It starts out with a backache that just won’t go away. A year later, what was an occasional pill popping experience, ends up being an everyday excursion. When the individual’s primary physician stops filling prescriptions for what is now phantom back pain, the individual may begin ‘physician shopping’ hoping someone will write that next prescription.
Drugs may be...
Substance abuse addiction is a complex disease which is characterized by many different components which need to be taken into account when trying to achieve recovery. Relapse to drug use can occur even after long periods of abstinence. This is why drug use is considered chronic, though it is a treatable disease.
Relapse to use of drugs actually happens at rates similar to that of other...
It’s not earth shattering news that obesity is an issue in the United States. What makes this a larger concern, is instead of the problem getting resolved by the many, many initiatives that are being put into place by both governmental agencies and private sectors, it is continuously getting worse. In light of the recent economic casualties affecting the global economy, obesity and all of...Read Full Article
Substance abuse disorders and mental health illness often occur together. This is known as co morbidity or dual diagnosis. Information on the occurrence of dual diagnosis is not well reported. Having said that, according to information published by the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) the following statistics apply to the United States population: About half of the inpiduals with...Read Full Article
It’s not a shock to anyone that there is a direct correlation between being in the correction system and drug use. Once an inpidual is in the jail system, he or she may be pressured into participating in substance abuse treatment by the legal system. This pressure, though undesirable to the user, may be just what he or she needs to start the change towards sobriety.
How Bad is The...
The first step in assisting an individual with a drug problem is getting them into a substance abuse treatment program. Once they are there, the question becomes, how do you keep them there? What is necessary to prevent individuals from leaving treatment? Furthermore, are there specific factors that increase attrition rates from programs? The answer to these questions are complex and will not be...Read Full Article
“I haven’t had a drink in two months…I used to tell myself, one drink was ok, now I know that won’t work. I guess I am, um, an alcoholic.” It’s an amazing thing when an inpidual is able to acknowledge and own up to a negative behavior. With alcohol and drug abuse it is usually a difficult thing to do perhaps with alcohol even more so than other recreational...Read Full Article
Individuals, who engage in substance abuse use, are often facing more than one issue. Research literature has shown, time and time again, that there is a stereotypical personality that accompanies the addict, rightly named, the ‘addictive personality’.
Some characteristics that accompany said individual are as follows: Impulsivity Difficulty in delaying gratification,...
Acupuncture is an Eastern medicine technique that has been utilized for centuries. It has been used for various physiological issues in Asian culture but only more recently has entered the United States.
Since it’s induction into popular culture, use of Acupuncture has been broadening to treatment for many different health problems. Some of which include:
Back and Neck Pain ...
Dual diagnosis or Co-occurring Disorders, refer to drug addiction which is accompanied by an emotional or psychiatric illness. Either type of disorder is complex on its own, together; a dual diagnosis will affect the individual socially, spiritually, physically, and psychologically. The interaction of the different components of dual diagnosis can interact so that diagnosis, treatment and...Read Full Article
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