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From Painkillers to Heroin: The Unintended Consequences of Opiate Medication

The addiction epidemic spreading throughout our nation has been growing at an unprecedented rate. It has been a problem for a number of years, but the past couple decades have been the worst of it. One of the largest contributing factors to the current state has been the widespread opioid epidemic. Of course, opioids hold a valuable purpose within the medical realm, which would be pain relief. When prescribed and used correctly, these medications can be very effective in helping people to recover from various ailments and to operate without pain in their daily lives. Although, many of these medications can be massive issues when it comes to addiction as well. Aside from legal opioid medications, there are also illicit opioids that are problems, with the most prominent of these being heroin.

How Heroin Use Rates Have Changed

Previously, heroin used to be a drug that was more commonly used by people within low-income neighborhoods, but this has changed greatly over the years. Nowadays, heroin is even being used by young adults in affluent neighborhoods. The opioid painkiller epidemic mentioned above is what has largely led to this situation. In today’s age, painkillers are being prescribed to more people and for more conditions than ever and many of those prescribed these medications have been converting to using heroin down the road. Realistically, the chemical structures of heroin and many of these painkillers are highly similar, which makes them only a hop skip and a jump away from each other. Most of these substances are sourced from the opium poppy plant, while others may be partly or completely created synthetically, but all of them bind to the same receptors in the brain. When used, opioids bring about reduced pain, a sense of euphoria, relaxation, and drowsiness.

With any of these opioids, there comes a matter of tolerance. When an individual has been continuously using one of these substances, their body grows accustomed to it and develops a tolerance, meaning that it then requires them to take higher amounts to achieve the same effects. This is where the road of addiction and heroin use begins. As a person continues to use oxycodone, they could also develop a physical dependence, which is when the body is so used to the drug being in the system that it has trouble properly functioning without it. If the person stops using or doesn’t use enough, they can experience hellacious cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Of course, this often prompts them to use more to relieve these ailments, and so begins the downward spiral.

Then comes the matter of how this leads to these individuals using heroin. There are generally three main factors that contribute to this transition. Firstly, comes the matter of tolerance. If an individual continues to build a larger tolerance, they may move to heroin as a way to get a more potent dose and achieve the desired effects. Secondly, heroin is much cheaper than pain medications. The typical cost of a pain pill for an uninsured individual is about $1 per milligram, meaning that an 80-milligram pill will cost them about $80, whereas an equal amount of heroin can be obtained for around a tenth of that price. As an individual’s habit grows, it can be harder to afford the larger amount of pain pills they need to achieve their desired effects, which prompts a move to heroin so they can afford their fix. Lastly, heroin is often more easily found on the streets than pain pills.

Unfortunately, this progression is not limited by demographic whatsoever anymore. With how prominently painkillers are being prescribed these days, more and more people are falling into this chain progression. There have even been police officers, doctors, nurses, ministers, and various other professionals moving to heroin after having developed an addiction to painkillers. As mentioned above, this is not a new issue either. Painkiller abuse and addiction have been growing problems for many years. They have heavily contributed to increased rates of accidental overdose, with someone dying in this way every 19 minutes in America, which is more deaths than car accidents cause.

One important factor that needs to be viewed in this issue is the rate with which our country prescribes these medications. A very mind-blowing statistic shows why our country is having the largest problem with this situation, which would be that 80% of painkillers in the world are consumed within the United States. What makes this statistic even worse is that our country only holds about 5% of the world’s population.

OxyContin and Heroin

Obviously, there have been some efforts to curb this massive issue, such as making medications abuse deterrent. One of the most prominent of these efforts was in 2010 when OxyContin was released in an abuse-deterrent version. It underwent a reformulation that made it much more difficult to crush or dissolve the pill, which limited people from snorting or injecting it. This did help somewhat by reducing OxyContin from 35.6% to 12.8% as a drug of choice over the course of two years. Unfortunately, this also greatly increased the rates of heroin use by nearly double. The problem ran into here is something referred to as the balloon effect. This is an analogy for the way that if one squeezes a balloon, the air is simply displaced into a different part of the balloon rather than going away. Applying this to OxyContin and heroin, these pain pills were made harder to use for individuals, but instead of this stopping their use, they simply moved to a similar substance. OxyContin and heroin are quite closely related chemically, so it made the jump easy for users.

Many of our efforts over the years focused largely in the area of legality. Individuals caught abusing pain meds or using heroin were prosecuted and given ridiculous sentences. Sure, this may stop these individuals from using while serving their time, but many of them simply return to use soon after being released. This can be pretty easily understood, considering that there is much more to handling addiction than simply ceasing to use substances, and these imprisonments do nothing to handle the underlying condition. These punitive efforts essentially focus more upon curbing the resultant symptoms of these individual’s struggling with underlying difficulties.

