How Video Gaming Addiction Can Harm Your Marriage

It’s no secret that drug addiction, alcoholism, and even social media addiction are among the leading causes of divorces today. However, there’s a relatively new form of addiction that has begun rearing its ugly head and is quickly becoming one of the leading causes of failed marriages; video gaming addiction.

This form of tech addiction has a profound impact on the real lives of the gamers who spend their time immersed in virtual worlds. A good illustration of the consequences of screen addiction is the wildly popular and highly addictive video game known as Fortnite.

Fortnite took the world by storm in late 2017 and currently has 125 million players. If Fortnite was a country, it would be the 11th most populous nation in the world. This just goes to show how enthralling the game is.

Unfortunately, it is causing problems in marriages. In fact, a popular divorce assistance website in the U.K revealed that  over 200 divorce petitions filed recently cited Fortnite specifically as being one of the reasons they wanted the divorce.

Why are Video Games Causing Disruptions in Marriages?

More and more people today turn to the internet when looking for an escape from the stresses of daily living. Much like how some people turn to drugs. The internet is abound with endless amusement, communication, and information. Another thing that the internet is widely utilized for is video gaming.

Since their inception in the 1970s in arcades, video games have influenced social dynamics in the way people communicate and build relationships. Online gaming has taken this a step further as it allows you to play with or against someone thousands of miles away while seated on your couch.

In spite of its good intentions, that convenience is causing problems in marriages since the interactive nature of the game causes the player to be so dedicated to their online character and building virtual relationships with other gamers across the planet that they forget about the person they are sharing a house with.

2016 study done on the sales, usage and demographic data of the video game industry revealed that over 60 percent of American homes have at least one individual that regularly plays video games. Moreover, over 50 percent of the people who are frequent gamers admit to utilizing the social aspect of gaming.

And because the average age of a gamer is 35 and the average age of marriage is 25.8 for women and 28.3 for men, it is safe to presume that a lot of young marriages have some kind of video game in their homes.

Another study found out that 75% of gamers’ spouses said that they wished that their significant other would stop putting so much of their energy into video games and put more effort into the marriage.

Immersive Video Games

There is a specific genre of video games known as online role-playing games. Examples of games in this genre include League Legends, Dungeons and Dragons, Everquest, and World of Warcraft.

This genre is immersive as it requires the gamer to devote copious amounts of time developing their virtual character inside the game. Perhaps, it is because they allow the gamer to develop the ideal character that they wish they were in real life. To the gamer, especially one looking for an escape, doing this is much easier than putting in actual effort to improve themselves in the real world.

Nonetheless, this virtual character development takes so much dedication that the gamers’ outside interests and relationships are often left in ruins.

The other genre of video games that has cultivated a cult-like following is the first person shooter games. A popular example of such a game is Call of Duty which is a battle simulation where online gamers can face off against each other. The game is further intensified because the gamers wear headsets so they can communicate with each other as they do battle. As you can expect, the language used during such situations can be quite colorful, and the game is likely to start using such language in their dialogue in the real world.

What’s more, violent video games have been shown to increase the actual aggression of the gamer. When you combine a lack of time for their loved one(s), curse words, and heightened aggression, the concoction that follows is one that has all the hallmarks of an abusive relationship, even without actual violence being involved.

The Risk of Addiction

As we have noted, the immersive nature of online video games is the reason why gamers are unable to tend to the psychological, and sometimes physical, needs of their significant other.

In fact, a study on the reasons for divorce found that of the spouses who cite unreasonable behavior as being the catalyst behind their need to end the marriage, 15 percent of them believed that their spouses put gaming before them and the relationship.

Their need to constantly be gaming creates an impulse control problem, thereby leading to a video gaming addiction.

Falling under the same category as screen addiction and tech addiction, video game addiction refers to an impulse control disorder that is characterized by the excessive and compulsive overuse of video games. People who suffer from this addiction will utilize the online gaming platform to connect with real people via the internet, as a substitute for real-life human connection.

The following are some of the signs that your partner is addicted to video games:

 They would rather be gaming than attend to you, themselves or their job.

 They will play late into the night and are often sacrificing their sleep. Sex and nighttime conversations are often out of the question.

 They do not want to discuss their mood or feelings.

 They refuse to admit that there is a problem.

 They refuse to reduce their gaming time.

 They often forget about their commitments.

 They consistently break their promise to spend more time with you.

 They lash at you for ‘not understanding’ whenever you bring up the issue of their gaming compulsion.

 They won’t consider therapy for their gaming obsession.

Research done on the topic reveals that, at times, it is not the time spent gaming that causes problems in the marriage, but rather, it is the resulting arguments that accompany when the other spouse complains.

Moreover, compulsive gaming causes issues such as poor marital adjustment that comes from not doing things together or having serious conversations. The result is that the bond that they had starts to weaken and eventually reaches a point where the marriage becomes insufferable. At this point, divorce is usually the only option left.

Mental Health Problem

Recently, the World Health Organization recognized and included video game addiction as a legitimate mental health problem. Fortnite, in particular, is one of the most cited games that have led to the addiction, affecting players of all ages, and even forcing some into rehab. Just as with any other kind of dependency, video game addiction strains a marriage in that one partner does not care about the needs of the other.

Admittedly, one can understand the allure of video games. Today’s video games, in particular, are designed to reel in the player and hook them. That is how some people get addicted. For others, they might already be having an underlying problem leading them to seek out video games and other technological distractions to feel the void inside without having to turn to something that might damage their health such as drugs. Nonetheless, an addiction is an addiction, and it will have a negative impact on your life.

If you feel that your gaming tendencies are straining your relationship, seeking help to overcome the dependency should be your first course of action. At our Recovery Center, we help gaming addicts get control of their dependency, so they are able to get their priorities in order. Our experts will help you or your loved one through a holistic approach that not only treats the addiction but addresses the triggers so that they cannot relapse. Contact us today; we are waiting to help.

The connection between drug use, video games, deadly weapons and school shootings.

In the wake of school shootings by teenagers, everyone is running back and forth trying to find a possible cause to these monstrosities. Why would a ‘normal’ kid suddenly go berserk and try to end the lives of their teachers and peers?

 

While each case is different due to the various variables that could have triggered each shooter, there are things that most of them have in common and which are worth investigating. Is there a link between video games, drug abuse, and the availability of violent weapons such as guns and the shootings? This article will discuss that connection.

 

The Connection between Video Games and School Shootings

Most high school going kids are more than likely active gamers. And while video games have been shown to significantly improve visual-spatial skills, there can be too much of a good thing. Video games, especially modern ones that are mission-centered, are designed to hook the individual for hours on end. Additionally, there are so many levels or layers to a game that it might take weeks or months for one to complete just one game. And with the thousands of games available, the individual is more than likely going to have a lot on their hands. This constant playing is likely to result in a condition known as video gaming addiction.

 

In fact, the World Health Organization recently added ‘gaming disorder’ to its list of mental health conditions.

 

Gaming disorder can be used synonymously with video gaming addiction and refers to the condition where an individual loses control over their gaming habits, and they start prioritizing gaming over other interests.

 

But what does this have to do with shootings?

 

While some people play video games for purely recreational purposes, others use gaming as a coping mechanism for their stress and anxiety. As such, understanding the motivation behind the gaming is key to identifying the cause of their disorder. A study found that using gaming as a coping mechanism for stress resulted in even higher levels of stress.

 

To understand how video games are a contributory factor towards school shootings, let us look at the link between mental illnesses and school shootings.

 

The Connection between Mental Illness and School Shootings

According to the book, Gun Violence and Mental Illness, individuals who commit mass shootings are known to plan well in advance. They usually bottle up extreme feelings of anger and revenge. And because they are typically socially isolated, they tend to act alone most of the time.

 

The book further notes that there are common traits among the shooters in addition to historical factors that contribute to the massacres. In fact, a case study done on five murderers revealed that, during childhood, they began seeing people as uncaring and rejecting.

 

All subjects had been isolated or bullied during their childhoods, and they inevitably became loners who despaired over their social alienation. These led to paranoid tendencies such as grudge holding and suspiciousness.

 

Consequently, they spent a significant amount of time harboring feelings of resentment as they ruminated on past humiliations. This constant rumination eventually evolved into fantasies of violent revenge.

 

All the above are indicators of an underlying mental illness caused by the constant stress and anxiety felt by these individuals.

 

Coping Using Video Games

As a result of their social alienation, school shooters use video games as a means of coping. And they will spend hours on end playing these games. The American Psychological Association conducted a review of research and found out that individuals who play violent video games were more likely to engage in aggressive behavior.

 

If video games can foster violent behavior in mentally stable individuals, think about the impact they have on kids harboring violent revenge fantasies.

 

In addition to increasing an individual’s levels of aggression, violent video games have been found to desensitize gamers to violence. As a result, they have a lower value for human life. Consequently, the gamer’s lost empathy makes them more likely to take human life without the feelings of remorse that would affect a ‘normal’ person.

 

Drug Abuse and School Shootings

One of the more prominent mental health watchdogs, CCHR (the Citizens Commission on Human Rights), has been investigating school shootings since the Columbine High School incidence in 1999. The body’s investigation into school shootings reveals that at least 36 school shootings have been orchestrated by individuals using or withdrawing from the use of psychotropic drugs resulting in 80 fatalities and over 170 wounded.

 

Psychiatric drugs are typically prescribed to individuals with mental health problems to help them cope with stress or anxiety. Individuals might eventually end up developing a dependency on these drugs. Consequently, they start abusing the drugs, and drug addiction follows.

 

When the drug addiction becomes a real problem, withdrawing is usually the next logical step. However, a 2012 study published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics revealed that withdrawing from psychotropic drugs can lead to violent and aggressive behavior.

 

Video Games, Mental Illness, and Drug Abuse

Most school shooters usually have an underlying form of mental illness. Even though the specifics may vary among shooters, most of them, however; have been found to have had a troubling childhood. Often bullied or isolated, these individuals become loners who use video games as a coping mechanism. All while fantasizing on violent revenge.

Video games, on the other hand, have been found to increase the levels of aggression in the gamer while desensitizing them to violence. This results in reduced empathy which makes the person more likely to commit a shooting.

