Top 5 Questions To Ask To See If Substance Abuse Help Is Needed

is treatment needed, questions to determine treatment needs

1. Does Alcohol Or Drugs Interfere With Daily Activities? If substance abuse interferes with your daily life then this is a sign that substance abuse treatment is needed. As the alcohol or drug use continues it gets harder to function normally each day and your substance abuse will start to intrude on your daily life and activities.


2. Does Substance Abuse Interfere With Your Employment? If your drinking or drug use interferes with your job then this is a sign that substance abuse treatment is required. Alcohol use may cause you to be chronically late because you stayed up late the night before, or you may be suspected of drinking or using drugs on the job and this may put your employment in jeopardy.


3. Do You Drink In Secret Or Hide Drug Use? One sign of addiction is hiding your use of substances. Many people drink in a social setting. If you find yourself drinking in private or hiding the amount of alcohol or drugs consumed then this is a sign that you need substance abuse treatment.


4. Is Your Substance Abuse Causing Financial Difficulties? If your drinking or drug use causes financial difficulties then this signals that there is a problem. Substance abuse can be a very expensive habit and you may start neglecting bills and other expenses to afford the alcohol or drugs you want.


5. Is Your Substance Abuse Causing Medical Problems? If you start developing medical problems due to your addiction then substance abuse treatment should be sought immediately. Alcohol can destroy the liver and other organs, and this is also true with many drugs of abuse as well. 

Top 5 Ways To Stay Sober

how to stay sober, prevent relapse

1. Join a Support Group- Joining a support group can make a big difference between staying sober and falling back into substance abuse. AA is one of the most well known support groups, and NA is also available in most areas. There are support groups for every type of addiction possible.




2. Get A Sponsor- Find a sponsor who can help you stay sober. A sponsor is a mentor who can help you get through the tough times. Your sponsor has been in your shoes, and they can help guide you so that you stay in recovery and do not fall off the wagon.




3. Avoid Old Places And Friends- If you want to stay sober then it is important to avoid the locations and people associated with your substance abuse in the past. Make new friends, ones who support your desire to stop drinking or doing drugs and who want you to succeed in this goal.




4. Use Available Medications- There are medications that can help curb cravings and minimize your impulse to drink or take drugs. Talk with your doctor about whether or not these medications are right in your case. In some cases your medical history may make certain medications inadvisable, but there may be other drugs that will work instead.




5. Perform An Honest Self Evaluation When The Urge To Use Strikes- If you want to stay sober and you feel the urge to drink or do drugs then you should perform an honest self evaluation. Compare your behavior and life while you used with the changes now that you are sober, and be brutally honest. These memories may be enough to keep you on the straight and narrow. 


Bishop Salvatore Cordileone Held On Suspicion Of Drunk Driving In San Francisco

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, driving under the influence

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, the bishop who was just elected to be the leader of the San Francisco archdiocese as well as two other counties in the Bay Area, was arrested and spent part of the weekend in jail due to suspicion of drunk driving. This does not reflect well on a leader of the Catholic Church, and shows that even clerics may need substance abuse treatment at times. Cordileone was appointed by the current Pope, Pope Benedict XVI, and was driving with his mother in the car after dinner with friends when the arrest occurred. A police checkpoint was set up, and this is where Salvatore failed the field sobriety test and was placed in police custody. Will this affect his ability to lead more than half a million Roman Catholics in the San Francisco area? The archdiocese has not commented yet on the arrest.


Bishop Cordileone spent around 11 hours in jail after he was arrested. The police cited suspicion of driving under the influence as the reason for the arrest. Cordileone paid $2,500 for bail and was finally released. Salvatore has admitted that he was over the legal limit, and stated that he was sorry for his error in judgment. Cordileone also gave a statement about the incident. “I will repay my debt to society, and I ask forgiveness from my family and my friends and co-workers at the Diocese of Oakland and the Archdiocese of San Francisco. I pray that God, in His inscrutable wisdom, will bring some good out of this.” Hopefully Bishop Corileone will get help, so that he can be a better leader for his followers and stop any alcohol abuse problems that he may have. 


