Bond talks addiction to civic group
William "Bill" Bond, pharmacist at All Care Pharmacy in Trumann, was the guest speaker last Wednesday at the Trumann Lions Club's weekly meeting. Bond talked to the group about addiction.
"Hi, I'm Bill and I'm an alcoholic." Bond told the group this is how he introduces himself a lot of the time when talking addiction. "I've been sober 26 years after a ten year battle with alcohol. I'm grateful, not proud, but grateful God helped me overcome my addiction," Bond said.
Bond told the group that the big question is: is addiction a choice or a disease? Bond thinks it's a disease. "It's a choice up to an extent," Bond said. Addiction, whether it's nicotine, alcohol, or some other type of drug, causes physical damage to nerve cells in the brain. "A habit is done by choice. The user can choose to stop. Addiction is a psychological/physical component as the person is unable to control the aspects of the addition without help for the mental and physical conditions involved," Bond said.
Addiction involves an organ in the body, the brain. The mid part of the brain is affected by addiction, not the front part. The mid brain is a very spooky place, Bond told the group, as it takes over when addiction starts. Addiction causes lying, stealing, behavior changes and a "don't care" attitude.
Bond told the group that dopamine controls good things and make one feel good when they are released. "Drugs make you feel good, and it pushes the threshold to make dopamine release. Addiction starts there," Bond said. "It's okay to crave things, but once an addict comes down, he has to have to have more to survive."
Bond said stress is the number one cause for addiction. Being a pharmacist, Bond said he's seen people come in who he suspects are addicts. "When a person comes in and wants their hydrocodone filled and we can't give it to them, they will just start crying," Bond said. Bond gave another example addictions: "A person goes to a bar and wants a shot of whiskey. The bartender sets the bottle on the bar, but it has a gun attached, so if the bottle moves, the person will be shot. Their only thought is how they can get the bottle without getting shot."
Bond gave some examples of easy-to-get items that can give a person a high. "Inhalants are everywhere. The whip cream cans at stores, markers, airplane glue, and the air dust cans. The air dust is very dangerous as it can freeze your lungs and cause death," Bond said. Prescription drug addiction is another problem, Bond said. "When you use those prescription drugs for anything other than the intended purpose, it's an addiction," Bond said. Bond told the group that Adderall for ADHD is addicting and leads to using other drugs. He also said energy drinks can become addictive as they are loaded with high amounts of caffeine, and some even had alcohol in them.
Bond stressed the importance to educate kids at an early age about drugs. "Look for the signs of drug use. Change in appearance, change in behavior, and grades falling at school," Bond said. "Pay attention to what your kids are watching and listening too. Talk to them about drugs, alcohol and sex. Care about your kids."
"It took me years to get back to where I could be trusted again. I don't ever want to go back to the place I was before," Bond said.