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  • The Importance of Nutrition During Addiction Recovery

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    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.
  • The Effects Addiction Has On Family Members

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    Tim Powers
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
    The post The Effects Addiction Has On Family Members appeared first on Sober Nation. Addiction is a complex and progressive disease that slowly robs the addict of their physical, emotional and psychological well-being until they become just a shell of their former vibrant self. While the devastating effects of addiction on the addict is well-documented, it only paints half the overall picture. In order to fully grasp the overall […] The post The Effects Addiction Has On Family Members appeared first on Sober Nation.
  • Getting Up and Trying Again After a Setback

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    Suzanne Kane
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    “Success is not forever and failure isn’t fatal.” – Don Shula, former American football cornerback and coach, best-known as coach of the Miami Dolphins (born 1930) When we take an action and it doesn’t pan out, or the results are less than we expected or hoped for, it stings, doesn’t it? After all, we went through all that effort and we didn’t achieve our goal. What do we do when that happens? Do we beat ourselves up, worry that we’ll never get it right, and consider ourselves a failure? Or are we a bit taken aback but determined to go at it again with renewed vigor and…
  • How To Make Life Changes That Stick

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    Michael Craig
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Making major changes in life is often difficult. Whether your change has to do with rehabilitation, marriage, divorce, putting a parent in a nursing home, or just packing up and moving from one house to another, changes require focus, resolve, and a certain amount of energy to carry through in spite of obstacles. Consequently, many people avoid change.Talking about change, however, is easy. Change about pleasant stuff – an upcoming vacation, a new job, or opening a new business – carries a certain excitement; a kind of a honeymoon feeling. But then reality sets in: the roof on the…
  • Crystal Meth Effects, Use and Addiction Treatment

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    BV
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    Methamphetamine, also called crystal, meth, ice and speed, is a “powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system…it takes form of a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol,” according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Short-Term Effects: increase wakefulness, physical activity, decreased appetite, rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeat, and increased blood pressure. In the case of an overdose, elevated body temperature (hyperthermia) and convulsions can occur, which may also result in death.
 
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  • Drug to control appetite could also fight anxiety

    5 Mar 2015 | 9:56 am
    Did you know that our body produces its own marijuana-like compound to protect us against anxiety? A study reveals a new biological pathway that regulates this system and suggests that a drug currently in clinical trials to treat obesity might also provide an attractive way to combat anxiety disorders.
  • Family interventions reduce smoking rates in children, adolescents

    5 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    A global review into the effectiveness of family-based programs has found these programs can be highly effective in stopping children from taking up smoking. "Preventing children from starting to smoke is important to avoid a lifetime of addiction, poor health, and social and economic consequences," said one expert and investigator.
  • An alternative to medical marijuana for pain?

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:53 am
    Medical marijuana is proliferating across the country due to the ability of cannabis ingestion to treat important clinical problems such as chronic pain. However, negative side effects and the development of tolerance limit the widespread therapeutic use of THC, the major psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. THC's side effects are produced via its actions at cannabinoid CB1 receptors in the brain. Thus, scientists theorized that an agent with similar mechanistic actions, but that activate CB2 receptors instead, may eliminate the unwanted side effects while maintaining an equivalent level of…
  • Bans don't help smokers quit, researchers say

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    No significant change in home habits of smokers have been observed in the aftermath of a ban on smoking in public spaces, researchers report. Greater inspiration to kick the habit likely comes from having friends or family who set an example by giving up cigarettes themselves, the authors write.
  • Educating college students on drinking risks can help lessen drinking behaviors, but only temporarily, study finds

    3 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    Briefly counseling college students on the dangers of binge drinking is effective in lowering heavy drinking levels among many students, but only temporarily. Three out of four will be right back where they started a year later, according to new research.
 
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  • Layperson Access to Naloxone in The Sunshine State: Giving Life. Inspiring Hope.

    Kelly Corredor
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    Drug overdose deaths are now the leading cause of injury death nationwide.[1] Opioid overdose can occur, accidentally, from medical use of prescription opioid pain relievers, non-medical use of prescription opioids, and heroin use. In 2013, approximately 16,000 people in the United States died from overdoses involving prescription opioids.[2] That same year over 1,900 Floridians died […] The post Layperson Access to Naloxone in The Sunshine State: Giving Life. Inspiring Hope. appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: The people we never hear about.

    Lori Osachy
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:04 am
    In honor of eating disorders awareness week, February 22-February 28, 2015, I thought it would be powerful to highlight just a few of the groups of people who suffer from eating and body image disorders that we rarely hear about.  In the media, the most common stories on eating disorders often sensationalize anorexia and bulimia in […] The post National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: The people we never hear about. appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • Walking in a Straight Line

    Karliese Greiner-Laurie
    6 Feb 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Often we associate the practice of meditation as a static activity; perhaps in a cross-legged position with our eyes closed. Yet sitting still is a difficult task for many of us. Maybe even especially so since we are feeling the increasing pressure to produce at our jobs, maintaining the home environment or simply having more […] The post Walking in a Straight Line appeared first on Addiction and Recovery Blog.
  • 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.
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  • Understanding Why You Can’t Get to Sleep

    Richard Taite
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Understanding Why You Can’t Get to Sleep Everyone has an occasional bad night’s sleep, but some people struggle more than others do, often for a variety of reasons. Scientists tell us that stress or trauma are a frequent cause, but depression, bad habits before bedtime and even being too tired to sleep can prevent the brain from normal rest. Unfortunately, this can lead many people to begin using sleeping aids, which can be dangerous and are quite addictive. A study led by Kai-Florian Storch, PhD, of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University, observed…
  • New Sleep Guidelines to Keep Youth Healthy

