Opiod overdose death statistics 2015

12 Jan

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Legal drug causing more deaths than Heroin

Tragically, there have been more and more deaths attributed to legal pain medications in the last year than ever before in this country. Pain meds like Vicodin and Oxycontin, prescribed by doctors to patients for everything from a toothache to a broken bone, have been shown to increase the likelihood of future Heroin use and abuse in those who have taken them. Recent studies have shown that Heroin users have increased by close to 300,000 people in the last year while legal pain medication users are up even higher. To learn more read HERE.

Recovery as a New Year’s Resolution?

11 Jan

Blog-NewYears

We are now almost two months into the New Year and Cornerstone would like to commend all those in recovery for making it through the holidays without taking a drink or using. We know from our 31 years of experience treating clients with addictions that the holidays are a particularly difficult time for some due to family interactions, parties and for others they can trigger depression and loneliness.

The temptation to drink or use can be very strong and can lead some to relapse. We must remember that our recovery must come first and we must work each day to connect with others in the program and continue to attend our meetings and call our sponsors. Recovery works if you work it!

If you or someone you love has had a difficult holiday season and has had a relapse event we encourage you to get help NOW. Whether you call us here at Cornerstone of Southern California or another treatment facility we hope that you will make that call as soon as possible.

Relapses happen. You should not feel ashamed. Reach out to us or others in the treatment community and we will help.

Alcohol is still the #1 choice for college students

4 Jan

Alcohol is still the #1 choice for college students

According to the National Institutes of Health, 4 out of 5 college students admitted to drinking alcohol in some form occasionally.It was also found that 40% of college students admitted to ‘binge drinking’ at least once time within two weeks before taking their survey. For male students binge drinking consists of, on average, 5 alcoholic beverages consecutively and for females, 4 or more in a row. Students between the ages of 18 – 25 have been found to have the greatest prevalence of excessive drinking while the average peak for this behavior is 21.

Why Do College Students Drink?

The legal drinking age in the US is 21 years but that doesn’t seem to deter many of our American underage youth from experiencing their first taste of some alcoholic beverage. Many students see drinking to intoxication as some sort of ‘rite of passage’ or as a way to ‘fit in’ while many in the treatment community see alcohol as a ‘gateway drug’.

Every year, just before the holiday and new year’s break, college students are put through the stress of final exams and then released from their educational obligations for a few weeks to decompress and relax. During this break the incidents of excessive or ‘binge’ drinking rises significantly. Holiday and New Years parties as well as sorority and fraternity celebrations are the perfect venues for over-consumption of alcohol and other substances but studies show that alcohol remains the #1 choice for college students.

College students who attempt to become members of fraternities, sororities and athletic organizations or clubs can also encounter ‘Hazing’ during pledging. It has been reported that more than 50% of students who pledge these organizations become victims of hazing.

Alcohol Can Have Serious Risks

The National Institute of Health has reported, 25% of college students who drink suffer in their academic performance by missing classes, poor exam outcomes, failing to complete assignments, falling behind, and ultimately receiving lower grades. The National Institute of Health found  that 1,825 college students between the age of 18-24 die each year due to alcohol related injuries.

Even More Serious Risks

  • Unprotected Sex: 13% of college students have unprotected sex after a night of drinking.
  • Assault: Every year, 690,000 students between the age of 18-24 are assaulted by another college student who was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the assault.
  • Drunk Driving: Every year, more than 3.3 million college students between the age of 18-24 operate a vehicle while intoxicated.
  • Other Injuries: Every year, about 599,000 college students sustain injuries related to alcohol use and abuse.
  • Sexual Abuse: 97,000 college students each year become victims of alcohol-related sexual abuse or ‘date rape’.