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  • Evidence grows that heavy marijuana use may harm the brain

    NIDA News
    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...
  • Recovery: There’s an app for that!

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    Alexis Franzi
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    So you made it through rehab in one piece (which you probably never thought you could do, but you did) and now you’re about to carry on your new recovery lifestyle outside of rehab. Whether you’re staying in sober living or you’re back home, recovery support is always right at your fingertips. I’m talking about […] The post Recovery: There’s an app for that! appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • Tips On How I Learned To Enjoy The Holidays Sober

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    Addiction Treatment
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    For those who are newly sober, the holidays can be a challenging time. Many of us are accustomed to binge eating and drinking our way through the family feasts, numbing ourselves to loneliness and pain, and otherwise making a haze of the celebrations and events that mark the end of the year. In sobriety, however, we are preparing to experience the holiday season in a new way, and it’s normal to have apprehensions about that. How does one deal with the awkward family rivalries, the social anxiety and the general stress of the season without a little chemical relief? Is it possible to not…
  • Dealing with the holiday “blues” in 12 step programs

    Addiction Blog
    Fran Simone, Ph.D.
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    Overcoming the holiday bluesMy husband, Terry, died on Christmas Day. A suicide related to alcohol abuse. Now, many years later, as the holiday season approaches with its Black Friday sales, Salvation Army bell ringers, Christmas concerts, Santas at the mall, and TV ads depicting families frolicking in the snow on the way to Grandma’s, I need to be extra vigilant to avoid depression or relive that tragic day.And I’m not alone. Others in my twelve-step fellowship for families struggle with holiday blues and burnout. In fact, ‘the holidays’ is a hot topic during our…
  • The Danger of Drinking to Blackout

    Addiction
    Constance Scharff, Ph.D.
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Someone who has had a blackout while drinking cannot remember part of their drinking episode. Unfortunately, most people do not understand how dangerous blackouts are, yet up to 50% of drinkers may have an alcohol-related blackout (ARB). read more
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  • Is Running Really Bad for Your Knees?

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    The most common running injuries hit the knees. But, running gets a bad rap, but running can strengthen the knee, and those who run throughout their lives have stronger knees than those who don’t.
  • The New Genetics of Schizophrenia

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    The largest study ever conducted of people with schizophrenia has found 83 new gene locations, some in surprising places — findings that will allow researchers to pursue new theories about what causes the disease and how to treat it.
  • 9 Secrets To Lasting Weight Loss

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Armed with these simple tips, you can painlessly shed pounds. (Photo: Stocksy) Mindful eating may not be a mainstream weight-loss tactic (yet), but that doesn’t mean it’s unsupported by science. In a 2013 Kent State University study, researchers found that mindfulness strategies — for example, paying close attention to the taste and smell of food, and attending to hunger and fullness — significantly increased people’s satiety after a meal.
  • 5 Low-Carb Holiday Side Dishes You'll Love

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Holiday dinners can be heavy on the meat and bread, but there are loads of ways to get more veggies into this year’s meal.
  • Planned Parenthood Supported New Spending Bill Despite Its Anti-Abortion Measures. Here's Why.

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:47 pm
    The bill contains provisions that bar federal funding for most abortions, forbid federal and local funding for abortions in the District of Columbia, and deny abortion funds for federal prisoners. So why would Planned Parenthood ever be OK with this?
 
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  • OCD patients' brains light up to reveal how compulsive habits develop

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:51 am
    Misfiring of the brain's control system might underpin compulsions in obsessive-compulsive disorder, according to researchers.
  • Is there a better way to treat substance use in adolescents with co-occurring mental health disorders?

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
    The majority (55-74%) of adolescents entering substance use treatment also have psychiatric disorders, such as depression, ADHD and trauma-related problems. Unfortunately, these youth face poorer treatment outcomes (e.g., relapse), and their mental health issues are often not directly addressed. Furthermore, few studies exist to guide those clinicians who would like to use integrated care to treat adolescent with co-occurring disorders. A new review proposes that the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA), which is a combination of cognitive-behavioral and family therapies, may…
  • Electronic cigarettes facilitate smoking cessation, new evidence shows

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:43 am
    Do electronic cigarettes help smokers to quit? Yes, but… Researchers found that while nicotine containing electronic cigarettes were more effective than electronic cigarettes without nicotine (placebo) in helping smokers kick the habit, the results need to be confirmed by more studies.
  • Teen contraband smokers more likely to use illicit drugs: Study

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:41 am
    An economics professor has discovered a link between contraband cigarette use and illicit drug use among Canadian teens. The survey assessed students' past-year use of the following drugs (including some street names for each type of drug): amphetamines, cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, MDMA and ketamine. The study also showed a significant relationship between truancy and drug use, as well as binge drinking and drug use.
  • Meth users face substantially higher risk for getting Parkinson's disease

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:07 am
    In addition to incurring serious dental problems, memory loss and other physical and mental issues, methamphetamine users are three times more at risk for getting Parkinson's disease than non-illicit drug users, new research shows.
 
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  • National Institute on Drug Abuse to discuss results of 2014 Monitoring the Future Survey

    9 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will hold a teleconference on Tuesday, December 16, to discuss the results of the 2014 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey. The survey, conducted earlier this year by scientists at the University of Michigan, tracks annual drug use and attitudes among...
  • Regulating a single gene may alter addiction and stress responses

    2 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Researchers have now used genetically engineered DNA binding proteins to target specific processes within a gene - located within a brain reward center in the mouse. By regulating the activity of this specific gene, the scientists found they were able to alter gene expression and behaviors...
  • Buprenorphine tapering less effective than ongoing maintenance for prescription opioid abuse

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    A recent NIDA-funded study concludes that maintenance buprenorphine therapy is more effective than tapering and discontinuation of the medication in treating prescription opioid-dependent patients in primary care settings. In this 14-week study, participants whose buprenorphine was tapered over...
  • 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...
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  • Finding Recovery During the Holidays

    Ashley Madden
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
      “Who wants to spend Christmas in rehab?” That common thought runs through the minds of most every person battling alcohol or drug addiction. Although, after denial is pushed to the side, the thought really turns into: “who wants to spend Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, my neighbor’s birthday, Monday, etc. in rehab?” The truth […] The post Finding Recovery During the Holidays appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • Recovery: There’s an app for that!

    Alexis Franzi
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    So you made it through rehab in one piece (which you probably never thought you could do, but you did) and now you’re about to carry on your new recovery lifestyle outside of rehab. Whether you’re staying in sober living or you’re back home, recovery support is always right at your fingertips. I’m talking about […] The post Recovery: There’s an app for that! appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • Putting a New Face on Recovery Connection

    Alexis Franzi
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    It’s not a competition. This isn’t about the need to sell more of a product than your competitor. Everyone in the addiction recovery field shares the same goal: to help people get clean and sober. Whether it’s at one of our facilities or one better suited for a certain individual, Recovery Connection is designed to […] The post Putting a New Face on Recovery Connection appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • What Do Heroin Addicts Look Like?

