Your Addiction is Probably Worse than You Think
If you are at a point where you are starting to think that you are addicted to a substance, there is a good chance that the drug or alcohol addiction is worse than you think. This is because people who are addicted often create introspective excuses for why they keep using the substance and so often. More often than not, people tell themselves (and others who will listen) that they are not addicted whatsoever. They say things like, “I can quit whenever I want.”
And if you are challenged in this way and you give that reply, you may hear a question asking you to quit the substance then and there. Your addiction might lead you into saying something along the lines of “I just don’t want to quit right now.”
With that all in mind, if you actually think to yourself that you have a substance abuse problem, it must have caused serious consequences or you feel like you have lost control of your life.
Things May Only Get Worse
A huge problem with addiction is that it is cyclical, and every time you drink alcohol or take drugs means becoming more and more addicted to the substance. For most addicts, their symptoms and addiction only get worse until they either get help by way of family intervention, a huge change in their life, or a program through a rehab center.
Even if you are a “functional addict” right now, that still means that you are an addict, and you should seek help at your earliest opportunity.
When You Should Go to Rehab
Though there’s no line drawn that separates drug and alcohol use with drug and alcohol addiction, the moment that you think you have an addiction is when you should go to rehab. If this sounds like you, contact First Step today.
How to Tell if Someone has Overdosed
Seeing a loved one go through overdose symptoms can be truly frightening, especially when some of the more serious symptoms strike. Nonetheless, if you do not know what you are looking out for or why, you might simply assume that the person is having some kind of different health issue and you may end up not getting them the help they need for their drug abuse problem.
Overdosing on drugs comes with a plethora of visible side effects. If someone has taken far too many drugs for their body to handle, they will more often than not experience or exhibit multiple symptoms, including the following:
- Passing out
- Loss of perception
- Not responding
- Violent behavior
- High body temperatures
- Blue extremities
- Drowning sounds
- Breathing difficulties, including stopped breathing
- Pupil dilation
- Chest pain
- Severe incoordination
Get Immediate Help for an Overdose
Should you suspect that a loved one has overdosed on drugs, you need to act immediately and get them help. This isn’t a time to worry about whether they will get in trouble for using a substance, especially since overdose so often leads to death when people aren’t treated right away.
For a drug overdose, take the person to the nearest emergency room. Your quick action in doing so may be the difference between life and death for them.
After the Overdose has Been Handled
Watching someone go through an overdose and getting them treatment at the emergency room might seem like the problem has finally ended, but there is a good chance that the person has an addiction to drugs of some kind. Once they are out of the hospital for the overdose, contact us to determine the best course of action. We will help discover if the overdose was a one-time thing or whether a drug addiction is present.
Need rehab but think it’s going to cost too much money? If so, that’s not quite right – there are a few channels you can use to make sure the person in your life who is abusing substances gets the alcoholism and drug addiction treatment that they need. Thanks to misinformed rumors and the way celebrities going through rehab are portrayed on gossip tabloids, those who might need addiction treatment services the most might be avoiding rehab centers in Ft Lauderdale because they sincerely believe treating their substance abuse will cost ridiculous amounts of money.
Rehab is More Accessible than Ever Before
For the most part, the majority of people looking for a rehab center in Ft Lauderdale know of at least a couple ways that can make rehab more affordable. Specifically, most people know (or at least correctly assume) that decent health insurance will be accepted by most rehab centers, which ends up making the cost of rehab in Ft Lauderdale effectively nothing for the person receiving addiction treatment.
Those who don’t have insurance or who have their health insurance through a company that refuses to cover the cost of rehab still have options, too. In these cases, payment plans make paying for rehab significantly easier for the family since the cost is broken up into affordable monthly payments. A lot of people think that insurance or payment plans are the only ways they’ll ever be able to go to a substance abuse rehab center in Ft Lauderdale. However, there is another channel that could be the best for people who qualify.
Rehab Scholarships and Grants
That’s right – there are full and partial payment scholarships and grants available to those who are addicted to alcohol and drugs. These primarily come from government programs and organizations, but occasionally private entities offer scholarships to cover the cost of rehab for those who need the financial assistance. In fact, one of the prerequisites we often see on these programs is that the patient either doesn’t have health insurance or has insurance that flat out refuses to pay for their rehab.
To determine if your health insurance will pay the cost of rehab in Ft Lauderdale or if you need to pursue other payment options, contact us at (866) 319-6126 today.
We understand that for many people in Ft Lauderdale who are addicted to one or more substance that bringing up the idea of asking for help might feel like an admission of weakness or bring on some kind of shame. However, we strongly believe that admitting you have a problem -first to yourself then to another person- is one of the most courageous things someone can do in their life.
Strength in Asking for Help
Still, asking for help in getting detox in Ft Lauderdale can be an especially difficult task for a lot of people. Not only does seeking help through a rehab center in Ft Lauderdale cause some to feel anxious, but the addiction itself can leave a potential rehab patient almost frozen when the idea of receiving substance abuse detox and rehab comes up. It’s already difficult enough for some people to ever ask for help, but then trying to do so when there is a chemical telling them to keep using can feel impossible.
It’s not, though.
Looking at it Another Way
For most intents and purposes, going through detox in Ft Lauderdale through a rehab center is receiving a service. Just like you might occasionally have pizza delivered, a plumber fix a busted pipe, animal control come and deal with a nuisance creature, put your trash out to be picked up by waste management, or any number of other actions you take that involve other people doing work, the staff and doctors in Ft Lauderdale who help people go through detox and substance abuse treatment are providing a service. That service isn’t needed by addicts because they are weak or some other shameful notion. The service is provided because the people who work at rehab centers in Ft Lauderdale are the professionals when it comes to helping people go through detox and rehab.
It’s okay to ask for help sometimes. To see how we can help you or a loved one end a drug or alcohol addiction, Contact Us today.