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Opiate Epidemic

Posted August 22, 2017 by Chris Clayton

Opiates, opioids, black, heroin, dope…doctor. These all are common expressions of the opioid epidemic that is sweeping the nation by storm. How one goes about procuring their drug of choice makes no difference as opiates begin to take hold with chemical dependency—slowly, progressively, nurture impacting nature and the disease of addiction settles in. No matter the means of ingestion, route of collection or socioeconomic status the disease of addiction knows no bounds and is destroying: loved ones, brothers, sisters, moms, dads, new born babies, friends, colleagues and the list continues just as the opiate epidemic does.

The opiate epidemic surrounds us, wholly as a community but more importantly as a way of living. In the news, articles infiltrate our senses with doctors overprescribing opiates, heroin dealers busted, the War on Drugs, manufacturing of synthetic substances, overdose deaths…should I continue? For those of you reading this, you know all too well…the feelings associated, the hurt contained within, and the overall pain of knowing things could have been different. St. George is no different in this plaguing issue and knowing what to do is a challenge as there is much going on—Lions Gate Recovery can help!

A simple Google search of—opioid epidemic—yields numerous pages of content…if your location is set on your phone or computer you may see Utah’s Opioid Epidemic: Who’s to Blame? Prescription medication of the opiate family, prescribed for pain, are used and abused and, of those taking such medication, some will be impacted and cross the threshold into addiction, begin using heroin or other black-market opiates, and rapidly create a life of destruction.

Of those beginning with heroin, you say…nothing different is there? That may take us to another entry where that is explored, however, the disease of addiction is not any different as it is destructive in any form. Methamphetamine, alcohol, marijuana, benzodiazepines, cocaine—of course these in no certain order—present with their own set of unique qualities; however, they all wreck lives, destroy bodies, and mental incarceration becomes the life expected.

Physiology, psychology, sociology, spirituality all influence the pathways for chemical dependency, addiction, and one’s ability to interact in their life…they also are a means to recovery. Addiction is Addiction—a common saying within the culture of recovery—is something we at Lions Gate Recovery work with on a daily basis. With a cultivation of knowledge, treatment, and understanding of self we can help you or your loved one abstain from substance.

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Millennials More at Risk in Opioid Epidemic

Posted June 1, 2017 by Christian Smith

It seems like every generation a different public health issue appears that must be handled by the country. Today, that health issue is addiction, the opioid epidemic in particular, and it is, medically, a more devastating disease than any other epidemic we have seen in the past century. In this opioid epidemic, just like with the AIDS epidemic that came in the 1980’s, it is primarily young adults who are at the biggest risk. Here is some information about the particular ways that millennials are more at risk in the opioid epidemic… (more…)

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How to Beat Marijuana Addiction with Marijuana Rehab

Posted October 30, 2014 by Talbot Rehab

Marijuana is the term use to describe the dried leaves, flowers and seeds of a plant of Indian hemp. It is the most famous illegal drug used around the world. It is pretty inexpensive compared to other drugs. Easy to plant and grows like any ordinary plant. It will even grow in a pot. There are many individuals who are addicted in this drug. It is as addictive as alcohol for some. For others, marijuana is a harmless herb. The uncontrolled and continued use is a real problem because the consequences are ignored. The marijuana addiction causes major problems for authorities. They struggle to prevent people from abusing drugs like this.

How To Guide Your Friends or Family Toward Marijuana Rehab

This question must start with the individual user.

The following are some ideas on how to help someone or yourself beat marijuana addiction:

  • Willingness to beat marijuana addiction. If you are not willing your goal will not be achieved. You must have the determination and drive to beat marijuana addiction.
  • Understand why you are addicted to marijuana. Marijuana addiction is a provocative issue because people decline to understand the difference between psychological and physical addiction.
  • Quit smoking marijuana. Simple as that and hard to do but you must achieve it for your own good. If you stop smoking marijuana you can boost your self-esteem.
  • Knowing its effects. Thinking about the effects of marijuana on your health is one way to stop from smoking. Low self-esteem is one of the effects of abusing marijuana. The effects of marijuana on your brain and body are scary. You may experience effects on your learning, inability to do complex tasks, and failing in sports. Marijuana can also give users anxiety, panic, distrust, and fear.
  • Throw away or break down all the crutches that keep you using or smoking marijuana. Get rid of your supplies to stop you from smoking. It can prevent you from smoking when there are no visible paraphernalia and supplies of marijuana.
  • Avoiding your friends who use marijuana is one key way to beat marijuana addiction. Usually, they are the ones who influence you to use marijuana. Instead of following along with what they want, be an example of a person who is willing to change. It may help them to beat marijuana addiction as well. If they are unwilling to change, avoid them because they are not true friends. They just put you in a worse situation.
  • Stay busy. Make sure you are always busy. Focus your attention on your work and your family. When you are busy with work your focus is only there which will help you forget about marijuana for a while. Your family also is there to give you support and their love encourages you to beat marijuana addiction.
  • Seek qualified professional help. Consulting a professional who has experience in helping people break addictions will be your best chance for success.

