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  • The Holidays in an alcohol or addicted family: 3 tips for survival

    Addiction Blog
    Maggie Harmon
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    Of course, this is not accurate for a lot of people just for practical reasons. Indeed, there are the many people for whom this is not accurate because alcohol, drugs and dysfunction get in the way. Trying to achieve a picture perfect holiday experience can be enormously stressful, as well as depressing. Hoping for the ideal can keep you from enjoying any part of the season. So how do you get through it all? A 3-step guide to surviving the Holidays here. Then, we invite your questions, comments, or shouts for help as you are trying to cope with addiction in the family … at the end. 3…
  • Is cocaine a narcotic?

    Addiction Blog
    Addiction Blog
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:42 am
    Yes. Legally, cocaine is a narcotic in the U.S. But is is medically a narcotic? We explore the differences here. Then, we invite your questions and comments in the section at the end. Note that we try to respond to all legitimate queries with a personal and prompt reply. What is a narcotic? (medical) Cocaine is not considered a medical narcotic. Technically, a medical narcotic is one that causes pain relief by changing the way the brain perceives pain. Also called opioid pain relievers, narcotics are usually used only for pain that is severe and is not helped by other types of painkillers.
  • Overdosing on Caffeine: A Deadly Trend

    Yahoo Health
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:11 am
    The sudden death of 18-year-old Logan Stiner grabbed national headlines last May when the high school senior died from a surprising and rare cause: a caffeine overdose. Stiner’s family found a small bag of caffeine powder — sold legally in the U.S. and easily purchased over the Internet — in their home after the Ohio teen’s death. Stiner’s death is only one of several deaths linked to caffeine toxicity in recent years.
  • How Happiness Can Help You Recover From Addiction: 5 Top Tips

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    Beth Burgess
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    In the old days of addiction treatment, people used to think that shaming addicts might sway them from taking substances. Addicts were thought of as people who had a moral failing that needed setting right. Thankfully, due to research, science and psychology, we now know that addiction is an illness, and not a reason to be told off or punished. We now know that guilt just pushes addicts further into their addiction and makes the problem worse. Addicts, after all, often use their substances to bury difficult emotions. This is why positive, compassionate, solution-focused treatment is more…
  • A “Real and Costly” Love

    My Pornography Healing
    Kent
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    I recently came across a C.S. Lewis quote that has caused me to really think about how I interact with people and how those interactions are influenced by lust and pornography. “It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship… It is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics.
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    Yahoo Health

  • 'How To Get Away With Murder' Depicts Painful Truth Of Intimate Partner Violence

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    Last night’s mid-season finale of “How to Get Away with Murder" involved not only gasp-inducing plot twists, but also a chilling depiction of domestic violence.
  • 12 Expert Secrets For a Gluten-Free and Allergy-Friendly Thanksgiving (That's Still Delicious!)

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:03 am
    Thanksgiving can be a potentially problematic family meal—and not just because your relatives are going to drill you about your love life. If you’re on a gluten-free diet, have a nut allergy or have trouble digesting dairy, it can be tricky to navigate certain traditional dishes.
  • 5 Energizing Foods In Season Right Now

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    From the cup of coffee first thing in the morning to the energy drink and candy bar mid-afternoon, most people treat the symptom, rather than the cause of fatigue. Maca helps support your adrenal glands (which produce adrenaline and cortisol in response to stress).
  • The 10 Healthiest Restaurant Chains in America

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
    The website, called Grellin, uses nutrition information from meals at 100 of the nation’s restaurant chains, and ranks the restaurants based on the proportion of their meals that qualify as “healthy.”
  • Overdosing on Caffeine: A Deadly Trend

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:11 am
    The sudden death of 18-year-old Logan Stiner grabbed national headlines last May when the high school senior died from a surprising and rare cause: a caffeine overdose. Stiner’s family found a small bag of caffeine powder — sold legally in the U.S. and easily purchased over the Internet — in their home after the Ohio teen’s death. Stiner’s death is only one of several deaths linked to caffeine toxicity in recent years.
 
 
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    NIDA News

  • Evidence grows that heavy marijuana use may harm the brain

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    New NIDA-funded research shows that heavy marijuana use (at least four times per week over the past six months) is linked to adverse changes in the function and structure of brain areas associated with reward, decision making, and motivation.  Heavy marijuana use can also enhance some brain...
  • NIDA researchers confirm important brain reward pathway

    12 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Details of the role of glutamate, the brain’s excitatory chemical, in a drug reward pathway have been identified for the first time. This discovery in rodents - published today in Nature Communications - shows that stimulation of glutamate neurons in a specific brain region (the dorsal raphe...
  • NIDA Mini-Convention: Frontiers in Addiction Research

    6 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Society for Neuroscience satellite meeting explores innovative brain science, including dynamic chemical communications; stunning imaging technologies; drug use and brain toxicity and the therapeutic potential of RNA What: The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National...
  • New CME/CE course addresses substance use

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Announcement A new continuing medical education/continuing education course (CME/CE),  Talking to Patients About Health Risk Behaviors, adds to a growing body of tools available through the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to help healthcare professionals care for patients at risk for...
  • Using social media to better understand, prevent, and treat substance use

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    More than $11 million over three years will be used to support research exploring the use of social media to advance the scientific understanding, prevention, and treatment of substance use and addiction. The awards are funded through the Collaborative Research on Addiction at NIH (CRAN), an NIH...
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  • Regular Pot Use Changes the Brain

    Richard Taite
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Regular Pot Use Changes the Brain The existing literature on the long-term effects of marijuana on the brain is confusing, mostly due to methodological differences across studies. However, in a new study of cannabis users, scientists investigated the drug’s long term impact through brain scans, hoping to overcome methodological problems in previous studies. They found that marijuana use changes the brain. The team studied 48 adult cannabis users aged 20 to 36 and compared data with a group of matched non-users. Researchers collected multimodal measures of chronic marijuana using adults with…
  • Veteran’s Day Message from Cliffside Malibu

    Richard Taite
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Veteran’s Day Message from Cliffside Malibu   There are many things I’m proud of in this world. One is that I live in a nation with a volunteer military. Men and women from across our great land give their time, leave their families, and put themselves in harm’s way all so that we can live the lives we lead at home with relative safety and ease. Some don’t return. We remember them on Memorial Day. Most do come back, though sometimes they are damaged physically and emotionally by their service. They deserve our help.   Although not specifically a veteran’s service,…
  • Prescription Opioid Abuse: A Gateway to Heroin and Overdose

    Richard Taite
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Prescription Opioid Abuse: A Gateway to Heroin and Overdose Opioid-involved overdoses in the United States have dramatically increased in the last 15 years, largely due to a rise in prescription opioid (PO) use. Emerging evidence suggests the increase is linked to unintentional PO misuse that easily turns into addiction. Individuals who regularly use opioid analgesic medications do not often recognize that they are using a medication that can be a gateway to heroin use. “According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the number of individuals reporting past year heroin use almost…
  • Mindfulness and Meditation: Two Steps Toward Better Health

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    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Mindfulness and Meditation: Two Steps Toward Better Health Regular meditation along with a mindful lifestyle path can help individuals control and recover from many mental health disorders. Meditation is a practice of training the mind to induce another state of consciousness or bring attention to a particular point. Mindfulness refers to a psychological quality that involves bringing one’s complete attention to present experience on a moment-to-moment basis, in a specific way and nonjudgmentally. A recent study examined associations of mindfulness with mental health and the mechanisms…
  • As Seen on TV: Advertising’s Influence on Alcohol Abuse

    Richard Taite
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As Seen on TV: Advertising’s Influence on Alcohol Abuse Excessive alcohol consumption is a leading cause of premature death in the U.S. and responsible for one in every 10 deaths. The statistics that describe the ways in which we drink ourselves to death are staggering. A study published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease found that nearly 70% of deaths due to excessive drinking involved working-age adults. The study also found that about 5% of the deaths involved people younger than age 21.  Moreover, excessive alcohol use shortened the lives of those who died by about 30 years.
 
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    Addiction Blog

  • Is cocaine a narcotic?

    Addiction Blog
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:42 am
    Yes. Legally, cocaine is a narcotic in the U.S. But is is medically a narcotic? We explore the differences here. Then, we invite your questions and comments in the section at the end. Note that we try to respond to all legitimate queries with a personal and prompt reply. What is a narcotic? (medical) Cocaine is not considered a medical narcotic. Technically, a medical narcotic is one that causes pain relief by changing the way the brain perceives pain. Also called opioid pain relievers, narcotics are usually used only for pain that is severe and is not helped by other types of painkillers.
  • How to help a friend with addiction

    Tim Davis
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    How to Help Your Addicted Friend Watching someone you love struggle with addiction is a very difficult experience to endure. Because addiction is an ongoing and chronic disorder, your friend will be enduring the accompanying ups and downs plus the constant risk of overdose, which in turn can put you in a state of unending stress. As a friend and not a family member, you may feel that your hands are tied in terms of helping them overcome the problem. But it turns out the opposite is true. In fact, you could be the best person to help your addicted friend. So, can you help get a friend into…
  • Addiction treatment for women and children

    Addiction Blog
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:13 am
    Women and children and addiction treatment There often comes a time in an addicted mother’s life to make a life-changing choice – either get help for her addiction or lose her children. Unfortunately, when it comes to women and children and addiction, treatment can seem out of reach. Getting addiction treatment while trying to be a parent is difficult, if not impossible, for many women. Addiction treatment programs for women with children must be able to cater to the needs of both the mothers and children. This typically includes addiction counseling, mental health therapy, and…
  • Does health insurance cover alcohol abuse treatment or rehab?

