Obviously, the most crucial step is ending the substance abuse itself, but that isn’t the end of the road. Recovery is lifelong and is a choice you will face every single day, which makes those recovering extremely vulnerable to relapse.
Everyone dealing with addiction has different personality traits, which affect their long term recovery. Regardless of your specific circumstances, here are are the top 5 struggles that recovering addicts face during their lifelong journey of recovery:
– Sadness is another normal emotion, but that may be made worse by those who are recovering from drug addiction. Because of the changes in the brain, it can take a long time after stopping drugs for your body to regain some balance in emotions. Those recovering must learn to manage these emotions and create a routine and healthy lifestyle.
Being Around Drug Users
– Often times those who are on the path to recovery find themselves wanting to spend time with the friends they had while on drugs. Usually, those people are also using drugs and this can be very dangerous. People want to fit in, they want to please, and they often give into temptation—and giving into that peer pressure can ruin some people’s chances at full recovery.
– Making mistakes, being stressful, having boring or dull days is a commonplace thing for everyone. But for those struggling through recovery, your mind might be quick to jump to the desire to take drugs again because you may think that will relieve your stress or boredom, or make you forget those mistakes.
All of these struggles are common, not only for everyone but especially for those who are recovering drug addicts. You must learn to understand who you are and how you feel, and learn to cope with those feelings. You have to strive to develop ways to do things without going back to using drugs.
Kids and teens are always taught growing up to stay away from drugs. Between D.A.R.E., “Just Say ‘No’,” and being told about not giving in to peer pressure, they are inundated every day with slogans and sayings about not doing drugs. Children have special challenges with addiction, whether they are children of addicted parents or their own addiction. But how can you tell if someone in particular is at a higher risk of addiction later in life? There are many different personality traits that can lead to unsafe behavior and potentially be early signs of addictive personalities.
Thankfully, most kids or teens who try drugs or alcohol never become addicted; but what about those few who do? Is there something we can do?
There are several personality traits to watch for as potential risks for addiction, which include: Impulsiveness; Anxiety; Hopelessness; Lying and/or manipulation; Sensation-seeking; and Aggression.
Many kids or teens who are hyperactive or bored may be impulsive. They are more likely to, on impulse and without any full thought beforehand, try drugs without considering any of the consequences that they may face.
Many people, including children and teens, feel a severe sense of anxiety. These people may feel that drug use is a quick-fix way to spare them or temporarily cure them of their anxieties. And unfortunately, the drugs are likely to make them feel better temporarily, which may only lead to the person trying drugs over and over, and developing an addiction.
A major symptom and/or cause of depression is hopelessness. When a child or teen feels hopeless, they feel as if no one cares and that nothing really matters. So what could doing drugs hurt, right? Wrong. Unfortunately drugs may cause these personality types to actually feel something while they’re taking them, which may just lead to them trying more drugs, more often.
Lying and/or manipulation:
Children or teens who already have tendencies of lying and/or manipulation may also be at a higher risk for drug addictions. Those who do not fear or feel bad about lying may feel they have no issues with trying drugs, as they can just lie about it later. Manipulative people may also feel as if rules don’t apply to them, and may try drugs without fear of punishment or consequences.
This is a risky personality trait and those who are drawn to dangerous or intense feelings or situations, or adrenaline rushes. Drug use gives many sensations and those who are sensation-seekers may become addicted to the feelings that they get while on drugs.
Many people, including children and teens, who show aggressive behaviors may be at a higher risk of eventually falling into a drug addiction. Those who are aggressive generally feel as if rules don’t apply, they are hot tempered, and may also have impulsive traits. Also, those who are aggressive tend to have underlying emotional issues, such as anxiety, loneliness, and hopelessness.
In children and teens, many of these risks can lead first to poor social, academic, and home issues, which in turn can lead to drug abuse down the road in their life. To help prevent drug addiction in these people later on in life, it is important to identify these traits, and help protect against those traits taking a hold of their lives. If you have an disturbing feeling that your child has an issue with drug abuse, it may be useful to contact a drug rehab to see if they can be of any assistance.
The key to identifying these personality traits in children or teens is that you can coach the person into an understanding of the traits that they have, and guide them with behavioral techniques on how to use these traits as tools rather than let those traits take a hold of their lives.
The important thing here to understand is that you don’t want to just identify and label a child or teen with certain personality traits without giving them the tools and guidance on how to take those traits and do good with them. You do not want your “diagnosis” to turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy by making the child/teen feel as if their only path in life is toward drug addiction.
If you think you or a child or teen that you know might show some of these risk factors, take the time to talk to them about their actions. Find them why they’re feeling or acting as they are, and let them know that you are there for them if they ever need help or guidance.
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Since the dawn of the Internet and our unsurpassed access to knowledge and community, the world and how we live in it has been revolutionized. With this multitude of new and changing information at our fingertips (now literally so, thanks to smartphones), many fields of study have had to evolve. Nursing has changed radically with this wave of technology and easy Internet access, from nursing education to licensing to employment, and even further with diagnoses and treatments. And now thanks to the electronic records of patients, people can get even better care.
Degrees, Employment, and Continued Education
Becoming a nurse can be as simple as signing up for an online degree program thanks to the Internet. For those interested in becoming nurses, online education can be completed anytime and anywhere, making it easier for working peoples to change their careers. Degrees in nursing are offered by a wide variety of online schools and universities or colleges with online programs. The most popular path, especially online, is and Associate’s degree in nursing, which allows for a person to become a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
For those who are already nurses but wish to continue their education (or who are required to do so by their employer or their state) can easily do so online. A certain number of hours may be required every year or so, and nurses can easily fit in online classes (which can be accessed anytime and anywhere) into their work schedule, or their busy home schedules.
Online education offers flexibility that traditional educational settings do not. Online education eliminates the need for travel costs and child care, and also allows students to work around their own schedules. Nurses and nursing students can also share within their nursing communities, different practical experiences to pool together information from different regions around the world, helping everyone to learn more about different conditions and treatments.
Also found online are many renowned health journals, and whether free or by subscription, nurses can access them from anywhere to learn about new trends, treatments, and medical research being done in various fields. Many of these journals also have archives online, making it easier for nurses to find information for particular patients.
Getting Licensed as a Nurse
Getting licensed as a nurse has also become much easier, and many states no longer issue paper licenses. Employers simply verify online that the applicant is properly licensed. Soon, the entire process of licensing may be online. As of right now, the national nursing licensing exam (NCLEX) is administered and scored on the computer.
Finding a job (not just nursing, too) has moved predominately online. Hospitals, Emergency Rooms, Rehab facilities, clinics, and other medical offices post their open positions online and nurses can submit their applications online. If you’re looking to move or are open to moving around the country, or even the world, the Internet allows you to find a job, research that facility and the city or country that it’s in for pay rates, housing, entertainment, and more, apply online, and hopefully if you are called in for an interview, book your travel online, too!
Diagnosing and Treating Patients
Before ever stepping foot in a doctor’s office, most patients have Googled their symptoms and have come in prepared to ask questions. Websites like WebMD have become extremely popular for self diagnosis. We have moved away from the fear of doctors and nurses and toward a more comfortable atmosphere where patients are not afraid to ask questions and request explanations of diagnoses. Most consultation rooms, whether they be in an emergency room or urgent care facility are now equipped with a computer, while not online, contains the patient’s electronic medical records which can help nurses get a full and better understanding of the patient’s and the patient’s family’s medical history, but can also allow the nurse to access the Internet and online search engines and some government websites. If the nurse is presented with prescription medications he or she is unfamiliar with or if they are unfamiliar with a particular diagnosis, all it takes it a quick trip to the computer to find out what the medication or diagnosis is, what it is used for or where it comes form, and what side effects or symptoms are exhibited.
Nurses are typically the go-between for patients and doctors—they are trained to explain a diagnosis or treatment, to educate the patient on what they are experiencing, and to support a patient and their family through the difficulties of certain conditions. With such easy access to medical information online, nurses can maintain patient safety and be more confident in their medical decisions, as they can back it up with professional and researched information found online. It is no uncommon now for nurses at the end of a consultation to give a patient printed information on their diagnosis, symptoms, or prescribed medications.
The Internet has even allowed for completely virtual consultation options for patients. Nurses maintain these websites where patients can ask questions or send in pictures of their wounds, rashes, or physical abnormalities and get virtual treatment or a diagnosis online, without ever having to come in or pick up the phone. The nurse can log in and do everything from answering the questions, refilling prescriptions, and sometimes recommending the person come in for an in-person consultation.
Overall, the Internet has allowed for the quick, effective, and accurate dissemination of information, research, education, and employment opportunities for nurses or those wishing to become a nurse.
Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by the irrational fear of public places. In particular, the sufferer fears and actively avoids places where it might be embarrassing or difficult to escape from. It is a disorder that affects the quality of life and in extreme cases can confine someone to their home.
People suffering from agoraphobia often have a panic disorder. The thought of even being in certain places can bring about intense anxiety. Large open areas where it is difficult to hide such as parks, airports, and malls are some common examples. Other situations that can be difficult to escape from include elevators, driving, waiting lines, trains, planes, etc.
Overcoming agoraphobia often means having to face your fears. Cognitive and behavior therapy along with medications are can ease its severity. Natural agoraphobia treatments are also available.
If you struggle from repeated anxiety or panic attacks, it may be a sign that you suffer from a panic disorder. A panic disorder is a real and serious condition that should not be left untreated.
One aspect of a panic disorder is how it often it affects the quality of life because of constant worrying and fear that another panic attack is imminent. This can cause irrational fears and behaviors that cause a change in daily routines and avoidance of places where an episode has previously occurred or where one might fear will occur.
Panic disorders typically develop between the teenage years and early adulthood. Exact causes are unknown but the following are thought to put you at higher risk:
A family history of panic disorders
Major life transitions and traumas such as a graduation, marriage, divorce, birth of a child, death in the family, and other life events
A panic attack is an sudden episode of intense anxiety and fear that often occurs for seemingly no apparent reason. They are characterized by severe physical reactions, mounting nervousness, and feelings of discomfort. It typically reaches its peak within minutes. One can feel that they are losing control and it can be a truly frightening experience.
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, better known as the DSM IV, the following are the symptoms of a panic attack:
Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
Trembling or shaking
Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering
Feeling of choking
Chest pain or discomfort
Nausea or abdominal distress
Feeling dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded, or faint
Derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself)