• Addiction and the Rise of Grand-Families

    With addicted or jailed parents, many kids are  now raised by grandparents .

    With addicted or jailed parents, many kids are now raised by grandparents .

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    Most of the women I came into contact with in prison were mothers of young children and, oftentimes, their significant others were also locked up. After hearing their stories, I can remember thinking to myself Who’s taking care of the kids? It turned out that, while some kids had been taken into foster care, a […]

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  • Victim Impact Panels: Do They Help or Hurt?

    Can a victim's story help to keep drunk drivers off the road?

    Can a victim's story help to keep drunk drivers off the road?

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    In 2010, I was convicted of a first-offense DUI with Serious Bodily Injury; I received four years in the Florida state penitentiary, followed by six years of probation. I naively thought that after completing my prison sentence, the rest would be smooth sailing. But probation, I soon discovered, was anything but smooth. What is a […]

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  • You Can Hate My Addiction Without Hating Me

    By separating a loved one from their addiction, you can better direct your anger.

    By separating a loved one from their addiction, you can better direct your anger.

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    While I was serving my prison sentence, I met a lot of women who were in for drug offenses committed against family members. One such inmate, let’s call her Amber, broke into her grandmother’s house while high on OxyContin. She stole every piece of jewelry in the house, along with a laptop and television, then […]

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  • Are Pharmacies Blocking Your Access to Treatment?

    What if your pharmacist refuses to fill your Suboxone prescription?

    What if your pharmacist refuses to fill your Suboxone prescription?

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    Heralded as a “miracle drug” in the past, Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist that is highly effective in alleviating opiate withdrawal symptoms. It’s also considered an important maintenance tool in many opiate addiction recovery plans. Despite its frequent use and benefits, however, a growing number of pharmacies now refuse to fill Suboxone prescriptions. And […]

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  • Help Unwanted: Is Addiction Ruining Your Job Hunt?

    Can past addiction issues stop potential employers from hiring you?

    Can past addiction issues stop potential employers from hiring you?

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    Addiction carries with it a heavy stigma…one that remains attached long after you’ve achieved sobriety. And nowhere is this problem more glaringly obvious than when trying to find work. Can a history of addiction cause potential employers to toss your resume in the garbage before so much as reading it? Is that fair? And what […]

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Victim Impact Panels: Do They Help or Hurt?

Can a victim's story help to keep drunk drivers off the road?

In 2010, I was convicted of a first-offense DUI with Serious Bodily Injury; I received four years in the Florida state penitentiary, followed by six years of probation. I naively thought that after completing my prison sentence, the rest would be smooth sailing. But probation, I soon discovered, was anything but smooth. What is a […]

Are Pharmacies Blocking Your Access to Treatment?

What if your pharmacist refuses to fill your Suboxone prescription?

Heralded as a “miracle drug” in the past, Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist that is highly effective in alleviating opiate withdrawal symptoms. It’s also considered an important maintenance tool in many opiate addiction recovery plans. Despite its frequent use and benefits, however, a growing number of pharmacies now refuse to fill Suboxone prescriptions. And […]

Help Unwanted: Is Addiction Ruining Your Job Hunt?

Can past addiction issues stop potential employers from hiring you?

Addiction carries with it a heavy stigma…one that remains attached long after you’ve achieved sobriety. And nowhere is this problem more glaringly obvious than when trying to find work. Can a history of addiction cause potential employers to toss your resume in the garbage before so much as reading it? Is that fair? And what […]

Clock Out: 5 Jobs That Often Lead to Addiction

Does your chosen career path put you in danger for developing an addiction?

While I was in law school, everything seemed to revolve around drinking. Our university sponsored twice-weekly bar reviews (where we, the students, could drink all night for free) and an endless number of parties were thrown throughout the semester…all in the name of alleviating the stress of our course load. It should come as no […]

Why Does the Media Let Scandal Trump Recovery?

Ever feel like the media focuses on opiate-related arrests and scandals?

There’s arguably been more coverage than ever before of the rising opioid abuse problem in the U.S. – and with good reason for it. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that opiate overdoses have more than quadrupled since 1999 – going from just 4,100 that year to a whopping 16,600 in 2010. […]

A Crash Course in Modern-Day Drug Trafficking

Even grandmothers and PTA leaders are being charged with trafficking.

Growing up, when I would hear the term “drug trafficker,” I immediately had visions of a Sopranos cast member or a Miami drug lord carrying around a huge suitcase of cash. Like many people, I believed that anyone who had been charged with drug-related crimes were nothing but dangerous and morally corrupt problems – in […]

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