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  • 5 Reasons why you should enjoy your Pink Cloud

    5 Reasons why you should enjoy your Pink Cloud

    Recovery can often be a lot of hard work, but the good news is that there are going to be some good moments too. As your body heals, detoxifies, and recalibrates back to normal, you may find there are moments where you enjoy life as never before.

  • The Role HIPPAA plays in Addicts seeking Treatment

    The Role HIPPAA plays in Addicts seeking Treatment

    Entering into drug addiction treatment can bring up a lot of fears, because it is such a radical transformation from the life you know. One of these fears is that this large part of your life is no longer being kept a secret. You have kept this secret hidden for so long, and may be afraid of legal punishment, or the loss of jobs or relationships if your addiction and need for recovery were to become "public knowledge."

  • How IOPs helps those Recover from Addiction

    How IOPs helps those Recover from Addiction

    Because it involved learning how to replace an all-consuming drive for an addictive substance with a full, healthy, and balanced life, recovery from addiction can be a very difficult process. The good news is that there is a variety of methods and ways that can support the addict, groups of people who can help him or her get sober and regain control of life.

  • 5 Healthy ways to Deal with Early Recovery from Opioids

    5 Healthy ways to Deal with Early Recovery from Opioids

    The process of recovery from opioids can sometimes feel very difficult. Part of this is from the intense physical withdraw opioids create, as your body may have lost the ability to function, feel healthy, or receive positive feelings without the substance use.

  • Anxiety and Depression Prescriptions Leading to Prescription Drug Abuse

    Anxiety and Depression Prescriptions Leading to Prescription Drug Abuse

    The most commonly prescribed medication for anxiety and depression are a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. This category includes recognizable names such as Xanax and Valium. These medications are prescribed for a variety of conditions, including anxiety, insomnia, withdrawal from alcohol, seizure, as a muscle relaxer, and as a sedative before events such as surgery.

  • The Defining Line between Xanax and other Benzodiazepines

    The Defining Line between Xanax and other Benzodiazepines

    Every year, there are almost 100 million people who are prescribed drugs from the benzodiazepine family to treat anxiety and insomnia. But how do these drugs work? And how does Xanax differ from the other commonly prescribed benzodiazepines? The following is a short guide to the various anti anxiety drugs, how they are taken, and how they work to treat anxiety disorders.

  • Identifying as an Alcoholic is the First Step to Recovery

    Identifying as an Alcoholic is the First Step to Recovery

    If you are familiar with the concept of the twelve step program then you have probably heard that the first step is to admit you have a problem. This is the foundation that begins a person's recovery when they start going to twelve meetings or enter a rehab treatment center. It is not possible to rid yourself of an addiction when you are still in denial to some extent about how your actions have affecting your life and the people around you.

  • 5 Tips for Organizing an Alcoholic Intervention

    5 Tips for Organizing an Alcoholic Intervention

    When someone you love has an alcohol problem, it can seem overwhelming to try to help them or convince them to enter treatment. You don't want to push them away or make the problem worse by confronting them, but you can't go on watching them in their self-destruction.

  • The Gift of Clarity that Sobriety Offers

    The Gift of Clarity that Sobriety Offers

    For people that have struggled for years with addiction, sobriety can offer them many gifts to change their life for the better. Being addicted to a substance can mean that you are living your life in a fog and are not present through most of your existence.

  • 6 Facts Teens Need to Know About Underage Drinking

    6 Facts Teens Need to Know About Underage Drinking

    It is becoming increasingly common for teens to start drinking in middle school or high school because of their friends and peers. Unfortunately, many of these teens can become addicted or move on to do other types of drugs when they begin drinking early.

  • What a Year of No Alcohol Will Do for Your Body

    What a Year of No Alcohol Will Do for Your Body

    People who go into alcohol recovery begin to experience the many health benefits of abstaining from drinking. Even for people who do not suffer from addiction, quitting alcohol can have great effects on your health and body

  • 5 Reasons a Real Alcoholic Needs to Hit Rock Bottom

    5 Reasons a Real Alcoholic Needs to Hit Rock Bottom

    Watching someone deep in the throws of addiction can be a deeply painful process, especially if you are in the recovery process yourself. You may want desperately to do whatever you can to pull them out of a pit of self-destruction.

