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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?

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Detox Centers in Jamestown, RI

Detox Centers in Jamestown, RI

When you feel like you’ve gotten upside down in life – having become physically dependent and psychologically dependent on alcohol or other drugs, then it is time to consider getting help from detox centers in Jamestown. To begin the healing process from substance abuse, you should seek the comfort and knowledge of a professional and nurturing staff at detox centers in Jamestown, RI.

What are Detox Centers in Jamestown?

Detox programs are the first step in halting the cycle of substance abuse and addiction and can give you a new outlook on life.

Drug and alcohol detox centers in Jamestown, sometimes called inpatient medical withdrawal management programs, are facilities that administer medication to ease your withdrawal symptoms and give you comfort when getting off a substance or substances. And depending on what drug or drugs upon which you are dependent, a medical detox may actually be necessary.

Why is Drug Detox necessary?

When it is alcohol, benzos, or barbiturates, that you have been using and abusing, then medical detox, such as those offered by detox centers in Jamestown is necessary. If you have experienced withdrawal symptoms after you stop using a substance, this means that you are physically dependent on it. This is because the withdrawal syndrome from any of these substances has the potential to be life-threatening and even fatal. Severe symptoms include heart failure, seizure, stroke, coma, and death.

As for amphetamines, such as cocaine and speed, and methamphetamines, such as crystal meth, detox centers in Jamestown are also beneficial at treating those withdrawals, which often include uncomfortable and even terrifying psychological symptoms such as hallucinations and anxiety.

If you are dependent on opiates, such as prescription painkillers like oxycodone, hydrocodone (Vicodin), methadone, or illegal drugs like heroin, you will want to take advantage of the programs offered at medical detox centers in Jamestown because, although rare, the withdrawal from these substances can cause seizure. The main benefit of a medical detox from opiates is that it will alleviate the severity and length of time that you will experience withdrawal symptoms, which are best described as a being like a really severe flu.

Why Drug Detox Centers in Jamestown Are a Good Idea

Drug detox centers in Jamestown are crucial to success at getting clean and sober. It has been found that fear of withdrawal is the main obstacle to getting clean. The staff at detox centers in Jamestown is medically trained as well as compassionate and understanding to your situation. After all, drug dependence and substance abuse are recognized as medical conditions and should be treated as such. You will be treated with the utmost of care and respect while you get your life back on track. In detox, you will get all of the junk out of your system while learning tools and coping skills that will support you in living a lifestyle free from the dependence on alcohol and other drugs. If you or a loved one is struggling with drug abuse or addiction, or seeking detox centers in Jamestown RI please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.

10 Addiction Myths You Probably Believe

10 Addiction Myths You Probably Believe

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Studies of the brain show images that indicate there are differences in the brain that are both cause and effect of addiction. Even before drug use begins, there are neurobiological differences between people who become addicted and people who don’t. Once someone starts using drugs, the prolonged drug use will actually change the structure and function of the brain, making it difficult to control impulses, feel pleasure from natural rewards like sex and food, and focus on anything other than getting and using drugs. Here are 10 addiction myths you probably believe.

#1 Addiction Myths You Probably Believe

People choose to be addicted.

People don’t choose to become addicted just like they don’t choose to develop any other disease. Research shows that both genetics and environmental variables factor into whether someone develops and addiction. Recovery isn’t as simple as having the willpower to say ‘no’ once you are already in active addiction – there is no choice at that point.

#2 Addiction Myths You Probably Believe

Addicts are bad people who should be punished.

If a person develops an addiction, there’s a general consensus that they’re bad, weak-willed or immoral. You don’t see this same level of hostility towards people with other chronic illnesses such as diabetes or cancer. People with these diseases aren’t subject to legal consequences and attitudes like, “let them kill themselves, they’re a waste of space.” Yes, often times addicts resort to desperate and illegal acts in order to feed their addictions bur consider this: they are driven to do so by actual changes in their brains due to prolonged drug use. Sometimes, good people do bad things, and sick people need treatment, not punishment in order to recover.

#3 Addiction Myths You Probably Believe

People only get addicted to one kind of drug.

Another addiction myth is that people generally have one drug of choice (DOC). However, today we’re finding that it is more and more common for people to be using and addicted to more than one substance, this is called polysubstance abuse.