    Addiction Blog
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:13 am
    Insurance coverage for alcohol abuse treatment Depending on your insurance company and policy, alcohol abuse treatment or rehab may or  not be covered. However, more and more health insurance companies are recognizing substance abuse as a mental health problem that needs treated. To find out if your health insurance company covers alcohol abuse treatment or rehab, read your policy’s benefits guide or contact the company directly. Does insurance cover alcohol abuse treatment or rehab? Most people’s health insurance policies will not cover all alcohol abuse treatment or rehab…
  • The Holidays in an alcohol or addicted family: 3 tips for survival

    Maggie Harmon
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    Of course, this is not accurate for a lot of people just for practical reasons. Indeed, there are the many people for whom this is not accurate because alcohol, drugs and dysfunction get in the way. Trying to achieve a picture perfect holiday experience can be enormously stressful, as well as depressing. Hoping for the ideal can keep you from enjoying any part of the season. So how do you get through it all? A 3-step guide to surviving the Holidays here. Then, we invite your questions, comments, or shouts for help as you are trying to cope with addiction in the family … at the end. 3…
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    Suboxone Talk Zone

  • Suboxone Patient Needs Surgery, Refused Pain Control

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    First Posted 10/21/2013 I have received MANY messages over the years from patients on buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) who required surgery, but whose doctors refused to provide post-op analgesia.  Those of you not on Suboxone– can you imagine having surgery, and being told that ‘it is too much hassle to give you any medicine for pain relief’? Below is a comment to my last post, followed by my suggestion.  I am usually not a fan of getting medical boards stirred up over other doctors’ business, but this type of situation is RIDICULOUS, and must be stopped. The comment: I’m…
  • DA Asks ‘Why Still On Suboxone?’

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    First Posted 10/13/2013 A person in my practice was stable on Suboxone/buprenorphine for several years, until he developed a painful injury.   During the time the injury was treated, the person experienced significant pain.  I worked with his surgeon to provide adequate pain relief, which for patients on buprenorphine or Suboxone  consists of a high dose of an opioid agonist, to ‘out-compete’ the buprenorphine. As an aside, an NIH consensus paper from a couple years ago described the proper approach to patients on buprenorphine who require surgery or analgesia after injury.  Their…
  • Suboxone Detox is a Sucker’s Bet

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:45 pm
    First Posted 10/6/2013 I attended the US Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress meeting last week and actually attended the meetings (the event was held in Las Vegas), but I was disappointed by the absence of lectures about addiction.  There are other mental health groups geared more toward addiction, but one would think that psychiatry would maintain a strong presence in the field.  This was my first time at the annual meeting for this group, and so I can’t say that I’m witnessing a trend away from addiction by psychiatry—which would be a real shame. At any rate, I had a very busy…
  • Double Standard for Buprenorphine at Pharmacies

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    First Posted 9/25/2013 Because of this blog, I frequently receive emails from people describing outrageous behavior by pharmacists.  I don’ intend to argue that pharmacists as a group are any more annoying than doctors, nurses, or plumbers for that matter.  Every specialty has practitioners who do their best to provide safe and effective services…. and practitioners who are always out for themselves, with much greater interest in ‘CYA’ than helping someone in a difficult situation. I’ve written about the problems with abuse and diversion of buprenorphine and Suboxone in Northern…
  • Suboxone Scam Artists

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Originally Posted 9/16/2013.   Thankfully, I haven’t heard about the type of behavior described below in the past few months.  Maybe things are cleaning up a bit… I’ve mentioned the problems with heroin use and buprenorphine/Suboxone diversion in Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan.  There are rumors circulating about a doctor prescribing Suboxone in that area—an area where street Suboxone is easier to find than a buprenorphine-certified physician.  I’ve called a few pharmacists, but haven’t fully verified the story.   But the people I’ve spoken to assert that the…
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    Addiction

  • Use of stop-smoking medications in the United States before and after the introduction of varenicline

    Karin A. Kasza, K. Michael Cummings, Matthew J. Carpenter, Monica E. Cornelius, Andrew J. Hyland, Geoffrey T. Fong
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Abstract AimsTo evaluate trends in use of stop-smoking medications (SSMs) before and after varenicline (Chantix™) was introduced to the market-place in the United States, and to determine whether varenicline reached segments of the population unlikely to use other SSMs. DesignCohort survey. SettingUnited States. ParticipantsA nationally representative sample of adult smokers in the United States interviewed as part of the International Tobacco Control Four Country Survey between 2004 and 2011. Primary analyses used cross-sectional data from 1737 smokers who attempted to quit (∼450 per…
  • Stigma and the addiction paradigm for obesity: lessons from 1950s America

    Nicolas Rasmussen
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Abstract AimsTo discuss an historical episode in which obesity was conceptualized as an addictive disorder and declared to be a major epidemic in the early postwar United States. This history illuminates past consequences of framing obesity as an addiction in ways that may inform constructive policy responses today. MethodsReview of secondary and primary sources, including archival documents, relating to obesity in biomedical and popular thought of the 1940s and 1950s. ResultsIn the United States in the late 1940s and 1950s, new medical thinking about obesity reinterpreted overweight and…
  • Capturing illicit drug use where and when it happens: an ecological momentary assessment of the social, physical and activity environment of using versus craving illicit drugs

    Beth S. Linas, Carl Latkin, Ryan P. Westergaard, Larry W. Chang, Robert C. Bollinger, Andrew Genz, Gregory D. Kirk
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Abstract AimsTo understand the environmental and contextual influences of illicit cocaine and heroin use and craving using mobile health (mHealth) methods. DesignInteractive mHealth methods of ecological momentary assessment (EMA) were utilized in the Exposure Assessment in Current Time (EXACT) study to assess drug use and craving among urban drug users in real time. Participants were provided with mobile devices and asked to self-report every time they either craved (without using) or used heroin or cocaine for 30 days from November 2008 through May 2013. SettingBaltimore, MD, USA.
  • Validation and performance of the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) among adolescent primary care patients

    Jan Gryczynski, Sharon M. Kelly, Shannon Gwin Mitchell, Arethusa Kirk, Kevin E. O'Grady, Robert P. Schwartz
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Abstract Background and AimsThe World Health Organization's Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) has strong support as a clinical screening tool and research instrument, but has only been validated with adults. This study evaluated the ASSIST and ASSIST-Lite in an adolescent population. DesignInternal consistency, concurrent validity, discriminant validity and diagnostic accuracy were examined for tobacco, alcohol and cannabis ASSIST scores. An abbreviated version (the ASSIST-Lite) was evaluated for cannabis. SettingThree community health centers in Baltimore,…
  • Interaction effects between the 5-hydroxy tryptamine transporter-linked polymorphic region (5-HTTLPR) genotype and family conflict on adolescent alcohol use and misuse

    Jueun Kim, Aesoon Park, Stephen J. Glatt, Tanya L. Eckert, Peter A. Vanable, Lori A. J. Scott-Sheldon, Kate B. Carey, Craig K. Ewart, Michael P. Carey
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:34 am
    Abstract AimsTo investigate whether the effects of family conflict on adolescent drinking differed as a function of 5-hydroxy tryptamine transporter-linked polymorphic region (5-HTTLPR) genotype cross-sectionally and prospectively in two independent samples of adolescents. DesignPath analysis and multi-group analysis of two prospective datasets were conducted. SettingsUnited States and United Kingdom. ParticipantsSample 1 was 175 adolescents in the United States (mean age = 15 at times 1 and 2 with a 6-month interval); Sample 2 was 4916 adolescents in the United Kingdon (mean age = 12…
 
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    Addiction

  • Amotivational Syndrome and Marijuana Use

    Professor Gary L. Wenk, Ph. D.
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
    Overall, the symptoms of the amotivational syndrome are very similar to the symptoms of depression. Long term use of marijuana may, depending upon many factors such as genetics and age, ultimately produce a condition in the brain that is very similar to that produced by long term use of Acomplia, leading to the condition known as amotivational syndrome.read more
  • Ward Family Questions Raise Issues for Us All

    David Sack, M.D.
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    The death of sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. sparked a heated national conversation over who was at fault. Had NASCAR star Tony Stewart done enough to avoid hitting Ward? Had Ward written his own death sentence by exiting the car?read more
  • Understanding How Alcohol Uniquely Affects Women

