The Hard Reality of Drug Addiction

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The Hard Reality of Drug Addiction

12 January, 2022Articles, News

In today’s world, the prevalence of substance abuse and drug addiction is reaching alarming levels. Recent studies conducted by the Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA) have unveiled staggering statistics, shedding light on the gravity of the situation. It is estimated that a staggering 240 million people worldwide, constituting approximately 4.9% of the adult population, grapple with alcohol use disorder. Additionally, a harrowing 15 million individuals find themselves ensnared by addiction to various drugs, including heroin, pethidine, and methamphetamine. The spectre of substance abuse casts a long shadow, and its consequences are profoundly felt across the globe.

It is imperative to acknowledge that drug addiction is a formidable adversary, as highlighted by the renowned author Lorelie Rozzano. Shockingly, addiction-related fatalities now surpass the combined death toll of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. This unsettling reality knows no age limits, as the SA National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (SANCA) has raised a red flag concerning the surging numbers of individuals under the age of 21 seeking treatment. A study involving 57,000 school respondents has further deepened concerns, revealing that 34% of teenagers had used drugs and alcohol in the last six months, with 27% continuing to use substances within the past week. Most alarming is the revelation that individuals under 17 years old constituted a significant 22% of those seeking treatment.

The global repercussions of substance abuse have been documented in the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report of 2017. This comprehensive report grimly noted over 190,000 drug-related deaths in that year alone. This heart-wrenching statistic encompasses a wide spectrum of substances, ranging from opioids to prescription medications and heroin. Even more disconcerting is the far-reaching impact of substance abuse, with an estimated 1.6 million people living with HIV, 6.1 million living with hepatitis, and 3.1 million coping with both conditions—a direct result of needle use.

The harsh reality is that drug and alcohol abuse exact a substantial toll on individuals and society at large. They erode our families, strain our relationships, undermine our physical and mental well-being, and significantly diminish our overall quality of life. The repercussions reverberate through disability, deteriorating health, and the emergence of co-occurring disorders, including depression and related psychiatric conditions—often culminating tragically in premature death.

Amid this bleak landscape, there shines a beacon of hope—Crossroads Recovery Centre. We stand ready to offer professional help and guidance to those in dire need. The path to recovery may be challenging, but with the right support, it leads to a life of sobriety and renewed health. We beseech you not to let your loved ones become mere statistics in this battle. Reach out today and discover that help is readily available. Whether you or someone dear to you is grappling with drug addiction, battling alcohol abuse, or seeking help for various challenges like gambling, sex, or food addiction, our dedicated team is here, providing a free assessment and extending a compassionate hand towards a brighter, addiction-free future.

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Treatment of drug addiction at a drug rehab

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Treatment of drug addiction at a drug rehab

24 November, 2021Articles, News

Drug rehabilitation is a process of treatment that aims to help people overcome their dependence on psychoactive substances, such as alcohol and cocaine.

There are various types of programmes in terms of rehabilitation from addiction. These include residential treatment centres (inpatient or outpatient), local support groups, extended care centres, sober houses, addiction counselling, mental health, and medical care. Some drug rehab centres offer age and gender specific programmes as well.

According to NACADA – drug rehabilitation programmes should not be administered to any client prior to an assessment which entails a brief history of the client, the substance used, any past treatment, risk potential for instances of suicidal attempts as well as a mental status examination (MSE). This forms the baseline needed to develope an appropriate treatment plan to address the actual problems of the client.

An effective drug rehab treatment programme addresses the multiple needs of the patient rather than treating addiction by itself. In addition, it is important to bear in mind that medically assisted drug detoxification or alcohol detoxification alone is ineffective as a treatment for addiction. It is an important part of the process, however, it is exactly that – a part of a therapeutic process. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recommends detoxification using medications (where applicable) and behavioural therapy, followed by relapse prevention. According to NIDA, effective treatment must address medical and mental health services as well as follow-up options, such as community or family-
based recovery support systems. Whatever the methodology, patient motivation is an important factor in treatment process.

For individuals addicted to prescription drugs, treatments tend to be similar to those who are addicted to “street” drugs. Medication such as methadone and buprenorphine can be used to treat addiction to prescription opiates, whereas behavioural therapies are used to treat addiction to prescription stimulants such as benzodiazepines, and other drugs.

Types of behavioral therapy include:

  • Cognitive-behavioural therapy, which seeks to help patients to recognize, avoid and cope with situations in which they are most likely to relapse.
  • Multidimensional family therapy, which is designed to support the recovery of the patient by improving family functioning.
  • Motivational interviewing, which is designed to increase patient motivation to change their behaviour and to enter treatment.
  • Motivational incentives, which use positive reinforcement to encourage abstinence from the addictive substance.

