Long Term Effects Caused by LSD Abuse

What is LSD?

LSD is manufactured from lysergic acid, which is found in the ergot fungus that grows on rye and other grains. It is one of the most potent, mood changing chemicals. It is produced in crystal form in illegal laboratories, mainly in the United States. These crystals are converted to a liquid for distribution. It is odorless, colorless, and has a slightly bitter taste.  LSD Is known as “acid” and many other names. It is sold on the streets in small tablets, capsules, or gelatin squares. Sometimes it is added to absorbent paper, which is then divided into small squares decorated with designs or cartoon character. No matter the form it is abused in, the same affects still take place and gives the user a serious disconnection from reality.

Short Term Effects of LSD

The way that LSD affects an individual can vary from one person to another. It is highly unpredictable, and the effects can depend a lot on the person’s mood or attitude at the time of use. Because LSD is placed on blotter papers, it is often hard to tell exactly how much of the drug is taken at one time. During manufacture, it may be difficult to determine an exact measurement of the drug. The slightest deviation can affect the way the drug reacts. The drug itself is not addictive, but an individual can develop a tolerance to it, which can lead to addictive behaviors.

The most common short-term LSD effect is a sense of euphoria. This is often described in terms of trips. If an individual has a good experience while taken the drug, it is referred to as a “good trip.” If the individual has a particularly bad episode, it is referred to as a “bad trip.” The trips can vary from day to day in the same individual. On one day, a person may experience an overwhelming sense of happiness. On another occasion, the same individual may experience scary images and feelings of danger. The goal is to have as many good trips as possible.

The most common short-term effects of LSD use include, but are not limited to:

  • High-blood pressure
  • Hallucinations; an individual may taste, smell or see things that are not there
  • Becoming out of touch with reality
  • Dilated pupils
  • Sleeplessness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Dry mouth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sweating
  • Increase in body temperature
  • Tremors
  • Paranoia

LSD users can quickly develop a tolerance to the drug. This leads to LSD addiction, which can have long-term effects on the individual. Some of the long-term LSD effects are:

  • Drug tolerance
  • Flashbacks
  • Delusional behaviors
  • Vision problems
  • Lack of motivation to participate in daily activities
  • Lack of enjoyment in things that once caused pleasure
  • Mood swings
  • Inability to communicate well with others
  • Irrational thinking
  • Difficulty in distinguishing reality from hallucinations
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Extreme feelings of depression
  • Overwhelming feelings of anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Suicidal thoughts and tendencies
  • Inability to cope with life circumstances
  • Problems in relationships
  • Lack of success and motivation in work or school
  • Promiscuous behaviors
  • Criminal charges
  • Accidents
  • Pregnancy
  • Violent behaviors

Dependence to the medication can lead the individual to react in much the same way as a meth addict. The individual will spend much of their time trying to figure out how to get more of the drug. Their main goal in life may seem to revolve around taking the drug or finding more. They lose any interest in relationships and those who are closest to them.

Individuals who develop a strong tolerance for LSD are usually so out of touch with reality that they may end up in serious accidents or compromising situations. The drug can intensify feelings of belonging, and an individual may feel that they love everyone. This can lead to increased sexual activity.

If you or someone you love has developed a dependence to LSD it is important for them to get help right away. Do not hesitate to call for help and more answers to your questions today. Even if someone is using LSD recreationally and here and there for fun, they need to seek help before unwanted dependence develops.

Finding a Healthy Balance – Cassie Jackson at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

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When addiction takes control over someone’s life, the effects are widespread. Drug and alcohol abuse affects the individual physically, causing toxic damage to the body and brain and affecting eating habits and sleeping routines. It also warps a person’s perception of the world around us and alters thought processes, reducing their ability to think logically and rationally about things. Addiction also has devastating effects on an individual spiritually, causing isolation from others and a sort of selfish and self-serving lifestyle. Overcoming addiction is not always easy, but it’s worth the effort.

To be perfectly clear, when we speak of spirituality, we are not talking about religion or any particular religious dogma. We understand that all of our patients come from unique backgrounds, and there are many different belief systems in our world. When we look at spirituality, we view it more as an understanding of the role we fill in the lives of others and our connection to the world around us. We don’t ask our patients to adhere to any form of spirituality that they are not completely comfortable with, and we do not base our treatment strategy in any particular religion.

