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Opioids and the President: Improving Care Options for Addicts

Posted on :  April 26th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Since the War on Drugs became a hot-button issue in politics, the President of the United States has had something to say about it. With continued growth of heroin addictions in North America, it was only time before the current President of the United States, Barack Obama, tackled the problem of opioids and treatments. His request for health care providers is to look for ways to increase the treatment options for those who are suffering from opioid addictions.

Embracing Medical Treatment

His call for attention to this horrible epidemic calls out the fact that for decades, treatment has focused on abstinence – refraining from using drugs in the first place. This model of treatment does not help those who are already addicted. This model also looks negatively on the idea of using prescription drugs to treat opioid addiction. Obama spoke about this problem and how important it is to change the way health care workers and government agencies treat opioid addictions.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved methadone and buprenorphine as treatment options for people who are addicted to opioids. But, abstinence counselors do not talk about them. Obama wants the drug courts to be able to administer those medications to addicts or the courts would lose federal funding. The reasoning is because the criminal justice system has a misunderstanding about treating opioid addictions with medication.

Support for the President’s Initiative

The head of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration supports the president. The SAMHSA will work with other agencies to help them understand the value of the prescription treatments that include methadone and buprenorphine. Using a medical assisted treatment has proven successful for the majority of patients who have used it. The SAMHSA will also work to increase the availability of buprenorphine to agencies that work with opioid addicts.

With the president’s attention to medically treating opioid addiction, abstinence counseling will change. The government agencies that counsel rather than medically treat opioid addiction will now need to share the information about medically assisted treatment. The president wants these organizations to develop and submit a plan of action to the federal government.

Increasing Treatment Options for Physicians

To make the transition from abstinence counseling to medical assisted treatment, the White House wants to give the ability to prescribe buprenorphine to 30,000 more physicians. When the medical treatment is added to support from a drug counselor, addicts have the best results. Currently, there are not enough physicians licensed to prescribe buprenorphine. This will help urban, suburban, and rural communities that currently do not have treatment centers.

Interestingly, there are many decision makers, like judges and health care providers who do not like medical assisted treatment for opioid addiction. There are judges who refuse to offer medical treatment to defendants who have obvious opioid addictions. Those judges prefer to not offer it because they like having one treatment to give to everyone.

Democrats and Republicans Give Their Support

On the flip side, both political parties in the United States see the benefits of the President’s powerful statement about medically treating opioid addiction. Politicians from both sides of the aisle appreciate that the President wants to help families that are suffering and law enforcement agencies that are limited in their offerings. They also appreciate how adding medically assisted treatment for addiction will help health care workers take better care of their patients.

Removing Cap Limits

Currently, health care workers in the United States have a limited number of patients they can treat with methadone and buprenorphine. With the changes the President is proposing, physicians can increase the number of patients they can treat so no addict is left behind due to federal cap limits on treatment. This should reduce the stigma of addiction and give addicts the ability not only to use medical treatment, but to access health counseling support, too.

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Opioid Use Disorder: What to Know

Posted on :  April 23rd, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Opioid use is one of the most damaging things that a human can do to his or her body and mind. The use of opioids can impair the mind and cause distress in the body. When someone develops an opioid use disorder, that person will want to take opioids constantly. The drugs will harmfully affect the body and mind. Those who have the constant craving to take opioids will usually prefer to take drugs rather than spend time with family and friends.

Symptoms that Last for Many Years

Developing an opioid use disorder can have a serious affect on people for several years. It can severely affect a person’s ability to work and earn a living. Opioid addicts tend to develop a large number of absences from work. They also fail to work well with each other and they usually end up living in poverty. Addicts usually think the world is against them, which is why they withdraw from social interaction.

Losing Way of Life

Along with losing jobs and failing to interact with friends and family, many addicts will also end up in trouble with the law. They often drive under the influence, so tend to lose their licenses. They act impulsively, which can draw the attention of law enforcement. They often resort to theft, drug-dealing, and other criminal activities to get money for drugs. Many drug addicts do end up divorced and in court for causes relating to their children.

Issues in the Mind

There are also several problems that happen with the mind when people are addicted to opioids. The usually have issues with memory and concentration. They can often become sleepy and some can actually fall into a coma. It is common for addicts to be unaware of being involved in dangerous activities. They can also hallucinate while under the influence. Opioids become so desirable for addicts because of the euphoria they feel, but this goes away quickly and is replaced by depression and psychomotor slowing.

Physical and Mental Issues

Addicts with opioid use disorder can have many physicial and medical problems. The death rate for addicts is rather high. Many addicts will develop problems due to infections from sharing needles and they can develop bacterial infections, too. Many will also have trouble with sexual organs. It is also common for addicts to have respiratory depression, sleep disorders, and slurred speech.

Diagnosing Opioid Use Disorder

When medical professional diagnose an opioid use disorder, they look at several drugs and factors. The drugs that they look for include heroin, morphine, and opium along with methadone, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and codeine. The repetitive use of these drugs is what draws medical professionals into making this call on this disorder. It is impossible to be given the diagnoses of this disorder if you have never taken any opioids.

The disorder can severely affect the mind. Many people will experience euphoria and then depression. It is easy to become sleepy when taking heroin, which is why so many people appear very sleepy when they are high. Hallucinations can also occur and in most cases, people will experience auditory hallucinations, tractile illuision, or they feel completely out of touch with reality.

Suffering During Withdrawal

While opioid addictions are nothing to laugh about, the withdrawal that can happen when trying to quit using drugs is extremely painful. Those who try to stop will experience horrible symptoms like vomiting, runny nose, muscle pain and aches, yawning, fever, and in many cases dysphoric mood. Many medical professionals will help opioid addicts by prescribing naloxone, buprenorphine, or methadone. It is important that all addicts are continually monitored by medical professionals while using a medically assisted withdrawal method. There are many side effects to using these drugs to break an addiction to a more harmful drug.

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Older Adults and Substance Abuse: Specialized Treatment

Posted on :  April 21st, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Substance abuse is not a domain reserved for teens and young adults. In today’s world, anyone and everyone has the potential to become an addict – even older adults. Fortunately, there are many treatment options available and in most cases, older adults have more success with treatment options than younger adults have.

Options for Treatment

When it comes to treatment for addiction, the options include medication and psychological therapy. In many instances, both are used. The decisions about the best course of treatment are usually made by physicians, counselors, or other healthcare professionals. The medical options include prescriptions that help fight addictions to opioids as well as those for nicotine and alcohol.

Entering Into Detox

Getting involved in a treatment program involves taking the first step. This is usually detox – which is actually a large step that involves the body ridding itself of the addictive substance. This is done under the supervision of a drug counselor or a physician. Some addicts will have to taper off of their drugs, but others will just go “cold turkey.” Detox is not treatment; it is just the first step addicts have to take before beginning a prescribed treatment program.

Detoxing is not easy. Some addicts will experience physical symptoms that feel awful because of the cravings the body has for the drug of choice. Every addict will detox in different amounts of time, based on their level of addiction, metabolism, and other characteristics. Common issues that arise during detox include depression, fatigue, seizures, sleep problems, and nausea. Doctors should be involved when addicts are detoxing.

Medications that Work

There are some medications that will help addicts during their treatment programs. They help make the behavioral therapies easier to manage. The medications also reduce the chances of relapse. Medications allow the brain to function well without the use of the addictive drug. The medications fight cravings and other unwanted behaviors that arise while in treatment. Some of the prescribed medications include Suboxone and Subutex (buprenorphine), which is used to fight opioid addictions to heroin and some prescription pain medications. Another commonly used prescription is methadone. Buprenorphine is often used in the short term because it makes withdrawal symptoms manageable.

Useful Behavioral Therapies

There are several behavioral therapies that are used during treatment, too. These therapies are designed to keep addicts on the path to health so they avoid relapse. Counselors help addicts recognize thought processes that trigger the desire to take drugs. They notice what causes their cravings. They also learn how to manage stress and work with people around them to stay sober.

Behavioral treatments fall into four categories:

  1. Cognitive behavioral treatment: This type of treatment involves recognizing, avoiding and coping with the triggers that can cause a desire to take drugs. Thoughts and reactions are the focus in this type of therapy.
  2. Group therapy: This type of therapy involves a group of people who are relative close in age and fighting addiction. People work together with a counselor to best manage their addictions and stay on the path to help. Many people benefit from knowing they are not alone in their fight to become sober.
  3. Receiving incentives: This type of therapy includes giving the addict incentives for working through addiction. Rewards are given when addicts attend counseling appointments and when they take their medications. Many are rewarded for avoiding drugs.
  4. Motivational questioning: This type of therapy is usually done once – at the beginning of treatment. Addicts are interviewed about their addictions and their desires to get well. The addict must be committed to success, or the therapies will not work.

If you have any questions or concerns about substance abuse treatment options for recovery, or if you are worried about an addiction, please contact us at 905-527-2042 or email at info@towardsrecovery.com.


Tips for Recovery: Ten Ways to Stay Healthy

Posted on :  April 18th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Once an addict decides to recover, the fight is not over. Throughout the recovery process, addicts are tempted to return to their drug-filled lifestyle.

In order to stay healthy, every drug addict needs to have some tools to use. These can be physical and mental, but they all need to help addicts stay away from the triggers that can bring the craving for drugs. While there are hundreds of things that recovering addicts can do to stay healthy, these are ten that most recovering addicts find useful:

  1. Commit to recovery. During the tenuous times of recovery, it is important to listen to your mind and body. In most cases, recovering addicts need to put themselves first for a significant amount of time. Taking second to work, family, or friends can create a stressful existence from the lack of control people have over other people. If an addict can put recovery first, they will stay away from drugs.
  2. One breath at a time. Literally. Nothing happens except what is happening now, so recovery is only as strong as the moment. These moments occur one breath at a time. The popular phrase “one day at a time” is a helpful mental tool for recovering addicts, too. Addicts who can make it through each day tend to be successful on the next day.
  3. Make time to build a support system. It is important for recovering addicts to have a support system outside of their therapists, physicians, and counselors. The support system can include family and friends who are not drug abusers. It can also include people in support groups. The support group should be people who know what you are struggling with so they can help when you need it the most.
  4. Get away from bad habits. Those bad habits tend to trigger the cravings for drugs, so it is a good idea to get away from them. This might mean that addicts need to change their environments so they do not run across the triggers. Changing the environment could mean that recovering addicts might need to move or find new things to do.
  5. Find healthy friends. Recovering addicts tend to have friends who are drug abusers, too. In order to fully recover, addicts need to find new friends who are not users. With a strong social support group, addicts will not relapse because they do not have anyone to relapse with. Healthy, supportive friends can be found in support groups and in healthy places like churches and exercise facilities.
  6. Exercise regularly. Many addicts do not exercise at all when they are on drugs. It is just too hard to be physically active and high. On the flip side, people who exercise regularly are less likely to do drugs, simply because their healthy bodies do not crave unhealthy things. Exercise activates endorphins, which make the mind and body feel amazing. It is a good idea to exercise every day, even if that means simply going for a 30 minute walk in the neighborhood.
  7. Eat healthy food. Keeping the body healthy by eating nutritious food will keep the drug cravings away. It can be helpful to work with a nutritionists or a personal trainer to make the change to a healthy diet.
  8. Find a support group. Most communities have AA groups, which are incredibly supportive for recovering addicts of any kind. This is a good place to learn about other tools for success.
  9. Volunteer. This is a way to keep busy and avoid drug relapse triggers. People who volunteer tend to have a positive self-esteem. It is important to volunteer somewhere that will not trigger drug relapses.
  10. Stay strong. There will be moments that drug addicts will want to relapse, but with a strong support network and a healthy lifestyle, those moments will be few and far between.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 905-527-2042 or email at info@towardsrecovery.com.


Self-Esteem and Recovery: What Works

Posted on :  April 14th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Recovering from drug addiction can be a debilitating experience. After being released from a drug program, many recovering addicts feel worthless and low. This lack of self-esteem can actually become a trigger to relapse, which is exactly what recovering addicts do not need in their lives. Instead, they need to recognize that what they are going through during recovery is normal and that there are methods to build self-esteem. These boosts in self-esteem can make the recovery process easier and more successful.

