The history of drugs in general is fascinating. People have been using and abusing drugs since the dawn of time. In most cases, these drugs were used for medical and religious purposes. For example, the native Peruvian tribes of the Andes Mountains had used coca leaves as a way to boost their energy as they climbed the mountains for various reasons. One specific group of drugs has an interesting history, which continues to be debated to this day. Gateway drugs are any drug that, when used, provide a pathway to more hazardous drug use and abuse. The history of softer drug use promoting future harsher drug use is real. Studies have shown statistical data that this is a real phenomenon. Educating youth, and all people for that matter, is important in preventing the issue and understanding treatment options.
Gateway drugs are any drug that provides a pathway to harder drug use. Alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and marijuana are all considered gateway drugs. These drugs deliver an experience that can push users towards harsher drugs such as: meth, heroin, and/or cocaine. Gateway drugs boost dopamine levels, which give users pleasure sensations. Parts of the brain are affected by this drug use and prepare it for future drugs. The brain is now being prepared for more intense and harsher drugs. The idea of gateway drugs have been around for several decades, but have be
Addictive behavior is self-damaging. Most addicts had turned to drugs or alcohol as an attempt to cope with a problem they are having with their own lives. There are many different ways to cope with problems, but abusing drugs and alcohol is the wrong way. Exercise, conversation, yoga and meditation are all examples of healthy ways to deal with stress, anxiety, depression or anything else that could be causing sadness. Addiction is a form of self-abandonment. Addicts are abandoning themselves, their health and those around them as an attempt to dealing with their problems. It is often a false truth that causes us fear. Fear about failure, isolation, starving, losing a job or another terrible thing that could be hazardous to a successful life. Addicts must move beyond the fear to end their addiction
Self-abandonment and Addiction
Self-abandonment is any action or line of thinking in which a person stops looking out for their best interests. That is anything that is hazardous to their future and health. There is a difference between taking calculated risks and self-abandonment. Drug use and abuse is considered self-abandonment because it is used to treat an inner-issue and is dangerous. Addicts choose to use and abuse addicts to help them cope with the problems they ar
It is difficult to live with or know a loved one who is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Addiction is a complex issue which requires specialized treatment to overcome. Those suffering from addiction have a difficult time accepting treatment for their addiction out of fear that rehab will be difficult and painful. Easing a loved one’s fear of detox is also a tiresome job. The addict does not want to quit doing drugs or consuming alcohol because their brains and bodies have grown accustomed and ‘need’ those chemicals to feel normal. They are also afraid of the painful withdrawal that is synonymous with the detox process. What they must come to realize, with your help, is that their life will be significantly better without drugs. If they are to continue to abuse drugs and/or alcohol their lives will continue to get worse and could even end in overdose.
Knowledge is the Best Weapon
Knowledge is the best weapon of all when trying to ease an addicted loved one’s fear of detox. The truth is that detox can be painful, but there are different types of treatment programs that are effective. Some detox programs utilize medications to ease the pain of withdrawal and increase safety during this period. Most require lots of water consumption, exercise and some utilize sauna treatments to detox the body. Th
There are thousands of different treatment centers throughout the United States. Choosing the right one can feel like a daunting task. Each individual addict and their addiction is unique. Due to the complexities of addictions and the variables in each person’s lives it is essential that all aspects of the recovery process by analyzed. Addressing all of the problems that an addict has is an essential part of recovery. The recovering addict must address their mind, body and soul in treatment. It is a long process that they must continue to work on. Treatment and rehabilitation is an evolving process. There are absolutely no quick fixes. If addiction could be fixed quickly, then there would not be that many addicts. When an addiction was noticed it would be addressed and fixed quickly, right? Addiction is complex and recovery requires serious commitment. Addicts who are ready to get sober and their families should avoid quick fixes for treatment.
Professional Experience and Knowledge
Addiction is currently defined as a disorder that is characterized by chronic relapse and searching and consuming of drugs. This process continues even if that addict understands the damage they are causing themselves and those around them. Studies conducted by multiple drug abuse and addiction agencies state that long term treatment produces the best results. Long term and residential tre
Drug abuse, dependence and addiction are all interconnected and very complicated issues to which millions of American families suffer. The damage and chaos that addiction causes can be negligible or it can be devastating. Functioning addicts are capable of hiding their addictions for years before crashing, getting help or having a family member or friend notice the problem. Others are unable to continue to carry out the responsibilities of their lives and enter a steady decline. The lucky addicts gain control of their addiction and turn their lives around. The others can suffer for years; others lose their lives to an addiction. Treatment must be just as complex and detailed as the addiction itself. It is essential that treatment address both the addiction and any other disorder to which they are affected. Co-occurring disorders are any disorder that could have caused the addiction or have been a result of the addiction.
