The True Cost of Addiction

One individual’s addiction has the power to potentially affect the lives of everyone who cares about that person. It is perhaps one of the few conditions that continue to have negative consequences even after it is under control. It is also a unique condition in that once a person develops an addiction, he or she will never stop being an addict. Managing an addiction is a process that can only progress one day at a time. This is a limitation of the model of addiction; no other condition informs a person’s identity the way addiction does.

What Challenges Does a Recovering Addict Face?

Addiction

The True Cost of Addiction

Perhaps the most devastating effect of addiction is the loss of time. People lose years to drugs and alcohol. In addition to repairing the physical damage that drugs cause, an addict has to invest years in the work of regaining the trust of his or her loved ones. An illness like cancer does not cause people to steal from and lie to their friends and families. The fear of having to face others without the fog of drugs makes addicts reluctant to seek treatment. They are scared to face people that they have knowingly wronged.

A Group Effort

The truth is that overcoming an addiction is not a solo endeavor. It depends on other people’s willingness to be forgiving. An addict without a solid support system is almost always going to relapse. Paradoxically, the support system will not be there if the addict has not already done some work to win people back into his life. The addict has to be strong enough to start mending fences before any of the real work toward recovery has begun.

Overcoming Hurdles

Over 23 million Americans are addicted to at least one substance. Roughly 15 million people are alcoholics, while 4 million are dependent on illegal drugs. The remaining 4 million people are addicted to both drugs and alcohol. Less than 2 million of these 23 million people have ever sought serious treatment for their addictions, which is worrisome. Addicts are over 10 times more likely than non-addicts to commit suicide, which makes these statistics even more ominous.

It is easy to see why so many addicts would rather find a way out than work to put their lives back together; it is unlikely that their lives will ever be exactly as they were before. Most immediately, addicts struggle with finances. They would have sold most of their possessions of value while in the throes of addiction, and they may have stolen from their families, making it that much harder for them to figure out post-treatment living situations. It can take years to pay off old debts and regain one’s footing in his career field. Significant others might be lost forever, and relationships with children might bear some permanent scars. These are just a few of the obstacles that addicts need to be prepared to face.

It is easy to see why so many addicts relapse. Though the realities of physical addictions should not be taken lightly, it is important to understand the uphill battle that addicts face. If they feel that they will never make any headway toward fixing the damage they have inflicted upon themselves and others, they might decide to give up and stop trying. This is why it is so important for an addict to have a support system. The first step toward recovery is inpatient treatment, but the second step is a collaborative effort between the addict and the people who still have faith in him. A little forgiveness goes a long way toward setting the stage for long-term sobriety.

Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment

Substance abuse and addiction dangers

The Dangers of Substance Abuse and Addiction

No matter the type of substance abuse issue a person is suffering from, it will bring about a high cost. Not only will the expense of the addiction be costly to the person abusing the drug but also to his or her family and loved ones. When talking about the expense of an addiction, this does not mean the actual monetary value of the issue; however, money is often wasted when a person abuses drugs and/or alcohol. Overall, the expense of the addiction includes health problems, damaged relationships, loss of employment, legal problems and much more.

Worse Case Scenario

At the worst, substance abuse and addiction can lead to death. Death can be endured by either the person abusing drugs and/or alcohol, or by those who are hurt by the addiction. Sometimes, both loved ones and the addict will suffer death due to the substance abuse issue.

Treating Substance Abuse and Addiction

To treat addiction, it is of the utmost importance for an addict to take part in an inpatient rehab program. If inpatient treatment cannot be obtained, outpatient treatment should be acquired at the very least. It is through treatment that an addict can learn about the disease of addiction, followed then by picking up intellectual tools to overcome substance abuse problems.

Benefits of Addiction Treatment

When a person begins inpatient treatment for an addiction, he or she will be sheltered from the world. He or she will be residing in a comfortable and peaceful environment, apart from the stresses of everyday life. This helps increase the success of the patient’s detox process and increases their chances significantly of avoiding relapse.

