Rehab from Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Mesa, AZ
Mesa is a recreational playground for tourists and residents alike. It’s the third largest city in Arizona and it boasts the largest cultural and arts complex in the Southwest. Mesa was originally settled by native American farmers who created irrigation channels that exist today. Mesa, like many American cities, also has a problem with drug and alcohol addiction. The problem of illegal drug trafficking across the nearby Mexican border has contributed to the drug abuse epidemic in Arizona, and also in Mesa.
According to a 2010 ASU Southwestern Disciplinary Research Center (SDRC) study, 31 percent of adults have used illegal drugs in Arizona. The lifetime prevalence of illegal drug use was highest among males. 6.5 percent of the 8,215 adults who reported using illegal drugs, used them in the past year. 3.2 percent (half) of them are current illegal substance abusers.
The most common illicit drug used by adults was marijuana; 2.9 percent of the adults interviewed were currently using marijuana. Marijuana use was reported highest among adults 40-49 and 50-59. The rates of the younger groups, 18-28 were significantly lower than the reference group of 40-49 year olds.
In terms of alcohol consumption in Arizona, over half of those who reported ever consuming alcohol (58 percent) were current drinkers. Of the group of people 18-28 who reported as alcohol consumers, 59 percent admitted to be current drinkers. 63 percent of drinkers 29-39 reported to be current drinkers and 59 percent of 50-59 year old drinkers are current drinkers.
Addiction Can Affect Anyone
Nobody is immune to substance abuse addiction. It afflicts people of all age groups 12 and up, in all ethnic demographics. The warning signs of addiction can make it even more difficult on addicts, because they aren’t always readily apparent. If you think you may be addicted to drugs or alcohol, ask yourself these questions: When you stop using do you feel sick? Do you find it takes more of a substance (alcohol or drugs) for you to reach the desired effect? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you may have a substance abuse addiction. Additional warning signs include driving while under the influence, hiding substance abuse from family or friends, behavioral shifts while using substances.
Getting Treatment for Addiction
The national epidemic of substance abuse addiction has borne an entire industry of rehab and treatment centers across the country. Like anything else, there are varying degrees of quality of these treatment centers. If you are looking for care, make sure the facility you’re considering offers the following treatment services: detox, rehab, aftercare, access to group meetings, 12-step programs, inpatient and outpatient facilities. If your treatment facility of choice is lacking any of these, you may be selling your own recovery short.
What is Detoxification?
Most addicts enroll in a detox facility to begin their treatment. Detoxification often happens in a 24-hour supervised care in a medically managed facility where the toxins in an addict’s system are purged to clear their mind and body, preparing them for the next phase of treatment: rehabilitation, or rehab. In detox, the substance abuse client is analyzed for their substance(s) of choice, as well as their psychological condition, and a customized treatment plan is created for them that will be a blueprint for the remainder of their rehab. The recovering addict’s psychology and mental health comes into play because an addict with a mental disorder exponentially complicates substance abuse. Adding drugs or alcohol to someone with a mental disorder is like throwing gasoline on a fire.
What is Rehab?
Rehab incorporates a variety of therapy approaches that all share the same goal: To provide recovering addicts with the coping mechanisms, tools and behavioral support that empower them to defeat their addiction in what will be a life-long endeavor of recovery.
It has been medically proven that the most successful rehab therapy is inpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment consists of 24-hour supervised, medically managed care where the recovering addict enrolls in a live-in facility, removing themselves from all conditions that made it easier for them to use. Outpatient care is also a proven method, and is available to those who are unable to enroll inpatient care do to work or family obligations, or those who are unable to afford inpatient care as it is generally more expensive.
Cognitive-behavioral treatment is also an effective type of therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps recovering addicts gain awareness of substances affect on them, and how their behavior impacts friends and loved ones around them. Recovering addicts gain vital coping skills that aid them in adapting to situations in life that might have otherwise lead them to abuse substances.
A popular therapy type is group therapy. It involves recovering addicts finding consolation, support and healing through sharing their stories with other recovering addicts and therapists in a group setting. Many addicts are more inclined to open up and allow healing to begin in a group environment versus individual healing. This openness and honesty with oneself allows for accountability and true transformation of behavior.
Family therapy is beneficial for those recovering addicts who have severed family relationships that need restoring. Here, addicts will receive communication skills and other therapy that allows them to restore relationships in their family, and rebuild the family unit that is so important in the successful recovery of addicts.
Many treatment centers offer additional forms of therapy including equine (horse), music and yoga. Each of these provide a cathartic activity for a recovering addict to engage in that gives them enjoyment while taking their minds off of the pain and suffering created as a result of their substance abuse.
Coping with Withdrawal
Whenever a substance abuser stops using they are afflicted with the effects of withdrawal. As detox cleanses the substance abuser of alcohol or drugs in their system, the natural byproduct of this is withdrawal. Basically, withdrawal is the body’s rebellion as it shamelessly manipulates the person to continue their substance abuse. When someone abuses a substance, their brain secretes endorphins and dopamine, “feel-good” neurotransmitters. When the recovering addict detoxes, the brain detects a diminished level of these feel-good neurotransmitters and its response is to create the cravings, desires and sickness of withdrawal. The symptoms can range from mild cravings to triggering seizures and even withdrawals resulting in death. In detox treatment, medical professionals aid recovering addicts with their withdrawals, either by therapy or with prescribed medications.
The Advantages of Traveling for Treatment
Traveling for substance abuse treatment is an effective means of therapy for many recovering addicts. One of the advantages is that it separates an addict from the conditions, people and environments that made it easier to engage in drug and alcohol use. Another positive to traveling for treatment is the aspect of anonymity that it provides. When one travels to another city or state for their therapy, they are less likely to run into coworkers, friends or associates who may not know they are an addict in recovery. The drive to a far-away therapy destination can be cathartic in itself, giving recovering addicts to reflect on their treatment, steps, or just to relax in peace. Many treatment facilities are built in picturesque locations with access to outdoor activities that can aid in an addict’s recovery. Scottsdale, Arizona, which borders Mesa, is one of these suburbs that offers five star resorts, hiking and outdoor activities in close proximity to an excellent drug and alcohol treatment center.
Staging and Intervention
Friends and families of a substance abuser are often the greatest victims of alcohol and drug abuse. These people can feel powerless as they are caught up in the torrent of drama of their friend or loved one’s addiction. If you find yourself in this situation, feeling helpless, you now have a way to do something about it. You can stage an intervention for your loved one who is afflicted with drug or alcohol addiction. An intervention is an assembly of friends, family and loved ones to intervene in the person’s substance abuse addiction with the goal of persuading them to get help for their disease. Interventions should be based on love, support and compassion, and should be non-judgmental in nature. It is always recommended to hire a professional interventionist to lead your intervention. If you’re not able to find one, give us a call and our specialists will help walk you through the steps of staging your own intervention. The power of intervention is that a substance abuser will see how much they are loved and cared for, and how they are adversely affecting the lives of people around them. Many addicts who went on to a successful recovery attribute intervention as one of the primary factors that led them to seeking help.
If you or a friend or relative in Mesa, Arizona is suffering with the disease of substance abuse addiction, give us a call. Our trained specialists are awaiting your call, and will answer your questions about detox, rehab, aftercare and intervention. They can also recommend a treatment facility to you near Mesa. Start your healing now and give one of our specialists a call at (480) 999-3388