Your Kid’s Brain on Video Games

Over the last ten years, video games have steadily etched their way into one of the most preferred form of entertainment throughout the world as a result of the steady decrease in TV viewing habits. This is because video games are no longer limited to arcades or homes. Portable systems and mobile devices have made gaming a possibility no matter where you are. Nonetheless, consoles and computers remain widely popular gaming systems.

 

This ubiquitous nature of video games is the main cause of video gaming addiction in teens and children as they do not know when they should stop playing. Not surprisingly, parents are becoming increasingly concerned about this screen addiction. It is a major cause of worry when you notice that video games are the top priority in your child’s life. The child may start neglecting their hobbies, friends, sports, and schoolwork. Moreover, they may lash out at anyone who tries to limit their gaming.

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics has it that, on average, kids today spend about seven hours each day on some type of electronic device. Additionally, about 97% of kids aged between 12 and 17 play video games regularly.

 

Understandably, as a parent, you may start wondering whether your child has an actual addiction to video games. And if so, is their brain in danger? This article will take a closer look at video game addiction and how it can affect your child’s brain and life?

What is Video Game Addiction?

 

Gaming addiction refers to the compulsive and uncontrolled use of digital games, in a manner that results in problems in other areas of the gamer’s life. It is, therefore, considered a form of tech addiction or screen addiction. Video gaming addiction is an issue of increasing concern among parents as digital games become more popular and are increasingly being targeted at children. These include console games, computer games, cell phone games, and arcade games. Today, they are even embedded in social networking sites.

 

How Do Video Games Affect the Brain?

 

Most games are designed to trigger the sensory responses that humans use when they are exposed to danger. Whenever the brain feels threatened or senses danger, it kicks in our primitive survival mechanisms that work to protect us from harm. This is an instantaneous response that has been hardwired into our genes to ensure our survival. Nonetheless, a threat does not have to be real for this response to be triggered. It only takes the brain to perceive danger for the body to react.

 

Upon triggering this instinct, the nervous system and hormones work to jolt our state of arousal to enable faster reactions. As such, the body goes into a state of hyperarousal – commonly referred to as the fight-or-flight response. The issue, however, is that the feelings associated with this state are typically difficult to shake off even after the threat (real or perceived) is long gone.

 

The hyperarousal state is also referred to as ‘running from the tiger,’ since our ancestors literally had to protect themselves from predators by either fighting or running. Even though most humans today do not live in fear of predation, we still need this rapid stress response when we are in emergency situations or even the mild day-to-day stress reactions that help us to get things done. However, repeatedly going through this response when survival is not at stake does more harm than good in the long run.

As mentioned earlier, after a fight or flight stress response, the brain usually has a hard time regulating itself to a calm state. As such, when this response occurs regularly or too intensely, it can lead to a state of chronic stress. Stress is usually as a result of the mismatch between the survival response reactions and energy expenditure, as is typical with video games. When your body goes into that response, it builds up energy to help you through that moment. As such, this energy needs to be physically discharged so that the nervous system can re-regulate. When that energy is not discharged, the nervous system does not re-regulate effectively thus leading to chronic stress.

 

Once the body goes into a state of chronic stress, blood flow is directed away from the frontal lobe (the higher thinking part of the brain) and towards the deeper, primitive areas which are designed to help you survive adverse situations. The result is a functioning impairment.

 

Chronic stress sets in faster in children than in adults. This is because their nervous systems are still developing thus making those sequence of events to occur a lot faster in them. And when a child becomes chronically stressed, they soon begin to struggle.

 

And because the primary effect of chronic stress is felt on the frontal lobe, the child becomes mentally depleted. This leads to issues such as having trouble paying attention, suppressed impulses,an inability to manage emotions, difficulty following directions, frustration, and a hard time executing tasks. Moreover, these effects are compounded by the amount of screen-time that is spent playing these games. The body clock of a heavy gamer is usually distorted thus hindering deep sleep. Missing quality sleep regularly will result in mood, cognitive, and behavior issues.

 

How Gaming Addiction Compares to Other Addictions

 

An addiction to video games is similar to other addictions in terms of the amount of time and effort channeled into the activity, the emotional attachment involved, and the patterns of social difficulties displayed by the gamers.

 

As is the case with other addictions, video game addicts are preoccupied with gaming, thus disrupting their relationships, hobbies, and school. The younger a child begins to play video games, the more the likelihood that they will develop a dependence on video games.

Other Harmful Effects Associated With Video Games

 

In addition to addiction, the following are other harmful effects that have been linked to heavy video game use:

 

 An increased vulnerability to light-induced seizures, enhanced metabolic rate, and musculoskeletal disorders of the upper extremities.

 Reduced cooperative behavior during group settings or social interactions.

 An increase in aggressive thoughts and behaviors especially in children under the age of ten.

 

Research done on video game addicts reveals that, in general, they exhibit poorer mental health characterized by a decrease in cognitive abilities such as poor impulse control and ADHD symptoms. Moreover, individuals who are addicted to video games also tend to experience emotional difficulties, as well as being highly susceptible to anxiety and depression. They also report as feeling socially isolated, in addition to being more likely to have issues with internet pornography.

 

Parents need to learn the science behind how the time spent playing video games can overstimulate the nervous system, and how those effects manifest themselves, especially in their own child. By learning this information, parents will be better equipped to make strategic decisions regarding the role of video games in their children’s lives. It puts them in the driver’s seat rather than constantly being swayed by misleading headlines and cultural headlines.

Unfortunately, gaming addiction is a relatively new psychological problem, and as such, it can be difficult for parents to find experts who specialize in video game addiction. Nonetheless, help is available for parents looking to help their kids to overcome their tech addiction. Omega Recovery is a contemporary addiction treatment center run by experts with a breadth of knowledge across all areas of addiction. Are you looking to curb your child’s gaming addiction? Contact us today, and we will be glad to help.

Rehab Tune-Up, Is It Time?

Anyone who has ever been addicted to a substance knows that fighting that addiction is a long-term battle. Fortunately, most choose to get into a rehabilitation center and gain sobriety. However, things do not necessarily get easier. A common misconception is that once someone has gone through their addiction recovery program and completed their treatment, they have recovered. This is not the case as recovery is not a one-time accomplishment. It is an ongoing journey with more than its share of speed bumps. It is a fight that you might have to battle more than once to win it.

 

As such, during the days, months, or even years after your treatment, one is still susceptible to slipping, relapsing, or falling back into their old ways. In fact, estimates show that over 40 percent of recovering addicts relapse. The unfortunate thing about relapsing, however, is that if the individual does not take immediate measures to curb it, they can quickly spiral down back the rabbit hole they had fought so desperately to escape.

 

Therefore, it is imperative that one notices these signs early so they can enroll for a rehab tune-up program to prevent them from falling back to addiction.

This article will discuss what a rehab tune-up is, how it helps curb a relapse, and how to tell when you or a loved one need a tune-up.

 

What is a Rehab Tune-up?

 

During your recovery after battling addiction, life may throw you curveballs or situations which make you reach for the drug or substance that you have worked so hard to fight off. In these moments, you might either slip and use, or feel a very strong urge to use.

 

If you do not take any preventive measures, you will risk relapsing. In a bid to prevent this from happening, drug rehab facilities often have tune-up programs that help you through those trying moments to ensure that your recovery is not compromised.

 

How to Know You Need a Rehab Tune-up

 

  1. You No Longer Go To Meetings, Therapy, Or Aftercare

 

Going to group therapies and meetings are one of the best ways of staying open about your experiences during recovery. It also allows you to be accountable. And like it was mentioned earlier, recovery is an ongoing learning lesson with no end. However, it offers you opportunities for growth. Therefore, if you find yourself or a loved one avoiding these environments that foster growth, it means that you are losing touch with what it means to be active in recovery, and are on the verge of resorting to old ways.

 

  1. Changes in Feelings and Attitudes

 

Relapsing does not always revolve around slipping and using. It can also be about the emotions you feel that might lead you back to the addiction. After completing your rehab program and going back into the world, unhealthy thoughts are bound to cross your mind.

 

For instance, a recovering alcohol addict might start thinking, “One beer for the night cannot be that bad. It is the weekend, after all.”

 

If you catch yourself thinking along those lines, take a step back and evaluate how far you have come. Think about the sacrifices, time, and money that your loved ones spent putting you through the program so you could get better. Think about the disappointment you will cause to yourself and your family if you were to relapse.

 

If the urges are still too strong despite being aware of the implications of relapsing, you need to visit a rehab tune up.

 

  1. Lying

 

Do you find yourself constantly making excuses for your behaviors? Are you avoiding the truth about your negative emotions and feelings? You always know when you are not honest about how you really feel, and this is a red flag. If you feel this way, seeking professional help will help you deal with those emotions.

 

  1. Depression

 

While everyday ups and downs are normal, a prolonged period of sadness is risky towards effective recovery. A lack of interest, motivation, concentration, and sleep are the most common signs of depression. If you notice these signs, do not sit on them as they will likely make you reach for the substance you have been avoiding. Contact the professionals.

 

  1. Overconfidence

 

After completing their rehab program, some addicts might feel that they can be in situations where drugs are present because they have been cured. If you feel this way, it means that you do not completely understand what the recovery process entails as putting yourself in such a situation is likely to trigger a relapse.

 

  1. Tunnel Vision

 

Do you find yourself directing all your attention to one area of your life? Are you neglecting other significant aspects of your life such as family and friends? This is a clear warning sign that you are on the verge of relapse. Taking some time in a rehab tune-up will help you realign your priorities.

 

  1. Irritation

 

Unfortunately, some recovering addicts might feel like abandoning their bad habits is a sacrifice, and that this gives them the right to be angry or demanding all the time. If you find yourself feeling like this constantly, it is imperative that you visit a recovery center.

Benefits of Rehab Tune Ups

 

  1. Breaking the Cycle

 

Someone on the verge of relapse is usually around settings or factors that encourage them to return to their habits. By pulling them away from these situations and allowing them to think objectively about everything that surrounds them, rehab tune-ups set the individual back on track.

