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Addiction Therapy 2018

About Conference


 

Addiction Therapy-2018 welcomes attendees, presenters, and exhibitors from all over the world to San Diego, USA. We are delighted to invite you all to attend and register for the 7th International Conference and Exhibition on Addiction Research & Therapy (Addiction Therapy-2018) which is going to be held during September 17-18, 2017 in San Diego, USA.

Theme: Expanding access to Novel Methodologies & Innovation in recovery Therapy in addiction and Behavioral Health-Care.

The organizing committee is gearing up for an exciting and informative conference program including plenary lectures, symposia, workshops on a variety of topics, poster presentations and various programs for participants from all over the world. We invite you to join us at the Addiction Therapy-2018, where you will be sure to have a meaningful experience with scholars from around the world. All members of the Addiction Therapy-2018 organizing committee look forward to meeting you in San Diego, USA.

For more details please visit: https://addictiontherapy.conferenceseries.com/

The International premier conference on the latest science, research, best practices and innovations in addiction medicine.

Looking for the best in addiction medicine and science???

 

The Addiction therapy 2018 Annual Conference is the International premier event showcasing the latest science, research, best practices and innovations in addiction medicine. The 2018 program offers more quality education, networking opportunities, and access to thought-leaders than ever. Join over 500 colleagues in San Diego for innovative, interactive, and incredible experiences! 

The Addiction therapy 2018 Annual Conference begins on Monday, September 17, 2018, with an opening welcome reception. The conference concludes on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

Addiction Therapy 2018 Association is looking to build year on year on the conference content.  Addiction is a broad based topic and it is difficult to cover all aspects thoroughly, however each year we attempt to create some structure for the conference program.

Addiction Therapy 2018 is looking to review the scientific and clinical aspects of Addiction. Underlying mechanisms, clinical consequences, treatment options, epidemiology, etc. are all important in this regard.  New treatments are emerging which could result in huge changes in the way people live their lives - taking a drug to reduce alcohol intake levels is a very different approach and we would like to review this option.  New therapies are emerging for overdose, and some of the co-morbidities of addiction.  Dual Diagnosis is becoming better recognized.  In addition, the conference will review societal and policy initiatives which are shaping the way countries deal with addiction problems, and review the successes and failures at that level.  The following list outlines the main topics that are usually covered by the invited Keynote Speakers

 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify and describe the new developments affecting the science, policy, and clinical practice of addiction medicine.
  • Compare presented clinical guidelines/best practices with the participant's current practice and identify strengths or gaps.
  • Analyze new research and science to develop practical applications for treatment or further research.
  • Explain recent or upcoming policy changes and identify implications or areas for provider involvement.
  • Create a network of professionals or a set of resources that can be used to support the participant's practice.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the diseased brain processes when treating patients with addictive behaviors.
  • Use validated patient screening tools to detect substance use and interpret a spectrum of results.
  • Use motivational interviewing to enhance patients readiness to change risky behaviors.
  • Offer the interventions that are appropriate to specific substances and severity of usage pattern.
  • Respond to hazardous drinking with brief counseling strategies, appropriate to the patient's readiness to change.
  •  For patients suspected of having a SUD, conduct a biopsychosocial assessment to provide a diagnosis and match the patient to an appropriate level of care.

Offer patients and families’ information and referral to behavioral interventions including support groups and mutual aid groups that assist in the recovery process.

 

Who Will Attend

Professionals dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment and care, include:

  • Researchers
  • Academics
  • Recovery Managers
  • Care Advisors
  • Clinical Services Managers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counselors
  • Treatment Managers
  • Healthcare Workers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Social Workers
  • Therapy Advisors
  • Psychologists

 

Participation Benefits

  • Keynote Presentations
  • Up to 20 speakers over multiple concurrent streams
  • Poster presentations
  • Half day workshops
  • Video/Virtual Presentation
  • Exhibitor and sponsor displays
  • Welcome Reception
  • Young Researcher Awards
  • Best Poster Award

 

About San Diego

San Diego, the eighth largest city in the country, is often referred to as “America’s Finest City” and for good reason! Known for its great hotels and accommodations, beautiful weather, pristine beaches, friendly people and a plethora of entertainment, San Diego is a favorite travel destination for visitors across the globe. This great city has a huge variety of attractions with wonderful hotels in exactly the right locations. Plan a trip based on the things to do here that interest you the most, and you'll be sure to find a hotel that perfectly suits your itinerary! Lucky San Diego locals can enjoy all the city has to offer on a daily basis by catching a sunset surf at one of the many surf-friendly beaches in the area, or taking a ride on the famous roller coaster, The Giant Dipper, in Belmont Park. San Diego locals live where others vacation and it shows on the faces of residents who take great pride in their gorgeous city. For non-locals who want a taste of beautiful San Diego, or locals looking for the perfect hotel for a stay-cation, SanDiego.com is your travel guide to everything you need to know about the area. From San Diego hotels to the wide range of attractions and local events, SanDiego.com has you covered in your favorite city. For visitors looking to get an authentic feel for life in San Diego, there are plenty of San Diego hotels to help you experience the many aspects of San Diego

San Diego touches the hearts of its people and creates a strong community across the county. A perfect blend of nature, city, suburbia and tourism make San Diego a favorite travel destination worldwide and a great source of pride for its local residents. With amazing hotels ready to welcome excited travelers and fun attractions for everyone, this city is the place to be at any time of year. SanDiego.com makes a point of providing the most current and complete information about this fine city so everyone can enjoy it as much as we do. Check out our site for information on all of the above mentioned theme parks and attractions in San Diego and don't forget to take a look at delicious restaurants, entertainment, nightlife and upcoming San Diego events!

 

SAN DIEGO ATTRACTIONS & TOURS

Attractions in San Diego range from family-friendly amusement parks like Legoland San Diego, to the educational museums of Balboa Park. It's not hard to find exciting things to do in San Diego with so much natural beauty, elegant architecture and friendly residents. San Diego attractions keep guests and locals enthralled in the wonder and beauty of "America's Finest City." Each season introduces new and exciting aspects to each San Diego attractions.

The most famous attractions in San Diego are the World Famous San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and SeaWorld San Diego. Perfect for guests of all ages, the San Diego Zoo parks and SeaWorld San Diego educate and fascinate with exotic animals from across the globe. Not only do these top San Diego attractions entertain, but they also have a huge impact on animal conservation around the world. The Zoological Society of San Diego works hard to protect animals and their habitats through the generous donations of its members, and SeaWorld San Diego has focused on animal conservation for over 40 years. A visit to one of these incredible attractions in San Diego is a wonderful time for guests of all ages and supports a great cause.

