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31
Aug

Recognizing Everyone In Recovery

Tomorrow marks the beginning of National Recovery Month. It is an important time for everyone working a program of addiction recovery. Every September, events are held all over the country to acknowledge the millions of people working to better their existence. Everyone one who has lived in active addiction is fully aware that recovery is...
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26
Apr

Opioid Addiction Champions of Change

Medical epidemics in the United States are nothing new; we have faced and found solutions to some of the most insidious of diseases, including the virus Poliomyelitis – commonly referred to as polio or infantile paralysis. Not too long ago, the fear of contracting polio was great, but thanks to the tireless efforts of a...
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07
Oct

6,000 Nonviolent Drug Offenders To Be Released

The population of the United States is roughly five percent of the world, yet the country houses 25 percent of the world’s total prison population. In the last 30 years, the American prison population has more than quadrupled, according to a 2013 article from The New York Times. Of the more than 2.4 million prisoners,...
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26
Jun

Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget

Whether you are recovering from an alcohol use disorder, or actively in the grips of alcoholism, it is unlikely that you are a stranger to the term “blackout.” Nights of heavy drinking are commonly accompanied by mornings of confusion, often requiring the help of others to fill in the blanks of the night before. This...
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20
Aug

Pat O’Brien Pens A Memoir And Reminds His Son: “This Is Who Your Daddy Is…”

Hearing a voice from your past… It’s interesting how you can be awakened by the sound of a certain voice. It might be that of your spouse, your partner, your child, maybe your parent or roommate…or even that of a television personality. Our associate shared that yesterday she awoke to a familiar voice that brought...
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27
Jun

United States: Alcohol-Attributable Deaths Reach 88,000 Per Year For Working-Age Adults

English: Logo of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services. White on blue background with white rays but no white “burst”. No detailed wording. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) How to prevent AAD and YPLL – the CDC wants to know! This section heading looks...
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27
Feb

“HOOKED: When Addiction Hits Home” ~ A Book For Those 12 And Older

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller The feeling of being alone, experiencing something that no one else could possibly understand, believing there is no person you can share your “story” with…this is how a young child may feel when they live with someone who suffers from addiction....
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02
Apr

Doctors or Counselors?

                             (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Addiction is perhaps one of the most complex diseases known to mankind. Furthermore, treating addiction with the goal of recovery is even more complex and varies dramatically from one case to another. Are doctors more qualified than counselors for treating serious cases of addiction? Stuart Gitlow, MD, MPH, MBA, is the...
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28
Nov

Cocaine Using Rat Study

Studies have shown that people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol genetically pass the disease of addiction to their offspring. While addiction is not fully understood new research is being conducted every year that sheds more light on the disease. A new study that was conducted on rats has shown that chemical changes caused...
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18
Nov

Alcoholics Prone to Cancer

It is no secret to most people that excessive drinking seriously impacts one’s health. Alcohol addiction starts people down a road that leads to a number of health problems; liver failure, pancreatitis, and “wet brain” are some of the most common. However, a new report has linked alcoholism to a number of forms of cancer....
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