Sunday, April 27, 2008

Alcohol Street Names and Nicknames

It's a scary thought, but your children could be standing there, talking about getting drunk right in front of you...and you might not even know it.

To gain clarity into your child's involvement with alcohol, it helps to know some of the most common slang currently being used on the street (and in the suburbs) to describe alcohol and the drinking "scene".

Here are some of the most popular slang terms for alcohol and alcohol use:

Alcohol is also known as Booze, Brew, Cold One, Juice, Sauce, Vino, Hard Stuff

Beer Bong: A device used to drink beer quickly through a hose or funnel (may also be known as "Hose Monster").

Black Out: The memory loss experienced during a period of binge drinking.

Chug (Chugging): Consuming a large amount of alcohol quickly (often as part of a drinking game).

Crunked: To get high off of alcohol and marijuana at the same time.

Everclear: A dangerously potent drink with a 90% alcohol proof level

Hand Grenade: A small bottle of sweet, pre-mixed alcohol (often sold at convenience stores).

Hangover: An ill feeling experienced the day after drinking alcohol.

Jag: An extended period of heavy drug or alcohol abuse.

Jello Shots: Grocery store gelatin products mixed with alcohol and usually served in an ice cube tray or small cups (also known as "Zippers").

Methyl Alcohol: A highly dangerous form of alcohol found in household products such as antifreeze, fuel and paint thinners (may also be known as "wood alcohol").

Pre-Game: To take part in drinking alcohol before a party.

Proof: A term referring to the amount of alcohol found in various liquor products. The "proof" number equals double the percentage of alcohol found in the product (for example: "90 proof everclear contains 45 percent alcohol).

Watermelon: A whole watermelon that has been injected with Everclear and served.

Think your child is too young for you to have to worry about terminology like this? Check the statistics and then think again:

53.8% of 8th graders have tried alcohol.

72.0% of 10th graders have tried alcohol.

81.76% of 12th grades have tried alcohol.

Learn the language of your children and find out what they're doing when you aren't around. Don't let a "language barrier" or a generation gap keep you from keeping THEM away from alcohol!

Scott Briggs has written numerous articles about alcohol rehab and substance abuse treatment. If you need more information, please visit

Drug Rehab or Prison - Why We Need to Rehabilitate Non-Violent Offenders

Some states are getting on the bandwagon when it comes to using drug rehab to curb criminal activity, but there is still far too little being done. If you have ever asked yourself why one out of every 100 adults in America are incarcerated, putting drug addicts in prison instead of getting them through drug rehab so they can live a clean, productive, crime-fee life would be at the top of the list.

Why do we need to treat non-violent drug offenders rather than imprisoning them?

Being in prison does absolutely nothing to address the source of the problem - i.e., why did the person commit this crime and what can we do to ensure it doesn't happen again? Does being in prison make an addict not want drugs? Hardly. Does being in prison help an addict deal with the reasons he started drugs in the first place? Does being in prison help an addict restructure his or her life so they can live without drugs, and without the crimes they're committing to get them or while they're on them? Absolutely not. They're going to wind up back out on the street with nothing and, in fact, their situation will be worse than it was when they went in - they'll have a criminal record which will make it very difficult for them to find employment, especially employment that pays enough to support a family. And they will still be craving drugs.

The cost of getting an addict through drug rehab is roughly 25% of the cost of keeping them in prison - $26,000 for prison, $6,000 for drug rehab. Some people object to supporting or helping drug addicts in any way. They think the addict got himself into that position, why should taxpayers pay for him to get out of it? The fact is, we're paying for it one way or another. Our taxes not only pay for the millions of people in prison - which amounts to many, many billions of dollars every year - we also foot the bill for many of the tens or hundreds of thousands of hospital emergency rooms visits, both for people on drugs and for those who have been injured in some drug-related crime or accident, we pay the morgue costs for overdoses, we pay higher health insurance, higher car insurance, and we support publicly-funded drug rehab and other treatment centers.

The cost of the war on drugs - billions of taxpayer dollars spent every year. But as long as the demand for drugs is there, there will be a supply. The only real way to stop the cycle is to stop the demand. And that can only be done through drug rehab.

The loss of lives, the breakdown of families, schools with metal detectors at the doors, schoolyards where any kid can buy drugs anytime, unsafe neighborhoods, barred doors and windows, the homeless on the street. It's not even safe to send your kids to a good college anymore - chances are that 20% of the kids are so involved in drugs they need drug rehab to get off them.

If your kid or someone you care about is involved in drugs, at all, even if they've been taking prescription drugs that are no longer medically necessary, get them through a drug rehab program before they end up in the prison system, in the ER, or in the morgue. You may not have caused the problem but, one way or another, it is already affecting you. And there is only one way to change that - get them off drugs. Their lives will change, and so will yours. And don't forget to lobby for drug rehab programs for offenders so they won't be back out on the street, in the same situation, creating the same problems.

Gloria MacTaggart is a freelance writer that contributes articles on health.

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Crystal Meth - The Dance Of Death

We live in a society where faster is better. From instant noodles to fast food, high-speed computers to rapid transit, speed has become an important part of our culture. Physically, many find it hard to keep up to our modern, frenetic pace. So they take over-the-counter pep pills, down loads of caffeinated colas or drink triple Mocha Latt├ęs with giga-jolts of caffeine.

When these no longer work, some turn to more effective stimulant drugs. Why not, they're fast and they're potent, right? Yes, but they're also unsafe. They are a complex group of chemicals with one thing in common: the ability to wreck your life.

Ironically named speed, methamphetamine gives many the added energy they crave. Not only are more people using it, they're using the most potent and hyper-charged form: crystal meth. This drug, as cheap as it is toxic, has become the remedy of choice for a new generation of speed chasers.

A 2004 Canadian Addiction Survey measured the use of speed in Canadians aged 15 and older. Results show that 6.4% of respondents reported using methamphetamines at least once in their life.

Another survey involving four B.C. school districts showed that up to 8% of students in grades 6-12 report having tried crystal meth in the 2005 school year.

Combined, these might not be earth-shattering statistics, but experts state that 90 percent of users are addicted after the first hit. Even one use of crystal meth can cause immediate, lasting physical and mental damage.

Still, such advice deters few. They smoke it, snort it, pop it or shoot it. Yet many don't understand what's in it. The folks who cook their meth aren't exactly government approved pharmacists. They are more likely to be sleazy individuals huddled over a bathtub mixing their poisonous brew in filthy conditions.

Lethal ingredients

An August 2004 CBC News article stated that clandestine labs have been found in homes, garages, motel rooms and even vehicles in middle class neighbourhoods. Meth can be manufactured in a short period of time, with a modest amount of materials. Basic ingredients from chemicals, solvents and equipment can be purchased in many stores.

Unlike legal drugs, the illicit type has no quality control, so users can never be sure of strength or purity. Ingredients vary in combination and are never exactly the same, says the Canadian Aids Society. Ephedrine (from over-the counter cold medicine), Drano, battery acid, insecticides, solvents, anhydrous ammonia, paint thinner and muriatic acid are among the mix.

These toxic substances form what some have described as a volatile mix of laundry detergent and lighter fluid. All that matters little because both those who use it, and those who manufacture it have a relationship. One party gets high and the other gets rich. Police say an investment of about $150 can yield up to $10,000 worth of the drug.

The attraction

Imagine a euphoric flood coursing through your body; an intensely super focused outlook, and infinite enthusiasm; making everything a riveting experience. That's the appeal of this drug to many partiers, or those seeking long term energy for mundane tasks.

A 2005 New Yorker article stated that methamphetamine is a mood elevator, and is known to induce bursts of euphoria, increase alertness, and reduce fatigue. In slightly less concentrated forms, the drug has been used by truckers trying to drive through the night, by workers struggling to finish an extra shift, and by people seeking to lose weight.

It's not costly either. One can obtain amounts as small as one tenth of a gram, known as a point, for as little as five dollars. This is enough to give the user an intense high for up to 24 hours.

Considered trendy and popular as a club drug, meth has a strong presence in dance clubs, parties and raves. It provides enormous energy to keep gyrating all night to the pounding rhythms of the dance floor. It makes one feel full of life, powerful and sexual, shifting the libido into overdrive.

The risks

Crystal Meth is more toxic than crack and more addictive than heroin, and it literally fries your brain cells, say experts. If smoked or injected, the user experiences a powerful high called a flash. The first rush is always the most intense and chasing that initial feeling causes dependence quickly. More of the drug and higher doses are needed as the addiction progresses.

