The Prevention of Deaths from Drug Overdose

As of July 15, 2014, thirty states and the District of Columbia had enacted legislation to decrease overdose deaths. In 2015, Arkansas joined them in the passage of the Joshua Ashley-Pauley Act . Named after a young man who died of an overdose in 2014, the law protects the person reporting the potential overdose, by providing limited immunity from arrest, charge and prosecution, including those on probation or parole.
Many states are taking an additional step in the prevention of deaths from drug overdose through the expanded authorization of and funding for the use of Naloxone (also known as Narcan®). Naloxone is a medication called an “opioid antagonist” used to counter the effects of opioid overdose. Specifically, Naloxone is used in opioid overdoses to counteract or reverse the life-threatening effects of depression of the central nervous system and respiratory system, allowing an overdose victim to breathe normally. Naloxone is a nonscheduled (i.e., non-addictive), prescription medication. Naloxone only works if a person has opioids in their system; the medication has no effect if opioids are absent. Although traditionally administered by emergency response personnel, Naloxone can be administered by minimally trained laypeople, which makes it ideal for treating overdose in people who have been prescribed opioid pain medication and in people who use heroin and other opioids. Naloxone has no potential for abuse. Naloxone may be injected in the muscle, vein or under the skin or sprayed into the nose. It is a temporary drug that wears off in 20-90 minutes. The Naloxone Access Act allows a healthcare professional, acting in good faith, to directly or by standing order prescribe and dispense an opioid antagonist, such as Naloxone, to (1) a person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related drug overdose; (2) a pain management clinic; (3) a harm reduction organization; (4) an emergency medical services technician; (5) a first responder; (6) a law enforcement officer or agency; or (7) a family member or friend of a person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related drug overdose. Many states are providing the funding for this to be routinely carried by law enforcement or other first-responders.

Research studies have investigated this common concern and found that making Naloxone available does NOT encourage people to use opiates more. The goal of distributing Naloxone and educating people about how to prevent, recognize and intervene in overdoses is to prevent deaths. Other goals, such as decreasing drug use, can only be accomplished if the user is alive.

If you or someone you know is struggling with an Opioid addiction, the Oasis Renewal Center may be able to help, please call us at 501.376.2747

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Ready for Reddit

As anyone in recovery knows, Recovery Support can come from many sources. A recent newspaper article prompted my thoughts on just how grateful I am of the recent expansion of this safety net. Since we are located in the capitol city of our state, it’s easy to take for granted the accessibility to 12-step meetings and other traditional addiction therapy.

Enter Reddit, an online chat room forum or bulletin board system, where registered users can submit content. StopDrinking is a platform within Reddit devoted to people who are recovering alcoholics and addicts. The forum is a peer-based support program. How cool!

It can be used in a number of ways: to supplement those already attending 12-step meetings; for those who live in a rural areas with few 12-step meetings available; or just added support at your fingertips 24/7. StopDrinking offers daily check-ins, often helpful in the ever important accountability wellhouse. For those who cannot get past the stigma of public meetings just yet, StopDrinking offers a truly anonymous way to get help and connect with others struggling with the same issue.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism estimates that 14% of all American adults are problem drinkers. A one-size-fits-all approach simply doesn’t work. At the Oasis Renewal Center, we recognize that and will actively help you find what will work for you.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with Alcohol, the Oasis Renewal Center may be able to help. Give us a call 501.376.2747

Terence Gorski’s “Relapse Warning Signs”

The Holidays can be a stressful time for people in recovery. Here are some warning signs to look out for to prevent a relapse, taken from Terence Gorski’s “Relapse Warning Signs”. Educate yourself about what can contribute to a relapse in order to protect your sobriety!
Phase 1 – Addicts and Alcoholics want to look like we are keeping it together on the outside, even though we are feeling unsteady on the inside….. this is a warning sign. In times of stress we sometimes let our program slide to the back burner, deep down we feel guilty because we know we aren’t prioritizing by putting our program first.

Phase 2 – Denial, not talking about feelings to others.

Phase 3 – Avoidance and Defensiveness, worrying about others sobriety more than our own, to deflect.

Phase 4 – Crisis Building- have tunnel vision, cannot see the big picture, mild depression sets in, overreacting to and mismanagement of problems.

Phase 5 – Immobilization; feel trapped and not willing to do anything to get out of it.

Phase 6 – Confusion and Overreaction, have difficulty managing feelings and emotions, irritable, easily angered.

Phase 7 – Depression, thinking about suicide, using or drinking as a way out of the depression.

Phase 8 – Behavioral Loss of Control, irregular meeting attendance, “I don’t care” attitude.

Phase 9 – Recognition of Loss of Control, lying, loss of self- confidence, self-pity and thoughts of social drinking, and drug use.

Phase 10 – Option Reduction- discontinues all attendance at 12-step meetings, feeling overwhelmed and lonely.

Phase 11 – Alcohol & Drug Use, back to using and/or drinking.

