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  • Why Does America Have Such a Drinking Problem?

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    Tim Stoddart
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    The post Why Does America Have Such a Drinking Problem? appeared first on Sober Nation. All over the world, people are drinking. Alcohol is the world’s most popular drug, and no matter how different people may be from country to country, alcoholism affects us all in the same ways. Globally, about four percent of deaths are attributed to alcohol, which is more people than AIDS kills. Wherever you find alcohol, you find drinking problems, too, but in some countries the problems are more common. America, for example, has a significant drinking problem. Why? If you look closer at the…
  • Closure, Acceptance and Gratitude

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    Keenen Diamond
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    Since my Grandfather passed away, I really haven’t felt like myself. I spent a long time being sad and stuck in a fog over what happened, and I knew that if I stayed feeling that way it wasn’t going to be beneficial for me. So, last week, I went to as many AA meetings as... [Read More...]
  • 6 Ways To Trick Your Brain Into Sleeping Better

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

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    Liliann Reid
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”  – Matthew 11:28-30 Struggling with a substance abuse addiction takes its toll not only physically and emotionally, but spiritually as well. That’s why Christian drug and alcohol treatment centers strongly believe in treating the person as a whole; mind, body and spirit. How does prayer work in…
  • School pupil survey: smoking, drinking and drugs at decade low in England

    Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs News From Medical News Today
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    New figures for 2013 show the prevalence of smoking, drinking or drug use among school pupils(2) is considerably lower than ten years ago.
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  • How Long-Term Couples Share a Brain (Sorta)

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    By Melissa Dahl / Follow @melisadahl Photo by Viacom It doesn’t seem fair, but research suggests that as we get older, our own stories — the things we experienced firsthand — are among the first memories to go. This inspired them to depart from testing memory for lists of words and events, and to explore the amount of rich, in-depth information remembered by couples about experienced events.
  • New Documentary ‘Love Child’ Examines the Game-Addicted Korean Couple Who Starved Their Child to Death

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Photo by HBO In 2010, a 3-month-old baby named Sarang died of malnutrition while her parents were out of the house. After a series of mental-health tests and interviews, the court ultimately ruled that they were not guilty of murdering their child, because they couldn’t distinguish the virtual world from reality. The result, a documentary called Love Child, debuts on HBO this week. I spoke with Veatch about Internet addiction, the uniquely tech-driven culture of Korea, and where the couple are now.
  • How a Lack of Sleep Can Hurt Your Finances

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Others are kept up by chronic stress or insomnia, and still others have a disorder like sleep apnea. According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 18 million Americans have sleep apnea, a condition that causes troubled breathing during sleep, and 75 percent of people with sleep apnea don’t know they have it. The reality is, they are depriving their brains of a nutrient just as vital as food or water,” says Emerson Wickwire, sleep medicine program director at Howard County Center for Lung and Sleep Medicine in Columbia, Maryland. Wickwire continues: “The effects of sleep loss on…
  • Generation of Tanners See Spike in Deadly Melanoma

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Photo by Thomas Leth Olsen/Flickr WASHINGTON (AP) — Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973. The report blames a generation of sun worshipping for the $8 billion spent to treat all forms of skin cancer each year. Rear Adm. Boris Lushniak said state and local officials need to do more to help people cover up, such as providing more shade at parks and sporting events. "We need more states and institutions on board with these policies that…
  • Anti-Vaccination Movement Could Be Prompting Parents to Skip Other Important Shot

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Newborns have been given a life-saving vitamin K shot for more than 50 years, but some parents are now refusing it.
 
