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10 Tips for Parents to Prevent Teen Suicide

It is sad to lose a child and even more heartbreaking to suicide. As a child develops, it may get difficult for parents to know their feelings and thoughts. Adolescence has its high and low moments. However, a parent may not know when a teen is depressed. It’s essential to learn the possible factors that could cause severe depression to your kid that they contemplate committing suicide.
Here are some tips on how you could avert your child’s thoughts from suicide:

1. Avoid Ignoring Suicide Threats

Do not underestimate early suicidal signs. Teens may indulge in substance abuse or merely isolate themselves from other family members. At times, the teenager issues verbal or written statements declaring their intentions to commit suicide. As a parent, you should take them seriously.

Often, kids mulling over suicide repeatedly inform their guardians and parents about it. Scientific studies reveal that such people don’t intend to kill themselves. Instead, the threats are usually a plea for urgent help and attention.

When your child starts issuing death threats, try to keep cool. Avoid displaying shock or scolding them. Spare some time to tentatively listen to your their concerns as you reassure them of your love and commitment.

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Anti-Anxiety Drugs Most Commonly Abused by People Under 30

Did you know the rate of overdose deaths from anti-anxiety drugs alone increased fourfold from 1996 to 2013? And there’s a common misconception that anti-anxiety medication is safe because it’s prescribed by a doctor?

But that’s not always the case.

Let’s take a look at a few anti-anxiety drugs most commonly abused by people under 30.

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Why is Heroin So Addictive? - Pathways Real Life Recovery

Why is Heroin So Addictive?

Heroin is one of the most extremely addictive drugs on the planet, and its use by Americans is rising.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the number of total heroin overdose deaths rose from 2,089 in 2002 to 13,219 in 2016. That’s an increase of 533 percent — a shocking number.

Naturally, the first question that arises from statistics like these is why heroin is so addictive? It’s obvious that those who try the drug have trouble getting off of it almost right away. What’s going on?

Before delving into the science of why heroin is so addictive, let’s first discuss what exactly heroin is.

What is Heroin?                      

Like morphine, OxyContin, codeine, hydrocodone, and methadone, heroin is a drug derived from opium. In fact, heroin actually comes from morphine, which itself comes from the seed pod of the opium poppy. Opium poppies grow naturally in countries like Colombia, Mexico, and Southwest and Southeast Asia.

Heroin is an illegal drug, but it is still readily available and sold on the black market. It generally comes as a brown or white powder, but it may also be distributed as “black tar heroin,” a sticky black substance that is actually black because it is processed improperly and full of impurities.

Heroin is usually injected into the muscles, veins, or beneath the skin, but it can also be sniffed, smoked, or snorted. On the streets, the drug is often called the following:

  • Horse
  • Smack
  • Hell Dust
  • Big H

The Addictiveness of Heroin

Heroin addiction starts almost immediately after someone uses the drug. In fact, just one or two “hits” can set an individual on the road to addiction right away.

That’s because humans already have opioid receptors in the brain, and remember that heroin is a form of an opioid. When someone takes heroin, the drug enters the brain quickly and binds directly to those receptors. This enhances their power many times over to decrease pain and worry. It also slows down breathing and heart rate.

These short-term effects coincide with a rush of euphoria and contentedness in the user, and all of these seemingly positive effects tell the brain and the body that “heroin is great,” setting in motion severe addictive patterns.

For those with depression, bipolar disorder, or other mental disorders or personal struggles, this is a recipe for disaster. As those struggling with addiction to continue to use heroin on a regular basis, the addiction only grows stronger. Any attempts to stop using the drug result in extremely uncomfortable and painful withdrawal symptoms, making it nearly impossible to stop using the drug without professional intervention and help.

Contact Pathways Real Life Recovery Today

Are you or a loved one struggling with heroin abuse? If so, know that you’re not alone. As you can see, becoming addicted to this illicit drug is not something that people usually do by choice. The good news is that by choice, you can choose to kick your heroin addiction and achieve a sober lifestyle.

