Want to Get Clean and Sober?

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A: Rather than chasing the first high, twenty years later, becoming clean and sober provides something else to do. Change is next to impossible during the time that your time is occupied with “getting-by” and making it through until the next drink or hit or toke. When your priorities start with getting that feeling back or getting rid of the feelings that you have, little room is left for other activities.

Becoming bored, miserable, discouraged or afraid with the lifestyle of the alcohol and addict, many people decide that it’s time to clean up and sober up.

Q: How long does it take to clean up and sober up?

A: The change from alcoholic/ addict to clean and sober comes “one day at a time”. Don’t rush it. Enjoy the process like the experience of early spring to summer- each day presents new growth and new changes of weather. The rain nourishes the flowers and color enters a once gray world.

Q: What is the difference between abstinence and recovery?

A: Abstinence is NOT doing something. Recovery is doing MANY things.

Practice this exercise: Don’t think of white winged horses. What did you think about? Now, instead of thinking of white winged horsed, think about what is really in front of you right now. This is the difference between abstinence and recovery.

Q: Recovery is often described as a superior status for people with drug and alcohol problems. How is it different and what does it mean?

A: People with drug and alcohol problems often get stuck in a rut that they only make deeper. That rut is full of frustration, loneliness but is creating with ease: behaviors that are known and seem safe and require no thought are recited over and over. Addiction and alcoholism is easy and requires no thought.

Recovery requires waking up to reality, as unpleasant as it may be. Recovery requires new ideas, new behaviors and the honesty, humility and willingness to learn them. Recovery is not easy.

Q: What is so special about recovery anyway?

A: Remember the coldest winter you’ve encountered. The cold gray weather keeps you indoors and you can’t do anything except keep warm. One day you notice a warm spell. The next day the snow starts to melt. Eventually green sprigs of grass appear followed by buds on the trees. Eventually the world is a colorful garden full of flowers, birds and warmth!

Recovery connects and reconnects you with people who care for you and you care for them. Recovery allows you to awaken fresh with hope for a new day, each day. Recovery gives you new adventures which you enjoy.

Recovery restores your love of life and appreciation for things outside of yourself.

Recovery allows you to want what you have.

Q: How do people gain recovery?

A: Recovery can start today. There are many routes to recovery which include talking with your therapist or doctor, calling a mutual support organization such as AA, NA central office or SMART Recovery, or calling a trusted rehab program. Avoid internet searches and instead rely upon people who have gotten recovery or professionals who have directed people successfully to recovery.

Twin Town Treatment Centers is immediately accessible to all Los Angeles and Orange County residents, is accredited by The Joint Commission, and is certified by the California DHCS. All network HMO/PPO/EPO insurance plans and Medi-Cal contract with Twin Town Treatment Centers to provide drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Our phone is answered by real people. We can see people on the same day you call. (866) 594-8844

Why Care About Less Fortunate Drunks and Addicts and their chances at recovery?

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If there’s not a buck to be made, an investment to pursue, or a luxury to indulge, why should we worry about helping less fortunate drunks and addicts anyway? Treating well-insured or wealthy addicts and alcoholics is a great business. Mark-up charges for residential treatment, create rationale why it is justified and the businessman has done his good deed for himself and his investors. Convince the family and the insurance company that the cost and level of care is necessary, you have half the battle won.

What about those poor alcoholics and addicts who only have HMO, EPO, Medicaid/ MediCal or no coverage at all? Haven’t they earned their misery in the first place? Why should we throw good money after bad trying to help them?

“Legislation being marked up Wednesday would phase out Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, which covers 1.2 million Americans with serious mental illness and substance abuse problems, as well as scrap baseline coverage requirements. The change means certain beneficiaries would no longer get coverage for mental health and substance abuse treatments guaranteed under the Affordable Care Act.”

These sentiments emerge in the face of the largest and most deadly drug epidemic in national history. The “arrest and lock them up” war-on-drugs has proven not only ineffective, but massively more expensive than treatment. The block-grant system created a system where people died or are dying in cue, waiting for some form of help.

One hallmark of addiction is “denial”- the tendency to avoid the realization that a problem and a solution exists. Another trait is prioritizing inanimate objects (drugs/ alcohol) and feelings over taking care of loved ones and community. Yet another trademark of addiction is practicing the same behavior expecting different results.

A record number of people are now getting some form of addiction treatment so isn’t obvious that we should end such benefits? Isn’t it more important that we place dollars back in the pockets of the wealthy so that we can return to a system which served few and will increasingly serve fewer?

