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How Substance Abuse is Killing You

Substance abuse issues have been around for a long time. Some are able to “dabble” here and there, maybe in high school and college and after that, they leave the substances alone. For others, substance abuse is killing them. People who abuse substances are at risk of dying prematurely, compared to individuals who do not abuse drugs and alcohol. (Remember, alcohol is a drug). There are several ways in which a person is injuring their body with substance abuse. A person may expose themselves to a dangerous and potentially life-threatening disease while engaging in substance abuse. HIV, Hepatitis B and C, various sexually transmitted diseases and others; all are more prevalent in individuals with substance abuse problems. Drugs like Methamphetamines and Cocaine can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Alcohol abuse can directly and adversely affect every organ in the body. Abusing alcohol can damage the heart, skin, brain, stomach, every organ (except the kidneys, interestingly). And then there is the possibility, depending on the drug abused and the person’s overall condition; that drug abuse can result in death. Opiate painkillers for example, kill about 140 Americans each day. That is a horrible statistic! What happens when somebody takes too many Opiates is that the person can stop breathing. Death follows shortly thereafter. Overdoses kill people in the prime of their lives. That is a horrible thing. No one wakes up one day and decides: “Hey, I’m gonna be a drug addict.” But is does happen. The best way (of course), to avoid having dying from substance abuse, is to never start taking substances in the first place. If you or someone you know needs help to quit abusing substances, or getting off Heroin or other Opiate drugs, call: The Drug and Alcohol Detox Clinic of South Mississippi @ 601.261.9101. Or on the web: www.TheDrugandAlcoholDetoxClinic.com. You can also like...

How Do I Know if I Have a Good Addiction Doctor?

Trying to find a good doctor can be challenging. There are some ways, however, to help guide you along toward your best chances for success. You may be aware, that there are now various Rating Sites on line, which rate doctors. Trying to find a doctor based on on-line ratings is not a reliable way to choose a doctor. Sites like Healthgrades and RateMDs and Vitals.com, are completely unscientific in the way they collect their data. In fact, one can easily get misled by looking at such sites while trying to find a good doctor. But, there is another way. It’s called Board Cortication. In order to become Board Certified in a particular medical specialty, a doctor must have passed a series of exams in the field they are pursuing for the Board Certification. In order to even be eligible to take the Board Cortication exam, the doctor must have: 1. Graduated from a reputable medical school and passed a series of exams called The National Boards 2. Completed a certified program called a Residency in their particular area of specialization. For the best field in this area, a Board Certified Addictionolgist is the best type of doctor for the treatment of Addictive Diseases. 3. Maintain in good standing, a state medical license in the state the doctor practices in. 4. Finally, the doctor must pass the Board Examination for their specialty. So, if a Doctor is Board Certified in Addictionology, that means that he or she has completed all of 1-4 above. It is really important to consider this as the best way to tell if a doctor is qualified to work with individuals suffering from a drug dependency or from alcoholism. If you or someone who you know, has a problem with Opiate pain medication; excellent help is available at The Drug and Alcohol Detox Clinic of...