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  • 25 Ways To Flatten Your Belly

    Yahoo Health
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you want to burn the most belly fat, a Duke University study confirms that aerobic exercise is the most effective in burning that deep, visceral belly fat. In fact, aerobic training burns 67% more calories than resistance training or a combination of the two, according to the study.
  • Is cell phone addiction on the horizon?

    Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs News From Medical News Today
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    A study by researchers from Baylor University in Texas finds that college students spend around 9 hours a day on their cell phones, and 60% say they are becoming addicted to them.
  • Cellphone addiction harming academic performance is 'an increasingly realistic possibility'

    Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Women college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones, with men college students spending nearly eight hours, according to a study on cellphone activity. "As cellphone functions increase, addictions to this seemingly indispensable piece of technology become an increasingly realistic possibility," researchers noted.
  • 5 Myths about Healthcare Data Privacy from an Addiction Center CEO

    Cliffside MalibuCliffside Malibu - Cliffside Malibu provides an exclusive, private, and comfortable setting for rehabilitation from drug and alcohol addiction.
    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…
  • How is alcohol abused?

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    Addiction Blog
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:05 am
    Alcohol use involves drinking beer, wine or hard liquor – it’s one of the most widely used substances in the world. But alcohol conumption is healthiest when we drink in moderation. This means not drinking more than one drink per day for women, and not more than two drinks daily for men. When is the line crossed from moderate or social use to problem drinking? When do problems with alcohol consumption start? What are the possible consequences? We review here. Then, we invite your questions about alcohol addiction and its treatment at the end. Is alcohol healthy? The health…
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  • 25 Ways To Flatten Your Belly

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you want to burn the most belly fat, a Duke University study confirms that aerobic exercise is the most effective in burning that deep, visceral belly fat. In fact, aerobic training burns 67% more calories than resistance training or a combination of the two, according to the study.
  • 6 Tips to Fend Off a Freak Out

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    According to research from the University of Cincinnati, college students are especially feeling the crunch and they aren’t coping well with it. About 60 percent of college students reported having high stress, typically regarding school, lack of time, and worry over their future career. "This study is looking at college students, but it is generalizable to all people," says Keith King, PhD, a professor of health at the University of Cincinnati. Let them know if they want to be happier, they need to focus on reducing their stress and getting some social support and care."…
  • How Accurate Are Fitness Tracker Devices?

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    By K. Aleisha Fetters THE QUESTION: I’m constantly looking at my fitness tracker. The expert: Ray Browning, Ph.D., director of the Physical Activity Energetics/Mechanics Lab at Colorado State University The answer: It depends what, exactly, you’re tracking and which brand you’re wearing.
  • Two Kettlebell Exercises Every Man Should Master

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Transform your workout — and your body — with these power moves By the editors of Men’s Health Kettlebells are finally gaining traction outside of Eastern Europe. So we asked kettlebell pioneer and StrongFirst.com chairman Pavel Tsatsouline for two exercises that are better with a kettlebell in your hand. PLUS: 18 Ways to Build Muscle All Day Kettlebell Single-Arm Press A kettlebell is best for this move because “you can start the lift lower, which is safer for your shoulders,” says Tsatsouline. “At the top it pulls your arm back slightly, improving mobility.” Directions: Stand…
  • Why Men Are Going Bald Younger — and 8 Ways to Stop the Shedding

    30 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Know how to handle hair loss By Leah Zerbe, Men’s Health When a man begins to go bald, two things go down the drain—his hair and his confidence. This isn’t 21st-century superficiality: “Thick hair has always been associated with youth and masculinity,” says Albert Mannes, Ph.D., a University of Pennsylvania researcher who’s studied perceptions of balding. “Hair loss signals aging.” But baldness can be deceiving: Two-thirds of men face hair loss by age 35, and a bad genetic hand is often to blame. Male-pattern baldness is an inherited sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone (DHT, a…
 
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  • Cellphone addiction harming academic performance is 'an increasingly realistic possibility'

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Women college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones, with men college students spending nearly eight hours, according to a study on cellphone activity. "As cellphone functions increase, addictions to this seemingly indispensable piece of technology become an increasingly realistic possibility," researchers noted.
  • This is your brain's blood vessels on drugs

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    A laser-based method has been used to produce the first-ever set of images clearly and directly detailing how cocaine shuts down blood flow in the brain. This could help doctors and researchers better understand how drug abuse affects the brain, which may aid in improving brain-cancer surgery and tissue engineering, and lead to better treatment for recovering drug addicts.
  • Alcohol-dependence gene linked to neurotransmitter

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    Scientists have solved the mystery of why a specific signaling pathway can be associated with alcohol dependence. The new research shows the gene, Nf1, regulates gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter that lowers anxiety and increases relaxation feelings.
  • Marijuana compound may offer treatment for Alzheimer's disease, study suggests

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    Extremely low levels of the compound in marijuana known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, may slow or halt the progression of Alzheimer's disease, a recent study from neuroscientists suggests.
  • Alcoholics have an abnormal CD8 T cell response to the influenza virus

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Chronic drinking is associated with an increased incidence and severity of respiratory infections. A reduced CD8 T cell response was previously implicated in increased disease severity due to influenza virus infections. New rodent findings indicate that only some CD8 T cell functions are damaged while others remain intact.
 
