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What Addictions Are Treated at Rehabs.com Member Facilities?

While drug and alcohol addictions are often the most commonly known, addiction comes in a wide range of forms. Most addiction treatment centers will employ basic principles of recovery in their treatment plans; however, it's most beneficial to find a program that specializes in your particular addiction. Here at Rehabs.com, we offer patients the most comprehensive selection of addiction treatment facilities, offering a plethora of options for virtually every addiction.

Rehabs.com facilities effectively treat addictions to alcohol, illicit drugs, prescription drugs, sex, gambling, work, shopping and the Internet. In addition, our affiliated facilities target various behavioral disorders, including a range of eating disorders and other behavioral issues.

Signs of Addiction

Determining if you or someone you love has an addiction can be a tricky proposition; however, the signs of addiction generally become quite clear over time. Specific signs of addiction will vary according to particular addictions but there are some common signs that are applicable across all addictions. These include:

  • Increased desire to participate in the activity or consume the substance
  • Difficulty when not involved with the substance or activity
  • Inability to control the addictive behavior
  • Major shifts in mood related to the presence or absence of the substance or activity
  • Negative effects to one's life due to the addiction (e.g., financial issues, relationship troubles, work problems, etc.)

Just like each individual is different, each addiction is distinct. As a result, it's essential to find a treatment center that will address the addiction on an individual basis, catering treatment plans according to what is needed at that point in recovery.

Get The Help You Deserve: If you are struggling with an addiction of any kind, contact us today. We'll connect you with one of our high-quality addiction treatment facilities that can help you get on the path to a healthy, sober life. Rest assured that all types of addiction are treated at Rehabs.com facilities, and we can match you with a program with extensive experience in your specific addiction type.

Alcohol Abuse and Addiction

Generally, alcoholics experience cravings for alcohol. If cravings are strong enough, alcoholics may go to extreme measures to obtain more alcohol, sometimes even committing violent, fraudulent or criminal activity in order to get their hands on a bottle. This type of behavior may be out of character for the individual; however, their cravings lead them to a loss of control.

In this vein, those who are addicted to alcohol are often unable to control their drinking. They may intend to 'cut back' or stop drinking altogether; however, they are unable to reach their goals on their own. Though an alcoholic may plan on only having three drinks, he is often unable to stop at the planned number, and instead consumes much more than originally intended.

All alcoholics develop a physical dependency on the substance over time. This occurs because the body becomes accustomed to certain levels of alcohol. Once those levels drop, it shocks the system, often leading to withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms, including nausea, sweating, shakiness and fluctuations in temperature, can be horribly uncomfortable and painful. It's imperative that alcoholics seek medical supervision before they attempt to detox on their own. Without proper medical care, withdrawal symptoms can be life threatening. Alcoholics often relapse, returning to alcohol in an effort to alleviate their discomfort.
Both alcoholics and those who abuse alcohol generally develop a tolerance to alcohol. This means that more alcohol is required to achieve the same 'buzz' that the individual could previously achieve with less. The body becomes accustomed to alcohol so more and more is required to affect it.
The effects of alcohol abuse and alcoholism are far-reaching, often affecting every area of one's life. From finances and career opportunities to family, romantic and social relationships, it's difficult for an alcoholic to maintain order in any area of life. In addition, alcohol abuse and addiction wreak havoc on one's health, causing a bevy of health issues such as liver cirrhosis, brain damage, heart issues and birth defects. Those who abuse alcohol are also more likely to get in accidents, cause bodily injury, hurt others, and commit suicide.

In order to regain one's health and conquer alcoholism for good, treatment at an experienced alcohol rehab facility is needed. Those who get treatment are much more likely to achieve sobriety and maintain it for the long term. Rehabs.com member facilities offer high-level treatment for alcoholism, helping patients to leave alcohol behind forever.

As stated, each rehab program will differ somewhat, and the facilities Rehabs.com works with cater their programs to suit the needs of the individual. Most alcohol rehab centers offer on-site detoxification, allowing the alcoholic to free the body of all traces of alcohol. This process can be difficult and painful but there are medical personnel on hand at all times to assist the patient through the process. When proper support is available 24/7, alcoholics are more likely to successfully make it through the detox process. In some instances, medications might be used to alleviate withdrawal symptoms during the detox process. Detox alone is not enough to achieve sobriety. It must be followed by a thorough rehabilitation program that includes therapy.

The post-detox addiction treatment program is where true recovery takes hold. With the help of therapists, the addict examines the root causes behind their drinking, addressing those issues so they do not succumb to alcohol in the future when times get tough. Most addiction treatment programs include both individual and group counseling. In one-on-one sessions, alcoholics can work on specific issues with their therapist, whereas they can learn from the experiences of others in group therapy sessions.

Most program offer family therapy as part of their alcohol addiction recovery program. In family therapy, family members are invited to join in with their addicted loved one, offering support and examining familial issues that may have contributed to their loved one's addiction. This therapy also addresses issues family members may have as a result of the addiction.

There is no finite cure for alcoholism. it is a lifelong journey to continued recovery.

Like all addictions, there is no finite cure for alcoholism. It is a lifelong journey to continued recovery. As a result, aftercare plays a crucial role in the recovery process. Many addiction treatment facilities offer aftercare planning and even touch-up sessions after individuals have completed a program in their facility. Recovering alcoholics can also access support groups, like Alcoholics Anonymous, in their local area. This type of ongoing group support can serve as a source of strength when the temptation to relapse occurs.

Drug Abuse and Addiction

Drug addiction, both to illicit drugs and prescription drugs, is an epidemic in the US and around the globe. Illicit drugs may be purchased on the street, procured from friends or family members, or bought at raves or parties. With a high potential for addiction, illicit drug abuse should be addressed immediately, before addiction has a chance to take hold.

