Archive for August, 2015

Back to school; straight or high

Back to school; straight or high

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Summer Break

As school approaches closer and closer, do you know what your son or daughter has been doing during their summer break? Many young adults when their past school year is ended will get summer jobs, apply for college or university and you as the parent are always proud to know your child is seeking higher education. But what was going on during their summer time? Who were they hanging with? Some of these questions can be answered with observation.

iStock_000000984563_Small-150x150For example, If you have noticed your son or daughter has mood shifts, one day or two being all nice and chatty than suddenly they’re withdrawn or snappy, maybe they began to not be as communicative with you, or are showing signs sneaking in and out, secretive about their life, lethargic appearance, etc. These are signs of possible drug use.

Many youths get presented some party drugs like, MDMA, Cocaine, even prescription drugs like Oxys or marijuana laced with Fentanyl. Normally the first time using will have dramatic effects on the person resulting in feelings of extreme freedom. But the effect wears off soon enough and the down is just a bit too hard to face; this is responded by seeking out more drugs to reach the high.

Blunted Ambitions

As summer rolls on your child’s drug use may be once or twice a week, or just weekends. But this can rapidly moves up into three or four times a week and eventually on a daily basis. What’s worse is these illicit drugs with their mind altering effects can bring about a loss of interest in going back to school, blunting of goals and ambitions, etc. And if they do make it to sign-up day for school, it’s usually only to not disappoint mom and dad.

But the result is inefficiency at school work, lack of interest, low grades and overall disconnection from life in general. This is the road of drug abuse, it is seen across the nation and known by many professionals. Any illicit mind altering substance will suppress any desire for better life and achievement of goals by the user.

Signs of Addiction

You as a parent should be aware of such signs of addiction and be informed sufficiently on various types of drugs being trafficked in your community, know the signs of the different illicit drugs. Talk to your kids about the harmful effects of drugs and what can happen, research, get drug prevention kits available on-line (drugfreeworld.org/download.html) and be interested in your child’s interests and who they hang with.

Drug dealers can be found in practically every community constantly seeking out new clients to bring under their addictive distribution of harmful drugs of all sorts. If you want your daughter or son to be happy and grow up with goals and achievements then you have a responsibility to be informed, and help your child understand why drugs and alcohol are destructive.

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Marijuana’s New Face of Evil

Marijuana’s New Face of Evil

medical-marijuana150x150Marijuana is well-known over the decades, first as simply an imported illicit substance used by many just to chill out and ‘’be more one with the universe’’. When the risk and cost were such that import became more inaccessible Canadians began to grow their own weed. It was not of the same quality but then certain educated drug users read up on the growing techniques and suddenly hydroponics was born. As the years moved on the weed became more potent and more accessible for pot users and younger potential clients.

Then it was found that certain sources lobbied to have marijuana with its mind altering effects become accepted as a medicinal supplement to aid with certain diagnosed conditions. So now south of the border Marijuana growers are seeing a business opportunity which in not connected to anxiety of arrest at any moment. This then gains popularity with others and soon it is an imported idea in Canada. Pot in Canada is still being used illicitly with only a small minority of people given the status of medical marijuana user.

Potency

But it doesn’t end there, with new technology the hydroponic growers are finding ways to increase the potency once more and the pot being sold is now causing overdoses, a new condition not seen before. Finally we get the 21st century marijuana where the THC of high potency is now extracted and dried turning it into what is being labeled “chatter” which causes an instant high and is very addictive. Anyone would think that it couldn’t get any worse but it does.

Fentanyl Laced

As seen in recent news reports of young people overdosing and being rushed to the ER or dying from this new form of Pot. Someone got very evil and took a simple plant that is normally smoked and decided that it would be a good thing to lace it with opiate based drugs, such as Fentanyl. This is a very high potent pain suppressant opiate. Fentanyl is 200 times more potent than Oxys and normally prescribe to people being treated for cancer, has cause great concerns across the nation. Even at this writing new legislation is being look at to bring better control for this prescription medication.

In all cases marijuana is simply a mind altering plant that has many mild to severe side effects. Long term will create slowed activity, loss of ambitions and general lethargy. Though now with it being laced, meaning altered with other substances, there is no prediction as to the effect it will cause any given person. From one use you can have the expected high and the next time have and overdose or worse die. This is a serious situation in Canada and elsewhere.

The Origin

Why take a chance, even when you know your dealer of illicit drugs, you probably don’t know where he or she got her drugs from. All drugs pass through at least five to ten different people before being consumed. Even the best of investigator from the RCMP Drug Enforcement Division have difficulty backtracking the origin of some drugs. All drugs are bad for people, it is not a natural occurring substance for healthy bodies. Why people take drugs is not part of this writing but it is simple to state that wherever people suffer relief will be searched for. Drugs bring temporary relief to physical pain or unwanted or painful emotions.

