Is caffeine a new gateway drug? Medical News Today has recently raised concerns about the level of caffeine to be found in some “energy” drinks, a soft drink market which targets primarily school aged children and young adults. Performance enhancing drinks are not new. The trend towards consumption of manufactured drinks intended to boost performance in sport and as a recovery aid for illness took off in the 1970’s, with products such as Lucozade and Gatorade. These products consist of flavored … [Read more...] about Caffeine – A New Gateway Drug?
Many people feel that love and drug use have been commercially exploited to such an extent that they find it confusing. What is meant by love and why is drug use increasing. When trying to give an addict help it is most important to understand the meaning of love and reasons why people turn to drug use. Recently published research from the University of Windsor, by Professor Reza Nakhaie now confirms what many of us have thought for a long time now – that the best predictor for good health and … [Read more...] about Love and Drug Use: Addict Help
Steroid drugs are increasingly being used by teenagers to enhance performance and body image. Steroid use by school aged athletes is said to be on the rise. Signs of addiction to steroid use that teenagers should be aware of include continuing to use steroids for longer than you first intended and being obsessed about your performance levels and body image. If you find that getting and using steroids has become your priority over other things – you should seek addict help for your steroid … [Read more...] about Addict Help: Steroid Drugs and Teenagers
Use of estrogen drugs – problems to do with the reproductive cycle have been treated since just after WWII with manufactured estrogen and progesterone drugs as hormone replacement therapy (HRT). HRT has been thought to alleviate “symptoms” of menstruation and menopause. HRT was attractive as it also tended to reduce the appearance of aging. HRT has always been known to have bad side effects, such as endometriosis, endocrine imbalances and cancer in female reproductive organs. Women’s … [Read more...] about Use of Estrogen Drugs.
We all have a self and a shadow. The self is everything that we recognize as being “us”, what makes us different and unique from every other person, how we define ourselves. We define ourselves by what we do and how we think – put labels on our self. The labels we use define us – both to our self and to other people. Our shadow is everything that we disown and deny as being part of our self. When we have a good sense of who we are and our position in society we feel secure, and content. When … [Read more...] about Addiction – The Shadow and the Self
In 1977 Yale University reported Ketamine, a dissociative analgesic, as being a NMDA antagonist which impaired the pre-frontal cortex, induced schizophrenic and dissociative states, and poor performance in memory related executive function. 2010 and Yale University now uses Ketamine to explore new pathways to treat depression – ones which develop the pre frontal cortex instead of acting on serotonin. It is said that Ketamine-like substances could be the magic bullet for depression – doses taken … [Read more...] about Ketamine Depression and Addiction.
Drug use is much like banging your head against a brick wall to relieve emotional tension and then doing it again and again to relieve both the tension and the pain resulting from having hit your head on the wall. When doctors prescribe drugs for chronic pain, hitting the pain with opioids creates much the same situation. Yes, drug use provides temporary relief – but only leads to more pain. People will continue to be locked into the cycle of addiction to both illicit and prescription drugs … [Read more...] about Glia, Drug Use and Pain
When people seek addict help for substance abuse it is a response to a current situation. The reasons for substance abuse will be found in past experience. Obviously we can’t turn back time and do life again so as to remove all stress and trauma and replace it with happy times. However, when we find that trauma from the past is impacting on the present, it doesn’t have to be that way for the rest of eternity. Addict help for change today often needs to look at the past. When people have … [Read more...] about Addict Help – Change the Past.
Addict help for drug use can involve dealing with feelings of loss and mourning. Whenever we feel the loss of something valued there is a sense of grief. Mourning is the means by which we get past our grief – and get on with our lives. Mourning is the natural way of dealing with, and healing the pain of separation. We feel a sense of loss with any unwanted separation. When we get rid of a burden, we feel energized – we have a sense of “gain” – escape, freedom. When we lose something important … [Read more...] about Addict Help: Loss, Mourning and Drug Use.
