Dec 272010

Chronic methamphetamine (meth) use can be difficult to overcome.  If you are someone looking to get clean, or know someone who does, this article can provide some help.

Some of the challenges to recovery from meth use include the following:

  • Meth recovery can take a long time, with some of the damages incurred from meth use being permanent and irreversible.  For chronic users, significant improvement may take as long as a year or two before it begins to show.
  • Concentration, decision-making and memory are all severely compromised in a chronic meth user.  These cognitive deficits may make it harder to follow treatment directions and recommendations.  Guidance from a family member will do much to help.
  • Expect to hit a ‘wall’ at about 45 days of sobriety.  Symptoms would include a sudden intensified surge of depressive symptoms and a marked inability to experience any pleasure.

Addicts withdrawing from meth generally do not need any medical attention, as the withdrawal does not produce any medically dangerous manifestations like heroin or alcohol.  However, during withdrawal, meth addicts feel significant confusion, memory problems and impaired decision-making ability.  This stage lasts for about two weeks, and is characterized by cognitive deficits, fatigue, hunger and depressive symptoms.  Some may have psychotic symptoms which will need medical attention.  Once the withdrawal period is over, focus must shift towards preventing relapse.  Here are some research-proven treatments which help addicts recover from meth addiction:

  1. Contingency reinforcement – use of rewards as positive reinforcement for meeting goals.  Typical rewards may include gift checks or restaurant vouchers given after positive events such as a clean drug test.  These small rewards have been shown to improve commitment to treatment.
  2. The 12 steps – research show that meth users who attend 12 step meetings such like Narcotics Anonymous (patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous) had better treatment outcomes than those who did not attend any such programs.  The greater involvement and commitment to the 12 step program, the better outcome achieved.
  3. Family involvement – the family lends invaluable support to the recovering meth addict, especially during early recovery.  The longer a meth user spends in treatment, the better his chances of recovery and non-relapse.  Family members can encourage users to stay in treatment, boosting the success of rehabilitation.

  4. Education – meth users should be taught about the drug, and its effects on the body, the brain and the psyche.  In addition, they should be taught about the course of relapse, recovery and abstinence.  By knowing what to expect, they feel in better control.

Methamphetamine rehabilitation is a difficult process.  Users who attempt to stay clean should be given resources and support to have the greatest possible chance for success.

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Dec 212010

Following a daily diet plan can be cumbersome, especially if it’s cluttered by many do’s and don’ts. The best diet plans should be simple and direct to the point.

There are diet plans that tell you what food to eat and how to cook them.

The food list is very limited and the choices are strange to the palate. These foods might have been researched not only for the calorie content but also for their unique effect, being novel and unknown. But most people who go on diets don’t like to experiment, especially on the food that they put into their mouth. There might be some who’d try them just for experience but the more familiar the food is, the more likely they’ll be eaten. It’s easy to find for food substitute with the same calorie count already seasoned to the tongue.

Diet plans should not starve. Fats aren’t going anywhere if you starve them. They’ll grow smaller but they’ll go back to their normal sizes or even bigger at the first mistake you’ll commit and have an eating binge.

You’re starvation diet will only have temporary effects. It’s hard on you and at the end of the day; it’ll all be for nothing.

You should eat foods with high protein content. They are fat burning or thermogenic foods. Eat lean meats like turkey, broiled chicken breast and other thermogenic foods only. These are the real fat busters. They don’t starve the fat cells, they burn them, and that’s the only effective way of removing them from you’re system. Don’t baby your fats; they bring a lot of illnesses your body. You have to deal with them resolutely and deliberately. Eat also vegetables high in protein for bulk. Without bulk in your food, you cannot remove your waste effectively. Pure meat protein diets may cause constipation.

Follow your daily diet plan and don’t deviate from it until you get your desired weight. You may not need a written diet plan all the time of your life but you can etch them to your mind.

If you’ve done them before, it’s easy to remember them already. Remembering will not be enough though, you have to do it.