The range of things to do in San Diego is robust. Take a ride on the Giant Dipper roller-coaster in Belmont Park if you are looking for an adrenaline rush, or head up to great San Diego vineyards for a wine tasting experience in beautiful Temecula wine country. Whether you are looking for low key San Diego attractions or exciting things to do in San Diego, you won't be disappointed with the huge variety of attractions in San Diego.

Scientific Sessions

 

Scientific Sessions 

Addiction Therapy has the honor of announcing that, on Monday the 17th September at 2018, we will be presenting with an international panel of speakers at Addiction Therapy 2018 on Addictive Disorders. This will form part of Conference-Series. The focus of this panel will be: Global Integration of Mental Health Treatment: Expanding access to Novel Methodologies & Innovation in recovery Therapy in addiction and Behavioral Health-Care

The (Addiction Therapy-2018)” will cover a broad range of topics that will include prevention, treatment, systematic responses, behaviors, mental health and harm reduction in relation to all types of addiction.  The program will include emerging trends and the various addictive habits of alcohol and other drugs, gambling, internet, sex, gaming,  food, shopping, pyromania, kleptomania to name a few.

The conference promotes and encourages participation from all parts of the sector towards a shared appreciation of what medical, psychosocial and peer based approaches offer, through the experiences of service users, clinicians and researchers alike.  Presenters are encouraged to focus on not only what they have discovered but also on how delegates can apply their learning’s.

 

Session on Addiction                           

Addiction is defined as the habitual compulsion to engage in a certain activity or utilize a substance, despite the potentially devastating consequences on the individual's physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and financial well-being. Instead of addressing life's obstacles, tackling daily stress and/or confronting past or present trauma, the addict responds to pain by resorting to a pseudo-coping mechanism. Addiction offers an illusory refuge and leads people down a self-destructive path that takes a heavy toll on both themselves and those around them. Addiction alters the emotions of the addict, who turns to the substance in search of a psychological high or a fast chemical fix. The addict uses the substance or engages in the activity to achieve stress relief, attain a sense of control, change his or her mood, and/or banish real-life issues.

Typically, addiction manifests both psychological and physical characteristics. Physical dependence occurs when an individual's body develops a dependence on a certain substance and experiences withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuing the consumption. Abuse of caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, barbiturates, marijuana, opiates, amphetamines, cocaine, and/or benzodiazepines trigger physical dependence. While initially an addictive substance induces pleasure to the user, his or her continued consumption is driven more by a need to eliminate the anxiety brought about by its absence, thus leading the individual to compulsive behavior. In addition, the addict's physical dependence on the substance often becomes a determinative factor in his ongoing use of the drug. Psychological dependency becomes evident when the addict experiences withdrawal symptoms such as depression, cravings, insomnia, and irritability. Both behavioral addiction and substance addiction usually give rise to psychological dependence.

The speed with which an addict becomes dependent varies with his or her psychological susceptibility, genetic makeup, social factors, the substance itself, and the degree of euphoria or pleasure, the form of ingestion, and the frequency and volume of consumption. Addiction is a progressive disease, with the user needing a larger quantity of the substance to achieve tolerance, or the dopamine intoxication effect. The addict often progresses to more powerful substances trying to re-experience their initial 'high.' Addiction produces a state of chaos and wreaks havoc on every facet of an individual's life- from family and personal relationships, spiritual existence, and social life, to health, business relationships, and finances. It leads to legal problems, low self-esteem, self-loathing, broken values, and broken promises, difficulties in the workplace, and failed marriages and/or disintegration of close relationships. Substance abuse and behavioral addiction cause an addict's life to become unmanageable and his or her lifestyle to spiral out of control.

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American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM); American Psychological Association (APA);American Addiction Treatment Association (AATA); National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers(NAATP); Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP); National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors(NAADAC); Missouri Addiction Counselors Association(MACA);

 

Session on Alcoholism/Alcohol use disorder

Alcoholism is the most severe form of alcohol abuse and involves the inability to manage drinking habits. It is also commonly referred to as alcohol use disorder. Alcohol use disorder is organized into three categories: mild, moderate and severe. Each category has various symptoms and can cause harmful side effects. If left untreated, any type of alcohol abuse can spiral out of control.

Individuals struggling with alcoholism often feel as though they cannot function normally without alcohol. This can lead to a wide range of issues and impact professional goals, personal matters, relationships and overall health. Over time, the serious side effects of consistent alcohol abuse can worsen and produce damaging complications.

"Alcoholism was never called a disease because, technically speaking, it is not a disease entity. Therefore we always called it an illness, or a malady - a far safer term to use."

Binge drinking means drinking heavily on a single occasion, or drinking continuously over a number of days or weeks. You might also know this as ‘getting wasted’, ‘partying’, ‘going out’, etc.­­

Binge drinking means:

  • For men: drinking more than 6 drinks in one sitting.
  • For women: drinking more than 4 drinks in one sitting.

People who binge drink:

  • don’t necessarily drink every day
  • may not know their own limits
  • may not mean to drink a lot
  • might feel peer pressured to drink large amounts
  • might feel awkward in social situations when they aren’t drinking.

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Session on Mental Health Disorders

Mental Health Disorders / Mental Illness is a condition that affects a person's thinking, feeling or mood. Such conditions may affect someone's ability to relate to others and function each day. Each person will have different experiences, even people with the same diagnosis.

Recovery, including meaningful roles in social life, school and work, is possible, especially when you start treatment early and play a strong role in your own recovery process.

A mental health condition isn’t the result of one event. Research suggests multiple, linking causes. Genetics, environment and lifestyle influence whether someone develops a mental health condition. A stressful job or home life makes some people more susceptible, as do traumatic life events like being the victim of a crime. Biochemical processes and circuits and basic brain structure may play a role, too.

Bipolar disorder causes dramatic highs and lows in a person’s mood, energy and ability to think clearly

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by severe, unstable mood swings, impulsivity and instability, poor self-image and stormy relationships.

Schizophrenia causes people to lose touch with reality, often in the form of hallucinations, delusions and extremely disordered thinking and behavior.

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Session on Depression and Anxiety Disorder

Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home

Depression affects an estimated one in 15 adults (6.7%) in any given year. And one in six people (16.6%) will experience depression at some time in their life. Depression can strike at any time, but on average, first appears during the late teens to mid-20s. Women are more likely than men to experience depression. Some studies show that one-third of women will experience a major depressive episode in their lifetime

Anxiety disorders are a group of mental disorders characterized by significant feelings of anxiety and fear. Anxiety is a worry about future events and fear is a reaction to current events. These feelings may cause physical symptoms, such as a fast heart rate and shakiness. There are a number of anxiety disorders: including generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobia, social anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, panic disorder, and selective-mutism. The disorder differs by what results in the symptoms. People often have more than one anxiety disorder.

