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Author: Justin Mckibben
The term ‘smart drugs’ almost seems like an oxymoron to anyone with experience with addiction or recovery, but these medications are typically prescribed to improve one or more aspects of mental function such as:
- Working memory
Medications like Adderall that are typically prescribed for disorders like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) would be considered ‘smart drugs’, but are they really that smart? For those who need them and when they are used properly these medications can be extremely helpful.
On the other hand, those who abuse these medications run a great risk. Also called ‘study drugs’ by students who abuse them as a means of staying up to study or do homework, these medications affect people differently. ‘Smart drug’ addiction treatment is all about understanding those risks, and overcoming dependence built on substances that do us more harm than good, if any at all.
Smart Drug Addiction Treatment: Prescriptions
The symptoms of ADHD include difficulty focusing, controlling impulsive behavior and stopping fidgeting. Doctors describe this last symptom as over-activity or hyperactivity. Its symptoms often continue into adolescence and adulthood. ADHD is common too: The disorder affects 9% of American children between the ages 13 and 18.
Research has shown ‘smart drugs’ can be used to effectively treat ADHD, such as:
These medicines help patients avoid distractions and stay focused during important tasks, including schoolwork. Many people who end up in smart drug addiction treatment actually start off taking these medications as prescribed, but later develop habits from abusing their medications.
These ‘study drugs’ actually are stimulants. These medicines can have an effect similar to caffeine: They “stimulate” the brain. However, stimulants can have a calming effect on children. This stimulating affect is why most students abuse this medication.
Smart Drug Addiction Treatment: Study Drug
Students may see ADHD drugs as a way to enhance their mental performance. They may think misusing the drugs helps them do their best in their studies. However, research shows that students who misuse prescription drugs get worse grades over time than do students who don’t take study drugs.
There’s actually very little evidence that the drugs actually improve academic performance in any capacity, but students who use it and feel it keeps them alert and awake may misunderstand that stimulant as a ‘study drug’ secret weapon.
Ironically, typically students report they find themselves absorbed in cleaning their rooms rather than studying. ‘Smart drug’ addiction treatment can also help people to understand and find new ways to focus their energies.
Smart Drug Addiction Treatment: Symptoms of Addiction
One major problem with long term abuse of ‘smart drugs’ or ‘study drugs’ is that the brain becomes overexcited over an extended period of time, and some people experience psychosis and hallucinations after many years of taking strong stimulants drug. In a smart drug addiction treatment program you have an opportunity to adequately assess your mental health, and learn healthier ways to support it.
Memory loss is also a common occurrence among people who have been abusing smart drugs. Smart drug addiction treatment centers do what is necessary to identify these issues and do everything to promote healthy rehabilitation.
- Shortness of breath
- Uncontrollable shaking
- Difficulty sleeping
- Changes in sex drive
- Stomach pain
- Heart Problems
- Loss of appetite
Smart drug addiction treatment helps individuals to identify the health risks that they have taken, and to help establish healthier life-style to regain balance after the damage that creates these symptoms.
Smart Drug Addiction Treatment: Withdrawal
The withdrawal effects of smart drugs can make it difficult to stop abusing them, which is why many addicts find it difficult to enter into recovery. The following are some of the withdrawal affects common to most smart drugs.
- Trouble sleeping
Through the course of smart drug addiction treatment, especially during medical detox, each individual will be given assistance, when necessary using non-narcotic medications, to provide the most comfort during this transition.
Smart Drug Addiction Treatment: Treatment Options
Smart drug addiction treatment offers several levels of care for people seeking help with their substance abuse. These levels of care include:
- Medical Detox
- Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
- Aftercare Options
Each level of care gives the individual an opportunity to receive a variety of therapy options to help them transition between phases of smart drug addiction treatment.
- Medical detox provides a safe and effective way to separate from the substance with the help of maintenance medications
- Inpatient gives hands on approach to therapy and continued medical treatment
- Outpatient grants more freedom while still keeping with the regular therapy and recovery related courses, and aftercare gives people the chance to attended continued therapy and relapse prevention work after treatment
The so-called ‘smart drugs’ or ‘study drugs’ are not anywhere near worth the trouble they can create for people who abuse them. College students especially have a habit of getting hooked on using stimulants or ‘study drugs’ because they think these are actually giving them a leg-up. In the end it only makes things worse. Usually much, much worse once you have developed a habit.
People believe that their smart drug addiction is only a physical dependence, or even a necessity for a condition, but in reality they have surpassed their own reservations and continue to abuse stimulants that are very dangerous. Smart drug addiction treatment is all about helping those people to find a way to live without those strings attached. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135
There are many reasons why people put off getting help for their drug abuse issues. Much of what it boils down to is fear. However, there are some specific fears as well as other reasons that keep people from seeking help for their substance abuse or addiction issues. Here are the 11 top reasons for not seeking drug abuse treatment:
#1. Fear of change/of the unknown
One of the main reasons that keep people from seeking drug abuse treatment is the fear of change and of the unknown. This is a common fear that everyone experiences in their daily lives, not just those who struggle with addiction. For those who do, it is the fear of not knowing what to expect from treatment as well as fearing the whole lifestyle change – one in which they’re not depending on drugs to function daily.
