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All across this country in small towns, rural areas and cities, alcoholism and drug abuse are destroying the lives of men, women and their families. Where to turn for help? What to do when friends, dignity and perhaps employment are lost?

The answer is Palm Partners Recovery Center. It’s a proven path to getting sober and staying sober.

Palm Partners’ innovative and consistently successful treatment includes: a focus on holistic health, a multi-disciplinary approach, a 12-step recovery program and customized aftercare. Depend on us for help with:

Why Are So Many Americans Struggling With Prescription Painkiller Addiction?

It’s all over the news – the most prevalent drugs of concern in the U.S. today are prescription painkillers, like OxyContin.

Synthetic opiates have always been our country’s most popular drug.  Throughout history, painkillers have led the way in the preferred drug of choice among Americans. From synthetic morphine to heroin to Demerol to OxyContin, there’s nothing surprising about our sick attraction to these types of drugs.

Painkillers produce feelings of detachment from emotions and stress, which is why Vietnam soldiers became dependent on heroin in the 1960s and 70s.  Many overcame their addictions once they came home, however, today it seems more difficult to detach from the stresses of the world.

Americans learn from a young age to find relief in medication. We never want our children to experience pain.  We grow up knowing there is a pill for just about any ailment.

As with any addiction, individuals abusing painkillers seek the certainty of an experience or a sense of relief from pain and suffering.  Any substance producing a relieving effect has a strong potential for abuse, and anyone brought up to be uncomfortable or resistant to pain can be subject to painkiller abuse.

One way to repair our country’s painkiller crisis is to begin making our children aware of the dangers of prescription painkillers.  Keep your prescription pills, especially painkillers away from kids.  Spend more time with your children, and lead by example.

Our addicted country devolves to the simplest source of abusive relief, and in turn we produce more and more addicts.  We don’t have to be the enemy any longer.  Change can begin with you in this moment.

Palm Partners Recovery Center can help you or a loved one break free from prescription painkiller addiction.

‘Bath Salts’ Ban Delivered to Illinois Governor

‘Bath Salts’ Ban Delivered to Illinois Governor

Succeeding an alleged “bath salt” overdose of a Southern Illinois woman, the state’s House of Representatives sent Governor Quinn a ban on the synthetic drug last night.   

The push to prevent bath salt abuse in Illinois began last month after a 28-year-old Alton woman overdosed from abusing the drug.  Shortly afterward, the city of Alton placed an emergency ban on the substance, and a bill was placed in front of the Illinois House of Representatives prohibiting bath salt sales.

The bill passed 112-0, and was sent to the Illinois Govenor’s office last night.  If signed by Governor Quinn, Illinois will be the 11th state to ban the highly addictive synthetic drug.

Sold in convenience stores, smoke shops and on the Internet with names like White Rush, Vanilla Sky and Ivory Wave, these packets of white powder are labeled, “not for human consumption” and sold as bath salts.  The active ingredient, Methylenedioxpyrovalerone (MDPV), is hardly an appropriate addition to a tranquil bubble bath. Those abusing bath salts report experiencing a methamphetamine like high resulting in violent behavior, mimicking a psychotic break.

Although the synthetic drug popped up on the market last year, Midwestern states like Illinois began experiencing bath salt drug abuse repercussions a few months ago. The Illinois Poison Center currently receives calls from individuals abusing bath salts who are experiencing paranoia, hallucinations and psychotic episodes.

Bath salts have been connected to drug overdose related deaths around the nation, most noticeably in a case involving a Washington soldier who authorities believe was under the influence of bath salts prior to shooting his wife and himself last month.

If you or someone you care about is struggling with a synthetic drug abuse problem, Palm Partners Recovery Center can help.

A Non-addictive Painkiller?

Scientists at Scripps Florida in Jupiter say they’ve discovered a substance that promises to kill pain almost as effectively as morphine and oxycodone, but without the side effect of addiction. The analgesic is called conolidine and it has worked in mice as a painkiller and seems not to have side effects.

Conolidine is found in tiny amounts in the plant crepe jasmine, a shrub that grows in Florida and Asia and has been used in Chinese and Thai medicine. Scientists long had speculated that crepe jasmine could contain opiates, but the Scripps’ research showed that the analgesic compound in crepe jasmine is not an opiate.

South Florida is a national hub for the sale of oxycodone to addicts. A non-addictive painkiller would certainly be a welcomed in the scope of pain management.

Older Americans and Addiction, Part 2

Between the years 2000 and 2008, admissions for substance abuse treatment among those 50 and older increased by 70 percent while the overall 50-plus population grew by only 21 percent. Many experts think this may be due to “boomers” having broader experience with substance abuse, which was developed three or four decades ago.

Among the “boomer generation”, experts have observed a rise in illicit drug use, while treatment for alcohol has dropped even though it remains the chief addiction among older adults. The 2008 statistics show 59.9 percent of those 50 and older seeking treatment cited alcohol as their primary substance, down from 84.6 percent in 1992. Heroin came in second, accounting for 16 percent of admissions in that age group, more than double its share in the earlier survey. Cocaine was third, at 11.4 percent, more than four times its 1992 rate.

Treatment professionals believe the actual number of older people with substance abuse problems is many times larger than the amount seeking help.  It is important to remember that addiction knows no age limits.

Older Americans and Addiction, part 1

Now that Baby Boomers are entering their 60s or beyond, they are bringing into their golden years a propensity for addiction.  Many find that when they retire, they may start drinking more or abusing illicit drugs or prescription medications.  It may be boredom or the fact that they are trying to medicate the pain of losing their aging friends or family that is fueling a rise in the number of older adults reporting substance abuse problems.

Between 1992 and 2008, those 50 and older seeking admission into substance abuse treatment programs more than doubled in this country and that number will continue to grow, experts say, as the massive baby boom generation ages.

Because no one wants to think of the elderly or maybe their grandparent or aging relative as an addict, there may be an inclination to ignore or rationalize the substance abuse problem.  It is important to remember that addiction knows no age limit and the problem will only get worse.

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