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01 Apr

Why Moralizing Addiction Doesn’t Work

Addiction has proven itself to be one of the most major social problems of our time. The rates of addiction have continued to climb, since the turn of the century, and the opioid epidemic is a sure sign that there are many aspects of addiction that have to be addressed. The good news is that the awareness for addiction has continued to climb, as well. This means that more steps are being taken to help solve the problem. However, we have to be careful to control the narrative in which addiction is viewed. In particular, the view that addiction is a moral evil is something that we must take great pains to prevent. Here is why moralizing addiction doesn’t work...

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15 Mar

Starting Opioid Education Earlier

The opioid epidemic has continued to spread over the past decade, as the amount of prescription painkillers being sold has continued to climb. Not only has the abuse of these prescription opioids caused a very severe problem in and of themselves, but these substances often work as a pipeline that pushes people towards harder street drugs, such as heroin, in order to get a stronger high for less money.

However, if you want to fight against this epidemic, the first step is knowing exactly what it is and how you can help: education. It’s for this reason that a couple states have already opted to start opioid education earlier in public schools...

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01 Mar

Increase in Heroin Emergencies of Young People in California

The awareness of the drug issue that is faced by the population of the United States, and indeed, the entire planet, is something that has grown in the past couple of years. This is a good first step, since awareness is needed to take further action. However, just as the rate of awareness has risen, so too have the rates of people affected by substance abuse.

Addiction is a horrific behavioral disease that affects every part of the population, regardless of class, race, gender, ethnicity, or any other sociological factor (although some of these populations might be adversely affected more than others). Recently, there has been a dangerous increase in the amount of heroin emergencies experienced by millennials in California...

A man is anxious while resisting heroin
15 Feb

Why Quitting Cold Turkey is so Dangerous

Quitting an illicit substance is one of the most challenging battles that a person can face, especially when it comes to opiates, such as heroin. The addictive properties of most opioids are remarkably strong, and will test a person in ways that they’ve never been tested before. It’s for this reason that quitting heroin is such a dangerous prospect. The other major challenge is that addicts often feel as though they are alienated from their families and society, in general. This makes it less likely that they will seek help on their own. Because of this, many addicts, when they feel they need to kick their heroin dependency, believe they can do it by going cold turkey. Besides the fact that it almost never works, here is why that is such a dangerous idea...
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01 Feb

Getting a Loved One into Recovery

There are few things that are more difficult than watching a loved one become entangled in the throes of addiction. The destructive cycle that substance abuse perpetuates can ruin a person’s life, and it often feels like there is nothing we, as their loved ones, can do about it. However, the most important thing that we can do is try to get this person to accept that they have a problem, and to try to get help. This is trickier than it sounds, but it is immensely important for their health and wellbeing. Here are some tips on getting a loved one into recovery...