The releasing of tension and pain is something that people strive to achieve when providing addict help. Tension and pain are usually seen as conditions to be treated. If you can get relief from these symptoms it will ease the suffering. The result of treating tension and pain in a two dimensional frame leads to an observation of the symptoms and then making a choice from available options as to what best treatment there is for your particular range of symptoms. Drugs are known to provide … [Read more...] about Addict Help: Releasing Tension and Pain
People often talk about “respect” in the context of giving addict help – the addict must be encouraged to have self respect – people giving addicts help must treat them with respect. When we think in terms of respect – we think of words like reverence – and awe – when we say that we respect another person we are acknowledging something about them that we admire. Often when we say that we respect and admire someone else, it is because they have qualities and strengths that we value that we might … [Read more...] about Addict Help : Respect
People get into relationships with drug addicts and alcoholics, sometimes fully aware from the beginning that their chosen partner has problems with substance abuse. Often it is their intention, whether they realize it or not, to be giving addict help. This can be done intending to care for them, or it can be our intention to try and rescue them from their situation. People look to substance abuse to find emotional security, feelings of comfort and self esteem – something that we normally get … [Read more...] about Someone Who Needs Me – Addict Help
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is so named as being a depressive mood disorder associated, particularly in Northern European countries with the coming of autumn and the closing in of the winter months with little warmth or sunlight. We all are attuned to natural circadian rhythms of the body which have us "in sync" with the daily rise of the sun, with a natural tendency towards feeling tired and sleepy towards the evening and absence of sunlight. Everyone knows about the difficulties that we … [Read more...] about Addict Help: Are You Feeling SAD ?
To give addict help to Alberta youth, the Canadian Government has recently allocated around $6.5 million to assist Alberta Health Services to provide to young people early intervention drug services. The In Roads project is intended to provide addicts help to overcome drug addiction and related problems. Upon examination the direction of this funding is not towards youth at all – but to empowerment of youth services. The funding is intended to be used by youth drug addiction agencies in … [Read more...] about Early Intervention – Alberta Youth Drug Services.
Many people in a relationship with an alcoholic still love them very much. Even physical and emotional abuse does not make a partner want to give up trying. Unfortunately, it is ultimately the addict’s choice as to whether or not he wants to make the move towards sobriety and recovery from alcohol addiction. When encouragement is given and perhaps an intervention made, yet the person addicted to alcohol chooses not give up their addiction, then it can be a hard choice for a partner to make – a … [Read more...] about Addict Help : Love and Alcohol Addiction.
Young people often need addict help for substance abuse in the form of solvents and inhalants. Breathing in the toxic fumes of substances is generally known as “huffing”, inhaling from aerosol cans is known as “chroming”. Kids huff any type of substance that causes a psychoactive reaction – most inhalants and solvents are depressants – some are hallucinogenic. Young people who have difficult emotional feelings find relief in substance abuse. Sniffing inhalants and solvents causes feelings of … [Read more...] about Addict Help : Solvents and Inhalants
Researchers helping young people, especially females, to deal with symptoms of anorexia and bulimia are concerned to find that these young people are self harming. Examples of self harm are given as cutting, burning, pulling out hair by the roots. There is also evidence that anorexics and bulimics are likely to have feelings of depression, anxiety, need addict help with substance abuse and commit suicide. Although these young people, in terms of their anorexia and bulimia, routinely commit … [Read more...] about Anorexia, Bulimia and Substance Abuse.
Everyone has what is called a “persona”. Our persona is the face that we present to the world – it is the personality that people know us by. Some people call the persona a “mask”. Peter Sellers, a famous comedian and actor said that he felt that he had no personality of his own, that he only felt really alive when in the persona of the various character roles he played. Although we often have feelings, points of view and opinions that are different from people around us, part of our learning … [Read more...] about Addict Help : Communication and the Persona
The Stockholm Syndrome is about relationships which develop between captors and their hostages, such as in kidnapping situations or where people are held as ransom. When victims are held against their will in a threatening situation it would seem highly unlikely that any victim would develop positive regard, let alone feelings of “love” towards their captor. However this is precisely what seems to happen in many cases of abuse. If you are in an abusive relationship with an addict, or are a … [Read more...] about Addict Help: Stockholm Syndrome and Love
War on drugs is promoted by countries such as USA and Canada. Government law enforcement agencies fight against the importation and supply of illicit drugs at a national and local level. Illicit drugs are sourced from overseas drug cartels which use couriers and containers to bring in shipments of illicit drugs for resale in the local market. Government agencies try to intercept them. Very rarely are the main players arrested, and even the interception of large shipments of illicit drugs only … [Read more...] about War on Drugs – Illicit Drugs and Addiction
Vancouver operates the first legal “safe house” in North America for the injection of illicit narcotics and use of other street drugs. Known as Insite, it provides a safe and medically supervised site for the use of illicit drugs. The project has drawn criticism because it is said to condone the use of illicit drugs and to support drug trafficking. There has been continuing legal action against Insite, from those who favor criminalization and penalties against drug users and traffickers, aimed … [Read more...] about Drug Addicts Vancouver – Safe House – or Self Esteem?
