Supporting a Family Member During Treatment

When family members and friends take an active role in addiction recovery, recovery rates improve. If your loved one is entering a drug rehab, you can support him or her by learning about the nature of addiction. Knowing why your loved one has behaved in certain ways can help strengthen your relationship with him or her.

Watching this video may give you a better sense of the critical role family members and friends have in addiction recovery. It features a recovering addict and a family member, who discuss their experiences of the treatment process. It also explains how addictions develop in the brain.

Retreat at Lancaster County or Palm Beach County is an addiction treatment center that offers a Family Education Program. Families can call us for help at any time at (717) 859-8000.

Examining the Characteristics of MDMA Abuse

Examining the Characteristics of MDMA Abuse

Examining the Characteristics of MDMA Abuse

MDMA, also known as ecstasy or Molly, is a psychoactive drug. There are no acceptable medical uses of MDMA. The drug first came into widespread use at nightclubs and raves in the U.S. Individuals would use this drug to heighten their emotional response to music and dancing. However, MDMA can cause serious harm to those who use it. Users run the risk of life-threatening complications. Although addiction recovery is never easy, MDMA users can find the help they need at a drug rehab.

Personality Changes

MDMA affects the balance of chemicals in the brain. Initially, users experience the pleasurable feeling of euphoria. They may feel a surge of empathy toward other people, decreased feelings of anxiety, and a general sense of well-being. These initial effects may last about three to six hours. For about one week after MDMA use (or for some users, even longer), the initial pleasurable feelings are replaced by anxiety, irritability, sadness, and restlessness. Users may also report impulsiveness and even aggressiveness. Additionally, their mental acuity can significantly decline.

Physical Effects

MDMA abuse has a number of ill health effects, including short-term and long-term problems. Some of the potential short-term effects of MDMA abuse include nausea, chills, sweating, blurry vision, and muscle cramping. Users may involuntarily clench the jaw and engage in teeth grinding. It’s not uncommon for MDMA users to suffer from sleep disturbances, rapid heartbeat, and faintness.

Life-Threatening Complications

There are a number of life-threatening complications that can occur as a result of MDMA abuse. Users run the risk of developing heart arrhythmias, which refer to abnormal heart rhythms. Over time, they may suffer from heart failure, in which the heart is no longer able to pump enough blood. Kidney failure can occur, which leads to the need for dialysis to preserve life. On a short-term basis, one common life-threatening complication is hyperthermia or heatstroke. Another possible complication is hyponatremia, which refers to electrolyte imbalances that can become deadly.

Are you or a loved one struggling with MDMA abuse? You can find the answers you’re looking for at Retreat at Lancaster County or Palm Beach County. Our addiction treatment center has helped countless families break free of addiction. Call us at (717) 859-8000 to get started.

Teaching Families About the Treatment Process

Individuals who are recovering from drug addiction can benefit from the support of their loved ones. In fact, studies have demonstrated that a strong support network can improve addiction recovery rates. At Retreat at Lancaster County, family members are encouraged to take an active role in the addiction recovery process. During our four-hour Family Education Program, you will gain an in-depth understanding on the nature of addiction, including how it progresses and affects the dynamics, boundaries, and roles of a family.

This treatment program is designed to help family members learn about the early stages of addiction recovery and how they can best support their loved ones during this time. It also provides an introduction to our clinical programming. Family members explore the concept of codependency, discover support systems geared toward families of addicts, and learn effective methods of communication.

If your loved one will be entering into our drug rehabilitation in Pennsylvania, we encourage you to contact us at (717) 859-8000 for more information about our Family Education Program. Retreat at Lancaster County and Palm Beach County is also pleased to offer a family support group.

Teaching Families About the Treatment Process

Teaching Families About the Treatment Process

Exploring the Inpatient Detoxification Process

Exploring the Inpatient Detoxification Process

Exploring the Inpatient Detoxification Process

Once an addict has reached the decision to seek help, the first step in addiction recovery is detoxification. Since drug and alcohol addictions can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms, it is highly advisable for patients to check into an inpatient treatment facility. At an addiction treatment center, patients will receive all of the supportive services they need to get through the detox process and to begin working toward long-term addiction recovery.

