Poverty’s Influence on Drug Use

Poverty's Influence on Drug Use

Poverty and Drug Use

Drug use statistics often show that those who belong to marginalized socioeconomic groups are the ones who are most affected by drug use. While there is no denying the fact that people who are poor are more likely to experiment and be addicted to drugs, it is also true that drug addiction can lead to poverty. Drug use is prevalent among people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and all income levels. However, the nature of addiction tends to differ among various social classes. [Read more…]

What to Do If Your Family Does Not Support Your Recovery

What to Do If Your Family Does Not Support Your RecoveryEarly in the addiction recovery process, people often count up the assets they can rely on as they remake their lives and also the problems they will have to confront. While many Chicago residents can count on strong support from family, others are not so lucky. For a variety of reasons, some or all of an addict’s family may decline to help with the recovery process or even work against it. While recovery is more difficult without family support, you can still find a path forward. [Read more…]

The Downside of Treating Addiction as a Crime

The Downside of Treating Addiction as a CrimeThere are innumerable reasons for Chicago drug addicts to seek professional help, including the disease’s damage to an addict’s health, relationships and working, living and financial situations. But, one of the most pressing reasons for an addict to recover is the possibility of legal ramifications. Piecing your life back together after addiction is rewarding, but challenging. For instance, recovering addicts face considerable hurdles, from making up for lost time or mistakes with loved ones, to finding employment and winning the daily battle of choosing sobriety over substance abuse. Legal consequences can impede progress in these areas, so it may not be best to punish addiction legally. However, such is the case, so drug addicts must be aware of the dangers they risk. [Read more…]

Dangers of Getting Prescription Drugs from Friends

Dangers of Getting Prescription Drugs from FriendsYou should never accept prescription drugs from anyone other than a doctor who has written you a prescription for a particular purpose. Your friends do not have the knowledge necessary to recommend or suggest a prescription drug. No matter how well-meaning your friends’ intentions may be and no matter how innocuous the substance may seem, only a doctor is qualified to offer you prescription drugs. Using prescriptions without a doctor’s approval creates the potential for severe health risks in Chicago residents. For example, if you accept an opiate based substance from a friend, you put yourself at risk for developing addiction. Even a single instance of misuse can lead to prescription drug addiction. [Read more…]

What Will Happen to Me if I Stop Using Drugs?

What Will Happen to Me if I Stop Using Drugs?While putting an end to drug abuse and addiction is obviously a good thing, Chicago residents often fail to think about the serious health effects that take place when they stop using a particular drug that their bodies and brains have become accustomed to. All drugs, whether they be over-the-counter, prescription, or illicit have risk potential, and as counterintuitive as it may seem, the dangers of quitting a drug can be just as life-threatening as abusing a drug. Getting more knowledge of how drug use affects the brain and body will help Chicago residents grasp the seriousness of suddenly quitting the use of a drug. [Read more…]

Role Models and Addiction Prevention

Role Models and Addiction PreventionThere are many forces that influence addiction, such as genetics, stress, social pressure, and co-occurring disorders. When any of these are coupled with a dysfunctional environment or a lack of resources, individuals may choose to abuse drugs. Not everyone has a great support system, so it is imperative that there are consistent positive messages to influence these individuals. A positive role model can have a major impact on another’s decisions to use drugs or to get clean. [Read more…]

What Is Social Model Detox?

What Is Social Model Detox?A successful detox is crucial to the success of any addiction recovery. Withdrawal symptoms put tremendous pressure on an addict to use drugs again, but if someone relapses, detox and all of its pain would have to begin again. Detox must lead Chicago drug addicts to the next step in addiction recovery, which is rehab. Social model detox supports drug addicts through withdrawal symptoms while using minimal medical intervention. While the body works through withdrawal, medical professionals monitor the patient’s health, they counter his pain with comforting measures and they help prepare his mind for the next steps of treatment. [Read more…]

The Connection between Impulse Control and Drug Abuse

The Connection between Impulse Control and Drug AbuseImpulse control is not simply a lack of willpower, but rather a neurological disorder tied to neurotransmitters like dopamine. Scientists believe that contributing factors can range from genetics to head trauma, and it can encourage dangerous problems like drug addiction. Chicago residents with these issues should seek help to manage both of them simultaneously. [Read more…]

Should I Choose an Out-of-State Addiction Rehab Program?

Should I Choose an Out-of-State Addiction Rehab Program?Choosing an addiction rehabilitation center is an important step in the recovery process. The right rehab center can make or break your journey to a drug-free life, so understanding what type of rehab program you or a loved one needs is important. Rehab centers vary in the types of programs they offer. Choosing an in-state facility or traveling away from home can have an impact on the recovery process. Chicago residents seeking drug addiction rehab facilities should evaluate both in and out of state options. [Read more…]

Preparing Your Home for Life after Rehab

Preparing Your Home for Life after RehabOne benefit of inpatient rehab is that it gives Chicago residents a break from pressures and responsibilities so that they can focus on getting sober. The next step in recovery is leaving treatment and learning how to live in a real-life environment. One critical part of making this transition is to make your living space recovery friendly. With some help, you can ensure that your home will contribute to recovery and not hinder it. [Read more…]