Due to there being strict laws and punishments in Canada and most other countries for the use and abuse of certain illicit drugs, people who become caught up in the cycle of addiction are deemed, by the law, to be criminals. It does not give an addict help or assist their position in any way. Illicit drugs are by definition supplied to drug users by criminals. Many drug users resort to criminal means such as stealing, often with violence, and prostitution to meet the high cost of illicit drugs … [Read more...] about Addict Help : Drug Addicts and The Law
When the weather is sunny and warm, we don’t go out in a raincoat. When we feel that our neighbors are friendly, we don’t worry too much about fences. Everyone who is born into the world gets an immediate sense of their environment – if it is responsive to our needs, we feel happy, relaxed and content. If however we feel that we are surrounded by disturbing events, an unfriendly environment, we start to put up an emotional shield – sometimes a raincoat will do, sometimes we need solid … [Read more...] about Addict Help: The Fortress – Emotional Defenses
Whilst the content of a recent interview with “recovering” cocaine addict Aaron Sorkin is no doubt well intentioned, as being an admission, rather than a denial of the problems which this renowned author and playwright has faced as a result of his cocaine use over the years, there are aspects of it which are quite frankly disturbing. People who place reliance for their income and social prestige upon being in the spotlight and have a public following, together with those who create the … [Read more...] about Celebrities – Cocaine and Drug Addiction: Addict Help.
Many specialists in the field of addiction still refer to addiction as a choice freely made by the addict, at least in the early stages, while others believe addiction to be an illness or disease over which an addict has little or no control. This variance of opinion would suggest that medical science to date is completely out of its depth when trying to understand, on its own terms, the reasons why people use drugs. Those entrusted with the treatment of addiction by public funding spend … [Read more...] about Compulsion : Alcohol and Drug Addiction
In a book called “The Brain That Changes Itself”, Norman Doidge reveals the extent to which the human brain can adapt itself to traumatic events in such a way that anxiety and stress is minimized. The essence of this capacity lies in neuro-plasticity – in other words the ability of parts of the brain to re-model themselves so as best to deal with the conditions of life. Survival is all about protecting individual integrity at both a mental and physical level. If all adaptations of the brain … [Read more...] about Addict Help: Can the Brain Heal Itself?
Very often people envy the lifestyles of the rich and famous with their private jets, nannies for the children and a selection of homes to choose from dotted around the world. Then we read in the papers that their lifestyle is not so idyllic – more often than not these people seem to have troubles and their kids need addict help. Very often these children are found to be playing around with drugs, acting up in nightclubs, getting involved in brawls and traffic accidents, going in and out of … [Read more...] about Addict Help: Drug Use – Making a Healthy Choice.
Our society is full of images of external success - things we must have and aspire to if we want to be a success. Even people who have a strong sense of personal worth and family values, who don't place reliance upon having money for their happiness, are not immune to feelings of how much better things could be if only they had (or could earn or win) a lot more money. Today we "need" to have more things than in previous generations - most of the things that we need today are of recent … [Read more...] about The Corporate Ladder, Drug Use and the Family.
Helping people to overcome the desire to suicide is definately about intervention of a positive nature, offering to them a different way of looking at their options. The physical circumstances of the 33 Chilean miners, trapped beneath the ground and unable to escape without outside help and intervention is perhaps a graphic illustration of the dynamic of depression. Covered by a light rock fall, your natural instincts for self preservation will enable you to scrabble and scrape until you can … [Read more...] about More About Suicide and Drug Use.
