Pennsylvania Still on Edge After Fentanyl Drug Scare

Pennsylvania Still on Edge After Fentanyl Drug Scare

Pennsylvania Still on Edge After Fentanyl Drug Scare

Do you think that Pennsylvania has a problem with drugs? Do you worry sometimes about the threat of new drugs or new drug epidemics? PA state officials do. Earlier this year, they were bracing themselves for a drug outbreak that could have severely deadly consequences. And though the rash of drug cases has died down a bit, law enforcement and drug rehab centers remain on edge. The drug in question, Fentanyl, had caused at least 50 deaths this summer in Bucks, Delaware, and Philadelphia Counties alone. With the street name “drop dead,” fentanyl is a drug that somewhat mimics heroin. It’s often used to treat severe and chronic pain, like the kind experienced by cancer patients.

In the midst of the scare, Gary Tennis, the secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol programs in PA, made a public plea for heroin addicts to look for treatment, rather than keep running the risk of death. And though there were quite a few deaths associated with fentanyl, there wasn’t as big an epidemic of deaths as had been feared. But Pennsylvania law enforcement is staying vigilant, broadening their efforts and looking into new places to prevent the next deadly outbreak.

Do you take drugs? Do you ever think about how you’re taking your life into your hands each time you use an illegal drug or misuse a prescription pill? Drugs can easily kill you-it doesn’t take much. The best way to protect yourself is to quit using drugs, and the best way to do that is to find a good PA rehab center. Call Retreat at Lancaster County today to learn more about drugs, drug addiction, and how to get yourself clean. We’re within easy driving distance of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, and close to OH, PA, NJ, NY, and DE.

Drugs and Prostitution Ring in NJ Senior Housing

Drugs and Prostitution Ring in NJ Senior Housing

Drugs and Prostitution Ring in NJ Senior Housing

Have you ever done drugs? Have you ever seen the seedy underbelly of drug dealers and criminals? Did you know that lots of drug dealers and related criminals are involved in other crimes, like extortion, violence, and prostitution? Do you ever think about what you might do for drugs? After all, people do all kinds of things that they don’t want to do when addictive drugs are involved. In one recent example of how illegal drugs and other forms of shady crime are intertwined, a 75-year-old man admitted that he had run a crack ring out of a senior housing complex in Englewood, NJ-one that included the prostitution of young women who also had drug problems.

The 75-year-old man pled guilty to the charges of maintaining a nuisance for purposes of engaging in unlawful conduct, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He himself is a drug addict, struggling with an addiction to crack cocaine (which landed him in trouble in a different Englewood city senior housing complex). And though his actions were still criminal (especially the reprehensible preying on young drug-addicted women), it’s good to keep in mind that drug addiction is a disease, and that drug addicts have trouble controlling their behavior.

Have you ever thought about how low you might sink because of drugs? Have you ever found yourself doing something you didn’t want to (or later regretted) because of heroin, meth, cocaine, marijuana,PCP, or prescription medication (like Percocet, Vicodin, and OxyContin)? Remember that there is hope for drug addicts. Call Retreat at Lancaster County or Palm Beach to learn more about how our affordable addiction treatment & detox program.

Alcohol Affects Both Sexes Differently

Alcohol Affects Both Sexes Differently

Alcohol Affects Both Sexes Differently

Do you drink more than you probably should? Do you find that your drinking is impacting your life in a negative way? Do you have a habit of drinking alcohol every day, or every few days? Do you forget things that happen when you drink? Alcohol can be a very dangerous substance, and not one that should be taken lightly. Alcoholism is a very real disease, and you very well could be susceptible to it. And though everyone could be at risk for being an alcoholic, scientists have found that booze affects males and females in different ways.

There isn’t a lot of research on female alcoholism, as historically men were the ones who were assumed to be struggling with their drinking habits. But studies have found a few important differences:

•Women get drunk faster. When they drink the same amount of alcohol, women will be proportionately more drunk than men.

•Women are more likely to develop cirrhosis of the liver. And it comes on quicker than it does for males.

And though female alcoholism is 1.9 percent in America (versus 5.5 percent for men), it’s growing much faster for women. In fact, researchers found that among young adults, the rates of alcoholism were the same for both sexes.

Retreat at Lancaster County in Pennsylvania, right outside New Jersey is one of the leading alcohol & drug rehab centers. We specialize in heroin, alcohol, opiates & other substances. Contact us now as we accept most health insurance carriers such as Aetna, Cigna & Blue Cross Blue Shield to name a few.

