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The Growing Addiction To Heroin In Silicon Valley

Circuit Board Silicon Valley- Heroin Addiction In Silicon ValleyAmidst the bustling Silicon Valley offices filled with driven startup executives and venture capitalists, there is a growing problem of heroin addiction. This reality came to light in 2014 when a Google executive overdosed on the drug while on his yacht in Santa Cruz.

The Trend Of Heroin Addiction In Silicon Valley

The trend in heroin use in Silicon Valley has been largely fueled by driven web developers and competitive entrepreneurs who are using the drug as a way to cope with their work-driven lifestyle. Tech workers at all stages in their careers are finding themselves struggling with addiction to heroin, as well as to other substances including prescription painkillers, stimulants and smart drugs. Some addiction specialists believe that the problem is much worse than what most people think, because many of these individuals are high functioning and very adept at hiding their problem. In Silicon Valley, it’s not uncommon to work for days at a time without sleep to get new projects and ventures launched. Yet, this comes at a cost. Many of these workaholics are drawn to drugs to keep them functioning. When it is time to take a break, it’s not uncommon for them to reach for a substance to unwind. Heroin is widely available throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and particularly in Silicon Valley where dealers are more than happy to sell it to tech workers with six figure salaries. Sadly, many tech employers also turn a blind eye to drug use because they are concerned more about results, than the long-term well-being of their employees. Find Out: Is Silicon Valley Addicted To “Smart” Drugs?

The Connection Between Prescription Painkillers And Heroin AddictionPills On Desk-Prescription Painkillers, Heroin Addiction

Across the United States, there is an increasing epidemic of both heroin use and prescription painkiller abuse. This is tied to the over-prescribing of painkillers, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone. Many heroin addicts start their journey of addiction as patients who are prescribed opioid prescription drugs for back pain or sports-related injuries. The progression of prescription painkiller use to abuse to heroin addiction is relatively common. For some, the need to take the drug quickly becomes necessary to function in the workplace. When pills become insufficient, or are no longer prescribed, often individuals begin smoking or snorting heroin and then eventually get to the point where they are injecting it because of their increasing tolerance.

Are You Or A Colleague Or Loved One Taking Heroin?

Heroin use has doubled nationally from 2002 to 2012. It’s important to know that you’re not alone. There are many individuals throughout Silicon Valley and beyond who are struggling with addiction to this powerful drug. Don’t battle addiction alone. Call for help. With a single call, you can take a proactive step to regain a positive life free from the grip of heroin addiction. Learn More About Our Prescription Drug Addiction Program

Summit Estate’s Neuroscience Advisor, Dr. Blum: Pioneers Important Advancement To Treat Reward Deficiency Syndrome To Prevent Relapse

For millions of people in recovery, relapse is a frightening word. Though there are many reasons that individuals suffer relapse, one of the more interesting discoveries is that certain people are prewired genetically to have insufficient numbers of D2 receptors in their brains, which can lead to a lack of dopamine, a chemical in the brain, which in turn can increase the chance of addiction.

Summit Estate’s Dr. Kenneth Blum’s Advancement To Treat Reward Deficiency Syndrome

Dr. Kenneth Blum

Dr. Kenneth Blum, Chief Neuroscience Advisor

Summit Estate’s very own neuroscience advisor and pioneer in Reward Deficiency Syndrome, Dr. Kenneth Blum, PhD, has published an article on preventing relapse to reward deficiency behaviors titled “Hypothesizing Balancing Endorphinergic and Glutaminergic Systems to Treat and Prevent Relapse to Reward Deficiency Behaviors: Coupling D-Phenylalanine and N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) as a Novel Therapeutic Modality.” In the article, Dr. Blum hypothesizes that a novel combination of D-Phenylalanine (DPA), an inhibitor of the enzyme known to breakdown endorphins, and N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC), an amino acid-derived compound, will have synergistic attributes to induce dopamine release, as well as dopamine stabilization at the brain reward circuitry via different mechanisms. The hypothesis is that this combination will provide a safe and effective natural way to induce stable and relatively constant levels of dopamine for the millions of sufferers of Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS). Read Dr. Blum’s Full Article Here

The Importance Of Dr. Blum’s Hypothesis In Preventing Relapse

A relapse after recovery treatment can occur because addiction is a chronic disorder. There is no complete cure that eliminates the chance of a relapse. Rather, addiction must be managed. The rate of relapse depends on the addictive substance. For example, opiate addiction has a greater than 80 percent rate of relapse. Alcohol relapse can range from 30 to 70 percent. The chance of a relapse can also depend on certain factors and varies from person to person. Those who have RDS have a higher rate of relapse. As well, this is the case for individuals who suffer from mental conditions such as bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. External psychological and social stressors can also contribute to a relapse. Even happy occasions such as holidays, weddings and celebrations can put someone at risk.

Summit Estate Is A Leader In Relapse Prevention

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Get Help Today

If you or a loved one is tempted to drink or use drugs again, time is of the essence. Treatment is required now to help better manage triggers and emotions that can lead to a relapse. Don’t wait for a relapse to happen or get worse. Obtain help and guidance from an addiction treatment specialist by calling us now. Summit Estate specializes in relapse prevention as well as dual diagnosis treatment for those suffering from both mental illness and addiction. Our relapse prevention counseling and real-world tools can help your or a loved one today. Call us now to learn more.

