Blog2021-07-01T17:50:26-05:00

When recovering from addiction, communicating with other people is a key support system.

It is important to establish good contacts and have someone to turn to when one enters recovery, whether that be drug rehabilitation, alcohol rehabilitation, or something else entirely. This helps overcome feelings of isolation and loneliness that frequently accompany addiction.

Many individuals now seek contact over the internet because of how accessible it is. For those who have been affected by the internet, Internet rehabilitation (also known as online rehab programs, forums, and blogs) is available.

The finest recovery blogs give in-depth information and guidance on long-term sobriety.

They have recovered from their addiction, and as a result, they can truly comprehend what others are going through. Due of the wonderful influence recovery blogs may have throughout recovery, we decided to put together a collection of articles for people dealing with addiction at Recovery Found Easy.

Detox for meth addicts

A trial of compulsory detox treatment for meth addicts will be developed by the State Government as part of a plan to help families in crisis and tackle the methamphetamine scourge. Premier Mark McGowan and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook said today the task force had listened to desperate families who wanted immediate help for loved ones which was not a prison cell or a hospital bed. “Families are crying out for more support and we have a responsibility to do everything we possibly can to help them through the [...]

Alcohol is killing more people, and younger

The last time lawyer Erika Byrd talked her way out of an alcohol rehab center, her father took her to lunch. "Dad, I know what alcohol has done to me," she told him that day in January 2011. "I know what it has made me do to you and mom. But that wasn’t me." By the time she died three months later, Byrd had blocked her parents' calls because they kept having her involuntarily committed. They once had a magistrate judge hold a hearing at her hospital bed. He ordered [...]

USDA drug, alcohol addiction roundtable

State officials joined representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development office on Thursday for a roundtable discussion on drug and alcohol addiction. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, Indian Affairs Commission's executive director Scott Davis, representatives from the state Department of Human Services, and other guests gathered at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory in Bismarck to discuss alcohol and substance abuse issues in North Dakota. First lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum also spoke at the event about ongoing addiction treatment and overdose prevention efforts in the state, [...]

Drug treatment court to fight addiction

Federal court officials announced new help Thursday for nonviolent criminal defendants with a drug or alcohol addiction. The Drug Treatment Court Program for the Western District of Virginia will trade incentives — including the possibility of reduced penalties for criminal activity — for a defendant’s serious effort at sobriety. The program is open to adults who are charged with federal drug crimes or other federal offenses, who suffer from a history of substance abuse or addiction, who want sobriety, and who are willing to undergo drug testing, counseling, goal-setting, and [...]

Recovery house lawsuit advances

A lawsuit filed by Warren Township trustees and the township zoning inspector against a drug and alcohol addiction recovery house in the township will proceed after a Trumbull County Common Pleas Court judge dismissed a motion to dismiss the suit, according to court documents. Judge Peter J. Kontos denied the motion to dismiss the suit, which was filed by attorneys for FSSH Holdings II LLC, owners of a recovery house at 4015 Leavitt Drive. The company claimed using the home as a recovery house is protected by the federal Fair [...]

From cocaine to sex: Addiction statistics revealed

The latest data shows there are 120,000 addicts in Israel today with drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, and online shopping is the most popular vice choices. While the overwhelming majority of the addicts are men, there has been a sharp increase in the number of women becoming addicted to harmful substances and behaviors.

Father blames body-broker after son dies during drug rehab

It has been dubbed "the Florida Shuffle." Drug addicts from across the country get lured to the Sunshine State for decades with the promise of treatment, only to be traded from one unscrupulous drug rehab to another. Meanwhile, the patient's insurance company gets milked for tens of thousands of dollars in fraudulent charges. Many have overdosed and even died in the process, prompting Florida lawmakers to crack down on the scam.

Treat the addicted brain

As efforts continue to battle the opioid epidemic, it's important to know how addiction affects the brain. Drugs, especially opioids, flood the so-called "pleasure center" of the brain with a powerful surge of dopamine. Addiction is linked to the speed and intensity of that release. In the 1930s, when studies on addictive behavior began, researchers believed people with addictions just had no willpower. Today, addiction is widely recognized as a chronic disease. Recovery needs willpower, of course, but it also requires a number of strategies to break the cycle.

Ask for help

Fayette County resident Jacob Wilson, 25, has never been someone who likes to ask for help. After nine years of abusing heroin, however, he knew he needed to change his life. He said he realized “all the people I’ve hurt that care about me. I was also living on the streets and that’s no life for a person. I’ve also lost a lot of friends through drug use.” In addition, after being revived from overdoses by Narcan four times, he “knew if I didn’t do something I was going to [...]

The Watershed Offers $6,000 in Scholarships

The Watershed Addiction Treatment Programs announced that six scholarships will be offered this year to students who are either currently enrolled or accepted in an accredited college or university. Each semester, three $1,000 scholarships will be offered by The Watershed, which includes a Health Care Scholarship, Addiction Science Scholarship, and Addiction Recovery Scholarship. The deadline for the January 2019 semester has passed and the recipients will be announced shortly. The recipients of the scholarships are selected by a committee at The Watershed based on specific criteria and then awarded $1,000 [...]

Knight discharged from probation

A former Jonesville man appeared in Hillsdale County Circuit Court Monday morning for sentencing on a probation violation. Adam James Knight, 29, was placed on felony probation in March 2016 for purchasing pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine. At the time, Knight was already on probation through the Hillsdale County Circuit Court for a 2015 conviction of accosting a child for immoral purposes. Knight pleaded guilty to several probation violations in this case including using methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana while on probation.

OC Board Approves Sober Living

The Orange County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved an ordinance requiring sober-living facilities to register with the county, a proposal District Attorney Tony Rackauckas fought for to crack down on bad actors in the industry, which has thrived in coastal cities. The board voted 3-1, with Supervisor Shawn Nelson voting no and Supervisor Todd Spitzer absent. Unlike their last meeting when they preliminarily approved the ordinance, there was no debate among the supervisors this time.

Stop ignoring addicts

On June 21, 2018, Demi Lovato released a song titled “Sober.” At first glance, most who have followed along with Lovato’s sobriety journey would assume that she would be singing about conquering her addiction. However, after listening to the first 45 seconds of the song, listeners everywhere realized that wasn’t the case. This song was her way of telling us that she had relapsed after being six years sober. I, like every other millennial controlled by media, immediately logged onto Twitter to see what people were saying: “How are all [...]

How Demi Lovato’s friend Henry Levy

Demi Lovato is staying on the path to sobriety, and she's getting some support and help from her new guy friend. The "Sober" songstress was recently photographed spending time with clothing designer Henry Levy, and a source tells ET that he's the "perfect" person to help Lovato, who was hospitalized after an apparent overdose three months ago. "Henry and Demi met a few years ago in rehab," the source says. "They hit it off immediately and became fast friends. Henry takes his sober life very seriously and, when Demi sadly [...]

Addiction treatment provider sold to Texas chain

SpecialCare Hospital Management, a St. Charles-based provider of inpatient stabilization and withdrawal management services for those with drug or alcohol addiction and related health issues, has been acquired by BayMark Health Services. The terms of the deal, announced Friday, weren't disclosed. SpecialCare currently provides the inpatient service for 46 acute care hospitals in 13 states, officials said. Following the acquisition, SpecialCare will retain its name and much of its staff. BayMark, based in Lewisville, Texas, provides medication-assisted treatment to over 45,000 patients in recovery from opioid use disorder. BayMark's services [...]

Biggest grant ever to treat patients

The Center for Addiction Treatment has been awarded $500,000 by the SL Gimbel Foundation, the largest grant for patient care operations ever received by Cincinnati’s longest-serving addiction treatment center. CAT will use the money to help cover the one-year cost of providing primary care services for 1,200 patients and mental health counseling for 520 patients at its West End facilities. The grant is intended to improve health outcomes for patients in early sobriety and in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction at CAT’s Monarch Primary Care Clinic and its Mental [...]

Employees Addicted to Opioids

Opioid addiction has been rampant in the U.S. for some time. More than three out of five drug overdose deaths last year involved an opioid, and overdoses rose 70 percent in the 12 months ending September 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So what can HR professionals do about it? If a worker admits to the problem, the path is fairly clear. But if the employer merely suspects that an employee is addicted to prescription pain relievers but has no real proof, the employee should be [...]

Holistic approach vs drug addiction

Sen. Nancy Binay is pushing for the establishment of a comprehensive program for the prevention, intervention, evaluation, treatment, and continuous care for tobacco, alcohol, and other drug abuse in all high schools, colleges, and universities. In the explanatory note of her Senate Bill 2077, entitled “An Act Establishing a Comprehensive Substance Abuse Educational Program in Every School,” Binay called on concerned government agencies to formulate a program that would address the drug problems in all schools nationwide.

Combat Opioids and Pot

America needs leaders who will actively discourage recreational drug use and promote “meaningful prevention” and recovery, a former White House drug czar said in remarks to a Heritage Foundation audience. Public debate over opioid deaths and legalized marijuana could spur real change in how society approaches public health, Robert L. DuPont said in his appearance Tuesday at the think tank’s Capitol Hill headquarters. “This is a historic opportunity,” he said.

Former bowling alley to become $27M drug rehab

The pile of rubble and dirt on the site of the former Baker Lanes bowling alley in Cherry Hill will soon be transformed into a $27 million, 90-bed inpatient substance abuse treatment facility. The new facility will include dedicated recreational activity areas for patients, including a yoga room, indoor basketball and volleyball courts, and a large gym. It won't, however, include a bowling alley. The decline of Baker Lanes started long before demolition equipment started tearing into the walls of the rundown bowling alley over the summer. It had sat [...]

Addiction services reach fewer people

In its annual report on those in treatment for addiction, it said: “There were an estimated 589,101 adults with alcohol dependency in need of specialist treatment in 2016-2017. These alcohol dependency estimates have remained relatively stable over the last five years, which suggests that the falls in the numbers of alcohol-dependent people accessing treatment do not reflect a fall in prevalence.” The charity Addaction said a “shamefully small” proportion of people affected were receiving treatment and people in real need were being denied help. “The system as it stands is [...]

City shuts down recovery house over code violations

As Philadelphia’s opioid epidemic continues to proliferate, a longtime Kensington-area resource for people struggling with addiction has been taken out of service. On Oct. 1, officials from the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections shut down the Last Stop recovery center over code violations. Last Stop proprietor Eddie Zampitella said he was first confronted by inspectors over these violations about two weeks ago. “It’s a little headache, but we’re still going to do what we do,” he told Billy Penn. Zampitella has been running the recovery center for the past [...]

Senator has missed opportunities to solve crisis

Thousands of students from across the state were bused to downtown Salt Lake City on Friday to hear a unified message — opioids kill. The event, Sen. Mike Lee’s annual Utah Solutions Summit, brought together top law enforcement officials, addiction survivors, and celebrities to help steer them away from an epidemic that killed 360 Utahns last year. Good for the senator for doing it. Undoubtedly those in attendance came away with a new appreciation for the dangers of the drug and hopefully lives will be saved by the message they [...]

New rehab laws revamp addiction treatment in California

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a raft of bills into law Wednesday that will begin imposing order on the Wild Wild West of California’s addiction treatment system. Most take small steps in what reformers say is the right direction – toward stronger regulation. But one of the new laws could be a game-changer, forcing fundamental revisions in the kind of care offered to substance users. That bill is SB 823, by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, which requires licensed rehabs in California to adopt the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s treatment [...]

Sober living facility, new building draw criticism

A group of neighbors is banding together to fight against what they believe will become a sober living facility. About 90 percent of those living on Pine and Oak avenues east of Interstate 5 have signed a petition urging the City Council to take action regarding sober living facilities. David Fischbach owns the property at 1284 Pine Ave. and 1274 Pine Ave., just north of Holiday Park. He also owns the four apartment buildings on the 1200 block of Oak Avenue, which has been under fire from residents for years [...]

No insurance – Get professional addiction treatment help

How to get professional addiction treatment without an insurance business? People that abuse illicit drugs, prescription medications, and alcohol face many obstacles when they try to quit and fight addiction. That’s because illicit drugs, alcohol, and prescription medications have a damaging influence on their bodies. Drug addiction is a problem with negative psychological, social and physical health effects. Attempts to quit abusing drugs and fight addiction are faced with dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Since some withdrawal symptoms are life-threatening, people that want to fight addiction have to find ways to get [...]

Legacy Village New Start in Life

It's never too late to change your legacy. If you are suffering with addiction, and do not want to live another day hurting yourself and hurting others, call Legacy Village Recovery Centers and Sober Living in Bakersfield today. (800) 997-6977.    

We don’t want a drug treatment center

SSTAR has filed an appeal with the Fall River Zoning Board of Appeals after the city denied a building permit last month to construct a controversial $11.7 million drug, alcohol treatment, and research facility at 75 Weaver Street. New Bedford-based attorney Philip Beauregard filed the appeal with the Planning Department on July 31. Director of Inspectional Services Glenn Hathaway notified STARR’s Chief Executive Officer Nancy Paul in a letter dated July 2 that he was denying the permit because the project was a nonconforming use on property zoned as a [...]

Marines saves dogs with a purpose

The two veterans — Kalani Creutzburg and Nate Shoemer — are walking to draw attention to their charity and to raise the money they say is needed to buy the land on which it sits. Cammies & Canines, their non-profit organization, sits on a 289-acre ranch in a valley in Dulzura. The ranch is a sanctuary for homeless veterans and for rescued dogs being readied for adoption and trained for service. The pair are walking 22 miles per day, from Sept.1-Sept. 11, to highlight the military and veteran suicides the [...]

Anti-drug and alcohol program.

Former NBA player Chris Herren is helping to turn Delaware purple this month through his anti-drug and alcohol program. His mission is led by the THP Project Purple Initiative, an undertaking of Herren’s nonprofit foundation The Herren Project. It assists individuals and families struggling with addiction. Purple is a color that’s associated with the country’s opioid crisis. THP Project Purple Initiative aims to empower youth to stand up against substance abuse and make a difference. Kent County Goes Purple runs Sept. 9 through Sept. 22. Kent County Goes Purple, based [...]

Few heavy drinkers get drugs to help curb alcohol use

Less than one in 10 people with alcohol use disorders get prescribed medications that help people drink less and avoid binges, a U.S. study suggests. One in four American adults binges on alcohol at least once a month, and one in 15 binges five or more times a month, researchers report in JAMA. For males, binging means consuming at least five standard drinks on a single occasion; for females; it means consuming four standard drinks on one occasion. Even though there are three medications approved to treat alcohol use disorders [...]

Drugs, Alcohol aiding in growing domestic violence cases

Domestic violence deaths are on the rise according to the Spartanburg County Coroner. "Those who have addictions, they are also fueling other crimes," said Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller. It's a trend Sheriff Mueller says starts with abusers committing petty crimes to satisfy their addiction. Those crimes include stealing from loved ones to pay for their substance dependence, which in turn fuels fights among couples. "Due to their addiction they can't maintain a steady job," Mueller told 7News. Sheriff Mueller says without help addiction grows and eventually to curb their [...]

SMS reminders significantly increase addiction treatment session attendance, study finds

SMS reminders sent to patients booked in to addiction treatment sessions significantly increase attendance rates, University of Queensland research has found. Dr. Matthew Gullo, from UQ's Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research, said the study was the first to evaluate the effectiveness of SMS appointment reminders for alcohol addiction treatment sessions. "There is good evidence for the effectiveness of SMS reminders in improving attendance to medical appointments, however, there is limited evidence for addiction services," Dr. Gullo said. "The key finding was that patients were more likely to engage with [...]

Boxing gym gives Daybreak teens a safe space

Life has already delivered a few body blows to the teenage girls living at Daybreak Youth Services. On a hot Wednesday afternoon at the Spokane Boxing Gym, they got a chance to fight back. Owner Rick Welliver provided the setting and the inspiration, and the girls did the rest. Sometimes the best way to battle your demons is to strap on a pair of gloves. Destiny Moore arrived here 45 days ago from Olympia, sent by her probation officer in a last-ditch effort to treat her addiction to marijuana. “I’m [...]

Connecting with others in recovery is easy.

For many people, dating and drinking go hand and hand. When you want to get to know someone, you ask them to grab a drink. If you’re looking to meet new people you head to the bar. Even with more dating happening online, alcohol is usually emphasized. So what is a sober single to do? Without booze to fall back on, dating can feel like a foreign landscape. Hook up with sober singles today.

Community meeting on new approach to addiction

A meeting is planned, where a panel will discuss the possibility of creating a Knox County Recovery Collaborative, modeled after the Lincoln County Recovery Collaborative to our immediate south. The panel will consist of Knox County officials and leaders of Knox County nonprofit organizations involved in addressing the local addiction epidemic. While additional panelists have not yet confirmed participation, the current panel includes Dave Miramant (Maine state senator representing Senate District 12); Danielle Mayer (Maine Behavioral Healthcare); Sarah Parnell (“Groups” – an addiction practice in Rockland); Ira Mandel (Mid-Coast Recovery [...]

Lexington restaurant taking on addiction

A Lexington restaurant is giving recovering addicts the opportunity to start from scratch. After losing 13 employees to addiction over 10 years, two Lexington restaurant owners are taking on the opioid epidemic through life-changing food. DV8 Kitchen hires people in treatment for addiction using the restaurant as a tool for recovery and rehabilitation. Rob Perez knows restaurants. He and his wife own three popular eateries in Lexington, but his newest one is different. "We felt like it was important to try to figure out how to have a business that [...]

Nitrous oxide accelerates treatment

Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide/oxygen gas mixtures in variable concentrations have been used by dentists for many years. Entonox®, a fixed concentration gas mixture consisting of 50% nitrous oxide (N2O) and 50% oxygen (O2) was first used by obstetricians and has since become an established analgesic. Entonox® is widely used to offer women self-regulated pain relief during childbirth; as a short-duration anesthetic for medical procedures, and in ambulances for fast-acting pain relief following trauma. Compared to drug-based injected analgesics, Entonox® has the advantages of being non-invasive, safe, effective, [...]

Cullman County’s struggle against opioid addiction

Through Wellstone Behavioral Health, formerly Mental Healthcare of Cullman, a pharmaceutical company will be sending a representative to Cullman this month to discuss donating an undetermined amount of Vivitrol to be used at the Cullman County Detention Center and Cullman Regional. The drug is widely used in Florida to treat opioid-addicted individuals who have been through a period of detoxification. One dose of Vivitrol has been effective in eliminating the urge to use opioids, such as heroin, for up to 30 days. The medicine is also used in treating alcohol [...]

Summit community conversation of addressing drugs

Three times last month, Dr. Ben Watters treated a 19-year-old man struggling with an addiction to methamphetamine. In the second and third visits, he came into Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital’s emergency room complaining of a dysphoric reaction. "He was freaking out,'' Watters said. "In his words ‘seeing ghosts’ and experiencing hallucinations.” In both of those cases, the man required admission to the hospital. Both times, he also refused the chemical dependency help offered to him. Last Friday, Watters told a crowd of nearly 70 community members at the first-ever Ravalli [...]

From NFL hopeful to heroin addict: How a Kent State football star overcame addiction

He was a standout football player at Poland Seminary High School, then a star safety at Kent State University. “Football was my first love,” he said. “A lot of people could say it was my first drug. It was everything to me.” The NFL was in reach for Wollet until he was sidelined with a knee injury during his senior season at Kent State. “Anytime there was a problem, I just ran to football. Now that football, in a sense, was taken away, I no longer had an answer to [...]

Drug rehab centers are using VR to catch liars

Chinese drug rehab centers have come up with a high-tech solution for catching inmates who lie about their addiction -- using VR headsets. A pilot program in Shanghai is using virtual reality to discover whether addicts still crave drugs, flashing them a series of realistic scenes that test whether they're excited by the prospect of using a banned substance, according to The South China Morning Post. For instance, an addict lingering over a scene of people sharing drugs might indicate he or she is still interested in getting high. They [...]

New Kensington clinic offering medication-assisted addiction treatment

New Kensington’s Community Health Clinic is now providing medication-assisted treatment for men and women suffering from substance abuse. The treatment uses FDA-approved medications such as Suboxone and Vivitrol, which decrease cravings and withdrawal symptoms, along with counseling and behavioral therapies. “While these medications do not cure opioid addiction, they can assist in the development of healthy and effective skills to be free and rid of opioids entirely,” the Community Health Clinic said in its July newsletter. Those in the program will be under close supervision and expected to follow medical [...]

Courts for addicted parents work

The national unit that supports the family drug and alcohol court (FDAC), an initiative that aims to help addicted parents and their children, will close in September because of a lack of support from local authorities and funding from the central government. The unit, hailed by Sir James Munby, president of the family division of the high court of England and Wales, as one of the most important developments in family justice in the last 40 years, needs £250,000 a year to survive. FDAC offers an alternative and, research suggests, [...]

Cannabis Addiction Is Not Heroin Addiction

A large minority of people have trouble with cannabis, and for those people, it’s important to find help. When I tell people that I am a clinical psychologist who treats people with cannabis addiction, the response that I receive can often be disbelief. “Marijuana is a natural and medicinal plant,” people tend to voice. Versions of this argument can also be found in almost every comment section of any cannabis-related news story. This is correct—cannabis is natural. Cannabis can also have medicinal benefits for problems such as certain kinds of [...]

