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  • Sex Addicts’ Version Of The Dry Drunk

    Addiction Treatment Magazine
    Addiction Treatment
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Among the AA set, the term “dry drunk” is frequently used to describe a condition of returning to one’s old alcoholic thinking and behavior without actually having taken a drink. The underlying premise of most recovery programs, particularly 12-step groups, is that true sobriety is contingent upon spiritual recovery and personal growth, not merely upon a definition of abstinence alone. Someone who thinks like an addict and acts like an addict, even if he or she isn’t drinking, using, gambling, binging or compulsively sexually acting out, is still an addict. Anyone else is a…
  • How Exercise Helps with Addiction Recovery in Utah

    Pathways Real Life
    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…
  • Ex-Army Soldier Battles Substance Abuse, Gives Back To Active Duty Service Members

    All about Drugs and Alcohol Addiction
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Frank L. Greenagel Jr. was discharged from the army 10 years, decided to teach high school English, and later began his own counseling center for individuals struggling with drug abuse. One of his main concerns with drug abuse is how it affects those who serve in the military, such as prescription drug abuse. Now, his mission is to help soldiers who need help with drug recovery, calling it a massive problem that needs to be addressed the people and government as a whole. This also stems from the fact that many are now aware of the drug problems military personnel face, as psychological…
  • Declaring Moral Bankruptcy

    Peg O'Connor, Ph.D.
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    Violating core moral principles costs too more
  • How Behavioral Health Has Helped My Recovery
    Catherine Lyon
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    My name is Catherine. I’m 51 years old, and I am a recovering compulsive addicted gambler and alcohol abuser. My Recovery I have been in recovery for almost 8 years now, and I can tell you it has NOT been an easy journey. In personal experience within my own addictions and behavioral health problems, I have learned much. It’s also why I wrote a book about my personal story, my testimony and memoir of sorts, to be able to help others who may be stuck on the endless ‘cycle’ of addiction. It is a fine line to be able to write about addiction, mental/emotional disorders,…
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  • 3 Steps to Repair Your Metabolism

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    I remember feeling so defeated and hopeless.” The turning point came when Viers stopped looking for some out-there answer and began tuning in to her own body. “Stress blocks your system from being able to function optimally,” said Viers.  How stress affects your metabolism Your central nervous system has two branches, the parasympathetic (think: peace) nervous system and the sympathetic (think: stress) nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is associated with the rapid release of stress hormones, slowed digestion, and faster breathing and heart rate. “This is the state you…
  • The Warm Up You Should Be Doing ... But Probably Aren’t

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    The Warm Up You Should Be Doing..But Probably Aren’t
  • 3 Exercises You Should Do Barefoot

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    Squats “It is so often that I’ll get a client that comes in and I’ll see them with running shoes on, and as soon as they try to squat, they’re falling over,” Trenteseaux said. People also tend to have better squat depth without shoes, Trenteseaux said, so you get the full benefit of the exercise. Both positions put your body off balance, Trenteseaux explained.  “Everything begins with the feet,” Trenteseaux says.
  • Brittany Maynard: "I Want to Die on My Own Terms"

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Video courtesy of  The Brittany Maynard Fund Earlier this month, Yahoo Health reported on the heartbreaking story of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old newlywed who announced her decision to end her life after being diagnosed with stage IV glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of terminal brain cancer. The date Maynard targeted was Nov 1. On, Maynard shared photos from a recent trip to the Grand Canyon with her mother—the last item on her bucket list—and in the latest video, she said she hopes that her husband Dan will move on and start a family after she passes.
  • The Fun Way to Help Kids Avoid a Halloween-Candy Binge

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    The Switch Witch may be your solution. (Lara Spear Riley/Rob Bouley) By now, the stock of Halloween candy in stores has probably started to thin out as Americans have been loading up on sugary loot for trick-or-treaters, to the tune of an estimated $2.2 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. “If parents don’t want to do that, we’re fine with it,” said Bouley.
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    Addiction News -- ScienceDaily

  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders prevalence in U.S. revealed by study

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Nearly 5 percent of U.S. children may be affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), according to a new study. FASD are a group of conditions that can occur in the children of mothers who drank alcohol during pregnancy. Characteristics are both physical and cognitive and can include abnormal facial features, smaller-than-average physical growth, poor coordination, learning disabilities and vision and hearing problems.
  • Breakdown in gut barriers to bacteria may promote inflammation and craving in alcoholics

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Bacteria in the GI tract fulfill many vital functions and are critical for digestion. Yet, these same bacteria can induce strong inflammatory responses by the immune system if they penetrate the gut and enter the bloodstream. Prior research has established the involvement of inflammatory processes in the development of psychiatric disorders, including major depression and alcohol dependence, but the origins of such inflammation have remained unclear. Now, researchers have found that inflammatory pathways are stimulated in alcohol-dependent patients by bacteria that escape the gut barrier,…
  • Tourism as a driver of illicit drug use, HIV risk in the Dominican Republic

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    A new study concludes three thing: (1) local demand shifts drug routes to tourism areas, (2) drugs shape local economies and (3) drug use facilitates HIV risk behaviors in tourism areas.
  • Ghrelin stimulates an appetite for drinking alcohol

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    Ghrelin is a hormone released by the stomach and it stimulates appetite and food intake. Alcohol is commonly viewed as a psychoactive substance that primarily affects brain function, but it is also a highly caloric food. This knowledge, combined with findings from animal studies, led researchers to the hypothesis that ghrelin has the potential to stimulate alcohol craving.
  • Heavy drinking in adolescence associated with lasting brain changes, animal study suggests

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Heavy drinking during adolescence may lead to structural changes in the brain and memory deficits that persist into adulthood, according to an animal study. The study found that, even as adults, rats given daily access to alcohol during adolescence had reduced levels of myelin -- the fatty coating on nerve fibers that accelerates the transmission of electrical signals between neurons.
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    NIDA News

  • New CME/CE course addresses substance use

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

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    More than $11 million over three years will be used to support research exploring the use of social media to advance the scientific understanding, prevention, and treatment of substance use and addiction. The awards are funded through the Collaborative Research on Addiction at NIH (CRAN), an NIH...
  • Unique interaction discovered between brain regions involved in addiction, depression

