Human beings often seek out unique experiences and mind-altering substances. For many people who are social users, whether it is alcohol or another substance, the changes enhance the pleasure of the particular circumstance. In the beginning, the person with addiction may find the substance or behavior has been positive and pleasant. However, over time, people with addiction begin to experience:
Negative consequences from their use of substances or addictive behaviors
Unpredictability of their behavior and moods
Loss of control over the use of the substance or addictive behavior
Complaints by others regarding their behavior
The need for formal treatment, including increased structure and limit setting.
When a person has addiction, the dysfunction is in the brain, and this manifests itself in impaired behavior, thinking, judgment and changing level of consciousness and moods. The brain is influenced by abnormalities in the levels of chemicals, called “neurotransmitters”. The changes to the brain involve our reward centers, through a direct effect on the brain transmitter, dopamine. The faster the stimulation to these areas of the brain, the more powerful are the reinforcing effects (i.e., Drugs that are smoked have onset of action more rapidly than drugs injected > snorted > oral ingestion and so forth). Drugs that attach to the receptor sites in the brain quickly, but leave quickly tend to be more difficult addictions to overcome; for example, heroin, nicotine, cocaine, get into the brain very rapidly, release dopamine quickly, but then let go of the receptors quickly, causing the person to want to take the substances again, right away.
To correct these levels back to normal, there must first be a period of abstinence from all drugs of abuse (at least 90 days for most drugs) to allow the brain to “reboot” and the neurotransmitters to get back to normal levels.
Yes, GreeneStone provides medically supervised safe and comfortable stabilization for alcohol, benzodiazepines, opiates, nicotine, caffeine and other substances on the same premises as the treatment program. We have nurses on duty 24 hours per day and our physicians are able to provide medications to assist the resident not only detox, but also to help with cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine has defined Addiction as follows:
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.
Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.”
For people with the disease of addiction, abstinence is most preferred manner of treatment. A person with brain chemistry that impairs his or her ability to control their impulses does not have the ability to stop with a moderate amount of drug or alcohol use.
Fortunately, we have medications that can help with cravings, help stabilize brain chemistry and support recovery. Research has conclusively shown that the safest treatment for the disease of addiction is complete abstinence from alcohol or the drug of choice. With time and training, the addict can lead a normal life, but it must be without the substance(s) or behaviors that cannot be voluntarily controlled.
Medical, Dental, Vision & Prescription Cards - BRING ALL CARDS
Prescribed medication – in original containers.
(All medications will be turned over to medical staff for monitoring.)
Over the counter medications and supplements.
A list of all medications with dosages and frequencies preferably printed directly
from your pharmacy.
A list of all treating physicians and psychiatrists, along with phone numbers
Note: Illegal Substances and the following medications are not permitted and will be destroyed: Tranquilizers, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, opiates, narcotics, stimulants, sleeping medication, hallucinogens, methadone and anabolic steroids.
*Please note: Although individuals may have prescriptions for medicinal marijuanait is not allowed at the facility
Appropriate and comfortable clothing for 1- 2 weeks (Laundry facilities & detergent are provided)
Weather appropriate clothing (Remember to layer)
Appropriate clothing for recreation, exercise and yoga – sweats, sneakers, shorts, t-shirts, modest bathing suits
Raincoat/umbrella for inclement weather
Hat or baseball cap to wear on walks
Sunscreen and bug repellent
Toiletries – make-up, shampoo, soap, toothbrush, shaving articles, hairdryer, etc.
Money or access to debit/credit card for incidentals (will be stored in the safe)
Watch to ensure commitment to scheduled activities.
Travel coffee mug
You may also bring family pictures, pens, pencils, journals, stamps, recovery or religious reading material. Light reading material must be appropriate in nature and content.
You may also bring your cell phone and or laptop. Cell phones and laptops are not to be used in the stabilizing unit. Upon discharge from the stabilizing unit into the community residents are able to use cell phones as outlined in designated areas. Cell phone usage may not interfere with programming. Car keys are held upon admission if they have driven their vehicles until residents are medically cleared.
You may also bring cigarettes - Smoking is permitted in designated areas only on property.