Mobile Drug Testing Labs Bring On-Site Workplace Testing

“A growing drug problem (in a community) shouldn’t affect the ability for area workplaces to remain safe and drug-free.” This is the philosophy on which the newest mobile drug testing lab was founded by a couple in Avon Lake, Ohio. USA Mobile Drug Testing is a company that was established in an effort to save employers both time and money by minimizing the productivity lost when employees must drive to and from an off-site lab. Instead a trained drug testing technician comes to the business to collect samples, which are then sent to a lab for processing. Negative results are reported within one day, but positive results go through more testing which takes an extra day to verify.

USA Mobile Drug Testing can test for a variety of drugs including:

– cocaine

– opiates

– marijuana

– PCP

– amphetamines

In the Avon Lake area, most results come back negative, but the most common positive result is for marijuana usage. Unfortunately, cocaine, opiates, prescription medication and heroin are becoming more common in the area. Since drug testing is not likely to go away with drug use increasing in many areas, mobile drug testing facilities is an effective, efficient business option for those interested in helping people and creating a safer community.

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What is the Role of the Internet in Drug Addiction?

I’ve wondered for a while if the internet has impacted the age-old problem of substance abuse and addiction. Where else to find the answer but through an internet search? It’s clear that I’m not the only person who has questioned whether there is a connection. Addiction in any form follows a fairly distinct pattern of behavior, and people can be addicted to anything, really. With the advent of modern technology, psychiatrists are identifying a new addiction: online or internet addiction. While it is most common in teens and young adults, it can be seen in every culture that has computer technology, and across a broad age range and in many economic groups. Recent studies have shown that compulsive, or addictive, internet users experience similar physical damage and changes to their brains as that of cocaine addicts. Similarly, when prevented from online activity, internet addicts experience similar withdrawal symptoms, such as increased irritability and mood swings.

Also, there are a few other ways that the internet increases or encourages drug addiction, including:

– increased knowledge of drug usage and manufacturing. The increased knowledge gives teens and young adults more confidence when using drugs and makes it more likely that they will experiment.

-increased access to prescription medications from rogue, online pharmacies. With easy, anonymous access to the drugs, much of the fear of getting caught is removed, decreasing the perceived risk. And since the drugs in question are available by prescription, many teens perceive them as “safe.”

On the flip side, there are many organizations and resources available online to help someone who wishes to go into recovery from any addiction. Resources include information on free-standing clinics and treatment centers to help addicts find help in their local area, online support groups and forums where members can discuss issues and successes in their recovery, and articles or print material to provide structure, planning, or support throughout recovery. So, although the internet CAN contribute to the encouragement of drug addiction, there are many ways that it can also provide support through intervention and recovery.

Recovery Requires Willingness

September is National Recovery Month. As this month draws to a close, it might be helpful to examine the number one characteristic that many professionals identify as being the most important to ongoing recovery: willingness. But exactly what kind of willingness does recovery require?

– Willingness to change.

– Willingness to work hard at recovery.

– Willingness to try new things instead of repeating the same self-destructive activities.

– Willingness to turn it over to God and let him work in your mind, your life, and your actions.

Self-help author, Robert Anthony sums it up best: “Courage is simply the willingness to be afraid and act anyway.” Facing all of the changes necessary to maintain sobriety and long-term recovery can be a very scary thing to do, but if you are willing to work your way through the fear and keep changing anyway, then you have mastered true courage. And courage will get you through the hard part to a successful and positive life beyond addiction.

Today’s post is based on p. 191 of Past Tense: 365 Daily Tools for Putting Stress Behind You – for Good!  To enjoy more daily tools for creating a stress-free life, order your copy of the book today!

