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Has Substance Abuse Become An Occupational Hazard for Nurses?


Delray Beach, Florida (PRWEB) July 18, 2014

Nurse Jackie is a highly popular, dark, satirical comedy-drama about a nurse with a drug problem airing on Showtime. She is described as “juggling the frenzied grind of an urban hospital and an equally challenging personal life,” noting that the character has “an occasional weakness for Vicodin, Adderall, Percocet, Xanax, and OxyContin to get her through the days.” While viewers may find humor in the series, they won’t be chuckling if the nurse treating them turned out to be a “Nurse Jackie.” And the chances are growing that she could be.

Addiction to prescription drugs is a very real, sobering issue for many nurses who continue to care for the ill while hiding their addictions. But most states, including Florida, see the value in helping to rehabilitate nurses, not toss them from a profession that is in dire need of their services. And one program in Delray Beach, FL, Wayside House, is helping some of these nurses get sober and return to nursing.

The American Nurses Association estimates that approximately 10 percent of nurses are dependent on drugs or alcohol or both, making the incidence of drug abuse and addiction among nurses consistent with that of the U.S. population. But, with nurses, the implications of the drug abuse have enormous implications beyond themselves – to patients, medical facilities and their profession in general. With nearly three million RNs employed in the U.S., that means almost 300,000 RNs may be substance abusers; put another way, if you work with 10 nurses, one of them is likely to be struggling with addiction.

Addicted individuals feel tremendous shame and guilt, and fear of losing their reputations, jobs, family, and friends, say the experts. Drug addiction is even more devastating for healthcare practitioners: It is a breach of professional ethics, places patients at risk, and can affect the reputations of the facilities where they work. Nurses can be particularly hard on themselves and colleagues who may be addicted.

Their impairment also affects co-workers who often feel frustrated and helpless. Staff morale may deteriorate while the chemically impaired nurse becomes more impaired. As chemical dependency progresses, the potential for compromising patient care increases. Cognitive functioning, decision-making, reaction time, judgment and the ability to handle stress are increasingly affected.

But, within the profession, more is being done to rehabilitate nurses than to punish them. In many states, through close monitoring and participation in therapeutic programs, many nurses return to their jobs without tarnishing their reputations or their work records. While it’s obvious that nurses have ready access to prescription drugs, other factors also lead to misuse – working a night shift or rotating shifts; critical care work, excessive overtime, injuries and pain, and knowledge of medications.

Most nurses who are taking prescription drugs divert them through their jobs – taking them from hospitals, doctors’ offices and even from patients. The many signs of drug diversion by a nurse in the workplace include:

Arriving early, staying late, and coming to work on scheduled days off.
Excessive wasting of drugs.
Regularly signing out large quantities of controlled drugs.
Volunteering often to give medication to other nurses’ patients.
Taking frequent bathroom breaks.
Patients reporting unrelieved pain despite adequate prescription of pain medication.
Discrepancies in the documentation of controlled substance administration.
Medications being signed out for patients who have been discharged or transferred or who are off the unit for procedures or tests.
Lydia (not her real name) is one such nurse. She was an emergency room nurse in Florida until she was caught diverting drugs in 2006. “I had moved out of state and hoped to move my children soon afterward. When that didn’t happen, I became very depressed, but didn’t seek out any help for that. I moved back to Florida, but my depression escalated and that’s when I began using. I worked in the emergency department – drugs were at my disposal despite the computerized system; I got them not only from the hospital, but from patients as well,“ she said. She called hospitals “breeding grounds for addiction” but admitted, “We make the choice to cross that line. I chose to handle my depression that way knowing full well I’d get caught.” She said she saw a great number of nurses – and doctors – with addictions. “It’s not a matter of if, but when you get caught,” she said.

One thing led to another and her secret was exposed. She was reported to a nursing supervisor who confirmed it with a urine test and she was fired. She was lucky, however, because Florida is one of several states with specialized programs to help nurses avoid disciplinary action and return to their profession. In Florida, when nurses are found diverting drugs or report themselves as many do, they can contract to complete a five-year stint in the Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN) at a location designated to offer the services. The addicted nurses must attend a weekly therapeutic session, check in regularly, and submit to random drug screenings.

IPN was established in 1983 through legislative action to ensure public health and safety through a program that provides close monitoring of nurses who are unsafe to practice due to impairment as a result of misuse or abuse of alcohol or drugs, or both, or due to a mental or physical condition which could affect the licensee’s ability to practice with skill and safety.

