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  • 12-Step Thinking: Let's Talk About AA and the C-Word (Uncovering Alcoholics Anonymous)

    No, not that c-word! To be clear, we're talking about the word cult here. If you're familiar with the world of addiction recovery, then you're no doubt acquainted with Alcoholics Anonymous—or AA as it is more commonly known. And if you've had more ...

    ... I'll do it my way” thinking. Destruction of Personal Identity and Independent Thought Another cult comparison is AA's tendency to discourage personal identity and the need to challenge traditional 12-step ... AA meetings ... continue reading
  • How Edie Falco Portrays Addiction and Lives Recovery

    Edie Falco has tackled a wide variety of roles on the stage and screen since beginning her career in the late '80s. But she is arguably best known for her breakthrough performance as mafia wife Carmela Soprano in HBO's drama, The Sopranos . Falco ...

    ... me! They spend a lot more time without me than with me… I'm always invited, and I'm always there for two minutes and I leave, because I ... to play out in rehab facilities or 12-step meetings. Falco said in a recent NPR ... continue reading
  • Getting Sober: 17 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know About (#8 is Controversial)

    The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are so dominant in addiction recovery culture that it can be easy to forget there are other ways to get sober. If AA or NA works for you, that's wonderful. If not, there are plenty of alternative tools and ...

    ... Buddhist teacher Noah Levine as an alternative to 12-step programs. It's built around Buddhism's Four ... Finland, and the UK. There are also online and phone-in meetings for those who can't make it to any of the physical ... continue reading
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  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

    Alex didn't answer the phone. He missed their father's birthday party and still wasn't answering. But Allison kept dialing. It didn't seem right, but then again, things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing up ...

    ... reduction.” It wasn't a 12-Step. It wasn't about abstinence only. It was just about meeting people where they were. ... works for you, while medication assisted therapy works for me. The main takeaway is to do your research; ... continue reading
  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

    The specifics of every person's addiction journey are different, but for most people, the path to recovery follows a similar trajectory: a “bottom” followed by the decision to take action; the initial, often traumatic physical and mental ...

    ... and anger will pass, and you'll realize that you've settled into some new routines. Maybe it's a 12-step meeting you always hit after work when you're feeling vulnerable, or a bedtime routine or morning exercise now that ... continue reading
  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

    In prison, many of the women I met struggled with substance abuse issues. Although alcohol and drugs were no longer in endless supply in there, many of them carried on with the same addictive thoughts and behaviors. Manipulation, isolation, instant ...

    In prison, many of the women I met struggled with substance abuse issues. Although alcohol and drugs were no ... s entirely about you. One of the best things about 12-step programs is they provide you with an outlet to help ... continue reading
  • 3 Thank-You's I Owe to My Old Addiction

    Life doesn't always go as planned. Especially when you find yourself in a maximum-security state prison on your first-ever offense. When Life Takes an Unexpected Detour At 27 years old, I seemed to have everything in front of me: a promising future ...

    ... you going. A good handful of people who I considered friends barely reached out to me or made the effort to keep in touch, whereas those who I hadn't talked to in years really stepped up to the plate. You really learn ... continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

    In 2010, I was arrested for a “DUI with Enhancements” and reckless driving. I was barely twenty-one and hadn't faced any real consequences of my substance abuse . I didn't put up a fight. After the police finally got me to pull over, I ...

    ... were locking the door and throwing away the key. Gambling with My Freedom I hired the cheapest non-public-defender I could find. After he forced me to watch the unbearable dash-cam footage, he negotiated a plea deal. The ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage I

    Chemical dependency is a multifaceted phenomenon and experts believe there are five stages in the process of addiction. The first stage is a need to numb trauma, which is defined as a deeply disturbing incident or occurrence that happens without ...

    ... 't for crashing into another car on my way home from a bar one night, who knows where I'd be today or how far off the deep end I'd be in my addiction. Any Port in a Storm? Trauma creates an imbalance to our emotional or ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Klonopin? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Klonopin is a brand name for the drug clonazepam . It's a benzodiazepine that affects the way chemicals in the brain work. It helps reduce anxiety, can treat seizure disorders, and may be used to treat panic disorders. Those taking it sometimes ...

    ... whether you're addicted to Klonopin, consider these questions: 1. Do I have a prescription for this drug? 2. Am I taking this drug as prescribed? 3. Do I feel I need more of this drug than normal to achieve the same ... continue reading
  • The 12 Most Expensive / Luxury Rehabs in the US

    You don't need to be a millionaire to go to rehab, but a person with a little extra money to spend and the desire to get sober can choose from many expensive or luxury rehabs in the United States. Southern California, specifically picturesque ...

    ... award-winning chef and vegetarian options are highlighted. In addition to individual and group therapy and 12-step meetings, patients have access to yoga, t'ai chi, expressive arts, and rocks and ropes courses. Admission ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

    A judge in New York recently ordered a woman who's addicted to drugs not to get pregnant. While no one would argue that someone with an extreme drug problem should get pregnant, there are complex issues involved in ordering someone not to conceive ...

    ... to control her own fertility trump the nation's concern about the opioid epidemic? Should judges be allowed to step in and prevent women from having babies while addicted to drugs? Sound off in the comments section below ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Opiates are one of the best inventions of mankind for so many reasons. They formed the basis of modern medicine and inspired a huge range for pharmaceuticals. Plenty of drug companies started off by manufacturing painkillers that were based on ...

