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9-Ways-to-Take-Care-of-Yourself-While-Loving-an-Addict - dark haired woman looking out large window
04
Oct

9 Ways to Take Care of Yourself While Loving an Addict

Finding the balance between giving too much of yourself and not enough can be a frustrating dance when your loved one is suffering from a substance use disorder. It’s almost impossible not to get sucked into the downward spiral. This is because addiction not only affects the person abusing drugs or alcohol, it affects friends...
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Seniors-and-Substance-Abuse--A-Growing-Problem - senior woman holding pill about to take
29
Sep

Seniors and Substance Abuse: A Growing Problem

While it may seem that substance abuse is isolated to a younger crowd, dependence is prevalent in all communities. In fact, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), more than one million people 65 and older were reported to have a substance use disorder in 2014. The majority of those, some...
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A-Further-Look-into-the-Stages-of-Recovery-and-Relapse - butterfly emerging green
17
Sep

A Further Look into the Stages of Recovery and Relapse

Understanding the importance of relapse prevention following completion of treatment is vital to the success of long-term sobriety. According to a 2017 US News & World Report study, deaths from alcohol, drugs, and suicide are projected to increase by 60 percent within the next decade. While treatment techniques continue to improve, 60 to 90 percent...
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Is-Your-Teen-a-High-Functioning-Addict - pretty dark haired girl in black coat close up
20
Aug

Is Your Teen a Highly-Functioning Addict?

Something feels wrong. Until now, you’ve never suspected your son or daughter to be abusing drugs or alcohol because they’ve never given you a reason. They come home when they are supposed to, they excel in school—aren’t kids involved in drugs and alcohol reckless and absent? Herein lies the standard misconception that people who suffer...
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Is There Such Thing as an “Addictive” Personality? - brunette girl profile with brain lit up golden
06
Jul

Is There Such Thing as an “Addictive” Personality?

As a person who has dealt with substance abuse, you may wonder: “Is there such thing as an addictive personality? Was I born predestined to be an addict?” According to a Psychology Today article, published in 2016, the idea of an addictive personality is nothing more than a myth. The author states there is no...
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Where California Stands in the Nationwide Opioid Epidemic - addiction epidemic in america
16
Nov

Where California Stands in the Nationwide Opioid Epidemic

Stated as the deadliest drug crisis in American history, the opioid epidemic is not only killing people, but it’s also stealing friends, mothers, fathers, children, lovers. Nationwide, drug overdoses have now risen to the leading cause of accidental death according to the United States Center for Disease Control, which states that 91 people die from...
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18
Nov

Marijuana’s Effect on the Brain

There has been much research concerning marijuana’s effect on the brain. Often described as the gateway drug, marijuana has become legal in many states and has become decriminalized in others. But just what exactly is marijuana’s effect on the brain? The National Institute on Drug Abuse describes “marijuana as the most commonly used illicit drug...
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22
Jul

Nationwide Alert on Dangers of Fentanyl

Fentanyl is a painkiller that is used to relieve pain in cancer patients. It is 100 times more powerful than morphine and as much as 50 times more powerful than heroin according to the DEA. Because it is so powerful, it should not be prescribed except under the close scrutiny of a doctor skilled in...
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13
May

First Responders and Substance Abuse/Drug Addiction

The co-relation between first responders and substance abuse is pervasive and all too common today. Moreover, first responders and substance abuse is taboo compared to society at large, and particularly within first responder culture itself. Because police, EMTs, and firefighters, etc… are trusted with our very safety and lives, the pressure to keep up a...
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drug addiction consequences - woman hiding her face - calley recovery center
05
Feb

Drug Addiction Consequences

Life is about choices and consequences. We make a choice – we deal with the consequence. When considering drug addiction consequences there is more to it than “choice”. For most of us, we make healthy choices with a few ‘not so healthy’ sprinkled throughout our lifetime. For the addict trapped in their disease, using comes...
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