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  • Long Term Sobriety: Making it Stick

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

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    Mike Loverde
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:01 pm
    In response to the growing prescription drug problem in this country, students from Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering created a device that would prevent people from abusing their own medication or stealing medication from someone who had a legitimate prescription. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 44 people die each day from prescription painkiller abuse alone. Other actions taken to curb this epidemic have included prescription drug monitoring tools and medication take-back days sponsored by pharmacies and law enforcement agencies.
  • CDC warn of edible marijuana dangers following death of 19-year-old student

    Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs News From Medical News Today
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examines the case of a student who fell to his death following the consumption of recreational edible marijuana.
  • Social Conformity and Drug Abuse

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

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    Jeanne Hirth
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    I’d quit drinking plenty of times. But in 2007 I realized that I probably only had one quit left in... The post ‘When I Quit Booze for Good’ appeared first on Addiction.com.
 
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  • Mechanism behind the lack of effectiveness of certain antagonist drugs discovered

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    The formation of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), which allows understanding the unexpected behavior of some antagonists that block physiological responses, has been the focus of recent research.
  • Alcohol laws have a preventive effect on young men

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    Young men are at risk of alcohol consumption. Regulations such as the minimum legal drinking age can protect them. A new Swiss study reveals: The more legal measures for alcohol prevention are enforced in a canton, the less young men drink excessively. However, this is not effective for high-risk consumers such as young men with a tendency towards sensation seeking or antisocial behavior.
  • Stress hormone reduces heroin cravings

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:05 am
    Every addiction is characterized by a strong desire for a certain addictive substance, be it nicotine, alcohol or other drug. Researchers recently conducted a study on heroin addiction and demonstrated that the stress hormone cortisol can reduce addictive cravings.
  • Specific cardiovascular risk factors may predict Alzheimer's disease

    28 Jul 2015 | 6:17 am
    Specific cardiovascular risk factors, such as alcohol consumption, smoking, obesity and diabetes, are associated with smaller regional brain volumes that may be early indicators of Alzheimer's disease and dementia according to a study.
  • Biomarkers higher in binge drinkers

    23 Jul 2015 | 3:13 pm
    A biomarker found in the blood of alcohol users is significantly higher in binge drinkers than in those who consume alcohol moderately, according to a study. The biomarker, called phosphatidylethanol, could be used to screen young adults for harmful or heavy drinking such as binge drinking.
 
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  • The Vaughan Rule

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

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

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

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

    Marilyn Spiller
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:48 am
    I write a sobriety blog, so people ask me all the time, “What was your rock bottom? What happened to make you quit drinking?” I’m pretty sure they expect a story that involves waking in a hotel room in Nassau with no recollection of having boarded a plane, or crawling battered from a muddy ditch […] The post What is Rock Bottom? appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
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  • Outpatient rehab treatment: Who should attend?

    Addiction Blog
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:04 am
    Outpatient rehab treatment can suit most anyone. In fact, there are those who significantly benefit from outpatient centers… and thrive.Don’t have the time or money to devote to residential (inpatient) rehab? Maybe you need to keep working or take care of others at home? If this is the case for you, learn more about outpatient rehab treatment here. Then, we invite your questions or comments about outpatientWho needs outpatient rehab treatment?Anyone who has a problem with drugs or alcohol can benefit from outpatient rehab treatment. However, participants should meet a few basic…
  • Adderall detox timeline: How long to detox from Adderall?

    Addiction Blog
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:56 am
    When does Adderall detox stop?Adderall (a combination of amphetamine salts) affects people differently depending on whether you’re using it to treat ADD/ADHD vs. taking it to get high. However, the general onset of withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking Adderall occurs within a few hours after Adderall effects wear off. And the length of time until withdrawal stops can vary from weeks to months later, especially when post acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) are present.So, how long does it take for Adderall detox to resolve? Is there a general schedule for detoxing from Adderall which…
  • What does a Certified Addiction Counselor do?

