Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Drug abuse in teens is a major problem that cannot be pushed under the carpet, so to speak. About 33 percent of teens have been abusing some form of drug or the other, according to the finding of a well-known teen treatment center at Florida. It is common for teenagers to lie, stay put in their rooms at their homes, become a recluse, make excuses, become physically or verbally abuse etc as some of the behavioral signs of drug abuse.
The teenage years can be a time of great emotional turmoil as it is the transition from childhood to adulthood. A lot of issues such as peer pressure, search for identity, romantic and family relationships as well as school performance beset teenagers as they undergo this phase. It is inevitable that quite a large percentage of teenagers resort to drug abuse to cope with, alleviate or escape these issues. Teen drug abuse has actually become a common and prevalent phenomenon.
When a teen is living in this world of depression it is not unlikely that they would find a means of "self-medicate" with drugs in order to avoid exposing themselves to their friends or adults.As we know through years of dealing with teens and their drug abuse that the use of drugs does not alleviate the problems, but instead, usually aggravate them, leaving the teen with a feeling of helplessness and hopelessness. This places them at greater risk for suicide attempts.
Teen treatment centers have made it a priority to warn adults, friends and concerned well-wishers of the teen who is addicted to drugs about the various signs and hints that are identifiable with drug abuse. We already know about the physical and mental symptoms of drug abuse; some of them being droopy eyes, red hues in the whites of the eyes, slurred speech, inability to sleep, paranoia, irregular heart-beats etc.
Early Teen Drug Abuse Signs:
1. Suspicious behaviors, such as making more trips to the garage, basement, restroom.
2. Physical appearance and grooming has decreased over time.
3. More foul languages are being used and vulgar behavior
4. They started to wear sunglasses and/or long sleeve shirts more frequently
If a young member of your family suddenly starts behaving in a aberrant manner or tries to keep aloof from other family members, you have some reasons to be suspicious. Physical signs like red eyes, nagging cough, and changes in eating and sleeping habits should also serve as warning signals.
Astonishingly enough, kids frequently take up to fifty times the recommended dose when robo-tripping in order to get the desired results. These results include going into a trance like state, hallucinating or "tripping". However, it comes as little surprise that in some circumstances, such a significant dose can prove to be fatal.
Teen treatment centers with their sensitive approach towards treating every form of problem and addiction has made their aim to see that there is no more depression and panic among teens. They also double up as career guidance specialists to make them aware about their talents and about what kind of vocation is best suited for their aptitude.
When a parent lives in a co-dependent relationship with their teenager who is abusing drugs it not only affects both parents, but siblings as well. It has a destructive pattern that plays out throughout the entire house. It shows and allows those who are harming the family to live any way they want while pressing in on those who are not abusing drugs, over compensating on parenting so that they themselves do not go down the same path.
He told me that he would make his home a safe environment for his teenager and their friends to come and hang out and get it out of their system. Keep in mind this was a leader in the local church and was telling me this as we were promoting a Celebrate Recovery program.
If you have cause for concern, it is necessary to address it. Communicate directly with the teen. The absolute worst strategy is to ignore it and hope it goes away. An important fact is that virtually every sign and symptom of drug and alcohol use or withdrawal can be exactly mimicked by another mental health issue such as depression or an anxiety related disorder.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
By Arshad Yusufzai
MINGORA, Pakistan - Cheena Market, where clothes and cosmetics are sold in the heart of Mingora, is once again crowded with women, as businesses slowly regain life after nearly two years.
Business owners and traders suffered heavy losses during the rule of the Taliban. It took a military operation in the summer of 2009 to evict them from the scenic Swat Valley.
But the path to normality hasn't been completely smooth. After a February 22 suicide bombing at Nishat Chowk that killed 13 people (including four women), business at nearby Cheena Market temporarily fell off. But the effect wasn’t permanent, and shoppers and merchants are once again doing business.
“During Taliban rule, people in Swat, and particularly women, were reluctant to visit markets unless it was really necessary”, said a customer at the Cheena Market.
“Women leaving their home had to be accompanied by an adult male member of the family. Those restrictions are gone now. They can go shopping in the marketplace”.
Some local businesses, such as hotels and stands that sell handicrafts, woollen shawls and dried fruits, make money only if tourists visit the Swat Valley during the summer.
