Constellations Recovery http://www.constellationsrecovery.com Where The Stars Align Wed, 06 Apr 2016 07:24:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Pain Reliever Dependency http://www.constellationsrecovery.com/signs-and-symptoms-of-prescription-pain-reliever-dependency/ Wed, 06 Apr 2016 07:24:34 +0000 http://www.constellationsrecovery.com/?p=17706 Prescription pain relievers are strong narcotic drugs prescribed by doctors to patients who are struggling with chronic pain disorders. These pain relievers offer relief by blocking nerve impulses that send pain senses to the brain and, in turn, create a euphoric sensation. Long term usage...]]>

Prescription pain relievers are strong narcotic drugs prescribed by doctors to patients who are struggling with chronic pain disorders. These pain relievers offer relief by blocking nerve impulses that send pain senses to the brain and, in turn, create a euphoric sensation.

Long term usage of prescription pain relievers can lead to drug dependency.  The body gets addicted to the drugs and if someone tries to stop taking the drug, withdrawal symptoms begin to affect their lifestyle. Long-term usage of prescription drugs can also increase tolerance to the drug. This means a person would have to take higher dosages of the same drug to relieve pain.

Among some of the most potent pain relievers are opioids. They offer a euphoric sense similar to that of heroin. The most commonly abused pain relievers are oxycodone, oxycontin, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, and oxymorphone.

These drugs are very addictive. Most people get addicted to them after they start taking them as prescribed, while some take them recreationally to get a high. Both situations lead to pain reliever addiction and can result in an overdose. In the US, pain reliever drugs are one of the most frequently abused among all prescription drugs.

Signs and Symptoms of Pain Reliever Addiction

Here are some physical signs:

  • Changes in sleep pattern
  • Constant running nose, cough, and glazed eyes
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bad breath
  • Unusual body odor
  • Tremors, impaired coordination, or slurred speech
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Laziness
  • Bloodshot eyes

Some behavioral signs include:

  • Acting suspiciously
  • Change in friend circles, hobbies, and hangout places
  • Always asking for extra money/even stealing money from family/friends
  • Drop in school/college attendance
  • Bad work performance
  • Getting into trouble such as car accidents, fights, or illegal activities, situations involving police.

Psychological signs:

  • Sudden changes in mood, angry outbursts
  • Change in personality or attitude
  • Feeling agitated or dizzy, without any reason
  • Lack of confidence and motivation

Here are some additional possible symptoms:

  1. Increase in drug usage- Increasing the dosage of pain reliever drugs over time by yourself. Building tolerance towards a drug.
  2. Continual usage – Continuous usage of medications even after the prescribed period is over.
  3. Withdrawal symptoms – Experiencing symptoms like restlessness, nausea, sweating, depression, shaking, insomnia, and anxiety.
  4. Blackouts – Experiencing blackouts and forgetting about people, places, or things easily.
  5. Increased sensitivity – Blurred vision, sounds and emotions become overly stimulating.
  6. Defensive – Lashing out in response to a simple question in an attempt to hide something.

Recovery from Drug Dependency

Accepting addiction is the first step to recovery. You can go to intensive inpatient treatment or detox and then enroll in a sober living house to help your recovery. Sober living houses are an excellent choice, after treatment, which can help you regain confidence and help you transition back to everyday life.

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Common Rules of Sober Living Homes http://www.constellationsrecovery.com/common-rules-of-sober-living-homes/ Tue, 29 Mar 2016 06:23:23 +0000 http://www.constellationsrecovery.com/?p=17700 Sober living homes are transitional homes for individuals seeking recovery from substance use disorder. These houses offer individualized attention to each resident who needs comprehensive recovery support. However, the residents of the house need to follow certain rules and contribute towards household chores. Every sober...]]>

Sober living homes are transitional homes for individuals seeking recovery from substance use disorder. These houses offer individualized attention to each resident who needs comprehensive recovery support. However, the residents of the house need to follow certain rules and contribute towards household chores. Every sober living house is different and so are some of their rules, but here are some common ground rules they all stand by.

Common House Rules

Keep in mind no two sober living homes have the same types of residents, some may very by age group, others by gender. Some houses are simply sober living residences that are safe and where no drugs or alcohol are allowed. Some houses also offer ongoing support, and other activities to help residents in their recovery.