Having a diet plan is not the same as experimenting. It must be solid and tested. It should help you how to lose weight and give your ideal weight and health back to you. There’s no substitute for a sustainable diet plan.

Dec 062010

Substance abuse and addiction can put one’s life out of control and can damage personal and professional relationships. These are problems that slowly destroy lives and should be addressed at the soonest possible time. In convincing addicts to seek treatment, one may need to seek the assistance of someone who can help with an intervention.

Fortunately, there are professional interventionists trained specifically for the purpose of helping addicts come to terms with their problem. An intervention is a valuable tool that can help addicts curtail the effects of addiction by encouraging them to seek treatment as early as possible. Addressing addiction or drug dependence at its onset, in turn, helps make addiction treatment easy and quick.

A professional interventionist is someone who can help with an intervention effectively. The mission of every interventionist is to help addicts see the error of their ways and convince them to rectify it by checking themselves into a treatment facility – and staying there until they have recovered. An interventionist does not treat addiction per se, but provides assistance in taking that big leap from addiction to sobriety. Falling victim to addiction can be very challenging for anyone, accepting that one is, in fact, a victim, more so. More often than not, addicts need the support of a friend or a loved one during these trying times. In times like these, an interventionist is best equipped to help.

All people affected by an individual’s addiction should be involved in the treatment process and in the intervention.

During the intervention, an interventionist’s best friends are the family members, friends, and loved ones of

the addict. Addicts need a strong support system during treatment and the intervention is a good place to start building up on this. The family is a good foundation for a support system, and their involvement will be very helpful in the long run.

Interventions are never easy and addiction treatment will always be challenging. At Walking Miracles Recovery Centers, we encourage family involvement and friendly visits to help addicts cope with the difficulties of treatment. If you are wondering who can help with an intervention, contact Walking Miracles today and we will be glad to help you.

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Nov 302010

Because of the increasing count of people suffering from major depression,

there are already a lot of anti depressant drugs available in the market. These drugs are further subdivided into different classifications such as MAOIs or Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors and SSRIs or Selective Serotonin reuptake Inhibitors. These subtypes are kinds of anti depressants; however, they still differ in more ways than one. Examples of SSRI include Zoloft and Lexapro. These two drugs do have similar purposes and mode of action; however, they also possess some distinct dissimilarity. So, what is the difference between Zoloft and Lexapro?

First of all, Zoloft and Lexapro works by utilizing more of the neurotransmitter called serotonin. This serotonin is sometimes referred to as “happy hormone”, which is evidently lacking among depressed individuals.

Even though both drugs do have common purposes, their indications are somewhat different. In order to make things clear, Lexapro is designed to treat major depression and generalized anxiety in both adults and children. Zoloft, on the other hand, is only prescribed to adult patients; however, it is prescribed more in treating the generalized signs and symptoms of depression. Both of these drugs are already proven effective; nevertheless, its efficiency still depends on how each individual reacts to these drugs. It is also expected that these drugs will take effect after 4 weeks of treatment. Because of this, a lot of people misinterpret these medications as ineffective, which is not true at all.

In terms of side effects, both of these SSRI medications do possess similar reactions to the body such as diarrhea and other gastric disturbances. They are also known to affect normal sexual functioning in men such as erection and ejaculation. Changes in the body weight are seen only in Lexapro, which is why more people have claimed that Zoloft’s side effects are milder or more tolerable as to compare to the side effects of Lexapro.

Since Zoloft is designed for adult use only, giving of this drug to children should be avoided. Thoughts of suicidal are expected in anti depressants drugs that is why supervision and guidance during the course of treatment is recommended.

Knowing the smallest differences between Zoloft and Lexapro can be very useful in administering these drugs. Anti depressants are known to be very potent substances, and should be taken only with the doctor’s prescription. As we know, maintaining health will always involve some certain risks.

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Nov 162010

The number of people in the United States that participate in the misuse of alcohol is climbing higher at an alarming rate, with a large percentage being teens and young adults. There are several reasons that people abuse alcohol, and everyone acts differently under the influence. Alcohol, just like any other control substance, can trigger anybody’s addictive personality – thus we get, Alcoholism.