    Richard Taite
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:01 pm
    New Sleep Guidelines to Keep Youth Healthy Sleep is essential for overall health. Without regular age appropriate amounts of sleep, adolescents are at risk for developing a variety of conditions such as depression, anxiety, weight change, and sometimes insomnia. There may be noticeable behavioral changes when teens don’t sleep well, such as moodiness, experimentation with substance use and an increase in stress from school. Many physicians today inappropriately prescribe addictive medications for both kids and adults, which can easily lead to abuse and addiction, or at least increases the…
  • The Teenage Brain on Drugs

    Richard Taite
    16 Feb 2015 | 9:02 am
    The Teenage Brain on Drugs One way to look at addiction is to consider it a form of learning, a type of learning that is extremely effective in its ability to affect the adolescent brain, report researchers working under an NIH grant. The maturation process of the brain may cause teens and young adults to become addicted faster than older adults, because the impulse control centers of the brain are not fully developed in the younger cohort. Drugs not only interfere with the normal processing functions of the brain, they actually change both the structure and function of the brain. Over time,…
  • Danger to Gay Men Huffing Poppers

    Richard Taite
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:57 am
    Danger to Gay Men Huffing Poppers Participants in a new study have reported a small but growing and worrisome trend among some gay American men. Often described as a new way to use poppers or as huffing poppers, in fact, the practice is simply inhaling organic solvents or propellants. This practice appears to have been going on for several years but may be increasing. “Poppers” originally referred to recreational use of amyl nitrite, a substance that triggers production of nitric oxide and thereby produces a potent effect of widening of the blood vessels. It has been used to enhance…
  • I look forward to my future

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    6 Feb 2015 | 10:10 am
    I have been to several rehabs over the years, but Cliffside Malibu will gratefully be my last. From the moment I was greeted at the airport I was treated with complete professionalism. In my experience, no other rehab blends practical and spiritual principles so effectively. I look forward to my future with great enthusiasm largely due to your successful program. When we arrived at the house, the view was breath taking and the room comfortably exceeded my expectations. Over the first week, I was detoxed and treated with excellent service and respect. I was not treated as a diseased alcoholic,…
 
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  • 5 symptoms that you are in a codependent marriage

    Amanda Andruzzi
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:41 am
    In every marriage there is give and take, sacrifice and compromise.  When this exchange becomes one sided, you might want to consider you are in a “codependent” marriage or better yet a marriage where your needs are not satisfied and your happiness is secondary. But what are some of the signs of a codependent marriage? We review here. Then, we invite your questions or comments about codependence recovery tools in the section at the end. Please know that we try to respond to all questions with a personal and prompt reply.Is codependency a real condition?You bet.While The American…
  • How to quit gambling: Alternatives for recovery

    Addiction Blog
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:51 am
    By Jaime Costello, The New York Council on Problem GamblingIt’s been shown that for most, the best combination of treatment for gambling disorder is a combination of self-help/12-step program with treatment through a trained clinician. However, as we know, we are all individuals who require individual recovery. A review here of some of your options, as well as tips for getting started. Then, we invite your questions about treating compulsive or problem gambling at the end.Trying to stop gambling? There are many paths to recovery!Help for problem gambling comes in many forms. These can…
  • Long term effects of Adderall on pregnancy (INFOGRAPHIC)

    Addiction Blog
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:37 am
    Long term effects of Adderall on pregnancyAdderall can trigger the loss of sexual drive and incites fertility impairment and impotence. In fact, Adderall can harm sexual function and affect fetal development. Both sexes are equally in danger of Adderall addiction side-effects, but females are more likely to abuse Adderall due to weight loss. More on Adderall’s effects on sexuality and pregnancy among both men and women here.Effects of Adderall on sex and sexualityAdderall seriously affects sexuality and reproductive health. It makes it harder for women to conceive by causing irregularities…
  • A healthy diet in addiction recovery

    Suzi Martel
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:38 am
    Nutritious, caloric-ally appropriate meals should be part of the recovery regimen, in order to manage risk factors related to relapse. How can you balance problems with mood, the central nervous system, vital organs, or sleep? We review here. Then, we invite your questions about diets for addiction recovery at the end.A healthy diet in recovery restores mind and bodyJust as individuals with cardiac disease or diabetes have specific risk factors that can be addressed by diet, individuals with substance abuse issues also display particular symptoms that can be addressed by sound nutrition in…
  • The real dangers of methadone

    Jillian Jesser
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    While methadone has been useful for many years in the treatment of addiction to opiates like heroin, there are dangers related to methadone that users should be aware of. What are these risks? We review here. Then, we invite your questions or comments about methadone and its dangers in the comments section at the end of the article.The dangers of methadone use surface over timeMethadone is a synthetic opiate commonly used as a pain reliever or as a way to manage addiction to other opiates. It was synthesized in 1947 during WWII in Nazi Germany, when opium was in short supply. Those in…
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  • 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…
  • Another Suboxone Argument

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    14 Feb 2015 | 9:11 am
    It has been awhile since I posted a give and take with a misguided reader. I’ve taken that interval as good news that education is winning over misinformation. But then I read this comment.  I didn’t fix her typos, as I think they provide insight into her opinion: My daughter was on Suboxone, because she was a heroin addict, when she could not afford this med, the withdrawal lasted for mnths, and was far worse than I have ever seen her go through Heroin withdrawal. These are a Psyhiatrist facts, I absolutely hate Suboxone, YES peple do get high on Suboxone, Yes they absolutely can…
  • Must-Read Article About Buprenorphine

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:18 am
    For about 600 reasons I generally avoid the Huffington Post.  But one of their writers did an absolutely perfect job of describing the need for buprenorphine, and the failure of ‘traditional’ treatments.  The article is entitled Dying to be Free. The challenge, though, is getting the article into the hands of policy-makers.  It is too late for some areas, where the damage has already been done (I find myself humming the old Pretenders tune about Ohio).  When it comes to buprenorphine, too many DA’s, judges, and politicians seem to develop opinions from inaccurate data,…
  • Newborn Buprenorphine Abstinence: Get Real!