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    NIDA IRP researchers have discovered a unique interaction between a nerve cell in the brain’s ventral tegmental area and the lateral habenula - a pathway implicated in mental health disorders such as addiction and depression. This nerve cell releases both excitatory (glutamate) and inhibitory (...
  • Review summarizes research on health effects of K2/Spice

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    K2, a popular brand of “Spice” mixture Image courtesy Coolidge Youth Coalition A new article, authored by scientists from NIDA and the University of Maryland, provides an overview of preclinical and clinical research on synthetic cannabinoids, often sold under brand names such as K2 or Spice....
  • Short video increases HIV testing in emergency department patients who initially declined

    10 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    A NIDA-funded study shows that one-third of emergency department patients who initially declined to be tested for HIV changed their minds after watching a 16-minute video. This video described the importance of testing as well as demonstrated how an HIV test can be conducted without drawing blood (...
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  • Mindfulness and Meditation: Two Steps Toward Better Health

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

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

    Richard Taite
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Ineffectiveness of Opioids for Chronic Pain                                                                                       Let me first say that I am not a medical doctor. However, as the founder and CEO of a leading addiction treatment center, I sit on the front-lines of the prescription painkiller epidemic. From this vantage point, by working with addicts and their families and the physicians who treat addiction, I have come to learn a great deal about opioids, both when they are useful and when…
  • Addiction Changes the Way We Learn

    Richard Taite
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Addiction Changes the Way We Learn When I look at my children at play, I am fascinated by the ways in which they learn. Learning is a brain event and there are times I imagine I can almost see my kids’ brains working and developing as they play and learn. Everything that we do, whether motor, sensory or cognitive, requires networks of neurons to generate new activity patterns in our brains. These new patterns are how we experience learning. A team of researchers from the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh were able to…
  • Waiting for God’s Judgment

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    Zechariah is the father of John the Baptist in the Bible. My papa wanted me to be like him, anointed in the spirit and the father of important men. That’s how I got my name. My papa is a preacher at a big church in Texas. His work is sharing the word of God. His ministry reaches all around the world, to places like Sri Lanka and Uganda, where church volunteers go to feed the hungry and share God’s message. He also likes to keep a young woman on the side from time to time, which my momma tolerates out of love for Jesus and a commitment to her wedding vows. I think my father is a…
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    Addiction Blog

  • Who needs alcohol detox?

    Addiction Blog
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    To help minimize withdrawal symptoms and the chances of relapse, many alcoholics benefit from alcohol detox. In fact, for many, alcohol detox is the start of a successful alcohol treatment program. To find out who needs alcohol detox, keep reading here.  If you still have questions, please leave them at the end of the article.  We do our best to respond to all questions about alcohol detox personally and promptly. When do you need alcohol detox? When a person is physically dependent on alcohol, this means that their bodies need alcohol to function normally. If that person doesn’t have a…
  • Paying for drug treatment: 3 things to avoid

    Addiction Blog
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Paying for drug treatment There’s no doubt that the cost of drug treatment is high. Unfortunately, it’s often a necessary part of the recovery process. Paying for drug treatment may seem impossible (especially at daily average costs of $135 per day for outpatient drug treatment and $715 per day for inpatient drug treatment), but there are several resources that can make drug treatment affordable for nearly anyone. In fact, you may come to realize NOT SEEKING drug treatment can be more costly in the long run. Below are some of the top reasons to pay for drug treatment. Drug addiction often…
  • Are drug rehab centers free?

    Addiction Blog
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    Cost of drug rehab The cost of different drug rehab programs will vary, depending on a number of different factors. Inpatient drug rehab centers, for instance, are typically more expensive than outpatient rehab centers. On the same note, long-term drug rehab programs will cost more than short-term drug rehab programs. According to one study, the average cost of inpatient drug rehab was estimated to be roughly $715 per day. Outpatient rehab, on the other hand had an estimated average daily cost of $135. Paying for drug rehab centers With the high expense of treatment, paying for drug rehab…
  • Non-traditional treatment for addiction: INTERVIEW with Morningside Recovery

    Addiction Blog
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:56 am
    What is non-traditional treatment? Have you ever considered a non-lockdown, “open” model of treatment? Also known as the Florida model, this new protocol can be used in combination with custom therapies to achieve a much higher success rate than most traditional or 12-step treatment centers. Some other options that you may not have heard of (yet) include: BioSound Healing Therapy Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Experiential Therapy Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR Gestalt Therapy Non-traditional treatment for addiction It is our great pleasure that today we speak with…
  • Understanding psychological dependence on drugs

    Surya Solanki
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:18 am
    The continual use of a drug in order to avoid its uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms creates physical dependence. But is this what keeps drug addicts using drugs? We explore the difference between physical and psychological dependence here…then, we invite your questions about dependence at the end. What is Physical Dependence on Drugs? Psychoactive substances are chemicals that act primarily on the central nervous system and can include alcohol, LSD, caffeine, and heroin. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) define physical dependence as a “condition in which a person takes a drug over…
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    Suboxone Talk Zone

  • Suboxone Makes Me Fat and Boring and Stupid

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Originally posted 3/6/2013 A late post tonight, since my new exercise program has pushed my blogging back by an hour or so each night.  My suspicions about exercise were correct, by the way; it is much easier to suggest exercise to other people than it is to actually exercise.  I’ve been at it since the beginning of the year, and I at least feel a bit less hypocritical. While I’m on the topic…  I’ve received many comments over the years from people complaining that they’ve been taking Suboxone or buprenorphine for X many years, and they have no energy, they feel stressed, they…
  • Crazy Week for Suboxone

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Originally Posted 3/3/2013 What a crazy week for buprenorphine.  I’ve written about the FDA slapping the face of Reckitt Benckiser by denying their Citizens’ Petition.  Adding insult to injury, the FDA then approved two generic formulations of Suboxone tabs (actually, the correct name is buprenorphine/naloxone combination tabs).  Stock in RB dropped about 5%, but shares regained most of their price within a couple days, reflecting the balance of pessimism vs. optimism in the company’s ability to maintain stellar profit growth going forward. In case anyone is wondering, I do not…
  • Reckitt Benckiser Citizen Petition for Suboxone: DENIED

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Posted 2/23/2013 For those who missed my explanation, I’m adding these old posts to reconstruct the archive.  The site’s database was damaged by something, somehow… New posts coming soon. Find a copy of the response here, or at this
  • Bye, Dad