Medical Research Shows A Possible Link Between Alcohol, Damaged DNA, And Cancer

alcohol and cancer link, drinking and cancer

A new medical research study has found some surprising links between the use of alcohol and certain changes in the DNA that could lead to cancer. Consuming alcohol leads to a breakdown of this substance in the body. During the breakdown process acetaldehyde is formed, and this substance is very similar to formaldehyde, which is known to cause cancer in human and animals. Past laboratory experiments have shown that acetaldehyde has the ability to damage the DNA, is carcinogenic to animals, and can cause chromosomal abnormalities in cultures of cells to be triggered.




Consuming alcohol puts anyone at risk for increased cancer, but the study also showed that individuals who are Asian descent have a much higher risk of this occurring. Approximately 3 in 10 individuals who are of Asian descent have a gene variation and can not metabolize alcohol the way that the rest of the population does, and this can increase the rate of cancers including esophageal cancer.




Study leader Silvia Balbo, Ph.D., who works as a research assistant at the University of Minnesota, said “We now have the first evidence from living human volunteers that acetaldehyde formed after alcohol consumption damages DNA dramatically, Acetaldehyde attaches to DNA in humans – to the genetic material that makes up genes – in a way that results in the formation of a ‘DNA adduct.’ It’s acetaldehyde that latches onto DNA and interferes with DNA activity in a way linked to an increased risk of cancer. These findings tell us that alcohol, a lifestyle carcinogen, is metabolized into acetaldehyde in the mouth, and acetaldehyde is forming DNA adducts, which are known major players in carcinogenesis.”


Coroners Find That Rodney King Was In A Delirium From Drugs And Alcohol When He Died

The toxicology reports are back on Rodney King, and coroners have reported that alcohol and drugs pushed him into a delirium before King drowned in the swimming pool. The coroners have ruled his death an accidental drowning and the contributing causes to the death are listed as alcohol and multiple drug toxicity. King had traces of several substances in his body when he drowned, including alcohol, marijuana, PCP, and cocaine. The toxicology results were the final piece of the puzzle before the case could be closed by the coroner. “Our investigation is now concluded. The conclusions that our investigation revealed have been reinforced by the autopsy and toxicology report.” Captain Randy De Anda of the Rialto police said.drowning, drug and alcohol delirium

The final report which consists of 19 pages rules out any foul play or suicide in the death of Rodney King. The report states that Rodney King “was in a state of drug- and alcohol-induced delirium at the time of the terminal event, and either fell or jumped into a swimming pool.” The conclusion by the coroner shows that the drugs and alcohol effects, and the fact that King had an enlargement of the heart, were the causes of his death. The autopsy report for Rodney King states “and the subject, thus incapacitated, was unable to save himself and drowned. ” Substance abuse treatment that was effective could have stopped King’s daily struggles, and would probably have saved his life. Rodney King had a history of substance abuse after the videotaped beating he received from Los Angeles police officers in 1991, and this abuse finally killed him just as much as the swimming pool.

Tambi Hali, Line Backer For Kansas City Chiefs, Suspended Under Substance Abuse Policy

Kansas City Chiefs, NFL suspension for substance abuse

Tambi Hali, the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, has received a 1 game suspension from the NFL due to a violation of the substance abuse policy that the league has. This means that Tambi will have to sit out the game against the Atlanta Falcons and will not get paid for the game in his salary. In addition Hali will have to give up an additional game check as a punishment. It is not known which substance Hali was fined and suspended for. The NFL refused to comment on the exact violation that Tambi committed, and Hali was not disclosing facts in this area either. All Timbi would say on the matter was “I accept the discipline from the league and will return Week 2 of the NFL season with a commitment to erase this mistake with my play on the field and my conduct off of it.”




Many believe that Tambi abused some type of illegal substance. This belief is because the suspension was under the substance abuse policy of the NFL and not for certain banned substances such as steroids or other performance enhancers. Does Hali need substance abuse treatment? It is too soon to tell but if this treatment is needed the NFL will force the issue if Hali continues to have problems in this area. As a star that is highly desired by NFL teams Hali needs to get his act together. If treatment for substance abuse is needed the linebacker can afford a facility that offers exceptional results, a facility like Valiant Recovery that actually offers treatments that are proven and therapy that is effective. 