 

  1. Dig Into Underlying Issues

 

At times, the individual might not know what is triggering them to attempt the substance again. They might be depressed without even knowing it. A rehab tune-up has resources that can help the individual to dig into those underlying issues while assisting them to build coping skills, so they do not have to use the drug or substance as a coping mechanism.

 

  1. Encouraging Newly Adopted Habits

 

Addicts are typically people with poor discipline and self-care habits. During the rehabilitation process, they are taught new constructive habits that will help them become better individuals. However, maintaining these habits or practices can be hard once they are out of the rehab center.

 

This makes them vulnerable to falling back to old habits. The benefit of going to a rehab tune-up, therefore, is that it reminds the individual of the importance of maintaining healthy habits in helping combat the compulsive nature of addictions.

 

A rehab tune up is not a one-off thing. Rather, it is something that a recovering addict might need more than once. Tune-ups are not the same as rehabilitation programs. This is because instead of treating the individual, a tune-up helps the person to stay on top of their recovery program. And because one cannot always be strong enough to resist temptations, a tune-up offers you solace and support when you are at your most vulnerable.

Are you a recovering addict and need some help staying on course? Serving the residents of Maui and its environs, Maui Recovery is the premier addiction recovery center in Hawaii. While our primary goal is to set addicts back on the right path, we also have programs geared towards helping recovering addicts to stay on top of their recovery. For people who do not have a full 30 days for rehab, we have customized 1 week rehab and 2 week rehab programs to address your addiction and its underlying issues. The 1 week rehab and 2 week rehab programs also take care of individuals looking to take a time-out so they can connect with their true self. Do you feel this would be beneficial for you? Feel free to contact us for further information.

Gaming disorder is an addiction

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The World Health Organization recently classified “gaming disorder” as addictive behavior. Indeed, the dangerous addiction to games on the Internet is similar to the addiction to alcohol and drugs. This is a serious matter because there are adults and children who are addicted to these computer and video games on a daily basis.

The addicted person is isolated socially and suffers from mood swings, limited imagination and an extreme focus on achievement in these games, which is measured by passing from one game level to another. Addicts totally isolate themselves from real-life events.

Gaming disorder was not classified as a disease in 2013 because of incomplete evidence. This year it was classified as a disease because the evidence is now completed. There is evidence of people in South Korea and the United States who bring their lives to a temporary halt because of these games.

The overwhelming majority of those suffering from gaming disorder are students at the middle and high school level. While these addicts are teenagers, it has been reported that there is an increase of people in their 30s and 40s who are addicted to Internet games.

It is not necessary for a person to suffer from gaming disorder for a long time to be classified as a sick person.

People are classified as suffering from gaming disorder when they are facing problems with relationships and at work because of their excessive involvement with games. For example, such people cannot control the amount of time that they play and to them, gaming is a priority in their daily life.

Such people will neglect their work and study.

If these symptoms continue for more than a year, then they can be classified as suffering from gaming disorder and they need help.

 

Video Gaming Addiction

Addiction is a term that most people associate with drugs, alcohol, and junk foods. Getting addicted to something, especially if it is unhealthy can be detrimental to your mental and physical development. People not only get addicted to substances and drugs but also video games. Let us discuss in detail what video game addiction is, its causes, effects and how to help anybody trapped in their world of video game addiction.

What is Video Gaming Addiction?

Video gaming addiction is the inability to control oneself from playing video games. According to a study , 1.4 percent of gamers are addicted to playing video games.

In recent times, many video game companies release games on a yearly basis. Each version of an upgraded game promises players better graphics and increased in-game control among a host of other upgrades. Gamers, especially on the online platform, feel immersed into the virtual world and forget what is happening in the real world. The more you play, the more intriguing the gameplay becomes. Meeting fellow players online and making friends with them from the comfort of a seat in your bedroom accelerates the process of addiction. This makes it difficult to withdraw from gaming.

According to Game Quitters, a website that helps parents fight their children’s video game addiction, some of the most addictive video games include first-person player games such as Fortnite, Strike Team, Bullet Force, etc. A study done by a group of researchers from the Oxford university states that 2-3 percent of gamers are heavily addicted and display diagnosable symptoms associated with gaming.

The Proof of the Danger?

In some cases, they can be debilitating addictions and clinical disorders that have ruined peoples lives. A whole generation of “Failure to Launch” Millenials have seen their schooling, job prospects and/or interpersonal relationships suffer–or even destroyed–as a result of their screen or technology addiction.Now there is a dedicated specialized program at Omega Recovery to effectively treat this issue.

Dr. Kardaras, our Co-CEO and Chief Clinical Officer, is considered one of the world’s leading experts on digital addiction (social media, video games, smart phones, etc.) and its treatment. He is the author of “Glow Kids” (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), the seminal book on the clinical, neurological and sociological aspects of digital/technology addiction and, over the past 10 years, he has clinically worked with hundreds of young people struggling with this issue. And now he has bought his years of expertise and developed the best evidence-based treatment protocols at Maui Recovery to address and treat the addiction of this millenium: technology addiction.

What causes video game addictions?

One factor stands out when it comes to video game addiction: video games are designed to be addictive. What other way is better than to keep players coming back for more? Video game addiction is also caused by the need to clear a mission and move to the next level. For example, some video game designers have their games structured in such a way that the gamer misses to proceed to the next level by a slim chance. As such, gamers have to repeat the mission until they are successful. Missions are usually harder as you proceed with the game, consequently resulting in addiction.

Video games become addictive by satisfying a gamer’s need to make social connections. Online video games offer gamers an opportunity to network and make friends with other players on the same platform. Players who lack social skills in the real world will be quick to jump into the virtual world and make friends with whom they share the same interests.

Other video games offer in-game rewards, which are seductive pursuits for some gamers. More rewards translate to more power, respect and ultimately ranking in the overall standing of the games table.

Symptoms of video game addiction

Research is still underway to disclose real symptoms of video games addiction. However,

studies published in the American Online Journal of Psychiatry indicates that there are more than five symptoms that can be used to identify an addicted video gamer.

  1. Isolation

Many video game addicts will be quick to isolate themselves from social gatherings or events in order to play their favorite video game. They will come up with excuses to help them isolate themselves and play their favorite game.

  1. Dysregulated gaming

Dysregulated gaming leads to significant distress, which is the first symptom of video gaming disorder. Online video game players will concentrate more on their gaming and procrastinate other duties. They are always preoccupied with the game they are playing or a new game that has just been released.

  1. Observable shifts in interests.

Another way to tell if somebody is addicted to video games is by observing a shift in their interests. For example, if someone who would be happy to attend family functions prefers to play video games during such occasions, it is a clear indicator that they are getting addicted.

  1. Lying

Most addicted gamers have been caught playing their favorite game after giving an excuse that they were preoccupied with some other different activity. Moreover, if all somebody can talk about is gaming and how good they are at a given game, it might point out to some significant extent that they are addicted.

     5. Treatment and cure from video game addiction        

Video game addiction always causes anhedonia, which is the loss of interest in things that excited or made someone pursue rewards. For an addicted gamer to find cure and treatment, they should:

Understand why they are playing a game.

Experts advise that to get out of video game addiction, a gamer should understand why they are playing the game in the first place. Most people play games to escape reality. As a result, gamers should set aside a limited amount of time to play video games. For instance, say, three to four hours of video games during weekends will go a long way in curbing addiction problems.

Find alternative hobbies

A gamer can find alternative hobbies and focus more of their energies indulging in them. Different hobbies take away the focus on video games and can allow someone to concentrate more on other things.

Cognitive behavior approach

Cognitive behavior approach is another way to treat video game addiction. Experts advise that you can overcome addiction by staying away from your playing station. Delve into the real world by driving a real car or attending social events that will cover up most of the time you use for playing video games.

Finding Help

The World Health Organization recognizes addiction as a condition in its international classification of diseases. And with numbers increasing, it is imperative that we address this societal problem. It is important for gaming addicts to speak to a professional if they are unable to overcome it by themselves. However, getting out of video game addiction narrows down to the addict and the amount of effort they are willing to put in recovery.

At Maui Recovery we’ve had success with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in helping the addicted gamer find more adaptive ways of managing moods, feelings and thoughts that may trigger impulses to game. Counseling supplemented with a good 12 Step program in a structured sober living environment is ideal to help overcome the addiction and return to society.

Animal Assisted Therapy

Recovery from drug or alcohol addiction is a big step towards reclaiming your life. However, given that addiction is a highly individualized disease, treatment may take several forms depending on your case. During the recovery process, support systems are vital in helping the addict not to relapse into the addiction. One of the popular support approaches is dog-assisted therapy. This therapy involves giving those healing from addiction a dog to aid them during the recovery process. The dog offers the patients a connection to another living being. This is something that most patients lack.  Maui Humane Society is a great place to find a new best friend.

 

Animal-assisted therapy comes with the following benefits:

 

Animals are compassionate and love you.

Dogs are very good at showing compassion to their owners especially when the owners are low in spirits. A recovering addict will have their moments of low spirits and may lack someone that can give you that touch of assurance. A pet can play this role perfectly. It can curl, perch on your shoulder or lie beside you. It reassures you that everything is okay and will be fine. Dogs are great partners who never get bored with you and can be with you wherever you go or are doing. Given that you may regularly suffer from these moments of loneliness especially if you lack family support, getting a pet to be on your side is a noble idea.

Helps return your mind to the normal routine

Drug addiction alters your normal habits and makes you forget your responsibility. A significant step towards recovery is getting back to your normal routine. For you to form new habits, you need responsibilities that need to be fulfilled on a daily basis.

 

One of these activities is to take care of a dog. If you have a dog that needs to be fed, a dog that needs to be walked and you are most likely going to push yourself to wake up and get going. This daily commitment eventually turns into a routine. With the basic routine in place, you can add in other routines such as cooking, bathing and so forth. With time, you are able to get your normal life back.

Unlike other activities that you may postpone, a task around a pet cannot be postponed. When struggling to complete the task, you will end up completing other tasks in the process.

