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    Inside America's Alarming Prescription Drug Addiction

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Are you taking more pain medications than prescribed? If so, you could be one of the millions of Americans dealing with a prescription drug addiction. Most people think of street drugs when they think of drug abuse, but addiction to prescription medication has skyrocketed in the U.S. in recent years. Prescription drug abuse is running especially rampant in demographics not usually associated with addiction—educated, working adults aged 35 to 64.

    This video discusses some of the causes of the America’s prescription drug addiction epidemic. Doctors prescribe more pain medications than ever before. Another problem is a societal trend to rely on medications for quick fixes to major problems.

    Don’t let addiction take over your life or the life of someone you love. Help is available at San Diego’s Ranch Creek Recovery. Call our addiction treatment center at (951) 795-4326 for more information.

    Alternative Approaches to Addiction: Top Trends in Holistic Therapy [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Holistic medicine has been gaining popularity across the U.S. and worldwide in recent decades. Holistic options are used more frequently by people everyday to promote relaxation, treat medical problems, and counsel people with mental disorders. Increasingly, addition treatment centers are adopting holistic methodologies to treat drug and alcohol abuse. Some of the most popular therapies include equine therapy, acupuncture, and amino acid therapy. Take a look at this infographic from a San Diego addiction treatment facility to learn more about top trends in alternative addiction treatments. Please spread the word about these successful, cutting-edge treatment options by sharing this infographic with friends and loved ones.

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    Getting Familiar with the Language of Addiction Treatment

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Seeking drug addiction treatment means confronting a whole new world of terminology. Learning the language of treatment and recovery will help you better understand the process and put you in control. Here are some of the terms you are likely to encounter during addiction treatment:

    Addiction

    The World Health Organization defines addiction as the repeated use of an intoxicating substance and the subsequent dependence on that substance. People with addictions are called addicts. Addicts will go to great lengths to find their substance of choice and are often unable to stop using on their own.

    Withdrawal

    Withdrawal occurs when an addict stops using a substance after a long term of regular use. During addiction treatment, a former user experiences intense cravings for the substance. Withdrawal symptoms can be both physical and psychological. Physical withdrawal symptoms typically subside after the body adjusts to not having the drug or alcohol, while psychological withdrawal can linger longer.

    Relapse

    If an addict returns to drug or alcohol abuse during or after an addiction treatment program, he is said to have relapsed. With the right treatment and support network, a former addict can avoid relapse and stay drug free.

    Trigger

    Triggers refer to any kind of stimulation that sparks an addict’s desire to use drugs or alcohol. Triggers can cause relapses. Every addict has his own unique set of triggers, though some of the most common include stress, visiting places where drugs and alcohol are available, or being around friends who are addicts.

    Recovery

    Recovery is the stage that comes after drug addiction treatment. During recovery, treated addicts work to maintain a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle. Recovery lasts for the rest of the former addict’s life.

    At Ranch Creek Recovery, we will help you understand all aspects of your drug addiction treatment and recovery. At our residential treatment center, located in San Diego, we rely on holistic treatments and amino acid therapies to help you beat your addiction for good. Are you ready to get help for yourself or a loved one? Call our drug addiction treatment center today at (951) 795-4326.

    Drug Abuse, Neurotransmitters, and the Loss of Happiness

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Why is it so difficult to give up drugs, even when using them is destroying your relationships, career, health, and finances? Many people dealing with addiction blame themselves for lacking willpower, but the answer is much more complex than that. Drugs actually alter the way the brain works, making addiction very powerful. At Ranch Creek Recovery, we help battle this problem with amino acid therapy and other elements of drug addiction treatment. Here are the facts about drug abuse and the neurotransmitter alterations that encourage addiction:

    What Are Neurotransmitters?

    Neurotransmitters are chemicals in your brain that transmit messages from your neurons to other cells. Many neurotransmitters are involved in the regulation of mood and behavior. Dopamine is associated with pleasure, rewards, and energy; serotonin regulates mood and impulse behavior; and norepinephrine is involved with excitement and pleasure. There are many other such neurotransmitters that are directly responsible for how you feel and your behavior. Changes in your brain’s delicate balance of neurotransmitters can have far-reaching effects, from depression to impulsive behavior and addiction.

    How Are Neurotransmitters and Drugs Linked?

    The high associated with most drugs is derived from an alteration of neurotransmitters. Different drugs affect different neurotransmitters, often sparking a feeling of euphoria that the user craves again and again. The relationship becomes more complicated with repeated drug use. Take dopamine for example; using drugs can cause an increase in dopamine levels, which boosts the user’s mood. However, with repeated use, your brain will respond by making less dopamine when the drug isn’t being used, which means sober periods are marked by depression. Eventually, the brain stops making dopamine unless the drug enters the system. The user is now physically dependent on the drug.

    These kinds of dependencies can be overcome in drug addiction treatment with the help of amino acid therapy. At Ranch Creek Recovery, we rely on a range of holistic treatments to restore balance for the patients at our residential drug treatment center in San Diego. Break free from your addiction and call our drug treatment facility today at (951) 795-4326.

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Amino Acid Therapy

Between meals, the levels of circulating amino acids in the bloodstream decreases. By supplementing with an individual amino acid when one is between meals, we are allowing that particular amino acid to become more available to be taken up by the transporter at the blood-brain barrier. Once the amino acid is taken up in the brain, it can then be used for neurotransmitter production.




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