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How Much Does Your Loved One’s Addiction Cost You?

The Price of Addiction vs. The Price of Addiction Treatment

Working in the addiction field, one of the main blocks people run into when seeking addiction treatment for themselves or other is the price. While there is a bit of sticker shock when looking at prices of certain places, if you add up the costs of their daily expenses you are currently paying, would it be much different than the cost of sending them to rehab?

Let’s face it, costs add up quick, but when it’s $20 here and $40 there, you might now notice it or have the time to sit there and mark down just how much the addition is costing you. You might think that their addiction is not costing you anything, because you are not paying for their drugs and alcohol, but you are paying for their addiction. By paying their rent or allowing them to live with you, you are allowing them to live comfortably in their addiction. They are not being held accountable for the actions or responsibilities as an adult. Besides rent, there are many other ways you could be paying for their addiction without even realizing that you are, like paying their medical bills, cellphone bills, health insurance, food, legal fees, damage fees, and more.

USA Addiction decided that we needed to give people the tools to see just how much they really spend on their loved one’s addiction. You can now go to our Addiction Calculator and input your responses to see how much you spend monthly, yearly, even 10 years from now on their addiction. You might argue that paying for their food is not contributing to their addiction, but ask yourself this: If your loved one was a responsible adult, would you be paying for their food everyday? Also, if you give them money for food, the chances of them using it to buy food is low and that is one of the scariest aspects of addiction. A person can be starving, but if you give them money for food, more often than not, they will go spend it on drugs or alcohol, instead of food.

By answering the addiction calculator honestly, you will be able to see just how much you spend on their addiction and can compare it to the price of addiction treatment. Most people find that addiction treatment is much cheaper than continuing to pay for their addiction. If price is still a concern, call us now and we will discuss other options that you may not know about, including grants, loans, and treatment centers that are covered by your insurance that will cost you very little out of pocket.

Our addiction specialists are standing by waiting to answer any and all of your questions. Call us at 1-844-987-2435 to get immediate help.

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Treating Addiction

Understanding that the Symptoms Are Similar, but the Individuals Are Unique in Treating Addiction

Uniqueness, what sets you apart from the rest of the pack? This day in age, people are celebrated for being unique, but why should it be any different for treating addiction? Everyone has likes and dislike, things they are passionate about, so why when people seek treatment for their addiction are they grouped into one section and labeled an addict?

By grouping people into a certain section, you take away their identity and treatment them in a generalized manner. Being labeled an addict has a negative stigma attached to it, which causes people to deny they have an addiction problem or to be ashamed and hide their addiction. While we are working feverishly to break this stigma of negativity, it still exists.

Let’s take a detailed look into this situation. Annie has a passion for drawing. She has won several awards for her work and has a promising future ahead of her. She goes on hikes to find inspiration for her work. One day Annie gets in a bad car accident and is now on pain pills for her injuries. The pills slowly, but steadily change her and her ability to be passionate about drawing and also hinder her from hiking. Yes, the addiction has taken over her, but that does not mean she has to be thrown into a general group and be treated like every other addict that walked through that treatment center’s doors.

In the world of addiction, one of them main components in spotting an addiction is losing interest in something that the person in question was once passionate about. If this passion identified a person before, why wouldn’t we try to integrate that passion back into them?

Lucky for us, addiction treatment centers are catching on to this and exploring different ways in treating addiction. For example, Annie can now find a treatment center that offers hiking and art therapy mixed into her treatment. This will allow Annie to get reacquainted with her passion and ultimately the goal would be to replace her addiction with hiking, drawing, and other healthy activities.

You may ask: what if the person seeking addiction treatment was never passionate about anything? Some treatment centers offer different paths and classes to choose from if someone is indecisive about what they are passionate or interested in. Usually in this case, people find something that interests them that they might not have tried without being at the treatment center, like surfing, yoga, or equine therapy. Shouldn’t that be what treatment is about? Finding yourself or your passion can help solidify your path to recovery. Using your passion as an outlet can help to get through many stressful situations. For example, if James has a bad day at work, he would normally go home and drink, now he can go for a walk, exercise, or meditate. James can now break his bad habit and replace it with a positive one.

While people struggling with addiction may have similar symptoms as far as how they act or situations they are going through, acknowledging that they are individuals and treating them as such allows them to rise above the stigma of addiction. Once they get past the stigma, they can focus on what really matters, treating their addiction and finding themselves.

