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  • Crack Cocaine, Drug Rehab, & A Path to Freedom?

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    Nick Bruce Hayes
    11 Apr 2015 | 11:13 am
    I am a long term crack user; will a drug rehab program work for me? Unfortunately, crack cocaine addiction is one of the most cunning and baffling addictions a drug user can kick. Eight out of Ten crack users will have attended multiple attempts at drug rehab before they beat their addiction and unless the user digs deep during treatment to discover the root cause of their pain, relapse for crack users is extremely common. Because of this, many long term crack users will ask, will a drug rehab program work for me?  Speaking very generally, drug rehabilitation can work for anyone, but there…
  • What The 12 Steps Did for Me

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    Bill W.
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:29 pm
    There are lots of ways to get clean and sober nowadays.   We know a great deal more about addiction than we did in the last century, when treatment for alcoholism and other forms of addiction got their start, and we are learning more every day. Treatment protocols continue their changes to match the new information.Nonetheless, the 12-Step-based programs are still the most common. Although some people have problems with their supposed “cult” status (they meet virtually none of the criteria) and presumed insistence on a belief in God (also inaccurate), they are still the model that the…
  • Meeting up at pubs when you’re sober

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    Nick Bruce Hayes
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:59 pm
    How to get your pub on, clean and sober. Blistering hot Buffalo wings and mile-high nachos with oozing cheddar cheese. Yummy! Yes, pub food can be awesome, but meeting up at pubs when you’re sober can prove problematic for many in recovery and if you’re early in recovery, you know the rules, stay away! But that doesn’t mean meeting up at pubs when you’re sober is always going to be off the table. The neighborhood pub or the bar down the street form work can tend to be a common place to meet up among friends and to catch up.  Many people in recovery can attribute the beginnings of…
  • Warnings Signs of High Levels of Stress

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    BV
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:08 am
    Stress is a natural reaction of the mind and body, often caused by demands that disrupt a person’s regular life. Whether we like it or not, we all deal with things that add pressure to our day-to-day life, such as performing well at work, getting good grades in college, healing broken relationships, facing tragedies, enduring financial hardship, or suffering from health problems: they all make us feel stressed. However, it’s important to understand the upside to stress. Firstly, feeling stressed about things means you care. If you are stressed about your addiction problem, then that means…
  • Where does Faith step into the recovery process?

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

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Vice pulls a line from the paper that states the rats “showed different levels of erectile response within 55 seconds upon exposure.” In some cases, they were ultimately able to ejaculate, a press release notes.  Cosmos reports that cells are slower to “turn over” in the penis as compared to other organs, but they do turn over, meaning men using this treatment would need to regularly inject themselves.  “Injecting DNA does sound kind of strange,” researcher Martin Fussenegger tells Cosmos, but thanks to ultra thin needles, “it wouldn’t be as painful as people might think.”…
  • What Can Lesbians Teach Us About Female Libido?

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Sex in long-term relationships is often presented as a conflict between reluctant wives and their horny husbands. But we can look to lesbian couples for the truth.
  • Tyler, The Creator: I Rarely Wash My Hands After Peeing

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Going #1 without washing your digits: no big deal, says famous rapper Tyler, The Creator. … But is it?
  • Dr. Oz Defends Medical Advice After Calls For Dismissal From Columbia University

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:58 am
    Doctor Mehmet Oz defended himself on Friday amid calls for his dismissal from his position as the Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery at Columbia University.
  • At ‘Fat Yoga,’ Bucking Stigma And Embracing Body Positivity

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    Enter “fat yoga.” This new fitness movement involves yoga classes designed exclusively for people with larger bodies, and it’s growing — fat yoga studios have popped up everywhere from Portland to Nashville to Austin, Texas to New York City. “The people who have a hard time with it … that’s their issue.
 
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  • Exploring the ADHD-Autism link

    16 Apr 2015 | 11:54 am
    A licensed clinical psychologist is focusing on the ADHD-autism link to better understand why people with ADHD and autism may be more prone to substance abuse and, in the process, to develop more effective behavioral therapies.
  • Breastfeeding may prevent postpartum smoking relapse

    16 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    While a large number of women quit or reduce smoking upon pregnancy recognition, many resume smoking postpartum. Previous research has estimated that approximately 70 percent of women who quit smoking during pregnancy relapse within the first year after childbirth, and of those who relapse, 67 percent resume smoking by three months, and up to 90 percent by six months. A new study indicates the only significant predictor in change in smoking behaviors for women who smoked during pregnancy was in those who breastfed their infant, finding that women who breastfed their infants for at least 90…
  • Many teens try e-cigs, but few become regular users

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:35 pm
    E-cigarettes are popular with teens, including those who have never smoked, but few of those who try them become regular users, while most of those who do so are also smokers, finds research. Researchers also found that the use of e-cigarettes at least once was more common than having smoked a conventional cigarette among all age groups, except the oldest (15-16 year olds).
  • Oxycodone overdose deaths drop 25 percent after launch of Prescgram

    15 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    Oxycodone-related deaths dropped 25 percent after Florida implemented its Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in late 2011 as part of its response to the state's prescription drug abuse epidemic, according to researchers. The drop in fatalities could stem from the number of health care providers who used the program's database to monitor controlled substance prescriptions.
  • E-cigarette use is not risk-free

    14 Apr 2015 | 5:37 am
    E-cigarettes are not without health risks for people who vape or for bystanders, researchers report. The report has only considered e-cigarettes with nicotine since there has been very little research about e-cigarettes without nicotine, they note.
 
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  • Where does Faith step into the recovery process?

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

    Felicia Kleinpeter
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:35 pm
    “Who Are We? We are a group of people that come together to celebrate fun events, free from mood altering chemicals. What brings us together is Recovery First!! We celebrate any and all types of events through a tailgate party.  It doesn’t matter the competition or for whom you may root, you are welcome to attend. The only […] The post Recovery First Tailgaters appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • Best Practices in Interventions for Residential Treatment Placement

    Susan Rosovsky
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    Susan Rosovsky LPC, CCADC with ProActive Interventions Most people have a strong reaction to the word “intervention.” While the TV show Intervention has done a lot to spread the message that you don’t have to wait for your loved one to die or go to prison before getting them help, it has also led people […] The post Best Practices in Interventions for Residential Treatment Placement appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • Cutting-edge: Understanding People who Self-harm by Barbara Melton, M.Ed., LPC

    Barbara Melton
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:14 am
    Self-harm not a new thing. There is just a lot more attention paid to it now that children are at the forefront of the research on this particular topic. Statistics from www.selfinjury.org indicate one out of every 200 kids self-harm — and the numbers seem to be on the rise. Whether the person who self […] The post Cutting-edge: Understanding People who Self-harm by Barbara Melton, M.Ed., LPC appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • Back to Basics: Guiding You Through the 12 Steps

    Carver Brown
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    Formatted by Wally Paton, an Alcoholics Anonymous archivist from Tucson, Arizona, Back to Basics is a reenactment of a 1940’s AA beginner meeting where participants are guided through the 12 steps in four sessions, each an hour long. Originally presented over the course of four weekends, Back to Basics is an experiential workshop which demystifies the […] The post Back to Basics: Guiding You Through the 12 Steps appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
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  • The Film You Don’t Want to Miss: “Prescription Thugs” at the Tribeca Film Festival

    Richard Taite
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:11 pm
    The Film You Don’t Want to Miss: “Prescription Thugs” at the Tribeca Film Festival This weekend is the start of the Tribeca Film Festival. At the festival, the movie, “Prescription Thugs” will be screened. I am honored to be featured in this film and to help educate the public about the grave danger that is posed by the abuse of prescription medications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions.  The CDC states: Since 1999, the amount of prescription painkillers prescribed and sold in the U.S. has…
  • Make Meditation a Habit to Improve your Life

    Richard Taite
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    Make Meditation a Habit to Improve your Life I wasn’t really into it at first. Meditation was hard. It required sitting and quieting my mind, neither of which I was very good at when I first got sober. Honestly, a thirty minute meditation session felt like some sort of torture for someone with a mind like mine. However, it was only a very short time before I started being able to sit longer and being more comfortable when I did. Now, I have begun to learn that there are more benefits to meditation than we were aware of. Johns Hopkins Medicine conducted a review of 47 clinical trials with a…
  • Will Love Conquer Addiction?

