Opinion on Addiction
ONE OPINION ON DRUG
& ALCOHOL ADDICTION
Most of us are quite aware when someone close or not so close is using some form of illicit drug or misusing a prescription medication. You can actually see in the person various indicators, physical and psychological that tell us, “Hum…, something is not right here with Joe”. A large percentage of society can probably look not too far away and locate some person who is using some illicit drug, abusing alcohol or a prescription medication.
The odd thing is that this same larger percentage is also the ones that feel nothing can be done about it. Well that is exactly what the Health care system would like you to believe; that addiction is a chemical imbalance and there is no “cure” and the best treatment is to counter balance this with more chemicals or learn to live with it. Well I disagree, having been in the field of addiction both as a counselor / administrator and a private consultant, I can say with certainty that addiction is not a chemical imbalance, but it does cause this. Take a generally healthy person, eats well, exercises and overall does things in a proper and moderate manner, now have this person drink a couple of glasses of wine at a dinner. It will be observed that there is a gradual numbing sensation that appears, a slight tingle, maybe some skin flush, etc. This is alcohol on a micro level traveling through a healthy body affecting every part.
The human body developed over time by the use of proteins, mineral, vitamins and various other natural elements into a functional organism fit for earth activities. When you give this organism some non-productive substance like alcohol, well you get things like was done to the Native American Indian and before them all sorts of mishaps throughout history. In our present technological age where chemicals are a constant daily affair as seen in any product picked out of the grocery store, just read the ingredients. Most of the words cannot be pronounce by even educated men and women. So what happens when a healthy body, organism, is presented with something like “crack cocaine” or “MDMA” (MethyleneDioxy-MethAmphetamine)? This is easily understood with a comparative example using a virus; take the common cold. One morning you’re not quite on your game, bad rest, or late night something that makes you a bit tire, you require the body to get out of bed and get dressed and go to work, on your way you get sneezed on. A minute particle of virus, unseen by the human eye is inhaled and is now multiplying in your body. The body recognizes that its under attack and fights back with its immune system which gets its ammunition from the various vitamins, proteins, minerals, etc. by the end of the day you’re depleted of ammunition and “feeling under the weather”, your arrive home and crash.
Well you can stay in bed and have chicken soup; you can take a Nyquil, etc. but the truth of the matter is the bacteria that entered the body is a foreign substance and requires additional protein, vitamins, minerals, etc to fight it off properly. Drugs and alcohol are foreign substances and the body acts the same way “ah! Poison, quick must eliminate” is the body’s response. The person with addiction loses more natural immune material with one hit of cocaine, a joint of pot or other poison then it can replenish, thus the degrading appearance of people with addiction.
The real solution is to supply the body with the proper nutrition needed to counter the effects of the poison taken. This is the step known as detox, unfortunately very few professionals use this method; why? There is more money to be made with substitute sale of replacement drugs then to actually make someone healthy again. And that is ONE opinion on drug and alcohol addiction. I hope this gives someone with the means to make a change, something to think about. Millions are spent each year on solutions that only cost more millions, why not handle it once and for all and give addicts a chance at a real life full of productive activity.
Youth Addiction Treatment Centers
Youth Addiction Treatment Centers
Exposure to Substance Abuse
As addiction goes across Canada we normally see it with adults but in the majority of cases the addiction to drugs or alcohol began many years before. Whether the addiction is to street drugs, prescription drugs or alcohol the person began at some point in their life and in many cases; before their legal age. Growing up in our present society is quite a challenge for kids. A child is surrounded by various instances of substance use, principle of these is TV advertisement, if you watch television do this simple exercise; count how many commercials are about alcohol such as beer & wine, pain medication like Tylenol, Advil or Anti-depressant medication. You will also notice in each case those promoting the substance are “smiling and living very happy” or so it appears to market the product.
Then there is the drink that mom and dad take on occasion, social events, summer BBQ, etc. The pressure to fit in as a child reaching the age of twelve and thirteen is quite heavy. As the child begins to reach out and attempt to express his or her individuality in the world around them they will seek what is acceptable, and what gets approval, especially from one’s peers. Often there will be someone who will offer a thrill with a joint of pot or a pill to relax around girls, etc. In other instances the home environment is not going so well, mom and dad are arguing, or someone is very ill, etc. All manner of situations occur in life that can cause a child to seek comfort and belonging or at the very least try to find their place in the world.
