prescriptionPrescription drug abuse and addiction problems have rocked our country to its core.  In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse has reported that prescription drug abuse and addiction problems are now responsible for more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined.  Part of the problem with these drug substances is that few individuals recognize them as drug substances, or understand that they can be just as dangerous and addictive as some illicit drug substances.  These medications are FDA-approved and doctor recommended, and many individuals who lack further information regarding their true nature erroneously believe that this means they are perfectly safe to use or even abuse. Read the rest of this entry »

healthEstablished in 2001, the McIntosh County Coalition for a Healthy Community, or McCoCo, has worked hard to bring many resources into their local communities to help improve the overall health and well-being of the residents in these communities.  Some of these resources include the Drug Free Communities Grant, OCCY Grants, Systems of Care, Tobacco Control Grant, alternative activities for youth and the community so they remain drug-free, the county resource directory, the annual Resource Luncheon and many others.  The issues that face and trouble community youth are a high priority of the group, and McCoCo has long worked very hard to ensure that the youth of the community always has a safe and healthy place in which to grow up.  Activities like After Prom Parties, July 4th celebrations and the Halloween Trail of Terror help community youth discover the fun in drug-free, healthy activities. Read the rest of this entry »

oklahomaSubstance abuse and addiction problems affect every state in the nation, and indeed every nation in the world.  Individuals who encounter some problem or difficulty in their life may be under the mistaken impression that drugs can help them in some way.  The truth of it is that drugs cannot solve any of the problems for which they are taken, whether these problems are mental, emotional or physical in nature.  Instead, drugs interfere with the normal functions of the human body, temporarily suppressing undesirable sensations and stimulating desirable sensations and providing the individual with some degree of relief.  It is for this reason that the individual may believe drugs are helpful to them, however as their drug use continues and then progresses into drug abuse and addiction, the individual sinks farther and farther down the dwindling spiral of drug use. Read the rest of this entry »

heroinAt the end of January, The Huffington Post published a long-form article, “Dying to Be Free,” which provides an exhaustive examination of the current heroin addiction epidemic which is surging throughout the United States. According to statistics from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the number of Americans who used heroin shot up by 265,000. The number of people who died of heroin overdose on an annual basis doubled between 2010 and 2012, and spiked another 39% over the next year, per numbers reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read the rest of this entry »

alcoholOklahoma holds a place in the American imagination as being a rural, relatively peaceful and quiet area of the country. Images of the Sooner State usually include wide open prairies, cattle out on the range, and tornadoes being usually the worst event happening there. Alcohol poisoning deaths are not the type of thing that is typically associated with Oklahoma, but that could change, with recent news coming out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At the beginning of January, the CDC released a report, “Vital Signs: Alcohol Poisoning Deaths — United States, 2010–2012,” in which they ranked Oklahoma 11th in the nation for the number of deaths caused by alcohol poisoning on an annual basis over recent years. Over the years 2010 through 2012, an average of 37 Oklahomans died from drinking too much alcohol, a number which was only surpassed by 10 other states (in ascending order): Read the rest of this entry »

drug cravingGary Smith has spent several years serving as the executive director of the Narconon Arrowhead drug rehab center in Oklahoma. The Arrowhead center is the flagship in the worldwide Narconon network, and as such it sets the standard for delivery and service for all of the other Narconon centers around the globe. In this position, Smith is responsible for ensuring that the team he oversees is top notch in every way, and his job calls for the highest level Read the rest of this entry »

healthyAugust is officially a busy month, with the first week of the month being designated as National Simplify Your Life Week. It is a week set-aside as a time for special attention to de-cluttering and getting organized to Read the rest of this entry »