    Karen
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    A new study about heroin addiction showed that the demographics of heroin addicts have changed–not a surprise to people who work in addiction treatment–but still may shock many who may not even know they may be standing on the rim of an erupting heroin volcano. Since the 1960s, the image of heroin addiction was the […] The post What Do Heroin Addicts Look Like? appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • Help Others, Just Not in My Neighborhood

    Karen
    21 May 2014 | 11:28 am
    Health care treatment—mental, physical and social—is more than just doctors’ offices and hospitals. Addiction treatment is no different. Many pieces make up the picture of addiction treatment: inpatient, residential, outpatient, sober living homes, 12-step meetings, individual therapists. There’s a combination that works, and it’s not the same one for every person. Sober living homes are […] The post Help Others, Just Not in My Neighborhood appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
 
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  • NFL Injuries Leading to Medication Abuse

    Richard Taite
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:51 pm
    NFL Injuries Leading to Medication Abuse Many people addicted to prescription medications do not think that they have a problem. These addictions often begin as an injury. Few realize how quickly dependency can spiral out of control. NFL injuries are treated with pain medications by team doctors. Are the players being responsibly medicated? Are they treated in ways that are for their benefit or in the team’s best interest?  Are the ways they are being treated for pain creating problems with addiction for which the NFL will not take responsibility? Former Buffalo Bills linebacker Darryl…
  • Medicating When It Is not Needed

    Richard Taite
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    Medicating When It Is not Needed                       Creativity is a complex and vast construct that has been vital to the progress of human civilization and the development of human reasoning processes. Indeed, the immense array of creative endeavors encompasses the works of such disparate activities as those undertaken by painters, sculptors, nuclear engineers, landscape architects, graphic designers, and software developers. Sadly, many of the brightest, most creative children are misdiagnosed with behavioral and emotional disorders such as ADHD,…
  • Alcohol Abuse during the Holidays

    Richard Taite
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    Alcohol Abuse during the Holidays The holiday season is upon us and alcohol is frequently more visible and free flowing during this time.  Exactly where the line is between heavy drinking and clinical alcoholism can be vague. A new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found a distinction between drinking too much and being alcohol dependent. The researchers say 9 in 10 Americans who drink too much should not be classified as alcoholics, but this does not mean they are not doing real damage to themselves both physically and socially. In recent years binge…
  • Who’s Smoking Marijuana and How Much?

    Richard Taite
    30 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Who’s Smoking Marijuana and How Much? Statistics on cannabis users skew perceptions of cannabis use. Most statistical surveys of marijuana focus on a single quantitative measurement, “How many people are using?” However, there is a problem; more marijuana use does not necessarily translate into more marijuana users. The greatest amount of marijuana consumption comes from the heaviest smokers. How many people are using does not give us a clear picture of levels of misuse or abuse. Examining frequency of use over time provides a picture of not only changes in who is using, but also how…
  • 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…
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  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques for holiday anxiety

    Tracy Smith
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:52 am
    Do the holidays stress you out? Identifying a belief, a set of emotions, or habits and actions that relate to the stress can help you realize how dynamic systems keep us stuck in our anxiety. More techniques and tips on using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for holiday stress here. Then, we invite your questions or comments at the end.What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a method of treatment and a type of addiction therapy that helps us understand the complex relationships between our thoughts, emotions and behaviors. However, beyond simply facilitating…
  • 5 tips for avoiding relapse in a crisis

    Tim Davis
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:47 am
    The loss of a loved oneDivorceLay offs and unemploymentChronic illness or serious accidentAll these are significant life events that can strike anyone, but when they happen to someone in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, they can trigger a relapse that can be just as devastating as the traumatic event itself. Learning how to cope when unavoidable incidents arise can be the only thing standing between you and a return to active addiction. Getting over a relapse can take time, so think it through and plan what to do in a crisis. Need some ideas?5 ways to avoid relapse in a crisisHere…
  • What The Sopranos taught me about “Interventions”

    Addiction Blog
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:34 am
    By Claudiu RevnicTelevision series generally have a sketchy and sensationalist way of showing reality. And more often than not it can give you the wrong impression about difficult things that people go through every day. So it is not everyday that a show really gives you insight into something as real and hard-hitting as addiction. And that comes from the most unlikely of sources: the gritty gangster drama The Sopranos.I think I know what you’re thinking. What can that show teach me apart from how to run an extortion racket? My answer is that it taught me what an intervention is, and…
  • Dealing with the holiday “blues” in 12 step programs

    Fran Simone, Ph.D.
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    Overcoming the holiday bluesMy husband, Terry, died on Christmas Day. A suicide related to alcohol abuse. Now, many years later, as the holiday season approaches with its Black Friday sales, Salvation Army bell ringers, Christmas concerts, Santas at the mall, and TV ads depicting families frolicking in the snow on the way to Grandma’s, I need to be extra vigilant to avoid depression or relive that tragic day.And I’m not alone. Others in my twelve-step fellowship for families struggle with holiday blues and burnout. In fact, ‘the holidays’ is a hot topic during our…
  • Long term effects of cocaine on pregnancy (INFOGRAPHIC)

    Addiction Blog
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
    Long term effects of cocaine on pregnancyCocaine is a strong stimulant drug that effects the sexual lives of chronic users. In addition to sexual dysfunction and loss of sex drive, cocaine also triggers negative effects during pregnancy and damage to a fetus. More here.Effects of cocaine on sex and sexualityCocaine seriously affects sexual performance, sexual drive, and the health of the reproductive organs. After repeated use, the desire for sex decreases and the pleasure of an orgasm becomes nearly impossible. Some of the more negative effects that cocaine can have on sexuality…
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  • The Opioid Dependence Big Picture

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:16 pm
    First Posted 1/16/2014 Below, internet colleague Paul Dessauer shares his extensive knowledge of opioids in comments about my naltrexone post. His comments were particularly interesting in that they provide evidence that at least someone is aware of the big picture about addiction to heroin and pain pills. In my post about naltrexone, I described how some people favored the drug over buprenorphine because of its lack of opioid effects. Unlike buprenorphine, naltrexone is an antagonist that has no abuse potential.  But I wondered… at a time when so many young people are dying, shouldn’t…
  • Hot Flashes from Suboxone and Buprenorphine Treatment

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    First Posted 1/13/2014 A viewer on YouTube commented on my video about hot flashes  from Suboxone, but I don’t know if that is because the symptoms dissipate, or if people learn to deal with the symptoms.  I suspect that both are true.  But for some people, the sweating and heat are no small matter: Here is what I wrote back, and a few more thoughts: There seems to be a form of tolerance that develops more slowly than tolerance to the analgesic and euphoric effects of buprenorphine.  At least in the patients I’ve followed, complaints about constipation and hot flashes only go away…
  • Broken Bones on Suboxone; Need Pain Relief

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Originally Posted 1/11/2014 I received the following email from a Suboxone patient (from another practice) after he experienced a painful injury.  He shared what happened at the hospital when he was trying to get relief from pain, while taking Suboxone (the active component is buprenorphine). Hey there.  Just to let you know, i was on 24 mg of Suboxone when I jumped off a fence and crushed bones in both feet.  The injury was among the most painful things I have gone through in my life.  At the hospital they did not understand Suboxone even though I tried to explain to them how it…
  • Short Term Suboxone

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    Firsted Posted 1/8/2014 I received an email today containing an angry comment about Suboxone/buprenorphine that I’ve read a number of times before on forums about addiction.  The essence of the comment was that Suboxone has caused tons of problems, including diversion, people stuck on the medication, and buprenorphine abuse. He wrote that the reason for all these problems was because Suboxone was ‘never intended for long-term use’, but rather was originally intended for detox only. I could address the nonsense of his email by pointing out that the ‘problems’ he listed are…
  • Does Suboxone Stop Working Over Time?

