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Link Found Between Mental Health Disorders And Long Term Opioid Use

According to a recent study a link has been found between those suffering from mental health disorders and the long term use of opioid drugs. The study, featured in a magazine called Pain reported that those that suffered from, or who were diagnosed with some type of mental health issue were more susceptible to developing a long term abuse problem with opioid drugs later in life.

While less of a link was found with young people [likely because they had not yet been diagnosed] there was a connection between the two. Many reasons could be formulated for this link but it can be broken down into the simple science of addiction, or cross addiction if the drugs prescribed for mental illness were not the same as those prescribed for the injury or illness requiring opioids.

Nevertheless this is a problem that can be remedied but some effective, drug free method for treating mental and emotional problems so not to open individuals up for opioid abuse down the road.

A Narconon Drug Rehab Case Study

At a Narconon drug rehab program an individual underwent treatment several years ago for the problem of opioid abuse. She was an 18 year old female who had been using prescription pills such as Vicoden and Oxycontin which then lead to heroin abuse. Upon receiving an interview, the girl had confessed to being involved in a traumatic childhood situation involving the divorce of her parents. She received a few psychiatric counseling sessions and was prescribed a light sedative drug to help her to calm down and sleep.

While the use of this prescription only lasted a few weeks, years later she had a sports injury. After seeing a doctor she was prescribed Vicoden for the pain. The effects of the drug, she felt, were similar to that prescribed to her at a young age. An addiction developed that required treatment.

This is only one of many case studies indicating that early drug use of prescriptions can later lead to abuse issues. Many more exist on the subject, not only with the recent study but with those what have enrolled in treatment through Narconon drug rehab.

Why Is There A Connection

The connection between the mental health problems, treatment of them with drugs and later drug use is simple. When one uses a drug the drug enters the body and travels to the brain where it hits the central reward system. This is where natural chemicals like serotonin, dopamine and endorphins are produced. The drug gives the body a fake boost of these chemicals, altering and tricking the natural reward system.

The individual feels “good” from the effects of the drug and then crashes. Subsequent incidents of taking the drug produce the same result. Even after long periods [years] of abstinence, further drug use can trigger the past use. This can then complicate the matter and set the individual up for continued abuse later in life.

There are several solutions to prevent this problem from occurring. The first is to be careful of what drugs are used early in life and only use prescriptions when they are absolutely needed. In addition, enrolling in a natural detox method like the New Life Detoxification Program through Narconon drug rehab is also an effective tool for removing residues from drugs from the body so that past drug use is not triggered, thereby causing a major problem with addiction

For more information on this study or how to handle long term opioid abuse issues contact Narconon drug rehab today.

Source: http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/766270

Staggering New Report Says Most Men Arrested Test Positive For Drugs

This report comes from the Center for Health and Justice and is based on a compilation of statistics from arrests in monitoring sites scattered across the country. These arrests, all in 2011, were in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New York, Portland, Sacramento and Washington DC.

The smallest ratio of men arrested who were stoned or high was in Atlanta. There, only 64% of the arrestees were intoxicated. But in Chicago and Sacramento, more than eight out of every ten arrestees tested positive for drugs.

In response to this report, the US Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske stated: “…too often underlying substance use disorders are the driving force of criminal activity taking place in our communities…we cannot simply arrest our way out of the drug problem.”
Extricating the US from this dreadful influence of drug and alcohol abuse means that there must be effective drug rehabilitation offered to those who need it. The more that rehab helps people recover from addiction, the fewer future crimes will be committed. And these numbers will start to fall.

Is Short Term Rehab The Answer

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, their document Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment mandates an addiction treatment program of 90 days or longer to get the best results. A series of support meetings may not be enough to help most people find sobriety, given the desperate cravings of many drug addicts.

A long term treatment program that enables a person to get out of the usual environment of drug abuse and away from drug-using friends has a better chance of success. This program must address the key elements that keep an addicted person trapped: the cravings, the depression and the guilt that accompany addiction. Without lifting these three burdens from an addicted person, he (or she) may always struggle.

How the Narconon Drug Rehab Program Works  Narconon programs around the world are long-term programs, most of them residential. None of them use any drugs as part of treatment; instead, nutritional supplements and one-on-one assistance with the staff are key factors that help a person through withdrawal and hard physical and emotional points in the program.

The Narconon drug rehab helps lift guilt and depression by replacing the destruction of addiction with a bright new life. It does not happen overnight. The person in recovery must do the work, must learn the new life skills, and must participate in the deep detoxification process that flushes out old drug toxins that can be involved in triggering cravings. This detoxification program boosts energy and brightens thinking by utilizing time in a sauna, nutritional supplements and moderate daily exercise to activate the body’s ability to discharge toxins. Once they are flushed out, those completing this step talk about their improved outlook and energy and reduced cravings. Some people even say those cravings are gone.

The entire Narconon drug rehab program takes three to five months for most people; some people who feel the need for more repairs may take longer. The fee is the same, despite any additional length of time used for recovery. The idea is the result of a drug-free life that lasts long after the person graduates and goes home.