The only way to completely stop abusing heroin and achieve sobriety is to attend a professional drug rehab center like Pathways Real Life Recovery.

Pathways Real Life Recovery in Utah offers full addiction recovery treatment for individuals who are struggling with heroin addiction, depression, and related mental health issues in Utah. Through intensive counseling and mental health assistance, we can help you or your loved one break through the cycle of shame and guilt in order to dig deep and find the core reasons for your addiction.

Our process of recovery does not abide by a one-size-fits-all approach to care. To the contrary, we work closely with each one of our patients to come up with a personalized program that will meet their unique needs. Your success is our success.

To learn more about the treatment programs that we offer, call us today at 801.895.3006. One of our treatment specialists would be happy to speak with you about your treatment options.

Remember, it’s never too late to get help for heroin addiction. Call today.

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7 Unique New Year’s Resolutions to Help You While in Recovery

New Year’s resolutions are never about perfection, but rather making progress. It is difficult for many people to make New Year resolutions and abide by them for 365 days in a year, especially when their resolution concerns changing a habit they are used to or that is addictive. People need to realize that making a New Year’s resolution is only a tip of the iceberg. The whole iceberg emerges when it comes to the implementation of the resolution.

Resolutions are particularly a dilemma for people looking to enter recovery from certain addictions. Drug addiction, habit addiction, and any other forms of addiction defy the very nature of a person’s willingness, motivation, and determination to quit. Addiction does not listen to you when you make that New Year resolution to stop using drugs, drinking alcohol, or even stopping the habit of watching pornography.  The resolution only holds for a while until the discomfort and urge to get back begins.

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Tips and Tools for Maintaining Sobriety During the Holiday Season

Company parties, neighborhood get-togethers, and family gatherings all add up to a lot of pressure for anyone recovering from a chemical dependence, whether it’s drugs or alcohol. But with a little discipline, a strong commitment and support from within yourself and people you trust, you can get through this stressful period sober.

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The Importance of Gratitude in Recovery

Why are there billionaires who seem so dissatisfied with their lives, and then there are those who live with very little who feel like they have everything they need? The reason is simple,  Gratitude! Gratefulness is a mental attitude completely independent of our circumstances and it can be developed. For those who are recovering from addiction, cultivating this positive outlook helps assure their future success. Having a grateful perception of the world around us can change roadblocks into opportunities — the “bad” into “good”. Out of challenges spring the fountain of growth.

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How to Help an Addict Seek Treatment

 

Addiction is a deceptive by nature and addicts as well as their loved ones often fail to recognize it as the debilitating disease that it is because it lacks the more clearly defined perimeters of diseases such as cancer. It is often easy for everyone involved to dismiss addiction issues as moral failings or personal weaknesses, and addicts frequently lose their sense of self-worth as a result of this type of judgmental reaction. Interactions with friends, family, coworkers, and acquaintances involving anger and frustration over the addict’s behavior further erode their self-esteem. 

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Mother’s Day, A Never-Ending Reason to Stay Sober

With Mother’s Day weekend nearly here you will see a lot of advertisements for gifts and flowers and other tokens of affection. But if your family is struggling with drug addiction or alcohol addiction, one of the best gifts you can give is the dedication to staying sober. Whether your mother is your inspiration for remaining sober, or you are a mother (or father) wanting to stay sober for your children, there are many reasons on this Mother’s Day to choose sobriety. Pathways Real Life Recovery is here to help.

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10 Tips for Parents to Prevent Teen Suicide

It is sad to lose a child and even more heartbreaking to suicide. As a child develops, it may get difficult for parents to …

5 Ways to Change Negative Beliefs

Sometimes the enemy within can be much more dangerous than outside forces. In fact, struggling with negative beliefs about …

Anti-Anxiety Drugs Most Commonly Abused by People Under 30

Did you know the rate of overdose deaths from anti-anxiety drugs alone increased fourfold from 1996 to 2013? And there’s …