He was supposed to be their leader. Their provider. Their hero. Gary’s kids looked to him to protect and guide them. He wanted to be the type of father they could love and respect – look up to. If they knew the truth, his image would be shattered. If he told them about his addiction, how […]
Linda lived in a nearly constant state of anxiety. Every day, she worked so hard at her job – but her efforts were as much about hiding her addiction as completing her workload. She couldn’t afford to lose this job. She was convinced her employer would boot her if they knew about her struggle with […]
Dave could hardly look his wife in the eyes anymore. His struggle was real, and it was intense. It was beyond daily – it was minute-by-minute. Yet, the thought of telling his wife that he was addicted to painkillers was nearly as crippling as the withdrawal he suffered when he didn’t take the pills. He […]
While medication-assisted-treatment (MAT) is the gold standard for people with opiate addictions, ? This practice is likely illegal under the Americans with Disabilities Act, which recognizes opioid addiction as a medical condition, and moves are underway to take legal action. As usual, stigma, not science, pervades the medical community, putting the most vulnerable at risk. Slamming the […]
Fentanyl. Two milligrams of this stuff can kill an adult. That’s less than a pinch of salt. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that’s up to 50 times more powerful than heroin. In recent years, fentanyl has become more prevalent across the nation, adding to the already staggering death toll of the opioid epidemic. Its increasing presence is easily seen […]
Brian just spent the last 10 hours in the shower. Why? It was the only way he knew to get the pain and nausea caused by cannabis overuse to stop. Brian is one of an estimated 2.7 million Americans who suffer from bouts of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS). This condition causes vomiting and pain in […]
They were all set to expand their counseling services into a full residential treatment facility. The county originally bought the building with plans to demolish it, but the team worked hard to restore it to its’ former beauty. The services provided at their recovery residence were already making a great impact on the lives of […]
What happens when over 100 Americans a day die from opioid-related substance abuse? Policies change. The outcry becomes so loud it can’t be ignored, and everyone – including retailers – is forced to stand up and take notice of the opioid epidemic. The latest addition to nation-wide policy changes is taking place at the Walmart […]
The CDC estimates more than 62,000 Americans lost their lives to drug overdose in 2017. The emotional cost to individuals and families across the nation is impossible to quantify. The financial toll, however, can be estimated. The current opioid crisis is taking enormous amounts of money away from individuals, local governments, healthcare providers, and federal […]
It’s a controversial subject. Both sides of the debate have significant support. Here’s the question: Would we, as a nation, be better off with supervised injection sites? They’ve been discussed, proposed, shot down, and encouraged in various parts of the country. Many wonder if these sites help curb the financial, criminal, and healthcare costs of […]
Lawrence Muir – also known as Chip – the acting chief of staff and general counsel for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, was fired suddenly for unknown reasons, according to CNN. This abrupt dismissal is the latest development in the Trump administration’s rather confusing approach to the opioid crisis. Is Trump’s Dedication Questionable? […]
Several years ago, when I was first trying to get sober, I went on a terrible drinking binge. A really, really terrible one. I drank around the clock for two solid weeks. I stopped eating. I reached for a beer as soon as I woke up and drank until I passed out. All I did […]
Capital punishment in the United States has been thrown into a tailspin recently, as a nationwide shortage of the medications required for lethal injections has forced some states to explore alternative methods of execution. One of the alternatives being considered? The synthetic opioid, fentanyl. A Closer Look at Fentanyl As an implement of execution, fentanyl […]
Who knew that substance abuse would create a hot, new commodity for the American market? No, it’s not a new drug. The latest money-maker in addiction treatment circles is “liquid gold.” With outlandish markups and more than a few fraudulent practices in play, urine drug testing has become quite the profitable business. Analyzing a urine […]
Gas station bathrooms have become a common place for IV drug users to shoot up. They’re often unlocked, can be accessed without making a purchase, and provide a place out of sight from police. For the homeless, gas station bathrooms are one of the few places where it’s considered “safe” to inject. Casting a New […]
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