What Is Social Model Detox?

What Is Social Model Detox?A successful detox is crucial to the success of any addiction recovery. Withdrawal symptoms put tremendous pressure on an addict to use drugs again, but if someone relapses, detox and all of its pain would have to begin again. Detox must lead Chicago drug addicts to the next step in addiction recovery, which is rehab. Social model detox supports drug addicts through withdrawal symptoms while using minimal medical intervention. While the body works through withdrawal, medical professionals monitor the patient’s health, they counter his pain with comforting measures and they help prepare his mind for the next steps of treatment. [Read more…]

The Connection between Impulse Control and Drug Abuse

The Connection between Impulse Control and Drug AbuseImpulse control is not simply a lack of willpower, but rather a neurological disorder tied to neurotransmitters like dopamine. Scientists believe that contributing factors can range from genetics to head trauma, and it can encourage dangerous problems like drug addiction. Chicago residents with these issues should seek help to manage both of them simultaneously. [Read more…]

Should I Choose an Out-of-State Addiction Rehab Program?

Should I Choose an Out-of-State Addiction Rehab Program?Choosing an addiction rehabilitation center is an important step in the recovery process. The right rehab center can make or break your journey to a drug-free life, so understanding what type of rehab program you or a loved one needs is important. Rehab centers vary in the types of programs they offer. Choosing an in-state facility or traveling away from home can have an impact on the recovery process. Chicago residents seeking drug addiction rehab facilities should evaluate both in and out of state options. [Read more…]

Preparing Your Home for Life after Rehab

Preparing Your Home for Life after RehabOne benefit of inpatient rehab is that it gives Chicago residents a break from pressures and responsibilities so that they can focus on getting sober. The next step in recovery is leaving treatment and learning how to live in a real-life environment. One critical part of making this transition is to make your living space recovery friendly. With some help, you can ensure that your home will contribute to recovery and not hinder it. [Read more…]

How to Give Your Child a Future after Addiction

How to Give Your Child a Future after AddictionAddiction can impact every aspect of your life. The consequences that you face can also follow you and impact your future opportunities. Because young adults are faced with many hardships, they might resort to drug use to help ease some of the stress and burdens they face. This can lead to serious health conditions that may result in permanent damage or a criminal history that can plague them for the rest of their life. Helping young adults in Chicago have the future they deserve after sobriety can be both stressful and rewarding. [Read more…]

How to Avoid Losing Your Job to Drug Use

How to Avoid Losing Your Job to Drug UseOne of the effects that drug use can have on your life is that it can cause you to lose your job. Without your job, the financial burden of drug addiction will become even more severe, adding even more stress to your life. Drug use is a problem that requires treatment to recover from, and without treatment your addiction will continue to get worse, putting your health and job at risk. Chicago residents who fear they could lose their jobs because of drug use should seek professional treatment. [Read more…]

How Do You Define a Successful Intervention?

How Do You Define a Successful Intervention?An intervention is a structured, thoroughly planned event between an addicted individual and his or her loved ones in Chicago. While the main objective of an intervention is to motivate an addict to pursue treatment help, there are other goals to seek to achieve in the intervention process. An addict does not have to accept treatment at the end of an intervention for the intervention to be a success. Other goals can be attained, and a platform for positive change can be initiated for all individuals affected by the addiction in Chicago. [Read more…]

Defining a Drug Abuse Problem

Defining a Drug Abuse ProblemIt may be difficult to determine a drug abuse problem. In fact, Chicago residents may have considerable trouble determining recreational drug abuse from a serious drug problem. However, if people learn about the signs of drug abuse, they can identify dangerous habits and seek help before too much trouble develops. [Read more…]

Changes in How Addiction Is Viewed

Changes in How Addiction Is ViewedSociety used to frown upon treatment techniques and procedures for addiction. This was simply because they did not understand addiction and they lacked the resources for learning about it. Current addiction treatment is much more successful, especially when compared to the past. Society used to frown upon both addicts and rehab because it saw addicts as weak-willed and/or as criminals. However, while Chicago drug addicts may now have criminal records due to addiction, but medical professionals now see addiction as an illness, a mental disorder, rather than a weakness. [Read more…]

Anxiety Disorders and Tranquilizer Abuse

Anxiety Disorders and Tranquilizer AbuseAccording to the National Institute on Mental Health approximately 40 million Americans ages 18 and older suffer from an anxiety disorder each year. Anxiety disorders include the following:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Social anxiety disorder

The main characteristic of anxiety disorders is severe anxiety that interferes with daily life in Chicago. [Read more…]