During the Taliban regime, fearful travellers stopped coming.
Many businesses collapsed as most residents of the area fled before and during the military operation against the Taliban.
“The estimated losses suffered by businesses in Swat were nearly 750 billion rupees (US$ 8.82m)”, said Zahid Khan, president of the All Swat Hotels Association.
Saleem Shah, 29, owns a garment shop in Cheena Market. He said the markets are crowded with buyers and that sales went up after the Taliban defeat.
“My shop is doing even better than it was before the Taliban emerged”, Saleem said.
He said inflation was making things difficult for many customers, yet overall the market was in better shape than it had been under the Taliban. Saleem hoped the summer would be even better, since tourists from across the country are expected to swarm the valley now that peace prevails.
A 32-year-old jeweller, Muhammad Khaliq, is less content. Very little has changed since the ouster of the Taliban, he said.
“My shop wasn’t generating enough money even to pay the rent and utility bills during Taliban rule, and the situation is more or less the same”, Khaliq said.
He blamed the global rise in gold prices as one cause of his problems. Akbar Ali, 43, sells school uniforms and children's garments. His shop is quite busy, he said, but most customers are merely window-shopping.
“Since the Taliban's departure, men and women are freely visiting the markets, but only a few are serious buyers. I am glad that I can manage the rent and utility bills”, Akbar said while fitting shoes on a little girl’s feet.
He predicted business would improve once schools reopen. The Taliban targeted education, destroying many schools. Others that escaped destruction were closed for winter vacation.
Said Nabi, 22, sells dried fruit in Mingora. Like Muhammad the jeweller, he was not satisfied with sales and blamed sluggish demand on inflation.
He also complained that motorists are not allowed to park their cars on the roadside. They don't want to walk long distances to buy dried fruit, he said.
“We are forced to sell dried fruits at high prices because they come expensive to us. The prices aren’t stable for even a single week”, added Nabi.
The situation was even worse in Madyan, where the Iqbal, Nigar and Shalimar markets for women had a deserted look. Shopkeepers looked idle and bored, with no customers in sight.
Fazlur Rahman, 31, owns a grocery. He blamed inflation and the slow delivery of goods to the market as the main causes of his economic hardship.
“The prices are almost 300% of the normal rates, and it takes a long time for goods to reach us because of delays at checkpoints”, Rahman lamented. Some checkpoints require individuals passing through them to wait as long as half an hour.
By Arshad Yusufzai
NOWSHERA, Pakistan -- Warmth, food and medical care.
Things many people take for granted are not so easy to come by if you have fled your home in Pakistan.
Thousands of families uprooted during Pakistani military operations against militants are facing a harsh winter with limited supplies at Jalozai, one of the world’s largest camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
The sprawling Jalozai camp, divided into 14 sections on a dusty plain in the Nowshera district, 30 kilometres east of Peshawar, is home to some 139,000 people displaced from the Bajaur, Mohmand and Khyber tribal regions of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) that border Afghanistan.
Some 14,000 people, mostly from the Bajaur Agency, were shifted to Jalozai from the Katcha Garhi camp near Peshawar last year. This was part of a government policy to concentrate the IDPs in a few big camps for better security and care.
Some 60 families from the Swat district have also relocated to Jalozai after having lived in three different camps since the military’s offensive against the Taliban militants in May last year.
The Jalozai camp sprang up in the early 1980s when Afghans fleeing the Soviet invasion of neighbouring Afghanistan settled there. The camp had barely closed in early 2009 after repatriating many Afghan refugees and relocating others before a need was felt to accommodate displaced Pakistanis.
Shaukat Khan Afridi, acting camp administrator, said scarcity of funds is the major challenge.
“We barely manage to look after these people as they are so many and we have nothing to give”, he said. Fazal Karim, 65, from Bara in the Khyber Agency, lives with his three daughters and two sons in one tent.
Although he was satisfied with the food rations, he said there were not enough blankets.
“I shiver during the night despite wrapping myself in three blankets and my woollen shawl,” said Fazal, a Pakistani Army veteran.
Gul Jamala, a 60-year old widow from Bara, said her tent, which she shares with her son, daughter in-law and two grandchildren, is not winterized.
“We cover the children with three blankets to keep them warm, but they cry at night because of the cold”, she said. But, “At least there is no threat to our lives in the camp”.
