ADDICTION

Justin in Addiction
November 5, 2020

Finding Success in the Face of Failure

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.

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Justin in Addiction
September 3, 2020

How Do We Help Those Who Seem Unwilling to Help Themselves?

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?

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Justin in Addiction
August 13, 2020

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic and the Three Waves of Opiate Related Overdoses

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?

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Justin in Addiction
July 28, 2020

Stigmas and the Barriers Created in Overcoming Addiction

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.

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Justin in Addiction
July 21, 2020

Drug Overdoses Projected at Record High in 2019, Fears of a Surge in 2020

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.

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Justin in Addiction
July 13, 2020

Drug Overdoses Spiking in Midst of Pandemic

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.

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Justin in Addiction
July 3, 2020

A Local Epidemic of Laced Heroin Caused Skin Necrosis

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.

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Justin in Addiction
June 27, 2020

Steelers QB Roethlisberger Speaks out on Past Addictions

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.

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Justin in Addiction
June 8, 2020

Perspective, Persuasion, and Saying No

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.

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Justin in Addiction
April 23, 2020

A Message to Families Suffering from Addiction: Come Together

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.

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