As a society, we are here. This is the age of personality, property and prestige. The object, the relief and the pleasure is prized over human life.

By the grace of a higher power, there exist mutual help organizations and congregations dedicated to helping those in need for no other return than continued sobriety and serenity. Unfortunately, not everyone has the capacity or willingness to access recovery through such voluntary means. Many alcoholics and addicts need professional engagement, prompting, guidance and case-management to connect with a new sober life.

Call a local non-profit, religiously-affiliated hospital and find out how they can provide detoxification and/or treatment for a Medicaid/ MediCal or indigent patient. Search the internet for a treatment program which can start treating a Medicaid/ MediCal or indigent patient tomorrow.

Next time someone pats your back or their own back for the amazing work being done to get people sober, first consider primary motives.

Everyone has family, friend or acquaintance who has personal losses due to drug and alcohol addiction. Everyone sees who are the most difficult to treat every day. What will be our next priority?

Twin Town Treatment Centers is immediately accessible to all Los Angeles and Orange County residents, is accredited by The Joint Commission, and is certified by the California DHCS. All network HMO/PPO/EPO insurance plans and Medi-Cal contract with Twin Town Treatment Centers to provide drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Our phone is answered by real people. We can see people on the same day you call. (866) 594-8844

Why Do People Want to Get Clean and Sober?

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A: Much has been said about the downside of drug and alcohol use when they no longer provide pleasure or relieve discomfort. People go to varying lengths of despair and degradation before it occurs to them that it’s time to clean up. The pain, boredom and shame encountered from an addiction needs to be accompanied by hope that becoming clean and sober will improve life. With this direction toward something better, addicts and alcoholics have nowhere to turn.

Q: Giving up your primary method of accessing pleasure, avoiding discomfort and pain, and coping with life’s difficulties must be terrifying. What helps people overcome that fear?

A: When someone who has been through addiction and alcoholism, who is now in recovery shares their personal story, it provides a real-life example for someone caught in the downward spiral of addiction. Addiction treatment programs often employ people who have been there who now have experience, strength and hope to give to those in need.

Q: Does drug treatment promise sobriety and recovery?

A: No. Recovery requires willingness and some level of commitment. Changing levels of “readiness” and motivation are typical of people with drug and alcohol problems. It is easier to avoid and deny than to make real change, especially when you have practiced the same solution year after year, even when it no longer works.

Quitting is easy. Staying quit requires a program of recovery.

Q: What can drug treatment provide toward gaining recovery?

A: Mutual support groups offer an essential route to recovery, which includes social support, recovery practices, and a sense of purpose and direction. Participants must be willing and motivated to attend since no one is going to call if you don’t show up.

Recovery from addiction and alcoholism is a life-long process that is taken one day at a time.

Q: Why can’t alcoholics and addicts choose to use less and simply moderate their drinking and drug use?

A: When the brain has been changed by the overuse of drugs and alcohol, there comes a point where the capacity for choice is lost. A single drink or drug creates such craving for the next, moderating use is impossible. Neuropsychologists and brain researchers have discovered the physiology explaining how compulsion to use overrides decision-making and personal control.

Q: Other than stopping the negative consequences of addiction and alcoholism, what benefits do recovery bring?

A: A new life begins with the initiation of sobriety. Though difficult, recovery brings back the capacity to choose, the capacity to change and the capacity to take actions which will result in longer term rewards.

Postponing gratification is difficult during addiction.

Recovery brings back a sense of color and variation, where addiction becomes somewhat black and white.

Recovery restores priorities for connecting with people, participating in enjoyable activities, and for gaining self-esteem by practicing estimable acts.

Twin Town Treatment Centers is immediately accessible to all Los Angeles and Orange County residents, is accredited by The Joint Commission, and is certified by the California DHCS. All network HMO/PPO/EPO insurance plans and Medi-Cal contract with Twin Town Treatment Centers to provide drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Our phone is answered by real people. We can see people on the same day you call. (866) 594-8844

If They Have Drug and Alcohol Problems, Why Don’t They Just Quit?

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A: When drugs and/or alcohol have become the solution, the way to have fun, to feel good, to relieve stress and to relieve discomfort, there are many ways that people find to avoid facing the problems created by use.

Q: What ways do people find to avoid addressing drug and alcohol problems?

