What are the Different Types of Anxiety Disorder?

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness or NAMI indicates anxiety disorders are among America’s most common mental illnesses. Recent surveys suggest that up to 19% of the 40 million American adults over age eighteen struggle with anxiety. Anxiety disorders are treatable with help and support. Sadly, like addiction and many other mental health conditions, few of those who could benefit from treatment ever seek the help they need. Data from the AADA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) shows that less than 37% of those with an anxiety disorder receive treatment.

What is an Anxiety Disorder?

NAMI defines anxiety as “a persistent and ongoing struggle that interferes with your day-to-day life.” Most people begin to experience anxiety symptoms during early childhood and adolescence. Often, these symptoms will persist through adulthood. It is possible to have one anxiety disorder or multiple diagnoses.

Unlike other medical and mental health conditions, anxiety is more than a singular diagnosis. Anxiety is a group of conditions, all related in some form. Each has unique symptoms but shares symptoms with other forms of anxiety as well. The most common anxiety symptom shared across all anxiety disorders is excessive, persistent fear in situations that should not provoke fear.

People with anxiety experience various emotional and physical symptoms. While symptoms may vary from person to person, most people experience irritability, feelings of dread, hypervigilance (always “on edge”), and feeling tense or jumpy. Common physical anxiety symptoms may include racing heart, insomnia, shortness of breath, stomach aches, fatigue, and sweating.

Research has not provided a sole risk factor or cause that increases one’s risk for developing an anxiety disorder. Several studies point to multiple factors, including environmental, genetic, and biological factors. Other factors include trauma, illness, and ongoing substance abuse.

What are the Different Types of Anxiety Disorder?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders or DSM is a manual used

by the mental health community to assess and diagnose the presence of a mental health condition. The DSM provides several criteria used by members of the treatment teams at Liberty House to understand anxiety disorders’ symptoms and the best treatment methods. Several types of anxiety disorder are listed in the DSM; however, five are more common than others.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

When you struggle with generalized anxiety disorder, you will experience frequent anxiety symptoms virtually every day. Often, feelings of tension and heightened worry are present even when there is no “reason” to be fearful.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD is characterized by two primary symptoms; obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are recurrent and unwanted thoughts that often “cause” someone with OCD to engage in compulsions. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors that people recognize as hallmark OCD symptoms. Compulsive behaviors may include actions like checking, counting, or even hand washing. Compulsions or rituals are performed in the hopes of reducing the intensity and severity of obsessions. Compulsions are executed without fail. Compulsions can be time-consuming and cause significant interference with one’s day-to-day life. While they only provide temporary relief, failure to perform them often worsens anxiety.

Panic Disorder

Someone with a panic disorder experiences unexpected and recurring episodes of uncontrollable and overwhelming fear. This fear is also accompanied by physical symptoms, including stomach upset, difficulty breathing, and racing heart.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder often occurs after someone experiences an event that leads to harm or the threat of harm. There are many examples of events that can lead to PTSD, including accidents, assault, natural disasters, and witnessing or experiencing violence.

Social Phobias

Social phobias are also called social anxiety disorders. Social phobias lead to feelings of extreme self-consciousness when participating in everyday social situations.

How to Find Anxiety Treatment in New Jersey

If you or a loved one struggles with anxiety, seeking help at an anxiety treatment center in New Jersey can help. Our team of caring and compassionate treatment providers at Relevance Recovery are here to help you understand the challenges that lie at the root of anxiety so you can begin your journey to healing. Don’t let struggles with anxiety steal another day. Contact a member of our admissions team today to learn more about anxiety treatment at Relevance Recovery.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy & 12 Step Mutual Aid Groups

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If you have acquired frequent flyer miles in the world of treatment, you are probably familiar with the worlds of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and 12 Step models like Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous. DBT utilizes emotional regulation, mindfulness, and coping skills to address problematic patterns in our thoughts, actions, and relationships. Anyone with some step work under their belt knows this is also a pragmatic description of what the 12 Step Process has provided for almost a century.  