How Do You Talk to Kids About Drugs?

Have you ever experimented with illegal drugs like meth, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, PCP, Molly, or prescription painkillers like OxyContin, Percocet, or Vicodin? Have you ever had to overcome your drug usage? Do you ever worry about your children, and what they might start experimenting with? Are you ever concerned that your child might develop an addiction to drugs? One of the best ways that parents can help guard against the threat of drugs for their children is to talk to them about drugs, including illegal drugs, and misused prescription medications. It might be awkward, but it’s necessary-it could be one of the most important conversations you ever have with your children.

And parents need to keep up with trends. Even though the abuse of prescription medication is a huge problem and growing (accounting for three quarters of all fatal drug overdoses), 86 percent of parents didn’t mention it to their children when they talked about drugs. The CDC has said that one in five teenagers in America has misused those kinds of painkillers. So what can parents do:

•Research current drug trends

•Be honest, especially about their own past drug usage and the consequences

•Emphasize the dangers of drug abuse and drug addiction

If you ever need any help talking to your son or daughter about drugs, please let Retreat at Lancaster County and Palm Beach know. We understand what you are going through. Most of us went through it ourselves.

How Do You Talk to Kids About Drugs

How Do You Talk to Kids About Drugs?

New Wonder Drug for Those Trying to Quit Meth

A new medication is in testing that may offer a helping hand to patients addicted to meth. The best part-it’s not addictive! Hopefully this will end the line of drugs to fight addiction that are addictive themselves, which can seem pointless.

Catching Meth Before It’s Too Late

This drug is different from other drugs of its kind because it is anti-body based, meaning that it stays primarily in the bloodstream, binding to methamphetamine molecules and preventing them from getting to the brain. Addiction prevention drugs in the past have mainly acted on receptors inside the brain. Unfortunately, drugs that work so deep in the brain are usually addictive as well. Many brain-receptor-based drug medications like this have been criticized for simply replacing one addiction with another. This new drug, on the other hand, would be non-addictive by its very nature.

Abstaining from Meth Just Got Easier

Researchers say that anti-meth antibodies can be mixed with gene therapy to treat people who have not been able to abstain from meth during their efforts at detox. This medication would allow for the remaining meth molecules in the bloodstream to be blocked from the brain by the anti-bodies. The difference could be enormous for some meth users, and could help relieve much of the suffering of withdrawals.

The First of Its Kind

There are currently no medications that the FDA has approved to treat meth addiction specifically. This one would be the first. A number of risky brain-receptor medications have been meth addicts’ only option for pharmaceutical help with abstaining from drugs.

Meth Addiction Requires Comprehensive Treatment

Even a “wonder” drug like this one still in the research phase isn’t intended to “cure” meth addiction.True long-term recovery is always coupled with a variety of factors including:

  • A 12-step program
  • Individual counseling
  • Detox
  • Other supplemental creative recovery programs
New Wonder Drug for Those Trying to Quit Meth

New Wonder Drug for Those Trying to Quit Meth

4 Reasons Why Getting Into Drug Rehab is Easier than Ever

You’ve heard that the decision to enroll yourself in a drug rehab program is one of the biggest, scariest decisions you’ll ever have to make. Once you take a step back and see what your addiction has done to your life-loss of career opportunities, neglected relationships, decline in your health-the decision should be easy. But you’ve heard it isn’t. Some people might have told you that rehab is expensive and involved and it may be hard to find the right rehab center for you, right? Wrong! Don’t be fooled by bad information! Substance abuse rehab is easier than ever to get into.

1. Creative Supplementary Programs

Art therapy, dance therapy, equine therapy, yoga therapy… these are all options to include in your drug rehab program. These activities have been shown to be very successful at helping your mind and body wipe away the cobwebs of addiction.

2. The Best Investment

Did you know that drug rehab is a better financial investment than going to college? People without a college degree are still fully functional and can make intelligent decisions and be helpful to society. But drug addicts are incapable of making reasonable decisions. That’s the definition of addiction. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is an “impairment in behavioral control, craving, and diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships.” As soon as you get sober, your earning potential increases exponentially. So the cost of rehab pays off time and time again by empowering you to make more money.

