Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at MeadowWood Behavioral Health Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at MeadowWood Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Substance Abuse Signs, Symptoms & Effects

Often times the signs of drug addiction can be difficult to identify. One of the most important steps in the recovery journey is understanding the signs, symptoms and side effects of drug addiction.

Understanding Substance Abuse

Learn about drug addiction and substance abuse

The continued misuse of alcohol, prescription medications, illegal drugs, or other toxic substances, despite the development of negative consequences that occur as a result, is considered substance abuse. Substance abuse can cause many dangerous and serious side effects for not only the user, but their family as well. If drug and/or alcohol use continues eventually a person will start to notice the presence of some adverse cognitive, behavioral, and physiological symptoms. In addition to alcohol, some of the most commonly abused drugs include:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Stimulants
  • Depressants
  • Hallucinogens
  • Opioids

No matter which substance an individual is abusing, if not properly treated, the abuse will only get worse and has the ability to lead to an addiction, which will only create more negative effects in a person’s life. Fortunately, there are many treatment options for substance abuse to help individuals get past their addictions.


Drug addiction statistics

In 2012, an estimated 24 million Americans over the age of 12 have used or abused drugs. That number represents just over 9% of the United States population and researchers are expecting that number to increase.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for drug addiction

The specific cause of why a person would develop a substance abuse problem has yet to be isolated by researchers. However, studies have shown that there are a number of factors that can make a person more susceptible to developing a problem with drugs or alcohol. The most commonly named factors include:

Genetic: It has been reported many times that those who come from families with a history of substance abuse are at a greater risk for abusing drugs and alcohol themselves. This does not mean that if someone has a mother who is a drug addict is destined to be a drug addict themselves, it just means that they are more vulnerable of becoming an addict should he or she decide to use drugs at some point in his or her life.

Physical:  When an individual abuses drugs or alcohol, changes in the chemistry of the brain are going to occur. More specifically, the chemicals in the brain that are responsible for communicating pain, processing information, and regulating mood are all affected by long-term substance use. If there are these disturbances in normal brain functioning that cause an imbalance of chemicals in the brain, it often leads to the development of an addiction.

Environmental: Finally, many environmental factors have been known to play a role in the development of a substance use disorder. For example, those who have been the victims of abuse, neglect or, other forms of victimization often turn to substance use as a way to cope with the distressing emotions they are experiencing.

Risk Factors: The subsequent examples of risk factors have been attributed to those who develop a substance use disorder:

  • Being male
  • Family history of substance abuse
  • Presence of mental health problems
  • Experiencing a traumatic event
  • Low self-esteem
  • Exposure to substance use
  • Stressful home environment
  • Lack of proper parenting
  • Peer pressure
  • Low socioeconomic status
  • Access to drugs and/or alcohol
  • Lacking effective coping skills
  • Exposure to violence
  • Being the victim of abuse, neglect, or crime
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of drug addiction

The signs and symptoms that arise as the result of substance use are going to depend upon the drug being used, as well as a number of other individualized characteristics. If you are worried that you or a loved one may have a substance abuse problem here are some common signs and symptoms to look out for:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Multiple absences from work or school
  • When present, not fulfilling responsibilities at work or school
  • Disciplinary actions at school
  • Facing problems with the legal system
  • Stealing money to support his or her habit
  • Constantly asking for money
  • Physical violence against other people or property
  • Gives up activities they used to enjoy
  • Has a new group of friends
  • Is secretive
  • Prefers to be left alone
  • Engaging in risky behavior
  • Lack of impulse control

Physical symptoms:

  • Muscle tension
  • Has hangovers on a regular basis
  • Rapid or slowed speech
  • Impaired coordination
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Tremors
  • Slurred speech
  • Dilated or constricted pupils
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Lack of hygiene
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Lack of focus or concentration
  • Forgetfulness
  • Impaired memory
  • Disorientation
  • Confusion
  • Altered state of perception

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Aggressiveness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Hopelessness
  • Mood swings
  • Paranoia
  • Agitation
  • Personality changes
  • Decreased motivation

Effects of drug addiction

Substance abuse problem can have both short-term and long-term effects on a person’s life. However, the exact effects a person will experience will depend upon the substance that is being abused, the length of abuse, and a number of other individual factors. Some of these short and long-term effects may include:

  • Addiction or physical dependence on drugs / alcohol
  • Development of  another mental health disorder
  • Decline in overall mental health
  • Contraction of a communicable disease such as HIV
  • More likely to be involved in accidents
  • Marital problems
  • Decline in work performance or loss of job
  • Problems at school
  • Legal ramifications
  • Financial problems
  • Memory loss
  • Damage to vital organs
  • Decline in quality and quantity of interpersonal relationships
  • Homelessness
  • Malnutrition
  • Collapsed veins
  • Seizures
  • Stroke
  • Coma
  • Brain damage
  • Psychotic behavior
  • Overdose
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Death
Co-Occurring Disorders

Drug addiction and co-occurring disorders

It is common for those with substance abuse problems to have another mental health disorder. In some cases the substance abuse is an attempt to help manage the symptoms of an untreated mental illness. Some of the common disorders that occur alongside substance abuse disorder include:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Personality disorders
  • Conduct disorder
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Depressive disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Dementia
Withdrawal and Overdose

Learn about drug withdrawal and overdose

Withdrawal is your body’s way of reacting to the lack of chemicals that is has become dependent upon after a prolonged period of use. The severity of withdrawal symptoms is going to be determined upon how severe your substance abuse was. The following is a list of symptoms that are most commonly experienced during withdrawal:

  • Body tremors
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Agitation
  • Intense cravings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chills
  • Muscle tension
  • Bone pain
  • Clammy skin
  • Paleness
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures

If the body receives a level of drugs that it is not able to tolerate, it will lead to an overdose. Depending on the substance being used, the overdose symptoms can somewhat vary. However, an overdose is a medical emergency and treatment should be sought immediately. Some common signs of an overdose include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Chills
  • Changes in skin tone
  • Slowed pulse
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Chest pain or tightening
  • Psychotic behaviors
  • Shallow breathing
  • Profuse sweating
  • Fever
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Death
What Past Clients Say

The staff is cordial and caring. They helped me through a difficult time in my life and offered great out patient care programs that continued my treatment.

– Alumni
Most Insurances Accepted

We accept all major insurances, including Medicare, most Medicaids, and TRICARE.  Please contact us for insurance verification and to learn more about treatment at MeadowWood Behavioral Health.

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