 

Gives you a sense of purpose

Most people are engulfed into a sense of hopelessness when they cannot control their drug or alcohol habit. Over time the hopelessness leads to frustration and more drug use. Unfortunately, you may feel the same when trying to get out of addiction. You may be struggling so much to keep within the recovery boundaries especially if are on extended care at home or rehab center.

 

Pets can give you a sense of hope, self-worth, and direction. You may be having a hard time getting on with the family members or connecting with friends who may affect your social life as you feel unwanted. However, your pet depends on you for grooming, food, and shelter. It gives you a reason to wake up each morning and do something for it. This reason is what helps you to rebuild your self-worth and a sense of purpose. In the long run, it enables you to regain the confidence of the people around you that you can take care of more than just yourself.

Helps the Whole Family Recover

 

Dogs help families take time out for play, it’s fun to chase your dog around the yard, go for walks, play fetch, learn new tricks, etc. Dogs provide loyalty, companionship and love. Studies show that owning a dor reduce stress and lowers cholesterol, and can add years to your life. See this article at WebMD for a list of benefits. Dogs greatly enrich the lives and help with recovery for both individuals and families.

 

Helps in socialization

One of the things that drug abuse kills off is the connection between you and the people around you. Drugs may have ruined relationships through withdrawal, risky behavior or unpredictable temperament. It is always a tough task to learn to socialize again when you get sober again. In fact, one of the aftercare objectives is to get you to become integrated into society and enable you to create friendships with people around you.

Dogs can act as middle persons in your journey to socializing again. You can walk the dog to a pet park and engage in some talk with other dog owners. Friendship with other pets helps you to regain the ability to trust others and learn new ways to handle relationships.

Pets are also known to ease social pressures that your friends and companions feel when they visit you. Friends may not have a lot to share. However, on meeting a pet at home he or she can start a small chat around the dog. Soon, the ice is broken, and other topics come into the foreground.

 

Keeps you active

As you recover, you need to keep your energy levels up by keeping yourself busy. Unfortunately, you are likely to end up feeling worn-out. A dog can come in to keep you motivated. Animals are exercise ready and awesome exercise companions. You may put off your next activity if you feel like not doing it. However, you cannot keep postponing your dog care activities such a dog walking, playing with the pet, and grooming. You will be forced to compose yourself and do what you are required to do. This motivation slowly turns seemingly tough or boring activities into routine activities. In addition, remaining active improves the rate of recovery and lowers the risk of relapse.

Conclusion

If you are in Maui, sober living is possible. Adopt a pet at the Maui Humane Society, having a pet near you is one of the most effective ways of speeding up recovery. Visit the pets center today and let your new friend walk with you to a drug-free life.

 

Tech Addiction

Are You a Tech Addict? Here are Signs You Must Look Out For

Just this year, online divorce website Divorce Online cited addiction to the video game ‘Fortnite: Battle Royale’ as responsible for at least 200 divorce petitions since January that were filed through their site – a whopping 5% of the petitions the company received. This is startling evidence of the adverse impacts of this new form of addiction.

 

If you feel that your impulse to grab the phone when you do not really need to, or can no longer resist spending nights gaming, you may be suffering from tech addiction. Simply put, you may have a disorder that makes you lose impulse control when it comes to technology. This disorder may also be referred to as digital addiction.

 

How technology addiction works

 

Smartphones have been integrated so deeply in people’s everyday lives that the thought of living without a device is, for many, unimaginable. These days the addiction can start at a very young age. According to Dr Nicholas Kardaras, “Current clinical research correlates screen tech with disorders like ADHD, addiction, anxiety, depression, increased aggression, and even psychosis. Most shocking of all, recent brain imaging studies conclusively show that excessive screen exposure can neurologically damage a young person’s developing brain in the same way that drug addiction can.”

Tech addictions have crept up on society, and the effects are so damaging that it will take a lot of effort to reverse these impacts. The potential to abuse tech devices is high. The internet offers a new dimension to access content, game non-stop, network with people, and a host of other things. Social media has become the nursery on which new addicts are born. The compulsion to like, comment, share, and tag selfies can drive people to develop attentional disorders.

 

Whenever the device vibrates because of a new notification or when your tweet gets more likes than you expected, dopamine, the brain’s neurochemical reward, is released. An itch is scratched. This can happen when merely thinking about what you really look forward to. The anticipation grows stronger over time until you can no longer stop playing, chatting, swiping, or doing whatever you do with your device, no matter how much you want to.

 

Symptoms of technology addiction

 

There are different types of technology addictions such as gaming addiction, gambling, texting, sexting, porn, and others. However, they all have similar symptoms because it is basically the same problem brought on by different pleasure preferences. Here are the most critical symptoms to look out for if you use technology on a daily basis.

  • If you cannot stop yourself from watching one more episode or playing one more game, then you may be suffering from video gaming addiction or screen addiction.

 

  • You feel depressed. This is particularly common among smartphone addicts. If you get to a point where you sleep with your phone next to you it is a symptom you may be addicted.

 

  • Like any other addiction, tech addiction causes the sufferers to lie to everyone including themselves. Dishonesty, often accompanied by guilt and anxiety, is a clear giveaway.

 

  • You feel euphoric when you use the device you are addicted to. Addicts to the Fortnite game, in particular, have attributed their problems to the satisfying feeling of euphoria when playing the 100-player multiplayer ‘Battle Royale’.

 

  • You cannot keep schedules or prioritize. You lose the sense of time but can always make up defensive explanations.

 

  • Procrastination and boredom with routine tasks.

 

  • Insomnia and dry eyes for video gaming addiction.

 

  • Lack of focus.

 

The people who are most susceptible to addiction are online shoppers and gamblers, gamers, texters, social media users, and video streamers.

 

Effects of addiction to technology

 

People suffering from addiction to technology could lose a lot in life. This is because the condition affects their work lives, personal and professional relationships, finances, and health. They often spend a lot of time in solitude and distrust stands out in the way they interact with people. As a result, the addicts may end up living alternate personas online to mask their online behaviors and minimize the guilt they feel.

 

The virtual relationships that most sufferers form online are often the primary cause of life dissatisfaction and emotional problems disrupting young children’s lives. The emotional impact of exposure to too much information has been documented to be noticeably destructive to their behavioral and empathy development.

 

Health problems including nervous system, dysregulated sleep and brain development delays among children. In addition, attentional problems can be traced to early exposure and addiction to technology. Screen addiction and exposure to blue light is also known to cause serious eye problems.

 

Overcoming technology addiction

 

The first step in freeing yourself from addiction to tech is acknowledging that it is a problem and resolving to fight it. An addiction is difficult to diagnose because most people do not even know they suffer from it. Health experts agree that addiction to technology and entertainment is today’s equivalent of a heroin addiction. If you have trouble saying no to a game, device, or online interaction, admitting it is the biggest step you will have taken towards freeing yourself from dependence on it.

 

The next step is to set goals to work towards the recovery journey. Write down when you can use the smartphone or when to sit in front of the computer and try to stick to it. You have the option to wean yourself off as you modify your behavior and regain impulse control or you can stop cold turkey. The former is effective in managing internet addiction while the latter works best for gaming addiction.

 

Replace your bad tech habits with healthier ones. Used to streaming shows every night after dinner? How about eating out and getting a drink with friends instead? Craving likes on Instagram? Uninstall the app instead and never have to worry about which filter to use when posting a picture on social media to get likes.

 

Perhaps the most rewarding change you can make in your life to solve problems caused by addiction to gadgets is mending fences with the people around you. Make a commitment to curb the addiction and spend more quality time with the people who care about you. This will speed up the recovery process while restoring your relationships with real value.

 

If you feel the degree of your addiction is beyond your capacity to overcome, consider talking to a professional for help. There is help available at Omega Recovery in downtown Austin, TX and Maui Recovery. Technology is supposed to work for you; if you have gotten to a point where it is ruining your chances of a good life, it’s time to take action.

 

Conclusion

 

Our culture demands that we rely on technology in our everyday life. However, you must take steps to ensure that you are not trapped in a spiral of addiction. If you find that you have no control over your use of gadgets, it’s time to seek help.

The Dual Diagnosis Challenge

Dual diagnosis is a condition where a person is diagnosed with both substance addiction and a serious mental health problem such as an anxiety disorder, depression, or a bipolar disorder. It also goes by the names co-morbid disorders, co-occurring disorders, and co-existing disorders. They all refer to the same issue. When an individual has a co-occurring disorder, they have to simultaneously deal with both problems which makes their road to sober living and mental health much more difficult.

 

However, having a co-occurring disorder does not mean making a full recovery is impossible. The right help can help make a sober, steady life a reality. Many recovery programs have trained personnel who deal with both types of issues regularly. As such, it is imperative that you ask the treatment center you are seeking for your loved one whether they have expertise and experience in treating both addiction and mental health issues. They must provide assurance that they understand mental health concerns and how to help an individual recover from those as they treat the addiction problem. Not all treatment centers have the expertise and equipment to handle such situations. Failure to treat both issues concurrently almost always leads in one or both of the issues worsening.

 

Why Dual-Diagnosis is Difficult to Treat

 

When the individual increases their substance abuse, managing their mental problem becomes a lot more difficult. The reverse is also true. Moreover, having both mental health and addiction issues makes both problems more difficult to diagnose, as the behaviors and symptoms associated with each disorder will often complicate or mask the symptoms of the other.

 

As such it takes trained and dedicated specialists to untangle the disorders. Determining which condition came first is not as important as ensuring that both are resolved using appropriate treatment and care.

 

Nevertheless, denial is a common factor in both mental health and addiction problems. An addict often has a hard time accepting that their alcoholism or drug addiction is having negative effects on them and their loved ones. The stress of trying to mask the effects of their substance use causes them to feel ashamed and anxious. Moreover, the effects of the substances they are abusing can cause them to be depressed, have mood swings, panic attacks, and other symptoms that will only exacerbate the mental problem.

 

The same also holds true for individuals who have mental health problems. A lot of people find their symptoms to be shameful or as weakness. As such, they may either choose to ignore them and hope that they will go away, or turn to drugs and alcohol in an attempt to find relief. After depending on these substances to cure their frustrations, it eventually results in alcoholism and drug addiction, thus creating the co-occurring disorder.

