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Teen Substance Abuse and Prescription Drugs Teen substance abuse of prescription drugs continues to rise. If you have a teen, it is critical to speak to them about the dangers of these drugs and also to have your own drugs properly contained and deposed of within the proper time frame. Unfortunately, despite parental precautions, teens continue to abuse these drugs. Dr. Robin Wulffson warns parents of this surge in drug abuse among teens in her article, “Teens Responsible For Much Prescription Drug Abuse”. (Found in EmaxHealth) According to a new study, the teen in your household might be a
Substance Abuse Recognition by Doctors Drinking is one of the most common forms of substance abuse and many doctors do not notice the tell tale signs of this abuse among most of their patients. It is extemely important for overall health and the social well being of the patient that such clues are identified by doctors. Carolyne Krupa of Amednews.com writes in her article, “Recognizing the Alcoholic Patient” why it is important for doctors to notice the signs of substance abuse among drinking patients. Some are easier to spot than others. It may be as obvious as encountering an intoxicated
Substance Abuse and Early Drinking Trends Substance Abuse can start from the early beginnings especially when parents unknowingly allow their children to drink under their supervision. Instead of removing the temptation to drink later, studies show it enhances the temptation. The European model of younger drinking ages just does not fit with America’s culture. Meredith Bennett-Smith of the Huffington Post writes on this subject in her article, “Parents (Mistakenly) Believe Lettings Kids Drink Alcholol Early Discourages Later Use, Study Says” about the growing problem of early age drinking that is connected with parents who drink with their children. A surprising
Substance Abuse and PTSD: A Deadly Combination Our war heroes should be greeted with parades and celebrated. Instead in many accounts, they fall into the cracks of society and become addicted to drugs and alcohol. Combined with their war experiences, they sometimes face psychological issues as well. This sad reality should be unacceptable in America. These men fought for our freedom and deserve much more instead of addiction, substance abuse and nightmares. These dangers have been researched recently. The combinations of PTSD and substance abuse on veterans was looked at by researchers at the University of Michigan. Rick Nauert, PhD.
Doctors Need to Treat Substance Abuse Better Substance abuse continues to plauge our society and where it can be met on a regular basis is at the doctor’s office. Unfortunately, many doctors are not well equipped to deal with the issues of substance abuse. Maybe they should look into receiving an certification in substance abuse counseling? Sandra Boorman of the ”Washington Post” writes in her article, “Few Doctors Know How To Treat Addiction” that certain changes could be on the horizen to better train doctors. They are seen every day in doctors’ offices, outpatient clinics and hospital emergency rooms: men in their 50s
Addiction to Pain Killers A new alarming trend of addiction and substance abuse is taking place with substance abuse and painkillers. People who are given a simple prescription after surgery for pain are becoming addicted to their soothing effects. Many former patients feel that pain killers should completely kill the pain. The truth is they should be used as pain managers. Complete pain relief is an abuse of the drug. Christina Mitchell from Courierpostonline.com talks about this growing problem in her article “Abuse Of Painkillers Seen As An Epidemic”. Robert Richter got his first taste of Vicodin as a teen, when his
Substance Abuse Is Still High Among Americans Substance Abuse remains to be an issue in America as high rates of addiction continue to plague our nation. It is a problem that needs to be addressed with compassion and proper training. Many addicts use drugs and alcohol as a way to not deal with issues they are facing. The physical addiction then makes sure they are sunk into substance abuse. LJ Anderson writes in his article, “The Changing Face of American Addictions” about the continued problem of addiction. A study released by The Partnership at Drugfree.org in March showed that 10 percent of
Drug abuse is a big problem for many individuals, not just those who happen to have particularly addictive personalities that are susceptible to a number of different substances. Substance abuse counseling is a great way out of the trap that many drug users fall into. Without a shoulder to turn to they can potentially fall deeper and deeper into the slump that they’re in and might find it particularly difficult to recover from it in the long run. With a support structure behind them, breaking free from the horrors of drug addiction can be a huge blessing, and often one that
Because of recent events any substance abuse counseling program will be discussing methylenedioxypyrovalerone or MDPV, otherwise known as bath salts. Other names for this designer drug include; plant fertilizer, stardust, ocean, cloud, white lighting to name a few. These drugs are sold in stores by how they are labeled. These vials can be legally sold as something else. They are sold for use in your bath tub or to feed your plants and they will say not meant for human consumption. This can bypass drug laws. Substance abuse counselors have noticed their effects and addictive properties are a lot like cocaine.
Substance abuse counselor strategies are the answer to a challenging problem to treat. Most substance abusers derive a lot of pleasure from their substance abusing behaviors. In order to effectively overcome their additions, they need to make a lot of important psychological changes. The main role of a substance abuse counselor is to facilitate these changes. A Substance Abuse Counselor Should Empathize with the Client’s Situation The most important strategy a substance abuse counselor can employ is empathizing with clients. Empathizing with clients does not mean excusing their behavior and helping them to avoid the negative consequences of their drug