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  • Recovery is Excelsior, Ever Upward

    IRETA Blog
    iretablog
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    Spiral Staircase. Credit: Roman Pfeiffer Expanding the definition of recovery during National Recovery Month Given that September is SAMHSA’s National Recovery Month, I would like to speak about a recent realization: the reason this month is so important is because we have forgotten that recovery from addiction issues was and is the norm! For too long, our culture and language has described these issues as nearly impossible to tackle. We even have slogans like “once an addict, always an addict.” However, the evidence paints a different picture. On the science front, we now have…
  • Long Term Effects of Marijuana on the Brain

    Addiction
    Joshua Gowin, Ph.D.
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    The recent legalization of marijuana in two U.S. states means that it’s an increasingly frequent topic of conversation for many people. One key question remains unanswered: does marijuana have long-lasting effects on the brain? Let's explore the evidence. read more
  • Why Will Power Fails

    Addiction Inbox
    Dirk Hanson
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    How to strengthen your self-control.(First published August 12, 2013)Reason in man obscured, or not obeyed,Immediately inordinate desires,And upstart passions, catch the governmentFrom reason; and to servitude reduceMan, till then free.—John Milton, Paradise LostWhat is will power? Is it the same as delayed gratification? Why is will power “far from bulletproof,” as researchers put it in a recent article for Neuron? Why is willpower “less successful during ‘hot’ emotional states”? And why do people “ration their access to ‘vices’ like cigarettes and junk foods by…
  • Finding a Higher Power – A Personal Account of God and Recovery

    Sober Nation
    Tim Stoddart
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    The post Finding a Higher Power – A Personal Account of God and Recovery appeared first on Sober Nation. “Trust God. Clean house. Help others.” We have all heard that one before. Sounds simple enough, but is it really that simple? The most common form of apprehension within recovery organizations, especially twelve-step based programs, lies in the concept of finding a higher power. I have heard people say countless times that “they don’t get […] The post Finding a Higher Power – A Personal Account of God and Recovery appeared first on Sober Nation.
  • Five-Minute Meals That Blast Fat

    Yahoo Health
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    In fact, one study found that dieters who ate eggs for breakfast lost 65% more weight than those who didn’t eat eggs for breakfast, even though they ate the same number of calories! Make this breakfast in minutes by spraying a mug with cooking spray, beating one egg in it, stirring in a handful of chopped broccoli florets and chopped carrots and 2 tbsp shredded cheese. Apple-Cinnamon Breakfast Pizza Apples are packed with filling fiber, so including them in your meals helps to promote weight-loss because you’ll fill up on less calories. Plus, the healthy fats in peanut butter keep you…
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    Yahoo Health

  • Five-Minute Meals That Blast Fat

    20 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    In fact, one study found that dieters who ate eggs for breakfast lost 65% more weight than those who didn’t eat eggs for breakfast, even though they ate the same number of calories! Make this breakfast in minutes by spraying a mug with cooking spray, beating one egg in it, stirring in a handful of chopped broccoli florets and chopped carrots and 2 tbsp shredded cheese. Apple-Cinnamon Breakfast Pizza Apples are packed with filling fiber, so including them in your meals helps to promote weight-loss because you’ll fill up on less calories. Plus, the healthy fats in peanut butter keep you…
  • Do You Have a Cold…Or The Flu?

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Absolutely, says Susan Rehm, MD, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. To get the last word on how to treat—and how not to treat—the common cold and the flu, we consulted experts from the field. Here are their tips: It’s the flu if… "It hits you like a bolt of lightning," say Steven Lamm, MD, internist and faculty member at NYU School of Medicine and a frequent guest doctor on The View. “The prescription-only anti-viral meds Tamiflu and Relenza must be taken within 48 hours of the onset of the symptoms,” says Karen Hill, MD, the founder of…
  • The 6 Vegetables That Will Save Your Life

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Photo by By Timothy Grower If there’s one food that no one — not your doctor, your nutritionist, or even your mother — will tell you to eat less of, it’s leafy greens. Calorie for calorie, chard, collards, kale, and other leafy greens may just be the most nutritious food you can eat. They’re packed with vitamins — A, B, K, and others — but also rich in essential minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium, as well as antioxidants, which protect cells against damage. Leafy greens contain phytochemicals, natural compounds that can help prevent hardening of the arteries…
  • The Repercussions of Gerard Depardieu's 12 Bottles of Wine a Day

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    French-born actor Gerard Depardieu must have a hollow leg — or one seriously scarred liver. After undergoing bypass surgery (five times), and also because of cholesterol and stuff, I have to be careful.” Related: As Pot Smoking Rises, So Do Addiction Concerns Depardieu, who is currently starring in “Welcome to New York,” based on the Dominic Strauss-Khan scandal, added that drinking a case of wine in one day doesn’t even slow him down. “I have to admit that when I start counting, doctors start worrying.” That’s not exactly a surprise, according to Dr. James Garbutt, professor…
  • 5 DIY Fruit and Vegetable Washes

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    By Samantha Dupler A quick rinse of water is so last season. While some of these options sound great, their ingredients can sometimes list an ironically high amount of chemicals (and some have a price point to match!) SEE MORE: 7 Lies That Will Make Your Kids’ Lunches Healthier So before you buy, consider mixing up your own. Not only is it cheap, it’s also crazy easy, and you get to see exactly what ingredients you’re putting into it! Here are five ways to do it. 1) 2 cups of cold tap water, 1/4 cup of white vinegar, and 2 tablespoons lemon juice Mix these ingredients well together…
 
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    Addiction News -- ScienceDaily

  • Identifying teen alcohol and drug abuse

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The number of teens who abuse tobacco, alcohol, drugs and other substances hasn’t changed much in the past couple of decades – but for those who are prone to addiction for one reason or another, the menu of substances to choose from is larger than ever.
  • Smoking, schizophrenia linked by alterations in brain nicotine signals

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    Schizophrenia is associated with increased rates and intensity of tobacco smoking. A growing body of research suggests that the relationship between schizophrenia and smoking stems, in part, from an effort by patients to use nicotine to self-medicate symptoms and cognitive impairment associated with the disease. A new study sheds light on this hypothesis. The authors found that the level of nicotine receptors in the brain was lower in schizophrenia patients than in a matched healthy group.
  • Combining epilepsy drug, morphine can result in less pain, lower opioid doses

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Adding a common epilepsy drug to a morphine regimen can result in better pain control, fewer side effects and reduced morphine dosage, according to research. The result could bring significant relief to many patients with neuropathic pain, a difficult-to-treat condition often felt in the arms and legs and associated with nerve tissue damage.
  • Identifying a better message strategy for dissuading smokers: Add the positive

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    Which is more likely to convince a smoker to quit? The words, 'Warning: cigarettes cause cancer' beneath the image of an open mouth with a cancerous lesion and rotten teeth, or the same image with the words, 'Warning: Quitting smoking reduces the risk of cancer'? The answer depends on how confident you are in your ability to quit.
  • Marijuana users who feel low get high

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    Adolescents and young adults who smoke marijuana frequently may attempt to manage negative moods by using the drug, according to a study. "One of the challenges is that people often may use marijuana to feel better but may feel worse afterward," the lead investigator says. "Marijuana use can be associated with anxiety and other negative states. People feel bad, they use, and they might momentarily feel better, but then they feel worse. They don't necessarily link feeling bad after using with the use itself, so it can become a vicious circle."
 
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    NIDA News

  • Short video increases HIV testing in emergency department patients who initially declined

    10 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    A NIDA-funded study shows that one-third of emergency department patients who initially declined to be tested for HIV changed their minds after watching a 16-minute video. This video described the importance of testing as well as demonstrated how an HIV test can be conducted without drawing blood (...
  • National Drug Facts Week 2015 to begin January 26

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    National Drug Facts Week, which brings together teens and scientific experts to shatter persistent myths about drug use and addiction, will be held Jan. 26 through Feb. 1, 2015.  Ideas for community-based events, as well as success stories from previous years, are highlighted on the National...
  • Commentary: More research needed into marijuana’s effects on brain development and function

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    A journal commentary by Harvard researcher and NIDA grantee Bertha K. Madras stresses the importance of a large scale longitudinal study to better assess the effects of marijuana use on human brain development and function. Dr. Madras notes research that suggests regular marijuana use that begins...
  • NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow to speak at TEDMED 2014

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, will be a featured speaker at the TEDMED 2014 conference being held this month in Washington, DC. A world-renowned neuroscientist and leading expert on addiction as a brain disease,...
  • Journal issue explores early interventions to prevent risky sexual behaviors related to HIV/AIDS

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    A special issue of the journal Prevention Science spotlights six NIDA-funded early interventions (delivered prior to the onset of adolescence) that successfully reduced later health-risking sexual behaviors related to HIV/AIDS. Traditionally, prevention interventions to avert risky sexual behavior...
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  • Does MDMA Have Psychotherapeutic Potential?

    sheilas
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    Does MDMA Have Psychotherapeutic Potential? Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) is also known as “ecstasy” because of the ecstatic feelings it produces in those who use it. While many dismiss the drug as a dangerous substance, some scientists claim it may have positive therapeutic uses with little risk of harm when used under proper supervision. According to researchers, in the early 1970s a small group of therapists and researchers began to explore the potential of MDMA and its therapeutic use. MDMA encouraged the experience of emotions by reducing the fear response to perceived…
  • As Sports Fans, Let’s Look at Performance-Enhancing Drugs