Addiction Treatment

The Benefits of Addiction Treatment

Another benefit gained from treatment is detox care. Detoxing from drugs and/or alcohol is extremely important during the early parts of recovery because it helps to eliminate the substances being abused from a person’s body. In doing this, the person is less likely to endure cravings, which will help treatment to reach its full level of effectiveness.

When in treatment, a person will have the advantage of participating in many types of treatment methods. Most treatment facilities offer the following types of services:

  • One-on-one therapy
  • Leisure activities
  • Exercise training
  • Nutritional education
  • Group counseling
  • Family support sessions

Lastly, substance abuse and addiction treatment will provide patients with an abundance of aftercare services. It is through such services that a person can receive the ongoing support he or she needs to remain sober throughout recovery.

Types of Treatment Facilities

There are a wide range of treatment facilities available for addicts to obtain treatment through. For the most part, the facilities fall into one of the four following categories:

Inpatient: Also referred to as residential treatment, inpatient facilities provide living space for patients to stay in while they obtain treatment services. Inpatient treatment can last anywhere from 15 days to six months or more. Much of the time, after a person completes a certain portion of inpatient treatment, before graduating from the program, the patient will be transitioned into an outpatient program. For example, the patient may take part in a six month program, but only spend three months as an inpatient resident. The other three months he or she will be considered an outpatient resident; thus, being allowed to travel back and forth to the treatment facility from his or her nearby place of residence.

Outpatient: Outpatient treatment is much like inpatient treatment in the services provided are very similar; however, through outpatient care, a patient does not have to live on the premises of the treatment facility. He or she also does not have to acquire treatment services on a daily basis. Instead, services are usually obtained two to four times a week. This is usually best for those with less severe cases.

Dual Diagnosis: When a person suffers from a mental health illness in addition to a substance abuse issue, he or she may benefit from taking part in a treatment program that provides dual diagnosis services. Professionals employed through a dual diagnosis facility are specially trained to provide services that treat both a substance abuse issue as well as a wide variety of mental health conditions. Not all treatment centers provide these types of services, so when this type of treatment is needed, it is of the utmost importance to search for a treatment center that specializes in dual diagnosis methods.

How to Help a Former Addict Stay Clean

Asking someone to face the world and everything in it with no help whatsoever is a bit of a tall order. It is impossible in fact. We rely on each other for survival. Mutual trust, cooperation, and communication are what makes or breaks a society, a community, a group, a family. People need and deserve assistance when struggling with addiction. The former addict or alcoholic still needs help maintaining sobriety. Support, compassion, communication, understanding, forgiveness, knowledge, and expertise all add up to a better life and a successful, drug-free post-graduation existence.

Vital Ways to Help a Former Addict Stay Clean and Sober

These are some vital ways one can help a former addict stay clean and sober:

Keep it Positive

Helping a Fromer Addict Stay Clean and Sober

How to Help a Former Addict Stay Clean

If you’re the least bit cynical (and we all are from time to time), you may scoff at “keeping things positive” but it actually works in the long run. Certainly things that are wrong and negative need to be confronted and fixed. But we need not dwell on them. Help the addict focus on the positive things in his or her life.

Recognize Negative Influences

We need not concentrate on the negative, but we do need to see it for what it is. And it isn’t always so obvious. If things are getting rough, talk to the former addict and see if the two of you can spot what may be negatively influencing them. It could be the person who “as a friend” advises that they give up on their dreams or some other insidious below-the-radar influence. Then the two of you can work out what to do about it. Sometimes just recognizing it is enough.

Maintain a Supportive Environment

Sometimes the former addict or alcoholic must move to a different neighborhood or even a different city in order to facilitate full recovery. It is very helpful when friends and relatives work with the aftercare department and the recovering addict to build and maintain as supportive an environment as possible. The environment includes the people we hang out with, the places we frequent, and the things we do. It is very helpful to reinforce sobriety by looking out for these factors and influences.

