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New Best Drug Rehabilitation Blog Explores Link Between Holiday Stress and Alcohol & Drug Abuse


(PRWEB) December 17, 2014

As the holidays draw near, 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 asking a critically important question that will be relevant to millions of people over the coming days and weeks: does holiday stress amplify alcohol and drug abuse?

“While many people look forward to the holidays and can’t wait to settle in with family and friends, give and unwrap presents, and eat and drink to their heart’s content and perhaps a bit more than that, for other people the holidays are a much darker time; even dreadful,” commented Best Drug Rehabilitation’s CEO Per Wickstrom. “Unfortunately, some of these people feel that the only way they can cope is by turning to drugs and alcohol — which temporarily and artificially makes them feel better or in control, but without question a slippery slope that always ends very badly for both the individual and his or her loved ones.”

The Best Drug Rehabilitation Blog post also highlights some common holiday-related triggers that recovering and former addicts should be aware of and, if possible, steer clear of as well. These include:


Attending holiday parties that offer ample amounts of alcohol
Spending more time with specific family members with whom they have unresolved emotional issues
Feeling peer pressure from friends and others who keep telling them to “loosen up and have a good time” by drinking or (less commonly but still prevalent) using drugs
Experiencing the adverse symptoms of Seasonal Affect Disorder as the days grow shorter and colder
Feeling isolated and alone, which can lead to sadness and depression

Added Per Wickstrom: “People who are currently struggling with alcohol or drug abuse or addiction, or who have a history of such struggles, need to be extremely cautious and extra aware during and after the holiday season. This isn’t easy, but it can be done if they have the willpower to say no, the self-discipline to stay in control of their alcohol consumption, and the wisdom to connect with friends and peer groups who support their sober lifestyle – rather than steer them away from it.”

The full text of Best Drug Rehabilitation’s latest blog post entitled “Does Holiday Stress Amplify Issues Such as Alcoholism or Drug Abuse?” is available at http://www.bestdrugrehabilitation.com/blog/addiction/holiday-stress-amplify-issues-alcoholism-drug-abuse/

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/







New MedixSafe Alert – Ambulances Must Have A Medical Safe, Narcotics Cabinet, or Drug Locker


Memphis, TN (PRWEB) July 31, 2014

In many states and counties across the country, narcotics safes are required for proper storage of necessary life saving drugs. This requirement is for the safety of the patients and staff. Unfortunately there is still a high number of ambulances without proper security procedures.

In extreme cases it is an EMT who steals the narcotics and even replaces the vital pain killers with saline. Later, the patient needing urgent relief receives none. As seen in the case in Baraboo, Wisconsin last November. According to court documents, officials at the ambulance service contacted police after noticing four vials of the painkiller Dilaudid went missing from a supply closet. When interviewed by the detective, documents state, he took drugs from the cabinet about 10 times, and that he typically would replace what he took with saline or Benadryl.

Last week, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, a bag of medical supplies were stolen from a Robeson County ambulance. Responders were inside a home tending to a patient when the theft took place. The bag has been recovered and two people have been charged for the theft,

MedixSafe offers solutions that can prevent narcotics theft in Ambulances by offering high tech narcotics cabinets. The MedixSafe product is available in 5 different sizes and many different configurations including; Biometrics, PIN, Proximity Card, Wi-Fi, Wall Mount, and Separate Compartments.

The MedixSafe M1 is the ambulance trade’s first, simplest dual access security solution. Incorporating both proximity card readers and PIN pads, M1 technologies allow for individual accountability and automated recordkeeping – assuring compliance with new, stricter regulations.

The MedixSafe Biometric M2 is the ambulance trade’s most technologically-advanced Triple Access Security Solution. The revolutionary M2 is equipped with a stand-alone networkable TCP/IP based controller and is designed to require combinations of fingerprint, PIN and Proximity Card for access.

Keys or PIN numbers alone are no longer enough to ensure security and accountability for emergency narcotics access. Across the country, controlled substance inventory loss is having a critical impact on patient care, staff integrity, liability, and the bottom line. This has led to new regulatory demands for an access audit trail – MedixSafe not only enforces authorized access, it tracks access for unprecedented accountability. MedixSafe offers unique, field-tested security technologies to meet those demands.

For more information about MedixSafe visit http://www.medixsafe.com or call 855-MEDIXSAFE.

