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  • Opioid Withdrawal Treatments

    Suboxone Talk Zone
    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    A post on the Forum asked about the best remedies for opioid withdrawal.   I will review the medications and other treatments for opioid withdrawal that I have heard discussed by physicians or by people on the internet.  Hopefully readers will leave comments about medications or approaches that they have found useful.  Likewise, if you are a physician, please weigh in with the approaches that you have found to be useful. For readers, it is very important to understand a couple things about this post.  First, the medications listed here are not FDA approved for treating opioid…
  • Sober.ly Exposed : Protecting the Vulnerable

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    Ryan K
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    How to Slip Back into the Dating Scene, be Careful and Stay Clean and Sober Sober.ly Exposed: Protecting the Vulnerable may sound like we are about to dish out a heaping pile of harsh criticism on the new Apple App, they are billing as; Tinder for the Sober, but really, we think it’s a fantastic concept with great appeal, however those that are new in recovery are vulnerable, and it’s our goal to protect the vulnerable. One of the biggest mistakes in early recovery is to slip back into the dating scene too early. When you are vulnerable and in the process of healing, added stress and…
  • Running into Old Drug Buddies

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    Nick Bruce Hayes
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:20 pm
    Tips on How to Avoid the Slip When you look back on your addiction, I’m sure you can spot precisely when the trend of slipping away from your positive social circle of sober friends or family and connecting up with a negative circle of influence, typically other drug users, began. It’s the natural progression of addiction. So much of your time is spent getting or pursuing the high and your positive circle of influence is not. So, naturally you attract people who align with your new purists. These actions do not make you a bad person but simply just a person trying to survive as an addict…
  • Making a Change to Overcome Drug Addiction

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    23 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Making a Change to Overcome Drug Addiction For some individuals battling with addiction, the greatest and hardest venture to recuperation is the first: choosing to start their journey toward healing. It’s typical to struggle with the drug you’re addicted to, even when you understand that it’s bringing on issues throughout your life. Change is never simple and focusing on temperance includes changing numerous things, including the way you deal with stress, who is allowed to be in your life, what you think about yourself, and what you do in your spare time. You may think about whether…
  • Legally High? Teenagers and Prescription Drug Abuse

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    24 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    Legal drugs such as OxyContin now kill more people than heroin and cocaine combined. While awareness of the dangers of illegal drugs has increased, many teens are still ignorant of the significant physical danger posed by legally prescribed drugs, according to a new study.
 
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  • Public Health Responsibility Deal in UK unlikely to be an effective response to alcohol harms

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Harmful alcohol consumption in England is unlikely to be reduced by the Public Health Responsibility Deal because the majority of its interventions are ineffective, poorly reported or were already happening anyway, according to new research.
  • Just slip out the back, Jack: Are humans hardwired to break-up and move on?

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    When it comes to romantic relationships, a research review article suggests humans are wired to break-up and move on. Drawing largely upon the field of evolutionary psychology, they say men and women might break up for different reasons. For instance, a man is more likely to end a relationship because a woman has had a sexual relationship with another man. On the other hand, a woman may be more likely to break up if her partner has been emotionally unfaithful.
  • Interim report on UK alcohol industry's 'billion units pledge' is flawed, say researchers

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    The UK's Department of Health's interim evaluation of an alcohol industry pledge to remove one billion alcohol units from the market is flawed, argue researchers. In 2012, the UK government announced an industry pledge to remove a billion units of alcohol from the market by December 2015. The pledge would be achieved, it said, "principally through improving consumer choice of lower alcohol products."
  • Link between genetic variation, alcohol dependence found

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    A biological clue that could help explain why some drinkers develop a dependence on alcohol and others do not has been discovered by researchers. The findings move researchers closer to identifying those at risk for addiction early and designing better drug treatments to help people stop drinking.
  • Legally High? Teenagers and Prescription Drug Abuse

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    Legal drugs such as OxyContin now kill more people than heroin and cocaine combined. While awareness of the dangers of illegal drugs has increased, many teens are still ignorant of the significant physical danger posed by legally prescribed drugs, according to a new study.
 
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  • Cutting-edge: Understanding People who Self-harm by Barbara Melton, M.Ed., LPC

    Barbara Melton
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:14 am
    Self-harm not a new thing. There is just a lot more attention paid to it now that children are at the forefront of the research on this particular topic. Statistics from www.selfinjury.org indicate one out of every 200 kids self-harm — and the numbers seem to be on the rise. Whether the person who self […] The post Cutting-edge: Understanding People who Self-harm by Barbara Melton, M.Ed., LPC appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • Back to Basics: Guiding You Through the 12 Steps

    Carver Brown
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    Formatted by Wally Paton, an Alcoholics Anonymous archivist from Tucson, Arizona, Back to Basics is a reenactment of a 1940’s AA beginner meeting where participants are guided through the 12 steps in four sessions, each an hour long. Originally presented over the course of four weekends, Back to Basics is an experiential workshop which demystifies the […] The post Back to Basics: Guiding You Through the 12 Steps appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • Higher Education: MDMA & Molly Abuse on College Campuses

    Alexis Franzi
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:24 am
    Unfortunately, on college campuses across the country, we hear far too often about students overdosing on drugs. Recently, on the campus of Wesleyan University, 11 students were hospitalized after taking the drug Molly. We wanted to get an expert opinion concerning the reappearance of stimulants like Molly and MDMA and find out what kind of […] The post Higher Education: MDMA & Molly Abuse on College Campuses appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • Layperson Access to Naloxone in The Sunshine State: Giving Life. Inspiring Hope.

    Kelly Corredor
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    Drug overdose deaths are now the leading cause of injury death nationwide.[1] Opioid overdose can occur, accidentally, from medical use of prescription opioid pain relievers, non-medical use of prescription opioids, and heroin use. In 2013, approximately 16,000 people in the United States died from overdoses involving prescription opioids.[2] That same year over 1,900 Floridians died […] The post Layperson Access to Naloxone in The Sunshine State: Giving Life. Inspiring Hope. appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: The people we never hear about.

    Lori Osachy
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:04 am
    In honor of eating disorders awareness week, February 22-February 28, 2015, I thought it would be powerful to highlight just a few of the groups of people who suffer from eating and body image disorders that we rarely hear about.  In the media, the most common stories on eating disorders often sensationalize anorexia and bulimia in […] The post National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: The people we never hear about. appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
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  • Changing Our Perspectives on Mental Illness and Mental Health

    Richard Taite
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Changing Our Perspectives on Mental Illness and Mental Health The First Lady recently spoke at the launch of The Campaign to Change Direction, “a nation-wide effort to raise awareness around mental health in America.” This effort, sponsored in part by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is “designed to change the story of mental health across the nation by urging all Americans to learn the five signs that someone might be in distress.” Shame of having a mental health issue keeps far too many good people from seeking treatment. I see it all the time…
  • How OxyContin Was Allowed to Kill so Many

    Richard Taite
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    How OxyContin Was Allowed to Kill so Many In a well-written article in The Week, reprinted from the Pacific Standard, Mike Mariani outlines how OxyContin, which was allegedly known to be addictive by its manufacturers, was pawned off on the public as a safe and effective, and decidedly non-addictive, painkiller. Now, the State of Kentucky has brought civil action against Purdue Pharmaceuticals and while increasing use of OxyContin may be a thing of the past, America’s addiction to opioids is not. As an addiction treatment professional, I have personally seen the rise in prescription…
  • Is there a Connection between Intelligence, Creativity and Mental Illness?