    Addiction Blog
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:56 am
    The VITAL role of a counselor in addiction treatmentMany people in addiction recovery are aware the importance of the role of the counselor. A kindness. A phrase. An opening. Many of us can even remember the exact moment when a counselor helped us make a break through.Counselors serve as guides to people suffering from addiction. They help addicts and alcoholics through the process of reclaiming life. Good addiction counselors can:motivate the addicted person to take serious steps into making a serious changehelp clients identify their triggersoffer encouragement and guidancecreate a positive…
  • How to stop self harm urges?

    Addiction Blog
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:21 am
    In her helpful and significant workbook “Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors“, author and expert Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C teaches you to overcome self-destructive behavior. Read more about how and why this book can help you overcome self-harming urges here. Then, ask your questions about self harm urges at the end.Do you know why you’re harming yourself?“Self-destructive behavior is often a non verbal way to communicate to other people deeper information about your thoughts, feelings, needs, and experiences. Hurting your body may be a form of self-punishment.
  • Residential drug rehabilitation centers: Who should go?

    Addiction Blog
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:59 am
    Are you unsure if you can benefit from residential drug rehabilitation, or not? We review who is best suited for a residential treatment setting here and invite your questions about residential drug rehab at the end. In fact, we try to respond to all questions with a personal and prompt reply.Who is affected by addiction?Addiction first takes a toll on a person’s mental and physical health. So it’s not surprising that drug addiction affects a drug addict. But addiction can also drain your bank account, impact your responsibilities and very quickly destroy or alter relationships…
 
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  • Liberal alcohol legislation: does it amplify the effects among Swiss men of person-related risk factors on heavy alcohol use?

    Simon Foster, Leonhard Held, Natalia Estévez, Gerhard Gmel, Meichun Mohler-Kuo
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:25 am
    Abstract AimTo estimate the statistical interactions between alcohol policy strength and the person-related risk factors of sensation-seeking, antisocial personality disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder related to heavy alcohol use. DesignCross-sectional survey. SettingYoung Swiss men living within 21 jurisdictions across Switzerland. ParticipantsA total of 5701 Swiss men (mean age 20 years) participating in the Cohort Study on Substance Use Risk Factors (C-SURF). MeasurementsOutcome measures were alcohol use disorder (AUD) as defined in the DSM-5 and risky single-occasion…
  • After 30 years of dissemination, have we achieved sustained practice change in motivational interviewing?

    Kate Hall, Petra K. Staiger, Angela Simpson, David Best, Dan I. Lubman
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:26 pm
    Abstract AimsMotivational interviewing (MI) is the most successfully disseminated evidence-based practice in the substance use disorder (SUD) treatment field. This systematic review considers two questions relevant to policymakers and service providers: (1) does training in MI achieve sustained practice change in clinicians delivering SUD treatment; and (2) do clinicians achieve a level of competence after training in MI that impacts upon client outcomes? MethodsA systematic review was conducted and reported in line with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses…
  • Alcohol Attributable Fraction for Injury Morbidity from the Dose-Response Relationship of Acute Alcohol Consumption: Emergency Department Data from 18 Countries

    Cheryl J. Cherpitel, Yu Ye, Jason Bond, Guilherme Borges, Maristela Monteiro, Patricia Chou, Wei Hao
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:55 pm
    Abstract AimsTo calculate the alcohol-attributable fraction (AAF) of injury morbidity by volume of consumption prior to injury based on newly reported relative risk (RR) estimates. DesignAAF estimates based on the dose-response RR estimates obtained from previous pair-matched case-crossover fractional polynomial analysis of mean volume in volume categories were calculated from the prevalence of drinking prior to injury in each volume category. SettingThirty-seven emergency departments (EDs) across 18 countries. ParticipantsProbability samples of patients, with equal representation of each…
  • Understanding Americans’ Views on Opioid Pain Reliever Abuse

    Colleen L. Barry, Alene Kennedy Hendricks, Sarah E. Gollust, Jeff Niederdeppe, Marcus A. Bachhuber, Daniel Webster, Emma E. McGinty
    25 Jul 2015 | 5:50 am
    Abstract AimsOpioid pain reliever abuse rates have increased sharply in the U.S. This study examines Americans’ personal experience with opioid pain reliever use and abuse, and views about the seriousness of the problem, factors causing it, responsibility for addressing it, and support for policies to solve it. DesignPublic opinion survey Setting and ParticipantsNationally representative U.S. adult sample (N = 1,111) MeasuresExperiences with opioid pain relievers and views about the seriousness, causes of, and responsibility for addressing the problem, and support for policies to reduce…
  • Cocaine-specific neuroplasticity in the ventral striatum network are linked to delay discounting and drug relapse