Some common sober living home rules are:
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Cleaning

Cleaning of communal areas of the house have to be taken care of by the residents of the house. Regular household chores are assigned to the residents on a rotational basis. This helps get them re-accustomed to a routine and maintaining responsibility.

2. House Meetings

It’s mandatory for the residents to attend all house meetings. In these meetings, residents will be assigned chores, share their grievances, and discuss any and all recovery progress they chose to share.

3. Meal Preparation

Meal preparation and planning grocery shopping is assigned to the residents on a rotational basis as well. This is an important life skill that is imperative for residents to learn and will help them beyond their stay at sober living.

4. Guest Visits

Residents are not permitted to have overnight visitors in the house. The guests can visit the resident only after getting approval from the staff of the sober living house.

These are a few common rules that almost every sober living house follows. These rules will help you in becoming responsible, autonomous, and accountable. Some sober living residences offer special amenities to residents to help them thrive in a supportive, inspiring and sober environment. Make the choice today and start your journey to long-term sobriety!

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Recreational Activities at Constellations Recovery http://www.constellationsrecovery.com/recreational-activities-at-constellations-recovery/ Fri, 25 Mar 2016 08:51:26 +0000 http://www.constellationsrecovery.com/?p=17694 Sober living homes offer various types of support to people who are trying to recover from substance use disorder. Some sober living homes offer numerous services, including recreational activities. Here is a small summary of what you can expect to receive if you decide to...]]>

Sober living homes offer various types of support to people who are trying to recover from substance use disorder. Some sober living homes offer numerous services, including recreational activities. Here is a small summary of what you can expect to receive if you decide to come to our home for Sober Living.

Recreational Activities at Constellations Recovery

At Constellations Recovery, we believe that having fun in recovery is not only necessary, but essential to your health and growth while in recovery!

Here is a list of recreational activities that are offered here:

  • Go-Karts
  • Skiing & Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snow Tubing
  • Bowling
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • NY Knick Games
  • NY Giant Games
  • NY Mets Games
  • NY Yankees Games
  • Indoor Trampoline Park

Benefits of Recreational Activities

Recreational activities aren’t just fun, they also help in improving self-confidence, self-esteem and self-identity. Key essential principles a recovering addict needs to reclaim back their “self”.

If that didn’t sell you, here are some other benefits:

  • Spiritual growth and meditation helps in improving psychological balance.
  • Exercise helps in improving physical and mental wellbeing
  • Group activities improve social skills, which encourage positive behavior
  • Physical activity improves mood, stress tolerance and also relieves mild depression.
  • Recreational activities are the antidote to boredom. Activities like puzzles, hiking, bowling or cooking help to stimulate the mind
  • Overcoming challenges at recreational pursuits improves problem-solving skills
  • Regular participation in team activities improves communication and social skills in the community. Involvement in team activities also helps in improving friendships.

If your body and mind are engaged in healthy activities then the sense of relaxation, enjoyment and gratitude becomes easier. Once you join our program it won’t just be about 12-step work and meetings. We want to help you recapture all aspects of life lost due to addiction. After all life isn’t just work and no play. Part of maintaining a sober lifestyle after recovery is learning how to have fun in a safe and manner that won’t cause too much stress and relapse. We want to help teach you necessary life skills that will help you handle any stressful situation and that is what these recreational activities are all about.

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Top 5 Cities In The U.S. for Sober Living http://www.constellationsrecovery.com/top-5-cities-in-the-u-s-for-sober-living/ Tue, 22 Mar 2016 05:29:52 +0000 http://www.constellationsrecovery.com/?p=17691 If you’re recovering from alcohol or drug addiction and looking to spend some time away from potentially harmful triggers, due to your surroundings, then there are some amazing options available for you in the US. Here are the 5 best sober living cities in the...]]>

If you’re recovering from alcohol or drug addiction and looking to spend some time away from potentially harmful triggers, due to your surroundings, then there are some amazing options available for you in the US. Here are the 5 best sober living cities in the United States:

1. Boston

Boston, the capital of Massachusetts is home to 4.7 million people. One of the oldest cities in the US, where people take their sobriety seriously. Lots of people look forward to this city for an opportunity to create healthy life for themselves. The city has more than 2,000 AA meeting centers around the greater Boston area. Moreover, the city has a “commitment exchange” program, where local Alcoholic Anonymous groups send their members to speak and share their success stories at other meetings. These 12-step programs and meetings allow the sober people of Boston to expand their network of sobriety and help people who come to this city looking for help with their addiction issues.

