her pain but her addiction began to spiral. They also said that she was surrounded by enablers who allowed her to continue her abuse and do whatever she wanted. The singer entered rehab multiple times but her drug problem ultimately took her life.
Lisa Robin Kelly’s Drinking Problem
One of the stars of the popular series, “That 70’s Show”, Lisa Robin Kelly rose to fame playing the older sister, Laurie, alongside Topher Grace. She worked on the show for five seasons until her character was written out of the series by leaving home to go to beauty school. The reality was that Kelly was unable to continue working because of her heavy addiction to cocaine and alcohol. The producers of the show insisted that she enter rehab but she was ultimately fired in 2002. Kelly’s issues with drug abuse soon became much worse as she was arrested multiple times including once for driving under the influence in 2010, and later again for spousal abuse two years later. The star admitted that she had a miscarriage as a result of her drinking and over time she became almost unrecognizable due to her addiction. In 2013, Kelly attempted to get help by checking into a rehab facility in California to quit her alcohol issues. It was while attending rehab that the actress overdosed and passed away.
Amy Winehouse’s Troubled Life
A singer-songwriter with a unique artistic ability, Amy Winehouse was adored by fans and critics for her deeply personal and sometimes dark music. While her career was at its peak, Winehouse died of an overdose at the age of 27 in her London home. Winehouse’s issues with drugs and alcohol were no secret to fans as her most famous hit song “Rehab” detailed her refusal to get help for her substance abuse. In spite of the anthem, Winehouse actually did enter rehab a few times but left early for each program. She admitted in several interviews that she suffered from manic depression and even symptoms of an eating disorder combined with self-injury. Winehouse had a troubled relationship with her on and off again boyfriend and fellow drug abuser Blake Fielder-Civil. Many of the lyrics on her hit album “Back to Black” were about Blake and their difficult romance. The pain and depression that Winehouse expressed in her lyrics were what made her connect with listeners and even her addiction became part of her artistic persona. Her career was cut short when she died of alcohol intoxication following a long battle of substance abuse.
Heath Ledger Dies from Prescription Drugs
The beloved actor who played the Joker in “The Dark Knight”, Heath Ledger, was a rising star when his highly publicized death turned his career into a tragedy. Ledger was known for his impressive acting skills but his talent became overshadowed by his issues with drugs. He was found in his Manhattan apartment where he overdosed with six different types of prescription drugs used for anxiety and sleeping problems. Ledger was on and off drugs but frequently took prescription medication to help him with his insomnia which sometimes led to harder drug use. The actor was committed to all of his roles through method acting, often getting deeply involved in entering the mind of the characters he played. Fans wonder if his final role as the Joker took its toll on him mentally and physically but Ledger was already filming his next project at the time of his death. The actor was the father of a two year old girl to whom he was a devoted parent in spite of his issues with drugs.
In many cases of celebrity overdoses, the individuals are uniquely talented and often tortured artists that struggle with fame and personal demons. Actors and musicians can sometimes have troubled pasts and problems with depression which help to drive their creativity. While they may be able to turn their pain into something beautiful, it does not always ease their suffering. Fame can also come with its own drawbacks because it means living in the spotlight and having to present a certain image. Celebrities at the height of fame also have enough money and access to drugs to engage in rampant abuse. They are also frequently surrounded by enablers or fellow drug abusers who never question their choices. There are plenty of famous actors and musicians who are able to continue working for their entire lives but unfortunately some of the most talented and gifted people never manage to escape their demons.
Posted on: June 26th, 2017 by Serenity Malibu Rehab No Comments
When you first realize that you need to get help for an addiction, you may not know what to do or what kind of steps to take for your recovery. The beginning of recovery can be one of the hardest times in your life and preparing yourself for treatment can be mentally and physically demanding. People often have a lot of worries about rehab and wonder what will happen throughout the process.
Understanding more about how rehab works, what takes place while you are there and what type of options are available for a treatment center can help you feel more prepared for recovery. Addiction is not just a temporary problem, it is a chronic illness that needs to be controlled and managed through a complex variety of solutions. Rehab addresses different aspects of addiction and helps patients get through all the most difficult emotions that they are experiencing so that they can feel more comfortable living as a sober person.