    Richard Taite
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
     The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI, recently published a review discussing drug abuse in athletes. Drug abuse occurs in almost all sports and at most levels of teen and adult competition. Doping, defined as use of drugs or other substances for performance enhancement, has become an important topic in sports. Athletic life may lead to drug abuse for many reasons. Often first experimented with in high school or college for performance enhancement, athletes later continue use to deal with stressors, such as pressure to…
  • Carefully Designed Drug Monitoring Programs Help Keep Addiction in Check

    Richard Taite
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    Despite challenges, prescription drug monitoring programs are essential tools in ensuring opioids and other addictive medicines are prescribed and used appropriately. The field of medicine is being pulled in two directions. On one hand, doctors are becoming more aware of the consequences of pain, leading to the prescription of more and more aggressive pain medicines; and on the other hand, we are also becoming more aware of the addictive potential of many of these drugs. We see the necessity of using opioid painkillers for people in pain, but we see the destructiveness of these painkillers…
  • Research Results on Food Addiction

    Richard Taite
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    Recent evidence suggests that palatable, high-calorie foods, think comfort foods like mac & cheese or burgers with fries or steaks cut half the size of your head, may have an addictive potential that can contribute to overeating. Impulsivity, obesity and overconsumption of such foods have been associated with addiction-like eating behavior. (I say addiction-like, because as of present, food addiction is not fully recognized as an addiction by treatment professionals.) Current data demonstrates that impulsivity is a trait that predicts the development of food addiction-like behaviors,…
  • 5 Myths about Healthcare Data Privacy from an Addiction Center CEO

    Richard Taite
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:13 pm
    It happened to Target and recently we learned it happened to UPS stores, too. It went on for a year at the Montana Health Department and it happened to millions of customers of Kaiser Permanente Northern California. It’s the theft of customer or patient data, and it can take place in many ways – a laptop goes missing, an employee downloads malware to an internal computer, someone on the inside intentionally leaks the data. When this happens at a retail outlet like Target, customers can lose their credit card information, leading to a lengthy process of sorting out with the credit card…
 
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    Addiction Blog

  • Heroin detox symptoms

    Addiction Blog
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    Are you considering getting off heroin? Whether you have been using heroin regularly or occasionally, getting off heroin will be good for you. Apart from its addictive properties, heroin may give rise to numerous blood borne diseases and further complicate your life.  However, when opiate metabolites exit the system, the individual usually experiences withdrawal symptoms, the intensity of which will vary among users. So, what can you expect? Typically, heroin withdrawal symptoms start to occur between 6 and 12 hours after the last use, peaking within 1 to 3 days, and gradually subside over…
  • Family member with addiction problems: How to cope

    Maggie Harmon
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:13 am
    Where are your feet? One of my favorite questions to ask myself when I am feeling out of control or pulled in a million different directions with just too many things on my “to do” list is: “Where are my feet?” When I am working with people in recovery as friends or family of someone with a substance abuse problem, I will often ask the same question. When we are connected to an individual who suffers from alcoholism or addiction we tend to get wrapped up family dysfunction with addiction.  We live in a franticness or worry, fear and anxiety. Similarly, hiding another person’s…
  • Can I drink in recovery?

    Fiona Stockard
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    If you’re a young person struggling with addiction, sober life often looks boring. You’ve overcome a monumental challenge by seeking help and going to treatment, but what now? You might say to yourself: “These twelve-step groups can help me stay sober, but they don’t look like much fun.” “I already kicked my addiction, why shouldn’t I be able to have a few drinks?” “You mean I’m not supposed to drink, even on my wedding day?” Well, rest assured, you’re not alone. In fact, many young people in recovery wonder whether alcohol is off the table for good. Let’s…
  • How is marijuana abused?

    Addiction Blog
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    Marijuana is the most commonly abused psychoactive drug in the United States. As a dry, shredded mix of the flowers, stems, and leaves of the hemp plant cannabis sativa, marijuana is usually smoked. However, smoked marijuana can cause respiratory problems or immune system deficiencies. So, what does it mean to abuse marijuana?  What kinds of side effects does it cause and how can you identify abuse? And what does it take to help a marijuana addict get treatment?We answer these questions here, and invite your comments or questions about marijuana use and abuse at the end. Can marijuana be…
  • Alcohol detox time

    Addiction Blog
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:57 am
    Detox is described as the first step in treatment of alcohol problems because until there is no alcohol in the body, a person cannot participate in the educational and therapeutic process of rehab. But how does it take to detox from alcohol? What’s the timeline. We review the first hours, days, and weeks of alcohol detox here. And remind you to ALWAYS SEEK MEDICAL SUPERVISION for cases of alcohol dependence. More here on why supervised detox is critical, with a section at the end for your questions about alcohol withdrawal and treatment during alcohol detox. Alcohol detox duration and…
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    Suboxone Talk Zone

  • Site Issues

    J T Junig
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    My apologies; the site has suffered a setback, and it will take some time to repost my comments from the past 12 months or so. Thanks for being patient!
  • Withdrawal from Suboxone or Buprenorphine

    J T Junig
    23 Sep 2012 | 8:10 pm
    I received a question from a reader about withdrawal symptoms from stopping buprenorphine. My answer has relevance to opioid withdrawal in general, and to a common misconception about the duration of withdrawal symptoms. The message: Basically I quit Suboxone about 18 days ago. When I decided to quit I was taking about 8 to 12mgs per day. I got into taking Suboxone from trying to quit a Percocet habit that developed after a car wreck. I was stuck on Suboxone for near 3 years before I finally realized the person I thought I was really wasn’t the person I expected myself to become. So…
  • A Save with Suboxone?

    J T Junig
    21 Sep 2012 | 5:13 pm
    I’d like to share a recent email exchange with a reader. The post is long, but there are several interesting aspects to the discussion. I’ve removed the conversational parts, as well as the identifying information. The initial message: I was an intravenous heroin user for three years. After treatment I was able to stay clean for 6 months… Well apparently to most people I was not clean because I was on Suboxone, but to me I was clean. People are so very discouraging when you tell them you’re clean and they find out you are on Suboxone. It hurts because of how much hard work you put in.
  • Treatment? Or Murder?

    J T Junig
    15 Sep 2012 | 4:50 pm
    I subscribe to Google news alerts for the phrase ‘overdose deaths.’  Google Alerts are a great way to follow any topic; subscribers receive headlines from newspapers and web sites for certain keywords from around the world. One thing that has become clear from my subscription is that there is no shortage of stories about deaths from opioids! Every day I see one article after the next, as news reporters notice the loss of more and more of their communities’ young people. Along with the reports of overdoses are stories about doctors who are increasingly being prosecuted for the…
  • Rush!

    J T Junig
    9 Sep 2012 | 8:01 am
    This is one way to fire up all of the brain’s pleasure centers! For best results, watch in ‘full screen’ mode, wearing headphones. Stare and enjoy!
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    Addiction

  • Gambling in China: socio-historical evolution and current challenges

    Anise M. S. Wu, Joseph T. F. Lau
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:09 am
    Abstract AimsThis paper provides an overview of gambling issues in China, including historical development, governmental responses and social consequences. MethodsBased on materials written in Chinese or English available at academic databases and other online resources, historical, cultural and policy analyses were conducted. The focus is on mainland China, but reference is made to Hong Kong and Macao to illustrate differences. ResultsThroughout Chinese history, gambling was strictly prohibited by law. In contrast, small-stakes betting for entertainment instead of monetary gain, defined as…
  • ‘Wide Awake Drunkenness’? Investigating the association between alcohol intoxication and stimulant use in the night-time economy

    Amy Pennay, Peter Miller, Lucy Busija, Rebecca Jenkinson, Nicolas Droste, Brendan Quinn, Sandra C. Jones, Dan I. Lubman
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Abstract AimsWe tested whether patrons of the night-economy who had co-consumed energy drinks or illicit stimulants with alcohol had higher blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels than patrons who had consumed only alcohol. DesignStreet intercept surveys (n=4227) were undertaken between 9pm-5am over a period of seven months. SettingInterviews were undertaken with patrons walking through entertainment precincts, queuing to enter venues, or exiting venues, in five Australian cities. ParticipantsThe response rate was 92.1%; more than half of the study sample was male (60.2%) and the median age…
  • The association between family affluence and smoking among 15-year-old adolescents in 33 European countries, Israel and Canada: the role of national wealth

    Timo-Kolja Pförtner, Irene Moor, Katharina Rathmann, Anne Hublet, Michal Molcho, Anton E. Kunst, Matthias Richter
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Abstract AimsTo examine the role of national wealth in the association between family affluence and adolescent weekly smoking, early smoking behavior and weekly smoking among former experimenters. Design and participantsData were used from the ‘Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC)’ study conducted in 2005/2006 in 35 countries from Europe and North America that comprises 60,490 students aged 15 years. Multilevel logistic regression was conducted using Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods (MCMC) to explore whether associations between family affluence and smoking outcomes were…
  • High-Frequency Drug Purity and Price Series as Tools for Explaining Drug Trends and Harms in Victoria, Australia

    Nick Scott, Jonathan P. Caulkins, Alison Ritter, Catherine Quinn, Paul Dietze
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Abstract AimsMethamphetamine related harms in Victoria have recently increased, in the context of stable or declining use prevalence. We determine how changes in price and purity of methamphetamine compared to other drugs such as heroin may, in part, explain these divergent patterns. MethodsDetailed methamphetamine and heroin purchase price data from 2152 participant interviews from the Melbourne Injecting Drug User cohort study were used to generate drug price series for the period January 2009 - June 2013. Data on drug purity from 8818 seizures made within Victoria were used to generate…
  • Effects of Anxiety Sensitivity on Alcohol Problems: Evaluating Chained Mediation through Generalized Anxiety, Depression, and Drinking Motives

    Nicholas P. Allan, Brian J. Albanese, Aaron M. Norr, Michael J. Zvolensky, Norman B. Schmidt
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Abstract AimsTo test whether the relations between anxiety sensitivity (AS), a transdiagnostic risk factor, and alcohol problems are explained by chained mediation models, from AS through anxiety or depressive symptoms then drinking motives in an at-risk sample. It was hypothesized that AS would influence alcohol problems through generalized anxiety or depression symptoms and then through negatively-reinforced drinking motives (i.e., drinking to cope with negative affect and drinking to conform). DesignCross-sectional single- and chained-mediation models were tested. SettingSelf-report…
 
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    Addiction

  • Have We Become Addicted to Violence?

