Drug and Alcohol Addiction Information for Spanish Speakers

For those who speak Spanish, it can be difficult to find what they are looking for in terms of drug and alcohol rehab and/or detox. We felt it was necessary to make it a bit easier.

Below is a list of Spanish addiction treatment-related terms and what they mean in English. We have also included definitions and additional information that may be useful.

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Adiccion – Addiction

The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that an addiction is a chronic disease of the brain. It is characterized by drug seeking behaviors and drug use that is hard to control and compulsive. People with addictions will seek to use in spite of harmful or dangerous consequences.

Once a person begins using any type of addictive substance – be it drugs or alcohol – eventually, there are changes that take place in the brain. Once those changes occur, the substance use is no longer a choice, but it is a must for the person who is using.

There is currently no cure for addiction, but the right treatments can make a big difference. People are rarely able to recover from this condition on their own. At Ashwood Recovery, we treat all types of addictions.

When someone is addicted to alcohol, this is referred to as alcoholism. It means that the individual has a compulsion to drink, and they are unable to stop on their own.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines alcoholism as, “…a primary, chronic disease with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. The disease is often progressive and fatal. It is characterized by continuous or periodic: impaired control over drinking, preoccupation with the drug alcohol, use of alcohol despite adverse consequences, and distortions in thinking, most notably denial.” 

Alcoholism is becoming more and more common in the United States; as well as elsewhere in the world. It is a powerful disease that requires the right types of treatment for a person to recover. Our treatment center offers one of the best alcoholism recovery programs in the region.

When a person is misusing drugs in some way, but they have not yet progressed into an addiction, it is called drug abuse. The use of the substance is still problematic, but the individual does not yet need to go to rehab to recover.

We recommend for anyone who is abusing drugs to consider a free phone assessment with our staff. They may still need some type of treatment, such as therapy.

Like drug abuse, alcohol abuse indicates that an individual has been drinking inappropriately. This might refer to drinking too often or too much, or both.

Alcohol abuse can and often does lead to alcoholism if the problem is not curbed early on. Once a person is abusing it, but they are not yet addicted, they may be able to stop on their own. But it is always a good idea to seek therapy to get help.

Desórdenes de uso de Sustancias – Substance Use Disorder

The definition of a substance use disorder is when an individual’s use of a substance leads to problems such as health issues, work-related issues or difficulties at home. This is often the first diagnosis a person receives once they begin treatment.

At our program, we are careful to dig beneath the surface of substance abuse disorder when we treat our patients. Many of them also suffer from other issues that have contributed to their drug or alcohol problems.

The term alcohol use disorder (AUD) refers to a chronic, relapsing brain disease that includes compulsive alcohol use and the loss of control over drinking. People with this condition also demonstrate a negative emotional state when they are sober.

Drug and alcohol detox is often the very first type of treatment a person will receive when they begin recovering. This term refers to the removal of toxins from the body that are related to the use of substances.

The detoxification process has many purposes. It can help to shorten the duration and severity of withdrawal. Because of that, it reduces the risk of experiencing complications that can occur when someone stops using. But most importantly, it contributes to a much better chance for a successful long-term recovery.

Doctors use many different types of treatments for patients during detox. But their approaches should vary based on the individual’s needs and personal medical history.

Most people who go to treatment will be recommended for medical detox. This is a form of withdrawal treatment that allows them to take medications to help with their symptoms.

There are many different forms of medical detox. Some doctors will prescribe medications to treat withdrawal symptoms that they see the patient exhibit, or that they anticipate. For instance, if they deem a patient to be at risk for seizures, they may prescribe an anticonvulsant medication.

Medication assisted treatment is being used more often now than ever before. This applies to those with alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorder. Certain medications have been FDA approved to treat these conditions, and they have shown a lot of promise.

Holistic detox is very different from medical detox in that there are no medications involved at all. Instead, it focuses on improving the overall health of the body through other means, such as nutrition therapy and exercise.

The human body is equipped with organs that are designed to detox it on their own. Sadly, the weight of substance abuse can damage these organs so that they do not function as they should. Holistic treatments can help them heal so that they are able to speed up the recovery process.

