Addiction Articles Find drug treatment centers, alcohol rehab programs, behavioral addiction and dual diagnosis rehabilitation centers. Addiction treatment center directory with ratings, reviews and 24/7 live assistance. https://www.treatment-centers.net/articles/atom.html 2017-06-26T22:01:45+00:00 Treatment-Centers.net inquiry@treatment-centers.net Joomla! - Open Source Content Management Understanding Addiction 2006-03-14T03:00:00+00:00 2006-03-14T03:00:00+00:00 https://www.treatment-centers.net/addiction.html <p><img style="float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" mce_style="float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="https://www.treatment-centers.net/images/stories/addiction.jpg" mce_src="https://www.treatment-centers.net/images/stories/addiction.jpg" alt="addiction">Addiction is a life-shattering illness. It rips families apart and destroys lives. It is historically defined as a physical and/or psychological dependency on a mood-altering chemical (e.g. alcohol, heroin, prescription drugs, etc.) or behavior (sex addiction, gambling addiction, internet addiction), although it can also be viewed as a continued involvement with a substance or activity despite the negative consequences associated with it. It often starts with experimentation and social use coupled with the thought that one can quit whenever he/she wants. It has many end results: living on the streets, alienating one's family and friends, and in some cases death. For most addicts, addiction is a lifelong illness, with relapses occurring even after long periods of abstinence or sobriety. Addiction is rarely arrested without the help of an addiction treatment center.</p> <p><img style="float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" mce_style="float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="https://www.treatment-centers.net/images/stories/addiction.jpg" mce_src="https://www.treatment-centers.net/images/stories/addiction.jpg" alt="addiction">Addiction is a life-shattering illness. It rips families apart and destroys lives. It is historically defined as a physical and/or psychological dependency on a mood-altering chemical (e.g. alcohol, heroin, prescription drugs, etc.) or behavior (sex addiction, gambling addiction, internet addiction), although it can also be viewed as a continued involvement with a substance or activity despite the negative consequences associated with it. It often starts with experimentation and social use coupled with the thought that one can quit whenever he/she wants. It has many end results: living on the streets, alienating one's family and friends, and in some cases death. For most addicts, addiction is a lifelong illness, with relapses occurring even after long periods of abstinence or sobriety. Addiction is rarely arrested without the help of an addiction treatment center.</p> Family Roles 2007-10-30T17:31:36+00:00 2007-10-30T17:31:36+00:00 https://www.treatment-centers.net/family-roles.html <p>When addiction becomes a problem for an individual, it is not just the individual's problem. The family is always effected by the addiction, as well as any close friends, work and school relationships, financial health and leagal staus.&nbsp; Addiction has widespread effects, but there are some major effects within the family and certain ways in which the family may react when addiction is within the home. The following article explains the various roles assumed by children in households riddled with addiction.&nbsp; These roles are generally assumed as protection or escape for the children from their home horror, but found to be very common among children who do not have any other recource.</p> <p>When addiction becomes a problem for an individual, it is not just the individual's problem. The family is always effected by the addiction, as well as any close friends, work and school relationships, financial health and leagal staus.&nbsp; Addiction has widespread effects, but there are some major effects within the family and certain ways in which the family may react when addiction is within the home. The following article explains the various roles assumed by children in households riddled with addiction.&nbsp; These roles are generally assumed as protection or escape for the children from their home horror, but found to be very common among children who do not have any other recource.</p> 12-Step Resources for Families 2007-10-30T17:25:10+00:00 2007-10-30T17:25:10+00:00 https://www.treatment-centers.net/family-resources.html The following article describes the various resources available to support families of addicts and alcoholics and contains valuable information about signs and symptoms of addiction, as well as some things family members and other loved ones can do to help.&nbsp; Addiction is a complicated disease which affects the entire family system, and families need to find recovery from the unmanageability addiction has wrought in their lives in much the same way as addicts, alcoholics, <a href="https://www.treatment-centers.net/disorders/index.html" title="co-occurring disorders">dual diagnosis</a> sufferers and individuals suffering from <a href="https://www.treatment-centers.net/behavioral-addictions/index.html" title="behavioral addictions">behavioral addictions</a>. The following article describes the various resources available to support families of addicts and alcoholics and contains valuable information about signs and symptoms of addiction, as well as some things family members and other loved ones can do to help.&nbsp; Addiction is a complicated disease which affects the entire family system, and families need to find recovery from the unmanageability addiction has wrought in their lives in much the same way as addicts, alcoholics, <a href="https://www.treatment-centers.net/disorders/index.html" title="co-occurring disorders">dual diagnosis</a> sufferers and individuals suffering from <a href="https://www.treatment-centers.net/behavioral-addictions/index.html" title="behavioral addictions">behavioral addictions</a>. Self Forgiveness 2009-04-06T18:58:32+00:00 2009-04-06T18:58:32+00:00 https://www.treatment-centers.net/self-forgiveness.html Doug dschotters@treatment-centers.net <h2>Self Forgiveness</h2> <p>Is self forgiveness just another form of self indulgence? Or is self forgiveness the best healing strategy for both those we love and ourselves? Many who have tried, come to the uncomfortable realization that self forgiveness can be as or sometimes even more challenging than forgiving another person. When we contemplate self forgiveness we can get snagged up on all sorts of warring emotions that block our ability to release ourselves from the grip of our own self loathing. Why do I deserve self forgiveness? Shouldn’t I be punished for what I have done? Am I just letting myself off the hook if I forgive myself? Am I condoning my own lousy behavior? Will I just go out and do this bad thing again and again if I&nbsp;&nbsp; embrace an attitude of self forgiveness too easily or quickly? Will others think I am not holding myself accountable if I act as if I deserve self forgiveness even if I have done things to be ashamed of and should be held accountable for? Does self forgiveness mean that I no longer hold myself accountable?</p> <p>Hair shirts and whips didn’t come out of nowhere, they were man’s way of punishing the self in order to deserve forgiveness. But in the absence of concrete rituals of self punishment, are we just driving our contempt further into our unconscious with all of this punishing self talk? After all, it’s probably true that sincere penance is what underlies any form of self forgiveness that really works. Without it, we really are using self forgiveness to let ourselves off the hook too easily and may be&nbsp; avoiding doing the personal self reflection that could keep us from causing hurt and harm over and over again.</p> <p>Is it the spiritual person who has the wisdom to forgive themselves understanding that restoring inner peace will do more to keep them from acting in harmful ways than holding onto guilt and shame? Or is it the shallow person who doesn’t really penetrate the surface, who denies the impact that their own behavior is having on others and deludes themselves into thinking that they are somehow more entitled to self forgiveness than the other guy? Or both?</p> <p>When are we acting out of wisdom and when are we acting out of our own need to minimize our negative behavior when it comes to self forgiveness? These are the kinds of questions that those who enter the recovery process sincerely ask themselves and even agonize over. But it’s in that very agony that the release sometimes comes, sometimes that agony is our hair shirt. This grappling with our own behavior in a deep and real way that is messy and painful, may be just what eventually leads us to the realization that we cannot really hate another person without hating ourselves…..and that we cannot really love another person with our loving ourselves, and that if we forgive ourselves we will be less likely to pass on the secondary pain of self loathing to those we love.</p> <p>Self forgiveness then, if accompanied by meaningful changes in thinking, feeling and behavior can be liberating for both ourselves and those we’re close to. If our self forgiveness is undertaken with wisdom and commitment to improvements in our own behavior it can be an important step toward positive and long lasting change in our lives and relationships.