Some addicts use a combination of drugs in order to increase the intensity of the ‘high’ such as “speed-balling.” Others use one drug then another in order to counteract any unwanted feelings, such as the experience of “coming down.” Other addicts will use whatever drug is available.

#4 Addiction Myths You Probably Believe

People who get addicted to prescription drugs are not addicts like the people who get addicted to illegal drugs.

Medications like oxycodone, Vicodin, Adderall, and Xanax all can be prescribed by a doctor, and, when taken as prescribed, are relatively safe. This has led to a widespread delusion prescription drugs are safer than so-called street drugs. First of all, prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions in recent times and, secondly, when you take a prescription drug in a greater dose, more often than prescribed, or recreationally (taking a drug that is meant for treating a medical problem that you don’t actually have), it affects the same areas of the brain as illegal drugs and carries the same risk for addiction.

#5 Addiction Myths You Probably Believe

Treatment should put addicts in their place.

Despite the fact that physicians and other specialists agree that addiction is a chronic disease just like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, addicts are still treated as inferior. A lot of treatment centers still employ a confrontational and shame-based approach in order to “motivate” addicts. However, research shows that this is counterproductive:  shame is a strong indication of relapse and besides, it only serves to continue the stigma that addiction means you’re a bad person which will keep people from getting help.

#6 Addiction Myths You Probably Believe

Court-ordered treatment doesn’t work.

Many people believe that treatment is only effective if the addict chooses to get help. While this is often the best case scenario for recovery from an addiction, it’s not necessarily true. Many people still find success at sobriety even if they initially went to treatment because they were court-ordered or threatened by family members. This is because, once in treatment, the addict has a sort of revelation, or moment of clarity that they do in fact have a problem. If the addict becomes open to the idea that they need help, they can certainly benefit from treatment and go on to live a healthy, sober life.

#7 Addiction Myths You Probably Believe

A 12 Step approach is the only way to recovery.

There are several different approaches to getting and staying clean and sober. Although 12 Step fellowship members have shown to have somewhat high success rates, this isn’t the only way to achieve sobriety. Some people like Smart Recovery, others find support from attending church, and so on.

#8 Addiction Myths You Probably Believe

You have to hit rock bottom first

This is certainly a dangerous attitude to have. What if, while waiting for your loved one to hit rock bottom, they actually succumb completely to the disease of addiction (this is a nice way of saying that you watch them continue to hurt themselves until they eventually die)? Then it’s too late.

Consider this: everyone’s “bottom” looks different. It might not be as extreme as becoming homeless or resorting to prostituting oneself. Sometimes, losing a relationship or a job, or being confronted by a loved one is enough of a reason for an addict to want to seek help.

There is little to no evidence that the greater the bottom means a better chance at success at recovering. Simply put: it’s better to get help early than to hold out for what you consider to be the perfect desperate moment.

#9 Addiction Myths You Probably Believe

Marijuana is a ‘gateway drug.’

This one drives me crazy! Never mind that most teens actually start with alcohol before smoking weed and then possibly using ‘harder stuff,’ the addiction rate for marijuana is actually lower than that of alcohol, and there is little scientific evidence that pot is a trigger for harder drugs.

After alcohol, the real possible threat of a “gateway drug” is more likely to be prescription painkillers, like OxyContin and Vicodin, and stimulants, such as Adderall. These drugs have strong addictive properties and are more accessible to teens – often they can be found in their parents’ medicine cabinet. Another category of highly addictive and easily accessible drug is that of inhalants, such as computer duster.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse did a study that found that 8% of 12th graders abused Vicodin and 5.1% abused OxyContin. Inhalant use peaks as early as 8th grade age at around 17%, which is far earlier than all other drugs.

#10 Addiction Myths You Probably Believe

Drugs cause irreversible brain damage.

Remember those anti-drug commercials that showed the image of an egg frying on the stove and said “this is your brain on drugs?” This was a gross oversimplification – saying that drug use causes permanent and severe brain damage. Yes, certain drugs are neurotoxic, meaning that they cause nerve damage, some examples being methamphetamine (crystal meth), MDMA, cocaine and inhalants. However, by no means do these produce a “damaged” person. This addiction myth implies that recovered addicts are “damaged goods” which can cause discrimination by employers, health care providers and the legal system.

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.

