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  • Questioning Your Behavior: Am I an Addict?

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    Ashley Madden
    11 May 2015 | 5:55 am
    “What’s your drug of choice?” “More.” “So what if I’ve had a few nights of heavy drinking, so what if I recreationally use some drugs with my friends on the weekends, that doesn’t mean I’m an alcoholic or an addict, right?” There is a distinct difference between a heavy drinker or recreational drug user and […] The post Questioning Your Behavior: Am I an Addict? appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • Why Is Controlling My Emotions So Important in Rehab?

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    8 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    People may abuse Valium to numb painful feelings, but in doing so they will eventually lose the ability to cope with their emotions. They end up thinking that getting high is like waving a magic wand over problems that seem too uncomfortable to face: as Valium takes effect, problems seem to disappear as the brain’s neurotransmitters create a sense of calm. But this quick fix is doomed to fail. As soon as the euphoria wears off, difficulties crash back into place, often with even greater force. The only way a Valium addict knows to escape pain, even the pain of Valium abuse, is to keep…
  • The Most Common Addictions Classified

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    BV
    20 May 2015 | 10:49 am
    Addiction doesn’t only come in one form, but many: process addictions (behavioral problems such as sex, food, or gambling addiction) are different from prescription drug dependency, and alcoholism is different from synthetic drug addiction. These common addictions are classified differently, but still based on one core similarity according to addiction experts and neuroscientists, which is that people struggling with addiction are driven by distinct interactions of brain cells, which translates to a strong desire for “feel good” chemicals given by drugs. Substance abuse…
  • What Do You Do When You Screwed Up and Relapsed?

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    Tim Powers
    20 May 2015 | 9:28 pm
    The post What Do You Do When You Screwed Up and Relapsed? appeared first on Sober Nation.You don't want to think about it, but the reality is that is happens; and it happens to a lot of people in recovery.You are working your program of recovery to the T and are regularly attending 12-Step meetings, and you have replaced the people, places and things that had kept you stuck and sick in addiction. You are doing all the right things and are genuine in your journey to stay clean, but in one moment of weakness you tumbled down the slippery slope and back into substance use.It can feel like…
  • Social Media Addiction Linked to Substance Abuse

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    Right Step
    12 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    A new study has investigated the potential for social media addiction and has found a link between excessive social media use, problems with emotion regulation and problem drinking. As of October, Facebook had 1.35 billion active users, 800 million of whom log on daily. The widespread nature of social media use and the growing concern about a variety of non-substance addictions (particularly ones involving the Internet and technology) have led to concern about the potential for social media addiction. The study’s finding provides strong evidence for the existence of social media addiction,…
 
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  • Raising a glass to the holidays: Research finds extra alcohol sold, consumed on holidays

    21 May 2015 | 6:06 pm
    Asking people about what they drink on holidays and other special occasions shows we drink around the equivalent of 12 million more bottles of wine a week than we previously thought in England. Previous surveys on alcohol consumption have not accounted for all the alcohol that is sold. This research appears to have found many of these 'missing units.'
  • New study challenges claims on aldehyde content of third generation e-cigarettes

    21 May 2015 | 5:24 am
    In January 2015 a report found that a third generation e-cigarette -- an e-cigarette with variable power settings -- set to the maximum power and long puff duration generated levels of formaldehyde that, if inhaled in this way throughout the day, would several times exceed formaldehyde levels that smokers get from cigarettes. A new study took a closer look at those findings in the context of real-world conditions. It concluded that 3rd generation e-cigarettes can indeed produce high levels of aldehydes -- but only under extreme conditions which human smokers can be expected to avoid because…
  • The dark side of the 'love hormone:' Similarities with the effects of alcohol

    19 May 2015 | 6:02 pm
    Significant similarities have been highlighted by researchers between the behavioral effects of oxytocin and alcohol. The research team warns that the oft-used nickname hides the darker side of oxytocin, and claim that it bears more semblances with the effects of alcohol than previously thought.
  • Potentially effective treatment for methamphetamine addiction identified

    19 May 2015 | 10:27 am
    The first study in the United States of Naltrexone's effect on methamphetamine users has found that this medication, approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of alcoholism, is potentially a very promising treatment for methamphetamine addiction, researchers report.
  • Treating infants of mothers with opioid dependence: Rising rates, rising costs

    19 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    As more infants are born to mothers with dependence on prescription pain medications, the costs of treatment for babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome have increased dramatically, suggests a new report.
 
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  • Practicing Gratitude

    Patty Mohler
    20 May 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Whether you’re in recovery or not, expressing gratitude is something that every one of us should do on a daily basis. From the moment we wake up to when we lie down to go to sleep at night, there are countless things that happen to us throughout the day that we should be thankful for. […] The post Practicing Gratitude appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • Questioning Your Behavior: Am I an Addict?

    Ashley Madden
    11 May 2015 | 5:55 am
    “What’s your drug of choice?” “More.” “So what if I’ve had a few nights of heavy drinking, so what if I recreationally use some drugs with my friends on the weekends, that doesn’t mean I’m an alcoholic or an addict, right?” There is a distinct difference between a heavy drinker or recreational drug user and […] The post Questioning Your Behavior: Am I an Addict? appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • Parents to Kids: Reframing the Conversation

    Debbie Cochrane
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:08 am
    Which is easier to talk about: heroin junkies or disease prevention? As program manager for a non-profit that seeks to educate youth about the dangers of prescription drug abuse, the biggest hurdle I face is denial. Not on the part of youth- they know what’s going on around them, but on the part of adults […] The post Parents to Kids: Reframing the Conversation appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • What is Normal, Anyway?

    Patty Mohler
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:20 am
    We’ve all heard it before. We might have even said it ourselves before. “I’m not a normal person.” “How I grew up wasn’t normal.” “I didn’t have a normal childhood.” Whether you’re guilty of saying those things, or some variation of them, what you probably don’t realize is that what you deem normal, or abnormal, […] The post What is Normal, Anyway? appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • Where does Faith step into the recovery process?

    Donna Potter
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:57 am
    So what would you say? Where does Faith step into recovery? Ellen is a sweet-spirited soul that has fallen most of her life to a substance bigger than herself. It calls her. She has managed to get away several times in the past for short periods, yet she often finds herself back where she never […] The post Where does Faith step into the recovery process? appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
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  • Teen drug use in school

    Tyler Jacobson
    23 May 2015 | 1:53 am
    Are you a parent who is worried about their teenager? Here, we explore the worrying trend of drug use during the school day and what you can do about it. Then, we invite your questions, ideas, or comments about teens and adolescent drug abuse in school at the end.Drugs at schoolAdolescence is the time to gain independence, figure out who you are and enjoy life. But what happens when your teen turns from a normal teenage life to drug use? Your first instinct may be to prevent him from going to a friend’s house or hanging out somewhere unsupervised to keep your teen away from drugs.
  • Myths vs. Facts: The truth about medication assisted treatment for opioid addiction

    Addiction Blog
    22 May 2015 | 2:06 am
    By Mark O’Brien, Senior Criminal Justice Policy AssociateWhat is Medication Assisted Treatment for opioid addiction?Medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction is the use of medications such a buprenorphine, naltrexone, and methadone (in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies) to provide a whole-patient approach to treatment. MAT works to:Stabilize brain chemistryBlock the euphoric effects of opioidsRelieve physiological cravingsNormalizes body functionsStudies have shown that MAT reduces illicit drug use, disease rates, and related harmful behaviors,…
  • Does naltrexone get you high?

