Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Glendale, Arizona
In 1882, four Arizona builders, William J. Murphy, M.W. Kales, William A. Hancock and Clark Churchill formed the Arizona Canal Company, which brought water to the desert and leading to the genesis of Glendale, Arizona.
Since then, Glendale has become the hub of professional sports in the metro Phoenix area, with the University of Phoenix football stadium playing host to Super Bowls and Fiesta Bowls, and the Jobing.com arena, which is home to the Arizona Coyotes professional hockey team. Glendale is also the home of Luke Air Force Base, listed in the top five air force bases in the U.S. by MilitaryTimes.com.
As a suburb of Phoenix, Glendale is also a great place to travel to for drug and alcohol treatment. Unfortunately, sharing a border with Mexico has exacerbated the problem of illegal drugs in Arizona which contributed to it being ranked as one of the highest states in the nation for drug and alcohol abuse. In 2007-2008, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that Arizona is higher than average for drug-induced deaths. Arizona also landed in the top ten for states with a high rate of drug use other than marijuana, among young adults ages 18-25. 9% of Arizona residents used illicit drugs in the past month. The national average was 8% in ’07-’08. According to 2009 Center for Disease (CDC) statistics, Arizona also tops the national average for drug-induced deaths at 15.5 per 100,000, with a national rate of 12.7 per 100,000. That’s 981 deaths compared to 1,104 deaths by motor vehicle accidents and 951 deaths from firearms.
Given the bleakness of addiction bleak across the nation, there is a bright side in the number of substance abuse treatment centers that have sprouted throughout the United States. Scottsdale, Arizona is home to a premiere drug and alcohol treatment facility that offers detox, rehab, aftercare, access to group meetings, inpatient & outpatient care, and 12 step programs.
The 12 Steps
The “12 Steps” is a philosophy, a guide, and a way of life created by Alcoholics Anonymous. Recovering addicts “work” the steps on the path to recovery. Although the 12 Steps were created by AA, they apply to other addictions as well, including drug, sex and pornography addictions. Here is a list of the 12 steps:
1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.
4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. We admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. We humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings.
8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood him, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. 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.
The initial six steps involve humility, surrender, acknowledging one has an addiction and asking the help of God to return to sobriety. The 12 Steps were created as a God-centered tool, and have become effective for those who aren’t religious. For atheists, the references to a higher power in the 12 Steps can refer to any power stronger than oneself. This could be a support group, a family, group therapy and the combined will of a sponsor and the recovering addict. Any power larger than yourself that can hold you accountable, and one that you can draw support and strength from.
The last six steps are aimed at making amends for past wrongs, personal accountability, and calling upon spiritual strength to stave off the temptations to relapse. remaining six steps are focused on a personal accountability, making amends for past wrongs, and calling upon spiritual strength to help you prevent a relapse.
Many recovering addicts who have found success in overcoming addiction have worked the steps more than once on their path to conquering addiction. This is the norm, and is beneficial as the lessons from the steps become engrained in the behavior of recovering addicts, leading them to have more responsibility, more accountability, greater self-love and a more active spiritual life.
The Disease of Addiction
Consensus has grown over the last decade in the medical community to acknowledge the disease of addiction. However, it’s still as dangerous of an addiction as ever, and the warning signs aren’t always prevalent. The primary warning signs are that a person will feel sick when they quit using a substance, and that they will need more and more of a substance to reach the same desired high. Other warning signs can include, using substances to avoid stress, driving under the influence, and mood swings while using.
Detox and Withdrawal
For many addicts, the first step in their treatment is detoxification. Detox is the cleansing of toxins in drug and alcohol from the addict’s system to prepare their mind and body for rehabilitation. The byproduct of detoxification is withdrawal. Withdrawal occurs when addicts stop using the substance(s) they are addicted to. It compels the addict to keep using by cravings, desires and a feeling of sickness. Withdrawals from alcohol and benzodiazepines (benzos) can be severe and even deadly.
How withdrawal works in the brain is that when an addict stop using, the brain ceases production of the feel-good neuro-transmitters that create the mind-altering effect. It takes weeks for the brain to produce natural neuro-transmitters again, and without those, people will have a sense of depression, which compels them to continue their substance use to maintain the release of neuro-transmitters. In addition to cleansing, detox also helps addicts with their withdrawal symptoms, and there are medications available to help recovering addicts cope with the more severe and painful withdrawals.
Traveling for Treatment
One of the most effective paths to recovery is traveling outside of one’s city or state for treatment. Traveling to an inpatient facility removes addicts from the conditions, people and situations that can tempt them to use substances. Travel also helps addicts get away to reflect and clear their minds that can help them psychologically toward recovery.
Another benefit of traveling for treatment is the anonymity it provides addicts. It’s less likely for an addict to run into someone he or she knows if they are receiving treatment in another city or state. Many treatment centers are located in centers of tourism that offer resorts and other forms of relaxation, like neighboring Scottsdale, Arizona. Traveling to a destination like Scottsdale for treatment can feel like a vacation to an addict.
The Power of Intervention
The friends and family members of substance abusers can feel powerless when it comes to helping their loved one who is suffering. If you know someone in this situation, now you can help them by staging an intervention. The purpose of intervention is to gather friends and family members of the substance abuser in an effort to convince the addict to get help. Interventions should be calm and non-judgmental. They should show the addict how much they are loved, and this will compel them to get the treatment they need. We have specialists standing by 24/7 to guide you on how to create your own intervention in Glendale, AZ.
Get Help Today!
One of the toughest challenges for a substance abuser is just asking for help. It takes a great amount of honesty, humility and courage to admit one has a problem and to ask for help. Take heart though, if you are battling with addiction. Every successful recovery addict achieved their success after falling many times. Recovery is an on-going process. It’s a journey, but it is possible to get help and conquer your addiction.
Also helpful to addicts in recovery is the aid of sponsors and mentors. Of special importance are those sponsors who are recovering addicts themselves. There’s a saying among recovering addicts that the best way out of a maze is with someone who knows the way out.
If you live in Glendale, AZ or the Phoenix area, give one of our trained specialists a call. They’ll be happy to give you more information on treatment for drug and alcohol abuse, and answer any questions you may have about detox, aftercare or starting an intervention. They’ll also be able to recommend an excellent facility for drug and alcohol treatment in nearby Scottsdale, AZ. Give us a call today and start your recovery now! (480) 999-3377.