The Scope of Addictions

A possibly-wise person once said, “Businesses know more about addiction than anyone else in any other field”. As time goes on and research becomes more revealing about the illness of addiction, it’s slowly turning out that, while this statement may be more accusatory than factual when it comes to most industries, there may be some truth into it.

For instance, gambling addiction was medically recognized as an addiction in 2013. Gambling addiction often conjures the same behaviors to protect and feed the addiction as someone addicted to cocaine or heroin; the person commits to actions which they know are detrimental to their financial and personal well-being that they consciously know are going to have those consequences and some even attempt suicide like those with substance abuse disorders to drugs such as cocaine, often times as a result of those consequences and addiction induced depression.

Henrietta Bowden-Jones, a consultant psychiatrist who’s spearheading a new internet and gaming addiction facility in cooperation with England’s National Health Services (NHS), says compulsions flit between different vices but addiction is “an illness we don’t yet know enough about.” Recently the World Health Organization (WHO) added gaming addiction to it’s gaming disorder in it’s official diagnosis guidelines.

While these are seen as ‘lesser’ than substance use disorders due to the seemingly exclusive behavioral elements of them along with the legality and history surrounding other addictions, neuroscience has now largely accepted that the root of all of these behaviors, whether involving substances or social media, is driven primarily by dopamine. When neuroscientists have been able to study the brain behaviors to make comparisons between such addictions that are largely dismissed as ‘non-addictions’ such as sex-addiction, they find the brain responses are nearly identical to those with drug addiction.

It’s true that no one can overdose on gaming or shopping, but the similarities to addictive drug behaviors opens up a path that can separate drug effects from the addiction itself, possibly providing a better understanding of the illness physically within an addict. This has the potential lead to more effect addiction treatment in New Jersey for people suffering from substance use disorders which have a myriad of other physical effects that complicate the study of addiction. When a person’s body becomes codependent on a drug like heroin or cocaine, withdrawal symptoms and addiction become cloudy as to what exactly is happening; is the drug itself causing the effects or is it the brain itself?

At the core of all addictions is dopamine, a neurochemical responsible for ‘craving’. Terry Robinson, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Michigan stated, “Whether it’s drugs, sex, gambling or whatever, you’re looking at impulse-control disorders where people have difficulty refraining from maladaptive use. There are certainly similarities in terms of the psychological and microbiological mechanisms involved.”

A key finding of Robinson’s research over the years identified that ‘wanting’ something is separated from ‘liking’ something when it comes to addiction, a key to unlocking more effective future New Jersey detox which are likely to include Medication Assisted Treatments (MAT) that can separate these two relationships in a person’s behavior impulses towards everything from cocaine and heroin to sodas and social-media.

Discovery InstituteThe field is relatively young compared to all other medical sciences but slowly, the secrets of the illness are being discovered.

If you suffer from addiction and want to return to sober living in New Jersey, call Discovery Institute at 844-478-6563.

Loving Your Child To Death, The Complicated Reality of Enabling Your Addicted Child

You’ve been with them from the beginning. You’ve watched them grow and change into an intricate and beautiful individual, so your heart broke hard when you found out they were struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol. You raised them trying to give them the tools they needed to avoid falling prey to intoxicating substances. They went through classes at school to warn of the dangers of addictive chemicals. You even talked with them about the subject and made a priority out of checking in with them about any peer pressures they may be encountering. Sometimes, however, even with your best efforts, your children will have to make their own mistakes, in spite of diligent educational conversations and clear warnings about the dangers of abusing drugs and alcohol. By the end of this article, hopefully you will have clarity about your actions. The Discovery Institute is here to help you and your child through this difficult time. We offer the best New Jersey rehab and can give your child the tools to kick their habit and choose sobriety every day.

 

Let Yourself Feel

You might feel angry at them, like they abandoned all that you tried to teach them. That’s okay. It’s okay to feel upset by your child dealing with addiction.

