Types of Addictions
No matter what type of addiction you or your loved one face, addiction is a tough beast to tame. However, Windward Way has just the addiction treatment program to accomplish this miracle—and we don’t use that word lightly. The fact is our pros have the tools and the expertise to tackle many common types of addiction and substance-use by getting to the root causes of addiction. We believe that any addiction often has multiple reasons behind it. These are varied and depend widely on a person’s individual history.
The important thing we want you to know is that Windward Way’s program of recovery seeks to replace the passion to use drugs or alcohol with the passion to embrace life on its own terms. We fulfill the promise to our clients we serve by handing over the necessary skills, structure, and new meaning and purpose for their lives. Call now to see how our men’s program is vastly superior to the slew of other standard rehabs you’ll find: 855-491-7694.
Issues We Treat
Men and women often think about getting help for an addiction to antidepressants. You’ll be pleased to know that Windward Way can offer you the help you need to stay sober and make it last for the long haul.
Want to end an addiction to stimulants, but haven’t found the tools to address all the problems you have,? We’re here to serve you. We will stand beside you as you learn how to live independently.
When individuals discover they are not only addicted to steroids, but also suffering from an addiction to opiates, alcohol, or prescription medication, Windward Way offers lasting answers.
Sleeping Pills Addiction
If you want to know how to stop taking sleeping pills or other mind-altering substances, Windward Way’s addiction treatment program is here to give you the results you’re after.
OTC Drugs Addiction
When a person discovers he’s not only addicted to OTC drugs but also battling another addiction, Windward Way is right there to offer him the rehab center for addiction to over the counter drugs.
Dual diagnosis is when addiction is complicated by a simultaneous mental health disorder. Windward Way has the clinical partnerships to effectively treat dual diagnosis.
Many of the men and women who enter our program of recovery have been diagnosed with co-occurring disorders. Our clinical team will be able to provide an addiction treatment for depression.
Treatment for addiction and dependency at Windward Way, alongside our highly-praised family program will offer the advantage other more generic rehabs cannot provide.
Windward Way can provide effective OCD therapy through the many treatment modalities we frequently put use for men and women with OCD seeking our help.
If you persistently worry about everyday events and fear seems to rule your life, it’s possible that there may be a diagnosable condition of anxiety along with your addiction to alcohol and/or drugs.
Do you experience symptoms of sudden dread, trembling, or the inability to breathe? It is possible that you may have Panic Disorder alongside your dependence to alcohol or addictive drugs.
Acute stress actually causes symptoms of substance abuse to worsen. You have a right to receive acute stress therapy through our addiction treatment program for men and women at Windward Way.
Since we use many treatment modalities to get at the root causes for your stress, you’ll find our program for men is vastly superior than the many other generic rehabs you’ll find.
Windward Way effectively treats PTSD and addiction to drugs or alcohol. Our drug rehab and also our alcohol treatment center can accommodate the PTSD addiction treatment you need.
Orange County Addiction Statistics
The data gathered in Orange County shows similar trends to nationwide substance abuse statistics, with the Orange County Health Care Agency reporting an increase in drug-related overdose deaths (of 88% between 2000 and 2017).
College Students Addiction Guide
The pressures students face during college and the social anxiety many have to deal with during these sensitive years may represent a gateway to drug and alcohol abuse.
The relationship between bipolar disorder and substance abuse is dangerous and must be treated with special care.
Alcoholism is the preoccupation with drinking and the inability to control the amount someone drinks.
Behavioral Health and Addiction
The different types of behavioral addictions, and what the treatment options are for behavioral health and addiction.
Bath Salts: Abuse, Signs, and Treatment
The signs, symptoms, and treatment methods for bath salt (synthetic cathinone products) abuse.
Concerns with Pregnancy and Addiction
Explore the statistics on pregnancy and addiction, and where a pregnant woman can go for help for drug addiction.
Guide to Recognizing Drug Paraphernalia
The symptoms of addiction, and the different types of paraphernalia involved in drug use so families can act quickly.
Facts About Drug Overdose
The rates and statistics regarding drug overdoses, and the symptoms of a drug overdose.
The Connection Between Homelessness and Addiction
How substance abuse plays a role in understanding the links between homelessness and addiction.
Rates and Statistics of Abuse by Gender
Substance abuse rates by gender explained and why treatment methods are different for men and women.
Stop Enabling a Drug Addict
What it means to enable a drug abuser, and how family members can recognize these behaviors and stop engaging in them.
Addiction Issues in the Elderly Community
The percentage of elderly persons who abuse drugs and how addiction affects the elderly community.
What is Drug-Induced Psychosis?
People living with psychosis may hear or see things that aren’t there, and they may believe things that are impossible or of a fantastical nature.
Helping a Family Member Kick an Addiction
The symptoms of addiction and how the family can help an addicted loved one seek treatment.
Addiction and Veterans
Drugs and alcohol are designed to activate receptors in the brain that trigger cravings and withdrawal, and no one has a brain that is immune to these effects.
Strange Ways People Get High
When most people think of substance abuse or drug addiction, they think of people who drink too heavily, inject heroin, or smoke meth. But the compulsion to get high can cause people to ingest, snort, or huff common, everyday items in a bid to numb their pain, alleviate their boredom, or prevent painful withdrawal symptoms from happening.
Helping a Spouse
Marriage is hard enough without throwing substance abuse into the mix. Although the divorce statistics on addicts and their marriages are less than optimistic, a marriage can still survive addiction if the person afflicted is willing to get treatment, and their families are supportive.