  • Why Alcoholics use Alcohol to Suppresses Emotion

    Why Alcoholics use Alcohol to Suppresses Emotion

    Most people experience hard emotions on a regular basis, such as feelings of anxiety, stress, sadness, or anger. The pressure and tensions from hard feelings are normal parts of being alive, and something we must all find ways to deal with.

  • 10 Facts about Drunk Driving that you need to Know

    10 Facts about Drunk Driving that you need to Know

    Driving drunk is extremely dangerous, both for yourself and for pedestrians and other drivers. Driving is a difficult and dangerous activity that requires your full concentration, and few things can impair your ability to give driving an adequate level of concentration like being under the influence. Here are some sobering facts about drunk driving you should be aware of.

  • Cutting back on Alcohol for a Lower Risk of Dementia

    Cutting back on Alcohol for a Lower Risk of Dementia

    Dementia is a serious and often very painful condition that claims the memories and limits the functioning of an elderly person's brain. There is currently no known cure for this disease that can severely limit a person's ability to interact with others or have awareness of the surrounding world.

  • 5 Reasons you may be Dependent on Alcohol

    5 Reasons you may be Dependent on Alcohol

    Not everyone who consumes alcohol has issues with alcohol dependence. Plenty of people are able to drink in moderation, without many ill effects on their physical or mental health, and they are able to stop drinking if their behavior ever becomes harmful or creates negative consequences.

  • Why Protecting Anonymity is Extremely Important

    Why Protecting Anonymity is Extremely Important

    The tradition of maintaining anonymity in recovery dates back 76 years to when Alcoholics Anonymous first began. It continues to be a major part of the 12 step group today. The purpose of protecting anonymity is to make members of the group feel safe and to create an environment where all individuals are equal.

  • 5 Coping Mechanisms to deal with Addiction Withdrawal

    5 Coping Mechanisms to deal with Addiction Withdrawal

    Overcoming an addiction is not simple. Making the decision to stop drinking or using drugs is only the first step in a long process. The goal of recovery is to create a new life that is healthier and more balanced.

  • What Coffee Does to the Brain

    What Coffee Does to the Brain

    Coffee addicts know just how important it is to get that first (and second, and third...) cup of coffee in the morning before getting started with the day. Having that cup helps you to not only wake up, but also feel like a normal, functioning human being. But how does it work? There is a scientific explanation for how coffee gives you energy and it all has to do with the chemicals in your brain.

  • 5 Ways to Accomplish Your Goals This Year

    5 Ways to Accomplish Your Goals This Year

    It's easy to get caught up in the excitement and optimistic energy of the new year and make resolutions that you may not be able to keep. Now that we're well into January, it's time to take a look back and see where you are with those resolutions.

  • Why Service in Recovery Helps Keep You Sober

    Why Service in Recovery Helps Keep You Sober

    At the beginning of a journey through a 12 step program, the importance of being of service is stressed. Many who are new to recovery may not understand what being of service exactly means and how it is supposed to be done. The following is a short guide describing the role of service during the recovery process and how it can change the quality of your experience, as well as help others.

  • 10 Ways to Fight Feelings of Uselessness in Recovery

    10 Ways to Fight Feelings of Uselessness in Recovery

    While someone is addicted to alcohol or drugs, much of their time and energy is spent thinking about, planning or being intoxicated. When they finally become sober they may suddenly find themselves with hours of free time and not know what to do with it.

  • The Emotional State of Getting Clean and Sober

    The Emotional State of Getting Clean and Sober

    When someone suffers from addiction, in many cases they use their drug or alcohol abuse as a way to escape their feelings. Addicts become drunk or high to numb their pain and avoid dealing with any of their painful feelings.