12 Step Model

The 12 Step model sums itself up as “a spiritual approach to recovery,” and the old-timey wording of the steps does not represent the cumulative skills therein. Still, the founders of AA were applying what was working to treat alcohol on a peer level. Psychology caught up, and we can now see some of the science behind these peer support methods quantified in DBT.  

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

In DBT, we see the concept of interpersonal effectiveness, in which we identify unmanageability in how we respond and react to others, then practice skills to improve relationships. These skills are cultivated in the rooms, facilitated by a group atmosphere, sponsorship, and peer network. Each step encourages self-exploration and also carries a “spiritual principle” such as acceptance, responsibility, hope, honesty, and willingness.  

These principles can serve as examples of DBT’s distress tolerance skills. When practiced over time and reinforced by connection to the recovery community, they can strengthen our thought processes and birth coping skills. The mindfulness encouraged in DBT is provided by the self-maintenance and meditation practiced in the later steps. The overall goal of both 12 Step Programs and DBT is to improve our ability to align who we are with who we want to be. Whether we are applying science or spirituality, we get out of these programs what we put into them.

What are the Signs of Major Depressive Disorder?

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Feeling upset, blue, or down on occasion is a typical experience for most people. Everyone has times where they don’t happiness is out of reach, or a particular situation or event is overwhelmingly upsetting. When this occurs, people often say they are “depressed.” For many, these feelings are only temporary. Often, they will resolve shortly after the circumstances that caused unpleasant emotions resolves. Clinical depression, or simply depression, is different. The feelings you experience when you have depression are for more than temporary feelings of sadness.


What is Major Depressive Disorder?

In the mental health community, depression is also referred to as major depressive disorder or clinical depression. These conditions are characterized by overwhelming symptoms of emptiness, sadness, or irritability that affect your ability to function in your day-to-day environment. Without treatment, these symptoms can become so overwhelming that they lead to a loss of function at work and home. For someone to meet the clinical diagnostic criteria for depression, these symptoms must last for a minimum of two weeks. Additionally, the symptoms you experience during depressive episodes must be different from your previous level of functioning. In other words, your symptoms must lead to a clinically significant change in mood and ability.

Major depressive disorder does not have a specific root cause or risk factor. Researchers believe several possible factors might increase one’s risk for developing depression. These include genetics, environmental, psychological, and biological factors. The Diagnostic and Statistical Mental Disorders (DSM-5) outlines several potential risk factors for depression which include:

  • Adverse or traumatic childhood experiences
  • Family members (parents or siblings) with depressive disorders
  • Certain chronic medical conditions (such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity)
  • A series of stressful life events or changes

While depression is not the most widely diagnosed mental health concern, up to 16% of American adults will experience clinically significant depression at some point in their lives. Some studies suggest women are more than three times as likely to experience major depression during their lifetime.

Are Major Depressive Disorder and Depression the Same Thing?

The National Institutes of Mental Health offer the same definition for clinical depression and major depressive disorder. When someone experiences depressive symptoms significant enough to lead to a clinical diagnosis, they might be diagnosed with clinical depression or major depressive disorder.

What are the Signs of Major Depressive Disorder?;

Major depressive disorder or clinical depression is a diagnosable condition characterized by a depressed mood for most of the day, nearly every day for two weeks or more. It is important to note there are several types of depression and the symptoms associated with each diagnosis vary slightly. The signs and symptoms commonly associated with major depression typically include a combination of the following:

  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Persistent feelings of sadness or emptiness
  • Anger and irritability
  • Excessive guilt or feelings of worthlessness
  • Decreased energy
  • Loss of interest in usual activities or hobbies
  • Difficulties sleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating or remaining attentive
  • Restlessness
  • Changes in appetite or eating patterns
  • Increased body aches and pains (without an apparent underlying medical reason)

How to Find Depression Treatment Near Me

Trying to manage major depressive disorder without help can be difficult. Depending on the severity and intensity of your depression symptoms, there may be days where your symptoms take over everything else. However, you can overcome your symptoms with support and guidance from the caring and compassionate team at Relevance Recovery. Depression is a highly treatable illness. Like many other mental health struggles, depression does not have a known “cure,” but with treatment at a depression treatment program, you can learn how to manage your symptoms and significantly reduce their impact on your day-to-day life.

