Archive for the 'Drug Addiction' Category

Cocaine Addiction

Author: Suki
02 18th, 2008

One of the primary drug addictions luxury residential drug rehabilitation centers deal with is cocaine addiction. Cocaine abuse, drug abuse, and addiction continues to be a problem that plagues our nation, but that can be dealt with at a drug rehabilitation center. For instance, from 1965 to 1967, only 0.1 percent of youths had ever used cocaine, but rates rose throughout the 1970s and 1980s, reaching 2.2 percent in 1987. After a brief decline, lifetime prevalence rates peaked at 2.7 percent in 2002.

However, we now know more about where and how cocaine acts in the brain, including how the drug produces its pleasurable effects and why it is so addictive. Through the use of sophisticated technology, scientists can actually see the dynamic changes that occur in the brain as an individual takes the drug. They can observe the different brain changes that occur as a person experiences the “rush,” the “high,” and, finally, the craving of cocaine. They can also identify parts of the brain that become active when a cocaine addict sees or hears environmental stimuli that trigger the craving for cocaine. Because these types of studies pinpoint specific brain regions, they are critical to identifying targets for developing medications to treat cocaine addiction.

One of NIDA’s most important goals is to translate what scientists learn from research, in order to help the public better understand drug abuse and addiction, and to develop more effective strategies for their prevention, treatment, drug detox and drug rehabilitation. We hope that this compilation of scientific information on cocaine will help to inform readers about the harmful effects of cocaine abuse, and that it will assist in prevention and treatment efforts.



11 7th, 2007

I think that ideally we should divert a massive influx of dollars into both drug treatment programs and drug addiction treatment research, but since I don’t think that this is likely to occur lacking enormous political will; we should instead concentrate on increasing spending into addictions research. We need to develop better pharmacological and treatment interventions, and once we do have something more concrete to offer, something that does increase the recovery rates per individual drug treatment center visit, then I feel that the political motivation to fund needed drug abuse treatment programming will materialize.

So get out the pen and paper, and if you’ve been touched by addiction either yourself or through the pains of a loved one, empathize with those that still need help, and let your State and Federal elected officials know that the funding of drug treatment centers research is important to you.

How many more billions are spent in the development of hair loss, and erectile dysfunction medications than in all addictions research combined? Not that government funded Viagra trials…but still, it’s funny how our priorities can get so distorted.



HIV and Drug Abuse

Author: Suki
10 31st, 2007

How does drug addiction treatment help reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases? Many drug addicts, such as heroin or cocaine addicts and particularly injection drug users, are at increased risk for HIV/AIDS as well as other infectious diseases like hepatitis, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted infections. For these individuals and the community at large, drug addiction treatment is disease prevention. Its important to remember that “drug addiction treatment Is disease prevention.” Drug injectors who do not enter drug abuse treatment are up to six times more likely to become infected with HIV than injectors who enter and remain in residential drug treatment. Drug users who enter and continue in treatment reduce activities that can spread disease, such as sharing injection equipment and engaging in unprotected sexual activity. Participation in treatment also presents opportunities for screening, counseling, and referral for additional services. The best drug abuse treatment programs provide HIV counseling and offer HIV testing to their patients.



10 26th, 2007

Like any other human endeavor, individuals progress through drug addiction treatment at various speeds, so there is no predetermined length of treatment. However, research has shown unequivocally that good outcomes are contingent on adequate lengths of treatment at a well-staffed world re-knowned drug rehabilitation center. Generally, for residential or outpatient treatment, participation for less than 90 days is of limited or no effectiveness, and treatments lasting significantly longer often are indicated. For methadone maintenance, 12 months of treatment is the minimum. Outcomes of drug abuse treatment at Drug Rehabilitation Centers is contingent on adequate lengths of treatment. Many people who enter treatment drop out before receiving all the benefits that treatment can provide. Successful outcomes may require more than one treatment experience. Many addicted individuals have multiple episodes of treatment, often with a cumulative impact. Some drug rehabs take such a personal one-on-one approach to each drug abuser, that the success ratio is greatly increased.

 



Drug addiction treatment center, drug rehabilitation (often referred to as drug rehab, just rehab, drug addiction treatment center, detox or drug detox) is an umbrella term for the processes of medical and/or psychotherapeutic treatment, for drug addiction to psychoactive substances such as prescription drugs or so-called street drugs such as cocaine, heroin or amphetamines. psychological dependency is addressed in many drug and alcohol addiction treatment center(s) by attempting to teach the patient new methods of interacting in a drug-free environment. in particular, patients are generally encouraged or required not to associate with friends who still use the addictive substance. twelve-step programs encourage addicts not only to stop using alcohol or other drugs, but to examine and change habits related to their addictions. many programs emphasize that recovery is a permanent process without culmination. for legal drugs such as alcohol, complete abstention—rather than attempts at moderation, which may lead to relapse—is also emphasized (”one drink is too many; one hundred drinks is not enough.”) whether moderation is achievable by those with a history of abuse remains a controversial point but is generally considered unsustainable. various types of programs offer help in drug rehabilitation, including: residential treatment (in-patient), out-patient, local support groups, extended care centres, and sober houses.



