Addiction in Culture – Glamorization or a Warning?

One of the most obviously influential elements of modern society is media; books, film, television, internet blogs, images, comic books, radio, etc. In fact, it’s very rare that information we come across these days didn’t originate in one of these areas. Specifically, film and television have an immense impact. Whether it’s a member of US Government delivering policy intent on the local news station, or a dramatized event about that very same thing in a Hollywood dramatization, a lot of other mediums will mirror and echo these thoughts and messages.

One of the things that many people struggle with in this landscape of the constant buzz-cycle is the image of drugs, especially in media works which try to tell the story of a person using drugs. The idea of ‘death of the author’ is one in which when the author of a piece of media releases their work into the public, whether they intend a reading of that text to be a specific way or not, they cannot control specifically how it will be received in the public. More careful authors will do their best to make sure that no matter who consumes their media the intent will be clear, but there’s absolutely no guarantee that the message will be clear.

Take for instance the rather well known 1996 film “Trainspotting”, directed by Danny Boyle and based off a book by Irvine Welsh. In it, heroin use is a prevalent plot device, with multiple characters not only describing how it makes them feel, but also tries to show the many downsides of addiction to the drug. Many have seen it as a glamorization of the drug, even though one of the opening scenes involves a character who treats his stash of heroin so sacredly, that he braves an incredibly disgusting toilet in a bar to rescue a small bag that he accidentally dropped in it. Critics have pointed out that much of the ‘downsides’ to their addiction seemed to be more centered around their selling and distribution of it, rather than the long term physical effects the drug has on the human body and how after a certain point, the only reason many people continue to use it after addicted is to escape withdrawal symptoms.

A recent autobiographical book by Seattle addict and dealer Tom Hanson goes into detail about rock stars, strippers and other ‘interesting characters’ he met using and selling heroin. In it, he even mentions that he had developed such a severe heroin addiction, he’d use four needles to inject 2 grams of the drug at every use and that it had destroyed his buttocks to the point where when he was finally in treatment, a physician told him that the skin had basically rotted off and his pelvic bones were exposed to the air.

Discovery InstituteSo how do should we interpret these stories? Are they warnings? Or are they giving out a message that ‘for everything that happens that is cool with drugs, something equally bad or worse happens?’ For each person that message is different, but one thing has seemingly been consistent through all of these kinds of stories; there is definitely a deep and dark side to heroin addiction.

Substance use disorders are a serious chronic illness that requires addiction treatment in New Jersey. If you or someone you know is looking for sober living in New Jersey, call the best New Jersey rehab, Discovery Institute, at 844-478-6563.

‘Doctor Shopping’ May Include Vets

Often times, people suffering from addiction will go to great lengths to obtain the substance they’re addicted to, including crafting seemingly clever plans at times to achieve this goal. One of an addict’s primary parts of the brain that has been medically linked to addictive behavior, dopamine, can compel a person suffering from substance use disorder to put priority to obtaining more of the substance they’re hooked on to the detriment of their personal life and even their safety. For instance, some alcoholics with extreme codependency to that substance may try to consume forms of it that aren’t intended for consumption such as isopropyl alcohol (known colloquially as rubbing alcohol) or even alcohol based hand sanitizer mixes, which is neither safe nor sane under normal conditions.

New trends in ‘doctor shopping’ show similar signs of determination, ingenuity, risk averse behaviors and grip of opioid addiction on those addicted to it. A new study revealed that as states implement prescription monitoring services which can help both keep doctors from over-prescribing opioid class painkillers such as oxycodone while also assisting with early identification of addicts, prescriptions of opioids of veterinarians has been increasing. Animal physicians have no such oversight services in place in any state, which has created what is essentially a ‘blind spot’ for the medical and addiction focused communities tasked with tackling the public health crisis.

The study was prompted after the author, Dr. Jeanmarie Perrone, director of medical toxicology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, by several veterinarians  when asked how to deal with late night calls for prescription refills for their pets. It revealed a stark difference in amount of vet visits and amount of prescriptions. The annual number of visits to veterinarians rose only 13 percent between 2007 and 2017 while the issue of prescription opioids designed for animals increased 41 percent.

“I think it would come as a surprise to everyone, the quantities”, Perrone said of the findings. “Before I went to talk [with the veterinarians] I asked them to pull all of their opioid prescriptions so I’d have an idea how often they actually prescribed opioids. To their shock and our shock, there were about 3,000 prescriptions per month.”

