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  • 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... easily find and attend meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), SMART Recovery, and other ... some concern has been raised over the safety of 12-step meetings, especially for women. There are people ... continue reading
  • 7 Tips for Keeping Your 2016 Resolution to Get Sober

    Once January has come and gone, new years' resolutions can be difficult to follow through on—especially when your resolution is to get sober. It's easy to keep putting it off every month until you eventually forget why you wanted to do it in the ...

    ... to keep yourself accountable for your progress. Friends and family can be a great source of accountability and can be ... to join. Support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are a great way to ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... addition to a core of individual, group and family therapy options. Clients benefit from a clinical team ... 65 and over, all gender-specific and based on the 12-step recovery model. Patients - some famous faces like Steven ... 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 ...

    ... to drink. This person may be a therapist, friend, or family member. It can also be a sponsor or someone who has ... increase your attendance to groups like Alcoholics Anonymous . Members will often organize sober holiday ... continue reading
  • 3 Things You Should Never Say to an Addict

    If someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol, then you're no stranger to heartache and worry. In addition to those feelings, bitterness and disappointment are probably unfortunate staples of your home. Life kind of becomes a pressure cooker; ...

    ... give up hope. You're doing it all wrong. Recovery has to be done this way! Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous have helped usher thousands of people into recovery, but they aren't right for everybody. You have ... 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 ...

    ... 's pooch, wait for a reward to be offered, then bring the dog back and nab the cash. In a real pinch, addicts have been known to take money out of the offering plates traditionally passed around at narcotics anonymous ... 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 ...

    ... that, out of the one million Americans in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), approximately 56.9 percent were smokers. Among ... cessation interventions into drug treatment is an important step.” Additional Reading: California - 5 E- ... 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 ...

    ... on the pharmaceutical industry to increase transparency in three steps: #1 - List suggested retail prices of drugs in ... drug's price by more than 10 percent during a 12-month period. This would (hopefully) put a damper on ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Facts About Meth in the Gay Community

    As one of the most popular drugs in the gay community, users mistakenly believe that crystal meth leads to fun and enhances their life experiences. Due to that train of thought, this drug has become somewhat of an epidemic among the gay ...

    ... have become extremely prevalent. Party hosts often advertise that guests will be treated to free meth and anonymous sexual escapades. In many areas of the nation, these parties have become a regular occurrence. And ... continue reading
  • Are You Really Addicted to Marijuana? Is Anyone?

    More Americans are becoming aware that drug addiction is a disease and not a character flaw, but many continue to find it difficult to believe that marijuana addiction is real. This could be because they experimented with marijuana weed at one point ...

    ... fact that marijuana addiction is real. If you're concerned about marijuana addiction and have found it difficult to stop smoking, talk with your doctor and seek out Marijuana Anonymous support groups in your community. 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... was alive or dead. Allison lived with the fear that all families of people who use illegal drugs feel. When is the call ... something called “harm reduction.” It wasn't a 12-Step. It wasn't about abstinence only. It was ... continue reading
  • Who Are You Without Your Drug of Choice?

    Addiction is the ultimate identity thief. It doesn't set up false bank accounts or hack your email - it steals your identity from within. Spinning in a cycle of chemical dependency , those battling with drugs and alcohol often don't realize one ...

    ... Haley, Simon, and Jenny, you can find out. When you're ready to start the journey, try these three steps: Step #1 - Discover What Brings You Joy Try new things. Revisit old interests. Either in a treatment setting or on ... continue reading
  • Progressive Ways Some States Are Reducing Nonviolent Drug Offender Incarcerations

    The United States has some of the highest incarceration rates in the world. In 2008 alone, the United States had placed one out of every 48 working men behind bars; that's a lot of people to support with tax money. In fact, about $75 billion was ...

    ... . In fact, about $75 billion was spent nationally on corrections that year. Fortunately, some states are stepping forward to help the United States combat the prices of incarceration. It has been determined that reducing ... 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 ...

    ... Specifics Benzodiazepines (benzos) are a member of the anxiolytic family - a class of drug commonly used to help relieve ... done under medical supervision. In carefully managed steps, a supervised detox is achieved by slowly ... continue reading
  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

    Medical professionals work hard to heal the sick, but underneath those white lab coats and cartoon scrubs, many are secretly struggling with the disease of addiction. Working in the healthcare field can feel like a pressure cooker at times. The ...

