Rehab Success Rates for Traditional Methods Are Minimal

January 21st, 2012

Why is it that when people are seriously considering entering rehab they rarely ever take the time to determine what the success rate of a particular form of rehab is? The unfortunate truth is this, most people do not check out the actual success rates of the various treatment types they are considering. Instead, they go with what they know (which is unfortunately most often the traditional 12-step program) or they go with what has the most hype.

Why is it that we will spend hours online comparing car insurance but when it comes to a matter of our health, oftentimes the difference between life and death, we simply settle on what we think we know? There is a desperate need for people to start educating themselves about what programs actually work, and which have hype behind them without actually doing anything for the people that are battling through addiction.

The problem with this
The problem is that people are told that they are going to be cured by a program that has a stunningly low success rate (more information about this later on). They do everything that the program prescribes and do their best – but ultimately they suffer from a relapse.

Now for most people drug and alcohol abuse is already a very personal thing, it is something most people are ashamed of. Imagine not only having to live with the label of “addict” but also with the label of “failure” – after all, so many other people were able to straighten up, why can’t you? This leaves a person feeling rejected by everyone, every step of the way they are going to be reminded of the fact that others have supposedly succeeded where they cannot.

Why it becomes important to learn more
So now, these people feel ostracized from both parties. They know they have an addiction problem but also feel like their attempts were for naught. However, once people educate themselves they will realize that traditional programs such as N.A. and A.A. have at least 90% failure rates – and unfortunately that is giving them quite a few more percentages than they should.

Really – 10%??
Now ask yourself this, if 100 people were sick and only 10 of them got better, would we suggest that they were “cured” or are we going to suggest that maybe these 10 were sick and tired of being sick, sick of ruining their lives with alcohol and drugs. There is a spontaneous remission rate for every disease we have ever come across. So it becomes important to ask yourself whether these traditional methods are doing anything at all other than keeping people off the street a few hours each month.

Want to get better? Educate yourself
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, it is important that you know the rehab success rate for any potential program that you may be considering. The risk of relapse and addiction only becoming worse is simply too great to go in uninformed.

When Does It Become Necessary That Drug Detox Is Used?

December 23rd, 2011

Although it may not seem fair, simply wanting to free yourself of an addiction sometimes is not enough to get clean. There are instances where supervised drug detox is not simply preferred – it is required. In order to successfully rid the body of these drugs and to combat any possible negative side effects, drug detox is the most successful method.

Drugs that require medical drug detox
With the increase of people addicted to opiate drugs like methadone and heroin, and prescription medication abuse, including Vicodin, Xanax, Oxycontin, and Hydrocodone, drug detox is considered the only way to battle addiction to these drugs. Many of these drugs are associated with psychological dependence. Often times those that are detoxing are closely monitored. Being closely monitored can include a professional administering medication when needed, giving support, and keeping vital signs.

The goal of drug detox
The idea behind drug detoxification is to expel the poisonous toxins that are in the patient’s system. These poisonous toxins have accumulated from drug use. One of the reasons it is often recommended that drug detox be done with the help of a professional is because drug detox can be a painful and extremely frightening experience unless the proper treatment is administered. Sometimes patients are so physically dependent on drugs that the body enters a state of withdrawal after only a few hours of staying clear of drugs. This can make it physically dangerous and extremely difficult to quit ‘cold turkey’.

What people should realistically expect
Anyone who suggests that drug detox is a piece of cake is either lying, or has not gone through it. Addiction means that the body is used to getting certain chemicals, it craves these chemicals. Once you stop feeding your body these chemicals, people experience withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the drug of choice, withdrawal symptoms are going to be different in nature and severity. It also depends on how long the person has been using drugs and how often they administered them. Common symptoms and signs to expect in this situation are depression, insomnia, vomiting, nausea, sweats, and the shakes.

