The process of living with an offender on electronic monitoring and house arrest

Much has been said on electronic monitors and those who are required to wear them. Basically, they’re used for different offender populations for different reasons with differing goals depending on what type of monitor the person is even wearing. Sounds simple, right? (For a more extensive look at this, visit my other posts on electronic … Continue reading The process of living with an offender on electronic monitoring and house arrest

I’m done this time, seriously!… fuck this, I’m not a quitter: Quitting smoking

This is probably the hundredth time I’ve tried to quit smoking cigarettes. I am taking a different approach this time, however, as I am using Nicotine patches. As I begin day four today cigarette free, I can already feel my sense of taste and smell coming back little by little. And though I’m still getting … Continue reading I’m done this time, seriously!… fuck this, I’m not a quitter: Quitting smoking

Opiates and Suicide

Drug use is a factor for various types of internalizing (depression, anxiety, self-doubt, not feeling accepted) and externalizing behaviors (acting out, aggression, criminal behavior). Individuals with substance use disorders, with a history of prior violence, are more likely to report suicidal ideation and single or multiple suicide attempts than individuals without a history of prior … Continue reading Opiates and Suicide

Biopsychosocial elements of addiction

Why are some people more susceptible to become addicted to opiates and other substances while others can use a prescription as prescribed or never become involved with drugs in the firs place? Some individuals may be more susceptible to addiction given certain characteristics and it is important to understand these factors, especially when developing treatment … Continue reading Biopsychosocial elements of addiction