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Did you try drugs at a party because all your friends were doing it? Did you turn to alcohol to relieve stress? Did you decide to try experimenting with drugs because of peer pressure? Are you now dealing with addiction as a result of that choice?

One definition of addiction is that of a physiological and/or psychological dependency on psychoactive substances that are able to cross the blood-brain barrier and temporarily alter the brain’s chemical components. The American Society of Addiction Medicine considers addiction to be “…a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry.” Addiction, especially when looking at it from the point-of-view of an addict, is a life-threatening, vicious cycle of compulsion, humiliation, desperation, reward, and despair. It is a serious disease that affects millions of Americans regardless of their gender, age, ethnicity, or social class. Addiction has the ability to quickly destroy relationships, ruin careers, and cause disability or death. Oftentimes the only way to fully reverse the course of addiction is to get help through professional treatment programs, offered at Spark To Recovery.  

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Common Forms of Addictions

Many teens, adults, and even children experiment with drugs and alcohol at some point in their lives. While addiction can be incredibly destructive and life-threatening, there is always help.

When you choose to seek treatment at Spark To Recovery, you’ll receive the help you need to heal from drugs and alcohol. You’ll regain your self-worth, learn how to manage your daily life, and realize your future is bright and full of opportunity. You can break the cycle of addiction and live a sober, healthy life. Our highly qualified professional therapists and medical staff are dedicated to your care and treatment.

Spark To Recovery is committed to your sobriety and providing you with the help you deserve.

How Does Addiction Happen?

Most people don’t wake up one morning and say, “I think I’ll become addicted to alcohol today.” Instead, they begin using a substance in small doses that they consider to be normal. Maybe they have a few drinks at a party or try experimenting with drugs with their friends. Over time, they require higher doses of the substances in order to get the same “high.” This marks the beginning of the transition from abusing alcohol and drugs to being dependent. Chemical dependency is a physical dependence on a substance, where your body will negatively react without the substance. Your body will become more tolerant to the drug and will go through symptoms of withdrawal if you stop using it all at once.

Signs and Symptoms of Addiction

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, over 30 million people worldwide suffer from drug addiction. Everybody knows someone in their family who has had an alcohol or drug problem. Are you, or someone you care about, suffering from chemical dependency? We believe recovery is possible. There is Hope and help for those who suffer from these hideous illnesses.

Alcohol and drug addiction can affect people from all walks of life, and it is typically hidden in secret, never being acknowledged until something drastic happens to the addict or a loved one. The disease of addiction is progressive and deadly. According to CDC WONDER, “More than 70,000 Americans died from drug-involved overdose in 2019, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids.” Opioids are the main driver of overdose deaths. In 2018, opioids were involved in 69.5% of all drug overdose deaths (CDC). In addition, some experts estimate that 30% of individuals who died from opioid overdose were also suicidal (NIDA and NIMH). Those statistics express just how deadly addiction can be.

Here are the signs and symptoms of addiction you can recognize early-on to help you, or a loved one:

  • Physical:
    • Pale skin
    • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
    • Frequently looks ungroomed
    • A constant runny nose or frequent nosebleeds
    • Dilated pupils
    • Red eyes
    • Shakes
    • Tremors
    • Cravings
    • Smell of smoke or other unusual smells on breath or on clothes
    • Poor hygiene
    • Frequently red or flushed cheeks or face
    • Burns or soot on fingers or lips
    • Track marks on arms or legs (wearing long sleeves in warm weather to hide marks)
    • Frequently sick
    • Tired/ lethargic
    • Slurred speech, fast speech, or unintelligible speech
    • Sores and spots around the mouth
    • Skin abrasions/ bruises
    • Frequent perspiration
    • Seizures
    • Vomiting (drugfree.org)
  • Behavioral:
    • Compulsive behaviors
    • Problems keeping to schedules/ commitments (ex: being late for work on multiple occasions)
    • Lower performance levels at work or school
    • Isolation from others
    • Not participating in activities that you used to enjoy
    • Discarding values that you used to hold dear
    • Lying to cover up their behavior (breaking the law, frequently visiting the doctor, secret online behavior)
    • Legal issues (DUIs or being arrested)
    • Lack of control over how often or how much of a substance is used
    • Avoids eye contact
    • Locks doors
    • Disappears for long periods of time
    • Uses chewing gum or mint to cover up breath
    • Has cash-flow problems
    • Coordination seems off
    • Energy vs. sleep ratio
  • Social/ Emotional:
    • Major changes in personality (the biggest indicator of addiction)
    • Unable to function in a typical interpersonal relationship (an early sign that something is wrong)
    • Withdrawn from usual friends
    • Changes in your social circle
    • Secretive
    • Lack of communication
    • Defensive
    • Argumentative
    • Irritable
    • Withdrawn and depressed
    • Less motivated
    • Unable to focus
    • Sudden loss of energy
    • Hyperactive

Addiction is a progressive disease- it will only get worse with time. However, it’s never too late to get treatment. As soon as you notice any of these signs and symptoms, seek help right away.

