OPIOID ADDICTION“Opioid” is a general term that includes all natural and synthetic versions of opiates (substances derived from the opium poppy plant). Opioids include both heroin and prescription painkillers. Like all drugs, opioids attach to the neurotransmitters in the brain -- specifically the dopamine neurotransmitters. Dopamine is responsible for feelings of pleasure and reward. Natural opioids are produced in our bodies. These natural opioids bind to endorphin neurotransmitters. Endorphins block the brain’s stress and pain receptors, causing feelings of euphoria. This is why opioids work to relieve pain. The powerful euphoria produced by opioids release cannot be attained by a natural release of endorphins. The only way to re-experience the rush is to use more, which quickly lead to addiction.
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PRESCRIPTION OPIOID ADDICTIONMany people who become addicted to opioids start with legitimate prescriptions. Unfortunately, the nature of these drugs easily lead to addiction. Opioids are widely prescribed for pain management connected with surgery or an injury. The most commonly prescribed opioids include:
- Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet)
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
SYMPTOMS OF OPIOID ADDICTIONOpioid addiction has both physical and behavioral symptoms. If you notice any of the following in a loved one, they may need help: Intermittent euphoria Rapidly changing moods
- Getting numerous prescriptions from different doctors
- Financial problems
- Nodding off and drowsiness
- Shallow breathing
- Small pupils
TREATMENT FOR OPIOID ADDICTIONAt Tree House Recovery, we don’t simply address the symptoms of addiction. Our eight interconnected modalities work together to heal you as a whole person. Our highly adaptive program is designed to create lasting recovery for suffering from opioid addictions. To take the first steps in your recovery, call us 24/7 at (855) 202-2138.
UNDERSTANDING OPIOID ADDICTIONBeing familiar with the modes of use, street names, and signs of opioid addiction can allow you to identify when it is a problem. If you suspect that someone close to you is abusing opioids, call us anytime at (855) 202-2138.
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Opioid pills are commonly snorted. Signs of this include rolled-up dollars, mirrors covered with powder, and partially burnt straws.
Opioids can also be shot (used intravenously). Red flags include “track marks”, burnt or bent spoons, and q-tips with missing cotton.
Because many opioids come as pills, they can easily be abused orally. Warning signs include running out of prescriptions opioids early.
Opioids are often smoked using tinfoil. Evidence of this includes hollowed-out pens, partially melted straws, and missing spoons.
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ALCOHOL ADDICTION First consumed in 7,000 B.C. China, alcohol distilling and distribution has grown into a $500 billion industry. Over 15 million people in the United States alone suffer from alcoholism. The severity and symptoms of alcoholism vary widely and impact people of all backgrounds. Although many studies suggest that alcohol consumption can have some health benefits, if you are addicted, the negative consequences far outweigh the benefits. Are You ready to get help?Call (855) 202-2138 HOW DRINKING EFFECTS THE BRAIN Alcohol affects neurotransmitters in the brain, much like many other addictive substances. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that send messages to the neurons in your brain. This process controls your behavior, movement, speech, and thought. GABA, a neurotransmitter, is produced when you drink. GABA helps control perceptions of fear and anxiety. This influx of GABA suppresses glutamate (which governs learning and memory). Drinking also leads to increased production of dopamine, the chemical in the brain responsible for pleasure and reward. Too much alcohol use increases the production of GABA, glutamate, and dopamine, making the brain slow its natural production of the chemicals. The body begins to need more alcohol to supplement the low level of natural chemicals. This, in turn, leads to an increased tolerance. This cycle continues until drinking is needed to complete even simple daily tasks. ARE YOU AN ALCOHOLIC Loss of control over how much they drink Daily drinking and obsessing about alcohol Denying that drinking is a problem Increased risky behavior (drunk driving, promiscuous) Increased guilt and shame Secretly drinking to avoid detection Blackouts and binge drinking Inability to imagine a life without alcohol These are only the most common signs of alcoholism. If you notice a change in behavior and are concerned about drinking, it is time to seek help. Treatment is available no matter your situation. While many people require medical detox, others may benefit most from an outpatient program. No matter the case, long-term treatment is vital to ensure successful recovery. PHYSICAL EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL Alcohol abuse has many side effects - weight gain, lowered immune system functioning, and higher blood pressure and cholesterol. Severe alcoholism greatly increases the risk for: Liver issues and cirrhosis Loss of brain cells Depression Nerve damage Cardiac problems Ulcers Pancreatitis Skin issues Chronic illnesses Cancer Although some of these issues are reversible, many cause severe medical issues, and even death. 