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  1. 1. <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Tuberculosis </li></ul>Polio Diabiates HIV/ AIDS Alzheimer' Spreading Melanoma Fatal Familial Insomnia Cystic Fibrosis Spinal Muscular Atrophy   Takayasu's arteritis Hepatitis Leprosy Leukemia Sinusitis cancer Addiction
  2. 2. <ul><li>Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. </li></ul>It is considered a brain disease because drugs  CHANGE THE BRAIN  and its structure and how it works.
  3. 3. When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself. Drugs are a bet with your mind Purple Haze all in my brain, lately things don't seem the same. Actin' funny but I don't know why. I get by with a little help from my friends, I get high with a little help from my friends. 'Scuse me while I kiss the sky…
  4. 5. <ul><li>Addiction does not discriminate </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Think about how you feel when something good happens—maybe your team wins a game or you're praised for something you've done well—that's your limbic system at work. Because natural pleasures in our lives are necessary for survival, the limbic system creates an appetite that drives you to seek out those things. </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>The first time someone uses a drug of abuse, he or she experiences unnaturally intense feelings of pleasure. The reward circuitry is activated—with dopamine carrying the message. </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>But the brain starts changing as a result of the unnatural flood of neurotransmitters. Because they sense more than enough dopamine, neurons may begin to reduce the number of dopamine receptors or simply make less dopamine. The result is less dopamine signaling in the brain, what the scientists call “down regulation.” Because some drugs are toxic, some neurons also may die. </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>As a result, dopamine’s ability to activate circuits to cause pleasure is severely weakened. The person feels flat, lifeless, and depressed. In fact, without drugs, life may seem joyless. Now the person needs drugs just to bring dopamine levels up to normal. Larger amounts of the drug are needed to create a dopamine flood, or “high”—an effect known as “tolerance.” </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>These brain changes drive a person to seek out and use drugs compulsively, despite negative consequences such as stealing, losing friends, family problems, or other physical or mental problems brought on by drug abuse— </li></ul>this is addiction.
  10. 11. <ul><li>Common signs and symptoms of drug abuse </li></ul><ul><li>You’re neglecting your responsibilities  at school, work, or home (e.g. flunking classes, skipping work, neglecting your children) because of your drug use. </li></ul><ul><li>You’re using drugs under dangerous conditions or taking risks while high , such as driving while on drugs, using dirty needles, or having unprotected sex. </li></ul><ul><li>Your drug use is getting you into legal trouble,  such as arrests for disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, or stealing to support a drug habit.  </li></ul><ul><li>Your drug use is causing problems in your relationships,  such as fights with your partner or family members, an unhappy boss, or the loss of old friends. </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Common signs and symptoms of drug addiction </li></ul><ul><li>You’ve built up a drug tolerance.  You need to use more of the drug to experience the same effects you used to with smaller amounts. </li></ul><ul><li>You take drugs to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms.  If you go too long without drugs, you experience symptoms such as nausea, restlessness, insomnia, depression, sweating, shaking, and anxiety. </li></ul><ul><li>You’ve lost control over your drug use.  You often do drugs or use more than you planned, even though you told yourself you wouldn’t. You may want to stop using, but you feel powerless. </li></ul><ul><li>Your life revolves around drug use.  You spend a lot of time using and thinking about drugs, figuring out how to get them, and recovering from the drug’s effects. </li></ul><ul><li>You’ve abandoned activities you used to enjoy,  such as hobbies, sports, and socializing, because of your drug use. </li></ul><ul><li>You continue to use drugs, despite knowing it’s hurting you.  It’s causing major problems in your life—blackouts, infections, mood swings, depression, paranoia—but you use anyway. </li></ul>
  12. 13. One thing leads to another… <ul><li>There is a difference between wanting and needing </li></ul>There is a difference between celebrating and medicating There is a difference between partying and numbing There is a difference between experimenting and avoiding the problem Theres a difference between doing drugs, abusing drugs, and being… Addicted.
  13. 14. Addiction  means a person has no control over whether he or she uses a drug. Someone who's addicted has grown so used to the drug that he or she  has  to have it. Addiction can be physical, psychological, or both. <ul><li>Substance abuse means using an illegal substance or using a legal substance in the wrong way. Addiction begins as abuse, or using a substance. </li></ul>You can abuse a drug without having an addiction.
  14. 15. <ul><li>Sometimes all we need is a little inspiration . </li></ul>Take the first step… Everything has to start somewhere whether its beginning it or ending it.