    Jeffrey Junig MD PhD
    8 Feb 2015 | 8:08 am
    First Posted 2/6/2014 A few weeks ago I wrote about the differing standards of care for women who deliver babies while treated with buprenorphine for opioid dependence.  Some hospitals require newborns exposed to buprenorphine to stay in the neonatal ICU for arbitrary length of time.  Intravenous infusions of opioid agonists are given to infants whose first yawns or cries are interpreted as neonatal abstinence syndrome.  Other hospitals allow women on buprenorphine to take babies home at the regular schedule, allowing a natural taper from buprenorphine by breast-feeding. Regardless of…
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  • The comparative efficacy of first- versus second-generation electronic cigarettes in reducing symptoms of nicotine withdrawal

    William V. Lechner, Ellen Meier, Josh L. Wiener, DeMond M. Grant, Jenna Gilmore, Matt R. Judah, Adam C. Mills, Theodore L. Wagener
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:58 pm
    ABSTRACT Background and AimsCurrently, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are studied as though they are a homogeneous category. However, there are several noteworthy differences in the products that fall under this name, including potential differences in the efficacy of these products as smoking cessation aids. The current study examined the comparative efficacy of first- and second-generation e-cigarettes in reducing nicotine withdrawal symptoms in a sample of current smokers with little or no experience of using e-cigarettes. DesignTwenty-two mildly to moderately nicotine-dependent…
  • US federal cocaine essential (‘precursor’) chemical regulation impacts on US cocaine availability: an intervention time–series analysis with temporal replication

    James K. Cunningham, Russell C. Callaghan, Lon-Mu Liu
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:27 pm
    ABSTRACT Background and AimsResearch shows that essential/precursor chemical controls have had substantial impacts on US methamphetamine and heroin availability. This study examines whether US federal essential chemical regulations have impacted US cocaine seizure amount, price and purity—indicators of cocaine availability. DesignAutoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA)-intervention time–series analysis was used to assess the impacts of four US regulations targeting cocaine manufacturing chemicals: potassium permanganate/selected solvents, implemented October 1989 sulfuric…
  • The impact of friends on young adults’ drinking over the course of the evening—an event-level analysis

    Johannes Thrul, Emmanuel Kuntsche
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Abstract AimsTo examine whether young adults’ alcohol consumption during the course of an evening was affected by the number of friends present, and the interaction between participants’ gender and number of friends present. DesignParticipants used the internet-based cellphone-optimized assessment technique (ICAT) to complete a series of cellphone questionnaires every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening over five weekends. A multi-level growth curve model (hourly assessments, clustered within evenings, clustered within individuals) with time-invariant and time-varying covariates was…
  • Long-term mortality, remission, criminality and psychiatric comorbidity of heroin dependence: 11-year findings from the Australian Treatment Outcome Study

    Maree Teesson, Christina Marel, Shane Darke, Joanne Ross, Tim Slade, Lucy Burns, Michael Lynskey, Sonja Memedovic, Joanne White, Katherine L. Mills
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:56 pm
    ABSTRACT AimsTo determine the long-term mortality, remission, criminality and psychiatric comorbidity during 11 years among heroin-dependent Australians. DesignLongitudinal cohort study. SettingSydney, Australia. ParticipantsA total of 615 participants were recruited and completed baseline interviews between 2001 and 2002. Participants completed follow-up interviews at 3, 12, 24 and 36 months post-baseline, and again at 11 years post-baseline; 431 (70.1%) of the original 615 participants completed the 11-year follow-up. MeasurementsParticipants were administered the Australian Treatment…
  • Increased behavioral economic demand and craving for alcohol following a laboratory alcohol challenge

    Michael Amlung, Kayleigh N. McCarty, David H. Morris, Chia-Lin Tsai, Denis M. McCarthy
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:10 pm
    Abstract Background and aimsAlthough increases in subjective alcohol craving have been observed following moderate doses of alcohol (e.g., priming effects), the effects of alcohol consumption on behavioral economic demand for alcohol are largely unstudied. This study examined the effects of alcohol intoxication on alcohol demand and craving. DesignA between-subjects design in which participants were randomly assigned to either an alcohol (n = 31), placebo (n = 29) or control (n = 25) condition. SettingA laboratory setting at the University of Missouri, USA. ParticipantsEighty-five…
 
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  • 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…
  • 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…
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  • Heroin’s back.

    Julie
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
    If you’ve seen the news lately, you may have noticed that heroin is back in a big way. Communities across the country – regardless of geographic location or economic status – are experiencing an alarming uptick in deaths related to heroin overdose. So why is this happening? Why are so many teens becoming addicted to heroin in this day and age, when it seems nearly everyone knows the dangers of this drug?It’s beginning with something you might have at home right now. Nearly half of young people who inject heroin start by abusing prescription drugs. To help you understand how the…
  • Parent of a Teen? Try These 6 Things

    Cassie Goldberg
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:32 am
    No one ever said parenting would be easy — but parenting a teen is, in so many ways, an especially difficult task. Science shows us that parents can have a huge impact on their teens’ choices and lives; but only if they’re equipped with the right information. It’s important to remember your power as a parent. Here are suggestions on ways you can reduce the chance your teen will drink, use drugs or engage in other risky behavior: 1) Build a warm & supportive relationship with your child. Research shows that children who can count on their parents’ support and warmth are less…
  • Navigating Holiday Stress

    Marvin D. Seppala, MD
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    By Marvin D. Seppala, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Hazelden addiction treatment center, and an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies It’s no secret the holidays are stressful. The events intended to bring us joy during the season  parties, family reunions, work get-togethers  instead become minefields as we try to deal with intoxicated loved ones, or the uncertainty of how to act around someone in treatment and recovery, or for those of us in recovery, maintaining our own sobriety. For some, the holidays are the “happiest time of the year,”…
  • Trick and Treat: 5 Ways to Reduce Teen Mischief this Halloween

