Friday, April 27, 2012

The Difference Between Drug Abuse and Dependency Revealed

Lots of times when the terms drug abuse and drug addiction are talked about, people use them in the same context, but the fact is they are different animals. People become addicted to drugs by abusing them, but there is a lot more involved in the actual addiction than just abuse.

Abuse of drugs is simply using drugs in a way that they were not intended repeatedly. You could also define it as misusing a chemical substance habitually. Using drugs for something other than their intended purpose is what this definition includes.You could implement a number of different definition in reality for "drug abuse", but they all will center around the idea of a drug being used or overused for reasons other than either therapeutic or medicinal.

An addiction to drugs on the other hand is something different in that a person goes through actual pain and trauma when they do not get their fix of the drug. They can experience things like uncontrollable shaking, nausea, and even insomnia to name a few. Lots of the drugs out there mess with the way that the brain function and alter it to where it cannot function correctly without the drug.

People who are addicted to drugs, will use the drug no matter what type of adverse health reactions they get from doing so. This behavior causes them to have complete disregard for their personal health as long as I get that next high or head change and that they need.|For these people quitting really isn't a very easy option for them. This is a time when a person's drug abuse becomes an addiction and it must be addressed and dealt with.

Knowing the difference between drug abuse and addiction can help you to prevent somebody from escalating to a point. It's a lot easier to start looking for options for treatment when you know what it is you're dealing with.

It doesn't matter whether it's you are loved one that is addicted to or abusing drugs, people who are in this situation and life need to seek out treatment as soon as they can in order to protect themselves from serious health problems. Drug treatment can profoundly affect both the user and society. Giving these people the help they need and getting them off of drugs helps to improve the society as a whole as it makes people who were not functional members of society into people who can now get along in society and creates a more peaceful community.

The number one cause of preventable illness and death in the United States is drug abuse. It doesn't really matter which drug we are talking about, whether it is methamphetamine s, heroin, alcohol, cocaine or whatever it be, these drugs cause problems with the human body. Use of these things is preventable and educating people is the first step in that.

Addiction and drug abuse are plagues for our society. These problems have been around for many many years, and are likely to be around for a while longer, but recognizing the differences between the two will allow you to pay attention to the different signs and signals which can alert you to the problem and help you to take steps towards healing.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Be on the Lookout For Teen Drug Abuse

The teenage years can be a time of great emotional turmoil as it is the transition from childhood to adulthood. A lot of issues such as peer pressure, search for identity, romantic and family relationships as well as school performance beset teenagers as they undergo this phase. It is inevitable that quite a large percentage of teenagers resort to drug abuse to cope with, alleviate or escape these issues. Teen drug abuse has actually become a common and prevalent phenomenon. Majority of deaths in individuals in the 15-24 age bracket are attributed to alcohol or teen drug abuse. Violent criminal acts that include, murder, assault and rape can be accounted for by teen drug abuse as well.

To combat anxiety and depression, teen drug abuse can also be a temporary coping mechanism for disturbed teenagers. A teenager with a family history of alcohol and drug abuse as well as lack of social skills are those predisposed to serious teen drug abuse, therefore these teenagers must steer clear of experimentation. It is essential that drug abuse by a teenager be prevented by providing emotional security, guidance and education to the child by the family. In fact, there is no telling as even teenagers with no family history of drug or alcohol abuse may also have a predilection to be gravely immersed in teen drug abuse.

Drug abuse if the biggest and foremost concern among children and parents as cited in the National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse. The survey was conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (Columbia University). Physical signs of teen drug abuse to be on the lookout for are nagging cough, red eyes and irregularities in eating and sleeping habits. Parents should also be suspicious when their teenager starts to behave aberrantly and becomes aloof to other members of the family. Red light warning signals on the effects of grave teen drug abuse are irritability and violent behavior, anxiety and panic attacks, lethargy and chronic bronchitis symptoms, memory loss and learning problems, frequently recurring chest colds, paranoia, teeth clenching and muscle tension, convulsions, dehydration, hypothermia, brain damage and consequently, death.

Teen drug abuse has consequential effects of the user's mood and performance. As a result of preoccupation with teen drug abuse, a teenager can have deteriorating performance in school or in college as well as the workplace. This could actually lead to detention, suspension or dismissal. Teen drug abuse can not only negatively affect family and personal relationships but ruin them as well. Teen drug abuse can also be devastating to parents as the problem can get out of hand and their child becomes defiant and can even have deviant behavior. If you suspect your child to be into teen drug abuse, it is wise to seek the help of authorities or reputable private or government agencies that can provide guidance, counsel, support and treatment to your teenager.

Teen drug abuse may not only be a phase of experimentation in a teenager's life, but it can possibly lead to serious and grim drug addiction until adulthood that can be debilitating and complicated to resolve. Teen drug abuse, when combated in the initial stages can lead to a better quality of life and well-being not only as a teenager, but eventually as an adult as well.

Can You Take The Acai Berry Diet Pill If You Have Drug Addiction? Acai Berry and Drug Abuse

This is commonly asked among people wanting to reduce weight using the most talked about method but with history of drug addiction. Acai berries are well known for their superb nutrition with remarkable elevated levels of nutrients well beyond comparable with any other similar source.

This amazing fruit, which comes from the rainforests of Amazon, contains numerous properties with incredible health benefits. It is popular for its antioxidant property which is far better than red grapes. This is responsible for triggering the upsurge of energy and strengthening your immune system against health disorders. Its antioxidant property further reinforces your body in burning more calories during extreme physical activities and exercise.

Furthermore, it contains other nutritional values that will reinforce your daily requirements for supplements like essential vitamins and minerals. It is also a good source of important fatty acids like Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9 which helps improve healthy cholesterol level and cardiovascular system. It further contains elevated level of fiber that promotes colon cleansing; effectively eliminating the buildup of toxins in the colon and improve your total health.

Going back to your question: can you take acai berry diet pill if you have drug addiction? If any of the aforementioned nutrition is detrimental to your health because of your use of drugs then the answer to your question is no. However, that is less likely the case because such nutrients are for your own health benefits with fewer incidences of side effects and interaction.

In any case, it is still best to consult your physician because there are various types of drugs. Some drugs may have drug interaction with other drugs, or whatever pills you are taking; while others have no interaction at all. Hence, it depends on what type of drug you have addiction with.

Therefore, you cannot simple take in medications by yourself without proper consultation with medical professionals because of adverse events and drug-interaction issues. Hence, the best way to answer your question is to seek medical advice; your physician is in a better position to give you the right answer to your question on "Can you take acai berry diet pill if you have drug addiction?"

Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Homelessness Part Two

In Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Homelessness Part I, we focused in on the beginning stage of the nasty cycle of homelessness, and painted and interesting picture, and as each day goes, the cycle becomes more vicious to both society and to the individual affected.

