The benefits of residing in a sober living environment (SLE) are self-evident if you have recovered from a substance use disorder. Living with other recovering people is helpful to avoid relapse.
It’s well known that long-term recovery is aided by extended treatment. For the purposes of this discussion, sober living is not technically treatment. However, it’s a crucial part of a recovering person’s life – the eight hours they spent sleeping and is also where they started and ended their day, in the sphere of influence of their roommates or family.
Testing and Accountability
A reputable sober living home will require regular testing, which should be facilitated by a house manager and given randomly.
The majority of sober living homes also require participation in support groups (usually 12-Step meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous), and possibly tasks. These layers of accountability really add up, giving people a reason to stay sober and constant reinforcement for their continuing sobriety.
Supportive Peer Relationships
One great benefit of SLEs is that the residents bonds with each other. These bonds provide peer support and helps the individual throughout the period in early recovery when they are still experiencing Post Acute Withdrawals Syndrome (PAWS).
Longer Treatment Equals Better Outcomes
There's a strong correlation between longer-term treatment and better sobriety outcomes. The sober living home is a crucial component to the recovering persons support system, and while not technically “treatment”, a crucial component to the life of any recovery individual.
The ideal goal for any recovering person is to be able to remain sober without any external help. However most people who start down the path of recovery take a liking to their support groups in many of the new processes and habits they developed.
A benefit of sober living is that it starts you down the path of building interpersonal connections, and strengthens your daily regimen of activities to support your long-term recovery when you are no longer in a recovery residence. When people eventually move back home (or to their own independent living space), they can still benefit from all the support groups and the connectors they made without any fees that are associated with treatment in the sober living.
Only One Piece of the Puzzle
Sober living by itself should not be considered as a guarantee against relapse. However, it is clearly a beneficial and supportive element that is too often overlooked by those who have completed a short period of residential treatment or managed to obtain a period of sobriety on their own.
The benefits of participating in a sober living house include:
- Less Exposure to negative influences
- Supportive, positive, environment of recovering peers
- Higher accountability for relapse
- Positive routines that support 'life-skills'
- Increased freedom with reduced temptation
- The flexibility to transition back to empowering ‘normal life’ activities (ie. work and school)
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A growing problem that has been flying under the radar is prescription drug abuse among the elderly. Over 50% of Americans over the age of take 5 or more medications. As people age, the number of medications they’re prescribed goes up with declining health. Many elderly people juggle fifteen or more prescriptions.
The Over-prescription of Drugs to Seniors
Some elderly become victims of over-prescribing, with the side effects of one medication being mistaken for another condition, and then a doctor prescribes more drugs. This is especially alarming with Big Pharma encouraging doctors to overprescribe by using aggressive marketing and hiring people to write the Clinical practice guidelines doctors rely on.
Gradual Prescription Drug Abuse by Elderly Patients
People abuse drugs to change the way they feel, and most people want to escape feelings like loneliness, pain, fear and despair. For elderly people, losing a mate or another loved one, loneliness, and age discrimination are all emotionally harrowing. There’s physical decline and just possibly boredom after retirement, especially if one cannot enjoy the activities and hobbies one dreamed about having time to pursue once retired due to declining health. Really, it’s easy to imagine why an elderly person with a cabinet full of medications that produce sedation and/or euphoria might be tempted to take more pills than prescribed.
Types of Addictive Drugs Commonly Prescribed to Elderly Patients
Many elderly people have health conditions such as osteoarthritis that cause chronic pain. Also, they undergo more surgeries and are prone to accidents such as falling (especially if overmedicated). These conditions/pain events are treated with opioid painkillers which are highly addictive.
Opioid drugs include:
The above is a partial list.
Other addictive drugs prescribed frequently to elderly patients are benzodiazepines, used to treat insomnia (a common problem among older adults), anxiety and panic attacks. Benzodiazepines include:
Even the milder versions of the above drugs on both lists are highly addictive, yet commonly prescribed. It is very easy to overdose if one takes more than the recommended dosage, misses a dose and then doubles up, or mixes the medication with another substance such as alcohol.
Even when taken as prescribed a patient can become dependent on any of the above pharmaceuticals. Doctors normally wean a patient off the above drugs by gradually lowering dosage to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
The only three drugs that can cause death from withdrawal are
Any combination of the above 3 categories of drugs is extremely dangerous.
