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  • Cannabis and the brain

    Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:36 am
    Two new studies examine associations between cannabis use and the brain.
  • The Power in Powerlessness

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    Katie MacBride
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Admitting I was powerless over my alcoholism did an amazing thing for me: It gave me options. The post The Power in Powerlessness appeared first on Addiction.com.
  • 100 Reasons to Get Sober: Get a Second Date

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    Addiction.com Staff
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Ever wonder why your dating life sucks? With any luck, this isn’t what you sound like on a first date. The post 100 Reasons to Get Sober: Get a Second Date appeared first on Addiction.com.
  • Flakka Reaches North Texas

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    BV
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:04 am
    Four years ago, a synthetic drug called bath salts swept the nation by storm. There was a national media frenzy which covered stories of people using bath salts and experiencing gruesome deaths and injuries. Now, the new popular synthetic drug is Flakka (meaning “skinny” in Spanish), which is equally dangerous and addictive; it has similar effects as bath salts, causing hallucinations and sudden violent behavior. It also causes users to feel paranoid in addition to an adrenaline rush. Flakka has now reached areas of North Texas. Law enforcement officials are finding flakka with heroin,…
  • 4 Qualities You Should Look For In A Sponsor

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    Tim Stoddart
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The post 4 Qualities You Should Look For In A Sponsor appeared first on Sober Nation. All 12-steppers can attest to it. “Don’t drink. Go to meetings. Get a sponsor.” Recently 12 step groups like Alcoholics Anonymous have been criticized due to ideology differences, alternative options to A.A. and low overall statistics when looking at long-term success rates. A.A. is still the most widely used, widely celebrated and most recognized track to sobriety. People are very passionate about AA, and they should be. For millions of people, AA saved their lives and gave them a life…
 
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  • Medicinal marijuana: Patients battle stigma and misunderstanding

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    New research examines the experiences of California residents who have been prescribed medical marijuana and the stigma they experience from public opinion.  The findings indicate that the stigma of using medical marijuana may contribute to the under-treatment of those who might benefit from medical marijuana. 
  • Cannabis and the brain

    26 Aug 2015 | 8:36 am
    Two new studies examine associations between cannabis use and the brain.
  • The great escape: Why awareness of mortality can be bad for health

    26 Aug 2015 | 7:20 am
    People with low self-esteem use a variety of escape mechanisms to avoid thinking about their own mortality, new research reveals.
  • Men who feel they fall short of 'masculine' gender norms may be prone to violence

    24 Aug 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Men whose image of themselves falls short of the traditional masculine gender norms, and who feel that others think this about them too, may be more prone to violence than men who feel comfortable in their own skin, suggests research.
  • Giving pharmacists the power to combat opioid overdoses

    24 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
    In response to the growing opioid crisis, several states, including Massachusetts and Rhode Island, have granted pharmacists the authority to provide naloxone rescue kits without a prescription to at-risk patients. This model of pharmacy-based naloxone education and distribution is one of the public health strategies currently being evaluated at hundreds of pharmacies in both states to determine the impact on opioid overdose death rates.
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  • Dawn Farm 42nd Anniversary Jamboree

    jschwartz
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:13 am
    September 13 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm  Free About the 2015 jamboree… Dawn Farm’s Jamboree is a celebration of 42 years—our annual birthday party! And you’re invited! Originally called our “Founder’s Day,” this event welcomes the community to join us for auctions, kids’ events, live music, great food and more! We welcome the whole family to join us on this special day—enjoy the fellowship and great family activities. Don’t miss it! You are our special guest! The Jamboree is the ultimate family event—and it’s FREE. You can come and spend the whole day without spending…
  • Dawn Farm on the WEMU’s Green Room

    jschwartz
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:44 am
    Take a listen to how growing some of our own food and raising animals benefits Dawn Farm and why we love our farm so much! http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wemu/audio/2014/11/GreenRoom112814.mp3 The post Dawn Farm on the WEMU’s Green Room appeared first on Dawn Farm.
  • Thanks to our EMU volunteers!

    jschwartz
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:40 am
    This semester, a group of social work students from EMU took on the daunting project of transforming a basement room at our 2208 employment center. The goal was a create a space for interview clothes, a small food pantry, and basic household supplies. These are the BEFORE pics: Our social work students made an AMAZING transformation at 2208. They cleaned, painted, coordinated donation drives, and organized to create a welcoming, usable space. Thanks to Shelby, Daryl, Darlene, Tiffany, Jaime, and Katherine from EMU for your hard work and kindness! These are the AFTER pics: The post Thanks to…
  • Growing Sober

    jschwartz
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Dawn Farm was mentioned in an article in Modern Farmer magazine about therapeutic farms for addiction recovery! Rehabilitation programs on farms exist in the United States, too. “Meaningful work is part of the recovery experience,” says Jason Schwartz, clinical director at Dawn Farm, a small rehabilitation center in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where recovering addicts work in the garden, kitchen and with farm animals. “Addiction is very isolating, and any kind of suffering tends to make people self-centered, to focus on their suffering alone. Getting them to focus on the needs of other living…
  • Sobriety . . . with style

    jschwartz
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    Sometimes a single event makes the difference. Kevin has never been to Dawn Farm for treatment—not our Detox, residential or even outpatient. But Kevin’s story is profoundly linked to the Farm. On a Tuesday night in 1998, in Dawn Farm’s living room, everything changed for him. Kevin was born in Grand Haven, Michigan, a child with identified potential but difficulty fitting in. He took his first drink of alcohol when he was 8 years old. By the time he was 10 or 11, Kevin was drinking alone—to reduce his feeling of discomfort around others. “Drinking really calmed me down and made me…
 
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  • The Downside of Sobriety: The 6 Things No One Tells You Might Happen If You Quit Drinking

    Marilyn Spiller
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:39 am
    I know, I know, this website is called “Recovery Connection” and it is designed to encourage those who are suffering the slings and arrows of addiction to get help. It is also an educational tool for addiction professionals and those in recovery, and I am here to tell you I had some unexpected lessons to […] The post The Downside of Sobriety: The 6 Things No One Tells You Might Happen If You Quit Drinking appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • The Vaughan Rule

    Chance Ashman-Galliker
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    Kassidy Vaughan is an addict and thanks to being a TAM Scholarship winner, she is currently in treatment at New Beginnings. But that’s only part of her journey to get help. The rest of the road to get to where she is today is nothing short of a miracle. A miracle made possible by her […] The post The Vaughan Rule appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • Daniel Montalbano: A Victim of our Broken System

    Sherry Schlenke
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    As told to Sherry by Barbara Theodosiou, Founder of “The Addict’s Mom” My son, Daniel Francis Montalbano, passed away in April of 2015, at the age of 23. Daniel was diagnosed with Co-occurring Disorders: Mental Illness (MI), and Substance Use Disorder (SUD). These two deadly disorders are the source of much tragedy and heartache in […] The post Daniel Montalbano: A Victim of our Broken System appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • Long Term Sobriety: Making it Stick

    Marilyn Spiller
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:36 am
    A friend of mine, who’s been sober for a few years now, is quite the raconteur. I love to hear her tales of drunken mayhem and redemption. She’s a female Tom Waits – Nighthawks at the Diner kind of stuff – with a sharp-edged gravel voice, and a verbal cocktail made up of equal parts […] The post Long Term Sobriety: Making it Stick appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • 7-Day Love Your Body Challenge

    Lori Osachy
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:18 am
    It’s important to develop and maintain positive body image throughout your life.  When I help people recover from eating disorders, in most cases it’s relatively easy for me to show them how to make their eating disorder symptoms go away very quickly.  Even when a person has had active symptoms for years, with the proper […] The post 7-Day Love Your Body Challenge appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
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  • How much does outpatient alcohol rehab cost?