Intake and Assessment
When you begin rehab you will have to go through the process of intake which includes a kind of evaluation of the state of your addiction as well as your physical and mental health. Physicians must have a better idea of how severe your dependency is and if you have any medical or psychological issues that will need to be treated alongside your addiction. Intake provides you with the opportunity to talk with someone about your stay at rehab and find out if the treatment center is a good fit for you.
They might run some diagnostic tests and screenings to help tailor a treatment plan that will work best for your individual needs. The treatment center will likely ask about your personal history of drug use, your family history of addiction and any prior mental health issues or diagnoses. If you have been diagnosed with a mental illness in the past or you are determined to have one during an intake screening then you will need to get specialized treatment for both your addiction and your co-occurring disorder.
The First Step is Detox
Before entering a rehab program, most treatment centers require that you first complete some time in a detox program. As the very first step in recovery, detox is usually one of the most challenging parts of getting sober. For many people, this is their first time ever transitioning from a life of addiction to total abstinence from any drug use. It is a major adjustment that can be stressful to go through especially if you are used to drinking or using a certain substance on a daily basis.
During the detoxification phase, patients must refrain from any substance abuse and allow their bodies to rid themselves of any chemicals or toxins in the system that are causing them to be physically dependent. This is an important first step because it prepares the body for rehab in order for patients to later focus more on their psychological aspects of addiction.
Dealing With Withdrawal Symptoms In Detox
Because detox eventually leads to withdrawal symptoms, it is usually medically supervised by trained staff that know how to handle any issues that might come up. Withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable for the most part but in more severe cases they can be dangerous. That is why it is important to complete detox in a supervised environment where staff members provide care around the clock.
Withdrawal symptoms vary depending on how much a person was abusing drugs prior to treatment and their own individual reaction to abstaining. Most symptoms typically include issues such as insomnia, decreased appetite, body aches, vomiting, sweating, and other flu-like symptoms. The majority of patients also experience emotional symptoms including anxiety, depression, irritability and strong cravings or the desire to use again. The most severe symptoms of withdrawal tend to subside after a few days but some patients stay as long as a week or so to fully complete their detox.
Inpatient vs Outpatient Treatment
Once you finish a detox program then you are finally ready to enter a rehab treatment center. At this point you can make the decision whether you want to enroll in an inpatient program or an outpatient program. Both can be equally effective depending on the severity of your addiction and your own personal treatment needs. An inpatient program means that you will be living inside the treatment facility for a period of time, usually a few months.
Inpatient treatment gives people with very serious addictions the chance to be away from all temptations and the stress of their work and personal life so that they can focus on recovery. Living in a residential program gives patients access to helpful staff at all times as well as the support of their peers who are going through the same experiences in rehab while getting sober. Inpatient programs remove the possibility of relapse and give patients more opportunities to connect with others.
An outpatient program is a good option for people with less serious addictions because it means that they will be living at home while attending treatment sessions during the day. Although in an outpatient program you do not have 24 hour access to staff for assistance, you otherwise experience all the same aspects of a treatment program with daily therapy and education.
Outpatient can be a great option for people who feel strong enough to live at home or who have certain obligations which prevent them from being able to live in a residential center. Patients who cannot take time off of work or who need to care for their families can use outpatient treatment as a way to fulfill their responsibilities while still getting help for themselves.
Confronting Emotional Issues in Individual Therapy
Whether you decide on inpatient or outpatient treatment, a lot of your time in rehab will be focused on different types of therapy. One of the most important types of therapy is individual therapy which means spending one or more sessions a day speaking with a trained counselor one on one. In individual sessions you will learn to open up and talk about personal problems that you may have been dealing with on your own for many years.
Therapy can be both cathartic and challenging as you try to confront problems head on and deal with feelings that you may have been avoiding for a long time. The reason many people become addicted to certain substances is because they offer them a form of escape so that they don’t have to feel sad, confused, angry or scared. In therapy you can start to let yourself feel these emotions and work through them instead of running away or self-medicating.
