Getting to the root of Addiction

Getting to the root of Addiction


TODAY WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO BEGIN OUR FOUR
PART MINI SERIES RECLAIM YOUR LIFE, RELEARN TO RELIVE IN A WAY YOU’VE NEVER LIVED BEFORE.
IN THE COMING WEEKS WE ARE GOING TO ROADMAP HOW YOU CAN TAKE BACK YOUR LIFE FROM ADDICTION.
WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE, THE COURAGE IT TAKES TO DO SO, AND THE TOOLS THAT WILL ASSIST IN
A VICTORIOUS OUTCOME. WHILE NOT EASY TO TALK ABOUT, IT’S SOMETHING
WE MUST TALK ABOUT. JOINING ME THIS MORNING IS DOCTOR MAUREEN ESPISIDO, EXECUTIVE VICE
PRESIDENT OF CLINICAL SERVICES AT TRANSFORMATIONS TREATMENT CENTER IN DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA.
SHE AND HER TEAM WILL BE HELPING US TACKLY THIS EPIDEMIC OF ADDICTION.
DOCTOR THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME THIS MORNING.
THANK YOU SO MUCH, I’M HAPPY TO BE HERE. DOCTOR, YOU KNOW, EVERYBODY STRUGGLES WITH
SOMETHING IN THEIR LIFE. WE’VE HAD OUR UPS AND DOWNS, BUT IS IT SAFE TO SAY THAT PEOPLE
TAKE REFUGE IN DIFFERENT WAYS? I THINK THEY DO. I THINK PEOPLE WILL LOOK
TO A VARIETY OF THINGS FOR COMFORT AND FOR SOLICE. AND LIFE IF BECOMING VERY DIFFICULT
IN THIS DAY AND AGE. AND MANY TIMES PEOPLE VERY INNOCENTLY WILL DRINK OR DRUG THINKING
THAT IT’S A ONE TIME THING OR A CASUAL THING OR SOCIAL THING.
AND BEFORE YOU KNOW, IT BECOMES A PROBLEM. SO, THIS IS WHAT WE ARE REALLY TAKING A LOOK
AT. WHEN PEOPLE WIND UP IN TREATMENT LIFE HAS BECOME VERY DIFFICULT AND LIFE HAS BECOME
MANY TIMES OUT OF CONTROL WITH SUBSTANCES. AND WHAT IS SUBSTANCE ABUSE LOOK LIKE?
SUBSTANCE ABUSE WILL REALLY LOOK LIKE A VARIETY OF THINGS. IT WILL LOOK LIKE HOUSE WIFE WHO
HAS A FEW CHILDREN AT HOME. IT WILL LOOK LIKE A TEENAGE BOY A TEENAGE GIRL. IT WILL LOOK
LIKE A HUSBAND WHO GOES TO WORK. IT WILL LOOK LIKE SOMEONE WHO HAS A LOT OF STRESS. IT WILL
LOOK LIKE SOMEONE WHO MAYBE JUST IS PARTYING. AND SO IT COMES IN A VARIETY OF SHAPES AND
SIZES AND IT SHOWS ABSOLUTELY NO DISCRIMINATION BETWEEN THE YOUNG AND THE OLD. THE EDUCATED
THE UNEDUCATED. THE RICH AND THE POOR. AS I’VE HEARD, IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU, IT CAN
HAPPEN TO ME. AND I ALWAYS WONDER WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR.
THINGS TO LOOK FOR WILL BE CHANGES IN HABITS. IF YOU HAVE A CLOSE FAMILY AND THE CHILD SUDDENLY
DOESN’T WANT TO COME TO THE DINNER TABLE OR STARTS TO SLEEP EXCESSIVELY OR STAYS OUT LATE
ALL NIGHT. THOSE SORTS OF THINGS. AND DOCTOR, HOW DO WE KNOW WE HAVE LOST CONTROL?
MANY TIMES THE CLIENT OR THE PATIENT THEMSELVES HAS NO IDEA THEY’VE LOST CONTROL. IT’S THE
FAMILY MEMBERS AROUND THEM WHO MIGHT SAY– REALLY?
–HEY, WHAT’S GOING ON? YOU LOOK LIKE YOU’VE LOST CONTROL. YOU’VE EITHER LOST A LOT OF