Drug use and depression are related and suicide can occur if depression becomes too intense. There is a relationship between depression and suicidal thoughts, but not everyone who is depressed will resort to suicide as a final solution to their problems. Using drugs can make people more vulnerable to depression. People are not attracted to drug use unless they are looking for a solution to a problem in their life. Even prescription medications for anxiety and depressive disorders are no … [Read more...] about Addict Help. Drug Use and Suicide.
When someone in the family has become involved in drug use, and you want to help them. Stop. You will need to think carefully before you start to offer any kind of advice to an addict. People, particularly young children, turn to using drugs because it fills a need in their life that is not otherwise being met. When you speak with a person in your life about their drug use, it is important not to be judgmental, to put the addict "down", or be critical of them and their choice. It is equally … [Read more...] about Addict Help – A Pathway to Independence – Holistic Detox & Rehab.
When a person is involved in traumatic event, it is experienced differently from normal life events. When a person feels under threat or needs to take instant action, the mind and body revert to a more primitive way of functioning that prioritizes survival. Although some circumstances make people go into a state of defensive, numbing shock, the most usual reaction to threat is hyperactivity. Feelings of threat are recognized by the amygdala, and information stored in the hippocampus/frontal … [Read more...] about Drug Use and PTSD – Roads to Recovery Part Two
There any many sites that deal with the subject of trauma to the integrity of the human psyche. We hope that here you will find what you need to be able to move on with your life. From infancy we need parenting which accommodates to our needs. If we do not get it, we react defensively. This is a healthy function, of a protective nature, like the calluses that appear on the toe that is made to fit into an ill fitting shoe. The human psyche becomes "misshapen" as a sapling bends to the prevailing … [Read more...] about Drug Use and PTSD – Addict Help. Part One.
We all know the pain of trapping a thumb, or hitting it with a hammer - that is physical pain. Our skin has to be sensitive to pain and pressure or we would not survive too long. The more intense our pain – the quicker we take action to move away. This suffering saves us from threats and damage to our body’s integrity. Only man suffers mental stress as a result of natural anxiety. Animals instinctively provide the level of nurturing and support that their offspring need. Animals instinctively … [Read more...] about Emotional Pain – Management or Healing – Addict Help.
When people want to help someone with dependence or an addiction to drugs or alcohol they will need to intervene. Attempts by those closest to an addict are notorious for failure. Trying to tell a son, daughter or a spouse, or someone in the workplace that they need addict help is likely to lead to rage and anger, complete denial and sometimes physical violence. The destructive presence of addiction in the home or workplace can become more intense as a result of an individual trying and failing … [Read more...] about Addict Help : Professional Intervention : Holistic Detox and Rehab
When young people write up graffiti on public and people's property it causes anger and frustration. It costs the community time and money to remove the nuisance of graffiti. The strategies used to reduce graffiti are basically "zero tolerance" with strict enforcement of the law. Communities address the problem of graffiti in a paramilitary style. How many see those who do graffiti as needing to be recognised, to be noticed, to be part of the community. How many see graffiti as a cry for help. … [Read more...] about Addict Help: Drug Use and Graffiti
People today who turn to drug addiction complain that they are not heard –that no one is willing to listen to them talk about their problems, and fair enough, we all have our share – who can take any more on board? When faced with someone and their problems our tendency is to try and quickly fix it, to try and make them feel better. Other people’s problems are often treated by people in a superficial way – it takes time to become involved with other people’s problems and it can be emotionally … [Read more...] about Addict Help: Are You Willing to Listen?
Hobson was a horse dealer. He found that when regular customers came to choose a horse for hire, they preferred to take the best, so that some horses became overworked and others were not used at all. To resolve the problem Hobson decided that all customers would in the future take the first horse that was offered to them. Customers of course had the right to refuse, but in practical terms the customers had no alternative. If they wanted a horse then they had no choice but to accept the one that … [Read more...] about Addict Help – Is Addiction Hobson’s Choice?