    Julie
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Its a fact: teens trick their parents from time to time. Experts say its normal for teens to stretch rules, take risks and try out some trickery (just think back to when you were a teen.) But there are some key things parents can do to keep their teens safe and healthy. With Halloween this weekend, why not roll up your sleeves and do some productive tricking and treating of your own? Here are 5 ways parents can reduce teen mischief and encourage a healthy relationship with their teen on Halloween and beyond. Trick Them Into Talking Listen First: Let teens vent, talk and not feel judged and be…
  • How to Solve a Problem (Including Your Child’s Substance Use)

    Julie
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Here is a general strategy for approaching ANY problem. Whether it’s your child’s substance use – or any of the related problems – communication, behavior, friend choices, school performance and emotional development (you name it!) These seven steps for solving problems are based on CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) among other behavioral approaches. This approach will take you beyond painful avoidance strategies and unreliable quick fixes, to help you work through problems thoroughly and systematically. As you practice with these steps, try to apply (and…
 
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  • Four Things That Damage Your DNA

    Amy Kraft
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Deoxyribonucleic acid — better known as DNA — is the so-called building block of life. That’s because it contains the genetic material needed to create every part of who are and also tell each part exactly how to function. Over time, though, the usual wear and tear of living — especially stress, pollution, poor food choices, as well as smoking, drinking alcohol and drug use — take a toll. Our cells have the ability to repair a lot of this damage, but some can’t be undone, and that damage can lead to mutations in our genes that can be the beginning of disease. Here are four…
  • Develop a Sense of Humor – It Really Helps in Recovery

    Suzanne Kane
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    “I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.” – Henny Youngman, British-born American comedian and violinist (1906-1998) Whether we’re new to recovery or long-time abstinent, having a sense of humor can prove immensely helpful. Not only do we benefit from a good laugh, it also helps relieve tension, eradicate stress and make our problems seem less formidable – if only for a time. We all need such an effective strategy in our recovery toolkit. But how many of us actually go out of our way to find something humorous in our daily…
  • Just Launched: Cassava, Addiction.com’s Recovery App

    Addiction Staff
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Our brand-new app for the iPhone makes it easier to take the small steps that build a strong foundation in recovery. Learn more about Cassava. The post Just Launched: Cassava, Addiction.com’s Recovery App appeared first on addiction.com.
  • Getting Up and Trying Again After a Setback

    Suzanne Kane
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    “Success is not forever and failure isn’t fatal.” – Don Shula, former American football cornerback and coach, best-known as coach of the Miami Dolphins (born 1930) When we take an action and it doesn’t pan out, or the results are less than we expected or hoped for, it stings, doesn’t it? After all, we went through all that effort and we didn’t achieve our goal. What do we do when that happens? Do we beat ourselves up, worry that we’ll never get it right, and consider ourselves a failure? Or are we a bit taken aback but determined to go at it again with renewed vigor and…
  • Opioid Abuse Is Down (But the Epidemic Isn’t Over)

    Eric Metcalf
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    A recent New England Journal of Medicine study, led by Richard C. Dart, MD, PhD, of Denver’s Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, has found some reassuring news in the otherwise mostly bleak landscape of Americans’ inappropriate use of prescription painkillers: Fewer people are misusing prescription opioid medications, which include oxycodone, fentanyl, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, tramadol and morphine. Dr. Dart and his fellow researchers compiled data on opioid medications from a variety of sources, including law enforcement agencies, poison centers and substance-abuse…
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  • What Should I Do If I Want to Get Clean?

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    1 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    You know you want to get clean from hydrocodone, but how exactly do you stop your abuse? Getting sober is a process that does not happen overnight. If you want to get clean from hydrocodone it will require a commitment to living a sober life and a treatment program that helps you learn how to live long-term without abusing hydrocodone. Understanding the steps you must take in order to get clean is a good starting point, but your recovery cannot begin until you make a choice to end your hydrocodone abuse. Making the Choice to Quit Hydrocodone If you have been wondering how to quit hydrocodone,…
  • How Does Rehab Break the Physical Addiction to Hydrocodone?

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    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Breaking the physical hold of hydrocodone addiction can be difficult, if not impossible to overcome without professional help. The hold of addiction may be alleviated temporarily if someone tries to recover alone, but, when faced with temptation, she may relapse to feel better. Seek professional help to address hydrocodone addiction, because rehab starts with treating the physical problems of drug abuse. How Hydrocodone Creates Physical Addiction Due to its addictive qualities and availability, hydrocodone is a highly abused substance. A physical dependency upon this drug yields the following…
  • How Do I Know If My Parent Is Addicted to Hydrocodone?

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    19 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Trying to determine if your parent is addicted to hydrocodone is a very complex question, but there are signs that point to a drug abuse problem. Knowing what to look for is a strong first step to helping your parents get help and begin the process of recovery. What If My Parent Has a Legitimate Hydrocodone Prescription? Particularly if the addiction began as a result of an injury or during recovery from a surgery, your parent may not hide the fact he is taking hydrocodone. However, not hiding it does not guarantee there is no addiction. Here are two signs your parent may be addicted to…
  • How Do I Know If I Need Immediate Treatment for Hydrocodone Abuse?

    admin
    14 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Hydrocodone use and abuse can quickly lead you down the path of addiction. As defined by the Mayo Clinic, drug addiction is a dependence on a legal or illegal drug that involves a loss of control over its use. This loss of control has serious consequences, both short-term and long-term. These many consequences are part of why it is so important for hydrocodone addicts to seek early treatment for addiction. Unfortunately, it often takes a serious situation for addicts to take the first step into recovery. There are several situations that indicate an urgent need for treatment. When severe…
  • How Can I Help my Addicted Friend

    admin
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    There are few things as frustrating or painful as seeing a friend or loved one suffering from an addiction to a drug such as hydrocodone. This terrible disorder seems to swallow people alive by changing their personality and causing them to continually do things that hurt themselves and everyone around them. You want to help, but you are afraid of damaging your relationship. On the other hand, you don’t want to fail as a friend by avoiding the issue or enabling it to deepen. You don’t know what to say or do. We can help. Understand Addiction One of the first things you should focus on is…
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  • 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

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    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…
  • 4 Way People Disguise Their Use of Valium

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    10 Feb 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Valium (diazepam) is a sedative that treats anxiety, panic attacks, seizures, muscle spasms, insomnia and stress disorders. In the 1970s, this drug was the country’s best-selling prescription drug, and benzodiazepines like this one remain popular with about15 million prescriptions filled each year. Despite its medical benefits, the drug works in the brain to produce euphoria, especially when taken with alcohol or in a higher dosage than prescribed. Valium is intended for short-term use, because addictions to it can develop quickly; in fact, ten percent of recreational users meet the…
 
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  • 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?