    Diane Dreher, Ph.D.
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    America's children spend 40 hours a week watching violent entertainment in the media. What can we do about our nation's addiction to violence?read more
  • Why Addicts Relapse After Going to Treatment

    Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Aftercare plans, usually several carefully prepared pages, are written, disseminated, and discussed with recovering addicts for a very good reason - they outline the path to continued sobriety and a healthy, happy life. Ignoring any element of an aftercare is never a good idea.read more
  • Long Term Effects of Marijuana on the Brain

    Joshua Gowin, Ph.D.
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    The recent legalization of marijuana in two U.S. states means that it’s an increasingly frequent topic of conversation for many people. One key question remains unanswered: does marijuana have long-lasting effects on the brain? Let's explore the evidence. read more
  • Synthetic Weed and Teens

    Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, M.S., L.P.C.
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Throughout the U.S. shiny aluminum and colorful packages line the shelves of many convenience stores. To a normal shopper, these cute cartoon looking packages appear to be potpourri, but to a drug seeking teen they are something entirely different; they are packed full of synthetic marijuana. A dangerous substance that can be potentially fatal to the user.read more
  • Insanity Pain

    Howard C. Samuels, Psy.D.
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Sometimes our sense of grief and loss over a failed relationship far outweighs the depth of the relationship. Why does rejection in these new relationships hurt so bad and what can we do to face this pain realistically? Pulling up your bootstraps is only part of the equation; sometimes the real work is in looking at ourselves instead.read more
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  • Why Will Power Fails

    Dirk Hanson
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    How to strengthen your self-control.(First published August 12, 2013)Reason in man obscured, or not obeyed,Immediately inordinate desires,And upstart passions, catch the governmentFrom reason; and to servitude reduceMan, till then free.—John Milton, Paradise LostWhat is will power? Is it the same as delayed gratification? Why is will power “far from bulletproof,” as researchers put it in a recent article for Neuron? Why is willpower “less successful during ‘hot’ emotional states”? And why do people “ration their access to ‘vices’ like cigarettes and junk foods by…
  • In Praise of Neurogenesis

    Dirk Hanson
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    A little sweat pays big dividends in recovery.Scientists have long known that activities like learning, socialization and physical activity—key components of “environmental enrichment”—lead to the growth and development of nerve tissue that will become new brain cells, a process called neurogenesis. Such enrichment can include all manner of stimuli, but a group of researchers at the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) wanted to find out exactly how much of that neurogenic stimulus is due solely to exercise. Writing in the journal Learning and…
  • Alcohol and Your Heart

    Dirk Hanson
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Health benefits of moderate drinking come under fire.One of those things that “everybody knows” about alcohol is that a drink or two per day is good for your heart. But maybe not as good for your heart as no drinks at all.Joint first authors Michael V. Holmes of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College in London, and Caroline E. Dale at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in London, recently published a multi-site meta-analysis of epidemiological studies centering on a common gene for alcohol metabolization. The report, published in the UK…
  • The Chemistry of Modern Marijuana

    Dirk Hanson
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    Is low-grade pot better for you than sinsemilla?First published September 3, 2013.Australia has one of the highest rates of marijuana use in the world, but until recently, nobody could say for certain what, exactly, Australians were smoking. Researchers at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales  analyzed hundreds of cannabis samples seized by Australian police, and put together comprehensive data on street-level marijuana potency across the country. They sampled police seizures and plants from crop eradication operations. The mean THC content of the samples was…
  • Synthetic Cannabis Can Cause Cyclic Vomiting

    Dirk Hanson
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Another reason to skip "Spice."Cannabinoid hyperemesis,  as it is known, was not documented in the medical literature until 2004. Case studies of more than 100 patients have been reported since then. The biomedical researcher who blogs as Drugmonkey has documented cases of hyperemesis that had been reported in Australia and New Zealand, as well as Omaha and Boston in the U.S.As Drugmonkey reported, patients who are heavy marijuana smokers, and who experience cyclic nausea and vomiting, “discovered on their own that taking a hot bath or shower alleviated their symptoms. So afflicted…
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    A Song Not Scored For Breathing

  • Throwing Words and Things

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    Thirty three years ago today Dearest One asked me to marry him. We'd been together for a week, meeting face to face, after having started out as pen pals when I was a very young teenager. The odds were certainly against us. I give God the credit for us making it for the long haul. Had we not become people of faith our relationship would have crumbled long ago.Because we spent such little time together before we married - after we got engaged he went back home across the country and I stayed put to finish college - he had no idea I might have a drinking problem. I didn't get drunk until 5 days…
  • While It Was Still Night

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    This was not the summer I thought I'd have.I spent most of my time away from home due to multiple deaths in the family (plus a wedding.)I spent more nights in my childhood bedroom in the past seven weeks than in my grown up one.There was a week in there where I went on a silent retreat.I went to it heavy hearted as a dear family member lay dying in a hospital in another province.There were surprise breakthroughs during the retreat that I am grateful for.If I'm hanging on to resentments I cannot find gratitude.If I accept what is then it's easier to embrace what is in front of me rather than…
  • Protecting The Invisible

    21 Jun 2014 | 5:39 pm
    "You're favouring your right side like you're protecting it."He stands in front of me and mimics my stance so I can see for myself. He drops his right shoulder and curves that side of his body inward. As he does this it looks like he's protecting something invisible, something stuck to the right side of his chest. I don't know what's going through his head as he stands there but there is lots going through mine. What the hell - I'm protecting a breast that doesn't exist anymore? And accordingly it's largely responsible for the debilitating back pain I've been experiencing.Earlier in the week…
  • Countless Layers

    10 May 2014 | 10:00 am
    We are slowly settling into our new home in the city. It's so odd to look out windows and see houses and people instead of landscapes and endless skies. I've found two views out my windows where I only see trees and sky and finding those views is a relief.At heart I don't think city living is for me but it doesn't mean I can't enjoy it. The biggest benefit is that I am no longer body weary; no longer waking up tired because of the daily 100 mile roundtrip commute we used to make. I am grateful for that as I didn't know that being rested was ever going to be mine again. Between that and seeing…
  • Minutiae

    28 Feb 2014 | 5:47 pm
    It is bitterly cold out there tonight. Close to -50C with wind chill factored in. Spring is such a hopeful time of year. Let's hope it starts showing signs of arrival soon.We move to the big city in spring. I spent part of my day packing up my books in my office. I have given away hundreds of books over the years. Now I only keep those that really speak to me, those that I will pick up more than once to read. I have a stack of unread books that I have already pegged for reading next winter.My grandbaby is wonderful. He has the most beautiful smile that lights up his whole face. Only daughter…
 
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    Drugs & Health Blog

  • Medicines or Poisons?—Why Cannabinoids Can Both Help and Hurt You

    The NIDA Blog Team
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Mondays this fall, for a limited time, the Drugs & Health blog will feature a post on marijuana.  This is the final post of a 3-part series on the science of medical marijuana. Check out Part 1: What’s Wrong with “Medical Marijuana”? and Part 2: Making Medicine from Marijuana. People who write about the health benefits of marijuana sometimes think it’s ironic that a plant containing compounds that could treat disease (like THC or CBD) is banned by the government for being unsafe. But in fact many effective, FDA-approved medicines are closely related to illegal, harmful drugs and…
  • Drug Overdoses Kill More Than Cars, Guns, and Falling—UPDATE

    The NIDA Blog Team
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    In June, we shared the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data that tens of thousands died from drug use in 2010.  In 2011, the number of drug overdose deaths continued to rise.  To compare the data from 2010 to 2011, view the original post.  You’ll see that in just one year there has been an increase of over 3,000 deaths—nearly 8%—between 2010 and 2011. More than half of those overdose deaths (55%) are related to prescription drug abuse, and of those, 74% (16,917) were due to opioids (prescription pain medications).
  • Making Medicine From Marijuana

    The NIDA Blog Team
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Mondays this fall, for a limited time, the Drugs & Health blog will feature a post on marijuana.  This is the first post of a 3-part series on the science of medical marijuana.  Check out Part 1: What’s Wrong With “Medical Marijuana”? and Part 3: Medicines or Poisons?—Why Cannabinoids Can Both Help and Hurt You, coming next week. What people usually mean by “medical marijuana” is use of an unprocessed (raw) plant to treat illness—or herbal medicine, in other words. Unprocessed means the leaves, stems, or seeds are just taken off the plant and used. Before the 20th century,…
  • Drugged Driving—A New Twist on a Deadly Decision

    The NIDA Blog Team
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Most people know that drinking and driving is incredibly dangerous. Its reputation as a major risk has been cemented through the preventable deaths of thousands of people and years of education and awareness efforts. But it turns out—drugged driving is a major problem too. A recent study found that more high school seniors and college students that drove impaired or with an impaired driver were under the influence of marijuana, not alcohol. The study also found that drugged drivers are more likely to have car accidents and traffic tickets or warnings. But it’s not just dents to your car…
  • What’s Wrong With “Medical Marijuana”?

    The NIDA Blog Team
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Mondays this fall, for a limited time, the Drugs & Health blog will feature a post on marijuana.  This is the first post of a 3-part series on the science of medical marijuana.  Check out Part 2: Making Medicine From Marijuana, and Part 3: Medicines or Poisons?—Why Cannabinoids Can Both Help and Hurt You, in the weeks to come. Before modern medical science, most medicines were raw herbs or herbal concoctions of one sort or another. They sometimes helped patients, but those benefits weren’t very powerful by today’s standards, and they often had a lot of unpredictable or even…
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    Addiction Treatment Magazine

  • Buprenorphine/Naloxone Combo Limits Risk For Buprenorphine Misuse

    Addiction Treatment
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:56 am
    Buprenorphine is a relatively mild opioid-based medication commonly used to help people addicted to stronger opioid drugs or medications. Although buprenorphine is designed for sublingual (under-the-tongue) use, some people abuse the medication by crushing and inhaling it. In a study published in July 2014 in the journal Addiction Biology, researchers from Columbia University assessed the usefulness of the combination buprenorphine and a second medication called naloxone in reducing the rate of nasal buprenorphine abuse. A combined version of these two medications already helps prevent abuse…
  • Marijuana Use And Schizophrenia: Is There A Genetic Link?

    Addiction Treatment
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Schizophrenia is a serious psychiatric condition that affects around 1 percent of the population. It can be a debilitating illness without proper treatment, and even with treatment, can severely limit a person’s ability to participate in the routine activities of life. The illness is characterized by delusions, auditory and visual hallucinations and disorganized thinking. Gene Variants And Schizophrenia Most experts believe that several factors influence whether the illness will manifest itself, but it seems certain that genetic factors play at least a partial role. Scientists believe they…
  • Eating Disorder Differences In Childhood And Adolescence

    Addiction Treatment
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Eating disorders are serious problems with severe health complications, many times requiring hospitalization. A study found that the same eating disorders which occur in childhood or adolescence don’t always look the same. Doctors attempting to diagnose young children with eating disorders based on adolescent signs could miss the disorder, with their patients possibly spending years doing tremendous physical and emotional harm to themselves. Researchers from Australia’s Princess Margaret Hospital for Children Eating Disorders Program set out to study possible differences between eating…
  • Addiction: What’s Happiness Got To Do With It?

    Addiction Treatment
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    By Jeanene Swanson Researchers at University College London (UCL) have found a way to predict if someone will be happy, moment to moment. They’ve found that happiness depends not just on how well things are going, but on how well things are going compared to a person’s expectations. Most surprising, says lead study author Robb Rutledge, a cognitive and computational neuroscientist at UCL, was discovering just how important expectations are in determining happiness. “Expectations have two effects,” Rutledge says. “When you get an outcome, you’ll be happier if you had low…
  • “A Million Steps” To Addiction Recovery

    Addiction Treatment
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Edie Weinstein, MSW @EdieWeinstein1 What fortitude, determination, preparation and intention would it take to leave the comfort, security, familiarity and safety of your home and step out onto a trail that winds between two countries and within your own mind? Could you do it with no expectations, taking it one day at a time — like addiction recovery? Retiring at age 36 to travel around the world, author and speaker Kurt Koontz was on a trajectory that led him to hit the road and write his book A Million Steps, which he wrote after his month-long journey along the Camino de Santiago in…
 
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    Hydrocodone Help

  • Is Hydrocodone Addiction Chronic?

    admin
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A chronic disease or condition is one that is constant and has a long duration. The degree to which it is experienced may vary over time, as chronic diseases can be managed and controlled with specialized care. However, no chronic condition can be cured, so taking preventative measures or early action is essential for recovery to thrive. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) explains that chronic conditions should someone’s a primary concern, as these health issues are “the nation’s leading causes of death and disability.” Is Addiction a Chronic Disease? Any addiction is a chronic…
  • Hydrocodone and Physical Distress

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Hydrocodone is an opioid painkiller that is typically used in combination with acetaminophen. Using this substance can lead to physical distress, especially if the user becomes addicted. Hydrocodone addiction can develop when a user experiences a sense of wellbeing after taking the drug. Eventually, the individual becomes physically and psychologically dependent on the substance and uses it compulsively. However, even individuals who use hydrocodone per a doctor’s instructions may experience physically distressing side effects such as the following: Drowsiness Dizziness Lightheadedness…
  • Can Hydrocodone Make People Violent?

    admin
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opioid used in drugs like Vicodin, Norco and Lorcet to treat pain. From heroin to morphine, all narcotics are made from alkaloids in opium poppy, and hydrocodone is made with the plant’s second-most abundant alkaloid, codeine. In the body, natural chemicals activate opioid receptors in the central nervous system to relieve pain, feel reward and other responses. However, hydrocodone binds to the same receptors, so abusing the drug changes the receptors and other neural circuitry, which can lead to addiction and dependence. This drug is a central nervous system…
  • Am I Experiencing Side Effects of Hydrocodone or Signs of Dependence?

    admin
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Most doctors only prescribe hydrocodone for those suffering with severe pain resulting from disease or injury. However, despite strict regulations, many individuals increase their dose throughout their treatment. Because of this individuals are finding it more and more difficult to tell if they have become addicted to the substance or are just experiencing common side effects. Common Side Effects of Hydrocodone Due to hydrocodone’s addictive qualities, one may find it difficult to distinguish if they are experiencing common side effects of the drug if they have become addicted to the…
  • What Is the Law Regarding the Use of Hydrocodone and Why?

    admin
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Hydrocodone is a Schedule 3 prescription medication used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is considered a controlled substance by the US government and most law enforcement agencies around the world. Unlawful use or distribution of hydrocodone or other narcotic drugs can lead to heavy fines or prison time. Despite the concerted efforts of the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), illicit use of hydrocodone continues to increase year after year. What Is Hydrocodone? Hydrocodone is a synthetic opiate, or “opioid” that is chemically related to more infamous drugs such as morphine or heroin.
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    Valium Addiction Help

  • Valium Abuse and Brain Injuries

    admin
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Valium, a benzodiazepine, treats anxiety, seizures and muscles spasms, as well as other conditions. Unfortunately, it is an addictive substance that recreational users may abuse. Although recreational users are more likely to become addicted to this drug than people who use it per a doctor’s instructions, even therapeutic doses of it can lead to dependency. How Valium Abuse can Result in a Traumatic Brain Injury While under the influence of Valium, someone may become intoxicated and experience a serious accident that leads to a traumatic brain injury. Individuals who abuse this drug may…
  • The Importance of Being Involved In Your Treatment Experience

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Being fully involved in your rehab program is the best way to ensure success during treatment. Simply going through the motions of treatment to fulfill an obligation or to make others happy cannot truly change your life, because you will participate in any treatment method for the wrong reasons. During drug treatment, your doctors and therapists will develop a plan uniquely tailored to your needs, because they want to teach you to live a drug-free life. Following their treatment plan can give you a healthy start on the road to recovery, but you get out of rehab what you put into it. Drug…
  • The Difference Between Being Drunk and Being High on Valium

    admin
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There are some similarities between the effects of Valium and alcohol, but the two substances are very different. Both can create a calming or relaxing feeling, but that’s where their similarities end in regard to symptoms. On the other hand, both drugs are highly addictive physically and psychologically, and when combined they can be deadly. Symptoms of Valium Abuse Valium is a benzodiazepine, which means it works by enhancing the effects of a particular neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. As a result of enhancing GABA, this drug gives users the following…
  • Non-Military Causes of PTSD

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a condition caused by experiencing or learning about a traumatic event, such as death or threatened death, serious injury or sexual violence. Many people in active military service suffer from PTSD due to the stress of their jobs and the life-threatening situations that they experience daily. However, PTSD is not unique to the military, as people experience violence or the threat of it in all sectors of society. It can be impossible to predict whether or not people will develop this disorder, but a family or personal history of mental illness, the…
  • Six Excuses People Make When They’re Addicted to Valium

    admin
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Denial is an expected aspect of addiction. Addicts in denial of their problem frequently employ many means and excuses to avoid acknowledging their problem. There are an endless number of excuses that individuals make to justify continued drug use and to avoid accessing treatment resources. Valium users may engage in minimization, rationalization or blame, or they may develop a system of excuses that is unique to their own situation and thought patterns. However regardless of the reasons an addiction develops, there isn’t a single one that justifies continuing to put health and…
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    Heroin Detox Rehab