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  • High school students in some schools smoking at same rate as adults

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    Cuyahoga County high school students are smoking tobacco products at the same rate as adults in the county, according to new data. In 2013, more than 22 percent, or one in five high school students, report use of any tobacco product within the prior 30 days.
  • Warning: Birthdays can be bad for your health

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    Birthday-related drinking is associated with upsurges in hospital admissions among young people, research has found.
  • Greater odds of adverse childhood experiences in those with military service, study finds

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

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

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    People diagnosed with depression need to step out for a cigarette twice as often as smokers who are not dealing with a mood disorder. And those who have the hardest time shaking off the habit may have more mental health issues than they are actually aware of, research suggests. While nearly one in five North American adults are regular smokers, a figure that continues to steadily decline, about 40 per cent of depressed people are in need of a regular drag.
 
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  • New brain imaging dataset now available to enhance reliability and reproducibility

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Richard Taite
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    Why do addicts seek their drug? Why can’t they stop? The 21st century view is that an addict’s brain becomes literally hardwired to crave the drug. It’s called “incentive-sensitization” – the theory has been around since 1993 and was made mainstream by an article in the journal Addictionin 2000. Basically, the incentive-sensitization view of addiction says that drugs tip the scale of how our brains calculate incentives: drugs rewire the brain so that the drug is the brain’s only reward and thus its only motivation. Now, a new article published online last week in the journal…
  • How I learned self-forgiveness

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

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

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

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

    Addiction Blog
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:26 am
    Alcohol withdrawal should always be done under medical supervision. To safety detox, there is only one way to go: with medically-supervised detoxification in a licensed detox center. Here, we warn against going cold turkey off alcohol at home without medical supervision. What are the risks? The dangers? The symptoms of detoxification from alcohol? More here on why going cold turkey off alcohol is not advised…and a section at the end for your questions about alcohol withdrawal. Going cold turkey alcohol? Give it a second thought. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that is…
  • Types of A.A. meetings

    Tracy Smith
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    Alcoholics Anonymous, or A.A., exists to help people live a life of abstinence from alcohol. But what can you expect when you go to an A.A. meeting? And what kinds of different meetings exist? We explore types of A.A. meetings and the general meeting format here. Then, we invite your questions or discussion about relationships in A.A., or the effectiveness of A.A. in the comments section at the end. A.A. meeting formats Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are voluntary meetings for people who identify as alcoholics (closed meetings) or people that are interested in alcoholism (open meetings). These…
  • The power of prayer in addiction recovery

    Liliann Reid
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”  – Matthew 11:28-30 Struggling with a substance abuse addiction takes its toll not only physically and emotionally, but spiritually as well. That’s why Christian drug and alcohol treatment centers strongly believe in treating the person as a whole; mind, body and spirit. How does prayer work in…
  • How to tell if you’re an alcoholic

    Jake Sandino
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:42 pm
    The best way to determine if a person is an alcoholic is to try to go without alcohol for 30 days. Abstaining for this long will be impossible for someone who is truly dependent on alcohol. This process can also address denial in an alcoholic directly. More here on alcohol abuse vs. dependence and where to get help for an alcohol problem. Then, we invite your questions about drinking, setting boundaries with an alcoholic or how to deal with alcoholics at the end. Alcoholism affects millions Alcoholism is a devastating disease that affects millions of people very year. Despite the warnings…
  • Hiding an addiction: 3 questions to ask yourself

    Maggie Harmon
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    Some people are good at hiding their addiction from the world, and from themselves, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t real… and it doesn’t mean that there is no impact from the addicted behavior. Denying an addiction problem is an expected self-defense mechanism for people with substance abuse problems and their families. So, how can you address addiction which is affecting an entire family group? Here, we bring light to the subject of hiding addictions. While families and individuals remain functional on the outside, hidden addictions can eat you up from the inside. More here on…
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  • Neuroimaging craving: urge intensity matters

    Stephen J. Wilson, Michael A. Sayette
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    Abstract Functional neuroimaging has become an increasingly common tool for studying drug craving. Furthermore, functional neuroimaging studies, which have addressed an incredibly diverse array of questions regarding the nature and treatment of craving, have had a substantial impact on theoretical models of addiction. Here, we offer three points related to this sizeable and influential body of research. First, we assert that the craving most investigators seek to study represents not just a desire but a strong desire to use drugs, consistent with prominent theoretical and clinical…
  • Prevalence of alcohol related pathologies at autopsy: Estonian Forensic Study of Alcohol and Premature Death

