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addiction
28
Oct

Remembering Dr. Morris E. Chafetz

UPI/NY Times This week we should all take time to remember someone who played a very important role in how the public views addiction. Dr. Morris E. Chafetz played a major role changing the public’s perception; alcoholism went from being a moral failing and social crime to the disease model we know today as a...
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21
Oct

Rescheduling Hydrocodone Delays Continue

Hydrocodone or Vicodin as it is known best is one of the most abused prescription narcotics available. While it may not be as strong as oxycodone it is still highly addictive and has the potential to take lives. This is why over the last 12 years the federal government, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and...
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15
Oct

The Economy and Addiction

The economy and substance abuse rates have a lot to do with each other; when times are bad people tend to excessively use alcohol and drugs, when times are good people do this less. As we plunge deeper into recession and more people are finding themselves homeless due to foreclosures, people are turning to drugs...
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pile of syringes - needles
12
Oct

California Legalizes Needle Exchanges

Drug use and the spread of disease often go hand in hand, especially when addicts use drugs intravenously. In the past it was difficult to acquire clean syringes. Over the years a number of organizations have worked hard to provide addicts with access to clean needles, but there are still a lot of people who...
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05
Oct

Young Adults Lack Skills Requiring More Help

Making the decision to enter a drug and alcohol treatment facility is a big deal and is often times one of the hardest decisions that an addict has to make in their entire life. Most addicts would love to be freed of the bondage of drugs and alcohol, but despite that addicts will continue to...
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17
Sep

Giving Opiate Addicts Parolees Naltrexone

In the United States our prisons and jails house more people convicted of drug offenses than any other offense. Jail and prison for most of the 20th century has been the government’s answer to the drug problem. While the system has improved in the last two decades, as far as offering treatment instead of jail...
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12
Sep

Elderly People Needing Treatment

Typically, as people get older they require more medical attention and may be prescribed medication for anything from high blood pressure to prescription opiates for an old knee injury. People are living a lot longer than before and as a result people may end up taking prescription drugs for extended periods of time. In Florida,...
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13
May

Falling off my bike at age fifty-seven

Falling Off My Bike at Age Fifty-Seven It was a great idea. I had a meeting at 7:15 am and it was only three miles each way. I was going to get in a meeting and my exercise in one fell swoop. At the meeting everyone was adequately impressed with my aging attempt at cardio...
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06
May

Graduation

Friday is an exciting day for me! My oldest daughter is graduating from her Master’s degree program at Northern Illinois University. She will be entering a doctoral program in philosophy at Notre Dame this fall which she has been working toward a long time. I am very proud of her and it will be nice...
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30
Jan

Pets Addiction Therapy and Recovery

I thought I would provide a little update on the new addition to our family, Pounce. Pounce is a beautiful cat that we recently adopted from the Humane Society. She has been living with us for a short time now and seems happy in her new home. Pounce is the cat that my younger daughter...
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