Addiction

A whiskey is gonna get some drank. The push and pull between alcohol abuse and religion is about as old as time. In Old Testament accounts, as well as Egyptian and Babylonian histories, there are various stories that describe the effects of alcohol dependence and the follies it brings. Still today, the relationship between religious groups and alcoholism is rocky and complicated. Most religious groups, particularly in the United States, push against the over consumption of alcohol. However, the methods that have been conducted to reduce alcoholism in these communities display a polarity of positives and negatives that can only ever be found in a landscape as polarizing as religion...

Negative thinking, negative self talk, and thought distortions can be major barriers in the recovery process, as they lead you to be believe that you are less capable and less worthy of recovery than you actually are. Part of what we do at Pomarri is help our clients recognize their own thought distortions—and then enable them to break free of these distortions.

As we experience life, our brain goes through a series of highly complicated processes. It is constantly distinguishing, separating, and generating what we like, similar to a Google search. Just as Google generates data for us to sift through, the limbic center of our brain...

“It was a bleary Tuesday afternoon and I sat awkwardly in a metal folding chair, trying not to squirm. There were six other folding chairs placed in a semi-circle beside me, filled with other women who looked at least as uncomfortable as I was. A woman with strawberry blonde hair, graying at the temples, and wearing a tweed jacket with leather elbow patches entered the room. She welcomed us to what felt like a sad sewing circle: the Tuesday Trauma Group.

PART 3 As more states begin to adopt the legalization of marijuana in multiple forms, we must begin to truly measure the effects that it is likely to have on society. ‘The Effects of Legalizing Marijuana’ is a series of articles that will examine the economic benefits that marijuana legalization has had in the states that have legalized it, the challenges that law enforcement has had in regulating it, and the ways that medical marijuana has impacted the way the healthcare industry. It must be noted that this examination is meant to be an unbiased assessment of the ways that legalized marijuana will impact society, and is not meant to sway opinions one way or the other. Chain effect across states One of the main reasons that it is so difficult to measure the effect that legalizing marijuana will have on American society is that one must predict the effects that it will have across the whole country, and how that differs from the effects that it already has on the states where it has been legalized. As marijuana is legalized in more and more states, it is almost inevitable that it will eventually be taken off of the Controlled Substances List and become legal in Federal law. As usage begins to climb, state-by-state, it seems very likely that it will begin to exponentially grow, as the Federal repercussions diminish.

PART 2 As more states begin to adopt the legalization of marijuana in multiple forms, we must begin to truly measure the effects that it is likely to have on society. ‘The Effects of Legalizing Marijuana’ is a series of articles that will examine the economic benefits that marijuana legalization has had in the states that have legalized it, the challenges that law enforcement has had in regulating it, and the ways that medical marijuana has impacted the way the healthcare industry. It must be noted that this examination is meant to be an unbiased assessment of the ways that legalized marijuana will impact society, and is not meant to sway opinions one way or the other. Increase in use As the legalization of marijuana continues to sweep across the country, the usage of the drug is predicted to climb, as well. Although there have been no statistically relevant increases in the usage of marijuana since it was recreationally legalized in Colorado, there are still many reasons to assume that it will continue to rise. First of all, Colorado was already the state with the highest amount of marijuana usage before it was legalized, so it’s no surprise that it continues to be so afterwards. Second of all, marijuana is still an illegal substance, according to Federal law, which means that many citizens may be holding off, while it is still a possibility to be prosecuted by the Federal government. However, as more states begin to adopt the legalization of recreational marijuana, it is likely that Federal law will change, also. This will probably lead to marijuana becoming more commonplace, such as alcohol and cigarettes.

PART 1 One of the most prominent topics of the modern drug conversation lies in marijuana, and particularly, the legalization of it in various ways. We have already begun to see particular trends take place. For example, recreational marijuana is already legal in four states, plus the District of Columbia, and medical marijuana is legal in another 21 states. These numbers are likely to increase after the coming election, and even more so as the years continue. The truth is that the legalization of marijuana, medically and recreationally, is something that is unlikely going to be stopped. What does this mean for society, though? And what effect will this have on people who suffer from addiction?