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Top 5 Ways To Know If Someone Is Addicted To Heroin

You’ve heard the news about heroin abuse. You know that it is on the rise and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon. Heroin has become more affordable and accessible. As a result, it’s striking down victims of every gender, age, and economic status. It’s one of the most addictive drugs and it can be used in many forms, whether victims of addiction are snorting it, injecting it, or smoking it. As the mother of a teenager, you are worried. You think your child might be addicted. Watch for 5 signs that may indicate a heroin addiction so you can make your next move.

Dry Mouth is a Problem

Heroin use causes dry mouth. If your teen is using heroin, watch for intense thirst or use of mouthwash in order to get some moisture in the mouth. You may see your teenager drinking constantly or acting frantic for a drink.

Look for Flushed Skin

In addition to dry mouth, your teen will have flushed skin after using heroin. If your child looks feverish but has no change in temperature, be on guard.

Nodding Off without Notice is a Warning Sign

The first effect of heroin is a feeling of intense euphoria. As heroin users come down off of that high, they tend to become drowsy. They may be so sleepy that they nod off without warning. If your teen is in and out of consciousness, you may be looking at heroin addiction.

Itching is a Problem

Intense itching is another symptoms of heroin addiction. If you see your teen scratching for no reason, you could be looking at a serious problem.

Nausea and Vomiting are Red Flags

While nausea and vomiting can be symptoms for many illnesses, they can indicate heroin abuse when combined with other symptoms. If your teen has no appetite and is spending a great deal of time getting sick in the bathroom, you could be looking at heroin abuse.

Help is Available for Heroin Addiction

If your teen or a loved one is exhibiting signs of heroin abuse, time is of the essence. Overdose is the greatest risk when it comes to this dangerous drug. There are many recovery programs that focus on meeting the challenges of addiction to heroin. Reach out to your doctor, healthcare networks, and online resources to take the next step toward recovery from heroin addiction.

Know someone who needs help?  Call us today: 855-782-1009

Drug Treatment Instead of Jail – Ft Wayne Indiana Agrees

Waters Edge Recovery Co-Sponsored an event with the Fort Wayne, Indiana police department and other Fort Wayne community organizations this past Saturday April 22nd. Our very own Director of National Outreach, Mickey Ashpole and our CEO Jef Mullins made presentations and hosted a panel discussion.

The Fort Wayne elected officials and police department are on the right track to clean up destruction the opioid epidemic has caused in their area. However, more outreach within local communities is needed. Many folks around the country are still in the mindset that the “most effective” addiction treatment is accomplished by the criminal justice system through incarceration. Whereas, research and practical application dictate the opposite. Providing communities with information and professional assistance for finding an appropriate Addiction Treatment Center is paramount to solving the problem.

Please listen to the interview Mickey did with the local news in Fort Wayne to learn more.

2017 Open Enrollment

OPEN ENROLLMENT 2017 – The Facts

2017 Open EnrollmentIf you want to buy individual or family health insurance for 2017, now is a great time to start your planning. Under the Affordable Care Act — more commonly known as “Obamacare” — you can sign up for health insurance on your state’s health insurance exchange or marketplace only during an annual open enrollment period, unless you have a “qualifying life event,” such as getting married or having a baby.

If you buy health insurance through your workplace, your employer will inform you about its open enrollment period. The information below is for people buying health insurance on their own.

If you’re buying health insurance on your own, you have several options for purchasing a policy:

  • From your state’s health insurance marketplace — check Healthcare.gov to find yours
  • Directly from a health insurance company
  • From websites that offer health insurance quotes from multiple carriers
  • From a health insurance agent

Here’s what you need to know for the open enrollment period for 2017 individual and family health insurance plans.

  1. The open enrollment deadlines have changed

Open enrollment starts Nov. 1, 2016, and continues through Jan. 31, 2017. But your coverage doesn’t start immediately.

  • If you sign up between Nov. 1, 2016, and Dec. 15, 2016, your coverage will start Jan. 1, 2017.
  • If you sign up between Dec. 16, 2016, and Jan. 15, 2017, your coverage will start Feb. 1, 2017.
  • If you sign up between Jan. 16 and Jan. 31, 2017, your coverage will start March 1, 2017.

People who qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) can enroll at any time of the year. These are state-federal programs for people with limited incomes or disabilities.

