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3012, 2017

Kick off the New Year with Dry January: The No Alcohol for a Month Challenge!

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

Prescription Drug Abuse – Is the Medical Community Overprescribing, Creating Unsuspecting Addicts?

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

Gov. Henry McMaster announced an executive order and state of emergency ‘silent hurricane’ on the opioid crisis in South Carolina

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

Tips to Avoid Drug and Alcohol Relapse During the Holiday Season.

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 [...]

1412, 2017

Kiwi tastes a golden nugget. It’s delicious!

December 14th, 2017|Tags: , , |

DRUG EDUCATION Kiwi tastes a golden nugget. It's delicious. Although it is left to the imagination, one can decipher from the video, that when Kiwi tastes a golden nugget, it is really drugs and how a habit becomes chronic and turns into an addiction.  It infers that it is about someone who may be walking along, minding their own business and they see a "nugget." The Kiwi consumes the nugget and feels great!  Left to his own accord, the Kiwi consumes more nuggets and over time is able to fly. However each time after the Kiwi flies, he then falls to the ground, stumbling.  Each time he falls, it is worse than the last.  However, he flies farther, yet falls harder, yet, he continues to take more nuggets.  As a Kiwi, a being a bird without wings, flying is an amazing thing to do.  Since he may have never [...]

1212, 2017

Chester Bennington’s Struggle with Addiction and Mental Illness Which Ultimately Led to His Death

December 12th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

Chester Bennington's Struggle with Addiction and Mental Illness Which Ultimately Led to His Death Like the recent death of Lil Peep, the rapper found dead on November 15, from an overdose of Fentanyl and Xanax, Linkin Park's Singer, Chester Bennington had a long struggle with addiction that resulted in death. Bennington's struggle with mental illness and addiction came to an end on July 20, 2017, when he hung himself in his Palos Verdes Estate in Los Angeles California. Mentally unstable, and under the influence of drugs and alcohol, Bennington acted on his suicidal ideations and decided to end his life. "Shortly after 9 a.m. this morning, we were notified by law enforcement of a death in Palos Verdes Estates," Brian Elias, chief of operations for the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner, tells Rolling Stone. "We responded to the scene and unfortunately confirmed that Mr. Chester Bennington was deceased [...]

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