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What Part Do Sober and Transitional Living Play in the Recovery Process?

Although we’re in the middle of a major addiction epidemic, there are still people out there who are beating addiction and getting clean by taking advantage of the many recovery...

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Are Successful People More Prone to Addiction?

It’s no secret that addicts are stigmatized and even demonized in today’s society. This has been a major contributor to why so few addicts seek treatment. Despite the prevalence of...

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Can a Pill Cure Your Addiction?

Find Fast Cured by a Pill? How it Works Roadblocks 12-Step Program Monopoly Best of Both Worlds By the time he turned 50, Olivier Ameisen was a successful cardiologist living...

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Why Imprisonment Is More Harm Than Help to Addicted Offenders

Anyone who had the misfortune of developing an addiction before the advent of modern substance abuse treatment was typically relegated to prison or an insane asylum, which was intended to...

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The Heroin Epidemic: How Did We Get Here?

Substance abuse is a very slippery slope. Nobody ever intends to become addicted, but the recreational abuse of alcohol or use of drugs becomes an increasingly central part of one’s...

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Do Public Perceptions of Addiction Discourage Addicts from Recovery?

It wasn’t very long ago that addiction was considered a moral affliction rather than a disease. Rather than seeing addicts as suffering from a catastrophic illness, those with substance abuse...

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How Are Medications Used in Addiction Treatment?

With the help of addiction treatment programs and other recovery tools, those who have suffered in the throes of active alcoholism and drug addiction have the chance to regain their...

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Roadblocks to Recovery: Common Reasons Why Addicts Reject Rehabilitation

When viewed from the outside, the prospect of living with addiction—a life punctuated by uncertainties, hardship and consequences—seems resoundingly unappealing. But addicts never intend to become addicts. Many substance users...

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Addictive Personalities 101 Alcohol and Drug Rehab Listings

The term “addictive personality” is often casually tossed around, and it’s not uncommon to hear someone claim they have one. Perhaps you suspect that you might have one yourself. But...

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Is Life Still Fun Without Alcohol?

Getting and staying sober can be an intense journey as you process new and better ways to live without alcohol. For all your hard work, it’s also important to preserve...

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Crystal Meth and Intravenous Drug Use: Are They Connected?

Crystal meth is a smoke-able form of methamphetamine that is highly addictive and readily available in every part of the country. A dangerous drug when used in any amount, a...

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Alcohol and Drug Use Among the Elderly: Is it a Problem?

When you think of an alcoholic or a drug addict, you probably don’t imagine a gray-haired grandmother or someone in retirement. The truth is, however, that substance abuse problems and...

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How Effective Is Opiate Addiction Treatment in the US?

Accidental deaths resulting from opiate overdoses in the US are so common that they have been termed an epidemic by the medical community, government agencies and the media. In light...

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New NCAA Marijuana Testing Policy Aimed at Cutting Drug Abuse Among Athletes

Although it is not recognized as a performance-enhancing drug, marijuana use is undergoing more stringent restrictions by the NCAA. Why? These heavier limits on the drug’s use are designed to...

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Police Officers, Addiction, and Getting the Help to Heal

Law enforcement officers are often perceived to be the people standing against drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. The first on the scene to handle those who are drunk in...

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Risks of Storing Drugs in the Home

The risks that a parent assumes for his or her child when storing drugs in the home are significant – no matter what form those drugs take. These risks cover...

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From Heroin Addiction to Prostitution: One Woman Shares Her Story

Women who are addicts assume an enormous amount of risk – risk that is physical as well as social. One of those risks is the increased threat of sexual attack...

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Treatment Works: One Couple Beats Crystal Meth Addiction

Facing a loved one’s addiction is always difficult, but when that person is part of an addicted couple, new problems emerge. It’s a lesson that Jason and Donna learned the...

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Six Tips to Increase the Efficacy of Drug Rehab

Treatment is often a long process and it takes dedication on your part – even when the going gets rough, personal issues arise, or you can think of 100 reasons...

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TX Just Says ‘No’ to Legalized Marijuana

The vast majority of native Texans offered up a sigh of relief this past spring when efforts by marijuana advocates were thwarted and the legislators voted “no” on bills attempting...

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Treatment Over Incarceration: How Drug Courts Change Lives

Taxpayers spend millions of dollars every year on the incarceration of individuals who have been arrested as a result of drug-related crimes. Something is needed to ensure the public’s safety...

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Medical Marijuana Legalized for Research Purposes in MD

At the center of the debate about medical marijuana is its efficacy as a medication for the treatment in different disorders. There is little to no long-term research that explores...

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Medical Marijuana Bill Dies in Iowa Senate

Attempts to legalize marijuana for medical purposes in Iowa have come to a dead end, according to the Press-Citizen. The concern for public safety was the primary obstacle in addition...

