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Prescription Medication Abuse Occurs at Almost All Ages and Income Levels

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addiction, prescription medication abuse

 

Prescription medication abuse and addiction is a problem that occurs at almost all ages and income levels, and it is a problem that many people struggle with on a daily basis. In some cases the prescribed medicines are needed initially, but as time goes on the individual starts to engage in prescription medication abuse in order to get the same effects because they have built up a tolerance to the drugs. Eventually a full blow addiction occurs, and the user may search for drugs on the street because their physician will no longer prescribe the medications. This can also lead to doctor shopping, with the user visiting several physicians and clinics in order to obtain the drug that they are addicted to.

There is no specific age or income level that is at a higher risk for prescription medication abuse and addiction. This problem can be found at almost any age, and it occurs at almost every income level. There is a misconception that only low income individuals abuse prescription drugs, when the truth is that even high level professionals like doctors, lawyers, and pilots engage in this activity. Professionals may be more careful to hide prescription medication abuse and addiction out of fear that they will lose their licenses and practices, but they are just as susceptible to this problem as people who live in poverty. In fact those with higher incomes can afford their addiction more readily than lower income individuals, but these people can also usually afford to pay for treatment that is more effective as well.

 

Are You Prone to Addiction? 5 Ways to Tell!

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addiction, addictive behaviors

 

Some people may be more prone to addiction and addictive behaviors then others, and there are certain traits that will raise your risk. These include:

1. Prior Addictions and Substance Abuse Problems- You may be more prone to addiction and addictive behaviors if you have previously had problems or issues with substance abuse of any kind in the past. This shows a history of addiction related factors that must be considered if you are going to accurately assess your risks.

2. Genetics- If you have a family history of alcohol use, drug abuse, or certain other addictive behaviors then you probably have a higher addiction risk than some people. A family history can be very telling and indicates a risk factor that needs to be considered. Anyone who has a genetic predisposition to addiction needs to be very careful about what they use or take to lower these risks.

3. Previous Addictive Behaviors- If you have had problems in the past and previous addictive behaviors that required treatment then you will have a higher risk for addiction than someone without these issues.

4. Social Factors- If you have peers and social groups that view alcohol and drug use as acceptable then you are more likely to engage in addictive behavior and develop a serious substance abuse problem than some of the population.

5. Past Trauma- If you have experienced trauma in the past then this can be a contributing factor with addiction. If these traumas are not addressed and worked through then you could end up needing treatment for addictive behaviors.

 

 

Important Facts About Compulsive Gambling

Compulsive gambling is a very real problem, one that usually requires professional help. There are some facts about this condition that everyone should understand. If you have a compulsive gambling problem then this will impact every area of your life, and it can create a devastating cycle that only ends when you are ruined in every way if you do not seek professional help. For some individuals the act of gambling can stimulate the same area of the brain that cause drug or alcohol abuse, and this is the considered the reward center in the brain. When the reward center is stimulated you feel pleasure and this leads to addiction, whether you are using a substance or engaging in other activities. The only way to stop this addiction is with professional treatment that addresses the specific causes in each situation.

There are many symptoms that can indicate a problem with compulsive gambling. These symptoms include:

  • Frequent financial problems due to gambling losses. When you gamble money that you can not afford to lose, like your mortgage money or grocery money needed to feed your family, then you may have a compulsive gambling problem.

  • Frequently lying about gambling or the money that was lost is another indication that you need help.

  • If you try to borrow money from friends and family in order to keep gambling then this activity is a problem and help is needed.

  • Stealing in order to fuel your compulsive gambling and addiction is another sign that there is a problem you need to address.

There is help for compulsive gambling, and professional treatment can help you get your life back on track!

 

About Us

Mission Statement

Keeping families together is our goal – transforming lives of individuals and families- one life at a time is our mission.

Philosophy

The Crossing Point follows a Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual understanding of how one comes to have an addiction as well as how to treat this problem. The Crossing Point does not believe that addiction is a disease in the traditional medical sense of the word. Much semantics can be held around this word and we choose not to use it for its connotation of helplessness once contracted. Addiction is a maladaptive choice that one makes and has trouble managing, based on issues compounding them from many areas of life— hence, Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual. Through careful and intense exploration of one’s issues and influences, a person can become aware of how their addiction manifests itself, gaining greater control over its influence. We believe that once many underlying issues from the past are processed and put to rest, one does not need this maladaptive coping mechanism as strongly (Psychological). Does it just go away? No. Ongoing awareness and balance in one’s life is necessary. Further, current research on the brain shows it will take time to retrain the brain to enjoy pleasure around normal life experiences, as well as, change old ways of thinking, behaving, and feeling. Due to neuroplasticity a person can change their brain! Diet, exercise and sleep are also very important in recovery (biological). It is crucial that one leaves treatment to a supportive environment and somewhere that is safe (social). Lastly, all human beings need some sense of meaning and purpose in their lives and leaving addiction behind entails putting something real, authentic, and valuable in its place (spiritual). Again, the cause of addiction is multidimensional and it takes a multidimensional, or holistic, approach to change one’s life to that of health, wholeness and wellness.

Approach

The Crossing Point’ approach is a holistic, person-centered approach that follows a pragmatic philosophy of helping. It is important for our clients to be treated as adults, with respect, compassion, and understanding. We also believe in facilitating accountability, honesty, and responsibility. We choose to see and help the whole person, believing that addiction is tied to everything. Lastly, our approach is pragmatic in the sense that we work hard to figure out what works, what makes sense, and what meets a client where they are. We do not follow one major ideological framework that guides all our decisions; therefore, how we treat one client might not fit another. We also work hard to take into consideration how an individual or their treatment may impact the greater treatment community. This makes our work tough but effective, and requires creativity, objectivity, and flexibility. We ultimately want to challenge our clients to make new decisions in their life by empowering them, educating them, and supporting them.

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Our Goals

  • Abstinence from Drugs & Alcohol
  • Repair Damage from addiction
  • Restore Hope to individual & family
  • Improve vocational functioning
  • Decrease legal issues related to addiction
  • Provide Tools for Healthy Living