#2. Fear of withdrawal symptoms
Research shows that the fear of drug withdrawal is one of the main reasons that deters people from seeking drug abuse treatment. If you’ve ever tried to quit drinking or using drugs, then you know quite well what it feels like to go through withdrawal. The good news is that drug abuse treatment, such as inpatient rehab, offers a medical detox, which is a program that tapers you down with the use of medication in order to keep you comfortable and safe through the process.
#3. Unwilling to leave behind a beloved pet
If you’re not an animal lover, this one might sound silly. However, there are a lot of people that use their pet as an excuse to put off getting help. Our furry companions offer us unconditional love and comfort and it’s difficult to leave them for any amount of time, no matter how temporary. But, in order to be their best human possible, it’s necessary to get the help you need first.
#4. Fear of failure
The idea of living a life without the use of alcohol and other drugs can be a daunting one for those of us who have gotten used to drinking and using on a daily basis just to feel normal and to function. Like many others regarding typical new tasks, like taking on a new job, going to rehab and making long-lasting changes can evoke a fear of failure at accomplishing these things.
#5. Fear of losing their job
If you receive health insurance through your job, you are covered by a law known as the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This allows you to take medical leave – for reasons including seeking drug abuse treatment – without losing your job. And again, you do not have to divulge the reason for which you are taking medical leave; it’s confidential.
If this is not the case, you might be surprised at just how understanding employers can be if you go to them in private and tell them you are struggling with this problem. I have heard several people’s stories in which their bosses told them to get help. In fact, as many as 1 in 3 people are affected by addiction and so, chances are that your boss might be in recovery or they might have a loved one in recovery.
#6. Fear of losing custody of their children
This is a very real situation for many people who struggle with substance abuse and addiction. Again, there’s good news. More and more judges have begun to understand the nature of addiction and have become more compassionate to those who struggle. They are often willing to reserve judgment while you go and get help for your substance abuse.
#7. Financial reasons (need to be around to pay the bills)
This, too, is a very real situation for many. The best way to overcome this obstacle to seeking substance abuse treatment is to understand your priorities and that you and your health and well-being must come first. Think about all the ways you got out of a tight spot in your addiction, whether it was finding ways to pay for drugs when you were flat broke, or maybe it was getting out of a dangerous situation with a nefarious drug dealer. Put that kind of resourceful problem-solving into figuring out how you will handle financial obligations while in rehab. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
#8. A belief that they have to hold the family/business together
Many people who put off seeking drug abuse treatment do so because they have this inflated sense of self and responsibility. I hear people use the excuse that they can’t go to rehab because they are the only one who can hold down the business and/or keep the family running.
The fact of the matter is, you can’t be the best spouse/parent/boss/employee while you are struggling with a drug addiction; it’s impossible. Although you might think you are doing a pretty damn good job, that’s probably not the reality of the situation. Putting yourself first for once and getting the help you need so that you can heal and function at 100% is the only way you can guarantee that you are holding it down back home.
Unfortunately, there is still a rather negative stigma attached to drug addiction and drug abuse treatment, much like that of having a mental health disorder. There are two things to keep in mind here. One, attitudes and beliefs are changing as more and more research and information about the disease of addiction surfaces and two, seeking drug abuse treatment is your business, alone. There is federal legislation that requires this information, like any other private medical information, to be kept confidential. No one will know you are in rehab except for the people that you tell.
Some people simply don’t believe they have a problem or they think that they’re still having too good of a time drinking and using to go and get help. The fact of the matter is, if you’re loved ones are concerned, or if your health is failing, or if you are seeing negative consequences as a result of your substance use/abuse, you have a real problem and you need help.
#11. Concern about being able to pay for it
Substance abuse treatment can be expensive but they are ways to handle this reason for not seeking drug abuse treatment. If you have health insurance through your employer, your plan most likely covers rehab as well as offers short term disability (and long term if you opted for it), which means you will continue to get paid even while away from your job.
If you have Obamacare, there are ever-expanding plans that cover treatment for substance abuse and addiction.
If neither of these applies, you can always pay out-of-pocket and perhaps family members can help. Lastly, there are state-funded programs for those without health insurance and who are unable to afford the cost of treatment.
Whatever your reason or reasons for not seeking drug abuse treatment, it’s time to get your priorities straight. You must be willing to put yourself first for once by getting help and getting better. Once you get help, you’ll realize that you were making your life so much harder by continuing to abuse substances rather than getting help. Substance abuse treatment is the best gift you can give yourself. Call us toll-free at 1-800-951-6135 to speak with an Addiction Specialist. We are here to help.
