Benzodiazepines, such as Valium and Xanax, are a group of tranquilizer drugs frequently used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia, and various other conditions. Many people treat “benzos” lightly, thinking that they are less dangerous than other kinds of drugs. Because of this misconception and their relatively widespread availability, benzodiazepines are frequently abused.
Many people in the 12 Step community have seen the Hallmark film "My Name Is Bill W." which tells the story of Alcoholics Anonymous Co-founder Bill Wilson. Last fall, the film’s screenwriter, William G. Borchert, published a memoir about his own struggle with alcoholism and his successful recovery.
When most people hear the word addiction, they often think of it as being limited to various substances and behaviors, such as drugs, alcohol, sex, or gambling. Engaging in these activities is supposed to make us feel good, at least for a time. So we can understand how one could fall victim to their appeal.
Marijuana “dabbing” has become increasingly popular in recent years. Dabbing refers to the inhalation of a concentrated tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) product created through butane extraction. THC is the principal psychoactive agent in cannabis, the scientific name of the marijuana-yielding plant.
“No man is an island entire to itself” wrote the poet John Donne in the 17th century, and this adage certainly applies to people in active addiction. In fact, addiction is often described as a family disease.
It is a crisis of truly epidemic proportions. Opioid-related overdose deaths have quadrupled in the United States since the year 2000. The U.S. currently averages 110 overdose deaths from legal and illegal drugs every day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paint a fairly grim picture: