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The Addictive Personality

Addictive Personality Disorder

Addictive Personality Disorder

The Addictive Personality

The “addictive personality” was something I heard about a lot before I came into recovery. My dad would say things like, “You and I need to be careful about things like that. We have addictive personalities” in reference to things like alcohol or cigarettes. I never really understood what that meant. What I assumed it meant is that any time I experienced something I liked or that got me “high,” (like painkillers after a root canal), I tended to want more.  That turned out to be true, for me, evidenced by the fact that I landed myself in rehab three different times.

Thinking back I had these addictive tendencies long before I ever tried drugs or alcohol. Books the first thing I experienced that “got me out of myself.” I began reading all the time-before breakfast, in the shower, at the dinner table. It was my obsession until I picked up my first drink, which gave me a much better high than books ever did.

People with an addictive personality tend to have more trouble dealing with stressful situations, lack self-esteem, and exhibit compulsive behavior. The addictive personality often leads to substance abuse, but people with this type of disorder can just as easily become addicted to sex, gambling, shopping, relationships, food, or drugs.

People with an addictive personality are much more prone to stress, anxiety and anger. They often do not do well in relationships and constantly seek the approval of others.

The traits of the addictive personality simply re-enforce the idea that addiction is a life-long disease. Even when substance abusers put down the substance, they have addictive personality traits that can manifest if they are not working a solid program of recovery.

Usually, the sequence of events goes like this, at least in my experience:

1. Pain

2. Feeling the need to act out

 3. Acting out and feeling better

 4. Pain from acting out.

People with addictive personality will stay locked in this cycle until they find a lasting way to deal with pain and restlessness. I tried many things to alleviate the anxiety I felt on a daily basis and to deal with pain. I used relationships, gossip, material possessions, sex, but all of these things only helped temporarily. Emotionally, addicts get intensity and intimacy confused. So when they act out, they create a state that they perceive as intimacy, and it works to fill the emotional void temporarily. Acting out becomes a substitute “high.”

Until we develop a solid program of recovery, we will continue to try to fill the emptiness left behind by drugs and alcohol. I needed to learn how to develop healthy relationships with other people and a solid connection with a higher power through the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. I had to embrace spiritual principles and practice them in my daily life. I had to help others, especially the addict who still suffers, giving to others what was so freely given me. The great news is, if I do things consistently, I become free of the anxiety-ridden compulsiveness of my addictive personality. I am able to live a life without drugs, alcohol, and other unhealthy behaviors. I am free, and I am happy.

If you or a loved one is in need of drug and/or alcohol addiction treatment please give us a call at 800-951-6135.

In The News: Sober house lobbyist head to Tallahassee

You didn’t really think this was all going to blow over now, did you?

The SunSentinel is reporting that Delray Beach Vice Mayor Tom Carney has rallied up a team of lobbyist to pass legislation that would regulate sober houses and recovery living facilities in single-family neighborhoods.

“We want to make sure that those who are profiting from the recovery business are at least delivering on their promise,” Carney said.

I’m usually on the fence about issues like these because although they say that their intentions are not to discriminating against people in recovery, it can easily come off that way. This is not to place the blame on city officials but as a town, we are not being supportive of the recovery Industry. The signs that are up all around town label sober houses as “transient” housing which is meant to instill fear into local residents. Then there’s the lawsuit with the Caron Foundation which was eventually settled but where “a federal judge granted an injunction against the city, saying the Caron Foundation has a good chance of showing that the city may have “unlawfully discriminated” against people in recovery when it modified its transient housing laws in February.” Not to mention the sentiments of the general population of Delray who look down upon people in recovery and stereotype them as “addicts”. As if being an addict means that you’re automatically less than or a second class citizen.

I understand that there should and needs to be regulation of all Halfway and Sober Living facilities but it shouldn’t happen the way it did in the Caron Foundation case. Instill the policies the correct way and show support for the Industry as a whole.

According to the SunSentinel, “one of the pieces of legislation Carney plans on working on with lobbyists would provide a definition of sober house and a transitional living home and would require that the Department of Children and Families license them. The bill also would require sober houses to provide proof that they are located more than 1,000 feet from other sober houses as well as from all other residential components of substance abuse services at the time of application”.

This I am for, blatant discrimination – no. I’m looking forward to seeing where this will go and how it’s going to impact the current Industry and the future of Delray Beach’s recovery community.

Read the full SunSentinel article here.

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How to cope with Chronic Pain

How to cope with Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain

 

Living with chronic pain limits what you can do. Chronic pain can interfere with your ability to work, play with your children, walk or even take care of yourself.

Chronic pain can cause what is known as disuse syndrome, which is the medical way of saying “use it or lose it.” To avoid pain, many people limit the amount of things they do in a day. Eventually, this causes weakness, which leads to even less activity, and a cycle is formed and chronic pain becomes impossible to cope with.

You may think that there is no hope for the relief of your chronic pain, but those who don’t create a gam-plan for coping do nothing but spiral downward in their pain. Many people continue to live healthy, productive, and happy lives in spite of their chronic pain. This is because they have found ways to cope with chronic pain, either through medications, alternative treatments or a combination of the two.

If you suffer from chronic pain, here are some tips on coping with it.

Medications and Alternative Treatments to cope with chronic pain

Used alone or combined with medications, alternative and complimentary treatments (CAM’s) can be a powerful tool in learning how to cope with chronic pain. Some examples of commonly used CAM’s for chronic pain are:

  • Massage
  • Magnetic therapy
  • Energy medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Herbal medicine

Managing Stress to cope with chronic pain

Stress causes muscle tension, which can increase the amount of pain you feel. Allowing your muscles to relax reduces strain and decreases pain sensations. Learning to relax your body can help you control your pain without the use of additional medications. Relaxation is a pain management tool that can be used on its own, or in combination with other treatments.

