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Trauma and Addiction

Working Towards Understanding and Empathy

 
 
Addiction is a concept that can be extremely difficult to understand, for both those in it’s grasp and those observing it’s destruction. Understanding and treating addiction can be overwhelming and complex. Oftentimes we don’t know where to begin. In my experience over the last ten years working in the mental health field, I’ve learned about the important role that trauma plays in developing addiction, whether that be to a substance or destructive behavior. As a result, I’m a firm believer that one can’t find themselves addicted without first experiencing some level of trauma.
 
CREATES THE PERFECT STORM”Oftentimes we view trauma as something dramatic and in your face. We conjure up images of war, death and violent assaults. But the reality is that the majority of trauma is much more insidious and understated. Having a parent who sent you the message that nothing you did was ever good enough. Never feeling like you really fit in growing up. The loss of a serious romantic relationship. I’ve heard trauma described as “anything less than nurturing”. If that is true, we have all experienced trauma at some point in our lives. And if this trauma hasn’t been processed, we are walking around with an open wound.
 
 
 
Trauma can be far reaching in its influence on one’s life. Trauma can impact our beliefs about ourselves, the quality of our relationships, even how our brain biology works. It can lead to feelings of low self worth, chronic hypervigilance and can result in self destructive behaviors. Addiction can be understood as an attempt to cope with the discomfort of trauma, to escape and deny the painful reality of what one has experienced, to create a false confidence when inside one is falling apart or questioning their worth. Addiction is utilized as a chemical solution to a soul problem. And trauma creates the perfect storm for desperation to feel better, any way that we can. Thus, the addiction isn’t necessarily the problem, but the attempted solution to the real problem. And if we aren’t treating the real problem, our trauma, we aren’t treating our addiction.
 

 

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Controversy swirls around the approval of Zohydro, a new narcotic pain reliever manufactured by Zogenix, Inc. Zohydro ER is an opioid containing hydrocodone in capsule form that is intended as an extended-release formula. Zohydro is also one of the only opioid pain relievers to contain only hydrocodone and no acetaminophen, which can cause liver damage. Zohydro isn’t the first opioid created to treat chronic pain, so why the fuss? For one thing, Zohydro packs a bigger punch than its counterparts, containing 50 milligrams of hydrocodone in one capsule as compared to 10 milligrams in one Vicodin pill. And unlike oxycotin which pills turn into a jelly-like substance when crushed, Zohydro is tamper-resistance and when snorted or injected it’ll end send an entire dose into the bloodstream simultaneously which can lead to overdose and death.

 

Did you know that every day in the United States, 100 people die from a drug overdose, and a large percentage of deaths are due to prescription drug overdoses, particularly prescription painkillers? 

La Paloma an treatment center that offers an integrated treatment plan for persons with substance abuse and/or co-occurring mental health disorders has created an article about Zohydro which goes into great detail about Zohydro as well as the following information:

-  Zohydro’ road toward FDA Approval including the actions by Deval Patrick (Governor of Massachusetts)  and Peter Shumlin (Governor of Vermont) to help mitigate the addition it can possibly cause.

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We all know that going to the doctor to get a prescription for an ailment we experience is a typical activity in modern life. Addiction experts believe though that there are certain types of prescriptions drugs associated with addiction and as a result tighter restrictions to make them harder to get have been sanctioned. It would appear that these restrictions would help limit the potential cases of addiction however evidence has suggested of that not being the case. In the case of painkillers it has led to unexpected and most significantly unwelcome consequences in terms of addiction. 

 

Did you know that between the years of 1997 and 2007 the milligram per-person rate of painkillers rose by 402 percent? This growing statistic led to legislators making the drugs less accessible and for manufacturers to reformulate the actual pills themselves.  As painkillers became regulated, a bigger threat still emerged, as heroin became the unwelcome replacement for those facing addiction to painkillers. 