Myrtle Green, director of operations for Florida’s IPN program, said some 1,600 Florida nurses are currently in the program. Referrals, she said, come from employers, through the Board of Nursing or through self-reporting. The majority of reports come from employers, she said. While prescription medications are the drugs of choice for many nurses, some drug issues often found during random urine testing involve marijuana or other street drugs, she said.

According to Ms. Greene, while nurses can be required to be in the IPN program for up to five years, the standard contract is based on the nurse’s diagnosis – the depth of the addiction, mental health issues, etc. In addition to attending group IPN sessions, nurses may be required to submit to random drug screens, attend a 12-step program, or therapy, or a nurse support group in their area. And, while some employers will hold jobs while an addicted employee is in treatment, many lose their jobs. When they return to nursing, they are restricted from access to narcotics for at least a year.

“We are an alternative program; nurses can get the help they need and return to their careers, if they follow through, said Ms. Greene. Sanctions are much stiffer if the nurse is reported to the Department of Health, rather than to IPN. If reported to the health department, a probable cause hearing is held and nurses can lose their licenses permanently or have them suspended.

Danielle Hecker, MSW, a therapist at Wayside House, an addiction recovery center for women in Delray Beach, FL, leads the IPN program there. Wayside House is one of many addiction centers designated to provide IPN services. She said the weekly sessions are individualized to meet the needs of each nurse, depending on the severity of the addiction and other issues that surface that led to the addiction. When nurses enter IPN, they may be required to refrain from nursing practice during the evaluation phase. Nurses are encouraged to focus on themselves and then they can begin rebuilding their careers – first doing case management or other non-patient work. The nurse may return to nursing practice with approval from treatment providers and IPN group facilitators. Then later they are encouraged to return to working with patients, said Ms. Hecker.

She said she currently sees nine nurses with addictions in the IPN program – some have been there a month, others three and four years. Ms. Hecker continues to see the nurses weekly for up to five years. She said IPN is a huge and much-needed program nationally and, that while a variety of local agencies are designated to provide it, “women like to come here because it’s only women. I think that’s crucial – many face grief and loss, violence and trauma specific to women. Many have become friends through this program; that’s so important and that’s what this program is all about.” she said.

The IPN program is not a replacement for Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous and the nurses attend those as well. Most live independently, some in halfway houses for a while.

Why is addiction such a problem within the nursing field? “Drugs and alcohol are everywhere and nurses have such easy access to narcotics in medical settings. We have to have a way to help our nurses and IPN is a wonderful program. The whole system is a great way to get them back into the system, advocating for themselves, and recognizing their importance,” Ms. Hecker said.

Has Ms. Hecker seen successes? Many, she said, referring to one client who came in very depressed and angry. Ms. Hecker referred her to another therapist at Wayside House who saw that the woman was actually clinically depressed and used anger “to cope with the world.” “She participated in the IPN group, came back for weekly therapy sessions, got through her trauma, saw the on-staff psychiatrist for weekly medication management to cope with her depression, reunited with her family out of state, got a job, and is completing her IPN group up north. “What a transformation,” Ms. Hecker said.

As for Lydia, who is in the Wayside House IPN program, she said she has been sober since 2008. However, she went on to admit that she failed a drug test in 2012. After that, “I was given the choice of relinquishing my nursing license or starting another five-year contract with IPN. I decided to relinquish my license.” She does, however, continue to attend the IPN program at Wayside House. “If I want to get my license back, it will be seen in my favor to be in the IPN program,” she explained.

“I’m just glad Florida has an IPN – many states don’t. Not everyone gets a second chance. The people in this line of work understand drug addiction is a disease. It’s great to be in a program like this with other nurses.”

She said she’s pleased that she entered the IPN at Wayside House. “It saved my life.”

Wayside House is an addiction recovery program for women, by women in Delray Beach, FL.

For more information about the IPN program, call 561.666.9157 or see our website at http://www.waysidehouse.net







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Hollywood’s Mimi Lesseos Discusses Substance Abuse and Treatment With Choices Recovery


Hollywood, California (PRWEB) April 14, 2015

On February 21, 2015, a special event was hosted that transformed the Stardust Penthouse on the rooftop of the luxurious Beverly Hilton Hotel into Durkin Entertainment’s EcoLuxe Lounge.

