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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…

Substance Abuse and the Retirement Community

Substance Abuse and the Retirement Community

Many people over the age of 65 feel that once they reach the retirement stage of their lives, there is no more meaning left and that they have nothing to lose. According to the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, 17% of seniors over 65 have abusive prescription medicine and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc says 30% of them are given the prescription medicine. Senior citizens need to learn that going under the influence of alcohol and drugs is not a way to spend retirement but to use this stage as an opportunity for trying…

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…

Tedx Talks on Addiction

Tedx Talks on Addiction

Ted Talks are a useful way to educate an audience about something that they did not know about before. It takes experts in the field of addiction or mental health to truly reach out to an audience and explain to them what addiction really means. Here are a couple of TedX talks about the true dangers of addiction and the toll they can take on a person’s life. Addiction counselor Raj Mehta’s “Addiction 101”, a former heroin addict, educates audience on what it truly means to be an addict. He explains how we should not just link addiction with criminal…

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…

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…

How to Mend Romantic Relationships Broken by Alcohol

How to Mend Romantic Relationships Broken by Alcohol

Alcohol can ruin a person’s mind, finances, career, and even relationships. An alcoholic can say or do things to someone they love without meaning to. It can be hard to mend a broken relationship but with hard work and effort from both people in the relationship, relationships can start anew. Sometimes, the damage is too much to be able to repair a relationship you cannot force forgiveness onto your partner. Being in recovery involves looking back at your past mistakes and thinking about the actions you can take going forward. In 12 Step meetings, you are told to make a…

Cycling in Recovery

Cycling in Recovery

When you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you filled up your free time by getting drunk or high. Being in recovery involves finding a better use of your free time as boredom can lead to a relapse. Riding a bicycle can is a great activity to do when you are in recovery as each ride will strengthen your body and your mind. Riding a bicycle can increase your stamina which will allow you to do more without getting tired. You can also burn calories faster as biking for half an hour can cause you to burn 150…

How to Have a Sober Christmas

How to Have a Sober Christmas

Christmas is full of parties with drinks to celebrate with. It is hard to resist temptation when a lot of adults like to celebrate special occasions like this with alcohol. While it is hard, it is possible to have a joyous Christmas this year without falling under the influence of alcohol. Remember all of the parties they had in the past and how much fun they used to have could make them want to relive those memories. You can go to a party where you are reuniting with old friends and they want to rekindle their friendship with a drink….