Once you’ve achieved your goal and have beat marijuana addiction, make sure you never smoke marijuana again. You can’t afford any slip-ups.

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Breaking Bad Made a Great Case Against The Use of Crystal Meth

Posted May 13, 2014 by Talbot Rehab

Breaking Bad Made a Great Case Against The Use of Crystal Meth

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lds addiction equine recovery programIt would be hard to argue that popular media has no effect at all on the choices of teens and young adults in America. And yet, a few times every year we see studies pop up and say that either television, video games, and movies are destroying the youth of today, and then a few weeks or months later, we’ll see another study pop up that says these things have no effect on kids whatsoever. As usual, the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. A TV show is probably not going to make an otherwise good kid get up and start manufacturing crystal meth (or go find it to for his own personal use for that matter). But maybe the portrayal does demystify it a little bit. It makes it more real. Less exotic. And, possibly, more attainable. So what do parents of teens and young adults have to worry about when their kids watch this show?

Breaking Bad was a TV show about a chemistry professor who is diagnosed with lung cancer. Having little in the way of savings to leave his family, he decides to start cooking crystal meth in order to earn some money to leave them a nest egg, but shortly becomes embroiled in a dark and murderous drug underworld, refusing to stop until he becomes a Scarface-like international drug kingpin. It is a story of haunting moral ambiguity. To my mind, its protagonist, Walter White, is clearly shown as an immoral, craven lunatic. And yet, right up until the show’s very last episode, plenty of fans were still rooting for his success. However, that’s an issue for another day.

What we’re here to talk about today is the unflinching brutality and realism that the show managed to evoke in its portrayal of crystal meth. It is force of danger and chaos with the power to destroy lives utterly and completely.

Crystal meth abuse has reached epidemic proportions in some corners of the United States. It has ruined countless lives and ripped families apart. The drug is relatively cheap and readily available in towns and cities both large and small.

Users of crystal meth, sometimes called ‘tweakers’, develop an all-consuming obsession with the drug. The addiction taking over every cell of their being until there’s very little of the person left inside his or her sore-encrusted, withered body, a mere husk of its former, healthy self after even just a short period of addiction. In this respect, users of crystal meth can sometimes resemble the zombies from another AMC show, The Walking Dead.

There Is No Glamor to the Way Meth is Depicted on Breaking Bad

Usually, Breaking Bad stuck with its two main characters. Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, a former pupil of his, is also a recovering meth addict himself. Jesse’s struggles with the drug are central to his story’s arc, and give us the first glimpse of how the show views meth addicts. Meth is a force that will prevent you from ever finding success until you are able to escape from its soul-crushing grasp. Jesse is about 1/4 of a person until he is able to overcome his meth addiction. Granted, in the world of the show, what that means is that he’s empowered to become a better cook of methamphetamine, but still, it’s a first step toward depicting the power the drug holds over its users.

When the show is allowed to veer away from the lab to show us the effects of the drug Walt and Jesse are making up close, usually through the eyes of two characters, minor dealers, Badger and Skinny Pete, a kind of crystal meth version of Shakespeare’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, what we see is a portrait of a war zone.

How we see the effects of crystal meth

We see tweakers, zombified, wandering shirtless through strip mall parking lots at four o’clock in the morning, we see motel room doors left open, televisions blaring. We see petty thieves who look like castoffs from a post-apocalyptic settlement, using knives to stick up other tweakers up for pocket change.

This is a world where characters steal light bulbs to smoke out of from gas station bathrooms. It is a world without hope. Most of the addicts depicted in this show are far past the point where anyone is left in their lives who can reach out to offer help. Most of these people probably do not have very long to live, and will probably not find much happiness in their short lives.

The show presents two sides of Albuquerque, New Mexico. One is that of a typical mid-sized city, with suburban homes that are the genuine embodiment of middle-class American success. The other, a dark and destroyed world in which all of the hope has been drained, like a color picture that’s turned brown with age, sitting, forgotten in the sunlight. But what it really shows us, is that the barrier that separates these two worlds is microscopically thin. That at any moment, someone in our life could slip away and be lost to the other side forever.

No one who watches Breaking Bad comes away from the experience thinking, ‘gee, crystal meth sure seems like a good time.’ It is depicted as a bringer of pain, an agent of ruin; a drug that can bring Hell to earth for those who fall under its spell.

So while the moral dimensions of the show, which, admittedly, do often exist in a very, very dark gray area, may be questioned, it’s commitment to showing crystal meth in a true light could never be disputed.

