Do I Need Drug Treatment?

Many people with substance abuse issues experience tremendous difficulty admitting that they need help. Overcoming the denial is a huge step. People who have lost jobs, homes, relationships and even their freedom can continue to be in denial of their drug or alcohol problem. They blame their boss for firing them. They got evicted because their landlord was a jerk. They got arrested because they have bad luck. Drugs and alcohol may be the common denominator in all of these scenarios, but they won’t see that until they are ready. Often this denial is fueled by fear. What if people find out? Will I have to go to drug treatment? I can’t be away from home for 30 days.

How Can I Tell if I Need Drug Treatment?

People are quick to compare themselves to others who they perceive as being worse off than themselves. They think because they don’t drink or use as much as some of their friends, they don’t have a problem. They are quick to list a number of things that haven’t happened to them—they’ve never been arrested, they’ve never blacked out, they’ve never stolen anything for drugs…

First, this may only be a list of “yets.” Addiction is a progressive illness that only gets worse over time. You will often hear people in 12 Step meetings talk about finally deciding to get sober because they were starting to do all the things they swore they wouldn’t. Second, whether or not you need drug treatment is not necessarily dependent on how much or how often you use, but rather what happens when you use and how does it make you feel. You might only get high on weekends—but do you spend your week obsessing about drinking and using over the weekend. The day after you use, are you overcome with guilt or remorse? Once you pick up a drink or a drug, do you lose control over what will happen next?

There is a Solution can help. If you suspect that you may need drug treatment, call one of our caring professionals today for a free evaluation. They can help you determine whether or not you need treatment and, if so, what level of care would be best for you. If you are concerned about a loved one, There is a Solution can refer you to a professional interventionist who can help get your loved one to agree to get help.

You can reach us 24/7 by calling 1-800-832-5250.

How to Find a Halfway House in Florida

 

image of a halfway house for men in FloridaIf you are searching for a halfway house in Florida, you may be overwhelmed by all the different sober homes there are or you may be at a loss at where to begin.

The following are several suggestions to help you find the halfway house that is best for you:

  • Ask around at 12 Step meetings.

If there is a halfway house with a good reputation, people in the rooms will know about it. Likewise, if there is a halfway house known for sketchy practices or people always seem to be relapsing there, it’s good to know that too. It’s important that you ask around and not just ask one person. He/she may have negative comments about a place, but it might be that that they were kicked out for breaking the rules. Ask at least 5 people. Also, you probably have seen vans pulling up outside meetings that come from treatment centers, but sometimes they are also from halfway houses. A halfway house that offers transportation to meetings is a huge plus. It shows that they care if their clients are actually working a program.

  • Take a Tour

A lot of houses are more than willing to set up a tour. Not a lot of halfway houses have websites and even less have decent pictures that can really give you an idea of what the place looks like. The actual house can look better—or worse—than it does in pictures. Also, this will give you an idea of what the community at the house is like—is comfortable and homey? Does it look well maintained? Are a bunch of people just lying around sleeping in the middle of the day on a Tuesday?

  • Rules Rule

Understandably your first thought may not be “I want to find a super strict house with a lot of rules.” But finding a house that has—and actually enforces—rules is important. Especially during early recovery, you want to be in a positive environment with recovery focused individuals. You don’t want stay somewhere with no structure and no one caring what is going on.

There is a Solution is a network of treatment centers and halfway houses. We help people find the level of care they need at the facility that is right for them. We believe in presenting people with a variety of options so they can make them best choice for themselves. To learn more about halfway houses in Florida or to get help finding one, call There is a Solution 24/7 at 1-800-832-5250.

Is My Child on Drugs? 5 Signs of Addiction that Every Parent Should Know

 

Being the parent of a teenage can be overwhelming. Teenage years are a time of emotional upheaval and drastic physical change. Navigating these changes can be stressful. Some teens will turn to drugs and alcohol to deal with pressure. It is important that parents understand the difference between typical teenage behavior and the warning signs that something may be wrong.

