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Teen and Young Adult Smoking on the Decline

Posted on: June 29th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Teen and Young Adult Smoking on the Decline

The number of teens and young adults who report using cigarettes has been steadily declining over the years. Information about the dangers of smoking and changes in trends may have contributed to lower rates of smoking among young people. In spite of the progress made in reducing smoking, statistics show that 1 in 12 teens and 1 in 3 young adults still smoke cigarettes.

A study revealed that during the period between 2004 and 2010 the percentage of adolescents who said they smoked declined from a high of 12 percent to a low of 8.3 percent. Young adults aged 18 to 25 also showed a reduction in cigarette use during the same period with the number falling from 40 percent to 34 percent in 2010. Researchers believed the decline in the number of smokers was due to antismoking campaigns as well tax increases, higher prices of cigarettes and laws prohibiting the sale of cigarettes to minors.

The study also found that the number of teens and young adults who smoked every day fell as well as the number of cigarettes smoked by daily users. That means the frequency and amount of cigarettes used has declined overall among young people. The largest group of young smokers in the study included those who smoked fewer than five cigarettes a day.

The findings are encouraging when looking at the overall trend of smoking but addiction experts and health advocates feel that there is more progress to be made. The number of teens and young adults who smoke is still much too high as these young people are endangering their health and possibly their lives. Smoking remains one of the nation’s leading causes of preventable deaths and teens who get hooked early on may have more trouble quitting in the future.

Driving Under the Influence

Posted on: June 27th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

An Overview of Al-Anon and ACA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)

For the safety of yourself and everyone else on the road, it is a good rule to never drive under the influence of any drug. However, there are many misconceptions among drug users who believe that they may be more capable of driving while using certain drugs. The reality is that every drug can impair your ability to drive safely and some may be even more deadly than others.

People may believe that only depressants like alcohol can impair your driving but operating a vehicle under the influence of stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamines can also be extremely risky. Cocaine may keep you awake but it also causes high risk behavior as users feel the world around them seems frustratingly boring. They might start turning in front of other vehicles, speeding and putting themselves in danger with inattentive driving.

Those who functionally use marijuana on a daily basis may believe that they can safely drive after smoking but the reality is that it can be deadly. To make matters worse, people are increasingly driving with marijuana and alcohol both in their system which can lead to catastrophic accidents. Marijuana is a hallucinogen which can deteriorate your cognitive function and alcohol can increase the absorption of marijuana making it a dangerous combination.

Amidst the opioid crisis people may not realize that driving under the influence of painkillers can be dangerous as well. Low doses of the drugs may not be as harmful but a high dose of opioids in a driver’s system can lead to serious impairments. Other drugs like PCP and LSD can also have fatal consequences while driving.

It is never safe to drive a vehicle while under the influence of any drug, no matter what the effects and your own personal tolerance.

Specific Phobias and How they Affect Mental Health

Posted on: June 23rd, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

 

Teen and Young Adult Smoking on the Decline

While general anxiety can involve fears related to a number of different situations, a phobia is a type of anxiety disorder that relates to once specific fear. When someone has a phobia they are dealing with an extreme and irrational fear about a situation, living creature, place or object. Their fear around this particular thing can build up to the point where they may have a panic attack in its presence or even feel anxious at the thought of their phobia.

Phobias can cause a person extreme distress and make it hard for them to function in their daily life because of their intense fears. A person that struggles with a phobia can have a hard time overcoming their feelings even though they often aware that their fear is irrational. They can have a number of uncomfortable physical reactions when they are in the presence of their phobia including sweating, chest pains, pins and needles and increased heart rate.

When dealing with a phobia the person will feel an uncontrollable sensation of anxiety and a feeling that their source of fear must be avoided at all costs. In moments when they are around their trigger they usually will not be able to function normally and it can stop them from following through on important tasks. The stress that they experience can even cause other mental health problems such as depression.

In order to overcome a specific phobia, the person must go through gradual exposure therapy and work through their anxieties. They will need to find strategies to handle their anxiety as they grow accustomed to the idea of their phobia and exposure to it in controlled situations. The only way to overcome phobias is to confront them slowly with the help of a professional therapist.

Ecstasy and Memory Problems

Posted on: June 20th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

 

Ecstasy and Memory Problems

People who frequently use “party drugs” like ecstasy may be causing serious damage to their brain and memory according to a recent study. The club drug MDMA or ecstacy can cause problems to immediate and short term memory even if it is taken less than once a month over the course of a year. Users may not immediately notice the effects and will most often be unaware of their issues with memory until permanent damage has taken place.

Memory issues caused by ecstasy are associated with damage to the hippocampus which is the area of the brain that is responsible for memory. Those involved in the study used an average of 33 ecstasy pills a year but damage was shown to occur after using only 10 pills in one year. The study raised concerns about the negative and damaging effects of MDMA even when used over a relatively short period of time.

Although memory problems are a major concern, there are other issues that can affect the health of ecstasy users. The drug is often taken in combination with a number of other drugs including alcohol and cocaine. Combining these drugs can be dangerous especially when taken in a party environment where people often get dehydrated and are at risk for all kinds of physiological issues.

Ecstasy also often leads people to engage in risky behaviors that can harm their health such as unprotected sex and driving under the influence The drug can also be highly addictive and the more of it the person consumes, the greater risk they have for damaging their body and brain. Even occasional use of ecstasy can be very dangerous and it can be difficult to reverse the damage caused by the drug.

This new study reveals the harmful effects of ecstasy and the need for users to end even recreational use to preserve their memory and cognitive function.

Is Rock Bottom Always Necessary for Recovery?

Posted on: June 17th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

 

 

Teen and Young Adult Smoking on the Decline

The concept of hitting rock bottom is a traditional view of addiction that many people believe is a crucial part of the process of quitting. The idea behind rock bottom is that the person with an addiction will finally reach a point where they have experienced so many negative consequences from their behavior that they decide they need to get help. Rock bottom is essentially reaching the lowest point of your disease so that the only way to move forward is to admit you have a problem.

Even though rock bottom can be a useful idea in framing the narrative of addiction and understanding people’s motivation to quit, it is not how every addiction story occurs. In fact, believing that hitting rock bottom is the only way that someone can recover can sometimes be dangerous. If loved ones take no action and avoid helping an addict because they are waiting for them to hit rock bottom then they are leaving them alone to cause more damage.

For some people it may take years to finally hit rock bottom and during that time they can cause a lot of problems in their relationships, their physical and mental health and their finances. The gradual changes that they go through as a result of their addiction may become complicated to resolve once they finally do get help. Allowing those issues to build up over many years can take its toll on their lives and make recovery even more challenging.

Getting help as early as possible is usually preferable to hitting rock bottom so that addicts will not have to suffer for a long time. It is important to see if there is anything you can do to help an addict feel motivated to recover before they hit rock bottom.