Addiction

July 22, 2019
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No more Shame: Understanding the Disease of Addiction

No More Shame: Understanding the Disease of Addiction  For years addiction and alcoholism were looked at as a moral deficiency (and for some, still is). Without the current research from prominent neuroscientists, many addicts and alcoholics were tossed aside to bitter ends such as the ineffective justice system, psychiatric wards, or death and suicide.  Today, we have very definitive evidence, […]
July 8, 2019
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Creating an Inclusive Environment: Addiction and Recovery in the LGBTQ+ Community 

Addiction and Recovery in the LGBTQ+ community. The fight for equality, freedom of expression, and human rights can be an overwhelming and exhausting fight. Combine that with social stigma and discrimination, and you have conditions that can leave marginalized communities especially vulnerable to addiction. One such community intensely affected by the addiction epidemic has been the LGBTQ+ community. One which […]
June 29, 2019
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The Opioid Epidemic

Have you Been Affected? We often see opioid use hollywoodized or glamourized in celebrity news, or in thrilling movies. Some witnessing from the comforts of their TV viewing rooms, are quite removed from it. Others, maybe you who are reading this, have personal experience with the painful reality of opioid addiction. But no matter where you stand in the opioid […]
June 20, 2019
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Eternal Rest, in a pill: The Dangers of Sleeping Pill Abuse

There is nothing like the chaos of addiction to spur the longing for peace and rest, the kind that knocks you out and puts you out of your misery for a night. But what about when a night’s rest turns into eternal rest. Sleeping pill overdoses are on the rise amongst addicts, often unintentionally. Why are so many addicts and […]
June 10, 2019
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The Power of the Mind: An exploration of Psychological Dependence

We know that physical dependence can be very painful and require special detox assistance. We can identify, with observation, the symptoms and measurable affects of both physical addiction and psychological dependence. Though there are distinctions that we consider exclusively physical or psychological, the reality is that there is a symbiotic relationship between physical and psychological dependence. Can you really isolate […]
May 30, 2019
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Purple Drank Haze: The Lean Drink Craze

Purple Drank will “ Knock you out, make you fall asleep when you’re on them wheels ain’t no doubt…” These are a few lyrics from the song “Sippin on sizzurp” by Three 6 Mafia, with over 9 million views on youtube. It is one of many instances in pop culture bringing this new craze into the forefront of entertainment media. […]
May 20, 2019
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Relapse Does Not Equal Failure

Let me start with my favorite place to start with almost every subject: Everything in the universe is made up of energy, even thoughts. Thoughts, when speedily moving in autopilot neural networks, build up momentum for a person, which they often lead to actions. In the case of the addict (or alcoholic), the energy of thought patterns could be described […]
May 8, 2019
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Finding New Connections: The Importance of Community in Recovery

People, people, people… people everywhere. We love them, we judge them, we want to be close to them, and we want solitude and respite from them. Many of us acknowledge a certain intrinsic connection to these others- our human family; our fellow members of a diverse, and often perplexing, species. We bring out similarities in each other, and differences of […]
April 29, 2019
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What to Expect When Getting Clean and Sober: Drug Symptoms and Detox Timelines

Many of us, in recovery, as well as friends and family of recovering folks, have heard or said these sentiments: “will I ever be normal again?” I think what we mean is will I ever feel able to cope with life on life terms, hold a job, think rationally, be a positive contributing member of society…etc.,etc. And with great confidence, […]