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Pothead

November 28th, 2008 · No Comments

A pothead is one who habitually smokes marijuana which is often called “pot,” “grass,” “weed,” “reefer,” or “mary jane”.

Marijuana is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of Cannabis sativa, the hemp plant.

Most users smoke marijuana in hand-rolled cigarettes called joints, among other names; some use pipes or water pipes called bongs. Marijuana cigars called blunts have also become popular.

Unscientific Research About Marijuana Abuse

Here are comments from a previous distributor of marijuana regarding his observation of his pothead clients over the long term.

Potheads:

* suffer from poor memory
* are lethargic
* have low vitality
* have lower sexual appetite
* have abnormally coated tongues and bad breath
* are more susceptible to infection and colds that last for months
* can not smell or taste as well as nonheads
* have blood-shot eyes
* have pale skin

The above is an unscientific study but revealing anyway.

Scientific Research About Marijuana Abuse

Potheads – Regular Users of Marijuana:

* Heart begins beating more rapidly (within minutes)
* Blood vessels in the eyes expand making the eyes look red
* Experiences intense sensations, colors, and sounds
* Time appears to pass very slowly
* The mouth feels dry
* Hands may tremble and grow cold
* May feel depressed or experience anxiety, fear, distrust, or panic
* Short term and long term memory impaired
* Attention and judgment impaired
* Coordination and balance is impaired
* Lack self confidence
* Lack motivation and pursuit of goals
* Immune system’s ability to fight off infectious diseases is impaired
* Increases risk of chronic cough, bronchitis, and emphysema
* Increases risk of cancer of the head, neck, and lungs
* Students get lower grades and are less likely to graduate from high school
* Workers have more problems on the job such as increased absences, tardiness, accidents and job turnover

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Smoking Mothers and Babies

November 26th, 2008 · No Comments

Smoking can have numerous negative effects. Information gathered from various research studies point that out.

In one such study, Dr. Gary Shaw of the March of Dimes and colleagues from institutes in Norway, Holland, and Texas, studied serum samples collected between 2003 and 2005 from pregnant women enrolled in the California Expanded AFP (alpha fetoprotein) program. The researchers measured the levels of cotinine, a metabolite of nicotine, to determine whether the mothers smoked during pregnancy. They found that women who smoked during pregnancy were nearly 2.5 times more likely to have babies with oral clefts.

According to Dr. Shaw, “Babies with oral clefts require significant medical care. Often necessary are four surgeries by age two, and they may have speech, hearing, and feeding problems.”

In a related study, Dr. Laura Stroud and colleagues from Brown University studied the effects of cigarette smoke exposure on infant behavior. The researchers studied 56 otherwise healthy infants and used questionnaires and cotinine measurements to determine cigarette smoke exposure. They found that the 28 babies who had been exposed to cigarette smoke were more irritable and difficult to sooth.

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Homeless Profile

November 25th, 2008 · No Comments

A report from Sacramento shows the following profile of the homeless in the county (top 5):

* 53.8% substance abuse

* 34.1% mentally ill

* 25.4% chronic cases (Federal officials define a chronically homeless person as someone who is disabled and who has lived on the streets for more than a year, or who has been homeless four times within three years.)

* 20.4% domestic violence

* 19.3% veterans

Sacramento officials report that the number of chronically homeless was down 5 percent, even as the total number of homeless within Sacramento County increased.

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Mentally ill Smoke More

November 25th, 2008 · No Comments

In a recent research report, Kristen Saxone-Moeller from the University of Melbourne, stated that Australians with mental illness smoke at four times the rate of the general population.

The research also found that:

* Smokers with mental illness consumed 50 per cent more cigarettes a day than the general population, averaging 22 cigarettes a day;

* The heaviest smokers in the group smoked up to 80 cigarettes in a day;

* Almost three in five (59 per cent) said they wanted to quit smoking;

* Almost three quarters (74 per cent) said they wanted to cut down;

“Smoking compounds many of the health problems already experienced by people with mental illnesses,” she said. “Combined with drug therapies that often make them overweight, they are at even greater risk of diabetes, heart attacks and strokes if they smoke.”

“The biggest cause of death among people with mental illness is not suicide, it is cardiovascular disease.”

Overall cost to Australia showed more than $30 billion a year but little was being done to help people quit.

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Recovery Assistants Foundation Offers Hope

November 14th, 2008 · No Comments

Recovery Assistants Foundation is a charitable organization that offers hope for recovery for those struggling with mental health conditions such as ADD, ADHD, depression, addictions, bi-polar, anxiety disorders and the results of childhood abuse.

The Foundation provides support services and programs designed to treat the whole person, by addressing their needs in the areas of mental, physical, nutritional and spiritual wellness –a holistic approach to healing.

Healthy Minds For a Healthy Community – Impact on Lives

* Individuals are given the emotional, mental and financial support they need to balance brain chemistry.

* By receiving a clear diagnosis, behaviors improve and stigmas are replaced with knowledge.

* Clients learn to function in their lives – becoming more productive at work, home care, in dealing with debt/financial issues, and participation in life.

* Communication skills are improved allowing marriages and families to unite and relationships to heal.

* Children show positive change in behavior – self esteem and communication increases, grades improve, violence decreases, friendships and other relationships get better.

* Parents are prepared with resources to care for their child and empowered with knowledge of their child’s physical and emotional needs.

* Skills are learned to heal from abuse and develop boundaries.

* Leaders maintain integrity and passion for what they are called to do – gaining confidence to teach, disciple and lead with health and wholeness.

* Individuals have the resources to stay clean and sober from addictions.

* Goals that clients have set are achieved in every area of life from education and employment to spiritual walk and character development.

* Through counseling, support groups and other resources, clients become healthy and create positive change in their community.

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