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Category: Drug Addiction

Where Does Addiction Occur in the Brain?

Where Does Addiction Occur in the Brain?

Recognizing the roots of addiction in the brain is key to understanding and addressing the substance abuse crisis affecting the United States. A recent study by scientists at Scripps Research may have located the source of alcohol cravings in the brain, further supporting addiction as a disease. But where does...

5 Reasons To Get Sober in 2019

5 Reasons To Get Sober in 2019

Anyone who has ever struggled with substance abuse knows how difficult it can be to remain sober. Positive support and expert guidance are necessary to successfully conquer drug addiction. In the most recent Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), it was estimated that almost nine percent of Americans needed help with substance abuse but...

Submission: “Growing Up with Prescription Drug Addiction” by Christine F.

Growing up With Prescription Drug Addiction

I grew up with a mother who had a prescription drug addiction. This disorder started when my mother broke her ankle when I was just four years old. Her life went downhill after that, and it affected my life in ways that still haunt me. The Early Years It didn’t...

What You Need to Know About Addiction, Your Immune System, & Lung Cancer

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What You Need to Know About Addiction, Your Immune System, & Lung Cancer Drug Abuse’s Suppression of the Immune System It’s lung cancer awareness month! Drugs are bad, m’kay? But, did you know addictive substances are detrimental to your immune system? Opioid use depresses the respiratory system and inhibits one’s...

10 Facts You Need to Know About: Prescription Drug Abuse

10 Facts You Need to Know About: Prescription Drug Abuse

With the prevalence of prescription drug abuse and corresponding fatal overdose rates, it’s time to challenge the way we view and respond to the substance abuse epidemic sweeping the U.S. By correcting misconceptions, banishing stigmas, educating the public, and creating greater access to recovery services, we can work together to...

Submission: “Loving an Addict” by Andrea K. Johnson

Submission: “Loving an Addict” by  Andrea K. Johnson

I desperately wish I didn’t know what it was like to love someone with an active drug addiction. But the fact of the matter is that I do. I know what it’s like to be overwrought with fear and hopelessness, to fall asleep terrified of their future, to wake up...

5 Reasons Out-of-State Treament is Best for You

5 Reasons Out-of-State Treament is Best for You

Most people seeking an addiction recovery program do their research in a very specific, restricted area: within about 10 miles of their home. Sometimes that radius can be expanded to include the entirety of the state, but rarely does one consider the broader horizons that out-of-state treatment can provide. This...

3 Ways Your Aftercare Plan Will Improve Your Life

3 Ways Your Aftercare Plan Will Improve Your Life

It’s easy to fall for the false sense of security brought on by completion of an inpatient treatment program. We feel confident, newly armed with the tools, coping mechanisms, and knowledge you need to lead a life free of substance abuse. While beginning your sober life confidently is great, being...

5 Stages of Lifestyle Change

3 Tips for Spending the Holidays with Loved Ones

We know that the addiction recovery journey is a lifestyle change that takes dedication and daily commitment. However, the path of recovery is rarely smooth or straight forward- and that’s okay. As with any worthy undertaking, success is a sum of continual efforts practice each day. That being said, we...

32 Million Lives Potentially Saved in New York City Drug Bust

32 Million Lives Potentially Saved in New York City Drug Bust

A well-organized drug bust in New York City ended with four people behind bars and as many as 32 million lives potentially spared from fatal overdoses. Over the course of two months, New York narcotics teams confiscated 195 pounds of Fentanyl in two separate sting operations, along with 75 pounds...