Drug & Alcohol Addiction

Signs, Withdrawal Symptoms & Treatment Options


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An Introduction to Drug & Alcohol Addiction

An Overview of Substance Abuse in America


The National Institute on Drug Abuse describes drug addiction as a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences. Repetitive drug use causes changes in the brain that prevents an individual with addiction from being able to resist the desire for drugs or alcohol. These changes to the brain persist, which is why most recovering addicts often relapse. Long term drug use can impact judgment, memory and decision making, just to name a few areas that are negatively impacted by substance abuse.

Anyone can be affected by addiction and there is no magical way to determine who will become addicted. There are some factors that may cause someone to be more likely to have a substance abuse problem. A person’s genetics may contribute up to 50% to the risk of substance abuse. The environment in which someone lives can impact his risk of addiction. Things such as peer pressure, or childhood exposure to substances and physical abuse may cause an individual to more likely use drugs. Early drug use, especially in teens, may also be a cause for an individual to have a drug addiction. For teens, the areas of their brains that help self-control, decision making and judgment are still in development, and with early drug use, they are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol later in life.

Facts & Statistics

About Addiction in America

  • There are approximately 6.5 million Americans ages 12 and up abusing prescription drugs, such as painkillers, for nonmedical purposes.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that in America, over 10 percent of individuals 12 years of age and over have used an illicit drug in the past month in the United States.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that 1 in 10 deaths among those ages 20 to 64 years is due to excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Deaths related to overdosing on prescription opioid have quadrupled since 1999.
  • According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 21.5 million American adults battled a substance use disorder in 2014.
  • Over 7 million Americans in 2014 battled a drug-specific use disorder (including heroin, prescription drugs and more), per NSDUH survey in 2014.
  • Drug abuse and addiction cost the United States close to $200 billion in healthcare, criminal justice, legal, and lost workplace production costs in 2007, the Office on National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) reports.

What are the Signs of Addiction?

How to Tell if Someone is Abusing Drugs


There are many signs of drug & alcohol addiction and recognizing them in an individual is helpful in taking the steps to get the right treatment for addiction. There are both physical and behavioral signs that could potentially indicate that someone may have a substance abuse problem.

Physical Signs of Substance Abuse

There are many physical signs of addiction and alcoholism. Sometimes they present themselves as a result of the actual usage of the drug. They can also be present during an overdose or while the addict is going through withdrawal symptoms. They can be so severe that they require medical attention. Some signs can be hard to pinpoint because they can also be signs of other things and not just addiction. Some, but not all, of those signs could be:

  • Sudden extreme changes in weight.
  • Bloodshot eyes.
  • Pupils that are enlarged or smaller than usual.
  • Inability to sleep.
  • Odd bodily smells.
  • Loss of coordination.
  • No longer caring about physical appearance.
  • Slurred speech.

Behavioral Signs of Addiction

Behavioral signs tend to reflect how an individual interacts with the world around him or her. Some of these signs can be, but are not limited to:

  • Obsession about drug or alcohol use to the point of neglecting all other responsibilities, including work and family.
  • Lack of concern for the consequences of drug use, or the impact on loved ones
  • Losing control over the ability to stop or not use the drug.
  • Denying their use, and the number of substances being ingested.
  • Hiding the drug use and using the drugs where no one can see.
  • Losing large sums of money quickly.
  • Actively participating in a crime(s) in order to support their habit.

These are just some of the many symptoms a person can display when actively using substances, however, not all symptoms may be present in active addiction.

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What are My Treatment Options for Addiction?

How to Know What Type of Treatment is Right for You


When you make the decision to get help for you or a loved one, finding the right type of treatment can be a top priority. It can be confusing to know which type of treatment is needed. There are many mistaken myths that exist in society about the treatment process that can make it an overwhelming process. Don’t worry. We are here to help. Let us explain the different types of treatment/levels of care below, to help make the process a bit easier for you and your loved ones.

Detoxification is the act of removing drugs & alcohol from the body. Typically, detoxification is most successful in an inpatient setting, however, outpatient detox is offered for certain substances depending on the dangers posed by non-continuous medical care. Here at Odyssey Recovery, we offer detoxification as part of our services to help stabilize clients before the residential phase of treatment. During the detoxification period, clients can expect to be medicated & monitored by medical professionals on a 24/7 basis to ensure a safe withdrawal process. Certain substances like alcohol & benzodiazepines can be fatal when a person suddenly stops taking them after consistent use for a period of time, which is why detox is an important part of the treatment process.

Residential Inpatient is an intense treatment program where individuals stay at the facility 24/7 for at least 30 days, however many programs now suggest longer stays due to the increased benefits for sustainable recovery. Odyssey Recovery offers a unique residential inpatient program specifically for men in Orange County, California which provides clients with a small intimate setting that provides evidence-based treatment for substance abuse. Many residential programs like ours offer an individualized approach, meaning each clients treatment experience is based on their unique needs. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, all substance abuse treatment is now treated as a mandatory covered treatment, meaning if you have health insurance, most of the costs associated with treatment will be covered. Here at Odyssey Recovery, we work with most major insurance providers who cover out-of-network benefits. To find out if your insurance will cover our program, click here.

Outpatient programs are programs designed to allow clients the opportunity to attend treatment on a part-time basis, where they get to stay home (or a sober living)  and attend treatment a few hours a day depending on the specific level of outpatient programming. One benefit of outpatient treatment is that it also allows those with jobs or school responsibilities to continue to maintain them while still addressing & treating their substance abuse issues. Outpatient programs are also suggested as a continued treatment for those who complete an inpatient program like Odyssey Recovery. We work with each client to ensure that the proper aftercare arraignments are made to give clients the best possible outcomes.

Sober living homes are often referred to as halfway houses. They typically serve as a place for recovering addicts to go after leaving inpatient rehab, but before returning to their homes. These transitional living homes help the individual make the adjustment back into the real world.

Aftercare and support groups are services available to individuals both during and after rehab. The intent behind aftercare is ultimately preventing relapse. In terms of aftercare, clients are typically suggested to attend recovery suopport group meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous as a continued aide to long-term recovery from addiction.

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If you or a loved one is struggling with a drug or alcohol problem, don’t give up hope. Recovery is possible when a person takes the steps to overcome addiction. Here at Odyssey Recovery, we offer a drug & alcohol treatment program for men in Orange, California that utilizes an individualized approach to treatment. Each client can expect to find the path out of addiction that works for them. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you quit using drugs for good.

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