</p> <p>Tian Dayton PhD author of <strong><em>Emotional Sobriety: From Relationship Trauma to Resilience and Balance</em></strong>, <strong><em>The Magic of Forgiveness</em></strong> and <strong><em>Forgiving and Moving On</em></strong> - you can visit <a title="Tian Dayton, Ph.D." href="https://www.treatment-centers.net/treatment-directory/new-york/tian-dayton-phd.html">her listing</a> in the <a title="New York Addiction Treatment Centers" href="https://www.treatment-centers.net/treatment-directory/new-york.html">New York</a> section of our <a title="Addiction Treatment Centers" href="https://www.treatment-centers.net/treatment-directory.html">Treatment Directory</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>Self Forgiveness</h2> <p>Is self forgiveness just another form of self indulgence? Or is self forgiveness the best healing strategy for both those we love and ourselves? Many who have tried, come to the uncomfortable realization that self forgiveness can be as or sometimes even more challenging than forgiving another person. When we contemplate self forgiveness we can get snagged up on all sorts of warring emotions that block our ability to release ourselves from the grip of our own self loathing. Why do I deserve self forgiveness? Shouldn’t I be punished for what I have done? Am I just letting myself off the hook if I forgive myself? Am I condoning my own lousy behavior? Will I just go out and do this bad thing again and again if I&nbsp;&nbsp; embrace an attitude of self forgiveness too easily or quickly? Will others think I am not holding myself accountable if I act as if I deserve self forgiveness even if I have done things to be ashamed of and should be held accountable for? Does self forgiveness mean that I no longer hold myself accountable?</p> <p>Hair shirts and whips didn’t come out of nowhere, they were man’s way of punishing the self in order to deserve forgiveness. But in the absence of concrete rituals of self punishment, are we just driving our contempt further into our unconscious with all of this punishing self talk? After all, it’s probably true that sincere penance is what underlies any form of self forgiveness that really works. Without it, we really are using self forgiveness to let ourselves off the hook too easily and may be&nbsp; avoiding doing the personal self reflection that could keep us from causing hurt and harm over and over again.</p> <p>Is it the spiritual person who has the wisdom to forgive themselves understanding that restoring inner peace will do more to keep them from acting in harmful ways than holding onto guilt and shame? Or is it the shallow person who doesn’t really penetrate the surface, who denies the impact that their own behavior is having on others and deludes themselves into thinking that they are somehow more entitled to self forgiveness than the other guy? Or both?</p> <p>When are we acting out of wisdom and when are we acting out of our own need to minimize our negative behavior when it comes to self forgiveness? These are the kinds of questions that those who enter the recovery process sincerely ask themselves and even agonize over. But it’s in that very agony that the release sometimes comes, sometimes that agony is our hair shirt. This grappling with our own behavior in a deep and real way that is messy and painful, may be just what eventually leads us to the realization that we cannot really hate another person without hating ourselves…..and that we cannot really love another person with our loving ourselves, and that if we forgive ourselves we will be less likely to pass on the secondary pain of self loathing to those we love.</p> <p>Self forgiveness then, if accompanied by meaningful changes in thinking, feeling and behavior can be liberating for both ourselves and those we’re close to. If our self forgiveness is undertaken with wisdom and commitment to improvements in our own behavior it can be an important step toward positive and long lasting change in our lives and relationships.</p> <p>Tian Dayton PhD author of <strong><em>Emotional Sobriety: From Relationship Trauma to Resilience and Balance</em></strong>, <strong><em>The Magic of Forgiveness</em></strong> and <strong><em>Forgiving and Moving On</em></strong> - you can visit <a title="Tian Dayton, Ph.D." href="https://www.treatment-centers.net/treatment-directory/new-york/tian-dayton-phd.html">her listing</a> in the <a title="New York Addiction Treatment Centers" href="https://www.treatment-centers.net/treatment-directory/new-york.html">New York</a> section of our <a title="Addiction Treatment Centers" href="https://www.treatment-centers.net/treatment-directory.html">Treatment Directory</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 9 Ways to Motivate Yourself When You Just Don't Feel Like it 2007-09-13T21:09:34+00:00 2007-09-13T21:09:34+00:00 https://www.treatment-centers.net/articles/9-ways-to-motivate-yourself-when-you-just-dont-feel-like-it.html <h1>9 Ways to Motivate Yourself When You Just Don't Feel Like it</h1> by: <strong class="author">Skye Thomas</strong> <p>Achieving the really big goals and dreams always involves breaking it down into do-able little steps. Assuming that you've picked a goal or dream that you really love working at, then most of the steps are a delight to take. No matter how much you love your dream and no matter how much you love your work, there are going to be tasks along the way that you really don't want to do. Those pieces of work that we hate doing can be the very ones that sabotage our success. How do you stay motivated during those parts of the journey?</p> <p>1) Reward yourself. Let's say that I want to lose twenty pounds. That's not too much, but it's still going to involve more days of self discipline than I feel like doing. So, I reward myself with a little treat every time I drop five pounds. I get to have one of my favorite fattening meals at the end of each five pound loss. Then I go back to my diet. At the end, I get to go on a shopping spree to buy new clothes. Come up with a reward that you can use to motivate yourself.</p> <p>2) Do it for love of someone else. My teenage son proposed a deal that works for both of us. I don't smoke cigarettes and he doesn't experiment with drugs. Every time one of us is about to give in to temptation, our love for each other stops us. I can't light up knowing that he might start doing drugs because I broke our deal. He hates the idea of me dying of cancer, so he never touches any kinds of drugs offered to him by his peers. The love of someone else can motivate you to do what you otherwise might not be able to do for yourself.</p> <p>3) Trade work with someone else. I've watched my kids perfect this style of motivation. My son will offer to scrub out the showers if my daughter will do the dishes for him. Hiring someone to do the work you don't want to do is actually a form of trade. Barter or pay someone else to do it for you, so that you can continue moving forward with your dreams.</p> <p>4) Truly consider quitting. I'm not telling you to quit, but to really think about it. If you've got a goal or dream that means a lot to you and you've already invested a large part of yourself into making it happen, then what would quitting feel like? Is avoiding the difficult or distasteful task worth giving up on your goals and dreams? The love of your long-term goal can motivate you not to quit.</p> <p>5) Share the misery. This reminds me of friends in college getting together to study for an upcoming test. Having friends along can make the experience more festive then it would have been if you were doing it alone. Is there a way to team up with a friend so that the work is easier or at least more enjoyable?</p> <p>6) Just get it over with. One of my all time favorite quotes about getting past your inner blocks was written by Stuart Wilde in his book The Quickening, "Cut the shit and do the thing." Yeah it's a bit rough, but we all know those stoic tough people who simply roll up their sleeves and dive in know matter how much they may hate the task before them. Take on a soldier's mindset and just get to work doing the ugly parts so you can move on to the more rewarding parts of making your dreams a reality.</p> <p>7) Get training or education. Quite often, we don't like doing something because deep down we don't think we know how or that we are talented enough. So, get the education, do the research, learn the necessary skills, or whatever else it is that you need to do to get ready for taking that next step. Once you've properly trained yourself, then you might even be enthusiastic about taking that next step.</p> <p>8) Take a running start at it. Think of riding your bike uphill. It doesn't take kids very long to figure out that the best way to get that bicycle to the top of the steep hill is to build up a lot of speed before you even get to the base of the hill. You then let that momentum help to propel you most of the way up. Heck, with enough of a running start you can sometimes make it all the way up without any major struggles. If there is a way to pace yourself and reschedule the not so fun parts of accomplishing your goals until after you've completed a bunch of the cool parts, then do so. The highs of your mini successes will help inspire you to push past the parts that you are avoiding.</p> <p>9) Figure out a different way to do it. This is the supreme way to avoid doing the task all together. Be creative, be smart, think outside the box. Is there any way to make your dream come true without having to actually do the specific duty that you're wanting to avoid? Sometimes you can find another way. Other times, just knowing that there is definitely no other path to your dreams other than the one before you is enough to motivate you to just buck up and get through it.</p> <p>What's most important is not how you keep yourself motivated but that you keep the long-term benefits of your goals in mind. If you focus too much on avoiding the uncomfortable parts of accomplishing your goals, then you won't accomplish much. Find a way to keep going and remember that all things come with a price. Pay the price so you can get on with enjoying the dream.