“I don’t pop Molly, I rock Tom Ford” is what Jay-Z raps about in one of his latest singles. Jay-Z references that his drug of choice is fashion designer pieces and not Molly. Several music artists are making references to Molly in their music. Yet, many people may not know what Molly is but they might be familiar with the dangerous side effects of the addictive drug known as Ecstasy.
What is Molly?
Essentially, an old drug from the late ‘90s and early 2000s- Ecstasy, is making a comeback as Molly. The drug known as “Molly” contains one of the main ingredients that ecstasy has- called MDMA. Molly is becoming a popular drug because many users believe the drug contains pure MDMA- a medication that was originally developed to treat depression.
Yet, the reality is that today’s Molly generally does not have MDMA. Read more
Recovering from an addiction is a complex process. The road is never smooth. In fact, you will probably encounter obstacles, hardships and heartaches. But it’s a journey that everyone hoping to recover from addiction must make. It is the only way to move from a life of destruction to life of health, wellness and joy.
While there are many paths to recovery, there is one constant-and that’s hope. But why is hope so important in recovery?
The Importance of Hope in Recovery
Hope is more than mere wishful thinking; it is the bedrock upon which you build your recovery. Without hope, or a desire to recover, there would be no motivation to get better. With no motivation, there would be very little meaningful action. Finally, with proper action comes improvement through a series of steps leading to a plan for recovery, and working the plan for years to come. Read more
Are online treatment programs effective? The answer is – it depends.
People may recognize that they have a problem and want to seek help but sometimes there are barriers preventing them from reaching out. Issues such as lack of motivation and stigmatization sometimes prevent substance users from seeking treatment. Some people also live in remote geographic locations and may not have adequate treatment resources in their area and no means to pursue treatment elsewhere.
The reality is most people struggling with an addiction are going through it alone and not seeking any form of treatment. In this case, online treatment can be a safe and private alternative for those who are not ready to join a formal addiction rehab program. Online services can be helpful in diminishing the treatment gap, which is the gap between people in need of treatment and those actually receiving it. Read more
The Reality of Addiction in the Workplace
Addiction permeates all aspects of an individual’s life – it affects their health, their relationships, their emotional well-being and it can also impact their work. Approximately 77% of individuals struggling with addiction are employed. Employees suffering from an addiction function at about two thirds of their capacity and are 3.5 times more likely to be involved in a workplace accident compared to employees without an addiction. Research has shown that employed individuals seeking help for their addictions reported that prior to entering treatment, they were absent, late or unproductive 34-43% of working days, because of their addiction. This reveals that at least once in about every three days, the employee’s addiction is impacting their work performance. This translates into considerable costs for employers, not to mention the negative impact on workplace morale and safety. Read more
Sexual addiction can be accompanied by other addictions and/or substance abuse. While on the surface, different addictions seem to be associated with their own unique set of behaviours, they are often fueled by the same underlying feelings of guilt, shame, avoidance and trauma. Addictions interact within the individual making it difficult to tease them apart.
When examining patterns of problematic substance use in individuals seeking help for a sexual addiction, it becomes clear that the two are inextricably linked. It is estimated that between 40-60% of individuals with a sexual addiction also meet the criteria for alcohol or drug addiction (Vesga-Lopez et al., 2007). Many individuals with sexual addiction admit to using substances in order to deal with, or escape from, the pain that is caused by their sexual behaviour. People may also use substances to get over their inhibitions in order to engage in sexual behaviours that might be uncharacteristic for them if they were not drunk or high. Read more