The following are 5 signs that your teen may have a substance abuse problem:

  1. Change in Appearance

Teenage years are a time of experimentation. Kids are often trying to figure out who they are and where they fit in. Just because your daughter starts dressing “goth” or your son starts listening to a different type of music does not mean they are doing drugs.  However, lack of interest in personal appearance, always looking tired or sudden unexplained changes in weight shouldn’t be ignored.

  1. Giving Up Sports or Other Extracurricular Activities

Another sign of teen substance abuse is the loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. Drug and alcohol use will take precedence over healthier activities and become the main focus.

  1. Dropping Old Friends for New Ones

Again, the teenage years can bring about a lot of changes. Making new friends and leaving behind old ones is often part of growing up. However, if your teen starts to hang around known drug users and drops all of his/her old friends, this can be cause for concern.

  1. Secretive Behavior

Your daughter says that she will be at a friend’s house, but when you call the friend’s parent you find that she was never there. Your son comes home and goes directly into his room, like he doesn’t even want to see you. You caught your teen sneaking out at night.

  1. Drug Paraphernalia

Look for drug paraphernalia, including pipes, bongs, rolling papers, straws, plastic baggies, small packages of incense and/or needles. If you find something and confront your teen about, they will often try to deny that it is theirs and claim that it actually belongs to a friend. It is also very possible that whatever you find is only the tip of the iceberg.

 

Fortunately, early intervention can help prevent the problem from getting worse. If you suspect that your teen is abusing drugs and/or alcohol, call There is a Solution today. We specialize in finding individuals and their families affordable drug treatment. You can speak with one of our recovery specialists 24/7 by calling 1-800-832-5250. The sooner you call, the easier it can be for your child to move past their substance abuse struggles and focus on their future.

Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse

Some studies have found that approximately half of those that are diagnosed with bipolar disorder struggle with substance abuse as well. The chaos and flood of overwhelming feelings associated with rapid cycling can cause individuals to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. Bipolar is characterized by manic highs and periods of extreme lows. An individual in the middle of a manic episode will act out impulsively and irrationally. They may participate in high risk behaviors, such as drug use. During this “high” they may think they are doing great, unaware of the dangerous situations they put themselves in. Manic episodes are often followed by periods of crushing depression. The depressive symptoms often include feelings of worthlessness and regret and loss of energy and enjoyment in activities.

Because the symptoms of bipolar disorder and the behaviors of active addiction are so similar, one disorder can often mask the other, making it difficult to diagnosis. If an individual has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder but continues to abuse drugs and alcohol, any treatment, including medication, they receive for their mental illness cannot be fully effective.

Dual diagnosis treatment refers to the process of treating both disorders alongside each other. Until the substance abuse issue is addressed, a proper diagnosis cannot be made. A rehab center that specializes in dual diagnosis treatment offers clients a combination of therapeutic and psychiatric services with a strong focus on recovery. Relapse prevention groups place a strong emphasis on the way both illnesses can exacerbate one another and how to focus on recovering from both. For example, an individual can go to 12 Step meetings, get a sponsor and begin working the steps, but if he or she does not take the steps to treat their bipolar disorder, such as get on the correct medication and meet regularly with a psychiatrist, they made find themselves susceptible to relapse.

There is a Solution can help you or your loved one get help. We specialize in finding the proper level and type of care for your specific needs. We work with a large network of detox centers, outpatient clinics, residential treatment facilities, dual diagnosis treatment centers, intensive outpatient programs and sober living residences. We can help you find a recovery program that accepts your insurance or can provide an affordable financial option. To speak with someone today, call 1-800-832-5250. Our caring staff is available 24/7 to answer your questions.

How to Avoid Relapsing in Early Sobriety

While inpatient treatment has saved the lives of countless addicts, there are many that complete a 30 day treatment program only to return home and pick up where they left off. Most addictions professionals will strongly urge addicts and alcoholics to remain in some type of sober environment for 3 months to a year. To return home too soon to old people, places and things and stressful or toxic situations can often prove to be too overwhelming. Even people determined to stay sober can find themselves returning to drugs and alcohol.