Here are some tips to build self-esteem when recovering from addictions:

  1. Recognize the recovery takes time. There is no magic pill to make recovery happen immediately. Simply being sober one day at a time should be good enough. Most recovering addicts are hard on themselves, while people on the outside are actually very proud of the recovering addict’s accomplishments.
  2. Highs and lows will occur. Life is not a straight line. It is full of ups and down. There will be moments when great things occur and there will be moments when not-so-great things occur. No one can control what happens around them, but they can control their reactions to those occurrences. Accepting the ups and downs are part of recovery; sober people have them, too.
  3. Boosting self-esteem cannot be done with outside forces. Of course, people feel good when they receive compliments, but self-esteem should not come from outside sources. It can only come from within. Those compliments will only last a brief moment, but self-esteem needs to happen when ups and downs occur. Recovering addicts need to know they have everything they need on the inside is the key to boosting self-esteem.
  4. Enjoy the small things. Reaching sobriety is not a massive moment. It comes in little moments, much like life itself. If triggers occur, recovering addicts should look to the little successes so they do not succumb to fallbacks. Each breath in sobriety is a good thing and breathing is about as small as it gets.
  5. Emotions are not failures. While the good days feel great, the bad days can be devastating for recovering addicts. It is ok to feel bad about things and it is important not to treat bad feelings as failures. Emotions occur and recovering addicts need to learn how to recognize them, accept them, and move on. Dwelling on negative emotions only creates more bad feelings.
  6. Look for the good things. Recovering addicts often find themselves in a painful state of mind. Instead of staying there all of the time, it is helpful to find a way to look at the positives. Instead of focusing on the problems with recovery, it is important to look for the good things occur. Those small good things can make a big difference in success and sobriety.
  7. Avoid negative self-talk. This is a guaranteed way to feel horrible, so it is a good idea to avoid it all of the time. To avoid self-talk, it is helpful to recognize it and then stop thinking about it.
  8. Reset mindset. This is a relatively new topic in the world of recovery. The most helpful mindset is the growth mindset, which helps people learn from experiences. Curiosity can build self-esteem because learning can be exciting. A stagnant mindset can create negative thoughts, simply because there is no desire to move away from them.
  9. Find positive people and spend time with them. Being surrounded with positive people will change the way a recovering addict thinks about life. Seeing positivity creates positivity. Self-esteem will increase simply because the addict learns how to be positive by the people who are caring, loving, and supportive.
  10. Get moving. Self-esteem boosts when people get active. The endorphin rise is a sure fire way to feel great.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 905-527-2042 or email at info@towardsrecovery.com.


Living in Recovery: Methods for Addicts

Posted on :  April 12th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Once an addict has made it through the treatment process, recovery can be a long road. There are many issues that can create stress for the recovering addict and there are many coping skills to use. The methods are not proven to work for everyone, so it is helpful to have several tools to try.

Recovering drug addicts need to realize that there will be moments that will trigger the desire to use again. Recognizing those triggers is helpful to staying healthy. Addicts may have turned to drugs to fight off pain both physical and mental. They may have been used to calm down after arguing with a spouse or after a tough day at work. When addicts stop using drugs, the same problems are there, but it is important to find other methods to manage the negativity that comes with them.

It is easy to turn to drugs instead of working through stressful situations. Drug use begins as a tool to release stress. Since stress is a regular part of life, it is better to find other methods to relax. It is healthier to turn to exercise or meditation. Breathing exercises can also calm people who are regularly stressed. In reality, drug addiction actually creates more stress.

Having a collection of stress relieving strategies is one effective way to avoid falling back into the habit of drug abuse. These strategies do not work for everyone, but it does not hurt to try a few to see what works best for your situations in life.

For many people exercise is the most effective, simply because it offers so many benefits for emotional and physical well-being. Exercise affects the endorphins so the brain releases stressful chemicals.

One of the most effective forms of exercise for stress relief is yoga, which helps people also find balance in their lives. Another effective form of exercise is walking outside and enjoying the sensations.

Pairing exercise with meditation is also an effective way to relieve stress. If you cannot sit and meditate, there are several activities that can be meditative. Those include things like sipping on tea, relaxing to music, breathing in pleasant aromas, and lighting and focusing on a candle flame.