  • Is Heroin Addiction Chronic?

    admin
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Addiction is a chronic disease that requires professional treatment in order to overcome An addiction to heroin is a chronic disease similar to other chronic illnesses that require treatment and lifestyle changes in order to overcome. Heroin addiction causes long lasting physical and mental symptoms, some of which persist even into recovery. How Is Heroin Addiction Treated? Heroin addiction is considered a chronic disease because of the long lasting effects and because it is treated in the same way as any other chronic illness. Treating heroin addiction as a chronic disease involves the…
  • European Views on Heroin

    admin
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Europe’s shifting views on heroin addiction might soon influence the way Americans confront this terrible disease While many narcotics are illegal throughout Europe, attitudes about heroin and its addicts seem to be evolving. Although few people believe this evolution will end up legalizing the drug in all of its forms, European leaders are considering decriminalizing certain aspects of drug abuse. In some cases, despite existing laws to the contrary, government programs are offering free, safe places for addicts to use heroin. With continuing overdose deaths, drug use complications and a…
  • Am I Experiencing Side Effects of Heroin or Signs of Dependence?

    admin
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The side effects of taking heroin are different than the signs of dependence Heroin was once a legal drug used to treat pain. However, when the medical community realized its highly addictive properties, it was banned. Now, it is sold on the street as one of the most popular illicit drugs because of the intense rush of pleasure it provides the user. Users feel relaxed, calm and even euphoric. They report feeling warm and safe. For people struggling with depression, anxiety or even past trauma or abuse, taking heroin can provide a brief respite from the associated negative feelings and…
  • The Dangerous Mix of Party Drugs and Heroin

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Mixing heroin with other party drugs can result in life-threatening side effects and even death Mixing heroin with other recreational or party drugs can be dangerous and life threatening. Heroin is a highly addictive, illegal drug made from the resin of the poppy plant. Heroin users tend to experiment with other drugs for a more intense experience, and mixing drugs, or using more than one drug during a drug session can lead to accidental overdose. Succumbing to the temptation to mix drugs is more common than you might think among drug users. If you are caught in the grips of heroin addiction…
  • Should You Give Money to a Heroin Addict Who’s In Trouble?

    admin
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The only financial support for heroin addicts should directly fund rehabilitation treatment Synthesized from the morphine in opium plants, heroin binds to endorphin receptor sites in the brain and ignites a powerful euphoric high. While some people snort or smoke the drug, most users inject a mixture of heroin and liquids directly into the bloodstream for an immediate rush. The Science & Practice Perspectives journal in 2002 noted that long-term heroin use decreases the body’s natural endorphin production and creates a physical dependence, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)…
 
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    Xanax Addiction Help

  • How Different Cultures View Addiction and Recovery

    admin
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:36 pm
    People in Asia are more likely to have a holistic worldview that combines the natural and spiritual worlds into one Cultural beliefs about substance use don’t always follow scientific evidence. Some societies value traditional beliefs about addiction to drugs like Xanax, while other societies are changing attitudes and forming new policies. Addiction and Stigma Drug misuse and addiction are significant issues across the world. A person with an addiction experiences problems in all aspects of his life—from trouble getting and keeping a job to serious concerns maintaining relationships and…
  • What If Trying an Intervention Makes Things Worse?

    admin
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A failed intervention for Xanax addiction may strain relationships, but can serve as a step on the journey toward recovery When done right, an addiction intervention for drugs like Xanax involves much planning and carries with it a great deal of expectation and hope. When the addicted individual who is the focus of the intervention chooses not to respond by entering treatment, it can be deeply disappointing for the friends and family members involved in the process. Sometimes things even appear to be worse after an unsuccessful intervention, but there are generally positives mixed with the…
  • How Much Should I Pay for Addiction Treatment?

    admin
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There are many factors that determine price for treatment programs Addiction to drugs like Xanax is a serious, but treatable disease. How much it costs to treat it can vary considerably. There are many factors that determine price and many considerations when choosing a treatment program. Options for Detox The first stage of addiction treatment is detoxification, or detox. When people are physically dependent on substances, they experience withdrawal symptoms when they don’t use the substances regularly. During a medically supervised detox, patients are monitored and their symptoms managed…
  • How Drug Use Is Viewed in the Middle East

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Attitudes about drug use in the Middle East are often tied to Islam Every country and geographical region has an evolving history of drug use. Some substances have been used traditionally and are accepted to a certain degree in a given society. The use of others carries a heavier stigma. Substances with a Traditional History of Use in the Middle East In the Middle East several substances have a traditional history of use. Perhaps the most ubiquitous is flavored tobacco used in a waterpipe known as a hookah or shisha. Shisha cafes continue to be popular throughout the Middle East although some…
  • Are There Any International Efforts to Fight Addiction?

    admin
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    International efforts to fight addiction to drugs like Xanax and drug trafficking grow every year Drug addiction to drugs like Xanax spans the globe. While some countries were once known as top drug producers and others as top drug markets, now more countries are embracing the global problem of addiction and stepping in to fight it. Changing International Drug Control Efforts Two decades ago many world leaders believed the United States accounted for the majority of the world’s drug market, but increased cooperation between countries has changed that view according to the U.S. Office of…
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    All about Drugs and Alcohol Addiction

  • Summer Is Over – Embrace Change

    BV
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
      For information on addiction treatment programs and rehab services, feel free to contact us at 800-570-4562
  • “Be Free Meditation” Event

    BV
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Be FREE Meditation 09/21/2014 12:00 PM – 09/21/2014 1:30 PM A community event supporting powerful MEDITATION for stronger people and WORLD PEACE. “If we are to have true PEACE in the world, we must first find it within ourselves… Our goal is to increase awareness of the incredible benefits of Meditation as a practical way to recharge, get stronger, more balanced, manage stress , BE UN-DEPENDENT from anything and anyone and create FREE SOCIETY. The change starts from within! Let’s Meditate in Oneness!” The meditation event is Free and beginners are very welcome. Please…
  • Modern Society More Open-Minded On Views of Addiction and Rehab

    BV
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    Many years ago, many Americans would have never expected to see states like Colorado and Washington begin to decriminalize marijuana usage. The public’s opinion on marijuana usage has been controversial these days because of these changes, however, addiction and deaths from overdose still persist. With the recent death of Robin Williams, and the legalization of marijuana, and important question is: What are modern society’s views on drug use, addiction and rehab? The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) released a document that defined addiction as a chronic neurological disorder…
  • Referring Drug Addicts to Social Services Can Help Reduce EMS Call Volume

    BV
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    The Emergency Medical Service (EMS) often has a high call volume, leading to a disproportionate number of not only emergency calls, but non-emergency calls as well. Although many emergency calls help transport people to an emergency department, and help save lives, the use of EMS is the least effective form of care because it only deals with issues temporarily, such as drug overdoses (not to mention it’s costly for everyone). For this reason, social services are being focused on in order help reduce EMS call volume, and additionally, help people kick their drug habit. If referrals are not…
  • Do You Know How They Interact?

    BV
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    *The Interaction of Drugs are important to understand, as many people are hospitalized or fatally overdose due to mixing drugs with alcohol. Let us spread awareness to prevent such tragedies. Talk about it. It could happen to anyone.      
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    Family First Intervention

  • Federal Government Continues to Tighten Regulations on Prescription Drug Tracking

    Mike Loverde
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    As part of the concentrated effort to reduce prescription drug abuse, the Federal Government has continued to exercise its authority over the pharmaceutical companies and the regulations that doctors and pharmacists must adhere to in order to prescribe controlled substances such as painkillers. The idea is that while some people genuinely need a prescription for pain medication, many people continue to abuse the pills that often lead to a heroin addiction. Four years ago the DEA instituted Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances (EPCS), which allows doctors and pharmacies to…
  • Recovery Month in Full Swing

    Mike Loverde
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    September is National Recovery Month, which is an annual observance that aims to educate people about the the fact that people all over America have been able to successfully recover from addiction and mental health issues. Highlighting these accomplishments are many examples of people who have overcome behavioral health problems to go on and life healthy, happy and rewarding lives. Advocates all over the country assist in raising awareness and celebrating recovery through talks, walks, rallies, rides and more. There are over 900 registered events already listed at the Recovery Month website.
  • Higher Number of People Abusing Drugs in America

    Mike Loverde
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
    Nearly 25 million people aged 12 and over in the United States are using drugs, according to the latest findings of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). This accounts for 9.4 percent of that population – a number that has continued to increase. Despite all the media attention and firsthand accounts of the terrors of drug abuse, the number accounts for nearly 10 percent of people in that age range who have used illicit drugs within the past month. The startling number is an indicator that law enforcement, public officials, the health care system and parents have a lot more…
  • College Campuses Receiving Heroin Overdose Prevention Kits

    Mike Loverde
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Heroin overdose deaths have become such a problem in New York colleges that 12 state higher learning centers will receive access to naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of a heroin overdose. The colleges will be able to administer the drug to anyone suffering from an overdose by equipping campus police with overdose kits. “We know it works. We know it works everywhere, and now we’re putting this life-saving drug in the hands of campus police all across the state of New York to help stop this plague that is claiming far too many young people’s lives,” explained Attorney General…
  • More Professionals Seeking Drug and Alcohol Help

