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  • What Major Health Problems Are Caused by Heavy Drinking?

    All about Drugs and Alcohol Addiction
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    There are many health problems that can result from drinking too much for years on end, or even months if the person is binge drinking. Before you know it, the damage is done and the body will be worn out from all the excess drinking, including the brain. Aside from mental and psychological problems that come from heavy drinking  (such as depression and mood disorders), alcohol basically destroys the body when it is not used in moderation. There is the risk of damaging the nervous system and brain cells, as alcohol will interfere with the transmission of nerve impulses in the brain and…
  • When Kids Are Depressed, Music Can Help

    Yahoo Health
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    A new study has found that music therapy can reduce depression and raise self-esteem in young people. 
  • Light alcohol consumption linked to better memory

    Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs News From Medical News Today
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Good news for individuals over 60 years old who partake in a little drinking: light alcohol consumption later in life is linked to better episodic memory.
  • If you're over 60, drink up: Alcohol associated with better memory

    Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    For people 60 and older who do not have dementia, light alcohol consumption during late life is associated with higher episodic memory -- the ability to recall memories of events -- researchers report.
  • Using social media to better understand, prevent, and treat substance use

    NIDA News
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    More than $11 million over three years will be used to support research exploring the use of social media to advance the scientific understanding, prevention, and treatment of substance use and addiction. The awards are funded through the Collaborative Research on Addiction at NIH (CRAN), an NIH...
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    Yahoo Health

  • When Kids Are Depressed, Music Can Help

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    A new study has found that music therapy can reduce depression and raise self-esteem in young people. 
  • 8 Health Tips From The Morgue

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    Tony Weinhaus, PhD (director of anatomy at the University of Minnesota) and Jennifer Wright (embalmer and director of Sunset Funeral Care) say that working with dead bodies allows them to provide knowledge and comfort to students and the deceased person’s family members, respectively. Wright and Dr. Weinhaus also see firsthand how people’s lifestyles and habits factor into their overall health.  “Working with the body, you realize to some degree that it’s a machine,” Dr. Weinhaus says.
  • Seniors, Rejoice: Drinking Alcohol May Preserve Your Memory

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    In the study, published in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, the researchers tracked the alcohol intake of 664 people, assessed their cognitive functioning with a handful of tests, and performed scans of their brains. What they found: Imbibing later in life — as long as it was at a light to moderate level — was associated with better episodic memory, or the ability to remember specific events, compared to abstaining. This is a significant finding, since episodic memory is the type of recall that usually disappears with dementia. “Over time, you don’t…
  • 3 Flu Vaccine Myths —Busted!

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Misery loves misconception: Learn the truth about flu protection to stay healthy this season. If you’re planning to get a flu shot, now is the time: The vaccine offers the best protection before flu season kicks into high gear in late fall. “The flu vaccine is the number one way to prevent influenza unless you live in a bubble,” said Dr. Susan Rehm, vice chair for Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Infectious Disease. Still, myths about the flu vaccine persist. Myth #1: The protection lasts for more than a year For the flu shot to be effective, you need one every year, ideally as soon…
  • 5 Foods That May Hurt Male Fertility

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    “Most guys have never even heard that anything in their diet could impact sperm count.”  But the truth is, an emerging body of research suggests that the foods you pile on your plate may play a role in the number of sperm you have (sperm count), whether they’re normally shaped (morphology), and how well they move (motility).  Related: 6 Ways to Boost Your Odds of IVF Success How does that play out in the bedroom? “Sperm count is, of course, important, because if it’s not there, you’re not going to [biologically] father a kid,” said Dr. Paul Turek, president of the Society for…
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    Addiction News -- ScienceDaily

  • If you're over 60, drink up: Alcohol associated with better memory

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    For people 60 and older who do not have dementia, light alcohol consumption during late life is associated with higher episodic memory -- the ability to recall memories of events -- researchers report.
  • Baby cries show evidence of cocaine exposure during pregnancy

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    A new study provides the first known evidence of how a similar acoustic characteristic in the cry sounds of human infants and rat pups may be used to detect the harmful effects of prenatal cocaine exposure on nervous system development.
  • Project screenings show need for more mental health services in youth detention

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    More mental health screenings and services are needed for juvenile offenders, experts say. The intent of this study was to implement mental health screening; determine the percentage of youth detainees in need of services; assess the availability and extent of detention center mental health follow-up and referral services; and assess whether a disparity exists due to the size and geographic location of the detention center.
  • Smoking interferes with neurocognitive recovery during abstinence from alcohol

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Researchers know that alcohol-dependent individuals (ALC) sustain neurocognitive impairment even after detoxification. A new study examines specific domains of cognitive recovery in conjunction with smoking status. Findings show that smoking status influenced the rate and level of neurocognitive recovery during eight months of abstinence in the ALC group.
  • Bar attendance supports heavy drinking by young adults in the US-Mexico border region

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Mexico is a nearby destination where younger US residents can legally drink heavily. However, high levels of drinking on the US side are not always linked to recent travel to Mexico. New findings show that higher levels of drinking among US-Mexico border youth are closely linked to their patterns of bar attendance, but not to how they think about drinking.
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    NIDA News

  • Using social media to better understand, prevent, and treat substance use

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

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

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

    10 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    A NIDA-funded study shows that one-third of emergency department patients who initially declined to be tested for HIV changed their minds after watching a 16-minute video. This video described the importance of testing as well as demonstrated how an HIV test can be conducted without drawing blood (...
  • National Drug Facts Week 2015 to begin January 26

