Prescription Drug Addiction – Which Method Of Drug Detox Is Best?

When looking for help for themselves or a loved one with a prescription drug problem, people are often unsure which detox program is best. Choosing the right program could mean the difference between success and failure in overcoming prescription drug addiction. Different types of drug detox programs are available and each one has its advantages and drawbacks. For most people drug detox is just the start of full rehabilitation. It is primarily a method of withdrawal, and does not address why the person became addicted in the first place – for that you need a successful drug rehab program. Nevertheless, withdrawal is the necessary first step to rehab and to get someone with a prescription drug addiction problem to even agree to quit, it is often necessary to find a drug detox program that can effectively handle prescription drug addiction detox, is safe, and is as comfortable for the addicted person as possible. Some drug detox programs simply provide a setting where the person is kept away from all drugs, fed, housed, and watched over to ensure they don’t encounter any serious medical problems. They are basically withdrawing ‘cold turkey’, with nothing to relieve the pain or other withdrawal symptoms. For many with a prescription drug addiction problem, this type of drug detox is very hard on the body, and very traumatic. Another type of drug detox program basically amounts to substituting a different drug for the one the person is already taking. The person arrives at the detox center, is given a drug that helps relieve the symptoms of withdrawal, and leaves the center on the substitute drug – possibly chained to it forever. If they want to get off the new drug, they may well have to go through another drug detox. This is obviously not a good choice for someone with a prescription drug addiction as they have just replaced one prescription for another. Then we have ‘rapid detox’, promoted as the fastest route. You arrive at the facility, usually a hospital, and, after medical examination and other preparations, are put under general anesthetic for between four and six hours – the person is basically ‘out’ while a strong drug is pumped through their system. The most talked about aspect of the rapid detox method is the fact that you are technically done within hours. However, recovery from the anesthetic and physical stress put on the body can take several days, and the person is likely to continue to have side effects and symptoms for weeks. In fact, most people leave rapid detox centers on medications designed to handle the after-effects of the detox. The best method of detoxing from prescription drugs is the gradual withdrawal technique. The person checks into a medically-supervised, comfortable facility where they are helped through withdrawal by the use of drugs that help alleviate the symptoms. This differs from the ‘substitute drug’ method as the person is given the withdrawal drugs only for a short period of time, and is no longer taking that drug when they leave. There’s no quick fix for drug addiction. The first step is a drug detox program that can successfully deal with prescription drug addiction. Then finish up with a drug rehab program that addresses the reasons behind the addiction. With these steps done, the person can get their life back. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=165830&ca=Medicines+and+Remedies

Drug Rehab Chronicles – Beware Of Prescription Drug Combinations

After years of drug abuse, Vicki Lynn Marshall finally met her end with a deadly combination of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The jury’s still out on whether the cause of death was accidental or otherwise, but one thing is certain – had Vicki Lynn completed a successful drug rehab long ago, she would likely be alive today. For Vickie Lynn, the spiral to the autopsy table started years ago. Drug and alcohol abuse, dependency, and perhaps addiction, were part of her lifestyle. But when a series of adverse personal events led her to combine several prescription drugs, she was physically pushed over the edge. The long list on the pathologist’s report was shocking. At the time of her death, she had consumed not two or three, or even four drugs – the autopsy found nine different prescription drugs and one powerful over-the-counter medication, at least five or six of which cascaded into the next, adding to and increasing their effects: 1. Cipro, a powerful antibiotic used to handle bacterial and viral infections 2.Chloral hydrate, a sedative and hypnotic to help her sleep 3. Benadryl, an OTC antihistamine 4. Four powerful tranquilizers 5. Atropine 6. Topiramate, an anticonvulsant now prescribed for migraines Although the antibiotic was obviously needed to handle an infection, the sedatives and tranquilizers were indicative of needing drug rehab to get down to the bottom of what was causing the drug abuse. And the sedatives and tranquilizers, along with the antihistamine, atropine and Topiramate, are what actually killed her – each of them depresses respiration and circulation and, in Vicki Lynn’s case, these systems became so depressed they simply shut down. “She didn’t suffer,” the pathologist said, “she went to sleep.” According to her autopsy records, Vickie Lynn Marshall died of an “acute combined drug intoxication” complicated by two minor infections, neither of which was dangerous if treated properly. Taken singly, none of the drugs was life-threatening, and none was an overdose. Could Vicki Lynn’s life have been saved? Probably everything possible was done in the end but, factually, the problem started years ago – when she became dependant on drugs and alcohol. Had Vicki Lynn, or someone who cared about her, recognized the signs and made sure she got through a drug rehab program that addressed the issues behind her drug abuse, she may not have turned to drugs when events seemed to conspire against her and she may be alive today. Vicki Lynn’s story is not unusual – millions of people depend on prescription drugs. But, as we can see from Vicki Lynn’s story, some of them can be dangerous. If someone you care about is dependant on or addicted to prescription drugs, find a successful drug rehab program. Don’t let them end up on the autopsy table like Vicki Lynn Marshall – who you may know as Anna Nicole Smith. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=170469&ca=Advice