National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month! In 1990, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) established Recovery Month in an effort to educate the public and to let people know that:

1. Prevention works.

2. Treatment is effective.

3. People can fully recover.

In many public arenas, such as law enforcement and criminal justice, addiction is treated as a crime instead of as the disorder or disease that it is. It is important to remember that although addicts’ behavior is often illegal and criminally prosecuted, the disorder itself should not be. It can be classified as an illness, just like diabetes or heart disease. In order to eliminate the criminal behaviors that can accompany addiction, the disorder must be treated as such. Many jurisdictions fail to provide intervention, treatment, or recovery programs of any kind. Just as diabetes can not be cured by incarceration, neither can addiction.

According to the website established for the annual event: “Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.” For more information, and to find out if there are any events taking place in your area, visit the website this week!

One Day at a Time

Anyone who is familiar with Alcoholics Anonymous has heard their slogan, “One day at a time…” It encourages a day-by-day approach to sobriety, letting people know that they don’t have to swear off their addiction forever, but to do so day by day until it becomes a habit and a permanent lifestyle change.

What might surprise people in modern times is that the idea is not a new one, but has been around since roughly 350 AD, as written by Saint Gregory of Nyssa, “Let us remember that the life we ought to be interested in is “daily” life. We can, each of us, only call the present time our own… Our Lord tells us to pray for today, and so he prevents us from tormenting ourselves about tomorrow.”

People in every time and every place experience difficulties and challenges. It is easy to turn to drugs, alcohol, or food for comfort; but that solution only leads to further problems: addiction and its consequences. Instead, through AA and the wisdom passed down through time, there are a few steps we can take to help us through the hard times:

– pray for today, like Saint Gregory advised.

– let tomorrow take care of itself. If there is a problem brewing for tomorrow it will still be there when you get there. But you will be better rested and better equipped to take care of it if you have dealt with today in its proper place.

– refuse to get caught up in your own, or other people’s “what if?” thinking and torment.

– draw support from peers and people you trust who understand AA’s slogan, “One day at a time…” and will help you focus on it in your life from day to day.

– don’t become overwhelmed with fears or worries about the future. Focus your thoughts, your prayers, and your energy on dealing only with today and those challenges that are right in front of you.

Ask for guidance and help in dealing with one thing at a time… one day at a time…

 

Alcoholism and Eating Disorders Share Genes

New research conducted in Australia shows that alcoholism, anorexia, and bulimia may be related genetically. In the study conducted on both fraternal and identical twins, researchers found that common genetic factors seem to underlie the predisposition to alcohol abuse and eating disorders. This does not mean that genetics cause these disorders, but that people with certain genetic combinations may be more likely to develop them.

Although it is still unclear exactly which genes are involved, the discovery of common roots is still significant. Genetics appear to explain 38-53% of the risk of developing both eating disorders and alcohol addiction. Overeaters Anonymous (OA) members have long maintained the belief that food addiction is every bit as serious as alcohol addiction and develops in much the same way over time, resulting in many of the same symptoms and health problems. This study finally provides some basis for that idea. 

Researchers used data on both identical and fraternal twins in order to differentiate the effects of genetics from environmental effects, even effects of a “shared” environment twins had when growing up. 

Certainty? No worries!

“Certainty is the mother of quiet and repose, and uncertainty the cause of variance and contentions.”    – Edward Coke

One of the most recognizable causes of stress today is worry and uncertainty. When the things we have always taken for granted as being so are proven NOT to be so, it causes deep distress and worry. But worrying has never been reported as changing the future for anyone, so what can be done instead?

The best thing one can do in a world full of uncertainty, is to focus on the things that are certain, like sunrises, changing tides, the seasons, answers to prayer. Also, if you want more certainty in your life, do the right thing repeatedly until it becomes a habit. You can not control outer circumstances or other people and their responses, but you can control your own actions and responses. And continual practice helps turn good behaviors and positive responses into solid habits which will kick in without you having to think about it when things get stressful.

Life is full of uncertainties and surprises, but it works a lot better when we don’t create them ourselves. Stress is a symptom of not dealing well with uncertainty. When we know things work well a certain way, it pays to keep doing things the way we know will work. Certainty is something you build; it’s not a feeling that just happens.

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