The average age that people choose to start drinking alcohol is fifteen, and rapidly becoming younger and younger the more that young people are exposed to it. Teens that begin drinking before age fifteen are far more likely to develop addictive behaviors. A good part of the reason teens begin drinking is because it is demanded of them in many social situations in order to “fit in” with a group of friends. Since most teens do not understand the intoxicating effects and different strength of different types of alcohol and alcoholic drinks, they tend to drink more alcohol faster than an adult who understands these types of things.

However, it is not just teens and young adults that abuse alcohol it can be anyone of any age for any reason and in any way.

Older women are at particular risk for problems related to an over-consumption of alcohol, because women tend to live longer than men do therein outliving their spouse, which could trigger depression and loneliness – two main factors that trigger the abuse of alcohol. Women are also more prone to develop alcohol-consumption related health problems as they age.

Alcoholism can have devastating effects on the human body, especially towards those who become addicted younger than those who began at the legal age (21 years). Everyone has a different reason that they abuse alcohol, and their personalities are different when intoxicated.

Alcoholism can ruin lives don’t let it ruin yours.

Aug 202010

My life

has been a whirlwind ever since I was introduced to this white powder that almost destroyed my life. I never realized the damage drugs could do to one’s life — until now. When I first got hooked on drugs, it was a different kind of thrill. Whenever I got stressed, or whenever I felt I couldn’t handle the pressure, drugs seemed to calm me. It was my instant problem solver. Who would’ve known it would also be the cause of my downfall. My problem solver has given me the kiss of betrayal by alienating my friends and family, destroying my career, and compromising my health.

Now I realize that drugs are more trouble than they’re worth, and the problems I thought they solved now come back to haunt me and remind me of the stupid choice I made when I decided to take drugs. In hindsight,

I realize that my addiction, instead of eliminating my problems, has doubled them and made them worse. At the time I was taking drugs, I really didn’t consider the long-term consequences; I only wanted some kind of escape from my problematic life. Drugs made me forget, and that seemed to be enough at the time. Now, my addiction haunts me each day, and it’s making my life a living hell.

After treatment, I decided to check myself into a sober living home where I can recover with the assistance of professionals and toge

ther with people in the same boat as me. I did not want to take my chances by trying to recover from my addiction by myself. in a home, I will be with my peers and I can always consult therapists whenever I feel the urge.

They say old habits die hard. By staying in a sober living home, I make it easy on myself and on my loved ones. I may not have the determination and the will to overcome addiction, but with the help of addiction experts and of my loved ones, I will not fail. I owe it to myself and to the people I hurt to get sober and remain that way for good.

Aug 192010

Alcohol detoxification brings about the influx of alcohol withdrawal symptoms. If you have imbibed alcohol in excessive amounts for years you have to expect a pattern of difficult physiological reactions as your body tries to cope with the loss of alcohol. The pattern will manifest depending on how high your alcohol dependency is. The rule of thumb is that the higher the dependency the harder it is to kick out alcohol from your system.

You can do your own alcohol detoxification on your own if you are not a heavy drinke

r and alcohol is not that strongly embedded in your system. However if your alcohol withdrawal symptoms turn severe, you must immediately consult with a qualified health care professional. Patients who experience severe symptoms need to be monitored round the clock.

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms manifest physically as well

as psychologically.

There are a variety of symptoms that occur and they are dependent on the patients drinking habits prior to alcohol detoxification as well as any pre existing conditions that they may have. Headaches, vomiting, and convulsions are expected. Fever, nervousness as well as nausea occur as well. On top of these, the patient also has to deal with anxiety, extreme emotional changes that happen for no reason, depression, fatigue, delirium and sometimes a detachment from reality. With all these to deal with, detoxification is a very difficult process to go through. While it can be attempted on your own, it is a much better idea to join a rehab clinic as they have trained personnel available that will watch over you as you go through the detoxification process. They can help you manage your symptoms with drugs, therapy as well as counseling enabling alcoholics to kick off the addiction and rejoin society armed with the strength to resist the temptation to have a drink.