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    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…
  • How Do I Know If I Need Immediate Treatment for Heroin Abuse?

    admin
    14 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    In addition to physical problems, you may experience severe psychological consequences of heroin addiction Heroin is a drug derived from opium, which is taken from the poppy plant. Known by its nicknames smack, H, junk, brown sugar and black tar, this drug is two to three times more potent than morphine (when taken via IV). Furthermore, it is a Schedule I drug, which means it has no medical use, so it is illegal. At one time, heroin was used to treat pain, but it was banned because of its addictive properties. It is sold on the street and is one of the most popular illicit drugs due to its…
  • How Can I Help My Addicted Friend?

    admin
    9 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    If you want to help a friend overcome addiction, then consider using interventions, personal changes and social support Addiction is a disease that affects the brain reward system, which hinders memory, motivation, self-awareness and thought processes. Neurobiological changes of drug use create a sense of urgency about using more drugs, so users may experience anxiety, cravings and obsessive thoughts if they go long enough without a dose. Certain drugs like heroin are especially concerning. In 2013, the National Institute on Drug Abuse stated that 23% of heroin users become physically…
  • Three Unexpected Positives of Rehab from Heroin

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    5 Feb 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Many people may be unaware of the aftercare support that is provided upon the completion of a rehab program There are many expected positive outcomes from going to rehab for an addiction to heroin such as getting clean and learning how to live life without heroin. Most people expect that rehab will help by providing a safe place to detox and get clean along with advice and tips on how to stay sober after the treatment has ended. However, there are many aspects of rehab that some people may be unaware of that can result in numerous unexpected positives upon completing a treatment program.
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  • Awareness Campaigns Aim To Prevent Future Alcohol Problems

    BV
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:28 pm
    April is a month away, which is also Alcohol Awareness Month—a time when we as a country take a special opportunity to address alcohol abuse and addiction, effective treatment and recovery solutions, and also, spread ‘alcohol awareness campaigns’ to reach the American public in all corners of the nation. “Universal interventions” are public awareness campaigns that address an entire community as a whole, including cities, counties, and states; this often means the implementation of new government regulations to educate the public on the dangers of alcohol abuse. In essence,…
  • Crystal Meth Effects, Use and Addiction Treatment

    BV
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    Methamphetamine, also called crystal, meth, ice and speed, is a “powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system…it takes form of a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol,” according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Short-Term Effects: increase wakefulness, physical activity, decreased appetite, rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeat, and increased blood pressure. In the case of an overdose, elevated body temperature (hyperthermia) and convulsions can occur, which may also result in death.
  • Recovery Book of the Month

    BV
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    With 23 million Americans suffering from drug and alcohol abuse/addiction in the US, there are thousands of books dedicated to helping families and individuals get clean and return to a sober lifestyle. The Recovery Book, written by Al J. Mooney M.D., is one of those books that aims to help readers understand the nature of addiction, how it is treated, and what steps are required to take in order to have a successful long-lasting recovery. One of the unique features of The Recovery Book is its style and approach, which is in a “question-and-answer format.” From general questions to more…
  • March 2015: National Nutrition Month

    BV
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    March is National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” This year’s focus is on how to combine taste and nutrition to create healthy meals that follow the Dietary Guidelines recommendations. Get informed and observe National Nutrition month using the resources below. • The Dietary Guidelines for Americans – These guidelines provide authoritative advice for Americans ages 2 and older about making informed food choices and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Jointly issued and updated every 5 years by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the…
  • Inspirational Message of the Week

    BV
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:58 pm
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  • Prescription Drug Abuse Cited in HIV Outbreak

    Mike Loverde
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:14 am
    The amount of HIV cases annually in this country has significantly lessened as more and more people understand the risk factors for contracting the virus. Drug users have always been at risk for acquiring the deadly disease, especially those who inject drugs and share needles. In order to combat the potential for addicts to get HIV, some areas around the world created needle exchange centers where addicts could turn in old needles and receive clean ones. While this form of harm reduction is frowned upon by some, it can help prevent the spread of disease and open the door for a chance at…
  • New Synthetic Drugs Raising Concerns, Causing Deaths

    Mike Loverde
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:58 pm
    The synthetic drug craze continues to move into more dangerous territory. Not only are these man-made drugs causing hallucinations, paranoia and intense anxieties in those that use these drugs, but they are also costing some people their lives. It is very difficult for police to monitor these drugs, as they are changing all the time and are legal to sell – at least for a while. The chemists responsible for manufacturing these drugs routinely change recipes and ingredients to stay a step ahead of the authorities, so that when their current products are outlawed, they simply replace them…
  • Psychosis More Likely For Regular Marijuana Users

    Mike Loverde
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Contrary to the beliefs of some people, marijuana can have dangerous side effects. A study that was recently published in the British medical journal, the Lancet, highlights this by confirming that regular users of marijuana are more likely to experience psychosis than people who have never used marijuana. As more people start to research the effects of marijuana on the body and the brain, it is becoming clear that people who use the drug on a regular basis are putting their physical and mental health at risk. “Compared with those who had never tried cannabis, users of high potency…
  • Drug Abuse Costing Country Billions

