Category Archives: Addiction

Leading Addiction Specialist Explains What is Needed to Stop the Opioid Crisis

By Alex Pietrowski, Waking Times

The opioid crisis is happening all around us in the background of society, as overdoses from street drugs and prescription painkillers continue to rise. Talk to your local firemen and paramedics and you’ll quickly realize the situation is sucking up our public resources while ruining lives and destroying families. A crisis as devastating as this should be top priority for a sane society, however this issue gets very little media attention, all the while, pharmaceutical companies are reaping massive profits, and globally, the black market for illegal heroin has become a global industry.

Pharmaceutical makers are tweaking their product lines to supply more options for opiate addicts: stronger pills, weaker pills, new guidelines, overdose antidotes, and so on. Yet, none of this addresses the root of the problem, instead only targeting the symptoms of the crisis, and a bigger idea is needed to interrupt the trend. Continue reading Leading Addiction Specialist Explains What is Needed to Stop the Opioid Crisis

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New Method For Helping Those Struggling With Drug Addiction Is Giving Them Serious Hope

By Alexa Erickson, Collective Evolution

It’s undeniable that the drug epidemic in America is out of control. But who is to blame, and how can we end it? There are various issues to look at concerning the war on drugs, but opioids remain a significant area of focus.

Doctors are undeniably overprescribing such drugs, and yet, when people find themselves addicted, their lives overturned and loved ones lost, they find themselves in a new form of addiction: incarceration. People in power find it all too easy to jail addicts, and yet many addicts find that it is their only avenue for dealing with their addiction. Continue reading New Method For Helping Those Struggling With Drug Addiction Is Giving Them Serious Hope

You’ll Never View Addiction The Same After Watching This Brilliant Video

By Amanda Froelich, True Activist

Everything we thought we knew about addiction is wrong.

It’s easy to judge others based on the types of addictions they might form to various substances, including caffeine, alcohol, drugs, sex, pornography, and even food. What most people don’t understand, however, is that there are deep, underlying reasons some are more prone to becoming addicts than others. Continue reading You’ll Never View Addiction The Same After Watching This Brilliant Video

Medical Study Shatters Theory that Cannabis is a Gateway Drug

By Anna Hunt, Waking Times

Research reveals that cannabis may, in fact, serve as an effective exit drug for persons suffering from alcoholism or addiction to illicit or prescription drugs.

A survey conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) found that addicts may benefit from using cannabis as a substitute to more dangerous and health-destroying substances, especially alcohol and prescription drugs. Cannabis may be a step towards fighting addiction.

“Research suggests that people may be using cannabis as an exit drug to reduce use of substances that are potentially more harmful, such as opioid pain medication.” ~ Zach Walsh, Researcher and UBC Associate Professor of Psychology

Continue reading Medical Study Shatters Theory that Cannabis is a Gateway Drug

Marijuana Treats True Addiction From Pharmaceuticals, Depression and Social Anxiety

By Marco Torres, Prevent Disease

More than 100 million people in the United States suffer from debilitating chronic pain and far too many succumb to the use of powerful prescription pain killers. Their consumption has jumped 300 percent in the last decade.

The one plant which has caused the single most incarcerations in the United States is the same plant which can curb addictions from opioids and also help people suffering from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and social anxiety, says a study. Continue reading Marijuana Treats True Addiction From Pharmaceuticals, Depression and Social Anxiety

Drug Addiction: A For-Profit Epidemic

By Cortland Pfeffer & Irwin Ozborne, Wake Up World

“Few medical schools or residency programs have an adequate required course in addiction. Most physicians fail to screen for alcohol or drug dependence during routine examinations. Many health professionals view such screening efforts as a waste of time. A survey of general practice physicians and nurses indicated that most believed no available medical or health care interventions would be “appropriate or effective in treating addiction.” – Drug Dependence: a Chronic Medical Disease Study

Peering into the open casket, I saw the lifeless body of my childhood friend. Although, some would argue he had been lifeless long before his death. Tommy was a drug addict for many years and had spent much time in-and-out of treatment centers and jails before his life came to a halt due to an unintentional overdose. As I stared at his now peaceful remains, I found myself highly perplexed at how this moment had transpired. Continue reading Drug Addiction: A For-Profit Epidemic

Research Suggests Cannabis Is Better for Back Pain Than Opiates

By Wes Annac, Editor, Culture of Awareness & Openhearted Rebel

I wrote the following for the 217th issue of the Weekly Awareness Guide, a written document distributed weekly via email that I offer for $11.11 a month.

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It’s no secret that cannabis can treat pain, but a recent study suggests it can be particularly effective in the treatment of back pain caused by anything from anxiety to injury.

Since it’s also proven to be an effective anxiety treatment, it may even reduce anxiety-related back pain and treat both conditions at once.

Natural Blaze reports that with studies showing back pain as the leading cause of disability in the world and the leading cause of missed work days in the U.S. (1), a safe and effective treatment is being sought in a way that can’t be provided by addictive opioids. Continue reading Research Suggests Cannabis Is Better for Back Pain Than Opiates

An Effective Addiction Treatment? Canada Legalizes Heroin for Medicinal Use

By Wes Annac, Editor-in-Chief, Culture of Awareness & Openhearted Rebel

I wrote the following for the 216th issue of the Weekly Awareness Guide, a written document distributed weekly via email that I offer for $11.11 a month.

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Heroin is evil, and its users deserve compassion, not ridicule or punishment. It’s best not to get hooked on any hard drug, especially if you’re repeatedly told that it’s dangerous and it will kill you, if not make your life hell.

However, not everyone is properly informed about heroin and other dangerous opiates. As we’ll learn, some are led to a heroin addiction after getting hooked on opiates prescribed by a doctor and having nowhere to turn when their prescription runs out.

Whether it’s the rebellious youth or the “ordinary” members of society who discover the drug through dependence on prescription opiates, heroin addiction is affecting an alarming number of people in the U.S. and Canada.

But why? What makes this illicit substance so valuable to people of all ages, races and social classes?

Heroin’s initial euphoric effect and the withdrawal symptoms that occur a few hours after use combine to form a habit that, for many, quickly escalates into an addiction. Continue reading An Effective Addiction Treatment? Canada Legalizes Heroin for Medicinal Use

The FDA is Offering a Cash Prize for an App to Fight Opioid Overdoses

By Julie Fidler, Natural Society

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced earlier this month that the agency is launching a contest to create the best app designed to reduce the number of people who die every year from overdosing on opioid painkillers.

This is the same government agency that approved OxyContin for children in August 2015, as well as a drug called Movantik that treats opioid-induced constipation.

The smartphone app would be used to connect people overdosing on heroin with people nearby carrying the opioid antidote drug, naloxone. The individual or team who creates the most suitable app will win $40,000 from the federal government. [1] Continue reading The FDA is Offering a Cash Prize for an App to Fight Opioid Overdoses

Why Was This Natural Medicinal Substance Banned by the DEA?

By Wes Annac, Editor-in-Chief, Culture of Awareness & Openhearted Rebel

I wrote the following for the 215th issue of the Weekly Awareness Guide, a weekly document offered here on the blog for $11.11 a month.

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If you’ve been keeping up with alternative media outlets the past couple weeks, you probably know that the DEA just classified kratom, a tropical deciduous tree with leaves used for various medicinal purposes (1), a Schedule 1 substance.

This puts it in the same class as heroin (2). Continue reading Why Was This Natural Medicinal Substance Banned by the DEA?