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  • Families of addicts: Seeing addiction from the other side

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    23 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Addiction: It’s not just about the addict The word addiction usually triggers thoughts that involve an addict and their struggles with substance abuse.  Primary concerns with addiction usually lie with the addict.  There is a whole other side to addiction that is usually left unspoken and often dismissed.  The families of addicts have their own stories to tell. My husband’s abuse of prescription pills, alcohol, and cocaine had become so bad that I did not want our daughter to see him so we were staying with friends.  On one occasion I walked in while he was out.  There was a…
  • Children Who Experience Family Members’ Trauma at Twice the Risk for Substance Abuse as Adults

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    Richard Taite
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    We know the effects of childhood traumas like abuse and neglect on later substance abuse. But what impact does second hand trauma have? A study published in the August issue of the journal Addiction shows that when a child under age 15 is exposed to a family member’s trauma (e.g. a parent or sibling being the victim of violent assault or a parent’s cancer diagnosis), that child has approximately twice the risk of struggling with drug and alcohol problems 6 years later. The data comes from 1.4 million children born in Sweden between 1984 and 1995. Researchers used codes from the Swedish…
  • New study finds more than double hospital admissions for alcohol-related events around birthdays

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    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    New research has found that birthday-related drinking is associated with upsurges in hospital admissions among young people.
  • NIH system to monitor emerging drug trends

    Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs News From Medical News Today
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    An innovative National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) is being developed to monitor emerging trends that will help health experts respond quickly to potential outbreaks of illicit drugs such as...
  • How I learned self-forgiveness

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    23 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    When I was sixteen, I was raped by a boyfriend. It was prom. We’d both had too much to drink. Things got out of control. He and I had only kissed a little before then. I never imagined I’d get pregnant. But I did. My parents convinced me to have an abortion. And then we never spoke of it again. I did well in college and in graduate school. I became a lawyer and got hired at a good firm. Yet, I never could get my social life on track. I didn’t have many boyfriends and when I did, I needed to be dead drunk to be intimate with them. Eventually, my drinking became daily and hangovers began…
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  • An Open Letter To My Son About Underage Drinking

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Play dates at friends houses have been replaced by going out for sushi, a movie, or walking around town with his buddies. Instead of chatting with his friends’ parents over coffee at kitchen tables, we wave to them out of car windows. Whenever my family or friends ask about Tom and marvel at the fact that he is now a teenager, the subject of alcohol and drugs always seems to come up.
  • The Good, the Bad and the Deep-Fried Side of Your Sushi Habit

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    For Americans, it’s a fairly new restaurant trend – and unfortunately, we Westerners have already started to change the basic sushi roll structure. Feeling adventurous?
  • Rosemary and Oregano Might Help Fight Diabetes

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    Good news if you love Italian food: a new study says that the herbs rosemary and oregano both might be able to help fight diabetes. Professor Elvira Gonzalez de Mejia, PhD, of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition found herself facing an ongoing, problem with some of her diabetic research subjects. De Mejia and her team started looking at  less expensive ways to help diabetics keep their disease in check. After learning that some herbs can help reduce the levels of glucose – the main element that is measured and controlled by diabetics –  in…
  • 'Unacceptably Low' Numbers of Adolescents Getting HPV Vaccine, CDC Reports

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    The number of adolescents who have received the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine — administered as a way of preventing various forms of cancer in both girls and boys — remains “unacceptably low,” according to an announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday. Only one-third of girls aged 13 to 17 whose parents were surveyed as part of the 2013 National Immunization Survey-Teen had received the recommended series of three doses of the HPV vaccine (beginning at age 11 or 12). “It’s frustrating to report almost the same HPV vaccination coverage levels…
  • Cancer Lessons I Learned From a Fictional Teenage Boy

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    By Emily Helck Photo by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation In the days leading up to my reconstructive surgery, I was scouring breast cancer forums, looking at dozens of reconstruction photos and generally fretting while applying creams and packs to the flat side of my chest. He had lymphoma, I had breast cancer. For the uninitiated: Hazel and Augustus are teens who meet in a cancer support group. Augustus is in remission for osteosarcoma, while Hazel is in treatment for stage four thyroid cancer.
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  • Greater odds of adverse childhood experiences in those with military service

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Men and women who have served in the military have a higher prevalence of adverse childhood events (ACEs), suggesting that enlistment may be a way to escape adversity for some. ACEs can result in severe adult health consequences such as posttraumatic stress disorder, substance use and attempted suicide.
  • Dopamine transporter: Stampede supercomputer used to study common link between addiction, neurological disease

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    The XSEDE-allocated Stampede supercomputer has been used to study the dopamine transporter. Stampede is ranked seventh on the Top 500 list of supercomputers. Its research links altered dopamine signaling and dopamine transporter function to neurological and psychiatric diseases including early-onset Parkinsonism, ADHD, and cocaine addiction.
  • Extra exercise helps depressed smokers kick the habit faster

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    People diagnosed with depression need to step out for a cigarette twice as often as smokers who are not dealing with a mood disorder. And those who have the hardest time shaking off the habit may have more mental health issues than they are actually aware of, research suggests. While nearly one in five North American adults are regular smokers, a figure that continues to steadily decline, about 40 per cent of depressed people are in need of a regular drag.
  • Alcohol-programming outreach is especially important for female Black, Latina drinkers

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Ethnic minorities and non-English speakers have more difficulty accessing needed health care services, researchers report. New findings show that female Black and Latina drinkers in particular are at a disadvantage, and that alcohol-programming outreach is especially important for these populations.
  • Adding alcohol to energy drinks leads to an increased urge to drink

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Public-health concerns continue to grow concerning the combining of alcohol with energy drinks (A+ED). New findings indicate that combining A+ED increased the urge to drink alcohol relative to drinking alcohol alone. Study participants who drank A+ED also had significantly higher ratings on liking the cocktail, and wanting to drink more of it, than the alcohol-only condition.
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  • New brain imaging dataset now available to enhance reliability and reproducibility

    3 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    A new NIDA-supported dataset will now allow researchers to compare their MRI-based scans against more than 10,000 brain images, thereby enhancing reliability and reproducibility. The Consortium for Reproducibility and Reliability (CoRR) dataset is managed by the Child Mind Institute (CMI).  CoRR...
  • Social media can influence teens with pro-drug messages

    1 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    A new NIDA-funded study analyzed the content and demographic reach of a popular pro-marijuana Twitter handle in 2013 and found that only ten percent of the messages mentioned any risky behaviors associated with marijuana use. Given that over 70 percent of followers were 19 years of age or...
  • Study compares effectiveness of oral drug tests for recent marijuana use

    16 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    A variety of oral drug testing devices are available to determine recent marijuana use. For the first time, a new NIDA study compares the ability of these devices to accurately detect specific cannabinoids – the chemical compounds found in marijuana. The researchers looked at diagnostic sensitivity...
  • CPDD conference features NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow as well as Media Forum

    10 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), will deliver a keynote address on the state of addiction research at the annual meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) in San Juan, Puerto Rico on June 15. The conference features 800 presentations by...
  • NIDA review summarizes research on marijuana’s negative health effects

    4 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    The current state of science on the adverse health effects of marijuana use links the drug to several significant adverse effects including addiction, a review reports.  The article, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, is authored by scientists from the National Institute on...
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  • What Do Heroin Addicts Look Like?

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

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

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    The evolution of American drug use has two faces: On one side is the groundswell for the approval of medical marijuana and even recreational marijuana. On the other side, the arrival of heroin abuse and opiate overdoses in the suburbs has increased the demand for lifesaving methods to combat overdoses. The U.S. Food & Drug […] The post Saving Lives from Opiate Overdose appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • March Madness for Drugs vs. Alcohol

    21 Mar 2014 | 6:10 am
    You can find every possible permutation of a March Madness playoff bracket this week, including one on Jezebel called Drugs vs. Alcohol. Yes, 64 teams, drugs vs. alcohol, broken down into illegal and legal drugs and hard alcohol and soft stuff. With appropriate seedings—what’s the likelihood No. 16 Smirnoff Ice can upset No. 1 champagne? […] The post March Madness for Drugs vs. Alcohol appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • Keeping Teens off the Marijuana Bandwagon

    7 Mar 2014 | 8:41 am
    The conversation about marijuana is not dying out. Medical, recreational, legal or illegal, it is part of the buzz in state legislatures and professional sports. Despite the cries of ‘it’s harmless,’ the medical studies continue to show that the earlier you start smoking marijuana, the worse it is for your brain development. Another new study […] The post Keeping Teens off the Marijuana Bandwagon appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
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  • How I learned self-forgiveness

