DEALING WITH ADDICTION
One of the most common questions I hear is, “How can I help my friend with their drug habit?“ To people who don’t use drugs and alcohol, a substance abuse addiction can seem strange and confusing. Why would your friend continue to use a substance that was harmful to them? Why would they keep putting that concoction of chemicals into their body when it might kill them?
The unique struggle that a parent of a drug user faces should not be wished on anyone. When a mother and father have a son or daughter who falls prey to drug addiction or an alcohol habit, this becomes a cruel and entrapping, even devastating, problem for them.
What if I told you that the United States has been experiencing a drug addiction epidemic? You’d probably tell me, “Old news.” But what if I told you that, if we all work together, we could quite literally remove this epidemic from our society?
Every year, thousands of veterans struggle with pain. According to Practical Pain Management, no less than fifty-five percent Between 2000 and 2011, approximately 5 million veterans (nearly 55% of VHA patients) were diagnosed with one or more musculoskeletal disorders of our twenty million veterans struggle with some form of chronic pain…
This morning I went online and typed into Google, “How can we address addiction in America?” As I viewed the results, the first thing that came to mind was how many different strategies different groups were talking about.
Repeated acts of enabling actually prevent many people from going to rehab even when that is the only thing that will save their lives. Is there any way to get people to stop enabling? On a winter’s evening, a middle-aged woman plucked up her courage and walked into the backyard of her home.
We live in a society that makes drug use “cool” and “hip.” Marijuana is the “cool” thing to do now, and people who pop pills at parties are a part of the “in” crowd.
Let’s have a conversation, about a conversation. More specifically, let’s talk about how to talk to someone about their addiction.
If you or someone you know is addicted to drugs, you are probably no stranger to feelings of loneliness, hopelessness, and overall feelings of total misery and despair. These feelings are totally normal, as addiction is itself akin to the physical universe manifestation of despair.
How do we take our cities back from the opioid epidemic? Are we even aware of the need to do this? The American people need to know that the U.S. is currently struggling with an opioid addiction epidemic, an epidemic quite unlike anything we have experienced before.