As far as moving forward, further efforts need to be directed toward treatment of those struggling. There has begun to be a paradigm shift in this direction, with more states refocusing their law enforcement on getting these individuals help. Several other countries and even some states have chosen to go with harm reduction efforts. For instance, some countries actually provide heroin to addicts, which in some ways, can reduce risks and use of other drugs. There are numerous consequences that heroin users can face, such as injection site infection, infections of the heart lining and valves, and bloodborne illnesses from sharing needles. Providing individuals with heroin and clean needles can help to curb many of those medical risks. Although, this harm reduction methodology is not necessarily the right direction either, as it is more of a defeatist enabling of the problem. Of course, heavy legal prosecution has already displayed that it is not very successful in addressing the issue. We need to focus on treating the underlying conditions that these individuals are struggling with and that is how we will truly begin to address and move forward from this massive epidemic.

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U.S. Doctors: Their Take on Medication Maintenance Addiction Treatment

Addiction has been an issue within our nation for many years and there have been numerous forms of treatment developed to address it. Some of these obviously involve various types of therapy and counseling, but others opt for alternative methods. One of these alternative methods includes something called medication maintenance. Essentially, this is when a struggling addict is placed on a type of medication designed to help them manage their addiction. This methodology is typically used in the realm of opioid addiction, being that there are known medications available for maintenance. Individuals struggling with opioids can deal with both a physical and mental component to their addiction. Opioids can bring about an extremely severe physical dependence and medication management can help to ease the potential withdrawal symptoms that come along with this.

There are two medications that are prominently used for medication maintenance for opioid addiction and dependence, which are methadone and buprenorphine. Methadone has been used for some years and still is in use, but buprenorphine has typically become the more favorable medication for maintenance uses.

Is Methadone like Heroin?

Methadone is somewhat related to heroin in makeup, so one may wonder is methadone like heroin? Realistically, both of these substances are quite potent and addictive, and they have several similarities, but they also have a few differences. Firstly, they are both derived from a substance that is sourced from seeds of the poppy plant. Although, the euphoria that is produced from heroin traditionally comes rapidly, whereas the effects of methadone come as a more gradual onset. In addition, if an individual takes methadone and then attempts to consume heroin, they will likely not experience the usual euphoria that can come from it. One area that these substances do greatly differ is in their withdrawal periods. The withdrawal from heroin tends to last around 7-10 days, but people going through methadone withdrawal can experience symptoms up to 4-6 weeks. Generally speaking, it has been reported that around 40% of heroin users deal with psychological addiction, but a staggering 90% of methadone users suffer from both physical and psychological dependence. When methadone is taken correctly as prescribed, it can help a person to overcome the initial difficulties of dependence and allow them to participate in further treatment. Methadone is only approved to be dispensed from authorized clinics.

Buprenorphine

The effects and purpose of buprenorphine are similar to that of methadone, but it is much less intense, which also makes it generally less likely to be abused. The benefit of buprenorphine is that while it is less intense than methadone, it is still enough to adequately offer a reprieve from withdrawal symptoms when taken in daily doses. It is approved to be used for treating opioid addiction in the privacy of a physician’s office, with the condition being that the physician has signed the correct waivers. Buprenorphine is commonly heard of with reference to the medication, Suboxone. Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and Naloxone, which is an opioid antagonist. Buprenorphine was initially approved for treating opioid use disorder in 2002. The hope was that giving doctors the ability to prescribe it within a primary care setting would raise the numbers of patients receiving this type of care, but the actual number of physicians using this methodology has not kept up with the current opioid epidemic we are facing. This medication is also commonly used in detoxification settings as a way to wean individuals off of opioids. When a physician receives a waiver to use buprenorphine, they are able to see 30 patients for it in the first year and 275 in each following year. Yet, many doctors are not seeing anywhere near these kinds of numbers when it comes to treating opioid addicts with buprenorphine maintenance.

This situation of doctors greatly underusing this type of method makes one wonder the reasoning behind it. Fortunately, research was produced that shed some light on the exact reasoning behind this current state. 558 English-speaking physicians had been surveyed by Andrew Huhn, Ph.D. and colleagues from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the spring/summer of 2016, and they were asked about any drawbacks that they perceived with prescribing buprenorphine. The survey also asked about resources that would encourage doctors without a waiver to get one and take on more patients if they did have one.

Out of this large group, only the small number of 74 physicians said that they did not have a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine, and out of those, a third said that nothing would increase their willingness to obtain a waiver. Reasons for not getting a waiver included concerns of medication reselling (25.7%) and not wanting to be overwhelmed by patient requests for the medication (29.7%).

As far as those who already had a waiver, over half of these physicians said that there was nothing that could increase their willingness to prescribe the medication. Two of the main reasonings for not prescribing at full capacity was not enough reimbursement for services (15.4%) and not enough time for further patients (36%).

