Addiction | What is it and How Can We Get Help? |AD|

Addiction | What is it and How Can We Get Help? |AD|


over the past few months I’ve been seeing a little bit of a trend on the news on September 7 2016 a man and a woman were pulled over by the police because they were driving erratically behind a school bus once pulled over the officer realized that these people were under the influence of some pretty strong drugs the officer took this picture to spread awareness for addiction in the hopes to help other addicts seek help he believed that if you saw these addicts out there low point it might motivate you yourself to go get some help on September 22nd a woman overdosed in a Family Dollar Tree in Lawrence Massachusetts a bystander took this video of a little girl trying to wake up her mother as you could tell the little girl was very scared the police said that the bystander should have done something but feels like this video will help other addicts get help in the past few weeks I talked to a lot of families and individuals who have suffered with addiction in the past and i asked them do these videos actually help people reach out for help and the majority of them said no one of these individuals told me that these types of videos and things on the news actually shames addicts and makes them feel like they can’t reach out for help because of the shame and the guilt that people feel you can’t turn addiction off like a light switch like the media suggests there are many people who are suffering with addiction in silence who feel ashamed about this addiction and don’t want to reach out for help they are too scared to come forward because they don’t want to be judged the way these people are so today I want to bring awareness to addiction with the help of seasons in Malibu a CARF – accredited dual diagnosis treatment center who have kindly sponsored this video so please stay tuned to the end the video to learn more about Seasons in Malibu many people believe that addiction is not a disease and people can just turn it off if they want to if people want to get better they have that choice people also believe that individuals who are suffering with addiction are weak-minded and lack willpower to stop the addiction like other diseases like asthma or diabetes addiction can develop over time sometimes people are susceptible to addiction behavior through their genetics but others have no genetic history of addiction in the family some develop an addiction through lifestyle through the environment its the famous nature and nurture debate as for controlling your addictive behavior it all depends on the individual some can stop with will power but others need a little more assistance most drugs affect the brains reward circuit and fled it with a chemical called dopamine this reward system controls the body’s ability to feel pleasure and motivates the individual to keep seeking out that thing that gives us pleasure usually this part of the brain is used for food hunger and sexual reproduction things that humans need but sometimes drugs can get in there as well if we overstimulate this brain circuit this could cause a pleasurable high for the individual making you want to go back for more and more of the thing that caused that pleasure when a person continues to use that substance to feel that pleasure the body can get used to it the body adjusts to that level of dopamine in the system which reduces the bodies reward system to respond to it that’s why it takes more and more and more of the drug to get that pleasurable experience long term used causes actual chemical changes inside of the brain and this can impair a lot of are functioning in our judgment in our memory in our decision-making stress and overall behavior as you can see it’s a lot harder to stop an addiction then you probably thought many people actually turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with other illnesses like mood disorders bipolar disorders PTSD and grief this is called dual diagnosis dual diagnosis is a term that means someone is experiencing a substance abuse problem while also having a mental health problem well it can range from having mild depression to someone abusing drugs during a bipolar manic episode making the bipolar disorder a lot worse about 1/3 of people experiencing mental illness and one-half of people who are living with severe mental illness also have a substance abuse problem men are more likely than women to have a dual diagnosis and people who are particularly high of having a dual diagnosis are people who are low socioeconomic status veterans and just individuals with a general mental illness so now that we understand why it’s so hard for people to just stop having that addiction turning it off like a light switch I want to talk about different treatments that could help people who have a dual diagnosis or substance abuse problem some of the more common treatments for people who have substance-abuse problems are detoxification inpatient rehabilitation certain meds and psychotherapy as well as self help and support groups like AA so to give an example of some of these treatments i would like to talk about our sponsors today season in Malibu so seasons in Malibu is a drug CARF accredited drug rehabilitation center in Malibu California it is one of the prettiest and most peaceful treatment centers i have ever seen drug and alcohol rehab can be very intense and that is why the center was created to help people recover in a center that has less stress as possible there are many activities that are offered and students in Malibu including beach walks meditation art therapy yoga the list goes on it is a really calming environment to help patients with their growth and healing seasons in Malibu hires the best staff from all over the country they respect the patient and understand that addiction is a disease that needs to be treated they know that addiction is very complicated and so they keep up with the latest research help their patients they treat people with dual diagnosis like we talked about with mood disorders PTSD impulse control disorders and grief and bereavement what makes this treatment center different than all of the rest is they want to strongly understand the underlying issues to figure out what caused someone to turn to addiction in the first place to do that they offer many different types of treatments including support groups individualized therapy and access to to a treatment team of over 30 individuals they also have a cutting-edge holistic treatment model which means that they treat the entire person body mind and spirit if you or someone you know is suffering with an addiction i want you to know that treatment is out there and recovery is possible there are a lot of different types of treatments out there in your community for you i’m going to be leaving some of the reasons is down below to help you find a treatment center or a center to help you in your recovery recovery is so possible and so worth it treatment centers and professionals understand what you’re going through and know that it’s not a choice and know that you are hurting and know that you are suffering so please reach out for help today there’s help for you so I want to ask you a question now do you think the media portrays people with addiction properly you think that it’s helping the cause or do you think it’s not helping the cause I’d love to hear your thoughts thank you so much for watching and love you guys and I’ll see you guys next time. bye guys.

