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19
Apr

What Is Motivational Interviewing?

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a technique that has been used for 30 years to help people process feelings around changes they want or need to make. By asking questions and allowing the individual to talk freely and without judgment, a practitioner can increase their internal motivation toward a specific goal. MI should feel conversational and...
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08
Apr

Colleges and Universities with the Highest Rates of Alcohol Arrests

When choosing a college, students often consider the teacher to student ratio, cost of attendance, and majors offered. If they give any consideration to the substance use at a certain college, it’s usually in the context of partying with friends. It’s less common for students to think about the alcohol-related arrests an institution might experience....
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rich blonde woman using cocaine
27
Mar

Does the Media Sensationalize Addiction?

The portrayal of drug use and substance abuse in the media is a complicated topic. Racial, socioeconomic, and gender biases all impact how the news, movies, books, social media, and other cultural mirrors represent particular groups of people who use or abuse alcohol and other drugs. Drugs and Alcohol Are Glamorous or Humanizing…If You’re White...
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20
Mar

What to Look for When Choosing a Sponsor in Recovery

If a person in recovery is utilizing a 12-Step program, sooner or later, they will need to select a sponsor. A sponsor is someone who has been in recovery for at least one year and can utilize their experience to support and guide a person who is newer to recovery. Many people are not sure,...
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native american man and his father
27
Feb

Alcohol Abuse in the Native American Community

There has long been a stereotype that Native Americans are more prone to alcoholism and deaths related to alcohol than other Americans. Though many Native American communities around the United States do battle the negative impacts of alcohol, there is far more to know than stereotypes convey. Stats Versus Stereotypes As reported in the Journal...
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glass bottle with poison symbol
13
Feb

Fentanyl: A Camouflaged Killer Taking the Opioid Crisis to New Heights

The opioid epidemic has had a staggering impact on the United States, killing Americans across the country at alarming rates, but it has now taken on an additional terrifying dimension thanks to a synthetic opioid known as fentanyl. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “In 2016, synthetic opioids (primarily illegal fentanyl) passed prescription...
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sad woman sitting on bed
05
Feb

How Trauma Leads to Depression and Substance Abuse

It is no coincidence that people struggling with substance abuse often also experience mental illness, including depression. Not only can substance abuse and mental illness both share underlying causes, but they can each complicate the other condition. Risk factors for addiction can be related to family history, relationships, high stress levels, and living with a...
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28
Jan

Breaking Free of the Victim Mentality

There is a tendency when one is living in addiction to also develop the bad habit of seeing oneself as a victim. There is a strong connection between addiction and trauma. Additionally, people with mental health issues sometimes become addicts by trying to use alcohol and other drugs to self-medicate when medical care is not...
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21
Jan

How to Choose the Best Rehab: Factors to Consider

When a person is trying to free their life from the grip of addiction, they might be inclined to accept the first help they can find. While it is important to get support, it is also true that not every rehab is created equal. Explore the range of supports offered by different recovery programs before...
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