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  • New App Tracks Your Drinking Habits and Shares the Info with Alcohol Companies

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    May Wilkerson
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    BARTRENDr can track how much alcohol you consume even over the course of a year.
  • Relationships in Recovery: How To Get It Right

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    Tim Powers
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:16 pm
    The post Relationships in Recovery: How To Get It Right appeared first on Sober Nation. I don’t know about you, but when I was first in recovery it felt like I had to learn to live all over again. While my physical body was fine (well, operational after the years of abuse I put it through), I was a wreck on the inside. Like an infant sitting in a high chair, I received my daily emotional and spiritual nourishment and spit it up all over the place. Addiction may not totally rob you of the ability to think, act and feel, but it sure crosses the wires and makes your social life awkward and…
  • The Risk of Club Drugs

    Drug News and Information
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Risks of Club Drugs We’ve all heard of club drugs, but many of us don’t really understand how dangerous that they can be. There are actually a number of people, especially teenagers, who have gotten affected by the use of club drugs. Because of this, it’s important to understand what club drugs are, and why we have to be careful of them. Club drugs go by a number of definitions but, in short, they are drugs that are used in order to enhance the experience of going to the club. There have been dozens of articles over the years that discuss just how these […]
  • Drug rehab programs: When should you get help?

    Addiction Blog
    Addiction Blog
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    Are you ready for a rehab program?You need drug rehab programs when you:want to stop using drugsneed to learn (or be reminded of) how to quitAs a general rule, it is best to consider rehab sooner rather than later. So, if you think you have a problem with drugs, a rehab program can help you…ASAP. In fact, it’s never too early to look into drug rehab programs, especially if you haven’t hit rock bottom in your life yet.What’s rock bottom?Rock bottom refers to a period of time in a person’s life in which their drug use has destroyed most of their world. During this…
  • Eye color may be linked to alcohol dependence

    Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:52 am
    People with blue eyes might have a greater chance of becoming alcoholics, according to a unique new study by genetic researchers.
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  • 7-Day Love Your Body Challenge

    Lori Osachy
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:18 am
    It’s important to develop and maintain positive body image throughout your life.  When I help people recover from eating disorders, in most cases it’s relatively easy for me to show them how to make their eating disorder symptoms go away very quickly.  Even when a person has had active symptoms for years, with the proper […] The post 7-Day Love Your Body Challenge appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • What is Rock Bottom?

    Marilyn Spiller
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:48 am
    I write a sobriety blog, so people ask me all the time, “What was your rock bottom? What happened to make you quit drinking?” I’m pretty sure they expect a story that involves waking in a hotel room in Nassau with no recollection of having boarded a plane, or crawling battered from a muddy ditch […] The post What is Rock Bottom? appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • Practicing Gratitude

    Patty Mohler
    20 May 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Whether you’re in recovery or not, expressing gratitude is something that every one of us should do on a daily basis. From the moment we wake up to when we lie down to go to sleep at night, there are countless things that happen to us throughout the day that we should be thankful for. […] The post Practicing Gratitude appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • Questioning Your Behavior: Am I an Addict?

    Ashley Madden
    11 May 2015 | 5:55 am
    “What’s your drug of choice?” “More.” “So what if I’ve had a few nights of heavy drinking, so what if I recreationally use some drugs with my friends on the weekends, that doesn’t mean I’m an alcoholic or an addict, right?” There is a distinct difference between a heavy drinker or recreational drug user and […] The post Questioning Your Behavior: Am I an Addict? appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • Parents to Kids: Reframing the Conversation

    Debbie Cochrane
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:08 am
    Which is easier to talk about: heroin junkies or disease prevention? As program manager for a non-profit that seeks to educate youth about the dangers of prescription drug abuse, the biggest hurdle I face is denial. Not on the part of youth- they know what’s going on around them, but on the part of adults […] The post Parents to Kids: Reframing the Conversation appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
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  • How do you involve family in co-occurring disorders addiction treatment?

    Addiction Blog
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:37 am
    Involving family in treatment: Does it help?How do you involve family members, co-workers, and friends into addiction treatment, especially when co-occuring disorders are present? Today, we are talking to expert Beth Bachelor, Director of Fellowship House, about how you can help an addict in treatment. And Beth knows her stuff.Fellowship House is a United Way affiliated treatment center in Birmingham, Alabama that has been in operations since 1965. The organization offers a variety of programs adapted to the needs of the people that need help for addiction, but also addresses the needs of…
  • Drug rehab programs: When should you get help?

    Addiction Blog
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    Are you ready for a rehab program?You need drug rehab programs when you:want to stop using drugsneed to learn (or be reminded of) how to quitAs a general rule, it is best to consider rehab sooner rather than later. So, if you think you have a problem with drugs, a rehab program can help you…ASAP. In fact, it’s never too early to look into drug rehab programs, especially if you haven’t hit rock bottom in your life yet.What’s rock bottom?Rock bottom refers to a period of time in a person’s life in which their drug use has destroyed most of their world. During this…
  • Effects of Ambien on sex and pregnancy (INFOGRAPHIC)

    Addiction Blog
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:37 am
    Long term effects of Ambien on sex and pregnancyAmbien can influence the sex lives of those who use it. Not only does Ambien decrease libido, it can affect fertility and sexual health. More on the effects of Ambien on sex and pregnancy here.Effects of Ambien on sex and sexualityAmbien significantly affects sexuality and reproductive health. Both women and men experience decreased libido, along with many side-effects to fertility. Some of the more serious effects Ambien has on your sex life can include:decreased libidohormonal imbalanceimpotencerisky sexual behaviorEffects of Ambien on male…
  • Drug and alcohol rehab centers: What to expect?

    Addiction Blog
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:54 am
    Q: What can you expect at a rehab center? A: A community of like minded people who want the best for you.More here on the protocols of addiction treatment. We outline what you can expect from a drug or alcohol rehab. Then, we invite your questions at the end.What to expect during drug and alcohol rehabThere are a couple of main types of rehab programs currently operating throughout the U.S. Inpatient rehab centers require people to stay in the treatment facility during the course of their treatment. Outpatient rehab, on the other hand,does not require this; Instead, you are free to stay in…
  • What is drug rehab?

    Addiction Blog
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:26 am
    What can you expect during a stay in a drug rehab? We review the basics here. Then, we invite your questions at the end. In fact, we’ll try to respond to your legitimate questions personally and promptly.Drug rehab definitionDrug rehab is the process of treatment and recovery from drug abuse or addiction. Drug rehab programs, either inpatient or outpatient, provide services for psychological treatment and counseling, as well as aftercare program referral. Medical detox programs can be a part of drug rehab. Because detox clinics require 24-7 medical supervision, diagnosis, and…
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  • Screening for substance misuse in the dental care setting: findings from a nationally representative survey of dentists

    Carrigan L. Parish, Margaret R. Pereyra, Harold A. Pollack, Gabriel Cardenas, Pedro C. Castellon, Stephen N. Abel, Richard Singer, Lisa R. Metsch
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:15 am
    Abstract AimsThe dental setting is a potentially valuable venue for screening for substance misuse. Therefore, we assessed dentists’ inquiry of substance misuse through their patient medical history forms and their agreement with the compatibility of screening as part of the dentists’ professional role. DesignA nationally representative survey of general dentists using a sampling frame obtained from the American Dental Association Survey Center (November 2010–November 2011). SettingUnited States of America. ParticipantsA total of 1802 general dentists. MeasurementsA 38-item survey…
  • Intervention study for smoking cessation in Spanish college students: pragmatic randomized controlled trial

    Miren I. Pardavila-Belio, Cristina García-Vivar, Adriano Marçal Pimenta, Ana Canga-Armayor, Sara Pueyo-Garrigues, Navidad Canga-Armayor
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:14 am
    Abstract AimTo evaluate the effectiveness of a nurse intervention aimed at helping college student smokers quit smoking. DesignSingle-blind, pragmatic randomized controlled trial which compares a multi-component intervention, tailored specifically to college students, with a brief advice session with a 6-month follow-up. SettingsThis study was conducted at the University of Navarra, Spain. ParticipantsA total of 255 college student smokers (age range = 18–24 years) were randomized to an intervention group (n = 133) or to a control group (n = 122). InterventionA multi-component…
  • Early secondhand smoke exposure and child and adolescent mental health: Evidence from Hong Kong's “Children of 1997” birth cohort

    Cherry Y Leung, Gabriel M Leung, C Mary Schooling
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:59 pm
    ABSTRACT Background and AimsSecondhand smoke (SHS) exposure is negatively associated with childhood behavioral problems in Western settings. In a developed non-Western setting, we estimated the associations of early SHS exposure during the prenatal and postnatal periods with several aspects of adolescent mental health. DesignMultivariable linear regression was used to estimate the adjusted associations of pre- and postnatal SHS exposure with adolescent mental health in the prospective “Children of 1997” birth cohort. SettingHong Kong. ParticipantsBehavioral problems at ~11 years were…
  • Impacts of New Zealand's lowered minimum purchase age on context-specific drinking and related risks

    Paul J. Gruenewald, Andrew J. Treno, William R. Ponicki, Taisia Huckle, Li Chia Yeh, Sally Casswell
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:51 pm
    ABSTRACT AimsThe minimum purchase age (MPA) for alcohol in New Zealand (NZ) was reduced from 20 to 18 years in 1999. We assessed the degree to which this change was associated with alterations in uses of drinking contexts, drinking, and related problems. MethodsNZ National Alcohol Surveys among persons 14+ years of age provided demographics, frequencies and amounts consumed in drinking places, and problem measures for 1995, 2000 and 2004. Censored regression estimates of parameters of a context-specific dose-response model identified MPA-associated changes in drinking and problems.
  • Alcohol attributable fraction for injury morbidity from the dose-response relationship of acute alcohol consumption: emergency department data from 18 countries

    Cheryl J. Cherpitel, Yu Ye, Jason Bond, Guilherme Borges, Maristela Monteiro, Patricia Chou, Wei Hao
    27 Jun 2015 | 1:46 pm
    ABSTRACT AimsTo calculate the alcohol-attributable fraction (AAF) of injury morbidity by volume of consumption prior to injury based on newly reported relative risk (RR) estimates. DesignAAF estimates based on the dose-response RR estimates obtained from previous pair-matched case-crossover fractional polynomial analysis of mean volume in volume categories were calculated from the prevalence of drinking prior to injury in each volume category. SettingThirty-seven emergency departments (EDs) across 18 countries. ParticipantsProbability samples of patients, with equal representation of each…
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    Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

  • Preventing Your Teen from Using Drugs: It’s All About Persuasion

    Theodore Caputi
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:58 am
    How can parents prevent their kids from using drugs? Guest blogger Theodore Caputi, president and founder of the Student Leader Union, suggests making it personal. “Prevention is all about persuasion.” I heard this nugget of wisdom at a training seminar for prevention professionals. It represents a paradigm shift in the way substance abuse professionals approach prevention – one that has been supported by years of research, but is still not implemented by many prevention providers. Think about it. Much of drug and alcohol programming focuses on education. I could not tell you how many…
  • Dads & “Manhood” – Finding a Balance

    Cassie Goldberg
    21 Jun 2015 | 1:26 pm
    This post was written by Heather Senior, LCSW, who oversees the Parent Support Network at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. What does it mean to be a man today? To their kids, dads are the archetype or role model for what a man can be. That’s why it is important think about how you or the dads in your life embody manhood. Dads are often labeled as “problem-solvers” and “fixers,” rather than “nurturers” or “givers.” But men don’t always have to play the tough guy. In fact, this could do more harm to your child than good. Let’s put ourselves in a child’s shoes for a…
  • Happy Father’s Day. Thanks For Never Giving Up On Me, Dad.