</p> <p>Copyright 2004, Skye Thomas, Tomorrow's Edge</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About The Author</strong></p> Skye Thomas is the CEO of Tomorrow's Edge, an Internet leader in inspiring leaps of faith. She became a writer in 1999 after twenty years of studying spirituality, metaphysics, astrology, personal growth, motivation, and parenting. Her books and articles have inspired people of all ages and faiths to recommit themselves to the pursuit of happiness. After years of high heels and business clothes, she is currently enjoying working from home in her pajamas. To read more of her articles, sign up to receive her free weekly newsletter, and get free previews of her books go to <a href="http://www.tomorrowsedge.net/" target="new">www.TomorrowsEdge.net</a>. <br /><a href="mailto:Skye@TomorrowsEdge.net">Skye@TomorrowsEdge.net</a> <h1>9 Ways to Motivate Yourself When You Just Don't Feel Like it</h1> by: <strong class="author">Skye Thomas</strong> <p>Achieving the really big goals and dreams always involves breaking it down into do-able little steps. Assuming that you've picked a goal or dream that you really love working at, then most of the steps are a delight to take. No matter how much you love your dream and no matter how much you love your work, there are going to be tasks along the way that you really don't want to do. Those pieces of work that we hate doing can be the very ones that sabotage our success. How do you stay motivated during those parts of the journey?</p> <p>1) Reward yourself. Let's say that I want to lose twenty pounds. That's not too much, but it's still going to involve more days of self discipline than I feel like doing. So, I reward myself with a little treat every time I drop five pounds. I get to have one of my favorite fattening meals at the end of each five pound loss. Then I go back to my diet. At the end, I get to go on a shopping spree to buy new clothes. Come up with a reward that you can use to motivate yourself.</p> <p>2) Do it for love of someone else. My teenage son proposed a deal that works for both of us. I don't smoke cigarettes and he doesn't experiment with drugs. Every time one of us is about to give in to temptation, our love for each other stops us. I can't light up knowing that he might start doing drugs because I broke our deal. He hates the idea of me dying of cancer, so he never touches any kinds of drugs offered to him by his peers. The love of someone else can motivate you to do what you otherwise might not be able to do for yourself.</p> <p>3) Trade work with someone else. I've watched my kids perfect this style of motivation. My son will offer to scrub out the showers if my daughter will do the dishes for him. Hiring someone to do the work you don't want to do is actually a form of trade. Barter or pay someone else to do it for you, so that you can continue moving forward with your dreams.</p> <p>4) Truly consider quitting. I'm not telling you to quit, but to really think about it. If you've got a goal or dream that means a lot to you and you've already invested a large part of yourself into making it happen, then what would quitting feel like? Is avoiding the difficult or distasteful task worth giving up on your goals and dreams? The love of your long-term goal can motivate you not to quit.</p> <p>5) Share the misery. This reminds me of friends in college getting together to study for an upcoming test. Having friends along can make the experience more festive then it would have been if you were doing it alone. Is there a way to team up with a friend so that the work is easier or at least more enjoyable?</p> <p>6) Just get it over with. One of my all time favorite quotes about getting past your inner blocks was written by Stuart Wilde in his book The Quickening, "Cut the shit and do the thing." Yeah it's a bit rough, but we all know those stoic tough people who simply roll up their sleeves and dive in know matter how much they may hate the task before them. Take on a soldier's mindset and just get to work doing the ugly parts so you can move on to the more rewarding parts of making your dreams a reality.</p> <p>7) Get training or education. Quite often, we don't like doing something because deep down we don't think we know how or that we are talented enough. So, get the education, do the research, learn the necessary skills, or whatever else it is that you need to do to get ready for taking that next step. Once you've properly trained yourself, then you might even be enthusiastic about taking that next step.</p> <p>8) Take a running start at it. Think of riding your bike uphill. It doesn't take kids very long to figure out that the best way to get that bicycle to the top of the steep hill is to build up a lot of speed before you even get to the base of the hill. You then let that momentum help to propel you most of the way up. Heck, with enough of a running start you can sometimes make it all the way up without any major struggles. If there is a way to pace yourself and reschedule the not so fun parts of accomplishing your goals until after you've completed a bunch of the cool parts, then do so. The highs of your mini successes will help inspire you to push past the parts that you are avoiding.</p> <p>9) Figure out a different way to do it. This is the supreme way to avoid doing the task all together. Be creative, be smart, think outside the box. Is there any way to make your dream come true without having to actually do the specific duty that you're wanting to avoid? Sometimes you can find another way. Other times, just knowing that there is definitely no other path to your dreams other than the one before you is enough to motivate you to just buck up and get through it.</p> <p>What's most important is not how you keep yourself motivated but that you keep the long-term benefits of your goals in mind. If you focus too much on avoiding the uncomfortable parts of accomplishing your goals, then you won't accomplish much. Find a way to keep going and remember that all things come with a price. Pay the price so you can get on with enjoying the dream.</p> <p>Copyright 2004, Skye Thomas, Tomorrow's Edge</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About The Author</strong></p> Skye Thomas is the CEO of Tomorrow's Edge, an Internet leader in inspiring leaps of faith. She became a writer in 1999 after twenty years of studying spirituality, metaphysics, astrology, personal growth, motivation, and parenting. Her books and articles have inspired people of all ages and faiths to recommit themselves to the pursuit of happiness. After years of high heels and business clothes, she is currently enjoying working from home in her pajamas. To read more of her articles, sign up to receive her free weekly newsletter, and get free previews of her books go to <a href="http://www.tomorrowsedge.net/" target="new">www.TomorrowsEdge.net</a>. <br /><a href="mailto:Skye@TomorrowsEdge.net">Skye@TomorrowsEdge.net</a> Anesthesia Drug Rapidly LIfts Depression, Researchers Say 2007-09-13T20:32:22+00:00 2007-09-13T20:32:22+00:00 https://www.treatment-centers.net/articles/anesthesia-drug-rapidly-lifts-depression-researchers-say.html <h1>Anesthesia Drug Rapidly Lifts Depression, Researchers Say</h1> <p>MONDAY, Aug. 7 (HealthDay News) -- A single dose of an anesthesia drug produced relief from depression in as little as two hours in a small group of patients for whom several other treatments had failed, U.S. government researchers report.<br />The researchers said, however, that the drug, ketamine, is unlikely to be used in the treatment of depression because of possible side effects, including psychosis. But the new finding does signal an important direction for future research.<br />Currently available antidepressants can take weeks to work. "That was similar to the sound barrier. We felt we couldn't pass it," said Dr. Carlos A. Zarate Jr., lead author of the study and chief of the mood disorders research unit at the National Institute of Mental Health.<br /><br /> He added, "Now the sound barrier is broken. That doesn't mean you can get on the plane and take off right away, but it means it's possible that we can come up with a treatment that works very rapidly. That's down the road."<br />Ketamine is novel not only for the speed of its effect, but also because it targets a new system in the brain.</p> <p>"It's novel because all antidepressants that are currently available work on neurotransmitters that are monoamines like dopamine and serotonin. That's the focus of the current antidepressant armamentarium," explained Dr. Richard A. Friedman, director of the psychopharmacology clinic at Cornell University's Medical Center in New York City. "Ketamine involves a particular system of the brain called glutamate. It's the main excitory neurotransmitter in the brain," he said.<br /><br /> Depression is a chronic, disabling condition affecting almost 15 million Americans -- almost 7 percent of the adult U.S. population -- in any given year. Some 4 percent of people with depression will end their own lives, resulting in 30,000 suicides each year.<br />Unfortunately, about half of people with depression don't receive treatment and, of those who do get treatment, only about 40 percent get the best, "evidence-based" treatment. Some people still don't get better even with this type of treatment, however.<br />This is one of the first studies in humans to look at the effect of ketamine on depression, although previous animal studies had shown promising results.<br />For the study, which is published in the August issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, 18 treatment-resistant patients with depression were randomly assigned to receive either one intravenous dose of ketamine or a placebo. Participants had tried an average of six antidepressant medications without success in the past.