 

Thus, even though it is hard to admit that they have these problems, it is the most critical step towards resolving their conditions.

 

Often, individuals suffering from either mental health issues or addiction problems find that other people within their families suffered or suffer from the same issue. It, therefore, seems to be a link between these issues and family ties. However, the exact role that genetics play in the development of these conditions has not been figured out yet. Nonetheless, patients of co-occurring disorders need professional help if they are ever going to overcome these problems and lead a healthy life.

 

Common Mental Health Disorders Linked to Dual Diagnoses

 

Substance addiction does not always lead to mental health issues, nor do mental conditions lead to addiction. However, they often become co-current because people turn to drugs and alcohol to alleviate their symptoms. Thus, substance abuse does increase an individual’s susceptibility to mental health problems.

 

Nevertheless, the following are the most common mental health disorders in Dual-Diagnoses:

 

 Depression.

 Anxiety.

 Bipolar Disorder.

 Schizophrenia.

 Attention Deficit Disorders.

 Personality Disorders.

 Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

 

It is important to note that even the prescription medication for mental illnesses such as antidepressants can also cause more problems.

 

How Many People are affected by Dual-Diagnoses

 

The Journal of the American Medical Association  reports that around 50 percent of all people diagnosed with serious mental health issues also struggle with substance abuse. Moreover, about 37% of alcoholics and 53% of drug addicts have at least one severe mental illness. Additionally, the Journal of Addiction Medicine reveals that nearly 60 percent of individuals with bipolar disorder also suffer from some form of addiction. About 44 million Americans have been diagnosed with some type of mental condition.

 

However, the number of people suffering from mental illnesses but have not sought help remains unknown. Nevertheless, estimates indicate that about 7 million US adults are coping with both mental health conditions and addiction, or have a dual-diagnoses. Sadly, however, it is estimated that only about 16% of individuals with dual-diagnoses ever seek treatment.

 

Treating Dual Diagnosis

 

The past three decades have witnessed a great deal of change on how co-occurring disorders are treated. Up until the mid-90s, people who were suffering from both addictions and mental illnesses were often denied access to treatment for their mental health issues until they were sober. This approach was heavily flawed as substance abuse is one of the major contributors towards mental disorders. As such, a lot of individuals with dual diagnoses were denied the treatment they required.

 

Today, however, treatment is focused on addressing addiction and mental health problems concurrently. It is a growing field of therapy that is more comprehensive and effective at ensuring that individuals suffering from both conditions make a successful recovery. Dual diagnoses treatment utilizes evidence-based programs such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, counseling, motivation enhancement therapy, in addition to 12-step programs.

Counseling, in particular, is essential during this treatment as it helps patients learn how to cope with their mental health issues without relying on alcohol or drugs to manage their symptoms. They are taught that these substances actually aggravate their problems. As such, these patients need to be seen regularly by a psychiatrist.

 

Moreover, these individuals are also taught about medication compliance, and the importance of taking their medication as prescribed. Individualized treatment plans and cognitive therapy programs are essential towards addressing the needs of each patient to further enhance the success of the program.

 

Co-occurring disorders require a minimum of a 30-day inpatient program in addition to an outpatient aftercare treatment to realize success. However, the best outcome is usually realized when the patient stays in the inpatient treatment for an extended period. Recovering from dual-diagnoses is not easy, it needs courage and commitment from the patient. This is because it can take months or years to change their maladaptive habits and behaviors. Treatment is essential in helping teach them that basics of sober living, decision making, and coping skills. However, they need to make long-term commitments so that the treatment can be successful.

 

Dual diagnosis is a condition where substance addiction and a mental health condition manifest themselves at the same time on an individual. For a long time, this condition was not handled appropriately, and patients rarely made a successful recovery. However, advancements in healthcare have seen to newer and more efficient techniques of dealing with the disorder. No one promises that recovering will be easy, but in the right hands, your loved one should get their life back on track.

 

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Drug and Alcohol Rehab Recovery Steps

Drug Rehab Recovery Steps

Drug rehab is a vital part of the recovery process an addiction patient endures before he or she can permanently wave goodbye to the life-damaging habit. It is a component that cannot be omitted because it is basically responsible for salvaging a patient’s dire health situation and reconfiguring the individual’s thought process in order to brew self-confidence.

While drug rehab is definitely key to improving the wellbeing of an addict, the first true step to Hawaii recovery from addiction is the admission of an addiction problem and the willingness to seek help. A patient that is admitted to a rehab center must be willing and committed to receiving treatment; failure to exhibit such positive resolve is bound to waste the precious time of all parties involved in the procedure.

The recovery process in rehab centers can indeed be very thorough and overwhelming; however, the steps taken by the experienced professionals running these facilities are tried, tested, and endorsed. While these steps are often modified to fit the peculiarity of each addiction patient, they are the general guidelines that are adhered to during the execution of therapeutic procedures within the confines of a rehab facility.

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Steps Used in Drug Rehab

 

Assessment

This is an important step that must be taken by any reputable rehab facility in Hawaii because of the role it plays in creating a treatment plan. It is basically obscene to commence drug addiction therapy without assessing the patient to determine the severity of the addiction or the possible existence of an underlying health issue.

Proper assessment of the addiction patient helps guide the rehab personnel through the process of generating a treatment plan and schedule, which ensures that the therapeutic process is both effortless and effective.

An assessment helps determine the concentration of the illicit drug in the patient’s bloodstream, which is a must-have information for the rehab personnel. It also determines the treatment option that will be suitable for the patient with rehab programs like inpatient therapy and outpatient therapy available for implementation.

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Detoxification

This is the clinical aspect of rehab treatment that involves the administering of therapeutic drugs for the purpose of removing the harmful addictive compounds from the patient’s bloodstream. Detoxification is not just an integral component of a rehab program, it is the procedure that kick-starts a patient’s recovery.

The removal of these harmful compounds from the patient’s body isn’t only carried out to restore the individual’s body to an healthy state, it is also performed to ensure that all intrinsic addiction triggers lodged in the system of the patient are promptly eliminated. It is well known that most patients almost immediately experience remarkable improvement of their health after completing the detoxification process and many describe the feeling as remarkably exhilarating.

The detoxification process may, however, at times trigger certain unpleasant side effects that can be excruciating for the patient. While these side effects are most often times temporary, they can easily be suppressed by the administering of medication.

 

Mental and Psychological Therapy

This procedure usually takes place all through the duration of a rehab program in Hawaii and its efficacy as a viable addiction treatment procedure has been comprehensively proven. This vital step of drug rehab recovery is used to perform diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive actions on the addiction patient, hence, making it a key component of all rehab programs.

It entails the mental and psychological assessment of a patient in order to highlight the factors responsible for the addiction.  Discovering the psychological source of an addiction problem goes a long way in aiding its resolution, and it also leads to a long-term or permanent fix of the problem.

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Counseling and Group Therapy

This is usually carried out after the completion of the detoxification process and can be run side by side with mental and psychological therapy. It involves the two highly effective social strategies that are applied in order to strengthen the character and emotional resilience of the patient.

When patients share their thoughts with qualified counselors or with recovering addicts, it builds up their emotional strength and improves their communication skills, which are both tools that will definitely come in handy after the rehab process. By undertaking this vital step, a recovering drug addict is strengthened with all the emotional artillery he or she needs to survive in the society once the rehab program ends.

Post-Rehab Recovery Steps

After completing the rigorous rehab program, the patient can seek respite away from the pressure in the outside world by temporarily residing in an extended living sober home until he or she has the mental and emotional strength to withstand life’s day to day challenges.

But perhaps the most important step that must be taken by the patient to truly defeat the terrible vice of drug addiction is the enjoyment of life without indulgence in any illicit substance.

Maui Recovery is here to help you with your drug and alcohol addiction treatment and recovery steps. 

 

 

 

 

Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery in Hawaii

Drug Addiction Treatment in Hawaii

Known for its beautiful, lush setting and rejuvenating, laid-back atmosphere, Hawaii has long since been one of the most coveted vacation destinations in the world. What many fail to realize, however, is the serious threat that drug addiction and alcoholism is posing to hundreds of native inhabitants.

Over the course of the past several decades, the state has been ravaged by innumerable cases of methamphetamine dependency. While meth poses the greatest drug-related threat to Hawaii residents by far, numerous other illicit substances have been wreaking havoc as well. Cocaine abuse continues to claim the lives of Hawaiian men and women, and the national opiate epidemic that the continental US has been battling for several years is beginning to make its way to the major islands. Take a look at the history of drug addiction in Hawaii as well as the current state of affairs, and know that if you or someone you love is battling a substance dependency of any kind, help is available – and you are not alone.

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Hawaii and Drug Addiction

The Hawaiian Islands are inhabited by somewhere around 1.2 million people, and accommodate the largest ethnic variety of any of the United States. More than 7 million tourists visit the Islands on an annual basis, most flying into the Honolulu National Airport in Oahu from the mainland, Asia, and Canada. Though this is the largest airport in the state, there are airfields and airports on 6 of the 8 major islands. Why is the number of Hawaiian airports so significant? The majority of illicit substances currently in circulation throughout the state were either brought into territory by aircraft passengers, or shipped via the US Postal Service or other air-oriented shipping companies.

The state itself is made up of eight major islands as well as a 1,500-mile chain of small inlets. In total, the state covers upwards of 6,420 miles in the North Pacific Central Ocean. The Honolulu District Office is a part of the Los Angeles Field Division, though it is located roughly 2,500 miles from the remainder of the country. The Area of Responsibility (or AOR) that the Honolulu District Office covers includes Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Saipan, and The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.  

Methamphetamine in Hawaii

Hawaii has been the capital of methamphetamine use throughout the country since the mid 1980s, and has been responsible for more cases of addiction throughout the state than any other drugs combined. Most of the meth throughout the region was initially transported from Mexico or California, and the NDIC has since labeled Hawaii as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. It was recently estimated that somewhere over 120,000 inhabitants currently use methamphetamine, and residents of all social standings and demographics have been majorly impacted.

