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Popping the Lid on Prescription Pills Addiction

Popping the Lid on Prescription Pills Addiction

Every year almost 5 million painkillers are being sold in America alone, this could connote that there are a lot of prescriptions going around to solve or mitigate pain. Unfortunately, the truth is, it includes the number of people who are addicted to pharmaceutical drugs.

The top most abused drugs in the world are painkillers, tranquilizers and stimulants. It’s alarming that despite the fact that these needs prescription to access, the trade is still happening. What’s worse is that a higher percentage of prescription drugs are sold because it is very easy to get a doctor to write a prescription.

But why is there a developing addiction to pharmaceutical drugs? As we have mentioned, these drugs are used to treat or target a certain type of problem. It becomes easy for a person to get hooked to something he takes every day to mitigate pain, especially the serious ones. They could get to a point that if they do not manage their intake they become dependent on the drug, increasing the dose just to ease the pain.

How come it was easy to access these types of medicines? There are different ways a prescription pill addict could access drugs:

1.     By visiting multiple doctors. Sadly, even with the advent of technology, there are still medical practitioners who may not effectively track their patients. They could get second opinion on their problems and therefore, also get the chance to have a doctor write them up a prescription.

2.     These drugs are available at home. Parents could have them in their medicine cabinets because they legitimately have medical concerns and these could be accessible to experimenting kids who could become easily hooked.

3.     Family doctors. We do not say that the doctor in the family provides the prescription without proper assessment, but the thing is, they might have their prescription lying around and an addict could use it at his own disposal.

4.     Cheaper alternative to illegal drugs. Admit it, prescription drugs are way cheaper compared to illegal drugs, plus the fact that you could carry it around without actually being caught unless with further inspection.

Now the real problem is how people get hooked on prescription drugs, which could be any of the following:

1.     In an attempt to alleviate pain. If you have a very low tolerance to pain, then you might have taken painkillers a lot of times in your life. Now imagine someone who had to endure it every day. Take the case of Dr. House from the series House, he suffered a leg injury and had to take Vicodin for a period of time. He got dependent on the drug for the pain that he no longer know if his leg has already healed or if the pain he is experiencing is just his imagination. All he wanted to do was to take drugs.

2.     To feel better. This is in relation to antidepressants. When you are clinically depressed you are advised to take antidepressants, now what people do not realize is they do not work on their own. You have to get yourself together, seek support and maintain contact with your family. If you rely solely on the drugs, it could give you temporary refuge but not a complete rehabilitation.

Certainly there is an amount of psychological addiction involved in this, the individual feels that he will not be able to function well without taking the drugs. That’s why sleeping pills have been very popular as well, because the cessation of the mind’s function is important to some.

However, we also believe that there are instances where people are made to take drugs, take for example the elderly in institutions who are taking pills every day for reasons they must have already forgotten. They could become dependent as well.

Now, the key in overcoming this type of addiction is awareness.

        Of the problem, if it exists and when it ceases to exist. We often rely on the medicines because we are no longer aware of the moments when we feel okay, but we are greatly reminded of how bad our situation is.

        Of the craving, and how to effectively manage it. The individual must be able to accept the fact that they need to know how to function normally without reaching for the next bottle of pill.

        Of the support they need and when to ask for help.

Addiction is a pandemic that slowly kills people. We need to be able to put a stop to it by being vigilant and constantly reassuring our loved ones that they will be able to overcome whatever situation they are going through.

The Best Way to Curb Social Media Addiction

The Best Way to Curb Social Media Addiction

People today are reaping the benefits of the research and development in technology from the previous generations. We are now able to enjoy technology and how it could make our lives easier. One of the parts technology has tapped is in the way we communicate, the automated release of various information reaching all the corners of the world.

In addition, the advent of social media and handiness of mobile devices kept us abreast with what’s going on with our friends and the world over with a push of a button. However, man is getting heavily dependent on social media that some are unable to stay away from it. This is one of the problems society is facing today, increased online presence but sacrificing personal contact.

The social media addiction is becoming rampant, even involving the youth as early as they are able to scroll the screens of their iPads and is increasingly becoming unhealthy. More and more people find themselves unable to complete the tasks they have because they were lured away from it by enticing taglines and quick links. There is a fear of missing out on the latest news, or updates from absolutely everyone.

