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New Eric Clapton Documentary Gets Real About Addiction


Who is Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton and addiction are not two things that are often thought of together.

Although he is considered the second greatest guitarist of all time, he faced many demons throughout his life.

Like many other famous musicians, Eric Clapton battled drug and alcohol abuse for many years.

He managed to receive an impressive 18 Grammy Awards and a Rock and Rock Hall of Fame induction.

But he battled bouts of substance abuse throughout this rewarding career.

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Eric Clapton and Addiction

Throughout the 1970s, Eric Clapton was addicted to heroin.

He eventually replaced heroin with alcohol.

He battled his addictions for two decades until a tragic accident involving his four-year-old son triggered his pursuit of sobriety.

After his son died, Eric Clapton voluntarily entered a rehab program and began working toward recovery.

In 1998, he become the founder of a medical rehab facility in Antigua.

Dedicated to this new life, he has maintained his sobriety.

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Heroin and Alcohol

Heroin and alcohol are two common addictions. And they affect individuals of all different ages, races, economic statuses, and other defining characteristics. While being a public icon can come with additional pressures and relapse triggers, addictions like these are not unique to the rich and famous. In 2018 alone, there were 14,996 heroin-related overdose deaths in the United States. Opioids like this one are often linked to overdoses and numerous mental and physical health impairments.

When a drug is this potent and addictive, there is always the risk of an overdose. Heroin is particularly dangerous because there are no approved medical uses for it. Not to be outdone or diminished, there are a staggering number of alcohol-related fatalities each year, as well. Excessive alcohol use is the cause of over 95,000 deaths each year in the United States.

Common Relapse Triggers

For the rich and famous, the pressure of having a public presence and a level of loneliness that you might not anticipate are two common substance abuse and relapse triggers. While they may be more crippling in these settings, these apply on a smaller scale, as well. Career pressures and stresses and feelings of isolation or loneliness are common relapse triggers across the board. Exposure to the substances you were addicted to and withdrawal symptoms are other common triggers of relapse.

But relapsing does not mean that you or your treatment has failed. Addiction recovery specialists regard relapse rates for substance use disorders the same way that they regard relapse rates for disorders like asthma and high blood pressure. Relapse is common in chronic illnesses, including medical or mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. It only signifies that your treatment should be modified or resumed, not that you should give up. Our treatment programs are customized based on your needs, and our relapse prevention training will help you build the tools to remain sober after you leave.

Recovering From Addiction

The people who suffer from addiction are students and teachers, mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, neighbors, and friends. They are executives, bankers, cashiers, florists, doctors, and chefs. Addiction does not discriminate. Fortunately, recovery does not either. Recovery is a journey of personal redemption more than anything else. It requires you to recognize and understand your addiction and actively choose to become sober and stay sober. You do not have to wait for tragedy to choose for you.

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Proven Treatment Methods

Effective treatment requires a unique balance of proven methods, creative remedies, holistic techniques, and recreational activities. Addressing the needs of both the body and mind is important. Your physical and emotional health are intrinsically linked. We aim to help you improve both. The first step in many treatment programs is a personalized detox. Your detox may be medically-assisted if you have:

  • A moderate to severe addiction
  • Multiple addictions
  • Overwhelming withdrawal symptoms or drug cravings
  • A history of relapses
  • An underlying mental health disorder
  • Additional complications that require a higher level of care

Medical detoxes help ease the discomfort or pain associated with certain withdrawal symptoms, as well as drug or alcohol cravings. They also make it easier for us to monitor your progress. In our safe and comfortable facility, away from distractions and temptations, and without crippling withdrawal symptoms, you can focus on your recovery. Additional proven treatment methods include things like behavioral therapies, family therapy, support groups, medication management, life skills training, and relapse prevention training. Staying in treatment for the appropriate amount of time is also crucial. We will help you determine which programs, lengths, and methods will best suit your unique addiction and other needs.

Creative Techniques, Remedies, and Activities

Ending your drug or alcohol abuse is an important step, but there are other important steps in recovery, as well. Recognizing and addressing damaging thought patterns, behaviors, habits, and coping mechanisms is a start. Replacing them with healthier ones is the next step. Behavioral therapies, support groups, and other proven addiction care methods help achieve these goals. To provide a more well-rounded and long-term solution, we also give you access to many creative techniques, holistic remedies, and recreational activities.

These types of care methods help you meet other recovery goals. Creative therapies like art and music therapy are proven to reduce stress, boost self-esteem, and provide a healthy emotional outlet. Holistic remedies and recreational activities like fitness classes, yoga, meditation sessions, and beach trips help you find balance, peace, and clarity. Each of our addiction care methods works well with the others to provide you with a uniquely balanced and effective recovery program.

Addiction Treatment Settings

In the same way that we provide a wide range of addiction care methods, we also provide a wide range of addiction treatment settings. No two individuals or addictions are the same. This is why we provide only personalized care plans, not one-size-fits-all solutions. We will work with you to choose the care program, setting, and methods that will best suit your needs. We offer treatments in the following settings:

  • Inpatient or residential
  • Partial hospitalization
  • Intensive outpatient
  • Traditional outpatient

We also offer highly specialized programs for dual diagnoses and trauma-informed care, among others. Our aftercare planning, 12-step programs, and alumni groups are excellent solutions for ongoing addiction care after your formal treatment is complete.

Paying for Addiction Treatments

Paying for addiction treatments is not as big a burden as many people assume it will be. If you have health insurance, your addiction treatment program may be fully or partially covered. Most health insurance providers offer coverage for addiction care, and we work with most major health insurance providers. If you have health insurance, please call our admissions counselor for your complimentary insurance verification. We deal directly with your provider to take the hassle out of this part of the process. If you do not have health insurance, please call and ask about our convenient alternative payment options.

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Choosing Resurgence Behavioral Health

Choosing recovery and long-term sobriety is deeply personal.

This journey to personal redemption is uniquely yours.

But we will walk with you along the way and help in all of the ways that we can.

From our first phone call through aftercare planning, your experience with us will be personalized to best meet your needs.

Let us show you the difference that dedicated, holistic, and personalized care can make.

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