    ... conditions the high expectations of co-workers, patients and family members and it's easy to see how medical ... into an approved addiction treatment program are essential steps for each and every medical provider who's ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems. One of the most negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze ...

    ... dietary and lifestyle changes, be proactive with your health . The following suggestions are just a few of the steps you can take to get your bowels moving regularly once opiates are no longer in the picture: Exercise : ... 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 ...

    ... 90 percent within three years. This approach is drastically different from traditional treatment modalities, like the 12 steps. Once the patient goes through alcohol detox , they have two therapy sessions, then receive ... 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 ...

    ... To launch your break out of victimhood, start with these steps: Get Outside Your Own Head As a victim, your default ... Find a local church or spiritual center. Ask your family and friends how you can help them this week. ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

    Opioids are used by millions of Americans. It seems that every day a news article is being shared on television or the Internet about opioid misuse, addiction, and unfortunately, overdose. With new information emerging each year from research and ...

    ... be Afraid to Talk About It You can take control of your health today and take the difficult but necessary steps to quit using. When you are considering quitting opioids, it may be helpful to talk to someone who has gone ... continue reading
  • Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

    What Is Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome? Post-acute-withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) refers to a constellation of symptoms experienced by some individuals who are addicted to alcohol or certain drugs after a prolonged period of withdrawal . PAWS is also ...

    ... individuals and tempt them to return to drug use. Steps that can be taken to manage PAWS and improve your ... for both the recovering person and his friends and family, these symptoms will subside with time. Patience and ... 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 ...

    ... you are free to come and go as necessary for work, family, business, or leisure activity as long as you adhere to ... to continue to seek treatment or to participate in a 12-step program in order to live there. As a resident, ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the amount of overdose deaths a ...

    ... their lips and give two quick breaths into their mouth. Then give one long breath every five seconds. Step #3 Administer Naloxone Naloxone (Narcan) is a life-saving drug that reverses the depressing effects of opiates on ... 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, ...

    ... has happened multiple times before…the weather is sunny and clear, so the roads aren't treacherous…etc.) Step #3: Remove it. Don't discount your catastrophic thinking. It's a dangerous road to travel, leading nowhere ... 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 ...

    ... eventually happen, and I'd be back at that deli with a 12-pack. Is there a reason I have to stay here? I lived ... love and support of friends and family. Ultimately, I picked a place close to my family, as it allowed me the ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

    Naloxone History Lesson Naloxone is not a new medication. In fact, emergency responders have used the medication since the 1960s. Today, worried parents keep naloxone on hand, law enforcement officers carry the medication in case of life-threatening ...

    ... for free. Myth #5: Only Doctors Can Prescribe Naloxone The FDA recently held a meeting to discuss what steps would be needed in order to increase access to naloxone on a national level. Though legal policies vary by ... 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 ...

    ... Both show business and addiction run in the Downey family. The cult filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. also had a ... Mail article , the actor credits a combination of 12-step programs, yoga, meditation and therapy with keeping him ... continue reading
  • 20 Genius Minds and the Drugs they Were Addicted To

    Intelligence doesn't preclude people from taking drugs any more than fame does. When those who are under stress need to relax, some turn to drugs or drink as an escape from reality. Others do it because they believe it enhances their creativity or ...

    ... , however, once stating that Jews were only one step above cannibals. By Abode of Chaos 2. Charles ... and marijuana to get him through the day. His family eventually staged an intervention, dumping all the evidence of his ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

    Millions of Americans suffer daily from chronic pain. Factor in all the people managing temporary pain after accidents or surgeries and you have a massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely powerful and ...

    ... take more than prescribed. Fortunately, this recent study unveiled a potential morphine alternative that side-steps all the concerning effects. Scientists engineered a drug based on the neurochemical endomorphin, which ... continue reading
  • Released from Prison…and Still Addicted

    There are over 2.3 million people in American prisons and jails, making the U.S. the most heavily incarcerated country in the world. More than 65 percent of this segment meet medical criteria for substance abuse addiction, but yet are provided with ...

    ... U.S. is still dragging its feet on this issue, roughly two dozen other countries have already taken steps away from traditional punitive-oriented drug policies. One such is Portugal, who in 2001, decided to decriminalize ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

    Most of us know that exposure to secondhand smoke can produce serious consequences for unborn children, including low birth weight, heart defects and learning disorders. But the potential ramifications of secondhand smoke certainly don't stop at ...