Jamala’s neighbour in the adjacent tent wasn’t satisfied with the quantity of food or the medical facilities. The woman, Kandaharo, 58, said food rations were inadequate.
The World Food Program (WFP) distributes food packages at the camp monthly. “Each package consists of 40 kg of flour, 8 kg of lentils, 4 kg of sugar, 5 litres of cooking oil, 1 kg of salt, 300 grams of tea and 4 kg of high energy biscuits for children,” WFP spokesman Amjad Khan told Central Asia Online.
“Life could get a lot easier if the same amount of food was distributed fortnightly rather than monthly”, Kandaharo said.
Mian Gula, 55, who lived close to Kandaharo and Jamala, died about a month ago. “She felt pain in her kidney late in the evening and died the same night”, said Kandaharo, adding that Gula’s husband could not take her to the hospital because it was far away.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) runs Basic Health Units (BHUs) in the camp. They provide basic healthcare, but lack emergency or specialized medical services.
Abdul Haq, 7, from Bajaur, said he was studying at the village madrassa (religious school) before his family escaped the fighting in a Taliban-controlled area.
“I miss my village. It is beautiful. I pray that the war ends soon so that I can go back”, Abdul said.
Abdul said he and his brother Sajjad, 3, cannot sleep at night because of the cold. “The chilly weather makes Sajjad cry and makes it even more difficult for me to sleep due to the noise”, he said.
Some children sell things in camp to augment the family’s income. Shazia, 9, is the youngest among five brothers and three sisters. She sells candies her 11-year old brother brings from the market. Shazia said she earns Rs. 30 to 40 (36 to 47 cents) daily at her makeshift shop.
“I don’t know if the war will ever end and my family will return home,” she said dejectedly.
Some parents complained about the Jalozai schools. Eight schools are in the camp but Zarina, 10, said she has to walk 40 minutes each way to school.
“I walk to school in the morning when it is very cold. I am very hungry and tired when the school finishes and then have to walk back to our tent,” she said.
According to UNICEF education officer Syed Fawad Ali Shah, UNICEF and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) plan more schools.
“Assessment and tent pitching for setting up a school in Phase 8 of the camp is on-going. Due to the influx of displaced persons, UNICEF will establish six new schools in the remaining sections of the camp”, he said.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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Sunday, March 13, 2011
Long term drug rehab is more involved than the normal 30 to 90 day drug and alcohol treatment. It involves the addicted woman to spend a substantial amount of time focusing on not only the addiction but also the psychological reasons for becoming addicted. When a woman enters a drug and alcohol rehab center in California or any other state she has more often than not fully committed herself to the treatment of this addiction.
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Many people are all too familiar with the 30 day drug rehab programs they see on television.
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Sunday, March 6, 2011
Drug addiction has become a huge problem amongst the more prominent members of today’s society. It requires great amounts of money to support an addiction because many drugs are very expensive. One reason why many business people and celebrities struggle with addiction is that one of the biggest triggers for drug abuse is stress, which comes along with these jobs. Private luxury drug rehab can be an essential part of recovery.
Cocaine abuse has become particularly high among executives because of the environments that exist among the culture of executives. Executives are usually paid large salaries, so they are able to afford the high cost of the drug.
Oxycontin has become a popular drug amongst Hollywood celebrities.Oxycontin is a medication prescribed for pain. It is relatively safe when used correctly, but when misused, it becomes highly addictive and destructive. Many celebrity deaths over the last few years have been caused by Oxycontin abuse.
Alcohol abuse is also a major problem amongst executives and celebrities because of the high stress levels that are associated with these jobs. With the recession growing deeper and deeper, many business people are experiencing higher levels of stress than they have ever experienced, so many of them choose to turn to alcohol in an attempt to relieve the stress.
All of these drugs are extremely dangerous and addictive. In many cases, drug and alcohol users will lose all relationships with their families because the drug changes them into another person. It is also extremely difficult for an addict to carry out the functions of their job, so it is usually only a matter of time for an executive to lose their job.
Since drug addiction is so strong, for the vast majority of addicts, the only way to become free of drug addiction, is by going through drug rehab. Drug rehab is the most effective way to cure an addiction, but not all drug rehab centers are alike.
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