Why Finding Funding for Treatment Is Worth It

Addiction treatment is funded in a variety of ways. Often, health insurance covers a significant portion of the costs. Frequently, patients use more than one source to pay for their treatment. The 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that about 53% of patients surveyed used two or more sources of funding. These included private insurance, public assistance programs like Medicare or Medicaid, gifts or loans from family members, personal savings or earnings, and payment through military health care, the court system, or an employer. Continue reading Why Finding Funding for Treatment Is Worth It

Reviewing EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy originally developed to treat post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro, who made the observation that when upsetting thoughts came to her mind, her eyes began moving rapidly. She theorized that it was the brain’s mechanism for dealing with unwelcome memories and noticed that when the memories were recalled later, they had lost a great deal of their power. Dr. Shapiro began studying the phenomenon, and in 1989, published a study of the successful use of EMDR on 22 trauma victims. Continue reading Reviewing EMDR

How Does Treatment Get Me from Addiction to Recovery?

Addiction is a multi-faceted condition that needs to be addressed in a comprehensive manner. Quality treatment programs recognize this and focus attention on multiple areas of need. Although no one program is the right choice for every individual struggling with addiction, there are commonalities among effective treatment programs. Continue reading How Does Treatment Get Me from Addiction to Recovery?

Choosing Treatment: Why You Need to Call Rehab Centers for Information

There are many types of addiction treatment programs. Methods and therapies differ as do treatment philosophies. In a research-based guide to effective addiction treatment, the National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that no one treatment program is the right choice for every patient. They stress the importance of matching treatment to each individual’s unique needs.[i] Continue reading Choosing Treatment: Why You Need to Call Rehab Centers for Information

6 Ways to Guard Against Relapse when Transitioning Back to Living Alone

People who have been in residential treatment centers for amphetamine addiction often have mixed emotions about returning to life on their own. They may be excited about moving on and putting their new skills into practice, but it is also natural to be nervous about the possibility of relapse. Planning ahead and preparing for success is important. Some of the ways in which people can guard against relapse when returning home include the following: Continue reading 6 Ways to Guard Against Relapse when Transitioning Back to Living Alone

6 Benefits of a Recovery Lifestyle

Substance addiction to drugs like amphetamine is a disease with wide-ranging consequences. When people become addicted to drugs or alcohol, almost every area of life is touched in some way. Conversely, when people address addiction and begin to recover, life improvements are also seen in multiple domains. Benefits of living a substance-free life in recovery include the following: Continue reading 6 Benefits of a Recovery Lifestyle

4 Reasons Addiction Is Considered a Disease

Although addiction was once considered a matter of character or morals, it is now understood to be a disease and classified as such by most medical and research associations. The American Medical Association, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the World Health Organization all agree that addiction is a chronic yet treatable disease that affects the brain and body. Addiction is considered a disease for many reasons, including the following.

  1. Addiction Changes the Structure and Function of the Brain

Advances in brain imaging and other research tools have led to a greater understanding of the ways in which the brains of people who suffer from addiction are affected. These include changes in multiple brain regions.

The World Health Organization notes that drugs and alcohol produce immediate effects in neurotransmitter systems, but that there are also many short- and long-term changes at the cellular level. They note that long-term effects are usually associated with changes in gene expression and synthesized proteins. The proteins alter the function of neurons and lead to changes in behavior.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) explains that drugs use the brain’s communication system to disturb the way that nerve cells process information. They can do this in various ways. Some drugs, such as marijuana and heroin, imitate the brain’s natural chemicals and fool the brain into sending abnormal signals. Other drugs, such as cocaine and methamphetamine, cause the release of abnormally large amounts of neurotransmitters.

The neurotransmitter most often associated with the development of addiction is dopamine, part of the brain’s reward system. When the reward system is overstimulated, a reinforcing pattern is put into place. The brain adapts to the surges in dopamine by producing less or by reducing the number of receptor cells, which leads people to use larger and larger amounts of their drug of choice.

The glutamate system is also affected. Glutamate is associated with learning, and when the concentration is changed, cognitive function can be altered. NIDA reports that in drug-addicted individuals, there are changes in areas of the brain associated with decision-making, memory, learning, judgment and behavior control. NIDA concludes that while the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary in the majority of cases, the brain changes caused by substance use severely affect an addicted individual’s ability to exercise restraint.

