What Are Some Ways Of Treating Alcoholism IL

What Are Some Ways Of Treating Alcoholism

The most effective strategy in dealing with any type of addiction, specifically alcohol or alcohol – because it is everywhere in the culture and encourages people to drink and it’s a social lubricant so lots of problems surround the use of alcohol. Plenty of people can consume great amounts of alcohol and not develop an addiction but for those patients who have developed an addiction to alcohol, the most effective treatment strategy is engagement in a scientifically approached treatment program through an extended period of time so that they can learn coping strategies. In my opinion, the best way to do that is on an outpatient basis because it is essential that people stay employed while being treated and stay in the environment in which they live.

Why Else Are Outpatient Programs Superior?

Often times, 30 days of going away lead to the loss of a job and certainly hampers development in relationships at home and also creates a different level of stress that people have to respond to once they get out of rehab. Results of rehab treatment for patients, while they are in a patient rehab, are extremely good. For patients who have gone to rehab, at the end of one year: 86% of all patients have relapsed within that year and those are national statistics for people who have relapsed in that year.

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Response To Someone Saying Treatment Doesn’t Work IL

Response To Someone Saying Treatment Doesn’t Work

Totally understandable when someone comes in and says, “Treatment doesn’t work for me” given that the national recovery rates for patients are less than 15%. That’s characteristic of being treated with a 1930’s philosophy and what we believe has created the addiction. For sure our current approaches are evolving from a moralistic point of view where patients were seen as bad as a result of having an addiction which was an attribute of the climate surrounding the 1930s.

    We know now that neurobiologically there have been structural and functional changes in the brain that are characterized by increasing compulsions and cravings to use substances that are beyond a patient’s control. So, if we use old-time treatment to treat basically a new time understanding of what’s going on with a patient, the outcomes are not going to be particularly good. In my opinion, the most effective treatment outcomes are going to be achieved by engaging the patient through an extended period of time.

What Would Be Some Ways To Fix This Issue?

    Obviously, 30 days of treatment does not do much other than isolate a patient from the use of a substance for the use of 30 days. Perhaps a more effective treatment strategy would be to have people engage in treatment over a two-year period of time because if we look at the definition of structural treatment in the brain, there aren’t many structural changes that we are going to remedy in 30 days. So you have to be in a position where, if you will, we have to reboot the brain such that people develop effective coping strategies, learn to handle stress, and engage in behavioral changes so that the neurobiology of the brain has subsequently changed where people regain some type of control.

    I think extended period of time in treatment is by far the most effective treatment strategy and that this should occur on an outpatient basis because the substance abuse occurs in the real-life setting where people live and you have to be able to treat and confront the issues on a daily basis in order to get better and learn to live with your addiction.

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How to cope with stress when recovering from addiction edwardsville il

How to Cope With Stress When Recovering From Addiction

This question is probably one of the most common as well as complicated problems that we encounter with patients who are dealing with addictions. For the most part, a lot of our patients are using the substance that they have as a medication to cope with stress. So, what you have to do is uncouple that learned response to cope with medication whether that’s alcohol, methamphetamine, crack, or heroin – we have to teach them what we call planned alternative responses which are a cognitive behavior therapy concept where we teach people behavioral coping strategies that will uncouple the relationship between stress and immediate use “on-the-go” response to treat the stress.



Our Approach For Patients Dealing With Stress

Here at ATS, we use stress as one of the partial components of a definition of addiction. Indeed, we believe that addiction is a stress-induced impulse control disorder that leads to the use of a behavior or a substance in order to decrease the stress. What that means is if I feel stressful: I am going to engage in a behavior – whether that’s cutting, some type of self-mutilation, or even gambling to decrease the stress. It may also mean that if I am stressed, I am going to abuse medication to decrease the stress. So, you can see stress is inherent in not only the definition but as well as the solution to how you can help overcome some of the problems related to using substances to self-medicate.

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How to Treat A Xanax Addiction Edwardsville IL

How To Treat A Xanax Addiction

Xanax is a benzodiazepine and ranks in the same category as alcohol in regards to withdrawal effects. Both alcohol and benzodiazepines, if withdrawn from too quickly can cause seizures in the patient. So, you have to monitor those things very carefully so there needs to be a titration schedule in order to get people slowly and gradually off benzodiazepine or alcohol. Once that has been accomplished, whatever the Xanax was treating – most generally it’s anxiety or panic attacks – then the physician can look at a different medication to treat the symptoms as well or perhaps a different combination of medication that can help patients without the risks of increasing the dependency on the Xanax or another benzo as well as decreasing the withdrawal effects of that particular medication. It takes an appreciable length of time to decrease from Xanax, perhaps up to two months.

How Would Someone Know They’re Addicted To Xanax?

