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The crimes of terrorism and legalizing drug use

The crimes of terrorism and legalizing drug use: The association between crime and drug addiction

The crimes of terrorism and legalizing drug use

The crimes of terrorism and legalizing drug use are two different things that must be dealt with soberly if we have to keep and maintain a healthy and peaceful society.

We are living at a time when very many things you would not imagine happening in life. The rate of crime is escalating and becoming very sophisticated every day. Many lives are lost in one single act of crime thanks to the availability of drugs in the market that has made criminals to get the psych for crime. Because of this the global safety is not guaranteed and that is why we want to focus our discussion on the crimes of terrorism and legalizing drug use in our states. Will this real help put to check this problem that is causing a lot of fear among people in the society? This is a subject that can be debated endlessly and therefore we want to engage the services of doctor Dalal Akoury (MD) who besides being a veteran addiction expert of several decades is also the founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center. This facility was formulated primarily to help people who are struggling with any form of addiction regain their lives and be productive in the society.

Doctor Akoury is registering that it is regrettable that dealing in illicit drugs is continually becoming a very big business not just in your country but across the globe. Today we have very many organized and dangerous drug cartels in most countries that are deeply rooted in this killer business and the most painful part of this is that they are using the proceeds accruing from their criminal activity to raise more havoc in the societies. These cartels are causing a lot of constrain in the delivery of security services in some states since a lot of efforts are put in ensuring that their activities do not cause harm to the innocent citizens. In the process of doing this other sectors may be compromised which means that the status quo is likely to continue for very long time if the drugs continues to be affordable and easily accessible in the market as it is now in most streets of our cities across the globe.

The crimes of terrorism and legalizing drug use: Should drug use be legalized?

As the debate rages on doctor Akoury states that one of the ideas put forward in this discussion is that of legalizing drugs. Those who are supporting this view argue that it would facilitate and help in the reduction of crime especially those that are associated with drug abuse. Their point is that when dealing in drug is legal then chances are that addicts would not have to resort to criminal behavior to fund their habit. The costs of drugs could be put to check by setting rates which addicts could afford without having to steal in order to get the supply. Besides that they also elude that these drugs could also be taxed and the revenue realized from these could be used to fund drug rehabilitation treatment. Alongside with that this school of thought is also seeing the possibility of realizing reduction in the attraction to drugs. To them many people will often be curious at things that are prohibited and restricted and so by allowing its use this will be eliminated hence the reduction of substance abuse.

Nonetheless the opposing views is very categorical that the effects of drug abuse is so devastating that letting people lose to it will kill the moral fabric of the society and most importantly, we are going to register very disturbing figures in terms of death, sicknesses and crime due to more addictions. Besides that the reason of revenue is inconsequential as this would place an extra burden on taxpayers, the authorities and the State as a whole in the logistics of caring and administration of treatment to the increased number of people being addicted to the drugs.

If you are still with us in this discussion I want to believe that we are heading somewhere. Now that we are progressing well doctor Akoury possess this concern, “what do you do with those people who are addicted to committing an offences day in day out?” remember that these people may or may not be addicted to drugs but one common denominator the have is that they have an addiction, which in this case is addiction to crime. These are very tricky occurrences and we will be lying to ourselves if we say that we understand because for sure there is no easy answer to this debate will still continue. However it is important to pick certain points in this all issue and appreciate that the questions raised are very pertinent and cannot just be ignored. That is why professionally it is said that prevention is better than cure therefore you do not willfully create a problem because you have the mechanisms of solving it says doctor Dalal Akoury.

The crimes of terrorism and legalizing drug use: Addiction and crime prevention measures

It has been suggested that unless we can change human nature itself then crime will always be with us. Crime is normally first propagated in the mind before it’s execution and so the wellness of the mind is a perfect remedy for everyone. Doctor Akoury is of the strong opinion that while we appreciate that drug addiction is well connected with crime, the two can be separated and each can be dealt with individually and in isolation. It will be an uphill task for the authority to ensure that drug barons are arrested because many of them are always walking free while their little clients are the ones being arrested and when they are arrested, the have the resources to buy their way out into the street again. This element of corruption must stop for our society to be safe.

