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  • 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 ...

    ... Support groups with other women who are battling similar addictions also are a crucial aspect of the recovery process ... services are another important amenity to consider for those who have children . Studies have shown ... 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 ...

    ... person's addiction journey are different, but for most people, the path to recovery follows a ... be a friend, a relative, a doctor or an online support group. Most people find it essential to talk to someone about what ... 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. ...

    ... soccer games are ... Recovery Road.” For now, the reality is this: The area is literally littered with evidence of drug use. Nearby schools like Orchard Gardens K-8 institution are just blocks from Boston's busiest addiction ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... first time. It's Economical Virtually every form of online support for addiction/recovery is completely free of charge. If you have access to the Internet, you're all set. You don't have to worry about gas money, public ... 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 ...

    ... along your path of addiction recovery. The toll-free Drug Abuse Helpline at can assist you in finding a drug abuse recovery program that meets your individual needs. Call today for a free, confidential analysis and the ... continue reading
  • New Jersey Brings Mobile Recovery to the Streets

    Residents of Morris County should watch for a new vehicle roaming its at-risk areas. Hope One, a mobile recovery access center, is officially bringing addiction treatment to the streets. The goal of the program is to remove barriers that prevent ...

    ... has partnered with the Morris County Center for Addiction Recovery, Education and Success, the Morris County ... them to be productive members of society and drug-free.” A Step In the Right Direction With drug overdose ... 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 ...

    ... benefits can also be affected, so even after recovery, you could continue to experience the financial impact of your addiction for years. Over a lifetime, addiction can cost an addict thousands of dollars in lost ... continue reading
  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

    Methadone is in the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the drug, citing that methadone - when prescribed for pain, not for opiate addiction - accounted for ...

    ... Others may claim it's unfair to punish an entire group just because a portion of them are abusing methadone. ... s view of methadone , whether it's used for treating chronic pain or addiction. Only time will tell how - or if ... 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 ...

    ... havoc on her personal and professional life. Her character is seen in various states of addiction, recovery and relapse, and it's not uncommon for scenes to play out in rehab facilities or 12-step meetings. Falco said in ... 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 ...

    ... Addiction is just as much a physical and psychological illness as a spiritual one and it needs to be treated as such. Surrendering to a higher power can be a crucial part of the recovery process for ... support groups the ... 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 ...

    ... , I had a moment of clarity. I was tired of these games. In June of 2014, four years after my arrest, I was ... one have experience with active addiction and the legal system? Feel free to share your thoughts or experiences ... 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 ...

    ... . For example ... groups like Alcoholics Anonymous . Members will often organize sober holiday events and it can be helpful to surround yourself with others in recovery. Stay Active If you are sitting around with a group ... 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 ...

    ... can also help you stay on your path to recovery . Write down any time you feel like using ... group There are countless support groups that exist for almost any addiction, and most of them are free to join. Support groups ... continue reading
  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

    Are you familiar with the concept of a Trojan Horse? It's pretty on the outside but filled with deadly enemies inside. It creates an appearance of innocence, but is designed with trickery in mind. Legal drugs are a lot like a Trojan Horse. These ...

    ... by humans (since you know that's really what they are created for), they show their true colors. Usage of these drugs have serious side effects, addiction and even death. What's Really Inside? Users of so-called “legal ... 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 ...

    ... are intricately woven into heroin addiction. Destructive patterns are what lead ... both physically and mentally. Lean on People Recovery isn't a solo sport. Find a support group . Attend meetings. Reach out to your sponsor ... continue reading
  • The Thief: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Us

    Addiction is much more than a psychological or physical reliance on substances or behaviors; it's a physical, emotional and spiritual issue that puts blinders on our perspective, corrodes our value systems, and compromises our ability to prioritize ...

    ... regain our hope of recovery, we can also begin to recover the other stolen parts of our lives. Addiction is a thief, ... Hope Once addiction steals everything else, the only remaining thing to steal is our hope for renewal ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

    We're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety says something about us, ...

    ... of our nation's young people. What Have You Done for You Lately? As a society, what have we really done ... better off learning to manage our anxiety “pill-free.” They recommend feeling our feelings, rather than relying ... 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 ...

