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Addiction is a problem that affects people from all different types of backgrounds and professions. In fact, many professionals are at an increased risk for addiction because of their stressful and demanding work responsibilities.
What is PTSD?
Many people have doubts regarding the efficacy of drug/alcohol addiction treatment due to the high rate of relapse following the completion of rehab treatment.
As seen in the Health & Wellness Magazine.
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is most often treated with a combination of psychotherapy and medication. While psychotherapy is the primary treatment option, medication is known to relieve symptoms and help treat PTSD. Medication alone is not recommended, but in conjunction with psychotherapy, it is a great option.
Certain populations seem to have an increased risk for addiction over others. High stress environments with easy access to controlled substances are risk factors for addiction that may make certain groups more susceptible. Nurses are one such group. Their job is difficult, requires long hours and their decisions can mean the difference between life and death. The high stress environment together with frequent contact with controlled substances puts nurses at risk for addiction.
Homeowners on Riviera Drive in Boynton Beach have nicknamed their street “Rehab Drive.” Three of the fourteen homes on the street are sober homes—halfway homes where newly sober addicts live in a supposedly drug/alcohol free environment to help them in their recovery. Residents there complain about finding needles on the street, and seeing lights from police vehicles and ambulances visiting these sober homes. Since sober homes are unregulated, more and more are popping up around Palm Beach.
Nurses are an important part of the medical profession and are invaluable to the many patients that they help. Addiction is a problem faced by many professionals, including nurses. Since addiction can interfere with work, and possibly create an unsafe environment for nurses, the Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN) was created in Florida in 1983 through legislative action. Their program provides close monitoring of nurses in Florida that have abused alcohol or drugs.
“Benzos” is the slang term for the category of psychoactive medications called Benzodiazepine. Brand names of the drug include Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, and Valium. These drugs are typically used to treat anxiety disorders as well as insomnia and seizures. Prescriptions for these drugs have tripled in the past twenty years which many attribute to better awareness of mental health disorders. Unfortunately, along with the increase in prescriptions, there has also been an increase in overdoses.
Opioid overdoses are on the rise in Florida. According to the medical examiner’s office this increase is due to overdoses from heroin and the synthetic narcotic fentanyl. Some speculate that the crackdown on oxycodone has turned addicts to heroin and fentanyl instead. Unfortunately, fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin, and users may not even be aware that they are using it. Since it is cheaper to manufacture, dealers have replaced other opioids with fentanyl—a much more potent drug.
These days, addiction isn’t the only reason to attend a rehab facility. Often addiction results from self medication for other problems. Mood disorders, anxiety, trauma are all problems that cause many to seek drugs or alcohol in an attempt to relieve symptoms. Unfortunately alcohol and drugs never relieve symptoms, they only exacerbate real problems. Yet addiction is a problem that can only be treated if the initial problems are also addressed. There is little success in treating addiction without also treating the depression or anxiety that triggered the addiction.
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