Drug Rehab and Lifestyle Changes

November 30, 2015

Drug addicts must effect great changes in their everyday lives in order to stay sober and maintain the progress they make during clinical rehabilitation. Addiction is a life-consuming disease, and recovery must be a holistic, lifelong effort to succeed. In fact, the reason that today’s rehab programs are so effective is that they are designed to create permanent changes in patients’ mental states, physical health, and life circumstances. Here are some of the most important lifestyle changes addicts must make to stay clean.

New Jobs

Although the stereotype of a drug addict is a homeless, uneducated person, many working professionals become hooked on drugs and alcohol. Fast-paced work environments often involve high levels of stress €” one of the leading causes of drug use and addiction. Addicts with high-powered careers must often make drastic changes to their professional lives to stay sober after their treatments are complete.

Some jobs even require alcohol consumption. People who often network with clients or business partners may frequently drink to excess. Even if this behavior is encouraged by their companies, recovering alcoholics cannot compromise their sobriety for the sake of their jobs. Addicts in these types of situations must alter their work responsibilities or find new jobs altogether.

New Friends

Most rehab patients have friends who still use drugs. In fact, some addicts spend large parts of their lives in small sub-communities of drug users. This is especially true for heroin and meth addicts. To effectively avoid drug cravings and eventual relapse, people who complete rehabilitation programs must cut ties with these people. Their influence will inevitably lead recovering addicts to use once again.

Avoiding other people’s negative influences can be especially difficult for alcoholics. Not everyone knows someone addicted to illegal drugs, but excessive alcohol use is common in American society. While avoiding every situation involving alcohol is nearly impossible, alcoholics must often find completely new groups of friends who don’t regularly drink.

Proactive Sobriety

Rehabilitative lifestyle changes involve more than avoiding negative influences. Lasting recovery requires constant effort from addicts, and rehab patients must incorporate certain practices into their daily lives.

For instance, meditation and prayer are crucial for many recovering addicts to stay sober. Spirituality doesn’t need to involve organized religion, but appealing to a higher power or greater purpose in life is often essential for people to stay positive and avoid relapse. Spirituality can even help addicts maintain sobriety as they deal with post acute withdrawal €” the biggest threat to rehab patients’ recoveries.

Addicts must also diligently self-reflect and guard against the negative emotions they discover during individual counseling sessions. While many people give little thought to their mental states, addicts always have to be on the lookout for craving-inducing thought patterns. If they don’t, they may face sudden and uncontrollable urges to use drugs.

Detox is only the first step in addiction recovery. If you are struggling with drugs or alcohol, you need clinical help to determine the most effective ways to deal with your cravings for life. Click on the links below to find some of the most trusted and effective rehab centers in the country €” you can take back control of your life by taking action today.

Choosing Between Generic And Brand Name Drugs

November 30, 2015

Understanding more about generic and brand name drugs could be good for your wallet and your health.

First, what’s the difference, anyway? Branded medicines result from years of research and major financial investments by pharmaceutical and biotech companies. These medicines are protected by patents. Generic drugs are copies of branded medicines, allowed after patents expire. Before a patent expires, no generic may be available.

Generics can be a smart option for many people, and the drugs may save them and the health care system money. However, some brand and generic medicines may have subtle differences, such as differences in the formulation or the amount of drug that enters the body.

Formulation Differences May Be Important

According to a recent survey sponsored by PriCara, a division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., among the 47 percent of pharmacists who recommended a brand name medication over its generic equivalent, 54 percent cited a formulation issue that could be important to a specific patient.

For instance:

- Branded medicines may have different formulations–such as being long-acting–that generic versions do not offer.

- For some critical dose drugs (such as some thyroid replacement drugs, anticoagulants, and anticonvulsants), a small change in the amount of drug that gets into the body–which can occur with generic drugs–can have significant health consequences.

“It’s very important that consumers talk to their pharmacists about health issues-particularly their medications,” explains Dr. Harold Silverman, consultant to PriCara, pharmacist and author of “The Pill Book.” “Doing so can clear up a number of misconceptions that could affect your health.”

Try these tips for talking to your pharmacist:

1. Ask for the name of the medicine you are prescribed and what it does.

2. Know how much medicine you should take, how often you should take it and for how long.

3. If a generic version of your medication is offered, ask if it might be different from the brand medicine and if it’s right for you.

4. Know what results you should expect.

5. Ask about side effects and, if the medicine does not work, how long you should wait until talking to your doctor about it.

6. Ask whether there is concern about taking the medicine with other medicines you are taking, even over-the-counter medicines or herbal and dietary supplements.

Learning More

You can find more information on medications at the Merck Manual online library at http://www.merck.com, in the Orange Book section of the FDA’s Web site at http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/, and in “The Pill Book.”

It’s important to understand your options with generic and brand name drugs.

Are You Interested In Natural Health?

October 30, 2015

As an athlete, I always liked feeling well, and being in shape, but eating well was not something that I did. I did not understand the inner workings of the body, or why I needed certain foods in my diet

I was not interested in how my body functioned, or what type of food I should be eating. My mom liked to bake, so my eating habits were not the best, in fact I never had a piece of whole wheat bread until I was 25 years old.

The good thing was that no one in my family smoked or drank, so I never had to deal with either of those problems. I did learn early in life to drink Pepsi, and if I would have known back then what it was doing to my body, maybe I would not have had so many. When you are young, not much time is spent thinking about how you are going to feel when you are 60 years old. Old age probably would be easier for most people if they realized what they were doing to their bodies with some of the choices they were making early in life.

Playing sports, I always had some minor hurts, but they become magnified with age. Arthritis is something that most people have to some degree when they get to a certain age, and the sad thing is that a lot of it could have been prevented with better choices.

Everyone has heard to drink more water, but how many people actually do it? Usually, only fitness fanatics. The human body cannot live long without water. I always thought that I was quenching my thirst by drinking pop, but never really considered how many impurities I was putting into my body.

Most people in the world are not drinking enough clean water to have their bodies function efficiently. It is like your car not running on all cylinders. The interesting thing is that it is such a simple remedy. Just start drinking water throughout the day, and you will feel better, but you will also have more energy.

When you were told to eat your vegetables, did you say, why. Since heating food above 116 degrees destroys most of the nutrients, and most people do not eat enough raw vegetables, it is no wonder we live in a sick society.

I am not good at eating vegetables, but I have found that it is very easy to juice. With all of the different fruits and vegetables to juice, you should find some combination that gives you an agreeable taste. The benefit of juicing is with raw foods, you sre getting all of the live nutrients. The simplest way to regain good health is through juicing, especially a lot of greens. Wheatgrass is one of the best greens for getting necessary nutients.

I was a professional golfer, and a house builder, so I have always had a high level of physical activity. I do not know what it is like to be a couch potato. It is not difficult for me to exercise, or walk wherever I need to go. Exercise is important to have a healthy life, but you need to start slowly, and build up to more vigorous exercises. To remain healthy into old age, find an exercise that you can do consistently.

Life is difficult most of the time, but if you can find a goal, a reason to live, and then think positive thoughts, speak only good things, and surround yourself with happy positive people, life will be so much more enjoyable.

Now that I am older I am interested in feeling better, and in being in better health. If you never start taking prescription drugs, your body will love you forever. A doctor wanted me to take high blood pressure medicine once, but I decided that I would rather use natural health means. I am glad that I did.