How Can I Tell if My Parent is Addicted to Prescription Drugs?
Unfortunately, many symptoms such as confusion, forgetfulness and changing sleep patterns could be mistaken for normal signs of aging. Other signs and symptoms to look for include:
- Changes in mood
- Slurred speech
- Taking more than prescribed
- Multiple prescriptions of the same drug
- Seeing more than one doctor for the same condition
You know your loved one better than most. If he or she doesn’t seem normal and is engaging in unusual behavior, or just seems impaired, you may want to look at what prescription medications they’re on. Although this could be a delicate situation requiring diplomacy and tact, checking out what prescriptions doctors have your elderly loved one on may save their life.
Beware Double-Dosing With Multiple Prescriptions
No matter what age somebody is, it is very hard to remember and keep track of what you took when you have multiple prescriptions. One good way to do so is to buy a compartmentalized drug organizer, with days and times listed on the compartments. You can help your loved one fill these at set times, maybe twice monthly for a two-week supply. They may need to be changed if a doctor changes a prescription, but this should be relatively easy to do by just taking the old dosage out of the compartments, putting the new dose in, and then disposing of the medication that isn’t being used any more.
When your loved one goes to the doctor, they can easily show the doctor what prescriptions they’re on because they will keep all their pill bottles in one place to access at set times when they (and you) fill the organizer(s).
Too often pharmaceutical drugs, even when prescribed by doctors, do more harm than good. This is especially true in for victims of pharmaceutical cascade, where a doctor mistakes the side effects of a drug for another illness and responds by prescribing more drugs. While this could be entirely by accident, it can and has actually killed elderly patients who trust their doctors’ judgments without question.
There’s a grass-roots movement among physicians and patients called Deprescribing. Their goal is to move towards prescribing less pharmaceuticals. For more information, check out the website by clicking the link above.
Getting More Help
If you or somebody you love is addicted to pharmaceutical drugs, there are many options to get help. It is extremely dangerous to quit taking pharmaceutical drugs cold turkey. Medical detox with a team of Clinicians who can monitor for adverse withdrawal symptoms and keep the patient as comfortable as possible is the only safe option.
After detoxing, there are many more options for ongoing support. Residential rehab treatment has helped millions of people pursue recovery without their drug of choice. Quitting addictive prescriptions has become easier with the help of medication assisted treatment (MAT), which is the practice of taking medications that help reduce cravings and block the pleasure of the addictive drug. Contact a behavioral health professional to get help. Your phone call is completely confidential. We are here for you and those you love now.
For months, public health experts have predicted an onslaught of addiction alongside the COVID-19 crisis. Now stark numbers show that over the course of a year, over 87,000 Americans died from drug overdoses.
About the Overdose Numbers
The study, which examined drug use from September 2019 to September 2020, showed a steep increase in the mortality rate of drug overdoses. Many of these overdoses were due to the introduction of fentanyl, whether the users knew it or not. Many drug dealers have been “spiking” other opioids like fentanyl.
Police often see it as an ingredient in cocaine here in America. Sometimes overdoses involve a fake opioid pill like Oxycontin or Percocet bought on the street. Fentanyl is becoming an easy-to-get drug that dealers seem to like to add “pep” and create a deeper addiction.
Before the pandemic, the number of opioid overdoses had begun to decrease, but there was a sharp reversal in early 2020. The highest number of overdoses in 2020 can be tied directly to the pandemic.
Loss of Services Caused Desperation
People in recovery are included in those overdose numbers. People who lost jobs, family members and faced uncertainty didn’t have the support systems to stay sober on their own. People sent home from sober living and rehab were vulnerable to relapse as they sheltered-in-place alone.
People with opioid use disorder who relapse are more likely to overdose because their body isn’t used to the amount of drugs they take. Fentanyl, a drug that’s 50 to 100 times as strong as morphine, causes overdoses precisely because the users are either experienced or do not have the physical tolerance for the powerful drug.
Getting Help for Addiction
The good news is that there’s still help available. Recovery rooms are opening up around the country, and treatment centers have been operating safely for months. Help is possible and available! Let us help you reclaim your life and find purpose again. We offer programs in a safe, compassionate environment. Call us at 619-363-4767 to learn more about what we offer.