Finally and on the professionals point of view, the option of treatment is the best and for this to yield any meaningful fruits, it is highly recommended that we all engage the services of real professionals in addiction to help in addressing this problem. Therefore to start you off this long journey of addiction recovery and reduction of crime levels from our societies, it will be very important for you if you are struggling with any form of addiction to schedule for an appointment with the home of experts (AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center) under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury today for the commencement of your recovery process immediately.

The crimes of terrorism and legalizing drug use: The association between crime and drug addiction



The complexity of drug addiction treatment

The complexity of drug addiction treatment: The prevalence of drug addiction

The complexity of drug addiction treatment

The complexity of drug addiction treatment can be very costly if preventive measures are not taken timely

The complexity of drug addiction treatment is as complex as the addiction itself. Professionals at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center says that drug addiction is a multifaceted disorder that can encompass virtually every aspect of an individual’s life functioning in the family, at work, school and in the community. When victims of drug addiction are in denial of their situation, it even becomes more difficult and frustrating to have the problem addressed with some degree of seriousness. In her over two decades of experience in this line of addiction, doctor Akoury says that because of addiction’s complexity and inescapable consequences, drug addiction treatment characteristically must involve many components. Some of those components will focus directly on the individual’s drug use while others, like employment training, focus on restoring the addicted individuals to productive membership in their families and society enabling them to experience the rewards associated with abstinence.

The experts in addiction are in agreement that treatment for drug abuse and addiction can be delivered in many different settings using a number of behavioral and pharmacological approaches. In the United States for example, there are more than 14,500 specialized drug treatment facilities providing treatment, counseling, behavioral therapy, medication, case management, and other types of services to people struggling with substance use disorders. These are worthy steps in handling the complexity of drug addiction treatment and more still needs to be done. Like for instance, alongside these patients needs to individually visit their physician’s offices for specialized treatment besides visiting mental health clinic for mental assessment and treatment. Such services are available if only the right personnel can be identified. When seeking for all these, it is important to note that treatment of drug addiction can be administered in various ways including in outpatient, inpatient, and residential settings. And remember that although specific treatment approaches often are associated with particular treatment settings, a variety of therapeutic interventions or services can be included in any given setting.

The complexity of drug addiction treatment: Types of Treatment Programs

It is true that everything we do medically should be backed by some research findings and that is why many studies on addiction treatment have classified programs into several general types or modalities. Nonetheless treatment approaches and individual programs continue to advance and diversify. With these advancements many programs today do not fit precisely into traditional drug addiction treatment classifications says doctor Akoury. Majority of treatment being administered normally start with detoxification and medically managed withdrawal which is considered to be the first stage of treatment. However detoxification being the process, by which the body clears itself of drugs, is intended to control the acute and potentially dangerous physiological effects of stopping drug use. Remember that detoxification alone does not address the psychological, social, and behavioral problems associated with addiction. This means that on it alone, it may not typically produce lasting behavioral changes necessary for recovery. Therefore detoxification should be done but must also be followed by a formal assessment and referral to drug addiction treatment.

Doctor Akoury says that since detoxification is often accompanied by unpleasant and potentially fatal side effects stemming from withdrawal, its management becomes very necessary and this can be done with the medications administered by a physician in an inpatient or outpatient setting which often referred to as “medically managed withdrawal. It is therefore very important to note that medications are only available to assist in the withdrawal from opioids, benzodiazepines, alcohol, nicotine, barbiturates, and other sedatives which can really ruin your life if not addressed in good time. And as a concern individual, if you know of anyone who is straddling with drug addiction whether they are in denial or not, you can be the bridge of help to them by scheduling for an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury for commencement of their recovery journey. But in the meantime it is also important to note that AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center being one of the leading pioneers in natural and holistic addiction treatment, is not just working towards helping individual patients but also running programs tailored to meet the needs of professionals handling drug addiction patients.

And for that reason, AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center will be conducting this year the first ever Educational, Functional and Integrative Addiction conference for doctors, counselors, nurses and addiction therapists. This conference is a must attend for you as a professional and it will be held in August 23-25 at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It is important to note that this new frontier in Addiction Medicine will be conducted by the most influential group of leading visionaries specializing in the latest advances in natural and integrative addiction medicine, under the theme “The Future of Integrative Addiction”. A lot is in store for you during the conference and you can get more information on www.integrativeaddiction2015.com or alternatively you can email sharon@integrativeaddiction2015.com.