Beyond the short-term
Behind just getting rid of the drugs on the short-term, it is tremendously beneficial to complete a thorough detoxification of the body. These are often done through a complete nutritional program and full-body cleansing. This is often referred to as biophysical detox. With biophysical detox, stored toxins that are hidden in body tissue (often fat cells) are removed. These stored toxins can be a problem for people, long after they have completed a simple drug detox program. Biophysical detox is a proven method to restore mental capacity, energy, and most importantly eliminate physical cravings for drugs. If the physical cravings for the drugs are eliminated, it substantially reduces the chances of chronic relapse. Good drug detox can take quite a bit of time, but ultimately it is one of the most critical steps that should be taken when it comes to permanently ridding the body of cravings for the drug.

The Truth Behind Inpatient Drug Rehab Centers

November 18th, 2011

If you are dependent on drugs, you already know that not using for an hour a day is not the problem. That is one of the reasons that 12-step programs are not even comparable to inpatient drug rehab centers when it comes to effectively dealing with addiction. When you are in a 12-step program, you are expected to kick the habit yourself, perhaps with the support of a sponsor, but ultimately most of the day you are left to your own devices. Ask yourself– are people that can kick their addiction just by sitting around in a group a few hours a week truly addicted? Are they truly cured?

At no point does a 12-step program discuss the underlying problem behind addictive behavior. This means that even if people are able to stay off drugs for a time, the underlying problem is just pushed beneath the surface. The problem is not actually dealt with. Inpatient drug rehab centers address all three levels that are necessary to battle addiction: emotional, physical, and psychological. If you fail to address even one of those important levels, chances of relapse increase dramatically.

The physical
Whether you are giving up alcohol, drugs or both, you are going to notice significant consequences if you choose to quit ‘cold turkey’. If you have trained professionals around you as you do at an inpatient drug rehab centers, the chances of you relapsing because of your physical needs are drastically reduced. Furthermore, when you are receiving inpatient treatment, chances of any unforeseen medical complications are also lessened. While it may not be a pleasurable experience, it does help that someone is there to guide you as comfortably and quickly as possible to the other side of the detox process.

The psychological
As mentioned before, there is more to drug addiction than just the physical dependence. Whereas the physical affects may wane after a while, often the underlying psychological dependencies cause a person to relapse. It is necessary to remember that what works for one person does not necessarily work for someone else. Every individual needs different styles and types of treatment. These depend upon their individual circumstances.

The emotional
Some people refer to it as the spiritual or mental process instead of the emotional process. Regardless of what you call it, it is a crucial step. If you choose outpatient treatment, you have to worry about every-day occurrences that distract you.  The peace of mind and emotional safety that inpatient drug rehab centers provide is a critical aspect to your success. Drug rehabilitation takes all of your focus. If you argue with your significant other or have stress from work that you take home, or a disruptive home life, you are not fully focused on rehabilitation. Inpatient drug rehab centers provide you with a shield between you and the rest of the world. That means you can focus on recovering rather than have to focus on everything else.

Choosing where to do your rehab is one of the most important choices in your life, the right choices significantly reduce your chances of relapse.

Short Term Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation is Not a Dream Come True

October 2nd, 2011

Watching a drug addict or alcoholic be lost in the world of addiction is a sad and heart wrenching event. What is just as sad is to see the elated friends and family of an addict who has decided to reach out for help. Perhaps the addict has signed into a two week or month long rehabilitation program, or has begun to faithfully attend meetings every night of the week. In many cases the true fact is what has happened here is the family has been handed a Band-Aid to ease the pain of watching their loved one be lost in a sea of drugs for a very short period of time.

So often when moms and dads or sisters or brothers drop their beloved drug addict at the doors of a rehab center to begin their month long treatment, they are just beaming, and will say it’s like a dream come true. Finally their son or daughter is going to be drug free. Yes they are, but for how long? There are certainly those that do make it in that short of a period of time. If the facts were really looked at though, what would the percentages be for this small group of successful addicts?