 

Sources:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/where-science-meets-the-steps/201305/5-myths-about-addiction-undermine-recovery

http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/13/health/jaffe-addiction-myths/index.html

Drug Abuse By Region: Florida

Drug Abuse By Region: Florida

Although we’re one big, cohesive country under the same government, several different regions make up the United States: there’s the northeast, the south, the Midwest, and the west coast. And for each region, there is a different dialect, slang, traditions, style signature foods, and even drug of choice. In Florida, the main drug of abuse is the narcotic painkiller: oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), roxycodone (Roxy), and hydromorphone (Dilaudid) – to name a few. These are all part of the opiate family, the same drug family that includes heroin.

Florida’s Painkiller Epidemic

According to a national report, Florida has the 11th highest drug overdose death rate in the country. And the rate has more than doubled since 1999.

That year, the number of drug overdose deaths – most of which were from prescription drugs – was 6.4 deaths per 100,000 Florida residents. Today that number is 16.4 deaths per 100,000, according to the Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic report, by Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the nation’s health.

So, why Florida?

For years, Florida’s relaxed regulations on prescription drugs turned the state into a black market for synthetic opioids, which caused 16,625 deaths and 420,000 emergency department visits in 2010. The Sunshine State was home to 90 of the country’s 100 top pharmacies buying oxycodone in 2010, which often made their way into the hands of prescription drug dealers.

Calling prescription drug abuse a top public health concern, the report said that misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers alone costs the country an estimated $53.4 billion a year in lost productivity, medical costs and criminal justice costs.

In the News: Florida’s Pill Mills

A few short years ago, everything seemingly came to a head with mass raids on pain management clinics that were dubbed “pill mills” for their factory-like process of churning out painkiller prescriptions at an astonishing rate.

It took more than two years, but federal agents shut down the $40 million businesses that operated in Broward and Palm Beach counties until the March 2010 raids. DEA agents used several tactics – phone taps, posing as patients – which led to enough evidence to amass more than 1.2 million pages of records and statements used in the prosecution of suspects.

The evidence persuaded 28 co-defendants – the owners, staff and most of the doctors who wrote prescriptions – to plead guilty and go to prison.

Two doctors, however, chose to take their cases to trial and are facing other charges related to what federal prosecutors say was a conspiracy to sell as many pain pills as possible to addicts and street drug dealers, who sold them at a profit in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.

And major pharmacies were in on it, too.

In June, Walgreen Co., the nation’s largest pharmacy operator, paid the Drug Enforcement Agency an $80 million settlement to resolves charges that it failed to control its sales of narcotic painkillers. As a result of its efforts, the amount of oxycodone sold in the state of Florida decreased by 97% from 2009 to 2010. Deaths related to oxycodone decreased by more than 17%, and the number of “doctor shoppers” has decreased by 58% since authorities began cracking down on pill mills in 2011. If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/blogs/vital-signs/os-prescription-drug-abuse-florida,0,2078034.post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/06/south-florida-pill-mill_n_3553196.html

 

Matthew Perry speaks at Penn State about Addiction and Recovery

Mathew Perry speaks at Penn State about Addiction and Recovery

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At the height of his career, Matthew Perry was in the struggle for his life: battling a serious addiction to alcohol and painkillers. Perry was in his early 30’s around that time and was earning a multi-million dollar salary on the hit television show ‘Friends’ and had numerous other offers for feature films and endorsements. On the outside, it appeared that Matthew Perry was living the “ideal” life many of us find an “ideal” life.

Matthew Perry’s ideal life came at a high price, though; for him it resulted in an addiction to alcohol and the narcotic painkiller, Vicodin. In 2002, Matthew Perry told People magazine that at the height of his opiate and alcohol addiction, he was taking 20 to 30 Vicodin pills and drinking about a quart of vodka a day. Perry’s addiction took off when he was prescribed Vicodin for a wisdom tooth extraction. Eventually the drug abuse began to take its toll on his body. The rumors ran rampant at this point that Perry had an eating disorder due to the obvious weight fluctuations. In fact, this was being caused by pancreatitis, brought on by his heavy drinking. Perry then returned to rehab for an “undisclosed illness” in 2001, (after a previous trip in 1997). There was constant media coverage of his addiction throughout the entire ordeal.

In front of a packed audience at Irvine Auditorium two nights ago, actor and comedian Matthew Perry appeared completely in his element onstage despite the very personal subject of his appearance – his battle with drug and alcohol addiction.

