Drug Rehab in Alabama
We understand that drug addiction does not discriminate regardless of age, affluence, or education. It does not hold back in intensity, nor does it often hand out second chances. Addiction is a serious, life-threatening illness that requires professional therapeutic care and continued support in order for a person to develop and sustain recovery. At Birmingham Recovery Center, our treatment philosophy is built on the knowledge that addiction results from the confluence of emotional, environmental, and genetic factors. Drug addiction is often exacerbated by mental illness, traumatic events, and maladaptive relationships as well as legal or vocational problems which ultimately results in the compulsive use of addictive substances without regard for serious negative consequences. This is why we treat all those we serve with care, compassion, kindness, and unconditional positive regard, dedicated to supporting our clients as they make their way into a solidified, successful recovery.
What Is Drug Addiction?
Drug addiction is a chronic disease that affects the brain. It is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. Drug addiction can be caused by many factors, including genetics, environment, trauma history, mental health issues, and personality traits.
When a person abuses drugs, the rain releases a flood of dopamine, which causes a person to feel euphoric. The longer a person abuses drugs, the less their brain is able to release dopamine naturally. When this happens, a person’s brain craves drugs in order to feel happy and relaxed. Overtime, this leads to drug addiction and often help is needed to overcome addiction and substance use disorder.
Drug Addiction Statistics
Drug addiction is a serious problem in the United States. It is estimated that there are over 20 million people who are addicted to drugs. This number includes both illegal and prescription drugs.
The statistics on drug addiction are alarming. According to the CDC, the following statistics show the scope of the problem:
- In 2015, there were over 52,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States
- In 2016, there were over 64,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States
- In 2017, there were over 72,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States
- In 2020, there were over 92,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States
- Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 years old
- Poverty created stress is a leading cause of drug addiction and relapse
Signs of Drug Addiction
Often it can be difficult for individuals and their families to recognize the severity of problematic substance use. Nobody wants to believe their use of drugs or alcohol have become such a problem that they may need professional help. Addiction and problematic substance use can manifest differently for indifferent people and so many times certain areas of their life, such as work, can remain successful while other important areas may be suffering. This is why it is important to understand some of the primary symptoms of addiction and problematic substance use:
- Continuing to use drugs/alcohol despite wanting to quit
- Continuing to use drugs/alcohol after experiencing one or more negative consequences of their use
- Making attempts to stop using drugs/alcohol but being unable to do so
- Withdrawing from friends, family, and loved ones in an effort to use more
- Experiencing difficulties at work, school, or home because of being under the influence, withdrawing, or having hangovers
- Developing withdrawal symptoms when unable to use as much as normal (signaling dependence)
- Problems with work, school, finances, important relationships, or interactions with law enforcement
If you or someone you love is experiencing these symptoms, the most important thing you can do is reach out for help.
How is Drug Addiction Treated?
Drug addiction is a complex disorder of the brain that is not simple to treat. As such, we utilize a variety of different modalities to help guide our clients from active addiction and into recovery. We recognize that each of our clients is unique in their struggles, which is why we focus on resolving the specific complexities related to their personal experiences. We utilize evidence-based practices and FDA-approved pharmacological treatments to ensure that each client is getting the best, most effective addiction treatment possible.
Some of the therapeutic treatments that our clinical staff provides at Birmingham Recovery Center include the following:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Motivational interviewing
- Trauma-Informed care
- Contingency management
- Individual therapy
- Group counseling
- Family therapy
- 12-Step therapy
Depending upon their individual circumstances, clients will find some approaches more effective than others. This is why each client at Birmingham Recovery Center participates in the development of a unique, individualized treatment plan that is updated throughout the course of treatment.
What Happens During Drug Rehab in Alabama
Birmingham Recovery Center is designed to help people get clean from drugs by providing them with a safe and comfortable environment, education about the effects of drug addiction, and support from experienced professionals. The goal is to provide people with the necessary resources, such as medical care, counseling, and therapy sessions.
Our drug rehab programs in Birmingham, Alabama are designed to treat addiction in a holistic and individualized way. Our programs treat and address the underlying issues behind your addiction and helps heal your body and mind. Treatment shouldn’t be a one-size-fits-all approach, which is why we specifically focus on building an individualized plan to address the complex needs of addiction and your personal goals. Our programs include:
Medications Used During Drug Rehab
Although some clients respond well to psychotherapy alone, others find that medication provides an additional support to their recovery goals. Some of the medications commonly used to help treat drug and alcohol addiction include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Buprenorphine (Suboxone/Subutex)
- Disulfiram (Antabuse)
- Acamprosate (Campral)
In conjunction with these medications, clients may be prescribed other medications to help treat co-occurring disorders, such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. At Birmingham Recovery Center, our therapeutic staff works with the medical team to ensure clients are receiving the medication best suited for their mental and physical wellbeing and to promote long-term recovery.