<br />Depression improved within one day in 71 percent of participants who received ketamine; 29 percent of those became nearly symptom-free within one day. Thirty-five percent of those receiving ketamine still showed benefits after several weeks. Those in the placebo group showed no improvement.<br /><br /> One week later, participants were given the opposite treatment, unless they were still showing a benefit from the ketamine.<br />"People had tried six to seven antidepressants on average and had been ill for 30 years. The current episode was three years in duration," Zarate said. "All people who went through this reported a tremendous relief of suffering."<br />Short-term side effects, including perception disturbances, went away usually before the antidepressant effect kicked in. Participants were given a relatively low dose, so they did not experience the more severe side effects.<br />Ketamine works by blocking the N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) receptor, which receives signals for glutamate. Using ketamine to block glutamate's action on the NMDA receptor also seemed to have a secondary effect on another brain receptor, the AMPA receptor.<br />Zarate and his team are now looking at several ways to use this information for depressed patients. "We're looking to see if we can refine ketamine for clinical use by taking care of side effects," he said. "We're also looking at other drugs."<br /><br /> <br /> More information<br /> <br /> For more on depression, head to the National Institute of Mental Health - www.nimh.nih.gov</p> <h1>Anesthesia Drug Rapidly Lifts Depression, Researchers Say</h1> <p>MONDAY, Aug. 7 (HealthDay News) -- A single dose of an anesthesia drug produced relief from depression in as little as two hours in a small group of patients for whom several other treatments had failed, U.S. government researchers report.<br />The researchers said, however, that the drug, ketamine, is unlikely to be used in the treatment of depression because of possible side effects, including psychosis. But the new finding does signal an important direction for future research.<br />Currently available antidepressants can take weeks to work. "That was similar to the sound barrier. We felt we couldn't pass it," said Dr. Carlos A. Zarate Jr., lead author of the study and chief of the mood disorders research unit at the National Institute of Mental Health.<br /><br /> He added, "Now the sound barrier is broken. That doesn't mean you can get on the plane and take off right away, but it means it's possible that we can come up with a treatment that works very rapidly. That's down the road."<br />Ketamine is novel not only for the speed of its effect, but also because it targets a new system in the brain.</p> <p>"It's novel because all antidepressants that are currently available work on neurotransmitters that are monoamines like dopamine and serotonin. That's the focus of the current antidepressant armamentarium," explained Dr. Richard A. Friedman, director of the psychopharmacology clinic at Cornell University's Medical Center in New York City. "Ketamine involves a particular system of the brain called glutamate. It's the main excitory neurotransmitter in the brain," he said.<br /><br /> Depression is a chronic, disabling condition affecting almost 15 million Americans -- almost 7 percent of the adult U.S. population -- in any given year. Some 4 percent of people with depression will end their own lives, resulting in 30,000 suicides each year.<br />Unfortunately, about half of people with depression don't receive treatment and, of those who do get treatment, only about 40 percent get the best, "evidence-based" treatment. Some people still don't get better even with this type of treatment, however.<br />This is one of the first studies in humans to look at the effect of ketamine on depression, although previous animal studies had shown promising results.<br />For the study, which is published in the August issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, 18 treatment-resistant patients with depression were randomly assigned to receive either one intravenous dose of ketamine or a placebo. Participants had tried an average of six antidepressant medications without success in the past.<br />Depression improved within one day in 71 percent of participants who received ketamine; 29 percent of those became nearly symptom-free within one day. Thirty-five percent of those receiving ketamine still showed benefits after several weeks. Those in the placebo group showed no improvement.<br /><br /> One week later, participants were given the opposite treatment, unless they were still showing a benefit from the ketamine.<br />"People had tried six to seven antidepressants on average and had been ill for 30 years. The current episode was three years in duration," Zarate said. "All people who went through this reported a tremendous relief of suffering."<br />Short-term side effects, including perception disturbances, went away usually before the antidepressant effect kicked in. Participants were given a relatively low dose, so they did not experience the more severe side effects.<br />Ketamine works by blocking the N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) receptor, which receives signals for glutamate. Using ketamine to block glutamate's action on the NMDA receptor also seemed to have a secondary effect on another brain receptor, the AMPA receptor.<br />Zarate and his team are now looking at several ways to use this information for depressed patients. "We're looking to see if we can refine ketamine for clinical use by taking care of side effects," he said. "We're also looking at other drugs."<br /><br /> <br /> More information<br /> <br /> For more on depression, head to the National Institute of Mental Health - www.nimh.nih.gov</p> Robin Williams Fighting Alcoholism After 20 Years Sober 2007-09-13T20:40:16+00:00 2007-09-13T20:40:16+00:00 https://www.treatment-centers.net/articles/williams-fighting-alcoholism-after-20-years-sober.html <h1><img src="https://www.treatment-centers.net/images/stories/robinwilliams.jpg" mce_src="https://www.treatment-centers.net/images/stories/robinwilliams.jpg" alt="Robin Williams - Alcoholism Recovery" title="Robin Williams Fighting Alcoholism" style="float: right; width: 138px; height: 170px; margin: 5px;" height="170" width="138">Robin Williams Fighting Alcoholism After 20 Years Sober</h1><p> Robin Williams went public with his latest battle with alcoholism following tabloid reports that he had checked into a rehabilitation facility again after a drinking binge.<br /> <br /> The movie funnyman, who has been candid about his past drug and alcohol abuse, reportedly started drinking again while filming <i>The Big White in Alaska</i>, and then two years later went back into rehab to seek help.<br /> <br /> Tabloid reports suggested the Mrs. Doubtfire star checked into the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.treatment-centers.net/directory/oregon/newberg/hazelden-springbrook.html" mce_href="https://www.treatment-centers.net/directory/oregon/newberg/hazelden-springbrook.html" title="Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Oregon"><u><b>Hazelden Springbrook Rehab Facility in Newberg, OR</b></u></a> and even celebrated his 55th birthday there.<br /> <br /> Williams' publicist Mara Buxbaum confirmed the fact that the actor was indeed seeking help to manage an alcohol abuse problem.<br /> <br /> She stated: "After 20 years of sobriety, Robin Williams found himself drinking again and decided to take proactive measures to deal with this for his own well-being and the well-being of his family."<br /> <br /> "He asks that you respect his and his family's privacy during this time. He looks forward to returning to work this fall to support his upcoming film releases."<br /> <br /> Williams hoped to be healthy again to promote <i>Man Of The Year,</i> which hit cinemas screens in October.<br /> <br /> The Oscar-winner follows fellow Hollywood star Mel Gibson, who entered a rehab facility in September of 2006 following his drink-driving arrest in Malibu, California.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 8pt;" mce_style="font-size: 8pt;">Source: Ireland Online - www.breakingnews.iol.ie 10/08/2006</span><br mce_bogus="1"></p> <h1><img src="https://www.treatment-centers.net/images/stories/robinwilliams.jpg" mce_src="https://www.treatment-centers.net/images/stories/robinwilliams.jpg" alt="Robin Williams - Alcoholism Recovery" title="Robin Williams Fighting Alcoholism" style="float: right; width: 138px; height: 170px; margin: 5px;" height="170" width="138">Robin Williams Fighting Alcoholism After 20 Years Sober</h1><p> Robin Williams went public with his latest battle with alcoholism following tabloid reports that he had checked into a rehabilitation facility again after a drinking binge.<br /> <br /> The movie funnyman, who has been candid about his past drug and alcohol abuse, reportedly started drinking again while filming <i>The Big White in Alaska</i>, and then two years later went back into rehab to seek help.<br /> <br /> Tabloid reports suggested the Mrs. Doubtfire star checked into the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.treatment-centers.net/directory/oregon/newberg/hazelden-springbrook.html" mce_href="https://www.treatment-centers.net/directory/oregon/newberg/hazelden-springbrook.html" title="Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Oregon"><u><b>Hazelden Springbrook Rehab Facility in Newberg, OR</b></u></a> and even celebrated his 55th birthday there.<br /> <br /> Williams' publicist Mara Buxbaum confirmed the fact that the actor was indeed seeking help to manage an alcohol abuse problem.<br /> <br /> She stated: "After 20 years of sobriety, Robin Williams found himself drinking again and decided to take proactive measures to deal with this for his own well-being and the well-being of his family."<br /> <br /> "He asks that you respect his and his family's privacy during this time. He looks forward to returning to work this fall to support his upcoming film releases."<br /> <br /> Williams hoped to be healthy again to promote <i>Man Of The Year,</i> which hit cinemas screens in October.<br /> <br /> The Oscar-winner follows fellow Hollywood star Mel Gibson, who entered a rehab facility in September of 2006 following his drink-driving arrest in Malibu, California.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 8pt;" mce_style="font-size: 8pt;">Source: Ireland Online - www.breakingnews.iol.ie 10/08/2006</span><br mce_bogus="1"></p> Addiction and Thanksgiving 2010-11-12T17:54:56+00:00 2010-11-12T17:54:56+00:00 https://www.treatment-centers.net/addiction-and-thanksgiving.html <h2>Addiction and Thanksgiving - When Addiction Spirals Out of Control</h2> <p>Addiction is an unmanageable and progressive disease on it's own in the everyday life of any addict, but around Thanksgiving when families come together, addictions of every kind quickly spiral out of control. Addction is usually not the main problem in any given addict's life, but rather a symptom of it. Addiction that results from compulsive use of a substance or engagement in an activity serves as an escape from reality for the addict, and at Thanksgiving when an addict is faced with family members whom they love and know are judging them, escape is more important than ever.</p> <h3>The Escape of Addiction at Thanksgiving</h3> <p>Addiction creates an alternate reality for any addict, no matter what the subject of ther addiction may be. Not only does this alternative reality created by addiction feel good to addicts, but the disease of addiction also tells the addict that this alternate reality is all that is normal for them. Consequentially, the addict becomes more withdrawn from reality, friends, and family. When they are forced to face family and reality at Thanksgiving, addicts may try to tell themselves to hold it together for just one day, but the end result is most often a sharp spike in their addictive behaviors. The reason for this is human nature. We all want to be as comfortable as we can be in any situation, especially one where we have something to hide or feel ashamed of. For an addict, comfort lies in the subject of their addiction and nowhere else. The more tension or conflict, the more drug and alcohol consumption, or gambling, or sex, or video gaming, or exercise an addict will engage in to feel more comfortable and able to handle the dissent.</p> <h3>Families and Addicts at Thanksgiving</h3> <p>One of the hardest things about addiction is watching helplessly as your loved one destroys themselves. Because addiction is such an insidious disease, it takes the true individual away from the world and replaces him/her with a compulsive, irresponsible, selfish, insensitive, and immature addict who lies, steals, and destroys everything in their path. Often families of addicts do not understand what addiction is, how it works and how to address it. Many families of addicts simply react to the behaviors of the addict, which are most often extremely negative, hurt, and confused.<br />How Families Handle Addicts Around Thanksgiving</p> <p>Another problem created by addiction in the family around Thanksgiving is dissent between the sober members of the family when several members are in disagreement over how to address the addict for the best chance of his or her survival. While frequently debated, there is only one way to handle addicts when they are in the grip of their addiction. Many loved ones of addicts feel a natural urge to protect and nurture, and almost instinctually enable the addict by providing money, rides, and shelter, and bailing out from jail and welcoming addicts into their home after leaving addiction treatment prior to completion. While it is heartbreaking to see anyone suffer from any disease, addiction remains unique in the fact that it is counter-responsive to attention and self-sacrifice. Addiction grows stronger and gets progressively worse with enablement.  The easier it is for an addict to be an addict, the harder it will be to convince them that their lives are unmanageable. If an addict knows that every time he/she engages in addictive behavior, someone will be there to welcome them, why change? It is human nature to resist change when we're comfortable with something.  Your favorite food is your favorite for a reason - because it makes you feel good.</p> <p>Generally in a family with one or more members who are aware of how to treat addicts, just knowing that the most effective way for family to address addiction is to shut it out, and do nothing to help their loved one stay an addict for another day - provide endless help and support for addiction treatment, but not the continued behaviors of addiction, can cause tremendous conflict at Thanksgiving.
When there is a disagreement about how to address an addict it becomes frustrating for everyone involved.  While the entire family may know that they all have to have a united message to the addict, when any member of the family of an addict tries to make the addict change by providing support, any other efforts are immediately negated.  An addict only needs one person to turn to for support in order for the addiction to keep winning and the addict to keep losing his/her life.</p> <p>During the Thanksgiving holidays when families gather for what is supposed to be a good and happy time, addicts and their families often go overboard on their respective paths. For the addict, whatever the subject of their addiction may be will be their only friend and only source of comfort at times during the Thanksgiving holiday, so addicts have historically had a tendency to overdo their usual compulsive, addictive behavior due to the heightened tension and stress of the Thanksgiving holiday. 
For the families, they are either so shocked and appalled to be witnessing their loved one in such an unmanageable state during the Thanksgiving holiday, or they are so fed up with having to go through yet another Thanksgiving holiday with the same addiction issues that are tearing themselves and loved ones apart. Either way, families tend to look toward the holidays for hope and miracles, good things to happen and a positive change for the new year.  To see a loved one killing themselves and destroying everything around them, whether it's the 28th year of dealing with addiction, or the first time it's reared it's ugly head, is heartbreaking,especially around times that are supposed to be happy, about family, togetherness, and good cheer.</p> <h4>Co-Dependency with Addicts at Thanksgiving</h4> <p>Once dissent begins to creep into the family of the addict, all it takes is one weak link in the form of someone who will do anything for the addict, including paying for anything, providing shelter for any period of time, rides, or accepting phone calls, unless or until the addict is asking for help in getting into addiction treatment. It is important for families at Thanksgiving to provide a united front toward the addict, and if a solution cannot be agreed upon by all participants of Thanksgiving, serious thought should be given to whether or not the addict should be at the event at all.  Addiction is a devastating disease for every life it touches, but when families become too involved in the lives of their addicted loved ones, they too can become sick with co-dependency and require family co-dependency treatment.</p> <p>Co-dependent, as defined in the dictionary is "of or pertaining to a relationship in which one person is physically or psychologically addicted, as to alcohol or gambling, and the other person is psychologically dependent on the first in an unhealthy way."  When any individual is codependent with an addict, it can be just as dangerous as the original addiction has been to the addict.  in families of addicts, it is not uncommon for mothers and grandmothers to be most effected by codependency from their natural urge to protect and care for their babies.  It is often very difficult to reconcile being able to still love, but to do so from a distance, but that is essentially what is necessary for the best hopes of getting an addict to admit to his/her problems and seek professional addiction treatment.  A codependent member of an addict's personal circle can be just as deadly to the addict as the subject of his/her addiction.  Codependent people will enable an addict and obsess over him/her to the point at which they become a literal martyr, throwing themselves on the coals physically and psychologically for the addict, meanwhile the addict has access to everything the codependent person has to continue with their addiction.</p> <p>If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction this Thanksgiving holiday, there is hope and there is help.  Please call us now at <strong>1 <script type="text/javascript">// <![CDATA[ { document.write(_ibp_phone_number); } // ]]></script> </strong> to speak with a caring, qualified professional who can help you to find thr best solution for you and your loved ones.  We are here to help.<br /><br /></p> <h2>Addiction and Thanksgiving - When Addiction Spirals Out of Control</h2> <p>Addiction is an unmanageable and progressive disease on it's own in the everyday life of any addict, but around Thanksgiving when families come together, addictions of every kind quickly spiral out of control. Addction is usually not the main problem in any given addict's life, but rather a symptom of it. Addiction that results from compulsive use of a substance or engagement in an activity serves as an escape from reality for the addict, and at Thanksgiving when an addict is faced with family members whom they love and know are judging them, escape is more important than ever.