    Mike Loverde
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:58 pm
    We all know that people abusing drugs and alcohol exhibit selfish behavior, as the ramifications of their actions cost the rest of our country billions of dollars each year. Many people feel that too much of that money is spent on law enforcement and criminal justice rather than substance abuse and mental health treatment and prevention services. About $190 billion a year is spent on the drug abuse epidemic in our country, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). Individual businesses report a loss of $130 billion in lost productivity due to drug issues.
  • Why Methamphetamine Changes a Person’s Physical Appearance

    Mike Loverde
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am
    One of the most well-known ad campaigns against methamphetamine is called The Faces of Meth. Billboards all over the country show mug shots of people who have just started using the dangerous drugs and then another mug shot after several years of abusing methamphetamine. The public service announcement perfectly illustrates how meth can destroy a person’s body and even manages to pick up on the loneliness and desperation of these individuals. Recently, scientists began to wonder exactly what about the drug causes such extreme changes in a person’s physical appearance. With financial…
 
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  • The Effects Addiction Has On Family Members

    Tim Powers
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
    The post The Effects Addiction Has On Family Members appeared first on Sober Nation. Addiction is a complex and progressive disease that slowly robs the addict of their physical, emotional and psychological well-being until they become just a shell of their former vibrant self. While the devastating effects of addiction on the addict is well-documented, it only paints half the overall picture. In order to fully grasp the overall […] The post The Effects Addiction Has On Family Members appeared first on Sober Nation.
  • What is Naloxone? – A Life Saving Drug

    Tim Stoddart
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:02 pm
    The post What is Naloxone? – A Life Saving Drug appeared first on Sober Nation. Naloxone, also known by the name Narcan, is a drug used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. By increasing the lowered rate of respiration and blood pressure that is seen in fatal opioid overdoses, Naloxone can save the lives of drug abusers who have taken their search for the ultimate high too far. […] The post What is Naloxone? – A Life Saving Drug appeared first on Sober Nation.
  • Staying Sober and Having Fun At Social Gatherings – 4 Tips To Keep You On Point

    Tim Powers
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    The post Staying Sober and Having Fun At Social Gatherings – 4 Tips To Keep You On Point appeared first on Sober Nation. Social gatherings such as dinner parties, informal family get-togethers, employee holiday parties and other events are those “can’t miss” moments that become scattered on our calendars. Those events are times where diverse groups of people can interact with each other and strengthen existing relationships while forging new friendships with others. For many who attend these […] The post Staying Sober and Having Fun At Social Gatherings – 4 Tips To…
  • Mass Deaths in Crimea as Russia Bans Methadone

    Tim Stoddart
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:26 am
    The post Mass Deaths in Crimea as Russia Bans Methadone appeared first on Sober Nation. Soon one year will have passed since Russia’s annexation of Crimea. I remember it well: March 16, 2014. What happened next caused a lot of distress for everyone in Crimea. Life was upended, from the invalidation of our passports to the loss of land rights to the introduction of a new currency. But for people […] The post Mass Deaths in Crimea as Russia Bans Methadone appeared first on Sober Nation.
  • 3 Groundbreaking Ideas and Studies Regarding Addiction

    Tim Stoddart
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:46 pm
    The post 3 Groundbreaking Ideas and Studies Regarding Addiction appeared first on Sober Nation. Drug addiction has plagued individuals, families and communities throughout the duration of modern history. While it is obvious that this issue must be properly addressed, it is even more starkly evident that the modern war on drugs and many mainstream methods of treatment are broken and failing. In America and most other countries, drug addicts […] The post 3 Groundbreaking Ideas and Studies Regarding Addiction appeared first on Sober Nation.
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  • 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…
  • Ch-ch-changes

    Jess Williams
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    From left: Holly Hagle, Pete Luongo, Dawn Lindsay, Kris Pond, Jess Williams, Danielle Leith, Piper Lincoln, Sarah King, Melva Hogan, and Jim Aiello IRETA is saying farewell to our “employee #1,” Kristine Pond, who retires this week. When IRETA began as an offshoot of St. Francis Medical Center in 1999, Kris was our first official employee. And as IRETA’s projects and staff–not to mention the healthcare landscape all around us–have changed over the years, Kris has been a key constant. Although she started as a temp, “week after week, they kept asking me…
  • Standardized patients are powerful simulation technology

    Jess Williams
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:37 am
    Learning SBIRT with standardized patients helps students “practice saying the words themselves” The use of standardized patients always makes a big impression on the medical students we train about substance use. After completing the three-week Scaife Advanced Medical Student Fellowship on addiction and its treatment, one of our medical students described some initial stress when faced with a standardized patient. “There was no time to be shy. On the second day, we were given a pair of standardized patients and asked to motivationally interview them…At first, this seemed to be…
  • A person experiencing an opioid overdose needs oxygen and/or naloxone to survive

    Jess Williams
    13 Feb 2015 | 3:23 am
    Credit: Hey Paul Studios New ways to incorporate overdose prevention, response, and experience into substance use disorder treatment A person experiencing an overdose doesn’t need the Big Book, motivational incentives, or cognitive behavioral therapy. She certainly doesn’t need methadone or a urine drug screen. That person needs oxygen and/or naloxone. Although addiction treatment providers are in the commendable business of offering life-saving psychosocial and pharmacological therapies to people with substance use disorders, can they include overdose prevention training and…
  • An Interview with Em DeMarco on Recovery Homes