  • 5 Tips to Help Your Alcoholic Parent

    5 Tips to Help Your Alcoholic Parent

    There are more than 17 million adults in the U.S. who are suffering from alcoholism and many of those alcoholics are parents. When children of alcoholic parents reach adulthood they may become concerned for their parents and want them to finally get some help.

  • How Medical Detox Process works to Eliminate Addiction

    How Medical Detox Process works to Eliminate Addiction

    Before an addict enters a rehab treatment program they must first get through detoxification to make sure they have gotten rid of their physical dependency on drugs or alcohol. Detoxification means that addicts become completely abstinent from any drug use and begin to experience withdrawal symptoms.

  • Hit the Reset Button with these 5 Meditation Tips

    Hit the Reset Button with these 5 Meditation Tips

    When daily stress builds up or you feel overwhelmed by life, meditation is a good way to collect yourself and start over with a fresh outlook. Meditation can help clear your mind of racing thoughts, relax your body and is also beneficial for your physical and mental health

  • How Pain Management allows Recovering Addicts cope with Surgery

    How Pain Management allows Recovering Addicts cope with Surgery

    Today's medical community has made untold advantages and progress, so that a safe, easy, and healthy recovery from the pain of surgery is possible like never before. However, many of the pain relievers are extremely addictive and can cause serious problems if taken outside of careful medical supervision.

  • 5 Ways to Handle Your Alcoholic Best Friend

    5 Ways to Handle Your Alcoholic Best Friend

    Few things are more painful to witness then seeing someone you can about deeply struggle with the throws of an addiction. In ways the person is unable to appreciate him or her self, you see how an amazing human being is being squandered and lost under a haze of influence and addiction.

  • How Routines Increase Long-Term Productivity

    How Routines Increase Long-Term Productivity

    Most people have had the experience of seeing their day disappear, of "wasting time," with television or the internet and then wondering where the hours went, before they feel like they've gotten a chance to accomplish their plans. Many people feel like their lives are very busy and would like to accomplish more in their day.

  • Scott Disick Still Dealing With Alcoholism

    Scott Disick Still Dealing With Alcoholism

    The model and reality tv star has been having a very public battle with drugs and alcohol. Scott Disick may be known mostly as Kourtney Kardashian's boyfriend and father of her three children, but the 31 year old is also struggling with an alcohol addiction

  • Utilize Fitness to Increase the Quality of your Recovery

    Utilize Fitness to Increase the Quality of your Recovery

    It is mostly common knowledge that drug or excessive alcohol use can be very harmful to your health, even among users themselves. Premature death or at least heavy damage to liver, heart, and throat among addicts is very common, and often one of the main motivational factors causing people to work on their recovery.

  • 5 Reasons to Set Goals Not Resolutions in 2015

    5 Reasons to Set Goals Not Resolutions in 2015

    As we come upon a new year, many people take advantage of the change in the calendar to revaluate their life and think about what they would like to change. Many people start out the New Year making resolutions, or promises to pick up good habits or stop bad ones, or otherwise make a sweeping change.

  • Is Johnny Depp Entering Rehab?

    Is Johnny Depp Entering Rehab?

    The actor's recent appearance at the Hollywood Film Awards has aroused concern among fans and peers about his alcohol use. Depp took the stage at the awards show in November to introduce the Mike Myers documentary, Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon, which won an award. Depp appeared to be intoxicated.

  • Bradley Cooper Refuses to Break Sobriety for American Sniper Role

    Bradley Cooper Refuses to Break Sobriety for American Sniper Role

    The Oscar nominated actor has been candid about his long journey to sobriety and the many struggles that brought him there. Recently, Cooper opened up in an interview with Vanity Fair about the unique challenge he faced while filming the Clint Eastwood film American Sniper.

  • Skip Bayless Jumping the Gun by Calling Manziel an Alcoholic?

    Skip Bayless Jumping the Gun by Calling Manziel an Alcoholic?

