Monthly Archives: March 2010

Open Question: Why do I keep switching addictions?

Got drunk for the first time when I was 12. Drank more or less 5 times from then till I was 14.
When I was 14 I started experimenting with drugs (Cocaine and Weed), and started drinking heavily twice a weekend
Then when I turned 15 I started REALLY experimenting, smoked weed every day, and ended up addicted to heroin till I was 17.
Went to rehab, got off the heroin, and started smoking weed a lot again.
I am almost 19 now and I just recently quit smoking weed and cigarettes, by choice. (I do not do any other drugs)
However, I am now an alcoholic. No doubt in my mind.. I recently went through something very traumatic and I belive that this is what caused the switch. I dont want to stop drinking though. I just want to know why the hell I do this to myself?
Will I ever not be addicted to something again? Will I become addicted to food, sex, relationships ect? Is there really such thing as an addictive personality? I am not one that deals with change well. I Don’t even know what’s up

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Open Question: Ladies who have been through a rocky relationship with your babies father.. Please answer kinda long.?

I going through this really bad relationship right now and I dont know how to deal with it.. Long story short Ive been with him for over 4 years and Im currently 18 weeks pregnant with his child (first) but he has a problem i believe he has an addiction problem to “cocaine” which i knew but i was too stupid to leave.. now i find out hes doing it again after i thought he had stopped for good.. and i finally told him to leave me alone for good i just dont need that bull right now specially now that im pregnant.. i could do this all on my own i work and have my family support.. should i let him be part of my babies life?? He works and has a good job should I also put child support on him ? i dont know i never thought i would go trough this ever!!! im so confussed in what to do for the best of my baby.. he does say hes going to be part of the babies life no matter what because its his child too.but I dont have anything to happen to my baby while hes under his care… I have no idea in what to do.. I just think hes being this way because hes still young (21) and im a little older (23) has anyone gone trough this before and what was the outcome.. as much as i want to believe he will change deep down i know he never will..

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Resolved Question: Why the hell is ambien a Schedule IV controlled substance?

Ambein is a NON-benzodiazepine. Even tho it works in the same way, it is NOT a benzo. It does not give an indivual the life-threatning withdrawl effects of high blood pressure, convulsions, heart attacts, etc that occur with benzo’s such as xanax, valium, and clonapin r sudddenly stopped. I’ve taken ambien for months at a time and suddenly stopped, and the only symptom i had was that it took about 2 hours longer to fall asleep for only 2 days. Other than that, that was it. That’s what’s wrong with this country. They control these weak drugs to the point where people get pissed off and end up taking dangerous substances like cocaine, heroin, which in turn causes a higher rate of crime and the indiviudal becoming physcially and psychologically dependent. If the Federal Gov’t would ease up on drugs such as ambien, codeine, and even marijuana, there would be less people going out there to purchase these items illegally in the black market, which causes criminal activity and endangeres society. Would it be better that someone goes to a package store, drinks a bottle of jack daniel’s whisky, and fuckin kills 4 people on the interstate by driving on the wrong side of the highway going 90 MPH. So again, why is ambien, a damn sleeping pilll that just makes u tired without causing pyhsical addiction, a controlled substance. And u need to show a photo Id for picking up ambien? wtf is that! I dont need to show a photo Id if i wanted to purchase Robitussin with DXM, take 8 pills, and trip on them like I was tripping on acid. Or if I wanted to go to the inner-city and get a few bags of heroin, i dont need to show the damn dealer my ID. Humans r just naturally pleasure seeking creatures; thoughout history people from all cultures and walks of life have needed a drug of “mind altering” qualites, for either social events or just to ease the daily stress of life. Even our forefathers that this country was founded on had to find a way to fermentate beer to give them an occasional break from the stresses of society and a way to enjoy the company of others and enhance the partying experience for the social creatures we are. I truly belive that this “war on drugs” is phony and a huge waste of time, and if anything, adds more crime and violence. I do belive drugs such as cocaine, heroin, PCP, and LSD should be illegal, cuz they r physically addicting and people would even kill to get it. But marijuana, sleeping pills, and codeine are petty drugs that cause far less death and violence than the LEGAL alchohol, which in my opinion is one of the most toxic and dangerous drugs in the world. But the US Gov’t recieve money from the taxes on alchohol and tobacco, which is y they will stay legal, even tho there’s scienticfic proof that marijuana causes less damage to ur body than alcohol. Many people in my generation have similar views as I, and very soon we will be the ones running our country, and things will change; for the better. It’s just a matter of time.

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New Study Reveals That Black Adults’ Alcohol Use and Binge Drinking Levels Are Below the National Average

The current alcohol use rate for blacks aged 18 and older is significantly lower than the national adult average (44.3 percent versus 55.2 percent) according to a new study based on a national survey.The study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) also reveals that black adults have a lower rate of current binge drinking than the national adult average (21.7 percent versus 24.5 percent). Young black adults (aged 18-25) are markedly less likely to be currently engaged in binge drinking than young adults in the general population (25.3 percent versus 41.6 percent).

Date Added: 3/01/10
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Financing News Pulse: State and Local Edition

The State and Local Financing News Pulse includes the week’s top state and local health care financing news related specifically to substance abuse and mental health.

Date Added: 3/1/10
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Financing News Pulse: National Edition

The National Financing News Pulse includes the week’s top national health care financing news related specifically to substance abuse and mental health.

Date Added: 3/1/10
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FREE HRC Webcast – Guiding People Toward Change:  The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing

February 25, 2010, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. EST

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a person-centered, empathic, guiding approach that can lead people to make significant changes in their lives. The practice of MI involves a creative combining of spirit and technique or what has been described as “practicing kindness with skill.” This webcast will explore what is meant by the spirit of MI, why it is essential, and how we can embrace and embody this spirit more fully in providing care for people experiencing homelessness.

Date Added: 3/01/10
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Cocaine-related deaths rise in warm weather, study finds

Researchers in the United States have discovered that accidental overdose deaths involving cocaine rise when the average weekly ambient temperature passes 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit). Continue reading

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