  1. You must sign up if you don’t have health insurance from another source. You need to sign up for health insurance during open enrollment if:
  • You don’t have health insurance through your employer or your spouse’s employer.
  • You don’t have government coverage (such as veterans, Medicare and Medicaid)
  • You’re over age 26 and can no longer be on a parent’s health insurance.
  • You qualify for tax credits to help you pay for health insurance coverage.
  1. This is the time to make changes to your current plan

What you can do during open enrollment:

  • You can renew your current individual/family health insurance plan.
  • You can choose a new health insurance plan through the marketplace in your state or through private insurance.

If you are currently enrolled in a marketplace health insurance plan, it will automatically renew. However, the plan may make changes to its provider network, copays, co-insurance and drug coverage. Your plan must send you a notice of any changes it will make for 2017.

  1. If you miss open enrollment, you may have to wait for a year to sign up
  1. You have a choice of four levels of individual/family health insurance plans

Plans in the health insurance marketplace are divided primarily into four categories: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

  1. What you pay for insurance depends on your income — and you’ll probably save

Your savings depend on your expected household income for the year. Over 8 in 10 people who apply are eligible to save, and most can find plans for between $50 and $100 per month (after accounting for their premium tax credit).

  1. All health plans, no matter the level, must provide some coverage for at least 10 essential benefits. They are:
  • Outpatient care including chronic disease management
  • Emergency care
  • Hospitalization
  • Pregnancy and newborn care
  • Mental health and substance abuse services
  • Prescription drugs
  • Rehabilitation services and devices
  • Lab tests
  • Preventive and wellness services
  • Dental and vision care for children

The level of coverage for these services can vary. All the plans in the marketplace must provide consumers with a brief, understandable description of what they cover and how their plan works.

Here at Waters Edge Recovery, we believe that you deserve the best. The expense of drug and alcohol addiction treatment shouldn’t prohibit you or your loved one from attending the best program in the available. That is why we accept most Insurance as a way to pay for treatment. If you are ready to get started or have any questions about our treatment programs accepting insurance, pick up the phone, our professional staff is ready to answer your rehab cost and insurance questions 24/7: 855-782-1009.

opioid medication and addiction

Opioids… pain management & drug addiction – the layman’s view

opioid medication and addictionWhereas there is plenty of news coverage highlighting the opioid overdose epidemic spreading throughout the country and the world, and most people know someone touched by addiction, the education available to the public on the drugs involved is fragmented. Many non-profit organizations and public officials, who are highly concerned with the magnitude of the epidemic , are making impressive progress to alert the public and partner to build coalitions to tackle this multi-headed menace. However, the drugs that are available in the marketplace are not the drugs of ten years ago, and not because the properties have changed. Rather, easy access by drug dealers to synthetic drugs that can easily and inconspicuously be laced with pain medications, have introduced the perfect storm of catastrophic elements . The results are devastating with a larger overdose death rate in the US than ever witnessed before.

Public awareness campaigns have been kicked into high gear. However, a pervasive lack of coordination among the various players in these initiatives renders even the most passionate advocates of addicts’  rights overwhelmed.  Addiction is a disease, with one characteristic being the inability to manage cravings and continued opioid use with no regard to the potential for harm. As a rule opioids are originally sought for pain relief. Over time, after continued use that goes beyond the parameters prescribed by physicians, the patient seeks pain medication for reasons unrelated to the initial medical purpose. When the individual becomes addicted to the medication he or she is profoundly vulnerable in their dealings with suppliers who have only a profit motive. To stretch their supply, synthetic drugs are introduced.  Without intervention, an addict in this scenario is in great danger. The greatest threat is respiratory depression. The drug Naloxone, trade name Narcan, is widely available now and  reverses an overdose. The addict who gets so close to death that these measures are necessary, requires intervention. This is where parents, religious  leaders, ER directors, first responders, public officials must come together to support the addict in seeking treatment. Successful addiction treatment hinges on the addict’s willingness to enter into treatment and all that implies, i.e., embracing the expertise of the treatment team and making a commitment to recovery. In many, if not most cases, it may take multiple, assertive attempts by a support team to facilitate this commitment.

We can only hope the headstart achieved by suppliers is overtaken by the passionate desire to save our nation’s addicted. The goal is fundamental…saving lives! Thousands of lives that will be needlessly lost if coordinated intervention is not achieved.