Cocaine and Other Drugs

Methamphetamine is widely used – but far from socially acceptable. As in many other regions of the United States, snorting a line or two of high-quality cocaine at a classy get-together is exceedingly less taboo than lighting up the old meth pipe. Unfortunately, casual cocaine use may rapidly turn to dependency. Cocaine is currently ranked as Hawaii’s third most significant drug threat, closely following marijuana. Powdered cocaine is easily accessible throughout most of the major Hawaiian Islands, and it remains relatively inexpensive. In Maui specifically, cocaine distribution is predominantly controlled by Mexican organizations. These organizations also distribute black tar heroin throughout the west side of the island. While heroin is not nearly as popular as meth, the national heroin epidemic has influenced the rates of use throughout the state to a certain degree, and opiate abuse is on the rise.

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Addiction Treatment is Available


Despite the steadily increasing demand for adequate treatment in Hawaii, the amount of professional and affordable drug rehab centers still remains somewhat low. We at Maui Recovery believe that inpatient drug treatment in Hawaii should be accessible to all those who seek it. Our specific program of recovery is available to all men and women who are suffering from substance dependency issues and actively seeking a better way of life. We incorporate Hawaiian cultural principles with proven therapeutic and holistic techniques, providing each of our clients with a comprehensive and personalized treatment experience. For more information, call 800-919-2066 today.

Adventure Therapy at Maui Recovery

Drug Rehab in Hawaii

Group therapy has long since been employed by innumerable rehab facilities throughout the country as an effective form of psychotherapy. Group therapy helps to facilitate healthy communication skills, while allowing patients to relate to one another on a deep and emotionally intimate level. In the realm of addiction treatment, group therapy sessions help addicts to understand that they are not alone, and that developing a healthy and encouraging support system is crucial to the maintenance of long-term recovery.

Adventure therapy first became prominent in the early 1960s. The method of therapeutic healing draws influence from many psychological theories, though the predominant underlying philosophy is directly related to experiential education. Since its early development, adventure therapy has proven to increase self-esteem, self-helping behavior, trust in others, self-awareness, and improve a variety of other areas of emotional, social, and cognitive functioning.

The History of Adventure Therapy

Adventure and exploration has been a part of the healing process in many cultures for hundreds (if not thousands) of years. An archaic form of adventure therapy was utilized by Native Americans, and has proven to be quite prominent in the healing process present in both Jewish and Christian traditions. A form of therapy called “Tent Therapy” first emerged in the 1900s, and was studied closely for upwards of 20 years until it fell to the wayside. In this early form of adventure therapy, psychiatric patients were moved into tents on the hospital lawns. Many patients showed improvement during their stay in the tents, which prompted great interest amongst psychologists, psychiatrists, and other professionals in the medical field. Similar studies arose over the course of the next several decades, but the one that stuck was a camping program designed to help troubled adolescents and young adults. Currently known as “wilderness programs”, these adventure-based therapeutic retreats still help addicts, alcoholics, former convicts, and victims of abuse overcome self-imposed hurdles and build both self-esteem and self-confidence.

Our Program of Adventure Therapy

At Maui Recovery, we look to some of these therapeutic methods for inspiration, incorporating beneficial elements of adventure therapy into our own program of addiction recovery. A combination of Hawaiian culture, proven therapeutic practices, and the beautiful, lush scenery of the island make for a comprehensive and fulfilling journey of healing quite unlike any other. One of Maui’s greatest assets is the constant availability of outdoor resources. We take our clients on numerous excursions, exposing them to the medicinal properties of nature while instilling in them the self-assurance and belief of capability that years of substance abuse inevitably ripped away.

From hiking the many waterfall-lined mountains to swimming with sea turtles, we incorporate adventure therapy in a way that benefits our clients long-term, setting a solid foundation for lasting and meaningful sobriety. For more information on our program of adventure therapy, please give is a call toll-free at 800-919-2066. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

8 Ways to Have Sober Fun in Maui

Sober Living and Activities in Hawaii

Outdoor activities are a major cornerstone of our overall program at Maui Recovery – we believe that one of the main reasons we get sober is so that we can enjoy and appreciate life to the fullest! From hiking and kayaking to whale watching and stand-up paddle boarding, we incorporate as many fun and fulfilling sober activities as we can into our daily schedule. One of the blessings of beginning your personal journey of addiction recovery in such a gorgeous environment is the integrated accessibility of countless adventures and explorations. For your convenience, we have compiled a list of 8 ways to have good, clean, sober fun on this striking island. Take a look, and feel free to add your own to the list!

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Sober Fun in Maui

  • Go snorkeling.

Believe it or not, snorkeling is one of the cheapest outdoor activities Maui has to offer – you can rent gear for only a couple of dollars! And the offshore snorkeling is truly unparalleled, no matter where you are on the island. We recommend checking out the snorkeling at Molokini Crater, seeing as the area is home to an abundance of sea life and its waters are protected.

  • Hike in Hana.

The drive to Hana is absolutely breathtaking, though 5 hours spent navigating winding roads may not be the most viable excursion for the weak-of-stomach. Fortunately, the road is lined with numerous hiking trails, which will lead you to waterfalls, ocean cliffs, and a wide array of additional scenery. Take a day-long hike and spend ample time appreciating the beauty of Hawaii, while taking in views that will rejuvenate your spirit and instill a deeper sense of gratitude for the world around you.

  • Explore some waterfalls.

Grab a few friends, pack a picnic, and go for a day trip to one of the hundreds of beautiful natural waterfalls scattered across the island. The falls at Wailele Farm (also known as Twin Falls), are easily accessible and open to the public. As part of our treatment program at Maui Recovery, we take our clients on many day excursions to experience the waterfalls for themselves – though investigating this natural phenomenon is an ideal activity for those at any point in their recovery.

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  • Check out the lava tubes.

Ancient lava flow throughout Maui left behind some of the most interesting and unique caves and tubes on the planet, all easily accessible through guided tours or self-guided exploration. If you are looking to explore the lava tubes on our own, take a trip to Wai’anapanapa State Park. Here you can safely inspect one of the largest tubes on the island, which is nestled in the side of a cliff on one of Maui’s magical black sand beaches. This cliff overlooks the expansive ocean, making it a beautiful place to meditate and appreciate all of the imitable natural marvels Hawaii has to offer.

  • Go camping in Lanai.

There is no shortage of things to do in Lanai – and the area is known for having some of the best camping in Hawaii. Lanai is also home to some of the best scuba diving locations in the state – so pack your gear or come prepared to rent! Like snorkeling, scuba diving is a relatively inexpensive way to have authentic, sober fun.

  • Watch the sunrise.

While catching the sunrise in any part of Maui is likely to be breathtaking and unforgettable, climbing to the top of Haleakala Crater before the sun peeks above the sea is an experience unlike any other. Waking up before the sunrise is probably a pretty unfamiliar event, especially for those in early recovery. Take advantage of the joys of waking up without a pounding headache, and breathe the fresh morning air deep into your lungs as you express gratitude for finally being able to appreciate the beauty of the world around you.

  • Check out some historic churches.

Churches? Yes, as it turns out, Maui is absolutely brimming with beautiful, ornate churches – some dating back to the early 1800s. Not only is church a great place to develop a further grasp on your personal spirituality, but attending a new church is a great way to make friends. And if sitting through a sermon isn’t your thing, checking out the architecture and exploring the rich history can be just as fulfilling.

  • Go kayaking.

We at Maui Recovery strongly encourage our clients to participate in kayaking as part of our adventure therapy program. Those in recovery tend to find this outdoor activity provides an ideal time for meditation and self-reflection, helping to bolster spirituality and interconnectedness. There are hundreds of ideal kayaking spots all throughout the island, where you can further observe the ornate sea life or merely drift and enjoy feeling the warm sunshine on your face.

At Maui Recovery, one of our main goals is to teach recovering addicts how to have fun and thoroughly enjoy their newfound lives. We incorporate the beautiful natural surroundings into our specialized recovery program, teaching healing and recuperation through interconnectedness with the world around us. For more information on our specific program of recovery, please give us a call today at 800-919-2066.

Drug Rehab – What to Look For

Choosing a Drug Rehab Center

When deciding which drug rehab is best for you or your loved one, you are liable to consider obvious factors such as geographical location, commitment length, and out-of-pocket cost. While these are all important components to consider, you will want to be sure you are not overlooking other crucial features – such as provided services, specialty therapeutic practices, and potential treatment of dual diagnosis disorders. Take a look at the list of questions we have compiled in order to make your selection process all that much easier!

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Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is attending a gender-specific rehab important to me?

Perhaps you have suffered trauma at the hands of a member of the opposite sex, or you have a history of seeking personal validation through sexual interactions. Maybe you simply find it difficult to form healthy relationships with members of your own sex, and would like to learn to do so in a healthy and supportive environment. Whatever the reason may be, many find gender-specific rehab to be especially beneficial. Many programs, such as ours, cater to both men and women – but keep group therapy sessions and living quarters entirely separate. This variation of gender-specific treatment allows men and women to develop heathy relationships with members of the same sex while learning to interact in a healthy and positive way with members of the opposite sex.

  • Do I have any dual diagnosis psychological disorders that need to be addressed?

The vast majority of addicts and alcoholics simultaneously suffer from some variation of mental disorder – depression, anxiety, or a combination of the two are the most common dual diagnosis disorders amongst those with substance abuse issues. If you suffer from a diagnosed mental disorder, or if you believe that you may be suffering from a previously undiagnosed disorder, looking into a drug rehab with an on-site psychiatrist may be especially beneficial.

  • Would I prefer to attend an inpatient rehab that focuses on holistic methods of treatment?

Nowadays, most reputable inpatient treatment facilities offer some form of holistically-based treatment. This could range from acupuncture and aromatherapy to yoga and adventure therapy. When looking for a drug rehab, take into consideration whether or not they advertise themselves as “holistically based”. This essentially means that a spiritual approach is taken, alongside a traditional emotional and mental approach (therapeutic and psychological healing). Our program of recovery puts a heavy emphasis on holistically-based treatment approaches!

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  • Do I have any past trauma that needs to be addressed?