What Would Increase Doctor’s Willingness to Employ Buprenorphine

Overall, there were a few different suggestions offered by physicians that would increase their willingness to prescribe or obtain a waiver, which included information regarding local counseling services, continuing education services about opioid use disorder, and mentoring with an experienced provider. While there is currently a large shortage of doctors offering this type of service, the study essentially made it clear what can be done to increase the numbers. From the sounds of it, if physicians can be further educated upon opioid use disorder, mentored or advised by those already using the therapy, and given knowledge about local counseling services, it very well could become a more prominently offered service. Minimally, this gives a basis to move forward into improving this situation. Medication maintenance can be a somewhat valuable type of treatment in that it can help many people begin the road to recovery. Of course, it is generally meant to be a temporary solution and it should be provided in conjunction with some type of therapy or counseling. Buprenorphine maintenance can help a person overcome a physical dependence to opioids, but it does not address any of the mental and emotional factors that are also part of addiction.

When Seeking Treatment for a Drug or Alcohol Addiction

Addiction can be an incredibly hellacious condition, but treatment can help people to break free of it. Here at Best Drug Rehabilitation, we tailor treatment to each individual to ensure that they receive a comprehensive program that addresses their unique needs. We offer numerous modalities, which allows us to craft the perfect program for virtually any person. Every single person and their addiction is unique in many different ways and this is the premise we always keep in mind. We help thousands of people to overcome their addiction each year and would like to do the same for you or your loved one. Do not wait, give us a call today and we can answer any questions that you may have about our program. Freedom from addiction is only a phone call away.

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The Dangerously Flawed History Behind OxyContin and Pain Management

The drug epidemic within our country has seemed to only worsen as time goes on. Many substances have been reformulated for increased potency, which has contributed to more people developing addictions to them. One of the most problematic types of substances in this epidemic has been opioid pain medications. Of course, these substances have a valuable purpose within the medical realm, but they can also be quite dangerous and come with a huge risk of addiction. OxyContin has been a massive problem in particular since it was introduced in 1996.

Interesting Facts About OxyContin

Some of the most interesting facts about OxyContin and a large part of the issue was in the way that it was marketed. OxyContin was originally manufactured and launched by Purdue Pharma, and they had claimed that a single dose of the medication would relieve pain for 12 hours, which was more than double that of generic medications and this is what set it apart from many of the medications in use. Purdue was telling doctors that patients would not have to wake up during the night to take their medications, as it would only require one dose in the morning and one at night for regular pain control.

From the above premise, OxyContin came to be the best selling pain medication in America, also allowing Purdue to receive revenue to the tune of $31 billion. Unfortunately, this rapid and huge success was disguising a hidden truth, which was that the medication was actually wearing off earlier than what was claimed by many people. Chemically, OxyContin is related to heroin, and when it does not last the time periods necessary, individuals may go through burdensome withdrawal symptoms. The individual can then begin experiencing intense cravings, which contributes to people developing an addiction and is also why OxyContin is one of the most abused drugs in our country.

An LA Times investigation into this matter actually found quite a lot of interesting facts about OxyContin, including the deceit and misdirection surrounding it. In fact, based on reviewed confidential documents from Purdue and various other records, they found that earlier clinical trials had shown that the 12 hour claim was not true for many patients and that the company had even been confronted with further evidence, reports from sales reps, independent research, and complaints from doctors regarding this. Yet, Purdue continued to hold on strong to the 12-hour pain relief claim, likely in large part to keep the revenue flowing. Realistically, OxyContin does not offer much advantage over other less expensive pain medications without the 12-hour claim. There was even a point in the late 90’s where doctors had begun prescribing OxyContin in shorter intervals, which prompted Purdue to send a flurry of sales reps to get them back onto the 12-hour dosing regimen. Purdue recommended prescribing stronger doses instead of more frequent ones, which can increase the risks of overdose, addiction, and death.

OxyContin Abuse and Dependence

Over time, the problem of OxyContin abuse continued to grow rapidly, with the National Survey on Drug Use and Health stating that more than 7 million Americans abused OxyContin over the past 20 years. This contributed heavily to the rates of an overdose on OxyContin and various other pain medications. Many of those abusing it may have even fallen into that pattern of behavior due to the claim of 12-hour pain relief. If a person’s medication wears off early and they begin to experience withdrawal symptoms and cravings, this could lead to them taking another dose for a reprieve. When this continues, it can bring about a repetitious cycle of addiction and dependence.

The issue of OxyContin not lasting 12 hours for many people was well known by Purdue, but they simply used the select favorable results to promote this claim. In fact, for them to secure FDA approval, Purdue had to show that OxyContin was effective and safe like other medications on the market and to establish the desired length of duration, they had to demonstrate that the medication lasted 12 hours for a minimum of half of the patients. To adhere to these guidelines, Purdue submitted a study from Puerto Rico that did display this, but this also effectively neglected the several other studies that did not show what they wanted. Although, their skewed findings worked well enough and they were able to secure FDA approval in 1995.

