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August 2010

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New Innovative Addiction Treatment Website for Consumers

Sober Sky is passionate about bring cutting edge technologies and consumer helpful services to it's readers. One unique website that is storming the internet and the addiction, recovery, and treatment community is a website called Choopers Guide. From time to time Sober Sky wants you to know about tools and websites that can significantly reduce your search for a great addiction recovery treatment program or other related services. I hope you will checkout the comparison feature of this site and use it when picking a great addiction treatment program.  

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Experts Learning Much About Cannabis-Use Disorders — Psychiatric News

Experts Learning Much About Cannabis-Use Disorders

  1. Jun Yan

Several behavioral strategies have shown effectiveness in helping patients quit cannabis use, and some medications appear to merit further clinical research.

Marijuana is the most widely used illegal substance in the United States, with 15 million or more current users, and approximately 10 percent of these users develop cannabis-use disorders, epidemiological data have shown. The extent of this problem for clinicians was evident at a symposium on cannabis-use disorder, as the session attracted a full house of attendees at APA's annual meeting in New Orleans in May.

It is often difficult to conduct and interpret epidemiological studies of the adverse consequences and risks of marijuana use, David Gorelick, M.D., Ph.D., chief of the Pharmacotherapy Section in the Intramural Research Program at the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA), told the attendees.

The observed outcomes of chronic use are influenced by many factors, including genetic variations, differences in the potency of and cumulative exposure to marjuana use, concurrent use of other substances such as tobacco and alcohol, comorbid psychiatric conditions, and psychosocial risk factors.

Growing evidence supports a link between marijuana use and psychosis, said Gorelick, citing population research from the United Kingdom. The link appears to be particularly strong with early exposure to marijuana in adolescence. Epidemiological research by Stanley Zammit, Ph.D., M.B., of Cardiff University estimated that the effect size of this link translates to this: stopping approximately 3,000 cases of cannnabis-use disorder might prevent one case of schizophrenia.

Research so far has shown no association between in-utero exposure to marijuana and the development of psychotic disorders later in life, according to Gorelick. However, two longitudinal studies using brain imaging found subtle differences in brain activities during executive-function tests between young adults with and without in-utero exposure to marijuana, even though their performance did not differ.

Meanwhile, patients with schizophrenia have reported a high rate of cannabis use—up to 50 percent in some studies, Gorelick noted. Marijuana smoking in these patients is associated with significantly worse psychotic symptoms, poorer treatment compliance, and exacerbated metabolic side effects from antipsychotic medications. “It's clearly bad for them,” he said. “The question is why they use marijuana—and there is no clear answer.”

According to recent research, physical effects of long-term cannabis use are somewhat different from those of tobacco smoking, Gorelick pointed out. Respiratory symptoms such as cough, phlegm, and wheezing have been reported. The association with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lu

via pn.psychiatryonline.org


3-Year-Old Alesaundra Tafoya Saves Dad Frank Tafoya by Walking to Fire Station for Help

(Aug. 23) -- When her father collapsed in their living room, 3-year-old Alesaundra Tafoya knew what to do.

The Manteca, Calif., toddler walked two blocks to the fire station, where she told firefighters her father was "frozen" and needed help.

"I've been here over 20 years, it's the first time I've had a 3-year-old walk up to the fire station," Manteca Fire Department Capt. Robert Villalovoz told CBS 13. "She walked us down to her house and there her dad was, sitting in the living room, needing medical care."

According to the Manteca Bulletin, Alesaundra made it as far as the parking lot behind the fire department when members of an Alcoholics Anonymous support group meeting next door noticed that the toddler looked confused and helped her make it the rest of the way into the fire station.

Alesaundra Tafoya visits the fire station where she went to get help for her father.

CBS 13

Alesaundra Tafoya, 3, visits the fire station where she went to get help for her father.


Alesaundra may have saved her dad's life. Her father, Frank Tafoya, says he accidentally overdosed on prescription medication. "Took a mixture of medication I wasn't supposed to at the time, a bedtime dose, and I guess I collapsed," he said.

Her parents said they'd been pointing out the fire station as a place to go to get help in case of an emergency.

via www.aolnews.com


The Recovery Book

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K2- Drug

Download Understanding the ‘Spice’ phenomenon

I hope this helps explain the K2- DRUG problem that is across the united states.


K2- Drug

Download Understanding the ‘Spice’ phenomenon


I hope this helps explain the K2- DRUG problem that is across the united states.


K2- Drug taking everyone by surprise!

The new chemical responsible for the death of many adolescents and adults across American cities is concerning the local community's leaders and citizens. Many cities are in the process of regulation of the substance. The debate is starting to rise among people. The facts and myths are causing concern and misinformation. Summer Sky Recovery Center in Stephenville, Texas has recently seen a rise in the inquiry of what to do with teens using the new K2 drug. The treatment center located in Texas is receiving calls from all over the nation. The available research is limited from government research institutions. Please look back frequently and we will have more information on this site about this new chemical.


Addiction Points of View!

I have started this category of discussion so that others who have opposing views, opinions, ideas, or just something new and innovative can share and comment on points of view. While i am foremost all about the community and the consumer and the rights they have toward addiction treatment services, I am also not so closed minded to say that because i am an expert in the field of addiction, treatment and recovery that i am always right. Please feel free to comment!  

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