Thursday, 24 November 2011

Learn to Reduce DUI Risks With Alcohol and Drug Classes Online

Do you know what DUI means? Have you ever witnessed a scene of motor accident caused by DUI? Keeping you in no suspense, DUI simply means Driving Under Influence. You may ask; influence of what? Driving under the influence of anything that affects the mental faculty i.e. things that have deleterious effects on the brain. You would have heard about the high rate of accidents caused by DUI. I once stumbled on a huge statistics of accidents from DUI; it is overwhelming. Have a look at part of the statistics:

- Above 200,000 people died from DUI over the last 10 years.
- Above 20,000 people are killed yearly in alcohol and drug related accidents.
- Various scenarios of auto crashes claim at least a life of an American in every 20 minutes from DUI.
- Above 50% of all reported fatal highway accidents involve two or more cars driven under influence.
- Above 65% of fatal single car accidents are related to driving under influence.

With this saddening statistics, the awareness about the causes of this life-threatening act is obvious and necessary.

Firstly, it is important to differentiate between DUI and DWI. DUI is an acronym for Driving Under the Influence as earlier stated, whereas DWI is Driving While Intoxicated. Basically, DUI is due to intoxication from drugs or alcohol, while DWI is mainly intoxication from alcohol only. However, this article will only focus on DUI.

It is important to create the awareness of this dreadful syndrome in the society. Since the causative agent of this is majorly alcohol and drugs, awareness about the harmful effect of the duo intoxicants will be helpful in arresting this societal menace. Although the introduction of drug and alcohol classes to help reduce the risk for DUI's is new to many people, research has shown that it is very effective in curbing the disastrous effects of DUI. Awareness classes could prevent accidents from DUI and save both the society and the family from its gory aftermath.

In practice, alcohol and drug awareness classes are designed to enlighten people more on the effect of drugs and alcohol on human cranial activities i.e. its effect on the brain. Also, the program will direct people to ways in which they can prevent the occurrence of DUI. In the first assessment, people would be made to know how drugs and alcohol affect the reasoning. It is the result of its action on the brain that brings about dizziness. It weakens the whole body metabolic activities and reduces the sensitivity of the spinal integration of body's actions; as a result, the one under its influence may lose total control of himself or herself. A simple 10 hour alcohol class is often the first recommendation for education.

In the same line, the alcohol drug awareness classes will enumerate various ways through which people could prevent themselves from the consequences. This is necessary especially for those who are addicted to it.

And lastly, various scenes of accidents caused by DUI should be shown to them. This, hopefully, might scare them as they would not want to experience such bloody scenes. This awareness program to reduce DUI may also be done as online program. Since most people that use the internet are majorly people who are liable to DUI, taking an online approach will be highly appreciated.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

How Long Does A Drug and Alcohol Program Take?

When people have a problem with drugs and alcohol, there are several different options to choose. They may be interested in a residential program, which involves going to a special facility for help. This is often helpful for people who need time away from their present surroundings to focus on their problems associated with drugs and alcohol. One method is a 28-day program. This is usually offered by a drug and alcohol rehab facility. Another option is the six-week program offered by a social education retreat center. The philosophies and methods used are very different.

28 Days

Programs that last 28 days typically follow a 12-step process. The patients enroll in treatment for a disease called addiction. They may attend by choice, although some patients are forced or persuaded through an intervention process against their will. During this time, the individual will be told that they have a disease and are powerless to control their urges to use drugs or alcohol. At the end of this time in a drug and alcohol treatment facility, the person will be sent on their way with a plan to attend regular meetings for the rest of their lives to possibly keep them on the road to sobriety.

Six Weeks

Another option for those seeking help with drug and alcohol problems is the social education program. While it, too is offered in a residential and non-residential platform, many people choose to attend a six-week retreat away from home. Only those who wish to be there and address their problems associated with drugs and alcohol are accepted into the programs. During this time, the participants will learn how to gain control of their lives through the different choices they make regarding drugs and alcohol. It is a personalized retreat with social education classes that teaches people that they do not have a disease, but must take responsibility for their actions to improve their lifestyle and relationships. They also set goals and make future plans for themselves so that they can successfully live without the problematic lifestyle of drugs and alcohol.

At the end of the six weeks, social education program participants will likely be ready to return home. They do not attend additional meetings or life-long classes once they leave the retreat facility. Some participants may choose to stay for an additional two to four weeks. They may enroll in extended classes that help them to make additional preparations for the future. Some extended learning options include making plans for college education, finding employment and learning how to successfully prepare resumes and conduct job searches. Other options include a further focus on self-confidence and emotional issues associated with returning home. A special segment for seniors helps them to discover new interests and hobbies and how to cope with medical conditions often associated with their age group.

The Not So "Beautiful" Game: The Truth About Drugs in Football, And More!

A friend of mine mentioned this programme was on. I forgot about it, then luckily I just switched over to Channel 4 on Monday night- whilst seeing what was on TV- and it was on! 95-98% of whats on TV is complete rubbish. But there are some decent, interesting programmes on (now and again), and this was one of them.

