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Abuse How To Recognize Drug Abuse So You Can Help A Co-worker Get The Drug Detox They Need

Substance abusers often exhibit similar signs and symptoms. Learning to recognize these symptoms can open the door to helping someone get the medical drug detox they need to save their life.

You often observe these symptoms as changes in a co-worker’s expected behavior. Things just don’t seem to be “normal” with that person any more.

If it’s a new employee, the signs may be trickier to spot because you haven’t observed that person before.
But the symptoms are still the same.

Remember, a drug detox program is always the first step in overcoming any drug addiction.

15 Common Signs Of Substance Abuse in the Workplace

1. Remember, a drug detox program is always the first step in overcoming any drug addiction.

2. Frequent or prolonged absences from work, usually without notification.

3. Excessive numbers of “sick days” without proper medical leave, with flimsy excuses and explanations.

4. Frequent, sometimes lengthy, trips to the bathroom or other areas where drugs could be stashed and/or consumed.

5. Frequent lateness or missed appointment times, production deadlines and meetings – again, with fishy-sounding excuses.

6. “Roller-coaster” work performance, swinging up and down between high and low productivity.

7. More than usual numbers of mistakes due to inattention, poor judgment and bad decisions.

8. Common tasks are requiring greater effort, taking more time, or seem to be more difficult, or causing the person more problems, than they used to.

9. Confusion, memory loss, and difficulty concentrating or recalling details and instructions.

10. Personal relations with co-workers are breaking down; the person is experiencing more frequent flare-ups, arguments, criticisms and bad feelings.

11. Unwilling to take responsibility  and now blames others for their own errors, misunderstandings, lapses in judgment and missed quotas or deadlines.

12. Unexplained deterioration in personal appearance and hygiene.

13. Wearing long sleeves when inappropriate, which could be hiding evidence of injection sites.

14. Personality changes such as mood swings, anxiety, depression, lack of impulse control, odd gestures, seeking isolation or to be “left alone”, and especially, any expression of suicidal thoughts or intentions.

15. Other workers are commenting on, or complaining about, the person’s attitude and behavior.

Ask Yourself This Question: What is my responsibility?

Drug addiction in the workplace threatens everyone’s livelihood, from the CEO all the way down to the lowest-paid employee. A drug-addled employee in some position of authority could make a decision that ruins or bankrupts the whole enterprise.

Therefore, everyone in the workplace shares some responsibility to be more aware of drug abuse on the job, and do something about it when it’s discovered.

Legal Responsibility

Everyone who lives in America shares a legal responsibility to uphold the laws of the land. This includes protecting society from drug peddlers who contribute to drug abuse, illness, addiction, broken families, lost careers and lost lives.

Ethical and Moral Responsibility

Everyone in America also shares an ethical and moral responsibility to help those around us when they need it most, such as getting into drug detox to save their lives and protect the safety and lives of others. To do otherwise is to place yourself, your family, your friends and your workplace at risk.

Non-production Threatens the Entire Enterprise

Owners, employees and agents of any enterprise owe their business their best efforts to help it flourish and prosper. Everyone’s best efforts are what drives a group to greater and greater success. It’s not just good for the enterprise – it benefits the paychecks and the future survival of every individual involved.

Those who fail to produce what they agreed to produce, as well as those who condone and turn a blind eye to non-production, are helping to bring that activity to ruin. They are taking money out of everyone’s pockets, including their own, and robbing the future of success.

We all know that drug abuse carries a constant threat to the abuser’s personal health and well-being, as well as to their family and their future success in life. Tens of thousands of people, from all walks of life, fall victim to prescription drugs and illegal street drugs every year.

Drug abuse costs society incalculable $billions in lost wages, lost production, and health care, legal and law enforcement costs. Yet thousands of people who have fallen victim to substance abuse do enter drug detox and rehab programs every year to try to salvage their lives. These people are making the supreme effort to recapture their lives. Their actions benefit all of us, however indirectly that may be. They deserve our unswerving help and support.

A Quick Review Of The Major Signs of Substance Abuse

The major signs of substance abuse and addiction seen in the workplace are:

  • Changes in behavior, ranging from suspicious to bizarre.
  • Inadequate explanations for odd behavior of any kind.
  • Deterioration in hygiene and personal appearance.
  • Decline in personal responsibility.

