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Jack Osbourne Celebrates 10 Years of Sobriety

  Jack Osbourne, 27, has an entire decade out from the dark side, celebrating ten years of sobriety on April 21, 2013. The son of Black Sabbath rocker, Ozzy Osbourne, Jack is not the only Osbourne who has struggled with addiction. On April 15, his father Ozzy admitted on his Facebook page, “For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs. I was in a very dark place and was an asshole to the people I love most, my family. However, I am happy to say that I am now 44 days sober….” He continued with an apology to his family, friends, band mates, and fans for his “insane behavior.” Jack’s 28-year old sister, Kelly, has made a handful of trips to rehab, stating that she first took … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Celebrity News, Recovery, Substance Abuse

Macklemore Talks to Rolling Stone about Recent Successes and Sobriety

  Rapper Macklemore speaks candidly about his struggle to stay sober through his recent meteoric rise to top the pop charts and his overnight surge in popularity, in an interview with Rolling Stone that hits newsstands today. As his fame has exploded recently, so has his schedule, which has put a burden on his sobriety. “The last three months haven’t been good for me – the pressure, the expectation, the lack of sleep, the stress, the traveling,” he explains to Rolling Stone. “I can’t escape Macklemore. I just want to get the fuck out of my own head.” The artist also discusses his improbable and challenging journey to commercial success, despite his struggles with substance abuse. Macklemore’s rise has been entirely self-made; he runs his own label, makes his music videos, and … Read entire article »

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FDA Concerned over Growing Rate of Prescription Opioid Abuse

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration are becoming alarmed at the increasing rate of prescription drug abuse in the United States, specifically opioid painkillers. Opioids are chemical compounds that bind to specific opioid receptors in the brain, the central and peripheral nervous system, and other tissues in the body. Opioids are found in prescription painkillers such as hydrocodone (Vicodin,) oxycodone (Oxycontin) and hydromorphone (Dilaudid) and are typically prescribed by doctors following a physical injury or surgery. Used as a painkiller, the analgesic effects of opioid use include decreased perception and reaction to pain, as well as feelings of euphoria. These affects, combined with the high potency of many of today’s opioid painkillers, gives them a high potential for abuse and dependence. The current data on prescription opioid abuse and addiction is … Read entire article »

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Drug Overdose Deaths Are On the Rise

Drug Overdose Deaths Are On the Rise

  Referring back to the 2010 National Center for Health Statistics, scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that an astonishing 38,329 people died in the U.S. due to drug overdose.  Sadly this number signifies the 11th consecutive year that the death rate of overdoses has increased, specifically 3.6 percent from 2009 to 2010. Some of the study’s key findings: About 60 percent (16,651) of all fatal overdoses involved pharmaceuticals. Of all the prescription drugs taken, … Read entire article »

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Reservations

  Now that you’ve gotten off of drugs, you may feel that you are not completely ready to remain sober.  You may feel that you didn’t do enough drugs, you didn’t get a good enough high when you did drugs, that you never tried a particular drug you’re curious about, or that you never really hit a bottom.  These are reservations that can lead you to relapsing and are a common reason why people relapse. For me, hearing people in recovery talk about drugs can make me want to try them or do them again.  Knowing that I will never feel the influence of a substance again is hard to deal with because for so long they made me feel so good.  I possess reservations about the drugs I never tried, and … Read entire article »

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Baby Boomers Aren’t So Groovy Anymore

  During the days when Jimi Hendrix was considered a god, consuming alcohol was legal at 18, hippies ran wild and free, and the world seemed like a never-ending acid trip for the generation of Americans referred to as “Baby Boomers.”  However, their so-called “peace and love” revolution has turned into widespread addiction. In the 1960’s and early 1970’s, most boomers had very little to be concerned about while living a life filled with abundant drug use and copious amounts of sex.  These unfortunate individuals, some of whom seem to be stuck in the past, aren’t quite finished with this kind of lifestyle.  While there are some who have overcome this kind of thinking, seeing that it is not wise to continue living this way, many sadly return to it because they … Read entire article »

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Loss in Sobriety

Loss in Sobriety

  Loss is inevitable.  We addicts live in a circle where not everyone survives.  It is the hunger games of addiction – except, instead of taking out one another the disease does it for us.  The chances of survival, though, are about the same.  We fight each day to come out on top of the disease and, if we falter – if we give in – we might not come out alive.  Relapse occurs quite frequently … Read entire article »

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The Economics of Gelling Agents in Drugs

The Economics of Gelling Agents in Drugs

  Before I did heroin, I was all about the pharmaceutical opiates: Oxycontin, Opana, Methadone, Morphine, and Dilaudid- just to name a few.  I always knew what I was taking, what amount, and never had to worry about what sort of mystery cuts were added to the drug (you know, running the risk of shooting up rat poison, or worse).  Not to mention, there has always been a negative stigma attached to heroin.  It’s “dirty”. … Read entire article »

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OPANA – The New OxyContin

  The craze of OxyContin has ended. The formula for the popularly abused drug was altered so that it could not be abused by snorting or through injection. This has made way for similar prescription opiates to take over the spotlight. One of the most popular drugs that have increased in popularity is Oxymorphone, also known as Opana. Not only can Opana be abused but it is much more potent than OxyContin. The most popular versions of the pill available are the 20 and 40 milligram pills. Depending on location price can vary. In my past experience I have been able to obtain a 40 milligram Opana for 20 dollars. Outside of the city this same 20 dollar pill can be sold anywhere from 40-60 dollars. Opana produces very similar affects … Read entire article »

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The Needle and the Damage Undone

The Needle and the Damage Undone

  Heroin is a very popular drug around the world. Over the past couple years, heroin has become an epidemic. During my two years of using heroin, I have seen many friends go down with this drug addiction. Before I was using heroin, I was smoking weed on a daily basis. I first started smoking when I was a freshman in high school. Sophomore year came around and I didn’t smoke weed more than ten times. By … Read entire article »

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