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    National Drug Facts Week, which brings together teens and scientific experts to shatter persistent myths about drug use and addiction, will be held Jan. 26 through Feb. 1, 2015.  Ideas for community-based events, as well as success stories from previous years, are highlighted on the National...
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  • As Seen on TV: Advertising’s Influence on Alcohol Abuse

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

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

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

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    Zechariah is the father of John the Baptist in the Bible. My papa wanted me to be like him, anointed in the spirit and the father of important men. That’s how I got my name. My papa is a preacher at a big church in Texas. His work is sharing the word of God. His ministry reaches all around the world, to places like Sri Lanka and Uganda, where church volunteers go to feed the hungry and share God’s message. He also likes to keep a young woman on the side from time to time, which my momma tolerates out of love for Jesus and a commitment to her wedding vows. I think my father is a…
  • How long until the California Legislature Gets It: What’s Wrong with SB1283

    Richard Taite
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    How long until the California Legislature Gets It: What’s Wrong with SB1283 Yet again, the California legislature makes a terrific blunder with SB1283, showing the electorate that they have no idea how to deal with the dangerous problem of synthetic drugs, in this case, synthetic marijuana and speed. Known as Spice, K2, or by a myriad of other names, synthetic marijuana has been a “legal” substitute to the real thing. Popular with teens and young adults who want to get high without running into legal troubles, Spice is actually little more than poison, leaves onto which all manner of…
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    Addiction Blog

  • Average price of addiction treatment

    Addiction Blog
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    Many people diagnosed with addiction may avoid treatment altogether because they think they can’t afford it. While the average price of addiction treatment may seem quite high, this doesn’t always mean that you won’t be able to afford it. In fact, your out-of-pocket costs will most likely be much lower than you think. Read on here for more on the price of addiction treatment and how you can minimize it.  Then, send us your questions about addiction treatment prices at the end.  We do our best to respond to each questions personally and promptly. Factors that affect the…
  • Addiction treatment for physicians and medical professionals

    Addiction Blog
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    Physicians and medical professionals and addiction treatment The idea of physicians and medical professionals often brings about thoughts of health and healing, not thoughts of drug and alcohol abuse and dependence. Did you know though, that medical professionals, including physicians, are just as likely as anyone to abuse drugs and alcohol? In fact, some even believe that substance abuse in the medical community may be slightly more prevalent, due to ease of access to prescription drugs and a high stress work environment. Physicians and medical professionals may start abusing drugs or…
  • Who needs drug testing?

    Addiction Blog
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:36 am
    You most likely won’t be informed of the results of the drug testing right away, but you should know within a few hours or days.  Testing for drug addiction, on the other hand, generally involves a more in-depth assessment. This can include a psychological examination and mental health assessment. Do I need drug testing? There are a number of reasons why a person may need drug testing. Some drug tests are mandated by a local government, business, or organization. This includes drug tests that are required by law enforcement, courts, or employers. Individuals, such as parents or…
  • Rehab without insurance: What can you do?

    Addiction Blog
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    Rehab for drug or alcohol treatment is costly. Rehab averages about $13 per day for outpatient treatment and more than $700 per day for residential treatment. Unfortunately, this is one of the biggest reasons that many people without insurance choose not to get the help that they need. Having health insurance will often help greatly reduce the cost of rehab. But paying for rehab without insurance is also possible. You simply need to know where to look for help. In this article, we’ll show you how.  Then, feel free to ask any questions about rehab without insurance at the end. Rehab without…
  • Drug and alcohol intervention: Taking the first step

    Addiction Blog
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:15 am
    Drug and alcohol interventions: Who needs them? For many, convincing a loved one to enter substance abuse treatment is no easy feat. If you’re reading this and wondering if your loved one needs a drug and alcohol intervention, chances are, he or she most likely does. Drug and alcohol interventions are often a last ditch effort by loved ones to get an addict into drug and alcohol treatment. Typically, it’s become obvious that an addict’s substance abuse is affecting not only themselves but those around them as well. They may have poor performance in work or school, and they may be…
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    Suboxone Talk Zone

  • Does Suboxone Cause SIDS?

    J T Junig
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Originally posted 1/13/2013 In a recent Google search about Suboxone and pregnancy, one of the top links included the frightening statement that Suboxone and buprenorphine have been linked to SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome, commonly called ‘crib death.’ The statement was from a health forum where a woman wrote about taking Suboxone during pregnancy.  She wrote that her child went through opioid withdrawal after delivery, recovered, and then died two months later from SIDS.  She then claims that her doctors told her that Suboxone was a possible reason for her child’s death.
  • Suboxone Side Effects Pt. 2

    J T Junig
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Originally posted 1/2/2013 We can now leave naloxone out of the discussion, and focus on the side effects of Suboxone that are caused by buprenorphine. Side effects are symptoms caused by a given medication that are not part of the therapeutic benefit of that medication.  Whether a symptom is a side effect depends on the reason for taking the medication.  For example, decreased intestinal motility is the desired effect of opioids used to treat diarrhea, but a bothersome side effect when taking opioids for pain.  The term ‘side effect’ is not on the package insert for medication, the…
  • Brain Surgery or Suboxone?