Because the program directly addresses these factors of cravings, guilt and depression, those in this program have a 70% chance of staying sober. That’s the surveyed success rate of this drug rehab program.

If there is someone you care about who is struggling with addiction, who is finding himself or herself in jail over and over again, cut that destructive cycle short. Find out how the Narconon program can provide real rehabilitation that lasts. Call 1-800-775-8750 today.

Reference:  http://www.centerforhealthandjustice.org/FOJ%205-12.pdf

Are Teens Abusing Prescription Drugs While Parents Remain Unaware?

Two Million Children Using Prescription Drugs

In reports from multiple sources, the picture is being drawn of increasing teen prescription drug use. One such report comes from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse and Columbia University( CASA). In their annual study published in 2011, CASA findings stated that more than two million student-aged children were abusing prescription drugs.

Is it possible that there are two million households where the parents are unaware of their teen’s prescription drug use? Interviews with those who started abusing prescription drugs as teens show that in many cases, the teen prescription drug use went on for quite some time before the parents were alerted. After all, prescription drug abuse is not as obvious as alcohol abuse. There’s no smell of OxyContin or Xanax on a young person’s breath after use.

Obtaining Prescription Drugs

Manipulation, deception and drug use seem to go hand in hand. After a person reaches the stage of true addiction to the drugs being abused, this is even more true as that person feels that his ability to cope with life and avoid agonizing withdrawals depends on avoiding detection. Even at a young age, people get very clever at explaining away mistakes, accidents and problems in life that are actually the result of substance abuse.

Like John B. from Boston, for example. He flunked out college due to his drug use but told his parents he was still going to school. He was dropped off in the morning at the community college and then walked home to hide out for the rest of the day. And Ryan T. from Atlanta. His parents didn’t realize that he was using marijuana, alcohol and cocaine in his high school years until his grades finally crashed and he lost a scholarship everyone had been counting on.

What Drugs are Teens Relying on?

The prescription drugs commonly being abused by teens include:

  • Opioid pain relieves like OxyContin, Lortab, Vicodin, Opana and others
  • Central nervous system depressants like Xanax and Valium
  • Stimulants often used to treat people diagnosed with ADHD, such as Ritalin, Concerta and Adderall
  • Over-the-counter drugs, including cough medications with dextromethorphan (DXM)

Obtaining Prescription Drugs

Teens obtain these drugs by stealing them from their own family’s or other people’s medicine chests, trading out their own prescriptions or getting them from the internet. They can also be purchased from drug dealers who traffic in illicit drugs. In the last few years, state governments have been closing one loophole after another to prevent the illicit distribution of prescription drugs but the statistics on teen prescription drug abuse are still rising.

Drug addiction treatment statistics for the US show that more than 150,000 young people find their way to rehab each year to recover from teen prescription drug use that turns into addiction. Nationally, only about one person in ten (of any age) who needs drug rehabilitation finds it. If the same proportion held true for teens, it would indicate that there were more than a million and a half teens who need help in the US alone.

Competition, Particularly in College, Drives Many Young People to Start Abusing Prescription Drugs

The drive to achieve in school is what causes some people to start abusing stimulant type drugs. Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta, prescribed for ADHD, are often abused by students who want to cram for a test or stay up all night to complete an assignment. Or they may want to abuse these drugs so they can stay up and party when they are already tired.

College Drug Use and Trafficking

On college campuses, students of all ages traffic these addictive stimulants to each other. Those who have legitimate prescriptions for the drugs are often pressured to provide them to others. Some other students learn how to manipulate the student health services to get their own pills.

Using Non-Prescribed Prescription Drugs

What is particularly dangerous is the number of teens in high school who do not feel that it is particularly dangerous to abuse prescription drugs. Out of about 13 million students, more than a million thought that using a prescription drug that was not prescribed for one was either not dangerous at all or was minimally dangerous.

Narconon Drug Solution

When students hit the more competitive atmosphere of college, the stress can be too much to bear, and prescription drug abuse may become a regular event. When one’s career is at risk in this way, the answer is the Narconon drug rehab program.

The Narconon drug rehab program is long-term, residential and holistic. Holistic means that it addresses the whole person and the problems that may have led him or her to drug use and addiction. Without eliminating the underlying reasons, those same stresses may lead the person back into substance abuse again in the future. At centers like Narconon Vista Bay in Northern California, those who have become addicted can recover in beautiful surroundings, helped by supportive staff who understand both the problem and the solution.

Trapped in Drug Addiction

When someone you care about has become trapped in addiction, contact Narconon to get all the details on how this program can bring them back to a sober, healthy life again. Call the international offices of Narconon at 800-775-8750.


Resources:

http://www.casacolumbia.org/upload/2011/20110629adolescentsubstanceuse.pdf

http://www.drugfree.org/join-together/drugs/rise-in-prescription-stimulant-abuse-concerns-college-administrators

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/31/education/edlife/jacobs31.html?scp=1&sq=adderall%20advantage&st=cse