Many treatment centers offer different therapy methods to help their clients explore their feelings and help them make better choices. Motivational interviewing is often used by addiction treatment counselors to help their clients make challenging changes in their life.
People who are angry and need to find the motivation to continue in recovery sometimes find motivational interviewing can help them channel their anger into something more positive. The interviewer will be positive and supportive as they guide their client to make commitments during the session.
When is it Used?
Motivational interviewing is often used to help people make better life choices. Often it is used in the form of intervention or during therapy. By interviewing a client about their desires and their reasons for change, a therapist can help them channel their negative feelings into positive solutions.
The best part about motivational interviewing is that it is very client-centered. A hostile or angry client may not want to hear about all of the things they’ve messed up. Many people who are new to recovery are skeptical and wary of confrontational therapy methods. Motivational therapy employs empathy and compassion as a part of its methods to help clients feel safe and supported as they decide what changes to make in their lives.
Motivational interviewing is meant to be a positive experience that helps clients decide to change certain behaviors on their own. The therapist guides them and supports their choices to live a healthier life and make better decisions.
How Motivational Interviewing Works
The first goal of motivational interviewing is to help a person increase their motivation to make positive changes. For a person who wants to get clean and sober, there are probably many improvements that they can see from following through. Talking about these things can help a person develop a vision for the future.
When the client wants to change, the therapist will make sure they commit to following through. Even if this is one small, incremental change, it can help clients feel good about their progress and continue on their journey.
Motivational interviewing is just one strategy that is used to help people with substance use disorders. Often, a treatment center uses cognitive behavioral therapy, experiential therapy, and other forms of group therapy to help a person new to recovery stay sober.
Getting Help for Addiction
At Present Moments, we help people from all walks of life get sober. We can help people with alcohol addiction, opioid use disorder, and other addictive disorders begin the journey to get sober. Do you or somebody you love need help getting sober? We’re here to help you. Please contact us to learn about getting started and what choices are available.
The County of San Diego recently published stark numbers about addiction overdoses. Overdose deaths during the pandemic are a parallel public health crisis. Deaths have increased at least 50% since the same time last year. Three people overdose and die daily, mostly from opioids.
The indirect causes of overdose deaths vary. Some people are newly addicted, some have relapsed, and others may have increased their drug use or are struggling to maintain it. Drug supplies have been spotty on the streets of San Diego for illicit drug users, causing them to turn to other sources. Fentanyl is often found in drug supplies that are sold as heroin or Oxycontin.
Pandemic and Relapse
San Diego isn't the only place where people are struggling. The pandemic has, in part, ushered in a new addiction epidemic. Like many people, some individuals in recovery have struggled with isolation, and anecdotally there is a decent percentage of people who have relapsed since the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdowns.
Drugs are not flowing on the streets the way they used to due to border shutdowns and fewer flights. Thus, pills are often cut with fentanyl, which is very potent and can be fatal to inexperienced people using it.
Addiction, also called substance use disorder, is found among people from all backgrounds. Addiction is a disease and has its progression. The good news is that help is available.
Detox and treatment can help you overcome addiction and reclaim your life.
If you or your loved one has relapsed, getting clean and sober may not happen overnight.
Keep a supply of Naloxone, an overdose reversal drug, with you if you or somebody you love uses opioids. In San Diego, a primary care physician or other healthcare can prescribe it for you. Check-in with your loved ones or commit to having them check in with you once or more times a day. Let them know that you'll have to call them an ambulance if they don't get in touch.
If you suspect your loved one has overdosed and you can't get in touch with them, it's okay to call 911 and let them know you suspect an overdose.
If a loved one turns blue, is unconscious, or has shallow breathing, don't hesitate to summon emergency help—call 911.
The best way to prevent an overdose is to get clean and sober through a reputable program. We can help you start your journey through recovery and begin to reclaim your life. Our caring intake coordinators are standing by to answer any questions you may have about detox and treatment. Call us today at (619) 363-4767.
Our Medical Director Dr. Milgram has this message we wanted to share here. He is in recovery himself for decades and is known as an inspirational figure in the San Diego recovery community:
Worry, fear, boredom, anxiety, loneliness, escapism, insomnia; these are the emotions that plague our society. The plague that is COVID is making these human imperfections more frequent and more pronounced.
