ADDICTION

Jason Good in Addiction
May 22, 2017

How Do You Love an Addict?

Relationships and marriages bear much of the brunt of an addiction . When someone has a boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife who is an addict, the relationship can suffer greatly.

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Jason Good in Addiction
May 21, 2017

Finally, Some Good News on the Opiate Problem

These days, good news is hard to come by. Finally, there’s some good news to be told on the opiate problem. While many state’s opiate crisis is getting worse and worse each day with overdose statistics shooting through the roof, recently, a Massachusetts town is actually reporting a decrease in opiate overdoses!

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Jason Good in Addiction
May 16, 2017

Prestigious University Affected by the Opiate Crisis

Going to college is a rite of passage for many American teenagers. College is a time full of last-minute cramming, endless pots of coffee, parties and experimentation.

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Jason Good in Addiction
May 10, 2017

Can You Force Someone into Rehab?

As someone who has worked in drug rehabilitation and handled families of addicts for a long time, I’ve come across every question and concern that can possibly be brought up in regards to getting someone into treatment.

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Jason Good in Addiction
May 9, 2017

Opiate Crisis Leads to More Young Addicts Needing Heart Surgery

There are a vast number of problems associated with today’s opiate problem. Streets are littered with needles, drug-related crime has increased and overdoses and deaths have surged way beyond what is the “norm”.

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Jason Good in Addiction
May 6, 2017

Grey Death… A New, Deadly Drug With Its Sights on Florida

For years, Florida has been one of the epicenters of the heroin and opiate epidemic and this year has seen enough of its share of deadly drugs. With heroin-related deaths on the rise, Florida is not without participation in the problem.

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Jason Good in Addiction
May 3, 2017

Narcan-Resistant Fentanyl Found in Pennsylvania

This year has brought a lot of bad news in the world of drugs and drug addiction. First, it was elephant tranquilizers being found in batches of heroin across the nation. Then, the number of deaths related to Fentanyl shot through the roof. Now, we have another huge problem looming on the horizon and it looks completely dismal. In Pittsburgh, PA a type of Narcan-resistant Fentanyl has been found in batches of heroin and it’s already causing numerous overdoses and deaths.

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Jason Good in Addiction
May 2, 2017

Where Has the “War on Drugs” Gotten Us?

In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared a “War on Drugs” which primarily focused on the eradication of drugs, interdiction of drug sales and incarceration of drug users (Wikipedia 2016).

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Jason Good in Addiction
May 1, 2017

Does Rehab Work?

It wasn’t until I failed rehab for the 6th time, that my parents came to the realization either rehab didn’t work or I just had no desire to get clean.

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Jason Good in Addiction
April 26, 2017

Crossing the Line: From Patient to Addict

With all the talk of opiate addiction, it seems a lot of us have forgotten what started this epidemic. All we hear about is bad dope, fake pills and elephant tranquilizers hitting the streets and killing hundreds.

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Jason Good in Addiction
April 25, 2017

Prince May Have Overdosed from Fake Vicodin

One of the most beloved artists of the last 30 years, Prince, recently lost his battle with addiction and fatally overdosed on Fentanyl. But the way the Fentanyl may have gotten into his system is shocking.…

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Jason Good in Addiction
April 20, 2017

Unused Medications… One of the Real Causes of the Opiate Epidemic

With heroin use completely out of control in this country, many of us have lost track of where it came from in the first place. It seems like our country has rolled over and accepted that the heroin problem exists and even worse, takes an almost apathetic point of view on the whole situation. We haven’t created many useful tools to combat it or put funding into what will actually solve the problem.

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Jason Good in Addiction
April 17, 2017

Needle Vending Machines… Are They Coming to YOUR Town?

How do we know when the opiate epidemic is completely out of hand? Probably when needle vending machines are touted as a “good idea.” Not only is it necessary for your average lay person to carry around opiate overdose reversal drugs in our current society, but we’re becoming almost desensitized to the current drug epidemic.…

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Jason Good in Addiction
April 16, 2017

Safe Injection Sites for Drug Addicts…Are They a Good Idea?