    Addiction Blog
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:35 am
    Is outpatient alcohol rehab expensive?No, outpatient alcohol rehab is NOT that expensive. Relatively speaking, outpatient rehab is an excellent option for low cost addiction treatment. Why?Setting affects cost. And while inpatient settings help treat people with severe psychiatric, medical, and substance use problems, the extra cost of inpatient rehab is not always justified. Combined with the lack of evidence of inpatient superiority, this makes outpatient rehab more and more attractive.Still, there is very little information currently published on outpatient treatment program costs. And…
  • Help for addiction in NE Iowa: INTERVIEW with Pathways Behavioral Services

    Addiction Blog
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:23 am
    Addiction problems in NE Iowa: Find help nowAddiction is one of the biggest health problems across the U.S. More than 22 million people are in need of help. Access to treatment varies state-to-state and will depend on your financial or insurance situation. So, if you live in NE Iowa…what are your chances of getting help? Where do you go and who can you ask?In this interview, we called in the help of experts from Pathways Behavioral Services who have been providing treatment options in NE Iowa for decades. We hope to answer some of your most pressing treatment questions…knowing…
  • How to pray for an addict

    Stephen Scoggins
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:58 am
    How can you frame your prayers for someone who is struggling with addiction? We offer some suggestions here. Then, we invite your questions, comments, or experiences about praying for someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol at the end.An addict makes her own choicesMany times, when we have a loved one who is addicted, the best thing we can do is stand back and let them make their own choices. It can be upsetting to watch them make unhealthy and self-harming decisions, but that doesn’t mean that we are completely helpless when it comes to recovery.Q: What can you do about it? A:…
  • Long term effects of morphine on sex and pregnancy (INFOGRAPHIC)

    Addiction Blog
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:47 am
    Morphine influences the reproductive health of both men and women. In men, it can decrease sperm motility. The risks for females can be terrifying, as morphine can affect a pregnancy and fetus through the bloodstream and later, through mother’s milk.More here on the risks of using morphine and its impact on sex, sexuality, and reproduction. Then, we invite your questions or comments at the end.Effects of Morphine on sex and sexualityMen and women who use high doses of long-term morphine have a great risk of experiencing changes in hormones levels, decreased libido and decreased potency.
  • Inpatient drug rehab vs. outpatient

    Addiction Blog
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:44 am
    All rehabs want you to quit drugsThe goal of every drug rehabilitation program is to help you achieve a substance free state, relieve the immediate symptoms of withdrawal, and treat any comorbid medical or psychiatric conditions.But, what can you expect during a stay in a inpatient drug rehab? What is the differences and similarities between inpatient and outpatient rehab programs? We review here. Then, we invite your questions at the end. In fact, we try to respond to all questions personally.Main differences between inpatient drug rehab vs outpatient1.  Cost1.1. Inpatient drug rehab…
 
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  • How does the alcohol industry attempt to influence marketing regulations? A systematic review

    Emily Savell, Gary Fooks, Anna B. Gilmore
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:19 am
    Abstract AimTo systematically review, using a qualitative, narrative synthesis approach, papers examining alcohol industry efforts to influence alcohol marketing policy, and compare with those used by the tobacco industry. MethodsLiterature searches were conducted between April and July 2011, and updated in March 2013. Papers were included if they: made reference to alcohol industry efforts to influence (a) policy debates concerning marketing regulations, (b) new specific marketing policies or (c) broad alcohol policy which included marketing regulations; were written in English; and…
  • Predictors of comorbid polysubstance use and mental health disorders in young adults—a latent class analysis

    Caroline L. Salom, Kim S. Betts, Gail M. Williams, Jackob M. Najman, Rosa Alati
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Abstract AimThe co-occurrence of mental health and substance use disorders adds complexity to already-significant health burdens. This study tests whether mental health disorders group differently across substance use disorder types and compares associations of early factors with the development of differing comorbidities. DesignConsecutive antenatal clinic attendees were recruited to the longitudinal Mater-University of Queensland Study of Pregnancy (MUSP). Mother/offspring dyads were followed over 21 years. SettingMater-Misericordiae Public Hospital, Brisbane, Australia. ParticipantsMUSP…
  • Natural outcome of cannabis use disorder: a 3-year longitudinal follow-up

    Daniel Feingold, Jonah Fox, Jürgen Rehm, Shaul Lev-Ran
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Abstract AimsTo assess the prevalence and correlates of remission from cannabis use disorders (CUDs), focusing on the proportion of individuals with CUDs that remit without abstaining from cannabis use. DesignThree-year longitudinal study. SettingWave 1 (2001) and wave 2 (2004) of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC), a nationally representative sample of US adults aged 18 years and over. ParticipantsOur sample included 444 individuals diagnosed with DSM-IV cannabis abuse and/or dependence during the 12 months prior to wave 1 of the NESARC.
  • Shared additive genetic influences on DSM-IV criteria for alcohol dependence in subjects of European ancestry

    Rohan H. C. Palmer, John E. McGeary, Andrew C. Heath, Matthew C. Keller, Leslie A. Brick, Valerie S. Knopik
    22 Aug 2015 | 12:11 am
    Abstract Background and AimsGenetic studies of alcohol dependence (AD) have identified several candidate loci and genes, but most observed effects are small and difficult to reproduce. A plausible explanation for inconsistent findings may be a violation of the assumption that genetic factors contributing to each of the seven DSM-IV criteria point to a single underlying dimension of risk. Given that recent twin studies suggest that the genetic architecture of AD is complex and probably involves multiple discrete genetic factors, the current study employed common single nucleotide polymorphisms…
  • Lay epidemiology and the interpretation of low-risk drinking guidelines by adults in the United Kingdom

    Melanie Lovatt, Douglas Eadie, Petra S. Meier, Jessica Li, Linda Bauld, Gerard Hastings, John Holmes
    22 Aug 2015 | 12:09 am
    Abstract AimsTo explore how the concept of lay epidemiology can enhance understandings of how drinkers make sense of current UK drinking guidelines. MethodsQualitative study using 12 focus groups in four sites in northern England and four sites in central Scotland. Participants were 66 male and female drinkers, aged between 19 and 65 years, of different socio-economic backgrounds. Data were analysed thematically using a conceptual framework of lay epidemiology. ResultsCurrent drinking guidelines were perceived as having little relevance to participants' drinking behaviours and were…
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    A Song Not Scored For Breathing

  • Beloved

    23 Aug 2015 | 5:57 am
    Several weeks ago I walked into a tattoo shop, hardcore rapper music playing loudly in the background, and had a brief conversation with the tattoo artist who, yesterday, put the above tattoo on my wrist for me. As we talked at that initial meeting he seemed to be trying really hard to connect with us. The conversation seemed a bit stilted  and I wondered if we were not his typical clientele and if he was feeling a bit rattled. As we talked every single preconceived idea I had about tattoo shops was shouting in my head.I liked that he maintained eye contact as I was trying really…
  • Sitting Right In The Ashes

    9 Aug 2015 | 2:57 pm
    I had to put my blog to private because my anonymity was breached. Enough time has passed that I felt I could change the settings back. I hope this is a sound move.I've had a good, full-of-people summer. Grandchildren, children, parents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and long time friends in face to face communion. However, after three weeks of not a lick of solitude, I felt relieved to go on a week long silent retreat.The first night is a communal supper where you can talk all you want, ahead of being assigned to a spiritual director. At supper I sat at the same table as a woman who…
  • Too Soon Too Late

    7 Apr 2015 | 5:18 pm
    Against my better judgement today I made homemade french fries. I've been sick with the flu and haven't been able to eat a full meal since late last week. I ventured to work this morning after the holiday weekend and was home again by lunch time. Too soon to venture out. Too soon to be fed. Too soon.Dearest One was home so we sat and visited with one another before he decided he better go to the office for a bit. As he was getting ready to leave I looked at him and said, "Guess what I'm craving?" He joked about all sorts of foods he had been teasing me about eating earlier - foods that made…
  • All is Well

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

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

  • Back-to-School Survival Guide for Parents

    Julie
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:39 am
    Getting ready for the upcoming school year isn’t all about notebooks, brand-new clothes and lunchboxes. It’s also about preparing your child for a new transition and laying the foundation for good communication. Questions about drugs and alcohol will inevitably come up during the school year as your son or daughter meets different friends, encounters unfamiliar social situations and is exposed to pop culture and media. To help parents, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has assembled this virtual backpack. Not only will it better equip your child during this transition, it’s…
  • Partnership Moms Share Their 10 Best Back-to-School Tips

    Denise Farrell
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:57 am
    For the past couple of weeks, but this week especially, a ton of first-day-of-school photos have blanketed our Facebook news feed. While we’re still a few weeks out in New York City, we are gearing up too, and have some tried-and-true “back-to-school” tips from our moms on staff – with kids ranging in age from 2 months to 20 years – as discussed over the water cooler this August: BEFORE THE FIRST DAY: Kid bedtimes can look more like a grown-up’s in the summer. Gradually move up bedtime to get your kids back on their school sleep schedule a couple of weeks before the first day.
  • How to Listen to Your Teen

    Julie
    16 Aug 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Remember: 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 could. Just talking to your child is only half the job. You can keep the lines of communication open by knowing how to listen and when to talk. • Create a safe 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. • Put your smartphone down and don’t allow any interruptions while you’re talking to your teen. • Listen…
  • Marijuana: Tips For Those Tough Questions

    Julie
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    We know that talking about marijuana with your kids can be difficult – especially these days, with recreational use legalized in some states and an increasingly casual presence of weed in the media and pop culture. But with the right tools and skills, you can have easier, more productive conversations with your teen about marijuana, despite these unique challenges. We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our new YouTube video series for parents, featuring Heather Senior, LCSW, our Director of Family Support Services. The videos are designed to give you quick and simple…
  • My Teen Has Completed Treatment. Now What? 

    Julie
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:51 am
    Parents often feel uncertain and ill-prepared when their child has completed addiction treatment. Many wonder, “How can I best support my teen’s recovery?” To help parents, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and the Treatment Research Institute created an interactive guide called Continuing Care: A Parent’s Guide to Your Teen’s Recovery from Substance Abuse. Continuing Care, or aftercare, is the support plan following addiction treatment. Continuing Care can involve: Direct communication with the treatment program after the patient leaves Outpatient counseling sessions (group…
 
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  • Americans Are Using Integrative Medicine to Ease Pain

    Fran Kritz
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Meditation, chiropractic, massage and yoga are helping us ease the ache — a trend that could reduce reliance on narcotic... The post Americans Are Using Integrative Medicine to Ease Pain appeared first on Addiction.com.
  • Sidestepping Addiction at College

    Mary Jane Horton
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Your son or daughter may be out of the house, but there are still ways you can help them avoid... The post Sidestepping Addiction at College appeared first on Addiction.com.
  • What Really Makes Us Happy

    Suzanne Kane
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    “It’s not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” – Charles Spurgeon Happiness is, without... The post What Really Makes Us Happy appeared first on Addiction.com.
  • 100 Reasons to Get Sober: Get a Second Date

    Addiction.com Staff
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Ever wonder why your dating life sucks? With any luck, this isn’t what you sound like on a first date. The post 100 Reasons to Get Sober: Get a Second Date appeared first on Addiction.com.
  • The Power in Powerlessness

    Katie MacBride
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Admitting I was powerless over my alcoholism did an amazing thing for me: It gave me options. The post The Power in Powerlessness appeared first on Addiction.com.
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  • 4 Reasons It’s Important to Know How You’re Feeling After Treatment

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    25 Aug 2015 | 7:43 am
    Completing addiction treatment and reaching recovery is a huge milestone for any drug addict. However, recovery is just the beginning of a new life-long process, so it takes both time and patience to abstain from drugs altogether. Many people often make the mistake of believing that they have recovered once an addiction treatment program has been completed. This belief can be dangerous, as the completion of a treatment program is a critical time to self-reflect and prepare for the recovery journey ahead. To help addicts stay clean even after treatment ends, listed below are four reasons that…
  • When to Leave a Young Family to Seek Treatment

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    2 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery Magazine posted an article that explains how a parent’s struggle with drug or alcohol addiction can affect her children, and the results are frightening. The article begins with the fact that addicted parents are often more prone to violence (either directly or indirectly) toward their children, and it goes on to say that such parents can be emotionally abusive. Households with an addicted parent are unstable, and they foster both bad behavior and poor development for their children. Children of addicts typically develop poor social skills that can leave…
  • Resources that Can Help You to Not Drink

    admin
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Support is the essential resource to quit drinking and stay sober. It can come in many forms such as personal support from friends and members. Doctors, therapists and counselors are other forms of support to stop using alcohol and maintain sobriety. Furthermore, support groups can be crucial to starting and maintaining recovery. The Help Guide lists many support groups that range from general to specific issues, so not all support groups are the best fit for every alcoholic in search for sobriety. Ergo, be aware of the different nationally or internationally recognized support groups and the…
  • Replacing Bad Habits with Good Ones in Recovery

    admin
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    When someone overcomes drug or alcohol addiction and is living a new lifestyle in recovery, she needs a constructive and healthy habit to replace her unhealthy habit of abusing drugs. In fact, she often needs multiple new, healthier habits that promote wellbeing while also rewarding her in a similar way that addictive drugs once did. Most recovery programs suggest and encourage recovering addicts to identify and pursue healthy habits that they can practice to replace past abusive habits. Addiction Treatment Rehab suggests several habits that recovering addicts can adopt that promote continued…
  • 4 Signs that Your Sobriety Is Making You a Better Person

    admin
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    When sobriety is reached, it can be difficult to find the motivation to continue working at recovery, especially as temptations to use drugs again start to pile up. However, as sobriety continues, recovering addicts tend to find motivation through various signs that their decision to be sober is transforming them into better people. For instance, a father who has been sober for some time may finally reconnect with his spouse or child, thus he gains incredible motivation to continue with recovery when he realizes that being sober is making him a better husband and father. There are many signs…
 