Local Drug Search Adds Prescription Drug Coupons Offering Consumers Even More Savings

Local Drug Search launched, and for the first time Americans could search for the lowest prices on prescription drugs at over 20,000 pharmacies across the US. With just a few clicks, the easy-to-use website compares prices for the prescriptions users input at their local pharmacies. Starting today, Local Drug Search is making it even easier for consumers to save money by integrating hundreds of manufacturers’ prescription drug coupons and savings plans into the search results. “Local Drug Search is committed to helping the consumer easily find the best deals for their prescriptions,” comments Mike Todasco, founder of Local Drug Search. “We started by setting up the first website of its kind to aggregate prescription drug prices from the major US pharmacies. Searching on the site could save the average family hundreds of dollars a year in a few moments of their time. In addition, many Americans don’t realize that most drug manufacturers offer coupons to help offset the cost of a prescription. Whether you have no insurance, or are lucky enough to have a health plan with no co-pay for prescriptions, now everyone can save even more money by searching for prescription drug coupons on Local Drug Search. Many of today’s most popular brand name medications offer significant savings which are now displayed on LocalDrugSearch.com. If you are searching for Cialis, you will find that Eli Lilly, the maker of Cialis, offers a free 30 day trial or three free 36 hour tablets. If you are taking Lipitor, searching the LocalDrugSearch.com site will show a promotion from Pfizer for a $4 co-pay, up to $600 a year. Users of Nexium are directed to the AstraZeneca site which offers a Purple Plus Savings Card to save up to $50 per refill and a personal calculator to estimate the cost of the prescription under their health plan. “Local Drug Search is all about making it easier to make informed decisions and save money on your prescriptions,” says Todasco. “Instead of searching multiple websites and calling your local pharmacies to get a price quote for your medications, Local Drug Search does the work for you by finding the best prices in your area,” he adds. Enter your zip code and medication, and with an easy click you will see a map of your local pharmacies and a retail price list for your selected prescription. The site also tells you if your FDA approved generic medications are available for brand name drugs which can potentially save you even more money. More than one-half of Americans are taking prescription drugs. IMS Health reports that Americans spent more than $300 billion on prescription drugs in 2010. The American healthcare debate and uncertain economic times have brought increased focus on what individuals can do to control their healthcare costs. While many Americans are covered by private health insurance plans, Medicare, or Medicaid, not all prescriptions are covered by all plans. And prescription costs vary widely by location and pharmacy. Local Drug Search serves as a tool to empower consumers to save money by allowing them to easily compare prices at the local pharmacies they trust. Local Drug Search is the first website of its kind that empowers consumers to compare prices of prescription drugs at the neighborhood pharmacies they trust. LocalDrugSearch.com was recently featured in the Baltimore Sun as Consumer Website of the Week. The Local Drug Search database has information on over 2,000 prescription drugs from over 20,000 pharmacies across the US and allows you to find the best price near you. Local Drug Search is committed to help consumers make informed choices about purchasing their medications at the best prices. To find the latest prices and find out the latest news about Local Drug Search, follow them on Twitter [http://www.twitter.com/localdrugsearch] and visit Localdrugsearch.com. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=1143347&ca=Travel

My Rheumatoid Arthritis Is Responding To Methotrexate And A Biologic Drug… Are There Non-drug Therapies That Will Help Me Too?

