Oh That Smell

 

Oh That Smell

Wasn’t that an old Lynyrd Skynyrd song?

smellOk, let’s get serious for a few minutes and talk about some of the symptoms you will go through once the physical withdrawal symptoms of withdrawing from heroin or opiates are over. So I’m sure we are all familiar with the first 72 hours of an opiate detox. Without the proper medication you are going to vomit continuously, have other horrible stomach issues, you will have restless legs and insomnia. Those are the major symptoms that everyone seems to want to talk about. But today I want to talk about a symptom that can literally drive you crazy but it’s not reality.

After about day seven or eight when you’re really starting to feel much better you are going to smell opiates at an extremely intense level. We all know that smell and it’s literally repulsive when you are trying to stay off opiates. But I am here to tell you that what you are smelling does not really exist. Your brain is extremely powerful and when you are coming off opiates your brain is trying to reset and re-fire and that awful opiate smell is actually a trigger in your brain and your brain is telling you that you are smelling these strong opiates out of memory. It will end by week 2!

I also want to talk about aggression for a few minutes. Coming off opiates can cause you to be extremely aggressive during the first week or two. First you need to acknowledge that the aggression is being caused by your brain completely freaking out and trying to reset itself. But there are also two very good ways to alleviate aggression caused by opiate withdrawal. First listen to music! Put your favorite band on and put your headphones in and just get lost in the music and I promise your aggression level will lower tremendously. The second way to battle aggression caused by opiate withdrawal is to exercise. Both listening to music and exercise release the brain’s natural feel good endorphins that will definitely help to reduce your aggression.

And I’m going to add a third way to get your brain right when you are fighting through opiate withdrawal and that is taking the right supplements! Taking supplements to reset your brain is one of the most important things you can do when you are fighting through opiate with drawl and opiate detox. Contact Dr. Cali Estes at The Addictions Coach for brain supplements at Top Recovery Coaches and Life Coaching for Drug and Alcohol Addiction or call 1-800-706-0318 ext 1  Contact them today!

Avoiding Relapse with a Sober Companion

 

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Recovering from drug abuse is one of the hardest things you will ever do in your life.

Most recovering addicts think once they have some clean time under their belts, they feel confident enough to go about life like they have before. This is where a lot of relapses take place and many recovering addicts fall right back into active addiction.

Hiring a sober companion can save a recovering addict from going back down this road. A sober companion can stay with a recovering addict for a few hours a day to help them get through a work project or a personal issue. Or a sober companion can stay with a recovering addict for weeks at a time for more intensive interaction where the addict needs sober supervision on movie sets, cruises or on a professional tour if the addict is a musician who tours.

Whatever the case may be, hiring a sober companion is a smart choice for a recovering addict. The Addictions Coach has the addictions industry’s top trained Nationally Certified Sober Companions and they can be perfectly paired with the recovering addict to produce the best result. You can call The Addictions Coach 24/7 at 1-800-706-0318 or head over to the company website at www.theaddictionscoach.com to get all the information on hiring a sober companion or any other recovery related information.

The Addictions Coach can pair you with the perfect sober companion within 24 hours and have them at your front door right after pairing. So please don’t wait and let another day go by risking your hard earned sobriety by trying to do things yourself. Let The Addictions Coach pair you today with the perfect sober companion and together the two of you can make sure you not only get clean and sober but you stay clean and sober. Call us today!

Sober Companions are here for you

 

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Some recovering addicts need a little more supervision and guidance when it comes to their recovery and the success rate of their recovery.

That’s why Dr. Cali Estes, the creator and CEO of The Addictions Coach, created a recovery based program in which a Sober Companion is hand picked to match with the client/struggling addict and then placed with the client/struggling addict to accompany him or her on work functions, family functions to make sure the client remains clean and sober when it appears that they can not do so on their own.

The Addictions Coach has sent Sober Companions out to Los Angeles to stay 24/7 with a musical client while he or she is writing a new album to influence them to stay clean during the process. The Addictions Coach has also sent a Sober Companion our on a 7-day Caribbean cruise with a client recovering from alcohol addiction to make sure he stayed sober during the entire cruise and enjoyed himself around his family and friends in a healthy sober way. The Addictions Coach has sent a Sober Companion to stay in a hotel with a client who had to return to Miami for legal court proceedings and it was mandatory that he remained sober during the 4 day court proceedings. The Addictions Coach has also paired a Sober Companion with pro athletes to make sure they stayed clean and sober to make their respective teams.

So as you can see, the role of a Sober Companion has many faces and it takes a very special type of individual. Our Sober Companions are the best in the addictions industry and we have them all over the world and can pair a struggling addict with the perfect Sober Companion. So if you need someone to be with you for extended periods of time to help you remain clean and sober, please contact us here at The Addictions Coach at Top Recovery Coaches and Life Coaching for Drug and Alcohol Addiction or call us 2

Can You Sue Doctors and Drug Companies for Your Addiction?

 

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The Opioid Addiction problem in America has been well covered in the media. In 2015, over 92 million people were prescribed opioid-based pain medication; that’s about 38% of the US population. Approximately two million people report that they are dealing with an addiction to their pain medication.

 

Opioid painkillers have been involved in an alarming number of deaths, around 62 people per day in 2015. More and more people are reporting that their addiction was actively facilitated by healthcare providers and drug companies. The number of lawsuits that have come about, as a result, are rising.

The Rise in Lawsuits

In 2003 the makers of Oxycontin, Purdue, were sued successfully by 5000 of its patients for failing to warn of the addictive nature of its product. Following this, the litigator who won the case, Paul Hanley, has filed lawsuits against other opioid manufacturers on behalf of cities and counties in five states over the opioid addiction problem. One of the lawsuits’ claims is that the companies engage in unethical marketing practices, including incentivizing doctors to prescribe their products.

 

A multi-state investigation into opioid manufacturers has also been launched by 35 state attorney generals, which has been likened to a similar movement against Big Tobacco. Although these lawsuits don’t address the entire issue, they are sending an important message to opioid manufacturers.

Medical Malpractice Claims

Over the past four years, medication-related claims have been the fourth most common reason for medical malpractice suits.

 

Some of the medical errors have been due to technical errors with computer systems, accidentally issuing the wrong dosage. There have also been cases of inadequate monitoring. Patients in need of pain medication are prescribed opioid-based painkillers and then not monitored correctly to see if the medication is working for them or if they still need it. Prescriptions are then continually renewed, leaving patients taking highly addictive substances that they don’t need, essentially unmonitored.

 

There have also been cases where doctors have not even examined a patient before prescribing them opioid-based medication.

 

If you think that malpractice was a factor in your case, then it’s a good idea to discuss it with a legal firm who are well versed in working with malpractice, as they will be able to advise you on whether your case is viable.

Were You Overprescribed?

The CDC has set out guidelines that healthcare providers should follow when prescribing medications. If your healthcare provider has not followed these guidelines, then it is possible that you were overprescribed. Some negligent circumstances in which to prescribe opioids are:

 

  • Prescribing them to a patient with a history of addiction
  • Prescribing a higher dose than necessary. The CDC recommends prescribing the lowest possible dose and then only increasing it if there is no improvement.
  • Allowing prescriptions that run for a long time – in general, opioids should only be prescribed for three days
  • Opioids and Benzodiazepines should not be prescribed at the same time unless absolutely necessary.

Have you ever tried to describe anxiety to someone who doesn’t suffer from it?

 

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Have you ever tried to describe anxiety to someone who doesn’t suffer from it? I’ll bet there are times in that discussion where the person you are talking to is looking at you like you have three heads. Sometimes it seems next to impossible for someone who doesn’t suffer from anxiety to try to understand it. This is the very reason why people who let their anxiety trigger them into active drug addiction are so hard to diagnose and treat. And then on the flip side, the drug addict themselves, who let anxiety fuel their addiction, seem to stumble through relapse after relapse before their sober coaches are able to help them. Here is how a person suffering from anxiety feels throughout the day.

The day could start with simple anxiety-fueled issues, such as the clothes that they picked to wear just aren’t good enough. Maybe their hair doesn’t look good enough to go to school or work. Then it can gravitate to more extreme anxiety such as having to get up in front of a class and give a speech. Or lead a seminar to live in an auditorium of 500 people. The person or drug addict suffering from anxiety may think that they aren’t good enough to lead a seminar of 500 people or give a speech in college in front of a full classroom. Those are primary examples of minor anxieties.
Now let’s move on to some of the bigger anxiety-filled issues in life. A person suffering from anxiety may never have children because they don’t think they would be a good parent. A person suffering from anxiety may never get married or be involved in a meaningful relationship because the thought of not measuring up brings them full-fledged anxiety. And then there are those that don’t ever go after their goals and dreams in life because the thought of failure brings on full-fledged anxiety. All of these examples of anxiety filled life issues become a hidden trigger for the person suffering from anxiety to use drugs and alcohol to mask the anxiety or to try to medicate themselves from the feelings that anxiety gives them.
So as you can see, it would be really tough for a sober coach to pinpoint the cause of a person using drugs and alcohol if anxiety is the hidden reason. We here at The Addictions Coach specialize in treating addiction that is fueled by anxiety. Our nationally certified recovery coaches and sober coaches are the addiction industry’s best and highly skilled professionals that are here to help you 24 hours a day seven days a week with your addiction and recovery-related issues. You can call us anytime at 1-800-706-0318 or visit The Addictions Coach. Don’t hesitate any longer. Pick up the phone and call us today!