There are many uncomfortable conversations that we are forced to have. Telling someone they have something in their teeth, getting the courage to ask someone on a date, or even to have the dreaded conversation about the birds and the bees with children. One conversation that many of us are still unwilling to have concerns drug addiction. With over 23 million people in the United States alone suffering from some type of substance abuse, chances are that you know someone who is or at one time suffered from an addiction to either drugs or alcohol.

Even though much more discussion is focused on substance abuse, especially with the rise of opioid addiction, many people still find it uncomfortable to talk about alcohol and drug addiction. Many people still might associate negative emotions such as embarrassment and failure when it comes time to face addiction and not realize what it really is, which is a disease.  Just like other diseases, addiction usually comes with symptoms that are both physical as well as behavioral. Some of these symptoms can be found below:

  • Change in personality or attitude.
    • Many substances have adverse effects on individual’s habits and behaviors. You may notice that yourself or someone you know suddenly has become depressed or more lethargic than usual.   
  • Abrupt weight changes
    • Substances also have an adverse effect on an individual’s appetite. Some substances such as crystal meth, cocaine, and amphetamines have been known to cause a sharp decrease in a person’s hunger levels.
  • Bloodshot or glazed eyes
    • This is one of the most common physical giveaways. Another common physical sign in regards to a person’s eyes includes a change in one’s pupils whether they are larger or smaller than normal.
  • Sudden changes in a social network
    • You might notice that either yourself or someone close to you has suddenly changed who they now associate with. They might be spending less time with friends and family, or more time with a crowd or individuals who might be using drugs or alcohol.
  • Dramatic changes in habits and/or priorities
    • This could be in the form of a sudden decline in performance whether it may be in the form of grades or work production.

The conversation about this growing diseases should not end at discussing symptoms, but should also include different treatments for drug addiction. When people typically speak of drug addiction treatment options, many people are used to the traditional 12 step programs.

However, in recent years there has been an emergence of alternative forms of therapy methods used for the treatment of drug addiction. To combat a growing and evolving epidemic, many drug rehab centers have begun utilizing more holistic approaches to treatment, by using methods such as amino acid therapy, gong sound therapy, acupuncture, as well as different exercise programs.

Once checked into a holistic drug rehab center, patients have access to the above-mentioned types of therapy methods among others such as garden, equine, and yoga therapy. Outside of these holistic forms of therapy, drug rehab treatment centers offer the above-mentioned services in a setting that is meant to help patients relax and feel comfortable in their surroundings.

Many of these holistic drug addiction treatment centers are designed as luxurious vacation style houses, where not only is comfort a preliminary concern, but so is confidentiality. The professional staff at these treatment facilities want to make sure that a patient is cared for, while also making sure he or she has the privacy they demand so they can feel more at ease during their stay.