Lets take a moment to study a few things, first lets look at societies views on homelessness, and try to figure out why society as a whole has such a conflicting opinion on homelessness as a general rule. We will continue to use and study the Greater Los Angeles area as the model.

Depending on which references you wish to use, you will see that Los Angeles is either ranked number One or Two in the homeless population numbers, whether it may be the cost of living, or the easy access to impairing substances, no one person is sure, however this author feels that it is both.

People start using impairing substances to escape reality, they may take the drink at the bar to lose the inhibitions of dancing, talking or just being sociable, these are well known facts, after all, alcohol as a chemical is a depressant, it should be more commonly referred to as a sensitizers, but none the less the actions generated by use of alcohol is a very common and well understood and factual. Boredom, Anxiety, seeking a exhilarating highs, or looking for something that gives this person a "rush" or a vacation from reality is what using the impairing substance is all about.

How ANY person manages their impairing substance is where the age old debate comes in, is it nature or is it nurture! If its nature, that would mean that the impairing affects of the chemical ingested would result in successful or desired effects, and negative withdrawals or downs which subsequently follow with the disease aspects of substance abuse, would pose the question of, is it really a persons DNA or genes that predetermines his or her personality, behavior or physical attributes to change with the simple use of a chemical?

Or is it nurture?

If its nurture, this would stem from the upbringing of the person and the experiences of this person, or the bio-psycho-social issues, was mom and dad users, was mom or dad big drinkers, did dad drink, and mom pop pills trying to deal with depression because of dads drinking, or was it any combination of items not mentioned, was it the environment in the neighborhood, schools, peer groups during the formulation years of early adolescence to late teens?

So I ask again...Was it nature or nurture?

The only person who knows this lovely secret is the subject or new homeless person in this context, remember, this is a person that has a story, whom which at one point was a producing member of society and as of now is experiencing the devastating physical and mental effects of homelessness.

This person holds the key to understanding what the very root causes of addiction are, and is the basis of study in the formulation of addiction. I feel quite safe in saying that addiction is a purely mental issue. Face it, if the uneducated is in a room full of alcohol, the body just does not reach out and grab something, curiosity does, curiosity provokes the physical act of reaching out and taking, and where does curiosity come from, it starts in Reticular arousal system which is to be believed to have the most to do with alertness or intensity of attention, where is this at? Its in the brain, the brain sets the stage for the curious to experiment, NOT the pure voluntary physical being.

Society appears to have adopted some addictions as acceptable, lets look at your favorite coffee house, you know the one I am referring to, its right there on the corner as you drive from home to work, you see it every day, but oddly enough you don't see a lot of them on television in the form of commercials etc, but none the less you see them constantly around town. They supply you with the morning mud, that brings about the feeling of peace and awakening, sometimes literally. They aim to please you with customer service, and a warm friendly atmosphere and a great product.

What would happen if you stopped going to that or any other coffee store all together? Are they going to miss you as a company? Not a chance, is the staff going to miss you from a personal level? Possibly. But what about you! Are you going to have issues with irritability, are you going to "feel" out of sync with the day, off a step or two, so to speak! Try it and see what happens.

What we just examined above falls under the definition of addition, tolerant and dependent on something that is psychologically and or physically habit forming!

As one of my mentors Mr. Patrick Prince suggests..."if it does not impair we do not care!", in all fairness I like this statement, however even though the item may not impair, does the act of the coffee issue as presented above portray a potential gateway through to further addictive based behaviors?

What I am speaking of, its the type of behavior where it consumes your thoughts and your time until you have it. I intensely believe it does. The legal aspects of addictions explain itself with the statement that Mr. Patrick Prince vocalizes, "If it does not impair, we don't care". Drink and drive with coffee, its fine, drink and drive with cigarettes and coffee, the law doesn't care, why?..."if it does not impair, we don't care".

Society accepts certain addictions with open arms... is society situationally blind on these items? This author says no, however I feel that society is a "picker and chooser" of acceptable addictions. Society dictates that coffee is acceptable, while smoking is not, society feels that abusing prescription medication is a no no, but medical marijuana is all-right.

All four of the combinations listed above are all habit forming either psychologically or physically, and sometimes both, there is a positive and a negative side to them socially and legally. Lets face this one as well, being that marijuana is creeping its way up to state unification towards federal legalization, the ONLY reason that it has not been Federally and State accepted as of yet is because science has been unable to figure out what the impairing level vs non impairing level dose is yet.

Society reveals an ugly side when it comes to homelessness and perceived addiction, the immediate assumption is that the homeless person is homeless stemming from the abuse of alcohol or drugs, the person that is always at the bus stop with a shopping cart full of plastic recycles is "hooked" on something. The worst part of this assumption is that it is generally accurate. There are those that lost everything from abuse of impairing substances, but remember, they had something, prior to the impairing substance becoming a focal point, these people had a life!

HOWEVER, remembering and knowing that this person has a story that brought them to your view today, and, subsequently NOW knowing and understanding that this person was at one point a producer in the local economy, and a tax revenue generator, and may have had some "vices" as society likes to refer to closeted addiction, has developed a massive defense mechanism to the constant shuns and negativity by society, in the form of abusing impairing substances or escaping reality on a full time basis as long as the money is available at any and all costs to cover the expenses of the escaping tool.

This person is mentally at the highest risk of negative outcomes of homelessness. They are purely functioning on impairing substances and eating very little, there health is supremely at risk, and their mental condition is dissolving faster than ice cream in the Georgia summer.

This person is the power thinker that you may have known, this was the brother or sister of a friend that lost a close loved one recently, this is the principle bread winner in the family that lost everything and ran away because of a bad variable mortgage, this is a person with some serious mental issues that have manifested at this point in life in a reasonably short period of time, All of which stems from societies views and acceptance of what is right and what is wrong in terms of addictions. Remember, alcoholism was a socially acceptable addiction for a great deal of time in the not too distant past. Now, alcoholism is shunned heavily, proven by enhanced legislation, increased awareness via public service announcements etc.

Here is an all important question to think about in which I will answer from my professional bank of experiences which is merely a multiple view assimilation of subjects studied. What causes addictions to impairing substances and provokes mental decisions to be made to chase that all important "high", "rush", "escape" or mental vacation?

I firmly believe the answer is... simply to escape, even just momentarily or perhaps longer from the stresses and pains of reality, to try to gain or and attempt to regain some sort of composure in dealing with a problem, problems, or issues that has adversely affected the person, and I also strongly feel that using to excess allows for a rest period both physically and mentally, whether it may be passed out on the park bench, or nodding out and touching the innermost subconscious, its a break from reality in its entirety for a period certain.