The cause of anxiety disorders is a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Risk factors include a history of child abuse, family history of mental disorders, and poverty. Anxiety disorders often occur with other mental disorders, particularly major depressive disorder, personality disorder, and substance use disorder. To be diagnosed symptoms typically need to be present for at least six months, be more than would be expected for the situation, and decrease functioning. Other problems that may result in similar symptoms including hyperthyroidism; heart disease; caffeine, alcohol, or cannabis use; and withdrawal from certain drugs, among others.

Without treatment, anxiety disorders tend to remain Treatment may include lifestyle changes, counseling, and medications. Counseling is typically with a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. Medications, such as antidepressants or beta blockers, may improve symptoms.

About 12% of people are affected by an anxiety disorder in a given year and between 5-30% are affected at some point in their life. They occur about twice as often in females as males, and generally begin before the age of 25. The most common are specific phobia which affects nearly 12% and social anxiety disorder which affects 10% at some point in their life. They affect those between the ages of 15 and 35 the most and become less common after the age of 55. Rates appear to be higher in the United States and Europe.

 Panic Disorder

Characterized by panic attacks—sudden feelings of terror—sometimes striking repeatedly and without warning. Often mistaken for a heart attack, a panic attack causes powerful, physical symptoms including chest pain, heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath and stomach upset. Many people will go to desperate measures to avoid having an attack, including social isolation or avoiding going to specific places.

Phobias

Everyone tries to avoid certain things or situations that make them uncomfortable or even fearful. However, for someone with a phobia, certain places, events or objects create powerful reactions of strong, irrational fear. Most people with specific phobias have several triggers. To avoid panicking, someone with specific phobias will work hard to avoid their triggers. Depending on the type and number of triggers, this fear and the attempt to control it can seem to take over a person’s life.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Unlike shyness, this disorder causes intense fear, often driven by irrational worries about social humiliation–“saying something stupid,” or “not knowing what to say.” Someone with social anxiety disorder may not take part in conversations, contribute to class discussions, or offer their ideas, and may become isolated. Panic attack symptoms are a common reaction.

Other anxiety disorders include: agoraphobia, separation anxiety disorder and substance/medication-induced anxiety disorder involving intoxication or withdrawal or medication treatment.

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Session on Drug Addiction

Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain; they change its structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long lasting and can lead to many harmful, often self-destructive, behaviors. 

Abuse of and addiction to alcohol, nicotine, and illicit and prescription drugs cost Americans more than $700 billion a year in increased health care costs, crime, and lost productivity. Every year, illicit and prescription drugs and alcohol contribute to the death of more than 90,000 Americans, while tobacco is linked to an estimated 480,000 deaths per year. (Hereafter, unless otherwise specified, drugs refers to all of these substances.)

NIDA continues to use the term “addiction” to describe compulsive drug seeking despite negative consequences. However, “addiction” is not considered a specific diagnosis in the fifth edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)—a diagnostic manual used by clinicians that contain descriptions and symptoms of all mental disorders classified by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). 

In 2013, APA updated the DSM, replacing the categories of substance abuse and substance dependence with a single category: substance use disorder. The symptoms associated with a substance use disorder fall into four major groupings: impaired control, social impairment, risky use, and pharmacological criteria (i.e., tolerance and withdrawal). 

The new DSM describes a problematic pattern of use of an intoxicating substance leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, as manifested by at least two of the following, occurring within a 12-month period:

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Session on Addiction psychiatry

Addiction psychiatry is a medical subspecialty within psychiatry that focuses on the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of people who are suffering from one or more disorders related to addiction. This may include disorders involving legal and illegal drugs, gambling, sex, food, and other impulse control disorders. Addiction psychiatristsare substance abuse experts. Growing amounts of scientific knowledge, such as the health effects and treatments to substance abuse, have led to advancements in the field of addiction psychiatry. These advancements in understanding the neurobiology of rewarding behavior, along with federal funding, has allowed for ample opportunity for research in the discipline of addiction psychiatry. Addiction psychiatry is an expanding field, and currently there is a high demand for substance abuse experts in both the private and public sector.

Addiction psychiatry encompasses both medicine and psychotherapy, or professional therapeutic interaction, as the means of treating individuals. However, not all substance addictions contain approved medication for treatment. In a conventional addiction psychiatry session, addiction psychiatrists will gain a better understanding of their patient's lifestyle by gathering medical history and the patient's mental health concerns. Next, the psychiatrist will construct different possible solutions to the patient's problem; if necessary addiction psychiatrists will prescribe medication. Moreover, addiction psychiatrists recommend the benefits of 12-Step programs such as NarcoticsAnonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous and often encourage patients to seek external support. Addictionpsychiatry can also be a method of recovery for those who have attempted to cease their drug or alcohol abuse without prior success.

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World Psychiatric Association (WPA); American Psychiatric Association (APA);  American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM);The Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA)Canadian Psychological Association (CPA); Australian Psychological Society (APS); Ontario Psychological Association (OPA); National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors(NAADAC); Missouri Addiction Counselors Association(MACA); National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA);

 

Session on Substance Abuse

Substance abuse refers to the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and illicit drugs. Psychoactive substance use can lead to dependence syndrome - a cluster of behavioral, cognitive, and physiological phenomena that develop after repeated substance use and that typically include a strong desire to take the drug, difficulties in controlling its use, persisting in its use despite harmful consequences, a higher priority given to drug use than to other activities and obligations, increased tolerance, and sometimes a physical withdrawal state.

Policies which influence the levels and patterns of substance abuse and related harm can significantly reduce the public health problems attributable to substance abuse, and interventions at the health care system level can work towards the restoration of health in affected individuals.

Substance abuse is the use of drugsalcohol, or chemicals. The substance abuse results in physical, psychological, emotional harm to the user or others.

Substance abuse is rare before the teenage years.

