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Drug & Alcohol Addiction

An Overview of

Drug & Alcohol Addiction in America

Drug addiction is a disease that affects a person’s brain and behavior, leading to an inability to control the use of legal and illegal drugs or medications. When an individual becomes addicted, they continue using the drug despite the harm it causes and the negative consequences that occur as a direct result of their continued use.

Drug and Alcohol addiction can happen to all people in all walks of life. It often starts with experimental use of a recreational drug in social situations, and, for some people, the drug use becomes more frequent. Other times, especially with opioids, drug addiction begins with exposure to prescribed medications, and quickly the mind and body become chemically dependent on the prescribed substance.

Drug and alcohol addiction is a serious and often deadly problem that is highly prevalent in America. According to recent research The number of Americans who were substance users in 2018 was 165 million people or 60.2% of the population.

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Is Addiction Really That Bad?

Addiction Facts & Statistics

Alarming statistics show that using drugs and alcohol at a young age puts a person at a much greater risk for developing a chemical dependency later in life.  Statistics show that:

  • 47% of young people had used an illegal drug by the time they graduated from high school.  
  • Shockingly, 70% of people who try an illegal drug before age 13 develop a substance abuse disorder within the next 7 years compared to 27% of those who try an illegal drug after age 17. 
  • In 2018, accidental drug overdose was the leading cause of death among persons under the age of 45.

These figures from drug abuse experts illustrate that the younger a person is when drug and alcohol use begins, the more dangerous it is for their long term wellbeing. The human brain is still forming and developing through the age of 25 and when chemical substances are taken, it disrupts the pleasure centers in the brain. Once this occurs, it causes the person to crave more and more of the drug just to feel normal. 

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How to Know if Someone is Abusing Drugs?

Signs & Symptoms of Substance Abuse

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  • Feeling the need to use the drug regularly — daily or even several times a day
  • Having intense urges for the drug 
  • Needing more of the drug to get the same effect
  • Taking larger amounts of the drug than intended
  • Making certain that a constant supply of the drug is maintained
  • Spending money on the drug, regardless of financial destruction
  • Not meeting work responsibilities
  • Cutting back on social activities
  • Continuing to use the drug, even though it’s causing problems in life or causing physical or psychological harm
  • Doing things to get the drug that you normally wouldn’t do, such as stealing
  • Driving or doing other risky activities while under the influence of the drug
  • Spending a good deal of time getting the drug, using the drug or recovering from the effects of the drug
  • Failed attempts to stop using the drug

In addition to the signs & symptoms above, you or your loved-one may also have a drug or alcohol problem if they have issues at work, legal issues due to their substance use, physical health issues, relationship issues, issues with money and drastic changes in behavior. While no two addicts are identical, we find common traits among many of our clients at Starbridge Recovery’s substance abuse treatment program in Los Angeles.

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Seeking Help for Substance Abuse

Drug & Alcohol Addiction Treatment Options

If you or someone you love exhibits the signs and symptoms of substance abuse or chemical dependency, you will want to seek treatment as soon as possible.

When searching for a drug & alcohol treatment program, it is important to know the different types of programs available to know which is right for you or your loved-one. The most common forms of addiction treatment include:

Detoxification is when you rid your body of the harmful toxins and substances that build up when you are in the throws of active addiction. In the detox process withdrawal symptoms are monitored & managed with the assistance of medications, to ensure safety & comfort prior to entering inpatient treatment.

Detoxification is when you rid your body of the harmful toxins and substances that build up when you are in the throws of active addiction. In the detox process withdrawal symptoms are monitored & managed with the assistance of medications, to ensure safety & comfort prior to entering inpatient treatment.

Residential inpatient treatment is when clients live on site, 24/7 in a residential setting while partaking in a variety of treatment methods that aim to help you achieve long-term recovery. Inpatient is the gold-standard of treatment when it comes to overcoming addiction.

Partial hospitalization, or partial day treatment, is a combination of inpatient and outpatient treatment. During this phase of treatment, clients live at home or in a sober living setting while attending treatment during the day. 

Intensive outpatient is typically a step-down level-of-care that allows clients to slowly return to everyday life, while participating in treatment on an outpatient basis. Most IOP programs in Los Angeles offer 3-5 day outpatient group sessions with individual therapy on a weekly basis to continue to build their foundation of recovery.

Outpatient treatment is offered to those who complete an intensive outpatient program, and continue care at a less invasive, step-down program, typically 1-3 days a week.

Sober living homes are a valuable part of the addiction treatment process. Here at Starbridge Recovery, we work with a number of sober living homes in Los Angeles who provide a safe & structured environment for newly recovering people.

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Starbridge Recovery’s luxurious amenities and programs in Los Angeles, CA provides the secluded environment needed to focus on your wellbeing and recovery. Our expertly trained staff will help you transition into the best version of yourself.  

We cater to each patient’s unique needs and circumstances.  Inpatient clients are provided with a private upscale room, where they have 24 hour access to our facility and programs. Clients who choose residential inpatient treatment have a higher success rate for lasting recovery. 

However, if work or other obligations prevent you from being able to stay with us as an inpatient client, we offer outpatient treatment. Our outpatient clients also have great success, living at home, while also maximizing recovery efforts with the help of our expertly trained staff and a program of support. 

Starbridge will set you up for lasting success with a customized aftercare plan. Aftercare planning is one of the most vital parts of long term recovery.  Our aftercare program gives you the tools you need to face daily challenges while remaining sober

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