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16
May

Words Hurt: How to Speak Supportively About Addiction

When a person is struggling with addiction, there are many difficult barriers that they face. However, there is one easy way that all members of our society can make recovering from addiction slightly easier. The words we choose when discussing addiction, describing people who struggle with substance abuse, or engaging with people use substances can...
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08
May

Telling Your Employer That You’re Battling Addiction and Need Time Off Work for Treatment

It can be difficult to know who to tell and what to tell them, when you are starting treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. Some people choose to tell only their closest friends and family, because they don’t feel comfortable sharing such intimate information with anyone else. However, while addiction and recovery are deeply personal...
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25
Apr

Commonly Used Medications for Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation

There are many tools available to help people who struggle with substance abuse to stop using alcohol and other drugs. While rehab, mental health counseling, and recovery meetings like AA and NA are well-known components of the treatment process, a lesser known option for people recovering from addiction is Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). Medication Assisted...
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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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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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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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03
Jan

Addiction: A Public Health Crisis

Nearly two years ago, the Surgeon General declared substance abuse a public health crisis. At the time, a government report was issued, stating that our country needs to start treating addiction, “Not as a moral failing, but as a chronic illness that must be treated with skill, urgency and compassion. The way we address this...
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18
Dec

Can Alcohol Withdrawal Become Fatal?

Because alcohol is a legal drug, there is a common misconception that using and withdrawing from alcohol is safer than using and withdrawing from other drugs. For many individuals, quitting drinking has some unpleasant, but tolerable side effects. For others, the side effects can be so severe as to become life threatening. Detoxing as Part...
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06
Dec

Practicing Self-Care When a Loved One Suffers from Addiction

It is natural to want to love and support people who are important to us, especially when they are suffering from an illness. Addiction, like any other illness, can wear on the person diagnosed and the people around them. It is important, therefore, to ensure that the people who make up the support system of...
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