Drug Abuse and HIV/AIDS

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People who abuse drugs are more at risk for HIV and AIDs due to more uninhibited, risky behaviors while under the influence.

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Why You Need Routine & Structure in Early Addiction Recovery

Routine & Structure in Early Addiction Recovery

Making the decision to get help at a drug rehabilitation center is an important step in your journey toward addiction recovery. Yet, recovery is a process—one that takes place over months and even years. Routine and structure are vital, especially in early recovery when temptation, cravings, and close calls are more likely.

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The Intersection of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

People with “dual diagnosis” have a co-occurring substance use disorder and mental health condition, such as alcoholism and bipolar disorder. Individuals with mental illness are more likely to develop substance use problems than those without mental health issues. Mental illness often leads people to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol, yet drugs and alcohol can bring on or worsen mental illness symptoms.

 

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How to Deal with Grief Without Using When You Are a Recovering Addict

sad woman discover how to deal with grief

You have taken the first steps on your path to recovery and entered an alcohol and drug addiction treatment program. Everything seems to be progressing okay, with good and bad days, yet you are working hard to remain clean and sober. Then, out of nowhere, something tragic happens.

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Romance in Recovery: Should Two Recovering Addicts Date?

Sparks Romance Between People in Recovery

Making a decision about relationships during recovery can be challenging. While this is a very personal decision, many addiction treatment counselors recommend waiting a year or more before taking this step. Should you delay or dismiss a building attraction to someone you meet in drug rehab?

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Celebrating Summer Sobriety: 9 Tips for a Successful Summer in Recovery

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The summer can be a difficult time for individuals in recovery, leaving inpatient rehab and as stepping out into summer activities can present an immediate challenge to your sobriety. Barbecues, camping trips, beach parties, and summer weddings may all have been associated with drug or alcohol use in the past, and new strategies will be needed to navigate these hurdles.

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Is There Such a Thing as a “High-Functioning Addict” ?

High Functioning Addict

We often see references to high-functioning drug addicts in the media, and this distinction bears further scrutiny. What is meant by this label and are there different types or levels of addiction? Do these distinctions affect the need for addiction treatment centers?

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The Relationship Between Sleep Disorders and Drug Addiction

Relationship Between Sleep Disorders and Drug Addiction

The human body requires adequate sleep to remain healthy. This drive to sleep well may be at the core of early drug abuse and stand in the way of recovery for many seeking drug addiction treatment.

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Alcoholism & Heredity: What You Need to Know

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One question that comes up quite frequently during alcoholism treatment is whether a person’s children are at risk for this disease. Answering this question is not simply a matter of noting whether the person is an alcoholic and assuming alcoholism is a genetic disease. There are several other factors that play into determining if and when a person will develop an addiction to alcohol, including:

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Why Is the First High Always the Strongest?

First High Always the Strongest

Do you remember the first time you rode a rollercoaster or did something adventurous? Do you remember feeling euphoric, almost as if you were on top of the world? Those feelings are truly irreplaceable. No matter how many rollercoasters you ride, nothing will be as exciting as the initial thrill.

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The Opioid Epidemic May Be Even Worse Than We Thought

By Peter Schorr, President

Every day, countless headlines and major news outlets hammer home the devastating effects of the opioid epidemic. But what we’re seeing on the front page may only be the tip of the iceberg.

The opioid overdose and death statistics come from numbers reported by hospitals and coroners—but those numbers may not always be accurate. As the Washington Post recently reported, some coroners will state the cause of death simply as an overdose, without stating the specific drug used. Because of this, opioid overdose deaths may be underreported by as much as 35%. While Native American and Alaska Native overdose death rates have increased fivefold over a six year span, these numbers may actually be even higher, since coroners sometimes misidentify the race of these groups on death certificates.

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Letting Go Of Unhealthy Relationships During and After Substance Abuse Treatment

Healthy relationships are vital to our emotional health and well-being. Conversely, unhealthy or dysfunctional relationships can be detrimental, acting as a destructive force in our lives. Toxic relationships can be particularly troublesome for those who are in or have recently completed substance abuse treatment and who thus may be in a particularly vulnerable state.