</p> <h3>The Escape of Addiction at Thanksgiving</h3> <p>Addiction creates an alternate reality for any addict, no matter what the subject of ther addiction may be. Not only does this alternative reality created by addiction feel good to addicts, but the disease of addiction also tells the addict that this alternate reality is all that is normal for them. Consequentially, the addict becomes more withdrawn from reality, friends, and family. When they are forced to face family and reality at Thanksgiving, addicts may try to tell themselves to hold it together for just one day, but the end result is most often a sharp spike in their addictive behaviors. The reason for this is human nature. We all want to be as comfortable as we can be in any situation, especially one where we have something to hide or feel ashamed of. For an addict, comfort lies in the subject of their addiction and nowhere else. The more tension or conflict, the more drug and alcohol consumption, or gambling, or sex, or video gaming, or exercise an addict will engage in to feel more comfortable and able to handle the dissent.</p> <h3>Families and Addicts at Thanksgiving</h3> <p>One of the hardest things about addiction is watching helplessly as your loved one destroys themselves. Because addiction is such an insidious disease, it takes the true individual away from the world and replaces him/her with a compulsive, irresponsible, selfish, insensitive, and immature addict who lies, steals, and destroys everything in their path. Often families of addicts do not understand what addiction is, how it works and how to address it. Many families of addicts simply react to the behaviors of the addict, which are most often extremely negative, hurt, and confused.<br />How Families Handle Addicts Around Thanksgiving</p> <p>Another problem created by addiction in the family around Thanksgiving is dissent between the sober members of the family when several members are in disagreement over how to address the addict for the best chance of his or her survival. While frequently debated, there is only one way to handle addicts when they are in the grip of their addiction. Many loved ones of addicts feel a natural urge to protect and nurture, and almost instinctually enable the addict by providing money, rides, and shelter, and bailing out from jail and welcoming addicts into their home after leaving addiction treatment prior to completion. While it is heartbreaking to see anyone suffer from any disease, addiction remains unique in the fact that it is counter-responsive to attention and self-sacrifice. Addiction grows stronger and gets progressively worse with enablement.  The easier it is for an addict to be an addict, the harder it will be to convince them that their lives are unmanageable. If an addict knows that every time he/she engages in addictive behavior, someone will be there to welcome them, why change? It is human nature to resist change when we're comfortable with something.  Your favorite food is your favorite for a reason - because it makes you feel good.</p> <p>Generally in a family with one or more members who are aware of how to treat addicts, just knowing that the most effective way for family to address addiction is to shut it out, and do nothing to help their loved one stay an addict for another day - provide endless help and support for addiction treatment, but not the continued behaviors of addiction, can cause tremendous conflict at Thanksgiving.
When there is a disagreement about how to address an addict it becomes frustrating for everyone involved.  While the entire family may know that they all have to have a united message to the addict, when any member of the family of an addict tries to make the addict change by providing support, any other efforts are immediately negated.  An addict only needs one person to turn to for support in order for the addiction to keep winning and the addict to keep losing his/her life.</p> <p>During the Thanksgiving holidays when families gather for what is supposed to be a good and happy time, addicts and their families often go overboard on their respective paths. For the addict, whatever the subject of their addiction may be will be their only friend and only source of comfort at times during the Thanksgiving holiday, so addicts have historically had a tendency to overdo their usual compulsive, addictive behavior due to the heightened tension and stress of the Thanksgiving holiday. 
For the families, they are either so shocked and appalled to be witnessing their loved one in such an unmanageable state during the Thanksgiving holiday, or they are so fed up with having to go through yet another Thanksgiving holiday with the same addiction issues that are tearing themselves and loved ones apart. Either way, families tend to look toward the holidays for hope and miracles, good things to happen and a positive change for the new year.  To see a loved one killing themselves and destroying everything around them, whether it's the 28th year of dealing with addiction, or the first time it's reared it's ugly head, is heartbreaking,especially around times that are supposed to be happy, about family, togetherness, and good cheer.</p> <h4>Co-Dependency with Addicts at Thanksgiving</h4> <p>Once dissent begins to creep into the family of the addict, all it takes is one weak link in the form of someone who will do anything for the addict, including paying for anything, providing shelter for any period of time, rides, or accepting phone calls, unless or until the addict is asking for help in getting into addiction treatment. It is important for families at Thanksgiving to provide a united front toward the addict, and if a solution cannot be agreed upon by all participants of Thanksgiving, serious thought should be given to whether or not the addict should be at the event at all.  Addiction is a devastating disease for every life it touches, but when families become too involved in the lives of their addicted loved ones, they too can become sick with co-dependency and require family co-dependency treatment.</p> <p>Co-dependent, as defined in the dictionary is "of or pertaining to a relationship in which one person is physically or psychologically addicted, as to alcohol or gambling, and the other person is psychologically dependent on the first in an unhealthy way."  When any individual is codependent with an addict, it can be just as dangerous as the original addiction has been to the addict.  in families of addicts, it is not uncommon for mothers and grandmothers to be most effected by codependency from their natural urge to protect and care for their babies.  It is often very difficult to reconcile being able to still love, but to do so from a distance, but that is essentially what is necessary for the best hopes of getting an addict to admit to his/her problems and seek professional addiction treatment.  A codependent member of an addict's personal circle can be just as deadly to the addict as the subject of his/her addiction.  Codependent people will enable an addict and obsess over him/her to the point at which they become a literal martyr, throwing themselves on the coals physically and psychologically for the addict, meanwhile the addict has access to everything the codependent person has to continue with their addiction.</p> <p>If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction this Thanksgiving holiday, there is hope and there is help.  Please call us now at <strong>1 <script type="text/javascript">// <![CDATA[ { document.write(_ibp_phone_number); } // ]]></script> </strong> to speak with a caring, qualified professional who can help you to find thr best solution for you and your loved ones.  We are here to help.<br /><br /></p> What is the Meaning of Life 2007-09-13T21:00:02+00:00 2007-09-13T21:00:02+00:00 https://www.treatment-centers.net/articles/what-is-the-meaning-of-life.html <h1><strong class="titler">What is the Meaning of Life</strong></h1><strong class="titler"><br />&nbsp;by: <strong class="author">Robert Fulghum</strong> </strong><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong class="titler"><br /> A Greek philosopher and teacher ended a lecture asking, &ldquo;Are there any questions?&rdquo; In the audience was Robert Fulghum who asked, &ldquo;Dr. Papaderos, what is the meaning of life?&rdquo;</strong></p><p><strong class="titler">Fulghum relates: &ldquo;The usual laughter followed, and people started to go. Papaderos held up his hand and stilled the room and looked at me for a long time, asking with his eyes if I was serious and seeing from my eyes that I was. &lsquo;I will answer your question,&rsquo; he said. Then taking his wallet out of his hip pocket, he fished into it and brought out a very small, round mirror, about the size of a quarter. Then he said, &lsquo;When I was a small child, during the war, we were very poor and we lived in a remote village. One day, on the road, I found several broken pieces of a mirror from a wrecked German motorcycle. I tried to find all the pieces and put them together, but it was not possible, so I kept only the largest piece. This one. And by scratching it on a stone, I made it round. I began to play with it as a toy and became fascinated by the fact that I could reflect light into dark places where the sun would not shine &ndash; in deep holes and crevices and dark closets. It became a game for me to get light into the most inaccessible places I could find. </strong></p><p><strong class="titler">&#39;I kept the little mirror, and as I went about my growing up, I would take it out in idle moments and continue the challenge of the game. As I became a man, I grew to understand that this was not just a child&rsquo;s game but a metaphor for what I might do with my life. I came to understand that I am not the light or the source of the light. But light &ndash; truth, understanding, knowledge &ndash; is there, and it will only shine in many dark places if I reflect it.