Substance Abuse Treatment, Report Just In: I overindulged, now what?
Report just in:
Substance abuse treatment may be the solution to an overindulgence in drugs and alcohol. Saying overindulgence in drugs and alcohol almost makes it sound like a pleasant thing or something that can be taken lightly. Let me just remind you, that’s is not accurate. Needing substance abuse treatment because of an overindulgence is not pleasant nor should it be taken lightly. Substance abuse treatment is a hard, fact finding, truth facing process you must be willing to go through in order to stay sober. Your overindulgence is just that, OVER.
Using drugs and alcohol usually starts out as just an indulgence but at some point you started overindulging which is why we now have the word OVERindulgence. Let me guess you were more than dabbling in the drugs and alcohol and because of this you now need help. This is where this little blog report brings you good tidings, substance abuse treatment can be your solution, if you will allow it. Quite honestly if you had told me substance abuse had the word overindulgence in its definition I would of laughed at you because the startling facts about my substance abuse was that it was a little more grave and dangerous than an overindulgence. Maybe that is not such a startling fact as much as it is just fact. Substance abuse treatment was my solution, that’s the main reason I would recommend it to anyone.
Report just in: I never speak of anything that is not somewhat based off of my own experience. That is fact and it also shouldn’t be startling.
Substance abuse treatment comes in the form of multiple places and drug rehab centers all over the sunny and sometimes not so sunny state of Florida. Whether it’s christian based substance abuse treatment, holistic substance abuse treatment, wilderness substance abuse treatment, or luxury substance abuse treatment. South Florida is like a giant grocery store for substance abuse treatment, it’s like an area full of solution!! That’s really awesome news for those of us who are addicts and alcoholics with an, um, overindulgence problem.
Report just in: South Florida is a grocery store of substance abuse treatments.
Now through this blog I am making light of what ends, substance abuse, and what begins, recovery. In all seriousness though it can be a dark time and a scary time for the person going through it. I mean, hey, I was that person going through it for the longest time. Substance abuse treatment, thank God, seemed to be the best option for me and I took advantage of it.
Report just in: Best decision I ever made in my life.
Taking care of my want and need to overindulge through substance abuse treatment I can now indulge in the things that truly make me happy. Now notice I didn’t say overindulge any longer. I am slowly learning how to balance so nothing has to be abuse of any sort. I can balance. Actually substance abuse treatment taught me a lot about balance, using my time wisely and filling my days up with amazing things that will not only put a smile on my face but help me to progress. Pretty incredible.
Report just in: Substance abuse treatment works.
The end. Tune in tomorrow for the next broadcast, direct from my mind.
If you or someone you know is suffering the pains of addiction or alcoholism please call: 877-711-HOPE(4673) or go to www.palmpartners.com to talk with an addiction specialist now.
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Drug abuse, the misuse of drugs that alter a person’s behavior, is one of the most common and costly problems in today’s society. We know drug abuse; we see and feel the consequences every day at school, at work, and in our homes. It costs this country untold sums of money in property damage, loss, treatment of diseases, injuries and even deaths.
The use of substances, such as consumption of alcoholic beverages in a social context, using illegal street drugs, or the use of medicines prescribed by a doctor, is often accepted as normal behavior. Drug abuse occurs when the use of these substances begins to affect personal relationships, performance in studies, work, personal finances, or other negative behaviors. It is at this point that medical or psychiatric treatment is of urgent importance.
Almost everyone has had or will have to make decisions regarding the use or abuse of drugs, whatever way it touches our lives. Education is the first and most important step needed to make the right decision. Accessibility, peer pressure of work or study and the attraction to the physical effects they cause are all ways certain individuals in the world fall into drug abuse. Often the abuse begins as one more experience.
We want to satisfy our curiosity about drugs, and usually we are in control of the situation. But as the use of these drugs continues to the point of excess, control is lost and addiction develops, which ultimately prevents any possibility of stopping.
In some cases, a person may be predisposed to drug abuse on the basis of family history. Some research indicates that the immediate families of drug abusers are prone to abuse. Other potential risk factors include environmental influences and some mental or emotional illness.
If you or someone you care about is struggling with drug abuse, there is a way out. A drug abuse treatment center can help you or your loved one overcome this debilitating problem.
With the guidance and care of a multidisciplinary team of professionals and technicians led by psychiatrists, based on a phased program, drug abuse can be stopped. In essence, an effective drug abuse treatment center provides guaranteed non-consumption of toxic substances with a high level effectiveness, from lifestyle modification, and application of techniques for monitoring the client’s unique situation.
Once discharged from a drug abuse treatment center, patient monitoring does not stop for individuals and families. This observation can be coordinated through continued therapy, as well as through expanding participation of therapy sessions with family members. Recovery is possible. Start with a drug abuse treatment center.
If you or someone you love is looking for a drug abuse treatment center, call us at 800-951-6135.