There is no doubt that love has become the most used and abused word in our language. Advertising plays upon erotic and parental love - desire and fulfillment of needs. Subliminal messages say - if you love them, then you will buy them this product or that, depending on the season. It is important when trying to give an addict help to remember that money can’t buy love. Love between people has nothing to do with the money that you spend, the value of the home you live in, or your position in … [Read more...] about Addict Help – Giving Unconditional Love
When do you need addict help for alcohol dependence or addiction? The problem of alcohol abuse is that so many people use it. Alcohol is used on so many occasions that people who choose to be teetotal and not drink at all have to constantly defend their position and use a variety of excuses as a reason to abstain. People use alcohol to help them cope with a life that really is too stressful. Marketing by the liquor trade is inventive and alluring - life is just real "cool" when you have a drink … [Read more...] about Addict Help – Alcohol Dependence and Addiction
Intervention is a way of giving an addict help to become free of drug addiction. It is a means of confronting the drug addict with the fact that they have a problem, and offering support for recovery. Those closest to a drug addict will have already had experience of confrontation with the addict, and realize that trying to give addicts help with their addiction has about as much chance of success as trying to separate a hungry dog from its bone – and as much risk of injury. Addicts locked … [Read more...] about Addict Help. Holistic Intervention and Drug Addiction
Crack addicted babies are given drugs by their mother, before they are even born.Nothing brings the reality of drug abuse and the need for addict help home more forcefully than the emergence into the world of a crack addicted baby. Babies subjected to drug abuse during pregnancy are called "low birth weight" babies. The reality is that they are not only small but in many ways underdeveloped. Drugs have taken the place of adequate nutrition. The mother’s stress and anxiety leads to deprivation … [Read more...] about Addict Help. Crack Addicted Babies.
Addict help for the child who has for a long time had to take care of himself and for others in his life can be a difficult task. A child who has had to take care of himself from an early age will be emotionally armor plated. Pain or shame may produce no visible sign of emotion, many might think that the child doesn't care - in fact, he has cared too much. When a child is raised by a competent but invalid parent, studies have shown that this need to provide assistance to the parent brings on an … [Read more...] about Addict Help. The Caretaker Child.
An addiction to drugs is something that can infuse itself into every area of our lives. Even if you are not an addict yourself, the addict's behavior, and use of the drugs, can have a major impact. There are no boundaries when it comes to this type of an addiction. Early in the life of an addict, they can hide the damaging effect that drugs are having in their lives. However, after a long period of time, the addiction begins to permeate, and define, who they are. Practical How To For … [Read more...] about An Addicts Help Guide
What is it? Before you can attempt to help your friend or loved one, it is important that you seek to understand their drug or alcohol addiction. Your experience in handling a person’s addiction might be not enough to understand their problem. Researching the drug and its effects is one of the first think that you can do for an alcoholic or addict when you are trying to help them. Establish Boundaries Setting and establishing boundaries is perhaps the single hardest step for friends and … [Read more...] about How to help Drug Addicts?
First off, know and research the drug your child is addicted to. Your experience in dealing with the drug addiction problems is probably not enough to claim that you ‘know’ all about it. Find out what it is, what it does and what your loved one will have to do to overcome it. Ask for help to help you help them Know that you are not alone in this endeavor and there is no reason for you to feel as if you were. Your child is not the only one that will be going through ups and downs in their … [Read more...] about What Can a Mother Do to Help a Drug Addict Child?
While there is some controversy about what the best way to get drug addicts help is, there are some conditions and circumstances associated with addition that help a vast majority of people in the majority of cases. Abusers of alcohol or drugs generally have some similar characteristics that can be relied upon to help professional care givers to provide addicts and users with helpful advice and support. The addiction to drugs and alcohol generally stems from a lack of self esteem and or … [Read more...] about The Best Way to Get Drug Addicts Help
Oxycontin addiction is a physical dependence that may be deemed unavoidable when an individual is exposed to high doses of the drug for a long period of time. The body adapts and develops a tolerance for the drug oxycodone, of which oxycontin is made of. Oxycotton addiction can be so powerful that it produces cravings. Like other addictive prescription drugs, Oxycontin is able to short-circuit an individual’s survival system. It artificially stimulates the pleasure areas in the brain without … [Read more...] about Is Help possible for Oxycontin Addicts?