Category: Rehabilitation

The Basics of Overdose

According to the 2014 statistics from the Utah Department of Health, 32% of Utah adults had been on prescribed opioid pain medication. Drug poisoning deaths in Utah have surpassed deaths due to other causes such as firearms, motor vehicle accidents, and falls. Misuse of addictive prescription medications such as opioids can result in personal and legal consequences. It is estimated that 23 Utahns die every month from prescription drug overdoses.

Here is an overdose 101 detailed look at the basics of overdose and what to do if someone overdoses. Below are some overdose basics to aid in understanding the topic better;

What is an Overdose?

A drug overdose occurs when one takes a drug or a combination of different medications above and beyond the prescribed limit. Overdose signs differ with the type of drug used. As such, it is vital to know the right amount and time of taking your medication to avoid an overdose.

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Robert Downey Jr. From Addict to Iron Man

From Addict to Iron Man: The Transformation of Robert Downey Jr.

When he was just eight years old, Robert Downey Jr.’s father introduced him to drugs. It did not take long for Robert Downey Jr. to become addicted.

Robert Downey Jr. was born in April of 1965. His father, Robert Downey Sr., was an avant-garde film director with a passion for social issues. Downey Senior was also enthusiastic about drugs. In the 1988 book The New Breed, Downey said he grew up in a house where there were a lot of drugs just lying around. Unlike most households of the time where fathers and sons bonded over baseball or cars, the Downey family shared a love of acting and a passion for drugs.

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3 Things Successful Drug & Alcohol Treatment Centers Must Do

Addictions are tough to treat. Each is different and shaped by factors including the person’s medical history, financial situation and childhood trauma. If you know a friend or family member dealing with drug or alcohol addiction, don’t just point them to the nearest treatment center. Find a caring clinic that will strive to understand your loved one as a person and not just a case. Here are 3 actions that successful drug & alcohol treatment centers might take:

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Substance Abuse with Teens

How to Approach the Subject of Substance Abuse with Your Teen

By the time they reach the age of 18, about half of all teenagers in the United States have abused a drug at some point in their lives. This is why it’s so important for parents to talk candidly with their children about the realities and dangers of drug use at a young age. In fact, studies have shown that parents can reduce the risk of their teenagers using drugs up to 42% by simply talking with them about drug use regularly. However, what’s a parent to do if he or she suspects a teen already has a drug problem? This can be a tricky situation, but by handling it appropriately, parents can ensure the best possible outcome.
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Obamacare

How Obamacare Can Help You Access Substance Abuse Treatment

While controversies and website problems have plagued the Affordable Care Act’s (more commonly referred to as Obamacare), many people with family members coping with substance abuse and mental health issues have pondered how the new Federal regulations affect them and their loved ones. People struggling with addiction, looking for help, have also been curious as to what this new program may offer them in the way of help kicking their drug and alcohol habit. Now that open enrollment in the government ACA website has ended, let us discuss what addicts and family members need to know, so they can take advantage of the next round of enrollment at an exchange or when purchasing private insurance outside one of the government sanctioned health exchanges.

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Sober St Patty's

How to Enjoy St. Patty’s Day Sober

Being sober on St. Patrick’s Day is an anomaly that most people don’t consider to be true. So everyone ends up getting stinking drunk and not remembering what happened the night before. As important as it is to let our hair down, it is equally important to recognize the rich and colorful traditions of a uniquely gifted place like Ireland. We must thank the Irish for giving us more than just a poor drinking habit. We must celebrate their rich traditions before we drink green beer or pinch each other for not wearing green.
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Salt Lake City Addiction Recovery

How Does Outpatient Rehab Work?

When you or a loved one struggle with an addiction, seeking help is the second step to recovery. The first step is identifying and realizing that there is a problem, and figuring out why that addiction manifested in the first place. Rehab helps you to figure out the reasons as to why and how the addiction manifested and helps you and your loved ones understand where it came from. This then aids and arms the person with the addiction, to change their thought process to being able to cope rather than turn to their addiction. Individualized coping skills are taught for a permanent, effective long term sobriety.

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The Basics of Overdose

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International Overdose Awareness Day – Aug 31st

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4 Ways to Be Happy During Addiction

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