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Symptoms of Addiction - "The 4 C's"
Craving - A feeling of "need" that can range from subtle to very intense. Cravings kick-start the behaviors that accompany addiction, causing the individual to frequently think about getting and using their drug of choice. A person with addiction can choose to quit using, but they cannot choose to quit craving.
Compulsion - An irresistible urge to do something you know you shouldn't. Think of the person who sets a goal to eat healthy only to quickly violate their goal in the presence of stress and junk food. They know they shouldn't, but just one more... "I'll quit tomorrow" they tell their self, time and time again.
Control issues - "One is too many and never enough", so the saying goes. To give them a false sense of control, they will often minimize the severity of their use (ex. "It's just beer, not liquor"), blame others for their use (ex. "If my spouse would just leave me alone or support me..."), or compare their use against people who are "worse than" they are (ex. "My neighbor has three DUIs, I only have one and it wasn't even my fault"). These tactics may fool the addicted individual, but not loved ones who clearly see them spiraling out of control.
Consequences - All people suffering from addiction will eventually experience consequences from their illness. They may be internal (ex. guilt, shame, worsening depression or anxiety, or physical health issues) or external (ex. family conflicts, financial problems, legal problems, or problems at school or a job). In either scenario, people with addiction will use alcohol and drugs to COPE with the consequences CAUSED by the alcohol and drug use. This destructive pattern of behavior is what family members, friends, the employer, and the public witnesses, and is the source for negative judgments towards "addicts".
Fortunately, effective treatments are available! If you are concerned that you, a family member, a friend, a neighbor, or a co-worker may be addicted to drugs or alcohol, please, contact us today at 1-800-637-HOPE (4673). Your call is free and completely confidential.
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If you or a family member are interested in treatment but do not have insurance, there are other options for funding. Each county in Pennsylvania has a Drug and Alcohol office (D&A). The prospective client should contact their home county D&A office and explain that they are in need of treatment, but do not have insurance. The staff at the D&A office will then instruct the client on necessary steps to receive treatment. Clients also have the option of paying for their treatment out of pocket. Arrangements must be made with Greenbriar's financial department prior to admission. County Drug & Alcohol Office Phone Numbers: Allegheny: (800) 553-7499 Beaver: (724) 847-6220 Butler: (724) 284-5114 Cambria: (814) 536-5388 Fayette: (724) 438-3576 Greene: (724) 852-5276 Lawrence: (724) 658-5580 Mercer: (724) 662-1550 Somerset: (814) 445-1530 Washington: (724) 223-1181 Westmoreland: (724) 832-5880
Greenbriar Treatment Center offers the full continuum of care, which includes: Detoxification, Inpatient Rehabilitation, Day Partial Outpatient, Intensive Outpatient (Day and Evening), and Halfway House. Our Inpatient and Halfway Houses are licensed for Dual Diagnosis treatment of both addiction and mental health concerns.
Greenbriar Treatment Center offers a Family Education Program at the Inpatient level of care to gain a better understanding of addiction and have the opportunity to visit loved ones. The Family program takes place on Wednesday evenings from 6PM-7PM, followed by visiting hours from 7PM-8:30PM. In order to attend visiting hours, the family member must attend the family education hour and be pre-approved as a guest of the facility by the patient's therapist. Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes prior to the start of the Family Program. If you arrive later than 6:15, you will not be admitted to Family Programming. 2 guests per patient are permitted, and must be supportive of recovery. Each guest must be at least 11 years of age. Pay phones are also available for supportive loved ones to call in order to speak with their loved one in treatment on a daily basis. You must bring photo identification (ex: driver’s license, passport, school or work ID) in order to visit. Clothing and personal items may not be brought in on Family Program days. Items such as money, toiletries, cigarettes may be brought in.
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