Joey Kovar Found Dead, Family Says No Overdose Is Suspected

Celebrity Rehab, Joey Kovar

Joey Kovar, best known for his appearances on The Real World and Celebrity Rehab, was found dead in his apartment in Chicago ridge, Illinois. According to police the star was already dead and could not be resuscitated when his body was found, and Kovar was bleeding from his nose and ears. It is too soon to tell exactly why the 29 year old died, and police are ruling out any foul play based on the scene of the death and other factors. Kovar’s family have stated that they do not believe that Joey overdosed because they say he had been doing so well and was not using drugs any more. Alcohol, cocaine, and ecstasy were all substances that Joey Kovar had sought help for in the past. Whether the substance abuse treatment worked will be answered when all of the autopsy testing and toxicology reports are completed.




If his family is correct and Joey Kovar was not still abusing drugs and alcohol this does not necessarily mean that past drug and alcohol abuse did not play a role. Chronic substance abuse can devastate the body and severely damage internal organs. Some of the damage that substance abuse causes may not be reversible. What is known is that Joey Kovar was healthy aside from his substance abuse issues. 29 years old is way too young to die. It is possible that Kovar had undetected medical problems that were not diagnosed. The high relapse rate with substance abuse also leaves open the possibility that alcohol and drugs killed Kovar, whether this death was caused directly or indirectly by his history of substance abuse. 


Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, And A Dead 2 Year Old Boy

Chevonne Thomas, mentally ill

Did substance abuse play a role in the death of a 2 year old boy? What role did mental illness play? Authorities in Camden, New Jersey, may never know exactly what caused Chevonne Thomas to attack her 2 year old son violently. What is known is that Thomas stabbed her son to death and then decapitated him before calling 911. Ironically Thomas had only had custody of the boy for 5 months, because he had been removed from the home due to substance abuse and other issues and had just recently been returned a few months ago. Authorities say that Chevonne Thomas had been undergoing substance abuse counseling and was receiving help for mental disorders. Apparently the murder of her child was brutal, and Thomas tried to blame a boyfriend when she first called 911 but then admitted to the operator that she was the one who murdered the innocent child.




When police arrived at the residence the body of the child was found and the officers could hear Thomas upstairs. Not knowing if she was armed the police exited and set up a perimeter outside as it was apparent that the 2 year old boy was beyond medical help. When police finally went back into the apartment they found Chevonne Thomas dead as well. After murdering her child and realizing what she had done Thomas killed herself with a knife in the upstairs of the residence. Toxicology reports will show whether Thomas was under the influence of substance abuse when she died and killed her child or if the sad tragedy was the result of mental illness alone. 


A Combined HIV And Heroin Vaccine May Soon Be Available

heroin and HIV vaccine, vaccine research studiesA new dual vaccine is in the works that could protect individuals against both HIV and heroin addiction with a single shot. Heroin users often use syringes and inject the drug into the bloodstream. This has caused the rate of HIV among heroin users to skyrocket and places everyone in this community at risk of the virus. Dr. Gary R. Matyas has received a grant to develop a dual vaccine that can fight both heroin and HIV, and he will receive $1 million a year for 5 years to reach this vaccine goal. Dr. Matyas is employed at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and the yearly million dollar grant is provided because he won the 2012 Avante Garde Award For Medications Development.

The promise of a dual vaccine that fights heroin addiction and HIV infection both has tremendous implications. According to Dr. Matyas “Heroin use is strongly associated with a high risk of HIV infection and represents an increasingly important worldwide health problem. The possibility of creating a combination heroin-HIV vaccine provides an important opportunity to address both a unique treatment for heroin abuse as well as continuing the quest to develop an effective preventive HIV vaccine.” Dr. Nora D. Volkow, who is the Director of the NIDA, stated “This highly innovative dual-vaccine model would simultaneously address the intertwined epidemics of heroin abuse and HIV. This is precisely the type of ground-breaking research NIDA’s Avant-Garde program was designed to support. The implications for public health are enormous.”