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Addiction: Mastering the Escape Route

One Common Trait in Addiction

There is an age old debate in the world of addiction and it has many variations in the answer. You may be wondering what that debate is, well it is: What is addiction? Some people say it is a disease, while others disagree and say it is a choice or something that happened because of a traumatic experience. While these different opinions all have weight behind what they are explaining, they do have one trait in common when talking about addiction. These addicts whether it is a disease, traumatic experience, or just a choice have one common factor; they are all looking to escape reality.

Think about it, if you have a headache or a pain in your back, the most common response is to take pain medication. You are trying to get rid of the pain as quick as possible. This is no different for someone with an addiction. While they may be escaping different things, the main goal is to avoid uncomfortable feelings and situations. They become masters at escaping reality and diving deep into the abyss known as addiction. For example, someone may have lost a loved one and cannot cope with their feelings of loss and grief, so they drink nonstop instead of facing their feelings. Over time, they realize they cannot stop drinking and now need to drink even more to escape reality.

For some, it could be trying cocaine for the first time and getting instantly hooked on the feeling of the cocaine rush. That rush is all they think about and compare every other feeling they have to it and nothing can compare, or so they think. What are they escaping in this scenario? They are once again escaping reality. Once the rush hits, they are not thinking about grades at school, their job, or their financial troubles. Those things do not exist when they are feeling the rush. They are now addicted to feeling this way and do not want to go back to their old life. Addiction has set in and feels too comfortable to escape it.

How Do They Master The Escape Route To Addiction?

This route is mastered by trial and error. They feel their loved ones out and see what they can get away with and what does not work. They master their script of excuses or speech on how they do not have a problem at all. They are creating a comfortable environment for themselves, but they are actually drowning in their addiction and pushing their loved ones further away. You may think, addiction, a comfortable place? While it is not comfortable, they may even hate that they are in this position, to them, it is more comfortable even facing reality.

How Do You Get Your Loved One Back?

While it can be difficult to get your loved one back from the abyss of addiction, it is possible. The main factor to a successful recovery is that they must want to be sober. You cannot force it upon them. You can be persistent and supportive, but not demanding and forceful. Setting clear boundaries will also help. Do not give them money every time they ask for it. Hold them responsible for their financial situations. Do not let them manipulate your emotions. Hold them accountable for responsibilities. Do not make excuses for them. These are just a few ways to set some healthy boundaries. Once the boundaries are set, they will realize it will be harder for them to escape reality. They will realize they can no longer manipulate you and either accept help or move onto someone else. Do not worry about them moving onto someone else, if you all have the same boundaries, the message will be clear. At the end of the day, you can be at peace knowing you have done all you can. While being at peace is never a feeling that comes natural when dealing with an addict, you need to practice it, because you can just as easily lose yourself trying to help them.

Call now for more tips on setting boundaries or finding the best addiction treatment center for yourself or a loved one. 1-844-987-2435

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5 Things You Should Know About Dual Diagnosis Treatment

The Facts About Dual Diagnosis Treatment

  1. Dual diagnosis is not rare and comes in many forms– In many cases dealing with a drug or alcohol addiction there are underlying issues that contribute or feed the addiction. On other hand, using drugs and alcohol can also cause you to develop mental issues like depression. There are countless forms of dual diagnosis from a person suffering from depression and drinking to a person suffering from schizophrenia and using heroin.
  2. Dual diagnosis can be difficult to detect– Since mental illness and substance abuse have very similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference at first glance. It takes a well trained staff to detect the underlying issues and get to the source. If you believe you or someone you love is in need of evaluation for dual diagnosis, finding a treatment center that has the qualified staff is the key to a successful recovery process.
  3. Dual diagnosis may take longer to complete– In general, substance abuse treatment is not a quick fix. Drug and alcohol rehab can range from 30 days to year, but adding mental illness to the process adds more time. Dual diagnosis moves at the patient’s pace, in order to ensure a higher success rate.
  4. Patients with dual diagnosis are high-risk– Coping with mental illness is extremely difficult. Factoring in addiction adds in more triggers and stressful situations. These symptoms can create a high suicide rate and violent tendencies when dealing with dual diagnosis.
  5. The best treatment program for dual diagnosis is integrated treatment – You cannot treat them separately. These issues need to be addressed at the same time, to help figure out which is triggering the other or if they are feeding on each. Integrated treatment helps to address issues in both areas at the same, because treating one issue first often leads to relapses or is in general more difficult to handle when in treatment. Treating both addiction and mental illness at the same time addresses all concerns and issues.

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If you or someone you know has a dual diagnosis, contact us today.