    Addiction Blog
    21 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    No, you cannot get high on naltrexone. In fact, naltrexone is prescribed to treat opiate/opioid addiction and alcoholism by blocking the pleasurable and euphoric effects of these substances. It works by binding to opioid receptors in the central nervous system that these drugs normally occupy. When used in combination with psychotherapy, behavioral therapy, and support groups, naltrexone can help you get clean and sober.So, how does naltrexone work in the brain? We explore here. Then, we invite your questions and comments in the section at the bottom of the page.Naltrexone use and chemistry:…
  • Getting through benzodiazepine withdrawal: INTERVIEW with Dr. Jennifer Leigh, Ph.D.

    Addiction Blog
    20 May 2015 | 6:55 am
    Jennifer Leigh holds a doctorate – PsyD in psychology and is an award-winning author and spiritual growth coach for people in recovery from alcoholism, addiction or psych med withdrawal. Today, we speak to Dr. Leigh, Ph.D. about benzodiazepine medication(s) withdrawal and invite you to share your thoughts and questions on this topic in the comments section below.ADDICTION BLOG: Let’s begin with these two burning questions: “Why are benzodiazepines such a widely prescribed class of drug (mostly to women and the elderly)?” and “Why does treatment with benzos tend…
  • Does Antabuse help with alcohol cravings?

    Addiction Blog
    19 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    It is not clear.Antabuse (disulfiram) can help decrease cravings for alcohol, albeit indirectly. Still, Antabuse’s effects on craving have not been specifically evaluated or evidenced in research. However, disulfiram has been shown to interfere with the metabolism of dopamine, potentially influencing the development of craving.Here, we explore the science behind alcohol cravings and how can Antabuse help them. Then, we invite your questions about Rx use of Antabuse at the end.What is an alcohol craving?An alcohol craving is an extreme desire to drink that can be physical and/or mental.
 
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  • E-cigarettes generate high levels of aldehydes only in ‘dry puff’ conditions

    Konstantinos E. Farsalinos, Vassilis Voudris, Konstantinos Poulas
    20 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    Abstract Background and aimsAldehydes are emitted by electronic cigarettes due to thermal decomposition of liquid components. Although elevated levels have been reported with new-generation high-power devices, it is unclear whether they are relevant to true exposure of users (vapers) because overheating produces an unpleasant taste, called a dry puff, which vapers learn to avoid. The aim was to evaluate aldehyde emissions at different power levels associated with normal and dry puff conditions. DesignTwo customizable atomizers were prepared so that one (A1) had a double wick, resulting in…
  • 4-Fluoroamphetamine in the Netherlands: more than a one-night stand

    Felix Linsen, Raoul P. J. Koning, Margriet Laar, Raymond J. M. Niesink, Maarten W. Koeter, Tibor M. Brunt
    18 May 2015 | 11:18 pm
    Abstract AimsTo investigate the temporal pattern of appearance of a new psychoactive substance (4-fluoroamphetamine) on the Dutch drug market, as well as its patterns of use and effects. DesignData from the Drug Information and Monitoring System (DIMS) was used to investigate the emergence of 4-fluoroamphetamine on the Dutch drug market. An on-line questionnaire was used to study its patterns of use and effects. SettingDutch drug-related websites and social media. ParticipantsA convenience sample of 249 life-time 4-fluoroamphetamine users was recruited through the internet.
  • The effectiveness of brief alcohol interventions delivered by community pharmacists: randomised controlled trial

    Ranjita Dhital, Ian Norman, Cate Whittlesea, Trevor Murrells, Jim McCambridge
    18 May 2015 | 1:25 pm
    ABSTRACT Background & AimsTo undertake the first randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a brief intervention delivered by community pharmacists to reduce hazardous or harmful drinking. DesignThis parallel group individually randomised trial allocated participants to brief alcohol intervention (n = 205) or a leaflet-only control condition (n = 202), with follow-up study after 3 months. Setting16 community pharmacies in one London borough, UK. Participants407 pharmacy customers (aged 18 or over) with AUDIT scores 8–19 inclusive. InterventionA brief…
  • Distress, race/ethnicity, and smoking cessation in treatment-seekers: implications for disparity elimination

    Monica Webb Hooper, Stephanie K. Kolar
    18 May 2015 | 11:57 am
    ABSTRACT Background and AimsDistress is a modifiable risk factor for smoking maintenance. This study aimed to assess racial/ethnic differences in distress pre and post-cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for smoking cessation, and relations with abstinence. DesignAnalyses of variance and logistic regressions were conducted. SettingUniversity-based smoking cessation laboratory in South Florida, USA. ParticipantsThe sample comprised 234 treatment-seekers recruited from the community (18% white, 60% African American, and 22% Hispanic). InterventionAll participants received 8 sessions of group CBT…
  • Changes in mortality due to major alcohol-related diseases in four Nordic countries, France and Germany between 1980 and 2009: a comparative age-period-cohort analysis

    Ludwig Kraus, Ståle Østhus, Ellen J. Amundsen, Daniela Piontek, Janne Härkönen, Stéphane Legleye, Kim Bloomfield, Pia Mäkelä, Jonas Landberg, Jukka Törrönen
    18 May 2015 | 11:33 am
    ABSTRACT AimsTo investigae age, period and cohort effects on time trends of alcohol-related mortality in countries with different drinking habits and alcohol policies. Design and SettingAge-period-cohort (APC) analyses on alcohol-related mortality were conducted in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, France and Germany. ParticipantsCases included alcohol-related deaths in the age range 20 to 84 years between 1980 and 2009. MeasurementsMortality data were taken from national causes of death registries and covered the ICD codes alcoholic psychosis, alcohol use disorders, alcoholic liver disease…
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  • Jack London and his Alcoholic Memoirs

    Dirk Hanson
    12 May 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Meet John Barleycorn.In the early years of the 20th Century, writer Jack London was the equivalent of a rock star. A ruggedly good-looking sportswriter, globetrotting war correspondent, successful novelist and short story writer, London came up the hard way on the Oakland docks in California. He had his first drink at the age of 5, ran an oyster smuggling operation as a teenager, and allegedly brought the sport of surfing from Waikiki to the West Coast. At least one critic has referred to him as the Norman Mailer of the early 1900s. In 1913, the author of the Call of the Wild published what…
  • Alcohol Industry Turns Moderation Into a Sales Message

    Dirk Hanson
    4 May 2015 | 9:48 am
    A warning or an advertisement?You almost have to admire the tenacity shown by the liquor industry in its passive aggressive method of turning a warning label into additional advertising. Perhaps it was foolish to suppose that forcing the liquor industry to brand all bottles and advertisements with the catch-phrase, “Drink Responsibly,” or “Drink Moderately,” or some responsible variation on that theme, would do any good—or would be observed in good faith by alcohol companies. To begin with, a majority of heavy or at-risk drinkers consider their intake to be moderate already, says…
  • Moderate Drinking Doesn’t Help Your Heart

    Dirk Hanson
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:42 am
    Mendelian meta-analysis and the alcohol “flush” allele.Less than a year after the massive Mendelian randomization meta-analysis published in the British Medical Journal, a group of researchers recently wrote an editorial in the journal Addiction, which would seem to put a lid on the matter: The foundations of the hypothesis for protective effects of low-dose alcohol have now been so undermined that in our opinion the field is due for a major repositioning of the status of moderate alcohol consumption as protective…. Health professionals should not recommend moderate alcohol consumption…
  • Alcohol and Refugee Populations

    Dirk Hanson
    2 Apr 2015 | 9:31 am
    How displaced peoples are harmed and helped by alcohol.Although it is impossible to know with certainty, 50 million is the current U.N. estimate of the number of human beings around the world categorized as refugees or displaced persons due to war and other violence. These "conflict-affected populations" suffer in a thousand different ways, but widely overlooked is the frightening prevalence of alcohol and other drug use disorders in these groups. The humanitarian health sector’s understandable focus on “immediate life-saving activities” means that longer-term chronic and behavioral…
  • The Blunt Facts About Blunts

    Dirk Hanson
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:15 am
    Mixing tobacco with marijuana.People who smoke a combination of tobacco and marijuana, a common practice overseas for years, and increasingly popular here in the form of “blunts,” may be reacting to some unidentified mechanism that links the two drugs. Researchers believe such smokers would be well advised to consider giving up both drugs at once, rather than one at a time, according to an upcoming study in the journal Addiction.Clinical trials of adults with cannabis use disorders suggest that “approximately 50% are current tobacco smokers,” according to the report, which was…
 
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  • Mental Health Awareness Month: When Teens have a Substance Abuse AND Mental Health Disorder

    Julie
    21 May 2015 | 10:10 am
    May is Mental Health Awareness Month. While mental health issues are important to address year round, highlighting these issues during May provides an opportunity to educate families about psychological disorders, reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illness and recognize the tens of millions of Americans affected by mental health disorders. Many teens suffer from depression, anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder or some other mental illness. This puts them more at risk for developing a drug or alcohol problem. Although not all teens with these…
  • “It’s a Plant. How Harmful Could It Be?”

    Cassie Goldberg
    13 May 2015 | 1:07 pm
    With marijuana becoming more widely legalized and normalized across the country, teens are asking legitimate questions and pushing back against the notion that they shouldn’t use. Perhaps you’ve heard this one before: Marijuana is a plant. It’s natural. How harmful could it be? This question may stop you in your tracks. After all, marijuana is a plant. Often, it is natural. So how do you respond to your teen, and still seem reasonable and credible? First, remember that use of any substances, including marijuana, is harmful for the still-developing teen brain. This conversation is an…
  • Ways Marijuana is Used: A Guide for Parents

    Julie
    29 Apr 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Not only is marijuana more potent than it was when today’s parents were growing up, it is also being used in new ways aimed at getting a stronger and longer-lasting high. It’s impossible to know every method that marijuana is being used but you can start by educating yourself about what’s out there. This knowledge makes you more credible when having productive conversations with your teen about marijuana. Below is a list of ways people are consuming marijuana today. Some methods described are used for medical marijuana and other methods may be more for recreational use. All methods are…
  • Should I Cut Down On My Drinking?

    Julie
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Is the way or amount you drink harming your health? Should you cut down on your drinking? In honor of Alcohol Awareness month, we wanted to share our free alcohol screener at AlcoholScreening.org. Answering these questions will take only a few minutes, and will give you personalized results based on your age, gender and drinking patterns. We will not share your answers or any information about you with anyone. At alcoholscreening.org, you can also learn more about: * Alcohol consumption guidelines * How to cut down on your drinking * What is an alcohol problem * If someone close has a…
  • “But YOU smoked when you were younger.”

    Cassie Goldberg
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:40 pm
    So, you’re ready to have the marijuana talk – until your teen blindsides you with this: But YOU smoked when you were younger. Of all the questions and roadblocks you may face when trying to talk with your kids about marijuana, this one is arguably the toughest. The accusation – true or not – can rattle you and derail your conversation. Let’s break this one up into three possible responses: what to say if you didn’t use marijuana when you were younger; what to say if you did, but you’re uncomfortable talking about it; and what to say if you did, and you are comfortable sharing…
 
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    Hydrocodone Help

  • What’s the Difference Between Hydrocodone and Codeine?

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    21 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Hydrocodone and codeine are similar substances that are both part of the opioid class of drugs. They are both narcotic opioid based prescription drugs used medically for moderate pain relief and cough suppressant. The main difference between the two substances is that hydrocodone is a synthesized opioid substance and codeine is a naturally occurring alkaloid found in the opium poppy plant. In fact, hydrocodone is typically derived from codeine and synthesized into a pain relieving prescription pill. Codeine can be extracted naturally from poppy plants but more often than not pharmaceutical…
  • How Naloxone Saves Lives

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    16 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that is used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. When a person experiences an opioid overdose, her central nervous system becomes life threateningly depressed and the respiratory system begins to fail, making her unable to breathe. According to the Harm Reduction Coalition, Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, works by temporarily knocking off and replacing opioid drugs from where they attach to the neuron receptors in the brain. Once naloxone is injected the person experiencing an opioid overdose is able to breathe again. The Harm…
  • How Constructive Friendships Can Support Your Rehab

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    11 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    When someone is addicted to a substance like hydrocodone, her primary relationship often becomes the one she has with the drug. Like any relationship with any other person, an addict’s relationship with the drug is give and take: the drug provides comfort of some form, but it also requires a great deal of time, energy and money to maintain addiction. As people go down the destructive path of drug addiction, their relationships with sober people are neglected and can eventually disappear altogether. In other words, an addict’s primary source of relational comfort comes from her drug of…
  • Finding Determination to Live Sober

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    6 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Recovery is not a simple goal to reach, as it is a lifelong process that requires management and determination to stay sober long-term. Most recovering addicts are discouraged by the fact that recovery has to be maintained throughout the rest of their lives; due to the nature of addiction, it cannot be overcome and then forgotten about. Relapse triggers will present themselves throughout life, and, without the proper tools and determination to stay sober, relapse will likely occur. The determination to stay sober requires proper motivation behind sobriety and the choice to live without the…
  • Does the Subjective Nature of Pain Increase the Risk of Addiction?

