Monday, November 26, 2012

Anxiety: Save Me From Myself

"Someone save me from myself," is what addicts say quite often. This phrase gives a lot of insight into the workings of addiction and how an addicted mind functions.

Essentially, this phrase is a call for help, begging someone to save them. The interesting part of the sentence is, "from myself." This is quite telling, as the addict is admitting responsibility for the problems of addiction, and admitting that they do need help. But how do you help someone who has uttered this phrase?

Addicts that are in this state of awareness of their disease often say that even though they know that use of the drugs or alcohol will not bring any long-term positive effects, but they simply do not know what else to do with themselves. This could be the evidence of a dual diagnosis, in-which the addict has a subliminal condition that is driving them to continue the use of chemicals. Most often, the diagnosis for the underlying condition is anxiety, panic attacks, and/or anxiety attacks.

Even in patients who have never used drugs or alcohol -- but suffer from anxiety and panic attacks -- this feeling of "save me from myself" is present. For anyone who has ever suffered through the misery of a panic attack, you know that this is a terrible feeling.

During a panic attack, those afflicted often feel like the world is constricting down on them. They can feel a tightening in their chest and do not know where to turn for relief. If left untreated, individuals may take it upon themselves to begin self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. In the short-term, these substance can stop the effects of a panic attack quite quickly; but, as time passes on, the anxiety and panic attacks will build up and become more fierce. Finally, when an addict has the will to attempt to quit, they can be quickly deterred by a panic attack that forces them to medicate in order to stop the attack. For the addict, continuing the use of the drugs is much more bearable than going through the sheer terror of a panic attack.

Anxiety is a strange condition, in-that drugs and alcohol can be both the cause of, and the temporary cure for panic. Anxiety works alongside the addiction, forcing an addict into a dark corner where they may finally scream, "Somebody, save me from myself" 

Monday, November 19, 2012

New Dawn Recovery Treats Underlying Causes of Addiction

Nobody wakes up one day and decides, "Hey, I want to have an addiction to opiates." Additionally, the first time a person uses a drug or alcohol, they know the risks, but something prompted them to use it anyway; for that person at that moment, the risk was worth the perceived benefit. So what was the factor that prompted them to use the drug anyway?

Finding out the underlying cause for the initial use of a drug or alcohol is a main goal in dual diagnosis residential treatment, a form of addiction treatment. Any treatment center or program can ween a patient off of a chemical and hope that they don't return to using it again. However, a chemical dependency treatment center that employs a dual diagnosis approach tackles the underlying conditions that led the patient to take the drugs; this condition could be chronic pain, depression, trauma, or stress.

New Dawn Recovery is a dual diagnosis treatment center in California that knows the importance of treating underlying conditions in order to successfully rehabilitate its clients and prevent the possibility of future relapses after treatment. This approach is not only essential to the recovery of those with mental or physical conditions that are negatively affecting or worsening addiction, but it also helps the addict himself/herself understand how the chemical dependency came about, and ways to avoid it from happening again.

To learn more about dual diagnoses, or about the programs that New Dawn Treatment Centers offer, visit their official website:

New Dawn has 4 locations in Northern California:

New Dawn Recovery: Location #1 
7447 Antelope Road #103, Citrus Heights, CA 95621

New Dawn Recovery: Location #2
2320 Marinship Way, Sausalito, CA 94965

New Dawn Recovery: Location #3
3 Harbor Drive #110 Sausalito, CA 94965

New Dawn Recovery: Location #4
7011 Sylvan Road Citrus Heights, CA 95610