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    First Published 4/2/2013 My dad passed away two days ago, one day after his 89th birthday.  It doesn’t feel quite right to post something so personal.  But it feels more wrong to write about anything else. Writing was a source of tension between us in some ways.  My perspectives on myself, my parents, and my upbringing have changed over the years, and I tried to share my observations with my dad in several short essays centered around memories from my childhood.  The efforts were a mistake.  I learned that insight develops in each of us at different rates and in different directions,…
  • Suboxone Maker’s Petition Denied by FDA

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Originally Posted 2/23/2013 I’ve written in detail about the bold move by Reckitt-Benckiser, maker of Suboxone, that few people outside the company saw coming.  In brief, the company has been cruising across the Atlantic for the past ten years, fueled by stellar growth of its flagship medication, even as the expiration of the patent on Suboxone loomed ahead (y’know– like an iceberg). But unlike the Titanic, RB had a secret plan to deal with icebergs.  A couple months ago, the company hired a company that investigates bad drugs to look into its OWN product, Suboxone tabs, and used…
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  • Evaluating the potential impact of a reformulated version of oxycodone upon tampering, non-adherence and diversion of opioids: the National Opioid Medications Abuse Deterrence (NOMAD) study protocol

    Louisa Degenhardt, Briony Larance, Raimondo Bruno, Nicholas Lintzeris, Robert Ali, Michael Farrell
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Abstract AimsA new oxycodone formulation (Reformulated OxyContin) was released in Australia, early 2014. It was developed as a tamper-resistant (‘abuse-deterrent’) formulation of the drug. We summarize methods used in the National Opioid Medication Abuse Deterrence (NOMAD) study, which will examine: (i) whether there is a reduction in extra-medical use (including via tampering) of OxyContin following the introduction of Reformulated OxyContin; (ii) potential changes in extra-medical use of non-abuse-deterrent forms of oxycodone, other pharmaceutical opioids and illicit drugs; (iii)…
  • Relative risk of injury from acute alcohol consumption: modeling the dose-response relationship in emergency department data from 18 countries

    Cheryl J. Cherpitel, Yu Ye, Jason Bond, Guilherme Borges, Maristela Monteiro
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Abstract AimsTo update and extend analysis of the dose-response relationship of injury and drinking by demographic and injury subgroups and country-level drinking pattern, and examine the validity and efficiency of the fractional polynomial approach to modeling this relationship. DesignPair-matched case-crossover analysis of drinking prior to injury, using categorical step-function and fractional polynomial analysis. Setting37 emergency departments (EDs) across 18 countries. Participants13,119 injured drinkers arriving at the ED within six hours of the event. MeasurementsThe dose-response…
  • Tests of the effects of adolescent early alcohol exposures on adult outcomes

    Daniel E. Irons, William G. Iacono, Matt McGue
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    Abstract AimsTo determine whether early adolescent alcohol use contributes to adult alcohol use, misuse and other adult substance-related and social outcomes. DesignIn a longitudinal study of twins assessed at target ages 11, 14 and 24 years, two techniques adjusted for confounding factors: a propensity score (PS) adjusting for the effects of measured background covariates and co-twin control (CTC) adjusting for confounding by unmeasured (including genetic) factors shared within early alcohol exposure-discordant pairs. SettingThe community-based Minnesota Twin Family Study. ParticipantsA…
  • ‘Wide-awake drunkenness’? Investigating the association between alcohol intoxication and stimulant use in the night-time economy

    Amy Pennay, Peter Miller, Lucy Busija, Rebecca Jenkinson, Nicolas Droste, Brendan Quinn, Sandra C. Jones, Dan I. Lubman
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Abstract AimsWe tested whether patrons of the night-time economy who had co-consumed energy drinks or illicit stimulants with alcohol had higher blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels than patrons who had consumed only alcohol. DesignStreet intercept surveys (n = 4227) were undertaken between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. over a period of 7 months. SettingInterviews were undertaken with patrons walking through entertainment precincts, queuing to enter venues or exiting venues in five Australian cities. ParticipantsThe response rate was 92.1%; more than half the study sample was male (60.2%) and the…
  • High-frequency drug purity and price series as tools for explaining drug trends and harms in Victoria, Australia

    Nick Scott, Jonathan P Caulkins, Alison Ritter, Catherine Quinn, Paul Dietze
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    Abstract AimsMethamphetamine-related harms in Victoria have increased recently in the context of stable or declining use prevalence. We determine how changes in price and purity of methamphetamine compared to other drugs such as heroin may, in part, explain these divergent patterns. MethodsDetailed methamphetamine and heroin purchase price data from 2152 participant interviews from the Melbourne Injecting Drug User cohort study were used to generate drug price series for the period January 2009–June 2013. Data on drug purity from 8818 seizures made within Victoria were used to generate drug…
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  • Declaring Moral Bankruptcy

    Peg O'Connor, Ph.D.
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    Violating core moral principles costs too more
  • Predictable Fear

    Alex Korb, Ph.D.
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    In the brain, fear and excitement are closely intertwined. The neuroscience of behind these emotions can explain why we like axe-wielding murders in our movies, but not in our apartments. read more
  • Reasons Why Your Teen Is Drinking

    Rubin Khoddam, M.A.
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    There are a plethora of factors related to why teens use substances, genetics, family environment, friends, and perhaps, boredom. Let's continue the conversation on preventing adolescent substance use problems. read more
  • Contesting Times

    Mark D. Griffiths, Ph.D.
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    One factor that is important in the rise of online gambling is the inter-gambler competition. Obviously there is an overlap between competitiveness and skill but they are certainly not the same. What what role does competitiveness play in gambling and problem gambling?read more
  • When Addiction Becomes the Boss

    David Sack, M.D.
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    It’s always disturbing when drugs or alcohol take over a life but especially so when it happens to those we count on to be in control - the doctor, the pilot, the business executive, the judge, the attorney, among others. read more
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    Addiction Inbox

  • The End of Combusted Tobacco?

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

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

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

    Dirk Hanson
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Evidence from a 40-year study.  (First published March 28, 2013)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.
  • Why Will Power Fails

    Dirk Hanson
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    How to strengthen your self-control.(First published August 12, 2013)Reason in man obscured, or not obeyed,Immediately inordinate desires,And upstart passions, catch the governmentFrom reason; and to servitude reduceMan, till then free.—John Milton, Paradise LostWhat is will power? Is it the same as delayed gratification? Why is will power “far from bulletproof,” as researchers put it in a recent article for Neuron? Why is willpower “less successful during ‘hot’ emotional states”? And why do people “ration their access to ‘vices’ like cigarettes and junk foods by…
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    A Song Not Scored For Breathing

  • Be Open To Seeing

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

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

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

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

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

  • Does Marijuana Make You More Creative?