    ... free and was ready to start living. A therapist recommended she continue counseling and attend support groups. ... will provide a safe and effective alternative for opiate addiction treatment . Additional Reading: Outlook on ... 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 ...

    ... recovery from addiction may struggle to incorporate spirituality into their wellness plan. Although there are many reasons for ... about. Prayer. Attending spiritual or religious groups. Set aside 15-20 minutes a day ... 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 ...

    ... him after local performances. The rapper has also become notorious for one of the most outrageous on-stage gimmics of all time: giving out free cocaine to audience members during shows. After a performance at Propagana ... continue reading
  • Meth on the Mind: It’s a Mental Downhill Slide for Users

    Kim felt dizzy; she was confused and her speech was severely slurred. Her sister thought she'd had a stroke. Kim couldn't focus, had no energy and seemed very sleepy. It's no surprise her sister was worried, but Kim certainly wasn't suffering from a ...

    ... Delusions What's on Your Mind? Meth is one of the most dangerous drugs out there. Its psychotic effects can last for years, even after you've stopped using. It makes you wonder - if Kim, Matt and Kristin had known the ... continue reading
  • Golden State Gives No-Go for Booze-Cannabis Combo

    Alcohol is legal in California. Now, recreational use of marijuana is, too. Does that mean Californians will be allowed to sit at their favorite bar stool and consume a cocktail and cannabis? Nope. Why Not? The question has definitely come up among ...

    ... which licenses California establishments, released an FAQ for guidance. The top question addressed by the ... these regulations could change in the future. But, for now, Californians who want to mix marijuana and margaritas ... continue reading
  • Positive Workforce Drug Tests Increase for the First Time in a Decade

    A shocking new report released by Quest Diagnostics reveals that the percentage of positive drug tests among American workers has increased for the first time in over a decade. Increased stress in the workplace, a lack of job security, and the trend ...

    ... as a way to cope. Evaluating the Dirty Drug Screens For their study, Quest Diagnostics looked at 8.5 million ... operators, and airline workers A combination of both groups Breakdown of the Results According to Quest's ... 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 ...

    ... to say the recovery process has been easy. My first year back in the “free world” was plagued ... for relapse! Because of the intensely personal qualities of addiction, no two people follow the same path during the recovery ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a ...

    ... control how much is taken. Myth #3 - Methadone is Worse for You Than Heroin Methadone is a non-toxic medication, and studies ... Methadone has helped many people stay on track in recovery - but it's not a miracle cure. Only ... 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 ...

    ... past year. This reckless behavior has significant consequences for your company and those around you, such as ... drug testing during employment, and implementing consequences for violating the rules. However, as the opioid ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    ... dependence - a treatment that is being hailed as a “game changer” in the industry. Probuphine consists of four, one- ... . Here's Another Option The second option for fighting opiate addiction comes in the form of a vaccine. ... continue reading
  • Do Women Pay a Higher Price for Smoking Weed?

    Tetrahydrocannibinol, better known as THC, is the most potent component of marijuana. It's the chemical that causes feelings of euphoria and makes users feel “high.” When someone uses marijuana, THC quickly travels into the bloodstream, through ...

    ... , and on to the brain. This process is completed within a few minutes, but the high can last for several hours. Though you might think THC affects everyone the same, research has proven otherwise time and again. However ... 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 ...

    ... addicts don't have much in common. For those who believe all addictions are alike, the SAMHSA report proves ... with addiction, take action today. Our toll-free helpline can connect you to the best addiction treatment ... continue reading
  • Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

    Suboxone is a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor's office, whereas methadone can only be ...

    ... the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement for methadone and ... multispecialty groups to become prescribers. Opening the door to multispecialty group practices ... continue reading
  • Shooting Up: How Far Would You Go For a Fix?

    IV drug users can quickly find themselves in desperate situations. They often lack clean needles, pure water and other supplies needed to shoot up, prompting many of them to improvise. And for a large segment of the population, improvising means ...

    ... you don't have a clean bottle of water lying around, you've got to get it somewhere, right? The rationalization for using water straight out of a toilet water goes a little something like this: “Hey, it's clean water. It ... continue reading
  • 5 Smart Ways to Prepare for Your Friend’s Intervention

    Krista is worried about Becca. They've been friends for years, so Krista can tell when something is “off” with her friend. And lately, something seems off. Krista has noticed Becca being a lot less social. She spends more time at home, alone. ...

