Let’s Try to Answer Some of Your Questions
Is Jericho Recovery Centre Registered as a treatment centre?
Yes Jericho Recovery Center is registered with the Department of Social Development as a treatment centre.
What is Substance Abuse?
Substance abuse is characterized by the use or misuse of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and drugs.
This can lead to dependence and tolerance, as well as uncontrollable cravings and withdrawal effects upon cessation.
What Are Some Common Signs of Substance Abuse?
Substance abuse affects different people in different many ways, depending upon the substance and the individual. There are several common signs that a person may exhibit when he or she becomes addicted to a substance:
The neglect of primary responsibilities, such as school, work, parenting, and other daily living necessities. Examples include school or work absenteeism, the inability to properly care for children, and financial responsibilities such as paying bills.
Financial and/or legal consequences manifest as a result of substance abuse. Examples include being arrested for impaired driving or drug possession, stealing to support a habit, or being involved in an assault or domestic violence while under the influence.
Relationship problems manifest as a result of substance abuse. Close relationships become strained due to alcoholism or addiction, often involving shame, anger, guilt, and worry.
Compulsive behaviours revolve around the substance. Examples include stealing money, driving while intoxicated, having unprotected sex, etc. Also, substance abusers may begin covertly drinking or using drugs alone in attempt to divert suspicion.
How Quickly Can Substance Abuse Progress Into Addiction or Dependence?
There is no set timeline – the length of time needed to progress can be affected by the substance of use, the amount of use, availability of the substance, and personal biology and genetics. It goes without saying, for example, that someone who uses a large amount of heroin or cocaine every day may be quicker to develop a dependency than another who binge drinks once a week.
Also, individual characteristics may influence which substances and how quickly addiction occurs. Some people are simply genetically predisposed to developing addictions.
What Effects Do Drugs and Alcohol Have on the Brain?
Long-term use of drugs or alcohol can lead to severe effects on the human brain. When abusing substances, the brain produces higher amounts of dopamine than usual, causing brief happiness and pleasure. If substances are used on a regular basis, they can cause the brain to react differently when lower levels of dopamine are present. This can cause depression, as well as the inability to enjoy activities or things that once mattered – especially when sober.
How Do You Know If You’re Dependent on a Substance?
Dependence is most easily identified when the user attempts to quit or cut back. This results in many unpleasant withdrawal effects, including depression, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, lethargy, shakiness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and more. Along with cravings, it is these effects ,as the result of dependence, that are usually responsible for relapse.
What Are Some Treatments Used for Substance Abuse?
Jericho Recovery Centre is a Faith based Christian Centre and uses a variety of techniques to treat substance abuse, including behavioral therapies, group and individual therapy, medication management, psychological evaluation, family counseling, art, cooking, laundry, gardening, landscaping, maintenance and animal therapy.
Clients are taught how to improve coping skills and management of triggers, while interacting with counsellors and peers in effort to gain insight and improved understanding of themselves and their behaviors.
Can exercise play a role in the treatment process?
Yes. Exercise is increasingly becoming a component of many treatment programs and has proven effective, when combined with cognitive-behavioral therapy, at helping people quit smoking. Exercise may exert beneficial effects by addressing psychosocial and physiological needs that nicotine replacement alone does not, by reducing negative feelings and stress, and by helping prevent weight gain following cessation
How Long Does Rehab Take?
Studies find that those who spend six months or longer in treatment programs have better rates of long-term sobriety. Longer programs afford the opportunity to focus on the root causes and behaviours behind the addiction, and more time to practice sober living behaviours.
How can family and friends make a difference in the life of someone needing treatment?
Family and friends can play critical roles in motivating individuals with drug problems to enter and stay in treatment. Family therapy can also be important, especially for young adults. Involvement of a family member or significant other in an individual's treatment program can strengthen and extend treatment benefits.
The Cost of Rehab vs. the Cost of Addiction
While the cost of rehab may be a deterrent for some people, it is important to remember the many “costs” of addiction. Addiction can be costly due to:
The cost of the drugs.
Loss of productivity at work.
Medical bills for physical or mental health issues associated with addiction.
Addiction “costs” users in other ways too, ranging from the deterioration of relationships to overall unhappiness and poor health.