Brandon’s Pain Relievers Lead to Addiction

As a teen, Brandon was a BMX rider — bicycle motocross or stunt riding — and that led to him tearing ligaments in his knee. The injury resulted in his being prescribed opiate pain medication and that started him on the road to addiction. Today, Brandon shows his BMX roots by sporting a knit cap pulled low with wild dark strands of hair flying every which way. Now in his early 20s, he still has a boyish look, with glossy dark eyes and a couple of piercings here and there. Brandon has just finished recovering his sobriety at one of…

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Kate’s Way Out of Drug Addiction

Kate was young, attractive and almost elfin. She had a pleasant briskness to her movements and spoke quickly and clearly. She was once again studying marketing and graphic arts after a lapse of several years since her last days in college, now planning to use these skills in her new job. You would never think that she had spent several months living in her car, shooting heroin and trying to stay warm in a Wisconsin winter before she finally found a rehab program that would provide her with lasting sobriety. Her first use of an addictive substance was eight years…

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What to do When Someone You Love Needs Drug Rehab

There’s no way of telling who is going to need addiction treatment. When a child is growing up or in his or her teens, there’s no definite sign of who will be an addict or who will not. Addiction claims victims from all levels of society, all income levels, all education levels, all intelligence levels. Kind or not, handsome or not, none of that matters. One person may use some drugs, drink beer, whiskey, vodka, even experience alcohol poisoning and then leave it all behind. Another person will abuse the same substances and be lost to addiction. What really matters…

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Even as Early as College, Some May Need Drug Rehab

Curious about alcohol use in colleges? There’s an amazingly easy way to find out if this is a popular activity. Just follow this simple procedure. Decided on a well-known college. Go to Facebook and look for people attending that college. Look for profile pictures where young people are crammed together, grinning widely for the camera. Select a few of these people and check out the photos they have posted to their Facebook pages. It will not take long to find photo after photo that endorse the collegiate habit of abusing alcohol. Facebook alcohol endorsement may be supporting and furthering the…

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What Do You Do When Someone Says They Don’t Need Drug Rehab?

It is one of the worst ironies of addiction that drug abuse itself lowers the awareness of the problem a person is having with drugs. In so many cases, a person may refuse help recovering from drug addiction, may reject the idea of drug rehab, because he or she can’t see the damage. The family may be frantic, trying to revolve the obvious problems and get no cooperation from the addict. There are several responses addicts may make to an appeal to get help for the drug abuse problem. One is that they feel hurt not to be believed when…

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Mick’s Recovery from Drug Addiction

A few beers stolen out of the fridge at home when he was a kid didn’t create any particular attraction for Mick. He avoided any drug or alcohol use during high school – he didn’t even smoke cigarettes. In the end, he and a friend decided that should try out these substances that everyone else was using, so they used some LSD as their first drug experience. He enjoyed the experience so much that he thought he should try some of the other drugs he had been missing. That was a fateful decision. In his second year of college in…

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How to Tell When Drug Rehab is the Right Choice for a Loved One

Everyone knows that there are drug rehabs all over the US and in other countries. But until they themselves have a real need, they may never think really think about how people get there, how that need comes about and how the decision gets made. But when a loved one is unmistakably addicted, that’s when it hits home. When everything else has been tried, when the pleading has had no effect, when every promise to stop drinking or using drugs has been broken, when there is just no other choice, then families know that the time has come for them…

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Making Sure Your Child Never Needs Drug Rehab

The care a child receives in making sure he or she does not abuse drugs varies greatly from household to household. In some, parents monitor their children’s activities closely and educate their children on problems associated with substance abuse. Sadly, at the other end of the scale are households where the child’s first drug use was actually with the parent. While this is a small number, it is tragic that it happens at all. In most households, parents do make an attempt to prevent their child from using drugs. But it seems like the decks are stacked against parents. Here’s…

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How Drug Rehab Helps Your Whole Community

What would your community be like if there was no addiction? According to the National Drug Information Center, the US as a whole would save $193 billion dollars on all the damage created by drug abuse and addiction. That includes all law enforcement, incarceration, judicial system, healthcare and welfare costs. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there would be approximately 22 million families who would be spared the heartbreak of one of their members being an alcoholic or a drug addict. In your own neighborhood, there would be fewer crimes. Your own health insurance costs would…

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More on – Is Drug Addiction a Disease?

If you are researching or studying the subject of addiction, you will come across many statements that addiction is a disease. Many professionals and government agencies present this statement in the guise of a proven theory. The idea can be very convincingly presented with plenty of scientific evidence and brain scan images. But if addiction can be overcome based on a completely different premise, this seems to disprove the necessity of believing that addiction is a disease. We will make this very clear to you in a moment. What are the Advantages of Classifying Addiction as a Disease? There are…

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