If you or a loved is struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction, life can feel unbearable. You want to believe that there’s a way out of this pain and misery. You want to have hope that you can start fresh and live life on your own terms again. Speak Confidentially with a Journey Advisor at 844-878-1979.
At Journey Healing Centers, we understand that addiction affects every aspect of your life, and that it also impacts the lives of those around you. Our goal is to help you find your way to a healthy and productive life in sobriety.
Our drug addiction treatment program focuses on identifying and treating not only addiction, but also the underlying issues that contribute to substance abuse. When you arrive at Journey Healing Centers you’ll receive an individualized assessment and begin working with a primary therapist, who will help you understand and address the underlying issues contributing to your addiction and develop tools for long-term sobriety. Your team will draw from traditional and holistic methods to design a treatment and aftercare plan tailored to your specific needs. Treatment goals include:
- Examining the issues, such as trauma, depression, anxiety or other mental health issues, that led you to use alcohol or other drugs to cope
- Guiding you toward a better understanding of yourself, and creating a renewed sense of purpose
- Helping you build a toolkit for long-term sobriety
- Rebuilding your physical health through complementary therapies
- Creating a long-term plan for relapse prevention and for living a life free of drug and alcohol addiction
Types of Drug and Alcohol Addiction We Treat
We treat alcoholism and addiction to a wide variety of prescription drugs and non-prescription drugs, including stimulants, depressants, opiates, hallucinogens, cannabinoids, inhalants and anabolic steroids.
Alcohol and Other Depressants
Often called “downers,” depressants include alcohol, barbiturates and benzodiazepines (e.g., Xanax, Ativan and Valium). Short-term effects of depressants include confusion, dilated pupils, disorientation, poor concentration, lack of coordination, slurred speech, sluggishness, lowered blood pressure, slowed pulse and breathing, and slowed brain function. Long-term abuse of barbiturates or benzodiazepines can cause emotional instability, impaired thinking, memory loss and anxiety. Long-term abuse of alcohol can cause high blood pressure, heart problems, stroke and liver damage. Alcohol abuse also increases your risk of cancer of the mouth, esophagus, throat, liver and breast.
Addiction to a depressant can occur relatively quickly, and the withdrawal process can be dangerous. Withdrawal and recovery from alcoholism or any other addiction to a depressant usually requires close medical management. Speak Confidentially with a Journey Advisor at 844-878-1979.
People use opiates to manage pain. These are powerful drugs that can also lead to tolerance, dependence and addiction. Examples include heroin, morphine and prescription painkillers (e.g., OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin). Users may experience euphoria and a decreased sense of pain, followed by drowsiness. Opiates carry a high potential for overdose, which can be fatal, as well as side effects that can include collapsed veins (in heroin injectors), impaired respiration and clogging of veins to vital arteries. Opiate withdrawal symptoms may include bone and muscle pain, intense drug cravings, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, loss of appetite, headaches, cold flashes, and sensitivity to sound and light.
Stimulants cause a temporary increase in energy, which is why they’ve been called “uppers.” But stimulants, which include cocaine, Adderall, Ritalin and crystal meth, can also cause an increase in heart rate, rapid speech and a marked loss of appetite. Abusing stimulants can lead to heart problems, hostility, paranoia, depression and psychosis.
Hallucinogens, which include LSD, DMT, mescaline or hallucinogenic mushrooms (psilocybin), PCP and ketamine, in natural and synthetic forms, can cause serious and in some cases lasting alterations in brain chemistry. Repeated use can lead to panic attacks, severe depression or psychosis. There are also unintended physical effects of taking hallucinogens, including elevated heart rate, dry mouth, sweating or chills, higher or lower body temperature, sleeplessness, loss of appetite and tremors. Users of hallucinogens may experience flashbacks long after taking the drug.
While some may consider marijuana to be harmless, the psychoactive element in cannabinoids, THC, is addictive and in some cases damaging. THC produces a relaxed state and a sense of euphoria, but it also causes increased heart rate and impaired cognition and motor control, as well as distortions in time and space. These symptoms can last as long as four weeks after using the drug. Long-term marijuana use can result in anxiety, depression, respiratory issues and short-term memory loss. Chronic heavy marijuana use has been correlated with greater incidence of psychosis and schizophrenia. Users of synthetic marijuana, called “K2” or “Spice,” have also shown symptoms of psychosis.
There are currently more than 1,400 products that are potentially dangerous when inhaled. These include typewriter correction fluid, gasoline, propane, felt tip markers, spray paint, air freshener, and butane, paint thinner and glue. .
Short-term effects include fatigue, abdominal pain, muscle weakness, headaches, slurred speech, nausea, tingling of hands and feet, severe mood swings, violent behavior, impaired judgment, dizziness, and loss of consciousness. Long-term inhalant use can result in serious harm, including liver and kidney damage, hearing loss, and bone marrow and central nervous system damage that is irreversible. Children have died on first use of certain inhalants, including air conditioning coolant, butane, propane, electronics and the chemicals in some aerosol products.
Anabolic steroids are synthetic versions of testosterone that athletes sometimes use to build muscle and boost strength and sports performance.
Steroids interrupt the body’s endocrine system, and long-term use can affect parts of the brain that regulate mood and behavior. Steroid abusers may become aggressive or may develop other psychiatric problems.
While on steroids, extreme mood swings (anger and mania) can lead to violence. Other symptoms can include delusions, irritability, paranoid jealousy, and impaired judgment due to feelings of invincibility. In women, steroid abuse can cause development of male sexual characteristics. Although steroids aren’t physically addictive in the traditional sense, users often develop a psychological dependence on the drugs. When users attempt to quit, they may experience withdrawal symptoms, most often depression.