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Drug Addiction Options for Health Professionals

23 Sep

Drug addiction has become a major health problem in different parts of the world. You know that drug addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease. It is characterized by habitual. It ruins not only individual but also the whole family. This affects your mental and physical stamina. Drug abusers regularly spend more and more time and energy getting and using the drug. It becomes very bad once if they are addicted, then it became primary purpose in their life and looking for drugs. In these critical circumstances, Rehab Centers Illinois helps you and shows the right path for better life.

The medicine problem and its consequences have been alarming in different parts of the world. The problem has now reached the higher levels of society for instance celebrities and sport personalities, along with, children, students, teenagers. This is surveyed by various non-government organizations that daily wage earners/laborers, rag pickers, truck drivers, medical workers and youths are all equally prone to the threat of addiction. Drug Rehab Illinois plays a vital role in helping people recover from drug addiction and bringing lives back to normal again.

The health professionals are very important in drug rehabilitation centers by helping the patients to recover from alcohol and drug addiction who otherwise though they were incurable. It is not easy for an individual to recover from addiction without medicines or treatment. At Drug Rehab Illinois can offer better future. It deals with both physical as well as psychological aspects of alcohol or drug dependence. The health professional recommends some medicines to help the patient tackle taking out symptoms. This is important steps in term of physical dependence on drugs. Doctors think it is a vital and challenging job since this is the first step in breaking patients’ alcohol or drug addiction. This is true that addicted people builds up chemical dependence on alcohol or drugs.

Every drug addict is different. There are no fixed treatment methods for all of them. Group therapy and individual counseling are very important part of treatment. In group therapy patients participate in group sessions in which other addicts are also there. Since many of them have under gone various recovery stages, Rehab Center IL can help those patients who have just started the process.

Group rehabilitation therapy centers have the best treatment programs for people who just need a little extra support from peers. It helps family deal with the drug addiction along with the patient. Group therapy rehabilitation programs are perfect in combination with other treatment addiction treatment. Before going to drug center makes sure the rehab programs are right for the condition. You choose the right rehab program helps keep temptation away and solidifies recovery. Drug addiction recovery is a long, hard road that only the patient can travel, but there is help with deters therapy, and a little family love. Rehab Center IL fully devotes itself with a special aim of bringing them back into the mainstream, remains to be one of the biggest challenges any community faces today.

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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.

More U.S. doctors facing charges over drug abuse

14 Sep

Michael Jackson’s doctor, accused of killing the pop star with a powerful anesthetic, has joined a small but growing number of U.S. physicians facing criminal charges over their handling of prescription drugs.

Medical negligence cases in the United States are typically handled in civil court, with the victim or victim’s family seeking money damages from the doctor.

In the case of Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, prosecutors allege his negligence was so extreme that he should be charged with involuntary manslaughter and punished with prison time.

Fatal overdoses from prescription painkillers more than tripled to 13,800 in the United States in 1999 through 2006, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Consequently, more doctors are finding themselves in the sights of prosecutors as states like Florida and Georgia confront the growth in abuse of prescription drugs. The prosecution of doctors is seen as more effective than bringing cases against their patients.

There were just over two dozen reported criminal cases against doctors for malpractice in the two decades from 1981 to 2001, according to Westlaw research by James Filkins, a doctor and lawyer who has written about the criminal prosecution of physicians.

Replicating Filkins’ research, Reuters tallied around 37 reported criminal cases in the decade from 2001 to 2011, with most recent cases against doctors for over-prescribing painkillers and other controlled substances.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration information suggests a similar trend. For 2003, the agency reported 15 physician arrests that resulted in convictions. By 2008, the most recent year with comprehensive data, the number had grown to 43.

 

Criminalizing Malpractice

While the number of criminal malpractice cases is not large, the American Medical Association has cautioned that the trend has interfered with the practice of medicine. Civil prosecutions for monetary damages were sufficient to hold doctors accountable, the organization said.

In 1995, the group adopted a resolution opposing the “attempted criminalization of health care decision-making especially as represented by the current trend toward the criminalization of malpractice.”

The trend is, in part, due to an expansion in white-collar criminal law and drug control laws to include unintentional violations by doctors, said Diane Hoffmann, a law professor at the University of Maryland School of Law.

Many recent cases have been brought under the Controlled Substances Act, enacted in 1970, and similar state laws. To establish guilt under the act, the prosecution must prove the physician knowingly and intentionally prescribed the medication outside “the usual course of professional practice” or not for a “legitimate medical purpose.”