“Hello, my name is Matthew, and I’m an alcoholic.”

Perry — who gave this talk as part of this semester’s Social Planning and Events Committee Connaissance speaker series — drew an enthusiastic, loyal crowd.

He now travels to colleges across the country to share his testimony on his recovery from addiction and sponsoring others who struggle with alcoholism. In recognition for his work, The White House awarded Perry with the Champion of Recovery Award. Perry handled this with his typical grace and comedy: “I’m an award-winning alcoholic.”

Perry spoke into the goal of his work and the motivating force behind his appearances to make such a speech. “[Addiction’s] not shameful,” he said. “That’s a point I really want to drive home.”

During the Q and A session, college junior and SPEC Connaissance co-director Jason Fernandes said “We think addiction on college campuses is a very serious issue that’s not talked about much. A lot of addictions students have are dismissed as a part of college life.”

Perry spoke about finding his sponsor, Earl, who taught him the importance of selflessness. Perry says that, despite his career accomplishments, what he acknowledges as being the most important is his ability to give back.

Speaking into the importance of what the fellowship programs emphasize in the 12th Step, he said “The best thing I can say about me is that people who can’t stop drinking come up to me and say, Can you help me? And I can say, Yes.”

If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135

 

 

Sources:

http://www.thedp.com/article/2013/11/matthew-perry-speaks-at-penn

http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/matthew-perry-talks-about-past-drug-alcohol-abuse-i-was-a-sick-guy-2013315

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/gossip/la-et-mg-matthew-perry-friends-addiction-20130530,0,2436089.story

 

Detox Centers in Bal Harbour

Detox Centers in Bal Harbour

You find yourself saying, “it’s time to “cut back” or stop altogether” and even come up with all kinds of schemes to stop but, nothing seems to work. You may be able to stop for a little while but find you keep going back to that drink or drug. By now, you’ve probably realized that you want to stop but simply can’t.

So what is there left to do? It’s time to choose from the detox centers in Bal Harbor. Drug detox centers in Bal Harbor provide affordable treatment to those who are suffering from addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.

What Happens at Detox Centers in Bal Harbor?

Detox centers in Bal Harbor works like this: you will be assessed for your drug use history through both an interview with a medically trained staff person and a drug screen, also called a ‘tox screen.” This is a hospital type setting and, just like any other medical setting, confidentiality is guaranteed. You will not get in trouble with police or other authorities for being intoxicated. In fact, most people show up to the detox center under the influence.

The assessment is done to see how the medical staff at the detox centers in Bal Harbor can best help you. They will need to know what substances you have been using, how much you have been using, and for how long. You will then be admitted to the program and given a private room, sometimes with a roommate. You will see a medical doctor who will prescribe the necessary medications to help ease the withdrawal symptoms of your detoxification from alcohol and/or other drugs.

Why Detox Centers in Bal Harbor are Necessary

If you are dependent on prescription painkillers such as oxycodone (Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin), methadone, or other opiates like heroin, then detox centers in Bal Harbor can help you. Unlike alcohol withdrawal, opiate withdrawal is not known to be fatal however, the withdrawal symptoms can be so severely painful that it becomes nearly impossible to resist going back out and using in order to “get well.” However, there have been some cases of people experiencing seizures when “kicking” an opiate dependence, and this is all the more reason that a program at one of the detox centers in Bal Harbor should be considered.

If you are dependent on alcohol, it is medically necessary for you to get the kind of help that detox centers in Bal Harbor can offer. This is because of a medical condition called alcohol withdrawal syndrome, which is a set of withdrawal symptoms that range from at the least uncomfortable, to frightening, and even fatal. The same goes for benzodiazepines (benzos such as Xanax and Valium) and barbiturates. Detox centers in Bal Harbor will treat you with a course of medication that will ease these symptoms and get you off of these other substances in a safe manner.

Why Consider Detox Centers in Bal Harbor

Bal Harbor is a city in south Florida that extends from the bay to the Atlantic Ocean. The word “Bal” was created to encompass this area’s unique location: the “b” was taken from the word “bay” and the “a” and “l” were taken from the name Atlantic. Situated in sunny south Florida, this is an ideal destination to begin life anew; the warm, tropical climate and serene beaches are the perfect setting in which to relax and rejuvenate.

 

 

If you or a loved one is looking for help from detox centers in Bal Harbor please call toll free 1-800-951-6135

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