Centro de Rehabilitación de Drogas - Drug rehab center

Spanish Addiction Resouces

drug rehab center is a place where people can go to get help with their drug addictions. There are all different types of programs and facilities, which you will see in just a moment.

Drug rehabs should always be sure to treat both parts of the addiction – the physical side and the psychological side. Otherwise, the individual is very likely to suffer from a relapse in the future.

Centros de Rehabilitación de Alcohol - Alcohol rehab center

Alcohol rehab centers are facilities that specifically handle alcohol addictions. It is very difficult to find a program that specializes in this area. Most of them are found within facilities that treat all types of addictions, such as Ashwood Recovery.

For those who are alcoholics, they should definitely go through the detoxification process as well as rehab. Many programs include both, but not all of them do. Those that do not should offer recommendations or referrals for quality detox centers. This is because alcohol withdrawal can be fatal if it is not treated properly.

Inpatient treatment programs are what most people think of when they think of rehab. People typically stay there for 28 days, although this can vary depending on the type of program it is. Some of them include detoxification services under the same roof, which is really convenient.

During inpatient rehab, patients go to group therapy appointments, meet with a therapist and participate in other types of treatment. They should have personalized treatment plans that will address their specific needs.

In many cases, people need to go through an inpatient program before starting any other type of treatment. They need the higher level of care it provides. In our region, Northpoint Recovery is one of the best inpatient rehabilitation facilities.

Outpatient treatment generally refers to a much lower level of care that only requires therapy appointments. Clients are typically seen on a weekly basis, and this is often optimal for someone who has had a higher level of care previously. It may not be the best option for someone who is new to treatment.

Intensive outpatient programs, or IOPs, are becoming more and more popular. They offer a flexible option for those who may not be able to commit to an inpatient stay, but need a higher level of care.

When a person attends an IOP, they can continue to live at home. Many of these programs have evening appointments available, so people can still work and attend school if they need to. They may have to go anywhere from three to five days per week for several hours at a time.

At Ashwood Recovery, we offer an IOP during the afternoon and one during the evening. This allows us to help more people who might work nights or evenings as well.

Partial hospitalization programs may also be referred to as day treatment programs. They generally take place during the day, and they cover just about anything that is related to mental health. That includes addiction treatment.

PHPs are very similar to IOPs in many ways. But this form of treatment may be best for someone who needs a much longer period of time with staff each day. Some allow their patients to stay for up to eight hours a day, or even longer, if that is what they need.

Long-term rehab refers to sober living. These types of programs allow people to stay for much longer than inpatient rehabs do. They are usually for those who have a history of relapsing, and who know they need a longer time to recover.

Many long-term rehabs offer in-house treatment, but not all of them do. Sometimes the residents are required to obtain their own outpatient program, or they may need to go to an IOP in the area.

We understand the value of long-term rehab and how it can help someone recover when other methods have failed. We frequently provide referrals to people who need this type of care. We also accept people into our IOP who are in sober living homes.

Intervención – Intervention

An intervention is a meeting that takes place between an addict, their friends and family, and a person who is trained as an interventionist. The purpose of the meeting is to convince the addict to go to treatment.

Once a family has decided to stage an intervention, this is considered a “last ditch effort” to get the addict to get help. The family is asked to write letters to the addict, pleading with them to go to treatment. The addict is often given the opportunity to leave for rehab right away.

Interventions can be and often are very successful. But they should only be moderated by an interventionist who can help it go smoothly.

Psicoterapia Individual - One on One Therapy

One on one therapy, or counseling, is truly the foundation of addiction treatment. It is important to form a therapeutic relationship with a therapist who can help the addict recover. In order to do that, it means working through all of the issues that could have led to the addiction.

The therapist’s job is to determine what it was that caused the addiction to take place. This might be any number of issues, including stress, anxiety or depression. Once the issue is known, the therapist must treat that condition.

Group therapy is something that a lot of people do not look forward to participating in. They feel nervous about sharing their innermost secrets with strangers. But it can be so beneficial and therapeutic.

There are all types of group therapy meetings. Some are 12-Step programs and others center around various topics, such as divorce or parenting. At Ashwood Recovery, we make sure that our clients are participating in groups that meet their unique needs.

