Drug Addiction

Am I Addicted To Opioids?

Do you find yourself taking more Opioid pain medication than what you are prescribed? Do you check the clock frequently, hoping it is time for your next dose? Are you running out of medication before your next refill? Are beginning to feel the medication is losing its effectiveness and you need more and more just to feel okay? Have you ever purchased an opioid illegally or gotten some from a friend in a time of need?

Seabrook House Foundation’s Golf Outing 2012

One of my many perks of marketing and outreach is attending charity events that support recovery. On September 21, 2012 Sunrise Detox sponsored Seabrook House Foundation’s Golf Outing at Seaview Resort, in Gallway, New Jersey. The outing benefited those in need of treatment but who are unable to financially afford the increasing costs of treatment today. …

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The Reality of Addiction All Around Us

I had an ironic encounter with someone the night before the Seabrook House Foundation’s Charity Golf Tournament that really made me thankful for where I’m at now in my life. For those who don’t know me that well, I have been sober going on 12 years now and abstinent from gambling for the past 4 years. As …

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Ocean County Heroin Deaths

Donna Weaver wrote an article for The Press of Atlantic City entitled “Ocean County surge in heroin deaths spurs action to prevent tragedies“. She noted that Ocean County, NJ is on track to double the number of drug-related deaths on record for 2012. Already this year there are 54 deaths on record (53 at the time of that article). …

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NJ Drug Problems Reach Epidemic Status

As I have mentioned in previous posts this has now reached “Epidemic” status in New Jersey. The NJ Authorities now say “no community, however affluent or remote, is immune to the circumstances and impact of this trend. ” According to the 2010 report there were 843 drug related deaths , of which 402 were solely attributed to …

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True Story: Skilled Union Worker with Drug Addiction

Sometimes it helps to read someone else’s true story of addiction, and think about how things could be handled, or should be handled. Here is a recent story I received, that highlights some important aspects of detox, rehab, and recovery: My grandson turned 21 last week. He needs help, but he refuses to go to any …

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Addiction Doesn’t Have to End in Death

New Jersey is suffering from a wave of heroin and prescription pain killer abuse, but it is not a new thing like a plague or infectious agent. The abuse is a continuation of known behavior we’ve seen increase over many years — people experimenting and abusing drugs and alcohol.  The difference, and the reason our …

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Ocean County DART Coalition Event May 27

Tonight is the Ocean County DART Coalition Forum “Can We Talk – Are You Listening?” at the Pine Belt Arena from 5pm to 9pm. The event is being organized by Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato, and will focus on the heroin epidemic that is sweeping through New Jersey’s communities. I will be there, along with Ryan …

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Inpatient Detox v. Outpatient Detox

In order to understand why outpatient detox for drug addicts and alcoholics rarely gives satisfactory results, we have to review a couple of things about addiction. Addiction is a compulsion to use a substance or behavior to alter the way we feel. However, it is more than that: it is a physical and emotional way …

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