The Aiken Center offers affordable, accessible treatment, interventions, prevention and educational services in an effort to reduce the negative effects of substance use, abuse and addition, to create a safer, healthier environment for all Aiken County citizens.
“Join the Voices for Recovery:
Speak Up, Reach Out,”
As Recovery Month celebrates its 25th
anniversary, this year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery:
Speak Up, Reach Out,” represents the many ways that people can prevent
behavioral health issues, seek treatment, and sustain recovery.
Aiken Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services in partnership with the
2nd Judicial Circuit Alcohol Enforcement Team, will kick-off
National Recovery Month on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 5:30 pm – 7 pm
at the Aiken Center.
event will begin with two, 30 minute workshops.
For teens- Time 2 Think: Let’s Talk
About it…Alcohol and Drug Awareness
For parents -Parenting for
Prevention: Emerging Trends -The Alcohol Kit.
Aiken Center / 1105 Gregg Highway / Aiken,
or someone you know is struggling with substance use/abuse, call the Aiken
Center at 803-649-1900 or visit our website, http://www.aikencenter.org/ to find
out about our alcohol and drug abuse treatment programs.
help yourself or someone you love take the first step toward recovery.
Recovery Month, and spread
the messagethat Prevention Works,Treatment
is Effective, and People Recover.
Addiction is a complex disorder characterized by compulsive drug use. While
each drug produces different physical effects, all abused substances share one
thing in common: repeated use can alter the way the brain looks and functions.
Taking a recreational drug causes a surge in levels of dopamine in your
brain, which trigger feelings of pleasure. Your brain remembers these feelings
and wants them repeated.
If you become addicted, the substance takes on the same significance as
other survival behaviors, such as eating and drinking.
Changes in your brain interfere with your abilityto think clearly, exercise
good judgment, control your behavior, and feel normal without drugs.
Whether you’re addicted to inhalants, heroin, Xanax, speed, or Vicodin, the
uncontrollable craving to use grows more important than anything else, including
family, friends, career, and even your own health and happiness.
The urge to use is so strong that your mind finds many ways to deny or
rationalize the addiction. You may drastically underestimate the quantity of
drugs you’re taking, how much it impacts your life, and the level of control you
have over your drug use.
QUESTION: What should I do with unused or unwanted medication?
ANSWER: Flushing medication down the toilet is now discouraged as it poses a threat to human health and the environment. You should dispose of unwanted medication in your household trash by following these steps.
Keep the medicine in its original container. The labels may contain safety information and the caps are typically child proof. Leaving the content information clearly visible, cover the patient’s name with a permanent marker.
Modify the medicines to discourage consumption. For solids, such as pills or capsules, add a small amount of water to the bottle to at least partially dissolve them. For liquid medicines, add enough table salt, flour or powdered spice (such as turmeric or mustard) to make a pungent, unsightly mixture that discourages anyone from taking it.
Seal and conceal. Tape the container’s lid shut with packing or duct tape. Place it in a bag or container such as an empty yogurt or margarine tub to ensure that the contents cannot be seen.
Discard the container in your garbage can. Do not place it in the recycling bin.
Youth who drink alcohol are more likely to experience
School problems, such as higher absence and poor or failing grades.
Social problems, such as fighting and lack of participation in youth activities.
Legal problems, such as arrest for driving or physically hurting someone while drunk.
Physical problems, such as hangovers or illnesses.
Unwanted, unplanned, and unprotected sexual activity.
Disruption of normal growth and sexual development.
Physical and sexual assault.
Higher risk for suicide and homicide.
Alcohol-related car crashes and other unintentional injuries, such as burns, falls, and drowning.
Abuse of other drugs.
Changes in brain development that may have life-long effects.
Death from alcohol poisoning.
In general, the risk of youth experiencing these problems is greater for those who binge drink than for those who do not binge drink.9
Youth who start drinking before age 15 years are five times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse later in life than those who begin drinking at or after age 21 years.
Prevention of Underage Drinking
Reducing underage drinking will require community-based efforts to monitor the activities of youth and decrease youth access to alcohol. Recent publications by the Surgeon General1 and the Institute of Medicine4 outlined many prevention strategies that will require actions on the national, state, and local levels, such as enforcement of minimum legal drinking age laws, national media campaigns targeting youth and adults, increasing alcohol excise taxes, reducing youth exposure to alcohol advertising, and development of comprehensive community-based programs. These efforts will require continued research and evaluation to determine their success and to improve their effectiveness.