Understanding the Opioid Epidemic in Arizona

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic in Arizona

Addiction, Heroin Addiction, Opiates
The United States as a whole is facing a health crisis of epic proportions. More and more Americans are becoming addicted to - and dying from - opioids. Not one American state goes unscathed. Arizona, in particular, has slowly taken a big hit over the last decade. The opioid epidemic in Arizona now claims the lives of two people each day. The state has begun to collect data regarding opioid abuse. And recently, Blue Cross Blue Shield invested $10 million to reduce opiate misuse. But despite the efforts, many Arizonans are still misinformed about the state-wide epidemic. To help, we'll explore everything about Arizona's opioid crisis in this article. Let's begin! When Did the Opioid Epidemic Begin? The opiate epidemic is a recent phenomenon that has slowly been in the works…
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10 Defeating Attitudes in Early Sobriety and How To Combat Them

10 Defeating Attitudes in Early Sobriety and How To Combat Them

Addiction, Recovery Tips
Getting sober is one of, if not the hardest thing that us addicts will ever have to do. The journey to long term recovery is a hard one, often bumpy and filled with difficult personal and emotional challenges. Here are some thoughts and belief systems that commonly come up for us amongst early sobriety to be aware of, watch out for, and discard when they creep in! 1. The Non Sober People Are More Fun Addicts in general, myself included spend our time trying to do WHATEVER we can to “feel good” in the moment.  Sometimes life is not going to feel good and that is when we do not know how to handle it. That being said, the guys and gals that are goofing off, not working on themselves…
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Addiction and Loneliness

Addiction and Loneliness

Addiction, Recovery News, Recovery Tips
If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction this article will cover a perspective proven through clinical studies that you must not miss. Society in general has led addicts to feel ashamed of the insidious affliction they suffer from. Addicts cause pain and confusion in themselves and anyone that truly deeply cares for them. What Does Loneliness Look Like? Loneliness may not be the same for everyone. The Huffington Post explains, “Being lonely is more of a state of mind and that state of loneliness can change on a dime if one so desires.” Loneliness in addiction can look like: Disconnection from others Little to no interest in relationships Feeling depressed and anxious Thinking there is no one to talk to Believing there is no hope Feeling…
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