A: Some of the statements people misusing drugs and alcohol make to themselves are:

  • My problem comes from someone else or is a bad circumstance;
  • It’s not that bad;
  • When I get through this, I’ll think about it;
  • Just another couple of years and then I’ll deal with it;
  • I’m stressed and work hard, I deserve a little fun;
  • They just don’t understand;
  • I’m different.

Q: Do people have to “hit bottom” before they are willing to get help with their alcohol and drug use?

A: Everyone has their own “bottom” and most continue to dig for a while. When faced with losing important things in their lives, people can often place their alcohol and drug use as their priority. When a problem drinker or drug user sees that there is hope on the other side of their trouble, facing their battle and “stop digging” becomes possible.

Q: How do I help someone face their problem and see that recovery is possible?

A: Finding someone for the problem alcohol or drug user to speak with who has been there, who relates to the feelings and ideas surrounding their issues, and who has made it to the other side of the hole, often helps. Professionals who work with addiction can also empathize and provide direction. Treatment programs are available to introduce the reticent alcohol or drug abuser to possible remedies are available if they are willing to talk.

Q: Once someone starts the road of recovery, why do they sometimes go back to their old ways?

A: Even though they eventually can create disaster, drugs and alcohol are potent relievers of pain, anxiety and boredom. If someone new to recovery loses sight of the eventual benefits of recovery, they can go back to their old ways. Old drinking or using buddies, triggers and infrequent use of recovery supports, like meetings can lead back to drinking and using. It’s a well-practiced habit.

Q: Can you “bring up” someone’s bottom and help them stop before they lose everything?

A: Treatment is designed to provide a “bridge” over the depths people can fall, during the addiction process. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to bring people to the awareness of their need for or the benefits of recovery. It is also very difficult to gauge helpfulness against enabling or neglect. Being helpful while not participating in the problem is the best balance to reach.

Q: Does treatment or recovery require a lot of time away from personal responsibilities and/or cost a lot of money:

A: No. Many routes can lead to recovery, many of which can be taken which require no time away from important obligations and cost no money at all.

Twin Town Treatment Centers is immediately accessible to all Los Angeles and Orange County residents, is accredited by The Joint Commission, and is certified by the California DHCS. All network HMO/PPO/EPO insurance plans and Medi-Cal contract with Twin Town Treatment Centers to provide drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Our phone is answered by real people. We can see people on the same day you call. (866) 594-8844

How to Get Help: Drug and Alcohol Problems

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Q: Is there a right way and a wrong way to seek help for an alcohol or drug problem?

 

A: It is best to avoid mistakes and problems down the road when deciding upon a course of action to find substance abuse treatment. Treatment should be there to resolve problems causing and caused by alcohol and drug misuse, not to care for the treatment provider’s needs.

 

Q: What should I avoid when seeking help for substance abuse?

 

A: Unfortunately, there exist many unnecessarily expensive and burdensome programs and services which are designed to create a profit for the provider. Some services confuse luxury accommodations, prestigious locations and charismatic personalities with quality, effective treatment. There are also unproven and ineffective services being sold as solutions for drug and alcohol problems. Finally, some solutions cause further problems once the initial substance use of choice has been arrested.

 

Q: Who can I trust to give me advise on finding a program which provides effective, affordable and trustworthy treatment for alcohol and drug abuse?

 

A: Healthcare professionals and counselors you have learned to trust are some of the best resource people who can recommend treatment providers. People you may know who themselves or who have a loved one find their way through drug and alcohol abuse and addiction are some of the best resources. Since they have been there, they can help guide your search and support you through the process during and after treatment.

 

Q: How do I know if the treatment program provides services which are effective:

 

A: Ask the treatment provider if they are “accredited”? Accreditation agencies such as The Joint Commission conduct audits and reviews to determine that treatment services meet the standards of quality care. Ask the provider what evidence indicates that they are providing effective services. Go online to https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/ to find a government licensed or certified program near you.

 

Q: Can I find a good treatment provider doing an internet search.

 

A: Since the internet does not provide and objective review of quality and effectiveness, be careful using the internet. Providers who make large profits from their charges can afford advertisement and publicize their treatment services, even when their services may be very distant, inaccessible, demanding or expensive. If you do use the internet, always ask where the treatment program is located, whether it is accredited and contracted with your insurance company, and how much time away from home it requires.

 

Q: How do people pay for treatment and how do I know if the charges are fair and legitimate?

 

A: Most people use their health insurance coverage to pay for much of their treatment. Your insurance policy can act as you guide to selecting an ethical and economical treatment provider since insurance plans are highly regulated and oversee the financial affairs of treatment.

 

Q: How can I find out is my insurance plan will pay a substance abuse treatment provider and at what rate?

 

A: Many treatment providers who are not contracted with your insurance will state that they “take” your insurance plan. What they may leave out is that they are not contracted and will therefore receive a much lower percentage of the charges, leaving much of the charge to your self-payment. Ask your insurance plan or the provider if the treatment program is “in-network” or “contracted” with your insurance company.

 

Twin Town Treatment Centers is immediately accessible to all Los Angeles and Orange County residents, is accredited by The Joint Commission, and is certified by the California DHCS. All network HMO/PPO/EPO insurance plans and Medi-Cal contract with Twin Town Treatment Centers to provide drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Our phone is answered by real people. We can see people on the same day you call. (866) 594-8844

What to Do: Drug and Alcohol Problems

what-to-do-blog-featuredModerate to severe drug and alcohol abuse is a treatable, chronic condition much like type 2 diabetes. Even though we decide to take our first drink or drug, something inside us eventually prevents us from moderating our intake. Much like sugar and carbohydrates for the diabetic, alcohol and drugs eventually develop into a chronic medical disease.

We take a drink or drug. The drink or drug takes a drink or drug. The drink or drug takes us. We lose control despite our greatest intensions or efforts.

When pleasure and the relief from stress and pain have been solved for years by using alcohol or drugs, not only do our habits change, so do our brains. A decision to quit may be a beginning but what really maintains sobriety is practicing new or lost skills, such as drug free recreation and relaxation, sharing social support with others, walking through a tough situation with new hope and a new friend, and taking positive steps to change what you have become.

We can’t think our way into right action. We can act our way into right thinking.

Treatment is an introduction and engagement in a life-long process. Recovery is the outcome goal. A limited time in a drug-free residential program or weekly therapy doesn’t maintain the support needed for daily recovery practice at home over time. Mutual support groups and daily outpatient programs provide an accessible way to get that support to practice necessary recovery skills so that long-term sobriety is possible.

Recovery only occurs when the gains from treatment are consistently practiced at home. Outpatient treatment programs such as Twin Town aim to teach, coach and monitor recovery skill practices at home, over time so that long-term sobriety can occur.

Twin Town Treatment Centers is immediately accessible to all Los Angeles and Orange County residents, is accredited by The Joint Commission, and is certified by the California DHCS. All network HMO/PPO/EPO insurance plans and Medi-Cal contract with Twin Town Treatment Centers to provide drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Our phone is answered by real people. We can see people on the same day you call. (866) 594-8844

Poor or No Insurance – Access to Affordable Alcohol and Drug Problem Treatment/Rehab

poor-no-insurance-blogMost people can’t afford the well published treatment and rehabilitation programs for drug and alcohol problems without the help of health insurance. Soon that problem may face more of us. Following are some solutions to a reemerging problem:

To get help for drug and alcohol problems, is insurance necessary?

No. Some people get sober by attending community based support groups such as Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous. Counties also offer publicly funded programs, though there are often wait lists to access help for people with low or no incomes. Non-profit and charity programs may also be available in your area for those who qualify due to the lack of financial resources. Call or find on the internet contacts for the Los Angeles County Substance Abuse and Control Department or the Orange County Department of Behavioral Health.

Are there affordable treatment options for people who need to pay for alcohol and/or drug treatment/ rehab out of their own pocket?

Yes. Usually treatment programs which contract with insurance companies, particularly HMO’s have reduced rates for people needing to pay for treatment out of pocket. Rehab programs do NOT have to be expensive to be effective. (A view of the ocean or a horseback ride are not essential features of recovery.)

Programs located close to North Hollywood, West Hollywood, Torrance, Los Alamitos, Orange and Mission Viejo provide no-interest payment planning for self-pay rates as low as $4200.00 for five (5) months of treatment. www.twintowntreatmentcenters.com

Do HMO’s and MediCal cover alcohol and drug rehab?

Yes. Currently under “parity” and the “Affordable Care Act” HMO’s and MediCal are required to provide treatment for alcohol and drug problems. Treatment programs which are contracted with HMO’s and MediCal can verify your level of coverage and let you know if and how much you have a co-payment obligation.

Most HMO’s have a behavioral health department which performs authorization and do not require a referral from your primary care physician.

How do I find an effective and accessible drug and/or alcohol treatment program/ rehab which I can afford?

