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Veterans Prescribed Risky Painkillers

August 26th, 2012 · No Comments

Many veterans are being prescribed risky painkillers that can have profoundly negative effects, especially for those with pre-existing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other physical ailments.

According to a recently released government study, vets who have been diagnosed with PTSD are being prescribed morphine and similar powerful painkillers two times more often than vets with only physical pain, when they are already at risk for alcohol and drug abuse.

Even more shocking, the study found, is that Iraq and Afghanistan vets who developed PTSD and already had pre-existing substance abuse issues were four times more likely to be prescribed addictive painkillers than those without mental health problems.

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California Alcohol and Drug Programs

May 31st, 2009 · No Comments

nutrition for addiction recovery Renee Zito spoke at the “Brain Repair” conference I attended last month. She was appointed Director of the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on February 22, 2007. In her role, she leads the State’s alcohol and drug treatment and prevention efforts. She oversees approximately 300 employees in the Department and is responsible for an annual budget of $600 million, which includes funding for both the federal Substance abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant and the Drug Medi-Cal program.

Ms. Zito supports successful drug court programs such as the Sacramento Drug Court Program which has saved the taxpayers millions of dollars. Instead of pharmaceutical bandaids, Sacramento actually cures the core reason for the drug addiction with the emphasis on brain repair with specific nutritional supplements. For more info see:   Drug Court Program

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Addiction Causes And Cure

April 26th, 2009 · No Comments

The term addiction usually refers to the chronic use of one of three kinds of psychotropic substances, legal drugs (eg. alcohol, nicotine), illicit drugs (eg. cocaine, marijuana) or prescription drugs (eg. valium, prozac), in large enough quantities to cause life-damaging consequences in various aspects of one’s life.

Drug and alcohol abuse is arguably the number one cause of death and disability in the world, with tobacco/nicotine killing 5 million worldwide. When one considers that 90% of the incarcerations, 50% of the psychiatric admissions and roughly 25% of the admissions to medical surgical hospitals are directly the result of drug abuse, one begins to get a picture of the enormous toll this takes on society.

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Self Help Addiction Programs Are Widely used

December 6th, 2008 · No Comments

Based on a recent nationwide survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a report reveals that 5 million people participate in self-help groups each year. (That is a lot of people who need help!)

Among the report’s notable findings:

• An annual average of 5 million persons aged 12 or older attended a self-help group in the past year because of their use of alcohol or illicit drugs

• 45.3 percent attended a group because of their alcohol use only and 21.8 percent attended a group because of their illicit drug use only, while 33.0 percent attended a group because of their use of both alcohol and illicit drugs

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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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Drug Free Solutions to Mental Health Disorders

October 12th, 2008 · No Comments

Drug Free Solutions to Mental Health Disorders: Nutrition, Mindfulness & Detoxification

By Dr. Charles Gant

Program outline includes substance abuse and dependence, ADHD, anxiety disorders, and a roadmap to brain healing.

Objectives

1- Understand the true meaning of the DSM IV definition of mental disorders as heterogeneous (many causalities).

2- Contrast drug treatments (disease suppression) and drug free nutritional treatments (life enhancement) goals and objectives, and define appropriate roles for both in the treatment of mental disorders.

3- Compare the four main kinds of interventions utilized by both Conventional and Non-conventional and distinguish subspecialties in each area and their roles.

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The Key to Drug Addiction Recovery – 4 Neurotransmitters

August 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

The term “drug addiction” is a disturbing word that brings to mind other words with equally unpleasant associations such as hopeless, out-of-control, desperate, inadequate, failure—you can no doubt add many more. Part of the reason the word is so upsetting is that for most people who try to overcome drug addiction, treatment options have been limited and often ineffective.

In fact, “conventional” drug addiction treatment programs have a success rate of 25% or less! One of the reasons I believe this to be the case is that these “conventional” programs do not adequately address the physiological basis of substance abuse; more specifically biochemical imbalances that occur in the brains of people with substance abuse issues. The good news is that solutions exist that do address these imbalances and offer hope to those seeking a more permanent solution.

According to Dr. C.E. Gant, author of “End Your Addiction Now”, “substance abuse problems are the result of biochemical imbalances that disrupt the normal workings of brain cells”. These imbalances are particularly important in the biochemistry of brain cells, or neurons. Neurons produce chemical substances called neurotransmitters (the brain’s messengers), and they control virtually every aspect of your life by communication with other cells.

Four key groups of “brain messengers” are related specifically to substance abuse. These particular messengers are vital to our ability to experience pleasure and satisfaction. The healthy functioning of these neurotransmitters is vital to our well-being and our ability to function in a productive manner. The four groups of neurotransmitters include endorphins and enkephalins, serotonin, GABA, and catacholamines.

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Which Brain Do You Want?

April 25th, 2008 · No Comments

The proof every person must see about drugs, alcohol and the brain!

SEE FOR YOURSELF on DVD how drugs and alcohol damage your brain . . .

Meet five young people from different backgrounds, with different levels of substance abuse, including two who chose to stay clear of drugs or alcohol.

Hear their stories and learn about the impact their choices have had on the quality of their lives.

Next, look at the scans of their brains. See for yourself how their choices; good or bad; have affected the health of their brains.

The candid conversations between these young people and Dr. Daniel Amen, a pioneer in the use of brain scans, are revealing. They want to know if it’s too late . . . and they want another chance . . . now that they realize they DO have a choice.

The question echoes in their ears . . . Which Brain Do You Want?

This powerful, high-energy production includes . . .

* How the brain works
* How the brain is involved in everything you do
* What happens when the brain “misfires”
* The physical impact of drugs and alcohol on brain function
* How to improve your brain

I have this DVD and it is . . .

A MUST-SEE FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS WHO WANT TEENS TO KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT DRUGS AND ALCOHOL!

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Robert Downey Jr and Drug Abuse

April 20th, 2008 · No Comments

For much of his adult life, Robert Downey Jr., 43, was caught in a ruinous cycle of drug addiction, imprisonment and disgrace. (This post has excerpts from an article in Parade Magazine)

Raised in a show-business family, Downey claims that by 8 he already had used drugs with his dad, a filmmaker.

“I was mercurial and recklessly undisciplined and, for the most part, I was happily anesthetized.”

“You use whatever rationalization you can to justify the fact that you’re not living truthfully,” he observes about substance abuse. “You make this death machine seem glamorous so you can get on to the next moment. But it isn’t glamorous, and it isn’t fun.”

“Now it’s all about becoming rooted in the mundane, in the day-to-day stuff,” he continues. “Life is 70% maintenance. I think of myself as a shopkeeper or a beekeeper. I’m learning the business of building a life.”

“Instead of getting instant gratification by getting high, I push my nose as far into the grindstone as I can. The honey, the reward, is the feeling of well-being, the continuity, the sense that I am walking toward a place I want to go.”

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Consequences of Addiction: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

November 6th, 2007 · No Comments

Dr Charles GantCharles Gant, MD, PhD, is a leading orthomolecular physician who has practiced complementary medicine for over 30 years. Dr. Gant is nationally recognized for devising nutritional and detoxification interventions for nicotine, alcohol and substance abuse, ADHD along with other common, chronic medical and psychological problems.

Dr. Gant has also authored or coauthored books such as: “End Your Addiction Now”, and “End Nicotine Addiction Now”.

He recently gave a presentation at the Beyond Talk Therapy: New Frontiers in Addiction Treatment Symposium in Sacramento, California. His topic: Introduction to Integrative Addictionology – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. The video presentation is a ‘must see’ for anyone who wants to learn about effective treatment without drugs.

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