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  • Babies Aren’t ‘Born Addicted’ and Other Misconceptions About Drug Use in Pregnancy

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    claireb2013
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
    Credit: José Manuel Ríos Valiente Inaccurate ideas and discriminatory policies toward pregnant substance users create barriers to appropriate care. One local center is stepping up to the plate. “She deserves to spend the rest of her life in jail.” “Monster.” “Addict.” “Junkie.” “She deserves to have her children taken away from her.” “Why do those people even have kids?” You might hear any of these statements after the latest news item comes out about a mother arrested for using substances while pregnant. They’re pretty common and predictable reactions. And they…
  • US Adult Obesity Rate Rises Again

    Yahoo Health
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    But not all demographics experienced as big of an increase as others.
  • Shattering Drug Myths During National Drug Facts Week (NDFW)

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    The NIDA Blog Team
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Every year, for the past five years, we at NIDA have dedicated ourselves to helping people get the facts about drugs, drug use, and the consequences of use. This year, with over 1,000 NDFW events in every state, more teens than ever before will have a chance to learn something that may change the course of their lives.  Can teens really have that much control over their future?  Absolutely.   The truth is that learning the facts about drugs helps people to make informed decisions.   And even if we all sometimes make mistakes or take risks (when we know better) taking some time to learn…
  • Forgiveness and Addiction Recovery

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    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…
  • The Effects of Smoking Marijuana

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    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The Effects of Smoking Marijuana Marijuana has long been debated in between the two worlds of the so-called “acceptable” drugs and those that are fully unacceptable and illegal. In many countries out there, marijuana has been legal for a long time now and more recently more and more states in America have legalized it for medicinal use only. The main concern related to the use of marijuana is connected to the fact that a lot of specialists believe that it is a “gateway” drug – a drug that can lead to trying other more powerful drugs as well (such as cocaine, meth and so on).
 
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  • Majority of homeless adults with mental illness have high rates of cognitive deficits

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:24 am
    Nearly three-quarters of homeless adults with mental illness in Canada show evidence of cognitive deficits, such as difficulties with problem solving, learning and memory, new research has found. The study-believed to be the largest of its kind -assessed neurocognitive functioning indicators such as mental processing speed, verbal learning and memory in 1,500 homeless adults in five Canadian cities.
  • Daily drinking increases risk of alcoholic cirrhosis

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:38 am
    Although alcohol is the most important risk factor of alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver, less is known about the significance of different patterns of drinking. Currently scientists believe that cirrhosis is a function of the volume of alcohol consumed irrespective of patterns of drinking. Investigators have now established that alcohol drinking pattern has a significant influence on the risk of cirrhosis and that daily drinking increases that risk compared with drinking less frequently.
  • Pro-marijuana 'tweets' are sky-high on Twitter

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Analyzing every marijuana-related Twitter message sent during a one-month period in early 2014, researchers have found that the 'Twitterverse' is a pot-friendly place. In that time, more than 7 million tweets referenced marijuana, with 15 times as many pro-pot tweets sent as anti-pot tweets.
  • Head and neck cancers in young adults are more likely to be a result of inherited factors

    22 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    A new study pools data from 25 case-control studies and conducts separate analyses to show that head and neck cancers in young adults are more likely to be as a result of inherited factors, rather than lifestyle factors such as smoking or drinking alcohol.
  • Toward a cocaine vaccine to help addicts kick the habit

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:32 am
    In their decades-long search for vaccines against drugs of abuse, scientists have hit upon a new approach to annul cocaine's addictive buzz. They report that their strategy, which they tested on mice, harnesses a bacterial protein to trigger an immune system attack on the drug if it enters the body. This response could dull cocaine's psychotropic effects and potentially help users of the drug kick the habit.
 
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  • Tobacco Use in Treatment: To Smoke or not to Smoke

    Alexis Franzi
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:40 am
    There has been an ongoing debate when it comes to the topic of tobacco use in treatment. There are facts based on scientific studies and there are opinions based on personal experience, both of which account for something. We have all heard the statistics about tobacco use and the affect it has not only on […] The post Tobacco Use in Treatment: To Smoke or not to Smoke appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • Believe Me

    Patricia Mohler
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    Believe me. I might not come out and tell you I’m being abused, but I will give you signs. I will stop coming to family gatherings. I will tell you I’m sad or depressed. I might have bruises; however, they will likely be where no one can see them. I might lose or gain weight. […] The post Believe Me appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • Moving Forward with Your New Year’s Resolution

    Ashley Madden
    30 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    It’s January 1st, and this year is it. After scarfing down your last piece of diabetes-encrusted cherry pie, you begin the trudge to the gym only to arrive and witness that everyone else had the same idea. There isn’t a single open workout machine, so you go home and vow to retry tomorrow, but you […] The post Moving Forward with Your New Year’s Resolution appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • Finding Recovery During the Holidays

    Ashley Madden
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
      “Who wants to spend Christmas in rehab?” That common thought runs through the minds of most every person battling alcohol or drug addiction. Although, after denial is pushed to the side, the thought really turns into: “who wants to spend Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, my neighbor’s birthday, Monday, etc. in rehab?” The truth […] The post Finding Recovery During the Holidays appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • Recovery: There’s an app for that!

    Alexis Franzi
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    So you made it through rehab in one piece (which you probably never thought you could do, but you did) and now you’re about to carry on your new recovery lifestyle outside of rehab. Whether you’re staying in sober living or you’re back home, recovery support is always right at your fingertips. I’m talking about […] The post Recovery: There’s an app for that! appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
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  • Write Your Story, Improve Your Health

    sheilas
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:47 am
    Write Your Story, Improve Your Health Studies have shown that writing about yourself and your personal experiences can improve mood disorders, improve health after a heart attack, reduce doctor visits and even boost memory. Now researchers are studying whether the power of writing your personal story can lead to behavioral changes and improve happiness. Some researchers believe that by writing and then editing our own stories, we can change our perceptions of ourselves and identify obstacles that stand in the way of better health. In an early study on personal story editing, researchers…
  • It’s Harder for Women to Quit Smoking than It Is for Men

    Richard Taite
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    It’s Harder for Women to Quit Smoking than It Is for Men Women are at an increased risk of relapse after a smoking cessation attempt. Research indicates that both the hormonal fluctuations of the menstrual cycle and the negative symptomatology experienced while quitting play a role during smoking cessation and can influence outcomes. Although more men than women smoke, women take less time to become dependent after initial use, report shorter and less frequent abstinence periods, smoke for longer periods in their lives, and have more difficulties quitting the habit than men. The number of…
  • Alcohol and Cigarettes Use in Teens Declines

    Richard Taite
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Alcohol and Cigarettes Use in Teens Declines A national survey of students in U.S. middle schools and high schools shows some important improvements in levels of substance use. The University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study tracks trends in substance use among students in 8th, 10th and 12th grades. Each year the national study surveys 40,000 to 50,000 students in about 400 secondary schools throughout the United States. Both alcohol and cigarette use in 2014 are at their lowest points since the study began in 1975. All three grades showed a decline in the proportion of…
  • The future is starting to look good again.