    Constance Scharff, Ph.D.
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:57 pm
    When it comes to processing alcohol, men and women are quite different. Contrary to common belief, men and women of almost the same height and weight do not experience similar effects after consuming equal amounts of alcohol.read more
  • Regular Pot Use Changes the Brain

    Richard Taite
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:50 pm
    The existing literature on the long-term effects of marijuana on the brain is confusing, mostly due to methodological differences across studies. read more
  • Therapeutic Baking: An Interview with Sara Barthol

    Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    Yes, you read that correctly: pie therapy. Sara and Stacie describe this course as “a simple, fun and yummy introduction to baking with a therapeutic twist.” When I heard about pie therapy I was immediately intrigued and knew that I had to learn more, and that I wanted to share this idea with others.read more
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  • Another Look at Acamprosate

    Dirk Hanson
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    The most popular pharmaceutical treatment for alcoholism, explained.(First published February 17, 2014)“Occasionally,” reads the opening sentence of a commentary published online earlier this year in Neuropsychopharmacology, “a paper comes along that fundamentally challenges what we thought we knew about a drug mechanism.” The drug in question is acamprosate, and the mechanism of action under scrutiny is the drug’s ability to promote abstinence in alcoholics. The author of the unusual commentary is Markus Heilig, Chief of the Laboratory of Clinical and Translational Studies at the…
  • Marijuana Statistics vs. Perception

    Dirk Hanson
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Who smokes cannabis, and how much?(First published 12/27/2013)Most statistical surveys of marijuana focus on a single quantitative measurement: How many people are using? But there’s a problem: More marijuana use does not necessarily translate into more marijuana users. And that’s because a clear majority of the consumption, and black market dollars, come from the heaviest smokers.Drug policy researchers at the RAND corporation decided that frequency of use and amount of consumption were valuable parameters gone missing in most policy discussions. So they put the focus not just on use,…
  • The End of Combusted Tobacco?

    Dirk Hanson
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    With E-cigarettes, a mixed bag of possible outcomes.E-cigarettes represent a controversial and uncertain future for nicotine addiction, and for this reason they have attracted acolytes and naysayers in what feels like equal measure. It has been almost 8 years since e-cigarette imports first reached our shores, and the FDA’s determination that they are subject to regulation as tobacco products brings the industry to a crucial crossroads. On the one hand: “Marked interdevice and intermanufacturer variability of e-cigarettes… makes it hard to draw conclusions about the safety or efficacy…
  • In Search of the Marijuana Breathalyzer

    Dirk Hanson
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Pissing in a cup may be on the way out. The good news: Marijuana breathalyzers are coming. The bad news: Marijuana breathalyzers are coming. For years now, urinalysis using a mass spectrometer has been, if you’ll excuse the expression, the gold standard for drug testing. But in the case of alcohol, exhaled breath has always been the detection matrix of choice. And now, after the publication of several papers analyzing the detection of various drugs of abuse in exhaled breath, companies are hoping to leap into the market for cannabis breathalyzers. A 2013 paper in the delightfully named…
  • Strokes in Young People

    Dirk Hanson
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Drug use as a risk factor.(First published 12-09-12)When a stroke happens to anyone under the age of 55, a major suspect is drugs, specifically the stimulants—methamphetamine and cocaine. In the journal Stroke, researcher Brett Kissela and his associates provided additional evidence to support that unpleasant truth.“We know that even with vascular risk factors that are prevalent—smoking, high blood pressure—most people still don’t have a stroke until they’re older,” Kissela said in a Reuters article. “When a young person has a stroke, it is probably much more likely that the…
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    A Song Not Scored For Breathing

  • Be Open To Seeing

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    "I don't think the way you think." ~ Isaiah 55:8a (The Message)Can I please have some peace about this? ~ October 20th Ignatian Exercises journal entry.Yesterday I spent the day sick in bed and read Kerry Egan's book Fumbling, an account of her journey walking the Camino de Santiago. The best books are ones that speak to our common humanity and I know I read to find myself in the pages of another`s story.Those of you who have journeyed with me these past few years, through the suicides of friends as well as my breast cancer diagnosis and recovery know how shattered my…
  • Encaustic

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Could the reader that sent me this encaustic please email me? In a flurry of emptying my inbox of emails I inadvertently deleted the one with your new email address.  Thank you.Isn't this a lovely piece of art? It's titled Skinless Soul and is from a friend in honour of my breast cancer journey. I have it hanging where I can see it every day.
  • Naivete et al

    13 Oct 2014 | 7:57 pm
    So much going on. I keep thinking I need to send this person or that an email and fill them in but seem to have no energy to actually do it. I've felt that way for so long.Lots of wonderfully good things. Like having our grandson for the night once a week every week. He's not quite walking yet and spending time with him is just plain fun. And hard work. His smile lights up my world. Rocking him to sleep is lovely.Only daughter had her first baby just over a week ago. Wonderfully exciting. I spent the week with her and it was a privilege to care for her and to hold her daughter again and again…
  • Throwing Words and Things

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    Thirty three years ago today Dearest One asked me to marry him. We'd been together for a week, meeting face to face, after having started out as pen pals when I was a very young teenager. The odds were certainly against us. I give God the credit for us making it for the long haul. Had we not become people of faith our relationship would have crumbled long ago.Because we spent such little time together before we married - after we got engaged he went back home across the country and I stayed put to finish college - he had no idea I might have a drinking problem. I didn't get drunk until 5 days…
  • While It Was Still Night

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    This was not the summer I thought I'd have.I spent most of my time away from home due to multiple deaths in the family (plus a wedding.)I spent more nights in my childhood bedroom in the past seven weeks than in my grown up one.There was a week in there where I went on a silent retreat.I went to it heavy hearted as a dear family member lay dying in a hospital in another province.There were surprise breakthroughs during the retreat that I am grateful for.If I'm hanging on to resentments I cannot find gratitude.If I accept what is then it's easier to embrace what is in front of me rather than…
 
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    Drugs & Health Blog

  • Secondhand Marijuana Smoke?

    The NIDA Blog Team
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    In concerts, at house parties, even in the hallway of apartment buildings, you may have come into contact and been exposed to secondhand marijuana smoke. In situations like these, people often worry how breathing someone else’s marijuana smoke affects them.  A couple of common questions and the answers may help you see through the fog of this smoky situation. Can you get high from inhaling secondhand marijuana smoke? Probably not.  You may have heard the phrase “contact high,” about someone breathing secondhand marijuana smoke and feeling a buzz.    There have been studies that…
  • Cigarettes: More Dangerous Than Before

    The NIDA Blog Team
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Is there anyone that doesn’t know how dangerous smoking cigarettes can be? It’s hard to imagine with so much public education from The Truth Campaign, The Real Cost, and Tips From Former Smokers. But what a lot of people don’t know is that cigarettes have actually become more dangerous. A recent report from the U.S. Surgeon General—the Nation’s “top doctor”—relates that cigarettes are more toxic now than in the 1950s because tobacco companies have changed the design and ingredients of cigarettes. As a result, both men and women have a much higher risk for lung cancer and…
  • ‘Marijuana: Breaking Down the Buzz’ Helps Clear Up the Confusion

    The NIDA Blog Team
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Do you know how long it took for tobacco smoking rates to significantly drop after researchers first linked smoking cigarettes to cancer? 40 years. In the 1920s, when the link to cancer was discovered, smoking was normal---in fact, ads for cigarettes even featured doctors saying it relieved stress! For years, people smoked in their homes and offices, in restaurants and stores, on planes and on trains. Wherever they went…they smoked.  In 1957, the nation’s top doctor—the U.S. Surgeon General—warned that cigarette smoking could cause lung cancer. Other government doctors began to speak…
  • Marijuana “Edibles” Make Candy Complicated

    The NIDA Blog Team
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Pop Quiz! Question: If you look at the candy in the check-out aisle in your local store, an average chocolate bar is 1 serving, and an average bag of candy-covered chocolates (which has about 30 candies) is also 1 serving. What is the average serving of a marijuana edible chocolate bar or bag of a candy that has been infused with THC—the active ingredient in marijuana? Answer:  There is no average serving. Yes, it was a trick question.  But that’s kind of what marijuana edibles are…tricky.  At least for a person who doesn’t use marijuana regularly. For example, in Colorado, a…
  • Dirty Money: How Cocaine and Germs Contaminate Our Cash

    The NIDA Blog Team
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Q: What do cocaine and bacteria have in common? A: They both contaminate our cash. While most of the dollar bills you come into contact with would test positive for cocaine, that doesn’t mean that they were used to snort cocaine. In fact, less than 1 percent of people age 12 or older even use the drug.   It happens because cocaine is a very fine powder that easily transfers from bill to bill. One bill with cocaine on it can contaminate an entire cash drawer or ATM. It’s a little like someone with a cold—if he or she sneezes on you, the chances are good that you’ll catch what the…
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    Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

