Alcoholism and Active Duty Military
According to Military.com, a new study on Alcoholism in the Military finds that active duty military personnel drink alcohol more than workers on any other career path. The mental and physical health of our military includes Tricare approved alcohol rehab and a growing number of individuals are receiving the help they deserve.
Opiates and Opioids. What is the Difference?
The word opioid is used to classify the synthetic (or man-made) form of opiates. Opiates are a drug derived from the poppy flower. Both opioids and opiates are highly addictive. They depress the central nervous system which can cause a user’s heart rate and blood pressure to dramatically drop. Opiates and opioids can ultimately result in death by depressing an individual’s breathing and at the same time sedating them, making it impossible for them to wake up from oxygen deprivation.
Risk of Death Connected to Opiate Addiction
The Danger of Detoxing from Alcohol at Home
Alcohol is one of the most dangerous substances to detox from. For those experiencing the most serious symptom of withdrawal – the shaking, sweating, heart palpitations, hallucinations, and marked confusion of delirium tremens, or the DTs – the death rate has been estimated to be as high as 1 in 25.
Because of this risk, safe alcohol treatment begins with medical detox. But why? What really happens that's so serious?
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it is estimated that nearly 15 million adolescent children have experienced forced sex. Sexual trauma greatly increases an individual's risk factor for alcoholism or drug addiction, and setting aside these "official statistics", I can personally report that every person I was in small group with during my time in treatment, both male and female, vividly reported sexual trauma as a factor.
Healing Sexual Trauma
An addiction intervention takes a good deal of planning, however, as the discussion that occurs can be a tricky and touchy one. Mapping out the conversation in advance and making sure you say the right things can reduce the amount of stress for all involved and help the conversation flow more easily.
Men and women in our nation’s military have much different stressors and lifestyles than ordinary citizens. Wartime deployment and combat put individuals in our armed forces at greater risk of developing unhealthy coping habits, such as alcohol and drugs.
In addition, the military has a zero-tolerance policy on drugs. While this means that only 2.3 percent use illicit drugs, it also means that most who are struggling with drug abuse don’t get the treatment they need. They’re too afraid they’ll lose their jobs. These policies also don’t cover legal substances that military personnel might use to deal with stress, such as alcohol or prescription pain relievers. In one study, more than half of the military members interviewed admitted to partaking in binge-drinking episodes, especially when faced with stressful situation like combat and war.
Opioid Prescriptions at All-Time High in Rural America
Each day, over 115 U.S. citizens die from overdoses from opioid prescriptions. This reality has led to a serious national crisis. Many states have declared public health emergencies due to the number of overdoses each year. Even with federal laws in place, the number of opioid prescriptions, such as morphine, hydrocodone and oxycodone, has increased greatly, especially in some rural areas. In 2016 data released by the CDC, there are quite a few states with high amounts of opioid prescribing rates. Here are the top three.
The truth is, addiction is just as much of a lesson in powerlessness for loved ones as it is for the person in active addiction. We quickly discover that it’s not really up to us when our loved one goes to rehab. Getting help is a personal crossroad and everyone gets there "when they do."
Your life has spiraled out of control.
You're caught in the bondage of drug addiction or alcoholism.
If you've been thinking about rehab and this is all new to you, you’re probably wondering what to expect.
What's rehab like?
Is it like a hospital?
Will I be locked in?
Will I be able to talk to my family?
I've been asked every one of these questions by people just like you who were ready for help but afraid of the unknown.
Having a clear picture of what rehab is like can greatly reduce the fear you may have about the process and help you feel more confident about saying yes to addiction treatment.
Here’s what you should know:
Deciding to give up alcohol or drugs is the first step toward recovery. If you’ve been through detox, you may be wondering why you can’t just stop here. Why do you have to spend additional time in a drug treatment center —a.k.a. 'rehab'? Will it really make all that much of a difference?
Right now, you feel good.
Your head is pretty clear and you're able to make the right choices to keep you on the path toward recovery.
...or are you?