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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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WHY SOCIETY SHOULD STICK TO LABELING JARS INSTEAD OF PEOPLE

WHY SOCIETY SHOULD STICK TO LABELING JARS INSTEAD OF PEOPLE

I can’t fathom how his mother must have felt- finding out her son felt he had nowhere to turn but to a life consumed by drugs and alcohol. If I had to, I can imagine it felt like she was being handed a life sentence for a crime she didn’t commit, and probably never saw coming. I can imagine she constantly questioned what she did, didn’t do, or should have done. Soon, the life she once knew was probably consumed with lies, excuses and isolation. I…

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What is ‘White Privilege’ and How Does it Relate to Your Recovery

What is ‘White Privilege’ and How Does it Relate to Your Recovery

Taking a practice course on working with people of color really opened my eyes to the world around me. I find myself watching news coverage on different racial issues in a completely different mind-set. Growing up, it was difficult living in such a conservative town because at one point, I think it almost trapped me in a bubble. Like most white people, I was unaware of my racial identity until I walked into an environment where I was, for the…

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NEWSFLASH: Much like an old pile of dinner crumbs, bushing addiction under the rug- doesn’t make it go away.

NEWSFLASH: Much like an old pile of dinner crumbs, bushing addiction under the rug- doesn’t make it go away.

Addiction has claimed it’s territory within my family. And you know what, I am not ashamed of this. I do not hide from it and I speak openly about it. Even though I’ve spoke out and supported them through their addictions, many do not. Many people are ashamed of the addict in their family. Many people hide the fact that addiction has affected them in some way. I don’t. I am not ashamed. I did nothing to make my loved ones addicts, and…

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A Double Whammy: Carrying the Guilt and Shame of Your Past

A Double Whammy: Carrying the Guilt and Shame of Your Past

The Weight of Your Past Life Gut-wrenching guilt and shame over your past, can carry with you and seriously jeopardize your chances at recovery. When you experience recurring cravings and urges to use again, you’re definitely more likely to be hit with a double whammy. The truth is that we all carry with us memories of what we’ve said and done. It would be impossible not to have them and, quite frankly, our lives wouldn’t have as much meaning if we didn’t…

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Hate is an awful word, but I really HATE heroin.

Hate is an awful word, but I really HATE heroin.

And I’ve never even used it, but I’ve loved many people who have. Addiction has such a large ripple effect, the collateral damage is immense. I’ve watched many break free, but yet again, heroin is holding another person I love hostage. And this is absolutely devastating, not only for myself but for our whole family. Having been through this before, I’ve come to understand the process of recovery and all of the heartache it entails, however others in my family don’t necessarily…

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Don’t Let Fear be A Deciding Factor for Your New Life in Recovery

Don’t Let Fear be A Deciding Factor for Your New Life in Recovery

There is more than one way to get clean and sober. I’m talking about facing your fears and challenging your comfort zones here people. Imagine this… you are looking for success, and you look at your options, there are two clear paths in front of you. You fear Path A as being the difficult path, because it requires bravery, stepping outside of your comfort zone, and seems more likely to end in failure. Just the prospect of following this path…

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