Q:What is the definition of addiction?
A:Addiction is a psychological and/or physical inability to stop consuming a substance even when it causes physical, spiritual, mental, or financial harm. According to the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-IV), someone has an addiction if they meet at least three of the following criteria: •Tolerance – You have taken enough substances in a short amount of time that your body has developed a resistance and you need greater quantities to feel the same effects. • Withdrawal – You experience physical and psychological effects when you stop using, such as anxiety, paranoia, sweating, nausea, vomiting, chills, and more. • Poor impulse control – You take more of a substance than originally intended and get drunk/high even when you didn’t want to. • Negative consequences – You continue to use substances even after they have led to trouble with work, school, family, relationships, or other personal matters. • Ignoring responsibilities – You take time off work or avoid hanging out with friends just so you can drink or get high. • Time investment – You spend a great deal of time thinking about, using, hiding, or trying to find drugs or alcohol. • Wanting to stop – You want to use substances less often, but can’t seem to stop no matter how hard you try. Although the DSM states that having three of these symptoms qualifies as addiction, having even just one of them could be a sign of an abuse problem. Do not ignore the signs. If you think you or someone you loved one is struggling with an addiction, you should talk about it with someone.
Q:What is the difference between addiction and abuse?
A:Some people will use the term addiction and abuse interchangeably, but there are major differences between the two. An important thing to keep in mind is that everyone who is addicted to substances is abusing them, but not everyone abusing them is addicted. Substance abuse is defined as using substances inappropriately to handle stress even when you know it has negative consequences for your health, relationships, etc. Addiction, on the other hand, is defined as a compelling need to use substances on a daily or near-daily basis with no ability to stop.
Q:What is ‘inpatient’ and ‘outpatient’ treatment?
A:Inpatient addiction treatment is when someone checks-in to a rehab center and lives there for some time while they address their addiction. Outpatients, on the other hand, continue living in their own residences and make trips to counseling and therapy sessions several times a week. People who have used drugs intensely and struggled with addiction for a long time should begin with inpatient treatment so they can spend some time away from regular life and the stresses that come with it. When their rehab ends, most people will continue their treatment through an outpatient program. If someone has only recently developed an addiction and can cut themselves off from major temptations without checking into a rehab center, then they can benefit from jumping right into outpatient treatment. Keep in mind that addiction is a serious mental health problem, and even outpatient treatment can be intense. Patients will need to show up to appointments several times a week.
Q:What is alternative therapy?
A:Alternative therapy is an umbrella term for holistic treatments that work to strengthen your mind, body, and personal interests. Addiction changes the way the brain functions, making it difficult for people to imagine life without substances. In alternative therapy, patients get exercise, explore new hobbies, and learn new ways to handle boredom and stress. At The Carter Treatment Center, we offer a wide array of alternative therapy treatments, including yoga, Tai Chi, sound therapy, adventure therapy, equine-assisted therapy, nutritional counseling, and more.
Q:How do I talk to someone about their addiction?
A:Most people are familiar with interventions, but this should not be your first step when talking to someone about addiction unless they are already in a dire situation. If you believe that a loved one has an addiction, you should talk to them. Do not go into the conversation with any expectations. Be sure not to use any “blame” language and don’t get angry. Come from a place of compassion, and ask if they’re willing to hear you out. If they are, then tell them about what you’ve observed and feel out their willingness to seek treatment. It’s not unusual for someone to grow defensive when broached with this subject. Don’t push the topic if that happens. In this situation, it’s best to walk away and talk about it with other family members and friends. This is when you should start planning an intervention.
Q:How do I pay for treatment?
A:At The Carter Treatment Center, we want to make addiction treatment accessible and cost-effective. We work with numerous insurance providers who typically cover addiction rehabilitation. We also offer 12 months financing with no interest to help patients pay the deductible.