In the fight against the opiate problem , many ideas have been formulated to potentially help curb the insane crisis our nation is facing. Every day, people are dying. Back in the day, a heroin addict was an elusive creature who lurked in the shadows and down dark allies.

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Jason Good in Addiction
April 10, 2017

What Is Addiction?

The most workable definition for addiction is: “The condition of a person who uses any mood or mind-altering substance continuously despite receiving adverse consequences.“

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Jason Good in Addiction
April 3, 2017

Detox Is NOT Treatment

There are so many different types of treatment for substance abuse, how is a person supposed to determine what is the best fit for the addict?

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Jason Good in Addiction
March 28, 2017

How Many More Addicts Have to Die?

Not only is the opiate epidemic getting worse, but so is drug use across the board. A lot of attention has been placed on the drug abuse crisis in this country for years.

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Jason Good in Addiction
March 26, 2017

Fentanyl: What You Need to Know

What Is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is the strongest synthetic opiate painkiller and is estimated to be 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times stronger than heroin. Fentanyl affects the opiate receptors of the brain.

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Jason Good in Addiction
March 21, 2017

A Person Isn’t Born an Addict… They Learn How to Become an Addict

Education is a key component to any drug rehabilitation program. There are many modalities to get an addict clean; 12-step, non 12-step, holistic, medical, etc. What many rehabs fail to implement is a strong educational step as a part of the recovery process. But why is education so important in handling drug addiction, anyway?

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Jason Good in Addiction
March 20, 2017

Fake Xanax Kills 9 People in Florida…What else was in it?

Back in the day, although dangerous in and of itself, drug addicts didn’t have to worry about buying fake pharmaceutical drugs on the street. Of course, they could get tricked by street dealers looking to make a quick profit, who said they were selling one thing but really selling something weaker.…

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Jason Good in Addiction
March 13, 2017

Relapse… Now What Do You Do?

Nothing is worse than a loved one relapsing after going to rehab. When an addict goes to treatment, the family can finally sleep again at night, knowing their loved one is safe and on the road to recovery, beating their addiction once and for all.

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Jason Good in Addiction
March 11, 2017

What’s the Solution to Addiction?

With so many modalities offering a solution to addiction, how is family to choose the one that will give their loved one the best chance of long-term success? Nothing is more devastating than when a family finds a loved one overdosed in their car or gets a call that they’ve been arrested or ...

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Jason Good in Addiction
March 6, 2017

A Pulled Tooth and a Bottle of Pills

General practitioners, Internal Medicine doctors, and Pain Management physicians are generally the “usual suspects” when it comes to over-prescription of opiate painkillers.

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Jason Good in Addiction
March 2, 2017

How Did We Raise an Addict?

No set of parents wants to believe they are responsible for their child becoming an addict.

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Jason Good in Addiction
February 28, 2017

Heroin Overdoses Have Tripled Since 2010

The opiate epidemic in this country has continued to get worse, not better. Over the last 2 decades, the heroin problem has been especially bad and not just in some areas of the country, but in most areas.

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Jason Good in Addiction
February 20, 2017

3 Ways YOU Can Save a Life During the Opiate Crisis

3 Ways YOU Can Save a Life During the Opiate Crisis With no end in sight to the opiate crisis in this country, we, as a society, need to be causative over the situation. We cannot lay back and expect our government, leaders, or physicians to solve the problem for us.

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Jason Good in Addiction
February 20, 2017

Fentanyl… It’s Not Only in Heroin

Fentanyl has been making news headlines for years in the world of drug addiction. It’s notoriously known as the number one killer drug that is often mixed with heroin to increase its potency and addictiveness.

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Jason Good in Addiction
February 15, 2017

A Family’s Worst Nightmare

In the wake of the opiate epidemic , families across the country have one nightmare in common… a loved one overdosing. Any family touched by opiate addiction knows all too well the fear that shoots through their body like electricity every time the phone rings or an ambulance drives by.

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Jason Good in Addiction
February 6, 2017

More People Die from Heroin Than Guns

A new, sad statistic has just been released by the Center for Disease Control - heroin deaths now outnumber gun homicides. The opiate epidemic has been on the rise for years, with no end in sight.

