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For the past 25 years, the United Nations has been sponsoring an event known as the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The event exists for the purpose of raising awareness across the globe of the scope and severity of drug abuse as a public health problem, as well as of the wide-ranging implications of the criminal drug trafficking trade and the impacts that it has on society. Continue reading
A recent study reveals an unexpected side effect of weight loss surgery–drug addiction. Those recovering from the gastric bypass surgery used for weight loss are at a higher risk of becoming dependent on drugs.
Questionnaires were issued to 132 women and 23 men, all recovering from weight-loss surgery. The results were astounding: illicit drug use, alcohol abuse, or prescription drug abuse increased at the time of surgery, then again at one, three, six, and twenty-four months afterwards.
The Reason For The Increase
There are a number of reasons for the increase. First of all, due to the changes in the digestive system, it is more difficult for the body to break down and use the drugs. Therefore, a patient may find himself extremely high from just a small amount of prescription pain medication.
Additionally, experts believe that patients manifest what is called “addiction swapping”. If food was an addiction before the surgery, they can no longer rely on it because they are simply unable to eat as much. Therefore, they may turn to other substances to quench their thirst–namely, drugs and alcohol.
Signs of Addiction
Watch for signs of addiction in yourself or in your loved ones recovering from weight loss surgery. These include:
Feeling ill if you stop taking the drug. This means you are going through withdrawal. Symptoms are very much like that of illness–fever, chills, shaking, nausea, vomiting, and respiratory distress. The sure sign of it being withdrawal is if the symptoms disappear when you start taking the drug again.
Cravings. You may find yourself longing for the drug at various times throughout the day, or you may even start taking it earlier or at additional times. It may even take over your thoughts so much that you find yourself unable to function, or forgetting important things.
Needing more of the drug. If you find that the dosage prescribed by the doctor doesn’t seem to produce the same effects, do not increase the dosage. If you find yourself doing so, get help from a good rehabilitation program like Narconon.
Neglecting your responsibilities because your life revolves around drugs. You may notice that you spend less time on personal hygiene, ignore phone calls from loved ones, keep showing up late to work, or miss important events because your attention is on drugs.
Neglecting hobbies and other activities that you used to do for pleasure. They often lose their luster once drug addiction takes hold.
You may continue to use the drug despite the dangers involved. For example, you may find yourself driving under the influence, getting into accidents on the job, or notice behavior changes such as mood swings, yet you continue to use it.
You’ve lost control. Any addict will tell you–addiction takes control of you and your life, so that you feel like you have no way of overcoming it on your own. Often it takes the steady hand of a good friend or loved one to guide you to an effective rehabilitation program.
What To Do
If you have a loved one who is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction problem that has had weight loss surgery there are things you can do to help. Contact your loved ones to help to form an intervention to get the person into treatment. Help to find them the right drug rehab program. Get them to agree to get help and enroll and be a positive support system while they are in treatment.
For more information on Narconon centers contact us today.
College symbolizes independence, higher education, widening horizons. But for a freshman crossing the campus for the first time, it can be intimidating. When the stress of the first semester gets to be too much, drinking appears to be the way out.
A recent study of 77,000 freshmen at University of North Texas revealed that students tend to drink more coming into fall than in the summer, and they are inclined to drink more in a shorter period of time. Also, they seem to “move up” in categories–those who were non-drinkers start drinking; those who drank moderately become binge-drinkers.
Is It Clever Marketing
Nowadays, freshmen are given the impression of college life as one big party after another. So of course they enter school expecting it to be so. Movies and online pictures portray college as a place to binge drink, so isn’t it a case of “When in Rome…”?
Studies show that digital peer pressure has a large influence on drug use among young adults. With Facebook recently topping 1 billion users, is it any wonder that young Americans are influenced by what they see in social media? For freshmen seeing college behavior depicted online, drinking is just a way of life.
Dangers Of Excessive Alcohol Use
National surveys reveal that 44 percent of all college students binge drink. Many suffer blackouts at the hand of alcohol. Not only that, college drinking leads to nearly two thousand deaths among students between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five.
Accidents caused by alcohol are no light matter. Alcohol is the leading cause of automobile accidents and contributes to nearly 600,000 injuries, approximately 700,000 assaults and 97,000 cases of date rape on college campuses every year.
Alcohol poisoning can be fatal. Experts urge drinkers to call 911 immediately if someone passes out and can’t be roused because of binge drinking. Alcohol depresses natural reflexes, including the gag reflex, which can cause someone to choke on their own vomit. Other signs of alcohol poisoning include:
• Mental confusion
• Slow breathing (fewer than eight per minute)
• Irregular breathing
• Blue skin tone
• Pale skin
If not treated immediately, alcohol poisoning can cause brain damage, heart failure, hypothermia, and death.
Is Alcohol A Gateway Drug
A significant number of heavy drug users say they started on alcohol. In fact, a recent study compared substance abuse rates between drinkers and non-drinkers, revealing that high school seniors who had tried alcohol at least once were thirteen times more likely to use cigarettes, sixteen times more likely to use marijuana and other narcotics, and thirteen times more likely to use cocaine.
Many believe that alcohol is one of the most harmful substances on the market–first and foremost, because it is so readily available; and secondly, because its effects can creep up, causing addiction before the user knows it. And when one no longer feels the same effects from booze, he turns to heavier drugs for the same high as the first time he drank.
Narconon centers have also found that many who seek treatment later for alcoholism or a drug addiction started their addiction by excessive drinking at a young age. Many of them were college freshman.
The only way to stay free from addiction is not to drink excessively or try drugs in the first place. If you have questions about drugs or alcohol contact Narconon centers today. Learn about the dangers of this substance and risks before it’s too late.