National Meth Awareness Day 2017

Meth Awareness: Some Facts and Statistics

November 30th is National Meth Awareness Day, an important day to remind everyone, especially those who suffer from the addiction what Meth can do to you. Even today, it remains one of the most dangerous drug addictions that are out there.

On this Meth Awareness day, we at Stephouse Recovery will provide you with information on this drug, the addiction and what can be done to treat it before it is too late.

Meth: What it Does

The drug Meth, or Methamphetamine, is a stimulant type of drug that increases certain activities and functions in the brain. The biggest reaction is the rise of dopamine in the brain which is a chemical messenger in the brain that links to pleasure. Because of these elevated levels they can cause the person using it to develop a “high”, a sort of euphoric sense of pleasure. Because of this feeling and wanting to experience it again over and over this drug is extremely addicting.

However, like with many drugs, the feeling doesn’t last and once the meth wears off the user experiences a “crash”, where they suddenly feel anxious, fatigued or depressed. Because of this, many meth addicts binge on the drug to prolong the effect of the “high” leading to drug dependence. This dependence can make the addict feel as though they need to keep taking meth as much as they need air to breathe.

Long-Term use of Meth can have permanent effects on the brain, specifically the dopamine-producing cells and the serotonin-containing cells. This can lead to permanent mental disorders and sometimes permanent psychosis for some users.

Another rather frightening side effect is physical changes like the rapid tooth decay called “meth mouth”, skin sores, weight loss, and infections.

Meth users can also develop emotional and psychological issues such as:

  • Aggressive behaviors
  • Trouble with verbal learning
  • Violent Outbursts
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Confusion
  • Distractibility
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Movement, motor, and coordination issues
  • Mood disturbances
  • Visual and auditory hallucinations
  • Delusions

Meth Awareness: Best Course of Treatment

Meth addicts can be dangerous to themselves and others without proper treatment. The longer a meth addiction lasts the greater the need for long-term treatment. Depending on the amount of dependence an addict has withdrawals can be very difficult to overcome and require a prolonged detox regime.

In general, the sooner someone with a Meth Addiction gets enrolled in treatment the better chances at long-term sobriety. For addicts who are currently being processed by the legal system, alternative sentencing programs that get addicts into rehab are better than simple incarceration. They get the help they need and it saves money on tax dollars.

Meth Awareness: Best Course of Treatment

StepHouse Recovery has proven success in Meth Addiction treatment programs. With our one-on-one therapy treatments and proven detoxification programs, our clients are eased into the process of regaining and maintain their sobriety.

If you want to find out more about our programs or would like to reach out to us please call us at (888) 923-7623.

Addiction Myths that Are Just. Not. True!

There are many addiction myths floating around out in the world and many people, unfortunately, believe them. This is not only problematic, but it can also be dangerous! While there more myths about addiction than there are days in a year, we at StepHouse Recovery are going over five of the most common addiction myths, why they are wrong and some true facts about addiction.

Addiction potential is how quickly an addiction develops for a person from when they start using to becoming an addict. The potential for an addiction to develop varies from person to person. There is no exact formula to determine someone’s addiction potential. Some may use substances several times and not develop an addiction (it is rare but not unheard of). Others use only once and signs of addiction begin to surface.

It is not only the act using a substance or engaging in a behavior that develops an addiction (although it is a big part). Many other factors determine a person’s potential for addiction such as:

  • Genetics
  • Environmental Factors
  • Developmental Factors like family upbringing or past trauma
  • Psychological Factors like depression and anxiety

What You or Family and Friends Can Do

While no one can force an addict to go into recovery (save for a court order) they can help bring to light their addiction through carefully planned interventions. Even during recovery, supporting an addict in rehab with letters, visits (if the treatment center allows it) and encouraging them throughout the course of their recovery.

It also helps for those who play an active role in an addict’s recovery to educate themselves in addiction. There are many things for them to learn such as:

  • About the substance or behavior that is the source of the addiction
  • detox for substances and the withdrawals of stopping an addiciton
  • what entails rehab, the role a strong support system can do
  • 12-steps (if practiced) and what they entail
  • Relapse Prevention

What are the Signs that you (or someone you love) Have An Addiction?

With substance Addiction, the signs can be easy to spot. With behavioral addiction, because they do not involve drugs or alcohol may be harder to identify.

Before you start becoming paranoid that you may have a Social Media Addiction just because you check your Facebook everyday take a look at these signs of someone with an addiction:

  • Changing Relationships and more conflicts
  • Poor attendance and performance at work or school
  • Changes in sleep and energy levels
  • Loss of interest in activities you (or a loved one) previously enjoyed
  • Financial troubles
  • Facing legal problems
  • Failure to stop using or engaging
  • Higher tolerance (needing to use more of a substance or activity to get the same effect)
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms (irritability, headaches, fatigue, etc.)

Your One-Stop Resource for All Addiction Education

StepHouse Recovery has all the resources you need to learn more about all the real facts about addiction and recovery.

If you have any questions about addiction or if you or someone you know and love has an addiction please let us know by contacting us below or call us at 888-923-7623.

