Society and Addiction

Do Hollywood Depictions of Addiction and Treatment Hit Their Mark?

illegal meth lab

Many times in popular movies, depictions of recreational drug use are played for big laughs. It’s Meryl Streep smoking weed in the guest bathroom in It’s Complicated and, as a result, acting quite bizarrely at her son’s graduation party. It’s a hyper-maniacal Ben Stiller lighting up the dance floor after mistakenly adding cocaine to his coffee instead of cane sugar in Starsky & Hutch. It’s Robert Downey Jr. – who, incidentally, spent a good chunk of time behind bars between 1996-2001 for illegal drug possession and use – accidentally getting high on medicinal marijuana with Zach Galifianakis while driving from […]

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What is a Workaholic?

We’ve all heard the expression, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” However, the sad truth of the matter is that today’s society places a premium on people who work long hours. This typically translates into being focused and industrious when it comes to all things work-related. Usually, this isn’t a problem as long as one’s professional life is balanced with a rewarding personal life. However, if your work starts to take on increasingly larger and larger portions of your time until it leaves room for little else, than you may have a work addiction problem. One […]

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Keeping Score: Why Total Wellness Should Be Priority No. 1 for Professional Athletes

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It’s no secret that a professional sports career comes with a pretty impressive perks package — worldwide recognition, an enviable seven-figure paycheck, flashy endorsement deals, adulation from fans of all ages, an instant platform to champion meaningful causes and so much more. What may seem like such a charmed life, however, comes with enormous pressures that are often left unaddressed. To consistently play at peak physical level, which, of course, is the expectation when organizations are investing so much money in someone’s talent, players often deal with nagging injuries. And rather than rehabilitating their torn-up knees and jacked-up backs properly, […]

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The Ripple Effect: Police Violence, Black Americans and Mental Health

Black Lives Matter protest

By Melissa Riddle Chalos Without question, exposure to violence produces a ripple effect that may have long-term negative consequences for victims. But what about entire communities exposed to systemic oppression and violence at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve? According to a 2018 study published in The Lancet that analyzed data from over 103,000 black adults, the medical journal found that in the days and months following police violence against unarmed African Americans, a significant spike in mental health distress among the population occurred.1 The conclusion was this: the perception and experience of systemic racism and the […]

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Is There a Connection between Prostitution and Drug or Alcohol Addiction?

Is There a Connection between Prostitution and Drug or Alcohol Addiction?

Drug and alcohol addiction are linked to many crimes, for many reasons. One of these crimes is prostitution. There are several reasons drug use and prostitution are linked, and several ways in which this relationship is continually changing. Sex Work and Drug Use Not all sex workers use drugs, and not all people who use drugs turn to sex work to finance their habit. The two aren’t locked together, but they do often overlap. “Street prostitution and street drug markets are often closely linked, supporting and reinforcing one another,” reports The U.S. Department of Justice. “Many street prostitutes use illegal […]

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