One of the biggest parts of overcoming addiction is realizing how those personal connections have been damaged, straining friendships and damaging family bonds as the person places themselves and their addiction more and more at the center of the universe. When we realize that, we can begin to work on repairing those bonds wherever possible, and how to form new healthy and functional relationships that are not centered around drug or alcohol abuse. As we progress on the path to recovery from addiction, we begin to realize how important it is to share this message with others who may be struggling with substance abuse, to provide hope and inspiration and maybe even to save a few lives in the process.

That mission took us halfway across the country to Park City, Utah where the 2017 Sundance Film Festival was underway. We teamed up with our good friend Debbie Durkin of Durkin Entertainment, the leading producer of sustainable product placement in television and film, as a sponsor of the EcoLuxe Lounge, a special red-carpet event that she organizes at various awards ceremonies and festivals throughout the year. Showcasing some of the world’s top providers of holistic and eco-friendly goods and services, the 2017 Sundance EcoLuxe Lounge was held inside The Blue Iguana in Downtown Park City.

We were joined in the Choices Recovery Media Center by another good friend of ours, Gretchen Rossi of reality TV show “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” She filled the role of special guest host, spending her time speaking with dozens of the entertainment industry professionals and Hollywood insiders that stopped by The EcoLuxe Lounge that day. Among those guests was Cassie Jackson, a rising young actress, and daughter of Shar Jackson, another acting professional who had spoken with Gretchen earlier in the day.

Cassie talked about her experiences with substance abuse and how she was able to maintain friendships without getting caught up in that hectic and dangerous lifestyle. “I see what drugs have done,” she said. “I wouldn’t want to bring that into my life for the sake of the people around me. Everything that you do affects those around you, so I just try to keep that in mind whenever I make my decisions.” Far too many young people have this idea that they are not affecting anyone else when they make the decision to use drugs or alcohol, but they’re only fooling themselves. The consequences of their actions and decisions affect everyone else around them, too.

Cassie also spoke about the importance of setting personal boundaries. “If someone’s influencing someone negatively to do something that they’re uncomfortable with, definitely get away,” she advised. “My friends don’t try to pressure me into anything, but if someone’s trying to make you do something that you don’t want to do, eliminate them from your life.” Cassie’s message and advice is extremely valuable, especially in the modern age of constant influence through television and other media.

In overcoming addiction, finding harmony and balance in life is vital, and this will often require getting rid of our old “friends” that we used to use drugs or get drunk with. Even though we may miss them and the times we used to have with them, we must realize that our sobriety takes priority, because our decisions affect so many more people than just us.

Looking for Signs – Janell Flack in the 2017 Sundance EcoLuxe Lounge

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Addiction is not Always Easy to See, Especially when it’s Someone We Love.

Addiction is very sneaky. People who are struggling with substance abuse often become very good at hiding their drug or alcohol use. They can become very good at manipulation, and lying can become very natural. There is no end to the excuses that they can come up with for using, for ignoring their responsibilities, or for their broken promises. Denial is a very powerful thing.

Denial isn’t just limited to the person who is using, either. Many times, close friends and family members will also struggle with denial about the substance abuse of a person they care about. This is just as dangerous. It can enable their addictive behaviors, and in many cases will lead to avoiding reaching out for help. This is the most dangerous of all because sometimes we don’t realize just how badly someone needs help until it is too late.

Raising awareness about these issues and helping people identify when drugs or alcohol have become a problem in their life or in the life of someone that they care about is a big part of the fight against addiction that faces our society today. While the main role that Choices Recovery fills in that fight is offering effective treatment programs for those struggling with addiction, we understand that this is just one part of a much bigger picture. We understand that there is much more that we can and should do to be a strong force in this battle.

Our commitment to being a source of hope and inspiration for those struggling with the effects of substance abuse in their lives took us to Park City, Utah during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as a sponsor of The EcoLuxe Lounge, a red-carpet event that makes appearances at various awards ceremonies and festivals throughout the year. Organized by Debbie Durkin of Durkin Entertainment, the top producer of sustainable product placement in film and television, the EcoLuxe Lounge gathers some of the world’s leading producer of holistic and eco-friendly goods and services.

