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The Perfect Game Against Substance Abuse Stigma

 

Who just pitched a perfect game against substance abuse stigma?

The stigma surrounding substance abuse and addiction is so strong in our society that we rarely think of a successful person as someone who could struggle, even though they are just as likely. The negative stigma continues to perpetuate false stereotypes, and in return, reinforces behavior of stress, fear, denial and secrecy. All of which exacerbate the problem and stand in the way of people getting help.Who just pitched a perfect game against substance abuse stigma?

Let’s take a quick look at some baseball facts:

In 2001, CC Sabathia was the youngest player in the major leagues (after being awarded Minor League Player of the Year in 2000). He’s played for some of the top MLB teams. In 2008, he signed what was at the time the largerst contract for a pitcher in MLB history for the New York Yankees. He’s been an invaluable player since. In 2009, he was the Opening Day starter and that year won his first championship ring with the Yankees. He also won the American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award. By the end of 2014 season, he was one of the more sucessful pitchers from a hitting standpoint. And his ability to pitch a high number of effective innings each season has some broadcasters calling him the “workhorse.” He is the very definition of success in this country: determined and hard-working. Read more

Doctors and Substance Abuse: At the Top of Their Field and the End of Their Rope

How can a doctor, trained to be a problem-solver and someone who is self-sufficient, recognize and acknowledge when he or she is struggling with substance abuse? How can these brilliant minds be at the top of their field and yet the end of their rope?The complex situation of doctors and substance abuse is nothing new, but it is persistent. It is one that leaves many people scratching their heads. How can a doctor, trained to be a problem-solver and someone who is self-sufficient, recognize and acknowledge when he or she is struggling with substance abuse? How can these brilliant minds be at the top of their field and yet the end of their rope? Read more

Drug and Alcohol Facts: Why Didn’t Rehab Work?

Here are some drug and alcohol facts that explain why rehab doesn’t always work. Learn how NTR Brain Restoration can help make rehab more effective.Here is one of the drug and alcohol facts that many people don’t always want to admit: rehab doesn’t always work. Not the first time, sometimes not the second or third. And for some it takes even more tries than that. But this shouldn’t be a discouragement or deterrent from them seeking help in the first place. It’s just important to understand the reasons why rehab doesn’t always work. And why incorporating NAD therapy like NTR Brain Restoration can be crucial to addressing the whole picture.  Read more

Have You Lost Control of Drug or Alcohol Use? How Do You Know?

The earlier that a problem is addressed the better the outcome, so act quickly if you suspect that you or a loved one has lost control of drug or alcohol use. Here is how to tell.A question that’s asked often is ‘how do I know if I have lost control of drug or alcohol use?” Plenty of people who use drugs and alcohol on a regular basis swear they can stop anytime they want. And the truth is, not everyone who uses drugs or alcohol needs to help. Just as many people who do need help aren’t able to recognize that they’ve lost control of their drug or alcohol use. So how do you tell if you or a loved one has lost control of drug or alcohol use? Read more

Opioid Epidemic: Veterans Remain At High Risk While Zohydro Hits the Market

As the pain pill Zohydro hits the market, a recent report found that half of veterans prescribed medical opioids for pain continue to chronically use the drugs.As the pain pill Zohydro hits the market, the opioid epidemic continues with veterans remaining high at-risk. A recent report provided by the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAOM) found that half of veterans prescribed medical opioids for pain continue to chronically use (more than 90 days) the drugs.

According to research drawn from national Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA) data, of 959,226 veterans who received opioid prescriptions, 502,634 (52%) chronically used opioids. Some factors that were most likely to be present in veterans who chronically used opioids were PTSD, tobacco use, being married, having multiple pain conditions, the use of more than one type of opioid medication, and using an opioid dose above 100 mg per day. (Science Daily) Read more

User to Abuser: Can Certain Risk Factors Determine Cocaine and Opioid Dependence?

There are risk factors that can predict how quickly a person can develop a dependence to a certain drug? How does someone go from being an occasional drug user to abuser? Are there any risk factors that can predict how quickly a person can develop a dependence to a certain drug? According to a new study being published in Addictive Behaviors (February 2014), there are. And hopefully such insights can help doctors amp up preventative measures for those most vulnerable. Read more

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