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The Company You Keep in Addiction Recovery

May 22, 2019 6:15 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

You always hear about how important it is to surround yourself with good people, but why? It seems pretty self-explanatory, you should be hanging out with people who are doing the right thing, have something interesting to say, and lift you up instead of agreeing to let you be down. Co-miserating is common in addiction recovery, but why is choosing who you spend time with more impactful than you think? Friends are an important part of recovery, and an important part of life. The relationships you nurture should grow, so why is it so easy to get stuck in friendships that don’t? The Plant Analogy Trying to grow a friendship with the wrong people is like trying to grow a dying plant: The proper roots may have been laid, the... View Article

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An Interview with Frankie LoCascio

May 22, 2019 4:30 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Frankie LoCascio works here at Royal Life Centers, in the marketing department. Frankie, like many of our staff members, is in recovery himself. We decided to sit down and interview him, so that we could share his story of experience, strength and hope, with you. We asked Frankie twenty questions about addiction and recovery. Here is what he had to say: The Interview What were you like in active addiction? “I was a mess. I didn’t care about anything but myself or where I was going to get more money or more drugs, it didn’t matter who I had to screw over. If anyone tried to screw up my flow of drugs, I would push them away. It didn’t matter if I had to steal from my friends, steal from... View Article

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Murder Charges for your Local Drug Dealer

May 17, 2019 4:54 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Recently, we have seen headlines across the United States implicating local drug dealers for their part in drug overdoses. In various states, small time drug dealers are catching a murder charge for selling people the drugs that would eventually cause their overdose. Is this fair? “…from 2011 to 2016, the number of news stories about people charged with or prosecuted for drug-induced homicides increased from 363 to 1,178 — more than a 300 percent increase that corresponds with the rise of opioid-related deaths…” (Collins). Today we’re going to explore a few cases that led to second-degree murder charges for small time dealers. Bruck Fekadu, North Carolina Yesterday, Bruck Fekadu, a small time fentanyl street dealer, was charged with second-degree murder and the distribution of a schedule II controlled substance. Fedaku... View Article

Outrageous Incentives and Behaviors of Doctors: What You Didn’t Know About The Opioid Crisis

May 16, 2019 9:11 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Recently, we’ve reported about the criminal justice system targeting more prominent (and overlooked) players in the opioid crisis. Your local drug dealer didn’t have nearly the same impact or reach that major pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers, and doctors had. Today we’re going to touch on the careless and shocking misconduct of doctors around the country, using a who/what/when/where/and why format. Who? 31 doctors, 7 pharmacists, 8 nurse practitioners and 7 other licensed medical professionals. This is a total of 60 people. What? Doctors in seven states were charged with prescribing opioids in exchange for cash, and even sex. More than 32 million painkillers were prescribed in exchange for sex and money. These charges involve more than 350,000 illegal prescriptions being written. One dentist indicted even “…unnecessarily pulled teeth from patients to... View Article

Spiritual Growth in Addiction Recovery

May 16, 2019 6:26 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Addiction affects you biologically, psychologically, socially and spiritually. For this reason, we use a holistic treatment approach—which tends to the mind, body and spirit. Spirituality and spiritual growth is essential in both addiction treatment and recovery. Recovery is supported by spirituality. What is Spirituality? “Spirituality is the experience and integration of meaning and purpose in life through connectedness with self, others, art, music, literature, nature or a power greater than oneself” (Smith). Spirituality is often a blanket term for religion and religious faith, though spirituality is different from religion. Religion follows religious texts, beliefs, and ideals while spirituality just comes from your soul. You decide your own beliefs, ideals, and values with spirituality. Spirituality is essentially a connectedness and authenticity of self that provides meaning and purpose. The definition of... View Article

From Social Networks to Drug Networks: Using Apps to Deal Drugs

May 15, 2019 7:12 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Have social networking apps become apps to deal drugs? As the world adjusts to burgeoning technological advances, the way we communicate continues to be revolutionized. Younger generations have grown accustomed to communicating mostly through text, instead of oral communication. Regular conversations are far and few between as a greater online presence is nearly demanded. Networking has grown in the direction of being online, with little face-to-face interactions, but instead with conversations and information sharing that’s in real-time. The Era of Convenience With all of the technological advances, our society is in the era of convenience. You no longer have to leave the comfort of your home to go grocery shopping because of apps like Instacart, calling a taxi is a thing of the past with transportation apps like Uber and... View Article

Beyond Zoning Out: How to Get Someone Out of a Dissociative State

May 14, 2019 4:05 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Often during addiction treatment, guests will face many emotions and thoughts that they haven’t in years. One of the greatest gifts of sobriety is your clarity of mind, but being lucid can also feel like a curse if you are overwhelmed with facing the repressed feelings that are resurfacing now that you’re sober. One defense mechanism or reaction you may have is called dissociation. This is a state that can be triggered, or result from conversations that are emotionally straining. Today we’re going to explore dissociation, dissociative states, dissociative disorder, and depersonalization. What is Dissociation? Dissociation is a state that causes a lack of connection to a person’s thoughts, memory, sense of identity and mental process. A dissociative state is marked by “losing touch” with awareness of your immediate surroundings.... View Article

Constantly Counting Sheep: Sleep Disorders and Drug Addiction

May 13, 2019 7:43 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Drug addiction affects many factors, including your overall health and wellness. One of the factors mostly affected by addiction is your brain’s functioning, which drugs and alcohol disrupt and distort its natural system programming— like your circadian and diurnal rhythms, rewards system, and chemical balance. Addiction not only affects your circadian and diurnal rhythm, but your circadian and diurnal rhythm can affect your drug addiction, as both conditions are related. Research provides evidence for the relationship between sleep and substance use disorders, “people with genetic sleep disorders and insomnia are more prone to addiction” (Falcón). But how about the impact drug addiction has on your sleep, or its likelihood of producing a sleep disorder? Individuals struggling with an addiction are five to ten times more likely have a sleep disorder... View Article

Manufacturing Lethal Chemicals in Bulk: China and the Current War on Drugs

May 13, 2019 4:17 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Mass Production China is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and exporters of raw pharmaceutical ingredients. China is also the leader in manufacturing harmful chemical compounds that are sold as synthetic drugs. Because of e-commerce capabilities on an international scale, manufacturers can produce and sell synthetic drugs in bulk. Synthetic drugs being mass-produced in China include: synthetic opioids, synthetic cannabinoids (synthetic marijuana), synthetic cathinones (bath salts, flakka, etc.), synthetic stimulants, all chemicals needed to produce these synthetic drugs, etc. Chinese Drug Dealers China is not only a major contributor to the opioid crisis, as many factories in the country mass-produce synthetic opioids like fentanyl and chemical variants of fentanyl, but China also contributes to many categories of illicit drugs. “China’s drug traffickers and chemical manufacturing facilities have taken advantage of... View Article

The Only Web You’ll Want to Spin: Having a Support System in Early Recovery

May 10, 2019 2:34 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Let’s face it, in active addiction, you probably didn’t care so much about letting people into your life, mostly because it was just another person to hide your use from. As alcoholics and addicts, keeping people at a distance was the way you operated. As a result of your alcoholism or drug addiction, your interpersonal relationships suffered. In recovery from addiction, you must learn how to let people into your life. Fear of judgement is a thing of the past, as in addiction treatment you learn to share the things you don’t want to in order to grow from them. Early recovery is an experience that requires you to reach out for help, a lot. “The common thread that runs through the most successful people in the history of mankind... View Article