    Oren Contreras-Rodríguez, Natalia Albein-Urios, José C. Perales, José M. Martínez-Gonzalez, Raquel Vilar-López, María J. Fernández-Serrano, Oscar Lozano-Rojas, Antonio Verdejo-García
    25 Jul 2015 | 4:51 am
    Abstract Aims(1) To contrast functional connectivity on ventral and dorsal striatum networks in cocaine dependence relative to pathological gambling, via a resting-state functional connectivity approach. (2) To determin the association between cocaine dependence-related neuroadaptations indexed by functional connectivity and impulsivity, compulsivity and drug relapse. DesignCross-sectional study of 20 individuals with cocaine dependence (CD), 19 individuals with pathological gambling (PG) and 21 healthy controls (HC), and prospective cohort study of 20 CD followed up for 12 weeks to measure…
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  • Marijuana Deconstructed

    Dirk Hanson
    21 Jul 2015 | 2:03 pm
    What's In Your Weed?Australia has one of the highest rates of marijuana use in the world, but until recently, nobody could say for certain what, exactly, Australians were smoking. Researchers at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales recently analyzed hundreds of cannabis samples seized by Australian police, and put together comprehensive data on street-level marijuana potency across the country. They sampled police seizures and plants from crop eradication operations. The mean THC content of the samples was 14.88%, while absolute levels varied from less than 1% THC to…
  • Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On: Marijuana and Sleeping

    Dirk Hanson
    13 Jul 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Study sheds potential light on indica vs. sativa debate.[Thanks to Ivan Oransky (@ivanoransky) for alerting me to this study.]Anyone who has smoked marijuana more than a couple of times knows that cannabis can alter how you sleep. The effect of cannabis on sleep is even part of the never-ending debate over Cannabis indica vs. Cannabis sativa, the two major species of the marijuana plant. Indica smokers typically report a marijuana high that is body-intensive and often soporific, sometimes leading to the condition aptly known as “couch lock.” Whereas sativa smokers, according to marijuana…
  • 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…
 
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    Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

  • My Teen Has Completed Treatment. Now What? 

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

    Cassie Goldberg
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Teen medicine abuse is an epidemic. That’s not our declaration; it’s that of the CDC, who doesn’t throw the term “epidemic” around loosely.  It’s no secret that this behavior is a problem (and a devastating one); what is sometimes confusing, though, is what you can do in your own home to prevent the behavior and protect your family. At the Partnership, we know that kids and adults who intend to abuse are not only accessing medicine from their own homes, but they seek it at the homes of their friends’ parents; their grandparents; and others. Safeguarding and properly disposing…
  • Preventing Your Teen from Using Drugs: It’s All About Persuasion

    Theodore Caputi
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:58 am
    How can parents prevent their kids from using drugs? Guest blogger Theodore Caputi, president and founder of the Student Leader Union, suggests making it personal. “Prevention is all about persuasion.” I heard this nugget of wisdom at a training seminar for prevention professionals. It represents a paradigm shift in the way substance abuse professionals approach prevention – one that has been supported by years of research, but is still not implemented by many prevention providers. Think about it. Much of drug and alcohol programming focuses on education. I could not tell you how many…
  • Dads & “Manhood” – Finding a Balance

    Cassie Goldberg
    21 Jun 2015 | 1:26 pm
    This post was written by Heather Senior, LCSW, who oversees the Parent Support Network at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. What does it mean to be a man today? To their kids, dads are the archetype or role model for what a man can be. That’s why it is important think about how you or the dads in your life embody manhood. Dads are often labeled as “problem-solvers” and “fixers,” rather than “nurturers” or “givers.” But men don’t always have to play the tough guy. In fact, this could do more harm to your child than good. Let’s put ourselves in a child’s shoes for a…
  • Happy Father’s Day. Thanks For Never Giving Up On Me, Dad.

