a person faints and drops a needle as an onlooker thinks about preventing addiction drug overdose

Preventing Drug Overdose

Addiction is a vicious cycle of use and tolerance building. The more an addict uses the more their body gets used to the drug and then the addict has to use more just to feel similar effects but for most addicts they are always searching for the feeling of their first high which is unachievable.…

handcuff represent the effects of criminalizing addiction

Issues With Criminalizing Addiction

Nixon’s declaration of a war on drugs the presence and size of federal drug control agencies dramatically increased including the creation of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in 1972. Nixon even made marijuana a Schedule I drug, which is the most restrictive category, for a while. He pushed things like no-knock warrants and mandatory sentencing.…

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Spirituality in Recovery

The definition of spirituality is the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things. Many people find it in religion but it can also be found in music, art, nature, and others find it in principles and values. People use it to find hope, comfort and…

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Addiction in the Media

When you turn on your favorite song or watch your favorite movie or even see a picture on a magazine waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store there is always something about some substance use. Whether it’s your favorite artist singing about drinking or even using illicit substances,watching your favorite actor or actress…

a woman sits in a trashed bathroom and wonders if addiction is a disease

Addiction: Choice or Disease?

There is a growing number of people who do not see the benefit of a war on drugs, especially with addiction affecting all races and classes, family members and friends. It is no longer a far away problem, it is something that directly affects us whether we are the one addicted or know someone who…

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Veterans with PTSD and Addiction

Most people when they hear Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), they think of the brave men and women who have served our country in war, or veterans with PTSD. PTSD is just that, a condition that presents itself after a traumatic event that has happened. It can happen to anyone who survived or witnessed a…