The Financial Gains of OxyContin

The creation of OxyContin was a two-sided venture, as it was developed as a way to better mitigate pain but it was also a solution to a financial problem. Previously, one of the largest money makers for Purdue was a medication called MS Contin, which was a morphine medication for cancer treatment. In the late 80’s, the patent for this medication was about to come to an end, which was going to place Purdue at a disadvantage because of generic versions driving the price of their proprietary medication down. Then in 1990, the vice president for clinical research suggested the development of a second pain medication that was also a controlled-release form. Purdue had already discovered a way to extend the duration of a medications release, which was used in MS Contin and made it last around 8 to 12 hours. They looked into the form of opiate known as oxycodone, which generally lasts around 6 hours. When looking at the normal duration, they theorized that their extended release method could make it last 12 hours. Purdue then began development of OxyContin, with this lasting about a decade and cost them over $40 million.

Now, back to the marketing techniques used by Purdue during the rollout of OxyContin. Realistically, they seemed to put everything into this medication, including massive amounts of time and money. After all, this was supposed to be their solution to the generic flooding of the market, so they needed people and professionals to be fully on board with their new medication. This included Purdue working to break out of the cancer-only market. OxyContin and Purdue resulted in somewhat of a paradigm shift, as prior to its release, doctors were very aware of the dangers of narcotic pain medications and they were mainly considered to be for the terminally ill and cancer patients.

The change in this scene came with the push from Purdue and their new release. Employees of the company were told by a marketing executive that they did not want OxyContin to be just for cancer pain. They then went on to double their sales team and pump $207 million into the launch of OxyContin. Sales reps were convincing doctors that the medication was even for lesser conditions like knee or back pain, with the 12-hour dosing being the hook. Prescribing doctors were given gifts covered in a “Q12h” logo and doctors were brought to seminars and weekend events at hotels. Of course, the intent of these events being to bring doctors on board for prescribing their medication and encouraging colleagues back home to do the same. Unfortunately, these marketing and sales techniques were quite effective for Purdue, with OxyContin sales quickly dwarfing their MS Contin sales.

Down the line in 2002, a lawsuit was brought against Purdue regarding their exaggeration of the duration. Much of this case was kept under wraps due to sealed court documents and Purdue’s attempts to keep it from going to trial. Realistically, a lot of questions would have been directed at Purdue during a trial and sealed evidence would have been laid bare for numerous officials. This prompted Purdue to take any action necessary to avoid this, which in the end, included them paying a $10 million settlement on the eve of the trial. This settlement money was used for the funding of programs discouraging drug abuse.

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One Addict’s Experience: Involuntary Commitment for Substance Abuse

Involuntary commitment for substance abuse treatment is being made to do something that you do not want to do. Having to go to a rehab when you don’t want to go, having to go to a center where you don’t want to be. Having to stay somewhere you don’t want to be for an extended period. Involuntary commitment for substance abuse is what every struggling addict fears the most. It is a fear so great that it has created a negative stigma abounding addiction in our society. When we think of “rehab,” we often think of an almost prison-style setting, a looney bin of sorts, where addicts are treated more like mental health patients than intelligent human beings who merely struggle with a substance abuse problem.

But of course, the stigma would not exist if there was not at least some truth to it somewhere. In the past, there have been incidences of “forced drug rehab” where individuals were physically and emotionally forced to attend treatment at a rehab center “or else.” In Indiana, Adam Winn tells an incredible story on the topic of, “Can you commit someone to rehab?”

Adam Winn and an Indiana Opiate Epidemic

In 2016, there were almost eighty-five prescriptions for opioid drugs written for every one hundred Indiana residents. In 2015, heroin killed two hundred and thirty-nine people in Indiana. Two hundred and seventy-four people died from opioid prescription pain relievers in Indiana in that same year. From 2014 to 2015, the death rates from opiates in general (both heroin and opioid prescription pain relievers) increased by seven percent in Indiana in just that one year’s time. In 2016, there was more prescribing for opiate pills done in Indiana than in almost all other states. Nationally though, opiate addiction costs fifty-five billion dollars every year. Five billion in criminal justice costs, twenty-six billion in lost workplace productivity, and another twenty-six billion on healthcare costs.

People who are addicted to pain pills are also forty times more likely to pick up heroin than someone who does not take pain pills. In 2015, the average age of people who did die from heroin was nineteen, showing that this is more of a problem for young adults than any other demographic in this state. All of these statistics were arrived at by the Richard M Fairbanks Foundation, a non-profit group working to advance health and the quality of living of Indianapolis residents.

For a look at a real, live example of the above, Adam Winn, Indiana resident, had been addicted to heroin for two years. He ruined everything in that two year period. He lost his home, lost his family, and lost his job. His life had taken a turn for the worse that is so typical of heroin addiction.

Adam had started with a prescription for OxyContin and Percocet after snapping his collarbone in a car accident. He never fully recovered his range of motion, even after three surgeries. From the crash and the operations, Adam had been in need of a lot of pain pills, all of which he was legally prescribed. After his doctor tapered him off the pain pills, cravings for opiates set in, and before Adam knew it, he was trying heroin, even though he’d promised himself he wouldn’t.