    Co host of ESPN's "First Take" and sports writer Skip Bayless has aroused controversy once again by calling Texas quarterback Johnny Manziel an alcoholic on the show last week. Many viewers were outraged by the comments, saying they were uncalled for.

  • Sober Buddy Apps Emerges with the Best of Intentions

    Sober Buddy Apps Emerges with the Best of Intentions

    The number of people in the U.S. who are battling alcoholism has gone down in recent decades, but there are still 17 million Americans currently dealing with an alcohol addiction. That's still a staggering number. The good news is that if you're one of those who struggle with alcohol, you can find some hope in knowing that you're not alone.

  • Why Heroin Addiction is Much More Common in Adolescents

    Why Heroin Addiction is Much More Common in Adolescents

    Heroin addiction can be a devastating problem and the scourge of heroin abuse has been growing especially among teens and adolescents in the U.S. With the rise in availability of cheap heroin on the streets, more young people are exposed to the drug and have a greater risk of becoming addicted.

  • The Relevance of Secondary Addictions to those in Recovery

    The Relevance of Secondary Addictions to those in Recovery

    People who suffer from an addiction to drugs or alcohol may be addicted to more than just the substance itself. Substance abusers usually have addictive personalities and this can lead to them becoming addicted to activities surrounding their drug use or replacing their primary addiction with another.

Recovery Concierge

Drug and alcohol abuse often has a reputation as a problem that only affects inner city and unemployed populations. However, anyone of any class, race, gender, socioeconomic level, employment status, and geographic location can develop a problem with drugs or alcohol. In fact, the level of drug use, especially prescription drug abuse, among a white, suburban and higher socioeconomic class has risen exponentially in the past decade.

Many addicts are afraid to go to rehab, and believe it is a shameful experience. However, entering rehab is actually a powerful action. It means that a person is taking control of his or her life and striving to make positive changes. Another common assumption is that the facilities are uncomfortable and grim, except for celebrities. However, there are several rehab facilities that offer programs with luxurious accommodations and extra amenities to make the stay almost feel like home, or a stay at a four star hotel, that are surprisingly affordable and accessible. Some programs also offer a recovery concierge to ensure that clients receive the best care possible, and to help custom build the treatment program to the unique situation.

Substance abuse is a unique problem that develops differently in each individual, so the treatment program should adapt to the person and his or her situation rather than the substance of abuse. There are many programs available in luxury treatment programs that focus on a holistic approach customized to the person, instead of a cookie cutter approach to rehab. These programs offer many services in addition to the standard alcohol and drug addiction treatment program.

Despite the war on drugs, substance abuse and addiction remains a significant problem in America across all demographics. According to the Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the latest data available from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 124 million Americans (48 percent) have taken illicit drugs at some point in their lifetime, 42 million (16 percent) have taken them in the past year, and 23 million (9.2 percent) have used in the past month.

The most commonly abused illicit drug is marijuana; around 111 million people (42.8 percent) have consumed marijuana in their lifetime, 31 million (12.1 percent) have used it in the past year, and 18.8 million (7.3 percent) have in the past month. The second most commonly abused illicit drug is non-medical use of prescription medication, with 54 million people (20.9 percent) having used prescription medication in their lifetime, 16.6 million (6.4 percent) in the past year, and 6.8 million (2.6 percent) in the past month. 

Not everyone who has used illicit drugs become addicted or regularly abuses the substances. About 7 million people meet the criteria for dependence or abuse, which is 2.8 percent of the population. However, only 19.1 percent of people, or 1.5 million, actually receive the necessary treatment. 

Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance, with 214 million Americans (82.3 percent) have consumed it at some point in their lifetime, 173 million (66.7 percent) have consumed alcohol in the past year, and 135 million (52.1 percent) have drank alcohol in the past month. Many of the people who consume alcohol, even within the past month, drink moderate amounts and do not have a problem. However, there are still many people who problem drink. Around 59 million people (6.2 percent) have engaged in binge drinking in the past month and 17 million (6.5 percent) have engage din heavy drinking. These behavior patterns put people at risk of developing a substance abuse problem. About 18.2 million people meet the criteria for needing treatment for alcohol, but only 8.2 percent actually receive it.

Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction happens across all demographics. Although many people consider substance abuse to be a more significant problem among minorities, the highest numbers of users are actually white, with 87.5 million (51.6 percent) white Americans having had illicit drugs at some point in their lives, 27 million (15.9 percent) in the past year and 15.6 million (9.2 percent) in the past month. In comparison, the numbers for African Americans are 14.2 million (46.5 percent) having used in the lifetime, 5.7 million (18.7 percent) in the past year, and 3.4 million (11.3 percent) in the past month. For Hispanic populations, the numbers are 16.4 million (40.8 percent) having used in their lifetime, 6.3 million (15.7 percent) in the past year, and 3.3 million (8.3 percent) in the past month. For dependency, 4.5 million white people meet the criteria, compared to 1.2 million African Americans and 1.1 million Latinos.

For alcohol, the numbers are closer between the different races. In the white population, 87.1 percent have used alcohol in their lifetime, 76.1 percent of African Americans have, and 73.9 percent of Hispanics have. The numbers are slightly different for past year use, with 71.5 percent of whites, 59.6 percent of African Americans, and 57.8 percent of Hispanics having consumed alcohol in the past year. In the past month, 57.4 percent of whites, 43.2 percent of African Americans, and 41.8 percent of Hispanics have consumed alcohol.

There is a difference between men and women as well. Men have a higher rate of both alcohol and drug use than women. About 11.6 percent of men currently use illicit drugs, compared to 6.9 percent of women. About 56.5 percent of men and 47.9 percent of women are current drinkers. 

Many people assume that drug addicts are typically unemployed. Although unemployed people have a higher rate of current illicit drug use (18.1 percent compared to 8.9 percent for full time workers and 12.5 percent for part time), the number of current users is actually higher in those who are employed. Out of the 21.5 million current illicit drug users, 14.6 million or 67.9 percent were employed either full or part time.

More employed people drink than unemployed. For those who currently drink alcohol, 64.8 percent are employed full time, compared to 54.9 percent who are unemployed. Even those who binge drink are more commonly employed. About 75 percent of those who were binge drinkers were employed, and 74 percent of heavy drinkers were also employed.

Many people who meet the criteria for dependency are employed. About 16.9 percent of unemployed people meet the criteria for dependency or abuse, compared to 9.1 percent full time workers and 10.3 percent part time. However, the majority (51.9 percent) of those who were dependent on a substance are employed full time.

What is a Recovery Concierge?

A recovery concierge may have many different functions, as well as different names, depending on the facility to which he or she is associated. The term is derived from the word concierge, which has two similar definitions. One is a caretaker of a small hotel or apartment complex who lives on the grounds, and the other is a hotel employee who assists guests by arranging what is needed, such as making theater and restaurant reservations or arranging tours.

In recovery, the concierge acts similarly by working one-on-one with the client to ensure that the treatment program is tailor made to the individual situation and needs. They will work with the individual, and the family if appropriate, to ensure all the needs are met.

Typical Concierge Services

Recovery concierge might handle many different services within a facility, and there might be more than one person handling the various facets of the job. The facility might offer a variety of services, such as nanny services, chauffeuring, spa services, exercise and spa opportunities, group meetings, life coaching, travel arrangements, and more. The concierge will work with the client to schedule these various services and arrange for transportation, if necessary. Not every treatment facility will have an onsite concierge, but many will still offer customized treatment options and a personal experience.

Treatment for Addiction

The majority of people with an addition to drugs or alcohol do not seek treatment. There are many reasons for this, including lack of insurance and funds, but the main reason is denial of a problem. A person does not have to hit rock bottom to benefit from receiving treatment. In fact, the earlier a person undergoes treatment, the better chance he or she has with recovery, and a lower risk of relapse. There are many different options for treatment modalities to help a person overcome substance abuse or addiction. Many treatment facilities focus on a holistic approach, so they offer several of these methods, including psychotherapy, group sessions, detox services, medication, and lifestyle and behavioral changes.