Sometimes when  but mostly for them. You want to soothe them, and hold them, and hide them away from the cruelty of the world, of self hatred, and especially you want to save them from the devastating tole that  addiction can have on its victims. You don’t want to lose them. But here’s the thing. You can’t save them. Someone struggling with an addiction to drug and alcohol. The only thing you can do now

 

How Did You Get Into This Cycle

Discovery InstituteIf you think you might be enabling your addicted son or daughter, there are some typical enabling actions that take place when a parent is enabling their child:

  1. Giving them money consistently, irrespective of how they may be using it
  2. Paying their bills, even as they spend all of their own money on abusing their drug of choice.
  3. Letting them live with you, no questions asked, no parameters.
  4. Bailing them out with no questions asked, over and over again – Have you had to bail your son or daughter out of jail more than once? What about more than twice? If your child has a habit of getting picked up by the cops, it’s definitely time to get help.

Help Is A Phone Call Away

If you’ve realized you are doing more harm than good by trying to support your child in this way, it is very important to take action. Drug and alcohol abuse can be deadly, and the more an addict is enabled, the more their addiction feels like a legitimate form of self medication. We want to help you. There is hope. Your child can succeed at sober living. New Jersey has a number of rehab and detox options, but we are the number one top rated drug rehab center in New Jersey. Detox and Rehab in NJ aren’t out of your child’s reach, and could even be covered by your insurance! Call them today to confirm your or your child’s benefits.

Don’t Punish Yourself, The Addiction Has Done That Enough Already

Sometimes people who are addicted to drugs or abusing alcohol feel so ashamed of their destructive dependence on the substance, that they feel like they have to punish themselves. Even though they realize that the addiction is unhealthy, and damaging to their body and mind, their shame drives them ever deeper into addiction. They may even go to a doctor or psychiatrist and receive a dual diagnosis of alcohol addiction or an addiction to prescription drugs, or illegal substances like stimulants or depressants, and some type of mental health disorder. This is a diagnosis that indicates that your substance abuse and your mental health are feeding off of one another, and you cannot get better until you treat both your depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or whatever affliction is plaguing your psyche, and treat your addiction as well. Both are necessary for actual healing.

You Are Lovable

Discovery InstituteOne of the ways that dual diagnosis can play out in the mind of someone struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, is for an addict to feel unlovable. The person may have an incredible amount of self hatred that displays itself in a way that makes the addict feel not only lonely and ruled by their shame, but like it is almost impossible for anyone to feel any real love for them. This sort of shame tells a person that they are a lost cause, or even making a negative impact on anyone around them. This is what addiction can do to you. The stigma that comes with addiction, the trauma that spurs the addiction itself, the self hatred and guilt for continuing to drink heavily or take illicit substances are all a perfect storm telling you that it’s not possible for you. But everyone deserves to be loved and cared for. As you detox and go through rehab you will see that these impressions are caused by unprocessed trauma and addiction, neither of which rely on logic. Getting treatment for your addiction right away is your best hope for feeling loveable again.

You Don’t Have To Settle

You deserve the best in life and that includes the best quality of care and accommodations at your NJ Detox Centers and Addiction Treatment. New Jersey’s Discovery Institute offers the best New Jersey rehab available. We are the number one rated top rated New Jersey drug detox and rehab. Call us today to learn more about how you can start giving yourself what you really need, your health and sobriety.

One Officer Who Only Served Himself

Regardless of the fact that police officers are supposed to protect and serve the community at large in which they work, one officer instead decided to only really look out for himself. Officer Thomas McWain took some questionable steps when he asked people to bring him drugs directly through text messages, which were apparently quickly deleted as soon as he heard there was an investigation going on against him.

Where he went from questionable to downright immoral, however, was when he built a “false narrative” just so he could get one arrestee into addiction treatment in NJ (Not ours, FYI).

 

Indicting an Officer

Discovery InstituteA grand jury has indicted a New Jersey police officer who prosecutors say schemed to get an offender into a drug rehabilitation program in which the officer had a financial stake.

NJ.com reports 31-year-old Thomas McWain was indicted Tuesday on charges of official misconduct, tampering with evidence and computer crime.

Prosecutors say McWain filed a “false narrative” regarding a 2016 arrest and sought to refer the offender to a drug rehab center.

McWain is also accused of asking people to meet him and bring drugs, only for them to be arrested and referred to drug rehab services. Click here to read more.

 

Rather than getting caught up with the police for a drug addiction, get you or a loved one into addiction treatment in NJ today by calling us at 844-478-6563.