If you or a loved one struggles with major depressive disorder, help is available. At a treatment program specializing in depression treatment, you will work with members of your treatment team to develop a path to recovery that focuses on your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Let our team of caring and compassionate providers at Relevance Recovery help you break free from the chains of depression. To learn more about us, our programs, and how we can help you learn to manage symptoms of depression,  contact a member of our admissions team today.

What You Need to Know About EMDR and How It Works

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Our past traumas and PTSD have a tendency to influence our current emotions, feelings about ourselves, and how we react in different situations and relationships. Symptoms of past traumas can present themselves in many different ways, such as depression, anxiety, change in sleep, mood swings, change in appetite, body aches, nightmares and flashbacks, increased substance abuse, and dependence. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy that helps us break through those emotional blocks by being aimed toward a trauma-focused approach and has a goal of processing and reducing traumatic memories. EMDR can take multiple sessions and will only begin after you and your trained clinician develop a solid and trusting relationship and discuss the course in treatment. The process will begin with identifying a traumatic memory or event that causes you any type of discomfort or triggers PTSD symptoms. Understanding EMDR and how it works can be incredibly beneficial to a person’s recovery.

How EMDR Works

When EMDR processing begins, you will focus on the thoughts, feelings, and body sensations that come up for you when imagining your traumatic event. While engaging in these thoughts, you will be instructed to follow your clinician’s fingers, which will cause your eyes to move back and forth, from left to right at a rapid speed, just like when we are in REM sleep. EMDR can be an emotional process, but with the work and relationship developed between you and your therapist, you will be prepared with coping skills to manage these thoughts. Between eye movements, you will provide brief reports about what you are noticing, and this alternating process helps you work through and gain a better understanding of these memories. These movements may cause different emotions or memories associated with the trauma to arise and allow you to process them in a safe and supportive environment. The goal of these emotions and feelings is to decrease in intensity until they no longer cause continued pain. Throughout working on these traumas, you will learn to shift your negative beliefs about yourself and the event to positive beliefs, ultimately leaving you to feel empowered and motivated. 

Difference Between Borderline Personality Disorder vs. Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder are different mental health conditions that are frequently confused. Because they share similar symptoms, it is not uncommon for people to wonder if there is a connection between them.

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by extreme shifts or alterations in mood. It is estimated that as many as 2.5 million Americans meet the diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder, making it a prevalent mental illness in the United States. Bipolar disorder is typically diagnosed when one reaches their early twenties; however, diagnosis may occur during childhood or in the teen years, depending on symptoms. Currently, there is no cure for bipolar disorder, but mental health treatment can minimize the impact of symptoms.

When someone struggles with bipolar disorder, they experience three primary symptoms; mania, hypomania, and depression. Mania occurs when the person goes through a period of intense emotional highs. During mania or a “manic episode,” they will experience various emotions, including excitement, impulsivity, and euphoria. They will also have excessive amounts of energy, impacting their ability to sleep or rest.

Hypomania is a symptom commonly associated with bipolar II disorder. Hypomania is similar to mania; however, symptoms and emotional highs are not as notable or severe. Depressive episodes are the exact opposite of manic episodes. During an episode of depression, feelings of deep sadness, hopelessness, loss of energy, and lack of interest in commonly enjoyed activities occur.

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline personality is described as a mental health condition that impacts how someone thinks and feels about themselves and others. Personality disorders like borderline personality disorder are characterized by patterns of thought, behavior, and feelings that are often unhealthy and inflexible. Someone with a borderline personality disorder will often struggle to foster healthy relationships with others.

 They may also have difficulty managing everyday problems in ways others consider “acceptable.”

What is the Difference Between Borderline Personality Disorder vs. Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder are often confused. Both conditions share many similar symptoms leading people to wonder if there is a connection between the two. To date, science has yet to confirm a link between the two illnesses, and they remain separate diagnoses in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Several characteristics separate these conditions.

Although mood changes characterize both, the quality of mood change may be different depending on the diagnosis. Someone who struggles with bipolar disorder will often experience mania and depression. In contrast, someone with a borderline personality disorder will experience intense and overwhelming feelings of loneliness, anger, hopelessness, and feelings of emotional pain.

The mood shifts associated with borderline personality disorder are usually short-lived and connected to environmental stressors such as disagreements with a loved one. Conversely, the mood shifts linked to bipolar disorder may last days or weeks and can occur without a known cause.

What Causes Bipolar and Borderline Personality Disorder?

There is not a specific cause of borderline personality disorder. Like several similar mental health struggles, studies suggest the condition develops out of genetic factors, environmental factors, trauma, and parent/child connections during a child’s developmental stages.

Similarly, bipolar disorder does not have one specific cause. The development of bipolar disorder is linked to brain structure and functioning, family history of the illness, and genetic predisposition.

How to Find Mental Health Treatment for Bipolar and Borderline Personality Disorder

Each disorder causes different symptoms, and therefore, the treatment methods for borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder vary as well. It is important to find a treatment center where the treatment staff specializes in addressing the symptoms of your condition. It is also essential for your therapeutic team to understand the subtle yet significant differences between bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder.

Seeking help at a mental health rehab like Relevance Recovery can help you begin your journey towards putting your symptoms in the past. Although bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder are not necessarily “curable,” it is possible to learn safe and effective ways to manage symptoms, so these conditions are less impactful on your day-to-day health and happiness. Let the team at Relevance Recovery show you how as you connect with us to learn more about our programs that may support you along your journey. 

The Link Between OCD and Addiction

The Link Between OCD and Addiction

Statistics on obsessive-compulsive disorder are challenging to find, and much of the available data is outdated. The most current data from the National Institutes of Health indicates as many as 1 out of every 40 adults in the United States have OCD. As many as 40% of those who struggle with OCD also have a substance use disorder, and many also experience symptoms of another co-occurring mental health condition. 

What Is OCD?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders indicates OCD or obsessive-compulsive disorder is a mental illness characterized by overwhelming and unwanted thoughts and fears (obsessions) and excessive, irrational urges to do specific things (compulsions). If you struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder, the emotional challenges you face go well beyond worry that you forgot to turn off the iron or lock the front door. Someone who meets the diagnostic criteria for OCD feels the overwhelming urge to act out certain habits or rituals repeatedly. It does not matter if they understand that the rituals or habits are undesirable, unnecessary, or serve no beneficial purpose. People who struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder often realize their behaviors, thoughts, and actions are illogical; however, they are unable to stop performing them even if they know those actions lead to significant challenges in their day-to-day lives. 

Understanding the difficulties associated with OCD requires understanding the primary symptoms of the illness; obsessions and compulsions. There are multiple types of OCD that often have varying symptoms; however, everyone with an OCD diagnosis will experience obsessions and compulsions to some degree. Obsessions are thoughts or feelings that “tell” you that you need to do something. Compulsions, on the other hand, are actions or behaviors that are used to satisfy those thoughts. For symptoms to be diagnosed as OCD, obsessions and compulsions must last for an hour or more each day and lead to significant interference with day-to-day life. 

What Is Addiction? 

Addiction is a complex disease that affects each person in unique ways. Addiction (or substance use disorder) is not a choice, and it is not a moral failing. It is an overwhelming and challenging struggle that affects the lives of millions of people across the nation each year. Symptoms of addiction include the inability to reduce or stop using a substance despite wanting to or understanding the known dangerous impacts of ongoing use. 

When you struggle with addiction, you have an intense and overwhelming focus on obtaining and using your substance of choice, whether drugs or alcohol. With time, this focus takes over and inevitably interferes with day-to-day functioning. Without comprehensive addiction treatment, ongoing substance addiction leads to changes to the brain, including those that control decision making, behavior, memory, learning, and judgment. 

What To Do if You Have OCD and Addiction

Although prevalence rates are difficult to verify, statistics on OCD indicate it is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States. The symptoms of OCD can lead to overwhelming emotional and psychological difficulties. It is not at all uncommon for someone suffering from OCD to turn to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate their symptoms. Unfortunately, this practice only provides a brief window of relief before the substance wears off and symptoms return. The desire to continue feeling freedom from symptoms leads to repeated use whenever obsessions occur. In time, this will lead to dependency and addiction. 

If you have OCD and addiction, it is vital to seek treatment at a treatment center skilled in addressing dual-diagnosis conditions. At a dual-diagnosis treatment program, trained medical and mental health providers will work with you to design a treatment plan that addresses both conditions simultaneously. It is essential to overcome addiction and learn safer, healthier ways to manage OCD symptoms to avoid potential relapse in the future. Contact our admissions team at Relevance Recovery today if you or a loved one would like to learn more about how dual-diagnosis treatment can help you overcome OCD and addiction. 

Is There Online Drug Rehab?

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Millions of people across the nation struggle with drug addiction. Recent data from the Substance Abuse, Mental Health Services Administration indicates as many as 21 million Americans older than age twelve meet the diagnostic criteria for a substance use disorder. Sadly, fewer than 10% will ever seek or receive the professional care and support they need to overcome addiction. There are several reasons, including stigma, cost, and ease of access to professional addiction treatment nearby. 

What Is Drug Rehab? 

There are thousands of drug rehab programs across the nation providing essential treatment services to help addicts overcome addiction. Drug rehab offers someone addicted to drugs the opportunity to seek professional treatment and support while safely and successfully working towards sobriety. There are many different treatment levels of care, and each program provides varying models of care. It is important to understand your treatment needs and goals when deciding where to seek treatment. Our caring and compassionate team at Relevance Recovery will work with you to design a treatment program based on evidence-based treatment approaches designed to help you overcome addiction. 

Is There Online Drug Rehab?

Technology has spread into almost every element of our daily lives. Medical, mental health, and addiction treatment are no exception. Online rehab programs are addiction treatment programs that provide treatment services through online platforms or video conferencing services such as Skype, FaceTime, or WebEx. Like in-person treatment, online drug rehab can be either a one-to-one or group format. Online programs also use similar behavioral treatment models to in-person programs. This helps to ensure participants in an online program receive the same level of treatment support and have the opportunity to develop necessary coping skills, which are vital to relapse prevention after treatment ends. It is essential to seek a reputable online drug rehab where treatment is provided by trained professionals who are affiliated with licensed addiction treatment programs. 

The Benefits of Online Drug Rehab

Although face-to-face treatment remains a vital component in the treatment and recovery process, online rehab services are highly beneficial for many. Not only does online drug rehab provide access to treatment for those who may not be able to travel to attend rehab, but they also serve as a complementary treatment component for many aftercare programs such as sober living environments and other programs that help addicts new to recovery maintain lasting sobriety. 

Online drug rehab is often more accessible than some outpatient treatment options. Most online programs are available on a 24/7 schedule with flexible treatment sessions and access to interactive video sessions and other online treatment supports. This level of flexibility ensures you can access treatment whenever it is most convenient for you. It also opens up access to treatment for those who may not be capable of attending treatment at an inpatient or intensive outpatient treatment program. However, it is important to remember that online rehab is not meant to replace in-person treatment, especially if you require detox support or if you have never participated in an addiction treatment program. Online programs cannot provide the same level of medical or mental health support during the detox process. 

Online programs also provide a high level of privacy not always available in a face-to-face setting. Online treatment does not require participants to leave their homes or interact with others as part of the treatment process. The online rehab environment can provide treatment while still allowing you to remain comfortably at home. 

If you or a loved one would like to learn more about how online drug rehab can help you continue working towards lasting sobriety, contact Relevance Recovery today. Our admissions team is here to explain not only our addiction treatment program options but how we integrate online rehab into our programs to help you continue progressing towards lasting recovery. 

What Is the Refuge Recovery Program?

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Addiction and addiction recovery are both highly individual processes. Although two people may struggle with the same substance addiction, how the substance impacts their physical and psychological health will vary, sometimes significantly. Similarly, the challenges and struggles they face when they are ready to seek addiction treatment help to overcome their addiction are also often different. 

These differences in addiction treatment have led to a range of various treatment models. Research has proven that what works well for one person or group of people may be minimally or not at all beneficial for others. Some people find greater levels of comfort and success in programs that are gender-specific or specific to a particular demographic, career field, or history of military services. Others find programs based on spiritual roots provide the greatest opportunities for achieving lasting recovery. 

