Midwest Recovery Centers Blog
It’s hard for friends and family to understand how their loved one, who may have been honest and forthright before their addiction, has now become an accomplished liar. They don’t understand that addicts are sick and suffering, with an overwhelming craving for the one thing that makes them feel better.
Alcohol delirium tremens, widely known as DTs, is the most dangerous result of AWS, affecting 3-5% of those going through alcohol withdrawal. Those who have been heavy drinkers for at least 10 years run the highest risk of developing DTs upon withdrawal from alcohol.
There have been many documented cases of individuals dying from heroin withdrawal. This is especially true for addicts recently incarcerated, or others undergoing non-medically supervised detoxification.
Fentanyl is a synthetically produced opioid prescribed to control pain during surgery, treat severe post-surgical pain, and to treat chronic pain in those for whom other opioids are no longer effective. It is a drug that can be used relatively safely and effectively when used as prescribed, but one that can be deadly when misused or used illegally.
Kratom is an unregulated herb that delivers effects similar to those of opioids and stimulants. Because of its classification as an herb it is widely available in the U.S. However, there are serious concerns about the potential for kratom to lead to dependence or addiction.
It’s also important to note that the DSM segments out personality disorders into three clusters. Here’s a brief look at the different types of clusters and an explanation of each disorder that falls within.
Each time cocaine is used it causes a rapid spike in energy levels, heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, body temperature, and, often, anxiety. Users may also experience tremors, nausea, dilated pupils, and restlessness.
Because a healthy self-image is key to the recovery process, setting boundaries and limits is crucial to the recovering addict. Setting and keeping boundaries is essential to achieving a healthy sense of self-worth.
One of the responsibilities of the meeting facilitator is to ensure the meeting adheres closely to that one-hour mark, as people attending often have to get back to work or other commitments. Sometimes, especially when there is a speaker, the meeting may run over by a few minutes.
After the primary residential treatment program has been completed, clients can receive valuable continued support for drug or alcohol addiction recovery in the form of extended care treatment.