    Jana Tuusov, Katrin Lang, Marika Väli, Kersti Pärna, Mailis Tõnisson, Inge Ringmets, Martin McKee, Anders Helander, David A Leon
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Abstract AimsAlcohol can induce diverse serious pathologies yet this complexity may be obscured when alcohol-related deaths are classified according to a single underlying cause. We sought to quantify this issue and its implications for analysing mortality data. Design, settings and participantsCross-sectional study included 554 men aged 25-54 in Estonia undergoing forensic autopsy in 2008-9. MeasurementsPotentially alcohol-related pathologies were identified following macroscopic and histological examination. Alcohol biomarkers levels were determined. For a subset (∼30%), drinking…
  • The Forest and the Trees: Relational and Specific Factors in Addiction Treatment

    William R. Miller, Theresa B. Moyers
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Abstract AimsIncreased expectations for the use of evidence-based methods in addiction treatment have fueled a debate regarding the relative importance of “specific” versus “common” factors in treatment outcome.This review explores the influence of these factors on addiction treatment outcome. MethodsThe authors review and link findings from four decades of research on specific and general factors in addiction treatment outcome research. FindingsThough few would argue that what one does in addiction treatment is immaterial, outcome studies do tend to find small to no difference when…
  • Hazardous birthday drinking among young people: population-based impacts on emergency department and in-patient hospital admissions

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

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

    Rubin Khoddam, M.A.
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    We jump from thing to thing always striving for something better. But life is made up of smaller and bigger goals that are part of a larger journey.The question then is how do you stay content where you are while you aim for something else?read more
  • Mindfulness with CBT May Rewire the Addicted Brain

    Richard Taite
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    If addiction is written into the brain’s system of incentives and motivations, the secret to addiction recovery may be to rewrite or at least rebalance this system.read more
  • Compelling Evidence

    Mark D. Griffiths, Ph.D.
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:28 am
    Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is indicated by the presence of either obsessions and/or compulsions and is a clinically heterogeneous condition. But what else do we know based on research published in the psychological literature.read more
  • "Remnants of a Life on Paper"–A Book Review

    Lloyd I. Sederer, M.D.
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    If you are looking for reasons to believe in God, they abound in this book. If you are looking for reasons not to believe in God, they abound in this book. read more
  • Duplicity, Lies, Manipulation, and Eating Disorders

    Judy Scheel, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Many patients with eating disorders lie about their symptoms to cover up. For some patients, manipulating and lying to others is painful and shameful. For other patients, deceiving others and covering up their symptoms is a way of life. Here are the recovery issues facing these different types of patients. read more
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  • Getting Spiced

    Dirk Hanson
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    Synthetic cannabis is stronger than it used to be.First published 10/07/2013 I wish I could stop writing blog posts about Spice, as the family of synthetic cannabinoids has become known. I wish young people would stop taking these drugs, and stick to genuine marijuana, which is far safer. I wish that politicians and proponents of the Drug War would lean in a bit and help, by knocking off the testing for marijuana in most circumstances, so the difficulty of detecting Spice products isn’t a significant factor in their favor. I wish synthetic cannabinoids weren’t research chemicals, untested…
  • Hunting For the Marijuana-Dopamine Connection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • What’s The Matter Here?

    Addiction Treatment
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    By Edie Weinstein In the United States, child abuse exists in epidemic proportions. In 2011, 676,569 children were determined to be victims of abuse or neglect. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines child abuse as actions or words that cause harm or threat of harm, and child neglect as the failure to provide for a child’s basic needs or protect him or her from harm. I have often heard people say, “I was spanked by my parents and I learned respect for authority,” “I knew that when my father went for his belt, I had better straighten up and fly right,” “My parents…
  • Would You Drink A Coke After Watching This Video?