The complexity of drug addiction treatment: The Future of Integrative Addiction

Just to give you a brief preview of the event the following are some of the luminaries in the medical world that have confirmed their participation; Dr. Mitch Ghen, DO, Ph.D,., Sean Devlin, DO, HMD., Sahar Swidan, Pharma D. BCPS., Kenneth Proefrock, N.M.D., William Eidelman, M.D., and Gregory G. Smith, MD. Finally Integrative Addiction Conference 2015 mission is to provide prevention education, awareness, options and support to patients and physicians dealing with addiction. Empowering physicians to be involved in determining their personal “best answer for addiction” and promoting physician/patient awareness of a natural, yet profoundly effective, addiction treatment options that result in you “thriving while surviving” during treatment and recovery. Integrative Addiction Conference 2015 will cover topics such as addiction as a holistic body ecosystem derangement, the interaction between stress, survivorship, pain and addiction, the role of hormonal imbalance in the disease of addiction, the genetic and epigenetic influences on the disease of addiction, psycho neuroendocrine immune restoration essential to reverse addiction as well as new and future therapies in the horizon for addiction treatment including stem therapy for psycho neuroendocrine immune restoration. And for more information about Integrative Addiction Treatment contact:

Dalal Akoury M.D


Tel: 843 213 1480

Email: dollyanis@hotmail.com



The complexity of drug addiction treatment: The prevalence of drug addiction



Heroin and Drug Abuse Management Options

Heroin and Drug Abuse Management Options: Why do people Abuse Drugs

Heroin and Drug Abuse Management Options

Heroin and Drug Abuse Management Options goes beyond creating awareness. The rate of addiction and usage is escalating at an alarming rate

While addressing the importance of prevention of heroin overdose in the societies from our previous article which you can make reference to, we indicated that we will discuss with you some points you need to know about the impact of heroin overdose in our societies. This is what we want to focus on in this section primarily looking at the heroin and drug abuse management options available for us in the fight a against drug abuse. Doctor Dalal Akoury is going to educate us on what we need to know about this problem and the following are some of the points we want to discuss:

  • Majority of new users get to heroin as a result of addiction to prescription drugs.
  • Quitting heroin is the easy part the hard part is staying off.
  • The users trying to quit for good run the greatest risk of overdose.
  • We could stop people from dying of overdose, except we can’t find them.

Heroin and Drug Abuse Management Options: Majority of new users get to heroin as a result of addiction to prescription drugs

Heroin users like any other drug abuser are not really copying this practice from their favorite rock musicians. Currently the available statistics is estimating that about 80% of new heroin users are lured into the drug after becoming addicted to the prescription pain medication. Due to a new medical focus on treating pain alongside false advertising by pharmaceutical companies, opiate painkiller prescriptions exploded from 76 million in 1991 to 219 million in 2011. The translation of this is that almost one for every American adult. This necessitated the authorities to begin responding to the growing addiction and overdose by cracking down on prescription excess and fraudulent pill mills. With the intervention of the authorities, those patients who found themselves addicted when their prescriptions ran out of supply, resorted for the cheap accessible pills on the street. Many switched from $50 Oxycontin pills to $10 doses of heroin. That is why in my introduction I indicated that, it is essential that government agencies and medical professionals keep working together to reduce our reliance on opiate painkillers. Nevertheless since more opiate-addicted patients are cut off from their legal supply, many more will turn to heroin. It is time to address our society’s heroin problem.

Heroin and Drug Abuse Management Options: Quitting heroin is easy the hard part is staying off

A serious heroin user who misses a dose or two suffers the painful withdrawal like that of the story in our last article where the young boy had to be jailed. Worse than the physical symptoms are the debilitating depression and the knowledge that just one dose would make all the pains go away. In a few days, withdrawal ends but the cravings do not. Long-term heroin use causes users to hunger for heroin just in the same way we often hunger for food. Most users today have been through treatment multiple times, and only five to fifteen percent stay off for good. It is not a question of low self-control, cravings never ends, it may not show for a while but when triggered, it may not matter how long you have been off the drugs you are still able to relapse. Realistically people can relapse due to the loss of their jobs, problems with relationships. Besides these your success can also be a trigger for relapse. For instance if you have made great achievement in your business or profession, you may want to reward yourself with a single celebration that can lead to total relapse.