  • Trick and Treat: 5 Ways to Reduce Teen Mischief this Halloween

    Julie
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Its a fact: teens trick their parents from time to time. Experts say its normal for teens to stretch rules, take risks and try out some trickery (just think back to when you were a teen.) But there are some key things parents can do to keep their teens safe and healthy. With Halloween this weekend, why not roll up your sleeves and do some productive tricking and treating of your own? Here are 5 ways parents can reduce teen mischief and encourage a healthy relationship with their teen on Halloween and beyond. Trick Them Into Talking Listen First: Let teens vent, talk and not feel judged and be…
  • How to Solve a Problem (Including Your Child’s Substance Use)

    Julie
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Here is a general strategy for approaching ANY problem. Whether it’s your child’s substance use – or any of the related problems – communication, behavior, friend choices, school performance and emotional development (you name it!) These seven steps for solving problems are based on CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) among other behavioral approaches. This approach will take you beyond painful avoidance strategies and unreliable quick fixes, to help you work through problems thoroughly and systematically. As you practice with these steps, try to apply (and…
  • 11 Ways to Get Your Teen Talking

    Julie
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    The best way to find out what is going on with your child is to, well, find out what’s going on with him. Lecturing won’t get you there. A back-and-forth conversation will. But that’s not always so easy with teens,  is it? In order to keep the lines of communication open, it’s important to know how to listen and when to talk. Here are 10 tips to help: 1. Create a safe, comfortable environment for your child to share the truth. Assure your child that he can always be honest with you – without fear of ridicule or blame. And that you love him no matter what. 2. Turn off…
  • Soccer’s Positive Influence On My Life

    Sebastian
    11 Jun 2014 | 11:58 am
    In honor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and all that soccer does to help keep kids around the world active and healthy. I thought this would be a good time to reflect on the impact youth soccer has had on my life. I first played soccer recreationally when I was 6, but eventually moved on to try other sports. When I was in 7th grade, my interest was reignited and I attended my first competitive tryout. At that point, I was an just an eager kid with immeasurable confidence in my ability to kick a ball, even though I hadn’t touched one in years. I thought I’d be an instant superstar,…
  • Helping an Adult Family Member or Friend with a Drug or Alcohol Problem

    Julie
    9 Jun 2014 | 10:35 am
    Do you have an adult family member or friend with a drug or alcohol problem? You’re probably wondering how you can help. Here are 7 answers to questions you may be asking. 1. How Can I Tell If I’m Overreacting to a Substance Abuse Problem? If you are noticing problems in friend or family member’s work, health, family, finances, relationships, social functioning, legal issues, self-esteem or self-respect, you are not overreacting. Continuing to use substances in spite of the fact that such behavior is causing problems is a problem in and of itself; it shows that substance use has…
 
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  • Love-Bombing: It’s Not About Love – 4 Differences Between Love-Bombing & Real Love

    Addiction Treatment
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:47 am
    By Virginia Gilbert, MFT @vgilbertmft The moment you meet, he’s in dogged pursuit. He tells you you’re the hottest woman ever. He wines you and dines you. He texts you emojis all day long and talks up your brilliant future together. And the sex? It’s the best you’ve ever had. Sure, you’ve only known him a week, but you’re now so intoxicated by his love-bombing that you lose your grip on reality. Because the truth is, healthy people don’t push for intimacy so quickly. Healthy people want to enter your life gradually, not disrupt it. Why Do Love-Bombers Do What They Do? Sometimes…
  • The Top 10 Addictions Of 2014: Sex Makes The List

    Addiction Treatment
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    Sex addiction has yet to be officially recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the DSM), but many people struggle with it every day. In the latest version of the manual, the DSM-V, it was acknowledged in shorter form, but the authors claimed that more evidence is required before it can be granted full inclusion. With the results of recent research pointing to similarities between sex and drug addictions in terms of how they work in the brain, it seems like official recognition is guaranteed by the time the next edition of the DSM is released. In line with…
  • NASCAR Racer’s Death, D.A.’s Decision, Puts Pot On The Spot

    Addiction Treatment
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:59 am
    A Scripps marijuana researcher says the D.A. “misused” science by telling the grand jury that NASCAR victim Kevin Ward was impaired when he exited his car and was fatally struck by Tony Stewart. The tragedy highlights just how little is known about what constitutes being “under the influence” of a drug skyrocketing in popularity. By Martin Henderson The video was as riveting as it was morbid. The race car slides around the dirt track and gets squeezed by another toward the wall. The car wrecks and Kevin Ward Jr. gets out. He moves down the track. One car goes low toward the apron to…
  • Nontraditional, Alternative Methods Of Recovery From Addiction

    Addiction Treatment
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:05 am
    Sometimes when people need to recover from alcohol or drug addiction, it helps to think outside the box. Examples of alternative methods of addiction recovery include neurofeedback, yoga, exercise, acupuncture, meditation, pet therapy and many other methods. Although traditional methods of treatment have been proven to work, some of these nontraditional approaches are another way of helping people in their recovery efforts. Most recovery professionals believe that alternative methods of treatment are helpful, but there is controversy about whether any of these nontraditional approaches to…
  • Online Dating – 5 Warning Signs He’s Probably Married

    Addiction Treatment
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:29 am
    By Virginia Gilbert, MFT @vgilbertmft Online dating is the best thing that ever happened to cheaters. Enigmatic photos and artfully worded text create a compelling persona that can be drip-fed to carefully selected, unsuspecting love-seekers. The lack of real-time, in-person contact allows people to project characteristics of the person they hope to find onto someone who could be the worst thing that ever happened to them. This projection creates a pseudo-intimacy that causes people to disregard red flags they would never ignore if they hadn’t already begun to form an attachment — often…
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    Hydrocodone Help

  • The Importance of Liking Yourself

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A person’s self-esteem is generally shattered by addiction. Addicts’ friends and family may look down on them, society may judge them, and quite often they feel the same way about themselves. Addiction can make a person feel worthless, disgraceful and irredeemable. Through treatment, however, a person can change these views; he can repair his self-image and how other people view him. Self-image, or the idea one has of oneself, is a vital component of addiction recovery. A person must repair his self-image and self-esteem if he wishes to find and maintain recovery in the long-term. The…
  • How Helping Others Can Boost Your Recovery from Hydrocodone

    admin
    15 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Recovery from drugs like hydrocodone takes on many facets. You attend meetings. You talk with your sponsor. You take action to start caring for your body, which can include exercise, massage and healthy eating. You work on making repairs to relationships damaged by your addiction to hydrocodone. Another way to boost your recovery is by helping others. Ways that helping others boosts your hydrocodone recovery: Helping others gives you a distraction from your cravings. – Having a place to serve and invest in people can give you the distraction you need when the cravings surge. With something…
  • Extreme Behavior Related to Hydrocodone

    admin
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
    Hydrocodone is a synthetic opioid due to how its chemical structure mimics other opioids, like codeine and morphine. The drug is hardly ever prescribed on its own; instead, it is typically combined with acetaminophen and/or other chemicals to create Vicodin or Lortab. Hydrocodone works on the same nerve receptors in the brain as opium or heroin, so it treats moderate to severe pain and it suppresses cough. Hydrocodone is immensely powerful—it will not only dull the sensation of pain, but it will also activate the brain’s reward center to produce a high, an extreme state of wellbeing. It…
  • The Difference Between Being Drunk and Being High on Hydrocodone

    admin
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The term “drunk” refers to being under the influence of alcohol to the extent of losing control of one’s faculties or behavior; being high refers to being intoxicated or exhibiting euphoria from a drug. Neither term is a medical condition, but the two words describe the effects of being under the influence of either alcohol or a drug. Each state is a condition where chemical substances impair the brain, so they both share many symptoms, which makes it difficult to distinguish between the problems. For a few reasons it is important to learn the difference between being drunk and high on…
  • Positive Thinking In Rehab

    admin
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The mind is a powerful thing. The way a person thinks on a daily basis brings color and meaning to his or her world. When you or a loved one’s world view or self image is colored by addiction, it takes determination and practice to change negative thoughts into positive ones. Understanding the power of positive thinking during the rehab process and all the days afterward can increase the likelihood of rehab success. Positive thinking, even in the face of discouragement, can give you the strength you need to continue to make good choices. Hydrocodone Addiction Hydrocodone is an opioid…
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    Valium Addiction Help

  • Why Recovery Is Better than Valium Abuse

    admin
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Valium, also known by its generic name diazepam, is a prescription drug used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, seizures, alcohol withdrawal syndrome or other psychological disorders. It is in the benzodiazepine class of medications and is considered a controlled substance due to its potential for abuse and addiction. One in three people who use the drug for as little as one month will become physically and psychologically dependent on it. Individuals who abuse the drug recreationally because of the sedated high that it offers are even more likely to get hooked on it. There is much…
  • Valium’s Effect on Serotonin

    admin
    9 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Valium is the prescription name for diazepam, a benzodiazepine mainly used to treat abnormal anxiety, muscle spasms and seizures. This drug enhances the function of certain neurotransmitters, so people who struggle with anxiety can take it to normalize their neurotransmitters that cause stress. Valium does not directly affect serotonin, a neurotransmitter, but it does indirectly affect this chemical. How Valium Works Valium works in the brain by strengthening the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA is often referred to as the brain’s natural tranquilizer, because it…
  • How Do I Identify Valium?