    17 Jun 2015 | 7:46 am
    Dear Dad, Ever since I can remember, you’ve been my hero. From carrying me to the hospital after I fell and cracked my head in New York City while eating ice cream to lending me your shoulder to cry on when I broke up with my college sweetheart, you’ve been by my side through it all. Most of all, you never gave up on me during my battle with drug addiction. I know this was no small feat for you, but you persevered where others would have easily given up. Despite all the times I said I hated you and the doors I slammed in your face when I was at my worst, never once did you turn your…
  • When Your College Kid’s Home for the Summer

    12 Jun 2015 | 6:05 am
    Has your college kid moved back home for the summer? Your family is likely thrilled to have her under your roof again, but may be experiencing a bit of tension, fueled by your undergrad’s emotional state. Perhaps she’s struggling with her loss of independence, missing college friends, disappointed that high-school friendships aren’t what they used to be, uninspired at her summer job, frustrated to have to follow your rules or just really, really bored. We asked parenting expert Sue Scheff to help parents better understand the state of mind of their living-at-home-again college…
  • Your Child Lied. Now What?

    Cassie Goldberg
    3 Jun 2015 | 11:54 am
    So, you just caught your teen in a lie. Your instinct may be to lose your cool: to panic, feel hurt and maybe yell at your child. But before you let your emotions get the best of you, take a deep breath. It is important to think about why your child is lying – and then use some important conversation skills to talk with your teen before you impart a consequence. First, understand that all people – including teens – usually lie in order to avoid something. That can be a feeling, a reaction, a perception or a consequence. Second, before you confront your child, it’s just as crucial to…
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  • ‘Methadone Saved My Life’

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    This drug may be incredibly controversial, but it has helped me get off the streets and start pulling my life... The post ‘Methadone Saved My Life’ appeared first on
  • What is Sex Addiction Rehab?

    Rob Weiss, LCSW
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    In most respects, inpatient sexual addiction treatment mirrors inpatient drug and alcohol treatment – utilizing the same basic structure and... The post What is Sex Addiction Rehab? appeared first on
  • My Journey From Party Girl to Alcoholic

    Kelly Fitzgerald
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    “I thought partying was a phase, but in reality, it was a characteristic of this disease.” The post My Journey From Party Girl to Alcoholic appeared first on
  • Poll: How Often Do You Check Your Cell Phone?

    Colleen Moriarty
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
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  • Get Into the Habit of Excellence

    Suzanne Kane
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle, Greek philosopher, student... The post Get Into the Habit of Excellence appeared first on
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    Hydrocodone Help

  • Resources that Can Help You to Not Drink

    27 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Support is the essential resource to quit drinking and stay sober. It can come in many forms such as personal support from friends and members. Doctors, therapists and counselors are other forms of support to stop using alcohol and maintain sobriety. Furthermore, support groups can be crucial to starting and maintaining recovery. The Help Guide lists many support groups that range from general to specific issues, so not all support groups are the best fit for every alcoholic in search for sobriety. Ergo, be aware of the different nationally or internationally recognized support groups and the…
  • Replacing Bad Habits with Good Ones in Recovery

    22 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    When someone overcomes drug or alcohol addiction and is living a new lifestyle in recovery, she needs a constructive and healthy habit to replace her unhealthy habit of abusing drugs. In fact, she often needs multiple new, healthier habits that promote wellbeing while also rewarding her in a similar way that addictive drugs once did. Most recovery programs suggest and encourage recovering addicts to identify and pursue healthy habits that they can practice to replace past abusive habits. Addiction Treatment Rehab suggests several habits that recovering addicts can adopt that promote continued…
  • 4 Signs that Your Sobriety Is Making You a Better Person

    17 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    When sobriety is reached, it can be difficult to find the motivation to continue working at recovery, especially as temptations to use drugs again start to pile up. However, as sobriety continues, recovering addicts tend to find motivation through various signs that their decision to be sober is transforming them into better people. For instance, a father who has been sober for some time may finally reconnect with his spouse or child, thus he gains incredible motivation to continue with recovery when he realizes that being sober is making him a better husband and father. There are many signs…
  • What’s the Difference Between Hydrocodone and Codeine?

    21 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Hydrocodone and codeine are similar substances that are both part of the opioid class of drugs. They are both narcotic opioid based prescription drugs used medically for moderate pain relief and cough suppressant. The main difference between the two substances is that hydrocodone is a synthesized opioid substance and codeine is a naturally occurring alkaloid found in the opium poppy plant. In fact, hydrocodone is typically derived from codeine and synthesized into a pain relieving prescription pill. Codeine can be extracted naturally from poppy plants but more often than not pharmaceutical…
  • How Naloxone Saves Lives

    16 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that is used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. When a person experiences an opioid overdose, her central nervous system becomes life threateningly depressed and the respiratory system begins to fail, making her unable to breathe. According to the Harm Reduction Coalition, Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, works by temporarily knocking off and replacing opioid drugs from where they attach to the neuron receptors in the brain. Once naloxone is injected the person experiencing an opioid overdose is able to breathe again. The Harm…
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    Valium Addiction Help

  • When to Leave a Young Family to Seek Treatment

    18 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Addiction is a disease of denial, and often, people do not fully realize their need for treatment. Even people who realize their need, however, may face obstacles when attempting to access help. Parents of young children are often concerned about their care and about leaving them to attend a rehab program. The issue may be especially acute for the primary caretaker, who is most often the mother. A publication by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration notes that the responsibility to care for dependent children is one of the largest barriers confronting women who need…
  • Resources that Can Help You to Not Drink

    13 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is a journey generally involving detox, addiction treatment and aftercare. When treatment has been completed, it is important for patients to utilize the resources available to them to help them maintain their sobriety. These include both personal, internal resources and external sources of support. Resources for maintaining sobriety include the following: Support group meetings – One of the most common ways to build strength and find assistance for the journey is to attend support group meetings. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is the oldest and most…
  • Overcoming a Criminal Charge and Addiction

    8 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Addiction to drugs like Valium or alcohol can contribute to a variety of criminal charges. Legal trouble can have wide-ranging and long-lasting consequences, but not all of the consequences are negative. Sometimes, being charged with a criminal offense is the impetus that people need to face the reality of addiction and begin to overcome it. The National Institute on Drug Abuse lists various types of drug-related offenses. The first are those related to selling or possessing drugs. People may also be charged for crimes related to obtaining drugs such as stealing substances directly or…
  • How Naloxone Saves Lives

    4 Jun 2015 | 9:58 am
    Naloxone is a drug used to treat opiate and opioid overdose like to Valium. Opiates are drugs derived from the opium poppy like morphine and heroin. Opioids are synthetic but chemically similar drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone. Agonist and Antagonist Drugs Medications often produce their effects by altering the way in which neurotransmitters work in the body. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that help nerve cells communicate. Neurotransmitters bind with specific sites on receptor cells. Drugs may affect neurotransmitters by functioning as agonists or antagonists. Agonists mimic…
  • Why Is Controlling My Emotions So Important in Rehab?