Stay Productive

You don’t have to be frantically “busy” all the time while accomplishing very little, but you can stay productive. Just plain boredom can act as a real enemy for many people. Help the former addict to fill those idle hours with work or the pursuit of what interests them. There is nothing wrong with working two or three jobs. I think I do at least twenty! But aside from that, you can help guide the recovering addict to channel energies into hobbies, the arts, constructive actions, goals, dreams, and ambitions.

Keep Family & Friends Close

As much as possible, keep the person’s family and friends close by. This isn’t always doable and it’s not that you want to cloister someone from “real life,” but do recognize the importance of close family and true friends. They are often the rock upon which we build our worlds. Don’t let them forget they have people around them that really care.

Keep the Faith

If the former addict has a faith, help them keep it. It is often their belief in God or a higher power that pulls them through the roughest times. Encourage the pursuit of spirituality. In the holistic approach, we address the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of addiction.

Be Cognizant of Medical Drugs

A former addict can find themselves in a doctor’s office or hospital with a Rx for Vicodin or Percocet. And just like that they are using again. There may be a valid need to prescribe a drug for pain relief, but for the former addict we are in a delicate area. In this example – opioid painkillers – the drugs are often prescribed “just in case” or prescribed unnecessarily; so for a recovering addict, they should not be prescribed or used unless absolutely necessary. Any medical drug usage must be closely monitored and ceased as soon as it is safe to do so.

Don’t be Careless Regarding Alcohol

For a recovered alcoholic, it may be part of their post-graduation plan to avoid social drinking situations altogether. This will be at the discretion of the individual and the addiction specialists he or she is consulting with. But for any former addict, it is not advisable to leave alcohol lying about or allow heavy drinking around them. Respect their space and what they have to contend with.

Encourage Communication & Honesty

When someone slips up, their immediate impulse is usually to clam up and not tell anyone about it. But the opposite should be encouraged. The person will feel guilty about it; at the same time, they don’t wish to be scrutinized or judged. But if they know they have one or more persons around them who are safe to talk to, we stand a much better chance of catching the situation before it gets any worse. Communication and honesty is the stuff of life itself. Encourage it.

Maintain a Strong Support Network

The support network consists of the aftercare department of the rehab facility as well as friends and family. But it goes further than that; specifically designated people – people who AGREE to do it – have certain responsibilities. One of the most important responsibilities is to be on call in an emergency. Ideally you’d have one or two others on call just in case someone isn’t available. If a former addict or alcoholic finds themselves in a potentially hazardous situation, like stuck at a New Year’s Eve party with lots of booze and/or drugs, or being alone just after an upsetting experience, they should have a fail-safe. That fail-safe may be you.

What are the Advantages of Personalizing Addiction Treatment?

The Prevalence of Addiction

Addiction Treatment

What are the Advantages of Personalizing Addiction Treatment

I have stated many times that addiction is unique for each individual. Treatment must likewise be individualized for each person. The one size fits all approach is not enough for many of the people seeking help for addiction and alcoholism. Estimates are that over 23 million Americans have a substance abuse problem, but only 1 in 10 (approximately 10%) actually receives treatment. That number (23 million) is considerably higher when you factor in the numbers who have been prescribed opioids or psychotropic drugs and exhibit dependency or addictive behavior.

Drugs with addictive properties include oxycodone, hydrocodone, central nervous system (CNS) depressants, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, hypnotics, psycho-stimulants, and antidepressants. Add to this the fact that a large number of people have become dependent upon multiple psychoactive substances (poly-drug dependency and abuse) and you begin to see that one size certainly does not fit all.

Twelve Step System

There are several treatment systems which have gained widespread use, but have limited workability. The Twelve Step system has been in use for the better part of a century. There is nothing wrong with it, but it simply doesn’t work for everyone. I, myself, did several versions of the Twelve Step program and it didn’t work out for me. I found another system and have been drug-free for the better part of two decades. For some, the line in the Twelve Steps about being powerless doesn’t really pan out. Other segments could be applicable to anyone, particularly the steps where the individual works to make good with those whom he or she has wronged.

