A professor of mine once said “Addiction must feel similar to how I feel trying to get a cup of coffee in the morning.” The students in the room responded to her comment with a little chuckle but she stopped us and said, “I’m serious. When I wake up the first and only thing I’m thinking about is how to get a cup of coffee. But once I have the coffee, I’m ok and I can go about my day.”

Caffeinated: Society’s Everyday Addiction

A professor of mine once said “Addiction must feel similar to how I feel trying to get a cup of coffee in the morning.” The…

Although it is a tragedy to see young people struggle with and perish to their addiction, it is uplifting to see America changing its approach on addiction. After all, victims of addiction are people who have passions, talents, and loved ones who care about them. They are not merely criminals who have morally failed and it’s certainly time we stop treating them that way.

The Opioid Epidemic: Who is Fighting for Change?

While at lunch with a coworker, she excitedly updated me on the gossip about the Bachelorette—a popular American reality show.  I’ll admit my thoughts started…

Over 21 million Americans suffered from a substance use disorder in 2014--a number that is greater than the entire population of New York State. As the United States faces what has been deemed a drug epidemic, with the increased use of heroin and opioids, prevention agencies struggle to find a way to effectively reach the general public, while treatment for those already addicted is scarce.

Addicted: Society’s Stigma Surrounding Addiction

Over 21 million Americans suffered from a substance use disorder in 2014—a number that is greater than the entire population of New York State.  As…

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