With all the attention on the opiate epidemic, there is little reporting on other drugs and the effect they are having on our nation. While heroin addiction is getting most of the media attention, a smaller methamphetamine epidemic is growing off camera.
New products continue to be released in an attempt to fix the heroin epidemic. First was the creation of methadone and suboxone as a replacement for heroin and other opiate addictions. Next came Vivitrol as the one shot said to be a better form of suboxone or methadone.
“What they don’t know, won’t hurt them.” We often justify our wrong doings with the idea the action we’re taking only effects ourselves. Regardless of whether someone else can objectively see what it is we’re doing, one's actions can influence something negative in another's life.
I stare out the front window of the car as I turn it on and then drive off. Every time I drive, I take a dangerous gamble and what is worse is I know it and don’t care. I’m too anxious and scared to worry about the fact that even in the best-case scenario, I’m just slowly killing myself.
Cultures and in fact groups follow a moral code for fitting in. From the military to a hunting club to a family’s social gatherings, each group has its own way of fitting in. Even if one were trying to fit in as a drug addict . In the South, camo is practically a must have; engrained into the DNA.
He pours the last of his bottle down the sink and wipes a tear from his eye. He’s scared. The shaking has already begun but there is no going back. He must quit; once and for all. Half an hour goes by and he begins to vomit.
“We are not retreating, we are advancing in another direction.” That is a quote by Douglas MacArthur, General of the Army World War II who officially accepted Japan’s surrender. We can look at this quote from several different angles. I’ll start with the first; one I am quite familiar with.
After almost two decades of experience in the field of addiction , on both sides of the fence mind you, I’ve come to learn quite a bit about how all of this works.
Drugs are one of the single greatest medical innovations, saving countless lives each year. However, for all the lives drugs save, they are also responsible for causing death as well, through both accidental and purposeful injuries.
“Throughout this life, we all experience challenging moments. Though these obstacles seem never ending and traumatic, what we gain from these hardships can make the experience all worthwhile. On November 2, 2015, I was in a brutal accident.“