Avoid internet searches without verifying the integrity of the program. Many “free treatment” postings lead to less than honorable practices. The best way to find a provider is to call the County, your insurance company or a trusted professional for a reliable and trustworthy treatment program/ rehab.

Twin Town Treatment Centers is immediately accessible to all Los Angeles and Orange County residents, is accredited by The Joint Commission, and is certified by the California DHCS. All network HMO/PPO/EPO insurance plans and Medi-Cal contract with Twin Town Treatment Centers to provide drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Our phone is answered by real people. We can see people on the same day you call. (866) 594-8844

What Works in Drug and Alcohol Treatment and Rehab- Continued from 1-16-17

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Effectiveness in treatment for drug and alcohol abuse is determined by measuring the positive changes in a person’s life after participating in rehab. Expected changes include continuous sobriety, participation in recovery supportive relationships and fellowships, reduced incidents of legal and medical consequences, improved relationships with family and friends, and improved performance at school and work.

The following factors have been determined through research to enhance treatment outcomes. Effective drug and alcohol treatment provides these essentials features:

  • Intensive structure and a duration which extends over three months (setting is less important: inpatient, residential and intensive outpatient appear to produce similar results);
  • Supervision and monitoring over the course of early sobriety/ recovery (urinalysis, case-management, tracking participation, behavioral observation and guidance, etc.);
  • Replacing the dependence on chemicals with other supports (fellowship, counseling, activities, service, connection to others, inspirational experience, etc.);
  • Twelve step and/or other structured mutual support participation;
  • Frequent therapeutic interaction with peer group and counselor;
  • Relapse prevention counseling and training;

Assessment and instruction with a primary medical physician about the impact of drug and alcohol use has been determined to enhance the probability of effective treatment outcomes. When people become dependent upon opioids, medication assisted treatment enhances their ability to participate in long-term treatment while guarding against lethal relapse.

Ironically, some recovery myths have been disproved:

  1. There is nothing reliable about twenty-eight (28) days in a residential treatment program;
  2. It is not recommended that people new to recovery move to a new location, avoid family, work and school responsibilities, or live away from supportive others;
  3. Each person recovers at their own rate but the longer they are engaged in treatment and professional support, the better are their chances at long-term recovery;
  4. People don’t have to get sober for “themselves” or be “ready”- mandated treatment is often more successful than voluntary treatment.

“What Can Long-term Follow-up Teach us About Relapse and Prevention of Relapse in Addiction?” British Journal of Addiction, Volume 83, Issue 10, pages 1147–1157, October 1988

“Encouraging Post treatment Self-Help Group Involvement to Reduce Demand for Continuing Care Services: Two-Year Clinical and Utilization Outcomes”; Keith Humphreys11Veterans Affairs and Stanford University Medical Centers, Palo Alto, California. and Rudolf H. Moos11Veterans Affairs and Stanford University Medical Centers, Palo Alto, California.

“Drug treatment and twelve-step program participation: The additive effects of integrated recovery activities”. American J. Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 1997/9; J. Substance Abuse Treatment 1996, 2003

“Efficacy of Outpatient Intensive Treatment for Drug Abuse”, Campbell, Gabrielli, Laster, Liskow, Haworth Press, 1997

“Mechanisms of behavior change in alcoholics anonymous: does Alcoholics Anonymous lead to better alcohol use outcomes by reducing depression symptoms?” John F. Kelly 1 , Robert L. Stout 2 , Molly Magill 3 , J. Scott Tonigan 4 & Maria E. Pagano 5    1 Center for Addiction Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA,   2 Decision Sciences Institute/PIRE, Pawtucket, RI, USA,   3 Brown University, Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Providence, RI, USA,   4 Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addiction (CASAA), Albuquerque, NM, USA and   5 Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child Psychiatry, W.O. Walker Center, Cleveland

Twin Town Treatment Centers is immediately accessible to all Los Angeles and Orange County residents, is accredited by The Joint Commission, and is certified by the California DHCS. All network HMO/PPO/EPO insurance plans and Medi-Cal contract with Twin Town Treatment Centers to provide drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Our phone is answered by real people. We can see people on the same day you call. (866) 594-8844

What Works in Substance Abuse Treatment and Rehab

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Therapeutic alliance between the substance abuse treatment/ rehab provider and the person seeking recovery is the basis of effective treatment. Without mutual respect, collaboration and trust, therapeutic outcomes are highly improbable. Research the operative variables of effective substance abuse treatment reveals that it is the therapeutic alliance between the treatment provider and client-patient that is THE essential ingredient. Styles and theories behind therapy, content of counseling and teaching, and models of substance abuse treatment and rehab have little effect beyond the establishing a relationship between the person seeking recovery and the treatment/ rehab provider.