Unfortunately this break from reality becomes so sought after, that all legitimate reasoning get tossed out the window. However its the methods of escaping that draws the criticism from society when escalating to the highest levels of negative or unacceptable addictions as defined by society. Society deems acceptable escaping as going to the psychologist, counselor or spiritual counselor, and talking about the issues, drinking or using substances in the privacy of the home etc, society deems negative escaping as serious addictions that cause crime and other issues as a direct result of escapist behaviors.

Lets tie it all together.

Homelessness is not an addiction, lets be clear on this, I have read research that suggests that a person that is consistently thinking about homelessness may have a hidden addiction or compulsion towards the fear of failure, and elements that create homelessness. I would have to definitely say, that would be the subconscious acting up and creating thought patterns eluding to the realization and projection of homelessness, this would definitely be an issue affecting the spiritual well being, There is a reason the subconscious is acting up, caused by the addiction itself in the form of self management techniques (self-control) the person has developed over the term of their life, they will not realize that its the spiritual aspects that are in desperate need of development and address..

Our society is so hard on failure and addiction, failure is not part of the "American Way", society views failure is the acceptance of loss, or lack of success. This could not possibly be more incorrect and, as such could not be further from the truth, failure should be looked at as another way not to use towards to the ultimate success, and further, that many failures are to be addressed and required for the great element of success is attained. Society looks at failure with a cancerous view, it avoids failure like the plague, or at least the image of failure, but what is the image of failure, is it the homeless? Society says so. This authors definition of failure is simple, the loss of life due to addiction, the loss of living because of fear, the loss of living or life because of human negligence or misunderstanding.

Barring the psychological issues, there is compelling research dancing around the metaphysical elements study of science, that suggests, any positive thinking is very powerful when it comes to realizing and attracting like.

Addiction works like a body builder. Bodybuilders work daily at the gym to tone, shape and develop a discipline equivalent to a Navy Seal, but a key item to remember is, a busting at the veins bodybuilder started off as an infant, as addiction does. Any addiction starts off as a small issue, in which given the space, ability and discipline to grow, will follow into an issue that depending on the item, will gateway into all sorts of problems and addiction based behavior, whether its missing the last 15 minutes of work to catch a show on television, or buying the pricey label of ice cream when its clearly not affordable, or the crack addict that has just completed the 15th theft of high dollar items to support their clearly non-socially accepted addiction.

I am of the full belief that addiction of any type whether it's minor, perhaps being the socially acceptable addiction, or major as in the substance areas or sexual areas, is a purely mental issue, having said that there is an element of physical addiction that must be considered when dabbling with items consumed, such as colas, foods or substances that are impairing or not.

Its the mental factor that we have to understand. The presence of the slightest physical withdrawal symptom from something as innocent as drinking diet cola, and abruptly stopping, leading to the subsequent headache that develops or the irritation that shows are pure examples of the physical attributes that are present with withdrawal, as you see, the innocence of diet soda or regular soda for that matter know no difference from the withdrawal symptoms of alcohol, oxycontin or heroin. It is just measured in severity of withdrawal and actual physical effects of withdrawal.

So having said all of this about addiction, would it not make sense to look from within to find a reasonable solution to an issue that we obviously know is not physical but mental? Absolutely YES!

The homeless subject that I have been referring to...lets go back and address this person from the time that I stated that the Department of Public Social Services had the first real interaction. As history has shown, all entrants that physically appear to be homeless that walk into the DPSS offices are highly likely to be homeless. If the first person of contact, or perhaps better stated, the person through the glass window focused on the person as an individual rather than the noise of long lines and disgruntled line waiters mustering to "get em in and get em out", would that not create the opportunity to visually assess, and listen to the person talking to that worker behind the glass, and get a good heads up reference to the next level worker that will have the opportunity to interview with more intent the person who is by all outward appearances homeless? Yes indeed.

This second level contact would then start asking questions designed to get the full truth of the person that is seeking assistance barring any attempts to protect their pride, or vanity. The second level worker must have the forward thinking ability to decide on the spot to assess this situation immediately, however DPSS and the sheer volume of people that it assists finds this to be a dangerous issue because of the time elements required to do this brief evaluation to every person.

The case workers need to have more time to not so much intimately involve themselves in the life of the person seeking benefits, they just simply need to develop an element of caring, and an element of assessing with out classifying any one person based on a series of questions and worksheets. No two people are ever the same! Most importantly they must not present themselves as judges to the entrants, which are already mentally weak at the point of entry into the Department of Social Services.

Accepting that our homeless subject was treated with respect, and was immediately identified by the first contact, or the second contact, their odds of successfully keeping this person permanently off the street has dramatically increased using the massive referral sources etc, thus breaking the cycle of homelessness! However just giving this subject what he or she wants without further direction will only cause multiple stumbles and ultimately major falls on the way to re-integration into society and will ultimately lead to serious chemical escapist behavior for the client, and other issues stemming from the "black sheep" mentality.

In the next article we will go over the next stages of homelessness, and will cover some of the beginning spiritual weapons that can be used to promote the homeless person as you see him or her to a level of thinking that "I" am better than what people see, that "I" was not placed here to be in this circumstance, and that no matter what, under the proper care and watchful eyes, of either those that have been through similar, exact or were trained by those that were have direct experience with this population we will begin to develop core understandings of what makes this person tick, what made this person master the art of escapist behavior in the first place, and ultimately address the issues that stand at the root of this persons addictions and homelessness.

Remember something, the next time you see the person on the road, or at the coffee place, or at the bus stop, take a moment and think about what you have read and will read over the next weeks about this population, offer to give this person a business card with an 800 number on it, that will provide them services to get off the street. It only takes a moment, and also, most of these people are so outwardly appearing negative, but inward they are soft and very vulnerable. Expect rejection, if it occurs, just place the card down and walk away, knowing that you helped to end the cycles of homelessness.

"RB" Wiseman is the Founder of the Policy Institute on Homelessness and Addiction Studies in Los Angeles California, he currently is completing his masters degree is Metaphysical Science with the emphasis on Metaphysical psychology.

Mr. Wiseman is a paramount force in the fields of homelessness and addictions study. RB currently works with rehabilitation centers and specialists developing new curriculum for overcoming addiction based behavior, as well as working with Drug and Alcohol educators in teaching positive and creative thinking, motivational self thinking, and action based momentum for the addict personality. RB is working on his first book, which deals with spiritual guidance, meditation and understanding specifically for the addictive personality.

Learn About Drug Addiction And Drug Abuse Treatment

There are many addictive drugs, and treatments for these different drugs can differ. The treatment will differ depending on the character of the patient.

Troubles connected with an individual's drug addiction can vary considerably. People who are addicted to drugs come from all walks of life. You will find many suffer from mental health, work-related or social problems which can make their addictions a lot more complex to treat.

