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Category: Addiction Studies

7 Mini Drug Documentaries You Need to Watch Right Now

7 Mini Drug Documentaries You Need to Watch Right Now

It’s hard to connect to addiction. Before I started working in the recovery field, I knew nothing about substance use disorders. I thought I did- but now I know I had no clue about what I thought was real. Perception is everything, but sometimes you’re just dead wrong. (See: Things...

Why Do Violent Crimes and Alcohol Go Hand-in-Hand?

Why Do Violent Crimes and Alcohol Go Hand-in-Hand?

Think drinking or substance abuse is nobody’s business but your own? Do you believe that people with substance abuse disorders are hurting no one but themselves, and so we should just leave them alone? That the physical consequences of your alcohol or drug abuse begin and end with you? Well,...

Daddies Beware: Your Drinking Can Cause FASDs, Too

Daddies Beware: Your Drinking Can Cause FASDs, Too

In recent months there has been a great amount of debate regarding pregnancy, motherhood, and drinking. With new research revealing that even the smallest amounts of alcohol can be harmful to unborn babies, there has been a massive push for women to completely abstain from alcohol while pregnant– some extremists...

Patient Study: Plants Reduce Anxiety, Promote Happiness, Decrease Pain and Fatigue

Patient Study: Plants Reduce Anxiety, Promote Happiness, Decrease Pain and Fatigue

You may not think much of a plant, and you’ve probably forgone the tradition of bringing flowers to your loved ones in the hospital. Maybe because they’re men, or because flowers are expensive, or because they’re the last thing you’re thinking about when someone you love has been admitted after...

Delray Beach Police Now Armed With Naloxone

Delray Beach Police Now Armed With Naloxone

Just one day after I reported that heroin overdose death rates have skyrocketed in Florida in the face a decline in Flakka supply, the Sun-Sentinel reports that the Delray Beach Police Department is armed with a new weapon to combat the alarming trend: Naloxone. According to Police Chief Jeff Goldman,...

Drug Czar Says Incarceration of Addicts Is Inhumane

Drug Czar Says Incarceration of Addicts Is Inhumane

Michael Botticelli is the first person to take the position as Drug Czar who has a history of alcohol addiction and a chronic substance use disorder. Botticelli is 28 years sober and counting– he’s got some radical ideas about how America should treat drug addicts, and his approach is long...

Think Naloxone Is a Bad Idea? We’ll Change Your Mind in 5 Video Clips

Think Naloxone Is a Bad Idea? We’ll Change Your Mind in 5 Video Clips

The great Narcan (Naloxone) debate appears to be losing steam as more policies are put into place guaranteeing the administration of the drug during potentially fatal overdoses. Walgreens will release Naloxone over the counter in 30 states during the course of 2016. With the announcement of the pharmaceutical powerhouse, we...

Dabbing Marijuana? See You in the Hospital

Dabbing Marijuana? See You in the Hospital

The age old testament marijuana isn’t dangerous is far from the truth. While considered one of the “softer” drugs, marijuana is undoubtedly addictive. Legalization should not be confused with saftey; MJ poses tangible threats to your physical and psychological well being. Just look at prescription medications and alcohol. Anything can be...

Healing With Animal Therapy!

Healing With Animal Therapy!

When you think of addiction recovery treatments and therapy options, odds are images of traditional methods come to mind: a therapist’s office, a group therapy session, maybe a scene involving someone suffering from the symptoms of withdrawal (thankfully now we have medications which make this process much easier and less...

Why You Should Support the Addiction Community Even if You’re Not Addicted

Why You Should Support the Addiction Community Even if You’re Not Addicted

Ever hear clamoring about addiction reform and think to yourself “We should just lock them all away?” Are you frustrated with frequent media coverage about rising overdose rates, or appalled by mothers who leave their infants on train tracks because they was high on Flakka? What about Jessica Riffey who...