Category: Addiction

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13 January

Americans are losing their lives to drug overdoses in increasing numbers each year.  The sharpest rise in deaths occurred between 2016 and 2017. Respectively, the death toll rose from 63,632 to 70,237.  The three drugs most frequently involved in the deaths are cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl. However, several other illicit and legal drugs are also […]

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16 December

The Lonely Beginnings of Addiction Addiction and loneliness are closely intertwined, exacerbating one another, creating a dangerous cycle. Often, addiction begins as a type of self-medication, sometimes to medicate the loneliness one might be feeling. Indeed, a lack of meaningful relationships or social support can leave someone feeling pretty down, with nowhere else to turn […]

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15 December

As with most unpleasant subjects, humans don’t want to think about the effects of their alcoholism or drug abuse on young children.  We’re guilty of thinking children are resilient and will outgrow the trauma they suffered as a result of living with addicted parents. However, experts now agree that parental drug or alcohol abuse has […]

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14 December

Prescription medications have saved many lives and helped people enjoy an improved quality of life.  But, when these substances are abused, the results are less than desirable. The US is now in the midst of an out-of-control opioid crisis.  More than 47,600 people died from opioid overdose in 2017, according to the CDC. To put […]

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09 December

The invitations are coming in.  It’s that time of year where the assumption that social gatherings are wanted, needed and even required to have a ‘jolly’ holiday season.  Most people don’t consider what parties and events mean for those of us in recovery.  While it’s understood that feeling connected to community is key to recovery, […]

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04 December

The complexities of both the physical and mental aspects to addiction continue to baffle those of us who aren’t educated on the issue. I’ve been blogging about addiction for over two years now, and while I’ve gained some general knowledge, and have read countless internet articles about a wide variety of addiction issues, I confess […]

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02 December

This post is personal. I won’t be providing extensive factual backup to why I hold the opinions that I do. This post is about two things: My very limited experience with drugs, and a close family member’s much longer and ongoing battle with drugs and alcohol.   Like a lot of teenagers, I tried drugs […]

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30 October

Drug addiction among athletes can be traced back to the third century B.C. During the Greece Olympics, athletes were known to use alcohol to deal with their performance anxiety. They also consumed hallucination-inducing mushrooms to boost their performance. Athletes Addiction What started as a coping mechanism has now become the new norm. Today, more than […]

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25 January

In addition to the skyrocketing use of antidepressants among older women, there is also a surge in substance-related suicides.  Studies show that since 1997, there has been more than a 40 percent increase in the percentage of women who binge drink.  On average, women drink less than men, however, women are binge drinking more than men these days.  […]

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19 January

As Americans, we’ve heard some facts about the opioid crisis, and are aware that it has caused many deaths.  But, few people know how severe the problem has become in the last few years.  Does it really matter if we know the facts and statistics about this epidemic? Can we do anything about it that hasn’t […]

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