Auckland, New Zealand

Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery. What is substance abuse?

The House of Hope is a private drug and alcohol treatment centre that provides a variety of treatment programs and options for those suffering from substance abuse and addiction.

Addiction treatment is not one-size-fits-all. Treatments may vary based on your needs. You can choose the treatment programme that works best for you based on the substance you’re abusing, the level of care you need, your personal mental health needs, or what private health care options you can afford. In a call, we would be able to support you with more information on the substance rehab programme options available to you through our House of Hope Social Detox, Introductory and Full Intensive Substance Treatment Programmes .

Gone are the days of suffering in silence - The House of Hope.

We know what it’s like to face addiction and despair and not know where to turn. For many years, The House of Hope has helped countless others. We believe that no one deserves to suffer alone.  

So, let’s focus on some of the questions our House of Hope team have answered, relating to substance use and abuse, over the years.

What is considered the most effective treatment for substance abuse?

It depends on the substance and how severe the addiction or abuse is. Let’s discuss if one of our House of Hope’s programs can be of benefit to you or a loved one.
Substance Abuse

What are the five stages of substance use treatment?

Many people who struggle with substance use disorder have found that seeking treatment can be a productive step for their recovery. The National Institute on Drug Abuse offers a helpful guide to the five stages of substance use treatment:

What are the five stages of substance use treatment?

Many people who struggle with substance use disorder have found that seeking treatment can be a productive step for their recovery. The House of Hope offers this helpful outline to the five stages of substance use and treatment:

1. First Use

The most common way people get addicted to a substance is by taking their first drink or hit. But sometimes people try drugs before and never seem to become dependent on them. Then they start to use a substance that is more addictive.

2. Regular Use

People typically use the addictive substance “just on weekends” or “just at night” when they are hanging out with friends. However, some people may become addicted and show signs of addiction as the substance changes their brain chemistry. Drug abuse and drug misuse can lead to addiction. Substance use disorder occurs when a person no longer feels in control of their need to use a substance and becomes dependent on it.

3. Risky Use

As use deepens, people may start to behave in ways that could be considered dangerous. For example, they might get behind the wheel of a car after drinking or using drugs and endanger themselves and those around them. Drug or alcohol abuse could hamper a person’s ability to work or succeed at school. Relationships with friends, loved ones and family are also likely to suffer as a result.

4. Dependence

At this stage, the individual has developed a tolerance to the substance and needs a dangerous amount of it to feel good again. Furthermore, going without the substance for a certain amount of time can induce withdrawal symptoms, such as muscle cramps, vomiting, or fevers. Cravings for the substance, both physical and psychological, can be intense.

5. Substance Use Disorder

It’s really difficult to live with addiction in the modern world. People with addiction may lose their job, quit school, or even be forced out of the home. Despite these dire consequences people will continue to use the substance. 

What are the effects of substance use?

The effects of substance use vary by the type of drug abused, how often it is used, and individual factors. The most common physical effects are a slowed heart rate and a reduced breathing rate, as well as constriction of blood vessels that can lead to stroke or heart attack. This is only a quick answer, but we would be able to go through this in detail and tailor our discussion to your circumstances when we chat.

What is substance-abuse?

Substance-abuse is the misuse of drugs, alcohol, or other substance in order to achieve a high. The most common substances abused are alcohol and illegal drugs/narcotics.

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    Recognising substance use

    You are concerned about a loved one and what to know more and you need more info on how to treat drug addiction, opioid addiction, alcohol addiction or illicit drug rehab treatment.

    Cause & Effect of Substance Use, Abuse & Mental Health Issues

    There are also studies to understand the causes of addiction or mental disorders. Although much is still to be learned, it is now well established that many factors play into developing such disorders, including psychiatric, healthy history and type of substance use / abuse. 

    Mental conditions are affected by biological, psychological, or other factors. Substance use disorders are associated with a wide range of short- and long-term health effects. They can vary depending on the type of drug, how much and how often it’s taken and the person’s general health. Overall, the effects of drug abuse and dependence can be far-reaching.

    Effects of drug abuse: Physical and Psychological

    Drug abuse is a chronic occurrence which is often associated with ill effects. The CDC defines toxic source addiction as an unadjusted and impulsive behaviour which leads to clinically serious impairment or distress. The effect varies according to substance used or a person’s health history. It’s our goal to help people with their addictions.