Most people can use or take Xanax very safely, it comes in various doses. Some patients we see are very effectively treated on even half a milligram a day, as prescribed or as needed. Some of our patients are on one milligram. If we have a patient who has an increased demand to use that Xanax and it’s not working, what we look for is increasing demand and decreased efficacy where someone went from one to one and a half to two, two and a half milligrams as needed. They then have established a dependency on that medication and we need to look at that carefully to make sure that they don’t develop the dependency that then moves in on to an addiction on that Xanax.

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Methadone vs Suboxone

Methadone vs Suboxone as Treatment Drugs

Comparing & Contrasting Treatment Drugs: Methadone vs Suboxone

Methadone has been around for an extended period of time. I believe in the beginning the initial intent of using methadone was not for treatment but was to decriminalize the effects of those who have the addiction component in terms of they were needed to engage in criminal activity in order to get their drugs. Methadone was a legalized initial component of treatment.  So, methadone is a full agonist which means it activates mu receptors and there is no plateau in using methadone. Once an individual is on methadone, they are going to have to continue on methadone for an extended period of time.

Suboxone is a partial agonist, which means there is a plateau and once the secondary neurotransmitter capacity is full – it does not activate mu receptors any longer. Consequently, buprenorphine with a half-life of about 52-56 hours is an extremely effective drug in assisting people to overcome both the withdrawal and a maintenance dose of using a medication until such time that they get stable. Both of them can be components of medically assisted treatment. However, we believe that suboxone is far superior to methadone because it is a partial agonist and there is a ceiling effect with suboxone.

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Drug Addictions vs. Food Addictions

Are Food Addictions similar to Drug Addictions?

Both drug addictions vs. food addictions are very similar neurobiological processes. The brain reacts to stimulation which means in the case of an addiction to something, particular reward pathways evolved from nucleus accumbens to the ventral tegmental area which response normally to food, water, nurturing and sex. The first one being food. Food is also an extremely addictive substance to a lot of people only because it makes people feel good and they can also use it as a coping strategy. The downside of being addicted to food is it’s a slow and tedious process and there’s not much immediately validity to using that people find themselves having a difficult time stopping eating or controlling their ability to do that because of the neurological changes that have occurred in the motivations system to eat food.

In reality, the more food I eat not only is it more rewarding to me it’s also, I’m more motivated to eat food. A large component of an addiction to food is exactly like an addiction to any other substance other than the speed at which people can become addicted. Heroin addiction and food addiction are the same, other than some differences the neurobiological processes in terms of changes in the in the stomach and changes in the neurobiology of food. They both also hold lethal potential, just like any other substance addiction.

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Advice for Parents of Addicts Who Have Children

Advice for Parents of Addicts Who Have Children

This is a very complicated question. What we have is a large number of individuals that are in the retirement phase of their lives are now finding out that their children have an addiction to a substance and their child cannot handle the responsibility of child-rearing. Grandma and grandpa take on the role of not only parenting their child but also parenting their grandchildren. If the child’s mom and dad have an addiction to an opiate and they’re not able to function to parent adequately to a 3, 4, 5-year-old child, then grandma and grandpa take on the role of both taking care of their child as well as their grandchildren.

The most effective thing you can do is get professional help as quickly as you can so you can learn some coping strategies so that we can develop some behavioral changes so that the parent can get healthy. At the same time mom and dad, or in this case grandma and grandpa, need to be in a position where they can make decisions for the grandchild. Often times this will be a conflict between what mom or dad think they should be doing. However, the responsible party is not in a position where they can make responsible decisions as a result of their substance abuse.

Consequently, all three generations need to work collaboratively to bring about the most effective way to rear a young child in an environment that is going to be brought with difficulties of substance abuse that occurred prior to the time that the child was even born. So grandma and grandpa need to get a lot of support and get some professional intervention to show them how best to navigate these difficult times for them.

How Can Grandparents Help Play A Role In Addiction Treatment?

If an individual comes here requesting treatment, we try to involve as many people as we can. Often times that grandma and grandpa or mom and dad. Everyone has to be involved because the process of an addiction is an extremely deceitful process. The drug lies to the person who has the addiction, so we need a lot of monitoring, a lot of accountability and behavioral changes.

Collaboratively we will work with the grandparents or whoever the person is that’s supervising the person with the addiction. We will make sure we are all on the same page because it is common for the person who has the addiction to fragment the intervention strategy by telling grandparents one thing and telling us something different.

Once we have eliminated that ability to distract or separate the intervention strategies, the patient usually seems to respond a lot better to a consistent intervention position where knows what’s expected and we have outcomes we want the patience to achieve based on our mutual intervention strategy.

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Alcoholism in Families

If You Grew Up In A Family With Alcohol and Drug Addiction, How Can You Cope?

