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  • Anxiety – Are You Self-Medicating with Alcohol? - Self-medicating with alcohol is never a good idea, whether it is anxiety or any other issue you may have. In the long run, it will only lead to more problems and even addiction. If you have anxiety attacks or get anxious in certain situations, you should see a physician or counselor about your condition. According to the Huffington Post, " Many people who suffer with undiagnosed depression or anxiety reach for alcohol or drugs to calm their nerves or relieve them of emotional pain. In other… Continue Reading
  • Surviving an Overdose Death in Your Family - In today’s society, many family members avoid talking about the death of a loved one. But what if it is an overdose death of a beloved family member? Do we avoid talking about it altogether and pretend it never happened? Or do we pretend the death was not from a drug overdose, but another physical problem? Until someone has lived through it, they don’t know the difficulties of surviving an overdose death in your family. Families Touched by Drug Addiction More families and friends are… Continue Reading
  • Many Americans May Be Addicted to Opiates - Sounds scary, doesn’t it? Today, a third of all Americans are obese and another one-third are overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This epidemic may be due to the way food products are designed. They are designed to create opiate-like addictions that act upon the brain in the same way morphine or heroin does. In 2003, Professor John Banzhaf drew parallels between food manufacturers’ practices and techniques used by cigarette companies to deny culpability for making tobacco more addictive. Banzhaf… Continue Reading
  • Can Buprenorphine Curb Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms? - Addiction to opioids is almost becoming common in the United States today. Furthermore, with the opioid epidemic our country has been going through for decades now, it seems people don’t think that much about someone with opioid addiction. That is unless the person with the addiction is either you or someone you love. The question is, can buprenorphine curb opioid withdrawal symptoms? Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms The fact is, overcoming opioid addiction is not easy. The hardest part of getting off of opioids is the withdrawal… Continue Reading
  • Pregnant and Addicted:  A Chronic American Tragedy - Imagine what it feels like to be pregnant and addicted, knowing your drug use is harming your baby, but you can’t stop.  Unfortunately, this tragedy deepens as these women are less likely to receive prenatal care or addiction treatment. Each day, the woman has to face the fact that her baby could be taken from her at birth, and she may end up serving time for her drug use. Sorrow and guilt replace the joy of bringing a new life into the world.  But, help… Continue Reading
  • Trends in Drug Abuse: A Decline in America’s Prescription Drug Use - During the last several decades, prescription drug use has been on an upward trend. But, the good news is, recent studies show that those numbers have declined slightly in the past decade.  For instance, in 2008, about 48.3% of American children and adults reported taking a prescription drug. A decade later, in 2018, that number dropped to 45.8%.  No doubt, we should pay attention to these trends in drug abuse if we want to save lives.     The above study, conducted by the U.S. Centers… Continue Reading
  • The Hidden Dangers of Ketamine: What Every Parent Needs to Know - If you have not yet heard of Ketamine, chances are you soon will. Whether you are a young person or a parent, you need to be aware of this increasingly popular – and potentially deadly – club drug.  One of the hidden dangers of Ketamine is that it has a legitimate use. That can make it even more difficult for law enforcement to fight. Veterinarians use Ketamine as an anesthetic in veterinary medicine. Many of them routinely stock it. That has made veterinary practices the… Continue Reading
  • Are You Helping or Enabling an Addict? Here’s How to Tell - If you have a loved one or a friend who is struggling with addiction, your first instinct is to do all you can to help them.  The tricky part is not to cross the thin line between helping and enabling. Of course, it’s not wrong to offer assistance when you can, but you don’t want to contribute to the problem rather than solving it. So, how do you know when you are helping or enabling an addict?   Let's take a look at some of the… Continue Reading
  • What is Transition Planning and Aftercare for Recovering Addicts? - Why are transition planning and aftercare crucial to a recovering addict’s success?  After rehab, a newly recovering person needs a solid plan to help them transition into life as a sober person. During treatment, the person had 24/7 support from the counselors and staff of the rehab facility. Plus, they were secure in a controlled environment without the stress and triggers that are around every corner on the outside.  Stepping away from that safety zone can cause a person to feel overwhelmed and unsure of… Continue Reading
  • For Those New to Recovery, Sober Living Homes Have Benefits - In some instances, returning home after completing an addiction treatment program is not the best choice. If you are leaving an addiction treatment facility after completing your program, you must focus on remaining sober and drug-free. And you have to decide what is the best way for you to do this. You may need to weigh the benefits of sober living homes against your odds of remaining sober if you return to your home as it was before attending rehab. Is Your Life at Home… Continue Reading

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