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    1 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Addiction to prescription painkillers was once an epidemic; in many ways, that label continues to apply. One of the major problems in treating medical problems is the subjective nature of pain—one patient may perceive pain from a condition as manageable, while someone else with the same condition may think the pain is debilitating. The subjective nature of pain makes it difficult for healthcare providers to treat pain while reducing the risks of addiction. Whether pain is chronic or acute, it is subjective to the perception of the person experiencing it. In 1997, the Joint Commission (TJC)…
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    Valium Addiction Help

  • Why Is Controlling My Emotions So Important in Rehab?

    admin
    8 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    People may abuse Valium to numb painful feelings, but in doing so they will eventually lose the ability to cope with their emotions. They end up thinking that getting high is like waving a magic wand over problems that seem too uncomfortable to face: as Valium takes effect, problems seem to disappear as the brain’s neurotransmitters create a sense of calm. But this quick fix is doomed to fail. As soon as the euphoria wears off, difficulties crash back into place, often with even greater force. The only way a Valium addict knows to escape pain, even the pain of Valium abuse, is to keep…
  • What Is a Downer?

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    3 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    All psychoactive drugs share commonalities, but they differ in their primary effects. A website associated with George Mason University notes that drugs can be broadly categorized as uppers, downers or all-arounders. Uppers are stimulants, and all-arounders are hallucinogenic drugs. Downers are drugs that cause sedation, emotional disinhibition, drowsiness and muscle relaxation. They slow down body processes (thus the name) and depress the central nervous system (CNS). They may also be known as depressants. A wide variety of commonly used substances are in this category. Common Downer Drugs…
  • Preventing Addiction When Valium Is Used to Prevent Seizures

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    28 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Seizures are caused by miscommunication between cells in the brain. The University of Maryland Medical Center explains that brain cells communicate through electrical signals and that seizures occur when the wrong signals are sent. People can have a single seizure caused by an isolated event, such as a high fever, low blood sugar or trauma. When seizures reoccur, a diagnosis of epilepsy may be made. There are various types of seizures. Partial seizures involve a single part of the brain. People may experience simple partial seizures, which do not involve loss of consciousness, and complex…
  • Mood Chemicals and Their Effect on the Brain

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    23 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The human body is an interrelated system in which there is constant communication. Much of this communication takes place through the work of neurotransmitters, chemicals that carry messages from one nerve cell, also known as a neuron, to another. Over 100 neurotransmitters have been identified. Neurotransmitters are released, flow through the space between neurons, and bind to receptor sites on the receiving cells. Generally, the chemicals are then recycled and reabsorbed to be used again. Although there are various ways to classify neurotransmitters, generally, they can be classified as…
  • How Is Scientific Research Helping Our Understanding of Addiction?

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    19 Apr 2015 | 4:06 pm
    Addiction was once considered a moral failing, and overcoming it simply a matter of willpower. The advent of brain imaging and the dedication of research attention to the problem has led to the understanding that substance addiction is a brain disease with complex genetic, biological and environmental components. Ongoing research is continuing to clarify the mechanism by which individual substances cause dependence, to deepen understanding of risk factors and to develop new medications and treatment protocols. Genetics and Epigenetics   Researchers agree that there is a genetic component…
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  • Why Are People Drawn to Abuse Drugs?

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    2 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Despite increased awareness of the risks associated with addiction, millions of people are still drawn to abuse drugs Very few people consciously choose to become drug addicts. No one would intentionally decide to surrender her freedom, health, er relationships and future in exchange for the short term euphoria offered by drugs. Most addicts mistakenly believed that getting high was just some harmless fun. They believed they could stop whenever they wanted. But with so much information available about the risks of heroin abuse, and so many stories of the lives ruined by addiction, why do so…
  • How to Shield My Child from Addicted Family Members

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    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    You should shield your children from drug addicts in appropriate ways Drug addiction carries severe consequences not only for the addict, but also for those near him. Friends and family bear their own emotional (and sometimes physical) scars of loving an addict, which is especially true for children who witness or live with an addicted family member. According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, between one and two-thirds of cases involving child maltreatment involve substance abuse; according to an article from Huffington Post, such children are also more likely to witness domestic…
  • How Naloxone Saves Lives

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    23 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Naloxone blocks the brain cell receptors that opioids activate, which allows overdose victim to breathe normally In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control reported that over 38,000 people died from a drug overdose in 2010, which marks an increase of death by drugs for 11 consecutive years. The drugs most responsible for these deaths are opioids, and, according to the Network for Public Health Law, the startling rise in overdose deaths can be attributed to the rise in prescription opioids, a class of prescription painkillers. These drugs are highly powerful, so seek professional help to quit…
  • How Heroin Differs from Opium

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    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Heroin and opium share similar addictive properties since heroin is derived from opium While opium and heroin are related to each other, there are some differences between the two drugs. Despite the differences in their chemical makeup, both are considered highly addictive and can cause long-term damage if you take either of them for extended periods. Additionally, addiction to them (or any drug) can cause problems in relationships, your job, and your future. General Information About Opium The drug opium comes from the opium poppy. Opium is harvested from the plant by breaking open the…
  • How Do I Know If My Parent Is Addicted to Heroin?

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    12 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    One of the first signs of addiction is behaving in a different manner than she used to If you suspect that your parent is addicted to heroin, you are probably experiencing a great deal of insecurity, confusion, anger and fear. Parents are responsible for taking care of themselves and their family members, so those who are remiss in their responsibility unjustly force their children to handle another person’s drug abuse. Learn how heroin addicts behave to clarify whether your parent is an addict. Signs of Heroin Addiction Living with your parent gives you the opportunity to see if he is…
 
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  • Why Are People Drawn to Abuse Xanax?

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    28 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Xanax is the most popular anti-anxiety medication, and many people abuse the drug without recognizing its risks Xanax, a brand name formulation of alprazolam, is the bestselling anti-anxiety medication on the market. The benzodiazepine-class drug binds to GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) receptor sites in the central nervous system (CNS), and in doing so, the drug decreases abnormal brain activity and improves synaptic transmissions. The Psychiatry (Edgmont) journal in 2008 noted that pharmacies filled one benzodiazepine prescription in the US for every 2.7 people. Many of the users sought the…
  • What to Do After Relapsing During the Holidays?

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    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    An addiction relapse to drugs like Xanax, especially during the holidays, is not a sign of failure—it’s a signal a person needs more help. Understanding Addiction Relapse A person experiences many emotions after a relapse, but feelings of sadness and anger should not stand in the way of getting more treatment. A relapse is common for people struggling with addiction because the disease is chronic and requires ongoing maintenance according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). It may be difficult for some people to understand a relapse, but it is actually a symptom of the chronic…
  • What If Insurance Doesn’t Cover All the Treatment I Need?

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    16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    There are insurance policy provisions that affect the amount of addiction coverage for drugs like Xanax Addiction treatment for drugs like Xanax is often covered by health insurance. There may be limitations to coverage, however, that affect the out-of-pocket costs incurred by patients. Understanding differences in coverage and options for payment can help patients plan a course of treatment that fits their budget. Insurance Policy Provisions Affecting Coverage Understanding the coverage provisions of an insurance policy begins with reading it. Most pertinent information can be found in the…
  • How Perseverance Factors into Helping a Loved One Overcome Addiction

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    10 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Friends and family members of people struggling with addiction can have a significant role in helping their loved ones It is difficult to watch a loved one struggle with any health condition, and drug or alcohol addiction is no exception. Unlike most other medical conditions, addiction to drugs like Xanax carries an element of denial, and those who suffer with it often fail to recognize their need for help. Friends and family members of people struggling with addictions need perseverance to help their loved ones recognize their challenges and overcome them. Helping Loved Ones Overcome Denial…
  • How Can Outpatient Treatment Benefit Me?