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  • How to Move from Thinking About Treatment to Action

    admin
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Change is not generally an immediate process. Even the decision to make a change is often one that can be described more as a continuum than a specific moment in time. The stages of change model postulates that people pass through various steps in their change journeys. Stages of Change The stages of change and their accompanying tasks are as follows: Pre-contemplation – During the pre-contemplation stage, people are not thinking about change. Sometimes they are not even fully conscious of the problem. In the disease of addiction, people in the pre-contemplation stage are often said to be…
  • How the Trigger Process Works

    admin
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    There are multiple reasons that people abuse substances like Valium and return to substance use after a period of abstinence. The desire to avoid withdrawal symptoms is a motivator especially early in the process. For many, however, relapse occurs because of sensory input that triggers drug or alcohol cravings, either consciously, or on an entirely subconscious level. The triggers, or cues, that initiate cravings are generally those that have become associated in an individual’s experience with substance abuse. This can be explained in terms of classical conditioning, a form of learning in…
  • Finding Hope in Other People’s Stories of Recovery

    admin
    15 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    There are multiple personal characteristics and states of mind that can help people achieve their recovery goals. One of the most significant is hope. It is important to foster hope and to build it however possible, including by finding inspiration in the recovery stories of others. If you are addicted to Valium or another substance, learn how to find hope in other people’s stories of recovery. The Definition and Characteristics of Hope Hope has been defined in various ways. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as desiring something with the expectation of obtaining it. Hope involves…
  • Early Sobriety: 3 Ways That Reflecting on Past Experiences Can Benchmark Your Recovery

    admin
    11 Aug 2015 | 11:08 am
    Unlike many other diseases, there is no quick and easy laboratory test that can help people determine the progress they are making in recovering from addiction. Because addiction to drugs like Valium is a biopsychosocial disease, it affects many areas of life, and recovery also occurs in all domains. Progress in some areas may outpace that seen in others. Individuals in recovery and researchers in the field continue to try to develop instruments and measures that will help people determine the progress they are making in recovering from addiction. A 2010 article in the journal Substance Abuse…
  • When to Leave a Young Family to Seek Treatment

    admin
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Addiction is a disease of denial, and often, people do not fully realize their need for treatment. Even people who realize their need, however, may face obstacles when attempting to access help. Parents of young children are often concerned about their care and about leaving them to attend a rehab program. The issue may be especially acute for the primary caretaker, who is most often the mother. A publication by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration notes that the responsibility to care for dependent children is one of the largest barriers confronting women who need…
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  • 3 Determining Factors for Choosing Gender-Specific Treatment

    billmarcus
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:46 pm
    There are some major differences between receiving addiction treatment in gender-specific or mixed gender programs Choosing which treatment program to enter can be a daunting and confusing process. There seem to be myriad options and each one claims it is the best. Add to that the physical and emotional duress experienced by most addicts and you have a recipe for major stress. One of the early decisions you’ll need to make about treatment is whether you should enter a program that is gender-specific or mixed sex. There are advantages and disadvantages to both options so it is important for…
  • How Drugs Affect Men’s Brains

    billmarcus
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    While every drug affects both women’s and men’s brains, some drugs influence men in unique ways In previous decades, people viewed addiction as a moral failure, and addicts as people who made poor choices. People used to think that, if addicts really wanted to stop, then they would. According to the book Slaying the Dragon: The History of Addiction Treatment, the early 20th century was a cruel time for addicts. They were sterilized, put in insane asylums and considered “defective;” in fact, men who entered treatment were shamed and brow-beaten into abstinence. Fortunately, as time…
  • How Does Opiate Detox Work?

    billmarcus
    18 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Detox is the process by which your body rids itself of opiates and learns to function again without drugs Opiate detox is the process by which your body rids itself of the drugs and learns to function normally again. This is because your body has become physically dependent on the opiate (like heroin) and will experience negative side effects (called withdrawal) if you stop taking it. Physical dependence develops as a person uses drugs over and over. If you keep taking drugs like opiates, you will need to take more and more of those drugs to produce the same effect. This is called drug…
  • 5 Reasons Why Moving to a More Sober Area of Town Is Worth the Stress

    billmarcus
    12 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Moving to a different part of town could build your sobriety and motivate you to go to any lengths to get sober In early sobriety, looking for a “geographical cure” is frowned upon: it may seem appealing to move to another town in search of a fresh start, but the quick fix usually fails. As the old adage says, wherever you go, there you are. However, as with so many aspects of recovery, rules are flexible—no single approach or truth holds fast for every person, which is why staying put may be best for one recovering addict, while getting out of Dodge could keep another from…
  • Early Sobriety: 3 Ways that Reflecting on Past Experiences Can Benchmark Your Recovery

    billmarcus
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Learn how personal reflection can set a baseline for your recovery, because this act will help you stay sober and avoid relapse Motivation to stay sober and work at recovery often runs high during the early days of sobriety. Without the drama, hangover and chaos of active addiction in play, life feels more exciting and possibilities abound. However, then time passes, and the daily work of maintaining sobriety sets in, so the “pink cloud”—also known as the honeymoon stage—gives way to a season in which sober routines get incorporated into daily life. Even though the sober life is much…
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    Xanax Addiction Help

  • Should Children Be Included in Interventions?

    admin
    22 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Children can provide a strong motivation for parents to get help for their addiction Addiction doesn’t just affect the person under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It affects everyone around that addict, including coworkers, friends and family. Children are especially vulnerable to the effects of drug addiction in the home. According to the 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over eight million children in the United States live with at least one parent who abused drugs in the past year. This translates to about one in four children under the age of 18 being exposed to family…
  • How to Work on Your Recovery at a Large College

    admin
    16 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    If you are in recovery at a large college, there are some important things to consider in order to help you continue toward a sober lifestyle College is a time of different challenges for students. It is a time of growth and development and a time of change in new surroundings where an individual is not in familiar surroundings. It could even be the first time in your life that you are living away from home. If you are a freshman, this is the first time in your life where the strict schedule of high school is gone, so time is now spent in whatever way you see fit. When in recovery, this is…
  • How Do I Know If I Have a Real Addiction?

    admin
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Over time, you build up a tolerance to the drug, which means you need to take more of it to get the same effects If you use Xanax, you may eventually wonder if you are addicted to it. It is easy to focus on the amount of the substance that you use, but this fact alone may not be the best way to determine if you are addicted to the drug or not. In fact, it is possible that you are using a medicine in the exact amount that your doctor prescribed, yet you can still be addicted. To help people determine whether or not they are addicted to a substance, Psychology Today says to measure how…
  • Seeking Rehab: Researching and Speaking to a Counselor

    admin
    19 Jul 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Knowing what to look for and ask can help people who are researching addiction centers and counselors In 2011, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) published a comprehensive definition of addiction forged over four years by more than 80 experts. The clinical consensus was that addiction is a neurobiological disease rooted in genetics and environment that negatively affects brain areas such as the frontal cortex, white matter connections, nucleus accumbens, basal forebrain and amygdala. When an addiction takes hold, neurotransmissions change, and neural receptors shrink and…
  • Can Postpartum Depression Lead to Addiction?

    admin
    13 Jul 2015 | 4:46 pm
    After giving birth, many women experience postpartum depression, which can lead to substance abuse if left untreated The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) describes postpartum depression as a mood disorder women may develop after childbirth. Symptoms can include anxiety, exhaustion, hopelessness, extreme sadness, worry, sleep issues, concentration problems, unexplained crying and even physical aches and pains. No single cause accounts for the disorder, as it traditionally stems from a combination of the following emotional, physical and environmental factors: A rapid drop in hormones…
 
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    Prescription Drug Abuse Help | Treatment & Recovery Information

  • Therapy, Reprocessing and Healing from Trauma

    admin
    10 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is one of the most common forms of treatment for trauma patients Healing from a traumatic experience can be quite a challenge. After being exposed to a life-threatening situation, unexpected change, violent incident or other similar, traumatizing event, the person can be left with persistent, negative symptoms. In recent years, research has been focused on finding specific and effective approaches to help people reprocess their traumatic memories. Developing ways to help heal traumatized people is important because many are so affected by their traumatic…
  • Finding Purpose After Addiction

    admin
    5 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Rebuilding your family’s trust in you can be a life-long endeavor, but the rewards are well-worth the effort Finding purpose after addiction takes rediscovering your former passions and finding new reasons to keep moving forward in your recovery. Art, music, literature, gardening, building and playing an instrument are just a few of the things that might reignite passion after time spent in recovery. If the things that used to make you happy were somehow connected to the drug culture or your addiction, finding something new to be passionate about can decrease your risk of relapse and…
  • Does Winter Affect Mental Health Symptoms?

    admin
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Understanding how seasonal changes can affect mental health symptoms can help those who struggle with addiction avoid relapse The change in seasons can often bring about feelings of depression or sadness. This is most common during the winter months, when sunshine is scarce and getting out of the house is difficult, depending on where you live. Understanding what winter weather can do to your state of mind can help prevent depression and other mental illnesses, as well drug-addiction relapse. Seasonal Affective Disorder Many people who find their mood changing drastically during the change of…
  • Can Social Media Exacerbate Eating Disorders?

    admin
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Social media has given a new face to the struggle with body issues and eating disorders Social media can be a great way to connect with friends and family, grow a business and build an online presence. But for women and men who struggle with body image, social media can also be a place that contributes to eating disorders. This is especially true for teenage girls who work hard to look the way they feel society expects them to look. Social media sites can also be a haven for bullies, and for those who already struggle with self-esteem issues, this can be dangerous and even deadly. According…
  • 3 Ways Reality TV Interventions Aren’t Realistic

    admin
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    Not all interventions are prepared formal meetings with a number of people surrounding the addicted one It is not surprising to say that reality TV is often very far from reality. And although this is part of the entertainment industry, sometimes reality TV creates a misconception or negative view of some important processes and programs related to addiction treatment and recovery. One example of this is how addiction interventions are portrayed in reality TV. Often, shows depicting “real” interventions paint an overly dramatic picture of events that are contentious and explosive. Fights,…
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    All About Drug and Alcohol Addiction

  • ‪Inspirational‬ Message of the Week

    BV
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:56 am
    You cannot heal a lifetime of pain overnight, be patient with yourself, it takes as long as it takes to rebuild yourself.   To receive information on addiction treatment and rehab services, please feel free to contact our consultant at  800-570-4562    
  • The Long Lasting Debate of Addiction: Is It A “Disease?”

    BV
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:29 am
    The Nation Institute on Drug Abuse holds that addiction is classified as a brain disease, while other scientists, such as neuroscientist Dr. Marc Lewis, claim that this is the wrong way to understand the nature of addiction. He claims it is not a chronic, relapsing brain disease. There are many scientists who agree and disagree with Lewis’ claim, which has continued the debate for decades since addiction was first studied in the scientific realm. NIDA holds the view that addiction is a brain disease because drugs can change the brain, and thus, these changes can be long term and result in…
  • Flakka Reaches North Texas

    BV
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:04 am
    Four years ago, a synthetic drug called bath salts swept the nation by storm. There was a national media frenzy which covered stories of people using bath salts and experiencing gruesome deaths and injuries. Now, the new popular synthetic drug is Flakka (meaning “skinny” in Spanish), which is equally dangerous and addictive; it has similar effects as bath salts, causing hallucinations and sudden violent behavior. It also causes users to feel paranoid in addition to an adrenaline rush. Flakka has now reached areas of North Texas. Law enforcement officials are finding flakka with heroin,…
  • Stimulant Abuse Affects Womens’ Brain Differently Than Men

    BV
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:58 am
    A new study shows that the brains of women who abused stimulant drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine are affected differently in the brain than men. Brain scans show that women who previously abused these types of drugs had a smaller amount of gray matter, a type of brain tissue. Interestingly, the results were the same even for women subjects did not use those drugs for about a year before undergoing the brain scans. This may hint at the idea that the brain of an addicted woman experiences a more devastating negative affect than men. However, men who abused drugs compared to men who…
  • NJ Towns With the Highest Rates of Heroin Treatment

    BV
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    New Jersey has faced a relentless battle with heroin abuse and addiction in the past couple of decades, where families and individuals are witnessing an epidemic that results in high crime rates, hospitalizations from overdoses, and tragic deaths of people from all ages and backgrounds. Of course, some communities get hit harder than others. A good indicator of the negative effects that heroin and other opiates is causing in New Jersey is the rate of heroin admissions and treatment that has been increasing over the years in many towns. Here are the top 15 New Jersey towns with the highest…
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    Family First Intervention

  • Can Needle Exchanges be an Effective Form of Intervention?

