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Addicted to Drugs and ALcohol, Phone and Video Games – Addiction in 2017

Recently I realized that not only am I addicted to drugs and alcohol, but I’m also addicted to my smartphone and the game apps I cycle through weekly with it. Now let’s get something clear to start, the latter 2 addictions (iPhone and apps) are far less serious than drugs/alcohol. But let’s look not forget about the thousands of deaths each year caused by texting or fiddling with one’s phone while driving. Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there either, I’m also addicted to junk food, sex and perhaps a plethora of other material or non-material things in my day to day life. Today we’re going to look at the correlation of it all, why am I addicted to everything in my life?

Beer and smart phone mix

When I was 21 I discovered, or maybe I should say I accepted, that I was addicted to drugs and alcohol. The scary part is that that didn’t stop me from later on that year insisting on going out for some more research. Luckily I made it back. Sometimes we have to go try some “controlled drinking and drugging” to really see if we can stop on the drop of a dime or if we are the type that in fact doesn’t drink like his/her fellows. Either way, I found out that year that I was indeed an alcoholic and drug addict. It wasn’t until a few years later I discovered that gambling was potentially a bit more tantalizing to me that it was to others. Luckily I was able to spot it and distance myself from it, besides a few spontaneous road trips to Las Vegas here or there with my sober running buddies. But hey I didn’t get sober to sit around and wait to die. That being said though, I have thus far been able to distance myself far enough away from gambling to consider myself currently having a problem with it. The same can not be said for my iPhone in 2017. I know I’m not alone when I say that I am thoroughly addicted to the rush of checking my phone. Almost in the same way, I would hide behind a drink at a social gathering until the edge was small enough for me to feel “normal” and “a part of.” Or I could hide behind that cup until people left and I was all alone or in the sole company of my lower companions where I could “be myself.” I exhibit the same behavior with my phone, any social setting where I find myself feeling alien, separate or different is nothing I can’t believe behind the cover of my “smart phone.” As if I disappear when face engulfed, I hide and self-medicate until I feel a part of or they all just go away.

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Maybe it’s not all bad, according to Beth Mole of arstechnica.com, video games, including Tetris (one of my personal favorite apps), may actually “protect mental health and avert trauma and addiction.” In her article, she goes on to describe how games such as Tetris can help “diminish the intensity of hankerings” and help fight off real-life cravings. Reminds me of this phrase I’ve heard on and off throughout my time in recovery, “replacement therapy.” Is that what’s happening when I replace one addiction with another? It’s hard to say for sure, it’s also hard to say if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. The last thing I would want to do is neglect my recovery by being obsessed with games and phones. Also, it would be extremely generous for me to compare my iPhone fiddling with the Tetris game therapy described by the writer above.

Another point I want to touch on is the importance of choosing wisely what I wish to use as a distraction or replacement if I choose to do so. Hobbies are great but there’s a thin line between friend and fodder. Hobbies will only go so far, it’s thought that a devotion to helping other alcoholics and addicts is where the real recipe lies. Can I somehow develop a semi-healthy obsession with recovery and the help of others?! Is that okay? I’m not sure if there’s a definite answer to that question. I think I can safely say though that it’s better than a gambling or sex addiction. It’s also safe to assume a campaign of service is likely more util than a 4-hour binge on Angry Birds. I guess it’s something that needs to be figured out for one’s self. I know one thing though, the most pleasure I’ve felt in recovery has come from the moments and times I’ve “reached through” that 3rd dimension of space and time and connected with another human genuinely in selfless help and service. Never do I sleep better than those times but what do I know. Another thing I can say for sure is that if there’s something one needs to latch onto temporarily to make it through that next hour or day clean then who am I to say that’s wrong or right. I can safely say that many a chocolate peanut butter milkshakes have met my sorrows on down days on my journey through recovery thus far and I can’t say for sure that I would have used without that temporary vice, but I do know that it helped me through that “moment.” I guess there’s a reason some suggest, “all things in moderation.”

