Are you Drinking Alcohol Because You Feel Depressed?

Are you Drinking Alcohol Because You Feel Depressed?

Some people that drink alcohol are doing so because they are trying to self-medicate themselves.  Instead of being treated by a psychiatrist, they are choosing to drink alcohol or take illegal drugs.  Believe it or not, millions of people each year fear going to see a psychiatrist.  Psychiatrists prescribe medication for: anxiety, depression, ADD and ADHD, bipolar disorder and so much more. Depression effects millions of Americans every day.  Often, drinking alcohol seems like the best option for many people. It saves them a trip to the doctor’s office and the expense of one as well.  Many men and women think that it is embarrassing to see a psychiatrist that can help you to deal with your depression.  It is important to keep in mind that depression affects people in different ways. Alcohol is never the answer when it comes to overcoming your addiction. It is important that depression gets dealt with professionally. Depression is a condition that effects your mental well-being and your spiritual self as well.  People often wonder if they can ever beat the feeling of sadness in their life.  When a person turns to alcohol, it means that they are trying to forget their problems.  It is hard to beat depression on your own.  We often have thoughts inside of our mind that linger for years.  These thoughts often cause us pain and sorrow.  Some people think that reaching for a beer or favorite alcoholic beverage is the answer.  However, it is not the answer and often leads people to question their life. Alcohol is easy to purchase in the store. However, detox centers across...
My Child Died of a Drug Overdose and I Feel Guilty

My Child Died of a Drug Overdose and I Feel Guilty

A parent’s worst nightmare is to find their son or daughter lying in bed from a drug overdose.  Many parents begin to blame themselves for not doing enough to help their child to beat their drug addiction. Sometimes a parent can be the best role model for their child and their son or daughter will still turn to drugs.  The main thing to keep in mind is that it is not your fault? You cannot blame yourself for someone’s life decisions no matter if they are your family member or not.  Death is unexpected and nobody truly knows when or why we will die. You raise your child with love, care and the best that you can.  You messed up like everyone does in life.  However, you cannot blame yourself for someone else choosing to take drugs or drink alcohol. If it brings any comfort to you, many parents that do send their children to a treatment center experience loss as well.  Whether your send your child to a treatment center or not does not guarantee that they will spend a lifetime sober.  Most people that go into a drug and alcohol treatment program end up going back again.  Unfortunately, drug and alcohol treatments have not come up with a 100% sound proof system that works for everyone. Many testimonies are out there from people that did stop taking drugs and drinking alcohol for life. However, these stories are not all that common. It is more common to hear about people continuing in their addiction for a lifetime.  Beating alcohol and drug addiction has a lot of factors to...
What Should You Take with You When You Leave for Rehab

What Should You Take with You When You Leave for Rehab

You decided that rehab is a good place for you to start your life over again.  Good decision on your part!  However, you may be asking yourself what you should take and not take with you.  Here are a few things that you should do before going to rehab. First, call the treatment center that you will be going to.  Ask them for a list of things that you can and cannot take with you.  If you cannot get a hold of anyone and your plane is set to leave in a few hours, here are a few tips on what to take and not take with you. No cell phones. Most treatment centers do not allow you to have cell phones because you cannot make personal calls while you are in treatment. Most rehabs have it set so that you can call home with a person assisting you.  This may be a counselor that is assigned to work with you.  If you don’t think that you should have it, the best thing to do is to leave it at home. Illegal Substances should not be taken with you. This may seem a bit obvious, but many people forget to empty their pockets before boarding a plane.  If you have cocaine or heroin in your pocket, you will get stopped at the airport and may even be arrested for having illegal contraband. Guns, Knives, protection devices should be left at home. Many states allow people to carry these types of weapons on them. However, they don’t belong in a rehab.  You don’t want to put anyone in danger at...
How to Help Your Child with Drug Addiction if You Cannot Afford an Intervention

How to Help Your Child with Drug Addiction if You Cannot Afford an Intervention

Here are a few steps that you can take in order to help your child to see and understand that they need drug and alcohol rehabilitation.  Often, young adults want to believe that they do not have a problem with drug addiction.  When you are young, you often believe that you are going to live forever.  Many young adults think that they can handle a cocktail of drugs and wake up the next day without any problems.  However, this is not always the case. The first step that a parent should take in order to get their child to see that they have a problem is to directly call a drug and alcohol treatment facility.  If you do this, you will find a helpful admissions counselor on the end of the phone.  The admissions counselor is a friendly voice that wants to help you and your loved one.  Even though a lot of admissions counselors are not trained interventionists, they have a background in alcohol and drug addiction.  Most phone admissions counselors are open to speaking with your son or daughter on the telephone.  The beauty of this is that it is free.  Most treatment centers have 24 hour hotlines set up in order to speak with families that have a loved one that needs to go into treatment.  It can seem like an endless and painful situation sometimes. Many admissions counselors have previous lifestyles that once held them captive to drug and alcohol abuse.  A lot of counselors on the phone will tell you that they were once addicted to drugs and alcohol themselves.  You will usually find...
Heroin is Becoming More Popular Again in New York City

Heroin is Becoming More Popular Again in New York City

Just when you think that Heroin was something out of the 80’s in NYC, it is back again.  According to the Daily News, police seized more than $300,000,000 worth of heroin in 2014!  That is right, 300 million dollars.  That is lot of heroin. In 2013, 420 people died of a heroin overdose.  This drug is cheap and easy to buy on the streets. However, it is highly addictive and often destroys a person’s life.  When someone begins to get hooked on heroin, they begin to feel like their life is out of control.  A special agent by the name of James Hunt said that we have never seen heroin in these high numbers even 30 to 40 years ago. We must look at the social times that we are living in today.  Crime is at an all- time high and people are looking for quick, instant relief from depression, anger, boredom, anxiety and the list goes on.  Heroin seems to be a drug that a lot of people in New York City are turning to for various reasons.  The cost is roughly between $10.00 and $25.00 a hit.  The price depends on its purity.  If you bought heroin 30 or 40 years ago, it was about 10% pure. In today’s 21st century world, it is often 70% pure. If a person is highly addicted to heroin, they can often spend around $150.00 to $250.00 per day.  Even though it is cheap to buy, a few purchases a day will drain a person’s wallet. Each time that an addict gets a hit of heroin, they constantly need more. Their...