Thursday, 22 June 2017

Kentucky Joins Multi-State Investigation Into Opioid Manufacturers

State officials have not publicly discussed which opioid manufacturers are being targeted by the massive investigation.



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Architecture Plays An Important Role In Safe Injection Facilities

The look and layout of SIFs makes a crucial impact in the successful treatment of people with addiction who use the facilities.



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People In Recovery Discuss Their Fears About The GOP Healthcare Bill

Recovery advocates say that the GOP healthcare bill would be "catastrophic" for people desperately in need of rehabilitation.



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Mexico Legalizes Medical Marijuana

The medical marijuana bill passed Mexico’s legislature with overwhelming support.



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Opinion: Why Does Trump Behave Like A Drunken Sailor?

There is never enough – never enough money, attention, fame, or drama to satisfy him. He always needs another fix ... and will do anything to get it.



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The DEA Seized 14 Million Doses of Fentanyl In San Diego County

Authorities say the fentanyl bust is one of the biggest in US history. 



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Good Alcoholic Drinks: A Big NO! For Recovering Alcoholics, Ever

If you think that quitting on alcohol is like a sprint, it is not; it is like a marathon. After a long time of sobriety, it could appear as if you can begin drinking alcohol socially once more. It may not seem like a problem to have a beer or a couple more with your friends; however, if you have been an alcoholic before, a single drink can be equivalent to losing all the years of progress you have been making to maintain a sober life.

Should an alcoholic be drinking again after they have gained sobriety?

NO, regardless of whether it is good alcoholic drinks or not. Remember that it took you a very long time to recover from alcoholism and it is only wise to completely avoid alcohol.

Studies show that a single drink may lead you back to the path of more and more drinking, once again.

It could be quite tempting to drink alcohol as you see others successfully able to drink alcohol in moderation. Then you think to yourself that since you have proven that you can quit drinking, then a single drink cannot possibly do you any harm, right? Unfortunately, those who have a history of alcoholism cannot and should not have the liberty to drink, even in moderation.

When can recovering alcoholics drink after getting treatment?

A lot of recovering alcoholics often think about, why are medical professionals advising them to avoid alcohol completely? It is not that gulping a single drink with alcohol can hurt you, but that a single drink more often than not leads to a second, then a third. Before you know it, you have already fallen into the alcoholism trap once more. It will be easier to drink once again; however, this is completely opposite of what you have been trying to work hard for – your sobriety – so, it is not worth taking the risk at all.

Research also reveals that abstinence from alcohol may be the best thing to do to avoid falling into a relapse. Although you should not be ashamed if you relapse as it happens to a lot of individuals, you should do best to avoid that from happening to you. The chances of you suffering a relapse are close to zero if you do not indulge at all.

Should a recovering alcoholic be allowed to drink once more?

Some people oppose the idea of not permitting recovering alcoholics to drink again. They believe that the approach to abstinence is not realistic; instead, it becomes a punishment to those suffering from the disease. Such people claim that abstinence can create a stigma on the recovering alcoholic as most will stand out at social events. There is a certain truth in the claim as it could be very difficult to explain your situation to others and why you are not drinking; however, when you think of your sobriety being at stake, you will be able to overcome those challenges.

You can relapse to problem drinking any time you take in one or two drinks socially that’s likely to become 8 or 9. When you finally realize that you really can’t moderate your drinking, your old habits may have sunk in already. Again your social, work and personal relationships suffer and you experience the negative impact of alcohol on your health. Once more, you will have to restart your path to recovery.

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China Finally Agrees To Ban Designer Drug Pink

Pink, aka U-47700, and three other synthetic drugs will soon make their way onto China's list of controlled substances.



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Morning Roundup: June 22, 2017

South Florida man jailed overseas for pain pills, haven for recovering addicts now profits from their relapses, one in 10 Hong Kong kids face video game addiction.



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Opioid Road to Success: Tapering Off Methadone

“I’ll never forget the day I walked into your office and you told me that I can get off the medicine if I wanted,” Walter said.



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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Massachusetts Doctors Vote In Favor Of Safe Injection Facilities

Massachusetts is one of six states that has considered allowing safe injection facilities. 



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People With Opioid Addiction Are At Higher Risk for Hep-C, HIV

As the national opioid epidemic has grown over the past few years, new cases of hepatitis-C have nearly doubled.



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Oregon Pot Industry Still Struggling With Pesticide Contamination

Earlier this year, the state issued its first weed recall after testing found traces of pesticides in some samples of greenery.



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Dr. Gabor Mate: Ayahuasca Is The 'Antidote To Western Psychological Distress'

Dr. Maté, who once dismissed the hallucinogenic tea, now runs ayahuasca sessions twice a year. 



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Antidepressants May Have Impaired Woman In Texting Suicide Case, Psychiatrist Says In Controversial Testimony

A 20-year-old woman pleaded not guilty to charges that she encouraged her boyfriend's suicide via text and Facebook messages. 



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Young People Are Underserved By Medication-Assisted Treatment

The younger the patient, the less likely they are to receive medications like Suboxone or Vivitrol to treat their opioid addiction.



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Breaking the Cycle of Addiction, One Child at a Time

On the third day of the program, children are given the chance to talk to their loved one about how the disease of addiction has affected them.



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Antidepressants May Have Impaired Woman In Texting Suicide Case, Psychiatrist Says

A 20-year-old woman pleaded not guilty to charges that she encouraged her boyfriend's suicide via text and Facebook messages. 



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How Cocaine is Made | Okeechobee

Cocaine tops the list as the most commonly abused illegal drug in the United States, after marijuana and heroin, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.  Overdose from cocaine consists of about 10% of the total admission in public-funded abuse treatment programs.

However, in a study which the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime conducted, cocaine is one of the most expensive illegal drugs in the black market. In a 2015 Global Drug Survey, a gram of cocaine cost about 80 USD. This will make you wonder what cocaine is made of and how it is made to yield this kind of amount in the market. Before delving yourself in this kind of information, you must first know what cocaine is.

Cocaine

Cocaine is primarily made of extract from coca leaves, native to South America. But it can also contain several ingredients like cornstarch, talcum powder, powdered milk and other substances once it is diluted or “cut.” This drug can over stimulate the central nervous system and contains anesthetic properties.  For hundreds of years, South American people use the coca leaves whenever they need an energy boost. The cocaine plant is relatively harmless but once chemically synthesized it can produce short- and long-term dangerous effects.  Street names of cocaine include Crack, Rock, Coke, Snow, Candy, Blow, Flake and Charlie.

How is Cocaine Made?

After marijuana, cocaine is the most widespread drug in the US but few people understand where it comes from.

To make just a kilo of cocaine, coca farmers need to hand pick 1,000 kilos of coca leaves. After harvesting the leaves, they laid it out under the sun. Famers will let the leaves dry in the sun for about half to full day. The leaves will somewhat dry out and ready for the next step. There are two ways to extract cocaine from the basic coca leaf plant, using solvents or using acid-based chemicals.

Cocaine extraction using solvents

Once the leaves are dried out, it is finely chopped and dusted with lime or carbonate salt along with a small amount of water. Some manufacturers will use a weed-whacker to complete this process. Some people may just do it by hand. After the leaves have been cut, makers will sprinkle a small amount of cement powder.  Then ammonia and lime are added to the leaves. Next, they will spray diesel or kerosene over the leaves and strongly stirred up for three days. The process will remove the cocaine from the leaves and into the liquid mixture. The makers may use a washing machine or cement mixer while some poor manufacturers will just do it by hand.

The ingredients will help separate cocaine from the leaves.  Manufacturers will heat the liquid to eliminate any wax from the coca leaves. The mixture will then be filtered to separate cocaine from the leafy concoctions.  Initially, the mixture will look like a large amount of liquid mixture. Makers will then add sulfuric acid and re-mix it again. This will transform the cocaine free base to cocaine sulfate.

Manufacturers or makers will let the mixture sit for some time. During this process, cocaine sulfate will separate from the mixture. After the separation process, makers will then add lime or caustic soda. This will neutralize the sulfuric acid; the by-product of the chemical is a sticky yellow solid mixture. Again, this paste is dried then package and shipped to another location for additional handling and extraction.

Cocaine paste extraction using acid

Another procedure to make cocaine is using acid-based chemicals to extract the drug.  Makers pour the leaves of the coca plant in a container with dilutes sulfuric acid. Makers need to work exuberantly to soften the mixture which usually lasts for about 2 hours. The acid in the container will transform the leaves to cocaine sulfate. To remove unnecessary waxy deposit, makers will drain the chemical and then heated. The rest of the mixture will undergo filtration process to remove any remaining plant residues.

Lime or carbonated chemicals are added to the mixture, makers stirred the ingredients vigorously. The result of the concoction is called coca paste. Makers will then add kerosene and re-filter the concoction for further sulfuric acid treatment.

From ‘paste’ to Street Cocaine

After the coca extraction process, it needs further processing to change the mixture from chemical concoction to an ingestible substance. The mixture will undergo purification process, in which it is dissolved in a small amount of diluted sulfuric acid. Next, an exact measurement of potassium permanganate is added to the mixture. As a potent oxidizing agent, it removes the impurities in the coca paste. It even changes the color of the paste from a brown-yellowish color to an almost translucent white color.  The translucent, acidic solution by-product is then filtered and treated with the chemical ammonia to neutralize the acid.

Before it reaches the black market, the ‘raw’ cocaine is further dried to transform it into cocaine hydrochloride. The final result is the street product that circulated the black market with crystal-like properties that produce a numbing effect.

In order for the users to inject cocaine, it must be water soluble. If not, the drug will just form in clumps and can lead to cardiac arrest. As a salt, users can both inject and snort cocaine which the body can easily absorb.

Changing Cocaine to Crack Cocaine

Considered as the most powerful form of cocaine, crack cocaine produces a very powerful high. With regular abuse, it is often associated with intense energy, hyperactivity, aggression, and even paranoia. Most people convert hydrochloride into a solid substance of freebase cocaine. To produced crack cocaine, makers will add sodium bicarbonate or ammonia. In this form, users commonly heat the drug and smoke it using glass pipe and inhaling the smoke or vapor.

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Drunk on Stealing

Every time I wanted to steal I’d think of that lady putting a steak in her purse.



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Ten Artists Who Knew Something About Addiction

It’s a tragic irony that Kinkade, a man dedicated to bringing so much light into the world, was constantly wrestling with his own darkness.



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Morning Roundup: June 21, 2017

Study: imprisoning drug offenders doesn't affect use, Ohio coroner says fentanyl now found in MJ, Carrie Fisher's daughter: Mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life.