Treatment can be a long process and the duration is dependent upon the patient’s needs and history of substance use. It been has shown that most patients benefit from at least three months of treatment and longer durations are associated with better outcomes. Prescription drug addiction doesn’t discriminate. It affects people from all walks of life and can be a devastatingly, destructive force.

If you or a loved one needs assistance with addiction – know that help is readily available. The road to recovery is not always an easy one but getting yourself or your loved one the best possible care from the team at Crossroads Recovery Centre, provides you with a map to sober, healthy living. No matter how bad things seem, there is hope and it’s only a phone call away. If you or anyone close to you needs help with an addiction to sex, gambling, substances, alcohol or food, please contact us for a free assessment.

Reference:
1. https://www.nih.gov/about-nih/what-we-do/nih-almanac/national-institute-drug-abuse-nida

2. https://nacada.ksu.edu

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  • On the last day of my stint at Crossroads I could only express gratitude towards all who works there. A wise councillor once commented on my question when one is ready for rehab by explaining that when one is ready for rehab, rehab is ready for you.
    Johan B
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  • I was lost and my soul was broken until I ended up at Crossroads and was introduced to the Twelve Steps. With the help of their excellent staff and amazing support I have recently been clean for 18 months, I could not have done it without them!
    Carla S
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  • "Just for today I am more than three years in recovery. I have Cross Roads to thank for this wonderful gift. Cross Roads helped me to set a firm foundation in my recovery on which I can continue to build."
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Rehabilitation Centres

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Rehabilitation Centres

29 October, 2021Articles, News

“Rehab” – is a word that has the potential to conjure up a range of mixed emotions. Unfortunately, due to the stigma around addiction, rehabilitation centres can have a negative perception attached to them, which may deter people from initiating the process. What we aim to do in this article is to outline some of the aspects of an inpatient programme as a way of preparing potential clients and their families for the process of recovering from an addiction.

Detox and Withdrawal

Depending on the type and quantity of the substances that a client has used, he/she will undergo a detoxification process as the body withdraws from the effects of drugs and alcohol. The extent of this detox varies from person-to-person. What you can expect is that a medical physician will be appointed to the client, to monitor their wellbeing and ensure that the physical side effects of withdrawal will be minimised. Choosing to detox without medical supervision may be fatal. Quitting “cold turkey” can lead to serious issues such as seizures and severe dehydration.

Information Sessions

Clients who book into rehabilitation centres will be empowered through knowledge around aspects such as the disease theory of addiction, what life in recovery entails as well as the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual impact of addiction. During these sessions, clients will have a chance to engage with their peers and ask questions in an open and inclusive forum. Awareness alone however, is not the key to long-term recovery, which is why rehabilitation centres take a multi-pronged approach to treatment.

One-on-One Counselling

Every client is assigned a counsellor at the onset of his/her treatment process. That counsellor will guide the client through the recovery process, talk about deep-seated issues and help to unpack their addictive thought patterns. Clients respond differently to counselling. While some may be resistant to the process, it quickly becomes clear that opening up and sharing with someone who can be trusted, is integral to getting and feeling better.

Group Therapy

Group therapy involves a counsellor or group facilitator hosting a session in which clients are invited to participate. Active participation is encouraged. In this environment, clients can challenge each other, share their experience and learn from the experience of others. Group therapy has proven extremely effective in the treatment of addiction.

Introduction to the 12-Step Fellowships

After treatment, one of the most effective ways of staying clean and sober and finding a new way of life, is found in the rooms of Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous. South Africa has strong fellowships within NA and AA, with members who are readily available to provide free support for people who have entered recovery. Rehabilitation centres will ensure that clients attend these meetings during treatment in order to start building valuable connections with others in recovery.

These aspects of the rehabilitation process are not exhaustive. Our programme is comprehensive and based on years of experience and collective expertise in the field. If you or a loved one are battling an addiction and need assistance – know that help is readily available. The road to recovery is not always an easy one, but getting yourself or your loved one the best care from the team at Crossroads Recovery Centre, provides you with a map to sober, healthy living. No matter how bad things seem, there is hope and it’s just a phone call away. If you or anyone close to you needs help with an addiction to sexgambling, substances, alcohol or food, please contact us for a free assessment.