    Talin Serafino
    8 Jan 2015 | 3:07 pm
    It really is amazing how quickly alcoholism can change your life. Everybody else may see your decline in slow motion; but when you are buzzed all the time, you think everything is fine. I honestly believed everything was good, and then, slowly but surely, people started to distance themselves from me. For my own part, I had no idea of the kind of impact that alcohol was having on my life until it was essentially too late. It was only after looking back with sober perspective on my alcoholic past did I realize how much I hurt people and myself. There were many warnings signs that I ignored. I…
  • A Dangerous Trend: The Move Away from Abstinence Based Addiction Treatment

    Richard Taite
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    A Dangerous Trend: The Move Away from Abstinence Based Addiction Treatment The face of addiction treatment is changing, and not for the better. Betty Ford and Hazelden have long been beacons of hope in the addiction treatment community, two well-known and respected centers that used 12-step treatment and abstinence based recovery to help thousands of people recover from addiction for decades. The Betty Ford Center and the Hazelden Foundation announced in 2013 that they were pursuing a “formal alliance” to become the nation’s largest nonprofit addiction treatment provider.
 
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  • What does cocaine do to the brain?

    Surya Solanki
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:23 am
    Cocaine as a drugCocaine is produced from the leaves of the coca plant. The plant is cultivated in large quantities in South America. However, cocaine is an illicit drug and its production is a synthetic process. Coca leaves are mixed with an array of chemicals like sulfuric acid, kerosene, caustic soda and cement to produce a liquid, which is boiled to get “coka-paste” (solid form of cocaine).Additionally, cocaine is a strong central nervous system (CNS) stimulant and causes a lot of activity in the brain. In this article, we look at the immediate effects of cocaine on the brain. Then,…
  • Adverse effects of meth (INFOGRAPHIC)

    Addiction Blog
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:12 pm
    Adverse effects of MethMethamphetamine (meth) use affects every aspect of your life. We present a graphic view of how meth adversely affects your brain, body, sex life, and personal life here.Adverse effects of meth on behavioraggressive or violent behavioranti-social behaviorcompulsive repetition of meaningless actsconfusionAdverse effects of meth on the braindeficits in motor skillsimpaired judgementincreases and blocks reuptake of dopamineloss of coordination and sense of timeAdverse effects of meth on psychologyincreased risk of mental illnessmood disturbancespsychoses such as…
  • Bill Gates quotes on drugs and marijuana legalization (INFOGRAPHIC)

    Addiction Blog
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:34 am
    Government legalization of weed and Bill GatesWhat are the questions the government needs to answer before legalizing marijuana? Bill Gates has an idea.This is a man that needs no introduction. He’s one of the wealthiest in the world and a man who changed the way we all live. We decided to geographic-ize his words on drug use, marijuana legalization and more. He does make a good point stating the questions that need to be answered regarding marijuana legalization in his state-Washington. Here is a list of few:Can they keep it out of minors’ hands?Will it reduce alcohol…
  • New Year’s resolutions for families in recovery

    Maggie Harmon
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:09 am
    Resolving to restore – one day at a time!The beginning of the year always feels like a time for transformation. The media is saturated with “new year, new you” messages. But for many of us who live with family with substance abuse problems, or who grew up with parents who are addicts in homes with substance abuse … getting through the holidays is just a stressful reminder of how so many things stay the same. The alcoholic may still be drinking, the addict may still be using, the crazy family dynamic is not getting any better, everyone has the same fight at Christmas…
  • Valium overdose: How much amount of Valium to OD?

    Addiction Blog
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:58 am
    Valium (diazepam) is a benzodiazepine that exerts anxiolytic, sedative, muscle-relaxant, anticonvulsant and amnestic effects. Most of these effects are thought to result from a facilitation of the action of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system.But, can you overdose from taking too much Valium? We explore the answers to these questions in the text that follows. Please keep in mind that this article has been written for information only and it not meant for use in the treatment or management of an actual poison exposure. If you have…
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  • Buprenorphine Plus Hydrocodone

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    I often receive emails with requests for my opinion about various aspects of buprenorphine treatment.  A recent exchange, for what its worth: Hi Dr. Junig, I hope you are well.  I know you have written a lot about this, and I have read most of it.  But I still needed to ask your advice on my particular situation.  I will give you all the pertinent details and you can feel free to keep the answer succinct.   I know you do not have a lot of time on your hands.  I have been successfully using Suboxone for over a year. My current dosage is three 8mg strips of Suboxone a day.   After a…
  • Newborn Buprenorphine Abstinence: Standard of Care

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    29 Dec 2014 | 8:54 pm
    First Posted 2/1/2014 The topic of newborn abstinence syndrome from buprenorphine provokes strong emotions.  Expectant mothers anticipate harsh attitudes from doctors and nurses.  They worry that their use of buprenorphine will cause their babies to suffer from withdrawal.  They hear about the experiences of women reported to CPS after delivery, or whose babies were kept on inpatient opioid tapers for weeks. A member of SuboxForum recently wrote that the hospital she planned to use, in downstate NY, required mothers on buprenorphine to sign a formal policy regarding the care of their…
  • Rapid Opioid Detox from Suboxone

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    27 Dec 2014 | 9:48 pm
    First Posted 1/26/2014 I recently answered a post at SuboxForum by a member who asked what to expect from rapid detox from opioids, and specifically from buprenorphine. My reply: Several of my current buprenorphine patients have been through rapid detox at some point in their past.  Their stories are so similar that it becomes difficult to distinguish one from the next.   A typical history would go something like this: “I started pot and alcohol by 16, but discovered pain pills when I was about 17 when I had surgery. My doctor gave me pain pills when I hurt my back, and when he stopped,…
  • The Opioid Dependence Big Picture

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:16 pm
    First Posted 1/16/2014 Below, internet colleague Paul Dessauer shares his extensive knowledge of opioids in comments about my naltrexone post. His comments were particularly interesting in that they provide evidence that at least someone is aware of the big picture about addiction to heroin and pain pills. In my post about naltrexone, I described how some people favored the drug over buprenorphine because of its lack of opioid effects. Unlike buprenorphine, naltrexone is an antagonist that has no abuse potential.  But I wondered… at a time when so many young people are dying, shouldn’t…
  • Hot Flashes from Suboxone and Buprenorphine Treatment

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    First Posted 1/13/2014 A viewer on YouTube commented on my video about hot flashes  from Suboxone, but I don’t know if that is because the symptoms dissipate, or if people learn to deal with the symptoms.  I suspect that both are true.  But for some people, the sweating and heat are no small matter: Here is what I wrote back, and a few more thoughts: There seems to be a form of tolerance that develops more slowly than tolerance to the analgesic and euphoric effects of buprenorphine.  At least in the patients I’ve followed, complaints about constipation and hot flashes only go away…
 
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  • The Losing Battle For Perpetual Reward

    Dirk Hanson
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:26 am
    Or why you can't stay high forever. The amphetamine high, like the cocaine high, is a marvel of biochemical efficiency. Stimulants work primarily by blocking the reuptake of dopamine molecules in the synaptic gap between nerve cells. Dopamine remains stalled in the gap, stimulating the receptors, resulting in higher dopamine concentrations and greater sensitivity to dopamine in general. Since dopamine is involved in moods and activities such as pleasure, alertness and movement, the primary results of using cocaine or speed—euphoria, a sense of well being, physical alertness, and increased…
  • Rotting from the Inside

    Dirk Hanson
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Smoking and the decline of the body. We all know smoking is bad for your health. It causes lung cancer and emphysema and contributes to heart disease. But that’s not the end of the list. Recently, Public Health England, a government organization, collected and analyzed research on the contribution smoking makes to other forms of internal body damage. Authored by Dr. Rachael Murray of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies and the University of Nottingham, the study looked at the correlation between smoking and the musculoskeletal system, the cognitive system, dental health, and…
  • The Greeks and the Romans on Alcohol

    Dirk Hanson
    3 Jan 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Wine and Beer in Antiquity"When men drink, then they are rich and successful and win lawsuits and are happy and help their friends. Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever." —Aristophanes"I like best the wine drunk at the cost of others."—Diogenes"Persians are quite devoted to drinking…
  • Be Wise and Beware: It's the Holiday Season

    Dirk Hanson
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Thoughts on addiction, immoderation, and Christmas. The Season to be Jolly Careful [Paula Goodyer, Sydney Morning Herald] “More parties, more time with family and less time at work help make Christmas special, but these ingredients can also make it harder for anyone trying to rein in their eating, drinking or drug use….”Addiction During the Holidays: Recovered or Not, It’s Important to be Prepared [Adi Jaffe, Psychology Today]“The holidays are a stressful time for everyone. Between gift-giving, travel, and keeping up with all parts of the ever-complicated modern…
  • Cigarettes and Genetic Risk

    Dirk Hanson
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Evidence From a 4-Decade Study.Pediatricians have often remarked upon it: Give one adolescent his first cigarette, and he will cough and choke and swear never to try another one. Give a cigarette to a different young person, and she is off to the races, becoming a heavily dependent smoker, often for the rest of her life. We have strong evidence that this difference in reaction to nicotine is, at least in part, a genetic phenomenon.But so what? Is there any practical use to which such knowledge can be put? As it turns out, the answer may be yes. People with the appropriate gene variations on…
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  • Shattering Drug Myths During National Drug Facts Week (NDFW)

    The NIDA Blog Team
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Every year, for the past five years, we at NIDA have dedicated ourselves to helping people get the facts about drugs, drug use, and the consequences of use. This year, with over 1,000 NDFW events in every state, more teens than ever before will have a chance to learn something that may change the course of their lives.  Can teens really have that much control over their future?  Absolutely.   The truth is that learning the facts about drugs helps people to make informed decisions.   And even if we all sometimes make mistakes or take risks (when we know better) taking some time to learn…
  • InstaBuzzed: Celebrities, Drugs, and Social Media

    The NIDA Blog Team
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Do you like the summertime feel of Valencia, the creamy black and white texture of Willow, or the soft pastels of Nashville?  If you’re one of the 76% of teens are on Instagram, it’s likely you have a few “go-to” photo filters you use whenever you post.  There are more teens on Instagram than any other social media platform—and many follow their favorite actors, singers, and athletes. With celebrities racking up millions of followers, it’s a bummer that some of them use their reach and power to promote their use of alcohol and drugs. Wiz Khalifa, Diplo, Rihanna, and Nicky Minaj…
  • Traumatic Brain Injury and Drug Use—A Closer Look

    The NIDA Blog Team
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    It’s the big game. You’re running full speed toward the goal line. You have it in sight. You are focused. You are fast. This is it. BAM! You’ve been hit. This is not it. The ball is gone. The moment is passed. And you are on your back. Nothing is broken. But your brain has been rattled. That hit has led to a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI happens when a bump, blow, jolt, or other head injury causes damage to the brain. Every brain injury, even a concussion, is a TBI. A concussion happens when the brain bumps the skull, causing mild damage, almost like a bruise. Usually a concussion…
  • “I Wish That I Could Be Like The Cool Kids.”

    The NIDA Blog Team
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    The popular lyrics hit home for many of us. There probably isn’t a teen out there that at some point hasn’t wanted to be part of the cool crowd.  Just about everyone knows who the cool kids are and gossips about what they do.  Of course, what’s cool in your school may not be cool at a different school in another city or part of the country.  For example, a few years back, one teen, Shelby Marie Raye, won a NIDA Addiction Science Award for her research on what makes kids cool.  In her school, sports were in. Honors classes were out. And drugs and alcohol were less cool the older…
  • Designated Drivers—You Are Not Alone

    The NIDA Blog Team
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    A new survey from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Nationwide Insurance found that 3 out of 4 people use designated drivers (DD). The DD is the person who does not drink, use drugs, or even take medication that might impair their driving.  By the way, the DD is NOT the least drunk person in the group---they are the ones who don’t use any drug or alcohol at all at a party or event, even a little bit. Why do they choose DDs? Because they want to get home in one piece.  The MADD survey reveals that 75% of the people who volunteer to be the DD do so because they want to get home…
 
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  • What Incessant Electronic Connectivity Is Doing To Us

