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The Dangers of Xanax Dependence and Addiction

Most people who find themselves with a prescription from their doctor rarely think twice about the medication they’re ingesting. They don’t pause to think if the drug is highly addictive or dangerous to their health. After all,  it came from a physician, so how could it pose a risk? 

Take Xanax, for example. This is  one of the most commonly prescribed psychotropic medications in the United States, but there’s such a high risk for Xanax dependency and addiction.  

  • Xanax, or alprazolam, is a highly addictive and commonly prescribed drug, belonging to a class of narcotics called benzodiazepines. It’s a central nervous system depressant that’s typically prescribed to treat all forms of anxiety, including generalized social anxiety and panic disorder. 

However, using the drug long-term and taking high doses can hasten the onset of psychological and physical Xanax dependency, increasing the risk of experiencing serious and sometimes life-threatening withdrawal symptoms.

Xanax: Drug Abuse Facts and Stats

Some of the more concerning facts surrounding the use of Xanax include:

  • 125,000 people typically visit emergency rooms every year because of complications related to their Xanax dependency and addiction.
  • 55% of nonmedical users acquired prescription painkillers (including Xanax) for free from a friend or relative.
  • Xanax saw the second largest pharmaceutical increase in production in the US from 2004-2009, increasing 148%. Only oxycodone saw higher levels of production.
  • 49% of teens will take Xanax with at least one other drug, such as alcohol.
  • The number of Xanax prescriptions has risen from 29.9 million to 37.5 in the last five years alone.
  • The average person with a Xanax addiction will take between 20-30 pills every day.1

What is a Xanax Dependency?

Xanax dependency refers to a state in which your body becomes physically dependent on the substance. When this occurs, you find yourself  needing more and more Xanax to achieve the same high. 

In addition, you’ll l experience mental and physical effects, known as withdrawal symptoms, if you  stop taking Xanax. 

Over time, this adjustment to how the brain manages neurotransmitters will become normal and the brain will need the drug to manage its chemistry and allow you  to actually feel “normal” — although you’ll be far from a healthy state of being. 

This physical dependence will keep you hooked on the drug, forcing you to use more until you get the help you need or experience a serious physical complication.2

When Can a Xanax Dependency Turn into a Xanax Addiction?

Addiction is defined as a behavioral condition involving compulsive consumption of drugs or compulsive behaviors that release dopamine, serotonin and other neurotransmitters. 

This includes: 

  • Continuing to abuse Xanax despite the physical risks
  • Feeling intense cravings for the substance
  • Having trouble finishing personal tasks 
  • Needing more of the drug to achieve the original intoxication3

Effects of Xanax from Long-Term Use

Long-term misuse of Xanax can lead to a number of serious health concerns, including seizures, tremors or heart issues. In addition, users regularly contend with:

  • Mental Health Issues

Xanax releases higher levels of dopamine into the brain, making you  feel pleasure. Over time, though, this excitement diminishes in the brain, causing you  to experience hopelessness and even thoughts of suicide.

  • Memory Problems 

Ingesting Xanax over an extended time period can lead to memory problems. Some reports suggest it can even increase the chances of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The longer your brain is on Xanax, the more it will adapt and continue to slow functioning throughout the mind and body.

  • Overdose and Death 

Xanax overdose happens when the brain and body can’t handle the toxicity produced by the amount of Xanax ingested. Factors that can contribute to an overdose include age, weight, other medical conditions, and whether Xanax is mixed with other substances, such as  alcohol. Unintentional overdose can even lead to death, with nearly 10,000 people dying from a Xanax overdose in 2019 alone.4

Some of the short-term concerns of Xanax use can include:

  • Drowsiness and dizziness
  • Slurred speech and poor coordination
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Memory problems and confusion
  • Loss of libido
  • Heart palpitations and low blood pressure
  • Slowed reaction time and fainting

How to Treat Anxiety and a Xanax Addiction

When you’re finally ready to get the help you need to address your  Xanax addiction, we’ll be here to help. 

At Ranch Creek Recovery, we understand that each individual is unique and requires individualized care to address their specific symptoms.

A program specializing in dual diagnoses is an excellent form of treatment for Xanax addiction, because many people are taking the drug as a way of coping with their anxiety.

This clinical approach can help you e address any co-occurring issues you’re  experiencing, while developing lifelong techniques to improve your  quality of living and avoiding unforeseen relapse incidents.

Holistic Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment at Ranch Creek Recovery

The self-perpetuating cycle you’re  caught up in doesn’t have to rule your  life forever. 

You can face your co-occurring hurdles head-on with professional help and individualized support at Ranch Creek Recovery. 