    Addiction Treatment
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    By Nancy Wride Like 18 million others, we watched the YouTube video of a guy in a lab coat calling himself a “Crazy Russian” boil Coca-Cola. The stated aim of the man, whose real name is Tara’s Kalakos, was to examine how much sugar the soda contained — but more precisely, how much sugar per bottle the consumer takes in. The oily tar result was so stomach-turning that we found it hard to believe. So we decided to test his experiment in our own kitchen with the same ingredients: first, one 16.9-ounce bottle of Coca-Cola, then two liters, which is equal to four of the bottles. Would…
  • Book Review: Daddy’s Disease; Mommy’s Disease – Helping Children Understand Alcoholism

    Addiction Treatment
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    By Carolyn Hannan Bell Written in language that children can easily understand, beautifully illustrated by PeiPei, two books by practicing psychotherapist Carolyn Hannan Bell are an important tool that families can use to help their small children understand the disease of alcoholism that may affect one or both parents. This is a tall order, but it is a challenge that Bell not only undertook with enthusiasm; she also far exceeded in the execution. Deep, Dark Secrets Children may not be able to verbalize what they’re feeling when they are in emotional pain. But they do suffer immensely from…
  • 6 Ways To Trick Your Brain Into Sleeping Better

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

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

  • Does Acupuncture Really Help You Heal from Addiction?

    admin
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    Every user responds to different types of treatment in his own way, so it is important to understand what types of treatment are offered and the possible benefits of each before you make your final treatment decisions. One type of treatment offered alongside addiction treatment is acupuncture. Acupuncture has been used in China and other parts of Asia for thousands of years as a form of alternative medicine, and there are conflicting views on how effective acupuncture can be for hydrocodone addiction. Acupuncture has not been proven to improve your chances at recovery, yet many users have…
  • Is Depression the Root of Hydrocodone Abuse?

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

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

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

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

  • How Valium Addiction Can Keep You From Reaching Your Potential

    admin
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Valium, a brand name formulation of diazepam, is a central nervous system depressant that treats issues like anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, seizures and muscle spasms. This benzodiazepine-class medication was the best-selling prescription drug of the 1970s, and though eventually surpassed by Xanax (a newer benzodiazepine sedative), Valium still made up nearly 15 million prescriptions in 2011 as reported by the New York Times. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) suggests that 18% of the US population suffers from anxiety, but many Valium users take the drug…
  • How to Take Care of Yourself After Valium Rehab

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

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

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

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

  • What Is the Law Regarding the Use of Heroin and Why?

    billmarcus
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There are strict laws prohibiting the use of heroin, and using the drug can result in serious legal consequences Heroin is a serious and harmful drug. Because of this there are strict laws prohibiting its use, and using the drug can result in serious legal consequences that will have a long-term effect on all areas of an individual’s life. Heroin and Drug Scheduling Heroin is considered a controlled drug. The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) defines and categorizes controlled drugs based on the likelihood of abuse and dependence. The most dangerous drugs, those whose…
  • What Does it Mean to Have a Dual Diagnosis?

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

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

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

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

  • Why Didn’t Rehab Work the First Time?

    admin
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Addiction recovery from drugs like Xanax is a lifetime process, not a single-time event The choice to enter drug rehab is a difficult one. You must determine that your physical and emotional health are more important than any negative consequences you might face such as office gossip or a skeptical relative. You have every intention of completing rehab and staying clean. However, relapse occurred. You used again. Before you give up on yourself or on someone else in recovery, keep in mind that addiction is a chronic disease not just a series of poor choices. In fact the relapse rate for…
  • Pros and Cons of a High Deductible

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

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

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

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

  • Why You Shouldn’t Hide Your Depression

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bergen County Families Marching For Drug Addiction Awareness

    BV
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    If drug addiction was hurting someone in your family, or someone in your group of friends, would you tell someone or keep it a secret? Most times, addicts keep their drug or alcohol addiction a secret from everyone, mainly because they are embarrassed or ashamed of the social repercussions they will experience if their secret is revealed. But other times, the family helps the addict keep it a secret too, because perhaps they fear other families in the community will judge them as a whole. Families don’t want to be labeled as a “family of addicts.” Parents don’t want to be labeled as…
  • Can Crack Addicts Make Rational Choices?