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  • 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…
  • A Summer BBQ

    admin
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    My family is pretty normal. My father works hard in management at a Fortune 500 company and my mother is an elementary school teacher. I have a brother and two sisters, none of whom are drug addicts like me. I started using drugs when I was seventeen. I was raped by the father of one of my friends when I visited their house for a summer BBQ. I was ashamed of what happened and didn’t tell my parents for more than two years because I didn’t want them to see me as dirty or cheapened, the way I felt about myself. I was also more than a little afraid that my father might shoot the man who…
  • Ecstasy at College Parties: Statistics and Experiences

    Richard Taite
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 16 million people have used ecstasy at some point in their life, and during the 2012 year, 869,000 people used ecstasy for the first time, far higher than the number of new LSD and PCP users combined.  The number of new ecstasy users is also greater than the number of new users of cocaine, stimulants and inhalants. The percentage of people who will use ecstasy sometime in their life is between 2.0 percent and 3.5 percent. The average age for first-time users was 20.3 years old, smack dab in the middle of the college years.
  • Robin Williams: A Devastating Loss

    Richard Taite
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:44 pm
    In Patch Adams, he made me cry. In Mork and Mindy, he made me laugh. In Good Will Hunting he made be believe. In absolutely everything he ever did, Robin Williams was a wizard and a trickster and about four steps ahead and beyond everyone else on the screen. I am personally devastated by his loss. Especially when it was so preventable. Reports suggest that Mr. Williams was in rehab in early July. As is often the case with individuals who have been in recovery for a long time and then relapse, accidental overdose and suicide are major risks. Mr. Williams needed more support than he got and…
  • Study Shows Addicts are Lower in Mindfulness

    Richard Taite
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Studies have shown the benefit of mindfulness training added to substance abuse treatment. Now a study from the National Institutes of Health shows that lack of mindfulness may be one of the causes of substance abuse, in the first place. The study calls mindfulness, a “way of being that is focused on the present moment in a non-judgmental, non-reactive, compassionate manner.” The researchers looked for mindfulness in a population 107 adults in residential treatment for substance abuse. At the center, addicts filled out a 13-question survey called the Toronto Mindfulness Scale. Really, the…
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  • How is alcohol abused?

    Addiction Blog
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:05 am
    Alcohol use involves drinking beer, wine or hard liquor – it’s one of the most widely used substances in the world. But alcohol conumption is healthiest when we drink in moderation. This means not drinking more than one drink per day for women, and not more than two drinks daily for men. When is the line crossed from moderate or social use to problem drinking? When do problems with alcohol consumption start? What are the possible consequences? We review here. Then, we invite your questions about alcohol addiction and its treatment at the end. Is alcohol healthy? The health…
  • Can you get high on marijuana?

    Addiction Blog
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    Yes, you can get high on marijuana. More here on weed’s psychoactive ingredients, how it works in the brain, and its addictive potential. Then, we invite your questions or comments about getting high on marijuana at the end. What’s in marijuana? Psychoactive ingredients of marijuana Marijuana refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the hemp plant “Cannabis Sativa”, which contains the psychoactive (mind-altering) chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), as well as other related compounds. This plant material can also be concentrated in a resin…
  • I am in love with an addict: Why do I stay?

    Amanda Andruzzi
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    How many times have you asked yourself why you continue to stay in a co-addictive relationship with an addict? When you are in a relationship with someone where a substance comes first it is likely you have tried; ultimatums, interventions, rehab, AA, NA, therapy, family therapy, ignoring, begging, pleading, and crying to no avail. If sobriety IS attained, it is usually followed by relapse and broken promises. Ultimately things go back to the way they were—being last on the list of your loved ones priorities while drugs and alcohol is first. So how can you become ready to address your own…
  • Common symptoms of drug detox

    Jillian Jesser
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    A Quick Guide to Drug Detox Symptoms Drug detox symptoms depend on the type of drugs abused, although there are many symptoms that commonly present in withdrawal from most drugs of abuse. Symptoms can be early (acute), or persist for days or weeks. During detox, the treatment staff is understanding and supportive of this difficult first step of recovery from drugs or alcohol. A variety of approaches, and in some cases medication, are used to help manage these drug detox symptoms. Some common drug detox symptoms are emotional, and include: anxiety depression feelings of isolation headaches…
  • Why do addicts use drugs?

    Tracy Smith
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    Different Drugs, Different People, Different Reactions Becoming addicted to drugs is complex. No one reason and no single factor explain why one person travels down the path of drug abuse while someone else doesn’t. Understanding the overall risk factors of drug addiction, and the types of drugs involved provide some understanding of why addiction is so unique from person to person. Here, we hope to explore the issue simply. We review risk factors for drug abuse and addiction.  Then, we invite your questions about drugs or addiction at the end. The addicted brain Drugs of addiction work on…
 
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  • Familial factors associated with development of alcohol and mental health comorbidity

    C.L. Salom, G.M. Williams, J.M. Najman, R. Alati
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:48 am
    Abstract Background and aimCo-occurring mental health and alcohol problems appear to be associated with greater health burdens than either single disorder. This study compares familial and individual contributions to development of comorbid alcohol/mental problems and tests whether these differ from single disorders. DesignWomen (n=6703) were recruited during pregnancy to the longitudinal Mater-University of Queensland Study of Pregnancy (MUSP). Mother/offspring dyads were followed over 21 years. SettingMater-Misericordiae Public Hospital, Brisbane, Australia. ParticipantsPrimary offspring…
  • A general method for handling missing binary outcome data in randomised controlled trials

    Dan Jackson, Ian R White, Dan Mason, Stephen Sutton
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:47 am
    Abstract AimsThe analysis of randomised controlled trials with incomplete binary outcome data is challenging. We develop a general method for exploring the impact of missing data in such trials, with a focus on abstinence outcomes. DesignWe propose a sensitivity analysis where standard analyses, which could include “missing=smoking” and “last observation carried forward”, are embedded in a wider class of models. SettingWe apply our general method to data from two smoking cessation trials. Participants489 and 1758 participants from two smoking cessation trials. MeasurementsThe…
  • Country - and individual - level determinants of probable problematic gambling in adolescence: A multilevel cross-national comparison

