Whole Person Dual Diagnosis Residential Rehab
Medical Detox, Addiction Rehab, Mindfulness Relapse Prevention
Silicon Valley and High Pressure Careers Downside
High Functioning Addicts – The Invisibly Addicted
Functional addicts in Silicon Valley are often found in high stress and highly paid careers and professions.
“Experts warn that many people with addictions continue to perform well at work. So-called ‘high-functioning addicts’ exist across all sectors. Workplaces are not intervening early enough – which puts those who have addictions at a higher risk of physical and psychological harm. ‘The job is always the last thing that goes,’ says Dr. Steven Melemis, a physician in Toronto who specializes in addiction.”
High-Functioning Addicts: Intervening Before Trouble Hits
With High Functioning Addicts (HFA’s), drug or alcohol use may be hidden; and any signs of substance abuse and addiction are not immediately evident. To friends, co-workers and extended family – high functioning addicts seem like ‘an average person’. For many people, addictions can coexist with what appears to be a perfectly normal lifestyle.
Functional addicts live in total denial (and lack of awareness) of addiction issues and point to their career successes. However, away from work in private – addictive behavior patterns are fully active. Also the physical stress caused by regular drug use accumulates and causes damage to the body and brain.
While taking Adderall or meth to ‘work hard’ during a long day and then taking opioids to sleep – may begin to seem ‘normal’ – it is not. These drugs, especially in combination, are very damaging to health and wellness.
And with any illegal drug use, the chances of getting a product mixed with fentanyl or other toxic addictive are always present.
Drug and Alcohol Medical Detox
Medical Detox is the first step to regaining sobriety – and the importance cannot be underestimated. Recovery support begins with detox from drugs and alcohol.
In most cases, we can arrange for same day admissions.
New Start Recovery Solutions has 24 hour medical supervision during detox. Our medical detox program helps individuals through physical withdrawal symptoms and provides the medical assistance needed during this rough time.
Why Medical Detox?
If the alcohol or drug use has been heavy – or has been occurring for a long period of time – we recommend medical detox.
In medical detox, the individual will enter New Start Recovery Solutions addiction rehab center. Withdrawal and detox will be closely monitored 24/7 by medical professionals. If medication is needed during detox, it will be prescribed and supervised by a medical doctor (MD).
Withdrawal from drugs and alcohol is a serious condition that occurs rapidly. If not managed correctly, detox can become life threatening. This is why a safe and secure detox program is the most important first step to successfully treating addiction.
At New Start Recovery Solutions – medical detox is designed to provide our patients with support they need. Recovery support continues with integrated holistic addiction rehab treatment. We give those who are addicted the foundation, knowledge and tools to begin to live a clean and sober life.
Quitting on Your Own Can Be Harmful
The severity of the effects of self-detox will differ depending on the individual’s history of abuse and medical/physical conditions.
However, the risks of detox for drug and alcohol users can be dangerous enough that a detox should never be attempted alone.
A sudden stop of drug and alcohol use can lead to:
• Heart attacks
• And in severe cases – even death.
Dual Diagnosis Residential Rehab
Those in highly paid careers rarely want to take the time needed for residential rehab and addiction recovery. It is easy to use the career as an excuse to avoid getting help.
However, the best chance for recovery is a permanent change in habitual behaviors. Time, education and therapy are required to make permanent behavioral changes.
Dual Diagnosis or Co-occurring Disorders is a term for people who have both a mental health issue (such as PTSD, depression, trauma, anxiety) and an addiction problem (substance use disorder, or SUD).
If you think you may be suffering from a substance use disorder – as well as PTSD, depression, anxiety, trauma or other mental illness (dual diagnosis) – please know that seeking help is the first step to addiction recovery and regaining control of your life.
Bottom Line: The eventual outcome of an escalating addiction will take a lot longer to sort out than taking a few weeks off for rehab.
What is Mindfulness – and How Can It Help My Addiction Recovery?
Mindfulness is having the internal focus to be quietly aware of your own thoughts and impulses – without judgment and without acting on the impulses.
New Start Recovery Solutions uses mindfulness-based relapse prevention and mindfulness training as a part of our Northern California Evidence Based Integrated Substance Abuse Treatment program.
Mindfulness is very helpful in relapse prevention and addiction recovery. Long-term addiction recovery is dependent on discarding habitual behaviors to drink or drug – and engage in new sober activities.
With increased non-judgemental self-awareness – impulsive and habitual behaviors can decrease.
Mindfulness Meditation for Relapse Prevention
Mindfulness meditation research shows that Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention is effective.
Study results find that mindfulness interrupts reactive behaviors and encourages thoughtful and skillful responses to relapse triggers.
Studies have also shown that alterations in brain and immune function are produced by mindfulness meditation.
With mindfulness practice, new neural networks are created in the brain. Mindfulness meditation is associated with structural changes in areas of the brain that are important for sensory, cognitive and emotional processing.
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