Opiate Treatment

In treatment of opiate abuse, methadone treatment has been in use for quite some time. Methadone ends up really being the lesser of two evils when it comes to the heroin addict. Methadone, while it is an addictive opiate, is administered in a controlled environment. A daily oral draft of methadone is considered less risky than scoring heroin on the street (or online), injecting it, and possibly overdosing. Recent heroin overdose deaths have uncovered a new development: heroin laced with fentanyl. This deadly concoction is called “killer heroin“. A powerful synthetic opiate analgesic administered to hospital patients in chronic and severe pain, such as a patient dying of cancer or in post-surgery, fentanyl is up to 100 times more powerful than morphine. Methadone is itself an addictive opiate and is placed in the Schedule II category under the Controlled Substances Act.

For opiate detoxification, Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) has proven a better choice than the more addictive methadone. What some programs miss however is that Suboxone, etc. can be used in the initial detox process but the patient should be gradually brought off that drug as well. The drug-free individual is the end result of detox. That is what the addict is seeking as well – to be free of chemical dependency.

Personalized Treatment

Personalized treatment is becoming more and more the go-to answer for addiction due to the wide range of factors present in any addict’s life. People want results and are looking to evidence-based practice and modalities with proven workability. But addiction treatment isn’t all numbers. What do I mean by this? A system could work on 9 out of 10 addicts, but what about the one it didn’t work on? To that person and his or her family, the success is 0%. Another system could work on 1 out of 10 and for that one person the success was 100%. Addiction is unique. The system that works is the one that works for the individual.

Holistic Methodologies

One answer to this problem is the holistic center that offers multiple methodologies under one roof. A family cannot necessarily afford to send their loved one to one treatment facility after the next in the hopes that one will work – although many families do this as nothing is more important to them than the well-being of their loved one. A better answer however is the holistic center.

For a holistic approach, there can be a core program with a number of optional systems and steps. No one can guarantee 100% results; to do so would be unrealistic. But with a multi-pronged and comprehensive approach, chances for lasting sobriety are greatly increased. One fundamental component in the holistic system is that it should be open-ended, i.e. the time it takes is not set and varies person to person. To promise someone they will get clean and sober and remain that way after a week or two stint in rehab is unrealistic and fallacious.

Workability

Anyone worth their salt in the field of addiction treatment knows full well that getting to the root of addiction is essential to the overall process. I am always on the lookout for new treatment approaches, even those that may not have yet established a permanent foothold in medical circles. I look to standard accepted Western medical practice, and I also look at ancient techniques that Western medicine may have not caught onto yet. Forms of cognitive therapy have proven very effective treatment, as have physical therapies involving nutrition, exercise, vitamin and mineral supplements, as well as systems wherein the recovering addict/alcoholic can re-focus addictive inclinations into constructive and creative pursuits. Treatment is a beginning, not an end. Organized aftercare and a strong and stable support network are vital.

Influence & Assessment

Before treatment is commenced, an assessment must be done to isolate any factors that could potentially sabotage the recovery process. These could include familial or other connections that have undue influence upon the individual. Specific types of relationships, often referred to as codependency, must be sorted out in order to make sufficient headway. Another factor that must be assessed is any reliance on prescription medication – justified or not. Help, guidance, and treatment for family members is likewise vital for dealing with the whole picture of addiction and its heavy toll.

Summary

The cookie-cutter approach has not proven workable. Addiction has however gotten increasingly complex. Personalized treatment is the answer to the ever-changing face of substance abuse. The human spirit is unique – a beautiful and formidable entity that must be treated with care and respect. The path of drug addiction is a wrong turn someone took in their quest for happiness. Through knowledge and skilled application of workable techniques, we point the way toward a brighter future – one person at a time.

What is the Value of Educating Kids About Drugs

What is the Value of Educating Kids About Drugs vs. Telling Them to Just Say ‘No’?

