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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:

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.

Hookah Bars, Bad News for Young Adults

A growing number of cities have instituted smoking bans in public establishments around the country.  Despite this ban on smoking, hookah bars are cropping up in urban areas like downtown cafes and near college campuses where young adults seem to be their targeted clientele.

A study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center indicates that the increasingly popular pastime is bad news for young adults because many of them believe that smoking tobacco from a hookah is safer than cigarette smoking.  Most hookah cafes offer a wide variety of flavorings on their menu — everything from chocolate to bubble gum, mango to jasmine, and mint to rose petals. In addition to the sweet smell and taste, the smoke produced by a hookah is “smoother” than cigarette smoke because it is cooled by water before passing through a rubber hose to a mouthpiece, where it is inhaled.

Because of the pleasant aroma and taste, users may inhale more deeply over a longer period of time, which can result in hookah smokers actually inhaling a larger volume of tobacco smoke than cigarette smokers do.  Another health concerns about hookah cafes is that the pipes used in these bars may not be properly cleaned, creating an environment conducive to the spread of infectious diseases.  Hookah cafes create the perception that smoking at a café is a safe activity. It is not.

Combating Feelings of Low Self-Worth in Early Recovery

One of the biggest challenges I see for people in early recovery is that many of them tend to struggle with feelings of “low self-worth.”  These feelings are the result of years spent living a, “less than spiritual” lifestyle which can follow an individual when they come to treatment.  It is a sad fact that this can become a self-fulfilling prophecy if the individual continues in that same thought process.  If they continue to think of themselves as, “less-than” or “not good enough,” then that is exactly what they will be.  And that will only bring about more of the same; they will continue to surround themselves with the wrong people, limit their potential, and will eventually find themselves right back where they started.

For this reason, one of the key goals in treatment is to restore hope, a sense of self-worth, and to inspire the individual.  This will build their confidence and will be the catalyst to bring about positive change.  In early recovery, new associations, better employment, healthier relationships, and new experiences all begin with improving our opinion of ourselves.  We are not the same person we were a year, a month, or even a week ago.

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