Inside the Blue Iguana in Downtown Park City, where the EcoLuxe Lounge was held, “The Real Housewives of Orange County” co-stars Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley spent the day hosting the Choices Recovery Media Center, chatting with dozens of the entertainment industry professionals who stopped by to visit. But producers, actors, and directors aren’t the only people who had stories to share with us. We also spoke with Janell Flack, a young lady who was working with the EcoLuxe as a Guest Ambassador.

Janell had heard why we were there as a sponsor of the EcoLuxe, and she wanted to tell us about her own personal experience with a loved one who was struggling with addiction. Having been adopted, she was very close in age with her brother, and they were basically raised as twins. The story she told us was about him.

“I knew that there was an issue going on,” Janell shared. “Me and my brother were best friends. We grew up as twins. After high school, he got a really good job and had all this money. As a 19-year-old, you don’t make the wisest of choices. It was very evident in his life that’s what was happening. It was very hard to see. It grabbed him so fast, I don’t think he saw what was happening.” Her story shows quite clearly the importance of knowing how to identify when someone that we care about is falling down the slippery slope of addiction – even when they are trying to hide it from us.

A few of the things we can look out for include:

  • Bloodshot or glazed eyes
  • Dilated or constricted pupils
  • Abrupt weight changes
  • Irritability
  • Changes in attitude/personality
  • Lethargy
  • Depression
  • Sudden changes in friends
  • Dramatic changes in habits or priorities
  • Financial or Legal problems

Choices Recovery is committed to helping in the fight against addiction in any way that we can. Knowing the signs and symptoms of substance abuse can help us to know when someone we care about is struggling with addiction and may need help. If we have suspicions, it’s always better to engage them than to sit in denial until it’s too late. Every day that passes in addiction is a gamble, but if we can identify the problem, we can work towards a solution. We can find a path out of darkness to a brighter, healthier, and more positive future.

Enjoying Sobriety – Nancy Yoon at Sundance 2017

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Addressing a Common Fear of the Inability to have Fun Without Drugs or Alcohol

One of the biggest fears we hear from people that come to Choices Recovery seeking help in overcoming an addiction is that they think they won’t be able to have fun without using drugs or alcohol. A lot of people start on that dangerous path by using socially – getting high at parties with friends, or maybe a few drinks after work to relax and let loose. It has become such an ingrained part of their routine that they begin to believe that life is boring without it. But this is simply not true. Sobriety is much better than addiction.

Anybody who has gone through the recovery process can tell you that addiction is not fun. Though they might think that they are living life to the fullest and that things are so much more exciting when they are using, that is just the addiction lying to them. Only when they have broken free from the bonds of dependency on drugs and alcohol do they begin to realize just how trapped they were, and how hectic and terrible life really was when addiction was in control. They begin to understand that a clean and sober lifestyle is so much more enjoyable, especially when they can actually remember the fun times from the night before. Sobriety is the way to live life to the fullest.

It is important to let people know that they will not only be able to have fun after they stop poisoning their bodies but that their lives will be so much more fulfilling once they have left that lifestyle behind and started living to their full potential. There are so many messages from all sides – through music or television or social media – that tell them how fun substance abuse is. If we hope to make a difference in the fight against addiction that our society faces, we must battle those messages with our own message of leading a more positive and enjoyable lifestyle through healthy decision-making.

This mission led us to Park City, Utah during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as a sponsor of a special red-carpet event known as The EcoLuxe Lounge. Organized by Debbie Durkin of Durkin Entertainment, the top producer of on-screen sustainable product placement, the EcoLuxe makes appearances at several awards ceremonies and festivals throughout the year, gathering together some of the world’s leading innovators in eco-friendly and holistic goods and services.

Our good friend Gretchen Rossi, star of reality TV’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” was the special guest host of the Choices Recovery Media Center, and she spent the day chatting with dozens of the Hollywood insiders, industry professionals, and entertainers who visited The Blue Iguana in Downtown Park City, where the EcoLuxe Lounge was held. One of those visitors was Nancy Yoon, who has been seen in several TV shows and feature films over the years, including “Days Of Our Lives” and “CSI.”

Nancy and Gretchen talked about the substance abuse that is so prevalent, not just in the entertainment industry but also throughout our entire society. Many great performers have been taken from us far too early as a result of addiction. Yet, the problem still persists, and many people, especially our youth, seem to emulate celebrities, which can be very dangerous when it comes to using drugs and alcohol.