 

There are the basic steps to follow that you hear over and over again that are designed to help you avoid relapsing in early sobreity. Attend 90 meetings in 90 days. Get a sponsor. Work the 12 Steps. But for some this may not be enough. Those with more urgent underlying issues, such as trauma or mental illness, may need continued therapeutic support. Also, chronic relapsers who have made multiple attempts to stay sober before often need to take advantage of every recovery resource that is available to them. This includes sober housing and outpatient treatment.

 

Sober housing—also referred to as sober living, halfway houses and transitional living—is a place where individuals in early recovery live together and follow certain rules. Generally, you will pay a weekly amount that includes rent and utilities. A house manager is responsible for making sure residents follow the house guidelines and attend meetings on a regular basis. Residents are drug tested to ensure a sober environment. Sober houses encourage a strong sense of community and many enjoy the time they spend at these houses and recognize is an opportunity to focus on their sobriety.

 

Outpatient treatment is another way to avoid relapsing in early sobriety. To go from 24/7 care and supervision at an inpatient treatment center to being back on your own can disorienting. Many find that a proper aftercare plan can help them stay connected and accountable during early recovery. Ongoing counseling and relapse prevention groups help clients deal with the changes that come with sobriety and handle stress and the ups and downs associated with the first few months of recovery.

 

There is a Solution is a free service that helps men and women at varying stages of recovery. We connect you with the help you need, whether its detox, inpatient, outpatient or sober housing.

 

To learn more about how we can help you or your loved one, call us today at 1-800-832-5250. 

 

Best Addiction Treatment Centers in Florida

 

There is a Solution is a treatment placement service that works with some of the best treatment centers in Florida. We specialize in finding drug and alcohol treatment for people. To learn more about our services call 1-800-832-5250.

Research has shown that the best approach to addiction treatment utilizes a multimodal approach that incorporates group therapy and individual sessions with a strong focus on the underlying issues. Our network consists of respected and trusted treatment centers that provide individualized treatment plans for clients.

Different therapeutic approaches include:

  • Art Therapy

Art therapy revolves around the creative process as well as the finished product as a form of therapeutic expression. Clients gain insight into themselves through using journaling, poetry, movement, music and painting as an outlet for feelings and emotions. They are also able to interpret the finished project as a means of gaining deeper understanding into thoughts and actions.

  • Trauma Therapy

Trauma Therapy treats issues stemming from trauma. Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder is brought on by a traumatic event and symptoms can include depression, anxiety, insomnia, night terrors, intrusive memories and flashbacks. It is not uncommon for someone who has experienced a traumatic event to use drugs and alcohol as a way to self- medicate. To achieve lasting recovery, clients need to address and process past trauma. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a method used by many drug and alcohol treatment facilities.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Research has shown that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has proven to be an effective way to treat addiction. CBT focuses on dismantling negative or hurtful beliefs and replacing them with positive, growth-oriented beliefs. By changing the thoughts and beliefs that perpetuate addictive and self-destructive behaviors, it is easier to adopt healthier coping skills.

  • Holistic Therapies

Holistic Therapies center on treating the individual as a whole and recognizing that what effects the physical can affect the emotional and that what affects the emotional can affect the spiritual and so forth. A Holistic approach will introduce activities such as Tai Chi, Yoga and Acupuncture along with Meditation and Dual Diagnosis treatment to offer fully integrated healing.

  • Family Counseling

Addiction affects the entire family so treatment should help the family heal together. Issues originating in the family of origin are often related to dysfunction later on in life, including patterns of addiction.

If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse, you are not alone. Call today to speak with one of our caring professionals 24/7 at 1-800-832-5250.

How to Tell if You Have a Problem with Drugs

Not everyone that uses drugs is an addict. Some people will, at times in their lives, struggle with drug use but not cross the line into addiction. It is important to understand where that line it.