88,000 people die from alcoholism each year in the U.S. GETTING HELP FOR ALCOHOLISM Tree House Recovery offers a highly adaptive program that is designed to meet each individual’s specific needs. Our eight interconnected treatment modalities revolve around healing you as a whole person, not just addressing the symptoms of addiction, We are dedicated to your complete and lasting recovery. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to drinking, call us today at 855-969-5181 and let us help you take the first step towards recovery. UNDERSTANDING THE DRINKING ADDICTION Knowing what to look for is essential when identifying an addiction to alcohol. Socially accepted drinking can make it difficult to recognize when there is a problem. Familiarity with the signs of addiction will help you distinguish between normal and problem alcohol use. ISOLATIONDistancing oneself from family and friends is a common sign of alcohol addiction. Red flags include loss of interest in social activities and spending a lot of time alone. UNMANAGEABILITYAs alcohol addiction progresses, it becomes harder and harder to manage daily responsibilities. Financial issues, poor hygiene, and issues are work are all warning signs. HIDING BOTTLESHiding alcohol, sneaking around, and leaving empty bottles strewn about are all common signs of alcohol addiction - pay close attention to bottles around the bedroom. PHYSICAL CONSEQUENCESWhen abused, alcohol created significant and deadly physical consequences. Red flags include shakiness, moodiness, and strange sleeping patterns. MORE ADDICTION RESOURCES Ready for change?Start your journey today! Call (855) 202-2138Alcohol Addiction
OPIOID ADDICTION “Opioid” is a general term that includes all natural and synthetic versions of opiates (substances derived from the opium poppy plant). Opioids include both heroin and prescription painkillers. Like all drugs, opioids attach to the neurotransmitters in the brain -- specifically the dopamine neurotransmitters. Dopamine is responsible for feelings of pleasure and reward. Natural opioids are produced in our bodies. These natural opioids bind to endorphin neurotransmitters. Endorphins block the brain’s stress and pain receptors, causing feelings of euphoria. This is why opioids work to relieve pain. The powerful euphoria produced by opioids release cannot be attained by a natural release of endorphins. The only way to re-experience the rush is to use more, which quickly lead to addiction. Are You ready to get help?Call (855) 202-2138 PRESCRIPTION OPIOID ADDICTION Many people who become addicted to opioids start with legitimate prescriptions. Unfortunately, the nature of these drugs easily lead to addiction. Opioids are widely prescribed for pain management connected with surgery or an injury. The most commonly prescribed opioids include: Codeine Morphine Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet) Hydrocodone (Vicodin) Methadone Fentanyl As tolerance builds, users are forced to take more and more opioids to achieve the desired effect. Physical and psychological addiction soon follow. Tolerance never “levels out,” so users continue to need increasing doses of opioids to function. This phenomenon is a common contributor to opioid overdoses. SYMPTOMS OF OPIOID ADDICTION Opioid addiction has both physical and behavioral symptoms. If you notice any of the following in a loved one, they may need help: Intermittent euphoria Rapidly changing moods Getting numerous prescriptions from different doctors Financial problems Isolation Confusion Nodding off and drowsiness Shallow breathing Small pupils Opioid addiction substantially impacts your health - physical health, emotional health, and financial health. Maintaining the addiction becomes the most important thing in life -- many opioid users resort to crime and eventually start using illegal street drugs like heroin, which are cheaper ways to achieve the same high. TREATMENT FOR OPIOID ADDICTION At Tree House Recovery, we don’t simply address the symptoms of addiction. Our eight interconnected modalities work together to heal you as a whole person. Our highly adaptive program is designed to create lasting recovery for suffering from opioid addictions. To take the first steps in your recovery, call us 24/7 at (855) 202-2138. UNDERSTANDING OPIOID ADDICTION Being familiar with the modes of use, street names, and signs of opioid addiction can allow you to identify when it is a problem. If you suspect that someone close to you is abusing opioids, call us anytime at (855) 202-2138. OPIOID STREET NAMES Codeine: Cody, Cs, Purple, Schoolboy, Sizzurp, Syrup, T-3, Lean Hydrocodone: Lorris, Norco, Viko, Vikes, Watsons Methadone: Done, Dollie, Wafers Oxycodone: Blues, OC, O, Percs, Roxies, Oxy 30s, Oxy 40s, Oxy 80s Suboxone(Buprenorphine): Bupes, Oranges, Stops, Stop Signs, Subs Take the first step today!Call (855) 202-2138 SNIFFING OPIOIDS Opioid pills are commonly snorted. Signs of this include rolled-up dollars, mirrors covered with powder, and partially burnt straws. SHOOTING OPIOIDS Opioids can also be shot (used intravenously). Red flags include “track marks”, burnt or bent spoons, and q-tips with missing cotton. EATING OPIOIDS Because many opioids come as pills, they can easily be abused orally. Warning signs include running out of prescriptions opioids early. SMOKING OPIOIDS Opioids are often smoked using tinfoil. Evidence of this includes hollowed-out pens, partially melted straws, and missing spoons. More Addiction Resources Ready for change?Start your journey today! Call (855) 202-2138Opioid Addiction
