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Transcript of Substance Abuse
Alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, prescription drugs, illegal drugs....... all commonplace in our society and world.....we will refer to them as ATOD (alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs).
CAUSES OF ADDICTION
EFFECTS OF ADDICTION
Some would say:
Jails, Institutions, and DEATH
We See It Every Day
The senator that was pulled over for drunk driving, the mother that was arrested for giving birth to a child addicted to crack, the football player that shot a man after leaving a night club.
Newspapers, Television, & The Internet
Our media is loaded with stories of ruined lives, careers, and relationships each and every day.
It is now easy to understand how substance abuse has grown to be so problematic in our society. Nearly every aspect of humankind, in nearly every culture on our planet, has substance use and abuse as a way of life.
The Substances We Abuse
Evidence of alcohol use dates back as far as 10,000 B.C. Throughout history alcohol has been a beverage as commonplace as water. Alcohol may have its place in society forever but it is the abuse of alcohol and its impact that plagues much of our population.
million Americans age 12 or older
(46% of the population)
reported illicit drug use at least once in their lifetime;
reported use of a drug within the past year and
reported use of a drug within the past month
Within the last 30 days in S.C.,
of 12-17 year olds had used alcohol,
all other drugs combined
In Horry County
of the population
reported a need for substance abuse treatment
That comes to nearly
in our area!!!
HORRY COUNTY HAS
IN-HOUSE TREATMENT BEDS FOR THOSE SUFFERING IN ADDICTION
TO HELP THOSE WHO DO GET HELP RE-ESTABLISH THEMSELVES INTO SOCIETY
I Need Help For:
Selfish motives create stress and even sever relationips.
Addicts May Be Having....
Many issues could occur
on the job:
Attendance or Tardiness Issues
Frequent arguments with spouse, family, friends.
Addicts tend to become loners, preferring to shun interaction with others.
Cut Off Notices
Many addicts have
over all their built up problems....
Many people with
become addicts by abusing the meds given to treat their
be a better way....
Cirrhosis of the Liver
Damage to the
Heart Disease or Stroke
HIV / AIDS
Some people in addiction see suicide as their only way out
Some people contemplating suicide see medication as their only way out
Substance Abuse Counselors can help find a different way out
Addicts make the best liars.....
Lies to spouses, family, friends, co-workers, employers, and pretty much everyone eventually
But worst of all, addicts lie to themselves....This is possibly the single most deterrent from them getting help
Ask yourself these questions:
What is the
Where can people go for
in the Battle Against Addiction....
Substance Abuse Counseling
Where to Get Help or Be a Help:
Support Group Meetings (AA, NA, CA, etc.)
The Streets and Byways
Caring Professionals Here
Lighthouse Care Center - Conway, SC
Waccamaw Mental Health - Conway, SC
Shoreline Behavioral Health Services - Conway, SC
Street Reach - Myrtle Beach, SC
The Center for Wellness - N. Myrtle Beach, SC
North Strand Housing Shelter - Longs, SC
Brunswick Christian Recovery Center - Ash, NC
AM I LIVING IN ADDICTION ???
Do you ever use alone?
Have you LIED to obtain a prescription?
Do you use a substance to
go to sleep
Do you lose time at work because of Subtance Use?
Does your use cause
Have you ever felt
Do you use substances to ease your
Think You May Have a Problem?
a local help center
Find an AA, NA, CA, CR meeting
Visit the World Wide Web
Become a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor
Volunteer at local agencies
Support local help centers
Be an Advocate for local Addicts
More Local Facilities
Want to Help?
Be Prepared To:
To be totally
To hear the
To find the
you've been seeking
David B. Koch
Horry Georgetown Technical College
Perhaps as far back as pre-historic times, mind and mood altering substances have been used for medicinal purposes. Tribal communities used mind altering drugs for healing practices.
Many religious rituals have involved the use of substances since the beginning of time. One of the most familiar may be the use of wine in modern day churches that is used during communion services.
Humankind has found many ways to work substance use and abuse into social settings; this will probably be the number one problem that we will see as Substance Abuse Counselors and users.
Cocaine is derived from coca leaves and has also been around for thousands of years. It became a "wonder drug", touted to relieve just about every ailment that a person could have; Soon the dangers of cocaine were discovered and the drug was banned eventually in all states.
First production in U.S. by the Bayer Company in 1898. Around 1910, it was found that intravenous use enhanced the
. The narcotic rose quickly in popularity and was soon banned through international treaties.
Used for recreation and medicinally for centuries, marijuana's first use was as early as 2737 B.C. in China. Marijuana is continually the subject of debate in our country over legalization.
Amphetamines were discovered in 1887 and used in World War II by U.S., British, German, and Japanese soldiers for energy, alertness, and stamina. Crystal Meth is now one of the most dangerous drugs on the planet; it's easy and cheap to produce and has instant effect on it's users. Effects on users are devastating.
One of the most addictive drugs on the planet, tobacco was used over 2000 years ago by Indians in the new world. Once a sign of sophistication, our society's view on has changed dramatically since then with bans, media, and organizations dedicated to educate on the dangers of tobacco.
Caffeine has possibly been around since the 36th century b.c. in the form of tea. There are many plants that yield caffeine and many products that contain it: coffee, tea, colas, chocolate, and energy drinks. It speeds up the heart rate and raises blood pressure. Tolerance, withdrawal, anxiety and sleep disorders have been associated with the use of caffeine.
How Close to Home Does it Hit ?
Closer to Home
But Before Those......
This Could Cause....
These could all lead to the
A Great Place to Start
Substance abuse counselors are trained to assess the problems of the addict and assist them in creating goals and plans that target their problems. With this help at their disposal, people can find that they don't need to suffer any longer; they can return to being happy, healthy and a successful contributor to their society.
you may ask yourself.....
Learn about new things
Learn about Yourself
Those of us who are able, we need to help; the substance abuse problem in our nation, our state, and in our own back yard, Horry County, is a serious social problem. Our future, our children’s future and many generations to come will be better off when we learn how to alleviate substance abuse in our society.
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