Okay, so you’re at a drug rehab center. What do you do? Do you panic and curl up in a corner? What do you do? Well, when I went to one, I basically accepted my fate and tried as hard as a could to succeed at the program. That’s right. I knew that the only sure fire way for me to get out and live a real life was to finish the program at the drug rehab center and really make a concerted effort. It didn’t make sense to be there if I wasn’t going to give it my all. So that’s what I did. I listened hard in group therapy, and was really open-minded about my one-on-one sessions, too. There was no reason for me to be there if I wasn’t going to be there to make a serious change in my life and lifestyle. It was cool because I actually had a great learning experience in the time that I was there and i also learned how impotant it is to follow your dream, no matter what. I learned things about myself and about the world that I could have never gotten anywhere else, and for that I will be forever grateful. When I was in a drug rehab center, I used it to my advantage and I learned the most that I could. The drug rehab center I went to did a job for me and if you’re having a problem with drug addiction and/or drug abuse, make a call that you wil never regret.



The real deal

Author: Suki
09 21st, 2007

You know what sucks? People continuously talk smack about drug rehabilitation centers and the people who end up having to go to them, but, I’ll tell you something, they don’t know jack crap. For real. The real deal is that drug rehabilitation centers, especially California drug rehab centers offer a service that most people, whether family or friends, can’t offer. They make it possible for some people to achieve the semi-impossible. Oh yeah. Drug rehabilitation centers make it possible for people who are in true need of drug rehab to actually get a hold on the things that are causing trouble in their lives and make a huge life change. That what you should want to do, anyway. Drug addiction is the worst. I know because I, too, was in the very same predicament long ago. Oh yeah, and I don’t need you or anyone else to tell me how bad that little chapeter in my life was. If you’re hooked on drugs or know someone that is, then, you probably already know what I’m saying. It is definitely not the glamorous life. The bottom line is if you need the help that drug rehabilitation centers offer, then go and get it. Stop torturing yourself and do what you’ve got to do. You will never feel better in your life. Trust me.

 



09 20th, 2007

Drug and alcohol rehabs are beginning to show up in all kinds of places. Why? I guess it’s because people with drug addictions are starting to surface in more places than most people thought possible. It happens. Drug addictions aren’t really the coolest thing to put your town on the map with, but the fact that they generate awareness about drug abuse and the right way to treat it is phenomenal. What better way to learn that drug addictions are real than to have them pop up in your own neck of the woods? Drug abuse and severe drug addictions are never going to go away. Alcoholism is a monster that has a good way of hiding, but it will always be around, too. Pretending that they will never come close to your stomping grounds may actually be the best way for them to thrive. Where I’m from, people have always tried to act like drug addiction and alcoholism were things that happened in other parts of the world. It wasn’t until people started coming up with the severest of addictions that the community started getting a clue. It was good in one way and bad in the other. I mean, it sucked that people were getting hooked on drugs, but it was great that to find a drug and alcohol rehab in any area is becoming so much easier. Drug and alcohol rehabs should be everywhere because drug addictions and alcoholism will never stop seeking out new places to go and new people to attack. You know I’m right.



09 19th, 2007

There are few things that a drug addict can blame his or her drug addiction on. That’s just the plain truth. It’s a hard row to hoe and it is what it is. It takes a strong person to make it over the addiction hump, but it is possible. The way I got over my personal little problem was by calling up drug addiction treatment centers and finding out how to make myself well again. I knew it was going to take more of a commitment than anything I had ever done in my life, but I knew I was ready for it. I had to be ready for it. The cool thing about those drug addiction treatment centers is that all they require is that you be ready to give one hundred percent to your recovery and you can make it through the program. It kind of sounds easy on paper, but I know from experience that it’s a lot harder than it sounds. Drug addiction kills so many people every year because it is so hard to get them out of a person’s life. People who are really trying to kick the habit know that drug addiction treatment centers are the only places to make that dream happen. I went to one and it changed my life. Change your life and do what works.



Drug and alcohol rehab can bring a guy back to normal. I know this because I went to drug rehab when I got afflicted with my addiction. Drug rehab helped me immensely and that’s no lie. It took a while, but it worked out. No joke. A friend of mine went to alcohol rehab and they had the same outcome. For real, drug and alcohol rehab can work for a person. That’s the best part of all rehabs. They actually work. Drug and alcohol rehab can save the lives of people who suffer from alcoholism or drug addiction and they can help them stay in the game. Staying in the game is the most important part of playing it. Everybody knows that. Having problems with drugs and alcohol can be the best way to screw up a person’s game plan. Drug and alcohol rehab creates a way for people to get their lives back and that’s what it’s all about. There are a million ways to screw up your life and usually no way to remedy those mistakes. Drug and alcohol rehab give people those second chances that most people don’t get when they screw up. Drug and alcohol rehab saved my life.