    Richard Taite
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    Will Love Conquer Addiction? If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably seen it – an article suggesting that it is love that addicts need and lack of love and connection that causes addiction. The case made seems compelling. There are some things we know to be true. We know, for example, that addiction is not just a biochemical process. There are famous studies and heaps of anecdotal evidence that show us that some people can use like fiends for a long period and seem in every way addicted, then suddenly stop using. Most of the heroin abusing veterans who returned from Vietnam fit into this…
  • Changing Our Perspectives on Mental Illness and Mental Health

    Richard Taite
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Changing Our Perspectives on Mental Illness and Mental Health The First Lady recently spoke at the launch of The Campaign to Change Direction, “a nation-wide effort to raise awareness around mental health in America.” This effort, sponsored in part by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is “designed to change the story of mental health across the nation by urging all Americans to learn the five signs that someone might be in distress.” Shame of having a mental health issue keeps far too many good people from seeking treatment. I see it all the time…
  • How OxyContin Was Allowed to Kill so Many

    Richard Taite
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    How OxyContin Was Allowed to Kill so Many In a well-written article in The Week, reprinted from the Pacific Standard, Mike Mariani outlines how OxyContin, which was allegedly known to be addictive by its manufacturers, was pawned off on the public as a safe and effective, and decidedly non-addictive, painkiller. Now, the State of Kentucky has brought civil action against Purdue Pharmaceuticals and while increasing use of OxyContin may be a thing of the past, America’s addiction to opioids is not. As an addiction treatment professional, I have personally seen the rise in prescription…
 
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  • Is addiction a choice? Contingency Management as treatment option

    Tracy Smith
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:39 am
    Here, we take a look at a recent study highlighted in the New York Times that has brought attention and controversy to the idea that addiction is a choice. More on the theory of how behavior guides choices here, with a section at the end for your questions, comments, or feedback.New Substance Abuse Treatment Theory Recognizes Basic BehaviorsColumbia University Associate Professor of Psychology, Carl L. Hart, recently discussed his new research on addiction and basic behaviors in the New York Times. According to Hart:The wrong question about substance abuse treatment is: Is addiction a…
  • How to STOP enabling my drug addicted husband

    Amanda Andruzzi
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:28 pm
    In terms of addiction, enabling has a negative connotation. It refers to a dysfunctional way of helping someone else in such a way that hurts the enabler and the person they think they are helping. In the article, “8 Signs You are a Co-addict“, we discussed many types of enabling. Whichever type you engage in, there are consequences to each.So, how can you end the enabling and move towards a healthier relationship…a healthier you? We review here. Then, we invite your questions at the end. In fact, we try to respond to all legitimate questions or comments with a personal and…
  • Is there a quick fix for addiction?

    Suzi Martel
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    No. There is no quick fix – not to addiction, diabetes, or any other disorder. For that matter, quick fixes rarely appear in any other context, including climate shift or family budgeting.Here, we explore what it really takes to recover from addiction in the long term. Then, we invite your questions or comments about addiction recovery in the section at the end.The Mythical Quick Fix for AddictionIn general, most types of quick fixes are more of a “duct tape” than a solution. In fact, one of the reasons relapse is that a short-term treatment view was taken in addiction…
  • Long term effects of Ambien addiction (INFOGRAPHIC)

    Addiction Blog
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:51 am
    Long term effects of Ambien addictionAmbien (zolpidem) is highly addictive, so it’s usually not prescribed for periods longer than 4 weeks. More here on how you become addicted to Ambien and its risks.Addiction = Can occur when users do not follow doctor’s recommendations or when the drug is taken for reasons unrelated to sleeplessness, but used by addicts to get high.Mechanism of Ambien action1. Ambien binds to the alpha 1 subunit (BZ1 – or w 1-receptor subtypes) of the GABA(A) receptor associated with sleep promotion.2. Ambien potentiates GABA-ergic transmission, increases…
  • Is alcoholism a danger for my teen?

    Tyler Jacobson
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:53 pm
    One of the biggest issues parents may face with negative teen behavior is underage drinking. Teens are being exposed to alcohol frequently. Peer pressure, mental health issues, or just plain curiosity can cause them to drink. Many parents have heard horror stories on the news about alcohol poisoning from binge drinking and other tragedies when teens and alcohol mix.  So, it’s a legitimate question that parents ask themselves, “Is alcoholism a danger for my teen?”Here, we review some major problems caused by teen drinking. Then, we outline a brief plan of how you, as a…
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  • Blame Suboxone!

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:58 pm
    First Posted 3/24/2014 I recently came across the blog of a person who has dedicated his life to trashing buprenorphine treatment.  I won’t provide the name or link, as I don’t want to waste my own ‘page rank’ on supporting his misplaced anger.  But I suspect many readers of my blog have stumbled across that one as well, given the similarity of our keywords.    His blog doesn’t contain personal comments, I suppose because there are only so many ways to say ‘darn that Suboxone’.  Instead he auto-posts stories from across the country from newsfeeds, with keyword combinations…
  • Opioid Withdrawal Treatments

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    A post on the Forum asked about the best remedies for opioid withdrawal.   I will review the medications and other treatments for opioid withdrawal that I have heard discussed by physicians or by people on the internet.  Hopefully readers will leave comments about medications or approaches that they have found useful.  Likewise, if you are a physician, please weigh in with the approaches that you have found to be useful. For readers, it is very important to understand a couple things about this post.  First, the medications listed here are not FDA approved for treating opioid…
  • Suboxone Side Effects

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:07 pm
    I’ve received questions over the years from people claiming a range of symptoms from Suboxone or buprenorphine, from back or muscle pain to fatigue, depression, or irritability. I didn’t invent Suboxone, so I don’t take it personally when people blame commonly-occurring symptoms on the drug. But I get bored by the non-scientific thinking behind such claims— that since they started buprenorphine at some point in the past ten years, every symptom or illness that comes along must somehow be related to buprenorphine. No matter, apparently, that people who DIDN’T start buprenorphine…
  • Menzies Gets it Wrong

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    In Opioid Addiction Treatment Should Not Last a Lifetime, Percy Menzies resurrects old theories  to tarnish buprenorphine-based addiction treatment.  Methadone maintenance withstood similar attacks over the decades, and remains the gold standard for the most important aspect of treating opioid dependence:  preventing death. Menzies begins by claiming that a number of ideas that never had the support of modern medicine are somehow similar to buprenorphine treatment.  Replacing beer with benzodiazepines?  Replacing morphine with alcohol?  Replacing opioids with cocaine?  Where,…
  • Media Bias Against Suboxone

