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A New Outlook on the Opioid Crisis

A New Outlook on the Opioid Crisis

Oxycontin bottle

OxyContin & the Opioid Crisis

It would appear that the opiate crisis can be read, heard and watched at every turn. How is it that suddenly in this day and age of knowledge we, as a civilization, are plagued with such a life killing substance? For all intents and purposes one could easily state that this just came about through various haphazard circumstances. Yet when one looks closer at the sequence of events there is a very different aspect to this “opioid crisis”.

Substance abuse has been around man’s evolution since the first hunter-gatherers. Over time certain substances became more desirable than others. As can be seen in shaman’s medical application or a priest’s religious use. Yet in our present society we find these mind altering substances being used recreationally. People intentionally attempting to alter their present state of mind and body. And yet when asked about their reasons, very few can give a precise response as to their motives for using. And then there are those cases across the country where we find individuals suffering with some physical ailment looking for help. Only to receive an improper diagnosis or little, if any, actual cure; the result is just more suffering. Yet, as we come forward through man’s evolution we can discover modern chemistry working endlessly to find ways to bring relief; not a cure. Thus we find that the use of a variety of organic plants with psychotropic properties synthesized to bring about temporary relief.

Again look into the situation just a bit further and you will discover the modern solution to relieve just creates a new problem. More often than not, someone complaining about body pain that can’t be physically diagnoses, is treated with “pain killers”. These drugs are opiate based and are very addictive. But this only explains a certain percentage of opiate abusers. What about the recreational users. What can bring a person to take such dangerous mind altering substances and physically addictive drugs? Careful observation into this problem one can discover that people in general have lost the ability to face and deal with daily life situations. Whether it’s the death of a close relative or an abusive childhood. Even failures and broken relations can cause a person to suffer with emotional pain. Any drug is basically a numbing agent, it numbs out the source of pain; it does not cure. Opiates are strong numbing drugs, whether it is oxycodone, morphine, heroin or fentanyl or any other name, the result is the same.

The short term solution rapidly turns into a life threatening problem. The body is not constructed to deal with continued use of toxic substances. Each use makes the body fight off the ingested poison. This is done to such a degree that the natural building blocks of a healthy body is depleted. This explains, in part, the unhealthy appearance of those abusing opiates. In conclusion it is clear that the culprit to this opioid epidemic is in fact, bad education and lack of life skills. A child in this world should be given good usable tools for life. Such things as honesty, integrity, tolerance, acceptance and encouragement are the qualities of living. When a society substitutes these for a quick fix mind altering drug, that society is on its way out. We need good opiate addiction treatment programs for this society, create good and widespread prevention programs and put mandatory drug education program for the next generation. Enough with the endless debates it’s time to act.



A comment on marijuana legalisation

A comment on marijuana legalisation

As many of you are aware the Canadian government has agreed to legalize marijuana. Subsequently it has caused much controversy by a wide variety of organisations. From schools boards to health care providers to human resources to insurance companies and drug rehab centers just to name a few. All have a say in this complex issue.

Marijuana leaf & handcuffs

Though there are limited benefits to the legalisation of marijuana, it is a matter of time before this solution starts generating new problems. In fact this is exactly what it’s doing. Many of the above mentioned interest groups are concerned about the ways this law will affect their ability to control their respective areas. Pot is a mind altering substance, if you are unsure about this than smoking a joint will change your mind. You will feel and act different than prior to the joint.

There are so many questions to be answered. What about the addiction treatment facility that deals with people struggling with addiction to opiates or alcohol? How can they safely accept a person who is prescribe a daily dose of marijuana in or around their facility? How can we get around this? I suppose that there is some benefit to smoking pot, it’s just not clear if it is best for all aspects of living. Even as this text is written, there are laws with drinking under the influence that now includes being high from any drug, including pot. So if the transport department deems it necessary to include drugs in their law, it’s only reasonable to assume there is some risk in consuming pot.

Some statistics from the State of Colorado where recreational marijuana was legalized in November 2012, are as follows.

  • Marijuana-related traffic deaths increased by 154 percent between 2006 and 2014;
  • emergency room hospital visits that were “likely related” to marijuana increased by 77 percent from 2011 to 2014; and
  • drug-related suspensions or expulsions increased 40 percent from school years 2008/2009 to 2013/2014.

Even if the Canadian Federal Government actually leaves it up to your provincial government to dictate how the federal law will be applied; the problems remain. But you have a voice, you can make a change, you can alter the outcome. Write to you congressman, write to your human resources department, tell your doctor to make a stand. You can start weekly drug education programs in your neighbourhood or local organizations.