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Sources:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/03/video-games-may-tidy-and-protect-mental-health-averting-trauma-addiction/

Finding the Willingness for Recovery for Alcoholics and Drug Addicts

Finding the willingness for recovery for drug addicts  and alcoholics is undoubtedly one of the foundation blocks of long term sobriety. Last night at an A.A. meeting, the topic came up of “finding the willingness.” The shares went around the room, some very good shares by solid sober fellows were spoken. People mentioned how without willingness, why would an addict or alcoholic venture into the basements of dimly lit churches nightly or weekly to sit among strangers for an hour or more of their precious evenings?! To know 12 step recovery works is one thing, to actively participate is another. When it got to me, all I could really think of is that “willingness” is not a necessarily a tool one can simply turn on or off as they please. Willingness is more of learned character trait, if you will, that comes either from personal defeat and surrender OR the witnessed testimony of others defeat and surrender pertaining to a battle with alcohol and/or drug addiction.

It’s thought that an alcoholics or addicts troubles are often of their own making. How natural it is for a human being to want to solve their own problems by manipulating people, places or things around us. “Maybe a change of friends is what I need” or “maybe Los Angeles is the problem,” and while often changing those things can be of added benefit or essential to one’s recovery, the real issue lies within. I know for me, when I was drinking and using drugs, my mind would tell me things like, “well you’ve been diagnosed now with an abnormal heart rhythm from heroin and alcohol use. You have to stop now most certainly.” YET on that very same evening I was released from the hospital I was shocked to find myself rationalizing and than partaking in the smoking of marijuana. I thought to myself, “yes no heavy drugs but surely a little weed won’t hurt me. In fact it will help calm my nerves.” The problem lied here, within 2 days I was back to snorting heroin. Why you ask? Because I have a disease of “more.” If it feels good than I want more, and more, and more and so on and so forth until I wind up in hospitals or jail wondering what went wrong this time. It seems to me, the problem lies within my own thinking.

Alcoholism

Rock bottom

You may have heard somewhere in your day to day life the mention of “their bottom” or “he/she hit rock bottom.” A bottom my friends, although can come in the form of physical trials and tribulations, is an inside job. What is a “bottom” for an alcoholic or drug addict? An alcoholic or drug addict bottom is the thoughts and feelings of utter hopelessness without a brain storm or idea of a way to solve the current problem or problems.  It could also be thought of as a form of emotional shock, so stunned by the results of our behavior we recoil in horror and grievance. If lucky, we may draw an epiphany of sorts out of the occurrence.  More times than not, the bottom isn’t used as a pivot point to make the change necessary to bring about a better set of circumstances; such as entering drug and alcohol rehab, speaking to a doctor or counselor or exploring 12-step meetings.  The alcoholic or addict should consider themselves extremely fortunate if they can convert the pain and suffering of yesterday to a positive change today. One may find the “willingness” to attend those meetings in the dimly lit church basements and study the ways of those having success thus far in abstinence from alcohol and drugs.

At this point you may ask yourself, “so the only way to find willingness is thru further pain and suffering?!” To that I would answer no! Have you ever heard of an AA or NA speaker meeting? These are the types of 12-step meetings where the speaker shares what it was like (drinking/using), what happened (to create change), and what it’s like today (in abstinence). Thru hearing other peoples downfalls and stories of pain and suffering I truly believe it is possible to vicariously experience the bottom necessary to create change. Where else can one experience stuff like this? Alcohol and drug treatment perhaps, online recovery forms, a church perhaps. There is no monopoly on recovery from addiction I must say. One must find their own path, I can only share what worked for me and what I’ve seen work the most for fellow addict/alcoholics. I would also like to post-face by saying I do not speak for Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, the views I share are strictly of my own opinion and understanding in hopes of helping someone else out. If you need help with addiction don’t hesitate to call, no question is a bad question and all are welcome to reach out – call 888-945-9488 – 

Sponsored Rehab Search Results, fictiotious reviews and Which Ones to Trust

When it comes to finding a drug and alcohol rehab center there is a lot of helpful yet, also, deceiving and sponsored information on the web today. Between Google advertisements, hired fictitious reviews and paid native content one can easily end up  at a less than optimal rehab center. Today we’re going to look at a few popular rehab search services and weed through how to find and utilize native and non-sponsored content to access the best rehab for you or a loved one.

Let’s start by taking a look at the newest, and possibly the scariest new method of promotion and reputation manipulation by taking a peek at reputation management services such as BirdEye.com.

Reputation management

 

Notice the third option, “Review Generation”. Now I’m not here to bad mouth any company but offering this service may have single handedly changed the internet forever. Not that the internet was a wealth of honesty before, but reviews were one thing consumers of products and services could depend on up until recently. Reviews were one way to keep a business honest. The dreaded negative “Yelp review” was once a force to be reckoned with for business owners. Now it’s merely a laugh for those utilizing reputation management. So, the bad news is that this method of evaluating services or products now may be obsolete.  The good news is if you’re reading this, you know. How does it relate to rehabs? Drug and alcohol rehabilitation, along with most all medical services, are areas of which people want and need the best service available as often it’s dealing with life or death. When checking out a rehab, look for a few things from here on out.

  • Number of reviews – The more reviews a company has, the more honest of a reflection it will be of their true average customer experience. Next time you read through reviws, try skipping all the way to the first reviews or earlier reviews. Often this is the data of the true company before reputation management services were readily available.
  • Number of highest rated reviews as compared to other ratings – If you se a company with 100 1 star ratings and 40 5 star ratings, something may be fishy. Often there will never be such a delta in value of rating for the most submitted rating options. I’ll also bet that most of the 5 stars come in a bundle around and also come after the bulk of the 1 star ratings.
  • Review sources – Check more than one source, don’t blindly go off of “Yelp” or “Google” location reviews. Compare them to one another, look for any seeds of truth or major differences between the 2 sources.

 

Next lets look at another source searching that you can’t trust fully at first glance. Aggregate result sites or Metasearch engine sites. Let’s take a look at one of the most popular aggregate sites for rehabs, and that is Rehabs.com; Created circa 2011, it’s basically the Expedia of drug and alcohol rehab services. You indicate a location and get results based on geography or further narrowed down by advanced search inquiry results.

Metasearch Engine

Rehabs.com Metasearch Engine

At first glance it looks like a simple search tool by zip code. Which it basically is, the question is how are the results ranked and presented? The apparent answer is that it’s not based on establishment date or alphabetical order but instead on a bidding system. Now the idea isn’t to bash rehabs.com by any means as they have made a central and easily searchable place for people seeking treatment. The point is to make aware any readers that just because a result is on top or has a high star rating, doesn’t mean it should be the immediate choice.

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Drug and Alcohol Rehab Programs – How To Find The Right One

When searching for the right type of drug and alcohol rehab programs, an early consideration should be to determine if inpatient or outpatient treatment is the best for the individual. Learning as much as you can about these kinds of addiction treatment centers can help make the decision to enter and the transition into rehab easier.

Inpatient or residential addiction treatment facilities provide immersive substance abuse treatment while patients live on-site 24 hours a day, allowing them to focus solely on their recovery during that time. Inpatient treatment can be highly effective, with many studies pointing to better recovery outcomes for those spending at least 90 days in treatment. Outpatient treatment exist for those who prefer to live at home while attending counseling and participating in other forms of substance abuse treatment daily at the rehab facility.

Inpatient Addiction Rehab

Drug and Alcohol CounselingThe first phase of inpatient rehab often includes a period of detoxification (detox). During detox, the patient is slowly weaned off of a similar drug of synthetic origin, which in many cases may result in the user experiencing  less physical withdrawal symptoms. Sometimes this process can be painful or even dangerous. For that reason, detox under medical supervision in a professional facility provides the safest transition.

Treating the psychological addiction to drugs, alcohol. In many cases, this phase of recovery involves a combination of medical, psychological, and family support. Most inpatient treatment programs tailor treatment to the needs of individual patients, adjusting treatment according to what the patient needs at a particular point in their recovery. Individual counseling sessions, group therapy, life skills courses, and complementary activities are generally included to help patients regain the skills needed to function in society, at home, and at work.

Holistic or SMART programs approach treatment from a whole body point of view, incorporating various natural practices to promote sobriety, overall health, and contentment. Gender specific rehab programs offer care for women, men, or sexual identity only, allowing individuals to focus on their recovery without distraction.

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Outpatient Rehab

Just like inpatient rehab, there are a number of different types of outpatient addiction treatment. In an intensive outpatient setting, a patient meets with an intake counselor who will assess the patient’s individual situation prior to the start of the program. The type and severity of addiction, its duration, and the individual’s health and life commitments should all factor into placing the patient in the best program possible. Outpatient programs vary in length, depending on the specific needs of the patient. Some may involve daily 8-hour programs, whereas others may only meet for 1 to 2 hours per day.

Outpatient rehabilitation employs some of the same treatment practices as inpatient care, such as individual therapy, group therapy, support groups, medication-assisted treatment, and life skills workshops. In some cases, participants in an outpatient program will be required to take weekly drug tests to ensure they aren’t relapsing when they are away from the facility.

If patients suffer from multiple addictions, particularly severe or long-term addiction, or are diagnosed with both addiction and mental health issues, outpatient care may not be the optimal treatment solution.

Is Group Therapy An Effective Tool in Addiction Treatment?

We asked 261 alumni to rate satisfaction with a number of treatment centers based on selected criteria.

We found that those who had a group counseling experience were 200% more likely to recommend their treatment facility to others.

Group therapy has been proven effective in substance abuse treatment for a variety of reasons. Sober peer support, shared recovery wisdom, peer identification. Patients can also begin to model sober behavior and learn coping skills, and how to provide peer feedback, encouragement, and love.

Learning to refine social skills, using peer confrontation about substance use or other harmful behaviors, and providing structure are also benefits of group therapy in addiction rehab.

Extended Care or Long-Term Rehab

Extended care is ongoing treatment that continues after a patient has completed an initial course of rehabilitation. These long-term recovery efforts are made in a number of settings, from extended-care treatment facilities where patients live, to private therapy, or even regular attendance at self-help support groups. Wise patients choose some form of extended care to support lifelong sobriety.

Extended care programs  are appropriate during a different point in the recovery process than long-term rehab centers. Extended care programs are available to people once they have completed a rehab program and would like additional support prior to returning home. 

Sober living homes are relatively less restrictive extended-care facilities that can offer a transitional environment of support before a person returns home, allowing him to reintegrate into society without the use of substances. The individual lives in a house with other people in recovery, takes on daily responsibilities such as chores and a job, and attends group therapy sessions. Since the person lives in a sober environment with likeminded peers, there is less of a likelihood of relapse than if he was to immediately return to a home environment.

Long term rehabs is a traditional in-patient rehab that involves a significantly longer stay, generally ranging from 6 to 18 months. Most long-term programs provide various resources, such as medical detox options, support groups, counseling, and even classes that can prepare the patient to live a stable life outside of the rehab center.

Length of drug/alcohol treatment program is typically determined by the patient’s drug and alcohol use history and current living situation and the treatment duration can vary from a single month to a year, or longer if necessary. Most reputable facilities will only use specified time frames as a guideline to gauge a patient’s overall progress. If the patient has not achieved certain goals by the end of the designated time, the patient will not move forward to the next stage of the rehab process.

It is also important to note that long-term rehab facilities are not located in a hospital setting. Most facilities are set in a modern and comfortable home-like environment and staffed with qualified and licensed healthcare professionals. These types of programs provide 24-hour care and behavioral monitoring, full staff participation in the recovery process, and programs tailored to meet the needs of the patient.

Through the use of a structured treatment program, patients in recovery can learn new ways of thinking and acting. These changes will make patients aware of past behavior and help them create plans to avoid slipping back into the destructive habits and dependencies that brought them into treatment in the first place. Long-term treatment will only be effective if it can meet the requirements of the individual in rehab, and like other treatment options, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to long-term rehab.

It is important that addiction treatment is flexible in order for the patient to effectively progress in recovery and preventing relapse. In addition to treating the patient, family services may often be available for everyone who has been afflicted by the users addiction.

Peer support and 12-step programs are types of after care that provide patients with regular continued support in dealing with their addiction and learning to live in recovery. Joining these programs is entirely voluntary, but many long-term treatments encourage patients to participate in continued care with their support network . Participants frequently have sponsors and even mentors to whom they are able to reach out to should they need support.

Continued care for life long addiction comes in many forms, and it is important for patients to find what works best for them. For some, this may mean weekly or bi-monthly sessions with a therapist. Others may find meditation class helpful while others may participate in monthly self-help meetings. The important thing is that those in recovery have a clear plan of action in place to help when temptation strikes.

Treatment programs arenot one size fits all:

Importance of Treatment PreferencesA company put out a survey in 2016 asking those leaving an addiction rehab program what facility facets they believed to be as vital things to consider when looking for treatment. The top-rated priority was the centers financial practices, such as financial support, payment, and insurance options. They also reported valuing the program’s offerings (comforts, extra curricular activities, room quality, etc) significantly more. People seeking treatment should examine a clinic’s financial options when making their decision.

Help Finding The Right Rehab

Finding the right rehab may seem like an impossible task, but it shouldn’t. Substance abuse treatment professionals are available to help you every step of the way.  Speaking to a physician or mental health professional may be a good first step in determining the best option.

For more information about rehab facilities or extended care options, contact us today at 1-888-945-9488. Our rehab placement specialists are ready to answer any questions you may have about choosing the right addiction rehab center. Don’t let another day stand between you and recovery.