What is the Value of Educating Kids About Drugs vs  Just Telling Them to say 'No'

What is the Value of Educating Kids About Drugs vs. Just Telling Them to Say ‘No’

When we talk about kids and just saying ‘no’, it is a subject full of complexity. We must point out such topics as, what drugs do to the body. We know that when you inhale smoke, it hurts the lungs. We know that when you drink, it affects your internal organs. It also affects your ability to compile information and reason with sane decisions. Kids need to know that these substances will hinder their ability to make good decisions. For example, people getting behind the wheel of a car when they are drunk. This is because they are not acting normal. This education must be pushed into our society; more so than anything. It must be pushed to a point where the young man or woman can make a reasonable determination to not go to the party and drink, but rather abstain from using and promote a drug-free lifestyle.

Education and Awareness

educating and awareness the most important thing? Of course it is. Educating and awareness is the only thing. If our society can actually start standing on its two feet and start making sane decisions about awareness and teaching our kids, we can all have a better society that we can leave for our grandchildren. A society that is aware about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol and a society that knows doing drugs does not lead to a better job, more “girlfriends” or “boyfriends”, and does not lead to a more exciting life. It actually leads to more pain and misery, and those things nobody likes.
You can’t just say “don’t do drugs” or “drugs are bad for you.” Kids are more intelligent than that.  They want to know “why?” You have to impress upon them the ways that drugs can ruin a person’s entire life.  For instance, let’s say a young person gets in trouble with law enforcement for selling drugs or something like stealing or forging checks in order to obtain the money to buy drugs.  This record will follow them for the rest of their lives.  They now have a criminal record which will hinder their abilities to be employed in most any field of work. Any application for employment now asks if you have a criminal record. Impress upon them what a liability this will be for them when seeking gainful employment. This is something kids can relate to; you have to give them  ‘for instances’ to think about.

Kids need to be encouraged to set goals for their lives and to remain focused on those goals.  They cannot give in to peer pressure in order to ‘fit in’ with the cool kids in school. You have to stress upon them that there is much more to their lives than being high and partying. Sure, they may think that is all it is.  Impress upon them how easily that can turn into dependence and a need for the drugs just to feel normal. Life is no party after that happens. If a kid today does not get their education, they are deemed to a life of poverty and feelings of low self-esteem for their entire adult lives. They will never have a feeling of accomplishment.

Educate them about the physical dangers of drugs and about how many kids’ lives are cut short due to drugs.  Car accidents while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol claim far too many teens’ lives every day. Unintentional overdose deaths occur daily.  Far too many brilliant and promising lives have been lost due to drugs.

Promoting Drug Awareness

The point I’m trying to make here is, in order to promote drug awareness in kids, you have to educate them about the consequences of drug use and how it will have an effect on their entire future lives.

Killer Heroin

What is Killer Heroin

Killer Heroin

We are finding that some heroin is being tested positive for fentanyl. We know that people are mixing it, and the combination has been named “killer heroin.” One of the biggest contributing factors of “killer heroin” is that there is so much of the drug heroin in the marketplace, a glutton of heroin. Individuals using heroin are looking for the best high, and dealers are meeting demand by providing it. Fentanyl is 80 times more powerful than morphine. It is mostly prescribed for those with severe, ongoing pain that cannot be controlled with other medications, such as those suffering from cancer. It is often a guess of knowing how much of each to mix. When you mix heroin with fentanyl, there is no clear way of knowing how much is too much. This is why it is so deadly.

Reflection

Life can be tough and if you do not have a purpose, getting high is a good escape. But getting high does not solve any problems because the next morning when you wake up, you are still going to have those problems. Addiction is a 24/7 a week job.

A person who is an addict really does want to get better. Rehabs get hundreds of calls every day, but many do not come in as a result of those calls. However, when an individual finds themselves committing too many wrongdoings against his family, wife, friends, or society, they become their own executioner. Most individuals have remorse and logic, but someone who uses drugs, like “killer heroin,” have crossed that line. Addicts normally do not get sober until they are forced to. (For example, having to go to jail after getting in trouble.)

Every life out there is valuable, including the ones that you think are hopeless, because you can change and you can make things right. We all live together as a group. When a group is doing well, it has good statistics, and when a group is doing badly,it has bad statistics. If you look at our society, right now we are down. We are in debt; drugs are running rampant; we have killer heroin; we have K2, and we have so many other new drugs that it is hard for me to even keep up. Society as a whole is responsible for everyone in our group. The best thing that we can do is to enjoy life ourselves, gain knowledge, get active in the communities, and put it out there to avoid drug use.

If you are using drugs, I say this, respect what you are doing and putting into your body enough that you know that you are going to live to see tomorrow.

Drug Problems in Our Society

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death of acute mixed drug intoxication, including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine recently follows the death of Cory Monteith, who was found dead July 13, 2013 of a lethal combination of alcohol and heroin. This causes many to question whether heroin abuse is a growing problem in the celebrity community. I would not say that drug abuse is a growing problem for the celebrity community, I would say that it is a serious problem for the community that we live in, and our society as a whole. Celebrities are just under extreme pressure and they have highly exposed lives. Many of them do turn to drugs or alcohol as an escape. Recently with the deaths of both Philip Seymour Hoffman and Corey Monteith, a lot more attention has been brought to heroin abuse. However, we see the same serious problems if we go back in history and we look at celebrities who have died from drug overdoses, Jimi Hendrix, Chris Farley, Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, and River Phoenix to name a few. It is a serious problem that not many are concerned about, until somebody dies. When you look at Cory Monteith, a young actor in the prime of his career, or Philip Seymour Hoffman, a very talented actor who played some of the best movie roles ever, it is truly tragic.

Drugs in our society

Drug Problems in Our Society

In our society, we have had a drug emergency issue for years. We have drugs and alcohol easily accessible to cope with our problems. As a senior executive at a drug rehabilitation center, I found myself looking at a lot of people who do drugs. It is not a small amount anymore, it’s a big amount. What we have to do is look at our society and make some major changes, especially now with marijuana legalization. Most individuals addicted to drugs such as heroin will tell you that they started with marijuana; it is a gateway drug. Data shows that a vast majority start with drugs like alcohol or marijuana before they ever use heroin.

Nobody wakes up wanting to be a drug addict. They try drugs one day, it makes them feel good, they continue to use it, and addiction creeps up on them. What can we do? Counseling groups, drug awareness, more withdrawal centers, and more drug rehabs are all necessary in preventing a society full of individuals who are doing, or want to do, drugs.

Why are People Turning to Drugs?

Many are still turning to drugs, despite their notoriously dangerous reputation. For example, many are turning to heroin, despite its destruction for a variety of reasons. One main reason is cost. Heroin is significantly less costly than other similar drugs. This means that an individual who may have been doing cocaine can get the same high for a lower cost. Using drugs is expensive and the costs of pills and other derivatives of morphine are going up. Another main reason is that the potency of heroin that we have now in our society is so much better than it has ever been. This is so even more now with heroin because it’s coming in some of the most pure forms in the world.

Drug addiction is affecting our society. You can already see what drugs are doing, you can already see the people that they have killed, you can already see the people that they have hurt, and you can see families everywhere dwindling because of them.

Drug addiction is not a condition of using drugs for happiness. It is a condition of having an obstacle that you cannot confront and something that you keep doing that is not working. Happiness is being able to do what one wants to do and being happy about it. Is a person happy when he or she has to get up and have a drug? Of course not.

My Advice to Those Struggling With Addiction

If you are struggling with an addiction, get to a detox center. You can check into a hospital with a detox center or you can call around and find one. Our facility offers detox and we want them to go to treatment, but the main thing is going through detox so the individual can see the errors of their ways. When their mind gets cleaned, they are able to attend meetings, go to counseling, do more in the community, do more with their kids, and things like that to keep them sober.