Drug Addiction Hitting Religious Community Hard Says Orthodox Family

Due to the stigma of drug use and abuse in many religious communities, receiving addiction treatment in New Jersey can be particularly difficult for those with faith who also find themselves with an addiction to drugs or alcohol.

One Orthodox Jewish family in the state is hoping to bring light to this problem by going public with their concerns. Not the least of these concerns being how people are treated within the community when they have a problem that should be viewed as a disease rather than a personal fault.

 

Elana Forman was only 13 when she began her descent into the world of alcohol and drugs.

It began with drinking and  marijuana, she said. “I felt alienated and lonely and scared of life. …When I would drink or use, I felt like I could accomplish anything.”

But she feared that if she told anyone in her tight-knit Orthodox Jewish enclave in Teaneck, she would be shunned or labeled a “bad kid.”

Later, at her all-girls yeshiva high school, she maintained the facade of the straight-A student even as she continued to use drugs. She launched a school chess team, played varsity soccer and would eventually earn a prestigious scholarship to Queens College.  Click Here to Continue Reading

Clifton Surgeon’s Contribution to the NJ Drug Abuse Problem

If might be easy to assume that since the opioid addiction problem in New Jersey has hit unprecedented levels that doctors who have the power to prescribe opioid-based pain relievers would have become a lot more careful when it comes to giving their patients these drugs. However, orthopedic surgeon Evangelos Megariotis in Clifton has been doing the exact opposite – he was caught overprescribing opioid painkillers in an incredibly irresponsible way.

Not only was he knowingly giving drugs to those who were abusing them, he even gave additional painkillers to those who he knew were getting them from other doctors, too. Fingers crossed his patients receive the addiction treatment they very likely need.

 

A Clifton orthopedic surgeon can no longer prescribe oxycodone and other addictive, dangerous drugs and must have another orthopedist present to monitor every encounter he has with a patient, under an order from the state licensing board.  

Evangelos Megariotis, owner of Clifton Orthopedic Associates at 1450 Main Ave., agreed to the restrictions on his practice in February after the Attorney General’s Office filed a 53-page complaint against him.

The state alleges he over-prescribed thousands of doses of painkillers, even when he knew his patients were not using them as prescribed and were getting similar prescriptions from other doctors.  

The state also contends that Megariotis, who is 65, operated on some patients without any evidence that surgery was needed, and treated them for psychiatric, respiratory and other health problems — prescribing large amounts of Prozac, cough medicine with codeine and antibiotics — when that was outside the scope of his specialty. Click Here to Continue Reading

Nearly 20 Percent of New Jersey Residents Suffering from Mental Illness

Between 2011 and 2015, the average number of people in New Jersey who reported having a mental illness was a staggering 933,674. Though not every one of these nearly one-million people will have a dual diagnosis with substance abuse, many people with mental illness also have an addiction to drugs or alcohol.

In these situations, it becomes imperative that people with a dual diagnosis seek a location that specializes in both addiction and mental illness. When it comes to locations that treat both of those disorders, the best bet in NJ is addiction treatment centers like Discovery. This is because rehab centers like ours work hard to address not only the physical aspect of the substance addiction, but the emotional and psychological as well. That means patients receive multiple types of therapies that tackle the root causes of addiction as well as disorders caused by the addiction.

 

While grabbing a cup of coffee during New Jersey rush hour, spending 40 hours a week at the office, or enjoying your daughter’s soccer game, you’ve likely interacted with someone who’s dealing with a mental illness.

That’s not as alarming as you might think.

While still stigmatized to some degree, individuals with mental health issues have become more willing to admit their disorders and seek help. Treatment services, meanwhile, have evolved to allow those with even the more severe mental illnesses to return to a normal and productive life.

Starting today, New Jersey 101.5 presents a five-day series on mental health in New Jersey and the impact of disorders that affect mood, thinking and behavior. Click Here to Continue Reading

Experimental Prison in NJ Acts More Like Rehab Center than Jail

It seems as though the government is starting to take notice that time spent in prison or jail should be used to rehabilitate the offender rather than being seen totally as a punishment. Though there are many forms of rehabilitating people, addiction treatment is New Jersey’s current focus – at least as far as the prisoners at Mid-State Correctional Facility are concerned.

