Recovering from drug addiction is a difficult path but it can be made easier with the right approach and determination from the person who is suffering from addiction. There is a 12-step program that many addicts can go through, but there is another path that can be taken which uses a more holistic approach that is starting to gain more and more recovered addicts. This new program is called Recovery 2.0.
Created by Tommy Rosen, who was a former drug addict himself and used this form of recovery to supplement his 12-step program, Recovery 2.0 has become a global movement to include yoga, meditation, and healthy eating into addiction recovery because these holistic approaches can save lives and lessen an addict’s rebound back into addiction. However, Rosen also says that Recovery 2.0 can be used in conjunction with a 12-step approach and the two don’t have to be completely separate addiction recovery methods.
Rosen does Skype interviews and meetings with those looking for recovery as well as having published a companion book also named Recovery 2.0. The outpouring of messages he has received from former addicts who used yoga and meditation and balancing their diet has been overwhelming and all the more reason that a holistic recovery should be included in the overall process.
There still needs to be the recovery process of admitting there is an addiction, allowing loved ones to help, but there should also be self-discovery through yoga and meditation to help with the recovery path instead of only heavily relying on medication or AA meetings.
Some rehab centers have started to do similar approaches to Recovery 2.0, which includes activities such as painting, horseback riding, as well as the staples of yoga, exercise, meditation, and healthy eating habits.
There is a reason why people have to take prescription drugs under the supervision and direction of their doctors. If these drugs are not used properly or as intended, they could be dangerous. Many parents will be surprised to learn that teenage prescription drug abuse is quite prevalent and this type of abuse is as dangerous as abusing illicit drugs. Abusing prescription drugs can result in short- as well as long-term health problems.
Teens and Prescription Drug Abuse
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), about 2,000 teens in the U.S. abuse prescription drugs. A survey conducted by Monitoring the Future found that prescription drugs along with over-the-counter drugs are commonly abused by students in the 12th grade. And, past experiences and surveys suggest that teenagers who abuse prescription drugs are more likely to use other illicit drugs.
How Do Teens Get Prescription Drugs?
Teens, who abuse prescription medications, often get them from their family members and friends. This often occurs without the knowledge of the person using the prescription drug. A survey conducted by Monitoring the Future in 2012 reports that nearly 50 percent of high school seniors surveyed claimed that they could get opoid drugs very easily. This should show you that if teenagers want, they will be able to lay their hands on prescription drugs fairly easily.
Reasons for Prescription Drug Abuse Amongst Teens
Some may want to use the drugs to get high, others to reduce physical pain. There are still others, who believe that prescription drugs will help them perform better at school. It has been found that teenage boys and girls abuse certain types of prescription drugs for varying reasons. For instance, most teenage boys abuse prescription drugs to get high, while teenager girls use them to lose weight or remain alert.
A Benzo Withdrawal Story
“It’s stunning what a quarter milligram of a benzodiazepine can do to the body. Even less than that, I’ve found, can send the body spinning into the deep dark unmentionable. I’ve been detoxing off a high dose of benzodiazepines since September of 2011. The first few months were a failure. I didn’t know about the salve of exercise, didn’t know that shifting from the slam your head benzo to the slow trolling benzo was crucial for mitigation of withdrawals. But this past May, I found my expert and thought I had the formula. I was systematic, dropping my dosage weekly, walking fast even when my legs felt like lead and reminding myself to look up. Look: sky, birds, sun. Things were going well for detoxing off a substance many deem more addictive that heroin. That is, I realized, until they weren’t…”
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Don’t underestimate the value of hobbies in the recovery process. A complex process, recovery involves far more than abstaining from the use of substances. It also involves recovering the parts of self-lost to addiction and learning how to live life differently. However, as important as hobbies are to successful recovery, they can be used as a replacement for the substance, resulting not in a true recovery, but merely an exchange of one addiction for another.
Help Achieve Short-Term Recovery Goals
Hobbies can be an invaluable part of achieving short-term recovery goals. In the early days of sobriety, keeping the mind and body busy is important. Hobbies can make it easier to ride a wave of crave without giving into it. When the mind tries to wander into thoughts or memories of using, a good hobby can help divert thoughts away from such dangerous activities. Every time a person in recovery achieves the short-term goal of not using for one day, that person moves closer to long-term recovery success.
Finding A Way Forward
Hobbies can be an important part of reconnecting with who a person was before addiction took over. It is part of the process of healing and becoming whole again. Picking up old interests and reigniting old talents can boost self-esteem and remind those in recovery that they are more than just their problems. Hobbies can serve as parts of various strategies for dealing with stress and negative emotions. Time spent on hobbies can be a reward for taking the often difficult steps forward into a new, sober life.
Pharmacy shopping has become increasingly popular with individuals who abuse painkillers. It is now considered to be one of the leading causes of painkiller overdoses. Much like doctor shopping, where people visit as many doctors as possible to get prescriptions for painkillers and other medications, people who pharmacy shop frequent several pharmacies to get them filled without being detected. Opiates rehab facilities are seeing more and more cases where pharmacy shopping has played a role in the person’s addiction.
Too Many Prescriptions
Painkiller overdoses often occur because the person is able to fill more prescriptions than they should. They get the additional prescriptions by visiting several doctors with the same complaints. The doctors write prescriptions for the medications they believe the person needs. Once the prescriptions are written, the person must then shop several pharmacies to get each one filled. Opiates rehab facilities often have patients who receive several prescriptions for the same medications on a regular basis.
If a person cannot get a doctor to write a prescription, they may attempt to steal a prescription pad and write them on their own. Opiates rehab facilities often report that addicts will take extreme measures to get the drugs they want, including stealing prescription pads and forging the doctor’s signature.
Stopping Pharmacy Shoppers
Stopping pharmacy shoppers can be difficult for several reasons. In most cases, pharmacies only share information between one another if they are part of the same franchise. Medicaid and Medicare share information but often there is a time delay when it comes to be recorded into the system. In order to effectively stop pharmacy shoppers, protocols need to be put into place that will help both pharmacies and doctors identify individuals who are commonly seen purchasing the same prescription pain medications.
Drug rehab centers can do wonders for addicts. However, once the addiction program is over and the person comes home, the rest of the family has to support and help in preventing the addict from a relapse. This is where a recovery contract can prove to be extremely beneficial.
What’s a Recovery-Contract?
It is an agreement that clearly states what you expect from your loved one and what he should expect from you. All expectations and penalties for not meeting those expectations are while the recovering addict is living with you. Such a contract can keep your loved one and you on track and aids in complete de-addiction process.
Things to Keep an Eye Out For
Before you and your loved one actually sign a recovery contract, there are a few things that you need to look out for. These are the things that will ensure lasting sobriety in your loved one and ensure the work done by drug rehab centers is a success.
- Have an open talk with your loved one about why you are putting a contract in place
- Make the contract simple and don’t push the person into a corner with your expectations. You know your loved one well and hence, you know what is possible and what is not
- Make sure you let the person know what you expect of them clearly. Leave no room for misunderstandings and ambiguities
- Be clear on the number of relapses your loved one is allowed
- Listen and not just hear what your loved one has to say
- Address his doubts and be supportive
- Incorporate your loved one’s suggestions in the contract, if possible
- Make him realize the value of the recovery contract, otherwise all the work done by the rehab center will go in vain
Many countries are now banning alcohol advertisements in public places, especially near schools. This has started a debate on whether minors are adversely influenced when exposed to alcohol advertisements. While opponents claim otherwise, proponents of the ban feel it does affect minors in a bad way. So, what’s the truth amidst all this hype?
The Purpose of Alcohol Advertisements
Alcohol advertisements are primarily meant to influence our choice of alcohol and not how we drink alcohol. This is the reason alcohol manufacturers don’t advertise their products on television when minors viewership is high. On the other hand, when the age of the viewers increase, those programs do allow alcohol advertisements and this has been a sore point with parents and activists who claim alcohol advertisements are sending adolescents to alcohol drug rehab, as the purpose of the advertisements is lost.
What Do Researchers Say?
RAND, a non-profit organization, conducted a study and found school kids from grades 7th to 9th can be adversely influenced by alcohol advertisements. This study took into account just the advertisements shown during late night shows, such as Saturday Night Live, David Letterman and Jay Leno. However, the study doesn’t really reveal whether it is the ads that influence kids or it is the staying up late that pushes minors to alcohol.
Researchers from University of Texas beg to differ, as their study shows there is no connection between alcohol ads and minors. The study does state that alcohol manufacturers have increased their advertising budget in the last four decades, but the overall consumption has remained steady.
While there are many studies that support both opponents and proponents of alcohol advertisements, scientific studies have shown that minors are affected and influenced by their parents and friends. Of course, this doesn’t take away the influence of advertisements, but compared to other factors, this impact is marginal. So, if more minors today are being sent to alcohol drug rehab, it has more to do with their home environment and social circles. One can’t really blame alcohol ads for this rise in alcohol abuse among minors.
The nationwide poll conducted by the PEW Research Center suggests nearly two-thirds of Americans support treatment over imprisonment, and those who espouse policy changes are calling for more comprehensive legislation. Currently, there are four path-breaking U.S. policies that may soon change the landscape of our approach towards drug abuse, public safety and imprisonment.
The Decriminalization of Addiction
The best examples of decriminalization of addiction are the changes of state-level marijuana laws that happened recently. However, decriminalization is also taking shape in nationwide policies and practices that call for treatment rather than imprisonment. Many attorneys across the US now openly support the belief that addiction treatment is preferable to lengthy jail sentences.
National Drug Control Strategy
Obama administration’s 2014 National Drug Control Strategy marks a break from the traditional drug policy, which is also impacting other state-level policies. Many policy changes introduced by the 2014 National Drug Control Strategy have actually received support from all quarters.
Smarter Sentencing Act of 2015
Approximately, 50 percent of the prisoners living in the U.S. prisons are drug violators; nearly half of them carry the mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years. The Smarter Sentencing Act of 2015 asks for more synoptic sentencing, while cutting down the many federally mandated sentencing by nearly a half, and also for returning discretion back to judges. The U.S. Senate is holding debates over the Smarter Sentencing Act, but the bill does have all-round support.
New State Naloxone Policies
Naloxone is a drug that is easy to administer and reverses side effects from opioid overdose. Many states have started equipping first responders and law enforcement with Naloxone for the treatment of overdose cases. States have begun introducing policies to make Naloxone prescriptions easier to obtain and providing immunity from criminal liability to persons who administer Naloxone to an overdose victim.