 

La Paloma (an FRN partner) an treatment center that offers an integrated treatment plan for persons with substance abuse and/or co-occurring mental health disorders has developed an article (http://www.lapalomatreatment.com/heroin-treatment/decline-prescription-drugs-correlation-rise-heroin/) that goes into great about the decline of prescription drugs which in turn has led to the rise of heroin. The article highlighted by info graphics and statistics the article goes into detail about the following information:

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Members of the armed forces are not immune to the dangers of substance use problems that affect the rest of society. Although illicit drug use is lower among U.S. military personnel than among civilians, heavy alcohol and tobacco use, and especially prescription drug abuse, are much more prevalent and are on the rise. Those who are most at risk potential addiction are veterans. Did you know that 20 percent of combat veterans turned to drugs or heavy drinking upon their return? Affected by PTSD, veterans have self-medicated through substance which in turn has led towards a road to addiction. 

 

FRN an organization that treats individuals suffering from substance addiction and mental health disordershttp://www.lapalomatreatment.com/ptsd/drug-addiction-military/  has created an article that goes into great detail talking about drug addiction in the US military.  Such information in the article include:

 

- A timeline that show the history of US military drug addiction

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During the summer months, rates of drug and alcohol abuse increase significantly, especially among teens  and young adults who are out of school and spend time unsupervised. MemorialDay   through LaborDay   is the time for barbecuesbeach parties and BYOB get-togethers, and as a result, more people celebrate using recreational drugs and alcohol. This, in turn, usually translates into higher rates of drugged driving accidents, #emergency   room visits, and arrests related to substance abuse.

In fact, the Healthy-Exchange.com (http://www.healthy-exchange.com/content/archives/addictive_teen_drug_summer.html)  reports that 5,800 teens will smoke marijuana for the first time every day between May and August; an estimated 40 percent of young people between the ages of 12 and 17 report that their first use of the drug was during this period. Also, the organization Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) (http://sadd.org/teenstoday/summerdriving.htm)  report that more teenagers die in car accidents between June and September than other times of the year – and this doesn’t include the number of people who lost their lives when they met up with these and other young people under the influence on the road. 

How can you protect yourself and your family this summer?

Protecting Yourself

There are a number of different ways that you can protect yourself – both from harming yourself and others by your own substance abuse or from becoming a victim of someone else’s poor choices. 

First, monitor your own drinking and drug intake. Don’t drink more than one alcoholic beverage every couple of hours, and if you’re out in the sun, make sure to be liberal with the sunscreen. Of course, if you are drinking, make sure that you have a designated driver.

If someone you care about is prone to erratic behavior when under the influence you can:

• Pay attention to how much they drink or if they abuse any substances and put some space between the two of you if he or she seems intoxicated.
• Ask someone else to drive you home if that person has your keys.
• If you feel that you are in danger in any way, ask for help.

Another option is to offer your loved one help in dealing with substance abuse if it’s a chronic problem. Some families find it useful to take pictures of them – or short videos – when they are under the influence in order to show them later exactly how they change. Many people don’t realize how out of control they are when they are drinking until they see the evidence. 

Protecting Your Family

When kids are unsupervised during the summer, they may be more likely to find ways to amuse themselves that include substance abuse. You can help your kids make better choices by:

• Enrolling them in supervised activities during the summer
• Helping them find a summer job
• Knowing where they are at all times and checking in frequently
• Knowing whom your kids are spending time with
• Making it clear that you do not approve of or tolerate drug use of any kind
• Talking to your kids about how they can gracefully and safely exit situations where they are confronted with drugs and alcohol

If someone in your family is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you can help them overcome the problem by enrolling them in a treatment program. Contact us at Futures now to find out more about our comprehensive evaluation and diagnostic process that can set up your loved one for success in recovery.

Click here for further reading: http://www.futuresofpalmbeach.com/addiction-treatment/ 

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Life is different after #addiction   in so many ways. The line between those who drink and get high and those who don’t can appear like a dividing wall in some situations. Here are just a few things that only sober people can understand – and "  #Norms" never will. 

1. People often act like it’s a shocking thing that you don’t drink. Pretty frequently, maybe half the time, people respond to your assertion that you don’t drink with genuine #shock and awe. Maybe they really mean that they couldn’t possibly do it or maybe they can’t understand why anyone would want to. Either way, it happens.

2. People tend to spend a lot more money on drinks than they realize. Alcohol costs money, and under the influence people tend to spend more than they would otherwise on other things as well. Sober people can sit back and watch the bill pile up and quickly.

3.  #Dating is that much harder when your date drinks heavily. As if getting to know someone or going on a blind date weren’t hard enough – when that person wants to get a beer before dinner or chugs through half a bottle of wine over appetizers, it can be disconcerting. On the other hand, it’s never been easier to immediately identify an incompatible match when this happens. 