2. Houston

The fourth most popular city in the US! It is home to more than 2.3 million people. The city has the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions and NASA’s Johnson Space Center. This city has a large number of 12 – Step clubhouses, where an individual can go to, to meet others in recovery. This town has 580 Alcoholic Anonymous groups, which conducts around 2,400 meetings every week.

3. New York

The city with its work-hard/ play-hard culture is one of the most populous cities in the Unites States. The average population of New York City in the year 2014 was 8.5 million. It is also known as the city that never sleeps! It has a dynamic sober network that is perfect for those new in recovery. The city has the highest concentration of 12-step and AA meetings happening all day long in every borough. There are support groups for everything from overeating to smoking, sex etc. The city also has one of the best Sober Living homes in the United States located just outside the city, in Westchester County.

4. Los Angeles

Commonly known as L.A., is the second largest city after New York and is widely known for its rave parties and Hollywood. However, this city manages to maintain a high sobriety populous with the help of huge fellowship programs that include approximately 3,100 alcoholic anonymous meetings per week. Numerous high-energy sober events happen across the city daily and attract a lot of young people who share their experience, gain confidence, and hope to live a sober life.

5. San Francisco, California

The 13th most populous city in the US is home to over 9 million people. The recovery community of San Francisco reflects the diversity of the city. The city conducts 588 weekly meetings focusing on GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and the Transgender Community), and approximately 500 Spanish-speaking meetings in the Bay Area. The city is famous for its open-minded culture and helping those new in recovery.

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Demi Lovato’s Journey to Sober Living http://www.constellationsrecovery.com/demi-lovatos-journey-to-sober-living/ Wed, 16 Mar 2016 09:21:45 +0000 http://www.constellationsrecovery.com/?p=17602 Addiction is a disease that influences the brain in three different ways – craving for the substance of addiction, loss of control over its use, and continuous usage despite its adverse effects. Overcoming an addiction is extremely difficult and requires a lot of time, strength,...]]>

Addiction is a disease that influences the brain in three different ways – craving for the substance of addiction, loss of control over its use, and continuous usage despite its adverse effects. Overcoming an addiction is extremely difficult and requires a lot of time, strength, and commitment to recovery.

Demi Lovato, a 22 year old Disney actress turned pop star struggled tremendously with the pressures of stardom and balancing a normal teenage upbringing. She developed an eating disorder and shortly there-after also became a  self-cutter. This path lead her deeper and deeper into substance use disorders and she then turned to drugs and alcohol.

Demi Lovato’s Journey To Stardom

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Demi Lovato (Demetria Devonne) is a famous American singer, songwriter, model, and actress. She was born on August 20, 1992 and began her career at the age of 6 by landing a role on Barney & Friends. Her first big break was “As the Bell Rings” short series, which premiered on August 26, 2007, on the Disney Channel. With her impressive Disney performance, she landed a role in the “Camp Rock” movie and “Sonny with a Chance” series in the year 2007. She later turned to music and her first debut album, “Don’t forget”, was released on September 23, 2008, through the Hollywood Records music label.

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The song debuted as number 2 on the US billboard 200 top chart. Her second album, “Here We Go Again”, was released that July and debuted at number one on the U.S. top 200 Billboard, and sold over 650,000 copies. Her rise to fame was truly quite impressive for someone so young!

Demi’s Addiction Journey: From Disney to Drugs

The news of Demi’s drug addiction really shocked her fans. She was reported to have become addicted to drugs and alcohol which forced her into rehab. During the recording of her third album “Unbroken”, her eating disorder became worse. She started taking cocaine and even tried to smuggle drugs with her on an airplane. Her addiction towards alcohol also started during tours and continued through after-performance parties. It seemed her lifestyle had taken a hold of her and she was spiraling out of control of her career and herself.