    Addiction Treatment
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:43 am
    In today’s fast-paced world, everyone seems to be in an uber-hurry. Never content to allow a single text, call or email to sit without an immediate response or to let time slip by without frantically checking our social media, updating, liking, or seeing who liked us back, we’re in danger of losing more than just time. In many respects, we’ve become addicted to our electronic devices, falling into a time-sucking vacuum that finds us less satisfied, more anxious, fatigued, nervous and unhappy than we can remember. Of course, the most addicted among us will vehemently deny how…
  • New Research Supports Sexual Addiction As An Official Diagnosis – Even Though The APA Omitted It From The DSM-5

    Addiction Treatment
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    In the spring of 2013 the American Psychiatric Association (APA) published the latest edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, commonly referred to as the “DSM-5.” This book presents medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and other clinicians with in-depth descriptions of all APA-approved psychiatric diagnoses. Before publishing the DSM-5, the APA carefully considered hypersexual disorder (also called sexual addiction) for inclusion. The organization even commissioned a lengthy and incredibly well-researched position paper, prepared by…
  • Emails After Hours? Not On Germany’s Watch

    Addiction Treatment
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:49 am
    Companies love to talk about work/life balance and why it’s so important, but how many are giving it more than lip service? There are a few, but don’t look at corporate America as the leading voice. The strongest statements are coming from Europe, and particularly Germany. There’s a movement afoot to give weekend and after-hours time back to Germans. Andrea Nahles, the German employment minister, has commissioned a report that investigates the viability of restricting emails outside of work. “There is an undeniable relationship between constant availability and the increase of mental…
  • Menthol Deepens Nicotine Addiction By Altering The Brain

    Addiction Treatment
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:07 am
    Menthol added to cigarettes affects the way brain responds to nicotine and may increase nicotine reward, which may explain why menthol smokers are less likely to quit smoking than non-menthol smokers, a new study finds. Cigarette smoking is responsible for about one in five deaths in the U.S. each year, making it the leading preventable cause of death. The reason for this is obvious: cigarettes are very, very addictive and smoking carries a multitude of health risks. People who smoke menthols may be at greater risk because they smoke more frequently and have a more difficult time quitting,…
  • Canadian City First In North America To Offer Prescription Heroin

    Addiction Treatment
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:04 am
    A little over a month ago, Vancouver went to the needle in its fight against heroin. The Canadian city became the first in North America to legalize prescription heroin as treatment for its addicts. Providing pure heroin outside of a clinical trial for the first time, the Canucks are following a movement in Europe that drew its first sample two decades ago. The Swiss approved prescription heroin in 2008 (it received 68 percent of the popular vote in an election) 14 years after testing the protocol, becoming the first nation to tackle such a program. Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and the…
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    Hydrocodone Help

  • Why 12-Step Programs Matter

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    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The term 12-Step program refers to support groups that are based on the principles of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. These support groups are made up of people who struggle with a particular addiction (alcohol, drugs, pornography, smoking, eating, etc.). These groups help people achieve freedom from their addictions through peer support and encouragement. Twelve-Step programs are accepting, non-judgmental, and based on the concept of anonymity so that recovering addicts feel they are in a truly safe space. Each 12-Step program will vary and change as members move in and out of the…
  • It’s Never Too Late in Life to Achieve Recovery from Hydrocodone

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    18 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Addiction can threaten anyone, whether someone is in her twenties or sixties. While everyone’s story is different, you can make a full recovery no matter what age you are or how long you have abused drugs. In other words, hydrocodone addiction is crippling and it only worsens with time, but with treatment you can change course and get back to your normal life. If you suffer from hydrocodone addiction, then stop using your age as an excuse: get help right now so you can begin your recovery today. What Is the Point in Recovering from Hydrocodone Addiction? Hydrocodone addiction can take from…
  • I’m the Mother of a Hydrocodone Addict: What Should I Do?

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    13 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic medication; classified as an opiate, it relieves pain by binding to the opioid receptors in the central nervous system. As a narcotic, this drug is rarely distributed in its pure form, but its active ingredient is in hundreds of prescription medications, including Vicodin, Norco and Lortab. In fact, over 140 million prescriptions with hydrocodone are dispensed yearly. Used to treat moderate to severe pain and to suppress cough and upper respiratory infections, hydrocodone can cause mild euphoria, which makes it one of the most popular of abused opiates.
  • How Harmful Is Psychological Dependence on Hydrocodone?

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    9 Jan 2015 | 1:58 pm
    People may focus on the harmful effects of physical dependence, but the psychological effects of hydrocodone addiction can be equally as damaging. Hydrocodone is a powerful drug, so it is difficult to stop abusing it without help once you become dependent upon it. The psychological effects of hydrocodone dependence can not only make life difficult, but they can also make addiction treatment more challenging. The effects of psychological dependence are treatable, but your chances for recovering are better the sooner you seek treatment. How Hydrocodone Addiction Changes Your Life At first, you…
  • How Each Person’s Recovery from Hydrocodone Is Unique

    admin
    4 Jan 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Prescription medication addiction is common in the US; according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 20 percent of Americans have used prescription drugs illicitly, which includes opiate painkillers like hydrocodone. This drug is addictive, so people can become hooked on it if they take the drug either in higher doses or for longer than prescribed. Just as each person has a unique addiction experience, the recovery experience is also unique due to the detox process, therapies in treatment, personal triggers and the support of loved ones. How Hydrocodone Detox Works The detox process…
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  • Why Your Therapists Aren’t Your Enemy

    admin
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Many individuals believe that overcoming addiction simply requires giving up drug use. Detoxification, or the initial cessation of drug use that cleanses the body of all traces of a problematic substance like Valium is often thought of as the main course of addiction treatment; However, it is only the first step. After detox, drug rehab patients are no longer physically addicted to their problem substance, but even so, they continue to struggle with cravings and remain at a high risk for relapse if they are not offered continued support. Detox should be only one aspect of a greater treatment…
  • The Importance of Liking Yourself

    admin
    9 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    It may seem silly, childish even, to believe that “liking yourself” is all that important. Long the stuff of comedians and children’s shows, the concept of self-esteem is easy for adults to dismiss. Some people feel that liking oneself might indicate arrogance or vanity. Others just dismiss it as the psychobabble of an overly therapeutic culture. The truth is, however, that self-esteem is one of the most important foundations of a healthy life. When a person lacks basic self-esteem he or she is at a much greater risk of engaging in the following harmful activities: Dangerous sexual…
  • Taking Inventory of Your Valium Use: How Is It Affecting You?

