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Why is Addiction Aftercare Treatment Important

The Need for Effective Treatment & Addiction Aftercare

The number of people suffering from addiction is rising, and the need for effective treatment and addiction aftercare is clear. In 2014, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported that there were approximately 21.5 million American adults who battled substance abuse. 80% of those individuals suffered from an alcohol use disorder and 7 million Americans struggled with drug abuse. 1 out of 8 people were abusing drugs and alcohol simultaneously. Continue reading Why Is Addiction Aftercare So Important?

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Doctors & Medical Industry Complicit In Opioid Epidemic?

Complicit: Doctors, The Medical Industry, and the Exploding Opioid Epidemic

A “public health crisis” involving America’s opioid epidemic was declared this year, something long overdue if you look at the statistics. “Front line” doctors, pharmacists, and others with patient-facing contact had started sounding the alarm more than a decade ago (http://bit.ly/2iyapTv). How did we, as a nation, get to the point where hundreds of Americans are dying or getting hospitalized every day from opiate-related causes, many of which involve black-market heroin? One ominous theory growing in popularity is that complicit healthcare and regulatory industries, nudged forward by pharmaceutical companies, are largely to blame.

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Discussing Addiction During the Holidays

Holidays are a wonderful time of year for many people. They are filled with family, friends, events, parties and an all-around joyous nature. For addicts and their families, the holidays can be a tense or tricky time as well.  When you have a family member that is battling alcohol abuse or drug addiction, you may wonder what to say, what’s appropriate to say, or if you should even acknowledge it!  Well, talking with a relative battling addiction doesn’t have to be stressful or confusing! Continue reading Tips on Talking To Addicts At Christmas Parties

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For most people, the holidays are a happy, joyous time full of celebration. The Christmas season is one of giving and reunion, and a lot of people like to get together with old friends and family that they haven’t seen in a long time over the holidays.  Unfortunately, the holidays can also be a good time for helping one to realize that someone they love and care for has a substance abuse problem. Continue reading Signs Of A Substance Abuse Problem During The Holidays

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Kellyanne Conway The New "Opioid Czar"

Kellyanne Conway To Lead Fight Against Opioid Crisis

A new all-American “Opioid Czar” has arrived in the news this week.  President Trump has named Kellyanne Conway, his former campaign manager, to assume the leadership, or “Czar” role, for the President’s task force on the opioid crisis currently devastating America.  As the “Opioid Czar”, Conway will be in charge of implementing the action plan laid out in the Presidential commission on America’s opioid epidemic. Continue reading Kellyanne Conway The New “Opioid Czar”

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The Dangers of Staging Interventions for Addiction Treatment without a Professional

Imagine that you have a son with a drug problem.  Let’s call him “John”.  John is coming home from college. He’s been using drugs quite heavily over the last few months, and due to his low grade point average at school, he won’t be returning for another semester. He doesn’t have any plans for when he comes home, but he needs addiction treatment to get his life back on track.

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Alzheimer’s Linked To Alcohol Use

Recent studies have prompted concern about the frightening link between Alzheimer’s disease and drinking too much alcohol, bringing many to ask: Can alcoholism cause Alzheimer’s?  Alcohol abuse has already shown to be a risk factor in developing a number of chronic diseases like heart disease and stroke. Over the last twenty years, researchers have been also been looking to determine if alcohol abuse may be a factor that triggers dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  Both of these diseases result in increasingly severe cognitive impairment and memory loss, to the point where the patient is no longer able to take care of themselves.  Both anecdotal experience in clinics and a recent clinical review (a study of other studies) have shown that there is certainly evidence that alcohol may have a causative or accelerating factor in those already susceptible to dementia or Alzheimer’s (source).     Continue reading Can Alcoholism Cause Alzheimer’s Disease?

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What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also referred to as SAD, often afflicts people during the winter and causes seasonal depression, or the “winter blues”.  Symptoms of SAD may include sad or empty feelings; hopelessness or pessimism; feelings of guilt or worthlessness; irritability; loss of interest in activities; lack of concentration; changes in sleep patterns and eating patterns and even thoughts of death or suicide.1   Seasonal Affective Disorder impacts about 5% of Americans.1 Continue reading Winter Blues, Seasonal Affective Disorder & Recovering Addicts

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Why is Meth So Addictive?

Although the opioid crisis has been in the news a lot recently, America also continues to struggle with another deadly addiction: methamphetamine. Meth is a powerful, dangerous stimulant that can be swallowed, injected, or smoked. Amphetamines were discovered in the late 1800s, and methamphetamine was first synthesized in 1919. Methamphetamine was used by soldiers during WWII and as a weight loss drug until the 1970s, when it became a schedule II drug (source). Why was meth so popular, and why did the government become concerned about regulating its use? Methamphetamine causes the brain to release vast amounts of the neurotransmitters involved in the brain’s “reward system”.  This means that soon after taking meth, the user experiences an almost immediate sense of euphoria and energy. The effects are so rapid and intense that some ex-users reported feeling addicted after only using the drug once or twice! (source) Even compared to other extremely addictive substances (such as opioids), meth addiction happens very rapidly for some people. So why is meth so addictive in particular? Continue reading Why Is Meth So Addictive?

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Alcohol Consumption

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 26.9% of adults reported that they had engaged in binge drinking during the previous month, and another 7% drank heavily.  15.1 million adults suffered from an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) in 2015 while 623,000 youths between the ages of 12 and 17 suffered from this same disorder.  Unfortunately, only 6.7% of adults and 5.2% of youths diagnosed with an AUD actually received treatment1.  The United States ranks 48th of 191 countries in alcohol consumption per capita. (World Health Organization)

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