    admin
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Having a basic knowledge of potentially addictive drugs is very useful for different reasons. First of all, once we know what different drugs are and how they look, it becomes be easier to avoid them. Also, understanding that prescription drugs are controlled for a reason will help us see how dangerous it could be to misuse them. It can also be especially easy to confuse prescription drugs, since there are different brands and presentations. How to Avoid Sedative Abuse Valium is considered a sedative or depressant of the central nervous system. Valium is only one of the brand names given to…
  • How Art Therapy Is a Healthy Outlet

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Rehab centers offer many treatment methods to address substance abuse and mental health disorders. Motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy and contingency management are just a few examples, but clinical studies confirm that art therapy can be a valuable complement to these traditional approaches. What Is Art Therapy? Art therapy utilizes art to achieve specific recovery goals. While recovering addicts are encouraged to engage in positive hobbies like art, this type of rehab is different: it is a process in which certified art therapists use drawing, painting, sculpting and…
  • Extreme Behavior Related to Valium

    admin
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Valium is a powerful prescription drug that is commonly abused. A benzodiazepine sold under the generic name diazepam, it is a psychoactive sedative commonly prescribed to treat the following disorders: Anxiety disorders Panic attacks Insomnia Seizures Convulsions Valium works by enhancing the function of certain chemical receptors in the brain. When first used it provides a high that can quickly become psychologically addictive. When used as directed, the drug can relieve issues that result from chemical imbalances, but users typically adjust to the drug quickly, so its intoxicating effects…
 
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    Heroin Detox Rehab

  • The Elements of Heroin Addiction

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Heroin addiction causes both physical and psychological problems There is much more to heroin addiction than many people realize. It is a complicated mental and physical disease that is directly connected to underlying psychological disorders. Understanding the different elements of heroin dependence is a critical step in recovery. Physical Heroin Dependence Heroin is an intensified version of opium; it is distilled from the tar-like sap of certain poppy seedpods, and then it is chemically refined. The drug was first developed as a painkiller in the 19th century, and it works by binding to…
  • Important Things to Learn About Heroin

    admin
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Our admissions coordinators can answer questions, provide information and recommend addiction treatment Heroin is a semi-synthetic drug made from the morphine in opium poppy. The purest form of the drug is often called No. 4 heroin, and it comes as a water-soluble hydrochloride salt that is injected directly into the bloodstream. The white powder may have a pink, beige or brownish color, but only due to manufacturing impurities and cutting the drug with other substances. Another form of heroin, No. 3 (or base), is darker brown and it dissolves with more difficulty. Brown heroin is more…
  • How Helping Others Can Boost Your Recovery from Heroin

    admin
    9 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Many people find that helping others can actually improve addiction recovery Heroin is well known for its addictive properties. Heroin addiction is very difficult to overcome and heroin recovery is a lifelong process. But staying sober from heroin or other opiates is possible, and there is a wide network of helpful resources out there to get you on your way to wellness. It may seem counterintuitive, but many people find that helping others can actually improve addiction recovery. Helping others can boost your recovery from heroin and other drugs in a number of ways. Helping Others Helps You…
  • Are More Young People Becoming Addicted to Heroin?

    admin
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:23 pm
    As prescription painkiller addiction continues to rise, more young people are turning to heroin After many years of decline, in 2012 the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services (SAMHSA) reported that over the previous five years the number of people using heroin in the US rose from 373,000 to 669,000. According to a 2013 report on NPR, a major driver of this increased abuse is the rising numbers of prescription painkiller addicts. When young people get hooked on drugs such as OxyContin and hydrocodone, and their supply of…
  • What Is a Speedball?

    admin
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A speedball is a combination of cocaine, heroin or morphine A speedball is a combination of cocaine, heroin or morphine that people inject into the body using one syringe, or two different syringes, one in each arm, at the same time. Original forms of speedballs used cocaine hydrochloride mixed with morphine sulfate instead of heroin. A speedball may also be a mix between prescription opiates with benzodiazepines and/or amphetamines. Speedballs are dangerous drug combinations, because cocaine is a stimulant while heroin and morphine are depressants, meaning they send different messages to the…
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    Xanax Addiction Help

  • Is It Possible to Get Insurance Coverage If I’m Already in Recovery?

    admin
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    It is now easier for people with pre-existing health conditions to purchase comprehensive health insurance coverage Many factors influence the price, availability and coverage of health insurance. Historically the existence of pre-existing conditions has made it more difficult or expensive to purchase policies. A series of regulations at both at the state and federal levels have addressed the issue, however, and it is now easier for people with pre-existing health conditions, including a history of addiction treatment, to purchase comprehensive health insurance coverage. Broadly defined, a…
  • Has Prescription Monitoring Changed Painkiller Addiction?

    admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs show promise in reducing drug abuse The abuse and misuse of prescription drugs, especially opioid painkillers, has become a significant societal problem. Health and governmental agencies have addressed the issue in a number of ways including by enacting prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs). As the number of states utilizing the programs increases, so too does the evidence for their effectiveness. Although there are program differences from state to state, all PDMPs share common elements. They are electronic database systems that collect…
  • Are There Music-Based Therapies for Rehab?

    admin
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Music therapies are evidence-based treatments for addiction to drugs like Xanax Music is a part of everyday life for most people, and civilizations throughout history have used it to celebrate, communicate, mourn and remember. Songs can lift emotions, evoke memories and spark creativity, but many people may not realize that music can also have therapeutic effects. The first recognized use of music as therapy occurred during the two World Wars when musicians performed for troops injured in combat, and the first degree program for music therapy started at Michigan State University in 1944.
  • Are There Benefits to Using CBT and DBT at the Same Time?

    admin
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Cognitive and Dialectic Behavior Therapy are both helpful for treating addiction to drugs like Xanax The National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that one component of effective drug addiction treatment is matching treatment services to an individual’s personal problems, needs and characteristics. For this reason, therapists often have a variety of approaches to try, and use them as the situation indicates. Two therapies that may be helpful in treating addiction to drugs like Xanax are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). The programs complement each…
  • Why Structure Is Important in Rehab

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Structured routines during rehab for Xanax addiction is an important part of the recovery process Addiction recovery is a process of growing and changing in significant ways. For many people developing routines and structure is an important part of the journey. Routines may initially take some effort to develop, but people often find that they make life easier over time. Often the process of developing routines and structure begins in rehab and continues after the active phase of addiction treatment for drugs like Xanax has been completed. Benefits of Structure during Rehab and Early Recovery…
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    Prescription Drug Abuse Help | Treatment & Recovery Information

  • CBT: The Very Basics

    admin
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a treatment method that can help individuals identify negative behaviors Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps individuals understand their thoughts and feelings and how those help influence their behaviors. This form of treatment is commonly used to help treat a wide range of disorders including phobias, addictions, depression and anxiety. How Does CBT Work? Cognitive behavior therapy is primarily short-term and focuses on helping clients deal with extremely specific problems. During their course of treatment,…
  • What Kind of Housing Should I Choose in Recovery?

    admin
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Gender specific housing may benefit residents allowing them to focus on their recovery Now that you have taken control of your addiction and taken the first steps of recovery in rehab, you have many decisions to make. Deciding what kind of housing you should live in after rehab is just one of several choices to be made. However, it is also one of the most important decisions you will make in your recovery. The environment you live in sets the stage for your recovery experience. Three options after leaving rehab include returning home, relocating, and moving into halfway housing. Returning…
  • How to Get Motivated for Change During Rehab

    admin
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    It is important to be active and involved through every step of the rehab process Some addicts readily make the choice to recover while others are pressured into it by concerned loved ones or even legal mandates. Regardless of what motivated you to enter rehab, it is common to second-guess your choice from time to time. Change can be an intimidating idea and can bring you out of your comfort zone. However, this temporary discomfort is a meaningful and essential part of the recovery process. When you start to question your motivation during rehab, there are many things you can do to turn your…
  • How Self-Awareness Aids Recovery

    admin
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Rehab centers teach recovering addicts to learn more about themselves and their drug habits Being self-aware of personal strengths, weaknesses, habits, behaviors and mental tendencies can help in all areas of life. In particular, self-awareness can aid addiction recovery, because the recovery process is a time when people learn more about themselves. Many individuals never thought they would become addicts, especially if the addiction involves painkillers, anti-anxiety medication or other prescription drugs that were being used for legitimate health reasons. Addiction diminishes…
  • Can Any Good Come from a Drug Charge?

    admin
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Facing a drug charge is terrifying, but serves as a wake-up call that you have a problem Being charged with a drug crime can be devastating. Many people get caught up in addiction every year without ever even setting out to get high: they needed a prescription following surgery or an injury, and when the time came to quit they just couldn’t. Even young people get trapped in a disease they simply cannot shake after they experiment with drugs due to peer pressure from their friends. If you have been wrestling with drugs for a while, then you might think that the last thing you need is a drug…
 
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  • Inspirational Message of the Week

    BV
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
      To receive information on addiction treatment programs and rehab services, call and speak to one of our treatment consultants at 800-570-4562
  • Is The Duration of Your Rehab Program Sufficient?

    BV
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    The recommended length or duration of treatment in rehab is contingent on the type and degree of the individual’s substance abuse problem, including the existence of other factors such as co-occurring mental health disorders, their financial situation, and how committed the individual is with the treatment program as they progress in their recovery. Some research studies indicate that most people in recovery require at least 90 days in treatment to successfully achieve long term sobriety, as it is more effective in teaching the person how to maintain their recovery after leaving rehab.
  • Does Your Rehab Program Adapt to Treatment As Your Needs Change?

    BV
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    It is important for individual treatment to be modified as needed to meet the changing needs of the client. It is common for individuals to require different combinations of services during the course of the rehab program. A ‘continuing care’ approach is recommended in such a case, where treatment level can be adapted by the person as they progress through their rehab program; if they relapse, which is sometimes a part of recovery, then they can continue with treatment as recommended by the head addiction specialist, where modifications can be made such as stricter monitoring to better…
  • ‘Anthony’s Act’ Petition Aims To Give Individuals a Real Chance at Recovery

    BV
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    A petition was made to The United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate by Cris Fiore, making the following request, “Tell your U.S. Senators and representatives… The Affordable Care Act must be amended to provide a minimum of Ninety (90)days inpatient drug or alcohol treatment up to a maximum of One Hundred Eighty (180) days per year at a facility certified to provide such care by the Secretary of Health of the state in which it is located.” This petition was backed by research studies indicating that effective inpatient treatment lead to more long term…
  • Massachusetts’ Opioid/Heroin Addiction Crisis Leads to Rise in Overdoses

    BV
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    Massachusetts’ Governor-elect Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey are sharing a great commitment to address the growing crisis of opioid addiction and abuse across the state. Reports show that at the beginning of 2013, there was a significant increase in the number of overdose emergency calls—and by the end of the year, there were 93 overdoses, most of whom were rescued through the use of Narcan, an opiate-reversing antidote that has worked effectively since its first use. Many of these people are what we would consider as “normal American people”: teens, young…
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    Family First Intervention

  • New Marijuana Study Examines Long-Term Effects on the Brain

    Mike Loverde
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:28 am
    Overall effects of long-term marijuana use on the brain may depend on both the age that someone first partakes and for how long the person continues to use the drug. Findings show that those with prolonged marijuana use have smaller brain volume in the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC), but also have increased connectivity to the OFC, which is the area of the brain associated with addiction. Researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Francesca Filbey, associate professor at the…
  • Smoking Cessation Shows Positive Effects on Recovery

    Mike Loverde
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:01 am
    Smoking and rehabilitation for substance abuse and mood disorders seem to go hand in hand. A recent study showed that kicking the smoking habit is unlikely to impede recovery while in treatment centers. Dr. Patricia Cavazaros-Rehg and her colleagues at the Washington University School of Medicine found that smoking cessation may even help some in recovery. Dr. Cavazaros-Rebg and colleagues examined 5,000 responses of smokers who completed the National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol Related Conditions (NESARC). At the first interview, about 24 percent of the respondents had history of drug…
  • California Changes Drug Sentencing Laws in Prison Reform Proposition

    Mike Loverde
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    For a long time now, it has been clear that criminalizing drug addicts for their problems is not something that truly creates reform. When the United States Government first declared war on the drug epidemic in our country, the hope was that the threat of jail time would dissuade people from abusing drugs. Several decades later it still doesn’t work. There are more drug addicts now than there ever has been in our history and the amount of people trying illicit drugs continues to grow as new trends emerge. Policy makers in California are looking to change the way they deal with drug addicts…
  • How Drugs Can Change Loved Ones

    Mike Loverde
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
    For those who do not struggle with some form of drug or alcohol addiction, it may seem crazy that someone would throw their entire life away for their next high. The idea of cutting off contact with one’s family, losing hard-earned money and destroying a future is not something that most people aspire to do, however those who are suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction seem intent on accomplishing all of these things. Dr. Brad Lander, Clinical Director of Addiction Psychiatry at Ohio State University, explains how addicts are no longer themselves and that the drugs actually chemically…
  • Can ICANN Intervene on Illegal Online Pharmacies?

    Mike Loverde
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:02 pm
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has been under criticism lately for not being aggressive enough in cracking down on illegal online pharmacies. According to a Wall Street Journal investigation, complaints in the thousands about online pharmacies have accumulated since ICANN stopped maintaining one of its servers in 2012. ICANN could help crack down on illegal online pharmacy operators, but ICANN remains resolved in the stance that they are not a regulatory agency. Fadi Chehade, ICANN’s Chief Executive said the powers of the organization are limited. ICANN…
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    Decision Point Center

  • Scientists Uncover Misconception of Benefit of Moderate Alcohol Consumption

    Decision Point Center
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Most people have heard that a small amount of alcohol may be healthy for one’s heart, but this is simply not the case for everybody. In fact, a recent study shows that there are only a select number of people that receive any benefit from a small amount of alcohol daily, and the rest of us are subjected to negative consequences. In order for alcohol to be healthy for one’s heart, a person has to have a particular genotype. Only 15 percent of the population may be able to claim this genotype, and therefore consider that a small amount of alcohol may benefit them daily. Scientists noticed…
  • What Are The Most Addictive Drugs?

    Decision Point Center
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    There are hundreds of types of illegal drugs available to people. With the advent of designer drugs like synthetic marijuana, bath salts and other types of chemical pairings, there is no shortage of drugs on the street. With all the drugs on the market, what are the most addictive? GHB, a synthetic drug, also known as one of the date rape drugs, makes the list as one of the most addictive drugs on the market. The drug became well known because it was used to spike the drinks of unsuspecting people which would eventually lead to them being taken advantage of in bed. It produces such an altered…
  • More People Using Social Media To Sell Drugs

    Decision Point Center
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    Most parents are aware that social media can be a dangerous thing to children. Some parents have started monitoring their child’s social media use. Other parents have become friends with their children on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter to make sure that they are not getting trouble using the social media sites. However, not too many parents would assume that popular social media site, Instagram, is now becoming a forum for buying and selling drugs. Unfortunately drug dealers have found a way to exploit the site so that its biggest population is flooded with pictures of drugs and where…
  • Are Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Efforts Working?

    Decision Point Center
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Sometimes parents don’t know how to talk about drugs to their children. Some parents think that drug abuse would never become an issue for their children and others just put off talking about drug abuse because they think they have all the time in the world. One parent, Dorothy Rhodes, knows that she should have addressed the potential for drug abuse in her child before he died of a fatal overdose of fentanyl. Instead of talking to him about the dangers of drugs, she had to plan his funeral and regret a conversation she never had with her son. “In our community, we didn’t have a…
  • Students Fight Against Drug Abuse

    Decision Point Center
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) has gained some more members. More students are speaking out against illegal drugs use, especially prescription drug abuse. Many students were recently inspired to take a stand when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) came out with a statement saying that 90% of all addictions start during the teenage years. This sobering statistic proves that the more involved children become with anti-drug campaigns and educations, the better their chances are of remaining drug-free. The message coincides with Red Ribbon Week, which is the…
 
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    IRETA Blog

  • Substance Users’ Lives Have Value

    iretablog
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    A Message from IRETA’s Board Chair Rev. Dr. James Simms I generally do not find it difficult to remain focused on IRETA’s core mission. Unhealthy substance use and addiction do not fall off my radar; I see their effects all around me. But on two specific occasions during the last year, I had the opportunity to connect deeply with the work we do at IRETA. The first came during September of 2013. I presented at an IRETA training on a subject that has always been near and dear to my heart: how can faith leaders and educators identify and address unhealthy substance use in the communities…
  • Completing the Program is Important…But it’s Just the First Step

    iretablog
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    IRETA recently completed a program evaluation of the Level 3C Residential Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program at Renewal, Inc. Located here in Pittsburgh, Renewal, Inc. is a nonprofit that provides alternative housing and community corrections services for individuals in Allegheny County, State of Pennsylvania, and Federal justice systems. The main question the program evaluation sought to answer was whether Renewal clients have lower recidivism after their release compared with benchmark rates. We also examined the effect of Renewal, Inc. on treatment outcomes. What we found (and as you…
  • Updates on a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in Pennsylvania

    iretablog
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    Tracking progress on our home state’s efforts to modernize our PDMP Photo: Wikimedia Commons On October 27, Pennsylvania passed a law that will modernize our prescription drug monitoring program and undoubtedly save lives. However, implementation will be even more complex than the lengthy legislative process we’ve already seen. We’ll continue to share information about our PDMP as the program gets off the ground. Look for further blog posts about the role of prescription monitoring as part of a public health effort to reduce overdose, address risky substance use and…
  • Campus recovery groups transform lives. Can they change the student body at large?

