Opiate Painkiller Addiction: Debunking 5 Opioid Myths

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Opiate painkillers are widely used and highly helpful in managing pain. However, there’s the risk of addiction. Case in point: the opioid addiction problem that is considered epidemic in Western countries, particularly in the United States. Here in the Philippines, there are many who take opiate painkillers, and some may become dependent or addicted to the drugs.

While shabu or meth remains as the number one drug of choice for many in the country, there’s no denying that there are those who are also addicted to opiate painkillers such as Fentanyl, Hydrocodone, Vicodin, and many more. And as such, there are also myths surrounding opiate painkiller addiction, which makes it hard for people struggling with it to get the help they need. Read More

Addiction: The Most Dangerous Side Effect of Opioid Painkillers

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There is an opioid epidemic in the United States, as many people are addicted to opioid painkillers. After all they are easy to get and readily prescribed. Here in the Philippines, not everyone has access to these opioid painkillers–but that doesn’t mean the threat isn’t there.

Let’s take a look at the most dangerous side effect of opioid painkillers and why you should be on a lookout if you see someone abusing this. Read More

Addiction Problems in the LGBTQ Community

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While society has made great progress with regards to the advocacies of the LGBTQ community, it can’t be denied that substance abuse and addiction are also big problems for them. Drug addiction poses great risks and dangers for people in the LGBTQ community.

Let’s take a closer look. Read More

Your 2018 Addiction Recovery Checklist

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If you’ve made 2018 as your year of sobriety and recovery, then here is a helpful addiction recovery checklist that you can use.

The first year of recovery is one of the most difficult times for a recovering addict. The past and the addiction can still catch up to you and everyday can be a big struggle as you consciously battle against your cravings.

To help you out, especially as we roll into the new year, here’s an addiction recovery checklist that you can use. This addiction recovery checklist contains goals and challenges that you have to accomplish especially within the first year of your recovery. Read More

5 Things to Tell Yourself When You Want a Drink This Holiday Season

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For many drinkers, declining even a sip of alcohol can be a big challenge especially this holiday season . After all, what harm can it do? Having a drink this holiday season is in fact the norm as many people get together and celebrate over beers, wines, and cocktails. Read More

How to Enjoy Christmas Parties without Alcohol

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It’s that time of the year again and you probably have invitations to Christmas parties left and right. However, Christmas parties also mean there will be alcohol–and loads of it. So if you’re in recovery or trying to be sober, here are ways you can say “No” to alcohol while still enjoying your Christmas party.

If you haven’t touched a drink in your life, then it’s easy for you to say “No” to alcohol. However, if you’ve been a party animal before, always drinking, or known by your friends for being the drunken life of the party, then declining alcohol may not be such a simple thing. Read More

3 Things You Must Not Say to an Addict

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An addict who has problems with drugs, alcohol, or certain behaviors such as gambling, sex, pornography, shopping, or video games needs your support. While this can be difficult, you can channel your negative emotions into positive, and this starts with what you say. Here are 3 things you must never say to an addict if you want to help them.

If you know someone who is addicted, then you must be frustrated. You may also feel helpless, heartbroken, embarrassed, angry, worried, and a mix of many other different–often overwhelming–things. Read More

How to Cope with Addiction Stigma

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Addiction stigma can be dangerous. It can lead to a person struggling with addiction to refuse help or be in denial with his or her condition. But there’s help and hope with Bridges of Hope. Here we’ll show you how to handle negative associations and reactions to addiction.

Addiction stigma involves negatively judging a person who is addicted, with preconceived notions based on addiction myths or lack of knowledge on addiction.

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5 Addiction Delusions That Keep You From Getting Help

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Addicts have a knack at making themselves believe addiction delusions so that they can go on living their lives without consequence or treatment. They do this by rationalizing their habits, particularly their drug or alcohol use, or even behavioral addictions such as gambling. Read More

Sex Addiction in Women

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When we talk about sex addiction here in the country, most people envision men engaging in sexual and pornographic behavior. However, we don’t give much thought to the fact that sexual addiction affects women too.  Read More