The cornerstone of successful treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an early diagnosis and aggressive medical therapy. In addition, though, there are non-drug therapies that can be beneficial for many patients. The following is a rundown of things that help patients at our center. While glucosamine sulfate/ chondroitin have been used mainly to treat osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, it can be helpful in the patient with both RA as well as OA. There is very little data regarding its use in patients with both conditions. However, many patients report that symptoms improve with the addition of a good quality form of glucosamine and chondroitin. If a patient is a smoker, there is abundant evidence indicating that smoking increases the risk of developing RA. In one study looking at more than 350,000 women, those who smoked more than 25 cigarettes per day had a relative risk of 1.4 of developing RA compared with those who never smoked. In addition, patients with RA who smoked were more likely to develop aggressive joint disease associated with more joint damage, rheumatoid nodules (swelling under the skin near joints), and higher levels of rheumatoid factor, a blood test that correlates closely with disease activity. Physical and occupational therapy can be very helpful for those patients with significant RA. In addition to range of motion, muscle strengthening exercises are extremely important. The goal of an early muscle-strengthening program is to prevent long-term disability and improve physical function. There is significant data indicating that patients with RA who participate in strength-training programs show overall improvement in muscle strength and functional capacity. Beneficial effects of occupational therapy (OT) in patients with established RA, while sparse, do indicate that it is helpful. In our clinic, we feel that patients with significant hand and wrist problems benefit greatly from OT evaluation. Non-impact aerobic exercise is critical for a number of reasons. It improves endurance, reduces fatigue, increases muscle strength, reduces pain (through endorphin production in the brain), and also gives an RA patient a sense of control over their disease. Non impact aerobic exercise can be done with swimming, a stationary (or regular bicycle), or elliptical trainer. Dietary fish oil supplement has been shown to decrease signs and symptoms of RA. Fish oil contains omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. These fatty acids inhibit the metabolism of arachidonic acid into pro-inflammatory substances such as prostaglandins. The clinical benefits are delayed for 2-3 months and require moderately high doses of 3-7 g per day. A recent study noted additional improvement in RA symptoms and functional capacity when dietary fish oil was combined with olive oil. The use of various herbal and vitamin supplements that contain antioxidants and therapeutic amounts of anti-inflammatory compounds such as gamma linolenic acid may also provide relief. Complementary therapies such as yoga, t’ai chi, meditation, prayer, chiropractic (in selected cases), acupuncture, music therapy, hypnosis, guided imagery, cold laser, ultra high frequency electrical stimulation, and so forth all have their place in the pantheon of therapy. This is where treatment of arthritis becomes both an art as well as science. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=171710&ca=Medicines+and+Remedies

Drug Detox Q & A: Can Opioid Pain Therapy Create Drug Addicts?

Risk of drug addiction is higher with opioid painkillers than with other drugs. We frequently hear or read about people who have become addicted to painkillers after being prescribed them by their doctor for chronic pain. The problem is that once the pain is gone or manageable, the person can find themselves trapped by the drug and has to keep taking it. Next thing you know, they’re “doctor shopping”, stealing drugs from medicine cabinets, buying them off the Internet, or from drug dealers. Really, their only hope at that point is a drug detox program that will help them get off the drug. These stories are always sad and somewhat frightening. For me, they also raise a number of questions: How many people actually suffer from the severe chronic pain that requires these prescriptions? And how do they become addicted? Some of the answers I found were shocking. A study conducted by Stanford University Medical Center found that one in five adult Americans suffer from chronic pain – pain lasting for several months or longer. And, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, common and chronic pain costs American workers more than $61 billion a year in lost productivity. These facts alone provide significant incentive to ask for, and write prescriptions for painkillers. People don’t want to be in pain, and they do want to go to work. So, they are likely to be on these drugs for an extended period of time. But will they become drug addicts? That depends on a number of factors. First, the type of drug they’re taking; If they’re taking opium-based painkillers like OxyContin, Dilaudid, Vicodin, Percocet, oxycodone, or morphine, it is almost certain the person will become physically dependant and, if taken for a long period of time, they’ll probably require drug detox to safely get off the drug with a minimum of debilitating withdrawal symptoms. However, even though the risk of drug addiction with opioid painkillers is higher than with other drugs, addiction goes beyond mere physical dependency. It is more a mindset – it’s a solution that enables a person to cope with the stresses of living life. And it takes more than drug detox to handle it. Drug detox helps the person handle their physical dependency, but they’ll need drug rehab to conquer the addiction. Whether or not someone is addicted to a drug is a complex question. But the bottom line is this: given the right set of conditions, there is a great risk of addiction. The best way to find out if someone is addicted is to get them treatment in a medically-supervised drug detox program that helps them withdraw safely from the drug and then provides counseling to determine if further treatment is needed. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=169608&ca=Medicines+and+Remedies