This is a very brief recap of the warning signs please click here to see the full relapse & warning signs by Terence Gorski

Palcohol: legal does not mean safe


Palcohol or Powdered Alcohol is product that hit the shelves this past summer. It is approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, part of the U.S. Treasury Department. But the powder packets that can turn water into a mixed drink have already been banned by several states amid fears that Palcohol can be easily abused.

The current powdered alcohol prohibition covers Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington state. (Aug 19, 2015)

The product, which is being marketed by one company as “Palcohol,” isn’t a new concept. The idea of freeze-dried or dehydrated alcohol that can either be consumed by itself or mixed with water to produce a drink has been around for decades. In 1966; 49 years ago, Sato Foods Industries Co., Ltd. invented alcohol powderization.
New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) noted in a statement that powdered alcohol can lead to unsafe levels of intoxication if it is mixed incorrectly or ingested in its powdered form. The product, he wrote, is easy to hide, attractive to young people, and increases the risk of substance abuse. “This dangerous product is a public health disaster waiting to happen,”
Remember just because it’s legal, does not mean its safe!

Some Risks/Dangers:
• Snorting – The Palcohol website states that although “impractical”, the powder may be snorted for achieving inebriation at a faster rate.

• Increased access to youth – its ability to easily be transported and used discreetly raises its potential for underage use.

• Overuse or unsuspected use – Dangerous combinations may be created by combining Palcohol with substances other than water, such as caffeinated drinks or other   alcoholic              beverage (wine or spirits). Additionally, due to its form, it may be mixed into another person’s drink to increase their level of intoxication unknowingly.

If you or someone you know has a problem with Alcohol, the Oasis may be able to help. Please call us at 501.376.2747.



Breast Cancer Awareness Month & Alcohol

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and alcohol does play a part in breast cancer, let’s take a look at some specifics of the research:
Despite the much touted benefits of drinking alcohol in moderation, experts agree there is an undeniable link between alcohol and cancer, particularly breast cancer. Drinking any kind of alcohol — red or white wine, beer, or mixed drinks — raises your risk.

  •   A meta-analysis that combined the results of 98 studies found women who drank alcohol were 11 percent more likely than non-drinkers to get breast cancer.
  •   Estrogen levels are higher in women who drink alcohol than in non-drinkers. These higher estrogen levels may in turn, increase the risk of breast cancer.
  •   A pooled analysis of data from 53 studies found for each alcoholic drink consumed per day, the relative risk of breast cancer increased by about seven percent.
  •   Women who had two to three alcoholic drinks per day had a 20 percent higher risk of breast cancer.

Dr. Jay Brooks, chairman of hematology/oncology at Ochsner Health System in Baton Rouge, La. says, “I think that women should be counseled that [drinking alcohol] does increase risk of breast cancer. Women should be advised, but she has to make a decision.”
Many studies show that drinking alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer. In general the more alcohol you drink, the higher your risk of developing breast cancer. Getting enough folic Acid may lower the risk linked to drinking alcohol.
If quitting alcohol is a problem for you or anyone you know the Oasis Renewal Center may be able to help. Please give us a call 501.376.2747

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The 2015 Recovery Month theme Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, and Valuable!

Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month. Its theme this year, Visible, Vocal and Valuable is intended to shine a light on the many success stories of those who achieve remarkable success in business, the arts, engineering and “living” while managing a substance use or mental disorder.

This celebration encourages individuals in recovery and their support systems to promote awareness of the effectiveness of behavioral health treatment.

Recovery Month, now in its 26th year, celebrates the gains made by those in recovery. Just as we celebrate health improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. The observance reinforces the positive message that behavioral health conditions are also manageable.

Recovery Month highlights the achievements of individuals who have reclaimed their lives. It honors the treatment and recovery service providers who make recovery possible.

Why It’s Important. . .
Mental and/or substance use disorders affect millions of Americans (nearly one out of every five adults in the United States). Consequently it directly touches the lives of family members, neighbors, and colleagues. The widespread impact and societal cost of these behavioral health conditions is staggering. Yet, too often the disease goes untreated due to the negative stigma of seeking help.
It is our mission at the Oasis Renewal Center to help individuals become free from alcohol and or drug addiction and to live happy and useful lives. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, consider the many faces and voices of recovery and call us for help 501.376.2747

Synthetic Cannabinoids

Earlier this year, the American Association of Poison Control Centers issued an alert on synthetic cannabinoids, commonly known as K2, Spice or Synthetic Marijuana after U.S. Poison Control Centers experienced marked increases in calls related to synthetic cannabinoid exposure. Between Jan. 1, 2015 and May 31, 2015 poison centers across the nation received more than 3,617 reports of exposures related to synthetic cannabinoids.


