We understand that choosing a recovery program is a very important decision, which will affect the rest of your life. Choosing the right facility will lead to a lasting recovery, free from addiction. However, choosing the wrong recovery path may lead to more frustrations and even death.
When you are addicted, you have internal wounds which no one can see with natural eyes. If you have a wound on the outside of your body that you can see, and you ignore it, this wound may grow and get infected if not taken care of. At Valiant, we believe that addictions are outward responses to wounds on the inside. Although the outside responses (wounds) need to be treated, you must also treat what cant be seen, the initial (internal) wound.
A false perception that prescription drugs are safer than illegal street drugs, creates an increased denial of this addiction. The misuse of prescription drugs has become a serious problem, primarily because of the accessibility to these drugs as well as the addictive nature that many have. People take prescription medications to help them recover from illnesses, ease pain, fight infections, etc, and although most individuals take their medication responsibly, millions have not. Men, women, and children become dependent on prescription medication, and continue to take prescribed medication beyond the need. While some use them to cope with life situations, others will turn to medications to feed their addictions, due to the easier availability of such drugs. Prescription medication may be obtained by creating medical conditions (self injuring), purchasing from others with a condition, obtaining left over medication, or even by stealing. Those working in the medical field have increased access and temptation. Seniors are among those most vulnerable for medication misuse, simply because natural illness, and pains, lead to more prescriptions than younger people have. Seniors are also a target for theft by addicts. Taking prescription medication can alter the brain functions, creating damage to the brain after extended use, and can become fatal, especially in the case of an overdose, or drug combinations. Medications must be taken as prescribed, by a medical professional. If you or someone you love is self dosing, they need professional help.
Alcohol Addiction It is often difficult to determine the difference between “Social Drinking” and “Alcohol Addiction.” Some indications are: the time of day that drinking begins, the frequency of drinks, and amount consumed. These and others can all be warning signs. At Valiant Recovery we personalize our alcohol rehab program, making sure to keep it balanced with experiential therapies. How Alcohol Addiction Works Often Alcohol Addiction does not happen overnight, for most people it happens over years of subtly increasing use of alcohol. Alcohol is absorbed by the blood and enters the brain, attaching itself to the receptors in the brain, and slowing down the central nervous system. Extended alcohol abuse damages these receptors, making it difficult for the mind and body to function normally and properly. Greater receptor damage leads to a greater dependency on alcohol. Unfortunately, the body is meanwhile developing a tolerance to drinking. Now the person has to consume more to obtain the same effect. This leads to stronger drinks, or combining drugs with alcohol. The practice of combining drugs (prescription or recreational) with alcohol is very dangerous. It can result in overdosing or death. The most destructive and devastating part of Alcohol Addiction is when dependency an alcohol occurs. The process of withdrawal is a primary concern. Withdrawal for someone who is alcohol dependant can be accompanied by seizures and even death. Medically supervised detoxification is the recommended approach to dependency and withdrawing. There are medications that can be used to help reduce the effects and symptoms that a person may experience. After the ‘detox’ process the alcohol dependent individual should be enrolled in a rehabilitation program, like the one here at Valiant Recovery. Alcohol Addiction Treatment There are a vast number of issues and aspects to the Alcohol Addiction treatment process. Alcoholics Anonymous (‘AA’) is an example of a well known program which comes to mind for most people. A key aspect of such rehabilitation programs is the “12 step program” originally introduced by AA. At Valiant Recovery we also incorporate the “12 step program,” along with other effective treatments. Taking a personalized approach to all of our treatments, we design our treatment around each individual. Every person has their different and individual needs for a successful treatment process. We are committed to providing for each of these needs and addictions. At Valiant Recovery we emphasize one-on-one counseling to deal with personal issues and allow for diagnosis of any concurrent disorders. If any additional disorders are discovered they are incorporated into the individual program for that person. At Valiant Recovery our clients’ care and recovery is our priority. We know that when you can sense genuine concern from caregivers, your treatment time will be more positive and productive. At Valiant Recovery our programs consist of a balance of different therapy models. These include experiential therapy which is the use of daily activities such as nature walks, skiing, golfing, or horse back riding. These activities are enjoyable and provide positive and healthy experiences of a life worth living. Alcohol Addiction Recovery Valiant Recovery understands that it takes a serious commitment and several months before the addiction to alcohol is completely gone. We will provide continuing care and relapse prevention plans to help our clients live a free and sober life. Our post-care counselors will help you find post treatment support in your home town.
The term “sexual addiction” is used to describe the behavior of a person who has an unusually intense sex drive or an obsession with sex. Sex and the thought of sex tend to dominate the sex addict’s thinking, making it difficult to work or engage in healthy personal relationships. Sex addicts engage in distorted thinking, often rationalizing and justifying their behavior and blaming others for problems. They generally deny they have a problem and make excuses for their actions. “Sexual addiction” is defined not by the type of sexual act performed or even by the frequency of sexual activity. Instead, it is defined by an addict’s compulsive use of sex to address non-sexual emotional needs. It is frequently indicated by the willingness of an addict to suffer enormous consequences for engaging in sex. “Sexual addiction” has very little to do with sex, and alot to do with why we have sex to begin with. It is thought that sex is used by the addict as an escape, a means of avoiding stress, emotional strain, boredom, anxiety, and the pursuant shame and isolation that results from their compulsive behavior. Sex may be used to feel powerful or desirable. The addict displays increasingly secretive behavior, deception, and withdrawal from those closest to him. “Sexual addiction” is as much of a problem as a “chemical substance addiction”. “Sexual addiction” often coexists with chemical dependency and if untreated contributes to chemical abuse relapse. “Sexual addiction” is also associated with “risk-taking”. A person with a sex addiction engages in various forms of sexual activity, despite the potential for negative and/or dangerous consequences. In addition to damaging the addict’s relationships and interfering with his or her work and social life, sexual addiction also puts the person at risk for emotional and physical injury. For some people, the sex addiction progresses to involve illegal activities, such as exhibitionism (exposing oneself in public), making obscene phone calls, buying sex, or molestation. However, it should be noted that sex addicts do not necessarily become sex offenders. For many people sexual addiction has its roots in a family history of sexual abuse and addiction.
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