Pot’s Appeal & Publicity
Pot is often seen to be cool; promotion of its legalization makes it even more tempting to try it. The euphoria that Marijuana creates is very desirable by a teenager seeking to fit in to some social group. It also is a means to cope with unwanted emotions and pains. But the initial “good feeling” soon has less effect and more of the substance is needed to achieve the same result, eventually the only reason to take the drug is to stay away from the side effects of stopping, which in many cases are quite unpleasant.
Youth Drug Treatment & Self-Worth
Across Canada there exist various youth programs to help overcome these withdrawal symptoms permitting the teenager to regain some self-worth and have a place in our current society. With government funded youth programs most counselors will not have the same experience as with a private care facility counselors. Nor will your child get the one on one attention and group belonging he or she needs to permit them dealing with those personal feelings and emotions. When a child is trying to express their self-determinism and express who they are, this is often met with some form of refusal by teachers, parents, peers and anyone else who is not acting on the child’s best interest. If a child is expressing himself with the use of illicit drugs or alcohol in order to be seen or heard; you canbank on the fact that stopping his or her expression has been going on for quite some time.
The facts are simple when a child begins to wander away from the careful watching eyes of mom and dad, this is the sign of wanting to see more of the world. This is not just a child but a person exploring new adventures outside of the balcony or the backyard. That day when your 9 or 10 year old son or daughter asks to stay overnight at a friend’s house is such an expression. The more a parent or others put up barriers and seek to stop the child’s expression of self the more they will receive in return some form of rebellion in order to be accepted and received in society. Drugs and alcohol are just one form of expression to say “look I am here, I do have a place in this world”. Ignore a child’s growth and self-worth and you condemn him or her to a life of squashed dreams and inabilities, squash it and you get a rebellious criminal.
Christmas 2014 – Moderation
Better done in moderation
With the holiday season upon us, many companies will be having their festive office Christmas party and with that comes alcohol and in many parts of the country drugs are also present. It is always a great thing to have all the staff and executives come together at one big fun event, smiles are shared and toasts are made; people exchange gifts and wishes.
When super is finished and acknowledgements are made, the music is pumped up and the drinks begin to flow. This is usually where many begin to lose control on the amount being consumed. Too many stories can be told about the embarrassing moments of the office Christmas party of yesteryear. When the booze begins to flow there will always be someone in the group that may be unknown to others or at best only suspected of drug use. You can usually see a couple of co-workers going to the washroom a bit too often or to an isolated corner of the hotel, maybe a few secretaries or office clerks sniffling oddly, this can be signs of cocaine abuse or similar illicit drugs.
As with any festive gathering it’s important to remind people to enjoy themselves but also to keep in mind to drink moderately. There is nothing wrong with a cheer at celebrations but it is another thing to have too many drinks. With alcohol, as with any mind altering substance, a person’s perceptions are compromised and their thinking is impaired, decision making is slowed and flawed.
Drink in Moderation
So why is society putting so much attention on cutting back the consumption of liquor or any other substance? It’s quite simple really, anyone with an alcohol problem can’t just have one or two drinks they must have more. Technically the alcohol is traveling through the blood stream and will enter the brain tissues and begin to cause bad relay from mind to body, past issues; memories, get stimulated and confused with present circumstances. This is the cause of thousands of accidents and deaths every year.
Just like drugs will alter the mind and the person’s ability to think clearly, alcohol is no different. So the message this holiday season is to keep in mind moderation, be moderate. This means to not go in excess, cut back on the indulgence, ask yourself if you really need to have the extra drink. More often than not, you don’t; so don’t. It’s really that simple. Have a safe and joyous holiday season.
Difficulties with government drug rehabs
If someone you know has attempted to enter a government addiction treatment program and had little or no luck there is a reason. Each year the Canadian government allocates a certain percentage or amount of tax payer money to the health care system. Canada’s health care system and the provincial governments took on the responsibility to ensure there are outlets for public to go and get information on substance abuse, treatment programs for various addictions (either for substances abuse or other addiction forms). They also have elaborated certain prevention programs and strategies to deter drug addiction.
Of course all the above requires some funding to continue to supply the service to the Canadian public. Out of all these there is a section that is at the forefront of addiction; the actual detox centers and drug rehab facilities. When the budget is launched and the funds are dispensed these “on the front line” groups are limited to deliver what they can by the amount of funds available. But in recent years the growing concern is the amount of individual Canadians struggling with some form of illicit and prescription drug abuse, these are way beyond the health ministry ability to cope. Thus you as the struggling addict or the family member suffering with such ailment must go through a trail of paper work and interviews just to be on a waiting list.