    BV
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:42 am
    Crack addicts are often believed to be desperately helpless, unable to make choices when it comes to using smoking crack. But new theories and experiments, led by Carl Hart, an associate professor of Psychology at Colombia University, are changing this traditional perspective on the behavior patterns of crack addiction. Hart’s research shows that crack addicts can still make rational choices in times of great distress, as long as there is a reward that supersedes their drug craving. In the experiment, crack addicts were given doses of crack with a pipe by nurses on a daily basis. After a…
  • Inspirational Message of The Week

    BV
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
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  • Prescription Drug Disposal And Good Samaritan Laws In Massachusetts

    BV
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:32 pm
    A town in Massachusetts has recently declared a public health emergency in relation to opioid overdoses. Continuing down the line of community actions, Governor Patrick reiterated the Good Samaritan law that pertains to drug overdoses in the area. The law grants amnesty for any person that seeks medical attention for a drug overdose, be it for themselves or another. Even if drugs or paraphernalia is found due to the emergency response, the individuals in question can be excused from arrest or any negative repercussions. Those who act in good faith of seeking medical attention for themselves…
  • First Woman Charged For Drug Use During Pregnancy

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

  • States Rethinking Methadone Treatment

    Mike Loverde
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    For some people, methadone clinics are hailed as a miracle solution to get people off of heroin. Addicts have flocked to clinics in search of the drug that would take all their painful withdrawal symptoms away and allow them to live life without ever really having to get off drugs. In recent years people have begun to realize that methadone clinics may not be the best solution. For citizens in Delaware, they are noticing that many of the people who frequent methadone clinics do not seem to be getting better. The first problem with Methadone clinics is their definition of getting clean.
  • Massachusetts Lawmaker Speaks About State Intervention for Drug Abuse and Economic Impact

    Mike Loverde
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Speaker of the House of the Massachusetts State Legislature Robert DeLeo recently addressed many business owners at the chamber of commerce meeting in Lynn, MA. While most people came to hear DeLeo speak about local business and local economics, he surprised most by talking about drug abuse. DeLeo told the crowd that he now gets more calls from people asking him to help get their loved one into a drug rehab than into school. This is not the first time DeLeo has spoken out against drug abuse. He surprised another group of people by switching from budget talks to the substance abuse problem in…
  • Text Messages, Brief Interventions May Curb Binge Drinking

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

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

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

  • Arizona Among Highest Percentages of Alcohol-Related Fatalities

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

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

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

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

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

  • Managing Cocaine Withdrawal

    TechAdmin
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    The post Managing Cocaine Withdrawal appeared first on Sober Nation. Cocaine produces a euphoric feeling that causes increased energy, an extremely positive mood, and a feeling of superiority; however, the high may be accompanied with negative effects as well such as irritability, paranoia, and anxiety. When an individual stops using cocaine, a crash follows almost immediately. Cocaine withdrawal can even commence when an individual cuts back on cocaine use. Symptoms of Cocaine Withdrawal Some drugs, such as alcohol and heroin, have distinct physical symptoms of withdrawal associated with…
  • Managing Heroin Withdrawal

    TechAdmin
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    The post Managing Heroin Withdrawal appeared first on Sober Nation. Heroin use can produce a perceived rush of intense pleasure. The rush may also provide a sensation of warm skin and arms and legs may feel heavy. Users may feel uncoordinated and quite drowsy for several hours after the initial rush. Some users rely on heroin to self-medicate, as heroin temporarily dulls pain. This is a very dangerous course of action, as heroin use has many negative side effects and long-term use can lead to addiction and even overdose. As with other drugs, heroin use can lead to physical dependence.
  • Why Does America Have Such a Drinking Problem?

