Q: What is an addiction?
A: Addiction is a disease of the brain that often changes how the brain works. Drug or alcohol addiction creates side effects in the brain, such as hunger for more chemicals. An addictive substance often stimulates the pleasure center of the brain through neurotransmitters. As a result, this distortion of the brain will cause alcohol or drug abuse to turn into an addiction.
Q: What causes addiction?
A: Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut answer to what causes addiction. Research on addiction is ongoing and specialists are unsure of why certain people are more susceptible to addiction than others.
Q: Are there any common signs of addiction?
A: Drug or alcohol abuse and addiction are detrimental to your overall health. However, addiction will often cause a person to take greater risks to fuel their addiction which may also result in physical harm and/or the destruction of personal relationships.
Some common signs of addiction might include:
- Behavioral changes
- Mood swings
- Changes in physical appearance (weight gain/loss, bloodshot eyes)
- Changes in sociability
Q: What is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?
A: IOP allows addicts to receive treatment and therapy in their free time, which allows them to live at home and continue to work.
Q: What is a dual diagnosis treatment program?
A: When an individual suffers from mental health issues as well as drug or alcohol addiction, they may enter into a dual diagnosis treatment program. In a dual diagnosis program, the individual will be treated for their mental health condition and drug or alcohol addiction simultaneously. Mental health conditions may be the result or cause of their addiction.
Q: What is co-dependency?
A: Co-dependency is a behavior learned from a dysfunctional family life in which emotions such as fear, anger, and shame are neglected, ignored, or denied. Co-dependents learn to cater to others and deny their own needs and suffer from a fear of abandonment as well as a reliance on relationships for fulfillment and a near-desperate need to keep those relationships intact. Co-dependency can often fuel drug and alcohol addiction because of a co-dependent’s neglect to address their own emotions.
Q: Is there a cure for addiction?
A: Many graduates of the Destination Hope program consider themselves “recovering addicts.” Overcoming an addiction is a lifelong commitment and requires consistent counseling in order to receive the tools, skills, and knowledge in order to abstain from drugs and alcohol and achieve lifelong sobriety.
Q: Why would someone choose Destination Hope?
A: At Destination Hope, we live by two powerful philosophies concerning treatment:
- Offering a smaller, more intimate facility allows for complete attention to each client.
- Involving loved ones in family therapy sessions builds relationships and provides greater insight into what caused the addiction.
Q: Are there treatment options for after rehab?
A: Yes – addiction requires consistent treatment, both immediately after graduating from a rehab program and several years later. At Destination Hope, we encourage addicts to spend time in an Intensive Outpatient Program or in a Halfway House to adjust to everyday life outside our facility. For more information on program options after treatment, please visit our Aftercare page.
Q: What can’t I bring to rehab?
A: At Destination Hope we ask that you refrain from bringing suggestive clothing that may portray drug usage, alcohol, sex, violence, or gambling. Electronics, cameras, and DVDs may also be prohibited. Consumable products that contain alcohol (such as mouthwash) and weapons of any kind are not allowed.
Q: Are there disadvantages to a gendered treatment program?
A: Destination Hope is dedicated to providing the best drug and alcohol treatment for each of our clients. We do not believe that there are any drawbacks to our program, and many of our former clients continue to attend alumni meetings long after they successfully completed their rehab program.
Q: What are the signs and symptoms of drug withdrawal?
A: The effects of drug withdrawal will often be based on the individual’s drug of choice, the length of their addiction, and other factors. Some common withdrawal symptoms include nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal issues, physical pain, insomnia, tremors, headaches, and more. The physical effects can manifest quickly and lead to medical episodes, which is why medically-supervised detox is important. Drug withdrawal symptoms can last for several days and manifest within a few hours of the last time the person used.
Q: How do you know when treatment is needed?
A: Drug and alcohol treatment may be required when a person begins to show signs of dependency. Many people struggling with addiction also develop familial and personal relationship issues. The signs of drug addiction and alcoholism also include higher tolerance and withdrawal symptoms.
Q: Does drug treatment work?
A: Treatment is long-term and achievable, however, success is based on the patient’s resolve to continue living a sober life. A treatment program is a stepping stone and has helped countless people achieve recovery and live a long, healthy life. However, failing to complete treatment or failing to use the tools provided to continue living a sober life can result in a relapse.
Q: What treatment program is right for me?
A: The conditions of your current life will determine which program is best for you. Destination Hope offers inpatient programs and intensive outpatient programs (IOP). After you provide all your information to an admissions counselor, our professionals can determine which program will be most beneficial for you. Our inpatient programs can last 30, 60, or 90 days. Outpatient programs require a great amount of responsibility and determination but are beneficial for those who need to continue working and/or taking care of family responsibilities. Our IOP requires a commitment of a minimum of 6 weeks.
Q: Does alcohol affect women differently?
A: According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, women face higher risks than men because they can begin to have alcohol-related problems at lower drinking levels than men. Women also have less water in their bodies than men, which can account for a higher concentration of alcohol residue when they drink. Women who drink are more susceptible to liver damage, heart disease, and breast cancer.
Q: Does alcohol rehab work?
A: Like drug rehab, success in an alcohol treatment program can depend on the patient and the program. Clients must be free of alcohol before they begin a program, which means they may have to undergo detox. Alcohol detox can be very difficult to complete without medical supervision. If the addict fails to complete the detox process, relapse is more likely, which can also prevent the completion of an alcohol rehab program. There is no cure for addiction and recovery is a life-long commitment.
Q: What are some commonly abused prescription drugs?
A: Opioids have become some of the most commonly abused prescription medications. An estimated 2.1 million people in the U.S. suffer from substance use disorders related to opioids. Some common opioids include codeine, fentanyl, hydrocodone (Lorcet, Vicodin), hydromorphone (Dilaudid, Exalgo, and Oxycodone (OxyContin, Roxicodone). Other prescriptions include central nervous system depressants, such as Valium and Klonopin, and stimulants, such as Adderall and Ritalin. Sleep disorder medications are also abused often.
Q: Can prescription drug abuse be fatal?
A: Although these medications are prescribed, abuse can lead to addiction, which can become fatal. Without professional treatment, prescription drug addicts can experience side effects, withdrawal, and much of the same addiction symptoms as those who abuse illegal drugs. In the past decade, the number of prescription drug overdoses has tripled.
Q: Will I be able to afford rehab?
A: Destination Hope partners with many major insurance carriers and can help to determine if your insurer will cover the costs associated with a treatment program. If you do not have insurance, our admissions specialists can provide information on an affordable self-pay package. If you have questions about the costs of our rehab programs, contact us.
Q: Are residents allowed to have visitors?
A: Yes, we do permit family members to come to visit you during your stay. Families must visit during the designated visiting hours. Family therapy sessions also allow patients and families to see one another. You are also allowed to speak with your family members over the phone during the course of treatment.