For more information on this topic or to support your or a loved one’s recovery efforts, contact Waters Edge Recovery in Stuart, Florida.

carfentanil overdoses

Carfentanil Among Drugs Causing Overdose Deaths

carfentanil overdosesAs law enforcement, medical personnel and elected officials come together to appeal to their communities to avoid heroin, fearing it may be cut with the analgesic fentanyl or the sedative Carfentanil, overdose deaths continue to rise at an increasingly alarming rate throughout the country. As black market drug suppliers find ways to produce higher highs, the possibility of heroin being cut with lethal doses of “unspecified” drugs grows.

To sound a credible alarm, public health officials have the daunting task of isolating out the precise cause of overdose and/or death. For the purpose of gathering and analyzing public health data, historically the primary source of the cause of death has been the death certificate. Unfortunately, there is no uniformity among counties and states with regard to the completeness of these records. Rather than specific drugs being identified as the cause of death, it is not unusual for a death certificate to reference the cause of death as “unspecified” drugs. Given the fact that drugs used to cut heroin are often unknown to the user and even the dealer, the information which could assist the community in sounding an alarm is often unavailable.

To provide a micro-view of the impact of this syndrome on one community, the current crisis in Huntington, W. Virginia creates an urgent appeal for attention and intervention. Christopher Ingraham with the Washington Post notes the Charleston Gazette-Mail recently reported that police responded to twenty-six heroin overdose cases in Huntington within a four hour period. It is believed that the heroin in use was “laced” with another unknown substance. The suspected drugs are Fentanyl and Carfentanil. Carfentanil (trade name Wildnil) was developed in 1974 for large-animal use. It is not intended for human use. Referencing Wikipedia, “Carfentanil has a quantitative potency approximately 10,000 times that of morphine and 100 times that of fentanyl.” Wikipedia goes on to point out that the “side effects include itching, nausea and potentially serious respiratory depression, which can be life threatening.”

A similar spike in overdoses has occurred recently in Ohio. It is to be considered “a clear and present danger to the community”, per Evan MacDonald at Cleveland.com. Even handling Carfentanil in small amounts is dangerous. It is eye opening to realize that fentanyl-related deaths are exceeding deaths by heroin overdose. With the possible addition of Carfentanil into the opiate mix, the alarm must be sounded. It behooves anyone considering drug use to think again.

Month Of May In Memory Of

Waters Edge Recovery Offers Healing and Hope

2On a beautiful evening in May, a group of female clients held an uplifting ceremony in memory of their loved ones who had passed on. While in a group, Karen, our Senior Continued Care Manager,  realized that many of our female clients were dealing with the loss of loved ones in the month of May.  They had shared openly about the struggle of not having had the chance to say their good-byes while buried in the chaos of their substance abuse. Upon hearing this, Karen offered them a chance to grieve and a chance to find closure.

The clients were each given an lantern to personalize with a healing message. They said their good-byes to their loved ones, family and friends who had passed on, but they also said “goodbye” to their drug of choice and “hello” to the person they were working on becoming. Gathered in a circle, they shared what they had written, bowed their heads in prayer and let their lanterns rise to the heavens. 

Treatment is an excellent opportunity to dig deep into the how and why we became addicted. It’s a chance to understand the feelings we have been struggling to face and that is the tricky part. As we put down the substances, we are flooded with the emotions we have been running away from for years. While facing the pain of loss and guilt isn’t easy, not dealing with it will be detrimental to those recovering. 

Waters Edge Recovery knows this and stays focused on helping their clients understand and process those feelings. Karen stated, “If we don’t assist our clients to work through their past fears and emotions, we allow them to remain in their own darkness. I have personally learned, that as we recover, we only stay as sick as our secrets. I find it enlightening to both myself and our clients to let go, bit by bit, of our past pains.” 

Waters Edge Recovery strives to go above and beyond for their guests. We seek out any opportunity to help our clients reach the next level of self-awareness and find peace with life. Waters Edge Recovery has one common objective: to see the clients we grow to care for recover from the devastating disease of drug or alcohol addiction.

Waters Edge Recovery Announces Partnership With P.A.A.R.I.

P.A.A.R.I.We’re excited to formally announce our partnership with The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative. Last summer, Gloucester (MA) Police Chief Leonard Campanello and businessman John Rosenthal launched this nonprofit organization to complement the Gloucester Police Department’s ANGEL Initiative. This program aims to assist those suffering from addiction who come to the station asking for help.

P.A.A.R.I. is Providing Resources

P.A.A.R.I. takes this initiative a step further by providing resources for other police departments that want to fight addiction effectively, advocating for an approach that encourages opioid drug users to seek treatment. It also helps distribute life-saving opioid blockers that prevent and treat overdose. The program connects people struggling with opiate addiction to resources and treatment centers like Water’s Edge.