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Jason Good in Addiction
January 27, 2017

Are Drugs the Answer to Drugs?

Drugs have been involved in our society since its inception. Whether it be alcohol , marijuana , or heroin , drugs have always been around. And for as long as drugs have been around, so has the search for a cure for addiction.

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Jason Good in Addiction
January 14, 2017

What Every Parent Should Do to Help Their Addicted Child

When it comes to addiction, there are various ways to handle an addict. With all of the lying, stealing, manipulation and the other things that come along with addiction, many families can feel overwhelmed by the situation.

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Jason Good in Addiction
January 10, 2017

Why Do Addicts Use Drugs?

When it comes to addiction, those who have never used drugs before or have never had any experience with drugs usually fail to understand why anyone in their right mind would ever use them.…

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Jason Good in Addiction
January 3, 2017

Now That the Holidays Are Over, It’s Time to Get Help!

The presents have been opened, everyone has eaten way too much, and the family has survived another Holiday season. For most families, now is a time for preparing for a new year, going back to work and getting on with life.

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Jason Good in Addiction
December 19, 2016

Is Christmas the Best Time to Go to Rehab?

There’s never a “ good “ time to go to drug rehab and it’s usually inconvenient to handle an addict in the family. Addicts will come up with all sorts of excuses as to why they shouldn’t go to rehab right now.

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Jason Good in Addiction
November 17, 2016

Hep C: What Every Addict Should Know

Using drugs carries many risks. Addicts have to be constantly vigilant about avoiding the danger that lurks around every corner and in the bottom of every bag.

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Jason Good in Addiction
November 8, 2016

Is the Needle Exchange a Good Idea?

The drug abuse crises have born nothing but pain, death, suffering, misery, over-stuffed prisons and billions of dollars for the profiteers.

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Jason Good in Addiction
October 26, 2016

Drugs Are Everywhere

Let’s face it, drugs are everywhere . A person trying to get clean from a lifestyle of drug addiction has challenges around every corner.

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Jason Good in Addiction
October 22, 2016

The Power of an Intervention

Interventions can honestly be the difference between life and death for a drug addict or an alcoholic. Not every person in need of rehab is going to initially jump at the chance to get clean and handle the issues that drove their addiction.

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Jason Good in Addiction
October 12, 2016

Drinking Alcohol IS A Relapse

There has long been a debate on whether those who are fresh out of drug rehab should drink or not.

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Jason Good in Addiction
October 8, 2016

Is Relapse a Part of Recovery?

Drug Addiction is a very difficult demon to tame. There are many different reasons a person gets addicted to drugs. No one ever sets out with the goal of becoming an addict.

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Jason Good in Addiction
September 26, 2016

When is the Heroin Problem Going to Stop?

Right now, I think it’s safe to say that the heroin and opiate epidemic in this country is beyond out-of-control. The drugs that are in circulation in communities around the country trump those of 20 years ago, ten-fold.

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Jason Good in Addiction
September 25, 2016

The Kratom Craze

The illegalization of Kratom is all the rage in the news these days. Thought to be a viable solution to opiate addiction , Kratom has gained massive popularity as a legal way to get high and is sold in head shops and gas stations around the country.

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Jason Good in Addiction
September 19, 2016

Incarceration or Rehabilitation: What’s the Right Solution?

When living a life of addiction , an addict has a lot to be scared of. They have to guard themselves constantly from getting robbed by drug dealers and getting bad dope that could kill them.

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Jason Good in Addiction
September 14, 2016

Back to School… Back to Addiction

Back to school means back to finals, back to midnight projects, parties and drugs…

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Jason Good in Addiction
September 5, 2016

3 Things to Never Do in Early Sobriety

Addiction is a very hard monster to tame. Finding the right treatment is the first step to take after a person has become addicted and wants help.

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Jason Good in Addiction
September 1, 2016

Bullied Into Drugs

“Kids can be so cruel!” is a phrase that has been said by most everyone in their lifetime. Recently, the media has been buzzing with the latest stories of the effects of bullying. Schools make promise after promise to parents that they have the issue “under control” when in reality, they don’t.