Most frequently abused substances include:

AlcoholTobaccoMarijuanaHashishOver-the-counter drugs (such as dextromethorphan and pseudoephedrine), Benzodiazepines (like Ativan and Valium), Stimulants: Methamphetamine or Cocaine Club drugs: (Ecstasy, ketamine, MDA, or Rohypnol), Hallucinogens: (LSD, mushrooms), Inhalants: (glue, lighter fluid, gasoline, or paint thinner) Narcotic painkillers: codeine and morphine​

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Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference May 28-30 ,2018, QT Gold Coast ,Australia; ICATT 2018 : 20th International Conference on Addiction Treatment and Therapy June 11 - 12, 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark; The ASAM 49th Annual Conference innovations in Addiction medicine and Science April 12-15, 2018, San Diego, CA,USA; 29th World Summit on Positive PsychologyMindfulness & Psychotherapy which will be held during May 21-22, 2018 New York, USA; 8th International Conference on Addictive Disorders and Alcoholism during May 17-18, 2018 at Singapore; 25th International Conference on Psychiatric Disorders & Psychosomatic Medicine ,March 21-22, 2018 Bali, Indonesia; 14th World Congress on Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing, July 25-26, 2018 Vancouver, Canada; 5th International Conference on Spine and Spinal Disorders, November 5-6, 2018 San Franciso, USA; National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit April 2 - 5, 2018 Atlanta, Georgia;

Related Associations:

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM); American Psychological Association (APA);American Addiction Treatment Association (AATA); National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers(NAATP); Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP); National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors(NAADAC); Missouri Addiction Counselors Association(MACA);

 

Session on Holistic and Alternative Treatment Approaches

Holistic medicine is an umbrella term used to describe a variety of therapies that attempt to treat the patient as a whole person. That is, instead of treating an illness, as you would in traditional Western medicine, holistic medicine looks at an individual’s overall physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being before recommending treatment.

Alternatives Behavioral Health adopts a truly revolutionary approach to patients of alcoholism and addiction treatment. Rather than viewing sobriety as the sole alternative to addiction, Alternatives empowers patient’s to healthily manage alcohol use. Alternative’s Bio-Affective Management system provides patient’s with addiction education and guides individuals to produce evidence-based strategies for balanced lifestyle choices. Alternatives works with patient’s to address the relationship between emotions and self-destructive behaviors while providing evidence-based techniques to improve life skills and develop healthy coping mechanisms.

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Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference May 28-30 ,2018, QT Gold Coast ,Australia; ICATT 2018 : 20th International Conference on Addiction Treatment and Therapy June 11 - 12, 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark; The ASAM 49th Annual Conference innovations in Addiction medicine and Science April 12-15, 2018, San Diego, CA,USA; 29th World Summit on Positive PsychologyMindfulness & Psychotherapy which will be held during May 21-22, 2018 New York, USA; 8th International Conference on Addictive Disorders and Alcoholism during May 17-18, 2018 at Singapore; 25th International Conference on Psychiatric Disorders & Psychosomatic Medicine ,March 21-22, 2018 Bali, Indonesia; 14th World Congress on Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing, July 25-26, 2018 Vancouver, Canada; 5th International Conference on Spine and Spinal Disorders, November 5-6, 2018 San Franciso, USA; National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit April 2 - 5, 2018 Atlanta, Georgia;

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The Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSACanadian Psychological Association (CPA); Australian Psychological Society (APS); Ontario Psychological Association (OPA); National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors(NAADAC); Missouri Addiction Counselors Association(MACA);National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA);

 

Session on Addiction Rehabilitation Addiction Recovery

Addiction Rehabilitation & Addiction Recovery The journey to a healthy, sober life is not a quick and easy one. It is a lifelong commitment of dedication and hard work. The rewards gained from transforming a life of addiction into a life of recovery, however, are immeasurable and well worth the effort. Like any journey, the road to sobriety begins with simple steps forward.

The specific steps of a person's addiction rehabilitation process will vary according to the type of addiction, the treatment plan used, and the individual seeking rehab. However, all recovery processes tend to share certain key elements:

·         Intake.

·         Detoxification (detox).

·         Rehabilitation (rehab).

·         Ongoing Recovery.

Intake is the process of determining whether a particular rehab center is a good fit for you (and vice versa). This is a stage to ask the questions of the center that are most important to you.

The rehab center will also have some questions for you and may ask you to undergo some diagnostic tests or screenings to best determine how the program can most optimally tailor its treatment plan to you and your particular needs and stage of addiction. The center will likely be interested in knowing the severity of your addiction, your personal drug use history, family history of addiction, and even financial arrangements for treatment.

Detoxification (detox): Most drug and all alcohol addictions require a phase of detoxification at the start of the rehabilitation process. This stage of detox is designed to remove all traces of drugs and alcohol from the body. In some cases, maintenance medication may be given to ease the withdrawal symptoms associated with certain drugs, including opiate prescription drugs and heroin.

Detoxification is generally a safe process when undergone in a supervised medical setting. Since detox for certain individuals and substances can be potentially very severe — and in some cases, deadly — it's not advised for individuals to detox on their own at home.

Rehabilitation (rehab): Once individuals get through the initial detox from drugs or alcohol, they will continue through rehabilitation. This is where patients get to the core reasons behind their addictions, addressing those issues so they can effectively move on with their lives without going back to drugsalcohol, or their addictive behavior.

Patients learn to identify drug use triggers and how to deal with these triggering situations when they come up. If patients have a plan for various tempting situations, they are more likely to put their plan into action and avoid relapse.

This type of cognitive behavioral therapy addresses both the thoughts that patients have in relation to substance abuse and also the thoughts they have about life in general. It helps individuals reform their thinking patterns and make behavioral changes toward a healthy, sober life.

Recovery: Even after patients have completed their rehabilitation program, they are not finished with recovery. In fact, for many individuals, recovery is a lifelong process, requiring their ongoing work and attention. At times, the path to lifelong recovery may feel easy. Other times, it will be difficult for individuals to withstand the temptation to relapse. Like anything in life, it's a journey that may feature varying terrain, so lifelong support is essential.

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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA); association of alcoholism and addiction programs(AAP); National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP); Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP); The Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA);World Psychiatric Association (WPA); American Psychiatric Association (APA);

 

Session on Nicotine and Tobacco Addiction

Tobacco Smoking is a practice in which tobacco is burned and the smoke inhaled or tasted. Smoking is primarily practiced as a route of administration for nicotine through the lungs; it is a way of getting nicotine into your system rapidly. 

The most popular current method of smoking is through cigarettes, mainly industrially manufactured ones. Some people use hand-rolled loose tobacco, while others smoke pipes, cigars or hookahs.

Over one billion people globally smoke tobacco regularly

Nicotine dependence ― also called tobacco dependence ― is an addiction to tobacco products caused by the drug nicotine. Nicotine dependence means you can't stop using the substance, even though it's causing you harm.

Nicotine produces physical and mood-altering effects in your brain that are temporarily pleasing. These effects make you want to use tobacco and lead to dependence. At the same time, stopping tobacco use causes withdrawal symptoms, including irritability and anxiety.