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    First Posted 2.8.2014 After Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death, I anticipated a flood of articles describing the ineffectiveness of non-medication treatments for opioid dependence.  I assumed the media would finally report on the need for long-term treatment of a long-term illness.  Instead we read more articles describing Suboxone (i.e. buprenorphine) as a ‘bad drug’, since Hoffman may have used the drug to reduce withdrawal between heroin binges. Taking buprenorphine within a few days of using heroin blocks most of heroin’s effects and makes overdose much less…
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  • Towards a comprehensive developmental model of pathological gambling

    Carlos Blanco, Joan Hanania, Nancy M. Petry, Melanie M. Wall, Shuai Wang, Chelsea J. Jin, Kenneth S. Kendler
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:59 pm
    ABSTRACT AimsTo develop a comprehensive etiological model of pathological gambling (PG) for men and women based on Kendler's development model for major depression, which groups 22 risk factors in 5 developmental tiers (childhood, early adolescence, late adolescence, adulthood, last year). We hypothesized that: 1) All risk factors would be significantly associated with PG; 2) The effect of risk factors in earlier developmental tiers would be accounted for by later tiers; and, 3) There would be few gender differences. DesignSeparate models were built for lifetime gambling and for 12-month PG…
  • Cocaine-related stimuli impair inhibitory control in cocaine users following short stimulus onset asynchronies

    Erika Pike, Katherine R. Marks, William W. Stoops, Craig R. Rush
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:47 pm
    ABSTRACT Background and AimsCocaine users display a significant increase in inhibitory failures following cocaine-related images compared with neutral images in a modified cued go/no-go task, the Attentional Bias-Behavioral Activation (ABBA) task. The aim of this study was to demonstrate that stimulus onset asynchrony (SOA) impacts inhibitory failures on the ABBA task. DesignA between-subjects experiment. SettingAn outpatient research unit in the USA. ParticipantsNinety-one cocaine users recruited from the community. MeasurementsParticipants were assigned to groups in which they saw either…
  • Estimating the number of people with hepatitis C virus who have ever injected drugs and have yet to be diagnosed: an evidence synthesis approach for Scotland

    Teresa C. Prevost, Anne M. Presanis, Avril Taylor, David J. Goldberg, Sharon J. Hutchinson, Daniela De Angelis
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:37 pm
    ABSTRACT AimsTo estimate the number of people who have ever injected drugs (defined here as PWID) living in Scotland in 2009 who have been infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV); to quantify and characterise the population remaining undiagnosed. MethodsInformation from routine surveillance (n = 22,616) and survey data (n = 2,511) was combined using a multi-parameter evidence synthesis approach to estimate the size of the PWID population, HCV-antibody prevalence and the proportion of HCV-antibody-prevalent cases who have been diagnosed, in subgroups defined by recency of injecting…
  • On a search for useful indicators… or not?

    Tomas Zabransky
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:22 pm
  • We know too little about demand: comments on ‘cocaine's fall’

    Don Weatherburn
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:22 pm
 
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  • Alcohol and Refugee Populations

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

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

    Dirk Hanson
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Compulsive theft can lead to tragic results. In the fall of 2011, 71-year old Julia Grodinsky of London was convicted of shoplifting ornamental crystals and sentenced to 18 months of probation. What made the case unusual was that Grodinsky had been convicted of shoplifting 63 times over the past 60 years. It seems likely that the elderly thief will continue to steal, given her history of poor decision-making.In The Republic, Plato asked whether thieves are made or born. It’s an excellent question. Kleptomania, as it is traditionally called, is a special class of theft behavior: a chronic…
  • Update on Synthetic Drug Surprises

    Dirk Hanson
    5 Feb 2015 | 9:23 am
    Spicier than ever.Four drug deaths last month in Britain have been blamed on so-called “Superman” pills being sold as Ecstasy, but actually containing PMMA, a synthetic stimulant drug with some MDMA-like effects that has been implicated in a number of deaths and hospitalizations in Europe and the U.S. The “fake Ecstasy” was also under suspicion in the September deaths of six people in Florida and another three in Chicago. An additional six deaths in Ireland have also been linked to the drug. (See Drugs.ie for more details.)PMMA, or paramethoxymethamphetamine, causes dangerous…
  • Smoking and Sadness

    Dirk Hanson
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
    The chemistry of sorrow during nicotine withdrawal. When you smoke a cigarette, nicotine pops into acetylcholine receptors in the brain, the adrenal glands, and the skeletal muscles, and you get a nicotine rush. Just like alcohol, a cigarette alters the transmission of several important chemical messengers in the brain. “These are not trivial responses,” said Professor Ovide Pomerleau of the University of Michigan Medical School. “It’s like lighting a match in a gasoline factory.”Experiments at NIDA’s Addiction Research Center in Baltimore have confirmed that nicotine withdrawal…
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  • Too Soon Too Late

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

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

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

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    "I don't think the way you think." ~ Isaiah 55:8a (The Message)Can I please have some peace about this? ~ October 20th Ignatian Exercises journal entry.Yesterday I spent the day sick in bed and read Kerry Egan's book Fumbling, an account of her journey walking the Camino de Santiago. The best books are ones that speak to our common humanity and I know I read to find myself in the pages of another`s story.Those of you who have journeyed with me these past few years, through the suicides of friends as well as my breast cancer diagnosis and recovery know how shattered my…
  • Encaustic

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Could the reader that sent me this encaustic please email me? In a flurry of emptying my inbox of emails I inadvertently deleted the one with your new email address.  Thank you.Isn't this a lovely piece of art? It's titled Skinless Soul and is from a friend in honour of my breast cancer journey. I have it hanging where I can see it every day.
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  • “But YOU smoked when you were younger.”

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

    Julie
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:21 am
    When it comes to talking to your teen about marijuana (and alcohol), it’s not always easy to know what to say. While there is no exact “script” for talking with your teen about marijuana, our new Marijuana Talk Kit explores common teen questions and arguments – and offers tips for what you can say in response. For example, what should you say if your teen asked you, “Would you rather I drink alcohol? Weed is so much safer.” First, instead of getting rattled by your teen’s question, try posing a question back. (This acts as a buffer while you think about your answer.) Try…
  • Marijuana: Finding the right words for your teen

    Cassie Goldberg
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    At the Partnership, we’ve been talking a lot about marijuana. As you may know, we recently launched our new Marijuana Talk Kit, designed to help parents navigate the constantly evolving drug landscape and have productive conversations with their teens. One way to set yourself up for a meaningful conversation – one during which your teen hears you and responds thoughtfully – is by knowing some words to use and avoid when talking with him about marijuana (or any issue). The Kit includes a chart of words to avoid, and helps you replace them with words to which your teen will better…
  • “But YOU smoked weed when YOU were younger.”

    Julie
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    “Marijuana is a plant. It’s natural. How harmful could it be?” “But YOU smoked weed when YOU were younger.” “Would you rather I drink alcohol? Weed is so much safer.” Would you know what you’d say if confronted with these tough questions or arguments by your teen? Marijuana is a hot topic. Between legalization in some states, the normalization of the drug in the media and pop culture and different ways of using (like “edible” cookies and candies, vaporizers and dabs), it’s becoming harder for parents to talk to teens about…
  • How Do I Support My Teen’s Recovery after Addiction Treatment?