Make your voice count, it will get heard and many voices are what make the world a better place, history has multiple examples of this. If you need help for someone’s addiction to Marijuana or other drugs contact one of our private drug rehab center referral addiction counselors.

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Is your child drug free for school?

Is your child drug free for school?


As summer winds through to its end are you certain your son or daughter is drug or alcohol free for their next school year? There are ways to determine if this is not the case and options to handle before school begins and save the study year. One of the main indicators that possible drug use is out of control is that your family member has become distant. Apart of the possibility of asserting their independence, they are less present at family gatherings, giving odd reason or being vague about why they cannot be present or simply being defensive at the idea of spending quality time with the family. This can be a sign of hidden activities, that your son or daughter know very well you would disapprove of, and they are ashamed to admit to it.

Another observation that there may be drug abuse is physical changes, such as noticeable loss of weight. Usually due to some abuse of opiate type drugs, like heroin, cocaine or pain killers namely Oxycodone, morphine and other similar classed drugs.

You will also see the eye sockets darkening and showing signs of being sunken inwards. Shaking is a common side effect of opiate drug use, the level of anxiety and nutritional depletion causes the body to shake uncontrolled. One observation is when you notice you child wearing long sleeves even when the weather dictates that short sleeves or tank tops would be the normal dress wear. This is often a sign of hiding needle marks on the arms from injecting drugs like heroin. One that is less accepted as a sign of drug abuse is the observation that your son or daughter is sleeping way more than usual and seem to always be tire and have lack of energy. This is observed when the drug’s effect is wearing off, the burning up of minerals and vitamins and proteins in the body is a key factor in this lethargic behavior.

Whatever the symptoms you notice in your loved ones attitude or behavior you have a responsibly to find out what is going on. When questioned, the addict will often attempt to avoid answering or brush their condition off with some lame excuse for their condition. One of the best methods to determine if your child is using illicit drugs or alcohol is to have them do a urine test or breathalyzer These can be acquired in pharmacies or local hospitals or ordered on-line.

The real work begins when you have determined that your daughter or son is using drugs or alcohol. This is where you need to locate good professional addiction treatment. Sometimes you may be able to get them local help rapidly but this is rare. Most local drug rehab centers funded by the government have lengthy screening processes and long waiting list for residential programs.

The other option is to contact a private treatment referral counselors who can put you in touch with a suitable private drug rehab intake counselor. These, normally affordable facilities, will not have any type of waiting time. They will be able to help your son or daughter the same day or the next, rarely any longer. If you or someone you know is struggling with some form of illicit drug addiction or alcohol abuse you can call 1-888-488-8434 and speak with an experienced referral counselor and get your loved one into treatment before school starts up again for their next semester. Why lose a year of education when you can save it in one months.




What is summertime addiction?

What is summertime addiction?

Family together on a beach

Family vacation to the beach

Help is available right now for your child’s drug addiction just call 1-888-488-8434.

We often hear parents of youths near the end of their high school years planning the summer time vacation with the whole family at the cottage or the lake or even just a road trip to Disney or water parks. No matter the destination, you can envision the whole family together laughing and having a good time.

But this year something is different, the little kids are not so little anymore. Your vacation plans are being hindered and have less appeal to your kids. Their friends are staying in town, getting summer jobs, others just want to “hang out”. Your son or daughter may begin to say things like “again! We have been there so many times” or “there’s nothing to do at the cottage, it’s boring”. These comments and similar remarks are signs of self-expression, your son or daughter are asserting their self-determinism and independence, it’s a form of ‘breaking away from the nest’ in sorts.

Vacation Plans

If you force them to stick with the vacation plan, they then rebel. If you give in, you feel you’re losing control. The truth of the matter is you need to let them express their self-determinism and experience the world for themselves, and begin the road to adulthood. But beware; you also need to know how to guide them in a jungle of lies and betrayals this society offers.

Summertime is a time of opportunity; your daughter or son may have done a great year with A’s or B+. Now they want to stick around the city like their peers and get a part time job or some such thing. Maybe he or she wants the newest I Pad or I Phone or ticket to a concert and will pay for it themselves. You see this as a responsible direction and considered proper upbringing. Your son gets his first paying job at a fast food place and is really happy about his first paycheck.

