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Addiction and The Dilemma of Today’s Family Medicine Cabinet

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

This particular story takes place in New Jersey, but don’t be fooled as there are thousands of communities across North America that are dealing with the issue of people doing damage to themselves due to the misuse or theft of prescription painkillers. When used correctly these medications can have a profound effect on someone who is dealing with chronic or acute pain, often as a result of a surgical procedure or some sort of illness that can only be manageable, not cured or treated effectively. What sets this report out from the rest is that the good folks at Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey have come up with a five step plan for individuals to follow in order to make their medications safer to keep in the house without the possibility of overdose (if used as prescribed) or the chance of a teenager or young adult stealing the medication in order to get high and share at parties and other gatherings. What sets this organization apart is that they are strongly encouraging families to “get on top” of this issue and talk to their children about the inherent dangers that surround what many people believe are safe medications. The fact is that these narcotic pain relievers come with a strong potential for accidental overdose and addiction, that it’s good to finally see some initiative by organizations to help parents out when it comes to educating their young ones about the risks of narcotic painkillers as well as being able to effectively protect them from the myriad of problems young people can land themselves in if they misuse or steal family member’s pills.

“The American Medicine Chest Challenge can help save the lives of our children,” saidAngelo M. Valente, executive director of PDFNJ. “By participating in AMCC’s 5 Step Challenge, families throughout New Jersey are safeguarding their home from the potential misuse and abuse of medicine. The 5-steps include taking inventory of your medicine, securing your medicine, taking medicine only as prescribed, safely disposing of unused, unwanted, and expired medicine, and talking to children about the dangers of prescription drugs.”

These 5 steps aren’t hard to follow, and the potential impact they can have is a great first step in dealing with what the CDC calls an “epidemic” across both the US and Canada. In fact the language the CDC now uses in the case of prescribed pain relievers is very aggressive and firm. According to CDC statistics the accidental deaths due to misuse of painkillers has more than tripled in the past decade alone, and there are no signs that it is slowing down. Possibly even more frightening is the fact that 70% of people who abuse prescription pain relievers obtained them from their friends and relatives, and not through proper means due to an illness or injury.

There is no way to tell whether these 5 steps will, ultimately, make a huge difference, but perhaps what we should be aiming for are enough small differences in order to sway the tide in favor of sobriety and proper drug education in order to prevent as many overdoses and cases of addiction as possible.



Coping With Anxiety

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

We live in anxious times. The number of people reporting experiencing anxiety is at an all time high and for many people that means a strict regiment of drugs like Ativan and Valium being prescribed. While the medication does offer relief, especially for acute panic attacks and other such episodes it is a difficult and trying life if you are constantly reaching for the bottle to relieve anxiety instead of getting at the illness’ roots and figuring out why you feel anxious or experience chronic anxiety in the first place. It’s not to say that the medications don’t work, and by no means should someone experiencing anxiety or GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) avoid professional medical help, but there are ways to manage the daily struggle of living with anxiety and some of it’s nastier sub-symptoms like panic attacks which can be frightening and potentially dangerous within certain circumstances. Therapist William Neek has documented some potential ways to cope with anxiety on a daily basis which could help someone suffering truly acquire peace of mind and a sub-set of skills and techniques to help them cope.

For one thing, reassurance can be extremely helpful in situations where anxiety is settling in. The power to out-think the anxiety might help calm things down because of past experience with similar panic attacks or days filled with potential anxiety. The ability to tell yourself that you have gotten through this before, and that this situation is very similar to other episodes can be very comforting and can lead to a more level headed mind-frame. Although for further relief it may be a good idea to get to the bottom of your anxious feelings and behaviors. One must think to themselves why am I feeling this way? What triggered this bout of anxiety? It may be difficult to find the answer, or it may be a subject you rather not think of, but seeking to understand the root cause of your anxiety is a very helpful way to achieve relief.

