I had been a cocaine addict for 5 years . A day would not go by when I didn’t need a hit of it. When I first started doing cocaine, I thought it was just to occasionally have a good time. Just something to do on the weekends when I went to parties to all get messed up. Unfortunately one day I tried doing some before I went to my job as an entry level business administrator. It made my normal boring routine feel like a day at Disneyland. I think that’s when the real addiction started. Using the drug before or while at work, made my day a lot easier for me to deal with. And the best part was that nobody seemed to notice, or so I thought. And so, that’s when I started my life as a drug addict. Little did I know, it would take me 60 days in drug rehab center to end this addiction
Federico C. Grosso, DDS, PhD, MFT, BCFE announces an important and impacting piece of information regarding the practice of drug and alcohol counseling in California. This information applies to all counselors, educators, clinical supervisors, and teachers. It is based on the legal standing of drug and alcohol counselors: not being licensed, thus certain important laws do not apply to them.
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Chris and Pax Prentiss, father and son co-founders and co-directors of Passages Addiction Cure Center in Malibu, California, have released a thirty-minute infomercial, which reaches into the homes of millions of Americans with a message of hope and guidance regarding drug and alcohol dependency.
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What people often referred to as drug addiction is synonymous to the diagnosis of substance dependence. When a person shows either tolerance or withdrawal from the substance, the person shows physiological dependence on the substance. When a person experiences less and less effect from the same dose of substance and needs greater and greater doses of a substance in order to achieve intoxication, this shows tolerance. Regarding people who smoke, 20 cigarettes would make a person who just recently began smoking get violently ill while people who have smoked cigarettes for years would have no problem with that amount. A person may not have enough awareness on the effects of the substance but can have high tolerance on it and may have a very high blood level of the substance . For example, people who are extremely tolerant to alcohol may have blood-alcohol levels far above those used in the legal explanantion of intoxication but illustrate little signs of alcohol intoxication. The risk of tolerance varies greatly from one substance to the next. Cannabis and PCP show lower risks for tolerance while alcohol, opioids, stimulants, and nicotine have high risks for tolerance.
A person’s recurrent use of a substance results in significant harmful consequences is given the diagnosis of substance abuse . Substance abuse contains four categories of harmful consequences . First, at an individual’s work, school, or home, responsibilities are failed to be fulfilled. He or she may fail to show up at work or for classes, be unable to concentrate and therefore will result to poor performance, and perhaps even get hold of the substance at work or at school. Second, the individual frequently uses the substance in situations in which it is physically hazardous to do so, such as while driving a car or a boat. Third, the individual frequently has legal problems as a consequence of substance use, such as arrests for the ownership of illegal substances or for drunk driving. Fourth, the individual goes on to use the substance, even though he or she has repeatedly had social or legal problems as a consequence of the use. To be able to qualify for a diagnosis of substance abuse, a person has to show repeated problems in at least one of these categories within a 12 month period . An evolution to dependence happens on the people that abuse a particular group of substances. In such cases, the diagnosis of substance dependence preempts the diagnosis of substance abuse, since dependence is considered a more advanced condition than abuse. Some individuals abuse substances for years without ever becoming dependent on them, however.