    ... “speech” for the real thing. Be Realistic If your best friend is struggling with alcoholism, the road to recovery may be ... life, you might benefit from counseling or a support group . What's even better, as you work through ... continue reading
  • The Siver Lining for Meth-Exposed Newborns Starts Here

    Thousands of pregnant women in the U.S. are abusing meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine users. The result is hundreds of thousands of babies at risk. ...

    ... -exposed newborns aren't doomed to become negative statistics . How should others respond to this study? The principle for a safe and supportive environment is one that can be taken well beyond the home. In fact, experts ... 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 ...

    ... stage in the addiction model, yet its meaning is subjective and different for everyone. Sometimes people ... with life. It helped me to break free from denial and stop blaming others for my problems. If I hadn't received ... continue reading
  • Cryptocurrency: A Payment For Treatment or a Reason For Treatment?

    Do residential treatment facilities accept cash, charge, insurance - or cryptocurrency? Despite cryptocurrency's newfound popularity, hopefully that last form of payment is not an option. Why? Because it may be the cause for treatment. ...

    ... come out of left field. Experts in behavioral addiction admit that digital currency trading can result in ... a trend to serve these individuals. The group-centered treatment allows those struggling with cryptocurrency to ... continue reading
  • Ruthless Drug Dealer Ordered to Pay for His Client’s Funeral

    Opioid abuse is killing thousands of Americans each year. Every day, nearly 100 lives are lost to the opioid epidemic. Many of these fatalities are caused by a deadly drug that's secretly added to baggies of heroin (or cocaine) as a cheap way for ...

    ... 's punishment a new trend that the courts should continue? Should the money drug dealers make be used to pay for the funerals of their customers? This seems to have a ring of justice to it. Perhaps the courts will choose ... continue reading
  • Should People Who Abuse Alcohol Qualify for Liver Transplants?

    Three years ago, one of my uncles - a long-time alcoholic - was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He was told he didn't qualify for a new one, so he continued to drink - all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver ...

    ... my uncles - a long-time alcoholic - was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He was told he didn't qualify for a new one, so he continued to drink - all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and ... continue reading
  • Exploring the Resort-Style Addiction Treatment Centers

    It's hard being a celebrity. All that visibility, stress, worry, and fear of losing it must be quite hard to deal with. Sure they get paid a lot of money, and they seem to be afforded a certain amount of immunity when things go wrong, such as when ...

    ... 's not to say that other addiction programs are worse—indeed there are many that have comparable rates of recovery . You may just not get a midmorning massage. Whether you're looking for the most exclusive, resort-life ... continue reading
  • CDC Issues Urgent Call for More Needle Exchange Programs

    The controversy over needle exchange programs is nothing new. It's been debated for decades. What's new is the CDC's latest report that shows a change in trends. According to the recent report , new HIV infection numbers are growing and we don't ...

    ... on these communities that whites who inject drugs now have more HIV diagnoses than any other racial population - for the first time ever. Current Program Reach Falls Short The CDC found that the use of syringe programs ... continue reading
  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

    What happens to confiscated pot? Does it go to Mary Jane jail somewhere? Is it donated to hospitals for medical research? Does it get tossed into the high seas? In the U.S., officials turn to several different sources for disposal of confiscated ...

    ... amounted to a pile of trash cluttering up the customs office and provided a source of electricity and heat for local residents. You could say the customs officers in Germany have taken that old adage, “one man's trash ... continue reading
  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    The closest addiction specialist is three hours away. You don't have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, everyone in town will know where you went and why. If this were your situation, how likely would you be ...

    ... Telemedicine: Revolutionizing Treatment This potential game-changer is called telemedicine . It is ... method could be used for psychological services, specialist consults or addiction treatment. Jamey Lister, assistant ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their valid points, the question itself has evolved, making its way into other areas of society, including the ...

    ... on one question: Is OxyContin causing heroin addiction or vice versa? For example, when doctors sever a patient's ... who oversees a 24-bed detox ward at Mercy Hospital Recovery Center in Portland. “As bad as oxycodone is, ... 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 ...

    ... - almost like a revolving door. Virginians Call for Treatment Not Punishment Prison is designed to penalize - ... it wasn't the appropriate place to send people battling addictions. And I'm not the only one who feels this ... continue reading
  • What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today?

    Although you might think your home is drug-free, your teenager might know otherwise. Many of the current substance abuse and addiction trends among teens today are shocking simply because they involve household products that are readily available. ...

    ... drug-free, your teenager might know otherwise. Many of the current substance abuse and addiction ... any aerosol spray cans of whipped cream, are an easy way for teens to get their hands on nitrous oxide, more commonly ... 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 ...

    ... treatment, only 13.2 percent of parents (19 people) remained in recovery and drug-free ten years later. Another 14 (9.7 percent) met the criteria for recovery after 5 to 10 years. Ten could not be located or contacted ... 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 ...

    ... and they still don't have the tools to cope with addiction triggers. In short, they're bound to go right back ... 10,000 inmates across the state can now ask for sentencing and many behind bars in county jail would be ... continue reading
  • More Proof that Boozing is Bad for Your Sexual Health

    We've all heard a story or two about someone acquiring a sexually transmitted disease after an alcohol-fueled night,right? But, as it turns out, the alcohol itself could be contributing to a higher rate of the human papillomavirus infection (HVP). A ...

    ... persistent HPV. Scientists in South Korea tested 9,230 women for HPV and found that the drinkers were three times more ... by suggesting that tobacco use and nicotine addiction can also weaken immune systems and increase 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 ...

    ... the point that I needed to drink. If it weren't for crashing into another car on my way home from a bar one ... or how far off the deep end I'd be in my addiction. Any Port in a Storm? Trauma creates an imbalance to our ... continue reading
  • Do You See an Enabler in the Mirror? (Look Out for These 6 Warning Signs!)

    If you're experiencing any (or all) of these responses to your teenager's addiction, you may actually be causing more harm than good. Being a good parent means wearing many hats. You are both the compassionate protector and the discerning ...

    ... circumstance of addiction to control you. No matter the consequences of sharing, you must feel free to express ... think, and fear of losing their child to the addiction. For this reason, many parents continue to clean up ... 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 ...

    ... Hollywood Despite his active drug and alcohol addiction, Downey Jr. made a name for himself as a young actor in the ... and directors are seeking him out. Now in recovery for more than 15 years, he fact that Robert Downey ... 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 ...

    ... of developing an addiction. The only way to get rid of these cravings for good is to ... separate yourself from drugs and alcohol - first through detox, and then through treatment and a program of recovery ... continue reading
  • Addiction and Your Hormones: Pointing the Finger at Estrogen

    Could a hormone imbalance be to blame for your chemical dependency ? The answer might surprise you. If you're a woman, chances are you're familiar with the effects of a fluctuating estrogen level. Symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, and depression ...

    ... pills be implemented as a possible addiction intervention. Progesterone Lowers Drug Seeking Behaviors ... As you can see, hormones could be more responsible for your progression towards substance abuse than you might have ... 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 ...

    ... as a much freer one, in the process. Here are 8 tips to keep in mind when coming out of the addiction closet. Tip 1 ... Join a Support Group Probably the best place to “come out” is to a recovery group who understands what ... continue reading
  • The Fear of Dealing with Addiction in the Public Eye

    Addiction has an insidious way of creating shame and dealing with it can heighten feelings of personal and professional embarrassment. For many, dealing with an addiction by seeking professional help is a private matter. However, for others, seeking ...

    ... addiction publicly may present additional challenges, fears and setbacks during recovery, ... professional who's forced to deal with addiction publicly, it's natural for you to fear that your professional abilities will ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly known for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but its use as a study aid has effectively turned this medication into one of the most widely used - and abused - recreational drugs among teenagers and ...

    ... Most people need help to beat an Adderall addiction . When looking for an appropriate rehab center, you'll want ... for the drug and any underlying issues behind the drug use. This typically involves attending group therapy ... 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 ...

    ... system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze your gut and force stomach ... Office of Drug Evaluation III in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Take Proactive Healthy Steps Instead ... continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

    With Obama out of office, Republicans are looking to nix the limits his administration imposed on drug testing the unemployed. Instead, they want to make it easier for states to enact drug screening requirements for various forms of public ...

