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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Zombie Drug: What You Need to Know About Spice

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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.

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The Real-Life Horrors of Addiction

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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.

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8 Reasons Why You Need a Digital Detox Now

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From celebrities to the average joe, people nowadays go on a digital detox every now and then to focus on what really matters in life–their real life. This is compared to their life and persona online, which can be all sorts of twisted, exciting, and not to mention stressful at times. Find out why you need to go on a digital detox too.

Today, we are so connected that we really are, in fact, disconnected and we don’t even know it. Case in point: How often do you check your smartphone on an hourly basis day in and day out? How many hours a day do you spend thumbing through news feeds and tweets? All this immersion in social media and our smartphones can have a major impact on your stress levels, health, and well-being.

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Bridges of Hope Goes to Bagong Lipunan, Quezon City

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Bridges of Hope, in partnership with the local government unit of Bagong Lipunan ng Crame in Quezon City, has conducted a seminar on drug addiction and treatment last July 28, 2017. Led by Bridges of Hope Senior Program Director, Guillermo “Gimo” Gomez, BH shared a seminar on addiction, its causes, symptoms, and pharmacology, among many other related topics.

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How Social Media Can Feed Sex Addiction

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For those with sex addiction, social media unfortunately presents a whole new range of opportunities and problems. Indeed, sex addiction and social media can prove to be a dangerous mix.

Saying that social media is prevalent is an understatement. In fact, the way social media has infiltrated all aspects of people’s lives as well as changed the way society functions and interacts is so profound.

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Rappler Goes Inside Bridges of Hope

In a feature titled “What’s a day like inside a private drug rehab center?” published last September 10, 2016, Rappler goes inside Bridges of Hope Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Foundation, Inc. The social news network takes a look at what goes on inside a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility.

Written by Jodesz Gavilan, the Rappler article visits Bridges of Hope’s Quezon City branch, which is tucked in Mariposa St. in New Manila, Quezon City.

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Why We Should Treat Addicts Instead of Blaming Them

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The news is filled with drug addicts and pushers surrendering to authorities, yet one thing still hasn’t changed: people’s perception of drugs and addiction. Instead of blaming their morality or lack of self-control, we should treat addicts and give them the help they need in order to have sobriety and an improved quality of life.

The exponential influx of drug addicts and pushers alike surrendering to authorities all over our country sheds light to just how big of a problem drugs is in our country, and why we should wage a war on drugs. According to lawmakers’ statistics, 1 in 10 people are using drugs such as marijuana and shabu (or methamphetamine), yet shabu is considered as their number one drug of choice. Looking at the news in the past years, many of the crimes committed involves illicit substances or have perpetrators under the influence of drugs.

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Now, in the advent of a new administration led by President Rodrigo Duterte, conversation on drugs and addiction becomes louder and more common. Besides, many people now, apparently, are not afraid to admit that they use drugs or are addicted.

Unfortunately, though, the myths and stereotypes still exist. There are still those that blame people for being addicted, attributing their condition to their “choice,” “upbringing,” poverty, or lack of free will. Many also equate addicts to criminals, and think that the only option for them is to be behind bars. There are also those who think that addiction is confined to the poor communities, or that addicts have to be cured so that they will not use anymore. These myths are not helping these addicts who need treatment instead of judgement or prejudice.

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Therefore, it is important to separate the myths from the facts and allow informed and educated conversation on drug and addiction to be at the forefront of all these. By doing so, we prevent people from blaming the addict, which will never help them, and instead see that these addicts need help.

Read up on our article on addiction myths to learn more.


 

Do you have a loved one who has a problem with drug addiction? Let’s help. Call or text us through our confidential helpline at 09175098826.

K2: Fastest Growing Synthetic Marijuana

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There’s a growing number of mind-altering substances that is causing numerous overdoses and even has some acting like zombies. These substances are called synthetic cannabinoids, with K2 or synthetic marijuana in the forefront.

Synthetic cannabinoids are mind-altering chemicals that are sprayed on dried, shredded plants so they can be smoked or sold as liquids to be used in vapes or e-cigarettes. These cannabinoids are derived from chemicals found in the Indian hemp (Cannabis sativa), where marijuana comes from. Because of their similarities, the synthetic cannabinoids are often called synthetic marijuana or fake weed. Many even market these as safe and legal alternatives to marijuana–which they are absolutely NOT.

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Wall Street Journal’s Trefor Moss Interviews Bridges of Hope

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For an article titled In Philippines’ War on Drugs, Dealers Choose Retirement Over Death, journalist Trefor Moss interviews Bridges of Hope Program Director Guillermo “Gimo” Gomez. The article, which was published July 14, reports on the thousands of drug dealers and addicts who have voluntarily surrendered themselves to police stations all over the country. This is in light of recently elected President Rodrigo Duterte’s blatant and bloody war on drugs in the Philippines.

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