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    When I was sixteen, I was raped by a boyfriend. It was prom. We’d both had too much to drink. Things got out of control. He and I had only kissed a little before then. I never imagined I’d get pregnant. But I did. My parents convinced me to have an abortion. And then we never spoke of it again. I did well in college and in graduate school. I became a lawyer and got hired at a good firm. Yet, I never could get my social life on track. I didn’t have many boyfriends and when I did, I needed to be dead drunk to be intimate with them. Eventually, my drinking became daily and hangovers began…
  • Children Who Experience Family Members’ Trauma at Twice the Risk for Substance Abuse as Adults

    Richard Taite
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    We know the effects of childhood traumas like abuse and neglect on later substance abuse. But what impact does second hand trauma have? A study published in the August issue of the journal Addiction shows that when a child under age 15 is exposed to a family member’s trauma (e.g. a parent or sibling being the victim of violent assault or a parent’s cancer diagnosis), that child has approximately twice the risk of struggling with drug and alcohol problems 6 years later. The data comes from 1.4 million children born in Sweden between 1984 and 1995. Researchers used codes from the Swedish…
  • When I decided that my life was more important than my pride

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    I’m the kind of guy that makes you cringe when you walk past me on the street, at least I was. Though I came from a wealthy family and had the best of everything growing up, I pissed it all away. My father gave me everything I asked for, only it was never enough for me. I wanted more. I was given a high-end sports car for my 16th birthday. I immediately crashed it and unremorsefully demanded not only a new car, but an upgrade on what I had been gifted. Though I could only be described accurately by the term “asshole,” a sense of entitlement wasn’t my only problem. I used drugs…
  • Opioid Drug Deaths Cost Half a Million Years of Life in the U.S. Each Year

    Richard Taite
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    In 1991, the band Nirvana released the classic album Nevermind and Kurt Cobain was the face of the grunge scene that spread from Seattle across the United States. If you’re old enough, remember back: it was a gritty time that seemed defined by self-destructive heroin use. A new study on early view at the journal Addiction shows that, at least in terms of opioid-related deaths, 1991 was nothing compared to today. Between 1991 and 2010, opioid-related deaths increased 242 percent. Today, deaths related to opioid use account for one out of every eight deaths of people 25-34 years old.  …
  • Does Food Addiction Really Exist?

    Richard Taite
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:28 pm
    When people use heroin, their brains become physiologically dependent on the drug and the behavioral patterns of use become written alongside this need. That’s addiction: both behaviorally and biologically, heroin addicts need the drug. When they don’t get it, they crave it, even though they may no longer like it and know the drug is bad for them. If the drug is withheld long enough, the addict experiences symptoms of withdrawal. Now, an important review of food addiction in the Journal of Nutrition points out many parallels between heroin and food. First, drugs and food make us feel good…
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  • The social stigma of addiction

    Suzi Martel
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Social stigmas are society’s way of placing judgment on a person or situation. Often times social stigmas are beliefs from long ago that, even though they have been proven wrong, continue to exist. Today, the social stigma of addiction to drugs and alcohol still exists in the face of scientific evidence that addiction is a brain disease.  People believe that addiction is voluntary, a moral or ethical weakness of will. More here on the social stigma of substance abuse disorders here, with a section at the end for your comments or questions. Addiction’s Social Stigma stig*ma – A mark of…
  • Families of addicts: Seeing addiction from the other side

    Addiction Blog
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Addiction: It’s not just about the addict The word addiction usually triggers thoughts that involve an addict and their struggles with substance abuse.  Primary concerns with addiction usually lie with the addict.  There is a whole other side to addiction that is usually left unspoken and often dismissed.  The families of addicts have their own stories to tell. My husband’s abuse of prescription pills, alcohol, and cocaine had become so bad that I did not want our daughter to see him so we were staying with friends.  On one occasion I walked in while he was out.  There was a…
  • How long does marijuana last?

    Addiction Blog
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:07 am
    The duration of a marijuana high usually depends on mode of administration. Additionally, the effects of marijuana vary by individual. We review marijuana high effects on the body and brain here. Then, we invite your questions about marijuana at the end. Marijuana effects on the body and brain Marijuana effects are highly dependent on several factors related to the administration of marijuana and marijuana’s quality in general. For example, if marijuana is ingested orally, the effects will be milder but will last longer than several hours.  Bear in mind that a first time marijuana user…
  • What is meth used for?

    Addiction Blog
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The first meth stimulant was developed in 1919 by a Japanese pharmacologist. It produced feelings of well-being and alertness and alleviated fatigue. But does meth have any therapeutic medical uses? How does meth use affect the body?  We review here, and invite your questions about meth or how you can help a meth addict at the end. Meth uses Today, meth is rarely used in medicine. While methamphetamine salts can be prescribed by a doctor to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other conditions (sleeping disorders, for example), meth has been classified as a Schedule II…
  • Crystal meth detox symptoms

    Addiction Blog
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:49 am
    Crystal meth is a strong stimulant drug with nearly instant psychological impact which can occur right after the first dose. Paranoia, delirium and extreme violence are all signs of drug abuse, and the point at which detox and treating crystal meth addiction is critical. But crystal meth withdrawal can be uncomfortable and severe. Acute episodes may last for hours, days or weeks and can highly affect perception. It’s hard for anyone to predict what the withdrawal period will be like. Even though some addicts try a cold turkey crystal meth detox, doctors suggest that you DETOX FROM METH…
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  • Hazardous birthday drinking among young people: population-based impacts on emergency department and in-patient hospital admissions

    Russell C. Callaghan, Marcos Sanches, Jodi M. Gatley, Lon-Mu Liu, James K. Cunningham
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Abstract Background and AimsThere is growing concern about the possible adverse health impacts of binge drinking during birthday celebrations among adolescents and young adults. We estimate the impacts of birthday alcohol use on adolescent and young adult in-patient/emergency department (ED) hospital admissions. DesignWe employed Autoregressive Integrated Moving Average (ARIMA) intervention analysis to assess whether the rate of ICD-10 alcohol-use-disorder (AUD) events per 1000 in-patient/ED admissions increased significantly during birthday weeks. SettingAll in-patient/ED admissions in…
  • Role of smoking in regional variation in mortality in Poland

    Magdalena M. Muszyńska, Agnieszka Fihel, Fanny Janssen
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Abstract AimsWe assess the effect of smoking on regional disparities in mortality in Poland and its contribution to the change in regional disparities during the last two decades. Design, Setting and ParticipantsWe used population-level mortality data from the population registry for 379 Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS)-4 Polish regions for 1991–93 and 2008–10. MeasurementsThe importance of smoking was assessed by smoking-attributable mortality (SAM) derived using a simplified indirect Peto-Lopez method. Regional differences in age-standardized all-cause, smoking-…
  • Favourite alcohol advertisements and binge drinking among adolescents: a cross-cultural cohort study

    Matthis Morgenstern, James D. Sargent, Helen Sweeting, Fabrizio Faggiano, Federica Mathis, Reiner Hanewinkel
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Abstract AimsTo investigate the association between having a favourite alcohol advertisement and binge drinking among European adolescents. DesignData were obtained from a longitudinal observational study on relationships between smoking and drinking and film tobacco and alcohol exposures. SettingState-funded schools. ParticipantsBaseline survey of 12 464 German, Italian, Polish and Scottish adolescents (mean age 13.5 years), of whom 10 259 (82%) were followed-up 12 months later. MeasurementsPupils were asked the brand of their favourite alcohol advertisement at baseline. Multi-level…
  • The relationship between years of cocaine use and brain activation to cocaine and response inhibition cues

    James J. Prisciandaro, Jane E. Joseph, Hugh Myrick, Aimee L. McRae-Clark, Scott Henderson, James Pfeifer, Kathleen T. Brady
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Abstract AimsFunctional magnetic resonance imaging research has attempted to elucidate the neurobehavioral underpinnings of cocaine dependence by evaluating differences in brain activation to cocaine and response inhibition cues between cocaine-dependent individuals and controls. This study investigated associations between task-related brain activation and cocaine use characteristics. DesignCross-sectional. SettingThe Center for Biomedical Imaging at the Medical University of South Carolina, USA. ParticipantsFifty-one cocaine users (41 dependent). MeasurementsBrain activation to cocaine-cue…
  • Maternal cigarette smoking during pregnancy predicts drug use via externalizing behavior in two community-based samples of adolescents

    Shahrdad Lotfipour, Eamonn Ferguson, Gabriel Leonard, Jouko Miettunen, Michel Perron, G. Bruce Pike, Louis Richer, Jean R. Séguin, Suzanne Veillette, Marjo-Riitta Jarvelin, Irma Moilanen, Pirjo Mäki, Tanja Nordström, Zdenka Pausova, Juha Veijola, Tomáš Paus
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Abstract Background and AimsPrenatal exposure to maternal cigarette smoking (PEMCS) is associated with a higher probability of substance use in adolescence. We explore if externalizing behavior mediates this relationship, while controlling for a number of potential covariates of this mediation process. MethodsWe used data obtained in two geographically distinct community samples of adolescents. The first (cross-sectional) sample consisted of 996 adolescents (12–18 years of age) recruited from the Saguenay Youth Study (SYS) in Canada (47% with PEMCS). The second (longitudinal) sample…
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  • Do You Have Sexual Integrity?

    Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    You might be worried I’m about to turn into the sex police, telling you what is and isn’t acceptable sexual behavior according to my standards. In fact, in positing the concept of sexual integrity I’m doing quite the opposite. I view sexual integrity as unique to each individual based on that person’s background, values, and life-situation. read more
  • When Commitments Become Super-Sized and Unmanageable

    Peg O'Connor, Ph.D.
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:36 am
    What's the axis around which your life turns?read more
  • Why Can't I Stop?

    Robert T. Muller, Ph.D.
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:32 am
    Dermatillomania, an extreme and compulsive grooming habit, can be debilitating for those who suffer from it. However, help is available for those who seek it. read more
  • The Use of Positive Psychology in Addiction Treatment

    Constance Scharff, Ph.D.
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    “Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive." Here is how positive psychology aids addiction more
  • Secondhand Trauma Doubles Kids' Addiction Risk as Adults

    Richard Taite
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Study of 1.4 million children shows that a loved one's death, assault, or cancer diagnosis puts kids at risk for addiction much later in more
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  • Hunting For the Marijuana-Dopamine Connection

    Dirk Hanson
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Why do heavy pot smokers show a blunted reaction to stimulants?Most drugs of abuse increase dopamine transmission in the brain, and indeed, this is thought to be the basic neural mechanism underlying the rewarding effects of addictive drugs. But in the case of marijuana, the dopamine connection is not so clear-cut. Evidence has been found both for and against the notion of increases in dopamine signaling during marijuana intoxication. Marijuana has always been the odd duck in the pond, research-wise. Partly this is due to longstanding federal intransigence toward cannabis research, and partly…
  • Drugs and Disease: A Look Forward

    Dirk Hanson
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    First published 2/18/2014. Former National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) director Alan Leshner has been vilified by many for referring to addiction as a chronic, relapsing “brain disease.” What often goes unmentioned is Leshner’s far more interesting characterization of addiction as the “quintessential biobehavioral disorder.”Multifactorial illnesses present special challenges to our way of thinking about disease. Addiction and other biopsychosocial disorders often show symptoms at odds with disease, as people generally understand it. For patients and medical professionals alike,…
  • Vitamin C and Pregnant Women Who Smoke

    Dirk Hanson
    28 Jun 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Improving pulmonary function in newborns. 500 mg of daily vitamin C given to pregnant smoking women “decreased the effects of in-utero nicotine” and “improved measures of pulmonary function” in their newborns, according to a study  by Cindy T. McEvoy and others at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, published in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Researchers have long known that smoking during pregnancy can harm the respiratory health of newborns. Maternal smoking during pregnancy can interfere with normal lung development,…
  • Gone in June

    Dirk Hanson
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:29 am
    Alcohol takes a friend. What good does it do: You write about addiction, research it, think about it, formulate new ideas about it. You try to be of service.What good does it do: One of your best friends ever, a talented writer you have talked to and argued with and smoked with and paddled with for more than two decades, lies dead this morning of alcohol-related liver failure at 62.What good does it do: I couldn’t save him, couldn’t turn the head of that runaway horse, not through encouragement, shame, praise, incentive, disgust, indifference, furious anger. Not through any of that. What…
  • NIDA’s Dark View of Teen Marijuana Use

    Dirk Hanson
    15 Jun 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Federal study also discusses medical marijuana.Considering the impasse on marijuana policy between state and federal governments in the U.S., the primary government agency in charge of drug research—NIDA, the National Institute on Drug Abuse—would seem to be caught between a rock and a hard place. Neuroscientists and other marijuana investigators who do research under NIDA grants have a fine line to walk in their efforts to disseminate research findings on cannabis. From a public health point of view, NIDA is expected to keep up the pressure against drug legalization, or at least keep out…
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  • Adding Up the Damage

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    How Much Baggage Are You Carrying? The cumulative effect of alcohol. People like to divide things into simple problems. A caused B. Unintended consequences of B caused C. But collecting them all creates the big picture and it is much more frightening than any one piece, especially when it comes to alcohol. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that alcohol-related deaths, from both acute causes and chronic ones, are the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. The report used a tool called Alcohol Related Disease Impact (ARDI). You don’t even…
  • Take Binge Drinking off the Memorial Day Calendar

    21 May 2014 | 11:36 am
    One Binge Could Be Too Many Memorial Day barbecues are coming up, a time for people who don’t usually drink that much to binge drink to welcome summer. But two new studies about binge drinking should give you pause about tossing back that fourth or fifth beer at a party. A quick refresher: Binge drinking is drinking quickly enough to reach impairment level (0.08 blood alcohol level) within 2 hours. For men, that works out to about 5 drinks in 2 hours; for women, about 4 drinks in 2 hours. The obvious risk of binge drinking is that judgment and motor skills are impaired, leading to drinking…
  • Who Taught You to Drink?

    3 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    Who’s Watching You? A new study by researchers at Sam Houston State University shows that children pick up the alcohol and drug use habits they see at home. The old ad was right: I learned it from watching you! The study compared parents who did not use substances like alcohol, marijuana or other illicit drugs and those who did.  The odds for drug use (marijuana or other drugs) were twice as high for the children if the parents used them. For alcohol, the odds that children would use alcohol were five times higher if their parents drank. The study was based on analyzing results from the…
  • Trying to Stop Zohydro

    27 Feb 2014 | 8:07 am
    Can Zohydro Approval Be Rescinded? A new opioid painkiller is set to hit the market, despite objections from doctors, addiction treatment centers and even the advisory panel that tried to stop it. The drug, Zohydro ER, is a pure form of hydrocodone, an opioid that had previously only been available in combination with other drugs like acetaminophen, as it is with Vicodin and Lortab. Critics say the pure drug is not needed and is just another prescription painkiller that is too easy to abuse. Industry leaders have taken the unprecedented step of writing to Dr. Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of…
  • From Chronic Pain to Heroin to Mindfulness

    12 Feb 2014 | 11:19 am
    Knowing the Difference Heroin has been in the news a lot lately—bad heroin, heroin overdoses, heroin epidemic. But how did it go from being the ‘I’d never go there’ drug to the drug du jour? For people working in addiction treatment, there’s a pretty straight line. The road starts with prescription painkillers. Prescribing opiates like oxycodone for pain got out of control in the past decade. Some people with legitimate chronic pain conditions started getting long-term opiate prescriptions, but people just looking for a fix did, too. Pain management clinics and pill mills catered to…
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  • Real Teens Ask: What Are the Different Types of Opioids?

    Sara Bellum
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    Learn more about the different types of opioids in this updated post from 2013. During the 2013 Drug Facts Chat Day, teens from across the country submitted their questions about drug abuse to NIDA scientists. A teen from Walter Johnson High School in Maryland asked: “What types of opioids are there?” Opioids are psychoactive chemicals that occur naturally (in the resin of the poppy plant) or can be made in a laboratory. They work by binding to opioid receptors in the central and peripheral nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract. There are illegal opioids (like heroin) as well as…
  • E-Cig Popularity on the Rise

    Sara Bellum
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    As states continue to pass laws that restrict the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, this post from 2013 explores why they've become so popular with teens. Good news! Cigarette smoking among American teenagers dropped to a record low in 2012. Not so good news—Many teens are turning to a new alternative known as “e-cigarettes.” What Are E-Cigarettes? Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) are battery-operated products designed to deliver nicotine, flavor, and other chemicals as vapor that a user inhales, without producing actual tobacco smoke. A survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control…
  • Real Teens Ask: Is Addiction Hereditary?

    Sara Bellum
    2 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    Does someone in your family abuse drugs? Learn more about how DNA can influence a person’s chances of becoming addicted to drugs in this updated post from 2011. Every year, NIDA’s top scientists answer questions from teens at schools across the country during Drug Facts Chat Day. In 2010, “I AM MIKE” from Jefferson Township High School in Trenton, New Jersey asked: Are you more likely to do drugs if someone in your family does? The short answer is Yes. The risk for developing drug and alcohol problems is higher in children whose parents abuse alcohol or drugs—but it is NOT a…
  • The Buzz on Caffeine

    Sara Bellum
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:37 am
    This post from 2012 gets a refresh highlighting new caffeine trends. Question: What’s the most widely used drug? It’s not marijuana—and no, it’s not tobacco or alcohol either. Nine out of 10 Americans take it in some form every day, and it’s not limited to adults. Hint: According to a recent study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, nearly three-fourths (75%) of children, teens, and young adults use it daily too—in the form of soda, coffee, and energy drinks. Answer: Caffeine! That’s right, caffeine is a drug—a stimulant drug, to be exact. It’s even possible to…
  • Alcohol: The Friend Factor

    Sara Bellum
    18 Jun 2014 | 5:57 am
    Friends can influence your opinion about music, fashion—and alcohol. In this updated post from 2013, NIDA provides strategies for staying true to yourself and avoiding peer pressure. Have you ever said “It’s not me, it’s my friends?” Turns out, this reasoning may not fly since what your friends do can have a big impact on you. Research studies show that teens whose best friends drink alcohol are twice as likely to try alcohol themselves. And, if teens get alcohol from friends, they’re more likely to start drinking at a younger age. It’s a big deal. We know that a person who…
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    Addiction Treatment Magazine

  • 6 Ways To Trick Your Brain Into Sleeping Better

    Addiction Treatment
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    Addiction and sleep problems are often bedfellows. It’s estimated that sleep disorders are 5 to 10 times more common(1) in current substance abusers than in the general population. Many people fall into a vicious cycle: In a misguided attempt to get some sleep, they abuse alcohol or other drugs. Yet the brain-altering effects of alcohol and many other drugs make it harder to fall or stay asleep. The sleeplessness only grows worse. Once in recovery, sleep problems are likely to improve, but they may not vanish overnight. Managing those problems enhances your overall health. Just as…
  • Addiction Problems And The Ninja Skills To Change Them

    Addiction Treatment
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:45 am
    By Edie Weinstein I learn a lot from my young clients. They are a font of wisdom with a mix of daring and creativity. Yesterday as I was working with a 17-year-old recovering marijuana and heroin addict, who became a dealer to support his habit, he related a story about guidance he had received during a rehab stay. One of his therapists called him on some of his recalcitrance and his desire to leave the program within the first few days. Not an uncommon desire, since he was away from home for the first time and for all his bravado, was likely feeling some fear of the unknown. The counselor…
  • 6 Stages Of Sustaining Behavioral Change When Going Through Addiction

    Addiction Treatment
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    By Edie Weinstein A guru walks up to a hot dog vendor and says “Make me one with everything.” A few minutes later, he is handed his lunch and offers a $5.00 bill in exchange, awaiting the balance. When it isn’t forthcoming, he looks puzzled and requests his change. The vendor slyly smiles and replies “Ah, change must come from within.” Wouldn’t that be nice if it were that simple when it comes to behavioral change? Most people who are faced with the need to adapt their habits and choices are not as philosophical, and often fight it symbolically and sometimes physically kicking…
  • 9 Surprising Facts About Depression

    Addiction Treatment
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    By Linda Wasmer Andrews Major depression is one of the most common mental health disorders. About 7 percent of U.S. adults experience depression each year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). For those with a substance use disorder, the risk is even higher. People with drug abuse or dependence are about twice as likely as the general population to have a mood disorder such as depression. But while depression is familiar, it’s also complicated. Researchers are constantly learning more about its symptoms, treatment and prevention. Below are some surprising insights…
  • Giving Nutrition A Place At The Table In Addiction Recovery

    Addiction Treatment
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    By Jeanene Swanson As more studies reveal how diet and health are intertwined, nutrition might finally be gaining ground in addiction treatment. “People who have been abusing [drugs and alcohol] tend to lose sight of self-care,” says Maura Henninger, a naturopathic doctor based in New York City, and they have to learn it over again. However, a holistic approach to healing that incorporates nutrition is not yet the norm in most treatment programs, one reason being their short duration. Most addicts aren’t thinking about eating well in their first 30 days of sobriety, a common length of…
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    Hydrocodone Help

  • Is Depression the Root of Hydrocodone Abuse?

    11 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Depression is not always the root of hydrocodone abuse. However, it is a possible cause. Mental illness and substance abuse commonly co-occur in individuals. Depression is one of the more common mental health disorders to occur alongside an addiction. Hydrocodone is a prescription painkiller that can induce a state of euphoria, and individuals who are depressed may use it to self-medicate. Abusing hydrocodone for its euphoric effects allows a depressed person to experience an escape from his negative feelings. However, the positive effects of the substance eventually fade away, leaving behind…
  • Five Dangerous Symptoms of Hydrocodone Overdose

    6 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Hydrocodone overdose can be fatal if not treated quickly, so knowing how to identify the symptoms of hydrocodone overdose is crucial. Although each overdose is different and may not result in the same symptoms, any of the following symptoms could be a sign of hydrocodone overdose and you should seek immediate medical attention if a user experiences any of these symptoms. Shallow Breathing or Shortness of Breath One of the most dangerous signs of hydrocodone overdose is a change in a user’s breathing pattern. Hydrocodone is known to slow down a user’s breathing, but when a user overdoses…
  • What Does it Mean to Have a Dual Diagnosis?

    2 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Having a Dual Diagnosis refers to comorbidity, a medical term that describes co-occurring disorders. If someone has a substance use disorder and a mental health condition at the same time (e.g., both substance abuse and depression), then he has this condition. Co-occurring disorders occur quite often; in fact, the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that 29 percent of those diagnosed with a mental health illness also have a substance abuse disorder. The report also states that thirty-seven percent of alcohol abusers, and fifty-three percent of drug abusers, have at least one…
  • Ways that Hydrocodone Can Cause Impaired Judgment

    16 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Hydrocodone is a fast-acting, semi-synthetic opioid made from the codeine in poppy plants. This painkiller is commonly combined with acetaminophen or ibuprofen, and marketed under brand names like Vicodin, Norco and Lortab. The high associated with hydrocodone motivates high rates of recreational use: the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health finds that painkillers are the second-most abused type of drug (trailing only marijuana) with a higher recreational-use rate than prescription stimulants, tranquilizers and sedatives combined. When high on hydrocodone, people may suffer from…
  • Is Hydrocodone Abuse Changing?

    11 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Hydrocodone is an opioid narcotic, a drug that treats pain either after surgery, as the result of an injury or from a chronic condition. It works in the central nervous system to change the way the body perceives pain, but it also produces feelings of euphoria. Unfortunately, hydrocodone is habit forming, so using it in larger amounts or for longer periods than prescribed can lead to addiction. Addiction to this drug is at almost epidemic levels in the US. According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), deaths from overdosing on prescription painkillers have skyrocketed in the last…
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    Valium Addiction Help

  • How to Take Care of Yourself After Valium Rehab

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Valium, a brand name of diazepam, works by releasing neurotransmitters that enhance synaptic transmissions and make neurons less excitable. Medical professionals prescribe this benzodiazepine to treat issues like anxiety, panic attacks, muscle spasms, insomnia and seizures, while people abuse the drug to get high, enhance the effects of alcohol and to come down from stimulant abuse. Regardless of the reason for taking Valium, a 2011 article in the journal Addiction stresses that the central nervous system can become dependent on benzodiazepines in as little as four weeks. Professional…
  • Five Dangerous Symptoms of Valium Overdose

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Valium, a brand name of diazepam, is a benzodiazepine that treat conditions like anxiety, panic attacks, seizures, muscle spasms and insomnia. Taking too much Valium (or combining it with other substances like alcohol, cocaine, amphetamines, antidepressants or opiates) can result in an overdose that can fatally depress the central nervous system. Per the 2011 Drug Abuse Warning Network report, Valium was associated with 2% of all medical emergencies involving nonmedical use of a prescription drug. The risks are especially high when taking the extended-release version of this drug, because…
  • Differences Between Side Effects of Valium and Addiction Symptoms

    12 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Valium (diazepam) is a highly addictive prescription anti-anxiety drug that is in the benzodiazepine family of medications. While it is unlikely that a person with no personal or family history of substance abuse or addiction will become dependent on Valium if they use it properly, it is possible. Some people are born with a biological predisposition to addiction. Some users, however, mistake Valium’s side effects with symptoms of addiction and vice versa. Side Effects of Valium As with all other benzodiazepines, Valium induces mild euphoria as it blocks brain signals related to emotional…
  • Can Valium Interact with my Anti-Depressant?

    8 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Valium is a benzodiazepine that treats anxiety disorders, alcohol withdrawal symptoms and muscle spasms. It works by calming brain chemicals that may become unbalanced, but it is highly habit forming, so using the drug in larger amounts or for longer than prescribed by a physician can lead to addiction. People who are prescribed Valium are often taking other medications as well, which can interact with the efficacy of either substance. Anxiety is often accompanied by depression, which means that some anti-depressants can increase the effects of Valium. It is important to talk to your doctor…
  • Why Valium Recovery Is a Lifelong Commitment

    2 Jun 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Valium (diazepam) is a benzodiazepine-class drug that acts on GABA receptors in the central nervous system and enhances their synaptic transmissions, which makes the effected neurons less excitable. Doctors prescribe Valium for a variety of health issues, including anxiety, panic attacks, seizures, muscle spasms and insomnia, but illicit use to get high or counter the effects of stimulant abuse is also common. In either case, use of the drug should be short term. Per the Addiction journal in 2011, people should only take benzodiazepine-class drugs for four weeks or less. Otherwise, the…
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    Heroin Detox Rehab

  • What Does it Mean to Have a Dual Diagnosis?

