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Heroin Addiction: How My Father Saved Me

I was a breech birth ― feet first, my head got stuck in the birth canal. My father brought me to Children’s Hospital in Boston. The doctors diagnosed me with Cerebral Palsy. They told him that the loss of oxygen to my brain had destroyed a portion of the frontal lobe. But my father was a tough Irish Catholic, old-school warrior. He refused to listen to them. No son of his was going to be a cripple. He found a doctor that told him how he could take the place of my injured brain. Every day, he laid me on the floor and exercised my legs. The muscles in my right leg were all shrunken and twisted. His job was to straighten them. Back and forth, up and down, he stretched them until the heels of my feet evenly matched. My mother told me the sound of me screaming was so unbearable that the neighbors called the police. She said he couldn’t look at me. She told me how his tears made wet stains on my little T-shirt. For my 13th birthday, he threw me a party and allowed me to open every present but a large box neatly trimmed in wrapping paper. When everybody left, he marched me into the basement to open the box. A pair of boxing gloves. We put them on, and he beat me unmercifully. Each time I tried to get up, he’d knock me down. I begged him to stop. Instead, he picked a target on my face, never once missing the bull’s eye. When I collapsed, he cradled me and said, “I’d cut off my right arm if that would make you whole.” My father believed that...
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Source: American Journal of Health Promotion : AJHP - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Am J Health Promot Source Type: research
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Source: American Journal of Health Promotion : AJHP - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Am J Health Promot Source Type: research
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Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Do you ever get tired of maintaining your life? Not making it Instagram worthy or Facebook ready. But just getting to where you feel almost normal. It’s a lot of work when you’re juggling life with an illness. It requires more than an occasional spa trip. It requires patience, and lots of loving, supportive people. It takes a village, and team. It can take time to build a toolkit and support system so be kind to yourself. And never think you’re being selfish. Knowing what you need and setting boundaries impact your health and happiness and in return affect those you love. As you work on creating the ...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Best of Our Blogs Source Type: blogs
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Source: CNN.com - Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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Source: Digestive Diseases - Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: research
National Institutes of Health. 04/17/2018 This one-hour, 49-minute lecture describes the state of the opioid crisis, the state of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)'s efforts, and how clinicians, medical students, Ph.D. students, and other healthcare and research professionals can be a part of the solution. The focus of NIH's efforts center on ways to reduce the over-prescription of opioids, accelerate development of effective non-opioid therapies for pain, and provide more flexible options for treating opioid addiction. (Video or Multimedia)
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Source: Journal of Dual Diagnosis - Category: Addiction Tags: J Dual Diagn Source Type: research
Publication date: 21–27 April 2018 Source:The Lancet, Volume 391, Issue 10130 Author(s): Shanquan Chen, Jun Li, Dan Wang, Hong Fung, Lai-yi Wong, Lu Zhao
Source: The Lancet - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
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