Should I Go to Inpatient or Outpatient Rehab?

Should I Go to Inpatient or Outpatient Rehab?

Finding a treatment program that fits your individualized needs is crucial when wanting to get sober and going through the recovery process. We understand that knowing the benefits of these programs helps our clients to decide which program may be best for them. Here at Atlanta Recovery Place, we know that addiction treatment isn’t one size fits all. There are many types of addiction treatment available that all meet different needs. Within this article, we describe the difference between inpatient rehab and outpatient rehab while giving the pros of each different treatment.

What Is the Difference Between Inpatient Rehab and Outpatient Rehab?

Inpatient rehab/treatment is a treatment program where clients are checked into a treatment facility. This means that clients will spend time within a treatment facility for a structured treatment that occurs around the clock. This treatment provides structure that can help the clients avoid a future relapse, while preparing them to return to “normal” life. This treatment is more intensive and helps with withdrawal, tolerance, and how to overcome an addiction. 

Outpatient rehab/treatment is a treatment program where clients are able to live at home while maintaining a sort of “normal”/flexible life schedule. Outpatient can involve things such as therapy, counseling, group sessions, etc., within an offsite facility. Individuals within an outpatient treatment facility may partake in individual or group counseling sessions that are less intensive and less frequent. This treatment program is usually used after an individual receives treatment from an inpatient facility. This treatment is to help prevent future relapse and help the clients succeed within their recovery while living their “normal” life.

Pros of Inpatient Rehab

  • Helps clients with detoxifications
  • Prepares clients for life after treatment
  • Provides clients with 24 hour care
  • Treatment is very structured. It focuses on all of the aspects of an addiction (this could include things such as social, biological, and psychological factors).
  • Medical attention available 24 hours a day

Pros of Outpatient Rehab

  • Flexibility of living within your home while receiving treatment
  • The cost of outpatient treatment is cheaper in comparison to inpatient treatment
  • Ability to choose many different types of treatment (counseling and therapy) that are offered within this setting
  • Accommodations for schedules such as treatment/counseling on the weekends and nights for work purposes
  • Treats clients with co-occurring disorders, depression, eating disorders, bipolar disorders, post-traumatic disorder, etc. 

Should I Choose Inpatient or Outpatient Rehab?

So, what treatment should you choose? Inpatient rehab or outpatient rehab? Ultimately, the choice is up to you! An inpatient treatment program is helpful for individuals who are suffering from other mental health conditions. If you are prone to relapsing, inpatient rehab may be helpful to avoid falling for the temptations of substance abuse. Outpatient treatment is a wonderful option after completing inpatient rehab. It’s also good for treating milder addictions that don’t necessarily require detoxification. If you have a safe living place, outpatient rehab can be a great option to help you get sober. If you have personal obligations that you need to continue with while getting sober, outpatient is also the best option for you. 

How Atlanta Recovery Place Can Help With Addiction

Here at Atlanta Recovery Place, our clients and their recovery are our top priority. We offer outpatient treatment services such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, outpatient addiction treatment, and sober living homes. We’re located in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Clients are welcome and encouraged to complete all levels of our treatment. If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us today. A member of our team will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding our program. We look forward to your call! 

Why You Should Go to a Sober Living in Atlanta

sober living in atlanta

It’s not simple going back to ‘normal life’ after getting addiction treatment, and we completely understand that. In all honesty, it can be a struggle to find the support that is needed to continue remaining sober post addiction treatment. Recovery and sobriety are a lifestyle, some to be worked at daily in order to maintain it. 

Sober living homes are a way for recovery addicts who have gone through treatment to continue to be surrounded by others who have been through the same type of things, and have the same type mindset when it comes to sobriety. Here at Atlanta Recovery Place, we have many different addiction treatment options available, including sober living to help our clients succeed in their recovery process. Within this article, we describe what sober living homes are, the benefits of sober living, and how we can help.

What Is a Sober Living Atlanta? 

Sober living is a type of aftercare which provides recovering addicts with a safe space/community of like minded individuals. Within a sober living community, staff and residents encourage each other to remain sober during the early stages of sobriety and independence after recovering from substance abuse. A sober living environment has many different benefits and offers long term care after inpatient addiction treatment to ensure that recovering addicts are being set up for success. 