    8 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    People may abuse Valium to numb painful feelings, but in doing so they will eventually lose the ability to cope with their emotions. They end up thinking that getting high is like waving a magic wand over problems that seem too uncomfortable to face: as Valium takes effect, problems seem to disappear as the brain’s neurotransmitters create a sense of calm. But this quick fix is doomed to fail. As soon as the euphoria wears off, difficulties crash back into place, often with even greater force. The only way a Valium addict knows to escape pain, even the pain of Valium abuse, is to keep…
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    Xanax Addiction Help

  • How Drugs Affect Men’s Brains

    9 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Modern research highlights the ways drugs specifically affect men’s brains and body chemistry Until the 1990s, researchers largely excluded females from drug trials in the US, so the sex-related differences in drug effects have gone largely unidentified and unacknowledged. Since then, new studies identified gender variations and led to changes in drug prescribing practices. For example, in 2013,the US Food and Drug Administration issued new gender-specific dosage recommendations for sleep aids like Ambien and Zolpimist. Modern research highlights the ways drugs specifically affect men’s…
  • Are There Certain Types of Jobs I Should Avoid in Early Recovery?

    3 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Construction workers with chronic pain issues have increased risk of opioid abuse Addiction is a neurobiological disease, and genetic and environmental factors make certain individuals significantly more vulnerable. To affect the most positive possible outcome, addicts must take a comprehensive approach to their recoveries, which can include intrapersonal changes to thought patterns and interpersonal shifts in social circles and employment. A common question is what types of jobs a person should avoid in the early stages of recovery. Employment is important because it provides personal…
  • A Guide to Different Types of Therapy

    28 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Therapists can treat both addiction and mental health disorders at the same time Addiction is a mental health disorder that involves neurobiological changes to dopaminergic pathways, motivational hierarchies, brain reward triggers, thought patterns and memory. Cellular, molecular and circuitry changes create dysfunction in the brain reward system, and rehabilitation typically requires the use of multiple interacting therapies to produce the most positive recovery outcome possible. Each individual patient has different physical and mental health needs, so the exact combination of therapies…
  • Four Healthy Ways to Unwind

    23 May 2015 | 10:35 am
    Harvard Medical School says that aerobic exercise is the key for your head, not just your heart, and it is one of the most productive ways to unwind For many people, drugs and alcohol are unhealthy tools to help them relax and unwind. Stress, anxiety, tension and other pressures in life can build up, and taking a depressant drug like Xanax might be an attempt to self-medicate. Genetic vulnerability plays a major role in addiction, and environmental factors like stress and tension can exploit hereditary issues and motivate substance abuse. Professional rehabilitation is the most effective way…
  • Why Are People Drawn to Abuse Xanax?

    28 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Xanax is the most popular anti-anxiety medication, and many people abuse the drug without recognizing its risks Xanax, a brand name formulation of alprazolam, is the bestselling anti-anxiety medication on the market. The benzodiazepine-class drug binds to GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) receptor sites in the central nervous system (CNS), and in doing so, the drug decreases abnormal brain activity and improves synaptic transmissions. The Psychiatry (Edgmont) journal in 2008 noted that pharmacies filled one benzodiazepine prescription in the US for every 2.7 people. Many of the users sought the…
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    Prescription Drug Abuse Help | Treatment & Recovery Information

  • 5 Ways to Make Amends for Past Mistakes

    27 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Making amends for mistakes is an excellent way to improve addiction recovery Life after addiction is a time not only to remain sober and overcome compulsions, but also to make amends for all the harm your behavior caused while you were seeking and using drugs. Yes, recovery involves more than just staying sober, so repairing broken bonds is an ideal way to stay on track. In its list of effective treatment approaches for addiction, the National Institute on Drug Abuse includes behavioral therapy as a way to overcome addiction. This kind of approach involves everything related to the addict’s…
  • 3 Essential Elements of an Intensive Outpatient Program

    23 Jun 2015 | 9:32 am
    Support groups with different models fit recovery not just during treatment, but even after it ends Outpatient recovery from addiction is usually a step down from inpatient recovery, but it has also been a common alternative to inpatient treatment programs due to their nature and flexibility. This treatment option allows patients to keep their normal routines while receiving addiction help at the same time, which means people can learn to break addiction while they also address whatever issues for which they are responsible. For whatever reason you are seeking outpatient addiction recovery,…
  • Talking to Your Doctor About a History of Drug Abuse

    4 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Discussing your history of addiction with your physician will ensure the best treatment while avoiding drug abuse risks Talking about addiction and a history of drug abuse can be nerve-wrecking, particularly when you must explain this information to a new physician. It can be intimidating to think about how he or she will take it and you may have concerns about how your doctor will react or treat you in the future. However, the benefits of having such a discussion with your doctor greatly surpass any possible feelings of discomfort or fear of shame. In one of its articles, the National…
  • How Drugs Affect Women’s Brains

    30 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The differences between men’s and women’s bodies make certain drugs riskier to use While both men and women experience addiction, withdrawal and psychological dependence upon drugs, recent discoveries reveal significant differences in the way women’s bodies respond to foreign substances. According to a June, 2014 article in Scientific American, the way the female body processes, metabolizes and stores drugs can render them much more susceptible to addiction and relapse than males. Hormonal and neurological differences also suggest that it would help women to seek…
  • How Can Responsible Use of Medication Descend into Addiction?

