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Author: Shernide Delva
Whether it is putting on Mom’s lipstick or rocking a tuxedo, kids do the darndest things to feel like an adult. When you’re a kid, growing up seems like a magical experience, until you actually grow up, that is. Nonetheless, Disney thought they would take advantage of kid’s natural grown-up idealizations, as well their manic love for the movie Frozen, by promoting a mock champagne-style non-alcoholic drink decked out in Frozen decor for kids to enjoy over the holiday season. Cheers?
The response was controversial to say the least. While some parents thought the idea of a champagne bottle kids drink was harmless, others were completely outraged by the entire concept. The product creators said the concept of the mock-champagne was to provide a grown-up alternative to juice and pop at parties” for “little princes and princesses across the lands who want to be more sophisticated.”
After an uproar of negative responses, including from UK alcohol awareness groups, the product was recently discontinued by the company. A spokesperson for Disney said the company will stop producing the product after April of 2016. In the future, they will “no longer license Disney images to a product that is packaged to look like alcohol.”
The main concern was that products like these would encourage children to try alcohol in the future because by creating an association to a children’s cartoon, it makes alcohol seem like innocent fun. Considering the recent reports coming out that show that alcohol deaths are at an all-time high, it makes sense that some parents would be a bit sensitive to this kind of product.
Furthermore, alcohol awareness groups were totally shocked that the 750ml bottles were shaped in champagne like bottles, even with a pop cork. Researchers jumped right on it exploring the dangers of having products like these on the shelf.
Dr. Sarah Jarvis, medical advisor to charity Drinkaware, warned,
“Selling products which not only normalise but glamorise alcohol could increase the risk of young people wanting to experiment with alcohol.”
Alison Douglas, chief executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland, insisted:
“This product should be removed from sale immediately. Young children should not be targeted with champagne-style drinks to make them feel ‘sophisticated and grown-up’.”
On the other hand, parents who bought the product argue that the product is clearly labelled as a non-alcoholic soft drink and is simply a fun way for children to get into the festive spirit of the holidays.
For some time now, children toys have gone under intense scrutiny. Recently, hyperdermic needle toys was pulled off the shelf for fear of the message it could send about using intravenous drug use. Still, the question lingers as to whether all these measures to protect children could be an over precaution. Kids usually are not aware of deeper messages that their toys have and are simply being kids.
Previously, a survey conducted by the popular children’s informational site KidsHealth.org, wanted to know exactly what children thought of alcohol. They surveyed 690 kids from 9 to 13 and the results were promising. More than 90% of the kids said alcohol was very uncool (86%) or uncool (6%). And 89% of kids said that drinking alcohol at their age (9 to 13) was never OK.
Kids who do try alcohol do it for one reason: to be cool. Alcohol is marketed as a cool thing to do all throughout the media and sometimes ads focusing on alcohol are marketed in a way that could easily appeal to kids. In the same survey, kids were asked why they would try alcohol and the top three reasons were:
- To look cool
- To see what it’s like
- Because other kids are doing it
Clearly, being accepted around peers has a much stronger influence then any product could ever have. While keeping a conscious eye around your child is extremely important, remember that you are their greatest influence so be sure to monitor your behavior around your child and be your child’s best role model this new year.
Overall, toys that promote a lifestyle of drinking most likely is not the best idea. Instead, find other alternatives that promote the message of having fun without the need of substances. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135
Author: Shernide Delva
In Fayetteville, North Carolina, there is a distinct trend of both child abuse and neglect rising along with cases of drug addiction. Fayette County Prosecutor Larry Harrah says the number of neglect cases associated with addicted parents has been hard to ignore.
Just this year, the prosecutor’s office has removed a record-breaking 135 children from homes in Fayette Country. This is five more than last year. Unfortunately, with a remaining two months left in 2015, Harrah expects that number to rise to close to 150.
“As drug addiction increases, we see more parents getting high and their children are left to raise themselves in conditions and environments that are unspeakable,” he said. “There are a lot of animals who live a much better life than a lot of our children.”
Assistant Prosecutor Jeff Mauzy is all too familiar with the rise in child neglect. He has worked with most of the abuse and neglect petitions in Fayetteville and he says he has seen the number of children removed from homes steadily increase since he joined the office in 2011.
Drugs are one of the biggest factors in his cases, but often not the only factor. Most are “companion cases” where a domestic violence or student truancy case reveals underlying drug problems and neglect.