There is an assortment of scientific approaches to drug addiction treatment is available. Drug addiction treatment can include behavioral therapy (such as counseling, cognitive therapy, or psychotherapy), medications, or even a combination of them.

Behavioural therapies present strategies for coping with their drug cravings, instruct ways to avoid drugs and avoid relapse, as well as dealing with relapse if it occurs. When a person's drug-related behavior puts him or her at an increased risk for AIDS or other infectious diseases, behavioral therapies can assist to decrease the risk of disease transmission.

Drug addiction treatment can include behavioural therapy, medications, or their combination.

Medications for treatment, such as methadone, LAAM, and naltrexone, are available for those addicted to opiates. The best treatment programs will provide a mixture of therapies and other services to cater for each separate individual.

Medications, such as antidepressants, mood stabilizers, or neuroleptics, can be vital for treatment success if patients have co-occurring mental issues, such as depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, or psychosis.

The treatment can take place in an array of settings, in several different forms, and for dissimilar lengths of time. As drug addiction is normally classified a chronic disorder characterized by infrequent or even frequent relapses, a one-time or short haul treatment is often is enough. For many, treatment is a long-term procedure that involves many interventions and attempts at self-restraint.

Many People Wonder Why Drug Addicts Can't Quit On Their Own

Nearly all those who are addicted consider in the beginning that they can stop using drugs on their own, and many try to quit without treatment. However, most of these attempts result in failure. Much research has revealed that drug use over a long period results in considerable changes in brain function that continue long after the individual has stopped.

These changes brought on by sustained drug abuse over long periods in brain function may have many behavioral consequences, as well as the urge to use drugs regardless of undesirable consequences.

Long-term drug use results in significant changes in brain function that persist long after the individual stops using drugs.

Addiction has such an important biological component in an individual's difficulty in achieving and maintaining abstinence without treatment. Stress from work or family problems, social cues (such as meeting htose whom they take drugs with), or the environment (such as encountering streets, objects, or even smells associated with drug use) can interact with biological factors to hinder achievement of continuous self-restraint and make relapse more likely. Research studies show that even the most severely addicted users can take part actively in treatment and can lead to success.

Are You Living In The House Of Alcohol And Drugs?

If you live in the house of alcohol where you are abusing a substance you are trying - and the emphasis of on the word trying - to sail through life on the "buzz" of substances. Most emotions and most problems are experienced or kept at bay in the haze of addiction.
You're not flexing your emotional muscles and helping them to grow. So is this really
working for you?

If you are honest, you are just treading water and trying to keep people from knowing
the extent to which you are addicted. How was this recent holiday season for you? Wasn't it a lot of work? Did you have to hide extra liquor? Were you angry because you had to share your liquor at home parties? Did you drink more and more to force away the truth?

That abusing a substance may offer an initial biochemical euphoria but it always offers a
large kick in the teeth after it. I'm referring to consequences. To many this is maddening
to hear.

Why can't a person drink in safety? Why can some only drink a few while others thirsts
can't be quenched? If you want the biochemical explanation it can be given and it is a reality about the heredity of this illness - but isn't proof of how successful alcohol/drug abuse by looking at some major areas of your life first?

Let's take your health. If you are feeling sluggish and its difficult to get up in the it is
because of alcohol poisoning. Other signs are lethargy, tiredness, difficulty getting going
in the morning and a just plain bad mood. You can also receive unhealthy news from your doctor as well. Elevated liver enzymes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes are indicators of alcohol abuse.

Let's look at your personal relationships. Has your significant other complained to you
about you changing? Do they say you are drinking too much and not emotionally available?
And are you tired of their complaining and lash back in anger?

How about work performance? You may realize you are not getting to work on tie and
your productivity level is lowered. Are you taking more time off that you should? Do
you not care about your performance? Emotions are now being affected as well. You are either in a fog and not allowing yourself to view your life realistically or you are a raging bull when you've beendrinking, bullying others and controlling those around you with anger. You believe
in perfectionism and demand it from those around you.

There are moments when you are pretty miserable inside. You apologize only to
blow up again - or get drunk again or to hear that you are in some way a disappointment.

I submit to you that if you are experiencing the above signs and symptoms of abuse
of a substance it is very important for you to have a conversation with someone who
can make you comfortable and be realistic with you to take a look at what is happening
in your life.

If you live in the house of alcohol [http://www.paulacharlesma.com/addictionsq.asp]
where you love someone who is abusing a substance life is hell. You've tried everything
and you feel neglected, perhaps you are being abused.

Are you wanting to continue being in this role? Are you tired of walking the floor,
pouring out bottles of liquor or watering it down? Do you dread the holidays because
it is an extra dose of the same madness? Have you perfected the technique of arguing?

You are absolutely right when you declare in no uncertain terms that you cannot control
someone's drinking. So where does that leave you? It leaves you talking to someone
who can show you how to reprogram your life and walk on a course where you have
choices about self respect, esteem and love.

Get off the enabling treadmill; it doesn't work and it takes too much of an emotional toll.
It is never too late to get off the sinking ship and rebuild your self esteem. It is a doable
task and a worthwhile one to look at the person in your mirror and love them more every
day. All this applies also if you are working with someone who has a drinking or drug issue!

When you are ok within yourself; when you build your strength from the inside out -
now you're talking! Now you've got your choices back. Now you get to say where
the bus is driven in your own life.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Coping With Teen Alcohol And Drug Abuse

Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction are complicated situations, especially when it involves your teenager. Teen drug and alcohol abuse are especially difficult for families to cope with since they are watching a young person with many more years ahead of them, destroy their lives.

One of the key issues to recovery is recognizing the initial signs of alcohol or drug abuse. Early action can prevent many years, or even a lifetime of pain and suffering. Drug and alcohol rehab is a very important part of dissolution of the problems that can cause teens to self-medicate. Rehabilitation can be beneficial in both residential and outpatient environments.

Drug and alcohol rehab centers provide important tools to the addict so they can begin their healing. Benefits include group therapy where teens can feel comfortable expressing their concerns in a group of peers. They can relax somewhat when surrounded by similar situations and problems, and feel less alone, or less like an outsider.

Anger management is also offered as part of the counseling package that comes with rehab. These issues are complicated. Anger due to life circumstances may be the initial cause of abuse leading to addiction, or anger may also be a result of abuse or addiction. Changing the body chemistry by adding drugs or alcohol, also leads to a change in moods and personality. A teen who is introduced to drug or alcohol rehab can receive medical and mental health care, in a safe and supportive environment.

Particularly in the teen years, addicts can feel alone or detached from their loved ones, and society in general. Feeling awkward is normal during the teenage years, and the paranoia and additional anxiety caused by chemical abuse heightens the state. One of the key points to addiction resolution is to avoid denial at all cost. If you sense an issue, or even slightly suspect, you should immediately educate yourself and address the issue head on.