While it's the nicotine in tobacco that causes nicotine dependence, the toxic effects of tobacco result from other substances in tobacco. Smokers have much higher rates of heart disease, stroke and cancer than nonsmokers do.

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Session on Addiction Nursing

Addiction Nursing This unit of study explores drug and alcohol addiction, treatment options and relapse prevention. Students will examine the concepts of therapeutic relationships and legal and ethical dimensions of caring for clients with addictions. Case management for clients with a drug and alcohol addiction involves a collaborative approach to service delivery; it involves comprehensive treatment and management to ensure optimum recoveryand relapse prevention. This unit of study explores the use of pharmacotherapies, case management and drug and alcohol counseling.

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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA); association of alcoholism and addiction programs(AAP); National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP); Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP); The Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA);World Psychiatric Association (WPA); American Psychiatric Association (APA);

 

Session on Addiction Pharmacology

Addiction Pharmacology Introduction to pharmacology and neuropharmacology. Understanding of the biological basis for drug abuse and addiction. Major topics include: pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, introductory neuroanatomy, introductory neurophysiologyalcohol use and abuse, opiate use and abuse, cocaine and amphetamine abuse, barbiturate use and abuse, benzodiazepine use and abuse, hallucinogen abuse.

Addiction puts a great burden on affected individuals and their families, causing widespread morbidity and behavioral dysfunction. Crime associated with drug abuse and the control of addictive therapeutics pose great legal and societal challenges. Drugs of addiction induce fundamental changes in brain biochemistry, activating neuronal reward circuits and acting as neuronal and cardiovascular stimulants. Research in the Department of Pharmacologyaims to understand how addictive agents such as nicotine, amphetamines or cocaine affect neurotransmitter receptors and transporters, and how they change neuronal signal transduction to initiate addiction. Other efforts focus on the discovery of novel analgesics that may replace addictive analgesics treatments in the future.

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Session on Addiction Science

Addiction Science Scientists study the effects that drugs have on the brain and on people’s behavior. They use this information to develop programs for preventing drug abuse and for helping people recover from addiction. Further research helps transfer these ideas into practice in our communities.

For much of the past century, scientists studying drug abuse labored in the shadows of powerful myths and misconceptions about the nature of addiction. When scientists began to study addictive behavior in the 1930s, people addicted to drugs were thought to be morally flawed and lacking in willpower. Those views shaped society’s responses to drug abuse, treating it as a moral failing rather than a health problem, which led to an emphasis on punishment rather than prevention and treatment. Today, thanks to science, our views and our responses to addiction and other substance use disorders have changed dramatically. Groundbreaking discoveries about the brain have revolutionized our understanding of compulsive drug use, enabling us to respond effectively to the problem.

As a result of scientific research, we know that addiction is a disease that affects both the brain and behavior. We have identified many of the biological and environmental factors and are beginning to search for the genetic variations that contribute to the development and progression of the disease. Scientists use this knowledge to develop effective prevention and treatment approaches that reduce the toll drug abuse takes on individuals, families, and communities.

Addicted brain causes behavior changes

Brain imaging studies from drug-addicted individuals show physical, measurable changes in areas of the brain that are critical to judgment, decision making, learning and memory, and behavior control. Scientists believe that these changes alter the way the brain works, and may help explain the compulsive and destructive behaviors of addiction

A promising student might see his grades slip. A bubbly social butterfly might suddenly have trouble getting out of bed. A trustworthy sibling might start stealing or lying. Behavioral changes are directly linked to the drug user’s changing brain.

Cravings take over. These cravings are painful, constant, and distracting. The user starts seeking out drugs, no matter the consequences, often resulting in compulsive and destructive behaviors. Especially given the intensity of withdrawal symptoms, the body wants to avoid being in withdrawal at all costs

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Session on Prescription drug abuse

Prescription drug abuse is the use of a prescription medication in a way not intended by the prescribing doctor. Prescription drug abuse or problematic use includes everything from taking a friend's prescription painkiller for your backache to snorting or injecting ground-up pills to get high. Drug abuse may become ongoing and compulsive, despite the negative consequences.

An increasing problem, prescription drug abuse can affect all age groups, but it's more common in young people. The prescription drugs most often abused include opioid painkillers, sedatives, anti-anxiety medications and stimulants.

Early identification of prescription drug abuse and early intervention may prevent the problem from turning into an addiction.

Prescription drug abuse continues to rise. In 2012, 24% of teens surveyed said they have taken a prescription drugwithout a doctor's prescription.

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Session on Process addiction and co-occurring Disorders

Process addiction: Contrary to the commonly held belief that addiction is a dependence on alcohol, illicit drugs, prescription drugs or nicotine, behavioral science experts believe any source capable of stimulating an individual has the potential to become addictive.

Although process or behavioral addictions can cause devastating psychological effects, they are not associated with a high incidence of mortality like substance use addictions. Some of the more common activities identified as potential factors in the development of process addictions include gambling, sex, work, spending/compulsive shopping and use of the Internet.

Research has identified the presence of psychopathologies such as depression, substance dependence or withdrawal, social anxiety and a lack of social support as precursors to behavioral addictions. Furthermore, the high comorbidity of behavioral addictions and substance-related addictions suggests comparable underlying etiological mechanisms.

Evidence shows people who excessively participate in non-substance-related pleasurable activities undergo lasting chemical changes in the neural pathway of the reward system in the brain. There is increasing evidence individuals with a genetic predisposition to addictive behaviors have an inadequate number of dopamine receptors or have an insufficient amount of serotonin/dopamine. Therefore they cannot experience normal levels of pleasure from pursuits most people would find rewarding and seek out pleasure through activities that can be highly addictive.

 Co-occurring disorder describes the simultaneous presence of a mental illness and a substance use disorder. The term co-occurring disorder replaces the terms dual disorder and dual diagnosis when referring to an individual who has a co-existing mental illness and a substance-use disorder. While commonly used to refer to the combination of substance-use and mental disorders, the term also refers to other combinations of disorders (such as mental disorders and intellectual disability).

People with co-occurring disorders often experience more severe and chronic medical, social, and emotional problems than people experiencing a mental health condition or substance-use disorder alone. Because they have two disorders, they are vulnerable to both relapse and a worsening of the psychiatric disorder. Further, addictionrelapse often leads to psychiatric distress, and worsening of psychiatric problems often leads to addiction relapse. Thus, relapse prevention must be specifically designed for the unique needs of people with co-occurring disorders. Compared to patients who have a single disorder, patients with co-existing conditions often require longer treatment, have more crises, and progress more gradually in treatment.