COCAINE ADDICTION Cocaine, often referred to as “coke,” is made from the coca plant. Indigenous South Americans historically used the plant as an anesthetic and stimulant. Evidence that coca leaves were used can be traced back as far as ancient Peruvian civilizations. In the 19th century, chemists found that the chemical responsible for coca’s effects could be isolated. The result, cocaine, quickly gained traction for medical use as an anaesthetic. A lack of restrictions on early cocaine led to its use in a many over-the-counter products, such as elixirs and supplements. Cocaine gained popularity as a recreational drug among people of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Cocaine’s addictive nature soon became apparent. Eventually, the United States classified it as a Schedule II substance, meaning it has some medical use but a high potential for addiction. With an estimated 1.9 million users in 2016 alone, cocaine remains one of America’s most abused drugs. Are You ready to get help?Call (855) 202-2138 WHAT IS COCAINE? Today’s coke has little in common with the coca leaves chewed in South America. A higher concentration creates more dramatic highs which, in turn, creates more intense cravings and makes it more addictive. Cocaine is often sold as a powder. It can also be found in “rock” form as crack cocaine. Coke can be injected, snorted, smoked, or eaten. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2016, cocaine is primarily used by those between the ages of 18 and 25. COCAINE & THE BRAIN Coke is a stimulant. This means that it speeds up processes in the brain. Cocaine increases the brain’s production of a dopamine, a neurotransmitter. Dopamine is responsible for reward and pleasure. Cocaine creates an artificial surge of dopamine that makes users energetic, sociable, and happy. The artificially high amounts of dopamine released from cocaine often make the brain’s natural dopamine production pale in comparison. As users become accustomed to these elevated levels, they often lose interest in things that used to bring them joy. For these reasons, cocaine is one of the most addictive substances available. Cocaine is often accompanied by a host of other physical effects. Because the drug suppresses appetite, addiction can lead to weight loss and malnutrition. Coke also increases the speed at which the heart beats, which eventually leads to high blood pressure, weak blood vessels and a higher risk of heart disease. Cocaine use can be fatal in the case of an overdose. Finally, a host of issues can result from the mode of ingestion, be it snorting, shooting, or smoking the drug. SIGNS OF COCAINE ADDICTION There are numerous signs of cocaine use that may help you determine if a love one is addicted. Behavioral changes, such as changes in interests, friends, and personality, usually occur first. Fluctuations in energy levels, dilated pupils, and a decreased attention span are also indications of use. More signs include: Lack of responsibility Unreliability Nosebleeds Financial troubles Fast weight loss Legal issues If you recognize any of these signs in yourself or a loved one, reach out for help right away. It is never too late to heal from cocaine addiction. Professional treatment is available and can help you find a healthy, happy life free from cocaine. Take the first step today!Call (855) 202-2138 PARAPHERNALIACocaine is most often snorted. Rolled up bills, powder residue, and razor blades are all signs of cocaine use. UNMANAGEABILITYAddiction robs users of their ability to manage simple daily tasks. Poor hygiene is a common warning sign. SLEEPBecause cocaine is a stimulant, users rarely sleep when high. These binges are often followed by long periods of sleep. MOODCocaine use creates periods of euphoria that are followed by depressive "crashes." Mood swings are red flags for addiction. TREATING COCAINE ADDICTION Effective treatment is available and can help you heal. Tree House Recovery offers a combination of cutting-edge therapies that heal the whole person. Our model provides an individualized treatment, which includes talk therapy, yoga and fitness therapy, writing therapy and more. We teach our clients important life skills that allow them to take control of their addiction long after graduation. CONTACT TREE HOUSE RECOVERY Tree House Recovery in Costa Mesa, California is an addiction treatment center for men with addiction to drugs or alcohol. Our program offers holistic and sustainable recovery that truly heals. We treat addictions to all substances, including cocaine. To learn whether Tree House is the right fit for you or your loved one, call us today. Our admissions team is available 24/7 at (855) 202-2138.More Addiction ResourcesCocaine Addiction