Other veterinarians outside of Pennsylvania, however, have suggested that the state might be an isolated incident and includes other factors to consider. Dr. John de Jong, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, claims to have not seen any data to suggest the study’s findings are happening elsewhere.

“The period of this study overlaps a period of significant growth in understanding pain and it’s impact on veterinary patients,” de Jong pointed out. “It is reasonable to expect that as knowledge grows, so will efforts to address related concerns. So it’s very possible that this study doesn’t reflect over prescribing, but instead reflects appropriate prescribing representing better pain management in veterinary patients.”

He did admit, however, “There appear to have been [a] few confirmed cases of owners deliberately injuring their pets to obtain opioids.”

Discovery InstituteAddiction is a life-long illness that alters behaviors and can lead to death if left untreated. If you or someone you know desires to return to sober living in New Jersey, or is seeking New Jersey detox centers, call Discovery Institute at 844-478-6563, one of the best New Jersey rehab centers in operation today.

 

New Jersey’s Opioid Data Dashboard

On November 13th, the New Jersey Department of Health announced a new online research and informational tool called the Opioid Data Dashboard. It’s provided free of charge for public health clinics, researchers, policy makers and the general public to assist in the overall national fight against the opioid crisis. The resources is located at https://www.state.nj.us/health/populationhealth/opioid/ for anyone with an internet connection to access.

According to the Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal, the Opioid Data Dashboard features information on opioid drug related deaths, a Prescription Monitoring Program statistical analysis, information about and availability of opioid canceling agents like naloxone, hospital visits, treatment admissions and discharges surrounding opioid addiction and administration. In a statement by Elnahal when unveiling the tool, he revealed “More than 100 people die every day in the United States from opioid related drug overdoses and it is our sincere hope that information contained in the dashboard will guide prevention efforts and lead to data-driven decision making in combating this devastating epidemic.”

 

New Jersey Addiction Stats

Multiple sources are compiled and organized on the dashboard originating from the Department of Health itself as well as the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and other independent records. Part of the data comes from the already established New Jersey Coordinator for Addiction Response and Enforcement (NJCARES) website, which documents count-specific accounts of overdose deaths, counter-agent administration (naloxone use) and active opioid prescriptions. The Opioid Data Dashboard contextualizes that information with more specific information such as discharge data, crime reports and substance abuse treatment data.

In addition to this information, it also provides basic information about types of opioids and effects, statistical trend analysis of specific prescriptions of benzodiazepine, stimulants, naloxone, drug-related hospital visits and drug related deaths such as complications from overdose. All of the information provided has the ability to be searched, filtered and organized to the visitor’s needs as well as custom formatting for printing or feeding into other analyzation tools. Most of the data will serve healthcare specialists, researchers and addiction treatment centers with up-to-date information which will allow a more effective way to handle the current problems associated with opioid use, it’s ties to unintended addiction from prescriptions and monitoring resources needed to handle and distribute treatment effectively across the state.

Discovery InstituteThe project is funded through the Data-Driven Prevention Initiative (DPPI) Grant received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This and it’s parent site NJCARES are the latest additions to the increased resources being created to help Americans and New Jersey residents actively prevent and treat opioid abuse and addiction.

 

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Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) is a serious illness that can result in permanent injury or death if untreated. If you know someone who may be suffering from their addiction to prescription drugs like oxycodone or hydrocodone, please call Discovery Institute New Jersey to speak to a counselor about treatment options at 844-478-6563.

Non-Alcoholic Beverages To Suit Your New Sober Life in New Jersey

Restaurants and bars are some of the biggest hurdles you’ll face in your sober life. They are hard to avoid and even harder to deal with after going through their doors. There is social pressure to drink, a feeling of not wanting to be odd man out, and it can feel awkward to say “Just water for me”. If you’re looking for a new non-alcoholic beverage to suit your sober life, try one of these:

  1. Sparkling water with lime – This drink is light, refreshing, healthy, and, if served in a rocks glass, visually indistinguishable from a gin and tonic or vodka soda. It’s a great way to slide under the radar if that’s what is called for at the present occasion. It’s simple and classy, a great way to mocktail your way through a more formal evening.
  2. Bar ginger ale – Most bars and restaurants these days have some actual form of ginger ale or ginger beer these days, but a decade or so ago that was pretty uncommon. If a guest requested a drink that called for ginger ale, canny bartenders would often sub “bar ginger ale” in the recipe with none the wiser. The recipe is as follows: a couple of dashes of bitters (angostura or similar), a splash of sour mix, fill most of the glass with lemon-lime soda, and add a splash of coke on top. You’d be surprised at how convincing this mixture can be (right down to the color!) and there’s many people who still order it even when bottled ginger ale is available. Give it a try – you might have found a new favorite.
  3. The Mocktail Trinity – Of course referring to the old standbys of Shirley Temple (lemon-lime soda and grenadine), Roy Rogers (cola and grenadine) and Arnold Palmer (iced tea and lemonade). They’re all classic flavors, and fun to order too.
  4. Brown Pelican – This lesser known drink is sure to impress, particularly around the holidays. It’s 2 parts apple cider to 1 part ginger ale, served over ice. It’s bright and snappy with a complex blend of spices. The sharp notes of the ginger and mulling spices with an overall clean flavor means it’s a great palate cleanser between courses as well.

Take the time to find non-alcoholic drinks that you genuinely enjoy. Going out should be a treat for everyone involved, and you deserve that too. If you’re happy with what’s in your cup, it will show in your company as well.

 

Addiction Treatment in New Jersey With Discovery Institute, The Best New Jersey Rehab and New Jersey Detox

Maybe you haven’t yet sought help for your addiction to alcohol but you feel like you are beginning to get a little too dependent on taking a drink anytime you need a relief from the pressures of the day, the world around you, or just the news stream. If you think you may have a problem with alcohol call Discovery Institute today to learn about our holistic approach to alcohol addiction recovery.

Customs on High Alert to Prevent Fentanyl, Other Drugs From Entering U.S. Thru Mail

Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport is one of the main ports of entry for packages entering the country through mail, making it the front line of defense against mail-order opioids. The U.S. Mail service got indirectly insulted by cartels and other drug mailers, by suggesting not to use Fed-Ex or other, more secure package handlers, and instead use the mail service.

You’d never think that was a good idea looking at the sniffer dogs and the inspectors carefully poring over the X-rays and anything written or personally handled. Customs agents proudly note that they can spot the most interesting packages almost at a glance.

Though dangers to one’s health is itself enough of a reason to seek drug rehab in NJ to quit abusing opioids, maybe this kind of thing is what some people need. Troubles with the law, throwing money away from packages being intercepted, and possible jail time are certainly excellent reasons to contact us to learn more about NJ drug rehab.

 

The front line of the campaign against the dangerous opioid fentanyl can be found in a cavernous hangar at O’Hare International Airport patrolled by drug-sniffing dogs and sharp-eyed X-ray machine operators.

Their job: figure out which of the tens of millions of parcels that pass through here each year might contain the powerful synthetic drugs blamed for a soaring rate of fatal overdoses.

Does the package come from a sender known for shipping fentanyl? Is it wrapped with what seems to be an excessive amount of tape? Is its manifest written in a scribbled hand, or folded over to foil an easy read? Does the X-ray image show a blob that could be a bag of powder?

“After a while, you’re able to identify which packages are most interesting,” said Officer Francis Byrne of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency responsible for screening international mail. Continue Reading at Chicago Tribune

Nonprofit Opens Rehab Clinic In Utah Targeted at Homeless

Utah has a new rehab center, and one of the most interesting things about it is its focus on the homeless population in the surrounding area. Valley EPIC (short for Evidence-based Programs and Interventions Campus) is owned by non-profit clinic network Valley Behavioral Health, is situated in West Jordan, and has 75 beds and rising.

This is not the only attempt by the  nonprofit to reach out to affect the homeless population. Valley Health has created several different programs to try to address the homeless population, and this newest attempt looks to be the most promising out of all off them.

For those of you who are looking up drug rehab centers in NJ, we are happy to help. Contact us at your earliest convenience with any questions or concerns.

 

A new inpatient drug rehab in West Jordan, Utah recently opened to assist the local homeless people struggling with addiction.

 

The drug treatment center, Valley EPIC (Evidence-based Programs and Interventions Campus) — owned by the nonprofit network of clinics Valley Behavioral Health — currently has 75 beds and will add 24 beds in the next few weeks.