    Tim Stoddart
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    The post Why Does America Have Such a Drinking Problem? appeared first on Sober Nation. All over the world, people are drinking. Alcohol is the world’s most popular drug, and no matter how different people may be from country to country, alcoholism affects us all in the same ways. Globally, about four percent of deaths are attributed to alcohol, which is more people than AIDS kills. Wherever you find alcohol, you find drinking problems, too, but in some countries the problems are more common. America, for example, has a significant drinking problem. Why? If you look closer at the…
  • Paying the Price: The Hidden Costs of Addiction


    TechAdmin
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The post Paying the Price: The Hidden Costs of Addiction
 appeared first on Sober Nation. When we consider the expense of drug and alcohol abuse, we most often focus on physical and emotional issues; however, equally as devastating is the financial hardships that can result. Of course, there are a few people who can afford their habits, but they are few and far between. It is estimated that more than half of users live below the poverty level, and this only becomes worse in the throes of drug and alcohol abuse. Addiction Out of Control First, there is the cost of the substances themselves.
  • Why Students In Recovery Should Re-Enroll into School

    Tim Stoddart
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    The post Why Students In Recovery Should Re-Enroll into School appeared first on Sober Nation. “People never change because they are under threat or under duress. Never. They change because they see something that makes their life seem valuable enough to start moving toward a life worth living.” Robert Ashford is the president and founder of Eagle Peer Recovery, and the Collegiate Recovery Program at the University of North Texas This quote was one of the first that I ever read when I first found recovery roughly 15 months ago. For the longest time, I wondered why my early attempts at…
 
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    IRETA Blog

  • We’re Two Today!

    iretablog
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Credit: dolanh Celebrating IRETA Blog’s birthday (Downside: no cupcakes. Upside: no noisemakers.) Hello, friends!  Welcome to our second birthday party. Thanks for being here today and (perhaps) on other days over the past two years.  How the time does fly. We are the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA).  Established in 1999, IRETA works toward the alignment of science, policy and practice in the area of substance use and substance use disorders. Our vision is for systems throughout society to address substance use as part of overall health and for…
  • Updates on a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in Pennsylvania

    iretablog
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:10 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 jessica@ireta.org.   Recent news In state, data-sharing prescription drug legislation stalls July 29, 2014 The Senate bill sits in committee in the House, where Rep. Matt Baker said it will likely face amendments that would return it to a vote in the Senate. The House bill has been…
  • The scarlet letter A, this time for addiction

    iretablog
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    Patients want to trust that their physicians aren’t judging them or talking about them behind their backs Credit: Monceau Getting the opportunity to come back to Pittsburgh after four years of undergraduate work there was incredible. The city has come so far;  it’s slowly growing into one of the more popular destinations in the nation and I couldn’t be happier about it. So participating in the Scaife Advanced Medical Student Fellowship in Alcohol and Other Drug Dependency was a great chance to enjoy a lovely city in addition to broadening my horizons on the subject of…
  • Substance use services for Deaf communities: What are the issues?

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

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

    admin
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Drug Treatment Options in Alaska While there aren’t as many drug treatment options available in Alaska as there are in other states, they are well situated to be easily accessible. There is also a well-defined support network you can access to help you in continuing the process of recovery after you have been to a drug rehab. Drug treatment is covered by most insurance and there are also community care programs that exist to provide the services for free. To begin you need to call and talk to a trained counselor about your options for treatment. Types of Treatment Depending on your needs,…
  • Drug Treatment Options in Alabama

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

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

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

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

  • Depression and Painkillers

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

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

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

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

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

    Jason Schwartz
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    GREGGS: How long you been clean? BUBBLES: Three days. GREGGS: You serious about it? BUBBLES: Who knows? I just finished season 1 of the The Wire. (I know I’m way late to the party. What can I say? I have young kids and no HBO.) This Bill White post came out at about the same time I watched Bubbles trying to kick. It is one of the most beguiling qualities of the experience of addiction:  it sucks up everything of importance in your life and casts those cherished assets into the remotest reaches of one’s heart, leaving nothing but itself. This all occurs an inch at a time and…
  • NY Times goes pro-pot