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What is the Difference Between Heroin and an Opiate?

A Common Confusion: Is There a Difference Between Heroin and an Opiate

While you may hear about heroin or opiates in the news or in a paper, you may not know what exactly they are.  Are opiates the same thing as heroin? Is an opiate more dangerous than heroin? These are all questions that have come to people’s minds when learning about drugs and addiction. So what is the difference between heroin and an opiate? The answer is none. There is no difference between an opiate and heroin. In fact, heroin is in a group of drugs called opiates.

Opiates have a wide range of variation. They range from legal drugs like morphine and codeine, two illegal drugs like heroin or opium. Opiates which are derived from the poppy seed plant are often taken to relieve pain. The problem with relieving pain by using opiates is that these drugs are very addictive. When taking any type of opiate you are immediately met with a sense of euphoria, by slow breathing, and a relaxed sense both mentally and physically. A recent surgery patient explained the feeling of taking her prescription after surgery as scary, because she could see how easy it was to get addicted. She explained, “As soon as I took the medicine, the pain was immediately gone and I felt drowsy. I knew it was a very powerful drug, because as soon as the effects wore off I needed more, which was about every 4 hours in the beginning. I could slowly see myself becoming dependent on it, so I slowly weaned myself off of it, just to be safe.”

These drugs are so powerful that if given more than prescribed, you could die immediately. While these drugs are very powerful, the more and more you take, the more your body will build up a resistance to them. This means every time you take your drug of choice, you will have to take more and more each time, to get the desired effect. If you are taking opiates, addiction is a very serious aspect you face. These drugs are powerful and while they may feel like they are helping you, you might slowly or quickly become addicted. In fact, the CDC has stated that heroin addiction, along with opiate addiction, is now an epidemic.

This epidemic is now sweeping across the country, taking thousands from us yearly. Long term effects of using opiates include: itching, pockmarks, weakened immune system, cold sweats, constipation, problems breathing, muscular weakness, loss of memory, depression, loss of appetite, insomnia, and abscesses from needle marks.

Although opiates are considered an epidemic right now, that doesn’t mean that this issue is unbeatable. People recover daily from heroin addiction and opiate addiction. While it is a tough battle to face, people do it every day. If you or someone you know has an opiate or heroin addiction, please call us now 1-844-987-2435. Our addiction specialists will guide you through the process of finding a treatment center specifically to fit your needs.

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In State vs. Out of State Addiction Treatment

The Benefits of Out of State Addiction Treatment

Deciding which addiction treatment center to attend is a very difficult decision. One of the first questions to ask yourself is: Will I attend an in state addiction program or an out of state addiction program? While some people say attending an in state rehab is cheaper and more convenient, that should not be your main focus. We are talking about your life here. Do you really want something cheap and convenient when battling your addiction or do you want the best possible outcome on your journey to sobriety? While in state rehabs work for certain individuals, you have to know where you are at in your addiction. If you are just starting your journey to recovery or have relapsed, out of state addiction treatment might be the right solution for you.

Your environment has a lot to do with your sobriety. By changing the people, places, and things in your life, you can see a new outlook on life without the distractions of your everyday life continually intruding on your recovery process. Escaping from reality is what addicts crave. They avoid the uncomfortable situations and feelings and resort back to their drug of choice. By attending an out of state addiction treatment center, you will not be able to escape as easily as before. You cannot run to your dealer or friends you share your addiction with or even rely on family members or friends to bail you out of situations, which brings up the next reason to attend an out of state rehab. Enablers, your family and friends mean well, but they are enabling you and allowing you to live comfortably in your addiction. Relocating away from your friends and family for awhile will allow you to become more independent and find yourself.

Distance also creates a good barrier when in addiction treatment. Some patients want to give up and believe recovery is not right for them, so they will leave treatment as soon as it gets uncomfortable. While an out of state rehab cannot demand that they stay in treatment, the cost of transportation to get home is a factor that might make them stay, because they cannot simply walk or take a bus home and they most likely do not know anyone in the area to stay with.

An out of state center also allows you to take in new scenery that might affect you in a positive way. You might find that hiking or surfing is something you find extremely fun and relaxing. By adding these activities into your daily life, you will be able to find a different source to rely on other than drugs or alcohol to help you get through difficult situations or feelings. You will also build a bond with the other patients in the program with you. This allows to you have a strong support group to turn to in a time of need or even to engage in sober activities together.

If you or a loved one need help finding the right addiction treatment center call us at 1-844-987-2435 and receive a free treatment assessment and plan.