Group Therapy for Support and Connection
While individual therapy is a way to deal with very private and personal issues, group therapy can give you the chance to be vulnerable and improve communication with your peers. Group therapy is a helpful supplement to individual therapy because it allows people to hear other stories about addiction and personal struggles that may be similar to their own. It can be cathartic and empowering to realize that you are not alone in the challenges you have faced in life and that everyone goes through their own dark times.
In group therapy, patients learn to listen to each other and be more empathetic so that they develop closer connections and relationships. Many people with addictions often tend to isolate themselves and become distant from the people in their lives in order to pursue their substance abuse. The goal of group therapy is to help addicts learn to be closer to the people around them and rely on each other for support to stay sober.
Activities While in Rehab
There is more to most rehab programs than simply attending therapy every day and talking in group meetings. There are also plenty of fun activities planned to help patients have some time away from the ups and downs of recovery. Activities can also help people in recovery learn how to enjoy themselves while sober and explore new hobbies that alleviate stress.
The type of activities vary depending on the type of treatment center but they could include sports, hiking, swimming, art classes, music or group outings like museum and beach trips. Getting involved in different activities is another way for peers to connect with each other and have interactive experiences that don’t involve any substance abuse. Hobbies and activities can be helpful in difficult times because they help take your mind off of what you are going through. Rehab includes activities so that patients can focus on having fun and occasionally taking a break from the hard work of recovery.
Help with Interventions
If you are concerned that someone you know needs to go to treatment for an addiction it can be a difficult subject to bring up. Talking to someone about their problem can be uncomfortable because they may feel hurt and defensive or fear that you are judging them. Confronting someone about their drug use can be very complex and is sometimes best accomplished through the format of an intervention.
By gathering together a group of people that feel as worried as you do about this person’s well-being you are more likely to reach them. When a number of people in their life have all the same concerns about their drug use rather than just one person they are more inclined to listen. If you are not sure how to stage an intervention or are afraid that it might fail it can be a good idea to get in touch with an interventionist who has experience in the field of addiction. This person can help you prepare for the intervention and give you a better idea of what you can say and do to get your loved one into addiction treatment.
The Necessity of Aftercare
Although rehab is designed to prepare you as much as possible for living a sober life, many people still need help after they finish the program. Not everyone is going to be completely ready to go back to their old life and be faced with cravings and temptations without the help and support that they have in treatment. That is why most rehab programs offer some type of aftercare as a way to help people in the transition between treatment and living at home again.
It is never easy to return to an environment where you used to abuse alcohol or drugs and have to maintain control so that you do not relapse. It is a difficult struggle for people to stay committed to the things that they learned in rehab when they are no longer in a safe and supportive sober community. Aftercare provides people with the resources they need when they have completed their treatment program and need help to stay sober in the first few months of living at home again.
Choosing a Rehab Center
Once you have a good idea of the different components of rehab and what the process entails you will need to focus on choosing one that suits your personal needs. Do you want to receive treatment in a certain location such as somewhere secluded and remote or close by so that family can visit? We’ve also created a guide to finding the best drug rehab. There are a lot of options to think about in terms of a rehab center and looking into a few different treatment programs can help ensure that you pick one that suits your needs the best.
They type of program can vary depending on your financial situation and what you can afford or what your insurance will cover. People with greater financial means might choose something like luxury rehab and others might have to find a place that is comfortable but still within their ability to pay. As long as you visit a rehab center first and get all your most important questions answered, you can make sure that you have chosen the treatment center that will work best for you.
Posted on: April 25th, 2017 by Serenity Malibu Rehab No Comments
When you have an addiction and are ready to go into recovery, you will need to take some time to find a treatment program that works for you. Professional help is always necessary when there is a serious addiction present. Attempting to quit on your own can be dangerous and lead to relapse and in some cases overdose.
In order to turn your life around you will need to look into a treatment center in the location of your choice that will offer everything necessary to get you sober. As you learn more about treatment you will realize that there are an array of different options and it may seem confusing or frustrating at first if you don’t know what type to choose. There are many factors to consider when finding a rehab and only you will know which facility will suit you the best.
