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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...

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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...
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15 Dec Tips for Traveling after Recovery

The world can look a whole lot bigger and brighter when you get sober. When this happens, it is a natural inclination to want to see the wide world, now that you have a renewed appreciation for it. However, even after you take the wind and start to travel, it is important to keep a strong head for the sober lifestyle, as the excitement of travel can often make recovered addicts relapse back into old habits. Traveling should be a way to reconnect yourself with the joys and wonders that inhabit this world, and so traveling with a safe and sober mind should be a major priority. To help in this endeavor, here are some tips for traveling after recovery...
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01 Dec How to Recognize a Functional Alcoholic

When it comes to substance abuse, alcoholism is one of the most prevalent forms of it in existence. Today, nearly 1 out of every 10 adults in the United States suffers from alcohol dependence, according to the CDC. These numbers are alarmingly high, and almost unbelievable. However, the reason that alcoholism is able to persist at such a high rate is that it often goes unnoticed, or at least less noticed than it should. While most people envision an alcoholic as a person who can barely walk and talk due to their alcohol consumption, the truth is that many alcoholics are what would be classified as functional alcoholics, who abuse alcohol, yet still function in their daily lives. Indeed, someone you know is probably a high-functioning alcoholic. Here are some of the signs to recognize this behavior...
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01 Nov Recognizing the Signs of an Overdose

Drugs and other illicit substances can have a lot of scary effects, especially when someone is addicted. However, perhaps the most scary thing that can happen is an overdose.

Why Do Overdoses Happen?

Overdoses happen because the nature of addiction is that you have to take more and more to get the same effect. Addiction means that you act a certain way regardless of risk, so your perception of danger will probably be skewed. It’s important that we remove the stigma that we often have connected to overdoses. They can happen to anyone struggling with addiction, even when they’re trying their best to make positive changes in their life.

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15 Oct Cold Turkey and Tobacco Addiction Part 2

PART 2

This post is a continuation of a previous article that discussed a recent study on the success rate of quitting tobacco, immediately, versus an approach that gradually takes the subject off of tobacco. While there was a higher success rate for those who quit immediately, there are other factors that needed to be considered. This post will discuss other factors into quitting smoking, and offer tips that quitters may find helpful in their journey.

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