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Chronic Pain Management

Parent Category: Addiction Category: Drug Addiction Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 06 April 2009

Chronic pain management can be an extremely complex and frustrating experience for both the patient as well as their healthcare provider. Managing a pain condition is often very challenging, and it becomes even more so when a coexisting problem is also present. In fact, one of the most difficult problems is not identifying coexisting prescription drug abuse or addiction problem. There is a significant risk of prescription abuse/addiction problems because as many as 90 percent of people undergoing chronic pain management are prescribed opiates—about 10 percent of people on chronic opiate maintenance will develop a substance use disorder abuse or dependence.

Addiction Recovery

Parent Category: Addiction Category: Drug Addiction Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 10 December 2010

Recovery from addictions can be a lengthy and difficult process, and successful long-term recovery often requires a lifetime of "practice". Once people complete a primary addiction treatment program, too often there is a tendency for individuals to begin to relax and stop worrying about their addictive nature and past behaviors that resulted in their lives becoming unmanageable. Unfortunately, this is a precarious thought process at best.  Indeed, most people complete addiction recovery programs having gained massive insight into the nature of their addiction(s) and having learned tools to cope with life on life's terms without turning to their mood-altering substance or behavior of choice.  Practicing those tools however requires work.  Many addicts in recovery quickly learn that the implementation of these tools on a daily basis in the "real" world can be a significant challenge, especially without a specific plan of action or support structure in place to help them stay clean and sober long-term.

Drug Abuse

Parent Category: Addiction Category: Drug Addiction Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 30 April 2008

Drug abuse, also called substance abuse or chemical abuse, is a disorder characterized by a destructive pattern of substance use that leads to unmanageability in one or more areas of life (i.e. relationships, work, school etc.) Estimates suggest drug abuse affects more than 7% of of the population at some point in their lives. Teens are increasingly engaging in prescription drug experimentation and abuse, particularly drugs classified as opiates (which are prescribed to relieve severe pain), and stimulants, which treat conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in young people and adolescents.

Drug abuse is something that has devastated families generation after generation. When a family member is abusing drugs, future plans are shattered, relationships are broken and the entire family eventually ends up in turmoil.

Pain Management and Addiction

Parent Category: Addiction Category: Drug Addiction Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 06 December 2010

For the patient that has a history of substance abuse, pain management carries significant risk, because narcotic pain killers (opioids) are extremely addictive.  It is a common misconception that the management of acute or chronic pain necessarily leads to addiction.  Taking mood-altering chemicals for management of legitimate pain in opiate-naive patients only results in addiction a small percentage of the time.  In most cases, pain management and addiction are mutually exclusive.  Nevertheless, some individuals do become addicted to pain medication, and for individuals with a history of addiction, taking narcotics for pain management can be a recipe for disaster.

Florida Pill Mills

Parent Category: Addiction Category: Drug Addiction Last Updated: 27 November 2012 Published: 27 November 2012

With half a billion Oxycontin pills distributed in Florida in 2009 alone[1], the Sunshine State stands at the forefront of the U.S. Oxycontin addiction.  Indeed, Florida’s illicit pill use is twice that of the next closest state—and it’s on the rise[2]. Federal authorities estimate that the problem grew by 100 million pills in a single year, an increase of 25 percent[3]. The drug is a full-fledged public health and addiction crisis affecting millions of families.

What is a pill mill?

“Pill mill” is a colloquial term for semi-legal distribution centers of controlled substances, chief among them Oxycontin[4]. Doctors, clerks and other pill mill employees often have firearms or other weapons within easy reach[5], suggesting that these establishments more closely resemble drug houses than medical clinics. Outside of Florida, Texas[6] and Pennsylvania[7] host the most pill mills. Branded (or, some would argue, disguised) as pain management clinics, pill mills often pop up and disappear rapidly. When one closes, another can pop up quickly in its place.

Drug Abuse Statistics

Parent Category: Addiction Category: Drug Addiction Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 24 November 2010

A number of information sources are used to quantify America’s drug problem and to monitor drug abuse trends. Foremost among these sources are the Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey* and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health** (NSDUH). Since 1975, the MTF survey has measured drug, alcohol, and cigarette use as well as related attitudes among adolescent students nationwide. For the 2010 survey, 46,482 students in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades from 396 public and private schools participated. Funded by NIDA, the MTF survey is conducted by investigators at the University of Michigan.

Krokodil: The New Killer

Parent Category: Addiction Category: Drug Addiction Last Updated: 18 October 2013 Published: 18 October 2013

Krokodil

“Krokodil” is a new and terrifying addition to the chronic drug epidemic in the United States. Its effects are sudden, horrific, and deadly. Information from the United States is currently limited because of the drug’s recent appearance in the American drug culture. We intend to bring some clarity to the confusion regarding Krokodil. Misinformation is rampant, with devastating effects among so many who are unaware of the immediate consequences of using this drug. While the international community has some experience with Krokodil, the United States and its drug prevention communities must make itself aware of how to recognize and treat these addictions.

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