Mayhem And Meth: Party Culture And Drug Use In Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is widely known as a hub of innovation. Those who are familiar with this small, southern division of the San Francisco Bay Area know that it has been the home of a significant number of start-up global technology companies. Included among them are Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Google. Within the walls of these, and other, enormously profitable organizations, you’ll find some of the most brilliant minds at work. Groundbreaking inventions are a daily occurrence. Massive discoveries… the norm. Silicon Valley is a place where boundless ambition is not only valued and rewarded, it is embraced as a way of life.

Coping With The Pressure Of The Work Culture In Silicon Valley

Man Stessed At WorkIt is clear that while many outsiders may view the Silicon Valley subculture through a similar lens, not all employees in Silicon Valley are the same – they approach their experiences differently. When New York Times published a scathing criticism of Amazon’s workplace in August 2015, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos quickly responded via company memo – “The article doesn’t describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day.” Another Amazon employee, Nick Ciubotariu, took to LinkedIn to refute the assertions made in Times. He stated that “if Amazon was the type of place described in this article, I would publicly denounce Amazon, and leave.”

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Is Silicon Valley Addicted To “Smart” Drugs?

In the high-flying, fast-paced world of Silicon Valley, techies are pushing the limits each and every day to produce the latest innovation or obtain that next round of funding. With stakes so high, an increasing number of individuals in the technology sector are turning to smart drugs to gain a competitive edge and to maximize their abilities.

Silicon Valley And Their Obsession With Smart Drugs

Nootropics, also referred to as cognitive enhancers or smart drugs, are becoming increasingly popular in Silicon Valley circles where there is extreme competition and laser focus on achievement. Many involved in technology are fresh out of college where they used drugs, like Adderall and Ritalin, to help them study and excel on tests. Once transitioning to careers, drug use often continues and becomes even more serious due to relentless work demands. Even some high-level executives and business owners within Silicon Valley are experimenting with smart drugs to keep their competitive edge. A few notable individuals, such as investor and entrepreneur Dave Asprey, even admit to using them and justify it by claiming that they improve quality of life. Watch Dave Asprey’s candid insight on smart drugs in Silicon Valley via CNN: https://youtu.be/6jPbacDiXUo

Do Smart Drugs Improve Brain Power?

There are only a few drugs that have been proven to improve cognitive abilities. The most common of these are caffeine and nicotine. Amphetamine pharmaceuticals also fall into this category, such as Adderall and dextroamphetamine. Others have been developed to treat cognitive or motor function disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and ADHD. The use of these drugs has been shown to temporarily increase productivity and alertness, but there are adverse effects, including the risk of addiction. A growing number of individuals in Silicon Valley are seeking treatment for addiction to smart drugs. For some, drugs being used specifically for performance enhancement are having the opposite effect by creating a relentless addiction that disrupts productivity and the ability to function at a higher level. Learn about the dark side of smart drugs via BBC News: https://youtu.be/7XsviBxbLvI

What Is The Future Of Smart Drugs In Silicon Valley?

As competition only continues to grow with tech professionals all vying to earn their first five million by 25, use of drugs to support long hours and intensely complex work will only increase. Likewise, the number of individuals who fall into the trap of addiction will increase, as well.

Don’t Wait To Get Help

Addiction doesn’t go away on its own, and it requires professional treatment. Don’t ignore the signs of addiction. Call for help now and learn how you can live a productive, successful life without drugs. Please spread the word and share this post to raise awareness of an all new class of drugs we need to be aware of and watch out for.

December Is National Drunk And Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month

Safe Holiday Tips-Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention MonthThe holidays are a time for friends, family and celebrations. Unfortunately, they are also the time when accidents involving drunk or drugged drivers increase. Because of this, the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration had deemed December National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention/Awareness Month to help educate the public of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. The best way to stay safe during this month of celebration and beyond is to understand the very real risks of drugs and alcohol, to commit to always driving sober and to stick to the following tips.

Tips For A Safe Holiday Season

The following tips for a safe holiday can help you have fun and enjoy the season without risking the chance of getting a DUI or causing an accident due to drug or alcohol use.

Plan Ahead

With a full calendar of office parties and holiday get-togethers, it’s easy to find yourself under the influence and away from home. It’s much easier to designate a driver to get you home safely before you’re under the influence. Planning ahead before you head out to celebrate can keep you safe and prevent an accident.

Take The Keys

What if you see someone you know stagger out of a party and into their car? Like the slogan goes, “friends don’t let friends drive drunk.” If we all applied this rule of thumb, there would be far fewer injuries and deaths due to drunk or drugged driving. Yes, it can be difficult to stop someone who is drunk or high from getting behind the wheel, but it’s far easier than having to feel partially responsible for a needless accident. Offer a ride, pay the cab fare or let someone sleep over. Just don’t let anyone drive when they are unable to safely do so.

Be A Responsible Host

As the host of a party, you have a responsibility to ensure your guests get home safely. This can be accomplished by offering transportation to and from the event, serving non-alcoholic beverages and cutting off the alcohol at least an hour or more before the party ends.

Do You Need Help Getting Or Staying Sober?

The holidays can be a difficult time for those who are struggling with alcohol or drug addiction. However, help is available. If you or a loved one needs help, call the caring, professional staff at Summit Estate. With a single phone call, you can begin the journey of recovery. Read More Tips For Surviving The Holidays Sober