At our facility, Atlanta Recovery Place, we provide an atmosphere where residents are allowed leave to go to work, to see family and friends, and to go to different leisure activities, while living in our sober living community. This type of freedom is allowed as long as residents follow the house rules. When living in a sober home, you are committing to a sober lifestyle. This means that sober living rules basically state that you should remain sober while living in this sober community (which makes total sense). When someone within the sober living community/house is not committed, it affects everyone and everyone’s recovery process.

Benefits of Living in a Sober House

There are many different benefits of living in a sober house. Some of the benefits include things such as:

Having Extra Support After Treatment 

Once addiction treatment ends and normalcy comes back into play, it can be difficult to still feel the same amount of support while gaining more freedom. Living in a sober home/community can grant the residents with the support that they need while becoming more independent.

Sober Peers

Living within a sober home/community can provide residents with opportunities to build friendships with others who have the same recovery goals in mind.

Sober Environment 

A sober environment is crucial for individuals who are overcoming an addiction and going through the recovery process. This type of environment is known to help recovery addicts hold each other accountable for their actions. When living in a sober home or in a sober community, this can provide an environment which does not pressure individuals to go back to using the substances that they once did.

Reducing loneliness

Sober living homes are also known to reduce loneliness amongst recovery addicts. It can be difficult for individuals who feel like they are going through this recovery process alone to remain sober, so living with others who are going through the exact same recovery process  can provide a sense of togetherness. 

Find Your Home at Atlanta Recovery Place

Here at Atlanta Recovery Place, we have a sober living option for our clients to continue their recovery process after treatment. This provides the residents with freedom, but also a sense of accountability. Within our sober living, there is privacy but also house meetings, check-ins, and follow-ups with staff that will help you within your recovery. 

Sober living is a safe place where you can value freedom, gain support, and continue the journey within sobriety. Reach out to us today to gain more information about this sober environment after treatment and gain more accountability (while gaining freedom)!

5 Signs of Adderall Abuse in College Students

signs of adderall abuse in college

College. What is portrayed in the movies as a fun, carefree time in someone’s life, it ultimately can end up being very stressful. College is often the first time in someone’s life where they create their own schedule. No parents are around to make sure they get up on time and attend class. The freedom of coming and going whenever you please can be overwhelming. One way college students stay organized and focused is by using Adderall. Today we’ll discuss the dangers of abusing Adderall, what an addiction looks like, and how we can help you. 

Why Do College Students Use Adderall?

There is a growing problem in college students where they are using prescription stimulants in a nonmedical way. College students usually abuse Adderall for the benefit of academics. Students believe that taking this drug helps them to focus when they have to stay up late completing assignments and studying. College students also believe that taking Adderall can help with scoring high on exams. Ultimately, Adderall is viewed as a tool to succeed in college.

Some Adderall users also say that they experience an improved attention span and find it easier to concentrate for long periods of time. Afterall, it can be fairly difficult to ‘pull an all nighter’ without the aid of a stimulant.

Adderall Addiction Symptoms

Adderall is a very well-known drug of abuse and is legally prescribed for certain medical diagnoses. These diagnoses/conditions include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy. Adderall abuse occurs when an individual uses adderall and they don’t have a prescription for the medication. Adderall abuse happens because it contains amphetamine which is a potent stimulant. 

People who abuse Adderall are subdivided into two groups.  The first group are those who are prescribed due to a medical condition. These people will not usually develop a substance abuse disorder or develop an addiction as long as they follow the doctor’s instructions on how to use the substance safely. However, this doesn’t mean they can’t abuse the drug ever. If you know someone who is prescribed Adderall and begins to take it more than prescribed, they may need help.   

The second group are people who buy Adderall illegally. This could be purchasing Adderall on the street or through a friend who has a prescription. The main motive for someone abstaining Adderall illegally is usually to get high or stimulated. This type of user has a greater chance of developing a substance use disorder. 

Signs of an Adderall Addiction

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Anxiety, panic, and nervousness
  • Actively seeking out the drug
  • Manipulating the drug’s format
  • Being fearful of not having Adderall
  • Sleeping difficulties (this could be falling asleep or staying asleep)
  • Being hyperactive or having sensations of excitement
  • Weight loss/malnutrition
  • Shrinking important responsibilities that are related to the core spheres of life to use Adderall. These core spheres of life include family, work, school, etc.
  • Taking higher doses of Adderall/taking Adderall frequently due to the tolerance and withdrawal symptoms.
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms even when using the usual amount of Adderall consumption.
  • Continuing to use Adderall even though this drug abuse is causing physical and psychological issues/problems.