    Richard Taite
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Is there a Connection between Intelligence, Creativity and Mental Illness? Plagued by mental health disorders such as depression, bipolar polar disorder, and schizophrenia, are a host of artists, writers and famous people throughout history. In fact, many times the eccentric tendencies of genius are associated with mental illness. An article in Medical Daily titled “Why Smarter People Are More Likely o Be Mentally Ill” claims over thirty studies have documented the connection, concluding: “Affecting some 2.5 percent of the U.S. population, bipolar disorder alone has touched many of our…
  • Understanding Why You Can’t Get to Sleep

    Richard Taite
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Understanding Why You Can’t Get to Sleep Everyone has an occasional bad night’s sleep, but some people struggle more than others do, often for a variety of reasons. Scientists tell us that stress or trauma are a frequent cause, but depression, bad habits before bedtime and even being too tired to sleep can prevent the brain from normal rest. Unfortunately, this can lead many people to begin using sleeping aids, which can be dangerous and are quite addictive. A study led by Kai-Florian Storch, PhD, of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University, observed…
  • New Sleep Guidelines to Keep Youth Healthy

    Richard Taite
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:01 pm
    New Sleep Guidelines to Keep Youth Healthy Sleep is essential for overall health. Without regular age appropriate amounts of sleep, adolescents are at risk for developing a variety of conditions such as depression, anxiety, weight change, and sometimes insomnia. There may be noticeable behavioral changes when teens don’t sleep well, such as moodiness, experimentation with substance use and an increase in stress from school. Many physicians today inappropriately prescribe addictive medications for both kids and adults, which can easily lead to abuse and addiction, or at least increases the…
 
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  • Is Bunavail like Suboxone?

    Addiction Blog
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:18 am
    Yes and no.Suboxone and Bunavail are Schedule III narcotics that contain a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone as active ingredients. Both these meds are prescribed in the treatment of opioid addiction. The buprenorphine in these medications is an opioid, while the naloxone is substance that reverses the effects of opioid drugs. The combination is made to lower the chances for abuse and addiction to buprenorphine.They may seem to be the same drug under a different brand name, but Suboxone and Bunavail have their significant differences. Continue reading as we get into the details about…
  • How is powdered alcohol abused?

    Addiction Blog
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:18 am
    Recently, for the first time in the history of the United States, powdered alcohol products have gotten the green light for sale. These alcoholic powders are intended to be used by mixing them in water. However, a real concern is raised about different types of alcohol abuse, and that alcohol may soon even be snorted. Because of this, many States are already moving to ban the manufacturing, importation, and sale of powdered alcohol.In this article we review the history and manufacturing of powdered alcohol, and its potential for abuse. Continue reading and let us know what you think by…
  • Addiction in the family: How to stop enabling behavior

    Amanda Andruzzi
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:06 pm
    When the addict gets high, does your family stop what they are doing to go into crisis intervention mode? Learn how to stop this behavior and help your loved one by being on the same page with your family. Then, we invite your questions, comments or feedback at the end of the article. In fact, we try to respond to all legitimate inquiries with a personal and prompt reply.When you want him/her to get clean…When my husband was going on a drug binge, everything stopped. You could hear the sound of a pin drop in my home while I awaited his call and his safe return. Mothers, fathers, cousins…
  • How long does Revia stay in your system?

    Addiction Blog
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:18 am
    Revia is the brand name for a medication called naltrexone hydrochloride, which is an opioid antagonist. Used in the treatment of alcohol dependence and opioid drug dependence, it works by competitively binding to the opioid receptors in the brain.A single dose of Revia will block the pharmacological effects of opioids for periods as long as 24 hours. In this article we explain how long Revia stays in your body, how it’s metabolized, and how it’s eliminated. We invite you to keep reading and if you are left with any questions, you can post them in the comments section at the end.
  • Can you get high on Bunavail?

    Addiction Blog
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Bunavail does not get you high if you use it as prescribed.However, euphoric effect is a possible side effect of Bunavail, especially when it’s used OTHER THAN PRESCRIBED. In fact, one of the main active ingredients in Bunavail is buprenorphine, which can be abused in a manner similar to other opiate/opioids (legal or illicit). Still, buprenorphine is generally not an intense enough drug to produce the heightened feelings of euphoria created by other opioids or opiates.In the text below, we review Bunavail’s euphoric effect and abuse potential. If you still have questions at the…
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  • Opioid Withdrawal Treatments

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    A post on the Forum asked about the best remedies for opioid withdrawal.   I will review the medications and other treatments for opioid withdrawal that I have heard discussed by physicians or by people on the internet.  Hopefully readers will leave comments about medications or approaches that they have found useful.  Likewise, if you are a physician, please weigh in with the approaches that you have found to be useful. For readers, it is very important to understand a couple things about this post.  First, the medications listed here are not FDA approved for treating opioid…
  • Suboxone Side Effects

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:07 pm
    I’ve received questions over the years from people claiming a range of symptoms from Suboxone or buprenorphine, from back or muscle pain to fatigue, depression, or irritability. I didn’t invent Suboxone, so I don’t take it personally when people blame commonly-occurring symptoms on the drug. But I get bored by the non-scientific thinking behind such claims— that since they started buprenorphine at some point in the past ten years, every symptom or illness that comes along must somehow be related to buprenorphine. No matter, apparently, that people who DIDN’T start buprenorphine…
  • Menzies Gets it Wrong

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    In Opioid Addiction Treatment Should Not Last a Lifetime, Percy Menzies resurrects old theories  to tarnish buprenorphine-based addiction treatment.  Methadone maintenance withstood similar attacks over the decades, and remains the gold standard for the most important aspect of treating opioid dependence:  preventing death. Menzies begins by claiming that a number of ideas that never had the support of modern medicine are somehow similar to buprenorphine treatment.  Replacing beer with benzodiazepines?  Replacing morphine with alcohol?  Replacing opioids with cocaine?  Where,…
  • Media Bias Against Suboxone

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    First Posted 2.8.2014 After Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death, I anticipated a flood of articles describing the ineffectiveness of non-medication treatments for opioid dependence.  I assumed the media would finally report on the need for long-term treatment of a long-term illness.  Instead we read more articles describing Suboxone (i.e. buprenorphine) as a ‘bad drug’, since Hoffman may have used the drug to reduce withdrawal between heroin binges. Taking buprenorphine within a few days of using heroin blocks most of heroin’s effects and makes overdose much less…
  • Another Suboxone Argument

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    14 Feb 2015 | 9:11 am
    It has been awhile since I posted a give and take with a misguided reader. I’ve taken that interval as good news that education is winning over misinformation. But then I read this comment.  I didn’t fix her typos, as I think they provide insight into her opinion: My daughter was on Suboxone, because she was a heroin addict, when she could not afford this med, the withdrawal lasted for mnths, and was far worse than I have ever seen her go through Heroin withdrawal. These are a Psyhiatrist facts, I absolutely hate Suboxone, YES peple do get high on Suboxone, Yes they absolutely can…
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  • Gambling in the Czech Republic

    Zdeněk Szczyrba, Viktor Mravčík, David Fiedor, Jakub Černý, Irena Smolová
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:35 pm
    ABSTRACT AimTo provide an overview of gambling and associated problems in the Czech Republic, including an overview of the historical context, legislation, prevalence, treatment and research base and agenda. MethodsA review of literature and relevant sources. ResultsThe trajectory of gambling patterns in the territory of the Czech Republic in the 20th century reflected broad socio-political changes. Those included significant expansion between the wars, strict state control and bans on some gambling activities during the communist regime and finally dynamic development characterized by a boom…
  • Treating substance use disorders in patients with hepatitis C

    Michael A. Cucciare, Ramsey C. Cheung, Catherine Rongey
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:29 pm
    Abstract Substance use disorders are prevalent among people with hepatitis C virus (HCV) and adversely affect HCV management. Addressing this comorbidity is paramount as more effective HCV treatment options emerge. Existing screening tools and treatment options for addressing the spectrum of substance use disorders have the potential to improve HCV treatment outcomes.
  • The Public Health Responsibility deal: has a public–private partnership brought about action on alcohol reduction?

    Cécile Knai, Mark Petticrew, Mary Alison Durand, Courtney Scott, Lesley James, Anushka Mehrotra, Elizabeth Eastmure, Nicholas Mays
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:16 pm
    Abstract Background and AimsThe Public Health Responsibility Deal (RD) in England is a public–private partnership involving voluntary pledges between industry, government and other organizations, with the aim of improving public health. This paper aims to evaluate what action resulted from the RD alcohol pledges. MethodsWe analysed publically available data on organizations’ plans and progress towards achieving key alcohol pledges of the RD. We assessed the extent to which activities pledged by signatories could have been brought about by the RD, as opposed to having happened anyway (the…
  • Are the Public Health Responsibility Deal alcohol pledges likely to improve public health? An evidence synthesis

    Cécile Knai, Mark Petticrew, Mary Alison Durand, Elizabeth Eastmure, Nicholas Mays
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Abstract AimsThe English Public Health Responsibility Deal (RD) is a public–private partnership involving voluntary pledges between industry, government and other actors in various areas including alcohol, and designed to improve public health. This paper reviews systematically the evidence underpinning four RD alcohol pledges. MethodsWe conducted a systematic review of reviews of the evidence underpinning interventions proposed in four RD alcohol pledges, namely alcohol labelling, tackling underage alcohol sales, advertising and marketing alcohol, and alcohol unit reduction. In addition,…
  • Heterogeneous dose–response and college student drinking: examining problem risks related to low drinking levels

    Paul J. Gruenewald, Christina Mair
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:50 pm
    ABSTRACT Background and aimsPrevious research demonstrates that the number of problems related to each additional drink consumed on any drinking occasion, dose–response, varies non-linearly across average drinking quantities. We test predictions from a dynamic model of drinking behavior that locates this heterogeneity in drinkers’ efforts to equilibrate between costs and benefits of use. DesignEquations derived from the theoretical model are used to assess dose–response across drinking quantity subgroups using censored regressions. SettingFourteen California, USA, college campuses…
 
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  • All is Well

    9 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    That spot on my face was pre cancerous. I'm grateful it was so easy to fix. And I'm glad I went with my gut and asked for it to be removed. My doctor had said on a previous visit about it that it was just a patch of dry skin. All my other tests were good, too. I graduate now to yearly cancer checkups and I am very aware that not everyone makes it to this milestone. Spring appears to be coming early to our neck of the woods. The winter seemed much more bearable which I think was due to no longer having a one hundred mile daily commute. No worrying about road conditions, no getting up…
  • Awful Shit and Grateful Milestones

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:46 pm
    Dearest One has spent the better part of all his free time these last two months at the bedside of a friend with terminal cancer. Yesterday this friend passed away. We feel both relieved and sad. He wanted so much to live and struggled mightily to do so. Two days ago I was sitting at his bedside so Dearest One could get some rest. There was a point while sitting with him, looking him in the eyes, his suffering so great that I thought to myself, "it's like looking into the face of Christ." Awful shit to witness, I can only imagine it's a thousand times worse to be the one actually going…
  • 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…
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  • “But YOU smoked weed when YOU were younger.”

    Julie
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    “Marijuana is a plant. It’s natural. How harmful could it be?” “But YOU smoked weed when YOU were younger.” “Would you rather I drink alcohol? Weed is so much safer.” Would you know what you’d say if confronted with these tough questions or arguments by your teen? Marijuana is a hot topic. Between legalization in some states, the normalization of the drug in the media and pop culture and different ways of using (like “edible” cookies and candies, vaporizers and dabs), it’s becoming harder for parents to talk to teens about…
  • How Do I Support My Teen’s Recovery after Addiction Treatment?

    Julie
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Many parents feel ill-prepared when their child has completed inpatient or outpatient drug addiction treatment. They often feel uncertain on what to expect and have many questions about how to best support their teen’s recovery. Continuing Care, a website and guide (pdf), gives parents the tools and supports to make their families stronger and deal with the complex and challenging situations during the days, months and years after treatment. You’ll find insights on how parents can set realistic expectations for their child’s recovery, including how to help them adapt to their new…
  • Heroin’s back.

    Julie
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
    If you’ve seen the news lately, you may have noticed that heroin is back in a big way. Communities across the country – regardless of geographic location or economic status – are experiencing an alarming uptick in deaths related to heroin overdose. So why is this happening? Why are so many teens becoming addicted to heroin in this day and age, when it seems nearly everyone knows the dangers of this drug?It’s beginning with something you might have at home right now. Nearly half of young people who inject heroin start by abusing prescription drugs. To help you understand how the…
  • Parent of a Teen? Try These 6 Things

    Cassie Goldberg
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:32 am
    No one ever said parenting would be easy — but parenting a teen is, in so many ways, an especially difficult task. Science shows us that parents can have a huge impact on their teens’ choices and lives; but only if they’re equipped with the right information. It’s important to remember your power as a parent. Here are suggestions on ways you can reduce the chance your teen will drink, use drugs or engage in other risky behavior: 1) Build a warm & supportive relationship with your child. Research shows that children who can count on their parents’ support and warmth are less…
  • Navigating Holiday Stress

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

    Colleen Moriarty
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Substance abuse takes a toll on every inch of your body, and your mouth is no exception: Teeth can become riddled with cavities, cracks, sensitivity and staining and in extreme cases an addict can lose teeth and end up with devastating damage to gums as well. Thanks to modern dentistry, though, more people in recovery are getting another chance at healthy teeth and a brighter grin. “Empowering recovering addicts with a beautiful smile reinforces the strength and courage needed to persevere and continue on their personal journey,” says Meredith Gantos, DDS, a dentist in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Five Ways to Prevent Drug Relapse

    Addiction Staff
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you’re recovering from drug addiction, relapse is your enemy. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that 40 to 60 percent of drug addiction patients will relapse at some point after treatment. But relapses are preventable. Here are some simple strategies to reduce your urges to start using – or to stop yourself from acting on them when they arise. Recognize the Warning Signs Certain situations and thoughts are warning signs. For example, if you have dreams at night about getting high, or you find yourself daydreaming about using drugs again, your risk of a relapse may be…
  • Change Your State (of Mind) – Meditate

    Suzanne Kane
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Meditation is more than simply deep relaxation – it is a life-changing practice that can help alleviate stress, anxiety, depression and bring inner peace.” – Tamia Jaelynn, author of 7everal Ways to Meditate for Beginners Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy way to get rid of stress, depression, and anxiety, something that also could help bring about inner peace? This isn’t some New Age mysticism or a pie-in-the-sky claim from a purported vitamin supplement company. Nope, it’s simple meditation. Meditation? Isn’t that the ancient practice yogis use? Granted, people have…
  • 10 Great Gifts for Someone in Recovery

    Katie MacBride
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Whether it’s a sobriety “birthday,” a regular birthday or you just want to show your support, finding the right present for a newly sober friend can pose a challenge. Many people are used to giving bottles of wine or liquor as gifts — obviously not the best choice for your sober pal. Here are a few ideas I’ve given (and gotten):   “I am not hiding vodka in this mug” coffee cup: This is one of my all-time favorite gifts to give people in recovery. Why do I think it’s so hilarious? Because I actually did hide vodka in mugs, water bottles, my stomach –…
  • Be Open to Being Vulnerable

    Suzanne Kane
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    “Vulnerability is the birthplace of connection and the path to the feeling of worthiness.” – Brené Brown, research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social work, creator of The Daring Way™ shame resilience programming (born 1965) Being vulnerable can be scary. It’s not the first thing that comes to mind when we think about being healthy, living in wellness, or being in a state of well-being. Vulnerability, however, is often mentioned when it comes to being open to love and, in fact, to being able to flourish and thrive in a romantic relationship. Actually,…
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  • What Should I Do If I Want to Get Clean?

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    1 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    You know you want to get clean from hydrocodone, but how exactly do you stop your abuse? Getting sober is a process that does not happen overnight. If you want to get clean from hydrocodone it will require a commitment to living a sober life and a treatment program that helps you learn how to live long-term without abusing hydrocodone. Understanding the steps you must take in order to get clean is a good starting point, but your recovery cannot begin until you make a choice to end your hydrocodone abuse. Making the Choice to Quit Hydrocodone If you have been wondering how to quit hydrocodone,…
  • How Does Rehab Break the Physical Addiction to Hydrocodone?

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    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Breaking the physical hold of hydrocodone addiction can be difficult, if not impossible to overcome without professional help. The hold of addiction may be alleviated temporarily if someone tries to recover alone, but, when faced with temptation, she may relapse to feel better. Seek professional help to address hydrocodone addiction, because rehab starts with treating the physical problems of drug abuse. How Hydrocodone Creates Physical Addiction Due to its addictive qualities and availability, hydrocodone is a highly abused substance. A physical dependency upon this drug yields the following…
  • How Do I Know If My Parent Is Addicted to Hydrocodone?

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    19 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Trying to determine if your parent is addicted to hydrocodone is a very complex question, but there are signs that point to a drug abuse problem. Knowing what to look for is a strong first step to helping your parents get help and begin the process of recovery. What If My Parent Has a Legitimate Hydrocodone Prescription? Particularly if the addiction began as a result of an injury or during recovery from a surgery, your parent may not hide the fact he is taking hydrocodone. However, not hiding it does not guarantee there is no addiction. Here are two signs your parent may be addicted to…
  • How Do I Know If I Need Immediate Treatment for Hydrocodone Abuse?

    admin
    14 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Hydrocodone use and abuse can quickly lead you down the path of addiction. As defined by the Mayo Clinic, drug addiction is a dependence on a legal or illegal drug that involves a loss of control over its use. This loss of control has serious consequences, both short-term and long-term. These many consequences are part of why it is so important for hydrocodone addicts to seek early treatment for addiction. Unfortunately, it often takes a serious situation for addicts to take the first step into recovery. There are several situations that indicate an urgent need for treatment. When severe…
  • How Can I Help my Addicted Friend

    admin
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    There are few things as frustrating or painful as seeing a friend or loved one suffering from an addiction to a drug such as hydrocodone. This terrible disorder seems to swallow people alive by changing their personality and causing them to continually do things that hurt themselves and everyone around them. You want to help, but you are afraid of damaging your relationship. On the other hand, you don’t want to fail as a friend by avoiding the issue or enabling it to deepen. You don’t know what to say or do. We can help. Understand Addiction One of the first things you should focus on is…
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    Valium Addiction Help

  • Why Patience Is Important in a Loved One’s Rehab

    admin
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Sometimes quick results and instant gratification are good things. When it comes to treatment for Valium addiction, however, it pays to be patient. Rehab is the start of a long-term process. Failing to grasp this fact can lead to frustration and disappointment. In contrast, seeing sobriety as a journey — not a destination — can help you stay supportive, positive and peaceful. Patience is one of the best ways you can support a loved one in treatment to overcome Valium addiction. Staying steadfast during relapse is also a very difficult gift to give. By the time a hurting loved one enters…
  • What Should I Do If I Want to Get Clean?

    admin
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Making the decision to get clean and overcome Valium addiction can bring about numerous questions and concerns. Many people struggling with Valium addiction may not know where to look for help or how to find adequate answers to their questions about treatment. The following is a step-by-step guide for what to do to receive treatment for Valium addiction: Get help from family – Getting immediate support from family and close friends in the decision to get clean can be one of the most beneficial starts to finding the right treatment. Family members can help with searching for different…
  • How to Come to Terms with Your Drug Use

    admin
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Coming to terms with drug abuse is a process that takes time and patience. While accepting your addiction, you must find good ways to adjust to recovery, because it will demand you change not only your activities, but also your mentality. However, the process of recovery is rewarding, because it leads to long-term sobriety. Seek help to face your Valium abuse, because you may end up saving your life. Valium Addiction and the Need to Recover Valium is a benzodiazepine that is used for its sedative and amnestic properties, particularly to treat anxiety. It acts directly in the central nervous…
  • 5 Ways to Use Mindfulness to Sustain Recovery

    admin
    14 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Mindfulness can be vital to sustaining recovery. Understanding your own strengths and weaknesses, as well as becoming more aware of the way your mind works to trigger conscious and unconscious cravings to use, will open the path to sobriety. Here are five distinct ways in which self-awareness can support recovery from addiction to drugs such as Valium. Learn to tell a different story. As an individual becomes aware of his mental processes, he is able to identify when self-destructive thoughts or stories get the best of him . Then he can choose to reject the negative thoughts and choose to…
  • 4 Way People Disguise Their Use of Valium

    admin
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Valium (diazepam) is a sedative that treats anxiety, panic attacks, seizures, muscle spasms, insomnia and stress disorders. In the 1970s, this drug was the country’s best-selling prescription drug, and benzodiazepines like this one remain popular with about15 million prescriptions filled each year. Despite its medical benefits, the drug works in the brain to produce euphoria, especially when taken with alcohol or in a higher dosage than prescribed. Valium is intended for short-term use, because addictions to it can develop quickly; in fact, ten percent of recreational users meet the…
 
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    Xanax Addiction Help

  • Do Certain Times of Year Increase the Number of Medications Prescribed?

    admin
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The frequency and intensity of many health conditions varies seasonally A wide variety of factors, including seasonal ones, influence the prescribing of medications like Xanax. Some health conditions have seasonal peaks and valleys. Unsurprisingly, medications to treat those conditions also vary in the prescribing patterns they follow. Health Conditions with Seasonal Variations Health conditions that may follow a seasonal pattern resulting in differences in medication prescribing include the following: Flu– Antibiotics are often prescribed to treat respiratory symptoms associated with the…
  • Breaking Unhealthy Habits

    admin
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Replacing bad habits with healthy new ones helps people defend against and recover from addiction and mental health issues Genetic heritage plays a major role in addiction and mental health issues, but environmental and behavioral factors can equally contribute to such disorders. In particular, unhealthy habits help foster an environment that can motivate substance abuse or initiate/accelerate a mental health problem. Bad habits can manifest in a variety of different ways, including the following: Physical acts like smoking, unhealthy eating, binge drinking and social withdrawal Mental habits…
  • The Warning Signs of Depression and Bipolar Disorder

    admin
    4 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Bipolar disorder causes intense feelings that may range from invincibility and excitement to sadness and worthlessness It may be normal to feel extremely energized or even tired and sad as long as the feelings last for a short time. For people who feel intense emotional highs and lows for long periods of time, some form of intervention is necessary. What is Depression and Bipolar Disorder? Strong emotions are part of normal human behavior, but sometimes the brain’s ability to regulate emotions is compromised in some way. Brain-imaging tools show the brains of people with bipolar disorder…
  • Psychological Effects of the Season on Your Recovery

    admin
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Research shows humans are significantly affected by weather and seasonal change Scientific research shows seasonal differences in the weather and sunlight can alter a person’s brain chemistry and depress moods. Knowing the best ways to manage seasonal changes can go a long way toward preventing mood changes and avoiding stress and temptation to go back to drugs like Xanax. Seasonal Trends and Recovery Research shows humans are significantly affected by weather and seasonal change. Behavior studies, for example, show changing light patterns affect mood and health according to a paper…
  • How Do I Know If My Loved One Has Really Changed After Rehab?

    admin
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    By learning to manage emotions in a healthy manner, friends and family members should be able to observe progress The National Institute on Drug Abuse classifies addiction to drugs like Xanax as a chronic brain disease. In a publication on addiction science, they note that relapse rates for addiction are similar to those for other common diseases such as asthma, diabetes and hypertension. As with other conditions relapse in addiction is not a sign of ultimate treatment failure, but an indication that treatment needs to be re-instated or modified. Because relapse is not uncommon, it is wise…
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  • Differentiating Depression from Sadness

    admin
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Struggling with depression can feel overwhelming Many people do not appreciate that there are several important distinctions between sadness and clinical depression. Understanding these differences is vital, as it allows individuals to determine whether or not they should seek professional treatment. Sadness Is Normal It is important on the front end to state that sadness is normal. Every person has experiences in which sadness is an appropriate response, even a sadness that lasts several days. Tumultuous events like the loss of a loved one, sudden unemployment, or divorce – among many…
  • Acetaminophen’s Role in Vicodin

    admin
    21 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Taken together, acetaminophen and hydrocodone is very effective in reducing moderate to severely moderate pain Vicodin is a combination medication containing hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Many wonder why a pain reliever like acetaminophen is in Vicodin, since hydrocodone already acts as pain reliever. Both elements in Vicodin affect the body in distinctly different ways, but work together to provide effective pain management. How Do Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Work in Vicodin? Acetaminophen is an analgesic, which is non-narcotic. It works by elevating the threshold for pain, meaning that…
  • Can You Be Mentally Addicted to a Substance Without Physical Dependence?

    admin
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Both psychological and physical dependence can lead to addiction while acting together or independently The different ways addictive substances affect the body mean there are different types of addictions. For example, some substances modify the normal way the body physically functions, but other drugs have more noticeable psychological effects that lead to mental addictions. Both conditions are dangerous, so learn about them both to begin overcoming addiction. Psychological Addiction and Physical Dependence When discussing addiction, the word “dependence” means someone requires a drug to…
  • Can Improving Interpersonal Communication Skills Help Recovery?

    admin
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:35 am
    Improving how we interact and communicate with others can provide long-lasting healing and addiction recovery Our personality and behaviors are built, developed and reinforced through interpersonal communication and interaction. As Philip J. Flores writes, “Personality is almost entirely a product of a person’s interaction with others,” we have a basic need to be closely related to others, we seek approval and avoid disapproval and we base our concept of self on this perceived approval and disapproval (Group Psychotherapy with Addicted Populations, 2013) Because so much of who we…
  • Why You Should Change Your Thinking on Addiction

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

    BV
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:25 pm
    You try, you fail-  the real failure is when you stop trying!  For information on addiction treatment programs and rehab services, feel free to call  800-570-4562
  • Does Your Rehab Program Tailor Treatment To Your Particular Needs?

    BV
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    Information provided is courtesy of http://www.drugabuse.gov/ Does the program tailor treatment to the needs of each patient? No single treatment is right for everyone. The best treatment addresses a person’s various needs, not just his or her drug abuse. Matching treatment settings, programs, and services to a person’s unique problems and level of need is key to his or her ultimate success in returning to a productive life. It is important for the treatment approach to be broad in scope, taking into account a person’s age, gender, ethnicity, and culture. The severity of…
  • “Fake Bar” Research Into Anti-Drinking Drug

    BV
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    A research experiment that is testing a new anti-drinking drug is using a unique approach: creating an ‘almost’ real-world environment though still controlling it very strictly, says one of the researchers. Essentially, scientists are testing how a hormone, “ghrelin” (which gives people an appetite for food and alcohol), can help reduce the desire to drink by blocking it or manipulating it. The way it works is, participants sit in a dimly-lit ‘fake’ bar to cause the person to crave alcohol; if the cravings are less and manageable, then the experimental drug…
  • The Burning Effect of Meth Use And Production

    BV
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    Methamphetamine, a highly addictive drug, attacks the nervous system and gets the user extremely high almost immediately after use. However, meth not only damages the brain but also the person’s body. In fact, the chemical properties of meth are so dangerous that it can literally kill the person who is attempting to make (or use) it. Products such as fertilizer and lithium strips can explode spontaneously when making meth, causing the individual to get severe burns to his/her face and limbs. In West Michigan especially, where meth production appears to be thriving, makers of meth sometimes…
  • Fentanyl-Laced Heroin Surging in Deaths

    BV
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    Nationwide, heroin is being laced with a very powerful narcotic drug called fentanyl, which resulted in the Drug Enforcement Administration to issue a nationwide alert in mid-March 2015. According to one DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart, “Drug incidents and overdoses related to fentanyl are occurring at an alarming rate…a significant threat to public health and safety.” Fentanyl is a narcotic drug that relieves extreme pain in users, such as those undergoing the last stages of disease like bone cancer, and can be up to 100 times more powerful than morphine. In fact, fentanyl is the…
 
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  • New Trends in Heroin-Related Deaths

    Mike Loverde
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    Not too long ago, the most common demographic for heroin use and overdoses were African-American males over the age of 45 in urban areas. Today, the story is much different. Now more than half of the heroin-related deaths are attributed to white males between the ages of 18 and 44 who are from suburban and rural areas. As heroin use has exploded again in our country, so have the number of deaths caused by the drug. The most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that there were more than 8,200 in 2013, which was nearly three times the amount from just…
  • Research Discovers Possible Source for Stress-Related Binge Drinking

    Mike Loverde
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    Binge drinking, loosely defined as several drinks in a short period of time, is one of the most dangerous ways to consume alcohol. People who binge drink are more likely to suffer from alcohol poisoning, put themselves in situations that are dangerous and engage in risky behavior. In an effort to further understand binge drinking and the potential causes of it, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA), commissioned a study to investigate potential sources for the need to binge drink. Researchers found evidence that indicated when a person feels stress their brain reacts…
  • Choosing the Best Treatment Center for Opiate Addiction

    Mike Loverde
    12 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Finding out that a loved one is struggling with a drug and/or alcohol problem can be one of the most devastating moments in a person’s life. Sometimes the addiction is known for years before the family steps in and intervenes and the person gets help. Being open to treatment is something that should not be taken for granted, oftentimes an addict will have a moment of clarity or they will be in the throes of painful withdrawal symptoms and agree to enter into a rehab facility. When families or loved ones take too long in locating a treatment center they can find that the addict is no longer…
  • Prescription Drug Abuse Cited in HIV Outbreak

    Mike Loverde
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:14 am
    The amount of HIV cases annually in this country has significantly lessened as more and more people understand the risk factors for contracting the virus. Drug users have always been at risk for acquiring the deadly disease, especially those who inject drugs and share needles. In order to combat the potential for addicts to get HIV, some areas around the world created needle exchange centers where addicts could turn in old needles and receive clean ones. While this form of harm reduction is frowned upon by some, it can help prevent the spread of disease and open the door for a chance at…
  • New Synthetic Drugs Raising Concerns, Causing Deaths

    Mike Loverde
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:58 pm
    The synthetic drug craze continues to move into more dangerous territory. Not only are these man-made drugs causing hallucinations, paranoia and intense anxieties in those that use these drugs, but they are also costing some people their lives. It is very difficult for police to monitor these drugs, as they are changing all the time and are legal to sell – at least for a while. The chemists responsible for manufacturing these drugs routinely change recipes and ingredients to stay a step ahead of the authorities, so that when their current products are outlawed, they simply replace them…
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  • Decision Point Center Incorporates Feeling State Addiction Protocol

    Decision Point Center
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    Addiction treatment at Decision Point Center is now being augmented by EMDR, and not just to address trauma! The Feeling State Addiction Protocol (FSAP) is being used to “delink” the pleasurable feeling state produced by using drugs and alcohol from the compulsive and self-destructive behavior of addiction. This expanded application of EMDR from trauma into other areas is a logical one given the increasing amount of brain research being done in the mental health and addiction fields and the proven efficacy of the FSAP protocol. One of the first therapy modalities to posit a link between…
  • School Suspensions Found to Increase Marijuana Use

    Decision Point Center
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:58 am
    In an effort to address the growing problem of drug use amongst teenagers, many schools have adopted a no-tolerance policy. If a person is caught with drugs or are found to be under the influence, they are immediately suspended from school. This hardline approach was considered an effective way of dealing with a problem that has infiltrated most neighborhoods throughout the country. However, new research suggests that these types of policies may not be as effective or helpful as many parents and administrators once thought. A study that was recently published in the American Journal of Public…
  • Heroin Increasing in Potency Due to Fentanyl Additive

    Decision Point Center
    21 Mar 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Heroin is a powerfully addictive opiate that slows down bodily function and organs while acting as a painkiller and producing its high. The drug has been ruining lives for centuries through the acts committed by people addicted to it as well as those lost to overdose. One of the many problems with heroin and other street drugs is that users don’t really know how pure the drugs are or what they’re mixed with. A disturbing and deadly trend that has shown up repeatedly in different parts of the country over the past few years has been the presence of fentanyl with heroin. Fentanyl is…
  • Study Says Cocaine Supply Decreasing

    Decision Point Center
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Cocaine was one of the most popular drugs for several decades in the United States. Only fairly recently has the amount of cocaine started to fall in numbers. Part of the reason for this is the trends in the direction of methamphetamines as well as opiates, but a recent study shows that availability of the drug has also declined. The decrease in supply has been traced back to a precursor chemical being more strictly regulated by the Federal government. It was discovered that soon after the restriction was made on sodium permanganate , an important chemical in the synthesis of cocaine, the…
  • A Nod to the Big Book

    Decision Point Center
    11 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    One of our staff members came across this article from National Geographic from a couple of years ago. As you can see from the number of comments (644) , it generated a lot of interest and debate. We feel it helps to give an appropriate acknowledgement to the results possible with the 12 steps. What it essentially claims is that when people earnestly follow the 12 steps and help each other out, they are able to produce miraculous results. Meanwhile, researchers continue to look for other forms of treatments and pharmaceutical interventions, yet have they found anything that works demonstrably…
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    Sober Nation

  • Help Support The "Hello My Name Is Project"

    Tim Stoddart
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    The post Help Support The "Hello My Name Is Project" appeared first on Sober Nation. My name is Douglas Lail,  I’m an Asheville, NC visual artist and I have been in recovery since January 2013. For the past several months I have been working on a project that I would like to share with you. It offers a look at the faces of people that face their greatest fears and reunite with the world. I call it The Hello My Name Is… Project. It is a collection of portrait and personal recovery stories from addiction. There are 23.5 million Americans addicted to alcohol and drugs. That is 1 and in…
  • Jon Hamm of 'Mad Men' Completes A Stay In Rehab For Alcohol Abuse

    Tim Stoddart
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    The post Jon Hamm of 'Mad Men' Completes A Stay In Rehab For Alcohol Abuse appeared first on Sober Nation. Actor Jon Hamm, who is best known as the heavy boozing ad executive Don Draper in the AMC series Mad Men, has recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction according to several news reports. According to a statement released by his publicist Annett Wolf and published in today's edition of USA Today:  "With the support of his longtime partner Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for his struggle with alcohol addiction...They have asked for privacy and…
  • 5 Tips To Staying Sober In The Workplace

    Tim Powers
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    The post 5 Tips To Staying Sober In The Workplace appeared first on Sober Nation. Everybody has to work. Work is challenging for most people. For those new in recovery, it can be especially challenging to maintain sobriety in the work place. Part of the challenge is that at work relationships are formed. It is almost inevitable that at some point one of your colleagues will ask you to go out for a drink. What do you do? You know you can't drink, but you don't want to offend anyone. Should you tell your job that you're sober? Do you keep it a secret? Will your colleagues think I don't like…
  • How Do You Know If You Need To Hire An Interventionist?

    Tim Powers
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:04 am
    The post How Do You Know If You Need To Hire An Interventionist? appeared first on Sober Nation. If you are reading this article, you may have a family member or loved one that is struggling with substance abuse and you are at your wit’s end. The person that you love isn’t there anymore and they are a hollow-eyed shadow of the son or daughter that you raised or a lifelong friend that you considered to be part of the family. You probably have tried numerous times to reach out with concern and love in your heart, only to have your offers for help fall on deaf ears. You have pleaded,…
  • Chrissy's Story - How 10 Days In The Hospital Changed Her Life

    Tim Stoddart
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    The post Chrissy's Story - How 10 Days In The Hospital Changed Her Life appeared first on Sober Nation. I used to wake up in the middle of the night dry heaving after hours of endless vodka shots and no food. I had convinced myself that the calories in each vodka shot were acceptable only if I had taken enough Adderall to suppress my appetite and enable me to fast all day. At first, I would sit at the rim of the toilet crying, promising myself that I would never drink again if I could just feel better. In the end of my addiction, I would be in the same spot on the bathroom floor, only then I…
 
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  • Updates on a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in Pennsylvania

    iretablog
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:59 pm
    Tracking progress on our home state’s efforts to modernize our PDMP Photo: Wikimedia Commons On October 27, 2014, 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…
  • Separate Medication from Level of Care

    Jess Williams
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Credit: ed_needs_a_bicycle We would help a lot more people with opioid use disorders and quell a lot of criticism if we stopped using this inaccurate paradigm in addiction treatment Earlier this year, we read Anne Fletcher’s 2015 Wish List for Substance Use Disorder Treatment and agreed on all counts. We also agreed that, as she says, “each one of these wishes is a tall order.” Of the six wishes, we appreciated the hat tip as brief intervention experts under #4 (“Address the needs of the far greater number of people with substance use problems that are not…
  • Ch-ch-changes

    Jess Williams
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    From left: Holly Hagle, Pete Luongo, Dawn Lindsay, Kris Pond, Jess Williams, Danielle Leith, Piper Lincoln, Sarah King, Melva Hogan, and Jim Aiello IRETA is saying farewell to our “employee #1,” Kristine Pond, who retires this week. When IRETA began as an offshoot of St. Francis Medical Center in 1999, Kris was our first official employee. And as IRETA’s projects and staff–not to mention the healthcare landscape all around us–have changed over the years, Kris has been a key constant. Although she started as a temp, “week after week, they kept asking me…
  • Standardized patients are powerful simulation technology

    Jess Williams
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:37 am
    Learning SBIRT with standardized patients helps students “practice saying the words themselves” The use of standardized patients always makes a big impression on the medical students we train about substance use. After completing the three-week Scaife Advanced Medical Student Fellowship on addiction and its treatment, one of our medical students described some initial stress when faced with a standardized patient. “There was no time to be shy. On the second day, we were given a pair of standardized patients and asked to motivationally interview them…At first, this seemed to be…
  • A person experiencing an opioid overdose needs oxygen and/or naloxone to survive

    Jess Williams
    13 Feb 2015 | 3:23 am
    Credit: Hey Paul Studios New ways to incorporate overdose prevention, response, and experience into substance use disorder treatment A person experiencing an overdose doesn’t need the Big Book, motivational incentives, or cognitive behavioral therapy. She certainly doesn’t need methadone or a urine drug screen. That person needs oxygen and/or naloxone. Although addiction treatment providers are in the commendable business of offering life-saving psychosocial and pharmacological therapies to people with substance use disorders, can they include overdose prevention training and…
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  • Making a Change to Overcome Drug Addiction

    admin
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Making a Change to Overcome Drug Addiction For some individuals battling with addiction, the greatest and hardest venture to recuperation is the first: choosing to start their journey toward healing. It’s typical to struggle with the drug you’re addicted to, even when you understand that it’s bringing on issues throughout your life. Change is never simple and focusing on temperance includes changing numerous things, including the way you deal with stress, who is allowed to be in your life, what you think about yourself, and what you do in your spare time. You may think about whether…
  • Veterans and Prescription Drug Abuse

    admin
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Veterans and Prescription Drug Abuse There are now many troops and veterans who battle with dependence on prescription drugs, and the problem is only getting worse as more troops are coming back from the horrors of war. They have been dealing with a number of things during their time overseas, so it only makes sense that these addictions are becoming worse over time, which means we should be keeping an eye on it. Throughout wartime, specialists and doctors need to treat troops for pain, and frequently utilize prescription sedatives to tackle that issue. Americans in the military are…
  • What is The Difference Between Substance Abuse and Addiction?

    admin
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    What is The Difference Between Substance Abuse and Addiction? The distinction between substance abuse and addiction is extremely slight. Substance abuse means utilizing an illicit substance or utilizing a legitimate substance in the wrong way. Addiction starts as abuse, or utilizing a substance like pot or cocaine, and then it can turn into something more which makes you enslaved to the drug until you are able to break free of the dependency on it. You can abuse a drug (or liquor) without having a dependence on it. For instance, if someone smoked pot a couple times doesn’t imply that…
  • Many Paths To Defeating Addiction

    admin
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Many people assume that the only way to get through an addiction is to go to meetings for the rest of your life. The issue is, that doesn’t work for everyone, and some people need more extensive help in order to be able to overcome their addiction in a healthy way. Not every method works for everyone, so it’s important to explore the options that are available and see how they can help you get through the addiction problems effectively. Some people, as you may expect, oppose the traditional approaches to defeating addiction. Rather, they will turn to a gathering of clinicians who spend…
  • The Blame Game Doesn’t Fix Addiction

    admin
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:47 pm
    The Blame Game Doesn’t Fix Addiction Many people assume that, because using drugs is a conscious choice, that it is the person’s fault that they are trapped in the addiction. Yes, even though they have played a role in the whole thing, that doesn’t mean that blaming them for the problem, is going to make it any better. Instead, we have to find ways to be supportive and help them through the issues that are going to come up as a result of their recovery and addiction. Addiction is a disease, plain and simple, and it’s not about the morality of the person who started […]
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    Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles

  • Taking Prescription Opioid Painkillers as a Recovering Opiate User: Is It Safe?

    C Waismann
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Among scientists who study addiction, there is a lot of debate about the merits of total abstinence from substances of abuse.  The credo of self-help groups such as Narcotics Anonymous states that a person in recovery can never again take opiates without risking relapse, even if prescription opioid painkillers are prescribed by a doctor.  OtherRead More > The post Taking Prescription Opioid Painkillers as a Recovering Opiate User: Is It Safe? appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • How Long Does Heroin Stay In Your System?

    C Waismann
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    “How long does heroin stay in your system?” is a common question among recreational drug users hoping to pass a drug test for a job. It is also a common question for prospective employers, and for people worried about the health and welfare of loved ones who use heroin. The short answer to the questionRead More > The post How Long Does Heroin Stay In Your System? appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • Dual Diagnosis and Opiate Addiction: Unraveling the Links Between Drug Abuse and Mental Health

    C Waismann
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    In the United States, an estimated 23.5 million people struggle to control their use of drugs or alcohol.  Individuals dealing with opiate dependence represent a significant proportion of the total drug abusing population.  Among people who need treatment for opiate dependence, approximately 37% also have another mental health problem, reports the Substance Abuse and MentalRead More > The post Dual Diagnosis and Opiate Addiction: Unraveling the Links Between Drug Abuse and Mental Health appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los…
  • Opiate Abuse Treatment for Older Adults

    C Waismann
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Opiate dependence is a growing problem in the United States, and unfortunately, older adults are on the front lines.  Because older Americans are more likely to live alone or be socially isolated, they often struggle to reach out for help with opiate addiction.  Additionally, it is important for older people dealing with opiate dependence toRead More > The post Opiate Abuse Treatment for Older Adults appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • Chronic Back Pain Patients Face More Harm Than Good From Opiates

    C Waismann
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Opiates have become an increasingly common treatment for back pain as well as for other chronic pain conditions. However, the potentially harmful effects of these drugs, primarily the risks of addiction and overdose, make them a risky treatment option for many patients. Even the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has publicly stated that opiates doRead More > The post Chronic Back Pain Patients Face More Harm Than Good From Opiates appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
 
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  • Naloxone is not enough

    Jason Schwartz
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    From USA Today: Fulcher [an emergency room physician at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital in Louisville, Ky.]says he generally supports giving greater access to naloxone, which at one point his ER administered so often doctors felt like they were running a drive-through OD clinic. But he says new laws “totally ignore” the overall problem of addiction and may communicate an underlying acceptance of intravenous heroin use. “Politicians will feel like they’ve dealt with the problem,” Fulcher says. There’s a comment on Join Together that suggests this is a…
  • Why so irrational about AA?

    Jason Schwartz
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:58 pm
    AA isn’t the only way to recover, but no reasonable person can say it’s ineffective. Gabrielle Glaser has gotten another AA bashing article published and it’s getting a lot of attention. Of course she doesn’t really offer a tangible alternative. I’m not going to write another piece rebutting it, but I’ll point you to a few relevant posts. First, in New York magazine, Jesse Singal dismantles Glaser’s arguments. As with any story about a complicated social-science issue, there are aspects of Glaser’s argument with which one could easily quibble. For…
  • Residential Treatment Matters

    Jason Schwartz
    13 Mar 2015 | 3:54 am
    David Sack, in Psychology Today reviews a recently publish 11 year study of heroin users finding that residential treatment may “set the best course”: A sweeping 11-year study out of Australia adds fresh understanding to our knowledge of heroin dependence and, in the process, challenges a widely held misconception—that residential rehab doesn’t really do much to help the heroin addict. Instead, the research shows residential rehabilitation may well set the best course to long-term improvement. The research team, representing Australia’s National Drug and Alcohol Research…
  • Sentences to ponder

    Jason Schwartz
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
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  • Their every truth . . .

    Jason Schwartz
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:55 pm
    …most men have bound their eyes with one or another handkerchief, and attached themselves to some one of these communities of opinion. This conformity makes them not false in a few particulars, authors of a few lies, but false in all particulars. Their every truth is not quite true. Their two is not the real two, their four not the real four: so that every word they say chagrins us and we know not where to begin to set them right. ~ Emerson Now the Huffington Post frames people with a preference for abstinence-based recovery as anti-science and backward. Ugh! How bad is this article? Let…
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  • Money Management Tips for Recovering Addicts

    Michelle Amerman
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    Managing Money and Addiction Recovery In recovery, you heard a lot about emotions, spirituality, and self-awareness. One thing you probably didn’t hear enough about was money management even though it might be one of the most important keys to a successful recovery. Why? Many addicts use up their entire life savings to fund their addiction. As soon as they receive cash, they spend it on drugs until they find their way into homelessness, poverty, and debt. Even those who don’t find themselves in financial ruin begin to associate spending money with the rush of getting high. This…
  • Loving the Skin You’re In: Steps to Promote a Positive Body Image

    Michelle Amerman
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    Social media is buzzing over the graceful way that singer Kelly Clarkson handled a woman who engaged in some very unkind, and very public, “fat shaming”, ridiculing Clarkson’s physical size and appearance. Seemingly unaware of the whole incident, when it was explained to Clarkson, she laughed it off and maintained that the critical woman could only say such mean-spirited things because she did not know Clarkson. “I’m awesome! It doesn’t bother me.” Clarkson also went on to say that since having a family, she no longer seeks external acceptance: “It’s more if…
  • Why Addiction Recovery Didn’t Work Out… Again

    Michelle Amerman
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:17 pm
    How Frustrated Are You With Addiction Recovery? Whether you’ve attempted rehab in the past and were unsuccessful or you are considering rehab for the first time, it’s important to understand the challenges that many people just like you face throughout the process. After all, while some people are able to “get clean” after just one attempt at rehab, many people find that it takes several attempts to kick their habits for good. By understanding the biggest obstacles you’re likely to face in rehab, you’ll be able to better prepare yourself and ultimately…
  • Forgiveness and Addiction Recovery

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

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

    K. Lanktree
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:29 pm
    I vividly remember the day I first stepped foot into my local Needle/Syringe Exchange Program. I was utterly terrified of what might happen once I walked through that door. It would be the very first time I had ever admitted out loud to anyone other than my fellow addict husband and our dealer, that I was in fact, an intravenous drug user with an out of control habit.My mind immediately raced to the most extreme and ugly scenarios I could possibly think of. At the time, I knew next to nothing about this type of service, aside from the bare minimum and the usual stereotypes. Would they look…
  • Artist in Recovery

    Jackie B.
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:48 pm
    “It’s a nice talent you got, to make music, to move people. Make ‘em wanna laugh, make ‘em wanna cry. Make ‘em tap their feet. Make ‘em want to dance. That’s an exceptional talent, Joey. Don’t waste it.” – “Passage for a Trumpet”, The Twilight Zone (1960) by Rod SerlingMy name is Jackie and I’m an alcoholic and addict.My name is Jackie and I’m also an artist.Surprisingly, for me, it was easier to accept the first statement. It took a couple of years in sobriety to stop making excuses and accept what it meant to be a creating artist. I felt undeserving and feared…
  • The Art of Saying No

    Laura McAlpine
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:44 pm
    When I began writing my blog entitled “Enabling Love” I was angry and distraught with most everything in my life, but I just didn’t know it. My way of functioning through the day was totally dependent upon my son, the addict, and I was unaware just how far from healthy we were.But I’m His Mother!At that time Cliff had recently been sent to state Prison for a crime he committed under the influence of heroin or under the influence of crazy because he couldn’t get heroin. My addicted son’s cycle of life looked like this:1) Using2) Nodding while sitting, standing, eating or anything…
  • 5 Reasons Why Recovery is More Difficult For Women

    Amanda Lauren
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:18 pm
    It’s not easy being a woman, especially if you struggle with substance abuse. Women are more sensitive to chemicals than men are, including natural ones like our hormones and synthetic ones like heroin. But, that doesn’t mean women can’t recover from drug or alcohol addiction. It just means women need to acknowledge our additional challenges as a gender and work our recovery around those issues.Not only is recovery different for both genders, but data has also suggested men and women start using drugs for different reasons. According to Straussner and Brown in their book, The Handbook…
  • Addiction – a Family Disease

    Summer James
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:37 pm
    I am the mom of a heroin addict. Even now, after so many years, those words startle me to my core. In the beginning, I knew something was wrong but never, not even in my worst nightmares, would I have imagined my son using drugs. When his confession finally came, he was deep in withdrawal – sick, scared and pleading for forgiveness. My beautiful son, this precious child who I had loved and nurtured for 20 years, wept in my arms. I can still feel those arms around him, rocking him gently as I sat on the side of his bed, his fevered cheek against my arm, his tousled hair under my chin.
 
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  • Getting a New Job Fresh out of Drug Rehab

    Nick Bruce Hayes
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:06 am
    Coffee is for Closers – Getting Back into the Workforce Before the addiction you might have had a pretty good job or you were perhaps just going from paycheck to paycheck. Whatever the situation was, you knew you would have to finish treatment and be forced to start a new job fresh out of drug rehab, transition back into the workforce, stay clean and make good impressions. This can be an easy task for some people, but it can be a difficult task for others.  Some people are lucky and will have a job waiting for them when they are ready to go back to work, whereas others will have to…
  • Sober.ly Exposed : Protecting the Vulnerable

    Ryan K
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    How to Slip Back into the Dating Scene, be Careful and Stay Clean and Sober Sober.ly Exposed: Protecting the Vulnerable may sound like we are about to dish out a heaping pile of harsh criticism on the new Apple App, they are billing as; Tinder for the Sober, but really, we think it’s a fantastic concept with great appeal, however those that are new in recovery are vulnerable, and it’s our goal to protect the vulnerable. One of the biggest mistakes in early recovery is to slip back into the dating scene too early. When you are vulnerable and in the process of healing, added stress and…
  • Forgetting the Story – How an Energy Healer Faces Addiction

    Keith
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:19 am
    How to improve your life physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, easily, by clearing your emotions. When I was young my grandparents had a picture on their wall that had a poem of how fishermen got up early, fished all day and then made up stories of their day…probably about; ‘the big one that got away’ if they came home empty handed. In my twenties I built myself Triumph and Indian motorcycles and hung out with bikers, soon realizing they too like to tell big stories. However in my 30’s when I was looking for help to recover from my addictions, I found out that all of us…
  • Running into Old Drug Buddies

    Nick Bruce Hayes
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:20 pm
    Tips on How to Avoid the Slip When you look back on your addiction, I’m sure you can spot precisely when the trend of slipping away from your positive social circle of sober friends or family and connecting up with a negative circle of influence, typically other drug users, began. It’s the natural progression of addiction. So much of your time is spent getting or pursuing the high and your positive circle of influence is not. So, naturally you attract people who align with your new purists. These actions do not make you a bad person but simply just a person trying to survive as an addict…
  • I Was a Dope Dealing, Paper Making, Life Destroyer. Now, What?

    Nick Bruce Hayes
    21 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    A Little Mentoring & Guidance Can Go A Long Way. Being addicted to drugs, you cross the path of some very interesting and unsavory people, and most likely, one of those people was your drug dealer. What you see of your drug dealer is usually very one dimensional. Once we enter into recovery, it’s very hard to see past their negative behaviours. When I asked Jim R, a reformed dope dealer about his drug dealing identity, he proclaimed: “I was a dope dealing, paper making, life destroyer! Now, What?” Under the surface however, they are just as damaged as you are, and in most…
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