Asking a family member or friend to enter drug and alcohol rehab is not an easy task. Many people are not ready to admit when they have a problem, let alone spend one to three months in a rehab facility. Denial is one of the strongest barriers to treatment that keeps people from getting the help they need.
Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin recently opened up about the couple’s relationship, his rocky experience with drugs and addiction, and his own relationship with God in an interview with Vogue magazine.
The opioid crisis claimed more than 1,500 lives in 2017 in the state of Kentucky. Fortunately, a number of statewide and community driven efforts have begin to make a difference for residents, with increased treatment centers and law enforcement leading the charge. Here, we’ve collected some of the latest stories and updates from the state of Kentucky in fighting the addiction crisis.
Prescription painkillers, namely opioids like fentanyl, are the main driving component of the drug crisis that we are seeing in the country that claimed the lives of over 70,000 Americans in 2017. All indications point to evidence that this number will only continue to rise as it has over the past decade and more.
In September of 2018, NOVA, the highly popular PBS series on science and technology published a documentary on the addiction crisis in America. Created by the Boston-based producers over the past couple years, this documentary showcases the stories of several addicts and families as well as the work being done by scientists around the nation to understand and treat the epidemic of addiction. By shedding light on a feared and stigmatized subject, the documentary will hopefully help inform individuals about effective treatment options and the reality that many Americans are faced with when it comes to options for getting better.
As humans, we are all bound to make mistakes in our lives. None of us are perfect. However, it’s these moments and mistakes in our lives that are what wind up molding us. Character is built out of both the good and bad experiences and there should be no shame in admitting our wrongs while working to move past them. Making amends is a part of life and for those who have struggled with addiction in the past, a necessary part of the recovery process.
Bradley Cooper’s recent directorial debut, A Star is Born, is a film that delivers on all fronts. The performances are intense and realistic. The cinematography captures the intimacy of character interactions and the excitement of live performances. Plus, the soundtrack is full of original songs written by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper that have landed on the Billboard charts.
Addiction is a problem that affects not just the individual going through the issue but friends and family as well, and if not careful, the friends and family could be enabling the actions of their loved one. Enabling the problem will cause the problem to persist with little progress being made along the way. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration understands that because addiction is such a poorly understood disease, the actions of friends and family toward their loved ones, despite intentions may actually be inhibiting progress.
One’s career can be a large determining factor when it comes to the development of a substance use disorder (or SUD). High stress, long working hours, and a demanding field can all drive someone to drink or consume drugs as a means of coping. Unfortunately, two of the most heavily afflicted career fields when it comes to substance addiction are the construction and mining industries. The workforce for these industries typically comes from a low education and household income background, and both fields involve strenuous physical labor, long hours, and unsafe working conditions.
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