Destin Recovery Blog
Spirituality often feels out of reach for people who struggling with addiction. They may have lost touch with the religious beliefs of their childhood and they feel their higher power has forgotten them, or they may believe that they aren’t deserving of happiness or love. However, numerous research studies have provided evidence that spirituality is critical to well-being, and when integrated into addiction treatment and drug rehab, promotes long-term recovery and decreases incidence of relapse.
Treating Drug and Alcohol Addiction Today
Also known as Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), pharmacotherapy is form of addiction treatment that integrates prescription medicines along with traditional treatment modalities such as individual or group counseling.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) recognizes addiction as a brain-based disease and supports access to all evidence-based treatments, including pharmacologic interventions. In a public policy statement, ASAM asserts that pharmacologic intervention should be considered a primary strategy in the treatment of addiction.
Here are some of the medicines currently approved used or under investigation for alcohol or drug dependence.
Drug and alcohol addiction alters the complex structure and function of the brain. This is a simple statement, but it explains in a nutshell why most addiction treatment professionals view addiction not as a moral failing or an indication of weakness or lack of willpower, but as a chronic disease. Most also agree that like other chronic diseases such as asthma or diabetes, addiction is treatable. read more…
Out of Town Addiction Treatment is Sometimes Best
Many factors go into choosing a drug rehabilitation program, but the most crucial is that the addiction therapy offered is the right fit. At Destin Recovery, we have many families choose our facility because we use evidence-based medicine and holistically treat addiction as a chronic disease. Our facilities are banked on the emerald waters of Destin Florida’s Gulf Coast, which means we get patients from all over the South East United States including the Houston, Nashville, and Atlanta. Some are only a short drive away while others fly by plane to get real treatment for drug and alcohol addiction problems. read more…
Alcoholism and drug addiction affects the whole family – young, teenage, or grown-up children; wives or husbands; brothers or sisters; parents or other relatives and friends. One family member addicted to alcohol and drugs means the whole family suffers. Addiction is a family disease that stresses the family to the breaking point, impacts the stability of the home, the family’s unity, mental health, physical health, finances, and overall family dynamics. read more…
The Marijuana Conundrum
Rarely a day goes by where we do not encounter political, legal or medical news and arguments asking or declaring how we should handle marijuana. As an addiction medicine physician, I too encounter these questions almost daily. My own research and attempt at crystallizing an opinion is frustrated by many paradoxes. Several questions are really being asked about marijuana, but they are disguised or misrepresented as a single question: “Yes or No” concerning marijuana? This is an extreme oversimplification when asked this way, but it avoids and dodges potholes (sic). read more…
Alcoholism and drug dependence is the United States #1 health problem. The disease of alcoholism doesn’t affect just one person. It affects all the people who are in relationship with the person who suffers the addiction. NCADD and their National Network of Affiliates possess decades of research that shows the disease of addiction affects not only the individual, but millions of family members as well. read more…
Is There a Doctor in the House?
This is an unusual question when the condition being treated is identifiable by causes and effects (symptoms) that clearly indicate a diseased organ. But why are doctors often on the periphery—or absent—when the disease is addiction?
“Why should they be?” someone asks. “Who needs a doctor anyway? They just push drugs and make you switch addictions. I got clean without a doctor.” read more…
After Spring Break | Dealing with the Addiction
Spring Break has always been famous for fun and partying. It can also become a time of crisis for those who suffer drug and alcohol abuse and addictions and for those who love them. What is supposed to be a time to remember for a vacation can become the time for destruction to relationships.
Certain drugs that are offered as ‘recreational drugs’ can be extremely addictive and a trial or two of them at the spring break parties can lead to more use of the drug until the addiction is strong. You begin to realize that the one you care about, be they friend or family, has returned from Spring Break controlled by a substance. read more…
Relapse after Spring Break – You thought you could handle it. You were going to have a fantastic spring break with your friends. You weren’t going to drink or do drugs too much. You promised yourself. Or you promised your loved one. Yet you did. Relapse! How and why can that happen? Why can addiction get the best of you no matter how determined you are, not to let it?
Addiction affects you on far more levels than you might first believe
Addiction doesn’t affect you just on the physical level. It affects you on the mental, emotional, and spiritual levels as well. Your relapse doesn’t mean your addiction is incurable. Nor does it mean that you simply don’t have enough willpower. What it can mean is that you have been attempting to deal with your addiction on one level or another, but you haven’t addressed the encompassing areas that your addiction has touched you at. If you relapsed, take a serious look at getting help again. If you have been trying to break your addictions by yourself, consider getting professional help. Also, consider a long term program. A long term rehab program can last a few months and up to four months.
These programs are designed to take the time to address your addiction on all the levels. Not just on a behavioral level. Or on a physical level. Or on a social level. It takes time to address you addiction on all the levels. There really is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all rehab program. Each person faces completely different personal experiences because of their addiction, and those experiences will require attention. Each person’s physical makeup is unique and must be treated accordingly. Medicine has made great advancements and it is important to find a center that employs those advancements.
Understanding the nature of addiction, and finding a personalized rehab program that will address your addiction on all its levels, rather than just one or the other, can help you finally be free from the addiction.
So Spring Break caused you to relapse. It’s time to take the time to get rid of your addiction. Spring Break next year can be totally different…or you might be vacationing in a totally different place, because you are totally different.
We guarantee you will…
∙ Get the attention you deserve in an intimate, individually focused program with people just like you.
∙ Heal through an effective blend of integrated therapies at one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
∙ Discover why this has happened to you and learn how to live free from you problem.
More on Dr. Reeves – Destin Florida
Dr. Reeves is the Medical director of Destin Recovery and South Walton Medical Center (Destin Florida)
Director of Addiction Medicine at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast; is a Member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine; a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons; and is Triple Board Certified in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, and Addiction Medicine.