Lack of Social Connection Causes Addiction Through Isolation

California Drug Rehab Center Finds Lack of Social Connection Causes Addiction

A California drug rehab center has found through profound study that there’s an association between addiction and a lack of social connection

Addiction and social connection

Addiction has mostly been associated with the use of drugs which leads to pleasurable effects in the brain. A new study by a California drug rehab center has found that the underlying cause of addiction relates to the inability of the addict to create emotional attachments of trust with other human beings. The study has concluded that the end goal of a recovering addict is not sobriety but the ability to connect with others and when they are incapable of doing this, those individuals are much less successful in their sobriety.

The effects of drugs on users

Drugs like cocaine and heroin have the ability to trigger neurochemicals into the brain that give a sense of euphoria. It was believed that these effects would cause the user to be addicted and cause immediate cravings. We know now that if that were the case, then each and every person trying alcohol or drugs would end up getting addicted and use it on a long term basis. However, statistics show that only 10% of people eventually get addicted after trying a potentially addictive substance. So what is it that leads some to get addicted and not others?

The Rat Park Study

The Rat Park study is a groundbreaking study on the effects of addiction on rats. Rats are very similar to human in terms of behavior, they are social creatures just like humans. An experiment was conducted wherein a rat was put in a cage with two bottles of water. One contained pure water whereas the other contained water laced with heroin. The rat tasted both bottles of water but was eventually addicted to the heroin laced water. The experiment was again repeated but this time instead of putting a single rat into the cage in isolation, 20 rats were introduced in a large cage filled with tasty rat food, colored balls, hamster wheels and spaces for mating. It was like rat heaven. The usual two bottles of pure and heroin water were again placed in the cage. This time an amazing thing happened, the rats ignored the heroin laced water and preferred to do social activities like playing and fighting. Even rats previously addicted in isolated cages were able to kick addiction when introduced into the bigger cage with multiple rats.

Associating the behavior with humans

This study has led California drug rehab centers to further capitalize on its findings and strengthens the claim that lack of social connection leads to a great chance of addiction. Humans being the most advanced life form on the planet need a bit more that just simple social activities to beat addiction. They need to be able to trust to create a strong emotional connection with another human being. The first step in creating a solid emotional connection is the ability to trust another person.

Childhood factors that affect the ability to connect

Studies have shown that children require constant attention and need to develop feelings of safety from their caregiver. If they form an emotionally secure relationship with their caregiver, they tend to be happier and develop into an emotionally stable adult. If they don’t form secure attachments with their caregivers then this leads to trust issues and the inability to connect with other human beings as an adult.

Secure Attachment and addiction

This again brings us to the topic of addiction cause it has a lot to do with it. The 10% of people who end up with addiction after trying a potentially addictive substance are the same people who did not receive a secure attachment in childhood from their caregivers. Their inability to form secure social connections in adulthood is one of the main reasons for their addictive behavior.

The way out

People who develop insecure attachment issues in their childhood need not suffer through their entire adulthood. California Rehab Center have found that through conscious effort people can earn their security back by participating in support groups, getting therapy and eventually forming healthy relationships. This finding has immense potential for addicts to heal from addiction by slowly building their ability to trust and form social connections. Although recovery is not easy, it is good to know that it is very much possible with patience and the right support group.

California Painkiller Tax to Cover Rehab Services

Painkiller Tax – A Proposed Legislation to Cover California Rehab Services

Why Taxing Painkillers Won’t be an Undue Tax on Non-Users

What is the Painkiller tax?

California legislator Kevin McCarty announced this bill which would basically tax wholesalers a $0.01 per mg for prescription painkiller medications. Drugs such as Oxycontin, Vicodin, and other prescription drugs are legal when prescribed by a doctor. The problem has become the availability of these medications for recreational use as “street drugs.” For this very reason, rehab facilities have seen more and more cases of patients abusing prescription medication, leading to death in recent years. The painkiller tax is being proposed in an effort to help curb availability of these drugs, and placing a tax on wholesalers who produce them.

