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  6. Long Term Effects of ADHD Medication

    Therapy and the diagnosis of mental disorders is becoming a common part of people’s lives, but people do not always receive proper therapy or diagnosis.  The amount of children who are perceived to have the developmental disorder attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is becoming higher and more and more children are being treated for it.  The treatment usually consists of the use of stimulant medication, many of which contain amphetamine.

    The fact that amphetamine or known by its street name as ‘speed’ is giving to children as medication is alarming because it is an addictive psychostimulant drug.  The immediate discontinuation of this medication can cause withdrawal effects ranging from an increased appetite and excessive sleep to mental fatigue and depressioneven suicidal ideation. The short term physical effects are also problematic for the patient including decreased appetite, headaches, twitching and restlessness among many others, although the long term are more disturbing.

    Use of medication or amphetamines over a period of time can alter brain function even when taken off the drug.  Recent studies have shown that long term use in adolescence can cause neurological imbalance and also increase risk-taking behavior which can continue through adulthood.  The study, published in The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, is one of the first to look at how long-term amphetamine use in adolescence affects brain chemistry and behavior.[1]  Dr. Gabriella Gobbi who conducted the study on rodents says, “We focused on the key neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine.  We found abnormalities in brain activity associated with all three of these neurochemicals, called ‘monoamines’.  Imbalances of monoamines are associated with emotional disturbances and mental diseases such as depression or addiction.”[2]  During the study researchers also noted some behavioral changes along with some hyperactivity.

    It is frightening to think of all the kids who are going to be negatively affected in the long run by treating their ADHD with drugs containing amphetamines.  Being one these kids myself it is interesting information as I too suffer from depression and addiction, however I do not feel these were completely caused from the ADHD treatment I received as a kid.

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  7. The goal in life is to discover that you’ve always been where you were supposed to be.
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  8. believerecovery said: hello! i love your blog, i find it very inspirational. i am the admin for believeinrecovery and i just wanted to let you know that i added you to the recovery/motivational blogs that i would suggest to my followers. thank you for being so positive and i hope you are doing well! much love xoxo - amanda

    Thanks Amanda! Very much appreciated! I think your blog is realllllly dope! Your welcome, and I hope your doing well too! xxxxoooxooo - treatment4addiction

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  9. A Sober Living Nightmare

    By: Rachel

    I was lucky that the sober living home I had randomly selected happened to be a healthy, safe environment that was conducive to my recovery. I didn’t do any background checks, didn’t ask for suggestions from people I knew, and didn’t care, so long as I was off the street and given internet access and free use of my car. The men that ran the sober living both had time sober and knowledge of the recovery process, I could tell these guys genuinely did care and weren’t in the business to make a quick buck. Rent was cheap (much cheaper than most sober livings in the LA area) and the accommodations were nice.

    While there are plenty of nurturing sober living environments to choose from in Los Angeles, there are also some rather questionable set ups. In fact, one place that I checked into for a month housed clients that were obviously under the influence. One client had relapsed 3 times and was terminated only for a day before she was able to return to the house. Another client that went on to become manager ended up selling and smoking crack right out of the house. Sober Living, indeed.

    Thankfully I escaped that brief, but chaotic living situation unscathed, but unfortunately that’s not the case for many who get tangled up in a bad environment. During the time I was living at the Sober Living turned Crack House, I had one year sober and was well immersed into the recovery community which may have put me at less risk of relapse. I had been through rehab and two other sober living houses, I had experience of living life sober. I was only living at the house while in transition to move into my apartment. Many people that came through the house were in the very early stages sobriety. With 30 days or so, some of the clients seemed to be more seduced by the thought of getting high one more time. Word got around the recovery community of the unfortunate incidents occurring at the house unbeknownst to the owner, who for the record was a nice guy. As far as I know the house still exists and might be doing well, but the point is that without being careful, dangerous behavior can slip through the cracks and cause harm to the residents.

    I’ve heard an equal share of good sober living experiences as the bad ones, and “bad” usually means the client doesn’t like their roommate or they’re unwilling to go by the rules of the house. Sometimes you hear of stories like mine where the intentions of the owner may have been pure despite the crumbling environment, and sometimes you hear stories where on the outside everything appears to be normal but on the inside of the house a monster is a running the show and the clients are in danger.

    In the November issue of Los Angeles magazine, an article was written by Michael Angeli detailing the harrowing truth behind the sober living for adolescents that his son attended known as The House. While the House has since been shut down, the actions carried out by owner and director, Steve Izenstark have left permanent damage on the former clients.

    In an effort to protect clients from unhealthy conditions, residential treatment facilities in California must be licensed by the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. Facilities deemed as non-residential don’t require a license but can still receive a certification on the ADP website upon request. Almost any facility can acquire one and it does nothing to ensure effectiveness of the treatment being provided. Now, only non-residential programs can get away without a license, however Izenstark got around this by simply labeling his place officially a non-residential program. Clients could spend the night whenever they wanted for as long as they wanted, and they did.

    It was later discovered that Steve had been regularly engaging in sexual conduct with two of the underage female clients. Both of these girls lived at the house. Steve got both of them to agree to sex by claiming it as for “therapeutic purposes”. Steve’s treatment methods were based on lies, manipulation and fear that he instilled into the kids he worked with. The scary part is that he came highly recommended from parents and therapists. He had become a name amongst the elite of the Los Angeles Westside. On the outside Steve was charming and had such a way with words and presentation that he was able to convince parents that his facility was the best choice for their children.

    This story may seem extreme, but it can happen. Though there are many good sober living facilities that provide excellent care to its clientele, it’s imperative to do a good background check before committing to a house. Every sober living facility abides by different sets of rules, so research is key to determine what is right for you or your child. There are so many options for good sober living homes in Los Angeles.

    Remember that almost anyone that can buy a house can start a sober living, regardless of qualifications. Not everyone working in treatment has a degree. That’s not to say that there aren’t plenty of effective and helpful employees working in treatment without degrees. It’s just something to be aware of. It’s common for people in recovery to work in the treatment field. I know several people with a year sober that have started their own sober living facilities that have gone on to become successful and help many people. Though I believe it may not be right for everyone, I am an advocate for sober living in general. It helped me in my path of early recovery and given the right facility, it could help you or your child too.

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    Happy Halloween From Lucy, Dracula And Mr. Gorey.

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