Community

Signs of Abuse

One of the earliest and most common signs of substance abuse is a sudden change in behavior and/or mood. Individuals who abuse drugs are typically irritable, undergo changes in skin condition and have an obsession with the substance they are abusing. As the medical community learns more about the disease of addiction, we can offer a more holistic approach that is tailored to each individual. In the brain, an organ called the nucleus accumbens, releases large amounts of dopamine during the injection or consumption of drugs or alcohol. This flood of dopamine triggers a temporary euphoric feeling, making the individual feel extremely happy for a short period of time. This feeling registers with the hippocampus, the long-term learning center of the brain, leading to a “rewiring” of reward center and producing a change in the behavior of the individual.

Who Can Refer

We understand that there are many situations where a clinician may want to refer a patient for further evaluation to our treatment facility. Specialized counselors are onsite and available to provide a clinical assessment whenever the need may arise. We have working relationships with many agencies including, but not limited to:

  • Hospitals
  • Primary Care Physicians
  • Municipal and Felony Probation Departments
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Treatment Programs

When to Refer

Clinicians should consider a referral whenever a patient…

  • Is suspected of abusing opioids or other illicit drugs
  • Claims a controlled substance was stolen or lost
  • Discusses taking medications that were not prescribed to them
  • Requests a referral to a substance abuse facility for treatment of opiate addiction
  • Appears to be in withdrawal or exhibits distress due to medication changes
  • Consistently seeks prescriptions from other providers
  • Has health problems typically associated with alcohol or opiate abuse, i.e. Hep C, HIV, etc.
  • Appears to be dependent on alcohol or opiates

Narcan Program

DeCoach Rehabilitation Centre works in collaboration with Project Dawn to offer monthly educational seminars. This training is open to the public and each person that attends will be provided with a free Noloxone (Narcan) kit and offered education on:

  • Recognizing the signs and symptoms of overdose
  • Distinguishing between different types of overdose
  • Performing rescue breathing
  • Calling emergency medical services
  • Administering intranasal Naloxone

Current Partnerships

 

Family Education

One of the most critical components of a successful recovery is the education and support of family members. When one family member battles addiction, there is an immense strain placed upon the entire family. At DeCoach Rehabilitation Centre, we offer multiple educational and informational sessions for family members to attend. During your loved one’s first week in treatment, we provide a family orientation group to give each family member the chance to meet their loved one’s counselor, tour our facilities, and learn about what we do. We will offer you an in-depth view at the world of recovery, along with providing valuable information about the disease of addiction.

How to Become Involved

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