    19 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Without help, Dual Diagnoses tend to worsen proportionally and generally leads to intensified drug use Someone with both a substance abuse problem and a mental disorder has co-occurring conditions, also called a Dual Diagnosis. Key facts about Dual Diagnoses include the following information: Over 35% of alcoholics have one mental health problem, such as depression and anxiety Among all individuals diagnosed with mental illnesses, 33% also have a substance abuse disorder People with Dual Diagnoses have a higher risk of suicide than individuals with only addiction or a mental illness alone The…
  • Heroin Addiction is Ruining My Marriage

    13 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Behavior associated with heroin abuse can ruin a marriage, but treatment can initiate the healing process Heroin is an opiate made from morphine, a natural chemical compound found in poppy plants. Some people smoke or snort heroin, but most people combine it with liquid to shoot the mixture into the bloodstream with a needle. Though unsavory, injecting heroin quickly creates a euphoric rush that the other delivery methods do not do. This drug is so powerful that in 2013 the National Institute on Drug Abuse said that approximately 23% of users become physically dependent to it. When an…
  • Everything You Need to Know About Why Heroin Abuse Is Dangerous

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Heroin addicts are exposed to dangers as severe as death by overdose An infographic posted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows interesting data related to heroin use and heroin dangers. For example, one of the statistics shows that in 2011 there were almost 260,000 admissions in U.S. emergency rooms of heroin users, a 30% increase from 2005. (Source: But the dangers go beyond a visit to the emergency room – they are constantly present from the moment a…
  • 4 Reasons Why Some Interventions Fail

    2 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    A successful intervention is not an opportunity for accusations or confrontation Substance abuse often begins due to a series of poor personal choices. People may abuse heroin to party with friends, to self-medicate pain or mental health concerns or they may take prescribed drugs without researching the risks of abuse. However, once dependence and addiction form, use is no longer a direct result of choice, which means that addicts cannot get well by simply wanting to do so. As Nature Reviews Neuroscience shares, “repeated drug use leads to long-lasting changes in the brain that undermine…
  • What Should I Know About Heroin Addiction?

    13 Jun 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Morphine is chemically similar to neurotransmitters called endorphins, which improve mood and relieve pain Morphine is the predominant narcotic alkaloid in opium poppy plants, and it has been synthesized into heroin since the mid-19th century. When making heroin, a chemical process is used to convert raw opium gum into a clay-like morphine base, which is the form of heroin used for smoking. Further chemical processes turn the base into a powder that can be dissolved and injected directly into the blood stream. Whether heroin is smoked or injected, users experience physical changes in their…
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    Xanax Addiction Help

  • Pros and Cons of a High Deductible

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Figuring out how to pay for rehab for addiction to Xanax usually means understanding insurance coverage. For many Americans Obamacare is a key piece of that puzzle. Health Insurance 101 It is difficult to say just what kind of health insurance is best for you. A myriad of factors make a plan the best fit. The first step is to understand basic terms. Several outlined by the Wall Street Journal include the following: Health Management Organization (HMO) – This is a plan that gives patients coverage within a network of doctors. A primary care physician acts as the main doctor and issues…
  • An Analysis of Prescription Drugs

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Painkillers, especially synthetic opioids, are highly addictive when taken in a way other than prescribed Prescription drug misuse is at epidemic levels in the United States. Pain relievers contribute to the majority of substance abuse, but other prescription drugs like Xanax lead to serious problems as well. In fact the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) shows that prescription drug misuse falls second only to marijuana use in the number of people affected. Survey results for 2012 show that of the 2.9 million people who used a drug illicitly (to get high or in a way other than…
  • Will My Insurance Go Up if I Enter Rehab?

    11 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Insurance rate increases are based on many factors, often out of a policy-holder’s control who may be entering rehab for addiction to Xanax When medical needs arise, having insurance that covers the costs of treatment can be a significant factor when deciding on treatment options. Although insurance exists to be used, policy-holders sometimes worry that doing so will cause their rates to rise. Sometimes people who suffer from addiction to drugs like Xanax fail to access treatment they need because of the fear of increased premiums. The Rising Cost of Health Insurance The concern about…
  • The Benefits of Recreation During Rehab

    5 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Recreation can provide a number of different physical and emotional benefits Undergoing drug addiction treatment can be a stressful experience. You must leave your comfortable environment, disclose painful and sometimes embarrassing information to strangers, and work on changing negative behavior patterns. At the end of a day’s schedule, you can feel overwhelmed with emotions and fatigue, and the tension can be incredibly valuable not just for your mind but for your body. For instance the American Psychological Association reported in 2011 that because of stress, more than 40 percent of…
  • Is Prescription Drug Abuse Still an Epidemic?

    29 Jun 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The abuse of prescription drugs is a global problem The abuse of prescription drugs is a global problem. A 2014 report from the UN News Centre reports that a United Nations panel found prescription drug abuse to drugs like Xanax to be a more significant issue than the abuse of illegal drugs in some of the countries it examined. The panel noted that the problem was especially severe in North America, the region with the highest drug-related mortality in the world. The United States government has acknowledged the extent of the challenge. The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy…
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    Prescription Drug Abuse Help | Treatment & Recovery Information

  • Why You Shouldn’t Hide Your Depression

    13 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    When hidden from others, depression becomes a more dangerous and even life-threatening disorder Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States and is often kept secret by those suffering the most. Unfortunately, hiding your overwhelming emotions from others can turn depression into a life-threatening condition through self-harm or suicide. Dangers of Suppressing Feelings of Depression When hidden from others, depression becomes a much more dangerous and even life-threatening disorder. Hiding your depression keeps you from utilizing one of the most useful emotional…
  • What are Drug Schedules?

    8 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Each schedule has been determined based on addiction potential and associated medical use With all the talk about drugs in the news nowadays, you might be hearing a lot about drug schedules, but aren’t really sure what that means. You are not alone, as many people have the same question – what are drug schedules? According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), drug schedules are simply classes of drugs that are determined based on a substance’s “acceptable medical use and the drug’s abuse or dependency potential.” There are five different schedules (or classes) based on these…
  • The Value of Honesty in the Midst of Addiction

    3 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Being honest with yourself and others also means the healing process can begin Honesty is not a word many people think of when they think of drug addicts; when most people think of addiction, they may think of words like deception, lies, hurt and pain. Why is dishonesty common in addiction? Furthermore, if dishonesty is prevalent among addicts, then what information can people believe from drug addicts? How can an addict learn to be honest with herself and others again, and, most importantly, why should she? The Importance of Honesty in Drug Addiction Recovery Honesty is essential to maintain…
  • Is There Such a Thing as a Minor Addiction?

    28 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Minor addiction might best describe the use of occasional users and social users When an addict compares his addiction to another person’s, he is ultimately making an excuse to allow him to feel better about his use. Minor addiction might best describe the use of occasional users and social users. However, even occasional and social users face dangerous side effects and life altering choices, which can affect them for the rest of their lives. Risks of a Minor Addiction When an addict describes his addiction as minor, he is attempting to obscure it in order to avoid the fact that he has…
  • 4 Reasons Why You Should Follow Your Prescription

    23 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Not following your prescription may lead to serious consequences to health and happiness Any time you take a prescription drug other than exactly as prescribed by your doctor, you are abusing that drug. The National Institutes of Health describes prescription drug abuse as doing any of the following: Taking medicine that was not prescribed to you Taking a drug in greater doses than prescribed Taking a drug more often than prescribed Crushing, snorting, injecting or otherwise using a drug in a way other than prescribed Taking medication for a non-intended purpose or to get high Few individuals…
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    All about Drugs and Alcohol Addiction

  • First Woman Charged For Drug Use During Pregnancy

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    Recently in Tennessee, a new law was set forth to criminalize mothers found to be taking drugs during pregnancy. While there are some boundaries pertaining to the reach of this law, for the most part it mandates immediate arrest of the mother in question. Just a couple of weeks ago, the first arrest was made following this law. A 26 year old mother residing in TN gave birth to an infant who tested positive for methamphetamine. She is the first to be arrested under the law released earlier this month, and most likely will not be the last. The charge set upon her was named as “assault” and…
  • Veterans Fighting In New Battles: Prescription Drug Addiction

