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.

We also don’t know how many opioid overdoses are intentional suicides.

What we do know is that many families and communities are suffering as a result of this epidemic. We know there are people out there getting addicted to opioids everyday—or who may be dealing with an ongoing addiction and haven’t hit rock bottom yet. They are still getting up, going to work, and struggling silently with the shame and stigma of their disease. We know that children are losing their parents. Parents are overdosing with their children in the backseat. And some foster care systems are overwhelmed.

But these individuals, who are directly impacted by the opioid epidemic, aren’t being tracked by the CDC. Their problems are real, even if they can’t be reported in a statistic or mapped on a chart.

While we’ve made strides in bringing this crisis to the forefront of public consciousness, we can still do more. Let’s break down the stigma of addiction and shift the conversation so it’s fully recognized as a disease. From community education classes to changing the way doctors treat addiction and talking about the coexisting mental health disorders that can sometimes fuel this disease. This will encourage people struggling with addiction to get help, before they lose their kids—or become an overdose statistic.

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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.

How do you identify unhealthy relationships, and when it is appropriate to cut ties with a friend or romantic partner? What if the dysfunctional relationship is with a close family member? This eBook explores these and other questions and examines how and why we relate to others the way we do. Readers will learn about:

  • What constitutes healthy and unhealthy relationships with romantic partners, family members, and friendsLetting Go of Unhealthy Relationships During and After Substance Abuse Treatment Ebook
  • How unhealthy relationships can be detrimental for those in addiction recovery
  • Adult attachment theory, and different attachment styles
  • Common roles people assume in dysfunctional families
  • Why people stay in unhealthy relationships
  • How support groups can help provide the motivation to move on from unhealthy relationships

Download a free copy of our eBook today.

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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.

On the other hand, if you have already gone through detox and are further along, outpatient programs ensure you maintain your sobriety. Even if you have a relapse, you will find the help and support you need to get back on track.

To learn more about how to choose the right rehab treatment program and center, we invite you to continue exploring and reading the following infographic. Afterward, if you have further questions or want to learn more about our inpatient and outpatient programs, please feel free to contact us directly at (855) 859-8810!

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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.

This season, we’ve seen a fairly realistic portrayal of how war trauma and flashbacks can play a role in addiction for veterans, as well as how alcohol abuse impacts families. We see flashbacks to Jack, the beloved family patriarch who struggles with alcoholism, serving time in Vietnam. While the show doesn’t directly correlate Jack’s time in the service with his current struggles—since he also grew up with a father who abused alcohol—this connection is something I see on a regular basis in treatment.

Combat veterans have high rates of subsequent substance use disorders and mental health issues. Trauma is psychologically incorporated as guilt and shame. Veterans may experience survivor’s guilt, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or grief and loss from battle buddies being injured or killed. PTSD, depression, and traumatic brain injuries are also known as “co-occurring disorders.” One study of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans shows that 39 percent of them were likely suffering from alcohol abuse. In order to fully treat the addiction, these mental health issues need to be addressed at the same time.

Family plays a huge role in addiction—both for an individual’s treatment and their risk. We see Jack’s father suffering from alcoholism, which likely impacted Jack. We also see Jack’s son, Kevin, as a grown man working through his own substance abuse problems. Kevin enters a treatment program, goes through the steps, and makes amends to those he’s hurt. It’s a bumpy road, but his family supports him. And having family support is one of the biggest indicators that an individual’s recovery will be successful. Having witnessed his dad’s struggle, Kevin also adopts one of his dad’s hobbies, and uses handyman work as a way to help maintain his sobriety.

While not much screen time is given to Jack’s experience in Vietnam, it’s still a critical facet of his character. But it’s also a very real issue for veterans today. My colleagues and I have been working with the VA over the last year or two to make sure veterans have access to the care they need. We have met with numerous VA facilities to determine how we can work with individual VA hospitals and with the veterans themselves to get them into treatment. Not all VA hospitals operate with identical practices, so we have gone to great lengths to smooth out ways to get the veterans the transportation, medications, and follow up that they need in cooperation with the VA.