    ... who were all between the ages of 4 and 12, along with a bulk of supporting data provided by ... to it. This might include setting a quit date, telling family and friends of your plans and removing tobacco products from your ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

    It's common knowledge that a vast majority of the U.S. prison population is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Despite having months, years or even decades to work on themselves and overcome the chains of chemical dependency, almost none of ...

    ... said Professor Fazel. Drug treatment in American prisons is even more crucial today. Some states are even taking steps to reduce long prison sentences for those convicted as a result of non-violent drug possession crimes ... continue reading
  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

    Although drugs like heroin and cocaine tend to grab flashier and more dramatic headlines in the media, arguably the biggest substance issue among young adults and college students is prescription medication. In fact, prescription stimulants are ...

    ... admit to selling and/or sharing their pills The Collegiate Response Luckily, some colleges are taking steps to address this growing problem. Students prescribed stimulants at Marist College and Fresno State are now ... 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 ...

    ... of yoga, meditation, prayer, spiritual counseling, 12-step programs, and so on, without the teachings ... will have some combination of medical detox, individual/family therapy and counseling, support groups, and physician ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

    Opiates are a group of drugs that manage pain by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). There are two different kinds of opiates: natural and synthetic. Natural opiates come from the dried “milk” of the poppy plant and include opium, ...

    ... abuse,” says Dr. Chinazo Cunningham, professor of family and social medicine at Albert Einstein College of ... before the age of 15. About 7 million people age 12 years and older used a prescription drug non-medically in ... 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 ...

    ... Hand? People sharing their extra pills put others at risk, whether they realize it or not. But a few simple steps can be taken to help with this issue - mainly by the doctors who prescribe the medications. A few of those ... continue reading
  • Teachers Pause Playground Games to Pick Up Needles

    Most soccer games involve time outs. But, coaches usually call them to trade a player, give a pep talk, or help a player recover from a fall. At Boston's public schools, however, soccer games are paused to remove used syringes from the field. ...

    ... reports , “Residents still find discarded needles in their yards and people injecting drugs on their front steps or passed out in alleys behind their homes.” The truth is, change doesn't happen overnight. Efforts ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    Withdrawal. It's a huge hurdle on the path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually have to face the intimidating mental and physical effects of withdrawal. It's a powerful and frightening thought. Some of the ...

    ... the creation of a more effective treatment method for the symptoms of withdrawal. Dr. Trang says their next steps will be to determine the drug effectiveness in humans and to ensure its' safety. Their goal is to develop ... continue reading
  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

    Suboxone - a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - is sadly inaccessible to a lot of people due to one simple factor: cost. But that's about to change. Last month, a supplier of generic drugs - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories - was allowed by a ...

    ... Boston Globe health and medicine site, Ed Silverman, told Alcoholism and Drug Abuse weekly about the next steps for Dr Reddy's (or any other company seeking to make generic buprenorphine-naloxone). He explained companies ... continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

    For many, getting hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it's a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria - or “high” - that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users coming back for more, ...

    ... -181 isn't yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the company plans to discuss its next steps with the agency in the near future. They're also looking for a partner to sell the drug, if and when it ... continue reading
  • Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb

    If you're reading this, chances are you or your loved one is on the road to recovery, so congratulations! Thinking about ways to combat cravings and prevent relapse are among the most important steps you can take to maintain a sober lifestyle. It ...

    ... , so congratulations! Thinking about ways to combat cravings and prevent relapse are among the most important steps you can take to maintain a sober lifestyle. It might feel discouraging to find yourself craving a ... continue reading
  • 7 Things You Don’t Realize About Teenage Drug Abuse.

    It's difficult to convince adolescents of the harmful and potentially deadly effects of drug abuse. After all, teens have an exaggerated sense of invulnerability: “Nothing bad will ever happen to me, regardless of what anyone says, thinks they ...

    ... to drug use; other times, the reverse is true: using drugs worsens mental health. Prolonged drug use side-steps the need to address underlying mental health issues; and when these are not addressed early and thoroughly ... continue reading
  • 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober

    The time is now to make a change, and stick to it . The following 21 tips will help you get and stay sober in 2017. 1. Live in the now. You cannot change yesterday or control tomorrow. Focus on doing your best right now. 2. Seek support in nature. ...

