Are you abusing drugs and thinking about drug rehab?

Drug addiction is a pathological or abnormal condition which arises due to frequent drug use. The disorder of addiction involves the progression of recreational drug use to the development of drug-seeking behaviour, vulnerability to relapse, and a gradual decrease in the drug user’s ability to respond to naturally rewarding stimuli.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (DSM-IV) has categorized three stages of addiction: preoccupation / anticipation, binge /

intoxication and withdrawal / negative effect. These stages are characterized by constant cravings and preoccupation with obtaining the substance; using more of the substance(s) than necessary to experience the intoxicating effects; and

gaining tolerance, experiencing withdrawal symptoms, and decreased motivation for normal life activities. Last Door treats addiction for illegal drugs as well as prescription or over-the-counter drugs.

Stimulants: 

  • Amphetamine and methamphetamine
  • Cocaine
  • Nicotine
 

Sedatives and hypnotics: 

  • Alcohol
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines, particularly flunitrazepam, triazolam, temazepam, and nimetazepam
  • Methaqualone and the related quinazolinone sedative-hypnotics
 

Opiate and opioid analgesics: 

  • Morphine and codeine, the two naturally occurring opiate analgesics
  • Semi-synthetic opiates, such as heroin (diacetylmorphine), oxycodone, hydrocodone, and hydromorphone
  • Fully synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, meperidine/pethidine, and methadone
   

The Solution:

Recovery at Last Door is a way of experiencing life. This “social” model program offers clients and their families an opportunity to experience recovery in an actual community. Recovery at Last Door is neither a destination nor a goal; it is about gaining a feeling of connectedness within a healthy community. It is about sharing and caring, about being part of something larger than oneself that gives both foundation and a sense of hope for the future.

 
Last Door draws on the collective experience and energy of alumni, clients, their families and staff to forge a community that is conducive to creating a solid foundation for recovery. The Last Door Recovery community is vibrant and alive – with both giving to and taking happening between community members. Purpose and dignity are the building blocks for the self esteem that is so crucial to recovery – both flow abundantly within the community.

Video Transcription

Kevin: I started using, um, pretty much when I was like fifteen years old. By the time I was seventeen I was um, a full-blown alcoholic. I had quit school, I didn’t stop using form the time I was fifteen. By the time I got to my forties, I really separated myself from my addiction because I had a house, a woman, and a vehicle. And that was my way of not ever looking at myself. There was always somebody worse than me. I had a job. I’m a plumber, and I always went to work, so, I didn’t have a problem. And uh, my disease reduced me at that point in my life to hanging out with people who were half my age and using with people who were half my age and actually being afraid of people who were my age and I didn’t grow up as a result. My disease of addiction is so self-centered it’s all about me. Everything is all about me. If I ever had any choices to make between like, for example, paying bills buying groceries or am I gonna get loaded am I gonna get high, within a matter of seconds, it was always I’m gonna get high. So self-centered. I pushed my family out of my life, my disease wants me isolated. The Door here was like “come on in” and within two days of talking to them I remember walking into the front doors of Last Door here and I remember I was terrified I was forty years old and I felt like a little kid. Terrified, unsure of what I had no idea what to expect of this place. This was my first time in treatment and umm, the first time I’ve heard of Narcotics Anonymous. I remember the first day I walked through the doors, it was in the summer time on July the 28th of 2003, and I walked through the doors and everyone was like “hey buddy, how are you?!” they were coming up to me, hugging me, telling me they’re glad to see me, I was, I didn’t know what to do. I was like “oh my god you guys are crazy.” The energy in the house walking through the Door was like a wall that I went through of, I felt safe. It was like unbelievable. This house is never boring. Never, never. There’s always something going on in this house right, and it’s, I don’t know what else to say, it’s, this house saved my life and I’ll be forever grateful for this house.