3. Help With Travel Arrangements

Many rehab programs actually offer assistance arranging travel from your house to your recovery center. Because of how incapacitated drug addiction can make you, you may not be able to handle the logistics of getting from your home to the location of your rehab center. No need to let that keep you from getting the help you need anymore!

4. Fun Activities

Trips to the movies, kayaking, a long walk downtown, beach-combing, exercise in the park-imagine doing all these fun, healthy activities in drug rehab! Just because ending your substance dependence is challenging, doesn’t mean it has to be static and keep you cooped up in a hospital room. An excellent drug rehab program makes recovery easier and more successful.

4 Reasons Why Getting Into Drug Rehab is Easier than Ever

4 Reasons Why Getting Into Drug Rehab is Easier than Ever

How to Deal with Spouse Alcoholism

What are the treatment options for dealing with spouse alcoholism? If you have realized that your spouse can’t control his or her drinking, it may be time to seek help. For some, alcohol is a way to unwind and have fun with friends. It can even be good for you when drank in moderation, like having a glass of antioxidant-rich red wine with dinner. But for many Americans, alcoholism is a part of their everyday life. It’s not just heavy drinkers who have to deal with their alcoholism-the families, friends, coworkers, and everyone around them feel the effects as well. When kids are thrown into the mix it can be even worse, as the parent’s alcohol abuse can have effects on the child’s developing mind. Click here to learn more about the effects of addiction on the family.

Understanding Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a disorder that has strong stigmas attached to it. More than many other addictions, and virtually all other diseases, alcoholics are often thought to be solely responsible for the state of their lives. However, there are many factors that go into developing alcoholism. For instance, genes account for half or more of your likelihood to become an alcoholic. If the genes are the “nature” behind alcoholism, there is also an element of “nurture” that goes into the equation as well. The environment that you grow up in can play a huge role in your eventual relationship with alcohol. Not to mention environments that exist later in life, like traumatic events or stressful work situations. Alcoholism is much more than the choice to not stop after two scotches. Read more here about how addiction affects our closest relationships.

The Practical Questions

Some people already know that their husband or wife needs rehab, but have questions about the practicality of rehab in their busy lives. For instance, losing a month’s income can be hard on the house’s finances. Other people are concerned about childcare while the spouse is away. The spouse who stays home doesn’t always have it easier than the one who goes. The answers to these questions are personal and individualized, but it’s key to know two things if you or your spouse are thinking about going to rehab. First, you are not alone in this decision. Other family members, coworkers, and religious groups are often willing to help out in times of need. Second, while rehab is expensive, it’s a lot cheaper than living with and paying for the consequences of a life of addiction.

Get Treatment for your Spouse

If this post has struck a chord with you, it may be the right time to investigate your options for rehab. Retreat at Lancaster County and Palm Beach County is one of the Northeast’s premier alcohol rehab facilities. With a staff of knowledgeable and capable addiction specialists, it offers the best service around. Not only is the staff outstanding, the facilities and location are hard to beat. Retreat at Lancaster County is the perfect place for you or your spouse to start a life free from addiction.

How to Deal with Spouse Alcoholism

How to Deal with Spouse Alcoholism

Top 3 Ways Addiction Hurts Your Family

What does addiction do to my family? Far from being a “victimless crime,” drug addiction actually has a huge impact on everyone around you. That includes your friends and your community, but probably even more importantly, that includes your family. There’s no telling what affect your addiction is having on the people closest to you, whether it’s your husband or wife, son or daughter, or mother or father – or even sibling relationships like brother or sister. But, there is a positive side to this too. You can use your family as a motivating factor to help yourself get rehab and get clean. And the addiction quiz can help you find out if you’re addicted.

Here are 3 of the top ways that your drug addiction impacts the people around you, including loved ones like your family.

It erodes trust

When you’re struggling with addiction, it’s something that you try to hide. Whether you’re afraid of being judged, for being found out, or just can’t handle coming clean, addiction almost inevitably leads to deception. And that loss of trust in the family can have huge and wide-ranging consequences.

An impact on family finances

A drug addiction is an expensive habit. That’s true for illegal drugs like meth, cocaine, heroin, PCP, and marijuana, but it could even be more true with abused prescription medications such as Percocet, Vicodin, and OxyContin. How much of your family savings have you wasted on drugs?

