Drug and Alcohol Rehab Blog 2018-01-02T17:50:51+00:00
1301, 2018

January 13th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

Does Recreational Drug Use Lead to Addiction? Many people believe that recreational drug use is something you do on weekends or from time to time. Others believe it is something you do once or twice a year. However, the answer is not so easy. There are many circumstances that affect whether occasional drug or alcohol use leads to addiction. Most drugs of abuse may alter a person’s thinking and judgment, leading to health risks, including addiction, drugged driving and infectious disease. Most addicts start as casual users, either on weekends or when they are in social settings, such as parties, ball games, fights, etc. If you occasionally tamper with cocaine, amphetamines, or other illicit drugs on the weekends are you an addict? What about if you have a drink of alcohol 3-4 nights a week, is that considered an addiction?  The differences between recreational drug use, and addiction are [...]

601, 2018

January 6th, 2018|Tags: , |

Is Marijuana an Opiate? A Legal Opiate on the Rise? With the recent buzz on the passing of legalization of Marijuana  in numerous states and the lack of Marijuana falling into a primary drug category many may question, "Is Marijuana an Opiate?" Marijuana which goes by numerous names such as Weed, Pot, Cannabis, Grass, Dope, Reefer, Ganja, Hash, Herb, Chronic and numerous other slang names was until recently the most widely abused illicit drug.  According to NIH, “ The main psychoactive (mind-altering) chemical in marijuana, responsible for most of the intoxicating effects that people seek, is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)” .Some of the effects of marijuana may be similar to that of opiates. These mixed effects leave the drug uncategorized, and the public confused. What is an Opiate? Synthetic versions of opiates are now considered opioids An opiate is a drug derived from opium poppies which other drugs that are legal and [...]

3012, 2017

December 30th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Kick of the New Year with Dry January Dry January Challenge - No Alcohol for a Month After the influx of Alcohol consumption during the holiday season, what's a better way to start the new year than with the challenge of abstinence.  Dry January is an increasingly popular challenge to decide to give up alcohol for a month. According to AARP, “Some do it as sort of start the year off right detox, others to lose weight, join friends in a fun health challenge, or sometimes test the seriousness of their alcohol dependence”. In an interview that ABC News conducted with Dr. William R. Miller, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico and former co-director of its Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions,  he said, “It does break up the habitual pattern. It gives you a chance to decide what you want to [...]

2312, 2017

December 23rd, 2017|Tags: , , , |

Prescription Drug Abuse a Major Factor in the Opioid Epidemic Prescription drug abuse is a major contributor to the current opioid epidemic therefore it is imperative to understand the nature of the drug industry. If we are going to stop increasing rates of addiction, and overdose deaths due to opioids it is necessary for the public to consider the drug industry’s role in the opioid crisis. According to Consumer Reports, “About 45 people a day, more than 16,600 people a year, die from overdoses of the drugs, including methadone, morphine, and oxycodone (OxyContin) and hydrocodone combined with acetaminophen (Lortab and Vicodin). And for every death, more than 30 others are admitted to the emergency room. What Types of Prescription Pills Are Commonly Abused? There is a wide range of different prescription medications that can lead to addiction, and abuse. Consumer Reports states that, “ Prescriptions for the drugs have [...]

1912, 2017

December 19th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Governor declares opioid epidemic in South Carolina a 'silent hurricane,' launches Opioid Emergency Response Team Calling it a "Silent Hurricane," Gov. Henry McMaster announced an executive order and state of emergency on the opioid crisis in South Carolina. The Opioid Epidemic Order The order brings together most of the top agencies in the state of S.C., including: South Carolina Emergency Management Division, Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, S.C. National Guard and many others to try to combat the Opioid Crisis in a unified fashion. Limiting Opioid prescriptions with acute and post-operative pain to a maximum of 5 days for the state medicare recipients in that system. The state public employee benefit authority has agreed to similar limits for participants in the state health plans All of this is to prevent further opioid deaths in South Carolina which has spiked 21% between 2014 and 2016.  Of those deaths, 67 [...]

1612, 2017

December 16th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

The holiday’s bring on several different emotions for those in recovery from drug abuse or alcohol abuse. There are combination of different feelings that may occur. For some the holiday’s are a time of happiness and joy, thus resulting in lower levels of awareness, and a higher propensity for relapse. Under other circumstance people may experience increased level of stress from financial concerns, or being around relatives they have not seen in some time. On the other hand some recovering addicts may not have a social support network, or family to spend the holiday season with which can result in  feelings of depression, and a higher likelihood of relapse. Regardless of the amount of time that a person has been sober, it is imperative to be aware of the different relapse triggers that may occur during the holiday season, and how to avoid them. Be Aware of Relapse [...]

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