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County Program Saves Drug-Endangered Kids

The San Diego Drug Endangered Children program has been doing their share of saving kids for the past 13 years. The program rescues children in drug-infested environments and they have so far taken 5,191 children away from these dangerous areas.

The program was started in 1998 by the County Meth Strike Force with the aim to rescue children who have no choice but get exposed to the dirty world of drugs. During last Thursday’s conference, officials presented recently saved kids of about 100.

methMethamphetamine use in San Diego may be on a decline, but it still remains prevalent and dangerous.

Jose Alvarez, spokesman for the county’s health and human services agency, confirmed that meth is still the top drug choice in San Diego. From the 12,000 individuals presently receiving drug treatments from the county’s treatment centers, 34% of them receive care for meth-related problems.

The funding for the Meth Strike Force was at $40,000 during the fiscal year 2007-08. Today’s figure has increased at $75,000 for the fiscal year 2011-12. The said amount of money is shared with the county’s child welfare services division, says Alvarez.

The county’s program has proven its importance in the continuing fight against drugs. Officials claim that because of the existence of the program, children from raided drug homes are immediately attended to by social workers.

Before the rescue program was implemented, kids that become entangled in their drug raids end up in patrol cars, and some of them go back to their drug-infested environments.

Health and Human Services Agency director Nick Macchione stressed the importance of the kind of shelter a child should have. “A child’s home should be the safest place for them to be, but the reality is that sometimes it is not. Children in raided homes are living in a meth hell because, to a meth user, the most important thing is the drug. The children come last.”

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Keep Homes Drug-Free by Checking Critical Spots

painkillers and over-the-counter drugsWe have heard this so many times before – parents only want what is best for their kids. These days, however, it is not enough for parents to give what their kids need. It is also important to check what their kids are getting from other sources. Here are critical spots within your home that you need to check to ensure that your kids are as far away to abusing drugs as possible.

Medicine or Kitchen Cabinets

Painkillers have proven to be one of the most abused drugs. Many teens have been using powerful medications to get their high. Cough syrups and other over-the-counter drugs may also be abused. Studies have revealed that many teens who abused drugs get their drug fix from home.

School Bags

It may sound like you are invading your kid’s privacy, but remember that you are only trying to protect him or her from nasty drug habits. Drugs can be hidden easily and they circulate within campuses. Adderall, for example, is a very popular drug in several campuses. It is believed to assist in maintaining focus to study.

Computer

The internet is one of mankind’s greatest outputs, but it is also one of the scariest. It does not only provide information on drugs, it can also lead your kids to possible drug dealers. Many suppliers disguise as online pharmacies to get to your kids with less scrutiny and less hassle.

It is, therefore, important that you are aware of the common drugs abused by teens so you can easily identify them when you see them in their bags or clothes, or when you read about them in their computers or notes. Aside from painkillers and study drugs, be familiar with weight loss pills and performance enhancing drugs.

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Understanding the Drug Addiction Recovery Process

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The recovery process is a long and painful journey from dependence on drugs to a drug free healthy lifestyle. It is the process for making intrapersonal and interpersonal changes. It is the time for healing the damage caused by addiction by learning new skills and tasks to face the challenges of the drug free life.

The process of recovery begins when the addict sees that he can go no further accepting the fact that he is over-powered by drugs and there is actually no safe way of using it. Most of the time his family members and friends intervene to make him realize the fact.

Recovery from addiction is thus a dynamic and progressive process and it could be divided into certain stages on the basis of the developmental growth events experienced by the individual during his recovery journey.

The “Unfreezing Phase”/Ambivalence

This is the phase of emotional awakening when the person suddenly realizes the sorrowful condition of his existence, the things that he has lost, troubles he has caused, the innocent people he has hurt. After many false starts he accepts help, begins to trust a helping person, evaluates experiences and recognizes the damage and distress that drug has caused. He begins to feel hopeful and decides to accept directive help to learn to live without drugs.

The “Reshaping Phase”/Commitment

The recovering addict learns to live without drugs. Slowly he becomes adapted to the new routines of life and at the same time he develops better self-control and self-respect. He also develops an alliance with other recovering peers and practices the recovery skills together with them. The stronger the bondage the better the chances of recovery.

The “Refreezing Phase”/Integration
This is the final stage in which he makes progress in all aspects of life. The process of assimilation and validation occurs most naturally. He assumes responsibilities with confidence and adapts to recovery practices in everyday life to reduce drug craving and risk of relapse. He becomes a part of the mainstream community.

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Beware of the Prescription Drug, Adderall – It is Addictive

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Prescription drug abuse has been a growing source of concern. Often the victims start using the drug without even knowing about its addictive nature. But gradually, with increased usage, the primary purpose of using it fades away and the person gets hooked to it.