The problem will not resolve itself even on the lowest level. The expertise provided by experienced rehabilitation professionals is key to making the addict aware of their detrimental behavior. Counselors and medical professionals employed by rehab centers have already addressed many of the hidden issues that are common to drug and alcohol abuse, and issues that you have not yet encountered.

They understand how to handle the vulnerability and the volatility that are inherent to addiction. As a parent it is difficult to admit that your teen may have emotional, physical or mental issues. However, as a loving parent you have a responsibility to deter your desire to handle the situation by yourself and see to it that your teen gets the best counseling, and drug and alcohol rehab they are entitled to, so they can become healthy, functioning adults.

Parental Obligation in Drug Abuse Prevention

Children as young as 8th graders are now capable of drug abuse. The drug called Ecstasy/MDMA is now being experimented on by these curious children. But is it really just curiosity that led them to experiment with and abuse this drug? More often than not, parents can be so preoccupied with their jobs or their social lives, their personal or marital issues that they begin to neglect their children. Childhood and adolescence is actually a crucial phase of character formation and as such, serious issues can arise if adolescents are not guided accordingly. Matters like peer pressure, school performance, depression and search for identity are real life issues for adolescents.

When unable to cope as there is no parental support or supervision, adolescents can possibly turn to drug abuse. Ecstasy which can be in the form of a tablet or capsule can induce mental stimulation, a warm, fuzzy emotional feeling, enhanced sensory perceptiveness and heightened physical energy. This "hype" can provide excitement for drug abusers, or it can be a relief for their emotional burden. Ecstasy abuse has adverse effects such as nausea, teeth clenching, chills, muscle cramps, sweating and blurred vision which can be detrimental with prolonged use. Drug abuse can possibly lead to drug addiction. How would you feel as a parent if as early as 12 years old, your child is already introduced to potential drug addiction? Drug addiction is almost always destructive leading to unhappiness and a poor quality of life - and it starts with drug abuse.

If you have any suspicions or discover that your child is into drug abuse, it is expedient that you take preventive measures before the problem gets out of hand. Drug abuse is a problem that can become an endless predicament not only for your child but for your family as well. The first step to consider is to include a family based drug abuse prevention program wherein you initially improve your family bonding and relationship. Family bonding will serve as the cornerstone for parent-child relationship. Parents must also strive to learn and enhance parenting skills through education and awareness. As you become better parents, inculcate an open line of communication with your child as you freely discuss and enforce family policies on drug abuse.

It is foremostly essential that parents are properly educated and informed about abuse of drugs. Make it an effort to be involved in your child's affairs and issues and support them as well. Aside from that, always make time for careful parental monitoring of your child's activities. Drug abuse prevention starts in the home and it would be wise for parents to participate in a drug abuse prevention program. Enrolling in this program can make a remarkable difference between you and your child's personal relationship, and not only on matters of drug abuse. This sets the foundation for an emotionally secure adolescent who will see no need to resort to drugs to cope with their issues.

A drug abuse prevention program can give tremendous benefits such as parents being able to set rules and discipline for the child and being able to talk with them about drug abuse. It would also enable the parents to monitor their child's activities and friends as well as understanding their problems and concerns and becoming involved in their learning. Being a parent entails a great responsibility in securing a stable and well-rounded character for your child that goes beyond adolescence.

History of Substance Abuse and Drug Abuse Statistics in UK

The use and abuse of illegal drugs is a huge problem around the world, even if stricter and stronger drug abuse policies are being practiced. This rings especially true in the United Kingdom, where a recent report released by St George's University of London revealed that drug-related deaths have risen by as much as 11.8 percent in the United Kingdom. The report, which gathered information from experts in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Guernsey, Jersey, the Isle of Man and Scotland, showed that 1,952 deaths were reported in 2008. This rose to 2,182 deaths in 2009.

But to understand (and possibly help curb) the drug abuse problem in the United Kingdom, we first have to look at how illegal drugs made its way to this country, as well as how drug abuse statistics have risen over the years.

From Medicine to Illegal Drugs

It shouldn't be a surprise that the United Kingdom is considered one of the largest drug abuse countries in the world for cocaine. Up to 2 percent of the entire British population use cocaine regularly. This means that cocaine for them isn't just a party drug-it's a way of life. What started out as a tonic, or a cure-all for depression and other illnesses has morphed into the most abused illegal drug in the UK today.

Strangely, it is said that Pope Leo XIII himself advocated Vin Mariani, a French wine laced with cocaine, in the 19th century. He even praised its creator, Angelo Mariani, with a gold medal and lauded him as a 'benefactor of humanity' for mixing cocaine into a drink. In 1916, the renowned London shop Harrods, sold a kit called "A Welcome Present for Friends at the Front." This kit contained cocaine, syringes and needles.

Such is the tale of Ecstasy, (MDMA), which is reported to have been invented by a drug company in 1912 to supposedly help blood to clot. Though it had been buried under the radar, it was said to be rediscovered in 1970s by a scientist, Dr. Alexander Shulgin. In 1977, UK authorities identified MDMA as a Class A illegal drug. Despite the warnings, however, Ecstasy soon became a staple in the UK dance scene (or raves), resulting in the first MDMA-related death in 1989. Reports state that there are over 200 reported deaths due to Ecstasy in the UK during the past five years.

Such are the cases of other illegal drugs as well, such as heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis or marijuana. What started out as seemingly promising medicinal substances become used and abused, often causing more harm than good.

The Scary Drug Abuse Statistics in the UK

Although the United States ranks first as the country with the most number of drug abuse cases, the United Kingdom isn't far behind. Recent records state that costs of drug addiction and abuse in the UK amount to as much as 19 billion GBP annually. More alarmingly, studies also reveal that the use of crack cocaine in the country has increased from 58,000 in 2000 to 79,000 in 2006 alone. In addition, it was discovered that cocaine use has also doubled in the last seven years and has become the most popular illegal drug in the UK.

The problem is, more young people in the UK seem to be experimenting with illegal substances increasingly through the years. A study done by The Information Centre for Health and Social Care, showed that the use of illegal drugs increased from 6.9% in 2007-2008 to 8.1% in 2008-2009, among young adults between 16 to 24 years old in England and Wales. What's more alarming is that reports state that there has been a rise in Class A drug use among young people in the UK, with cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine topping the list.

The numbers say it all-the popularity of illegal drugs continues to rise in the UK, especially among the youth. As such, it should be the world's moral and civic responsibility to spread awareness about drug abuse to be able to combat this danger to humanity.

Coping With Drug Abuse and Saving on Individual Health Insurance

If you abuse drugs, it will affect the rates you pay for your individual health insurance. There are some very common drug seeking behaviors and tactics employed by drug abusers. Knowing these tactics will help you identify the danger moments and get professional help.