    Sabrina Molinaro, Natale Canale, Alessio Vieno, Michela Lenzi, Valeria Siciliano, Mercedes Gori, Massimo Santinello
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:47 am
    Abstract AimsTo estimate the role of family and socio-economic indicators of welfare state in accounting for probable problem gambling during adolescence in a representative sample of students living in 9 European countries. DesignData from the 2011 European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) Study were used for cross sectional analyses of adolescent probable problem gambling. SettingRepresentative surveys in 9 European countries. ParticipantsA total of 31236 16-year-old students. MeasurementsRespondents’ probable problem gambling, socio demographic characteristics,…
  • The Impact of the Tobacco Retail Outlet Environment on Adult Cessation and Differences by Neighborhood Poverty

    Jennifer Cantrell, Andrew Anesetti-Rothermel, Jennifer L. Pearson, Haijun Xiao, Donna Vallone, Thomas R. Kirchner
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:46 am
    Abstract AimsThis study examined the impact of tobacco retail outlets on cessation outcomes over time among non-treatment-seeking smokers and assessed differences by neighborhood poverty and individual factors. DesignObservational longitudinal cohort study using geospatial data. We used generalized estimating equations to examine cessation outcomes in relation to the proximity and density of tobacco retail outlets near the home. SettingEight large Designated Media Areas across the U.S. ParticipantsA total of 2,377 baseline smokers followed over 3 waves from 2008 to 2010. MeasurementsOutlet…
  • Telescoping and Gender Differences in the Time Course of Disordered Gambling: Evidence from a General Population Sample

    Wendy S. Slutske, Thomas M. Piasecki, Arielle R. Deutsch, Dixie J. Statham, Nicholas G. Martin
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:46 am
    Abstract Background and aimThe course of disordered gambling in women has been described as “telescoped” compared with that in men, with a later age at initiation of gambling but shorter times from initiation to disorder. This study examined the evidence, for the first time, for such a telescoping effect in a general population rather than a treatment-seeking sample. MethodParticipants in a large community-based Australian twin cohort (2,001 men, 2,662 women) were assessed by structured diagnostic telephone interviews in which they reported the ages at which they had attained various…
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  • Drugs as the New Parents

    Mark Goulston, M.D., F.A.P.A.
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Are downers replacing comfort lacking from moms and uppers replacing encouragement lacking from dads?read more
  • Forensic Psychology 101

    Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D.
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    I receive many questions about what forensic psychology covers and what potential students (or writers) need to know, so here are some basics.read more
  • FASD is not a Diagnosis

    Ira J. Chasnoff, M.D.
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    Too often we hear of a child who has been "diagnosed as FASD." Since there are no diagnostic criteria for FASD, the child is being labeled without due consideration of his clinical condition. read more
  • 5 Myths About Healthcare Data Privacy

    Richard Taite
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    When a data breach happens at a retail store, you may have to sort out your credit card purchases. When a data breach happens in healthcare, you may have to sort out your life.read more
  • I'm Not a Self-Hating Jew, I'm a Tribe-Unexceptionalist Jew

    Jeremy E. Sherman, Ph.D.
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    Jewish hawks label my kind "Self-Hating Jews but I love myself and my tribe. I'm just not putting ourselves above all other tribes, as the hawks seem to want to do.read more
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  • 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…
  • Avoid the ‘Noid: Synthetic Cannabinoids and “Spiceophrenia”

    Dirk Hanson
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Like PCP all over again.Synthetic cannabis-like “Spice” drugs were first introduced in early 2004, and quickly created a global marketplace. But the drugs responsible for the psychoactive effects of Spice products weren’t widely characterized until late 2008. And only recently have researchers made significant progress toward understanding why these drugs cause so many problems, compared to organic marijuana.Synthetic cannabinoids (SC), as a class of drugs, are generally more potent at cannabinoid receptors than marijuana itself.  As full agonists, synthetic cannabinoids show…
  • Getting Spiced

    Dirk Hanson
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    Synthetic cannabis is stronger than it used to be.First published 10/07/2013 I wish I could stop writing blog posts about Spice, as the family of synthetic cannabinoids has become known. I wish young people would stop taking these drugs, and stick to genuine marijuana, which is far safer. I wish that politicians and proponents of the Drug War would lean in a bit and help, by knocking off the testing for marijuana in most circumstances, so the difficulty of detecting Spice products isn’t a significant factor in their favor. I wish synthetic cannabinoids weren’t research chemicals, untested…
 
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    A Song Not Scored For Breathing

  • 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…
  • The Gift Of Regular Life

    7 Feb 2014 | 10:13 am
    Good things happening in my life tend to lend themselves to no blogging. I told my grief counselor the other day that this blog is where I process what's going on in my life, particularly, the tough stuff. At the moment there is no tough stuff. Lots of great stuff, though.Although I haven't yet completed the blood work for my second 6 month post cancer check up, the appointment itself was uneventful. I've been saying little prayers of gratitude for this uneventful life as opposed to a year ago when I felt like I was drowning in the grieving process of losing my breast to cancer.  I…
 
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    Addiction Treatment Magazine

  • Using Acupuncture To Help Treat Addiction

    Addiction Treatment
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    By Jeanene Swanson Over the last 40 years, there’s been increasing interest in using acupuncture to help treat substance abuse and addiction. And it’s not surprising: Rehab success rates linger in the 40 to 60 percent range. If there are ways to improve outcomes, why not use them? That was the thinking behind the decision of David Sack, MD, CEO of Elements Behavioral Health, when he asked Margot Chambers, a California-licensed acupuncturist, to start a pain management program at Promises Treatment Centers. That was five years ago, and the program is going strong: Between her work at…
  • Book Review: The Recovering Body – Physical And Spiritual Fitness For Living Clean And Sober