Adam now lives and works in a transitional recovery home, after having gone to three different addiction treatment centers over the course of his time as a heroin and pill addict. “I probably wouldn’t even be here,” he said. “I’d probably be dead.” Those are his sentiments on the direction his life was going in if he didn’t get help for his addiction and soon too. Thankfully, though it took some effort, he was able to find recovery and abstinence from both heroin and pills.

Adam has seen a definite change occur in the way that addiction is addressed in Indiana. For example, he was transitioning out of addiction rehab and into a sober living community and his new job as a treatment center counselor when Indiana passed a law allowing for involuntary commitment for substance abuse into rehab centers for law-breaking drug and alcohol addicts.

Can You Be Forced to Go to Rehab?

Can you be forced to go to rehab? Well, in Indiana it would appear that you can. A new law passed last year is a three-year pilot plan, utilizing three rehab centers, located in Marion, Tippecanoe, and Wayne counties that are all uniquely set up to accept addicts who are being committed to them, not those who are voluntarily coming to rehab.

Adam observed this change happening around him, both in the treatment center he was working in, and he even felt the changes in his sober living community of clean and recovered individuals. His first response was that it sure did make things tense for everyone because the involuntary commitment for substance abuse was that one thing that was what currently struggling addicts feared the most, and it was that one thing that was to a degree “taboo” and “not discussed” within the addiction and recovery circles. Ultimately though, Adam assumed the position that the pros far outweighed the cons, and here’s why:

There are so many people that need help, and there are so many people that need to be shown that there are people who care about them, that they don’t have to live like that anymore,” Adam said. “Because my biggest fear is this epidemic is going to get worse before it gets better. The cemetery and the jail will always be here. And if you don’t get off heroin, if you don’t get off your drugs, your only designation is to die or to be locked up, unless you can free yourself from it,” he said.

These are his words on the importance of rehab, and the reasoning as to why he and so many others see the new laws in Indiana as being good (whether they personally experienced those laws or not).

Why Involuntary Commitment for Substance Abuse is Helpful

Perhaps the first thing that people need to understand about these new laws in Indiana is that they only apply to people who have been arrested for a drug or alcohol violation, and who are facing jail time at a county jail or possibly even a prison term at a federal detention center. But Adam’s story and the story of hundreds of other people prompted the rationale behind a new law that gave both public safety officials and health professionals in the above three counties in Indiana the freedom to grant lawbreakers a forced alternative. Rather than sending such individuals to jail, Marion, Tippecanoe, and Wayne County officials could instead use the same criminal and civil proceedings to transfer lawbreakers into inpatient addiction treatment centers instead of a jail cell.

Of course, lawbreakers who committed a serious felony were not included in this ruling. But misdemeanor criminals and some felony crimes (such as possession or possession with intent to distribute) are now going to land many Indiana addicts in rehab, not jail. At the end of the day, involuntary commitment for substance abuse offers a workable solution and a way to help these people learn how to beat addiction instead of sitting in a jail cell.

So the question is, Can you be forced to go to rehab? Hopefully, it wouldn’t come to that. For more information on the power of rehabilitation and what it can do for people, call Best Drug Rehabilitation today.

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Is Alcohol Abuse Among College Students Today Worse Than Before?

There are certainly a lot of different issues and difficulties that come and go with college students today. However, none is more concerning than alcohol abuse among college students.  At this time, the fact remains that substance abuse and addiction is a terrible and upsetting habit in this country which needs to be addressed in a different order of magnitude than before.

Drug or Alcohol Addiction Controls Lives

When people take drugs and alcohol for recreational purposes, they get themselves into a position where they cannot find their peace of mind and their abstinence from their substance abuse habits.  When people fall on hard times with a drug or alcohol addiction, this becomes the thing that controls their lives and does harm and difficulty to the person.  Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction are some of the most concerning problems that a person could have in this country today.

When people consider addiction today, they do not often think about just how severe and how deadly this problem has become. They do not think of the sheer risk factor and the hardship that people now experience because of substance abuse, and this is truly unfortunate.  

Enabling an Alcoholic

An alcoholic enabler is one who, as an addiction enabler, positively is not thinking about the risk factors and difficulties involved with drug and alcohol abuse.  Realistically though, this is an area that entirely should be addressed before the issues abounding from it get any worse. Enabling an alcoholic is a difficulty which can manifest itself in many different ways.  The bottom line though is that it is quite easy to become an enabler if one does not take essential and stabilizing approaches to prevent this from happening.

Alcohol Abuse Among College Students

Today, alcohol abuse among college students is more dangerous for the college environment than ever before.  Alcohol use, abuse, and addiction is indeed a severe problem. Now more so than perhaps ever before, these are issues that need to be approached and discussed with college students. Many teens and young adults don’t realize that alcohol poisoning can even occur. Therefore, they don’t know that binge drinking can result in someone’s death.  

It has never been as accepted and appropriate as it is now to use and abuse alcohol in a college setting. In a way, this has just become a regular thing and just something that happens with growing regularity in the college environment.  College students are more than twice as likely to become alcoholics and one and a half times as likely to abuse alcohol than their same-aged peers who are not in college. Stop and think about that for a minute. It is indeed a scary fact.

Contact Best Drug Rehabilitation for More Information

The simple truth of the matter is that most colleges and parents of college students believe that drug and alcohol abuse is something that is just going to happen in college. The problem is that this attitude often leads to alcohol abuse among college students.  For more information on substance abuse among college students and how to address it, contact Best Drug Rehabilitation today.

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Adam Regained Control of His Life Thanks to Rehab

When Adam got through the Best Drug Rehabilitation program, he felt truly great about it and like everyone treated him really well. He felt like he would recommend Best Drug Rehabilitation to anybody whom he knew who needed treatment. He graduated the Best Drug Rehabilitation program with good feelings and a great attitude overall.

A Downward Spiral

When Adam first arrived at Best Drug Rehabilitation though, he did not feel so good about life. He did not feel like he was going to make it into a stable and lasting recovery with any kind of real excellence and stability. He did not feel at all like going free from addiction was going to work for him, and he did not feel like a safe and stable recovery outlet was something that was going to help him capture safety and abstinence from his habit. When Adam first arrived at Best Drug Rehabilitation, he quite honestly did not feel like anything was going to work for him and he felt as though this was just going to be a complete and utter waste of his time.

Though addiction was a real struggle for Adam and though getting free and sober from addiction was certainly going to take some work, Adam felt as though it was a manageable project and something that he could really do and do effectively too. When Adam jumped into treatment at Best Drug Rehabilitation, he really started to brighten up a bit and things started to get a lot better for him. He started to feel like it wasn’t necessarily him against the word anymore, and he started to feel like recovery from addiction was actually, in fact, possible if one could only work at it and if only one could really commit themselves to the kinds of recoveries that they needed to commit themselves to truly kick an addiction struggle once and for all and for good.

Working His Way Back Into Control

When Adam found that his life was getting the hardest, this was when he realized that now more than ever it was important that he could get free and clear from addiction and that this more than anything was a feasible endeavor for him, no matter how tough or difficult it seemed to appear at first.

Though kicking addiction is never easy for anyone who attempts it, it does get easier as one moves through a recovery program, and that is exactly what happened to Adam while he was going through rehab at Best Drug Rehabilitation. Things just started to get easier for him and he started to experience more peace of mind and abstinence and stability and good feeling as a result of attending treatment. He started to feel like he could really do something about addiction and that he could actually win against addiction, no matter how much work or effort it would take him to do it.

Adam spoke a lot about the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy segment at Best Drug Rehabilitation, and what exactly that was able to do for him and how that was able to help him. He spoke a lot about how Best Drug Rehabilitation was able to help him find his underlying issue and his trigger mechanisms and all of that, and how Best Drug Rehabilitation was able to show him where his underlying issues that kept causing him to relapse were and to effectively address those too.

At the end of the program, Adam was all but ecstatic that he had come to treatment at Best Drug Rehabilitation, and he strongly recommended it to anyone.

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Addiction Relapse: Finding the Motivation to Go Back to Rehab

If there’s one thing addicts know about recovery, it’s that getting sober is an ongoing process, one that comes with plenty of challenges and, for some, one or more relapses. It’s learning from those setbacks and using that knowledge and experience to avoid future relapses that make for a successful recovery. And it doesn’t hurt to keep in mind some sobriety and recovery quotes from other people who have been in your shoes. If you know someone in recovery who has relapsed and needs help getting back on track, called Best Drug Rehab today at (877) 474-7119, to speak to a qualified and compassionate substance abuse counselor.

What to do After a Relapse

It may seem like the ultimate failure to return to drug or alcohol use after a period of abstinence, but the truth is that relapse is a normal part of the recovery process. Many addicts experience at least one or two relapses before getting sober, and some more than that. It’s not how many times you relapse, it’s how you respond to a relapse that spells success or failure for your recovery journey. In many cases, a relapse is an important learning experience. It can help you recognize the things you shouldn’t be doing while trying to get sober, like skipping meetings or hanging out with old friends who are still using. Identifying your “triggers,” or any stimuli (people, places or emotions) that initiate the desire to drink or use drugs, and developing a strategy for dealing with these triggers, is an effective technique for avoiding relapse.

Continuing on the Path to Lasting Recovery

For many addicts, relapses spur feelings of deep shame and hopelessness, and these negative emotions may lead to further use. This is the destructive cycle of addiction. The most important thing to remember is that a relapse is not the end of recovery. It’s merely a bump in the road on the way to long-term sobriety, and one that many people in the same position as you experience at least once. If you know someone else who relapsed before getting sober, give them a call, or get in touch with your recovery counselor, and don’t ever be afraid to share your fears and experiences with others in the recovery community. They may help you get a fresh perspective on your situation, or at least offer some helpful advice that they’ve gleaned from firsthand experience with relapse.