While the last bit of advice is helpful, what happens if you do manage to identify what’s troubling you? Well phase two of the operation comes into play. Dealing with it. If the problem is something you can fix then by all means take measures in order to do so, but the truth is not everything is fixable and you may end up only being partially able to deal with what you find, which is still a step in the right direction. Learning that some things are beyond your ability to remedy is a helpful mindset that may assist in resolving certain issues that produce anxious behavior.

According to Mr. Neek, and quite right he is, there aren’t a lot of things in life that are certain or permanent. The ability to tell yourself that the issues causing your anxiety are most likely temporary and that with time and patience things often pass or get resolved naturally. So during those particularly difficult episodes of powerful anxiety it is important to stay strong and remember that eventually things will change, and often for the better.



The Real Breaking Bads

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Arguably one of TVs most watched series Breaking Bad and main character Walter White have entertained the masses for the past few years on AMC and Netflix. But did you know there are a few real life bad breakers who have been brought to the attention of the media recently? Lets take a look.

A Montana man in his 50’s also named Walter White has been sentenced to 12 years on drug and fire arm charges for dealing what the DEA calls: an “extraordinary” quantity of methamphetamine. Oddly enough, just like the fictional Walter White, the real White said that drug dealing wasn’t something he would ever do, but once he started he became “addicted” to selling meth. Although the fictional Mr. White was a high school chemistry teacher and literally brewed his own methamphetamine, the real Walter White did not cook up his own supply, but instead dealt the drugs who were supplied to him by a counter-part in California. Upon the real Mr. White’s arrest the DEA and police found two handguns, $15,000 and four ounces of meth, which the judge involved in the case said was nothing in comparison to the 32 pounds of meth he is accused of dealing all across the state.

Via The Independent:

Judge says TV character’s namesake distributed an ‘extraordinary’ quantity of methamphetamine across Montana

Second, we meet a Mr. Stephen Doran who teaches math at the Match Charter School in Boston, MA. Mr. Doran, aged 57, has cancer, just like Walter White in Breaking Bad, but the similarities don’t end there. Mr. Doran was arrested by state troopers after they discovered 480 grams of methamphetamine in his possession which were mailed to him at his school by the US Postal Service. The police have said that Mr. Doran was in possession of $50,000 worth of meth, and after searching his home found $10,000 in cash and an additional 38 grams of meth.

Via Daily Mail:

When he appeared in court, bald-headed Doran’s lawyer said he has undergone months of chemotherapy for stage three cancer. ‘His life was on the line – literally,’ he said.

Third, we have Mr. Dicky Joe Jackson, who was spending time in jail for moving a kilo of marijuana in the late 80’s when he found out his son Cole was dying of a rare condition that required chemotherapy and eventually an expensive bone marrow transplant ($25o,000). Because the family had lost it’s health insurance, they were forced to sell off all of their possessions as well as asking friends and even celebrities for help, but in the end they were still $150,000 short of paying for the operation and the expensive treatment that would follow. That’s when a dealer Mr. Jackson knew offered to pay him to transport drugs from California to Texas for $5000 per trip. Jackson made the journeys for a year before being caught.

Via RT:

“I was desperate,” Jackson told Salon. “I had to get the money. Before I had kids, I’d never known there was a love like that. Once you have kids the whole game changes. There ain’t nothing you wouldn’t do for them especially if they’re sick.

Boredom TV documentary featuring Sobriety can be downloaded

Monday, December 16th, 2013
Boredom, the acclaimed documentary with scenes shot at is now downloadable on the internet. The film, the first on the science of Boredom, makes the case that boredom can be factor in drug addiction and high risk behaviours.

Directed by resident Laughologist, Albert Nerenberg, Boredom has

Boredom, a documentary with scenes at can be downloaded.

been called “hugely entertaining” (The Montreal Gazette) and “revolutionary” (Mike FM). The film makes the case that boredom is actually a stress condition.  In scenes shot at Sobriety’s Heritage Home, recovering addicts explain that boredom plays a key part on the road to addiction as well as in the risk of relapse.

The film was originally commissioned by the Documentary Channel.
To download Boredom go to: