It is no secret that addiction can be highly stigmatized in our society , and one of the main things that creates that stigma is that there is often a lot of failure for addicts trying to get clean.
What is rock bottom anyway? How far does a person have to fall before they hit bottom? How bad does their life have to get?
It is no secret that our country’s ongoing drug crisis has been heavily attributed to the opioid epidemic, but how did we get here? How did drugs like heroin make such a big comeback and later evolve into even more dangerous street drugs such as fentanyl?
Hopeless, junkie, thief, drunk, trash, bum, a lost cause. The list can go on and on when using adjectives to describe an addict in need of help, all stigmas created by the way society views people who seem lost to drug addiction.
A record number of overdoses occurred in 2019, as nearly 71,000 are projected to have lost their lives as a result of a drug overdose, according to preliminary data released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.
The early warnings appear to have come true regarding what effect the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent quarantine would have on the escalating opioid epidemic and overdoses.
I came across quite the graphic depiction of an addict’s arms the other day, the flesh on the arms appearing to have been eaten away like something out of a zombie film.
Ben Roethlisberger has been making headlines in recent days after speaking out and admitting he has struggled with alcohol and porn addictions over the years.
Here is a great story from one of our recent graduates. She wrote this towards the end of her program when reflecting on a very impactful time in her life, one in which a simple choice based on persuasion led her back to a path of destruction.
We see it every day, the difference between divisiveness vs. coming together for a common goal, what can be achieved when people work together vs. the other side of the coin, where people can’t see eye to eye and the only thing accomplished is a heated debate that goes in circles.