The experiences of others can help inform your decision, but you ultimately have to make the effort to get your recovery back on track. Well-meaning friends and family members may try to convince you to go back to rehab, but the decision to continue on the path to recovery is yours and yours alone. Start attending meetings again if you’ve fallen off your regular routine, and rather than seeking the company of old friends you once used with, surround yourself with people who truly care about your well-being. Having a strong support network is imperative to lasting recovery, and these people are the ones who will be there to pick you up the next time you fall down.

Inspirational Sobriety and Recovery Quotes

Anyone who has tried to get sober will tell you that recovery is hard. Sometimes motivational recovery quotes can help you get back on track after falling back into old habits of drinking or drug use. The following are some relapse quotes and sayings that may help you find the motivation to go back to rehab after a relapse:

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world…as in being able to remake ourselves.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Every great tragedy forms a fertile soil in which a great recovery can take root and blossom…but only if you plant the seeds.” – Steve Marabou

“Whether you think that you can or that you can’t, you are usually right.” – Henry Ford

Call Best Drug Rehab Today for Help

If you have suffered an addiction relapse, and you need something more than motivational recovery quotes to get you back on track, call (877) 474-7119 today to discuss your recovery plan with an experienced substance abuse counselor at Best Drug Rehab.

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Aaron Benefited Greatly From The Program and The Services at Best Drug Rehabilitation

When Aaron first arrived at rehab, he admitted that he had finally rock bottom and that this was truly the lowest of the low for him. He admitted that getting off of drugs and alcohol had now finally become a priority for him and that he needed to do the right thing and kick his habit or die trying. Aaron had never really understood before what it truly meant to suffer from addiction to drugs and alcohol. He never really understood exactly what it would take to find peace of mind and carefree abstinence from addiction in such a way that he could actually find a place in sobriety that was stable and actually lasting.

Overcoming Addiction

Aaron spoke about when his addiction started it became a downward spiral to rock bottom. He talked a lot about how, at one point, he had it all. He spoke about the successes of his life and what he had been able to build for himself. He spoke about how he had spent his whole life trying to get the things that he had, but then he was able and willing to throw it all away for drugs.

Aaron then went on to confide that his family was his true friend and hero and that, had it not been for them, he would not be in the position he was in when he was able to get clean and sober from his addiction for life. He spoke a lot about how if it had not been for his family he knows for a fact that he would have lost everything and died. When he first arrived at BDR, he felt angry, lost, and like a person with absolutely no hope for the future. He felt as though he was at the end of his rope and that it wouldn’t have taken much to completely push him over the edge and into a level of misery and degradation from which there would be no return.

Sobriety was Possible with Best Drug Rehabilitation

It didn’t take long at Best Drug Rehabilitation for things to sincerely start to brighten up for Aaron. He started to feel like he might actually be able to get clean and sober and that he might actually be able to find abstinence and sobriety and some degree of peace of mind in his recovery. He talked a lot about sort of just giving the program a chance and about finding peace within himself and knowing that he was truly grateful for that. He spoke about he would never again fall so far and destroy everything that he ever loved.

Aaron talked about how, though he did not know what he was there for, but a dead statistic was certainly not it! He talked a lot about how whatever he did in this world it would be in his own way and it would be great for him as a result. He felt like it was really his turn to fly and he was not going to ever look back!

He felt in a big way that he would not be where he is today had it not been for this program, and he felt as though this program was the key reason why he was able to make the recovery that he made and why he was able to make it as quickly as he did too. Aaron spoke a lot about getting peace of mind and abstinence from addiction and about getting a way to find freedom from all of his habits in such a way as to gain abstinence from a substance abuse habit once and for all and for good.

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5 Ways Amphetamines Differ from Methamphetamine

Amphetamine and methamphetamine are two drugs that, based on their names and chemical base, you may assume are similar in every way. It’s true that amphetamine and methamphetamine can produce many of the same mood-boosting effects in users, but there are some important differences between the two drugs, including how they are obtained and their potential for abuse and addiction. If you are facing an addiction to amphetamines or methamphetamine, asking for help may be the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do. Call Best Drug Rehab today at (877) 474-7119 for more information about amphetamine addiction and treatment.

What is an Amphetamine Drug?