 

Before the inpatient drug rehab opened, the nonprofit had several programs for homeless people in place. Valley Shorefront is an outpatient addiction treatment center that helps those suffering from a severe mental illness and substance use disorder. Safe Haven Transitional Housing has 25 temporary housing units for the homeless struggling with mental illness while Safe Haven Permanent Housing helps homeless people find a place to live. Valley Homefront Permanent Housing assists eight homeless people who need little to no supervision. Click Here to Continue Reading

$450,000 Worth of Drugs Seized in a NJ Hilton

After a large and involved investigation by the police in East Brunswick, NJ, they apprehended Jonathan Reyes and Alyssa Ugarte, both 24, back in February of this year. We’re only now discussing this story because the East Brunswick police kept especially tight lipped about the arrests. Reyes and Ugarte were also caught with a substantial amount of drugs with them, which was estimated to be worth around $450,000. By having so much with them, they practically gave up the chance that they could just go to a rehab in NJ and have the situation over with. The arrest was a coordinated effort between the East Brunswick police, Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit, and the Hilton’s hotel security among other participating teams.

 

Two people were arrested and 24 pound of cocaine and marijuana were seized during a drug bust at a Hilton in East Brunswick, authorities said.

Jonathan Reyes, 24, of Kendall Park and Alyssa Ugarte, 24, of Brick were charged with distribution and possession or cocaine and marijuana, East Brunswick police said in a statement.

Investigators said the pair had 11 pounds of cocaine and 13 pounds of raw marijuana with a street value of about $450,000.

The arrests followed an “extensive” investigation by East Brunswick police with the help of the Middlesex County Narcotics Task Force, Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit and hotel security. Click Here to Continue Reading

Atlantic and Cape May County Drug Court Partners with Casino Union to Land Graduates Jobs

Not only is Hard Rock Atlantic City going through a physical ($500-million) renovation, but thanks to the casino union and the Atlantic and Cape May County Drug Court – soon to be renamed to “Recovery Court” – they are also making a big, important change to their hiring policy. People who “graduate” from the drug court’s education program won’t be held back from the Hard Rock Atlantic City’s hiring process.

As noted by one of the major investors in the Hard Rock casino, why shouldn’t someone be able to find a job once they are sober? This is an idea we completely agree with and hope this type of policy starts extending to those who go through drug rehab in NJ and is adopted by even more industries.

 

Hard Rock Atlantic City is partnering with casino workers union Unite Here Local 54 to offer jobs to graduates of the Atlantic and Cape May County Drug Court.

Breaking AC, a local online news source covering New Jersey’s gambling beachfront town, reveals that Hard Rock executives are opening their doors to former drug court participants who have adequately proven their sobriety to county officials.

“If you’re sober and living a sober life, why wouldn’t we hire you?” asked Joseph Jingoli, one of two investors along with Hard Rock who is funding the casino’s $500 million renovation.

“We are hiring people as we speak,” Jingoli said Monday. “And when they go to their second interview, they’re not held back or rejected because of their past.” Click Here to Continue Reading

Discussing the Importance of Rehab Centers and Mental Health at Demi Lovato Concerts

After having her own run in with substance abuse and addiction in 2011, Demi Lovato has acted as a celebrity proponent for years. Lately, she has been taking her openness of being through rehab to new levels.

The Tell Me You Love Me tour she is on right now isn’t only sharing her music with the world, she is using it as an opportunity to discuss rehab centers and mental health to those in her audience who may need to hear that message most. Along with some brief comments to everyone, she is also holding much more intimate discussions about drug abuse, rehab centers, and mental health before her concerts, including one recently in NJ’s own Prudential Center.

 

Singer Demi Lovato is bringing discussions about drug rehab and mental health to a concert near you.

Her current Tell Me You Love Me world tour includes CAST on Tour, a speaker series that focuses on mental health and addiction. The idea is to attract concertgoers to the discussions of mental health that are often stigmatized.

Seven years ago, Lovato was a patient at a CAST facility in California and has since become a part owner. She and fellow co-owner Mike Bayer thought it would help Lovato’s fans to bring the for-profit organization on tour with her. Click Here to Continue Reading

To learn more about going into rehab and ending your own substance abuse addiction whether it’s drugs or alcohol, contact us with any questions.

NJ Legislature Looking to Force Addicts into the State’s Rehabs

While we believe that everyone deserves to receive the help they need to end a substance abuse disorder, the idea of forcing people into rehabs in NJ seems like a gray area that requires more information and research. Although this proposed – and expected to pass – law was born from the opioid epidemic that’s hit New Jersey especially hard, it’s very likely to have an impact across all kinds of drug users.

