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Falling From Sobriety: A Tale of Alcoholism in Japan

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This is a story about a man falling from sobriety. Alcoholism is itself a war with sobriety. A battle where the lines of reality are blurred and boundary dissolving. This is about a plummet from sobriety to death. Meeting Sobriety From 2008 to 2010, I lived in one of Japan’s largest cities: Fukuoka. Every morning […]

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Warning Signs of Addiction Families Need to Recognize

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Noticing Behaviors of An Addict An individual displays his or her addiction through a range of behaviors, mostly negative. The warning signs of addiction families need to recognize are vital in determining if your loved one is, in fact, an addict. For family members, the changes that occur in loved ones are quickly noticed. For […]

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Cocaine Scandal

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The Pittsburgh Pirates cocaine scandal remains the second biggest scandal in all of Major League Baseball (MLB) history. Through the drug trial, a federal grand jury found 20 different players guilty in the process. Of those 20, at least 11 were suspended and made to pay fines, participate in several hours of community service, and […]

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Fighting Alcoholism: My Personal Battle

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I awake from my drunken stupor to another morning. My mouth dry and bitter, again I go through the motions in fighting alcoholism. Stumbling out of bed I go to the refrigerator looking for a cold water. To my surprise, I find a Gatorade that has been sitting there since last night. Taking long deep gulps, […]

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What Is Krokodil and Where Is It From?

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Krokodil, also known as desomorphine, has had a comeuppance in some of the strangest ways possible. Typically, most drugs that exist today were introduced to the public through various medical and alternate uses before they were recreationally abused, which led to them being outlawed. However, what makes krokodil so strange in this case, is how […]

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Why Sleep Problems in Early Recovery Are Normal

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People who are new to recovery face many challenges: They battle cravings, low energy levels, possible depression, and a rush of new and powerful emotions. They may be grieving in a sense, and may alternately feel exhausted, restless, anxious and fearful, or sometimes all of the above at once. Newly recovering addicts also experience sleep problems in early […]

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The Future Of Marijuana

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In July of this year, the future of marijuana may very well lie on the balance in an upcoming federal review for the proposed rescheduling of the drug. Currently, marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 type drug. This means that the federal government sees no medical use in marijuana, but considers it an addictive substance […]

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How to Handle Break-Ups in Recovery

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Some people might think that addicts can’t handle break-ups in recovery. Surviving a broken heart is one of the most difficult things to deal with in life; it doesn’t matter if you are in recovery. Losing someone you care about and dealing with the realization that the relationship has reached its end is a huge […]

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Teen Drug Abuse: Spotting the Signs

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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, teenagers are being introduced to substance use as early as age 13. With this exposure, there is a likelihood your child will feel pressured to partake in substance abuse and may at some point try alcohol and other substances (e.g. marijuana, opioids, hallucinogens, etc.) because their friends […]

Benzodiazepine Overdoses

Xanax, Valium Overdoses Hit Record Levels in US

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Benzodiazepines, also known as Xanax, Valium, Klonopin or by the more common street name of “benzos,” has burst onto the American scene as the number of overdose deaths related to them have reached disturbingly high levels. In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that about 30 percent of prescription drug overdoses were […]