Recent statistics show that heroin use in the USA has doubled over the last 7 years. The drug once seen as something only found in back alleys and amongst those at the deepest end of drug dependence has been gaining more than a foothold. It’s used by professionals and not just associate with seedy areas of town Several high profile cases show that it is no longer seen as being off-limits to the recreational drug user. So just why is heroin so popular? Read the rest of this entry »
For those outside the crazy, fast paced work world in the modern society some of the new issues employees are coming across might seem like something from a week night television drama. With so many people looking for work and few positions to fill, the quality of work done by those holding positions must be consistently great and done with a quick turn around on assignments. It might sound strange to the unaccustomed, technology drug addiction is rampant and growing.
Stresses and demands on employees cannot be met on a regular schedule and to keep up with life’s demands. People start drinking coffee in large quantities and stressing their kidneys. Then when the caffeine in coffee is not enough, people move on to espresso. Packing twice the caffeine it gives a stronger kick faster. When espresso looses its bang for the buck, caffeine pills give the pick me up workers need to keep awake a few extra hours. Caffeine pills end up being mixed with energy drinks, then energy shots and some move to prescription stimulants as well as illegal drugs. Read the rest of this entry »
Ketamine is a relatively new drug. Synthesized in 1962, it is used in human and animal medicine. It is great for emergency medical situations, as it causes light sedation which calms the patient, while it functions as a strong pain killer without dangerously slowing the respiratory system. Fast acting and quick to dissipate in the body, it can be used as a stop loss while patients are transported to a more secure facility with the appropriate equipment or to give physicians more time to assess the needs of the injured. This concept saved the lives of thousands of soldiers during the Vietnam War.
The effects and pain of trauma can be so overwhelming that a patient may die of heart complications in their struggle with withstand them. It is so effective that the World Health Organization (WHO) has deemed its availability for use in health care as essential for proper patient care. Read the rest of this entry »
Chemically benzodiazepines (benzos) are a cocktail of medications that perform numerous functions. Found accidentally in 1955, they were mass marketed in the early 1960s for a wide range of conditions. They contain sedatives, anticonvulsants, muscle relaxants, and anti anxiety medications. With all these components benzos treat a variety of conditions in one fell swoop. Those with panic disorders, anxiety problems, seizures and insomnia find relief when taking benzos. With all their suppressant effects on the body, benzos can even help to control the symptoms of severe alcohol withdrawal. But this comes with a price. Although some people take xanax from time to time due to flying anxiety, others cannot use it in this manner and can run into problems they didn’t anticipate.
Their fast action and strong effects mean that patients in dire conditions can find quick relief but that they may also find that the positive effects are strongly addictive. When patients stop taking benzos they sometime experience the rebound effect, which is a recurrence of symptoms that are far more severe than they were prior to medicating. The settling point of the physiology of the patient changes with prolonged use. Therefore, when the medication is discontinued the deficit is more pronounced until the body returns to its initial homeostatic control point. Read the rest of this entry »
Synthetic drugs have gained in popularity over recent years. There were only two known and circulating synthetic drugs five years ago and now there are over 185 being regularly sold and consumed in the United States. Spice, the first seized synthetic drug, was making headlines in 2008. There are no specific recipes for synthetic drugs, as most are dangerously laced with various substances to increase their weight in sale. The main ingredients should be cannabinoids and cathinones. Cannabinoids get their name from the receptors in the human brain that they affect. There are 85 different forms of cannabinoids and they all have their own effects. Cathinones are stimulants that are of simple structure and similar to dopamine. There are numerous cathinones of varying purity. Read the rest of this entry »
I saw a client last week who just narrowly resisted falling into getting pot and using drugs again. He had called his dealer, but luckily there was no one home. Brian sat in the car in a parking lot for 50 minutes before calling him to begin with. Then one there was no response, he stayed in his car another hour thinking about the whole situation. He had been clean for four months and almost blew it. There was both disappointment and relief.
