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do you believe that drug addiction is filling a void?

i believe that drug addiction is either a filler or a crutch. meaning, every drug addict is either using his drug of choice to fill a void in their life, OR to run away from something.

i know because i used to be a drug addict myself, and i’ve relapsed 2 days ago.

prior to relapsing i was clean for over a year. then suddenly a few weeks ago all my friends left me and my girlfriend left me (for unrelated reasons). both have no desire to talk to me.

i am turning 20 on saturday. i am alone and lost and depressed.

when i’m high on opiates i am totally okay with what’s going on in my life. when i’m not on opiates i sit on the computer miserable.

Addiction is complex matter and it is often the case that people use drugs or alcohol for different reasons. I will say that once an addict always an addict, whenever an addict stops using does not mean that her or she is no longer an addict. It is usually the case that recovering addicts find something to put in place of their drugs or alcohol to deal with life’s challenges. Many turn to faith, while others turn to some sort of 12-Step program which incorporates a higher power of ones choosing. I will say that few ever recover if they do not find an outlet like the aforementioned, those who do recover are those who are willing to be honest with themselves about the severity of their problem and are willing to take certain steps to change their life for the better.

I am sorry to hear about your relapse, please do not be discouraged, sometimes relapse has to be a part of one’s story in order for them to reach a point where they are truly ready to take a different path. i would also like to point out that it is next to impossible to recover with out the help of others.

Opiates once made me feel good, nothing could bother me in life. However, as time passed and I went deeper into my addiction my problems increased exponentially to a point where I was looking up at the bottom. Addiction is a progressive illness and if it goes untreated there is usually only three places we end up: jails, institutions, or worse – dead.

I wish you the best….

Will a DUI, simple drug possesion and underage drinking charge keep me from getting my Private Pilots Licence?

I have quite a bit of arrest for underage drinking,a simple marajuana possesion charge,and a DUI..But I dont drink or smoke marajuana anymore….Will these charges prevent me from getting a Medical Certificate needed to complete my flight training….Please pilots and instructors only!

It all depends on what the FAA has to say. But, expect to be held up for a minimum of 90 days for not reporting your DUI’s to the FAA within 7 days of them happening. If you have an extremely rocky past (which it appears you may do) then a Private Licence may be out of your reach unfortunately. But, with new legislation on the books about only needing a drivers licence as a third class medical, you may have a glint of hope. Terribly sorry to rain on your parade, but I believe you deserve the truth. Definitely try to get your third class medical first though, even if you have to wait a couple of years for the FAA suspension to end it may be worth it.

But, with your background you will NEVER get a commercial pilots license. And even if you did, nobody would hire you.

Lastly, and FWO (Flying While Intoxicated) will guarantee your license will be permanently revoked and you will go to prison. The FAA does not not take lightly to such things.

How long does ecstasy stay in your system?

Before I get any comments about how I shouldn’t have done it in the first place: I didn’t. It’s for a book. I’m looking for accuracy, so I can pace out a timeline properly.

So, being honest, and possibly with sources, because (no offense) I don’t trust people’s "well one time I-" stories, approximately how long would it take for one to be "safe" when taking a drug test after taking ecstasy.

Thanks in advance.

Depends how much you take

The half life of ecstasy is 6-10 hours, so if you take 100mg, after about 6 hours there will be 50mg remaining in your body. After 12 hours there will be 25mg, after 18 hours there will be 12.5mg etc.

Will taking a motrin before you get a shot help with the pain?

I have to get a shot tomorrow and i’ll be a nervous wreck. Will a motrin help?

If it helps you relax, go for it, but the pain from a single injection is normally pretty miniscule.

What was life like in London during the reign of Elizabeth the 1st?

I need to find out what life was like in London during this period. Please help? 10 points to the best answerer, its for my English homework…

In ‘Elizabethan England’ Alison Plowden writes:

The heart and centre of Elizabethan London was the City, bounded by the river and by its ancient Roman and medieval walls. The City was the centre of merchantile life, run by the Aldermen, who belonged ot the Liveried Companies, which evolved out of t he medieval guilds. The liveried companies regulated trading practises, laid down standards of workmanship, dctated and suerpvied working conditons and the treatment of apprentices, and provided welfare for orphans, widows, the sick, and maintained almshouses and schools.

Along the Strand, connecting London proper with the royal suburb of Westminster, lay a string of great mansions with gardens running down to the river. These houses, many of which are commemorated by modern street names, included Arundel House, Essex House, Somerset House, the Savoy (once John of Gaunt’s palace, Russel, House, Worcester and Durham Houses; all combined to tmake this the most fashionable and exclusive part of the town. Beyond Westminster was the country, with the riverside villages of Chelsea, where Queen Elizabeth had spent some of her girlhood, Putney, Hammersmith and Chiswick, where the boys of WEstminster school were evacuated in time of plague.

The Thames, then a crystal stream ‘full of swans white as snow’ according to a foreign visitor, played a vital part in the life of the capital and was alive with craft of every kind – wherries (the taxis of Elizabethan London), plying for hire, private barges, skiffs, lighters and sailing ships – for everyone, from the Queen downwards, used the river for convenience, pleasure and gtrade. Ferries operated from several places, for London Bridge, connecting the c/ity with Southwark and the Dover Road, was still the only other means of crossing from north to South. This bridge, one of the sights of Europe, was an astonishing stlructure built on 20 arches of squared stone 60 ft high and lined on both sides with houses, shops and chapels ‘so that it seemeht more a continual stree than a bridge’. There were towers with gates in them at either end, and a drawbridge which could be raised both for defense and to allow tall-masted ships to pass upstream to the dock basin of Queenshithe. An additional point of interest was the display of shrivelled heads of those executed for high treason which were impaled on poles over the tower guarding the drawbridge – the Duke of Wuttertemberg counted 34 of them on one occasion in 1592.

The first thing that must have strukc most visitors was the din: the clatter and hammering from a thousand workshops, the rumble and squeak of cart-wheels, the lowing of cattle being driven to market, the raucous cries of street vendors proclaiming their wares (anything from hot mutton pies to mouse-traps) and the constant noisy sales patter of shopkeepers standing in their doorways to lure the passers-by with their ‘What do ye lack?’

The crowds too, with their vigorous and free and easy ways came as something of a shock to the newcomer. Pickpockets and cutpurses mingled with sober groups of merchants in long furred gowns on their way to do business at the new Royal Exchange, and with gaggles of smartly dressed housewives out shopping. Apprentices and maidservants, making and earrnad last as long as they could, joined in backchat with urchins hoping to earn a penny by holding some fine gentleman’s horse. Gangs of boys from rival schools engaged in running battles, using their satchels as weapons, and the drivers of carts and drays exchanged insults and sometimes blows over a disputed right of way.

London already had traffic problems. ‘The number of carts, drays and coaches, more than hath been accustomed, the streets and lanes being straitened (narrow) must needs be dangerous, as daily experience proveth.’ wrote John Stow.

But there was no stopping the march of progress in ‘the storehouse and mart of all Europe’ the magent which attracted the trade of the civilised world. ‘Most of the inhabitants’ wrote Thomas Platter ‘are employed in commerce. They buy, sell, and trade in all corners of the globe, for which purpose the water serves them well since ships from France, the Netherlands and Germany and other countries land in this city, bringing goods with them and loading others in exchange.’ ‘What can there be in any place under the heavens’ asked the dramatist John Lyly ‘that is not in this nobel city either to be bought or borrowed?’

What is the difference between a DUI and a DWI?

I am mainly interested in the DUI/DWI definition in relevance to alcohol.
I know DUI is Driving Under the Influence
and
DWI is "Driving While Intoxicated, but what is the difference between the two?
What exactly do they mean whenever they say "under the influence?"
Does it mean driving with alcohol in the car (or open), or does it mean having a drunk person in the car with you? Maybe a difference in the alcohol content?

By the way, I live in Missouri, so please include any differences with DUI and DWI in my state, thanks!

In-toxicated – while poisoned… while with a Toxic sibstance.
and Alcohol is a poison.

logically, it refers to Alcohol only. (or another poison)

while DUI,
can be that AND/OR something else (that prevents you driving well).

What happens when you get a 2nd DUI in California?

My brother got his second DUI, it was a car accident. His girlfriend had to go to the hospital. The police took him. What is going to happen to him? Any body had a similar experience? What happened? The car was my moms. The car only had liability insurance. According to my brother, the car that hit him did a hit and run.

An intoxicated driver is not considered "automatically at fault" in an accident, but some insurance policies will not cover a driver if he is intoxicated. If his driving proximately caused the injuries to his passenger, he will be charged with felony DUI (Veh C 23153). With his prior conviction of DUI he would be facing a minimum of 120 days in jail, and a maximum of three years in prison, a fine of up to $20,000, and a three year revocation of his driver’s license.

If he bore no responsibility for the accident, he is looking at a minimum of four days in jail, a maximum of one year, a fine of up to $4,000, and a two year suspension of his driver’s license.

His mother’s insurance will not be cancelled based upon his driving–though the company may not insure him in the future. The three strikes law has nothing to do with this. His prior DUI is not a felony, and therefore not a strike. Even a felony DUI is not a strike.

He needs a lawyer.

ADD: Kapsack is wrong in claiming that a prior conviction makes no difference. It does. With no prior conviction, the minimum custody time for a violation of Veh C 23153 is 5 days. With a prior conviction the minimum time is 120 days. Quite a difference. He is correct that the charge could be filed as a misdemeanor, but the minimum term is the same, and with a prior I would think a felony filing is more likely.

How many people who get a dui end up getting a 2nd?

Also, how many of those who get a 2nd DUI then end up getting a 3rd? I teach a DUI class (I am newly hired) and a fellow coworker had been spouting out about 76% of all 1st offenders become 2nd offenders and then out of those 2nd offenders, the percentage that become 3rd offenders is more than 85%. I have been looking for this information on the net for days now and can’t find it. I don’t want to offend my coworker by questioning his numbers,(and a veiled attempt by asking what site he found it at won’t work) but I also don’t want to repeat this number to my students when it might not be right. I live in California.

