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What it Feels Like to Have PTSD

What it Feels Like to Have PTSD

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder of not being able to recover after experiencing or seeing something terrifying. According to PTSDUK, one in ten people have PTSD along with one in five firefighters, 70% of rape victims, one in three teens who have been in a car crash, and 40% who have dealt with sudden loss. You can either feel your life is in danger, threatened, or you have seen someone else dying or being injured. Having PTSD is about not having control over your thoughts as every day feels like the nightmare you have been trying to avoid…

Types of Alcoholics: Functional Alcoholics

Types of Alcoholics: Functional Alcoholics

Alcoholism is still a problem in Ireland. According to Alcohol Action Ireland, from 1960-2001, 4.9 litres to 14.3 litres of alcohol have been drunk per person for those aged fifteen and over. There are different types of alcoholics such as functional alcoholics who appear sober in public but alcoholics in secret. Psychology Today says 20%-90% are functional alcoholics. The common stereotype of alcoholics is that they are alone, cannot hold down a job, and always appear intoxicated. Functional alcoholics are different in which they are middle aged, have successful marriages, jobs, and believe they have their drinking under control. They…

The Sackler Clan - The Family Who Endorsed OxyContin

The Sackler Clan – The Family Who Endorsed OxyContin

Before the Sackler Clan came to being, OxyContin was just known as an experimental drug from Germany during World War I. When Arthur, Mortimer, and Raymond Sackler bought Purdue Pharmacy and advertised OxyContin to relieve strong pain, they became the 16th most richest family in the world. In Europe, 38.8% abuse opioids including OxyContin. Why does this family keep a low profile? The Sackler Clan learned the harsh realities that came from advertising a miracle drug and the deadly consequences that come from OxyContin. The Sackler Clan have estimated sales more than $35 billion ever since they released OxyContin in…

Prison is Not a Solution to Addiction

Prison is Not a Solution to Addiction

People who are arrested for crimes related to drugs or alcohol may help them get sober during their sentence but they will not recover when their sentence is over. According to the National Council and Drug Dependence Inc., 80% of crimes are committed that are related to drugs and alcohol. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals say that 95% of incarcerated adults return to substance abuse. Prisons need to try harder to treat offenders who are addicts or they will keep returning to jail and continue to ruin the lives of themselves or others. So far, only 20% of…

Christmas Recovery Thoughts

Christmas Recovery Thoughts

  Recovery from addiction is our priority and even Christmas should not be allowed to get in the way. Instead, we should use this time as an opportunity to revisit some familiar truths.   Recovery is for life, and so is Christmas. Every year they are there to be enjoyed. It is good for us to give them both some consideration, especially when this time of year can bring more temptations, for the maintenance of sobriety.   Carol:                                             …

Laxative Addiction

Laxative Addiction

Bulimia Nervosa is when someone with an eating disorder makes themselves vomit in order to lose weight, or turns to other methods of purging following a bingeing episode. The DSM-V looks at the full picture of bulimia nervosa as many purging behaviors like medications, excessive exercise…

Positive Thoughts For The Festive Season

Positive Thoughts For The Festive Season

For many, those words mean parties, self-indulgence, excessive eating and drinking, followed by a good sporting event on the TV (with perhaps a bet or two on the outcome). Happy days. It all sounds attractive to addicts – some of us were doing that sort of thing all the year round. Yet recovery is about changing attitudes and behaving differently. In early recovery we sometimes forget this and revert to old patterns of thinking. Christmas time is a good place give ourselves a reality check. Try challenging your attitudes to the festive season with these questions: Do I think I…

Solvent Addiction

Solvent Addiction

Inhalants are a dangerous substance among teenagers because of how easy they are to access. An inhalant can be anything you can inhale without burning or heating it up which makes it easier for kids to do to get high. According to Daily Mail, 1,700 teens in Britain and Ireland have died from inhalants from 1983-2000. In the Irish Republic, 22% of 15 and 16 year-olds have abused substances. It is important for teens to get access to treatment before the next time they inhale these substances could be the last. Teens get high from inhalants by intoxicating the fumes…

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