It puts your family in danger

It puts your family in danger. Ever thought about the situation that you put your family when you’re addicted to drugs? Think about the danger that they could be in. Not only are you putting yourself in danger, which can have implications for them, but your addiction puts them in danger in a couple different ways. For one thing, drugs are associated with crime. They’re dealt and distributed by criminals. Do you ever want those criminals to find your family? Not only that, but sometimes there’s no telling what you will do when you’re under the influence of drugs. How bad would you feel if you did something horrible while you are high?

Where to Go for Recovery

What can I do to overcome my addiction and get clean for my family? When you’re looking for the right way to overcome addiction, come to a high-quality drug rehab center! Here at Retreat at Lancaster County and Palm Beach County, we can help you overcome drug addiction for yourself and for your family.

Top 3 Ways Addiction Hurts Your Family

Top 3 Ways Addiction Hurts Your Family

Drinking and Alcoholism Kills 1 in 10 Adults

Drinking and Alcoholism Kills 1 in 10 Adults

Drinking and Alcoholism Kills 1 in 10 Adults

What can I do about alcoholism? If you’re having trouble controlling your drinking, you’re not alone. Millions of people in America find it hard to control themselves when it comes to alcohol. Alcoholism is one of the oldest and most widespread of all substance abuse problems. But, because of its long and tragic history, it’s also one of the most deadly substance abuse problems in the world. Now, new research is showing a disturbing trend. A shocking 1 in 10 deaths of all working-age adults can be traced to too much drinking, according to new government studies. Click here to learn more about alcoholism and college students.

Alcohol: A Killer

Alcohol kills thousands of people per year, whether it’s from violence, health effects of too much drinking, or drunk driving. According to NBC, alcohol accounts for “88,000 deaths per year from 2006 to 2010.” They added, “Put another way, that means that binge drinking and heavy regular drinking cut 30 years off the lives of those who died… Some of those deaths were due to the long-range effects of chronic alcohol consumption at a rate of 15 or more drinks a week for men and 8 or more drinks a week for women. Those included mortality from breast cancer, liver disease and heart disease.” Click here to learn more about this disturbing trend.

What Can I Do About a Drinking Problem?

If you’re struggling with alcoholism, then now is the time to overcome your alcohol dependence-before something terrible happens. NBC writes, “The top three causes of death [involving alcohol] included motor vehicle crashes (25 percent), homicides (16 percent) and falls (15 percent).” If you’re living with a drinking problem, then it won’t be long before it impacts your health and wellbeing in a big way. And when you’re looking to combat alcoholism, it can be difficult or impossible for you to beat it on your own. That’s what makes the right course of alcohol rehab so important.

How can I beat alcoholism? When you’re waging a daily battle against excessive drinking, then you need help. Retreat at Lancaster County and Palm Beach County can help you overcome a drinking problem and reclaim your life. For OH, PA, NJ, NY, MD, DE, and CT, we’re your top choice for alcohol rehab. Click here to learn more about how to begin admissions to our alcohol rehab center.


The Joint Commission recognizes Retreat at Lancaster County

Retreat at Lancaster County, part of Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers, located in Pennsylvania has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for behavioral health care accreditation.

A widely recognized symbol of quality, the Gold Seal of Approval® is an internationally recognized symbol of quality and commitment to providing high quality patient care and its willingness to be measured against the highest and most rigorous standards of performance. In order to earn the Gold Seal, an organization has to demonstrate continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s performance standards.

“I would like to thank our Chief Clinical Officer Chrissy Gariano and our wonderful staff for working so diligently to get Retreat something most facilities do not have; and that is two accreditations. We are now not only CARF accredited but we are proud to announce we are now Joint Commission accredited also”, said Peter Schorr, President & CEO.

Congratulations to the Retreat Team.

About Retreat at Lancaster County

Retreat at Lancaster County is a Joint Commission-accredited addiction treatment center providing innovative drug and alcohol addiction programming. We are a private rehabilitation center located on 24 scenic acres in Pennsylvania. We customize individual treatment and recovery programs for each patient and offer a holistic approach focusing on the whole person, rather than just the disease of addiction. For more information, call (717) 859-8000 or visit:



For Immediate Release
September 25, 2015
Deja Gilbert, PhD, LMHC
Executive Director
Retreat at Palm Beach County
(561) 444-3512


Retreat at Palm Beach hosts Job Fair for New Inpatient Substance Abuse Facility for Palm Beach Location

Greenacres, FL – Retreat at Palm Beach will host its first Job Fair for all positions on Wednesday, October 7 th, 2015 from 3-8pm. The Job Fair will be held at Retreat at Palm Beach’s outpatient center located at 6426 Melaleuca Lane, Greenacres, FL 33463. Health care professionals in the field of addiction and recovery and behavioral health are encouraged to attend.

