Drug and Alcohol Recovery for Riverside Residents
If you are reading this, it’s because you think that you or a loved one has an addiction to drugs or alcohol and you are looking for help. Oftentimes, people are ashamed that they are looking for help, but they shouldn’t be; instead, they should be proud. Addiction is a troubling disease, and one of the reasons why it is so troubling is because people are afraid to, or don’t think they need to, seek help. The very fact that you’re here, visiting this page, means that you are ready to get the help that is needed – for you someone you love.
Ocean Hills Recovery provides comprehensive and effective treatment for drug addiction. We have helped countless people in the Riverside area confront – and defeat – their battle with drug addiction. We are here to help anyone who is battling substance addiction and abuse overcome their battle and move forward to a healthier and happier life that is free of drug use.
What is Drug Addiction
Addiction is classified as a chronic mental disease. It re-wires the brain, affecting its reward structure. Every time drugs are taken, they suppress the naturally occurring chemicals in the brain and replace them with harmful toxins. Over time, the brain’s ability to produce those naturally occurring chemicals is significantly affected and the drugs take over. As a result, a person who is addicted to drugs believes that the substance is needed in order to function normally. This affects the individual who is addicted to drugs judgment, physiological responses, and emotional well-being. An addict may not be able to control his or her urges to use drugs. As a result, virtually every aspect of the person’s life is impacted; physically, mentally, and even socially. The addict feels the need to use a substance in order to feel happy and function normally.
The Characteristics of Drug Addiction
There are several characteristics associated with addiction. If you or someone you love is exhibiting any of these characteristics, it is more than likely that an addiction exists:
- A strong desire or uncontrollably urge to use a substance
- Increased use and tolerance of a substance
- Changes to a person’s behavior, either mentally, physically, or both
- Withdrawal symptoms are experienced when the drug is not being used
- Personal relationships and work are affected because of drug use
- The development of anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions
- Continued us of a substance, despite the known negative repercussions will cause
If any of the above symptoms are present, it may be time to look into a drug rehab to overcome drug addiction.
The Effects of Drug Addiction
Drug addiction has an effect on virtually every aspect of a person’s life, and these effects are all related to the way that it impacts the brain. Drugs physically change the parts of the brain that are linked to memory, reward, and motivation. As a result, a person who is battling an addiction may experience short-term memory loss, may believe that the only way to feel “good” is to continue using the drug, or may lose motivation to be involved in activities (may lose interest in things that he or she once loved or may become less socially active.)
In addition to these mental effects, drug addiction can also impact physical health. The immune system is weakened, there is an increased amount of sickness, skin may change, hair may fall out, and weight issues may develop.
The Treatment Process
At Ocean Hills Recovery, we understand that drug addiction affects every person differently. As such, we also believe that a customized treatment program is necessary in order to help each individual overcome his or her addiction, put drug use in the past, and move forward to a happier, healthier life of sobriety.
Our treatment process addresses each client’s history of addiction, as well as his or her various facets that affect his or her drug addiction and life, overall, including:
- Physical health
- Mental health
- Personal relationships
- Living conditions
- Socioeconomic status
- Events that have occurred in his or her life
Upon entering our drug rehab facility, every patient undergoes an extensive intake assessment. This is considered the first phase of the treatment process, as it allows us to determine the underlying conditions that have lead to drug use, abuse and addiction, and how drug addiction has impacted a person’s life. It also enables us to pinpoint what type of treatment will be the most effect for overcoming addiction.
Who Should Consider Drug Rehab?
Anyone who is struggling with drug use – using large amounts, is unable to control his or her use, experiences side effects when the drug isn’t taken, experiences withdrawal effects when the substance is absent, etc – should consider drug rehab.
While it may be possible to overcome drug addiction alone, there are certain types of drugs that cause profound effects and are exceptionally difficult to stop using without help. These drugs include:
- Methamphetamines (also known as meth, speed, glass and crystal)
- Opioids (hydrocodone, fentanyl, codeine, Demerol, methadone, etc)
- Stimulants (cocaine, Ritalin, etc)
- Inhalants (any volatile solvent that is inhaled or ‘huffed’, including paint thinner, glue, gasoline, markers, etc)
At Ocean Hills Recovery, we fully understand the struggles of drug addiction; however, take comfort in knowing that help is available, and we can provide you with that help.