    25 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Many people who are addicted to prescription medications did not start taking a drug to abuse it Becoming an addict is not a choice. The many misconceptions and stigmas about addiction have made it difficult for people to recognize the danger of addiction, even if they are simply following a prescription for a medical condition. In fact, many people who are addicted to prescription medications did not start taking a drug to abuse it; instead their intentions of proper use slipped slowly into addiction. Since this descent is a real danger for anyone under such medical treatment, understand how…
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    All About Drug and Alcohol Addiction

  • Abuse of ADHD Drugs In The Workplace

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:34 am
    Adderall is a popular stimulant drug in America for individuals who struggle with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), but commonly abused by college students who want to study hard for mid-terms and final exams, or for recreational purposes. However, a new report by the New York Times is saying otherwise—that Adderall is now being used in business settings by older adults nationwide, perhaps those who used them during college in previous years. This encapsulates the problem into a problem of all ADHD drugs, not just Adderall. Although hard evidence does not exist yet (reliable…
  • The Different Classifications of Common Addictions

    29 Jun 2015 | 9:45 am
    Common addictions are classified in several ways in order to describe the kind addiction the person is struggling with, as well as describe what type of drug(s) are involved. In general, substance abuse disorder is the medical term used to describe any branch of addiction that involves addictive substances/chemicals; whether the person is psychologically or physically addicted to a drug, the similarity between all addictions, according to the scientific perspective, is that the behavior of the addicted person is driven by the user’s brain cells, in response to either a lack of chemicals…
  • Inspirational Quote of the Week

    26 Jun 2015 | 12:25 pm
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  • June 27th, 2015: National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day

    26 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    Information is courtesy of About PTSD Awareness The National Center for PTSD promotes awareness of PTSD and effective treatments throughout the year. Starting in 2010, Congress named June 27th PTSD Awareness Day (S. Res. 455). For the second consecutive year in 2014, the Senate designated the full month of June for National PTSD Awareness (S. Res. 481). Efforts are underway to continue this designation in 2015. Following trauma, most people experience stress reactions but many do not develop PTSD. Mental health experts are not sure why some people develop PTSD and…
  • New Jersey Begins Public Training For Proper Narcan Use

    25 Jun 2015 | 12:09 pm
    We have all heard of Narcan (also called Naloxone), a drug used to help reverse fatal overdoses during an emergency situation, especially when a medical response team is on their way to the scene. Bystanders, or anyone around an overdosing victim, will play an important  role in helping to reduce opioid overdoses caused by heroin and prescription painkiller drug use. The “opiate blocker” is able to reverse the effects of an overdose once it is administered, giving victims a second chance at life, and a second chance at overcoming their opioid abuse and addiction problem.  In New Jersey,…
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    Family First Intervention

  • Blood Pressure Drug May Help Treat Addiction

    Mike Loverde
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:38 am
    In the quest to find an effective treatments for drug and alcohol addiction, scientists and treatment practitioners continually find new possibilities. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) feels that the most effective types of treatment include therapy and medications, however, evidence supports that many forms of rehabilitation can be successful and there is no single best approach for everyone. A new study was recently completed that showed promising results for blood pressure medication in treatment addiction. Isradipine is a prescription that is traditionally given to patients who…
  • New Invention Helps Prevent Pill Misuse

    Mike Loverde
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:01 pm
    In response to the growing prescription drug problem in this country, students from Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering created a device that would prevent people from abusing their own medication or stealing medication from someone who had a legitimate prescription. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 44 people die each day from prescription painkiller abuse alone. Other actions taken to curb this epidemic have included prescription drug monitoring tools and medication take-back days sponsored by pharmacies and law enforcement agencies.
  • Link Between Homicide and Prescription Drugs Examined

    Mike Loverde
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:44 am
    A new study was released from researchers in Finland describing the link between people who are under the influence of prescription drugs and their likelihood to commit homicide. It appears that people who have a history with painkillers or benzodiazepines are more likely to commit homicide over people who do not take these types of drugs. Additionally, those people that are prescribed anti-depressants have been found to have a slightly higher risk of homicide as well. This information may serve as a warning to the public as well as members of the medical community to properly screen their…
  • Doctors Hesitant to Prescribe Opioid Overdose Medication

    Mike Loverde
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The number of drug overdose deaths related to heroin and prescription drugs has increased exponentially in recent years. As a result, there has been more focus on the availability and use of a medication called naloxone, with is an opioid antagonist and reverses overdose situations immediately. Many lives have been saved due to the administration of naloxone. Until recently, naloxone was only available to healthcare professionals and first responders. The medication was then approved for single-use applications at home. One of the problems with this method that is having to be addressed is…
  • Drug Laws and Intervention

    Mike Loverde
    10 Jun 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The topic of decriminalizing illegal drugs has been a sensitive one for some time. Some countries, like Portugal, have made the move to classifying illegal drug possession as a public health issue, rather than a criminal one, but the United States has remained firmly against the decriminalization of illicit substances. Even though some states in our country have started to legalize marijuana, the Federal government still maintains that the drug is illegal. Even though Portugal has decriminalized drug use, the country does not actually condone the behavior. Despite the fears of some people,…
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  • Sources of Heroin Identified, but Treatment and Prevention Should be First Priorities

    Decision Point Center
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Heroin can enter the country in a variety of ways, but the majority of the drug that finds its way into the U.S. reportedly comes from Mexico or Columbia. Most of the heroin goes to major cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Once there, traffickers hand off the heroin to dealers waiting to take the drugs to smaller cities. The more times the drugs exchange hands, the higher the prices go. This means that many drug addicts will travel to major cities in order to obtain cheaper and more potent heroin. There are usually two different types of heroin in the United States. Heroin that is…
  • Keeping Teens off Drugs and Alcohol

    Decision Point Center
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:42 am
    As children grow up and turn into teenagers, the mission of every parent becomes how to keep them safe so that they can continue to grow, develop and learn. Many parents share the valid concern that teenagers will succumb to peer pressure and their own curiosity regarding alcohol and drugs. Drug overdoses have become the leading cause of injury death in America, making the threat and consequences of substance abuse very real. Tackling the topic of drugs and alcohol can be tricky for many parents, as they may struggle with not wanting to alienate the child by being too forceful but understand…
  • Mixing Prescription Drugs Claiming Lives of Veterans

    Decision Point Center
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:54 pm
    A recent study conducted by researchers from Rhode Island Hospital, Boston Medical Center and the Veteran Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System shows that close to half of veterans who died from drug overdoses were prescribed a combination of opioids and benzodiazepines. Oftentimes those in combat need to be treated for physical wounds and emotional distress, however the combination of benzodiazepines (oftentimes used to treat anxiety disorders) and prescription painkillers can be deadly. The study showed that there is an extreme amount of veterans that have passed away due to this combination.
  • Recognizing and Treating Substance Abuse Key Factor in Preventing Suicides

