Healing Invisible Wounds: Veterans, Trauma, and Addiction in South Africa

The Unique Challenges Faced by Veterans Veterans returning home from service encounter unique challenges that go beyond the physical injuries one might expect from combat environments. Invisible wounds, such as mental health issues, are far more common among returning soldiers. Conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety are...

The Importance Of Self-care In Heroin Addiction Recovery

Navigating the turbulent waters of heroin addiction, I've walked the challenging path many South Africans face today. I understand the sleepless nights, the silent battles, and the hope for a new dawn. Through my journey, I've come to realize that self-care isn't just a trendy phrase—it's a lifeline in the...

Coping With The Stigma Of Dual Diagnosis And Addiction

Coping with dual diagnosis and addiction is a complicated path that is sometimes exacerbated by societal stigma. This journey, your path, is special and one-of-a-kind to you. It is, nevertheless, a path shared by many South Africans, particularly in the bustling city of Johannesburg. This journey has a strong relationship...

Tackling Opioids: Should Big Pharma Pay for the Mess It Made?

Should Big Pharmaceutical companies be held liable for contributing to the opioid crisis? It's an issue I consider frequently as a public servant enforcing drug decriminalization laws. Everyone in South Africa who is in recovery or knows someone who is should be concerned about this issue. The aggressive advertising of...

The Role of Rehabilitation in Achieving Sustainable Recovery

As a life coach guiding individuals on their recovery journey, I can assure you that embarking on the path towards sobriety isn't just about letting go of the substance. It's about embracing a new way of life, a fulfilling life that redefines your relationship with yourself and the world around...

Dealers in White Coats

The opioid crisis in the United States, a public health nightmare that is still unfolding, resulted from a toxic combination of intent, access, oversight, and socioeconomic factors. The late-1990s surge in prescriptions for opioid-based painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone was a major driving force behind this epidemic. At the time,...

Challenging the Belief That Once An Addict, Always An Addict

In the realm of addiction and recovery, there is a prevailing belief that once someone becomes an addict, they will forever remain an addict. This notion can be disheartening and discouraging for individuals seeking to break free from the grip of addiction. However, it's important to challenge this belief and...