With alcoholism in families, there are a number of components for which anyone should be concerned, primarily the genetic components of an addiction and the genetic components of mental health or mental illness issue which is about 60%. If someone in your family has an addiction and as you’re growing up and you have the opportunity to observe that or participate in that addiction. If both mom and dad have the addiction or are addicted to alcohol and they drink every night then part of your growth and development is going to think drinking is a component as part of what people do. That then can be a learned behavior in addition to a genetic behavior or genetic predisposition.

Consequently, the concern a parent should have is the age of onset by which someone begins engaging in those activities and its pretty common nowadays for young kids to explore, kids 12 or 13 years of age. Parents should also be concerned about what the impact of that use of a substance is, especially given that mom and dad are using. Parents should be concerned and children should even be concerned with the potential of developing an addiction to a substance, especially if there is a genetic predisposition and parents actively use those substances in the home.

Will I Be An Alcohol If My Parent Is?

No, just because your parents have an addiction to alcohol doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s a direct correlation. It certainly increases the probability. The other option is because you have witnessed your parents having a substance abuse disorder or an addiction to alcohol, that may have forearmed you to be wary of the impact this might have on you and steer clear of those types of behaviors you have witnessed your parents doing.

At the same time, we still have the genetic disposition to do that, just an increased awareness of the potential of what can happen to you, not with just a substance abuse disorder but also with other mental health issues whether is anxiety, depression, or something else. People should be aware that a mental health evaluation is appropriate to see what the potential is for a person to develop that and become a patient at a clinic.

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ATS 12 Step Therapy Co-Occurring Disorders

What Are Co-occurring Disorders?

What Are Co-occurring Disorders?

Co-occurring disorders are relatively new with regards to the vernacular of treating people with an addiction. even though it is quite common for people who have studied human behavior. Most individuals do not have one particular component of a mental illness. Often time, people have components of anxiety and depressions, sometimes PTSD is a component of that. But we hath a co-occurring addiction is often times the addiction or the presenting problem of an addiction is masking an underlying condition. So what has to occur if you have to be able to treat the cause of the addiction which may be anxiety, depression, or whatever the mental illnesses are that is being medicated with the use of an addiction while at the same time treating the addiction. So both of them – the occurring and mental illness along with the substance abuse – must be treated simultaneously. While one decreases, the other may increase, If increase the dependence on a medication – the anxiety or depression may increase. So what you have to do is treat the co-occurring disorders so that both are decreasing simultaneously.

How Does ATS Treat Co-Occurring Disorders?

Our primary mission is to keep people alive. Drugs that people are using are extremely lethal. Obviously, heroin mixed with fentanyl or heroin mixed with lidocaine or heroin in doses that are not controlled by the person who is manufacturing the heroine is an extremely lethal drug. So, our primary mission is to keep people alive, first and foremost, while at the same time identifying some of those issues that may have caused the use of an addiction in the first place. We start looking at age of onset, when did someone start using something. In this particular case, our statistics indicate that our patients started using something around 12-14. Consequently, brain development at that time took on a totally different twist where a person develops a dependency on a substance or substances. At that time it is typically alcohol or marijuana. This then leads to something else. So we need to be able to treat both of them at the same time. Both substance abuse problems and something with regards to the mental health issue should be treated simultaneously.

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Addiction Recovery

How Long Will It Take To Recover From My Addiction?

First and foremost I would someone 30 days of a rehab program is not going to fix anything. Perhaps what it might be able to do is isolate you for a short period of time to decrease the probability that you might use a substance for 30 days. Given the definition of addiction is a chronic relapse disease in which the structure and function of the brain have changed, it also depends on the age of onset, when you used, what you were using, and how long you used it.

Neurological changes aren’t going to occur in thirty days. The part people need to understand is the model currently used does not have effective outcomes. It is an initiation of a 30-day program followed up by a short period of time of sobriety back in the real world and then going back to rehab again. Our number of rehabs for patients at ATS for people who are here is already 4. Most of our patients have been to 4 rehabs before they get here. They then find out as a result of teaching them to think differently, teaching them to have some sort of impulsive control, often times the average length of time that people spend at ATS in our programs is about 24 months.

At that time they are able to have a lot more positive control, they’re understanding the coping mechanism, they understand what stressors are for them, they are able to make healthier decisions, and they are least likely to go back to a pattern of using something that’s going to hurt them. Even after 24 months, it takes some extended period of time where people practice behaviors so it’s really important to change your behavior change your understanding and understand for the most part addiction is an impulse control disorder that reciprocated by stress. So if we teach people to think differently, how to handle stress and teach them coping strategies it decreases the probability they will rely on a substance to handle a new stressor in their life.

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