Samuel L. Jackson Talks about Hitting Rock Bottom

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Although he has been a successful and beloved actor for decades, Samuel L. Jackson has been through some dark moments in his life that he shared publicly. In a recent interview for a radio show, Jackson spoke candidly about the depths of his past drug addiction and what he went through when he finally hit […]

Oklahoma Walgreens Taking Steps To Fight the Opioid Crisis

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Like much of the United States, Oklahoma is facing an unprecedented levels of substance abuse and deaths from drug overdoses. The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports that between 2007 and 2012, almost 3,900 people in the state died due to unintentional poisoning, the fifth highest rate in the country. Four out of five of […]

The Differences Between An Addiction And A Compulsion

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It can be quite difficult to distinguish between an addiction and compulsive behavior, and this is why misdiagnosing oneself is very common and also quite dangerous. It’s important to be aware of the differences between a compulsion and an addiction so that an individual isn’t misdiagnosed, or not diagnosed at all, and suffers from the […]

Addiction and Recovery With A Physical Disability

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Addiction is something that does not discriminate. It can affect people in any environment, setting, or life experience. Yet, there is no denying that your unique challenges and life experiences can affect what addiction and recovery looks like. People with disabilities often struggle with getting the help they need, and may face a higher degree […]

Obama and Macklemore Discuss Addiction Awareness

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Recently Obama made a presidential address in order to talk to the nation about the need for addiction recovery and awareness. He was joined by Macklemore, a popular hip-hip artist who has had many of his own public struggles with drug addiction. The Seattle-born artist was arrested at only 15 years of age and ended […]

The Need for Dual Diagnosis Care in Prisons

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Whenever a person suffers from both a mental illness and an addiction, it is impossible to separate those two issues or to treat one but not the other and expect recovery. The two problems are inextricably linked because substance abuse can exacerbate mental health symptoms and people with psychological disorders often self-medicate with drugs or […]

How Addiction Stereotypes Are Harmful

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A stereotype can be defined as a popular belief about a specific group of people that can be either negative or positive, and that affects the way people interact with those groups. Stereotypes are often about groups that are perceived as inferior or superior, or about groups that a person aspires to be a part […]

What Happened at the UNGASS on Substance Abuse?

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Globally, substance abuse and drug addiction has wrecked havoc on many parts of the world. It destroys lives and harms families, and also leads to public health crises and skyrocketing crime rates. It is very widespread, a problem with a wide variety of cultures, governments, and peoples both rich and poor. The United Nations Office […]