    Mike Loverde
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
    By now most people know that there have to be many different types of treatment programs as well as methods of intervention and prevention. However, not everyone agrees that they’re all positive. One such controversial type of program is called a needle exchange. This is where IV drug users can go to get rid of their old, contaminated needles and be provided with clean needles at no charge. This practice has been considered one of the more controversial in the set of tactics referred to as harm reduction. In some places around the world, these needle exchanges go even further and…
  • Link Between Prescription Drug Abuse and Sexual Violence

    Mike Loverde
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:53 am
    The non-medical use of prescription drugs, particularly opioid painkillers, has been linked to many health and social problems. From theft to the spread of diseases like HIV and hepatitis through needle sharing and of course thousands of lives lost from overdose. However, another problem linked to the misuse of prescription opiates has recently been examined – sexual violence. Researchers at New York University’s Center for Drug Use and HIV Research pulled together 164 participants that admitted to prescription drug abuse and examined their history with sexual violence. The results,…
  • Research Finds Overdose Rates High Among Short-Term Users

    Mike Loverde
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:35 am
    A recent study shows that people who abuse prescription opioids infrequently, or who are just starting out using the painkillers are more likely to overdose than those who have more long-term prescriptions or who are prescribed higher doses. The results from this study are important because they highlight the fact that many of these overdoses could be avoided with better patient education and better prescribing practices. Of the overdoses reviewed in this study, more than a third involved methadone, which is used for treating an opiate addiction and also prescribed for chronic pain.
  • How to Keep Someone In Treatment

    Mike Loverde
    5 Aug 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Unfortunately it isn’t all that uncommon for people who are enrolled in a substance abuse treatment center to try to leave before completing their rehabilitation program. This is usually called a discharge against medical advice (AMA). There can be many factors leading to someone’s decision to stop their treatment. Some of these may include a sense of wellbeing after detox despite not receiving any other therapy, complete denial of their problem, drug or alcohol cravings, fear of facing their underlying causes, or plenty of other possible reasons. Whatever someone’s excuse…
  • More Funding Available for Opioid Treatment

    Mike Loverde
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:06 pm
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the availability of an additional $100 million to expand access to treatment services, with a focus on opioid addictions. The move comes as the nation is still in the midst of the worst opiate problem it has ever seen, with tens of thousands of people dying each year from heroin and prescription painkiller abuse. In a release issued this past week, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell stated, “For those Americans who have fallen into opioid addiction and dependency, we can make the greatest impact by helping them move into…
 
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    Sober Nation

  • 4 Qualities You Should Look For In A Sponsor

    Tim Stoddart
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The post 4 Qualities You Should Look For In A Sponsor appeared first on Sober Nation. All 12-steppers can attest to it. “Don’t drink. Go to meetings. Get a sponsor.” Recently 12 step groups like Alcoholics Anonymous have been criticized due to ideology differences, alternative options to A.A. and low overall statistics when looking at long-term success rates. A.A. is still the most widely used, widely celebrated and most recognized track to sobriety. People are very passionate about AA, and they should be. For millions of people, AA saved their lives and gave them a life…
  • Taking A Daily Inventory. Choose To Feel, Choose To Change

    Tim Stoddart
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:21 am
    The post Taking A Daily Inventory. Choose To Feel, Choose To Change appeared first on Sober Nation. When my head hits the pillow at the end of the day and it’s so quiet I can hear the silence around me. When I allow myself to melt into my bed, my day begins to unravel. Thoughts circle and spin above emotions I didn’t realize I was feeling all day. My heart is tired and it aches. I stare at the ceiling and decide to let go, to breathe. I decide to let go of control and allow the process to work. Suddenly the tears begin to fall down my cheeks uncontrollably. Like cleansing drops of…
  • If The Media Treated Alcohol Like Other Drugs [Podcast]

    Tim Stoddart
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:58 am
    The post If The Media Treated Alcohol Like Other Drugs [Podcast] appeared first on Sober Nation. Alcohol is legal. Alcohol plays an important role in the American economy and also American culture. Everyone has a different opinion, my personal opinion is that alcohol should always be legal. Prohibition does not work and we know this from our own history. It should be noted however that alcohol is by far the most deadly drug in America. There are 88,000 reported alcohol-related deaths in the U.S. every year. Most of the attention goes to harder drugs such as heroin or crack cocaine. However,…
  • Losing Someone To Drug Addiction: 5 Ways To Provide Meaningful Support

    Tim Powers
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:35 pm
    The post Losing Someone To Drug Addiction: 5 Ways To Provide Meaningful Support appeared first on Sober Nation. With all of the sophistication of modern man with our technology and advanced ways of thinking, the concept of death remains of the great mysteries of life and is a concept that many struggle to face and define. Like the rising and setting of the sun, the life of life, death and the dash in between is inevitable. One day, we all will die–and we must find a way to come to terms with it, accept it, and find ways to squeeze the marrow of every second we have on this spinning…
  • The Keys To Long Term Recovery

    Tim Powers
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:41 pm
    The post The Keys To Long Term Recovery appeared first on Sober Nation. We live in a culture of now. In our sound byte, bite-size, micro-chipped here today gone later today world, we want results–and we want them yesterday. We want flatter stomachs and washboard abs, and we want our debt forgiven and our hairlines to return to normal. We want to wash the gray away and diminish the fine wrinkles associated with aging. We buy specially formulated elixirs and hardened pieces of plastic and give our hard earned scratch to gurus in three-piece suits that have the answer to everything. If…
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    Drug News and Information

  • Heroin – a Growing Cause for Concern

    admin
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Heroin – a Growing Cause for Concern Many people assume that the main issue that is going on with the drug crisis is with prescription drugs. While these cases are a significant part of what is going on in the marketplace, it’s also important for us to take note that heroin is continuing to be a huge issue. Prescription drug abuse is just the beginning of a long line of issues that people end up having when it comes to drug abuse. And, with all of these concerns, we have to learn how to keep an eye on all of these things. What can be […]
  • What Determines Success in a Rehab Program?

    admin
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    What Determines Success in a Rehab Program? If you’ve been looking into , then it is likely that you’ve been trying to find one that you know is going to be able to succeed for you and/or your loved one. The truth is, there are a lot of factors that fall into whether or not success will occur for someone that is in a rehab situation. Let’s take a look at what are some of the most important factors in a person’s success. First, there are some traits that the rehab center is going to need. Does it seem to be somewhere that people feel […]
  • Will Breathalyzer Tests Become Standard for Illegal Drugs?

    admin
    10 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Will Breathalyzer Tests Become Standard for Illegal Drugs? Technology has really leapt forward when it comes to testing people who may be under the influence of illegal drugs. Obviously, when you’re pulled over for a DUI, you’re going to get a breathalyzer test in order to see what your blood alcohol level is. Now, advances in technology are starting to come forward that will make it so that people can do the same exact thing in order to find traces of illegal drugs, including cocaine, heroin, meth, and pot. What sort of difference will this make? A huge one, actually. Urine tests,…
  • Why Has Teen Drug Abuse Increased So Much?

    admin
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Why Has Teen Drug Abuse Increased So Much? Teen drug abuse has always been an issue, but now.. More teens than ever are getting into underage drinking, which is alarming, considering that means that some of those parents were supplying the alcohol for them. Put that together with the fact that these teenagers are also getting access to drugs (likely from other adult sources), and it’s a sign that things are incredibly sad for teens right now. Why has substance abuse gotten so out of control with teens? Some people suggest that it’s because mental health issues have gotten much worse in…
  • Palcohol – a New Issue in Alcohol?

    admin
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Palcohol – a New Issue in Alcohol? There always seems to be something new when it comes to the world of substance abuse, and the most recent news happens to be related to a new product called Palcohol – also referred to as “powdered alcohol” (hence the name that they decided to use for it). Even though a number of people are really excited about the new way to get a buzz, there has also been a lot of backlash about the product as well. What are the arguments on both sides? People who are for the use of this alcohol consists of those who […]
 
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    Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles

  • FDA Approves OxyContin for Kids: Could Lifelong Addiction Follow?

    C Waismann
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:25 pm
    The FDA recently approved the use of OxyContin for kids, making it the first opioid-based painkiller approved for juvenile patients. The only other painkiller that is currently approved for use in children is the duragesic patch, also called fentanyl, which passes opioids through the skin. While some are applauding the FDA’s efforts at eliminating painRead More > The post FDA Approves OxyContin for Kids: Could Lifelong Addiction Follow? appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • A Bipartisan Push for Stronger Substance Abuse and Mental Health Care

    C Waismann
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    The 2010 Affordable Care Act included a large expansion for substance abuse and mental health coverage. That law required new insurance policies to provide mental health treatment as one of 10 essential benefits. Despite this, millions of Americans still do not receive the mental health care they need. Experts in the field attribute this lackRead More > The post A Bipartisan Push for Stronger Substance Abuse and Mental Health Care appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • The Rise of Overdose and Addiction in Orange County

    nicole
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:17 am
    Medical and societal research has given us more information than ever regarding the dangers that illicit drugs pose in our lives. More money and resources are being expended on education programs than ever before. However, an apparent disconnect exists between the passage of that information and the understanding of it by the general public. OneRead More > The post The Rise of Overdose and Addiction in Orange County appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • Should Naloxone Be Considered a Treatment for Addiction

    nicole
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:11 am
    The medication naloxone has been a vital tool for healthcare professionals in saving the lives of drug overdose victims. Its ability to immediately counteract the depression of the respiratory and central nervous systems caused by an opiate overdose can dramatically increase a victim’s chance of survival. Given its fast-acting affects and the fact that naloxoneRead More > The post Should Naloxone Be Considered a Treatment for Addiction appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • Social Conformity and Drug Abuse

    nicole
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:36 am
    We all grew up hearing the “Just Say No” campaigns attempting to steer us away from entering the world of illicit drug use. Information shared in 2013 by the Huffington Post shows federal spending to combat drugs in America has reached over $1 trillion. However, the same report also shows that the number of peopleRead More > The post Social Conformity and Drug Abuse appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
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  • Sentences to ponder

    Jason Schwartz
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:03 pm
    From Jamie Holmes in the NY Times: Presenting ignorance as less extensive than it is, knowledge as more solid and more stable, and discovery as neater also leads students to misunderstand the interplay between answers and questions. People tend to think of not knowing as something to be wiped out or overcome, as if ignorance were simply the absence of knowledge. But answers don’t merely resolve questions; they provoke new ones. (Hat tip: Debra Jay)Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Drug crimes and incarceration reform

    Jason Schwartz
    23 Aug 2015 | 6:31 pm
    A very smart interview with Senator Corey Booker on criminal justice reform and the role of drug crimes in incarceration rates: One concern I’ve heard from activists and academics is that there’s a conventional wisdom forming that the reason our prison population is so huge is because of nonviolent offenders. Even President Obama, during his big criminal justice speech in July, said, “Over the last few decades we’ve also locked up more and more nonviolent drug offenders than ever before, for longer than ever before, and that is the real reason our prison population is so high.” When…
  • half-measures are not enough

    Jason Schwartz
    16 Aug 2015 | 6:14 am
    Bill White provides a great summary of a recent review of research on opioid addiction, treatment and recovery. Bottom line: opioid addiction is deadly opioid addicts can recover treatment that’s long enough and intense enough is associated with better outcomes Unfortunately, most opioid addicts seeking treatment never get offered care that meets these criteria. Read the rest here.Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Shame, methadone and recovery

    Jason Schwartz
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    The Boston Globe has an article on the shame that successful methadone patients carry. It makes me sad to hear of anyone doing the deal feeling shame about being a recovering addict. People with opioid addiction ought to have access to methadone, if that’s what they want. Without shame. They also ought to have access to the gold standard for addiction treatment—the same care that an opioid addicted health professional gets. They also ought to get accurate information about the various pros and cons of each approach. For example, they ought to know that the gold standard demands a lot…
  • Treatment Works, IF . . .

    Jason Schwartz
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:24 am
    Courtesy of Bill White. Visit williamwhitepapers.comFiled under: Uncategorized
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    Pathways Real Life Recovery

  • How to Rebuild Trust Once It’s Been Broken

    pathways
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:11 am
    Trust is one of the most important aspects of healthy relationships. When our spouse cheats on us or our best friend throws us under the bus, we’re left with tons of questions and doubts about our relationship. Why would this person we thought we could trust lie to us? Is that the first time they’ve lied, or have they lied about other things? We often wonder if we’ll be able to trust them again or if we’ll always wonder whether they’re really being honest with us. When we’re the ones who have betrayed our loved one’s trust, we might feel as though our relationship is doomed, no…
  • 5 Things About Addiction That May Surprise You

    Michelle Amerman
    16 Jun 2015 | 3:06 pm
    According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is a chronic disease that affects the brain. It causes changes in the neural pathways that remember the pleasures of activities such as eating, sex, alcohol and drug use, gambling, etc. When triggered, these pleasurable memories cause an overwhelming desire to repeat the experience. Without the proper skills to overcome this desire, and without dealing with the root causes of the issues that led to the addictions to begin with, it’s easy to fall into the cycle of addiction. After all, pleasure is a hard thing to resist.
  • From Addict to Iron Man: The Transformation of Robert Downey Jr.

    Michelle Amerman
    20 May 2015 | 10:39 am
    When he was just eight years old, Robert Downey Jr.’s father introduced him to drugs. It did not take long for Robert Downey Jr. to become addicted. Robert Downey Jr. was born in April of 1965. His father, Robert Downey Sr., was an avant-garde film director with a passion for social issues. Downey Senior was also enthusiastic about drugs. In the 1988 book The New Breed, Downey said he grew up in a house where there were a lot of drugs just lying around. Unlike most households of the time where fathers and sons bonded over baseball or cars, the Downey family shared a love of acting and a…
  • Money Management Tips for Recovering Addicts

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

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

  • Jimmy Weiss: A Force of Nature

    Ashton Abernethy
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Treatment can be a difficult time. Everything is new, emotions are returning, and clients are often unsure if staying sober is the right thing to do. It’s “one day at a time,” but in early sobriety, that can mean struggling with a tough decision every single day. On a rough day, it’s one moment at a time. We know that our clients’ addictions are filling their heads with treacherous thoughts and memories. And we know that fear and uncertainty are powerful motivators. So we do our best to offer support from every angle. We try to stand in between our clients and their urges to use. We…
  • Using Music to Transform Lives

