February 13, 2013
Drug and alcohol addiction affects millions of people in the US. I assume these numbers are proportional in other areas of the industrialized world as well. I have no idea if problems are lesser or greater in emerging nations but I would assume that even there, the problem exists.
According to timesargus.com, there is effective treatment for addictions to both drugs and alcohol. The unfortunate fact is that few people are given this treatment. There are 23.5 million teens and adults addicted to either alcohol or drugs and only about 10% get treatment of any kind. The majority of treatment programs fail to keep the addict sober. Most of the current treatment programs are outdated and do not use the newer methods shown in scientific studies to be more effective.
Many people go into treatment as a result of a court order. Typically, Americans do more research before buying a car than when selecting a treatment program. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University concluded that "the vast majority of people in need of addiction treatment do not receive anything that approximates evidence-based care."
The report found that many treatment providers are not medical professionals and do not possess the knowledge, skills, or credentials necessary to provide the care needed for the newer methodologies to work. It was suggested that this lack would be a form of medical malpractice.
Anne M. Fletcher has written a book describing the lacks of addiction treatment in a book called Inside Rehab. She does admit that there are some exceptions to the inadequate treatment programs but that many are using methods dating from the 1950s. She is advocating for the science-based practices to be widely used as well as exploding some of the myths associated with treatment.
One of the biggest myths is that most addicts must go to a rehab center. "The truth is that most people recover (1) completely on their own, (2) by attending self-help groups, and/or (3) by seeing a counselor or therapist individually," she writes.
The cost of the treatment protocol doesn't really give an indication of efficacy. Some low cost, low funded programs were effective while many of the celebrity treatment venues were not. Part of the issue is with the time it takes to treat the addiction.
The usual 30-day in house treatment isn't enough to get the patient who has spent years with the addiction to change their life around. When outside rehab, there are many who are not given medicinal help with staying clean, especially if they were addicted to opioids. Those who were given chemical help were sometimes discouraged when using a 12-step program as they believe these are a crutch and are against their use.
If you need treatment, you need to find one that is a good fit. Even those that are well run will not work for everybody. Often, a 12-step program is effective, but if you don't believe in a higher power, you might want to find a different method of treatment. When meeting with a therapist, ask for a treatment plan. It should be individualized and it should have some measureable criteria. Also make sure the credentials of those treating patients are valid and appropriate.
Will treatment also address underlying issues such as depression or other problems that would get in the way of long term recovery.
Do you know anyone who has gone through drug and/or alcohol rehab? Did they remain sober after treatment? Do you know anyone who has used Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous? Were they able to achieve and maintain sobriety?
There are many other methods used to help people eschew either drugs or alcohol. CRAFT, or Community Reinforcement and Family Training is mentioned in the article as being valid and successful. Do you know of any others and what their success rate is?
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I never knew what to do with a paper except to put it in a side pocket or pass it to a clerk who understood it better than I did. - Ulysses S. Grant
Common sense is very uncommon. - Horace Greeley
Tim decided to tie the knot with his long time girlfriend.
One evening, after the honeymoon, he was assembling some loads for an upcoming hunt. His wife was standing there at the bench watching him. After along period of silence she finally speaks.
"Honey, I've been thinking, now that we are married I think it's time you quit hunting, shooting, hand loading, and fishing. Maybe you should sell your guns and boat."
Tim gets this horrified look on his face. She says, "Darling, what's wrong?"
"For a minute there you were sounding like my ex-wife."
"Ex wife?" she screams, "I didn't know you were married before!"
Families are the Nurseries of all Societies; and the First combinations of mankind.
There may be some so very Ignorant, that they know not how to Pray.
History is the story of events, with praise or blame. all from Cotton Mather, American Puritan minister who died on this day in 1728
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Take two pieces of wood, cut them into circles of equal size, drill a hole in the center of both, place a stick in the holes you made, tie a long piece of string onto that string between the discs. You just made yourself a yo-yo.
When I was a child, the yo-yo was a common toy. They were cheap and they took some time to learn to operate properly. The ambitious amongst us would bear the bruises and pain to learn how to do some pretty intricate tricks. Most of us were happy just to learn the basic moves. The other ones hurt too much to try.
A company called "Duncan" took the yo-yo and made it so even the most inept of us could enjoy the toy without chipping a tooth in the process. Plastic had become quite popular for many things, so Duncan had the idea to replace the wood with plastic. And it was a good idea. A popular toy became a sensation. Not only did everyone then have to have a yo-yo, they had to have a Duncan yo-yo. Even if they had a yo-yo, they had to have a Duncan yo-yo. And, in many cases, if they already had a Duncan yo-yo, they had to have another Duncan yo-yo.
Duncan began another new thing. To maintain demand in their products, they started sponsorships for some of the more proficient yo-yo aficionados. They became professionals and would go out on tours to demonstrate the Duncan yo-yo capabilities and features. Competitions were also sponsored by Duncan. This encouraged the ones with lesser skills that they could get better, and supplied Duncan with a new supply of professionals to go out and demonstrate their products.
The yo-yo is a very basic design. Kids had been playing with them long before Duncan came along. But, Duncan is who made the yo-yo something every kid needed to have. Then they went beyond that in a marketing campaign that created the need to own multiple yo-yo's. Each design of yo-yo they produced did something new. One would light up while spinning. Another could "walk the dog". Another would continue spinning for much, much longer than any other yo-yo, allowing various tricks to be performed. Others would create special optical effects as they spun.
The toy became such a part of Americana that it became part of our lexicon. When something rises, falls, rises again, falls again, over and over, it was said it was yo-yoing. I'm sure you've heard the term used. It has even been used to describe someone whose mood vacillates. I'm sure you've heard someone say, "He (or she) is a yo-yo!" It has become part of our vernacular. It has now become part of our language and has it's own place in our dictionaries, in all forms of use.
Here's your quiz:
Have you had one of those fancy yo-yo's?
Have you performed any intricate tricks with a yo-yo?
Do you know a yo-yo?
Yo-Yo's - Like Elevators, They Have Their Ups And Downs
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"Success is 10% inspiration, 90% last-minute changes."
~ From a billboard advertisement ~
Lately I've been feeling tired. So tired that running has been a problem. I suspect that this is due to a number of things. I experimented with a new kind of running shoe without breaking them in properly, and this led to a perpetually sore right calf muscle that lasted for months. In spite of this, I had a very full racing schedule, and I raced hard, making personal best times in every single distance. And then, going into the winter, I didn't really give myself a break. I just launched right into half-marathon training again.
There was also a lot going on in my non-running world. A series of corporate restructurings that resulted in the layoffs of some close co-workers left me feeling exhausted and jaded. We had the inevitable drama at Christmas time. I decided to go back to school.
Nevertheless, I've been trying my best to keep up with my training. I've been going for my hill training sessions, speed work and long runs. I've enjoyed some of my runs, and I have felt the familiar sense of accomplishment after all of them. But it has been very hard to muster up the will for it all. It's like my mojo has gone into hibernation to take a good long nap.
I have a half-marathon scheduled for early March, and I've been putting myself under a lot of pressure to be ready for it. This has made my push myself quite hard in spite of my lack of motivation. Last weekend, though, I reached a breaking point. I went out for a 15km run in the snow, which would have been fine if I'd stuck to my long run pace. Instead, I decided to push the envelope a little, and ended up doing close to race pace in snowy conditions.
Not my wisest move.
Inevitably, I caused my old ankle injury to flare up. I was in such a lot of pain that night that I couldn't sleep without a hefty dose of prescription painkillers. Even then, I was practically crying myself to sleep.
The ankle has since subsided, but I no longer have that March half-marathon in my sights. When I was talking to my husband about it, he said I should simply forget that race and give myself time to train properly for the next one. And since the next half-marathon is one at Niagara Falls that I really don't want to miss, I realized that this might be a wiser course of action.
It always hurts to be a no-show at a race. But it would hurt more to run the race and put sideline myself with an injury for the rest of the season.
Have you ever abandoned an interim goal for the sake of the greater goal? How did it feel?
It started with the Super Bowl commercials. There weren't any jingles. In fact, we wasted a couple hours fast forwarding through the game parts to SEE all the commercials Monday evening. ( we taped the game and watched other stuff). H and I agreed there were only two or three worth watching. Oddly enough, the critics agree! The horse, of course. And Oprah's really fine piece. Paul Harvey's wasn't bad. Got a laugh from the report of the thousand or so 19 to 40 year olds who were reporting their yes-no answers to a Pollster. THEY said, "Who's Paul Harvey?"
That is what grabbed me! The commercials were all aimed at people ages 19 to 40. Us foggy folks who often pay those youngsters' way through life aren't considered a product's customers. Many weren't. .....Who/what is Snoop Doggy? The chubby guy who kissed the girl or a laptop computer or something you put on a computer? That one sailed over my head, especially since a different commercial with a dancing elephant and rhino and something else keeps intruding on my morning CBS news on line with the same amount of no info. Do they really think many 19 year olds are tuning in the morning national news on line? I gather we're supposed to know what the name stands for.
Anyway, this led to the idea that it was snack time, and out of my mouth popped:
When the hungries hit,
When the hungries hit, Hit the Red Barn.
Next up came the 1940's jingle:
Pepsi Cola hits the spot
12 full ounces, that's a lot.
Twice as much for a nickel, too!
Pepsi Cola is the drink for you.
See the U-S-A
in your Cheverolet,
America is asking you to call...
We couldn't recall the rest of it. There's 2 more lines. That commercial opened the Bonanza program on TV forever in the 1960's.
Then there was this beer commercial we heard on our radio about 400 miles north of Juneau, Alaska at the Weather Bureau station:
It's the water, it's the water
In Olympia beer.
We probably got some in the twice annual shipment of goods from Portland, although the usual beers consumed by that gang (not me) were brought over from Canada.
I popped up with a really old one from 1940's radio days. It sponsored a soap opera my mom listened to. She didn't use that soap, and I never saw a box of it, but the song stays put . Those last words on each line go down one note and back up.
Super Suds, Super Suds, Lots more suds with Super Su-u-uds.
