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Pharma Company Will Now Offer Free Narcan Nasal Spray to All High Schools

Pharma Company Will Now Offer Free Narcan Nasal Spray to All High Schools

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Author: Shernide Delva

With the prescription pain killer epidemic spreading all over the country, high schools are faced with having to deal with the potential of an overdose happening on school grounds. Now, in an effort to combat the opioid overdose problem in schools, the company Adapt Pharma will offer all high schools in the United States a free carton of Narcan nasal spray.

The announcement was made during the Clinton health Matters Initiation Activation Summit on Monday, January 25. The overall goal of the program is to assist in efforts to address the growing risk of opioid overdoses among American high-school students. In the past few months, we have posted about pharmacies now offering Narcan and the concept of school nurses having Narcan on hand. However, this is a very hand-on approach to placing Narcan in schools for free.

The Clinton Health Matters Initiative presently is focusing its work to back national efforts to provide universal naloxone access. Seamus Mulligan, the chairman and CEO of Adapt Pharma, Ltd, a pharmaceutical company based in Ireland, explained the importance of the program:

“We understand the crucial role schools can play to change the course of the opioid overdose epidemic by working with students and families. We also want every high school in the country to be prepared for an opioid emergency by having access to a carton of NARCAN Nasal Spray at no cost.”

As a result, Adapt Pharma will offer a free carton of Nurcan (naloxone hydrochloride) nasal spray to all high schools in the United States. With this initiative, the next problem that comes to mind is education on the use of Nurcan to stop an overdose. That is where the second program coming in. The second initiative by Adapt Pharma is to offer a grant to the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) to support their educational efforts concerning opioid overdose education materials. NASN has been in full support of the use or Narcan nasal spray and plans to further educational efforts on treating overdoses.

NASN President Beth Mattey elaborates on the necessity of school nurses having access to Nurcan since often school nurses act as first responders in the school setting,

“We educate our students, families, and school staff about prescription drug and substance abuse, and help families seek appropriate treatment and recovery options. Having access to naloxone can save lives and is often the first step toward recovery. We are taking a proactive approach to address the possibility of a drug overdose in school.”

Nurcan nasal spray is the latest cutting edge emergency treatment for opioid overdoses. Nurcan is not a substitute for medical emergency care however if used immediately, Nurcan can help save the life of many. When it comes to overdoses, time is of the essence. Previously, naloxone was only available injectable forms, most commonly delivered by syringe or auto-injected. With nasal sprays, it is easier for more people to use.

The need for action is more than necessary. According to recent reports, over 44,000 people die from accidental overdoses each year in the United States.  Most of these deaths are from opioids such as pain medications and heroin.  There has been a five-fold increase in the total number of heroin-related deaths from 2001 to 2013 and the numbers have continued to climb. The death toll can be reduced if we can get naloxone in the hands of more people.

As the number of people affected by drug addiction continues to soar, the nation needs to look at every option out there. Implementing training to administer Nurcan in high schools can save lives in the most critical moments. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.

7 Fearless Ways Successful People Think

7 Fearless Ways Successful People Think

Author: Shernide Delva

Ever wonder what makes a successful person successful? It can be challenging to make goals for your future, especially after overcoming an addiction. However, in recovery, you finally have the opportunity to live successfully without fear being in the way. Furthermore, a recently published list defined the seven fearless ways successful people think. Perhaps you can implement one or more of these personality traits and get one step closer to achieving your version of success.

Successful people:

  1. Move On From the Past
    Successful people are not afraid to move on with life. They do not “waste time feeling sorry for themselves.” Perhaps you have had a traumatic childhood or a very difficult past dealing with drug addiction. Either way, it is up to you to move on from your past because your past is not productive to your future. When people stop dwelling on the past, they bounce back from mistakes faster. They are able to be more successful in life because they do not waste time dwelling on things they cannot change. Instead, they use that extra time to focus on conquering new goals.
  2. Keep Their Power
    Strong people do not give others the power to make them feel inferior. Rather than allowing others to give their opinion, successful people are aware that everyone has a different opinion and that not all opinions matters. Therefore, they know that the only opinion that ultimately matters is the opinion they have of themselves. Even when insults or criticism seems personal, successful people know how to look ahead and ignore the outside forces tearing them down.
  3. Accept Change
    Change is challenging for everyone. However, change is a necessary component of life. Successful people do well with change. An old expression states the only certainty in life Is death and change. Therefore, mentally strong, fearless, successful people think in a way that allows them to make and accept change. Change also is incredibly important in improving your future. If you are stuck on old habits and old mindsets, you will never be able to build up the courage to change who you are for the better. Successful people take on the challenge of change.
  4. Applaud Other People’s Success
    Successful people are encouraged, not negative, when others in their life experience success. Jealously and resentment can prohibit you from reaching your optimum level of success. It takes strength to feel genuine joy and excitement for others. Successful people are able to differentiate their success from the success of others.
  5. Take Calculated Risks
    Successful people know that risks are a part of life. They are not careless with risks but “weigh the risks and benefits” thoroughly, and will fully assess the potential downsides and even the worst-case scenarios before they take action,” the article notes. Risks are what make life interesting and not taking risks can keep you in a stale stagnant place. Successful people are able to take risks when it makes sense to them.
  6. Remain Resilient
    Successful people are able to remain resilient when they fail. Let’s face it: Successful people fail to. The only difference is that they get up and never stop fighting for their success. Successful people are able to fail and fail again as long as each failure provides a learning experience and can help bring them closer to reaching their ultimate goal. Sometimes failure teaches you more than success. Learning how to grow from failure is an excellent tool for achieving your goals.
  7. Earn Their Wins
    Successful people earn their success. They do not expect it. They do not feel like the world owes them anything. Successful people know that it requires effort to achieve success. They do not expect to be handed their wants and needs. Successful people know that through hard work, eventually they will earn everything they want in life. The world may not owe them anything, however they know the only way to achieve anything is through working hard for it.

Everyone has a different definition of success. Whether it is a career, family or personal goals, the only way to achieve those goals is by living and breathing them. Hard work will eventually pay off. Overcoming your addiction could be one hurdle you need to overcome most to get on the path to success. Therefore, if you are struggling, you need to admit your weaknesses and get on the right path today. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.

New Mayday Music Video Hits Hard on Heroin Addiction

New Mayday Music Video Hits Hard on Heroin Addiction

Author: Justin Mckibben

I’ll go ahead and get this out of the way, I love me some Mayday music. Been a fan for a little while now, and I am certain these guys are some of the most underrated artists in the hip hop scene. Their style of music is unique in so many ways, and each individual is extremely talented and consistent with their contribution to this awesome band.

Now with their newest album “Future Vintage” the band is back to killing the game with more and more evolution of style, and as always they bring with them some tunes that carry a heavy message. One message in particular was found on their recent track “Against My Better Judgement” with a compelling music video that just premiered all about the suffering and devastation of heroin addiction, with an uplifting call to action.

More about Mayday

For those of you who don’t know, Mayday (¡Mayday!) is an American hip hop group originally based out of beautiful Miami, Florida. The group consists of:

  • Bernz- (Rapper/vocalist)
  • Ben Miller (aka Wrekonize)- Rapper/vocalist
  • Ken Preiser (aka Plex Luthor)- Producer/keyboard player/guitarist
  • Andrews Mujica (aka NonMS)- Percussionist
  • Terrel (aka L T Hopkins)- Drummer
  • Gianni Perocapi (aka Gianni Cash)- Bassist

Mayday is currently signed on with the underground king of building independent hip hop empires himself- Tech N9ne– and his label Strange Music.

This definitely isn’t the first time Mayday  has addressed substance abuse, and in reality more often than not they seem to promote drinking and partying. However, the band is also very good at looking at a real issue and making a creative and conscious effort to trying to inspire change through their music as well.

For instance “Shortcuts & Dead Ends” is a song talking about the burdens faced when trying to make a name for yourself, and touches on the idea of addressing personal flaws and defects while fighting off the demons of a life in vices.

Mayday Hits Heroin Addiction Hard

The 5-minute music video for “Against My Better Judgment” is truly captivating and gripping, even if you haven’t ever experience addiction first hand this is the kind of imagery that puts the emotion of the lyrics to the story on the screen. The video recently premiered exclusively on Yahoo Music, and in it you watch this desperate and almost disturbing series of event, unfolding a dismaying story of a young couple living for their next fix.

Some moments get quite graphic in nature, and you see the couple using, fighting, and the female character taking part in a compromising exchange for her next fix. You can’t help but fear for the two, and the female character tugs at your heart strings and yanks them around and tangles them up with her frantic running down the street, between their shambled home and the drug dealer- all the while she pushes an empty baby stroller, which you can seek symbolism for later on.

The song takes a more acoustic and harmonious approach on the record they’ve described as a love song about our vices.” The song is also a call for help many can probably recognize with words like:

“Cause I don’t know what else to do / Will you help me through?”

The message behind the song happens to be particularly personal for the video’s director, Jason Cantu, who lost a close friend to drugs the week prior to shooting the video. After watching the video and reading that, it gave me the chills to see how real Cantu was able to express that pain in the short film.

Most inspiring is toward the end, we see the female character find her way into a room resembling a support group. One would assume she has hit a hard bottom and stumbles into a 12 Step meeting where she is instantly embraced and comforted by the people sitting around the circle, and against the melody Mayday plays out in these moments it is a really impressive and emotionally charged moment for anyone who has ever experienced the horrors of addiction and managed to find some help.

On a personal level, this video struck home in a number of ways, and it tries to show in so many frames of film how addiction and drug abuse impacts so many lives all at once, and at the end it shows us two alternate paths addiction can lead us to. Between the couples journey and seeing what each character endures in the end is powerful, and I promise if you are paying attention you will get an emotive response from this piece of collective and socially conscious art.

Music and music videos are another way we share our feelings and experiences to help each other, and it is true drug use and addiction are closely involved with hip hop. But it is also true that we can chose to give a different power to the pieces of our lives, and it all begins with a step away from addiction toward recovery. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135

6 Signs of Being Too Dependent

6 Signs of Being Too Dependent

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Author: Justin Mckibben

It isn’t always easy to see the signs of being too dependent, especially in ourselves, but a lot of us have developed some emotional habits that put us in a position to depend on others in some form or another. They say we all need somebody to lean on… but how much is too much, and how many of us depend on others to the point where we would collapse without them?

These signs are not always easy to read and identify with, because of course we all want to believe we can be independent and strong as an individual, so seeing a reflection in the mirror that tells us we exhibit dependent characteristics is going to bruise the ego a bit.

Every person struggling with independence will one day reach a point when they realize they cannot climb any higher in life without taking a few steps alone, self-discovery. Those of us who battle with dependency issues can apply our dependent nature to all types of things, including:

So here are just 6 signs of being too dependent. Maybe some of these apply to you, and maybe that means it is time to sever some ties, take off the training wheels and find a way without depending on others for happiness, security and purpose.

  1. Can’t make everyday decisions on their own

Now before we get too far into this, appreciate the fact that of course if you’re going to make a major life decision that could alter the course of your future then I’m not giving you grief for talking it over and getting a variety of opinions from family and friends. By all means, crowd source the heavy stuff.

But with being too dependent we are talking about being incapable of making everyday decisions without someone else’s guidance, or every time the decision is made it is motivated by fear instead of logic.

  1. Fear of confrontation  

The fear of confrontation follows along with a lot of the other fears of someone who struggles with being codependent, such as the fear of failure or the fear of making the wrong decisions on their own.

A person who is too dependent frequently does not feel worthy of having an opinion, especially one that differs from the opinion of someone else they feel they need, and to express that opinion seems even more impossible. If you notice yourself holding back on speaking your mind and standing for what you believe in because it might not work with someone else, it is a very real sign of being too dependent.

  1. Fear of failure

People who are too dependent tend to shy away from being exposed and vulnerable because it may cause others to realize how “worthless” they really are.

The fear of being a failure and having your weaknesses put on public display can cause immense anxiety for someone who is too dependent. For people used to depending on others it is easier to avoid failure by not taking initiative or following through with actions. People who are too dependent typically find themselves abandoning their goals before they even get started on the journey.

  1. Cannot be alone

Always expecting the worst is part of being too dependent, and this sense of impending dread often leads them to not feeling competent enough to live their own lives without others.

Being alone means being vulnerable and unprotected, which are both things overly dependent people will try to alleviate with the presence of other people… even if those other people are not good for them.

To someone who is overly dependent it is impossible to comprehend having to cope with whatever life throws at them on their own- so of course people who are too dependent rely on the stability and strength of others to see them through… even if those other people aren’t as stable or as strong as the dependent would believe.

  1. Always seeking approval

This may especially hard for a dependent person to acknowledge, because no one wants to admit they are a people pleaser. One was that people who are too dependent trick themselves into justifying their overly dependent and unhealthy behavior is by adopting the other person’s expectations as their own.

If the person struggling with being dependent “fails”, they assume it is a failure not only to the expectations of the other person but also their own, and thus each failure reinforces the detrimental judgment of self.

Dependent people crave validation and approval. Some would say a dependent person desires approval as desperately as an alcoholic craves a drink, so an alcoholic with a dependent personality in relationships has a lot standing against them.

  1. Lack of Boundaries

In most cases the only boundary the person has is to be included in the relationship they latch onto, and subsequently all other personal boundaries are unsolidified and traversable if it helps them keep their grip on that desired relationship.

This unhealthy and self-depreciating willingness to ignore or alter personal boundaries in order to maintain a relationship creates a vulnerability that some people look to exploit.

Some personality types are happy to find out how much a person is willing to give, then use them for all they have for as long as they can. The needs are never met, and the dependent person will never feel enough- this cycle is terrible and tragic, and so many people who have to rebuild emotionally due to drugs or alcohol tend to become overly dependent in some aspect of their life, putting them in greater danger than they realize.

Overall, becoming independent in any kind of relationship can end up supporting your sobriety exponentially. In some cases, it can lead to relapse. In recovery we learn to be less dependent on people and instead rely on our principles and our actions, along with a spiritual fitness. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135

Does Your Astrological Sign Reveal Your Addictions?

Does Your Astrological Sign Reveal Your Addiction?

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Author: Shernide Delva

We are born at a given moment, in a givenplace and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more.
-Carl Jung

Astrology is an ancient science that dates back to 4th century BC. Generally, the Babylonians are credited as being the creators of astrology.  Astrology was taken very seriously at one time, however today, most people appreciate its ability to give insights into our persona. Let me preface this article by stating that if you are not into astrology, you may think this entire concept is bizarre, nonetheless it is interesting to have an open mind when it comes to concepts like this and how it relates to who we have become.

That being said, astrologers believe our astrological sign may clue to addictive behaviors we are most vulnerable to. Everyone has something that they turn to for comfort in moments of emotional imbalance. Some people have healthier addictions, others have destructive ones. For example, while one person may turn to alcohol, another person may turn to exercising. It seems like some people turn to more hardcore methods of comfort versus other people who turn to healthier releases. Why is this?

We are not quite sure, however according to the ancient science of astrology, your sign plays a major role in why you gravitate towards certain addictions. Ultimately, this information is more to open our mind to the ancient science of astrology and what astrologers believe about the way our signs define us. Perhaps your sign really does correlate with your addiction. Only one way to find out…

Astrology 101: Most Likely Addictions For Each Sign

  • Aries (March 21st-April 19th):
    Personality Characteristics: Spontaneous, Daring, Active, Courageous and Energetic.
    Aries tend to be go-getters, independent and leaders. They also have characteristics of being stubborn and set in their ideals.
    Common Addictions: Drinking and Antidepressants .  Aries is a fire sign. They are very stubborn and defiant. Often, Aries relieve stress by drinking or taking antidepressants. They also are very fond of smoking.  Many articles stated that due to the Aries’ stubborn nature, they have very hard time giving up their addictions.
  • Taurus (April 20th-May 20th):
    Personality Characteristics: Reliability, Practicality, Ambition, Sensuality, and Independence. Taurus signs tend to be one of the most stable of all the zodiac signs. Their biggest weaknesses are that they can be lazy, stubborn, materialistic and possessive at times.
    Common Addictions: Food.  Every article listed food as being the most common addiction with the Taurus sign. Taurus personalities have a natural love of food that can get to an addictive level. Often, the Taurus sign copes with stress by binge eating.
  • Gemini (May 21st-June 20th):
    Personality Characteristics: Gentle, Affectionate, Curious, Adaptable, and Fast Learners.
    Common Addictions: Cigarettes and Sex. The Gemini sign is hindered by nervous energy and fear of being alone which results in many Gemini personalities using smoking as a coping mechanism. Geminis can also be adrenaline junkies who can become addicted to the high of love and sex, however they become bored easily. For this reason, they are prone to sex addiction and have a high risk of internet addiction as well.
  • Cancer (June 21st-July 22nd):
    Personality Characteristics: Creativity, Spontaneity, Loyalty, and Generosity. The cancer sign is a very emotional sign and they tend to want to take care of others.
    Common Addictions: Pills and Booze. Unfortunately, cancer’s loyalty and emotional sensitivity can be a negative for the cancer sign. This sign is ruled by the moon which makes them a victim of their own moods. Therefore the cancer sign will try to escape their mood through their addiction. There heightened emotional intensity makes them vulnerable to tactics that numb the pain.
  • Leo (July 23rd-August 22nd):
    Personality Characteristics: Warm, Action-oriented and driven. Tend to love the limelight.
    Common Addictions: Gambling and Infidelity. This sign was mentioned as being the center of attention. Their negative quality of thinking they are immortal makes them prone to do things in excess. They often indulge in every vice imaginable. They enjoy the thrill of big risks and the high of winning, however this makes them vulnerable to gambling addiction and being unfaithful in relationships. 
  • Virgo (August 23rd-September 22nd):
    Personality Characteristics:
    Super Hardworking, Loyal, Analytical, Kind, and Practical. The perfectionist sign. They are go-getters and high achievers.
    Common Addictions: Pills that relax like Valium; Workaholics. Virgos were described to be uptight and obsessive compulsive if things do not go according to plain. They often take pills like valium to relax their compulsive perfectionist nature. They also tend to be very into exercise and health consciousness as they despise laziness.
  • Libra (September 23rd-October 22nd):
    Personality Characteristics: Kind, Gentle, Idealistic and Outgoing. Tend to be very social.
    Common Addictions: Alcohol and Recreational Drugs. This sign will use any recreational drug to escape their reality. They often use alcohol to relax and to deal with their abundance of commitments. What starts off as social experimentation can lead into addictive behavior.
  • Scorpio (October 23rd-November 21st):
    Personality Characteristics: Loyal, Passionate, Observant and Dynamic.
    Common Addictions: Sex and Pornography. Every article mentioned Scorpio signs as have extremely high sex drive making them very likely to fall into sex addiction. Scorpio’s passionate and obsessive personality paired with an extremely high sex drive make them very vulnerable to a full blown sex addiction/porn addiction.
  • Sagittarius (November 22nd-December 21st):
    Personality Characteristics:
    Curious, Adventurous, Restless, Hard Working and Spontaneous.
    Common Addictions:
    Exercise and Sex Addiction. Due to the Sagittarius need for perfection and desire for physical activity, it is not uncommon for a Sagittarius to be obsessed with exercise and abundance.  Also not uncommon for Sagittariuses to have drinking and money problems. Sagittarius is another sign that feels immortal and want to get away with as much as possible. Hard to settle down.
  • Capricorn (December 22nd-January 19th):
    Personality Characteristics: Ambitious, Conservative, Determined, Practical and Helpful. High desire to succeed.
    Common Addictions: Shopping and Eating Disorders. The Capricorn loves success and making money however they love accumulating fancy things which can lead to overabundance and financial strain. In addition, the Capricorn can struggle with body image and is prone to exercise addiction or eating disorders.  This sign is mentioned as being less prone to addiction than others.
  • Aquarius (January 20th-February 18th):
    Personality Characteristics: Truthfulness, Curious, Affectionate, Frank and Imaginative. Progressive and independent, tends not to get attached to much.
    Common Addictions: Drug Experimentation.  This sign is not likely to stick to any one drug. They are very open-minded and will try anything once. When that attitude opens up to constant drug use, it can become an addiction. This sign is not very prone to addictive behavior since they are always trying new things however if they do become addicted, it is a long battle to recovery.
  • Pisces (February 19th-March 20th):
    Personality Characteristics:
    Compassionate, Artistic, Sensitive, and Wise
    Common Addictions:
    Alcohol or Marijuana. The Pisces sign has a very go-with-the-flow demeanor which makes marijuana a common choice. However, due to the Pisces emotional nature, often the Pisces sign will find comfort in alcohol. These sensitive souls also use drugs that help escape painful emotions like painkillers or tranquilizers.

There you have it. How accurate was this for you? Overall, it is interesting to understand how our astrological signs could play into our vulnerabilities to certain addictions.

Whether astrology relates to our addictions or not, the important thing is to admit when we need help to overcome those addictions. Just because you are vulnerable to something does not mean you are unable to overcome it.  Seek help today. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.

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