    ... Without it, moving forward is impossible. Reconnect with family and friends and make amends as needed. 7. ... . It's something you'll need to work on every day. 12. Be good to yourself. Addiction beats you up. Now that you ... 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 ...

    ... Motivational interviewing. Contingency management. Motivational incentives. 12-step programs. Support groups. Will I Have ... ability to uphold a job and maintain healthy family life. Reduce commercial sex work. Reduce the ... 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 ...

    ... interest to me,” she said. “The helplessness around [addiction], and learning to deal with that, and all the various 12-step programs I've been a part of over the years, and how much they've helped me, and how hard it ... 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 ...

    ... . If you're having such severe issues that you cannot function as a family, it is usually fairly obvious to those outside the family. The first step should be to confide in someone you trust, preferably someone who is in ... continue reading
  • Teenagers and Drugs: 11 Real Reasons Why Teenagers Experiment

    There is a common misconception that teenagers who experiment with drugs and alcohol are inherently “bad kids.” Many parents assume that teenagers experiment because they are rebellious and want to lash out. That may be the reason a small ...

    ... like to be a teen? Understanding is the first step to helping. Here are 11 reasons why teenagers experiment with ... self-destructive behavior. The media, bullies, and often family put pressure on teenagers to act and look a ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Truth: Exactly How Long Do Drugs Stay in Your System?

    If you throw back a beer on Friday night, it's out of your system by Monday morning. But, what about other drugs? Most drugs linger a bit longer than alcohol. In fact, some of them stick around for a long time. This slower processing can surprise ...

    ... weekend. She took a few Valium to get through the family reunion (and a house full of screaming kids). She felt ... your system (using a urine test) for up to 12 weeks, depending on the quantity and frequency of use. ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean When Someone Says They’re 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 ...

    ... someone goes without their drug of choice for six to 12 hours. Symptoms usually peak within three to four days. This ... setting . It's also helpful for friends and family to provide a solid support system during this time ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

    It looks like our nation has found a “bullet” deadlier than the traditional calibers. As of 2015, heroin is killing more people than guns. This shift in statistics has happened rather quickly. In 2007, gun homicides outnumbered heroin deaths 5 ...

    ... gun homicide numbers. In 2015, there were 12,979 gun homicides and 12,989 heroin deaths. Heroin has also surpassed ... heroin epidemic continues to devastate communities and families across the country—in large part because ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal

    Many substances of abuse can lead to the development of physiological dependence—especially if they are taken in large amounts and for a long period of time. When a person becomes dependent on a substance and then decides to stop using it, they ...

    ... the risk of a fatal overdose. 8, 11, 12 Though the time of onset may vary, withdrawal symptoms following ... treatment after withdrawal management, or detox, is an important step toward long-term recovery. 9, 13 As you get ... 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 ...

    ... create a greater sense of calm. A slightly modified version 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 ... 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 ...

    ... my heart and shatters it like glass; broken in too many pieces to ever be repaired. Our once happy family has been forever changed by addiction . Addiction claimed the life of my youngest son. Gone forever, his demons ... 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 ...

    ... . According to policy language, students may be suspended, expelled, forced to attend drug counseling and 12-Step meetings for possessing over-the-counter medication. Although an extreme example, it's an extreme ... 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 ...

    ... does nothing to “heal” the neurological aspects of addiction or root emotional factors. Many addiction experts and 12-step support groups say you can't be “clean” if you're using Suboxone for long-term maintenance ... 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 ...

    ... dependence. Let's take a look at the 12 addictive drugs ranked highest. 5 Wondering if you or ... . have a disease that is caused by smoking. 12 Nicotine mimics the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and binds to its ... continue reading
  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

    Close your eyes. Picture someone smoking pot. What do they look like? Most importantly, how old are they? Did you drum up an image of a teen experimenting with drugs? A college student? If so, your image needs some updating. The Centers for Disease ...

    ... their consumption of pot, the nation as a whole is not. In 2014, 2.5 million Americans over the age of 12 had used marijuana for the first time over the past year. This averages to 7,000 new marijuana users each day. The ... 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 ...

    ... addiction, no two people follow the same path during the recovery process. Some go to rehab, others rely on a 12-step program to get help. But, despite the variety of options, there's no “right” way or one-size-fits-all ... 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 ...

    ... 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 nothing could help. Would she always ... 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 ...