    Julie
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Many parents feel ill-prepared when their child has completed inpatient or outpatient drug addiction treatment. They often feel uncertain on what to expect and have many questions about how to best support their teen’s recovery. Continuing Care, a website and guide (pdf), gives parents the tools and supports to make their families stronger and deal with the complex and challenging situations during the days, months and years after treatment. You’ll find insights on how parents can set realistic expectations for their child’s recovery, including how to help them adapt to their new…
 
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  • ‘The Man Who Couldn’t Stop': A Q&A with David Adam on OCD

    Suzanne Kane
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Every day, we have between 60,000 and 80,000 thoughts. Most are fleeting and completely harmless. Many are necessary to get a task done, to take care of family or work responsibilities. Some are for dreaming and planning and just pure enjoyment. But for the estimated 2.2 million Americans who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), intrusive thoughts can hugely diminish quality of life and cripple productivity and happiness in those who are affected. In his new book, The Man Who Couldn’t Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in ThoughtDavid Adam, an editor at Nature, delves…
  • Poll: Have You Ever Mixed Cough Syrup With Alcohol?

    Colleen Moriarty
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Take Our Poll The post Poll: Have You Ever Mixed Cough Syrup With Alcohol? appeared first on addiction.com.
  • Imagination Holds Great Power

    Suzanne Kane
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Man lives by imagination.” – Havelock Ellis, British physician, writer and social reformer who studied human sexuality (1859-1939) Whatever it is possible to imagine can likely be realized. At least, that’s the view held by most who believe in the power of positive thinking. Along with being able to imagine or envision a certain outcome, of course, comes the requisite need to take the action in order to bring that desired result to fruition. Imagination, then, can hold great power. It can help free the mind from current constraints, help overcome limitations of time and place and…
  • ‘Is My Kid High?’

    Mary Jane Horton
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    There’s no doubt about it: Marijuana is one of the most-used drugs by young adults and high school students, and by some younger kids as well. According to “Monitoring the Future,” an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes and values of American high-school and college students and young adults, published by the University of Michigan, in 2014, 3.4% of 10th-graders and 5.8% of 12th-graders reported daily use of marijuana. (That’s defined as using on 20 or more occasions in the prior 30 days.) To put this in perspective, one in every 17 high school seniors is a daily or…
  • Searching for the Truth

    Suzanne Kane
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Any truth is better than indefinite doubt.” – Arthur Conan Doyle, Scottish writer and physician, best-known for his stories about the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes (1859-1930) When it comes to dealing with unpleasant emotions, none is perhaps more perplexing than how to overcome doubt. Thinking about shortcomings, worrying about whether or not we’re good enough, have enough skill, talent, expertise or time, money or resources to do something can create a deep crevasse of doubt. No wonder it’s sometimes tough to get anything done. We’re too mired in doubt to take action.
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    Valium Addiction Help

  • Five Methods to Relieve Stress Without Drugs or Alcohol

    admin
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Millions of people use alcohol or drugs to relieve stress every day. Whether it’s a customary cocktail after work, a joint before bed or some pills at the office, short-term relief is often just a dose away. From prescription medication to alcohol, however, using substances to relieve stress is one of the fastest routes to the cultivation of a full-blown addiction. Whether you are a college student, a stay at home mom or a law enforcement officer, it is absolutely essential that you find a way to relieve stress and emotional pain without self-medicating. The following are five methods for…
  • Why Patience Is Important in a Loved One’s Rehab

    admin
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Sometimes quick results and instant gratification are good things. When it comes to treatment for Valium addiction, however, it pays to be patient. Rehab is the start of a long-term process. Failing to grasp this fact can lead to frustration and disappointment. In contrast, seeing sobriety as a journey — not a destination — can help you stay supportive, positive and peaceful. Patience is one of the best ways you can support a loved one in treatment to overcome Valium addiction. Staying steadfast during relapse is also a very difficult gift to give. By the time a hurting loved one enters…
  • What Should I Do If I Want to Get Clean?

    admin
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Making the decision to get clean and overcome Valium addiction can bring about numerous questions and concerns. Many people struggling with Valium addiction may not know where to look for help or how to find adequate answers to their questions about treatment. The following is a step-by-step guide for what to do to receive treatment for Valium addiction: Get help from family – Getting immediate support from family and close friends in the decision to get clean can be one of the most beneficial starts to finding the right treatment. Family members can help with searching for different…
  • How to Come to Terms with Your Drug Use

    admin
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Coming to terms with drug abuse is a process that takes time and patience. While accepting your addiction, you must find good ways to adjust to recovery, because it will demand you change not only your activities, but also your mentality. However, the process of recovery is rewarding, because it leads to long-term sobriety. Seek help to face your Valium abuse, because you may end up saving your life. Valium Addiction and the Need to Recover Valium is a benzodiazepine that is used for its sedative and amnestic properties, particularly to treat anxiety. It acts directly in the central nervous…
  • 5 Ways to Use Mindfulness to Sustain Recovery

    admin
    14 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Mindfulness can be vital to sustaining recovery. Understanding your own strengths and weaknesses, as well as becoming more aware of the way your mind works to trigger conscious and unconscious cravings to use, will open the path to sobriety. Here are five distinct ways in which self-awareness can support recovery from addiction to drugs such as Valium. Learn to tell a different story. As an individual becomes aware of his mental processes, he is able to identify when self-destructive thoughts or stories get the best of him . Then he can choose to reject the negative thoughts and choose to…
 
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    Heroin Detox Rehab

  • How Heroin Differs from Opium

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

    admin
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    One of the first signs of addiction is behaving in a different manner than she used to If you suspect that your parent is addicted to heroin, you are probably experiencing a great deal of insecurity, confusion, anger and fear. Parents are responsible for taking care of themselves and their family members, so those who are remiss in their responsibility unjustly force their children to handle another person’s drug abuse. Learn how heroin addicts behave to clarify whether your parent is an addict. Signs of Heroin Addiction Living with your parent gives you the opportunity to see if he is…
  • 5 Methods to Relieve Stress Without Drugs or Alcohol

    admin
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:04 am
    By meditating, some individuals are able to achieve a state of significant relaxation and tranquility Stress is a common contributor to substance abuse problems. Many people first turn to drugs or alcohol in order to cope with overwhelming amounts of stress that interfere with their daily lives and make it difficult for them to function normally. They hope abusing substances like heroin can offer the relief they seek, even if only for a short while. Unfortunately, drug abuse only leads to more stress, especially if it results in addiction. Healthy Ways to Relieve Stress Addiction treatment…
  • How to Stop Self-Medicating

    admin
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Stopping self-medication is an important step to avoid addiction and to heal from underlying causes Self-medication is a dangerous act that can lead to severe consequences. People may see it as a harmless practice to deal with issues like a cold or a headache, but some rely on self-medication to cope with serious conditions, and they use prescription or illegal drugs as a result. In these cases, healing is required from both the substance abuse and the underlying issue. Mental health disorders cause many cases of self-medicating, because people believe they don’t need medical attention, or…
  • How Does Rehab Break the Physical Addiction to Heroin?

    admin
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    In a rehab program setting, a person can find the resources and tools to break free from the grip of addiction Heroin is deeply addictive and overcoming heroin addiction can be difficult without professional treatment and support. In a rehab program setting, a person can find the resources and tools to break free from the grip of addiction. How Heroin Creates a Physical Addiction Heroin is an opioid created synthetically from morphine. Usually in the form of a white or brown powder, this substance is typically injected, inhaled via snorting, or smoked. Because each of these methods delivers…
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    Xanax Addiction Help

  • What If Insurance Doesn’t Cover All the Treatment I Need?

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

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

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

    admin
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    People in recovery from painkiller addiction have pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical options for relieving pain Pain, both acute and chronic, is a problem for a large number of individuals. A publication by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) titled “Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or in Recovery From Substance Use Disorders” notes that 36 percent of people reported experiencing disabling pain in the last year. Over half of people age 20 or older reported pain that lasted more than three months. Physicians often turn to prescription opioid…
  • Do Certain Times of Year Increase the Number of Medications Prescribed?

    admin
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The frequency and intensity of many health conditions varies seasonally A wide variety of factors, including seasonal ones, influence the prescribing of medications like Xanax. Some health conditions have seasonal peaks and valleys. Unsurprisingly, medications to treat those conditions also vary in the prescribing patterns they follow. Health Conditions with Seasonal Variations Health conditions that may follow a seasonal pattern resulting in differences in medication prescribing include the following: Flu– Antibiotics are often prescribed to treat respiratory symptoms associated with the…
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  • How to Maintain a Positive Attitude While in Recovery

    admin
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    With your recovery, not only will your own life improve, but so will the lives of your loved ones A positive attitude is a priority in addiction recovery, because recovery has many difficult and discouraging moments. When these moments do come, it is tempting to throw in the towel and to break your sobriety, but you must remember why you wanted to recover and how gratifying your life will be once you are drug-free. Furthermore, remember that, with your recovery, not only will your own life improve, but so will the lives of your loved ones. A positive attitude can help you stay in recovery, so…
  • How Do Opiates Differ from Opium?

    admin
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Opium has been used as a pain medication since at least the Neolithic age Opiates and opium are closely related chemical cousins with many pharmacological and addictive similarities and several important differences. Although opium has been a part of the human experience for thousands of years, and opiates for hundreds, there are still many misunderstandings about these drugs and the risks they present. Opium: The Ancient Drug Opium is a compound derived from the sap of certain poppies. The immature bulbs of the Papaver Somniferum poppy are scored and drops of the sticky sap begin to seep…
  • How Can I Educate Myself About My Child’s Addiction?

    admin
    5 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    To learn about a child’s addiction, educate yourself about the nature of the disease and the paths to recovery My child is an addict. What happens next? Unfortunately, many parents utter these words after discovering their son or daughter suffers from addiction. Professional rehabilitation offers the best treatment options for recovery, but parents can help the situation by educating themselves about the addiction and ways they can help. What Is Addiction? Few conditions involve as many misconceptions as addiction, and parents need to utilize books, websites and professionals to educate…
  • How a Negative Self-Image Affects Depression

    admin
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Many of the symptoms of negative self-image and depression overlap, and may cause depression symptoms to worsen Depression is a serious mental disorder that can be debilitating on its own, but when combined with a negative self-image, it can be even more crippling. Many of the symptoms of negative self-image and depression overlap, and a negative self-image may cause depression symptoms to worsen or new symptoms to develop. Although a negative self-image causes more emotional and psychological pain if untreated, with therapy patients can begin to understand the relationship between the two…
  • Differentiating Depression from Sadness

    admin
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Struggling with depression can feel overwhelming Many people do not appreciate that there are several important distinctions between sadness and clinical depression. Understanding these differences is vital, as it allows individuals to determine whether or not they should seek professional treatment. Sadness Is Normal It is important on the front end to state that sadness is normal. Every person has experiences in which sadness is an appropriate response, even a sadness that lasts several days. Tumultuous events like the loss of a loved one, sudden unemployment, or divorce – among many…
 
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  • Inspirational Message of the Week!

    BV
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:03 am
    Hidden paths can’t be walked without moving obstacles.  To receive information on addiction treatment programs and rehab services, we provide free initial consultation at  800-570-4562    
  • Alcoholism and Gambling Addiction Treated Together

    BV
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    Co-occurring disorders such as alcoholism and gambling is common amongst individuals who display “sequential addiction” according to ‘clinical patterns’ and research studies. This means that a person who has a history of addiction or dependency (such as alcohol or cocaine addiction) is at a high risk of developing a gambling problem later in life. Fortunately there is addiction treatment that helps to resolve both disorders in one integrated treatment program, as treating one disorder and not the other often has little to no effect for the long term. For this reason, addiction experts…
  • Professional Support For Treatment of Alcoholism

    BV
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:04 am
    Information shared is courtesy of National Institutes of Health- U.S. Department of Health & Human Resources (Rethinking Drinking – Alcohol and your Health) Professional Support  Advances in the treatment of alcoholism mean that patients now have more choices and health professionals have more tools to help. The following are some common effective approaches.  Medications to treat alcoholism: Newer medications can make it easier to quit drinking by offsetting changes in the brain caused by alcoholism. These options (naltrexone, topiramate, and acamprosate) don’t make you sick if…
  • Warnings Signs of High Levels of Stress

    BV
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:08 am
    Stress is a natural reaction of the mind and body, often caused by demands that disrupt a person’s regular life. Whether we like it or not, we all deal with things that add pressure to our day-to-day life, such as performing well at work, getting good grades in college, healing broken relationships, facing tragedies, enduring financial hardship, or suffering from health problems: they all make us feel stressed. However, it’s important to understand the upside to stress. Firstly, feeling stressed about things means you care. If you are stressed about your addiction problem, then that means…
  • What Are The Symptoms of an Alcohol Use Disorder?

    BV
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    See if you recognize any of these symptoms in yourself. In the past year, • have you had times when you ended up drinking more, or longer, than you intended? • more than once wanted to cut down or stop drinking, or tried to, but couldn’t? • more than once gotten into situations while or after drinking that increased your chances of getting hurt (such as driving, swimming, using machinery, walking in a dangerous area, or having unsafe sex)? • had to drink much more than you once did to get the effect you want? Or found that your usual number of drinks had much less effect than…
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  • Photo Exhibit Sheds Light on Heroin Problem

    Mike Loverde
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    Hearing about the dangers of heroin abuse does not always relay how devastating the drug can be. Sometimes in order to really understand the severity of addiction someone has to see the images of the lonely, emaciated, desperate people that spend their lives craving for, and seeking out heroin. In order to educate young people and the community that heroin abuse is a problem that affects more than just the addict, public officials and different organizations are coming up with hard hitting ways to get the word out to the public. One way of showing the heroin abuse problem is by bringing the…
  • Prescription Drug Use Still Rising in Some Areas

    Mike Loverde
    3 Apr 2015 | 11:54 am
    Although prescription drug abuse appears to have flattened off on a national level, there are still parts of the country experiencing rising use. One such example is Iowa, where painkiller addiction keeps increasing. While it is true that there are people who have legitimate reasons for taking drugs like OxyContin or Percocet, some people believe that doctors are too quick to write prescriptions for the addictive pills. Perhaps there are other ways of dealing with many pain-related issues that don’t involve narcotics, which have a high potential for abuse. “We’re looking at more…
  • New Trends in Heroin-Related Deaths

    Mike Loverde
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    Not too long ago, the most common demographic for heroin use and overdoses were African-American males over the age of 45 in urban areas. Today, the story is much different. Now more than half of the heroin-related deaths are attributed to white males between the ages of 18 and 44 who are from suburban and rural areas. As heroin use has exploded again in our country, so have the number of deaths caused by the drug. The most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that there were more than 8,200 in 2013, which was nearly three times the amount from just…
  • Research Discovers Possible Source for Stress-Related Binge Drinking