Many addicts and alcoholics will initially turn to drugs and alcohol as a means of coping with overwhelming emotional pain associated with significant past trauma. If you have suffered any degree of traumatic experience in the past and have not yet had the opportunity to sufficiently work through it alongside a professional, look for an inpatient treatment center that specializes in working with clients who have undergone unresolved trauma.

  • Does the rehab I am looking into offer family services?

Many addiction specialists and medical professionals alike avidly refer to addiction as a ‘family disease’. This is not only because the emotional, mental, and physical consequences of substance dependency affect all those involved, but also because the dynamics of the familial unit often exacerbate the disease. Issues such as codependency and enmeshment typically run deep in families that involve an addicted member, and family programs help to resolve these issues by treating every member simultaneously. Our program of recovery incorporates regular family therapy sessions, which work to reverse familial behavioral patterns that may prove detrimental to long-term sobriety.

  • How willing am I to undergo an extended-stay treatment process?

It is often said that without willingness, little else is possible. When it comes to addiction recovery, this statement is exceptionally true. When deciding on which drug rehab facility is right for you, make sure that you are completely willing to undergo an extended stay – perhaps more extended than you initially anticipate. While 30 days in inpatient rehab is great, it is said to take 90 days to completely break a habit. Put in the time now so you will never have to repeat the process!

Choosing an inpatient treatment facility does not need to be an overwhelming, stress-inducing experience! Simply take these important factors into consideration when looking for a Hawaii drug rehab that best suits your personal needs and requirements and caters to your unique preferences. For more information on the Maui Recovery program of addiction treatment, please feel free to contact one of our trained representatives today. We are standing by to help answer any questions or address any additional concerns you may have. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

Find the Best Drug Rehab for You

The Best Drug Rehab Residential Center

Finding the Hawaii best drug rehab to suit all of your personal needs and preferences may seem to be quite an overwhelming process. There are hundreds of drug rehabs nationwide to choose from, and all of them seem to offer an incomparable array of services and amenities. When choosing an inpatient treatment center, it is important that you look beyond the eye-catching advertisements and alluring stock photography. Look for a facility that truly offers all of the services you require in order to make a comprehensive and lasting recovery. Do yourself a favor and delve into extensive and informed research before you make any final decisions. And be sure to ask yourself the following questions before you commit to a drug rehab center in Hawaii. This is the beginning of the rest of your life – be sure the foundation you are setting is a solid one.

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  • Have I done my research?

Did you take the time to truly look into the rehab you are considering committing to, or did you merely skim over the brochure, looking at the pictures? Whether you are looking into treatment for yourself or for a loved one, make sure that you check out all available resources to ensure a legitimate and life-changing experience.

  • Have I spoken to any alumni?

One of the best ways to research any given facility is to call the admissions coordinator and ask for an alumni list. Ask if there are any alumni in particular that are open to receiving phone calls from potential clients. Many inpatient rehabs facilitate alumni programs, in which past graduates of the facility can come back and participate in numerous recovery-related activities.

  • Have I seen and looked over an example schedule?

Ask the admissions coordinator for an example of the daily schedule (if you are not able to find one on the website). Take a look at how busy the facility keeps the clients on a daily basis – look for a schedule that is full of daily group therapy sessions, 12-step meetings, and recreational activities. The busier the schedule, the better. If you are looking into a holistically-based facility, check to see how many times per week the clients participate in activities such as yoga, nutritional counseling, and guided meditation. Make sure the actual program aligns with what is being advertised!

  • Is this a gender-specific treatment facility?

It may be a wise idea to look into whether or not the treatment facility you are researching is co-ed. If so, make sure that the therapeutic group sessions are gender-specific, and that males and females do not live in the same residential facility. It has proven that separating men and women for the majority of treatment is more beneficial in setting a solid foundation for long-term sobriety, seeing as members of the same sex work through issues more openly and learn to create healthy and supportive bonds.

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  • How many clients does the rehab accept at one time?

Would you prefer a more personalized experience, with a greater amount of one-on-one therapy sessions? If you don’t mind attending a larger facility, go for it – many bigger rehabs offer excellent care to each and every one of their clients. But if you have underlying issues that need special attention, you may want to consider attending a smaller, privately owned rehab.

  • Is the rehab in an ideal location?

Location is important! After you have chosen a state (there is truly no better location to set a solid foundation for spiritual health than in the beautiful, scenic state of Hawaii), look into a center that is located in a safe area close to accessible 12-step meetings. While you may be tempted to search for a center that is located close to home, it may be wise to put a fair amount of distance between you and your loved ones.

  • Is the rehab affiliated with any sober living housing facilities?

Early recovery is a multi-faceted process, one typically comprised of three main stages – detox, inpatient treatment, and sober living. In most cases, a sober living house will be personally recommended by the clinical team at your inpatient center. Look for a rehab that is affiliated with sober living homes, and will be able to recommend you to one once you have completed your time in treatment.

  • Does the rehab offer any specialty services?

Like many recovering addicts and alcoholics, you may be suffering from a co-occurring mental disorder such as anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder. If this is the case, you may need to attend a dual diagnosis facility, which will adequately treat substance abuse as well as any underlying psychological disorders. If you struggle with cross-addictions, such as an eating disorder or compulsive gambling, you may want to look into attending a treatment facility that specializes in treating such disorders as well.

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  • What does the staff offer?

Look at the ‘About Us’ page of the website. Is the staff qualified and extensively experienced? Is there a licensed psychologist on the team? How many therapists are available to work with clients? Take all of this into consideration before making your final decision.  You will want to make sure that your loved one is entering a nurturing and professional environment in order to be treated sufficiently and set a solid foundation for lasting recovery.

After you have thoroughly researched and examined your options, you may narrow your once long-winded list into one compiled of several favored and supported choices. How do you make the final decision? First of all, relax – try to remember that no matter where you end up, you will be exactly where you are supposed to be. Trust your gut. If you have thoroughly researched the points listed above, you will undoubtedly end up in a reputable and professionally run rehab facility – and if you enter the experience with a vital sense of open-mindedness and willingness, you will inevitably find recovery no matter where you find yourself. Addiction recovery is a beautiful and highly personal journey of self-discovery and emotional, mental, and spiritual healing. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to find true happiness and fulfillment.

Am I Drug Addict?

Warning signs of Addiction

Drinking alcohol in reasonable amounts is socially acceptable by most cultural standards. Even hard and excessive drinking is somewhat customary – after all, every good college student goes through a ‘phase’, during which blacking out and profusely vomiting are almost considered a twisted right of passage. But what about drug use? The social acceptance of recreational drug use depends heavily on the region and the culture. In some states, marijuana is legal, for example, while in other regions it is sternly banned. In states like New Jersey and Philadelphia, opiate use has become somewhat of a social norm – at least amongst certain age groups. A teenager experimenting with prescription painkillers may, in some regions, be considered as normal as a young adult investigating his parents’ liquor cabinet. When it really comes down to it, however, your personal relationship with drugs is what truly matters. Do you use recreationally, finding that you are able to put the substance down with ease whenever an obligation needs to be met or the threat of a consequence arises? Or do you believe that you may, in fact, have a problem with drugs? Let us help you bring light to the situation, and assist you in deciding whether or not attending Hawaii drug rehab is the right choice for you.

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Are You a Drug Addict?

There are several questions you can ask yourself in order to help you determine whether or not you should be considering inpatient treatment.

  1. Do you ever use drugs when you are by yourself?
  2. Have you ever attempted to manipulate a doctor in order to receive prescription medications?
  3. Do you often use drugs to help you wake up in the morning, or to help you fall asleep at night?
  4. Has your performance at work or school ever suffered as a result of your drug use?
  5. Do you sometimes take one drug to overpower the unpleasant effects of another?
  6. Have you ever lied about how frequently you use drugs, or how much you use at one sitting?
  7. Do you tend to avoid people who disapprove of your drug use?
  8. Have you experienced legal consequences as a result of your use?
  9. Have you ever taken a drug without knowing what effect it would have on you?
  10. Does the thought of running out of drugs scare you?
  11. Do you feel as if you need drugs in order to have a good time?
  12. Have you ever felt guilty or ashamed of your drug use?
  13. Does using drugs interfere with your sexual relationships?
  14. Has your drug use begun to cause issues at home?
  15. Have you ever taken drugs to cope with emotional distress of discomfort?
  16. Have you ever overdosed?
  17. Do you continue using drugs despite a steady accumulation of negative consequences in interpersonal relationships, at work or school, and potentially with the law?

If you answered ‘yes’ to more than half of the above-listed questions, you may be afflicted with a drug addiction. Of course, determining whether or not you are a drug addict is no small task. Throughout most of your using, you have likely been expending quite a bit of time and energy convincing yourself that you ‘have it under control’ and that you ‘can stop whenever you want’. Therefore, when it comes time to admit to yourself that you may actually have a problem with drugs, you will need to break through the thick wall of denial that you have spent months or years tirelessly constructing. Keep in mind that there is no shame in admitting that you need help, and that your state of being will likely begin to improve as soon as you start taking action. Even if you remain completely unsure as to whether or not you require outside help, please feel free to call us at Maui Recovery today at 800-919-2066 for more information on drug addiction and Hawaii drug rehab options.

Is Alcoholics Anonymous Right for Me?

Is Alcoholics Anonymous right for you?

Committing to an inpatient alcohol rehab is truly only the very first step on what will hopefully be a lifelong journey of addiction recovery. The main objective of residential treatment is to uproot all underlying causes of addiction in a safe, supportive, and secure environment. Working through past traumatic experience, unaddressed emotional issues, and detrimental personal beliefs can be exceptionally painful – however, doing so is absolutely necessary to long-term sobriety. Inpatient rehab provides newly sober addicts and alcoholics with a sheltered environment in which to undergo serious emotional healing.

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Once all underlying, contributing factors have been adequately addressed, an individual will transition into a sober living facility – more commonly known as a halfway house. This is the beginning of what is known as ‘aftercare’. Aftercare essentially lasts for an indefinite period of time, considering the fact that alcoholism is a chronic relapsing brain disease and requires continuous care in order to stay in remission. Of course, one is not expected to live in a halfway house forever. In fact, halfway will typically only last for between 6 and 9 months. What are the other components of aftercare – the ones that do last a lifetime? There are several, but amongst these, Alcoholics Anonymous often proves to be the most vital by far.

Many newly sober alcoholics express contempt for AA prior to adequate investigation, based solely off of the frequent use of the word ‘God’. It is not uncommon for alcoholics to lose whatever pre-existing sense of faith they possessed over the course of their active addictions, experiencing physical pain and emotional agony that no ‘higher power’ would possibly assign to one of its alleged ‘children’. No way.

If there was a God, he or she or it had abandoned you long ago. Not to mention, any religious organization was out of the question as far as personal involvement. You had been to church when you were younger – you had experienced the wrath of an unforgiving and hateful Czar of the Heavens. Why would you willingly go back to that? As it so turns out, Alcoholics Anonymous is far from a religious organization. The main goal of the program itself is to help you develop a sense of spirituality, and come to rely on a power greater than yourself to keep you sober (because clearly, you cannot keep yourself sober – that has been repeatedly proven). This higher power could be the men and women who help you get sober (GOD = Group of Drunks), the ocean, an oak tree, or the karmic universe. It doesn’t matter, so long as it isn’t you.

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While this is one of the biggest myths surrounding the 12-step program, there are many more to be debunked. Sadly, many of these myths prevent men and women who desperately need the help of a 12-step program from ever seeking it. Some believe that Alcoholics Anonymous is a cult, while others believe that calling alcoholism a disease is a disgrace to the medical community. In any case, this specific program of recovery has saved innumerable lives over the course of the past 80 years. Millions of men and women have recovered from an utterly hopeless state of mind and body, going on to live fulfilled, substance-free lives.

We at Maui Recovery incorporate the 12-steps of addiction recovery into our overall residential treatment program, based on decades of accumulated evidence and our own personal experience. We introduce our clients to the literature of Alcoholics Anonymous, transport them to outside meetings on a regular basis, and often bring meetings into the residential facility. If you would like more information on the role AA plays in our specific program of recovery, please feel free to give us a call today. More information on the program of Alcoholics Anonymous can be found at http://www.aa-intergroup.org/.

Am I an Alcoholic?

Are you an alcoholic?

So, your drinking may have gotten a little out of hand. You have started to experience some small consequences as a result of your drinking – perhaps your interpersonal relationships have become somewhat strained, or your performance at work or school is being compromised. Maybe you have even begun to wrack up some legal consequences. If you are currently reading this blog, you have likely at least considered the fact that your alcohol consumption is currently doing more harm than good, and that taking a ‘break’ from the booze and the beer may benefit you. Have you attempted to cut back on your use, only to find that you were unable? Have you tried to cease your consumption entirely, only to find that you lasted a week at most before caving under the overwhelming desire to get good and drunk? If you find it difficult to cut back or quit in light of increasingly severe consequences, you may be an alcoholic.

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Alcoholics like the effect produced by alcohol; they like the way that drinking makes them feel. Most alcoholics have come to solely rely on the anesthetizing effects of alcohol to help them cope with reality. Without booze, life may seem altogether impossible to face. Thus, it makes perfect sense that admitting powerlessness over alcohol – admitting that life with alcohol has be come exceedingly unmanageable – is no small feat for the true alcoholic. With admission of powerlessness comes the potential for the only known coping mechanism to be torn away, and then facing reality will become nothing short of necessity. How terrifying is that? For those who lack personal experience with alcoholism, it is difficult (near impossible) to understand why someone would apparently opt to continue drinking despite negative consequences – perhaps despite a threat of total personal deterioration. In fact, the matter of choice has likely been removed from the situation entirely.

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There are several questions you can ask yourself that may help you determine whether or not inpatient alcohol rehab has become a necessity.

  1. Have you ever attempted to stop drinking for an extended period of time, finding that you were only able to last a few days?
  2. Have you ever switched from one drink to another in attempts to control your drinking? For example, attempting to limit yourself only to beer or wine and vowing to lay off of the ‘hard stuff’.
  3. Do you wish that your close friends and love d ones would stop mentioning your drinking patterns and mind their own business?
  4. Have you recently suffered any alcohol-related consequences (legal, personal, or work-related)?
  5. Has your drinking ever caused issues at home?
  6. Do you envy those who can drink without suffering any consequences?
  7. Have you ever taken a drink in the morning to save you the pain of an especially bad hangover?
  8. Do you ever drink before parties or bring your own alcohol to parties for fear that there will not be ‘enough’ alcohol there?
  9. Have you missed days of work or school because your drinking got out of hand the night before?
  10. Do you frequently experience blackouts or lapses in memory?
  11. Do you tell yourself (or have you convinced yourself) that you can quit drinking at any time, but you simply do not want to?
  12. Have you ever considered the fact that your life may be better, more manageable, and more fulfilling if you quit drinking altogether?

If you answered ‘yes’ to the majority of the above-listed questions, you may want to consider the fact that drinking has become a serious problem in your life. Please keep in mind the fact that alcoholism is a highly progressive disease – if left untreated, symptoms will always get worse, never better. We at Maui Recovery have extensive experience in helping alcoholics set solid and lasting foundations for long-term sobriety. Of course, the very first step in setting such a foundation is admitting defeat and becoming open to outside help. If you would like to learn more about our Hawaii alcohol rehab or simply discuss the implications of alcoholism further, give us a call today at 808-359-2761.

Alcohol Addiction Rehab in Hawaii

Alcohol Addiction Rehab in Hawaii

Alcoholism is one of most severe and persistent substance-related issues throughout the United States, and Hawaii is no exception to this unfortunate circumstance. Binge drinking is one of the most prevalent alcohol-related issues statewide, with an overall binge drinking rate three times higher than the national average. Eighteen percent of the adult Hawaiian population and fourteen percent of the adolescent population admitted to binge drinking at least once in the past month when interviewed. Binge drinking is defined as the consumption of five or more drinks over the course of one sitting. When a study was conducted in 2011, it was found that binge drinking rates were twice as high amongst men as they were amongst women. Still, the vast majority of those who struggle with detrimental drinking patterns and alcohol abuse fail to seek the treatment they need.

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Binge Drinking

Heavy drinking, which is characterized by the consumption of two or more alcoholic beverages on a daily basis, is also a major issue throughout the state of Hawaii. Throughout the 1990s, the rates of heavy drinking in Hawaii remained consistently well above he national average. Though these rates have been on a steady decline over the course of the past few years, it was estimated in 2009 that heavy drinking rates in this specific state were still roughly 1.3 times higher than they were throughout the remainder of the US. This excess of alcohol consumption does not go without severe consequence. In Hawaii, it is estimated that one out of every two motor vehicle accident-related fatalities directly involves alcohol. 44% of all fatal car crashes that took place in Hawaii in 2011 involved a driver who was reported to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or higher. The national average was 31%, making Hawaii one of the leading states as far as alcohol-related fatalities.

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Recovery from alcohol abuse

Fortunately, what with the increased demand for adequate alcohol rehab in Hawaii, numerous inpatient facilities have been cropping up over the course of the past several years. Sadly, the majority of men and women throughout the state of Hawaii who struggle with alcoholism are still not receiving the professional help they so desperately need and deserve. This not because help is unavailable – it is typically either because individuals remain unaware of existing resources, or because deep-seated denial prevents them from admitting to themselves and others that outside help has become a necessity. If you believe that you may have a drinking problem but are either too afraid to reach out or unsure as to whether rehab is truly required, please feel free to contact us at Maui Recovery today to discuss potential options.

Opiate Addiction in Hawaii

Opiate Addiction Recovery Program

As of 2014, prescription drug overdoses topped motor vehicle accidents throughout Hawaii as the leading cause of accidental death. Over the course of the past decade, prescription painkiller-related overdose deaths have increased by 68% statewide. It is absolutely fair to include the state of Hawaii in what has become nationally known as the current ‘opiate epidemic’ – overdose deaths throughout the entire US have been skyrocketing, and more innocent men and women are losing their lives to painkiller and heroin addiction today than ever before.

To put things into perspective: The United States makes up four percent of the world’s population – and consumes slightly over 80 percent of the world’s narcotic painkiller prescriptions.

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Prescription painkillers, even when initially taken as prescribed, can be exceedingly easy to get hooked on – especially for those who are predisposed to substance dependency. The vast majority of men and women who currently struggle with opiate addiction initially began taking prescription painkillers after being prescribed the opioid narcotics by a medical professional. It was previously exceedingly common for painkillers like OxyContin, Vicodin, or Hydrocodone to be prescribed for short-term treatment of pain-related issues, such as sports-related injuries and post surgical procedures. Unfortunately, the highly addictive qualities of such narcotic medications frequently lead to unintentional abuse. State officials as well as members of the general public soon took notice, and statewide preventative measures were put into place in attempts of reducing the number of painkiller-related fatalities. The state of Hawaii implemented a Take Back program, providing residents with a safe place to dispose of unused or expired pharmaceuticals.

With the widespread crackdowns on painkiller distribution, the street cost of prescription opioid narcotics began to rapidly increase. Soon, satiating a full-blown painkiller habit became completely unaffordable. Those who had developed physical and psychological dependencies on the pills began turning to a more affordable and readily available alternative – heroin. It is currently estimated that 4 out of every 5 cases of heroin addiction initially began with an introduction to prescription painkillers. In Hawaii (along with the rest of the nation), heroin addiction has become a steadily increasing issue. More admissions to inpatient addiction treatment currently involve heroin dependency than ever before. In attempts to increase awareness and prevent more cases of heroin addiction from developing, local and state government officials have begun implementing programs to help with what has quickly become an epidemic of its own. Clean needle exchange programs are being put into place, and opioid blockers such as Narcan are being more widely distributed. However, the rates of heroin-related overdose death continue to steadily climb.

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The most effective method of action in stymying the progression of the Hawaiian opiate outbreak has been the establishment of inpatient treatment facilities statewide. With more available treatment options, more opiate-addicted men and women are receiving the professional help they so desperately need and deserve. If you or someone you love is battling an addiction to prescription painkillers or heroin, there is help available. Lease contact Maui Recovery today for more information on our own program of opiate addiction recovery, or for a more comprehensive list of treatment options. We look forward to speaking with you soon.