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After Her Daughter’s Death, One Grieving Mother Wants to see a Change in Addiction Treatment and Education

Described by her mother as vibrant, witty and loving, Laura Mulley was not your ‘typical’ addict. Laura held down a respectable job at the University of California and enjoyed many hobbies in her spare time including writing, photography, and playing music. Just one week before Laura’s death which was caused by a lethal combination of drugs and alcohol, Laura’s mother, Linda, spent the weekend with her and noticed no visible signs of drug use or addiction. On the outside, Laura was living a good life, and according to her mother, Laura was excited about the direction that her life her was taking. It was not until after Laura’s death that Linda learned to what degree Laura was using drugs and alcohol. Laura fell into a pattern of using and quitting, using and quitting, (repeat) which can be just as harmful to one’s health as using on a daily or constant basis. But at the same time, the alcohol or drug addiction is less obvious to those on the outside – especially if they were to …

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Your Spot to Compare Thai Rehabs

Thailand has long been known as a popular spot for medical tourism. From dentistry to plastic surgery, Thailand offers world-class medical care at just a fraction of the cost in western countries. And addiction treatment centres, or rehabs, are no different. The right Thai rehab facility can offer luxurious accommodation and world-class treatment programmes, but it is important to remember that now all drug rehabs Thailand has to offer are created equal. It is important to ask questions and get a full understanding of each available rehab centre before choosing the one that is best for you. Check out the ‘Compare Thai Rehabs’ website to compare rehab licensing, treatment programmes, facilities, medical support and more: http://www.comparethairehabs.com/

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Violent Crimes in China: The Effects of Meth

One-third of the world’s population resides in East and Southeast Asia. And one of the biggest challenges facing these Asian countries, including China, is the manufacturing and use of synthetic drugs. In recent years, Asia has experienced a wave of synthetically produced amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS), particularly of the substance methamphetamine. Synthetic drugs, also known as designer or club drugs, have become increasingly popular among younger drug users. These ATS drugs are engulfing the drug market quickly, in what people are calling Asia’s ATS Epidemic. The Synthetic Drug Industry in South East Asia Where once plant-based drugs such as opium or heroin topped the drug markets, synthetic drugs are quickly taking over. Synthetic drugs such as meth, ecstasy, and LSD, are man-made by chemically synthesizing and combining different precursor chemicals, and methamphetamine in Southeast Asia are spreading like wild fire. The drug most commonly used is crystal meth, notoriously known as ’ice’. Many believe that the increase of demand of meth in China and other Southeast Asian countries is due to economic integration between regions. Synthetic …

Addictive Personality and Alcohol / Drugs: Fact or Fiction

There has been a growing interest whether or not there is such a thing as an addictive personality. Although this question is hard to give a precise answer, there are many ways to examine it. Doctors and researchers alike are working hard to provide an explanation on why people use, abuse, and become addicted to drugs and alcohol. They have come up with reasons such as, genetics, experiencing a traumatic event, and certain psychological traits that attribute to an individual’s personality. Some experts have suggested that because some addicts share similar personality traits, there may be such a thing as an addictive personality. What is an Addictive Personality? An addictive personality is various personality traits that are thought to make an individual person predisposed to an addiction. People who have an addictive personality are not only at risk for developing an addiction to drugs or alcohol, but they are also highly at risk for becoming addicted to food, shopping, exercise, gambling, sex, etc. It is possible for the person to switch from one addiction to …

Alcohol Rehab and Personality

TIME reports on an initiative taken in British schools to find out to what extent personality can dictate effective alcohol abuse prevention and alcohol rehab. Before beginning the study, researchers named four at-risk behaviours including “being sensitive to anxiety, feeling hopeless, being impulsive and seeking thrills.” These, they decided, made a teen more likely to abuse alcohol in youth and later in life. Looking at nearly three thousand teens in twenty-one secondary schools throughout England, researchers created and monitored the effects of programmes that target the at-risk behaviours they designated. They sought to provide students with tools to help them understand how they view the world, whether it is through more anxious or thrill-seeking lenses, and to avoid thoughts that lead to self-destructive behaviours and possible addiction and the need for alcohol addiction treatment The author of the TIME article explains, “Rather than addressing alcohol or drug abuse directly, the teachers spoke more about the students’ reactions to life experiences and incorporated cognitive-behavioral principles of regulating behavior, for example, to help the anxious students to …

