When a person gets deeper and deeper into alcohol or drug addiction, the first people who notice the symptoms or dangers are usually good friends and family members. Obviously, the ultimate aim is to get the person to join a drug and alcohol rehab center where professional treatment is available. Yet, you cannot drag or force a person to go to a live-in drug rehab. In most cases, people will start with an intervention.
An intervention can be described as an organized process to bring about change in a person’s behaviors, feelings, and thoughts. In a formal intervention, a group of people make the necessary preparation to approach a person who’s engaged in certain self-destructive behavior. A self-destructive behavior can be alcohol addiction, drug addiction, gambling, eating disorders, sex addiction or Internet addiction. Ideally, the intervention shall be carried out in a calm and reasonable manner where the group of people talks to the person respectfully and clearly. The group explains how the behavior is impacting the person and highlights the need to get some help.
In reality, interventions can get rowdy and even violent, especially when it comes to a sensitive issue like substance abuse. Emotions can run amok when friends and family confront a person who’s strongly dependent on alcohol or drugs. It’s natural for the person to get defensive and bite or strike back, sometimes, literally. For this reason, it’s best to leave children out of an intervention.
An intervention can be successful if there’s enough planning and rehearsal. Instead of thinking of an intervention as a battle of wills, it helps to imagine it as a well choreographed dance. With elaborate rehearsals, everybody’s actions and words will be synchronized. When all the members know their roles and cues, there will be greater control and symphony. The important thing is to convey the message of hope to the person. In this light, persuasion is more appropriate than force.
Successful intervention for drug and alcohol abuse should be followed by rehab. It’s also very important that you find a highly successful rehab program. If you are looking for a proven South Florida addiction recovery program, you will be pleased with what we have to offer.
The details of Amy Winehouse’s death are up for public scrutiny just as the details of her life were also. Some of these details however, may serve to encourage others to act responsibly to avoid the same fate. There are reports that Winehouse had her will in order, so that her ex-husband will not benefit and her fortune will go to her family. That detail may be connected to her father’s announcement that he will form a foundation to help people with addiction recovery.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Winehouse’s father said:
“If you cannot afford a private rehabilitation clinic, there is a two-year waiting list for help,” Mitch Winehouse said at his daughter’s funeral, referring to the state-provided healthcare (Charity DrugScope denied the wait time, saying it was closer to three weeks for 94 percent of people).”
A member of the British Parliament told the BBC that he would assist Winehouse’s father in his efforts.
We don’t know what happens with the wait for government-run rehab facilities in England, but Amy Winehouse’s father deserves credit for deciding that he wants to do more to help people walk away from substance abuse.
As a national leader in drug and alcohol abuse addiction treatment, we are dedicated to providing high-quality services that are accessible to those in need. We work with patients and their families at our South Florida drug rehab center, as well as with insurance providers to effectively meet the needs of those who are struggling with addiction.
There are several payment options for drug and alcohol rehabilitation with us, including Employee Assistance Plans, HMOs, PPOs and managed care companies. And for those who do not have access to insurance, we offer substantial discounts and rates that are very reasonable, taking into consideration your personal circumstances. We accept most major credit cards, including American Express, VISA, and MasterCard.
Don’t let concerns about finances keep you or a loved one from getting life-saving substance abuse treatment. Contact us at 800-626 1980 to learn about payment options.
Last week we wrote about how people in one West Virginia community are banding together to try to combat prescription drug abuse. Hopefully their efforts will have a ripple effect and reach beyond that one particular area.
The Associated Press has reported that:
“A West Virginia public vocational school has been shut down indefinitely after traces of methamphetamine were found throughout the building during an investigation of the principal and a teacher.”
While police say they did not find proof that the school itself was used as a meth lab, they did get a teacher to confess to smoking meth with the principal in the principal’s office.
The idea that “it takes a village” has been repeated so often that it has become a cliché. There is truth to that notion, though. When confronting addiction, it is hard to do so all alone. Patients who complete substance abuse treatment benefit when they return to a supportive environment. Professionals do their very best but when someone returns to daily life, they need to be surrounded by people who encourage them to remain sober.
At Transitions Miami drug rehab we believe that successful substance abuse treatment and addiction recovery addresses the needs of family members and significant others. Because the lives of all family members are inseparable, substance abuse is treatment is most affective when the addiction is treated as a family disease.
There are some family members who may feel as if they do not need to be involved if there are not the ones engaging in substance abuse. We submit that you may be affected by a family member’s substance abuse and will be better able to help that family member if you understand the recovery process. In addition, what family members may not want to face is that they while someone else’s substance abuse is not their fault, their interactions with a family member may play a role in a patient’s unpleasant feelings. This is why we offer several opportunities specially designed for families to address the issues of drug and alcohol addiction recovery.
In a national survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for the year 2009, it’s estimated that there were 23.5 million people aged 12 or older who needed to check into a drug and alcohol rehab center. Unfortunately, the survey showed that only 2.6 million people received treatment to deal with their alcohol or drug abuse problem.
Based on records of publicly funded addiction recovery programs in 2008, the highest percentage of admissions was for alcohol abuse, which accounted for 23.1 percent. The percentage of admissions for people who were treated for abuse of alcohol plus another drug was 18.3 percent. Further, 17 percentage of people admitted were treated for marijuana addiction, 14.1 percent were treated for heroin, 8.1 percent for crack, 6.5 percent for stimulants, 5.9 percent for opiates other than heroin, and 3.2 percent for cocaine. The rest of admissions were for tranquilizers, PCP, sedatives, hallucinogens, inhalants, other drugs, and none reported.
In terms of race, Whites accounted for the highest percentage of admissions at 59.8 percent. The report shows that 20.9 percent of admissions were comprised of African-Americans. Another 13.7 percent of admissions were of Hispanic origin while American Indian or Alaska Natives made up 2.3 percent of admissions. The remaining admissions included Asians, Pacific Islanders, and other.
Breaking down the admissions according to age groups, it’s found that people in the 25 to 29 age range made up 14.8 percent of admissions. The percentage of admissions for the 20 to 24 age group was 14.4 percent, and it’s 12.6 percent for the 40 to 44 age group, 11.7 percent for the 35 to 39 age group, 11.5 percent for the 45 to 49 age group, 11.3 percent for the 30 to 34 age group, and 10.4 percent for the 50 to 59 age group. A further 7.5 percent of admissions were people in the 12 to 17 age range and 4.1 percent for the 18 to 19 age range. The rest of the admissions were people who were above 60 years of age.
These statistics provide a general idea about how people of different age and race get into trouble with various substances. If you are looking for effective drug rehab and alcohol abuse recovery program, you can find it at Transitions Recovery.
As news of her death make the rounds and her fans make their tributes, Amy Winehouse has joined a long list of celebrities who came and went like a hurricane. Many people will remember the eccentric singer for her beehive hairstyles, rich soulful voice, wild lifestyle, destructive relationships, and sadly, her struggles with alcohol and drug addiction. It’s somewhat ironic that Winehouse had sung about addiction recovery in the hit song “Rehab” when she said “no, no, no” and she “won’t go, go, go.”
Born on September 14, 1983, Amy Winehouse was described as a bright, talented child. The only daughter to Mitch and Janis Winehouse, she developed a love for singing at an early age because she was surrounded by music. According to her mother, Amy was a curious, beautiful girl who’s generally happy. After her parents split up, Amy attended London’s Sylvia Young Theatre School, BRIT School, and others but she knew that she was only going to be a performing artist. Her big break came when she was signed by Island/Universal in 2002. By the time her debut album Frank was released in 2003, Amy was already smoking cannabis, and drinking.
In 2005, Amy met her future husband Blake Fielder Civil and they engaged in a dangerous relationship fueled by drugs, booze, fighting, tattoos, and chaos. After a separation, Amy took to the bottle to drown her pain. Rising from rock bottom, she recorded her final album, the mega successful “Back to Black” in 2007. The breakthrough album sold millions of copies and established her name in the United States. For the album, Winehouse also won 5 Grammys.
In 2007, Amy was reunited with Blake and they would go on heavy drug and alcohol binges, taking all kinds of drugs including cocaine, crack, heroin, ecstasy, and ketamine. In her own words, Winehouse said that her addiction to drugs and alcohol stemmed from her insecurities. As the addiction grew more severe, she became more and more insecure, not less.