When substance abuse treatment/ rehab providers/ programs are not trustworthy, they are not effective.

“Treatment on an outpatient basis allows a more valid assessment of environmental, cognitive and emotional antecedents of drinking episodes and drinking urges on the part of the patient, and allows the patient to test new coping strategies while still within a supportive counseling relationship. These conditions would be expected to foster greater generalization of learning in treatment to the patient’s natural environment” (Annis, 1986, p. 183).

People receiving outpatient treatment integrate their therapeutic gains immediately into their lives and don’t lose them once an artificial inpatient environment reverts to normative living. Home recovery supports are found, expanded and utilized during outpatient treatment. The transition from active treatment into aftercare is a smooth, unbroken continuum. Recovery is much more likely to be maintained.

Twin Town’s outpatient treatment provides the “take-home” advantage. People seeking recovery at Twin Town practice effective recovery, communication and relationship skills directly at home, at work, at school and at play. They receive therapeutic support and validation from each other, a new “extended family” and counseling staff while they work through early recovery challenges and practices.

Twin Town Outcome Studies

Twin Town called ALL patients (regardless of the form of their discharge) 9 to 12 months after leaving treatment. The outcome for all answered calls resulted in the following results which is clear evidence of effective treatment (N=136 last year, 331 last three years):

  • 71% are abstinent since being discharged (nine months)
  • 95% recommend Twin Town to others
  • 66% continue in mutual support recovery groups (12-Step Recovery, etc.)
  • 45% encounter improvement at work/ with their career

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Twin Town Treatment Centers is immediately accessible to all Los Angeles and Orange County residents, is accredited by The Joint Commission, and is certified by the California DHCS. All network HMO/PPO/EPO insurance plans and Medi-Cal contract with Twin Town Treatment Centers to provide drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Our phone is answered by real people. We can see people on the same day you call. (866) 594-8844

Preventing Alcohol and Drug Tragedies

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The tragic legacy of drug and alcohol abuse is graphically told by a mounting death toll and roster of casualties. Left behind are the loved ones who feel vacant, guilty and confounded. “Why do we lose our beloved to drugs and alcohol?”. Many answers may fill a void but the path of destruction continues unabated. Illogical is the course of an alcoholic and drug addict’s life.

 

Even less logical are the consequences of addictively seeking pleasure or relief through chemical ingestion.

 

  • Nearly 88,000 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
  • Nearly 46,500 people die from drug-related causes annually.
  • 18,900 die from prescription opioid overdose and 10,500 die annually from heroin overdose.
  • 8,000 die from benzodiazepine-related overdose.

 

The short-cut to pleasure and relief often cut short the lives who repetitively use them.

 

What can we do to help people colliding with the wake of addictive behavior? People who need that chemical boost to simply feel normal are like self-guided missiles who seem immune to outside influences, including the love and guidance of those who love them. Do they hear?

 

  • Don’t aggravate the problem by drinking or using with them and avoid being around them when they are inebriated or are planning to drink or use. Let them know the truth if they ask about your absence.
  • Don’t “cover” or lie to others to conceal or justify their alcohol or drug absenteeism, problems or mistakes.
  • Provide safety when possible. Take their keys if they intend to drive. Let them know that you will call the police if they attempt to drive. Let them know that you’ll call family services if their family is neglected or threatened. Follow-through with your calls to provide safety.
  • When they aren’t under the influence of a chemical, let them know your observations. Let them know that you will help them to find help if they are willing.
  • Find others who have similar observations and interest in helping and ask them to share with the alcoholic or addict.
  • Call a trusted or reputable therapist, doctor or treatment program to get their advice and help. Seek referrals from others in recovery or from professionals you know. Avoid internet searches for help.

 

We can’t make someone sober or make them want recovery. We can avoid being part of the problem and avail ourselves as part of a solution.

 

Twin Town Treatment Centers is immediately accessible to all Los Angeles and Orange County residents, is accredited by The Joint Commission, and is certified by the California DHCS. All network HMO/PPO/EPO insurance plans and Medi-Cal contract with Twin Town Treatment Centers to provide drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Our phone is answered by real people. We can see people on the same day you call. (866) 594-8844