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
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
All across Europe and North America, people turn into real-life zombies because of this drug: Spice. Those who take this drug can be seen on the streets slowly staggering to nowhere, looking lost and incoherently mumbling to other people. Then they pass out wherever their legs take them, when their minds and bodies become overwhelmed.
What is it about addiction? Many people end up becoming addicted to alcohol and drugs such as meth, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and even prescription pills, do so because they don’t know the truth about addiction–that it destroys lives.
We live in the age of addiction and we are all addicted to one thing or the other. Today, technology and society has shaped us to keep feeding our insatiable desires through instant solutions and unthinking over-consumption. And we are never satisfied–or happy. So are we really all just addicts?
Tiger Woods had once admitted he was a sex addict. Elton John, Anthony Hopkins, Matthew Perry, Mel Gibson, and the late Robin Williams also once admitted to be alcoholics at some point in their lives. Even Oprah said she was addicted to carbohydrates. And these are celebrities.
There are many negative effects of meth on pregnancy, which put you and your baby at risk. However, not everyone are aware of these risks. The sad and dangerous truth is, many women who are pregnant are addicted to meth and therefore continue to use.
According to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), there are an estimated 4.7 drug users in the country. This means, according to the Agency, that there is one drug personality in every 8 households in the country. Their drug of choice: methamphetamine or shabu. Read More
A high functioning addict is a breed of its own. They don’t fit the stereotype portrayed in the media. In fact, you may be looking up to someone in your workplace who turns out to be hiding a deep secret centered on substance abuse and addiction. You can never tell–until you read up on these signs.
Here in the Philippines, the term “addict” is often associated with disheveled, emaciated-looking person in tattered clothes living like a zombie from day to day. However, this image, while not untrue, is a stereotype. People tend to lump the term addict together to show one face, one look, which is the one typically shown by the media. Read More
People who are addicted to drugs like shabu (methamphetamine), marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, and other substances are everywhere. It doesn’t matter what their economic status, educational background, location, age, job, or physical appearance. You can’t judge a drug addict by looks alone, nor by superficial stereotypes.
Addiction can come to anyone regardless of status, job, education, religion, or gender. And this is why it’s hard to see if someone you know is already addicted to drugs or a high-functioning addict. In fact, you may have someone in your workplace who is already a drug addict and is bringing grief to you or your organization. Read More