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Antidepressants In Recovery — Just Another Drug?

Depression is not uncommon in the first year or so of recovery. Some people manage to avoid it entirely, but many of us experience it to one degree or another. That’s because sometimes the ability of our brains to produce the chemicals that make us feel good has been damaged by the alcohol and other drugs, and it takes time for the necessary repairs to take place.

Unfortunately for many of us, the drugs that we used masked underlying problems.

More: http://sunrisedetox.com/blog/2013/04/02/antidepressants-in-recovery-just-another-drug/

 

Thoughts About Independence Day

Independence Day has a special meaning for those of us in recovery, and that’s such an obvious connection that I’m not going to belabor it further. I do want to mention, however, that despite all our advantages here in the USA — and in Western civilization as a whole — there is still a lot to be done with regard to addictions of all kinds, from alcoholism to the currently popular prescription drugs.

Thoughts About Independence Day

To Hell and Back: The Josh Hamilton Story

“…to truly understand how amazing of a season, and two-year career, that Josh Hamilton is having, you have to understand where he came from. Hamilton was the first-overall draft pick by Tampa Bay in 1999, but he didn’t make his major-league debut until 2007.

Why did it take so long? What happened to delay the major-league debut of 1999’s USA Baseball’s Amateur Player of the Year and Baseball America’s High School Player of the Year?

In his first two professional seasons, Josh received accolade after accolade; he seemed to be everyone’s top prospect. But an injury in August 2000 ended his season early, which was followed by a motorcycle injury six months later that lead to an eventual DL stint that lasted until late June.

Shortly after returning from that injury, Josh suffered a season-ending injury. Then in 2002, his season seemed over before it even got started, with more injuries, and again in 2003, bringing his total of missed games in a three-year span to about 236.

With all of this free time on his hands, not being able to play the game that he loves, Josh found himself hanging out with the wrong crowd. He would spend his time and money at local tattoo parlors, decorating his body with 32 images of whatever seemed intriguing at the time. This led directly to Josh’s drinking problems and addiction to drugs.

Josh tested positive for substance abuse, and was suspended from baseball and put into a treatment program. But he received his worst news to date in February 2004, when he was banned indefinitely from baseball for violating the league’s joint drug treatment and prevention program. This only led to Josh falling deeper and deeper into what he described later as the hellhole he lived in. …”

To Hell and Back: The Josh Hamilton Story | Bleacher Report

Shedding light on drug addiction

There are both biological and environmental reasons that teens are at such high risk. The adolescent brain is still in formation, especially the prefrontal cortex that handles judgment and cognitive control – the prefrontal cortex isn’t mature until people hit their mid-20s. Environmental factors like the availability of drugs, stress and abuse can also influence teens to experiment with drugs – and the earlier kids try drugs, the more likely they are to become addicted. …

A person is likely addicted if he of she changes the pattern of their daily activities for the drug, prioritizing it above friends, family and job. Other signs include personality changes, no longer exercising judgment about appropriateness, changes in mood, physical signs like radical weight changes and becoming more secretive, especially about their time and what they’re doing.

Often, the important thing is the percentage of time spent in these roles. “Addicts have a secretive life because they have to cover the amount of time they spend seeking the drug,” says Hurd. “A lot of people hide alcohol in different places, or choose alcohols that you can’t smell.”

Many times their friendships start to change, as the addict hangs around new groups that prioritize drug use more than his old friends. … MORE…