StepHouse Recovery’s Top 25 Inspirational Quotes

Addiction recovery is a hard road to travel. At times one may wonder if all the pain and work to obtaining sobriety is worth it. To help in keeping up people’s spirits in the journey to recovery we provide many inspirational quotes to follow. These extend to anyone who is struggling, not just addicts.

We’ve provided many inspirational words over the past few years that now we have compiled our top 25 inspirational quotes based on popularity! Some are for reflection, some from famous celebrities or historical figures. Others are there to help you keep going. We also provide some of our own input on these quotes and what we get from these inspiring words.

No matter if you are battling addiction, struggling to get work or life just simply sucks. There’s a quote here for you!

No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.

Our Thoughts: For anyone trying to recover from addiction, or even just anyone in general, there will be setbacks. The important thing is to not give up and persevere.

No matter what, even if it’s slow progress is still progress. You’ll still be moving farther ahead than if you do nothing at all.

Have no fear. You will find your way. It’s in your bones. It’s in your soul.

Mark Z. Danielewski

Our Thoughts: We all fear our own shortcomings and flaws. We are almost programmed at birth to think little of ourselves. What we fail to realize is that we are also made to persevere. We are stronger than we think.

Our brains limit us from understanding the strength of our hearts and inner spirit. So even if you struggle or uncertain about what is ahead, keep moving forward. Even if you think you cannot your heart and soul knows better.

Recovery is about progression, not perfection.

Our Thoughts: Remember the old saying “practice makes perfect?” Well, whoever said had no idea what they were talking about. Perfection is impossible to obtain, especially in recovery. Progress is so much more valuable.

As humans, we are made to achieve things beyond our limits. Even if you achieve one goal there is still more to strive for. The journey doesn’t end, it just leads to a new beginning.

Often it’s the deepest pain which empowers you to grow into your highest self.

Karen Salmansohn

Our Thoughts: This is especially true when you are just starting out in your recovery. Even with StepHouse Recovery’s successful Detox program withdrawals can be very painful.

However, that pain is a sign that you are alive. In order to get stronger, you will have to go through some suffering in order to realize how much stronger you can be because of it.

It’s gonna be okay. No matter how hard your rock bottom is, you can rise above it and you can come back.

Demi Lovato

Our Thoughts: Ah yes. The first celebrity quote in our top 25! For those who have an addiction which controls your life, it may not be until you’ve hit rock bottom to know when you need help. That is okay. Even after you go through rehab you may go into a relapse. That’s okay too.

The important thing is to get up, brush yourself off and take two steps forward for every step back you take.

Sometimes You have to get rid of all the bullshit in your life and just focus on the things that make you a better person.

Our Thoughts: All swearing aside (we apologize) this is a great quote for those who need to make a change in their lives. Take a look at what things may deteriorate you from your change for the better and leave them by the wayside.

This is easier said than done, but getting rid of negative impacts on your life is a big step in recovery. Before anything, you need to take care of yourself first.

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

Arthur Ashe

Our Thoughts: When one wants to initiate change it may be hard to figure out where to even begin. The first thing you need to do is want to change, once you do that you’ve already begun your evolution to a better person.

It may also be hard to change by yourself, but that’s where your friends and family come in. Having a solid support system is very important.

Don’t let your struggle become your identity.

Our Thoughts: It’s hard not to let your struggle run your life, especially if you are undergoing detox or rehab where you are trying to deal with your struggle with addiction 24/7.

The important thing to remember is you are so much more than your struggles in your life. And Just think of how much stronger you become because of these struggles.

Some people believe that holding on and hanging in there are signs of strength. However, there are times in life in which it takes much more strength to just let go.

Our Thoughts: As hard as it is to hold onto something or someone, it’s much harder to let them go. This is especially true if you’ve been in a long relationship and have just broken up or if you lost a loved one. It is hard to let go, you need a lot of strength to let go. But there’s another saying to remember: “If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you, then it is yours.”

Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.

Our Thoughts: This is something that definitely reaches those who have been through a traumatic experience. Often times it is because of these traumatic experiences that some addictions develop. When this happens talk to a therapist or counselor for coping mechanisms. Remember, for the scars you bear, whether they are physical, mental or otherwise be proud that you have them. They are proof that you are stronger than what made them in the first place.

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.

Oprah Winfrey

Our Thoughts: It is hard to admit when we have a problem, and asking for help is even more so because we feel ashamed, like we are failures. The biggest failure we make is having a problem and not asking for the help we need to fix it.

Addiction recovery is something that no one can handle alone. Asking for help is a big sign that we have the courage to make a change for the better. It is the first, and perhaps the most difficult step in addiction recovery.

Our Thoughts: It’s good to have dreams, but without the work you put into making them come true they remain just that, dreams. It is not enough to just wish upon a star like many old Disney movies led you to believe.

You work hard to make them come true. It is only when we work hard that are dreams truly mean something.

If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right to your purpose.

Bishop T.D. Jakes

Our Thoughts: Even for people who have completed their degrees in college, many of us still have no idea what our purpose is or why we are alive. Finding our passion can be just as hard.

Times like these are when we start to undergo some self-discovery. Start by finding out what makes you happy, what can you not live without. Look at things like that you may find your passion is closer than you think.

Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge.

C.G. Jung

Our Thoughts: With all the judging and hate we see today this quote comes to mind every time someone turns on the news. Judging people without thinking who they are or what they have been through is simplistic, arrogant, and crude.

Same is true for how most ordinary people see addicts. They do not take the time to think about what an addict must go through to recover. If more people would think before we judge, the world would be a much kinder place.

When we feel stuck, going nowhere, even starting to slip backward, we may actually be backing up to get a running start.

Dan Milliman

Our Thoughts: No matter how much progress we make, setbacks will happen. That’s just how life is. When that happens and we keep coming up against a brick wall, the best thing to do is walk away from it for a little while. Focus on another task, take a break and walk a bit outside, read up on StepHouse Recovery’s Blog. About 90% of the time when you get back to it with a fresh mindset you can break through that wall and go even farther ahead.

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each one of us has cause to think deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame for us.

Our Thoughts: If someone you know or love has an addiction problem then you can be there to support them. It may be staging an intervention which makes them admit they have a problem and need help. Even while in recovery a solid support system is fundamental to recovery. Be the hand that helps them through their recovery.

One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered.

Michael J. Fox

Our Thoughts: This is a quote that really speaks to people who have been bullied or verbally (even physically) abused in some form. The thing to remember is not to give in to what people say or do — if you do, that means they win. Do not give them that power. If you never give in to the people that hurt you that proves that you are stronger than the people who try to hurt you.

Don’t judge me by my past. I’m not in the past anymore. Accept me for who I am because this is me today.

Our Thoughts: The general public has a lot of misconceptions about people with addiction. They think that because they have an addiction they have no self-control or they are a hopeless cause. This could not be further from the truth.

People who had addiction problems in the past and recover from them become much better people. Many of whom start their own behavioral centers to help others struggling with addiction, like StepHouse Recovery Center!

I alone cannot change the world. But I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

Mother Teresa

Our Thoughts: It cannot be a list of the top 25 inspirational quotes without at least ONE from Mother Teresa! While it is true that you cannot end all of the world’s problems you can still make a difference for some. Even just making one life better is a big change for a better world than if you resign and do nothing.

There’s a story behind every person. There’s a reason why they’re the way they are. Think about that before you judge someone.

Our Thoughts: This quote extends fromm quote #8. With every addiction, there is a story behind it. Something that occurred in someone’s life that made them turn to drugs or alcohol. Everyone knows how bad addiction is and you can avoid it by not using drugs and alcohol. Addictions occur for people who feel they have nowhere else to turn. Instead of judging people who have turn to addiction, see what you can do to help them recover from it.

Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.

Our Thoughts: For a loved one you know in recovery this quote pertains to you as someone who supports them in recovery. Instead of standing aside while they go through the weeks of work it takes to transition back into sobriety do something to help them get there. It can be simple like sending a letter, visiting them, even a phone call can do wonders to help them in their recovery process.

Life is an echo. What you send out comes back. What you sow, you reap, What you give, you get, What you see in others exists in you.

Zig Ziglar

Our Thoughts: It is true that we get out of something that we put in. This applies to recovery. Rehab has all the tools you need to make a complete and easy transition into sobriety. However it is up to you to use those tools and put in the effort to get clean and stay clean.

This also applies when comparing yourself to other people as well. We have all done it at some point in our lives. However, the good qualities you see in a person are also qualities in yourself. After all, for every finger you point at somebody, three more are pointing back at you.

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

R. Buckminster

Our Thoughts: It can be impossible to change the reality you are in right now. However, there are some things in your life you CAN change. When you are in recovery you will have to look at the triggers that may cause you to use again.

Make a list of goals that you want to achieve for after you discharge, think about the kind of person you want to be once you are discharged and the person you want to be a year or even six months afterward.

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.

Winston Churchill

Our Thoughts: Every good choice we make for ourselves boils down to our courage. For someone to admit that they have an addiction problem shows courage. To ask for help and enroll in a rehab program takes courage.

Courage is within everyone. It does not mean you do not have fear. It comes when you face something despite the fear, and you always get stronger because of it.

Show me a person who has never failed, and I’ll see a person who never attempted anything.

Our Thoughts: Now this is perfect for our number 1 Inspirational Quote. It speaks to everyone, while it is true you cannot fail if you do not try you also cannot succeed either.

You can also look at not attempting anything as a failure in and of itself. We all try and fail at some point, more often than not, in fact. The big thing is to learn from our failures to do better next time. This is especially true in recovery and in life.

We hope you like our StepHouse Recovery Center’s Top 25 Inspirational Quotes. Let us know what you think of these words of wisdom or what you think of our take on them by commenting below.

As always, if you or a loved one has suffered from a substance addiction you can reach out to us today by calling (888) 923-7623 or by contacting us with the link below. We hope you got just what you needed from our inspirational quotes.