The Miracles Asia drug addiction treatment programme is targeted for chemical addiction clients whose primary substance was something other than alcohol. Drug addiction is normally classified as either recreational or prescription in its nature. Recreational drugs commonly abuse and treated at Miracles Asia include:
- Marijuana / Cannabis
- Inhalants / solvents
- Drugs normally used medically but abuse recreationally (opiates, stimulants, sedatives)
Prescription drugs abuse that we often see and treat include:
- Opioids used to treat pain, for example medications containing oxycodone — such as Oxycontin and Percocet — and those containing hydrocodone — such as Norco
- Anti-anxiety medications and sedatives, such as alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium), and hypnotics, such as zolpidem (Ambien), used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders
- Stimulants, such as methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, others), dextroamphetamine and amphetamine (Adderall XR, Mydayis), and dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine), used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and certain sleep disorders
The nature and type of drug abused requires little variation except when considering withdrawal symptoms and detox needs. At Miracles Asia we rarely differentiate treatment clients by substance used because once a person has physically withdrawn from their drug of choice, the psychological, emotional and spiritual damage that remains are very similar and create a shared experience for clients, despite what drugs they were taking.
Consequences and symptoms of drug addiction
Depending on the substance abused and personal characteristics, specific symptoms of addiction may vary widely. Some common consequences often seen include:
- Damage to physical health (cardiac, repertory, immune, liver, dental and skin).
- Financial harm; either in cost to procure the drugs, financial consequences, or both.
- Lack of work or professional productivity.
- A continually shrinking social world; less friends, fewer hobbies, less activities.
- Cognitive impairment; decreased memory, lack of concentration, easily irrigated, low motivation, poor decision making.
- Relationship harm with family or friends.
- Damage to reputation, confidence and self-image.
- Criminal and legal offenses.
For guests entering Miracles Asia for drug addiction treatment they can accept their treatment experience to consist of four main components:
- Medical detox at our partner international hospital upon need.
- Assessment for both addiction related issues as well as secondary diagnosis or underlying issues that may amplify the addiction.
- Core program: the client will learn to deconstruct their addiction, understand motivations and identify dysfunctional behavior patterns, develop new and functional coping mechanisms and prepare to move on to a healthy and productive life.
- Discharge preparation / aftercare planning. Guests will spend their last week of rehab preparing for their transition home. Support resources, follow-up services and a structured and practical action plan will be the focus of this stage.