Considering Your Condition
The first thing to think about when you are researching drug treatment is the current state of your condition. It can be hard to measure especially if you have just recently realized that you need to get help and that your drug use is a problem. You should ask yourself a few questions which could allow you to narrow down some of your options for treatment.
Do you struggle every day with your addiction and feel compelled to use drugs habitually? If you find it difficult to make it through even a day without your usual substance abuse then you should focus on longer programs with inpatient treatment. If you feel that you would be tempted to use without supervision then living in a facility would serve you best. Otherwise, less serious conditions can consider outpatient as an option.
Special Health & Dietary Needs In Rehab
As you focus on whether you need inpatient or outpatient treatment you should also think about whether you have any special needs that need to be addressed during your stay in rehab. Do you have a health condition that must be cared for while in treatment? Have you been diagnosed with a mental illness or experience psychological issues?
These are important considerations to take into account because any other issue could potentially interfere with your treatment and decrease your chances of success if you do not have all of your special needs met. Even something like diet can be important such as having access to vegetarian or vegan meals at the facility to accommodate your personal choices. Before choosing a treatment center you need to make sure that it will meet all your unique needs so that you will be comfortable in rehab.
The Location of Drug Treatment Centers
People often have certain preferences when it comes to the location of their rehab facility so it is definitely an important factor to take into account when making your choice. You might prefer something very close to your home so that you can have more contact with your family or loved ones while you are receiving treatment.
Others might want to get away from their current surroundings and travel somewhere far from the city, sometimes even out of state. This might help them get into a different mental state so that they make the necessary changes to become sober. Some people simply don’t have the option of travelling for treatment because they need to care for young children or they have legal issues. It is up to you to decide what type of location will be the best option for rehab.
Paying for Drug Abuse Treatment
Although the focus should be on getting the best treatment that you can for a full recovery, you will have to consider the cost of each program. It is never easy to have to think about money when you are facing a personal crisis and need help but you will want to be in a good financial situation after leaving rehab.
You will find that some of the inpatient programs you are interested in will charge fees for enrolling and for services throughout treatment. Talk to your insurance company and find out if they cover addiction treatment either through partial or full payment. If your insurance doesn’t cover the facility of your choice then you might have to take out a small loan or pay out of pocket if that is at all possible. Even though it might narrow down your list of potential treatment centers, cost is one of the most important factors.
Length of Stay for Inpatient Rehab
If you are going to be living in the facility for a period of time during inpatient treatment then you need to find out how long that will be. People with more serious conditions will need to find a program that allows them to stay as long as possible so that they can get the full benefit of treatment.
A severe addiction requires adequate time for recovery so that the patient feels completely ready to handle being sober on their own. Longer programs have also proven to have statistical benefits over shorter programs. If you feel that you can handle a shorter program because your symptoms are milder then this is something to consider instead of staying longer than necessary. The average stay in rehab is about three months but the length of time varies with each treatment center.
Intensive Outpatient Rehab
Some people choose outpatient treatment because of certain factors like the need to continue working or to be at home to care for children. They might worry that outpatient treatment will be less effective but they cannot choose inpatient because of their current situation. Some facilities guarantee that they have an intensive outpatient rehab that is designed to have many of the same programs offered through inpatient treatment.
Intensive outpatient rehabs usually include the same types of therapies and workshops that are available if you stay in the facility. With intensive outpatient treatment you can spend plenty of time working on recovery solutions and still be able to go to work or be with your family. Outpatient treatment is also less costly in most cases because you are not paying for the services provided while staying at the facility.
Out of all the time you spend in a treatment facility, a good portion of it will be with the staff members who work there so it is important to find out more about them. You can either check the treatment center’s website or call to find out what kind of certifications each of the staff members have.
Making sure that each person working at the facility is specially trained will make you feel more at ease as you know you will be in good hands. The best drug rehab centers employ only people who are highly qualified and have years of experience working in the field of addiction treatment. You can also find out the staff to client ratio to determine if you will be getting enough personal attention to have your needs met from staff that aren’t overwhelmed with too many clients.