Drug Influences

As the weeks move on you realize he is coming home later and later. Has trouble getting up in the morning; says “too tired to do weekend chores”. He begins to avoid your questions; is in and out without notice. His appearance takes on a mysterious and backstreet look. Or your daughter starts to dress like she going to a fancy night club, and behaves like you never understand her, and make a point of it, becomes distant and withdrawn. All these observations are signs of possible drug or alcohol abuse.

In many cases it has been found that a young adult is more likely influenced by some friend or acquaintance to try some mind altering drug for the first time. This is due to trust and friendships, in other words; “a friend would not think of causing any harm”. This, of course, is false!

Drug Dealers

Drugs like marijuana, cocaine, prescription pills like Oxy, fentanyl, etc. are easily found on the streets and clubs. But in the summer time when youths are out and about drug dealers are on every major gathering spot; parks, beaches, lakes and boardwalks; one can even find dealers in the most remote camping grounds.

Drugs are big business across Canada and each province has its own issues to deal with. But you as a parent, how do you know and deal with your child’s drug abuse? How can you be sure your son is or is not using drugs? And what are your options when you do find out that he or she has an addiction.

School Year

You can be certain that if it is not properly dealt with before the end of summer your child’s next school year will be in the most part a failure; he or she may very well give up on school altogether.

Your best and most lasting solution to drug addiction is to talk with a drug rehab referral counselor to know the right treatment programs available. If you or someone you know is suffering from drug abuse call 1-888-488-8434, a drug rehab referral counselor is standing by.


The Happy Sadness of the Holiday Season

The Happy Sadness
of the Holiday Season

Woke up one morning and it was a beautiful December morning with the sun shining and a light flurry. From the window I could see it was going to be a good day. I got ready for work and step out into the brisk wintry day, I was happy that I took the time to pick up a nice gift for the office party. In fact I was sure that the co-worker I had chosen for the gift exchange would be very pleased to have this gift.

As I entered the office you could feel the excitement in the room and everyone was dress up for this evening’s event. As the day wore on the buzz got more intense, you could see that all the employees were just as excited as I was to get together and just have a good time. When 5 o’clock arrived people began to exit and head out to the rental hall some blocks away. I left with some colleagues and we drove there. The festivities included a cocktail and announcement from the CEO, a three course meal, gift exchange and dancing.

I had my first drink at 5:30 and this was fine, during supper we shared a bottle of wine at our table of four where I shared two more glasses. Then someone ordered a second bottle and decided I would only have one small glass of wine with dessert. Thinking back on that evening, I guess this is the one I should not have had. When the meal was over I felt tipsy from the three glasses of alcohol I had drank but I went and picked up a beer while the gift exchange was happening. It was clear that many others had a few drinks also anyone could easily observe odd behavior in people, the way they spoke, the comments made, the hidden remarks, the snickers, etc. I never considered myself to be a big drinker or having a problem with alcohol. But for some reason I felt the need to have another beer, then a vodka, then shooters than more shooters.

Two women snorting cocaine on a sylver platterBy ten o’clock I was pretty drunk and so was many of the co-workers. Then I was approached by a fellow who I had seen around but had no formal contact with. He smiled and invited me
to a secluded area of the hall, we sat and laughed and said silly things he then pulled out a small baggy with white powder in it. I was shocked at first but being drunk my initial reaction quickly disappeared. He invited me to sniff some cocaine with him, I did. Don’t know why but I did. It was not long before I was sniffing more and more. At close to midnight most of the party staff had left and myself and my new found buddy decided to leave, he invited me    to another party which I agreed to as long as there was more coke there or any other substance.

Unfortunately for me that night was the end of my happy holiday seasons for the next five years. The cocaine became the only important thing in my life, I lost my job, my apartment and all my belongings. I am now selling my body and soul for a few lines of cocaine. I am thin and have Hepatitis-C, was pregnant but lost that child two years ago. Today it’s once again the fantastic Xmas season and I can’t help but be reminded of that fatal evening when I should have said no to the one drink too many that sent me on an adventure of losing all that was important. I have an appointment with an addiction counselor next week, maybe this time it will be different and I will have an actual chance to change my life.

The only thing I can say to anyone at a party with alcohol and drugs is before you decide to take another cheering drink or a line of some cocaine or just joint of pot. Stop and look, look at the people around you, look at your life as it exist and ask yourself this: am I ready to throw everything I know, have and love away for a brief momentary sensation of bliss?

This has been my Happy Sadness of the holiday season. I know I will be better so don’t be sad for me be effective for the person you love and care about who is struggling with addiction.


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