Have you ever wondered why alcohol was never considered a “gateway drug”? Why it remains legal despite the fact that it has proven to be a source of death-directly and indirectly-year after year? Alcohol is a monster, to be sure, but why is it that we are so accepting of it in modern culture even in the face of the danger it causes?
Anyone familiar with heroin and other opiates knows just how dangerous they are. Heroin and prescription opiate abuse has become prolific over the last decade and the numbers are only increasing. Those who use opiates try to get as close to the line between life and death as possible, and are usually willing to go to any lengths to achieve that goal. But now law enforcement is finding local heroin cut with the synthetic opiate fentanyl, a drug too potent to even touch.
Anyone who has followed the news in Los Angeles over the last week has heard of the two young women who lost their lives at HARD Summer from apparent drug overdoses. In the wake of this event, the subject of shutting down music festivals such as HARD Summer has once again arisen. But is this truly the answer to the problem?
I didn’t have a very high opinion of myself when I came into AA, but you never would have known it. I overcompensated, deflected and did anything I could to keep the attention off of me. I acted like everything was OK, even though deep in my heart I knew it wasn’t. I was a loser, but didn’t want to feel that way.
I recently read an article entitled “Working ‘The Corner'” about drug abuse in Austin, Texas specifically in the neighborhood surrounding 12th and Chico streets, more commonly referred to as “The Corner”. The article brought up interesting points about how not only Austin deals with drug addiction, but actually on how it doesn’t deal with drug addiction.
Working in recovery, I often hear the question “What is the difference between rehab and sober living?” It is a common misconception and unfortunately both institutions are plagued by a variety of stigma and misconceptions. But both are instrumental, especially for young adults getting sober, and it is important to note what each of them facilitate and why.
Cravings, along with triggers, are a huge part of the potential pitfalls to relapse when we talk about early recovery. Even people who know very little about addiction and alcoholism recognize the fact that people who are drunks or addicts have a hard time staying stopped when they attempt to do so. But for those of us who are in recovery and are serious about it, how can we go about dealing with them?
Unbeknownst to many, drugs, along with various other illegal commodities such as forged documents and weapons are actually available to be purchased online. Though some technical knowledge is needed in order to do this, buying drugs online from these so called “darknet” markets is alive and thriving.