Learn more about our dual diagnosis treatment program, or contact us today to get your questions answered and learn more about our all-encompassing approach to co-occurring disorder treatment


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1WebMD. Evidence Shows Abuse of Xanax, Valium on the Rise. Accessed July 9, 2021. https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/news/20181227/evidence-shows-abuse-of-xanax-valium-on-the-rise.

2Medical News Today. Alprazolam side effects. Accessed July 9, 2021. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/alprazolam-oral-tablet#side-effects

3American Psychiatric Association. What Is a Substance Use Disorder? Accessed July 9, 2021. https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/addiction/what-is-addiction.

4National Center for Biotechnology Information. Risk of Dementia in Long-Term Benzodiazepine Users: Evidence from a Meta-Analysis of Observational Studies. Accessed July 9, 2021. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6325366/

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Polydrug Use: What it is and Why it is Dangerous?

Polydrug use is when a person habitually uses more than one substance, often with the intent of enhancing or countering the effects of another drug. Additionally, someone struggling with addiction can find themselves dealing with polysubstance use simply because their preferred drug is unavailable – or, perhaps too costly – at the time they find themselves wanting to use.

An example of this type of multi-substance use disorder is when heroin and cocaine are abused together – a combination known as a speedball. Regardless of the substances being abused, though, polydrug use is extremely dangerous due to the way it impacts your health.

What is Polydrug Use?

Put simply, polydrug abuse is defined as the consistent abuse of at least two illicit drugs, including alcohol and licit substances used for nonmedical purposes. Polydrug use can include:

  • Mixing opioids with amphetamines
  • Mixing amphetamines with alcohol
  • Mixing prescription pills with illegal drugs, or
  • Combining all of the above to feed an addictive impulse that is raging out of control

These forms of polysubstance use come with a wide variety of physical dangers and are difficult to manage due to the way they can negatively impact the functionality of multiple bodily organs.

Why is Polydrug Use Popular?

Polysubstance abuse tends to be more of a psychological issue instead of a physical one. Many who struggle with polydrug use were more focused on chasing the high of intoxication than feeding the physical addiction.

This is regularly achieved when two or more drugs are taken together to amplify the effects of each individual drug or substance so that the total effect is greater than each individual substance taken alone. For example, mixing cocaine and alcohol together tend to prolong the high experienced. Mixing benzodiazepines (prescription pills) with amphetamines (cocaine, meth, Adderall) can not only prolong feelings of euphoria, but can also bring about a variety of highs.

Polydrug use can sometimes be attributed to easy availability and expert control on drug effect complications. It’s very risky use and can lead to serious conditions – like sudden heart block or CNS depression, which has been shown to potentially result in a coma and even death.

What Are the Dangers of Polydrug Use?

The impact of polysubstance use has been shown to compound damaging effects on your body, creating a situation where organs can fail and routine bodily functions, like breathing, can become significantly suppressed.

Mixing some drugs may also produce psychological problems, like hallucinating or other psychotic episodes. In addition, polysubstance abuse has been shown to exacerbate existing mental health problems and even induce new symptoms altogether.

Polysubstance use can increase the risk of an accidental overdose, since some drugs can mask the effects of others. This happens if you inadvertently take more than usual because you don’t feel as high as you’d like to be.

What are the Effects of Polydrug Use?

Since the potential combination of substances vary, so do the possible effects and damaging health consequences. Some of the more common substance combinations and their subsequent complications include:

    • Cocaine and Opioids                                                                                                                                                                                    Cocaine is proven to be very stressful for the cardiovascular system. It increases your heart rate but constricts your blood vessels. This is a very dangerous combination that has led to blood vessel rupture, heart attack, stroke and cardiac arrest.
    • Alcohol and Cocaine                                                                                                                                                                                 Combining alcohol is associated with liver damage, seizures and immune system damage. Additionally, the risk of immediate death is approximately 20 times higher when combining alcohol and cocaine use.
    • Benzodiazepines and Opioids     
      Drugs, pills and alcohol sitting on a dark-surfaced table.

      Polydrug use is when more than one drug is used. This requires dual diagnosis addiction treatment.

      A person who has these drugs in their body may find themselves so sleepy and tired that they pass out when using them. In these circumstances, it is dangerously common for the respiratory system to suppress so significantly while you sleep that you stop breathing altogether and die from the asphyxiation.

Polydrug Use to Sobriety: It’s More than Possible

Wanting to stop a polysubstance addiction is a difficult mountain to climb, but it is not impossible. Finding the proper treatment center that is capable of both diagnosing your substance use disorders and treating them in a safe and secure environment is imperative.

