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Prostitution: The Link Between Drug Addiction & Sex Work

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It is no surprise to law enforcement and the general public that there is a strong connection between drug abuse and sex workers (prostitution). In fact, the two crimes of illicit drug use and prostitution are often closely interrelated. Actual hard data is inherently difficult to come by on this topic but anecdotal observations bear out the relationship between the two.
Some prostitutes use drugs to numb themselves so they can continue working. This aspect of drug abuse most likely feels useful for their occupation. It eliminates inhibitions and tends to desensitize sex workers to its traumatic effects.

The drugs help them to take their minds off of what they are doing, making them more detached from the situation. The dangers of the job are also sources of great anxiety that the sex worker can suppress by using drugs and alcohol. Others have a real drug addiction and ply their trade …

When a family member is addicted to prescription drugs

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Did you know that two million Americans are dependent on or abusing prescription drugs and painkillers? That being said, we need to redefine what an addict looks like today. It could be that businesswoman who appears confident and ambitious or that man who owns the local real estate agency. Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that painkiller overdoses now account for more than twice the deaths as cocaine and five times as many as heroin overdoses? A 2009 National Survey of Drug Use and Health by Columbia University found that the proportions of Americans addicted to opioids – oxycontin, vicodin, and Demerol tripled from 1991 to 2001.  This article is about how to help a family member or loved one if they are addicted to prescription drugs.

Even as the faces of addiction change, so must our understanding of how best to help treat …

Things to Do When a Loved one Relapses on Drugs

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Supporting an addict who’s relapsed can help save their life. Seeing a loved one return to drugs or alcohol after addiction treatment can be devastating to family and friends. It may make you feel as though everything you and the addict have done to address the addiction has been in vain. Naturally, you want to help the family member or friend with the dug addiction so they can regain their health and get back to life as it once was. You may feel like you would do anything — including sacrificing your own needs and wants to help your loved one. But experts say that’s not what’s best for those suffering from the disease of addiction. Below are some important dos and don’ts to keep in mind when a loved one relapses on heroin or other drugs.

6 Things to Do When a Loved One Drug Relapses

1. Do remember that …

What it’s Like Being Addicted to Xanax

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Xanax, generically known as alprazolam, is one of the most widely-abused prescription drugs in this country. As prescriptions for this highly addictive drug rise, the rates of abuse, addiction and dependence increase as well. As many have discovered, Xanax is highly addictive.

Xanax is a benzodiazepine in the sedative-hypnotic class of drugs. It is generally prescribed to treat panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, some forms of generalized anxiety or social anxiety disorder and some phobias. Xanax is also prescribed for difficulty falling asleep. Benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants, and like alcohol, work to slow down the brain’s activity as well as block the “alarm system”, which is responsible for excessive levels of anxiety.
Although Xanax may be prescribed legally by a physician, abuse and dependence can occur. For many it is a highly addictive drug.

The crushing and snorting of Xanax has recently become more widespread, making the dangers of this …

It’s Christmas Day and I’m Still Using Drugs…Help

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This article was anonymously submitted to us early this morning.  We have replied to the woman to see if we can help her find a rehab or a solution to help her with her ongoing problem. Our heart truly goes out to this woman on Christmas Day.  Christmas is the day for miracles.  Let’s hope and pray she can get the help she needs to stop using drugs.

It’s Christmas day and I’m using drugs.  I just can’t help it.  I don’t want to, I hate it.  I even hate myself.  I’ve been using heroin and Cocaine for far too long.  But I just don’t know how to quit.  And I don’t know how to admit it to my husband.  He would be devastated.  So here I am, Christmas morning, sneaking away from the family to use Cocaine…and why?  To wake myself up.  I’m too tired to function without it and …

7 Tips for Surviving Christmas When New to Addiction Treatment and Recovery

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The holidays, such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and others earlier in the year are difficult times for people in addiction treatment or recovery.  Simply put, emotions pour out from the heart and emotions are what brought individuals to drugs and alcohol in the first place.  Perhaps it was the loss of a child, sibling, parent, etc.  Perhaps it was a relational death such as a romantic break-up or a separation between best friends.  Thus, we thought this article would be a guide to help people in this position get through Christmas and the holidays without using drugs and alcohol. Here are a few simple thoughts that can make the holiday experience a little more tolerable.

For most people, the weeks between Thanksgiving and the New Year are a special time of joy and celebration. Yet, it can be an extremely difficult and stressful time for those who are just beginning to …

The Disease of Addiction – Does Choice Play a Role?

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People with a substance use disorder (drug addiction) may have control over what they are doing, taking and using but it doesn’t feel like it to the individual.  Men and women suffering from the disease of addiction are at high risk each day, in particular when they are using some of the more dangerous drugs such as heroin (dope), methamphetamine (meth), cocaine (powder), crack (hard), etc.  But while alcohol and marijuana for example, may not strike an individual as overly harmful in itself, the core disease of addiction is the same and even these substances possess problematic short and long-term effects.  But what role does choice play in addiction?  Is there hope for those suffering from the disease of addiction to stop using?

Are People Only Addicted to Drugs and Alcohol?

People can become addicted to anything – not just drugs or alcohol.  In reality, it may include virtually anything.  For …

How Families Can Help with Substance Use Disorder

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Being a part of a family means facing the world with the strength and support of loving, caring peers. Life’s ups and downs are easier to handle when there are family members willing to shoulder some of the burdens and celebrate the successes.  All of that love and support can be twisted and shifted, when one member of the family has Substance Use Disorder or the disease of addiction. Those bends and shifts are sometimes defined as enabling behaviors, and they could serve to keep a drug addiction (or Substance Use Disorder) in place.

Peer support groups like Al-Anon can put family members in touch with others who know a great deal about Substance Use Disorder and drug addiction, and the information shared in these meetings can lead to transformation and reformation. In fact, according to a 2012 Al-Anon membership survey, 88 percent of people who came to meetings for …

William’s Experience with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

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In this blog, William Charles shares his personal experience with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

I want to disclose upfront that I’ve only been to a little over 2 dozen AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings and didn’t obtain a sponsor or go through the steps.  Now, I already know upfront that many will dismiss my point of view (which remains positive and open minded) or what I have to say because they believe the Big Book of AA is an authoritative source on alcohol and drug addiction, treatment and recovery and that Alcoholics Anonymous is the “only way” to sobriety.  I have always disagreed with this and still do.  I believe there are multiple ways to get addiction treatment, help and maintain one’s sobriety and long-term recovery.  I do however, believe that Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are valuable tools that can and maybe even should be used by most …

The Role of God in Healing Drug Addiction

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Religion, spirituality and God are very personal subjects that many are afraid to talk about because they often result in arguments amongst even the best of friends.  However, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and even many drug rehab facilities and addiction treatment centers discuss the role of a “higher power” when it comes to healing drug addiction and alcoholism.  They use and discuss the abstract concept of “powerlessness” which ultimately means that men and women suffering from the disease of addiction have no control over their disease and they need something or someone bigger than themselves to heal them or at least stop them from using drugs and alcohol.  This is where the concept of “God” is usually discussed or at least thought about.  Do you believe in God?  Who or what is your higher power?  Perhaps God doesn’t come to mind at all.  Many …

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