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    4 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Outpatient treatment is generally less expensive than residential care and can be a good choice for many patients recovering from addiction Although addiction to drugs like Xanax affects people in similar ways, there are enough differences between personal situations that no one treatment program is the right choice for every patient. Selecting the appropriate treatment and level of care is an important initial decision in the recovery process. One of the first choices to be made is whether to pursue residential or outpatient treatment. The outpatient versus inpatient decision must be made at…
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  • 3 Tips for Controlling Your ADHD During Rehab

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    15 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    A structured routine during rehab can help the patient to handle simple tasks in an organized and timely manner It is not hard to understand why addiction treatment can be a rough experience for anyone. However, when the patient in recovery also suffers from other conditions such as a mental health issue, patients and their health care providers must work to effectively address each issue and to keep the treatment on course. Individuals struggling with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), for example, may have a hard time staying focused and motivated throughout addiction rehab.
  • Will Insurance Pay for Aftercare?

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    10 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Aftercare is reimbursable under most insurance plans Completing rehab signals the start of a new life and recovering addicts can feel proud of their accomplishments. At the same time, it is important to remember that getting through treatment is not the same as getting “cured” from prescription drug abuse. Addiction never disappears completely, and must be managed like any other chronic disease. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. So just like recovery from hypertension…
  • What Is Aftercare?

    admin
    5 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Aftercare programs help people transition back into the mainstream after treatment ends Rehab gives people a life-changing opportunity to improve their lives. It provides a second chance to regain health, rebuild relationships and rediscover passions and interests. At professional treatment centers, individuals detox from drugs and alcohol while learning new strategies and skills that can help them launch a future that is positive, exciting and stable. Although leaving recovery and beginning a sober life can be a jarring transition, it is possible to maintain gains and continue growing.
  • Veterans and Addiction Treatment

    admin
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Veterans face unique challenges such as PTSD that must be addressed during addiction treatment if they hope to recover Addiction affects everyone in similar ways, but certain groups of people face unique challenges that they must address during rehab if they are to get and stay clean. Veterans who suffer from addiction need the same level of care that other addicts do, but their treatment may also need to focus on military experiences that contribute to addiction. If you are a veteran who suffers from addiction, you can find professional help that allows you to work through posttraumatic…
  • The Difference Between Bipolar Disorder and Normal Ups and Downs

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    25 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Normal mood swings and bipolar disorder have great differences, but both can be serious conditions worthy of professional care Everyone experiences emotional highs and lows, as life is full of both excitement and sadness. However, the chemicals that manage psychological function can become unbalanced, which can cause uncontrollable emotions. People may become clinically depressed or manic, and they may swing between emotional extremes. This condition, known as bipolar disorder, affects millions of people, but many people mistake it for normal ups and downs, so they respond in unhelpful ways.
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  • Inspirational Message of the Week

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    22 May 2015 | 11:09 am
     Happy Memorial Day!  For information on addiction treatment programs and rehab services, please contact us at 800-570-4562
  • Supreme Court Ruling in West Virginia Allows Addicted Patients to Sue Doctors

    BV
    22 May 2015 | 8:19 am
    A new ruling from the West Virginia Supreme Court say that juries can decide if drug addicts can sue physicians and pharmacies for their addiction problem, a law that hopes to help people claim damages for “allegedly” causing or contributing to their addiction problem, even if the person was guilty of doctor shopping, This has resulted in controversy about whose fault it is if the patient becomes addicted or faces health complications for using the drug. It is argued that a patient who is addicted to a drug prescribed to him/her should not be treated as a regular patient (non-addicted…
  • Yoga Bringing Balance in Addiction Recovery

    BV
    21 May 2015 | 12:48 pm
    One of the many approaches in addiction recovery is participating in spiritual practice such as yoga, which is often linked with meditation practices as well. One yoga instructor, Kelly Benson says “Once your mind/body system is more in balance, it opens the space to really tap into the soul.” Yoga not only helps the person tap into their soul and gain a stronger sense of their inner-self, but it’s also a healthy way of enhancing one’s physical body, and helping the brain function more effectively by improving concentration, cognitive abilities such as memory, and getting into the…
  • The Most Common Addictions Classified

    BV
    20 May 2015 | 10:49 am
    Addiction doesn’t only come in one form, but many: process addictions (behavioral problems such as sex, food, or gambling addiction) are different from prescription drug dependency, and alcoholism is different from synthetic drug addiction. These common addictions are classified differently, but still based on one core similarity according to addiction experts and neuroscientists, which is that people struggling with addiction are driven by distinct interactions of brain cells, which translates to a strong desire for “feel good” chemicals given by drugs. Substance abuse…
  • Using Exercise To Benefit Addiction Recovery

    BV
    19 May 2015 | 11:03 am
    When an individual in recovery from drug abuse/addiction suddenly stops using, the difficulty of staying sober really kicks in. The relentless physical, psychological, and emotional pain of staying clean is the hardest part of recovery. The reason is because of a chemical imbalance in the brain, where once before, the production of endorphins in the brain was allowing the person to feel high. Drug use is the brain’s ultimate comfort zone. Without these endorphins, combined with the struggle of being sober, the recovery process feels like a mountain to climb over. Exercise however, is…
 
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  • Adjusting from the Mistakes Regarding the War on Drugs

    Mike Loverde
    19 May 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Slowly but surely, the opinions on drug abuse supply and demand are starting to change in the United States. Decades ago, the country waged war against both the users and the sellers of illegal drugs, but the results of this war have been arguably negligible, at best, and many even feel that it made the drug problem worse. There are many statistics to back up the idea that the drug war was a failure, such as the increased production of opium poppies in places like Afghanistan, the escalating cartel activity in Mexico, and many other problems. It has been clear that the issue must really be…
  • Heroin Found Disguised as Pills

    Mike Loverde
    12 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    Traditionally, heroin comes in the form of a white powder or sticky brown substance. Most users either snort or inject the drug. but police have recently found heroin disguised as Percocet in the form of a pill. This delivery method is often less scary for younger people who wind up trying it and becoming hooked. It is also dangerous for regular users who might think that it is a painkiller and wind up using more than they suspected due to the potential potency of the heroin compared to the oxycodone. Either way, it presents another hurdle that must be jumped in the fight to save people from…
  • Powdered Alcohol Still an Issue in Some States

    Mike Loverde
    7 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    Over the past year there has been considerable controversy surrounding the invention of the powdered alcohol product called Palcohol. First it was approved, then it wasn’t, then it was re-approved for sale in March of this year. During this time some state officials have called for banning the substance, citing potentially dangerous uses. Is a powdered form alcohol any more dangerous than the liquid form? According to the Palcohol site, the concerns raised by some aren’t any more valid over the use of the liquid form, and that it is possibly even safer in many of those cases.
  • Senators Ask for More Funding to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

    Mike Loverde
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:58 pm
    In response to the continued prescription painkiller problem in the United States, 16 U.S. Senators have requested more funding to go toward monitoring, treating and preventing prescription drug abuse. The letter to the Health and Human Services committee chairman was drafted by Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Edward Markey (D-MA). According to the proposal, $68 million is asked to be earmarked to go to the CDC so that the agency can fund research projects that will better educate society on the dangers of drug abuse. Studies would also be conducted to isolate the types of people and personalities…
  • Sleep Issues Can Lead to Alcohol and Drug Use

    Mike Loverde
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Most parents are aware that sleep is important for their children. This is when they rejuvenate themselves, grows and gives the brain vital time to flourish. For these reasons, sleep is proving to be extremely important when it comes to keeping children off drugs as well. Researchers have seen that there is a definite correlation between lack of sleep, or poor sleep habits and adolescent drug and alcohol use. Earlier this year, a study conducted by Idaho State University looked at the effect of sleep patterns on more than 6,500 teenagers and how those effects led to drug or alcohol activity.
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  • Weekend Drug Use Can Still Lead to Addiction

    Decision Point Center
    21 May 2015 | 12:34 pm
    A common misconception regarding illegal drugs is that someone can experiment or only use on the weekend without developing an addiction. According to a new study published in the journal Annals of Family Medicine, more than fifty percent of people who admit to using drugs on the weekends eventually become addicted to those drugs. The study is important in dispelling the myths regarding even casual use. Judith Bernstein, co-author of the study, exclaimed that “(weekend drug use)…frequently progresses into daily use, and warrants continued monitoring.” The results were obtained when…
  • Family Involvement During Recovery can be Essential

    Decision Point Center
    14 May 2015 | 7:38 am
    Drug addiction affects more than just the people abusing alcohol or other drugs. Family members, loved ones and even acquaintances are all negatively impacted by an addiction. Sometimes people believe that finding an appropriate treatment facility and getting the addict into rehab is where their involvement or responsibility ends regarding recovery. However, experts explain that families and loved ones play a very vital role in the treatment of someone with a substance use disorder and need to maintain their involvement. After getting over the initial shock of discovering that a loved one is…
  • Decision Point Center Set to Attend West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders

    Decision Point Center
    7 May 2015 | 9:44 am
    The sixth annual West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders (WCSAD) takes place May 28 – 31 in La Quinta, CA. The event is hosted by C4 Recovery Solutions, which is an organization dedicated to promoting the design, provision and monitoring of outcomes-based addiction services and providing platforms to integrate varied academic disciplines and professional activities within the fields of addiction and behavioral health. Decision Point Center staff will not only be attending the conference, but will also be exhibitors and our booth will be located in position #20 on the exhibit floor.
  • Survey Tracks Rise in Number of Heroin Users

    Decision Point Center
    4 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released comparisons from their national survey that shows how much heroin use has increased over the last several years. The number of people who reported heroin use jumped from just over 400,000 in 2002 to more than 680,000 by 2013. While numbers for 2014 are not yet available, it is likely that the total will be even higher. Experts have also looked into the link between prescription painkillers and heroin. While many people who become dependent on their pain medications admit to moving to heroin, this does not…
  • Is Drug Abuse Prevalent in Professional Sports?

    Decision Point Center
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:37 am
    Drug abuse in sports has been gaining more attention as football players, swimmers, golfers, cyclists, fighters and basketball players have all come forward admitting to using various substances. Most aren’t honest about their behavior until they get caught by drug testing procedures or wind up in legal trouble of some sort. Baseball is no different. In fact it appears that the sport is experiencing a huge problem regarding illegal drugs. In the past, steroids were the main concern among players, but illicit drugs have started to make more of an impact among the athletes. Josh Hamilton…
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  • Gary's Sobriety Story - Abuse, Addiction, Service And Sobriety

    Tim Stoddart
    22 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    The post Gary's Sobriety Story - Abuse, Addiction, Service And Sobriety appeared first on Sober Nation.I’m Gary and I have an addictive brain.I was born October 4, 1963 and little did I know that I would become an addict at 14. I grew up in church, but I didn't grow up in a normal home. By the time I was 4 my mom and dad had stopped getting along. Something happened and I have never found out why and probably won’t.When I was around 9 or 10 an uncle started sexually abusing me. This would happen sometimes twice a week up until I was around 13. I believe I started to feel that it wasn't…
  • What Do You Do When You Screwed Up and Relapsed?

    Tim Powers
    20 May 2015 | 9:28 pm
    The post What Do You Do When You Screwed Up and Relapsed? appeared first on Sober Nation.You don't want to think about it, but the reality is that is happens; and it happens to a lot of people in recovery.You are working your program of recovery to the T and are regularly attending 12-Step meetings, and you have replaced the people, places and things that had kept you stuck and sick in addiction. You are doing all the right things and are genuine in your journey to stay clean, but in one moment of weakness you tumbled down the slippery slope and back into substance use.It can feel like…
  • 3 Simple Tips To Help Cope With ADHD In Recovery

    Tim Powers
    18 May 2015 | 8:12 am
    The post 3 Simple Tips To Help Cope With ADHD In Recovery appeared first on Sober Nation.For those who deal with ADHD, the experience can be described in numerous ways. For some, ADHD can feel like every radio station on the dial playing at once. For others, it can feel like driving in a rain storm with wipers that don't work right. No matter how the experience is translated, ADHD is mentally exhausting and causes those who suffer from it to live a nightmare on a daily basis.Imagine if you are dealing with ADHD and you are in recovery from substance abuseThe Challenges of Dealing with ADHD…
  • Matt Celebrates 3 Years Sober And Shares His Inspirational Story With Us

    Tim Stoddart
    14 May 2015 | 6:57 pm
    The post Matt Celebrates 3 Years Sober And Shares His Inspirational Story With Us appeared first on Sober Nation.Today marks three years since I have had a drink or popped a pill to control the madness that I once contained within. To be completely honest, the idea that I would be able to go three years without drinking wasn’t something that I believed was possible when I entered Hazelden/Betty Ford. So I’m equal parts of proud and surprised today just as much as everyone else is.My life has definitely changed for the better since I made the decision to quit drinking and using. It was…
  • 5 Countries With The Worst Drug Problems

    Tim Powers
    14 May 2015 | 9:43 am
    The post 5 Countries With The Worst Drug Problems appeared first on Sober Nation.When it comes to the complex and often controversial issues of drug abuse and addiction, we put our focus squarely on what is happening right in our backyard and what is going on in the United States. While the hot button topic of addiction is often front page news and often a cause for significant concern, we are not alone in dealing with the problems caused by drug and alcohol addiction.Addiction is a Worldwide ProblemVirtually every country in the world is dealing with substance abuse issues in one form or…
 