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:11 pm
    First Posted 12/31/2013 Buprenorphine is relatively unique among opioids in having a ‘ceiling’ to mu opioid effects.  There are other known molecules that act as partial agonists at mu opioid receptors, but buprenorphine is the most useful, at this point, because of other traits of the molecule– such as having few side effects from actions at non-mu receptors. As most opioid users soon realize, opioid agonists increase tolerance over time to what appears to be an infinite degree.  The mechanisms of tolerance are complicated. I often describe tolerance as a process where receptors…
 
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  • The Danger of Drinking to Blackout

    Constance Scharff, Ph.D.
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Someone who has had a blackout while drinking cannot remember part of their drinking episode. Unfortunately, most people do not understand how dangerous blackouts are, yet up to 50% of drinkers may have an alcohol-related blackout (ARB). read more
  • Ringing in Good Behavior

    Rebecca Jackson
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:42 am
    Why do we choose to donate money to charity at some stores, but not at others? Why do some parental bribes work to illicit good behavior, while others fail miserably? A revealing look at the psychology behind those seemingly random decisions and events. read more
  • Addicted to Punta (Pardon the Slang)

    Stanton Peele
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:57 am
    Sex beats drugs nine ways from Sunday.read more
  • State of Emergency: Suicide in First Nations Communities

    Robert T. Muller, Ph.D.
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:52 am
    Suicide is disturbingly common among some Inuit and First Nations groups, with the rate in some communities eleven times higher than the Canadian average.read more
  • NFL Injuries Leading to Medication Abuse

    Richard Taite
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:31 pm
    NFL injuries are treated with pain medications by team doctors. Are the players being responsibly medicated? Are they treated in ways that are for their benefit or in the team’s best interest? read more
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  • Be Wise and Beware: It's the Holiday Season

    Dirk Hanson
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Thoughts on addiction, immoderation, and Christmas. The Season to be Jolly Careful [Paula Goodyer, Sydney Morning Herald] “More parties, more time with family and less time at work help make Christmas special, but these ingredients can also make it harder for anyone trying to rein in their eating, drinking or drug use….”Addiction During the Holidays: Recovered or Not, It’s Important to be Prepared [Adi Jaffe, Psychology Today]“The holidays are a stressful time for everyone. Between gift-giving, travel, and keeping up with all parts of the ever-complicated modern…
  • Cigarettes and Genetic Risk

    Dirk Hanson
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Evidence From a 4-Decade Study.Pediatricians have often remarked upon it: Give one adolescent his first cigarette, and he will cough and choke and swear never to try another one. Give a cigarette to a different young person, and she is off to the races, becoming a heavily dependent smoker, often for the rest of her life. We have strong evidence that this difference in reaction to nicotine is, at least in part, a genetic phenomenon.But so what? Is there any practical use to which such knowledge can be put? As it turns out, the answer may be yes. People with the appropriate gene variations on…
  • Why Do Patients With Schizophrenia Smoke So Many Cigarettes?

    Dirk Hanson
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    For sound neurological reasons, that's why. (Originally published May 2, 2012, by The Dana Foundation)For mental health workers, it is well known that an overwhelming majority of psychiatric patients diagnosed with schizophrenia are heavy cigarette smokers. Surveys have shown that at least 60 percent of patients exhibiting symptoms of schizophrenia are smokers, compared with a national average that hovers just above 20 percent. Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, researcher Judith J. Prochaska, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of California in San Francisco,…
  • 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,…
 
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  • In Memoriam: Lost to Addiction and Mental Illness

    The NIDA Blog Team
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    As 2014 comes to a close, we’d like to remember the following actors and musicians whom we lost to drug addiction or related mental illness this past year.  Philip Seymour Hoffman—Widely considered one of the best dramatic actors of all time, Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment on February 2 from a heroin overdose. The 46-year-old Academy Award-winning actor was in recovery from substance abuse for 23 years before relapsing. He was known for his roles in The Hunger Games, Almost Famous, Moneyball, The Big Lebowski, and Twister. He is survived by a son and two daughters.
  • Teens—Keep Up the Good Work!

    The NIDA Blog Team
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you were in 8th, 10th, or 12th grade in January, you might have filled out a long survey asking (anonymously) whether you had used different drugs—including alcohol, cigarettes, and illicit drugs—and what your attitudes about drugs were. Every year NIDA asks more than 40,000 students in about 400 schools around the country to take part in our big survey, called Monitoring the Future, which helps us know what students think about drugs and how many people take them. Well, the 2014 results are in … and it’s mostly good news! For several years straight, teens have been drinking less…
  • Crossing the Line: Athletes Risk Their Health When Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs

    The NIDA Blog Team
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Athletes want to win—sometimes taking extreme measures to push through the pain and perform at their best. But when has an athlete gone too far? When it gives the athlete an unfair advantage—and threatens his or her health. Painless Play Abusing drugs to overcome pain or inflate athletic abilities is definitely an unfair advantage. This doesn’t include the appropriate use of doctor-prescribed treatments, such as cortisone injections or prescription opioid pain medications. However, using prescription pain medication in a way other than prescribed is not only unfair, it’s dangerous.
  • NIDA’s on VINE!

    The NIDA Blog Team
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    We’re kicking off our new VINE videos with our much anticipated results of our Monitoring the Future (MTF) annual survey of 8th, 10th and 12th graders. Every year in mid-December NIDA announces the new MTF information—-this is our survey of more than 50,000 8th, 10th and 12th graders. Scientists go to more than 400 schools and ask teens to fill out an anonymous survey in their classrooms.   The VINE video shows an interesting statistic from our 2013 MTF survey on marijuana use by teens within the past year. In addition to marijuana, MTF looks at alcohol and tobacco use, prescription…
  • The Art of Meditation: Focusing Your Brain

    Eric Wargo, Ph.D.
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ve always been a huge Star Trek fan. When I was a teenager, my hero was Mister Spock—cool, analytical, even-tempered, and smarter than everyone around him. Being raised in his ancient society of the planet Vulcan made him a force to be reckoned with. He was kind and compassionate, but his mind was unswayed by human passions and fears, and he was always in control. When he was alone, he often sat, eyes closed, deep in meditation. Vulcan is a fictional planet, but I later came to learn that there are real people on Earth kind of like Mister Spock, who possess many of his qualities and…
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  • Navigating Holiday Stress

    Marvin D. Seppala, MD
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    By Marvin D. Seppala, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Hazelden addiction treatment center, and an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies It’s no secret the holidays are stressful. The events intended to bring us joy during the season  parties, family reunions, work get-togethers  instead become minefields as we try to deal with intoxicated loved ones, or the uncertainty of how to act around someone in treatment and recovery, or for those of us in recovery, maintaining our own sobriety. For some, the holidays are the “happiest time of the year,”…
  • 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,…
 
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  • 8 Tips To Avoid Relapse Over The Holidays

    Addiction Treatment
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    The “eat, drink and be merry” ethos of the holiday season might be harmless fun for most people, but if you’re in recovery from addiction, it’s a huge source of temptation. Not only are the holidays a source of stress, spending increased time with your family can be emotionally challenging, and if you don’t have a lot of family, loneliness can be a factor, too. Tips To Avoid Relapse Over The Holidays So how do you navigate this emotional, stress- and temptation-filled minefield and emerge with your sobriety unscathed? Here are eight tips for avoiding relapse over the holidays: Use…
  • Tips On How I Learned To Enjoy The Holidays Sober

    Addiction Treatment
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    For those who are newly sober, the holidays can be a challenging time. Many of us are accustomed to binge eating and drinking our way through the family feasts, numbing ourselves to loneliness and pain, and otherwise making a haze of the celebrations and events that mark the end of the year. In sobriety, however, we are preparing to experience the holiday season in a new way, and it’s normal to have apprehensions about that. How does one deal with the awkward family rivalries, the social anxiety and the general stress of the season without a little chemical relief? Is it possible to not…
  • Tips To Battle Food Addiction In A Food-Filled World

    Addiction Treatment
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:53 am
    Food addiction, also called binge eating disorder, is a recognized condition and one that has many similarities to drug addiction and alcoholism. For this type of addict, food is the drug. There may be one type of food that is particularly attractive, but ultimately any will do when the need to binge arises. Tips To Cope With Food Addiction Therapists and support groups can help food addicts control their urges and learn to eat better, but the drug is still always there. While an alcoholic can avoid bars and parties with drinking, a food addict can never fully give up the habit. How do they…
  • Addicted To Google Glass?!

