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I volunteer with a children's group, where I help plan different events. One of our members is teaching the teen group about mental health and drug prevention, so I wanted to find some online resources for it. Your page has some great info for this - thanks so much!
NEW INFORMATION ON OPIADS AND GETTING HELP- Thank you Pat
I actively try to stay up-to-date on one of the most critical health crises of our time — the opioid epidemic — but I came across this article from the New York Times and learned a few new things:
We’ve lost more than 300,000 people from opioid overdoses in the last 15 years Opioid abuse is partially responsible for the increased number of children in the foster care system Many people simply can’t afford the treatment they need for their addiction (no surprise there), and many states don’t have any kind of assistance program to help them
I really don’t have the answers on how to solve this problem, but I think sharing information and offering our support is a good start. I hope you’ll post as many of these articles as you can on your site, since this is clearly a cause that’s important to you too. (Maybe you can add them to this page or one like it: http://www.jazzwritesandsingsforyou.com/substance-abuse.html .)
This email came today and gave all the reason I needed to keep this site going. As a retired teacher, our youth are important to me. I was sent a link to add which I hope will help many. I am very grateful. http://www.heroin-rehab.org/facts-on-drug-abuse/
My name is xxx and I wanted to email you on behalf of my Health Class tutor group. We really enjoyed your page, http://www.jazzwritesandsingsforyou.com/Sexual_Abuse.html ... it helped us with our group project on Drug Abuse. You have some great resources on there! Mrs. P (our group tutor) suggested we write to you to thank you, and tell you how helpful we found it.
We wanted to thank you, and share with you another resource that we found to be useful, 'Know the Facts on Drugs Abuse', http://www.heroin-rehab.org/facts-on-drug-abuse/ . It has really great information, and would fit perfectly with your other resources. It could also help your other visitors!
I would love to check it out if you do include it so I can show my group! And share it with Mrs. P. so she could show it to her future tutor groups.
Anyways, thanks again for the great resources, and I hope you have a wonderful day!
Happy Teaching, Mrs. P's Health Class Tutor Group
THANK YOU-I thought it best to keep their names and location confidential unless told otherwise.
Substance abuse can simply be defined as a pattern of harmful use of any substance
for mood-altering purposes. Medline's medical encyclopedia defines drug abuse as
"the use of illicit drugs or the abuse of prescription or over-the-counter drugs for purposes
other than those for which they are indicated or in a manner or in quantities other than directed."
But the broad range of substance abuse in today's society is not that simple.
There are substances that can be abused for their mood-altering effects that are not drugs at all --
inhalants and solvents -- and there are drugs that can be abused that have no mood-altering or
intoxication properties, such as anabolic steroids.
Illegal drugs are not the only substances that can be abused. Alcohol, prescription and
over-the-counter medications, inhalants and solvents, and even coffee and cigarettes,
can all be used to harmful excess. Theoretically, almost any substance can be abused.
For many substances, the line between use and abuse is not clear. Is having a couple of
drinks every day after work to unwind use or abuse? Is drinking two pots of coffee in
the morning to get your day started use or abuse? Generally in these situations, only the
individual himself can determine where use ends and abuse begins
noun substance abuses, plural
Overindulgence in or dependence on an addictive substance, esp. alcohol or drugs
70 Best Quotes for Addiction Recovery by Addiction.com Staff on September 5, 2014 in For Yourself, Living Sober, Taking Care of Yourself 9 If you’re struggling to overcome an addiction, no one needs to tell you it’s tough – you’re living it. Sometimes you could use a few encouraging words to remind you that you’re not in this alone and that, yes, change really is possible. With that in mind, here are 70 quotes for those in recovery, each designed to shine a little light when things look dark.
Best Addiction Recovery Quotes “I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.” – Charlotte Brontë “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese proverb “Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell.” – Carrie Fisher “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt “Nothing is impossible; the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’” – Audrey Hepburn “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier “It’s difficult to believe in yourself because the idea of self is an artificial construction. You are, in fact, part of the glorious oneness of the universe. Everything beautiful in the world is within you.” – Russell Brand “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford
Some people are able to use recreational or prescription drugs without ever experiencing negative consequences or addiction. For many others, substance use can cause problems at work, home, school, and in relationships, leaving you feeling isolated, helpless, or ashamed.
If you’re worried about your own or a friend or family member’s drug use, it’s important to know that help is available. Learning about the nature of drug abuse and addiction—how it develops, what it looks like, and why it can have such a powerful hold—will give you a better understanding of the problem and how to best deal with it.
People experiment with drugs for many different reasons. Many first try drugs out of curiosity, to have a good time, because friends are doing it, or in an effort to improve athletic performance or ease another problem, such as stress, anxiety, or depression. Use doesn’t automatically lead to abuse, and there is no specific level at which drug use moves from casual to problematic. It varies by individual. Drug abuse and addiction is less about the amount of substance consumed or the frequency, and more to do with the consequences of drug use. No matter how often or how little you’re consuming, if your drug use is causing problems in your life—at work, school, home, or in your relationships—you likely have a drug abuse or addiction problem.