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Prescription Drug Use and Addiction

Prescription drugs are the second most commonly abused category of drugs, behind marijuana and ahead of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs. Some prescription drugs can be addictive, especially when they are used inconsistently with their labeling or for reasons they were not prescribed. The most commonly abused prescription drugs are, Oxycontin, Vicodin, Xanax, Valium, Dexamphetamine and Ritalin. This may come as a surprise but there seems to be a perception among younger people that prescription drugs are safer than illegal street drugs. Prescription drug abuse is generally the same between men and women, except among teenagers. Research has shown that in this age group women are more likely to use pain killers such as Oxycontin or tranquilizers such as Valium for non-medical purposes. The growing population of baby boomers are also prime candidates for prescription drug use and abuse, intentionally or not. Once someone begins taking a number of pills to manage blood pressure or cholesterol it becomes somewhat easier to use such drugs as Oxycontin or sleeping pills and other more addictive drugs. The risk of fatal interactions between drugs is also increased especially when they are not taken as prescribed. At the Australian Trauma Treatment Centre we understand that prescription drug addiction is a biological, pathological process that alters how the brain functions. We understand that brain needs time to balance before the recovery and therapeutic process can begin. Prolonged drug use changes the brain in fundamental long lasting ways. The changes made in brain functioning are a major component for the addiction itself. It is as though there is a figurative switch in the brain that flips at some point during an individuals drug use. The point of this switch turning on […]

By |October 26th, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Private Rehab

When you are trying to break the cycle of addiction, private rehab is one of the options available. While the ultimate goal of recovery is the same in every situation many people find that the advantages of private rehab outweigh the drawbacks. However, as the decision to attend a rehab is a deeply person one, it is important to understand your needs and what will work for you. The Advantages of Private Rehab The first benefit of private rehab is the very fact that it is private, therefore you have privacy. While the stigma associated with drug and private alcohol rehab is much less today, not everybody is comfortable with friends or colleagues knowing they have attended rehab. While all aspects of healthcare are confidential, The Australian Trauma Treatment Centre offers individuals a higher level of privacy, ranging from confidentiality to an undisclosed location. The treatment centre’s private nature allows you to relax and eliminate many of the stressors that serve as triggers for addiction. In most private hospital settings the program is designed around Medicare’s model,  as to facilitate a swift turnaround, the average stay in private hospital setting is 14-28 days, not nearly adequate time to address the core issues surrounding your addiction. Another limitation to the private hospital setting is the lack of one on one psychotherapy due to the large numbers in most facilities( up to 80 beds ), and the fast past nature of the program. The trauma centre offers individual psychotherapy daily and is limited to three individuals in the program at any one time. Another important feature of private drug rehab is the level of flexibility in the program structure. This is important where individuals have specific diet requirements or […]

By |October 25th, 2011|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Rehab Recovery

When someone decides to enter rehab or a professional alcohol and drug rehab treatment program, you will begin a process through four distinct stages of rehab recovery as you learn to develop a clean and sober lifestyle. The four stages of rehab recovery are: treatment initiation, early recovery, maintaining abstinence and long term recovery. In this model recovery is a life long process. Treatment Initiation When you make the decision to enter rehab you have begun your journey into recovery. Whether you seek rehab voluntary or you are forced into rehab, your treatment process will begin with you initiating professional treatment. In the early hours or day of your rehab you will experience feelings of ambivalence around recovery, and ask yourself, why am I here, do I really need this. Ambivalence and denial can be your worst enemy in the early days of your recovery. Early Abstinence Once you have made a commitment to continue with rehab for your substance abuse problem you will enter the second stage of rehab known as early abstinence. This can be a very difficult stage due to the physical withdrawal symptoms and the ongoing physical cravings and the psychological dependence that can trigger a relapse. It is during this early stage that out team can assist you to manage and understand the triggers so you can learn to ride them out without needing to use drugs or alcohol. The tools that you learn from our professional can help you throughput your recovery. Maintaining Abstinence After around 90 days you will move from early abstinence to maintaining abstinence, the main focus of this stage is to maintain recovery by avoiding a relapse. You will learn the warning signs that could lead […]

By |October 19th, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Alcoholism Rehab

Alcoholism is a treatable disease and many alcohol rehab center treatment programs and treatment options are available to support alcoholics who are ready to get help for alcohol addiction, but no medical cure is available. Regardless of how someone is diagnosed as alcohol dependent, alcoholic or how they came to realize they have a serious drinking problem, the first step to a successful treatment is a clear desire to stop drinking. Alcoholics who are pressured into treatment by family or friends rarely succeed in long term recovery. Here at the trauma centre our team determines the reason for the drinking rather than the drinking itself. It is common for most drug and alcohol programs to address the drug use or the drinking but fail to look at why the individual is using drugs and alcohol as addiction is simply a symptom of a wider problem usually associated to psychological trauma one has experienced throughout their life. Almost all alcoholics who have been chronic, heavy drinkers will experience some level of detox when they stop drinking alcohol. Approximately 95% of alcoholics experience mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms that can be treated by your doctor or at a specialized detox centre. Ready to take the next step? Or do you have more questions?

By |October 19th, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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By |June 27th, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What is PTSD

What is PTSD? Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), is a clinical condition that may develop in some people following exposure to a traumatic event. PTSD involves three main groups of symptoms: · Re-experiencing the trauma in the form of intrusive memories, nightmares or flashbacks · Avoidance of reminders and numbing of emotional responsiveness · Hyperarousal – feeling jumpy and on edge. PTSD is very distressing and can lead to serious ongoing problems with social relationships and the ability to work or carry out normal daily activities. PTSD usually requires professional assistance as these problems tend not to resolve by themselves with the passage of time. Depression, anxiety disorders (such as panic, phobias, and general anxiety) and alcohol or drug disorders may also develop following trauma in some people. These conditions may occur with, or in the absence of, PTSD. Ready to take the next step? Or do you have more questions?