There are healthy effective ways we can not only deal with these feelings and situations. But it is human tendency to take an immediate and effective way to escape: The Devil’s Drugs. They are too readily available. There is easy access to someone who can promise you the gates of heaven. You are invincible. And you want it now. From a friend or family member who has some. Or from a prescriber who will prescribe, sometimes inadvertently but often as a legitimate dealer. Hey, maybe it‘s even covered by your insurance. Maybe you know somebody who knows someone who can get it for you in a park or a parking lot. Trust me. You are not invincible. These are not your grandparent’s drugs. These synthetic drugs have a high addiction potential. I don’t think they should have ever been released to the public, like Quaaludes. You give these drugs to a thousand white mice…and a thousand whit mice will be pushing that button for more. Physiologically, we are not dissimilar from a white mouse. They use these same white mice to test the drugs and extrapolate to human consumption. WE WANT MORE OF THAT!!
These drugs cause what is known as hyperalgesia. Let’s say you stroke the hairs on your arm with a feather. These drugs make a stimulus that would be a tickle or an unpleasurable event and convert it to pain. What do you do? I WANT MORE OF THAT!!
Then you develop tolerance to the drug. Until you rapidly, sometimes within days, need more to get you to that place where you want to be. And you then know. I NEED MORE OF THAT!!
NAD+ Helps with Detox and Recovery
We have been very successful treating alcoholism and drug addiction to heroin, opiates with our innovative and experienced team and the magical molecule of NAD+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide), which detoxifies and fixes your brain, relieving withdrawal symptoms and cravings with much greater regularity than your neighborhood rehab center. But these are The Devil’s Drugs. And they require an all out and effective therapeutic approach to avoid the gates of hell; loss of you job, your family, your money, your home. And finally you lose yourself and then you lose hope. Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Klonipen, Ativan, Ambien and the sort) are not a good solution. You solve a problem by creating another problem. But prescribers too readily whip out their prescription pads to give you a stopgap that may be as bad or worse than the original problem. Please don’t take Kratom either. Often the addiction to Kratom is worse than heroin. Unfortunately, it is readily available and touted as “natural”. When you are addicted to Kratom, you may be suffering such terrible withdrawals that you have to use through the night every two hours.
The best way to avoid this whole situation is to not allow these drugs into your body. Avoid them all-knowingly because I have here told you of their power, their danger, and the high percentage for your physiologic tendency as a normal human being to succumb to the power of these drugs. But it is human tendency to think you are different, stronger, better, even invincible. I WANT TO FEEL IT, NOW!!
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Many people in recovery have a DUI in their story, especially people who live with alcohol addiction also called alcohol use disorder. Sometimes people have more severe DUI charges, especially if the charge is not a person’s first. Aggravated DUI is a felony, which can cost a lot of money and time, especially if you are sentenced to jail.
Many people with an addiction to alcohol or other substances find themselves arrested for a Driving Under the Influence charge. A DUI, especially a second or aggravated one, can be incredibly costly and cause you to lose your driver’s license and freedom.
Nobody wants to be addicted to alcohol. It is not necessary to hit a terrible bottom before you get help. Recovery is possible no matter who you are or what you have done in the past.
What is Considered an Aggravated DUI?
There is more than one reason to be charged with Aggravated DUI. You may be surprised at the kinds of things that can cause you to be accused of this crime, which is a felony and much more serious than your first DUI.
Here are a few reasons you might be charged for Aggravated DUI in California:
- Having a minor in the car when you are driving drunk.
- Getting into an accident while under the influence and having one or more victims of the crash.
- Driving at an excessive speed while driving under the influence. Usually, this is 20 or more miles per hour over the speed limit.
- Having other drugs on you or an extensive criminal record.
- Getting a DUI within “safety enhancement zones” where there is extensive foot traffic, such as the Golden Gate bridge.
- If you have blood alcohol of more than .20%, which is more than twice the legal limit, it has much harsher penalties.
Consequences for Aggravated DUI in California
California DUI fines can cost you anywhere from around $400 to $5000, depending on your conviction. Costs of the DUI can range depending on the circumstance when you were arrested.
Aggravated DUI is a felony, and if you are charged with it, you will be facing jail time. Jail time comes at a high cost because you will have to leave your family behind and lose your income.
Fighting an Aggravated DUI is typically expensive. It’s a felony that is automatically triggered by certain conditions, so it is hard to plead it down with a lawyer. You’re looking at thousands of dollars in fines.