Jul 042010

In the past ten months, the staff and myself have had the honor of working with this client on levels of personal, psychological, mental and emotional dynamics.  Often times, we’ve experienced the arduous tasks of crisis management, addiction intervention and mental breakdowns with Mr. Anonymous.  In the fields of addiction, psychology and psychiatry, this is referred to as Co-Occurring Disorders.  When an individual is experiencing the burdens of functioning a healthy lifestyle with Co-Occurring Disorders, a system of monitoring by professionals must be set in place until the individual is psychologically stabilized and cognitively functioning in manner that is safe and productive.  Anonymous client’s history of Co-Occurring Disorders is very extensive and according to key members of the client’s family, this is has been challenging since Anonymous client’s childhood.

Even though, the guidelines of Mr.

Client’s trust is designed to transcend funding towards future generations, it is unreasonable to expect Mr. Client to be responsible for offspring, future generations or even to develop a healthy relationship with a woman to bear children.  The main focus with the Client’s family ought to be with the welfare of the client!  I’m sure the Client’s father would have agreed with this advice.  After all, the family’s legacy is directly related to addressing Anonymous Client’s Co-Occurring Disorders.

After reviewing all the reports from the treatment professionals concerning the client, we strongly suggest pursuing an appointed companion that will oversee the client’s day-to-day affairs and responsibilities.  The appointed companion will be responsible for the client’s doctor visits, physical well-being, life skills development, personal finances, social etiquette and career management.

 The sober living staff and management is certainly prepared to addressed the needs for the client under the direction of the family.

Letter from a case manager to a family
Jun 132010

This cracked me up when I saw it, it reminded me of trying to kick Heroin on my own and basically sums it up in about 3 minutes.  This excerpt is from the movie Trainspotting and pretty much represents even with the best of intentions exactly how we try a self medicated detox and what happens.  I cracked up remembering w atching this movie

at like 3 years sober and coming out in a sweat having watched them glorify drugs for 2 hours.

Jun 052010

It took me many years and leaving no stone unturned to get to that “breaking point” where I was willing to admit I had a problem.  Not a problem with drugs and alcohol but a problem living without drugs and alcohol.  I was pretty much a garbage can at the end of my using.  I would do anything that anyone had to use.  I was living on the streets some nights high on meth-amphetamins so I didn’t have to sleep, or I was nodding out on someones couch that would let me in because I had enough heroin to get them high also.  It was a miserable existence coming from an upper class family and all my life having everything that I ever needed and more.  Before I created enough chaos to no longer be welcome in either my families household I fought everything tooth and nail with both parents.  I had to get to a point where I didn’t have any other choices and eventually I did.  I had been running from my problems for about three years and really had no where else to turn.  I fancied myself a bit of a hustler thinking that if I just could make one big score things would be alright.  Eventually my actions ended me up in jail facing some sever criminal charges and I finally got to a point where I was willing to ask for help.

I think that point was crucial for me, having always thought that if people would just get off my back and let me use the way I wanted to use I would be alright.  That breaking point came when I was sitting in jail for the 4th time that year and this time they weren’t going to let me out.  I had been to drug treatment before and didn’t think that was going to work but I also didn’t know what really was going to work.  I knew I couldn’t keep living the way I was living without some serious consequences, which at the time I was already facing.

I reached out to a family member and asked them what I should do and if they could help me.  They were well trained in the arts of Alanon and basically told me that I had no other option but to go back to rehab.  During my first few months in that treatment center I was basically bogged down with legal commitments and it’s kept a good sense of fear in me to just do what I was told to do.  It was exactly what I needed unfortunately.  This healthy fear kept me willing to do the things that were suggested and when I was released from that rehab I managed to get on the right path.  I hope everyone gets a chance to sober up if they have a drug or alcohol program, I even think that people outside

the program could really use

the 12-steps.

Eric P.