RELAPSE: Confessions of an Alcoholic

Relapse, the heartbreak of the recovering addict; pushing the reset button on your sobriety, leaving behind the hard work and effort you maybe spent years putting in, looking down and realizing you have to climb up from the very first step again, sometimes when you don’t even know how you accomplished it the first time to begin with. As someone who has been through this process a number of times, I can tell you that the disappointment felt is close to unbearable. ...

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Excuses are dangerous. Start becoming accountable and your life will dramatically change.

As an addict I used to make hundreds of excuses every single day. Everything was an excuse, every horrible thing I did had a reason for existing. I was never accountable for my actions even though I knew I had to be. But when you feed the monster the monster takes over and you lose control, of your life and of your decision making. If this is happening to you, you must begin by letting go of excuses, and with an extreme amount of effort, you shall make it through to the other side. Get rid ...

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Article: We Need To Stop Seeing Addiction as a Moral Failure

From Vox: I get emails telling me that I should stop caring about the crisis because the only people dying are those who “deserve” to die because they can’t stop using drugs. Here’s an example, which I’ve used in stories before: “Darwin’s Theory says ‘survival of the fittest.’ Let these lost souls pay the price of their criminal choices and criminal actions. Society does not owe them multiple medical resuscitations from their own bad judgment, criminal activity, and ...

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How Consistent Must You Be in Order To Be Considered “Mentally Stable”?

Consistency is something that cannot be always accurately measured with mental illness and addiction. So, how consistent is really consistent? Interesting thoughts...

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On Addiction and Mental Health, Do Not Be Afraid To Fail

Dealing with the ups and downs of suffering with chronic mental health issues can be disheartening at times. But you cannot give up, never be afraid of failures.

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Overdose-proof opioid? Scripps’ new drug could reduce deaths

Laura Bohn at the Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter for decades took a different approach to saving these lives: Why not make a safer opioid, one that doesn’t result in death by depressing breathing? The loss of respiration is the cause of most accidental fatal opioid overdoses. ...

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Is Addiction a Disease? (from Scientific American)

The prevailing wisdom today is that addiction is a disease. This is the main line of the medical model of mental disorders with which the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is aligned: addiction is a chronic and relapsing brain disease in which drug use becomes involuntary despite its negative consequences. ...

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The Opioid Crisis: The medical industry’s role in creating and ending it

Addiction to opioids has plagued the U.S. for decades, and it’s a problem that hasn’t shown signs of slowing down. Out of the 1,889 deaths caused by opioid-related overdoses across Illinois in 2016, it’s doubtful that any of these individuals wanted a life stifled by a possessive drug addiction. ...

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Opioid abuse in college students requires increased efforts

A presentation at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry annual meeting highlighted the issue of nonmedical opioid use among college students and the need for successful prevention and treatment strategies for the patient population. “The use of opiates by college students has risen dramatically over the past 2 decades, resulting in increased accidental overdose among other things; thus making the quest for identifying strategies to address this public health crisis ...

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