Prosecutors faced this question in the much-publicized case against Anna Nicole Smith’s physician, Sandeep Kapoor, on charges of violating the controlled substances law.

The case hinged on whether Kapoor believed in good faith there was a medical purpose for providing the celebrity with an array of prescription drugs that led to her overdose and death in 2007, according to his lawyer Ellyn Garofalo.

The jury acquitted Kapoor last year.

In the Michael Jackson case, California prosecutors are not charging Murray with violating a controlled substances law. Propofol, the anesthetic Murray is accused of giving to Jackson, is not a controlled substance.

The drug, administered intravenously, is used to induce anesthesia and has rarely been abused as a narcotic.

Prosecutors instead allege Murray breached the standard of care when he administered the anesthetic to Jackson at home and that his gross negligence caused the singer’s death at age 50. Murray faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

Murray also faces a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Jackson’s father.

The legal standards in civil and criminal negligence cases are similar. Jackson’s family and prosecutors must prove Murray deviated from accepted medical practices, although the standard for a criminal conviction is “much greater” than for civil cases, said attorney Ed Chernoff, who represents Murray.

Chernoff declined to discuss the Murray case specifically.

Observers said one tactic he might take is to argue Jackson was addicted to sedatives and painkillers and could have given himself the fatal dose of propofol when Murray was out of the room. Prosecutors will have to prove Murray’s conduct actually caused Jackson’s death.

 

The Epicenter

Florida, which has a reputation as the “epicenter” of prescription drug abuse according to state Attorney General Pam Bondi, has indicted dozens of doctors and clinic operators for unnecessarily prescribing pills.

The Drug Enforcement Administration says 28 of its 226 successful convictions of doctors — around 12 percent — were in Florida.

Bondi and the state’s governor have launched a strike force to address the problem and, under a new law, Florida doctors generally can no longer dispense pills at clinics.

“Our marching orders are that we will not turn down a pill case coming into this office,” said state prosecutor Nick Cox.

It is more efficient to pursue the source of the pills — the prescribing doctors — than patients abusing the drugs, he said.

Critics say the scorched earth assault glosses over tough questions doctors face, especially physicians who treat patients with chronic pain. Because pain is subjective, doctors must rely on the accounts of patients who are sometimes addicted and seeking drugs.

“Doctors are not supposed to be law enforcement agents. They’re supposed to believe their patients,” said Hoffmann, the law professor.

Murray’s lawyer Chernoff said it is a mistake to prosecute doctors who are not running pill mills but legitimately trying to help their patients. He blames the trend for having a “chilling effect” on the medical profession as doctors change treatment plans out of fear of facing time in prison.

 

Source: Terry Baynes | Reuters

The Safe Way of Going into Detox

10 Sep

Making the decision to go into detox is already difficult, but going through the process itself can be a lot worse. In most cases, it is painful even under medical supervision. However, going to detox without the aid of a medical professional is often much worse and may even be fatal. This is largely due because detoxing alone is done rapidly, and the sudden change in the chemicals in the body will cause painful side effects. The more addicted an individual, the more devastating the side effects of detoxing will be.

One other big risk of going through a self-administered detox is that an addict may have underlying complications that are only hidden by the drug he or she is addicted too. Once the substance is removed, it might trigger various reactions that may need immediate treatment, which will then be difficult to obtain given the state of the addict. In order to avoid these problems, it is best for an addict to detox under the guide of a health care professional.

There are three main steps of a medically supervised detoxification: the evaluation phase, the stabilization phase, and the transfer to an inpatient treatment facility. It is important that each stage is conducted under the supervision of a medical professional.

The first phase, the evaluation process, is performed to see the extent of a person’s addiction and know what rate of detoxification will be safe for him or her. This is often done by checking the addict’s blood for all present drug substances and its level of toxicity. The check-up will also evaluate the patient for any physiological or psychological problems in order to treat the effects of this during the detox proper and during the drug treatment.

The stabilization phase is when the patient is made stay in a room where he or she will have no contact to any drug or alcoholic substances. This patient will be closely monitored during this phase to ensure that he or she is detoxifying safely. When severe pain is present, the patient is usually given medication to make him or her a little more comfortable and to avoid any damage.

The detox ends when the patient has cleared all traces of the abused substance. He or she is then directed to a drug treatment facility where further treatment will be available (such as group and private therapy sessions and post-rehab care plan). The drug treatment program should be able to permanently assist the patient to stop his addiction and live a drug-free life.