Some treatment centers have a very straightforward and narrow approach to how they handle addiction but a better rehab will have more comprehensive treatment. This means that the treatment center offers a wide range of different therapies and approaches to their treatment so that patients are able to experience improvements in all areas of their life and health.
Comprehensive treatment would have complementary, experiential and traditional options of the most current therapies available. This would include holistic treatment meaning therapies that focus on the complete health of the patient by caring for the mind, body and spirit. Holistic treatment often includes things like meditation and nutrition so that patients have a better sense of well-being. Comprehensive treatment would also include alternative non-12 step care for people who take issue with twelve step groups for various reasons. Learn more in our comprehensive drug treatment guide.
Accreditation at the Best Drug Rehab
When you are researching facilities for treatment one important thing to ask is whether the rehab has been accredited. This means it has been evaluated by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and it meets certain standards of quality that they have determined are optimal for treatment. A treatment center that has been accredited has proven that patients are given the best care possible and those that complete the program tend to be successful.
In most cases it also indicates that the facility has been treating people with addiction for a number of years in order to establish themselves. A good question to ask when looking into rehab is how long the facility has been working to treat addiction. You might feel more comfortable at a place that you know has been established for its quality through years or even decades of helping others.
Waiting Lists At Treatment Centers
It is very unfortunate for the patients but the reality of enrolling in rehab is that many treatment centers have to put people on a waiting list. This is something that can be very frustrating especially for people that are suffering and need help right away. It might be a good idea to find out first if a facility has any kind of waiting list before you make it your first choice for treatment.
If you need to get help right away then it is best to find a rehab that will be able to accommodate you as soon as you enroll. Waiting months to get into a treatment facility is very dangerous for your addiction and could cause you to relapse or lose the resolve to quit. Keep exploring all of your options until you find the right place with more availability for patients.
Follow Up Programs Rehab Centers
It is important for patients to have an option for aftercare when they complete their treatment program. The transition between living full time at a facility and going back home as a sober person can be a very rocky time for most people. They will have to learn how to go about their daily routine without feeling tempted to use drugs again.
You should make sure that whatever treatment center you choose has a follow up program so that you won’t be stranded after finishing rehab. Aftercare programs help prevent relapse and statistics have shown that patients have a much better chance at long-term sobriety if they are able to receive aftercare. Even if you feel confident that you will remain sober after treatment, it is best to have the option available in case any issues come up.
Detox As Part Addiction Help
You must keep in mind that part of going to rehab is taking into account how you will complete detox. Most treatment centers require that you go through a detox program prior to living in a rehab facility.
Some facilities offer their own detox options on site and others might require you to find another location or service to get through detox. Find out what the treatment centers policies are regarding detox and make arrangements accordingly so that you will have no issues enrolling in the inpatient program.
Once you have weighed all the various factors and have finally chosen the best drug treatment for you then it will be time to finally move into the facility. Before starting treatment make sure that you are fully prepared for the time spent away from home by packing all your essentials, tying up loose ends at work or at home and getting mentally ready for the hard work of recovery.
It is important to understand that in a treatment center you need to follow all the rules of the facility and do your best to apply everything that you learn in therapy and workshops. You need to follow the schedule that the program provides for you and stay committed to your goals in order to experience success in rehab. You will have a better experience in treatment if you are open minded and willing to change and grow.
Posted on: April 11th, 2017 by Serenity Malibu Rehab No Comments
Although recreational drug use can be very common especially among younger people, substance abuse is never something to be taken lightly. Even minor drug use can eventually become more frequent and ultimately lead to a serious addiction. Most drugs cause chemical changes in the brain and while some are more addictive than others, continual use of any drug leads to a physical dependency.
When an individual cannot function without the use of drugs on a regular basis then it is necessary for them to get professional treatment. There are a lot of issues that go along with drug abuse and addiction that need to be addressed in order for a person to fully recover. Abstinence is only one aspect of sobriety because there are many other factors at play when it comes to addiction.
When To Get Drug Addiction Treatment
Often the people that are dealing with substance abuse problems are not fully aware that they have an addiction. Drug use can change the way a person thinks and they start to develop denial or the inability to recognize the dangers of their behavior. They may feel that they are completely in control of their drug use or believe that they can stop any time when that is not necessarily the case.
