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Drug and Alcohol Addiction in Chicago

Chicago, the third largest city in U.S.A., an urban kaleidoscope which is known for many things such as the deep dish pizza, the Bean, the Cubs and Chicago-style hotdogs. However, this is also a city that is grappling with a major problem of addiction. Let's look at some information regarding addiction:

  • Chicago has a richhistory of drug trafficking and organized crime and a hub for many drug traffickers due in part to its vast trucking centers.
  • On the state level, in 2017, Illinois had a rate of 17.2 opioid overdose deaths per 100,000 which was significantly higher than the national average of 14.6. Thus opioid abuse is a bugger problem for the state compared to others.
  • In Chicago, from 2015 to 2016, there was huge 270% increase in opioid analgesics overdose deaths (111 deaths rose to 411).
  • Chicago is also a hot-spot for heroin, which is one of the states most dangerous and widely consumed drugs.
  • Other common street drugs include: Cocaine, Crack, Ecstasy, Methamphetamine and crystal methamphetamine, Methaqualone and Cannabis.
  • Almost 700,000 adults over 21 in Illinois reported heavy alcohol use in 2014, but only 35,000 of them received treatment.
  • Overdoses due to fentanyl have risen drastically since 2015. Deemed to a hundred times stronger than morphine, fentanyl is mixed into heroin or made into pills.
  • In 2020, more than twice as many people have died of opioid overdose in the first 5 months when compared to last year, in Cook county, Chicago.
  • In Chicago, according to the Health Department Survey, 2017, Alcohol use was reported in 1,200,000 individuals, binge drinking in 500,000 and frequent binge drinking in 103,000 individuals.
  • Alcohol poses a major threat to the city as Alcohol induced deaths were 223 in 2017, alcohol related disorder hospitalizations were 5,687.
  • Chicago's rate of frequent binge drinking is however lower than the national average. However, drug abuse is more common among Chicago High school students compared to those across the country.

Holistic approach in treatment of Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Beginning treatment at a new place is found to be very effective for people suffering from addiction as it removes the usual triggers for addiction and obstacles to recovery that the person faces everyday. By learning to process and work through these triggers and obstacles in a safe and supportive environment, one can then return to their home in recovery, thus, integrating newly learnt patterns into their daily life.

Change in lifestyle in one of the pillars on which recovery for any addict begins. This change can be achieved in destination treatment through a holistic approach in treatment. In this approach, we focus on the physical, cognitive, emotional and spiritual upliftment of the individual.

This provides them with the resources and tools that they can use to achieve and sustain recovery. Individual and group therapy sessions help one in identifying and modifying dysfunctional patterns of thought, emotion and behavior which aided the addiction for eg. Negative thinking, aggressive behavior, low self confidence, etc.

Our destination treatment also focuses on meditation and mindfulness training as a way for one to learn to remain present, calm and gain insight into their impulsive or irrational thoughts and behavior. Thus, using different treatment modalities with a holistic approach and customizing therapy for each individual we help them sustain recovery and rediscover their individuality in being free from addiction.

Rehabilitation centers in Chicago: The process of Rehabilitation

Treatment for addiction can be selected based on one's needs and can be customized as well for the individual in many treatment services across the city. There are many inpatient rehabilitation centers which require one to live in a 24-hours care facility for a set amount of time (spanning from 28 to 90 days or more). Most rehabs focus on the following four areas:

  • Assessment and Evaluation: To design treatment, knowing the individual's emotional, behavioral and thought patterns, their intensity and nature of addiction, supporting factors, all become very important. Thorough clinical assessment is needed to carry this out.
  • Detox: Becoming sober or clean is a difficult task and many people experience physical and psychological withdrawal which can be frightening or demotivating. The detox period requires hand holding by a trained expert, psychological support and in some cases pharmacological support as well.
  • Therapy: To improve mental health one has to identify problem areas and implement therapeutic solutions which help a person to adapt to the stressors in life. Individual and group therapy both are very effective and are a cornerstone in the rehabilition process.
  • Aftercare: To sustain recovery and a healthy state of mind, continued follow-up sessions are imperative. A proper post treatment plan is designed to aid the individual in adapting to his normal life in recovery and applying the things he or she has learnt in the treatment program.

Top reasons to choose Chicago for Destination treatment

  • Chicago is the third largest city in the United States with a population of nearly 3 million. Hence there is a lot of initiative taken to prevent and treat addiction by the government as well as private services.
  • There are many options to choose from which cater to individual needs such as: Inpatient rehabilition centers, outpatient treatment services, Sober living homes, Peer recovery groups and community meetings and support groups.
  • Our destination program in Chicago is focused on holistic treatment which includes physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual upliftment, helping an individual rediscover themselves beyond their addiction.
  • Our team of trained mental health professionals are experts in the field and have been specialized in different areas of addiction treatment and mental healthcare
  • Destination treatment helps one build a support system which helps them experience a fulfilling recovery and feel integrated into the society. Social support systems are necessary for an addict to feel a sense of belonging and a readiness to seek help in time of need.
  • Chicago, the 'windy city' has many fun activities to explore, cuisines and cultural places of interest to divulge in. Recovery hence, can be fun filled so one can learn to enjoy themselves in the absence of substance.

What is Codependency?

Codependency is seen in relatives or loved ones of the person suffering from addiction, wherein they tend to become dependent on the addict. In that state of dependency, they derive their sense of self or their self esteem as well, from the addict and whether the addict can remain sober or clean.

They try to help the addict but in doing so become so invested that they are constantly affected by the addict's behavior. They can also enable the addict's addiction by covering up for them, tolerating maladaptive behavior, giving financial assistance and so on.

They can also indirectly increase the stress levels of the addict by making them feel guilty, blaming or fighting with them, etc., which in turn fuels the addict's addiction.

Codependency counselling: Building social support

Codependency counselling aims to improve the functioning of the relationship between the addict and the codependent. This us done usually when the addict is in recovery and the codependent and the addict in recovery have individual or joint sessions with a trained mental health professional.

The expectations and needs of both parties are understood by the therapist and sessions are conducted to explore ways in which to fulfill them. Whatever resistance or obstacles come forth such as communication problems, mistrust, resentments, past grievances are processed in a healthy and adaptive way.

Thus, codependency counselling is beneficial for the codependent so that they can become free from their negative patterns and also for the addict as it helps rebuild the bond between the addict and the codependent. Thus the environment that the addict in recovery goes back to is one which is free from hostility, guilt and shame and instead is warm, supportive and welcoming.

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