    Mike Loverde
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    Binge drinking, loosely defined as several drinks in a short period of time, is one of the most dangerous ways to consume alcohol. People who binge drink are more likely to suffer from alcohol poisoning, put themselves in situations that are dangerous and engage in risky behavior. In an effort to further understand binge drinking and the potential causes of it, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA), commissioned a study to investigate potential sources for the need to binge drink. Researchers found evidence that indicated when a person feels stress their brain reacts…
  • Choosing the Best Treatment Center for Opiate Addiction

    Mike Loverde
    12 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Finding out that a loved one is struggling with a drug and/or alcohol problem can be one of the most devastating moments in a person’s life. Sometimes the addiction is known for years before the family steps in and intervenes and the person gets help. Being open to treatment is something that should not be taken for granted, oftentimes an addict will have a moment of clarity or they will be in the throes of painful withdrawal symptoms and agree to enter into a rehab facility. When families or loved ones take too long in locating a treatment center they can find that the addict is no longer…
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    Decision Point Center

  • New Grants Fund Drug Prevention in Arizona

    Decision Point Center
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:03 am
    Preventing further Arizona residents from abusing drugs is the main goal behind the $600,000.00 that was bestowed upon several different agencies throughout the state. The intention is to increase the number of young people who can be reached through drug education and prevention programs in order to reduce the impact addiction has on the state and help save more lives. Since Arizona borders Mexico, residents are often the first to receive shipments of dangerous narcotics brought in by drug traffickers. Being on the front lines of the drug problem in the United States can put more teens and…
  • Opioid Fatalities Continue Rising in Many Areas

    Decision Point Center
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:36 pm
    The nation as a whole is still feeling the devastating effects of opiate addiction. Overdose deaths associated with heroin, prescription painkillers and related opioids keep rising in many states throughout the country. Massachusetts, for example, is expected to have more than 1,000 fatalities due to heroin and other opiates, which is significantly more than just a couple years ago. The problem is so bad that the governor has appointed a special task force to try and find solutions to the epidemic, and this is in a state that already had a notoriously-bad opiate problem. Unfortunately, there…
  • Why Synthetic Drug Use is Increasing

    Decision Point Center
    5 Apr 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Although much of the attention these days regarding drug abuse is focused on the heroin and prescription painkillers, there is another category of substances that continues to gain in popularity. Synthetic drugs continuing seeping into the mainstream as well and are responsible for sending a growing number of young people to the emergency room. There are many types of synthetic drugs on the market, and the chemical variations continually change. In fact, one poison control director said it is like playing a “chemical game of whack-a-mole.” These newer formulations are why…
  • Decision Point Center Incorporates Feeling State Addiction Protocol

    Decision Point Center
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    Addiction treatment at Decision Point Center is now being augmented by EMDR, and not just to address trauma! The Feeling State Addiction Protocol (FSAP) is being used to “delink” the pleasurable feeling state produced by using drugs and alcohol from the compulsive and self-destructive behavior of addiction. This expanded application of EMDR from trauma into other areas is a logical one given the increasing amount of brain research being done in the mental health and addiction fields and the proven efficacy of the FSAP protocol. One of the first therapy modalities to posit a link between…
  • School Suspensions Found to Increase Marijuana Use

    Decision Point Center
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:58 am
    In an effort to address the growing problem of drug use amongst teenagers, many schools have adopted a no-tolerance policy. If a person is caught with drugs or are found to be under the influence, they are immediately suspended from school. This hardline approach was considered an effective way of dealing with a problem that has infiltrated most neighborhoods throughout the country. However, new research suggests that these types of policies may not be as effective or helpful as many parents and administrators once thought. A study that was recently published in the American Journal of Public…
 
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  • Managing Money In Recovery - 3 Tips To Help You Out

    Tim Powers
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:29 am
    The post Managing Money In Recovery - 3 Tips To Help You Out appeared first on Sober Nation.Being in recovery is awesome... and it can be extremely stressful. Once we leave treatment we focus on the people, places and things to avoid in order to maintain our sobriety and guard against the evils of relapse. If you are new in recovery, there are areas in our recovery that may not get much play but are crucial to keeping us safe, sane and sober. One such area that addicts tend to avoid early in recovery is learning how to manage our money.Money: Is It A Trigger for Relapse?If you really think…
  • New Synthetic Drug "Flakka" Is Hitting The Sunshine State

    Tim Powers
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:50 pm
    The post New Synthetic Drug "Flakka" Is Hitting The Sunshine State appeared first on Sober Nation. Image source - cbs news.There is a new designer drug in town that is wreaking havoc on users, causing problems for law enforcement, and is causing significant concern among healthcare professionals and addiction specialists. The drug, called flakka, has spread like wildfire in the state of Florida and it has popped up in Ohio and Texas. Flakka is new...in fact, it is BRAND NEW. The drug is so new there is little to no information available on federal drug information sites such as the National…
  • Teen Drug Use in America

    TechAdmin
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    The post Teen Drug Use in America appeared first on Sober Nation.The younger someone begins use of an addictive substance, the more likely they are to become addicted. This very real danger is present for many American teenagers, as they are exposed to and begin to misuse and abuse drugs. However, there are warning signs parents and teachers should be aware of as they interact with teenagers that may help them identify teen drug use. Through awareness and proper education, many teens can be assisted to stop their use and develop healthier coping habits.Current Teen Drug Use StatisticsOverall,…
  • Lost Causes Hope - A Personal Story Written By Joshua D.

    Tim Stoddart
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:58 am
    The post Lost Causes Hope - A Personal Story Written By Joshua D. appeared first on Sober Nation.I am an alcoholic. Owning this label is not without consequences. Recovery from substance abuse has caused me to reevaluate life and the relationships surrounding it. The freedom in this refrain has kept me sober and humble. Recovery has caused me to change my life by helping others in the community, become a consciousness person with integrity, restored my faith in God, and a present loving dependable family member. It has gifted me with the necessary tools to deal with my past while living at…
  • 4 Of The Most Addictive Drugs On The Planet

    Tim Stoddart
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    The post 4 Of The Most Addictive Drugs On The Planet appeared first on Sober Nation.When considering addictive drugs, many people instantly think of things such as heroin and cocaine. In actual fact though, there are also plenty of addictive substances used by people across the globe that are actually legal, such as alcohol and nicotine.While there are a number of quite complex and interrelated factors that determine whether someone will become addicted to a drug or not (like their social history, income level, and genetic makeup), the chemical design of addictive drugs makes some of them…
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  • Creative Responses to Youth Substance Use

    Jess Williams
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:22 am
    Credit: Ed Yourdon Young people are creative–we should be, too. Learn about the Hilton Foundation’s flexible approach to SBIRT for youth. If you want to get jazzed about substance use interventions for adolescents, I suggest you talk to Alexa Eggleston at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. She will jazz you right up. Eggleston is the senior program officer of the Hilton Foundation’s five-year, $50 million Youth Substance Use Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative, which launched in the summer of 2013. For its first round of funding, the Initiative has targeted a…
  • High Risk Opioid Use

    Jess Williams
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:24 am
    Image: Henrique Pinto IRETA and NIDA are launching an online course to share research about doctor shopping and teen opioid use Last year, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Tom Friedan tweeted a convincing infographic about why we need to better address nonmedical prescription drug use. Overdose deaths are just the tip of the iceberg, he said. Overdose deaths are just the tip of the iceberg. For every 1 Rx overdose death in 2010…#RXSummit pic.twitter.com/YPxH6BrE9W — Dr. Tom Frieden (@DrFriedenCDC) April 23, 2014   “The abuse of opiate pills and…
  • Update Your Image of a Person with a Substance Use Disorder

