Addiction is defined by the National Institute on Drug Abuse as “a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes in the brain. It is considered both a complex brain disorder and a mental illness. Addiction is the most severe form of a full spectrum of substance use disorders, and is a medical illness caused by repeated misuse of a substance or substances.”
On average, addiction claims the lives of over 100 people every day, and that number has only increased. The rate of fatal drug overdoses has nearly tripled since 1990. However, as the prevalence of addiction has increased, so has the prevalence of addiction treatment options. Today, substance abuse treatments and rehabs are more widely available than ever before. With so many options, it is important to research addiction treatment centers to be able to make a well-informed decision regarding treatment. Oasis Recovery Center, located in the heart of Asheville, North Carolina, offers individualized, comprehensive, mindfulness-based addiction treatment that allows our clients to find their most supportive custom path to recovery.
Common Drug Addictions
Millions of Americans are battling addictions today with prescription and illicit substances. At Oasis Recovery Center, our clinical staff and drug addiction experts have extensive knowledge and training on addictions including but not limited to:
Opiates and Opioids
A research study conducted on tracking trends in the opioid epidemic in North Carolina states that in 2017, 1,884 people died from opioid-related causes, which is a 10-fold increase over 1999. Opiates and opioids include both prescription drugs and illicit substances such as fentanyl, OxyContin, and hydrocodone.
Heroin is a highly addictive opioid, and the longer a person uses the drug, the more dependent they become on it. The more physically and psychologically addicted they become, the more difficult it is to quit using it. According to the CDC, more than 14,000 people died from heroin overdoses in 2019. The statistics go on to show that the rate of overdose deaths involving heroin was more than seven times higher in 2019 than in 1999, and nearly a third of all opioid deaths involved heroin.
Meth is a highly addictive stimulant that, with habitual use, can significantly impair cognitive function. Research has shown that individuals who have regularly used meth are associated with impaired memory and slowed motor skills, even after long abstinence from the drug.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, in 2019, nearly 15 million people ages 12 and over had Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). AUD is characterized by problematic drinking, or an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol consumption.
Cocaine and Crack
Cocaine abuse and addiction can have a number of physical and psychological repercussions, including severe weight loss, malnourishment, cardiovascular complications, paranoia, irritability, sinus problems, nasal collapse, and more. According to the CDC, “The rate of drug overdose deaths involving cocaine was stable between 2009 and 2013, then nearly tripled from 1.6 per 100,000 in 2013 to 4.5 in 2018.”
Cocaine in itself is already highly addictive— but crack cocaine is even more so. The effects of smoking crack cocaine are immediate and intense, but short-lived. This fleeting high, in combination with the drug’s drastic comedown, quickly produces a desire to use more and more of the substance. This creates a high potential for overdose.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse states, “Marijuana use disorders are often associated with dependence—in which a person feels withdrawal symptoms when not taking the drug. People who use marijuana frequently often report irritability, mood and sleep difficulties, decreased appetite, cravings, restlessness, and/or various forms of physical discomfort that peak within the first week after quitting and last up to 2 weeks.” This dependence can develop into an addiction when a person can no longer stop using the drug even if it is interfering with their everyday duties and responsibilities.
Inhalants are generally common household products that, when inhaled, produce a high. These products include aerosol sprays and solvents, which are liquids that turn to gas at room temperature. The act of inhaling these to get high is often called, “huffing.”
Why Our Drug Rehab Works— We Meet You Where You Are
Oasis Recovery Center in Asheville, North Carolina was founded by people in recovery, for people in recovery. Many of our staff are not only familiar with addiction from a clinical and therapeutic perspective, but also from personal experience. Oasis Recovery emphasizes a person-centered approach to recovery, meaning we custom-tailor our drug rehab to meet clients where they are, and assist them in getting where they want to be. Our holistic model for addiction treatment treats a person’s mind, body, and soul, all while being situated in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, surrounded by a supportive recovery community.
Our Drug Treatment Center Plan in Asheville, North Carolina
At Oasis Recovery, we offer a unique and comprehensive approach to addiction. We offer both full-time addiction treatment with housing, as well as part-time outpatient treatment. The first step to beginning addiction treatment at Oasis is detox. Clearing all drugs from a person’s system is imperative for embarking on the path to living a clean and sober life.
We highly recommend that individuals go through medically supervised detox, as this is the safest option. Withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable, and drug cravings can be at their most intense during this time. In a medically supervised detox environment, an individual will get the care and support they need. Once detox is complete, which can take up to several days, treatment at Oasis can begin.
Full-time Addiction Treatment
Oasis Recovery offers an immersive, full-time drug rehab complete with housing. This is a great option for individuals embarking on the road to recovery, as they will have 24/7 care and support while being removed from everyday stressors and triggers. They will be in an alcohol and drug-free environment and will spend their days on a structured schedule full of individual and group therapies and other activities. This level of treatment can last anywhere from several weeks to several months, which will be determined in collaboration with the clinical team.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment
Intensive Outpatient (IOP) treatment at Oasis Recovery is great for individuals who are seeking comprehensive, part-time addiction treatment. IOP generally meets 3 days a week for several hours and allows flexibility for individuals to live at home and work. Generally, individuals participate in IOP for several months.
We Are Here to Help You Today
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, help is available. Our highly-trained therapeutic and clinical experts at Oasis Recovery offer a safe and comfortable space for clients to undergo addiction treatment. Our team of medical experts offers a wide range of services and amenities that are tailored to meet your particular needs. Reach out to an addiction specialist today to learn more about how our drug rehab can help you navigate the road to recovery.