Admissions and Intake

When the patient arrives at the treatment facility, he or she will go through an intake process. The patient can expect to receive a comprehensive physical exam to assess any emergent and non-emergent health issues. Additionally, the doctor will carefully review the patient’s personal medical history and evaluate his or her drug use.

Medical Monitoring

After the patient has been admitted to the residential treatment facility, he or she will be settled into a private room. Every effort is made to support the patient’s comfort throughout the detoxification process; however, the patient’s room also features sophisticated medical monitoring equipment. While the patient is going through drug withdrawal, medical staff is always available to respond to the patient’s medical needs.

Psychological Care

Patients do not begin intensive therapy programs until after the detoxification process is complete. However, it’s certainly not uncommon for psychological issues to arise during the detox. Withdrawal symptoms can often include anxiety, depression, and other emotions that can be difficult to cope with. Because of this, patients may have access to an on-site psychologist during this time.

Rehabilitation Transition

Once the drugs or alcohol are out of the patient’s body, he or she can begin to focus on the process of addiction recovery. An addiction specialist will work closely with the patient to identify his or her unique needs and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

Retreat at Lancaster County and Palm Beach County is a luxurious residential treatment facility that welcomes patients who are battling drug and alcohol addictions. We provide inpatient detoxification, in addition to our drug rehabilitation programming, Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Our Admissions department is open 24/7 and can be reached anytime at (717) 859-8000.

The Widespread Risk of Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drugs are among the most rapidly increasing forms of drug addiction. In part, this is because they are relatively easy to obtain compared to illegal substances such as cocaine and heroin. Additionally, some individuals who eventually end up in drug rehab for prescription pills began abusing them out of the mistaken belief that they were harmless because they were prescribed by a doctor.

In fact, prescription drugs can be incredibly harmful when abused, as you’ll see in this video. It features an interview with a doctor who warns about the dangers of drug abuse. You’ll also hear about a documentary that highlights the stories of two individuals who abused prescription drugs and are now in addiction recovery.

Retreat at Lancaster County and Palm Beach County offers drug rehabilitation programs for individuals struggling with addiction to prescription drugs. Get started on the road to addiction recovery today by calling (717) 859-8000.

4 Facets of Long-Term Recovery

4 Facets of Long Term Recovery

4 Facets of Long-Term Recovery

Addiction is a complex disease and addiction recovery is a lifelong journey. Even after you successfully complete your treatment program, you may find that living in sobriety requires a conscious effort every day. At an addiction treatment center, you’ll learn the coping skills that will help you stay sober even after you leave. You’ll also learn how to care for your physical and mental well-being to support your lifelong addiction recovery.

Physical and Emotional Well-Being

The first pillar of addiction recovery is physical and mental health. When you first sought help for your drug addiction, you went through inpatient detox to get the substance out of your body. Now that your body can begin repairing itself, you’ll need to make the right lifestyle choices every day to support your health. It is just as vital to support your mental health. If you have a co-occurring disorder such as depression or anxiety, you may need to continue working with a mental health counselor to manage these issues.

Stable Environment

Environmental factors can heavily influence a person’s addiction recovery. During your individual and group counseling sessions at the drug rehab, you’ll learn of the importance of avoiding environmental triggers that may lead to relapse. This may include avoiding friends with whom you used to drink or use drugs. It may also mean avoiding the places that you associate with drug or alcohol use. A stable and safe home environment is essential for long-term recovery.

Meaningful Activity

Now that drug abuse is no longer your focus in life, you need to look elsewhere to gain a sense of purpose. Holding down a job, repairing family relationships, and volunteering in the community are all good steps to take.

Support Networks

Drug rehab provides a close-knit community and extensive support services. After you leave, you can benefit from continuing to attend group meetings and perhaps individual counseling sessions. Surround yourself with people who are supportive of your recovery.

The clinicians at Retreat at Lancaster County and Palm Beach County are dedicated to giving our patients the tools and resources they need for lifelong addiction recovery. After completing your drug rehabilitation at Retreat, you are invited to join our Alumni Group, which offers a safe haven for those living in recovery. If you have questions about our treatment program in Pennsylvania, please call (717) 859-8000 today.