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What To Look For In Alcohol Treatment Centers

Posted March 17, 2014 by Talbot Rehab

What to Look for in Alcohol Treatment Centers

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When looking for an alcohol treatment center for you or your loved one, it is important to find one that meets your needs. rehab centers in UtahThis may be a difficult process, especially since there are so many to choose from. Here are three questions to consider.

 

1. What are their methods for recovery?

There are several different philosophies and methods used in alcohol treatment, for example some alcohol treatment centers may use a rational recovery approach. Others may apply the AA or twelve step program as their primary method for recovery. Some alcohol treatment center take a holistic approach. As technology has advanced, different treatment methods also include a technological component as a method for treatment. Many facilities are medically assisted, meaning they use pharmaceuticals to treat the addiction. Whereas another treatment center may promote complete abstinence. These are questions that are important to ask when considering an alcohol treatment center.

Whatever methods they use, it is important to be aware of how their treatment program functions before you commit to it. Many individuals find success through different forms of treatment. The key to selecting a program that is right for you is first understanding the methods they use for recovery.

 

2. Does it represent your values?

Because personal values are subjective it is important to find an alcohol treatment program that is consistent with your rehab centers in Utahparticular set of beliefs. This requires you to first understand your values. For a treatment program to work you must align yourself with the process and matching values is a key component.

Some important questions that you may want to ask yourself include:

  • Does this program represent my family values?
  • What is the spiritual component is represented at this treatment center and is it consistent with my beliefs?
  • Will this program inspire me?
  • Does the premise of the program match my core beliefs?

Regardless of what your individual beliefs or values are, it is important to find and alcohol treatment facility that represents you.

 

3. Does it fit you?

Alcohol recovery centers may have a different feel to their environment. Some of them may be more of a clinical environment, others may promote a more family atmosphere. The most important thing to ask yourself is: does it generally fit you? Comfort and environment are important in the recovery process. If you enjoy the outdoors it may be important to find a treatment center that emphasizes outdoor activity. If you are an artist it may be important to find a program that emphasizes art in their treatment. Whatever it is, make sure that it fits you.

 

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What Is Drug Abuse?

Posted March 17, 2014 by Talbot Rehab

What is Drug Abuse?

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lda addiction recovery from drug abuseFor many people, the distinction between drug use and drug abuse is not clearly understood. Many people do not view their recreational drug use as problematic. The truth of the matter is that continued drug use can often lead to drug addiction resulting in problems at home, at work, with finances, or in relationships. This is especially true if a genetic burden or predisposition is present. It is important to understand the distinction between drug use and drug abuse. In order to understand drug abuse, you must first identify use. As medication has advanced, pharmaceutical companies have created drugs that serve a purpose. They are used to combat diseases, relieve pain, cure infections and much more. Drug use can be defined as using a drug for the reason that it was intended. Adversely, Drug abuse can be defined as using a drug for a reason other than it was intended.

People find many reasons to abuse drugs. For example, a person may need prescription medication to relieve pain from a sports injury. This is the proper use of the drug. However, if the person uses the medication because it gives them a sense of euphoria, this is an example of improper use of medication and is considered drug abuse.

The Steps Toward Drug Abuse

1. Experimentation – Whether it is through media influence, general curiosity, legal prescription, or peer pressure, the first step toward drug addiction is experimentation. The user may initial be curious or he may have heard that the drug makes you “feel good.” Regardless of the dominant influences the user initially succumbs to the idea of taking drugs and begins using.

2. Social – As with drinking alcohol, coffee, and smoking cigarettes, there is a social component to drug use. Many drug users are pressured to use with their friends. They may be attending a party with a friend and decide drugs will enhance their experience. They may take drugs with friends in order to “fit in” and to be part of the crowd.

3. Habituation – At some point a pattern can be recognized. The drug use becomes associated with a particular event. The drugs may only be used in certain situations like at a concert, after work, with certain friends. Whatever the trigger, the drug use becomes habitual and usage patterns occur.

4. Abuse – At some point the drugs take hold and they begin to negatively affect the users life. Drug use increases over time. Increased use is necessary in order to feel the same high as the body has built up tolerances. Gradually drugs become more important in their life. As with other the other steps, denial is typical in this stage.

Crossing Over to Addiction

At some point, the within the drug abuse individuals acquires the disease of addiction. Although addiction can be classified in many different stages as it is a progressive illness, it becomes a relationship with the addict and their substance. They abnormally try to get their emotional and intimacy needs meet through their relationship with the drugs. Their addiction leads to many physical and social problems until they hit rock bottom or die. The catch 22 of the addictions is that the source of the addicts emotional stability is also the source of their unmanageability.

The good news is that there is a way out of this process. The first step for anyone who needs recovery is admitting that they have a problem with drug abuse or addiction. With the right support from friends, family members, or professionals, those who struggle with drug abuse and addiction can find a meaningful life of recovery.

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