Such speed runs, over days and weeks, give little rest to body or mind. Typically, during this stage, the abuser has not slept from between three to fourteen days. At the end of the high, the user undergoes tweaking; feeling miserable, and uncomfortable, as well as possibly violent.

Chronic behavioural problems such as social isolation and withdrawal are compounded by extreme depression and suicidal ideation. According to the San Francisco Aids Foundation, the long term effects of methamphetamine use are horrendous.

The sores often seen on the bodies of users are from picking at the skin, due to the feeling of bugs crawling underneath. The obsession to dig or gouge them out is incessant. Some will use knives, glass, pins or needles to pick away for up to ten hours or more. Even when it becomes apparent that no bugs are there, the urge remains. The skin becomes infected and is extremely nasty looking.

Then there's the danger of meth teeth, the result of poor oral hygiene by users. Brittle and cracked teeth, gum infections, disease, and general decay are rampant among users. Unless seen, it is hard to comprehend the total dental destruction of long term abusers. Teeth are so brittle, that even eating ice cream may cause them to fall out.

A November 2005 Washington Post article states that the drug causes lasting changes in brain chemistry, particularly in the neurotransmitter systems. Notably, the churning out of massive amounts of dopamine seems to affect cognitive abilities such as memory, judgment, reasoning, and verbal skills.

Dr. Paul Thompson, an expert on brain mapping at the University of California, Los Angeles, proved massive brain damage using high-resolution M.R.I. studies on people addicted for up to ten years.

Quoted in a 2004 New York Times article, he said he expected some brain changes but didn't expect so much tissue to be destroyed.

The image, published in the June 30 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience, shows the brain's surface and deeper limbic system, which is involved in drug cravings, mood and emotion, lost 11 percent of its tissue.

The hippocampus, the part of the brain that deals with memory also lost 8 percent of its tissue. The article states that this is comparable to brain deficits in early Alzheimer's cases. Heavy users can experience psychotic episodes, characterized by paranoia and auditory and visual hallucinations, according to Prevention Source BC.

The long-term physical toll may also include vitamin and mineral deficiencies, lowered resistance to disease, and organ damage, particularly to the lungs, liver, and kidneys. The vicious cycle also may damage blood vessels in the brain, which can cause strokes, or lead the heart to beat irregularly. Cardiovascular collapse and death have been known to happen.

Quitting is not easy

It's about as easy to quit crystal meth as trying to stop a runaway train. The San Francisco Aids Foundation states that after stopping the drug, the user experiences a profound numbness and depression, as the body no longer stimulates enough to experience pleasure. This can become so overpowering, suicidal thoughts may be considered to ease the pain.

Crashing often entails severe lack of energy, and a massive lack of motivation to perform normal tasks. The day after coming down, the user feels sick, depressed, guilty, ashamed and angry. He wants to quit, but the cravings are unnaturally strong. The only thing that takes them away is more crystal meth. But soon the high becomes disappointing; euphoria turns to numbness, focus is replaced by confusion, and productivity disappears.

According to a former addict, "It's more than something that you become addicted to. It becomes your whole reason for living. You just want it so much that you'd give anything for it. You can't describe it, unless you've seen it. You can't explain it, unless you've done it. You can't imagine it, unless you've been there. Then, it never goes away."


If you're a junkie, you have to hit rock bottom before you can climb back up. Experts say that crystal meth is one of the most addictive street drugs and one of the hardest to treat. The relapse rate of 92 per cent is worse than cocaine. In Canada, provincial health insurance and government recovery programs provide help and assistance for the addict to recover.

But the withdrawal symptoms, especially depression and physical agony, cause many to drop out. The simplest and most effective strategy is not to get addicted. This is not an easy sell for young people, but can be effectively illustrated by those who have experienced an addiction. The struggles of peers are starkly more powerful than simple messages quoting the dangers.

The overall message to people is that crystal meth wrecks lives; abuses health, and destroys families. Ultimately, the need for speed kills. And what it doesn't kill, it burns out. Get the message?

Jorg Mardian is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Fitness Trainer, with over 25 years of practical experience through thousands of clients. He is also editor of "Health in Motion," a health intelligence blog giving clear and concise information on the real truth about nutrition and causes of disease. It can be found at

Crystal Meth - The Ultimate Overkill

Crystal Meth is somewhat like a racehorse among drugs. Its reaction in the body is fast, furious and long lasting. So are the immediate and long term side effects. It increases attention, wakefulness, and physical activity, and decreases appetite and fatigue. There is a brief intense sensation or rush, followed by a long-lasting high or euphoria. This first high is the most intense, with all others being "chasers" which never quite come close to expectations again.

Once the drug's effect disappears, known as the "crash", the user may experience symptoms such as fatigue, nightmares, insomnia, disorientation, confusion, increased appetite, severe depression and suicidal tendencies.

To avoid the unpleasant effects of crashing, some people will take more crystal meth. Paradoxically, the more one uses this drug, the harder one crashes. [1] And of course use can lead to dependence and cravings lasting for life. [2] That means even if you beat the habit of taking this chemical soup, you'll always have psychological yearnings.

In the USA, 2.8 percent of young adults (ages 18-26) reported use of crystal methamphetamine in the past year. [3] This is higher than the annual prevalence of crystal methamphetamine use by young adults (ages 19-28) of 1.4 percent reported by NIDA's 2002 Monitoring the Future Survey. [4]

In Canada, the prevalence among young users is somewhere around 2 percent. [5] I personally believe overall use is somewhat higher, with much of it going unreported.

So what exactly is this stuff and why is the rush so intense?

Crystal meth is the most powerful form of speed available. It excites the brain and nervous system by releasing dopamine into the body. Many times it's made in small and dirty labs and sold as an injectable or snortable powder and a smokeable crystal form called "ice." And it's cheap, which makes it extremely attractive to users.

However, unknown to the victims, dealers often cut crystal with harmful fillers such as antifreeze, drain cleaner, lantern fuel, Epsom salts or battery acid to come up with a 3:1 ratio of filler to drug. [6]

The mix acts as a powerful psychostimulant and sympathomimetic drug, entering the brain and triggering a cascading release of norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin. Euphoria and excitement is caused by stimulation of the mesolimbic reward pathway. [7]

Routes of administration

Swallowing: takes 20-30 minutes to get high through pills or mixed into a drink. Method presents least amount of risk, because the drug is absorbed more slowly. Effects are less extreme but last longer.

The liver breaks down crystal into simpler components, but its use competes with other drugs, and so toxin breakdown may not be efficient. These substances migrate into the blood stream, causing possible drug interactions and overdose. Dangers include heart attack, stroke, coma and/or death.

Bumping and Snorting: takes 3-5 minutes to get high. Powder inhaled directly through the nose and quickly absorbed into the body. This method has similar risks than injecting since sharing inhalers can spread diseases like HIV and Hep B& C. Snorting can also destroy the nasal passages.

In the kidneys, crystal constricts the blood vessels so that less urine is excreted and toxic waste is allowed back into the system, causing headaches and mental confusion. Long term use may cause bladder infections and inflamed kidneys.

Smoking: takes 7 to 10 seconds to get high through inhaling, quickly spreading through the blood stream, with long term concerns such as nerve cell damage, depletion of neurotransmitters, paranoia, psychosis and increased chance of stroke. [6]

"Smoking" methamphetamine actually refers to vaporizing it to produce fumes, which are smoked in glass pipes, or in aluminum foil heated by a flame underneath. Lung damage has been reported with long-term use, but manifests in forms independent of route (pulmonary hypertension and associated complications), or limited to injection users (pulmonary emboli). [7]

Shooting up: (or slamming) takes 15 to 30 seconds to get high, as the drug is injected directly into the veins/blood stream with a needle or syringe. This method is extremely risky as it bypasses all the body's defence systems. If injected into the blood stream, the drug travels directly to the heart, giving a 30 second high.

Physical effects include constriction of veins and arteries, reduced blood flow and increased blood pressure. The heart will beat a lot faster also, which increases risk of arrhythmia (heart out of rhythm) or heart attack. [6]

The hydrochloride salt of methamphetamine is soluble in water; injection users may use any dose from 125 mg to over a gram, using a small needle. This dosage range may be fatal to non-addicts; addicts rapidly develop tolerance to the drug. [7]

Hot Rail: takes 7 to 10 minutes to get high. The drug is heated in a glass stem until red hot and then inhaled through the nose, but can cause lung irritation/nasal passage irritation. The stem can also become contaminated and transmit HIV and Hep C. [6]

Treatment and support are necessary for addiction, requiring a period of detoxification, followed by rehabilitation. Counseling is also recommended to address issues which lead to meth use.