This wouldn’t be the first state to have this kind of law on the books, nor would it be the first type of involuntary treatment forced upon residents of New Jersey (see also the Involuntary Outpatient Commitment program with court-ordered, albeit outpatient, mental health services). The thing is, though, that many people, including medical doctors, psychologists, and therapists, believe addiction to be a disease. When looking at addiction that way, that’s when it becomes questionable about whether or not people should be forced into receiving medical treatment for a disease even if they don’t want it.

 

As noted on New Jersey 101.5, “With the opioid abuse epidemic continuing to spiral out of control in New Jersey, a growing number of users are dying from overdoses. In 2016, the most recent year statistics are available, 2,221 Garden State residents died of drug related causes. The year before, the total was 1,587.

“In response, the Legislature is expected to soon approve a measure that would create an involuntary commitment system for those hooked on drugs. The measure would allow spouses, partners, relatives, friends and guardians to petition the courts to have someone forced into treatment even if they resist.

“New Jersey has an involuntary commitment law for people suffering from mental illness but drug addiction is not covered under that statute.” Click Here to Continue Reading

 

If you or a loved one is fighting an addiction and you want help from one of the best rehabs in NJ, contact us immediately to discuss your options before the courts take those options away.

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Knowing When to Leave An Addicted Spouse

Sometimes it’s easy to know when it’s time to leave an addicted spouse. Ending things with your partner is a no-brainer when you have problems with money, cheating, or incompatibility. But what happens when your partner is addicted to drugs or alcohol?

Addiction is one of the most complicated situations that anyone can face pending a breakup. After all, addiction is a disease that can be brought on by a number of factors. Some of them may be out of your partner’s control, like family history of substance use. So, how can you know for sure when to leave your addicted partner?

The Reason Most People Stay with an Addict

Most people who make the decision to stay with an addicted partner do it out of fear. Even when the relationship itself is as unhealthy as the substance misuse problem, the people who aren’t sure if or when to leave are afraid of bringing about other more serious problems. If you are rationalizing why leaving your addicted partner is a bad idea, you may be thinking:

  • I’ll be a terrible person if I leave
  • I don’t want him/her to feel abandoned
  • I’m afraid of what might happen to him/her
  • I’m worried that no one else will take care of him/her
  • I’m scared he/she might do something drastic or harmful

Facing the Fear of Leaving

Fear is not a healthy component of any relationship, regardless of whether substance abuse is involved. If you’re afraid of leaving an addicted spouse for any of the “rationalizations” listed above, or for any other reason, then it’s time to step back and examine the situation more in depth.

Talk to friends and loved ones to gather an outside perspective of the situation. Go over your concerns and your options. Getting to the root of what makes you afraid to leave will help you determine whether or not you should.

Reasons Why You Should Leave Your Addicted Spouse

If you’re on the fence about leaving an addicted spouse, you should take the following factors into consideration. It’s also helpful to gain insights from loved ones and coworkers who know what you’re going through. You might want to think about seeing a therapist so that you can discuss your concerns about leaving an addicted spouse.  

Abuse

Addiction often causes people to act in unpredictable and uncharacteristic ways. A generally nice person can become mean and petty when under the influence. Unfortunately, some of this behavior can even become abusive. You shouldn’t tolerate any type of physical, mental, or emotional abuse from your addicted partner.

Not Taking Responsibility

If your partner constantly places blame on others for their problems, you need to reconsider your relationship. People need to accept the consequences of their actions and learn that they are responsible for what they do. 

Denial

A major characteristic of people with substance use disorders is denying that they have a problem. They might feel like they have their drinking or drug problem under control and that they can stop using at any time. 

Dishonesty

Someone with a drug dependency can be secretive about whereabouts and sources of money. Individuals who misuse drugs also frequently lie about taking substances. This dishonesty could turn into stealing and cheating, and your addicted spouse could even be having an affair with someone else.

Possession

Your partner should never try to control where you go, who you see, and how you receive money. A healthy relationship allows both people to pursue activities and interests of their own. A possessive partner could be a recipe for disaster.  

Questions to Ask Before Leaving Your Partner

Leaving your addicted spouse is a difficult decision to make. However, you shouldn’t decide right away. This is something you need to seriously consider, and it could take months or even years to figure out. Below are a few questions that might guide you in knowing when to leave.

