Rehab & Recovery Denial: I Can Do It On My Own

Convincing someone with an addiction to drugs or alcohol to go to rehab or to detox is often a very difficult and touchy situation. Even harder sometimes, is convincing someone to stick with rehab, detox, or recovery in a structured setting. Although there are lots of reasons why an individual will refuse to go to detox or rehab, or attempt to leave before they are ready, all of the reason are just a means to an end – which includes not recovering from addiction to drugs and alcohol.

Commonly, many addicts think that they can accomplish detox or sobriety on their own—without the help of professionals or rehab. Most addicts believe that they’re smarter, stronger and different from other addicts. Because of this false belief, many addictions escalate and get worse, and addicts lose even more control over themselves and their lives.

In addiction, in recovery, rehab or detox, certain ideas or themes or topics often get repeated in the education and rehab process. Often, when addicts go through multiple relapses, rehab attempts, and/or detoxes, they feel like they are just hearing the same things they heard all of the other times and their desire to overcome their addiction is lessened and seems to diminish. This can lead to feelings of hopelessness and many individuals attempt to quit rehab before they are ready and recovered. When addicts don’t feel they are gaining any new insight, they often want to give up.

On the other hand, addicts can develop quick confidence sometimes when they’ve been clean for just a couple of weeks. They truly believe themselves to be fully recovered and don’t see the point in finishing the recovery process; thinking it is too costly, time consuming, or just inconvenient. These individuals are anxious to get back out into the world because they think they won’t relapse, that they are past that stage, but the sad truth is often that extended treatment produces much more recovered individuals who have fewer relapses and are more prepared to enter the world once again. Staying in a rehab program for as long as it takes is crucial to a more complete recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

Chris’s story is so powerful. Watch this video and hear his story. Turning Point Center saved him from a life of addiction.


definingdualdiagnosisDefining Dual Diagnosis

Sadly, many individuals struggle with drug abuse. Dealing with drug abuse or dependence is extremely challenging and can be very hard to recover from, but being addicted to drugs can be even more difficult to manage when it occurs alongside one or more other mental health conditions. When people have both a drug abuse struggle along with at least a single mental health condition, they are diagnosed as having dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorders. Sometimes dual diagnosis overwhelms individuals to the point that they don’t have motivation to try to recover from their drug abuse. But research shows that individuals who have been diagnosed with dual diagnosis are very treatable and fortunately, mental health care facilities and professionals have developed powerful rehab methods that help with this struggle.

Many forms of co-occurring disorders are possible when dual diagnosis is identified. People in this situation may struggle with addictions to any type of drugs including:

  • Stimulants
  • Hallucinogens
  • Depressants
  • Opioids
  • Prescription medications

Further, individuals with dual diagnosis may struggle with the following mental conditions (there are many others):

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder


federalgrantutahdrugrehabFederal Grant in Utah for Drug Prevention

Nearly one person dies in Utah every day due to prescription drug – mostly opioid – overdose. Recently, a federal grant for $2 million for drug prevention was awarded to Utah. Administrators and directors who stand to use the funds are hoping that the preventative tools they can now implement will go a long way.

Utah will receive $375,000 per year from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to strengthen prevention efforts and raise awareness about the increase in prescription drug abuse. Focusing on the alarming increase in opioid abuse, Dr. Tom Friedan indicated that, “states are on the front line of preventing prescription opioid overdoses. It is critical that state health departments have the support they need to combat the epidemic. States can use these funds to develop, implement and evaluate programs that save lives.”

Craig PoVey, prevention administrator at the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health indicated that getting parents on-board with the prevention tactics is key. Noting that parents have a huge impact on kids, he also pointed out hat prescription drug abuse is a huge problem among adults, many of them parents.

Leaders and law enforcement agree that preventative measures are key in reducing the amount of addictions and overdoses related to opioids. Waiting for the crisis won’t help, they indicate. Being prepared and fighting back now is the only way to decrease the tragedy of opioid overdose and abuse in the future. It is the hope that the federal grant money given to Utah at this time will work to do just that.



Source: ksl.com

Drug Rehab UtahDrug Rehab in Utah

Although the state of Utah has less substance abuse overall then the national average, one cannot assume that this means there aren’t many individuals seeking help for drug rehab in Utah.  In fact cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana are major problems within Utah. They mainly come from the Mexican criminal organization located in the west coast and Mexico. The heroin found in Utah is the Mexican brown and the black tar. It has become a major concern for the authorities because heroin is more widely used than it was a few years ago.

Utah has recently created more laws that are more severe concerning meth labs.  With the creation of these new laws and regulations, the seizing of meth labs by number from the year 1999 of 272 labs has gone to 7 labs in the year 2007.  With many children populating the state of Utah, it is concerning that more and more women are becoming addicted to meth within the state.  These women are so consumed with their meth addiction that the care of their children becomes an afterthought.

Further, there is some marijuana grown in some remote areas of the state.

According to addicted.org, in 2007 alone, there were over 200 arrests for marijuana possession in Utah. Also, they report that 10% of high school seniors use marijuana, and 1.7% of them use on school property.

Alcohol abuse is also a problem in Utah.  The following statistics from the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health cite some insightful statistics:

  • Alcohol-related car crashes kill about 67 Utahans each year, with some of those killed being innocent children who just happened to be on the same road as a dangerous drunk driver
  • Approximately 28% of Utah adults aged 18-25 reported binge drinking within the past month
  • Among Utah youth in grades 8, 10 and 12, alcohol use was reported more than twice as much as any other substance in 2007. Alcohol use among 12th graders is in fact higher than both cigarette and marijuana use combined. (www.dsamh.utah.gov)

It was also indicated that alcohol abuse is much higher among high school students than cigarette use and marijuana use.

The Utah Division of Substance abuse and Mental Health also reports that since 2000, prescription drugs such as OxyContin, fentanyl and methadone have led to more Utah overdose fatalities than heroin. Prescription drug abuse is a severe problem.  R Gil Kerlikowske — director of the Federal Office of National Drug Control Policy — recently indicated, “Carbon County has the second-highest rate (of prescription drug abuse) in the country …with 42.9 deaths for every 100,000 residents.”

Utah drug rehabhas proven very effective for individuals seeking rehab within the state of Utah from many different addictions.  Also, Utah drug rehabclients enjoy further success due to certain quality of life improvements as cited by the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.  These include: less run-ins with police after completion of Utah drug rehab treatment (reduced by 76%) and stable employment (employment rises by 17% after treatment).

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