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Inpatient vs. Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Which One Do You Need? Inpatient vs. Outpatient Addiction Treatment

When looking for a drug or alcohol treatment program the first category they fall under are inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment. Both options have the end goal of you or your loved one gaining full sobriety. They both offer unique and effective treatment options and have many advantages. With that being said, they are also very different addiction treatment programs. The first major difference between inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment is the living situation. With inpatient addiction treatment, it requires you to live and stay in the treatment facility while receiving proper rehabilitation. Outpatient treatment allows the patient to live at home and work or go to school in between the treatment centers hours. Both treatment programs usually last between 30 and 90 days, depending on the level of care the patient needs.

At an inpatient addiction treatment facility you live around other people who are receiving and going through a similar path to recovery. These treatment facilities offer many different types of daily support groups and therapy sessions. By surrounding yourself in an environment where everyone wants to help and see you get healthy, you are not allowing yourself to live in isolation. By participating in the support groups, you are forming bonds and growing a strong support system to help you succeed in your recovery. Forming bonds with individuals participating in the program with you keeps you honest and if you do find yourself in a bad situation, you have people to help you through it and give you advice. Inpatient addiction treatment is also a more intensive program than outpatient. Their main focus while attending an inpatient program is getting you sober and on the path to recovery, whereas an outpatient program, you have more distractions around you, like work, school, family, or other daily activities.

Attending an outpatient addiction treatment program allows you the benefit of still participating in your normal routine in life, but adding in the addiction treatment schedule too. Do not think that just because you currently have a job or go to school, that this is the best option for you. Choosing between inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment should be based on the individual and where they are at in their addiction. Your work and school have a leave of absence program that lawfully cannot penalize you for seeking addiction treatment.

Patients attending outpatient or inpatient rehabilitation both receive therapy and support groups, but it is based on the individual and their needs. Regardless of what type of treatment program you pick the end goal of both of these programs is to get living an addiction free life.

Pros to Inpatient Treatment

  • drug and alcohol free environment
  • Medical staff on hand ready to treat you if withdrawal were to occur while receiving treatment.
  • Reduced exposure to past stress and triggers
  • Reduced risk of relapse
  • Group and individual therapy sessions

Pros to Outpatient Treatment

  • Reduced cost to attend
  • Ability to continue doing your normal day to day life, going to work, school etc.
  • Family and other loved ones are closer to support you
  • Able to practice the techniques you have learned and apply them to real life situations

If you our a loved one needs help deciding which program will work best for you, call us at 1-844-987-2435 to receive a free assessment and get on the path to recovery.

Choosing the Right Addiction Treatment Center

5 Tips on Choosing the Right Addiction Treatment Center

A Helpful Guideline for Choosing the Right Addiction Treatment Center

Admitting you need help with your addiction is the first and hardest step you take on your journey to sobriety, but finding the right addiction treatment center can also be very difficult. At USA Addiction, we can help find the right addiction treatment center to fit your needs, but here are a few tips to help you figure out what you need from a treatment center.

5 Tips on Choosing the Right Addiction Treatment Center

What type of addiction do you have?

Certain treatment centers focus on certain addictions, so knowing what your addiction is can make a huge difference. Certain centers offer dual diagnosis treatment, which can treat multiple issues at the same time. For example, if you or a loved one is suffering from alcoholism and may have an underlying issue with being bipolar, the center can treat both issues at the same time. This allows you to deal with both issues, instead of focusing just on the addiction side, when your underlying issues may play a bigger part in your addiction than you think.

Location, Location, Location

Location plays a role in finding the right addiction treatment center. While there are addiction centers in every state, choosing the closest center to you may not be the answer. Getting out of the environment you are in may be the best answer for your addiction. Taking yourself out of the environment you are in, removes the negative influences around you, as well as the enablers around you. While the enablers may have good intentions, in the world of addiction enabling allows the addict to stay comfortably where they are at in their addiction, halting any progress towards sobriety. Some centers recommend seeking treatment at least two states away from your current location.

What kind of treatment are you seeking?

Do you need inpatient or outpatient treatment? Do you need a detox center before you enter treatment? These questions need to be considered before choosing which center is best for you. Most centers offer detox as part of their treatment program, but not all do. If you need detox first either make sure the center has it or make arrangements with a detox center before entering in the treatment program you would like to attend. As far as inpatient or outpatient treatment, that is something that needs to be looked at carefully. Inpatient is typically for an individual who needs a more intensive program and needs to focus solely on recovering and learning the life skills necessary to function once they leave the program. Outpatient is for individuals that need assistance with their addiction, but they are able to live in their homes and go to school or work in between their treatment. It is important to note that just because you are currently in school or have a job, does not mean that outpatient treatment is right for you. This decision should be based on the severity of your addiction. Your job cannot legally fire for seeking treatment and school programs have a leave of absence program.