The reality is that drug addiction of any kind no matter what the drug is, including alcohol, affects the mind and the body. It is extremely difficult to fully treat both of these in a mere few weeks. Yes, the addict can manage to remain drug free for that period of time they are in there. Think about it though, a month to get the system totally free of any after effects of the drug, while at the same time deal with the fragile state of mind that the addict is in. Then they have to get to the point of being strong minded, stable and confident enough to walk back out into a world that they have not really been part of for whatever length of time they have been addicted. All of this in a matter of a few weeks?

Looking at it from this perspective it sheds a new light on why the optimum choice would be a long term inpatient rehab program. To begin with it lifts the mental pressure off the addict of having to try and accomplish everything a rehab program is meant to do in a short period of time. Every addict had a start to their addiction and unless they are taken back to this period to find the trigger, there is no way that one can move forward. If this isn’t addressed then there is a much higher risk of returning back to the old ways once the program is completed. This is the risk with the older types of programs that addresses the physical addiction, and relies on the addict to handle the emotional addiction.

There are two individuals that make the choice of the type of rehab program that the addict should go into. It’s either the addict himself who will usually go for the first one that he may know about and is the cheapest, or the family members will make the arrangements. The family members are so distressed at the state of their loved one they will push for the first available rehab, and the one that is most well-known to them.

Making a decision for drug rehabilitation is a big, big step and if any decision called for the need to be an informed one, it would certainly be this. Time is of the essence of course to get an individual into a program, and there are professionals who have done all the research, so all it takes is following the advice of experts who can expedite the choices that are going to give the addict the best possible chance.

Super Class Addictions and Inpatient Drug Rehab Programs

April 12th, 2011

Over the years I have worked with thousands of families in providing advice and help for addiction. It is surprisingly common for a family member to ask “how do you know when someone is addicted enough to need inpatient drug rehab treatment?” What is more surprising is that most of the time this is asked even when they know the loved one is using hard drugs and they are smoking, snorting or using needles.

While this is not a hard rule for all situations, it could be applied as such and would probably only be helpful to ANY family. The rule is that if any super class drug use exists (heroin, crack, meth or oxycontin), then run don’t walk to an inpatient rehab center.

Those drugs are simply so powerful that they have the very strong likelihood of consuming a person’s body and mind after just one use and certainly after multiple uses. This does not mean that other addictions are any less severe, but with these drugs there is just no wiggle room. If someone is using them there is no time for urine tests and Q&A of thinking that maybe someone can beat it on their own. Statistics show that just won’t happen and worse, by waiting things like overdose, legal/jail, and accidents involving injury or death occur.

Inpatient drug rehabs allow someone to step away for a bit to get out of the environment and daily use cycle and if long term even better so that they have a real chance to get their head clear and get the necessary help to resolve the underlying issues for using such drugs.

How Much Do Inpatient Drug Rehabs Cost?

November 29th, 2010

It’s no secret that health care costs have dramatically increased over the last decade, and it has transferred over to the field of drug addiction treatment as well, especially for inpatient drug rehabs.

While costs do vary widely, we have noticed that an average fee for an inpatient program is about $10,000 per month.  Of course they can range much higher or lower than that, but it is a rough average.  This also means that long-term rehab programs easily cost over $30,000 as a median price range.

If you’re like me, you don’t have 30K just sitting around in cash.  This is why there are varying levels or methods of helping to cover the cost of treatment.  These can include public funding for those who qualify and centers that can receive it, insurance coverage, payment plans, scholarship programs and even emergency medical loans.

While it may seem like a huge barrier, if you find the right program for your situation, and it works, then there really is no price tag to put on saving a life.  Compare this to spending the same amount for a year at college, which people do all the time without thinking twice, so why not to help save someone from the depths of addiction.

So, while searching for the best drug rehabs to choose from, don’t automatically think that the most expensive one is the best, but don’t rule yourself out of finding a way to get into a successful long-term facility that gets proven results.

Drug Implants or Inpatient Drug Rehabs?

