WATCH: Everything We Know About Addiction is Wrong

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Addiction today is a global problem, affecting not just individuals, but also families and communities. In the United States, opioid addiction is now considered as an epidemic, while here in our country, the Philippines, the controversial war on drugs of the Duterte administration continues to make headlines. Read More

Today’s Marijuana: 10 Things You Need to Know

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If marijuana conjures images of the mellow, peaceful hippy culture of the 70s, then you’ll surprised to know that today’s marijuana is so much different than what it was decades ago.

For starters, today’s marijuana is so much more potent than before, thanks to the many hybridizations and strains that are now being grown today.  Read More

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 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

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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Double Trouble: Depression and Addiction in Women

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Women tend to put others first. While this is a good trait, it can also take a toll on them in the long run. And this is one of the reasons why women are more prone to depression and addiction, as a co-occurring disorder.

Many women are living everyday in their version of a silent hell. They struggle with depression all on their own, afraid to speak up, and therefore resort to destructive behavior such as addiction or even suicide.

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Why Drug Education is Important in Preventing Substance Abuse

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Anyone can benefit in drug education. Whether you’re a drug user, or know someone who is, knowing about substance abuse helps you understand many aspects of this topic so that you can rethink your own actions and decisions.

Bridges of Hope has provided both public and private organizations, as well as schools, with drug education to help spread awareness about drug abuse, addiction, and treatment Read More

Ashamed of Addiction? Here’s 5 Things to Remember

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Being ashamed of addiction is pretty common especially in our country. The combination of our culture and the stigma associated with addiction makes people and their families hesitant to face the problem and therefore seek treatment.

You or your family may feel ashamed about addiction, primarily because of the stigma surrounding it. You may feel ashamed of addiction because of how people will react and view you and your family. Because of this shame or embarrassment, however, you may just have swept the problem under the rug and avoided seeking treatment. This, however, can make matters worse.  Read More

Addiction Recovery Skills That Help You Stay Sober

Once you get into addiction treatment or rehab, you will not only abstain from the substances that used to drive your addiction. You will also learn important and even life-saving recovery skills that can help you move through life as a better, healthier and more fulfilled individual.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t quit addiction by simply abstaining. You don’t recover from it by just stopping your use of drugs or your drinking. Recovery is actually more than that. Recovery means you build a new life.

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Stop Talking Dirty: New Terms You Need to Learn About Substance Use Disorder

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In our country, misconception and stigma about substance use disorder go hand in hand. With the words “drugs,” “addiction,” and addict comes negative connotations. Even in this day and age, people still see addiction, or substance use disorder, as a moral failing, a character flaw, a lack of willpower, or plain old selfishness. Such notions hinder individuals from getting the help they need.

In a research finding spear-headed by US Drug Czar Michael Botticelli, it says, ““Research shows that the language we use to describe this disease can either perpetuate or overcome the stereotypes, prejudice and lack of empathy that keep people from getting treatment they need.” After all, addiction is indeed a disease caused by genetic, environmental, and (personal) historical factors. It is not a moral failing, a character flaw, a weakness, a lack of willpower.

The findings of this study resulted in a list of suggested language that must be used in order to help reduce the stereotype and prejudices associated with substance use disorders.

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