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NO EXCUSES: Getting Real About Addiction Recovery

NO EXCUSES: Getting Real About Addiction Recovery

For most, drinking is something that is done on occasion, in moderation, and forgotten about in the meantime. For others, because of a variety of factors that can include genetics, biology and environment, alcohol becomes more than an accompaniment to life; it becomes the main event. Facing that reality, however, is tough. When life begins to spin out of control, an addicts first reaction is to stack up all the reasons why cutting back or perhaps even eliminating substances altogether isn’t an…

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Society Remains Morally Insensitive to the Disease of Addiction

Society Remains Morally Insensitive to the Disease of Addiction

Society Needs to Stop Bullying Those With Addiction I’m going to let you in on a secret: Being physically dependent on heroin isn’t fun. Here’s another secret: Being dependent on heroin is isolating and lonely. When he was using, his family was scared of him, his friends didn’t trust him, and even casual acquaintances weren’t keen on spending time with a sweaty, anxious mess of a person with a potentially deadly and definitely illegal obsession. Finally, on the off chance…

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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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Horse tranquilizers: The newest theat to America’s opioid crisis

Horse tranquilizers: The newest theat to America’s opioid crisis

Drugs that can induce addiction usually turn out to cause more harm than good.  Scientists are constantly synthesizing new and powerful substances capable of altering the way our central nervous systems function. Yes, there are obviously benefits and a potential upside to these new drugs – but there is usually an even larger downside, as evidenced by unrecognized, unintended and disastrous consequences. Not to mention we are in the midst of a deadly opioid epidemic. Initially triggered by shameless drug companies, we continue to spin even further out of control.  Most…

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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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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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