Nancy had a message for young rising stars in the entertainment industry, but it is a message that can be applied to anybody, young or old, rich or poor, inside Hollywood or in the rural communities across our nation. “I literally don’t drink, smoke, drugs, anything – I do nothing,” she says. “But I still have so much fun at every party, every event. You don’t need that. You just gotta bring your own spirit out, and be joyful.” True happiness and fulfillment in life come from within, not from something that you put into your body. And, with sobriety and healthy living, even the little things in life can bring joy and happiness. It’s all about perspective.

At Choices Recovery, we help our patients to find the things in life that bring them happiness and serenity. We help them to understand that life is so much better when they can see things clearly and think without drugs or alcohol clouding their minds. They learn that there are so many things in life to be grateful for and that there is so much beauty just waiting to be found. They understand the role they fill in the lives of others and the connection that they have with the universe around us. They graduate from our treatment center with a renewed feeling of self-confidence, strength, and hope in their sobriety.

Moving Forward – Julia Verdin at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

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Combating the stigma attached to addiction is key in fighting this social epidemic.

Anybody who has watched a person that they care about struggle with substance abuse, or who has personally gone through that struggle, understands how difficult it is to ask for help. Often times this is a result of feelings of shame or guilt, sometimes because of the decisions they have made, or other times because of the damage they have caused. Sometimes, however, these feelings come from not wanting to be seen as one of “those people.”

There is a certain stigma attached to addiction – often people think of drug addiction or alcoholism as being limited to the guy living under the bridge drinking from a brown paper bag or hiding in a dark alleyway waiting for someone to rob. And these false preconceived notions can sometimes make people refuse to reach out for help and seek treatment when their lives have spun out of control.

It’s important to break through this stigma if we are going to effectively combat the epidemic of addiction that our society faces. Sharing information and educating people on the truth regarding addiction and recovery is the most powerful tool that we have at our disposal in these efforts. By reaching out to others to open discussions regarding these issues, we can show others who might be struggling with addiction that there is no shame in admitting that there is a problem and that they need help.

One of the best ways we have found to do this is through sponsorship of various events that allow us to speak frankly with people about addiction and recovery. Recently, we travelled to Park City, Utah during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as the sponsor of The EcoLuxe Lounge, a showcase of some of the world’s leading innovators of holistic and eco-friendly services, technologies, and products, organized by Debbie Durkin of Durkin Entertainment, the industry-leading producer of on-screen sustainable product placement. The EcoLuxe Lounge, which makes appearances at various awards ceremonies and red-carpet events throughout the year, was held in The Blue Iguana in Downtown Park City and was visited by hundreds of entertainment industry professionals and Sundance Festivalgoers.

Hosting the Choices Recovery Media Center inside the EcoLuxe Lounge was our good friends Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley, stars of reality TV show “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” who spent her day speaking with dozens of actors, producers, and Hollywood insiders. Among them was Julia Verdin, who’s career has spanned over 30 years and has included acting, producing, casting director, and writer. Her most recent work, “Lost Girls,” is about the tragedy of human trafficking, and she understands how important the influence of her industry in the world.

The trio talked about how the two causes of addiction and human trafficking intersect. “There’s a big recovery element because when teenagers are trafficked, they’re often drugged,” she explains. “So, they have to go through extensive rehab, and organizations struggle with having enough resources to support.” This is very true in many aspects of addiction – and one of the ways we can combat this is by raising awareness. The more people know about the issues surrounding substance abuse, and about the various options in treatment that are available today, the better prepared our society will be to handle these problems in effective ways.

Julia also touched on the problem with stigmas. “People’s perception is that trafficking is something that goes on in third world countries, and it’s right here in our backyard,” she says of the cause behind her film. “People just want to kind of turn a blind eye and pretend it doesn’t exist.” The same is true with addiction. People may want to ignore it or pretend it isn’t that bad, which will only make things worse. “Families often struggle with enabling,” Julia points out. “They give them money, or more leeway, or keep bailing them out. People have to make that choice to recover. Whatever happens in life, we all have to make a choice.” Fighting the stigma that makes people want to ignore substance abuse until it is too late in perhaps the most important part of our mission in the battle against addiction.