Sponsored by Choices Recovery and organized by Debbie Durkin, the Ecoluxe Lounge and the following “Salute to the Oscars” celebration were hosted by AMP Radio’s Chris Booker, Reality TV star Gretchen Christine Rossi and Choices Recovery founder Per Wickstrom.

“Being a part of the EcoLuxe Lounge and the ‘Salute to the Oscars’ celebration was a thrill,” Wickstrom commented afterwards. “Working with Debbie Durkin was a pleasure and everyone had a blast. We were grateful for the opportunity to raise awareness of the social problems of addiction and the service that Choices Recovery provides: holistic options in the treatment of substance abuse.”

Lesseos’s Involvement in Drug Prevention

The EcoLuxe Lounge was visited by many of today’s Hollywood entertainment professionals, including actress and stuntwoman Mimi Lesseos, who took a few moments to join Per Wickstrom and Chris Booker near the stage that was set by Choices and Durkin Entertainment and talked a bit about her personal views on substance abuse and how it has directly affected her life. “I’m sad to say my brother died from heroin four years ago at 50 years old,” she shares. “It’s really important for not just celebrities but for anybody in general (who needs help with addiction) to go through recovery.”

Other notable attendees of the EcoLuxe Lounge included Elise Robertson (Oscar Nominee – American Sniper: Best Picture), Jason Canovas (Oscar Nominee – The Hobbit: Sound Editing), Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou (Oscar Nominee – Guardians of the Galaxy: Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling), Ben Wilkins (Oscar Winner – Whiplash: Best Sound Mixing), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), Claudia Wells (Back To The Future), Jason Davis (Celebrity Rehab), Frank Stallone (Rocky), Chase Masterson (General Hospital, ER), Carolyn Hennesy (True Blood, That 70’s Show) and many, many others.







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Break The Cycle of Abuse Before it Starts, With EPIC Assemblies


Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) April 14, 2015

Through drama, dance, live music, and spoken word poetry, EPIC Assemblies provides a 60-minute performance created to educate, inspire, and challenge their audiences. Everything is personal; the stories that are shared are all personal experiences from these elite artists. They target a variety of issues such as, drug addiction, alcohol abuse, suicide, bullying, abusive relationships, STDs, and more, while inspiring the feelings of hope, freedom, and life change. The new technology being introduced adds a new dynamic to the performances, as the answers from the students’ smartphones are able to be calculated quickly, giving the students real time data. Students see that these issues are happening in their own back yard. They may see that they are not alone for the first time or that perhaps someone sitting next to them may have answered yes to the questions of, “Have you ever contemplated suicide?” or “Have you ever been a victim of cyber-bullying?,” to name a few.

With social media having the hold that it does over the youth, things like cyber-bullying and sexting are all too common and both can have crippling effects. Social media has altered the taboo that was once associated with the sending of sexually explicit photos. Channing, one of EPIC Assemblies newest members, dealt with a similar situation herself. “Heat-of-the-moment decisions have the potential to inflict lifelong consequences,” says Channing. “During a momentary lapse of judgment, I gave into the pressures of “sexting,” and as a result, my nude photo fell into the wrong hands.” She encourages students never to send a photo they wouldn’t be comfortable with the entire world seeing. One USA Today article points out how easy it is for these seemingly harmless photos to come back with exponentially worse repercussions, ranging from photos being spread about, receiving a felony charge if any of the parties are under 17, or even dealing with the blackmail that can stem from another party having ownership of these photos. Of the 130 million images that contained child pornography since 2002, 1 in 4 were initially posted my minors themselves.

In Arizona, heroin use alone is up by 300% since 2007, according to an AZ Central article. The heroin related deaths have followed this steep incline as well, going from a reported number of 65 in 2003 to a reported number of 126 in 2013. Taylor, another EPIC cast member, shares from stage about his addiction and freedom from heroin, telling students about four friends lost in just the last four months, due to drugs and alcohol. He encourages them to seek help to break their addictions, because unlike his friends, it’s not too late for them.

When young people see others who identify with their pain and struggles and have overcome what they are dealing with, it gives them hope for a better future and empowers them to make positive changes in their lives. EPIC Assemblies is a catalyst initiating change for young people across the nation. They work with high schools and middle schools, youth focused organizations, faith-based communities, and community organizations. For more information on EPIC Assemblies, or to book them for an event, please visit epicassemblies.org or call 929-335-3742.