    Mike Loverde
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Drug and alcohol abuse among affluent professionals is on the rise. As the economy continues to struggle and more people are fighting for fewer jobs, many are resorting to drugs and alcohol to deal with the stress, especially in the high-pressure legal field. “It will be very interesting to see what the changes have been given the consolidation, post-recession layoffs, downsizing and economic stressors that have come into the profession in the last 10 years that arguably made it more stressful than it ever has been,” explained Patrick Krill, director of the legal professionals program at…
 
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    Decision Point Center

  • Focus Shifts to Elderly and Drug Abuse

    Decision Point Center
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    While teenage drug abuse is still a crisis throughout the country, a new and scary trend is starting to emerge. The elderly are showing signs that many of them are abusing prescription medications at an alarming rate. When medications like Oxycontin and Vicodin first hit the market, pharmaceutical representatives insisted that these would be miracle drugs for the elderly population and others for their pain management needs. A group that suffers more aches and pains as they get older would surely benefit from prescription pain medication. However, as the years have gone by, more and more…
  • The Dangers of Alcohol Abuse

    Decision Point Center
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:15 pm
    While alcohol is legal for adults over the age of 21, it is also a major problem for an estimated 18 million people in our country. For a beverage that is socially and morally acceptable, it has the ability to ruin lives as well. Some people forget that alcohol is a drug – in fact it is one of the most abused drugs in the United States. People consume alcohol in many different situations; weddings, parties, funerals and even over dinner. Perhaps one of the reasons why alcohol is so dangerous is that because so many people find it normal to drink. Because it is more common to see people…
  • Study Results in New Warning for Teen Marijuana Use

    Decision Point Center
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:02 pm
    While there is not a lot of information out there regarding marijuana use and its effects on teenagers, there are some studies that indicate that there are definite health risks associated with consuming the drug that some claim is harmless. A study performed in Sweden indicated that teenage males who smoked marijuana for an extensive amount of time were more likely to end up receiving disability benefits from the government. “There is reason to believe that the associations found in our study develop over a long period of time and are intertwined with problems in the labor market, in the…
  • Treating Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

    Decision Point Center
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Drug addiction and mental disorders seem to go hand in hand. Those suffering from a drug and/or alcohol addiction are oftentimes experiencing depression, anxiety or any other type of psychological affliction. The problem is that the medical community is sometimes unsure how to treat people who have a drug addiction and a mental disorder at the same time. Many in the treatment field have been addressing addicts with co-occurring problems such as a drug addiction and depression by tackling them both. It is important not to leave these untreated. In the past the most common way to handle addicts…
  • Arizona Border Control Seizing More Meth and Heroin

    Decision Point Center
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    An increase in methamphetamine and heroin seizures at the Arizona border proves that smugglers will go to great lengths to get drugs into the United States. Over the years, border patrol has seen a steady rise in the amount of meth that is coming into the country, and this year the amount of heroin has begun to surge as well. As a result, it is up to the border control in Arizona to be one step ahead of the smugglers. “They have a lot of time, a lot of creativity and a lot of money to spend on developing concealment methods to try to get by us,” explained Guadalupe Ramirez, Port Director…
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    Sober Nation

  • The DUI Wreck – A Rookie Cop’s First Hand Experience with Drunk Driving

    Tim Stoddart
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    The post The DUI Wreck – A Rookie Cop’s First Hand Experience with Drunk Driving appeared first on Sober Nation. We found this story in reddit. The author gave us permission to publish his story. Credit goes to http://www.reddit.com/r/TalesFromTheSquadCar/comments/274vj3/the_dui_wreck/ After a six month academy, my agency sends newly sworn officers to one of several district stations. There, the rookie cops join their FTI, or field training officer, and set off for the real training: a six […] The post The DUI Wreck – A Rookie Cop’s First Hand Experience with…
  • Finding a Higher Power – A Personal Account of God and Recovery

    Tim Stoddart
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    The post Finding a Higher Power – A Personal Account of God and Recovery appeared first on Sober Nation. “Trust God. Clean house. Help others.” We have all heard that one before. Sounds simple enough, but is it really that simple? The most common form of apprehension within recovery organizations, especially twelve-step based programs, lies in the concept of finding a higher power. I have heard people say countless times that “they don’t get […] The post Finding a Higher Power – A Personal Account of God and Recovery appeared first on Sober Nation.
  • Are we Turning our Soldiers into Addicts?

    Tim Stoddart
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    The post Are we Turning our Soldiers into Addicts? appeared first on Sober Nation. Many of our nation’s heroes are being turned into villains by big name pharmaceutical companies.  Painkillers are the pharmacy’s weapons of choice to change the way these brave men and women think and act on a daily basis. Why have we seen such a huge rise in drug use, abuse and addiction by US military […] The post Are we Turning our Soldiers into Addicts? appeared first on Sober Nation.
  • Awesome Women Who Don’t Drink or Get High

    Tim Stoddart
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    The post Awesome Women Who Don’t Drink or Get High appeared first on Sober Nation. Recently we published an article about musicians who don’t get high anymore. We had a few women speak up about the fact there there were no women on the list. We take feedback seriously. We heard you ladies, so here are 10 awesome woman who no longer get high or drink Lana Del Rey  With […] The post Awesome Women Who Don’t Drink or Get High appeared first on Sober Nation.
  • Restore and Support Liver Health with Food

    Tim Stoddart
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    The post Restore and Support Liver Health with Food appeared first on Sober Nation. A healthy liver, whose job it is to process and help eliminate toxins that enter the body, is essential in health and recovery. Unfortunately, substance abuse and addiction can overwhelm this essential organ and interfere with its ability to properly function, contributing to the development of ill health and liver disease. However, there are a […] The post Restore and Support Liver Health with Food appeared first on Sober Nation.
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    IRETA Blog

  • Recovery is Excelsior, Ever Upward

    iretablog
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    Spiral Staircase. Credit: Roman Pfeiffer Expanding the definition of recovery during National Recovery Month Given that September is SAMHSA’s National Recovery Month, I would like to speak about a recent realization: the reason this month is so important is because we have forgotten that recovery from addiction issues was and is the norm! For too long, our culture and language has described these issues as nearly impossible to tackle. We even have slogans like “once an addict, always an addict.” However, the evidence paints a different picture. On the science front, we now have…
  • A Look at Treatment History: The Narcotic Farm

    Claire Barbetti
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    Entrance, Narcotic Farm, Lexington, KY.ULPA 1994.18.0753 Herald-Post Collection, 1935-06-04, Photographic Archives, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. Opened in 1935, the pastoral prison, rehab, and research center had a major impact on evidence-based practices today The history of professional addiction treatment in the United States is fairly short and very complicated. As Nancy Campbell, J. P. Olsen, and Luke Walden write in their book, The Narcotic Farm: the Rise and Fall of America’s First Prison for Drug Addicts, the massive prison that housed people dependent on…
  • We Now Have Real-Time Overdose Data, Which is Great News

    iretablog
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Health professionals, public servants, and regular folks can now access accurate data on fatal overdose in Allegheny and other Pennsylvania counties Image: OverdoseFreePA With funding from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy’s Program Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) has launched a statewide website called OverdoseFreePA.  It offers educational toolkits tailored to specific interest groups, information about local community organizing efforts, and–most excitingly–an as-it-happens view into this preventable…
  • Overdose prevention strategies for heroin and prescription drug users (who may be one and the same)

    Jessica Williams
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Overdose in Allegheny County: 2014 updates Overdose deaths in Allegheny County may have peaked in 2012, said County Medical Examiner Karl Williams, M.D. at the Allegheny County Overdose Prevention Coalition (ACOPC) conference in Pittsburgh last month.  Allegheny County lost 278 citizens to drug overdose in 2013, as compared to 288 in 2012. However, 2014 began with a rash of drug overdose deaths related to a dangerous heroin/fentanyl combination that emerged suddenly in the American northeast.  Although it’s not clear whether 2014 is on pace to surpass the previous few years or not,…
  • The Divided Self

    iretablog
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    Image: Wikimedia Commons Navigating conflicting preferences, our own and those of others We sometimes behave as if we had two selves, one who wants healthy lungs and another who enjoys smoking; one who desires to improve himself by studying hard and another would rather watch TV or socialize. These two selves are in continual contest for control: indulgence for the immediate self, and prudence for the future one (Ainslie, 2001). The classic movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is an excellent demonstration of the narrow-minded “doer” who cares about immediate satisfaction and the farsighted…
 
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  • Drug Treatment Options in Florida

    admin
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Drug Treatment Options in Florida There are treatment centers located throughout Florida where you can be admitted to recover from drug abuse and addiction. Once you have contacted the treatment center, you will talk to a counselor about the best course of action for your treatment. There are several different types of treatment available to you. Types of Treatment There are a variety of treatment programs available from in-patient to out-patient, support groups and even crisis management. Depending on your circumstances and the depth of your addiction, you may require long-term residential…
  • Drug Treatment Options in Delaware

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    8 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Drug Treatment Options in Delaware The treatment centers in Delaware are designed to meet the unique needs of this state in addressing problems of drug abuse and addiction. The presence of MDMA is stronger here than in other areas of the country so there is a focus in providing resource to help with recovery from the abuse of Ecstasy, as well as other commonly abused drugs. Types of Treatment Treatment can vary from outside support programs, such as 12 step programs, to long-term residential programs that are primarily used to help youth in trouble. Treatment centers often use a crisis…
  • Drug Treatment Options in Connecticut

