Rehab from Alcohol Abuse in Gilbert, AZ
Known as the largest town in the United States, Gilbert, Arizona encompasses 72.6 square miles, and has grown from an agricultural territory into a vibrant, urban community southeast of Phoenix. Gilbert is also known for its exceptional school system, safe neighborhoods and a wide array of cultural and outdoor activities.
Like most American towns and cities, Gilbert has citizens who struggle with the disease of drug and alcohol addiction. The problem of illegal drug trafficking across the Mexico-Arizona border is a contributing factor in Arizona’s ranking as one of the highest states in the nation for drug and alcohol abuse (according to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) study conducted in 2010). In a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2007-2008, Arizona also exceeded the national average for drug-induced deaths at a rate of 15.5 per 100,000 people (12.7 per 100,000 is the national rate). 981 people were killed from drug-induced deaths in 2007, compared to 1,104 motor vehicle related deaths and 951 deaths caused by firearms.
The same NSDUH study found that among young adults ages 18-25, Arizona also ranked in the top ten among states for drug use other than marijuana. Nine percent of Arizona citizens reported using illicit drugs in the last month, while the national average was eight percent.
The Disease of Addiction
Drug and alcohol addiction is a disease that can afflict anyone, anywhere. Often, the warning signs of alcoholism aren’t always apparent, which makes it harder for addicts to know they have a problem. The main warning signs for alcohol addiction are needing more alcohol to reach the desired effect, and feeling sick when one stops drinking. More subtle signs of abuse may include using a substance to relieve stress, hiding drug or alcohol abuse from family and friends, and driving while under the influence. A word of caution for users of alcohol and benzos– if you stop using either of these, the withdrawal symptoms can lead to seizures or even death.
Treatment for Addiction
The national problem of drug and alcohol abuse has spawned an industry of rehab and treatment centers. Many of these facilities offer detox, rehab, aftercare inpatient & outpatient programs, access to group meetings and 12 Step programs.
Detox centers are the first stop for most addicts. Detoxification is a medically managed process that purges the toxins out of an addict’s system to clear their mind and body, and prepare it for the next stage of treatment: rehab. In detox, the addict is analyzed and a treatment plan is created that will guide the remainder of their rehabilitation.
Rehab consists of a variety of treatment therapies that all have the same goal: To give addicts the tools and coping mechanisms that empower them to overcome their addiction, in what will be a life-long battle of recovery.
The most effective treatment is inpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment is medically managed with 24-hour supervised care. Outpatient care is available for those who can’t afford inpatient treatment, or who aren’t able to enroll in an inpatient facility.
Cognitive-behavioral treatment is another effective form of therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on enabling addicts to become aware of how substance abuse affects them, and then how their behavior affects them and those around them. Addicts learn valuable coping skills that help them adapt to situations in life that would otherwise lead them to relapse.
Group therapy is a popular treatment that involves addicts finding support, consolation and healing through sharing their struggles with other addicts in a group environment. Some addicts are more capable of opening up and sharing in a group as opposed to one-on-one, which allows them to accept accountability so true healing and transformation can begin.
Family therapy is helpful for those addicts who have strained family relationships and can benefit from receiving communication skills and other therapy that helps restore their family support system. Some treatment centers also offer music, equine and yoga therapy to help addicts recover from the disease of addiction.
Coping with Withdrawal
Whenever an addict stops using a substance they suffer the symptoms of withdrawal. As detox weens addicts off of drugs and alcohol, a natural byproduct of this is withdrawal. Essentially, withdrawal is the body revolting as it compels the person to continue abusing the substance(s) they are addicted to. The brain releases dopamine and endorphins, “feel-good” neuro-transmitters, whenever someone abuses a substance. When a person stops use, or detoxes, the brain detects an absence of these feel-good chemicals, and it responds by creating the cravings, desires and other symptoms that can be extremely dangerous. Symptoms can range from making a person feel sick, to even causing seizures, and leading to death in rare cases. In detox, addicts are aided in coping with their withdrawal symptoms through therapy and prescribed medications.
The Benefits of Traveling for Treatment
Traveling for treatment is effective for many recovering addicts. One of the benefits is that it removes you from the people, situations, and environments in your area that can make it easier to engage in substance abuse. Another benefit of traveling for treatment is the anonymity. If you travel to another city or state for treatment, you are less likely to run into friends, associates or coworkers who don’t know you’re struggling with a substance abuse addiction. Just the process of driving to a destination can also give an addict time to reflect. Many treatment centers are in resort areas with access to outdoor activities that can be beneficial to an addict’s recovery. Scottsdale, Arizona is one of these places, and offers excellent drug and alcohol treatment facilities.
Stage an Intervention for a Friend or Loved One!
Families and friends of an addict are often times the greatest victims of the addict’s abuse. They can feel helpless and powerless, being caught up in the storm of addiction. You don’t have to feel powerless anymore. You can take action and stage an intervention for your friend or loved one who is suffering with substance abuse. An intervention is a gathering of family, friends and loved ones with the primary goal of convincing the addict to seek professional help for their disease. Interventions should be non-judgmental and should avoid creating conflict with the addict.
Interventions should be based on love, compassion and care. We recommend hiring a professional interventionist to lead your intervention, but if one isn’t available to you, feel free to call us and our trained professionals will guide you through the process of staging your own intervention in the Gilbert area. Intervention is a powerful tool. Through intervention, an addict sees how much they are loved and cared for, and they see the pain and destruction they’re causing in their life and in the lives of those closest to them.
Get Help and Start Your Treatment Today!
Addiction recovery is a journey, and for many addicts, the most difficult part of that journey can be asking for help. It takes courage, humility and honesty to admit one has a problem and to ask for help for it. Don’t lose hope though, it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve fallen, if you can get up again, you can keep fighting and seek help for your addiction. Every successful recovery story involves an addict who has fallen and gotten back up again many times.
The journey of recovery can be a long and treacherous one, but it’s worth the fight. Every day, all over the country, addicts are completing their rehab and emerging as recovering addicts, capable of living healthy and happy lives once again. Once you finish rehab, we strongly recommend enrolling in an aftercare program that will help you transition back to the “real world” while avoiding relapse along the way.
Prominent treatment facilities will also offer access to group meetings and the 12-step program. Successful recovering addicts make full use of both, and incorporate the philosophies of 12 steps into their daily lives. Group meetings can include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Heroin Anonymous and many others. Recovering addicts also become sponsors to help other addicts on the path to recovery. In fact, the 12th Step in Alcoholics Anonymous actually compels the recovering addict to spread the message and help other addicts. (12. We having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.)
In addition to Sponsors, mentors who are also recovering addicts can also provide immeasurable help to recovering addicts. There’s a saying among addicts that the easiest way out of a maze is with someone who already knows the way out.
If you or someone you know in Gilbert, Arizona is struggling with alcohol or drug abuse, give us a call. Our specialists are standing by to answer all your questions about how to enroll in a treatment center, and general questions on detox, rehab, aftercare and intervention. Start your path to sobriety and give us a call today! (480) 999-3383