Even in sunny Hanford, California, people are susceptible to addiction. Just recently Dr. Hsiu Ying "Lisa" Tseng was convicted of causing three deaths by over prescribing dangerous amounts of painkillers as reported by The Sentinel. Although 12 of Dr. Tseng's patients have died, she was only charged with second degree murder for three of them. This landmark case is the first time a doctor has been charged with murder for reckless prescribing. Tseng could spend the rest of her life in prison. This tragic case illustrates the growing problem of addiction in Hanford, California, and throughout the United States.
Recognize the Signs
I was suffering with the disease of addiction. I had severe behavioral pattern changes. I became desperate to obtain my drug of choice, and soon began doing things out of character for me. I stole from my family members and it my very worst, my bottom, I solicited men for money as they drove past me. Sometimes I ripped them off and ran, but others I traded certain favors for very little money. I spent hours behind locked doors, stayed awake for weeks on end, and then slept for days. The pattern alerted my loved ones who led me to recovery meetings and treatment. Other behaviors that addicts suffer include: lost interest in activities, withdrawal from regular activities and friends, legal and financial problems, among other obvious signs.
How to Help
If someone you know may be suffering with an addiction, there are ways to help. First, let them know how much they mean to you, and you want to help them. For addicts resistant to treatment, they can sometimes be convinced to try twelve step meetings. The important thing is to never give up. Some of us take longer to recover than others.
Rehab Can Be Confidential
For many individuals who are addicted to drugs or alcohol, the entire issue surrounding rehab can be difficult to deal with where other people are concerned. There is certainly no reason to be embarrassed about having a disease that you have little to no control over, but with that being said, privacy is still a serious concern for many patients.
It is important to keep in mind that it is definitely possible for your rehabilitation experience to be completely confidential. In this case, traveling for rehab is usually in order. If you're worried about confidentiality in your treatment, there are other options for you as well that will help with your anonymity on campus.
We are here to help you make all of the critical decisions surrounding your choice of drug addiction treatment center, and we would be glad to help you decide whether or not going to a rehab center in your home city would be a good choice for you or not. If you are struggling with this decision, please call our toll-free hotline at your convenience for more information.