Cross addiction refers to switching from one addiction to another. This mostly happens during recovery when a person is thrilled by the idea of quitting a dangerous addiction and trying something minor, without realizing that this could lead to a relapse. For example, a cocaine-snorting teen might start smoking nicotine or taking marijuana. Continue reading
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In an endeavor to disseminate awareness about the opioid epidemic and make people aware of the perils of addiction, FBI special agent Eric Birnbaum and DEA special agent William Sherman, recently held the screening of an impactful documentary “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict” on October 2, 2017, at Mission Hills High School in California. The aim was to draw attention towards the prescription drug and heroin epidemic. The movie was specifically targeted at educating young adults, including high school students, who might have just started using drugs or are ruminating about the same. Continue reading
In one’s lifetime, a person undergoes many negative and positive experiences. Some people learn to cope with the negative influences and emerge victorious while others find coping mechanisms to deal with everyday stress. Alcohol and drugs seem to be some of the easiest options to relax the mind.
Substance abuse might leave an indelible mark on someone’s personality. In addition, one might also be harboring feelings of sadness and hopelessness, suffering from painful memories, or reeling under the burden of unresolved conflicts and strained relationships. Sometimes, the conventional talk therapy might not help a person to give vent to his or her pent-up emotions. Continue reading
It has been difficult for Susan to constantly run to and fro from her high profile job in New York to the quaint backwaters where Jack Strafford lives with his old German Shepherd in the ancestral house. Ever since her 60-yr-old dad, whom she lovingly called “Grizzly” because of the unruly hair, lost his wife and partner of 40 years, he had increasingly become aloof. A sense of filial love brought Susan to her home after a long drive every weekend. But this time, she noticed that he looked different, was gruff and kept forgetting important things such as taking medications. His neighbors informed that he often stays on the front porch for long, staring at nowhere. Susan was alarmed. She got him medically tested. Then came the medical report – Strafford had been diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disorder – dementia. “It will only get worse,” suggested the doctors. “Better get him into a senior’s home. He needs constant attention.” Continue reading
Since the last few decades, the number of fatal prescription drug overdose has escalated at a rapid pace causing an epidemic. This has been primarily due to a rise of drugs like opioid analgesics as a part of pain management.
Along with alleviating pain and other symptoms, these drugs have at the same time elevated the risk of abuse and dependence. The nonmedical use of prescription drugs has become a leading cause of overdose deaths every year in the United States. Continue reading
Discovering that their child is into smoking weed, snorting heroin, taking alcohol-spiked Red Bull, or any other form of substance abuse can be earth shattering for parents. Addiction is a chronic illness and coming out of it is an arduous task, besides, there is always a risk of relapse.
Addiction not only ruins an individual’s personality, career prospects, health and social circle, it also badly affects the loved ones of the patient. During the transition from childhood to adolescence, the brain undergoes changes, which might be responsible for making him or her susceptible to addiction. Continue reading
Nonmedical prescription opioid (NMPO) use in America has witnessed a significant rise over the past decade. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), in 2015, there were 20,101 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, while 12,990 people succumbed to heroin overdose in the country. Young adults who frequently used NMPOs were more likely to overdose. Continue reading
Researchers from the Cornell University have supposedly come up with a simple way of tackling the menace of opioid misuse in the United States. They suggest that if the doctors check the prescription history of their patients, it can help them assess their patient’s chances of misusing an opioid. They can accordingly prescribe further opioids. Since almost every state has prescription database, doctors and pharmacists can utilize it to detect any stains of dependence or addiction. Continue reading
Out of the total fatalities in the United States during 2008–2010, the largest number of deaths were attributed to five diseases, which included cancer, cerebrovascular diseases (stroke), chronic lower respiratory diseases, heart diseases, and unintentional injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It was found that at least one in three premature heart disease deaths, one in three stroke deaths, one in five premature cancer deaths, two out of five chronic lower respiratory disease deaths, and two out of every five unintentional injury deaths could be prevented by managing the contributing risk factors, such as poor diet, obesity, high blood pressure, smoking and inadequate physical activity. That is when the idea of ‘precision medicine’ gained further ground. Continue reading
The treatment for addiction does not end when a patient completes his or her stay in a specialized treatment facility. Instead, it is a lifelong effort to adhere to sobriety, knowing that a simple slip or mistake is often enough for a former abuser of substances to spiral back into his or her drug abusing lifestyle. Therefore, medical practitioners and experts nowadays pay increased attention upon the integration of recovery management practices in the overall treatment. Despite the fact that there are increased chances of a relapse, a study of the data related to the American patients suggests that less than 17 percent of them received medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration of the United States. Addiction treatment centers and related health care providers not only have the responsibility to reinstate the previous nondrug abusing state in the course of treatment in people with the problem of addiction, but they have to also empower them to appropriately deal with cravings and ensure control over their life. In addition, they also have the responsibility to impart coping mechanisms that allow a former user to identify triggers and cues that may seduce them toward drug abuse. That is the end goal, at least on paper. The above study led by Sarah Naeger, Ph.D., M.P.H., with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) tried understanding the patterns of post-discharge prescription fills among patients following opioid-related hospitalization. Continue reading