Trying to conquer the disease of addiction on your own can be extremely dangerous when detoxing without expert clinical and medical help. Trying to quit substance abuse on your own creates a situation where your support system and overall accountability is perpetually lacking, making a relapse all the more possible. This is why enlisting the guidance and support of a qualified treatment center is so important to achieving long-term health and sobriety. There is no time to waste; start your recovery journey today.

Get Help to Stop Mixing and Abusing. Discover Life-Changing, Holistic Polydrug Addiction Treatment at Ranch Creek Recovery

Whatever your polydrug addiction is, you can stop and get your entire life back on track. Don’t let polydrug addiction claim your life or hurt those you love the most any longer. There is life-changing support waiting for you at Ranch Creek Recovery and a sober future is possible.

Whatever your situation, Ranch Creek Recovery will tailor a treatment plan to address your specific needs. We go beyond the normal 12-Step program and deliver comprehensive, holistic inpatient services at our serene rehab center in Murrieta, California.

Learn more about our life-changing, holistic treatment programs, or contact us today  to start your journey toward detox and recovery.

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How to Help Your Loved One Avoid Sugar During the Holidays

The holidays are full of memorable moments, family fun and sweet sugary temptations. Trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle during a joyous time of year can sometimes prove more difficult than expected.

After all, most get-togethers and events during the holidays are centered around communal meals, and a majority of those meals offer everything from pies to cakes and everything sweet imaginable.

So, how can you help your loved one maintain their commitment to health and avoid a sugar overload during the holiday season? Understanding the impact sugar can have on their life and methods for avoiding unnecessary temptations is the perfect place to start.

We Understand: Sugar Consumption Can be Synonymous with the Holiday Season

It may seem like everywhere you turn during the holidays, someone is offering a sugary treat to celebrate the season – leaving your recovering loved one in a precarious position.

You see, many people who are recovering from a substance use disorder can find sugar consumption an unwanted trigger to their addiction. The manner in which sugar impacts the body can remind someone in recovery of the feelings they experienced while using drugs, turning an innocent sugary snack into a potential relapse trigger.

Additionally, if your loved one is progressing on their recovery journey, maintaining their healthier lifestyle is an essential component to their newfound sobriety, so indulging over the holidays is typically something they want to actively avoid.

While this can make navigating the holidays tricky, understanding your loved one’s progress in recovery and the importance of avoiding sugar throughout the season can be just the sober support they need to effectively avoid sugar throughout the holidays.

You Can Help Your Loved One: How to Avoid Eating Sugar During the Holidays

Being an active supporter of your loved one during the holidays is the first step toward helping them avoid unnecessary sugary temptations. While most people see sugary snacks as a harmless indulgence, recent medical studies have indicated that sugar is actually eight times as addictive as cocaine.

Harvard scientists found that individuals who consumed high-sugar milkshakes actually experienced neurological changes and, in particular, activated the addiction center in their brains.1

For your recovering loved one, this kind of trigger can instigate an unforeseen relapse and place them in a position where their sobriety is threatened by the sugary snacks they are offered throughout the holidays.

Offering them tips to avoid the sugary temptations associated with the holiday season can be just what they need to maintain their sobriety and still enjoy their time with family and friends.

Ideas to offer your loved one include:

  • Remaining active with family and friends
    Sitting around at annual family events and holiday parties can lead to unnecessary snacking, which is when the sugar-bug can easily set in. When your loved one stays active and engaged with family and friends, they can remain inspired and motivated to share their journey and the importance of avoiding sweet snacks.
  • Bring your own food to the party
    Taking the time to cook up a few snacking options before attending a party allows your loved one to contribute to the get-together in their own manner. This ensures they have nutritious options to eat during the event, while also allowing others to embark on the sugar-less holiday experience.
  • Avoid unnecessary stress
    This may seem like a difficult thing to accomplish, especially around the holidays. But stress can lead to stress-eating and stress-eating can lead to sugary setbacks. Remembering to exercise regularly throughout the holiday season and participate in active mindfulness techniques can be just the thing your loved one needs to enjoy the holidays and avoid sugary sweets.

These simple techniques can provide your loved one with a game plan that enables them to maintain their sobriety throughout the holiday season and avoid tempting holiday sweets.

How to Avoid Sugar Craving Moving Forward

The holidays can pose a very specific set of temptations for your loved one to overindulge on sugary treats, but maintaining that sugar abstinence throughout the rest of the year can be just as important.

That is why encouraging healthy lifestyle habits and a consistent daily routine is essential to avoiding unnecessary setbacks due to sugar consumption and unhealthy eating habits. This can be achieved by working with your loved one to construct a food chart consisting of daily options they can either purchase or, preferably, cook up themselves.

Approaching their nutritional health in this manner empowers your loved one to not only know what they are putting in their body, but also enables them to avoid sugary threats to their sobriety permanently.

Holistic Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment at Ranch Creek Recovery

The most important skills your loved one learned in addiction treatment is relapse prevention techniques. Now, in sobriety, continued relapse prevention education and practice is vital to truly sustain this new, clean way of life – even when it comes to a trigger like sugar consumption.

With the holidays upon us, from all of us at Ranch Creek Recovery, we wish you a safe and truly
wonderful holiday season. Always remind your loved one of how strong they are and how far they’ve come. Should your loved one find themselves in a situation where their substance of choice crept back into their life, they need to get back on track as soon as possible – and we’re here for them.

At Ranch Creek Recovery, we address addiction recovery and relapse prevention head on through our non-12-step, individualized, holistic addiction treatment programs. Our team of treatment experts will work one-on-one with your loved one to create a custom treatment and recovery plan that will help them feel confident and ready to re-enter their sober life.

Have questions? We’re here to help in any way we can. Contact us today.

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1 Dr. Hyman. Top 10 Big Ideas: How to Detox from Sugar. Accessed November 6, 2019. https://drhyman.com/blog/2014/03/06/top-10-big-ideas-detox-sugar/

Holiday Relapse Prevention

Holiday Relapse Prevention

Oh, the holidays – full of optimism and cheer! The time of year where people are inherently kinder and more giving toward those around them, and willing to go above and beyond to help their fellow man.

Special moments are shared during holiday get-togethers where carols are sung, bread is broken, and drinks are inevitably offered. When these moments of temptation arise, it is imperative for recovering addicts to have a strong support base and established personal motivation in order to overcome the impulse to relapse and maintain their achieved sobriety.

How can you help your loved one enjoy the holiday season while avoiding addictive triggers?

Understanding their emotional state and how their personal experiences impact their addictive impulses and decision-making can better enable you to intervene when your loved one is struggling. This requires effective communication with your loved one in order to establish a channel of conversation well before the temptation to relapse arises.

Achieving this is as easy as communicating with your loved one on a consistent basis, discussing everything from daily experiences to personal hardships in order to best facilitate substantive dialogue when addictive triggers rear their ugly head.

Holidays and Depression

While a majority of people experience elation around the holidays, the expectations of interacting with droves of people can be a bit much for a recovering addict. Add to that the constant pressure to imbibe with friends and family and the perpetual temptations associated with the holiday season can force your loved one to regress socially and emotionally.

Experiencing depression around the holidays is fairly common among those recovering from addiction and can be traced to a number of influencing factors that include:

  • Stress – This can be associated with the pressures of shopping for gifts or planning and attending holiday events. Either way, the stress associated with the holidays is a common instigating factor for depressive symptomatology among a recovering addict.
  • Finances – The additional costs associated with the holidays can cause a person to feel overwhelmed and overburdened. Not having enough money to buy people gifts can result in guilt, sadness, and even shame.
  • Grief – While the holidays are a great time to reconnect with loved ones, they can also exacerbate the effects of missing a loved one who is no longer here. Dwelling on those we miss most is common around the holiday season and a powerful catalyst for depressive feelings.
  • SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder is a common experience for many people around the holidays. The shortened days and colder temps can leave most yearning for the warmth and glow of summer. For those struggling with addiction, SAD can result in a desire to fall back on old stress management techniques, pushing them toward relapse and increasing their feelings of guilt and depression.

Whichever personal experience is exacerbating your loved one’s depressive symptomatology, you can help them by simply being there to provide support and encouragement. Sometimes, a kind word goes a long way and reminding your loved one of how much they are cherished can be just what they need to brighten their day.

3 Primary Ways the Holidays Can Trigger Your Loved One to Use or Relapse

Similar to the way in which the holidays can increase the potential for depressive symptoms and excessive emotionality, the holiday season can be a potent facilitator for substance relapse.

Understanding how this time of year impacts your loved one’s addictive triggers and increases their temptation to use again can aid in diverting their maladaptive impulses before they overcome your loved one’s willpower. Three ways in which the holidays can trigger your loved one’s relapse include:

  1. Increased Emotional Stress
    The holidays are filled with happiness, but the pressures to buy the perfect gifts or host the perfect parties can become overwhelming very quickly. These pressures can result in feelings of depression and anxiety, forcing your loved one to deal with excessive emotional stress – increasing their likelihood to relapse.
  2. Toasting to the Holidays
    Holiday parties are synonymous with the holiday season. From work parties to family get-togethers to friends meeting up to celebrate the season, the opportunities to drink and cut loose are excessively prevalent. Maintaining your sobriety during this time of year can become an act of attrition due to the constant encouragement to participate in substance use by everyone around you.
  3. Family Conflict
    While the holidays are typically full of love and happiness, for some, interacting with certain family members can result in finger pointing or even serious verbal conflict. Add the increased potential for alcohol consumption to the mix and the stressors associated with potential family conflict can result in your loved one relapsing.