At Choices Recovery, we are dedicated to making a difference in the world through working towards a safer, healthier, and more positive environment for everyone. With the help of people like Julia Verdin, we can continue to share our message of leading a clean and sober lifestyle without addiction, reaching more ears and touching more lives than we could on our own.

Understanding What it’s Like for a Person to Relapse into Addiction

Relapse into addiction

Making it through recovery treatment is one of the most rewarding feelings for a person. Gaining the confidence and courage to begin a path to recovery takes a lot for a person to do. Nothing beats the feeling of counting the days, months, and years clean, knowing that the hard work a person has put in for their recovery is paying off. It is something that is never easy for a person and can make the rest of their life more than they ever imagined providing they can avoid a relapse into addiction.

Preventing a relapse into addiction during recovery can be very trying for people. Some individuals have abused substances for so long that they don’t know anything else in life.The life they once had has gone so far behind them that they have lost hope ever to get it back. They begin to accept the life they have in their addiction. Addiction takes over someone’s life, every aspect of it.  While in recovery, many things will always be a temptation for a person to go back to their addiction. It takes strength for a person to get past these temptations. There are many things people go through to get the strength to deal with these temptations and get past them.

Learning Self-Control to Avoid a Relapse Into Addiction

During recovery, addicts must learn self-control to avoid the temptations and triggers when they appear. There are going to be many things that will tempt someone in recovery. Self-control can be distractions, reminding yourself of what the consequences are and reminding yourself of how far you have come. It doesn’t matter if it has been ten days in recovery or ten years, a person will always come across temptations and triggers.

Losing Self-Control Experiencing a Relapse Into Addiction

There might be a time where something happens in a recovering addict’s life that they were not prepared to deal with, or times may become too hard for a person, and they give up. They relapse into addiction. Just because a person has a relapse does not mean that they weren’t trying or that they won’t bet able to recover again. People may relapse many times before they finally get it and can recover from it. Relapsing can be shameful, embarrassing, and disappointing. An individual who tried to stay clean and relapsed is not proud of themselves.

What matters is what they choose to do after a decline has occurred. It is ok to seek help again; it is ok to try again. No one is perfect, and no one can fight an addiction that quickly! Relapsing isn’t something that someone just chooses to do; it is a reality. The problem is, once it’s happened to you, it’s not so easy to face what’s happened. The tendency is to heap blame on yourself, to feel that somehow you should have been able to avoid a relapse into addiction. That’s counter-productive. There is a more constructive way to face yourself after your relapse.

Respond to a Relapse Immediately

First, you need to act quickly. After your relapse, you can’t delay for several days or weeks. That will just compound the problem and prolong your relapse – maybe even make it worse. It’s also a mistake to think to yourself, “Oh, this is it. I’m going downhill, and there’s nothing I can do about it.” That’s just not true. In fact, only you can take steps to resume your recovery. Recognize that you slipped, and double your efforts to overcome your cravings or urges. You don’t have to have all the answers right now. What’s most important is your desire to move past your slip-up and forward with your recovery.

Prepare to Make Major Changes

During treatment for addiction, you most likely worked out a game plan, a list of goals, and worked on practical coping skills. Once you entered the recovery stage, you may have become a bit overconfident in your ability to resist urges and cravings. You may have thought that you could have just one drink, or do a few drugs, or gamble a set amount, or indulge your addiction in some small way. Even if you didn’t delude yourself that you could handle your urges by going slower, reducing your consumption or addictive behavior, you might have let your guard down. Perhaps this was an instance of you falling back in with friends you used to drink or do drugs with, or go gambling with, or whatever. It may be that you didn’t purge your surroundings of any temptations, which now serve as triggers. Whatever you were doing, however, it’s obvious to you now that it didn’t work out quite as you planned. If it had, you wouldn’t have relapsed. You’ll need to make some significant changes in your life now.

Some of the changes you should plan to make include making a list of the people, places, and things that are dangerous to you. These are the situations that remind you or prompt the need to drink, do drugs, gamble, or engage in a compulsive sexual activity, overeating, overwork or other addictive behavior. Beside each trigger you have listed, start writing down ways that you can deal with these situations as they arise. This list is your plan of attack, how you will navigate your way through the minefield of obstacles that are a threat to your sobriety.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction or experiencing a relapse into addiction, do not hesitate to call for help. There is help for everyone, and it is ok to need help at any point in recovery!

