We are currently working on developing PLATFORMS for DRUG POLICY REFORM.
“We are determined to see our WORLD change for the better, while carving a pathway for anyone to get involved, at any point in the journey.”
Our movement for DRUG POLICY REFORM will begin to address the current state of addiction. In our Country alone, we are battling a massive problem, and addiction is more common than many realize. While there were approximately 20.6 million people in the United States over the age of 12 with an addiction in 2011, most people didn’t get the treatment they needed. Over 3 million of those people in 2011 received treatment for their addiction, and were unable to sustain sobriety.
- Over 20 million Americans over the age of 12 have an addiction (excluding tobacco).
- 100 people die every day from drug overdoses. This rate has tripled in the past 20 years.
- Over 5 million emergency room visits in 2011 were drug related.
- 2.6 million People with addictions have a dependence on both alcohol and illicit drugs.
- 9.4 million People in 2011 reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs.
- 6.8 million People with an addiction have a mental illness.
- Rates of illicit drug use is highest among those aged 18 to 25.
- Over 90% of those with an addiction begin drinking, smoking or using illicit drugs before the age of 18.
Costs of Substance Abuse
The abuse of tobacco, alcohol, prescription, and illicit drugs is economically taxing to the United States, annually costing approximately $137 billion in direct health care expenses. Cost estimates that include crime and lost work productivity balloon to over $600 billion dollars, equivalent to 17.1% of the U.S. federal budget.
We need Drug Policy Reform in our country now, more than ever. Our people are suffering daily through the use of prescription drugs, and opiate abuse that are prescribed by their doctors.
We are aware of the growing problem within our Country surrounding the use of prescription medications.
Effects on Feelings (Emotional Body)
Most survivors are out of touch with their feelings and confused by emotions or reactions they cannot explain. They are often been raised in environments in which a child’s normal expressions of upset or discomfort were punished or ignored. And have been taught to attribute the negative emotions associated with childhood trauma and abuse, such as shame and anger, towards themselves.
This confusion often persists into adult life, and results in heightened experiences of:
- Grief and sadness
- Shame, self-blame and guilt
- Helplessness, hopelessness and powerlessness
Surviving isn’t LIVING
“Like everyone, survivors have a right to “a life worth living”” (Linehan 1993).
Survivors often live with chronic distress and pain. For many survivors, these emotions are a part of their day-to-day life. They don’t realize that there are alternatives to recovery.
Many people are unable to regulate their emotions and seek something to numb out the pain. Alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, or other compulsive behaviors are what many turn to.
Many survivors also harm themselves out of a sense of despair. All of these ‘coping strategies’ make sense in the context of trauma and abuse, dating back to Childhood.
Emotional Center Point Release classes are the next step in releasing this trauma.
Learning about our emotions is crucial; what they are, where they come from, and how to respond to them – is an integral part of finding a proper path to recovery. Survivors will learn new, effective ways of regulating the intensity of their feelings, so that they don’t need to use alcohol or drugs and/or cut themselves to express their emotions. For many survivors, learning about the psychological impacts of their trauma or abuse helps them to understand why they have struggled for so long, and how they can move forward.
Acknowledging these feelings, understanding where they come from and why they are so intense is an important part of any survivor’s journey.