Retreat at Palm Beach is looking to hire for all positions; both full and part time and anticipates bringing 200+ new jobs to the Palm Beach area.

“Our goal is to connect people with employment opportunities. We are excited to bring additional substance abuse treatment resources into Palm Beach, and look forward to building an outstanding team of committed individuals for our new inpatient facility” Vice-President of Program Development, Deja Gilbert, PhD, LMHC

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers is a fast-growing and dynamic organization with locations in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Palm Beach, Florida. In four years, Retreat has grown from a single addiction treatment center in Lancaster County Pennsylvania into a network of facilitates recognized as a leader in the addiction treatment industry.

More information about the Retreat at Palm Beach can be found online or by contacting 561-444-3512

About Retreat at Palm Beach

Retreat at Palm Beach County is a private, luxury rehab center in Palm Springs, Florida offering a full continuum of care with exclusive drug and alcohol addiction treatment and detoxification programs. Patients experience custom-tailored treatment and recovery plans enabling them to rebuild their lives with Retreat’s expert treatment and therapy teams. Retreat accepts most in-network insurance coverage, ensuring that patients receive the highest quality of care and treatment. Retreat at Lancaster County, located in Pennsylvania is also a part of Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers and is dual accredited.


New Insurance Accepted at Retreat

Retreat at Lancaster County and Palm Beach County is excited to announce we are now accepting Independence Blue Cross Plans, including all Keystone Healthplan East Members.

For more information, please contact Retreat at Lancaster County at 717-859-8000.

New Insurance Accepted at Retreat

What Are the Most Common Drug Rehab Approaches?

What Are the Most Common Drug Rehab Approaches

What Are the Most Common Drug Rehab Approaches?

If you’re exploring addiction recovery resources near Pennsylvania, you’ve probably noticed that many residential treatment facilities provide similar programming. Addiction recovery typically starts with drug detoxification, followed by inpatient or outpatient drug rehabilitation. The programming is similar in many addiction treatment centers because it is evidence-based. However, it’s a good idea to look for a drug rehab that goes above and beyond these standard treatments. Patients often find success when they enter into rehabs that provide individualized care, peaceful surroundings, holistic treatment options, and a full suite of support services.

Inpatient Drug Detoxification
Getting drugs or alcohol out of the body is the first step toward addiction recovery. It’s highly advisable to go through detox in an inpatient facility that provides 24/7 medical monitoring. Unless properly managed by medical staff, the symptoms of drug or alcohol detox can easily lead to relapse. In some cases, detox can even be life-threatening. Patients can detox safely in a medically monitored environment staffed by physicians and nurses.

Behavioral Therapy

Once the patient has completed detox, he or she is ready to begin drug or alcohol rehabilitation. Although medication management may be helpful for certain patients, rehabilitation often focuses on behavioral therapy. Behavioral therapy is typically available in both individual and group sessions. Additionally, some drug treatment facilities provide family education programs. Behavioral therapy involves the recognition that underlying problems led to drug addiction, not the drug itself. In therapy sessions, patients learn how to identify these problems and use alternative methods of coping.

12-Step Programs
The 12-step approach is widely considered to be a cornerstone of addiction recovery. These types of programs involve acknowledging the problem, undergoing intensive self-scrutiny, and making amends. At a drug rehab, patients might attend a 12-step meeting each evening.

Holistic Approaches
In addition to evidence-based approaches, some premier drug rehab centers may offer holistic treatment options. Many patients choose to combine behavioral therapy with holistic approaches because of the emphasis on mindfulness, spiritual growth, and positive living. Holistic therapies can also help patients learn healthy methods of coping with stressors. Some examples of these therapies include art therapy, gardening, equine therapy, massage, yoga, and music therapy.

Getting to Know the Retreat at Lancaster County

Retreat at Lancaster County was founded with the mission of helping individuals from around the country reclaim their lives and break free of drug and alcohol addiction. Our clinicians and licensed counselors provide a continuum of care at our addiction treatment center in Pennsylvania. At Retreat, patients work closely with their addiction recovery team members, who develop individualized treatment plans and aftercare plans to support lifelong sobriety. We provide 24/7 access to our medical team, including licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and psychologists.