Both amphetamine and methamphetamine, more commonly known as meth, are central nervous system stimulants that increase the release of the pleasure chemicals dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine in the brain, which stimulates the brain’s reward center and, with continued use, causes the user to crave ever-increasing amounts of the drug. Amphetamines are considered “uppers,” which means they produce psychostimulant effects in users, resulting in pleasurable feelings, like euphoria, increased energy and alertness, improved mood and ability to concentrate, and higher self-esteem. Methamphetamine, a derivative of amphetamine, also produces a euphoric effect in users that elevates mood and increases energy. However, there are several ways in which amphetamine and methamphetamine differ, including the following:

  1. Chemically speaking, amphetamine is phenylethylamine, while methamphetamine is referred to as N-methylamphetamine.
  2. Methamphetamine is significantly faster-acting and more potent, and is, therefore, more addictive than amphetamine.
  3. Amphetamine is prescribed for medical use, while meth is considered an illicit recreational drug.
  4. Amphetamine and methamphetamine have their own groups of addicts. Someone can be addicted to amphetamine but not meth, and vice versa.
  5. Methamphetamine is more effective as a central nervous system stimulant, with less cardiovascular and peripheral nervous system stimulation.

What are Amphetamines Prescribed For?

Because of their ability to increase metabolism or improve focus and mental clarity, amphetamines are often used in prescription weight loss drugs and medications designed to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Some widely-used drugs with amphetamines include Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, and Dexedrine. When taken exactly as prescribed, under the careful supervision of a healthcare professional, amphetamine can have some medical benefits and may be fairly safe to use. Methamphetamine, on the other hand, is a drug with no medical purpose and one that is more commonly associated with illicit, recreational use. Both drugs pose a risk of overdose, and abuse of either amphetamine or methamphetamine can cause the following adverse side effects:

  • Blurred vision
  • Hyperactivity
  • Restlessness
  • Dilated pupils
  • High blood pressure
  • Severe mood swings
  • Aggression and violent impulses
  • Increased irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Fever
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Headaches

Chronic use or high doses of amphetamine can have devastating physical or psychological consequences, including psychosis, behavioral changes, heart attack, stroke, seizures, coma or even death.

Contact Best Drug Rehab Today

Many amphetamine users underestimate the risks of taking the stimulant drug, believing that it’s safe to take just because it was prescribed by a doctor. However, people may crush amphetamine pills and snort the powder to intensify the drug’s effects, combine it with water into a solution and inject it, or smoke it by inhaling its vapors, and even people who take amphetamine as prescribed by a doctor can become addicted to the stimulant. In fact, while amphetamine and methamphetamine have different chemical makeups and their effects on the body can vary significantly, both drugs carry a high potential for abuse and addiction. If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to amphetamine or methamphetamine, call Best Drug Rehab today at (877) 474-7119 to speak with an experienced substance abuse counselor about your treatment options.

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The Benefits of Best Drug Rehabilitation

A client, who chose to remain anonymous, recently came forward and intimately shared their feelings and experiences regarding going into and through addiction treatment at Best Drug Rehabilitation. This took a lot of courage and drive, as being open about one’s recovery is not necessarily the easiest thing to do by any means at all. In fact, getting clean and sober by itself is a huge challenge, but to go a step further and to open up about it can often be even more daunting and concerning too.

Treatment for Addiction

When this person came to Best Drug Rehabilitation for addiction treatment, things were tough, to say the least. Life was on its last limb so to speak, and trying to effectively create and maintain a lasting and permanent sobriety was tough and difficult and very, very unpleasant to say the least. Serious problems at work, major relationship problems, and other kinds of very difficult issues were simply the talk of the day for them, as trying to effectively and safely abstain from drugs and alcohol had become totally unrealistic, to say the least. The sad truth of the matter was that drug and alcohol addiction was just getting worse and worse for them. It appeared that there was no possible resolution that was going to be strong enough for them to be able to actually create and maintain a sobriety that was lasting and permanent.

This is when they found Best Drug Rehabilitation. They felt that when they came to Best Drug Rehabilitation their life was swinging in the balance and just one false swing could push them over the edge to the point of full-on death and destruction. They felt as though Best Drug Rehabilitation was truly their last chance to experience and maintain lasting sobriety and abstinence from addiction once and for all and for good.

Coming into Best Drug Rehabilitation, this person felt as though the people were amazing, and that the staff got the person to stay at the program even through the hard times of which there were many. The person truly felt as though getting free and clear from addiction would be possible indeed, but that it would take some work and some effort to really, completely gain freedom and abstinence from their habit for life.

The client felt as though the staff at Best Drug Rehabilitation really did make all the difference in helping them to get free and clear and sober from all of their addiction struggles and hardships. It gave them a chance to fully create and maintain lasting abstinence and sobriety that was actually valuable and worthwhile. They also spoke a lot of the classes being very well set up and that they got something out of everything that they took part in.

Best Drug Rehabilitation

When the client worked their way through Best Drug Rehabilitation, they felt much of the time that Best Drug Rehabilitation was really a blessing in disguise. It was a place that helped them to get free and clear from addiction for life, no matter how much work it took and no matter how much effort it took to fully and completely save them from their various addiction struggles. Though getting off of drugs and alcohol takes a significant amount of effort and incentive, they were able to do it and do it well with the help of Best Drug Rehabilitation.

Best Drug Rehabilitation showed them the path and the level of care and freedom necessary and needed for creating and maintaining a lifetime of abstinence and sobriety from even the hardest and most difficult of addictions.

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