Millions of Americans have problems with alcohol or other drugs. While addiction cannot be cured, it can be treated successfully. Without treatment, however, addiction progresses, sometimes leading to severe negative consequences in many, if not all, aspects of life.

We offer a way back to health that takes into account your individual needs and preferences. For some, 12-Step involvement is the preferred path to healing. For others, 12-Step alternatives such as SMART Recovery® resonate. At Lucida, we recognize that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. We invite you to try a variety of support systems to figure out which one best promotes and enhances your recovery.

Expert treatment for substance abuse in a healing environment. Call Lucida.844-874-8503

An Innovative Approach to Addiction Treatment

At Lucida Treatment Center, substance abuse treatment includes individual, group and family work as well as relapse prevention, motivational enhancement as well as non-verbal therapies. Treatment also includes training in life skills such as anger management, communication, decision-making and symptom management, in addition to appropriate pharmacological approaches.

Signs of Addiction

There are a number of symptoms of addiction that suggest treatment may be needed. These include:

  • An inability to quit drinking/using or to control how much is consumed
  • Feeling the need to drink/use more to achieve the same effect
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when trying to stop, such as feeling sick to your stomach, sweaty, anxious or shaky
  • Spending a great deal of time getting , using and recovering from drugs/alcohol
  • Giving up other activities to allow for more time drinking/using
  • Continuing to drink or use in spite of negative consequences (e.g., damaged relationships, health problems, or legal or financial troubles)
  • Feeling guilty after drinking/using
  • Lying about, hiding or making excuses for drinking/using
  • Engaging in uncharacteristic behavior such as stealing in order to obtain drugs
  • Using drugs/alcohol to deal with problems

Specific drugs have other telltale signs of use. Barbiturates and benzodiazepines, for example, result in drowsiness, slurred speech, lack of coordination, memory problems, confusion, slowed breathing, decreased blood pressure, dizziness and depression.

Users of cocaine, methamphetamine and other stimulants may display euphoria, decreased appetite, rapid speech, irritability, restlessness, depression (as the drug wears off), nasal congestion, insomnia, weight loss, increased heart rate, blood pressure and temperature, and paranoia.

Opioid addicts show reduced sense of pain, sedation, depression, confusion, constipation, slowed breathing, and needle marks (if the drug is injected).

Club drugs, including Ecstasy, GHB, Rohypnol and ketamine result in an exaggerated sense of well-being (euphoria), reduced inhibitions, amphetamine-like effects (with Ecstasy and ketamine), heighted senses (sight, taste, sound), decreased coordination, poor judgment, memory problems, increased or decreased heart rate and blood pressure, drowsiness, and loss of consciousness (with GHB and Rohypnol).

Marijuana and hashish users may show a heightened sense of sight, sound and taste perception, poor memory, increased heart rate and blood pressure, red eyes, decreased coordination, difficulty concentrating, increased appetite, slowed reaction time, and paranoid thinking.

Addiction Is a Brain Disease

At Lucida, we recognize that addiction is a brain disease. It is not a matter of lack of character or will power, nor is it a sign of weakness.

You can find your way back from the downward spiral of addiction. Take back your life – call Lucida Treatment Center and get started on the new and sober you.

This is an important decision. Call 844-874-8503 today to find out if Lucida is the right choice for you or your loved one.

This entry was posted on March 13, 2014 and modified on May 2, 2019