If you suspect someone you love is abusing illicit drugs and may be addicted, contact us today. Here at Rehabs.com, we have an array of affiliated treatment facilities that are equipped to address your loved one's addiction. Our rehab facilities treat various addictions to illicit drugs, including addictions to:

Each type of drug will feature different signs of abuse and addiction. It's important to note that all these drugs cause ill health effects, as well as serious detriment to one's life. Treatment plans will vary according to the drug in question; however, most illicit drug addictions require both detox and therapy programs in treatment.

Prescription drugs are the cause of a high number of rehab visits across the country. Some individuals think prescription drugs can't be that bad since these drugs are prescribed by doctors; this couldn't be farther from the truth. Prescription drug abuse occurs when anyone takes a prescription drug in a different dosage than what has been prescribed. Oftentimes, people take prescription drugs that are not prescribed to them in an effort to achieve a 'high' Others have been prescribed the drugs but increase their dosages after a tolerance develops. Sometimes this abuse translates into individuals crushing and snorting their prescription pills in order to feel more of the drug's effects more quickly. All these forms of abuse are incredibly dangerous.

Once prescription drug addiction is an issue, it's important to seek help immediately. Do not attempt to stop taking prescription medication without medical assistance. Certain prescription medications, such as oxycodone, are as addictive as heroin, and it is very dangerous to detox without professional help. In some instances, medications like methadone will be given to alleviate the withdrawal process from prescription medications. In a prescription drug addiction treatment center, medical staff will monitor patients 24 hours a day while they detox from the drugs.

Like with alcoholism treatment, detox will be followed with an intensive addiction recovery program, including therapy and complementary treatments. Some facilities employ a holistic approach to recovery, offering acupuncture, yoga, meditation and outdoor activities as part of the recovery process.

If you or someone you love has a problem with prescription drugs, let Rehabs.com's addiction treatment facilities help. Our affiliates treat a wide range of addictions to prescription drugs, such as addictions to:

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In some instances, addiction to drugs or alcohol can be treated on an outpatient basis. This means that patients do not live at the treatment facility but rather attend therapy sessions during the day. They are able to maintain some familial and work obligations since they aren't at the recovery facility 24 hours a day. Most outpatient programs involve random drug testing, to ensure the patient is remaining sober when not on the property. Outpatient therapy is generally not recommended for those with severe or long-standing addictions.

Many of the Rehabs.com addiction treatment programs offer this exclusive level of recovery treatment. At such facilities, patients enjoy more luxurious surroundings, heightened levels of privacy, gourmet meals and other posh amenities, such as spa services.

Behavioral Disorders

Addictions to specific behaviors, rather than substances, make up behavioral disorders. These addictions are just as serious and can be just as damaging to one's life and overall health as addictions to drugs and alcohol. In fact, eating disorders are some of the most life-threatening behavioral disorders in existence. Prompt treatment is essential in order to preserve one's health and happiness.

At Rehabs.com, we can match you with an advanced treatment facility that specializes in your particular behavioral disorder. Our treatment facilities specialize in the following:

Each behavioral disorder is treated differently, depending on the disorder itself and the individual in question. Certain individuals may require intensive inpatient treatment while others may be placed in a more relaxed, outpatient therapy program. All treatment plans will work to find the issues that led to the disorder, in order to address those problems so the patient can move on without the destructive behavior.

Most behavior therapy programs incorporate various therapy approaches, such as group talk sessions, cognitive behavioral therapy, individual counseling sessions, and other therapeutic activities, such as art or animal therapy, exercise or meditation.

As with other addiction treatments, aftercare is a key component to behavioral disorder treatment. An anorexic individual is not 'cured' once she leaves treatment. She may struggle with body image issues in the future and it's important that she has a support system in place should she be tempted to relapse to her destructive behavior. Treatment programs that offer follow-up sessions or support groups can be incredibly helpful to long-term health and recovery.

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Questions & Answers
  • Sharon K.

    Do I have to go to an inpatient clinic to receive help? What if I have things that I need to do at work, school or home?

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      Many facilities can help you manage your detoxification and rehabilitation as well as allow you to handle your responsibilities at work, school or home; however, depending on the severity of your addiction, you may need to take time away from those activities. Outpatient facilities are set up to allow you to come to the facility for treatment and then to return to work or home as needed. Rehabilitation groups that involve Alcoholics Anonymous or other addiction groups often meet once or twice per week. Private therapy sessions may be scheduled around your schedule to best suit your needs.

  • Daniel E.

    Is being dependent on a drug the same as being addicted? I only took a prescription as I was directed.

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      Addiction is very different from dependency. You can be both physically and emotionally dependent on a drug. Addiction is a neurobiological disease that has a number of specific behaviors, such as poor control, compulsive behavior, continued drug or alcohol use (even when harm is being done to the body physically and mentally), and a continued craving for the substance. A dependency is different because the body has simply adapted to a substance. Because medications are given at regular intervals, the body starts to expect that medication to arrive in the expected doses and frequency. When this doesn’t happen, withdrawal may occur.

  • Vaughn B.

    I think of video games as a hobby. I like to play often, but does this mean I am addicted?

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      Not at all. For many people, it is normal to play video games. It is when the game becomes all encompassing that it becomes a problem. If school, work, or life with friends or family members begins to be strained due to video gaming, this could indicate a problem. There are some symptoms of gaming addiction to watch out for, including:

      • All hours outside of work or school are spent playing games
      • Falling asleep at school or work due to gaming the previous night
      • Lying about gaming time
      • Choosing to play on the computer or gaming system instead of seeing friends or family members
      • Irritability when taken away from video games or video game devices
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