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19
Jul

How to Prepare Your Teen for Exposure to Drugs in College

Sending a child off to college is a big moment for a parent. They worry about how their offspring will juggle their various responsibilities, if they will eat healthily, and if they will be safe on campus. In addition, parents are often concerned about whether their children will be able to resist the urge to...
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10
Jul

How Does Narcan (Naloxone) Work to Stop an Overdose?

An Overview Deaths from opioid overdose have been at record levels in recent years. As a result, there has been more interest in ways to prevent deaths from overdoses. Narcan is the solution currently in use. Narcan is the trademark name for the drug naloxone hydrochloride, a prescription medication used to reverse overdoses from opioids...
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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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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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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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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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28
Nov

Healthy Ways to Manage Stress in Recovery

Stress is Inevitable. Everyone experiences it. Social media may present highlight reels of other people’s lives while our own blooper reels play on a loop in our heads, but even seemingly picture-perfect lives are not without stress. Because too much stress can be a risk to successful recovery, it is important to learn how to...
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07
Nov

How to Emotionally Prepare for the Holiday Season

The holiday season can be a time of pumpkin spice, rosy cheeks, and light-hearted spirits. But for people in recovery, the stress associated with the holidays can be trigger inducing. What Is a Trigger? A trigger in reference to addiction refers to any person, place, thought, or event that incites a memory or flashback surrounding...
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26
Oct

Benzos Abuse Affects Teens and Seniors Alike

Although the opioid crisis attracts the most media attention, prescription benzodiazepines are also being abused at record high rates. In fact, growing numbers of public health experts fear a new addiction epidemic affecting teens as well as vulnerable seniors. An Overview of Benzos Benzodiazepines, often simply referred to as benzos, are a class of medications...
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18
Oct

Saying ‘No’ Without Feeling Guilty

Saying ‘no’ can be a difficult skill to learn, especially in cases where a person is in recovery and attempting to remedy relationships. While it’s with good intentions to desire to be peaceable, not setting healthy boundaries can add up to a lot of unnecessary stress and discomfort. Obviously, saying ‘no’ should never be done...
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