    Addiction Treatment
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    By Jennifer Matesa Addiction punishes more than our minds, relationships and emotions, it trashes the house we live in – our bodies. Yet the physical is an often forgotten component of the recovery process. In “The Recovering Body,” author Jennifer Matesa makes the case for bringing physical activity and a healthy lifestyle into the equation. Doing so not only means a chance of repairing that home but of gaining strength for the hard work of sobriety. “Addiction,” she writes, “is at least as much a physical illness as a spiritual one.” It’s a truth – a word she describes as…
  • Potent Cocktails Are A Recipe For Disaster

    Addiction Treatment
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:47 pm
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is actively trying to educate drinkers about the potential dangers of mixed cocktails. Health officials are concerned that the large amount of alcohol in certain types of cocktails has the potential to cause serious harm, and drinkers often have no way of knowing how much alcohol they’re consuming. Researchers have found that some cocktails can contain far more alcohol than that found in standard mixed drinks. One serving of alcohol is typically a 12-ounce beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of liquor. However, many cocktail recipes contain several…
  • Marijuana: 7 Common Excuses To Get High

    Addiction Treatment
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    People go to great lengths to justify their marijuana habit. This isn’t surprising: Denial and rationalization are hallmarks of addiction. It’s often not until users experience the negative side of marijuana use firsthand that they begin to recognize the flaws in their logic. Some of the most common excuses people make to get high include: 1. Marijuana Eases My Anxiety/Pain/Insomnia Those in favor of medical marijuana are convinced that long-term, daily marijuana use has real benefits. Their arguments range from “After a long day, I deserve to relax” to “I have a health condition…
  • Find Out If You’re A Social Media Addict

    Addiction Treatment
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Addiction to social media is becoming a real problem for many people. In a world in which we can be in constant contact and communication, some of us can’t seem to disengage from the screens in front of us. One of the types of communication technology that has grown the most over the last several years is social media. With sites like Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and many others, we can connect with old friends and stay in touch with family whenever we want. There is a dark side to these sites, though, including the development of behavioral addictions. Am I A Social Media…
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    Hydrocodone Help

  • 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.
  • The Dangerous Mix of Party Drugs and Hydrocodone

    admin
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Hydrocodone can be a dangerous drug to abuse by itself, but even more so when mixed with other substances, such as party drugs like meth or MDMA. In fact, by itself hydrocodone can cause any of the following problems: Difficulty breathing Rapid heart beat Irregular heart beat Drowsiness Dizziness Weakness Fatigue Anxiety Impaired motor control Memory problems However, when hydrocodone is mixed with a party drug like meth or MDMA, the effects can be significantly more dangerous, and possibly fatal. This drug is a downer since it depresses the central nervous system, but party drugs like meth…
  • Everything You Need to Know About Why Hydrocodone Abuse Is Dangerous

    admin
    2 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Hydrocodone is one of the most commonly prescribed narcotic painkillers available. It is used in a variety of brand name and generic pain pills and is highly effective at relieving moderate to severe pain. Millions of people are give hydrocodone prescriptions to treat pain resulting from the following: Post surgical pain Acute back pain Pain following an injury Fibromyalgia, cancer or other systemic pain disorders More people are being given hydrocodone than ever before, but many do not realize how dangerous this drug can be. Hydrocodone Stops Working Over Time As with all opiates, the brain…
  • Does Acupuncture Really Help You Heal from Addiction?

    admin
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    Every user responds to different types of treatment in his own way, so it is important to understand what types of treatment are offered and the possible benefits of each before you make your final treatment decisions. One type of treatment offered alongside addiction treatment is acupuncture. Acupuncture has been used in China and other parts of Asia for thousands of years as a form of alternative medicine, and there are conflicting views on how effective acupuncture can be for hydrocodone addiction. Acupuncture has not been proven to improve your chances at recovery, yet many users have…
  • Is Depression the Root of Hydrocodone Abuse?

    admin
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Depression is not always the root of hydrocodone abuse. However, it is a possible cause. Mental illness and substance abuse commonly co-occur in individuals. Depression is one of the more common mental health disorders to occur alongside an addiction. Hydrocodone is a prescription painkiller that can induce a state of euphoria, and individuals who are depressed may use it to self-medicate. Abusing hydrocodone for its euphoric effects allows a depressed person to experience an escape from his negative feelings. However, the positive effects of the substance eventually fade away, leaving behind…
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    Valium Addiction Help

  • 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…
  • Valium and Pregnancy

    admin
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Valium is a frequently used prescription drug that is designed to treat anxiety disorders, symptoms from alcohol withdrawal, muscle spasms and seizures. The drug has high potential for addiction, as well as other medical complications when people abuse this powerful substance. Aside from the physical dependence that this drug creates, it is difficult for Valium users to quit using the drug, because individuals with anxiety issues can feel as if they are unable to function without the substance. Once someone has adjusted to the effects of Valium, it is easy to develop feelings of attachment…
  • Why Does Withdrawal from Valium Make You Sick?

    admin
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Valium is a member of a powerful class of psychoactive drugs called benzodiazepines (benzos). Benzos are often prescribed as anti-anxiety drugs or sleep aids, and they are often abused recreationally for self-medicating purposes. They have addictive properties and tolerance and dependence develop quickly even when a benzo is used as prescribed. Once dependence develops, users will experience withdrawal symptoms when they no longer have access to the drug or when they attempt to stop using it. How Does Valium Dependence Develop? Benzodiazepines like Valium work by affecting GABA-related…
  • Life After Addiction: What Does the Family Healing Process Look Like?

    admin
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Overcoming addiction involves more than detox. True recovery only begins when steps are taken to repair the damage the addiction caused. This healing involves more than the physical healing of the addict’s body. Emotional, psychological and even physical damage is not exclusive to the user. Generally, the whole family is affected in one way or another, sometimes leading to wounds that can only be treated through the process of family addiction recovery. How the Whole Family Suffers Let us take as an example the way Valium addiction disturbs the peace in a household. Valium is the trade name…
 
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    Heroin Detox Rehab

  • 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)…
  • Heroin and Physical Distress

    admin
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Short and long-term heroin abuse can cause serious physical distress, overdose and even death Heroin has remerged onto the scene of drug abuse. It is becoming more and more common to see heroin-related overdoses in the news, where both celebrities and lay people are falling victim to the drug’s addictive and powerful effects. Numerous problems are associated with short and long-term heroin abuse, and the drug can certainly cause both physical and psychological distress. Physical Effects of Heroin Abuse Heroin is a central nervous system depressant, which means it acts as a downer. There are…
  • Does Acupuncture Really Help You Recover From Addiction?

    admin
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Acupuncture is a healing method that benefits people who are going through treatment When it comes to breaking an addiction, there is no “one size fits all” approach, because every user is unique. For that reason, treatment professionals at recovery centers work closely with patients to create individualized treatment plans that match someone’s needs and preferences with specialized services. Common treatment approaches include the following examples: Social model – An experiential, peer-oriented process based on the belief that addictions result from environmental, cultural,…
  • Can Heroin Make People Violent?

    admin
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Trafficking, crime and behavioral changes are related to addiction and may contribute to violence Heroin may not seem like a violent drug. The immediate effects involve a euphoric rush followed by drowsiness and slowed heart and breath rates. The drug clouds mental functions and reduces inhibitions, but these rarely lead to immediate violence, anger or action in heroin and other opiate users. As the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) shares, “opiate consumption tends to temporarily inhibit violent behavior” (“Massachusetts Drug Threat Assessment: Heroin,” April 2001). Immediate…
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    Xanax Addiction Help

  • 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…
  • How Does Having a Bipolar Diagnosis Affect My Insurance?

    admin
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:22 pm
    People with bipolar disorder will benefit due to the Affordable Care Act Health insurance is an important consideration for anyone who suffers from a chronic mental or physical health problem. A primary concern for people with health problems is whether or not an ongoing condition will make it more difficult to purchase insurance. Whether and to what extent an insurance policy will cover a condition like bipolar disorder is also a significant question, but you can answer these questions with the right help. How Pre-Existing Conditions Affect Health Insurance Health insurance companies define…
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    Prescription Drug Abuse Help | Treatment & Recovery Information

  • When Depressants and PTSD Mix

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    When Depressants and PTSD Mix Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition caused by trauma. Any devastating event can generate feelings of despair and powerlessness, emotions that can set the stage for this disorder. The following situations readily induce this disorder: Sexual abuse Natural disasters, such as tornados or floods Neglect Rape Crashes Physical abuse Most people can work through their problematic feelings to weaken them over time. However, people with PTSD repeatedly relive problematic experiences, so they feel the emotional effects over and over again. Who Develops…
  • Nine Signs of Post-Partum Depression

    admin
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Early detection and treatment of post-partum depression can improve the chances of full recovery The clinical condition known as depression has gained much understanding and recognition in recent years. With new methods of diagnosis and treatments available, people who suffer from this ailment can once again maintain a normal and productive life. What Is Post-Partum Depression? Post-partum depression is a type of clinical depression that appears in a number of new parents a few weeks after the birth and may last as long as a year. Although women are the ones affected the most, a small…
  • 7 Best Ways to Prepare for Someone Coming Home from Rehab

    admin
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Knowing how to prepare for someone coming home from rehab can help you play a positive role in their recovery Leaving treatment is a big step. With detox and early recovery behind them, individuals face the exciting start of sober life. The transition can also be scary, which is why it is important for people leaving rehab to receive myriad types of support. Friends and family members play a critical role during this transition. There are seven key ways loved ones can prepare for someone coming home from rehab. The first one is practical. Assuming that you have permission from your loved one,…
  • 6 Ways that You Can Find Motivation for Recovery

    admin
    3 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Offer to share your recovery story at a drug-prevention workshop Getting sober is hard work, and plateaus are natural at some point along the road of recovery. Some people hit walls after a few months of sobriety for the following reasons: They burn out on 12-step meetings The excitement of sobriety wears off Old feelings and resentments return Everyday stress encourages them revert to former coping skills Emotions that were suppressed by drug and alcohol surface and overwhelm people Nostalgia for old friends and rituals makes people question whether staying sober is worth it Sobriety feels…
  • 5 Ways that Community Support Can Help You Stay Sober

    admin
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    Community support can provide the structure, environment, accountability, and activities you need When you leave addiction treatment, you are much like a toddler learning to walk. Without the support and encouragement of those near you, you are likely to fall down (relapse). Community support can come in many different forms and can help you stay sober. Types of community support can include: A close friend A sobriety sponsor Other sober addicts Religious spaces, like a church or temple Community-owned fitness facilities Community clubs (Shriner’s, Rotary Club, etc.) Support groups like…
 
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  • Inspirational Message of the Week – Happy Labor Day!

