What are the Rehabilitation Options for Substance Abuse in South Africa?

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What are the Rehabilitation Options for Substance Abuse in South Africa?

19 February, 2020Articles, News

Rehabilitation is a process that begins with abstinence and requires deep mental, emotional and spiritual change. For addicts struggling with substance abuse, entering rehab may be a daunting proposition but for thousands of people who go on to lead successful lives after active addiction, it is the beginning of a long-term solution. There are a number of rehabilitation options for substance abuse in South Africa. Some addicts turn to religion for the answer while others turn to psychiatry and alternative medicine for help. At Crossroads Recovery Centre, we believe that the most effective option is a combination of a number of therapeutic techniques and the integration of 12-step recovery.

What happens in a group therapy session? Many addicts want to know the answer to this question before entering rehab, because the prospect can be intimidating. Speaking about your feelings in front of a group of strangers? Many people would rather not even entertain the idea. But group therapy has proved effective in the treatment of substance abuse. And the solution lies in the effectiveness of one addict helping another. When addicts are able to relate to each other, share their stories and be open about their feelings in an environment that is safe and respectful, real and lasting change can start to occur. For this reason, we recommend that when looking for rehabilitation options for substance abuse in South Africa, you look for a programme that includes professionally facilitated group therapy sessions. You may be surprised at just how effective this method can be.

12-step recovery is one method of arresting the disease of addiction and finding a new way to live. It is the programme used by 12-step fellowships like Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholic Anonymous. At Crossroads Recovery Centres, we ensure that addicts are introduced to the 12 steps while they are in treatment so that they can become accustomed to incorporating 12-step meetings into their everyday lives, as well as other aspects of the programme including getting a sponsor, doing stepwork and being of service to others. In our experience, integration with the 12 steps is a vital part of effective rehabilitation options for substance abuse in South Africa. The addict is introduced to a fellowship of men and women who want nothing more than to help each other recover. And for many, being surrounded by this loving and caring community is indispensable.

If you or a loved one is in search of help for substance abuse, know that help is readily available. Contact us for a free consultation and we’ll support you in your journey.

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The Effects Of Codeine Addiction

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The Effects Of Codeine Addiction

18 February, 2020Articles, News

As a member of the opiate classification of drugs, codeine acts as a central nervous system depressant, resulting in decreased sensations of pain and increased pleasurable sensations due to the drug’s indirect effect on the dopamine reward system in the brain, which results in significant potential for the development of physical dependence. Codeine also affects areas of the brain that are involved in very basic functions, such as respiration and coughing, and the drug is commonly found as a cough suppressant in prescription cough syrups.

Codeine abuse is common among young people

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports on an emerging trend in individuals under the age of 25 that involves abuse of codeine. Codeine is easily accessible; anyone can buy it at any pharmacy across South Africa.

There is a trend of drinking dangerous amounts of cough syrup which contains codeine-promethazine in order to experience psychoactive effects. Promethazine is an antihistamine, and codeine acts as a cough suppressant. In large doses, these substances can produce extreme sedation, mild feelings of wellbeing, and a release of inhibitions. Street names for this particular form of cough syrup include purple syrup, syrup, and sizzurp.

Actual figures regarding how many individuals are abusing codeine are not readily available, but the practice appears to be focused among younger individuals. The abuse of codeine represents a serious threat to these individuals in terms of their long-term health and the potential for overdose.

The Effects of Abusing Codeine

People abusing codeine will quickly develop tolerance to the drug and will need to take larger amounts of it to get the effects that they once achieved at significantly lower doses. As the individual takes larger amounts of the drug at regular intervals, they are more likely to develop physical dependence.

Withdrawal

The development of withdrawal symptoms in individuals who abuse codeine is particularly distressing because codeine has a very short half-life, and an individual can conceivably start to experience withdrawal symptoms within several hours of discontinuing the drug.

Even though the withdrawal symptoms associated with physical dependence on codeine are reportedly mild in comparison to the symptoms that occur with morphine and heroin, individuals who use large amounts of the drug for lengthy periods of time may get caught in a cycle of abuse to avoid these withdrawal symptoms.

The withdrawal process associated with codeine is not generally believed to be potentially physically dangerous; however, individuals who are emotionally unstable or prone to poor judgment may be at risk for harm due to accidents, impulsive behaviours, or even suicide in extreme cases. Individuals who mix codeine with other drugs, such as alcohol, or other medications, stimulants, or benzodiazepines, may be at risk for a number of potentially serious physical complications during the withdrawal process. These may include issues with cardiovascular functioning and the development of potential seizures (especially for individuals who abuse codeine on a regular basis with benzodiazepines or alcohol).