The recent rash of hospitalizations and deaths across the nation are believed to be caused by a particularly potent chemical formulation of a synthetic cannabinoid called MAB-CHMINACA.
Synthetic Cannabinoids are considered “designer drugs,” often consisting of dried plant material sprayed with manmade synthetic cannabinoids and any mixture of other unknown chemicals, including pesticides and rat poison. Potencies of these drugs can range greatly but has been shown to be between 5 to 200 times more potent than marijuana. Users can exhibit extreme paranoia, intense hallucinations, severe agitation, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, seizures, psychotic episodes, tachycardia, and death.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with drug/alcohol addiction, the Oasis Renewal Center may be able to help. Please call us 501.376.2747

Healthcare Journal of Little Rock Jul/Aug 2015

You may be an addict if…….

You may be an Addict if. . .
Remember the old “You may be a redneck if. . .” series? We’ve used that concept below in an attempt to help those of you who struggle with whether or not you have a problem with drugs and/or alcohol. While addiction is not a joking matter, we urge you to get beyond the guilt and shame and let us help you join the thousands of people now in recovery from addiction.

• you ever drink or use drugs alone
• you have substituted one drug/drink for another, thinking that one particular drug/drink was the problem
• you ever attempted to manipulate or lied to a doctor to obtain prescription drugs
• you have stolen drugs or alcohol, or stolen to obtain the money to purchase drugs or alcohol
• you use a drug or drink alcohol when you wake up or when you go to bed
• you ever taken a drug or drink to overcome the effects of another
• you avoid people or places that do not approve of you using drugs or drinking
• you have been arrested as a result of or when using drugs or drinking
• you have lied about what or how much or how often you use drugs or drink
• you put the purchase of drugs or alcohol ahead of your financial responsibilities
• you have tried unsuccessfully to stop or control your behavior
• you have been admitted to a jail, hospital or drug rehabilitation center because of your behavior
• alcohol or drugs interfere with your sleeping or eating
• the thought of running out of drugs or alcohol terrifies you
• you feel it is impossible for you to live without drugs or alcohol
• you have questioned your sanity
• using drugs or drinking is making life at home unhappy
• you have ever thought you couldn’t fit in or have a good time without drugs or drinking
• you have ever felt defensive, guilty or ashamed about your behavior while high
• you think a lot about drugs or alcohol
• your behavior affected your sexual relationships
• you have used drugs or drank alcohol because of emotional pain or stress
• you have overdosed
• you have lost a job because of alcohol or drug use
• you continue to do drugs or drink alcohol despite negative consequences
• you think you might have a drug or drinking problem
• someone has told you they think you might have a drug or drinking problem

Call us at the Oasis Renewal Center at 501.376.2747
From the despair of substance abuse. . .there is an Oasis!


Am I an Alcoholic?

If you are struggling with determining if you are alcoholic or not; observations from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous may help:

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There are Three Types of Drinkers

1) Moderate drinkers have little trouble in giving up liquor entirely if they have good reason for it. They can take it or leave it alone.

2) Hard drinkers likely experience mental and physical impairment which may result in slightly early death. If a sufficiently strong reason-ill health, falling in love, change                            environment, or the warning of a doctor-becomes operative, this person can also stop or moderate alcohol use.

3) Alcoholic drinkers have evolved to the point of losing control over liquor consumption.

If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you drink, you are probably alcoholic. If that be the case, you may be suffering from an illness which only a spiritual experience will conquer.

Adapted from Pg… 20-21 Big Book AA

The Oasis can help, please give us a call at 501.376.2747


National Prevention Week


National Prevention Week is a SAMHSA-supported annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. National Prevention Week 2015 will take place May 17-23, 2015.
The theme for 2015 is “The Voice of One, the Power of All.”
Mental and substance use disorders can have a powerful effect on the health of individuals, their families, and their communities. In 2012, an estimated 9.6 million adults aged 18 and older in the United States had a serious mental illness, and 2.2 million youth aged 12 to 17 had a major depressive episode during the past year. In 2012, an estimated 23.1 million Americans aged 12 and older needed treatment for substance use.
A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicates that 9.5 percent of full-time workers (ages 18 to 64) experienced a substance use disorder in the past year.
The report shows that an average of 8.7 percent of full-time workers used alcohol heavily in the past month. Heavy drinking is defined as consuming five or more drinks on the same occasion on five or more days in the 30 days.
The report also indicates that 8.6 percent of full-time workers used illicit drugs in the past month.
Drug and alcohol use can lead to other chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Addressing the impact of substance use alone is estimated to cost Americans more than $600 billion each year.
We can join together to help those around by imitating new heathier behaviors. In the past where risky or unhealthy substance use habits or behaviors have been; encourage people to replace those with new healthy alternatives. Things will change for the better if better choices are made. Some of the new choices may include but not limited to: eating out with new friends, coffee with friends, movies, cookouts, camping, going to the library, fishing, hiking, working out, swimming, canoeing, rafting, boating, gardening, staying busy connecting with other people is key to the power of recovery.
If you know of anyone struggling with alcohol/substance abuse please call the Oasis 501-376-2747