Tag: drug and alcohol abuse

The Tragedy of a Drug Overdose Only a Grief-Stricken Mother Can Tell

An image of a mother helplessly lying on a hospital bed with her dying son has swept the world on social media. This Canadian mother shared the post to send an important message to mothers and their sons and daughters that THIS could be them.

Her son overdosed on fentanyl. In the post, she writes:

“I just want everyone to know that my son Michael overdosed on fentanyl. My son was not an addict he made a mistake that cost him his life. I just want to make everyone aware of the epidemic that’s goin on right now that’s killing 5-7 people in every city in Canada.”

She goes on to say that she’s lost her son to this horrifying drug, and really wants everyone to know that this isn’t just her son’s tragedy. It can be anyone’s worst nightmare. He was only 22 years old.

About Fentanyl

Fentanyl can be mistaken for heroin. However, it’s much more dangerous. The high is quick and strong. Heroin highs can last hours, while fentanyl can last only a few minutes. It’s because the drug is mixed with an unknown amount of heroin, marijuana and other drugs. No one knows for sure what is in it when they are using it. That’s what makes it so risky.

People are using fentanyl without even knowing it, and yes, addicts and non-addicts. Some people take the chance because of peer pressure, and they have no idea what they are really using is the deadlier form of heroin. Addicts are at a higher risk because they are often using what they buy off whatever dealer is available, and no one really knows what the drugs are made up of when sold. And when you don’t know what’s in it, you don’t know if you’re taking too much – a deadly dose.

What to Do About the Epidemic

This epidemic is killing innocent people around the world. We’re surrounded by people dying every single day because of overdose. It needs to end.

At MDADS, we are committed to helping addicts start and remain in recovery. Our services offer a full suite of recovery services that can keep people addicted to drugs in the community clean and productive.

Services include:

Testing: With regular alcohol and drug testing, we are able to keep people accountable for their actions. These services can be used by the court or for personal use, making it perfect for parole offices and parents.

Counseling: The underlying roots of drug addiction lie in not only biological causes, but emotional and mental ones as well. Counseling provides support, guidance, and education to help undercover the reasons why people turn to drugs, so they can learn better coping mechanisms.

License Restoration in Michigan: Losing a license can be a devastating experience for someone who is trying to get his/her life back while in addiction recovery. At MDADS, we help people get their life back for a low price. We believe in second chances, and with your license back. You can have that second change.

GPS Monitoring: GPS monitoring is another service we highly recommend. This can help parents, loved ones, and parole officers keep track of those who are having a difficult time staying on track. With this, boundaries can be set with alerts to keep people on the right path.

Please contact us for more information on alcohol and drug testing, counseling, license restoration in Michigan, and GPS monitoring. We’re hoping to help as many people as possible NOT become like the mother and son mentioned above.

 

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Source:

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/04/25/mom-shares-photo-dying-son-as-plea.html

 

Substance Abuse | Drug Rehab | MDADS Warren MI

Michigan Diagnostics Alcohol and Drug Services Offers Alternative to Serving Jail Time

Michigan Diagnostics Alcohol and Drug Services Offers Alternative to Serving Jail Time

The Bureau of Prisons reports nearly half of people in prison are in for drug-related offenses. The cost of incarceration is high, and it’s rising with the average cost of an inmate as $31,286 per year. Not to mention, prisoners are not part of the workforce, further hurting the nation’s economy. Keeping drug offenders (possession mostly) out of prison saves money and benefits the economy, if they are responsible, productive members of society.

Resources for Drug Offenders

With addiction being the cause of most of the possession cases that enter the courtroom, having resources to turn to during judgment can help keep those addicted out of prisons.

Concerns Related to Active Addiction

Active addiction can lead to overdose. The rate of death from drug overdose hit a peak just two years ago, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Most of these overdoses were due to opioid use, such as pain killers and heroin. Michigan is 10th in the nation for opioid drug use, and the 18th in the total number of overdose deaths. While Michigan has been making accessibility changes for medication to reduce opioid addiction and overdose deaths, it’s a work in progress.

MDADS serves to protect individuals from the risks of drug addiction with offender monitoring, PBT, tethering, and GPS services. M-TRACK offers an accountability monitoring solution. It is powered by SCRAM and SOBERLINK. It’s an alternative to jail.

MDADS offers many M-TRACK programs. Soberlink BREATH PBT units, Scram CAM, GPS, BREATH PBT, and HOUSE ARREST monitoring systems are all utilized for tracking offenders. They are the most effective ways to ensure offenders receive the monitoring needed to keep them accountable.

Contact MDADS right now for more information on these programs by calling 586-510-4992.

Therapy for Support and Guidance

People suffering from drug or alcohol addiction often deal with unresolved inner turmoil. According to Steven Earll, MA, MS, LPC, LAC, “Unresolved family trauma is at the root of most major life conflicts facing individuals and families. Addictions, personal dysfunction, relationship conflicts, divorce, and abusive behaviors often find their origins in a painful family history.” Treatment for deep rooted issues can help addicts recover to become productive members of society. “All families and individuals encounter trauma at some point in their lives; the way we handle trauma often determines how it will affect our lives and our family’s life for years – or generations – to come,” Earll says. When people learn better ways to handle life’s challenges, they have a higher chance of success with addiction recovery and rebuilding their life.

Michigan Diagnostics Alcohol and Drug Services (MDADS) offers a convenient way to refer offenders to counseling services (substance abuse counseling, individual and group therapy, and alcohol and drug assessments). With professional therapy, offenders can receive the support, guidance, and education needed to recover from addiction and put their life back on track by re-entering the workforce and caring for their family.

Referrals for Drug Offenders

Time is of the essence with busy courtrooms. MDADS provides a quick and easy referral source for judges and lawyers to use in cases. Call 844-MDADS-4-U for instant access to drug monitoring systems and addiction treatment options.

 

 

 

Sources:

https://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/releasing-drug-offenders-wont-end-mass-incarceration/

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/24/nyregion/citys-annual-cost-per-inmate-is-nearly-168000-study-says.html

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/12/28/new-michigan-laws-boost-access-opioid-overdose-drugs/95936508/

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/snyder/Presciption_Drug_and_Opioid_Task_Force_Report_504140_7.pdf

http://lifecounsel.org/pub_earll_whyAddicts.html

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