    BV
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
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  • Labor Day – A Day To Celebrate The Working People Of America

    BV
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Labor Day was first proposed in 1882 by the secretary of the Central Labor Union of New York, Matthew Maguire, as a day to celebrate the working people of America. It was 12 years before the promulgation of laws, making it a federal holiday; and in 1894, thirty states officially recognized Labor Day as a federal holiday. On this one day, many workers throughout the land have a day off, some with pay, but there are many who don’t, including retailers, where often they find the hours even longer and the sales higher than other days. So, how does this one day, a day celebrating the workers of…
  • Absence of Dopamine Is What Causes the Pain of Withdrawal

    BV
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    Brigham Young University is helping to conduct scientific research for The National Institutes of Health to find way to improve drug and alcohol addiction. Professor Scott Steffensen is one of the leading researchers, studying brain mechanisms that are heavily influenced by addictive substances. With the assistance of scientific data and individual experiences, it is believed that an absence of dopamine is what causes the pain of withdrawal when a person quits using his/her preferred drug of choice, causing more difficulty in maintaining sobriety, which in turn leads to relapse. After the…
  • New Fluorescent Sensor Helps Detect “Spiked” Drinks

    BV
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am
    The National University of Singapore (NUS) has become the first institution to develop a fluorescent sensor that can identify the presence of GHB, a drug that is often mixed with alcoholic drinks. Many refer this mixture as “spiking” the drink. Researchers of NUS made an experiment that mixed the “sensor” with an alcoholic drink that had GHB in it, creating a color change in less than 30 seconds. This can be useful for the many people who go out drinking and want to be cautious of what they are consuming. Many people have died, been hospitalized, or experienced sexual assault when…
  • Kentucky Overdoses Involving Opioids Increase

    BV
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, KIPRC for short, released statistics on the prevalence and charges related to drug overdoses in Kentucky. The statistical report is called “Drug Overdose Deaths, Hospitalizations, and Emergency Department Visits in Kentucky, 2000-2012.” Its purpose is to help analyze overdose occurrences and mortality among Kentucky residents. Although overdose deaths rates and ER visits have generally slowed down, along with the contribution of prescription opioid and benzodiazepines to drug overdoses, the main concern is still at large: pharmaceutical…
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    Family First Intervention

  • 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…
  • Hospitals Looking to Reduce Amounts of Painkillers Prescribed

    Mike Loverde
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    As another way to limit the amount of people abusing prescription drugs, some emergency rooms are instituting new procedures and policies to prevent over-prescribing narcotic painkillers. These new policies are backed by good intentions, but it may be too little too late. Doctors and nurses in emergency rooms are asked to prescribe the lowest potency to a patient, without exceeding what they truly need. Physicians are also asked to only supply what is absolutely needed until the patient can get to a pharmacy, not exceeding seven days. In the case where long acting opiates need to be…
  • Access to Recovery Still Providing Treatment Assistance

    Mike Loverde
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Several years ago the popular way of addressing drug and alcohol problems was to incarcerate offenders, with the erroneous belief that you could lock the problem away. Prisons throughout the country saw an incredible influx of people arrested for non-violent crimes such as drug possession, probation violations and other drug-related charges. As the years have gone by, many people have realized that simply arresting those addicted to drugs is not going to solve the drug problem in our nation. Many people have since continued to be advocates for drug and alcohol treatment for offenders, rather…
  • Robin Williams Struggled With Substance Abuse and Depression

    Mike Loverde
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Just as the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman had shone a spotlight on the growing heroin problem, the recent passing of the beloved comedy icon Robin Williams has led to an influx of depression-related content in the media. Robin Williams was not shy about sharing his experiences with substance abuse and depression; so it is appropriate that his passing might create an opportunity for people to better understand depression and other mental health disorders. Robin Williams’ body was found in his home on Monday around noon, and he was declared dead soon after by apparent suicide.
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  • 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…
  • Study Links Late-Life Memory Problems to Heavy Drinkers

    Decision Point Center
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    According to a study that monitored 6,500 Americans for two decades, people who report drinking problems in their past are more than twice as likely to develop memory problems later in life. Researchers at the University of Exeter in England distinguished those with a history of drinking problems by asking four questions. If a person answered “yes” to two of the following, they were grouped among those with a history of drinking problems: Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking? Have people ever annoyed you by criticizing your drinking? Have you ever felt guilty about…
  • Prescription Drug Monitoring Databases Help Reduce Doctor Shopping in 49 States

    Decision Point Center
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Prescription monitoring databases are primarily used to identify “doctor shoppers,” or people who seek out multiple prescriptions for painkillers or other commonly abused medications. They are also used to locate physicians who consistently over-prescribe to patients. Every state uses this prescription-tracking tool, with the exception of Missouri. As a result, Missouri’s ability to control prescription drug abuse is deterred and people looking to stockpile and sell pills are attracted to the state from neighboring areas. “We aren’t just allowing abuse, we’ve created a business…
  • Arizona Among Highest Percentages of Alcohol-Related Fatalities

    Decision Point Center
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    Every state wants to be the best at something, however Arizona may not like that they are at the top of this list. It has been reported that the state of Arizona is one of the leaders in the country in alcohol-related deaths. The state of Arizona is tied with Wyoming for having a terrible alcohol-related death rate. In fact, the only states with higher percentages are New Mexico, Alaska and Colorado. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study stated that 13.4 percent of deaths in working-aged adults were a result of alcohol. The study looked at deaths from 2006 to 2010. A…
 
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  • Sober Nation Partners with Actavis to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse & Addiction

    Tim Stoddart
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    The post Sober Nation Partners with Actavis to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse & Addiction appeared first on Sober Nation. A few months ago, I went to the Actavis facility to speak with their employees and kick off their It Starts with Us initiative. My experience that day was very positive to say the least. I wrote about the experience and the insight I gained from them here. To recap, we had been approached by the […] The post Sober Nation Partners with Actavis to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse & Addiction appeared first on Sober Nation.
  • Addiction and Treatment Trends Poll – How Can We Improve Addiction Treatment?

