How many times have you perhaps thought that you might quit drugs and alcohol on your own? Now think about how many times you actually did so, or, more importantly, even began the process? Chances are that you a) never quite got around to it, b) started to quit but gave it up at the first signs of cravings, or c) quit for a brief period and then went right back to your drug of choice in no time flat.
In late December 2011, California became the first state to try to curb the exploding abuse of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines containing a powerful cough suppressant by requiring buyers to show proof that they’re over the age of 18 before allowing the sale. The identification check is similar to that used for the purchase of alcohol or cigarettes.
21 Jan 2012
If you’ve taken the very powerful step to go through a drug or alcohol rehab program (or rehab for any type of addiction for that matter), it can be a bit overwhelming to think about what happens next. What will your life after rehab be like? What should you do? How important is aftercare?
19 Jan 2012
Addiction describes a biological process whereby a substance is introduced into a person’s body regularly until the person feels dependent upon that substance. Marijuana is a drug which most people use initially in what they describe as a recreational manner. In other words, many people begin using marijuana to unwind at the end of the day or to help them relax when they are facing stressful situations.
Drug rehab could be a focus for ex-Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich when he begins his 14-year prison term soon. Though it hasn’t been stated exactly why, his attorneys have requested that the former governor, who has been sentenced for crimes related to corruption, take part in a drug treatment program during his incarceration.
Drug rehab success is not something to be taken lightly, and it’s definitely not something that’s achieved overnight. You might compare recovery from drugs to bodybuilding. Just like you’re not going to get that strong, chiseled body overnight, you’re not going to overcome a drug addiction after just a day or two of treatment. It would certainly be great if it worked that day – but then, if it was that easy, rehab programs wouldn’t be necessary in the first place!
The national epidemic involving opioid addictions to prescription painkillers is resulting in new strategies designed to help in recovery. Those struggling with painkiller addictions do not fit the typical drug addict profile. Many are middle-age, middle-class individuals who became addicted to opioids following a legitimate prescription for a chronic pain problem.