AS A NATION, ADDICTION IS DESTROYING OUR SOULS

A few weeks ago, Hager filed an amendment to the bill to authorize and fund a pilot program that would have national implications and that would be headed up by Dave Aronberg, Palm Beach County state attorney. The program would coordinate state and local agencies, law-enforcement entities and investigative units to finally regulate an industry that is incapable of policing itself.

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MY NAME IS JULIANA AND I AM AN ALCOHOLIC.

My name is Juliana and I am an Alcoholic.
My story is not unlike many other Alcoholics, a few of the facts may vary but for the most part I am not as unique as I would like to think I am. I grew up in a loving home, where we were always financially stable and I wanted for nothing. My childhood was ideal. Puberty hit me like a truck though. Almost over night I went from a happy-go-lucky social butterfly to a gloomy little preteen with a head full of doubt and self-loathing. I watched a lot of movies as a kid and that gave me an idea or two about how to make my own life a little more interesting with drugs, alcohol, sex, self-harm and an eating disorder. I wanted to be Girl Interrupted and I got my wish. I mean right off the bat I was greeting life with an alcoholic’s mindset.

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DRUG REHAB IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

California, with its number one U.S. ranked population of more than 38 million, reports more than 40,000 drug-related emergency room visits annually and is the number one cause of premature death in CA.
 
California and Orange County in particular has become to be widely known as a national "Recovery Destination." The year round great weather and coastal facilities make this area an ideal setting for rest, recovery and treatment.  
 
 


OBAMA’S ENLIGHTENED RESPONSE TO THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC

In the first 150 words of the 2016 State of the Union, President Obama highlighted the national toll being taken by the opioid epidemic. Reflecting on the actions that need to be implemented by the federal government to address this crisis, President Obama said, “I hope we can work together this year on some bipartisan priorities like… helping people who are battling prescription drug abuse and heroin abuse. So, who knows, we might surprise the cynics again" ... Continue after the link

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10 QUESTIONS NON-ALCOHOLIC PEOPLE DO NOT ASK THEMSELVES

For years I fought my disease. I played games with myself. I would calculate exactly how many drinks I could have before I needed to cut myself off, before I let myself get to the point of no return. On nights I did end up blacking out, I would think back to what I drank: OK vodka. No more vodka, just whiskey tonight. And so on.

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WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK YOUR KID IS ON HEROIN

With recovery and addiction there are no quick fixes, and usually the family suffers just as much as the addict.
 
Having a child addicted to drugs has to be the worst feeling in the world. The powerlessness and hopelessness, the lack of control and constant fear that something is going to happen. Staying up late at night and waiting for your child to come home, hoping that you won't get that phone call that spells catastrophe. It can be a nerve-wracking predicament, but one that many parents have been through.
 
The fact of the matter is, kids on drugs don’t care. They’ll disappear for days with no concern about their parents or families or anyone. They’ll steal money or belongings from the family home. Because when you’re in the throes of addiction, the only thing that matters is that next hit. With heroin being pumped into our country by the Mexican cartels at an unprecedented rate, more and more teenagers are experimenting with the drug and becoming addicted to it. Or even worse, overdosing and dying, throwing their families' very existences into turmoil.

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EMOTIONAL SENSITIVITY AND SOBRIETY

The last week or so has been the hardest time I have had thus far in my 151 days of sobriety. I feel quite anxious, overly sensitive, and self-conscious. Stress does strange things to me. I am not used to caring about anything, so when I go through something stressful, or emotionally trying, it throws me for a loop.
 
Apparently, these feelings are normal, and the stressors are just everyday life events. This is what regular people feel? Damn. I’ve been reflecting upon what life was like before I discovered drugs and alcohol could temporarily relieve my physical and emotional pain as well as my anxiety, and I’m coming to realize that I was an overly emotional and sensitive kid. Really, that’s what I still am. I only consider myself to be a semi-adult, which is something I’m working on. 

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ASK AN EXPERT: HOW DO I DEAL WITH MY EMOTIONS IF I'M SOBER?

How do you learn to deal with emotions, with living life again sober when you can't even cope with living? I'm only 24 years old and I've been addicted to one drug or another for the past 10 years and I'm so tired. I can't do it anymore but I'm terrified of living drug-free because I won't be able to shut my emotions off.
How do you learn to deal with emotions, with living life again sober when you can't even cope with living? I'm only 24 years old and I've been addicted to one drug or another for the past 10 years and I'm so tired. I can't do it anymore but I'm terrified of living drug-free because I won't be able to shut my emotions off.

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DO DRUG-INDUCED HOMICIDE LAWS PUNISH DEALERS OR KILL ADDICTS?

Heroin needs no marketing. It’s a perfect product that virtually sells itself. Wherever there is heroin it will be bought, no sales pitch necessary. Yet a deadly batch of heroin flowing through Western Massachusetts is being sardonically marketed as “Hollywood”—so pure it has users falling out in a flash. 
 
Like any brilliant marketing scheme, Hollywood heroin brings to mind an unshakable image: blinding bright bulbs followed by bodies falling toward the concrete embedded, brass stars. The Hollywood batch is responsible for several fatal overdoses since December 30. It’s wrecked towns, broken apart families, and has kept police and first responders on their toes, waiting for the next call. But justice so far has been swift. On Jan. 3, in Springfield, Mass., some 9,000 bags and $20,000 in cash were seized during drug raids.

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PRESCRIPTION THUGS: NEW DOCUMENTARY SHOWS BIG PHARMA'S ROLE IN ADDICTION AND TRAGEDY

“Welcome to the United States of Addiction,” Chris Bell says in the opening of his new thought-provoking and terrifying exposé-documentary. “America is only 5% of the world’s population but we consume 75% of the world’s pharmaceutical drugs.” 
 
It was Wednesday, January 13, and I was at the Hollywood ArcLight theater for a packed invite-only screening for the LA premiere ofPrescription Thugs, presented by Samuel Goldwyn Films. Bell, who’s known for his 2008 film,Bigger Stronger Fasterwhich examined the pervasive use of anabolic steroids in sports, was now investigating the entire pharmaceutical drug industry: the lies, the money, the abuse. It’s an important film, not just for addicts but for anybody who takes medication…and that’s pretty much everyone.   

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