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September 4, 2017

Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist that blocks the effects of heroin and other opiate drugs in the brain. Although it is classified as an opioid antagonist, naltrexone can also be effective for treatment of alcoholism. An addict or alcoholic who is being treated with naltrexone will experience none of the euphoria that they seek from his drug. Those euphoric feelings reinforce heroin or alcohol addiction with each dose. The theory behind naltrexone and other opioid antagonists is that without that reinforcement, there is a better chance of breaking the addiction.

September 1, 2017

The American author, Mark Twain, is famously reported to have quipped that “it’s easy to quit smoking - I’ve done it hundreds of times.” Smokers who have developed a nicotine addiction will appreciate the irony in this quote, particularly if they have tried to stop smoking on one or more occasions. The physical and psychological connection to nicotine can create cravings that overwhelm even the most dedicated individual and that can doom their attempts to stop smoking.

August 31, 2017

If you want to help someone in your family to break a drug or alcohol habit but you are confused about what steps to take, retaining the services of a family intervention specialist may be your best option. A specialist will help you to plan an intervention that will hopefully bring your loved one to the realization that treatment is in order. You might try to handle an intervention without the assistance of a professional interventionist, but your emotional ties to your family member can quickly throw you off of your intervention plan and derail your efforts to help him.

August 30, 2017

Triggers are a part of living with addiction and alcoholism. The brain becomes deeply associated with memories, learning patterns, and habits of behavior. Cravings for drugs and alcohol can be triggered by something as simple as driving down a familiar street where a drug dealer lives or a party house is, perhaps by the local pub. Going abroad for treatment means endless new experiences which start to replace old experiences. Part of the experience of recovering from drug and alcohol addiction is recreating purpose, meaning, and experiences without drugs and alcohol.

August 30, 2017

Prescription painkillers can be sourced from two places. One is from drug dealers on the street. Buying prescription pills, making dirty deals with pharmacists, buying imitation drugs from manufacturers- however dealers get their prescription painkiller drugs, they are able to sell them illegally. The other option for getting prescription painkillers is not illegal. In fact, it is a common practice people incorporate into their daily lives on a regular basis. Doctors are a primary source for providing prescription painkillers.

August 30, 2017

Alcohol is part of Irish tradition. Alcoholism is part of a growing problem with substance use and misuse in Ireland.

 

August 30, 2017

Crack-cocaine was a popular drug in the 1980’s. In America in particular and echoed throughout the world a drug epidemic spread. Few countries were hit with the devastation that America was. After the height of cocaine use in the disco era of the 1970’s, the eighties turned cocaine addiction into crack cocaine addiction. Maintaining a cocaine addiction became difficult for many people to do as the drug became more difficult to find and more expensive to buy after the market for cocaine started crashing.

August 30, 2017

Disturbing reports have come from the UK about gambling addiction on ordinary streets. Casino machines are now in corner markets and convenient stores, made readily accessible by business owners. Anyone can stop into a takeaway and spend extra money on a few rounds of gambling. Unfortunately, that simple and easy trend can become a major problem. Spending recklessly and uncontrollably, someone can lose their ability to even buy a takeaway meal for themselves, becoming completely addicted to gambling.

August 30, 2017

Fentanyl is a lethal and dangerous drug spreading its way across the world. Over the last two years, fentanyl has found its way to Ireland, in much the same manner as it has presented itself in other countries. Without any taste or color, fentanyl is hard to detect. This is why many drug manufacturers are using the drug- it is cheap, powerful, and undetectable. Primarily, fentanyl is being found laced into heroin as well as cocaine. In other parts of the world, fentanyl has been found laced into medications used for anxiety treatment.

August 30, 2017

In the year 2015, the last year of analyzed data used for the recent statistics released by the Health Research Board, more people sought out treatment for alcohol than opiates and cannabis. Alcohol abuse is a primary problem for most people seeking treatment in Ireland. Between 2009 and 2015, more than 56,000 people were treated for alcoholism.