While veterans are in treatment, we try to integrate them into the larger treatment community, while at the same time recognizing them as respected men and women who have served this country and deserve special respect. I’m glad our veterans—as well as individuals in recovery—can turn on the TV and see their struggles reflected in a genuine way. This is us.

 

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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

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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

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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

Your Body on Painkillers

Your Body on Painkillers

Painkillers are designed to help alleviate pain from chronic and acute medical conditions. However, the use of prescription painkillers has become a serious problem over the past several decades. Doctors prescribe narcotic or opioid-based medications to patients for pain.

Patients take the medications to dull their pain and relieve their discomfort. As their bodies become used to the drugs, it requires more and more to achieve the same effects. Not to mention, simply discontinuing taking painkillers poses its own risks.

Furthermore, there are various short-term and long-term side effects that develop from the continued and ongoing use of various painkiller medications. While all painkiller medications can have risks of side effects, the ones from opioid-based painkillers seem to be quite common.

To learn more about how painkillers affect your body, along with short-term and long-term side effects, please feel free to continue exploring and reading the following infographic. Afterward, if you need help overcoming an addiction to painkillers or have further questions, do not hesitate to contact us directly at Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers today!

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Preventing Fetal Alcohol Syndrome for a Healthy Pregnancy

By Kristi Dively, D.O.,

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers

January 2018. For many moms, their biggest priority is seeing their kids grow up happy and healthy. They take folic acid, avoid raw fish, switch medications—all to give their babies the best start in life. But for moms-to-be who suffer from alcoholism, it’s not so simple. January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, and as an obstetrics gynecologist, I want to raise awareness of one type of birth defect that is completely preventable but still a huge risk for women with alcoholism: fetal alcohol syndrome.

Fetal alcohol syndrome is part of a range of conditions known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). These conditions are caused by drinking while pregnant. The effects can be physical, from abnormal facial features and shorter height, to cognitive impairments like poor memory or low IQ. A person with an FASD may also experience problems with their heart, kidneys, or bones. They could have difficulty in school. From infancy to adulthood, FASDs cause a variety of serious issues.

Developing the Baby Without the Addiction

If your daughter is pregnant, but still consuming alcohol, it’s important to let her know that there’s still time to get help. While it’s best for someone with alcohol dependency to go through the recovery treatment process prior to getting pregnant, it’s never too late in a pregnancy to stop drinking. A baby’s brain is developing throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy, though the first trimester is the most important.

Some addiction treatment centers don’t have the capability to support recovery for a woman in the later stages of pregnancy. Fortunately, there are a few select facilities like Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers that are able to admit pregnant women up to 32 weeks pregnant, and allows them to get the treatment they need before they are full term; most centers cannot treat until 32 weeks.

At Retreat, we work with local OB/GYNs to coordinate a patient’s recovery treatment plan with their prenatal care. For a pregnant woman, recovery from alcohol addiction or substance abuse can be monitored by a team of qualified professionals to ensure the health of mom and baby.

You can help your daughter and grandchild both during and after treatment. Family support is one of the best indicators that a patient’s addiction recovery will be successful with a reduced chance of relapse. Retreat brings families into the treatment process, providing the tools necessary to break old habits and start fresh.

For babies who may suffer from a FASD, early detection and treatment are the key to reducing symptoms and helping children grow and develop to reach their full potential.

New Year, New Beginnings

January is a month for new beginnings, especially for moms-to-be who are bringing a new life into the world. But she doesn’t have to do it alone. With the right care, she can keep her New Year’s Resolution of a safe and sober delivery.

If you are looking for guidance for a loved one or seeking treatment for substance abuse, connect with Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers for information online at www.RetreatAddictionCenters.com, engage in a live chat, talk or private message us on our social media pages, or call 24/7 HELPLINE at (866) 470-8161.

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.