  • Is your spouse/partner willing to change? This is probably the most important question you can ask yourself. If your spouse knows he or she has a problem, there must be a desire to change habits.
  • Am I enabling my spouse? You could be encouraging your partner’s drug habit without even knowing it. This is done by giving them money for drugs, covering up for them when they do something bad, and excusing their troubling behavior, and taking care of them.
  • Is this an equal relationship? You need to ask yourself if your partner is putting the same amount of effort into your relationship as you are. If you don’t feel valued and appreciated and you take on 90% of the responsibility, you should think things over. 
  • What will happen if you stay together? There’s no way to predict the future, but you can get a good idea of what could occur if your partner still has an addiction years from now. If the behavior is getting worse, there’s no way to tell that it will get better. 
  • Is this negatively affecting your children? When you have children together, you have a responsibility to give them a safe environment in which to grow up. Your spouse might be at the point where they are too dangerous to be around your kids. Even if your children are young and you think they don’t understand what’s happening, they do. They can become depressed by seeing your partner in a downward spiral. 
  • How much more can you take? It’s one thing if your partner hits rock bottom. Have you hit rock bottom, too? Are you tired of dealing with this and being treated badly? If this is the case, it might be time to leave your addicted spouse.

Making the Decision

It’s always important to remember that addiction is a disease that you yourself have no control over. You are not responsible for your partner’s addiction. So, you shouldn’t blame yourself for your partner’s choice to start using or the addiction that developed as a result.

If fear is the only thing stopping you from leaving an unhealthy relationship with someone, consider the following:

  • If your partner fails to recognize the problem, nothing will change
  • If your partner refuses to seek help, nothing will change
  • If your partner “becomes a different person” while under the influence, that will never change

You might be tempted to stay just so you can be a caretaker for your partner. However, you should be focusing on yourself and what is best for you.

For example, if your partner is violent when under the influence and you are genuinely afraid he or she will hurt you or someone else in the event of a breakup, leaving may be the only thing to guarantee your safety.

Ultimately, you are responsible for yourself and your own happiness, self-worth, and safety.

Parting Ways 

Ending a relationship is always a challenge, especially when addiction and health is a major factor behind the separation. If you decide to leave your addicted partner, the key to recovering from it and moving on is detachment.

Detaching from a toxic person or situation is, unfortunately, easier in theory than in execution. Still, it’s possible. When you detach, you put physical and emotional distance between yourself and your now-ex struggling with addiction. It may seem selfish, but the reality is that you’re shifting your focus off of your ex and the addiction in order to take care of yourself.

Remember the Three C’s of Addiction

The Three C’s of addiction is a mantra that every loved one of an addict should take to heart.

You Did Not Cause It

When your spouse has a drug dependency, it’s easy for them to blame you for it. You must remember that you’re not the cause of your spouse’s substance use disorder. Blaming you is just a way for them to justify their actions. Accepting this can help relieve some of your guilt and hopefully force your spouse to take responsibility for their behavior.

You Cannot Cure It

Unfortunately, addiction doesn’t have a cure. Like most diseases, it can only be managed. However, this can be done with the help of a quality treatment facility like Discovery Institute. Your spouse can keep his or her problem use at bay with the help of detox, therapy, and aftercare programs. 

You Cannot Control It 

Someone with a substance use disorder cannot control their drinking or drug misuse. Substances have affected their brain to the point where they can’t function without drugs or alcohol. You also can’t control your spouse and force him or her to enter drug treatment. This is a decision your partner must make for themselves. 

It’s also important to remember that addiction is a disease that affects everyone. You may not be the one with the substance abuse problem, but it affects you just as much as it affects the person who drove you away with their poor choices.

What If I Decide to Stay?

Knowing when to leave an addicted spouse is one thing. Deciding to stay with your partner, on the other hand, means you’re committed to getting him or her help. There are cases in which couples can overcome addiction together. For your relationship to be successful: two things must happen.

First, the both of you must be committed to your spouse’s treatment and recovery. He or she must be attending regular recovery support meetings (and you should, too). Your partner must also be dedicated to staying sober for the good of you, your family, and themselves.

Second, your spouse cannot exhibit any kind of abuse toward you or, if you have them, your children. No kind of emotional, sexual or verbal abuse is acceptable in a relationship.

