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Drug addiction is a chronic illness affecting a person's mental state and overall behavior, leading to their inability to control their urges and desire to use illicit drugs or prescription medicine for their self-gratification.

In survey data released in 2017, about 19.7 million American adults have battled with substance abuse--38% of the census covering illicit drug use.

However, not a lot of people have sought help for drug addiction treatment. More concerningly, American adults suffer both from drug addiction and mental health, also known as "co-occurring disorders."

Thankfully, mental wellness recovery providers, such as Transcend Recovery Community and outpatient treatment center, The Heights Treatment, give a second chance to those suffering from drug addiction with its rehabilitation programs and services.

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What Are Drug Addiction Treatments?

At present, there is a broad scope of procedures and techniques that individuals living with drug addiction can avail themselves of for their general treatment.

Drug addiction treatments have these three main objectives to achieve when treating a suffering individual:

For the patient to cease their dependence and abuse of illicit drugs or substances.
To remain drug-free longer-term.
To be able for recovered addicts to acclimate themselves to society seamlessly--where they can be productive in their families, at work, and the community at large.
These treatments may include a blended approach that may consist of after care programs to help patients continuously recover from their addictions.

Part of the options that are commonly offered are:

• Behavioral counseling - these may include one-on-one or group therapies depending on an individual's comfort and preference.
• Medication - as prescribed by a specialist to combat withdrawal syndrome.
• Medical application - only used when it is necessary to control withdrawal symptoms.
• Dual diagnosis treatment - when two or more illnesses affect a patient, such as a mental health affliction worsened by drug addiction.
After-care management - as earlier mentioned, there will be cases that might need post-therapy monitoring to ensure continued progress and healing.
It is crucial to understand that illicit drug abuse alters an addict's brain function, triggering cravings in the brain. Therefore, the patient must understand how to recognize, evade, and live with those triggers to be exposed to post-treatment.

Does Transcend Offer Drug Addiction Treatment And Therapies?

Transcend Recovery has a comprehensive line-up of programs and counseling techniques to help individuals suffering from drug addiction get better, while considering their comfort and involvement in their mode of therapy. It partners with its affiliate company, The Heights Treatment, a facility specializing in providing inpatient rehabilitation treatment through its extensive addiction recovery programs.

Transcend focuses on fortifying foundations for recovery, such as integrating a sense of community, self-care, spirituality, and most importantly, essential life skills. It addresses problem areas with an in-depth approach for longer-term sobriety.

Patients who need independence and greater flexibility can also enroll at Transcend’s mental health programs, geared in assisting them to be more confident in themselves and fostering encouragement for their ongoing recovery.

It currently offers three different levels of outpatient recovery services, with various programs suited to a patient's inclination. It involves in-person discussions, individual therapy sessions, and group peer sessions to help patients improve their intrapersonal and interpersonal skills. It also allows them to accept their situation and better understand their current mental condition.

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Is Drug Addiction A Disease?

Several American mental health institutes, organizations, and governing agencies, such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, classify drug addiction as a disease. It is a long-term and recurring condition of individuals compulsively yearning for drugs.

Drugs may alter how the brain communicates and deals with situations revolving around rewards, stress, and self-restraint. These may still affect someone in the long run, regardless if they have quitted themselves from drug use.

As a disease, it acts in a way that an individual's body responds to other life-threatening illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease. Similarly, it disrupts the regular function of an organ in the body--in this case, the brain for addiction. It increases a patient's risk of premature death and can still be treatable to avoid more extensive damage.

It also resembles other lifelong diseases such as hypertension and type-2 diabetes, which are conditions that require continuous supervision.

However, the classification of drug addiction as a disease is not entirely universal. Others might argue otherwise because it is not contagious or transmissible. It also is not in its nature, autoimmune, hereditary, or degenerative. And lastly, it is self-acquired, meaning the condition was formed by the individual himself.

While there are differing views about drug addiction as a disease, it is essential to note that anyone who suffers from it must seek professional help to recover from their current status.

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What Are The Signs Of Drug Addiction?

While drugs manifest different effects on people suffering from drug addiction, there would always be common symptoms easily recognizable.

Some of the usual symptoms may include physical warning signs such as:

  • Bloodshot eyes with dilated pupils
  • A noticeable shift in appetite and sleeping schedules
  • Abrupt weight changes (gaining or losing weight)
  • An evident decline in appearance or grooming
  • Unusual bodily odors
  • Impaired conditions, such as slurred speech and tremors

People who are addicted to illicit substances may also demonstrate changes in particular behavioral aspects, which could be:

  • Worsening of performance at work school
  • Inexplicable financial constraints that would lead to borrowing or stealing of money
  • Engaging in suspicious or secretive activities
  • A sudden shift in the environment may include dealing with shifty identities or places.