The ANGEL Initiative makes it possible for people struggling with drug addiction to treat the police station as a launchpad for their recovery, without fear of prosecution or reprisal. They voluntarily turn over their drugs and paraphernalia for disposal, then are immediately taken to the hospital and partnered with volunteers who will help them through the recovery process and stay with them through this difficult time.

An Ideal Partnership

Tyler Gorman, President of Waters Edge Recovery, is honored to be in a position to support Chief Campanello’s initiatives, stating that Chief Campanello understands the need to treat addiction instead of punishing its symptoms; to empower people into a lifestyle characterized by better health, personal accountability and positive community involvement.

We place a strong focus on helping people find a genuine, personally meaningful purpose for their lives, emphasizing respect and compassion toward oneself and others. Waters Edge Recovery works closely with P.A.A.R.I. to offer patients complete care. We assess each patient’s condition and create a personalized treatment plan for them, which can include a Partial Hospitalization Program, Intensive Outpatient Program, and Inpatient Care. We help with intervention, family guidance, integrative aftercare and case management services. We believe in a holistic approach to recovery that treats the whole person, body, mind and spirit. Nutrition, exercise, art, music, meditation and recreational activities are all important ways in which we help our patients overcome addiction.

We’re thrilled by the number of news organizations who have encouraged people to seek help by reporting on the announcement of our partnership with P.A.A.R.I. The Miami Herald, Star Tribune, WTHR Channel 13 Indiana, WDRB Kentucky, WFSB Channel 3 Kentucky, Boston.com and others have done their part to help spread the word that addicts can get help. By reporting on important developments in addiction treatment, these organizations are helping to destigmatize addiction and make sure that people know where to go for assistance with recovery. Through education and awareness, the powerful forces of addiction can be addressed effectively. Addiction is a crippling disease, but the dream of recovery can become a reality with innovative new programs like ANGEL and partnerships like P.A.A.R.I.

How Can an Alcohol Rehab Program Help with My Addiction?

How Can an Alcohol Rehab Program Help with My Addiction?

alcoholaddictAlcoholism is a chronic disease that causes an inability to control negative drinking habits. It can be difficult to determine when drinking crosses the line from social use to alcohol abuse. Having to consume more and more alcohol to get buzzed is a major red flag. Other common signs of alcohol abuse include:

  • Feeling guilty or ashamed
  • Lying or hiding drinking habits
  • Blacking out or memory loss
  • Needing alcohol to feel relaxed
  • Neglecting normal responsibilities
  • Regularly drinking more than intended

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 16.6 million Americans aged 18 and older have an alcohol use disorder (AUD), but only 1.3 million receive addiction treatment. Checking into an accredited inpatient alcohol rehab center is the best answer for achieving sobriety. Treatment can take anywhere from 28 to 90 days, but it provides a lifetime of healing.

Stages of Alcohol Rehab Recovery

Firstly, addicts must eliminate alcoholic substances from their bodies through a period called detoxification. Since alcohol changes the brain’s chemistry, it will need to readjust by going through withdrawal. Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can range from mild to severe, so being under 24/7 medical supervision is important.

Stopping alcohol use is physically and mentally challenging. One-on-one and group therapy sessions will be included to address the causes of alcoholism. Cognitive behavior therapy is especially effective at changing negative thinking and behaviors.

Reasons to Seek Addiction Treatment

Quitting alcohol use “cold turkey” by yourself isn’t wise. A residential treatment center will give you the therapy, training, and support to conquer your alcohol addiction for good. Receiving treatment lowers your risk for these long-term alcohol consumption effects:

  • Alcohol poisoning
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Liver disease
  • Permanent brain damage
  • Vitamin B1 deficiency
  • Cancer of the mouth or throat
  • Gastritis and ulcers
  • Nerve damage

Alcohol rehab is designed to give patients an opportunity to start over. You’ll be separated from bad influences and enablers to focus on getting well. Clinical staff will carefully evaluate your addiction to customize a treatment plan for your unique needs. Holistic programs can replace alcohol with healthy lifestyle choices like yoga, meditation, and tai chi.

Get Help at Our Florida Alcohol Rehab

Start reclaiming your life with addiction treatment at our facility in sunny Florida. Waters Edge Recovery provides a private, tranquil environment for alcohol abusers to find the road to recovery. When you’re ready to stop alcohol from running your life, call Waters Edge Recovery at 855-782-1009 today.

