“I feel like a prisoner. All I’ve been doing for the past year is going to work, then coming home and drinking until I pass out.
I repeat this cycle every day.”
“I don’t know how I’m going to get the addiction treatment I need. I don’t want to lose my job.”
“My boss would fire me immediately if I tried to take time off for addiction treatment. I haven’t even been there 90 days.”
Drug Addiction: The word “addiction” comes from a Latin term that means “bound to” or “enslaved.”
If you or someone you love has struggled to overcome drug addiction, you understand this concept.
In active drug addiction, I not only felt painfully helpless against this monster that had awakened inside of me, but the more I learned about the repercussions, the more I began to feel like it was a life sentence, even if I broke free.
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.
Need some information on opiate addiction and the addiction treatment process? This article will educate you on opiate addiction, why medical detox is necessary, and what addiction treatment consists of.
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
When you discover a loved one is struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, the first thing you want to do is get them some help. Seems rational, right? Most often, however, it isn’t that easy. Denial is a big part of addiction. “I don’t have a problem,” may be the reply to every attempt at a conversation, and even after the problem is acknowledged, the person struggling may believe they can quit on their own, any time they want to.
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.”
Signs of Heroin Use and Addiction
Addiction is complicated and the path to heroin use can begin with pain pills, either through self-medication or a legitimate prescription. Often, a person is prescribed vicodin, oxycontin, or other opioids after an injury, surgery or dental work. Once a person taking prescription pain pills experiences the euphoria produced by narcotic pain medication, the craving to continue taking it can lead to addiction.
We hear so many stories that begin with pain medication and end with IV drug use. Addiction doesn’t play favorites. It affects every people group and crosses all professional and socio-economic boundaries. In the past 10 years, heroin use and addiction in young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 has doubled, mainly due to the strict guidelines on prescription opioids.
Individuals struggling with heroin use need professional treatment, but some don’t realize help is available until a loved one presents them with the option. If you think your loved one might be using heroin, there are specific signs you can look for.
Want to know how to stay sober during the holidays? This is not going to be one of those articles that tells you to plan out every minute of every day and make yourself accountable for all of your time.
That’s not realistic.
We all have unforeseen things that occur and feelings that seem to well up out of nowhere during the holidays. Part of it stems from the nostalgia of the season. Many of us envision the holidays as a time of family-togetherness. We might be missing what we used to have or maybe we’re longing for something we wish we had.
Alcohol or drug relapse doesn’t have to be a part of your recovery journey, but for many, a return to that old way of life, old choices and old habits sometimes occurs. The first thing to realize if you or a loved one has recently relapsed is that you haven’t lost all the tools you’ve gained while you were walking in recovery.
Some of us get so consumed with shame and guilt after an alcohol or drug relapse that we act as if we are truly at square one. Although we may have strayed from a solid path of recovery and allowed compromise to sneak in, relapse can be a good lesson in powerlessness, and you can bounce back stronger than ever.
Habits can be helpful or hurtful. Many of my daily habits help to promote recovery on autopilot. Everything from making my bed in the morning and feeding my dog and reading my daily devotions with my first cup of coffee. I used to think these were the signs of a boring life, but today I realize that my former highly impulsive behavior was just trying to protect it’s place in my life. My life can be highly fulfilling and exciting without the chaos of impulsive behavior.
Are You Experiencing Xanax Withdrawal?
Xanax, the trademark name for Alprazolam, is a medication prescribed to provide temporary relief from panic and anxiety disorders. It increases a neurotransmitter called GABA, which soothes the brain when it becomes overexcited. Some individuals may begin to self-medicate, however, which leads to increased use over a short period of time and physical dependence. When the drug is no longer available, or available in smaller doses, Xanax withdrawal can occur.