    Addiction Treatment
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:22 am
    As our use of technology and devices expands into all areas of our lives, it seems inevitable that some people will become addicted to smartphones, computers, gaming and social media. One of the newest and most fascinating devices to hit the market, Google Glass, could further change the way we interact and use media. It also provides one more device for compulsive use. The product hasn’t been available for long, but we already have the first case of a patient treated for Google Glass addiction. Google Glass And Internet Addiction Disorder The manual for diagnosing mental disorders, called…
  • 4 Reasons You Should Never Mess With Molly

    Addiction Treatment
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    Molly sounds like the name of a friendly person, but watch out. Molly is also another name for ecstasy or MDMA, a serious and dangerous party drug. Of all examples of club drugs, Molly is one of the most sinister. Dealers market it to club- and party-goers as a safer and purer form of ecstasy. Because users believe this to be true, they often end up taking larger doses. Molly is not safe and is definitely not to be messed with. Reasons To Not Use Molly Here are four good reasons to say no to Molly. 1. The Side Effects Are Terrible The negative effects of Molly include a number of potentially…
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    Hydrocodone Help

  • Why Hydrocodone Isn’t Harmless

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    5 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hydrocodone is an opiate painkiller that is highly addictive. Prescriptions of this drug are sold under various brand names, such as Vicodin, and it is commonly prescribed in combination with other substances, like ibuprofen. Hydrocodone is far from harmless, because it is highly addictive and can lead to the following physical and psychological consequences: Dependency – A physical and psychological dependency to hydrocodone can develop even when the substance is taken as prescribed. Dependency can develop in a process. When users take the drug for long enough, then they develop a…
  • What It Takes to Be Prepared to Prevent Hydrocodone Relapse

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    30 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    You can end hydrocodone addiction if you pursue and enjoy long-term sobriety. However, doing so takes you acknowledging that drug use triggers and cravings exist, which means you must develop strategies for managing and coping with them. Relapse is a real risk, but it is a risk that you can navigate and mitigate with preparation. Prepare for Relapse to Prevent Relapse Know that relapse happens, and it happens often enough that the American Society of Addiction Medicine states that “addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission.” This definition means that no recovering…
  • Important Things to Learn About Hydrocodone

    admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hydrocodone is one of the most popular, and most dangerous prescription painkillers on the market. Many people receive legitimate supplies of this drug for pain associated with the following issues: Surgery Injury Cancer or other diseases Dental procedures While people will probably not become addicted to hydrocodone if they use it exactly as prescribed, they may become addicts if they have a personal or family history of substance abuse or chemical dependence. Learn about this drug before you take it to minimize your chances of addiction. Hydrocodone Is Physically and Psychologically…
  • 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…
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    Valium Addiction Help

  • How National Recovery Month Can Help Break the Stigma

    admin
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    National Recovery Month is celebrated each September as a way to bring attention to the struggles and victories associated with the field of treatment and recovery. National Recovery Month was designed to help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and addiction. Through educational programs and a celebratory message, National Recovery Month works to educate the public and celebrate the work of recovery professionals and the success of those struggling with these diseases. Addiction to Valium can be difficult to overcome, but with the right rehab treatment and subsequent recovery…
  • 10 Ways to Resist a Craving to Valium

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:18 am
    Valium has been around for generations. In that time, many people have become addicted to this powerful benzodiazepine drug. Valium can lead to a dependence that is difficult to break. Even individuals who have been in recovery from Valium addiction experience cravings for years to follow. However, with the right resources and tools you can successfully resist a craving for Valium. If you are in addiction recovery, your wellness depends on it. Seek Support If you have not already joined a support group or a 12-Step group, do so now. These groups are designed to help you, and they are often…
  • 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…
 
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    Heroin Detox Rehab

  • Five Ways to Manage Your Emotions Without Heroin

    admin
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Other people can give you their perspective and advice for handling your situation Life can be a rich and rewarding experience, but it can also be difficult at times. From conflicts with loved ones to work deadlines and expectations, you will encounter endless challenges and emotions. Unfortunately, many people try to numb their emotions by using heroin. While this may seem like a good idea at first, using heroin will only create more problems in the long run. Instead of turning to substances you can learn to manage how you feel healthily. By learning how to cope with emotions as they come…
  • Why Is It Common for Someone to Abuse More than One Drug?

    admin
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Abusing several drugs at once often results in a more severe addiction that requires more extensive treatment Although many addicted individuals can quickly name their drug of choice, they typically abuse any drug that does the trick. For example, heroin users are typically heavy drinkers as well. Brain chemistry offers a partial explanation for why people abuse multiple substances. Although different drugs produce unique effects, all follow a common pathway and increase levels of dopamine, a feel good neurotransmitter in the reward center of the brain. The relaxation, pleasure, euphoria or…
  • What to Do When Someone Lies About Heroin Use

    admin
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    It is critical, for the healthy members of a family to establish and reinforce boundaries It’s important to understand that dishonesty is one of the most common symptoms of addiction. The psychological damage caused by heroin can actually make it nearly impossible for addicts to tell the truth – sometimes even to themselves. How friends and loved ones respond to the lies, however, is very important. Psychological Addiction and Lies Heroin directly impacts the part of the brain that manages emotions, impulse control, learning and memory. Individuals who struggle with the following…
  • What Measures Have Been Taken to Reduce Heroin Use?

    admin
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Several national and domestic strategies aim to reduce criminal heroin use, production and distribution According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, heroin use has been on the rise in the US, with the aaverage number of current users almost double that of 2007. Most of the increased usage is linked to increased production and distribution efforts within Colombia, Mexico and Afghanistan: according to a report by the United Nations’ Office on Drugs and Crime, Mexico and Afghanistan reportedly produce more heroin than Colombia does, but Colombia continues to be…
  • What It Takes to Be Prepared to Prevent Heroin Relapse

    admin
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Being prepared for heroin relapse can help lessen the impact if and when it comes Preventing relapse from heroin addiction takes planning and using the tools and strategies learned in rehab. Both physical and psychological dependence on heroin can be very strong, so getting the help of detox and rehab is important for recovery success. During rehab, counselors and therapists, through group and individual therapy sessions, help patients discover and design an arsenal of coping skills to use when faced with the temptation to use drugs. These coping skills, combined with the support of family,…
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    Xanax Addiction Help

  • How to Deal With Unavoidable Conflicts While Staying Sober

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Learning to handle the negative emotions associated with conflict can be an important part of addiction recovery Relationships are an important part of life and can add to the fulfillment of addiction recovery. Few relationships are without conflict, however, and the stress of conflict can serve as a relapse trigger. Learning to handle conflict productively is an important recovery skill. Emotions Involved in Conflict A conflict is more than a simple disagreement. The human resources department at the University of Wisconsin defines it as a disagreement in which the involved parties perceive…
  • How DBT Reshapes Your Thinking Patterns

    admin
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A key component of DBT is the balancing of acceptance and change Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT).  Cognitive Behavioral Therapies help patients identify thought patterns and core beliefs that may be contributing to harmful behaviors. DBT also teaches specific skills that promote emotional stability and improved functioning. Unlike many other therapies, which tend to address problems in the order in which they appear, DBT proceeds through a pre-planned series of stages. The Linehan Institute notes that these stages follow a logical progression.
  • Finding Personal Role Models in Recovery

    admin
    6 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Learning from personal role models play an integral role in your addiction recovery In its simplest definition a role model is someone to look as an example of behavior either good or bad. For example children living with someone who is an addict learn to repeat such addictive behavior because that lifestyle was modeled for them. Such a pattern of poor role modeling can continue for several generations according to a 2004 article from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In recent years professionals in the field of addiction recovery have begun to use the role model…
  • Doctor or Dealer: Where Do Most Drugs Come From?

    admin
    30 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Four percent of prescription drugs are purchased from a dealer while most drugs are sold from legal prescriptions When it comes to prescription drug abuse like to Xanax, most people don’t rely on a dealer. The drugs are too often easily available from family and friends. Prescription Drug Abuse and Physician Prescribing There are many reasons behind the rise in prescription drug abuse rates over the past decade, but one factor is how commonly drugs such as painkillers are prescribed. While some people become addicted to prescription drugs due to a chronic condition that led to addiction…
  • 3 Ways Drug Treatment Therapy Is Based on Science

    admin
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    There are several government-funded institutions devoted to researching addiction in the United States Scientific research helps people understand how to evaluate addiction to drugs like Xanax as a disease and find effective treatments that yield long-term results and higher quality life. Research Institutions Perform Studies on Addiction Treatments There are several government-funded institutions devoted to researching addiction in the United States. These agencies often partner with other research institutions, such as universities, to spread information about new treatments that…
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    Prescription Drug Abuse Help | Treatment & Recovery Information

  • Why You Should Change Your Thinking on Addiction

    admin
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If you think addiction is a choice or a sign of weakness, then you ignore the deeper issues When people find out that a loved one suffers from addiction, sometimes they react with disappointment, disgust or negativity. You may not be sure how to react when you hear that a loved one has an addiction, but ultimately she suffers from a mental disorder that is not her choice. Addiction is devastating, and, although her choices led to the addiction, deeper issues drove her to substance abuse. Until your loved one addresses the underlying causes of her addiction, she cannot make a full recovery.
  • Why You Can’t Treat Just One Half of a Dual Diagnosis

    admin
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Statistics make it clear that addiction and mental health are related Addiction and mental health disorders are inextricably linked. One issue typical contributes to, results from or complicates the other. The National Alliance on Mental Illness highlights this relationship by sharing, “nearly one-third of people with all mental illnesses and approximately one-half of people with severe mental illnesses…also experience substance abuse. Conversely, more than one-third of all alcohol abusers and more than one-half of all drug abusers are also battling mental illness” (“Dual…
  • What Are Behavioral Health Conditions

    admin
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Behavioral health is primarily affected by one’s behavior, such as one’s eating habits Behavioral health is primarily affected by one’s behavior, such as one’s eating habits. These behaviors can either have an immediate or long-term affect on one’s body. These effects can also lead to or cause a mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety. Because of this relationship between mental health and behavioral health, many treatment facilities are gearing their efforts towards treating both conditions at the same time. How Do Behavioral Health Conditions Differ from Mental Health…
  • Ignoring the Lie that You Aren’t Good Enough

    admin
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A low self-esteem may keep drug users from treatment, but rehab jumpstarts sobriety If you suffer from addiction, an important step toward recovery is believing that you are capable of it. If you ever think that you are not good enough to get and stay clean, then remind yourself that every individual deserves the opportunity to remove the shackles of substance abuse. Anyone with the right tools can create a positive sober lifestyle, so do not let feelings of inadequacy hold you back from your potential. How Feelings of Inadequacy Can Prevent Addiction Recovery Addicts who think they do not…
  • How To Endure the Relapse of Someone Close to You

    admin
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Understanding how to view a loved one’s relapse can help you remain supportive during this time of need Relapse can happen to anyone in recovery; in fact, nearly 40-60% of recovering addicts experience it at some point. For many people, it is simply part of the journey, neither a failure nor a sign that professional treatment did not work. Indeed, many experts believe relapse is a stage in the addiction cycle, that substance-abuse disorders require more than one rehab experience. People who relapse benefit most from friends and family members who know how to promote recovery. If your loved…
 
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  • Inspirational Message of the Week

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    19 Dec 2014 | 1:51 pm
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  • Addiction Recovery Is Intensified During The Holiday Season

    BV
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:56 am
    Sure, the holiday season is nothing but festive for most families, but the reality is that some families meanwhile have to deal with addiction. It’s both a fragile and sensitivity time for individuals struggling with addiction, who try their best to stay clean and sober. Addiction is just one of those things that shouldn’t be ignored. Despite the positive and festive atmosphere, the main issue is avoiding triggers and preventing relapse. This in itself is a difficult task that leads to great distress for the individual in recovery. Can you imagine a party of family and friends,…
  • Distinguishing Between “Drug User” and Someone Addicted to Drugs

    BV
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Many people believe that a “drug user” is equivalent to “someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol.” This is not always true. A drug user is just someone who uses drugs or alcohol, and the individual is often in control of their usage. They can moderate it better, and can still become abusive without becoming addicted. In other words, they can manage their drug use to the extent of preventing negative consequences such as: withdrawal symptoms, financial debt, drastic personality changes, relationship problems, relapse, psychological problems such as depression and anxiety, long term…
  • Can I Afford Addiction Treatment?

    BV
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    Addiction treatment is often an expensive commitment to make, and the reality is that many people in need of treatment simply cannot afford it. Although health insurance, private-pay options, and employer assistance can help make ends meet, the cost of rehab is essentially influenced by important factors such as the type of addiction treatment, intended duration of treatment, and the types of services involved. So, how can someone lower the cost of addiction treatment, or gain financial assistance for the recommended rehab program? (Don’t settle for any rehab program, as specialized…
  • How To Handle Drug Abuse-Related Violence In The Household

    BV
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:17 am
    Drug abuse-related violence in the household is common in the United States. Drugs and alcohol are known to change people’s moods and personalities, make them more temperamental, aggressive, and sometimes even physically malicious. It all depends on the person. But because of these potential dangers, it’s important for families to know when an argument becomes a fight, and when a fight becomes abuse. Neither the drug user or non-drug user is necessarily the victim or “the abuser, “as it all depends on the particular situation. However, knowing when to get help and get out is…
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    Family First Intervention

  • Nursing Field Affected by Drug Abuse

    Mike Loverde
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:58 am
    The nursing field can be very demanding. As part of the job requirements for nurses, they spend most of the time with the patients, coordinate with the doctor on call and follow through with the instructions given by the physician. This stressful, chaotic and demanding job is a vital part of our healthcare system, however some nurses are succumbing to addiction and threatening the lives of the patients they are charged with caring for. In a hospital setting, there are many opportunities for nurses to come into contact with controlled substances. Prescription painkillers like Oxycontin or…
  • Can Technology Help Reduce Addiction?

    Mike Loverde
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Technology is very much a fixture in our everyday lives. We rely on gadgets for many things, but can technology help people curb their drug problem? In order to ensure that addicts are taking the medication that prevents them from getting high and sick from their drug of choice, researchers at the University of Cincinnati are looking into developing a software program used on an iPad that would recognize if the person is following the medical protocol set forth by the physician. Prescription drugs like Oxycontin and Percocet, as well as street drugs like heroin, are very difficult for many…
  • Medicating Teens with Some Drugs Likely Increases Odds for Addiction

    Mike Loverde
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Teenagers all over the country are being prescribed medications to handle sleep problems, anxiety problems and attention problems. In our society we have adopted the attitude that it is best to medicate people who are having difficulties with life, even if those people are still developing their brains and bodies. A recent study shows that teens who are prescribed medications to treat anxiety or sleep problems are much more likely to start abusing drugs in the future. “Prescribers and parents don’t realize the abuse potential. These drugs produce highly attractive sensations, and…
  • Maker of Narcan Nasal Spray Hikes Price of Saving Lives

    Mike Loverde
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Several months ago many states passed laws that would allow police to carry naloxone on them to administer in emergency situations of opiate overdose. Oftentimes law enforcement are the first on the scene when someone calls 911 for a potential overdose, and a growing number of agencies are having first responders carry naloxone (in the form of a nasal spray called Narcan) in an attempt to save more lives. This new practice has reportedly saved hundreds of lives throughout the country already, and thought to save much more as time goes on. Interestingly, as more and more police departments…
  • Ohio Pledging Millions to Support Recovery

    Mike Loverde
    1 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services announced that it will distribute $10 million to create new recovery housing beds in the state. The investment in recovery housing will help former substance abusers fight addiction long-term after they complete detox and treatment services. The one-time investment is in response to the highest rate of opioid deaths ever in the state. In 2012, 150 Ohioans died from unintentional drug overdoses. “The opiate crisis has effectively changed the face of addiction in many communities, and making these timely investments undoubtedly will…
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    Decision Point Center

  • What Percentage of Addicts are Getting Treatment?

    Decision Point Center
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:14 am
    Drug and alcohol rehab is becoming more accessible to people than ever before. Several years ago many more people suffering from an addiction were not able to get the help they needed. As prison populations ballooned and drug problems continued to get worse, legislators finally started to listen to recovery advocates and help make treatment available to more people. A recent article broke down information about treatment and recovery, and looked at what percentage of addicts are getting some form of specialty care for their substance use disorders. Those with a heroin problem are more likely…
  • Rising Drug Use Among Youth Seen in Parts of Arizona

    Decision Point Center
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Pima County has reported such an increase in drug abuse among teenagers that it is now higher than the state average. As drug use continues to rise in many parts of the country, it is important for individual states and counties to take stock of their residents and the potential for drug abuse. In a state like Arizona, which has problems at the border with the illegal drug trade, it seems that the state’s youth is possibly more at risk than in other areas. According to reports, there were 48,000 students surveyed and it was discovered that more students are abusing marijuana than they are…
  • Patients Prescribed Narcotic Painkillers in Hazardous Combinations

    Decision Point Center
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:35 pm
    There are recent indications that the number of people who take potentially addictive narcotic painkillers has decreased due to an ongoing public health campaign. However, a large percentage of those patients who are prescribed the drugs are getting more of them, often in combination with other prescription drugs, according to a new report released by Express Scripts. The report, released by the pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts, looked at the pharmacy claims of 6.8 million Americans who filled at least one prescription for an opioid between 2009 and 2013. Nearly 60 percent of…
  • Can Caffeine Counteract Cocaine Addiction?

    Decision Point Center
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Results from a new study show that caffeine can block against the changes in the brain associated with cocaine use, specifically in women. This is because cocaine disrupts the menstrual cycle, heightening the probability of addiction, but researchers discovered in the new study that caffeine can block the changes. Previous research has shown when estrogen levels are high, women are more susceptible to cocaine addiction. It is already known that women are more sensitive to the effects of the drug in general, and show a response to the drug at a much lower dose than men. Because of this, women…
  • Meth Awareness Week Starts November 30

    Decision Point Center
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:32 pm
    As most of us are ramping up for holiday celebrations, anti-drug activists are gearing up for National Meth Awareness Week. Running from November 30 through December 6, the awareness campaign is set up with enhanced digital media and local events, including a social media campaign asking teens to take action and get involved. National Meth Awareness Week is coordinated by The Meth Project and partners in many states. The Meth Project is a teen-targeted drug prevention program set up by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Its goal is to significantly reduce meth use through public service…
 
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  • Hint: Rhymes with “Poinsettia”

    iretablog
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:15 am
    Happy holidays from IRETA! Our staff and Board of Directors wish you the best and we’ll see you in the new year.    
  • Screening for risky alcohol use not nearly as common as similarly effective preventative services

    iretablog
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    Download our new case studies to learn how organizations are using SBIRT in the real world Editor’s note: SBIRT stands for Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment. Learn more about it here. SBIRT to address risky alcohol use is as effective and cost-effective as a flu shot, but it’s not nearly so widespread. This is according to a systematic review of research on alcohol SBIRT published between 1992 and 2004, which concluded that alcohol SBIRT scores a 4 out of 5 in terms of Clinically Preventable Burden (the health burden reduced by SBIRT multiplied by…
  • Out of Sight, Out of mind?

    Jessica Williams
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    SBIRT pushes healthcare integration, heightens awareness of behavioral health problems Editor’s note: SBIRT stands for Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment. Learn more about it here. Dr. Ron Dwinnells We’ve featured the work of Dr. Ron Dwinnells at the federally-qualified health center ONE Health Ohio before. A couple years ago, we wrote about ONE Health Ohio’s partnership with Gateway Rehab subsidiary Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic to demonstrate that SBIRT can be a collaborative win-win-win process–that is, it has benefits for the primary health…
  • 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…
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    Drug News and Information

  • Is Drug Addiction a Mental Illness?

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    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Is drug addiction a mental illness? There is a lot of debate over whether or not drug addiction is a mental illness, or a physical one. It is classified as both for the purpose of treatment centers who take a holistic view of the problem. They recognize that drug addiction creates physical changes in the body that can change the nature of chemical balances you seek. They also recognize that the psychological components of addiction can stem from a mental illness unique to addiction tendencies, create a companion mental illness – such as psychosis or depression, and be a source of…
  • What Does it Take to Decide to Stop?

    admin
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:51 pm
    What does it take to decide to stop? If you are addicted to drugs then you probably know that just wanting to stop isn’t enough to make it happen. Just the fact that you are willing to use the word addiction means you have awareness that there is some kind of dependence on the substance that you don’t have the skills to undo. Using drugs helped to create the problem, but there was a lot more that contributed to creating a full scale addiction. When you think of it in this way, it becomes easy to see why the best chance you have for success […]
  • Teens & Drug Addiction

    admin
    1 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Teen Drug Addiction The truth is that teenagers use the same drugs that adults do. This includes alcohol and various types of cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco. However, teens sometimes use a wide variety of other dangerous drugs. Many teens can become addicted to marijuana, which can be referred to as pot, weed, and smoked in a joint. Another drug that teenagers can easily become addicted to is depressants, which are commonly referred to as yellow jackets. Stimulants are another drug, which are usually referred to as crack. Another potential drug that’s easy for teens to become…
  • The Consequences of Drug Abuse

    admin
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Consequences of Drug Abuse Drugs (and alcohol) may feel great while we take them, but the consequences of them afterward will definitely want to make us rethink about taking them…or hopefully change our minds about taking them if we haven’t already but were still planning on it. Drug addiction is a disease. Yes, taking drugs is absolutely our own choice. But once we become addicted to them, things in our body start to change. The way our brain thinks and works will change. Our genes may be altered. These changes will interfere greatly in our lives in more ways than we could have…
  • 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 […]
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  • Climbing the Corporate Ladder to Drug Abuse

