Drug rehab programs are either option for people who want help to stop using drugs, or for those who have hit rock bottom and need help. Drug programs assist people with building strength, courage, and finding hope to take control of their lives. The programs use several strategies to assist people with drug and alcohol addictions. One of the primary strategies used is the twelve-step program. Drug rehab centers offers inpatient and outpatient services. The outpatient services are cheaper. Outpatient services are more common these days. Most times, the outpatient services are for those who have hit rock bottom and their lives are in extreme danger. At the outpatient services, the patient attends AA meetings one to three times each week. In some instances, one-on-one counselor is used to help the patient take control of his or her drug addiction. Addictions are diseases that many people are challenged with. People with drug addictions do not have a desire to use drugs; rather they have a weakness that forces them into drug addiction.
"Judy" was participating in a long-term residential drug treatment program, and was three months into a six-month scheduled stay. She had sustained an injury to her right knee, which required a surgical intervention. The surgery, which was supposed to fix the problem, only made her life worse, as her mobility and the accompanying pain made routine movement a painful experience. She needed more and more of the prescription pain medication in order to manage her pain, and soon her life began to spiral out of control. Soon, Judy was visiting several doctors to get pain medication prescriptions. While insurance would normally pay for a reasonable amount of the needed medicine, Judy had to come up with cleaver schemes to pay for hers. She began to steal things from her own house, and even slid to the point where she robbed her own children. She had been to some treatment for her knee, but the drug addiction had crept up behind her. She didn't see it coming. Although she knew what she was doing was wrong, it didn't matter, because she would rationalize everything.
"Coke, " "C, " "snow, " "flake, " or "blow." These are all popular names for a drug more commonly known as cocaine. Cocaine is an extremely addictive stimulant that directly affects the brain. It is also an appetite suppressant. Specifically, cocaine is what is referred to as a "dopamine reuptake inhibitor, " which simply means that it is highly addictive. There are two chemical forms of cocaine: the hydrochloride salt and the "freebase, " which makes cocaine smokable. In the 1980s and 1990s, it was the drug of choice and was extremely popular. However, contrary to popular belief, cocaine is not a new drug; in fact, it is one of the oldest drugs. Cocaine comes from the Coca leaf, which was known for its stimulant and hunger-suppressant qualities. For almost a thousand years, South American indigenous peoples have chewed the coca leaf. The cocaine alkaloid wasn't isolated until 1855 by a German chemist named Friedrich Gaedcke. In 1885, the U.S. manufacturer Parke-Davis sold cocaine in various forms including cigarettes, powder, and even a cocaine mixture that could be injected directly into the user's veins with a needle that was included.
There is a good way to look at the subject of drugs and alcohol which you may not have considered. It can be summed up in an interesting concept-- do you want Choice, or do you want second-rate? If you have never heard of this before, and think that it sounds rather odd, actually it is really quite simple-- do you want the very best of life, which can come only from your own carefully-considered decisions, or do you want the second-rate kind of life which is decided for you by drugs and alcohol? When your life is decided for you by your use of alcohol and drugs, there are few choices that will belong to you-- and that, for certain, is a second-rate way of life! Drugs and alcohol will choose your friends for you-- they will assist you in making-do with associates who do not know friendship on a deep level; they will stand in the way of developing longterm personal relationships which you crave on a personal level; they will cause you to settle for less than you want, less than you deserve.
In the United States, everyone knows what turning "21 years old" means, and no, the answer isn't that you're nine years away from turning 30. It has nothing to do with voting or driving; instead, it has everything to do with drinking. According to a status report by The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth, by 1988, all 50 states and the District of Columbia had prohibited the sale of alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. However, underage drinking still remains a growing problem among young adults. Today, an increasing number of younger people are engaging in alcohol consumption and becoming dependent on it. This may have something to do with social as well as psychological influences such as people waiting longer to marry due to increased options for younger people (college education, etc.). Also, social roles for women have changed and evolved over the years. Younger people have more choices, and thus, are enjoying a longer young adulthood. Young adulthood is a time marked by exploration.
