Life for anyone connected to an addict is chaotic, unpredictable, and filled with apprehension and fear. For a parent particularly the hardship seems to know no end, as the addiction of their child and the resulting consequences of an addict’s conduct and lifestyle drains them emotionally, mentally, spiritually and financially. Continue reading
Most of us know of children who grew-up in a home where one or both parents were alcoholics or drug users. Perhaps we were one of those children ourselves, now grown. We ourselves have also seen that the consequences and the resultant hardship and suffering never really goes away. It can be dealt with as a hard fact of life, forgiven so as to make some personal peace with the haunting memories, or perhaps the legacy is carried on with the child-now-grown, a substance abuser themselves. Continue reading
If your travels online take you to the subject of drugs, or to its antithesis, drug rehabilitation, you will find there is a poem currently circulating the Internet and Facebook. Although the author remains unknown to this writer, it is such a down-to-earth yet eloquent litany of the bitter toll of what is truly lost with addiction. It could only have been written by one who knows, and the aching sorrow weaves its way through the words in a way that anyone reading can experience its truth. Continue reading
On a Wednesday during the second week of September, Governor Christie of New Jersey signed the “Pot for Tots” bill into law. With the stated purpose of allowing children who are sick the access to medical marijuana. The way it has been promoted it could seem as though on the surface like it could be needed by some children, perhaps beneficial. As with any drug-related legislation, there are both proponents, and detractors. But giving marijuana to kids? Surely we aren’t actually considering this. Continue reading
Michael Jackson, likely the most high-profile artist to be lost to the world since Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, died from cardiac arrest after his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, administered the anesthetic, Propofal. In addition to the powerful anesthetic, he had been administered three anti-anxiety drugs (benzodiazepines) shortly before his death. In 2011, Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and is currently serving a four-year prison sentence. Continue reading
American football is a sport that showcases the biggest and fastest athletes in professional sports. It is a full contact sport that fans tune in to see their favorite teams clash, with the expectation to see high speed collisions and athletic feats that are unique from all other sports. With an average salary of $1.75 million dollars and only 53 players on the roster of each of the 32 teams, entry into the league is only available to players of the highest ability. This creates a competitive environment that has caused Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) to be used by many athletes to try and gain an edge and has been a major problem in the league for decades. Before his death in 1992, which he attributed to his steroid use, Lyle Alzado told Sports Illustrated that he believed 90% of the athletes he knew while he was playing (1971-1985) were on some form of PED.
The NFL created its first banned substance policy in 1987, which consisted of random urine testing year round for its players. Each player in the league gets tested at least once a year. This policy was created primarily to detect the use of anabolic steroids, which were the PED of choice at the time. The policy was considered to be the toughest in professional sports and to be effective.
In the modern era PEDs have evolved and substances like Human Growth Hormone (HGH), which is undetectable through urine testing, have become the prevailing choice for athletes who want to gain an illegal edge. Two years ago the NFL amended its policy to include blood testing for substances like HGH but to date has not conducted any blood tests on players. Continue reading
Manipur is a state in Northeastern India, one of seven states in the region. Its capital city is Imphal. Historically, Manipur came under British rule in 1891, and during WW II was the location of many furious battles between Japan and the Allied Forces (the Allied Forces of WW II were comprised of the US, the UK, and the Soviet Union in the main). As a result of these battles, the Japanese forces were pushed back before they could descend upon the capital city, and it was one of the turning points of WW II. Today, Manipur battles a far different foe, drugs and drug abuse. Today the deadly enemy is heroin, marijuana, opiates, meth, prescription painkillers and alcohol. Continue reading
As fall makes its way in, parents are faced with the concerns related to sending their children back to school. It gets even more concerning if you take a minute to consider the number of teens that abuse alcohol in some way. While there are tons of drug programs available that teach kids the dangers and consequences of drug use, alcohol abuse is a factor that is often overlooked.
The fact is, however, that the use of alcohol is more common in adolescents than drugs, which is why educating children about the dangers and consequences of using this substance is just as important as teaching about the dangers of drug use. Continue reading
One can feel that things are such now that it is much too late to do anything, that one’s past road is so messed up that there is no chance of drawing a future one that will be any different: there is always a point on the road when one can map a new one. And try to follow it. There is no person alive who cannot make a new beginning. ~excerpted from The Way to Happiness Continue reading
An intervention is a type of confrontation that is usually used as a final resort to get someone to seek help for an addiction. When a person develops an addiction to something, it can affect their family, their health and their overall well-being. In most cases an intervention will work because it is relentless, but it is meant to help the person that is addicted to something.
The following 15 steps will help you plan and complete an intervention to help someone that is addicted. Continue reading