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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Dallas Judge Who Resigned During Battle With Alcoholism, Depression Found Dead

His cause of death is currently unknown.



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New Study Will Help Get Correctional Officers The Mental Health Services They Need

One in nine correctional officers surveyed say they have contemplated or attempted suicide.



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Carrie Fisher Had Illicit Drug Cocktail In Her System, Toxicology Report Shows

The iconic actress passed away in late December 2016, a few days after being discovered unconscious on an airline flight. 



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The Last Addictions Memoir (Hopefully): An Evidence-Based Recovery Story Pt. 13

Let's see if we can create what society terms an addict. Let's take a person, born to live a free and human life, and compromise that personhood with addiction.



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Washington Opioid Summit Highlights Medication-Assisted Treatment, Stigma

Experts gathered in Washington to discuss ideas and solutions on how to curb the state's drug epidemic. 



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History Channel Docuseries Tackles Five Decades Of The War On Drugs

The four-part miniseries is a thorough exposé of the US government’s role in growing the domestic drug war.



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Restaurant Accidentally Served Toddler Alcohol Instead Of Juice

The child was taken to the hospital where her blood alcohol level was found to be just under the legal limit of 0.08.



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Famous People who have Overcome Drug Addiction | Miami FL

Drug addiction can affect anybody, and almost everyone knows that Hollywood celebrities tend to do drugs. While some succumbed into the deadly habit, most recovered it all and gone to better days. Here are some of the Celebrities who battled addiction and successfully overcome it.

Drew Barrymore

Growing up in the Hollywood spotlight as a child actor exposes her to the same path that most child actors went through. She also had to deal with family problems while growing up. At a very young age, she was exposed to nightclubs, drug use, cigarettes, and alcohol. By the time she was 14 years old; Drew changed her lifestyle and remained sober to this day.

Britney Spears

One of the most popular and sensationalized addiction problems that the country saw was Britney Spears. She went into a total meltdown because of her drug and alcohol addiction. When she had enough, Britney check herself into a rehab facility and battled her addiction. Presently, she fully regains her celebrity status and continues to build her career in the music industry.

Robert Downey Jr.

Before he was cast as Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr., suffered from addiction. It was the most publicized and at the same time the most inspiring addiction recovery cases in Hollywood. Robert suffering from different kinds of addiction like heroin, cocaine and other illegal substance there is lost his career as an actor. During his addiction, Hollywood deliberately outcast the actor and lost many acting roles. He just simply had enough of his struggles and check into a rehab center. When he got off from the treatment program he was able to live a sober life. Robert Downey Jr. became one of the highest Hollywood A-list actors today.

Matt Damon

The movie industry knew Matt Damon as a longtime chain smoker, but it all changed when he saw a particular picture. Matt saw himself smoking and realized how terrible he looked. He then began his healthy living which resulted to quit his habit. He was so sure that quitting is the right choice that he even convinced his best friend, Ben Affleck to quit smoking as well.

Ben Affleck

Beating addiction actually skyrocketed his career even more. Ben’s problems with gambling and alcoholism almost ended his Hollywood career. In 2001, realizing that it is his addiction is causing damage to his health and career, he voluntarily went into rehab. After the program, he turned to some of his friends for support and was drug-free ever since.  Ben reportedly visited Lindsey Lohan when the Hollywood actress also went to rehab. He hoped that he can help the young actress in maintaining sobriety after the rehab program.

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie, the daughter of the famous singer, Lionel Richie also fell into the addiction trap. She was addicted to pills, marijuana, and heroin. In 20017, authorities arrested Nicole for illegal possession of heroin and for being under the influence of marijuana and Vicodin. After rehab therapy, Nicole gained her vitality and is now married with two kids.

Steven Tyler

The lead singer of the well-renowned rock band, Aerosmith battled addiction ever since he was in high school. In one of his interview, Steven admitted that his addiction led to poor relationships and difficulty following lessons in class. His band mates intervene with Steve’s addiction and finally convinced the singer to check into rehab in 1986.

Eminem

Eminem publicly admitted that he once used drugs and other painkillers. His friends intervene with his addiction problem and he was convinced to go to rehab. During his treatment, Elton John befriended the rapper and convinced him to seek additional treatment to maintain a sober life.

Demi Lovato

Demi’s career was at its peak when the actress suffered alcohol and drug addiction. In 2010, she entered a rehab facility to get treatment. Until now the singer and actress maintain a drug-free lifestyle as well as building her successful career in the industry.

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Catherine never denied that she used to smoke as a teenager. However, she continued to light cigarettes until her adulthood. But one momentous event changed everything for her.  Paparazzi took a picture of her smoking while pregnant. The image disgusted the actress that she decided to end the habit for good. Also, not wanting her children to grow up smoking, she quit the habit for good.

Daniel Radcliffe

Not many people knew that behind the success of the Harry Potter series, Daniel suffered alcoholism privately. He was addicted to alcohol during the filming of the popular wizard movie series. He then realized that his behavior was causing him his life and his successful career. The young actor went through alcohol treatment and has lived a sober life ever since.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah serves as one of the inspiration all over the globe. She was a role model for children who wants to be successful in life despite all challenges. However, she also battled one difficult ordeal of crack cocaine addiction during the 80s. Nobody knows exactly how long she suffered from addiction. Oprah gave up the habit ages ago and is now trying to help people overcome the same battle she won.

Kelly Osborne

Kelly Osborne journey to recovery was not an easy one. The daughter of Ozzy Osborne battled with addiction and numerous relapses along the way. In 2009, she went to rehab four times because of drugs and painkillers before learning the way of sobriety.

Fergie

The Black Eyes Peas singer also suffered from drug abuse during her career. The addiction was so worse that it caused her to leave the group and get help from a rehab facility. After the treatment, she created several songs about the addiction and it was a hit. She was now married to Josh Duhamel.

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Hepatitis C Buyers Club

If the disease is caught in time, new drugs can completely cure hepatitis C. So what's the problem? The medication comes with an impossible price tag.



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Morning Roundup: June 20, 2017

Docs call on Big Pharma to advertise retail prices of prescription drugs, Boston studies heroin injection sites, addiction specialist shares husband's struggle.



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Addiction Prevention Strategies for the LGBT Community

Can Substance Abuse Be Prevented?

Along with unique issues like institutional discrimination, the LGBT community as a whole suffers from higher-than-average rates of substance abuse and addiction. In fact, the rate of substance abuse (including the use of illicit drugs as well as excessive drinking) in the LGBT community is two to three times higher than the national average.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the general population abuses drug and alcohol at a rate of 9% while the LGBT community suffers from a staggering 20-30% rate of substance abuse in their specific population. Clearly, the need for substance abuse prevention strategies in the LGBT community is serious.

So, can substance abuse be prevented?

We explore possible approaches to help serve people at risk of addiction in the LGBT community here. Then, we invite your participation at the end. Please send us your questions or feedback! We do our best to respond to anyone who takes the time to reach out.

Why Such High Rates of Substance Abuse?

There are a few different factors contributing to such high rates of substance abuse in the LGBT community. Issues like:

  • higher rates of homelessness
  • interpersonal violence
  • sexual abuse

…contribute to the development of substance use problems for many in the community. This is compounded with societal and institutional discrimination, family rejection for many, and a lack of safe, drug-free spaces to create staggering levels of addiction and substance abuse.

Substance abuse prevention strategies in the LGBT community must go beyond the norm. Education is key, but it doesn’t cut to the core of the many reasons that substance abuse is such a problem for the LGBT community as a whole.

As with the general population, simply arresting people for drug use won’t work, either. The most effective substance abuse prevention strategies for the LGBT community must incorporate grassroots-level initiatives as well as approaches that are informed by the real, specific issues faced by this particular subset of the population.

Facing the Core Issues

Any strategies for substance abuse prevention for the LGBT community must come from a place of understanding of the specific core issues faced by so many members of this group. LGBT-identifying people suffer higher rates of homelessness, sexual abuse, domestic and interpersonal violence, bullying, and isolation than does the general population.

In fact:

1. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), LGBT youth are at a greater risk of bullying, social rejection, and violence at school.

2. LGBT adults are more likely to be victims of sexual abuse, assault, or intimate partner violence than heterosexual and cisgender peers (CDC).

3. A disproportionate number of homeless youth are LGBT-identifying (The Williams Institute at UCLA Law School).

4. LGBT people are more likely to be estranged from immediate family (CBS News).

5. In many states, LGBT people still face legal discrimination from employers, businesses, and even elected officials, which can contribute to feelings of rejection, anger, hopelessness, and frustration.

Substance abuse prevention strategies must be initiated with an understanding of these unique risk factors. Strategies that increase the funding and reach of social outreach programs, such as homeless shelters that are LGBT-friendly, are a big step toward reducing the level of substance abuse within the community.

Strategies That Address Risk Factors

In this same vein, strategies that mitigate the negative effects of the above-listed experiences could significantly reduce substance abuse in the LGBT population. Interventions to consider include:

  • Assistance programs for people who have been victims of domestic or sexual abuse.
  • Access to mental health care services.
  • Advocacy for an end to legal discrimination against LGBT people.
  • Anti-bullying campaigns.

These can all make progress in reducing some of the effects of rejection and abuse that many LGBT people face. Offering healthy solutions and support to people who have faced these sort of challenges can offer a better solution to many people who feel that drugs and alcohol are their only escape.

Safe Places for the LGBT Community

One of the major reasons that so many people in the LGBT community turn to drugs and alcohol is that there is a lack of safe spaces for LGBT-identifying people in the broader public. What this means is that, oftentimes, the only social environment in which LGBT people can meet one another, have fun, and be themselves are dedicated LGBT safe spaces. The majority of these designated LGBT spaces are places like gay bars and dance clubs. While these venues provide much-needed spaces for LGBT to meet and socialize, they often go hand-in-hand with alcohol and drug use.

For many young LGBT people who are just beginning to explore their identity, gay bars and clubs provide an opportunity to come out of their shell and be themselves, to make friends, and to find romantic partners. However, they also involve a lot of opportunities to drink and use drugs. Unfortunately, the social and romantic life of an LGBT person can easily become tied up with substance abuse.

Making more safe spaces in the community that don’t involve the use of alcohol or drugs can do wonders for substance abuse prevention.

One example is Pride marches.

These events happen in nearly every major American city and town every year. They’re a chance for LGBT people to gather, to celebrate their sexuality and gender identities, to meet one another, to mourn losses in the community, and to advocate for social and economic justice for the LGBT community. The inclusion of sober spaces in these events, such as tents run by sober LGBT people and alcohol-free zones at parades can offer a safe space for people to participate in Pride while still avoiding drug use or drinking.