October 13th, 2010

Seriously, the drug companies continue to go beyond the realms of reason.  Now there is a study that was publised about giving opiate addicts implants of the drug Suboxone under their arms to try and bypass the oral medication route.  Of course there is some short-term benefit of the amount of heroin or other painkiller being taken when their body is already being supplied a drug!  That’s a no-brainer!  But what about when the implants wear off and they start to have withdrawal symptoms again – then what?

Exactly – most will go back to using the other drugs again.  Now, a real solution would be a successful drug rehabilitation program that could provide effective drug addiction treatment – something of the long-term inpatient rehab variety, and something that DID NOT GIVE THEM MORE DRUGS!

“Entourage” Character Vince Depicts Real-Life Substance Abuse Problems

September 11th, 2010

Have you ever watched “Entourage” on HBO?  If you’ve seen it recently then you know that the main character, Vince, is currently dealing with some substance abuse issues.  As if the frequent binge-drinking weren’t enough, there has also recently been cocaine use as well as prescription painkillers.

The advent of the drug use comes with a new girlfriend, an adult film star no less, who encourages this use.  Vince thinks he is in love with her, but it is the altered reality created by the alcohol and drugs that is fueling the synthetic feeling of love.  This is actually a very common real-life situation.  People begin to abuse drugs and alcohol and wind up in relationships where the main common bond is the drugs.  Since drug abuse is a destructive behavior then nothing but destruction can come from a “love” based on it. 

One thing that happens with people who go to inpatient drug rehabs is that when they wake up and start to become rehabilitated they see the lies that the prior relationships were built on.  By doing so they will hopefully avoid the same mistakes in the future and instead seek healthy, constructive bonds instead.  The season finale is coming up, and hopefully it includes Vince getting some effective addiction treatment help, prefeably at a non-12-step drug rehab program.

Eminem Talks About Recovery

June 23rd, 2010

It is no secret that alcohol and drugs are intertwined in the hip-hop world, and Eminem’s battle with a prescription drug addiction had been public for some time.  In an interview with Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush, the rapper said, “I guess I really had to reach down, reach deep down and look at myself and realize this is my fault, like, take responsibility for the way I’m living and stop blaming other people.”

As far as celebrities who have gone to inpatient rehabs, or anyone for that matter, this is one of the most powerful statements that can be made, because blaming the addiction on someone else or some made-up disease only take the responsibility away from the person.  Many non-12 step rehabs are responsibility-based instead of disease-based, which is just one reason why they are typically more successful.

Eminem’s latest single “I’m Not Afraid” went straight to number 1 off his new album, appropriately titled “Recovery”, which was just released.  If you’re looking for a drug recovery center, we can help.  Call our hotline now to find an inpatient rehab that works by dialing 1-800-670-9372.

Lindsay Lohan in Need of Inpatient Rehab?

June 9th, 2010

Let’s face it, the girl continues to bring all of the negative attention on herself and can’t seem to stay out of the celeb gossip/news.  Most recently, she missed a court hearing for being out of the country and a warrant was issued, then she posted bail and appeared and was ordered to wear an alcohol monitoring ankle bracelet. Then the other night at the MTV Movie Awards she supposedly changed seats to move away from Dr. Drew Pinsky (star of VH1′s Celebrity Rehab) and later that night the alarm on her ankle bracelet went off.  The next day a new warrant for probation violation was issued and she posted another 100K in bail money but claimed, through her lawyer, that she didn’t violate the conditions of her probation.

That’s a lot of money and drama in recent days for supposedly doing well.  Despite the alcohol situation, reports have surfaced that she is still taking “legitimate” prescription drugs that have a high potential for abuse.  While she attempted an inpatient drug rehab in the past, it is apparent by her behavior alone that the problem has not been solved and maybe she should be ordered to a long-term program, like a 90 day drug rehab.  Maybe this time she’ll choose a non-12 step drug rehab so she isn’t programmed into thinking that its okay to relapse because she has a disease.