    admin
    4 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Taking inventory of one’s medication use can be difficult due to the chaos life sometimes causes. However, being able to maintain this inventory and keep track of one’s use can help the user maintain control and reduce their risks of developing an addiction. How to Keep Track of Your Valium Use Keeping track of one’s medication can be difficult at times due to a fluctuating schedule or even the busyness of everyday life. Included in the following are some tips to help keep track of Valium use: Keep a schedule Maintain a log Count medication daily To keep track of your own personal…
  • Replacing Valium Abuse with a Healthy Activity

    admin
    30 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    While any drug abuse has physical symptoms of addiction and withdrawal, there are also habitual patterns that must be broken. This is particularly true with a highly addictive substance such as Valium. The pattern of drug use must be replaced with something else, or the risk of returning to the addictive behavior is high. How to Develop a Healthy Habit There is a series of steps any person can take to develop a new habit. These can be slightly modified to provide a road map for the individual in recovery. Accept the need for routine – A person in recovery may resist rote activities…
  • I’m the Mother of a Valium Addict: What Should I Do?

    admin
    25 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Valium is a central nervous system depressant that physicians use to treat anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks, seizures, muscle spasms, restless leg syndrome and to assist in certain medical procedures. The generic incarnation of the drug, diazepam, debuted in 1963 and dominated pharmaceutical sales in the 1970s. Diazepam was the first drug to top $1 billion in annual sales and sold more than 2 billion tablets in 1978 alone. Alprazolam (Xanax) eventually supplanted diazepam in popularity, but formulations like Valium still make up nearly 15 million prescriptions annually. The Rolling Stones…
 
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  • Why Willpower Alone Won’t Help You Abstain from Heroin

    admin
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    For heroin addicts, willpower alone rarely matches the mental stress and compulsion driving the addict to use Heroin is an illicit drug synthesized from the morphine in opium poppy plants. The purest form of heroin is a water-soluble hydrochloride salt that users dissolve in liquid and inject directly into the bloodstream. Other forms include a less-soluble brown base and a sticky black tar that users sometimes smoke. The morphine in heroin is already metabolized, which means the drug quickly converts back to morphine once inside the body. This gives heroin a more direct route to the opioid…
  • Why 12-Step Programs Matter

    admin
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    12-Step programs encourage recovering addicts to unite and work on healing When individuals think of a 12-Step addiction recovery program they often think of Alcohol Anonymous or AA. AA uses the 12-Step program and has for many years. Although the name has alcohol in it, the group accepts all addicts, whether they are struggling with an alcohol addiction or heroin. Because of this philosophy, AA has been able to help numerous struggling addicts by incorporating the 12-Step program. Why Are 12-Step Programs Valuable? 12-Step programs have been available for decades. Included in the following…
  • It’s Never too Late in Life to Achieve Recovery from Heroin

    admin
    3 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Regardless of age, health condition, or the severity of addiction, it is never too late to achieve recovery It cannot be repeated enough: it is never too late to recover from heroin addiction, or any addiction for that matter. Regardless of a person’s age, health condition, or the severity of addiction, it is never too late to achieve recovery. There are quality treatment programs and recovery services across the globe and every individual has access to the treatment options that fit his or her unique recovery needs. Any person who wants a life in recovery has the possibility to achieve it,…
  • I’m the Mother of a Heroin Addict: What Should I Do?

    admin
    29 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Parents have many resources to help their children overcome heroin addiction Mothers may want to help their children overcome heroin addiction, but it may be difficult to do so. You may want to fix the problem and save your child, but discovering that you child is an addict can cause several emotions: shock, sadness, worry, anger, despair and guilt. While there is no right way to deal with these emotions, mothers must overcome denial and put their own feelings aside if they wish to help. An addict’s loved ones must seek help for their own wounds, but the addict needs help now if…
  • How Each Person’s Recovery from Heroin Is Unique

    admin
    24 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    No treatment approach works for everyone, which is why personalized recovery is so common Heroin is a fast-acting opiate that converts to morphine in the brain. Once there, it generates feelings of pleasure while deadening both physical and emotional pain. The sense of euphoria caused by snorting or injecting heroin is highly addictive, which is why roughly one fourth of users become addicted to it. With continued heroin abuse, the body loses the ability to feel pleasure by itself, which means addicts use the drug to keep extreme pain—an infamous withdrawal symptom—at bay. Other heroin…
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  • How Do I Know If My Loved One Has Really Changed After Rehab?

    admin
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    By learning to manage emotions in a healthy manner, friends and family members should be able to observe progress The National Institute on Drug Abuse classifies addiction to drugs like Xanax as a chronic brain disease. In a publication on addiction science, they note that relapse rates for addiction are similar to those for other common diseases such as asthma, diabetes and hypertension. As with other conditions relapse in addiction is not a sign of ultimate treatment failure, but an indication that treatment needs to be re-instated or modified. Because relapse is not uncommon, it is wise…
  • How Do I Give Up Smoking in Recovery?

    admin
    17 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Addiction treatment patients who smoke may find that choosing to quit helps in their recovery Smoking is very common among people who are addicted to alcohol and drugs like Xanax. Sometimes people who are addressing drug or alcohol use do not feel ready to quit their use of cigarettes as well. There are many good reasons to do so, however, and the skills learned in recovery can be put to good use confronting tobacco addiction as well as addiction to other substances. Reasons to Give up Smoking in Rehab Reasons to give up smoking in rehab include the following: Smoking cessation can increase…
  • Does Insurance Cover Addiction to Any Prescription Drug?

    admin
    11 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Insurance coverage may vary depending on the substance, like Xanax, to which a patient is addicted Health insurance coverage for addiction treatment has improved over the years. Recent improvements include parity laws, which mandate equal coverage for addiction and other health conditions, and the designation of substance abuse treatment as an essential health benefit for policies covered by the Affordable Care Act. Coverage is still not universal, however, and many differences between individual policies exist. Coverage may differ to a degree depending on the substance, like Xanax, to which…
  • 4 Things to Know Before Calling Your Insurance Provider About Addiction Treatment

    admin
    6 Jan 2015 | 4:44 pm
    If seeking to use benefits for addiction treatment to drugs like Xanax, certain information can help when speaking with the insurance provider The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) are two critical pieces of legislation that significantly expanded insurance benefits for addiction treatment. Among the many improvements the ACA made addiction treatment a mandatory benefit for marketplace policies, and the MHPAEA said policies covering addiction treatment must provide the same level of benefits as offered for physical health issues. While…
  • Why Does a Crackdown on One Drug Lead to a Rise in Another?

    admin
    30 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The use and availability of addictive drugs like Xanax responds to the laws of supply and demand Drug abuse and addiction are pervasive societal problems with multiple contributing factors. In addition to medical and psychological factors, economic forces also play a role. Like other commodities the sale of drugs like Xanax is driven to a large degree by supply and demand. If the supply of a drug is reduced but demand still exists, users will often simply switch their drug of choice to something more easily accessible. Prescription Painkillers and Heroin The most recent example of a crackdown…
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  • DrugFacts: Hallucinogens – LSD