    Jessica Williams
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Credit: Arvind Grover “You were the first-ever president of the student recovery group at Penn State University,” I said to a woman I’ll call Sarah. “That meant you were one of the first people to talk publicly about your own addiction in a university with almost 100,000 undergraduate students. And you were only 21 years old. How did that feel?” She was surprisingly blasé. “I kinda compare it to coming out [as gay]. I came out in high school and there was nobody else then, either.” I considered the comparison for awhile after we spoke, thought it…
  • A New Training in Adolescent Substance Use Prevention & Intervention

    Claire Barbetti
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Credit: tippi t In IRETA’s newest online training, Introduction to SBIRT for Adolescents, pediatrician Sharon Levy talks about brain development, marijuana, and SBIRT as a strategy to curb teen substance use The good news, according to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, is that alcohol and substance use is trending downward among American adolescents. In 2013, among youths ages 12-17, substance dependence or abuse was at 5.6%, down from 6.1% in 2012 and 6.9% in 2011. The bad news is that teens still use substances at unsafe levels, and the earlier they start, the more…
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  • Why Do People Use Drugs?

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    17 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Why Do People Use Drugs?   The sad reality is that most people want to take drugs because they believe that it will make their lives better, which is a direct contradiction of the many different health effects of having a drug addiction. Some of the reasons people take drugs include wanting to fit in with the rest of the crowd, to escape a stressful situation, to be rebellious, just as a onetime deal (only for it to develop into an addiction later), or just to have fun. Ultimately, drugs will have served as a bigger problem than a solution. Becoming addicted to drugs greatly […]
  • Drug Addiction and Mental Health: Dual Diagnosis

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    10 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Drug Addiction and Mental Health Many people who develop a serious drug addiction can in turn develop some serious mental health issues as a result. This is where the term “Dual Diagnosis” comes in. It refers to people who have developed a mental illness as a result of taking drugs. However, the relationship between drugs and mental illness is not as simple as you might think, or as the term “dual diagnosis” may make it sound. Ultimately, two different treatments may be required in order to help both the drug addiction and the mental illness, and both treatments may be not so simple…
  • Convincing Someone You Love to Go To Rehab

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    6 Nov 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Convincing Someone To Go to Rehab   Maybe you know someone who is trying to pull themselves out of a drug addiction, and are badly in need of rehab. But the more and more you sit back and watch, you realize that they aren’t going to go to rehab…and that their drug addiction may only get worse. If you care about your friend or family member, then you should do what you can to convince them to go to rehab. Hopefully by the end of the conversation, you will have convinced them that treating their drug addiction is absolutely necessary. The most important thing you […]
  • The Importance of Getting Drug Rehab

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    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    There are a number of things that can happen to your body if you are abusing drugs or other substances. If you don’t get help out of your addiction, you can really have some big problems in the process. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common results of those issues. In the event that you encounter withdrawal indications after you quit abusing a substance, you have to look for therapeutic treatment quickly. Withdrawal side effects differ with distinctive substances, however they can incorporate upset stomach, vomiting, migraines, depression, insomnia, shaking and tremors,…
  • Finding the Right Drug Treatment

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    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The procedure of picking the best drug treatment center – whether for alcohol addiction, drug abuse, or behavioral compulsion issues – might be troublesome. There are such a variety of alternatives out there, it might be enticing to simply pick any treatment center. While most offices will utilize comparative treatment models, it’s key to weigh your choices. Discovering a program that fits well with your individual circumstance and inclination improves the probability that you’ll get out of the cycle of addiction. For one thing, you’ll have to figure out whether you…
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  • Some thoughts on Booze at Breakfast

    Richard Mays
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Some thoughts on Booze at Breakfast I wrote Booze at Breakfast as tribute to my brother Johnny for his battle to overcome the brutality of his childhood. Al-Anon says “You give it (your program) away so you can keep it” That’s the 12th step. “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these all our affairs.” The hero’s journey that just might encourage a fellow traveler. I thought I was writing to give him his long-overdue and to highlight the sweet freedom of recovery, you know? But hold the phone; that…
  • American Meth (2008) Vil Kilmer – Documentary

    Richard Mays
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:39 am
    American Meth (2008) Vil Kilmer – Documentary Discover just how bad meth can effect the lives of those who desire to continually use this satanic product. Out of all the drugs I can suggest to study and learn about it, this one would be one of them. There are very beneficial drugs in the world, that help healing to support spiritual growth. But this one will only harm, there is no spiritual growth to be had from such a drug. So stay away from it! Research Amantia or Magic Mushrooms, to LSD or Salvia Divinorum for spiritual seeking substances. Even Marijuana has been used for spiritual…
  • Drug Addicts Not Up To Courts Par

    Richard Mays
    23 Jan 2014 | 11:37 am
    Drug Addicts Not Up To Courts Par Call 1-855-602-5102 for Drug Treatment Most drug addicts provided a next chance via the courts are failing to scrub up their act. A report from the National Audit Office reveals just one in 4 of people who have fallen into a existence of crime via drug use are bothering to accomplish a remedy course. Drug Treatment and Testing Orders that ended up released in 2000, are handed out from the courts in an attempt to help keep offenders from prison and provides them a chance to turn their life all around. But final calendar year, from 198 orders while in the…
  • Positive Music List Arranged By Song

    Richard Mays
    21 Oct 2013 | 12:52 am
    Positive Music List Arranged By Song For Positive Music List Arranged By Artist Click Here A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M|N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z 1,2,3 – Catherine Ferry 100 Years – Five for Fighting 2012 Demise of the 5th Sun – Scar Symmetry 33rd Degrees – Thievery Corporation A A Beautiful Day – Tom Boxer A Beautiful Morning – The Rascals A Dream Goes on Forever – Todd Rundgren A far l’amore comincia tu – Raffaella Carra A Love for Life – Yanni A Moment Like This – Kelly Clarkson Aaron’s Key – Stockton’s Wing…
  • Troy Horne – What If We

    Richard Mays
    20 Oct 2013 | 5:40 pm
    Troy Horne – What If We For Drug Recovery Assistance Call 1-855-602-5102 8AM – 9PM CENTRAL Listen to Troy Horne What If We MP3 lyrics: V1 What if we What if you What If I All loved each other There would be nothing We cant do If we could choose to Love each other Some will say the greatest of these is love Prophets say without love Faith aint enough But still there remains the question In a world so filled with war, despair and hate Without a piece of food on every plate Could love be the right direction There is no mountain could stand in our way if we all chose love today…
 
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  • Drug Addiction during the Holiday Season

    C Waismann
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Drug addiction is difficult at any time of the year but the holiday season is especially hard. An addicted individual may be fearful about how his family will react to his drug abuse. Another might become lonely and depressed, as addiction often separates families. The challenges of interacting with friends and family ratchets up theRead More > The post Drug Addiction during the Holiday Season appeared first on Rapid Drug Detox of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • Methadone Treatment: What Are the Effects?

    C Waismann
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Some drug rehabilitation clinics or Methadone clinics usually administer methadone with the hopes of assisting people to overcome drug addiction behaviors and patterns, while maintaining some legalized and controlled form of opiate intake. About Methadone Methadone is a synthetic opioid drug, meaning scientists create methadone from extracts of the opium poppy plant, Papaver somniferum. LikeRead More > The post Methadone Treatment: What Are the Effects? appeared first on Rapid Drug Detox of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • 5 Warning Signs of a Drug Relapse

    C Waismann
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Relapses to drug use can happen days after detoxification or even years later. Stress from a job might drive one person back to opiate use, while hooking up with a group of old party friends can tempt another to start taking drugs again. While the road to a drug-free life is slightly different for eachRead More > The post 5 Warning Signs of a Drug Relapse appeared first on Rapid Drug Detox of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • Loving a Drug Dependent Person

    C Waismann
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    “My husband is using heroin again, even though he promised me that he would stop after we were married. I love him but I am afraid of being married to a drug addict.” “My daughter is still taking painkillers two years after she hurt her back because she says the pain is getting worse. SheRead More > The post Loving a Drug Dependent Person appeared first on Rapid Drug Detox of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • Waismann Method ®: How people are Getting Oxycodone without a Prescription and the Dangers Involved

    C Waismann
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    New restrictions are causing a desperate demand from those dependent on prescription opiate painkillers. People who are addicted are willing to go to great lengths to obtain prescription medications like: Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Oxycontin, and Vicodin. Earlier this year, the FDA rejected a drug called Moxduo, a combination of morphine and oxycodone. And as of OctoberRead More > The post Waismann Method ®: How people are Getting Oxycodone without a Prescription and the Dangers Involved appeared first on Rapid Drug Detox of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
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  • Apples and oranges

    Jason Schwartz
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:46 am
    Yes! It has become fashionable by commentators in the addictions arena to point to research studies confirming three linked findings:  1) the course of alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems are highly variable rather than inevitably progressive, 2) the majority of people experiencing substance use disorders and broader patterns of AOD-related problems resolve these challenges without specialized professional care or mutual aid assistance, and 3) the majority of such resolutions occur through deceleration of the frequency and intensity of use rather than through complete and sustained…
  • The boundaries of recovery

