OxyContin is the brand name for oxycodone, a powerful opioid painkiller. It is commonly prescribed for the management of cases where the patient is suffering any sort of pain - from moderate pain to severe pain. If taken according to a doctor's prescription, OxyContin is an effective and safe medication. In fact, it has proved invaluable for many people suffering from a variety of pain management problems. However, some people abuse this drug for the pleasurable effects it causes. This is despite the fact that such abuse eventually proves dangerous and - at times - fatal. Misusing the pills, such as taking too many at the same time, or crushing before injecting or snorting them, may cause more intense effects while simultaneously increasing the risk of suffering from a variety of complications... more...
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Bradley V. DeHaven
A father turned prescription-drug-abuse activist, Bradley V. DeHaven, has interviewed over 400 people whose lives have been turned upside down by drug addiction, distilled the most common, potent, and poignant lessons and passes them on to his reader in the hopes it will help them prevent, detect, treat, and live with prescription drug addiction. He brings first hand experience and anecdotal evidence to provide insight into what is Americas most serious medical epidemic. This is his second book on the subject. His first, Defining Moments: A Suburban Father's Journey into His Son's Oxy Addiction, about what led him to go undercover to bust his son's drug dealer, was released on Amazon in 2011.
Bradley V. DeHaven is a Financial Planner in Sacramento, CA, a husband, and a father of two sons, one of whom is a recovering Oxycontin addict. After the release of his first book, Defining Moments: A Suburban Father's Journey Into his Son's Oxy Addiction, in 2011, the author found himself swept into the world of prescription drug addiction awareness, spending time in conversations with families of others affected by addiction, invited to attend the first National Rx Drug Abuse Summit, participate in the making of the documentary Behind the Orange Curtain, and rubbing elbows with policy makers such as Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack. Brad is now considered an expert on this epidemic and is available for interviews and speaking engagements. More about the work Brad is doing can be found on his website, RxDrugAddict.com.
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In addition to Brad's two books; Defining Moments and The Addict Among Us, Brad has written many articles for recovery publications and has been interviewed on FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, and Huff Post as well as in print and radio. Brad has talked with hundreds of parents and addicts through his advocacy and also as the former Host of the radio show; Afflicted By Addiction. Brad's son celebrated 8 years clean from drug addiction which began with a prescription for a broken arm and nearly cost him his life.
The recommended way to stop abusing OxyContin is through tapering. This involves reducing the doses of the drug gradually over a couple of weeks/months. To ensure that the taper approach works out well for you, consider talking to an addiction specialist or a doctor. They will create dosage schedules that you can follow to taper off the drug safely without experiencing any negative or adverse repercussions. As far as possible, you should ensure that you follow the instructions from your doctor. This way, you can ensure that your quitting process is safe. However, your doctor might also recommend medications that can support you as you try to give up OxyContin once and for all. Some of these medications will be discussed in the sections below... more...
Most people take prescription drugs for a variety of reasons, and according to instructions from their doctors. However, the NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) estimates that 48 million people aged above 12 use these drugs for nonmedical reasons. This figure represents close to 20% of the entire American population. The increase in prescription drug abuse has led to a corresponding rise in ER visits from accidental overdoses. Similarly, prescription drug addiction has grown admissions to treatment and rehabilitation programs. To this end, just because drugs are prescribed by doctors and administered at pharmacies does not necessarily mean that anyone should use them. With the rise in prescription numbers, it is not surprising that... more...
Addiction is a term commonly used to describe the physical and psychological health condition in which you are dependent on a substance. The choice substance of abuse often alters how you think, act, and feel. You might initially depend on a drug or any other substance that affects how your brain functions to help you cope with complex situations (including anxiety and chronic pain). Eventually, continued use may compel you to keep on the drug just to get through an ordinary day. At this point, you are highly likely to start looking forward to the desired effects of the drug so much that it will consume your other thoughts and become the focal point of your life. You may also divert your energy and resources to acquiring more of the drug of choice - going so far as lying to... more...
For the vast majority of the population, the image of addiction is one marked by moral failure, victimhood, innate suffering, ignorance, and an inability to control the body and/or the mind. However, recent scientific knowledge is painting a different picture of addiction - showing it as something that goes over and beyond the social construct described in the preceding paragraph. Today, we understand that addiction goes over and beyond drugs, alcohol, and other foreign substances. In fact, it is more than just a simple condition - indeed, more complex than was previously thought. As a direct result, the general understanding of addiction has grown to include the social, psychological, and neurophysiological aspects of the condition. Similarly, people have come... more...
Irvin C. Wright, PhD
Dr. Wright holds a doctorate degree in Psychology from U.S. International University. He began his career as a school psychologist working as a counselor to all school-aged children, providing guidance and therapy to both the children and their families. He moved on to become the principle Psychologist at Caliente Youth Center (CYC) and eventually the District Psychologist for LCSD.
When the problem of drug and alcohol abuse became a recurring theme in his work, Dr. Wright earned an Alcohol and Drug Counselor License and turned his focus to substance abuse disorders. Dr. Wright now has over 20 years experience working with individuals with substance use disorders. Now in independent practice, he works with both individuals and institutions as an adviser and counselor for drug and alcohol abuse problems, specializing in adult parole and probation cases as well as troubled youth psychological services.
He is a member of both the American Psychological Association and the International Reality Therapy Association.
