Understanding Opiate Addiction

A large number of minorities view drug dependence and addiction as strictly a social problem. Parents, teens, older matures, and other body of the alliance tend to characterize judgemental people who take drugs as morally unsatisfactory or as having criminal tendencies. They understand that drug abusers and addicts should be able to stop agreement drugs if they are willing to change their conditional reaction.

These stories have not only common those with drug-interrelated concerns, but also their families, their communities, and the preventive medicine care professionals who slavery with them. Drug abuse and Mania comprise a public preventive medicine problem that affects many people and has wide-ranging savoir vivre results. It is NIDA’s goal to cure the public convert its myths and long-lost mistaken habits about hard drug abuse and addiction with corrected evidence that addiction is a inveterate, relapsing, and treatable syndrome.

Mental Illness does begin with drug abuse when an individual makes a conscious choice to use drugs, but Obsession is not just “a lot of drug use.” Recent scientific study humors overwhelming keynote that not only do drugs clash with right brain functioning creating powerful state of mind of revelry, but they also have long-term effects on brain metabolism and activity. At further particular, changes occur in the brain that can turn drug habit into addiction, a chronic, relapsing illness. Those addicted to drugs look green from a hysteric drug munchies* and regime and cannot leave by themselves. Treatment is necessary to end this compulsive behavior.

A potpourri of approaches are used in treatment programs to help patients discuss with these cravings and possibly avoid drug relapse. NIDA experiment shows that Mania is clearly treatable. Through surgery that is tailored to individual needs, patients can tumble to control their repair and live kind of normal lives.

Treatment can procure a profound effect not only on narcotic drug abusers, but on society as a bulk by very improving breeding and mental functioning, receding reciprocal criminality and violence, and reducing the dissemination of AIDS. It can also dramatically reduce the costs to society of drug abuse.

Understanding Opiate habit also balm*s in Clearly understanding how to forbid use in the first place. Yield from NIDA-funded prevention analysis have shown that umbrella prevention programs that monopolize the family, jail*s, communities, and the broadcasting are effective in reducing Prescription Pill addiction. It is necessary to keep sending the statement that it is better to not start at all than to enter rehabilitation if Addictions occurs.

A unending one’s move* exists to in full change the ways in which the public understands drug dependence and Mental Illness because of the velvet* of scientific data NIDA has amassed. Overcoming faults and replacing theorem with detached knowledge is the best hope for bridging the “great disconnect” – the gap intervening the public perception of narcotic drug mis-use and Impulsiveness and the prepared facts.


Being a Teen Made Me WANT to Drink…

As always, there’s great stuff to read down at the Farm…

“The younger someone starts drinking alcoholic beverages, the more likely he or she is to reach for a drink to relieve stress when older, a large new study suggests.”

I’ll bet the researchers never even considered testing the stress levels of teens as teens, however.

Adolescence made me wish I had a drink-though I didn’t know it at the time. Having “skipped” all of 2nd grade with the “should be outlawed” Gifted tag, it was only natural that by Junior High I was a social retard. And, as such, daily teen life was filled with stress from the moment I heard my mother shout that it was time to get up for school.

And though Mom did a pretty good job for a single mother of two at 23 years old, she did not have the time, nor energy, to teach me how to groom, dress or talk in public- let alone fight. And if you can’t do any of the first three well, you better at least have some working knowledge of the last one.

I didn’t.

Hello, stress!

Which inevitably led to “ahhhhh…” Ahhhh, in case you didn’t know, is the beginnings of alcoholism and/or addiction. It’s the almost magical feeling an up and coming junkie gets when indulging in that first drink, toke, hit or fix of the day. If you are an addict or alcoholic you know exactly what I mean… “Ahhhhhhhh…..”

The shoulders relax, the body loosens, the mind begins to numb.


And it’s that lack of a magical moment that causes me to doubt whether someone is “really” an addict or alcoholic. When someone gets up at a podium in front of a lot of people and states, “It was never good for me…” or “It was downhill from the first drink” I wonder…way too much.

This I do know…if it wasn’t for “Ahhhhh…” why bother???


Pick a Modality, Any Modality

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Is it a Disease? Is it Moral Defeciency? Is it Lack of Will?

Whatever it is, millions of us have “it”.

Therefore, despite everything you may have heard, that equals millions of ways to treat “it”…

From Methadone to Meditation, Treatment Centers by the Sea to Downtown Detox Clinics. And meetings…and meetings…and meetings.

Or not…

While there is no denying that 12 Step programs are the most accessible (and affordable) of the rapidly escalting number of treatment options, the majority of Alcoholics and Addicts who have quit drinking or using drugs have never seen the doorstep of a 12-Step meeting. And they never will.

At the same time, millions of formerly hopeless/helpless drunks and dope fiends have found a new way of life in the rooms of N.A. and A.A.

(Just trust me when I tell you not to EVER bring up the topic of getting clean and sober without the 12-Steps in a 12-Step meeting. Denial may not be a bad word, but it’s not exactly a compliment.)

If you’ve read this far hoping that I would have an answer for your particular brand of addiction, I am sorry to dissapoint you. There are plenty who will tell you what you should do. And how you should do, where you should do, and why you should do.

Shouldy, shouldy-do, do.

At my last count there was over 100 “formal” or “official” 12 Step Organiziations. There are hundreds of thousands of churches and synagogues. The SAMHSA Database lists more than 14,000 treatment facilites, (many more are run from houses and/or Recovery homes.) Medication advances like Suboxone and Subutex make detox safer and more comfortable. And the Salvation Army has free treatment centers in practically every U.S. State.