    ... world of withdrawal . Unlike the World of Warcraft (yes, I am getting in all of the random references in), it doesn ... to the addiction. Consider attending regular group meetings, preferably Narcotics Anon , not your local ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

    Tom fell off a ladder and hurt his back. His doctor gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and now he's got ten pills left over in a bottle sitting in his medicine cabinet. If this scenario (or a ...

    ... t afford) to see a doctor. You think, “I have those pills just sitting there. I'll give him two or three to help him ... whether they realize it or not. But a few simple steps can be taken to help with this issue - mainly by ... continue reading
  • Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

    Lisa's mom, Jane, was at the end of her rope. For the third time in eight weeks, she had to go pick up her drunk daughter. Jane was exhausted and she certainly wasn't looking forward to seeing Lisa go through the detox process again. She wanted to ...

    ... before, she was there, but she wasn't really there . Jane felt like she was talking to a wall. “I'll get therapy ,” Lisa said weakly. Her mother had heard this before, however, and her daughter never followed through ... continue reading
  • Does Drinking Every Day Make Me an Alcoholic?

    Every evening when you get home from work, you drink a glass of wine. Throughout the day, you look forward to this evening ritual. Although, tonight, as you swallow that first sip, you suddenly realize something. You've been drinking every day for ...

    ... as you can remember. With that realization, a little voice in your head might start wondering: Am I an alcoholic? You can rest assured that alcohol addiction hotlines are staffed with compassionate individuals who are ... continue reading
  • I Did What??? The Anatomy of a Blackout

    What happened last night? If you've ever had to utter those words after a night on the town or had to rely on your friends to fill in the missing puzzle pieces of your limited memory reel, chances are you've experienced a blackout. And trust ...

    ... in the missing puzzle pieces of your limited memory reel, chances are you've experienced a blackout. And trust me…it's not a fun feeling. What is a Blackout? The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines ... continue reading
  • What Can I Do if My Mother or Father is an Alcoholic or Drug Abuser?

    One of the most common issues we hear about is that a parent has become an addict and the children don't know what to do about it. Sometimes, they're scared of being taken away from the parent if the authorities find out. Sometimes they want the ...

    ... vary, but no one sits down and thinks: “Today, I am going to become an addict.” Instead, it tends to be ... fairly obvious to those outside the family. The first step should be to confide in someone you trust, preferably ... continue reading
  • Injured on the Job, Now I’m Addicted to Painkillers… What Do I Do?

    Addiction to prescription drugs is one of the most common substance abuse problems in the United States. Many people associate drug abuse with poverty and the purchase of illicit substances on a street corner. However, prescription drug abuse is ...

    ... to avoid treatment. A detox program will help you rid your body of the prescription drug, an important first step in breaking free of addiction. A rehab program will help you get used to living your life without the ... continue reading
  • We’re One Step Closer to a Marijuana Breathalyzer

    What does Mary Jane's breath smell like? Inquiring scientific minds are about to find out. A recent breakthrough has pushed potential manufacturers one step closer to the creation of a marijuana breathalyzer. And, surprisingly, it works by measuring ...

    ... recent breakthrough has pushed potential manufacturers one step closer to the creation of a marijuana breathalyzer ... hope now is to move forward on the next steps in creating a marijuana breathalyzer. First and foremost is ... continue reading
  • Help, I’ve Been Arrested for DUI – What Can I Do to Stay Out of Jail?

    If you've been arrested for a DUI, you might be in a lot of trouble. One factor that will affect whether or not you stay out of jail will be how much you had to drink at the time of your arrest. Complying with instructions and requests from the ...

    ... time is likely to be part of your sentence, and you might have to deal with that. However, there are steps you can take that will help you avoid jail or reduce your sentence. The dangers of effects of alcohol use can ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

    If you think you might be addicted to benzodiazepines, you're certainly not alone. In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for benzo addiction. And that number has been climbing at an alarming rate ever since. The Benzo Specifics ...

    ... deadly. Normally, the benzodiazepine withdrawal process is done under medical supervision. In carefully managed steps, a supervised detox is achieved by slowly reducing the dosage and frequency of administration. Often ... continue reading
  • How to Get Off Suboxone: 3 Steps to Take When Quitting

    Approved by the FDA in 2002, buprenorphine - brand name Suboxone and Zubsolv - is now the “go-to” drug for medication-assisted treatment with opiate addiction. Unlike methadone treatment, it can be prescribed by physicians in the comfort of ...

    ... use , your body has probably become physically dependent on the drug. Here's a look at three steps experts commonly recommend for safely transitioning patients off Suboxone: Consult with your doctor: If you've been ... continue reading
  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

    No! Hitting rock bottom is not a prerequisite to seeking help for substance abuse; help is available whenever you are ready for it. Unfortunately, statistics show that many people who are struggling with substance abuse will not seek help until they ...

    ... a desire to seek help. But there is good news! The fact that you are asking yourself, “Do I have to hit rock bottom before I seek help?” means a) that you haven't yet hit rock bottom and b) that you are showing signs ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been taking pain killers for an extended time, particularly after the pain that originally prompted their use has subsided, you might well wonder whether you're addicted to pain killers. Though many people take pain killers following a ...

