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Teen Drug Addiction, Talking to Your Kids About Drugs

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Teen Drug Addiction

Even though drugs are no laughing matter, I feel that life is. The following article from The Onion was hilarious and even though I am clean and sober it cracked me up… Enjoy!

Read The Onion: Talking to your kids about drugs

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Alcohol Addiction; 2 Children Die from Drunk Drivers

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Alcohol Addiction

Two children are dead as a result of 2 seperate incidents involving drunk drivers, 12 year old Faith Love was stuck and killed by Justin Caramanica, 41 while she was Trick or Treating in Summerlin. Caramanica was charged with felony DUI.

In a seperate incident 15-year-old Lucas Ruiz-Brenes was crossing Center Street near Dogwood Street in Henderson about 10 p.m. Henderson police said Ruiz-Brenes was not in a marked crosswalk when he was struck and killed by a Mercedes-Benz SUV driven by Imre Dayka, 77.

Dayka was booked on a charge of felony DUI with substantial bodily harm or death.

This all just comes days after 6 year old Mia Decker was killed when she and 2 other children were stuck by a 78 year old woman while they were crossing through a crosswalk in North Las Vegas. Although this incident was not alcohol related, it is marking a disturbing trend in pedestrian accidents coming into a major holiday.

Click here for the full story from the Las Vegas Review Journal

Our Las Vegas based Drug and Alcohol treatment programs will assist you in your recovery from chemical dependency, whether it be alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, opiates, or other addictive substances. We offer Chronic Pain, Detox, Intensive Outpatient, and Residential Treatment Programs. Solutions Recovery, Inc. is able to assist you in your recovery. For more information please visit our website at www.Solutions-Recovery.com.

Prescription Drug Deaths Triple in a Decade

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Prescription Drug Rehab

Inappropriately used prescription pain medications kill 15,000 people in the United States each year, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We’re in the midst of an epidemic,” says CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden. “Narcotics prescribed by physicians kill 40 people per day.”

Deaths due to prescription painkiller overdoses now exceed the number of heroin and cocaine overdose deaths combined, says Frieden, who is joining  Gil Kerlikowske, the director of National Drug Control Policy, also known as the nation’s drug czar, to raise awareness about how prescription drug abuse deaths have tripled since 1999.

Read More: CNN: Rx Drug Deaths Triple in Decade

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Las Vegas Man Found Dead in ‘Magic Mushroom’ Grow House

drug abuse addition rehab mushroomsA man was found dead in a grow house for illegal “magic mushrooms” Friday morning, Las Vegas police said.
Officers arrived about 1 a.m. to the apartment at 840 King Richard Ave., just east of McCarran International Airport in the southeast valley.

Police said the man’s roommate had called authorities after his roommate stopped breathing.

When officers arrived, they discovered the grow operation, which contained a “good size” psilocybin mushroom manufacturing lab.

Police said several ounces of the hallucinogenic fungus were already processed and ready for sale.  There were numerous other large mushroom plants growing in aquariums used for cultivation, police said.

Hallucinogenic mushrooms have a street value of about $200 an ounce, police said. The drug is similar in effect to LSD, with the potential to cause intense panic, terror and paranoia.

The man, who was not identified, appeared to be about 45 years old. The death was not deemed suspicious, but the county coroner’s office will determine the official cause of death.

Read the full Las Vegas Review Journal story here

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Addiction Recovery: There’s More to it Than Just Quitting

By Bob Gaydos

addiction recovery rehab“Along with my last column on Amy Winehouse’s struggles with addiction, I offered two brief articles, one listing celebrities who are sober in recovery and one citing an example of a celebrity — Mel Gibson — who has reportedly not touched alcohol in five years, but whose erratic behavior, in my view, has not fit the treatment definition of “sober” or, for that matter, “recovery.” I said it sounded like a dry drunk.

At least one reader took exception with my assessment. His email: “Bob, I think you were a little unfair in your assessment of Mel Gibson. Did you consider that alcohol is comparable to a drug, and his addiction, and coming off it, causes severe mood swings? Would it be better that he went off the handle while intoxicated or better that he is sober? Once an addict always an addict, but at least he knows that if he drinks he is a detriment to himself and those around him. Cut the guy a break. We have all had embarrassing moments, and thankfully they were NOT recorded. Think of your own actions in your lifetime that may embarrass you if they were recorded and made public. Your comments on Gibson make it sound like he should remain on alcohol because going sober isn’t helping.”