LGBT community centers can also offer substance-free events and gathering spaces for people who need community connection without drugs and alcohol. LGBT support groups and alternative support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, can offer a place for LGBT people to connect with one another and still avoid substance use.

It’s About Offering Multiple Approaches

Ultimately, substance abuse prevention within the LGBT community requires multiple approaches geared toward addressing the reasons for substance abuse in the community, as well as alternative safe spaces for LGBT people to live and express themselves without the pressure of drinking and drug use.

About the Author: Molly is a content writer for All About Recovery, located in Royal Palm Beach, Florida. All About Recovery offers age- and gender-specific outpatient and IOP addiction treatment as well as sober living facilities in South Florida. For information about All About Recovery’s treatment options, call 888 712-8480.

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Monday, 19 June 2017

West Virginia Mayor's Son Faces Charges for Drug-Fueled Crime Spree

Zachary Jones was charged with breaking and entering along with two counts of destruction of property.



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Country Star Steve Earle Speaks Candidly About Drugs, Sobriety

"You don’t care whether you get a shot or a banana peel, you just want something to happen to change the way you feel.”



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ACLU: New Jersey Pot Arrests On The Rise, Race Plays a Major Role

Police make a pot possession arrest in the Garden State every 22 minutes, according to a new report.



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Virtual Reality Technology Could Cure Gambling Addiction

Researchers believe that simulated environments could help those suffering from a gambling disorder to resist temptation.



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Ozzy Osbourne Reveals His 'Worst Addiction'

"You don't know your own mind. I don't like that side of myself; I hate that guy. I'm fed up of being an addict."



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New Bill Defies Jeff Sessions, Would Allows States to Decide on Medical Marijuana

Senators on both sides of the aisle have banded together to protect state MJ laws from Jeff Sessions' renewed War on Drugs.



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Massachusetts Leads The Nation In Opioid-Related ER Trips

It’s essential that people who are addicted to heroin and other opioids access comprehensive opioid treatment.



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Morning Roundup: June 19, 2017

Running club helps Skid Row's homeless stay sober, how sex addiction became a diagnosis, sober home task force arrests Delray rehab admissions director.



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Definition of Cocaine

Cocaine is a strong stimulant mostly used as a recreational drug. It is commonly snorted, inhaled as a smoke, or as a solution injected into a vein.

Historically speaking cocaine is being used as a topical anesthetic in eye and nasal surgery. Also as a result of improper use of the drug it can cause major health problems. Because of the vasoconstrictor activity, it can lead to cardiovascular toxicity.

To control misuse of cocaine, the medical community replaced the drug. They now use synthetic local anesthetics, such as:

  • benzocaine
  • proparacaine
  • lidocaine
  • tetracaine

Apparently, it remains available for use if specified or prescribed by an authorized person.

Cocaine contains properties known to reduce bleeding. If physicians need vasoconstriction effect for medical purposes they combined the drug with phenylephrine or epinephrine.

For medical purposes, topical cocaine can be used as a local numbing agent to help with painful procedures in the mouth or nose.

Cocaine is a powerful nervous system stimulant. The duration of its effects can last from fifteen or thirty minutes to an hour. Its effects depend on the amount taken and the route of administration. Cocaine can be seen in the form of fine white powder, bitter to the taste. When inhaled or injected in a person body, it can cause a numbing effect on the body.

Cocaine also increases alertness, feelings of well-being and euphoria, energy and motor activity, feelings of competence and sexuality of the person that intakes it. It has stimulant effects that are similar to that of amphetamine, however, these effects tend to be much shorter lasting and more prominent.

Drug injection is by turning the drug or the cocaine into a solution that provides the highest blood levels of the drug in the shortest amount of time. Subjective effects not commonly shared with other methods of administration may include a ringing in the ears moments after injection usually when in excess of 120 milligrams that is lasting 2 to 5 minutes including tinnitus and audio distortion. This is colloquially referred to as a “bell ringer”. It is said that the average time taken to reach peak subjective effects was 3.1 minutes in taking the drug.

An injected mixture of cocaine and heroin, known as “speedball” is a particularly one of the most dangerous combination, as the converse effects of the drugs actually complement each other, but may also mask the symptoms of an overdose. It has been responsible for numerous deaths.

Cocaine’s Adverse effects

Acute

With the excessive or prolonged use of the drug it can cause

  • itching
  • fast heart rate
  • hallucinations
  • paranoid delusions.

Overdoses may lead to the following effects:

  • hyperthermia
  • marked elevation of blood pressure,
  • arrhythmias
  • death

Same as with these effects:

  • anxiety
  • death
  • paranoia
  • restlessness can also occur, especially during the comedown.
  • With excessive dosage, tremors, convulsions and increased body temperature are observed.

Long term abuse of cocaine can provide detrimental physical and mental side effects.

Cocaine Addiction Treatment

  • Recognizing an addiction is the first step to losing it.
  • Depending on the nature of the abuse of the drug, some patients who are seeking help will be advised to attend a residential rehabilitation program, or much better a structured day program.
  • Medications can treat the symptoms related to cocaine withdrawal, subsequently, there is no substitute or alternative drug that can effectively and efficiently help a patient recover from a cocaine dependency.
  • Individuals who will stop using the drug will have powerful cravings that can last for years.
  • Preferably counseling, social support, and some specialist medications may help.