The society is not helping either. We often feel adamant in accepting the rehabilitated addicts or those who have served their jail terms. Take for example many organizations are not willing to absorb former convicts in job positions. Actually very few if will hire someone with a criminal record, especially for heroin. Just when users need help rebuilding a stable life, their criminal records cripple their job applications and bar them from college loans, assistance programs and professional licenses.

Heroin and Drug Abuse Management Options: The users trying to quit for good run the greatest risk of overdose.

Regular heroin users know how much of the drug their bodies can take. They increase their habit slowly, building up a high opiate tolerance. But when they quit, their bodies rapidly lose this tolerance. If they stay clean for a few weeks and then inject their usual dose, the dose may be fatal. If you followed the story of the young boy who only after two weeks of freedom from jail term, borrowing his friend’s car, his tolerance dropped enough that the usual dose killed him.

Others die from taking heroin with cocaine and alcohol, or from bad batches that the dealer mixed poorly or blended with toxic substances. Bad batches are par for the course, since the dealer’s only qualification as a pharmacist is his willingness to risk his life and the lives of others. But the most common reason for overdose is relapse use. In fact, studies show that people who die of heroin overdose actually have on average lower levels of heroin in their bodies than living users. This means that it is the people trying hardest to quit who are at the greatest risk of dying.

Heroin and Drug Abuse Management Options: We could stop people from dying of overdose, except we can’t find them

Many are surprised to learn that heroin overdose deaths are entirely preventable. Naloxone which is administered by injection or nasal spray reverses overdose within seconds by dislodging the drug from the brain’s opiate receptor sites. Naloxone is available in hospitals and carried by paramedics and some police officers. In a small number of cities, community-based overdose programs train users, family and friends to administer naloxone. Now the question that begs for an answer is “if we can stop heroin overdoses, why do they still claim the lives of our people daily?” this is possibly because users inject alone and in hiding. Any heroin user who attempted to ensure his or her safety by injecting in a hospital or near a policeman would be arrested. Even when users overdose around others, fellow users often hesitate to call 911. In 29 states, if a user calls 911 to save a friend from overdose, police can arrest those at the scene for drug possession. Naloxone has great potential to save lives, but the fear of arrest prevents it from realizing this potential.

Heroin and Drug Abuse Management Options: Why do people Abuse Drugs



What is Detoxification?

What is Detoxification?

Detoxification or more commonly known as detoxing is the act of removing toxins from the body. In which the body returns to homeostasis after the long term us of addictive substances. Detoxification can be achieved by the use of antidotes as well as chelation therapy.  Alternative medicines promote other types of detoxification such as diets, which may be wasted money to some.

There are many reasons for detoxification such as but not limited to:

  • Alcohol Detoxification
  • Drug Detoxification
  • Metabolic Detoxification
  • Alternative Medicine

Alcohol Detoxification: Process in which a heavy drinker’s system is brought back to normal after being used to having alcohol on a normal basis. GABA is reduced in serious addictions to alcohol as alcohol acts as a replacement. Without medical care long-term withdrawal can cause serious health problems and could result in death.  After the detoxification process, other treatments should be sought to deal with the addiction.

Drug Detoxification: Used to reduce or relieve withdrawal symptoms. This is not to be used as an alternative to treat the addiction but as a step in long-term treatment. Often this kind of detoxification is done in a community program taking several months to complete.  People undergoing this type of detox also inquire about counseling as well as therapy during the detox.

Metabolic Detoxification:

Alternative Medicine: Certain approaches remove toxins through herbal, electrical or electromagnetic treatments. Under this type of detox if toxins are released too rapid without being safely eliminated it can cause damage through the body.   Therapies used include: contrast showers, body cleansing, and oil pulling.

Here at AWAREmed, we use Chelation Therapy which is a process in which a powerful antioxidant (a synthetic amino acid) called EDTA is delivered intravenously (Into the veins). Chelation comes from the Greek word “chelate” which means claw and apparently refers to the alleged removal of plaque and calcium deposits from arteries and veins by EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid).