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  • Getting Sober: 17 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know About (#8 is Controversial)

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

    ... 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 ... the UK. There are also online and phone-in meetings for ... 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 ...

    ... doesn't have to mean AA; it could be a friend, a relative, a doctor or an online support group. Most people ... some new routines. Maybe it's a 12-step meeting you always hit after work when you're feeling vulnerable, or a ... continue reading
  • In the Rooms: 11 Benefits of Seeking Online Support in Recovery

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

    ... or telephone conversations. Attending 12-step meetings, 12-step alternative meetings, or chatting ... attend meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), SMART Recovery, and other groups online. It's ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... through to find lasting sobriety. There are many free online forums and websites you can visit to learn from ... are free to join. Support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are a great ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

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

    ... that, out of the one million Americans in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), approximately 56.9 percent were smokers. Among this ... interventions into drug treatment is an important step.” Additional Reading: California - 5 E ... continue reading
  • The 12 Most Expensive / Luxury Rehabs in the US

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

    ... approaches are diverse - patients can use 12-step and non-AA alternatives, and cognitive-behavioral therapy ( ... equine therapy in addition to psychotherapy and 12-step work. Lucida Located by the Intracoastal Waterway ... continue reading
  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

    It's against state and federal law to use telehealth (remote medical services) to obtain buprenorphine for the first time; a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - often known by its brand names, Suboxone or Subutex. This law is known as the ...

    ... , so there's the same thing - people working on drilling rigs, abusing methamphetamine, getting injured, ... Ryan Haight Act was enacted to crack down on illegal online pharmacies, and we supported it…But there are some ... 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; ...

    ... . Never give up hope. You're doing it all wrong. Recovery has to be done this way! Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous have helped usher thousands of people into recovery, but they aren't right for ... continue reading
  • Progressive Ways Some States Are Reducing Nonviolent Drug Offender Incarcerations

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

    ... alone, the United States had placed one out of every 48 working men behind bars; that's a lot of people to ... steps of Michigan and have narrowed their sentencing laws, while Massachusetts and Pennsylvania have worked ... continue reading
  • California: 5 E-Cigarette Dangers We Can't Ignore

    Many people see e-cigarettes as a harmless alternative to nicotine cigarettes. E-cigarette companies like NJOY have even hired on celebrity endorsers including Bruno Mars, while several other stars were seen puffing away on e-cigs during the 2014 ...

    ... of Health (CDPH) has rolled out both TV and online ads this month that warn residents about the dangers of e ... the supposedly “safer” nicotine juice. And California is working to make sure that's exactly what smokers do ... 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 ...

    ... recovery process are usually allowed to return to work after finishing a designated treatment program and ... Period. Working with the state and entering into an approved addiction treatment program are essential steps for ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

    After falling off a ladder, Suzanne was rushed to the hospital and examined from stem to stern. Her pelvic bone was fractured and she'd sprained her wrist, but the pain in her left shoulder was unbearable. Suzanne dislocated her shoulder and ...

    ... things Suzanne really liked about her clinic included: Working closely with an on-site counselor to develop an ... clients over the phone or online 24/7 Yearly physicals and blood work to evaluate methadone levels ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    $6.5 million is up for grabs. The state of Ohio recently launched its Opioid Technology Challenge, calling on healthcare providers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the ...

    ... we're currently doing (or not doing) isn't working. We need some new ideas, and we need them fast ... December 15, 2017. Participants can submit their ideas online, adhering to the contest submission guidelines. The Next ... continue reading
  • 10 Tips for Staying Sober This Holiday Season

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

    ... . When you experience an urge or craving you can step outside and call this person. Bring a Non-Drinking ... also increase your attendance to groups like Alcoholics Anonymous . Members will often organize sober holiday ... continue reading
  • 5 Things About Kratom You Need to Know

    Recently, a drug called kratom, has come into the center of national controversy.Also referred to as 'ketum' or 'kakuam', taking kratom produces opiate-like effects. Kratom is legal in the U.S. and many people begin taking the drug to help with ...

    ... the plant to get an extra boost of energy while working in the fields. However, due to the harmful properties ... also being sold at head shops, convenience stores, and online? It's true! #3. Kratom Produces Similar Effects ... continue reading
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    ... infringed; ii. a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has ... by the AAA. The AAA Rules and filing forms are available online at www.adr.org, by calling the AAA at 1-800-778 ... continue reading
  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

    Libraries. Encyclopedias. Professors. Doctors. Pre-Internet, these were our top sources of information. If we wanted answers, this is where we looked. Fast-forward to modern times. With access to pretty much everything now at our fingertips, ...

    ... ” or “okay” too. When the truth is, it's deadly. We tend to put more weight on the validity of online information than we should, but here's something important to keep in mind: Just because someone said it in a ... continue reading
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    Terms of Use Last Updated: June 14, 2018 Recovery Brands LLC and its affiliates and subsidiaries (together “ Company ”, “ we ,” or “ us ”) provide the website located at RecoveryBrands.com, and the various related websites, software, ...

    ... infringed; ii. a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has ... by the AAA. The AAA Rules and filing forms are available online at www.adr.org, by calling the AAA at 1-800-778 ... 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 - ...

    ... Stanly: College Professor “I had been drinking since I was 12 or 13-years-old, and I actually managed okay as ... the community I've found in recovery and through AA has been incredibly supportive. I've regained my ... continue reading
  • Drugs at School: Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Really Working?

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

    ... . According to policy language, students may be suspended, expelled, forced to attend drug counseling and 12-Step meetings for possessing over-the-counter medication. Although an extreme example, it's an extreme ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

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

    ... or root emotional factors. Many addiction experts and 12-step support groups say you can't be “clean” ... abusers have learned a few tricks when it comes to working around the naloxone in Suboxone. Generally, the tablets can ... continue reading
  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

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

    ... not. In 2014, 2.5 million Americans over the age of 12 had used marijuana for the first time over the past year. ... use, we need to see if current efforts are working or if they should be redoubled. Public health officials ... 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 ...

    ... that never seemed to work. There had to be another way. One day Allison was reading online and found an article about a different kind of rehab - something called “harm reduction.” It wasn't a 12-Step. It wasn't ... 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 ...

    ... a good idea if you're really struggling with your addiction, getting back to work can often actually help speed up your recovery; working gives you a sense of purpose and keeps your mind off of unhealthy thoughts. By ... 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 ...

    ... myself to last year when I wasn't able to run 10 or 12 plays without being incredibly tired. All my focus is on my body ... sessions plus four or five AA and NA meetings per week. “I still have a lot of work to do, but…I've ... 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. ...

    ... supplying your kid with hand sanitizer. Good old soap and water works just as well, if not better, and it's much safer ... the counter, teens can easily access them by ordering online, so it's a good idea to monitor Internet ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

    I had just started studying for the Bar Exam when I realized the extent of legal information I'd have to retain wasn't humanly possible. Terrified of failing, I sought outside help in the form of a small white pill: Adderall . Within minutes of ...

    ... boost I had back then? If so, have many in the working class gone this route? The Dangerous Quest for Productivity As it turns ... thinking. Like Adderall , the drug works by affecting the dopamine system and by ... continue reading
  • Counterfeit Prescription Drug Operations Thrive in the US

    Prescription drugs continue to remain big business in the United States. Last year alone, the total retail sales for prescription drugs filled at American pharmacies topped $259 billion. But as legal sales continue to rise, it's perhaps not too ...

    ... prescription drug, you should only get them from your doctor and fill the prescription at a certified pharmacy. Shopping online or buying pills from someone off the street may seem like a fast and easy way to get your ... continue reading
  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

    Across our nation, the brave men and women who defended its freedoms are suffering. The burden they bear isn't regret, loss, emotional trauma or illness…even though all of these things may be present. No, the cargo many of them carry is the weight ...

    ... that comes from daily pain. While the solution is unclear, we know one thing for sure: The current policies aren't working. The system is broken and our vets will continue to suffer until it's fixed. As U.S. Rep. Tim ... continue reading
  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

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

    ... you can know what to avoid in the future. This first step is essential to get you back on the right track. ... . This makes psychotherapy key after a relapse. Working through your emotional and mental baggage with a ... 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 ...

    ... article , the actor credits a combination of 12-step programs, yoga, meditation and therapy with keeping ... The Singing Detective . From there, Downey started working steadily, appearing in films such as Gothika , ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

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

    ... the same effects. The effects of methadone are long-lasting, working up to 24 hours per dose. It is used for heroin ... the age of 15. About 7 million people age 12 years and older used a prescription drug non-medically in ... continue reading
  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

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

    ... others who understand and can provide some helpful insight. Working alone is possible, but it's so much easier ... entirely about you. One of the best things about 12-step programs is they provide you with an outlet to ... continue reading
  • Doctor Shopping…at the Local Vet's Office?

    The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic ; each day, 91 people die of an opioid-related overdose . It has gotten so bad that some people are willing to do whatever it takes to get high - even taking medication that's prescribed to ...

    ... consume and dispose of opioids, veterinarians should also do the same. The veterinarian's association is working with Ryan's office and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to create handouts with this pertinent ... continue reading
  • An Uncomfortable Truth: Drug Abuse Raises STD Rates

    A new study claims that swingers play a major role in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), but in addition to the sex, it's their drug abuse that is ultimately contributing to this increase. Linking Drugs and STDs Researchers at ...