Sometimes the signs of an unhealthy relationship are obvious—extreme possessiveness or physical abuse, for example. In other cases the signs are more subtle, such as manipulation or passive-aggressive behavior.

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Low Self-Esteem and How It Can Lead to Drug Addiction

People with low self-esteem can be at a greater risk for substance abuse and drug addiction problems. Self-esteem is how you view your self-worth and the level of confidence in yourself. Those with low self-esteem tend to be more influenced by those around them.

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How to Choose the Right Rehab Treatment Program

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Selecting the right rehab treatment program and center should largely be based on your individual needs and requirements. You need to think about where you are on your road to recovery and in addressing your addiction problems.

If you are in the early stages, where you have come to the realization you need help, sometimes an inpatient program is the best place to start. Inpatient programs provide a structured, caring, and supportive environment to enable you to focus on your addiction.

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Those in Recovery Can Say “This Is Me” to “This Is Us”

By Joseph Troncale, M.D.

As one of the highest-rated shows on television, “This Is Us” has become a must-see primetime drama in many American homes. While viewers enjoy the family dynamics and some of the unfolding mysteries, as an addiction treatment physician and a veteran, I appreciate how the show has been handling both substance abuse and the recovery process.

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Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers Are Now In-Network with AvMed

Treatment facility now accepts new insurance plan

 

Palm Springs, Fla., March 7, 2018 – Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers announced it’s facility, Retreat at Palm Beach, is now in-network with AvMed health insurance for treatment program services.

 

“Retreat’s partnership with Avmed ensures that even more individuals fighting addictions and their families can gain access to the lifesaving treatment we provide. With the overwhelming opioid crisis affecting our communities, adding Avmed to our list of insurance carriers is more critical than ever,” stated Founder and CEO Peter Schorr, Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers. “It’s our responsibility as a good corporate citizen to help our communities become healthier and safer.”

 

AvMed joins Aetna, Blue Cross and other health insurance providers contracted with Retreat. As one of Florida’s oldest and largest not-for-profit health plans, this will benefit Florida residents who need to access care at Retreat’s Palm Beach County location.

 

“Retreat will continue to seek out relationships with major insurers to expand our reach and achieve our mission to provide a compassionate and spiritual environment for recovery,” said Schorr.

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About Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers is a fully accredited rehabilitation center, which provides a compassionate and spiritual environment where those suffering from the disease of addiction can begin the journey to recovery through enlightenment and education to the individuals and their families. To meet the diverse treatment needs of patients, Retreat offers detox, rehabilitation, family education, holistic therapy, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and specialized programs for pregnant women, veterans and college students.

 

With its headquarters in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and a facility in Palm Springs, Florida, Retreat helps patients throughout the United States and accepts most insurance plans. It offers high-end accommodations, modern amenities and a recreational facility. Retreat hosts educational events regularly for public service officials and private sector professionals seeking continuing educational opportunities to facilitate awareness, encourage community involvement, and increase engagement. For more information, please visit retreataddictioncenters.com or call 855.859.8808.

 

 

 

 

About AvMed

With headquarters in Miami and offices in every major metropolitan area of the state, AvMed transforms lives to create a WELLfluent world. By uniting around this sole purpose, we aim to inspire our 382,000 Floridian health plan Members to focus on health and happiness of the mind, body, and soul. Learn more at AvMed.org or visit our Facebook page to tag your WELLfluent life with #JointheWELLfluent.

 

How to Best Support a Recovering Addict: Questions to Avoid Asking

best support a recovering addict

People can seem insensitive to the recovering addict by asking the wrong types of questions, including:

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Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers Designated an Aetna Institute of Quality®

February 12, 2018 — Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® for Behavioral Health — Substance Abuse, which further exemplifies Retreat’s mission to provide a compassionate and spiritual environment for recovery with an unwavering commitment to quality care.

Aetna makes information about the quality and cost of health care services available to its members to help them make informed decisions about their health care needs. In line with this goal, Aetna recognizes facilities in its network that offer specialized clinical services for certain health conditions. Facilities are selected for exemplifying:

  • Excellence in careInstitutes of Quality Aetna
  • Commitment to continuous improvement
  • Meeting certain standards of quality
  • Cost efficiency

Aetna recognizes facilities that have earned this designation by identifying them in the directory as an Institute of Quality provider. This designation helps members choose consistent high-quality care.