This study:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2853607/

found an annual recidivism rate of 24.3 per 1000 among first offenders (and they included as "first offenders" those who refused an alcohol test even if not convicted). That is 2.43%. I can find no support for the 76% claim, and suspect he is reading some statistic erroneously, which is not uncommon.

Smells like also errs. If 3-5% of drivers account for 80% of DUI offenses, then it simply cannot be true that 4 out of 5 (or 76%) of first offenders offend again. It would mean that 80% of arrests for second offenses involve only 3-5% of the driving population, which seems to fit more closely with the 2.43% recidivism rate in the study above. However, that would fit with a high recidivism rate among SECOND offenders (i.e., the likelihood that there will be a third).

How to cope with this type of anxiety?

So ,

I’m eighteen year old guy currently on Fluoxtine (prozac) 20mg and Nodiril (Risperdone).
I have spoke to my psychiatrist about my feelings and he told me that in this situation
medications are not helpful.

So basically what I feel is social anxiety for example when I talk to someone I have to continuously think about what do I have to stay because conversations are not fluent.As a consequence conversations become boring and I feel uncomfortable. I also feel anxiety about how I look and out of place.Like I’m the odd one out.I started to feel like this when my psychiatric told me that I can stop having Clonazepam 0.5mg. How can I feel relax when I’m talking to someone and comfatable? what helps me? PLease help icon sad How to cope with this type of anxiety?

Go to: http://ecouch.anu.edu.au/welcome Select "social anxiety" for free Cognitive Behavio(u)ral Therapy. An exercise which may help you is called "Act as If." When you are in a social situation, act as if you are outgoing. Talk more; smile at people, ask questions, speak in a normal or excited tone, not a meek tone. Watch some of your more outgoing peers, and imitate the style of their social behavior. (PRETEND that you are an ACTOR, PLAYING a PART). Research shows that when you "act as if" continually, your image of yourself begins to conform to your new behavior. In this case, you will gain self-esteem and self-confidence, and begin to see yourself as socially normal, not shy. You will become more socially successful, and this will motivate you to continue your new social behavior until it becomes a habit. A form of therapy is to go somewhere that nobody knows you, and deliberately make an utter fool of yourself: put on a paper hat, and yell out: "I’m queen/king of America!", or something else ridiculous, (make up your own – have some fun, safely) then get back in the taxi, (warn the driver of your intentions, first) or car, and leave. People will point, and say: "Look at that idiot". Or, possibly in the company of a friend, or family member, on a different train, or bus route to your regular one, call out the names, or numbers of all the stops. It will teach you that, although it isn’t actually pleasant, (EXPECT MODERATE DISCOMFORT/EMBARRASSMENT) you will survive; be stronger for the experience, and the next time (should you need to repeat this type of therapy) will be considerably easier. Remember: "A fear avoided is a fear strengthened; a fear faced is a fear reduced." Regard it as your final test: once you have accomplished it, the barrier will be broken; just don’t go too far, the other way! Learn to laugh at yourself, and give a big, cheesy grin when others see you do something foolish, as we all do, occasionally. It is endearing, if you don’t do it too often. Use positive affirmations: for example: "I am very likable and other people feel comfortable around me".

Write down all of your self limiting beliefs; then write down, or print, in large type/capitalisation, the positive counter of them, (exact opposite) and repeat them and imprint them into your mind. Put it in a prominent position, where you will see it regularly. Most importantly: Force yourself to approach somebody and initiate some sort of communication. Start out small by asking the time, or directions and gradually go bigger. Although there are anti-anxiety medications (anxiolytics) available, these come with risks, and the possibility of side effects, habituation, even addiction, and withdrawal problems, and are unsuitable for young people. Try having a cup of "Tension Tamer", (from supermarket tea, or health food aisles) or make some at home, and cool, then bottle, and drink as needed. C(h)amomile tea tastes better. As with all herbal/green teas, use lemon/lime, and/or a little sweetener (NOT ARTIFICIAL!!!) but no cream, or milk. Xylitol, or Stevia is preferable, from health food stores. Valerian has also been recommended, but some people experience "valerian hangovers". Ensure you know how you react to it, before doing something potentially dangerous, like going out on the roads. The idea is to use the above products like water wings, to provide initial, short term support, while you become proficient in those techniques. Use a relaxation method daily, like http://www.drcoxconsulting.com/managing-stress.html or http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/mindbody/a/Meditation.htm or http://www.wikihow.com Meditate or Tai Chi, Qi Gong, or yoga. Give the EFT a good tryout, to see if it helps you. It is free via the searchbar at http://www.mercola.com "EFT" & "EFT therapists" or www.tapping.com (13 free videos). Professional is best. – There is a version for use in public places, (if you want to, you can claim to have a headache, as you massage/lightly tap your temples, but you would then be restricted to subvocalising: saying it to yourself in your mind: "Even though I suffer from social anxiety, I deeply and completely accept myself."