Work And Addiction Recovery

Drug addiction can affect many parts of a person’s life including their work history and ability to get a job after being treated. Employers may require immaculate work history and criminal record that is nearly impossible depending on how a person’s addiction illness has played out. Many addicts end up homeless from their substance abuse or can end up in jail due to their use and simply possessing the drug they use. Simply getting rid of the substance abuse behavior many times does not create a straight path to recovery and restoring a person’s life. Finding and keeping a job can prove to be even more of a struggle for a recovering addict itself.

Federal statistics show approximately 22 million Americans are in recovery. The Recovery Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2017 conducted a study which discovered that the rate of unemployment of people in recovery from addiction is 3 times higher than average unemployment rate. This can be discouraging for those on the road to recovery.


Researching Work and Sobriety

Research has shown that working helps keep people sober giving them a renewed purpose, but if finding that job is difficult, that recovery can turn into relapse. The situation isn’t hopeless for those who have had addiction impact their lives in more significant ways such as criminality and work history. Some companies are operating as a support system themselves and welcome the recovering addict. In New Hampshire, for instance, an employee owned company called Hypertherm which builds industrial machinery for heavy manufacturing plants has ingrained within its company environment an addiction assistance framework. This includes medical leave and financial assistance for those who may fall into relapse and offering extra pay for volunteering after-work programs for recovering addicts to stay sober. Employees find a purpose within the work itself which builds loyalty to the other employees and the ideal goal of being productive and staying sober.

Once sobriety is achieved, becoming stable both socially and financially becomes all the more important. While the statistics point to a greater challenge to overcome for addicts who are in recovery, it’s always helpful to have tools which can minimize these issues. Using resources to find recovery friendly workplaces can mean the difference between a relapse and successfully staying sober. Recovery friendly work sites help place workers into positions in which the employer helps contribute to the community affected by addiction, much like Hypertherm. Knowing the options available for assistance is half the battle.


Getting Drug Treatment for Opioid, Alcohol, or Heroin Addiction in Broward County

Addiction to substances like alcohol, opioids, heroin, or anything else is a serious illness that can lead to physical damage and even death. If you or someone you know is suffering from substance addiction or abuse in the south Florida area, the trained professionals at 1st Step Behavioral Health can help treat the underlying causes that lead to drug and alcohol abuse. Call us at (866) 319-6126.

Meth Use On The Rise

The media’s focus on the opioid epidemic has overshadowed the resurgence of methamphetamine use in recent years. In the 1990’s, meth use was itself an epidemic which required action of the federal government to curtail. The access to pseudoephedrine, an important ingredient of methamphetamine, was severely restricted by law when it when it was prohibited from use in common over-the-counter drugs like cold medicines. Recently, however, the use of meth has been increasing at a staggering rate.

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association published last month reported an increase of meth-related hospitalizations up 245 percent between 2008 and 2015, far outweighing hospitalizations due to opioids which have only risen about 46 percent in the same period. Police suggest the rise is due to the measures that have made opioids harder to obtain.


Legal Stimulants

Amphetamines, like methamphetamine, are stimulants. In legal forms, they are prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), for example. One of the effects includes increased heart rate. There are many reports involving police arresting meth users and are forced to get a medical screening of the suspect to be approved before they can even book them. Some users end up having to be admitted to psychiatric wards to treat the psychological effects of the drug, which include making the user agitated, aggressive and paranoid.

According to federal statistics, an estimated 10,000 deaths last year were due to methamphetamine overdose. Death from overdose results from complications due to organ failure, heart attacks or strokes resulting from the excessive heart rate and high blood pressure. Short term use typically will only have these effects involving high heart rate and blood pressure, but long term use results in acute anxiety, dental problems and unhealthy weight loss. Psychiatric patients sometimes behave so violently and uncontrollably hospital staff are forced to use sedatives or restraints for the safety of the staff, the addict and other patients.

Nationally, meth related hospitalizations were primarily due to mental health or cardiovascular complications according to the released study. Half of those hospitalizations involved at least one other drug. Attention on the opioid crisis has overshadowed the upswing in usage and overdose-related deaths in association with meth use. While federal law restricts the important ingredients from being easy to get in the states, smuggling in components from other countries has been proven harder to curb and are contributing to the increased use as well.


Help for a Meth Addiction

Meth addiction cannot be treated with medication, which is a major a difference from opioids. Treatment for meth addiction requires counseling and psychotherapy and will often include residential detox. 1st Step Behavioral Health offers options for treatment to methamphetamines, opioids, alcohol and other addictive substances. Contact us today if you or someone you know suffers from addiction to get started with South Florida detox. (866) 319-6126.