Addiction on Screen: Why Do We Love Drugs in Our Movies?

Addiction on Screen: Why Do We Love Drugs in Our Movies?

Hollywood is closely related to drug use. This is a well-known fact, even though nobody there wants to admit it. It has produced several movies about addiction—some ridiculously ignorant, but some outstandingly insightful and accurate such as “Pulp Fiction”, “The Basketball Diaries”, and “Requiem for a Dream”. Regardless of country and nation, these films remain the best medium to showcase addiction.

Movie creators have a close grasp of the drug culture, either first hand or by hanging with some of the notorious celebrities. This intimacy with drugs brought some amazing movies that can teach us a lot about the abyss that is drug addiction. As far as the reasons to love these movies are concerned, they are not the same for you and the next person.

Relapse Prevention Tips to Keep Your Recovery on Track

Relapse Prevention Tips to Keep Your Recovery on Track

Not everyone is equally strong and has the same willpower. Thoughts about drugs or alcohol are a common thing after detox, and they’re completely normal. If you, or someone you love still long for an addictive substance from the past, even after you’ve been officially “clean” for a while, don’t beat yourself about it. It’s important to understand the most common triggers and prevent them by minimizing the chances of responding to them. Here are some tips for relapse prevention.

Why Are People Scared To Go To Detox & Rehab?

Why Are People Scared To Go To Detox?

Every new aspect of life is scary: moving to a new city, getting a new job, or losing someone you love. Perhaps these things don’t have much in common, but the similarity is that they all cause stress and require adjustments in your day-to-day life. Change causes stress, and that’s a fact. With this being said, it is not uncommon for an addict to be scared to go to detox or rehab in general. Even family members may have their hesitations with their loved ones going to rehab. Sometimes simply understanding where this fear is coming from can help with overcoming it and being able to see what is truly best for everyone.

Here are a few common reasons why addicts are afraid of going to detox, how to recognize these signs, and how to handle that fear in the best possible way.

Importance of Detox in a Medical Environment

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Detox is the first step in drug and alcohol treatment. Although some people will try to detox at home, there is great importance to detox in a medical environment. In a medical detox setting, the patient gets care around the clock and professionals committed to doing anything they can to make him or her feel as comfortable as possible. By getting through this first step of the detox process with the least amount of pain as possible, the patient will develop a mindset that being substance-free doesn’t have to be painful.

Recovery isn’t just about quitting the abuse of drugs or alcohol, it’s a lifelong recovery process. By beginning your recovery in a detox program, you will be able to come out feeling better and thinking straight, ready to continue on the road to recovery.

Potential Effects of Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal

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When it comes to the potential effects of drug and alcohol withdrawal, there is a great deal of variation based on many factors. The symptoms that patients may experience range, including nausea, vomiting, headaches, insomnia, and anxiety. Opioid withdrawal may cause diarrhea, dehydration, vomiting and other effects. Severe cases of alcohol withdrawal have been known to sometimes cause life-threatening conditions. Effects range from physical symptoms to social consequences. In order to provide a better overview of what to expect, we need to look at the effects based on the substance(s) used.

See the charts below for the full breakdown of the symptoms and side effects of drug and alcohol withdrawal.