Tehachapi Wellness Center uses The Matrix Model Program, which provides a framework for abusers in treatment and helping them achieve abstinence. Clients learn about issues critical to addiction and relapse, receive direction and support from a trained counselor, and become familiar with self-help programs. The counselor functions simultaneously as a teacher and coach, fostering a positive, encouraging relationship with the client using that relationship to reinforce positive behavior change.
Although most substance abusers believe they can stop using drugs on their own, a majority who try do not succeed. This is because studies show that long-term drug use alters brain function and strengthens compulsions to use drugs and this craving may continue even after your drug use stops. Because of this, the most important component of treatment is preventing relapse and consequently, counseling provides strategies to cope with drug cravings and ways to avoid relapse.
Getting help for drug abuse and drug addiction
If you’re ready to admit you have a drug problem, congratulations! Recognizing that you have a problem is the first step on the road to recovery, one that takes tremendous courage and strength.
Facing your addiction without minimizing the problem or making excuses can feel frightening and overwhelming, but recovery is within reach. If you’re ready to make a change and willing to seek help, you can overcome your addiction and build a satisfying, drug-free life for yourself.
Physical warning signs of drug abuse
- Bloodshot eyes or pupils that are larger or smaller than usual.
- Changes in appetite or sleep patterns. Sudden weight loss or weight gain.
- Deterioration of physical appearance and personal grooming habits.
- Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing.
- Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination.
- Drop in attendance and performance at work or school.
- Unexplained need for money or financial problems. May borrow or steal to get it.
- Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors.
- Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies.
- Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities).
- Unexplained change in personality or attitude.
- Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts.
- Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness.
- Lack of motivation; appears lethargic or “spaced out.”
- Appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid, with no reason.
There are many warning signs of drug use and abuse in teenagers. The challenge for parents is to distinguish between the normal, sometimes volatile, ups and downs of the teen years and the red flags of substance abuse.
- Being secretive about friends, possessions, and activities.
- New interest in clothing, music, and other items that highlight drug use.
- Demanding more privacy; locking doors; avoiding eye contact; sneaking around.
- Skipping class; declining grades; suddenly getting into trouble at school.
- Missing money, valuables, or prescriptions.
- Acting uncharacteristically isolated, withdrawn, or depressed.
- Using incense, perfume, or air freshener to hide the smell of smoke or drugs.
- Using eyedrops to mask bloodshot eyes or dilated pupils.