AlcoholismAlcohol has long been a part of socialization, and consuming moderate amounts of alcohol doesn’t necessarily cause physical or psychological impairment. Unfortunately, some people tend to drink more heavily than others. In many cases, this practice causes devastating health issues, which worsen significantly over time and can eventually turn the drinker into an alcoholic.

What defines an alcoholic? This describes a person who is strongly dependent on alcohol, one who constantly fails in controlling how much they consume. There are severe side effects related to alcohol obsession, including serious health concerns, financial stresses, and work and relationship problems. Alcoholism can be a destructive force in Continue Reading

Illegal DrugsMany substances are illegal for a good reason. It is imperative to know that illegal drugs are harmful not only to the individuals using them, but also to the people in their lives. Those who begin using illegal drugs often find it very difficult to stop, as they become addicted to and dependent upon the drug they are taking.

Drug addiction is a devastating problem that many people are suffering from personally; it also has a shattering effect upon society in general. Some get hooked on illegal drugs because of peer pressure, while others use because they feel it is a viable way to forget about their problems. In reality, illegal drugs are not a healthy solution to facing the life challenges that we all encounter; illegal drugs ultimately create more Continue Reading

When it comes to rehabilitation for drug addiction, it is vital to know that relapse is quite common in the recovery process. Drug Addiction RelapseThe majority of individuals trying to get better usually have, at the very least, one drug addiction relapse prior to getting to the point where they are completely clean.

An extremely important thing to understand is that relapse starts well before the recovering person actually begins using drugs again. There are various stages that he or she goes through prior to reaching the stage of drug addiction relapse. Be aware from the start of changes in behavior, attitude and feelings. The final stage is when Continue Reading

Drug Addiciton SignsIn many cases, family members and friends may already see signs of their loved one’s drug dependency early on, but choose to ignore it. This can be a big mistake. Never ignore the warning signs of drug addiction.

It is very important to catch an addict before he or she falls deeper into the vicious cycle of addiction, and to get them the necessary help. The signs of drug addiction are often more obvious than you think and must not be taken lightly.

Drug addicts are usually in denial of their situation; they tend to downplay their problems and justify their symptoms. But no matter how much they try to hide their addiction, warning signs of drug abuse will show in their behavior, physical appearance, and psychological state. Here are some things to be on the lookout for: Continue Reading

“I am not hurting anyone. I am only hurting myself.” This classic line is perhaps the biggest lie that drug addicts might make themselves believe. They deceive themselves with the thought that what they are dingo is okay, because nobody cares for them and they’re not hurting anybody else.

Sadly, the effects of drug abuse can weigh as heavily on an addicted person’s family members as it can on the addict personally. Even worse, by the time he or she truly realizes and openly acknowledges the need for help, a great deal of damage and a lot of heartache may already have been endured by a distraught family.

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When is a Good Time to Get Help for a Drug or Alcohol Addicted Person?

This is an often-asked question by people calling our line. They have heard different advice such as “when he hits rock bottom”, or “he/she has to say he/she wants to go”, “you will know when”, “after the holiday” etc., etc.

There is no better time than NOW – yes Right Now.

Why? Because you know the person is throwing their life away as a drug addict, and if you wait it may be too late.

What is rock bottom? We know of addicts who have overdosed, been medically saved, and as soon as they are released from the hospital they go use again. If that isn’t rock bottom how much lower can it be before they are dead and there is NO help?

If you are reading this and wondering about what to do for someone; don’t hesitate. Call the toll free number and talk to one of our counselors and find out what you should do and get it done.

Drug addiction does not wait for anyone; it just gets worse with each passing day.

 
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Alcohol abuse and alcoholism cut across gender, race, and nationality. Nearly 14 million people in the United States alone abuse alcohol or are alcoholic. In general, more men than women are alcohol dependent or have alcohol problems. Alcohol problems are highest among young adults ages 18-29 and lowest among adults ages 65+. People who start drinking at an early age increase the chance that they will develop alcohol problems at some point in their lives. How do you know if you or a loved one has a drinking problem?

Ever have…

  • A drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?
  • A feeling you should cut down on your drinking?
  • An upset with people criticizing your drinking?
  • Bad or guilty feelings about your drinking?
  • A strong need, or urge, to drink?
  • An inability to stop drinking once you start?
  • Nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety after stopping drinking.
  • A need to drink larger and larger amounts of alcohol to get “high.”

If you think that you or someone you know might have an alcohol problem, it is important to get help now.

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There are generally three main categories of prescription drugs that are heavily abused. These prescription drug categories are narcotic painkillers, stimulants and sedatives.

Painkiller addiction is the most common type of prescription drug abuse. Brand names like Oxycontin, Vicodin, Lortab and Percocet fall in the general categories of oxycodone and hydrocodone. These narcotic painkillers are in the opiate family and have effects on the body similar to heroin or morphine, therefore withdrawal from these drugs is very difficult to go through. A note here is that more Rehabs have been trying to treat opiate addiction with more drugs, such as Methadone, LAAM and more recently Buprenorphine. While the latter appears to curb withdrawal symptoms if used in a very short period of time, none of them are viable long-term solutions, as the user only develops a dependency on a new drug.

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THC (Marijuana) changes the way in which sensory information gets into, and is acted on, by the hippocampus. This is a component of the brain that is crucial for learning, memory, and the integration of sensory experiences with emotions and motivations. THC suppresses neurons in the information-processing system of the hippocampus. Researchers have discovered that learned behaviors also deteriorate.

Marijuana smokers have many of the same respiratory problems that tobacco smokers have, such as a daily cough and phlegm, symptoms of chronic bronchitis, and more frequent chest colds. Continuing to smoke marijuana can lead to abnormal functioning of lung tissue injured or destroyed by marijuana smoke. Regardless of the THC content, the amount of tar inhaled by marijuana smokers and the level of carbon monoxide absorbed are three to five times greater than among tobacco smokers. This may be due to marijuana users inhaling more deeply and holding the smoke in the lungs.

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Heroin addiction creates a bio-chemical imbalance. The body systems go through a kind of shock reaction when heroin is first used. Heroin addiction or even brief heroin use burns up the natural nutrient reserves in the body. The body adjusts to the heroin and demands heroin instead of processing its natural enzymes and hormones to activate the body’s survival centers. Important normal and natural systems are ‘bypassed’ and the body can become quickly dependant on heroin to feel good or function at all. That is bio-chemical addiction.

Heroin addiction occurs after the body adapts to the effects of heroin. Heroin addicts get a temporary pleasure called a ‘high’ or ‘rush’ when they use drugs. Feeling good is a natural reward for doing things which promote better survival for self and others. ‘Pleasure’ is a temporary state. ‘Happiness’ would be the long term condition of feeling good due to creating better survival for self and others. Heroin use creates a temporary artificial pleasure in the heroin addict that ‘rewards’ the addict by killing some of the pain he or she may be feeling. The heroin addict now compulsively or obsessively uses heroin to feel good again.

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