Holiday Relapse Prevention Strategies

Actively working to help your loved one prevent a relapse around this time of year requires proactive measures and constant encouragement. Taking the time to construct a game plan with your loved one can aid in addressing stress-inducing scenarios or excessive emotionality before they become too big to handle.

Implementing the following techniques can effectively prevent unnecessary relapse and increase the likelihood that your loved one maintains their sobriety throughout the entire holiday season.

  • Establish a Healthy Holiday Routine
    Physical activity and practiced mindfulness can go a long way to not only decreasing addictive triggers, but also increasing long-term sobriety and success.Constructing a healthy routine greatly decreases negative emotionality and improves personal perspectives and relapse prevention.Here is what the routine can include:

      • Set times to get your blood pumping throughout the week
      • Make efforts to find a quiet space to clear your thoughts and focus on your breathing
      • Do a minimum of two things per week that are just for fun and just for you (like going to a sporting event or going to see a movie); focus on self-care and self-enjoyment

    These techniques will work wonders for your mind, body, and soul.

  • Make a Habit to Have a Plan
    Taking the time each day to contemplate the ways in which your sobriety will be tested, and how you can overcome the temptations, is an amazingly effective technique. This can include formulating responses to turn down people offering you a drink or how you can avoid engaging in verbal conflict with certain individuals. While the effort may seem difficult, once the habit is established, it will become second-nature to practice establishing a plan and implementing it when the need arises.

Holistic Addiction Treatment at Ranch Creek Recovery

If your loved one does relapse or start using heavily this holiday season, we understand how devastating that situation can be for you.

You can exhaust every avenue and resource to help your loved one quit abusing and get clean. But, ultimately, an addict’s recovery must start with them recognizing they have a problem and wanting to get better.

However, your love and unwavering support, help and advocacy could be the very things your loved one needs to wake up and realize it’s time to get help.

Offering an alternative to the traditional twelve-step program, Ranch Creek Recovery offers a variety of all-encompassing, holistic in-patient treatment services. Your loved one’s situation is unique; their
treatment must be customized to fit their individual recovery needs.

Learn more about Ranch Creek Recovery, including what we offer and what we treat.

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How Meth Addiction Affects the Family

Addictions never exist in a vacuum. The choice of one individual to abuse a drug always produces devastating consequences. It doesn’t take long for the ramifications of one’s addiction to pry into the innocent, unassuming lives of friends and loved ones.

As families of meth addicts quickly become aware of, their loved one’s twisted reality becomes the driving force behind dismantling their family unit.

If your loved one is addicted to meth, it can be incredibly hard to make sense of all you and your family are going through. While meth addiction affects every individual and family differently, the following situations are common, ruinous ways it can severely damage your family’s dynamic:

How Meth Addiction Affects Families When a Teenage or Adult Child is Using

For any parent, realizing addiction has entered their child’s life is nothing short of terrifying. To witness them suffer, to watch them struggle, to seemingly have a front row seat to the deterioration of their life produces a paralyzing feeling unlike any other. And, it gets worse.

When a child is addicted to meth, the entire family endures pain and hardships because of:

  • Isolated behavior
    Meth fundamentally alters how an addict thinks and acts. For some meth addicts, they may have sobering moments where they feel embarrassed for their addiction or specific behaviors they displayed and, thus, will withdraw from relationships or distance themselves in hopes that their addiction won’t hurt their family anymore.

Isolation, however, only causes more despair to loved ones, as family members are left frantically trying to reconnect and support the addict in the hopes they get clean.

  • Enabling treatment
    Understandably, parents will do anything for their children. Because of this, parents are especially apt to enable a child who is contending with a meth addiction. While the intentions of enabling family members are only to help guide their loved one toward quitting and getting healthy, enabling behaviors – bribing, incentivizing and bargaining – actually do just the opposite.

Enabling only helps a meth addict continue to abuse the toxic substance. Enabling family members are unknowingly protecting addicts from the real consequences of abusing meth and allowing them to continue their calamitous behavior.

When family members realize their efforts are ineffective, it can cause additional stress, arguments, and serious dysfunction within the family.

  • School issues & Employment problems
    Depending on an addict’s age, meth can destroy their academic or professional performance.

When a child begins to fall behind in school, receive failing grades or display inappropriate behavior toward other students because of their meth addiction, the entire family can feel the immense pressure that these actions cause. Parents become upset, tensions rise and siblings can be left to wonder what’s going to happen next in such a turbulent home.

