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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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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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Find the Courage to Forgive Yourself

Find the Courage to Forgive Yourself

Recovery Means Strength, Courage & Forgiveness The sooner you forgive yourself the better off you’ll be. I’ve met many recovering addicts who can’t seem to forgive themselves, even after years in recovery. They become so used to carrying that guilt around that sometimes they don’t even know how much it’s really affecting their lives. It affects things like self-worth and what they believe they deserve. Consequently, they pass up many amazing opportunities because they don’t think they deserved them. Society is…

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Prescribing to Prevent-International Overdose Awareness Day

Prescribing to Prevent-International Overdose Awareness Day

Deaths from overdose of heroin and prescription opioids more than tripled nationally within recent years, resulting in a significant increase in the number of individuals being treated for overdose in emergency rooms across the country. Fortunately, we now know that an overdose is reversible, thanks to a drug called Naloxone(or brand name Narcan) which is capable of stopping opioid overdose almost instantly. If an individual who is unconscious, blue and not breathing from an opioid overdose, an injection or nasal spray of…

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