 

The following are several signs that you may have a problem with drugs:

  • Legal Problems

For some, one DUI or arrest for possession is enough to stop them from continuing down the road they are on. They realize that they are on a dangerous path and need to make serious lifestyle changes. However, for someone who is an addict, they may just tell themselves that they need to be more careful. Or that they need to slow down. They will continue drinking and using, even if it exacerbates their legal problems.

An addict will to continue to drink and use despite negative consequences. They can be on the brink of losing everything—their job, their home, their family—and yet they continue to abuse drugs. Drugs and alcohol may be the cause of all of their problems, but for addicts, they are the only things that make them feel better.

  • Depression/Anxiety

Everyone experiences depression or anxiety at some point in their life, but have you noticed that your depression or anxiety is related to your drug and alcohol use? Do you use to deal with stress? Do you think drugs make you feel “normal”? Do you feel depressed or ashamed after benders? Addicts and alcoholics experience rates of depression, anxiety and suicide that are much higher than the general population.

  • Health Problems

Drug and alcohol abuse can cause a myriad of health issues. This may occur directly as a result of prolonged substance abuse—such as liver disease or “wet brain” from alcohol. However, there are many other health issues that can result from the high-risk behaviors that accompany active addiction. Intravenous drug users not only risk contracting blood borne illnesses such as HIV and Hep C, but they also are susceptible to deadly bacterial infections from dirty needles or using unsanitary water.

 

If you can relate to any of the signs above, you should speak with a professional regarding your drug and alcohol use. Addiction is a progressive illness, getting worse with time. You don’t have to lose everything before you get help.

If you are concerned that you or someone you love may have a problem with drugs or alcohol, call There is a Solution today to speak with one of our addictions professionals to learn more about the disease of addiction or to get help today. You can speak with someone 24/7 by calling 1-800-832-5250.

Will My Insurance Cover Drug Rehab?

Many people mistakenly think that they cannot afford professional help. It is true that drug and alcohol treatment can be expensive, with inpatient programs costing anywhere from $10,000 to $70,000 for 30 days of treatment. However, depending on your insurance, you may not have to pay anything.

There is a Solution can help you find a treatment center that accepts your insurance plan. With one call, we can explain to you the nature of your benefits and inform you of your various options. Depending on how much your insurance will cover for an in-network or out of network facility or if you have Medicare or Medicaid, we can find a facility that works for you.

If you do not have insurance, There is a Solution can provide you with a variety of affordable options. We can help you find the best program for you medical, psychological and financial needs. We also are able to direct you to different financial assistance programs.

Although it is easy to point out the high cost of treatment, it is also important to remember the cost of our addiction. The money we spent on drugs and alcohol, legal fees and medical costs was often astronomical. Addicts in active addiction can spend thousands of dollars on drugs a month. If you are arrested, there are court fees, fines and lawyer fees. If your drug and alcohol use has caused you to lose your job, there is a loss of income. And of course there is the emotional and spiritual cost of addiction. The sense of loss, the pain and devastation can lead to feelings of absolute hopelessness. The sooner you receive help the sooner you can start rebuilding and enjoying your life. Treatment brings together different medical and therapeutic modalities to heal and treat the wounds of addiction. Inpatient treatment includes:

  • Healthy, nutritious meals
  • Psychiatric sessions with a board certified psychiatrist
  • Various clinical groups
  • Detox medication
  • Medical monitoring
  • Psychotropic drugs
  • Individual therapy sessions with a licensed therapist
  • Gym Exercise

Some treatment centers offer extra services such as:

  • Massage therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Equestrian therapy
  • Trips to the beach and other recreational outings

Don’t allow addiction to cost you your life. Making excuses will only prolong the pain. Take action and pick up the phone to speak with one of our caring professionals.

Call today to see which drug rehab facilities your insurance plan will cover. You can reach our care coordinators 24/7 by calling 1-800-832-5250.

How are Anxiety and Addiction Connected?

