Quincy Addiction Treatment Resources
Drug addiction, also referred to as substance use disorder, is a condition that affects an individual’s brain and behavior. Bear in mind that alcohol is also considered a drug for the purposes of a discussion of substance abuse, addiction, treatment and recovery. Addiction ultimately has physiological, psychological and emotional elements. Approximately 20 million people in the United States 12 years of age or older are believed to have been afflicted with substance abuse and addiction in 2017.
The stark reality is that substance abuse and addiction are pervasive issues in the United States, including in Quincy, Massachusetts. If you or a loved one has been laboring under drug or alcohol abuse or addiction, you may have a desire to seek professional assistance. If that is the case, you likely have a variety of questions, concerns and even fears. You most definitely are not alone. Experienced, committed professionals are available to assist you, like the caring drug and alcohol recovery specialists at Green Mountain Treatment Center and New Freedom Academy.
Quincy has a population of approximately 100,000 people, and just over 1,700 residents of the city were admitted to alcohol and drug treatment centers in 2017, the last year full statistics are available. About 70% of admissions involved men and 30% women.
Approximately three-quarters of the individuals who were admitted into a drug or alcohol rehab program were single, and about the same percentage were between the ages of 26 to 50. Over half of the people admitted into treatment during the year in question previously were in an alcohol or drug rehab and recovery program of some sort.
Symptoms of Substance Addiction
If you are like many people with a substance addiction, you may spend a considerable amount of time in an internal debate. In one moment, you may have come close to concluding that you have an issue with substance abuse or addiction. In another moment, you may think you have your use of mind-altering substances “all under control.”
Thus, like many people in a similar position, you might benefit from considering some observable symptoms associated with substance use disorder and addiction. On a related note, if you have a loved one you think may have an addiction issue, you benefit from understanding some of the commonplace symptoms of a drug or alcohol issue.
One of the most commonplace symptoms of substance abuse addiction is experiencing intense urges for a drug of choice that block out all other thoughts. You feel like you must have the drug regularly to the point that you physically and mentally feel that you must use the substance even multiple times during the course of a given day.
Over time, you require more of the drug in order to achieve the same desired effect. This holds true for any kind of mind-altering substance, including alcohol. As a consequence, you end up using more of the drug to achieve the same effect. In time, you may even feel that you no longer can obtain the desired effect without a very large dose, which can be dangerous.
You are apt to end up spending longer periods of time during the day seeking and using your drug of choice. You may spend an inordinate amount of time making sure you have an available supply of the mind-altering substance you favor. Ultimately, you may find yourself spending large amounts of money on the drug. You may spend more money on the drug than you can afford. You could end up falling behind on basic debts, including rent or home mortgage.
A person with a drug addiction typically ends up not meeting essential life obligations. These include failing to satisfy work obligations and even responsibilities to family. You may cut back or eliminate social, recreational and other activities that don’t involve using your drug of choice.
In time, your persistent use of a mind-altering substance causes physical, psychological and emotional problems. Over time, these problems can become severe. You may find yourself using even more of the drug in order to attempt to deal with the negative physical, psychological and emotional effects of using and abuse.
In the end, you may find yourself in a position in which you attempt to stop using your drug of choice on your own. Despite what appears to be your best effort, even if you manage to stop using for a short period of time, you start ingesting the mind-altering substance yet again.
If you can identify some or all of these symptoms in your own life, or in the life of a family member or friend, you likely have reached the juncture at which you truly require professional drug addiction treatment and rehab assistance.
Importance of a Residential Addiction Treatment and Rehab Program
A common element among people facing a drug addiction is the inability to stop using and abusing on their own. Yes, a person with a mind-altering substance addiction may be able to stop using for a period of time. However, the individual is not really in a state of recovery. A person may not be ingesting drugs at the moment but is still laboring under the issues that underpin an addiction. Very rarely can a person “kick” a drug addiction on their own without treatment.
A residential drug addiction treatment and rehab program benefits a person in a variety of different ways. At the heart of such a program, like those available to people from Quincy at Green Mountain Treatment Center and New Freedom Academy, is clinical treatment. A person in this type of residential treatment program is provided clinical services that include different types of therapeutic protocols.
A residential treatment setting also permits an individual desiring treatment for drug addiction to have support from fellow people in recovery. Peers in treatment as well as others who have successfully completed rehab provide valuable support to an individual working through a residential or nonresidential treatment and recovery program. Peer support groups are often a significant feature of an addiction recovery program.
A residential program takes a person out of their regular living environment into a safe location. A person desiring treatment from addiction is removed from those people and places that contribute to the addiction issue in the first place.
Many individuals who make the decision to stop using mind-altering substances face the prospect of detox. The effects of detox can be so severe in some cases as to be life-threatening, so undergoing detox alone is not recommended. Another benefit of entering into a residential treatment program is access to a safer detox process, monitored by professionals. Some programs provide medication to help ease individuals off their drug of choice and minimize the symptoms of withdrawal during the process.
Family and familial dynamics play into and are damaged as the result of addiction. Another important element of a typical residential treatment program is addressing family issues. Some residential programs have specific programming for family members of a person dealing with addiction. These may include therapies that involve the family and the person in addiction treatment together as well as programs designed for family members separate from the person in treatment.
Aftercare and Relapse Prevention
Recovery from addiction does not end with the completion of a residential treatment program. Recovery from addiction is an ongoing process and not some sort of final destination reached when residential rehab is completed.
As a result, a residential treatment program like those at Green Mountain Treatment Center and New Freedom Academy include an aftercare component as well as the development of a comprehensive relapse prevention plan.
An aftercare program includes some of the same types of therapy that were part of the residential phase of treatment. For example, if you enter into and complete a residential rehab program, your aftercare program is likely to include group therapy, individual therapy and participation in some type of support group like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.
Relapse prevention planning and aftercare may include some basic types of economic support planning. For example, a person who suffered from an addiction may not have been employed for some time before treatment. One aspect of relapse prevention planning and aftercare may be the development of strategies to find gainful employment.
Green Mountain Treatment Center
Green Mountain Treatment Center is a residential drug treatment and rehab program for adults. Utilizing a proven 12-step program integrated with clinical protocols and therapies, the gender-separate facility addresses more than just stopping the immediate use of mind-altering substances.
Rather, this individualized and comprehensive treatment program involves truly introspective work in a clinical setting that identifies and addresses the underlying causes of a particular individual’s substance abuse or addiction issues. A course of treatment and rehabilitation, which includes clinical psychotherapies, establishes a firm foundation for lasting recovery.
New Freedom Academy
New Freedom Academy offers a residential, medication-assisted substance abuse treatment and recovery program. The 20-bed treatment center is located amidst the lush countryside of Canterbury, New Hampshire, on 17 private wooded acres. Residents of Quincy may wish to leave the familiarity of their home environment in order to recover from addiction far from the temptations of old habits.
New Freedom Academy maintains a low client-to-staff and client-to-clinician ratio. The center is ideal for an individual in search of professional substance abuse treatment who desires a more intimate setting than is available at many other addiction treatment and recovery centers.
Freeing yourself from a substance addiction issue is not something you need to undertake on your own. By taking the first step to contact a highly regarded residential substance abuse treatment and recovery center, you can be on the road to a much improved and happy life today.