  1. Canadian Aids Society
  2. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  3. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  5. Statistics Canada

Jorg Mardian is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Fitness Trainer, with over 25 years of practical experience through thousands of clients. He is also editor of "Health in Motion," a health intelligence blog giving clear and concise information on the real truth about nutrition and causes of disease. It can be found at

Drugs And Alcohol - The Great Liars

One of the most destructive aspects of drug and alcohol is that they can cause you to believe things which are not true. This can have quite a devastating effect on all areas of your life.

When you use drugs or alcohol, one of the most serious consequences is that you will be undermining your health. In addition to leaving you open to numerous health problems which you ordinarily would not have to cope with, your general overall health and physical fitness will no longer be up to their best standards. If you think about it, isn't this sacrifice much more than you are willing to make?

When compromise involves negative factors, it generally results in sacrifice. Whether your main concern is for your health or about other equally-important issues, it is a good idea to ask yourself how much you are actually willing to sacrifice.

If you use drugs and alcohol, this point is true in all areas of your life. You will find yourself adjusting, compromising, and sacrificing much more than you had ever intended, and possibly much more than you had ever thought you would be willing to do. The oddest part of the entire situation is that one effect drugs and alcohol will have is that you will fail to see those substances as being the cause of it all.

In matters of your health, for example, even if you begin to experience disastrous effects, you will find it difficult and perhaps even impossible to attribute it to what you have been putting into your system. On a more current, everyday basis, denial will keep you in the mind state of insisting and fully believing that the substances are in no way responsible! You may noticed that you have acquired an annoying cough or discomfort in your chest-- but you will be more than willing to chalk it up to air pollution or damp weather, rather than being able to acknowledge that it is being caused by marijuana. You may feel agitated much of the time, argumentative or shaky-- but it is more likely that you will blame your job or your family for these problems instead of being able to see that alcohol has a hold on you.

As drugs and alcohol are the great liars, you may be quite bothered by finding that they are not the benevolent "friends" that you had believed them to be. You may also be bothered by exactly how many different areas of your life have been caught up in their deception. If these facts sum you up quite accurately, one of the first steps you can take toward regaining your perspective is to realize exactly how insidious substances truly are.

As soon as you can begin acknowledging that your mood swings, depressed state, and physical ailments are not being caused by your co-workers, your spouse and children, or anything else in your external environment, you will be well on your way toward shattering the hold drugs and alcohol have had over you with their deceptions-- and then you will be well on your way toward regaining your health, rebuilding your relationships, and reclaiming your life.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Among Truck Drivers

Driving a normal-sized vehicle under the influence of drugs and or alcohol is not a good idea. That idea becomes exponentially worse when the vehicle being driven is 80,000 pounds and prone to tipping. Drug and alcohol abuse is actually a widespread problem among truck drivers across the United States. They use the drugs, particularly stimulants, to help them push through a shift and get extra hours and miles. Sometimes they're used to help a driver get a shipment somewhere earlier than expected. There are numerous reasons for these substances but they all reduce a driver's ability to transport goods safely.

Drug abuse mainly falls into two categories. A person generally is using either marijuana or methamphetamines.


Many people in the United States, not just truck drivers, believe that driving after smoking a joint makes them a more effective driver. This is, quite frankly, a ridiculous claim. Smoking a joint affects an individual's ability to concentrate, their perception, and their reaction time up to 24 hours after the single joint is smoked. That gives a joint a much longer period of effects than drinking a single alcoholic beverage does. The National Transportation Board found that 12.5% of all fatal truck accidents had marijuana involved.


Truck drivers across the country are always looking for ways to beat the system. The system here is a set of federal regulations that dictate how many hours in a day a truck driver can work. Truck drivers, in many cases, want to drive more hours in a day or put more miles behind them in a single day in order to gain an advantage and deliver their cargo to its destination a bit earlier.

Because of this desire, truck drivers often turn to methamphetamines because they fall under the class of stimulants. Stimulants will keep you up at night, like coffee which has caffeine in it. This allows the truck drivers to work for just a little bit longer without falling asleep.

This problem is so widespread that in a recent survey of 20 truck drivers, 17 of the 20 said that methamphetamines were easy to procure at any truck stop. That is 85% of the truck drivers surveyed. The national average probably wouldn't be that high but no one really knows.

Alcohol Abuse

The other area of substance abuse for truck drivers involves alcohol. This problem is just as common among truck drivers as it is among ordinary drivers, if not more so. Truck drivers have higher penalties for drunk driving and the lower allowable BAC, (.04 to .08), 1-3% of all truck accidents involve an alcohol impaired driver. This number used to be much higher but has come down recently thanks to harsh enforcement and elevated penalties. 1-3% still amounts to 46 and 140 fatal truck accidents that result from alcohol impairment.

A driver does not have to be legally drunk for their driving ability to be impaired. Even with a low-level BAC, alcohol will still slow a driver's reaction time and affect their reflexes. Because the Federal government recognizes that trucks are a greater threat to the well-being of others, Federal regulations prohibit commercial truck drivers from operating their vehicles with a BAC greater than .04. This amounts to half the legal limit for ordinary drivers.

Joseph Devine

If you would like more information concerning truck accidents, contact the truck accident lawyers of Williams Kherkher at 1-866-950-9000 or via their website, Their team will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have concerning any element of truck accidents.

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Hidden Dangers of Anabolic Steroids vs HGH (Human Growth Hormone)

There is a lot of misinformation in the mainstream about anabolic steroids and their effects on the human body, especially in the professional athlete. Many of the upfront benefits of steroid abuse is by far outweighed by the long term side effects, and in the case of anabolic steroids those side effects are more internal than external.

Common Steroid Abuse side effects in men include:

Reduced Sperm count: Anabolic steroids can reduce sperm count up to 90%, and in some cases this decline is permanent.

Impotence: In some cases steroid abuse can cause complete impotence. By definition impotence is the chronic inability to attain or sustain an erection for the performance of a sexual act.

Development of breasts: Also known as Gynecomastia. Using anabolic steroids can also increase the amount of estrogen in a man and cause breasts to develop. This is a very common side effect, and though avoidable, many steroid users don't research enough on the topic to know how to avoid this side effect.

Shrinking of the testicles: This is self explanatory. Hormones are powerful things, and when you introduce an abundance of hormones into a human body you get effects like this. The opposite can also happen, with the testicles swelling. Which can result in a serious infection.

Difficulty or pain while urinating: This can get excruciating. While on anabolic steroids daily tasks such as using the restroom can become a painful part of the day.

Anabolic steroid side effects in women can include:

Facial hair growth;
Deepened voice;
Breast reduction;
menstrual cycle changes;

Side effects that can be present in both sexes include:

Bloated appearance;
Rapid weight gain;
Clotting disorders;
Liver damage;
Premature heart attacks and strokes;
Elevated cholesterol levels;
weakened tendons;

Anabolic steroids can also halt growth prematurely in adolescents, and cause severe mood swings and psychological disorders ranging from bouts of severe suicidal depression to extreme irritability, or even feelings of invincibility and outright aggression.

Recent evidence also suggests that long-time steroid users and steroid abusers may experience the classic characteristics of addiction including cravings, difficulty in stopping steroid use and withdrawal symptoms.

While HGH does not have a beefy list of side effects like anabolic steroids, some HGH can have minor side effects, but can also include many of the benefits associated with anabolic steroids. And unlike anabolic steroids, HGH does not show up on steroid tests and is extremely difficult to detect even in human blood.

A big difference between HGH and Anabolic steroids is the fact that HGH is much easier to absorb without the need to inject, this simple fact has made it extremely popular with athletes and day to day consumers alike. It's possible that HGH could be a serious steroid alternative for competitive athletes, and individuals who do not want to spend a ton of money going to their doctor for a prescription.

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Drug Detox Is Equally Important For "Accidental" Prescription Painkillers Addicts

No one knows how many people have become addicted to hydrocodone, the prescription pain narcotic contained in such popular medications as Lortab and Vicodin. Law enforcement and drug treatment officials say the numbers are alarming and growing fast, but what's really worrying them is how easily thousands of people are becoming accidentally dependent on this highly addictive drug. And whether they're using the drug legally or illicitly, hydrocodone addicts all need a medically supervised drug detox program to safely handle the problem.