How Long Do Drugs Stay in your System?
In the U.S., millions of people currently struggle with drug or alcohol use disorder. The most commonly abused drugs are both synthetic and natural marijuana, prescription opiates, and cocaine.
Professions with the Highest Rates of Substance Abuse
People with a family member with addiction issues, and people with mental health conditions, and who experience increased environmental stress are at higher risk of developing substance use disorder than the general population.
Common Addiction Issues
Here is a list of addiction types we frequently see at Windward Way. Since many of these compulsions often lead to a substance-use disorder, it’s important to realize how these gateways led to a much more serious drug or alcohol use:
- Antidepressants Addiction
- Stimulants Addiction
- Steroids Addiction
- Sleeping Pills Addiction
- OTC Drugs Addiction
- Dual Diagnosis
- Family Issues
What makes our program of recovery different from the others? Our people. Windward Way staff, counselors, and employees all eat, breathe, and live the very principles of long-term recovery. The vast abundance of positive feedback we receive from our graduates confirms that both our drug rehab and alcohol treatment programs are on the right track.
Do you want to be able to hold a job? You got it. You need to make it through the day without a drink? Coming right up! A life of long-term recovery is in reach for you with Windward Way.
What’s more, our post-treatment support will help ensure that you’ll stay on course. After all, a lasting recovery is only good if it is, indeed, lasting. Since we’re here right now, take a moment to reach out. Our support staff will explain the process and help you navigate the waters to craft an individualized program, just for you: 855-491-7694.
Windward Way Gets at the Root Causes of Addiction
Types of Addiction: What They Are and How to Recognize Them
Many Americans appeal to substances to reduce their stress and cope with life’s challenges. Some take antidepressants, some pop wine corks, and others light cigarettes. About 16% of Americans have a substance problem, whether we’re talking about nicotine, alcohol, prescription drugs, or illegal drugs. Some people can take a sleeping pill the night before an important meeting and forget about them for the next six months; for others, stopping isn’t as easy and dependancy flourishes.
How Does Normal Use Become Abuse/Addiction?
Let’s make one thing clear from the start: the concept of addiction isn’t limited to substance use (e.g., alcohol, drugs, nicotine, etc.) Any engagement in specific activities–such as gaming, gambling, shopping, or sex–that becomes compulsive and interferes with the person’s daily responsibilities at work, school, or home represents a form of addiction.
The human brain is wired to see pleasure as a reward and to pursue it constantly. Sometimes these experiences are innocent, like eating too much dessert at dinner, but at other times, they can become dangerous.
The problem with drugs is that they excite the parts of your brain that make you feel good. Naturally, you want to repeat the things that gave you pleasure, but after taking the substance repeatedly, the brain gets used to the level of excitement it brings and no longer experiences pleasure. In order to feel good again, users increase the dose to the point their brains and bodies can no longer function in the absence of the drug.
What Are the General Signs of Addiction?
Addiction isn’t something that occurs overnight. You don’t take a pill and form an antidepressant addiction immediately. It’s something that develops over time from recreational use to feeling the urge to compulsively seek out the substance or behavior that brings that pleasure. As such, identifying the early signs of addiction can be challenging.
Warning signs of alcohol abuse:
- Temporary memory loss or blackouts;
- Irritability, depression, or mood swings;
- Alcohol becomes a friend that can help you cheer up, relax or socialize;
- If the person stops drinking, they experience withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches, insomnia, anxiety, tremors, nausea;
- Physical changes of the face and body: puffy, flushed skin, broken capillaries;
- Behavioral changes: drinking alone, in secret, or throughout the day;
Signs of drug addiction may include:
- Taking risks to get the substance (venturing into unsafe neighborhoods, associating with criminals, etc.)
- Loss of Control: Addicts tend to use more as time passes than they originally did for longer periods of time, and they can’t stop on their own, inevitably resulting in total loss of control.
- Jeopardizing Relationships: Addicts lash out at those closest to them, especially if they try to make them stop using. Another effect of substance abuse is a no longer enjoying of hobbies or social activities and professional or school performance collapsing.
- Continued Use of the Substance: Although the person realizes that substance use is creating problems and jeopardizing their personal and professional lives, they can’t stop.
What Are the Physical and Psychological Risks of Drug Abuse?
Substance abuse alters the brain’s chemistry, increasing the chances of developing mental health issues, such as aggression, hallucinations, depression, anxiety, paranoia, etc. A study conducted in 2015, showed that close to 43.4 million (18%) adults age 18 and older in the US suffer from various forms of mental illness. Of these, 8.1 million have a combination of substance use disorder and another mental illness.
What Are the Risks of Addiction on School, Work, and Personal Life?
Addiction is especially harmful to young people whose brains have yet to develop. Most of them start with stimulants like coffee or caffeinated drinks, which they see as harmless. What they don’t realize is that any substance abuse, whether it’s stimulants, alcohol or illegal drugs can affect the way their brain processes and retains information. In other words, it may change the way they focus, learn, and think.
The behavioral changes described above have clear consequences on school life. Teens with substance abuse problems have lower grades and they drop out of school earlier. Addicts can’t keep their jobs because of the associated mental issues, and they risk destroying their families. Moreover, family members can also be faced with performance issues because they need to take care of the addict. Such situations may include loss of productivity and absenteeism, lack of focus, or health problems.
Addiction is a serious problem, but that doesn’t mean you can’t manage it. Get the medical and psychological support you need to change your damaging behavior and improve your life. Ask for help, and we can help you get your life back on track.
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