The tax won’t affect end users

One of the main issues/worries behind this tax is that it will end up costing non-users, or individuals who actually use, but don’t abuse these prescription painkillers. This however won’t be the case. The $0.01 per mg increase would be taxed to the wholesaler (and might possibly affect the manufacturers of these drugs as well), not at the point of sale. Although prices might increase a small percentage, this is only a fraction of what it is currently costing (in tax money), to fund California rehab services.

The tax collected might actually reduce taxpayer burdens

One might think that this tax is going to end up costing them more in tax dollars. However, if properly legislated, it might have the counter effect. Due to the overwhelming number of addicts in rehab, taxpayers are burdening the cost of paying for rehab services. Simply paying a little more for painkillers from your local pharmacy, can result in tax savings, since funds will be reallocated to pay for the cost of California rehab services and clinics.

Tax would be redirected to helping those in need

The main benefit of implementing the tax if the bill is passed, is the simple fact that the tax monies collected would be put to use to assist in paying for California rehab services for patients who need to check into rehab. Communities and major cities, such as LA, see hundreds of thousands of patients enrolling in rehab facilities and services annually. The taxpayers are the ones who are burdening and paying for these services. With the painkiller tax in place, a large percentage of taxes which are currently being paid by taxpayers, would be offset by the collection of taxes paid by wholesalers who are reselling the prescription drugs.

A major epidemic which requires change to improve cities/communities

Drug addiction, use of illegal drugs, and the availability of these prescription drugs on the streets, are major issues in CA, as well as around the US. The simple fact that taxes are being levied on these prescription drug wholesalers, might help limit the high availability to street sellers. This is in turn going to help keep the streets cleaner, help improve the appearance of cities, and possibly help regulate or minimize illegal use in certain areas where illegal drug use is running rampant. Ultimately this will help in improving quality of life for addicts, and will help maintain an improved society for those living in these major metropolitan areas in the state.

A simple way to help those in need

Many believe they don’t owe drug addicts any assistance. And although this is ultimately true, the simple fact that there are so many addicts in rehab facilities throughout the state of California means that the taxpayer is ultimately paying for these individuals to get clean either way. With this painkiller tax, those who require rehab services can visit any local rehab clinic or facility. There are more available funds to pay for services provided to patients in these clinics from tax monies collected on sale of prescription painkillers. It is truly a win-win-win for those living in CA, the taxpayer, and of course addicts in need of assistance, and trying to get clean, when they suffer from addiction of prescription drugs.

DOPAMINE The Science Behind Drug and Alcohol Abuse

The Dopamine Science Behind Alcohol & Drug Addiction Treatment in California

Why the dopamine system is critical to limiting addiction and building higher tolerance levels in users

Neurotransmitters signal your brain/body to believe it can handle more

High dopamine levels are caused by alcohol and drug use. Your body tells the brain it is capable of handling more than it should probably consume. Due to the fact that other contributing factors (weight, height, size, gender,etc) also contribute to one’s tolerance levels, it is important to spot the early signs of possible abuse. Whether it is a parent, doctor, or friend, the earlier individuals deal with these higher tolerance levels, the easier it will be to stint and prevent eventual overdose.

Why dopamine levels are so insightful

Basically there are markers in the brain which indicate different characteristics/traits. The markers in the brains of individuals who are alcoholics and drug users, is higher than those with lower tolerance levels. Dopamine is one of the neurotransmitters which is believed to contribute to alcohol use/abuse. Since it doesn’t signal the brain to stop, those who drink more than they should, simply don’t feel the adverse effects of consuming in such high quantities. Spotting the markers is one of the best ways to determine individuals who might be at risk of becoming addicts, and can in turn provide medical professionals in addiction facilities to help individuals who suffer from abuse symptoms.

