Archive for the ‘Substance Abuse’ Category

The Delicate Issue of Sleep and Drug Use

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

We are always told that sleep is a very important process in our revitalization as well as having a profound impact on our daily lives. Many of us don’t get enough sleep and begin to rack up what’s called a “sleep debt”. It may not cost as much as credit card debt, dollar wise, but it’s eventual cost could lead to serious health and mental health problems, often requiring medications and visits to the doctor’s office. There are a great number of people operating with a hefty sleep debt because of stress at work, problems at home and a variety of other reasons, but many refuse to seek the help they need from a physician out of worry they may be put on a sleeping medication that could prove addictive and dangerous.… Read the rest »

Doctor Shopping May Be Fueling the Prescription Drug Problem

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Addiction can effect just about anyone, regardless of where they were born, how rich (or poor) their families were growing up, and whether they are now currently successful in life with a good job or the opposite, someone living in poverty. It doesn’t matter if you are a hardened criminal just released from jail, or a college student completing their degree because they caught a lucky break or could simply afford to further their education. This fact doesn’t surprise many addiction experts, which could be an addiction counselor or even a health care specialist, but the fact is many doctors who have the power to prescribe very potent and strong medications (whether it be painkillers, sedatives etc) are often duped by addicts who know the system and know exactly what to tell their physicians in order to get the pills they want.… Read the rest »

Free Hotlines May Serve Their Purpose in the Recovery Process as a Gateway to Sobriety

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

One of the most difficult situations an addict will face in their addicted life is that of acknowledging they have a problem and seeking the help they need. This isn’t an easy process and many people who are not addicted or have never been addicted to alcohol or drugs simply may not understand this challenge, or realize how intense and tough it is to admit a problem and then deal with it. One of the reasons for this is that every addict, even though there are thousands of others suffering from addiction to the same substance, is different. They may take more or less drugs than others, they may be what some call “functioning” drug addicts which means they can hold down a job, a family and even play golf on Sundays but are still suffering, and there are plenty more addicts who become criminals and are thrown behind bars for small time crimes and never get the opportunity to be offered the treatment and support they need to begin their journey towards sobriety.… Read the rest »