    ... killers. Ask yourself a few questions: “Do I need to take the painkiller because I am in pain, or am I only taking it because I feel like I might need it? “Am I experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as shakes, chills ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... to the conclusion that she must be experiencing withdrawal. Naturally, she panicked. “I must be addicted! What can I do? I can't tell anyone; I'd be too ashamed. I don't want to go to rehab. There's only one thing to do ... continue reading
  • Life After Prison: 6 Things I Love About My Sobriety

    6 years ago, my life hit rock bottom: my parents unexpectedly got divorced, I hated my job (especially my “Boss from Hell”), and my live-in boyfriend walked out on me for another woman. Just when I thought my life couldn't get any worse, I ...

    ... anyone else. Once others were affected by my self-destructive actions, however, it caused me to take a step back and really re-evaluate my life. I was sick and tired of only focusing on myself—the time had come to start ... continue reading
  • Dealing with Troubled Teens: A 7-Step Guide for Parents

    When we first become parents, we hear so much about the “terrible twos,” defined by some as “a period in a child's early social development that is associated with defiant or unruly behavior.” While two-year-olds may indeed be a handful, ...

    ... with their recovery is acceptable support. So giving your teenager money is not okay, but driving them to an AA meeting is perfectly fine. 6. Act as a Team and Rely on Each Other When you have an addicted teenager, it ... continue reading
  • Meet Cocaine and Her Wicked Step-Child, Crack

    What's the difference in cocaine and crack? If you're like a lot of people, you know there is a difference between the two…you just don't really know what that “difference” is. Let's take a look at what makes these two drugs similar, but ...

    What's the difference in cocaine and crack? If you're like a lot of people, you know there is a difference between the two…you just don't really know what that “difference” is. Let's take a look at what makes these two ... continue reading
  • FDA Raids Juul Headquarters as First Step in E-Cig Crackdown

    Spare a thought for the forgotten world of nicotine addiction. With countless studies being released eroding the stigma of alcoholism as a failure as opposed to a disease, and with the bulk of media attention focused on the ongoing opioid epidemic, ...

    Spare a thought for the forgotten world of nicotine addiction. With countless studies being released eroding the stigma of alcoholism as a failure as opposed to a disease, and with the bulk of media attention focused on ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Prescription Drugs? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been using prescription drugs in a way that was not intended by your doctor, then it is possible that you are dependent on them, and dependency often leads to addiction. While addiction can be frightening, the good news is there's plenty ...

    If you've been using prescription drugs in a way that was not intended by your doctor, then it is possible that you are dependent on them, and dependency often leads to addiction. While addiction can be frightening, the ... continue reading
  • I’m a Millionaire and I Need to Go to Rehab. Where Do I Go?

    You've realized you have an issue, whether it's a heroin or coke addiction or a sex addiction, so you need to find somewhere nice to attend rehab. Naturally, you want somewhere that's a little more exclusive to avoid running into someone who might ...

    You've realized you have an issue, whether it's a heroin or coke addiction or a sex addiction, so you need to find somewhere nice to attend rehab. Naturally, you want somewhere that's a little more exclusive to avoid ... continue reading
  • In the Rooms: 11 Benefits of Seeking Online Support in Recovery

    For the longest time, support for people in recovery was limited to in-person meetings or telephone conversations. Attending 12-step meetings, 12-step alternative meetings, or chatting over the phone with your sponsor or other people in recovery ...

    ... time, support for people in recovery was limited to in-person meetings or telephone conversations. Attending 12-step meetings, 12-step alternative meetings, or chatting over the phone with your sponsor or other people ... continue reading
  • Drugs at School: Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Really Working?

    Adopted over 20 years ago, zero-tolerance drug policies still dominate the conduct codes of most American public schools. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education reports an estimated 88 percent of schools enforce these policies. Zero-Tolerance as ...

    ... , forced to attend drug counseling and 12-Step meetings for possessing over-the-counter medication. ... in the likelihood of drug use - student/teacher meetings to discuss drug consequences. While young students continue ... continue reading
  • 7 Warning Signs Your Friends Are Making Your Addiction Worse

    Maybe taking that first step toward sobriety/recovery is actually the best thing you can do, for yourself and your friends. If your group of friends is really into yoga or eating sushi, then there's a pretty good chance you know the difference ...

    ... Discourage You from Getting Help Whether it's checking into an inpatient rehab program or just casually attending 12-step meetings, if you bring up the mere possibility of getting help, how do your friends react? Do they ... continue reading
  • Driving Just Got a Little Safer – Thanks to This Device

    Steve saw the flashing lights in the mirror; his heart skipped a beat. He was on his way home from his friend's house, where he and three others spent the afternoon shooting cocaine . “Just play it cool,” he told himself. “You've faked your ...

    ... , the test showed positive - even though the person hadn't used any cocaine. That's a pretty small percentage, but I wouldn't want to be one of those five percent, would you? The new device uses saliva, as previous kits ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

    I used to live in a neighborhood blanketed in liquor stores, dive bars, and convenience stores that sold beer until two in the morning - even on Christmas. My old apartment building smelled so much like pot you'd have thought a herd of skunks lived ...

