It's Time To Start Living Your Life Free Of Addiction

It's Time To Start Living Your Life Free Of Addiction

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So, I was scrolling through my facebook page as I do often and I saw this picture that was talking about Demi Lovato and Mac Miller. It said " when Demi overdosed the internet was filled with hateful memes and ridicule. Then shortly after Mac Miller passed away from an overdose and there were so much compassion and love."

Which makes me wonder must someone die from their addiction in order to receive any kind of compassion and understanding?

If that is the case, this world is honestly so messed up! I don't think sitting here bashing Demi for her addiction is the way to go about it, yes I get it she overdosed and all that, but she is getting the help she needs now to overcome this awful disease.

It is very sad that Mac Miller didn't get the chance to get the help he needed and passed away, but I also don't think it's right that he is getting all this sympathy after he passed away and she gets bashed all over social media...it's just not fair. Don't get me wrong, I loved Mac but it's not right the way people are handling this situation.

I personally think it can be looked at both ways a choice and a disease. I only say this because it is a choice to start taking that drug or whatever it may be. It is also a disease that is horrible to get caught up in, and it a very hard thing to overcome. I personally know people that have struggled from this awful disease! It's not a joke it is a horrible disease!

I have a different outlook on choice and addiction than other people. I personally think that they go hand in hand with each other, because it's a choice to start taking the drugs, which then you can potentially get addicted to. I understand that it can be easy to get addicted to the drug which then makes your body think it needs it to function.

I guess you can say my main point is, that if you don't try the drugs to begin with you won't end up with this awful disease that is killing more and more people each day. I also understand that people start taking these drugs for many different reasons, some of the reasons may be to "fit in" with their friends, or because they are just simply so stressed they don't know what else to turn to.

I think that if we can have less hate and more awareness of addiction it will benefit a lot more people because bashing people for doing drugs isn't going to get you anywhere other than them taking more.

We need to get more awareness out about the drug addiction, if you or someone you know is struggling from addiction, don't hesitate to get help or help the other person out! There are numbers you can call anonymously and get help, there are even local places you can go to and get help!

If we stop the arguing over if its a choice or a disease maybe people will want to start helping and then start living!

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8 Reasons Girls Who Love Tequila Are Better

Because if she can handle tequila, she can handle you too.
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There are all kinds of alcohol stereotypes out there but the one associated with tequila is probably the worst: tequila makes you crazy. But if there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that women who drink tequila are one-of-a-kind.

Whether it's loving or fighting, you'll never find anyone who does it better than a girl who just straight up loves tequila, and here are a few reasons why that is.

1. She's independent

A girl who drinks tequila is probably the same girl who has absolutely no problem telling it like it is. She knows what she wants and goes after it.

2. She doesn't care what you or anyone else thinks

Oh, you have a problem with me taking shots and having a good time? Well, get over it! Bartender, a shot with salt and a lime please!

3. Always dancing

Tequila is an 'upper' so instead of sitting at the bar doing nothing, let's dance! Let's get moving!

4. There is never a dull moment

Speaking of dancing, a girl who drinks tequila is always down for a good time. Whether it's going on an adventure or seeing who can take the most shots, a tequila girl is always down to party.

5. While everyone else is starting to get sleepy, she has all the energy

Like I said, tequila is an 'upper' so while the other girls at the bar are starting to feel groggy and sad, she's all over the place having fun and partying on the dancefloor.

6. She's stronger than the girl crying over a vodka cranberry at the bar.

Sad over a breakup? Don't go for the vodka... Tequila will make you feel better in no time! Plus you can challenge the hot guys at the bar to a shot taking contest.

7. Tequila is healthy for you

Tequila is a probiotic, so some tequila a day keeps the doctor away. Yay for shots!

8. She can hold her own when it comes to alcohol

Any girl who can shoot some shots at the bar all day and night can handle alcohol, which means she can handle herself too. You won't have to deal with her constant breakdowns and mood swings because she will be too busy ordering more shots.

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Stop Demonizing CBD Just Because You Associate It With THC

CBD doesn't get you high, do your research.

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I'm sure you've heard about CBD already, but if not, then let me break it down for you. Cannabidiol, CBD, is one of the hundreds of cannabinoids identified in the cannabis plant, but unlike the THC in the marijuana plant, it doesn't have any psychoactive properties.

CBD doesn't get you high.

When extracted from the plant, CBD has proven to be effective in the medical field. It has shown to be effective in the treatment of epilepsy, in the management of pain, in reducing depression and anxiety, and relieving cancer symptoms, among a host of other uses. New research from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York has revealed that CBD may be beneficial for society as a whole, too.

Researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital conducted the study to understand how we can fight the opioid epidemic through the discovery of alternative treatment options by assessing the potential effects of CBD on craving and anxiety in heroin users.

42 drug abstinent men and women between the ages of 21 and 65, who had recently stopped using heroin, were recruited for the study. Two groups were formed out of the participants: a control group that received a placebo and a test group that received CBD doses ranging from 400 mg to 800 mg per day. After administration, participants were exposed to neutral environmental cues and cues that would be considered drug-use inducing over three sessions. The cues in the environment were tested because an addict's environment and the cues it gives are the strongest triggers for relapse and continued drug use.

The results of the research hold great promise for the future of CBD.

Participants who were in the test group and given CBD had significantly reduced cravings for heroin, and noted feeling less anxiety when exposed to drug-use inducing cues. Moreover, the CBD had a lasting effect on this group as it continued to reduce cravings and relieve anxiety for seven days after the last dose was administered. In essence, this is the most important takeaway from the research: CBD had lasting effects well after it was present in the body. Numerous vital signs like heart rate, skin temperature, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation were taken to ensure only objective results were obtained since cravings and anxiety are subjective feelings. Another finding was a reduction in participants' heart rate and salivary cortisol levels, which would have both increased in the presence of anxiety-provoking images.

I think the evidence points to a logical conclusion: CBD is safe, it is effective in treating opioid addictions, and it is beneficial for those who experience a host of issues from pain, to anxiety, to epilepsy or to illnesses. Now is the time to keep pushing for legalization to continue larger scale studies and introduce CBD as a valid treatment option.

"A successful non-opioid medication would add significantly to the existing addiction medication toolbox to help reduce the growing death toll and enormous health care costs." - Yasmin Hurd, director of the Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

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