Avoiding Alcohol Rehab: Reasons Why We Enable

  Living with an alcohol addict is a trying and exhausting experience. At times, saying “no” and helping him or her to alcohol rehab seems far more complicated than saying “yes” and turning a blind eye to substance misuse. Appeasing an addict – giving he or she money when it’s needed, allowing a loved one to socialize with other known alcohol abusers – may seem like acts of support and help, when in reality they constitute enabling and entangle both parties deeper into a canyon of addiction. Below are common reasons why enabling is so easy and at times feels like the right thing to do. But in order for a suffering loved one to find alcohol recovery, all the thought processes that lead to enabling must be overcome. Afraid of retaliation Many close friends or family members are afraid that after saying “no” to an alcohol abuser, he or she will retaliate violently either with physical or mental abuse. A fear of retaliation though is really just a fear of the depth of a …

Alcohol Recovery at the Pub: Midwestern America’s First ‘Sober Bar’

As reported by the Daily Herald, an online newspaper the covers the city of Chicago, U.S., a young recovering addict has recently opened the region’s first ‘sober bar.’ Named The Other Side, the sober meeting place is a cross between a nightclub and a recreation room – without, of course, the substances that often fuel the traditional idea of such hangouts. Opened by 22-year-old Chris Reed, himself a recovering addict, The Other Side offers those in alcohol recovery who would otherwise socialise in bars or similar places a chance to lead a normal social life, and to meet recovering addicts outside of counselling sessions or alcohol rehab programmes. The city’s ‘sober bar’ operates because of the non-profit New Directions Addiction Recovery Services, which uses any funds generated from its sober patrons to benefit drug education and addiction treatment initiatives. Recovering addicts right out of an alcohol rehab programme, Reed told the Daily Herald, and looking for places other than pubs to socialise, “can only go to the movie theatre and bowling alley so many times. …

IS ADDICTION REALLY A DISEASE?

Addiction was first classified as a treatable illness by the American Medical Association (AMA) in 1956, yet some people still choose to believe that addiction is simply a few poor decisions on part of an individual who lacks ‘will power’. This is not the case, however, and as medical research becomes more involved, doctors and researchers are able to learn more and more about the disease of addiction. According to the National Institutes of Health, advances in brain imaging science make it possible to see inside the brain of an addicted person and pinpoint the parts of the brain affected by drugs of abuse — providing knowledge that will enable the development of new approaches to prevention and treatment. These brain images have been able to show that addiction is a brain disease which causes people to lose their ability to control their need for alcohol and drugs. One of the several factors here is the neurotransmitter, dopamine. Dopamine is largely responsible for the feelings of pleasure and also satiety. Humans are genetically engineered to …

Alcohol Addiction Centre: The CDC’s New Findings and Why Women Are More At Risk

On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report that chronicles an under-addressed problem in the U.S.: binge drinking among women and girls. Though viewed only as an activity—done at parties—and not necessarily as a lifestyle, or an addiction problem, the CDC’s report makes it clear that addressing binge drinking among women should be a major concern for alcohol prevention groups and alcohol addiction centres across the country. Binge drinking, as defined in the CDC’s report, is when a person consumes four or more alcoholic drinks in one sitting. The organisation found that approximately one in eight American women (18 years and older) binge drink, while one in five secondary school-aged American girls binge drink. Read more…

The Guardian’s Roundup of Worldwide 2012 Drug Use and Looking Ahead for Addiction Treatment

As part of a ‘year in review’ represented by data collected by the publication’s journalists, The Guardian recently released a short video detailing statistics around drug use in the U.K. and the U.S. Although the video doesn’t mention anything about addiction treatment, it certainly sets a focus for substance abuse rehab in the coming new year. It’s an excellent idea to begin reform with facts, no matter how difficult they may be to stomach, so that any new resolutions for addiction treatment address users—like those represented in The Guardian’s roundup—who might benefit from them the most. The results of the survey, which was completed by 15,500 people (most of them from the U.K. and the U.S.), represent a small portion of the substance abusing demographic. But despite how limited the pool may be, the findings are at both times, startling and unsurprising. Read more…