About EPIC Assemblies

EPIC Assemblies is a national traveling team that deliver a 60-minute program covering various issues such as: bullying, suicide, sex, abusive relationships, drug addiction, and more. Each team member shares their own personal experiences in an artistic format.

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San Antonio Drug Detox Presents Video Explaining Services Offered for Drug Abuse Support


SAN ANTONIO, TX (PRWEB) November 04, 2013

Medical Drug Detox Center in San Antonio is announcing that a new video regarding its services and plans is now available for San Antonio and surrounding cities. Those cities include Live Oak, Balcones Heights, Castroville, New Braunfels, and San Marcos.

Drug detoxification is used to reduce or relieve withdrawal symptoms while helping the addicted individual adjust to living without drug use; drug detoxification is not meant to treat addiction but rather an early step in long-term treatment. Detoxification may be achieved drug free or may use medications as an aspect of treatment. Often drug detoxification and treatment will occur in a community program that lasts several months and takes place in a residential rather than medical center.

Substance abuse problems can turn ordinary people’s lives upside down. Alcoholism and drug addiction is a horrid disease that affects the body, mind and spirit. Other drugs like oxycontin, Klonopin, opiates, and cocaine – when taken beyond “normal” levels – destruct whatever kind of lives people have from an emotional and physical standpoint.

Drug addicts and alcoholics who are deep into their addiction will go to any lengths and neighborhoods for their “fix.” These drugs also include heroin. It isn’t surprising to find out how many streets, roads and miles they have walked or driven simply to feel better and medicate themselves. Making sure that these adults and adolescents understand there are different options and choices for life is important. Sometimes, they are ultimately life-saving ways.

There are prescription drugs, when taken under proper medical supervision, to help the detox process flow better for people. Some of these include Ativan, Buprenorphine, Librium, Methadone, Suboxone, Valium, and Naltrexone. Again, it is suggested to receive help and it is available at Medical Drug Detox Center.

When people attempt to detox from drugs and alcohol on their own, the results are not always successful. Getting the proper help and support for gaining and maintaining long-term sobriety can turn lives around. People discover that recovery is an easier, softer way after going through detox.

Also, there seems to be a misunderstanding in some circles that reaching out for help is a sign of weakness. On the contrary, it is not. This truly becomes a source of strength and shows that an individual is ready to leave his or her substance abuse-filled life in the past.

If you want more information about Medical Drug Detox Center, then visit http://drugdetox.org or pick up your phone and call (888) 444-9148.







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Oakland Drug Detox Center Announces New Program Aimed at Stopping Initial Drug Abuse


Oakland, CA (PRWEB) December 18, 2013

An Oakland drug detox center is launching a new program geared toward interrupting people’s tendencies toward abusing drugs after an initial try through Medical Drug Detox Center.

According to statistics released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, among persons aged 12 to 49 in 2012, the average age at first use was 16.6 years for PCP, 16.9 years for inhalants, 17.9 years for marijuana, 19.0 years for LSD, 20.0 years for cocaine, 20.3 years for Ecstasy, 22.1 years for stimulants, 22.3 years for pain relievers, 23.0 years for heroin, 23.6 years for tranquilizers, and 26.2 years for sedatives.

Heavy use of drugs like barbiturates, Darvon, Demerol, heroin and prescription drugs are not a healthy way to live. Drug detox offers a better alternative lifestyle.

“Oakland is a major West Coast port city and the busiest port for San Francisco Bay and all of Northern California,” according to a Wikipedia entry. “It is the third largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area, the eighth-largest city in the state, and the 47th-largest city in the U.S. with a population at the 2010 census of 390,724. Incorporated in 1852, Oakland is the county seat of Alameda County. It serves as a major transportation hub and trade center for the entire region and is also the principal city of the Bay Area Region known as the East Bay.”

Marijuana, opiates, Oxycontin and benzodiazepine addiction turns functioning individuals into non-functioning ones over time. Seeking help when recovering from alcoholism is not a sign of weakness.

Locations like Friendship House and LifeRing Secular Recovery are among many substance abuse treatment and drug detox locations in Oakland waiting to help people.

Drug addicts, especially ones using Suboxone, and alcoholics deep in their addiction will go to any lengths for their substance.

