The term “drug addiction” is typically associated with substances like heroin, methamphetamine, or cocaine. When most people picture drug addicts, they think of destitute men and women, dressed poorly, with gaunt features and unkempt faces. The truth is, however, that most drug addicts do not fall into this stereotype. In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) notes that OTC (Over-the-counter) drugs and prescription medication are actually the most commonly abused substances in the nation after alcohol and marijuana.
According to data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, over 86% of people over the age of 18 have reported drinking sometime in their life while 56% report drinking at some point in the past month. An estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes every year, making alcohol the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States behind tobacco and poor diet and inactivity. Over 36,000 of these deaths caused by alcohol can be directly attributed to liver disease, including alcoholic cirrhosis. According to the NIAAA, “Long-term heavy alcohol use is the most prevalent single cause of illness and death from liver disease in the United States”.
“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” - Paul Boese
Forgiveness is difficult. For those of us who love an addict, it can seem like we’re always forgiving them for past indiscretions with no end in sight. And for those who are addicts, the feelings of self-loathing and shame feel like impossible obstacles to overcome, hence why it becomes easier to continue using.
It’s okay to feel sadness. The loss of a loved one, getting fired, the dissolution of a relationship, these are all valid reasons for experiencing sadness, loneliness, and heartache. However, there are some individuals for whom these feelings are continual. Known as depression, this psychiatric condition manifests itself in different ways for different people. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, more than 16.2 million adults in the United States have had at least one major depressive episode in any given year.
Topics: Drug and Alcohol
“Drugs entered the picture in about ’78, around the same time that I realized that I was out of control with drinking. Well, I thought I was in control, but in reality I wasn’t.”
Family is supposed to support one another no matter what right? Well what happens when that love and support becomes twisted and taken advantage of? When the person you trusted to be there for you becomes a person who uses you to their own benefit? Addicted family members, friends, and significant others sometimes cause their loved ones to develop what are known as enabling behaviors.
“Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.” - Deborah Reber
Over the past 18 years, the influence of opioids has taken hold in the United States and its grip has only gotten tighter as each year passes, the epidemic has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of American citizens. Opioids is a blanket term to refer to heroin, prescription drugs such as oxycodone and morphine and synthetic drugs like the newly popular fentanyl. While drugs like heroin have received widespread media attention since the “Just Say No” Reagan era, powerful pain-reducing prescription and synthetic drugs have become vastly more popular in the U.S., affecting far more people than heroin, especially among younger people. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 2 million Americans have an opioid use disorder while the Department of Health and Human Services estimates that over 11 million more people misuse opioids by taking medication longer and in higher doses than recommended.
With fall now arriving, football season, and subsequently day drinking season, is in full swing. For those with past or current substance abuse issues, this can be one of the most difficult times of the year to stay sober. Put simply, there’s more temptation present. Don’t lose hope this football season however, as there are many ways in which you can maintain total sobriety. From self-reflection to game day preparation, there’s a plethora of things you can do to both enjoy football and remain sober. Without further ado let’s jump in.
Topics: Drug and Alcohol
Your recovery should come first. Don’t make room for people who cause you pain or make you feel small. It’s one thing if a person owns up to their behavior and makes an effort to change. But if a person disregards your feelings, ignores your boundaries, and continues to treat you in a harmful way, they need to go.