In a study, it shows that 70 percent of people who decided to undergo treatment for powder cocaine problems are either to stop completely or significantly reduce their consumption. Users can stay drug-free not longer than 6 months.

Anyone who is concerned about cocaine use should see a doctor or can look for a local support group that can motivate them for beating or stops the drug addiction. By the help of these motivational groups and Detox of South Florida, it can adversely turn the addiction to a meaningful way of living.

There are two possible ways you can detox cocaine depending on the time frame of usage of the drug:

1 – Natural Way: This is done by drinking plenty of fluids that allows your system to naturally cleanse. This type of process will usually take longer.

2 – Detoxifying products: These are products that are usually in the form of drinks, powders, and pills. They can speed up the process of detoxification process or at least allow you to test clean of any drugs for a short period of time.

 

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Rehab for meth

Need help for a meth problem?

It may be difficult to admit to yourself that you have a drug problem. But do you know what’s really difficult? Using meth without getting addicted. In fact, meth is one of the most addictive drugs out there.

When you are ready to seek help for meth addiction – for yourself or a loved one – admitting that you need help is the first step to getting better. The next step is to seek professional guidance. But you don’t need to go through these steps on your own. We’re here to debunk myths about addiction treatment…and to explain how drug problems are treated medically.

In this article, we explain more about what you can expect during meth rehab and what the process entails. We hope to answer your most troubling questions and to make the process less intimidating. At the end, we invite you to post your questions. In fact, we try to respond all legitimate inquiries personally and promptly.

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Simply call 1-877-736-9802.
Help for meth is just a phone call away.
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Why do I need rehab?

Methamphetamine is a powerful stimulant that may be prescribed by a doctor (Desoxyn) or obtained illegally on the street. Common street names for this drug include:

  • Meth
  • Speed
  • Crank
  • Tweek
  • Uppers
  • Chalk
  • Christina
  • Tina

Meth can be swallowed in pill form, smoked, snorted, or injected. It causes an intense high, increases energy, and decreases appetite. In fact, some individuals abuse meth in an effort to lose weight, and only find themselves addicted to the drug when it’s too late.

So, if you find yourself in a state where you cannot stay off meth even though you try to quit, know that rehab can help you get and stay sober. In fact, millions of people live a fulfilling new life in addiction recovery.

Rehab for meth addiction

Like all drug rehabs, rehab for meth is designed to treat individuals addicted to meth. These programs help addicts understand addiction and provide the skills needed to remain abstinent from methamphetamines.

Not everyone responds to meth addiction treatment methods in the same way, though. For instance, some recovering individuals respond better to intense inpatient meth rehab, while others may find outpatient treatment just as effective.

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The meth rehab process

Whatever type of treatment program you choose, you can expect to have access to most or all of the following rehab services.

1. Assessment of the meth problem

Before you enter rehab for meth addiction, you will typically be required to undergo an initial assessment. During this assessment and screening period, medical professionals will evaluate you in an effort to determine the best treatment methods for your individual situation. This assessment may also uncover underlying psychological disorders that may have contributed to addiction. You can expect:

  • A Physical Exam
  • A Medical History Intake
  • Standard Interview or Screening Questions
  • A Drug Test

Further, the treatment setting for this initial assessment can vary. For example, your family doctor can administer a general screen, or you can be screened in an interview process with a drug test upon entering rehab.

2. Medical detox

Detoxing from meth will often be marked by a number of uncomfortable, and sometimes dangerous, withdrawal symptoms. The most dangerous symptoms experienced during detox are related to extreme depression and suicidal ideation. Some cases of extreme meth dependency can also manifest symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, or extreme paranoia. Still, the more common symptoms people experience during detox may include:

  • depression
  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • nausea
  • sweating
  • tremors

Inpatient rehabs for meth usually offer medical detox as part of treatment. This allows you to detox from the drug while under the supervision of medical professionals. Doctors and nurses attend to your needs during this time and can help relieve the severity of withdrawal symptoms. They also offer emotional support, which is not to be underestimated. Relapse is also much less likely under the supervision of a medical detox, since you have no access to meth.

3. Psychological treatments

Rehab involves a great deal of psychological treatment. Treating the root causes of an addiction makes treatment much more effective. In fact, people in early recovery will often undergo numerous individual and group counseling and therapy sessions during rehab. These sessions are used to treat underlying psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, or mood other disorders, as well as provide the skills needed to overcome addictions.

Examples of modalities used during psychological models for addiction treatment include:

  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Contingency Management (CM)

Family counseling may also be necessary in order to rebuild family ties, address dysfunction, and help family members cope with their loved ones’ addictions.

4. Education Sessions

According to the disease model of addiction, addiction is seen as a medical condition…one that is caused by a combination of biological, environmental, and genetic factors. Education sessions aim to teach you about these core concepts, and the ways that meth affects the brain, body, and central nervous system. These sessions can help people in meth rehab better understand the disease, and give them more hope and rational power to overcome it.

