According to the government categorization system established up to track drug hazards, the pain medicine is a “Schedule IV” substance, which implies it has a “low potential for misuse and low risk of dependency.”
Alcohol is the most commonly used substance among young people in the U.S Data from several national surveys document the use of alcohol among young people.
COVID-19 has contributed to an increase in demand for mental health services, but anxiety and sadness are not the only mental health concerns individuals are confronting. Experts assert that abuse of opioids and stimulants is on the rise—and psychologists are well-placed to assist. Subjects with substance use disorders (SUD) are also more prone to acquire… Continue reading Demand for mental health services increases, because of COVID-19
Fourteen drinks a week is linked with a higher risk of health problems including stroke and embolism in patients with atrial fibrillation, according to research published in EP Europace, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201202114504.htm
A new study out of the University of Chicago Medicine following young adult drinkers for 10 years has found that individuals who reported the highest sensitivity to alcohol’s pleasurable and rewarding effects at the start of the trial were more likely to develop an alcohol use disorder (AUD) over the course of the study. … Continue reading Alcohol over time can predict alcohol use disorder
In a new paper, researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio) report brain chemistry that may contribute to why drinkers have difficulty paying attention while under the influence. The work is funded by generous support from the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation… Continue reading Drinking blocks a chemical that promotes attention
Steven Kelty had been addicted to crack cocaine for 32 years when he tried a different kind of treatment last year, one so basic in concept that he was skeptical. He would come to a clinic twice a week to provide a urine sample, and if it was free of drugs, he would get to… Continue reading Contingency management rewards drug users with money
According to a recently published report by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New Mexico continues to have the highest rate of alcohol-related deaths in the country. New Mexico’s alcohol-related death rate of 52.3 per 100,000 population was almost twice the U.S. rate for the years 2011 through 2015. The average U.S. alcohol-related… Continue reading CDC: New Mexico has highest rate for alcohol-related deaths
The founder of a Los Angeles sober-living facility is facing 20 years in prison for running a $175 million phony health care billing scheme. Christopher Bathum pleaded no contest Monday to 14 felony counts of grand theft, insurance fraud, identity theft and money laundering, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office announced. Bathum, who once… Continue reading Rehab Mogul Caught In $175M Scam – Sex Charges Pending
“As we get into the holiday season here, that can be more prevalent in people’s lives,” said Program Director Bob Sharits. “A lot of people get depressed around the holidays. Please don’t sit in your uncomfortability and your mental health issues or substance abuse issues by yourself. Reach out to someone. Ask for help.” In… Continue reading Outpatient Rehab In Santa Clarita Encourages Those Struggling During The Holidays
Researchers found that the combination of ketamine – a dissociative anesthetic – and behavioral therapy helped patients with alcohol use disorder maintain abstinence and regain it faster after relapse, according to a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. About 15 million U.S. adults suffer from alcohol use disorder, according to the National Institute… Continue reading Ketamine and behavioral therapy may help alcoholics regain sobriety
Substance abuse is a problem that the community should recognize a collective obligation to address, writes the author. In this September 2017 photo, Oregon Recovers, a coalition advocating for comprehensive prevention, treatment and recovery support services for substance addiction, holds its inaugural rally in Portland. Courtesy of Oregon Recovers Julie Dodge Dodge is interim dean… Continue reading Substance abuse isn’t just ‘their’ problem
Opioid abuse is serious, but we can’t let it distract us from the need for new initiatives to combat by far the most tenacious drug problem in the islands. You wouldn’t think we’d ever lose track of a scourge as devastating and prevalent as methamphetamine abuse. After all, meth-related problems are still filling up our… Continue reading Hawaii Has A Meth Problem That Needs Attention – Now
Every day, an average of 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The economic impact of prescription opioid abuse alone was a staggering $179.4 billion in 2018, according to a recent report by the Society of Actuaries. That includes $72.6 billion in mortality costs, $60.4 billion in health care costs, $26.5… Continue reading Addiction Is a Workforce Issue