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Jason Good in Addiction
August 29, 2016

Elephant Tranquilizers Are the New Heroin

Drug addicts take regular gambles with their lives and each day they play a new game of Russian Roulette. It’s no secret that drug addicts put themselves in sketchy situations that no sane person would ever contemplate doing.

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Jason Good in Addiction
August 22, 2016

From Star Student to Junkie: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Heroin Addiction

Bad batches of dope, 15-year-old kids going to methadone clinics and massive amounts of overdoses are just some of the symptoms of a ridiculous, out-of-control opiate crisis. Back in the day, the worst of the worst kids smoked cigarettes, marijuana, dropped acid and ate mushrooms.

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Jason Good in Addiction
August 21, 2016

Adderall: The Scholar’s “Helper”

We, as a community, value a higher education so much so that some people find it nearly impossible to gain employment and make enough money to support one person, let alone a family, without some kind of college degree. For me, continuing education wasn’t something I was worried about.

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Jason Good in Addiction
August 21, 2016

Meth Hits Home

Methamphetamine is a growing problem across the nation. Once mainly concentrated on the West Coast and the Mid-Southern states, meth is now in almost every town across America. Small communities, once untouched by drug addiction, are now breeding meth addicts, resembling a post-apocalyptic war zone.

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Jason Good in Addiction
August 5, 2016

Suboxone: A Wonderful Failure

“Back in the day, Suboxone was considered a ‘miracle pill’ for those of us that didn’t want to face the nasty withdrawal symptoms we would get when trying to get clean or when we couldn’t get dope or pills…

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Jason Good in Addiction
July 24, 2016

The Cost of that First Hit

The Cost of that First Hit When kids are young and full of hormones and teenage angst, they feel invincible; immune to life’s problems. Their biggest fear is having a pimple breakout before school photos or whether or not the girl or boy they like doesn’t like them back.

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Jason Good in Addiction
July 24, 2016

The Problem with Free and State-Funded Facilities

The Problem with Free and State-Funded Facilities When looking for a drug treatment facility a person is usually faced with 3 options: Outpatient Free and State funded In-patient Long-term, residential Outpatient Out-patient clinics are the lowest level of care you can give someone who is struggling

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Jason Good in Addiction
July 6, 2016

When Do You Just Give Up?

When Do You Just Give Up? Dealing with a loved one who is an addict presents multiple challenges. Deciding to send them to rehab, not enabling them or disconnecting from them completely are just a few of the challenges that lay ahead.

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Jason Good in Addiction
June 28, 2016

When Does Not-Enabling an Addict Go Too Far?

Many parents who have a newly discovered drug addict in the family usually find comfort in support groups. It’s extremely helpful for families to come together to support each other through one of the most difficult situations a person can face as a parent.

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Jason Good in Addiction
June 25, 2016

Narconon Gave Me My Mom Back

As a child, I had the unfortunate experience of being raised by a drug addicted parent. My mother started abusing drugs when I was just over one year old. Her addiction and I grew up together as siblings would, developing into two separate parts of her life that she would soon have to choose from.

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Jason Good in Addiction
June 18, 2016

Act Now…A New Drug Coming to a Store Near You!!!!!

Act Now…A New Drug Coming to a Store Near You!!!!! America is the land of innovation and overconsumption. While we have our freedoms, as compared to other nations, we also have our downfalls. The United States reportedly consumes more drugs than any other nation on the planet.

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Jason Good in Addiction
May 17, 2016

Generation Z's Marijuana

Generation Z's Marijuana Some form of addictive plant or drug has been present since the beginning of time. Cultures around the world each had a “sacred herb” or intoxicating drink its member partake of. As society has evolved, so has drug use.

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Jason Good in Addiction
April 27, 2016

I Didn’t Know Anything Was Wrong…

I Didn’t Know Anything Was Wrong… Many addicts, in an attempt to handle their addiction, have found themselves sitting in front of a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist’s seemingly sole purpose was to prescribe drugs and psychoanalyze our lives to “determine” why we use drugs.

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