&#39;</strong></p><p><strong class="titler">&lsquo;I am a fragment of a mirror whose whole design and shape I do not know. Nevertheless, with what I have, I can reflect light into the dark places of this world &ndash; into the black places in the hearts of men &ndash; and change some things in some people. Perhaps others may see and do likewise. This is what I am about. This is the meaning of my life.&#39; &ldquo;And then he took his small mirror and, holding it carefully, caught the bright rays of daylight streaming through the window and reflected them onto my face and onto my hands folded on the desk.&rdquo;<br /><br /><br /><u>www.robertfulghum.com</u> Robert Fulghum&#39;s Official Website</strong></p><p><strong class="titler">Copyright 1991. All rights reserved. </strong></p><p><strong class="titler">&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong class="titler"><strong>About The Author</strong><br /> </strong></p><p><strong class="titler">Robert Fulghum is the author of <u>All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten</u>: <u>It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on it</u>; <u>Uh-Oh</u>; <u>True Love</u>; and <u>Words I Wish I Wrote</u>. The books are available through his web site: <u>www.robertfulghum.com</u>, and on all online bookstores. </strong></p><p><strong class="titler">Robert Fulghum was born in 1937, and grew up in Waco, Texas. In his youth he worked as a ditch-digger, newspaper carrier, ranch hand, and singing cowboy. After college and a short career with IBM, he returned to graduate school to complete a degree in theology. For 22 years he served as a parish minister of Unitarian churches in the Pacific Northwest. During this same period he taught drawing, painting, and philosophy at the Lakeside School in Seattle. Fulghum is an accomplished painter and sculptor. He sings, and plays the guitar and mando-cello. He was a founding member of the authors&rsquo; collective rock-and-roll band, the Rock-Bottom Remainders. Robert Fulghum has four children and seven grandchildren. He lives in Seattle, Washington, and on the Greek island of Crete </strong></p><strong class="titler"> </strong> <h1><strong class="titler">What is the Meaning of Life</strong></h1><strong class="titler"><br />&nbsp;by: <strong class="author">Robert Fulghum</strong> </strong><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong class="titler"><br /> A Greek philosopher and teacher ended a lecture asking, &ldquo;Are there any questions?&rdquo; In the audience was Robert Fulghum who asked, &ldquo;Dr. Papaderos, what is the meaning of life?&rdquo;</strong></p><p><strong class="titler">Fulghum relates: &ldquo;The usual laughter followed, and people started to go. Papaderos held up his hand and stilled the room and looked at me for a long time, asking with his eyes if I was serious and seeing from my eyes that I was. &lsquo;I will answer your question,&rsquo; he said. Then taking his wallet out of his hip pocket, he fished into it and brought out a very small, round mirror, about the size of a quarter. Then he said, &lsquo;When I was a small child, during the war, we were very poor and we lived in a remote village. One day, on the road, I found several broken pieces of a mirror from a wrecked German motorcycle. I tried to find all the pieces and put them together, but it was not possible, so I kept only the largest piece. This one. And by scratching it on a stone, I made it round. I began to play with it as a toy and became fascinated by the fact that I could reflect light into dark places where the sun would not shine &ndash; in deep holes and crevices and dark closets. It became a game for me to get light into the most inaccessible places I could find. </strong></p><p><strong class="titler">&#39;I kept the little mirror, and as I went about my growing up, I would take it out in idle moments and continue the challenge of the game. As I became a man, I grew to understand that this was not just a child&rsquo;s game but a metaphor for what I might do with my life. I came to understand that I am not the light or the source of the light. But light &ndash; truth, understanding, knowledge &ndash; is there, and it will only shine in many dark places if I reflect it.&#39;</strong></p><p><strong class="titler">&lsquo;I am a fragment of a mirror whose whole design and shape I do not know. Nevertheless, with what I have, I can reflect light into the dark places of this world &ndash; into the black places in the hearts of men &ndash; and change some things in some people. Perhaps others may see and do likewise. This is what I am about. This is the meaning of my life.&#39; &ldquo;And then he took his small mirror and, holding it carefully, caught the bright rays of daylight streaming through the window and reflected them onto my face and onto my hands folded on the desk.&rdquo;<br /><br /><br /><u>www.robertfulghum.com</u> Robert Fulghum&#39;s Official Website</strong></p><p><strong class="titler">Copyright 1991. All rights reserved. </strong></p><p><strong class="titler">&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong class="titler"><strong>About The Author</strong><br /> </strong></p><p><strong class="titler">Robert Fulghum is the author of <u>All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten</u>: <u>It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on it</u>; <u>Uh-Oh</u>; <u>True Love</u>; and <u>Words I Wish I Wrote</u>. The books are available through his web site: <u>www.robertfulghum.com</u>, and on all online bookstores. </strong></p><p><strong class="titler">Robert Fulghum was born in 1937, and grew up in Waco, Texas. In his youth he worked as a ditch-digger, newspaper carrier, ranch hand, and singing cowboy. After college and a short career with IBM, he returned to graduate school to complete a degree in theology. For 22 years he served as a parish minister of Unitarian churches in the Pacific Northwest. During this same period he taught drawing, painting, and philosophy at the Lakeside School in Seattle. Fulghum is an accomplished painter and sculptor. He sings, and plays the guitar and mando-cello. He was a founding member of the authors&rsquo; collective rock-and-roll band, the Rock-Bottom Remainders. Robert Fulghum has four children and seven grandchildren. He lives in Seattle, Washington, and on the Greek island of Crete </strong></p><strong class="titler"> </strong> Fake Pot Ban 2010-11-27T04:54:42+00:00 2010-11-27T04:54:42+00:00 https://www.treatment-centers.net/fake-pot-ban.html Doug dschotters@treatment-centers.net <h2 align="center">The Newest Drug War Frontline: Feds move to Ban Fake Pot Products</h2> &nbsp; <p>WASHINGTON</p> <p>The Drug Enforcement Agency publicly announced its plans on Wednesday to use its emergency powers to ban fake pot products for at least one year. This move comes directly on the heels of similar legislation enacted by 14 states nationwide and pending legislation in 6 other states.</p> <p>Synthetic pot products such as those marketed under brand names like K2, Spice, Red X Dawn, and Solar Flare are used by consumers to achieve a state of altered perception similar to that of marijuana. In fact, experts have stated that the compounds used in fake pot products work by mimicking the effects of THC or tetrahydrocannabinol- the active ingredient in naturally-occurring marijuana.</p> <p>In addition to the high that many users experience, there are also a number of side effects. This can include nausea, disorientation, hallucinations, anxiety, rapid heart rate, high blood pressure and paranoia. The DEA’s ban of synthetic pot products was prompted at least in part by increasing numbers of negative reports from hospitals, police agencies, fire departments, and poison control centers. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, there have been over 2,000 calls related to symptoms from fake pot products in 2010.</p> <p>The move to ban synthetic pot by the DEA will take effect in 30 days. After that time, the 5 most widely used compounds in these products will be listed as a Schedule I drug. This is the most serious classification of drugs, and includes substances such as heroin, crack, and cocaine. As a Schedule 1 drug, synthetic marijuana products made with these 5 chemicals will be illegal to possess or sell. Penalties include federal prison sentences and hefty fines.</p> <p>Synthetic pot manufacturers are outraged over the imposition of this ban, with many claiming that their products are not harmful- despite the fact that most are sold with disclaimers that read: “To be sold as incense only- NOT for human consumption,” or some variation of that warning. Nevertheless, there have been no reported serious injuries and no known fatal cases of fake pot overdoses.</p> <p>Despite lack of evidence of any serious harm, the federal government maintains that using these unregulated and often unknown compounds could result in severe illness or injury. The DEA has stated that the primary focus of the temporary ban will be to research and conduct tests to determine if the substances should remain illegal, be reclassified, or be re-released to the public market.</p> <p>In the meantime, the head shops, smoke shops, gas stations and retail outlets where products like Spice and K2 are sold expect a deluge of consumers looking to stock up on the mind-altering substances before the ban goes into effect next month. After that time, many marijuana advocacy groups believe that production of synthetic marijuana will go underground- potentially further eroding the already questionable chemical composition of these products.