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Alcohol Use Disorder

Talk to kids about alcoholism

More than 18 million American adults struggle with alcohol use disorder (AUD),1 and over 28 million Americans are children of parents with AUD.2 Dependency can cause a loss of control that affects behavior, health, and finances. Alcohol withdrawal is a difficult and potentially painful process, so drinking can impact family life in many ways.

Given the impact of alcoholism, you may need to break it to your children. You may be concerned they’ll start drinking or need alcoholism treatment later. Here are some tips to address the matter.

Consider Their Age

At different ages, children process information in different ways, but even young kids see what’s around them.

  • Under 10: Use examples and apply it to the current situation, allowing them to express feelings and fears.
  • Pre-teens: Be truthful and to the point; extensive details and lectures will turn them off.
  • Teens: Honesty is the best course, starting with the child’s perspective of an event.

Whether a parent is exhibiting unusual behavior, going through alcohol detox, or seeking therapy at alcohol treatment centers, consider these few points in communicating to your children:

  • Timing: Work on an ongoing conversation, rather than confrontations before bed or while they’re headed out the door.
  • Tone: Speak so a youngster is likely to pay attention and open up, rather than feel judged or disapproved.
  • Honesty: If speaking about drinking, and you drank at your child’s age, be upfront about it, so you come across as honest.
  • Rules: Establish rules and clear consequences if they’re broken; even though a teenager may test them, such guidelines provide a sense of security.

Contact us for information about alcoholism treatment and more at (855) 859-8808.

Sources

  1. https://medlineplus.gov/alcoholismandalcoholabuse.html
  2. http://nacoa.org/about-us/faqs/
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Top 10 Lies Addicts Tell Themselves & Their Loved Ones

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Addiction and denial go hand-in-hand. When addicts refuse to believe that they have a problem with drugs or alcohol, they’re able to come up with excuses to continue their dangerous habit. Self-deception adds fuel to the ever-burning fires of alcohol abuse and drug addiction.

Not only do addicts lie to themselves; they also lie to their friends and family members. As an outsider, it can be hard to understand how your loved one can rationalize his or her behavior. The fact is that addicts make their own reality, even if it’s full of deception. Drug addicts lie and manipulate to maintain their own false perception. In turn, they’re unwilling to seek help for themselves.

If someone you know suffers from drug addiction, here are 10 lies you’ll want to be prepared for.

  1. “I’m not an addict.”

drug addiction

One of the most common lies you’ll hear from any addict is that they are, in fact, not an addict at all. Reality can be a tough pill to swallow. It’s hard for an addict to realize that he/she is headed down the path of alcoholism or drug addiction. Addicts rarely come to grips with the true reality until they’re deep in the darkness of addiction and abuse.

  1. “I can quit anytime.”

Addicts battle with a losing power struggle. They like to believe that their addiction doesn’t rule their entire being. By thinking that they can stop at any time, they live in a false mindset that they have their abuse and addiction under control. By maintaining this self-centered attitude, addicts are likely to feel special. This causes an over-inflated ego, which makes recovery that much harder.

What many don’t realize is that quitting often requires time spent in rehab.

  1. “My addiction doesn’t impact anyone else.”

It’s much easier to deny that you’re hurting those around you than to fess up to the reality of the situation. They are well aware of the pain and suffering that their actions cause those around them. Despite heartfelt concern and worry from their loved ones, an addict will internalize the concern as attempted control. In turn, they may see you as an enemy rather than someone trying to help.

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. “I don’t/won’t use that often.”

In the beginning, many believe that they can use only on the weekends or once in a while. While some may be successful in sparingly using, eventually abusive and excessive use becomes a reality. As time passes, they become dependent on the drug.

  1. “I need alcohol/drugs to self-medicate.”

The idea that using drugs or alcohol is a form of self-medication allows addicts to further justify their actions. Common self-medicating excuses include:

  • “Drugs give me energy.”
  • “They help me relax.”
  • “I need them to overcome problems in my life.”

What they don’t realize is that a plan for recovery, such as attending drug rehab and undergoing an alcohol detox, can help with many life problems.

  1. “I’m not like other addicts/abusers.”