Overall, the time you spend in jail and the cost of the fine depend on the judge. Aggravating factors often add specific amounts of time when you’re convicted, so you may have to spend months longer in jail.
Getting an Aggravated DUI is life-changing. It’s not worth the money or the loss of freedom. Getting help for your alcohol use disorder is possible and can help you avoid future jail time and legal problems from your alcohol or drug use.
Getting Help for Addiction
If you or somebody you love has a problem with alcohol or drugs, help is available! You don’t have to continue to make poor choices based on addiction. You can find freedom and start a new journey toward recovery. Get in touch with us at our state-of-the-art facility to learn more about how we can help. It’s confidential, and we’re here to help at 619-363-4767.
The pandemic has made life difficult for millions of Americans. Economic depression, lost jobs, and despair alongside the pandemic's isolation have caused more drug use than ever. Sadly, across the United States, fentanyl is causing overdoses at record levels. In San Diego County alone, there are currently three deadly overdoses a day. The opioid crisis hasn't been this bad for four years, and experts worry that addiction is snowballing quietly.
Fentanyl Contaminates Supply Chains
Researchers have sounded an alarm for the past few years about the rise in overdose deaths involving fentanyl. The majority of overdoses now involve the drug, which is 50-100 times as powerful as Morphine. Overdoses that involve fentanyl are usually deadlier because of the potency of the drug.
For people who have an opioid use disorder, there are many risks to take when buying drugs. Regular drug supply chains are strained, and China has outlawed the manufacture of oxycodone (aka Oxycontin) and fentanyl. Because of this, chemists that rely on illicit drug sales have been offering fentanyl either as an adulterant or alternative to other opioids. Chinese drugmakers funnel fentanyl through the Mexico border, and from there, it makes its way into heroin, Oxy, and other street (and internet) drug dealers.
Addiction More Prevalent, Support is Key
Coroners believe that most of the overdoses that they are seeing are accidental. People who have relapsed from recovery are already more likely to use more of a drug than their body can handle. Now, they can fall victim to isolation and a relapse cycle. Some people end up self-medicating their mental health disorders too.
Harm reduction advocates recommend that family members of people with an opioid use disorder or other addiction know the signs of an overdose. Keep Narcan (an opioid overdose reversal drug) in the house. There are even test strips that can help drug users test their supply for fentanyl. Ask to speak to family members you love via video and set up times to check-in.
There IS help available for people who need it. Offer support and love and even help find resources, such as a therapist or inpatient program for substance use disorders.
Getting Help During a Pandemic
Getting help for addiction during a pandemic starts with the same step as always – reaching out! We're here to help you create a new journey and plan your next steps. You're powerless over your addiction, but you can help yourself start a path to recovery.
Give us a call at 619-363-4767 to learn more about your options.
Have you or a loved one been charged with one or more Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charges? Trouble with the law is a common theme for people with an alcohol use disorder. When alcohol starts to affect your life negatively, it’s time to look at your relationship with alcohol.
A DUI is just one effect that can come from excessive alcohol use. If you have gotten a DUI, you’ve probably had other problems in your life that could be attributed to your drinking.
How Much Drinking is Too Much?
According to Harvard Health, excessive drinking can be defined as two or more alcoholic beverages a day. Most people who drink alcohol don’t follow these guidelines, however if you drink to the point you are drunk, you are drinking excessively. It is more socially acceptable to drink to excess than to participate in other drug use. (Although marijuana is increasingly a substance of abuse in states where it is legal.) Because of this, many people don’t realize that their alcoholism is a problem.
Alcohol use affects your judgment. If you regularly drink to excess, you may stop realizing that your decision-making is impaired. You may decide it’s safe to drink and drive or act in a manner that’s not normal for you. Maybe alcohol makes you act promiscuous or wild. Perhaps you get in heated arguments that lead to fights. Some people are also more likely to try risky drugs when they have already been drinking. None of these things are healthy or safe drinking behavior.
If alcohol is negatively affecting your life, you may have an alcohol use disorder.
What is a DUI?
DUI, also known as Driving Under the Influence, is a law that keeps impaired drivers off the road. Drunk drivers have slower reaction times, poor decision-making skills, and drive haphazardly without even realizing it. California’s DUI law means that you can’t drive “buzzed” or drunk and states that a definition of impaired driving is a Blood Alcohol Limit of .08 or lower. The police may ask you to step out of the car to do a series of physical tests to prove you have proper coordination.