    ... name. Appearance Though both drugs come from the same source, they certainly don't share much of a family resemblance. Cocaine: In its pure form, cocaine is a white powder. When “cut” or combined with other ingredients ... 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 ...

    ... the Focus Substance abuse is a selfish disease, one that's entirely about you. One of the best things about 12-step programs is they provide you with an outlet to help others with similar issues. When you listen to their ... continue reading
  • 6 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Women

    Drug addiction impacts men and women in different ways, which is why there are many women-only addiction treatment centers. Women who have issues with men or simply want the support of other women may feel more comfortable attending a treatment ...

    ... in their day-to-day life. Treatment can be particularly difficult for women because they tend to have less family support than males, and they may have a hard time attending treatment if they have to care for children ... continue reading
  • Why is Meth So Addictive?

    According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, 4.9% of Americans aged 12 and older reported using methamphetamine in their lifetime. 1 Meth is an extremely addictive drug with limited medical use. It creates an intense high that can ...

    ... form, smoke it, inject it, or snort it. Smoking or injecting meth produces an instant high that lasts between 8 and 12 hours, 6 which leads many people to take repeat doses to remain high . When taken orally, the drug's ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Signs

    Some drug abuse signs are obvious and others are subtle. Drug abuse takes a toll on the body both physically and psychologically. Physical drug abuse signs may be exhibited in an array of physical symptoms including an increase in blood pressure and ...

    ... you or someone you know suffers these drug abuse signs, please do not wait to call our helpline. Family members, friends or associates showing these drug abuse signs need professional care. The Drug Abuse Helpline at 1 ... continue reading
  • A Closer Look at the History and Use of Cocaine

    Cocaine is a popular CNS (central nervous system) stimulant that is naturally derived from the cocoa plant, which is most commonly grown in South America's Andean region. Though its proper, chemical name is benzoylmethyl ecgonine (C17H21NO4), users ...

    ... Survey on Drug Abuse (NHADA) revealed 601,000 people over the age of 12 used cocaine for the first time during the course of the previous 12 months. This figure may seem high, but NHADA points out that the number ... continue reading
  • 5 Movies That Will Make You Never Want to Do Drugs Again

    Hollywood has a knack for glamorizing controversial subjects and drug use is certainly one of them. Yet for every Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or Trainspotting , there are also those films that will make you never want to touch drugs again. Here ...

    ... flick is based on the 1978 book by Jim Carroll, who compiled the story from diaries he kept between the ages of 12 and 16. Needless to say, any depiction of juvenile heroin use is unlikely to be pretty. But this tale of ... continue reading
  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

    This is your brain on pot: A new study has found that regular marijuana use is linked to both lower IQ scores and impaired decision making skills. It's All in Your Mind The findings from the University of California Davis Centre for Neuroscience ...

    ... for their development.” Looking to the Future Although marijuana use among smokers between the ages of 12 and 17 dropped from 12 percent in November 2002 to 9.5 percent in 2003, millions of pre-teens and teenagers ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

    Urban and rural addicts don't seem to have a whole lot in common, according to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In gathering data for this particular study, researchers looked at addiction ...

    ... ). Rural addiction treatment admissions were also less likely to enter treatment voluntarily or upon the referral of a family member or friend (22.8 percent versus 38.7 percent). Urban addicts were more likely to enter a ... 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 ...

    ... be important to you, like your job or your family, then you almost certainly have become addicted. Don't ... your body of the prescription drug, an important first step in breaking free of addiction. A rehab program will ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    Drug and alcohol addiction can batter anyone Of course, some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, ...

    ... King The master of horror and cocaine, King churned out thousands of pages of work year after year. His family staged an intervention and showed him how his habits were getting out of control. William S. Burroughs Most ... 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 ...

    ... however, addiction may be shared with friends, family members or romantic partners. These individuals tend ... and feeling more in control of their addiction. The first step to overcome this pattern is to admit that help is ... continue reading
  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

    Would you ever give pot to your pooch? Most of us likely think this idea is, well, barking mad, but a new bill out of Nevada could soon make medical marijuana for pets a reality. Animals and Weed Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom is sponsoring the bill ...