WEIGHT, YOU KNOW, YOU’RE SLEEPING HABITS ARE CHANGING, YOUR DIETARY HABITS ARE CHANGING.
MAYBE YOU’RE NOT TAKING OF YOURSELF. SO, THOSE WOULD BE SOME OF THE SIGNS THAT ADDICTION,
SUBSTANCE ABUSE HAS GOTTEN OUT OF CONTROL. AND I’D LIKE OUR VIEWERS TO KNOW THAT I SPENT
SOME TIME WITH YOU AND YOUR STAFF AT THE TRANSFORMATIONS TREATMENT CENTER. WHAT AN AMAZING FACILITY.
TALK TO ME ABOUT IT. AND YOU ARE TAKING A TOUR OF OUR FACILITY
I THINK YOU REALLY GOT AN IDEA OF WHAT WONDERFUL STAFF MEMBERS WE HAVE.
YES. HIGHLY EDUCATED, VERY PERSONABLE, VERY WARM
AND NURTURING. AND PARTLY, THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE NEED WHEN THEY COME INTO RECOVERY IS THAT
THEY FORGET HOW TO SOCIALIZE, THEY FORGET THAT THE HELPERS ARE ALL AROUND THEM AND THAT
THE LOVE IS ALL AROUND THEM. AND I WAS ACTUALLY ABLE TO MEET SOME VERY
SPECIAL PEOPLE WHO ARE RECLAIMING THEIR LIVES, FACING THEIR FEARS, AND REALLY HAVING COURAGE
TO BE AT YOUR FACILITY AND THE COURAGE TO SPEAK TO ME. SO, I’D LIKE TO SHARE THAT WITH
YOUR VIEWERS. GREAT.
IS THAT OK? THAT WOULD BE GREAT.
LET’S TAKE A LISTEN. WHEN YOU’RE ACTIVE, YOU DON’T THINK ABOUT
ANYBODY ELSE. ALL YOU CAN THINK ABOUT IS YOUR SELF AND YOU KNOW, WHATEVER YOU NEED TO DO
TO GET THAT NEXT DRUG. I HAD NOBODY IN MY LIFE. I WAS LIVING ON STREETS
IN THE WINTER WITH, YOU KNOW, THE CLOTHES ON MY BACK. NO MONEY IN MY POCKET. IT WAS
PRETTY MUCH JUST ME. THE MORE I DRANK, THE MORE DEPRESSED I GOT.
AND THE MORE DAMAGE I WOULD DO. NOW, DOCTOR, EACH OF THEM HAS A DIFFERENT
PERSPECTIVE BUT YET, TRULY RELATABLE ISSUES, RIGHT?
EXACTLY. I THINK THE CONNECTING FACTOR IS ISOLATION. PEOPLE BECOME ISOLATED IN THEIR
ADDICTION. WHEN PEOPLE COME IN AND THEY DON’T HAVE HOPE. THEY ALMOST FEEL DESPERATE. WHAT
I USUALLY SAY TO THEM IS, WE HAVE ENOUGH HOPE FOR YOU AND WE’LL CARRY YOU UNTIL YOU DEVELOP
THAT HOPE IN YOURSELF THROUGH THE TREATMENT. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE.
THANK YOU. YOU KNOW WE ARE GOING TO SEE YOU AGAIN.
YES. ABSOLUTELY. THANK YOU AGAIN TO YOUR STAFF TOO AND TO EVERYONE
THERE FOR ALLOWING US TO GO IN THERE. IT REALLY WAS AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE FOR ME AS WELL.
AND BE SURE TO HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE FOR A LINK TO TRANSFORMATIONS AND ALL THE RESOURCES THEY
OFFER. THE SITE ALLOWS YOU TO CHAT OR CALL THE ADMINISTRATION LINE AND SPEAK TO SOMEONE
THAT CAN HELP OR JUST BE A LISTENING EAR AND PLEASE STAY TUNED. AS IN THE COMING WEEKS,
WE ARE GOING TO LOOK AT ALL PARTS OF ADDICTION FROM RECOGNIZING THE SIGNS TO FAMILY DYNAMICS,
FROM COPING TOOLS, TO RECLAIMING YOUR LIFE. SO, A LOT TO TALK ABOUT. STAY TUNED.

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