As the police chief of Newtown in Hamilton County, a police officer for over 20 years, and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, I’ve dedicated my life to serving my community and country. I know the addiction epidemic in our state is one of the most critical and complex public health and… Continue reading We can’t punish addiction out of someone
COLORADO SPRINGS — News5 Investigates has learned you will not find a county in the State of Colorado that handles more reports of child abuse and neglect than El Paso County. Child welfare officials say you combine that with countywide substance abuse issues and it becomes a crisis. The Department of Human Services in El… Continue reading Addiction fueling rising numbers of child neglect
(THE CONVERSATION) “It has been many long, hard, agonizing battles for the last few years and you fought like a warrior every step of the way. Addiction, however, won the war. To the person who doesn’t understand addiction, she is just another statistic who chose to make a bad decision.” Despite working nearly two decades… Continue reading The opioid epidemic is finally a national emergency – eight years too late
Many options are available when selecting a treatment program. The ultimate goal of drug and alcohol abuse treatment is to stop the abuse and allow people to lead active, productive lives, reuniting them with family, and re-integrating them into the workplace and community. One of the major challenges is keeping patients in treatment long enough… Continue reading How to Justify Needing a Treatment Program
Teenagers who use flavored e-cigarettes are more likely to keep vaping, a study has found. A total of 478 vaping teenagers who attended 10 schools in the Los Angeles County area took part in the study. Researchers checked in with the participants every six months, between the 10th grade in spring 2015 until 12th grade in 2017.
Around 90 percent of the adolescents used flavored oil—like fruit, candy, sweet, dessert and buttery— as opposed to traditional cigarette flavors such as tobacco or menthol.
Of those who used the alternative flavors, 64.3 percent were still vaping six months later. That was compared with 42.9 percent of those who opted for traditional flavors.
Teens who used flavors vaped more heavily after six months and reported puffing more during each session. However, the team found the taste didn’t seem to affect how many days the participants vaped, or when.
Co-author Professor Adam Leventhal, director of the University of Southern California Institute for Addiction Science, commented in a statement: “While many children try e-cigarettes, not all become regular users. Teens who use e-cigarettes may be more inclined to continue vaping rather than just temporarily experiment with e-cigs.
Eleven Activities to Choose From So You Won’t Be Bored: Many people in recovery from substance abuse who are contemplating getting clean and sober and changing their lifestyle are often in fear of what their life will be like afterwards. Usually the rush people get from drinking and using becomes just as addicting as using.… Continue reading Living Clean and Sober Does Not Have to be Boring
Life is so precious as we all know. But, through our lives some of us tend to go down the wrong path, leading us to somewhere we find very hard to get back from. We don’t head down this path on purpose, it just happens. Addictions sneak up on us very slowly, and sooner or… Continue reading Go Sober – Give Your Life a Second Chance
Most everyone has heard the adage “You reap what you sow”. Nothing could be truer when you are talking about the life of a practicing alcoholic or drug addict.
Perhaps, this is your first time to decide that you are already going to quit drinking alcoholic beverages. The very big step to begin this process is that you stop alcohol cravings.
“Something strange started happening. She was thrown out of a sober house. Within hours she was in a new sober house. And then she was out of that one and then into another one”. A potential crackdown is looming on the world of “patient brokering,” where head-hunters find people fighting addiction, and essentially sell them to… Continue reading Rehab Racket? ‘Patient Brokers Cashing in On Addicts’ Cha-Ching Cha-Ching
Can marijuana be an effective treatment to keep people off opioids? A new Illinois program aims to prevent opioid addiction by allowing patients to take a prescription for painkillers and use it for cannabis instead. This comes as a new study from the National Safety Council shows that more people are likely to die from opioid overdose… Continue reading Illinois Program Offers Medical Marijuana as Alternative to Opioids
Throughout my journey of recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous, miracles have come to me in abundance. The promises have astoundingly materialized in every element of my daily life and the rewards of sobriety are beyond what my imagination could have ever visualized or dreamed of. I was miraculously given a chance in my life to live.… Continue reading Unity in Alcoholics Anonymous
Suboxone, deemed by some as the miracle pill, has recently become a much more sought after solution than its widespread alternative, Methadone. Due to the fact that there are very few doctors that can prescribe the drug and its extremely high cost, the majority of addicts are forced to settle for methadone maintenance programs.
Wax is a distillation of marijuana said to be so potent that a single hit will keep a person high for more than a day, the article notes. A person making wax uses the flammable substance butane to strip out the THC, the chemical in marijuana that causes a high.
“There is no weed out there that possesses the punching power that the wax does,” an anonymous undercover DEA informant told ABC News’ “Nightline.” “And it’s like smoking 20 joints of the best grade of weed that you have into one hit of the wax.”
Gary Hill of the DEA’s San Diego office said, “We have seen people have an onset of psychosis and even brain damage from that exposure to that high concentration of THC. Our concern is that this is going to spread before we get it under control.”
In Colorado, wax is legal for anyone over the age of 21. It is sold in recreational marijuana dispensaries. A three-day contest called the X-Cup, held in Denver, is designed to determine who can make the most potent batch of wax.
For the true alcoholic, this is a mind bending question; an almost unreachable proposition. People who are trapped in a cycle of addiction find it extremely difficult to visualize the sober life. They might start to envision such a life, but the illusion immediately breaks down for them, because they know that they would not be happy living that way.
In alcohol and drug recovery, a Sober Living Environment is referred to as an SLE. The SLE is what could be called the middle ground in your path to recovery. Living at an SLE can be like a family in many ways. You are responsible to take care of yourself. If you are willing, to… Continue reading What is a Sober Living Environment?
My time in rehab for an opioid addiction left me humiliated and desperate to know why my friends were dying. Now a wave of app developers is trying to do things differently. My dad’s company had season tickets to the White Sox. On muggy Midwest summer days, we’d go as a family—always sitting in the… Continue reading My time in rehab
If you are considering a new path in recovery and addressing the demons of alcoholism and drug addiction, you may have some questions or concerns which need to be addressed. Recovery from drugs or alcohol is not just a resolution but a life-changing way of living. As you embrace the change you desire, you should… Continue reading What Will I Experience While I Detox?
Human beings are comfortable with automatic responses. Over the years that it takes to develop as a person, and for many years after, we learn to do things automatically. They then become locked into our behavior, and we start to react to those automatic responses before we have even given it a moment’s thought. Even… Continue reading How to Stay Sober For Life
If you are concerned someone you love is experimenting with drugs there are several things you should look for before you bound to conclusions about the situation. The first thing you should identify is the symptoms of drug use. Also, you should be conscious that different drugs have different symptoms. Detecting symptoms of drug abuse… Continue reading Is Someone You Love Abusing Drugs Or Alcohol?
If you are looking for a good rehab for meth addicts, you have to be conscious that there is an overwhelming option available. Therefore, it is critical that you take as much time as you require to gather important information about the different rehab facilities catering to meth addicts. Remember that these patients require special… Continue reading Points to Consider When Searching For a Rehab For Meth Users
NEW YORK — “Sesame Street” is taking a new step to try to help kids navigate life in America — it’s tackling the opioid crisis. Sesame Workshop is exploring the backstory of Karli, a bright green, yellow-haired friend of Elmo’s whose mother is battling addiction. The initiative is part of the Sesame Street in Communities… Continue reading ‘Sesame Street’ tackles parental addiction crisis in a way kids can understand
If a person’s teeth decay at a faster rate it could result in Meth mouth and it usually happens in persons who use meth. The teeth of such persons become very black and highly stained and they appear rotten and are likely to drop any moment. Whenever there is a usual decay in a person… Continue reading Meth Mouth Treatment Requires Dental Expertise
Take up a new hobby. What interests you? Indoor or outdoor sports, yoga, camping, sewing, knitting, pottery, photography, scrapbooking, painting, music, dancing, cooking, baking, writing, or travel. Even try some that don’t interest you, you never know, you might find something you like or look at it differently now that you’re sober. Find a hobby… Continue reading Sober Activities