Approximately 7.9 million adults had co-occurring disorders in 2014. During the past year, for those adults surveyed who experienced substance use disorders and any mental illness, rates were highest among adults ages 26 to 49 (42.7%). For adults with past-year serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders, rates were highest among those ages 18 to 25 (35.3%) in 2014.

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Session on Addiction therapy

Addiction therapy psychologists help people of all ages live happier, healthier and more productive lives. Psychologists apply research-based techniques to help people develop more effective habits. There are several approaches to therapy, including cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal and psychodynamic, among others, that help people work through their problems. Therapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and a psychologist. A psychologist provides a supportive environment that allows you to talk openly with someone who is objective, neutral and nonjudgmental. Most therapy focuses on individuals, although psychotherapists also work with couples, families and groups

Addiction is a multifaceted problem, but one that can be treated effectively.

Treatment should be directed to the individual person rather than to their drug(s) of choice.

Treatment can be helpful even if the client initially goes involuntarily. (Eventually, the client's voluntary participation in treatment will influence their recovery path.)

Medications can be an important part of treatment to address drug abuse or the mental health aspects underlying substance use.

Counseling and behavioral therapies are highly utilized and the best available treatment options for drug abuse.

Many agree that behavioral therapies are an essential element to treat substance use, but with so many options, it can be challenging to know what forms of treatment are available, how they differ, and which is best for the individual. It should also be mentioned that the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) does not believe that there is any one approach that is appropriate for every person.

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Dates to Remember

Addiction Therapy-2018 welcomes attendees, presenters, and exhibitors from all over the world to San Diego, USA. We are delighted to invite you all to attend and register for the 7th International Conference and Exhibition on Addiction Research & Therapy (Addiction Therapy-2018) which is going to be held during September 24-25, 2017 in San Diego, USA.

Theme: Expanding access to Novel Methodologies & Innovation in recovery Therapy in addiction and Behavioral Health-Care.

Dates to Remember

 

Market Analysis

The 7th International Conference and Exhibition on Addiction Research & Therapy (Addiction Therapy-2018) which is going to be held during September 17-18, 2017 in San Diego, USA.

Addictive behaviors are among the greatest scourges on humankind. It is important to estimate the extent of the problem globally and in different geographical regions. Such estimates are available, but there is a need to collate and evaluate these to arrive at the best available synthetic figures. Addiction has commissioned this paper as the first of a series attempting to do this.

Online sources of global, regional and national information on prevalence and major harms relating to alcohol use, tobacco use, unsanctioned psychoactive drug use and gambling were identified through expert review and assessed. The primary data sources located were the websites of the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Alberta Gambling Research Institute. Summary statistics were compared with recent publications on the global epidemiology of addictive behaviors.

An estimated 4.9% of the world's adult population (240 million people) suffer from alcohol use disorder (7.8% of men and 1.5% of women), with alcohol causing an estimated 257 disability-adjusted life years lost per 100 000 population. An estimated 22.5% of adults in the world (1 billion people) smoke tobacco products (32.0% of men and 7.0% of women). It is estimated that 11% of deaths in males and 6% of deaths in females each year are due to tobacco. Of ‘unsanctioned psychoactive drugs’, cannabis is the most prevalent at 3.5% globally, with each of the others at < 1%; 0.3% of the world's adult population (15 million people) inject drugs. Use of unsanctioned psychoactive drugs accounts for an estimated 83 disability-adjusted life years lost per 100 000 population. Global estimates of problem gambling are not possible, but in countries where it has been assessed the prevalence is estimated at 1.5%.

Tobacco and alcohol use are by far the most prevalent addictive behaviors and cause the large majority of the harm. However, the quality of data on prevalence and addiction-related harms is mostly low, and comparisons between countries and regions must be viewed with caution. There is an urgent need to review the quality of data on which global estimates are made and coordinate efforts to arrive at a more consistent approach.

Statistics on Addiction

  • According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health(NSDUH), 21.5 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2014.
  • Almost 80 percent of individuals suffering from a substance use disorder in 2014 struggled with an alcohol use disorder, NSDUH
  • Over 7 million Americans in 2014 battled a drug use disorder, per NSDUH.
  • One out of every eight people who suffered from a drug use disorder in 2014, according to NSUDH, struggled with both alcohol and drug use disorders simultaneously.
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) publishes that in 2014, almost 8 million American adults battled both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder, or co-occurring disorders.
  • Drug abuse and addiction cost American society close to $200 billion in healthcare, criminal justice, legal, and lost workplace production/participation costs in 2007, the Office on National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) reports.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates the global burden of disease related to drug and alcohol issues to be 5.4 percent worldwide.

Causes of Addiction

  • Addiction is considered to be, on average, heritable about 50 percent of the time, the journal Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics
  • Genetics and environmental factors are thought to play equal roles in the onset of addiction, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) states.
  • Abusing drugs or alcohol before the brain is fully developed, any time before a person’s mid-20s, may increase the risk for addiction later in life due to the changes these substances make to growing brains, the journal Clinical EEG and Neuroscience

Statistics on Specific Population Demographics and Addiction

Adolescents (aged 12-17)

  • NSDUH reports that in 2014, approximately 5 percent of the American adolescent population suffered from a substance use disorder; this equates to 1.3 million teens, or 1 in every 12.
  • Almost 700,000 American youths between ages 12 and 17 battled an alcohol use disorder in 2013, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
  • An estimated 867,000 adolescents suffered from an illicit drug use disorder in 2014, which was a decline from previous years, per NSDUH.
  • Individuals who tried marijuana or alcohol before the age of 15 were almost four times as likely to suffer from a marijuana use disorder as an adult than those who waited until after age 18 to try these substances, according to data published in the 2013 NSDUH.

Young adults aged 18-25

  • About one out of every six American young adults (between the ages of 18 and 25) battled a substance use disorder in 2014, NSDUH This represents the highest percentage out of any age group at 16.3 percent.
  • Heroin addiction among young adults between 18 and 25 years old has doubled in the past 10 years, AARP
  • In college students studied in 2010, the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) found that alcohol was the number one substance this group received specialized treatment for, at 72 percent of those admitted to public substance abuse programs did so for an alcohol use disorder (marijuana was second at 55.7 percent and prescription drugs were third at 31.6 percent).

Over age 25

  • Approximately 14.5 million adults aged 26 or older struggled with a substance use disorder in 2014, NSUDH
  • College graduates aged 26 or older battled drug addiction at lower rates than those who did not graduate from high school or those who didn’t finish college, the 2013 NSDUH

Elderly individuals

  • An estimated 15 percent of elderly individuals may suffer from problems with substance abuse and addiction, Today’s Geriatric Medicine
  • Over 3 percent of the older adult population may struggle with an alcohol use disorder.