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Fort Lauderdale Drug and Alcohol Rehab Provides Safe Haven to New Jersey Addicts to Escape the Holiday Stress and Cold Weather


Fort Lauderdale, Florida (PRWEB) December 16, 2014

The State of New Jersey has been battling a prescription drug problem, and now faces a serious heroin problem. Abuse of Oxycontin and other prescription painkillers are highly addictive and were once readily available. When authorities enacted laws making the prescription pain killers much harder to acquire, many addicts began using heroin because the street drug is easier to get and allowed those addicted to painkillers to achieve a stronger high for less money. Dealers made it easy by delivering heroin to the suburbs where the prescription epidemic was ballooning. New Jersey Detective Sgt. Richard Gonzalez called the opiate addiction in the state “an epidemic”. The addiction problem is only getting worse, as numbers of admitted heroin addicts between the ages of 18 and 25 rose by more than 12% from 2010 to 2011. Heroin is a very dangerous drug and rehab is almost always necessary for this type of addiction. Deaths from heroin and prescription drugs in Ocean City, New Jersey alone doubled in 2013.

Cornerstone Recovery Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida recognizes the need to offer New Jersey residents a place to receive alcohol and drug treatment in a warm, sunny and nurturing atmosphere. Since heroin addiction has become such a problem in New Jersey, Cornerstone is committed to offering a refuge to New Jersey heroin addicts seeking treatment. The year round warm weather in South Florida adds to the appeal for northerners looking to enter a rehab for treatment. Stepping outside of the environment has been known to increase the recovery rate when patients are not tempted by familiar locations and familiar faces that contributed to their addiction in the first place.

Cornerstone operates a newly renovated housing facility located on the Intracoastal Waterway, just steps from the beach. It is a completely remodeled live-in location with transportation provided between the residence and the drug treatment center. Cornerstone Recovery Center director of admissions, Ryan Johnston, explains, “We invite New Jersey residents seeking addiction treatment to come out of the snow and into Florida’s warm sunshine. When recovery patients can focus on themselves and their treatment, it leads to a successful road back to health. Our goal is to keep your costs to a minimum with little or no out-of-pocket expenses.” Now that health insurance provides equal coverage for addiction treatment and physical illnesses, clients have the peace of mind of receiving the proper treatment without worrying about the cost of rehab.

About Cornerstone Recovery Center

Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Cornerstone Recovery Center is a Joint Commission-accredited drug and alcohol rehab that provides individualized addiction treatment for those suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction and other forms of substance abuse. Cornerstone is committed to working with family members and clients to ensure that everyone affected by the disease of addiction is treated with compassion and empathy. For information about Cornerstone Recovery Center, addiction information, alcohol addiction treatment, drug addiction treatment programs, and relapse prevention, visit cornerstonerecoverycenter.com or call 1-888-711-0354 to speak confidentially with an admissions counselor today.







New Best Drug Rehabilitation Blog Explores Link Between Holiday Stress and Alcohol & Drug Abuse


(PRWEB) December 17, 2014

As the holidays draw near, 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 asking a critically important question that will be relevant to millions of people over the coming days and weeks: does holiday stress amplify alcohol and drug abuse?

“While many people look forward to the holidays and can’t wait to settle in with family and friends, give and unwrap presents, and eat and drink to their heart’s content and perhaps a bit more than that, for other people the holidays are a much darker time; even dreadful,” commented Best Drug Rehabilitation’s CEO Per Wickstrom. “Unfortunately, some of these people feel that the only way they can cope is by turning to drugs and alcohol — which temporarily and artificially makes them feel better or in control, but without question a slippery slope that always ends very badly for both the individual and his or her loved ones.”

The Best Drug Rehabilitation Blog post also highlights some common holiday-related triggers that recovering and former addicts should be aware of and, if possible, steer clear of as well. These include:


Attending holiday parties that offer ample amounts of alcohol
Spending more time with specific family members with whom they have unresolved emotional issues
Feeling peer pressure from friends and others who keep telling them to “loosen up and have a good time” by drinking or (less commonly but still prevalent) using drugs
Experiencing the adverse symptoms of Seasonal Affect Disorder as the days grow shorter and colder
Feeling isolated and alone, which can lead to sadness and depression

Added Per Wickstrom: “People who are currently struggling with alcohol or drug abuse or addiction, or who have a history of such struggles, need to be extremely cautious and extra aware during and after the holiday season. This isn’t easy, but it can be done if they have the willpower to say no, the self-discipline to stay in control of their alcohol consumption, and the wisdom to connect with friends and peer groups who support their sober lifestyle – rather than steer them away from it.”

