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How to Talk to Your Loved One About Addiction

If you’ve noticed signs that suggest a loved one has a drug or alcohol problem, it’s important to address the issue as soon as possible. Contrary to popular belief, waiting for someone to hit rock bottom is not the best way to handle the situation. Addiction is a chronic illness, which means that ongoing care...
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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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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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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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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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Coping with Sleeplessness in Recovery and Sobriety

Some of the first advice people receive when entering recovery is to develop new, healthy habits. In addition to eating right and exercising, they are told to get plenty of sleep. Unfortunately, insomnia is a common struggle people face when they initially stop using alcohol and other drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services...
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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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