 

 

Are You Aware of the Dangers of Heroin Use During Pregnancy?

Heroin use during pregnancy

Being pregnant is one of life’s many blessings. The nine months a baby spends in the womb are imperative for staying healthy. These nine months are vital for the child’s life. Anything the mother takes in her body can have an effect on the baby. Heroin use during pregnancy endangers the unborn baby and can cause the child to have problems for its entire life.

Problems Caused by Heroin Use During Pregnancy

  • Birth defects. These are health conditions that are present at birth. child change the shape or function of one or more parts of the body. They can cause problems in overall health, how the body develops, or in how the body works.
  • Placental abruption. Placental abruption is a serious condition in which the placenta separates from the wall of the uterus before birth. The placenta supplies the baby with food and oxygen through the umbilical cord. Placental abruption can cause massive bleeding and can be deadly for both mother and baby.
  • Premature birth. Premature birth is a birth that happens too early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Low birthweight. When a baby is born weighing less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces it is determined to be low birthweight.
  • Neonatal abstinence syndrome (also called NAS). NAS happens when a baby is exposed to a drug in the womb before birth and then goes through drug withdrawal after birth.
  • Stillbirth. When a baby dies in the womb after 20 weeks of pregnancy, it is called a stillbirth.
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (also SIDS). SIDS is the unexplained death of a baby younger than one year.

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Heroin use during pregnancy can cause neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). NAS occurs when heroin passes through the placenta to the fetus during pregnancy, causing the baby to become dependent along with the mother. Symptoms include excessive crying, fever, irritability, seizures, slow weight gain, tremors, diarrhea, vomiting, and possibly death. NAS requires hospitalization and treatment with medication (often morphine) to relieve symptoms; the medication is gradually tapered off until the baby adjusts to being opioid-free. Methadone maintenance combined with prenatal care and a comprehensive drug treatment program can improve many of the outcomes associated with untreated heroin use for both the infant and mother, although infants exposed to methadone during pregnancy typically require treatment for NAS as well. The abuse of heroin during pregnancy can also cause premature birth, birth defects, and stillbirth.

Although heroin use during pregnancy is extremely dangerous, it is even more dangerous just to stop the heroin abuse alone. If someone wants to halt the abuse, it is important to get help from a doctor. Not only does the mother become addicted the baby she is carrying becomes addicted as well, and immediately stopping could cause harm to the mother and the baby and possible death.

Stopping Heroin Use During Pregnancy

Many women attempt to stop using heroin on their own, but when they do, they develop unpleasant symptoms such as:

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Involuntary jerking muscles
  • Queasiness

In addition to these symptoms, you might also feel a relentless desire to use heroin again. These cravings could lead you back to drug use, even if you never intended to use the drug again to protect your baby.

If you are pregnant and using heroin, you need to get help now. This is not something that you can take care of on your own. If you try to go “cold turkey” and quit drugs too quickly, you can cause the death of your baby. Scientists believe this occurs because the baby suddenly becomes hyperactive, then oxygen-deprived. For this reason, doctors usually withdraw mothers from heroin after the baby is born, or stop the heroin use during pregnancy very gradually, sometimes by using a replacement drug like methadone.

Your heroin use puts you at risk for some serious health conditions. For example, you have a 50 percent chance of developing heart disease, anemia, diabetes, pneumonia, and hepatitis during your pregnancy. These are much higher odds than the average mother faces. Heroin slows the growth of your child both during and after pregnancy. If you do not get medical care, it is four times more likely that your baby will die during your pregnancy or shortly after being born. The baby will simply be too small to survive.

If you or someone you know is abusing heroin pregnant or not, it is very important to get medical help right away! Do not hesitate to call for help today!

Staying Safe If Detoxing from Alcohol at Home

Detoxing from Alcohol at Home

It may come to the circumstances where detoxing from alcohol at home is your only option. If that is the case, it is imperative to understand the precautions to take and make it a safe and comfortable experience. Detoxing from alcohol, whether at home or in a facility, can be very dangerous. Also, detoxing from alcohol at home is not the full recovery treatment that is needed for one’s addiction. Aftercare, therapy, and medical attention play large roles in the recovery process and are the best ways to reach the full potential of recovery.

