Arguably the most challenging aspect of staying in recovery is fighting off cravings to use again. For some, cravings are few and far between, but for others, they are something that they have to deal with on a daily basis. Regardless of how much cravings impact one’s life, it is important that he or she knows how to deal with cravings in a manner that will keep their recovery on track.
When getting treatment in rehab, individuals participate in several different forms of therapy that are not only designed to help flush out mental and emotional distress that keeps them trapped in the cycle of addiction, but also to help equip them with the tools needed to continue to achieve success when outside the four walls of rehab. Many of these learned tools are to be applied to real-life situations, such as experiencing an overwhelming large craving upon being set off by a trigger.
Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic, which means that it produces sedative effects, as well as causes the user to experience detachment from his or her surroundings and his or her own body. Known illicitly as Special K or Dorothy, ketamine is most commonly used by teenagers and young adults. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reports that 0.2 percent of those between the ages of 18-25 are currently abusing this substance.
Today, ketamine is known mostly as an addictive drug, however, it was not always that way. In the 1960’s, ketamine was first developed and used for aesthetic purposes. Most commonly, those who would be administered ketamine included children who did not respond well to other anesthetics, injured soldiers (ketamine was widely used for treatment in the Vietnam War), and adults who needed to undergo painful medical procedures.
The U.S. is full of addicts. No matter what type of drugs are used, be it alcohol, heroin, or meth – addiction is addiction. Barbiturate addiction is not as wide of a problem as it was once was in the United States – but there are still hundreds and possibly thousands who silently suffer through their barbiturate addiction every day.
Let’s find out more about barbiturate addiction including what barbiturates are, physical and psychological signs of an addiction, questions to ask, and how you can treat a barbiturate addiction. If you think you or a loved one has a problem with barbiturates – you need to read on.
What is a Barbiturate?
In pharmacology, barbiturates are a class of sedative and sleep-inducing drugs derived from barbituric acid – hence the name. German chemist Adolf von Baeyer first synthesized barbituric acid in 1864.
Many of us carry fears and shadows that we’d like to leave behind, but instead, we turn to drugs and alcohol to escape our fears and anxieties or try to cope with them. Unfortunately, using mood-altering substances to mask pain or anxiety tends to cause arrests, addictions, and a continuing problem. If you need help walking away from anxiety and other mental conditions like addiction, you might consider EMDR therapy. Let’s learn what EMDR therapy is including its creation, how it works, and what it can be used for.
What is EMDR?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. That’s a mouthful but the EMDR process is simple and complex at the same time. EMDR is a form of psychotherapy, which seeks to explore the brain to help relieve a stress, trauma, or other condition.
As the full name implies, EMDR involves training the eye on movements and patterns and translating those movements to transitions in thought patterns.