    Jess Williams
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Credit: Kathryn So we know that words like “junkie” and “alcoholic” evoke an inaccurate image of a person with a substance use disorder. Like, a junkie is supposed to be a skinny twentysomething with circles under his eyes; he’s got a bunch of tattoos and nowhere to sleep tonight. And an alcoholic is, let’s say, closer to sixty. Big old gut. Estranged family. Maybe he’s prone to violence, maybe he just seems absent from life. These images don’t work. There are people with opioid use disorders who are neither skinny nor in their twenties. And…
  • Updates on a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in Pennsylvania

    iretablog
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:59 pm
    Tracking progress on our home state’s efforts to modernize our PDMP Photo: Wikimedia Commons On October 27, 2014, Pennsylvania passed a law that will modernize our prescription drug monitoring program and undoubtedly save lives. However, implementation will be even more complex than the lengthy legislative process we’ve already seen. We’ll continue to share information about our PDMP as the program gets off the ground. Look for further blog posts about the role of prescription monitoring as part of a public health effort to reduce overdose, address risky substance use and…
  • Separate Medication from Level of Care

    Jess Williams
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Credit: ed_needs_a_bicycle We would help a lot more people with opioid use disorders and quell a lot of criticism if we stopped using this inaccurate paradigm in addiction treatment Earlier this year, we read Anne Fletcher’s 2015 Wish List for Substance Use Disorder Treatment and agreed on all counts. We also agreed that, as she says, “each one of these wishes is a tall order.” Of the six wishes, we appreciated the hat tip as brief intervention experts under #4 (“Address the needs of the far greater number of people with substance use problems that are not…
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  • Youth Drug Treatment Programs

    admin
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Youth Drug Treatment Programs Drugs and youth are an unfortunate combination, and in many areas, a growing concern. Recent studies showed that a lot of the drug prevention education aimed at youth was well intentioned, but not well planned and made drug use more attractive. Treatment centers recognize the growing numbers of youth that require treatment for substance addiction, and they also recognize that their needs during treatment are much different from adults. There are specialized programs for youths needing drug treatment that will help repair these young lives. Why are most youth…
  • Dual Diagnosis Drug Treatment Programs

    admin
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Dual Diagnosis Drug Treatment Programs One of the complicating factors in drug treatment is that many people have an underlying mental illness that is not being treated as well. For these people, drug abuse may also be performing the function of self-medication. There are certain drugs that tend to indicate the presence of mental illness, particularly if nicotine use or alcohol use is present as well. There is a lot of disagreement over whether one should treat the substance abuse or the mental illness first, which is why many treatment centers offer specialized dual diagnosis programs. How…
  • What Are The Available Drug Treatment Options

    admin
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    What are the available drug treatment options There are a wide range of possibilities in drug treatments and programs. Depending on your needs, you can use out patient, in patient or residential programs to help you achieve the success that you need. Most programs are covered by insurance or community health plans, and many also have payment options. The only reason not to enter a drug treatment center is the desire to continue using drugs, if you are considering a drug treatment program then you have already experienced the destruction drug addiction can cause in your life and want it to…
  • Making a Change to Overcome Drug Addiction

    admin
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Making a Change to Overcome Drug Addiction For some individuals battling with addiction, the greatest and hardest venture to recuperation is the first: choosing to start their journey toward healing. It’s typical to struggle with the drug you’re addicted to, even when you understand that it’s bringing on issues throughout your life. Change is never simple and focusing on temperance includes changing numerous things, including the way you deal with stress, who is allowed to be in your life, what you think about yourself, and what you do in your spare time. You may think about whether…
  • Veterans and Prescription Drug Abuse

    admin
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Veterans and Prescription Drug Abuse There are now many troops and veterans who battle with dependence on prescription drugs, and the problem is only getting worse as more troops are coming back from the horrors of war. They have been dealing with a number of things during their time overseas, so it only makes sense that these addictions are becoming worse over time, which means we should be keeping an eye on it. Throughout wartime, specialists and doctors need to treat troops for pain, and frequently utilize prescription sedatives to tackle that issue. Americans in the military are…
 
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  • CDC’s Prescription Painkiller Abuse Campaign Seeks to Curb Overdose Deaths

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

    C Waismann
    2 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Looking to celebrity culture illustrates the impact of stigma on treatment seeking for substance abuse.  Celebrities pay a premium to sneak away to secluded treatment facilities in order to avoid their fans from finding out about their struggle with addiction.  Or, if rumors about their struggles persist, they may release a brief public statement askingRead More > The post The Way We Talk About Stigma Impacts Public Perception of Opiate Treatment appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • How Does Heroin Make You Feel?

    C Waismann
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    “How does heroin make you feel” and “how does heroin feel like” are two common questions typed into search engines these days. There are as many answers to those questions as there are heroin users. Heroin makes each user feel a slightly different way. Heroin usually induces a “downer” effect that rapidly brings an individualRead More > The post How Does Heroin Make You Feel? appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • Taking Prescription Opioid Painkillers as a Recovering Opiate User: Is It Safe?

    C Waismann
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Among scientists who study addiction, there is a lot of debate about the merits of total abstinence from substances of abuse.  The credo of self-help groups such as Narcotics Anonymous states that a person in recovery can never again take opiates without risking relapse, even if prescription opioid painkillers are prescribed by a doctor.  OtherRead More > The post Taking Prescription Opioid Painkillers as a Recovering Opiate User: Is It Safe? appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • How Long Does Heroin Stay In Your System?

    C Waismann
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    “How long does heroin stay in your system?” is a common question among recreational drug users hoping to pass a drug test for a job. It is also a common question for prospective employers, and for people worried about the health and welfare of loved ones who use heroin. The short answer to the questionRead More > The post How Long Does Heroin Stay In Your System? appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
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  • Sentences to ponder

    Jason Schwartz
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:37 pm
    From Jennifer Matesa: Look at this picture. This is how some people taper off Suboxone. They cut the dissolvable films into little bitty pieces. The company that makes Suboxone does not advise doing this, because they say they can’t guarantee the drug is evenly distributed throughout the film, but guess what?—I think it’s because they don’t want people to taper off it. I’ve talked to Tim Baxter, M.D., global medical director of Reckitt Benckiser, manufacturer of Suboxone. In two separate interviews he told me, “We don’t promote detox.” They want you to stay on this drug.
  • AA, evidence and Glaser

    Jason Schwartz
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Science writer John Horgan takes a look at the Gabrielle Glaser Atlantic article that’s gotten so much attention. Here’s his overview: The addiction-treatment industry is a racket, which cries out for critical investigation. But Glaser’s article is embarrassingly shallow and one-sided. She cherry-picks data and anecdotes to make A.A. look bad and alternatives look good. Here’s some detail on her cherry-picking: Here’s an example of how Glaser misrepresents sources: She quotes a 2006 report by the Cochrane Collaboration on A.A. and other twelve-step programs (so-called…
  • Cold water for miracle meds