It helps people to know that they are not alone. Group therapy proves that to them, and participants have the chance to learn from their peers and help each other.

When someone they love is an addict, the family suffers as well. The relationship they had with that person is usually broken in some way, and it can take some time to repair it. Family therapy can help with that.

The family is the addict’s biggest source of support. We are always careful to take the time to talk with them and help them rebuild their trust with one another. The family may also need some instruction on how to stop enabling behaviors and give their loved ones the best chance of recovering.

Trastorno Coexistente - Co-occurring Disorder

Many people who suffer from addictions have them because they have been trying to self-medicate a co-occurring disorder. This term refer to the presence of a mental health issue that needs to be addressed. It is extremely common for people to use drugs and alcohol as a way to make their symptoms stop or even to improve them.

There are many different types of co-occurring disorders, and the list includes:

Dual diagnosis treatment refers to the methods used to treat both addictions and co-occurring disorders simultaneously. It ensures that the mental health issue is not ignored, but that it is addressed appropriately. The individual learns the connection between the two.

There is a much better chance of successful recovery when someone with a co-occurring disorder goes through dual diagnosis treatment.

Many people with addictions also deal with codependency issues. This is when two individuals have gotten so invested in one another that they cannot function on their own. Everything about them is defined by the other person in the relationship.

It is not surprising that codependency often leads to problems with substance abuse and addiction. The issues within the family need to be addressed and the relationship needs to be restored to a healthy place. Otherwise, healing is not likely to happen.

Adicciones Cruzadas – Cross Addictions

For many people with addiction, they are typically addicted to more than one thing. This is called a cross addiction. It often presents itself as an addiction to alcohol as well as gambling, or as an addiction to heroin as well as to cocaine.

Treating cross addictions is so important because if one is ignored, the person cannot truly heal. Treating both increases the chances that the individual will avoid relapsing with either one.

Que Cubre el Seguro Médico? - What does Health Insurance Cover?

It is so important to choose a treatment program that is in-network with one’s health insurance company. Otherwise, the individual will need to pay out of pocket, which can get very expensive.

At Ashwood Recovery, we are in-network with many health insurance companies. That allows us to provide our services to more people. As far as what each person’s benefits will cover, that is very subjective because every policy is so different.

A lot of people find that when they choose an outpatient program, or an IOP, their insurance will cover more. This may be something to consider.

relapse occurs when a person has been clean or sober for a period of time, and then they go back to using again. As we mentioned previously when we discussed the definition of addiction, relapses are typical.

Both alcoholism and drug addiction are relapsing diseases. But that does not mean that it is safe to suffer through a relapse. Every effort should be made to avoid it because of the risk of overdosing, which can be fatal.

Relapse prevention refers to various ways of helping a person anticipate when a relapse is threatening to occur. The goal is to have a plan in place that will help them avoid using again. This is something that every drug and alcohol treatment program should have in place.

Those who suffer from addictions need to have actionable steps that they can take to help them be successful. They should learn about the various triggers that may lead them to use, as well as what to do when the temptation presents itself.

With a good relapse prevention plan in place, many relapses can be avoided. This is the goal, and it is what we strive to achieve at Ashwood Recovery.

Nothing is as important as continuing to get care after rehab is over. Unfortunately, so many people do not understand why this makes such a big difference. It is typical for people to think that once they go through rehab, they should be cured. But addiction recovery does not work that way.

It takes time to form an addiction, and likewise, it takes time to recover from one. This means continuing to get support to stay on track for a lengthy period of time. In some cases, people may need to begin with inpatient treatment and then graduate to an IOP. Others will start with an IOP and then move on to outpatient therapy and NA or AA meetings. Every person’s path is different.

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Addiction Recovery is Possible With Ashwood Recovery

At Ashwood Recovery, we know what you are going through if you are dealing with an addiction. Recovering is hard, but it is not impossible, and we are here to help you.

We offer one of the best IOPs in the area, and we will ensure that you get all of the other services you need. We always refer our clients to detox if they need it, and we offer help for families and those in need of many other types of treatment.

If you speak Spanish, and you need to get more information about drug and alcohol treatment, we can help you. Please contact us.

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