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ADDICTION & SUBSTANCE ABUSE

We can sometimes be too quick to make judgement when we come across addiction.

There are many reasons people get addictions, not all are from intentional use of recreational substances, sometimes addictions are from legal prescribed medications.

Addictions come in many shapes and forms, they are not restricted to the use of drink and drugs, and most addictions have underlying causes that need to be addressed.


ALWAYS GET QUALLIFIED MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

These pages offer information, guidance and who to contact

USEFUL AGENCIES THAT CAN HELP WITH ADDICTIONS

Action on Addiction

NHS - What is Addiction?

ADT Healthcare

Recovery.org.uk

Rehab4addiction

Alcoholics Anon

RECREATIONAL SUBSTANCES
& LEGAL HIGHS

Some substances are being taken not necessarily through addiction, but willingly and purely for recreation, some are even known as legal highs, but these are still not safe and can be life changing if not fatal ! 

NITROUS OXIDE

Use of Nitrous Oxide commonly reffered to as Laughng Gas or 'NOS' is becoming more popular among our party and club culture, especially popular in many of the clubbing holiday resorts abroad.

There is an official medical use of this gas in Hospitals, Ambulances and by Midwives during Childbirth use (NO2 Entonox), which is a 50/50 mixture of Nitrous and Oxygen and used for instant pain relief, its use is highly controlled even to medical staff and comes with many usage regulations and restrictions to use.

Nitrous is also used by some kitchen style devices for instance to generate whipped cream or 'Soda-stream' drinks, but has now become quite freely available to use for party goers as a 'High' normally by inhaling  via a balloon. This can be 100% Nitrous.

NITROUS OXIDE MUST NEVER BE ADMINISTERED WHEN...

The following conditions prevent medical staff for using the 50/50 mixture of Nitrous and Oxygen (Entonox) {No2} [Laughing Gas]. 

•Head injuries with impairment of consciousness (Glasgow coma score of 14 or less, or any signs of cerebral injury) as nitrous oxide may raise ICP in head injury
•Pneumothorax 
•Air embolism 
•Decompression sickness or within 48 hours of an underwater dive  
•Severe emphysaema with bullae  
•During or following myringoplasty or middle ear surgery  
•Gross abdominal distension  
•Intoxication 
•Maxillofacial injuries (where patient unable to administer the drug using a mouthpiece/mask, or there is the risk of causing further damage to facial wounds and there may also be a significant risk of blood inhalation)  
•Patients with chronic pulmonary disease for whom an inspired oxygen concentration of more than 28% oxygen might be dangerous  
•Methotrexate should be used with caution in patients taking drugs known to have an anti-folate potential including nitrous oxide. Seek Medical advice before administering Entonox to a patient receiving treatment  
•In temperatures below –6o C as separation of gases can occur 
•Where patients need assistance to hold the mask or mouthpiece. The safety of Entonox relies on the fact that if the patient becomes drowsy during use, they will relax their grip on the hand piece and the mask will fall away preventing further inhalation of the gas. 
•Retinal surgery within the last three months 

WHAT CAN HAPPEN ?

Above you will see that one of the conditions for administering the controlled medical 50/50 equivellent is NOT BEING UNDER INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS.

Yet this uncontrolled, sometimes 100% version is sold or used at parties, clubs and events where drinking is more than likely to be happening and drugs may also be being used.

There have been fatalities, also life-changing reactions.

Watch the video to see Olivia Golding's story.

CELL PHONE ADDICTION

Ever since Cell phones became general use they have altered the way we communicate, but they have also had an underlying effect on our brains and attitudes, changing the way we respond and our expectations of others.

Before the Cell phone we were quite happy to send a letter which could take days and sometimes even weeks to arrive at its destination, we would then wait the same amount of time for a reply to arrive all without getting anxious.

We would telephone a friend or family member, and if there was no reply we would of just accepted they were out or busy with their life, perhaps ringing them back again later, all without panicking they did not like/love us anymore or were being disrepectful to us.

At weekends we would not phone a work colleague, we would respect their privacy and entitlement to time of from work, we would not telephone someone late at night being respectful that they may be sleeping.

But now we have mobiles and texts we have lost all of our patience, we demand an 'IMMEDIATE RESPONSE' twenty four hours a day, no longer can you shut off from work or take time for yourself, or even sleep without being interupted.

How Smartphones Change The Way You Think

Credit to Jeff Butler / TEDx Talks