    Would you ever give pot to your pooch? Most of us likely think this idea is, well, barking mad, but a new bill out of Nevada could soon make medical marijuana for pets a reality. Animals and Weed Democratic Sen. Tick ... continue reading
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Ritalin Recovery

    His paper was due tomorrow and Darren had barely started (if you count typing his name and the title of the paper as “started”). What Darren had really started to do was panic. He knew he'd have to stay up all night to finish, but he was already ...

    ... roommate had done to help him over the past few months, and hearing how his addiction was affecting his family, Darren broke. He admitted his Ritalin use was an issue and agreed to enter an addiction treatment program . ... 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 ...

    ... control. Being labeled as “the strong one” by my family, I mistakenly thought that asking for help would tarnish that ... fulfilling life. Asking for help is the first step in the healing process; you deserve the opportunity ... 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 ...

    ... happens without warning. These events are life-changing experiences and can range from child abuse to losing a family member. It's hard to predict how anyone will respond to trauma, but many who experience it ultimately ... continue reading
  • Researcher Gets $431,700 to Study the Effects of Meth on Wounds

    It's widely known that meth use can lead to a multitude of health problems: rotten teeth, memory loss, a weakened immune system. Nobody knows this better than Luis Martinez, microbiologist and associate professor of biomedical sciences at the New ...

    ... pulmonary bacterial infections. But after a family vacation in southern California, a chance ... grant will allow him to take his preliminary studies a step further and raise awareness about the devastating effects of meth ... continue reading
  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

    Every generation has its trends. From hairstyles, to music, and yes, even drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been studying the drug habits of Americans for decades. Their survey results reveal patterns of drug use among ...

    ... use of stimulants peaked. Their frequency of stimulant use at that time tops the generational charts at over 12 percent (nearly triple that of Gen X and Millennials). To their credit, this generation lived through a post ... continue reading
  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

    One in 20 Americans are popping pills that have been prescribed for someone else. And the CDC reports that most misused prescription opioids are obtained from family members - many of them stolen from medicine cabinets. We Need Solutions This abuse ...

    ... have been prescribed for someone else. And the CDC reports that most misused prescription opioids are obtained from family members - many of them stolen from medicine cabinets. We Need Solutions This abuse is taking its ... 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 ...

    ... can know what to avoid in the future. This first step is essential to get you back on the right track. ... Look to any other trusted sources of support available - family, friends, a mentor, pastor or other community groups ... 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 ...

    ... to get access to the pay phone to call my family that night. Undoubtedly, those days were the hardest times ... whereas those who I hadn't talked to in years really stepped up to the plate. You really learn who your true ... 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 ...

    ... , cocaine, and meth problems for years. Family Court Judge Patricia Gallagher ordered that she not get ... about the opioid epidemic? Should judges be allowed to step in and prevent women from having babies while addicted ... 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 ...

    ... I got sober for?” Six months abstinent from heroin and crack , she'd gone from being the family member who used drugs to the family caretaker. It seemed like a pretty bad deal to her. Leading a New Life Hanging out in ... continue reading
  • 10 Ways Drug Abuse Hurts You and Those Around You

    Most of us have heard countless times that drug abuse isn't beneficial - the word “abuse” is in the name, after all. But a lot of people don't realize just how dangerous it can be, both to the person using and the people that person loves and ...

    ... , the more someone abuses drugs, the more their priorities shift toward their drug of choice. For instance, an important family event, such as a wedding or baby shower, will often take a backseat to a person's drug use ... continue reading
  • Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects…

    Spouses, family members, friends, and coworkers are often flooded with emotions as they watch someone they care deeply about struggle in the grip of addiction. But here's something you may not realize: many of the emotions a loved one feels are the ...

    ... are frequently paralyzed by guilt. Parents often wonder if they failed to raise their child properly, while family members, spouses, or friends may ask themselves what they could have done differently to prevent the ... 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 ...

    ... is one of the most difficult factors to overcome when admitting that you have a substance abuse issue. What friends, family, coworkers and employers or society at large has to say about someone who is an “addict” is a ... 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 ...

    ... by how insecure I was at admitting where I'd been the last four years. While all my friends and family knew the truth, acquaintances and potential employers were totally in the dark. Though part of me wanted to hide in ... continue reading
  • Methadone Programs: A Bad Treatment Plan for Addicted Parents?

    When it comes to the negative effects of substance abuse , addiction casts a wide net. Addicted parents, in particular, are faced with a unique set of challenges, as an opiate dependency ultimately affects the whole family. For thousands of parents ...