    BV
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    Hallucinogenic compounds found in some plants and mushrooms (or their extracts) have been used—mostly during religious rituals—for centuries. Almost all hallucinogens contain nitrogen and are classified as alkaloids. Many hallucinogens have chemical structures similar to those of natural neurotransmitters (e.g., acetylcholine-, serotonin-, or catecholamine-like). While the exact mechanisms by which hallucinogens exert their effects remain unclear, research suggests that these drugs work, at least partially, by temporarily interfering with neurotransmitter action or by binding to their…
  • National Drug Facts Week – 2015

    BV
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    National Drug Facts Week, which brings together teens and scientific experts to shatter persistent myths about drug use and addiction, will be held Jan. 26 through Feb. 1, 2015. Ideas for community-based events, as well as success stories from previous years, are highlighted on the National Drug Facts Week Web portal. “National Drug Facts Week has been growing every year, from 92 events at its inception almost five years ago,” said NIDA Director Dr. Nora D. Volkow. “This tells us how much teens — who are bombarded daily with misinformation about drugs — want science-based facts…
  • Inspirational Quote of the Week

    BV
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:44 pm
      To receive information on addiction treatment programs and suitable rehab services, please contact one of our information consultants at 800-570-4562    
  • Does Your Rehab Program Use Treatments Backed by Scientific Evidence?

    BV
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:44 am
    Today, there are many forms of addiction treatment, ranging from holistic, scientific, and psychological approaches that help individuals recover from drug abuse and addiction. Although each approach is effective in its own way, many people often wonder whether the treatment therapies being used are backed by scientific evidence in order to get accurate results. Does the program use treatments backed by scientific evidence? Effective drug abuse treatments can include behavioral therapy, medications, or, ideally, their combination. • Behavioral therapies vary in focus and may involve: •…
  • “Updated” History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America

    BV
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:17 am
    Author William L. White wrote Slaying the Dragon: The History of Addiction Treatment in America in 1998, with the aim to understand the roots of the field of addiction treatment, rather than just serving the traditional institution of recovery. The idea really, according to him, was to understand the historical cycles of alcohol and drug abuse/addiction in the US, in relation with treatment methods and philosophies that were used since the beginning of the study; in doing so, this could shed light on today’s modern take of addiction treatment, where it’s going in the near future, and what…
 
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  • Study Indicates Higher Meth Use Rates in Dry Counties

    Mike Loverde
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:02 pm
    According to a new study, methamphetamine production seems to be more widespread in areas that aren’t allowed to sell alcohol. University of Louisville economists confirmed that dry counties have two more lab seizures per 100,000 residents each year than do wet counties, a finding that leads them to believe there is also more methamphetamine consumption in those areas. “Local alcohol bans increase the costs of obtaining alcohol, which reduces the relative price of illicit drugs,” Jose Fernandez, Stephan Gohmann and Joshua Pinkston wrote. Fernandez, Gohmann and Pinkston analyzed data…
  • Why Some Teens Gravitate Towards Heroin

    Mike Loverde
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    Recent surveys indicate that drug use among teenagers is going down in several categories. While this is great news, there are still millions of teenagers who are abusing drugs and continue to experiment with harder, more dangerous substances like heroin. For families that are dealing with a teenager who has a heroin addiction, it is often difficult to understand why they are abusing the drug in the first place. With all the education, public service announcements and the amount of people who die from heroin overdoses, most teenagers should be terrified to get wrapped up in an opiate-based…
  • California Jails Showing Increase in Drug Use, More Intervention Needed

    Mike Loverde
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:37 pm
    A new law was recently passed in California that allowed parolees who have violated the provisions of their parole to serve a few weeks in a county jail, rather than be mandated to prison. Because of this change, some parolees that need to report to jail have started smuggling drugs into the jail systems, which aren‘t equipped to handle it. “These folks have brought with them prison politics, prison contraband, prison culture. It’s very different than what the deputy sheriffs were previously used to dealing with,” explained Adam Christianson, the Sheriff in Stanislaus County.
  • Regulations Limiting Access to Alcohol May Help Reduce Domestic Violence

    Mike Loverde
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:19 pm
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reviewed 16 studies that examined the connection between alcohol sales regulations in communities and rates of domestic violence. They looked at the number of alcohol sales outlets, hours of days of alcohol sales, and alcohol pricing/taxes. The number of locations where alcohol was sold was the only factor consistently matched with rates of domestic violence. According to the researchers, location numbers included bars and restaurants, and liquor, grocery and convenience stores. The new findings appear in the January issue of the…
  • Nursing Field Affected by Drug Abuse

    Mike Loverde
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:58 am
    The nursing field can be very demanding. As part of the job requirements for nurses, they spend most of the time with the patients, coordinate with the doctor on call and follow through with the instructions given by the physician. This stressful, chaotic and demanding job is a vital part of our healthcare system, however some nurses are succumbing to addiction and threatening the lives of the patients they are charged with caring for. In a hospital setting, there are many opportunities for nurses to come into contact with controlled substances. Prescription painkillers like Oxycontin or…
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  • Babies Aren’t ‘Born Addicted’ and Other Misconceptions About Drug Use in Pregnancy

    claireb2013
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
    Credit: José Manuel Ríos Valiente Inaccurate ideas and discriminatory policies toward pregnant substance users create barriers to appropriate care. One local center is stepping up to the plate. “She deserves to spend the rest of her life in jail.” “Monster.” “Addict.” “Junkie.” “She deserves to have her children taken away from her.” “Why do those people even have kids?” You might hear any of these statements after the latest news item comes out about a mother arrested for using substances while pregnant. They’re pretty common and predictable reactions. And they…
  • It’s Funny, It’s Fun, It’s Normal

    iretablog
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    How do lighthearted media portrayals of people who “can’t stop” affect social norms? Credit: Sarah Reid Imagine two twenty-something men purchasing a disorganized armload of groceries. There’s some canned food, a few snacks, a six-pack of beer, a roll of toilet paper. The cashier hands back the credit card–it’s been rejected. The men fumble in their pockets and produce a wad of crumpled dollars bills. The cashier shakes her head, it’s not enough. The men push most of the food aside. Now they’re down to two items, toilet paper and beer. The cashier looks…
  • Together, Health Professional Associations Determine Core Competencies in Collaboration