  1. There Is a Strong Genetic Component to Addiction

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence estimates that about half of the risk of developing addiction comes from genetic factors. Studies of adopted children and twins raised apart have confirmed that the tendency of addiction to run in families is not solely due to environmental considerations such as parental modeling.

  1. People Vulnerable to One Addiction are also Vulnerable to Others

Because a predisposition to addiction is due to brain changes, any potentially addicting substance or activity can become a problem. It is not uncommon for people to replace one addiction with another or to relapse on their drug of choice because use of another substance affected the same brain regions involved in the primary addiction. The tendency towards cross-addiction can also be seen in families where there is a strong history of addiction, but not always to the same substances.

  1. Addiction Can Be Effectively Treated with Medications

Medications have not been developed to treat every addiction, but for those suffering from addiction to opioids, opiates, or alcohol, pharmaceuticals can be a very important addition to a treatment protocol. Medications are currently in development to treat addiction to other substances as well.

Medications for addiction alter the way in which neurotransmitters affect the body by binding to receptor sites. Drugs that mimic the action of natural neurotransmitters are known as agonists. Other drugs, known as antagonists, bind to receptor sites, but do not activate them. In that way, they block the actions of other drugs on the same receptors. Drugs approved to treat addiction to opiates and opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers include methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone. Medications for alcohol addiction include naltrexone, acamprosate, disulfiram and topiramate.

You Can Take Back Your Life

Addiction is a serious disease, but one that can be treated effectively. If you or a loved one is ready to overcome an addiction to amphetamines, give us a call. Our helpline is available 24 hours a day and the call is toll-free. Our employees are compassionate and knowledgeable and understand the issues involved. They can answer your questions and help you understand your treatment options. They can also check your insurance coverage for you if you wish, at no cost or obligation. Don’t let addiction take any more of your life from you. Call now and begin to take it back.

What to Do When Someone Lies About Amphetamine Use

What to Do When Someone Lies About Amphetamine Use
When a loved one lies about her amphetamine use, it is hard to know how to respond

Addiction is often based on lies. Amphetamine users may lie to themselves and to others, they may hide or justify their drug use, they may minimize the amount or the consequences of amphetamine use and they may even deny that the addiction exists in the first place. When a loved one lies about his amphetamine use, it is hard to know how to respond, but ignoring his lies will not make the situation any better. Seek help to begin recovery for drug abuse.

 

When a loved one lies about amphetamine use, then consider her actions to see the situation objectively. If she indicates drug abuse or addiction, then do not simply believe what this person tells you, but take action to promote recovery. It is tempting to ignore or minimize amphetamine abuse, especially if the addict is aiding your denial through denial and lies of her own. In other words, it is easier to believe the stories a loved one tells than it is to face the truth, but addiction is a progressive and chronic disease, so allowing it to progress makes the situation worse while it also complicates recovery. Addiction does not improve unless it is acknowledged and action is taken.

 

Recognize the difference between helping and enabling drug users, and acknowledge when your words or action support amphetamine abuse rather than recovery. If you realize that your loved one is addicted to amphetamines and that you no longer listen to his lies, denials and minimizations of drug-related behaviors, then you may still support his addiction through attempts to “help.” Offering a place to stay, food or money may seem like ways to protect your drug-using loved one, but these actions only protect him from facing the consequences that lead to recovery. Addicts will lie about needing money or about how the money will be spent, so requests for grocery or rent money are often thinly veiled requests for drugs—or the money may be used to purchase more drugs despite original intentions to do otherwise. The original request for money may be true, but it may a lie one once the addict has access to ready cash.

 

Find Truth in Amphetamine Addiction Recovery

 

End drug abuse to end the lies. Call our toll-free helpline to learn more about your options for helping a loved one overcome amphetamine addiction. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to assess your needs and to connect you to family mediation, intervention and rehab resources.

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What Does Personal Healing from Amphetamine Addiction Look Like?

What Does Personal Healing from Amphetamine Addiction Look Like?
Healing after addiction begins with abstinence, and repairing physical damage associated with amphetamine abuse

Amphetamine addiction is a damaging disease but healing is possible for any person. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines recovery as, “a process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence and improved health, wellness and quality of life.” Science, health professionals and individuals in recovery have proven that anyone can take steps to get clean, make a change and find personal healing. A drug-free life will look a little different for every individual, but many concepts and experiences will be the same.