More alarmingly, you may encounter psychological red flags that would prompt you about their current condition. These may include:

  • Sudden mood swings, such as increased irritability or angry outbursts
  • Bouts of hyperactivity and agitation
  • Lethargy, where you notice a glazed or "spaced out" expression
  • Increased paranoia or anxiety

What Are Treatments For Drug Addiction?

Treatment involving drug addiction may be different for every patient depending on the severity of their condition.

The first stage of treatment that is key to any suffering individual's recovery is detoxification and medically managed withdrawal. Detoxification rids the body of chemicals and drugs to address the dangerous physiological effects of drug withdrawal.

Detoxification alone cannot treat a recovering patient. Therefore, supplemental therapeutic procedures must be employed as well. Additionally, a formal assessment of the case results in ascertaining the best therapy form for the patient.

Once detoxification is completed, the patient must then undergo counseling and behavioral therapies. Different treatment types may involve a group or limited to a one-on-one session, depending on the patient's need and comfort level.

Some of these therapies include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - transforming the patient's relationship with their addiction and changing their thinking associated with drug use
  • Multidimensional family therapy - created to improve better family relations with a teen or adolescent suffering a drug-related addiction.

Our partner facility, The Heights Treatment, offers programs under outpatient drug rehab and medication management to address these problem areas further.

What Makes Drug Addiction Treatment Effective?

Drug addiction can only be deemed effective if the patient and their mental health partner or counselor work closely to identify their addiction’s underlying cause. The individual must trust his specialist in whatever treatment will be prescribed to him, be vocal in addressing his concerns, and involve himself throughout the process.

People faithful to their regimen and have completed their treatment see a considerable improvement in their well-being and have adapted well to their community.

As with any chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, or asthma, patients can successfully manage drug addiction. It empowers patients to regain control of their lives.

While maintaining sobriety might be difficult for most people, relapse prevention programs ensure that individuals will continue to live a drug-free life, with added support from their peers, family, and friends. Sober companions also help post-treatment individuals avoid potential triggers and influence them to stay on track with their lifestyle changes.

Can Transcend's Drug Addiction Treatment And Therapies Help You?

Transcend Recovery offers many recovery-oriented programs to help individuals achieve growth and better quality of life. It works closely with its sister company, The Heights Treatment, which, in turn, provides substance-specific programs to ensure that appropriate therapy plans are given to related problems.

These substance rehab programs are provided exclusively by The Heights Treatment, specializing in the following:

Opioid addiction - focusing on core issues and functional areas to support the recovery process. Transcend’s approach fosters positive personal growth while emphasizing crucial factors such as life skills, community development, self-care, and spirituality. Its certified therapists can help facilitate and apply this better to the client’s situation.

Xanax Addiction - Through the initiative of Transcend’s sister program, The Heights Management, this program introduces a holistic and developmental approach in rehabilitating a patient. While in the program, patients will work with a certified addiction therapist who underwent betrayal trauma training under Dr. Patrick Carnes and the International Institute of Trauma & Addiction Professionals (IITAP).

Cocaine Addiction - Clients working with a professional and licensed therapist or counselor will help them confront their trauma in a safe and supportive environment. A strategic and layered approach is introduced to support long-term client sobriety.

Patients with milder symptoms may consider outpatient rehab that includes a partial hospitalization program (PHP), where they can return to their home or sober housing post-procedure. Additionally, the intensive outpatient program (IOP) is applicable for clients who have a decent grasp of their sobriety, who wish to resume their day-to-day activities outside treatment.

Are There Drug Addiction Treatments And Therapies Near Me?

Thankfully, numerous drug addiction treatment centers in the United States can help individuals leave behind their lives plagued by addiction and mental anguish.

While not exclusively a treatment center, Transcend Recovery Community provides supplemental recovery services in Los Angeles, Houston, and New York. Its affiliate company, The Heights Treatment, provides additional inpatient rehabilitation treatment care, especially for patients who need to avail outpatient rehab programs.

Its dedicated staff, alongside a roster of certified specialists and licensed therapists, will work with you in finding the best treatment or procedure to suit your situation.

Care and compassion are essential matters that Transcend prioritizes when dealing with its patients. You are sure to get that much-needed support from a community of loving people who are ready to see you take the next step to recovery.

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