An Oneonta business and its employees take the spotlight in a new documentary by Delaware County resident Jessica Vecchione, producer of the 2017 documentary “Smacked! Heroin Addiction and Recovery in Rural America.” “A Slice of Hope” offers a vignette of the day-to-day operations of Sal’s Pizzeria, a downtown Oneonta eatery where many of the employees… Continue reading New film to explore addiction recovery
This week, I got to attend my oldest daughter’s D.A.R.E. program at her public school. In case you didn’t know, “D.A.R.E.” stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, and it’s a short-term program that 10-12-year-olds go through every year to learn about the negative effects of drug and alcohol use. It’s the same program I went… Continue reading The D.A.R.E. Program Is Missing the Biggest Piece in the Substance Abuse Puzzle
Beginning July 1, Pinellas County will have access to 10 beds for individuals suffering from drug or alcohol abuse. That’s 10 more beds than the county currently has. By comparison, Hillsborough and Sarasota counties each have 30 beds available. Pinellas County Commissioner Kathleen Peters, whose top priority has been mental health and substance abuse treatment,… Continue reading Treatment, not jail: Pinellas County to open 10 beds for drug users
With the opioid crisis killing thousands of people every month, traditional 12-step approaches to addiction recovery are under scrutiny. Dismal success rates plague Alcoholics Anonymous, as a culture of shame looms over those who don’t abide by AA’s rigid guidelines. An abstinence-only approach to recovery, or therapy that ignores dual diagnoses (mental illness and substance… Continue reading How Cannabis and Kratom Can Help With Addiction Recovery
Homelessness and basic human health needs are swamping Seattle’s emergency services. A pilot program for the Seattle Fire Department will create a new team to handle the thousands of 911 calls that need real responses but aren’t emergency medical situations. Read more at: https://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2019/05/swamped-with-non-emergency-911-calls-seattle-fire-testing-new-response-team-for-homelessness-substance-abuse-and-mental-health-issues/
Community leaders are coming together to help those suffering from mental illness and substance abuse issues. Eight locations across the country have been chosen to participate in a unique collaboration effort. “Better meet the needs of people with serious mental illnesses, and co-occurring substance abuse disorders,” clinical social worker Michele Saunders said. Jackson-Madison County received… Continue reading Community leaders meet to address mental health and substance abuse issues
Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and City of Burlington Police Chief John Fine recently announced the implementation of a drug treatment program that allows people to walk off the street and into a police station to seek help with addiction is expanding to the City of Burlington. Read more at: http://www.centraljersey.com/news/the_register_news/county-officials-and-municipal-police-departments-team-up-to-help/article_3543da6a-f50a-578a-b5c7-95dadabb420a.html
Rehab Digital Journal is for those who like reading the newspaper, well in digital form anyway about news in the addiction treatment industry and the many impacts it has on our lives and society. Yes for some old (school) people, the newspaper is still one of our primary news sources. No doubt, online news sources… Continue reading Rehabs Digital Journal
Tucked between a barbershop and an antique store along a dark highway into Knoxville, Ky., the Flatiron Club is easy to miss driving by at night. Its only announcement, completely invisible in the dark, is a small, unlit sign above the door. Inside, two older men and a woman holding a Styrofoam cup loiter in… Continue reading After treatment, addicted to recovery
This week, a federal appeals court addressed the right to treatment for an inmate who suffers from opioid addiction, a move that legal advocates say could have wide repercussions. The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston ruled that a rural Maine jail must provide Brenda Smith with medication for her… Continue reading Federal court rules jail must give inmate addiction treatment
It comes as figures showed drug-related deaths in Scotland are now 2.5 times that of other UK countries. The total for 2018 is expected to top 1,000 for the first time. The Commons Scottish Affairs Committee (SAC) will begin an inquiry on Tuesday to see why the numbers are so high and what the Scottish… Continue reading Mental illness and trauma blamed for rising drug deaths
Being that there are approximately 21.5 million Americans who struggle with addiction each year, one would venture to say that substance abuse is a relevant topic in today’s world. Even more troubling, 80% of those same people also struggle with an issue with alcohol. Eight million people struggle with what is called a co-occurring disorder,… Continue reading Is addiction a choice or disease?
People in Massachusetts who are accused of harmful drug use often face court petitions by family members, law enforcement, or medical professionals that request their involuntary commitment. And when this happens, they are often denied their constitutional right to due process, Boston-based public defense attorneys tell Filter. Under Section 35, a Massachusetts law, if a… Continue reading Mass. Civil Commitment for Drug Issues Violates Rights, Say Attorneys
Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar has released a plan to spend $100 billion over a decade to improve mental health care and fight substance abuse, an issue the Minnesota senator has faced firsthand as the daughter of an alcoholic who struggled with addiction for years before getting sober. The wide-ranging plan, released Friday, includes funding… Continue reading Klobuchar releases $100B substance abuse, mental health plan
Did you know 192 people die in America every day from drug overdose? That means 192 families lose someone every day. Survivors of people lost to drug addiction share their stories on the Addiction Policy Forum website to increase awareness. What these families learned could help save the life of someone you love. 1. Don’t… Continue reading 7 things you should know about addiction
COLUMBUS — Roughly 2,000 middle and high-school students from across Ohio descended on the state capital Tuesday to make the point that they, and the majority of their fellow students, do not abuse drugs, alcohol, or tobacco. “I think it’s important for legislators, governors, and people who are concerned about the drug problem to listen… Continue reading About 2,000 students take anti-drug message to Columbus
“It’s very prevalent within the United States,” said Sarah Mudd a therapist at SSM Health Treatment and Recovery Center at SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in St. Charles. “I was reading an article from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. And in 2015, 15.1 million American adults suffered from alcoholism. Now that was… Continue reading More than 15 million Americans suffer from alcohol abuse
A South Augusta neighborhood’s opposition to a drug alcohol treatment center moving into a former convent there hasn’t waned and the neighborhood, Green Meadows, has two attorneys scheduled to speak on its behalf Tuesday. A South Augusta neighborhood’s opposition to a drug alcohol treatment center moving into a former convent there hasn’t waned and the… Continue reading Drug treatment center opposed by Green Meadows community returns for vote
There are many addiction therapies that are available to those struggling with substance abuse. While a majority of these therapies have been extensively tested and used on countless addicts, there may be questions on the long-term safety and health of patients. In response to those concerns, there has been increasing research on natural-based addiction treatments.… Continue reading NAD Therapy for Drug Addiction
Once you are ready to go to rehab, you want to choose a program and a location that suits your addiction and your needs. Here’s how to choose. One in seven Americans faces some type of substance addiction. Although addiction is a common disease, it can still take a serious toll on your life if… Continue reading How to Choose the Right Drug Rehab for You
MUNCIE — The Delaware County Prevention Council is seeking proposals for projects that address the issues of abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in Delaware County. These proposals must fall into one of three areas: prevention/education, intervention/treatment, and justice/law enforcement. The proposal must also be directly linked to one of the objectives listed in… Continue reading Grants offered for projects to address drug abuse
Bryan Snow, an electrician from Peabody, knows about the pain opioid addiction can inflict on a family. The 41-year-old spent years battling the disease, not seeking the help he needed, in part because of attitudes in the construction industry. Snow, drug-free now for seven years, said the industry must work to encourage those struggling with… Continue reading Construction industry to workers battling addiction: ‘We want to help’
It’s not unusual for work to be part of the equation in addiction recovery — a job can provide access to health insurance, and some business owners want to help. But a company called the Cenikor Foundation is turning recovery into unpaid labor, often in unsafe conditions. For the first 18 months of the 2-year… Continue reading A company reportedly outsources addiction patients as free labor
Some people may be more genetically prone to cannabis addiction, finds a new UCL-led study. The researchers say their investigation of three genetic markers, published in Addiction Biology, could inform why some people become dependent on cannabis. “We were interested in asking whether these genetic markers could predict addiction-related responses after inhaling doses of cannabis,… Continue reading Cannabis addiction influenced by genetic makeup
On a spring morning in 2017, in a Grand Hyatt ballroom in midtown Manhattan, Michael Cartwright took the stage and talked about growth. “There’s no great brand out there—Nike, whatever you consider a great brand out there today—that doesn’t have a great sales and marketing platform,” he told the audience of health care investors and… Continue reading America’s Only Publicly Traded Addiction Treatment Chain
Five Fascinating Benefits of CBD for Anxiety Unless you have the patience of a saint, it is likely that at one point or another you have felt like tearing your hair out due to a bout of stress. The pace of modern life can be far too hectic for us to deal with at times,… Continue reading Does CBD Help with Anxiety?
It’s the first time the mindfulness approach has been studied in a large randomized trial as an adjunct treatment. The training helps people better understand the physical and emotional signals in their body and how they can respond to these to help them better regulate and engage in self-care. “We could teach this intervention successfully… Continue reading Treatment for drug addiction helps prevent relapse
For the first time, Massachusetts prisons are providing a medication to treat opioid addiction to newly arriving inmates, as the state launches a groundbreaking program established by legislation passed last year. For now, the Department of Correction is providing just one of the two medications required under the law, which took effect Monday. Still, the… Continue reading Suboxone to treat opioid-addicted inmates
A new report shows that only four states provide adequate insurance coverage for addiction treatment. In a finding that brings bad news as America struggles with an opioid epidemic, a new report shows that only four states provide adequate insurance coverage for addiction treatment. “We are calling on states to ensure health plans cover the… Continue reading Treatment insurance coverage running out
Thirty-four adults celebrated recovery on Friday as Hennepin County Drug Court (Minneapolis, MN) recognized them during a graduation ceremony. The drug court program aims to break the cycle of chemical dependency and crime for nonviolent offenders. Lindsay Arf has been sober for three years and two months – almost as long as she was in… Continue reading Addiction Can Happen To Anybody
Three former addicts who started the Spiritual Soldier’s Coffee Compound on Erie Street are proving life in recovery without alcohol or drugs doesn’t have to be mundane and isolating. “The three of us were kind of hanging out every single day and people were asking us through social media … they were saying things like… Continue reading Sober Bar for Recovering Addicts
Wendy Williams’ candid revelation that she’s been living in a sober house has many people asking if their own communities have such facilities for people seeking treatment for addiction. The short answer is there are a couple, but for men. The longer answer has to do with recovery housing which many say is the key… Continue reading Recovery Housing Sober Living
Wendy Williams revealed on her TV show today that she’s been living in a sober house as part of her struggle against addiction. The 54-year-old TV personality and former radio host made the tearful announcement on her daytime syndicated talk show, “The Wendy Williams Show.” Williams said the only other people who knew that she… Continue reading Talk Show Host Wendy Williams Living in Sober House
Here are 13 interesting things to do so you won’t be bored in sober living. Go skydiving: You’ve been talking about it for years. Now that you’re sober you can safely do it. Go surfing: Ride those waves, you’ve done it in your dreams, now make it a reality. Go snowboarding: Enjoy those winters; you… Continue reading 13 Things To Do That Makes Sober Living Not Boring
For many individuals that are faced with substance abuse issues, the use of a sober living situation after rehabilitation is usually necessary. The stress and impact of removing chemical dependency from one’s life can be very hard. Knowing that you have resources and support networks available can help you with dealing with living in the… Continue reading When is Sober Living Really Necessary
Many alcoholism rehab programs are limited to 28 days of treatment. Long-term rehab, usually takes place in a residential environment over a period of 6 to 12 months, known as sober living. This residential environment is often referred to as a therapeutic community since clients live in a communal setting. A therapeutic community provides an… Continue reading Sober Living is a Must for Long Term Success
Changing lives for over 5 years, we are totally a drug and alcohol-free sober living environment for men and well respected in the recovery community. Two men share a room. Amenities include a free washer & dryer, living room & family room with televisions, refrigerators, food storage, and a full kitchen. Residents have access to… Continue reading The Place Sober Living for men surpasses 5 years of success
Men residents live in The Place Sober Living for a minimum of one month. Some stay upwards of a year or more, giving all the ability to interact with peers in a variety of stages of recovery. Change Your Thinking No matter how good you feel after getting sober, addiction lurks. Intensive participation in aftercare… Continue reading Sober living for men means living a new life
If there is a more effective way to destroy a human soul than addiction, I’m not sure I want to know what it is. People can become physically addicted to all sorts of substances: alcohol, illegal drugs like heroin and meth, or legal drugs like opioids that promise relief from chronic pain and replace it with… Continue reading A Life Without Choice
In the battle against addiction, many people are turning to natural remedies to help them get off pain medications. This approach aims to treat the source of the pain as well as the need for pain medication. Although the research is a bit controversial, some people are turning to natural therapies to help reduce their… Continue reading Acupuncture may help those battling addiction
The L. Ruby Horwood Center, located at 711 Lawn Ave., opened last month to offer outpatient counseling and intensive outpatient services for individuals abusing or addicted to alcohol. It can serve up to 300 people in the region. People seeking treatment for alcohol addiction and those seeking help for opioid addiction have very different needs… Continue reading New outpatient alcohol treatment center in West Rockhill
Comedians close to Artie Lange, “MADtv” star and former sidekick on “The Howard Stern Show,” have taken to Twitter to urge the struggling comedian to seek treatment for severe drug addiction. Stand up comic and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” actor Richard Lewis tweeted a heart wrenching statement Thursday. “Artie, this is my 1000th request over decades… Continue reading Artie Lange to seek help for drug addiction
Nick Cialdella doesn’t mince words, doesn’t sugarcoat the past, doesn’t rewrite the narrative. Seated at a conference table just days into the new year, he talks candidly about his plunge into heroin addiction and the long journey out — to a place where he says he now can help others. People in the throes of… Continue reading Heroin addict now helps others get into treatment
The circle of chairs has achieved a culturally iconic status. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings are so prevalent in television dramas that you’d think the 12-step program was sponsoring the networks. But in the past few years, a new recovery paradigm has risen fast. And it owes more to entrepreneurs and “lifestyle designers” such… Continue reading 12 step model could be going away soon
When Michael Poster was a boy nearly seven decades ago, neighbors his current age would ask what he hoped to do when he grew up. “No kid ever says, ‘I want to be a heroin addict,’” the Dummerston resident notes. “But that’s what I became.” A teenage Poster used and sold drugs to escape anxiety… Continue reading Faces of addiction
Alternating between patience and impatience, Bradley Saxon is getting ready to open up his drug recovery center in Anderson. Saxon, a teaching pastor at Crossover Community Church, has been sober for 14 years. Before that, he used to sell and use drugs in Anderson. In the last two years, he’s been selling vision and T-shirts.… Continue reading Church pastor sold and used drugs
U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) this week continued his efforts to end methamphetamine addictions in his home state and across the country by urging the federal government to quickly develop Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). The National Institutes of Health (NIH) currently is pursuing MAT to combat meth addiction via seven ongoing NIH-funded trials. MATs exist… Continue reading Hasten medication treatments to end meth addictions
We like to say we’re addicted to our phones or an app or some new show on a streaming video service. But for some people, tech gets in the way of daily functioning and self-care. We’re talking flunk-your-classes, can’t-find-a-job, live-in-a-dark-hole kinds of problems, with depression, anxiety, and sometimes suicidal thoughts part of the mix. Suburban… Continue reading Growing trend of “tech addicts”, a look inside.
Spending a night bent over a toilet might not be most people’s idea of a good time, but Simon (not his real name) is thrilled. He’s a loud and excitable person, the kind of guy who says your name frequently in conversation, and at the age of 36, he’s had a serious drinking problem for… Continue reading Drug Could Change Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Those in charge of a new residential, abstinence-based addiction treatment facility in Clarksville say they want to make a difference in Southern Indiana, and they’re ready to be part of the solution to healing the community of addiction. Sunrise Recovery, a 35-bed facility, which provides medically supervised detoxification, therapy and recovery programming, opened Dec. 3… Continue reading Treatment facility takes holistic approach
Former Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor has resurfaced, after being treated for a drug addiction, in a recently released TEDx Talk given to a full house at the Vernon Area Public Library during which he discussed his recovery process. Lawlor described how he suffered from depression, alcohol and drug addiction during the YouTube talk,… Continue reading Aaron Lawlor on addiction
Lil Xan will be home for the holidays. Two weeks after he checked himself into rehab to get treatment for his drug addiction, the 22-year-old rapper says that he is headed home and clean. “Out And Sober,” he tweeted over the weekend, along with a broken heart emoji and an emoji of praying hands. Lil Xan, whose… Continue reading Lil Xan Out of Rehab 2 Weeks
A new program has been added to the toolbox of Vigo County agencies attempting to help people caught in the grip of opioid addiction. The program is so new, in fact, only three people have been moved into the Vigo County Community Corrections unit set aside for the 90-day medication-assisted program. Funded by a grant… Continue reading New opioid recovery option
Am I crazy or am I seeing homeless people everywhere? I suspect that you have been seeing them, too. I am talking about people without a stable place to live. These folks are living in RVs, under bridges, in hotels, out of cars or camping outside. They don’t have apartments or houses. I have been… Continue reading Preventing homelessness
At the dawn of Prohibition in the 1920s, the Federal Council of Churches nationwide believed the elimination of alcohol consumption would eradicate social evils. Citing biblical verse from Corinthians, 1 Peter, 1 Timothy, Titus and Matthew, among others, drunkenness is condemned, while temperate, sober living is commanded. The 18th Amendment of Prohibition was later overturned… Continue reading Most Protestants abstain from drink
Sobs filled a packed McHenry County, Ill., courtroom Thursday from relatives and supporters of John Galloway, pleading for the admitted former heroin addict to receive probation for supplying the drugs on which his friend overdosed. But the judge ruled that Galloway, 21, must serve prison time for his role in the death of Jake Czipo… Continue reading Former heroin user sent to prison
When there’s a real desire to improve, everybody deserves at least two-second chances, Capt. Dwaine Breazeale of the Salvation Army Modesto Citadel Corps said. Sixty-year-old Robert Weigel, who has lived most of his life in Modesto and surrounding areas, is making the most of one of those changes right now. The until-recently homeless alcoholic is… Continue reading Those who fall get on right path again with Salvation Army helps
The month-long trial in a sober-living home operator’s lawsuit against the city of Costa Mesa was sent to the jury after closing arguments wrapped up Thursday. The case could have far-reaching effects on the city’s jurisdiction over group homes within its boundaries. Yellowstone Recovery, which has had a presence in Costa Mesa dating to 1988,… Continue reading Lawsuit against Costa Mesa sober-living operator
There are addicts in Parksville Qualicum Beach that are ready for treatment, but too many are being turned away. That was the message from Kelly, a recovering addict and an advocate who organized a speaking event Nov. 30 at the Parksville Community Centre. (She did not want to give her last name). Kelly and the… Continue reading People want action after addictions meeting
The week before her 22nd birthday, Courtney Allen overdosed three times. For a decade, she had struggled with poverty, trauma and addictions to alcohol, heroin, Ritalin and cocaine. “I belonged more to the dead than the living,” she recalls. On that February 2015 birthday morning, she woke to vague memories of a fight and the… Continue reading Symbol of hope from depths of addiction
“We are now witnessing the consequences as this group of older users are developing problems which result in admission to hospital as a result of their drug use.” The statistics follow warnings that the baby boomer generation is fast becoming the highest risk age group, with men and women in their 60s and 70s suffering… Continue reading Mental health problems for baby boomers
The backgrounds of the three women are similar: curious about alcohol, they began drinking at an early age, soon were doing drugs, got into scrapes with the law, and hit rock bottom several times. Two of the women lost their children, one of them permanently. In their 30s now, the women have one more thing… Continue reading Hitting rock bottom