    Sofia
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:46 am
    Dear Dad, Ever since I can remember, you’ve been my hero. From carrying me to the hospital after I fell and cracked my head in New York City while eating ice cream to lending me your shoulder to cry on when I broke up with my college sweetheart, you’ve been by my side through it all. Most of all, you never gave up on me during my battle with drug addiction. I know this was no small feat for you, but you persevered where others would have easily given up. Despite all the times I said I hated you and the doors I slammed in your face when I was at my worst, never once did you turn your…
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  • How Casinos Get You to Gamble More

    Mark Griffiths, PhD
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    A sophisticated strategy is designed to get you in the door, make it harder to leave and bring you back... The post How Casinos Get You to Gamble More appeared first on Addiction.com.
  • What Type of Drunk Are You?

    Katie MacBride
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    A Nutty Professor? A Mary Poppins? How about a Hemingway? New research takes a deeper look into how our personality... The post What Type of Drunk Are You? appeared first on Addiction.com.
  • Poll: Are People Too Rude When Using Cell Phones?

    Colleen Moriarty
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    The post Poll: Are People Too Rude When Using Cell Phones? appeared first on Addiction.com.
  • Vision – Seeing What Others Cannot Imagine

    Suzanne Kane
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” – Henry Ford, American industrialist, founder... The post Vision – Seeing What Others Cannot Imagine appeared first on Addiction.com.
  • ‘When I Quit Booze for Good’

    Jeanne Hirth
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    I’d quit drinking plenty of times. But in 2007 I realized that I probably only had one quit left in... The post ‘When I Quit Booze for Good’ appeared first on Addiction.com.
 
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  • When to Leave a Young Family to Seek Treatment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    anna McKenzie
    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…
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  • Seeking Rehab: Researching and Speaking to a Counselor

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

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

    admin
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:40 pm
    People typically experience physical, mental and emotional withdrawal symptoms, indicating a need for supervised detox The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) in 2011 published a long-form definition of addiction that detailed the complexities of the disease. Why does one person become addicted while another does not? Genetics, environment and mental health are all potential contributing factors that must be addressed for the recovery to last. Why is treatment so comprehensive? Contrary to misinformed stigmas, addiction involves physical changes in brain circuitry, transmissions,…
  • How Drugs Affect Men’s Brains

    admin
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Modern research highlights the ways drugs specifically affect men’s brains and body chemistry Until the 1990s, researchers largely excluded females from drug trials in the US, so the sex-related differences in drug effects have gone largely unidentified and unacknowledged. Since then, new studies identified gender variations and led to changes in drug prescribing practices. For example, in 2013,the US Food and Drug Administration issued new gender-specific dosage recommendations for sleep aids like Ambien and Zolpimist. Modern research highlights the ways drugs specifically affect men’s…
  • Are There Certain Types of Jobs I Should Avoid in Early Recovery?

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    3 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Construction workers with chronic pain issues have increased risk of opioid abuse Addiction is a neurobiological disease, and genetic and environmental factors make certain individuals significantly more vulnerable. To affect the most positive possible outcome, addicts must take a comprehensive approach to their recoveries, which can include intrapersonal changes to thought patterns and interpersonal shifts in social circles and employment. A common question is what types of jobs a person should avoid in the early stages of recovery. Employment is important because it provides personal…
 
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  • Can Social Media Exacerbate Eating Disorders?

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

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

    admin
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The HIPAA privacy rule protects personal health information in any medium for a patient receiving medical treatment or counseling Personal privacy regarding health information is one of the most valuable rights for an individual who uses any type of healthcare program or treatment. It is understandable that any patient may wish to obtain treatment without the fear of disclosing all the details of his condition to other people. An individual’s privacy in counseling is vital since the information is very personal. Also, a person might want to keep certain issues such as addiction and a mental…
  • Accountability and Being Open About Your Recovery

    admin
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Though it may be hard at first, being open about your addiction can lead to good sources of peer support that encourage progressive recovery Being open about your addiction and recovery can be intimidating. Stigmas and misconceptions of addiction still exist in some communities, which makes it hard for someone who is looking for peer support to find it without the fear of being rejected or categorized as a flawed, negative influence. Nonetheless, if you feel ready to be accountable and open about your addiction and recovery, having someone else who is aware of and supporting your recovery can…
  • 5 Ways to Make Amends for Past Mistakes