Adderall is one such prescription drug, the use of which has gained tremendous popularity among college students as well as housewives. It is a Central Nervous System stimulant and students use it for staying awake at night during their exams. It also helps in reducing weight and is thus well-liked by women who like to shed that extra fat to get the swimsuit figure. The increasing demand for Adderall prescriptions amongst parents of college students coupled with a college culture that encourages its use is leading to a rise in Adderall addiction.

Adderall is a Schedule II drug and its annual sale is roughly $600 million. You need a prescription to get this drug since it has high potential to be abused and may lead to severe physical and psychological dependence.

The effects of Adderall are insomnia, lack of appetite, nausea and vomiting, palpitations, dizziness, changes in heart rate and blood pressure which usually increases but may also decrease in certain cases, headache, abdominal pain, digestive problems skin rashes and itching, weight loss, unexplained muscle tenderness, muscle weakness, flu like symptoms, toxic psychosis and psychotic episodes. Paranoia, hallucinations, feelings of hostility, excessive repetition of movements and formicaton (sensation of bugs and worms crawling under the skin) are related with long-term, excessive use of the drug. Overdose may also lead to cardio-vascular failure and convulsion.

Thus Adderall is not really a buddy as your friends might be portraying it. Don’t get lured by its temporary benefits since it might pave your way to the rehab centre in the near future.

For more information on the matter you can call The Atlanta Recovery Center of Georgia at 1-877-236-3981.

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Approaches of Primary Prevention for Drug and Substance Abuse

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The use of substances has been a very common practice amongst people in all cultures since the earliest times. But today the pattern of abuse as well as the nature of substances has changed considerably thereby affecting the consequences.

Newer substances are being found. The present day youth can also design drugs! But citizens like us, who have taken up the challenge to combat against this hydra headed monster, are also finding out better ways of reaching out to people and sensitizing them against the issue and the results have been quite rewarding. 

Globally primary preventive activities are being adopted and implemented to control substance abuse. The approaches basically aim at reducing risk factors and strengthening protective factors at the individual and environmental levels. In order to make primary prevention effective the involvement of the government, communities and others is an absolute necessity.

The Individual Approach of primary prevention aims at imparting necessary knowledge and developing skills and resources which helps in bringing about a change in the attitude, beliefs and values of the individual. Peer Education has proved to be very effective since it involves young people both as receivers and providers of information.

Building social and personal/cognitive skills improves young people’s abilities to interact socially, clarifies values and enhances self awareness. Participation in group projects providing leadership opportunities, discussion of feelings, values and perception through role play motivate young people to resist social pressure and teach them skills like decision making, problem solving and goal setting. Developing vocational and livelihood skills can increase work opportunities and increase independence.

The Environmental Approach aims at developing positive social norms by providing a safe and supportive environment. Providing interesting recreational activities, participation in community service projects, etc. helps in social bonding which acts as a protective factor. Availability of adequate resources and referral system, involvement of key persons in the local community are prime factors in primary prevention.

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Drug Addiction: Risk Factors and Protective Factors

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The factors that influence drug abuse have been discussed at length. There are a number of factors that act as RISK FACTORS increasing the risk of drug abuse by pushing the individual towards it. But there are also more than a few PROTECTIVE FACTORS which do just the opposite. Various studies have identified specific individual and environmental factors that have a risky or protective influence, but they are not exhaustive or absolute. What might be risk for one may not be risk for another. But identification of the factors is an absolute necessity to prevent youngsters from abusing drugs

Individual Level
Risk Factors

  • Excessive dependency, over protectiveness, poor social skills, low self esteem, physical and mental problems, willingness to take risks for the sake of new sensation and thrills.
  • Poor performance in school, aversion towards school, school dropout.
  • Early exposure to substance use.
  • Lack of religious beliefs. 
  • Having a positive view about substance use behavior.

Protective Factors

  • Independence and ability to cope with stress, good social skills like problem solving, decision making, interpersonal skills, good temperament and personality e.g. optimism, intellectual competence, understanding of different aspects of life, empathy, self esteem, a positive goal in life along with determination and perseverance to achieve the goal.
  • Positive attitude towards school, good academic performance, appreciation, involvement in extra-curricular activities.

Family Level

Risk Factors

  • Broken family, poor parenting skills, substance abuse by a parent/sibling, violence, rejection, basic needs unfulfilled due to extreme economic deprivation.

Protective Factors

  • Healthy bondage among family members that fosters care and support, few stressful events.
  • Effective parental skills, proper monitoring, inculcating a positive value system.
  • Fulfillment of basic needs.

Community Level

Risk Factors

  • Lack of healthy recreational facilities, peer using substances, lack of school values, high rate of unemployment, lack of proper laws pertaining to drug use.
  • Easy availability of substances.

Protective Factors

  • Availability of healthy recreational activities, employment opportunities, favorable peer group, positive value reinforcing norms.
  • Effective policies and laws to limit availability of substances.

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