Physical Healing After Amphetamine Addiction

SAMHSA’s definition of recovery begins with “improved health, wellness.” Healing after addiction begins with finding abstinence, rebalancing the body and repairing any physical damage associated with amphetamine addiction. Some potential physical effects of amphetamine abuse include the following:

  • Damage to brain cells
  • Amphetamine psychosis
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Aggression
  • Malnutrition
  • Lack of sleep

Ending amphetamine use allows for many of these effects to be reversed or healed. The brain can develop new channels and connections when more cells aren’t being continually damaged and it can reestablish its own mood-balancing chemicals. Changes in thought patterns and behavior may reverse of their own accord once use has ended, or therapists can help patients work through thoughts and emotions to develop healthy coping mechanisms and emotional reactions. Treatment professionals can call in nutritionists to help individuals get the foods and nutrients they need to rebuild a strong body. Personal healing after amphetamine addiction begins with personal health on a physical and psychological level, and this base for recovery allows greater healing to take place.

Improving Quality of Life after Amphetamine Addiction

Once physical and mental health has begun to improve, recovering amphetamine users can begin to heal on a larger psychological, social and functional scale. Relationships are strained by addiction, but recovery allows these to begin to heal. Family members can get involved in therapy. Individuals can come to recognize how their actions affected others and how they can repair the relationships that will support their recovery while ending those that are associated with drug use and not based on love and concern. Recovering amphetamine users can rebuild their quality of life in many areas. Finances often suffer during addiction due to legal or medical fees, job loss or simply the cost of drugs alone. Recovery allows individuals to pursue better jobs or find a job they are passionate about and begin to save money or spend it on healthy, beneficial interests such as family vacations. Quality of life improves as individuals engage in healthy activities, find hobbies they love and rediscover the joy of a clean, healthy and sober life.

Find Healing After Addiction

When you or a loved one struggles with addiction, many areas of life suffer. Heal them all. Call our toll-free helpline and be directly connected to a caring, concerned and knowledgeable admissions coordinator. He or she will listen to your concerns, provide a free assessment and connect you to the resources for addiction recovery and healing that you need as an individual or a family. We are here for you 24 hours a day. Let us help.

Is Amphetamine Addiction Chronic?

Is Amphetamine Addiction Chronic?
Amphetamine addiction is a condition that never truly goes away

Addiction can be a controversial subject because many people misunderstand it, but learning about addiction is important if you want to overcome or avoid it. Anyone can become addicted to a drug like amphetamines, but you may wonder if you will be addicted to them forever once you develop dependence. In many ways amphetamine addiction is a chronic condition, meaning it does not go away with time. You can manage and move past your addiction, but relapsing on amphetamines can quickly lead to addiction once again. No matter how long you have stayed clean from amphetamines, remember that one slip up could be all it takes to become addicted again.

Am I Always Addicted to Amphetamines?

A common mistake that recovering addicts make is thinking that they have overcome addiction, so it is okay to abuse drugs again. Even if you are no longer experiencing cravings for amphetamines, abusing them can trigger the return of your addiction. When you became addicted to amphetamines, your brain set up a reward system so that every time you used drugs it read the experience as a benefit, which later sent your body signals to use more drugs. This system means that, when you go without drugs, then this reward system is inactive; the problem is that relapsing activates it once again, so you will find yourself craving more amphetamines after abusing them once in recovery.

Living with Amphetamine Addiction

Although amphetamine addiction is something you must be aware of for your whole life, with continued treatment after rehab it will become a condition that will affect your life less and less. Staying involved in aftercare will reinforce everything you learned in rehab, and it will continually get easier for you to deal with cravings and to avoid triggers that could lead to relapse. Living with amphetamine addiction means you may have to change some things about your life—such as the environment you are in or the people you hang around—but avoiding amphetamine abuse will result in a higher quality of life.

Treatment for Amphetamine Addiction

If you are addicted to amphetamines, then call our toll-free helpline today to find out how amphetamine addiction treatment can help you quit using drugs. Our admissions coordinators are here for you 24 hours a day to discuss your addiction and to let you know more about your treatment options. They can let you know if your health insurance will pay for rehab, and they can even direct you to an effective treatment center where you can begin your recovery from addiction. Call now to begin recovery as soon as possible.