What Is the Refuge Recovery Program? 

The Refuge Recovery Program is a model of recovery therapy rooted in the core beliefs of Buddhist philosophy. According to the Northwest Dharma Association (NDA), Refuge recovery is meant to help those “affected by addiction recover from the pain they have experienced, to understand their suffering in the context of their new mindfulness, and to find compassion for their pain.” Refuge Recovery calls upon the Buddhist Four Noble Truths to help those struggling with addiction develop ways to overcome addiction.

While many addictions treatment and recovery plans are focused on medical and behavioral health solutions, Refuge Recovery places an additional level of focus on spirituality in addition to medical and behavioral treatment models. Buddhist recovery therapy programs focus on mindfulness and refocusing the mind on the “now” to overcome cravings and the focus on substance-seeking behavior. 

The Northwest Dharma Association (NDA) believes treatment therapies that are part of the Buddhist recovery philosophy should incorporate three factors: sitting together, discussing the Buddhist way, and practicing mindful listening. These programs are often successful because of the root elements of Buddhist teachings. Addiction itself is in total contrast to Buddhist ideals. It takes over the mind and leads to urges and cravings focused on substance seeking and using. Buddhism teaches individuals who struggle with addiction how to control their impulses through mindfulness and a focus on the here and now.

Additionally, Buddhist recovery requires practitioners to learn and practice critical components that are vital factors in ongoing recovery. These include acceptance, loving-kindness (of others), and self-love. Buddhist recovery believes that without self-love, it is impossible to truly attain and maintain lasting recovery. 

Why Relevance Recovery Incorporates the Refuge Recovery Program into Our Treatment Plan

At Relevance Recovery, we understand addiction affects everyone in unique and different ways. For this reason, it is essential to provide a wide range of different treatment options. When you decide to seek sobriety at Relevance Recovery, our caring and compassionate treatment team will work with you to design a comprehensive treatment plan focused on your unique needs and goals. If you find comfort in the spiritual focus of the Refuge Recovery program, we will ensure it is part of your treatment model. 

At Relevance Recovery, we strive to provide each person who walks through our doors with a treatment program that will help them achieve sobriety and maintain lasting freedom from drugs and alcohol. We understand that addiction is a disease, and like any chronic illness, it requires treatment that addresses your physical, psychological, and spiritual needs. Each person has their own definition of what spiritual recovery looks like. If you would like to learn more about how incorporating the Refuge Recovery Program into your treatment plan may help you achieve lasting sobriety, contact us at Relevance Recovery today. 

Alcohol Rehab in Toms River, NJ Explained

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Alcohol is one of the most commonly used and abused substances in the United States. Data from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicates approximately 55% of adults over the age of 18 report drinking in the past month, and more than 85% report drinking at some point in their lives. Although these statistics may seem underwhelming, it is essential to note that frequent, excessive drinking increases one’s risk of developing an alcohol use disorder. The same survey reports that more than 14.5 million people over the age of 12 meet the diagnostic criteria for an alcohol use disorder in the United States. Of those, as many as 414,000 adolescents and teens ages 12 to 17 had an alcohol use disorder. Unfortunately, of the nearly 22 million people with an alcohol use disorder who could benefit from addiction treatment, only about 12% (in 2019) received treatment in the past year. 

How to Identify if You Are Addicted to Alcohol

Enjoying an occasional drink with friends or a glass of wine after work does not necessarily mean you are or will become addicted to alcohol. However, there are limitations to how much and how often one can and should drink. Alcoholism (now referred to as an alcohol use disorder) is a condition that causes an overwhelming desire or physical need to consume alcohol regardless of any known harmful effects. If you struggle with an alcohol use disorder, it is difficult (sometimes impossible) to reduce how much or how often you drink without the help of a professional addiction treatment program. 

If you are trying to identify if you are addicted to alcohol, it is important to look for common warning signs, including:

  • The inability to limit your alcohol consumption.
  • A family history of alcoholism-especially a first-degree relative such as your mother or father.
  • New or worsening problems at home, work, or in social environments. 
  • New or worsening physical or mental health symptoms. 
  • Experiencing acute withdrawal symptoms if you do not drink. Some examples of these may include nausea, sweating, or shaking (DT’s).
  • New or worsening legal troubles related to drinking. 
  • Needing to consume increasingly larger amounts of alcohol to feel the effects that one drink used to achieve.
  • Using alcohol as a coping mechanism to alleviate stress or physical discomfort. 

