Strange Addictions That May Surprise You
Various pills fall out of a glass bottle.Photo byCanva. When discussing addiction, the focus is often on substance abuse, but it's important to recognize that addiction can extend beyond that. People can develop addictions to various things, including smartphones, food, or caffeine. These addictions, if left unchecked, can become just as problematic as substance use disorders. However, there are also some uncommon examples of addiction that are worth exploring.
Drug Induced Psychosis
Substance use and abuse can have serious repercussions, with potential side effects that are dangerous and concerning not only for the user but also for those around them. One such alarming side effect is drug-induced psychosis, which can emerge as a result of continued drug use. Understanding what drug-induced psychosis entails, its duration, and how to mitigate its occurrence is vital for individuals on the path to recovery.
11 Graduates Mark Milestone at Morris County Recovery Court Ceremony
Morris County & State Officials Celebrate with Graduates of Morris County Recovery Court. In a ceremony filled with pride and promise, New Jersey State Police Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, and Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, along with other county and state officials, celebrated the graduation of 11 participants from the Morris County Recovery Court program on May 23, 2023. This key event underscores the county's commitment to aiding non-violent drug offenders in their journey toward rehabilitation and societal reintegration.
Why is Change Important in Recovery?
Change is a fundamental aspect of the recovery journey from addiction. It plays a crucial role in breaking destructive patterns, fostering personal growth, and maintaining long-term sobriety. Here are some reasons why change is important in recovery:
Spiritual Secrets of How the Twelve Steps Work
According to the CDC, around 109,680 overdose deaths occurred last year, up from over 107,622 in 2021, but nothing like the 30% increase seen in 2020, and 15% increase in 2021. About 6% of American adults (about 15 million people) have an alcohol use disorder; only about 7% of those people ever get treatment. This is unfortunate because Alcoholics Anonymous is a free a free program with excellent success rates compared to expensive rehab centers; most of which free patients to AA for aftercare. See the research.
Morris Recovery Court Graduation Ceremony Celebrates 12
MORRIS COUNTY, NJ - The Morris/Sussex Vicinage is set to honor the determination, dedication, and tenacity of 12 individuals who have successfully navigated the path to recovery. A graduation ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 23 at 2 p.m. at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy in Parsippany, commemorating the participants' impressive achievements in the recovery court program.
Jamie Foxx's Daughter Confirms He's Out of Hospital and Recovering
Jamie Foxx's daughter, Corinne Foxx, took to Instagram to set the record straight and put an end to the speculation surrounding her father's health. In a post on Friday, she reassured fans and followers that Jamie was out of the hospital and in the process of recuperating.
Jamie Foxx Health Update: Kevin Hart Provides Positive Progress Report
Actor and comedian Jamie Foxx recently suffered a "medical complication" that landed him in the hospital in Georgia. Three weeks later, Foxx took to Instagram to thank his fans for their love and support during his health ordeal. While minimal information has been disclosed about his condition, Foxx's friend Kevin Hart provided a positive update during a recent interview on the "Impaulsive" podcast.
Cats and their empathetic nature
Cats are often seen as independent and aloof creatures, but they possess an innate ability to connect with their humans and offer comfort when needed. With their gentle purring, warm snuggles, and tender gazes, these compassionate feline companions can provide a soothing balm to troubled hearts.
Overcoming drug addiction: A journey of recovery and personal growth
A few years ago, I found myself trapped in a destructive cycle of drug addiction. Each day grew darker, and I felt like I was losing control over my life. However, there was a pivotal moment when I made the decision to quit drugs and embark on a recovery process that completely changed my life.
The Importance of Family Support in Addiction Recovery
Addiction is a disease that does not only affect the individual, but it also impacts their loved ones, especially family members. The relationships of an addict with their family members, especially spouses and children, can become strained. Family members often become caretakers, trying to make everything better, which can take a toll on them.
She Was a Twenty-Year-Old Heroin Addict, and I Was Terrified
My very first session as a new addiction counselor. I practiced clinical co-occurring disorder counseling in Minnesota for ten years. I loved nearly every client I worked with, especially the “difficult” ones.
Sparkly Snorts of Soul Death
I spent the last two of my ten years living in Washington, D.C. addicted to cocaine. It began innocently enough. Go club hopping with the girls and snort a couple of lines. Afterparty at someone’s loft, snort a few more. Only on Friday nights after work.
Unraveling the connection of codependency and substance abuse and how to move forward
Codependency and substance abuse often go hand in hand. Codependency is a behavioral pattern where one person’s thoughts, feelings, and actions are influenced by another person’s behavior. In a codependent relationship, one person is usually overly reliant on the other person, and their sense of self-worth is tied to the other person’s approval. Substance abuse, on the other hand, refers to the excessive use of drugs or alcohol that can lead to addiction. Codependency and substance abuse can be seen in various types of relationships, including romantic relationships, family relationships, and friendships. The person who is codependent may feel the need to enable the other person’s substance abuse, often ignoring their own needs and well-being in the process.
Reframing the stigma of substance abuse
Addiction is a complex and chronic disease that affects millions of people worldwide. However, despite addiction being a disease, there is still a significant amount of stigma surrounding it. Stigma refers to people's negative attitudes, beliefs, and stereotypes about those struggling with addiction. This stigma can be harmful and prevent individuals from seeking help and accessing the support they need.
Six Weeks of Drinking: A Woman's Journey Through an Alcohol Binge
Why I gave up after two years of sobriety. On ordinary days, I don’t think about drinking that often. I stopped doing it two years ago after I got really sick from alcohol. Remembering the torture of my debilitating stomach pain was enough to make me never want to drink again… until I did.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signs an Executive Order
In March 2023, Ohio’s Governor, Mike DeWine, ordered the Ohio Board of Pharmacy to classify the drug, Xylazine, as a Schedule III Controlled Substance. Data shows that Xylazine is being mixed with synthetic opioids, fentanyl, and heroin which is increasing the rate of overdose deaths.
The Changing Landscape of New York City Post-Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has left an indelible mark on New York City, changing it in ways that were difficult to predict. As the city began to reopen in 2021, experts shared their thoughts on what the future of New York City would look like. Now, two years later, we can take a look at how much the city has changed and how much it still needs to do.
Severe Storm Causes Widespread Damage in Northeast Tennessee - Communities Rally to Recover
Northeast Tennessee was hit by severe storms, causing significant damage and many people injured. The storm was part of a larger weather system that caused loss of life and damage in West Tennessee. According to the National Weather Service, the storm resulted from a cold front that moved across the state, bringing heavy rain and strong winds.
From Extinction to Expansion: The Remarkable Recovery of California's Elephant Seals
The northern elephant seal, a massive marine mammal that can weigh up to 5,000 pounds, was hunted almost to extinction for its blubber in the late 1800s. Between 1884 and 1892, not a single northern elephant seal was seen anywhere in the world, according to the National Park Service.