Meditation in Moderation
There are a number of twelve steps programs in the world today for various types of self-help. There are twelve step recovery programs for addiction, compulsive behaviors, twelve steps to a better life, twelve steps to better parenting, and many more – these programs are all based originally on the twelve steps from Alcoholics Anonymous. However, no matter which you are seeking help for or what you are fighting recovery for in your life, the twelve steps remain very similar.
Substituting One Drug for Another?
There is a lot of controversy and anger from recovering addicts and the community at large about the use of Suboxone and methadone with persons in active addiction. There is a real stigma in the recovery world, drug world, and in our communities attached to using methadone or Suboxone—social media has become a huge perpetrator in this regard. I looked on recovery Facebook pages, and here are some of the comments I came across.
Safe Injection Sites
The global opioid epidemic has brought the previously underground drug world to the forefront of the media. The most popular problem-solving technique seems to be the use of safe using sites. Also known as safe injection sites, these facilities are popping up in urban centers across the United States and Canada; however, these safe using sites were already in place across the globe. Switzerland was responsible for spearheading this concept, opening the first safe injection site in 1986. Canada’s first site opened as a response to an overwhelming increase in Hep-C and AIDS infections in 2003 in Vancouver. With the passing of Bill C-37, things are changing. This bill will simplify the process of applying for an exemption that would allow certain activities to take place at a supervised consumption site, meaning that these sites can have a simpler operating process. Recently, Canada has opened three safe using facilities in Toronto, one in Ottawa, one in Surrey, and one in British Columbia.