Cholesterol Drugs Are Dangerous And Ineffective, Medical Researchers Say

Over the last 10 to 15 years, the drug companies have gotten so greedy that they are not happy with the profits they are making from ill people, they actually want healthy people to take prescription drugs for “preventative” reasons. One of the most prevalent methods that the have used, and one that makes them several billion dollars a year, is to popularize the fable that the general healthy population will have better health outcomes in the future if they take statin drugs to keep their cholesterol levels low today.

I urge all my readers to do an internet search on this topic, because there are many university professors who disagree with this practice. And now, the proponents of natural therapies and natural prevention have even more research on their side.

The Cochrane Library has published a new study on cholesterol-lowering drugs. What this study found is that almost all studies claiming that cholesterol-lowering drugs are safe have been done by the pharmaceutical companies that sell them. The researchers collected data from 14 such drug trials. The drug trials involved over 34,000 patients. The conclusion was that there is no evidence proving that it is safe for healthy people with no history of heart disease to take cholesterol-lowering drugs.

One of the researchers in the study, Professor Shah Ebrahim from the London school of hygiene and tropical medicine, was quoted as saying that the researchers “found that evidence that potential harm is not being taken seriously. The adverse effects are not included in the trials.”

Furthermore, a study published in the British medical Journal in 2010 concluded that for every heart attack allegedly prevented by cholesterol-lowering drugs, two people suffer liver damage, kidney failure, cataracts or extreme muscle weakness as a direct result of taking the statin drugs. The researchers concluded that statin drugs hurt more people than they help.

The question for the public is what can we do to help ourselves feel and age better without taking dangerous pharmaceutical drugs. The outlook is positive. The most important thing to remember regarding cholesterol is that cholesterol in itself is not a bad thing. Cholesterol is actually the main food for all of the body’s hormones. It is impossible for human beings to function properly, hormonally-speaking, if they are suffering from a lack of cholesterol.

Cholesterol only becomes a problem when there is too much cholesterol going into your blood vessels compared to the amount of cholesterol leaving your blood vessels. This is what the ratio LDL to HDL refers to. If your ratio LDL to HDL is lower than 2 then you should be okay. Even better news is that there is a natural product called concentrated fish oil which actually raises HDL and lowers LDL, thereby improving your ratio with no side effects whatsoever.

Taking 6 capsules of a good-quality concentrated fish oil every day can help balance your lipid profile, including not only cholesterol, but also triglycerides, which are much more conclusively linked to heart disease than cholesterol is. If you combine this with a natural cholesterol-balancing product you can help yourself tremendously and avoid all the dangers of pharmaceutical drugs.

Are Workplace Drug Testing Programs Making a Difference?

Are Workplace Drug Testing Programs Making a Difference?

In today’s workplace, one of the biggest issues involves drug testing of employees. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2014 more than 9.1 million drug tests were administered to employees across the United States. Of those tests, more than 350,000 resulted in a positive test for such drugs as marijuana, amphetamines, and various prescription painkillers. However, while pre-employment as well as random drug screenings are a way of life in today’s workplace, there has been much debate as to their effectiveness.

Does Workplace Drug Testing Really Work?

While an estimated 40 percent of workers are subjected to drug tests at the time of hiring and 65 percent of all employers use drug testing for pre-employment as well as random in-house testing, there are still questions as to its effectiveness in helping find those people who may need help with drug addiction. For example, not all drug testing programs are sophisticated enough to detect certain drugs, particularly newer drugs that have just started to present addiction problems. In addition, most random drug testing programs are considered to be so ineffective, they negate any chance of truly finding those employees who may be struggling with addiction issues. Finally, many employers have been found to give far too much advance notice to employees about upcoming drug testing, allowing those who have a problem time to plan ways to beat the system.