Our drug rehab team believes that there is no “one size fits all” solution. Within the peaceful setting of the Pennsylvania countryside, patients at our luxurious addiction treatment center can work toward recovery with evidence-based programs such as the 12-step approach. They can also choose from holistic and experimental drug addiction treatment methods, including yoga, equine therapy, recreational therapy, and massage. On our private campus, patients can choose from inpatient or outpatient programs, with gender and age-specific groups available. Retreat goes above and beyond to ensure that each patient is fully supported along his or her journey toward lifelong recovery.

Getting to Know the Retreat at Lancaster County

Understanding the Medical Definition of Addiction

Understanding the Medical Definition of Addiction

Understanding the Medical Definition of Addiction

Addiction is a chronic and progressive disease that leads to numerous physical, mental, behavioral, societal, and familial consequences. There is a fine line between drug or alcohol abuse and addiction. Often, addicts and family members have difficulty distinguishing these two problems. Regardless of whether an individual has a problem with substance abuse or addiction, he or she will need the full support of a residential treatment facility near Pennsylvania. At an inpatient drug rehab, patients can safely go through drug detox and drug rehabilitation, and begin working on addiction recovery.

Physical Tolerance
To be diagnosed with drug addiction, at least three diagnostic criteria must apply to an individual. Often, this includes physical tolerance. Individuals who engage in substance abuse typically find that they must use increasing amounts of the drug over time to feel the same effects. This is because the body can gradually build up physical tolerance to the substance.

Another classic sign of drug addiction is withdrawal effects. Individuals who are addicted to a substance find that they experience emotional and physical side effects when the drug is no longer in their bodies. For example, a person who is addicted to alcohol may wake up with nausea, vomiting, sweating, tremors, and a rapid heart rate. Other side effects of withdrawal from an addictive substance can include anxiety, irritability, mood swings, and cloudy thinking.

The diagnostic criteria for addiction includes the continued abuse of the substance despite negative consequences. Individuals who are addicted may continue to drink or use drugs despite job loss, relationship deterioration, financial problems, legal trouble, and other problems.

Some addicts struggle to control their addiction in that they may want to cut down or stop using, but they cannot do so on their own. Some individuals may make multiple, unsuccessful attempts to quit drinking or abusing drugs. It’s extremely challenging to overcome addiction on one’s own. The resources available at a drug treatment center are crucial for addiction recovery.

Another characteristic of addiction is having a preoccupation with drinking or using drugs. A person may spend an excessive amount of time thinking about the substance, planning how to obtain it, using it, concealing his or her use, and recovering from his or her use. In part because of the importance that the drug has in an individual’s life, that person begins to withdraw from friends and family.

What Are the Causes of Alcoholism?

Alcoholism is a complex disease that requires treatment at residential treatment facility. While an individual is undergoing alcoholism treatment, he or she can explore the underlying causes of the disease. It can be difficult to pinpoint why one person will develop a problem with alcohol while another person can drink socially without becoming addicted.

As you’ll learn when you watch this video, many people require alcoholism treatment because of a genetic predisposition to the disease. Not only does the disease tend to run in families, but growing up in a household in which alcohol abuse is present can set the stage for experimentation, followed by abuse and alcohol addiction. This is just one of the potential causes of alcoholism. Other risk factors include having a mental health disorder, low self-esteem, and chronic stress.

A Look at What to Expect During Addiction Recovery

A Look at What to Expect During Addiction Recovery

A Look at What to Expect During Addiction Recovery

If you have been struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, then you may already know that addiction recovery is an ongoing process. In fact, your recovery will last the rest of your life. At our treatment program in Pennsylvania, you will develop all the tools you need to maintain your sobriety. When it’s time to leave the treatment center and adapt to living in your community again, remember that additional support is just a phone call away. You can always get back in touch with the drug rehab staff if need be.

Adjusting to Difficult Emotions

Every recovering addict has a unique experience when adapting to daily life in the outside world. However, it is common to experience feelings of sadness and anxiety, particularly during the first few weeks. If these feelings persist, are severe, or place you at risk of relapse, you shouldn’t hesitate to reach out for help. You can talk to your family doctor, therapist, or the rehab team about overcoming these feelings in a safe and healthy manner.

