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There is a stigma about addiction in our community.

by Jasmine

Hello,

A friend of mine recently went through treatment for substance abuse. Although she’s grateful to be clean and happy to be home, readjusting has been a bit of a struggle; there’s a stigma about addiction in our community, so not all of our neighbors have welcomed her back with open arms.

I’m doing what I can to be a supportive friend, but the apathy from our neighbors has been weighing on me and I wanted to make a bigger impact. I decided to put together some resources about addiction and recovery and distribute them to promote knowledge and understanding of this complicated disease.

Every day people go through their daily routines. Some people wake up and head straight for the coffee pot, while others head out for an early morning run. Either way, these habits are encoded in their brain. They are basically running on "auto-pilot." But what happens when bad habits, like drug use, are introduced into the mix?

Habitual drug use can lead to addiction because these substances have the ability to rewire the brain. The following image shows how dopamine receptors are deduced in the addicted brain. For more on how bad habits can lead to addiction, view the full info-graphic on http://journeypureriver.com/addiction-vs-habit/.



Busting the Myths About Addiction
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/addiction-mythbusters-understand-what-triggers-addiction-and-how-to-manage-the-disease/

Understanding Addiction
https://www.ncadd.org/about-addiction/drugs/understanding-addiction

The Guide to Rebuilding Bridges with Your Loved Ones After Battling Addiction
http://www.addictioncampuses.com/rebuilding-bridges-with-loved-ones-after-addiction/

How to Talk to a Child About a Parent’s Addiction
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-sack-md/children-parents-addiction_b_2589947.html

What to Do if Your Teen or Young Adult has a Problem with Drugs
https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/treatment/what-to-do-if-your-teen-or-young-adult-has-problem-drugs

I’d also love to write a research-based guest article on this topic for your website. It would be free of charge and unique to your site!

Please let me know if you’re interested in an article — I’d be honored to do even more to promote awareness!

Sincerely,

Jasmine

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Thanks for your work!
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Jasmine,

Thanks for your work to increase awareness and support for those recovering from addictions. There is often a stigma about addiction, and raising awareness about recovery can be useful to help those effected as they try to successfully re-integrate back into their communities.

We do accept relevant guest blogs so please feel free to write and send us(through the contact us tab) any stories you think would be useful for our audience.

Thanks so much for your interest and support,

Debbie

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