Some people will also practice visualization, like imagining a calming place, a favorite memory, or another moment that brings joy and relaxation. Many people will get a pet so they have something to focus on at the end of a long day. Pet therapy is a useful tool for managing stress, but before you commit to care for an animal, be sure you have the ability to do so.

Another useful tool for relaxation is the bath tub. Since stress tenses the muscles, many people will relax in a hot bath with epsom salts and essential oils. Be sure to read the instructions on how much oil to add and how much salt is good for the body.

Unfortunately for addicts, the triggers are all very real, and they pop-up at unexpected times. In order to avoid the triggers that cause drug cravings, it is a good idea to remove them from daily life. It is helpful to stay away from the old friends who did drugs or sold drugs to you. Instead, spend your time with the people who support your recovery. It is also a great idea to stay away from bars, even if alcohol is not your addiction. It could quickly become a new addiction that could trigger the desire for more drugs. Your old drug buddies could be hanging out at the bars, too.

It is helpful to share your recovery status when you are getting help for other medical issues. Your dentist and general practitioner should know your status prior to prescribing treatment for illness or other problems. Prescription drugs can also create problems, especially painkillers that are opioid based.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 905-527-2042 or email at info@towardsrecovery.com.


Drug Treatment Options

Posted on :  April 8th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Once a drug addict has decided to seek treatment, they will need to decide what type of treatment will work best for them. Prior to making a decision, addicts should recognize that each treatment method works differently for each addict. So, one option might seem attractive, but it might not be effective. Fortunately, there are plenty of other options available.

Know Your Options

After the addict recognizes that there are many options, they need to investigate what will most likely work best. Drug addicts cannot simply snap their fingers and be immediately cured. The best drug treatment programs are individualized, because the one-size-fits-all design does not work well for everyone.

Find a Treatment Program that Works for You

The best treatment programs will teach addicts how to recover and how to live without drugs. Successful programs teach addicts how to return to a healthy lifestyle that includes living with family, interacting with friends, maintaining a career, and staying healthy. But, no program will be successful without the work of the addict and the dedication to recovery. So, top programs will help addicts understand the importance of learning to manage stress and they will do so by addressing the reason that addicts began their drug addiction. This can be painful for addicts to face.

Realize the Magic Pill Does Not Exist

Since there is no magic pill that will treat addiction, addicts need to recognize that it takes time to recover. The time it takes to recover is often relative to the degree of the addiction. People who have been taking drugs for many years will have a longer recovery period than those who have been addicted for a few months. But, both will require follow-up treatment after the original treatment time has ended. During this time, the addict will have to maintain their commitment to wellness.

Addicts need to know that the treatment center is not the only option for them. Although it is a powerful option for addicts, the treatment center can be used in conjunction with other options. Some people will perform best in detox programs or rehab facilities with overnight stays, others do better working with regular appointments with counselors or social workers. Some have better luck working with their clergy. Some need a combination of options for real success.

Find Help in Several Places

Along with drug addiction, patients seeking help should also get help in other areas of their lives that are causing problems. For example, depression often accompanies addiction, so that should be treated, too. Addiction treatment should also be accompanied with lesson about lifestyle changes so the addict can maintain a successful recovery.

Where to Find Support

To not fall back into the troubles of addiction, it is important for recovering addicts to have a support system. It is important to have a support system with several layers that can be accessed at any time.

If one of the layers is unavailable, another one can be used. Those layers should include friends and family who will be the first line of defense. The next layer should include a group of friends who are sober. This group can be found at a church, a health club, or even at a volunteer agency. These are people who can have fun without the use of drugs or alcohol. Some addicts will even choose to move into a facility that is for people who are recovering from drug addiction. These sober homes are a great alternative for people who have drug addicts living in their homes.

Another helpful thing to do is attend support-group meetings. In most towns, there are meetings happening on a daily basis. Whether you attend a meeting for alcoholics or drug addicts, they will all be helpful. The fellow attendees will usually have tips and experiences to share and you can also benefit from sharing with them.

If you have any questions or concerns about drug treatment options for recovery, or if you are worried about an addiction, please contact us at 905-527-2042 or email at info@towardsrecovery.com.


Drug Addiction Options: Taking the First Steps

Posted on :  April 6th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

One of the most difficult things to do with a drug addiction is get treatment. Many drug addicts do not recognize that they have a problem because they are so caught up in their addiction. The vicious circle of addiction leads them to believe they are just fine. The change that is involved in getting help is a difficult task for addicts to consider.

The First Step

The decision to get help is the first step. Anytime that change is involved, people can get stressed. But, people who have the stress of drug addiction in their lives can experience even more stress. Before addicts make up their minds to get help, there are several considerations to make. Recovery takes serious commitment.

Understanding the Change Will Happen

Addicts and their family members need to recognize the major changes that will happen with sobriety. The changes will affect social lives and what addicts do in their spare time. They will also need to learn how to manage the stress that comes with saying no to drugs. Addicts will also have to rethink who they are and who they want to be when they actually stop taking drugs.

This can be a challenge for anyone, let alone for someone who has to make their decisions while battling addiction. Fortunately, there have been plenty of addicts who have fought through addiction and there will be plenty more to come. Those who have fought their addictions and recovered have left behind numerous tips.

Pay Attention to the Addiction

The first tip that addicts need to do is pay attention to their addiction. Before they can fight their addictions, they need to know what it consists of, so tracking how much they use is vital. Along with how much they use, they need to look at when they use. This will give addicts and their counselors the data they need to see if the addicts have actually recovered. It allows the addicts to really see how much drugs affect their lives.

Look at the Pros and Cons

It is also important for addicts to look at the pros and cons that come with quitting and staying on drugs. It can be helpful to work with loved ones to build the lists. The list should consider costs, time, emotions, careers, and everything that is affected by using and ending use of drugs. Along with this list, addicts should also look at the important things in life. For most addicts, the realization that drugs have taken over the top spot is shocking. So asking this question can be eye-opening. When they see that their families, careers, and joy is replaced with drugs, they begin to see that they need to get help.

Look at Top Focus in Life

Once addicts recognize that they have misplaced their focus onto drugs, they are often ready to talk to someone. The best choice is someone the addict trusts. This person will be open-minded to the discussion and comfortable enough to tell the truth. The next step is to talk about change and what could be used to create successful change. They can also discuss what possible roadblocks could occur.

If you have any questions about the steps towards recovery, the counselors at Towards Recovery are available to help. Reach out to us at 905-527-2042. Our counselors specialize in helping everyone suffering from addictions to heroin and other opioids. We assess the problem and work hard to help addicts recover successfully. Our treatment programs include intervention in an addict’s lifestyle while adding a psycho-social and pharmacological program individualized to meet each addict’s needs.


Why Sobriety is a Good Thing

Posted on :  April 4th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Recovering from opioid addictions is extremely challenging for the addict and the loved ones. The road to sobriety – living a drug-free life – can seem like a never-ending journey for men and women with heroin addictions. Fortunately, the road ends with a big pot of gold, if only recovering addicts could stay on the path.

It is common knowledge that heroin and opioids are dangerous drugs that can cause a lifetime of pain and trouble. Instead of staying caught up in the vicious cycle of drugs and disease, understanding the goodness of sobriety can be an eye-opening experience.

Giving up drugs can help bring families back together, work on track, and health back to the body. However, there are several other benefits to being and staying sober instead of continuing to take drugs. These are a few of the benefits:

  1. You no longer embarrass yourself. Drug addicts are not fun people to be around. They do things they regret. They behave in unusual ways. Their appearance diminishes quickly. When an addict becomes sober, all of those behaviors go away. They care about the way they look in public, which shows that they care about themselves and others. The embarrassment of acting like a fool and asking what you did that night (because you forget while you were high) completely disappears. People respect you for being sober and staying sober.
  2. You could actually prolong your life. One of the troubles with having a heroin addiction is that you could die anywhere. You might get shot making a drug deal. You might die in an alley where you passed out after getting high. You could die from issues with your internal organs caused by the drugs you took. You could also die from taking drugs that have been tainted with unknown substances. When you are sober, there is no way that you will have any type of similar troubles, because you are no longer taking a substance that could cause you to do something like pass out on a park bench or in an alleyway.
  3. You could build up your savings. Doing drugs is expensive. Every single high costs money that most addicts often do not have. When you stop taking drugs, you can start to build up a savings account and actually begin to own nice things. Drug addicts often run out of money, because they lose their jobs and their families stop giving them money, so many do ridiculous things to find money for drugs. Sobriety takes away all of those problems.
  4. You will feel better. Most drug addicts look significantly older than they really are. The chemicals in the drugs age them quickly. Sober people often look healthy. Once you become sober, you can begin to exercise, eat well, and gain more energy.
  5. You will be safer in public places. Many drug addicts will drive while they are high. This is extremely dangerous for everyone on the road. When you become sober, you no longer have to worry about being a danger to society because you will no longer drive while high. You will be able to avoid accidents and get more affordable automobile insurance. Many drug addicts lose their licenses, but if you get sober, you should be able to get one again.