“We’re incredibly proud to be a part of Aetna’s network offering high quality care for its members. This designation is a vital achievement not only for our staff, but the thousands of patients – and their families – who we help every day to get sober and live in recovery,” said President and CEO Peter Schorr, Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers.

“Our commitment to getting and keeping our patients clean and maintain sobriety begin with our high standards for the quality care we provide; the highly credentialed and medically-trained experts we hire; and the stringent processes we follow to earn accreditations with The Joint Commission (Florida facility) and CARF (Pennsylvania facility),” said Schorr. “For the holistic needs of each patient, our addiction treatment experts also work with our medically-trained clinicians and therapists to treat patients’ disease of addiction and manage their mental health needs, helping them to heal emotionally, psychologically, and physically.”

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers is a fully accredited rehabilitation center, which provides a compassionate and spiritual environment where those suffering from the disease of addiction can begin the journey to recovery through enlightenment and education to the individuals and their families. To meet the diverse treatment needs of patients, Retreat offers detox, rehabilitation, family education, holistic therapy, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and specialized programs for pregnant women, veterans and college students.

With its headquarters in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and a facility in Palm Springs, Florida, Retreat helps patients throughout the United States and accepts most insurance plans. It offers high-end accommodations, modern amenities and a recreational facility. Retreat hosts educational events regularly for public service officials and private sector professionals seeking continuing educational opportunities to facilitate awareness, encourage community involvement, and increase engagement.

For more information, please call 855.859.8808, visit or live chat at RetreatAddictionCenters.com, or connect with Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.

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Triggers and Cravings in Addiction: Why People Relapse

Triggers and Cravings in Addiction

Recovering from addiction is a lifelong and ongoing process. Throughout your drug rehab and recovery processes, it is not uncommon to struggle with triggers and cravings.

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Quaaludes and Long-Term Side Effects

quaalude withdrawal and recovery

A Quaalude is a hypnotic drug. Known as methaqualone, it is a central nervous system depressant that triggers euphoria and drowsiness, similar to the description of diazepam use. A Quaalude high can also reduce heart rate and respiration and increase sexual arousal. In recent years, Quaaludes have become a focus of drug addiction.

What Is a Quaalude Today?

Quaalude’s street names included “disco biscuits” in the 1970s, with their popularity in discos and rock clubs. The nickname “ludes” is still in use today. Methaqualone was reclassified by the FDA as a Schedule I drug in the 1980s. Use has dropped in the United States but remains high elsewhere, such as in South Africa.

The Dangers of Quaaludes

Quaalude addiction is a danger for those who abuse it. In large doses, the drug can cause:

  • Respiratory depression
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Slurred speech
  • Headache
  • Memory loss
  • Seizures
  • Depression
  • Pneumonia
  • Overdose (can be fatal)

This Quaalude’s effects video explains more about what the drug can do.

Aside from Quaalude recreational effects, withdrawal symptoms can be severe, requiring specialized drug rehab. Drug rehab centers look for muscle tremors, anxiety, irritability hyperthermia, tachycardia, nausea, hallucinations, and skin blisters common with barbiturate abuse. Difficulties with coordination and muscle control are common methaqualone long-term effects.

Treatment

Abruptly stopping use triggers intense withdrawal symptoms. Detoxification can take seven to ten days.1 Sedatives and antidepressants may be prescribed to ease symptoms. Inpatient treatment may be used. As with alcohol rehab, recovery is life-long, focusing on rehabilitation and avoiding substance use.

For information, review our treatment options in Palm Beach County and Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, or call (855) 859-8808 for immediate help.

Sources

  1. http://ic.galegroup.com/ic/scic/ReferenceDetailsPage/DocumentToolsPortletWindow?displayGroupName=Reference&jsid=1186cefa480c684c9d84d31ec4753b1a&action=2&catId=&documentId=GALE%7CCV2645000035&u=gotitans&zid=15a61ed9c6e2a29eeee5ec467b9bc1ca
  2. http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2015/07/07/quaaludes-drug-explainer-anita-gupta-intv.cnn