Treating Co-Occurring Disorders
Overcoming an addiction is a very difficult task. Most addicts must seek professional treatment to successfully combat an addiction. The mental and physical hurdles are complicated, which is why professional help is often necessary. Addicts getting treatment for an addiction should seek a treatment center that screens for co-occurring disorders. These are any mental illnesses that could have created or helped maintain th
There are several different goals to which different drug rehabilitation programs strive. They all want the same thing; patients to reenter society healthy and drug free. Each program, while relatively similar, provides different techniques, methods and systems to achieve that goal. As new studies and research continue to provide more insight on addiction and its treatment society learns more about this problem. One of the main problems regarding substance abuse and addiction is that it maintains an archaic stigma of being a problem of the weak and immoral. The truth is that addiction does not discriminate and affects all walks of life. As we discover new and exciting aspects of addiction and rehabilitation, new goals and treatments surface. Independence, codependence and interdependence are all issues that are discussed and studied in addiction treatment. Of the three, it is interdependence that all recovering addicts should work towards.
Function and Success
People function better and with more success when they are capable of handling things on their own. Just imagine how difficult it would be to carry out the responsibilities of an adult, but needed help every task. It is pretty simple to see how difficult that would be. Conversely, it would be difficult to handle your responsibilities if you had to help someone els
Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction are serious issues to which millions Americans suffer from every year. The slow and steady destruction of lives and families can be heart breaking. Families coping with an addict understand that pain and strive to get their loved one help. Getting an addict to accept treatment may be difficult, but is the only way to fix the problem. Rehab is not a sure thing by any means. Addiction is an issue that requires constant work. Recovery is always an evolving and changing process. Relapse is the event of a recovery addict reusing drugs and/or alcohol after completing a treatment program and detox. Relapse should never be considered a failure, but rather a chance to change or reevaluate treatment procedures. Here are five reasons you should give rehab another chance.
Every moment you are alive is a reason to give rehab another chance. Unfortunately, there are some friends and loved ones who cannot say that right now. Every day you are alive is another reason to seek treatment. ‘Rock bottom’ theory is just that; a theory. Everyone’s ‘rock bottom’ is different. For some, ‘rock bottom’ is a fatality as a result of overdose. It is important to always seek treatment for an addiction. No matter how old you are or how many tim
Entering a treatment program can be a stressful time for addicts and their families, but it is a time to be thorough. This is the start of a new day and new life for those suffering from addiction. Families and the addicts themselves should be vigilant in their decision to enter a treatment program. There are several different factors they should consider before choosing one. It is not as simple as searching the internet and choosing the first one that shows up on Google. Addiction is incredibly complex; therefore it requires a detailed program to overcome. Most recovering addicts agree that they needed professional help in fighting their addiction. There are a number of things to look for and avoid when choosing a rehab program.
Success rates are an important part of the rehab ‘sell’. Do not fall for the rehabs that state record breaking success rates. Some treatment centers base their success rates on their patients’ completion of the program, while others follow up on previous patients weeks, months and even years after the completion of their program. Those centers that follow up later cannot be 100% positive that the former patient is being honest either. There are some treatment centers that will follow up with family, friends or even doctors. Due to the unclear nature to whic
Dealing with pain is a part of life. People wake up with aches and pains on a daily basis. As we age, that pain gets more intense and can become more prevalent. Those who endure accidents, injuries or wear and tear from a sport, exercise or work have to treat their pain. Many live with the same pain day in and day out, without any solace. Pain management is the system to which these individuals turn to help cure their discomfort. Unfortunately, most pain management systems are simply prescriptions to painkillers. This is incredibly dangerous for a number of reasons. Painkillers are not meant to be taken over long periods of time. By taking them for an extended period users are exposing themselves to a host of physical and mental problems. These drugs are powerful and habit forming. Opioids and synthetic opioids change the chemical makeup in the brain, which reduces the body’s ability to function properly. Possibility of addiction increases with the dosage and frequency of consumption. These painkillers are ‘low-grade’ forms of morphine and heroin. In most cases of heroin addicts, prescription painkillers led them down a long and dark road toward their addiction. Is your pain management feeding your addiction? It could very well be feeding an addiction, potentia
Drugs and alcohol destroy the body. Different drugs cause different problems, but each one destroys the mind and body. Substance abuse slowly breaks down every aspect of an individual. They slowly lose their mind and their body is not far behind. When an addict finally admits to having a problem and gets the help they need the recovery process must fix all aspects of the recovering addict. That means mind, body and soul. The addict must understand themselves, their past, addiction and their problem with drugs and/or alcohol. They must also rebuild their bodies. In some cases, the damage is so severe that it takes them months and even years to remedy. Drugs and alcohol completely destroy the way the body functions and dehydration is a significant issue. It does not seem as important as the other issues that addiction may cause, but it is important. Lack of proper hydration can be detrimental to the recovery process of an addict in treatment.
Importance of Water
Water is a vital part of the human body. It is used to help regulate body temperature and normal bodily functions. Water is used from the body’s cells to its major organs. Humans can live for weeks without food, but only three days without water. Now imagine a body that is destroyed by drug or alcohol abuse and consider how important hydration is to the recovery process. Not to mention, the body is composed of