Detoxing from Alcohol at Home or in a Facility Can be Dangerous

Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can vary widely in severity. In severe cases, the condition can be life-threatening. Symptoms may occur from two hours to four days after stopping alcohol. They may include headaches, nausea, tremors, anxiety, hallucinations, and seizures. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is a set of symptoms that can occur following a cessation of alcohol after a period of excessive use.

Alcohol withdrawal syndrome can result in the following physical and psychological symptoms:

  • Insomnia
  • Tremors
  • Anxiety
  • Digestive discomfort0
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Delirium tremens (DTs)

The extent of withdrawal symptoms depends on various things such as length of time abusing alcohol, the amount of alcohol being used, and the overall health of the person. Sometimes detoxing from alcohol can be easier for some, and for others, it can be the worst experience they ever have.

Steps to Take Before Detoxing from Alcohol at Home

If detoxing from alcohol at home is the only choice a person has, it is important that they are not alone. Before beginning the process, it is important to consult with a doctor first. It is important to have a plan for an emergency should one occur during the process. Outpatient treatment is also an option.

The person should talk to a physician, who might prescribe medication on a reduced dosage to be taken for several days. Get rid of all alcohol products in the home. Have someone by your side to help guide you when you see that you are falling off track.

Have some herbs or nutritional supplements available to help you with withdrawals. Vitamins A, B3, B6, C, D, and E are especially helpful along with milk thistle, beta-carotene, magnesium, glutamine, and primrose oil.

Keep an Eye Out for Emotional or Physical Issues Which May Occur

During this process, it may become difficult to deal with emotional and physical issues. These problems are more reasons it is important to have another person around at this time. It may become difficult when the process gets rough to complete needed tasks. If you are the person dedicated to helping an individual through this process, it is important to watch for physical symptoms that may include:

  • loss of appetite
  • nausea and vomiting
  • headaches
  • sweating
  • sleeping difficulties
  • tremors
  • enlarged or dilated pupils
  • involuntary movements of the eyelids.

Seek medical help if you have any questions or doubts about the person getting through the detox process.

Detoxing from alcohol at home is never recommended. If it is something that must happen and there are no other options, it is imperative to take the precautions and steps to do it safely. If you choose to go through the alcohol detox process, whether it be at home or in a facility, do not hesitate to call for help and answers today!

How to Help Someone Who is in Denial About Addiction

How to help a friend in denial about addiction

Dealing with an addiction of any kind is never easy, especially when addicted to drugs or alcohol for years and even decades. When you have a friend or loved one who is dealing with addiction to any substance but they are in denial about addiction, helping them may seem overwhelming and nearly impossible. However, with enough patience and understanding, it is possible to help those who are addicted to drugs or alcohol to admit their addiction and overcome it all together, allowing them to regain control of their lives.

Get Educated About Addiction and Treatments Available

Anytime you are attempting to help a friend or loved one overcome an addiction, it is essential to get educated on addiction by understanding how addiction begins, treatments available, and various rehab centers that may be right for your loved one or friend. The more you know about addiction, the easier it is for you to understand any hesitation or resistance you are likely to meet when talking to someone who is in denial about addiction.

Be sure to research the specific types of substances your friend or loved one is addicted to as this helps to identify withdrawal signs and symptoms that can be easily identified in an individual who is struggling with an addiction.

Create a Dialogue with Your Loved One

Creating a dialogue is the first step to communicating openly with an individual who is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Understanding why your loved one is using any substance is possible by talking openly about any potential issues or problems they may be facing in their everyday life. Becoming an active listener is necessary if you are working with someone who vehemently denies they are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Regardless of how much they are in denial about addiction and how resistant they are to discuss the issue, try to open up a discussion. When you are actively listening, and engaging in conversation while allowing yourself to be a shoulder to lean on, you are more likely to have the ability to discuss the abuse of drugs or alcohol openly.

Keep an Open Mind When Dealing with Someone in Denial About Addiction

It is essential to keep an open mind when working with difficult individuals who are adamant about not having an addiction. Remaining attentive and understanding is imperative to keep your friend or loved one from isolating themselves and going further into their addiction. Always keeping an open mind and answering questions while offering support is one way to let the person know you are there for them, regardless of whether they are faced with an addiction of their own.