</p> <p>Wednesday’s announcement by the DEA included a public posting of a “Notice of Intent to Temporarily Control” in the Federal Register. While this move is seen as hasty by some, there are many others who believe it’s been a long time coming, as the DEA has been investigating synthetic marijuana products (also known as Salvia Divinorum) for nearly a decade without taking any previous action. However, because the ban only lists 5 specific chemicals- JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47497 and cannabicyclohexanl, manufacturers are already offering replacement products that use similar but unbanned chemicals.</p> <p>At the time this article was published, <a href="http://www.k2incense.org" target="blank" rel="nofollow">www.k2incense.org</a>; one of the most prominent suppliers of the synthetic marijuana product called K2, had the following statement boldly displayed on their homepage: “Two NEW K2 Products, NOT COVERED BY ANY BANS!” In fact, many in the salvia divinorum industry have already dismissed the ban entirely, indicating that new chemical compounds will be created to replace any that are banned.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, some groups say that the problem isn’t with synthetic pot at all. Instead, marijuana advocacy groups like NORML have said that the development of potentially dangerous synthetic products have come about as a result of the prohibition of marijuana. NORML contends that if consumers had access to real, safe and natural marijuana, that the regulation and safety issues posed by fake pot products would cease to exist.</p> <p>Other groups such as the Drug Policy Alliance have publicly stated that the emergency ban on synthetic pot products will only serve to shift the manufacture and distribution of it to the black market, where product composition will be questionable and sources potentially dangerous.</p> <p>Sales of products like K2 and Red X Dawn are highest among teens, college students, and young adults. Chief among complaints against synthetic marijuana products is that they are advertised to impressionable audiences as safe and legal alternatives to marijuana. While the compounds in the products might currently still be legal at the federal level, 14 states have already banned synthetic pot entirely based upon safety and health concerns: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Tennessee, and most recently, Michigan. Five other states have pending legislation to ban fake pot: New York, Ohio, Indiana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.</p> <p>Of particular concern for many communities is the propensity for military service members, police, and other public safety workers to use the drug without fear of being caught. This is because the 5 current compounds used in synthetic pot are not detectable by traditional laboratory methods. Nevertheless, enforcement amongst public agencies, including the US Navy, has indicated that internal policies have banned use of products like Spice and K2 by members.</p> <p>The DEA expects little resistance to the ban- at least in part because the agency is aware that the replacement substances are already on the market. Additionally, police enforcement groups have stated concerns that an inability to test for these substances will make enforcement of the ban practically impossible. In the meanwhile, storekeepers have just a few weeks to sell off the old fake pot- and make room for the new stuff.</p> <h2 align="center">The Newest Drug War Frontline: Feds move to Ban Fake Pot Products</h2> &nbsp; <p>WASHINGTON</p> <p>The Drug Enforcement Agency publicly announced its plans on Wednesday to use its emergency powers to ban fake pot products for at least one year. This move comes directly on the heels of similar legislation enacted by 14 states nationwide and pending legislation in 6 other states.</p> <p>Synthetic pot products such as those marketed under brand names like K2, Spice, Red X Dawn, and Solar Flare are used by consumers to achieve a state of altered perception similar to that of marijuana. In fact, experts have stated that the compounds used in fake pot products work by mimicking the effects of THC or tetrahydrocannabinol- the active ingredient in naturally-occurring marijuana.</p> <p>In addition to the high that many users experience, there are also a number of side effects. This can include nausea, disorientation, hallucinations, anxiety, rapid heart rate, high blood pressure and paranoia. The DEA’s ban of synthetic pot products was prompted at least in part by increasing numbers of negative reports from hospitals, police agencies, fire departments, and poison control centers. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, there have been over 2,000 calls related to symptoms from fake pot products in 2010.</p> <p>The move to ban synthetic pot by the DEA will take effect in 30 days. After that time, the 5 most widely used compounds in these products will be listed as a Schedule I drug. This is the most serious classification of drugs, and includes substances such as heroin, crack, and cocaine. As a Schedule 1 drug, synthetic marijuana products made with these 5 chemicals will be illegal to possess or sell. Penalties include federal prison sentences and hefty fines.</p> <p>Synthetic pot manufacturers are outraged over the imposition of this ban, with many claiming that their products are not harmful- despite the fact that most are sold with disclaimers that read: “To be sold as incense only- NOT for human consumption,” or some variation of that warning. Nevertheless, there have been no reported serious injuries and no known fatal cases of fake pot overdoses.</p> <p>Despite lack of evidence of any serious harm, the federal government maintains that using these unregulated and often unknown compounds could result in severe illness or injury. The DEA has stated that the primary focus of the temporary ban will be to research and conduct tests to determine if the substances should remain illegal, be reclassified, or be re-released to the public market.</p> <p>In the meantime, the head shops, smoke shops, gas stations and retail outlets where products like Spice and K2 are sold expect a deluge of consumers looking to stock up on the mind-altering substances before the ban goes into effect next month. After that time, many marijuana advocacy groups believe that production of synthetic marijuana will go underground- potentially further eroding the already questionable chemical composition of these products.</p> <p>Wednesday’s announcement by the DEA included a public posting of a “Notice of Intent to Temporarily Control” in the Federal Register. While this move is seen as hasty by some, there are many others who believe it’s been a long time coming, as the DEA has been investigating synthetic marijuana products (also known as Salvia Divinorum) for nearly a decade without taking any previous action. However, because the ban only lists 5 specific chemicals- JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47497 and cannabicyclohexanl, manufacturers are already offering replacement products that use similar but unbanned chemicals.</p> <p>At the time this article was published, <a href="http://www.k2incense.org" target="blank" rel="nofollow">www.k2incense.org</a>; one of the most prominent suppliers of the synthetic marijuana product called K2, had the following statement boldly displayed on their homepage: “Two NEW K2 Products, NOT COVERED BY ANY BANS!” In fact, many in the salvia divinorum industry have already dismissed the ban entirely, indicating that new chemical compounds will be created to replace any that are banned.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, some groups say that the problem isn’t with synthetic pot at all. Instead, marijuana advocacy groups like NORML have said that the development of potentially dangerous synthetic products have come about as a result of the prohibition of marijuana. NORML contends that if consumers had access to real, safe and natural marijuana, that the regulation and safety issues posed by fake pot products would cease to exist.</p> <p>Other groups such as the Drug Policy Alliance have publicly stated that the emergency ban on synthetic pot products will only serve to shift the manufacture and distribution of it to the black market, where product composition will be questionable and sources potentially dangerous.</p> <p>Sales of products like K2 and Red X Dawn are highest among teens, college students, and young adults. Chief among complaints against synthetic marijuana products is that they are advertised to impressionable audiences as safe and legal alternatives to marijuana. While the compounds in the products might currently still be legal at the federal level, 14 states have already banned synthetic pot entirely based upon safety and health concerns: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Tennessee, and most recently, Michigan. Five other states have pending legislation to ban fake pot: New York, Ohio, Indiana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.</p> <p>Of particular concern for many communities is the propensity for military service members, police, and other public safety workers to use the drug without fear of being caught. This is because the 5 current compounds used in synthetic pot are not detectable by traditional laboratory methods. Nevertheless, enforcement amongst public agencies, including the US Navy, has indicated that internal policies have banned use of products like Spice and K2 by members.</p> <p>The DEA expects little resistance to the ban- at least in part because the agency is aware that the replacement substances are already on the market. Additionally, police enforcement groups have stated concerns that an inability to test for these substances will make enforcement of the ban practically impossible. In the meanwhile, storekeepers have just a few weeks to sell off the old fake pot- and make room for the new stuff.</p>