    ... only 48 tested positive. To make matters worse, the budgeted cost for that year's testing program was $336,297. The data didn' ... section below. Additional Reading: The Financial Toll of Addiction Image Source: iStock 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, ...

    ... ; and doing things to help them with their recovery is acceptable support. So giving your teenager money ... allies who provide much relief—for both you and your teen. Addiction specialists can offer great insight, ... 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 ...

    ... pay for part of his inpatient rehab and then got the NFL Players Association to pick up some of the tab. It's such a bad word, addiction… but it really isn't. That's my truth. Tautolo, 60, is now living in a recovery ... 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 ...

    ... facing jail anyway. Another thing you can try is asking for a work-release or outpatient program . Judges may be ... If you or a loved one has an alcohol abuse or addiction, call our helpline at and get ready to learn more ... 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 ...

    ... in suicide risk for teens. Advertising Addiction? However, are they advertising addiction? After all, ... addiction hotline number Alcohol addiction hotline number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free ... continue reading
  • Trading Dependencies: There’s Nothing “Mild” About a Kratom Addiction

    Mitragyna Speciosa, also known as Kratom, is a large tree in the Rubiaceae family native to Southeast Asia. It is said that Kratom affects the human brain similarly to an opiate , although there is no conclusive clinical data proving how the ...

    ... Because of this, it has been promoted as a potential cure for opiate addicts. The idea is that Kratom, a “mild” drug ... potential detox aid also make it a potential addiction. In small doses, Kratom causes stimulant effects ... continue reading
  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

    A new Surgeon General's report finds drug and alcohol addiction to be one of America's most pressing public health concerns. “It's time to change how we view addiction,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wrote in his landmark report last month. ...

    ... a sitting U.S. Surgeon General has declared substance abuse a public health crisis - a huge step forward for the addiction industry. Clearly, this will impact a variety of policies in the future, but what if this new ... continue reading
  • Watch Your Mouth: It Matters How You Use the Language of Addiction

    Dr. Kimball was asked to read a brief story. It told of a man having a difficult time complying with court-ordered addiction treatment. From start to finish, Dr. Kimball referred to this man as “the addict.” Dr. Jeffries read the same story, ...

    ... seek treatment . Can We Rewrite the Culture? Advocates pushing for an addiction language overhaul are fighting an uphill battle. Many common addiction terms are literally and figuratively ingrained in our society. Many ... 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 ...

    ... of death. For some, however, this isn't enough. They want to send the message loud and clear. Joran Leavitt's mother, Robyn, wrote: Leavitt, Jordan. Webster: Lost his fight with the disease of addiction on Tues., June ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs Reward

    According to the latest Census in 2015, the United States has a total population of 321 million people. In the same year, 57 million prescriptions for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin, or its brand name Neurontin, is an anti-seizure medication ...

    ... Risk vs Reward In recent years, gabapentin has been prescribed for off-label conditions (reasons it wasn't intended) up to ... , ADD, bipolar disorder, and even cocaine addiction . Some of the common side effects of ... 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 ...

    ... . Because guilt is such a painful and powerful emotion, people often try to make up for it by enabling the person with addiction, which only complicates matters. More than any other emotion, shame tries to strip away our ... continue reading
  • How to Stay Productive at Work While Still in Recovery

    We live in a very competitive society when it comes to finding a job and keeping it. Even for a person that's never tasted a drop of alcohol, it's still a challenge to find a good job and get accepted into a workplace. It becomes even worse when ...

    ... with your addiction, getting back to work can often actually help speed up your recovery; working gives ... obvious productivity killer. If you don't need your phone for work purposes, try turning it off while you're ... continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

    For most people addicted to drugs or alcohol, the compulsive desire to use is complex. That urge is often triggered by certain environments, thoughts or past experiences. And while addiction is classically thought of as a physical dependence, the ...

    For most people addicted to drugs or alcohol, the compulsive desire to use is complex. That urge is often triggered by certain environments, thoughts or past experiences. And while addiction is classically thought of as ... 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 ...

    ... so before. “I popped one pill, and I stayed awake for hours. I was so focused, I finished a week's worth ... on Ritalin use and abuse. He learned about addiction and recovery . With greater knowledge, he had a better ... continue reading
  • Does Your Personality Put You at Risk for Addiction?

    Are certain personality types more prone to substance abuse? Although it certainly seems so, this question has been the focus of debate for some time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality ...

    ... abuse? Although it certainly seems so, this question has been the focus of debate for some time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality types: Type A and Type ... 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 ...

    ... it's important to realize that recovery isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. While 12-Step may work for some, it may fail miserably for others. Maybe inpatient rehab works for you, while medication assisted therapy works ... continue reading
  • The Thief, Pt. II: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Our Loved Ones

    Addiction is often referred to as a family disease—and for good reason. Contagious in its misery and destruction, the disease of addiction has the ability to sabotage anything we hold near and dear to our hearts. When friends and family are ...

    ... , friends and family typically never feel peaceful while affected by addiction. 5. Joy Addiction is an isolating and depressing disease; not only for those suffering from addiction but also loved ones of addicts. As our ... 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 ...

    ... there's shame and stigma surrounding the concept, leading experts to consider this the fourth stage of the addiction model. By asking for help, you're showing courage and re-claiming your power. You won't be a victim to ... 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 ...

    ... /recovery is actually the best thing you can do, for yourself and your friends. If your group of ... Do they become distant if you talk about getting help for your addiction? Is the fear of losing your friends and social ... 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 ...

    ... coverage levels, how to get your insurance company to pay for drug and alcohol rehab and also how to pay if ... addiction hotline number Alcohol addiction hotline number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free ... 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 ...

    ... healthcare workers face a unique set of challenges. Caring for Others Takes a Toll If you watch the news, you ... a provider's addiction. There is Life After Addiction To achieve sobriety and long-term recovery , addicted ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports an estimated 1.5 million Americans use cocaine. In 2015, our nation saw more than 6,700 cocaine-related deaths. Research indicates around 40 percent of drug-related emergency department visits involve ...

    ... MAT, has helped countless people achieve recovery from opioid addiction . Medications like methadone, Suboxone , ... might not be the case for much longer… According to one recent study, a group of doctors from Mount Sinai ... continue reading
  • Fixing the Addiction Counselor Crunch: One University’s Plan to Help

    Seventy-seven percent of counties across the country are currently suffering from severe shortages of behavioral health professionals. By 2025, the expected demand for treatment will create a shortage of over 15,000 workers. The lack of experts in ...

    ... addiction from a disease perspective. It's designed to support a recovery-oriented systems of care model for addiction ... Approaches to Addiction Treatment Theory and Practice of Individual and Group Counseling Professional ... 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 ...

    ... second chance - a second chance to do better and be a better person - and if it wasn't for my old addiction I doubt I would have ever gotten this important change in perspective . Additional Reading: The Thief - 7 Things ... 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, ...

    ... marijuana is weeks away from being legalized for medical use, some addiction experts fear that legalization will lead to ... University of Albany and chairman of pot advocacy group NORML, challenges the claim that 9 percent ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Drew Barrymore Former child star Drew Barrymore's drug abuse in her teenage years found her controversial fame, including two trips to rehab that motivated her to get back on track with her career. 2. Mary-Kate Olsen “Full House” actress ...

    ... death was multiple drug intoxication . 25. Judy Garland Wizard of Oz star Judy Garland struggled with drug addiction for much of her life and died of a barbiturate overdose at age forty-seven. 26. Marilyn Monroe Marilyn ... continue reading
  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

    It's tragic. People are reaching out for help…and there's no one there. As a nation, we're experiencing a severe shortage of treatment options for those struggling with substance abuse. The National Council for Behavioral Health reported shortages ...

    ... then assigning them to practice in areas of need across Tennessee. Graduates would agree to work in the addiction program for three years and, in exchange, they would receive a stipend to cover training plus student loan ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Ozzy Osbourne Rockstar Ozzy Osbourne has long struggled with addiction. In fact, his heavy alcohol and drug abuse led to him being fired from Black Sabbath in 1978. 2. Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain got to know his wife Courtney Love while they used ...

    ... . 8. Bobby Brown Singer and bad boy Bobby Brown has faced several arrests, including for DUIs and drugs . He blames his cocaine addiction on his ex-wife, Whitney Houston. 9. Natalie Cole Natalie Cole's 2000 autobiography ... 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, ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... therapy. 5 That is roughly one per year. In comparison, Methadone—a common method of treating opioid addiction—accounted for nearly 40% of single-drug opioid pain reliever deaths in 2009 alone. This is twice as much as ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

    A new study out of India has found that most men suffering from opioid addiction are also dealing with sexual dysfunction as a result. The research paper, titled “Sexual Dysfunction in Men Seeking Treatment for Opioid Dependence: A Study from ...

    ... were addicted to opioids for at least a year and 50 healthy participants with no addiction history. After surveying ... with addiction, take action today. Our toll-free helpline can connect you to the best addiction treatment ... 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 ...

    ... nearly double that of all other groups combined. Rates of women using have ... for addiction, though. As mentioned, addiction is a long-term condition, and it is marked by periods of relapse and recovery . It is possible for ... continue reading
  • Dual Diagnosis: The Link Between Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

    If you're suffering from a mental health issue, you may find yourself turning to drugs or alcohol to help you cope with the symptoms. Similarly, if you regularly abuse drugs or alcohol, you may find yourself with symptoms of a mental health disorder ...

    ... treatment center that has an integrated approach, your recovery may be quite difficult and you may find ... for anxiety and alcohol abuse), buspirone (for anxiety and alcohol abuse), and topiramate (for cocaine addiction ... continue reading
  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

    People tend to use benzodiazepines because they work, plain and simple. A group of prescription sedatives, benzodiazepines are classified as Schedule IV in the Controlled Substances Act and are most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under ...

    ... because they work, plain and simple. A group of prescription sedatives, benzodiazepines are classified as ... COVERAGE FOR BENZO ADDICTION TREATMENT Find out if your insurance coverage includes benzo addiction rehab and ... 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 ...

    ... much he loved to play the piano. Focused entirely on drinking for the past five years , he hadn't even touched a ... have to offer the world. Additional Reading: The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Effects

    Learn More About the Effects of Illicit Drugs Alcohol Bath Salts Cocaine Crack Crystal Meth DMT Ecstasy Flakka Kratom Hashish Heroin Inhalants LSD Ketamine Marijuana Meth Methoxetamine (MXE) Mushrooms Peyote PCP Spice Steroids Stimulants Long-term ...

    ... the help you need. Simply call our hotline at for more information on rehab centers in your local area. ... to beat your addiction and regain control of your life. The first step to drug addiction recovery is ridding your ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

    We all know that getting enough sleep is important to your mood and overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug cravings ...

    ... overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study , ... and had been clean for about 10 to 14 days before starting the study. For nearly two weeks, patients ... 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” if you're using Suboxone for ... up-to-date on emerging and established recovery options. With so much false and ... continue reading
  • Refusing to Give In: 8 Ways to Beat Cravings

    Cravings are a normal part of addiction recovery. No matter whether you haven't used in months or you just stopped using this week, you're likely to experience an urge to use at some point. Urges are relentless, finding you at your weakest point and ...

    Cravings are a normal part of addiction recovery. No matter whether you haven't used in months or you just ... craving coming on, stop and acknowledge it . Accept it completely for what it is and don't try to make it go away ... 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 ...

    ... Sober living homes are group homes that are free of alcohol and drugs for individuals in recovery . They operate like a ... or religious groups, but the majority of homes are run privately, most often by groups of sober ... continue reading
  • The Five Most Famous Drug Cartels

    It should come as little surprise that the five most famous drug cartels are centered in Mexico. After all, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, known as “The Godfather” for controlling all drug trafficking in Mexico as well as that along the country's ...

    ... criminal groups in ... for a long time as five of the most famous drug cartels in the world. If you or someone you love has become tangled up in a drug addiction, please get help. Talk to someone at our toll-free addiction ... continue reading
  • What Are Bath Salts and Why Are They So Dangerous

    No, we're not talking about actual bath salts. That would be unfortunate and rather painful. If you've ever accidentally got a fizzy drink up your nose (we would mention one of the leading brands of cola products, but that could be confusing), ...

    ... the base compound, bolting on different atoms and groups. Eventually, they came up with MDPV, which ... for yourself or whoever you care about that might be taking bath salts. You can call our toll-free addiction treatment ... 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 ...

    ... to treat addiction to ... for staying sober and living a rewarding life in recovery. The focus is on the individual's current life, rather than past difficulties. Members of LifeRing are free to attend other support groups ... continue reading
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