    iretablog
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    How do we teach future health professionals to work together? Credit: Smithsonian American Art Museum In nursing school, you learn about anatomy, epidemiology, ethics. Those topics are covered in medical and dental school, too. But what about working as a team with other medical professionals? When–and more importantly—how is that taught? Now, an educational collaborative has determined core competencies for InterProfessional Collaboration—that is to say, teamwork with other health professionals—to guide curricula in nursing schools, dental schools, pharmacy schools and more. Six…
  • Hint: Rhymes with “Poinsettia”

    iretablog
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:15 am
    Happy holidays from IRETA! Our staff and Board of Directors wish you the best and we’ll see you in the new year.    
  • Screening for risky alcohol use not nearly as common as similarly effective preventative services

    iretablog
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    Download our new case studies to learn how organizations are using SBIRT in the real world Editor’s note: SBIRT stands for Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment. Learn more about it here. SBIRT to address risky alcohol use is as effective and cost-effective as a flu shot, but it’s not nearly so widespread. This is according to a systematic review of research on alcohol SBIRT published between 1992 and 2004, which concluded that alcohol SBIRT scores a 4 out of 5 in terms of Clinically Preventable Burden (the health burden reduced by SBIRT multiplied by…
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  • The Effects of Smoking Marijuana

    admin
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The Effects of Smoking Marijuana Marijuana has long been debated in between the two worlds of the so-called “acceptable” drugs and those that are fully unacceptable and illegal. In many countries out there, marijuana has been legal for a long time now and more recently more and more states in America have legalized it for medicinal use only. The main concern related to the use of marijuana is connected to the fact that a lot of specialists believe that it is a “gateway” drug – a drug that can lead to trying other more powerful drugs as well (such as cocaine, meth and so on).
  • 5 Signs of Prescription Drug Addiction

    admin
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:04 pm
    5 Signs of Prescription Drug Addiction Sadly, prescription drug addiction is one of the fastest growing drug-related issues in the United States and up to the moment many specialists have reached the conclusion that the nation is actually facing an epidemic in this direction. While prescription pain killers can definitely be extremely helpful for those who need to alleviate pain, it is of the utmost importance that everybody knows how to tell the signs of addiction in the use of this type of medication. Here are 5 of the most commonly encountered such signs: Dosage increase. Very frequently,…
  • Using Art and Music to Get Sober

    admin
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Using art and music to get sober Not all of the treatment at a drug program is centered on directly talking about drugs and addiction. Many of them also incorporate art and music therapy too. Depending on where you go and which program you are involved in, the offerings for these complementary therapies can be very broad. It is not uncommon to find programs in art, music, meditation and even tai chi. All of this is a part of what has come from decades of experience in providing people with the most effective drug treatment programs around. Why these creative therapies help Art and music,…
  • How do You Stay Sober?

    admin
    29 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    How to you stay sober? Going to a treatment center will help you get sober, but how do you stay sober? For a lot of people who used drugs to help deal with the stress of their lives, the drugs may have gone away, but the stress is still there. You can’t always change everything to get away from groups of people that you used to do drugs with either. Making sure that you know what to do to stay sober is one of the most important parts of what you will learn while you are in a drug treatment program. Creating the habits of […]
  • What Do You Do If Your Child is Using Drugs?

    admin
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    What do you do if your child is using drugs? If your child is using drugs, there are options for treatment that are specifically designed for youth that will help them to recover the opportunity in their lives. Very many of the programs for drug treatment for youth are residential. This can mean a short term or long term program, depending on what the other issues surrounding the drug addiction may be. Admitting your child to a residential program may not be what you want to do, but it can be the best way to give your child the best chance at leading a sober […]
 
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    Rapid Drug Detox of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles

  • America’s Pain-Pill Epidemic: Not Enough Data to Support Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain

    C Waismann
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    There is no evidence that opioid drugs effectively treat long-term pain, according to a new study. Although prescriptions for opioids and opiate use have skyrocketed in the past few decades, there is no research to show that these drugs are helpful for relieving chronic pain. Doctors define chronic pain as lasting more than three months orRead More > The post America’s Pain-Pill Epidemic: Not Enough Data to Support Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain appeared first on Rapid Drug Detox of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • Waismann Method: Methadone Increases Risk of Death

    C Waismann
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    Although methadone is often prescribed for use outside of a hospital setting, new research shows that this unsupervised usage puts patients at a 46 percent higher rate of death than with other forms of painkillers. The data points to accidental overdose as a major contributing factor to the deaths due to methadone’s effects of decreasingRead More > The post Waismann Method: Methadone Increases Risk of Death appeared first on Rapid Drug Detox of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • The Psychology Behind Drug Cravings

    C Waismann
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    Battling ongoing drug cravings is one of the most challenging aspects of sustained recovery for  drug abusers;  which can seemingly come out of nowhere. Recovering individuals often fail to recognize the strong influence that these cravings have over their lives and thus fail to prepare for them. They often believe that they have enough will-power toRead More > The post The Psychology Behind Drug Cravings appeared first on Rapid Drug Detox of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • Pill Injectors 5 Times More Likely to get Hepatitis C than Heroin Users

    C Waismann
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:24 pm
    A study published by the American Journal of Public Health, concluded that people who inject prescription painkillers are 5 times more likely to contract hepatitis C than people who inject other drugs like heroin. According to an interview with the Huffington Post, Jon Zibbel, lead author of the study was asked how they concluded theirRead More > The post Pill Injectors 5 Times More Likely to get Hepatitis C than Heroin Users appeared first on Rapid Drug Detox of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • Why Do Some People Become Addicted to Heroin, while Others Do Not?