    Tim Stoddart
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    The post Addiction and Treatment Trends Poll – How Can We Improve Addiction Treatment? appeared first on Sober Nation. With an estimated 23 million Americans needing help for drug and alcohol abuse, and the number of drug overdose deaths on the rise, addiction treatment is an increasingly important topic. As addiction trends evolve (for example, heroin use has doubled in the past five years), addiction treatment must continually progress to meet the needs of […] The post Addiction and Treatment Trends Poll – How Can We Improve Addiction Treatment? appeared first on Sober…
  • Food Addiction – Overcome and Prevent Food Cravings

    Tim Stoddart
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    The post Food Addiction – Overcome and Prevent Food Cravings appeared first on Sober Nation. On the heels of a bad day, boredom, or, in the case of a recovering alcoholic or addict, physical or spiritual malaise, succumbing to an errant craving can jeopardize health and compromise hard fought recovery. For newcomers and old-timers alike, cravings and the stress associated with fighting tremendous bodily urges can obstruct our ability to […] The post Food Addiction – Overcome and Prevent Food Cravings appeared first on Sober Nation.
  • The Globe and Mail Critic Takes a Stab at “The Anonymous People.”

    Tim Stoddart
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:08 pm
    The post The Globe and Mail Critic Takes a Stab at “The Anonymous People.” appeared first on Sober Nation. Most of the recovery community knows about the documentary entitled “The Anonymous People” directed by Greg D. Williams. We have spoken to Greg at length, and we know his intentions behind the film. Rest assured that Greg has put hours and tens of thousands of dollars into this project, and his intentions are good. With […] The post The Globe and Mail Critic Takes a Stab at “The Anonymous People.” appeared first on Sober Nation.
  • Treatment for Painkiller Addiction

    TechAdmin
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    The post Treatment for Painkiller Addiction appeared first on Sober Nation. No one is free from the real possibility of addiction taking control of their lives. And while the overuse and abuse of pain killers is more “accepted” by society than crystal meth or heroin, it is a drug addiction just the same. The reality of pain killer addiction is that prescription abuse is one of […] The post Treatment for Painkiller Addiction appeared first on Sober Nation.
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    IRETA Blog

  • Overdose prevention strategies for heroin and prescription drug users (who may be one in 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…
  • Bringing New Treatment Options to Homeless Clients

    iretablog
    10 Aug 2014 | 7:07 pm
    SMART Recovery bolsters those who often feel powerless, says local outreach counselor Photo: Shallom Johnson I work at a homeless drop-in center in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. I spend my days interacting with people who embody our society’s suffering and trying to think of new ways to help them through this suffering. Acute mental illness, severe addiction issues and debilitating physical ailments are everyday realities for a homeless person. I find that the clinical psychology cliché of “not carrying the full weight of others” is supremely tested. As an…
  • We’re Two Today!

    iretablog
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Credit: dolanh Celebrating IRETA Blog’s birthday (Downside: no cupcakes. Upside: no noisemakers.) Hello, friends!  Welcome to our second birthday party. Thanks for being here today and (perhaps) on other days over the past two years.  How the time does fly. We are the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA).  Established in 1999, IRETA works toward the alignment of science, policy and practice in the area of substance use and substance use disorders. Our vision is for systems throughout society to address substance use as part of overall health and for…
  • Updates on a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in Pennsylvania

    iretablog
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    Tracking progress on our home state’s efforts to modernize our PDMP Photo: Wikimedia Commons Editor’s note: As information related to PA’s PDMP becomes available, we are sharing it on the IRETA Blog.  This post will be updated frequently.  Feel free to email relevant news and information to jessica@ireta.org.   Recent news In state, data-sharing prescription drug legislation stalls July 29, 2014 The Senate bill sits in committee in the House, where Rep. Matt Baker said it will likely face amendments that would return it to a vote in the Senate. The House bill has been…
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    Drug News and Information

  • Drug Treatment Options in Colorado

    admin
    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

    admin
    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…
  • Drug Treatment Options in Arkansas

    admin
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Drug Treatment Options in Arkansas Given that the drug problem is steadily rising in Arkansas there has been a push to make treatment more convenient and readily available for those that desire it. Treatment programs are covered by most insurance, there are also options for community care and sliding scale fees. There are a variety of treatment programs available that not only deal with the issues of substance abuse, but are designed to provide you with the best support possible to make your recovery a success. Types of Treatment The first thing that will happen is you will have an intake…
  • Drug Treatment Options in Arizona

    admin
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Drug Treatment Options in Arizona When you look for drug treatment options in Arizona you will discover that there is a wide range of options. All the programs use a similar approach as the issues that addicts deal with in the initial withdrawal and recovery periods are the same, but they are also customized to help support issues specific to individual drugs and drug combinations. If you are dealing with any underlying issues – such as chronic pain or mental illness – there are specific treatment programs designed to provide you with care too. Types of Treatment The long and short term…
  • Drug Treatment Options in Alaska

    admin
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Drug Treatment Options in Alaska While there aren’t as many drug treatment options available in Alaska as there are in other states, they are well situated to be easily accessible. There is also a well-defined support network you can access to help you in continuing the process of recovery after you have been to a drug rehab. Drug treatment is covered by most insurance and there are also community care programs that exist to provide the services for free. To begin you need to call and talk to a trained counselor about your options for treatment. Types of Treatment Depending on your needs,…
 
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    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.
  • Depression and Painkillers

    C Waismann
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Prescription Painkillers and Depression Prescription painkillers and depression are joined at the hip: long-term opiate use can lead to depression and depression can lead to prescription painkiller abuse. Medical scientists are now working to understand the association between mental health and prescription painkiller abuse, as a large number of people in the United States sufferRead More > The post Depression and Painkillers appeared first on Rapid Detox.
  • Is The Fear of Opiate Withdrawal Holding You Back?