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    Oliver VG
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  • On the last day of my stint at Crossroads I could only express gratitude towards all who works there. A wise councillor once commented on my question when one is ready for rehab by explaining that when one is ready for rehab, rehab is ready for you.
    Johan B
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  • I was lost and my soul was broken until I ended up at Crossroads and was introduced to the Twelve Steps. With the help of their excellent staff and amazing support I have recently been clean for 18 months, I could not have done it without them!
    Carla S
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Why is Anger an Obstacle in Recovery ?

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Why is Anger an Obstacle in Recovery ?

25 August, 2021Articles, News

A person in recovery may face any number of challenges to their recovery process. Some of these challenges are external, we have problems with our family, friends and in our careers. Our financial situation may change, or our health may fail us. Other problems are a bit harder to pin down. We may struggle with flawed thinking, our attitudes and behavioural patterns may hold us back, and our emotions may control us despite our best efforts. A dragon many addicts and alcoholics must face in recovery is their own anger.

What is anger?
Anger is an emotional state brought on when a person feels offended or threatened. The same way humans express anger and rage at perceived danger, is present in many animals, this suggests that anger is part of a survival mechanic, rather than just a state of being. It is part of the “fight or flight” response. The body and brain are flooded with adrenaline, epinephrine and norepinephrine. This increases blood flow to the muscles and allows you to react faster and fight harder. This type of response is crucial when living in a situation where you must outrun predators and fight for your life, but you’re not running from a grizzly bear, you are not fighting off hungry scavengers, a taxi just cut you off on the way to work. Despite the reality of the situation, the brain and body still react as if your life is on the line.

Anger and the recovery process
Anger is very often an emotion used to cover up other emotions. This is the main reason why -in the recovery process, anger is particularly damaging. It is a superb defence mechanism. When a person is sad, or fearful or feels ashamed, it is so easy to just cover all those unpleasant feelings in a layer of anger. It is a way of protecting the ideas we had about ourselves and the things we went through. It helps us shift blame and fuels denial about the part we play in the situations we find ourselves in. Simply put, when angry it is near impossible to be vulnerable. Anger tells us that we are always right. That we don’t need to change and that these people (counsellors, sponsors, friends and family) who are telling us that we need to change are wrong. Recovery demands vulnerability. To fully solve our problems, we need to confront them head on. Being able to accept criticism, have our illusions about ourselves and the world around us shattered takes a great amount of courage.

What do we do about our anger
The initial feeling of anger is not actually the problem we have to solve. We often cannot control how our brains and bodies decide to react in the moment. There are however areas where we do have control. How am I going to react to this situation or person which is making me angry? And, how long am I going to be angry about this situation or at this person? The first often comes with time, practice and self-examination. It is almost as if you are trying to get in front of your thoughts before they run away with you. Studies have shown that meditation techniques are quiet effective in facilitating this type of adjustment in thinking patterns. In extreme cases anger management therapy and support groups may be necessary. When we are talking about the second choice we have, how long am I going to be angry, this often takes the form of a conscious decision to work through our feelings. When we hold on to resentment it is not an active process we are participating in. It is an underlying and unconscious pain, and whether we are aware of this pain or not, it could affect our judgments and our interactions with other people. In the 12 steps, we are asked to do a searching and fearless moral inventory, this is often where we are made aware of our resentments and just how deeply they have affected us. We are then asked to share this. It is in the sharing of our pain and anger that we can finally start to forgive, accept and let it go.

If you or a loved one needs assistance with an addiction – know that help is readily available. The road to recovery is not always an easy one but getting yourself or your loved one the best possible care from the team at Crossroads Recovery Centre, provides you with a map to sober, healthy living. No matter how bad things seem, there is hope and it’s only a phone call away. If you or anyone close to you needs help with an addiction to sexgamblingsubstancesalcohol or food, please contact us for a free assessment.

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  • The encouragement, love and support from the team at Crossroads allowed me to eventually see that I was worth something - that my life could be turned around and that I could accomplish the things that had long been a forgotten dream.
    Oliver VG
    Read more
  • On the last day of my stint at Crossroads I could only express gratitude towards all who works there. A wise councillor once commented on my question when one is ready for rehab by explaining that when one is ready for rehab, rehab is ready for you.
    Johan B
    Read more
  • I was lost and my soul was broken until I ended up at Crossroads and was introduced to the Twelve Steps. With the help of their excellent staff and amazing support I have recently been clean for 18 months, I could not have done it without them!
    Carla S
    Read more
  • "Just for today I am more than three years in recovery. I have Cross Roads to thank for this wonderful gift. Cross Roads helped me to set a firm foundation in my recovery on which I can continue to build."
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