    ... I'd stay sober for months, but something bad would eventually happen, and I'd be back at that deli with a 12-pack. Is there a reason I have to stay here? I ... . I also wanted to live close to some support group meetings , ... continue reading
  • Has Kombucha Gotten a Bad Rap?

    Often touted as a miracle elixir, Kombucha offers a plethora of health benefits. For those who don't know, Kombucha is a fermented beverage made from tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast. It's available in most health food stores in a variety of flavored ...

    ... like that was like living in a bubble. Breaking From the 12 Step Mold Moving to Portland changed all my perceptions. I discovered people here are more relaxed and health conscious. Portland is a lot more supportive ... continue reading
  • Sober Living Homes – Halfway There: Everything You Need to Know

    When in recovery, choosing a safe living environment is very important. Sober living homes are one option that allows you to recover in a safe place with others in similar situations. They help you to transition back into the community after ...

    ... share meals, and to have someone to talk to and go to meetings with can be the make-it-or-break-it factor in whether or ... continue to seek treatment or to participate in a 12-step program in order to live there. As a ... continue reading
  • 5 NFL Players Who Tackled Their Addictions

    Drugs and alcohol have become a major part of NFL culture. From March 2013 to March 2014, NFL players were arrested 27 times on drug charges, and several players have also received lengthy suspensions for positive drug tests, including Cleveland ...

    ... attends regular therapy sessions plus four or five AA and NA meetings per week. “I still have a lot of work to do, but…I've never been clean and sober this long since I was 11,” he said. “The best part is being able to ... continue reading
  • Robert Downey Jr.'s Incredible Comeback from Addiction

    A great Hollywood comeback story, Robert Downey Jr. is now one of the most bankable and highly paid actors in show business, starring in blockbuster comic book films like Iron Man and The Avengers as Iron Man—a role he continued in 2019's ...

    ... Daily Mail article , the actor credits a combination of 12-step programs, yoga, meditation and therapy with keeping him sober ... Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near Me How to Help ... continue reading
  • Psychedelic Drugs and Prayer Have Similar Effects on Brain

    When it comes to “out-of-body” experiences, plenty of people have reported having them during both religious awakenings and while tripping on psychedelic drugs. Although these two experiences may seem completely opposite to each other, one ...

    ... of the original prayer has been adopted by many 12-Step groups: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can change, and wisdom to know the difference. Developing ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Intervention

    Addiction and Drug Abuse Drug abuse is one of the most serious health risks in the United States. People of all ages can fall into a destructive habit of using illicit or prescription drugs. Over time, the human body builds up a tolerance to the ...

    ... likely will) take steps to avoid the meeting. You need to decide who will be present at the meeting; gathering a small ... intervention, avoid taking an accusing tone. Use “I” statements; this shifts the focus to how you ... continue reading
  • 9 Memorable Quotes from Former Addicts

    Robin Williams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman were both in recovery when drug relapses ultimately led to their tragic and untimely deaths. For someone who has never been there, it may be hard to comprehend how addiction can grip someone so strongly - ...

    ... and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.” Stanly: College Professor “I had been drinking since I was 12 or 13-years-old, and I actually managed okay as a pretty heavy drinker my whole life. One night, my ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

    One of the hardest parts after hitting rock bottom is asking for help. This is the ultimate lesson in humility; it forces you to toss your ego aside and admit that you're not perfect. Eye of the Beholder I had a mental image of an alcoholic , and I ...

    ... You won't be a victim to this disease any longer. Believe me, you'll gain respect by doing what you need to do to ... fulfilling life. Asking for help is the first step in the healing process; you deserve the opportunity ... continue reading
  • Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

    It seems ironic that one of the first drugs I used on my way to full-blown addiction is now being used in a study to cure alcoholism. Last week, UK researchers from Imperial College of London broke the news they were about to begin the world's first ...

    ... from traditional treatment modalities, like the 12 steps. Once the patient goes through ... heart of the problems that drive long-term mental illness.” I'm in support of building connection in a therapeutic relationship , ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Assessment

    Drug abuse is a serious problem that can lead to legal problems , financial problems and health problems . Long-term drug abuse destroys your relationships and your body. Sadly, many people don't realize they are abusing drugs because they only use ...

    ... and attend individual and group therapy sessions. You may also have the opportunity to go to a 12-step group meeting or other support group for people recovering from drug addiction. While you are in rehab, you may ... continue reading
  • Remaining Spiritual in Recovery

    Spirituality can be viewed as a means to connect with ourselves on a more authentic level, to feel a connection with those around us, and to connect with something greater than us as individuals. These spiritual connections help us derive a sense of ...

    ... am I, how did everything come to be, why am I here, and how do I fit into the world around me? These ... know how you connect with spirituality then your first step will be understanding what practices make you feel connected ... continue reading
  • 8 Tips for Coming Out of the Addiction Closet

    To many, the term “alcoholic” carries a very negative connotation - one that implies being a loser or a failure. It's no mystery, then, why admitting such a thing is feared by so many. But “coming out” doesn't have to be a burdensome ...

    ... newly acquired “felon” label, a bigger part wanted the world to know that that label didn't define me. So, I wrote an article that revealed everything: my drunken car crash, my prison stint, my struggles living life as ... continue reading
  • DTs Changed My Entire World – For the Better

    July 15, 2011, was one of the worst days of my life, yet it's a day I wouldn't change for anything. It was a full moon. I was a twenty-two year old girl living in a sixty-year-old woman's body, wrongly diagnosed with a rare liver disease. I maybe ...

    ... a hundred pounds, and drank roughly two bottles a day of whatever vodka was the cheapest. At this point, I was either severely sick from alcohol withdrawals or totally blacked out. This had been my daily routine for four ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

    I can hear the sirens blasting through my neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and pull my cat closer. The sound of sirens is one ...

    ... you, then try to go to slightly crowded places and build up. Tip #3: Bring a buddy. That's what I did when I went to hospitals and doctors' offices. Bring a friend and lean on them for support. Tip #4: Forgive yourself ... continue reading
  • Get the Facts on Substance Abuse

    Substance abuse is a major issue in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 40.3 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder (SUD) in 2020—with 28.3 million struggling with an ...

    ... , support, and success in overcoming the SUDs. 15 There are various support groups , therapies, and 12-Step programs —both religiously based and alternative —that may provide support in the recovery of substance misuse ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

    Experts consider recovery the fifth stage of the addiction process, and it's so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a complete transformation of mind, body and spirit - and an ongoing process that spans the rest of your ...

    ... life. The Choice Really is Yours When I was released from prison, I knew I had a choice: Go back to my ... recovery process. Some go to rehab, others rely on a 12-step program to get help. But, despite the variety of ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Recovery Program

    No one expects to become addicted to drugs. Drug abuse isn't planned. It does occur however, and finding a drug abuse recovery program becomes an absolute necessity. When recreational or prescription drug use turns into uncontrollable drug abuse ...

    ... actually “cured.” The feelings and cravings for drugs will always exist, which is why programs like the 12 Step program say that addicted individuals need to take recovery one day at a time. Understanding that the abuse ... continue reading
  • When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction?

    In more US states, marijuana is becoming legalized and socially accepted as treatment for a range of illnesses. But, like many medicines, it can lead to misuse and dependence. So, how do you know where to draw the line? Relief Turns to Habit Joseph, ...

    ... became paranoid, socially isolated, and suffered from malnutrition. “I always thought (marijuana) would bring down my anxiety, ... He re-entered inpatient treatment, joined a 12-step program and is now seven months sober. ... continue reading
  • Cocaine and the Ultimate Battle of Neurons

    Sean was ready to give up. His brother, Tony, seemed to be a lost cause. After years of cocaine use, Tony had been through three rehab programs and countless relapses. Each time, Sean hoped for the best, only to have his hopes crushed by cocaine . ...

    ... 't you see it's killing you? And it's killing me to see you do it?” “Yes, I can see that. What I can't do is stop myself. The cocaine keeps pulling me back. I just…can't…fight it.” Battle of the Neurons What Sean doesn ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

    Sometimes it's better to substitute one drug for another. This is called harm reduction and it can make a serious difference in your health and well-being. Methadone is a drug that is frequently used in replacement therapy for heroin or other ...

    ... .” As long as you take it orally and as prescribed, i t does not cause euphoria, intoxication, or sedation and should not ... . Motivational incentives. 12-step programs. Support groups. Will I Have to Take Methadone ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines - such as opiates. Researchers monitored the use of prescription medication by participants enrolled in ...

    ... conditions. She stated, “Medical cannabis is the reason I'm opiate free now…it really gave me my life back and makes my pain manageable, without inebriating me or forming another dependence.” Researchers want to continue ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Program

    A drug abuse program is normally located within a drug treatment center. These centers are licensed and approved facilities that are staffed by experienced physicians, trained therapists, qualified nursing staffs and numerous other support staff. ...

    ... day program includes the principles of the 12 step support groups, this approach is often ... range of this drug abuse program averages from 2 to 12 months. The treatment facility is a safe, residential environment ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... addiction or root emotional factors. Many addiction experts and 12-step support groups say you can't be “clean” ... “The naloxone doesn't prevent you from shooting it. I've talked to dozens of people who have shot or ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

    Holly started using heroin when she was 18 - at 26, she was at the end of the line. Her whole life revolved around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed ...

    ... around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug- ... hopes for a cure. Since it's classified as a Schedule I drug in the U.S., making it illegal, Holly traveled to ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Bath Salts Use

    Are Bath Salts Harmful? The term “bath salts” refers to a family of designer recreational drugs that contain one or more synthetic chemicals related to cathinone -a stimulant found in the khat plant, with effects similar to amphetamine. The name ...

    ... the world before returning to their previous situations. There are also many peer-support groups, such as 12-step programs, that can provide support and encouragement to those in recovery. The end goal for any treatment ... continue reading
  • 5 Lies All Addicts Tell Themselves

    As an addict, life is a game of survival. Day after day is dedicated to avoiding withdrawals and hiding the outward signs of chemical dependency . On top of that, feeding an addiction means developing an arsenal of psychological defense mechanisms. ...

    ... just convince themselves that addiction is a personal choice - it almost feels like they're in control. Almost. Lie #4 But, I'm not like so-and-so…he/she's really in bad shape. Addicts like to use other addicts as a way ... continue reading
  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

    It's a question many women might be asking themselves, as more and more females of childbearing age are ordered by drug courts to take Vivitrol - the injectable form of naltrexone. An opioid-antagonist, Vivitrol blocks the brain receptors that bind ...

    ... questions. “No one at my rehab ever told me that this drug might be dangerous if I get pregnant,” she says. “I wouldn't want to be faced with a decision if I did discover I was pregnant and didn't know if the Vivitrol ... continue reading
  • 10 Things to Look for in Faith-Based Treatment Centers

    Spirituality is at the center of many people's lives. Faith is a powerful catalyst for change for many individuals battling addiction. Secular treatment centers that lack a spiritual component may not necessarily be effective for people with strong ...

    ... -denominational spiritual services. Programs may include the option of yoga, meditation, prayer, spiritual counseling, 12-step programs, and so on, without the teachings of any particular faith or religion. 4. Alignment ... continue reading
  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems , incarceration did ...

    ... penalize - not rehabilitate - so it didn't take me long to realize that it wasn't the appropriate ... place to send people battling addictions. And I'm not the only one who feels this way. One state ... continue reading
  • Sentencing by State 2

    have led to overcrowded facilities, skyrocketing prison costs, and major social, economic, and political impacts. Currently, nearly half of all inmates in federal prisons are serving sentences for drug offenses. Many are fathers and mothers who miss ...

    ... frequently manufactured within the state, people are increasingly bringing meth into the state covertly via Highways I-15 and I-90. In Nebraska , authorities note that meth travels across the border from Mexico and makes ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

    A Florida rapper by the name of “Stitches” has earned a name for himself as of late, but for all the wrong reasons. The joker-like face tattoos are enough to take most people aback, but it's the lyrics to Stitches' music and his on-stage ...

    ... . In it, Stitches brags about his coke-dealing past and says things like “Better have my money when I come to collect” and “I love selling blow!” He also raps about selling cocaine to “pregnant b*tches” in another one of ... continue reading
  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

    Addiction affects millions of lives in the U.S. It is a chronic disease that frequently includes cycles of relapse and remission, and it is progressive without treatment or participation in recovery work. It is characterized by being unable to ...

    ... S. have a disease that is caused by smoking. 12 Nicotine mimics the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and binds to its receptor. ... Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near Me How to Help ... continue reading
  • A Sober Bridesmaid Reflects on Her Sister’s Bachelorette Weekend

    “Is it really my job to wash the vomit out of your hair?” Jeana swore under her breath as her sister's drunk bridesmaids took turns puking. She'd already herded these girls out of a bar where they were getting out of control, paid off the cab ...

    ... gratitude list,”Jeana thought once home. It was a valuable tool she learned in her SMART Recovery meeting - a tool she used often. “I'm grateful, tonight, to be sober,” she said silently to herself. This wasn't her ideal ... continue reading
  • Date Rape Drugs: It’s Not Just Roofies Anymore

    Rape is a serious criminal act, with the potential for severe and lasting repercussions on the victim's life. Rape involves sexually taking advantage of another person without their consent, and this includes having sex with a person who is ...

    ... a new person—you may want to take cautionary steps to ensure your own safety. If you know that ... me an odd or uncomfortable feeling? A victim of drugged rape may not be aware of what happened until many hours afterward 12 ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

    What is Acamprosate? Acamprosate is thought to help recovering alcoholics stay sober by balancing inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmission. Acamprosate may be combined with behavioral therapy to decrease the chance of relapse and continued ...

    ... nervous system stimulant with effects that can last from 6-12 hours depending on the method of use. Find out ... dehydrogenase (an enzyme controlling one of several metabolic steps in the breakdown of ethanol) and, by doing ... continue reading
  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

    You've worked hard to build a new life. Brick by heavy brick, you laid the foundation for a life of sobriety . You were happily on the path to recovery, but somewhere along the way you got off course. You relapsed on heroin. It might feel like ...

    ... you can know what to avoid in the future. This first step is essential to get you back on the right track. Make a ... isn't a solo sport. Find a support group . Attend meetings. Reach out to your sponsor. (And if you don't ... continue reading
  • Mental Health and Drug Abuse

    Chronic drug abuse and mental health disorders are closely related. Individuals who have psychiatric disorders, such as PTSD, bipolar disorder, or depression, may be more likely to abuse substances, and people who abuse substances may be more likely ...

    ... function. Bipolar disorder . This includes bipolar I and bipolar II. These disorders are characterized ... the individual. Common signs and symptoms can include: 12 Frequently missing work or school. Frequent fights, ... continue reading
  • Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

    Cassie's heart began to race. “Am I dying?” she thought. “What if I'm having a heart attack?” Jeff's wife was running late. He worried there had been a terrible car accident. Jeff pictured his wife lying all alone in a ditch somewhere, ...

    ... outcomes. (Jeff's wife is stuck in traffic…her meeting ran long…she didn't answer the phone because she' ... sunny and clear, so the roads aren't treacherous…etc.) Step #3: Remove it. Don't discount your catastrophic thinking ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Michael Phelps Eight-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has not only plunged into the water, but into drugs. In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg's after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana . 2. Dock ...