    J T Junig
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Originally posted 12/31/2012 Today I read about the stereotactic brain surgery used to treat opioid dependence in China over the past ten years.   The procedure is relatively straightforward; the patient’s skull is clamped in place while small holes are drilled, guided by computerized, 3-dimensional maps of the brain.  Probes are inserted deeply through brain tissue to the nucleus accumbens, where electric current destroys varying amounts of brain tissue.   Patients are awake and talking during the procedure, so that surgeons know if the probes are too close to brain regions that…
  • Post-Operative Pain in Suboxone Patients

    J T Junig
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Originally posted 12/19/2012 I’ve written about this topic a number of times, but I continue to receive emails from people on buprenorphine who describe inadequate pain control following surgery.  I have prepared a document for my own patients to provide to surgeons, dentists, and ER staff to be used in the case of injury or surgery.  A copy of that document can be found below, or can be downloaded here. As with any of my comments, the information below must be used in consultation with your OWN buprenorphine-certified physician.  Feel free to use my comments as a starting…
  • Xanax Worsens Anxiety and Panic

    J T Junig
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    First posted 12/13/2012 Anxiety is one of the most common presenting complaints for people who come to my psychiatric practice. By the time people with anxiety visit a psychiatrist, they have usually discussed their symptoms with friends and family members, and some have been to their family care physician. And as a result of these initial ‘consultations’, they often have been recommended or prescribed valium-type medications like Xanax or Klonopin— a class of chemicals known as ‘benzodiazepines.’ There have also been several highly publicized deaths from combining pain pills with…
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  • ‘Wide-awake drunkenness’? Investigating the association between alcohol intoxication and stimulant use in the night-time economy

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

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

    Nicholas P. Allan, Brian J. Albanese, Aaron M. Norr, Michael J. Zvolensky, Norman B. Schmidt
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    Abstract AimsTo test whether the relations between anxiety sensitivity (AS), a transdiagnostic risk factor, and alcohol problems are explained by chained mediation models, from AS through anxiety or depressive symptoms then drinking motives in an at-risk sample. It was hypothesized that AS would influence alcohol problems through generalized anxiety or depression symptoms and then through negatively reinforced drinking motives (i.e. drinking to cope with negative affect and drinking to conform). DesignCross-sectional single- and chained-mediation models were tested. SettingSelf-report…
  • Use of stop-smoking medications in the United States before and after the introduction of varenicline

    Karin A. Kasza, K. Michael Cummings, Matthew J. Carpenter, Monica E. Cornelius, Andrew J. Hyland, Geoffrey T. Fong
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Abstract AimsTo evaluate trends in use of stop-smoking medications (SSMs) before and after varenicline (Chantix™) was introduced to the marketplace in the United States (US), and to determine whether varenicline reached segments of the population unlikely to use other SSMs. DesignCohort survey SettingUnited States ParticipantsA nationally representative sample of adult smokers in the US interviewed as part of the International Tobacco Control Four Country Survey between 2004 and 2011. Primary analyses used cross-sectional data from 1737 smokers who attempted to quit (∼450 per wave).
  • Driving under the influence as a turning point? A register-based study on financial and social consequences among first-time male offenders

    Atte Oksanen, Mikko Aaltonen, Janne Kivivuori
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Abstract AimsTo examine gradual change in debt problems, divorce and income among men in Finland before and after a first conviction for driving under the influence (DUI). Design and settingA register-based longitudinal study conducted in Finland between 1999 and 2013. ParticipantsA nationally representative sample of 70,659 Finnish males born between 1918 and 1983, and a sub-sample of males (n = 1,782) who had their first DUI conviction during 2005–2012. MeasurementsDescriptive statistics showing the socio-demographic and economic determinants of DUI. The main analysis was based on a…
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  • As Seen on TV: Advertising’s Influence on Alcohol Abuse

    Richard Taite
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:19 pm
    Excessive alcohol consumption is a leading cause of premature death in the U.S. and responsible for one in every 10 more
  • The Secret Shame of Domestic Violence

    Deborah King
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Domestic abuse is a secret shame that can ruin lives. Let the truth heal more
  • Eyes on the Prize

    Mark D. Griffiths, Ph.D.
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    One of the most basic structural characteristics that may determine whether someone gambles on a particular type of game in the first place is the size of the jackpot that a game has to offer. But do big jackpots stimulate people to gamble? And if people win a huge jackpot, does it make them happy?read more
  • Stemming the Rising Tide of Heroin Abuse

    Constance Scharff, Ph.D.
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Why has heroin abuse skyrocketed, who is using it, and what can be done about the problem? Prescription opioids abuse data suggests the reason for a resurgence of heroin use in America. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA): read more
  • The Drugs Made Him Do It

    Peg O'Connor, Ph.D.
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    Do some drugs for Parkinson’s disease hijack the brain?read more
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  • The End of Combusted Tobacco?

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

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

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

    Dirk Hanson
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Evidence from a 40-year study.  (First published March 28, 2013)Pediatricians have often remarked upon it: Give one adolescent his first cigarette, and he will cough and choke and swear never to try another one. Give a cigarette to a different young person, and she is off to the races, becoming a heavily dependent smoker, often for the rest of her life. We have strong evidence that this difference in reaction to nicotine is, at least in part, a genetic phenomenon.But so what? Is there any practical use to which such knowledge can be put? As it turns out, the answer may be yes.
  • Why Will Power Fails

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

  • Naivete et al

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

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

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

    21 Jun 2014 | 5:39 pm
    "You're favouring your right side like you're protecting it."He stands in front of me and mimics my stance so I can see for myself. He drops his right shoulder and curves that side of his body inward. As he does this it looks like he's protecting something invisible, something stuck to the right side of his chest. I don't know what's going through his head as he stands there but there is lots going through mine. What the hell - I'm protecting a breast that doesn't exist anymore? And accordingly it's largely responsible for the debilitating back pain I've been experiencing.Earlier in the week…
  • Countless Layers

    10 May 2014 | 10:00 am
    We are slowly settling into our new home in the city. It's so odd to look out windows and see houses and people instead of landscapes and endless skies. I've found two views out my windows where I only see trees and sky and finding those views is a relief.At heart I don't think city living is for me but it doesn't mean I can't enjoy it. The biggest benefit is that I am no longer body weary; no longer waking up tired because of the daily 100 mile roundtrip commute we used to make. I am grateful for that as I didn't know that being rested was ever going to be mine again. Between that and seeing…
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    Drugs & Health Blog

  • The Swiss Cheese Model of Addiction

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

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

    The NIDA Blog Team
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    October 15th is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. This year the organizers are using the slogan, “It’s time 'To End AIDS, Commit to Act'/ 'Para Acabar con el SIDA, Comprometete a Actuar.'    Why an HIV Awareness Day for Latinos?   Despite making up only 16% of the U.S. population, Hispanic/Latinos account for 21% of the 50,000 new HIV infections in this country every day. What does that mean in real numbers?  It means that 1 in 36 Hispanic/Latino men and 1 in 106 Hispanic/Latina women will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. Is HIV really MY problem? Lots of people don’t…
  • Award-Winning Teens Hope To Improve Lives Through Research

    The NIDA Blog Team
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The winning projects of NIDA’s Addiction Science Award 2014, part of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, tackled emerging topics in addiction science. While their projects impressed the judges, it is the teens’ passion and desire to help improve lives that makes them winners. First Place: Lily Wei Lee, a high school senior from New York, found that e-cigarettes left significant nicotine residue on glass, vinyl floors, wood, and other household surfaces—also known as third-hand exposure. Her study was recently published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.
  • Colorado’s Answer to Marijuana’s Makeover

    The NIDA Blog Team
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Marijuana has long been seen as an “alternative” drug. It was illegal for everyone, and those who used it regularly were seen as “stoners” or “hippies” or “partiers” and were somehow different than “regular” people. There was a stereotype of people who used marijuana and most people didn’t think much about it. And then came the rise of medical marijuana, and that began to change marijuana’s reputation. It was seen, by some, as medicine, and in some states people were able to get a prescription for it and use it to help them with specific health problems. Marijuana…
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    Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

  • How to Solve a Problem (Including Your Child’s Substance Use)

    9 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Here is a general strategy for approaching ANY problem. Whether it’s your child’s substance use – or any of the related problems – communication, behavior, friend choices, school performance and emotional development (you name it!) These seven steps for solving problems are based on CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) among other behavioral approaches. This approach will take you beyond painful avoidance strategies and unreliable quick fixes, to help you work through problems thoroughly and systematically. As you practice with these steps, try to apply (and…
  • 11 Ways to Get Your Teen Talking

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    The best way to find out what is going on with your child is to, well, find out what’s going on with him. Lecturing won’t get you there. A back-and-forth conversation will. But that’s not always so easy with teens,  is it? In order to keep the lines of communication open, it’s important to know how to listen and when to talk. Here are 10 tips to help: 1. Create a safe, comfortable environment for your child to share the truth. Assure your child that he can always be honest with you – without fear of ridicule or blame. And that you love him no matter what. 2. Turn off…
  • Soccer’s Positive Influence On My Life

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

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

    Josie Feliz
    28 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    ~ New Resources from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and the Treatment Research Institute Guide Parents to Get Help for a Child’s Addiction, Continue Care into Long-Term Recovery ~ NEW YORK, NY, May 28, 2014 – The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and the Treatment Research Institute (TRI),today launched new resources that help guide families when they are selecting an adolescent substance abuse treatment program and then continuing care into long-term recovery. “Questions to Ask Treatment Programs” is a comprehensive workbook that helps parents find the right help for their teen or…
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    Addiction Treatment Magazine

  • Book Review: Troubled Minds – Mental Illness And The Church’s Mission

    Addiction Treatment
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    In her book Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission, author Amy Simpson lets out a long-held-captive “elephant in the room.” The so-called elephant? Mental illness, which broadly classifies a whole range of mental health disorders that affect, on average, one in five Americans every year. In Simpson’s able hands, this very large, wild animal is allowed to roam free, make some noise, and eat up the latest tidbits that medical science and Christian theology have to offer.       Candid And Compassionate Look Into Mental Illness In Church Members Troubled…
  • What Causes Men With Eating Disorders Slow To Recognize The Problem?

    Addiction Treatment
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The assumption that eating disorders are a “girl problem” may keep men from realizing that they have a problem relationship with food themselves. People aren’t looking for eating disorders among men and therefore fail to recognize symptoms which might be glaring if they were exhibited by women. A study conducted by researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Glasgow involved 39 people between the ages of 16-25 who had been diagnosed with an eating disorder, including 10 men. Each person was asked to describe the early symptoms of the disorder, when they realized they…
  • Are There Similar Brain Effects In Alcoholism And Internet Gaming Disorder?