Some of the clearer signs of addiction are the need to use drugs to cope with difficult situations or in many cases simply to get through the day. An addict also looks forward to their drug use so much that it consumes their thoughts and becomes the focus of their daily life. If you or someone you love has been experiencing this type of situation then it may be time to consider drug treatment.
If you suspect that someone you love has been developing a dependency on drugs then you might want to think about the best way to discuss the subject with them. Talking with people about addictions can be tricky because they can become defensive or feel attacked if you don’t take the right approach.
Learn as much about addiction and treatment as you can before talking with them and prepare what you want to say beforehand you don’t end up saying the wrong thing. One thing to think about when confronting someone is to find the right time to talk to them. You should never talk to them when they are under the influence but wait until they are sober and more willing to listen. Try to reserve judgement and anger which can backfire and instead be gentle, patient and open.
Interventions for Drug Treatment Programs
Sometimes you want to convince a loved one to enter a drug treatment program but you find it too difficult to approach them through a one-on-one conversation. If this is the case then you can instead try to set up an intervention by gathering together a group of friends and family members that are also feeling concerned about this person’s drug use.
Make sure to talk with everyone that plans to be a part of the intervention and make an effort to have everyone on the same page as far as what to say and what type of approach to use. Tell everyone involved to set aside any personal issues they might have with this person and focus on getting them to enter treatment. The purpose of an intervention is to show an addict how many people are worried about them and want to see them get better.
Problems to Address
Although the ultimate goal of treatment is sobriety, someone with an addiction has a lot more to work on than simply quitting their drug use. Addiction leads to all sorts of issues that need to be treated and resolved during rehab treatment. When a person has lost control of their drug use they are often so focused on it that they create problems with their relationships, their finances and could even lose their jobs.
Addiction can also lead to some serious health issues including physical ailments and symptoms of mental illness. While in treatment, an addict will need medical assistance in treating their physical health problems and will need a lot of time spent in therapy to deal with their psychological and behavioral issues that have developed over the course of their addiction.
Tolerance and Withdrawal In Treatment
People with addictions often end up increasing the amount of drugs that they take on a regular basis over time. This is due to an increase in their tolerance, or their ability to experience the effects of the drug. After using drugs for a period of time, their usual amount will not have the same effect and they need to increase the dosage to feel high.
This gradual increase occurs periodically throughout a person’s addiction so that after many years of substance abuse, the person will need to take a considerable amount to feel anything. This high level of tolerance makes quitting very difficult because suddenly stopping all drug use will inevitably cause the body to react strongly. Withdrawal symptoms tend to occur when someone has a very high tolerance for drugs.
Because withdrawal can be an uncomfortable and potentially dangerous thing for addicts to go through it is important to attend a licensed detox facility for help. Quitting drinking or using drugs at home without any help can often lead to relapse which can be especially risky.
When an addict normally has a very high tolerance and they quit using drugs for several days they may dramatically lower their tolerance without realizing it. If they relapse and end up using their normal amount of drugs they can easily overdose because their tolerance has changed. In a detox facility, patients will not have to worry about potentially relapsing because they will be in a place where they are required to stay sober until all the chemicals leave their body. Staff members keep all patients in detox save and comfortable so that they can get through withdrawal without any problems.
Understanding the Addicted Brain in Drug Treatment Facilities
One of the reasons addiction can take such a powerful hold on people is due to its physical effects on the brain. There are certain neurotransmitters in the brain that pass information from one cell to another and are responsible for regulating functions like mood, sleep, appetite and concentration. Drug consumption as well as other unhealthy lifestyle choices can deplete some of these neurotransmitters and boost others outside of their optimal range which causes a number of negative effects.
One of these neurotransmitters is dopamine which is known to be associated with feelings of pleasure and happiness. Most drugs tend to boost dopamine so that happy feelings and euphoria tend to last longer than they do with more natural activities. Eventually, drugs change the way dopamine functions so much that normal activities that used to bring pleasure have no neurological effect.