As humans, we all compare ourselves to others, but addicts take it to an entirely new level. They will compare themselves to those who are much worse off (at least in their minds), to excuse their own behaviors. One of the biggest lies that alcoholics tell is that their drinking isn’t as bad as that person who got a DUI/DWI. Comparing themselves makes them feel superior and undermines the true danger of their addiction.

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  1. “I’m just enjoying life.”

Many of them get into the living-for-the-moment mindset. The idea that life is going to end someday is true, but that doesn’t excuse risky behavior. While we all want to make the best of our days, most of us are well aware that spending hours high or drunk isn’t an ideal way to live. For an addict, drug use or excessive drinking is a thrill that can’t be found anywhere else.

  1. “Treatment sucks/isn’t for me.”

They are unaware of the healing power that can come from recovery support groups. Mention AA or NA to an addict, and you’re likely to hear all sorts of negativity. They aren’t interested in these groups because they fear that they will control their lives, especially when it comes to their addiction.

  1. “I can handle it.”

Many addicts truthfully believe that they can deal with abuse and addictive behaviors on their own, but what addicts aren’t ready to handle are the side effects of drug use. Rarely are they prepared for painful alcohol withdrawal symptoms or drug rehab. They turn a blind eye to the dangers of their habits for the sake of a temporary high.

  1. “I can’t get better.”

Self-defeating thoughts are common for them. With relapse rates between 40 and 60 percent, it’s no surprise that most addicts have tried to quit but eventually failed. Others believe that hitting rock bottom is the only way for them to achieve a sober lifestyle.

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What Can You Do?

More often than not, addict behaviors and relationships don’t mesh. Your loved one’s actions will cause all sorts of tension and stress, which can break the bond you once had. You’re likely to be frustrated and angry, but also sad and hurt. You want the best for your loved one, but don’t know how to continue with the relationship. Maybe you’ve mentioned rehab in the past but were met with anger and hostility.

Knowing how to tell when a drug addict is lying is the first step toward better understanding your loved one. Unless you’ve been engulfed by addiction or drug abuse, it’s hard to understand why an addict thinks or acts the way they do. It’s obvious when an addict is lying, but the only way to stop this behavior is to seek help.

When dealing with an addict, there are certain things you can do to lessen the strain.

Avoid Being an Enabler

When you know that your loved one is lying to you, don’t turn a blind eye or pretend to believe them. This only further encourages them to be deceptive and to sink deeper into addiction. Be brave and tell your loved one that you know they’re lying. Once the lies stop working, they may be more willing to be honest and seek help.

Don’t Take It Personally

Knowing that someone is outright lying to you is difficult to accept. It’s painful, and it can make you feel as if your loved one doesn’t care about or respect you anymore. Just remember that an addict lies to benefit themselves, not to hurt you. Avoid getting upset and lashing out at addicts, even though their actions do hurt.

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Be Supportive

One of the best things you can do is to be supportive. Shaming your loved one will only fuel their addictive behaviors. Create an environment where they feel loved and supported. Help build their confidence and encourage them that treatment is a viable option. Remind them how good life was before addiction, as this can help fill the void where addiction now lies.

Addiction Is a Disease

As a friend, understand the fact that addiction is a recognized disease that millions of people suffer from. Unless you’ve been an addict, you’ve never worn those shoes. To best help your loved one:

  • Avoid making them feel shameful or guilty.
  • Don’t compare them to anyone else.
  • Avoid confrontation.
  • Seek professional help.

The fact is that each year, millions of addicts seek treatment for addiction and abuse. Breaking free from the chains of addiction takes time and a lot of support. Anyone can achieve a sober lifestyle, but it starts with a helping hand.

If someone close to you continually lies about their drug addiction or alcohol abuse, consider speaking to a substance abuse counselor. They will discuss treatment options with you to help your loved one. Contact Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers today!

Sources

  1. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/heartache-hope/201211/egoa-big-challenge-sobriety
  2. https://americanaddictioncenters.org/rehab-guide/addiction-statistics/