A few years before her death, Winehouse’s parents had predicted that she would face such a tragic end if she didn’t overcome her drug and alcohol problems. On her part, she did participate in drug rehab and alcohol abuse recovery program but she would also continue to fall back to the old lifestyle, which ultimately destroyed her. Now, we can only miss her.
The Perception of Substance Abuse
At Transitions Miami drug rehab, we work with people who seek addiction recovery because they have hit a low point in their lives. We are glad to be able to help, but we know that prevention is really the best medicine. When people understand the great risk they are taking when they abuse drugs or alcohol, this may prevent them from engaging in this behavior in the first place.
The results of the National Survey of Drug Use and Health have recently been published. More than 137,000 people participated between 2008 and 2009 to help researchers get a picture of how Americans use alcohol, tobacco and illegal substances, as well as mental health.
USA Today says that the survey found that, “Nearly a quarter of all Americans have participated in binge drinking, and 8.4% have used an illicit drug in the past month…”
Teens reported less use of illegal drugs (and that is a good things). Overall, “Among those ages 12 and older, Alaska had the highest percentage, of illegal drug use 13.5%, Iowa the lowest, 5.3%.”
In commenting on the survey results, one expert noted that “Perception of risk for a number of drugs has been decreasing over the past few years.”
This is something that deserves our attention. These days, people chuckle at the memory of a well known ant0-drug abuse campaign that showed someone cracking open an egg and frying it, with a voiceover comparing that action to what happens to your brain when you use drugs. It is not that they don’t recognize the dangers of substance abuse, it is just that for some this illustration now seems dramatic or perhaps cheesy.
The update to that egg frying commercial is one where a girl uses a frying pan to smash up a kitchen. This may or may not resonate with people today. It is a much more violent metaphor for what can happen as a result of drug abuse, in contrast to the egg frying commercial with was more subtle. However, anyone who has witnessed or experienced the way addiction can destroy someone’s way of life and relationships knows that substance abuse is indeed very risky.
As we have noted in the past, addiction not only affects the individual who is abusing drugs or alcohol, it also takes its toll on families as well. If you live in an area where a number of families are burdened by drug abuse, then the ripple effect of addiction can spread through the entire community. When a community is crippled by substance abuse it can be overwhelming but if people band together they can help themselves and their neighbors.
The Charleston Gazette described some of what happened when a community in West Virginia held a forum to discuss the impact that substance abuse has and on their area:
“Connie Lupardus of the Central Appalachia Empowerment Zone in Clay said many residents can’t pass drug tests.
“We are losing our work force,” she said. “We are losing a generation of workers.”
A woman who works at a psychiatric hospital said substance abuse is the main problem she sees.
“Finding treatment, it’s hard,” she said. “And a lot of our children do have to go out of state” to find it.
Many participants placed the blame on doctors. A woman said some physicians give prescriptions meant for terminally ill patients for “minor aches and pains.”
“It’s ridiculous,” she said.
Another said she told her dentist she didn’t want a prescription for narcotic painkillers after a procedure, but he wrote her one anyway.
Some said it’s a larger cultural problem, pointing to the countless TV commercials that promise to fix people’s problems with pills.”
Residents shared ideas about how they could improve their lives. One expert told them that such change will not happen quickly and pointed to on practical measure they could take: getting serious about programs to ensure that prescription drugs are disposed of properly.
After a community forum last year where people said that there were no places that offered Narcotics Anonymous meetings for rural areas, some churches decided that they would answer the call and host meetings so people who needed this type of group had somewhere to get the help.
For some people, though, a change of location and live-in rehab is really necessary in order to get back on track. If that is the case, consider South Florida addiction recovery at Transitions.
In his prime, Maradona was the greatest soccer player in his generation, and even in retirement, he’s considered to be among the best who ever kicked a ball. Sadly, his career would be tainted by cocaine and alcohol problems. In 2004, he suffered a major heart attack and almost lost his life as a result of a cocaine overdose. After undergoing successful drug rehab in a Buenos Aires clinic, the soccer idol regained control of his life, and in 2008, he was appointed head coach of the Argentina soccer team.