Demi’s Journey to Recovery: From Addiction to Sober Living

Demi recovered from her addiction after spending three years in rehab and a sober living residence. After leaving the sober living residence, she made quite a comeback and is now on the list of most searched celebrities. She started acting again by agreeing to a small role in the series “Glee.” Her two new albums “Demi” and “Confident” were a huge success. Her fans love her more than ever, for her strength to battle addiction and courage to remain on the path of sobriety has proven to a lot that recovery is a long journey, but one that can be achieved with the right treatment and help.

Demi on Sober Living Homes

She says, “It’s good to surround myself with those who aren’t afraid to tell it like it is, because sometimes they see things before I do. It also creates an environment where I’m not ashamed to ask for help.” Demi’s recovery encourages young adults and everyone to choose the right kinds of treatment. For Demi entering a sober living community for her recovery and sobriety proved extremely important and beneficial. She believes that a sober living house offers all the tools necessary to get better and to find the balance one needs to manage career and life, if you are in a similar circumstance. Now, it’s true we are not all super stars, but we can all get caught up in a substance use disorder, so it is crucial to search all treatment possibilities and find what works for you. Sober Living can help smooth someones’ transition from rehab back to normal day-to-day life. For more on sober living and how you can improve on your recovery click here for more information.

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Treatment Options for Alcohol Addiction http://www.constellationsrecovery.com/treatment-options-for-alcohol-addiction/ Fri, 11 Mar 2016 09:01:31 +0000 http://www.constellationsrecovery.com/?p=17598 Alcohol addiction encompasses an individual’s uncontrollable need to consume alcoholic drinks. This addiction can vary from mild to severe in each individual case. Several signs of alcoholism include, but are not limited to: Drinking more than intended Trying to quit drinking more than once, but...]]>

Alcohol addiction encompasses an individual’s uncontrollable need to consume alcoholic drinks. This addiction can vary from mild to severe in each individual case. Several signs of alcoholism include, but are not limited to:

  • Drinking more than intended
  • Trying to quit drinking more than once, but couldn’t stop
  • Incessant Craving – Urge or need to drink
  • Giving up important or interesting activities, in order to drink
  • Feeling depressed, anxious, or experiencing other serious health conditions

 

Treatment for Alcohol Addiction:

Overcoming an addiction is a long and difficult journey. There are times when you may feel it’s impossible, but with the proper tools it can be manageable and long-term sobriety can be achieved.

A professional may recommend the following treatments:

1. Detoxification:

Alcohol addiction treatment starts with a detoxification program. During this period, an individual is monitored by a doctor who supervises the withdrawal process. However, the process doesn’t necessarily address the behavioral issues, social issues, or psychological issues that are related with addiction. Detoxification includes the following steps:

Initial Assessment:

Initially, an individual receives a thorough clinical assessment to determine the best approach of treatment. A professional will prepare a treatment plan based on:

  • How long the person has been drinking alcohol
  • How much the person drinks
  • What behavioral issues the person is facing
  • In which type of environment the person is staying
  • Whether the person is facing any legal or financial issues
  • Medical history, etc.

Behavior Therapy

Behavior Therapy is used to prevent chances of relapse during treatment. It works on the theory of maladaptive behavioral patterns like substance abuse. Individuals in behavior therapy learn to identify and resolve their behavioral issues by applying various methods that can be used to stop drinking.

Medication

Doctors usually recommends medications to control the symptoms of withdrawal. This is required immediately after discontinuing alcohol use, as withdrawal can result in hallucinations, seizures, convulsion, delirium tremens, or even death.

Psychotherapy

The detoxification process only deals with physical dependency and addiction to alcohol. It doesn’t address the psychological issues of drug addiction. It involves personal counseling with a therapist. A therapist uses various techniques to increase awareness and self-observation of the individual recovering.

2. Sober Living Homes

People who enroll into sober living homes have to remain sober during their stay in the home and need to follow the sober living house rules. These homes focus on personal growth, physical fitness, strong morale, and spirituality. These aftercare programs significantly increase an individual’s opportunity for long-term recovery.