    admin
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Making amends for mistakes is an excellent way to improve addiction recovery Life after addiction is a time not only to remain sober and overcome compulsions, but also to make amends for all the harm your behavior caused while you were seeking and using drugs. Yes, recovery involves more than just staying sober, so repairing broken bonds is an ideal way to stay on track. In its list of effective treatment approaches for addiction, the National Institute on Drug Abuse includes behavioral therapy as a way to overcome addiction. This kind of approach involves everything related to the addict’s…
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  • Local Families In Virginia Fighting Drug & Alcohol Addiction

    BV
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:59 am
    Data from the Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner indicate that there were 956 confirmed deaths from drug and poisons in 2014, which also includes alcohol abuse. It could be a total of a 1,000 as data collection continues, which is a frightening statistic. Many of these deaths were also caused by illegal street drugs and prescription drug medications. Now, local families and individuals are becoming more involved in the battle against drug abuse, both in small and large communities throughout Virginia. Local counseling meetings, town hall meetings, and other family-oriented…
  • Addressing The Addiction Epidemic To Utah Legislators

    BV
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:32 am
    Mary Jo McMillen, executive director of Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness, published a letter to Utah legislators addressing Gov. Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah Plan—a plan that specifically aims to help thousands of individuals gain comprehensive medical and behavioral health benefits in the state, as well as more funding for better addiction treatment in its communities. Here is the concluding segment of McMillen’s plea for adopting the new health plan: May 23rd, 2015, “…The current social consequences of untreated addiction contribute to Utah’s homelessness and…
  • Economic Cost of Drug Abuse in the US

    BV
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Information is courtesy of: http://www.justice.gov/ National Drug Intelligence Center National Drug Threat Assessment 2006 January 2006 – “The Impact of Drugs on Society” “The economic impact of drug abuse on businesses whose employees abuse drugs can be significant. While many drug abusers are unable to attain or hold full-time employment, those who do work put others at risk, particularly when employed in positions where even a minor degree of impairment could be catastrophic; airline pilots, air traffic controllers, train operators, and bus drivers are just a few examples. Quest…
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    BV
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:51 pm
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  • Public Health Policy Keeping an Open Mind About Naloxone

    BV
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:42 pm
    US public health policy is responsible for finding effective ways to prevent people from dying of drug overdoses and drug abuse, especially from prescription drug abuse and heroin. One way is to equip more Americans with Naloxone, which is an opiate antagonist that blocks opioid from brain receptors that they often bind with. If someone stops breathing due to an overdose of heroin, then Naloxone can help the person immediately breathe again and gain consciousness. It can wake them up relatively quickly, and by more time to get medical help. Although it doesn’t help with addiction and abuse,…
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  • Genetic Identification Can Help with Some Addiction Treatment Protocols

    Mike Loverde
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:37 pm
    As our knowledge of the human genome continues to increase, scientists around the world keep working on applications to more effectively treat conditions and diseases. One area of research includes assisting in the treatment of substance abuse and addiction with targeted pharmaceutical interventions. Three key genetic markers have been identified as well as their corresponding treatments for alcohol abuse. These are the mu-opioid receptor, the glutamate receptor and the serotonin receptor. Researchers are confident that the pairing of these genes and their mutations can increase the…
  • Percent of Marijuana Users Drops at 21

    Mike Loverde
    18 Jul 2015 | 9:54 am
    Researchers at the University of Illinois recently conducted a study regarding the number of young adults who smoke marijuana and discovered something that most haven’t thought of before. They found that the percentage of people who smoke marijuana regularly drops noticeably after they turn 21. The reason is because alcohol is now legal for them to drink. The frequency of marijuana use for men decreased 7.5 percent after turning 21, while it was 15 percent for women, as they appeared to have a greater tendency to shift to alcohol. With data supplied by the National Survey on Drug Use…
  • Predicting Alcohol Abuse May be Possible

    Mike Loverde
    11 Jul 2015 | 7:46 am
    A new study has shown that there may be a way to predict whether a person will engage in alcohol abuse or risky sexual behavior in the future. The research, conducted at Duke University, showed that brain scan can reveal future tendencies regarding alcohol and sex. The research indicated that the relationship between the part of the brain that seeks reward and the part of the brain that is responsible for weighing the consequences of good and bad choices can lead to problematic drinking and behavior. A surprise to the researchers was that if a person had a low amount of activity in one of…
  • Blood Pressure Drug May Help Treat Addiction

    Mike Loverde
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:38 am
    In the quest to find an effective treatments for drug and alcohol addiction, scientists and treatment practitioners continually find new possibilities. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) feels that the most effective types of treatment include therapy and medications, however, evidence supports that many forms of rehabilitation can be successful and there is no single best approach for everyone. A new study was recently completed that showed promising results for blood pressure medication in treatment addiction. Isradipine is a prescription that is traditionally given to patients who…
  • New Invention Helps Prevent Pill Misuse

    Mike Loverde
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:01 pm
    In response to the growing prescription drug problem in this country, students from Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering created a device that would prevent people from abusing their own medication or stealing medication from someone who had a legitimate prescription. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 44 people die each day from prescription painkiller abuse alone. Other actions taken to curb this epidemic have included prescription drug monitoring tools and medication take-back days sponsored by pharmacies and law enforcement agencies.
 
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  • 7 Recovery Quotes From Celebrities That Will Make You Think

    Tim Stoddart
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    The post 7 Recovery Quotes From Celebrities That Will Make You Think appeared first on Sober Nation. Image Source – http://anthonykiedis.net/ “I’ve wanted to feel pleasure to the point of insanity. They call it getting high, because it’s wanting to know that higher level, that godlike level. You want to touch the heavens, you want to feel glory and euphoria, but the trick is it takes work. – Anthony Kiedis Image source – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” -J.K. Rowling “We can’t…
  • 3 Reasons I Miss Being A Drug Addict

    Tim Stoddart
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:25 am
    The post 3 Reasons I Miss Being A Drug Addict appeared first on Sober Nation. Let’s get real for a second. We all love to drink. If we didn’t love it, we wouldn’t do it. No matter how much I hate OxyContin, there is a part of me that will always love it. I had no idea what I was in for… It was a normal Saturday night. I was 19 years old. I was hanging out at a friends house who lived on 16th and Jefferson in North Philadelphia. We will call my friend Stan. Stan and I were going to a club that always served under age kids. We would share some joints and a few drinks and…
  • The Not So Sobering Truth Behind Drinking And Driving [Podcast]

    Tim Stoddart
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:22 pm
    The post The Not So Sobering Truth Behind Drinking And Driving [Podcast] appeared first on Sober Nation. Many people associate drunk driving as a completely preventable offence. It’s never that simple. Just think back to the last time you tried to tell a drunk person that they shouldn’t drive home. There always seems to be some kick back. What is it about alcohol that makes us think we are invincible or that we don’t need help? The statistics between drunk driving and auto fatalities are alarming to say the least. These statistics are especially scary when we compare it to…
  • 10 Ways To Meet New Friends In Sobriety [Podcast]

    Tim Stoddart
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    The post 10 Ways To Meet New Friends In Sobriety [Podcast] appeared first on Sober Nation. On today’s podcast, we are going to discuss 10 ways that you can make new friends in sobriety. Let’s face it, if you really want to get sober and maintain your sobriety, you’re probably going to have to change who you hang out with. Maybe not all your friends, but probably a couple. Relationships are key. Most people need help getting sober. I know for myself, I needed people who could tell me the truth, who could look at things objectively and tell me what I needed to hear and not…
  • Why We All Need To Stop Debating The Disease Model Of Addiction

    Tim Stoddart
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The post Why We All Need To Stop Debating The Disease Model Of Addiction appeared first on Sober Nation. You know what they say about opinions… I recently read an article published on the NY Post. The article is called Addiction Is Not A Disease – And We’re Treating Addicts Incorrectly. A man named Kyle Smith published a well researched and well-articulated article expressing his reasoning behind why we should stop calling addiction a disease. I respect everyone’s opinion and he makes some very valid points. The issue I have is when people spend a lot of time writing…
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  • Palcohol – a New Issue in Alcohol?