    Impact of surrounding environment on a substance abuser.

    Surroundings environment can affect the likelihood of developing substance use disorder. For example, stress, peer pressure, physical or sexual abuse and early exposure to drugs can have an impact. It is for this reason that all our drug rehabilitation programs are provided from our House of Hope private facility in Auckland (New Zealand). We support guests from around New Zealand and further a field such as Fiji, Tonga and other Pacific countries.

    Treating substance use, substance addiction and substance dependence

    We offer a range of treatment options to suit your individual needs. Anyone providing substance addiction and drug addiction treatment should tailor it to suit a person’s individual needs to ensure that it is effective. Addiction treatment is not one-size-fits-all.

    Helping your child, teenager, parent, or loved one recover from substance abuse, use, and dependence

    For parents and loved ones who want to help someone but don’t know where to start, we provide information about how to recognise the signs of substance use (drug and alcohol) in children, teenagers, and adults

    The negative consequences. Did you know that in a developing brain, drugs can cause changes that make addiction more likely!!

    How common is substance use disorder? Substance use disorder and alcohol use disorder are the leading causes of preventable illness and early death. Research has shown that about 1 in 9 Americans uses illicit drugs (about 11% of the population). The most commonly misused drugs are marijuana, cannabis, crack, cocaine, codeine and prescription medications. There is an undeniable link between substance abuse and delinquency or criminal behaviour. Arrest, adjudication, and intervention by the juvenile justice system are eventual consequences for many youths engaged in alcohol and other drug use. It cannot be claimed that substance abuse causes delinquent behaviour or delinquency causes alcohol and other drug use

    How might substance use disorder affect me?

    Drugs affect the brain, especially the “reward centre” of the brain. Humans are biologically motivated to seek rewards.

    Can substance use and addiction be treated?

    Points to remember alcohol and drug addiction can be treated, but it’s not simple. Substance Addiction treatment must help the person do the following: stop using drugs stay drug-free be productive in the family, at work, and in society. Our Alcohol ad Drug Abuse programme. We offer a 12-Step Facilitation Twelve-step facilitation therapy (“12-step programmes“)  that has successfully been used to treat alcohol and substance abuse. Please see this review from one of our past guest. 

    Karla shared, “House of Hope is amazing!! When I arrived at the house I was broken. Addiction had taken over my life completely and was unmanageable. Within hours of arriving, I knew I was in the right place. Kobus and the team genuinely cared for my well-being. After 30 days I can honestly say that it has been life changing and although my recovery path will always be ongoing, I am extremely thankful to the whole team who have set me up with a solid foundation. I call them family now!”

    Addiction treatment

    Substance Addiction is a disease, get the help you deserve

    We understand that addiction and substance abuse is a disease that affects each person differently. That’s why we offer personalised and bespoke treatment programs to suit your individual needs.

    Private Substance abuse treatment and programme facility. Advanced care you can trust

    With several options available, you can find an addiction treatment option that best fits your individual needs. With decades of experience in the addictive substances field, we provide innovative and effective interventions that go beyond standard care – because the health of each individual matters to us.

    We are a private New Zealand substance abuse, alcohol, and drug rehab centre that supports you in your alcohol and drug abuse recovery.

    Your recovery begins today

    Finding the right treatment program can be a daunting task.

    Do you need professional substance abuse and rehab help now? Call us anytime for information about our services or to reach out for a personal consultation with one of our experts.

    We won't judge you

    No matter what your addiction or situation is—we know how difficult addiction can be on you and your loved ones. There’s no need to feel alone because we understand how difficult it can be to admit the problem is even there. That’s why at The House of Hope we value your privacy and treat every person with respect and dignity—because it takes courage to ask for help.

    The house is open 24/7. As New Zealand treatment providers, we are here to support you on the Pathway to Recovery. 

    Substance Abuse Treatment Programme - Why choose The House of Hope?

    The House of Hope NZ offers peaceful, healing rehabilitation programmes to those suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction. We’re a private rehab centre run by experienced staff who have decades of experience in the field. 

    Our Alcohol and Drug Rehab Centre team are proud to welcome visitors from all around New Zealand each year. It’s what makes us different- our compassionate staff is comprised of people who have also battled addiction.

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