    C Waismann
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Executive Addiction Opiate-based painkillers are often seen as a way to alleviate debilitating pain and get a patient’s life back on track. However, for some individuals, prescription painkillers become addictive, leading to an entirely new debilitation. One surprising subset of those who become addicted to prescription pain killers are executive-level professionals. While these individuals areRead More > The post Climbing the Corporate Ladder to Drug Abuse appeared first on Rapid Drug Detox of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • Mexican Oxy: Coming to a Party Near You

    C Waismann
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:21 am
    ‘Mexican Oxy’ also known as counterfeit oxycodone, these new pills have been circulating throughout the New Jersey area. This fake prescription drug may be coming to other states soon. Lawmakers and pharmaceutical companies have reformulated oxycodone to make it more difficult to abuse by injection. This has made the injectable form of oxycodone more difficultRead More > The post Mexican Oxy: Coming to a Party Near You appeared first on Rapid Drug Detox of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • Substance Abuse and Seniors – A Growing Issue

    C Waismann
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Substance abuse is one of the fastest growing problems in the United States right now. Coping with this problem is something nobody, including scientists or everyday people, could have ever expected. Today, one out of every eight people with a substance abuse problem is over the age of 50, according to the National Council onRead More > The post Substance Abuse and Seniors – A Growing Issue appeared first on Rapid Drug Detox of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • Codependency: Can Too Much Love Sabotage a Drug-Free Life?

    C Waismann
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:22 am
    Can loving someone too much prevent her from getting the medical help she needs? Codependent relationships keeps thousands – perhaps even millions – of people from getting the help they need for substance abuse problems. Codependency is a pattern of behavior in which someone’s self-worth and identity are dependent on the approval of another person.Read More > The post Codependency: Can Too Much Love Sabotage a Drug-Free Life? appeared first on Rapid Drug Detox of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • Has the OxyContin Reformulation Backfired?

    C Waismann
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:02 pm
    The United States has a prescription drug problem. About 52 million Americans have misused prescription medications for non-medical purposes, reported from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Prescription painkiller abuse, especially of the opiate class, can be especially devastating for young people as early misuse increases the risk for a lifetime of addiction andRead More > The post Has the OxyContin Reformulation Backfired? appeared first on Rapid Drug Detox of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
 
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  • Opioid addicted brains recover and residential more effective than medication for young opioid addicts

    Jason Schwartz
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:21 am
    Several years back, Bill White pointed out that we’ve learned an enormous amount about the neurobiology of addiction but know nothing about the neurobiology of recovery. This week, a small study focused on just that: The researchers performed several tests to assess changes in the “brain reward system” during early recovery.  After drug withdrawal, many people with opioid dependence have “persistent changes in the reward and memory circuits”—they may experience heightened “rewards” or “pleasure” in response to drugs and related stimuli,…
  • Dry bar!

    Jason Schwartz
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:26 am
    I’m so grateful to be doing recovery work in this community. Below is a teaser from a BuzzFeed story. Read the whole thing here. Brillig Dry Bar is a new pop-up bar in Ann Arbor, Michigan, that doesn’t serve alcohol. Courtesy of Nic Sims The bar’s name is a reference to Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky. Brillig is the brainchild of former chef Nic Sims, who runs the pop-up out of her husband’s coffee shop. Sims told BuzzFeed News that she quit drinking over 20 years ago. Courtesy of Nic Sims Sims said that the “recovery community” has been important to her since her teens and…
  • The soul of addiction treatment

    Jason Schwartz
    6 Dec 2014 | 5:33 pm
    I’ve never met Scott Kellogg, but I appreciate his presence in the field. He’s struck me as a pragmatist who tries to find third ways and has a conservative temperament. There are too few people who fit that description. His recent piece for Substance and  Pacific Standard is on “A Struggle for the Soul of Addiction Treatment.” I’ve had growing concerns that our field has become a new battleground for the culture wars without many of us even realizing it was happening or conceiving that treatment belonged on any “side” of  a culture war. This…
  • Book Review: It Takes a Family

    Jason Schwartz
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:37 am
    I just finished Debra Jay’s new book, It Takes a Family: A Cooperative Approach to Lasting Sobriety and wanted to share a few thoughts with you. Bill White was one of the first people I heard challenge our failure to distinguish between treatment and recovery. Jay picks up this theme and details the limitations of treatment–that treatment is good at stabilization, but in most cases it’s not designed to provide long term recovery support and monitoring. Where White’s focus is challenging treatment providers to develop systems and services to provide long term…
  • Sentences to ponder

    Jason Schwartz
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    photo credit: sarcasmo Hope is not wishful thinking; it is risk and action and the courage to undertake both. – Debra Dean MurphyFiled under: Uncategorized
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  • Forgiveness and Addiction Recovery

    Michelle Amerman
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Addictions and other afflictions of the human heart and mind tend to cloud a person’s emotional state. When we become an addict or commit a misdeed, we can often find ourselves full of resentment. This resentment can turn to anger, and soon we find ourselves hanging onto a vast repertoire of grudges. Learning how to move away from this anger is a key step in being able to enter into a state of sobriety. The key component to the latter state of being resides in your ability to forgive yourself, as well as the other people in your life. What is Forgiveness? Forgiveness is often defined as…
  • The Importance of Nutrition During Addiction Recovery

    Michelle Amerman
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    Nutrition for Addiction Recovery Those recovering from addiction can be motivated by these insightful words from Carl Bard: “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” Your issues with drugs or alcohol do not have to shed a dark shadow over your entire life. You can bring new light into your life at any moment and that starts with the choice to change. Quitting is an important and necessary step for change, but there are other steps you must take to ensure your success—strengthening yourself both physically and mentally.
  • Empowering vs Enabling During Addiction Recovery

    Michelle Amerman
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Enabling During Addiction Recovery The same as every action has an equal and opposite reaction, there are also consequences for everything we do. The same as actions speak louder than words, those that love and surround an addict suffer the consequences of the addict’s unacceptable behavior. Whether the addiction is drugs, alcohol, gambling, video games, eating or sex, the enabler suffers through the progressive deterioration of somebody’s addiction. Enabling refers to the process by which family members, such as partners, parent and children, “enable” an addicted…
  • Utah Suicide Prevention

    Michelle Amerman
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    Being Mindful of the Way We Talk About Suicide The recent untimely death of Robin Williams shed new light on suicide, depression and other mental health issues. The media coverage of his death called attention to both proper and improper ways reports of suicide should be handled by the press. Some reporters focused on how Williams died. Others questioned why someone so successful and wealthy wanted to die. Some political pundits and religious zealots tried to place blame. One even called Williams a coward. Another referred to him as a sinner. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention…
  • How Exercise Helps with Addiction Recovery in Utah

    Michelle Amerman
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Addiction recovery should not be taken lightly. We urge you to go in knowing that it is recovery from a disease and not to expect an overnight change. However this does not mean every step of the way is going to be medical, or miserable. Something as simple as daily exercise can make a huge impact on your recovery. Chemical Reactions and Addiction Recovery Exercise actually releases endorphins. Endorphins are a group of neurotransmitters in the brain that are responsible for blocking pain, and feelings of pleasure and euphoria. During addiction, the substance abused was releasing these…
 
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  • O, Holy Night

    Kent
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    My ward had our Christmas program during Sacrament meeting today. The songs were all beautiful and brought the Spirit to the meeting. However, a duet of “O, Holy Night” really helped me connect with some thoughts and emotions that I’ve been feeling. I’ve been realizing more and more that my habit of hiding, or wanting to hide, from my Heavenly Father isn’t healthy. It’s very similar to what Adam and Eve both did in the Garden. I feel that, in a similar way to Adam & Eve, my shame/guilt/Satan is telling me to hide, as well. He’s telling me to hide…
  • 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…
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  • Seasonal Affective Alcoholism

    SubstanceAbuseCounselor
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Some individuals find that their interest in alcohol is cyclical.  It’s attractiveness seems to peak during the darker, colder months of autumn and winter, and then retracts as the summer warms up and more time is spent outside in the warmth and light of the sun.  Drinking is not a problem unless it’s a problem, and therein lies the predicament as consistent use and binging begins to occur.  It can be sneaky as it slowly slides into your social life, evening relaxation routine, and eventually begins to overtake your life.  But when a person really analyzes why this is…
  • Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction

    SubstanceAbuseCounselor
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    When dealing with addiction, as with any psychological affliction, a generalized, systematic approach must be used in order for a supporting industry to be able to develop around it.  However, we also know that individualized treatment is most effective due to the personalized nature of mental illness.  This overview will cover, then, the infrastructure of the treatment industry followed by the various approaches based in the respective schools of psychological thought. The Treatment Industry Infrastructure There are two main types of treatment that are employed in order to help the person…
  • The Full Serenity Prayer & Its Meaning

    SubstanceAbuseCounselor
    5 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Many people, whether involved in recovery or not, know of the Serenity Prayer due it’s large cultural impact. It is a simple prayer full of meaning that many of us can relate to and find comfort and inspiration in. Although the first stanza is generally said aloud at meetings or to oneself as a type of mantra and reminder, users of the full serenity prayer attribute to its power and insight the credit for helping them maintain sobriety, stave off relapse, and provide a foundation for self-improvement and spiritual growth. Before we say too much more, we need to read the full version of…
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder and Substance Abuse

    SubstanceAbuseCounselor
    23 May 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Antisocial personality disorder is most commonly used to describe people who have a tendency to violate, disrespect and disregard the rights of other people. This diagnosis is only given to those who are over the age of 18, when these traits are observed in minors they are not treated the same way as they are for adults due to the instability of the personality in these formative years. The signs of this disorder can manifest themselves in sober people, but they can often be magnified when combined with substances like alcohol and narcotics. A dual diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder…
  • Borderline Personality and Substance Abuse

    SubstanceAbuseCounselor
    23 May 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Borderline personality disorder is characterized by multiple different symptoms. However, before borderline personality disorder, or BPD, was declared a diagnosable disorder the term borderline was used to recognize the possibility or existence of “borderline” symptoms of other disorders. This means that being borderline meant that you had some symptoms of other disorders, rather than a completely different disorder as we recognize it now. Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder Borderline personality disorder symptoms share similarities with the many other existing mental disorders,…
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  • 4 Ways to Realize You Need Help Regaining Control of Your Life

    Jessica Heslop
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:03 am
    All too often we believe that we have to manage all the challenges we face in life alone. We have to dust ourselves down, show a brave face and be strong. But that belief is an illusion.The truth is that there is great wisdom in seeking any support we may need. In fact, it is by seeking this help that we open ourselves up to the possibility that life can be so much more; brighter, happier and more peaceful. With the help of a therapist, we can learn new tools with which to move beyond the hardships of our inner world and onto new, abundant horizons.So how do you know if you are in need of…
  • Self-esteem secrets to aid rehabilitation

    Kirsten Long
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    The quality of your thinking is played out in the quality of your self-esteem.When you have been through a crisis like addiction, your self-esteem is battered and you may have difficulty controlling negative thoughts.Negative thoughts and negative self- talk equals negative self-esteem. You already know this.It’s a simple idea and therefore you might assume that there is a simple solution – Think positive thoughts. This philosophy has been around for years, but hasn’t had the significant changes we expected.Why is this?Mainly because our psychology is a little more complicated…
  • I Know What an Alcoholic Looks Like

    Sherry Drescher
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Alcoholism has many faces. It’s the homeless man who reeks of sweat, urine and beer. It’s the woman standing outside the grocery store or at the stop light begging for money. It’s the 45 year old male suffering from cirrhosis that refuses treatment because he won’t be able to drink in the hospital. It’s the mom at the soccer game who is embarrassing her kids by yelling and screaming at the coaches and can’t walk without stumbling. It’s the guy down the hall who beats his wife and children at about 10:00 pm every night because vodka makes him mean and that’s all he…
  • There Is No Shame

    Carolyn Bateman
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I spent so many years hiding my daughter’s addiction.At first, I just had the feeling that it was nobody else’s business. Then, as time went on, I became uncomfortably aware of society’s reaction to addiction. They’re looked at by the general population as pathetic excuses for human beings. It’s felt to be a problem of lack of self-control, of weak will and poor upbringing.As I worked harder and harder to hide her addiction from certain family members, close friends and acquaintances, I felt as though I was a hamster spinning on a wheel. I would just manage to…
  • Being Forced to Believe in God is Not Recovery

    Nathan T
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:27 pm
    I wasn’t making any progress. The other members of my group therapy – stricken alcoholics and junkies – lapsed into an apprehensive silence as the counselor removed his glasses and pressed his thumb and forefinger to the bridge of his nose.“Are you even reading the Big Book?” he asked.“No,” I replied,“How much TV do you watch a day?”“Er three hours?”“And what are you reading?”I paused. This wasn’t going to sound good. “Junky by William Burroughs.” The counselor raised his palms to the air and shook them,“That junky maniac? And you wonder why you’re not…
 
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  • The Power of Anger

    pm
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The big book of Alcoholics Anonymous describes resentment in fairly bleak and stark terms. It says that resentment destroys more alcoholics than anything else and goes on to say that from it ( resentment) stem all forms of spiritual disease. Some people can get quite obsessive about the distinction between the words anger and resentment […] The post The Power of Anger appeared first on Drug / Alcohol Rehab.
  • Analysis is Paralysis – not…..

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    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    One of the more attractive and also one of the more unattractive elements of meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous is the propensity for people to use sayings or phrases which sound quite simple and concise but tend to block any real discussion of issues around them. Anyone entering a rehab is likely to be exposed to […] The post Analysis is Paralysis – not….. appeared first on Drug / Alcohol Rehab.
  • Alcoholism as an illness…..

    pm
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The majority of people who work in rehabs and are involved in the day-to-day fellowships of Alcoholics Anonymous will probably have a sense of belief that alcoholism is an illness, although it is also often referred to as a disease. The notion of alcoholism as an illness really first took root in the 1930s during […] The post Alcoholism as an illness….. appeared first on Drug / Alcohol Rehab.
  • Advice freely given….

    pm
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Anyone who has been to an AA meeting, either in a rehab or elsewhere will have noticed the huge amount of advice, often unasked for advice, that is freely given and dispensed by members on virtually every single topic can be talked about. For many people this is not really that much of the problem, […] The post Advice freely given…. appeared first on Drug / Alcohol Rehab.
  • Quotes and Sayings

    pm
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    ” Our book is meant to be suggestive only . We realize we know only a little.” Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book, p164 The post Quotes and Sayings appeared first on Drug / Alcohol Rehab.
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