Neuroscience matters

Believe it or not, science matters! Many have believed for years that addicts simply had no self control, and didn’t want to stop using drugs or alcohol. On the contrary, those dopamine levels, the markers on the brain, and the higher levels for tolerance, are just a few of the scientific backings which prove why individuals use and abuse drugs and alcohol, and why it is important to spot these signs as early on as possible. The earlier professional testing is performed, the sooner appropriate measures are taken, and the more awareness is show by families/friends, and loved ones, the easier it is going to be in treating those who are suffering from, or might be going down the road to addiction and abuse. A simple chemical imbalance can lead to years of heartache and abuse. Therefore, if possible, families need to learn about different testing methods and signs which can help them determine how to help family members or loved ones in need, as it pertains to addiction treatment.

Why treatment can help prevent further overuse

Addiction treatment in California is possibly the easiest way to prevent further use/abuse of drugs and alcohol. Because those who have higher tolerance levels are going to feel like they “can handle their liquor,” or believe they have their abuse issues under control, their brain (and dopamine levels) aren’t going to tell them to stop using these drugs and alcohol. When individuals are in a professional addiction treatment in California facility, they are constantly monitored. They are around professional counselors and professionals who can help them. If nothing more, they are around doctors who will eliminate the possibility that they are using drugs and alcohol, while in the treatment facility.

The right addiction treatment facility can help

There are hundreds upon hundreds of addiction treatment in California facilities and centers one can check into when suffering from drug or alcohol abuse. Due to the nature of such abusive behavior, it will benefit patients to choose a facility which specializes in the specific type of addiction the patient suffers from. Further, if it is at all possible, families and patients should choose treatment centers which understand the science behind dopamine, neurotransmitters, and have performed research behind the science and testing being done, to help addicts who have these higher tolerance levels. Not only to ensure the best treatment is pushed forth with the patient, but also to ensure the treatment facility is employing the best treatment methods, and medication (if necessary) to help these individuals get and stay clean after treatment.

drug rehabs Fighting Back Against OPIATES

California Drug Rehabs Fighting Back Against Opiate Prescriptions

With opiate prescriptions rising, drug rehabs offer surefire relief

Dating back to periods before opiates were prescribed so freely (as is the case in recent years), Tylenol or Advil were more than enough to treat pain. Lower back pain, headaches, toothaches, and even minor swelling or discomfort, are some of the reasons doctors prescribe opiate based drugs to patients. California drug rehab facilities, along with the help of the CDC, and government agencies, have fought back against doctors prescribing these drugs in such high volumes. Not only are they not necessary, they cause far more harm than good to patients.

More addictive than many street drugs

Opiate based drugs are quite possibly the most addictive substance; this is especially true as it pertains to prescription pills and medication. The simple fact that they relax the body, immune system, and help target neurotransmitters to eliminate pain, are among the many reasons people tend to overdose. One of the main reasons they do become so widely addictive and overused is because they are so freely given. If a patient tells their doctor they have back pain, many doctors are quick to prescribe Oxycontin or Vicodin, when far more subtle medications (and non-prescription pills) would have an effect in treating discomfort. The freedom patients have is the gateway they need to become addicts.

Make prescriptions more stringent

A simple solution is to limit the type of conditions ,pain, or individual who truly requires the opiate drug. The problem with this is that the CDC, nor any other government agency, isn’t able to tell doctors what to prescribe or not prescribe. They can only give guidelines, and it is up to the doctor to follow such guidelines. This is why rehab facilities, as well as other governmental agencies have to step up and work towards better legislation and use standards, in order to limit the growth of the addiction problems in California, and throughout the US.

Cracking down on costs

New legislation is in place, such as the painkiller tax, which will tax wholesalers on the sale of these highly addictive prescription medications. This however is just one of the measures in place in California, to help curb the epidemic of freely prescribing these drugs. It is up to government officials, professional healthcare providers, and the manufacturers, to step in and limit use of these drugs. Not only to help limit overuse and abuse, but also to help end the need for addiction treatment in patients.

