Archive | September, 2011

7 Habits that Cause Pregnancy Problems

23 Sep

Different things can cause problems during pregnancy and harm the fetus. Sadly, some of these things are habits done by the mother herself. Sometimes these are things that, if done when not pregnant, will not cause any complications in a woman. Sometimes these habits are just plain bad. The following are seven very dangerous habits for a pregnant woman.

  1. Having multiple sex partners. Multiple sex partners can increase risk of STD’s, which in turn may lead to birth and pregnancy complications, like low birth weight or premature birth. The mother can also pass a disease or infection to her newborn during childbirth.
  2. Drinking alcohol. Drinking can cause fetal alcohol syndrome, including symptoms like low birth weight, medical problems, and behavior abnormalities. Whatever the mother consumes finds its way to the fetus. A woman should stop drinking as soon as she know she’s pregnant.
  3. Drinking caffeine. The FDA warns against caffeine consumption during pregnancy and suggests quitting or reducing consumption at the very least. Caffeine has been shown to affect fetal heart rates and awake time (fetuses grow when sleeping).
  4. Taking drugs. Taking illicit drugs is dangerous and can lead to a lot of health complication. Taking illicit drugs while pregnant doubles that danger as the woman now carries another life inside her. Taking legal drugs, such as methadone, and other artificial remedies should also be avoided unless it is prescribe by a doctor.
  5. Smoking. Smoking is not only bad for you, but bad for your baby as well. Smoking during pregnancy reduces the amount of oxygen that the baby receives and increases the risk of miscarriage, bleeding, and morning sickness.
  6. Exercising. Moderate exercise is helpful as it improves the mother’s mental state and can increase oxygen flow to the fetus. However, over-exertion can be dangerous. Most experts recommend reducing your exercise intensity during pregnancy.
  7. Getting exposed to chemicals. Pregnant women should take care to avoid all kinds of unnatural chemicals, particularly pesticides. They should also avoid noxious gas, such as those produced when using some illicit drugs.

Risks in Taking Drugs among Teenagers

22 Sep

Being a teenager is difficult enough as it is. There are school lessons to attend to, the need to fit in with the crowd, changes in the body, and the struggle to be understood and to understand things yourself. However, that life, however seemingly dramatic, pales in comparison to the dangerous existence of a teenager on drugs. For teenagers, drugs may promise fun, excitement and an aura of cool, but the reality is what drugs actually deliver as poor decision, fatal diseases, and in some cases, even death. Below are the risks teenagers face when on drugs.

One drug leads to another. Teenagers may experiment with drugs, both legal and illegal. Of course, we are all aware of potential teen use of marijuana, cocaine, crack, and methamphetamines, which are particularly dangerous for teens at risk. In addition are the dangers associated with use and abuse of legal medications. Some teens sneak into their parents’ medicine cabinets to use drugs prescribed for another person. Others abuse cold and cough medications for a “high.”

Disease transmission. Risky behavior includes sexual intercourse without the use of a condom. Teens have a number of misconceptions about sex: what constitutes “sex,” how you can or cannot get pregnant, and HIV/AIDS. Unfortunately, their bodies are developed before their minds. The emotional toll that early sexual behavior can have on teenagers can also be damaging. Teenager may also contract a disease through the sharing of needles.

Proneness to smoking. One study showed that “nicotine is the number one entrance drug into other substance abuse problems.” Teens who smoke each day are more likely to use other drug substances. Smoking is highly addictive and dangerous. There are no safe cigarettes! Teens that smoke as few as 100 cigarettes (about 10 packs) can be hooked and find it difficult to quit. To teenagers who take drugs, smoking will seem like such a low-risk activity.

Underage drinking. Similar to smoking, drinking alcohol is just another “cool” thing to do in conjunction to taking drugs. There are a number of reasons why teens should not consume alcohol, beyond just the legal aspects. A drunk teenager is more likely to engage in other risky behaviors, such as unprotected sex or driving (or riding with someone) under the influence. A single drink can be enough to lead to lifelong circumstances that cannot be reversed.