When an adult child begins to display poor work ethic, inappropriate behavior and a subpar performance at their job responsibilities because of their meth addiction, termination is very likely. When an adult child becomes unemployed, parents, siblings and even extended family members are often left to put a roof over their head and provide for their needs until they get back on their feet. Meth addiction, however, rarely allows anyone to get back on their feet by themselves, forcing an adult child to overstay their welcome and become a source of worry, stress and resentment for other family members.

  • Criminal charges
    Meth addiction can cause an individual to go to great lengths to support their habit. In turn, they can run into problems with the legal system by:

    • Stealing money or items to sell in order to get more meth
    • Assaulting people while trying to rob them
    • Potentially robbing a known dealer to steal more meth
    • Other situations

When a child incurs criminal charges, it places the parents in a position where they could be forced to attend court dates or sacrifice their own hard-earned money to pay for their child’s legal defense, bail or other miscellaneous legal expense.

Regardless of the above situation(s) a family finds themselves in, a child’s meth addiction can take a significant emotional toll on every family member. Addiction can make parents feel fundamentally inadequate in regard to parenting techniques, and every family member can develop depressive disorders or feelings of excessive anxiety.

How Meth Addiction Affects Families When a Parent is Using

When a parent is addicted to meth, children of all ages are often the recipients of selfish, neglectful, dangerous parenting. When a parent is absent or makes incredibly harmful decisions, children suffer the most without any warning or means to make their situation better. A child can endure trauma and/or develop life-long mental and emotional issues because of:

  • A parent’s financially instability
    A meth addiction is not cheap. Unfortunately, it is very common for parents to spend entire paychecks on their addiction or dip into the family’s savings or a child’s college fund to get their next fix. It doesn’t take long for a meth addiction to drain a family’s bank account and cause deep financial stress that children can sense and experience first-hand.
  • A parent’s failure to meet responsibilities
    Because addictions rule an individual’s life, parental responsibilities come second to meth. When a parent is addicted to meth, they are no longer focused on their child’s needs. Failing to remember to feed their children or provide them with a healthy, nutritious meal; neglecting to bathe their children; forgetting to take them to practices or other activities; disregarding the importance of helping children with schoolwork or talking about their day can place an incredible amount of hurt and burden on a child. Many times, a child of a meth addict is left to care for themselves and/or their siblings on their own. This can create dangerous situations and feelings of abandonment.
  • A parent’s unstable emotional state
    A meth addiction can cause an individual to experience paranoia, excessive anxiety, feelings of hopelessness when coming off the drug, and bouts of heavy depression. Children are the unfortunate innocent bystanders of these unstable emotional states. These emotions create an unstable home environment lacking attentiveness, comfort and guidance. Worst of all, children can start to feel responsible for their parent’s actions, as if something they did caused their parents to stop showing them love and affection.
  • A parent’s disintegrating career
    Addictions leave no facets of life untouched. When a meth addiction begins to seep into an addict’s work life, the risk of demotion or termination becomes incredibly high. Employment issues can result in more financial issues causing a person to question, “what’s going to happen next?” From an early age, children understand the necessity and importance of a job. When they sense a parent’s job is rocky or no longer existent, it can cause them to stress about the future of the family and how things will unfold.
  • A parent’s criminal activity
    When a parent gets caught up in the legal system because of their meth addiction, it results in a lack of structure and behavioral expectation due to the parent’s inability to monitor their own actions, let alone their children’s.

A parent’s criminal activity sets into motion systemic-levels of criminogenic behavior. A child growing up in this type of environment – where their parent is constantly fighting drug addiction and the legal system – could normalize this type of home life, leading the child down a criminogenic path as well.

Holistic Meth Addiction Treatment at Ranch Creek Recovery

Meth addiction can easily burden a family with intense pain or tear a family apart. Having a meth addict in your life can make every day feel like the wheels are coming off a little more and you don’t know what to do or who to turn to.

At Ranch Creek Recovery, we understand exactly where you are and what you’re going through. You are arguably living the hardest, most distressing days of your life. But there is hope and life-changing support.

Through our holistic methamphetamine addiction treatment program, we go beyond the normal twelve-steps and focus on tailor-fitting treatment to address each patient’s unique needs. It’s about individualized treatment at Ranch Creek, and your loved one can discover a new beginning here and help your entire family start anew.

Learn more about Ranch Creek Recover, including our meth addiction recovery program.

Have questions? We’re here to help. Contact us today.

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How a Serene and Secluded Environment Can Benefit Drug Rehabilitation

For many people with addiction issues, the prospect of entering into treatment can be daunting. There are still many widely held misconceptions about detox and rehab that can deter the people most in need of treatment from reaching out for help. Read more

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How to Manage Triggers to Prevent Relapse in Recovery

When someone is living with alcohol addiction, successful completion of a program at an alcohol treatment center does not guarantee a life of sobriety. An important part of an alcoholism treatment program is to prepare patients for their return to daily lives, which includes how to deal with the triggers and stressors they will face without relapsing into using alcohol.

Untreated alcoholism forms negative cycles in a person’s behavior that include the following stages:

  • Heavy drinking while in the addiction phase
  • Withdrawal when a decision is taken to refrain from drinking
  • Relapse when something triggers old negative behaviors

The main reason people who have not received specialist treatment at an alcohol rehab center invariably relapse is because once they have decided to refrain from drinking, it becomes the focus of all their thoughts. A preoccupation with alcohol can lead to a particular vulnerability to stressors and a rapid response of reverting to using it when faced with an uncomfortable situation.

There are several key elements at play when it comes to the propensity someone has for relapse including:

  • A compulsion to find and use alcohol
  • An inability to limit or restrict use and manage cravings
  • Feelings of depression and anxiety can often lead to self-medicating with alcohol
  • The severity of psychological and physical symptoms during withdrawal

What Exactly Is a Relapse?

Relapse is incorrectly viewed as being an isolated event outside of recovery. However, single events like this are not classed as relapse because relapse is a process that has a direct connection with recovery from alcoholism.

There are three ways relapse can be triggered, as follows:

  • Relapse through thoughts:  “I’ve not had a drink for a while and I feel in control of my addiction. I deserve to ‘treat’ myself with a drink – just the one”.
  • Relapse through behavior: “I don’t feel as though I have control of my thoughts and feelings without alcohol and it’s impacting my relationships with others”.
  • Relapse through ‘controlled’ use: “I think that if I control the amount of alcohol I drink that I can cope better with everyday problems, without any risk of hitting bottom again.”

In essence, triggers are situations, circumstances or events that start a train of thought, where reasons and justifications are made by a person to ‘allow’ them to use again. However, this is just another form of denial that can lead to a very high risk of relapse.

What Are the Types of Triggers of Relapse?

Everyone is different and has their personal challenges to face when seeking to overcome alcoholism. The benefit of specialist alcohol treatment centers is that clinicians are able to make a thorough evaluation of each patient’s case history and create the most appropriate and effective course of treatment for their specific needs.

An important part of alcohol rehab is learning new techniques and skills that can act as coping mechanisms after treatment. Mindfulness practices and therapy arm patients with the best tools to protect them from cravings and prevent negative responses to any triggers they may experience when they have left the treatment facility.

There are two types of triggers generally faced by people leaving inpatient or outpatient alcohol rehab:

  • Emotional triggers: Frustration, fear, anxiety, stress, depression.
  • Environmental triggers: peer pressure from people still using, parties where drink is available.

Ways to Manage Cravings and Triggers After Alcohol Rehab

  • While in rehab, patients get the opportunity to build a solid support network that includes their own friends and family as well as medical professionals and others in recovery. A well-rounded group of contacts allows someone to feel more confident in sobriety; having someone on the other end of the phone can provide significant peace of mind in difficult situations.
  • Regularly attending meetings and support groups allow people in recovery a platform from which they can gain a better understanding of how to manage triggers. Discussing issues with people who have been through exactly the same situations and circumstances is hugely beneficial for those in recovery from alcoholism.
  • Frequent exercise acts as a good distraction and prevents people from obsessing about alcohol when they are trying to live without it. Physical exercise also instills a sense of discipline in people and is very beneficial in increasing confidence and self-esteem.
  • Using some of the techniques and practices taught during alcohol rehab like yoga, for example, can give patients a positive process to put in place when they are confronted with stressful situations or triggers for relapse.
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Demystifying Alcohol and Drug Detox Programs

Many people put off checking themselves into detox treatment centers, mainly because of their fears about the withdrawal symptoms they may face. There are numerous misconceptions about detox and it is also misrepresented by the media to appear as one of the most torturous experiences imaginable.

The fact is, however, that a detox program in a professional facility is the safest way of quitting drugs or alcohol and the best environment to prepare people for a new life in recovery.

Here we take a look at what is really involved in a detox program and what the significant benefits are:

Evaluation and Assessment

This is the initial phase of addiction treatment and is used to establish the nature and severity of the addiction and any other mental health issues that may be co-occurring. Details of a patient’s medical history, family background, and socioeconomic circumstances are taken and a physical examination is carried out. Once enough information has been obtained from a newly-admitted patient, it is then possible to design a treatment program specific to their needs.


Detox is when someone abstains from using or drinking alcohol in order to purge the body of their influences. This is the part of addiction treatment that many people fear but a facility has the benefit of having highly-qualified clinicians on hand to treat any distressing withdrawal symptoms as and when they arise. Everyone is different and has their varying tolerance levels and detox is a personal journey for each person. However, detoxing from certain drugs such as heroin, for example, can lead to more dramatic withdrawal symptoms, some of which can be life-threatening which is why it is always recommended to attend medically supervised detox programs.

Education and Counseling

Individual and group therapy and counseling help to identify the root causes of addiction. It is only through communicating with others on a one-to-one basis or as part of a group, that patients can get a better understanding of the events leading up to them developing the disease. Recovering from addiction is a process that can take many years and for most people, having a support network close-at-hand after treatment has been completed is a significant benefit.

Before addicts enter a treatment environment, they have most likely experienced social difficulties and even become withdrawn. People with addiction issues often expect to be judged by others and so they respond well to treatment environments where they have open lines of communication with empathetic counterparts.

Relapse Prevention

For many people leaving rehabilitation and returning to their daily lives, the first few weeks can be intimidating and frightening. Learning to cope outside a clinical environment is made much easier by using the coping mechanisms learned during rehab. These coping mechanisms take several forms according to individual preference and can include mindfulness practices such as meditation and yoga or more creative forms of expression like music or writing. Open and free communication is an integral part of addiction treatment and is considered pivotal in determining someone’s success in recovery.

It is not possible to leave a rehabilitation facility and go straight back to what was formerly a normal routine. By doing so, patients put themselves at risk of encountering triggers and stressors that kept them addicted in the first place. Associations with the same people they socialized with before rehab have to be cast aside in the majority of cases; otherwise, the risk of relapse is increased. This can be a difficult exercise for recovering addicts and they can be faced with confrontation from former friends unwilling to accept the person they knew no longer has anything in common with them.

Feelings of isolation and avoidance can be countered by relying on a support network, one of the most crucial takeaways of formal addiction treatment. When someone is faced with having to cut ties with people they have been close to for a long time and even family members they have strong bonds with, the feelings of alienation can be overwhelming. Life doesn’t get easy when treatment for addiction has been completed but recovering addicts are better prepared to deal with any challenges they may face.

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Outpatient Treatment for Addiction May be the Right Choice for You

It’s time. You have faced the reality that drug or alcohol addiction has taken over your life and you need help in order to return to health.  While many times it is suggested that entering an inpatient program at an addiction treatment center is the fastest way toward sobriety, it is not always the solution.  For some individuals, the stress of leaving their family, work, and supportive surroundings can actually prevent the treatment from succeeding. There is another option: outpatient treatment coordinated by the team at a drug rehab can be a therapeutic choice for the right person and circumstances.

Finding Your Healthy Routine

The routine of getting up for work, feeding your children, and caring for a home can be part of your recovery when the place and people have not been contributing factors to your addiction. You will need to focus on the mundane tasks that were not part of the spiraling need for a drink or finding your next fix.

Keep Family and Friend Support Nearby

While your body and mind continue to detox, it can be tempting to return to the destructive cycle of addiction. While working with outpatient services offered by some drug and alcohol treatment centers, having family members and loyal friends by your side ready to assist you can be crucial elements to your recovery.  While an inpatient program can insulate you from negative relationships, it can hinder those that are able to support you.

Adding Therapy where It Fits into Your Schedule

Group and individual therapy continue to be a major part of your return to health, even in an outpatient program.  However, when you are able to maintain more of a normal schedule, fitting in your therapy sessions can be easier.  Which in turn can help you stay in therapy longer, increasing your ability to remain sober. 

For some, when the rigorous structure of inpatient treatment is taken away upon release, it can be the first step toward relapsing as the routine that was part of life as an addict can easily return.  When your whole life works with you toward sobriety, you can have stronger support systems in place at the end of outpatient treatment enabling you to succeed in this difficult process.

Discover New Interests for Your Future

When you enter into an inpatient program that uses a holistic approach toward treatment, you may be exposed to a variety of new techniques intended for you to take home which can include journaling, painting, dancing, or athletics.  If you opt for an outpatient program, you are able to enter into classes that are located in your community where you can continue the journey toward whole health even after your graduation from the addiction program.

Every positive addition to your routine created outside of the addiction treatment centers walls is one more tool to be used to achieve sobriety that can last.

An Option that May Be Right for You

Every person walks their own path through life.  While the sound of an outpatient program may be attractive, it still may not be the right choice for you.  It is always best to talk to an addiction specialist to create a plan of action that fits your specific needs at this place and time.  It may feel like staying in your own bed is a great choice, but your current routine may be acting as a large part of the habit of addiction and a complete change is truly what you need.