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    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Drug Treatment Options in Connecticut The treatment centers in Connecticut can offer you the best chance at gaining success in breaking free from drug addiction and recovering your life. No matter what your age or drug of choice, these treatment programs offer a variety of treatment types that are designed to help you to recover and live a drug free life. Types of Treatment The programs, treatments and medications associated with the different types of treatments offered are covered by most insurance. Some of the residential long term treatment options are covered as well. There are also day…
  • Drug Treatment Options in Colorado

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    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Drug Treatment Options in Colorado If you are looking to find help at any of the treatment centers located in Colorado you will be surprised at how easy it will be to get started with your recovery. Colorado has some of the best private and public drug treatment facilities and programs in the nation. The first step is to call and talk to a trained counselor about which of the treatment options would be best for you. Types of Treatment Treatment types depend on the nature of the substance you have been using and the duration of the addiction. The first phase always involves a […]
  • Drug Treatment Options in California

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    18 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Drug Treatment Options in California There are numerous drug treatment options available in California. You can register for treatment at a private facility or go to one of the publically funded centers. Each of the centers will offer core treatment that will address issues common to all addictions, but there are specialized programs and types of treatment designed to help you with your specific issues with your recovery too. Types of Treatment The initial part of treatment is the detoxification period. The length of this period will depend on the type of substance abused and the extent of…
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  • American Meth (2008) Vil Kilmer – Documentary

    Richard Mays
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:39 am
    American Meth (2008) Vil Kilmer – Documentary Discover just how bad meth can effect the lives of those who desire to continually use this satanic product. Out of all the drugs I can suggest to study and learn about it, this one would be one of them. There are very beneficial drugs in the world, that help healing to support spiritual growth. But this one will only harm, there is no spiritual growth to be had from such a drug. So stay away from it! Research Amantia or Magic Mushrooms, to LSD or Salvia Divinorum for spiritual seeking substances. Even Marijuana has been used for spiritual…
  • Drug Addicts Not Up To Courts Par

    Richard Mays
    23 Jan 2014 | 11:37 am
    Drug Addicts Not Up To Courts Par Call 1-855-602-5102 for Drug Treatment Most drug addicts provided a next chance via the courts are failing to scrub up their act. A report from the National Audit Office reveals just one in 4 of people who have fallen into a existence of crime via drug use are bothering to accomplish a remedy course. Drug Treatment and Testing Orders that ended up released in 2000, are handed out from the courts in an attempt to help keep offenders from prison and provides them a chance to turn their life all around. But final calendar year, from 198 orders while in the…
  • Positive Music List Arranged By Song

    Richard Mays
    21 Oct 2013 | 12:52 am
    Positive Music List Arranged By Song For Positive Music List Arranged By Artist Click Here A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M|N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z 1,2,3 – Catherine Ferry 100 Years – Five for Fighting 2012 Demise of the 5th Sun – Scar Symmetry 33rd Degrees – Thievery Corporation A A Beautiful Day – Tom Boxer A Beautiful Morning – The Rascals A Dream Goes on Forever – Todd Rundgren A far l’amore comincia tu – Raffaella Carra A Love for Life – Yanni A Moment Like This – Kelly Clarkson Aaron’s Key – Stockton’s Wing…
  • Troy Horne – What If We

    Richard Mays
    20 Oct 2013 | 5:40 pm
    Troy Horne – What If We For Drug Recovery Assistance Call 1-855-602-5102 8AM – 9PM CENTRAL Listen to Troy Horne What If We MP3 lyrics: V1 What if we What if you What If I All loved each other There would be nothing We cant do If we could choose to Love each other Some will say the greatest of these is love Prophets say without love Faith aint enough But still there remains the question In a world so filled with war, despair and hate Without a piece of food on every plate Could love be the right direction There is no mountain could stand in our way if we all chose love today…
  • Three Dog Night – Joy to the World

    Richard Mays
    20 Oct 2013 | 5:38 pm
    Three Dog Night – Joy to the World For Drug Recovery Assistance Call 1-855-602-5102 8AM – 9PM CENTRAL Listen to Three Dog Night Joy to the World MP3 lyrics: Jeremiah was a bull frog Was a good friend of mine I never understood a single word he said But I helped him drink his wine And he always had some mighty fine wine Singin’ Joy to the world All the boys and girls, now Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea Joy to you and me If I were the king of the world Tell you what I’d do I’d throw away the cars and the bars and the wars Make sweet love to you…
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  • Heroin Administration and its Physical Effects

    C Waismann
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:12 pm
    What is heroin and what does it look like? Heroin is a powerful opioid drug. It is processed from morphine and an extract of the opium poppy plant; heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that in 2011, more than 4 million Americans had used heroinRead More > The post Heroin Administration and its Physical Effects appeared first on Rapid Detox.
  • Hyperalgesia – When Opioids Increase Pain Instead of Relieving It

    C Waismann
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Each year, millions of Americans take analgesics to relieve pain. Most people take painkillers for only a short time but others use pain relievers for a long period, either to treat ongoing pain for a chronic medical condition or for recreational purposes. People who take opioid pain medications are at increased risk for hyperalgesia, aRead More > The post Hyperalgesia – When Opioids Increase Pain Instead of Relieving It appeared first on Rapid Detox.
  • Suboxone: Therapy for Some, Trouble for Others

    C Waismann
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Doctors prescribe Suboxone to patients struggling with addiction to opioids, which is a class of drugs that includes heroin and OxyContin. Opioid addiction is a serious health problem in the United States, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which says that 2.1 million Americans had substance abuse problems associated with opioids and anotherRead More > The post Suboxone: Therapy for Some, Trouble for Others appeared first on Rapid Detox.
  • Effects of Opioid Use on Physiological and Neurological Body Systems

    C Waismann
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Opioid drugs are derivatives, or synthetic duplicates, of morphine or codeine extracted from the opium poppy plant Papaver somniferum. Doctors prescribe opioid drugs for therapeutic purposes because of the way this class of drugs works to ease pain and calm anxiety. Recreational users favor opioids because these drugs create a pleasant, euphoric feeling. Patients andRead More > The post Effects of Opioid Use on Physiological and Neurological Body Systems appeared first on Rapid Detox.
  • Addiction and Dependence: Two Very Different Sides of Opioid Abuse

    C Waismann
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Addiction and dependence are two individual conditions resulting from opioid abuse. Opioid addiction causes different signs and symptoms than physical dependence, and each medical condition requires different approaches to treatment. While these two conditions are independent from one another, it is possible – and even common – for people to suffer from both addiction andRead More > The post Addiction and Dependence: Two Very Different Sides of Opioid Abuse appeared first on Rapid Detox.
 
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  • We are sane, sober and responsible

    Jason Schwartz
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:54 am
    Bill White just posted on a cycle that entrenches stigma within some professions. “There are whole professions whose members share an extremely pessimistic view of recovery because they repeatedly see only those who fail to recover.  The success stories are not visible in their daily professional lives.  We need to re-introduce ourselves to the police who arrested us, the attorneys who prosecuted and defended us, the judges who sentenced us, the probation officers who monitored us, the physicians and nurses who cared for us, the teachers and social workers who cared for the problems…
  • Sentences to ponder

    Jason Schwartz
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:02 am
    Regardless of the reason one has for ending replacement therapy, making the choice presents a whole new set of challenges. Suboxone is a hard drug to kick. The medication’s long half-life combined with its tight adhesion to opiate receptors makes tapering particularly difficult. From anecdotal reports, the least disruptive way to achieve a Suboxone-free life is to cut down the amount used very slowly week by week until titration is complete. This scenario is complicated by two facts: The lowest strength Suboxone comes in is 2 mg. (”Jumping” from a 2 mg dose can be a drawn out and…
  • Stigma and the other

    Jason Schwartz
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    This article has been on my mind, but I haven’t gotten around to posting anything on it. So, for today’s throw back Sunday post, I decided to use a related post. Dirk Hansen included this quote in a post on stigma: “Psychological theories of illness are a powerful means of placing the blame on the ill. Patients who are instructed that they have, unwittingly, caused their disease are also being made to feel that they have deserved it.”–Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor It brought to mind this quote from Bill White: How alcohol and other drug problems are constructed are…
  • Sentences to ponder

    Jason Schwartz
    6 Sep 2014 | 3:29 am
    by karola riegler photography “According to RBP’s 2013 annual report, Suboxone had sales of $1.2 billion. It is ranked at #39 of the top 100 drugs prescribed in the U.S., placing it above Viagra, Adderall and (generic) hydrocodone. To give this some context, Suboxone revenue is three times that of Super Bowl advertiser/provocateur Go Daddy, and dwarfs brands including Urban Outfitters and Ameritrade. In the U.S. more revenue was generated by Suboxone sales than the entire digital music download business.” –Dawn RobertsFiled under: Uncategorized
  • Students shouldn’t have to sacrifice school for recovery, or recovery for school