Hydrocodone (or dihydrocodeinone) is a semi-synthetic opioid derived from two naturally occurring opiates, codeine and thebaine, produced by the opium poppy. It's been in use in the US since the early 1940s, but as prescriptions skyrocketed in recent years it has found its way into millions of homes by prescription, and illicitly into the hands of tens of thousands of unsuspecting teenagers and young adults surprised to find themselves seriously addicted and in need of drug detox and, often, lengthy stays in drug rehab alongside hardened heroin, cocaine, crack and methamphetamine addicts.

If you have been prescribed painkillers, you'd do well to check the name on the container and if it's one of those listed in the next paragraph, by all means lock it up where it cannot be stolen. A high percentage of hydrocodone addicts arriving at drug detox centers became addicted to hydrocodone stolen from parents, friends and relatives.

The most common drugs containing hydrocodone are Anexsia, Bancap HC, Bekadid, Calmodid, Ceta-Plus, Codinovo, Co-Gesic, ComfortPak, Dicodid, Dolagesic, Dolorex Forte, Duocet, Duodin, Hycet, Hycodan (or generically Hydromet), Hycomine, Hydrocet, Hydroco, Hydrogesic, Hydrokon, Hy-Phen, Kolikodol, Liquicet, Lorcet, Lorcet Plus, Lorcet-HD, Lortab, Margesic-H, Maxidone, Mercodinone, Norco, Norgan, Novahistex, Orthoxycol, Stagesic, Synkonin, Tussionex, Vanacet, Vicodin, Vicodin ES, Vicodin HP, Vicoprofen, Xodol and Zydone. All of these hydrocodone preparations have the addictive power to unexpectedly trap both law-abiding patients and recreational drug abusers in the dwindling spiral of dependence and addiction leading to unavoidable drug detox, or a life of loss and misery.

Another absolute rule is to never, ever share your hydrocodone prescription with another person. There are countless dangers in doing so, easily overlooked when you think you're doing someone who's in pain a favor. Hydrocodone can cause serious, even life-threatening situations if it interacts with certain other drugs or alcohol. Medical drug detox that helps you get off the drug is really the only guarantee you have that this will not happen to you. Also, the person could have any of a number of known or unknown conditions that hydrocodone can seriously worsen. Only a trusted doctor would know - and ask - all the right questions before letting anyone take a hydrocodone preparation.

Never take more than the prescribed dose, and remember how terribly addictive hydrocodone is - you can even become dependent on the prescribed dose. Even if you're not addicted to it, hydrocodone can cause liver and kidney damage, so watch yourself carefully for any odd symptoms. And especially watch out for cravings for the next pill, feeling that you need more than the prescribed dose, or unpleasant symptoms if you stop taking. They may be the old symptoms back again - the ones that drove you to the drug in the first place, or they may be withdrawal. Any of these are strong indications that a drug detox program is needed.

Rod MacTaggart is a Florida-based freelance writer who contributes articles on health.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

How To Quit Pot - 4 Tips To Quit Weed Addiction Forever

While Marijuana is not a hard drug like heroin, cocaine or ice and has not been linked to cancer and heart disease like cigarette smoking the overuse of pot has ruined or inhibited many lives. Whatever your reason for wanting to know how to quit weed forever these tips for quitting pot may help you live the life you want to.

1. Understand your addiction

The first thing you must do is realize what your addiction actually is. You see, unlike cigarettes which contain nicotine which causes a chemical addiction in your body that gives you physical cravings for a smoke pot has no such chemicals. The addiction most pot smokers have is what is labeled a mental addiction. This means that there is no chemical or physical need to go an smoke some Marijuana, it is instead simply something you have come to believe you need because it is comfortable and the high you get feels good and you do not want to let it go; this is a psychological need;

2. Understand your psychological need

Once you can accept that your addiction stems from a psychological need you can move to understand that need. Is smoking an escape from a harsh reality? Is it simply a symptom of boredom? Is it because all your friends use pot too? The reasons we develop addictions are many and varied but understanding the core of it can allow you to set yourself free.

3. Find something to replace your addiction

This does not mean find another drug! It does however mean that while you try to quit pot you need to develop some coping mechanisms when you feel the need to use pot again. Finding something creative and fulfilling to fill that void can often lead to great things.

4. Develop your will to quit

As was said, Marijuana is not chemically addictive so quitting comes down to willpower. Now this does not mean that if you feel the need to use pot again you have weak willpower as psychological addiction can be very strong in people especially those who have used weed for many years. It does however mean that it will come down to what you do and the support the people around you offer, there are no pot "patches".

How to quit smoking pot is much easier said than done but it is very possible to quit weed forever if you understand your addiction and take steps to remedy this core problem along with some willpower and a drive to succeed you can do this!

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The Effectiveness of Alcohol Detox Programs

All across the United States, people are looking to regain control through alcohol detox programs. It is fortunate that we live in a country where there are so many public and private agencies looking out for the welfare of society. These programs are known to be very effective when people sincerely wish to regain control through alcohol detox. There are a variety of reasons that work together in these alcohol detox programs to make them successful.

First of all, the connection between alcohol withdrawal and alcohol detox must be discussed. Withdrawal is a direct result of alcoholism, alcohol addiction and alcohol dependency. It occurs when the use of the chemical discontinues. Although the condition is unavoidable, the degree of discomfort that one may experience is manageable. Due to the actual symptoms that are associated with withdrawals, which can range from anxiety, nausea, tremors or seizures, an alcohol detox program is highly recommended for treatment. Hence, alcohol detoxification is a process by which the alcohol withdrawal symptoms are medically managed. The process allows the person suffering from alcoholism to become abstinent of alcohol. Fortunately, detox does not have to be a painful process. In fact, alcohol detox is generally administered in a monitored alcohol rehabilitation program where medications are dispensed to reduce and occasionally eliminate the systems associated with withdrawals. We all agree that intervention is an important part in the treatment of the disease. Yet, the intent of this article is to inquire and respond to the effects of this particular treatment.

When an individual has an alcohol abuse problem, they require professional alcohol treatment. It is imperative to choose the appropriate type of treatment that satisfies that individuals' specific situation. Consulting a licensed physician is recommended because some detox programs may be taxing to undergo. Consequently, one of the most important aspects of detox is to realize that many people have additional medical issues. Although detox manages the withdrawal symptoms, it is also beneficial to cleanse the body to obtain a healthy life. The detoxification programs begin with rather strict diets to fortify the kidneys, lungs, and blood circulation. Cravings will continue when alcohol residuals remain in the body.

Also, alcohol treatment should address the varying degrees of abuse. Some individuals may have attempted to end their abuse in the past and failed. Others may have recent history of abuse and desires to correct the problem before it worsens, but encounter difficulty in accomplishing this on their own. Of course, individuals with years of alcohol abuse may have a more intricate time ending their abuse patterns. Attempting to accomplish detoxification without consulting medical assistance has proven to be very dangerous. Furthermore, an incorrect evaluation could result in the selection of a treatment modality that inevitably increases an individuals' chance of significant failure.

The individuals that are involved in treatment, as well as their family and friends must be aware of the risk factors of dropping out of the detox programs prematurely. Although alcohol detox programs can face obstacles and challenges that may appear overwhelming, there is a solution. Early detection along with medication administration are candidates for a successful detox program.

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Eliminating Bad Habits

Eliminating bad habits, such as smoking, drinking, even gambling, or worse, illegal drugs, is a very difficult thing to do, since the users are already tuned to these disgruntled ways. It took just minutes for them to develop these habits, but it will no doubt take years for them to eliminate them out of their system completely.

That is why a number of national government organizations are finding ways to help them get rid of these bad habits through various comprehensive programs offered; such as Gamblers Anonymous, Smokers Anonymous, and Alcoholic Anonymous. There also are private institutions that offer both counseling and therapy programs for those who need it.

There are schools of thought that claim that developing bad habits actually start from a weak mechanism of coping, whereby the users feel obligated to turn to vices when all things fail. Sometimes, the struggles and problems that people face everyday make them more open and vulnerable to start drinking, smoking, gambling, or using prohibited drugs.

Fortunately, there are ways for people to cope with bad habits. Here are some tips in order to curb one's appetite for vices.

1. Start now.

The first step to anything is the acknowledgment of the existence of a problem that needs to be remedied. Don't waste any minute by simply telling yourself that you'll kick the habit tomorrow or tonight. Have a firm resolution and determination that you are willing to eliminate the bad habit right this very second.

1. Be aware of the effects of your bad habits.

Negative habits create negative responses to how you live your life; in terms of your family, school, career, work, or friendly relationships. Think of the anxieties, stresses, and problems that might happen just because of your addiction. The more dependent you become on your vices, the less time you'll have left to nurture significant connections with other people and grow as a person.