    Decision Point Center
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    One of the most devastating side effects of drug abuse is that a person’s judgment is seriously impaired. The cognitive impairment is substantial, and many users wind up behaving in ways they wouldn’t be if they were not under the influence. Suicidal ideation is often present in those that are addicted to drugs. The guilt, loss and physical harm they are creating to themselves and those around them can weigh on a person to such an extent that suicide seems to be an acceptable solution in their impaired state. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is…
  • Ethics and Diversity in Treatment

    Decision Point Center
    8 Jun 2015 | 11:04 am
    3 CEU’s for Ethics and 3 CEU’s for Diversity Join us Tuesday, June 23. Two courses offered on the same day. Take one or both courses. Space is limited. Sign up early. Substance Abuse in the LGBT Community This interactive workshop fulfills three credit hour requirements for Diversity CEU’s and will focus on developing cultural competency in working with lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals. Issues unique to the LGBT community with regard to substance use and abuse will be explored. Factors that lead to high rates of substance use and abuse in the LGBT community will be…
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  • Relationships in Recovery: How To Get It Right

    Tim Powers
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:16 pm
    The post Relationships in Recovery: How To Get It Right appeared first on Sober Nation. I don’t know about you, but when I was first in recovery it felt like I had to learn to live all over again. While my physical body was fine (well, operational after the years of abuse I put it through), I was a wreck on the inside. Like an infant sitting in a high chair, I received my daily emotional and spiritual nourishment and spit it up all over the place. Addiction may not totally rob you of the ability to think, act and feel, but it sure crosses the wires and makes your social life awkward and…
  • From Worthless to Worthy – A Journey Through Step 2

    Tim Stoddart
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:59 am
    The post From Worthless to Worthy – A Journey Through Step 2 appeared first on Sober Nation. Programs like AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and CR (Celebrate Recovery) are designed to help people get sober and stay sober. One of the beginning steps to recovery is to believe in a greater power. In AA step two states that we “came to believe a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” In CR step two reads “Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to him, and that he has the power to help me recover.” There are 12 steps and none can be skipped or given mediocre…
  • What Do Drugs And Sugar Have In Common?? [Podcast]

    Tim Stoddart
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    The post What Do Drugs And Sugar Have In Common?? [Podcast] appeared first on Sober Nation. Everyone has been there… Maybe you haven’t touched a drug in some time, yet that feeling consumes you. That obsession kicks in and takes over. Suddenly it’s all you can think about. You drive to your closest gas station and you indulge yourself in the beautiful escape. If you haven’t caught on by now, I am talking about sugar. Since I have gotten clean and sober, without a doubt my biggest vice remains to be chocolate. I just can’t help myself. If you put a bag of Hershey…
  • 7 Essential Life Lessons You Need To Learn In Recovery

    Tim Powers
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:35 am
    The post 7 Essential Life Lessons You Need To Learn In Recovery appeared first on Sober Nation. I am twelve years into my recovery, and while I am happy with the person I have become I know I have a long way to go and am far from perfect. Like everyone else that lives and breathes on this planet Earth, I have my moments where I seem to free fall into anxiety, doubt, confusion and anger. Within those moments I can become one emotional and psychological hot mess. I get so focused on the rawness of the present I lose my bearings. I can become adrift in the storm. For a person in recovery, living…
  • This Mom Is Losing Her Son To Heroin. The Letter She Writes Is Gut Wrenching

    Tim Stoddart
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    The post This Mom Is Losing Her Son To Heroin. The Letter She Writes Is Gut Wrenching appeared first on Sober Nation. Dear Heroin User, I am the mother of a heroin user. I’ve never had a broken heart like this. I can barely believe I am typing those words. I could never have imagined life would be like this. I would like for you to read this letter to my son To My Son I don’t understand why you feel you need to use drugs. Your life isn’t that bad, your past wasn’t that bad…your life is everybody’s story and yours isn’t that bad. So why? I’m told you have a Disease. I try to…
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  • The Spreading of Legalization of Marijuana

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Spreading of Legalization of Marijuana It started in Colorado, worked its way to the Pacific Northwest, and now it’s coming to DC. Yes, it’s marijuana, cannabis, pot, whatever you want to refer to it as. And, more and more states (along with more citizens) are becoming more accepting of the legalization of the drug. What implications could this have on the country? Of course, a lot of people will bring out the positives when this discussion comes up. The states that have legalized it end up having a lot more tax income, since they can tax the marijuana that they’re selling. There…
  • The Risk of Club Drugs

    22 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Risks of Club Drugs We’ve all heard of club drugs, but many of us don’t really understand how dangerous that they can be. There are actually a number of people, especially teenagers, who have gotten affected by the use of club drugs. Because of this, it’s important to understand what club drugs are, and why we have to be careful of them. Club drugs go by a number of definitions but, in short, they are drugs that are used in order to enhance the experience of going to the club. There have been dozens of articles over the years that discuss just how these […]
  • The Prevalence of Drug Use in LGBT Populations

    15 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Prevalence of Drug Use in LGBT Populations There are lots of populations in the United States that struggle with drug addiction and use. But, one of the most troubling statistics has to deal with the LGBT community. There are a disproportionate number of people in the LGBT community that end up dealing with alcohol and drug use. But why is this the case, and what can we do about it? The drugs that are most commonly used are alcohol and marijuana, with a few harder drugs being mixed in there. There are a lot of reasons for this, including the prevalence of club culture […]
  • Why Do People Turn to Alcohol?