Prescription drugs, when taken under medical supervision, help the detox process. Some include Ativan, Librium, Methadone, Valium, and Naltrexone. Getting help to detox from drugs and alcohol is available in Oakland right now.

For more information on Medical Drug Detox Center, visit http://drugdetox.org or call (888) 444-9148.







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Narconon Arrowhead Releases Guide to Drug Abuse Prevention During Stress Awareness Month


Canadian, Oklahoma (PRWEB) April 13, 2015

National Stress Awareness Month

Federal Occupation Health (FOH) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Its purpose is to improve federal employee health, safety and productivity. Over the years, FOH has implemented many programs to improve employee health and fitness, prevent and reduce workplace injuries and illnesses, and decrease absenteeism and turnover of employees.

National Stress Awareness is an FOH campaign focused on helping people better understand, manage and deal with stress in ways that improve health, wellbeing and quality of life.

The April 2015 campaign is “Take time to unwind…It’s healthy to relax, renew and rejuvenate.” It highlights the need to set-aside time for oneself, and engage in stress-reduction activities that increase relaxation and better help a person deal with life stresses.

People react to stress in different ways. According to FOH, long-term stress may lead to a broad range of illnesses. Headaches, stomach disorders, depression, increased risk of stroke or heart disease have all been linked to stress at some level.

FOH highlights that understanding the mind-stress-health connection helps a person better manage stress, and thus improve health and wellbeing.

The Mechanics of Stress

The automatic nervous system response to stress or a threat to survival is designed to mobilize quick reflexes in the event of imminent danger. We have all experienced the rush of adrenalin when we have a “close call”, such as a narrowly avoided car accident.

Imminent threats to survival, or perceived threats to survival, cause a rush of stress hormones into the bloodstream. Heart rate, blood pressure and glucose (blood sugar) levels all increase. Hormones that suppress other body functions such as the immune system and digestion also release into the bloodstream, all with a focus on immediate response to a survival threat.

Danger or perceived danger can trigger this stress response. And in today’s modern world, the stress response is often triggered by financial worries, work conflicts, anxiety or bad memories. Long-term stress over weeks and months can suppress the immune system, dampening the immune response and increasing the risk of illness or disease.

A Guide to Drug Abuse Prevention

Stress can also trigger alcohol or drug use; increasing the risk of abuse and addiction and threatening the sobriety of those in recovery. Drug and alcohol-abuse prevention is a vital aspect of managing and minimizing stress.

Narconon Arrowhead, a long-term drug rehabilitation and education center in Southeastern Oklahoma releases the following guide to drug abuse prevention in support of National Stress Awareness Month:

Recognize Your Sources of Stress

Identify those individuals, issues and situations which are a source of stress. Recognizing the source is the first step to doing something to improve the situation. Focus on those things that make you feel calm, and in control. Consider some simple changes you can make to minimize the sources of stress.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Good, nutritious food is a source of fuel and energy for the body. Stress depletes needed nutrients and reserves. Keeping the body well-fed is a stress-reliever, and proofs the body up against stress. Drugs and alcohol deplete the body of needed nutrients, causing one to feel worse.

Exercise

Exercise is an excellent way to relieve stress. It increases health, and overall physical and mental wellbeing. The brief false high or false sense of wellbeing derived from drugs or alcohol is a poor and fleeting substitute.

Get Adequate Sleep

Lack of adequate sleep is a stressor itself. Lack of sleep-caused fatigue leaves one more vulnerable to the ill effects of stress. If you have trouble sleeping, there are many natural remedies and solutions available without resorting to drugs or alcohol as a solution.

Relax and Unwind

Learn to relax and unwind without turning to drugs or alcohol. Yoga, meditation or a spiritual pursuit of your choice has lasting benefits which far transcend the brief relief obtained from using drugs or alcohol.

If you know someone under stress who is using drugs or alcohol to cope, contact us today or call toll free at 800-468-6933 to get them help.







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Latest Best Drug Rehabilitation Blog Post Focuses on Opiate Abuse Facts


(PRWEB) July 23, 2014

In its latest blog post, Best Drug Rehabilitation, which offers treatment programs and believes that having family close by during a stay in rehab can make a big difference in whether or not the process is successful, is focusing on a topic that is quickly becoming among the most important of all drug and addiction-related dialogues: opiate abuse facts.

The Best Drug Rehabilitation blog post on opiate abuse facts highlights:


An overview of opiates, and why they’re considered “the mother of all Schedule II drugs”
The two most commonly abused types of opiates: morphine and codeine
Common misconceptions between opiates and opioids

“Opiates are among the most addictive and dangerous drugs available today,” commented Best Drug Rehabilitation’s CEO Per Wickstrom. “Tragically, many individuals — especially young people – have no idea what they’re getting into when they experiment with opiates. They think that they can remain in control, but it’s a delusion. Before long, many of them are doctor shopping, stealing pills from family members and friends, and living the painful, often unbearable life of an addict that typically, if untreated, winds up in the emergency ward, in jail, or in the morgue.”

Added Per Wickstrom: “However, as I noted, treatment is the best and, frankly, the only answer for addicts. With the right kind of medical care, combined with compassionate support, they can not only break free of their addiction and get sober, but they can living a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life than they ever dreamed possible!”

The full text of Best Drug Rehabilitation’s latest blog post entitled “Opiate Abuse Facts” is available at http://www.bestdrugrehabilitation.com/blog/addiction/opiate-abuse-facts/.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Amber Howe, Executive Director BDR, at (231) 887-4590 or ahowe(at)rehabadmin(dot)com.

About Best Drug Rehabilitation

Best Drug Rehabilitation offers treatment programs, and believes that having family close by during a stay in rehab can make a big difference in whether or not the process is successful. Led by CEO Per Wickstrom, Best Drug Rehabilitation also understands that recovering from an addiction is an intense emotional and physical challenge, and as such provides clients with a comfortable and private space that is safe and free of anxiety. Ultimately, Best Drug Rehabilitation offers recovery geared to the personalized needs of each client, which is an option that makes the chance for long-term success much more likely.

Learn more at http://www.bestdrugrehabilitation.com/.







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Recent Reports State That 19 Million Americans Abuse Prescription Drugs; FDA and Novus Medical Detox Agree That Education is Needed


New Port Richey, FL (PRWEB) August 11, 2014

Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that 46 Americans die every day from prescription drug overdose, which adds up to about 17,000 deaths annually. The reports also state that poisonings by drug overdose have tripled over the past 30 years. (1) Novus Medical Detox, one of the only Florida-based detox centers serving high-dosage drug abuse patients, states that the reason behind the high number of fatalities lies in inadequate drug education.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) carries this same belief, and has responded by implementing a new drug education program. The program seeks to educate doctors who prescribe these highly-addictive painkillers, as well as the patients who are taking them. The program’s mission is “to teach doctors about proper opiate prescribing for pain patients to minimize the risks of diversion and addiction.” (4)

The United Nation’s World Drug Report 2014 stated that in 2012, 6.1% (19 million) of Americans abused prescription opioids, including morphine, codeine, OxyContin and Vicodin. This figure categorizes the United States as a country that abuses prescription drugs more than any other country in the world. (2) In an effort to lower the number of people harmed by these drugs, Novus warns Americans to exercise caution when receiving a new prescription from a physician, and to ask questions related to its side effects.

“Intentionally or not, Americans may be underestimating the highly addictive nature of drugs such as opioids,” stated Novus Executive Director Kent Runyon. “It may start as nothing more than filling a prescription for legitimate pain, but overdose may result when a patient seeks to elicit a stronger high from these drugs.”

Novus recommends that the following steps be taken when being prescribed a new medication (3):

●    Be sure that the prescription comes from a trusted physician;

●    Only use the medication as prescribed;

●    Ask the physician about the medicine and its effects;

●    Conduct your own research about the drug’s effects; and

●    Be prepared—ask your doctor what to do if one becomes addicted.

All of these tips are important to heed before a patient starts to take a medication, because addiction may begin with the patient being unaware of a medication’s initial effects. This patient may begin to take pills more liberally than prescribed, and the dangers of addiction do not lie far behind.

Runyon maintains that comprehensive drug education, starting in grade school and continuing throughout adult life to physician visits, can help to significantly reduce the number of Americans addicted to such drugs.

While new preventative measures are being taken, Novus recommends looking out for the following symptoms or behaviors (but not limited to), if someone suspects that a loved one is abusing pain reliever prescription drugs (5):

●    Nausea, drowsiness;

●    Mood swings and anxiety;

●    Slowed reactions, movement and breathing;

●    Jittery or secretive; and/or

●    Neglect of work/school responsibilities.

Runyon advises those who are dependent upon any abusive substance(s) to seek out safe, medically-supervised detox programs, and to use those with integrated medicine that allows the detox process to be as comfortable as possible.

For more information on Novus Medical Detox’s addiction and detox programs, visit http://www.NovusDetox.com.

About Novus Medical Detox Center:

Novus Medical Detox Center offers safe, effective alcohol and drug treatment programs in a home-like residential setting. Located on 3.25 tree-lined acres in New Port Richey, Fla., Novus is licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families as an inpatient medical detox facility. Novus is known for minimizing the discomfort of withdrawal from prescription medication, drugs or alcohol by creating a customized detox program for each patient, incorporating medication, natural supplements and fluid replenishment—putting the dignity and humanity back into drug detoxification. Patients have 24/7 medical supervision, including round-the-clock nursing care and access to a withdrawal specialist, and enjoy comfortable private or shared rooms with a telephone, cable television, and high-speed Internet access. For more information, visit http://www.novusdetox.com.

1.Hutchins, Sarah. “Drug Overdose: Prescription Painkillers Poison 46 Americans Every Day.” Liberty Voice, 20 July 2014. Web. 22 July 2014. guardianlv.com/2014/07/drug-overdose-prescription-painkillers-poison-46-americans-every-day/.

2.Blake, Matthew. “Extent of US Dependency on Prescription Drugs Revealed: UN Report Shows 6% of American Adults Hooked on Pills.” Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 07 July 2014. Web. 21 July 2014. dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2683318/Extent-US-dependency-prescription-drugs-revealed-UN-report-shows-6-American-adults-hooked-pills.html.

3.Winkel, Bethany. “Avoiding Prescription Drug Abuse—Treatment Solutions.” Treatment Solutions. N.p., 11 Feb. 2010. Web. 23 July 2014. treatmentsolutions.com/avoiding-prescription-drug-abuse/.

4.Sack, David. “FDA Prescription Drug Abuse Plan Hits—and Misses—the Mark—Addiction Recovery.” Addiction Recovery with David Sack, M.D. Psych Central.com, 7 July 2014. Web. 22 July 2014. blogs.psychcentral.com/addiction-recovery/2014/07/fda-prescription-drug-abuse-plan-hits-and-misses-the-mark/.

5.“Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Pain Reliever Abuse.” Narconon International, n.d. Web. 22 July 2014. narconon.org/drug-abuse/signs-symptoms-pain-relievers.html.







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Teen Rehab Center CEO Releases Answers to Top Five Questions on Prescription Drug Abuse


Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) December 02, 2014

Prescription drugs are the second-most abused type of drug, after marijuana. The abuse of prescription drugs has risen by 33 percent since 2008, putting more and more teens in danger. Yet, due to a lack of education, this issue is continually overlooked.

Eighty percent of parents talk with their teens about the dangers of common street drugs, but only 15 percent address the dangers of prescription drug abuse with their kids. In order to help parents better understand the prevalence of prescription drug abuse among teens, Johnny Patout, CEO of New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center, the leading teen drug rehabilitation program in the Southwest and one recognized nationwide, has answered the five most common questions posed by parents.

1. How dangerous is prescription drug abuse? “In short, extremely,” said Patout. “More teens die from prescription drug overdoses than from heroin and cocaine combined. Prescription drugs are just too easy for teens to access. Sixty percent of teens who abuse these drugs have free access to them via friends and relatives. Parents must realize the commonality of this issue and learn how to take the proper precautions against it.”

2. Which prescription drugs are commonly abused? “Prescriptions for opioid painkillers like Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet and morphine have skyrocketed in the last decade,” said Patout. “According to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, 5 million of the 7 million people who reported abusing prescription drugs said they were abusing a pain reliever. Additionally, Benzodiazepines like Xanax, Klonopin, and Valium are also massively overprescribed and stimulant drugs used to treat ADHD have escalated in use greatly. Many of these drugs are prescribed unnecessarily for small problems. The excess of these drugs in the hands of teenagers leads to abuse of them.”