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Prescription drug addiction is one of the leading addictions in the country to date. It is popularly abused by almost every age groups, including the elderly and older generations. Veterans are one of these groups, who have been known to suffer often from alcoholism and other kinds of substance abuse due to distress from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), depression, anxiety, stress, and more. Many of us would like to think that our veterans would be immune to such diseases, with the image of strength and loyalty and perseverance they have. The truth is that our veterans definitely are at…
  • New Hampshire Drug Abuse Problems

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    New Hampshire is one of the unlucky states that have been plagued with a massive amount of substance abuse problems with its residents, especially prescription drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and tramadol. Here are some of the statistics revealed to the public by the CDC, the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention: Prescription Rates in 2012 per 100 people were 71.7 for opioid pain relievers, 19.6 for long acting or extended release opioid pain relievers, and 6.1 for high-dose opioid pain relievers. For Full article, click here. 
  • “NDEWS” System To Help Monitor Drug Activity

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    In the United States, as in many other places there are rising and falling trends in which drugs are most popularly abused. In recent times, prescription pain killers have been at the number one spot for abuse, however, other drugs such as meth and heroin are also playing a large part in substance abuse nationally. In response to this fluctuation, government officials have found the need to be able to identify which drugs are emerging in the latest trends, where and how to stop them. The National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) is the latest system being composed to keep track of these…
  • Inspirational Message of the Week

    18 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
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    Family First Intervention

  • Text Messages, Brief Interventions May Curb Binge Drinking

    Mike Loverde
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    A program is being tested to reduce the amount of people that binge drink, specifically under aged drinkers. As the results come in from the study it appears that by engaging with drinkers via text message, clinicians were able to curb the amount of people that report binge drinking by 50 percent. The study is being published in Annals of Emergency Medicine. Some hospitals throughout the country are beginning to intervene more on a patient’s behalf when binge drinking traits are noticed. Bedside interventions are being implemented in hospitals on the east coast. Physicians and mental health…
  • Group Sues Over Poor Treatment for Addicts

    Mike Loverde
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    The Massachusetts division of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing the state over their treatment of addicts. Massachusetts is one of the only states that incarcerates those who have an addiction but have not been convicted a crime. The ACLU is setting out to change this practice and they are starting by bringing the state to court. The unconstitutional practice of jailing a person who is suffering from an addiction started because the state does not have enough beds in their treatment centers to handle the amount of addicts in the area. Law enforcement and families of addicts…
  • White House Releases Plan for Drug Policy Reform

    Mike Loverde
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:10 pm
    President Obama has been addressing the drug and alcohol problem that is wreaking havoc on our country. He has been working with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and appointed Michael Botticelli as the acting director. This is a big move because Botticelli used to suffer from an addiction to drugs and has been in long-term recovery. Although he has been sober for many years, he certainly understands the problems and stigma that addicts go through in their journey to get and stay clean. On Wednesday, he spoke about the revised drug control policy and included…
  • Report Shows Huge Disparity Among States’ Painkiller Prescription Rates

    Mike Loverde
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:20 pm
    The Centers for Disease Control released a report last week revealing the wide variance between different states when it comes to the amount of painkiller prescriptions given out in recent years. High prescription rates of commonly abused drugs best known by brand names such as Vicodin, Percocet and OxyContin often reflect high rates of inappropriate drug use, exposing a need for prescription regulation in many areas. “Overdose from opioid narcotics are a serious problem across the country and we know opioid overdoses tend to be highest where opioids get the highest use,” says CDC…
  • Study Indicates an Increase in Alcohol-Related Premature Deaths

    Mike Loverde
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    A recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took a look at how many deaths are related to alcohol. What they found was that one in ten people die prematurely in the United States due to alcohol consumption. This number increases if you only look at people who are working age (20-64 years old). The study shows that not only are Americans drinking too much but that the overall health of our society is suffering from too much alcohol consumption. The study focused on people who reported heavy drinking, binge drinking, under age consumption, extensive drinking…
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    Decision Point Center

  • Arizona Among Highest Percentages of Alcohol-Related Fatalities

    Decision Point Center
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    Every state wants to be the best at something, however Arizona may not like that they are at the top of this list. It has been reported that the state of Arizona is one of the leaders in the country in alcohol-related deaths. The state of Arizona is tied with Wyoming for having a terrible alcohol-related death rate. In fact, the only states with higher percentages are New Mexico, Alaska and Colorado. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study stated that 13.4 percent of deaths in working-aged adults were a result of alcohol. The study looked at deaths from 2006 to 2010. A…
  • Should Pregnant Women Be Charged With A Crime For Using Drugs?

    Decision Point Center
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    A 26 year old woman is the first to be arrested under a new law in Tennessee that specifically prohibits drug use in pregnant women, considering it “assault” on the unborn fetus. She was charged after both she and her newborn infant tested positive for meth. The new mom later admitted to smoking meth days before giving birth. The controversial new law, which went into effect earlier this month, allows a woman to be “prosecuted for assault for the illegal use of a narcotic drug while pregnant” if her infant is harmed or addicted to the drug. Monroe County Sheriff Bill Bivens said he…
  • United States Leads World in Drug Consumption

    Decision Point Center
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    The United States leads the world in illegal drug consumption. According to reports, the United States is home to 6.2 million cocaine users. Our children are also contributing to the drug problem in the country. In 2008, 40 percent of all high school students had tried marijuana. Americans pay more money for illegal drugs than any other country. Reports show that Americans spent $40.6 billion on marijuana, 28.3 billion on cocaine, 27 billion on heroin and 13 billion on methamphetamine. Many South American countries are supplying the citizens of the United States with drugs, and in turn their…
  • Researchers Identify Stages of Cocaine Addiction and Targeted Treatment

    Decision Point Center
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    Over the years addiction treatment has undergone an evolution. Not too long ago addiction was an extremely taboo topic and those who suffered had a hard time finding accessible care. Addiction was looked at as a problem of the lower class or of somehow lesser people. It was a problem that inflicted the weak and in order to overcome it you needed to have enough willpower to not use the drug or alcohol that was ruining your life. Times have certainly changed and now researches are looking into the medical reasons behind the causes in order to develop effective treatment options. The problem…
  • Online Poll Finds High Percentage of People Drinking and Driving

    Decision Point Center
    21 Jun 2014 | 6:12 am
    A recent Harris Poll online found that two-thirds of people surveyed believe it is dangerous to drive even after one or two drinks. Despite this view, more than a third of participants admitted to driving a vehicle after they have had too much to drink. This is especially concerning since the summer is a dangerous time on the road for many, including teens. As AAA has noted in the past, 7 of the 10 deadliest days on the road for teenagers fall between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The summertime of course includes a lot of time off work for vacations and many outdoor activities as well as late…
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    Sober Nation

  • Why Students In Recovery Should Re-Enroll into School

    Tim Stoddart
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    The post Why Students In Recovery Should Re-Enroll into School appeared first on Sober Nation. “People never change because they are under threat or under duress. Never. They change because they see something that makes their life seem valuable enough to start moving toward a life worth living.” Robert Ashford is the president and founder of Eagle Peer Recovery, and the Collegiate Recovery Program at the University of North Texas This quote was one of the first that I ever read when I first found recovery roughly 15 months ago. For the longest time, I wondered why my early attempts at…
  • Missouri Man is Doing Life Without Parole for Marijuana Charge

    Tim Stoddart
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    The post Missouri Man is Doing Life Without Parole for Marijuana Charge appeared first on Sober Nation. “I plead with him to let my dad out of prison because he’s been there 20 years and missed a whole lifetime of stuff,” he said. “My nieces, his grand kids, my nephews, all those people that haven’t had time to spend with him like I did when I was younger. The man was a perfect dad, a perfect friend, and he was always out to help people.” Those are the words from the son of Jeff Mizanskey. Mizanskey is serving life in prison without the option of parole in the Missouri Department…
  • SOBER a Film By Gareth Bowler

    Tim Stoddart
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    The post SOBER a Film By Gareth Bowler appeared first on Sober Nation. My friend Kenny faced his problems head on and went sober and in doing so discovered his way forward in life. SOBER from GARETH BOWLER on Vimeo. “Powerful and extremely moving.” “The film holds the exact reasons for why I am overcoming years and years of serious clinical depression.” “Truly inspirational” “very very special indeed.” “I have a lump in my throat and goosebumps from head to foot.” “This is the reason I think health and fitness is powerful as a…
  • What is the Best Way to Get Sober?

    Tim Stoddart
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    The post What is the Best Way to Get Sober? appeared first on Sober Nation. Deciding to get help for drug or alcohol abuse is a difficult first step to make. Even if you know you have a problem, it can take years before you decide that enough is enough. Feelings of guilt, shame, fear, and uncertainty often stand in the way of an addicted person seeking help. If you’ve finally decided to get sober, you should be applauded for your courage. The next step is figuring out how you’re actually going to do it. There are many different treatment paths that addicted people can take. Addiction is a…
  • Making Amends vs. Making Apologies

    12 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    The post Making Amends vs. Making Apologies appeared first on Sober Nation. There is no shame in making mistakes or in recognizing them. In fact, those who are able to stand on their own and admit their wrongdoings are courageous and admirable people. From the cradle to the grave, we will all make errors in judgment and struggle to find a way to make peace with those whom we have wronged. In many instances, a sincere apology will suffice. However, when misdoings are results of addiction, a simple I’m sorry, will not do. Consider making amends What are the Differences between Apologizing and…
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    IRETA Blog

  • Substance use services for Deaf communities: What are the issues?

    Claire Barbetti
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    Credit: Nelson Stauffer (The sign here translates as “to connect” or “connection.”) John has been sober since November 24, 2008. “I never did drugs,” he said. Then he pinches together his forefinger and thumb, placing them at his mouth, making the pretty much universal sign for smoking marijuana. “Ok, I smoked a little.” He signs a bottle tipped back into his mouth. “But alcohol was my real problem.” John is Deaf and part of a community that rarely has an easy time finding services for substance use and/or mental health disorders. “Deaf people…
  • Hospital SBIRT: The Reasons

    7 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
    Are you trying to make the case for the use of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment in a hospital setting? Maybe we can help. Last year, we released a one page snapshot on the six R’s that support the use of SBIRT in hospitals. What are those R’s? Rules, Reimbursement, Reform, Results, Retention, Resources. Click here to access a downloadable PDF of Hospital SBIRT: The Reasons. We hope, with this snapshot in hand, you’ll feel empowered to champion SBIRT as a public health approach to risky substance use in settings where unhealthy or dependent use is…
  • Using Behavioral Economics to Understand Addiction

    27 Jun 2014 | 6:03 am
    Why might individuals behave in ways that are known to have dire consequences for their long-term health and happiness? Ouroboros, the tail-devouring snake. Photo: Andrey Behavioral economics provides a framework to understand when and how people make mistakes. It’s a new field that blends psychology and economics and can provide valuable insights as to why individuals do not behave in their own best interests (Khaneman, 2011). Departure from the rational choice model Behavioral economics emerged against the backdrop of the traditional economic approach known as the rational choice…
  • 8 Things a Primary Care Doctor Should Know About Working with People with Substance Use Disorders

    20 Jun 2014 | 11:31 am
    Your ongoing relationship with your patient makes you the ideal person to monitor substance use and refer to specialty treatment as needed The latest issue of The Bridge, an e-publication of the National Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, focused a very meaningful topic for us at IRETA: how can we get folks to actually do SBIRT? Sure, Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment is quite a mouthful to say, but the idea itself is simple–and good.  If we can discuss substance use and associated risks before substance use disorders and other harms occur, we can…
  • Could collaborative documentation be the next big—and effective—thing in behavioral healthcare?

    Claire Barbetti
    13 Jun 2014 | 6:27 am
    Image: Foam Some say sharing session notes with patients improves the treatment of substance use disorders Transparency is a buzzword these days. From political activists protesting NSA activities to parents criticizing the lack of transparency behind the Common Core in schools, people are clamoring for it. We want more transparency from the big corporations who supply our food, medications, and technology; from government, religious leaders, universities and schools, from each other. We don’t want Oz behind the curtain, pulling levers and buzzing buzzers. We want to know what’s going on…
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    Drug News and Information

  • Drug Treatment Options in Alabama

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Drug Treatment Options in Alabama There are many treatment centers located throughout Alabama that you can access for help in recovery. The first step is always on you. You must contact the treatment center for an intake appointment. Depending on the last time you used your drug of choice, you may have to be medically cleared at a hospital before entering rehab. Types of Treatment There are a variety of treatment programs available from in-patient to out-patient, support groups and even crisis management. Depending on your circumstances and the depth of your addiction, you may require…
  • Health Issues from Drug Abuse

    14 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Health Issues from Drug Abuse The effect of drug misuse and reliance might be expansive, influencing very nearly every organ in the human body. Drug utilization can actually cause a lot of issues, especially if you are doing it over an extended period of time. Here are some of the major issues that can occur from drug abuse. The first thing that drug use can do is debilitate the immune system and make it struggle, thus making it easier for you to become ill. You are more likely to become sick and the illness is more likely to be severe when it does happen. Drugs […]
  • Exploring Drugs and Substances

    7 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Exploring Drugs and Substances On account of drug research, there are many drugs that help individuals. Anti-infection agents and immunizations have altered the way that the majority of diseases work. Prescriptions can lower circulatory strain, treat diabetes, and lessen the body’s dismissal of new organs. Drugs can cure, moderate, or avoid infection, helping us to lead healthier and more content lives. But, unfortunately, there are also loads of unlawful, unsafe drugs that individuals take to help them feel great or have a great time. How do drugs function? Drugs are chemicals or…
  • Effects of Drugs on the Brain

    30 Jun 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Effects of Drugs on the Brain Drugs hold chemicals that take advantage of the mind’s correspondence framework and disturb the way nerve cells regularly send, get, and analyze data. There are two main ways that drugs cause this disturbance by mimicking the mind’s characteristic synthetic envoys and by overstimulating the “main circuit” in the brain. Different drugs can force the nerve cells to discharge a lot of regular neurotransmitters (predominantly dopamine) or to keep the typical reusing of these mind chemicals, which is required to close off the “firing”…
  • Behavioral Issues Related to Drug Abuse

    23 Jun 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Behavioral Issues Related to Drug Abuse Did you know that there are a number of behavioral issues related to drug abuse, especially if you are doing it on a regular basis? It’s true. Some behaviors can end up occurring that you may have never dealt with before. Here are some of the most common behavioral issues you may come across with drug addiction. Paranoia is one of the worst side effects of drug abuse, because it can cause you to become cautious of your friends and family members. This paranoia can end up being detrimental, because it can cause your moods to change quickly and…
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    Rapid Detox

  • Depression and Painkillers

    C Waismann
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Prescription Painkillers and Depression Prescription painkillers and depression are joined at the hip: long-term opiate use can lead to depression and depression can lead to prescription painkiller abuse. Medical scientists are now working to understand the association between mental health and prescription painkiller abuse, as a large number of people in the United States sufferRead More > The post Depression and Painkillers appeared first on Rapid Detox.
  • Is The Fear of Opiate Withdrawal Holding You Back?

    C Waismann
    13 Jun 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Some people may delay rapid detox treatment due to the fear of the horrible suffering associated with withdrawal from opiates. Unfortunately, the fear of opiate withdrawal can lead to some serious social, emotional and physiological consequences, and in extreme cases, can even lead to death. That’s why it is important to find the appropriate helpRead More > The post Is The Fear of Opiate Withdrawal Holding You Back? appeared first on Rapid Detox.
  • Methadone Withdrawal May Be Difficult to Overcome

    C Waismann
    2 Jun 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Methadone treatment can help some people trying to find some stability while remaining in an opioid maintenance. The issue usually arises when one decides not to continue with methadone because the withdrawal can be extremely painful, lengthy and difficult. Methadone is an opioid, which is the same class of drug as heroin, codeine, morphine, andRead More > The post Methadone Withdrawal May Be Difficult to Overcome appeared first on Rapid Detox.
  • Understanding Opiate Addiction – There is Help

    C Waismann
    20 May 2014 | 4:28 pm
    If you are not an opiate addicted person, it can be extremely difficult to develop an understanding of addiction. When people heard the word addiction and opiate – it was not uncommon for most people to think of a junkie with a needle in his arm – homeless sitting on the street corner. However, thatRead More > The post Understanding Opiate Addiction – There is Help appeared first on Rapid Detox.
  • Rapid Opiate Detox – Treatment Tailored to the Individual

    C Waismann
    16 May 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Addictions are psychologically and physically specific to each individual. Trying to treat all patients like they are the same person is like slamming a square peg into a round hole; it just doesn’t work. We firmly believe that empowering, specialized care for each individual is the cornerstone to overcoming addiction and dependence. Step One: Pre-ScreeningRead More > The post Rapid Opiate Detox – Treatment Tailored to the Individual appeared first on Rapid Detox.
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    Addiction & Recovery News

  • Mom loved us and hated the alcoholic also living in her body

    Jason Schwartz
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    From Humans of New York: “She was filled with regret before she died. She felt like she’d failed us as a mother tremendously.” “Did she say something to you about it?” “She never said anything, so I don’t have any tangible proof that she had regrets. But she had a very bad substance abuse problem. And I know she always wanted to be a good mother. So I separate my mom from her disease. I always imagine that my mom and an alcoholic were living in the same body. And I know that my mom loved us. And that she hated the alcoholic.”Filed under:…
  • the revolving door