Addressing the Problem Before it Gets Out of Control

Though workplace drug testing is seen by many as ineffective, the fact is it does manage to find some employees who have serious substance abuse issues. For those who do test positive for drugs, many employers offer a number of options for help including:

–Employee Assistance Programs
–Paid inpatient treatment programs
–In-house counseling
–Additional insurance options to pay for treatment

Employees who are found to have problems with drug abuse often take advantage of offers to attend inpatient treatment programs. Proven to be far more effective over the long-term than outpatient programs, inpatient treatment programs often work with employers to make sure an employee is able to spend time in treatment without worry of losing their job or losing income while in treatment. Most employers will consider employees to be on company time during their treatment programs, letting them continue to draw an income while battling their addiction.

Benefits of Allowing Employees to Get Treatment and Keep Their Jobs

As treatment for substance abuse becomes more accepted in the workplace of today, employees dealing with addiction will be more comfortable admitting to an employer when a problem exists. If you or someone you know is dealing with substance abuse addiction in the workplace, seeking inpatient treatment can not only help get rid of the addiction, but also save a career at the same time. Workplace drug testing programs are a good way to help someone get treatment before their addiction gets out of control.

Facial Sweating – How to Permanently Cure For Facial Sweating Drug-Free

Do you want to completely stop facial sweating? With these guidelines, you can stop sweat on face without ever taking any prescribed medicine.

Eat fresh tomatoes and stop facial sweating
Eating fresh tomatoes are an excellent natural remedy to combat facial embarrassing sweat. If you want to stop facial sweating every day to eat fresh tomatoes or drink tomato juice. Add to your daily diet, and within a few weeks, fresh tomatoes, you should be sweating less than before. However, if you do not like tomatoes, try buttermilk. Buttermilk has the same effect as a tomato, so if you do not like tomatoes, use buttermilk instead.A stop sweating guide will teach you how to use your all-natural medicine to heal properly list your face sweats forever.

Avoid caffeine Prevent Facial sweating more
Caffeine is directly related to anxiety and anxiety is something that everyone who suffers from excessive sweating should be avoided. It has been shown that the more anxious you feel, the more you’ll be sweating. So, stay more sweat on your face, you should stay away from drinks such as coffee, energy drinks or even some caffeinated soft drinks.

The apple cider vinegar to stop facial sweating
Apple cider vinegar is a great natural solution irritates my face sweat. This year-old instrument is not only a great stop his sweating face, but also your overall health. For best results, take with warm apple cider vinegar a teaspoon a day. Maintain the same for about a week dose and you should notice a decrease, your sweat face.So if you desperately want to stop his sweating face, I highly recommend that you get the stop sweating guide. Do not be embarrassed by the sweat of your face anymore.

If you want to put an end to your sweating face, the guidelines above is perfect to stop his sweating face. However, if you want to permanently stop and cure facial sweating is good, I highly recommend that you get the stop sweating guide. Stop sweating guide will teach you how to use your all-natural medicine to heal properly list your face sweats forever. It will show you step by step what to do, fast and easy to cure and prevent sweat from his face ever come back.

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Drug Abuse and Addiction: The Dark Side of Nursing

Drug abuse made easy

Sometime in the late ’80s to early ’90s, pharmaceutical companies started producing and marketing powerful narcotics like MS Contin. Doctors decided to start seriously treating pain. Healers by nature, it was only natural that they would want to provide any comfort they could.

Narcotic prescriptions were handed out like Chinese restaurant menus. Problems began to surface quickly. Drug abuse became more commonplace. It was no longer a thing of needles and back alleys. Now you could get high on a pill approved by the US Government, prescribed by a medical professional, and purchased at the friendly neighborhood pharmacy down the street.

How prevalent is drug abuse? In 2010, studies showed that 8.76 million people were addicted to prescription medicines. 5.3 million of those were to painkillers, with the rest being addicted to tranquilizers and stimulants.

Drugs are everywhere. Chronic pain is the new trendy thing to have. Hospitals are filling with patients calmly sitting on their beds, reading a book as they ask for something to fix their “10 out of 10” pain.

Who’s going to be there to take care of these people? You guessed it, nurses.

The nurses start out administering the meds like they are supposed to. Eventually, the ease of access to these meds becomes tempting. They’re on their third 12-hour shift, and the exhaustion and stress begin to get to them. They have several patients with narcotics prescribed as needed. None of their patients truly look like they are in pain. They really don’t need the medicine. It becomes easy to justify how much more they need it than their patients.

You’ve probably heard it said that “it gets easier with time.” That statement is usually reserved for those that are experiencing loss or heartache, but the sentiment holds true here. You take the first pill, and the next one gets a little easier.