    C Waismann
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am
    More than 4 million Americans tried heroin in 2011 alone. Each year, millions more use heroin to get high. About 23 percent of people who use heroin become dependent on the drug. So why do some people become addicted to heroin while others do not? It has been published by institutions as the National InstituteRead More > The post Why Do Some People Become Addicted to Heroin, while Others Do Not? appeared first on Rapid Drug Detox of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
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  • Take care

    Jason Schwartz
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    The Central Michigan University student newspaper, Central Michigan Life, has published an editorial in response to a recent tragedy. An 18 year old man was visiting friends over homecoming weekend, drank himself to the point of intoxication and drowned in a campus pond. Our community failed to take care of Hartnett while he was intoxicated, and he is not alone. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that  1,825 college students aged 18 to 24 die each year due to “alcohol-related unintentional injuries.” The editorial calls on students to participate in…
  • We all wish love was enough

    Jason Schwartz
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:10 pm
    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, and they’ll look like addicts. If you enrich addicts’ environments, they’ll stop being addicted. I whole-heartedly agree…
  • “slavishly rationalist” and “mere logic”

    Jason Schwartz
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:13 am
    From Kas Thomas, on the limits and overselling of CBT: CBT has been criticized (appropriately, I believe) on theoretical grounds for its slavishly rationalist bent and its insistence that mentally ill people can fix their problems with what amounts to exercises in clearer thinking. M.B. Shapiro Award winner Chris Brewin (University College London) questions the idea that challenging a person’s thoughts leads to changes in feelings and behaviors. He suggests that human cognition actually draws from multiple memory systems and personal-knowledge stores, not all of which are open to…
  • A great loss for the field

    Jason Schwartz
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:12 am
    From Jim Balmer, Dawn Farm’s President: We lost the great Ernest Kurtz last night – and many of us have lost a wonderful friend. Ernie was a brilliant and inquisitive man who helped countless people understand both AA and spirituality in new ways. What a privilege to have known him. I did not realize that Ernie recently started blogging: http://ernestkurtz.com/blog/ As posted last week, Bill White recently started an Ernest Kurtz archive: http://www.williamwhitepapers.com/ernie_kurtz/ From his website: Ernest Kurtz received his Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from…
  • Legal marijuana=exploding homes?

    Jason Schwartz
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Interesting. I assume that this will lead to regulation that will benefit big marijuana. When Colorado legalized marijuana two years ago, nobody was quite ready for the problem of exploding houses. But that is exactly what firefighters, courts and lawmakers across the state are confronting these days: amateur marijuana alchemists who are turning their kitchens and basements into “Breaking Bad”-style laboratories, using flammable chemicals to extract potent drops of a marijuana concentrate commonly called hash oil, and sometimes accidentally blowing up their homes and lighting themselves…
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  • Why Rehab Didn’t Work… 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…
  • The Importance of Nutrition During Addiction Recovery

    Michelle Amerman
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    Nutrition for Addiction Recovery Those recovering from addiction can be motivated by these insightful words from Carl Bard: “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” Your issues with drugs or alcohol do not have to shed a dark shadow over your entire life. You can bring new light into your life at any moment and that starts with the choice to change. Quitting is an important and necessary step for change, but there are other steps you must take to ensure your success—strengthening yourself both physically and mentally.
  • Empowering vs Enabling During Addiction Recovery

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

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

    Kent
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Love. Yeah, love. You heard that right….love. If you’re not following Fight the New Drug on Facebook and other social media outlets, you should be. They post a lot of interesting articles and have tons of resources centered around pornography and fighting it. They posted an article today about how of the major adult websites published their “Year in Review”. One of the items on the published article was the Most Common Word Used in Comments – love. I’m pretty sure that the word is being used in an entirely different context, but it is still disappointing.
  • Life’s Emotions

    Kent
    11 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    I’m constantly reminded of my ability to try and numb negative emotions that I’m feeling. Feelings that are part of life and are important in helping us navigate the various relationships and situations that we find ourselves in. As I was signing a hymn in sacrament meeting, “Lead, Kindly Light”, I felt strongly that the emotions that I was feeling during that hymn were emotions that Heavenly Father made available to my body & mind and that as much as they hurt, they aren’t bad. However, the way that I’ve dealt with feelings like this in the past…
  • Persistence and Patience

    Kent
    30 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    I’ve been fortunate during the holiday break to finish a book that I’ve been working through for a number of weeks, “The Broken Heart: Applying Life’s Experiences to the Atonement” by Bruce Hafen. The book addresses a number of things that are applicable to me, but there was a certain chapter and story that he shares that really influenced me. I’d like to share a summary of that story with you and pray that you’ll feel the same hope and encouragement that I felt. — Elder Hafen tells of a young women who was very much overweight. She made a…
  • O, Holy Night

    Kent
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    My ward had our Christmas program during Sacrament meeting today. The songs were all beautiful and brought the Spirit to the meeting. However, a duet of “O, Holy Night” really helped me connect with some thoughts and emotions that I’ve been feeling. I’ve been realizing more and more that my habit of hiding, or wanting to hide, from my Heavenly Father isn’t healthy. It’s very similar to what Adam and Eve both did in the Garden. I feel that, in a similar way to Adam & Eve, my shame/guilt/Satan is telling me to hide, as well. He’s telling me to hide…
  • Listen to Yourself

    Kent
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:27 pm
    I’m currently reading, “Letters to a Young Mormon“, by Adam S. Miller. The book has a number of chapters, all written from the viewpoint of a father to his son. I came across the following today and thought it was important to share. “When you are alone and feel, as you often will, a growing hunger for sex, don’t always run away. Don’t automatically distract yourself from it or automatically lose yourself in it. Rather, try doing the one thing we’re often most afraid to do: pay direct attention to the hunger itself. Just watch. Acknowledge the…
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  • What are Boundaries ?

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    6 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Boundaries is a word that is often thought of as being used purely in therapy or in various types of psychobabble that many people in rehab and recovery work in 12 step fellowships will ignore or not go near. This is a real shame, as the idea of boundaries and an understanding and implementation of […] The post What are Boundaries ? appeared first on Drug / Alcohol Rehab.
  • The Nature of Blame

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    6 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The tendency to blame other people and institutions for whatt has happened to us tends to get a bad press, often being thought of as a bad way to think or a way of thinking that is a process where there is no escape. It is one area of emotional insight work that falls into […] The post The Nature of Blame appeared first on Drug / Alcohol Rehab.
  • A Sense of Belonging

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    6 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Anyone who has ever sat in a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous is likely to have heard at least one or more individuals say that whilst growing up and as adults they never felt as if they belonged, with a fitted in. They may not enlarge upon this feeling they had, they may not explain what […] The post A Sense of Belonging appeared first on Drug / Alcohol Rehab.
  • What is Balance?

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    6 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The idea of achieving balance in life can possibly seem quite a natural process for many people, depending on what sort of things they want to be in balance. Many people assume that this means managing a work/life/family balance so that the person has time for each of those, and can integrate them into a […] The post What is Balance? appeared first on Drug / Alcohol Rehab.
  • What are Dual Diagnosis Rehab Centers?

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    3 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    The term dual diagnosis has in many ways achieved more of an important sense of status than it actually deserves. In literal terms, it means someone who is an alcoholic and is also addicted or has been addicted to other types of drugs, both prescription and nonprescription. In the world of rehabs, dual diagnosis is […] The post What are Dual Diagnosis Rehab Centers? appeared first on Drug / Alcohol Rehab.
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