Get Help with Addiction

If any of the addiction warning signs listed above fit the description of you (or a loved one), and it becomes clear that substance abuse dominates your life by negatively influencing your relationships, health, and ability to carry out responsibilities of everyday life, then it is time to get help. Spark To Recovery is ready to assist with your individual needs. Timing is crucial- over time, addicts not only destroy their own lives, but also the lives of the people closest to them. A major part of addiction is denial, which makes it difficult for treatment to be achieved at home. It is important to take action to change your life for the better. If you are ready to take that next step towards recovery, the Spark To Recovery rehab center will welcome you with open arms. Getting over an addiction is not easy, but at Spark To Recovery you will not be alone on your journey.

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Addictions We Treat at Spark To Recovery

At Spark To Recovery, we address the whole person-mind, soul, and body, and help them go through a path of recovery from various types of substance abuse. We offer specialized treatment programs to meet individual needs and promote lifelong sobriety and wellness.

  • Alcoholism- This is a severe form of alcohol abuse where an individual feels like they cannot function normally without alcohol, they cannot control how much they drink, and they struggle to stop drinking at all. Alcoholism is a physical and psychological dependency on alcohol, also known as alcohol use disorder. People who suffer from alcohol dependency have the physical need to drink more and more in order to avoid the symptoms of withdrawal. Alcoholism is a progressive and deadly disease.
    • There are many possible causes of alcohol addiction, some of which include genetics, early exposure to alcohol, and peer pressure.
    • When an individual suffering from alcohol addiction finally decides to get treatment, the first step they have to go through is detoxification- the process of ridding one’s body of the unwanted substances. If the withdrawal symptoms aren’t managed and monitored by medical professionals, the individual may experience severe medical complications such as seizures, shakes, delirium, tremors, and even death.
    • Alcoholism can be mild, moderate, or severe. It is important to identify which level the individual is at in order to properly treat them. But no matter which level they are at, it is important to get them treatment as soon as possible.
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  • Cocaine Addiction- Cocaine is a purified chemical that is separated from coca leaves and is a very addictive stimulant. It is a central nervous system stimulant that affects the user’s ability to manage his or her dopamine levels. Dopamine is a chemical messenger in the brain that is related to the control of movement and reward. When cocaine is used, the levels of dopamine in the brain, and how it moves throughout the brain, is drastically changed. Large amounts of dopamine then build-up in the section of the brain that controls our sense of reward, which can reinforce the drug-using behavior. After the first use of cocaine, people build up a tolerance to the drug and they require stronger and more frequent doses to get the same feeling they did with their first hit. They also must increase the amount of cocaine they use in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms. One big reason that cocaine addiction is dangerous, is because long-term abuse can cause strain on the heart.
    • Anyone who uses cocaine even once is at risk to become addicted, but there are factors that increase your risk: a family history of dependence on cocaine or other drugs, if you have a personal history of alcohol addiction or addiction to other drugs, and if you have a history of mental illness (like depression).
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  • Opioid Addiction- “Opioids” are a drug class that describes drugs made from morphine- a natural substance taken from the seed pod of the opium poppy plant. Opioid drugs bind to opioid receptors in the brain, which can result in reduced pain sensations and elevated pleasure and relaxation. Heroin and fentanyl are both considered a type of opioid drug. Because opioid addiction is a chronic disease, it can cause major economic, social, and health problems.
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    • Heroin Addiction– Heroin was created for medical use as a less-addictive substitute for morphine, but it turns out that heroin is two to three times more powerful than morphine and absorbs more rapidly into the brain. This makes it very easy to develop an addiction to heroin. Individuals become addicted to heroin for its ‘rush.’ The sense of euphoria is often short-lived as negative side effects like infected heart lining and clouded mental functioning arise. People use heroin by injection, smoking, sniffing, or snorting, but injection is the most popular because it results in the fastest “high.” But injection is also the most dangerous way to use heroin because of a higher risk of overdose and the risk of using a dirty needle.
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    • Fentanyl- As an opioid pain reliever (OPR), and also as a prescription drug, it is usually administered after surgery to alleviate severe pain. This synthetic pharmaceutical drug is 50-100 times more potent than morphine, posing a high risk of abuse, dependency, and addiction. People who use fentanyl for extended periods of time may lose their ability to feel pleasure at all when they are not “high” on fentanyl. People addicted to fentanyl are often scared to seek treatment because of their lack of ability to feel pleasure without the use of the drug in addition to their fear of withdrawal symptoms.
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  • Hallucinogens are typically found in plants and are known to be some of the oldest group of drugs that have been used to alter human perception and mood. They come in a variety of forms including mushrooms, mescaline, PCP, ketamine, or MDMA (ecstasy) and LSD that can be in pill-form or saturated paper that dissolves on the tongue. They can be taken orally or they can be smoked.
    • They have many effects on the mind including distortions of thought associated with time and space. Some individuals may suffer from Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HPPD), which is a condition where weeks or months after taking a hallucinogen, the user experiences “flashbacks” that include fragments of different aspects of their initial drug experience without actually taking the drug again. HPPD is unpredictable but occurs more frequently in younger individuals and is more likely to occur in times of stress.
    • Physical effects of hallucinogens include elevated heart rate, increased blood pressure, dilated pupils, nausea, and vomiting.
    • Death from overdose of LSD, mushrooms, and mescaline are rare, but there are more deaths that are a result of suicide, accidents, and dangerous behavior that is associated with the drug use. Overdose of PCP or ketamine can result in shallow respiration, coma, convulsions, seizures, or death due to respiratory arrest,
  • Inhalants– Inhalants are invisible and volatile chemical vapors that can be found in more than 1,000 common household products and are harmful when inhaled. Examples include felt tip markers, spray paint, glue, and butane. These substances are abused by users in a variety of ways- inhaling through nose or mouth, huffing a soaked rag, sniffing or snorting from a container, or inhaling from a bag. Individuals typically use inhalants because it results in stimulation, euphoria, and feeling less inhibition. Inhalants are usually among the first drugs that young children experiment with and this form of drug is overall used more by younger children than older ones. According to the DEA, about one in five kids report having used inhalants by the eighth grade. Inhalants can have many negative effects on the body-
    • Loss of consciousness
    • Slurred speech
    • Loss of coordination
    • Dizziness
    • Dementia
    • Brain damage regarding controlled thinking, moving, and seeing
    • Damage to nervous system and organs
    • Suffocation/ asphyxiation

