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The 10 Best Palm Partners Blogs of 2013

As the year comes to a close, let’s take a look at 2013 in blogs. Here, we count down to the best blog of the year in this list of the 10 best Palm Partners blogs of 2013 as chosen by you, our dedicated readers!

#10: Natasha Lyonne Channels Her Inner Junkie on ‘Orange is the New Black’

Lyonne stars in the Netflix’s smash hit “Orange is the New Black,” which premiered in July. The critically acclaimed show is already garnering a very large following.

“I certainly think that my personal experience gave me a lot of access to my character’s internal world,” Lyonne tells The Post. “She’s not too different from me. She comes from a pretty good home, not a ton of financial difficulty, but still with its own dysfunction.”

(interesting side note:  at one point in the “Orange is the New Black”, we see a huge scar on Lyonne’s chest from a heart surgery her character received related to her drug abuse. In reality, she actually had that exact surgery and that scar is real.)

Read more here:

#9: History of Drug Abuse: The 80’s

The ‘80s might as well have been called the “cocaine ‘80s.”

Faced with dropping prices for their illegal product, drug dealers made a decision to convert the powder to “crack,” a solid smoke able form of cocaine that could be sold in smaller quantities, to more people. It was cheap, simple to produce, ready to use, and highly profitable for dealers to develop.

Crack first began to be used on a large scale in Los Angeles in 1984. The distribution and use of the drug exploded that same year. By the end of 1986, it was available in 28 states and the District of Columbia.

Read more about cocaine and the crack epidemic here:

#8: 5 Ways to Stop Being Codependent

Ask yourself:

Do you keep quiet to avoid arguments? Are you always worried about others’ opinions of you? Have you ever lived with someone with an alcohol or drug problem? Are the opinions of others more important than your own? Do you feel rejected when significant others spend time with friends?

You may be codependent if you answered “yes” to any of these. One of the 5 ways to stop being codependent is to set and maintain healthy boundaries.

Here’s how:

#7: Drug Myths Debunked: Heroin

What many people know about heroin is from what they see portrayed on television. Heroin and heroin users are surrounded by a cloud of hysteria, horrific media, and quick judgment. We are here to set the record straight. Because while heroin, yes, is very dangerous and addictive, some of what you may or may not know about this drug and its users are myth not fact.

For instance, many people think that heroin is more dangerous than alcohol.

This, in fact, is false. Heroin is not more dangerous than alcohol. In reality, alcohol is just as dangerous as heroin. The truth is alcohol in a lot of ways is even more dangerous than heroin. Alcohol just happens to be more socially accepted.

Don’t believe us? Read more here:

#6: Can my employer fire me for going to rehab?

Many addicts and alcoholics are ignorant about their own rights. The truth is that while addicts will have plenty to worry about if they quality of their work declines due to drug and alcohol use, those who are willing to get help are protected under two federal laws: the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave act.

Learn more about your rights here:

#5: Substance Showdown: Bath Salts vs. Meth

Most of us are familiar with The Meth Project which has brought us the train-wreck images that exemplify “meth mouth.” So, what about bath salts? Well, bath salts gained notoriety pretty quick due to the little incident of one man eating another man’s face that gave every zombie fan everywhere something to worry about. Luckily, last year’s cannibalism was a false alarm on the zombie apocalypse even though all the warnings about bath salts weren’t and well meth is still going steady as it always has.

Find out which drug ranks as the worst here:

#4: Parent’s Guide to Drug Abuse: Drug Paraphernalia

Most parents are uneducated in what’s going on in the “streets” and the terms being used to refer to drugs and drug paraphernalia.

So what is drug paraphernalia? And, where can your kids get drug paraphernalia?

Find out more here:

#3: 13 Worst Sobriety Tattoos Ever

I would recommend waiting until you have a little bit of sober time under your belt before you go out and get permanent ink on your body, or don’t. It is entirely up to you, just remember that getting tattoos removed is SUPER expensive!

Here are some serious sobriety tattoo fails:

#2: Everyday Things that Can Make You Fail a Drug Test

Anyone who has ever had a false positive on a drug test knows the frustration and stress it can cause. You find yourself in defense mode knowing you did nothing wrong and yet the test clearly shows you failed for THC, PCP, meth, whatever it is. How do you combat with scientific proof?

Here is a list of everyday things that can make you fail a drug test:

And the top Palm Partners blog of 2013 is…

#1: Your Face on Drugs: Cocaine

The infamous coke bloat…the best way to describe this is really just to tell you to google images for “Kate Moss.” Throughout the years, her face has undergone many a transformation – and we’re not talking about the usual celebrity plastic surgery. No, Kate Moss’ face has been dealt a brutal blow from well, blow. Other than the obvious accelerated signs of aging, Moss’ face has taken on the uneven puffiness that is characteristic of faces of cocaine addicts.

Read more details about how cocaine distorts your face here:

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