Drug and alcohol addiction destroy lives, families, and careers every day. Though you probably already know someone who has achieved recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, perhaps fear of giving up control or concerns about the cost of rehab have caused you to delay. The right treatment program, though, can radically change lives, and addiction only gets worse with time. The best time to seek help isn't at some imaginary point in the future; it's now.
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Medford boasts a population of 77,000, but with a metropolitan population of well over 200,000, making it the fourth-largest city in Oregon. Like other up and coming cities, Medford has undergone rapid changes. Many of its residents, unfortunately, struggle with drug and alcohol addiction.
As with the rest of Oregon, marijuana is slated to soon be legalized in Medford. While this might alleviate some of the legal and financial risks of smoking pot, marijuana remains a potentially addictive drug, and some users need marijuana rehab to quit using. About 5% of pot users eventually become hooked, and fully half of the Medford population admits to periodic marijuana use.
Even more pervasive than marijuana, though, is alcohol use, with 90% of Medford residents drinking at least once per year. Alcohol plays such an important role in cultural and social life that it's easy to write it off as a harmless beverage. Alcohol is more addictive than many street drugs, though, with 15% of the Medford population struggling with alcoholism and 16% of teens drinking regularly.
Like many smaller towns across the U.S., Medford has seen a surge in abuse of prescription drugs. Prescription drugs can be highly addictive, and many users need prescription drug rehab to get clean. There's no shame in seeking help for such an addiction, since you may need assistance finding alternative medications to manage medical conditions. Moreover, prescription drugs cause more drug-related deaths than any other drug class, so prescription drug abuse is certainly no small matter.
Of course, when many people contemplate drug addiction, they think about hard street drugs, such as meth, PCP, crack-cocaine, and powder cocaine. Like most cities, Medford has a serious problem with street drugs. Indeed, heroin rehab admissions have increased 27% over the last five years. No matter what drug you abuse, and even if you abuse multiple drugs, rehab really can help you achieve permanent, healthy, and even easy sobriety.
While drug addicts frequently feed the addiction in secret, alcoholics have the luxury – and challenge – of being able to publicly use alcohol without raising eyebrows. Drinking is an integral part of cultural life, and an alcoholic may drink for years without loved ones even realizing there's a problem. Alcohol kills 88,000 people every year, though, making it just as dangerous as other drugs. Its status as a legal drug reveals nothing about its addictive nature, and the fact that you can continue using without drawing attention from friends and family doesn't mean you should continue using.
Like the rest of the United States, 90% of adults in Medford drink. This can make resisting temptation and achieving sobriety feel impossible. Alcohol rehab, though, helps you learn to resist and eventually ignore temptation. You really can kick this habit, and alcohol treatment teaches you the skills you need.
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Drug abuse might hurt the people who love an addict, but the truth is that no one suffers more than an addict – even an addict in deep denial. Drug addiction is a progressive and life-threatening disease that only gets worse with time. It harms addicts' ability to think clearly, to look out for their own best interests, and to recognize the effect the addiction has on their behavior.
Particularly for prescription drug abusers, denial is a challenge. Many addicts, particularly those who were originally prescribed a prescription drug by their doctor, can't accept that a prescription drug can be just as dangerous as a street drug. But abuse of prescription medications such as Valium, Sonata, or Ritalin puts your life in danger, and makes it much harder to manage the medical conditions for which you were initially prescribed the drug.
Likewise, marijuana addicts sometimes struggle to admit that they're addicted. They point to data showing marijuana is less addictive than other drugs, but there's no evidence that marijuana isn't addictive at all. Many addicts begin using marijuana to deal with physical or mental health problems, and this can spur a cycle of addiction, dependency, and chronic health problems. Marijuana can be just as addictive as other drugs; don't let yourself be fooled into believing otherwise.
Street drugs such as crack, meth, cocaine, and PCP are perhaps the most dangerous drugs of all. Even just buying these drugs subjects you to the risk of arrest, not to mention the dangers of dealing with a potentially dangerous drug dealer. Half of all street drug users are eventually arrested, and street drugs give rise to countless act of violence and brutality.
No matter what drugs you abuse, rehab can help you turn your life around. Drug abuse yields 2.5 million emergency room visits each year, and is the leading cause of accidental death. The cost of treatment pales in comparison to the value of your life. If you're struggling with addiction, don't delude yourself; your life is at stake. Here are some signs that you have an addiction:
The best time to seek meth rehab, cocaine rehab, or drug treatment for any other drug is always now. Addiction gets worse with time. Every day you delay treatment is a day you're delaying a successfully, happy life.
Each alcohol treatment program and drug treatment program has its own unique set of services. Some are religious operations, highlighting prayer and religious observance. Most are secular. Some feature luxurious settings and chef-made food, while others focus on the bare basics of achieving successful sobriety. There's no single choice that will effectively meet every recovering addict's needs. Instead, focus on choosing a place where you feel welcome, safe, and comfortable. No matter where you seek help, you can count on getting at least the following services:
The average rehab stay is about 45 days, with the overwhelming majority of addicts staying in rehab somewhere between 30 and 60 days. Individual factors, such as health, history of relapse, which drugs you use, and how long you have used them can affect the length of your stay. If you're concerned about how long you'll be in rehab, chat with your treatment team for the best estimate on the duration of your treatment.
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Admitting that you have a problem with drugs or alcohol is a courageous act, but doing so can also feel like you've given up. Don't let drugs and alcohol cloud your judgment; admitting you need help is the first step toward achieving sobriety. If you're still not sure, though, here are some clues that rehab might be the only way you can successfully get clean:
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If you've come to this page, you might be feeling overwhelmed, and even hopeless. But rehab helps addicts overcome challenging circumstances every day. NorthPoint's skilled and effective team has walked alongside many addicts just like you. We work exclusively with adult men and women, and we're prepared to tackle even the most challenging of cases. Far from focusing only on your sobriety, we'll also work with you to begin putting the pieces of your life back together and fixing broken relationships. Our job is to help you succeed, and even triumph.
Our Boise, Idaho location offers something else for Medford residents. We give you a break from the peer pressure, stress, and environmental difficulties of home. Our team will help you master the skills you need to stay sober for the long haul, and we'll work with you to ensure you're ready to return home before you check out.
Addiction doesn't have to ruin your life any longer. It doesn't matter who you are, what you've done, or how broken you feel. We can help you, just like we've helped so many others. Call us today!