    Jess Williams
    3 Feb 2015 | 5:04 am
    A couple of months ago, I read an article called The Brotherhood of Recovering Addicts about recovery homes, also known as sober homes and three-quarter way houses. “Recovery homes” is a loose category for places that people live in for awhile to stay sober, often after finishing addiction treatment. I immediately wanted to talk to the reporter who wrote it because it’s not often that I find respectful, interesting stories about people who live in and run recovery homes. I wanted to know why she decided to tell this story and what her impressions of the world she wrote…
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  • Many Paths To Defeating Addiction

    admin
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Many people assume that the only way to get through an addiction is to go to meetings for the rest of your life. The issue is, that doesn’t work for everyone, and some people need more extensive help in order to be able to overcome their addiction in a healthy way. Not every method works for everyone, so it’s important to explore the options that are available and see how they can help you get through the addiction problems effectively. Some people, as you may expect, oppose the traditional approaches to defeating addiction. Rather, they will turn to a gathering of clinicians who spend…
  • The Blame Game Doesn’t Fix Addiction

    admin
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:47 pm
    The Blame Game Doesn’t Fix Addiction Many people assume that, because using drugs is a conscious choice, that it is the person’s fault that they are trapped in the addiction. Yes, even though they have played a role in the whole thing, that doesn’t mean that blaming them for the problem, is going to make it any better. Instead, we have to find ways to be supportive and help them through the issues that are going to come up as a result of their recovery and addiction. Addiction is a disease, plain and simple, and it’s not about the morality of the person who started […]
  • The Brief and Poorly Known History of Some of the Most Commonly Used Drugs

    admin
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The Brief and Poorly Known History of Some of the Most Commonly Used Drugs Drugs and drug abuse are issues of our contemporary society everyone has heard about at least once in their lifetime. However, what may surprise you is that most of the drugs that are commonly used out there began as actual medicine. Later on, when specialists discovered their highly addictive properties, as well as the after-effects that come with this, authorities decided to ban them from legal use. Here are some things you may now have known about some of the most popular (and dangerous) drugs out there: Meth has a…
  • What Addiction Actually Is and How It Works

    admin
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    What Addiction Actually Is and How It Works We often hear the word “addiction” in so many contexts that we have gotten too used to it to actually understand it. Addiction comes in many shapes (from alcohol or drug addiction to addiction to Facebook and gambling) and it can be extremely destructive both for those who suffer from it and for those around them. What is addiction, actually? How does it work? How does one become addicted and, even more importantly, how does one quit an addiction? Put in very simple terms, addiction makes us seek what pleases us (cocaine, heroin, alcohol,…
  • Types of Drug Rehabilitation Treatments

    admin
    2 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Types of Drug Rehabilitation Treatments Drug addiction is more serious than many of the people out there actually want to admit it. This is not an issue pertaining to movies, books and TV shows, but an issue that is closer to us all than we may even be able to imagine it. Drug addiction can have numerous effects on one’s health – and none of them are actually good. Even more, all types of drugs out there cause addiction (at different levels, more or less rapidly – but they all do it; from cocaine to marijuana, all drugs are addictive). Nowadays, there are many ways […]
 
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  • Protected: Opiate Abuse Treatment for Older Adults

    C Waismann
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. The post Protected: Opiate Abuse Treatment for Older Adults appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • Chronic Back Pain Patients Face More Harm Than Good From Opiates

    C Waismann
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Opiates have become an increasingly common treatment for back pain as well as for other chronic pain conditions. However, the potentially harmful effects of these drugs, primarily the risks of addiction and overdose, make them a risky treatment option for many patients. Even the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has publicly stated that opiates doRead More > The post Chronic Back Pain Patients Face More Harm Than Good From Opiates appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • High Opioid Doses Linked to Depression

    C Waismann
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Increasing your opioid painkiller dose may cause you to feel more depressed, according to a new study published in Pain, the journal for the International Association for the Study of Pain. Chronic pain is a serious issue for at least 100 million Americans, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Many people who sufferRead More > The post High Opioid Doses Linked to Depression appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • Why Intelligent People are More Likely to Use Drugs

    C Waismann
    17 Feb 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Many presume that using drugs is a problem that primarily affects the poor and uneducated segments of society. While it’s true that these segments are impacted significantly by drug use, reputable research shows highly intelligent and educated individuals are actually more likely to use drugs. This is particularly true with modern psychoactive drugs like heroin andRead More > The post Why Intelligent People are More Likely to Use Drugs appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
  • When Drug Addiction Becomes More Important than Your Relationship

    C Waismann
    13 Feb 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Losing someone because of your addiction is equally as heartbreaking. Deep in your subconscious, you know you need this person in your life yet you cannot summon the same loving feelings you think you should have. Addiction steals your ability to feel love. It can be difficult to know what to do when addiction becomesRead More > The post When Drug Addiction Becomes More Important than Your Relationship appeared first on Rapid Detox Center of Oxycodone, Heroin, Suboxone, Methadone - Waismann Method Los Angeles .
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  • Their every truth . . .

    Jason Schwartz
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:55 pm
    …most men have bound their eyes with one or another handkerchief, and attached themselves to some one of these communities of opinion. This conformity makes them not false in a few particulars, authors of a few lies, but false in all particulars. Their every truth is not quite true. Their two is not the real two, their four not the real four: so that every word they say chagrins us and we know not where to begin to set them right. ~ Emerson Now the Huffington Post frames people with a preference for abstinence-based recovery as anti-science and backward. Ugh! How bad is this article? Let…
  • The treatment system is failing opiate addicts

    Jason Schwartz
    21 Feb 2015 | 10:44 am
    Stories like this are getting a lot of attention lately: State Sen. Chris Eaton is planning to introduce legislation to encourage opiate treatment providers and doctors to break with an abstinence-based model and embrace evidence-based practices for treating addiction, the Minnesota Democrat told The Huffington Post. I want to make it clear that I know nothing of Senator Eaton and am not questioning her motives. If this was really motivated by a desire to spread evidence-based treatments, there’d be another, more interesting debate brewing. That debate would be whether Senator Eaton…
  • Legalization + regulation + capitalism = ?

    Jason Schwartz
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:47 am
    For all that argue, “Let’s just legalize and regulate. Look at tobacco and alcohol.”, John Oliver illuminates just how difficult it is to regulate tobacco. (NSFW) BTW – I’ve made it clear on this blog that I oppose incarceration for possession, so this is not an argument for the drug war. Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Why wasn’t my love enough?

