Perhaps Drug Rehab Slipped Her Mind?

An Australian member of parliament has called for the children of drug addicts to be permanently removed from their parents and offered for adoption. Liberal MP Bronwyn Bishop wants to see adoption, rather than fostering, used to separate children from parents who are battling addiction. Excuse me, but has the honorable member completely forgotten about successful drug rehab programs?

Ms. Bishop, who is currently chairing an Australian parliamentary inquiry into the impact of illicit drug use on families, told the Australian Broadcasting Company’s Four Corners program that the current system is skewed towards the interests of drug-using parents, and not their children. She said there are hundreds of parents who are desperate to adopt children and give them love and good homes, but “there is this ‘biology first’ principle.”

By ignoring that successful drug rehab can keep a family together, and tossing “this biology first principle” on the trash heap, Ms. Bishop nullifies both the proven breakthroughs in the science of drug rehab, as well as one of the most primal urges of human history and experience – the urge for one’s own biological parents, and children.

Ms. Bishop’s detractors have been quick to speak up. Brisbane Youth Service spokeswoman Amanda Davies said there is no evidence that all people that use drugs are unable to parent their children. And Queensland Council of Social Service president Karyn Walsh said there is strong evidence that forced removals cause children long-term harm. “You can’t just go removing children simply because their parents have a drug addiction,” she said. “Children need to know their parents, and not all parents who have a drug addiction are bad parents, or incapable of parenting.”

Victorian Child Safety Commissioner Bernie Geary put it best when he said, “There is nothing in my experience worse than a child who’s sentenced to be without their parents for the rest of their lives. Children are better off with families in the long run.”

And let’s not forget the ultimate solution: if the parents do a successful drug rehab program that gets down to the bottom of why they’re taking drugs and resolves those issues, they won’t be addicts.

Conquer Alcohol Addiction

If you are struggling with an alcohol addiction you are not alone. It’s estimated that more than 18 million Americas drink to excess everyday. How can you tell if your drinking habit has become addictive? If your family is saying alcohol is getting in the way of their relationship with you, listen to them. When alcohol negatively affects your family life, your job, or creates legal problems like DUIs, it’s time to acknowledge you need help.

Take time to write down some of the benefits you will enjoy when you stop drinking. Your risk of liver damage decreases and if your pregnant, you reduce the possibility of health problems for your unborn baby. You will have a chance to restart relationships at home and at work. Though the transformation will not happen overnight, you can heal important connections with the people who care about you the most. Most importantly, you will feel freedom from the many stresses connected to drinking.

Once you’ve decided to stop drinking, find ways to limit your exposure to setting that might trigger you to restart your habit. Usually you need more than one strategy to conquer your addiction. Using willpower alone is rarely enough. You might want to consult with a health care provider about ways you can control the physical aspects of the addiction.

If you feel you cannot stop drinking on your own, talk with your doctor about treatment centers. Your insurance may cover part or all of the care you receive. If you have an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at work, you can discuss your concerns in a confidential setting and find the help you need. You can also check for local resources in your city.

You also want to address the emotional and habitual side of the problem. Many people find support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) help them resist the urge to drink. One simple way to slow down your addiction is through self hypnosis. Many people combine self hypnosis with support groups. The Press Play Series has just come out with a new Conquer Addiction CD. The CD runs for about 30 minutes and repeated use can help you break unhealthy dependence on alcohol. You can find the CD on Amazon or at http://RHChypnotherapy.com/. Check with the National Guild of Hypnotists to find a hypnotherapist near you. Create the life you want by gaining control over your life.

How To Safely Dispose Of Rx Drugs

According to the White House Drug Policy Office, prescription drug abuse among 18 – to 25-year-olds rose 17 percent from 2002 to 2005. In 2004 and again in 2005, there were more new abusers of prescription drugs than new users of any illicit drug.

Young people mistakenly believe prescription drugs are safer than street drugs, doctors say. But accidental prescription drug deaths are rising and students who abuse pills are more likely to drive fast, binge-drink and engage in other dangerous behaviors. Parents should be alert to these signs and changes in behavior.

Al Gore III’s arrest may raise awareness among parents, said Dr. Donald Misch, director of health services at Northwestern University in Evanston. “This is an opportunity for people to understand this is happening in your household,” he said. “These are your kids. The drug dealers they’re going to are their doctors, their parents and their friends.”

Parents should clean out their medicine cabinets and lock up any prescription medications. This is more than likely customary in homes with toddlers but is advisable no matter the age of the child, just to be safe. This would also prohibit giving them to friends if your child isn’t a user.

Deputy drug czar, Scott Burns stated: “We found in focus groups of young people across the country that in large measure they’re getting the drugs from their own medicine cabinets and the Internet. Some Web pharmacies deliver ordered drugs without legitimate prescriptions, but other sites steal credit card information and never fill orders, Burns said.

With the rise in prescription drug abuse, three federal agencies issued guidelines earlier this year for disposing of medications without harming the environment.

1. Remove unused, unneeded or expired prescription drugs from their original containers.

2. Mix prescription drugs with an undesirable substance, like used coffee grounds or cat litter, and put them in impermeable, nondescript containers, such as empty cans or sealable bags.

3. Throw containers in the trash.

4. Don’t flush prescription drugs down the toilet unless the accompanying patient information says specifically it is safe to do so.

5. Return drugs to pharmaceutical take-back sites that allow consumers to return unused drugs for safe disposal.

Sources: White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency.

Author’s Note: A pharmaceutical sales representative can increase sales by volunteering to return expired or outdated medications for the wholesalers in their territory. This can be a daunting task for their employees. Offering customer service at this level is rare and not expected. This also gives the drug rep an idea of the inventory on hand and an opportunity to help sell their medications. The wholesaler can offer specials to the retail drug stores on your proprietary pharmaceuticals.