  15. 16. <ul><li>SAMHSA </li></ul><ul><li>  ( Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ) </li></ul><ul><li>1-800-662-HELP </li></ul><ul><li>(24 hours a day/7 days a week) </li></ul><ul><li>Receive free resources or </li></ul><ul><li>referrals to treatment! </li></ul>
  16. 17. <ul><li>1.National Institute on Drug Abuse.  The Science of Addiction: Drugs, Brains, and Behavior (  NIH Pub. No. 07-5605. Bethesda, MD: NIDA, NIH, DHHS. 2007, Reprinted February 2008. Retrieved September 2009. 2.National Institute on Drug Abuse.  NIDA InfoFacts: Drug Addiction Treatment Methods (  Bethesda, MD: NIDA, NIH, DHHS. Revised June 2008. Retrieved September 2009. 3.National Institute on Drug Abuse.  NIDA's Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Second Edition) (  NIH Pub. No. 09-4180. Bethesda, MD: NIDA, NIH, DHHS. Printed October 1999. Reprinted July 2000, February 2008. Revised April 2009. Retrieved September 2009. 4.National Institute on Drug Abuse.  The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction  (  NIH Pub. No. 00-4871. Bethesda, MD: NIDA, NIH, DHHS. Printed 2000. Retrieved September 2009. 5.National Institute on Drug Abuse.  Mind Over Matter: The Brain’s Response to Drugs: Teacher’s Guide (  NIH Publication No. 05-3592. Bethesda, MD: NIDA, NIH, DHHS. Printed December 1997. Reprinted 1998, 2002. Revised January 2000, May 2005. Retrieved September 2009. </li></ul> Information about drugs and helping a friend in trouble, as well as  free resources .
  17. 18. When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself. Drugs are a bet with your mind Purple Haze all in my brain, lately things don't seem the same. Actin' funny but I don't know why. I get by with a little help from my friends, I get high with a little help from my friends. 'Scuse me while I kiss the sky…
  18. 19. God grant me the serenity  to accept the things I cannot change;  the courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness. It is never too late to be what you might have been. Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. Take the first step, no more, no less, and the next will be revealed.
  19. 20. <ul><li>In the Summer of 2009 I was forced to the Lowell treatment center were I received intervention for my substance abuse. </li></ul>I spent the weekends partying running from the problem hoping the excitement of my lifestyle could keep me happy. For the next year I was threatened to be sectioned as a danger to myself. I missed more than half my junior year, sick and depressed in my bed. I didn’t believe there was a problem. So I was given a phone number for help and then I was sent along my way.
  20. 21. <ul><li>I pushed my limits seeing how long I could balance living on the edge before I would fall. </li></ul>The next day I was sent back to the program in Worcester…. A week later I was rushed to the emergency room where I spent the night for an overdose. I didn’t make it more than a night before I panicked and came home back to my old habits. I was then sent to a 90 day residential program in Haverhill where I was to live for the next three months of my life because my case manager did not feel I was ready. In 2010 I was checked into MYR detox in Worcester MA where I spent two weeks detoxing from oxycodone and taking a real look at the reality of my choices.
  21. 22. I no longer look at my mistakes as a character flaw but as an example to how I can be a better person. <ul><li>I don’t know what it is, </li></ul><ul><li>but there's something about almost dying that gives you a </li></ul><ul><li>new perspective on life. </li></ul><ul><li>I’d be lying if I said I’m fixed. </li></ul><ul><li>I’ll never be “fixed” just like I’ll never be perfect. </li></ul><ul><li>But I’m working on it. </li></ul>What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. I can’t take back the past, But I can change my future.
  22. 23. <ul><li>Wake up in the hospital, full of tubes, plus somehow I'm pullin‘ through. </li></ul><ul><li>Swear when I come back I'ma be bulletproof. </li></ul><ul><li>I think I should state a few facts, </li></ul><ul><li>cause I may not get a chance again to say the truth. </li></ul><ul><li>It just hit me that what if I would not have made it through? </li></ul><ul><li>I think about the things I would never got to say to you, </li></ul><ul><li>I'd never get to make it right, so here's what I came to do. </li></ul><ul><li>- Eminem </li></ul>To the people who believed in me along the way
  23. 24. Thank you Dear Jocelyn, I just wanted to write and tell you we miss you and are thinking about you all the time. We are here for you – now and in the future. Remember you are a strong person, even in the toughest of times. Mrs. Hider
  24. 25. When you have come to the edge of all the light you have  And must step into the unknown  Believe that one of the two will happen to you  Either you'll find something solid to stand on  Or you'll be taught how to fly Created by: Jocelyn Smith