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  • Why Don’t We Have Addiction Vaccines?

    After three decades of research, people with addiction still have few medication options. While there are a handful of modestly effective FDA-approved drugs to treat alcohol, nicotine and opioid-use disorders, there are none at all for cocaine, ...

    ... the high.” No current medication can do all three things . That's why the idea of vaccines for addiction has long—some ... researchers agree that they would work best as relapse prevention — in combination with another anti ... 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; ...

    ... but you're not sure what to say to an addict. You don't understand why he refuses to listen; you may even believe that ... frustrating when you're a witness to multiple episodes of relapse. But if you give up on him, it can ... continue reading
  • 9 Memorable Quotes from Former Addicts

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

    ... was not easy for me. I was a classic 'in denial' addict. As a stay-at-home mom, I drank wine all day, ... movies, on television shows and nominated for Emmy. But the best thing I can say about me is that people who can't ... continue reading
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  • Drug Abuse Problems

    The Devastating Effects of Drug Abuse and Addiction Drug abuse problems - the myriad repercussions to substance addiction - are typically not high on the list of considerations when someone begins using drugs. Some people become addicted to drugs ...

    ... when someone begins using drugs. Some people become addicted to drugs only after they begin a period of ... - a situation full of hopelessness and despair. The best advice is to arm yourself with knowledge before there is ... continue reading
  • A Response to Hooked In Wisconsin

    “I don't want to be here. I don't want this to be my life,” Sarah Bear says from the Marathon County Jail. Currently serving two years behind bars, she is one of 10 people interviewed by USA TODAY-Wisconsin as part of Hooked in Wisconsin, a ...

    ... grounds for relapse. In the end, prison doesn't teach addicts new coping mechanisms ... in prison and once released. “All I can do is try and give it my best shot,” she said. “I have to, because it's going to end up killing ... 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 ...

    ... your struggle affects those around you, but often an addict's loved ones suffer as well. Remember, they feel pain ... book a month—whatever your goals may be, do your best to stick to them! They may help distract you when ... continue reading
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  • 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict

    When you think of drug addiction, many people immediately associate the disease with the kind of tragic, rock-bottom moments we're privy to on shows like Intervention or Celebrity Rehab . The problem is that nine times out of ten, Hollywood gets it ...

    ... considerable amount of danger. Because functioning addicts are so good at masking their struggles and covering ... A high-functioning addict may chalk up constant headaches or lethargic energy to simple things like “not being ... 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 ...

    ... With a Heroin Relapse Learn From It Admit what happened and why. What triggered your relapse? Was there something ... but it has a huge impact. You'll feel better, both physically and mentally. Lean on People Recovery isn ... continue reading
  • Are These 7 Things Really as Addictive as Drugs?

    When you think about the disease of addiction, images of illicit drugs or empty whisky bottles likely come to mind. But addiction isn't limited to these substances. In fact, experts have determined that humans can become addicted to anything that ...

    ... of control. When you're addicted to shopping, you purchase frivolous things and feel exceptionally guilty about it ... makes you feel like you're on top of the world. Why else would it be called a “runner's high?” Research ... continue reading
  • Religious Rehab Holds Addicts Against Their Will in Guatemala

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

    ... for hours… People thought I was killed.” “I saw terrible things in that rehab - the owner used to beat up the girls ... once they have recovered sufficiently. However, many addicts are kept in these centers long after they ... continue reading
  • Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication?

    Jack During his freshman year, Jack's grades started slipping. He found it hard to keep up. He knew several classmates who used uppers for extra boosts when they needed them. In hopes of finding an endless supply of energy (and improving his ...

    ... wanted to sit still. They got tired of finding things to entertain him and were weary of fighting with ... if it's okay to take narcotics to help them focus, why not try something else to make them feel happy, or relaxed ... 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. ...

    ... I'm not like so-and-so…he/she's really in bad shape. Addicts like to use other addicts as a way to gauge their level of substance abuse . They'll say things like “Bob's been busted for three DUIs, but I never get behind ... 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 ...