    Addiction Treatment
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:22 am
    Alcoholism is an officially recognized form of substance addiction currently classified as part of a larger condition called alcohol use disorder. Internet gaming disorder is a proposed but not officially recognized form of non-substance-related behavioral addiction or addictive disorder. In a study scheduled for publication in 2014 in the journal Addictive Disorders, a team of South Korean and American researchers compared the brain effects of alcoholism to the brain changes found in people who tentatively qualify for an Internet gaming disorder diagnosis. These researchers concluded that,…
  • Personal Goal Of Abstinence Has Best Outcome In Alcohol Treatment

    Addiction Treatment
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    As a rule, treatment programs for alcohol abuse/addiction have one of two main goals: establishing drinking abstinence or reducing the harm caused by a client’s/patient’s ongoing alcohol intake. However, irrespective of official program goals, people entering treatment may establish personal goals for successful program participation. In a study published in August 2014 in the Journal of Addictive Diseases, researchers from two Swiss universities investigated the impact that personal goals present at the time of alcohol treatment have on drinking behaviors one year after treatment ends.
  • Drinking Alcohol Makes Smiling Contagious – But Only For Men

    Addiction Treatment
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:49 pm
    In the U.S., men are more likely than women to drink alcohol, more likely to drink in dangerous ways and more likely to experience certain forms of severe alcohol-related harm. Researchers regularly look for underlying explanations for these gender-based differences. In a study published in September 2014 in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, a team of American and Swedish researchers concluded that one explanation might be the ways in which men consuming alcohol respond to smiling and other types of rewarding social cues that commonly occur in environments where alcohol consumption…
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    Hydrocodone Help

  • The Difference Between Being Drunk and Being High on Hydrocodone

    27 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The term “drunk” refers to being under the influence of alcohol to the extent of losing control of one’s faculties or behavior; being high refers to being intoxicated or exhibiting euphoria from a drug. Neither term is a medical condition, but the two words describe the effects of being under the influence of either alcohol or a drug. Each state is a condition where chemical substances impair the brain, so they both share many symptoms, which makes it difficult to distinguish between the problems. For a few reasons it is important to learn the difference between being drunk and high on…
  • Positive Thinking In Rehab

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The mind is a powerful thing. The way a person thinks on a daily basis brings color and meaning to his or her world. When you or a loved one’s world view or self image is colored by addiction, it takes determination and practice to change negative thoughts into positive ones. Understanding the power of positive thinking during the rehab process and all the days afterward can increase the likelihood of rehab success. Positive thinking, even in the face of discouragement, can give you the strength you need to continue to make good choices. Hydrocodone Addiction Hydrocodone is an opioid…
  • Is Hydrocodone Addiction Chronic?

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A chronic disease or condition is one that is constant and has a long duration. The degree to which it is experienced may vary over time, as chronic diseases can be managed and controlled with specialized care. However, no chronic condition can be cured, so taking preventative measures or early action is essential for recovery to thrive. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) explains that chronic conditions should someone’s a primary concern, as these health issues are “the nation’s leading causes of death and disability.” Is Addiction a Chronic Disease? Any addiction is a chronic…
  • Hydrocodone and Physical Distress

    12 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Hydrocodone is an opioid painkiller that is typically used in combination with acetaminophen. Using this substance can lead to physical distress, especially if the user becomes addicted. Hydrocodone addiction can develop when a user experiences a sense of wellbeing after taking the drug. Eventually, the individual becomes physically and psychologically dependent on the substance and uses it compulsively. However, even individuals who use hydrocodone per a doctor’s instructions may experience physically distressing side effects such as the following: Drowsiness Dizziness Lightheadedness…
  • Can Hydrocodone Make People Violent?

    7 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opioid used in drugs like Vicodin, Norco and Lorcet to treat pain. From heroin to morphine, all narcotics are made from alkaloids in opium poppy, and hydrocodone is made with the plant’s second-most abundant alkaloid, codeine. In the body, natural chemicals activate opioid receptors in the central nervous system to relieve pain, feel reward and other responses. However, hydrocodone binds to the same receptors, so abusing the drug changes the receptors and other neural circuitry, which can lead to addiction and dependence. This drug is a central nervous system…
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    Valium Addiction Help

  • Three Myths About Valium

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

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

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

    3 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There are some similarities between the effects of Valium and alcohol, but the two substances are very different. Both can create a calming or relaxing feeling, but that’s where their similarities end in regard to symptoms. On the other hand, both drugs are highly addictive physically and psychologically, and when combined they can be deadly. Symptoms of Valium Abuse Valium is a benzodiazepine, which means it works by enhancing the effects of a particular neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. As a result of enhancing GABA, this drug gives users the following…
  • Non-Military Causes of PTSD

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a condition caused by experiencing or learning about a traumatic event, such as death or threatened death, serious injury or sexual violence. Many people in active military service suffer from PTSD due to the stress of their jobs and the life-threatening situations that they experience daily. However, PTSD is not unique to the military, as people experience violence or the threat of it in all sectors of society. It can be impossible to predict whether or not people will develop this disorder, but a family or personal history of mental illness, the…
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    Heroin Detox Rehab

  • What Is a Speedball?