Opiates and painkillers in America 2017 – The Epidemic

Opiate painkillers may be more of a gateway drug than marijuana. They are easy to get and they are basically legal, right? Even if you are taking them when you don’t have a prescription. That thinking is leading more and more people down a dark path.

One of the most readily attainable, habit forming drugs used and abused by Americans in 2016 was marijuana. It has long been considered the “gateway” to more dangerous drugs. After the user tries it a few times, they think it is harmless, so other drugs are probably okay as well. Not to mention the fact that it is known for relaxing effects. Whats the most abused drug now in 2017? Now in 2017, already, marijuana is being outpaced by prescription painkillers for the most widely abused drug by users aged 16 – 24 in America.

There seems to be a disturbing trend where addictive opiate painkillers are becoming the “new gateway” to substance abuse and addiction.

Prescription Opiates Leading the Way

Prescribed nationwide, opioids are available in pills, liquids, or suckers to take orally. They are also provided by shot, skin patch, and suppository form. They include;

  • morphine
  • fentanyl
  • hydrocodone
  • hydromorphone
  • oxycodone

    Some Commonly Abused Painkillers

    Picture: Commonly Abused Painkillers

They are prescribed to reduce moderate to severe chronic pain. This often leads to habit forming addictions, and can even lead to use, and abuse, of other drugs.

 

The CDC also says that individuals who become addicted to opioids usually abuse multiple drugs. From the onset opioid abusers’ second drug of choice has been benzodiazepines like Valium and Xanax. This class of drugs has sedating, anti-anxiety, and motor skill incapacitating effects.

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Deadly Street Drugs

The prescribed opiate painkillers are making their way into common street drugs too now. Those producing and distributing heroin are cutting their product with fentanyl. Fentanyl, the most powerful opioid analgesic in use today, is 50 to 60 times as potent as heroin. Prince, the pop music star, recently died from an accidental overdose of the fentanyl that he had been prescribed for severe hip pain. Some users know that the heroin has fentanyl, but they think they can handle it. Most are unaware of what they are injecting. Some users also take fentanyl alone thinking it is a different kind of high, one they know. This leads to overdose and often death.

The Opiate Wake-up Call

Much of the illicit fentanyl sold on the streets today is manufactured in China and Mexico and smuggled into the U.S. through Mexico. Among the states hardest hit by street fentanyl is Ohio, which saw a 500 percent increase in fentanyl overdose deaths, 92 to 514, in only one year, from 2013 to 2014. Yet, time and time again, we are told that marijuana is the “gateway drug.” The National Institute on Drug Addiction states, “some research suggests that marijuana use is likely to precede use of other licit and illicit substances and the development of addiction to other substances.” Marijuana use is related to alcohol abuse and nicotine addiction. The government admits, “the majority of people who use marijuana do not go on to use other, ‘harder’ substances.”

Change Terms, Change Approaches

With the availability of opioids, it seems that prescribed medications act more like a gateway drug than marijuana does. Personally, I think the definition of gateway drug needs to be re-written. Why does it say a gateway drug isn’t addicting? While some drugs are not physically addictive, all drugs certainly are addictive. Yes, most addicts have their drug of choice, but one drug will usually lead to another eventually.

Once we can define a gateway drug, then I believe we can understand its implications better, and be better able to classify drugs as a gateway drug. Right now, there are too many camps defining too many drugs as a gateway drug.

The Washington Post cited a study published in the Journal of School Health in which researchers from Texas A&M and the University of Florida examined data from 2,800 U.S. high school seniors. They wanted to see which substances typically used first. Of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana, researchers found that kids were least likely to start using pot before the others. A flaw of this study is that researchers did not survey on the use of opioids.

Whether alcohol, opioids or marijuana serves as the ‘true gateway drug’ the important factor to note is that all three are already legalized in many states, or quickly becoming so. So far, marijuana is legal in eight states, with more states placing legalization on the ballot, including Ohio. Opioids are prescribed — and often over-prescribed — by doctors. So it may be time to re-think what we term the “gateway” in 2017 and beyond.

Recovery Programs for Drug Addiction – 3 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Stay

In 2007, being an addict/alcoholic myself, I went to a drug / alcohol rehab for the first time in hopes of putting an end to a life filled with withdraw, poverty, thievery, broken relationships and depression. Looking back I recognize a wealth of knowledge and specifically 3 tips for recovery programs for drug addiction. I had been drinking and using drugs since the age of 12 and at 21 I found myself homeless and addicted to heroin. One day while at a friends dorm room I had whats known as an “emotional bottom.” I felt as though I couldn’t go on doing opiates but at the same time couldn’t live without them. So I was at a cross road. I called a local county facility and talked to an older woman about my situation. She told me to call every day at 7am to see if they had a bed open that day. This sounded awful yet gave me a glimmer of hope so I mustered enough energy the next few days to call each morning. On day 3 they had a bed open. The woman told me to be there the following day with a bag of clothes and cigarettes if I was a smoker. I bummed a few dollars off of my mother and bought a few packs and i was off to medical detox to start. I went through that detox and after a few rough days I felt as though I was better. How one day I was wearing week old clothes and walking around asking people on campus for spare change and then 3 days later “I’m okay..” makes no sense to me looking back. I got out and got into a cheap sober living in a rough area and I began going to meetings. I had a lot of fun though and I maintained sobriety for roughly 6 months. Long story, short I went back out for what was maybe the worse year of my life there after but luckily found myself in a program again almost 1 year to the day. Having the first rehabilitation experience I learned the following that I was able to apply to my 2nd stint;

1.) People, places and things

When they say in meetings that “if you hang out at the barber shop long enough you’re going to get a haircut” turns out to be almost an absolute. If I am a real addict/alcoholic any prolonged exposure to the things that were apart of my addiction, will ultimately lead back to repeating that behavior most often.

2.)Meeting Makers Make It

Something I learned the hard way is that I can’t do sobriety/recovery alone. It’s a “We” program, I need to help other addicts and alcoholics and I need to be surrounded with fellows who suffer from the same ailment and who can hold me accountable, and I them, in all my affairs. If I’m not having fun in meetings or with my fellows out bowling or hiking or travelling the world than I may get bored and discontent with my sober life. I may soon forget how bad it was using and decide that the laughs coming from the local bar sound like a good place to be. If I’m getting that feeling it is time to tell on myself and take some contrary action.

3.) Do the steps to the best of my ability

Yes the 12 steps look like a short script of words from the 1930’s but they hold a therapeutic substance that has proven more effective at saving the lives of alcoholics than that of even the finest doctors in the world. Who am I to say they can’t or don’t apply to my situation? Who am I to pick and choose through them and decide whats best for my recovery? That type of thinking comes from the same mind that had me homeless at age 21 in one of the most prosperous countries in the world. I had to do myself a favor and say “ya know what… I give up, what should I do?”

These are 3 fundamentals tips that can help your stay at a rehab be a successful one. that I hope will help you as you trudge the road to happy destiny. May you stay clean and sober one day at a time and remember to always tell on yourself when the stinking thinking creeps up!

tips for drug rehab

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Drug overdose now the leading cause of injury death in the United States 2016?

What’s the leading cause of injury death in the United States 2016?

Drug Overdose is now the leading cause of Injury Death in the United States, ahead of Car Accidents & Firearms.

If you were thinking heart disease or one of the former-first’s listed above, you would be considered wrong as of 2016. If you are active on social media or reading the news it’s no secret there are a ton of headlines and talk about heroin overdoses caused by the addition of a drug called fentanyl to heroin or other powders in hopes of strengthening the concoction in an attempt to mimic street heroin or pass as a higher strength batch. So what is fentanyl? Fentanyl is a potent, synthetic opioid analgesic with a rapid onset and short duration of action. It is a strong agonist at the μ-opioid receptors. It often comes in a patch form where users or patients can place on epidermis for time released pain relief. The problem is that when it is taken out of time release form, and added to a solution like heroin where the entire does is released into the blood stream all at once often through intravenous injection, the level of opiates in the blood stream will often be much greater than the user may be accustomed to. This can cause depressed breathing, coma, and in many cases death.

As if that weren’t enough to scare you, heroin is already a drug where users can’t depict from batch to batch the strength and purity of what they are ingesting or injecting into their bodies. Leading it to be the number 1 drug leading to overdose death in the US in 2016.

September is National Drug Abuse Awareness month, if you have questions or need help with drugs and alcohol OR know someone struggling. We are available 7 days a week to assist you in finding resources or creating a plan of action. We offer free support anytime as a courtesy to those who need help but have trouble finding someone to talk to. We also offer rehabilitation centers and medical detox solutions to adult men and women.

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