    ... one year later was arrested for marijuana possession. 12. Jennifer Capriati Child tennis prodigy Jennifer Capriati made the ... Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near Me How to Help a ... continue reading
  • Clock Out: It’s Time to Stop Ignoring Workplace Addiction

    Years ago, one of my bosses had a substance abuse problem - one that was well-known around the office. She didn't just party a little too hard at work functions; she'd also miss meetings entirely, lash out unnecessarily at her subordinates, and pour ...

    ... too hard at work functions; she'd also miss meetings entirely, lash out unnecessarily at her subordinates, and ... every morning. Unfortunately she wasn't the only person I've known who used in the workplace. Substance Abuse ... continue reading
  • Religious Rehab Holds Addicts Against Their Will in Guatemala

    Thousands of drug addicts across Guatemala are receiving treatment at church-based rehabs throughout the country, but many of these patients are being held against their will and physically abused on a daily basis. Several people have reported being ...

    ... roughly 200 Christian rehabs throughout Guatemala have stepped in to fill the void. However, ... carpet, and leave them there for hours… People thought I was killed.” “I saw terrible things in that rehab - the owner used ... continue reading
  • 4 Loopholes We Use to Justify Staying Addicted

    Justification is the effort to prove that our behaviors are valid or reasonable, and it is human nature to do so. In the field of psychology, this human tendency is related to cognitive dissonance. Simply put, cognitive dissonance is an ...

    ... to justify our substance-driven behaviors . Loophole #1 I've already ruined everything. As addicts, we try to ... feeling more in control of their addiction. The first step to overcome this pattern is to admit that help is ... continue reading
  • Top 10 Myths (and Realities) About Drug Addiction

    More than many other topics, addiction is surrounded by myths and misinformation. Substance abuse is a hugely emotional issue and opinions on the issue vary widely. While this is to be expected, it is dangerous when opinions on such a life-impacting ...

    ... . Thoughts like “If she loved me, she'd stop” and “He's choosing the drugs over me” prevail the thinking of many people ... of people that use cocaine become addicted. About 12% of people that use alcohol become addicted. ... continue reading
  • Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time

    Mother's Day - those two words once brought memories of cards and flowers, crabs and beer. It's a time when families come together in the name of celebrating motherhood. For me, this day hosted three generations laughing and loving. Our time was ...

    ... drowning in guilt.” - Mary Beth Cichocki Mother's Day has always been my holiday…the one day when I do for everyone else. I do the food and drinks, buy the flowers and transform my gardens into a peaceful place where all ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

    Years ago, while I was in a nine-month substance abuse treatment program, I realized that everyone around me had one thing in common - they smoked. In fact, their lives seemed to revolve around the next cigarette, so much so that they weren't ...

    ... a nine-month substance abuse treatment program, I realized that everyone around me had one thing in common - they smoked ... interventions into drug treatment is an important step.” Additional Reading: California - 5 E- ... continue reading
  • You’re Not a Victim: 5 Ways to Break Out of This Role

    When struggling with substance abuse , it's tempting to feel like the victim. Things are rough. Your life is probably in shambles. Your loved ones have likely distanced themselves from you. Things are falling apart. The question is - how do you ...

    ... launch your break out of victimhood, start with these steps: Get Outside Your Own Head As a victim, your ... their short-term needs. I want something and I want it now. I will bully and manipulate whomever I need to in order ... continue reading
  • 10 Tips for Staying Sober This Holiday Season

    With the holidays just around the corner you may be wondering how you can stay sober with parties, dinners, and social gatherings. Whether you are newly sober or 5 years into your recovery, it can be difficult to gear up for sobriety during the ...

    ... When you experience an urge or craving you can step outside and call this person. Bring a Non- ... I am on a medication and I can't drink alcohol,” “I have early plans tomorrow morning (could be an early hike or meeting),” “I ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Centers

    Treatment can be provided on an outpatient, intensive inpatient or residential basis, depending on the type of center. Drug abuse centers are places where health, confidence, and optimism can be restored to people who have lost these positive ...

    ... to break the behavior down into smaller steps chosen together with their therapist. As each step gets closer to the drug-free behavior, different rewards are obtained for meeting the behavior that starts to resemble a ... continue reading
  • 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits

    It's no secret that drug addiction can drive people to do things that are completely out of character. When addiction takes hold, scoring drugs to avoid withdrawals is a 24/7 job. And there's no glamour in that kind of career path. Little girls ...

    ... known to take money out of the offering plates traditionally passed around at narcotics anonymous meetings and church services. Kind of Legal, Totally Questionable Many addicts spend hours collecting recyclable items ... continue reading
  • Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It’s Time to Get Help

    Colleges and universities across the country are struggling to tackle the huge rise in students using ADHD drugs like Adderall as study aid , but the problem doesn't magically disappear after graduation. Businesses across the country are finding ...

    ... with these medications. Going Days Without Sleep : An occasional all-nighter is sometimes necessary. Board meetings, performance reviews and tax season requires a lot of work and attention on your part. While ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

    A craving is an intense desire to use a particular drug and experts consider this the second stage of addiction. This overwhelming urge to use is so powerful, it hijacks normal thinking and behavior and leads to irrational acts - regardless of the ...

    ... . This is where we find ourselves in Stage 2 of the progression through addiction. It's a Slippery Slope I reached Stage 2 after trying to numb my emotions with alcohol . In addition to my parents' recent divorce ... continue reading
  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

    Years ago, I spent an entire summer behind a small desk in an upstairs room at my dad's house, studying for the Bar Exam. Cramming 18 different legal subjects into my head over the span of two months was no easy feat, and I quickly realized I needed ...

    ... into my head over the span of two months was no easy feat, and I quickly realized I needed something else (in addition to my brain power) to help me focus and stay alert. That's when energy drinks soon became my go-to ... continue reading
  • Symptoms and Signs of Substance Abuse

    How to tell if Someone is Using Drugs Drug use affects people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic statuses. Whatever the reason a person starts taking drugs, whether recreationally or as prescribed, tolerance, patterns of increased use, ...

    ... changes. Problems sleeping or sleeping too much. Signs will vary based on the substance and the method used (i.e., smoking, injection, etc.). What are Behavioral Signs of Drug Abuse? Drug use tends to significantly alter ... continue reading
  • Legalizing Marijuana Decreases Fatal Opiate Overdoses, Study Shows

    According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. In an effort to relieve that constant pain, the number of opiate prescriptions has nearly doubled over the last decade. Today, opiates like ...

    ... and recommended. Drug addiction hotline number Alcohol addiction hotline number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near Me How to Help a Drug Addict State-Funded Rehab Centers Near ... continue reading
  • The 20 Countries with the Harshest Drug Laws in the World

    United States drug laws are often considered harsh, but the penalties for carrying or trafficking drugs in other countries, particularly those in Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia, can be much more severe. Here are twenty countries ...

    ... and recommended. Drug addiction hotline number Alcohol addiction hotline number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near Me How to Help a Drug Addict State-Funded Rehab Centers Near ... continue reading
  • Big Pharma: Are They Advertising Addiction?

    Pharmacological companies do not have a good rap. They've been known to bury bad news, which has had an effect on people's health, and therefore their lives. Whether it's not testing drugs properly, as with the case of thalidomide (caused defects in ...

    ... and recommended. Drug addiction hotline number Alcohol addiction hotline number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near Me How to Help a Drug Addict State-Funded Rehab Centers Near ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

    Days before my rock bottom moment, I remember thinking: “Could things get any worse?” My parents had just divorced, I loathed every second at my law firm and I'd just lost the most important person in my life who'd had an unexpected and sudden ...

    ... d worked so hard for, both professionally and financially, would disappear as I languished in prison for four long years. It Hurts When You Fall I've often wondered how I managed to fall so far, to have hit a rock bottom ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean to be Dope Sick?

    Bill found John curled up on the couch; he looked miserable. Bill asked, “What's wrong with you?” “I'm sick, man. You got any?” was John's weak response. As Bill suspected, John was in withdrawal. An active heroin user, John was low on cash ...

    ... get clean. “Yes, you're sick - dope sick,” Bill started, “and I'm here to help you get better, but not that way.” It would be ... goes without their drug of choice for 6 to 12 hours. You may be wondering, 'how long does ... continue reading
  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

    Transparency: The condition of being free from pretense or deceit; readily understood; characterized by accessibility of information. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), Big Pharma lacks transparency. Consumers don't really know ...

    ... their annual meeting in June, the AMA called on the pharmaceutical industry to increase transparency in three steps: # ... drug's price by more than 10 percent during a 12-month period. This would (hopefully) put a damper on ... continue reading
  • He Drinks Everyday. Is My Husband an Alcoholic?

    Janette isn't sure what to make of her husband's behavior. Does he simply like the taste of barley and hops…or is he addicted to alcohol ? Here's her story. Drinking Patterns Our fridge is always well-stocked with beer. I guess that's not ...

    ... dinner. Some nights, it's more than one. Our recycling bin is filled with beer cans every week. Is that a bad sign? I've never been a big drinker, so it's hard to know if he's crossing the line. What's Your Definition of ... continue reading
  • The Financial Toll of Addiction

    If you've ever known someone who has suffered from addiction or have been that person yourself, you'll know how much of an emotional toll it can have on you and your loved ones. It can put a strain on your relationships and affect both your personal ...

    ... and recommended. Drug addiction hotline number Alcohol addiction hotline number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near Me How to Help a Drug Addict State-Funded Rehab Centers Near ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Can it Cure My Addiction?

    What does it take to quit using heroin or other opioids? It's a question that is very much on the minds of millions of Americans. The scientific community continues to look for the best way to quit using drugs and everyone wants to know what will ...

    ... is crushed into a powder and people consume it for up to 12 hours until the full effects of the plant are achieved. 3 ... now illegal and is even classified as a Schedule I drug by the Food and Drug Administration. 1 Because ... continue reading
  • Are Instagram Booze Memes Driving More Women to Binge Drink?

    Instagram, home of selfies and highly-filtered vacation pics, has generated another popular trend: booze memes. The colorful images, which generally cater to women, often depict wine bottles or clinking champagne glasses with pun-ny phrases like ...

    ... women, often depict wine bottles or clinking champagne glasses with pun-ny phrases like “it's wine o'clock!” and “I need a hug…e bottle of wine.” The memes are widely circulated by female users, as well as beauty brands ... continue reading
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