    ... our hearts. When friends and family are affected by an addicted a loved one, it can be a confusing, infuriating ... but hopelessness and despair. Hope is the final thing addiction steals from loved ones. Before addiction ... continue reading
  • Got 15 Minutes to Spare? Why Not Spend it Reducing Impulsive Drinking?

    Do you want to cut down on drinking? Would you like to be able to say “no” more often? Guess what? There's an app for that. Well, there's an online tool for that. Paul Dolan, professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics and ...

    ... minute sessions to alter thinking and behavior. It seems too good to be true, but this tool is showing positive ... sessions have reduced cravings and a 13 percent lower relapse rate. How Does This Program Work? The idea ... continue reading
  • Take the Backdoor: Why Your Brain Can't Refrain From Cocaine

    Ted just snorted two lines of cocaine. If we could see inside his brain, we'd see some pretty alarming results. The blood vessels of Ted's brain are shrinking and blood flow is restricted, diminishing his ability to think, remember and function. ...

    ... issues, to name just a few. And if you think things get back to normal once the cocaine leaves Ted's brain ... not it's a good idea to take the drug. This new pathway (or backdoor) means that, once Ted is addicted, he may not ... 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 ...

    ... treatment program, I realized that everyone around me had one thing in common - they smoked. In fact, their lives seemed ... basis and may actually increase the chances of relapse. So, how can the prevalence of smoking ... continue reading
  • A Living Nightmare: 5 Things Doctors Don’t Tell You About Benzos

    Written by Dean Dauphinais It's no secret that prescription drugs can work miracles when obtained legally and taken as directed. But do you know that some prescription meds can also make your life a living hell. Such is the case with ...

    ... to fully educate me. Many people say the same thing about Benzos. I took my Klonopin exactly how I was ... ahead. 1. You don't have to be an addict to become addicted. Benzos are sedative hypnotics that work on the body's ... continue reading
  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

    Women are generally more vulnerable to cocaine addiction than men, according to a recent study published in the journal Nature Communications. They're also more likely to use cocaine at an earlier age, take drugs in larger quantities, have greater ...

    ... age, take drugs in larger quantities, have greater difficulty staying sober and are at an increased risk of relapse . But why? Well, the reason seems to come down to biology. A Look at the Biology Researchers at the ... 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 ...

    ... stay awake for days at a time. 2 Here we explore why meth is so addictive and some of the negative effects that ... most of them negative, users may still become addicted to meth due to the perceived beneficial psychological ... 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, ...

    ... it's normal to feel a little anxious about things - we're likely to experience a smaller amount ... , we'd be okay without the medication and be much better off learning healthy ways to cope with stress and fear. As ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

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

    ... be experiencing withdrawal. Naturally, she panicked. “I must be addicted! What can I do? I can't tell anyone; I ... . I don't want to go to rehab. There's only one thing to do; I just have to get more pills.” The Facts About ... 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 ...

    ... higher dosages just to have the same effect. Next thing you know, you're struggling with a physical and ... Cold Turkey Detox Can be a Fatal Mistake If you're addicted to benzos - no matter how physically durable or mentally ... continue reading
  • Planning an Intervention? 5 Things You Need to Know

    Watching a loved one suffer from addiction can be a difficult and painful experience. You want to offer your help and support, but aren't sure where to start. If you're considering planning an intervention for your loved one's addiction, here's what ...

    ... their best interests at heart. If you feel that friends and family alone are not sufficient to encourage the addict to ... prepared . Without proper planning, there are many things that can go wrong during an intervention. ... continue reading
  • Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About a Resurgence of Cocaine in the U.S.?

    According to the DEA's annual Drug Threat Assessment cocaine use is on the rise. It looks as if, while in the midst of an opioid epidemic, a lethal storm of cocaine has quietly made landfall in the US. Cocaine-related deaths spiked in 2006 at 7,500 ...

    ... 2010, these numbers have started to climb again, reaching over 6,700 in 2015. Coke Smugglers Do the Darnedest Things In 2016, 92 percent of cocaine seized in the U.S. came from Columbia, with the remainder originating 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 ...

    ... is the first step to helping. Here are 11 reasons why teenagers experiment with drugs. 1. Boredom One of the ... predisposed to experiment with drugs and alcohol and become addicted. Although poor choices are part of being a ... continue reading
  • Why are We Seeing More Drug-Dependent Newborns?

    Drug addiction not only impacts the chemically-dependent, it has serious ramifications on their friends and loved ones. While no one wants to watch someone they care about struggle with addiction, the unborn children of drug-dependent women don't ...

    ... receive treatment for their addictions afterwards end up relapsing; their children are often placed in the ... the children can't be fully shielded from their addicted parents . Having a healthy and happy child starts with ... 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 ...

    ... so concerned with helping the millions of American's dealing with opioid use disorder, why is Suboxone prohibitively expensive to some? And why are millions of American's still dying every year from opioid overdoses when ... 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 ...

    ... in prolonged adolescence. Basically, we don't grow up, and though that may sound like a good thing, it's not. Arrested development negatively affects our relationships, careers, coping abilities, and social skills. #3 ... continue reading
  • Lock ‘Em Up: Is Jail Really the Best Deterrent to Drunk Driving?

    When I was sentenced to four years in prison for drunk driving , something my prosecutor said stuck with me. He told the courtroom that my punishment would serve as a deterrent; he said stiff sentences for first-time offenders were the best way to ...

    ... he said stiff sentences for first-time offenders were the best way to send a message. Does It Work? For ... something like that.” The thing is, we never think it will happen to us, which is why stronger punishments for DUI ... continue reading
  • .08: Why is this the “Magic” Number?

    Bill weighs 170 pounds. After drinking five beers in two hours, his blood alcohol content (BAC) will be over .08 percent. His wife, Tammy, weighs 120. Her BAC will reach .08 during that same time period after just three beers. According to laws ...

    ... to pass a breathalyzer before the car is operable. Since it's possible lowering the legal limit would save lives, why don't we do it? Two main reasons keep popping up: Powerful Industries The alcohol lobby and restaurant ... continue reading
  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

    A new study out of McMaster University in Canada has found that common treatments for opioid addiction reduce the level of testosterone in men, but not in women. The research project, published in the journal Scientific Reports , collected data from ...

    ... in women. The research project, published in the journal Scientific Reports , collected data from 231 opioid addicts receiving methadone treatment in Ontario, as well as 783 people in the province who don't use opioids ... 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 ...

    ... withdrawals or totally blacked out. This had been my daily routine for four years. It Gets Worse Before it Gets Better I was used to the panic attacks when I woke up. I was used to the projectile vomiting when I was ... continue reading
  • 5 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Men

    Addiction affects millions of men and women across the United States and many of them seek help from addiction treatment centers each year. National surveys conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicate ...

    ... for certain things in a program if you're a male searching for an addiction treatment center. #1. A Good Therapist One ... having a good aftercare plan is essential, especially for men at risk of relapse. Aftercare planning ... 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 ...

    ... week in a residential rehab facility. These programs are best suited for people who have a severe addiction and ... approaches, amenities, and services. Here are 6 things to look for in addiction treatment centers for women ... continue reading
  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

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

    Years ago, I spent an entire summer behind a small desk in an upstairs room at my dad's house, studying for the Bar Exam. Cramming 18 different legal subjects into my head over the span of two months was no easy feat, ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the ...

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned ... continue reading
  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

    Breathe on this. Spit on that. Provide a urine sample. You know the drill. The methods of drug testing are relatively common and well-known. From breathalyzers to blood tests, most people are familiar with the process…but all that's about it ...

    Breathe on this. Spit on that. Provide a urine sample. You know the drill. The methods of drug testing are relatively common and well-known. From breathalyzers to blood tests, most people are familiar with the process… ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, ...

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use ... continue reading
  • The 25 Best Sources for Drug Addiction Research

    1. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) : Aims to bring effective substance abuse prevention to every community; works to improve accessibility to and quality of substance abuse prevention services. 2. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment ...

    1. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) : Aims to bring effective substance abuse prevention to every community; works to improve accessibility to and quality of substance abuse prevention services. 2. Center for ... continue reading
  • Why Do Binge Drinkers Have a Hard Time with Healing Wounds?

    The term binge drinking applies when a pattern of alcohol consumption results in the rapid increase of blood-alcohol content that meets or exceeds the legal limits of intoxication. Experts have known for decades that the effects of binge drinking ...

    The term binge drinking applies when a pattern of alcohol consumption results in the rapid increase of blood-alcohol content that meets or exceeds the legal limits of intoxication. Experts have known for decades that the ... 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 ...

    ... at the end. You're not alone. Every recovering addict goes through this mourning phase and emerges into a ... is a good way to tip yourself into relapse. You'll probably feel ready to tackle some of these things when you ... continue reading
  • New Study Reveals Cocaine Robs You of Loss

    A new study has found that cocaine abuse affects brain circuits so drastically that some users can't even recognize personal loss in their lives. Researchers were able to conclude that the brain circuits responsible for predicting emotional loss ...

    ... data mean? Well, for starters it explains why some cocaine addicts are content to repeat the same mistakes over ... users could lead to prolonged drug use or a relapse, despite continued negative consequences. What Does it ... 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, ...

    ... you can do, however, is take care of yourself. Instead of becoming addicted to your child's addiction, continue living your life and doing things that make you feel better. It's not at all selfish to do this. In fact ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in our culture. Though gender equality has come a ...

    ... addicted to opiate painkillers , they are more likely to relapse. Women are at an even higher risk of relapse ... any potential dosage or side effect concerns. It's always best to err on the side of caution when it comes to ... 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 ...

    ... turbulent: teens are constantly trying new things, forming identities, and losing identities. ... helping” can actually be doing more harm than good . Before an addict seeks treatment, they must first understand the ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

    Cocaine is a stimulant drug with a reputation for making people more social, but in reality, it tends to make users paranoid and insufferable. And according to a new study , this may be in part because people who use cocaine are less capable of ...

    ... Netherlands' study could explain why cocaine users, though they might feel good, can often rub people ... have more negative emotions?” Additional Reading: 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... simply means that you are adhering to the belief that if you put in the work and do the right things, then good things will happen to you. There is a great deal of uncertainty in the early stages of recovery that can be ... continue reading
  • Drug Dependence

    The previous edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), a diagnostic reference text that many in the health care field use to help typify and define mental health issues such as substance abuse, included separate ...

    ... dependency is their commitment to aftercare relapse prevention programs . Treatment centers analyze ... enjoy a long recovery. For advice on finding the best treatment for drug dependency, you can contact American Addiction ... continue reading
  • Early Recovery : 7 Healthy Habits for Family Members

    Once your family member has successfully completed an inpatient rehab program, she's probably looking forward to coming home. And after a couple months of seeing one empty seat around the dinner table, the family's eager to welcome her back. Despite ...

    ... reunite, it's important to point out that things can be challenging for the whole family post-addiction. The best way to avoid unnecessary chaos and potential relapse triggers is preparation. When the whole family gains ... 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. ...

    ... friend, telling him or her how much you care and why you're concerned for them. Talk about the changes ... practicing your “speech” for the real thing. Be Realistic If your best friend is struggling with alcoholism, the road ... 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 ...

    ... facility in 2003. InSite is North America's first legal injection site and caters to intravenous (IV) addicts in the Vancouver area. The establishment provides a safe place to inject drugs and connect to health care ... 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 ...

    ... 4. Derek Boogaard NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard became addicted to prescription pain medication. A mix of ... cocaine use. He entered rehab in 1987 but later relapsed and was suspended from playing in the 1995 season. 10 ... 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, ...

    ... titled Junkie, Burroughs was a heroin and opioid addict. He even accidentally shot his wife in the ... persuading her that a William Tell-like routine would be a good idea. It really wasn't. Jack Kerouac On the Road was ... 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. ...

    ... have a chance to grow and mature normally, it's worth nothing that those benefits seem to hinge on a good family life. The problem, however, is that, unless the mothers get clean and learn some vital sober coping skills ... continue reading
  • Before You Crank the Engine, Take a Deep Breath and Blow

    If you've ever been convicted of a drunk driving offense , you're probably more than familiar with a car breathalyzer (also known as an interlock device). And though they can be a nuisance at times, it turns out they might be the key to lowering ...

    ... Lyft, are recommended, as well as changing the drinking culture present in our society to reduce binge drinking. Additional Reading: Lock 'Em Up: Is Jail Really the Best Deterrent to Drunk Driving? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • 7 “Rock-Bottom” Myths and the Truth Behind Them

    Of all the popular addiction catchphrases, one has completely saturated the fabric of society and taken on a life of its own. That phrase is “rock-bottom.” When addiction professionals talk about chemical dependency, they often use the phrase ...

    ... relapse, then we haven't “hit rock-bottom” yet. Believing things have to get worse before they get better ... rock-bottom event has built up such a status that many addicts feel like they have to wait for it to happen before ... 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 ...

    ... root causes of addiction. 5. Online Support Groups For addicts, meetings in church basements used to be the only surefire ... can be just as effective as a traditional relapse-prevention program, if not more so. Here's one ... 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 ...

    ... common part of the recovery process . One of the best things you can do for yourself and your recovery is ... a number of tactics that anyone can use to better prepare against relapse. Read this article to learn how you can ... 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 ...

    ... of alcohol, it's still a challenge to find a good job and get accepted into a workplace. It becomes even worse ... at work or leaving it out of your sight. The last thing your boss wants to see is you messing around on your ... 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 ...

    ... getting. Suddenly, the whole game changes.” So, why would a heroin addict switch to OxyContin? Turns out there are a few ... is much cheaper and easier to find. Next thing you know, you've moved from legitimate prescriptions ... 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 ...

    ... hard to accomplish. Drug cravings can quickly lead to a relapse if not handled appropriately. Here are 8 ways to ... Triggers During recovery, certain people, places, and things will inevitably make you want to use drugs. ... continue reading
  • 5 Controversial Thoughts We Have About Addiction

    Addiction is a highly controversial word that tends to stir up debate: ask 10 people their opinion on the matter and you'll wind up with 10 contrasting answers. But despite differing opinions, people are finally talking about addiction instead of ...

    ... will no doubt continue for a very long time. If you're addicted to drugs, you're a bad person. There are many people who ... damage. Are sober living homes a good or bad thing? Sober living homes have generated controversy ... continue reading
  • What is Addiction?

    Addiction is defined as a chronic, yet treatable medical disease that's characterized by the repeated, uncontrollable use of substances. When a person has an addiction, they continue using alcohol, medications, or illicit drugs regardless of the ...

    ... criteria in the past 12 months, it may be a good time to talk with a medical professional or explore treatment options ... both been shown to be effective at reducing relapse. Naltrexone can also help with opioid use disorder ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Alcohol and Drug Rehab

    Entering into treatment for substance abuse can seem like a daunting endeavor. You may not be sure how effective it will be or what it actually entails, and then there's the issue of paying for it! With all these unknowns, rehab can feel ...

    ... free. These are often organized by former addicts to help others on their recovery journey and ... better outcomes even as long as 8 years after completing rehab. Been found to have lower rates of relapse/hospitalization ... continue reading
  • Is There a Cure for Alcoholism?

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  • The Financial Toll of Addiction

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