Treatment of codeine addiction

It appears that the majority of individuals who abuse codeine are younger; approaching these individuals with concerns about their behaviour can be very tricky. It is well known that individuals who have substance abuse issues can be very defensive regarding their use of drugs and/or alcohol, and younger individuals may become even more so when confronted by a parent, friends, or other relatives. Many sources refer to this tendency to be reactive as “denial,” which itself is suggested to be a symptom of a substance use disorder.

If you or a loved one are battling a codeine addiction and are in search of rehabilitation contact Crossroads Recovery Centre for a free assessment, the individual can be tested and the treatment options can be discussed. Codeine addiction usually requires a medical detoxification and professional help is required for sustained abstinence.

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Food Addiction Treatment Facilities: An Overview

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Food Addiction Treatment Facilities: An Overview

07 February, 2020Articles, News

Food addiction – It’s a loaded term that has become synonymous in certain contexts, with compulsive over-eating. It is a term that has come to describe a specific type of process addiction that is differentiated in recovery circles, from substance addictions like drug addiction and alcoholism. At Crossroads Recovery Centres, we understand that the term “food addiction,” can also apply to a range of other obsessive and disordered eating habits. In this article, we discuss some of these behaviours and what treatment for food addiction entails.

As stated above, in its most basic sense, food addiction refers to over-eating. It is a term that describes the loss of control over eating and an increasing obsession with food. What many food addicts attest to, is an overwhelming and relentless compulsion to eat when certain emotions arise. Emotions, for food addicts, are uncomfortable realities, and eating serves as a numbing behaviour, blocking out emotions like hurt, disappointment and anger. Likewise, even positive emotions can trigger an over-eating episode.

What counsellors at a number of food addiction treatment facilities report however, is that food addiction often goes far beyond over-eating. It is one manifestation of the disease of addiction that seems to adapt and transform over time, with food addicts cross-addicting from over-eating, to starving, to binging and even purging. These behaviours are characteristic of different types of food addiction like anorexia nervosa and bulimia, but what is important to understand is that these behaviours can all be observable in the same food addict. Cross-addiction when it comes to disordered eating, is not an uncommon phenomenon. For this reason, food addiction can also be used to describe any compulsion to use food to escape one’s emotions, and the inability to refrain from harmful behaviour around food despite negative consequences.

Food addiction treatment facilities have helped many food addicts to recover and rebuild a healthy relationship with food. Over time, with group therapy, individual counselling, workshops and contact with other addicts in a 12-step fellowship, food addicts can reach a place of inner contentment and self-love. At Crossroads Recovery Centres, our counselling team has many years of experience with working with food addicts and helping them to recover their lives in a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual sense.

If you or a loved one is in search of help for food addiction of any kind, know that help is readily available. Contact us for a free consultation and we’ll support you in your journey.

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What is Dextroamphetamine?

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What is Dextroamphetamine?

22 January, 2020Articles, News

Dextroamphetamine is a type of medication that is prescribed for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also known more commonly as Dexedrine and belongs to the class of drugs referred to as stimulants. Less formally, it is known as an “upper” or a drug that produces high bursts of energy, extreme alertness and the intensified ability to focus on a singular activity.

What is Dextroamphetamine Used for in South Africa?

Dextroamphetamine, in South Africa and other parts of the world is a legally prescribed drug that is used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy. There are many reported cases of the drug’s effectiveness in treating these medical problems. However, what we know about addiction today, is that amphetamines in their various forms, have a high potential for abuse and when used for prolonged periods of time, can lead to drug dependence. In the treatment community, we have found that those who have been prescribed dexotroamphetamine abuse the drug as well. Dexotroamphetamine is not only abused by those who use it for recreational purposes only.

What are the Side Effects of Dextroamphetamine Abuse?

The abuse of dextroamphetamines has been known to produce a number of adverse effects including visible and increasing levels of unexplained agitation, an irregular heartbeat, uncontrolled bodily movements and the inability to sleep. Because dextroamphetamine is a kind of stimulant, it disturbs the natural balance of chemicals in the brain and in the long-term, can cause extensive neurological damage, especially if it is being used without the supervision of a medical professional.

How Many Cases of Addiction are Reported?

In South Africa, dextroamphetamine is known by the medical community as the “study drug,” having derived this name from its common usage by students who struggle to concentrate for long periods of time. While there are no formal studies on the nonmedical use of this type of stimulant, cases of abuse and addiction, particularly amongst young people, are increasing but remain mainly unreported.

Like in the case of other drugs, dextroamphetamine addiction can be treated through extensive therapy in the form of support groups, individual counselling, life coaching and wellness programmes.

If you or a loved one is in search of help for addiction, know that help is readily available. Contact us for a free consultation and we’ll support you in your journey.

Sources:
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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
    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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