    Ashton Abernethy
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:19 am
    “In my disease, I had given up my art, a self-inflicted punishment far greater than any imposed from outside. “ – Bill W People identify with musicIt nurtures vulnerabilitywhile also offering a majesticpowerto healThere is a connection between the listenerand songwriter that is intimate and powerful. Two very different people can relate to a song deep down in their heart in a way that many other art forms fall short. It’s therapeutic. Finding the right song that matches an emotion can help a listener process their emotions, even if they are not aware of itAnd for the musician, writing…
  • Staying Sober During Thanksgiving

    nts_admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    Every year, families throughout The United States gather together for one meal – but its not just any meal, it’s Thanksgiving Dinner! Whether your aunt and uncle drove in for just a few hours, or you are traveling up to your parents house for the entire week, people from all over make the effort to be with their loved ones and to reflect on what they are truly grateful for. For many, this holiday is a tried and true favorite. For others, however, it can be viewed as a day that poses a few extra challenges. Those who have been in recovery from drug and/or alcohol abuse might find the…
  • Johnny Depp’s Questionable Behavior Raises Eyebrows

    nts_admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    For over three decades, Johnny Depp has transcended the silver screen and reached the hearts of millions of people throughout the world. He is, without a doubt, one of the most beloved actors to ever grace Hollywood – and his repertoire of films continue to draw in new fans on a regular basis. As much as Depp is respected among his fans and the public, we have all become accustomed to his off-the-cuff behaviors at award shows, in interviews, on the streets, and so on. He can be described as unique, insanely creative and even a bit quirky. However, his behaviors at the Hollywood Film Awards…
  • What’s Really Causing Teens to Abuse Drugs and Alcohol?

    nts_admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    It doesn’t come as a surprise to hear that teenagers, despite the education that has been put forward through the media and in schools, are still experimenting with both drugs and alcohol. This experimentation is often chalked up to be because of peer pressure or problems at school and/or at home. However, a new study shows that there might be more to teenage drug and alcohol experimentation habits. Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center have conducted one primary study to determine what puts teens at risk for substance abuse. The study, a part of the National Institute of…
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    My Pornography Healing

  • He Descended Below All

    Kent
    23 Aug 2015 | 12:47 pm
    I’ve recently begun reading the book, “The Savior’s Final Week“, by Andrew Skinner. The book chronicles the events that took place in Gethsemane, Golgotha, and The Garden Tomb. The book is a fantastic insight into the Atonement. I find myself constantly underlining passages and turning the corner of pages as I try to save passages that have significant meaning to me. I’d like to share one of these such passages with you. The author, when describing the Savior’s experience in Gethsemane, says the following: “As we contemplate our own trials and…
  • Keeping a Daily Journal

    Kent
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Recently, I’ve started recording how I feel at the end of each day in my journal. I’ve found that doing this really helps me towards my goal of being more mindful of myself and my surroundings – but also allows me to get things off of my chest that may have previously pushed me towards a relapse. I journal on the following areas: – How I feel physically – How I feel spiritually – How I feel emotionally – Any triggers that I experienced throughout the day – How did I nurture myself today? – Commitment for tomorrow Are any of you doing…
  • Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong

    Kent
    12 Jul 2015 | 9:39 pm
    I came across this TED talk that has been floating around the last few weeks on social media. It’s about 15 minutes long — but I think it has some great commentary around the importance of emotional connections with human beings (friends, family, co-workers, etc). Johann Hari (the speaker) mentions a study that shows that the number of close friends that people can call on during a crisis is declining. He says, “The amount of floor space an individual has in their home has been steadily increasing, and I think that’s like a metaphor for the choice we’ve made…
  • Spiritual Impressions

    Kent
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:36 pm
    “I have talked with many individuals who question the strength of their personal testimony and underestimate their spiritual capacity because they do not receive frequent, miraculous, or strong impressions. Perhaps as we consider the experiences of Joseph in the Sacred Grove, of Saul on the road to Damascus, and of Alma the Younger, we come to believe something is wrong with or lacking in us if we fall short in our lives of these well-known and spiritually striking examples. If you have had similar thoughts or doubts, please know that you are quite normal. Just keep pressing forward…
  • Scheduled Twitter Chats?

    Kent
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:44 pm
    I’ve been trying to think of ways to bring the individuals who frequent the LDS recovery blogs together in order to provide strength and learn from each other’s experiences. Would any of you be interested in participating in a once-a-week twitter chat? I’m not sure how many of you have Twitter accounts, but I feel like it would be a fantastic way to connect with each other and provide strength. I would imagine that we would run the twitter chat in a similar fashion to recovery meetings — at least in regards to what is appropriate to share and what isn’t. I…
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  • LGBT Hispanic Community Making Big Strides

    Right Step
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Hispanic community and their supporters made waves last year. These publicly visible people, organizations and events helped bring awareness to the fact that LGBT people exist in the Hispanic community and want the same rights as everyone else. According to U.S. Census statistics, 4.3 percent of Hispanics in America identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. This means that nearly one-and-a-half million Hispanics in the U.S. are a part of this community and are not always accepted by the traditional culture. Every time a…
  • Here’s a Quick, Easy Way to Boost Your Teen’s Self-Esteem and Build a More Fulfilling School Year

    Right Step
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    If you have a typical teenager, chances are their self-esteem could use a lift: Acne outbreaks. Wardrobe crises. Concerns about body image. Relationship dramas. Romantic crushes. And, not to be forgotten, the daily pressures to fit in and be “cool.” Such garden-variety challenges are inevitable in that awkward stretch of life dubbed “adolescence,” and can shake the self-esteem of even the most well-adjusted teenager. Now, recent findings from a study at New York University, published in the Journal of Experiential Psychology, can help you boost your teen’s self-esteem just in time…
  • What Does It Mean to Be A Teen With Borderline Personality Traits?

    Right Step
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Borderline personality disorder, also known as BPD, is a mental illness categorized as a mood disorder. Someone with BPD typically has unstable moods, difficulty with relationships and erratic behaviors. If you think these characteristics of the disorder sound like your average teenager, you aren’t wrong, and this is a big problem when it comes to diagnosing troubled adolescents. Many teens display worrying signs of BPD, but doctors are often hesitant to make a diagnosis. It can be hard to distinguish between the disorder and the ups and downs of adolescence. The result is that some teens…
  • This Groundbreaking Insight May Be Your Teen’s Best Defense Against Addiction This School Year

    Right Step
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    “The best thing for being sad … is to learn something,” the magician Merlin counsels his young pupil, Wart, in the fantasy classic The Once and Future King. And the latest insights from science seem to confirm that conclusion, with the implication that encouraging your teen’s studies may be their best defense against addiction and potentially other forms of mental illness like depression. How Enriched Learning Can Prevent Addiction Groundbreaking research has begun to shed light on exactly how enriched learning serves to prevent addiction. A new UC Berkeley study found that even a…
  • Insecurity Can Often Lead to Infidelity

    Right Step
    14 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Attachment insecurity in one or both partners in a relationship can predict marital infidelity, according to new research from Florida State University. Attachment insecurity, also called insecure attachment style, comes in two forms: attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance. Both forms of insecurity involve the belief that the people who are close to you are not emotionally or physically available to you. People who doubt the availability of those close to them typically play out this insecurity in one of two predictable ways. Attachment Anxiety vs. Attachment Avoidance Those who develop…
 
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