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My Social Work Journey: Are you destined to help others?

My Social Work Journey: Are you destined to help others?

MY JOURNEY TO SOCIAL WORK One of the wisest people I have ever met once told me “if you choose a job you have great passion for you will never work a day in your life.” This is a philosophy that I have carried with me for as long as I can remember and sought to find for myself. However, it was not until recently that I realized my true commitment and motivation for pursuing a graduate degree in social work….

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American Drug War: The Last White Hope

American Drug War: The Last White Hope

     The War on Drugs is Costing America Billions America has been fighting a drug war for almost a century, and unfortunately a victory is nowhere in sight. Drug users continue to cause violent crime and still make up the vast majority of our courts, hospitals and prisons. The U.S focuses its drug control efforts on the criminalization of drug use, and this is where the problem lies. Spending billions of dollars on law enforcement and efforts to decrease…

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The Miracle of Recovery: “She needed a hero, so that’s what she became.”

The Miracle of Recovery: “She needed a hero, so that’s what she became.”

The Miracle of Recovery is one of God’s Greatest Gifts Addiction takes lives, every day. More people than not can name someone they know who’s been lost to addiction. Perhaps a family member, a friend or a co-worker. While many deaths are obviously a result of addiction, some are less so. The effects of long-term alcohol and drug abuse can kill you quickly, but just as often, the person dies slowly. A large majority of cases of heart disease, stroke,…

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Breaking the Stigma of Addiction in a Misunderstood Society

Breaking the Stigma of Addiction in a Misunderstood Society

I haven’t always worked in addiction treatment, nor can I recall being overly exposed to addiction or alcoholism for the majority of my life growing up.  For the longest time, neither recovery or addiction had any meaning in my life. In the beginning, my perception of an ‘addict’ fit the commonly held stigma of the homeless guy living under the bridge, begging for money to fuel his drug habit. There’s so many things I didn’t know- it’s startling.  I didn’t know that 13 years old is…

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Women and Addiction Recovery: The Silent Struggle

Women and Addiction Recovery: The Silent Struggle

Sit for just a moment with your eyes closed, and picture a man who’s just finished a long day of work. He heads out from the office, runs a few errands and goes out to a bar afterwards for a few drinks with his friends. He will close down the bar before finally heading home. What picture of this man comes to your mind? Now, close your eyes for a moment and visualize a woman ending her work day and meeting…

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Medications Off-Label vs Off-Limits: Health Care Providers & the FDA

Medications Off-Label vs Off-Limits: Health Care Providers & the FDA

Doctors prescribe way too many medications for patients who don’t really need them, and I think a lot of the pressure comes from intense marketing from drug companies. Yet some comes from the fact that many patients refuse to leave their doctors office without a prescription for some type of pill.  And it’s unfortunate that physicians have too little time with each patient to explain non-pill solutions to problems. Wildly off-label prescribing is not new. Doctors have always gotten away with giving patients…

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HBO’s Addiction: The Harsh Reality of America’s Drug Epidemic

HBO’s Addiction: The Harsh Reality of America’s Drug Epidemic

Drug and alcohol addiction is a problem that has affected millions of individuals over a significant period of time. The reason why people begin using drugs varies from person to person however, the reason why addicts continue these habits despite their devastating consequences-may actually be surprisingly similar. A significant portion of people believe addiction affects those with poor character who are simply searching for a source of pleasure. It may be possible that those who don’t see addiction as a “disease” are…

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