Dana Point Rehab Campus Offers Cutting-edge Drug Rehab and Recovery
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Dana Point Rehab Campus Offers Cutting-edge Drug Addiction Treatment
Our treatment consultants are available to help 24/7.
Prescription Drug Abuse
As reported in a 2016 National Study on Drug Use and Health, approximately 28.6 million Americans over the age of 12 overused illegal drugs sometime during the 30 days before the study. That means roughly one in 10 Americans are battling some type of substance use.1
It’s common knowledge that drug addiction is a devastating disease that can take over your life – ruin your finances, career and family. Even though we know all of that, why do so many Americans find themselves addicted to drugs?
Addiction can happen in the blink of an eye and no one is immune from becoming an addict. It can happen as quickly and easily as depicted in this scenario:
Let’s say you’re in a car accident which severely injures your back. You’re in tremendous pain, need to see a doctor and possibly begin physical therapy. When the pain becomes too much to bear, the doctor prescribes you painkillers. You only have a bottle of 10 pills. What’s the harm in that?
Well, that’s all it takes— 10 tiny pills.
When a person takes a prescription drug for a nonmedical reason, it can quickly lead to addiction and the need for drug treatment. In fact, 25 percent of people who misused prescription drugs by age 13 ended up with addiction at some point in their life.2
Addiction Is A Vicious Cycle
It’s true these drugs can be generally safe when you take them for a short time and as prescribed by your doctor. However, some people may be predisposed to addiction based on factors of which they're unaware. Here’s why. In addition to helping to lessen the pain, these prescription opioids can give you a feeling of elation, exuberance, and euphoria.
While seemingly harmless at first, these drugs artificially produce these feelings of euphoria by manipulating your brain’s chemistry making you feel something exciting and exhilarating is happening. To feel this amazing euphoria again, you may choose to use drugs again and again. In some cases, you find yourself:
- Taking a higher dose than initially prescribed
- Taking someone else’s prescription, even for a medically-diagnosed problem, like extreme pain
- Illegally seeking out other illicit drugs, like cocaine and heroin, to achieve the same high at a lower cost
More people report using controlled prescription drugs than cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine combined. That puts prescription drugs second behind marijuana when it comes to illicit drug use.3
When people say that it's “all in your head,” with drug abuse that's not far from the truth. Drugs cause chemical changes in your brain. Drugs cause surges of a chemical called dopamine. This chemical produces the feelings of euphoria and excitement. After repeated use of drugs, your brain has to adjust to the higher levels of dopamine by creating less of it naturally and reducing receptors receiving and sending signals.
Drugs are essentially taking over and reprogramming brain functions in your head. What use to get a person high, isn’t enough now. More drugs are needed just to bring the dopamine functions of the brain back to normal and for the addict to continue feeling the sense of excitement and well-being. At some point horrific cravings kick in and drive the addict to seek out more drugs no matter how terrible the effects are on their life and health.
The battle of addiction begins when people find themselves acting compulsively and uncontrollably on a mission to find more drugs. Even though it’s common knowledge drugs will destroy your health, brain, and life, addiction to opioids is considered to be at epidemic proportions and the consequences are deadlier than ever.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2016, more than 42,000 people died from an opioid overdose or approximately 115 people per day. Although effective treatments exist for opiate addiction, painful and difficult withdrawal is one of the reasons treatments fail, and unfortunately, relapse occurs. That’s where Dana Point Rehab Campus can help reduce the terrible symptoms of withdrawal, help reprogram your brain and get your life back.
Below are the top 10 principles of effective treatment as reported in a research-based
guide developed by The National Institute on Drug Abuse.5
1. Addiction is a complex, treatable disease that affects and alters how the brain functions.
2. No single treatment is appropriate for everyone.
3. Treatment needs to be readily available.
4. Effective treatment attends to multiple needs of the whole person, not just their drug abuse.
5. Remaining in treatment for an adequate period is critical.
6. Behavioral therapies—including individual, family, or group counseling—are the most commonly used forms of drug abuse treatment.
7. Medications are an essential part of treatment for many patients, especially when combined with counseling and other behavioral therapies.
8. An individual's treatment and services plan must be assessed continually and modified as necessary to ensure that it meets his or her changing needs.
9. Many drug-addicted individuals also have other mental disorders.
10. Medically assisted detoxification is only the first stage of addiction treatment and by itself does little to change long-term drug abuse.
Illicit Drugs Commonly Abused
The term "illicit" refers to the use of illegal drugs, including marijuana according to federal law, and misuse of prescription medications.
Illicit drugs drugs are usually divided into two categories.
In the first category are drugs which are illegal to grow, produce, possess, sell, and use. Included in this list of drugs are cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines.
In the second category are drugs that are often legally prescribed but then are purchased, sold or obtained illegally to feed an addiction. Some examples of these drugs are Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, Ativan, Xanax, Valium, Soma, Ambien, and Suboxone, to name a few.
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1. Ahrnsbrak, Rebecca, et al. Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States: Results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, September 2017.
2. “Prescription Drug Abuse: Young People at Risk.” National Institute on Drug Abuse, June 7, 2012.
3. 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment. US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, October 2017.
4. Results from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, September 2014.
5. Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment. National Institute on Drug Abuse, January 2018.