    ... much higher for parents using methadone than for heroin users in general. Thirty-two (25 percent) of the 130 families in the study experienced the death of an addicted parent, and in 2 cases both parents had died before ... continue reading
  • Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

    When a loved one passes away, you want to remember them at their best. You want others to remember them at their best. You carefully select the words for their obituary to reflect their life's contributions and all the love and affection you feel ...

    ... need to understand this is a problem; we need to come together and stop some of this. If we can stop one family from having this kind of ending, we've won.” Additional Reading: Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time ... continue reading
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    Terms of Use Last Updated: June 14, 2018 Recovery Brands LLC and its affiliates and subsidiaries (together “ Company ”, “ we ,” or “ us ”) provide the website located at RecoveryBrands.com, and the various related websites, software, ...

    ... will survive such termination or expiration, including, but not limited to, Sections 1, 4, 7, 8, and 12 - 21. Dispute Resolution and Arbitration a. Generally. In the interest of resolving disputes in the most expedient ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA

    Scientists are finding “convincing evidence” that marijuana can damage DNA and even cause certain forms of cancer. These revelations are more than alarming, considering that Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, Washington and the city of Washington, D.C. ...

    ... at 6.5 percent among 8 th graders, 16.6 percent among 10 th graders and 21.2 percent among 12 th graders. There are two particularly worrisome results of the 2014 MTF Survey: As marijuana use has declined, the perceived ... 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 ...

    ... he said in May 2010. “Now I can hopefully compare myself to last year when I wasn't able to run 10 or 12 plays without being incredibly tired. All my focus is on my body and how much stronger I can get, how much stronger ... 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. ...

    ... they're able to focus and start enjoying life again. They're also able to embrace the love and support of family, get back to the friends who truly love them, and lead the authentic, meaningful life they've missed out on ... continue reading
  • Will Diplo’s New Anti-Drug Video Impact EDM Culture?

    Mad Decent label head Diplo just put the EDM drug culture on blast, releasing a dark music video for the track “Techno.” Teaming up with fellow Mad Decent producers Yellow Claw, Waka Flocka Flame, and LNY TNZ, the 3-minute video shines a ...

    ... young people have suffered, along with the grief-stricken families who are left behind with nothing but a mountain ... currently ingrained in EDM culture is definitely a step in the right direction. Learn more about the ... continue reading
  • Arkansas Woman Drowns after Huffing Duster

    Duster, also known as canned or compressed air, is used to clean pieces of electronic equipment or other sensitive devices. Unfortunately, duster is also a product commonly abused. Known as “ huffing ,” users inhale the chemical-laden compressed ...

    ... a Salvation Army official. Shocking Facts About Inhalant Abuse More than 2.6 million children between the ages of 12 to 17 abuse duster. One in four students has abused duster before eighth grade. Inhalants are often the ... continue reading
  • What You Need to Know About ‘Zombie Drug’ Krokodil

    Krokodil (Crocodil) is a homemade version of a synthetic drug called desomorphine. As the name deso-morphine suggests, the chemical is in the opiate family and closely mimics the effects of heroin and morphine. Pure desomorphine is a very addictive ...

    ... a synthetic drug called desomorphine. As the name deso-morphine suggests, the chemical is in the opiate family and closely mimics the effects of heroin and morphine. Pure desomorphine is a very addictive substance with ... continue reading
  • Detoxing from OxyContin: What to Expect

    What makes OxyContin so addictive? Why does the body develop dependence on OxyContin? And if you're addicted to Oxy, how do you break the vicious cycle? Here, we will explore what the drug is, what detoxification looks like and how to identify and ...

    ... it is a “time-release” version of Oxycodone , OxyContin is able to provide pain relief for up to 12 hours consecutively. This further increases the risk of addiction in the patient by way of continued exposure. The ... continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

    With fatal overdoses increasing each year, the need for action has never been greater. Despite funneling billions into the anti-drug movement, the addiction problem remains unsolved. Acknowledging that fact, several countries are looking to “safe ...

    ... The establishment provides a safe place to inject drugs and connect to health care services. InSite has 12 injection booths, offers clean needles, and provides access to naloxone in case of an overdose. Medical personnel ... 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 ...

    ... to an extremely lengthy stay in a prison camp. You will have no contact with your friends or family, and it may be very difficult for the United States government to intervene. The Philippines In the Philippines ... continue reading
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