Getting Help for Traumatic Stress During Recovery

When you are admitted to an inpatient drug rehab, one essential step of your addiction recovery involves identifying the underlying causes of your drug addiction. For many people, a traumatic event or series of events contributed to drug or alcohol abuse. Successful addiction recovery requires patients to address these issues. The drug rehabilitation specialists will work closely with you to develop the treatment program that best fits your needs.

Some elements of your treatment program may include individual therapy, group therapy, and psycho educational presentations to help you address both addiction and past trauma. Some patients who are undergoing treatment for co-occurring disorders can benefit from art and music therapy. Self-expression through these mediums is a safe way to explore negative thought patterns and release challenging emotions.

For a personalized and compassionate approach to treating co-occurring disorders, you can place your trust in Retreat at Lancaster County and Palm Beach County. Call our drug rehab at (717) 859-8000 or visit us on the Web to learn more about our specialized programming.

Getting Help for Traumatic Stress During Recovery

Getting Help for Traumatic Stress During Recovery

How Do Addictions Develop?

How Do Addictions Develop

How Do Addictions Develop?

One of the issues you will explore at drug rehabilitation is how your addiction began. You’ll learn to identify the triggers that may have led to your initial drug use as well as how drug addiction develops over time. Understanding the nature of alcoholism and drug addiction is an essential step in addiction recovery.

Risk Factors of Drug Addiction

Some individuals are able to use prescription painkillers properly or to drink the occasional glass of wine without developing an addiction. Other people are at a high risk of developing addictions due to factors such as a family history of addiction or a personal medical history of mental health disorders. Other risk factors of drug addiction include a history of traumatic experiences, such as childhood neglect or abuse. Of course, having one or more risk factors of drug addiction does not automatically mean that addiction will develop, but it is important for individuals to be aware of the risks.

Initial Use of Drugs

Addictions generally do not develop overnight. A person’s initial use of drugs or alcohol may seem harmless at first. He or she may experiment with drugs to fit in with friends. Gradually, drug use may increase. It is a major red flag for a person to use drugs as a coping mechanism for stress, anxiety, or depression. Using drugs to cope with problems or to fill the emptiness in one’s life can readily lead to addiction.

Development of Addiction

The individual needs to take increasing amounts of the drug to experience the same effects when the body adapts to the substance. Eventually, obtaining and using the drug becomes the utmost priority for the person. As addiction develops, the individual feels a compulsion to continue using the drug, despite the adverse consequences of doing so. These may include legal problems, deteriorated relationships, and financial difficulties.

Retreat at Lancaster County or Palm Beach County is a fully accredited drug addiction treatment center in Pennsylvania that offers customized addiction recovery planning. On our serene, private campus, you’ll have access to all the resources you need to address the disease of addiction and get your life back on track. To arrange courtesy transportation to our residential treatment facility, call (717) 859-8000.

The Devastating Health Effects of Meth

Drug rehabilitation can save lives. If you or a loved one has been abusing methamphetamine, you should know that meth causes dire physical and mental health problems. When you watch this video, you’ll hear from many meth addicts who are currently in the lifelong process of addiction recovery. They explain the paranoia, hallucinations, and cognitive problems that are characteristic of meth abuse.

This video also discusses some of the devastating physical effects of meth abuse, such as “meth mouth.” One woman describes how her teeth would crumble when she tried to eat. Another recovering addict explains how he would go into seizures and then not be able to remember what had happened. In addition, meth increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, deadly infectious diseases, as well as liver and kidney problems.

Retreat at Lancaster County or Palm Beach County offers comprehensive and compassionate drug addiction help for individuals who are ready to reclaim their lives and their health. Call our inpatient drug rehab today at (717) 859-8000 to take the first step toward addiction recovery.


Exploring the Link Between Nutrition and Recovery

Exploring the Link Between Nutrition and Recovery

Exploring the Link Between Nutrition and Recovery

It’s often thought that in the initial stages of addiction recovery, nutrition is of little concern, given the more pressing problem of drug addiction. Yet, well-balanced nutrition is essential for improving one’s physical and mental health. Consider choosing an addiction treatment center that emphasizes the importance of holistic treatment, including sound nutrition.