    Jason Schwartz
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
    Points has an interview with Bill White. He makes several points that his followers will be very familiar with, but I don’t remember him putting it together so concisely. I’ve also heard him discuss recovery capital and acute care models, but never heard him frame the acute care model as working well for low to moderate severity with high recovery capital. It puts a different frame on the the persistence of the model and cultural barriers to changing it. . . . the cultural fate of addiction treatment may well be dictated by a more fundamental flaw in the very design of addiction…
  • A sentence to ponder

    Jason Schwartz
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    “If they overdose and kill themselves, it just removes them from the gene pool.” State Senator Rob Schaaf, a family physician who argues that allowing the government to keep prescription records violates personal privacy. (Source: NYT; hat tip: @DavidJuurlink)Filed under: Uncategorized
  • “not all marijuana users are of equal concern to us”

    Jason Schwartz
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Keith Humphreys imagines the reactions of various stakeholders to this graph showing marijuana consumption Colorado. He imagines public health workers expressing concern about the bottom two bars and trying to promote policies that will reduce the amount these heavy users consume. Next, he imagines a corporate board room voicing interest in attracting users in the bottom two bars to their brand and finding ways to retain them. Finally, he puts us in the legislature, which is torn between improving public health and the tax revenue these heavy users provide. He adds that this illustrates…
  • 1 in 8 deaths among Ontario young adults were attributable to opioids

    Jason Schwartz
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:38 am
    A study of opioid-related deaths in Ontario was recently published. There were some really stunning findings. First, over 20 years, the opioid-related death rate increased by 242%. During the 20-year study period, we identified 5935 people whose deaths were opioid-related in Ontario. The median age at death was 42 years (interquartile range 34–50 years), 64.4% (n = 3822) of decedents were men and 90.0% (n = 5340) lived in an urban neighborhood. During the study period, rates of opioid-related death increased dramatically, rising 242% from 12.2 deaths per million in 1991 (127 deaths…
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    Pathways Real Life

  • 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…
  • How to Approach the Subject of Substance Abuse with Your Teen

    Michelle Amerman
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:20 am
    By the time they reach the age of 18, about half of all teenagers in the United States have abused a drug at some point in their lives. This is why it’s so important for parents to talk candidly with their children about the realities and dangers of drug use at a young age. In fact, studies have shown that parents can reduce the risk of their teenagers using drugs up to 42% by simply talking with them about drug use regularly. However, what’s a parent to do if he or she suspects a teen already has a drug problem? This can be a tricky situation, but by handling it appropriately,…
  • Feeling Empowered through Substance Abuse Recovery

    Michelle Amerman
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:31 am
    Everybody needs to understand that addiction is a disease and not a moral failing. I, better than anyone, have learned that the same people who would not hesitate to seek professional help for a physical illness will hesitate before seeking treatment for substance abuse because the first step always means admitting the problem. Often, close friends and family members would also eagerly urge treatment for physical or even mental illness, but with substance abuse, they ask, “Why can’t you just stop?” The right question to ask should be, “Where can you get help?” I…
  • Why Don’t My Prescriptions Work for Me? Genetic Testing May Be the Answer

    Michelle Amerman
    23 May 2014 | 2:33 pm
    The devil is the details as they say, and when it comes to understanding why prescription drug medication might not be working for us, those details may well be found hidden in our DNA coding. Doctors are increasingly looking to genetics as an explanation for why some people do not respond, or stop responding to the prescription’s effects. Indeed, to continue to find relief, many patients have to experiment with complicated drug cocktails to ensure the right mix of prescription medication. The Role Genetics Plays in Your Health It is estimated that upwards of nearly half of all medication…
  • How Obamacare Can Help You Access Substance Abuse Treatment

    Michelle Amerman
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    While controversies and website problems have plagued the Affordable Care Act’s (more commonly referred to as Obamacare), many people with family members coping with substance abuse and mental health issues have pondered how the new Federal regulations affect them and their loved ones. People struggling with addiction, looking for help, have also been curious as to what this new program may offer them in the way of help kicking their drug and alcohol habit. Now that open enrollment in the government ACA website has ended, let us discuss what addicts and family members need to know, so…
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    Northbound Treatment Services

  • 9 Tips for Supporting a Heroin Addict without Encouraging Use

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    9 Tips for Supporting a Heroin Addict without Encouraging Use The first year of dealing with a family member’s addiction is the usually the worst. It is filled with uncertainty and overwhelming emotions such as fear, anger, worry and guilt. You find yourself constantly changing the direction of your life and having to adjust. Although... [Read More...]
  • Detox with Suboxone: The Three Stages of Relapse

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    Detox with Suboxone: The Three Stages of Relapse One of the most common causes of relapse is what is referred to as “Slippery Places”. “Slippery Places” are old hangouts where you once drank or used drugs. It may be your favorite bar, a friend’s house that deals drugs or where you partied. As part of... [Read More...]
  • Methadone Therapy Alternatives

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Methadone Therapy Alternatives Northbound Treatment Services has more than 25 years experience in providing treatment programs for those with opiate addictions and other prescription drugs. We understand the overwhelmingly addictive and devastating properties of heroin and opiate drug abuse. In our effort to support those seeking information and support on heroin, oxycodone or other opiate... [Read More...]
  • Understanding Barbiturate Addiction

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    Understanding Barbiturate Addiction An Overview of Barbiturate Addiction History of Barbiturates Barbiturates are drugs derived from barbituric acid that act to suppress activity of the central nervous system. Barbituric acid was first produced by the German scientist, Adolf Von Baeyer, on December 6, 1864. It was accomplished by condensing an ester from the acid of... [Read More...]
  • The Effects of Barbiturates on the Body

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    The Effects of Barbiturates on the Body How Barbiturates Affect the Body Barbiturates are central nervous system depressants that are classified as sedative hypnotics. They are most often used to treat sleep disturbances, anxiety, high blood pressure or epileptic seizures. Barbiturates are usually administered orally or by injection. These drugs slow neural activity in smooth... [Read More...]
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    My Pornography Healing

  • Dealing with Emotions

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

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

    6 Jul 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Today at church, someone was bearing their testimony about the power that each of us have inside of us as the result of being the child of Deity. She said that she felt like a lot of us shortchange ourselves in terms of how powerful we believe we are. That made me think about how I view myself, from a wide variety of angles, but more specifically, looking at myself from the viewpoint of the addictions that I have struggled with. Do we realize that I have an eternal Father who has blessed us with power and attributes from on high? Do we realize that our Heavenly Father gave us a…
  • A Letter to the Woman I Will Marry

    29 Jun 2014 | 9:10 am
    To my beautiful wife, my sweetheart, my everything. I don’t know if you’re reading this before you meet me or after you’ve met me, but on this beautiful Sunday morning I want you to know a few things. I’m writing you this letter because you are constantly in my heart, on my mind, and I can’t stop myself from imagining how happy we will be, how happy we will be with EACH OTHER, and how happy and excited that makes me. I hope that the words that I write you will serve as a promise that for the next eternity or so, my efforts will center around being the best man…
  • Spiritual Traction

    22 Jun 2014 | 7:54 am
    Don’t you love it when you’re asked to give a talk in church but not given a specific subject to speak about? Well, I don’t. I’ve been thinking about trials, tribulations, and events in our lives that cause us pain. So, I decided to speak from Elder Bednar’s talk, “Bear Up Their Burdens With Ease“. My goodness, talk about choosing to speak on a subject that makes you feel ridiculously unprepared and inferior! Even though it causes me to feel these emotions, it is a talk that I think we can learn so much about. Elder Bednar says, “Sometimes we…
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  • The Full Serenity Prayer & Its Meaning

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

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

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

    23 May 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Many people don’t realize the mass of complexities that are tied into a dual diagnosis of substance abuse and mental illness. A dual diagnosis of these two can create a dependent relationship that may even intensify the symptoms and mood changes that go along with different mental illnesses.Bipolar disorder is one of many mental illnesses that can be greatly affected by an additional diagnosis of substance abuse. In many cases, those who are diagnosed with both substance abuse and bipolar disorder have been found to self-medicate with different substances. Self-medication can be very…
  • Quitting Cold Turkey

    29 Apr 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Addictions can really take over, thereby robbing us of the ability to meet our potential in life. These days, when life is so busy, stressful and fast-paced, many of us do take refuge in our addictions, as they seem to provide us with solace (at least, at first). In time, addiction inevitably turns dark and many addicts search for a way out. For some, a “cauterize and heal” approach works best, and this is known as  ”quitting cold turkey”. When you quit cold turkey, you don’t taper off. You just stop using whatever you’re addicted to.When it comes to getting clean of an…
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