Bracelets Patches & Pills
Ankle bracelets, and patches, and pills - Oh, my! Step aside
drug rehab, ankle bracelets, patches, and pills have been the
latest attempt to keep people sober.
Lindsay Lohan was court ordered to wear the SCRAM (Secure Continuous
Remote Alcohol Monitoring) ankle bracelet to keep her from drinking
alcohol. The cause of Lohan's "false" alarm after the
MTV awards remains to be determined, however in yet another scandal
she has modeled the SCRAM for the paparazzi in a bikini.
Reportedly, Lohan will be posing nude for her fashion line, sporting
only her SCRAM. The SCRAM ankle bracelet senses alcohol in the
perspiration the skin regularly produces and then sends a signal
to the remote monitoring agency if alcohol is detected. Currently,
there are 125,000 offenders court ordered to wear the SCRAM.
Then, there is the breathalyzer. Many have tried to tamper with
the court ordered breathalyzer installed in their homes and vehicles.
Some alcoholics may have had their lives turned sober after ordered
to use the device, however to others the breathalyzer appears
more like an obstacle than a deterrent.
Baclofen is a medication that is in trial to reduce cravings
and withdrawal. Baclofen is a daily pill and in the past was used
for epilepsy. It is a muscle relaxer, however studies have shown
it has an anti-craving effect on alcoholics and drug addicts.
The "alcohol patch", mimicked after the "nicotine
patch", is an addition to other products to help alcoholics
refrain from picking up a bottle of booze. In theory, you just
put a patch on and your cravings for alcohol are curbed. Trials
have been under way for the alcohol patch.
Anabuse (aka disulfiram) is a daily pill that, if you drink alcohol,
your body can react with vomiting, nausea, sweating, and other
uncomfortable bodily symptoms. Anabuse used to be a court ordered
medication to prevent alcoholics from drinking. However many states
have abandoned Anabuse due to liability reasons. If you drink
on Anabuse, it could be deadly.
Naltrexone, another pill you can take daily, is supposed to block
cravings for alcohol. With Naltrexone you can supposedly drink
your-self sober. The dubbed "Sinclair Method" diminishes
your craving for drinking and is replaced with controlled drinking
behaviors. Naltrexone is ingested daily in a pill form or you
can pay $700 for a shot.
And, there is a vaccine-like shot that is showing promise to
help fight cocaine addiction. Basically, after five shots of a
cocaine vaccine, your body develops enough cocaine antibody levels
high enough to prevent cocaine high.
But, can these devices keep people sober? All these contraptions
fly completely counter-intuitive and totally against AA's total
abstinence and non-medication philosophy.
Ankle Bracelets, and patches, and pills don't, by themselves,
keep people sober. They may assist, at first, however a thorough
inventory of self, admittance that one is powerless over cravings
for drugs and alcohol, and treatment keeps people sober.
Addicts and alcoholics cannot wear these devices and ingest these
pills forever. They must learn how to stay sober by following
a recovery plan, understanding relapse and triggers, denial, and
other educational and supportive means. Once the ankle bracelets,
patches, and pills disappear, relapse could still be lurking somewhere
over the rainbow (as Judy Garland who died of a drug overdose