1. Realize the importance of quitting.

Eliminating bad habits is not an overnight endeavor; but knowing the good and positive effects of change will do you a lot of good in the long run. Fast track your thoughts to positive things, so that you might be able to rely on them to help you get rid of bad habits. Quitting means stopping; and by finally stopping, you become free.

1. Keep busy by engaging yourself in new activities.

Develop new habits that might keep yourself busy so you would have less time to think of your vices. Enroll in a pottery class, go back to school, start writing a story that has been in the works for so long, start learning how to cook, or go traveling and exploring the world. Life is too interesting and rich to be spent on vices alone. Enjoy living!

Of course, because a habit is a habit, these advice are easier said than done. However, that doesn't mean they are impossible. Again, start with the resolution that you want to stop and realize the many merits of quitting over continuing.

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How To Stop Drinking Alcohol True Story

My name is Don and I am an alcoholic. I was a functional Alcoholic they tell me. About 14 years ago the company I worked for, for 20 years, sold. As a result of that sale I took a 50 percent pay cut. What happen then was the need to tighten the belt. I could cut everywhere, except my bar tab.

I started drinking when I was 14 years old. I finished high school but didn't graduate. At 18 I entered the United Armed Forces where I made rank in minimum time drinking a maximum amount of time. I never missed a formation; I always showed up for work on time.

I knew I was drinking too much even then. So when I got married I said I wouldn't drink. That lasted until the first fight, maybe 30 days. From that time on I continued to drink from the time I got off work until I went to bed daily without fail.

I still worked in retail management running a grocery store.

During this time we lost our first house in a foreclosure. We had two beautiful children a boy and a girl. On more than one occasion I told myself I had a problem, but look, I had a good job that paid good money and I never drank before I went to work. I never drank on the job. The financial problems weren't my fault it was the times.

As a result of the pay cut my world came falling down. I stopped drinking cold turkey, then one night on the way home I stopped at the local bar just to visit; I was entitled to it.

That started the last run. I was in a black out off and on for the next 90 days. The rent check bounced, I lost $1,000. I woke up and looked in the mirror and knew that it was life or death. I self admitted to treatment program On 15 Sept 1990.

By this time my daughter didn't want anything to do with me, our son was on a run with his addiction, my wife wasn't talking to me when we did talk it was a fight not a talk. Our home had become a total war zone. BUT I STILL HAD A JOB!

As I approach my 13th sobriety birthday we own a home free and clear we have two brand new cars and we did this making 25 percent less than I was making before. My daughter says, "Dad work your miracles." Our son is in recovery. Our family can sit down at a dinner table and we don't yell at each other.

The only major thing that has changed is that I got into recovery, got a sponsor, attend meetings, do my steps, and don't drink no matter what! One day at a time. The Promises do come true. Stick around for the miracle.

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Monday, December 31, 2007

Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription drug addiction is often misunderstood. You may be addicted and not even know it. For example, what may have started as a prescription of painkillers for a minor back injury two years ago has turned into a full blown addiction that you can't stop even though the injury is healed. Careful consideration should go into whether or not a person is addicted to prescription drugs. There is usually a good reason of why a doctor would prescribe you or anyone else a medication. The question isn't whether or not the drug is legal, the question is: Are you abusing it?

Usually an addicted person doesn't realize they are addicted until the dosage is reduced. Sometimes they will go to any length to increase their dosage so they can feel normal again or get the desired high. Many people justify their prescription drug abuse by realizing the differences between a street drug addict, who uses hard drugs like cocaine or heroin, and themselves who are only taking medications that the doctor has legally approved and prescribed. As with any addiction, it takes an honest look into ones own life to see if there really is a problem.

Other than the obvious extreme behaviors of prescription drug addiction like falsifying prescriptions or stealing other people's medications, sometimes our addictions are obvious to other people but may not be so obvious to us. Asking a close friend or family member their thoughts on the matter may give us some insight, but not always.

The only true test is whether or not you can take it as it is exactly prescribed without craving more. Thinking about it honestly, do you find yourself taking extra because what worked before may not be working now? If you are telling your doctor half-truths about discomforts or pain levels, or lying to get more medication, you may have a serious problem. Maybe you are shopping around to various doctors to get more of the same prescription because a single doctor just won't do it for you. If you are over medicating yourself frequently and refilling the prescription earlier than prescribed, you may have a problem. Maybe you have noticed periods of time or events that are hard to remember or you may not remember them at all. Maybe you find it hard to leave the prescription completely alone when its purpose has been served and is no longer needed. Yet, you find yourself refilling the prescription and taking the medication again and again. These are behaviors of an addicted person.

The addictive qualities of many pain killers are very high. Doctors are aware of this, making it harder for the general population to overmedicate itself. Physical tolerance can quickly build against many of the prescription drugs on the market today. Possibly the levels that may have worked for you in the past aren't working now and you are taking higher doses than required to get the same effect.

Trade names like Valium and Xanax are familiar to most people and are two of the most abused prescription drugs around and two of the hardest to stop. For a long time user and considering the type of drug and daily dosage, stopping cold turkey could result in serious damage to the brain, neurological disorders, seizures, convulsions and possibly death. Stopping by yourself is not recommended. As with any prescription medications, a medical detox may be required before starting a treatment program.

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Patrick McLemore has been a recovering alcoholic and drug addict since June 6, 2005. Patrick widely known as an expert in the field of addictions, he has not only studied the topic extensively, but has lived it. Patrick has worked with the Manor House Recovery Center for over two years. During that time he has been instrumental in the recovery and continued sobriety of numerous recovering alcoholic and drug addicts.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

How To Stop Drinking Alcohol For Good

Okay the most common question asked is can I stop drinking alcohol? And the simple answer is yes anyone can, but you have to have made your mind up and be fully committed to doing it.

Anyone going into this half hearted will not succeed so you might as well stop reading this article now.

Cutting down on alcohol will improve your health and your life, and remember your only here once this is not a practise or a rehearsal. Think of your reasons for curbing your alcohol addiction and make sure you write them down.

Are you looking to improve your lifestyle and health? Do you want to improve your relationship with your family and friends? What makes you want to drink less?

If you have answered yes to the above then this is a step in the right direction.

First you have to think of some realistic goals, without goals you'll not succeed. Maybe you have chosen to not drink at all, or maybe you have chosen to cut down your drinking by half, or cut down your drinking day by day or week by week, which ever way you choose you have to stick by it, trust me it worth it.

Remember you should always keep a day by day journal of your alcohol consumption, with out this you really have know idea of what your drinking. Here are a few questions you should be asking yourself after a few weeks.

Do you drink more when your alone?
Do you drink more when your sad?
Do you drink more when your lonely?
Do you drink more when your angry?
Do you drink more when your around certain people?
Do you forget what you have done when you've been drinking?

If you find that these apply to you then try changing your habits, lets say you drink when your sad, then watch something on TV or listen to so thing on the radio which makes you happy, you have to start getting in a routine and once you conquer your nearly there.

What most people do is set there sights to high so they fail at the first step, set realistic goals and you'll soon find that your reaching these. Drinking does not control me - I control my drinking!

Nearly everyone who has a drinking problem has a health problem and the simple reason for this is alcohol damages your organs and without your organs your body doesn't work, look after your organs and they will look after you.

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The Great Gambling Addiction

Won at a slot machine after spending some dollars. You think the machine is lucky for you and you buy some more tokens for gambling. You experience hard luck and you don't win. Probably thinking of buying some more tokens, then some more, and at the end you lose even your winnings. Next day some more, then more and more, and this just seems an endless pattern.

Now you are addicted. Yes that's right! The term addiction was previously used for the addiction to chemical substances like alcohol, nicotine or drugs. With new research on how our brain functions there's been findings that state that many substances can be addictive even though they are not chemical in nature. One such addiction is the gambling addiction. It seems that addiction is resultant from the pleasure derived from abusing a substance but addiction can begin because of depression or some kind of emotional problem. The reasons are many and they are different and unique for every addict.

Gambling Addiction or pathological gambling is often referred to as a hidden illness. As there are no physical symptoms visible the American Psychological Association refers to gambling addiction as a mental health disorder as there is no impulse control over it. There are two types gambling addictions, one is action gambling and other is escape gambling. Action gambling is when a gambler is addicted to his thrills of taking risks. Action gamblers most of the time are busy playing with others to prove themselves a winner. Escape gambling is due to imbalance of a persons mind or when he is emotionally hurt. Such gamblers prefer playing alone. They are most of the time at the slot machine or playing black jack. They don't like others playing with them or they don't want anyone around them. It's found that the teens are more than three times likely to be victims of a gambling problem as compared to adults. So it is necessary to make them aware about the dangers of a gambling problem at an early age itself.