A few things before we discuss a dry drunk:

1. We are not going to discuss any of my embarrassing moments here.

2. Based on history and his statement that he is an alcoholic, I do not think Gibson should go back to drinking.

3. I am not going to cut him a break.”

The big picture of addiction recovery

Perhaps one of the most misunderstood principles of recovering from addiction, whether it be to alcohol or other drugs, is the need to change the thinking and behavior that fed the addiction. Merely not drinking is not enough. Yes, abstaining from alcoholic drinking will bring some improvements in a person’s life — better health, more money and, for a while at least, fewer confrontations. But unless the alcoholic makes a sincere effort to change, there is a good chance the anger, bitterness, impatience, impulsiveness, self-absorption, resentment or other traits that marked his drinking life will continue, perhaps in greater degree because he can’t drink anymore. Poor me.

This is often the time when loved ones become frustrated. Some have been known to say, “You weren’t this miserable when you were drinking. Maybe you should start again.”

Read the full Record Online story here

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Brain Scan May Predict Addiction

drug addiction rehabResearchers at the Yale School of Medicine think they have found a way to predict a recovering alcoholic’s chance of relapsing.

Their study, conducted with patients at the Connecticut Mental Health Center, was the first ever to show a correlation between an increased likelihood to fall into relapse and reduced gray matter in regions of the brain associated with impulse control. The American Journal of Psychiatry published the findings in February, and the article’s conclusions could soon have far-reaching implications for alcohol treatment, according to study director Rajita Sinha, a professor of psychiatry at the School of Medicine.

Sinha and her team studied patients who had undergone four weeks of alcohol abuse treatment at the health center. The researchers used magnetic resonance imaging to measure gray matter volumes, a reliable indicator of neural count and functionality, in various regions of patients’ brains. The researchers contacted the patients three times over the following 90 days, and they discovered that those who relapsed in a shorter period of time had possessed relatively less gray matter in certain areas of the brain when scanned before discharge.

The key area of the brain in predicting relapse rates was the prefrontal cortex, an area associated with impulse control and executive function.

Sinha, who also directs Yale’s Interdisciplinary Stress Center, said that patients with inhibited executive function often relapse because of the challenges they face upon leaving alcohol recovery treatment. Patients with a lower volume of gray matter in their impulse control centers might be predisposed to drink if presented an opportunity, she said.

Read the full story from the Yale Daily News here

Our Las Vegas based Drug and Alcohol treatment programs will assist you in your recovery from chemical dependency, whether it be alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, opiates, or other addictive substances. We offer Chronic Pain, Detox, Intensive Outpatient, and Residential Treatment Programs. Solutions Recovery, Inc. is able to assist you in your recovery. For more information please visit our website at www.Solutions-Recovery.com.

Chis Rene, Staying Sober and Living his Dream

The story of how Chris Rene ended up as one of the 17 finalists on Fox’s new talent show “The X Factor” began sometime last spring.

Rene, a talented singer who had been working as a Santa Cruz trash collector, was walking down the street one day when he spied a front-page story in a newspaper on the success of another singer, Santa Cruzan James Durbin, on Fox’s “American Idol.”

“I saw that and I was, like, ‘Oh my God!’” said Rene in a telephone interview Wednesday. “I just said to myself, ‘Look at what this guy is doing? What are you doing with your life, Chris?’”

Rene will be among 16 other musical acts to compete in a live show on Tuesday on “The X Factor,” the new show created by former “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell.

The same day he saw the Durbin story in the Sentinel, he said, he visited his older sister, Gina Rene, also a singer, and announced to her that he was going to audition for “American Idol.” The problem was that, at 28, Rene was in danger of missing the age limit of 16 to 28 on “Idol.” A week later, Gina Rene received an audition notice from “The X Factor,” which has no age limit.

“So she says, ‘You and I are both going to do this,’” said Chris Rene. “So, yeah, Durbin was the reason I ended up on ‘The X Factor.’”

