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Arizona has Higher Rates of Teen Substance Abuse than National Average

Around the country, there are millions of teenagers who binge drink or abuse drugs. However, there are some states that seem to be more affected by this problem than others. Reports from the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that Arizona has a higher rate of teen substance abuse than national averages in almost every area surveyed (Padilla).  In order to combat this, some schools are now implementing support groups for teens who are struggling with substance abuse. When it comes to marijuana, inhalants, cocaine, and pain pills, the rates of teen substance abuse in Arizona are higher than national averages. The average for teenagers who have used marijuana is 40%, as compared to 43% in Arizona.  Additionally, of the Arizona students … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Latest News, Mental Illness, Research, Substance Abuse

The Past Meets the Present in My Recovery

The Past Meets the Present in My Recovery

  In recovery, we work hard to acknowledge our past, make peace with it, and move forward. Despite all of our efforts, there are times when our pasts will show up uninvited into our lives. This can be a very jarring experience, because it brings together two very different aspects of our lives: our lives in recovery and our lives in active addiction. We can choose to react to these situations rationally or emotionally; we can … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Life, Recovery

I Had to Ask for Help

I Had to Ask for Help

  Take a moment and consider these questions: Why is asking for help so hard?  Is it that we don’t know whom to ask?  Are we afraid of feeling vulnerable?  Does our pride prevent us from doing this?  Maybe we think that we don’t need help.  Maybe we don’t feel that something is wrong.  Perhaps we don’t know whom we can trust. Asking for help often requires that we humble ourselves, look inward with absolute honesty, and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Recovery

Eskimos: Our 12-Step Angels

Eskimos: Our 12-Step Angels

  The term Eskimo is generally used in 12-step jargon to describe an individual who facilitates an addict or alcoholics early steps of recovery.  The Eskimo may bring the newcomer to their first meeting or simply share their experience, strength, and hope so that the newcomer/using addict or alcoholic may identify and better see him or herself.  I have been intrigued by this term for a long time.  At first I was unclear of its … Read entire article »

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The Marine Corps Attends to Prescription Drug Abuse

The Marine Corps Attends to Prescription Drug Abuse

  Among the individuals struggling with the disease of addiction, Marines are not out of its grasp.  Like anyone else, they deal with the same issues such as mental disorders, including anxiety, and depression, and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).  Most of the time they visit the doctor who prescribes them medication to help them better deal with these issues; unfortunately some of them become addicted to the drugs, subsequently ending their career, or destroying their … Read entire article »

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Intensive Outpatient Programs

Intensive Outpatient Programs

  Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) provide individuals battling addiction or mental illness a support system in which to continue their psychological treatment while simultaneously allowing them the freedom to pursue other goals in their lives and to reintegrate into society.  For many individuals, they enter inpatient rehabilitation programs thinking that it is a period that can “fix” their addiction and come out “cured”.  Unfortunately, as we find in twelve-step programs and in life, recovery does not … Read entire article »

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A Sociological Perspective of AA

  AA rooms have several overarching themes within different subculture contexts.  First, at every meeting, participants read certain bits of literature like the **preamble.  In certain regions, more specific readings become traditionally read at the beginning of each meeting, like an excerpt of chapter five in Southern California.  At the end of each meeting, participants hold hands or wrap their arms around one another and say the Serenity Prayer: “God grand me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change…the Courage to change the things I can…and the Wisdom to know the different.”  While the ultimate goal of the meetings is to help the group and individuals recover, there are many individuals who are there without a desire to recover.  They may simply have misgivings or may even be attending … Read entire article »

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