Super Suds, Super Suds, they're the suds with Super Doo-oo--oo.
And who hasn't heard the little guy singing:
Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz
Oh, what a relief it is!
An old and forgotten cigarette ad said it's name. H remembered it.
It's a silly millimeter longer,
Then he recalled:
Roto Rooter, that's the name
And away go troubles down the drain
They don't make commercials like that any more . Obviously, brand names that stick in your head a long time! And isn't that the purpose? If I were going to spend $4 Million to advertise my product, that's what I would want. So now that I have your brain a-tingle, Can you think of one more Jingle?
Odds and Ends -
Human Sex - If this offends, please don't read.
The following stats are close (within 1/2 inch) to what most studies show.
MEN - The average length of an erect male penis is approximately 5.55.7 inches in length. The average flaccid length is 3.53.7 inches. The range of average penis circumference when erect was 3.6 to 3.9 inches. That is about 1.2 inches across. Neither patient age nor size of the flaccid penis accurately predicted erectile length.
WOMEN - The vagina of a woman who hasn't had a child is only 3.0 inches long when she's not sexually excited, and even when she's aroused the average increase in size is only about another inch. The first third of a woman's vagina is the area that houses all of the nerve endings and is, therefore, the only area that actually registers sensation. The end result: 90% of women prefer a wide penis to a long one because increases in length do little to enhance her physical pleasure.
SUMMARY - Don't worry men - Chances are that women within measuring distance usually have better things on their minds than finding a ruler, and if they don't, penis size probably shouldn't be your first concern.
Thanks for your limericks - try this one.
Next Line - My girlfriend was down with the flu...
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Limerick rules. http://freespace.virgin.net/merrick.sheldon/limerickrules.htm
There once was a nerd with no PC or Mac.....
Who worked for a tyrant named Jack.....
Who would rant and then rave.....
'Bout the money he'd save.....
By giving the nerd the sack.
- Skeeter--- Funny laws in Iowa ---
Kisses may last for as much as, but no more than, five minutes.
One-armed piano players must perform for free.
After lovemaking in Ames, Iowa, the husband is not allowed to take more than three gulps of beer while lying in bed with his wife.Reader Comments
Lots of fear in the source article. Lets break it down a bit. "In its current proposal, DOE contends that no metal with contamination exceeding 1 millirem (a unit for measuring radioactivity) per year above background radiation levels would be released". 100 rem = 1 Sievert (the standand unit, abbreviated Sv). So 1 millirem, or 1/1000 rem, is equal to 0.00001 Sv over the course of a year. To put that in a daily dose, assuming worst case scenario of spending all day every day with the affected metal, would be 0.00000003 Sv.
To put that number in perspective, it is about 1/3 the radiation dose you get from the potassium in eating a banana. This is a non-issue couched in inflammatory language for the express purpose of spreading fear among those ignorant of science. - Tony
The mining industry is notorious for leaving behind a ruined land. They are under intense pressure to lower prices, having few potential customers and worldwide competition, so the standard procedure is to go bankrupt to avoid clean-up costs. Some governments now require a deposit, but it is too late to get one from the very similar but vastly larger nuclear industry. They have not even cleaned up the original Uranium mines as part of the campaign to convince us that plans for the more dangerous waste are more than eyewash. It is a dying industry, hopelessly uneconomic except as a prop for fraud and assault.
The stockholders and executives are in denial about the risks of radiation, and I have to agree that it is excessive for individual people to be worried about it compared to many other more common and deadly threats, like GMO corn, but the statistics are very clear. Releasing radiation does kill people, and damage far more, in a quiet but permanent epidemic.
One point missing from most debates is that the earth has been getting steadily less radioactive since it was formed. There was twice as much Radium around when Rome fell, and about five hundred times as much at the end of the last Ice Age. Going back, the numbers get huge. Perhaps the reason it took billions of years for multicellular life to evolve was that mutation rates were just too high for such stability. Obviously, our ancestors were oblivious to much higher levels of radiation, and managed OK. We have already set the background radiation levels back hundreds or thousands of years, and redistributed the hazards. It is a crime that will slowly kill millions of people outright, and dash the hopes of many more millions of parents, but leave no absolute proof in any given case. It may tip the scales to allow the practice of eugenics, with a lack of mutations being required for a human birth certificate.
In the case of the DOE and their pile of radioactive scrap iron, there is probably no way to keep it out of the environment permanently, but I'd certainly try making it back into iron ore, and adding it to a stable little ore body, rather than mixing it into the metal in circulation. That's just an incredibly sleazy grab for a few bucks before the real train wreck hits the industry. - Bob of the North
Oh yes--quite a few actually. They aren't really unskilled though, there are quite a few skills required in those jobs, just not the ones you might learn in a college setting. It takes a lot of skill to deal with an angry customer, trust me on that one! You can't just smack them, no matter how much you want to. Learning to use the computer programs the stores have is not that easy to do either, even the ones that tell you the exact change to give back. I do no the name of cashiers in the stores I use, and many times their stories. It pays to be friendly to the people who help you, they have bad days too. I also try to be polite and thankful to them, that's just good manners. - Ruth in WA
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