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Transcript of Drug Addiction
Steps of treatment
What is Drug Addiction?
Drug addiction is a dependence on an illegal drug or a medication. When you're addicted:
You may not be able to control your drug use
You may continue using the drug despite the harm it causes
Addiction can cause an intense craving for the drug.
Most people find they can't quit on their own.
For many people, what starts as casual use leads to drug addiction. Drug addiction can cause serious, long-term consequences, including problems with physical and mental health, relationships, employment and the law.
Drug addiction symptoms or behaviors include:
Feeling that you have to use the drug regularly — this can be daily or even several times a day
Failing in your attempts to stop using the drug
Making certain that you maintain a supply of the drug
Spending money on the drug, even though you can't afford it
Doing things to obtain the drug that you normally wouldn't do, such as stealing
Feeling that you need the drug to deal with your problems
Driving or doing other risky activities when you're under the influence of the drug
Focusing more and more time and energy on getting and using the drug
It can sometimes be difficult to distinguish normal teenage moodiness or angst from signs of drug use. Possible indications that a teenager is using drugs include:
Problems at school. Frequently missing classes or missing school, a sudden disinterest in school or school activities, or a drop in grades may be indicators of drug use.
Physical health issues. Lack of energy and motivation may indicate your child is using certain drugs.
Neglected appearance. Teenagers are generally concerned about how they look. A lack of interest in clothing, grooming or looks may be a warning sign of drug use.
Changes in behavior. Teenagers enjoy privacy, but exaggerated efforts to bar family members from entering their rooms or knowing where they go with their friends might indicate drug use. Also, drastic changes in behavior and in relationships with family and friends may be linked to drug use.
Spending money. Sudden requests for money without a reasonable explanation for its use may be a sign of drug use. You may also discover money stolen from previously safe places at home. Items may disappear from your home because they're being sold to support a drug habit.
by Cohen A.
"Prince of darkness"
Black Sabbath (left in 1979)
Impact on the family
Married to Sharon (30+ years)
hurt the whole family
tore the marriage apart
both children (Jack and Kelly) became addicted
addiction induced rage
Sick person just trying to get better
Drank and did whatever he could
relapsed after years of sobriety
relapse stared with cancer diagnosis of a bandmate (Tony Lommi)
went into a binge of drugs and alcohol
Thankful he can even put two words together
Life time struggle
Apologetic for hurting those around him
Used to not care how messed up he would get and would black out and wake up in a police cell
Turned abusive towards his wife and couldn't even remember it
Addicted to prescription drug for 25 years
Quit cigarettes first
Used to think he couldn't write a song without having drugs in his system
Lead to many Arrests
Got kicked out of Black Sabbath for his excessive abuse in 1979
Had nightmares even after quitting
Had panic attacks and tremors
Took a toll on his body
Doesn't know how he survived
A medical miracle and has an extra chromosome
Intensive Treatment Services
Individual and Group therapy is open to the patient
Patients learn about future consequences of drug abuse
Teens are assisted in developing skills to cut out drug abuse behavior
Counselors make a "Relapse Prevention Plan" with the patient to make sure once the patient gets back into the home environment they wont take up old habits.
Patients will learn hope to cop with triggers and how to handle "high risk" situations
They practice these tactics at home visits to perfect them.
Daily living tasks that are monitored
In Canada, there are multiple Drug abuse treatments for teens.
First patients undergo a 30 Day Assessment & Intervention Program
After Assessment, there is a planning and development stage
At this stage Doctors expect the young people will have an active role in the goal setting process
National Resources in Canada
PDFC stands for Partnership for a Drug Free Canada
They are a registered charity in Canada made up of volunteers in the private sector from major media and advertising, production, research and corporate industries.
They share stories of teens and other who have been affected by drug abuse.
They share videos to help parents learn why teen use
PDFC teaches you how to start your own support group and how to know if your teen is using
Recognizing Drug abuse in teenagers
A Psychosocial Typology of Drug Addicts and Implications for Treatment
A typology was developed based on personal and psychological data of 663 drug addicts.
Cluster analysis of these data, which did not include variables pertaining to drug abuse, resulted in nine types of addicts with different sociocultural backgrounds and psychological makeups
Treatment recommendations, including goals, techniques, staff, settings, and prognosis are offered for five types
The paper concludes that drug addicts are not a homogeneous group, but that there are different types of addicts with differing motives for drug use and differing psychological needs
drug addiction treatment should be matched with the specific needs of each type.
Canadian Statistics Related to Drug Abuse
47,000 Canadian deaths are linked to substance abuse annually
23% of Ontario students report that they were offered, sold, or given a drug at school in the last year. That's about 219,000 students.
83% of Ontario students in grade 12 drink alcohol. 49% of gr. 12 students admit to binge drinking.
The top four substances used by Ontario students: 58% alcohol; Cannabis (marijuana) 25%; Non-prescribed use of prescription pain relievers such as codeine, Percocet, Percodan, Demerol, or Tylenol #3, 17%; Tobacco 11.7%.
Street youth are 11 times more likely to die of drug overdose and suicide
Substance abuse has cost our health care system $8 billion. — Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
Female addicts are 54% more likely to die prematurely because of their drug use. — University of Toronto
For every $5 spent on drug rehabilitation by the Canadian government, $95 is spent on incarceration of drug users. — Health Officer's Council of BC
60% of illicit drug users in Canada are between the ages of 15 and 24. — Statistics Canada
In its 2008 annual report on organized crime, Criminal Intelligence Service Canada (CISC) states that Canada has become one of the primary source countries in the world for ecstasy.— Statistics Canada
Between 1991 and 2007, opioid-related deaths doubled in Ontario.
— Globe and Mail