“It seems the cases get worse and worse (and) have a worse affect on the kids. They are not clean, they don’t have food, they are suffering from abuse, or there is domestic violence in the home.”
There are tests for drugs and home checks for cleanliness but Mauzy says it is hard to know if a person is going to snap and become violent again. It is an extremely difficult problem to fix. Even as the number of children being removed from homes increases, there still is a number of kids law enforcement does not know about, said Harrah.
“How many are out there right now and we don’t know their situation?” he asked.
Child Neglect Due to Substance Abuse
Often, individuals turn to drug use because they are escaping something they are unwilling to address and resolve in their past. Drugs provide a temporary escape so they feel some sort of relief. An individual may choose to do drugs once a week or once every few weeks and eventually they may find they are coming up with more reasons to use drugs more frequently.
An individual who is drug dependent is usually driven by one thing: getting and using more drugs. Drug addicts can neglect their relationships and responsibilities and give up on the very things they cared most to protect: their children.
Drugs can steal away and warp their thoughts and emotions. Often, addicts will choose drugs over their children. This results in many innocent children who are horribly neglected by substance abusing parents who are unable to care for them, better yet themselves.
Neglect is not just sad. It has horrible impacts on a child’s brain development. When children experience neglect, they often do not develop the Thinking/Feeling parts of the brain resulting resulting in an underdevelopment of the higher reasoning parts of the brain.
Even worse, a child who experiences both neglect and trauma can even suffer an over-development of the brainstem/midbrain functions which increases levels of anxiety and hyperactivity. They also experience an underdevelopment of the limbic cortical functions which affect problem solving skills. The effects of neglect and abuse on a child can last a lifetime if left untreated.
Do not put your child in a unhealthy situation because of your addiction. Get the help you need today to overcome your addiction. Not just for you, but for your family. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.
Author: Shernide Delva
You would expect a country like Saudi Arabia to have the lowest rates of drug and alcohol abuse. The country is extremely conservative: Drugs are banned and it is illegal to produce, import or consume alcohol. Saudi Arabia prides itself in following a strict interpretation of the Koran. It also is home to Mecca, the most sacred site within Islam.
Activities such as going to movies, parties, playing music in public and mingling with unrelated people of the opposite sex are illegal and result in arrest. Drug possession is punishable by death. The Saudi government even bans items such as poppy seeds and nutmeg.
Despite all of that, a new report shows that young upper-class Saudis are flouting above the Islamic law by drinking, using drugs and participating in “wild sex parties.” And according to unnamed ex-patriarch, authorities are turning a blind eye to all of it
“Saudi Arabia prides itself with presenting its hard-line and devoutly religious face to the world, but beneath the surface everything is available at the right price and people turn a blind eye in one of the world’s richest countries where money is never an issue,” said the ex-pat.
The report comes after 210,000 people in the UK protested against the public flogging of Karl Andree who was sentenced to 350 lashes after being caught with 12 bottles of homemade wine. The protesters begged Prime Minister David Cameron to prevent the flogging because the 74-year-old father who had battled cancer and has asthma and would be unlikely to survive the lashings. Fortunately, news came out that Andree would be spared the punishment.
Illegal Drugs and Alcohol Consumption: How it Happens
Even with the harsh laws surrounding alcohol consumption, people still find ways around it. Like the old mantra says, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” The most common method of consuming alcohol is gathering ingredients to make your own home brew. The main ingredients are yeast and sugar. People who are smart usually do not buy these two items together because it can be seen as suspicious. Consequently, foreigners have been known to receive up to 500 lashes for alcohol trading. Sounds like a painful tradeoff.
Diplomats usually avoid having their bags checked at airports so they are able to take in duty-free spirits. Therefore, special functions at foreign embassies will often have a good selection of alcoholic beverages. Everyone else should not try to take alcohol through a Saudi airport. You will almost certainly be caught.
Those who drink in Saudi Arabia are taking more than just a risk based on legalities. Alcohol consumption in Saudi Arabia is unsafe even when you don’t get caught. Because more alcoholic drinks come from home brews, it makes it impossible to know how strong they are so you will usually be consuming something of unknown strength.
The most popular spirit in Saudi is known as siddiqi or sid. The spirit varies in strength but is definitely stronger than what is available here in the states. Think of it more along the lines of Moonshine in alcohol content. Sid can be as strong as 90% alcohol and it often contains impurities. Therefore, alcohol poisoning is common when people are drinking such strong concoctions.