Depending on the drug that you have taken, the overdose symptoms will vary greatly. To this end, it might not always be easy for you to identify the overdose symptoms from abusing opioid drugs. This is because the effects of abusing these drugs are quite similar to those of overdosing on them. As such, you might not even realize that you are overdosing - particularly if you are still heavily under the effects and influence of a drug. In these cases, the overdose might come with symptoms like anxiety, extreme agitation, delirium, difficulty breathing, severe headaches, seizure, and severe chest pain. But exactly what is an overdose and how does a drug overdose occur? As we mentioned earlier, an overdose can either be intentional or accidental. These episodes occur when you take more of ... more...
Drug addiction and alcoholism have obvious effects on the lives of those who are affected either directly or indirectly. In particular, those who abuse drugs and alcohol in the long term will suffer negative impacts on their physical health. Their ongoing substance abuse also impairs their psychological health and mental functioning while damaging their spirit. However, few people take the time to try and understand the adverse effects of drug and alcohol abuse on the family unit. This is why it is important to try and find out what might happen to your family if you continue abusing these intoxicating and mind-altering substances. To be more specific, substance abuse has variously been described as a family disease. This is because... more...
If a parent starts abusing alcohol and other drugs, the family is highly likely to suffer. In particular, the communication channels in such a family might be unclear. Additionally, the behavior of the substance using parent might be unpredictable. In such a family, life is often characterized by deep unpredictability, chaos, and upheaval. This is because parental behavior might range from crazy to withdrawal to loving. Additionally, rules and structure in such a family might either be inconsistent or completely nonexistent. The children will also not be able to understand their parent's mood and behavior as a result of the amount of drugs inside their bloodstream. As a direct result, they will often feel insecure and confused... more...
If you love someone who has been struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, therefore, you need to inform yourself about the various signs and symptoms of substance abuse and addiction. You might also want to take some time to learn about what you can do to help them. In the process, you should not forget to take care of yourself. In case you have noticed that your loved one or friend displays any of the above signs and symptoms, then it is highly likely that they might have a problem with drugs and alcohol. In some severe cases, they might even have developed an addiction to these addictive and intoxicating substances - a condition that can happen to everyone irrespective of their background, age, and socioeconomic circumstances... more...
One of the common answers given to the "why do people abuse drugs?" question is that such substance abuse starts out voluntarily. Eventually, however, repeating the habit can cause some intense changes to your brain, as well as to its function and makeup. These changes may eventually challenge your self-control, decision making, and ability to resist the urge to continue taking drugs. In many cases, the brain changes arising from continued drug use tend to be persistent. This is one of the many reasons why addiction is now considered to be a relapsing condition. In fact, people who are in recovery and treatment for drug use will still face a heightened risk of returning to... more...
Alcohol is one of the most addictive of intoxicating substances. Although not everyone who consumes it will necessarily become addicted, some people might be more susceptible to it. However, you should note that there are differences between alcohol abuse and addiction. To this end, addiction refers to a physical and psychological dependence on the substance. This means that people who suffer from alcoholism (as alcohol addiction is commonly called) will build tolerance to it and continue drinking even as problems related to such abuse start becoming evident. On the other hand, alcohol abusers might not be addicted to it. In most cases, an abuser is... more...
If you are worried or know that your loved one is struggling with substance abuse, you are likely to feel a mixture of anger, sadness, and anxiety. Additionally, this knowledge or suspicion might make you feel confused about what you should do. As you continue looking for information on how to help my loved one stop using drugs, therefore, you should know that it is possible to get the support and guidance you need while figuring out the best way to proceed with getting them to overcome their addiction. In most cases, however, helping loved ones... more...
Every addict, at one point or the other, faces temptations in their recovery - so much so that some feel lost and uncertain about their quest for total sobriety. Drug and alcohol relapse prevention, therefore, is crucial if you are to maintain a sober lifestyle. Luckily, there are many steps you can take to ensure that you keep away from the drugs and alcoholism that plagued your life before you signed up for rehabilitation. Although getting sober can prove to be a challenge, staying sober is another matter altogether. The foundation for relapse prevention, of course, lies in... more...
Otherwise referred to as detox, drug and alcohol detoxification is the first step in a comprehensive program designed to rehabilitate an addict. Through this program, you will receive all the tools and medications you require for faster and safer recovery. By undergoing detoxification, your body will be able to get rid of all the harmful substances that you have been abusing. As such, detox allows the body to recover, and eventually to kick the addictive habit you were used to. The purpose of detox is to prevent... more...
A drug and alcohol intervention is a structured process oriented towards finding solutions to persuade an addict to seek help and get them to overcome their abuse problem. Friends, family, colleagues, and anyone else involved in the addict's life can use these interventions to demonstrate the effects of alcoholism and substance abuse, and all related behaviors, to the addict. As a carefully planned process, you can conduct an intervention in consultation with such professionals as doctors, interventionists (intervention experts), and licensed drug and alcohol counselors. You might also want to involve... more...
DOB-1951. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana where he spent his childhood and Graduated H.S. He attended both colleges of The Citadel and Hillsdale college as well as attaining his Nursing License in 1988.
He is an Army Nurse Corps veteran with over 20 years experience in Army and civilian nursing positions and 10 years currently in Alcohol/Drug Addiction treatment & Rehabilitation.
He obtained credentialing as Registered Addiction Specialist in California in 2009 and currently resides in California where he continues to work in the Alcohol/Drug dependency field.
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