    Jason Schwartz
    15 Feb 2015 | 6:36 pm
    grief by maryn0503 Yesterday, I posted a link to Seth Mnookin’s review of Chasing the Scream. Mnookin has been open about his addiction recovery for a long time. In 1999, his mother wrote a piece about her experiences during his years of using. She does a great job illuminating the secret suffering of many loved ones. It’s actually a powerful rebuttal to Hari’s notion that a lack of love and enriching environments are the cause of addiction. Our fears about Seth absorbed the family’s energies. My husband and I were often preoccupied. It was hard to concentrate, it was…
  • “unintentionally comical” – Johann Hari’s Chasing the Scream

    Jason Schwartz
    14 Feb 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Seth Mnookin reviews Chasing the Scream and finds its review of the science troubling. (Previous post on Hari here.) The first tip-off that Hari might be in over his head comes when he describes how “a small band of dissident scientists” had uncovered the answers he was looking for after working “almost unnoticed, for several decades.” Hari starts with Gabor Mate, a Hungarian-born Canadian physician whose theories about how the roots of addiction (and lots of other things to boot) can almost always be found in childhood trauma are, in fact, quite well known. To support his portrayal…
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  • Money Management for Recovering Addicts

    Michelle Amerman
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:10 pm
    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…
  • 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.
  • 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…
 
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  • How To Make Life Changes That Stick

    Michael Craig
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Making major changes in life is often difficult. Whether your change has to do with rehabilitation, marriage, divorce, putting a parent in a nursing home, or just packing up and moving from one house to another, changes require focus, resolve, and a certain amount of energy to carry through in spite of obstacles. Consequently, many people avoid change.Talking about change, however, is easy. Change about pleasant stuff – an upcoming vacation, a new job, or opening a new business – carries a certain excitement; a kind of a honeymoon feeling. But then reality sets in: the roof on the…
  • How to Overcome Fear of Failure

    Melissa Reyes
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:08 pm
    I want to talk about the fear of failure as it relates to rehabilitation. Those who suffer from alcohol and drug addiction and their loved ones are all too familiar with this issue. Yet, if you look at rehabilitation as reestablishing normality, reclaiming or redeeming your life’s goals – then understanding rehabilitation and the fears associated with it applies to everyone. In trying to discover (or rediscover) our passions in life and live our true purpose – we must break down any barriers that stand in our way. Fears are barriers that we create for ourselves. Fear of failure, fear of…
  • 4 Ways to Realize You Need Help Regaining Control of Your Life

    Jessica Heslop
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:03 am
    All too often we believe that we have to manage all the challenges we face in life alone. We have to dust ourselves down, show a brave face and be strong. But that belief is an illusion.The truth is that there is great wisdom in seeking any support we may need. In fact, it is by seeking this help that we open ourselves up to the possibility that life can be so much more; brighter, happier and more peaceful. With the help of a therapist, we can learn new tools with which to move beyond the hardships of our inner world and onto new, abundant horizons.So how do you know if you are in need of…
  • Self-esteem secrets to aid rehabilitation

    Kirsten Long
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    The quality of your thinking is played out in the quality of your self-esteem.When you have been through a crisis like addiction, your self-esteem is battered and you may have difficulty controlling negative thoughts.Negative thoughts and negative self- talk equals negative self-esteem. You already know this.It’s a simple idea and therefore you might assume that there is a simple solution – Think positive thoughts. This philosophy has been around for years, but hasn’t had the significant changes we expected.Why is this?Mainly because our psychology is a little more complicated…
  • I Know What an Alcoholic Looks Like

    Sherry Drescher
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Alcoholism has many faces. It’s the homeless man who reeks of sweat, urine and beer. It’s the woman standing outside the grocery store or at the stop light begging for money. It’s the 45 year old male suffering from cirrhosis that refuses treatment because he won’t be able to drink in the hospital. It’s the mom at the soccer game who is embarrassing her kids by yelling and screaming at the coaches and can’t walk without stumbling. It’s the guy down the hall who beats his wife and children at about 10:00 pm every night because vodka makes him mean and that’s all he…
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  • Risk of Doctors increasing Opiod Addiction Problem

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    9 Feb 2015 | 3:45 pm
    Policymakers need to look beyond just the recreational abuse of opioids in their efforts to reduce overdose deaths, and focus more on the problem of doctors who are overprescribing opioids as painkillers, said researchers at Brandeis University, the University of North Florida, and Johns Hopkins University. For more, click here John Hopkins University The post Risk of Doctors increasing Opiod Addiction Problem appeared first on Drug / Alcohol Rehab.
  • What is an Alcoholic?

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    9 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Anyone who browses through discussion forums or discussion groups online will inevitably come across one of the most frequently asked questions people have. People will either post a specific thread entitled am an alcoholic ? or the question will come up in the course of a more generalised debate. When people raise the question and […] The post What is an Alcoholic? appeared first on Drug / Alcohol Rehab.
  • Portage County Drug /Alcohol Intervention

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    9 Feb 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Portage County is developing new community efforts to increase screening, intervention and treatment for youth affected by drug and alcohol addiction. The county received a grant in 2014 for $120,909 from the state’s Department of Health Services to develop programs for juveniles affected by alcohol and other drug abuse, or AODA. Although the county had […] The post Portage County Drug /Alcohol Intervention appeared first on Drug / Alcohol Rehab.
  • What is Treatment?

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    9 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    When people talk about treatment, they are invariably referring to a treatment center, most commonly known as a rehab, where people can go to get help if they have a problem with alcoholism or addiction to other substances or behaviours. Having said that, the term treatment can cover a wide range of options that can […] The post What is Treatment? appeared first on Drug / Alcohol Rehab.
  • Feb 19 Burnsville Minnesota

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    9 Feb 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Residents are invited to a drug and alcohol prevention program sponsored by the Burnsville Police Department, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 and Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge. The free event will feature teens sharing their personal stories of addiction and recovery — and how they kept the substance abuse hidden from their parents. For more info, […] The post Feb 19 Burnsville Minnesota appeared first on Drug / Alcohol Rehab.
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