Differing Views Remain with Regard to Forced Addiction Treatment

New York Addiction TreatmentLaws around drug addiction have been changing around the country as attitudes around addiction evolve. With opiate addiction on the rise and prescription pills leading many towards the dark path of full blown heroin addiction local governments around the country are beginning to take an active role in addressing this scourge. Part of that is funding and promoting opiate rehab programs but there are also more proactive measures being considered. Of course as with so many hot button political issues these changes are often greeted with controversy and healthy debate.

One such measure is the 1993 Marchman Act. Passed in Florida during in the midst of a resurgent heroin culture and at the tail end of the 1980’s(which some refer to as the “Crack Era”)  the law allows concerned parties to have people who demonstrate a lack of control regarding substance abuse picked up by authorities. Once in custody the person can be held for several days of assessment and detox. After that point a judge can force the person into addiction treatment programs for as long as 60 days.

In, for example, New York addiction treatment can only be forced on someone when they have been arrested for committing a crime and put through a trial. The Florida law remains controversial and some argue that these kinds of aggressive intervention services are not as effective. It does suggest that there is more that can be done.

Are You a Functional Alcoholic?

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So called “Functional Alcoholics” by most statistical standards make up the majority of alcoholics in the country. These are people you see every day who may never betray on the outer surface the signs of a serious problem drinker. They go to work, have outwardly beautiful home lives, and seem to be living a perfect life. On the inside though the excessive drinking that defines their lives is still taking a toll, on their health, on their quality of life, on their family.

While identifying an a high functioning alcoholic might prove difficult, these addicts frequently excel at creating a double life around their addictions, finding them help is easier than ever. Utilizing intervention services can help family and loved ones strategize their plan for getting a loved one help. There are a wide array of alcoholism treatment programs that are specially made for these so called functional alcoholics. They can help make the scope of an addiction clearer while also offering a route towards recovery.

If you or someone you know might be a functional alcoholic a quick conversation with our staff of behavioral health advisors might be in order. We can help identify if you truly do have a problem and begin to build a plan for treating it.

The Language of Addiction

Substance Abuse RecoveryThe language of talking about addiction is a vital part of how we as a society perceive those afflicted with addiction. Experts also agree that those words can make a huge impact in the success of substance abuse recovery. When families and friends invest in intervention services knowing how to talk about addiction is a vital part of the work these experts offer.

The key many experts suggest, is in whether you allow the addiction itself to define the person in question. While phrases like “junkie” are should remain well out of your vocabulary there are still more subtle things to consider. As opposed to calling someone a “heroin addict” for example, it is advised that supportive players would refer to the person as “dealing with addiction.”

In a society obsessed with labeling people it can be difficult to avoid this kind of negative language, but the results of people using supportive terms is often a more lasting recovery. Addiction treatment is a tough row to hoe for anyone. It becomes a whole lot easier when there is a solid foundation of supportive people making their best efforts to avoid using phrases that diminish the person fighting the good fight.

Addressing Opiate Addiction Head On

Opiate RehabA quick search for keywords like “opiates,” “painkillers,” and “pills” on Twitter will reveal an attitude around the drugs that is disturbingly cavalier. People, teenagers, people in their 20’s, and even a number of folks who should be mature adults are posting statuses making light of burgeoning and even fully formed opiate addictions.

The truth is, as the use of prescription painkillers and other opioids increases among groups of younger people the fallout caused by these addictions can be greatly misunderstood and dangerously underestimated. Opiate rehab is widely available but for too many addicts the very idea that they have developed a habit does not hit home until it is too late. For many addicts the pills themselves, or the prescriptions to get them, become prohibitively expensive. The next step is far too often heroin.

If you suspect a loved one is developing a dependence on prescription medication or heroin you should not hesitate to engage with them about it. If you see this kind of cavalier attitude around the drugs that too is worth calling out. In order to encourage addiction treatment we must make it clear that this is a problem. For those who need assistance reaching out to a loved one intervention services are available.

As Awareness Spreads Resistance to Treatment and Opiate Rehab Remain

Intervention ServicesWith our special expertise of opiate addiction recent news has not been encouraging. While city and state lawmakers and law enforcement organizations are becoming more aware of the scourge of prescription drug addicts and those who have graduated in great numbers to heroin the methods for dealing with the issues on a broader scale are few. Increasingly open discussions among these professionals and the many local organizations that are dedicated to offering treatment options(many of whom are partners of Potential) could be helpful and might eventually net positive results the numbers are still scary. It was estimated recently that as few as ten percent of prescription drug addicts will seek treatment.

This suggests that more than ever the issue of opiate rehab has to be broached by family and friends concerned with addicts. To that end it is worth noting that intervention services can make a world of difference. Professionals who understand the issues associated with intense drug use can help families break through to at risk loved ones. The results can often lead to some hope in even the most intense and scary cases.

If you are considering getting help for yourself or someone you know do not hesitate to call us for our expertise.

Healthy Habits for Beach Season

Intervention ServicesThe summer is something many of us look forward to. After a long winter it is nice to thaw out, take in some sun, and increase the amount of time we spend outdoors. Still, it is not without its stress especially for anyone who has dealt with eating disorders and a general sense of stress around their body image. For many women especially the focus on having a “bikini body” can be the trigger that eventually leads them to seek out eating disorder treatment.

Leading into the summertime it is vital for everyone to stick together in trying to tamp down the ill conceived and unhealthy standards for what constitutes a great beach body. Instead we can focus on the positive things that come with the warm weather. Instead of resorting to unhealthy crash diets and other behaviors that can turn into eating disorders, focus on all of the great outdoor activities you can do. Instead of focusing on wearing the tightest or skimpiest swimsuits find swimwear that makes you feel comfortable. Above all support friends and family. Remind them that they are beautiful at any size.

For anyone having trouble getting into the summer spirit and especially for people spiraling into a world of anorexia or bulimia there is help. Please contact our specialists to find the right eating disorder treatment before these issues become dangerous and life threatening.

Addiction Treatment and Finding the Light At the End of Your Tunnel

intervention for substance abuseThe grasp of addiction can be startlingly hard to break. Many of us have seen someone struggle with addiction with some emotional distance to their struggle missing their humanity, missing that it might someday be us. As the grasp of addiction takes hold you often do not see it until it is too late. We are too busy enjoying  the trappings of our addictions, of our illnesses, of the thing that takes us out of ourselves and out of the moment.

Getting back into the moment is a struggle and some of us need a little push, all of us need a helpful hand. Potential is the best first step to finding intervention services and the proper rehabilitation strategy no matter what your addiction is. Whether you are struggling with an opiate addiction or an eating disorder that has taken control of your life, we can help. Our experts have helped people find the light at the end of the tunnel after time in the darkness, no matter what the substance.

Through addiction treatment you can take control of your life. On this blog we plan to share inspiring stories, helpful tips on bettering yourself, and anything else that strikes us as helpful for coping with addiction.

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”
                                                                                                   -Hellen Keller