Identifying Nutritional Problems

There are a number of reasons why good nutrition is especially important for individuals who are battling drug and alcohol addictions. When using a drug has become the highest priority for a person, healthy lifestyle habits tend to be neglected. Drug addicts and alcoholics are known for eating poorly. Additionally, the drugs and alcohol can contribute to nutritional deficiencies. Since opiates cause gastrointestinal problems, nutritional deficiencies are likely. Individuals who abuse stimulants tend to experience a drastic decline in appetite. Alcohol is another common culprit of nutritional deficiencies, since it inhibits the ability of the body to break down and absorb nutrients.

Correcting Physical Deficits

After going through drug detox, patients can begin to repair their damaged bodies through proper nutrition. It’s not unusual for drug addicts and alcoholics to have sustained damage to the internal organs and other tissues. They may even have decreased bone mass due to insufficient intake of calcium and vitamin D. A well-balanced diet gives the body the nutrients it needs to begin repairing the tissues and strengthening the immune system.

Enhancing Emotional Wellness

Addiction recovery is a complex, lifelong journey that involves caring for both body and mind – and nutrition is closely linked to mental health. Eating well can help support self-esteem and contribute to overall feelings of well-being. Additionally, some foods may even influence serotonin levels in the brain, which encourages a positive mood.

Retreat at Lancaster County or Palm Beach County is a luxurious drug detox center that features holistic therapies and a community garden. We encourage patients to enjoy fresh home cooked created by our culinary staff. If you have any questions about admissions, you can speak with a friendly staff member by calling (717) 859-8000.

Comparing Physical Dependence and Addiction

At a drug rehab, you will learn about the progressive nature of drug addiction and its causes. Drug rehabilitation specialists recognize that physical dependence and addiction are not the same problem. When a person first begins to use or abuse a drug, his or her body and mind may respond predictably to the substance. With continued use, the same dosage no longer results in the initial effects. The individual has adapted to the drug and requires a higher dosage to achieve the desired effects. This is known as physical tolerance of the drug. It can lead to physical dependence, which causes the individual to experience withdrawal effects when the substance is no longer present in the body.

Physical dependence often goes hand-in-hand with drug addiction, although it is possible for a person to have physical dependence without being addicted. Alcoholism or drug addiction occurs when the individual is unable to stop abusing the drug despite experiencing adverse consequences. He or she feels compelled to continue its use.

Retreat at Lancaster County and Palm Beach County is a residential treatment program in Pennsylvania that strives to make it as easy as possible for individuals struggling with drug addiction to get the help they need. To begin the admissions process, you can call us at (717) 859-8000, send us a text, or fill out the online form on our website.

Comparing Physical Dependence and Addiction

Comparing Physical Dependence and Addiction

Getting Real About Relapse

Getting Real About Relapse

Getting Real About Relapse

It’s commonly said that relapse is another part of the lifelong process of addiction recovery. Although relapse is certainly best avoided whenever possible, the important lesson to be learned is to never give up working on addiction recovery. In the end, it doesn’t matter if you relapse once or 10 times; you will always find the help you need to get back on track at an addiction treatment center.

Risks of Relapse

The risk of relapse exists for every addict; however, those who have recently left a drug rehab are at a particularly high risk. During the first few months, those recovering from drug addiction are typically trying to rebuild their lives in the community, reach out to family and friends, and deal with a range of difficult emotions. Without a strong network of support, it can be difficult to get through this initial period. After the first year or so, recovery may become easier. At some point; however, some recovering addicts may begin to wonder if they could occasionally use drugs or alcohol without having problems. These thinking patterns can easily lead to relapse.

Process of Relapse

Some drug rehabilitation experts have suggested that relapse can develop as a gradual process. It may begin with the feeling that one is “stuck” in the recovery process. The individual may begin to use unhealthy coping strategies to try to overcome this. Then, a trigger event may occur that exacerbates difficult emotions. The individual may experience feelings of being out of control. He or she may turn to drugs or alcohol to relieve the stress.