    28 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A speedball is a combination of cocaine, heroin or morphine A speedball is a combination of cocaine, heroin or morphine that people inject into the body using one syringe, or two different syringes, one in each arm, at the same time. Original forms of speedballs used cocaine hydrochloride mixed with morphine sulfate instead of heroin. A speedball may also be a mix between prescription opiates with benzodiazepines and/or amphetamines. Speedballs are dangerous drug combinations, because cocaine is a stimulant while heroin and morphine are depressants, meaning they send different messages to the…
  • Positive Thinking In Rehab

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Change your negative outlook to build a lasting sobriety from heroin abuse Getting sober is a transformational experience: order replaces chaos, energy overtakes fatigue, and relationships heal. Learning to think positively is one context that catalyzes many of these changes, so, although detoxing from heroin is the first step in recovery, breaking habits of negative thinking is the process that builds lasting sobriety. Just as many substance abusers fail to recognize the signs of addiction, they also may be blind to the underlying pessimism that fuels drug abuse. People trapped in heroin…
  • Is Heroin Addiction Chronic?

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Addiction is a chronic disease that requires professional treatment in order to overcome An addiction to heroin is a chronic disease similar to other chronic illnesses that require treatment and lifestyle changes in order to overcome. Heroin addiction causes long lasting physical and mental symptoms, some of which persist even into recovery. How Is Heroin Addiction Treated? Heroin addiction is considered a chronic disease because of the long lasting effects and because it is treated in the same way as any other chronic illness. Treating heroin addiction as a chronic disease involves the…
  • European Views on Heroin

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Europe’s shifting views on heroin addiction might soon influence the way Americans confront this terrible disease While many narcotics are illegal throughout Europe, attitudes about heroin and its addicts seem to be evolving. Although few people believe this evolution will end up legalizing the drug in all of its forms, European leaders are considering decriminalizing certain aspects of drug abuse. In some cases, despite existing laws to the contrary, government programs are offering free, safe places for addicts to use heroin. With continuing overdose deaths, drug use complications and a…
  • Am I Experiencing Side Effects of Heroin or Signs of Dependence?

    4 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The side effects of taking heroin are different than the signs of dependence Heroin was once a legal drug used to treat pain. However, when the medical community realized its highly addictive properties, it was banned. Now, it is sold on the street as one of the most popular illicit drugs because of the intense rush of pleasure it provides the user. Users feel relaxed, calm and even euphoric. They report feeling warm and safe. For people struggling with depression, anxiety or even past trauma or abuse, taking heroin can provide a brief respite from the associated negative feelings and…
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    Xanax Addiction Help

  • Are There Music-Based Therapies for Rehab?

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

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

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

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

    28 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    When a person finishes treatment, it’s crucial to develop a network of support It’s both scary and exciting to finish addiction treatment and begin the initial stages of recovery. Planning the first step to take after leaving treatment is a perfect way to keep on track with goals for sober living. Finding Support After Addiction Treatment When active treatment ends, whether it’s at the more intensive inpatient facility or the less controlled outpatient treatment, a patient’s life enters a new stage. All types of addiction treatment include regular counseling sessions that keep…
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    Prescription Drug Abuse Help | Treatment & Recovery Information

  • What Kind of Housing Should I Choose in Recovery?

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

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

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

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

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

  • New Drug Abuse Trends: Heroin Use Has Risen, While Cost Has Lowered

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    The situation concerning heroin abuse has reached epidemic levels in the US as cost of heroin has lowered (a significant factor in the sudden rise of heroin use in the past several years). Behind the curtains is the increasing cost (and effort) of obtaining painkilling prescription drugs such as Oxycodone and hydrocodone; as of late, prescription drugs have been more closely monitored by doctors and health professionals as a way of reducing prescription drug addiction/abuse; the result of prescription drugs being harder to obtain, as well as costly, heroin is the drug that opioid-dependents…
  • Can Working-Out Become a Serious Addiction?

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Our culture embraces the act of exercising, fitness, and physical training. From women and men, teens and the elderly, regular exercise is strongly considered a healthy practice. However, like the philosopher Aristotle once held—moderation is best, while excess is just excess. Anything in excess, such as in every case of addiction, is harmful to the mind and body— exercise being no exception to the rule. But how is this so? What’s the worst that can happen, right? Exercise addiction is maladaptive: it will cause problems in different aspects of a person’s life if they are addicted to…
  • What Major Health Problems Are Caused by Heavy Drinking?

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    There are many health problems that can result from drinking too much for years on end, or even months if the person is binge drinking. Before you know it, the damage is done and the body will be worn out from all the excess drinking, including the brain. Aside from mental and psychological problems that come from heavy drinking  (such as depression and mood disorders), alcohol basically destroys the body when it is not used in moderation. There is the risk of damaging the nervous system and brain cells, as alcohol will interfere with the transmission of nerve impulses in the brain and…
  • Psychopathological Model of Addiction and Recovery Implications

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    There are various ways that scientists and researchers understand the nature of addiction as addiction itself involves many interrelated factors and causes, making the disease much more complex and difficult to study at face value. The psychopathological model of addiction focuses on problems specific to mental disorders, such as cognitive difficulties, mood disorders, personality disorders, and other mental illnesses. This model attributes mental disorders as the main cause of the addiction. It is usual for addiction problems to be linked to mental disorders, as studies show that half of the…
  • Inspirational Message of the Week

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
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    Family First Intervention

