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Are you enabling substance use disorder or supporting recovery? The Professional's Perspective

This is a guest post from family counselor/interventionist Ricki Townsend

Parenting a child of any age who has become ensnared by alcohol or drugs is so counter-intuitive. As parents, we’ve been focused from Day One on keeping our children safe. We grab them when they are headed toward the busy street. We pick them up when they fall down. We make sure they are fed and clothed and sheltered. But when drugs or alcohol muddy the water, we have to learn a new set of rules to keep us from enabling their substance use disorder. Those rules can help us – and them – head in the direction of recovery.

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Drug or alcohol detox

What Is Detoxification?

Detoxification is the process of removing toxins from the body before starting addiction treatment. Medical professionals monitor patients during drug detox and alcohol detox while they remove the addictive substances from their body. Stopping the use of addictive substances is physically demanding and potentially dangerous. Depending on the addictive substance, withdrawal symptoms can be severe and can even lead to serious health consequences.

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What are Meth Sores?

Have you heard someone talking about meth sores and wondered what they are? Maybe you’ve been worried that someone close to you has a meth addiction problem. Here is some background information on meth sores so you can tell if a friend, coworker, or loved one might have an abuse problem.

What Is Meth?

Meth is a nickname for methamphetamine, a stimulant that is mostly used as an illegal recreational drug. Its effects can last for 12 hours to several days. It is occasionally prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but most physicians don’t like to use it because of its side effects and potential for abuse.

Methamphetamine is mostly made illegally in laboratories around the country. It has been a growing problem as an abused drug for the last several decades, although the drug itself has been around since the 1880s. It can be snorted (inhaled) as a white crystalline substance (AKA crystal meth), taken intravenously, or consumed orally in tablet form. Sometimes it is combined with other drugs like ecstasy or crack cocaine.


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Can You Get Addicted to Tramadol?

If you or a loved one take tramadol, you may have heard about tramadol addiction. While very effective for pain, tramadol is a medication with addictive properties, so this is a real concern. Read on to learn more about this drug, how it becomes addictive, and what are the treatment options for tramadol addiction.

tramadol addiction

What Is Tramadol?


Tramadol is a synthetic opiate similar to morphine in structure and action, with a potency similar to codeine. Rather than being made from natural ingredients, it was created in a laboratory. Tramadol is prescribed for severe pain when other pain medications are inadequate or not well tolerated. It’s usually given for long-term use.

Many people use tramadol for chronic pain after accidents or for the pain associated with conditions like arthritis or fibromyalgia. It is not formally indicated for fibromyalgia. When a drug is given outside its approved (studied) indications, this is known as “off-label” use. Tramadol is a Schedule IV Controlled Substance in the United States, meaning it has greater restrictions than other medications.


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Treatment is over, my loved one seems so unfamiliar....Why?

Thoughts from John Perry, Owner, Clean & Sober Recovery Services

When your loved one returns to the family after treatment, things will be different on a lot of fronts. For one, their authentic “personality” (for lack of a better word) may be visible for the first time in a long time. Even though I’m personally in long-term recovery, it’s still part of my nature to be restless, irritable and discontent. And, generally, that tends to be the personality of the substance abuser who uses drugs or alcohol to stimulate, relax or distract. That’s a big part of the reason why drugs or alcohol can so easily sink their teeth into us: They make us feel normal. So when we get sober, our dis-ease is laid bare. That’s why we must take steps to manage those uncomfortable parts of ourselves. That’s where AA and NA meetings, support from a sponsor, counseling, sober living or other recovery resources come into play.

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