There are phases of gambling addiction. At first comes the winning phase were gamblers often win a big amount or win a few times. This in turn prompts them to win more as they begin taking great pride in their winning ability. As a consequence, they may choose to increase the bet amount. Then comes the losing phase, when gamblers begin to lose all their money.

Don't take anymore gambles in life. Get the help that you need today. Why not have a shot at a tried and test approach? Hypnotherapy might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of getting your gambling under control, however it is more than likily your best bet. You can even get Hypnosis downloads these days so you can get the results that you desearve in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace. Do something different today - get the results you need and deserve.

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Caffeine Addiction

Many of us consume caffeine on a daily basis. Whether it's in the form of coffee, tea or soda, it is a substance that gives us energy and gets us through our everyday lives. What we usually do not think about is that caffeine can be addictive just like many other external, illicit chemical compounds.

When we think of addictions we usually think of things like alcohol, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Caffeine almost never crosses our minds. Yet if we take a closer look we can see that the chronic intake of caffeine exhibits the same characteristics as many of the drugs previously mentioned. We will take a closer look at five different parameters that would make one categorize caffeine as a possible addiction:

1) The effects of caffeine on the nervous system
2) Dependence
3) Tolerance
4) Withdrawal symptoms
5) The need for treatment

Caffeine is a stimulant that acts on the nervous system. It provides the user with a "high" or a "rush" that is often seen with other stimulants. Constant use of the substance can make one's body dependent on the compound. Many of us have often complained that we can not get through the morning without a coffee or we need a soda to get rid of the headache. This is the classic definition of dependence and what we are often feeling are withdrawal symptoms. It is also believed that caffeine alters receptors in the brain which leads to tolerance. This simply states that the more you use, the more you need to feel that "buzz" or "rush".

As mentioned before, most don't consider caffeine in the category as other illicit drugs. Many do not feel there is a danger as seen with cocaine, meth, etc. Although, there are situations that can call for treatment. This is when the user's withdrawal symptoms have gotten to the point that they are intolerable without intake of caffeine. Treatment can be provided in the form of counseling and 12 step programs.

Caffeine's ability to alter the nervous system, build dependence and tolerance as well as exude withdrawal symptoms makes us believe that an addiction can definitely be formed to this socially accepted substance.

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John Bell has spent the past 12 years in the healthcare arena. This includes work in drug discovery, diagnostics as well as addiction treatment.

Christian Drug Rehab - How to Find One You Can Afford

Few things in life bring us closer to God than the devastation of addiction. When we fall so low, and we are so weak, the Lord's power and grace becomes perfect and strong within us; and when we pray with humility for help from the despair of addiction, He will ease our burdens and show us the path.

Christ will help us get through this, and He does not test us with more than we can bear. Once we start living, and recovering with Christ, things will get better in a hurry.

Addiction is fundamentally a crisis of the spirit, and as such it makes perfect and logical sense to approach it with a spiritual solution. Christian drug and alcohol rehabs lead the faithful down the Christian 12 steps to recovery, and allow for a place of serenity and counsel for the very tough period of initial recovery. They work because God works.

But how to find a Christian rehab you can afford?

Thankfully, for those seeking faith based recovery, affordable and even free options exist in great numbers. There are of course more expensive private facilities, that will offer a comprehensive therapeutic experience in some considerable luxury, but many non profit Christian rehabs operate at very low cost to those in need, and operate only to do good works for the Lord and to help Christians in real need.

They can be hard to find

You may have some difficulty finding these free Christian on the internet. Private rehabs with larger marketing budgets tend to dominate the net, and free or very affordable rehabs, although they are online, are buried so deep as to make finding them problematic.

Ask at church

An obvious place to start your search for rehabs is at your church. Your pastor or minister very likely knows of local options, and if he or she doesn't they can probably find out for you.

Go to a Christian 12 steps meeting

You may also want to search for Christian 12 steps meetings, or even AA meetings in your area. Go to a meeting and ask the always friendly people in attendance of their experiences. The odds are high that someone will know of a drug treatment program that fits your needs perfectly. Go to a meeting anyways, they are an invaluable resource even if you don't find a rehab!

You can find help, and even if you have no money and no insurance, there is a Christian program ready to take you in, provide ministry, and get you better. Look forward to a better life in service of the Lord. You can get better, He will help you, and life will be better.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

GLBT Free Drug Rehab - How to Find One

For those of us searching for drug rehab without insurance, and without the means to finance our own stay at drug rehab, it can be tough to know where to turn. When you narrow further the selection criteria by searching for a free GLBT drug rehab, it can seem down right impossible to find anywhere to go.

So maybe you shouldn't?

There are over 2000 free or nearly free drug and alcohol rehabs in operation in this country. Rehabs that exist as non profit or charity entities, and that care more about getting you better than about how much money you do or do not have. A small number of these will have GLBT specific programming, the vast majority do not.

Consider a tolerant but mixed facility

Thankfully, clinical studies have shown that GLBT addicts and alcoholics seem to do just about as well in conventional and mixed sexuality facilities, provided that their unique concerns are acknowledged and dealt with, and that they are treated with respect and compassion by both the staff and the other patients within.

GLBT addicts in recovery report appreciating having issues of sexuality and the influence of sexuality on addiction overtly covered in both individual and group therapy sessions, and also report appreciating having counselors raise these issues first. Our sexuality and life experiences do influence our use and our recovery, and it is important to address such central life experiences in the recovery process.

A question of your own comfort level

As long as a drug or alcohol rehabs operates from a philosophical framework of mandated and enforced respect for diversity, then these in recovery should have few problems recovering within a mixed sexuality facility. Of course honesty and openness in the therapeutic process is completely necessary for progress on our personal issues, so if you feel you cannot open up outside of a GLBT community of addicts in recovery, then you are unlikely to get much from a mixed sexuality facility.

Basically, it's up to you. If you feel that you are comfortable discussing your personal life and issues with others of a different sexuality, then as long as the treatment facility enforces tolerance to all, then you should do great. And if you feel that you can, then there are thousands of free drug and alcohol rehabs available to you, in every corner of the nation!

You will need to ensure that any facility under consideration will treat you with respect and compassion, and you should inquire as to policies and realities of tolerance before entering into a stay at any drug or alcohol treatment enter. You can get better, and you can find a facility to in which to heal, even if you lack insurance and savings. You just need to decide what you're comfortable with first.

Drug Rehab Needed For Seniors With Alcohol or Drug Addiction

We've all heard the stories or seen movies or TV shows where a senior citizen is a secret drinker with a bottle of vodka or bourbon stashed somewhere in the house. Usually played as comedy, there's nothing funny about it - especially if it's you or someone close to you. No matter what the age, it's still addiction and can only be solved with drug rehab.

It's a tragic reality that millions of older Americans find themselves alone in their later years, largely ignored by their families and without the friends they've relied on for so long. Even someone still in their 50s, but more often for people in their 60s and 70s, best friends are passing away at an alarming rate. All around them things seem to be changing faster than they can keep up with. For retired people, the purpose of a career and the familiarity and friendships among workmates has also been lost. Life can become a routine of sleep, eat a little, shop for a few groceries, and watch a little TV before sleeping again. Alone.

These kinds of changes in a person's life as they get older conspire to make people feel isolated. As a result, many older people wind up describing their loneliness and depression to their doctor, and are prescribed drugs to "make them feel better." Tragically, many actually become addicted.

Others turn to the old familiar bottle - the legal drug called alcohol. With a couple of drinks in the afternoon, things begin to seem more tolerable. As time goes by, the two drinks turn into many, and alcohol dependence and alcoholism are the result. And the fact that older people cannot tolerate alcohol the way younger people can means tipsiness - and accidents - can happen very easily.

Unfortunately, many older folks with alcohol and drug problems don't realize they have an alcohol or drug dependence for which they should actually receive drug rehab. They don't recognize that some of their bad feelings they have now are withdrawal symptoms or side-effects of the alcohol or drugs. But whether they recognize they have a problem or not, many hide it from the people around them, especially family members who call in occasionally.