Nurses and substance abuse

Addicts don’t always look like you think they would. I would be surprised when I would hear that one of the nurses I worked with was a recovering addict. These were awesome nurses, but my surprise at finding they were in recovery was overshadowed by the surprise at seeing them fall back into the grasp of drug abuse.

When I was first introduced to addiction, I was very naive. I looked at addiction as I would any other illness. Something to be cured. I’m a nurse, why couldn’t I help “fix” these people?

After a spiral into codependency, I emerged wiser. I now understand that addiction is a lifetime illness. There are addicts currently abusing substances, and there are addicts in recovery.

One of the hardest lessons I’ve learned is that relapse is a part of recovery. Nothing teaches that lesson better than pulling back the curtain in a patient’s room, to find a coworker passed out hooked up to their patient’s IV. You see a lot of crazy things in a hospital.

A lot of these nursing addicts began with legitimate pain issues. They were prescribed something that was intended to help. It eased the pain for a short while, then the pain came back with a vengeance. The next time their patient needed a dose of their pain med, the nurse might just make an “error”. The pill was dropped and “thrown away”. Thus, the cycle of addiction begins.

Addicts aren’t bad people. They have a disease, no different than if they had cancer. Diseases need treatment. The tough part is getting the addict to seek out the treatment. The decision has to be theirs.

If you or anyone you know is suffering from addiction, there are resources. A quick Google search will show you rehab centers nearby. There are also local support groups through Narconon. Help is out there.

Sean Parker is a BSN, RN living in Nashville, TN. He also has a Masters in Global Business Management. He is the author of the nursing blog, “A Nurse’s Journey”. If you enjoyed reading this article, you should check out his blog. It has other informative articles, as well as some humorous stories from his time as a nurse. Click the link below to visit his site: http://anursesjourney.com

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Why Drugs And Physical Fitness Don’t Mix

If you have decided that you want to be in the best possible shape, you may already have decided to take on some exercise routines for that purpose. Whether your exercise routine includes getting fresh air by including a brisk walk in your daily plans, trying some strenuous calisthenics, or getting a membership to work out at your local gym, all of these are impressive ways to greatly improve your strength, your stamina, and your overall health in general.

There is, however, one very important point to keep in mind. If you want to benefit the most from your new physical fitness plan, it is essential to note that drugs and physical fitness don’t mix. While exercise is one of the best things you can do for strength, stamina, and overall health, putting destructive substances into your body is the quickest way to undermine all of these good results.

If you have not yet thought of this, it is an excellent point. You are putting a great deal of effort into your new physical fitness program, so it is unlikely that you would want anything to take away from everything you are accomplishing. When you are working toward your goal of physical fitness, it would not make sense to have to cope with such bothersome effects as your reflexes being less than they should be, or a decrease of your energy level.

In order to attain your absolute best in physical fitness, one of the most important things you can do is to begin by clearing the way so that your best can happen! It is certainly well within your range of capabilities; and even if you are a bit hesitant, you know you can do it! When you are in the correct frame-of-mind, acknowledging that your goal is within your reach, this is the first factor that will help motivate you toward getting there. All that remains for you to be in the best state of preparation is to be sure that nothing will distract you from your goal!

There is nothing positive about drugs and alcohol; but when physical fitness is your goal, this is even more true. As the main point of physical fitness is to build yourself up and increase your agility, the factors of drugs and alcohol which will only slow you down are not in your best interest. If you think about it, it is not difficult to recognize that substances are not designed to promote a person’s health and strength– all they will do is block your progress, giving you annoying effects that will stand in your way, and, quite likely, even lead you to lose sight of your ultimate goal.

Alcohol and drugs effect both the body and the mind. Whether your desire for physical fitness is a matter of wishing to improve your everyday health, to give yourself a much better chance of a longer life, or both, it is easy to see why using drugs or alcohol is a negative factor that you really do not need.

The author would like you to visit Drug Addiction: How Families Can Fight The Epidemic [http://opendoorretreat.com/blog/addiction/drug-addiction-how-families-can-fight-the-epidemic] and Taking Care Of Your Emotional And Mental Well-Being [http://opendoorretreat.com/blog/healthy-lifestyle/taking-care-of-your-emotional-and-mental-well-being]

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