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

    admin
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Can the Brain Prevent Alcoholism? Scientists have been looking for cures for alcoholism for years, and it turns out, the answer may have been right in front of them the whole entire time. While studying the brain, scientists at UNC have discovered that there is a naturally occurring brain protein that basically halts a person from drinking too much or too often. This protein, called Neuropeptide Y, can play a significant role in stopping the pro drinking proteins from going through the brain. This could be a huge deal for those who are trying to fight off the issues that are related to…
  • Supporting a Loved One in Rehab

    admin
    13 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Supporting a Loved One in Rehab Convincing someone that you love to go to rehab is difficult in and of itself, but what can you do once they’ve decided to take that step for themselves? Whether you were involved in the decision or not, they are in need of your support in order to get through the process as easily as possible. Here are some of the things you can do to help them out. Don’t abandon them. It’s hard to always make time for people, but make sure that you’re checking in at least once a week, if not more. This doesn’t have to […]
  • What Happens in Drug Rehabilitation?

    admin
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    What Happens in Drug Rehabilitation? If you’ve ever wondered what was going on in a drug rehabilitation center, then we’re going to help open that up to you a bit. There are so many different things there that it’s good for us to have an idea of it. So, whether a person is fighting off prescription drug addiction or they are trying to get past an alcohol addiction, the process is going to look quite similar. First, many rehabilitation centers make sure that their patients are as comfortable as possible. In most centers, they have hospital beds. Each patient is either alone in their…
  • The Spreading of Legalization of Marijuana

    admin
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Spreading of Legalization of Marijuana It started in Colorado, worked its way to the Pacific Northwest, and now it’s coming to DC. Yes, it’s marijuana, cannabis, pot, whatever you want to refer to it as. And, more and more states (along with more citizens) are becoming more accepting of the legalization of the drug. What implications could this have on the country? Of course, a lot of people will bring out the positives when this discussion comes up. The states that have legalized it end up having a lot more tax income, since they can tax the marijuana that they’re selling. There…
 
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    Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles

  • A Bipartisan Push for Stronger Substance Abuse and Mental Health Care

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

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

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

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

    C Waismann
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    While it may seem as though the war on drugs is as active as ever, new numbers reveal that efforts to curb drug use and overdose deaths may not be working as well as previously thought. According to a recent study by Trust for America’s Health (TAH), overdose deaths in the United States rose significantlyRead More > The post Prescription Drug Overdose Deaths on the Rise for Most of U.S. appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
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  • Treatment Works, IF . . .

    Jason Schwartz
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:24 am
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  • Drug money

    Jason Schwartz
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:05 pm
    From the Forbes list of the richest U.S. families: The richest newcomer to Forbes 2015 list of America’s Richest Families comes in at a stunning $14 billion. The Sackler family, which owns Stamford, Conn.-based Purdue Pharma, flew under the radar when Forbes launched its initial list of wealthiest families in July 2014, but this year they crack the top-20, edging out storied families like the Busches, Mellons and Rockefellers. How did the Sacklers build the 16th-largest fortune in the country? The short answer: making the most popular and controversial opioid of the 21st century —…
  • Why wasn’t my love enough?

    Jason Schwartz
    13 Jul 2015 | 8:32 am
    This post was a followup to Seth Mnookin’s review of Hari’s book. It highlights one of the harms of misunderstanding addiction as a product of lack of connection, purpose and enriching environments. ================================================= grief by maryn0503 Yesterday, I posted a link to Seth Mnookin’s review of Chasing the Scream. Mnookin has been open about his addiction recovery for a long time. In 1999, his mother wrote a piece about her experiences during his years of using. She does a great job illuminating the secret suffering of many loved ones. It’s…
  • “unintentionally comical” – Johann Hari’s Chasing the Scream

    Jason Schwartz
    12 Jul 2015 | 5:19 am
    Seth Mnookin reviews Chasing the Scream and finds its review of the science troubling. (Previous post on Hari here.) The first tip-off that Hari might be in over his head comes when he describes how “a small band of dissident scientists” had uncovered the answers he was looking for after working “almost unnoticed, for several decades.” Hari starts with Gabor Mate, a Hungarian-born Canadian physician whose theories about how the roots of addiction (and lots of other things to boot) can almost always be found in childhood trauma are, in fact, quite well known. To support his portrayal…
  • We all wish love was enough

    Jason Schwartz
    11 Jul 2015 | 8:10 am
    More on Johann Hari, a post from earlier this year. This article, claiming to have discovered the long suppressed cause of addiction, has been making the rounds and has been recommended by a lot of people. Like a lot of things, it contains some truth but is not the Truth. People generally bring up rat park and returning Vietnam vets to advance 2 arguments. That you can’t catch addiction by just being exposed to the drug. That environment is the real problem. If you put people in bad environments, they’ll look like addicts. If you enrich addicts’ environments, they’ll…
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  • Keeping a Daily Journal

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

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

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

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

    Kent
    12 Apr 2015 | 1:21 pm
    I don’t know about you, but I have felt the heavy weight of my weaknesses and my addiction on my shoulders. I have felt the crushing feeling that comes when we lose sight of the power of the Atonement, when we believe that we cannot choose to serve our Heavenly Father in our sins and weaknesses. In his talked titled, “This Day”, Elder Eyring promises us two things: 1) Speaking of those who are discouraged by their circumstances and feel that they cannot serve the Lord, Elder Eyring promises that things will be better if you choose to serve the Lord. Our circumstances may not…
 
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  • Could Participation in Sports Put Your Teen at Risk for Drug Abuse?

    Right Step
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    While there are many benefits for teens participating in school sports, there is also a major risk: substance abuse. Research has shown that students on sports teams, especially certain types of sports teams, are at a greater risk for abusing substances than teens who do not participate in athletics. There are some obvious benefits to school sports: physical activity, socializing with peers, healthy competition. As a parent, you shouldn’t necessarily let the risk of substance abuse overshadow these healthful benefits, but you should be aware of it. Teen Athletes and Substance Abuse Research…
  • How to Teen-Proof Summer Vacation

    Right Step
    17 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Teens love summer. School is out. They have more time to hang out with friends. And, if both parents work, they get to enjoy the freedom of unsupervised time. For many teens, this is a chance to demonstrate maturity and responsibility, but there are also risks. Unsupervised teens are more likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Don’t make the mistake of assuming your teen would never do this. Instead, if you have to leave your teen alone this summer, take steps to reduce the risk that he’ll get into trouble. Be Involved and Communicate Openly The best strategy for protecting your…
  • How Legalized Gay Marriage May Mean Less Addiction, Better Mental Health for Millions

    Right Step
    14 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    When advanced ALS confined him to a bed and round-the-clock care, John Arthur and his partner of 20 years, Jim Obergefell, chartered a private plane with the help of generous donations from family and friends and headed off to get married. But after traveling from their home state of Ohio to Washington, D.C., to tie the knot officially, they soon discovered that their marriage would not be recognized on Arthur’s death certificate in Ohio. That is when the pair filed a civil lawsuit (knowing that Arthur would not live to see its resolution), asking that Ohio recognize their marriage. The…
  • Desire to Be Popular, Anxiety, Linked to Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

    Right Step
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Many teenagers still don’t appreciate the potential risks of prescription drugs, according to a recent study. However, the deadly epidemic of prescription drug abuse now results in more annual deaths than any illegal drug. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that of the 43,982 drug overdose deaths in 2013, 22,767 of them, or 51.8 percent, were the result of prescription drug overdoses. Of these deaths, 71.3 percent were due to opioid pain relievers and 30.6 percent were due to benzodiazepines, which are frequently prescribed for anxiety or sleep disorders. The…
  • Same-Sex Marriage Bans Linked to Psychological Disorders in LGBT Community

    Right Step
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Legalized discrimination has real, tangible effects on the life prospects of those who are subject to its restrictions. Fortunately a number of laws have been passed in recent years that have made discrimination based on race, gender, physical impairment or sexual preference much more rare. For more than a decade, state laws outlawing same-sex marriage were the one notable exception to this egalitarian trend. After Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, 31 states ultimately passed referendums that prohibited gay marriage via constitutional amendment, and in many locations these…
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