Do Other Countries Have A Drug Epidemic Like America Does?

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It’s no secret that America is in the grips of a severe crisis. Every day, 120 people die in the US as a result of opioid-related overdose. The opioid epidemic has reached new heights, overtaking gun violence and car crashes as a leading cause of death. With an estimated 23.5 million Americans currently struggling with addiction, the US has a long road to recovery as a whole. But this begs


Senator Expands Probe into Opioid Addiction Crisis

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It’s no secret that America is in the midst of the worst opioid addiction crisis in history. For the past twenty years, the epidemic has gained steam as it aggressively has progressed, peaking within the last decade. Much speculation has circulated in regards to the catalyst of the epidemic, with the general consensus landing on big pharma as the culprits. Senator McCaskill, the Democratic senator from Missouri, also shares the


10 Spirituality Books for Beginners

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Books are powerful tools used to convey the emotions of the author to their readers. Literature is one of the oldest human art forms. Books can inspire us, entertain us, and motivate us to make changes in our lives. When it comes to recovery, we’re constantly looking for the next thing to help us on our journey. Since recovery calls for us to maintain a level of spirituality, we may


How to Survive the Emotional Rollercoaster in Early Sobriety

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Early sobriety is arguably the most difficult time in an addict’s life, even more so than active addiction. While yes, you are sober and actively working on improving the state of your life, it doesn’t exempt you from the emotional rollercoaster ride that is early recovery. With feelings coming flooding back, legal ramifications, and basically starting life from scratch, it can be overwhelming at the very least. Getting Your Bearings


Getting Addicted to Drugs That Help Nerve Pain

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In the world of recovery and addiction treatment, a new and disturbing trend has been cropping up among newly recovering addicts. Addiction to drugs that help nerve pain has become more prevalent than ever in the recovery community. While this may sound completely counterintuitive, the source of this newfound addiction is even more insidious than you may think. What Are Drugs that Help Nerve Pain? Traditionally, opiates have been used


Ohio Sheriff Refuses to Carry Narcan

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Recently, an Ohio Sheriff rocked the country with a bold and brash policy: his police force will not administer the life-saving drug Narcan to overdosing addicts. Sheriff Richard K. Jones of Butler County, Ohio, defends this policy by simply stating, “I’m not the one that decides if people live or die. They decide that when they stick that needle in their arm.” What is Narcan? To get a little background


Where to Start with Positive Affirmations and Mantras

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Learning to love yourself can be a difficult journey for some people. Addicts, in particular, seem to struggle on this front more than other people. After years of self-abuse through using drugs and alcohol, it can be very challenging to start loving yourself. One particularly useful tool in self-love is implementing positive affirmations and mantras. It may seem weird or foreign at first, but over time, they can really transform


10 Styles of Meditation to Get You Started

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No matter who you are, in recovery or not, young or old, man or woman, odds are, you deal with stress. It’s also likely you deal with it on a pretty regular basis. The level and extent to which you deal with it may vary from person to person, but nevertheless, stress is a part of life. A great way to manage stress and live a healthier lifestyle is by


The 4 Stages of Alcoholism

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According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, approximately 18 million Americans have been diagnosed with alcohol disorders. The troubling part of this information is that many of these people are actually unaware that they even have any sort of problem. Alcohol abuse is a disorder that is gradual, not something that happens instantly, and in our society, frequent and heavy drinking is some sort of right of


Putting Yourself First: 5 Ways to Set Boundaries with Fellow Addicts

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Being in recovery has taught me a lot. Before entering into recovery, I was still a child, unable to take care of myself spiritually, mentally, or physically. As a result of strenuous work on myself, I’ve been able to grow up in the program. However, one area that I have always struggled and still find myself falling short in is setting boundaries. This is especially true when it comes to