Substance Use Treatment for You and Your Spouse

If you and your spouse are looking to manage addiction, look no further than Discovery Institute. We offer family therapy and support groups for drug misusers and their loved ones. We can also provide you with resources for Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous groups. These will help keep your spouse accountable for their actions.

Discovery Institute has intensive outpatient treatment, residential treatment, and sober living homes that all provide their own levels of quality care

Know When to Leave it to Discovery Institute

Knowing when to leave or if you should leave an addicted partner is never easy, but it’s not always sour, either. In the event that your ex-partner does decide to get sober, you can still show support without being in a relationship with him or her.

At Discovery Institute, we offer a wide variety of programs and services to ensure that all of our patients get the treatment they need to live a long, sober life. If you are worried about your former partner even after the breakup and would like to learn more, please contact us today.

Are People with Thyroid Issues More Prone to Addiction?

Are People with Thyroid Issues More Prone to Addiction?

Self-medication is one of the leading causes of developed addictions. Self-medication is the use of drugs or alcohol to soothe medical symptoms of mental or physical illness. While addiction and thyroid issues do not arise from one another in every situation, those with thyroid issues are more prone to developing an addiction because of self-medicating symptoms of their disorder.

What’s a Thyroid?

Everyone has a thyroid. It’s a gland located in your neck, under the Adam’s Apple. It’s a part of your body, when healthy, you don’t even know is there. But when it’s not healthy, it may swell to the point where you can feel it protruding from the neck. The thyroid, being a gland, is responsible for creating and distributing various hormones throughout the body. One such hormone, thyroxine (or T4), is responsible for functions of the body including managing weight, appetite, metabolism, body temperature, and growth. Usually, when individuals are affected by thyroid issues, the problem is levels of thyroxine.

Exploring Various Thyroid Issues

Hyperthyroidism: Individuals diagnosed with this thyroid issue experience an overproduction of hormones of the thyroid. Mostly, these individuals are affected by this disease because they are already being affected by another disease, Grave’s disease. This condition sends antibodies to wrongfully attack the thyroid gland, which in turn, results in the overproduction of hormones.

Hypothyroidism: This condition is one in which the thyroid does not or cannot produce enough of the hormones the body needs to regulate functions. Causes for this disorder include autoimmune diseases, iron deficiency, and damage to the thyroid gland.

Thyroiditis: Caused by either infection or autoimmune disease, this condition is otherwise characterized as swelling of the thyroid gland.

Goiters: Another form of swelling of the thyroid gland, these are either a sign of a bigger problem like iron deficiency or completely benign.

Who Can be Affected by Thyroid Issues

It’s a commonly mistaken belief that thyroid issues only affect women. Although more women are affected by thyroid issues than men, it’s still possible for men to be diagnosed with any thyroid condition. But, it’s no secret that more women are affected than men. According to the American Thyroid Association, one in every 8 American women is affected by thyroid issues. Also, while 20 million Americans suffer from thyroid issues, only 40% are aware. This means that detecting the disease and getting an accurate diagnosis is quite challenging. There really is no known singular cause for the development of thyroid issues, so the only way to know if you are truly at risk is to ask your doctor.

Addiction and Thyroid Issues

Because the symptoms of thyroid issues may mirror other medical issues, it can be challenging to diagnose, especially by the self. And, that’s what most people do. So, for example, if an individual is experiencing weight gain as a result of a thyroid issue they are unaware of, they may think it’s their own fault. This brings about feelings of shame and guilt, which may be self-medicated with drug use. Although drug use may calm or eliminate these emotional symptoms at first, over time, addiction takes place. Then, the individual is not only struggling with thyroid issues but addiction as well. Additionally, using addictive medications may interfere even greater with your thyroid issues, making matters a whole lot worse than they were in the beginning. Instead of self-medicating, if you think that you may be struggling with a thyroid disorder, talk to your doctor about treatment options. Although there is no cure for thyroid disorders, there are prescription medications which are effective in controlling symptoms of each disorder.

Need Treatment after Self-Medicating Thyroid Issues?

If you or a loved one has developed an addiction self-medicating with drugs or alcohol as a result of a developed thyroid issue, treatment is available to help. You may have to live with your thyroid condition, but you don’t have to live with addiction! Get your life back on track and learn what it feels like to live a life free from the harmful grasp of addiction! Call us today to learn more about how we can help at 888-616-7177.