Yoga and guided imagery are useful in decreasing stress and muscle tension, major contributors to the intensity of chronic pain. Yoga uses a series of poses combined with deep breathing to relax your mind and your body. Guided imagery uses meditation to calm your mental state.

Medication to cope with chronic pain

There are so many types of medications that control chronic pain; it can take months to find the one that works best for you.

You may be worried about taking medication for the rest of your life, as well as living with its side effects. You may also be concerned about prescription drug abuse. Yet most non-narcotic pain medications are safe and effective when taken correctly. There are many pain medications on the market today that are non-narcotic and will not have any addictive properties.

Find support to help cope with chronic pain

One in 10 Americans has suffered from chronic pain at some point in their lives. Chances are that someone close to you understands exactly what living with chronic pain is like.

Finding a support group or even a supportive friend can help you learn to cope with chronic pain. They can give you advice and tips on what techniques and products worked for them and be a sympathetic ear when you need to talk. There’s a lot of anger and frustrating that happens as a result of chronic pain so the stronger your support system the better chance you have of moving forward and healing.

If you or a loved one is in need of drug, alcohol and/or chronic pain treatment please give us a call at 800-951-6135.

In The News: School Nurse arrested for stealing student’s ADHD medication

In The News: School Nurse arrested for stealing student’s ADHD medication

A Dallas elementary school nurse Rebecca Baily-Long is on paid administrative leave after allegedly stealing prescription ADHD medication from a student and replacing it with pain medication.

Bailey-Long is accused of stealing various prescription medications and risking the health of young students. She also allegedly stole unknown pills from another student, WFAA reports.

The Huffington Post reports that, “The incident came to light when a nurse filling in for Bailey-Long said the girl, identified by CBS Dallas-Fort Worth as Natalie, had run out of pills. Mother Ruby found it odd since she had supplied the school with month’ worth of the drug just one month prior. A family member had also pointed out that the girl was acting oddly, until the discovery that some of the pills at the school had been replaced with others.

School officials have checked with doctors and confirm that the affected students are safe.

“Clearly we had a violation of trust,” Dallas Independent School District spokesperson Jon Dahlander told WFAA.”

Bailey-Long was arrested Friday on a state jail felony charge of diversion of a controlled substance and she faces a $10,000 fine and two years in jail.

Bailey-Long was arrested but avoided being booked into jail as part of her bond conditions set by 204th Judicial District Court Judge Lena Levario. She must enroll in a substance abuse program and tell doctors she is a drug addict, court records state.

A police lead search of her home found a “large quantity of prescription bottles, dangerous drugs and controlled substances” in Bailey’s name from several doctors, records state. Court documents allege that Bailey-Long engaged in “doctor shopping,” the practice of receiving controlled substances from multiple doctors without informing them of the other prescriptions.

Sources:

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/headlines/20121022-dallas-isd-nurse-accused-of-stealing-childs-add-pills-replacing-them-with-prescription-painkiller.ece

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/25/rebecca-baily-long-dallas_n_2018589.html

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Pharmacodynamics

Pharmacodynamics is a branch of pharmacology. While pharmacokinetics can be described as what the body does to a drug, pharmacodynamics is what the drug does to the body. It studies the relationship between drug concentration and effect.

Pharmacodynamics: What does it have to with illicit drug use?

Pharmacodynamics of illicit drugs is studied most often in relation to the production of euphoria and the development of tolerance to certain drugs. All drugs of abuse cause euphoria and most produce tolerance. Addicts know that over time, they need more and more drugs to produce the same high. This is known as tolerance.

When you take a drug, it binds to certain receptors in the brain. The extent of binding and the number of receptors is the main focus of pharmacodynamics. Some drugs bind to receptors and stimulate them. These are known as antagonists. Most illicit drugs have this effect. Some drugs bind to receptors and partially stimulate them, but also block other drugs from binding. This is the case for drugs like Suboxone. It binds to opiate receptors and stimulates them partially, which helps to treat opiate withdrawal symptoms. It also blocks other opiates from binding, so if you shoot heroin after taking Suboxone, you won’t get high. This 2-fold effect is why Suboxone is used to treat opiate dependency. Some drugs bind and do not stimulate the receptor at all. They just block other drugs from binding. Naloxone is an opiate antagonist. It will prevent you from getting high from other opiates, but it does nothing to treat opiate withdrawal. This is why naloxone is used as more of a long-term preventative drug instead of a detox drug.

When a drug is taken over a long period of time, the body responds to the presence of the drug by increasing or decreasing the number of receptors for the drug depending on the drugs effect on the receptor. For antagonists, the body responds by decreasing the number of receptors and the “responsiveness” of each receptor. So not only does the body have fewer receptors, the receptors themselves are less responsive. Also, the body produces less of whatever natural chemical normally binds to the receptor.  This is tolerance, and for drugs with a high addictive potential, it occurs in a relatively short period of time. When the body becomes tolerant of a drug and drug use is stopped or significantly reduced, the body experiences withdrawal.

This is why, for example, opiate withdrawal is so painful. The body produces natural “opiates” or pain-killing chemicals. Over time, when the body is getting a steady supply of outside opiates (like heroin or roxies) it produces less natural opiates. Also, there are fewer opiate receptors and the receptors are less responsive. This is the essence of pharmacodynamics-the body’s response to drugs. It does this to try to maintain equilibrium. When the opiates are taken away or reduced, the body reacts in an extreme way.

Pharmacodynamics is important in studying the effect of drugs on the body and in the development of new drugs.

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*This is an informational based article and is not intended to replace the advice or knowledge of a medical professional.*

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