These symptoms could indicate other mental or emotional problems. But they are commonly the signs of drug addiction and substance abuse. If you observe any of them, a tactful follow up is definitely in order. If you know or suspect that a coworker is suffering from drug or alcohol dependence, don’t hesitate to call Novus Medical Detox Center of Pasco County, Florida, and speak to a professional counselor about the problem.

Drug and alcohol abuse is not something to be treated lightly. A safe, sensible medical drug detox, followed by drug rehab if needed, is the only way to a drug-free life, and to repair damaged relationships and recover a faltering career.

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Every day of the year across America, countless people make a decision to get free of their opiate habit and get into an opiate detox program somewhere.

This is a momentous, life-changing decision to survive and live again. The last thing an opiate addict or abuser wants to hear is that now they have to wait to get started on a detox program.

People who decide to get off opiates want to get off opiates right now!

When people have to wait for a bed at a local detox clinic, or wait to get time off work, or wait to put the money together for a medically supervised private detox clinic (the best detox idea), it can be just too much waiting altogether.

The next thing you know, up pops the idea of a self detox or home detox – detoxing at home with no medical supervision to handle emergencies. It solves the “waiting” problem and seems convenient and inexpensive.

In fact, the very opposite is likely the case.

Self detox from opiates invites a lot of pain and likely failure

Self detox or home detox from opiates is a risky idea.

The main reasons involve a lot of unbearable pain and misery, and some serious dangers.

Opiate withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Increased respiratory rate
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Diarrhea
  • Lacrimation (tearing or crying)
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Yawning
  • Tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)
  • Restlessness
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Dilated (enlarged) pupils
  • Muscle and bone pain

If someone is not in good health to start with – chronically malnourished, not properly hydrated, underlying heart or other conditions – only medical monitoring during withdrawal offers a decent chance of completing detox, or even staying alive.

As any opiate addict can tell you, “cold turkey” opiate and opioid detox is extremely painful. The word “uncomfortable” is a vast understatement, even if someone is trying to “taper off” over time.

The fact is, most people who try to detox from opiates on their own are unable to finish, and are driven back to drug abuse. Without proper medical support, self detox simply invites failure, or worse.

Rather than consider self detox or home detox, the best choice is a medical opiate detox. At Novus Medical Detox Center in Pasco County, Florida, advanced opiate / opioid medical detox protocols minimize or eliminate the excruciating pain of withdrawal.

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A recent bust at a mid-state middle school is shedding light on the growing problem of prescription drug abuse among teens.

Middle SchoolSeven students at Stewarts Creek Middle School of Rutherford County in Tennessee were expelled after a teacher caught them with prescription pills on campus. Rutherford County school officials said they have a strict zero tolerance policy.

It is reported that the students involved told school administrators they brought in two different kinds of medications. One is believed to have been a drug used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

The full story can be read here:

Novus Detox provides a highly successful substance abuse program. To get more information visit our website at or call 1-866-631-3905.

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Robert Downey Jr.“You use whatever rationalization you can to justify the fact that you’re not living truthfully,” he observes about substance abuse. “You make this death machine seem glamorous so you can get on to the next moment. But it isn’t glamorous, and it isn’t fun.”

“People rise out of the ashes because, at some point, they are invested with a belief in the possibility of triumph over seemingly impossible odds,” Downey says. Meeting his current wife, producer Susan Levin, helped his recovery.

“She told me, ‘I’m not doing that [drug] dance with you. I’m drawing a line in the sand here.’ She was absolutely clear about it. That doesn’t mean that other women, business associates, movie directors, insurance companies, judges and law enforcement hadn’t been clear about it too. It was that, before I met Mrs. Downey, I just didn’t give a damn. What changed is that I cared.”

It is possible to get off an addiction and live life to the full. Visit our website for more information about how we can help you or call 1-866-631-3905.

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PEOPLE STAT BACKGROUNDAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly three out of four prescription drug overdoses involved prescription painkillers—also called opioid pain relievers. In fact, these drugs were involved in 14,800 overdose deaths in 2008, more than cocaine and heroin combined.

This is a challenge that hits some parts of America disproportionately. In a period of nine months, for instance, a tiny Kentucky county with a population of less than 12,000, saw nine people die from pain medication overdose.