Intravenous Drug Use and The Risk of HIV and Hepatitis C

Intravenous Drug Use and The Risk of HIV and Hepatitis C

Intravenous Drug Use and The Risk of HIV and Hepatitis C

Drug addiction is an enormous problem in the United States, and it accounts for many of the country’s annual deaths. There are thousands of people who die from drug-related problems, and many of them are overdoses. In 2013, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that nearly 25,000 people died of fatal overdoses, and in 2001 the number was less than 10,000. Larger numbers of people are becoming addicted to more dangerous drugs. Some of the most dangerous drugs available are opiates like prescription painkillers and heroin. Another significant issue is that many people are turning to intravenous drug use in order to get higher faster. Intravenous drug use is extremely dangerous because it goes straight to the person’s blood stream, and that’s one of the main reasons people overdose.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) intravenous drug use is one of the leading causes of people contracting potentially deadly viruses like Hepatitis C, as well as HIV. Those who don’t seek the help of addiction treatment early into their addiction are most likely going to progress in their addiction from smoking drugs to snorting them and then taking them intravenously. The Center for Disease Control also reports that roughly 80% of the people who have contracted HIV due to drug abuse have also contracted the Hepatitis C virus. Many addicts know the potential risk of contracting one of these deadly illnesses when they inject drugs, but their mind is incapable of allowing them to make the logical decision not to do the act.

Many people have heard about Hepatitis C, but they don’t fully understand how severe the virus actually is. There are five different types of Hepatitis, and type C is the most dangerous. Why is it so dangerous and potentially fatal? Because it spreads through infected blood. Around the world, about 130 to 150 million people have chronic hepatitis C, and as of 2009, 16,000 cases were reported in the United States. Each year, approximately 350,000 to a half million people die from complications related to this illness. The good news is that those who take the antiviral treatments have a 50 to 90% chance of getting better.

Those infected with hep C or HIV are much more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol as well. Even if the viruses were contracted in a different way, they may turn to drugs or alcohol to deal with the stress and depression that comes along with the illnesses. Approximately 24% Americans who have contracted HIV need addiction treatment for drug or alcohol abuse. The most recent statistics have shown that 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV, so 24% of these people needing addiction treatment equates to 288,000. Those who don’t seek addiction treatment are far less likely to take the medications needed to maintain HIV or hep C.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Meth Addiction?

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Meth Addiction?Unfortunately, crystal meth or methamphetamine is becoming increasingly popular as a drug of addiction in this country. Not only is meth terrible for the body and brain, but it’s also seriously dangerous to create.

The chemicals and ingredients that make-up this stimulant can literally explode during the cooking process, and many people each year are killed from the explosion itself or chemical exposure.

Symptoms of Methamphetamine Abuse

The symptoms of meth abuse will vary from user to user. If you think that you or someone you know may have a serious addiction, look for these symptoms of methamphetamine abuse:

  • A constant craving for meth
  • Spending all your time looking for meth, using meth or recovering from meth use
  • Financial troubles because of drug purchases
  • Failing to attend work, school or social events
  • When use is reduced, withdrawal symptoms appear
  • Trouble with a law or school authorities

Other Physical Symptoms of Meth Abuse

There are also several physical symptoms of meth abuse:

  • Mouth sores
  • Skin sores
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Rotting teeth
  • Not taking care of yourself in terms of bathing and wearing clean clothes

What’s the Difference Between Inpatient and Outpatient Meth Addiction Treatment?

Meth addiction treatment will come in two forms:

  • Inpatient treatment
  • Outpatient treatment

If your symptoms of methamphetamine abuse are very serious, and if you have been addicted to meth for a long period of time, you will need inpatient detox and treatment to combat your addiction.

Inpatient facilities will have requirements that you stay on the “campus” of the meth addiction treatment center for the duration of your stay. In other words, you will sleep, eat and spend all of your time on-site. For several weeks or while you are in detox, you will not be able to see friends or family members.

On the other hand, outpatient meth addiction treatment will have you coming and going to a rehab facility. You will likely be required to attend group and individual therapy sessions and addiction meetings up to seven days a week.

Finding Help for a Meth Addiction

If you know that you may have a meth problem, it’s time to seek help at a reputable detox and rehab center such as Waters Edge Recovery. This is the only answer to recovering from your meth addiction.

Take action today by giving Waters Edge Recovery a call. We can help you make that first step toward removing meth from your life forever.