The actual effects of COVID-19 are still being estimated. And we may never know the full extent of harm caused by the pandemic. But while most people are worried about protecting themselves from contracting the virus, what effect is the pandemic having on those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction? What is the impact on those who currently use drugs and alcohol?
Unfortunately, military men and women often experience struggles that most people in the civilian population never have to face. When soldiers return home from a tour of duty in a foreign country, they often come back with more than just a duffel bag on their shoulders…
Here’s a question that’s likely on the minds of millions of people as I write this. People who struggle with a drug habit, an alcohol habit, with self-medication on pharmaceuticals, with cigarette use, with a bad eating habit, or even with drinking excessive amounts of coffee a day find themselves asking this type of question.
When we think of the quality of living in the U.S., our first concept is that our country is healthy, operating well, and with residents who live long, fulfilling lives. Sure we have our fast food and our even faster lifestyles, but we generally conceive the U.S. as being a pretty healthy and “able-bodied” country. It might come as a surprise then that the U.S. national life expectancy has dropped for two years in a row, and it has dropped because of the opiate epidemic.
Just reading the title of this article may be enough to inspire concern and perhaps even repulsion. It is a bit of a shocker, really, to hear that opiate addicts are turning to anti-diarrhea drugs to get their fix. But this is actually happening.
Adapting and responding to a person’s surroundings is the way people seem to live. In response to this, when we are talking about addiction, we can point out social and environmental factors that can make a person more susceptible to drugs.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a nationwide warning to both public and law enforcement agencies about fentanyl, one of the strongest opioid painkillers ever created.
I had a cousin named Tim. He was an amazing guy growing up always, laughing and having a good time. Tim was the type of person who drew people to him and was always kind no matter the circumstance. He would literally give someone the shirt off of his back to make sure someone did not go without.
Let me start out by saying “any school in the Unites States will tell you Don’t do drugs because they are bad.” What they don’t do is tell you why they are bad and what they actually do to the body and mind in long term. That being said..
As a child who grew up with parents who are addicts, I constantly found myself wanting to give up all hope that they would ever change. It was a constant battle between my head and my heart, deciding whether or not they deserved yet another chance.