Dealing with Trauma in Drug and Alcohol Treatment
Although drugs have a definite physical effect on the brain which contributes to addiction, there are other reasons why certain people get drawn into substance abuse. A number of people in drug and alcohol treatment have experienced some sort of trauma either recently or in their early childhood. Traumatic experiences as a child can have a lasting impact and make it difficult for people to adjust normally as they grow into an adult.
Examples of trauma could be abuse either in the form physical, sexual or emotional abuse as well as the sudden loss of a parent or other close family member. Any form of abuse in early childhood is associated with higher than average rates of substance abuse. During treatment, addicts can begin to discuss their trauma in therapy and learn how to understand the relationship between their psychological history and addiction.
In addition to talking with a therapist about any past traumas or other issues that might have led to an addiction, patients in rehab need to be educated about addiction itself. Most people who enter treatment might not fully understand what has caused them to become addicted and why they have so little control over their behavior. Most rehab centers include some type of rehab education either in individual therapy, group meetings or workshops that help patients understand what addiction really is and the factors that cause it to continue.
Addicts may not even realize that they are using drugs as a way to handle their emotions, stress or boredom with life. They can learn to identify what their particular triggers are and what causes them to want to engage in drug use in certain situations. Understanding how your own addiction works is very useful in preventing relapse in the future.
Group Meetings At Treatment Centers
For people that are addicted to alcohol, they might end up participating in twelve step groups like Alcoholics Anonymous or other types of group meetings. This type of format has been a long-standing method of giving people with alcohol problems a chance to tell their stories and connect with other people in a constructive format.
A.A. and other types of meetings are a good way for people in recovery to start establishing their much needed support network of people that will be there for them when they fall on hard times. Alcoholics and other types of addicts tend to isolate themselves while they are addicted and this can often increase their level of substance abuse. Often times it’s tough to find the line between recreational drinking and alcoholism, especially in college. People who feel more connected and are able to talk with someone in times of stress will not feel as much of a need to use drugs as a coping mechanism.
Drugs Requiring Treatment for Addiction
Addiction can come in many forms and there is not any one person who wouldn’t benefit from receiving professional treatment for their substance abuse. The most common types of drugs that are abused to the point of addiction are cocaine, heroin, prescription opioids, alcohol and methamphetamines. Although these are the most common there are many other drugs that can be addictive and require treatment such as marijuana, ecstasy, ketamine, LSD, and benzodiazepines. No matter what type of drug a person is using, as long as they are exhibiting some of the signs of addiction such as tolerance and withdrawal they can receive treatment from a rehab facility.
Healthy Coping Mechanisms In A Drug Rehab Treatment Center
People who get addicted to drugs become adjusted to falling back on their substance abuse as a way to handle stress, depression, anxiety, anger or any other emotion that comes up. Self-medicating is a very common problem among people with addictions because that is the only way they have learned how to cope with the hard parts of life.
Addicts rehab need to learn other strategies to cope with problems so that they can stay sober and avoid relapse when they experience hardships. Effective coping mechanisms such as having a healthy routine, staying connected with loved ones, and talking to close friends in times of stress can all help prevent relapse.
Options for Luxury Drug Rehab Centers
Drug treatment can vary greatly and does not always look the same for every rehab center. Some treatment facilities are considered luxury options because they provide plenty of amenities for their patients to feel comfortable and relaxed. Luxury rehabs are often in beautiful locations and provide specialized therapies that may not be available at other rehabs such as holistic and alternative treatment approaches. Depending on someone’s personal preferences and their financial resources, they may want to choose a luxury treatment center as the place where they will be most at ease.
Leaving California Drug Rehab Centers
No matter what type of drug you are addicted to or what type of rehab you are attending you will need to prepare yourself for the moment that you leave. Going home after completing treatment can be very intimidating because it will be the first time you are attempting sobriety completely on your own.
It is a good idea to keep attending twelve step meetings, stay in contact with friends from rehab or enroll in an aftercare program to ensure that you are not going to relapse. In order to be fully successful in treatment, patients need to have the ability to remain sober in the long-term and handle their abstinence without professional assistance in the future.