Unsafe driving practices. Drinking and drug use is a risky lifestyle; add up driving and you have a recipe for disaster. The biggest risk is that teens would drink and drive. It is against the law no matter what your age. And it takes much less for a teen to exceed the legal blood alcohol limit (usually .08). Other risks include those that result from too many kids in one car, and horsing around. Inattentive driving can result in serious, if not fatal, car accidents.

Eating disorders. Insecurity is common in teenagers and many develop an eating disorder because of it. To help them lose weight, some teenagers use drugs. (Conversely, they may simply reduce their eating because their pleasure senses are already stimulated by the drugs.) Another common eating disorder is bulimia. This involves forced vomiting and/or use of laxatives after eating to “rid” the body of the food and calories. Bulimia may or may not include binging on food before vomiting.

Reasons Why People Start a Drug Habit

22 Sep

Social and behavioral experts say that drug addiction is a complex problem with simple causes. They have pretty much agreed that it can be boiled down to two main reasons: genetic and environmental predispositions. Meanwhile drug addicts themselves have pointed to more specific reasons: family problems, peer pressure, the need to unwind, etc. These are all true – they are all factors in each person’s addiction – but perhaps what often goes undiscussed is how drug addicts even got to start their addiction.

For that, there are really only two answers: availability of the drugs, and the mistaken belief that a person can stop using anytime he or she wants.

The accessibility of most drugs is the leading reason for the prevalence of illicit drug use in the U.S. and in other countries. For example, prescription drug abuse. Although so many doctors are unconvinced of the medical reasons for the need of such drugs, it can’t be denied that individuals still manage to exploit a doctor’s prescription in such a way that they buy more than they need. Using pain and “medication” as reasons, people who can get hold of these prescriptions buy more frequently. It’s the fact that they find it easy to obtain the substances that get them hooked.

Drug abuse also more likely for people who have a poor judgment of their self-control: the youth and the uneducated. A teenager is like a clean piece of paper. So, what happens when he indulges in drugs, thinks he will stop anytime and gets hooked? He will probably spend the next decade battling the addiction and wondering why he wasn’t able to quit. As a result of the belief that they will be able to prevent themselves anytime, they get farther into it. A teen doesn’t see anything wrong with trying out recreational drugs. They keep at it because they think they will be able to let go of the dependency anytime. Granted, some youngsters do outgrow the problem and grow up to be more sensible individuals because of the experience; but more teens get snagged in the bog and never get out.

This is not to say that people’s personal psychological problems and social dispositions do not affect their drug habit. It is only to say that a drug habit can only start if the two factors above are present. Of course, problems in the family or being in a bad neighborhood will certainly contribute whether a person gets an access to illicit drugs and will be in an environment that does not encourage him to stop.

Treating Drug Abuse Before It’s Too Late

21 Sep

There are stages of drug abuse and – up to a point – a drug user can still voluntarily stop his drug use. However, this does not mean that he couldn’t use any help. If you are a drug user who wants to stop your habit, you should first consult with your doctor on how to safely proceed. This is important to remember as stopping drug use and detoxifying on your own can be very painful or even fatal.

When you come to consult with your doctor, he will normally evaluate your degree of addiction through an interview and general health checkup. Depending on your health, age, history of drug use, your doctor can recommend what action is most appropriate.

If your doctor thinks the drug use is still mild, he may refer you only to a drug use prevention seminar, or if the abuse is at a more advanced stage, he may tell you to admit yourself at a drug rehab treatment clinic. He may also personally recommend a detox and rehab center based on your profile and factors pertinent to your drug use.

You also have an option to hire a treatment center consulting agency or search for the treatment center that you want on the net. Going to a drug treatment facility where you think you will have the highest chance of permanently kicking your drug habit is important both for your comfort and for the efficacy of the treatment. Depending on your preference, you mad admit yourself to an inpatient or outpatient treatment center or to any other subtype of treatment center.