    Jason Schwartz
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Source: Detroit Free Press This story of a recent University of Michigan student who died while combining Adderall and alcohol touches upon a recent theme in this blog. Six weeks ago, her son collapsed after snorting ground-up Adderall and chasing it with enough alcohol to stop his heart. Adderall, if you don’t know, is a prescription drug used to combat attention deficit disorder. Yet among college students, it’s prized for so much more, notably its euphoric high, speed-like jolt and, most deviously, its ability to trick the body during alcohol consumption, so that you can binge, and…
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  • Utah Suicide Prevention

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

    Michelle Amerman
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Addiction recovery should not be taken lightly. We urge you to go in knowing that it is recovery from a disease and not to expect an overnight change. However this does not mean every step of the way is going to be medical, or miserable. Something as simple as daily exercise can make a huge impact on your recovery. Chemical Reactions and Addiction Recovery Exercise actually releases endorphins. Endorphins are a group of neurotransmitters in the brain that are responsible for blocking pain, and feelings of pleasure and euphoria. During addiction, the substance abused was releasing these…
  • 3 Things Successful Drug & Alcohol Treatment Centers Must Do

    Michelle Amerman
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Addictions are tough to treat. Each is different and shaped by factors including the person’s medical history, financial situation and childhood trauma. If you know a friend or family member dealing with drug or alcohol addiction, don’t just point them to the nearest treatment center. Find a caring clinic that will strive to understand your loved one as a person and not just a case. Here are 3 actions that successful drug & alcohol treatment centers might take: Successful Drug & Alcohol Treatment Facilities Match Patients with the Most Compatible Medications at the Correct…
  • How Negativity Sabotages Your Success

    Michelle Amerman
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    Negative beliefs, thoughts and attitudes have a huge impact on your life. At Pathways, we want to make sure you have the best tools at your disposal to achieve your goals. We will show you how transitioning from negativity to a more positive outlook can improve every aspect of your life. What is Self-Talk? Self-talk isn’t limited to just your thoughts – it also includes your beliefs and feelings about yourself and the world around you. Self-talk can be either conscious or subconscious, and it affects everything that you do. Negative self-talk leads to a negative attitude that causes…
  • How to Approach the Subject of Substance Abuse with Your Teen

    Michelle Amerman
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:20 am
    By the time they reach the age of 18, about half of all teenagers in the United States have abused a drug at some point in their lives. This is why it’s so important for parents to talk candidly with their children about the realities and dangers of drug use at a young age. In fact, studies have shown that parents can reduce the risk of their teenagers using drugs up to 42% by simply talking with them about drug use regularly. However, what’s a parent to do if he or she suspects a teen already has a drug problem? This can be a tricky situation, but by handling it appropriately,…
 
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  • Expanding Legalized Marijuana

    Keenen Diamond
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    It has been a busy year for the marijuana industry, especially in places like Colorado, who kicked off the New Year by legalizing marijuana. Since then, Washington State has followed in their footsteps, and even more states are looking to do the same. Now, Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia are allowing voters to... [Read More...]
  • Johns Hopkins Finds Success in Use of “Magic Mushrooms”

    Keenen Diamond
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    While rates of smoking cigarettes have dramatically decreased over the years, there are still millions of people who have been left addicted to nicotine. Many of these individuals have tried nearly everything to put an end to their habit, including going to measures such as chewing gum, taking prescription medications, receiving hypnotherapy and so on.... [Read More...]
  • New Jersey’s Pure Heroin Problem

    Keenen Diamond
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    The current heroin epidemic is unlike anything The United States has ever seen before. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), rates of heroin abuse have skyrocketed since 2007, where there were roughly 373,000 yearly users. As of 2012, that number nearly doubled, as 669,000 people were abusing the drug. The... [Read More...]
  • World Leaders Look to Legalization to End War on Drugs

    Keenen Diamond
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    This week, the Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP) published a report urging a fresh, new outlook and approach to how world leaders and governments battle the war on drugs. The report, entitled “Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies That Work” focused not only on how much illicit drug abuse has risen over the years,... [Read More...]
  • Pharmacies Considering Accepting Unused Prescription Drugs

    Keenen Diamond
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    Federal authorities are now taking a new step in the direction of preventing the prescription drug abuse epidemic from continuing any further. Starting next month, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will be allowing pharmacies nationwide to take back unused prescription drugs in response to a number of complaints they have received from the public. While... [Read More...]
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  • Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction

    SubstanceAbuseCounselor
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    When dealing with addiction, as with any psychological affliction, a generalized, systematic approach must be used in order for a supporting industry to be able to develop around it.  However, we also know that individualized treatment is most effective due to the personalized nature of mental illness.  This overview will cover, then, the infrastructure of the treatment industry followed by the various approaches based in the respective schools of psychological thought. The Treatment Industry Infrastructure There are two main types of treatment that are employed in order to help the person…
  • The Full Serenity Prayer & Its Meaning

    SubstanceAbuseCounselor
    5 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Many people, whether involved in recovery or not, know of the Serenity Prayer due it’s large cultural impact. It is a simple prayer full of meaning that many of us can relate to and find comfort and inspiration in. Although the first stanza is generally said aloud at meetings or to oneself as a type of mantra and reminder, users of the full serenity prayer attribute to its power and insight the credit for helping them maintain sobriety, stave off relapse, and provide a foundation for self-improvement and spiritual growth. Before we say too much more, we need to read the full version of…
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder and Substance Abuse

    SubstanceAbuseCounselor
    23 May 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Antisocial personality disorder is most commonly used to describe people who have a tendency to violate, disrespect and disregard the rights of other people. This diagnosis is only given to those who are over the age of 18, when these traits are observed in minors they are not treated the same way as they are for adults due to the instability of the personality in these formative years. The signs of this disorder can manifest themselves in sober people, but they can often be magnified when combined with substances like alcohol and narcotics. A dual diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder…
  • Borderline Personality and Substance Abuse

    SubstanceAbuseCounselor
    23 May 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Borderline personality disorder is characterized by multiple different symptoms. However, before borderline personality disorder, or BPD, was declared a diagnosable disorder the term borderline was used to recognize the possibility or existence of “borderline” symptoms of other disorders. This means that being borderline meant that you had some symptoms of other disorders, rather than a completely different disorder as we recognize it now. Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder Borderline personality disorder symptoms share similarities with the many other existing mental disorders,…
  • Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse

    SubstanceAbuseCounselor
    23 May 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Many people don’t realize the mass of complexities that are tied into a dual diagnosis of substance abuse and mental illness. A dual diagnosis of these two can create a dependent relationship that may even intensify the symptoms and mood changes that go along with different mental illnesses. Bipolar disorder is one of many mental illnesses that can be greatly affected by an additional diagnosis of substance abuse. In many cases, those who are diagnosed with both substance abuse and bipolar disorder have been found to self-medicate with different substances. Self-medication can be very…
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  • Letting Go of Negative Relationships to Enhance Sobriety

    Dani DiPirro
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    No matter how much you want them to work, some relationships present roadblocks when it comes to getting – and staying – sober. A relationship filled with a great deal of negativity, or one that triggers you in some way, may be one you need to let go of to become successfully sober. It’s difficult to “break-up” with a friend or family member, but if a relationship impedes your personal progress, it’s important to let go and give yourself an opportunity to focus your attention on more positive associations.Ending non-romantic relationships isn’t something we often have to think…
  • On Suicide, Robin Williams and Finding Hope when You Are Hopeless

    Farnoosh Brock
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    I cried when I heard the news about the death of Robin Williams.Not once, but many, many times. At first, I was agonizing over the why. Why did he do such a thing? I was quite honestly furious with him, a man I’ve never met, but for whom I felt so much love and adoration. In this, I’m not alone. Robin Williams was a comedic genius loved by millions.So why would he commit suicide when life could be so good, when he had such talent at his art, and when millions upon millions adored him?Why give up this life on such awful terms and in such a lonely sad way and leave loved ones behind…
  • Is Compulsive Shopping an Addiction? Or Is It a Bad Habit?

    Adam Barny
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    Oniomania is the medical term given to describe compulsive shopping habits. Among US residents, it is said to affect approximately 6% of the national population. Above all else, a compulsion to shop is driven by the desire to spend money as a mood enhancer. The relief gained from spending money is said to be comparable to the rush experienced by drug addicts.A shopping addiction drives those afflicted to seek out the gratification of spending again and again. Deep down, little regard is given to the actual items purchased. Not long after a recent shopping trip, addicts will quickly feel…
  • Blogging Helped Me to Stay Sober. This Is How.

    Amy Parrish
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:08 am
    I started drinking in junior high school as a way to fit in. I drank in high school. I went off to college and drank myself right into academic probation and ended up quitting school. I had a huge tolerance for alcohol. Things really took off in my mid twenties when I was living alone because I could drink as much as I wanted and no one was around to see. I attended my one and only AA meeting during this time. I wrote journal entry after journal entry about knowing I needed to quit but not able to stop. This went on for years. I could stay sober for a few days at a time but could never piece…
  • Regaining Trust in Relationship After Addiction

    Liz Karter
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
    Addiction comes between couples, pushing them so far apart they lose sight of each other; all they can see is addiction. Long after the addict recovers, their partner still suffers. The pain of betrayal, the shock of their addicted partner’s reckless, destructive behavior cuts deep. Their biggest fear of all is that it will happen all over again. How can they ever regain trust? Via patriciaolaughlinpsychotherapy.com What partners would understandably like is absolute assurances, which of course are impossible to give. Even with the best of intentions and strongest recovery, realistically…
 
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