There’s a good chance that someone in your office is drinking on the […]
Let’s be real: going through rehab is one of the toughest, grittiest and most physically, emotionally and psychologically challenging things anyone can do. And we’ve done it. And it sucked, didn’t it? But getting sober was, for me, the best thing that could have ever happened. It was worth the struggle. It was worth the crying, the fits, the fighting (and I fought it, tooth-and-nail, I fought it), the screaming, even the horrible withdrawal…I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. Well, maybe. If I was feeling particularly vindictive. But I am trying to work on letting those types of feelings go (ha). […]
In June 1971 President Richard Nixon officially declared a “war on drugs” in America and cited drug abuse as “public enemy No. 1.” Could he have known then his words would spark not only decades of heated debate, but a violent internal and international struggle that continues up to this day?
The president best known for his involvement in the Watergate scandal and subsequent impeachment created the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 1973, funneling money and resources toward a federal agency with the purpose of ending both drug smuggling and use in America, while causing some in later years to speculate that both the violence and the very existence of the illegal drug trade is due partially to this government agency.
Today, the still-active illegal drug trade, as well as the number of people who can count themselves among the addicted, indicates that the situation is far from resolved. To understand and analyze the effectiveness of the war on drugs in 2012, we must explore its beginnings and trace its path through the 70s, 80s and 90s. […]
It’s probably wishful thinking for a lot of people: I wish I had never started smoking, they say. If you’re a smoking parent, chances are good that you’ve tried to quit so you can serve as an example for your kids. If you’re the child of a smoker, you might have asked your parent or parents to stop for your sake. It’s not a superficial lamentation, like wishing you could have been born with the legs of a runway model; smoking is, unfortunately, an incredibly common and fatal habit that can be easily avoided. The good news is that it can also be quit, and while the journey can be rough, the destination is so worth the effort.
Smoking Prevention: It’s What You Know
Short of the tragedy of losing someone to a smoking-related illness or disease, or being diagnosed themselves, most smokers have the “it can’t happen to me” mentality. It’s easy to convince ourselves that smoking-related cancers are rare or they only happen to the very old. No fit human being in his or her 30s could suddenly get lung cancer and die just because they smoke, could they? […]
When Ted and I got married and stood before all our friends and family, vowing to love and honor each other in sickness and in health, I thought that meant I was supposed to just turn the other cheek when his drunken behavior turned on me and he raged at me for the littlest things, like ordering him the wrong take-out from the Chinese place or buying a new pair of shoes. His changeable manner, from the sweet, affectionate guy I fell in love with and married to the sullen bull with a nasty temper, gave me whiplash, on a monthly basis at first, then a weekly, then almost daily. It wasn’t until a few years of his heaviest drinking went by that I began to realize that my passive behavior wasn’t helping; it was hurting both of us and our marriage.
We were both heavy drinkers in college, where we met. My drinking leveled off eventually – maybe a glass of wine or a beer once in a while after a long day at work. Ted’s just seemed to intensify under corporate pressure and scrutiny. He’s ambitious, a go-getter and he made twice as much as me. Sometimes I’d come home late and he’d be on the couch, a bottle of wine half-finished, a joint resting on the ashtray and all his work papers spread out on the coffee table, impossibly messy. […]
A deeper look at drug innuendo in song lyrics and who is behind them. […]
Everyone needs a little pick me up once in a while, especially if they’re suffering through a major illness or simply had a horrible day at work. You could seek solace in your friends, family members, children or spouse, but many times these individuals are the major source of your stress and anxiety. Sometimes you just want to read about how someone else is improving his or her life, and maybe even a few tips and suggestions to get yourself back on track. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, here are the Top 5 Blogs you should consider perusing. Don’t be surprised when you find yourself reading one or all of these informative, uplifting or simply amusing blogs every day.
At some point in their life, everyone dreams of quitting their boring, 9 to 5 corporate job, selling off all their worldly possessions and grabbing their spouse, kids and dog to travel the world. Christine Gilbert began living this dream after she quit her job in 2008. She continues to travel the world with her husband and son Cole, blogging about her travels and providing words of wisdom for anyone feeling trapped in their present existence. […]
When it comes to diseases passed via drugs, chances are the first that comes to mind is HIV. And while HIV is certainly a gargantuan concern, there are other serious conditions that can be passed via injected drugs as well.
One of the most common conditions spread by those who use injected drugs is Hepatitis, either B or C. Hepatitis is a liver condition and the symptoms are the same no matter which type you contract. The condition causes irritation and swelling of the liver, and often causes jaundice, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, fever, vomiting and other various symptoms. The symptoms may occur right away or they can take years to show up. In some cases, hepatitis is a short-term condition. In others, though, it’s a lifelong disease that needs to be managed; it can turn into serious, potentially fatal, liver disease. […]
Americans spend millions of dollars every year attending self-help seminars or purchasing books intended to help the individual achieve a dream or personal goal, no matter how minor or grandiose. There’s no doubt these products and individuals have helped thousands realize their desires, but there are others that need a more personalized, interactive kick in their proverbial butt. If you’re having trouble focusing, or getting to the next level in your life, consider constructing a vision board. This inexpensive, powerful tool will help you realize what truly matters in your life, and provide you with the motivation and inspiration needed to achieve success. Before constructing your vision board, learn about the process, including how to conceptualize and create the project.
What exactly is a Vision Board?
Have you ever had a dream or desire, but weren’t sure how to get from Point A to Point B? A vision board is a poster board covered with images, generally from magazines, which is intended to act as a physical representation of your hopes and dreams. The idea is that if you surround yourself with pictures and images of what you want your life to become, it will help you realize your goal. Images are very powerful tools, and surrounding yourself with positive pictures will eventually create an atmosphere conducive with success. […]
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSB), nearly 31 percent of all traffic related fatalities are caused by alcohol-impaired driving accidents. This is a frightening statistic, but it only represents a fraction of the danger that drinking alcohol poses to adults and adolescents alike. Many websites tout the importance of “drinking responsibly”, but this isn’t a realistic approach to a nationwide epidemic. There are several reasons why there is no such thing as drinking responsibly, and why abstinence is a viable option if you want to avoid the issues alcohol can bring.
Alcohol’s Effect on the Body
The constant consumption and abuse of alcohol causes significant damage to nearly all of the body’s major organ system, not to mention the inconvenience caused by a nasty hangover. Here are just a few of the ways abusing alcohol can ravage your otherwise healthy body: […]