Fentanyl Abuse: The Prescription Killer What is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is a drug given to relieve chronic pain. The opioid shot to fame after the rock icon Prince died as a result of an accidental overdose of the drug. Fentanyl is one of the strongest prescription painkillers available and is currently taken by millions of people across the US to help control their pain. However, it is also fast becoming a drug of abuse. All opioids treat pain effectively but carry a risk of addiction. The problem with Fentanyl is its strength and the way it works. Fentanyl was developed [...]
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How to Help Your Child Stop Smoking Pot It is normal to feel emotional if you find that your son or daughter has been using marijuana. These emotions can range from the guilt that you did not take action before, or you could just feel upset at the thought that your child has started abusing the drug. Whatever your feelings, drug use is something that many parents of teens face. It can be difficult to tackle but you must work with your child to address the issue before it goes too far. Finding Out Your Child is Smoking Pot Most teens [...]
How Can I Help My Son Stop Drinking? Alcohol is legal and many young adults find it easy to obtain. Even those who are not legally old enough to drink can often find someone willing to buy it for them, or they can find it at home or in the home of their friends. As a result of this ease of access, it is one of the common substances that young adults experiment with and some of them will go on to abuse it. If you start to suspect that your child is drinking alcohol you will want to tackle the [...]
The Abuse of Prescription Stimulants by College Students Alongside abuse of alcohol and drugs, there is an increasing problem of prescription stimulant drug abuse among college students. These drugs are legal and often easy to obtain. Many students are reporting that they have used a prescribed stimulant to help improve their academic performance. In fact, in a survey, 58% of students said that they knew their friends abused these drugs and around 28% said they had shared their prescribed stimulants. 52% of those students who had been legally prescribed these drugs had experienced peer pressure to share them with others. As [...]
The Problem of Drug Abuse in Sports With Young Adults Drug abuse in sports is an ongoing issue in the sporting community. Not only is it bad for the health of the individual athlete but when celebrity athletes are found to be abusing drugs it also presents a bad role model for impressionable young adults. The growth of drug abuse can be linked directly to the increasing emphasis on winning. This has taken root within society as a whole and has spread to the world of sports. Sadly, many athletes, including teens and young adults, start to find new ways of [...]
Managing Anger in Addiction Recovery It is often the case that people have mental health disorders that are concurrent with addiction problems. Often addiction occurs as a result of self-medicating through the use of drugs or alcohol. It follows, therefore, that to achieve and maintain sobriety any treatment must take a holistic approach to the person and address their physical, emotional and mental health. Anger is not necessarily a negative emotion nor it is an abnormal response to certain situations. However, it can be the case that anger is not appropriate and can cause additional problems, leaving a person vulnerable to [...]
Common Hiding Spots for Drugs if you suspect your child is using If you have growing suspicions that your child has started to use drugs you may start thinking about looking for evidence. Although this can feel as if you are invading your child's privacy, sometimes that is necessary to protect your child. Once you have found the evidence you can identify what drugs they are using, what resources and treatment options are available and start to determine what action to take. As we all know, teens can be very clever and when it comes to hiding evidence of substance [...]
Setting Boundaries with your child in recovery Boundaries are a key part of life, but they are essential for those in recovery from substance addiction or abuse. Setting Boundaries with your child is a Healthy Way of Helping Your Child With Addiction Recovery. Boundaries need to be firm and stable but having them too rigid or too relaxed can both be damaging especially in the formative years of a child’s life. Boundaries that are too strict can lead to emotional repression, whereas lax boundaries cause issues with developing a sense of self and personal responsibility. It is always worth remembering that [...]
Safe and Healthy Alternatives to Alcohol for Coping with Stress It is not uncommon that alcohol is used as a way of dealing with stress and coping with difficult situations, yet this type of self-medication will ultimately lead to a worsening situation. Over time the triggers that turned someone to drink will become connected to the alcohol use, with the alcohol becoming a major stressor in its own right. This creates and perpetuates a cycle of substance abuse and addiction. The best way to address the problem of using alcohol as self-medication is to undergo a dual-diagnosis treatment program which identifies [...]
How to Confront your Child if you suspect they are using Drugs Parents don't suddenly wake up one morning with the fear that their child is using drugs; it is usually something that develops over time because they have noticed signs that something is not quite right. It could be that a previously good student has started to drop their grades. Perhaps they are hanging out with a bad crowd, becoming more secretive or their behavior has deteriorated. There could be more concrete reasons why, as a parent, you have become suspicious; you are finding your money gone, they look different [...]