Triggers for Relapse

There are many possible triggers for drug and alcohol relapse, including challenging feelings such as anger, loneliness, self-pity, and frustration. Being over-confident about one’s recovery, being dishonest to others, or taking recovery for granted can contribute to relapses.

Retreat at Lancaster County and Palm Beach County offers unparalleled case management services. At our drug addiction treatment center, your personal clinical team works closely with you to plan for lifelong addiction recovery. Individuals from the Pennsylvania area and those throughout the U.S. can call our admissions intake team at (717) 859-8000 any time of the day or night.

How Drug Addiction Impacts the Brain

Alcoholism and drug addiction essentially hijack the brain. In a healthy person who does not need drug rehabilitation, pleasurable stimuli such as eating and social interaction trigger the reward system of the brain. This causes the person to perceive these activities as beneficial. When an individual begins abusing drugs or alcohol, the reward system initially responds in the same way.

However, as you’ll learn when you watch this video, the reward system eventually stops responding to everyday stimuli and only the drug can induce feelings of pleasure. Consequently, the individual’s priorities in life begin to change until only the drug seems important. Eventually, the reward system becomes desensitized even to the effects of the drug.

Drug addiction education is an important component of the addiction recovery process at Retreat at Lancaster County and Palm Beach County. Call (717) 859-8000 to find out more about our treatment program in Pennsylvania.

Understanding Opiate Withdrawal

Understanding Opiate Withdrawal

Understanding Opiate Withdrawal

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the United States, and this type of addiction is largely centered on the use of opiate drugs, which are prescribed as painkillers. Opiates include oxycodone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, and morphine, as well as illegal drugs such as heroin. Breaking an addiction to any of these drugs is a challenging process, and it begins with drug detox, throughout which one must cope with opiate withdrawal. As you enter treatment with an addiction recovery program, it is important to know what to expect when it comes to withdrawal symptoms and detoxification. Read on to learn more about opiate withdrawal and the early stages of opiate addiction recovery.

Common Symptoms

The exact symptoms of withdrawal and their severity will depend on a number of factors, including how frequently and how long you were using opiate drugs. Immediately after you stop taking opiate drugs, you might have symptoms of restlessness, sweating, teary eyes, muscle aches, mood swings, and anxiety. After about a day, you might experience cramping, depression, high blood pressure, vomiting, blurry vision, diarrhea, and goose bumps.

Opiate Withdrawal Treatment

Because the symptoms of withdrawal can be so overwhelming and uncomfortable, many individuals will relapse within the first few days of going cold turkey without medical supervision. In the guided setting of a drug detox center, you will have improved comfort with medical monitoring and psychological care.

Possible Complications

In addition to a high risk for relapse, unmonitored withdrawal also carries a number of physical health risks, which can be effectively managed with inpatient detox. These risks include dehydration, pneumonia, and even heart attack.

If you are ready to take steps toward recovery and break your opiate addiction, the first step is detox in a professional addiction treatment center. To find the help you need, call Retreat at Lancaster County or Palm Beach County at (717) 859-8000.

Coping with Addiction Cravings

During recovery and sober living, cravings for drug or alcohol are one of the biggest challenges that former addicts may face. While cravings will likely be most frequent in the early stages of recovery, they might continue throughout life, so it is important to learn strategies for coping with cravings.

As this video explains, cravings stem from triggers that will cause an individual to want to use drugs or alcohol. Triggers can vary for everyone, but they might include boredom, stress, or exposure to certain environments. Learning to identify these triggers and find mechanisms to interrupt the craving process will be a lifelong skill in maintaining sobriety.

Retreat at Lancaster County and Palm Beach County utilizes a holistic approach in treatment that can be more effective in managing triggers and cravings for long-term success in recovery. To learn about our programs, call us at (717) 859-8000.

Coping with Guilt During Recovery

Coping with Guilt During Recovery

Coping with Guilt During Recovery

Guilt is a feeling that is common with drug and alcohol addiction, and it is a frequent relapse trigger for many individuals who have gone through treatment with an addiction recovery program. Therefore, it is important to understand where guilt comes from in addiction and how to cope with it during recovery so that it does not come back to haunt you in your sober lifestyle. This article will explore some healthy coping strategies to allow you to face your guilt head on so that you can overcome your addiction.