Novus Detox is a Florida Drug Detox Center that provides a safe and painless drug detox program for people who are suffering from substance abuse. To find out more about our program visit or call us at 1-866-631-3905.

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Patient Success Story - Heroin Addiction“My stay at Novus was absolutely remarkable. After receiving treatment in several other detox facilities, my expectations were not very high. Those other facilities had all used a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all program. Novus custom tailored a detox program for my exact needs and then – with careful monitoring – even adjusted it as I went along. The physical and emotional problems I expected never arose. Their unique combination of hydration, IV and orally administered vitamins and supplements, medicines to ease withdrawal symptoms and excellent nutritional program worked better than I could have ever hoped for.

“The entire staff – from cooks and housekeepers to doctors, nurses and counselors – treated me with the utmost respect and consideration. The counselors and medical staff were very knowledgeable. They answered all my questions, taught me a great deal about my illness and gave me the exact and simple steps I needed to continue into a full and complete recovery when I left their care. They also gave me the hope, encouragement and confidence I so desperately needed after my many previous failures. Remember – detox is only the first step of recovery.

“The Novus facility was exactly as described. Clean, modern, peaceful and private. It was the ideal environment I needed to start my recovery in. The private room which included a flat-screen TV/DVD, Satellite System, private phone and internet access was absolutely beautiful and enabled me to remain connected to society. I was never out of touch with my family, friends or business.

“My peers (nine or ten other patients) were from all walks of life and came from all across the US and Canada. They were a wonderful group of people and I watched as every one of them received the same quality treatment I did. Each day I could see them noticeably improve and I am sure they saw the same in me. I wish them all the best.

“Without reservation, I would recommend the Novus program to anyone, anywhere, that needs help breaking out of the seemingly never-ending cycle of addiction. I have absolutely no doubt that Novus can, and will put you on the correct road to recovery.”

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Drew Barrymore Has Turned Her Life Around – For The Better

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With Drew Barrymore’s life doing so well, it would come as a surprise to some to learn that Drew Barrymore’s movie stardom which began at a very early age was accompanied by a more frightening early age shock offscreen — a premature appetite for drinking and drugs. By her own admission she had her first drink at age 9, began smoking marijuana at age 10 and at age 12 took up cocaine. At age 13, she has twice undergone extensive drug rehabilitation treatment.

Drew Barrymore Stated:
“I’m not psychic. But for today I can stay sober. I never want to go back to my old ways. I know that. That is my future. One day at a time. I’m Drew, and I’m an addict-alcoholic. I’ve been sober for three months, two weeks and five days, and I’m really proud of that.”

It is possible to overcome one’s addiction to any substance. Drew Barrymore is a good example of this. Novus is here to help. Visit our website or call 1-866-631-3905.

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Joint WeedFacts about Marijuana

Marijuana is the word used to describe the dried flowers, seeds and leaves of the Indian hemp plant. On the street, it is called by many other names, such as: astro turf, bhang, dagga, dope, ganja, grass, hemp, homegrown, J, Mary Jane, pot, reefer, roach, Texas tea and weed.

Hashish is a related form of the drug, made from the resins of the Indian hemp plant. Also called chocolate or hash, it is on average six times stronger than marijuana.

“Cannabis” describes any of the different drugs that come from Indian hemp, including marijuana and hashish.

Regardless of the name, this drug is a hallucinogen—a substance which distorts how the mind perceives the world you live in.

The chemical in cannabis that creates this distortion is known as “THC.” The amount of THC found in any given batch of marijuana may vary substantially, but overall, the percentage of THC has increased in recent years.

How is it used?

Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the world. A survey conducted in 2007 found that 14.4 million individuals in the US alone had smoked marijuana at least once during the previous month.

Marijuana is usually smoked as a cigarette (joint), but may also be smoked in a pipe. Less often, it is mixed with food and eaten or brewed as tea. Sometimes users open up cigars and remove the tobacco, replacing it with pot—called a “blunt.” Joints and blunts are sometimes laced with other, more powerful drugs, such as crack cocaine or PCP (phencyclidine, a powerful hallucinogen).

When a person smokes a joint, he usually feels its effect within minutes. The immediate sensations—increased heart rate, lessened coordination and balance, and a “dreamy,” unreal state of mind—peak within the first 30 minutes. These short-term effects usually wear off in two to three hours, but they could last longer, depending on how much the user takes, the potency of THC and the presence of other drugs added into the mix.