Most importantly, if you find that getting and drinking alcohol takes precedence over all else, it is important to reach out for help at an alcohol rehab like Relevance Recovery. 

How Alcohol Rehab in Toms River, NJ Can Help You Stop Drinking

The first step on your journey to recovery from alcohol addiction is admitting you struggle with alcohol. Next, it is vital to contact an alcohol rehab in Toms River, NJ specializing in alcohol addiction treatment. Although it is possible to stop drinking without help, detoxing from alcohol can be dangerous. Alcohol detox can produce intense, sometimes life-threatening symptoms, making it difficult to go through detox on your own. Unfortunately, many who try to stop using alcohol “cold turkey” relapse when withdrawal symptoms become too overwhelming to manage. For this reason, it is highly suggested that you detox at a program like Relevance Recovery, where trained specialists can help you detox and transition to a comprehensive therapy program designed to help you stop drinking. 

If you or a loved one are ready to begin your journey to sobriety, contact our admissions team today to learn more about our Toms River, NJ alcohol rehab and how our programs can help you stop drinking. Our treatment team will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan focused on your unique treatment needs and goals. If you are ready to get sober, contact Relevance Recovery today. 

What Are the Effects of Drug Addiction on Family Members?

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Although addiction affects the individual who uses it, they are not alone in their struggle. When someone struggles with addiction, it is not uncommon for them to do or say things that inflict emotional pain and discomfort on those they care about most. This happens due to what a struggling individual may say or because of how their behaviors and moods change in harmful and often self-destructive ways. These are among the many reasons why addiction is often referred to as a “family disease.” 

What Are the Effects of Drug Addiction on Family Members? 

Addiction does not offer immunity to any member of an addict’s family or social circles. Their family members, friends, spouse, children, and even coworkers all serve as a witness to their loved one’s mind and body experiencing drastic changes. As addiction takes hold, the home or work environment becomes toxic as moods and behaviors change. Trust and communication are often the first things that are compromised as arguments and misunderstandings become a day-to-day occurrence.  

Addiction affects family members in many ways; however, two of the most common are loss of relationships and financial struggles. Drug addiction is costly. Depending on the severity of one’s addiction and their substance of choice, addiction can cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars every month. These financial impacts extend throughout the entire family as untreated addiction forces addicts to turn to family and loved ones for financial support. Sometimes this money is used to pay bills or buy food; however, in other cases, it is used to buy drugs. Also, family members who may be desperate to see their loved one get the addiction treatment they so desperately need may drain personal financial resources such as savings accounts, retirement accounts, or even take out a mortgage on their home to help pay their required funds for rehab.

Addiction also has a significant impact on the relationships an addict has with their family. Unfortunately, families are a vital resource for those who struggle with addiction, and it is essential to maintain these relationships whenever possible. It is not uncommon for family and friends to focus their support so intensely on the person with the addiction that they forget to support one another throughout the recovery process. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, supportive relationships, including family support, are one of the four pillars of essential recovery, making repairing and maintaining these relationships a vital part of addiction treatment and recovery. 

What to Do if You Are Struggling With Addiction

If you or a loved one struggles with addiction, seeking therapy is vital to recovery for everyone. As a family member of a loved one with an addiction, encouraging your loved one to seek treatment is only the first step. The next step is to find an appropriate program that suits their needs and can provide adequate therapy for your loved one and their family members. Without family therapy, it can be challenging to heal damaged relationships and open the lines of honest, trusting communication, which are so vital to ongoing sobriety and recovery. Family plays a critical role in ensuring their loved one’s lasting recovery. Through our family therapy programs at Relevance Recovery, we will work with you to ensure everyone receives the support and guidance they need as your loved one works towards sobriety and family members learn more about the role family plays in that process. If left unaddressed, addiction can have detrimental and irreversible impacts on family relationships. Make today the day that your family vows to confront addiction by contacting Relevance Recovery.