    Jason Schwartz
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:07 am
    In response to recent discussions about reclaiming recovery, Bill White has a thoughtful post on the conceptual boundaries of recovery. I encourage you to read the whole thing. He highlighted a few things. First, a survey of people who identify themselves as in recovery about how they define recovery. . . . a landmark survey of more than 9,000 people in recovery has just been published by Dr. Lee Ann Kaskutas and colleagues.  The majority of those surveyed defined recovery in terms of 1) abstinence (no use of alcohol, non-prescribed drugs or misuse of prescribed drugs), 2) recovery…
  • “Moral injury” and those darn peer approaches

    Jason Schwartz
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    On Being picks up on a fascinating framing of PTSD from an episode of Religion and Ethics Newsweekly: I really don’t like the term ‘PTSD,’” Department of Veterans Affairs psychiatrist Dr. Jonathan Shay told PBS’ “Religion & Ethics Newsweekly” in 2010. “He says the diagnostic definition of “post-traumatic stress disorder” is a fine description of certain instinctual survival skills that persist into everyday life after a person has been in mortal danger — but the definition doesn’t address the entirety of a person’s injury…
  • You’re in recovery if . . .

    Jason Schwartz
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:26 am
    There’s a lot of discussion about how to define recovery. Some expand the definition without acknowledging that they are doing it, for the purpose of recovery advocacy. Others more openly advocate to “reclaim” the word and expand the definition to include people who matured out, use moderately or abstain from one previously problematic substance. I’ve got a few problems with this. Whatever the intent, the former look like fudging the numbers to increase their impact and invites skepticism about recovery advocacy efforts. It also invites argument about the nature of…
  • Courageous care

    Jason Schwartz
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:53 am
    On Being has an interesting personal story in response to the question, “When you think of fearlessness or courage, what person or story or idea comes to mind?” The speaker was diagnosed with cancer and had to see a series of specialists before seeing an oncologist. Along the way she met with a pulmonary technician  . . . I remember him giving me this tough love and sort of giving me this sense of courage and instilling in me like, ‘You sort of have to step up and deal with this and own it, and it’s a really crappy situation, but you need to know as much about it as…
 
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  • Staying Sober During Thanksgiving

    Keenen Diamond
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    Every year, families throughout The United States gather together for one meal – but its not just any meal, it’s Thanksgiving Dinner! Whether your aunt and uncle drove in for just a few hours, or you are traveling up to your parents house for the entire week, people from all over make the effort to... [Read More...]
  • Johnny Depp’s Questionable Behavior Raises Eyebrows

    Keenen Diamond
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    For over three decades, Johnny Depp has transcended the silver screen and reached the hearts of millions of people throughout the world. He is, without a doubt, one of the most beloved actors to ever grace Hollywood – and his repertoire of films continue to draw in new fans on a regular basis. As much... [Read More...]
  • What’s Really Causing Teens to Abuse Drugs and Alcohol?

    Keenen Diamond
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    It doesn’t come as a surprise to hear that teenagers, despite the education that has been put forward through the media and in schools, are still experimenting with both drugs and alcohol. This experimentation is often chalked up to be because of peer pressure or problems at school and/or at home. However, a new study... [Read More...]
  • How Hip-Hop is Influencing Mental Illness

    Keenen Diamond
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    The genre of hip-hop, including everything from beats and lyrics to fashion and language, has undoubtedly aroused controversy since its birth over 40 years ago. Many times, hip-hop is entangled in public scorn and negative stigma, however mental health professionals out of Cambridge University are rapping to a different beat. In an article published in... [Read More...]
  • An All-Too-Common Path for Today’s Veterans

    Keenen Diamond
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:28 am
    With Veterans Day occurring earlier in the week, people from all over the country were encouraged to remember the brave men and women of The United States of America and honor them for their service. This holiday often holds a special place in the hearts of many – especially those who have seen loved ones... [Read More...]
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  • Listen to Yourself

    Kent
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:27 pm
    I’m currently reading, “Letters to a Young Mormon“, by Adam S. Miller. The book has a number of chapters, all written from the viewpoint of a father to his son. I came across the following today and thought it was important to share. “When you are alone and feel, as you often will, a growing hunger for sex, don’t always run away. Don’t automatically distract yourself from it or automatically lose yourself in it. Rather, try doing the one thing we’re often most afraid to do: pay direct attention to the hunger itself. Just watch. Acknowledge the…
  • A “Real and Costly” Love

    Kent
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    I recently came across a C.S. Lewis quote that has caused me to really think about how I interact with people and how those interactions are influenced by lust and pornography. “It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship… It is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics.
  • What’s Your Legacy?

    Kent
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:26 pm
    A close friend of mine has been in the Nauvoo area for the last few days visiting another friend who has been performing there as part of the Nauvoo pageants. I’ve been able to hear my friend’s thoughts as she has been visiting the various places, sites, and memorials in the Nauvoo area. During this time, my mind has been taken back to the suffering, trials, and tribulations that affected almost every early member of the church in that timeframe and in that location. As I think of the sacrifices that they made, I can’t help but wonder if they ever knew that the experiences…
  • Dealing with Emotions

    Kent
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    As I alluded to in my last post, I’ve been in a situation that has been emotionally trying for me. The stress has caused loss of sleep, headaches, weight loss, obvious loss of appetite, anxiety, difficulty concentrating at work, etc. However, as I’ve been looking back on the last few months of my life since this situation has started I’ve started to feel grateful for the circumstances that I’m in. Why? Because I’m able to show myself that I can handle hard things, hard emotions, hard feelings without having to resort to things that I’ve looked to in the…
  • Lessons from a Fisherman

    Kent
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    I’ve really been struggling emotionally lately because of some events and happenings that are going on in my life right now. On one hand, it has been good because my prayers have been pure & humble and my focus has been on spiritual things. On the other hand, it has been really difficult for me as I have tried to see how things are going to play out. I came across this story a few days ago and thought it worthy to share with all of you. I think the fisherman provides some perspective that is probably needed in all of our lives. I’d love to hear your thoughts: – “A…
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  • Addiction: A Parental Guide for Aiding Children

    Dustin L. John
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Addiction can often cultivate in children years before the first seed of destruction bursts through the landscape. If your child/children are showing drug related behaviors or actively using/drinking, all hope is not lost. There are many ways a parent can create a safer, more positive outcome during the course of the child’s addiction as well as during their recovery. During my 15 years battling a heroin addiction, my family has been through many different, and many difficult measures to tame this beast. A few of them worked, but many did not. After years of gathered sobriety, I began…
  • Why You Need to Put Your Oxygen Mask On First

    Carolyn Bateman
    7 Nov 2014 | 3:12 pm
    The hardest thing to do when you have a child in active addiction is to put on your oxygen mask first. We all know the rule. If a plane is going down you have to put your oxygen mask on first because you can’t help your child with theirs if you’re unconscious. In our own lives we can’t help our children if we don’t help ourselves first. Our children are sick. And so are we. If we don’t take the necessary steps to heal ourselves, the stress of dealing with an addicted child will burn us out faster than can be imagined. And we will be totally ineffectual in any attempts we make to…
  • How Behavioral Health Has Helped My Recovery

    Catherine Lyon
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    My name is Catherine. I’m 51 years old, and I am a recovering compulsive addicted gambler and alcohol abuser. My Recovery I have been in recovery for almost 8 years now, and I can tell you it has NOT been an easy journey. In personal experience within my own addictions and behavioral health problems, I have learned much. It’s also why I wrote a book about my personal story, my testimony and memoir of sorts, to be able to help others who may be stuck on the endless ‘cycle’ of addiction. It is a fine line to be able to write about addiction, mental/emotional disorders,…
  • How Happiness Can Help You Recover From Addiction: 5 Top Tips

    Beth Burgess
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    In the old days of addiction treatment, people used to think that shaming addicts might sway them from taking substances. Addicts were thought of as people who had a moral failing that needed setting right. Thankfully, due to research, science and psychology, we now know that addiction is an illness, and not a reason to be told off or punished. We now know that guilt just pushes addicts further into their addiction and makes the problem worse. Addicts, after all, often use their substances to bury difficult emotions. This is why positive, compassionate, solution-focused treatment is more…
  • My New Future, Or: How I Came to Terms with My Addiction to Food

    Debra Solberg
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Addiction has a way of cutting off our path to any kind of fulfilling future. In the midst of addiction, our future plans mostly involve when we’re going to get our next “fix”, whether that’s alcohol, drugs, food, sex, control…you name it. Focus on The Inside I struggle with food addiction/BED (Binge Eating Disorder) and it wasn’t that long ago that I was spending a lot of my nights sitting in my living room in front of the TV, stuffing myself with pizza and Ben & Jerry’s and then washing it all down with a big dose of…
 
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