Of course the secrecy makes them feel even worse, so they take another pill or pour another drink for that too. Secretly, and alone. But these folks really do need drug rehab. They are not using alcohol or drugs for medicinal purposes. They are, by definition, substance abusers, and substance abuse needs the services of a drug rehab program no matter what your age.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that the non-medical use of prescription drugs is the second most common form of substance abuse among adults older than 55. Although it doesn't say what the first most common substance of abuse is, we all know it's alcohol - the most abused substance of any age group in America.

If you are an older person who finds himself or herself trapped in some form of prescription drug or alcohol dependence, or you know an elderly person who is suffering such a fate, don't hesitate to contact a drug rehab counselor and talk about it. Call one who will keep it confidential, where there are no strings attached.

We should all watch out for our older people, and care for them when we can. We should never abandon or ignore our elder family members, either. We should check their medicine cabinets, ask them and their doctors if we have to, and find out if they're using or abusing drugs or alcohol. At the slightest sign of dependence, contact an alcohol and drug rehab program and ask for professional advice.

Rod MacTaggart is a freelance writer who contributes articles on health.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Crystal Meth Addiction - How Serious Is It

The images in my last month local newspaper was enough to make anyone stop for a moment and see the devastating effect of crystal meth (Crystal methamphetamine) now becoming more mainstream and reaching epidemic proportion.

The newspaper featured stories about young men and women who went from being excellent students, good mothers, good fathers, all in all good citizen to becoming shameful addicts who won't stop at anything to get their next fix.

What really captured my attention was the transformation of these beautiful men and women. How they went from being handsome to find themself looking old and sickly after they have started using crystal meth. Beside looking old and sickly, they had all kinds of lesions on their bodies, which I later found out is called crank bugs (feeling that bugs are crawling on your skin). The lesions are caused by constantly scratching your body from the itch.

Interestingly enough, the one common denominator was that all of the people interviewed for the article said that they were hooked on crystal meth after only their first try. One of the guys went from being a well respected attorney earning about a thousand dollars a day to owing his credit card company $25,000 dollars six months later due to his addiction.

Another one of the subjects, a girl with the youthful good looks of a model before she became addicted was nothing more than a skinny looking lady that looked as though she aged 15 or 20 years once she became hooked on crystal meth.

The effect of the drug is a feeling of euphoria and a high that can last anywhere from 2 to 16 hours. The user then have more confidence, more energy and become very happy and uninhibited, which can lead to risky behaviors such as needle sharing that brings the risk of contracting hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV and possibly AIDS.

Crystal meth (Crystal methamphetamine) can be either snorted, injected, or smoked in a pipe and is made of many toxic substances such as:

Brake Fluid
Lighter Fluid
Cold remedies
Lithium Metals
Hydriotic Acid
Red Phosphorus
Anyhdrous Ammonia

The side effects of crystal meth like any other street corner drug, are insomnia, agitation, irritability, dry mouth, sweating, and palpitations. The body temperature also increases, as does breathing and heart rate. The drug can also cause behavioral problems, paranoia and psychosis, especially after frequent use and in individuals with a predisposition to mental illness.

The addiction can lead to mood swings, paranoia, anger and depression that have an impact on relationships and general social interactions. Beside the permanent life-altering changes that the drug can inflict on the user such as work, relationship and job prospect, there is the ever present risk of an overdose that leads to convulsions, respiratory collapse, coma and ultimately death.

The tell-tale signs of crystal meth addiction are, lack of concentration, depression, insomnia, worrying about the next fix, etc. Crystal meth is so addictive that most users get addicted on the first try. The first thing is to acknowledge the problem and treat it as serious then seek help, which is available in every cities and smaller communities.

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The Problem of Crystal Methedrine Addiction

Crystal Methedrine addiction is a still a problem in American society. There seems to be less publicity about it but it still is a popular drug It is serious because Crystal Methedrine addiction it can lead to serious mental and physical damage, even death.

The effects of crystal methedrine addiction can vary depending upon the individual involved in the crystal methedrine. All of the effects of crystal methedrine, however, fall in to one of two categories: short-term or long-term.

A person who uses crystal methedrine just once is capable of experiencing the short-term effects of crystal methedrine addiction. Some of the short-term effects of crystal methedrine addiction include dilated pupils, rapid and pressured speech as well as decreased appetite and increased body temperature. Other short-term effects of crystal methedrine are increased mental alertness, increased heart rate, and increased energy.

People who think they will try meth 'just once' often fall prey to crystal methedrine addiction because they enjoy some of these short-term effects, such as increased energy and mental alertness. This boost of energy helps the user feel as if he can be more productive in life and at work, which leads to an increased tolerance of meth, and ultimately leads the need to use more to get the effect and eventually crystal methedrine.

People looking to lose weight also sometimes experiment with meth because of the short-term effect of appetite suppression. It is possible for a meth user to go days without eating. Unfortunately, using meth for this purpose can also lead to meth addiction and other health problems such as malnutrition.

A person suffering from meth addiction will begin exhibiting the long-term effects after abusing crystal methedrine for an extended amount of time. Extensive use of crystal methedrine, results in a tolerance to it, which forces the addict to use more in order to reach the same high. Therefore, the long-term effects of crystal methedrine addiction can include respiratory failure, heart disease, stroke, heart attack, gastrointestinal problems, seizure and coma. Less severe long-term effects of addiction include blurred vision, nausea, convulsions, fever, chest pain, and muscle spasms.

In addition to the physical affects, crystal methedrine can lead to psychological problems, such as irritability, restlessness, auditory hallucinations, paranoia, and mood disturbances. Meth addiction also can have a negative effect on relationships, when undesirable behaviors, such as stealing, lying, and cheating, croup up as the addict attempts to support the addiction.

Crystal methedrine addiction can also lead to financial ruin when all of the addict’s money is spent on getting the next high. Or, when the addict is fired from his job for poor performance or excessive absenteeism both related to the meth addiction.

Crystal methadrine is destructive in a variety of ways. Therefore, the best choice is complete abstinence and no experimentation.

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Alcohol Addiction - On The Wagon Or Social Drinker

Learning how to stop drinking alcohol for some people is a long and difficult process. If you have become dependent on alcohol to cope; if you drink in the morning or before work; if you are unable to cope in social situations without your "friend" (the drink); if you have hurt people while you were drunk - then you have some important decisions to make.

The most important decision, of course, is to get rid of that alcohol addiction. Unfortunately, without that decision, it all too often ends up on that "slippery slope", that "downward spiral".

Another decision to make, and this is an important one, is whether to aim at becoming a teetotaler, where you never drink alcohol again, or allowing yourself the occasional drink in social situations.

This is a controversial topic. Some people and organizations claim that once you are addicted, you are addicted for life. Just as an ex-heroin addict can become instantly re-addicted after just one dose, so the ex-drinker can become instantly re-addicted with just the one drink.

Other people, such as certain NLP practitioners (but not all), say instead that it's better to aim for choice. In every situation, the ex-drinker can choose to drink or not to drink.

I believe that it's a little more complicated. Firstly, there are degrees of addiction. An alcoholic needs to aim at total abstinence in the first place. Only when he or she has become an ex-drinker, and (with the help of mind skills such as NLP, EFT or self-hypnosis) can have a good time without drinking any alcohol, can the decision be made.

The ex-drinker would do well to always err on the side of caution. If there is any doubt at all, then the safe route is to avoid all alcohol. The problem is not that the person may be irresponsible, but that the first thing to disappear with a drink is judgment (that is why drink-driving is so dangerous). So, after the first drink, the ex-drinker is no longer in a position to judge whether another drink is safe.

Here are my tips for an ex-drinker as to whether a social drink is safe. If the answer is "no" to any of them, then stay on the wagon!

  1. Are you enjoying yourself?
  2. Are you in a safe environment, where you will not be subjected to stress or bad feelings?
  3. Have you coped well with this situation before without drink?
  4. Have you learned to take control of your emotions even in stressful situations?
  5. If you have drunk in this situation before, did you do so in strict moderation and in good spirits?
  6. Finally, are you absolutely sure that you will cope with just one drink and know how to stop drinking alcohol before it has any effect on you?

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

How To Give Teens Alcohol And Drug Addiction Help

It's not an easy task to find alcohol or drug addiction help for your young kid or teenager. Nevertheless this is an important task and as a parent you have no choice but taking care of it. A teenager's life is full of contradictions and extremes, as young people are struggling to find out who they really are as well as wondering what their identity as adults will be, this is just normal. Due to teenagers particular mental stressors, it is a very easy way for youngsters to get caught up in an alcohol or drug addiction problem. Because of these stressors, they will almost always be in need for drug addiction help to get rid of their cravings for their drug of choice. Facts about alcoholism and drug addiction show that the highest rates of success occur with inpatient drug rehab.