    Jason Schwartz
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:27 am
    Keith Humphreys pours cold water on the miracle drug hype: Like everyone else, I constantly see headlines that the cure for some dread disease has been discovered. On those occasions when journalists interview me about such stories, I have a habit of dispensing cold water. For example, a few years ago, a small clinical trial seemed to show that anti-depressants helped meth-addicted people to stop using drugs. This is what I said to an excellent health reporter, Erin Allday, about the findings: “There have been quite a few bombs pharmacologically…those earlier experiences have taught me to…
  • Naloxone is not enough – updated

    Jason Schwartz
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am
      This is a repost from earlier in the week that has been updated to include an exchange with a commenter that touches upon some important themes in responding to OD and opiate addiction. From USA Today: Fulcher [an emergency room physician at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital in Louisville, Ky.]says he generally supports giving greater access to naloxone, which at one point his ER administered so often doctors felt like they were running a drive-through OD clinic. But he says new laws “totally ignore” the overall problem of addiction and may communicate an underlying…
  • Naloxone is not enough

    Jason Schwartz
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    From USA Today: Fulcher [an emergency room physician at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital in Louisville, Ky.]says he generally supports giving greater access to naloxone, which at one point his ER administered so often doctors felt like they were running a drive-through OD clinic. But he says new laws “totally ignore” the overall problem of addiction and may communicate an underlying acceptance of intravenous heroin use. “Politicians will feel like they’ve dealt with the problem,” Fulcher says. There’s a comment on Join Together that suggests this is a…
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  • Money Management Tips for Recovering Addicts

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

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

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

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

    Kent
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:41 pm
    No matter how hard I try, it seems that consequences of my addiction manifest themselves in my life. I’ve noticed that these consequences/weaknesses tend to show in the worst times — situations that can create the most damage, situations that are the most raw and vulnerable. For me, the most raw and vulnerable times are in romantic relationships. They’ve reared their head lately, causing a lot of pain in someone I love and causing that relationship to deteriorate to a point where the relationship may be lost. Because of this, I made the decision to finally go to counseling…
  • 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…
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  • What The 12 Steps Did for Me

    Bill W.
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:29 pm
    There are lots of ways to get clean and sober nowadays.   We know a great deal more about addiction than we did in the last century, when treatment for alcoholism and other forms of addiction got their start, and we are learning more every day. Treatment protocols continue their changes to match the new information.Nonetheless, the 12-Step-based programs are still the most common. Although some people have problems with their supposed “cult” status (they meet virtually none of the criteria) and presumed insistence on a belief in God (also inaccurate), they are still the model that the…
  • Unmasking the Myths about Drug Addiction

    Adam Barny
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Understanding the truth about drug addiction can help you to dispel some of the common myths about the problem.Following are seven of the more prominent myths about drug addiction, and explanations that disperse them.An Addict Needs to hit “Rock Bottom” Before They Can Recover – Many people have long sided with this myth as fact. They feel that a person that may have a drug or alcohol addiction must hit a complete low where they have no one else to turn to before they look for help. Studies have shown that the earlier on in an addiction that a person admits they are in need of help, the…
  • 7 Ways to Relax Without Chemicals

    Rena Sherwood
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    There are prescription medications for anxiety and panic attacks but they are problematic. Some are meant to be used for emergencies only. Tranquilizers like benzodiazepines also lose their effectiveness over time. That means that over time you need to take more and more pills in order to get the same impact. This can not only lead to health problems but also can lead to new addictions.Be that as it may, calming down and relaxing is important, even though our American work ethic frowns on it. Think of relaxing or calming down as exercise – instead of working out physical muscles, you’re…
  • How Media Portrayal of Addiction and Mental Health Affects Public Perceptions

    Adam Barny
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Freedom of speech is devalued when key media outlets use theirs to share insensitive stories that come across as bullying rather than journalism. Two major areas of concern in media reporting are addiction and mental health, both of which invite skepticism because of harmful headlines and uninformed opinions. While some media outlets are highly respectful, the sad truth is that more change is still required.Mental Health Discrimination of CelebritiesThe UK is a good place to start because of its many sensationalist newspapers that are more focused on shaming people than reporting the facts in…
  • 10 Non-Alcoholic Dinner Party Tips

    Adam Barny
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Alcohol featured prominently in the daily lives of many Americans back in the 1950s and 1960s. Nowadays, though, we are all much more aware of the damage that alcohol can cause. That is precisely why alcohol free living is on the rise. People who live without alcohol have lots of fun and without any of the hangovers. You, too, can share the benefits with the help of these non-alcoholic party ideas. There are lots of wonderful tips to help you in a variety of scenarios. Set a Fun Theme – A special theme can really help to liven up the evening without requiring alcohol. For instance, you can…
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  • Meeting up at pubs when you’re sober

    Nick Bruce Hayes
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:59 pm
    How to get your pub on, clean and sober. Blistering hot Buffalo wings and mile-high nachos with oozing cheddar cheese. Yummy! Yes, pub food can be awesome, but meeting up at pubs when you’re sober can prove problematic for many in recovery and if you’re early in recovery, you know the rules, stay away! But that doesn’t mean meeting up at pubs when you’re sober is always going to be off the table. The neighborhood pub or the bar down the street form work can tend to be a common place to meet up among friends and to catch up.  Many people in recovery can attribute the beginnings of…
  • Interview Hacks for Job Hunters in Recovery

    Nick Bruce Hayes
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:45 am
    5 Tips to Help You Land a Job When You’re in Recovery. When you land a job when you’re in recovery, there can be quite a bit of stress in the preparation for the big day.  Do I know enough about the organization?  Will I be able to answer all of their questions?  Do I have the right qualifications?  What will I wear?  Will I be judged? Those are only handful of questions you may be asking before your interview.  When preparing for the big job interview it is important to not let the stress beat you down. 5 Tips to Help You Land a Job When You’re in Recovery Do Intel. Do you know…
  • Crack Cocaine, Drug Rehab, & A Path to Freedom?

    Nick Bruce Hayes
    11 Apr 2015 | 11:13 am
    I am a long term crack user; will a drug rehab program work for me? Unfortunately, crack cocaine addiction is one of the most cunning and baffling addictions a drug user can kick. Eight out of Ten crack users will have attended multiple attempts at drug rehab before they beat their addiction and unless the user digs deep during treatment to discover the root cause of their pain, relapse for crack users is extremely common. Because of this, many long term crack users will ask, will a drug rehab program work for me?  Speaking very generally, drug rehabilitation can work for anyone, but there…
  • How being the only sober person in a room doesn’t have to suck

    Nick Bruce Hayes
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Be sober, be social, and get over awkward. Being the only sober person in a room doesn’t have to suck. No one should feel awkward at a party nor should a person feel out of place at social gatherings.  It is a common occurrence for recovering addicts, fresh out of treatment to have an awkward moment of being the only sober person in the room.  There is nothing awkward about this moment as every recovering addict experiences it and it is important to understand how it is just one small feeling to get past.  When an addict first starts on their path of sobriety there will many awkward…
  • A Sober Success Story: Sabrina Andrews

    Nick Bruce Hayes
    7 Apr 2015 | 1:19 pm
    The next Chapter in Life:  Putting the past completely behind her and creating a beautiful life to call her own Sabrina Andrews is a recovered heroin addict with 20 years of sobriety and now a doting mother. Sabrina was very young when she started abusing heroin. She was living on the streets in Montreal; no hope, no life, and no direction.  She was not going to be pushed into drug rehab and would only come to the decision of getting help on her  own terms.  When that decision came, it turned her life around in more ways than she thought imaginable. “I am over 20 years clean, and it was…
 
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