Tuesday, viewers of “The X Factor” watched as Rene impressed judge L.A. Reid and pop superstar Rihanna enough that they agreed to allow to go forward in the competition.

It’s all been a storybook experience of Rene, who did his auditions last summer shortly after getting out of rehab. Rene’s struggle to maintain his sobriety has been an ongoing theme of his stint on “The X Factor.”

“It’s just surreal,” he said from Los Angeles where he is staying while competing on the show. “I did not think that this was going to unfold the way it unfolded.”

Read the full Mercury News story here

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80,000 Deported from the US for Drug and Alcohol Charges

drug addiction rehabUS Immigration and Customs Enforcement director John Morton said yesterday that his agency deported nearly 400,000 individuals during fiscal 2011, which ended in September.

ICE said about 55% of the 396,906 individuals deported had felony or misdemeanor convictions. Officials said the number of individuals convicted of crimes was up 89% from 2008.

Officials could not immediately say how many of those crimes related to previous immigration violations.

Individuals can be convicted of a felony for returning to the United States or being found in the country after the government orders them to leave.

Among those deported were more than 1,000 people convicted of homicide.  Another 5,800 were sexual offenders, and about 80,000 people convicted of drug-related crimes or driving under the influence.

Authorities say two-thirds of those deported either recently crossed the border or had done so repeatedly.

Read the full Boston Globe Story here

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Are Today’s Parents Too Soft on Kids Using Marijuana?

marijuana addiction rehabA little pot turned into a lot, and then alcohol, cocaine and whatever else he could get his hands on, Riley says. At 19, when he entered rehab, he was broke and homeless.

“I couldn’t fake people out anymore,” says Riley, now 23, clean and newly married.

Roughly one in 10 people who try marijuana get addicted, and young users are more vulnerable than older ones, says Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Nobody knows why some people get addicted and others don’t — and that’s why teens should stay away from marijuana, both Volkow and Riley say.

But daily marijuana use among young adults is at its highest levels since 1991. A national survey released last month shows that 17 million Americans — mostly teens or young adults — used pot in 2010. About 40% of those used it on 20 or more days in the past month, up from 36.7% in 2009.

“It’s the biggest drug problem in the United States,” says Peter Delany of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Teen alcohol and tobacco use are down, he says, but “we haven’t had such luck with marijuana. … Society still has very mixed feelings” about it.

Some parents are uncomfortable telling kids not to smoke pot, he says, because they’ve used it themselves. Delany, who has a 15-year-old son, says parents need to get over this ambivalence and make it clear to kids that marijuana use is risky.

Read the full USA Today story here

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Eminem on Addiction; ‘The Bigger the Crowd, the Bigger My Habit Got’

Eminem rehab addictionEminem hasn’t exactly avoided the topic of his relationship with a variety of illicit chemicals. After all, his last two albums were called Relapse and Recovery. But the man born Marshall Mathers has rarely been as candid about his struggles with addiction in the press.

In the pages of GQ, where he was named a “God of Rock” next to the likes of Keith Richards and Robert Plant, Em let the world know exactly why he is so prone to addiction. “I’m very much a creature of habit,” he told GQ. “If I’m used to waking up in the morning and having [a Red Bull], I could do it every morning for the next ten years straight until I find something else to move on to. So if I’m used to taking a Vicodin when I wake up in the morning because I’m hungover from ­drinking or taking pills … The bigger the crowd, the bigger my habit got.”

Eminem also explained that his drug problems could be traced over the course of his discography, noting that The Slim Shady LP was written almost entirely sober, the dark experiments on The Marshall Mathers LP were the result of more experimentation with substances, and Encore was hampered both artistically and practically thanks to his addiction to prescription medication (including Valium and Ambien).

After a failed stint in rehab (“Every addict in rehab feels like everyone’s staring at them. With me? Everyone was staring at me”), he had a traumatic overdose experience and finally made the decision to get clean when he realized he was killing himself. “I had a feeling in my arm that was weird, man,” he said. “Like, it really freaked me out. So I went to some people I trust and said, ‘Look, I know I need help. I’m ready now.’ I got a room in the same hospital where I overdosed, and I detoxed.”

Read the full Entertainment Weekly story here

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