Oftentimes, detox alone is not enough and if the person struggles with doing what is needed to remain sober after detox, they should seek professional treatment. It has been reported that Philip Seymour Hoffman only went into detox for 10 days, but drug rehabilitation takes longer than 10 days in many cases. The main key is doing whatever is necessary to get off drugs.

Addiction is a 24hours/7days a week job of trying to survive. You cannot get away from it, you are always indentured to it, you always owe it, and it’s always costing you money. There is no way to live a normal life as an addict; that does not happen.

Ways to Avoid Relapse

It was reported that Philip Seymour Hoffman relapsed after 23 Years of sobriety. First of all, 23 years of sobriety is great. Philip Seymour Hoffman lived a very successful life. Now, we do not usually see people relapse after 23 years of being sober. Most people who have been sober for 23 years have a long-term commitment to not doing drugs or drinking.

As far as someone taking precautions, here are three helpful tips:

  1. The first thing that we can do is let the doctor know that we are recovered addicts.
  2. We have to avoid any drugs that may trigger relapse. This means if you were addicted to heroin, you should not use prescription opiates.
  3. Remember that drugs never help your life. For example, if you go to a doctor and your back is sore, getting Vicodin is not the answer. The answer is figuring out what natural treatments are available to heal the back. This can be acupuncture, getting massages, going to a chiropractor, and other similar methods that can be used to alleviate the pain. It is usually the pain that causes people to relapse. If you’re a recovered opiate addict and you get the taste for opiates, you are off to the races and there is no stopping you.

Some actions that could have been taken to prevent relapse are:

  • Going to counseling
  • Connecting in a support group
  • Getting on the phone and calling somebody
  • Doing something more exciting in life, such as starting a new company, watching more movies, or going out on more dates
  • Having a strong connection with loved ones who will be there to help you and who will take action if you start to display the signs of relapse

If you are dealing with addiction, the advice of a lifetime is that you can change it. Go to detox, go to rehab, get off drugs, and change your life.

Specific Drug Trends of the People Coming Into Rehab

An Increase in Opiate Addictions

Opiate Addiction

Drug Trends of Opiates

I have noticed specific drug trends of people coming into rehab. The biggest trend of people coming into rehab is the use of opiates. Opiates, whether in pill form or heroin, have become rampant. They have escalated to all-time highs. Opiate withdrawal is not only a pain for the body, it is a spiritual pain for the individual as well. A person gets so down when they do not have these drugs which their body begins rejecting, and they become spiritually depressed. In search of a solution, an individual may choose to see the doctor and they give the person more pills. The area that we like to concentrate on when we have an individual that is addicted to opiates is where did they get the pills, why did they get the pills, what are they doing with the pills, how the pills are making the person feel, and why they have to take more. It is a downhill snowball effect that just keeps getting bigger. The person begins to need more and more opiates and that’s how it is.

The Reason for This Growing Trend

As far as noticing why this is a growing trend, I know that they have made these drugs more readily available. There are individuals with back pain and they are not being rehabilitated for the back pain. Instead of trying to figure out if there is a muscle problem, these doctors are just prescribing more pills. It is a system that is utter failure in our medical world. Oftentimes, a pill is replaced with common sense. Pills are prescribed instead of looking at the back and figuring out if it is a muscle or skeletal problem. Instead of figuring out a way to fix the problem, the individuals are given a prescription to mask the pain. That is basically how it works. If the doctor has some kind of awakening and realizes the patient is addicted to the pain medication and stops the prescriptions, the patient simply goes to another doctor and obtains a prescription. It is a vicious circle that for some reason cannot be stopped.

There are even places known as “pill mills” where greedy doctors hand out prescriptions for pain medication (or anything else anyone wants) like candy stores hand out candy. The patient is encouraged to use their pharmacy to fill the prescription. Then they are given a date to return to get more pills. They have no regard for the lives they are playing with. Law enforcement is trying to crack down on these pill mills, but there is much work still to be done.

It is a crime to keep giving these pills to people who are candidates for alternative solutions to physically get the body better, so they do not have the pain anymore. That in itself will eliminate the chemical use problem in my business and in our society.