Red Flags that Your College Student Is Becoming an Addict

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The freedom that comes with going away to college can be exhilarating as well as terrifying. Learning to juggle academic responsibilities with making new friends, holding a part-time job, and living independently can be challenging for any teenager who previously relied on Mom and Dad to keep things running smoothly.

Signs of Addiction in College Students

College students often begin experimenting with drugs and alcohol to cope with stressful changes in their lives or exert their autonomy once they leave home. Some warning signs that suggest your child might be in trouble include:

  • Reluctance to call or visit on a regular basis
  • Evasiveness when asked about life at college
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Lack of attention to personal hygiene
  • Loss of inhibitions or anger management issues
  • Difficulty keeping up with coursework
  • Legal troubles or disciplinary action at school
  • Cash, jewelry, or other valuables mysteriously missing after a home visit

What Substances Do College Students Abuse?

Alcohol is still the most commonly abused substance among college students, although the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that daily marijuana use among college students is at its highest level since 1980—having surpassed the number of students who smoke cigarettes on a regular basis. The Associated Press reports that college students are most likely to abuse stimulants during exam times, mostly due to worries about keeping up with an intensified study schedule.

Getting the Help Your Child Needs

If you believe your child is struggling with addiction, getting treatment is essential. Although most college campuses have a mental health center for students, these facilities are often overburdened and understaffed. 10 Acre Ranch specializes in treating men ages 18 and older who are struggling with drug and alcohol abuse, offering residential rehab. Call 1.877.228.4679 to get help for your college student or learn more about our men’s-only CA rehab program.

Health Insurance Companies Fight Back Against Painkiller Abuse

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Health insurance companies fight painkiller abuse

Health insurance companies are now joining in the fight against the epidemic of prescription opioid addiction by adding extra scrutiny to prescriptions for opioid medications such as hydrocodone (Vicodin) and oxycodone (Percocet).

Here are a few of the steps being taken to combat opioid misuse:

  • Cigna is working with the American Society for Addiction Medicine to establish protocols ensuring only patients who have a legitimate medical need for prescriptions receive these potentially addictive medications.
  • Anthem, the operator of Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in 14 states, is identifying at-risk members who have filled five or more controlled substance prescriptions and visited three or more providers for their prescriptions. These members will be assigned a single pharmacy to monitor their medication orders.

While these precautions may create a bit of an inconvenience for people who have a legitimate medical need for prescription opioids, they are becoming necessary to protect the public good. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, 18,893 overdose deaths were attributed to prescription pain relievers in 2014, while only 10,574 overdose deaths were related to heroin. Teens had particularly high rates of addiction since they were most likely to mistakenly view prescription drugs as “safer” than illegal drugs.

Getting Treatment for Prescription Opioid Addiction

Restricting access to drugs with a potential for harm protects people from the suffering caused by substance abuse. However, it’s only one small part of the puzzle. Those who are currently struggling with addiction need evidence-based treatment administered by credentialed professionals.

10 Acre Ranch is a men’s California rehab offering a wide range of addiction treatment options: individual and group therapy, stress management, disease education, and relapse prevention. Each piece of our program is designed to meet the unique needs of men with substance abuse disorders. To learn more or begin the admissions process, complete our confidential contact form today.

5 Myths About Addiction that Might Be Keeping You from Seeking Help

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Addiction is often misunderstood, and the most common myths make people hesitant to get the help they need. Educating yourself is the first and most important step toward a brighter, healthier future.

MYTH 1: Addiction is a character flaw.

People often develop drug and alcohol problems because they have a genetic vulnerability to substance abuse. You may do bad things because of your addiction, but you’re not a bad person. You’re suffering from a disease and need treatment to successfully move forward with your life.

MYTH 2: Recovery only works if you’ve hit rock bottom.

Stories of people who’ve gotten sober after losing their jobs, homes, and families have a certain dramatic appeal, but rehab works no matter where you are in your addiction. In fact, getting sober is often easier if you seek help before there are serious obstacles in your way.

MYTH 3: You can only be addicted to one substance at a time.

Drugs and alcohol release dopamine in the brain, which creates a feeling of euphoria that motivates an abuser to keep using. Men who develop a tolerance for one drug often start experimenting with other substances to get the high they crave. Polysubstance abuse requires a high-quality program designed to treat all forms of addiction at once.

MYTH 4: Getting treatment for addiction gives you a record.

Addiction is not a crime. While you can be criminally charged if you steal to get money to support your habit or injure someone while driving under the influence, the choice to attend rehab is a personal issue. Nobody needs to know about your addiction treatment unless you choose to share your story. Legitimate recovery facilities have safeguards in place to protect your privacy.

MYTH 5: Drug and alcohol recovery is too expensive.

People involved in substance misuse are often reluctant to seek treatment because of financial concerns, but addiction recovery is more affordable than you might expect. 10 Acre Ranch accepts most forms of insurance and self-payment sliding scale fees are also available. Call 1-877-228-4679 to learn more.

10 Addiction-Prone Careers

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Fans who mourned the recent death of Prince may consider reports of his painkiller addiction as evidence that creativity and addictive personalities go hand in hand. However, you might be surprised to learn that musicians, artists, and writers aren’t the most prone to addiction.

According to The Fix, the most addiction-prone industries include:

  1. Food Preparation and Serving
  2. Construction
  3. Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports & Media
  4. Sales
  5. Installation, Maintenance & Repair
  6. Farming, Fishing & Forestry
  7. Transportation & Material-Moving
  8. Cleaning & Maintenance
  9. Personal Care & Service
  10. Office & Administrative Support

Why Are People in Certain Careers More Prone to Addiction?

Do addiction-prone individuals tend to cluster in certain careers, or does job-related stress contribute to addiction? The answer may be a bit of both. For example, construction workers, entertainers, athletes, and salespeople often travel on business, taking them away from their families and friends who can provide emotional support during times of stress. However, these professions also tend to attract people who enjoy risk-taking behavior in both their professional and personal lives.

Peer pressure may come into play as well. We often think about peer pressure in terms of influencing teens to try drugs and alcohol, but the desire to fit in doesn’t go away when you’re an adult. If you see many of your coworkers drinking or using illegal drugs, this behavior becomes normalized as part of the company culture. Joining in seems like a smart career move, despite the risks.

Getting the Help You Need

Regardless of how your addiction develops, getting the help you need is the first step towards a brighter future. 10 Acre Ranch offers alcohol addiction and drug addiction treatment for men in a social model program. Our recovery focus includes anger management, relaxation, meditation, and cognitive behavioral therapy to help clients manage personal and professional stress without addictive substances. Complete our confidential contact request form to learn more, or call 877.228.4679 to get help now.

New Study Finds Marijuana Linked to Shortened Life Span

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Teenagers are known for their impulsive behavior, but experimenting with marijuana shouldn’t be written off as just a harmless phase. A new study, published online April 22 in the American Journal of Psychiatry, found that heavy marijuana use during teen years was linked to a shortened life expectancy.

The study looked at the medical records of over 50,000 men in Sweden over a 42-year period, beginning with their military training in 1969-1970. Heavy pot use during the teen years was associated with a 40% increase in the likelihood of death before age 60.

Marijuana’s Long-Term Effect on Health

Although the study couldn’t conclusively prove that marijuana caused the premature deaths of study participants, the long-term effects of marijuana present several health risks. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana use can:

  • Weaken the immune system, leaving the body open to deadly infections.
  • Cause lung damage and increase the risk of lung cancer.
  • Increase the possibility of heart attack due to high blood pressure.
  • Impair coordination and judgment, which increases the risk of deadly accidents.

LiveScience reports that marijuana can also lead to weight gain. Excess weight is well known as a risk factor for diabetes, heart problems, and other conditions that can shorten an individual’s life expectancy.

Although the idea that marijuana is a gateway drug is still under debate, there have been several studies suggesting that marijuana use opens the door to experimentation with other illegal drugs. For example, the Center for Substance Abuse Research reports that a study in New Zealand found 99% of other illicit drug users had previously used marijuana. If marijuana sets a precedent for risky behavior, it stands to reason that it may indirectly shorten life expectancy.

Overcoming Your Marijuana Addiction

As one of the most affordable drug and alcohol treatment centers in California and the United States, 10 Acre Ranch specializes in helping men overcome their marijuana addiction. We offer a wide range of services, including programs for patients with a dual diagnosis. Please call us at 877.228.4679 to learn more.

Getting Sober With a Medically Supervised Detox

If you’ve tried to get sober on your own, you may be nervous about attempting detox again. Abruptly detoxing at home can lead to everything from sleep disturbances and irritability to hallucinations and seizures, depending on the nature and severity of your addiction. The fear these symptoms create is often what causes a chemically dependent person to relapse, even when he’s 100% committed to quitting.

Safe, Medical Drug Detox for Men

Detoxing is the crucial first step in the recovery process. Making such a meaningful change in your life can be scary, but it’s important to keep in mind that detoxing at home is an entirely different experience than sub-acute detox.

When you’re on your own, there’s no one around to monitor vital signs, address your discomfort, or encourage you to persevere when you hit a rough patch. In medically supervised detox, you have access to a team of physicians, clinicians, and addiction specialists who can guide you through the process of getting sober and minimize discomfort during the withdrawal period.

How Long Does Detox Take?

Wanting a quick detox is certainly understandable, but recovery is a journey that takes time. The Fix, a leading addiction news resource, stresses that while your body will eliminate almost every type of addictive substance within five days, it can take 90 to 100 days for the brain’s analytical and decision-making functions to recover. You won’t feel like yourself right away, but every day of sobriety will get you one step closer to reclaiming control of your life.

Call 10 Acre Ranch to Begin Your Recovery

At 10 Acre Ranch, men suffering from drug and alcohol dependence begin their path to sobriety with a safe, comfortable detox supervised by a medical doctor and monitored by experienced nurses and certified support staff. Withdrawal symptoms are addressed with counseling, rest, nutrition, and healthy social contact.

Addiction is the enemy—and we can help. Complete a confidential contact request to learn more about how 10 Acre Ranch can help you back take control of your life.