Additionally, you can attend different drug addiction treatment therapies, which often prove effective in stopping drug abuse if paired with a strong resolve to remain clean. Knowing the awful experiences of some longtime drug addicts and hearing about others’ success stories can have powerful effects and may lead support to you on your own struggle with drug addiction.

The Goal of Rehab Treatment Centers

20 Sep

The drug rehabilitation centers that have sprung up in the recent years focus on helping those that are completely within the grip of lethal addictive drugs. The aim of these centers is to provide the patient with an chance to fight his natural urges and develop a new set of priorities that aid him in leading a goal-oriented and productive life. Drug addiction treatment within the rehabilitation centers are implemented in different situations.

The drug addiction treatment centers have been established all over the world and use a selection of treatment techniques based on the habitat and cultural influences of the region to bring out a successful outcome for the program. The treatments that are administered in the rehab centers are based on the analysis of a specific individual’s behavior.

Psychoanalysis is carried on both at a personal level and at a cluster level. The treatment additionally includes cognitive analysis, contingency supervision, appropriate medication into their treatment regimen. However, it ought to be taken into consideration by the drug addiction treatment center that treatment is usually on a personal basis.

This means that the need of one patient varies from the opposite and hence treatment processes ought to be designed based on individual needs from patient to patient. Moreover, the drug intake of one patient could be very different from each other and hence the medication that should be given to them ought to also be very different.

The different stages of treatment ought to conjointly be prioritized primarily based on the seriousness of an individual’s drug dependency and also the ways that have been administered to him/her for discontinuing drugs. Another vital aspect that should be kept in perspective by the rehab centers is that the drug addicts face issues like physical problems, mental disruptions, professional upheaval, domestic issues and additionally communal problems.

Initially it is the responsibility of the rehab centers to tackle such problems of the addict. And gradually with the treatment they supply the patients ought to be cured all such problems and if the least bit any problems exist they ought to be in a position to tackle it by themselves.

They should be aware of age of the person, the gender, culture, race, varieties of drug which he/she uses, if the addict is pregnant, whether the addict suffers from depression, whether or not or not the addict suffers from HIV. They should conjointly pay attention to the living and work conditions of the patient, the type of parenting that he/she has had and whether or not they have a history of physical violence.

Drug Addiction and Eating Disorders

20 Sep

Many people – particularly the young – who are seeking treatment for drug addiction experience eating disorders. Some people think the eating disorder is what prompted the addiction, while others think the opposite. But the truth is, the matter is not as simple as knowing which started what. What parents and concerned friends should know is what triggers both?

More noticeably in young people, a drug addiction is accompanied by an eating disorder, although it is also common that one would occur without the other. But which really starts first isn’t the same for everyone. In some cases, a person may have a distorted perception of his or her appearance and decide that losing weight will make things better. This may be the beginning of an eating disorder – and when the person can’t achieve his or her desired results, he or she may resort to drugs.

On the other hand, drugs can make people forget about basic necessities like eating. What happens is that drugs can stimulate the reward centers of the brain and cause pleasurable feelings. In a normal situation these sensations can only be achieved when a person are made to feel good – e.g. praised, being in love – or does something good – e.g. exercise and eat. With drugs, there’s very little need for any of these things.

When these conditions are not treated, it may lead to serious health complications. To avoid this, families should observe their members for sudden and drastic changes in behavior and, if necessary, look closely on the matter. Problems, when they’re still in an early stage, may be remedied through sincere, honest talks and good advice, or even by simply avoiding certain crowds and influences.

However, when eating disorder and drug abuse has already combined, and the affected person has begun suffering health complications, a more professional treatment should be called. He or she should be admitted to a drug abuse treatment center to be helped by counselors while being monitored by a physician for any health problems. Only through a client-focused treatment facility can a person with these problems recover safely and permanently.

