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Major League Pitcher Sabathia Seeks Treatment for Alcoholism

Sabathia’s Message: “Alcoholism is an Unprejudiced Disease”

alcoholismIf you reach the pinnacle of your career,  have crowds of adoring fans and earn an undreamed salary, it would be hard to imagine that anything could be better. But Major League Baseball pitcher CC Sabathia could tell you differently. The 35-year old Yankees player and father of four recently went public with his years-long struggle with alcoholism and his steps toward recovery.

Sabathia tells the public how he has spent the past three years hiding his illness until he finally sought professional treatment. He tells how he tried to overcome alcohol addiction on his own with some success – a few months of sobriety – only to “fall off the wagon” and back into heavy, secretive binge drinking.

The pitcher described travelling with his team only to spend entire weekends holed up in his hotel room consuming all the alcoholic beverages in the mini-bar. This happened repeatedly and Sabathia says he spent great energy hiding his struggle. Near the end of this year’s season, he reports experiencing a three-day alcohol binge during a weekend ball trip to Baltimore. It was then that he decided to get help.

Though the baseball playoffs were just ahead, Sabathia made the decision to sign himself immediately into a 30-day treatment center. This kind of decision risked his relationships with teammates, not to mention Yankee fans. Fortunately, Sabathia was surprised by an outpouring of team support for his choice to get help.

The other outpouring of support has come from Sabathia’s own family. His wife and children, the oldest of whom understands fully what has transpired, are all on his team.

Sabathia’s message to a watching and listening public? As summarized from interviews, it doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, down and out or at the peak of success – alcoholism is an unprejudiced disease. It affects all people and needs to be treated just as any other disease would.

At Family Guidance Center we’ve seen treatment establish a path to lasting recovery for those living with alcohol addiction. We know things can change. Contact us and let us help you.

 

Prescription Drug Abuse on College and University Campuses

Survey Reveals Prescription Drug Abuse Among College Age Youth Has New Triggers

happy group of young people at a university college

happy group of young people at a university college

Young adults often experience their first taste of adult freedom when they head off to college. Perhaps at no other time in life are so many choices presented as during those brief, college years. A recent study asked young people about the choices they face regarding illicit use of controlled substances. The survey found that prescription drug abuse is a choice many are making.

The 2015 College Prescription Drug Study surveyed nearly 4,000 college undergrads, graduate students and professional studies enrollees from both private and public schools in a handful of states. Students were asked how available prescription drugs were on campus, if they had ever personally misused prescription drugs and, if so, for what purpose.

One interesting finding was that young people who engage in prescription drug abuse, do so for a couple of reasons. Today, young people are more likely to misuse drugs in order to self-medicate or just to help them navigate through newly encountered adult life pressures than those of previous years who did so just for recreation.

Prescription drug abuse on college and university campuses is mainly centered around pain medications. A little over half of those surveyed had misused pain medications to control pain, but nearly as many took them to get high. Over half of those who misused sedatives, took them in order to get sleep. Another 18 percent of students had abused stimulant drugs often with the intention of improving academic performance, though this group was made up of mostly undergraduate students.

If you or a young person you care about is living with prescription drug addiction or abuse, know that we can help. At Family Guidance Center, learning positive ways to manage the triggers that can contribute to substance abuse for a lifetime is part of the overall wellness approach we offer.

Addiction to Prescription Drugs in America

The Numbers Remain High for Individuals With an Addiction to Prescription Drugs

addiction Rates of misuse and abuse of prescription drugs still remains high in America today. A staggering 52 million Americans aged 12 and over have taken prescription drugs for non-medical reasons at some point. This often leads to abuse and addiction for many of the individuals.

Once the stories of abuse and addiction leave the front page, it’s easy to forget that such a problem exists. Most Americans have little idea of the magnitude of the remaining problem. The tens of millions who have ever misused a prescription drug represent just one part of this epidemic. Experts also see that more than 6 million Americans have abused prescribed medications in just the past 30 days.

The most frequently abused drugs are on the list of those most often prescribed in our country: painkillers (5.1 million), sedatives (2.2 million) and stimulants (1.1 million). Opioid painkillers, anti-anxiety medications and sleep aids and drugs used to treat ADHD are at the top of the list of misused prescriptions even today. These drugs are highly addictive. So when you have high numbers of abuse, this can lead to higher numbers of addiction as individuals continue to abuse the drugs on a consistent basis.

Other news stories may have taken over the headlines, but the problem of prescription drug addiction remains. Fortunately, addiction to prescription drugs is a treatable concern. With intervention and treatment, young people, adults and older people can start on a journey to recovery from prescription drug abuse. If this describes you or someone you love, contact Family Guidance Center and let us help you. Hope is real and healing is possible.

The Physical and Emotional Effects of Long-Term Drug Abuse

Where Long-Term Drug Abuse Does the Most Damage

When someone you love is involved with drugs it can be difficult to know what to do. Yet the reasons to intervene early are myriad. Among them is the fact that long-term drug abuse can damage a person’s physical and emotional health. Here are just a few ways that untreatedlong term drug abuse drug abuse can affect the person that you care about.

Emotional Health

The more a person uses drugs, the more they feel dependent on them in order to cope with everyday situations. Because of this, long-term drug abuse can spark a problem with anxiety. It is common for users to spend more and more time thinking about using, planning how and when to use again. Eventually, this fixation becomes an unmanageable anxiety in between times of using.

Over time your loved one may need more drugs to find the same “good” feeling. At the same time, the lows in between the highs get lower. Depression is another common side effect.

Physical Health

Tobacco is not the only substance which can harm the lungs; meth, crack cocaine and marijuana all can damage the lungs.

Kidneys are filters for the human body. Whatever goes into the body passes through the kidneys for safety treatment. Long-term drug abuse repeatedly pushes toxins through the kidneys and can ultimately lead to kidney failure.

Heart problems can happen the first time a person uses some drugs. It can also be weakened by repeated drug use.

These are not comprehensive lists. But you can see how long-term drug abuse can affect both your physical and your emotional health. At Family Guidance Center we can help you to plan an intervention. Call us today, our addiction treatment services program is the only local program offering outpatient and inpatient treatment along with a social detoxification treatment program.

Binge Drinking During Business Trips: What’s the Connection?

Binge drinking can occur in a variety of situations, both at home and away. A recent survey conducted through On Call International reported that while employees are off on a business trip, some may have a higher tendency than normal to engage in binge drinking.

The survey questioned 1,000 plus people who travel for work to find out how they behave when away. Nearly a third (27 percent) said that they binged on alcohol when off on business travel. Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks for men and four or more drinks for women in a two hour period. The majority (17 percent) said they had binged only one time or rarely while 2.2 percent reported binge drinking every time.

Binge drinking is not only dangerous in itself, but it also often contributes to other unhealthy choices. For example, 11 percent of people surveyed said they had had risky sexual behavior as a result of binge drinking. The chances of unplanned pregnancy or contracting an STD increase significantly in this scenario. Binge drinking also increases a person’s likelihood of becoming involved in violent behavior. Three percent of respondents in the survey said they had had run-ins with the police while on a business trip.

The risks involved with binge drinking can be far reaching — including an increased likelihood of developing alcohol dependence or addiction, or an increase in frequency of binge drinking episodes that leads to poor performance at work or at home.

Many people try to hide their level of alcohol consumption and binge drinking behaviors. Of those surveyed, eight percent said they had lied to their employer about what had gone on during their trip. If your alcohol consumption is leading you to make unhealthy choices, or if you find yourself making attempt to conceal information drinking, it is time to talk with someone about moving forward. Call Family Guidance Center. We understand and we can help.