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#1 Cause of Death Among Homeless Is Drug Overdose, Says Study

A study conducted in Boston found that a shift in cause of death among homeless people has occurred in the last 15 years. According to the JAMA Internal Medicine, it...

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Drug Rehab Instead of Prison Could Save Billions, Says Report

The debate about the efficacy of drug courts has been waged for the past decade, and now one more study has landed solidly in the “pro” column. Published in the...

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MN Painkiller Addiction Down, Heroin Addiction Up

There’s been a shifting pattern in drug use and abuse around much of the country over the last decade; heroin use has been steady or dropping while abuse of chemically...

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Med School Ethics Policy May Affect How Doctors Prescribe Painkillers

Doctors and the pharmaceutical industry must work closely together in order for patients to receive the best medicines available for their particular ailment. However, the way in which drug companies...

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The Effect of Addiction on the Brain

Over the last decade, addiction research has brought new understanding of the disorder and now scientists may be adopting the view that the issue at its core is a dysfunctional...

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Heroin Addiction Can Be Blocked, Says New Study

Researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia along with the University of Colorado believe they may have found a way to block addiction to opiate drugs, such as morphine...

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Options in Drug Rehab Are Sparse in KY

Currently, Kentucky is fighting one of the worst prescription drug epidemics in the US. The state now sees more than 1,000 of its citizens die each year due to prescription...

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Should All Adults Be Screened for Alcohol Abuse?

Can a few simple questions help avoid years of struggle and possible premature death? According to the United States Preventative Services Task Force, it can. After analyzing recent research on...

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CPS Cases Linked to Crystal Meth Abuse on the Rise

In San Angelo, Texas, the local authorities are seeing a disturbing trend: An increasing number of children are ending up in the foster care system due to their parents’ crystal...

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Intervention 101: Staging a Drug and Alcohol Intervention for Your Loved One

Staging an intervention is one of the most effective ways to “draw a line in the sand” when it comes to dealing with your loved one’s addiction. When he or...

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How Drug Addiction Develops

Drug addiction rarely happens overnight. Usually, it starts small and slowly worsens over time. From the first experimental use to the moment that the patient realizes that he is living...

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It’s Official: Prescription Drug Addiction Has Reached Epidemic Proportions

The moment that the number of individuals dying every year due to prescription drug overdoses surpassed the number of people dying in motor vehicle crashes in the same period, the...

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Do You Need Drug Addiction Treatment?

When you’re actively abusing drugs and alcohol, the haze that comes with being under the influence and/or dealing with the aftermath of binges can make it difficult to be objective...

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The Crime of Addiction

It’s been a hot debate across the country for years and, slowly, county by county, Americans are starting to understand that drug-related offenses that are perpetrated to maintain an untreated...

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Valium’s Role in Society’s Perception of ‘Normal’ Feelings

With its first major mark on popular culture in the Rolling Stone’s song “Mother’s Little Helper” in 1966, Valium quickly became the go-to drug to help Americans reduce their anxiety....

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Top 3 Goals of Drug Detox

Drug detox is the first step in a comprehensive drug addiction treatment program but it’s not a complete treatment program for any addiction disorder. Its focus is dealing with the...

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Are You Ready to Get Clean and Sober?

Deciding to enter drug rehab isn’t a quick process. It can take years of buildup and consideration. It’s a big decision, and many put it off because they believe they...

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New Naloxone Variant May Be Key to Opiate Addiction Treatment

Researchers from both the University of Adelaide in Australia and the University of Colorado believe they may have discovered a drug that could help defeat opioid addiction while increasing the...

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More Evidence That Marijuana Is a Gateway Drug

The anti-drug lobbyists who have insisted for years that marijuana is a gateway drug now have the results of a Yale research study in their corner. The results from work...

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Video Game Technology Used to Help Children of Drug Addicts

Papo and Yo is a new video game designed by Vander Caballero based upon his own childhood experiences growing up in South America with an alcohol- and drug-addicted father. Caballero...

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Costs of the Drug War

The War on Drugs- a campaign to fight illegal drugs in the US- was titled as such for about 40 years before President Obama took office and abolished it. The...

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White House Outlaws Use of New Batch of Synthetic Drugs

President Obama recently signed into law the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012, which was one part to a larger bill known as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

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European Countries Look to Evidence-Based Strategies to Control Drug Use

Many European countries are moving toward methods of harm reduction based on scientific research and away from criminalization and punitive treatment for individuals addicted to drugs. The goal of numerous...

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New Study Finds 1 in 13 Pregnant Women Drink Alcohol

According to the Center for Disease Control And Prevention (CDC), there is no established safe level of alcohol consumption for pregnant women likely due in part to the fact that...

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