The Underground Drug Market
Believe it or not, according to the report, citizens in Saudi Arabia apparently are using Tinder to secure booze, prostitutes, marijuana, and abortion pills. The meth epidemic is overwhelming the country and many young Saudis are getting high off Captagon, an amphetamine used by Isis fighters to stay alert during battle and perform dangerous driving stunts.
According to the report, the upper-class is getting away with having parties “crazy even by western standards.” People are in “hot tubs having sex” in them, the article notes. This is in a country where adultery can be punished by beheading. However, because of status of the wealthy participants, often these behaviors are ignored.
On top of that, Saudi Arabia has been called the world’s worst place for addicts.
“There’s a very poor response in the field of treatment. There are some initiatives, but there is nothing at all in the field of prevention. Prevention in the Middle East and North Africa region is a catastrophe.”
Treatment options in Saudi Arabia are very limited and prevention is almost nonexistent. In an article, it was mentioned that censorship is becoming the problem, not the solution. Saudi Arabia won’t be able to ignore it for long.
Until Saudi Arabia acknowledges the drug and substance use that is being swept under the rug, those who need treatment continue to be ignored. Hopefully this report will raise awareness. The only one who can make the choice to change is you. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-561-221-1125
Author: Justin Mckibben
Treatment for Prescription Painkiller Abuse: Symptoms of Addiction
Treatment for prescription painkiller abuse is intended to address people of all walks of life who are suffering from the same types of circumstances and symptoms. Some of the signs of addiction range in severity and can affect each individual differently, especially depending on the method which the individual abuses the substance. If you are considering treatment for prescription painkillers you may or may not experience several or all of these symptoms, but they are indicators.
- Increased tolerance
- Decreased level of testosterone for men
- Enlargement of the prostate for men
- Excessive sweating
- Swelling in the arms and legs
- Chronic constipation
- Dry mouth
- Respiratory distress
Then again, if you have taken the time to look up and article to give these answers, it’s safe to say you should consider it, whether you have all these symptoms or not.
Treatment for Prescription Painkiller Abuse: Signs of Withdrawal
One thing that tends to hold people back from getting the treatment for prescription painkiller abuse that they desperately need is the withdrawal process, because they are afraid to experience the discomfort. Treatment for prescription painkiller abuse should also include a stage where those symptoms are addressed and the maximum amount of comfort is provided throughout. Some on that list of painful and problematic withdrawal symptoms seem more intimidating than others, but treatment for prescription painkiller abuse means you will have access to a medical staff ay any point. These withdrawal symptoms include:
- Muscle and bone pain
- Muscle spasms
- Diarrhea and vomiting
- Chills and goose bumps
- Intense anxiety
Treatment for Prescription Painkiller Abuse: Detox
Before you do anything in treatment for prescription painkiller abuse you must go through the detox process. At treatment for prescription painkiller abuse they will give each individual an assessment and go through detoxification prior to starting your treatment and therapy. In detox, they will give you a drug screening and analyze which substances are in your system.
By seeing the drugs in your system and the levels they are at, they can determine how to medically detox you properly. You will be started on medication and gradually weaned off in a reasonable period of time without having to experience the great discomfort that can come from prescription painkiller abuse. The goal is to make you as comfortable as possible and to get you physically cleared of all substances before sending you to rehab.
Treatment for Prescription Painkiller Abuse: Therapy and Treatment
After someone has completed the detox stage of treatment for prescription painkiller abuse, the next step is to go into the inpatient rehab phase and start therapy, which provides one-on-one and peer counseling for learning how to stay sober.
In treatment for prescription painkiller abuse they will ask you a series of questions first to better get to know you and understand your history, in order to know the best plan of action. Once they have asked you these questions, they will choose a therapist that is best suited for your specific needs prior to you getting started on your treatment plan. Programs on treatment for prescription painkiller abuse typically take you to 12-step meetings daily and get you acquainted with the recovery community around you. In treatment, you learn coping skills and how to live your life without drugs and alcohol.
Treatment for Prescription Painkiller Abuse: Long-term Sobriety
Once the treatment for prescription painkillers has determined that an individual is ready to leave to structure of inpatient rehab, they will be given the opportunity to attend an IOP program. IOP (intensive outpatient program) is the phase of treatment for prescription painkiller abuse where you continue therapy and group sessions, but you no longer live in the rehabs residential facility anymore, and thus have a lot more freedom.
A lot of individuals opt to go into a halfway house once they have finished inpatient treatment for prescription painkiller abuse. A halfway house offers more stability than being on your own, but you are still able to have much more freedom than rehab itself. Individuals are commonly required to stay accountable to a few things, like:
- Have a job
- Go to meetings
- Paying rent
- Clean and do chores
- Be drug tested
- Get a sponsor
- Work a program
After treatment for prescription painkiller abuse, it is important to know you are in a good and safe sober living environment. A halfway house where they want you going to meetings and working a program of recovery is especially productive, because that atmosphere promotes positive growth. Treatment for prescription painkiller abuse can be difficult for some to get involved with, but seeing the many people who stick around and recover is an amazing experience, and treatment for prescription painkillers is that first step.
For all those who are struggling with prescription painkillers, or even abusing other drugs or medications, there is a massive community of recovery all over the country to help you get the care you need. Treatment for prescription painkiller abuse can be the first and most important step, so be sure to step up. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135
One of the major signs that the war on drugs is ending is the change in attitude toward drug offenses by the judicial system. Judges, generally speaking, are handing out more sentences that include court ordered substance abuse treatments rather than jail time – or at least giving defendants the choice between the two.
Drug courts handle the cases of non-violent substance-abusing offenders under the adult, juvenile, family and tribal justice systems. Drug courts are created to be a solution-oriented approach to the drug problem in this country, operating under a combination model that involves the judiciary, prosecution, defense bar, probation, law enforcement, mental health, social service, and treatment communities in working together to help non-violent offenders find recovery and become productive members of society.
Whether it’s DUI, public drunkenness or drug charges, such as possession; the end result is becoming, more often thirty days in a court ordered substance abuse treatment. The hope with court ordered substance abuse treatments are that the people sentenced will learn about substance abuse and get the help they need, rather than simply being punished and entering a vicious cycle of being recycled in the judicial system.
What Is A Court Ordered Substance Abuse Treatment?
Drug courts are programs in which a judge can force an individual to attend drug treatment. The offender can be compelled to attend a court ordered substance abuse treatment either as a part of or in place of jail time. These substance abuse treatment programs are designed to help individuals get their life back on the right track and such types of sentences involving drug rehabilitation are most often handed out when a judge feels that the individual will not attend a drug treatment center of their own volition.
How Can Someone Be Successful At A Court Ordered Substance Abuse Treatment?
Offenders who are sentenced to attend a court ordered substance abuse treatment often don’t want to go but, that doesn’t mean that treatment will be ineffective or unsuccessful; the truth is, anyone can benefit from drug rehab despite what gets them there.
First and foremost, if an individual is court ordered to attend substance abuse treatment, they can try to have a positive attitude about it. Just because someone is made by the courts to go to a drug treatment center doesn’t mean they should fight against those who are trying to help them at the drug treatment center. A court ordered substance abuse treatment is a great opportunity and if individuals understand this fact they can get the most out of drug treatment.
Different Types Of Court Ordered Substance Abuse Treatment Programs
There are many different types of court ordered substance abuse treatments. Many times the judge who handed out the sentence will allow the individual to make their own choice about which court ordered substance abuse treatment they want to attend. There may be a list of approved court ordered substance abuse treatments. Many individuals choose residential drug treatment because of the round the clock care and the amenities at the drug treatment center. Some individuals, however, will go with an outpatient drug treatment center so they can still be near friends and family at the end of the day when drug treatment is complete.
How Long Are Court Ordered Substance Abuse Treatments?
A court ordered substance abuse treatment is just like any other alcohol or drug treatment center; court ordered drug treatment varies in length according to the facility and even what the judge may have sentenced. Some court ordered substance abuse treatments will have programs that last a few weeks and others will have some that last months. There are some long term drug treatment centers that can last a year or longer.
If you have been court ordered to attend a substance abuse treatment program or drug rehab, it’s not the end of the world. In fact, it’s the beginning of a new life – one in which you don’t have to be dependent on drugs. Although it may feel like you are being confined, at first, you will actually experience a whole new level of freedom that you may have never thought possible before. Many people have gotten a new lease on life from attending treatment, whether they wanted to or were ordered to by the courts.
Please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135 to speak with an Addiction Specialist who can answer your questions about admission and who can walk you through the process of getting into a program that complies with your court ordered treatment.