14 comments

  1. I think I would get addicted to for example alcohol really fast so I hate it and when I was on my friends 16th birthday party almost everybody got drunk and I can't really explain why but it hurted me so much. I just felt numb and after that I hurted myself. I am so afraid that my friends could do this more often because they wanted me to drink alcohol too and I am afraid I could loose them as friends because I know if I stopped resisting I probably wouldnt want to stop it again. This whole thing of everybody getting drunk and smoking with around 12 makes me so sad and angry but I don't know why because for me as a teenager shouldn't it be normal?

  2. Do you think the media protrays addiction correctly? Do you think shame is a good way to get someone to seek treatment? Let me know I would love to hear from you!

  3. I really enjoy watching your videos! I learn so much and you have helped me through some pretty rough times. I don't know what I would do with out your videos they help me soo much. Id rather not say what you've helped me with cause it's personal but thank you so much and I can't wait for you next video!!

  4. Your videos are very inspiring, thanks for sharing everything, you give hope to people and even more ❤
    I'm 10 months sober, and I can say that being sober is so worthy even if it's the hardest thing at the same time

  5. I go 2 a mental health clinic and they help with addiction and depression. Ur video is right on. I have a friend who is dealing with a drug addiction and mental illness. She got sent 2 the hospital and I hope that she keeps on the right path. I have depression and anxiety. I ended up in the hospital because of depression. I learned how 2 rap in the hospital. I find that rapping is a type of outlet. It helps me a lot. I am not recovered by any means. I know that I am taking steps 2words my recovery. I take my medication and go 2 groups at the clinic. It helps me 2 know that others can relate. Anyone who has a mental illness it helps if they can find something 2 be greatful 4 every day even if it's just one thing. I do that and I write my feelings and thoughts about stuff and put it a rap song. I hope 2 be rapping professionally by 2024. There r center's in Texas. Kristen if I hashtag one of my raps will u watch it? And feel free 2 give me construtive feedback! I am gonna write a rap song about what I am going through.

  6. I go 2 a mental health clinic and they help with addiction and depression. Ur video is right on. I have a friend who is dealing with a drug addiction and mental illness. She got sent 2 the hospital and I hope that she keeps on the right path. I have depression and anxiety. I ended up in the hospital because of depression. I learned how 2 rap in the hospital. I find that rapping is a type of outlet. It helps me a lot. I am not recovered by any means. I know that I am taking steps 2words my recovery. I take my medication and go 2 groups at the clinic. It helps me 2 know that others can relate. Anyone who has a mental illness it helps if they can find something 2 be greatful 4 every day even if it's just one thing. I do that and I write my feelings and thoughts about stuff and put it a rap song. I hope 2 be rapping professionally by 2024. There r center's in Texas. Kristen if I hashtag one of my raps will u watch it? I am gonna answer ur question but I am gonna make it in2 a rap song. I am writing it as I type this. When I am done please give me constructive feedback please.

  7. Thank you for this video. 🙂 I'm been wanting to find a video about addiction for a while now and found this interesting. (not that I'm he one with addiction but I did find this interesting.)

  8. I am so glad that you touched on that picture of the parents overdosing in the car and the mother in the store. Everyone I saw on social media seemed to think this was a good way of dealing with addiction. I saw so much shaming. Personally I work at an addiction treatment center and I can say 100% that all those pictures/videos did was add to the stigma. Thank you for your work, Kristen!!!

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