    8 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Why Do People Turn to Alcohol? Alcoholism is an issue that many deal with in our country, and there are a lot of reasons that it ends up coming up. Why do people struggle with alcohol use and abuse so much? What are the main factors that fall into this problem? Let’s take a closer look so that we can understand the implications that are involved. First off, alcoholism runs rampant in some persons because they use it to self-medicate. This is honestly an issue with a lot of the drugs that people are addicted to as well. Since, in some areas, mental health care […]
  • The Hidden Epidemic of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Among Older Americans

    1 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Hidden Epidemic of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Among Older Americans Drugs are abused by people of all ages, all races and all socio-economic backgrounds. While most treatment programs are filling with younger adults trying to kick their habit, an often overlooked segment of the population are older adults who are addicted to drugs. People who are over 50 and abusing alcohol or drugs are often overlooked by both family members and medical professionals because many abuse symptoms mimic the symptoms of health problems common in people of that age. However, it is important to learn how to spot…
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    Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles

  • Social Conformity and Drug Abuse

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:36 am
    We all grew up hearing the “Just Say No” campaigns attempting to steer us away from entering the world of illicit drug use. Information shared in 2013 by the Huffington Post shows federal spending to combat drugs in America has reached over $1 trillion. However, the same report also shows that the number of peopleRead More > The post Social Conformity and Drug Abuse appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • Prescription Drug Overdose Deaths on the Rise for Most of U.S.

    C Waismann
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    While it may seem as though the war on drugs is as active as ever, new numbers reveal that efforts to curb drug use and overdose deaths may not be working as well as previously thought. According to a recent study by Trust for America’s Health (TAH), overdose deaths in the United States rose significantlyRead More > The post Prescription Drug Overdose Deaths on the Rise for Most of U.S. appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • How Drug Addiction is Harming More Than Just Your Health

    23 Jun 2015 | 9:18 am
    Far too many people starting to dabble in drug use mistakenly believe in two things: That they have sufficient control over their own selves to keep their drug use from becoming a habit, and that the only risks drugs pose are to their health. First and foremost, drug use rarely stops at just becoming aRead More > The post How Drug Addiction is Harming More Than Just Your Health appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • Welcome to College: The Prevalence of Substance Abuse on College Campuses

    16 Jun 2015 | 8:02 am
    For many young people in the United States, college represents the first time that they’ve actually lived on their own away from home. Adjusting to not having the steadying influences of parents and family is often difficult. Combine that with new aspects unique to the college campus atmosphere, and it’s easy to see why soRead More > The post Welcome to College: The Prevalence of Substance Abuse on College Campuses appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • Is Marijuana Really the Gateway Drug

    11 Jun 2015 | 12:28 am
    The subject of marijuana has become hotly debated in recent years, particularly as some states have made its sale and use legal under certain circumstances. Many point to marijuana as being the ultimate gateway drug, or one whose use paves the way for the abuse of other illicit substances such as cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamines.Read More > The post Is Marijuana Really the Gateway Drug appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
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  • Naloxone rescues good. Naloxone + recovery better

    Jason Schwartz
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:59 am
    It's good to interrupt a drowning with a life preserver. It's better to pull them out of a dangerous sea. From a new report on overdose reversals: Use of naloxone kits resulted in almost 27,000 drug overdose reversals between 1996 and 2014, according to a new government study. Naloxone is an opioid overdose antidote. That’s an impressive number and something to be celebrated. It’s cause for calls for expanded access to naloxone and I have no doubt we’ll hear those calls. It’s also cause for much more than that. One has to wonder, what was the follow up care…
  • …let us work together

    Jason Schwartz
    14 Jun 2015 | 3:17 am
    The last couple of days’ posts, a recent conversation and some recent news (I’ll let you guess which story.) reminded me of this post. It’s from a couple of years ago and has a couple of minor updates.   “If you have come here to help me, then you are wasting your time…  But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine,  then let us work together.” – Lila Watson Obviously, I’ve been thinking a lot about the buprenorphine maintenance, the NY Times series and the reactions since it was published. (See here, here, here, here,…
  • An interesting take on activism

    Jason Schwartz
    13 Jun 2015 | 2:36 am
      There’s been an explosion of recovery activism over the last decade. Here’s the perspective of another kind of activist. Sister Simone Campbell, a social justice activist, on the role of activism for individuals: SR. SIMONE: Whatever our part is. Just do one thing. That’s all we have to do. But the guilt of the — or the curse of the progressive, the liberal, the whatever is that we think we have to do it all. And then we get overwhelmed. And I get all those solicitations in the mail. And I can’t do everything. And so I don’t do anything. But that’s…
  • The “kinship of common suffering”

    Jason Schwartz
    12 Jun 2015 | 3:34 am
    From Ernie Kurtz: Sometimes, ignorant people–especially ignorant professionals–say that “Alcoholics Anonymous teaches that only an alcoholic can help an alcoholic.” Sister Ignatia is only one of many whose story overturns that canard. Look at all the non-alcoholics who were so significant in AA history: Sister Ignatia, Father Dowling, Willard Richardson, Frank Amos, Dr. Slikworth, and many others. They were not alcoholic, but they did all have something in common: each in his or her own way, had experienced tragedy in their lives. They all had known kenosis; they had…
  • Welcome our own weakness? Really?

    Jason Schwartz
    11 Jun 2015 | 10:43 am
    This caught my attention in a recent episode of On Being. It speaks to the importance of us (helpers) needing to be able to face our own pain if we are are to help others face theirs. MS. TIPPETT: Not just in the context of disabilities, you know, you’ve posed this question, you know, the whole — you’ve said the whole question is, how do we stand before pain? MR. VANIER: Yeah. MS. TIPPETT: All kinds of pain and weakness are difficult for us as human beings. Why is that so excruciating? Why do we such a bad job with it? MR. VANIER: I think there are so many elements. First of…
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  • Spiritual Impressions

    15 Jun 2015 | 3:36 pm
    “I have talked with many individuals who question the strength of their personal testimony and underestimate their spiritual capacity because they do not receive frequent, miraculous, or strong impressions. Perhaps as we consider the experiences of Joseph in the Sacred Grove, of Saul on the road to Damascus, and of Alma the Younger, we come to believe something is wrong with or lacking in us if we fall short in our lives of these well-known and spiritually striking examples. If you have had similar thoughts or doubts, please know that you are quite normal. Just keep pressing forward…
  • Scheduled Twitter Chats?