Today, “Alternatives to 12-Step” programs can be found with a simple Yahoo or Google search. It seems as if there are new alternatives every week. Some rational, some not so rational…

My point, if there ever really was one, is that it doesn’t matter what “kind” of drunk you are or the religious or moral values currently buried by your addiction. You, and I, are two of millions. And absolutely, positively unique. That means there are millions of ways to get sober. (Hallelujah!)

Pick one, or two. Or start your own.

And let us know how it goes. Or doesn’t go.

We’ll leave the light on for ya…

He said,

No Cease Fire in the War on Drugs

“One in five American’s, almost 48 million, have used
prescription drugs for non-medical purposes at least one time in
their lives. The ongoing past month misuse rate amongst
Americans is 6.2 million. According to a current white paper
by Carnevale Associates, this measure of use is already loftier
than the recorded highs of both cocaine and heroin

No Cease Fire in the War on Drugs

How to Become an Addict

How to Become an Addict

If you are an addict, you probably never intended to be one. Rarely does a person wake up in the morning and say to themselves, “Hey, it’s a great day to get addicted to drugs. I think I’ll start now.” You probably started drinking or using mood altering substances during adolescence, maybe early teens. And you probably remember your first drink or first contact with drugs as a really great experience. Future addicts and alcoholics seem to have this reaction in common. We now know that there are genetic differences in alcoholics and addicts that cause them to have this reaction. Many addicts recall that their first use of drugs made them feel “normal” for the very first time.

And teens and adolescents, especially those with problems, are extremely vulnerable. When they find that the use of alcohol or drugs seems to solve their problems, even temporarily, they will repeat that behavior again and again. Mood altering substances can help shy people become outgoing, make a person suffering from mania seem calm, even “appear” to eliminate depression or may make anxiety go away.

Young people who have not developed other coping methods are prone to abuse substances which seem to help. The reason many professionals think we should concentrate our efforts on preventing first use among young people is because it is much easier to teach coping skills and problem solving than it is to battle addiction and alcoholism. Helping teens learn to solve problems without drugs needs to be started early, and reinforced throughout their teenage years.

So how and why does an addict become an addict?

The why is the hardest to answer, because we all react to problems and emotions in different ways; they affect us uniquely. The exact same amount of pain may make one person grit his or her teeth, while the next person will scream in agony. The second person is not weak; they just react to feelings differently. In a society where there are not strong taboos against drugs and alcohol it is easier to get started. The substances are also more available in some places, and a really strong reason is peer pressure. Helping with peer pressure and problems that teenagers have may be the best thing we can do.

As for the “how”, it is usually a progression from one drug to the next. It may begin with coffee and cigarettes, then progress to marijuana or amphetamines. Each one has a stronger effect, at some point it comes down to an imaginary fork in the road.

Science has yet to discover what makes some of us turn left, while around us everyone else is turning right.

TAGS: Addiction, Drug Abuse, Substance Abuse

Jon Heller is the former Publisher and Developer of SoberRecovery.com, and has been involved with Addictions and the Internet for almost 7 years. Through his company, HellerNetWorks, Jon acts as an Online Consultant for Treatment Centers, returning to his passion for writing and reporting only after a good nights sleep.

Isn’t It Ironic?

The corner of 6th and Gladys Street in Downtown L.A. is much like any other in our teeming city. Lots of traffic and pedestrians, quite a bit of dirt and grime.

But this corner is also very unique. A magical corner, almost. And somewhere at this intersection in both the richest and poorest city in the world is a story.

Let’s see if I can tell it.

Skid Row is the common name for a six square block area of downtown that provides clothing, food and shelter for thousands of the most downtrodden residents that have chosen to call L.A. “home.”

These men and women battle with alcohol and drug addictions and homelessness. Many others suffer from mental illnesses that range from simple depression to full-blown schizophrenia. The fact is that most of castaways from what we call “society” wage a daily war against a combination of all of these, if they have the strength or the resources to fight at all. “Cardboard condominiums”, actual sleeping quarters made from boxes, paper and trash line the side streets, and there are many more liquor stores than places of employment.

There are more opportunities to score crack cocaine and heroin than there are for training or medical assistance. The men and women who make up the population of Skid Row are not recent immigrants, nor are most of them people who have chosen to live there. They were our neighbors, friends and schoolmates. They are our veterans. Some are our brothers and sisters.

And at this intersection of Hopelessness and Despair, the soup kitchens and detoxes are never lacking for customers. AA meetings are held each night down here at a “park.” Its called a park in name only, but it’s really just some concrete with a couple of trees surrounded by a high metal fence.

The far corners forming a point that becomes our magical corner of 6th and Gladys. So back to our corner. If you ever feel the need to see how the other half lives, and I hope you will, go to 6th and Gladys Street. Stand at the bus stop there and look around at what we’ve become.

And while you look around at the grim realities of life for those on the other side, look up. Look up and read. The bus stop sign says the MTA 460, from the corner of 6th and Gladys on Skid Row, goes directly to Disneyland. One bus, one ride. Somewhere, somehow, someone made a very big mistake.

You see the “Happiest Place On Earth” is just a faded dream down here, it’s not a destination.

Now that’s ironic.

Addiction and Recovery News

Around the corner, at the blog home of Dawn Farm and Jason Schwartz, H.Q.for Addiction and Recovery News, Jason reports this story:Injection Drug Use Up Among Younger Heroin Treatment Clients.

He goes on to challenge one of the articles unsubstaniated conclusions and I have to agree…Assuming that there is less of a stigma now in regards to needles and HIV as a possible reason that more teenagers are shooting up is pretty pathetic.

And is it coincedence or conspiracy that this “rising” number of young IV drug users don’t live in Florida?

Maybe it’s time for a “Scared Straight” survey. Lock the kids up over at Guantanemo untill they tell the truth.