Drug addiction help for teenagers has to be specialized to their needs. Alcohol or drug addiction rehab that works wonderfully for adults may not address the concerns of teens. When searching for drug or alcoholism rehab centers for your teenager, be sure to decide whether each center's program was designed specifically for teens.

Of special concern to parents of teenagers with a drug or alcohol addiction problem is the issue of schooling. Many teens who have a drug or alcohol addiction problem have dropped out of school or have missed so much school that they have been suspended or expelled. In drug or alcohol rehab centers, teenagers will be required to attend school. The quality of education varies from program to program, but your teenager will have to attend classes. A drug or alcohol rehab center's schedule is tight, incorporating academic classes as well as psycho-educational classes, group therapy, personal counseling and similar activities.

Parents should expect to be significantly involved with their teen's drug addiction help, whether the teenager is in inpatient drug or alcohol rehab or outpatient counseling. Family sessions are required by many rehab facilities and highly recommended anyway. While it is surely not your "fault" that your teenager has a drug or alcohol addiction problem, family dynamics may play a contributing part in the underlying causes. Additionally, you and your teen have probably grown apart and may fight frequently. Your faithful attendance at family sessions will show your teenager that you love and care for him or her and are willing to commit to the teen's recovery effort.

After your teen completes his or her inpatient drug or alcohol rehab program, you will need to make provisions for aftercare drug or alcohol addiction help. Your teen will most likely receive a referral to an outside therapist or psychologist and information about twelve step programs and peer counseling services as well. Make sure that your teenager performs all appropriate follow up work, as relapse is very common. Work with your teen and allow him or her to take some progressive responsibility for making his/her own aftercare decisions.

Do not punish or guilt trip your teenager about his or her drug addiction problem but rather encourage him or her in the fight for recovery. Recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction brings forth many feelings, some of which will be quite mean for both you and your kid. Provide a loving and supportive environment in which your teenager can heal and be prepared to do the necessary work on your side of the relationship. Alcohol or drug addiction help can assist you both in becoming closer and more trusting of each other.

No matter how old the addicted person is, facing the need of drug addiction recovery can be a real nightmare. For a person questing for identity like teenagers normally do, getting rid of an alcohol or drug addiction on top of all these other issues issues must be felt like a disaster. Fortunately, there are methods to handle addiction in teenagers successfully however, it requires professional alcohol or drug addiction help together with the teenager as well as the parents. Only then the treatment will be successful.

David Richards is a publisher of alcoholism facts. You can go to alcoholism treatment for more.

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Alumni Programs a Critical Factor in the Success of Drug and Alcohol Recovery

When families are looking for a drug rehab or alcohol rehab program for their loved one, they are often focused on the program itself, not the support programs and systems that follow the residential care. However, a recovery program that offers regular, scheduled events for alumni can be just as important in helping recovering addicts live a life of permanent sobriety as the program itself.

Why Alumni Programs are So Important

An addict is never "cured" from addiction. Life in recovery is not always easy and there are certain to be dark and weak moments along the way when the recovering addict struggles not to take that drink or call an old contact for a fix. These are the moments when a strong support group becomes invaluable in the recovery process.

Though family members and friends who have not dealt with addiction may be more than happy to provide support, it is the people that have shared similar experiences with addiction and recovery that the addict often needs most for support.

It is not only during times of crisis that the recovering addict needs a support system, it's important to have regular contact with others in recovery to stay focused and to get recharged.

Residents of drug and alcohol recovery programs often form very close friendships and connections with other residents and staff during their stay. Having planned activities for this group to continuously meet up in a safe environment can be one of the keys to a healthy, happy, life of recovery.

Types of Alumni Program Activities

Each drug and alcohol recovery center offers its own alumni program activities. No one type of alumni program is better than another is; what is important is that there is some sort of regular, on-going group meeting or activity that past residents are welcome to attend.

For example, the Mark Houston Recovery Center holds a one hour aftercare group each Thursday and a barbeque each Saturday with a different motivational house speaker each week. Other centers offer a recharge weekend where residents can regain focus when they feel like a slip may be near. Still others may offer a program where graduates can sponsor a new resident and learn about recovery through the eyes of the teacher.

Choosing a Drug Rehab Center

It can seem overwhelming to choose a drug and alcohol rehab center for your loved one. Quite understandably, you may feel as if you've got one chance to save this person from his or her own life and want to make the right choice. Seeking out recovery programs that offer alumni groups and activities after completion is one piece of the puzzle.

Other factors to consider are the length of time of the program. A 30 day program may be fine to start with but you may find that your loved one requires a longer continuum of care after the 30 day period. Look for programs that offer longer programs or that will allow the resident to extend their stay if needed.

Recovery from Drugs and Alcohol is Possible

Many addicts are resistant to go to treatment but so thankful once they emerge on the other end. The best thing that family members and loved ones can do for the addict is to stop enabling their addiction, find a program that offers a well balanced recovery plan and organized alumni activities, and get that person to speak with an intake counselor.

Though it may not seem possible during the height of a person's addiction, drug and alcohol recovery can be a reality. There are tens of thousands of success stories of people who have reclaimed their lives and gone on to live lives with more happiness and purpose than before the addiction.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

The Secrets of Quitting Marijuana

If you are a marijuana smoker and you want to learn the secret of quitting, then this article is for you. There are a number of simple things your need to know and use in order to quit pot naturally and easily, without cravings. From what things you will need to throw away, some ways you will have to distract yourself, why you will need plenty of rest and why it will be important to stay away from other smokers. This article's purpose is to bring you up to speed on the basics of overcoming the weed abuse.

To quit marijuana, it is important that you make the decision to quit, and along with that taking some action toward your goal. The first action you will have to take it to throw away all your paraphernalia. You will have to throw away all of your lighters, ash trays, bongs, pipes, papers, busters and rolling machines. When you get rid of all of your instruments of pot smoking, the temptation is reduced and it will make it harder to smoke again. Taking this sort of action is one of the best first steps of overcoming the weed habit. Once you have done this, it will be much easier to take the next step.

Since your body has become accustomed to smoking marijuana, you will have to plan out some simple but effective distractions for yourself. Since stopping pot is somewhat of a dramatic change to your daily activities, you will find that you now have some extra time on your hands. It is critical that you have some new things that you want to do, have, or be to replace your former weed smoking periods. If you usually smoke after a meal or after work or school, then you could plan to-do something like work on project, a game, go for a walk, read a book, ride your bike, etc. Anything physical will be extremely helpful in resetting your bodies natural system of feeling good. Anything that helps distract you is a good thing, but it's not just what you do, it is who you spend your time with.

The people you spend your free time with become your personal reference group, whether you realize it or not. You will have to stay away from other marijuana smokers, especially at the initial time that you start to quit. Your pot smoking buddies will definitely not be to happy to know that you intent to quit because they will miss your company and you will also remind them of their own weakness with regards to smoking weed. With out a doubt they will attempt to pull you back in, especially if you give them the slightest chance. Remember not to, and you will find it much easier to break away from the cannabis. Be sure to stay away from any environment that would expose you to marijuana since at the start, you will be tempted to slip back into your old ways. To avoid this will take a bit of preparation.

One of the best things to do in order to prepare yourself in quitting pot is to get plenty of rest. You may feel tired when you stop, or feel early cravings more when you are tired. This is completely normal for weed smokers who stop. So make sure you don't fight it, just get some extra sleep and allow your mind and body to take its course and allow it the extra energy it needs to begin rebuilding itself. Rest is one of the two main things your body will need in order to detoxify.

The second thing is a lot of water. Drink lots of water since water is one of the most essential things to life. When you quit marijuana, water flushes your system and it cleans out your entire body of toxins. The THC and all aspects of the pot that stays in your system will be flushed away, gone from your body, gone from your mind, leaving you free. Drinking water will even ease some of the cravings that come from the weed.

So now you know the basics of quitting marijuana naturally and easily, without too much stress, strain or confusion. There are many of things that can help with quitting, many things you can do with your diet that assist you in removing all cravings and withdrawal. However, throw out all your paraphernalia, giving yourself distractions, avoid your pot-head friends and get plenty of rest and water and you will find it easier then ever to quit marijuana for good. It is definitely a journey worth taking.

Peter Hill is a human resources specialist and an expert in helping people change their habits. He runs an informational website that provides tips, audio and stories to help people quit marijuana naturally and easily, without cravings or discomfort. To take advantage of this cool stuff and more make sure to check out Peter's site at
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