3. What if my teen is prescribed a pain reliever or ADHD medication? “The key to dealing with these drugs is monitoring them when they are in the home,” said Patout. “Parents need to keep track of the pills as the teen takes them and not leave extras in the house. It is a good idea to lock up all prescription drugs in the home, even those prescribed to kids. If a parent feels their teen is falsely claiming to be suffering from pain in order to obtain a pain reliever, they should consult a medical professional immediately.”

4. What are “pill parties? “Pill parties are gatherings where teens each bring an assortment of pills,” said Patout. “The pills are then piled together and attendees help themselves. Also called ‘skittles parties’ or ‘pharm parties,’ these gatherings are incredibly dangerous. Teens don’t know what they are taking and could be ingesting lethal combinations of drugs. Sometimes, they will mix alcohol with the drugs, only serving to increase their risk of an overdose. These parties point to the rampant amount of prescription drugs available today.”

5. What should I do if I discover my son or daughter abusing prescription drugs? “The first step is for parents to know the signs of prescription drug abuse so they can keep an eye out for them,” said Patout. “These include changes in appetite, grades, sleeping patterns, mood, personal hygiene and energy level. Side effects will vary depending on what they are taking. If a parent confirms their teenager is abusing prescription drugs, they should explain that prescription drugs are not safe just because a doctor prescribed them. If they believe the drug use is habitual and becoming destructive, it is important to consult a health professional or a teen rehabilitation center. Prescription drug abuse should not be ignored or taken lightly.”

For more information on teen drug addiction and recovery, please visit http://www.newbeginningsshc.com/ or contact a New Beginnings representative at 888-706-1870.

About New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center

New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center, the leading teen drug rehabilitation program in the Southwest and one recognized nationwide, has been helping teens overcome addiction for more than 30 years. New Beginnings offers a continuum of care for inpatient treatment, residential treatment, partial hospitalization and outpatient programs, and works with private insurance providers to find the lowest costs for their patients. For more information, visit http://www.newbeginningsteenhelp.com.







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Karen Salkin and Choices Recovery Talk About Avoiding Substance Abuse in the Hollywood Scene


(PRWEB) April 09, 2015

On February 21st, 2015, in the Stardust Penthouse on the rooftop of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Choices Recovery sponsored the EcoLuxe Lounge and the “Salute to the Oscars”. These events were organized by Debbie Durkin of Durkin Entertainment, the leading producer of sustainable product placement in TV and film. The EcoLuxe Lounge is a gathering of many of the world’s top providers of socially conscious and ecologically sound products and services, and Choices Recovery, a leading provider of holistic treatment of addiction, fit in well with the other product developers and service providers featured there.

“We were thrilled to be a part of the EcoLuxe Lounge and the ‘Salute to the Oscars’ party,” said Choices Recovery founder and CEO Per Wickstrom. “It was a ton of fun, and we were honored to have a chance to get new ideas and fresh perspectives on the problems of addiction that we face today. We were grateful to have the opportunity to share more about what we strive for at Choices Recovery, which is offering holistic options for the treatment of addiction.”

About Karen Salkin

Per Wickstrom had the opportunity to speak with many of the contributors to the entertainment industry that were there to enjoy the impressive settings overlooking the awe-inspiring Los Angeles skyline and to learn more about the natural, holistic and eco-friendly goods and services showcased at the EcoLuxe Lounge. One of those Hollywood notables was Karen Salkin from the popular E-Zine “ItsNotAboutMe.TV”. With a career history that includes several acting roles, freelance journalism, talk radio personality, restaurant critic and much more, she shared her candid view on substance abuse with Per and AMP Radio’s Chris Booker in an interview on the stage set by Choices Recovery and Durkin Entertainment, of which a video was recently released. “I was a club promoter a few years ago, great DJs, great people,” she says, “but the end of the night was so disgusting to me, because everyone was drunk. I’m telling you, it’s just no good.”

Other notable attendees at the EcoLuxe Lounge included Elise Robertson (Oscar Nominee American Sniper Best Picture), Jason Canovas (Oscar Nominee The Hobbit: Sound Editing), Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou (Oscar Nominee Guardians of the Galaxy: Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling), Lisa Bruce (Oscar Nominee The Theory of Everything: Best Picture), Ben Wilkins (Oscar Winner Whiplash: Best Sound Mixing), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), Claudia Wells (Back To The Future), Jason Davis (Celebrity Rehab), Frank Stallone (Rocky), Chase Masterson (General Hospital, ER) and many, many others.

See the full interview at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ovg080O7LXQ