Do yourself a favor and that of anyone you care about, say no to drugs no matter how cool, or tempting it may seem. It could be the last cool thing you do. Stay alive and free, stay away of mind altering drugs.

 

Your Body vs Drugs

Your Body vs Drugs

It’s one of those things that “everybody knows”; drugs are bad for you. Well that’s just a big generality because it is quite another issue to actually understand what it means. Those of us who have been in the grip of drug addiction or know someone who is struggling with drug addiction can see quite obviously that their health is being effected by the drugs or alcohol being consumed. Some of the more usual observed changes are sunken eyes, pale skin, drooping or glazed look, dry mouth, weight loss and other known facts as part of a long list of physical side effects of short and long term drug or alcohol abuse.

Looking further into this you discover the link between drugs or alcohol and the effects on one’s body is in fact simpler than one could expect. It would be easy to get into some very technical and long winded medical terms to describe the activity of drugs on the body but this is not a medical paper for scholars. With that in mind here it is in simple day to day language anyone can understand.

Drugs & Alcohol are Poisons

Drugs and alcohol are basically poisons. They are not found naturally in the body, you don’t find proteins in drugs, you will not find vitamins in drugs or alcohol, and you will not find any marketing slogan stating how nutritious a glass of Scotch is or how many proteins you will gain from a hit of Heroin. Even a line of cocaine does not have a single mineral that is good for the body. This being the case, here is what happens when the body experiences a poisonous intake of some substance;

The body is pre-rigged to recognize when something bad is ingested, such as rotten food, the body instinctively knows this is bad and tends to reject it, in order to protect itself the body vomits to rid the organism of the foreign substance that is a threat to survival. Similarly, when a little alcohol is taken the body begins to fight back with its internal nutrients such as vitamin B1 and other vitamins, minerals will also be put forth to combat the alcohol. This burning of nutrients is what gives the giddy effect or dizzy feeling from 1 or 2 glasses of wine, beer, etc. When too much is taken and the body has depleted its nutrients fighting the poison its last resort is to reject the substance and vomit.

This works out differently with drugs. Drugs enter the blood stream and poison the body from inside out. Blood vessels run throughout the body and into every organ. When too many lines of cocaine or milligrams of Oxy’s are taken, etc. the body reacts the same as with alcohol but in this case it cannot reject the same way; the way the organism preserves its survival is to start a shutdown, this is known as ‘overdose’. It is normally dealt with by health care professionals in the field of medicine. When too much opiate poisons are ingested the body begins to shut down its normal monitoring activity, and the heart rate increases or decreases, blood pressure and temperature is uncontrolled and the list goes on. All these activities are normally controlled and monitored as a natural action in a healthy body. Just like your body knows when it has too much dust in its nasal cavity and you find yourself sneezing. Simple but true. It’s like putting a drop of molasses in a Rolex time piece.

If you need help

For anyone who is suffering with a drug or alcohol addiction you need to recognize that you are slowly or rapidly killing your body. This is a fact, bodies are not intended to drink motor oil, nor is it meant to ingest drugs or alcohol for recreational purposes. At times the body may require some medication while the physician does repairs but that is under controlled prescription, not to just feel good. For help with addiction call 1-888-488-8434

 

Environments & Drug Rehabs

Environments & Drug Rehabs

When a person is struggling with their drug addiction or alcohol abuse and need drug rehabilitation the first thing that is normally on their mind is to get through the physical and emotional pain that follows the attempt to quit their substance of choice. Anyone who has ever been through a withdrawal period of some opiate addiction can attest to the terrible discomforts associated with such action, the environment of the drug rehab center in which it is done is important.

This has been observed by various professional addiction counselors; the drug rehab center’s environment is just as vital as the drug rehab center program itself. Whenever an addict enters a program at a drug rehab center they know that they are putting their life into the hands of professionals. Though, unfortunately some facilities don’t have the funding to upgrade their surroundings.

Rundown Environments & Drug Rehabs

Many drug addicts will have some experience with crack houses, and rundown drug dealer apartments. The usual environment of the addict is less then hygienic, their living quarter have been abandoned. This is normally due to the lack of responsibility and carelessness that comes with drug addiction. When drugs take over a person’s lifestyle they begin to not care about their person or the areas around them. This gets so bad that even those they are expected to care for like children and pets are often ignored or left to fend for themselves and their own environment is not properly dealt with and can be seen to degrade to a marked degree.

For an addicts seeking help from a professional drug rehab one does not expect the environment to resemble a crack houses. This type of surrounding only distracts the addict from recovery as they are constantly reminded of the way things were and seeing that this is how things are does not aid to increase confidence in recovery. You would think that this is an exaggeration, but it’s not, there are facilities offering addiction treatment that are so badly kept that the results are less then hopeful. Then there are the other type of drug rehab centers that are nowhere close to a drug addict’s usual environment.