·         This generation takes more prescription drugs than younger ones, has lower metabolisms, potentially suffers from social isolation and ageism, may struggle with many medical issues, and therefore may be at a high risk for prescription drug abuse and dependence, according to Psychiatric Times.

  • Two-thirds of the population over the age of 65, who struggle with alcohol addiction, battled an alcohol use disorder at a younger age and carried it with them as they aged.
  • Between 21 and 66 percent of elderly individuals battling a substance use disorder also suffer from a co-occurring mental health disorder.

Men vs. women

  • In 2013, adult men in the United States struggled with an alcohol use disorder at rates double those of women, 10.8 million as compared to 5.8 million, NIAAA
  • For boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 17, both genders battle substance use disorders at similar rates, making it the only age bracket that men did not significantly outweigh women, the 2013 NSDUH
  • Close to 70 percent of treatment admissions for substance abuse in 2010 were male, TEDS
  • Men may be more likely to abuse illicit drugs than women, but women may be just as prone to addiction as men when they do abuse them, NIDA

Ethnicity/race

  • The 2013 NSDUH reports that American Indians and Alaska natives had the highest rate of substance abuse and dependence at 14.3 percent.
  • Approximately 11.3 percent of Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders suffered from substance abuse and dependence in 2013, NSDUH
  • According to NSDUH, Hispanics and whites suffered from substance abuse and dependence at similar rates in 2013, around 8.5 percent, while about 7.4 percent of African Americans struggled with it.
  • Asians suffered from substance abuse and dependency the least at rates around 4.5 percent, per the 2013 NSDUH.
  • A study of undergraduate college students published in the Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse found that whites and Hispanics were more likely to have issues surrounding drug abuse than their Asian and African American counterparts.

Criminal justice/employment status

  • Almost twice as many people who are unemployed struggle with addiction than those who are fulltime workers, CNN Money reports; around 17 percent of the unemployed and 9 percent of the employed population struggled with a substance use disorder in 2012.
  • About half of the population of American prisons and jails suffer from addiction, according to NCAAD.
  • Around three-quarters of individuals in a state prison or local jail who suffer from a mental illness also struggle with substance abuse, and the opposite is also true, the National Institute of Health (NIH) publishes.

Statistics on Addiction to Specific Substances

Cocaine

  • Over 900,000 American adults (over age 11) struggled with a cocaine use disorder in 2014, per NSDUH.
  • In 2010, TEDS reported that 8 percent of all treatment admissions were for cocaine abuse or dependency issues.

Heroin

  • The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) reports that in 2015, approximately 586,000 Americans aged 12 and older struggled with a substance use disorder involving heroin.
  • Almost a quarter of people who abuse heroin will become addicted to it, ASAM
  • Heroin abuse and addiction have risen in all population and demographic groups in the United States over the past few years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states.
  • Individuals addicted to alcohol are two times more likely to also be addicted to heroin, while those addicted to marijuana are three times more likely, individuals addicted to cocaine are 15 times more likely, and people addicted to prescription drugs are 40 times more likely to also be addicted to heroin, per the CDC.
  • The highest at-risk population for heroin addiction, as reported by S. News, is non-Hispanic white males between the ages of 18 and 25 who live in large cities.
  • Almost three-fourths of individuals admitted to treatment for a heroin abuse or dependency concern, according to the 2010 TEDS, cited injection as the primary method of abuse.

Prescription drugs

  • Prescription drugs are abused at high rates. NSUDH reports that the most common types of psychotherapeutic drugs abused in 2013 were pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives in that order. Pain relievers are the most common cause of a substance use disorder among prescription drugs.
  • ASAM publishes that over 2 million Americans over the age of 11 struggled with an opioid pain reliever abuse disorder in 2014.
  • ASAM also reports that women may more rapidly develop a prescription painkiller addiction than men.
  • On average, according to studies published in the journal Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, individuals who were admitted to opioid treatment programs who abused only prescription opioids, or those who abused both heroin and prescription opioids, were about five years younger than individuals admitted solely for heroin abuse or dependency.

Marijuana

  • Almost 6 percent of fulltime college students in the United States smoked marijuana daily in 2014, NIDA publish; this is more than triple the number of daily smokers 20 years prior.
  • Approximately 4.2 million American adults (over the age of 11) battled a marijuana use disorder in 2014, NSDUH
  • The majority of people struggling with marijuana addiction in 2014 were between the ages of 12 and 25, according to NSDUH.
  • Marijuana use disorders accounted for the third highest number of treatment admissions (at 18 percent) to substance abuse programs in 2010, TEDS reported

Alcohol

  • According to NCADD, alcohol is the most abused addictive substance in America.
  • In 2013, an estimated 16.6 million American adults (18 and older) battled an alcohol use disorder, NIAAA
  • In 2010, TEDS published that 41 percent of all substance abuse treatment admissions were for alcohol.
  • The Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) reported that in 2010, among American military veterans between the ages of 21 and 39 who admitted to substance abuse treatment programs, more than half cited alcohol as the primary substance of concern.
  • Over half of all American adults have a personal family history of problem drinking or alcohol addiction, NCADD

 

Stats on Addiction Treatment

  • In 2013, only 10.9 percent of the individuals who needed treatment in a specialized facility for a substance use or dependency concern actually received it, NSDUH
  • About 1.3 million adults and 73,000 adolescents received treatment in 2013 at a specialized facility for an alcohol use disorder, NIAAA
  • Around a third of all college students admitted to publicly funded substance abuse treatment programs in 2010 battled a co-occurring mental health disorder, according to TEDS.
  • Over 115,000 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) groups exist in more than 175 countries around the world, serving more than 2 million members.
  • Opiates accounted for almost a quarter of all substance abuse treatment admissions in 2010, per TEDS.
  • Most of the people who need treatment for addiction, but don’t get it, don’t feel they need it. NSDUH reports that in 2013, more than 95 percent of those who needed specialty substance abuse treatment, and didn’t receive it, didn’t think they needed it.
  • There are many types of treatment options. NIDA reports that there are over 14,500 specialized substance abuse treatment programs providing a variety of care options, from therapeutic methods to pharmaceutical tools to complementary forms of medicine.
  • Relapse is common in addiction treatment, with relapse rates being between 40 and 60 percent, NIDA This rate is very similar to rates of relapse with other chronic diseases like hypertension, asthma, or type I diabetes.
  • Addiction is considered a highly treatable disease, and recovery is attainable. About 10 percent of Americans (adults who were at least 18 years old) claim to be in recovery from an alcohol or drug abuse issue, the New York State Office on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) publishes.