A relationship concierge, or the equivalent, will go over the treatment options with a client to help create the ideal treatment program, with the guidance of the psychologists, psychiatrists, and other recovery professionals on staff.

Psychotherapy is one of the essential components of addiction treatment. Many people turn to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate a mental health disorder, or to numb strong negative emotions and feelings. Additionally, many people use mood-altering substances as a form of stress-relief. By relying on these substances, a person has a higher risk of developing a dependency upon the substance. Without understanding the underlying reasons for the abuse, a person will not be able to overcome the problem. He or she will still encounter the issues, but will be ill-equipped to manage them. The most common form of therapy for addiction is cognitive behavioral therapy. This provides a way for a person to understand the behavior and issues fueling the decision to drink or use drugs, and replace those actions with healthier alternatives.

Many treatment facilities offer group psychotherapy sessions. These often teach important life skills necessary for overcoming addiction, including coping mechanisms, healthy stress relief techniques, anger management, how to overcome body image or self-esteem issues, family and relationship therapy, and more. By engaging in these group sessions, people gain support from other individuals who have undergone similar experiences as them. This facilitates and complements many of the problems that individual psychotherapy covers. Facilities often offer several group sessions every day, led by a certified counselor or therapist, which allows them to provide a more intensive treatment. Individual psychotherapy, even in a rehab facility, often only occurs a few times a week at most. By integrating group therapy, a facility can offer a wider range of help for the clients.

The first step for any treatment program is detox. There are several different options for detox, including natural or medically assisted. The type of detox that works best for a person depends on the substance or substances of choice, the length of abuse or addiction, and the current health of a person.

Medically assisted detox includes using medication that acts similarly to addictive substances to wean a person off of the drug while minimizing withdrawal symptoms. Common drugs include methadone, benzodiazepines, and buprenorphine.

Natural detox means undergoing detox without the use of medication. Some programs use vitamins and supplements, and possibly even diet and saunas, to help the body naturally detox itself. A new program uses an IV drip infused with high quantities of essential vitamins and minerals, along with NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide), to stimulate the body's own recovery, while minimizing the effects of withdraw.

A person can undergo detox at a hospital setting, a residential detox facility, or at home as an outpatient. Some recovery facilities also offer customized in home detox services that have more personalized treatment than standard outpatient programs. If a person is at high risk of medical complications, then a hospital setting is best. Alcohol detox is the most dangerous and should almost always be done under some form of medical supervision.

Within treatment services, some places also use medication to facilitate the treatment once detox is over. In the case of opiate addiction, this might be continuing methadone or buprenorphine for an extended period of time. For alcohol abuse and addiction, this could include disulfiram (Antabuse), naltrexone (ReVia, Vivitrol), or acamprosate (Campral).

If a person has any medical conditions or mental health disorders, they may be prescribed medication to help recover from these conditions. A treatment facility will have someone manage the medication to ensure that no further abuse is done.

A comprehensive approach to addiction treatment must include lifestyle and behavioral changes. Many people become addicted to drugs or alcohol due to mental or emotional problems, or undue stress. By teaching how to exchange the unhealthy behavioral patterns with healthy ones, a person can learn to manage these behaviors. Examples of lifestyle skills include mindfulness activities, yoga, meditation, and tai chi. Exercise has been shown to help with recovery, so many programs offer gyms on site or access to fitness centers. Additionally, some programs include acupuncture or massage therapy. Programs might offer a nutritionist or dietician to create healthy meals that facilitate the body's recovery from drugs and alcohol, as well as teach healthy eating options and meal plans to help a person implement it in their own life.

Many of the lifestyle options taught to patients are meant to provide a healthy alternative to drinking and doing drugs, as well as be something they can take home and continue to do. Many of them have been proven to help with recovery.

Complimentary alternative therapies may also be included, such as music therapy, art therapy or equine therapy. These provide alternative ways to manage emotional trauma and stress, often without the need for verbal discussion. It often complements talk therapy, especially for those who have difficulty voicing their underlying problems and issues.

The recovery concierge will talk with clients about the various offerings, and make any necessary arrangements.

Treatment Options

There are several options for treatment facilities, ranging from hospitalization to outpatient programs. Many programs recommend clients undergo a continuum of care, starting with a more intensive program and then stepping down through the lower levels, including aftercare or extended care programs, to reduce the risk of relapse. When a person connects with a facility, they can discuss the available options to find the best fit for the situation. The length of addiction and intensity of the problem dictates the best option. A recovery concierge or other worker can help to designate the right level and type of treatment to ensure the best chance at recovery.

Hospitalization is the most intensive form of treatment. A person usually only stays in a hospital for a shorter period of time, until they are stable enough to move to a residential rehab facility. They may just go through detox in a hospital, or they may also be involved in some of the other threaten programs, depending on the situation and the facility. Some places offer partial hospitalization, where a person remains at home during the night, but comes in for intensive programming during the day.

Residential rehab is similar to hospitalization, as a person remains on site 24/7 and has continuous care. However, residential rehab takes place in dedicated facilities for addiction treatment, and it often offers a more comfortable environment. It also offers a situation closer to a person's home life, which can help a person learn to transition back to their normal life without drugs and alcohol.

Intensive outpatient program is one that occurs for about 10 to 15 hours a week. A person can remain living at home and working while undergoing treatment. It is a good compromise between the more intensive residential programs and being able to continue working, or taking care of other responsibilities.

Some people are able to successfully recover through just participating in weekly psychotherapy programs and enrolling in support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. However, most people get the best support from a more intensive treatment.

Some rehab facilities offer specialized services or treatment programs. For example, some might have gender specific programs, such as women only treatment facilities. Others might have a stronger emphasis on spirituality, such as a program run by a particular religious organization. Some programs offer extra support for the GBLT community. Others involve the family to facilitate the healing of familial relationships. There are also dual diagnosis facilities, which treat co-occurring conditions, such as drug or alcohol addiction and a mental health disorder. You can also find executive programs, which offer a luxurious situation where a person will have the amenities to continue to work while in rehab. Many programs also offer custom services, such as in home detox.

How to Know When to Seek Help

Denial can be one of the most significant hurdles to treatment. Unless a person decides there is a problem and he or she wants to change, he or she will often struggle and continually relapse. It is a myth that a person must hit rock bottom, having lost everything, including a job, family, friends, and more. The earlier a person enters treatment, the better. There are a few important red flags of abuse or addiction that demonstrate a person should seek some kind of treatment for his or her problem.

Each substance has its own unique symptoms of abuse or addiction, but there are common behaviors that signal a person might have a problem. These include:

  1. Tolerance to the substance
  2. Withdrawal symptoms when the substance is not consumed
  3. Craving or compulsion to use the substance
  4. Failing to stop using the substance
  5. Engaging in dangerous behavior to procure the substance
  6. Trouble with the law
  7. Problems with work, school, or relationships
  8. Isolating behavior
  9. No longer enjoying favorite activities
  10. Stealing in order to get the substance
  11. Lying about the consumption of a person
  12. Secretive behavior
  13. Mood swings
  14. Changes in appetite or weight
  15. Problems with sleeping, such as insomnia

If a person has a problem, but struggles to admit to it, an intervention could help him or her to get the help he or she needs. An intervention is a planned meeting with a small group of family and friends that provides a forum for discussing troublesome behavioral patterns. It ends with making the addict decide between entering a treatment program and dealing with a set of specific consequences. Before an intervention, the planning team must research and set up the treatment program. A recovery concierge can help to arrange the treatment for the person, as well as assist with planning the intervention, including finding an interventionist. Although a professional interventionist is not necessary, it can help to ensure the intervention goes well.