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:44 pm
    I’ve been trying to think of ways to bring the individuals who frequent the LDS recovery blogs together in order to provide strength and learn from each other’s experiences. Would any of you be interested in participating in a once-a-week twitter chat? I’m not sure how many of you have Twitter accounts, but I feel like it would be a fantastic way to connect with each other and provide strength. I would imagine that we would run the twitter chat in a similar fashion to recovery meetings — at least in regards to what is appropriate to share and what isn’t. I…
  • Choose This Day

    12 Apr 2015 | 1:21 pm
    I don’t know about you, but I have felt the heavy weight of my weaknesses and my addiction on my shoulders. I have felt the crushing feeling that comes when we lose sight of the power of the Atonement, when we believe that we cannot choose to serve our Heavenly Father in our sins and weaknesses. In his talked titled, “This Day”, Elder Eyring promises us two things: 1) Speaking of those who are discouraged by their circumstances and feel that they cannot serve the Lord, Elder Eyring promises that things will be better if you choose to serve the Lord. Our circumstances may not…
  • Temperature Check

    9 Apr 2015 | 6:41 pm
    No matter how hard I try, it seems that consequences of my addiction manifest themselves in my life. I’ve noticed that these consequences/weaknesses tend to show in the worst times — situations that can create the most damage, situations that are the most raw and vulnerable. For me, the most raw and vulnerable times are in romantic relationships. They’ve reared their head lately, causing a lot of pain in someone I love and causing that relationship to deteriorate to a point where the relationship may be lost. Because of this, I made the decision to finally go to counseling…
  • The Most Used Word in Porn Comments is…

    21 Jan 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Love. Yeah, love. You heard that right….love. If you’re not following Fight the New Drug on Facebook and other social media outlets, you should be. They post a lot of interesting articles and have tons of resources centered around pornography and fighting it. They posted an article today about how of the major adult websites published their “Year in Review”. One of the items on the published article was the Most Common Word Used in Comments – love. I’m pretty sure that the word is being used in an entirely different context, but it is still disappointing.
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  • Hello world!

    23 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
  • Risk of Doctors increasing Opiod Addiction Problem

    9 Feb 2015 | 3:45 pm
    Policymakers need to look beyond just the recreational abuse of opioids in their efforts to reduce overdose deaths, and focus more on the problem of doctors who are overprescribing opioids as painkillers, said researchers at Brandeis University, the University of North Florida, and Johns Hopkins University. For more, click here John Hopkins University
  • What is an Alcoholic?

    9 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Anyone who browses through discussion forums or discussion groups online will inevitably come across one of the most frequently asked questions people have. People will either post a specific thread entitled am an alcoholic ? or the question will come up in the course of a more generalised debate. When people raise the question and say am I an alcoholic or not, people tend to respond in one of two ways. They either share a wide range of experiences that they have from AA meetings, or their own life, explaining what an alcoholic is or isn’t and urging the individual to try AA before they…
  • Portage County Drug /Alcohol Intervention

    9 Feb 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Portage County is developing new community efforts to increase screening, intervention and treatment for youth affected by drug and alcohol addiction. The county received a grant in 2014 for $120,909 from the state’s Department of Health Services to develop programs for juveniles affected by alcohol and other drug abuse, or AODA. Although the county had received the grant in the past, the state changed its guidelines a few years ago and made the grant competitive statewide. Portage County was one of five counties to receive funding. For more, click here
  • What is Treatment?

    9 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    When people talk about treatment, they are invariably referring to a treatment center, most commonly known as a rehab, where people can go to get help if they have a problem with alcoholism or addiction to other substances or behaviours. Having said that, the term treatment can cover a wide range of options that can almost be as baffling as some of the behaviours of an alcoholic themselves. The primary source of treatment for alcoholics is Alcoholics Anonymous. AA is an organisation that most people have heard of, even if they do not know that much about it. There is no doubt however, that if…
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  • Mainstream Media Downplay Major Transgender Stories

    Right Step
    19 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    The media’s coverage of and interest in issues important to the gay, lesbian and bisexual communities has increased in recent years. But the transgender population has, for the most part, been left on the outside looking in. Transgender men and women face enormous challenges in our society, but recognition and acknowledgement of that fact has been slow to come. There have been a number of significant stories involving transgender men, women and causes that deserved more attention than they were given, and here we will discuss four of them. Chelsea Manning Sues Department of Defense In…
  • Sex Addiction and Love Addiction: Are They Different?

    Right Step
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    In my journey toward recovery from sex and love addictions, I’ve come across many points of view about both the recovery process and the existence of the addictions themselves. Many friends of mine think that there’s no such thing as sex addiction or love addiction—I don’t come right out and tell them I’m in recovery from both, but as most people in recovery know, there are ways to talk to friends about these things without revealing your relationship to them. From the general public (meaning my friends who don’t know I go to meetings), I’ve heard definitive statements across a…
  • Teens Involved in Vehicle Crashes at Higher Risk for Developing Mental Disorders

    Right Step
    11 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    New research from a team of American scientists indicates that younger and older teenagers involved in motor vehicle crashes experience an emotional trauma-related increase in their risks for developing depression or diagnosable alcohol problems. Teenagers in the U.S. have a relatively high level of exposure to nonfatal and fatal motor vehicle accidents. In a study published in February 2015 in the Journal of Traumatic Stress, researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina sought to determine how often teen survivors of such accidents subsequently develop PTSD (post-traumatic…
  • Harassment, Rejection in Adolescence Drive LGBT Depression Rates Skyward

    Right Step
    9 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    According to a 2010 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report, 9 percent of American adults will experience clinically diagnosable depression during any particular 12-month period. Like most studies on depression, this one did not include a breakdown based on sexual preference or gender identity. But previous studies in the United States and Great Britain indicate an elevated risk of about 50 percent for members of the LGBT community. One older study, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry in 1999, found lifetime rates of major depression surpassed 71 percent for gay, lesbian and…
  • Should Parents Be Punished for Teen Drinking?

    Right Step
    5 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    In nationwide efforts to curb underage drinking, not everyone agrees about the burden of responsibility and even culpability that should be placed on parents. Many people feel that parents have only a limited ability to stop adolescents who are determined to drink and therefore cannot be blamed for teen alcohol use. However, many others feel that parents should be held responsible when teens drink at home, even if they are not aware of the drinking. A number of states in the U.S. have enacted “social host laws,” which create criminal penalties for adults in the event that underage…
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