If you fail a sobriety test, you can be prosecuted for a DUI. This is also true if you fail the physical tests and don’t register as drunk on the BAC test. California is one of the strictest states in the union when it comes to DUI laws.
The law gets stricter if you are highly intoxicated. If you test for twice the legal alcohol limit (.16), then there are more penalties, and you may be charged with Aggravated DUI. Additional criminal charges are possible, for example, if there was a minor in the car or if your DUI is a second or third offense.
The Negative Effects of Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)
If you drink too much, too often, and continue to do so despite the negative consequences of any kind, you might have an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) or be addicted to alcohol. DUI is just one symptom of an alcohol problem.
For many people, AUD means that they have trouble with their sleep, relationships, or financials due to their alcohol use. For example, you may end up late to work frequently because you are hungover. Or your significant other is upset that you won’t quit drinking.
Alcohol can cause problems in your thinking, and you may make bad decisions due to your relationship with alcohol. Getting arrested for DUI, drunk and disorderly charges, domestic violence, or fights with others are all legal consequences common among people who binge drink or are addicted to alcohol.
Health problems caused by excess alcohol consumption can range from getting bruises and injuries when you drink to overdose on alcohol, leading to coma, seizures, and death.
Alcohol addiction or dependence can lead to severe withdrawal effects and a change in your thinking due to addiction's chemical aspects. If you have a physical alcohol addiction, the safest way to get sober is through a clinically managed detox.
Getting Help for Drinking
The best way to prevent a DUI or other criminal charges related to drinking or drug use is to get sober for good. There is a lot of support available for you! Many people have been where you have been.
Present Moments Recovery can give you a DUI Assessment and maybe even a new start by helping you stop drinking for good. We will help you chart a path to recovery. Give us a call at 619-363-4767 to learn more about how we can help.
Have you or somebody you love started to drink too much during the pandemic? You’re not alone. Almost every adult generation has seen an increase in substance since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. And for many people, that means drinking too much has become a coping method. The term “pandemic drinking” has become a casual euphemism for this dangerous behavior.
Fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters are all living in a new world. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected people and families from every walk of life. Even when we have a reliable vaccine or treatment, we will probably still be coping with the aftereffects. Hopefully, people who have a problem with pandemic drinking can get the help they need.
Why Are People Pandemic Drinking?
The era of COVID-19 is a lonely time for many people, primarily because, as humans, our mental health relies on being social. It can be hard to connect or reach out to others when you’re home alone and struggling. You may think it’s easier to drink than to talk about your feelings. However, alcohol addiction can take over your life. You may find yourself drinking during the day or having to drink more or harder liquor to get the buzz you crave.
Alcohol is a common “escape” for people who are depressed, anxious, or lonely. Nobody binge-drinks or drinks until they blackout because they’re happy in life.
Many people think that drinking more heavily can help them cope with stress, sleep problems, boredom, and loneliness. But this is simply an escape that can have dire consequences.
Consequences of Regular Alcohol Abuse
People who drink too much right now may have struggled with their alcohol use in the past. You may have consumed a lot of beer in college or when you were going through a difficult time. No matter what the reason is that you’re drinking it, alcohol is not a safe coping mechanism. It has long-term health consequences, contributes to many social ills, and can cause intense withdrawal effects.
Some withdrawal effects from heavy alcoholism cause life-threatening consequences, such as hallucinations, heart palpitations, or seizures.
Alcohol abuse doesn’t fix any problems, but it can introduce new ones to your life. You don’t have to hit bottom to get help. Even during a pandemic, there are programs ready and willing to help you reclaim your life.
Getting Help for Alcohol or Substance Abuse
While drinking is seen as a more acceptable addiction, it is still a dangerous addiction that can cause significant problems in your life. It inhibits your ability to make good, rational decisions. Some people get DUI’s or even commit acts of rage or violence when they drink too much.
Abusing alcohol also makes you more likely to overdose on other drugs you use.
Getting Help for Alcohol or Substance Abuse
If you’re drinking too much during the pandemic or need help with substance use, there’s never been a better time to reach out. We’re here for you to help you start a new journey and reclaim your life. We can help you navigate your options and start charting your course to recovery and healing. Give us a call at 619-363-4767 to learn more about how we can help.