 

Why San Diego

San Diego County ranks as the eighth largest city in the United States of America located in southwestern California, adjacent to the coast of Pacific Ocean. San Diego shares about 80 miles of border with Mexico. The San Ysidro port of entry, close to Tijuana City, is known to be the busiest border crossing in the world, accommodating approximately 40 million legal crossings annually. Both these cities are geographically located on major drug trafficking routes that bring illegal drugs from South America into the United States.  In particular, San Diego is a major transshipment point for both methamphetamines and marijuana. Each year the various bodies monitoring, eradicating and cracking down on the abuse of drugs formulate their respective data which gives insight into the trends of synthesized drugs being produced, trafficked and sold. 

Heroin- San Diego’s Major Cause of Concern

In 2013, a study done by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Substance Abuse monitoring program showed that prevalent abuse of certain prescription drugs were catalyzing the rise in heroin use in San Diego County.  The drug use trends, when studied in the jail population, are a good indicator of what the crisis might be among the general population. 

A Replacement for Opiates

Researchers found out that heroin is used as a replacement for prescription opiates due the fact that it is cheaper and easier to obtain.  Studies showed that the 27% of heroin users experimented with prescription drugs before trying heroin and that 63% used heroin as a substitute because it was easily available and was relatively more affordable. The 10-year period between 2002 to 2012 saw a significant rise of adult men as well women booked into jail because they tested positive for opiates.

Increased Heroin Usage

This category of opiates includes heroin, morphine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone and codeine. The study done by the San Diego County Association of Governments Criminal Justice Research Division showed the rate increased from 5% to 10% in case of men and from 6% to 12% among women. According to the San Diego County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force, from 2007 to 2012, there was an increase in the number of seizures of heroin that went up from 111 to 470.

Prescription Opioids/Opiates Other Than Heroin:

Treatment admissions for prescription opioids/opiates other than heroin (narcotic analgesics) remained low in the first half of 2013, representing 4.5 percent of all admissions. This compares with 4.0 percent of total treatment admissions in the first half of 2011 and 4.8 percent in the first half of 2012. Among adult arrestees in the San Diego Substance Abuse Monitoring program, the proportion reporting any illegal use of prescription drugs (including prescription opioids) decreased, from 42 percent in CY 2011 to 39 percent in CY 2012. Among juvenile arrestees, the proportion reporting any illegal use of prescription drugs increased from 37 percent in CY 2011 to 44 percent in CY 2012.

MDMA:

As in previous years, MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine or ecstasy) indicators were relatively low. MDMA accounted for less than 1.0 percent of all San Diego treatment admissions in the first half of 2013. Prevalence of self-reported lifetime use of MDMA increased by 1 percentage point among adult arrestees, from 27 percent in CY 2011 to 28 percent in CY 2012. Self-reported lifetime use decreased among juvenile arrestees, from 47 percent in CY 2011 to 34 percent in CY 2012. MDMA reports ranked 18th among total drug reports from items analyzed by NFLIS laboratories in the first half of 2013, representing less than 1.0 percent of reports, down from 10th place in the first half of 2012.

Data Sources: Arrestee data were from the San Diego Association of Governments' Substance Abuse Monitoring program, a regional continuation of the Federal Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring program that was discontinued in 2003. This report presents data for calendar year 2012, for both adult (n=854) and juvenile (n=120) arrestees, compared with 2011 data. Forensic laboratory data were from NFLIS, Drug Enforcement Administration. There were 6,103 primary, secondary, and tertiary drug reports provided by Federal, State, and local forensic laboratories between January and June 2013. Treatment data came from the San Diego County Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP). Tables were made using the California Outcomes Measurement System (CalOMS). CalOMS is a statewide client-based data collec­tion and outcomes measurement system for alcohol and other drug (AOD) prevention and treatment services. Submission of admission/discharge information for all clients is required of all counties and their subcontracted AOD providers, all direct contract providers receiving public AOD funding, and all private-pay licensed narcotic treatment providers. Data for this report include admissions in San Diego County for the period January–June 2013. Note that CalOMS was implemented in early 2006, replacing the earlier California Alcohol and Drug Data System (CADDS) system. Therefore, data reported for periods prior to July 2006 may not be comparable to more recent periods. Mortality data were obtained from the Emergency Medical Services Medical Examiner Database, which is maintained by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. This report contains preliminary data on drug overdoses from January to June 2013. Street drug price data for July 2013 came from the San Diego Law Enforcement Coordination Center Street Drug Price List.

 

Abuse on the Rise

The percentage of treatment admissions that indicated heroin to be the primary drug used also increased from 17 % to 23% and the number of deaths due to heroin overdose rose to 74 from 57. 2015 saw 104 deaths from heroin overdose in the county. This figure was up by more than 22% from the year before. In 2016, the price of heroin per gram has fallen from $50-$100 down to $50-$70. This paints a bleak picture in terms of how many people are going to continue using the drug and on top of that, more will be attracted to it due to its low sale price.

Methamphetamines – A Cause for Concern

Reports from the National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS) in 2013 showed that methamphetamines continued to rank first among drug reports from items seized and analyzed in San Diego. Also due to prevailing use of methamphetamines, the year saw an overall decrease in the price per gram of methamphetamine. In 2013, a gram cost about $60-$80 whereas an ounce was sold approximately between $400 and $1200. A year before in 2012, it cost $80-$100 for a gram and between $900 and $1200 per ounce.

Increased Drug Overdose Cases

A total of 169 cases of overdose causing deaths were reported to have involved methamphetamine in 2013 - that is 5.4 per 100,000 people. The death toll seemed to have risen through 2008, when 83 overdose deaths were recorded, which is 2.7 per 100,000 people. Through the years ranging from 2005 to 2015, the amounts of cocaine seized along the borders of San Diego showed increase while the amount of marijuana seized over time declined. Methamphetamine seizures continued to increase during this period.

The city of El Cajon situated in the heart of the Valley Mountains of San Diego has been named the world’s crystal meth capital for its many locations of shady clandestine labs.

The Human Truth

When evaluating and reporting this data, it is very easy to forgo and forget that each entry represents a real human life. Why an individual falls prey to drug addiction or abuse is a very deep and personal story of each of these human tragedies. Analyzing this data will help people understand an issue that is very rapidly becoming a major concern for state as well as national politics. Illicit drug abuse costs the United States $193 billion annually due to lost productivity, healthcare expenses, and associated crime, according to a study by the National Drug Intelligence Center.

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