March 27th, 2011
I want to share a recent post of mine from psychinaction because I think it applies to addiction as much as it does to other mental health issues:
A report published by SAMHSA addresses the issue of self-disclosure regarding mental illness.
Research has already shown that the more familiar people are with others who have different form of mental illness, the more their attitudes regarding mental illness will improve.
The problem is that in the process, those who self-disclose fear being ostracized, losing their jobs, and suffering other similar consequences.
Still, the report found that those who do self-disclose often experience relief and find that it improves their relationships. I think this can be especially true for addicts, who often feel shame and therefore hide their drug issues.
Obviously, the process requires careful timing. Also, a progression of self-disclosure, from a small group of trusted friends on, is suggested.
For the full report, go here: “Self-disclosure and its impact on individuals who receive mental health services.”
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Tags: addiction, depression, disclose, disclosure, illness, mental, mental illness, regarding mental illness, relationship, report, SAMHSA, self, self disclosure
October 20th, 2010
You guessed it, another great piece detailing some interesting information about addiction from the corners of the world (wide web?). Enjoy, and remember to let us know if we’re missing some topics you’d like to see here!
Drug Information and alcohol safety
Drug.ie- Educating teens about drugs during the time of adolescence may be too late according to this piece. which claims that parents are very ignorant about the whole drug culture (many do not even know that their teens are using drugs or alcohol). In order to try to combat the drug problem parents should be educated and the whole community should work together to help alleviate the drug problem.
Irish medical news- A new street drug has emerged in Ireland and is selling for €2 (something like $3). The drug has said to be as dangerous as methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV). The drug is currently being analyzed for its properties but is thought to be as potent as mephedrone, BZP and MDPV.
Examiner- This article examines the history of Amy Winehouse and how she used to be deeply involved in the world of drugs. The good thing that emerges from this article is the fact that Amy Winehouse has been sober for over 3 years – If Amy can do it, I’m sure many other addicts can!
Breaking the cycles- This article examines the proper ways to deal with individuals when they are drunk. Alcohol works by depressing the central nervous system by slowing down the heart rate, lowering blood pressure and slowing a person’s breathing rate. If a friend passes out and they have consumed a lot of alcohol you should turn them on their side in order to prevent them from choking on their vomit. This is important, however it cannot stop the depressant action of alcohol as it keeps working on the central nervous system.
Addiction recovery resources
Bloomsburg Buisnessweek- Mental illness stigma is very difficult to shake when it comes to addiction recovery. In order to compact this issue individuals need to be educated about mental illness. In order to reduce stigma people should be urged to focus on the person rather than the disease.
5min Life Videopedia- This video gives a great perspective on how to help individuals who are recovering from drug addiction and alcohol abuse. It is worth watching, Enjoy!
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Tags: about addiction, addiction, addiction recovery, adolescence, Alcohol, alkohol, amy winehouse, central nervous system, drug, drug problem, drunk, mental health, mental illness, parents, recovery, safety, sober, teens
July 12th, 2010
These are the newest links about alcohol, drug crime and mental health. Let us know what you think and leave us your feedback!
Kombucha, Alcohol content, and teens
The New York Times: Some Kombucha drinks may have elevated alcohol content, with specific varieties reaching as high as 3% alcohol by volume, as high as some beers, and much higher than the legal limit on non-alcoholic drinks of 0.5%.
preventionworksct: Hospital emergency room visits linked to underage drinking almost double during the July 4 holiday weekend. Daily underage drinking-related visits are 87 percent higher during the July 4 holiday weekend than on an average day in July.
Caron: Good intentions of parents may unintentionally contribute to teenage alcohol abuse when mixed messages are presented. An expert suggests that substance abuse should be discussed before a kid reaches his or her teens.
Science Daily: Teens tend to increase their alcohol consumption in summer. Experts suggest parents monitor their children.
Drug Crime & Law
UPI: In Mexican drug smuggle, increasingly more teenagers are used to smuggle drugs across the U.S. border into Arizona. In 2009, 130 minors were arrested while allegedly trying to smuggle drugs across the border through entry ports from Sonora, Mexico, into Arizona.
Politica AP: Since the 2006 passage of an anti-methamphetamine law, the number of crystal meth lab cleanups nationwide has decrease. Investigators link the decline to the law that made it harder to buy chemicals used in this drug production.
About addiction and mental health
Reuters: There is an association between marijuana use and increased risks of depression and anxiety disorders. It is though unclear whether marijuana use itself, or some other factor, accounts for this connection.
Health Day: What works to treat adult addicts may not work for the younger population. According to experts, illnesses that start earlier in life are harder to treat than illnesses developed during adult life.
|Posted in: Alcohol, Drugs, Education, Links, Marijuana, Meth
Tags: Alcohol, alcoholism, crime, crystal meth, Drugs, Kombucha, law, marijuana, mental health, mental illness, meth, parental influence, parents, teen alcoholism, teenage alcoholism, teens
June 28th, 2010
This are new, interesting articles about addiction. Check out the links to the articles, and give us your feedback.
Smoking and related issues
Health Day: Smoking increases the risk of age-related macular degeneration, a disease that robs people of their sight.
Reuters: When cigarette smokers quit smoking, chronic stress levels may go down. This should give smokers reassurance that quitting will not deprive them of a valuable stress reliever.
Reuters: A nicotine mouth spray may help prevent cigarette cravings three times faster than nicotine lozenges or chewing gum. This might help smokers who are trying to quit smoking.
Cesar Fax: The percentage of national tobacco retailers selling to minors appears to have leveled off. The average national retailer violation rate decreased from 40.1% to 10.8%, and stabilized at 10.8%.
wcstv: Under a proposed deal reached by Governor David Paterson and Albany legislators, cigarette taxes would increase by $1.60 per pack. In New York City, the price of one pack of cigarettes would cost over $10 in many stores. The hope is that this huge price increase will help smokers quit smoking and reduce overall levels of smoking in New York.
About addiction to alcohol, painkillers, and prescription medication
Hazelden: Abuse of alcohol, painkillers, and prescription medication is rising dramatically among older people. Signs of alcohol abuse and drug addiction are different in older adults than in younger people.
Science Daily: Religiosity can moderate genetic effects on alcohol abuse during adolescence but not during early adulthood. The heritability of an alcohol abuse phenotype depends upon the social environment within which it is measured.
Medical News TODAY: Sleep problems can predict the onset of alcohol abuse in healthy adults and relapse in abstinent alcoholics. Puberty is related to sleep problems and later bedtimes, which are associated with alcohol abuse.
Health Day: Exercise may be an effective treatment option for alcoholism. In addition, alcoholism disrupts normal daily circadian rhythms, which can lead to disrupted sleep patterns.
About addiction and mental illness
KansasCity.com: To study drug addiction and mental illness researchers, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, have received a $1.8 million federal grant. One of the leading researchers states that conditions such as drug addiction and depression are major problems across the globe.
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Tags: addiction help, addiction research, Alcohol, alcohol abuse, alcoholism, amoking, cigarette, cigarettes, craving, Drug addiction, drug use, help quitting, mental health, mental illness, nicotine, painkiller, prescription medication, quit smoking, sleep, smoking, tax