    ... recognized and underserved in care.” The findings of this study were recently published in the online journal Sexually Transmitted Infections . Additional Research In addition to the Netherlands' research, several ... continue reading
  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

    The primary psychoactive component of marijuana (cannabis)—what deliver the “high” in other words—is the substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 1 THC's powerful, mind-altering effects derive from its interaction with and activation of the ...

    ... minutes, see if your loved one—or you—may be addicted to marijuana. Take our online confidential survey . Check Your Insurance Coverage for Marijuana Addiction Treatment Find out if your insurance ... continue reading
  • Who Manufacturers All these Crazy Semi-Legal Designer Drugs?

    Designer drugs have been subject of much media attention of late, as the Internet has made obtaining them easier than in the past. In many cases, it's simpler to order designer drugs online than to try to obtain street drugs. Designer drugs can be ...

    ... Internet has made obtaining them easier than in the past. In many cases, it's simpler to order designer drugs online than to try to obtain street drugs. Designer drugs can be just as dangerous if not more so than drugs ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About Pink

    After a simple search online, Ryan Ainsworth and Grant Seaver ordered a bag of U-47700, a.ka. “ pink .” The powder arrived from Shanghai at their friend's house, as planned. What happened next was not planned. The two 13-year-old best ...

    After a simple search online, Ryan Ainsworth and Grant Seaver ordered a bag of U-47700, a.ka. “ pink .” The powder arrived from Shanghai at their friend's house, as planned. What happened next was not planned. The ... 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 ...

    ... and information technology.” Instead of traveling hours to visit your doctor, you could schedule an online appointment. You can use Skype or another web-based platform to connect with your healthcare provider ... continue reading
  • 9 Mind-Blowing Facts About W-18

    Just when we thought things couldn't get any worse than fentanyl … The street-drug market has a new player - and it's even deadlier than previous killers. W-18 won't deliver a great high; it will, however, deliver death. Introducing W-18 ...

    ... hiding in it, and it may kill you.” Source: The drug is manufactured in Chinese labs , mass produced, and sold online. Unrestricted: W-18 is not (yet) widespread. Due to its obscurity, it's not even listed as a ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

    We are an anxious nation. A whopping 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety disorders; that's 18 percent of the adult population! With such astronomical numbers, it shouldn't be surprising to learn anxiety disorders are the most ...

    ... . Gradual reduction is typically recommended when working to break a benzo dependency. Keep ... truth seems like it's finally coming to light. The next step is doing what you can to make the recovery process as ... 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 ...

    ... no conclusive clinical data proving how the alkaloids work in relation to the human brain. But that ... demands of intense physical labor. This drug is available for online purchase in leaf, powder and extract forms. It is ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the medical criteria for ...

    ... Island Department of Corrections, all of whom were working a methadone maintenance program upon entering the facility ... fact, this may be the first real step toward addressing the relationship between opiate addiction, ... continue reading
  • From Snort to Synapse: We Map Out Cocaine's Trip in Your Brain

    The powder is perfectly lined on the table. With no straw handy, you roll up a Washington and seconds later, the snow is gone. Inhaled into your nostril, this stimulant drug has started a trip that will change your brain…forever. What does this ...

    ... it makes its way through your system. The Cocaine Trip Working its way around the mucus, cocaine finds its way to ... it? Additional Reading: Meet Cocaine and Her Wicked Step-Child, Crack Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

    Heather always feels awkward at parties. She's quiet and shy. She never knows what to say and finds it hard to interact with people in these intimidating settings. To help her “loosen up,” she tries smoking pot before going to a party. Once ...

    ... drinks, too. Before she knows it, there are pictures online of her doing some really embarrassing things. Did she make ... might not otherwise. How? Well, each drug works and affects its users in slightly different ways ... 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 ...

    ... in your fingerprints by using mass spectrometry. The method works even after you've washed your hands, so there's ... in a matter of minutes - we are already working on a 30-second method,” reported Dr. Melanie ... continue reading
  • Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

    After years in prison, freedom is just around the corner. Tom served his time and will rejoin society soon. But what are his options? With no job and no money, Tom's likely to return to his previous lifestyle. He'll be surrounded by triggers and ...

    ... on prisoners approaching their release dates. A Step in the Right Direction The Bristol County House ... , director of Brockton peer recovery support center, has worked with many inmates and notes , “The more options ... continue reading
  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

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

    ... the pharmaceutical industry to increase transparency in three steps: #1 - List suggested retail prices of drugs ... drug's price by more than 10 percent during a 12-month period. This would (hopefully) put a damper on ... continue reading
  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

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

    ... you may look up treatment options or seek out online groups to communicate with others dealing with the same ... of what withdrawal will be like, fear that treatment won't work or even fear that you will fail and not make it ... continue reading
  • 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits

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

    ... of America, cashing in multiple bags of glass, plastic, and aluminum recyclables for drug money. Working as black market chauffeurs, car-owning addicts sometimes land “jobs” driving drug dealers around the ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? How Can I Quit Safely?

