Addiction can take our lives down a difficult path and set us off in the wrong direction. We may struggle, and we may fail on the first attempts at sobriety. But it’s never too late to seek help and get a fresh start. Everyone deserves a do-over.
Addiction is a widespread problem among members of the transgender community, but addiction treatment often fails to meet their needs. Despite the fact that an estimated 30 percent of transgender people—quite possibly more—suffer from some form of addiction, many treatment providers are inadequately prepared, or not prepared at all, to successfully treat transgender patients.
Treatment programs for opioid addiction sometimes include group or individual counseling sessions in addition to medication and other forms of care. According to the results of a large-scale, federally sponsored project called the Prescription Opioid Addiction Treatment Study (POATS), this counseling does not seem to do much good. In a study published in April 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a team of U.S. researchers reexamined POATS in order to clarify these findings. The researchers concluded that drug counseling does work for some opioid-addicted patients/clients when these individuals actively stick to their overall program regimen.
Addiction specialists and researchers know that exercise can potentially improve the outcomes of people recovering from an addiction to a substance of abuse. However, past results have indicated that the recovery-related benefits of exercise tend to appear only in people who participate in physical activity on a regular basis. In a study presented in April 2014 at an annual scientific gathering called Experimental Biology, researchers from the Scripps Research Institute tested the potential benefits of irregular or sporadic exercise in people recovering from methamphetamine addiction. These researchers concluded that even short-term exercise produces positive treatment results.
Drugs and alcohol are mind-altering substances. When you are deep in your addiction, these substances change who you are. Getting your next fix becomes your purpose in life—getting money to get the next fix, or enjoying the brief pleasure from finally getting it. Your world revolves around your addiction.
Many addicts fear giving up their drug for many reasons. One may be the fear of facing one’s true self after addiction. Who will you be if you are not someone who needs that fix? What will your life mean without the chase and the high? What you will find out about coming clean is that you begin to start a wonderful journey of discovering your real, true, self.
The Ministry of Health and Population will build a center for treating drug addiction and psychological illnesses, the first of its kind in Yemen, said Dr. Dhyaa Fadhil, a Psychological Health Program Officer at the Ministry of Health. The center comes as Yemen started becoming a stepping stone to drug trafficking to neighboring countries.
Two-thirds of all adults and more than one half of all juveniles who are arrested test positive for illicit drugs, and as much of 90 percent of crime is drug or alcohol related. But incarcerated drug offenders don’t receive the treatment they need, and will likely use again and commit another offense upon release. That’s where drug courts come in.