Teenage angst, drugs, and death

This is a little diddy I wrote exactly 9 years ago today that I found a few weeks ago. It’s from when I was about 20 so it’s kind of rough around the edges. So many thoughts are brought up after re-reading it after so many years. The change I promised I would make in … Continue reading Teenage angst, drugs, and death

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: The opioid epidemic, part 4

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: The opioid epidemic, part 4

Biopsychosocial elements of addiction: The opioid epidemic, part 3

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: The opioid epidemic, part 3

Opiates & Demographics: The opioid epidemic, part 2

Before we judge anyone facing addiction problems, let's look at the facts. Heroin use increased 63% from 2002 to 2013, occurred for men and women, most age groups, and all income levels. Heroin related overdose deaths increased as well, nearly quadrupling in the same time period. Most heroin users are polysubstance users, meaning they use … Continue reading Opiates & Demographics: The opioid epidemic, part 2

Pills and Needles: The opioid epidemic, part 1

Let’s start this off with a bang and look at one of the biggest problems facing the US right now. And I can guarantee either you or someone you know has been personally affected by this issue. This is the first of a multi-part series on the opiate epidemic. There’s going to be a lot … Continue reading Pills and Needles: The opioid epidemic, part 1