The aim of these networks is to pique a common man’s interest, including providing information or just pure entertainment but when the usage becomes out of hand, we experience the disadvantages of having everything easily accessible. It is prone to abuse up to the point that a person is no longer able to separate himself from social media. They could either be one of the following:

–        People who are more involved in perfecting their online personas but unable to handle reality.

–        Increased rate of dissatisfaction with life, because they always see someone having “it” better. Better homes, travel destinations, even pets, that we are overwhelmed with jealousy.

–        Those who are unable to be without their devices for a single moment in a day, they even have it while inside the restroom attending to call of nature.

With these alarming symptoms, the best way to curb social media addiction is to go “cold turkey”. Avoid excessive use of social media, fight the urge to share a nonsensical status update or visit the sites on your favorites. Make your usage purposeful, only when you need it. This may not be a great idea right now, but it is the only way for you to achieve balance again, a much needed reset to be able to refocus on your priorities in life.

It might take a couple of days for the effect to settle in as you try to promote a better habit, so in the process make sure to do the following:

–        Schedule your screen time.

–        Develop or go back to your hobbies

–        Cultivate real relationships than online ones

–        Read actual books and other materials

If you feel you have become a social media addict, set priorities, challenge yourself and start your own journey to overcoming the addiction.

Breaking Free from Smartphone Addiction

Breaking Free from Smartphone Addiction

We are the generation that was literally born out of the internet, where gadgets are introduced almost every week, and where smartphone usage is rampant.

Justifying the time that you use your smartphone is easy, after all it is now considered a necessity. But is it just a gadget that serves a purpose or are you addicted to it?

Now we can all agree that smartphone have already evolved from the time Alexander Graham Bell introduced the telephone. It already has a wide variety of features that would fit anybody’s lifestyle that even our grandparents are relying on it to get things done. But where do we draw the line? When do we know that it is already crossing the line of being useful to being the center of our world?

Smartphone addiction is real, and like any other addiction it could be dangerous not only to you, but to the people around you as well. So in an attempt to break free from this bad habit, we should be able to tell the signs that you are indeed, addicted to your smartphone.

–      You have it with you all the time. Yes, you could argue the need to have it around you all the time, especially if your loved ones would want to reach out to you often. But you do not have to check it all the time, and be wary of a single beep tone, which may not be even yours to begin with.

–      You waste precious amount of time because you are glued to that screen. Checking Facebook constantly, refreshing your Instagram feeds, not to mention the copious amount of selfies and apps you have, which you are busy with all the time.

–      You zone out or commit to a tunnel vision mode when you have your phone. Ever experienced a time when you are no longer in the company of your friends, because you have focused all your attention to your phone instead of them?

–      You get extremely anxious when you go to places where using a smartphone is not allowed. Could be school, library, cinema, or even the church, you even dread going to them at times because you are going to be separated from your smartphone.

–      You get in trouble while using your phone. This does not only mean the detention you could get for using your phone inside the classroom, but also the physical dangers you could encounter. Perhaps you failed to realize that the stoplight has already changed or a trip hazard is on the way, all because you are too busy with your phone.

Any of these sound familiar? If yes, then you are probably having an unhealthy amount of time spent with your smartphone and is very much addicted to it. Now let us give you a few tips on how to manage your smartphone use, so that you could break free from it.

  1. Set up rules. These rules could go from a schedule to follow where you could freely access your mobile device or set up smartphone free areas around the house, like the dinner table to promote actual communication.
  2. Take a break from your phone. Especially at night, it would be better to actually turn off or switch your phone to silent mode an hour before you go to bed. Also refrain from putting it in an arm’s reach to prevent you from accessing it through the night.
  3. Go retro. What we meant by this is to try using other products that could function the same way you use your smartphone for. Pretty retro, right? It could be as simple as, actually using an alarm clock because your smartphone is supposed to be out of your reach.
  4. Promote actual communication. If you are in the same place as the person you want to communicate with, then give the person a pat and talk to them! You don’t need to message them, especially around the house. Your family needs you and not your online persona, so just be with them and you might actually find communicating with them physically much easier than texting.

The reason why our generation is emotionally detached, is because we are losing contact, actual physical contact. We are relying heavily on social media to be updated and to communicate with our friends and family members. This is precisely the reason why we develop affinity to smartphones, but in the end, we have to realize that these gadgets are built to enable us to improve our communication and not destroy it.