The Challenge of Methadone Withdrawal

19 Sep

Methadone withdrawal will be required sooner or later, after methadone maintenance or a pain management program using methadone has begun. If you’re feeling enslaved by having to go to a clinic or a pharmacy every day and going through hell if you want to travel, there is a way out.

Methadone use produces a numb feeling to living, significant stomach problems and physical dependency that beats all others; that’s the short list. All kinds of other health problems that methadone use produced are uncovered once starting methadone withdrawal. I’ll give you some answers to help right now, and further solutions to handle the problem to ending methadone dependency forever.


Methadone Use Is Epidemic

Addictions doctors and pain management clinics are busily prescribing methadone for opiate abuse and chronic pain, but what are the consequences of methadone use? I’ve listed many below. If you’ve already tried Methadone withdrawal and had problems, I’ve got some help you wouldn’t have found elsewhere. Once it is time to start methadone withdrawal, many people are having BIG problems ending their methadone usage. How does one withdraw from methadone? What challenges will they have to overcome?


Methadone Withdrawal Challenges

Methadone use makes people unfeeling, numb. Even stepping down from methadone can expose hyper sensitivity to discomfort and nutritional depletion symptoms — cramping, aches, nervousness, sleeplessness. Methadone withdrawal is often 4 times longer and more difficult than heroin once the drug has been abused or used incorrectly for long periods of time. Withdrawing from methadone can give pains and aches which people can mistake for stress and pain from past accidents.

The fact is that many addictions doctors and pain management specialists are acting on the recommendations from their peers and advisors. They are not told of the deaths due to prescribed methadone use nor the difficulties that sometimes occur when withdrawing from methadone use.

The burden unfortunately lies with the consumer. Vital: thoroughly research drugs or medications yourself before you purchase or take them. The effects can be gruesome. They also may have dangerous interactive effects when taken with other drugs. Many if not all of methadone effects are caused by nutritional deficiencies. Methadone use creates nutritional depletion – especially calcium and magnesium depletion. Another is B vitamin deficiency. This is how these deficiencies are manifested.


Methadone Withdrawal Symptoms

The most common symptoms of withdrawal from Methadone are: anxiety over sensations, pains and discomforts returning, sleeplessness, sneezing, cramping of legs and arms, bone aches, and flu or dope sick. Methadone withdrawal will require a lot of extra nutritional supplementation. That means it’s time to feed the body. Calcium and magnesium will assist with the cramping etc. But there will be some difficulty many will have taking their nutrients – a bad gut.


A Bad Gut

Methadone and anxiety meds tend to destroy the gut lining. A leaky gut gives pains when eating or allergies, prone to sickness and skin problems. Another symptom of a leaky gut is irritability and a ‘bad attitude’. The attitude can have physical causes unspoken by the person.

A good tip to helping the gut problem is eating lots of good quality yogurt with live probiotics in it, like acidophilus and bifidus. One can also supplement with large quantities of glutathione – an antioxidant to assist the detoxification process. The quantity of nutrients required during methadone withdrawal is underestimated so often that I shake my head in wonder.


Drugs Like Methadone Are Toxins

The problem with methadone is that it is toxic to the body. Your body knows it, but you may not. Taking methadone challenges your organs to detoxify the body and protect the vital organs before they are badly harmed. Toxins give the body a hard time. If you’ve seen drug users with dark circles under their eyes, gray skin, bad skin, hair falling out, low energy, strange ailments, etc. they’re got nutritional deficiencies. Those deficiencies are hard to recover from with food alone. Sometimes that food isn’t being properly digested = bad gut.


Methadone Detox

Detoxifying the body is more than simply stopping drug use. Drug abuse creates internal body damage you may not immediately recognize. However, the body will try to detoxify right after drug use and heal itself using any nutrients available. If the nutrients aren’t available, the body will borrow (steal) them from the bones, nervous system or other important functions.

Some will require medical detox from methadone – the problem is that most methadone detox centers don’t use nutritional supplements as part of their program. They just give more medications, and often not the right ones. The lack of full understanding on Methadone detox creates a brutal scene to withdraw from.