 

If you are concerned that you or someone you love may be suffering from addiction and/or anxiety, call 1-800-832-5250 to learn more about the treatment of co-occurring disorders.

Anxiety can manifest itself through symptoms that are physical, mental or both. It is the most commonly diagnosed mental illness. Stress, loss of a job, trauma, the end of a relationship, financial difficulties—all factors that can lead to an increased sense of anxiety. For someone suffering from anxiety, they may turn to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate. It may start as a drink after work to relax or a sleeping pill at night to help calm the racing thoughts. These individuals are then vulnerable to becoming mentally and physically dependent on substances. Individuals prescribed benzodiazepines, such as Valium, Xanax or Ativan, are also at risk of becoming addicted to these medications.

Anxiety can be both a cause and a symptom of drug use. Once you stop using drugs and alcohol for a sustained period of time, an evaluation from a medical professional can help determine a proper diagnosis. Both illnesses share many of the symptoms:

  • Racing thoughts
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Isolating
  • Lack of interest in things once enjoyed
  • Paranoia
  • Irritability
  • High risk behaviors
  • Suicidal thoughts

Dual diagnosis treatment is used to treat co-morbidity. This involves working with an addictions psychiatrist who can prescribe non-addictive anti-anxiety medication to help you become stabilized so that you may focus on your recovery program. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has also been shown to be an effective treatment method. CBT teaches clients to replace negative thought patterns with ones that more accurately reflect a positive reality. What we think and the beliefs we hold affect our actions and behaviors. For example, if you think “I am worthless” your actions and the way you interact with others with reflect this belief and you will incorrectly interpret situations in a way that reinforces this belief. CBT helps clients gain a new perspective that promotes healing and growth.

There is a Solution is a treatment placement service. Depending on your drug and psychiatric history, we can recommend a facility that is best able to help you begin your recovery process. There is a better way to live—call There is a Solution today to speak with one of our care coordinators and learn more about your different treatment options. You can speak with someone 24/7 by calling 1-800-832-5250.

Depression and Addiction

Studies have shown that those who suffer from a mental illness are significantly more likely to use drugs and alcohol to the point that it becomes a problem. Rates of depression are 3 to 4 times higher in the addicted population. If an individual is struggling with depression, he or she may find it easier to turn to drinking or using instead of seeking professional help. This can be dangerous as they are at a higher risk for developing a substance abuse problem. And if they already are depressed, alcohol and drugs will in fact exacerbate the depression. If you suspect that you may be struggling with depression and addiction, call 1-800-832-5250.

If you are still actively using, it can be difficult to determine if your depression is a result of your use or an underlying cause of your use.  Prolonged use of drugs has the potential to affect neurological changes in the brain resulting in a depressive state. It is necessary to remove the drugs from the equation in order to make a proper diagnosis. So many of the symptoms of addiction and depression overlap:

  • Disturbed sleep  (insomnia or sleeping all the time)
  • Constant fatigue/lack of energy
  • Feeling of worthlessness and shame
  • High risk behaviors
  • Suicidal Ideation

Risk factors for addiction parallel risk factors for depression. These may be social, environmental and genetic factors.

Dual Diagnosis treatment refers to the process of treating both the mental illness and the addiction concurrently. Getting support for both illnesses is part of a comprehensive treatment process. Individuals suffering from depression who attempt to work a program of recovery for their substance abuse issues but neglect to get help for their underlying issues will experience greater difficulty remaining sober and have higher relapse rates. If you decide to enter into a drug treatment program, you will work with a team of addictions specialists including board certified psychiatrists, licensed therapists and certified addictions counselors. Treatment consists of individual therapy sessions, clinical groups and, if necessary, medication. A multimodal approach is the best way to approach the treatment process and allows for the creation of an individualized recovery program.

There is a Solution is a treatment placement service. We work with a number of dual diagnosis treatment centers that specialize in treating addiction alongside psychiatric illness. Depending on the level of care you require, we can recommend the best facility for your needs. To learn more about how we can help you and your family, call 1-800-832-5250.