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Prescription Medication Misuse And Abuse

Ask the Expert:

 Prescription Medication Misuse and Abuse

Question:  “My daughter is using prescription medications for depression and anxiety.  I just saw something on the internet that shows the kids are snorting and shooting these medications.  She was given Klonopin.”  Karen P., Chula Vista, California.

Answer:  Cali Estes says-  “Any prescription drug can be abused, misused or given away or sold for something else.  There are 2 types of anxiety: rational and irrational.  If her fear is rational (ie” she was in a car accident and almost died, she may need some medication in addition to therapy) but if it is irrational, with no basis, I would start with therapy before medications, because medications will only mask the underlying issue without therapy.

Klonopin is a heavy drug and should not be misused, or taken while driving, it can also not be mixed with other medications, so I would be sure there are no mixed medications and she addresses the underlying cause of the anxiety, otherwise she will be dependent on meds and then you have a whole separate issue when addiction sets in.

You have to remember the doctor sees her for 15 minutes and his job is to remove any pain she is having, not to solve her core issues.”

Ask The Expert: option on rehab and treatment centers

What is your opinion on all these rehabs and treatment centers saying that they can cure someone or fix them, and giving their guarantee?
We at The Addictions Academy and the Addictions Coach do not believe you can cure someone or fix someone, however; we also do not believe that you have ‘an incurable disease, and that you must give up your will and surrender’, like most drug and alcohol treatment centers base their model on. We believe that each person has the power within themselves to change and to move forward in their lives. We assist them by getting to the root cause of the addiction and move forward with them from that point. We use the tools necessary to extract purpose and passion in their lives and re-learn old behavior patterns that were destructive.  Can we cure someone? No, but we can assist them with the tools to change and not make them feel shame and guilt like most programs.  We do not follow the disease concept model as we do not believe that people have an incurable disease.  For that we get a lot of flack, but only from those in the industry that still follow this antiquated model.  Our clients love us, because we are RESULTS DRIVEN. Not disease driven and our success rate speaks volumes for itself.

Will Parents Be To Blame For Many Future Drug Addicts?

ADHD Medication Could Set Your Child Up For Drug Addiction As An Adult

Many doctors and psychologists are finally starting to agree that the diagnosis of ADHD in children is “over-used” and based on “fuzzy diagnostic practices”, as stated by Harvard psychologist and world leader in child development, Jerome Kagan.  In addition, Dr. Edward C. Hamlyn, a founding member of the Royal College of General  Practitioners, in 1998 stated, “ADHD is fraud intended to justify starting  children on a life of drug addiction.”

How it works: A child is prescribed an approved drug to help with the ADHD or ADD.  These drugs are stimulants.  Stimulant abuse and prescription drug addiction is the most common addiction, next to alcohol.  These children get used to the feelings these drugs give them.  As they get older and stress and anxiety take on bigger roles, they turn to using drugs to cope saying that the high feels “strangely familiar”.   By the time the stressful situation is over they are left with the addiction, still needing the high to  feel normal.

Here are the black-box warnings of the side effects of many ADHD and ADD medications:
– Confusion
– Depersonalization
– Hostility
– Hallucinations
– Manic  reactions
– Suicidal ideation
– Loss of consciousness
– Delusions
– Feeling drunk
– Alcohol abuse
– Homicidal  ideation
Why would parents subject their children to drugs with such  noted dangerous side effects?  What is this setting them up for as adults?

Cleary we have lazy parents that lack the skills or time to teach their own children good behavior, and doctors that over prescribe medication instead of spending time with their patients.  (Cali Estes was featured on NBC Universal News for this exact topic of over prescription and not dealing with the underlying cause of the problem)

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Heroin Addict Scammed Thousands Of Dollars, Pretended To Have Cancer

She Scammed businesses out of thousands of dollars, even having businesses and community members organizing fundraisers for her.  Unwittingly, all their funds went to her heroin addiction.   The judge has sentenced her to up to two years in a drug treatment program.  Will it be enough to get her the help she needs?  Hire a Certified Recovery Coach and be sure! 

See article below:

Brittany Ozarowski pleaded guilty on Monday in Suffolk County Court to a 24-count indictment charging her with grand larceny, forgery and other crime

She has admitted she was hooked on heroin when she raised thousands of dollars by falsely claiming she had cancer, prosecutors and her attorney said Wednesday.

She befriended business owners and others in her community, telling them a tale about undergoing cancer treatments, prosecutors said. Because she was a heroin addict, no one seemed to question her 80-pound appearance as she hobbled on a cane going from store to store leaving donation jars, they said.

Although Ozarowski could have faced a sentence of up to seven years in prison, Judge John Iliou said he would sentence the 21-year-old to a drug treatment program for up to two years plus an additional year’s probation. Ozarowski, who’s from Miller Place, 60 miles east of New York City, also will be required to pay more than $10,000 in restitution.

Alcoholics Paid In Beer To Clean Streets- Goverment Says This Will Help Them Drink Less! What’s Your Opinion?

The streets of Amsterdam are being cleaned up by alcoholics that were causing trouble in the local park.   The Rainbow Foundation has decided to put these addicts to work, and pay them in beer.  The government is funding their workday with two beers when they begin work at 9 am, two beers with a hot lunch, and an additional beer along with 10 euros when they finish the day at 3:30 pm.  The Foundation stands behind this undertaking, stating that these people are being given structure and keeping them busy, which means they will ultimately drink less.  There are mixed comments from some of the men working.  One said that he leaves and uses the money to buy more beer to drink the rest of the day.  Another said that after a busy, productive day, he has no need for more alcohol.   This is quite unconventional, but will it really help with their addiction, or is the government just exploiting their addiction to get the city clean?