When you look at the pros to getting sober, it is worth stopping the drug abuse. If you need help getting sober, we at Towards Recovery Clinics can help speed up the process. Our methadone treatment program has helped many men and women recover from their addictions and get back to a regular lifestyle. Contact us at info@towardsrecovery.com or 905-527-2042.


Why No One Should Do Heroin

Posted on :  March 31st, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

The Internet and social media is full of before-and-after photos of heroin users. These photos show the shocking truth of what happens (not what can happen) to regular users of this highly addictive substance.

Heroin is Never Chic

This drug is one of the most dangerous substances available to people today. In the 1990s, it was actually marketed as a chic drug and the waif-thin look of models in that decade were called “heroin chic.” In reality, there is absolutely nothing chic, fashionable, stylish, or trendy about heroin. The drug will destroy the life of the user over time. The drug will destroy relationships, careers, friendships, health, and so much more. Sadly, millions of people in North America use illegal drugs on a regular basis.

Unfortunately, heroin is one of the drugs that has been increasing in consumption. It is easy to find and affordable. Now that prescription drugs like Oxycontin are more difficult to get, heroin has become the drug of choice for men and women who are looking for an escape from pain on many levels. While the drug may appear to be a miracle in the short term, it is far from it in the long term.

Heroin truly is a substance that no one should ever use

Most people who use heroin inject it directly into their veins. They do this by diluting it with water. It causes the high to happen immediately because the drug moves at a violent pace through the bloodstream and attaches to the opioid receptors in the brain. The drug can also be smoked, eaten, or smoked. But, these other methods do not produce the same high as quickly as the injection does. Therefore, most addicts prefer the injection.

What Happens When Heroin Enters the Body

As soon as heroin enters the system, pain will disappear and the boy relaxes. The drug makes all troubles disappear and a feeling of euphoria comes into being. However, the relaxation does not last. The painkilling sensation also disappears rather quickly. The user responds by taking more and more of the drug to experience the same feeling.

Eventually, the user becomes an addict who will do anything to get more heroin. This is the number one reason why no one should ever try the drug. It can be addicting from the very first hit. Once that first hit comes the body craves more and the brain directs the user to get more. The brain cannot focus on anything else, just the desire for more heroin.

Along with the changes in the brain and the difficulties with addiction, heroin can also cause horrible physical changes. These changes make it difficult to hide and addiction. They can also completely change a user’s appearance. Not one of the changes is glamorous, trendy, or chic.

Heroin users lose weight. The idea of “heroin chic” came from the fact that most heroin users are extremely thin and not in an attractive way. There is nothing chic about using a drug like heroin. Most users are so preoccupied with getting the next hit that they forget to eat.

Along with losing weight, users also develop cellulite. This comes from the constant injections. It makes the skin loose and unsightly. The scars from the injection sites are also quite unattractive.

If heroin addictions prefer to smoke or eat their heroin, they could end up with terrible tooth decay. It is common to see addicts with one or two front teeth, simply because the drug is so damaging and because users who are high forget to care for their mouths.

If tooth decay and cellulite weren’t enough, there are several damaging effects on the skin. The first is that users often develop dark spots, not like age spots, but ugly dark patches that look like damaged skin. They also can develop abscesses from the chemicals in the heroin affecting the skin. Most heroin users end up with scabs from the abscesses on their faces because they pick at them.

Most heroin users look like they have been in a fight and lost. In reality, they have, which is why we offer our programs at Towards Recovery Clinics. Contact us at 905-527-2042 for assistance.




Who We Serve ?

  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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