Private Drug Rehab Center in Canada

Over the year there has been an increase in private treatment facilities opening up across Canada. Many of these are affordable and have a higher rate of success then the traditional government funded drug rehabs. One of the main differences is the environment, these private facilities are bright, clean, well-organized programs. You will find fresh bedding, well-kept grounds, functional appliances, etc.

When you bring a drug addict into a clean and orderly environment the person tends to join in the upkeep and maintenance of their personal space. When the area is presented with chipped plates, scratch up furniture, stained bedding or uncomfortable beds you can’t expect a person to feel some kind of pride or ownership and therefore they do not take any responsibility in the appearance or up keeping.

Clean Environment Drug Rehab

Give a person who has dropped down to the attitude of “I don’t care”, a new and acceptable area to recover (not necessarily an upscale one), where they are given a chance to show they are good people; you get immediate shift in view and they become willing to rise to a more social level. Just a simple clean and well organized environment that is expected to stay that way and that each recovering addict has a responsibility to the facility’s upkeep will go far in achieving recovery as responsibility will raise their level of self-worth, ownership and participation will enhance their self-confidence. The actual program schedule and structure will do the rest.

Drug Rehab Center Referral Help

If you or someone close is faced with a choice of just any other drug rehab and a private drug rehab; it is advised you check out the private drug rehab center and the other options and take a tour of both, if you are told that there are no tours then cancel that facility from your choice. ALL drug rehabs can be visited prior to intake. Your recovery may depend on the space you stay. Call our drug rehab center referral counselor for assistance in locating a suitable drug rehab, dial 1-888-488-8434

 

Drug free Canada day 2015

Drug free Canada day 2015

Happy Canada Day will be shouted by everyone, from Halifax Nova Scotia to Victoria BC this July first. Canada day celebrates the confederation of the various provinces into a united country and each year in cities and communities from coast to coast various celebration will be organized and bring cheers to all.

Many of these events include concerts from well-known international Canadian artists and some not so well-known artists for everyone to enjoy and celebrate. In most large or small social events, such as these, various types of drinks are raised but this also attracts the dealers of black market drugs for a quick and easy distribution.

Alcohol

When one looks back in history it can be found that all great events include some form of mind altering substance, usually alcohol is the choice substance. Its legal, it’s cheap and it creates an altered state of mind pretty quick. A little will make one giddy, a bit more causes drowsiness, and too much makes one sick.

Alcohol is a depressant, it burns up B vitamins, especially B1; not to mention the amount of minerals that are also used up. People under the influence of alcohol tend to either be one of two ways; very depressed or very loud and hostile.
The effects on the body are obvious to anyone living with an alcoholic, but the effects on the mind are even more devastating. People who abuse alcohol will find that their memories get jumbled, the past is mixed with the present and the present is thrown into the future and the future is mushed up with the person’s imagination and mental fabrications.

If you ever tried to speak with an intoxicated alcoholic you will soon discover whatever you say or do the person misinterprets the words and actions to fit their own jumble ideas of situations. Celebrations with alcohol should always be accompanied by moderation; the ability to say no and always have someone named as designated driver.

Illicit Drugs

The same can be said for illicit drugs. Whether the drug is marijuana, crack cocaine, prescription pills of the opioid family, and everything in between. Just like alcohol drugs have their desired effects. Some drugs used in very small quantity will cause immediate euphoria or high for the person. Others will cause a high followed by paranoia, but this effect is short lived and more drugs are taken to again feel that brief feeling of great overwhelming power and disconnected freedom.

Though this is the initial desire of anyone wanting to free themselves of some hidden unwanted pain, whether emotional or physical, you can be assured of one thing; it is always short lived.

As more drugs are used the body begins to replace natural supplements such as vitamins, proteins and minerals with the toxic substances. This exchange creates a physical dependency with painful effects when the drug is not taken.
Whereas it also does a whole lots of nasty, unimaginable things to the mind. Loss of memory is the mild end of drug use, long term causes psychological effects that can become permanent in some drug addicts.
Aside from the blank memories, drugs will overlap certain memory incidents and make the past get mixed with other parts of the past that should not be related and the list goes on. Its clear drugs are bad for people in general.

Canada Day

Canada day is for the pride of being Canadian, it’s standing up and proud with other Canadians and saying “we are Canadian and will continue to be Canadian”. But this is all in jeopardy if we permit our family, friends and even fellow Canadians to continue to struggle with drug addiction. Say No to Drugs and Alcohol abuse. If you need help for substance abuse call a drug rehab center referral counselor at: 1-888-488-8434

 
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