You may have seen stories on television, internet or in your local newspaper. Opioid overdose deaths have sky rocketed nationwide. This disease does not discriminate. No age group, race, religion, level of wealth, sexual orientation, education level or political affiliation has been spared from this scourge plaguing our country’s landscape.
The initial purpose of an intervention is to assist the addicted individual to get past denial. The ultimate goal is for the addict to enter treatment. To the onlooker, the family, the friends and professional colleagues of a person whose addiction is taking its toll, it is extraordinary that the
While alcoholism may creep up on you, it is nonetheless as potent and dangerous an addiction as any other. The delay between one’s casual drinking and the devastating effects of becoming addicted to alcohol does not lessen its impact. It may take the cumulative effect of seeing the impact of
No Thank You
7 March 2017
One gains a wealth of knowledge and invaluable experience while attending a reputable drug and alcohol treatment program. Much work is done in therapy (Group and Individual) to work out issues that have been hindering growth for eons. Being able to feel comfortable to open up one’s self in group
Small choices, big steps
1 March 2017
At the end of the day, life seems to boil down to a series of small decisions, and/or actions, each bringing us face-to-face with our own innate ability to choose. If we are trying to reach a destination and we are lost, making good choices may lead us to our
Relapse …..Why So Quick to Judge?
24 February 2017
The struggle with addiction is not new. Failing to maintain sobriety is not new. Relapse is not new. Humans have been dealing with overwhelming needs, urges and compulsions since before the printing press allowed the written word to share stories about the conditions known as addiction and relapse. These terms
The Uphill Battle of Asking for Help
22 February 2017
Living through the pain of day to day life during active addiction or alcoholism is typically a miserable experience. The ends addicts and alcoholics go to for the next “one” are demoralizing and at times inhumane. As a result, shame and guilt in oneself accrues at an exponential rate. This
The Surgeon General’s excellent report in November, Facing Addiction In America The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health (https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/) quoted a 2010 calculation of the yearly economic impact of substance misuse is $249 billion for alcohol misuse and $193 billion for illicit drug use. Staggering figures. Of course,
It is not for the faint hearted, struggling every day, day-in and day-out, to grasp the “brass ring” of normalcy. Normalcy, for the children of alcoholics, is profoundly elusive. For these children, achieving a sense of normalcy can become a lifelong quest. Adapting to the “abnormal” becomes their “normal”. It
Advice for getting the most out of treatment and beyond
9 February 2017
Starting addiction treatment is the best and most unselfish decision you can ever make, but it can be quite frightening. When someone is in active addiction, their mind tries dozens of little tricks to convince us against good decisions and talk us into making, or continuing to make, bad ones.