Drug seeking activities are very common with drug addicts and abusers. These tactics involves making emergency calls and visits to drug stores near office closing hours, complete refusal to undergo proper examination, referral and testing, constant loss of prescription, refusal to provide contact information, refusal to give previous medical test results to other treating physicians and adjusting prescription to suit self.

Also, Doctor-Shopping is a very common practice amongst abusers and people suffering from addiction; They do this to get additional prescription.

Here is a list of drugs that are abused most of the time:

Opioids: These are great drugs mostly prescribed for pain relief. They are easily seen everywhere, so they are easily abused.

Stimulants: These are prescribed for sleep disorders, obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

CNS Depressants: These are also called sedatives or tranquilizers; mostly prescribed for anxiety and sleeping problems.

Are you addicted to drugs or a particular type of drug? Do you have a record of prescription drug abuse? Do you have individual health insurance? If yes, how much are you paying for protection? You can reduce your health cover premium by administering prescribed drugs properly and discussing your drug addiction and/or abuse problems with a medical professional.

Get the best health insurance deal at the most affordable price and get connected to trusted professional that will help you solve your drug misuse problems. You can call it health insurance savings and living healthy. Start online now!

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers Attack Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues

There are many individuals who depend on drugs and alcohol to get them through their daily routine. However, it is the same drugs and alcohol that can cause other problems that the addict also has to deal with on a daily basis such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and panic attacks. With that being said, it will be more difficult for these individuals when they go into dual diagnosis treatment centers for help because they don't have to deal with one problem, but two.

A person who is heavily abusing drugs or alcohol is mentally and physically challenged and has a compounded problem that will give them much challenge. So recovery for this person is even more difficult as they try to steer clear of two evils. In the dual diagnosis treatment centers, the individual who is an addict will find that there are professionals to help them who are qualified and who understand what they are going through.

There will be tested and definitive methods and techniques used by these professionals to assist the person in getting well. Of course, the journey may be a little longer, but it certainly doable as long as the person is ready to face the facts and be determined to be recovered.

The dangers of alcohol and drug abuse are apparent, but so are all the mental and physical ailments that come with it. Living on prescribed medication is not easy for an addict, who already exhibits addictive tendencies. Prescription pills can also become addictive. The person who can still take prescribed medication and dealing with drug or alcohol abuse without being addicted to both at the same time, is to be commended, but it is hardly ever so.

At the dual diagnosis treatment centers, the person is usually intensely evaluated to find out the root of the problem, but this is not done until the person goes through detoxification of the system where toxins have to be removed due to the heavy use of drugs or alcohol.

The addict has a chance to interrelate with the therapist on a professional and personal level when it comes time to share pertinent information about their experience, medical history and background. The therapist identifies with the client because he or she has probably dealt with many such cases over time and it is likely that the therapist will know exactly what type of treatment plan to administer and recommend.

People are driven to drugs or alcohol for different reasons. Whatever the reason may be, it is still important to treat the person without being judgmental and the therapist knows this. The addict will shut down and not want to give relevant information, if he or she feels as if they are belittled in any way or anything negative is portrayed at any time.

The addict will continue to receive support from the therapist as long as the person continues to cooperate. They will also receive support from their peers, friends and family. It is up to the person to be forthright, and responsible for their own actions.

Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Domestic Violence

Alcohol and drug abuse can have serious tolls on the physiological and psychological health. Not only for the addict buy for family and friends as well. The situation becomes something beyond control, especially when things get abusive for everyone. The addict can't break free from the addiction for the obvious reasons.

When this happens you will need to get help, you probably can't do this on your own. Unless your Superman or Wonder Woman.

Drugs and alcohol are directly related to domestic violence. Addicts often find themselves without their drug. When this happens they can get very irritable, and many times abusive. They also become abusive when using their drug of choice. Most likely if you're reading this, someone you care about is addicted to something. Have you ever tried to come in between an addict and their drugs? Not a pretty sight. They will argue with you, tell you they hate you, and of course abuse is also a major factor.

Why do they need help?

These reasons alone are enough to get this person some help, and not to mention you. This will continue until someone takes initiative, and you know an addict won't do this. A lot of times it seems that this person does not care about you, and that they would choose their addiction over you. They will but that is just the drugs talking. You have to jump over or push through the obstacles to handle this situation, it will take some time but it is worth it. Don't you think?

Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in the UK - How to Recover From Addiction

Alcoholism, Drug Abuse- Challenges Facing Family, Friends and the Addict in Britain

What are some of the challenges facing Britains who are tackling problems of alcohol abuse and drug addiction in their lives. In the UK, the difficulties facing addicts, alcoholics and their families are similar to others all over the world, but each culture has its own set of unique challenges. Learn to spot these in your home environment and get closer to the truth of the problem and how to recover from it. We look at things everyday but do we actually see how they are influencing our lives.

How Do You Recover From Drug Addiction and Alcoholism?

Deciding something must be done about the problem
Not waiting for the fabled "Rock Bottom"
Finding your courage to not give up
Giving the addict or alcoholic hope to get better
Educating yourself on drug addicted behaviour and alcoholism
Educating yourself on drug and alcohol rehab program alternatives and success rates
Intervention, what to do, who can help
Spotting social pressures, family and friends- Truth vs Marketing Lies


Alcohol and Marketing- The Truth vs. The Lie

It seems that alcohol is everywhere. In my local upscale fitness club in Central London, I am bombarded with wine adverts from the moment I walk in. At my local foodstore, it is 25% off wine bottles if I buy the alcohol in bulk. The pubs are always busy and almost always open. The coffee houses close early. Anytime is the right time for a drink, or so it seems. For those trying to enjoy a drug free and alcohol free life, this is a huge challenge in the fight to stay clean and sober.

Recently, one of the trendy London based radio stations just renamed themselves after a very well known brand of Vodka. Funny thing, when I think of that radio station, I also think of alcohol. Coincidence? Maybe...

Marketing Tells Us Alcohol Will Improve Your Life- See How?

Many primetime TV shows are sponsored by alcohol companies. Many programs make sure they show drinking alcohol and sex; drinking and having fun; drinking alcohol and sports. Drinking alcohol is promoted as going hand in hand with anything worthwhile in life. The alcohol producers seem to be winning as many consumers, are buying into that marketing strategy.

Honestly has alcohol bettered your life? Does it make you happier, stronger, more confident, healthy? Alcohol does not equal happiness and prosperity. It is a lie. We know this by all the pain and destroyed lives, that surround us. We know this by the 1.2 million violent crimes committed annually in England associated with alcohol.

Binging is socially accepted as a norm. If you live in the UK, I'm sure that this is familiar and so much so that most think nothing of it. Britain has a reputation as being a nation of binge drinkers. A sad truth that many would hope to dispel.