Offer Resources and Assistance

Offering resources and assistance is possible once you have created a dialogue with your loved one or friend and you are both comfortable discussing the use of drugs and alcohol with one another.

Begin researching both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation treatment centers and facilities near you along with the type of activities and amenities each location has to offer. Researching the type of care that is available at each rehab center is a way for you to get your loved one to open their mind about regaining complete control of their life without the use of any substance, whether it is alcohol, prescription medications, or even illicit street drugs. Conducting a bit of research on rehab centers is a way for you to begin a dialogue about seeking help for any trouble your loved one is having.

Overcoming an addiction and helping a friend or loved one to do so is not always easy, but it can ultimately allow them to get their life back on track for good. With enough time, effort, and commitment, it is possible to help those who are in true denial about addiction.

What are the Different Types of Hallucinogen Drugs

Types of hallucinogen drugs

Hallucinogens are drugs that when used, cause hallucinations. Users see images, hear sounds, and feel sensations that seem very real but do not exist. Although there are different types of hallucinogen drugs, some produce sudden and unpredictable changes in the mood of those who use them which can be dangerous for the user as well as others. They can be addictive just like any substance that individuals abuse, such as cocaine or heroin. With repeated use of these drugs, the user can begin to get used to the feeling they receive, and the body can start to crave it and develop an addiction where the users then believe the hallucinogens are needed to function.

Different Types of Hallucinogen Drugs

As a group, all types of hallucinogen drugs distort a person’s perception of reality in one way or another. Various types of hallucinogens distort a person’s perception in different ways. These distorted perceptions result from alterations in the brain’s chemical processes and functions. Each type of hallucinogen targets certain specific chemical processes, which accounts for the different “trips” or “highs” users experience.

Overall, three types of hallucinogen drugs exist:

  • Psychedelics
  • Dissociatives
  • Deliriants

Psychedelics

Under normal conditions, the brain uses a selection process that determines how a person perceives his or her surroundings. In effect, this process filters out certain aspects so a person can attend to a task or activity. Psychedelic hallucinogens strip away this selection process, so users experience everything in their surroundings. Drugs belonging to this type of hallucinogen include:

  • LSD
  • Peyote
  • Mescaline

When “high,” users experience an overwhelming sense of expansion where colors, sounds, smells, and textures become worlds of their own. Seeing visions and hearing voices are also common.

Dissociatives

The brain’s ability to translate sensory perceptions enables a person to experience his or her immediate environment. Dissociative hallucinogens create a state of sensory deprivation where the mind is free to create its internal environment and perceptions.

Drugs belonging to this type of hallucinogen include:

  • Magic mushrooms
  • PCP
  • Ketamine
  • DXM

While drug effects can vary from dose to dose and drug to drug, dissociative effects produce an “out-of-body-type” experience that leaves users in a trance state.

Deliriants

Unlike the other two types of hallucinogens, deliriant drug effects create false perceptions that have no basis in a person’s internal or external reality. Users enter a stupor-like state of confusion.

Deliriant type drugs include:

  • Datura
  • Deadly Nightshade
  • Jimson Weed

A person may start to hold conversations with imaginary people or go through the motions of completing a complex task, like getting dressed, without ever having picked out the clothes. In effect, deliriants create a psychotic state of mind where users can’t distinguish between reality and fantasy.

Hallucinogen Effects on The Brain

Hallucinogen effects target serotonin chemical processes in the brain. Serotonin acts as a vital neurotransmitter chemical that regulates some functions, some of which include:

  • Ability to control one’s behavior
  • Muscle movement controls
  • Emotional state
  • Feelings of hunger
  • Sensory perceptions
  • Sexual drive

Serotonin also interacts with two other key neurotransmitter chemicals known as dopamine and norepinephrine. Different types of hallucinogens may produce varying effects regarding how serotonin influences dopamine and norepinephrine secretions.

Hallucinogens, in general, come from plants, mushrooms and synthetically made formulas all of which contain different consistencies of the drug. As a result, any one type of hallucinogen can produce one or more of the following effects:

  • Rapid changes in mood
  • Auditory hallucinations
  • Visual hallucinations
  • Tactile hallucinations

Abusing hallucinogens can become very dangerous, and a lot of people who abuse them do not realize what they could be getting themselves into. If you or someone you love may be abusing hallucinogens, do not hesitate to call for help today!