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

    ... used as painkillers. Oxycodone was one of these. Now, oxycodone was first synthesized in 1916 by two chemists working at the University of Frankfurt. There's a chemical in opium called thebaine, and it's not as ... continue reading
  • The Dangerous (and Deadly) Effects of Spice

    Natural ingredients, legal use, lower cost…it must be healthy, right? The deadly misconception above has led to a growing number of fatalities brought on by synthetic or “designer” drugs. Use of synthetic marijuana - sold under names ...

    ... drugs for high school seniors. Fighting the Use of Spice The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is working to curb the production and distribution of these synthetics. By designating chemicals found in Spice as ... continue reading
  • Disguising Danger: 7 Marijuana Edibles Side Effects Shockers

    Lots of the people who have tried marijuana have done so in the form of snacks like pot cookies or brownies. Since one of the effects of pot is an increased appetite, it's only natural that the “ganja-preneurs” are marketing more marijuana ...

    ... in the products, while more marijuana business owners are encouraging new users to “start low, go slow.” Working Their Way into Schools Perhaps because of the colorful packaging, even pre-teens are getting hold of ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... continued sales of their medications. Selling Drugs and Solving Problems Drug companies argue they are working to solve problems linked to their painkillers and have developed proposals to encourage more cautious ... continue reading
  • Welcome to a New Tramadol Nightmare

    People seeking safe opiate detox in Alaska were recently left out in the cold - in more ways than one. Only two state facilities currently offer detox services to Alaskans - and both of them were recently shut down, thanks to one of the DEAs newer ...

    ... offered the only opiate detox beds in the state of Alaska. Staff at both facilities are currently working on plans that will eventually allow them to offer safe opiate detox without violating regulations. With our ... continue reading
  • Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

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

    ... to be out of reach. As they sat together on the couch, Jane got angry and her brain began working overtime. The Definition of Insanity “Are you just going to sit there and stare?” she asked Lisa, exasperated ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

    When I was in prison, the majority of inmates struggled with substance abuse. And because the prison system did very little (if anything at all) to rehabilitate us, it wasn't unusual for those who were released to almost immediately overdose or ...

    ... much less likely to be opiate positive, less likely to be incarcerated and more likely to be working,” Feinstein said. Arguments on Both Sides Despite the success of these programs, there are naysayers. Vivitrol is ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

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

    ... to use when you go to certain places. You're human. Tip #5: Listen to your instincts. Sometimes our triggers are working to help keep us safe. If you're sure you need to leave a place, get out as fast as you can ... continue reading
  • How to Get Off Suboxone: 3 Steps to Take When Quitting

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

    ... , your body has probably become physically dependent on the drug. Here's a look at three steps experts commonly recommend for safely transitioning patients off Suboxone: Consult with your doctor: If you've been ... continue reading
  • 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. ...

    ... everyone has issues, addicts convince themselves there's no way to work through them without self-medicating . They often feel like the world is working against them or they're forced to endure more stress than everyone ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Klonopin? How Can I Quit Safely?

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

    ... your dosage occasionally to make sure Klonopin is working correctly. Normally, you will not take this ... than normal to achieve the same effects? 4. Am I missing work, activities, or school because I'm taking this drug in ... continue reading
  • The Forefathers of Modern Illicit Drugs

    While illicit drugs are a major concern in today's society, many of them didn't start off as recreational. On the contrary, many started off with medicinal and anesthetic purposes. Here's a look at some of the forefathers of modern illicit drugs, ...

    ... compounds of psychedelic mushrooms. While working in a pharmaceutical-chemical department with ... became a widely used sedative after 1815, and Sertürner worked as a successful pharmacist until his death in 1841. ... 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 ...

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

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

    ... behaviors associated with negative experiences. Working together, these neurons are designed ... . It simply means it will be a hard road ahead as they work to rewire their brains. Loved ones should keep in mind it's more ... continue reading
  • Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

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  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

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    ... Drastic reductions or completely ceasing important school, work or recreational activities Spending large amounts of ... done under medical supervision. In carefully managed steps, a supervised detox is achieved by slowly ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

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  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

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  • Teachers Pause Playground Games to Pick Up Needles

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  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

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  • Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

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  • 7 Things You Don’t Realize About Teenage Drug Abuse.

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  • How Edie Falco Portrays Addiction and Lives Recovery

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  • 20 Genius Minds and the Drugs they Were Addicted To

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  • 10 Things to Look for in Faith-Based Treatment Centers

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  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

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  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

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  • Why is Meth So Addictive?

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  • A Closer Look at the History and Use of Cocaine

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