It was surprising to me, that in the UK, footballers are generally drug tested only once in every seven years. Compared to the footballers in Serie A (the Italian football league), who test two random players after each game! This equates to 4000-4500 tests a year.

The drug tests are supposed to test every kind of drug, be it recreational to sports performance. The amount of recreational drug use (mainly cocaine) in English football is very high, just because it is "in," to quote one of the players being interviewed on the programme.

Also, according to drug testing rules and regulations, when comes to "sports performance" substances such as the steroid testosterone (which is the most common sports performance drug in football and in sports in general). If an athletes testosterone to epitestosterone ratios or T/E ratios are 4:1 or over (the numbers represent the molecule), this means an athlete could be using anabolic steroids. Most "average" people have a ratio of about 1:1 in their urine.

Saying that, some people do have naturally high levels of testosterone compared to epitestosterone (your typical alpha males and females types with a sightly longer ring finger than index finger). You can find out more on the 2D:4D finger ratio in the book 59 Seconds. Men and women who have higher levels of testosterone can build muscle fairly easily, have a more V-taper look, are quick-witted, need more variety in their training and tend do better and power / strength types sports.

But the most common reasons why athletes use steroids is due to:

Being chronically over trained

Having a poor coach (there are lots of them)

Poor eating habits

Eating foods they are intolerant to

Not getting enough rest

Having too much pressure and not having the confidence to handle it, and

Being overly frustrated (because all of the above)

If they just, at the very least:

Learnt to eat right for them (in other words, finding out their metabolic type)

Trained correctly - using the correct reps, sets and loads, etc

Rested up enough

Used good quality supplements to heal and bring their bodies back into balance (if needed)

The only expectations to this, is, if someone has a goal or dream to become the next Mr or Miss Universe / Olympia. To compete at that level in bodybuilding they would use drugs, anyone who says any different is deluded. But I still have a lot of respect for these guys, for the amount of work they put in. So should you.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Difficult Choices - For Those In Early Recovery

When recovering alcoholics and recovering addicts in the early stages of recovery are trying to decide their next move after leaving treatment, they are often faced with difficult choices. "Should I go to sober living?", "What type of sober living?", "Should I stay near my family?", "Should I go back to work?" are all valid and difficult questions to be asking. Difficult choices are nothing new for those with the disease of addiction, however choosing healthy options may be. That is why continued care sober living community environments are such a critical part of any addict's recovery effort. Continued care sober living communities provide the fellowship, licensed counseling, and healthy life skills guidance that are critically needed between the treatment community and integration into traditional sober living.

While in treatment, alcoholics and addicts are introduced to educations and therapies designed to help their cognitive brains understand the disease of addiction and how brain chemistry and neuropathways have actually been altered by the prolonged use of high quantities of mood altering addictive substances such as alcohol, cocaine, benzodiazepines, amphetamines, opiates, nicotine, and other chemicals as well as impulses such as gambling, sex, work, etc. Addicts are informed that their mesolimbic system has been irreversibly physiologically altered and will forever cause the addict to intensely desire mood altering chemicals at times. Addicts are also informed that their neuropathways have been severely damaged on a molecular basis, and that repair to these important neuropathways is possible over an extended period of time. However, while repair is under way, the recovering addict will encounter difficulties in thinking clearly, remembering things, experiencing normal pleasures, and various other symptoms of post acute withdrawal.

It is clear that long-term recovery is difficult, as it seems that all the cards are stacked against the addict. But there is a great equalizer when it comes to addiction. When someone in recovery remains sober by not using any mood altering addictive substances, the mesolimbic system loses its power over the cognitive mind. And while it is difficult for those in early recovery to make healthy choices, it is entirely possible to do so if they surround themselves with the help they need. And making healthy choices over a period of one to three years will eventually allow their neuropathways to rebuild themselves and symptoms of post acute withdrawal will dissipate. And after five to seven years of sobriety and working an excellent recovery program, the addict will experience long-term recovery and lead happy, healthy, productive lives once again.

Perhaps the most important aspect of building a healthy lifestyle of recovery is remaining sober and not using any mood altering addictive substance. Cravings are the most severe when the recovering addict is stressed by internal or external agitates. When in treatment, the recovering addict is surrounded by compassion and therapists that help them deal with those stressors in healthy ways. Continued care sober living continues providing these valuable surroundings so craving will not overcome the recovering addicts desire to stay sober. It is common for stress induced cravings to recur up to a full year after first obtaining sobriety. However, after prolonged exposure to therapeutic exercises on managing stress, the recovering addict will grow more and more capable of handling stress on their own. Essentially, continued care sober living helps people to help themselves.

Many that have not had exposure to continued care sober living do not understand the tremendous life-changing benefits of licensed therapy, education, and balanced center living guidance delivered within a structured addiction after care framework. Put simply, continued care sober living is the next step in the continuum of care for the recovering alcoholic and addict leaving primary treatment and/or outpatient treatment, and affords the recovering addict the best opportunity for continuous recovery.