Winning the 1986 FIFA World Cup with Argentina in Mexico, he displayed the full array of his magical skills, confounding the critics and mesmerizing his fans. Despite all the adoration and near-worship, Maradona was getting more dependent on cocaine. Four years on, he would again lead Argentina to the FIFA World Cup final in Italy where the team narrowly lost to Germany. In 1991, he served a 15-month suspension from soccer after he failed a drug test while he was playing for Napoli in Italy. Part of a very strong Argentina team in the 1994 World Cup in the United States, Maradona was sent home after failing another drug test, this time for the banned substance ephedrine.
The story of Maradona’s cocaine addiction was tragic because he failed to fulfill his potential as one of the most blessed soccer players ever. As he talked about his cocaine addiction in a segment from the documentary “Maradona by Kusturica”, one can sense his regrets when he acknowledged that he could have been even greater if he hadn’t take cocaine. For a man who knew he was going to be world champion when he was just 12 years old, he said, he never knew he was going to be a cocaine addict. Would he have won another World Cup or two? Who knows? Now, it’s just a rhetorical question.
Just like Maradona, many people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol have lost the chance to live their lives to the fullest. However, there’s still time to turn around if you take the first step towards addiction recovery. If you are looking for a reputable South Florida drug rehab, give Transitions Recovery, and yourself, a chance.
In 2010, more than 1 million people in the United States enrolled in an in-patient drug rehab facility. It’s always a good thing for people to come to terms with their drug addiction and seek treatment. Still, the question needs to be asked: Why do people get addicted to drugs?
Drug addiction is described as a brain disease for the simple reason that drugs cause changes in the brain. Studies have shown that the structure and functions of the brain can be altered by drug use. It explains why an addict seeks for drugs compulsively, even when he or she knows that the consequences can be harmful.
There are many reasons why people start to use drugs. Some people take drugs to feel good or feel better. Some people take drugs to reduce stress. Over time, their dependence on drugs become more intense as their “high” threshold is raised. In the beginning, a normal dose may be enough to achieve a “high” but very soon, they will require more doses, and possibly stronger doses. When they don’t get their regular fixes, they don’t feel quite so “normal” anymore.
According to research, the likelihood of drug addiction is influenced by a person’s biological makeup. Some of the factors include ethnicity, gender, social environment, and developmental stage. In comparison to the general population, adolescents and people with mental disorders are found to be more vulnerable to drug addiction.
In homes and families where the older members are dependent on alcohol or drugs, it’s more likely that the children will go on to be dependent on drugs too. Acquaintances and friends can also draw young people into the world of drugs. The risk for drug abuse is higher for adolescents who are academically or socially poor. Since the brain is still developing at this stage, early use of drugs is another factor of addiction.
For people who are looking for a fresh start, Transitions Recovery Program is a highly effective and accomplished Miami drug rehab facility. Give us a call and we will be pleased to explain our various drug rehab possibilities to you.
If drug and alcohol abuse has damaged your relationships, you can get help. Transitions drug and alcohol rehab center offers comprehensive and compassionate care for patients who want to break free from substance abuse. It is possible to repair rifts with others and getting sober can help you do that.
A recent CNN.com story about how a woman from Chicago suddenly stopped using crack cocaine and turned her life around is wonderful and inspiring. The woman says she just stopped on her own without the help of drug rehab. Everyone who needs help to stop substance abuse may not be able to quit on their own, but people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol can look at her example of how she worked to turn her life around.
Yolanda Miller has 11 biological children and as a drug user, she lived next door to her children while they were being raised by her mother. When Miller gave up drugs, she did rush in to reclaim her children. Instead:
“To start anew, the family moved to a different neighborhood and lived in a similar setup, with Miller next door to her mother and her children. Though she had always been visible in her children’s lives, getting clean allowed Miller to take an active parenting role.”
That process began in 1997; Miller’s mother died in 2005. At that time Miller’s children moved in with her, but since she had lost legal custody of them, she feared they could be taken away from her.
A 2009 Illinois law that Miller inspired “allows for parents who have lost custody of their children to rehabilitate themselves and regain it, in the event that the adoptive parent is a blood relative and passes away.” Miller adopted four of her biological children under that law.
Miller told CNN that she always felt as if her mother and her children loved her and she felt this even though she was addicted to crack. That love gave her something to live for, and although it didn’t happen right away, it influenced her decision to stop using drugs.