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  • How Authorities are Trying to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

    admin
    18 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    How Authorities are Trying to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse Prescription drug abuse, primary of painkillers, is so widespread in the United States that it is considered an epidemic. All ages are vulnerable to this problem, but many young people are abusing the prescription painkillers that they find in their parent’s or friends’ medicine cabinets. To try to curb the epidemic, there are many strategies being implemented to try to slow the abuse. How are Painkillers Acquired? Many people leave prescriptions they are no longer taking, including opioid painkillers, in their medicine…
  • The Increasing Use of “Study Drugs” on College Campuses

    admin
    11 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Increasing Use of “Study Drugs” on College Campuses Late night study sessions before finals used to consist of pots full of coffee to help students study. Now, instead of copious amounts of caffeine, more students on college campuses are using so-called “study drugs” to cram all night. These drugs consist of Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse, among other drugs. Study Drugs on the Rise The illegal use of these prescription drugs are increasing on college campuses across the country. One study reported that about one in five students attending Ivy League universities…
  • Finding the Right Rehab Center

    admin
    8 May 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Finding the Right Rehab Center Rehab is a hard thing to try to get into. Admitting you have a problem can be incredibly stressful, and if you don’t know where to turn for help, it could also be frustrating. What are some things that you can do in order to ensure that you are getting the help that you need from the rehab center(s) that you are considering? Here are some quick tips you can use. Find somewhere you feel comfortable. If you are somewhere that feels cold and sterile, you may have a hard time adjusting. Other people may do better in that environment. […]
  • Keeping the Family Together During Drug Treatment

    admin
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Keeping the family together during drug treatment One of the things that holds many people back from committing to an in-patient or long term residential program is wondering what will happen to their families while they are away. Unless you have other family members, or a spouse or partner that is willing to step in and assume all the responsibilities, it can seem like a better choice to not get focused treatment to keep stability for young children. That can make recovery a much harder process. Fortunately, more and more treatment centers are offering special programs that are designed to…
  • What is the Process for Entering Drug Treatment?

    admin
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    What is the process for entering drug treatment? Entering into drug treatment is an enormous step in the process of recovering your life and health. The first part of the process is to make the decision and to contact one of the treatment centers. From there, the process can be explained simply. The more you understand how the treatment process works, the easier it is to pick a program and make a commitment to it. Withdrawal & Detoxification When you make that call you will be asked about what type of drug or drugs you have been abusing, for how long and in what amount. […]
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  • Complementary Medicine May Be Beneficial for Managing Chronic Pain

    C Waismann
    19 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Everyone experiences pain at some point in their lives, but for millions of Americans, chronic pain is an inescapable part of everyday life.  In fact, the American Academy of Pain Medicine reports that more than 100 million American suffer from chronic pain.  That’s more than the number of patients with diabetes, cancer, and heart diseaseRead More > The post Complementary Medicine May Be Beneficial for Managing Chronic Pain appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • Hepatitis C Epidemic Increased Due To Injected Painkiller Addiction

    C Waismann
    13 May 2015 | 3:11 pm
    A recent increase in Hepatitis C infections in four U.S. states has the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issuing warnings to the public about this infectious blood-borne illness. The CDC attributes the recent rise in Hepatitis C cases to the increase in illegal abuse of prescription painkillers by young adults. This group often crushes opioidRead More > The post Hepatitis C Epidemic Increased Due To Injected Painkiller Addiction appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • The Seven Most Common Myths About Prescription Painkiller Addiction

    C Waismann
    5 May 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Medical Truths that Contradict Common Painkiller Addiction Myths Addiction to painkillers is a growing problem, but it is also a highly complex one. Many, if not most, individuals who become addicted to prescription painkillers start using them as a way to relieve pain. Addiction occurs because of a misunderstanding of the drug’s effects or continuedRead More > The post The Seven Most Common Myths About Prescription Painkiller Addiction appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • What is Heroin, and What it Does to the Body?

    C Waismann
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:55 pm
    What is Heroin? Heroin, technically called diacetylmorphine, is approximately two to three times more potent than opium, from which it comes. It has no known medicinal uses and is classified as a Schedule 1 drug. The powerful rush that heroin provides to users makes it a common illegally used drug. However, this euphoric feeling alsoRead More > The post What is Heroin, and What it Does to the Body? appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • CDC’s Prescription Painkiller Abuse Campaign Seeks to Curb Overdose Deaths

    C Waismann
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Painkiller addiction and the prescription drug abuse epidemic continues to ravage communities all across the United States. In fact, statistics reveal that 44 people in the U.S. die from an overdose of prescription painkillers, such as oxycodone, each day. Prescription painkiller abuse in 2013 alone has affected nearly two million American adults. For this reason,Read More > The post CDC’s Prescription Painkiller Abuse Campaign Seeks to Curb Overdose Deaths appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
 
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  • The adjacent possible and hope

    Jason Schwartz
    23 May 2015 | 3:03 am
    I heard a radio show this morning about where ideas come from. They interviewed a guy who wrote a book and gave a TED talk on the topic. During the interview he discussed the concept of the adjacent possible and it’s importance in forming new ideas. During the interview, he described it as the building blocks of new ideas. Without the right building blocks, any innovation is not possible. He described it another way in a WSJ article: The adjacent possible is a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can…
  • Love and faith

    Jason Schwartz
    22 May 2015 | 3:56 am
    Para-professionals working in the field of alcoholism are overwhelmingly recovered alcoholics. Most of them credit their recovery to AA, some to the facility where they are currently working, an increasing number to a combination of both, and a few to still other forms of therapy. One thing they all share is their attitude toward sick alcoholics, whether those alcoholics are in treatment, approaching treatment, or in and out of treatment with their motivation barely showing. Their attitude even encompasses all those sick alcoholics out there, who have not yet appeared anywhere at all seeking…
  • Hope is created in community

    Jason Schwartz
    21 May 2015 | 2:54 am
    Across the disciplines, we see a movement away from individually focused understandings of hope to more communally and relationally dependent models. Many focus on connectedness as a central aspect of hope. This takes the form of friendship, solidarity, and bearing witness as central relational aspects of hope. Within the recovery model and other models of care, the relationship with caregivers is central for engendering hope. Caregivers are often required to carry hope on behalf of those for whom they care. Hope exists as an interpersonal possibility reflecting the extent to which humans are…
  • hope inspires the good to reveal itself

    Jason Schwartz
    20 May 2015 | 2:07 am
    A great truth, attributed to Emily Dickinson, is that “hope inspires the good to reveal itself.” This is almost all I ever need to remember. Gravity and sadness yank us down, and hope gives us a nudge to help one another get back up or to sit with the fallen on the ground, in the abyss, in solidarity. — Anne Lamott via Maria Popova  Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Sentences to ponder

    Jason Schwartz
    19 May 2015 | 3:16 am
    This headline is for all the legalization activists who point to the legal status of tobacco and alcohol. A sobering thought: One billion smokers and 240 million people with alcohol use disorder worldwide (source)Filed under: Uncategorized
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  • From Addict to Iron Man: The Transformation of Robert Downey Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

    Site Author
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:37 am
  • The Pathology and Effects of Enabling Behavior

    Philip Hodson
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    Addiction affects not only the addictedIf you have not already heard, addiction is a family disease. For some of you, this statement is patently obvious and implies a specific path of action. For others, you may understand it conceptually but believe that the work in recovery is solely the responsibility of the alcoholic or addict. Finally, a third group may agree with the statement but be unsure of how best to move forward. Regardless of which group you fall into, let us assure you that your response is normal. Your response may also be rational and even justified. In these situations,…
  • 7 Ways Sugar is as Addictive as Cocaine and Heroin

    Cali Estes
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:57 am
    Sitting in the car with a box of donughts in hand, fresh from the bakery of the drive through can be one of the most rewarding and exhilarating feelings in the world. They smell so good, and taste even better. But eating one just isn’t enough. You have 2 and maybe 3. Then you set them down and come back a few hours later because they are in the house. You finish the box. You feel sick, unhappy, depressed even. Now you are craving more sugar products. What happened? Here are 7 ways in which sugar is as addictive as hardcore drugs like heroin and cocaine.Chemically, sugar pings the brain just…
  • Why Can’t I Live with Mommy?

    Karen Best Wright
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:49 pm
    What to say when a child cannot live with their parentYoung children will not understand a parent’s addiction disorder and may not understand why they cannot live with them. Often, if they are fortunate, they will live with loving family members who are emotionally supportive of their parent/s or at least not negative about them. However, children will have questions about their parents, and caregivers will face dilemmas on what and what not to say and how to answer the children. Even if a child does not ask questions, that does not mean they do not experience confusing feelings of loss.
  • Breaking the Family Cycle of Addiction

    Chelsie Charmed
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:02 pm
    Having parents that are addicts can present a whole new set of challenges when trying to get clean. I’ll share the challenges I faced and how I overcame them. Recovery is possible.My odds weren’t great but I made it out anyway.Parties and drinking, that’s what I remember growing up. Everyone seemed to be smiling and enjoying themselves. As a young child, I never made the connection between the drinking and late night fighting. I only noticed that people were happier and a lot more fun when they were drinking. Children thrive on attention and I was enjoying all the extra attention I was…
 
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  • Most Addictive Drugs

    Nick Bruce Hayes
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:09 am
    Most Addictive Drugs What are the most addictive drugs? What are the most addictive drugs?  This is quite an interesting question to ask as most addicts will tell you all drugs are highly addictive, but within the medical community; and funny enough conversations among persons whom have never used drugs, this is quite the topic of conversation.  As a former addict I am with the thinking that all drugs are addictive, and every drug provides a chemical hook.  Each chemical hook provides a different release for the person using it and by definition can be the most addictive drug as it is the…
  • Beat Boredom with These Sober Life Hacks

    Nick Bruce Hayes
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Beat Boredom with These Sober Life Hacks Quick tips to avoid boredom in Recovery Many addicts in recovery will admit that boredom was definitely a high risk for relapse in early recovery. Many drug fueled nights can be traced back to just simply being bored and needing some excitement.  During the peak of my own addiction, I could not even go one night without being out at some bar and partying all night, all the while making it to school and work the next day.  When I look back at it, it simply came down to being bored, and not really knowing what to do with my time. Many addicts in…
  • Drug Rehab – What’s it like?

    Ryan K
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:14 am
    Drug Rehab – What’s it like? How to become a True Survivor. Over the years, I get that question a lot. Psst, Ryan…Drug Rehab – What’s it like? My knee jerk answer, I can’t help myself, is always the same. “It’s fu$%ing awesome, you should try it!” Most people stare back at me all squint eyed and confused, but I’m serious. Now don’t get me wrong, when I did drug rehab, It wasn’t at some of the lush locations you see today. I wasn’t sitting by the pool sipping on virgin margaritas. I wasn’t doing Pilates, or going on nature hikes. I wasn’t horseback…
  • My friends and family are still big drinkers

    Nick Bruce Hayes
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:29 pm
    My friends and family are still big drinkers How to Swim with the Sharks you still Love! So, you just got out of rehab; you managed to disconnect from all your old drug buddies, but your close friends and family are still big drinkers, how do you handle this? You made a tremendous amount of change while in treatment, but your close friends and family are still be the same. They haven’t changed. Of course they will know your current situation in life and will be helpful, while also being supportive.  What you will soon face is that there lives will still be the same and what they do and how…
  • Sex Addiction

    Nick Bruce Hayes
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:26 am
    Sex Addiction Is Sex Addiction a Real Thing? Is sex addiction a real thing?  I’ve been on both sides of the addiction fence for over 20 years, being addicted and being in recovery so I have a solid foundation of what addiction means to me and over the years I could understand some of the more misunderstood addictions like porn addiction or video game addiction but I couldn’t wrap my head around sex addiction really being a clinical and diagnosable problem people are facing?  I had to ask myself this over and over, can this be an actual addiction? And if you are a sex addict, you can…
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  • Mental Health Issues Barrier to Breast, Cervical Cancer Screenings

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    20 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    New research has revealed that women with serious mental health problems are less likely to undergo screenings for breast cancer and cervical cancer. Given that one in four Americans suffers from some type of mental illness and that cancer is the second-leading cause of death in this country, this confluence is noteworthy and should function as a wakeup call for the medical profession. In her Women’s Health Issue article titled “Serious Psychological Distress as a Barrier to Cancer Screening Among Women,” University of Illinois professor Xiaoling Xiang disclosed the results of a study…
  • Teen Girls With Family History of Alcoholism at Higher Risk for Addiction

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    14 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Teenage girls who have first- and second-degree relatives with alcohol problems are at an increased risk for having altered brain structures that make them susceptible to problematic alcohol use even if they don’t currently drink, a new study finds. Doctors, researchers and public health officials are well aware that people with alcoholism in their family history have increased chances of developing alcohol use disorder (alcoholism and/or non-addicted alcohol abuse). In a study published in January 2015 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, researchers from two U.S. universities…
  • Social Media Addiction Linked to Substance Abuse

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    12 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    A new study has investigated the potential for social media addiction and has found a link between excessive social media use, problems with emotion regulation and problem drinking. As of October, Facebook had 1.35 billion active users, 800 million of whom log on daily. The widespread nature of social media use and the growing concern about a variety of non-substance addictions (particularly ones involving the Internet and technology) have led to concern about the potential for social media addiction. The study’s finding provides strong evidence for the existence of social media addiction,…
  • Could Your Period Affect Your Ability to Quit Smoking?

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    5 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    A small new study has found that women crave nicotine more or less depending on their menstrual cycles. The study is only preliminary, but it opens the door to the possibility that a woman’s period could be the key to her ability to quit smoking or to treat other addictions. Most addiction research has been conducted on men, and addiction has traditionally been seen as a man’s problem. Unfortunately that leaves women out, even though we know there are important gender differences in how people get addicted and how they should be treated. Research like this small study should draw…
  • Disordered Eating Can Alter Your DNA

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    1 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Chronic anorexia nervosa can result in changes to an individual’s DNA that pose risks to both physical and mental health, according to a recent study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Specifically, the researchers found that individuals who suffered from anorexia over a long period of time had changes in their DNA methylation, which is a process that contributes to gene expression and the expression of traits that are linked to those genes. Altered methylation can influence both physiological functions and psychological reactions and behaviors. The new research was…
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