In the Borough of Camden London alone, there are an estimated 45,000 "hazardous drinkers" and then there are the estimated 11,000 "harmful and dependent drinkers". I think that the biggest challenge facing alcoholics is the Social Pressures to Drink Alcohol and Use Drugs. Take a moment to notice the way in which we get bombarded with alcohol publicity and that is one step closer to beating the problem.

What Is The Truth About Help And Recovery?

Honest help does make a relationship better, sex better, health better, work better. Being told that these things can be achieved in life through alcohol and drug use is not an honest effort to help but to harm. Look around your environment and see these social pressures for what they are. With that clarity, find the strength to follow the other steps to recovery and a drug and alcohol free life

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Paula Dewar is a mother and professional rehab consultant who has saved a dozen drug abusers and their families. She lives in the UK with her family. Paula speaks English and Portuguese.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Teenagers And Drug Abuse - A Few Questions

Substance abuse is very common these days. It affects both adults and teenagers. However it seems that teenagers are more vulnerable to all temptations, like drugs, over the counter pills, alcohol, so on and so forth. They choose to start taking drugs or drinking alcohol for various reasons, but one thing is for sure, it is very hard to convince them to make the right choices from then on.

Why do teenagers take drugs?
Most teenagers say they started taking drugs out of curiosity, or to impress their friends. It is something new for them, something parents forbid. And we all know that what is forbidden is even more tempting. They like to experiment all new things. Most of the times they go with the flow and experiment what other teenagers their age experiment. Unfortunately things move quickly and what was supposed to be just an experiment ends up in being something extremely harmful and long lasting. Even if in the beginning they think they can stop, they soon realize that this has already turned into an addiction.

When to stop the teenager from abusing drugs?
This is something that many parents ask themselves. Since there is no moment better than the present, parents should take action immediately after they find out. They won't stop only their child from destroying his or her life, but also the future generations. Specialists say that many children take from their parents' habits. A chain can be created and the children of those who abuse drugs, or other substances may become abusers themselves.

How to stop the teenager from abusing drugs?
This is probably the most difficult of all the questions. The first step is understanding that the teenager is going through probably the most difficult situation of his life. Parents should seek professional help immediately, but they should also contribute to this process. Family interventions are very effective in the initial stage. The teenager is no longer a child that cannot understand the consequences of his actions. So he should be made aware of what effects could drug abuse have on his life and health.

Home treatment or drug rehab clinic?
Even though everything should start at home, the best solution is asking for the help of the specialists. They are the only ones who can choose the best medical treatment and to give psychological and psychiatric advice and consultations. Even though many parents think that they can help their children on their own, they should know that treating a drug addiction is a long process. The drug addict is not cured, because this is not only a physical condition. This involves the willpower of each person and making the right decisions.

Christian Rehab and Drug Abuse

If an individual who is on drugs does not get the right help, it is going to be a futile attempt at something that is bigger than they are. The ideal method of treating the addiction of drugs is by having the recovering addict undergo Christian rehab in a facility that targets the spiritual, mental and physical aspect of their disease.

A faith based treatment plan is beneficial to the recovering addict in more ways than one. Christian rehab is advantageous to the recovering addict because it helps them to feel as if they can adequately perform well compared to when they were consuming the drugs.

When someone is addicted to drugs, there is an entanglement that only serves to make the person unhappy and want to do more drugs to numb their pain. An extended abuse of drugs results in entire health deterioration and the person's behavior is also affected in an adverse way because they are unable to properly function in their normal and daily routine. The objective of most faith based program is to bring the recovering addict closer to God through their love, compassion, treatment, encouragement, motivation and support.

God is the primary difference between the traditional drug treatment program and the faith based treatment program. In a lot of cases, there is an observation made that point to the fact that most addicts will deny abusing the drugs so that they can keep on doing it. Drug addiction is measured as a complicated brain illness that pertains to the out of control desire to abuse drugs at all cost even when the results are negative to both the individual and his or her family.

Drug addicts oftentimes, develop symptoms of anxiety, depression, and nausea and have the urge to commit suicide. It will let someone go to extremes to the extent where they will steal, kidnap or even kill for it. Drug addiction works havoc on someone's personality. It destroys lives, families and friendships. God's desire is to have everyone on earth live to their full potential and purpose; to be joyful and happy.

If we destroy the temple of God, which is our bodies, we violate the purpose of God and fall prey to what the enemy intends for us; to kill us and destroy us through drug abuse. Only a Christian rehab program has been proven to sever this cycle of destruction.

The popularity of drug addiction has made it very dangerous to the health of the abuser. It is a cycle of defeat if they don't get help from a reputable Christian rehab treatment program. A faith based rehabilitation plan is a highly effective program to treat the disease of addiction. It does not matter which way the drugs goes into the brain and the body; whether through inhaling, injecting, sniffing or putting it into the eyes, the drugs ends up in the brain and provides a few hours of pleasure, which turns out to only being an endangerment to the individual's life and a nuisance as well.

Drug Addiction and Drug Abuse: Starting to Get Help

Addiction to Oxycontin: Where to Begin Getting Help

There is assistance if you or your loved one has an addiction to Oxycontin, addiction to Vicodin, addiction to codeine, or other narcotics. All hope is not lost. There are millions of others around you that have been able to recover and lead happy lives. If there is one thing in common with those who recover, it is that they keep going. It may take five or more treatment attempts for some, but one can definitely stop drug use.

The first place to start is by allowing the idea you might have substance abuse problem. Many individuals never get to this point. They may say they get high because of their pain,companion, or setting, but doing this does not help their situation. You have the best control over yourself and this is the place to start. Others may have a negative influence on you life and be unhelpful with you getting abstinent. You are going to need to change yourself and find the helpful individuals who can support you in doing this.

Admitting drug use in your life causes problems does not mean you are a bad person. It also doesn't mean drugs caused all the trouble in you life. It is just means you are willing to have an open mind of how drug use may be affecting you.

It is helpful to find someone who is in recovery. This could be through a 12 step program, a church, or just a friend who had been a user and quit. Find a person in recovery who is not going to preach to you or confront you; find someone just to talk. Recovery involves looking at the damage in you life that drug use has caused. It also involves seeing to good things that have come to others that have quit. Taking to others about the good things can be very helpful and motivating.

Make a list of the things you would like to see improved in your personal and social circumstances. Imagine you would like to see yourself making more money at your job; perhaps spending time with your family every weekend instead of seeking drugs. It could be not being worried you will be arrested. Maybe you want that new bike, motorcycle, or car. What about feeling good about not feeling like someone is going to find out you are using. Anything that you find motivating to quit is helpful.

Addiction to Oxycontin: Online Help

Here are places to get help for patients with a narcotic problem.