Some of the negative side effects of using inhalants can be reversed when the abuse is stopped, but effects of prolonged abuse are irreversible and can result in death.

  • Prescription Drug Dependence- This type of medication is designed to treat diseases or alleviate the discomfort that diseases can bring. Unfortunately, some individuals take larger doses of prescription drugs than what was recommended by their doctor, which can lead the individual to become dependent on the drug that was originally meant to help them overcome or cope with another medical condition. Another way prescription drugs are abused is an individual will take them for longer periods of time than prescribed because they think taking the drug even longer will help their symptoms more. Because these decisions can lead to dependency on the drug, the individual will experience withdrawal symptoms if they try to stop taking the drug.
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    • Amphetamines– Amphetamines give the user a rush of euphoria and energy, but when the rush ends it leaves the user feeling tired, anxious, and depressed. Many people will use this drug to keep them awake.
    • Benzodiazepines– This is a group of downer drugs or depressants used to produce sedation, induce sleep, relieve anxiety, and prevent seizures. Over-use can cause drowsiness, confusion, or impaired memory. Extended abuse can even result in the user to suddenly stop breathing.
    • Barbiturates– These are depressant drugs similar to benzodiazepines, used to help sleep, relieve anxiety and muscle spasms, and prevent seizures. It can cause drowsiness, impaired memory, and paranoia. A tolerance builds very easily to this substance, so a user has to take more each time to get the same effects. An overdose can result in shallow respiration and even cause the body to fall into a coma.
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Why Choose Spark To Recovery?

At Spark To Recovery, we know that addiction is a difficult, complex disease to treat, and finding the right addiction treatment program is the most important step for a successful recovery. Addiction treatment is all about finding the right help for you (or your loved one) and knowing you can trust the full process of recovery. At Spark To Recovery, addiction treatment is available to everyone, it is effective, and most importantly- it is possible. Going through drug or alcohol rehabilitation is never easy, but we are here to help you every step of the way. We are here to treat you and cater to your individual needs, not just to treat the disease. One of our goals is to make sure you complete the entire Spark To Recovery treatment program and finish with a positive outlook on the whole process and come out as a better person than when you first walked through our doors. In order to ensure your journey is safe, comfortable, and beneficial, we provide all of the following services:

  • Maintaining your dignity and trust are our top priorities.
  • Extended slow taper during the detoxification and withdrawal process.
  • Individualized treatment programs tailored to your needs.
  • Group sizes no larger than 6 clients in order to facilitate better patient care.
  • Multi-dimensional, research-based approach to treatment.
  • Traditional and holistic treatment options.
  • One-on-one sessions with a qualified therapist.
  • Highly qualified, Masters-level clinicians, and certified social workers.
  • Focus on providing the best patient care from your first phone call.
  • Caring, supportive, and vibrant community.
  • A safe, comfortable, and confidential environment.
  • Recreational spaces to relax at the end of the day
  • Weekend outings.
  • Private chef to cater meals.
  • Weekend outings.
  • Executive amenities
    • Luxurious bedrooms
    • Large pool
    • Spacious, serene backyard
    • Recreational center
    • And more

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