Structuring Your Daily Routine

Structure is crucial for addiction recovery, particularly during the first year. You should create a written schedule of your activities for each day, which can help you focus on your current activity and what you’ll need to do next—rather than drugs or alcohol. Even if you aren’t yet returning to work, you can fill your days with activities such as finding and attending local groups, taking care of housework, exercising, and preparing nutritious meals. Social support groups can also help you find the support you need to feel strong and confident in your post-addiction life.

Interacting with Family Members

Your family may invite you to social gatherings soon after you leave drug rehab. Although drug addiction affects the whole family, you shouldn’t feel obligated to place yourself in situations that are still difficult for you. Discuss your addiction recovery with your family and remind them that it’s an ongoing process that you need to work on every day. When you are ready to attend social gatherings with family members, make sure they understand that alcohol cannot be available. Likewise, avoid meeting your friends unless you are sure that drugs and alcohol will not be present. If you do inadvertently get into a situation in which you might be tempted to relapse, you should already have a plan for how you will respond.

What Are the Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse?

Misuse of prescription drugs is no less dangerous than any other type of drug abuse. Most people may be able to identify the symptoms of alcoholism, but the telltale signs of prescription drug abuse are less familiar. As this video explains, you may be able to guess whether a person is abusing a type of prescription drug based on their behavior. Some of the most noticeable signs of prescription drug abuse include unusual mood swings, confusion, extreme drowsiness, clumsiness, poor judgment, and irritability. Other signs, such as gradual changes in appearance or seemingly uncharacteristic behavior, may be more difficult to judge. If you believe that a loved one is in need of drug rehab near Pennsylvania, contact Retreat, an addiction treatment center in Pennsylvania, right away. To learn about some other common prescription drug abuse symptoms you should be aware of, watch the full clip.

Understanding Your Alcoholism Treatment

Understanding Your Alcoholism Treatment

Understanding Your Alcoholism Treatment

There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for alcohol addiction in the US, especially in Pennsylvania. Oftentimes, alcohol rehab must be personalized and involves multiple treatment strategies, so that every person in recovery gets the tools they need to maintain their sobriety. If you are considering entering an alcohol treatment program, you are likely to have questions about what to expect during your care. Here are some of the most common approaches to treating alcoholism.

Inpatient Detox Care

Detoxing from alcohol addiction can be a difficult process. Because the withdrawal symptoms that occur during detox can be dangerous, it is helpful to undergo the process in an inpatient facility. In inpatient detox care, you can expect medical monitoring and psychological care to help you cope with the fatigue, anxiety, aches, and psychological symptoms associated with withdrawal. Proper supervision makes detoxing safer and helps you start your recovery on the right foot. At the end of the detox process, you can be transitioned directly to a rehab program.

Alcohol Rehab

The rehabilitation stage of alcoholism treatment starts after the alcohol has left the body and withdrawal symptoms have subsided. Rehab generally involves group and individual therapy, plus holistic treatments, and care for co-occurring issues that accompanied your addiction. Rehab may closely follow a 12-step program approach or only borrow some portions. Both inpatient and outpatient rehab programs are available. When the first intensive phase of rehab is complete, you may transition to a sober living environment to help you adjust to life without your alcohol addiction.

Family Education

Educating your loved ones about alcohol addiction may play a central role in your treatment program. This kind of education helps family members understand the factors that may have triggered your addiction and what to expect during your recovery. It can also be an important step in repairing your relationships, because education helps loved ones recognize alcoholism as a disease and any behavior that strained your relationship as a symptom of your illness.

OTC Naloxone: What You Need to Know

Drug overdose is one of the most dangerous aspects of addiction. If a person suffering from an overdose does not receive urgent medical attention, the results can be deadly. Although the best way to prevent addiction is to enter a drug rehab. Our facility in Pennsylvania believes that an overdose is an acute problem that requires immediate attention. Recently, Naloxone, a drug used to treat heroin overdose, has been made available over the counter. Should people living with drug addiction consider this OTC remedy as an option?

Naloxone is an effective treatment for people at risk of opioid overdose, and offering it without a prescription can be life saving. It is administered via injection or nasal spray. Although some argue that easy access to Naloxone may encourage drug addiction, it could be the first step to drug rehab for others. Naloxone is not available in all states, so check with your local pharmacy to learn about availability in your area. Overdose is a warning sign of drug addiction, so consider a drug rehab treatment program if it happens to you or someone you love.

OTC Naloxone What You Need to Know

OTC Naloxone: What You Need to Know