The full text of Best Drug Rehabilitation’s latest blog post entitled “Does Holiday Stress Amplify Issues Such as Alcoholism or Drug Abuse?” is available at http://www.bestdrugrehabilitation.com/blog/addiction/holiday-stress-amplify-issues-alcoholism-drug-abuse/

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/







Fort Lauderdale Drug and Alcohol Rehab Provides Safe Haven to New Jersey Addicts to Escape the Holiday Stress and Cold Weather


Fort Lauderdale, Florida (PRWEB) December 16, 2014

The State of New Jersey has been battling a prescription drug problem, and now faces a serious heroin problem. Abuse of Oxycontin and other prescription painkillers are highly addictive and were once readily available. When authorities enacted laws making the prescription pain killers much harder to acquire, many addicts began using heroin because the street drug is easier to get and allowed those addicted to painkillers to achieve a stronger high for less money. Dealers made it easy by delivering heroin to the suburbs where the prescription epidemic was ballooning. New Jersey Detective Sgt. Richard Gonzalez called the opiate addiction in the state “an epidemic”. The addiction problem is only getting worse, as numbers of admitted heroin addicts between the ages of 18 and 25 rose by more than 12% from 2010 to 2011. Heroin is a very dangerous drug and rehab is almost always necessary for this type of addiction. Deaths from heroin and prescription drugs in Ocean City, New Jersey alone doubled in 2013.

Cornerstone Recovery Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida recognizes the need to offer New Jersey residents a place to receive alcohol and drug treatment in a warm, sunny and nurturing atmosphere. Since heroin addiction has become such a problem in New Jersey, Cornerstone is committed to offering a refuge to New Jersey heroin addicts seeking treatment. The year round warm weather in South Florida adds to the appeal for northerners looking to enter a rehab for treatment. Stepping outside of the environment has been known to increase the recovery rate when patients are not tempted by familiar locations and familiar faces that contributed to their addiction in the first place.

Cornerstone operates a newly renovated housing facility located on the Intracoastal Waterway, just steps from the beach. It is a completely remodeled live-in location with transportation provided between the residence and the drug treatment center. Cornerstone Recovery Center director of admissions, Ryan Johnston, explains, “We invite New Jersey residents seeking addiction treatment to come out of the snow and into Florida’s warm sunshine. When recovery patients can focus on themselves and their treatment, it leads to a successful road back to health. Our goal is to keep your costs to a minimum with little or no out-of-pocket expenses.” Now that health insurance provides equal coverage for addiction treatment and physical illnesses, clients have the peace of mind of receiving the proper treatment without worrying about the cost of rehab.

About Cornerstone Recovery Center

Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Cornerstone Recovery Center is a Joint Commission-accredited drug and alcohol rehab that provides individualized addiction treatment for those suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction and other forms of substance abuse. Cornerstone is committed to working with family members and clients to ensure that everyone affected by the disease of addiction is treated with compassion and empathy. For information about Cornerstone Recovery Center, addiction information, alcohol addiction treatment, drug addiction treatment programs, and relapse prevention, visit cornerstonerecoverycenter.com or call 1-888-711-0354 to speak confidentially with an admissions counselor today.







New Best Drug Rehabilitation Blog Explores Link Between Holiday Stress and Alcohol & Drug Abuse


(PRWEB) December 17, 2014

As the holidays draw near, 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 asking a critically important question that will be relevant to millions of people over the coming days and weeks: does holiday stress amplify alcohol and drug abuse?

“While many people look forward to the holidays and can’t wait to settle in with family and friends, give and unwrap presents, and eat and drink to their heart’s content and perhaps a bit more than that, for other people the holidays are a much darker time; even dreadful,” commented Best Drug Rehabilitation’s CEO Per Wickstrom. “Unfortunately, some of these people feel that the only way they can cope is by turning to drugs and alcohol — which temporarily and artificially makes them feel better or in control, but without question a slippery slope that always ends very badly for both the individual and his or her loved ones.”

The Best Drug Rehabilitation Blog post also highlights some common holiday-related triggers that recovering and former addicts should be aware of and, if possible, steer clear of as well. These include:


Attending holiday parties that offer ample amounts of alcohol
Spending more time with specific family members with whom they have unresolved emotional issues
Feeling peer pressure from friends and others who keep telling them to “loosen up and have a good time” by drinking or (less commonly but still prevalent) using drugs
Experiencing the adverse symptoms of Seasonal Affect Disorder as the days grow shorter and colder
Feeling isolated and alone, which can lead to sadness and depression

Added Per Wickstrom: “People who are currently struggling with alcohol or drug abuse or addiction, or who have a history of such struggles, need to be extremely cautious and extra aware during and after the holiday season. This isn’t easy, but it can be done if they have the willpower to say no, the self-discipline to stay in control of their alcohol consumption, and the wisdom to connect with friends and peer groups who support their sober lifestyle – rather than steer them away from it.”

The full text of Best Drug Rehabilitation’s latest blog post entitled “Does Holiday Stress Amplify Issues Such as Alcoholism or Drug Abuse?” is available at http://www.bestdrugrehabilitation.com/blog/addiction/holiday-stress-amplify-issues-alcoholism-drug-abuse/

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/







Fort Lauderdale Drug and Alcohol Rehab Provides Safe Haven to New Jersey Addicts to Escape the Holiday Stress and Cold Weather


Fort Lauderdale, Florida (PRWEB) December 16, 2014

The State of New Jersey has been battling a prescription drug problem, and now faces a serious heroin problem. Abuse of Oxycontin and other prescription painkillers are highly addictive and were once readily available. When authorities enacted laws making the prescription pain killers much harder to acquire, many addicts began using heroin because the street drug is easier to get and allowed those addicted to painkillers to achieve a stronger high for less money. Dealers made it easy by delivering heroin to the suburbs where the prescription epidemic was ballooning. New Jersey Detective Sgt. Richard Gonzalez called the opiate addiction in the state “an epidemic”. The addiction problem is only getting worse, as numbers of admitted heroin addicts between the ages of 18 and 25 rose by more than 12% from 2010 to 2011. Heroin is a very dangerous drug and rehab is almost always necessary for this type of addiction. Deaths from heroin and prescription drugs in Ocean City, New Jersey alone doubled in 2013.

Cornerstone Recovery Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida recognizes the need to offer New Jersey residents a place to receive alcohol and drug treatment in a warm, sunny and nurturing atmosphere. Since heroin addiction has become such a problem in New Jersey, Cornerstone is committed to offering a refuge to New Jersey heroin addicts seeking treatment. The year round warm weather in South Florida adds to the appeal for northerners looking to enter a rehab for treatment. Stepping outside of the environment has been known to increase the recovery rate when patients are not tempted by familiar locations and familiar faces that contributed to their addiction in the first place.

Cornerstone operates a newly renovated housing facility located on the Intracoastal Waterway, just steps from the beach. It is a completely remodeled live-in location with transportation provided between the residence and the drug treatment center. Cornerstone Recovery Center director of admissions, Ryan Johnston, explains, “We invite New Jersey residents seeking addiction treatment to come out of the snow and into Florida’s warm sunshine. When recovery patients can focus on themselves and their treatment, it leads to a successful road back to health. Our goal is to keep your costs to a minimum with little or no out-of-pocket expenses.” Now that health insurance provides equal coverage for addiction treatment and physical illnesses, clients have the peace of mind of receiving the proper treatment without worrying about the cost of rehab.

About Cornerstone Recovery Center

Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Cornerstone Recovery Center is a Joint Commission-accredited drug and alcohol rehab that provides individualized addiction treatment for those suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction and other forms of substance abuse. Cornerstone is committed to working with family members and clients to ensure that everyone affected by the disease of addiction is treated with compassion and empathy. For information about Cornerstone Recovery Center, addiction information, alcohol addiction treatment, drug addiction treatment programs, and relapse prevention, visit cornerstonerecoverycenter.com or call 1-888-711-0354 to speak confidentially with an admissions counselor today.







Fort Lauderdale Drug and Alcohol Rehab Provides Safe Haven to New Jersey Addicts to Escape the Holiday Stress and Cold Weather


Fort Lauderdale, Florida (PRWEB) December 16, 2014

The State of New Jersey has been battling a prescription drug problem, and now faces a serious heroin problem. Abuse of Oxycontin and other prescription painkillers are highly addictive and were once readily available. When authorities enacted laws making the prescription pain killers much harder to acquire, many addicts began using heroin because the street drug is easier to get and allowed those addicted to painkillers to achieve a stronger high for less money. Dealers made it easy by delivering heroin to the suburbs where the prescription epidemic was ballooning. New Jersey Detective Sgt. Richard Gonzalez called the opiate addiction in the state “an epidemic”. The addiction problem is only getting worse, as numbers of admitted heroin addicts between the ages of 18 and 25 rose by more than 12% from 2010 to 2011. Heroin is a very dangerous drug and rehab is almost always necessary for this type of addiction. Deaths from heroin and prescription drugs in Ocean City, New Jersey alone doubled in 2013.