5. Supportive Services

A reputable rehab is only as good as its supportive services that come during and after the rehab stay. Reputable and effective programs typically offer a great deal of support, including case management and medical assistance. Many rehab programs also work to help you get a proper education or obtain vocational skills that will help them move toward a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Medications during meth rehab

Although there are no specific medications currently designed to treat meth addiction, this may change in the near future. A drug known as Ibudilast is being tested by the Food and Drug Administrated (FDA) and may possibly decrease meth cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

In the meantime, doctors may try to ease severe withdrawal symptoms with prescription and over-the-counter medications. These may include the following:

For meth use reduction:

  • Buproprion
  • Mirtazapine
  • Modafinil
  • Naltrexone
  • Topiramate

For easing meth cravings:

  • Buproprion
  • Dextroamphetamine
  • Naltrexone
  • Rivastigmine

Got Any Questions?

Hopefully, we’ve given you a good idea of what the process of meth rehab involves. However, if you have any additional questions about rehab, please don’t hesitate to post them in the designated section at the end of the page. We look forward to answering any and all of your legitimate questions personally and promptly.


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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Positive Psychology in Addiction Recovery: How You Can Foster Happiness

What is Positive Psychology?

Positive Psychology is a relatively new branch of psychology, especially as it relates to addiction recovery. Rather than focusing on the pain of mental illness, the science behind positive psychology has sought to understand what it is that fosters well-being and happiness. So, the emphasis is on studying mental wellness rather than illness.

There have been great strides made in quantifying which behaviors and attitudes foster feelings like, serenity, love, joy fulfillment and peace. How can you practice this in your own addiction recovery?

Here, we’ll review the meaning behind the medical terms…and dig into how Positive Psychology can help you. Then, we review “3 Simple Ways to Practice Positive Psychology.” Finally, we invite your feedback or questions at the end. We welcome your comments…and try to respond to all real-life questions with a personal response.

What is Addiction?

Addiction could be defined as chronic compulsive behavior despite negative consequences. Those who abuse substances (particularly opiates or cocaine) are four to ten times more likely than the general population to have a gambling problem. From this, we discern that addictions go together, substitute for one another, and reinforce one another.

Addiction impacts a person’s life in myriad ways. There are financial costs including lost income, debt, and lower productivity at work, . Plus, there is often a wider cost to society that lays into public health budget. But there is also a human cost of addiction in the mental and emotional consequences for the individual, and for those around them.

If we can agree that addiction is an attempt on the part of the addict to fix their feelings, it becomes apparent that the addict lacks the skills needed to produce necessary positive emotions. There is also a well-documented link between social deprivation and social and economic marginalization, with a whole host of negative conditions including addictions.

How then does the recovering addict build a happiness repertoire?

This is the question that many recovering addicts face, without the dubious crutch of the substances, how can the newly sober addict learn to access a positive repertoire of emotions like:

  • Inspiration
  • Joy
  • Love
  • Peace
  • Pride
  • Serenity

Positive Psychology suggests that it is eminently possible to build on your ability to feel happiness, love, and serenity. Here are some of the main concepts.

Positive Emotions Open Us Up

Positive emotions are necessary for our survival. Positive emotions improve our physical well-being, our overall mental health, and our lives in general – especially our relationships and our work. In fact, feelings of gratitude, affection, and joy help to build relationships with others and to engage creatively with life. When we feel something positive, we open up. Our horizons broaden, and so our lives have the potential to get better.

The Negativity Bias = Self-Sabotage

The other side of this coin is that if we are preoccupied with negative emotions, fear of relapse, or anger about the things which have happened to us, our thinking constricts. When we focus on the thing that is threatening our well-being, we become closed to the light of new ideas and relationships. This process is known as the “negativity bias.”

The negativity bias, also known as the “negativity effect”, refers to the notion that even when of equal intensity, negative feelings – like fear and anger – have a greater impact on one’s psychological state and processes than do neutral and even positive things.

There is good reason for this rather distressing trait – it has been essential for survival as a species that we respond harder and faster to perceived threats. So, how do we reverse the habit to tend toward negativity?

To feel happy, we need to be able to counteract this weighting of importance by becoming more mindful of the positive and more adept at practicing behaviors which foster positive feelings.

Positivity/Negativity Ratio

Positive Psychology scholar Barbara Friedrickson conducted research that defined an optimum level of positivity to negativity ratio as 3 to 1 in favor of positivity. Friedrickson posted that this ratio would lead people to achieve optimal levels of well-being and resilience.

Whilst the exact ratio is debatable, the premise is still valid. For addicts to recover happily, rather than ‘white-knuckling’ it through a painful abstinence it is important that they develop a healthy affective repertoire.

Positive Emotions in the Recovery Process

Through addiction treatment, and the ongoing recovery process, much focus is placed on interpersonal relationships – and rightly so. Interpersonal groups and working on personal relationships help those who had hitherto been locked inside their own personal, chemical reality. How do we get out of the cage? By connecting with others!

People in recovery are given the opportunity to both receive and provide moments of acceptance and love, the non-chemically induced kind. And not the exclusive, romantic sort of love. In fact, you do not need to have a ‘significant other’ in order for your life to be full love.

Through the fellowship found in therapeutic communities/rehab clinics and in ‘self-help’ communities like SMART Recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Narcotics Anonymous, addicts can share their experiences. By doing so, they connect to and invest in each other’s well-being. This kind of real connection brings mutual empathy and compassion. The result?

Joy.

Inspiration.

Serenity.

All of the things you’ve been searching for in the past!

Through real moments of connection, bonds are created and friendships are formed. The presence of fellowship provides the opportunity for caring for one another and so the ability to develop the ability to experience more and more positive emotions. A large emphasis is placed on gratitude and the shift of focus from the negative in one’s life to the positive. In this way, gratitude is an opening emotion that allows us to feel pleased and joyful with our situation and to simultaneously feel the desire to repay the kindnesses of others.

3 Simple Ways to Practice Positive Psychology

1. Practice loving kindness meditation – There is significant evidence that practicing loving kindness meditation can help develop your ability to foster warmth and love.

2. Connect with others – Having feelings of love and connection to others is an important part of feeling happy. However, we don’t have to wait until we have “The One” person in our lives. You can practice fostering warmth and connection by connecting with peers, friends and even strangers. Try making eye contact and smiling at cashiers. Thank people for the services they are providing for you. Even the smallest moment of love and appreciation is working out your ability to feel positive.

3. Keep a gratitude list – Tather than focusing on the pain of the past or worries for the future, begin your day by writing a list of 5 things that you are currently grateful for. These can be small things like having a comfy bed and food in the fridge. This practice will help flip your mindset out of the habit of negativity.

Working Out Your Happiness

Practicing Positive Psychology works in much the same way as going to the gym – as working out your arms builds muscle memory so working out your happiness builds neurological memory. Thus, happiness becomes something which is easier and easier to experience. You can ‘work-out’ your ability to be loving, happy and grateful.

Got Something to Share About Happiness?

Please leave us a comment in the section below. We love hearing from our readers. Your ideas, feedback, and positive thinking are welcomed.


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NYPD Cop Allegedly Caught Selling Cocaine, Pot

The officer's lawyer suggests the six-year veteran of the force is the victim of entrapment.



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Uber Plans To Cut Back On Alcohol At Work To Change Company's Culture

The rideshare company rolled out a new set of company guidelines in hopes of curbing its "bro culture."



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Friday, 16 June 2017

Addiction Interventionists Online: Are You Breaking Confidentiality?

An Op-Ed Post
By Louise A. Stanger Ed.D, LCSW, CDWF , CIP

Digital Media Marketing Etiquette

Since 1973, I have been a licensed clinician and a proud interventionist. I received my first supervision from Dr. Frank Picard, a contemporary of Vern Johnson, author of Family Intervention and – at that time – Director of Spring Brook. I was doing interventions long before I knew there were so many interventionists and styles. In fact, I have had the good fortune to take many an intervention course and develop based on sound clinical principles my own way of performing interventions. I am a proud member of both NII as well as AIS.

I love the fact that in the digital media age we can connect across the globe on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, or LinkedIn. These platforms have become major marketing tools.

But they can also trip us up.

Inadvertent Breach of Confidence?

I feel compelled today to talk about how we as colleagues in the behavioral health field inadvertently violate confidentiality of clients as we market and tell the world about our successful interventions. This most commonly is done in the way we post about our clients and places we go.

I was perusing Facebook the other day and found a few posts as examples. “Off to Zimbabwe for an intervention… Landed in Jackson Hole… Intervention success at XYZ Treatment Center….” This post and posts like that are not so much about us helping families save someone’s life and start them on the journey of recovery. Rather, they seem self-serving, a marketing tool that shows:

  1. How clever the interventionist is.
  2. How busy she is.
  3. What treatment center she is using.

Let me be clear: I have nothing wrong with ethical advertising and marketing. However, when it’s done at the expense of a client, I take grave offense.

There is not – please correct me if I am wrong – a licensed clinician, an ASAM psychiatrist, or Physician I know who posts daily how many people they have seen in their offices and where they have referred them. It simply isn’t done!

My Invitation to Interventionists: Think Twice

Which brings me to my invitation. I want to invite all interventionists – whatever your modality or certification – to think twice about your posts. Together, let’s make sure we are maintaining confidentiality and honoring our clients. Tell folks:

  • when you visit centers
  • when you speak at conferences
  • what courses you are taking
  • what collaborations you have
  • when you are out to breakfast, lunch or dinner with your colleagues

…etc. But please do not use Facebook, Instagram, or social media to let the world know you have just taken client Y to X!

Thoughts and feedback always appreciated. Post in the user comments section.

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About the Author: LOUISE STANGER Ed.D, LCSW, CWDF, CIP Dr. Louise Stanger – speaker, educator, clinician, and interventionist – uses an invitational intervention approach with complicated mental health, substance abuse, chronic pain and process addiction clients.
Louise publishes in the Huffington Post, Journal of Alcohol Studies, The Sober World, Recovery Campus, DB Resources, Counselor Magazine, Recovery View, Addiction Blog and other media. The San Diego Business Journal listed her as one of the “Top 10 Women Who Mean Business” and is considered by Quit Alcohol as one of the Top 10 Interventionists in the country. She speaks all over the country and trains staff at Paradigm Malibu, New Found Life, Lakeview Health etc. and develops original Family programs such as the one at Driftwood Recovery in Austin Texas. She is the recipient of the 2014 Foundations Fan Favorite Speaker Award and the 2016 Joseph L. Galletta Spirit of Recovery Award. She is honored to be part of Vendome Summits for Clinical Excellence this year doing keynotes across the United States as well as presenting at Foundations Recovery Networks. Her book Falling Up: A Memoir of Renewal is available on Amazon and Learn to Thrive: An Intervention Handbook on her website at www.allaboutinterventions.com.

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FDA To Examine Whether Abuse-Deterrent Formulas Curb Opioid Misuse

Next month, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb will hold a two-day public meeting to address the issue.



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