Addictive, Damaging Party Drug Ketamine as Fast Treatment for Depression?

Sounds Way Too Good to be True Did you ever hear that saying “If something sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t”? That could apply to plans to use the party drug ketamine to treat depression. In an article published on the website www.nature.com, it’s reported that doctors have been trying out ketamine to treat those struggling with depression. Here’s one reason why ketamine has caught the attention of medical practitioners: doctors may have to wait weeks for there to be any change at all in patients after a drug is prescribed for depression but ketamine’s impact is…

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The Vicious Cycle of Addiction

With horror, families of an addicted person watch their loved one destroy himself (or herself) with drugs or drink.  The damage is obvious to them. His health is declining. His morals and ethics are gone or nearly gone. Many times, there have been criminal acts such as selling drugs, thefts, assaults or worse. His family may be gone or about to go or the children may have been taken away. Everything valuable is long gone. “How can he do this to himself? And us?” they ask. So how can he keep taking the drugs or drinking? There have already been…

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Do’s and Don’ts for Dealing with an Addict in Your Life

Since there are more than 23 million Americans struggling with drug or alcohol abuse problems, there are many millions more family and other loved ones suffering right along with them. This could make this problem one of our country’s most pervasive ills. One survey reported that 64% of people have experienced addiction in someone close to them. A father, mother, child, uncle, close friend – it’s not hard to find someone who has lost control of their drug or alcohol consumption. So it is both important and useful to have some guidelines when you’re dealing with an addicted person. To…

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The Special Addiction Problems of the Aging and Elderly

For a decade or more, businesses have been modifying their products and services to suit the needs of the growing number of Baby Boomers. And with good reason. At this time, there are about 41 million adults 65 and older. But in 15 years, that number is expected to increase to 73 million. When the elderly are addicted to either drugs or alcohol, there are often special considerations that must be taken into account for rehab to succeed. Addiction among the elderly is increasing but not just because we have greater numbers in that age group. The rate of illicit…

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Opiates Gradually Overtaking Alcohol as #1 for Treatment Admissions

So far, news media have broadcast stories about two states that report similar rates of rehab admissions for opiates and alcohol. This may not be startling news until you realize that in most states, most years, alcohol far outstrips any other drug in the number of people sent to rehab. Here’s some specifics to look at. New Jersey: According to Governor Christie, nearly half of all New Jersey admissions to treat-ment in 2013 were due to opiates or synthetic opiates (opioids) like hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lor-tab), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percodan) or heroin. Chart data source: http://wwwdasis.samhsa.gov/teds07/TEDSHigh2k7.pdf Compare that to this chart showing national…

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Why Many People Don’t Seek Treatment for Addiction

In the United States, more than 23 million people live with addiction. The greatest number of these people are trapped in the abuse of alcohol. And while a smaller number cite drugs as their primary problem, the truth is that with polydrug use (the use of multiple drugs at a time or close together) the norm rather than the exception, the lines are definitely blurred. The biggest group of people going to rehab are going because of alcohol problems. But look closer. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports on the substances that drove 1.8 million people to…

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Is it Okay if Your Child Drinks a Little or Smokes a Little Marijuana?

As long as he (or she) is not overdoing it, are you okay with a little drug use by your kids? Does it not worry you if your child drinks as long as they do it at home or the home of someone you know? And how about marijuana? Is this fairly harmless, as far as you’re concerned? And if they smoke, is it just not worth arguing about? Just as long as they don’t move on to “hard drugs” like heroin or cocaine. Maybe these ideas horrify you. Maybe they don’t. For many parents, they are acceptable. Should they…

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Troubles in Oregon and Massachusetts Point out the Problem with Legalization Efforts

On November fourth in Oregon, as in several other states, there is a vote about the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana. As this takes place, Oregon struggles with a terrible problem with opiate use and addiction. As this opinion piece in the Portland Tribune points out: • In the twelve years between 2000 and 2012, more than 4,000 people in the state died due to their abuse of drugs. • Oregon’s death rate from opioid (synthetic drugs similar to morphine or heroin) has quadrupled • Oregon’s death rate from heroin overdose has tripled • In just medical costs,…

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Is Addiction to Blame for Violence Against Partners

Research published recently by the University of Michigan revealed an alarming fact, that 1 out of every 5 men in the United States admit to having been violent towards his partner at some point. The study was conducted with a population sample intended to be representative of the nation as a whole, casting the spotlight on a disturbing aspect of domestic relations in American society. It was released in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, using data gathered from 2001 to 2003 and made available in the National Comorbidity Survey-Replication, which involved survey responses from around 10,000…

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Trying to Understand a Methamphetamine Addict

  From time to time, there are shocking and painful news articles that feature a person who was using methamphetamine heavily before the event reported in the news. For example, this story from Utah, June 2014. A woman apparently gave birth to seven infants over a period of time and killed six of them, hiding the babies’ bodies in the garage. (The last baby was stillborn.) She was a methamphetamine addict. In the news report, the police stated that she did not want to deal with the responsibility. A heavy methamphetamine addict is nowhere near this coherent. This may be…

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