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Why Sober Housing Is Essential in Helping Addiction http://www.constellationsrecovery.com/why-sober-housing-is-essential-in-helping-addiction/ Fri, 04 Mar 2016 10:37:43 +0000 http://www.constellationsrecovery.com/?p=17586 Returning to everyday life is the toughest part for a person recovering from alcohol, drugs or other substance addictions. This is why sober living houses play such an important role on the road to recovery. Sober living homes (SLH) are residential communities that offer supportive...]]>

Returning to everyday life is the toughest part for a person recovering from alcohol, drugs or other substance addictions. This is why sober living houses play such an important role on the road to recovery.

Sober living homes (SLH) are residential communities that offer supportive environment for the recovering addict. They are designed to offer continuous support to individuals on the path towards recovery.

Sober Living Homes are Essential in Addiction Recovery

Rehab is an important part of recovery from addiction, but it’s not the final step. Reasons why SLHs are essential to addiction recovery are:

1. They offer a smooth transition

Life after rehab is quite jarring. Sober homes serve as the intermediate phase, which can help an individual on the path towards recovery and long lasting sobriety.

2. They advocate discipline

SLHs offer a certain set of rules that Residents have to follow throughout their stay in the home. Simple life skills, such as making your bed, getting up at set time, and sticking to a schedule of activities will help teach a resident accountability and responsibility.

3. They can help temper isolation

When an individual leaves rehab, they can feel isolated, which may put their recovery at risk due to loneliness. In an SLH, residents will congregate among people with similar backgrounds also struggling with their own addiction issues. In this environment they can help support each other while also strengthening their recovery.

4. They offer a healthy environment

The old lifestyle can be dangerous for a recovering addict. Going back into the same living environment will give way to unhealthy behaviors and falling back on old habits. Recovering addicts need to make some changes in their lifestyle and Sober Living homes can offer a healthy and sober environment that can help them stay sober.

The transition from addiction to sobriety is filled with obstacles and pitfalls, but sober living homes offer a safe haven that allows recovering addicts find their purpose in life. It takes a lot of time, effort, discipline and patience to live a life of sobriety- that’s why sober living homes are the best option to continue down the road to a successful recovery.

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How to Get Sober with a 12-Step Program http://www.constellationsrecovery.com/how-to-get-sober-with-a-12-step-program/ Tue, 01 Mar 2016 10:57:59 +0000 http://www.constellationsrecovery.com/?p=17583 Addictions are very hard to overcome, but the road to sobriety can begin with a 12-Step Program. There are various sober living homes in New York that include a 12-Step Program as a key element in their recovery curriculum. A 12-Step program uses a spiritual...]]>

Addictions are very hard to overcome, but the road to sobriety can begin with a 12-Step Program. There are various sober living homes in New York that include a 12-Step Program as a key element in their recovery curriculum. A 12-Step program uses a spiritual approach. It wants us to gain an understanding and respect in the belief for a power greater than ourselves. Members of the program can define their higher power in their own way. This program is open for every individual and is mostly held in public places like schools, churches, and libraries. Joining a twelve-step program is one of the best ways to achieve sobriety. Here is a closer look into the inner workings of this program:

1) Joining the Program

Look for a 12-step program on the internet, public health offices, churches, or your local library. Some sober living houses organize weekly meetings for their residents. They also escort their residents to various meetings at different locations.

2) Accept that You Need Help

Solving a problem requires you to first admit that there is a problem. Acceptance of your addiction is empowering because it will open you to the possibility of healing.

3) Believe in a Higher Power

12-Step programs work on a spiritual approach and believe in a higher power. This higher power may not be God for a lot of people, but it is a belief in something greater than you. This step is about opening your mind to all the possibilities that you can discover during your journey to sobriety.

4) Trusting a Higher Power and those Offering You Help

This means fully committing to your recovery and trusting the people who are offering you support to overcome your addiction. These people can be your sponsor, your best friends, family, or even healthcare professionals.

5) Stay with Your Group

Spend time with the people in your recovery group. Observe them and see how they are coping with their own addiction. If you cant find common ground, look for another group. Stay connected to the people who want you to be successful in your recovery.

6) Share Your Issues with your Near and Dear Ones

This is about opening up about your addiction issues with your family, friends, or sponsor. Ask them for their help and support.

7) Make a List of All Those You Have Hurt

It can be really difficult to agree to the fact that you’ve intentionally or unintentionally hurt someone during your struggle with addiction. Make a list of all those people whom you have hurt, directly or indirectly. Part of the program incorporates making amends with these people and knowing that you can and will begin to right your wrongs.

8) Make Amends

You need to mend broken relationships and seek forgiveness from all the people you have hurt during your addiction. This will offer you a renewed perspective towards life. This step offers you the ability to make right what was wrong in your past so that you may move forward with the strength that you are now starting anew.

9) Meditate For Spirituality

There are many ways to incorporate spirituality in your life. You will need some kind of spiritual practice to help overcome your addiction. Spiritual practices can be anything that encompasses a belief in a higher power. For instance, it can be a from of meditation or prayer, scripture reading or enchanting mantras, even practicing yoga can help incorporate a spiritual mindset and well being of your body, mind, and soul. These practices will keep your mind calm and make you more aware about your surroundings.

10) Help Others in Their Recovery

Once you have had a spiritual awakening through the course of your 12-step program, encourage other members of your group to seek help and inspire them on the path towards recovery. Your recovery isn’t just about you, but about helping others as well once you have gained a true understanding of your addiction.

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Review of Narcos – A Netflix TV Series http://www.constellationsrecovery.com/review-of-narcos-a-netflix-tv-series/ Fri, 26 Feb 2016 08:12:23 +0000 http://www.constellationsrecovery.com/?p=17577 Narcos is a 10 episode television series, which aired on Netflix exclusively, on August 28, 2015. The name of the series is inspired from the local term for “drug dealers.” The series was created and produced by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro. Narcos...]]>

Narcos is a 10 episode television series, which aired on Netflix exclusively, on August 28, 2015. The name of the series is inspired from the local term for “drug dealers.” The series was created and produced by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro. Narcos season 2 is due in 2016!

Narcos depicts the true-life story of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and his smuggling of cocaine worldwide. It shows how law enforcement agencies came together to resolve this drug issue and how brutal and bloody the conflict turned out to be. The series focuses on the life of Pablo Escobar and two DEA agents who were sent to Colombia on a U.S. mission to try and bring Escobar to justice.

Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria was born on December 1, 1949. When it comes to drug lord, there is no one like Pablo Escobar, a notorious Columbian. He supplied 80% of the cocaine smuggled into the US. He is often called as The King of Cocaine. He was the wealthiest criminal in history with an estimated net worth of US $30 billion in early 90s.

This series also shows actual archival footage, giving an educational feel of a documentary. The initial episodes of the series show that how Pablo got involved in the cocaine trade in Colombia. He was a black marketer in Medellín who moved illegal goods into Colombia. Amazing parties, sweaty affairs and loads of weed, kept him quite entertained. But he wanted more!

Escobar along with Moreno started a drug business, where Moreno produced and Escobar distributed the cocaine. Soon enough the demand for cocaine hit the roof in the US. This forced Pablo to organize more smuggling routes, shipments, and distribution networks in different parts of the country. The estimated amount of cocaine that was being shipped to the US from Columbia was 70 to 80 tons every month in the mid-80s.

With cocaine’s influence rising drastically in the US, the flow of US dollars to Columbia increased dramatically, causing US government to intervene and resolve this economic issue quickly. This resulted in rising of drug related violence in the US. The US government decided to send two DEA agents to Colombia to address the complete issue and bring Pablo Escobar to the USA for justice. The DEA agents were helpless in meeting their deadlines as everyone in Colombia – including police and school age children, were on the payroll of Pablo and their government refused extradition.

The series continues to its second season where Pablo has fled from his self-made prison in Medellín and is looking to seek revenge on the U.S. for trying to extradite him in the name of justice!

This series is quite an eye opener for people who are suffering from drug addiction. There were many instances in the show that depicts real effects of drugs and how it changes people’s lives. If we compare the situation that we have in the US today, we can begin to comprehend how lucky we really are to be able to find a sober living environment to help us recover from addiction. With the advent of advanced rehabilitation centers and sober living homes, it has become a bit easier for the people to find help regarding drug addiction and continuing on the path of recovery.

 

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