4. People just assume you’ll be the #designated driver. Just because you don’t plan on drinking, it doesn’t mean that you want to chauffeur a bunch of drunk people around town – but most of the time, that’s the assumption. 

5. There are no non-alcoholic alternatives at toasts. It may seem like a small thing, but it can make you feel awkward when everyone else lifts a glass of champagne at the wedding and you have to either lift a glass of water, only pretend to take a drink after, or lift nothing at all.

6. Sometimes it’s easier to lie. Rather than deal with questions or awkwardness, sometimes it’s just easier to say that you don’t feel like drinking than it is to explain that you’re sober.

7. People will push alcohol on you. Your choice not to drink  is one that you have to make every day and is sometimes harder than others. It’s not helpful or funny or cute when people attempt to coerce you into having “just one.”

8. Sometimes you lose friends because you’re sober and it's tough. Some people don’t want to be around someone who doesn’t drink or get high even if that person has been a longtime friend and is making a far larger concession to continue hanging out with them. It can hurt, and that kind of rejection can make you stronger, or it can tear down your ability to stay #sober   Either way, it’s no small thing.

What are some things that you now understand in #sobriety that you might not have when you were drinking or using drugs? Leave a comment below. 

For further reading on getting and staying sober, please read here: http://www.futuresofpalmbeach.com/relapse-prevention-programs/ 

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Former NFL players filed suit against the organization recently, calling the National Football League a “culture of drug misuse.” The players claim that NFL doctors handed out painkillers to them when they were hurt in order to mask the pain of an injury rather than offering intensive medical treatment that could take the player out of the game. 

 

In the lawsuit, the players say that they have suffered significantly, both physically and emotionally, because those initial injuries worsened without proper treatment and many developed a dependence upon the painkillers as well.

 

Painkiller Addiction

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Synthetic Drug Overdose Rates Rising

 

Synthetic drugs like K2 and spice are not just a flash-in-the-pan trend – nor are they harmless. The rate of overdose caused by the use and abuse of synthetic substances is on the rise, and it’s a problem that doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon. 

 

According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), synthetic drugs were first identified in the US in 2008; only two different kinds were identified in 2009. In 2012, however, 51 new versions of synthetic cannabinoids and 31 new types of synthetic cathinones were identified. Additionally, another 76 versions of synthetic substances were seized on the black market in 2012, bringing the total number of new types of the drug to 158. 

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Many teens will experiment with some sort of drug at least once in their life.  Many teens will do these drugs once or twice and then stop.  However, those who are not able to control their urges are led down the rough, bumpy path of teen drug addiction.  Cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, and many more are all classified as drugs.  Marijuana or more commonly known, weed, is the most abused drug to this day. 

 

Signs and Symptoms of Teen Drug Addiction

 

There are many ways to tell if your teen is having an issue with teen drug addiction.   Their behavior may be different and they will have physical symptoms as well.  Specifically for teens struggling with marijuana, here are some symptoms to look for: 

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Hello And Happy Memorial Weekend Recovery Friends!


 

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Some days living life in recovery can be a bit of a challenge. What I mean is, no matter how much recovery time one gets under their belt, we still may have a day when something from our “Wicked Past Addiction” just might come back and ‘Bitch Slap’ us in the face of our present.
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It’s why it’s important to ALWAYS have a plan. And especially for long holiday weekends like this one, *Memorial Weekend*…

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Even when that “Slap” comes around, we need to have a safe plan to deal with Life on Life’s terms. I mean, our higher power never said recovery was going to be an easy journey right? Here is what happened to me a while back. When we moved from So. Oregon, to here in Glendale, Arizona,…it was a very traumatic move for me in many ways. I had to adopt out my 2 baby kitties, actually my good friend who has a mini 3 acre ranch took them for us, but it was traumatic for me. Also the 3 day ride in the car was also a traumatic event for me, and had to stay a wee bit extra medicated with my psych meds for the long trip, as I suffer from Bipolar depression, mild PTSD, and Agoraphobia with panic, so need I say more? When we finally got her to AZ we were living with my husbands siblings until we could move back to Oregon. Well, there was SO much DRAMA and arguing that I was having 5 panic attacks a Week!!

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