An individual can be addicted to drug substances for some time before they even recognize that they have a problem and they need help. Even when this does occur, though, some individuals are quite certain that full recovery is actually impossible, and they begin to resign themselves to the idea that they will have to live with their addiction for the rest of their life – however long that may be.
Effective rehabilitation treatment must assist an individual in addressing all of the causes and effects of their drug use, and in gaining the confidence they will need to take back control of their life. This is not an easy or fast process, but the good news is that it can and has been done, time and again.
Before Richie decided to attend Narconon Arrowhead, his life was completely miserable. He had tried numerous other rehabilitation treatment programs, and nothing had ever worked to help him put an end to his heroin addiction. The worst part was that he simply couldn’t figure out why this was. He assumed that something had to be wrong with him to make it so he simply couldn’t recover, and he was resigned to the idea that he would be a heroin addict for the rest of his life. Even this didn’t alarm him, in fact he felt quite comfortable with the fact that he would probably die before he’d quit heroin.
Richie’s sister refused to give up so easily, and went online to find a treatment program that could actually effectively help her brother recover. She found Narconon Arrowhead, and was certain that it was exactly what Richie needed. She assisted Richie in getting to the facility, and he now has no doubt that her actions saved his life, something for which he will always be immensely grateful to her.
Every aspect of the Narconon program empowered Richie to take back control over his life, and that is the one thing he is most impressed with. When he was using drugs and alcohol, he had absolutely no control over his life, his decisions or his actions. He was living in a state of complete confusion, and he couldn’t make the right decisions for his future even when his life depended on it. To be given the ability to control his decisions and actions in life was to regain power to create his future happiness.
Now that he has completed the Narconon program, Richie is completely in control of his own life and he knows with absolute certainty that he can achieve anything he wants. He is amazed that he was able to come from the complete mess his life had become – where he couldn’t think or function like a normal, healthy, happy or productive human being – and gain the self-control and tools he needs to be a wonderful father, brother and son.
Richie feels that any concerned parent or family member who has a loved one with a drug or alcohol problem should contact Narconon Arrowhead. The staff are absolutely amazing, and will help anyone better understand these problems and how to help resolve them, which can effectively save a loved one’s life and help to make it even better than it’s ever been before.]]>
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. It is most frequently caused by a virus. There are several types of Hepatitis, and in the United States, the most common are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.
Toxins, some medications, certain medical conditions and heavy alcohol use can also cause hepatitis.
Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B are the two types most commonly caused by drug use. In support of Hepatitis Awareness Month, the following guide can be used to learn about Hepatitis, its prevention and treatment.
Hepatitis A, an acute liver disease, is caused by the Hepatitis A virus (HAV). The duration of the disease ranges from a mild illness of a few weeks in length, to a severe illness several months in length.
Hepatitis A does not lead to chronic Hepatitis infection.
This type of Hepatitis is transmitted by ingesting even microscopic amounts of fecal matter. Ingesting contaminated drinks of food; contact with drinks, food or objects contaminated by the feces of an infected person; or close person-to-person contact are also means of transmission.
There is a vaccination to prevent Hepatitis A.
Hepatitis B, a liver disease, is caused by the Hepatitis B virus (HBV). It ranges in severity from a mild illness of a few weeks duration to a serious long-term illness which can lead to liver cancer or liver disease.
Acute Hepatitis B
This is a short-term illness caused by the Hepatitis B virus, occurring within the initial 6 months after exposure to the virus. The acute infection can lead to a chronic infection, but does not always do so.
Chronic Hepatitis B
This is a long-term illness caused by the Hepatitis B virus remaining in the person’s body. It is a serious disease, and can result in long-term health problems or death.
Hepatitis B is transmitted through contact with blood, semen or other body fluids infected with the virus. Sex with infected persons and sharing contaminated drug-injection needs are common causes. A Hepatitis B infected mother can pass the disease to her newborn.
There is a Hepatitis B vaccination recommended by the CDC for at-risk adults for Hepatitis B prevention.
Hepatitis C, a liver disease, is caused by the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). A Hepatitis C infection sometimes causes an acute illness of a few weeks duration. It can become a serious, life-long illness. Most often, it becomes a chronic condition which can lead to cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer.
Acute Hepatitis C
Acute Hepatitis C is a short-term illness occurring within 6 months of initial exposure to the Hepatitis C virus. For most people, Acute Hepatitis C leads to a chronic infection.
Chronic Hepatitis C
Chronic Hepatitis C is a serious disease, resulting in long-term health problems, or death.
Hepatitis C is transmitted through contact with blood of an infected person. The primary means of transmission today is sharing contaminated drug-injection needles, or other drug-injection equipment.
Prior to 1992 when widespread blood-supply screening in the United States began, Hepatitis C was commonly spread through organ transplants and blood transfusions.
There is no vaccination to prevent Hepatitis C. The best prevention is to refrain from or avoid injection drug-use, or other behaviors that spread the disease.
According to the CDC, those populations most at risk of Viral Hepatitis are:
Awareness of Viral Hepatitis—what it is and how it is transmitted—is a vital part of its prevention. If you or someone you love is or has been an injection drug user, it is recommended by the CDC that you get testing for the Hepatitis B Virus and Hepatitis C Virus infection.]]>
The cost of substance abuse in terms of money and human suffering is astronomical.
According to ODMHSAS, the economic cost to Oklahoma is estimated to be nearly $7 billion dollars annually:
The cost in human suffering and destroyed lives far surpasses even the economic toll. Alcohol and drug addiction in Oklahoma contributes to:
ODMHSAS reports an estimated 140,000 Oklahomans over the age of 18 need alcohol- addiction treatment. That equates to 5 percent of the state population.
Another 21,000 Oklahomans—about 1 percent of the population—need substance abuse treatment for drug addiction.
There are 323,000 adolescents in Oklahoma. Nearly 6 percent of them (about 20,000), are in need of treatment for drug and alcohol addiction.
Across the state of Oklahoma, addiction to alcohol surpasses addiction to drugs. For every person needing drug abuse treatment, there are more than seven Oklahomans needing treatment for alcohol abuse.
Statewide, alcohol addiction surpasses drug addiction by an average of 7.5 to one; meaning that for every person needing drug treatment more than seven people need alcohol treatment.
According to the ODMHSAS, a person needing substance abuse treatment may show some signs and symptoms:
Warning signs of adolescent substance abuse are cited as:
The best time to stop alcohol and drug abuse is before it even starts. Drug prevention education is a proven and effective tool to prevent substance abuse. Support drug prevention education efforts in the state of Oklahoma. Learn the facts about drugs and alcohol. Speak freely with your children and teens. Educate them on drugs and alcohol, and the very real risks and dangers of their use. Teach them how to deal with in-life situations of drug and alcohol use by peers. Teach them how to say “no”, and to mean it. Demand drug prevention education in your Oklahoma schools and communities.
For those who have already fallen into the trap of substance abuse, seek effective treatment. A holistic, drug-free approach to treatment combined with increasing life-skills needed in life is recommended.]]>
Governor Fallin signed HB 1948 into law with the goal of reducing doctor-shopping in Oklahoma. “Doctor shopping “is the term used to describe the activity of a drug seeker going to multiple doctors in order to get narcotics.
The newly-signed-law also seeks to reduce reliance on dangerous narcotics for treating pain, and to reduce their inappropriate use.
Fallin cited Oklahoma’s prescription drug-caused death rate to be higher than deaths from car wrecks. The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports that the drug overdose rate in Oklahoma increased by almost 400 percent (1999-2013).
Oklahoma currently ranks sixth in the United States for unintentional drug overdoses
The prescription drug database already exists in Oklahoma, but under existing law, doctors participate on a voluntary basis–excepting the drug Methadone. The new bill would require doctors to access the prescription drug database prior to prescribing specific addictive drugs, or before refilling prescriptions.
The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (OBNDD) operates the database. It contains real-time information on a patient prescriptions; and if prescriptions have been obtained from another doctor by a patient.
The Oklahoma State Medical Association (OSMA) opposed similar protocol proposal in recent years, citing concerns over placing an unfunded mandate on healthcare providers. This year, the association and legislators worked together on a compromise measure, and passage of the bill was ultimately endorsed.
According to the president of the OSMA, Dr. Todd Brockman, the association recognized the seriousness of the problem and wanted to be a part of the solution.
The bill was written by State Rep. Doug Cox, who is also a Grove, Oklahoma emergency room physician. According to Cox, the drug monitoring database already includes doctors in Kansas and Arkansas; and Oklahoma officials are working to include physicians in Missouri.
Nonmedical use of prescription drugs is a driving factor in the epidemic of prescription drug abuse and overdose deaths. Those without legitimate prescriptions for the drugs are likely to get them from those who do have a prescription—or by doctor shopping. .
The prescription drug database can provide timely and accurate patient prescription histories, alerting prescribers of patient doctor shopping. Some see it as a means to help coordinate patient care, and a tool for substance abuse treatment referral. The database information can be also be used as a tool to prevent potentially dangerous drug combinations or interactions.
Real-time reporting by Oklahoma pharmacists when filling prescriptions for controlled substances provides physicians with real-time database information.
Results from the newly-signed Oklahoma law requiring physicians to access the database may show some very real-time beneficial results in the efforts to curtail doctor shopping, “pill mill” overprescribing, and prescription drug diversion.
The new law is seen by many as an important tool in the fight against prescription drug abuse in Oklahoma.
Senator A.J. Griffin, who authored HB 1948 with Representative Doug Cox, said the writing and passing of laws to help reverse the epidemic of prescription drug abuse in Oklahoma has been one of her top priorities. She views the new law as an important tool in fighting Oklahoma prescription drug abuse.
It will definitely take a concerted effort by concerned Oklahomans to bring the prescription drug abuse epidemic under control—and a thing of the past.]]>