How I Died Waiting for Drug Rehab for Prescription Pill and Drug Abuse

They say the dead can’t speak, but I can tell you this one does. I had gone to college graduated and had a not so bad starting job. I was 26 years old and had worked all through college dying wasn’t on my resume yet.

Looking back now it wasn’t that hard, I had the cooperation of my friend’s family newlife-three-320x480and of course the good doctor. Each one played a part in my death with myself in the lead role as the victim. My death was manufactured in America conceived in a board room of a billion dollar pharmaceutical giant. My story was foretold by countless others that had come before me. Each one different but the same, all on the same quest, seeking healing only finding death.

Boy I had really done it this time, I could hear the chorus of voices saying “Wow Adam, he really **** up this time”. “Yup he’s dead”. How can this be? I was just here.

It was like any other fall New England day, cloudy with a big chance of drab .I had just prepped my last bit of heroin that wasn’t that great to begin with. I decided to take Joey’s advice and added some fentanyl to give it the boost it needed. That boost cost me my life. As I had so customarily slipped from lucidity to a gentle nod, it did not stop there.

This time was different I went further on the ride than I had ever gone before. Strange things started to happen, my life replayed itself like a tape in super speed in the absence of time. A bright light began to come into focus.

Part of me was asking “am I going to Heaven”?

The other part of me was asking “is my brain dying”. I remember reading somewhere that that’s what happens when the brain dies.

I could hear voices around me and the light grew stronger and closer. I was almost there, where ever this place was, it was coming fast. I could hear myself breathing and thinking dead people can’t breathe.

newlife-four-320x480The light came into a sharp painful focus. I was staring at a ceiling light, I realized I was in a hospital. I wasn’t dead or at least I was not dead anymore. For anyone that wants to know what the other side looks like I can tell you I was on my way to finding out.  A nurse stepped into my view and said “Adam we almost lost you. You almost had a lethal overdose, you’re lucky to be alive “

Today wasn’t going to be the day that I died but the day I decided to start living. I reached out for real help a real and lasting solution. Life is a game of inches. Getting help today for a substance abuse, prescription abuse, heroin problem or drinking problem may the difference between living and dying.

Many of us don’t get a second chance at life. However, picking up the phone and reaching out for help will be the deciding factor if we do or not. Don’t wait any longer, the time is now.

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5 Ways to Keep Calm And Stay Sober

Getting sober is easy, staying sober can be more challenging for many in recovery.  As alcoholics and addicts the obsession does not always go away immediately. For many in recovery drugs and alcohol were not the problem they were the solution to our problems. Our problems for many of us where within ourselves and we used drinking and drugging so that we could be ok with ourselves.

 

Staying focused, calm, and disciplined is very much the key to staying sober. newlife-four-320x480Finding a power greater then yourself is often a solution that work for many. 12 Steps programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous focus on ways to let go and let god, work on your internal character defects, make amends to the people you have harmed and improve your spiritual connection with your higher power by helping others.

 

Here are some vital tips for you or your family member that may be suffering from drug or alcohol abuse.

#1 – Remove the Physical Cravings

Very few people can stop “cold turkey” from drinking or drugging. Often times it can be dangerous or even fatal. First step is to get medical attention in the form of an outpatient or in patient detox. These facilities provide a safe way to slowly taper down safely in a medical setting.

#2 – Surround yourself by Sober People

 

We are the sum of the five people we spend the most time with. Having a strong circle of sober support is vital to getting and staying sober. For many this may include a Treatment Center setting or residential sober house environment to help build a network of like mined people. Most in recovery find they make life long and no matter what friends in these environments. Often times you are able to continue to work and live a normal life and support family obligations, while having the support resources needed to stay sober.

#3 – 12 Step Program

Many people reject the idea of a 12 Step Program such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous because it is “not for them” without even trying it. However, many have found long time sobriety in these programs and built lifelong relationships with brothers and sisters in the program. It is free and has a fellowship that spans the entire globe. Joining is simple visit http://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/find-local-aa and look for a meeting in your area. Almost all meetings welcome the new comer to the meeting. Keep showing up and get involved in the meetings. Get a sponsor and work the steps and when you finish the steps you give back by sponsoring other people and helping other alcoholics and addicts.

#4 – Pray and Mediate

newlife-three-320x480Even if you are not a religious person prayer and meditation can be very helpful in your recovery. Take five minutes every morning to center you mind. Often a playlist for meditation or relaxing music can assist with this. Spend another five minutes praying to whatever higher power you believe in or the god of your understanding.  Dr. Andrew Newberg, director of the Center for Spirituality and the Mind at the University of Pennsylvania conducted a study of Tibetan Buddhists in meditation and Franciscan nuns in prayer which showed comparable decreased activity in the parts of the brain that are associated with sense of self and spatial orientation in both groups. He also found that prayer and meditation increase levels of dopamine, which is associated with states of wellbeing and joy.

#5 – Exercise

Exercise releases some of the same chemicals in your brain as drinking and drugging. Endorphins literally translates to “endogenous morphine”.  Your body becomes use to artificially substances in your body which binds to receptors in your brain. This causes a relaxed, stimulated, or high feeling. However, the receptors in the brain were designed to be trigger by naturally occurring chemicals in our body. Exercise on a regular basis releases these natural chemicals and over time becomes a great way to not only stay in shape but help maintain long term sobriety.

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4 Reasons Why a Cure for Alcoholism Being Kept Quiet

The FDA has licensed the use of a drug in the treatment of alcoholism. Treatment with this drug is reported to have a success rate of over 50%.

Yet, most addiction professionals don’t use it. Instead, they employ the tried and newlife-four-320x480tested, but almost invariably unsuccessful, rehabilitation methods based around AA’s 12 steps, detox and counselling. The success rates of such programs are usually around 5%.

That leaves an astounding 95% relapse or failure rate.

What is the name of this drug? I am going to tell you in a minute. But first let’s look at the reasons why it’s being kept quiet.

With an over 50% success rate, why isn’t this drug the number one treatment for alcoholism?

There are four main reasons.  

The first reason though it’s hard to believe, is many doctors don’t know much about it, or, if they do, they are unsure of how to prescribe it. That may seem preposterous since, for most important drugs, doctors get a huge amount of educational information from the drug companies.

That leads to the second reason:

This drug is out of patent and is now a generic drug. This means that the pharmaceutical companies can’t make huge profits from it.

The third reason also relates to money:

Alcohol rehabilitation is such a huge industry worldwide that a cure would seriously reduce profits and could put some practitioners out of business.

The fourth reason is to do with a mind-set:

You can slowly cut back your drinking while you take this medication.

This is unacceptable to many alcohol addiction professionals who regard abstinence as a precondition for treatment.

Which is counter intuitive to for example a very popular smoking cessation drug. The drug works by keeping you smoking avoiding going cold turkey. You lose carvings for smoking while on the drug and stop smoking entirely within 10 -12 weeks.

Some argue that the drug doesn’t actually cure alcoholism since the patients continue to drink. That’s missing the point and engaging in semantics. A treatment program centred on this drug can help alcoholics lead a normal life. They can keep their drinking within safe limits or choose to abstain. This transforms their lives. It means they can maintain personal relationships, hold down jobs and no longer seriously endanger their health. Technically, they may still be alcoholics, but no longer in the way the term has been understood for centuries.

newlife-three-320x480The person who championed the use of this drug for alcoholism was a scientist in Finland at the Finnish National Public Health Institute, Dr. David Sinclair. His interest in alcohol addiction started in the early 1960s, while he was an undergraduate at the University of Cincinnati. In his research into the effects of alcohol on rats, he observed that the more they were deprived of alcohol the more they craved it. This challenged the prevalent belief of the time about what caused an alcoholic’s craving and led Sinclair to ask why some drinkers became alcoholics and others didn’t.

Drinking alcohol results in the release of endorphins, which induce a pleasant feeling. Due to their genetic make-up, alcoholics have very powerful receptors for endorphins. Each time they drink, the effect on the endorphin receptors is reinforced. It becomes increasingly difficult for the person with such powerful endorphin receptors to resist the craving for alcohol. Sinclair surmised that some way of reducing or eliminating those cravings, other than by consuming alcohol, was needed. After much research, he determined that a non-addictive drug, used at the time for heroin addiction, was a good candidate. The drug was called naltrexone.

Numerous trials were carried out. Naltrexone was shown to dramatically reduce cravings in alcoholics and could lead to controlled drinking and even voluntary abstinence. Trials showed that it did not work if the patient was abstinent when they started taking it. Furthermore, they had to continue drinking while they were on the drug and stop taking the drug if they stopped drinking. Based on the research, Sinclair created a program of treatment that became known as The Sinclair Method.

The reticence of many addiction professionals to prescribe naltrexone would be understandable if the drug were illegal or doctors were being asked to prescribe it for unauthorised uses. That’s not the case. The World Health Organisation endorsed naltrexone’s use in the treatment of alcoholism, as does the US Food and Drug Administration. More recently, The American Medical Association recommended it in the treatment of alcoholism. Yet, with such authoritative endorsements, only a tiny percentage of US doctors prescribe naltrexone in treating alcoholism.

Surely, the reasons cannot just be fear of financial loss by vested interests or the inherent reluctance of alcohol addiction experts to be involved in any treatment that does not require abstinence. Despite the sceptics and naysayers, when used as part of a medically supervised program, naltrexone has transformed the lives of most of those who use it.

For many reasons, some medical, it is not suitable for everyone. But, why many more of those plagued by alcoholism are not able to benefit from it, is still largely a mystery.

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