    C Waismann
    13 Jun 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Some people may delay opiate treatment due to the fear of the horrible suffering associated with withdrawal from opiates. Unfortunately, the fear of opiate withdrawal can lead to some serious social, emotional and physiological consequences, and in extreme cases, can even lead to death. That’s why it is important to find the appropriate help for opiateRead More > The post Is The Fear of Opiate Withdrawal Holding You Back? appeared first on Rapid Detox.
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  • Home at Last

    Jason Schwartz
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    Getting back to the Throw Back Sunday posts after a little break. This one was originally posted in February 2007. ===================== PBS’s series NOW had a segment on a housing first approach with a man named Footie who is chronically homeless and an alcoholic. He’s clearly a late stage alcoholic, frequently has seizures and may have some cognitive impairment due to years of heavy drinking and seizures. (Streaming video of the entire episode is available at the link above.) The story made a pretty compelling case for this approach with this him, arguing that it was impossible…
  • OD Awareness and both/and approaches

    Jason Schwartz
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:34 am
    Yesterday was International Overdose Awareness Day. Where do we stand? Last year, the CDC reported on a 5 fold increase in female opioid overdose deaths over a 10 year period. Heroin use may not be as prevelant as the media suggests, but the number of users is up by 53% over 10 years. Overall overdose rates are up 5 fold since 1990. (It’s even worse if we go back to the 1970s) Drug overdose deaths have surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of injury related deaths. Prescriptions for opioids have increased tenfold since 1990 and opioid addiction tripled over a 10-year period.
  • The ghetto is the ghetto

    Jason Schwartz
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    Beauty, Hunts Point. Courtesy of Chris Arnade. Click image for more in his series. Cassie Rodenberg’s blog has had a couple of heartbreaking posts recently. They look at the lives of women in the culture of addiction–prostitution, pimp boyfriend, sexual assault, having to provide sex for a place to stay, etc. It brought back Bill White’s book, Pathways and his discussion of sex within the culture of addiction. Not only does the use of sex as a vehicle to maintain access to drugs or other needs within the context of addiction detach sex from pleasure, intimacy and…
  • CVS is selling Narcan in Rhode Island

    Jason Schwartz
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Here’s an interesting development in access to Narcan: CVS Pharmacy announced that it would offer the opiate antidote Narcan without a prescription at all of its 60 pharmacies in Rhode Island by the end of month. Narcan, also known as naloxone, offers immediate help for anyone overdosing from an opiate such as heroin or a prescription painkiller such as OxyContin. If given in time, Narcan can reverse an overdose by restoring breathing. “Over half of our pharmacies are now under a collaborative agreement that allows them to dispense Narcan without a prescription,” CVS spokesman…
  • Young people’s experiences of 12 step groups

    Jason Schwartz
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    DJ Mac highlights a recent study of 302 18-24 year olds entering residential treatment and their opinions of 12 step groups. The study also included follow-up at 3, 6 and 9 months. He pulls a few quotes from the paper and one, in particular, leapt out to me. Clinicians can highlight that 12-step specific content was rarely cited as a reason for discontinuing 12-step attendance among young adults. He also summarized their findings: What was most helpful? Removing a sense of isolation Validating experiences A sense of belonging, acceptance and validation Installation of hope (being…
 
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  • How Exercise Helps with Addiciton 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,…
  • Feeling Empowered through Substance Abuse Recovery

    Michelle Amerman
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:31 am
    Everybody needs to understand that addiction is a disease and not a moral failing. I, better than anyone, have learned that the same people who would not hesitate to seek professional help for a physical illness will hesitate before seeking treatment for substance abuse because the first step always means admitting the problem. Often, close friends and family members would also eagerly urge treatment for physical or even mental illness, but with substance abuse, they ask, “Why can’t you just stop?” The right question to ask should be, “Where can you get help?” I…
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  • DEA Places More Restrictions on Hydrocodone Pills

    Keenen Diamond
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Hydrocodone, a semi-synthetic opiate, is one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs in the entire country. In fact, not only is it one of the most abused, but it is also one of the most dangerous, as it is not combined with any other drug to lessen the effects of the opiates (like Percocet... [Read More...]
  • How Significant Was the Marijuana in Michael Brown’s System Prior to His Death?

    Keenen Diamond
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:25 pm
    It was determined that Michael Brown, the African-American teenager shot dead by a Caucasian police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, had marijuana in his system at the time of his death back on August 9th. His death has sparked outrage amongst citizens all over the country and especially in Ferguson – so much so that riots... [Read More...]
  • Serena Williams Speaks After Startling Showing

    Keenen Diamond
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    The world was shocked as they watched acclaimed and highly respected tennis player Serena Williams fumble all over the court during the doubles round at Wimbledon earlier this summer. Her hand-eye coordination was all out of sorts while bouncing the ball. She was unable to serve the ball over the net numerous times in a... [Read More...]
  • A Little Motivation (and Some Reassurance!)

    Keenen Diamond
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    Last week I talked about an interview I did for answers.com. This opportunity gave me a platform to talk about raising awareness of addiction and recovery. More importantly, it helped me to see how far I have come from my days of using. I’d like to share with you an example of this. Along my... [Read More...]
  • Questions and Answers

    Keenen Diamond
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    “Jason, what was the most profound piece of advice you received from Dr. Drew during Celebrity Rehab?” “I’d have to say, the most profound piece of advice Dr. Drew gave me was to surrender to the disease, drop the ego and be willing to take guidance.” To me, this was where it all started when... [Read More...]
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