Limiting production to help illegal abuse

Street drugs are sold in extremely high quantities, especially in major metropolitan cities like LA. If manufacturers step in alongside the California drug rehab clinics, and government officials, this is a simple solution to helping limit illegal sale of drugs. But there is also the issue that drug manufacturers won’t stop production simply because they are asked to. As long as doctors are paying and prescribing their medications, they will continue producing them in high volumes. This is why additional measures have to be taken, in an effort to help curb abuse, and help limit illegal use and sale of opiate drugs.

Working with families and patients alike

For those who suffer from overdose, abuse, and rely on prescription opiates and drugs to treat pain, rehab is the only viable solution to treat such conditions. Although individuals can try to quit “cold turkey” on their own, it is an extremely difficult habit to kick. Seeing a bottle of painkillers is sometimes enough to trigger an individual to start using again. For those who suffer such abuse and overuse issues, inpatient treatment centers can help. Not only eliminating the desire to use, but also taking patients away from the people and places which led them to start abusing the medications, is the optimal solution to helping them get clean, and learn how to end reliance on these extremely addictive pills.

drug rehab demand spikes marijuana usage

California Drug Rehab Centers See Demand Spikes Following Increases in Marijuana Usage

More marijuana users are turning to rehab versus making their addiction worst

Marijuana and addiction

In years past, we’ve heard time and time again that marijuana isn’t addictive. And, even in cases where people were long term users or heavy smokers, they weren’t adversely affected by it. If this were the case, why has such a huge spike in inpatient rehab in local California drug rehab centers come from marijuana smokers? The main reason for such jumps in patients visiting and staying in rehab for marijuana addiction stem from the fact that more and more research has been performed, and people are realizing the detrimental nature of marijuana on the brain, nervous system, immune system, and users’ overall health.

Treating addiction with other drugs is counterproductive

Time and time again, different approaches have been used in treating addiction. One such approach was relying on prescription medication to treat marijuana, as well as other substance abuse issues. The simple fact of the matter is that this simply does not work. Treating an addiction with something which is potentially addictive (prescription drugs/pills), is simply putting a person who is prone to overuse, in a conducive situation they shouldn’t be put in. The only way to fight and treat addiction is to choose the top California drug rehab centers for inpatient treatment.

Inpatient treatment provides a clean and sober environment

There are a number of reasons why California drug rehab centers are the premier destination for marijuana users when trying to kick the habit. The simple fact is that when users are placed in situations, around people, or situations where they can use the drug, or feel a need to use the drug, they are going to fall back to old habits. They are going to smoke recreation-ally, or use regularly in order to fit in with the crowd. By placing a person who has abuse issues in an inpatient facility or center, they do not have the opportunity to fall back onto those old habits. They are taken away from the people, the places, and the situations or circumstances which initially led them down the path to drug use. They learn to live their lives without marijuana, as well as other addictive substances for that matter.

People who get treatment are more successful in long-term sobriety

Again, in years past, it was always said that marijuana was not addictive. It would not cause damage to the body, it would not be detrimental to one’s ability to function, nor would it cause other harm. It was a recreational drug, and most people thought nothing more of it. With more and more studies being conducted, more research proving this to be erroneous, and more people learning about the physical and mental detriments marijuana use actually poses, they are relying on inpatient treatment in an effort to kick the habit, and live a clean, drug free life.

How inpatient facilities can help

Above we discussed why people are choosing rehab centers for help. Some of the reasons it is the only alternative include the simple fact that they are highly trained doctors, nurses, and medical professionals who can help. Counselors and psychologists are present to help users through the struggles of withdrawal. There is simply no way to get the drugs into the facility, meaning there is no danger or threat of the person wanting to use, or finding a way to sneak it in, while they are trying to get clean. Quitting “cold turkey” is not an option, it is the only way to become and stay drug free. With inpatient treatment centers, not only are patients far more successful in their endeavors, they are also going to have professional help and guidance around the clock, to help them through difficult periods.

What was considered recreational years ago, has now become a hot topic issue as it pertains to abuse and the dangers of marijuana. For these reasons, more and more drug rehab centers have been providing treatment, and seeing more patients walk through their doors in an effort to get clean after years of marijuana abuse.