Cornerstone Recovery Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida recognizes the need to offer New Jersey residents a place to receive alcohol and drug treatment in a warm, sunny and nurturing atmosphere. Since heroin addiction has become such a problem in New Jersey, Cornerstone is committed to offering a refuge to New Jersey heroin addicts seeking treatment. The year round warm weather in South Florida adds to the appeal for northerners looking to enter a rehab for treatment. Stepping outside of the environment has been known to increase the recovery rate when patients are not tempted by familiar locations and familiar faces that contributed to their addiction in the first place.

Cornerstone operates a newly renovated housing facility located on the Intracoastal Waterway, just steps from the beach. It is a completely remodeled live-in location with transportation provided between the residence and the drug treatment center. Cornerstone Recovery Center director of admissions, Ryan Johnston, explains, “We invite New Jersey residents seeking addiction treatment to come out of the snow and into Florida’s warm sunshine. When recovery patients can focus on themselves and their treatment, it leads to a successful road back to health. Our goal is to keep your costs to a minimum with little or no out-of-pocket expenses.” Now that health insurance provides equal coverage for addiction treatment and physical illnesses, clients have the peace of mind of receiving the proper treatment without worrying about the cost of rehab.

About Cornerstone Recovery Center

Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Cornerstone Recovery Center is a Joint Commission-accredited drug and alcohol rehab that provides individualized addiction treatment for those suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction and other forms of substance abuse. Cornerstone is committed to working with family members and clients to ensure that everyone affected by the disease of addiction is treated with compassion and empathy. For information about Cornerstone Recovery Center, addiction information, alcohol addiction treatment, drug addiction treatment programs, and relapse prevention, visit cornerstonerecoverycenter.com or call 1-888-711-0354 to speak confidentially with an admissions counselor today.







Fort Lauderdale Drug and Alcohol Rehab Provides Safe Haven to New Jersey Addicts to Escape the Holiday Stress and Cold Weather


Fort Lauderdale, Florida (PRWEB) December 16, 2014

The State of New Jersey has been battling a prescription drug problem, and now faces a serious heroin problem. Abuse of Oxycontin and other prescription painkillers are highly addictive and were once readily available. When authorities enacted laws making the prescription pain killers much harder to acquire, many addicts began using heroin because the street drug is easier to get and allowed those addicted to painkillers to achieve a stronger high for less money. Dealers made it easy by delivering heroin to the suburbs where the prescription epidemic was ballooning. New Jersey Detective Sgt. Richard Gonzalez called the opiate addiction in the state “an epidemic”. The addiction problem is only getting worse, as numbers of admitted heroin addicts between the ages of 18 and 25 rose by more than 12% from 2010 to 2011. Heroin is a very dangerous drug and rehab is almost always necessary for this type of addiction. Deaths from heroin and prescription drugs in Ocean City, New Jersey alone doubled in 2013.

Cornerstone Recovery Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida recognizes the need to offer New Jersey residents a place to receive alcohol and drug treatment in a warm, sunny and nurturing atmosphere. Since heroin addiction has become such a problem in New Jersey, Cornerstone is committed to offering a refuge to New Jersey heroin addicts seeking treatment. The year round warm weather in South Florida adds to the appeal for northerners looking to enter a rehab for treatment. Stepping outside of the environment has been known to increase the recovery rate when patients are not tempted by familiar locations and familiar faces that contributed to their addiction in the first place.

Cornerstone operates a newly renovated housing facility located on the Intracoastal Waterway, just steps from the beach. It is a completely remodeled live-in location with transportation provided between the residence and the drug treatment center. Cornerstone Recovery Center director of admissions, Ryan Johnston, explains, “We invite New Jersey residents seeking addiction treatment to come out of the snow and into Florida’s warm sunshine. When recovery patients can focus on themselves and their treatment, it leads to a successful road back to health. Our goal is to keep your costs to a minimum with little or no out-of-pocket expenses.” Now that health insurance provides equal coverage for addiction treatment and physical illnesses, clients have the peace of mind of receiving the proper treatment without worrying about the cost of rehab.

About Cornerstone Recovery Center

Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Cornerstone Recovery Center is a Joint Commission-accredited drug and alcohol rehab that provides individualized addiction treatment for those suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction and other forms of substance abuse. Cornerstone is committed to working with family members and clients to ensure that everyone affected by the disease of addiction is treated with compassion and empathy. For information about Cornerstone Recovery Center, addiction information, alcohol addiction treatment, drug addiction treatment programs, and relapse prevention, visit cornerstonerecoverycenter.com or call 1-888-711-0354 to speak confidentially with an admissions counselor today.







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.