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Moderation in Addiction: Real or Myth?

Moderation in Addiction: Real or Myth?

Addiction recovery ideologies typically advocate total abstinence. But is there another way-moderation? Is it possible for an alcoholic to drink modestly, or the problem gambler to game controllably? It is possible for some people to engage in addictive behaviors and not fall prey to addiction- If one can eat cake sensibly or take his narcotic painkillers as prescribed, then surely others are capable of the same sensibility and control. Why don’t they tell us this … Read entire article »

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Addicts and Cigarettes

Addicts and Cigarettes

  Every addict knows the smokers.  Users smoke while using.  Those in recovery smoke before meetings, during breaks at work, between classes at school.  Smoking is an addiction too, but an acceptable one.  It’s a safe replacement – not because it won’t kill you, but because it won’t kill you today.  Everyone knows smoking is bad for you, that it causes lung cancer, emphysema, etc.  But we smoke anyways.  For some people it’s a comforting habit, … Read entire article »

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Top 5 Scariest Drugs on Earth

  It seems that over time the media reports one scary new drug over one scary addiction. Here is our take on the 5 scariest substances out there today. Illicit methamphetamine use has been increasing throughout America since the 1980’s. From production of the drug to its comedown, it devastates users and sometimes entire communities. The production of methamphetamine may be the drug’s scariest aspect. Using highly explosive chemicals, often in tight quarters, meth can be made in any home or trailer. There are countless stories where houses have exploded within residential neighborhoods. Once the drugs are synthesized via dangerous methods, the violent chain of distribution begins. Traffickers are often organized gangs with ferocious reputations. By purchasing methamphetamine one is directly supporting violent-criminal acts.  The methamphetamine user experiences intense mania, paranoia, … Read entire article »

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Musicians and Addiction

Why do many musicians fall victim to addiction? Of course this question cannot be decisively answered, every case is different. But with addiction running rampant among musicians since the jazz era, there are common themes. Addiction surfaces throughout all careers. Maybe increased drug use among musicians is just our perception; maybe they just happen to be the ones which are allowed to admit the truth about their struggle. A notorious example is Kurt Cobain. Cobain had the odds stacked against him, a predisposition to addiction and mental illness, fame over a short period of time and the money that comes with it. Kurt Cobain was unable to navigate his new-found status and didn’t want be the representation of a generation. Falling deeper into heroin addiction and reclusive patterns, Kurt Cobain said goodbye … Read entire article »

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Poverty and Addiction

Poverty and Addiction

It is hard to tell whether poverty increases drug use, or drug use increases poverty. Either point can be infinitely debated. What cannot be debated is the higher rate of drug addiction within lower socio-economic neighborhoods. The term drug culture is often used to describe the inner city of Baltimore, Los Angeles, or New York. To create a drug culture there has to be widespread and generational involvement with drugs, for example, children born to addicted … Read entire article »

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Lady Gaga Comes Clean About Her Marijuana Addiction

Lady Gaga Comes Clean About Her Marijuana Addiction

It’s not every day that a mega-celebrity, in this case Lady Gaga, speaks candidly about her personal battle with marijuana. But she told all about her tenure as queen of sexy-crazy and now, high. “I have been addicted to it and it’s ultimately related to anxiety coping and it’s a form of self-medication,” Gaga told a radio talk show host in New York City. There are those within the drug and alcohol recovery community who do … Read entire article »

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Burroughs: A Pioneer in How We Perceive Addiction Today

  The “Beat Generation” often describes a group of Avant-garde American writers and poets who first gained distinction in the 1950’s post-World War II era, but also can refer to the broader social counter-culture movement that was glorified by their literature. The most well-known beat writers include William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch (1959), Jack Kerouac, On The Road (1957), Alan Ginsberg, Howl (1956). The movement grew from bohemian artist communities in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City’s Greenwich Village. The Beats favored a dress code that shunned materialism. They used slang adopted from jazz musicians and sought to be apolitical in their art. Aside from being non-conformist with fashion, sexuality, and religion, they favored substances that would increase sensory awareness – experimenting with all drug types, including opiates and hallucinogens. In Burroughs’s … Read entire article »

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Rave Culture: The Dark Side

The rave culture has been around for a very long time. If you consider the definition of a rave to be a place where large groups of young people gather with the intention of connecting through commonly loved music, then raves are timeless as well as generational. Historically and to this day, these dance festivals have a high incidence of drug use. On August 31, 2013 in Randall’s Island, NY a rave called Electric Zoo was held. Unfortunately, this event did not end well. The three-day event was cancelled a day early because partying on the second day ended with two people dead. Both ravers were under the age of twenty-five and their deaths were attributed to MDMA overdose. MDMA, also known as ecstasy (pill form) and molly (powder form), is the … Read entire article »

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Cell Phone Addiction: A New Epidemic

Cell Phone Addiction: A New Epidemic

Research indicates that 66 percent of people across the United States and Britain suffer from something called nomophobia, which is the fear of being separated from their mobile phones. As the information age develops and matures, unhealthy cell phone behavior continues to grow. Tens of millions of people are literally addicted to their cell phones, especially smartphones, and feel panicked, anxious and afraid when deprived of their devices. Some argue that cell phones, computers, and other high … Read entire article »

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The Risks of Steroid Use

The Risks of Steroid Use

  Sports fans are well aware of the presence of steroids in professional sports, but most fans are unaware of the long-term health effects associated with steroids or Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED). Across America, children and young adults idolize professional athletes, and often worshiped with a fervor that is almost religious in nature. Ever since the birth of the Olympics in ancient Greece, athletes have been held in high regard by society. Young people often see them … Read entire article »

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