As the typical user inhales more smoke and holds it longer than he would with a cigarette, a joint creates a severe impact on one’s lungs. Aside from the discomfort that goes with sore throats and chest colds, it has been found that consuming one joint gives as much exposure to cancer-producing chemicals as smoking five cigarettes.

The mental consequences of marijuana use are equally severe. Marijuana smokers have poorer memories and mental aptitude than do non-users.

Animals given marijuana by researchers have even suffered structural damage to the brain.

If you have had trouble getting off this highly addictive substance we can help. Contact us by visiting our website at or call 1-866-631-3905.

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Substance Abuse AwarenessAccording to Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) reports, In 2009 alone, from within emergency departments in the US that:

  • 4.6 million visits were made due to drug related incidents
  • 27.1 percent involved non-medical use of pharmaceuticals (i.e., prescription or over the counter medications, dietary supplements)
  • 21.2 percent involved illicit drugs
  • 14.3 percent involved alcohol, in combination with other drugs.

Drug use continues to escalate. With the continual peer pressure and stress due to various problems we encounter in life, those without immediate solutions to deal with the stress and peer pressure can become overwhelmed and find it easy to escape with the use of drugs or alcohol.

The unfortunate part of this “drug-fueled escape” is that one can find themselves engulfed with a problem now even larger and more insurmountable than before, as one is now trapped by an addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Drug addiction and alcoholism is a problem many people face. Addiction often destroys dreams, ambitions and the relationships with the people around them.

While some find a way off these drugs, the majority are trapped without any escape or hope of living a normal life again.

Novus Detox helps people who are dealing with all kinds of substance abuse. Our program is unique and highly successful. To get more information about how we can help, call us today.

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It’s a popular notion these days that when addicted, a person can try and detox at home on their own. One may think that it’s an easy and private solution to a very serious problem. You don’t have to face your friends and family, or admit publicly that you even have a problem. But self-detox is not an easy proposition, and going it alone can have tragic results. Getting clean and going through withdrawal symptoms without the aid of a trained medical staff can do more harm than good. And in the end, the likelihood of being successful is slim, many people who try this end up back on drugs or alcohol because they simply couldn’t stand the pain. Trying to kick an addiction in privacy leaves the door open to giving up without giving yourself a chance to get your life in order.

Another problem with home detox is that a person remains in their own environment. While this may seem like a good idea, it makes it too easy to fall back into the same patterns and impulses that created the addiction in the first place. Novus provides a controlled environment free from outside influences, drugs and alcohol. It functions as a safe haven from one’s old, addicted lifestyle. It’s important to realize just how important this is when getting sober. After a short time at Novus, a substance abuser will start to look at their situation clearly and objectively, and begin to find ways to remedy it. This is a valuable way to begin to pick up the pieces, and repair the emotional and physical damage that addiction causes.

At Novus Detox, we understand our patients desire for a more confidential, at home-like treatment program, so we’ve moved away from the cold and impersonal hospital setting as the way to beat addiction. While having a good medical staff  on hand in this situation is crucial, a sterile hospital environment can actually cause some in medical detox to take longer to begin the healing process.

By nature it’s neutral, generic feel leaves out an element that we at Novus feel is vital to one’s recovery…the feeling of being “safe” and “at home”, of being cared for as if you’re with your own family. We’ve made sure to take the importance of that feeling into account as an integral part of our inpatient medical detox program.

We also provide excellent medical supervision, 24-hour nursing care and 24-hour access to a withdraw specialist. Our safe and effective detox method cleanses the body in a comfortable manner that significantly diminishes most of the withdrawal discomforts that make so many other programs so painful. We use natural supplements whenever possible, because our goal is to send you home clean and drug free, not simply to replace one drug or alcohol dependency with another drug dependency. We also provide nutritional IVs, supplements and delicious food to speed your body’s healing process and keep you properly hydrated.

Simply put, Novus Detox will give you the feeling of being at home, with the finest medical care you can get. We will put you on the path to kick your addiction successfully. In private. And on your own terms. Speak to one of our drug detox specialists. All information is kept confidential. Call us today at 1-866-631-3905 or email us!

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