  • Study Examines Alcohol Abuse and Parenting Styles

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

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

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

    Mike Loverde
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    There’s a high risk for overdose in young adults who abuse prescription painkillers, but chances are most wouldn’t know what to do if an overdose occurred. The issue at hand is the non-medicinal use of narcotic pain medications. Opioids like Oxycontin and Vicodin can substantially slow and even stop breathing and other organ functions. Safe and effective overdose interventions are available, but a new study found that most narcotic abusers are unaware of options like the prescription medication naloxone. Researchers found that traditional heroin-using populations were much more in…
  • Ruling for Drug Take Back Program Funding Upheld in Federal Appeals Court

    Mike Loverde
    5 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    Drug manufacturers must pay to dispose of unused and expired medications, at least in Alameda County, CA. This is according to a Federal appeals court, which upheld a lower court’s earlier ruling. The ruling stems from arguments between Alameda County officials and representative of pharmaceutical industry of how the cost of the drug take-back program should be divided. Drug take-back programs are not a new thing. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was established in 2010 by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as a safe and responsible way for people to dispose of…
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    Decision Point Center

  • China Bans Stars From Public Exposure for Drug Use

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

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

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

    Decision Point Center
    4 Oct 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Most people agree that the drug problem in our country is out of control. After years of fighting the drug war south of the border and incarcerating addicts in the United States, it is clear that an overhaul of our strategy on drug abuse has been sorely needed. Now that local, state and federal government leaders are mostly in agreement that the focus needs to be concentrated on treatment and prevention, more people are backing these efforts. However, this new focus does require more funds and many states are looking towards the federal government to provide the financial backing for the…
  • Students Can Help Curb Prescription Drug Abuse Problem on Campus

    Decision Point Center
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:13 pm
    When people think about prescription drug abuse they often think about drugs like Oxycontin, Vicodin or Percocet. While these are very popular drugs to abuse among addicts, other prescription drugs like Adderall or Ritalin have been popular substances on college campuses. These drugs are often abused because students claim they need something to help them study, but in reality they are simply another form of amphetamine and are highly addictive. Since so many young people are diagnosed with ADHD now and given a prescription for a stimulant, medication like Ritalin or Adderall can be easily…
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    Sober Nation

  • Pregnancy and Addiction – Center for Great Expectations Solving Problems No One Else Wants to Deal With

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

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

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

    Tim Stoddart
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    The post Dreams – Premier Music Video from MC Imprint appeared first on Sober Nation. I first spoke with MC Imprint (Brett Guidry) on Sept of 2012. He sent us a Facebook message asking to promote some of his music. We happily did so and at the time I didn’t think much of it. We had a short phone call and he is such a good man with a grateful outlook. […] The post Dreams – Premier Music Video from MC Imprint appeared first on Sober Nation.
  • 7 Everyday Things You Can Do to Help Stay Away From a Drink

    Tim Stoddart
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    The post 7 Everyday Things You Can Do to Help Stay Away From a Drink appeared first on Sober Nation. At one point in my life if someone told me that I would go over a week without having a drink I would’ve told them that they were absolutely insane. Getting  to the point where I was ready to stop, on both a physical and a mental level, seemed pretty much impossible. After coming that […] The post 7 Everyday Things You Can Do to Help Stay Away From a Drink appeared first on Sober Nation.
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    IRETA Blog

  • Campus recovery groups transform lives. Can they change the student body at large?

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

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

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:55 am
    Tracking progress on our home state’s efforts to modernize our PDMP Photo: Wikimedia Commons Editor’s note: As information related to PA’s PDMP becomes available, we are sharing it on the IRETA Blog.  This post will be updated frequently.  Feel free to email relevant news and information to   Recent news Prescription drug database advances to Gov. Corbett October 16, 2014 The Senate approved SB 1180 today and will move to Governor Corbett’s desk. The Governor has publicly supported the bill. Pa. Legislature moves closer to OK on monitoring of…
  • What is SBIRT and why might it fit well in mental health settings?

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

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

  • Finding the Right Drug Treatment

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

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

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

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

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
    The family can play a large role in helping someone who is struggling with drug abuse to get out of it. After an intervention, the ideal situation is that the patient will be propelled toenter a rehabilitation program, either inpatient or outpatient based. Each patient’s requirements and means are diverse, and outpatient and inpatient projects have benefits for patients and their families. Inclusion in an outpatient rehab project implies that patients are not divided from their families, they can go to classes in a facility near their home, and patients can proceed with substance abuse…
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    Rapid Detox - Los Angeles

  • Choosing the Best Medical Detox for Hydrocodone Addiction

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

    C Waismann
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Addiction to illegal drugs can affect your entire household in ways you could have never possibly imagined. Addiction can change how you feel about someone you once loved deeply, and it can inflict awful emotional damage on every member of your family. Worse yet, addiction exposes everyone living in your household to drugs, crime, violence,Read More > The post How Can Addiction Destroy a Home? appeared first on Rapid Detox - Los Angeles.
  • Hydrocodone is Becoming Harder to Get

    C Waismann
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Patients who use Vicodin or other hydrocodone drugs will have a tougher time filling prescriptions for the drug after October 6, 2014. Hydrocodone is a popular pain reliever and cough suppressant. Drug makers routinely combine hydrocodone with ibuprofen and other analgesics to improve the therapeutic action of both drugs. Patients suffering from acute or chronicRead More > The post Hydrocodone is Becoming Harder to Get appeared first on Rapid Detox - Los Angeles.
  • Heroin Administration and its Physical Effects

