Halfway Legal

Halfway Legal, Part 1: The Danger of Illegitimate Halfway Houses

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Recovery is a broad term for the process through which an individual regains their sobriety and learns the skills necessary to maintain abstinence from alcohol and drugs for the long-term. There’s a lot of variety in the form that recovery can take, allowing individuals to choose the programs, therapies, and treatments that best address their […]

Drug Addiction as an Allergy

The Doctor’s Opinion: Addiction as an Allergy

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Due to the vast number of ways that addiction affects the individual—bodily, psychologically, emotionally, behaviorally, developmentally, spiritually, socially, and so on—there have been numerous systems of thought regarding the factors that contribute to the development of addiction, how one suffers from the disease of addiction, and how or whether addiction can be treated. As a […]

How Kicking Addiction Changes Your Life

The Benefits of Sobriety

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Over the course of addiction, an individual’s life becomes unspeakable difficult, unstable, unpredictable, and dangerous. Especially when the drug of choice is a narcotic or opiate, one’s health can take a rapid and almost instantaneous turn for the worse. Addicts often lose weight while becoming malnourished and emaciated. There are also a number of health […]

What is Shatter

“Shattering” the Cycle

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Marijuana is often referred to as the “gateway drug” for being very accessible with effects that are considered milder than other more dangerous drugs and narcotics on the streets. However, the use of marijuana for a variety of purposes—recreational to medicinal—has been documented as far back as almost 5,000 years ago. The first written evidence […]

The Two Dollar Drug Bust

The $2 Drug Bust

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On May 27th of this year, members of a SWAT team shot 29-year-old Jason Westcott dead in his Tampa home, and the local task force later retrieved a whopping $2.00 worth of marijuana from his residence. Yes, you read that correctly. The raid resulted in the seizure of two dollars worth of pot. Several months […]

The Differences Between Alcoholics and Hard Partiers

The Differences Between Alcoholics and Hard Partiers

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Alcoholism is the original addiction. In fact, much of what we know about addiction today—including the underlying causes and mechanisms and even the treatments—is derived from our extensive study of alcoholism. As a disease like other addictions, alcoholism is attributed to functional and structural changes in the brain and, according to the World Health Organization […]

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Addiction: Tearing Families Apart

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Although addiction affects everyone differently, the factors that contribute to the development of addiction remain the same. For some, a genetic predisposition renders them particularly susceptible to addiction, more likely due to a confluence of biological factors to become an addict once they experiment with an addictive behavior. There are also environmental factors that can […]

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Do Addiction Interventions Work?

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When most people think of addicts, the image that comes to mind is often someone who’s lost almost everything, who’s fallen into financial disrepair, lost their job and possibly even their home, who looks emaciated and unhealthy, and who’s turned to a life of crime in order to sustain their substance abuse habit. Unfortunately, there’s […]

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Orlando Theme Parks and Drug Rings, Oh My!

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Many kids all across the country—even around the world—share a dream of experiencing the renowned theme parks in Orlando, Florida. Commonly referred to as the Theme Park Capital of the World, Orlando is home to Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Disney’s Epcot and Magic Kingdom, Discovery Cove, SeaWorld Orlando, and somewhat lesser-known parks like Aquatica Orlando […]

How Injecting is on the Rise

What is Steroid Addiction? | How Injecting is on the Rise

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It seems that as drug trends have continued to evolve over time, each decade has brought waves of new addictions or seen the reemergence of old ones. More than a hundred years ago, opium was all the rage, especially in Europe where even society’s elite could be found indulging in one of several opium houses […]