Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Programs Offer Tools and Knowledge for Recovery

alcohol and drug abuse treatment programs, Gateway Treament CentersAt Gateway Treatment Centers, our clinical professionals specialize in providing substance abuse treatment to help you, or someone you love, get life back on track. Our substance abuse experts are committed to providing the most advanced treatment options in order to equip each individual with the recovery tools needed to manage addiction and maintain sobriety on an ongoing basis.

Gateway’s integrated approach encompasses counseling, substance abuse education, relapse prevention, treatment therapies to address underlying causes of alcohol and drug abuse, such as mental health and trauma issues, role playing to practice coping skills, medication assisted treatment (when appropriate) and aftercare.

To learn more about treatment and therapies for substance abuse offered through Gateway Treatment Centers, click the tools for recovery listed below. If you or someone you know needs help with substance abuse, please call to schedule a free, confidential consultation at (877) 505-HOPE.

Recovery Tools:

Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
Family Involvement
Medication Assisted Treatment
Mindfulness
Substance Abuse Education
Motivational Interviewing
12-Step Facilitation
Trauma-Informed Therapies
Improving Social Skills in Young Men
Helping Women Recover

Heroin Epidemic Continues. Gateway Provides Valuable Information

 

The untimely death of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman at age 46, as well as similar tragedies in your own community has heightened concern about heroin. Yet, Gateway Treatment Centers want to ensure you know there is a co-star in these heartbreaking stories: Driven by the powerful effects on the human brain of drugs derived from morphine, the crossing of these two drug epidemics is creating an “opioid-vortex” across the U.S. Consider these related trends:

  • prescription drugsAmericans consume 80% of opiate prescriptions produced in the world, according to the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.
  • Each day, about 45 deaths are recorded from prescription drug overdose in the U.S.

Consequently, Gateway Treatment Centers have responded by ensuring the highest quality treatment for opioid and heroin addiction to support lasting recovery, including:

To learn more about opioid and heroin trends visit RecoverGateway.org/Heroin.

Meet the Clinical Team: Gateway Treatment Center in Swansea

Meet one of our experienced Substance Abuse Counselors at Gateway’s Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center in the St. Louis Metro East area.

Melanie Ziebart, MSW, LCSW, CADC
Counselor, Gateway Foundation Swansea

outpatient drug treatment gatewayMelanie Ziebart, a Substance Abuse Counselor who joined Gateway Foundation in 2001, has valued watching individuals make positive changes in their lives. “It’s rewarding to watch people transform from resistant to embracing sobriety to eventually becoming guest speakers who offer hope to others for lasting recovery.”

Melanie works with adults in group therapy as part of Gateway Foundation’s After-Work and After-School Outpatient Treatment Programs for adults and adolescents serving the St. Louis area. “It’s very motivating to see individuals turn their lives around through the help they’ve received at Gateway Foundation.”

She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL, and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Illinois and Missouri since 2006.

 Learn More About Gateway’s Swansea Treatment Center

Gateway Expert Discusses Robitussin DM Abuse or “Robo-Tripping”

gateway foundation clinical director, mindfulness trainingAsk the Expert:

Dr. Phil Welches
Clinical Director, Gateway Foundation

Question:

How can you help someone who is abusing Robitussin DM in liquid and pill forms?

Answer:

Abuse of Robitussin DM is not rare, especially among teenagers but also some younger adults.  It’s sometimes called “Robo-tripping.”  The “D” in the “DM” refers to dextromethorphan (a cough suppressant), and that’s what causes the “high.” Robitussin DM is available over-the-counter and it’s not very expensive.  That, along with the effects users seek, make this a high potential drug for abuse.

The effects of Robitussin DM vary a little from person to person, but commonly they include altered time perception and visual hallucinations. Signs of abuse include: anxiety, excitability, slurred speech, sweating and obvious altered perception of reality in speech content and response. For some, the effects can include relaxation or drowsiness.

Finally, as to your question, what can be done to help someone stop abusing Robitussin DM? This will depend on the person. Since the drug is over-the-counter, some mistakenly believe that it is harmless. Some individuals, when they learn the risks, are motivated to stop using it. For others, even ones who are motivated to stop, actually quitting can be a struggle.

There can be serious side effects when one uses more than the suggested amount and even for some who use the suggested amount of Robitussin DM. These side effects can include: difficulty breathing, allergic reactions (sometimes with swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat), dizziness (which can be severe), anxiety/restlessness, confusion and shallow breathing.

If the person has been using high doses fairly regularly, there can be withdrawal symptoms, much like from narcotic drugs, and these can include: restlessness, insomnia, muscle and bone aches, diarrhea and vomiting.  If the person’s addiction is severe, then the withdrawal process may need to be medically monitored as, in some cases, it can be life threatening.

From your question, I don’t know the extent of this person’s Robitussin DM use pattern: how much, how frequently and how long? If learning the risks isn’t enough to cease abuse, I recommend that you encourage him/her to be evaluated as to the most effective kind of treatment, such as outpatient drug treatment, residential substance abuse treatment or hospitalization with medical monitoring.

This person can get a free and confidential assessment at a Gateway Foundation Treatment Center by calling us at 877-505-4673. Thanks for your question and your concern for this individual.

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