If you have quit using drugs and alcohol, or are trying to do so, you have probably already heard that drugs and alcohol lie. One of the quickest ways of getting you hooked is by deceiving you. You may have come to believe that drinking and using amounts to "having good time, " that it was nothing but harmless fun; if you are like most people, you may also have resented anyone and anything which interfered with it. One of the most important points in recovery is honesty; but this does not only mean you yourself being honest, it also means learning to question the thoughts, feelings, and attitudes which have been colored by the deception of alcohol and drugs. You can start by questioning how harmless drugs and alcohol have actually been. Whether you have experienced any negative effects or not, the repercussions to your health could be insurmountable. Drugs and alcohol have the ability to wreak havoc on your system, even though some effects will not appear for many years. If you do not like the thought of having a damaged liver, heart, nervous system, and other such serious complications, you can put yourself in the best position of warding off these kinds of problems by questioning alcohol and drugs' "harmlessness" and acknowledging that it is but a part of their deception-- substances are bad for your health.
Drug addiction is a compulsive disorder. Addiction can be of varied kinds, namely drugs, alcohol, gambling, spending, smoking, sex, eating or any other behavior. A person hit by this is often unsatisfied and restless. Drug addiction in layman's terms would be dependence on chemicals or on unwanted plants for the sake of getting high. This disorder requires very high consumption of drugs in order to fulfill drug seeking behavior, and is very vulnerable to relapse. The following are some of the most common drugs that are physically or mentally addictive. 1) Alcohol The general concept of the masses about alcohol is wrong. Alcoholics are the ones who seek help for a problem related to his or her drinking. Alcoholism is "alcohol dependence." Symptoms are craving (a strong desire to drink), loss of control (the inability to save oneself from drinking any time), physical dependence (the aftereffects of quitting alcohol, such as nausea, sweating, and shakiness), and tolerance (the need drink more and more to get "drunk").
There is a distinct relationship between painkiller abuse and insomnia. People who use painkillers over a long period often become dependent on them. Whether they are still using or they are trying to stop, insomnia can occur. Painkillers which come from opium or synthetic opium are among the most frequently abused. Acetaminophen combined with codeine is a very popular prescription for doctors to hand out. Vicodin or hydrocodone can also be used for pain management. However, when the person develops a need to take the pain medication continually, it becomes a problem. People begin by taking the medication that has been prescribed to them. Next, they clean out the medicine cabinet of any similar medications that have been prescribed to family members. Finally, they will shop around for painkillers. They will do this by convincing each of their individual doctors, dentists, and specialists that they need a prescription for the painkillers. The result is painkiller abuse, and insomnia is a part of the package.
As we are all aware, doping activity has really picked up pace since it has gotten the media and celebrities involved. This has become a major reason to worry for almost every parent. Among the most vulnerable class are teenagers, who are trying to fit in and be cool.. They are following in the footsteps of all these pop stars who have used drugs. Second on the list are people who are unemployed or are emotionally disturbed, they tend to drift towards these activities. Despite strict laws there has been no stopping for a lot of people. The facts and figures speak for themselves. Among the age group of 12-17 the most popular drug is marijuana because it is cheap, available, and gives a good kick. Next in the list is cocaine, it is a popular party drug. Pain relievers are the next most popular after cocaine, it acts as a stress buster for many people. A lot of drugs are comparatively less consumed because of financial issues. Another interesting figure was that among adults aged 18 or older who first tried marijuana at age 14 or younger, 12.
"Drug taking is an almost universal phenomenon and, statistically, those that are not taking drugs are abnormal". Most people would like to disagree, but when you break it down, the above statement is remarkably accurate. How so? Well, a drug is defined as any substance that is used to modify a chemical process or processes in the body. In that respect, pretty much whatever we consume (or allow to enter our bodies) can be considered drugs. Still need convincing? Well how about a quick can of Red Bull to 'give you wings', or some paracetamol to help soften the aftermath of last night's antics? And the list goes on - tea, coffee, prescription medication, non-prescription medication, alcohol, recreational (illegal) drugs and even chocolate. When you stop to think about it, mankind has throughout history used, in some way or form, a number of different types of drugs, whether naturally occurring or synthetically produced, to alter their state of being, either physically or mentally.