What started off as a massive opioid problem, the current drug epidemic has changed gears yet again. When the opioid crisis started, we had a new group of addicts; those addicted to prescription painkillers.
Stories like this seem to literally pop up every week. Since the drug crisis took off all those years ago, it became a daily chore to scroll through social media feeds just to see them clogged with “major drug busts” over here and “mass overdose situations” over there…
Fentanyl: it’s cheap, it’s powerful and worst of all it’s deadly. The synthetic opioid that is 50 times stronger than heroin was originally used in medical settings for terminally ill patients. With the rising popularity of opioids, fentanyl has made its way onto the illicit drug market and has been making a killing ever since, both figuratively and literally.
Many children across the United States are growing up with parents who are struggling with addiction problems. The Sesame Street in Communities online project has introduced a new character to help address this issue.
Without realizing it, a person can quickly slide into the lifestyle of addiction. The scary thing is that sometimes people will not see what is really happening until it’s too late. One of the many unfortunate side effects of addiction is that it changes a person’s priorities—and not for the better.
While it is true that most doctors want what is best for their patients there is no denying that there have been doctors out there who have put their greed above the well-being of others.
Every person who has suffered from alcoholism or has had a drinking problem started out drinking like anybody else. It began as a way to have fun, relax and forget about the stresses of life for a while. Maybe it started out with a glass of wine and a nice meal or a way to get to know new people.
With so many people across the United States dying from some form of a drug overdose every day it is important to learn its signs and symptoms. Even if you do not use drugs yourself, chances are you know someone who does.
Getting to the point of accepting help for an addiction is usually a process. Yes, every person is different but there are often similarities between common experiences. Many times a person will know or suspect that they have a problem long before they are willing to do something about it.
There are many different stages of “Rock Bottom” that a person can experience. When it comes to addiction there is a common misconception that rock bottom means a person has lost everything in their life and is living on the streets.