What associations do you make when you hear the word homeless? More than likely you imagine a man on the sidewalk next to a shopping cart filled with junk. A hardened, wrinkled face, with frizzy gray hair, tattered jeans and a brown bag in his hand. Possibly accompanied by a shaggy dog.
When one makes the pursuit of their next high their primary objective in life, it encompasses them. It becomes the driving motive behind every action they make. The singular goal of getting high leaves the rest of your life in a state of decay.
It makes sense that bad habits tend to beget bad habits, and that once an individual starts engaging in harmful and self-destructive activities, they’re liable to take on more of such patterns. That’s why, when someone is trying to turn their life around and stay off of drugs and alcohol, they must dive into healthy living across all areas of their life. Primarily, this includes diet, sleep, and exercise.
Addiction does not have to be a lifelong battle. The beginning of the end can start when the person makes a decision that they will not be defined by their addiction and has the willingness to change followed by effective steps to make that change. Long term sobriety takes effort to achieve.
It’s doubtful there has been any time in our most recent history that has seen as much uncertainty and turmoil as we have experienced today with the year starting off with a Global Pandemic. Drug and alcohol use is up in increasingly drastic numbers.
While medical technology is at its most advanced point in history, an adverse effect of medical advancements has been a tendency to attempt to “medicate away” every problem that patients have. That is a flawed approach, as one cannot turn to a pill to solve every medical problem. And in the case of physical pain, medicating this health problem often has devastating side effects.
As more states continue to pass legislation allowing marijuana use in one context or another, young people are increasingly given the idea that "If marijuana is legal, it must be safe!" This couldn't be further from the truth. Marijuana carries a long list of harms, dangers, and risks for young people.
Many who break free from the clutches of drug and alcohol addiction find themselves wanting to dive into college, get a degree, and create a successful, happy, rewarding life. How can they do this while holding onto their recovery and ensuring they do not relapse?
It’s no mystery that millions of Americans struggle with pain. But when the painkillers that they are prescribed end up being addictive and potentially lethal, where can Americans turn to for effective and safe pain relief?
It’s been known for some time that exercise is beneficial to health. And for people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, the benefit of regular exercise is particularly relevant. As ordinary life begins to resume, and as gyms and rec centers start to once again open their doors, recovering addicts would be well-advised to adopt exercise programs to further improve their health.