One thing that he realized was that the tension he had that led to calling his dealer was due to a fight he had with his son over money. Brian, like most of us, hates to sit in discomfort. Most people do and we usually cope with it through activities such as going to the gym, calling a friend to vent or throwing ourselves into work. Read the rest of this entry »
The march to legalized recreational marijuana use has begun and there are many different opinions about it. Over the last few years, several states have adapted medical marijuana use and recreational marijuana use is legal in Colorado as of January 1 2014. However, the picture for the remaining states is unclear. In an earlier post I wrote about Washington and Colorado here in terms of the medical marijuana legalization. The medical as well as recreational issues for pot are both debated with strong passion on each side.
Efforts are on in effort state with groups like the Marijuana Policy Project and the Drug Policy Alliance working together to push bills, referendums and laws. Along with Colorado, these associations are trying to push other states into accepting and legalizing the recreational use or marijuana. Several states could pass the ruling. Read the rest of this entry »
Finding a certified or accredited drug testing laboratory is relatively easy.
Laboratories strive to get these endorsements because it tells people that they’re upholding a particular standard in drug testing. In the US, three different bodies give accreditation or certification for drug testing laboratories. By using these laboratories, you’re guaranteed to be using a lab that has gone through testing and inspections to adhere to the most stringent guidelines. Read the rest of this entry »
Addiction is the overuse of an undefined substance. It can range from sugar, chocolate to drug and alcohol. Addictive tendencies can be brought on by stress, developed through poor health habits and even some believe through an hereditary root.
Preventing and controlling addiction can be helped to some extent if you can commit to a safe diet and exercise routine. The motivation for personal change is a key factor. This will help with temptations that arise. Thinking out the consequences of indulging and not being just in the present moment gives one perspective. Read the rest of this entry »
Court cases that involve disputes over children tend to be the highest conflict situations that exist in the court system. The subject matter is difficult to ignore: where your children will live, where they will go to school, and how much time each parent will spend with them. You cannot find a more important subject for most parents. Yet many parents completely sacrifice their status as a parent because they prioritize drugs over their children. As a divorce and custody attorney, approximately 25% of my cases involve children and drugs. It is an epidemic. But what is really sad is that such an important part of life has been given a back seat to the addiction. The fact is that thousands of parents have made a decision to give up their kids just so they could continue to exist as a drug addict. Read the rest of this entry »
I’m happy to be doing a givewaway to two people of one of my favorite books, “Sacred Therapies”. It has meditation and yoga sets useful for mental health disorders including PTSD, OCD, anxiety and helpful practices for addiction issues. You can read about it at Sacred Therapies: The Kundalini Yoga Meditation Handbook for Mental Health . There are sets for addiction and impulse control as well. Many people with alcohol or substance abuse issues also have dual diagnosis situations where there may be major depression, generalized anxiety disorder or another underlying situation. Mr. Khalsa has protocols for several of the DSM IV-R conditions based on his clinical trials and yoga studies. Read the rest of this entry »
Drinking is a problem faced by many adult men and women, but the good news is by having a plan you can exercise self-control. Also, if you have a history of drinking, you will need to use honesty and self-observation.
Whenever summer approaches, the temptation to drink increases both due to the heat as well as the number of gatherings. Always keep a bottle of water by your side. This is because apart from being a healthy alternative, constant sips of water will keep your stomach full and can reduce the interest in both sodas and alcoholic beverages. This also is an intelligent way to meet the daily requirement of 8-12 glasses of water a day and keeps you hydrated all day long to avoid dehydration. Read the rest of this entry »
Disappointment can lead to disillusionment, sadness, anger and attempts to numb the pain including drugs and alcohol. What do the great sages of the east/west say about this feeling of being let down by others or life?
There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.
Martin Luther King, Jr
See your disappointments as good fortune. One plan’s deflation is another’s inflation.
Jean Cocteau Read the rest of this entry »