    Jason Schwartz
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:43 am
    We’ve always argued that no one should go to jail for possession of marijuana and I agree that it makes sense for the federal government to step out of the way of states that want to try another path. The NY Times editorial board comes out in favor of marijuana legalization. I’m ambivalent about full legalization and worry about the effects of unleashing capitalism on marijuana. (This is where people point to alcohol and I respond, “Yeah, look at alcohol–it’s a celebrated drug in the culture with huge public health challenges and a powerful lobby.) In the midst…
  • Readiness for change and drug use outcomes after treatment

    Jason Schwartz
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    This week’s Throwback Sunday is a post about a study on the Transtheoretical Stages of Change (TSOC). It’s relevant due to the ongoing and recent media love for Motivational Interviewing (MI), which is fairly closely tied to the TSOC. (This is disputed, but the motivational interviewing website as 12 pages of search results for “stages of change”.) Just to be clear, Dawn Farm likes MI. We train staff in MI. We believe it’s a useful tool. However, we also believe it’s often oversold as a treatment for addiction. It may be helpful as a stand-alone intervention for…
  • Stanton, you have deep unresolved pain

    Jason Schwartz
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:59 pm
    I’m not a fan of either of these high profile addiction experts, but Stanton Peele’s recounting of his meeting with Gabor Maté illuminates a lot about both men and their approach to addiction. It also helps in understanding the conceptual boundaries of harm reduction, at least as Peele sees them. The boundaries are more rigid than I would have imagined. Seeking common ground with Gabor, I noted his work with psychedelics as a chance to teach people how to manage drug experiences. But he told me that teaching people competency in drug use is the last thing on his mind. I emailed…
  • Characteristics of the best treatment programs

    Jason Schwartz
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    In that Points interview, Bill White is asked about the treatment provider that he would choose for a loved one. I receive calls every day from people asking variations of these questions. There isn’t a universally “best program.” What we are looking for is the best match between the characteristics of a particular person at a particular point in time and the characteristics of a treatment setting at that same point in time. What could be the best choice for one person would not necessarily be a good choice for another, and a good match today might not be so a year from now—because…
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    Pathways Real Life

  • How Negativity Sabotages Your Success

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

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

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

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

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

  • Closure, Acceptance and Gratitude

    Keenen Diamond
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    Since my Grandfather passed away, I really haven’t felt like myself. I spent a long time being sad and stuck in a fog over what happened, and I knew that if I stayed feeling that way it wasn’t going to be beneficial for me. So, last week, I went to as many AA meetings as... [Read More...]
  • Miley Cyrus Overdose Hoax Shines Light on Addictive Behaviors

    Keenen Diamond
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    If you are like many people, when you hear that Miley Cyrus is in the news (again) you might just change the channel, flip the page, or move over to another website. The child-star-turned-racy-pop-singer is often making headlines for her attention-grabbing antics that are frequently met with eye rolls and sighs. However, her most recent... [Read More...]
  • Is Marijuana Really Addictive?

    Keenen Diamond
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    There has always been debate over whether or not marijuana is a physically and/or psychologically addictive substance like heroin, cocaine, or prescription drugs are. Depending on who you ask, you might get a number of different answers varying from a very strong “no” to a research-backed “yes”. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse... [Read More...]
  • It Can Happen to Anyone

    Keenen Diamond
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    One of the main issues circling drug abuse in The United States is stigma – stigma that drug abuse is a choice, stigma that people can just “quit” using, and stigma that those who abuse drugs are poor, uneducated, ignorant and unsuccessful. These are not new issues by any means, and as we continue to... [Read More...]
  • 9 Tips for Supporting a Heroin Addict without Encouraging Use

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

  • Dealing with Emotions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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