SAMHSA: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association: This is a wonderful site that contains many topics for the public and professionals. The government brochures they provide cover all areas of substance abuse. Prevention, treatment, and relapse topics are found here. It is an invaluable resource for patients and professionals looking for training and help with substance dependence. It is also good for families and friends looking to find drug fact information. Their web site can be found at http://www.samhsa.gov/.

Al-Anon Family Groups: This organization says they provide "strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers." Many with narcotic problems also have drinking problems. Although this organization helps people enmeshed with problem drinkers, their support groups are so helpful, that they should be used by families of those who have dual addictions. If your loved one only has problems with pain pills, they can direct you to a good local support group. Their format is similar to 12 step programs where they sit in groups. Their official site can be found: http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/.

NIDA:National Institute on Drug Abuse covers all the "Science of Drug Abuse and Addiction." They are a complete source for drug and alcohol use information. Their agency contains scientific information on all drugs of abuse; and mass distribution pamphlets on numerous drugs of abuse; along with the latest research and meetings.

Your local mental health authority. Each community has their own programs for drug addiction. You can look in the Yellow Pages or online and do a search for you local by looking up "community mental health" and your city and state. These local organizations have their own programs for drug abuse treatment. In addition, they are familiar with the resources and health care professionals in the community that provide drug abuse treatment.

Summary: Addiction to Oxycontin: Begin Stopping the Addiction

Make a decision to improve you life
Talk to Someone Already In Recovery
Find Federal/Local Help With Drug Information and Treatment
Don't Give Up!

Dr. Rich (Richard Senyszyn MD) is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with licenses in Texas and Hawaii. He specialized in the treatment of opioid addiction with buprenorphine and runs a FREE locator service to find (buprenorphine) suboxone treatment doctors in your area.

The Facts About Alcohol and Drug Abuse

There are varying forms of alcohol and drug abuse and not all will result inevitably in an addiction although all do carry some risk of addiction as well as that of short-term harmful consequences. Binge drinking, for instance, has found its place in the youth culture of many countries although it is certainly not restricted to the young. The activity involves occasional bouts of drinking to excess but does not constitute alcoholism.

The use of drugs too can be restricted to the intermittent use of small amounts of various banned substances or even prescription drugs, for recreational purposes. Without any resulting addiction, neither of these activities can truly be considered as representative of what most would regard as alcohol and drug abuse yet both practices have the potential to become problematical.

Sniffing glue might seem like a relatively harmless pastime as might imbibing large quantities of cough mixture since neither involves the use of an illegal or restricted substance. Both, however, carry the risk of serious and permanent physical damage and addiction and must therefore be viewed as further examples of alcohol and drug abuse and as anything but harmless.

Some people are able to take a beer or two at a birthday celebration and not touch another drop till the office Christmas party, or to smoke an occasional pipe of weed and then forget about it for months. Others are, however, inherently less able to exercise control and mere experimentation could lead rapidly to full scale alcohol and drug abuse and long-term addiction.

Prescription drugs such as tranquilizers, laxatives and weight loss agents as well as various medicines that contain alcohol have all, at some time, led to alcohol and drug abuse, although why some should be more prone to addiction than others remains largely unexplained. One thing that does emerge, however, is that all people need, for their own health and safety, to regard themselves as being potentially susceptible.

There is nothing as detrimental as being addicted to drugs and or alcohol. It ends up destroying you and your loved ones around you. It is not easy to stop this addicted behaviour on your own and one needs the best help there is from other people that went through the same as you. This way you know the people that is helping you are experts themselves, because who better to help than some one that understands what you are going through.

The Differences Between Drug Addiction and Drug Abuse

A drug problem is an everyday struggle of not only the user, although some users haven't realized yet that it is a problem, but the users family, friends, or special loved one. You may not instantly determine or realize that someone you care about is having problem with drugs.

People involved with drug problems or know someone who has at times thinks that drug addiction and drug abuse are basically the same thing, and should just be used interchangeably. But actually they are both different terms with different meanings. Complexity revolving drug abuse and definition has become increasingly clear and several efforts have been done to look of the right meaning both terms.

Drug Addiction:

The World Health Organization committee (WHO) had collected numerous of definitions concerning drug abuse and addiction and had suggested a generic term "drug dependence". This addiction is defined as a disorder wherein the drug user's behavior is being strongly influenced and dominated by the drug. It is a condition of recurring intoxication that happens when there is constant consumption of drug. It has characteristics of intense need or desire of continuous use, tendency of increasing dosage, unfavorable effects on both individual and society, and dependence on effects.

Drug Abuse:

Drug abuse is defined as the misuse of the drug or substance according the culturally acceptable standard. It is simply an abuse usage of substance which may involve excessive and habitual use in order to attain a certain effect. These so-called substances may be illegal, can be taken from streets and syndicates against the law, or can be legal as well in a form of prescription that are used in a pleasurable manner rather than medical.

Causes of Drug Addiction and Drug Abuse:

As both terms have different definition, their causes are different as well. Drug abuse is more complicated than drug addiction, although drug addiction has more forceful motivational condition. With drug addiction, it comprises the drug's effect on the brain wherein it can become a strong motivational factor to use the drug again. On the other hand, drug abuse as a misuse of a substance, may or may not go together with a strong motivational factor to continue the use of the drug. In many cases, therefore, drug abuse does not necessarily make drug addiction, but drug addiction can constitute drug abuse.

Patterns of Behavior:

Drug addiction and Drug abuse have basically the same effects. Both have unwanted or unfavorable consequences both to society and the individual. Some symptoms and patterns of behavior of drug addiction and abuse comprise an abnormally slow in speech, reaction or movement, cycles of restlessness, inability of sleep or intensified energy, sudden gain or loss of weight, series of excessive sleep, sudden constant wearing of long-sleeved tops even under high temperature just to hide scars of injection points, loss of physical control, sudden impulse and confidence in doing risky activities, and withdrawal symptoms when trying to stop drug use.

Knowing the fact that drug users are prone to deny their drug-related symptoms and behavior, the family, friends, and loved ones must be sensitive and be more aware of these signs.

Being with a Drug Abuse or Addiction Problem:

At times it is not easily recognizable that someone so important to you is struggling with drug problem. It could be that it has started very early but not noticeable since the progression is slow, and that person might have been good in hiding the level of drug use from you. Or since that drug has been used early on and slowly, you might have easily adapted to the users behavior to the point that it seems normal still. It can be that the realization that someone so important to you is a victim of drugs is painful. You should never feel embarrassed. There are so many people who are in the same position as you. Drug abuse and addiction have affected millions of families all over the world.

There are available help and support everywhere. You can start by looking for support groups locally. Support groups can be in your very own religious area, private or government institutions, and small communities. By just listening to others who share the same experiences and dilemmas can be a very good way of support and give comfort. Other sources to find support and help would include a therapist, spiritual leader, a trusted friend or family member.