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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Excessive Sugar In Diet Increases Opioid Adicction Risk

Could a diet high in refined sugars make children and adults more susceptible to opioid addiction and overdose? New research, from our laboratory of behavioural neuroscience at the University of Guelph, suggests it could. Approximately 20,000 people died of fentanyl-related overdoses in the United States last year and in Canada, there were at least 2,816 opioid-related deaths. During 2017 so far, over 1,000 people have died of illicit drug overdoses in British Columbia. High schools are ...

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The Opioid Epidemic – In Honor of My Friend’s Who Just Lost Their One Year Old Grandson To It

This weeks episode is in honor of my friends who lost their one year old grandson to #opiod abuse. Please Subscribe.

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Why the Opiate Epidemic Is Not Going Away Any Time Soon

A brief recap of my interactions with opiates: Several years ago, I had an acquaintance that for a short period of time had access to and sold painkillers. Not wanting to miss the opportunity of exploring a new high, I bought several Oxycodone pills from him. That night I went home, crushed two of them into a fine powder and railed them as if they were lines of coke. The euphoria that followed was completely unprecedented. There was a garden of pretty flowers growing from the center of my belly and stemming toward my limbs. I was so light that I felt almost weightless, both physically and emotionally. All the darkness of the world had instantly and magically dissipated. It was an intense, unique and incredibly addictive feeling that I have only experienced at that level with opiates, which led me to the conclusion that this was a big-league substance, one with the ability to cause major damage in one’s life. ...

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