The typical actions taken on any given day and in pretty much all provinces to get help with a government funded substance abuse problems is the following; Whether the person is abusing cocaine, heroin or pot even pain pills like OxyContin or Percocet’s and of course alcohol, is to contact a local addiction treatment center. If you get to speak with someone, normally they require the addict themselves contact the center. With contact made you will then be given an appointment for assessment. A few days later you go for your appointment, the counselor there does the assessment to determine the severity of your addiction and life issues. The counselor there will then send you off to be added to the list of those waiting for a bed to become available and you will most likely be told to call each day to see if a bed freed up. Depending on how long the waiting list is you might have to call for several weeks and be told “there is no bed available”.
While you are waiting for a bed it is strongly advised that you do not use your substance of choice because when a bed frees up and you are told to come in for addiction treatment they will refuse you treatment if you arrive having used in the last 24 hours to a full week. During your stay in many government places you can be given other medications to help you sleep, take the edge of anxiety and overall you may be given other medications to stabilize you or prevent relapse.
Can’t put drug addiction on hold
I have seen addiction in people for over fifteen years from all walks of life and the one thing that is common to all is the lack of motivation. The majority of people with substance abuse issues want to quit and live drug free. But requesting a drug addict to stay clean and drug free as part of the requirement to enter a drug treatment program is complete foolishness. A person addicted to any illicit drug or alcohol reaches out for help there should be no wasted time in giving that help. Lives are on the line, many addicts are good productive people. There should be a means to have open doors 24/7 for any addict requesting help and delivering that help on the spot.
Unfortunately at this time the only place this happens is with the private sector, instant service; on the spot help; no or very little waiting time surrounded by caring and professional counselors who know addiction; many have successfully beaten their own personal addiction and are living success stories. The choice is yours, do it now or fight to get it done, one day the government will realize something more effective must be done about addiction, until then don’t lose hope.
Detox Vs Rehab
Detox Vs Rehab
For someone who is not familiar with drug addiction or alcohol abuse the terms Detox and Rehab can be difficult to understand and with good reason. In the field of substance abuse there is mis-use of these terms and the application are also incorrect in many instances. Detox is short for detoxification the action of removing toxins from a person or thing. Rehab is short for Rehabilitation which is the action of bringing a person back to a former ability or healthy condition.
Detox or Detoxification
Anyone addicted to some illicit drug or any other mind altering substance will, over time, have physically accumulated too much, and the toxic level will be such that the physical dependency now requires attention. This is usually where we hear the phrase “I’m going to detox”. What the persons is actually saying is that they are taking themselves out of the daily life action of intoxicating their body and mind and stop taking the particular substance.
Most detox centers will have a seven to ten day program where the person is assisted sometimes with other prescription drugs or medication to aid in their period of withdrawal. These programs however do not actually do a detoxification process, as stated above “remove toxins from”.
In the field of substance abuse detox has come to mean “stop adding toxins to” or “coming off of drugs”. When this Detox is achieved, meaning an overall 7 to 10 days of not taking their drug of choice the person is considered to be detoxed.
Much of this belief is based on the fact that after this time there is not more physical or mental effect on the person. But this is only true of the last doses of the drug taken. It is not a complete conclusion on the accumulated effects.
Rehab or Rehabilitation
In our system today the next step or the next thought after Detox is that the person is ready for addiction rehabilitation hence the saying “he is going to rehab”. This action in most provinces across Canada can only be done once the ‘detox’ step has been successfully completed.
Entering Rehab simply means the person is going to learn about how drugs or alcohol have affected them and why this was used as a substitute for another means to dealing with their condition. Unfortunately there are many addiction treatment centers that are under the firm belief that drugs or alcohol addiction is a disease with no cure. Maintenance and coping mechanism are the sole solution, according to some professionals.
Any good drug rehab will take into account that the substance abuser was not a drug addict from birth but due to lack of a better solution to some life problem alcohol or drugs tended to make the problem vanish. Who thinks of their marital problems or work conditions after a few good shots of whiskey? Or a few lines of cocaine?
Drug and alcohol rehab programs are intended to aid the person uncover the reason for starting to use mind altering substances and once that is located, giving the person tools and means to handle the real underlying issues. With sound advice and guidance and some knowledge and know-how on various life problems the person can regain their former abilities of living a normal enjoyable lifestyle, drug free and productive.
Any person who is dependent; meaning that he or she NEEDS to have a line of cocaine, a pipe of crack, a joint of weed or a glass of wine or some pills to face going to work, deal with the kids or to simply be accepted in some social gathering; can be traced back to some hidden unwanted personal condition the person didn’t know how to deal with. Drugs and alcohol only mask from awareness the condition, drug rehab counselors guide the person to uncover this and aid to dig and find the underlying causes and supply lasting solutions.
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