    The NIDA Blog Team
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Not many people would say with a straight face that drugs like heroin or methamphetamine are good for you, let alone they could help you be more successful in life. But there are lots of people who think marijuana is different from other drugs. For example, we’ve already talked in this blog about the idea that it may have medical uses. The jury is still out. Some users even say marijuana’s mind-altering effect—the “high”—is also beneficial. They claim using the drug chills them out, expands their mind, and makes them more creative. Since the 1960s, marijuana has had a mystique as…
  • Stay Safe This Halloween

    The NIDA Blog Team
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Halloween is a time when ghosts and goblins of all ages go out to play. Before your night turns dark and stormy, keep this in mind:  Stick with apple cider and soda or pop. Binge drinking alcohol can lead to lead to some very scary outcomes. Alcohol in any amount is dangerous for teens to drink because it can change the developing brain (which is why it is illegal). But binge drinking—five or more drinks for guys and four or more for girls—has the potential for more immediate terrors—it contributes to alcohol poisoning and car crashes. Need some stats? In 2010, approximately 189,000…
  • Be a Friend to Man’s Best Friend: Keep Marijuana Away from Your Dog

    The NIDA Blog Team
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    As more communities allow medical marijuana, or decriminalize illicit marijuana, veterinarians are seeing an alarming trend. More and more dogs are arriving in emergency animal hospitals with marijuana toxicosis, or marijuana poisoning. A recent study in Colorado showed that 4 times as many dogs were treated for marijuana poisoning in 2010 than in 2005. Sadly, two dogs identified in that study died. Similarly, from 2008 to 2013, the Pet Poison Helpline—a poison control hotline for animals—has seen a 200% increase in calls related to pets eating marijuana. Most times, dogs ingest marijuana…
  • The Swiss Cheese Model of Addiction

    The NIDA Blog Team
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Why doesn’t everyone who is exposed to drugs become addicted? You can’t get addicted just from using a drug once. But some people who try drugs go on to take more and more, and become addicted as a result. Others don’t. Scientists now know drug addiction is a disease and that there are lots of things that can contribute to your risk for getting that disease—what are called risk factors. These include your genes, what kind of neighborhood you live in, what kind of school you attend, and what kinds of people you hang around with. These same factors can also protect you from getting the…
  • A Breath Test for Marijuana Is Around the Corner

    The NIDA Blog Team
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    You already know the dangers of using marijuana before driving: Marijuana seriously impairs your motor skills and clouds your perception and judgment, all of which you need to safely operate a car. That’s why it’s illegal to drive high. But lots of people don’t know this … or they know it, but figure it’s okay “just this one time.” Whatever the case, it’s breaking the law, just like driving after drinking alcohol. Driving under the influence of marijuana is a big problem. A 2007 study by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration found that 8.7 percent of people…
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    Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

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

    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)

    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

    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

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

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

  • Sex Addicts’ Version Of The Dry Drunk

    Addiction Treatment
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Among the AA set, the term “dry drunk” is frequently used to describe a condition of returning to one’s old alcoholic thinking and behavior without actually having taken a drink. The underlying premise of most recovery programs, particularly 12-step groups, is that true sobriety is contingent upon spiritual recovery and personal growth, not merely upon a definition of abstinence alone. Someone who thinks like an addict and acts like an addict, even if he or she isn’t drinking, using, gambling, binging or compulsively sexually acting out, is still an addict. Anyone else is a…
  • Book Review: Sanity & Grace – A Journey of Suicide, Survival And Strength

    Addiction Treatment
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    By Edie Weinstein, LSW @EdieWeinstein1 When you think of musical diva Judy Collins, the words “suicide,” “alcoholism” and “addiction” probably aren’t the first that come to mind. Unless you’re aware of her story, you’d have no idea that she truly lived life “from both sides now,” as her hit song proclaims. A Painful Past Collins’ journey as one of five children of a talented but tormented father whose alcoholic demons followed his family for generations is poignantly captured in her memoir Sanity & Grace: A Journey of Suicide, Survival, and Strength. Her father…
  • Ecstasy Effects And Addiction

    Addiction Treatment
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    Party drugs are the kinds of substances that teens, young adults and adults tend to use without thinking about safety concerns. Drugs like ketamine, LSD, ecstasy or MDMA, synthetic marijuana, GHB and others are common at parties, clubs and raves and users pop them like candy. The general attitude is that these drugs are not as risky as hard drugs like heroin or crack. The truth is that ecstasy and other club drugs are dangerous and they can be addictive. The next time someone offers you ecstasy at a party, know the facts before you make a choice. Ecstasy Effects Ecstasy, which is also called…
  • Sex Addiction, Substance Addiction Trigger Similar Brain Changes

    Addiction Treatment
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    Sex addiction is a common term for a form of behavioral addiction centered on compulsive, dysfunctional participation in sexual activity or sex-related thinking. Evidence increasingly shows that people affected by behavioral addictions undergo some of the key changes in brain function that mark the presence of an addiction to drugs or alcohol. In a study published in July 2014 in the journal PLOS One, a team of British and American researchers compared the brain changes found in sexually compulsive individuals to the brain changes typically found in people addicted to drugs or alcohol. These…
  • How Do Health Professionals Gauge Recovery From Addiction?

    Addiction Treatment
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    Substance addiction is a multi-faceted, highly challenging condition to treat. For any given individual, a range of considerations comes into play when determining the proper course of treatment and the outcomes that signify treatment success. In a study published in 2014 in the journal Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, a British research team used an anonymous interview process to help identify some of the ways in which health professionals involved in substance treatment define successful addiction recovery. The members of this team concluded that, while general outcomes of…
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    Valium Addiction Help

  • How Art Therapy Is a Healthy Outlet

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

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

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Valium is a prescription medication used primarily to treat anxiety, seizures, muscle spasms and other physical ailments. It is a CNS (central nervous system) depressant, which means that it slows the body’s main systems including heart rate and breathing. Unfortunately, people who take Valium believe myths about it, myths that could be harmful to their physical and emotional health. Myths about Valium include: Valium is safe because a doctor prescribed it. A person can become addicted to any drug, regardless of whether the drug is legal or illicit. The legal status of a drug does not…
  • Valium Abuse and Brain Injuries

    13 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Valium, a benzodiazepine, treats anxiety, seizures and muscles spasms, as well as other conditions. Unfortunately, it is an addictive substance that recreational users may abuse. Although recreational users are more likely to become addicted to this drug than people who use it per a doctor’s instructions, even therapeutic doses of it can lead to dependency. How Valium Abuse can Result in a Traumatic Brain Injury While under the influence of Valium, someone may become intoxicated and experience a serious accident that leads to a traumatic brain injury. Individuals who abuse this drug may…
  • The Importance of Being Involved In Your Treatment Experience

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Being fully involved in your rehab program is the best way to ensure success during treatment. Simply going through the motions of treatment to fulfill an obligation or to make others happy cannot truly change your life, because you will participate in any treatment method for the wrong reasons. During drug treatment, your doctors and therapists will develop a plan uniquely tailored to your needs, because they want to teach you to live a drug-free life. Following their treatment plan can give you a healthy start on the road to recovery, but you get out of rehab what you put into it. Drug…
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    Xanax Addiction Help

  • Has Prescription Monitoring Changed Painkiller Addiction?

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

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

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

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Structured routines during rehab for Xanax addiction is an important part of the recovery process Addiction recovery is a process of growing and changing in significant ways. For many people developing routines and structure is an important part of the journey. Routines may initially take some effort to develop, but people often find that they make life easier over time. Often the process of developing routines and structure begins in rehab and continues after the active phase of addiction treatment for drugs like Xanax has been completed. Benefits of Structure during Rehab and Early Recovery…
  • What Rehab Insurance Options Are Available for Low-Income Patients?

    4 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Low-income individuals may be eligible for income-based public insurance When people become ill, they often find themselves financially challenged. The limitations that an illness places on employment and income can increase the difficulty of paying for medical care. The problem may be compounded for those who suffer from addiction because of the amount of money that is generally spent to purchase alcohol or drugs like Xanax. Insurance can help offset the cost of care, so it is wise for those with low incomes to be aware of insurance options. Public versus Private Health Insurance Health…
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    Prescription Drug Abuse Help | Treatment & Recovery Information

  • What Kind of Housing Should I Choose in Recovery?

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

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

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

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

    2 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Using alcohol to cope with long-term stress may result in alcoholism Everyone suffers from stress at some point in life. There is short-term stress, which may result from the anxiety that accompanies taking a major exam or attending a job interview, and there is long-term stress, which can alter an individual’s life in significant ways. Common causes of long-term stress include the following: New job Marriage Divorce Death in the family Moving to a new city Diagnosis of an illness Transition into or out of military life Individuals who are struggling with stress may find that drinking…
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    All about Drugs and Alcohol Addiction

  • Inspirational Message of the Week – HaPpY Halloween !!

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
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  • Ex-Army Soldier Battles Substance Abuse, Gives Back To Active Duty Service Members

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Frank L. Greenagel Jr. was discharged from the army 10 years, decided to teach high school English, and later began his own counseling center for individuals struggling with drug abuse. One of his main concerns with drug abuse is how it affects those who serve in the military, such as prescription drug abuse. Now, his mission is to help soldiers who need help with drug recovery, calling it a massive problem that needs to be addressed the people and government as a whole. This also stems from the fact that many are now aware of the drug problems military personnel face, as psychological…
  • “Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause”

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    For over ten years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has been utilizing a travelling exhibit nationwide called “Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause,” which aims to educate the American people–ranging from all ages, from the youth to the senior population– about drug enforcement, treatment and prevention of drug abuse and addiction. The exhibit arrived on Tuesday October 27th at the Discovery Station in Hagerstown Maryland. It particularly addresses the problems the state is facing concerning the high rate of residents going to jail,…
  • Bi-polar Disorder and Addiction

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    A person who suffers from symptoms of bi-polar disorder may attempts to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol in order to cope or manage symptoms. This is one way of explaining why so many people with bi-polar disorder abuse substances or develop dependency to drugs and alcohol, but there is no clear scientific reason why. Bipolar and addiction problems are related nonetheless, as there is a high rate of substance abuse among those with bipolar disorder. Symptoms for bipolar disorder that may cause the person to resort to getting high or drunk include: anxiety, pain, depression, sleeplessness,…
  • Social Media Sites Help Researchers With Drug Abuse Prevention

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am stated in an article press release that, “The National Institutes of Health has granted more than 11 million dollars in awards to researchers exploring the use of social media to advance the understanding, prevention, and treatment of substance abuse and addiction.” Facebook and twitter are being used as a source of public information, helping researchers understand and identify attitudes and myths about alcohol and drug usage. There is a hope that through social media, researchers and anti-drug advocates will be able communicate accurate information to the public about…
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    Family First Intervention

  • Postal Service Attempts To Intervene on Illegal Drug Shipments

    Mike Loverde
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Shipping drugs through mail carriers is not a new problem. Some companies, like FedEx, have gotten in trouble for knowingly shipping drugs to consumers. However, the United States Postal Service is a much more unwilling participant in the drug trade. Some drug dealers will ship their drugs or money from drug sales through the United States Post Office as part of their drug operation. This is typically done to avoid driving across state lines with illegal drugs or large amount of money. “They’re going through several states all with varying laws and you’re just one broken tail light and…
  • Flawed Comparison Touts Buprenorphine Maintenance

    Mike Loverde
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    A new study by Yale School of Medicine suggests that buprenorphine therapy has a higher success rate in treating patients with prescription opioid dependency. Results of the study were published in the Oct. 20 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, though serious flaws have been noted. The obvious points left out are that the patients are still chemically dependent on an opioid either way. At least the detox group has some people who are now free from both types of drugs. Additionally, the tapering patients first received buprenorphine for a “stabilization” period that switches their dependence…
  • Study Examines Alcohol Abuse and Parenting Styles

    Mike Loverde
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    A new study being published in the journal Addictive Behaviors indicates that there may be a link between mothers who are more authoritarian and children who develop drinking problems. It was conducted by researchers at Yale University, Arizona State University and the University of Washington. In the study, researchers noticed a chain that may account for a person’s inclination to consume too much alcohol. Mothers who are authoritarian in nature force a child to develop self-concealment, they say. This is the act of hiding one’s behaviors that they believe will be viewed in a negative…
  • Universal Drug Screening Pushed for Pregnant Women as Form of Intervention

    Mike Loverde
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    Researchers say that one drug-dependent baby is born in the United States every hour. These babies are the tiny victims of the nations growing opioid epidemic, born into the world suffering from painful drug withdrawals. Recent national statistics from the Journal of American Medical Association show that babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) tripled from 2000 to 2009, and has reportedly continued to increase since then. “We need to do all we can to prevent this,” said Van Ingram, executive director of the Kentucky Office of of Drug Control Policy about babies being born in…
  • Increase in Synthetic Drug Usage Concerning

    Mike Loverde
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Synthetic drugs are substances that are man made, usually in some sort of clandestine lab somewhere typically in another country. They are drugs that are generally created to mimic the effects of heroin, cocaine, marijuana, hallucinogens or other drugs. These chemical compounds can be every bit as dangerous as other drugs, and even more so for some people. Those who consume synthetic drugs really have no idea what they are ingesting or what effects they are going to experience. Unfortunately, despite these circumstances and dangers, more and more people are continuing to seek out and abuse…
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    Decision Point Center

  • Students Fight Against Drug Abuse

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

    Decision Point Center
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    Emergency room visits involving synthetic cannabinoids (synthetic marijuana, spice, K2) more than doubled from 2010 to 2011, reports the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Overall, the number of emergency room visits linked to synthetic marijuana increased from 11,406 in 2010 to 28,531 in 2011. The number of teens aged 12-17 years visiting the emergency room for synthetic marijuana use doubled, and the number of 18-20 year olds was four times higher than the previous year. Males account for the majority of emergency room synthetic cannabinoid visits for 2011,…
  • China Bans Stars From Public Exposure for Drug Use

    Decision Point Center
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Standing up against drug abuse is something that most people would like to think that they do, however China has recently made a statement about its views on drug abuse and celebrities. The government has taken measures to remove any celebrity that is known to take drugs off of their airwaves. The country is waging war against drug use in an unconventional way – eliminating the influence that celebrities have over teenagers. The United States has long fought against drug abuse, especially among teenagers. However, the media here has actually done the opposite of China and actually…
  • Reducing the Stigma of Addiction and Recovery in Healthcare Still Needed

    Decision Point Center
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Most people would consider that admitting one has an addiction, getting through the difficult withdrawal symptoms and addressing the problems in life that drugs provided an escape from are the hardest parts about achieving sobriety. They may not be wrong, but a another problem that faces those who are newly sober is the judgment they receive when they have to explain that they have struggled with addiction in the past. For the most part, once a person achieves sobriety they can go about their life as normal. However, there are some changes they may have to make and there are some precautions…
  • Drug Company Seeking Approval for Tamper-Resistant Version of Zohydro

    Decision Point Center
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Zogenix, the company that released the controversial pure hydrocodone drug, Zohydro ER, earlier this year has submitted an application to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking approval for a more tamper-resistant version of the drug. In October 2013, the FDA approved Zohydro for patients who suffer from chronic pain and who require daily, long-term treatment. Although the approval was granted against the recommendation of a panel appointed by the FDA, it was ultimately decided that the need for the drug outweighed the risk of abuse and addiction. Chronic pain patients choose Zohydro…
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    Sober Nation

  • 10 Tips for Your First Year in Recovery

    Tim Stoddart
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    The post 10 Tips for Your First Year in Recovery appeared first on Sober Nation. The first year is the hardest. Some would say it is the most important, probably because most relapses happen within the first year. When people first enter recovery, their mind and emotions are doing crazy things. Here are a few tips that can help you get through the first year. 1 – Go to Meetings AA may not be […] The post 10 Tips for Your First Year in Recovery appeared first on Sober Nation.
  • Barry A. Hazle Wins $2M Lawsuit For Being ‘Forced’ to Attend 12 Step Meetings

    Tim Stoddart
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    The post Barry A. Hazle Wins $2M Lawsuit For Being ‘Forced’ to Attend 12 Step Meetings appeared first on Sober Nation. Barry A. Hazle was sent back to prison for parole violation, and for his troubles filed and won a $2M dollar law suit. The 46 year old man served time for a conviction of methamphetamine possession. Hazle later received parole and the terms of his parole required attending mandatory 12 step meetings. As an atheist, […] The post Barry A. Hazle Wins $2M Lawsuit For Being ‘Forced’ to Attend 12 Step Meetings appeared first on Sober Nation.
  • Pregnancy and Addiction – Center for Great Expectations Solving Problems No One Else Wants to Deal With

    Tim Stoddart
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    The post Pregnancy and Addiction – Center for Great Expectations Solving Problems No One Else Wants to Deal With appeared first on Sober Nation. We recently published an article about the New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie and his commitment to helping with the addiction problem in New Jersey. In the article, it was mentioned that the Governor was working with The Center of Great Expectations. This is a very unique facility, and after researching a little bit about what […] The post Pregnancy and Addiction – Center for Great Expectations Solving Problems No One Else Wants…
  • 9 Bad Ass People in Recovery You Need to Know About

    Tim Stoddart
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    The post 9 Bad Ass People in Recovery You Need to Know About appeared first on Sober Nation. When I first got clean, I never thought I would meet so many bad ass people doing awesome things for the world around them. There is so much passion and excitement behind what we do, and I get such a high out of watching the work that other people dedicate themselves to. There is no […] The post 9 Bad Ass People in Recovery You Need to Know About appeared first on Sober Nation.
  • 7 Reasons Why Being Sober is Sexy

    Tim Stoddart
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    The post 7 Reasons Why Being Sober is Sexy appeared first on Sober Nation. What does it mean to be sexy? In today’s world, where every picture is edited and every model is photo-shopped, it can be easy to lose perspective on what sexy or attractive qualities are. Being sexy can mean a lot of different things, and sober people have lots of sexy qualities. We always make sure […] The post 7 Reasons Why Being Sober is Sexy appeared first on Sober Nation.
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    IRETA Blog

  • Updates on a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in Pennsylvania

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

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

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

    Claire Barbetti
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    Putting the Puzzle Together. Credit: Ken Teegardin Sort of amazingly, research on SBIRT for risky substance use in mental health settings is scant. That’s why we’re excited about a large randomized clinical trial that UCLA kicked off last year. SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) is an evidence-based public health approach to identifying and providing brief counseling for those who use alcohol or other drugs at risky levels. Here’s how it works: a health practitioner screens a patient for risky use with a short questionnaire (like the AUDIT,…
  • What the heck is spirt?

    Jessica Williams
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    Image: Wikimedia Commons What is this S-B-I-R-T? Why do you keep using it like I’m supposed to know what it means? We hate to admit it, but it’s our tendency to throw around a lot of…jargon. Okay, it’s true. SAMHSA this, NAADAC that. CBT, MAT, ATTC. ROSC, which of course we pronounce rosk. NIAAA, which those of us in the know call N-I Triple A. Obviously. Of course, there are people concerned with substance use and addiction that aren’t breathing this lingo every day. Rather, they’re curiously googling and Youtube-ing.  Talking to friends, family,…
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    Drug News and Information

  • The Importance of Getting Drug Rehab

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

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

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
      If you are going through drug rehabilitation, there are a lot of options available for you, as the patient, to try. It will all depend on what is going on in your life and how you want to be able to work through it; the treatment center that you work with will also help you set up an appropriate treatment plan for your goals. Here are some of the things that you may work with through your treatment. There are a lot of drugs that are frequently used when people are going through rehabilitation. These drugs may differ based on what drugs you were […]
  • How to Understand Sliding Scales for Chemical Dependency Treatment

    Denny Chapin
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Often times seeing a mental health therapist can be the most effective way to battle your chemical dependency (CD).  As many of us know, however, individual mental health therapy can be expensive and often times, the less expensive the health insurance policy, the less likely it is to be covered. There are options, however, and you should consider these options when searching to find a mental health specialist who can help you with your Dual Diagnosis and Chemical Dependency treatment. What is a Sliding Scale? A sliding scale is simply a payment option used by many mental health therapists…
  • Mental Health and Drug Abuse

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Waismann Method ®: How people are Getting Oxycodone without a Prescription and the Dangers Involved

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

    C Waismann
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Opiates include heroin, morphine and prescription painkillers. The use of these opiates is self-reinforcing. This means people who are dependent on opiates will keep seeking them, because opiates make them feel good. New neurobiology research has been conducted on why opiate dependency is so powerful. How Does Opiate Dependency Work? Opioids act on specific receptorsRead More > The post Why Are Opiates So Addicting? appeared first on Rapid Drug Detox of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • The VA Over Prescribing Pills and Getting Veterans Addicted

    C Waismann
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    Hundreds of thousands of veterans are given prescription opiates, the addiction epidemic continues. For many soldiers adjusting to home is a hard battle to face, and the overprescribing of opiate medication doesn’t make it any easier. They can come home with emotional pain, injuries and disorders like PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). VA statistics showedRead More > The post The VA Over Prescribing Pills and Getting Veterans Addicted appeared first on Rapid Drug Detox of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • Choosing the Best Medical Detox for Hydrocodone Addiction

    C Waismann
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Waismann Method® Recovery Story “I had been addicted to hydrocodone, norco, and oxycontin for years, I really needed help. I had exhausted all other traditional forms of treatment, trying to find hope for my prescription painkiller addiction. I did a lot of research about rapid detox before I admitted myself into the Waismann Method. I wasRead More > The post Choosing the Best Medical Detox for Hydrocodone Addiction appeared first on Rapid Drug Detox of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • How Can Addiction Destroy a Home?

    C Waismann
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Addiction to illegal drugs can affect your entire household in ways you could have never possibly imagined. Addiction can change how you feel about someone you once loved deeply, and it can inflict awful emotional damage on every member of your family. Worse yet, addiction exposes everyone living in your household to drugs, crime, violence,Read More > The post How Can Addiction Destroy a Home? appeared first on Rapid Drug Detox of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
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  • Do we really want to get each other angry?

    Jason Schwartz
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Greg Williams says we need to get angry: It is apparently OK for those family members to angrily demand a better response from the federal government to the current health crisis. But when the addiction recovery community — more than 23 million Americans and their families — gathers to walk, speak and put a face on recovery there doesn’t seem to be much anger at the current state of affairs that is costing us more than 100 American lives every day. Apparently, anger is a frightening emotion for many in the recovery community. . . . But how else are we going to collectively move the…
  • Michigan increases access to naloxone

    Jason Schwartz
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:36 am
    We’ve finally increased access to life preservers. Now, how do we get them out of the sea? It’s official. The new laws will allow a state resident to obtain a prescription for naloxone, also known by its brand name, Narcan, to immediately reverse the effects of an opiate overdose, whether due to heroin or a prescription drug such as Vicodin or OxyContin. It also requires emergency medical technicians to carry it on the ambulance, something that is already common practice throughout southeast Michigan. This is very good news. The next big question is, what comes after the OD?Filed…
  • Childhood sexual abuse and alcohol problems – TBS

    Jason Schwartz
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    A new study (This is a TBS post from 2007) looks for a relationship between childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and alcoholism. It finds that women who experienced CSA have elevated rates of alcohol use at 12-13 years old, but their rates of alcoholism are not any higher than people with similar adolescent alcohol use, though they are higher than the general population. Two thoughts. First, CSA has been associated with higher rates of addiction. This suggests that CSA may not cause alcoholism, but may lead to early experimentation, which has been associated higher rates of addiction later in life.
  • Bias in the evidence base

    Jason Schwartz
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:16 pm
    From The British Psychological Society’s Research Digest: In the last few years the social sciences, including psychology, have been taking a good look at themselves. While incidences of fraud hit the headlines, pervasive issues are just as important to address, such as publication bias, the phenomenon where non-significant results never see the light of day thanks to editors rejecting them or savvy researchers recasting their experiments around unexpected results and not reporting the disappointments. Statistical research has shown the extent of this misrepresentation in pockets of…
  • Sublime Recovery vs. Banal Recovery

    Jason Schwartz
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    Eve Tushnet offers a really thought provoking discussion of a dialectic involving competing recovery narratives. First, “sublime” recovery: In this narrative, addiction and recovery are basically spiritual. Forgive me for drastically oversimplifying a novel I’m loving, but in IJ [Infitite Jest] addiction is often an enslavement of the will or an escape from the self. Recovery is even more insistently spiritual. You recover by giving up and doing as you’re told: Unconditional surrender is the only path to personal peace. If you don’t learn humility through obedience and…
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  • 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…
  • 3 Things Successful Drug & Alcohol Treatment Centers Must Do

    Michelle Amerman
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Addictions are tough to treat. Each is different and shaped by factors including the person’s medical history, financial situation and childhood trauma. If you know a friend or family member dealing with drug or alcohol addiction, don’t just point them to the nearest treatment center. Find a caring clinic that will strive to understand your loved one as a person and not just a case. Here are 3 actions that successful drug & alcohol treatment centers might take: Successful Drug & Alcohol Treatment Facilities Match Patients with the Most Compatible Medications at the Correct…
  • How Negativity Sabotages Your Success

    Michelle Amerman
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    Negative beliefs, thoughts and attitudes have a huge impact on your life. At Pathways, we want to make sure you have the best tools at your disposal to achieve your goals. We will show you how transitioning from negativity to a more positive outlook can improve every aspect of your life. What is Self-Talk? Self-talk isn’t limited to just your thoughts – it also includes your beliefs and feelings about yourself and the world around you. Self-talk can be either conscious or subconscious, and it affects everything that you do. Negative self-talk leads to a negative attitude that causes…
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  • Heroin Epidemic Dramatically Impacting Myanmar

    Keenen Diamond
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Heroin is an active killer in many nations throughout the world, but we often focus on how it’s impacting Americans within the borders of our 50 states. However, this deadly, opium-based drug is taking over the lives of people from all different cultures – and destroying their countries as well. For those living in Myanmar,... [Read More...]
  • William O’Brien, Drug Treatment Advocate and Entrepreneur, Dies at 90

    Keenen Diamond
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    In a field where death is both frequent and tragic, we now mourn the loss of Monsignor William O’Brien, a leader in drug treatment and advocacy. Having lived a fulfilled 90 years here on earth, Msgr. O’Brien built his legacy through helping others overcome the fierce and deadly challenges of substance abuse. He was inspired... [Read More...]
  • Heroin Overdose Victim Left for Dead

    Keenen Diamond
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    The heroin epidemic is not just getting bigger, but it is also getting uglier than ever before. This week, in small town Pennsylvania, two young adults were charged with recklessly endangering another person when they left a heroin overdose victim on the side of the road in Manheim Township, PA. Julia Slaymaker, 19, and Nathan... [Read More...]
  • Death by Opiates: Dr. Mandy Neeble

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    When I saw the front page of the LA times yesterday, I was disappointed. Death by overdose due to opiates is, as the article stated, just “the tip of the iceberg”. Individuals in the United States overdose on opiates at staggering rates and survive. The article seems to think this is new information but those... [Read More...]
  • Opiate Deaths

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Yesterday, the leading story for the LA Times was about the influx of prescription drug related overdoses being treated in emergency rooms. It focused on the cost to the medical system as well as the increased accessibility to pain medications. The article called on the medical community to be more stringent in its prescribing and... [Read More...]
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  • How Behavioral Health Has Helped My Recovery

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

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

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

    Dustin L. John
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    Many people say that “children these days have no respect! They need to get smacked around a few times!” I’m not sure what bothers me most about society’s ability to justify hitting innocent children. I believe it is the blatant ignorance to have a belief that is completely outdated, harmful, immoral and not backed by any kind of evidence. The scientific studies about aggressive parenting have been out now for many years. Experts have proven the negative effects of hitting, yelling and other aggressive parenting methods. Why are we not adjusting to these appalling findings? Here is a…
  • Where there’s Guilt, there’s Fear

    Amy Baumgardner
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Guilt is a strong force to be reckoned with. I should know. If I let this disease have its way, there are more reasons for me to drink than not. I have a crazy tug of war inside my head every day between what I want to do, and what I should do. Alcoholism is relentless and my addiction does not rest and my guilt played a major role in keeping me down. As a “newcomer” I made the mistake of letting my guilt assume a role in my recovery. I allowed my past to dictate my future by listening to a voice inside of my mind telling me that I was a lousy mom, a drunk and a complete waste. It was…
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  • Friends

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Had I known, I would have told you about my cocaine addiction. For the past few days my thoughts have been quite lonely when I start to think of the future. Over time I have left behind what I though were my friends. They were also addicts or just unhealthy people that would lead me straight back to my addiction. This pretty much left me all by myself, but this has never really been an issue, I guess I just grew into it over time. All the new friendships I had built over the past three years were very closely related to my girlfriend. They are really an amazing bunch of people and I am really…
  • A Bird With No Wings

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    Ever wanted to fly? Yes, but I have to hit the floor a few times before I do. I am a cocaine addict. The most, and I must insist, important thing is taking things with calm. Recovering is not easy. You might think your ready to fly but birds will fall down a few time from the nest before they do. I AM NOT TELLING YOU TO GO JUMP OFF A ROOF, SO DON’T BE A FOOL ¬¬ Lately I have been feeling that I want to rush through my recovery. I say to myself, “it’s not the first time I’ve relapsed, I know what to do”, but then… why did I relapse? It’s just…
  • Making a List

    8 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    During the past few days my full attention has been set to preparing for recovery after my cocaine addiction relapse. It’s all about making a list and getting it done. Is this important? Personally, I believe that this must be done as it will allow me fully center all my efforts towards freeing myself of everything else. It sounds egocentric, but it has to be this way. Every single decision I make in the next months will have to be carefully thought-out and focused as possible. Don’t forget about uncertainty, leave some free time for that just in case. There is no way I can even…
  • Asking for Help

    7 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    Fellow cocaine addicts, this message is for you. Have you considered asking your family or loved ones for help? If you are reading through this article I encourage you to find the time to continue reading through it as well as some of the other posts you will find in the blog, but don’t worry I will not try to brain wash you nor some other stupid thing. After all I am an addict just like you and I know what it feels like. Don’t tell me what I have to do :@ I just want to get you one step closer to the most important things you will probably do in your life, and that is, starting…
  • Cocaine Effects On The Limbic System

    6 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    The following article is a digest of the long term cocaine effects on the limbic system after prolonged abuse. First of all I must say that I am not an expert on the material, therefore I do encourage you to do some further reading. Hopefully this article will help you understand the effects of cocaine on an addicts brain after a prolonged period of cocaine abuse and what triggers the addiction. The limbic system is the part of the brain that drives most part of human behaviors. This part of the brain is also subconscious and tightly tide to the autonomic nervous system for triggering…
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