    C Waismann
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:12 pm
    What is heroin and what does it look like? Heroin is a powerful opioid drug. It is processed from morphine and an extract of the opium poppy plant; heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that in 2011, more than 4 million Americans had used heroinRead More > The post Heroin Administration and its Physical Effects appeared first on Rapid Detox - Los Angeles.
  • Hyperalgesia – When Opioids Increase Pain Instead of Relieving It

    C Waismann
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Each year, millions of Americans take analgesics to relieve pain. Most people take painkillers for only a short time but others use pain relievers for a long period, either to treat ongoing pain for a chronic medical condition or for recreational purposes. People who take opioid pain medications are at increased risk for hyperalgesia, aRead More > The post Hyperalgesia – When Opioids Increase Pain Instead of Relieving It appeared first on Rapid Detox - Los Angeles.
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    Addiction & Recovery News

  • Sublime Recovery vs. Banal Recovery

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

    Jason Schwartz
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Jennifer Matesa’s The Recovering Body: Physical and Spiritual Fitness for Living Clean and Sober seeks to provide “a roadmap to creating our own unique approach to physical recovery” and frames “physical fitness as a living amends to self–a transformative gift analogous to the “spiritual fitness” practices worked on in recovery.” She focuses on five areas, blending her own experiences, other recovering people, empirical research and practical to-do lists. The five areas are: exercise and activity sleep and rest nutrition and fuel sexuality and pleasure…
  • A Life Rebuilt

    Jason Schwartz
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:17 pm
    We are very proud and excited to present “A Life Rebuilt” by Adam Wright. Adam is a Dawn Farm alumni and made the film about Amy, another alumni. We love it and hope you’ll love it to. We hope this is just the first in a series of Dawn Farm films by Adam. A Life Rebuilt from Dawn Farm on Vimeo.Filed under: Uncategorized
  • We are all connected

    Jason Schwartz
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:18 pm
    photo credit: davegray I thought we we done with the Robin Williams commentaries, but Pat Deegan just posted a great one. There were public displays of affection. There were public memorials. Cries went out imploring the public to seek treatment for depression. But my reaction was somewhat different. I felt angry that Robin Williams took his life. And I felt scared that, completely sober and without the numbness of narcotics, he killed himself. He finally said, “Enough” and then checked out. To be honest, I felt threatened by Robin Williams’ decision to take his life. I reflected on…
  • Recovery is good business

    Jason Schwartz
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:06 am
      I just learned of this upcoming talk in Ann Arbor: Belief, Hope and Generosity in the Workplace: Hiring Individuals in Recovery Wednesday October 1, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm — Ann Arbor Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room Ari Weinzweig believes that a key aspect of managing ourselves is acknowledging the power of belief – and how much, whether we realize it or not, our beliefs impact our lives and our futures. In this talk, the CEO and co-founding partner of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses will take a look at how our beliefs play out in our day to day…
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    Pathways Real Life

  • Empowering vs Enabling During Addiction Recovery

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

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

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

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

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

  • Google Glass Addict Receives Treatment

    Keenen Diamond
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Even though the most recent version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual did not include internet addiction in its pages, that does not mean that this type of disorder does not exist. For the first time ever, a 31-year-old Navy serviceman was treated for internet addiction that was provoked by his use of Google Glass.... [Read More...]
  • Exactly How is the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Being Used?

    Keenen Diamond
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) first came to existence in 2011, and since then, over 37 states have enacted the use of this program as a means of controlling prescription drug abuse. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), PDMP’s have many benefits, including the following: Supporting access to legitimate medical use of controlled... [Read More...]
  • Marijuana Controversy Among Governor Kitzhaber’s Camp

    Keenen Diamond
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    As of late, when we hear about marijuana in either Washington State or Oregon, we are expecting to hear stories in regards to legalized marijuana, sales, taxes, etc. What we are not expecting to hear is controversy surrounding marijuana, however that is the case when it comes to Governor Kitzhaber’s fiancée. The Governor’s fiancée, Cylvia... [Read More...]
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week Kicks Off

    Keenen Diamond
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    For the fourteenth year in a row, Mental Illness Awareness Week kicked off starting October 5th. The awareness week, developed through the collaborative efforts of both congress and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), always occurs during the first full week of October. While this week has been going on for nearly two decades,... [Read More...]
  • Drug Abuse Skyrocketing Amongst Older Individuals

    Keenen Diamond
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    For many older individuals, their primary focus is often consumed by topics such as retirement, financials, grandchildren, and so on. However, for millions of people within this age range, all of those topics are put on the backburner, as they are preoccupied with substance abuse instead. It is estimated that 2.8 million middle-aged and older... [Read More...]
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  • How Happiness Can Help You Recover From Addiction: 5 Top Tips

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

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

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

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

    Adam Barny
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    The experience of using alcohol and drugs among young adults in college and university could be considered at the level of users’ main motives, rather than as something to portray with scare tactics. After all, drinking, for example, will be encountered later in life even in professional settings, where moderation should already have been learned. In this day and age, perhaps the best new strategies for helping college students avoid abusing alcohol and drugs will be a combination of (a) understanding their motives for experimenting with or abusing substances, and (b) understanding the…
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    Sharing My Recovery

  • Friends

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

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

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

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

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