The prison hosts nearly 700 inmates, all of which are addicted to some substance or another. Because of that, the facility has a very sharp focus on its goal of not only rehabilitating inmates in leading a crime-free life, but in living a sober life as well.

 

New Jersey’s opioid problem has led to a crime problem.
People who are drug addicted often commit crimes and land in prison, and if these individuals don’t address their addiction they’re likely to commit more crimes and cost society more money, experts say.
Armed with these realities, New Jersey has become one of the first states in the nation to devote an entire prison and millions of dollars to treating inmates with addictions. NJ Advance Media was the first news agency inside to see how it worked.
Unlike most prisons, where just a few inmates get treatment, almost everyone at Mid-State Correctional Facility, a 696-bed facility sequestered on the grounds of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, is treated for a panoply of addictions. This entire institution, in effect, has become a licensed drug-treatment center. Click Here to Continue Reading

What is LSD?

LSD, or lysergic acid diethylamide, is among the strongest of hallucinogenic drugs. First discovered in 1939, LSD reached its peak in popularity during the 60s. It since became illegal in 1965 and was banned from medical use in 1970 under the Controlled Substances Act. However, LSD remains prevalent in party scenes with young people, with it being used at raves, festivals, and similar events. As a party drug, LSD reinforces the dangerous idea that drugs are a way to have fun, which is what creates the need for drug rehab centers in NJ for many young people.

How is LSD Dangerous?

Adolescents and young adults mostly take LSD because it leads to intense psychological effects. However, the drug disrupts the nerve cells throughout the body and the normal functioning of the brain.

Can drug rehab centers in NJ help me with LSD?

LSD is active with certain serotonin receptors. In turn, this affects the activation of the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for your body’s “fight or flight” reaction. Additionally, LSD makes you feel sensations that are not actually there. This is a dangerous mix of consequences because the user may not respond accordingly to threats while under the influence of LSD.

Moreover, the powerful effects on the user’s mental state can produce traumatic emotional reactions to the sensations being felt. This can result in quickly shifting emotions and impulsive behavior. While on LSD, users may lose a grip on reality, with suicidal thoughts or an intense fear of dying being common. Another common effect of LSD is the display of aggressive or violent behaviors. Many people that use LSD experience severe anxiety, panic attacks, and paranoia, which can last even after the more “pleasant” effects of the drug have worn off.

In addition to presenting psychological risks, LSD also comes with physical risks. Users will experience:

  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Excessive sweating
  • Tremors
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite

Drug Rehab Centers in NJ Can Help with the Effects Aftermath of LSD

The Discovery Institute offers drug detox, treatment programs for addiction, and various types of therapy for overcoming both the mental and emotional effects of drugs. If you or someone you know has been struggling with the consequences of drug use, contact Discovery today.

Can rehab in NJ help with methadone addiction?

Can Methadone Treatment Turn into Addiction?

Not to be confused with the stimulant methamphetamine, methadone is an opioid pain reliever with effects similar to morphine. The drug was originally introduced as a way to reduce withdrawal symptoms from those coming off of heroin or other narcotic drugs. However, due to the nature of methadone, this narcotic can be highly-addictive if used long-term and may produce the need for further rehab in NJ.

Clinics have been set up specifically for distributing drugs like methadone as a prescription aid to drug addicts attempting recovery. Unfortunately, some of these methadone clinics and doctors distribute methadone at high rates. This then leaves many that suffer from heroin addiction on a long-term methadone maintenance program. Those that are not careful may themselves overcoming one addiction simply to start another.

Methadone Can Hurt Like Any Other Drug

Taking an opioid, or opiate, regularly can and will cause a physical dependence. Therefore, long-term use of methadone will also cause withdrawal symptoms, which is typically the reason so many have a hard time stopping its use.

Methadone Withdrawal Side Effects Include:

  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness

At least 250,000 individuals go to methadone clinics in the US. However, you don’t need to be on methadone long-term in order to be clean and sober.

Rehab in NJ Can Help You Come off of Methadone

How can rehab in NJ help methadone addiction?

Although it is meant to aid in the recovery process, over 30% of prescription painkiller deaths result from methadone addiction. If you or someone you know wishes to be done with methadone, there is hope. The Discovery Institute can help you toward recovery from all drugs. Contact us today for assistance with your recovery.