College students are also notorious for partying.  When using Adderall at parties and combining the drug with alcohol, there can be serious consequences. If you or someone you know is abusing adderall, don’t wait to seek help as it can be a dangerous addiction. 

Atlanta Recovery Place Works With You to Overcome Addiction

Here at Atlanta Recovery Place, we realize that stress comes in all shapes and sizes for college students. Our goal is to provide our clients with safe ways to manage stress that is occurring in their lives, without the aid of drugs. We offer many different types of addiction treatment including intensive outpatient and outpatient programs. Contact us today to start your journey to recovery! 

Can You Get Addicted to Cocaine?

Can You Get Addicted to Cocaine?

When understanding addiction, it is important to know how certain substances affect the brain/cause an addiction. Here at Atlanta Recovery Place, we want to help you gain more knowledge about substances, substance abuse, and addiction. It is important to be able to comprehend why someone with an addiction is struggling to overcome, and more importantly, how to help that person. Within this article, we have provided information about cocaine, how it is addictive, and what to do if you or someone you love is  addicted to cocaine.

What Is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a very powerful and addictive stimulant drug. Cocaine is considered a schedule 2 drug, which basically means that it is very high in the potential for abuse, but it can also be administered by a doctor for medical usage. This medical usage can be things such as local anesthesia for ear, eye, and throat surgeries.  

Cocaine as a street drug appears to be a fine white and crystalline powder that is also known as Coke. There are two different chemical forms of cocaine that people abused. The first being water-soluble hydrochloride salt and the second being water-soluble cocaine base or ‘freebase’. The hydrochloride salt is a powder, which is snorted or injected. The freebase cocaine is considered crack, which is smoked.

How Is Cocaine Addictive? 

Cocaine is addictive because it increases the levels of the neurotransmitter/chemical messenger, dopamine, in the brain. Dopamine is related to the control of movement and reward. Normally, the dopamine neurotransmitters will “recycle” back into the neuron that released it. This then would shut off the signal between nerve cells. Cocaine prevents the dopamine from being recycled back into the neuron, which then causes large amounts of dopamine to build up in the space (synapse) between the two nerve cells. This large amount of dopamine will affect the brain’s reward circuit which then would strongly reinforce drug-taking behaviors. This enforces drug-taking behaviors because the reward system/circuit will adapt to the excess amount of dopamine caused by cocaine, and the brain/body will become less sensitive to it. This tolerance will cause individuals to take more frequent or larger doses of cocaine to receive the same high that they once did, or even to just have relief from withdrawal.

What to Do If You’re Addicted to Cocaine

If you or someone you know is addicted to cocaine, it is important to get professional help, find support, and to receive treatment. Reach out to someone who you trust and respect to help figure out your treatment options and to help you feel supported. This person can help to support you throughout your recovery process. If you don’t have a person like this, you can always find treatment and help for yourself (which can be part of taking responsibility for your addiction). Some of the different types of treatments that are good to look into are:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) – This therapy is an effective approach for preventing relapse and helps patients to develop skills that support long-term abstinence. These skills include things such as the ability to recognize and avoid situations in which cocaine usage is likely to occur, and the ability to cope more effectively with problems that are associated with drug use.
  • Contingency management (CM) – This program uses a reward/prize-based system that rewards patients who remain abstinent from cocaine and other drugs. This way patients earn points/chips/rewards that can be used to “buy” items that encourage healthy living. These items could be things such as a gym membership, movie tickets, or a nice dinner. This treatment program helps individuals stay abstinent from cocaine and to stay in their treatment program.
  • Therapeutic communities (TCs) – These communities are drug-free residences where people can recover from substance use disorders. These communities are very supportive and provide assistance in helping each other to understand and change their behaviors. TCs may require a 6 to 12-month stay. 
  • Community-based recovery groups – This recovery group could be a group such as Cocaine Anonymous that used a 12-step program that can be helpful within maintaining abstinence. Within this group, individuals may benefit from supportive fellowship and sharing experiences with those who are going through common problems.

Get Help With a Cocaine Addiction at Atlanta Recovery Place

At Atlanta Recovery Place, we are a premiere outpatient rehab with a sober living community. We currently offer partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient programs. Reach out to us today to learn more about our programs and how we can help you beat addiction once and for all!