Consider your interests

This may sound silly, but reviving your interest in a hobby or activity you once liked can help you through your addiction. For example, if you used to paint or go for hikes, find a program that offers those activities. Treatment centers offer a wide variety of activities, including surfing, horseback riding, yoga, cooking classes, and many more options. By choosing a program with activities you like, you can help yourself combat your addiction. When a stressful situation arises you can learn to deal with it through hiking or painting, instead of resorting back to your drug of choice. You will also meet others with your same interests and form a bond.

What form of treatment will you respond to?

There are several forms of treatment to choose from, the most common being 12 step or traditional. This traditional path is not for everyone. Some centers offer a spiritual path, a clinical path, or faith-based paths. There are centers that offer a variety of these paths as well. Another aspect to think of is if the program is co-ed or same sex only. There are several centers that are strictly male or female in order to take away from distractions. You have to choose that program that you feel will benefit you the most.

Choosing the right addiction treatment center is can be difficult that is why USA Addiction prides themselves on finding the treatment center that fits your needs the best. If you have any questions or need help finding the right treatment center for yourself or a loved one call us now at 1-844-987-2435.

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5 Helpful Tips on Avoiding Recovery Resentment

Recovery Resentment: A Major Threat to Sobriety

Recovery resentment is a complicated issue in the world of addiction. Addicts who become resentful for being sober often relapse or become so negative that very few people will stick around. Let’s look at the word resentful. Being resentful means having a feeling of persistent ill will or bitterness towards people, events, or things. Most of the time with such a negative emotion as resentment, these feelings are blown way out of proportion.

For example, in recovery resentment, a recovering addict may get resentful towards friends or family members if they see them drinking in a responsible manner. They may start rumors about that person. They may treat that person as if they are an addict, basically projecting their bad behaviors onto this person who is drinking responsibly. The fact is this recovering addict is uncomfortable and angry that they cannot drink responsibly, so they find a scapegoat to unleash all of their negative feelings onto.

Another example of recovery resentment is looking at an event or thing in a negative manner. Think of the word bonfire. What comes to mind? For me, I think of hayrides, making smores and hotdogs, and talking with family and friends. I had a conversation with a very resentful, recovering addict and that person stated, “Bonfires are for a bunch of drunks. All they do is sit around and drink. I would never have one at my house or go to one.” I was completely floored by this person’s opinion. While we all have different views and opinions on things, this person is so stuck in their past behaviors and thinking, that they cannot see a bonfire for anything but what they have experienced, labeling everyone attending a bonfire as a drunk. What this person was trying to do was make everyone else feel guilty for going to a bonfire, because that person feels guilty and angry, that they can no longer drink at a bonfire. They may also feel fearful that if they go to a bonfire, they will relapse.

Resentment in recovery has a lot to do with the fact that these recovering addicts are no longer comfortable. Before if they felt uncomfortable, they would go out and drink or use their choice of drug to numb that feeling away. They cannot do that now, so what can they do instead of dwell in their resentment?

5 helpful tips on avoiding recovery resentment

  1. Yoga or meditation can help out with controlling your anger and creates a calm environment for you to relax in.
  2. Support groups can help with talking out the issue you are having and gives you a few different views on this issue and how to deal with it. People in your support group could have gone through the same thing and can help you get through it too.
  3. Counseling is also very helpful. Understanding your emotions and how they work is a new component in your life and seeing a counselor on a regular schedule can help you work through this feeling, instead of dwelling on it.
  4. Surround yourself with positive people and things. You have no idea how negative people and things can affect you until you no longer have them around. In recovery people usually try to stay around others that have similar views. The old safety in numbers game. Get out of that negative rut and do not let others influence you in a negative way. These likeminded people will only feed your resentments and make them stronger.
  5. Take a deep breath; do not be so quick to respond. Actually think about the situation. Before recovery, you needed instant gratification. This behavior and feeling was intense and immediate, which makes a person very reactive. The mentality is: you’re not actually listening, you’re waiting to respond. Listen and think before you speak, it will help get a different perspective on the situation.

Resentment can lead you down a dangerous path, do not let it. If you or a loved one needs help with their addiction or is in fear of a relapse call us now. 1-844-987-2435