Care for Yourself Physically and Emotionally

Guilt is closely tied to low self-esteem, so your first step in managing guilt may be to take the time to focus on caring for yourself. Simple steps such as nourishing your body with a healthy diet, attending psychotherapy sessions, and using exercise to manage stress can all help you feel better and gain a more realistic perspective on your negative feelings.

Confront Friends and Family Members

While some addicts will have guilt related to imagined offences, others will struggle with the very real impact that their addictions have made on others’ lives. Physical, financial, and emotional harm caused to others may be dealt with through in-person interactions with the guidance of psychological care professionals within the treatment program.

Practice Meditation or Journaling

Even after seeking forgiveness from others and coming to terms with guilt through one-on-one and group therapy, there may be lingering negative feelings that can impair your recovery. Using methods like journaling or mindfulness meditation, you can manage your emotions more effectively by channeling your feelings rather than letting them bottle up and lead to a relapse.

If you are searching for professional help in your addiction recovery, Retreat at Lancaster County can provide comprehensive care with our inpatient detox, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs, which all utilize a holistic approach to treat the whole patient. To learn more, call our center at (717) 859-8000.

Making the Transition from Detox to Rehab

Detox is a necessary step in recovery for individuals breaking an addiction to alcohol, opiates, cocaine, and other recreational drugs that create powerful physical dependencies with continued use. In order to succeed in rehab, individuals may undergo an inpatient detox program, which will reduce cravings for illicit substances while cleansing the body of drugs and alcohol.

Following detox and rehab, you might enter an intensive outpatient program or partial hospitalization program, depending on your unique needs and schedule. While entering either program, you can create a smooth transition by working closely with the staff of your rehabilitation center to express your concerns and get to know the next steps in your care. One of the biggest challenges in the transition may be moving from an inpatient program to living at home or in a sober living center, where there might be higher temptation to relapse. Having an emergency strategy in place will help prevent relapse so you can continue to make positive steps in your recovery.

If you are ready to face your addiction with holistic treatment within a fully-accredited rehabilitation center, call Retreat at Lancaster County at (717) 859-8000 to explore how we can help.

Making The Transition from Detox to Rehab

Making the Transition from Detox to Rehab

Understanding the Relevance of Gender-Specific Rehab

Addiction is a common disease, but it presents unique challenges for every patient. Therefore, it is not appropriate to utilize a one-size-fits-all approach in addiction recovery programs. Gender-specific rehab grouping is frequently seen in treatment centers, and it is important for addressing the different factors that may exist in addiction for men and women.

It is important to recognize addiction as a physical, psychological, and social problem. As such, it can affect men and women much differently, since both sexes have distinct physical and mental healthcare needs. Additionally, men and women often feel more comfortable discussing the issues that surround their addictions in gender-specific group therapy meetings.

At Retreat at Lancaster County, we are understanding of the unique challenges that can come with addiction in every individual. That is why we offer personalized care with gender grouping, pain management services, LGBTQ services, and young adult programs. To learn more about what sets us apart, call (717) 859-8000.

Relevance of Gender Specific Rehab

Understanding the Relevance of Gender-Specific Rehab

What Happens to Your Heart on Cocaine?

Cocaine is a stimulant that can create a wide range of health problems, including cardiovascular issues like heart disease and sudden cardiac arrest. Aside from the immediate cardiac risks of cocaine use, there are long-term health problems that can arise with continued use in a cocaine addiction.

In this video, you will see an enlarged heart affected by dilated cardiomyopathy caused by long-term cocaine use. Because cocaine causes the heart rate to increase and become erratic while depriving the heart of oxygen, the damage from this drug can be significant and irreversible.

Struggling with a cocaine addiction can not only present physical health problems, but it might lead to financial, emotional, and interpersonal issues that have a lasting impact on your life. To move forward with your recovery, connect with Retreat at Lancaster County by calling (866) 937-2215.