Top 10 Addiction Recovery Stories – Newsletter 56 April 2014

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Top 10 Addiction & Recovery Stories for the Month, Newsletter #56, April 2014
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Hi, My names Addison and I am an addict. I was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. As a child I never had many friends, so I wore a mask, changing my identity just to fit in with the kids around me. I realized I strived for that rush of adrenaline, whether it be getting in trouble or playing sports. As I grew older I tried different things all in efforts to look normal with the people around me, until one day I found drugs, then I felt as though that I had found the missing piece to fill that void inside.



5) Even causal use of Cannabis damages brain

Experimenting with cannabis on a casual basis damages the brain permanently, research has found. It is far from being a “safe” drug and no one under the age of 30 should ever use it, experts said.


Beer and liquor stores and agencies sold $21.4 billion worth of alcoholic beverages during the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, up 2.2% from the previous year. Beer remained the alcoholic drink of choice for Canadians, with $9.1 billion in sales, but the market share of wine continued to grow.


YOUNG Australians have swapped bitter for Twitter and schnapps for SnapChat, according to new research suggesting adolescents are ditching booze because they’re hooked on the internet.


In the groundbreaking study, 33 NHS and voluntary clinics are giving a £10 shopping voucher to every user of opiate drugs, including heroin, if they can provide a clean urine sample at a weekly meeting with their key worker.


Drug-dependent people who least take the future into account may, paradoxically, be the ones to benefit the most from certain treatments.



10) Suncor Energy’s random drug testing ruled unreasonable

Ruling that random drug and alcohol testing by Suncor Energy Inc. would be unreasonable sends a clear signal — and is consistent with previous, similar rulings — that employers face a difficult hurdle if they want to impose such testing on their workplaces, says a law professor.


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