Dr. Phil’s VR program added to Delray Beach boot camp

Recovery Boot Camp, the Delray Beach alcohol and drug treatment facility, has added a virtual reality program to treat addiction developed by television talk show host and psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw. “We could not be prouder to include the exclusive team of addiction treatment providers at Dr. Phil’s Path to a Recovery program,” said Tim Schnellenberger, CEO of Recovery Boot Camp, which provides treatment and teaches addicts how to get sober by using Alcoholics Anonymous programs and Healing Properties For Men, a sober living community for addicts in recovery. Created [...]

AG shuts down sober living house

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and a complaint this week alleging that the owner of a sober living program in Reynoldsburg was not operating in the best interests of its residents. https://youtu.be/Ofy1lENSAtM

Drop-In for Recovery in Sussex on Third Wednesdays

What do people need as they seek and sustain recovery from alcohol and other drugs? What is available right here in Sussex County for anyone to access and learn more about addiction, recovery, as well as FREE support services and programs available? Recovery is a lifelong process, therefore, offering recovery support services before, during, and after substance use disorder treatment is helpful for everyone seeking recovery. Every third Wednesday beginning July 18th, The Center for Prevention and Counseling will host a C.L.E.A.R. Program Drop-in for Recovery from 2-4 pm at [...]

Long Distance Addiction of Drug Addicts

Aaron McGrady first got hooked on prescription opioids several years ago after several people close to him passed away. The 31-year-old former Seattleite has been suffering from an opioid use disorder for roughly two years. “A lot of bad things happened in a short amount of time. A lot of people died. I just kind of said, ‘Fuck it.’ ” he told Seattle Weekly. “Prescription [pills] started it, and then it just escalated from there.” Now, after bouncing between various local drug treatment service providers, McGrady is on medication-assisted treatment [...]

Purchase pending over property for drug treatment clinic

Despite contention over its close location to a school and a church, plans are moving ahead for a drug treatment clinic in the city to aid those battling drug addiction. On Monday, the nonprofit community service provider Acacia Network announced it will be entering the city of Dunkirk as a contract of sale is in place on property located at 51 E. Third St. The closure of the sale is pending, however. Clients are expected to be admitted beginning mid-September, according to Acacia Network. The clinic would be run by [...]

Local jails serving as detox centers

As the country is seized by the heroin-opioid epidemic, many grappling with addiction end up in local jails, where the facilities serve as de facto detox centers. Almost two-thirds of sentenced inmates in jail from 2007 to 2009 met the criteria for drug dependence or abuse, with one out of five during that same time period reporting regular use of heroin or opiates, according to a 2017 Justice Department report. More than 2 million Americans are estimated to be dependent on or abusing prescription pain relievers or street drugs. As [...]

Addiction to recovery with cake-roll business

When Chris Barnett baked his newly sober wife a pumpkin roll one evening in the fall, he only wanted to dry her tears. He had no idea that the simple act of compassion would jump-start a business aimed at promoting recovery. It all happened when, after decades of alcohol abuse, Melissa Barnett emerged from inpatient treatment in July a changed woman. She threw herself into recovery, attending meetings as part of 12-step program where she bonded with others. In October, one of those friends posted on social media that she [...]

Demi Lovato’s struggle with addiction

Staying strong. Demi Lovato has been open about her struggle with drugs and alcohol addiction since her first stint in rehab eight years ago. Lovato, now 25, sought treatment in 2010 after she got into a fight with one of her backup dancers when she was on tour with the Jonas Brothers. To help maintain her sobriety and cope with her struggles with an eating disorder and bipolar diagnosis, she entered a sober house in 2013. After six years of sobriety, the former child star revealed that she had relapsed [...]

Opioids crisis is backdrop to new play about Betty Ford

It’s no exaggeration to say Betty Ford changed the national conversation about addiction. The former U.S. first lady, who died in 2011, established drug and alcohol treatment centers credited with helping generations of celebrities and ordinary Americans alike overcome addiction. She also was a leading advocate for breast cancer awareness. Her pioneering work both inside and outside the White House has inspired Boston playwright Lisa Rafferty to create a new documentary play. “SHE DID ALL THAT — Betty Ford: Speaking Out, Saving Lives,” premieres June 28 at the Boston Playwrights’ [...]

Unique Utah recovery center celebrates first year

PROVO — Ryan Hymas' family had his funeral planned and his casket picked out five years ago. "I hit rock bottom," Hymas explained. He had been addicted to heroin and alcohol for 16 years. "It was 16 years of misery," he said. "I just dreaded waking up. Every day the sun would come in, and it was just a nightmare every single day. "And now I love waking up."

Funeral mass scheduled for John Raukar

The family and friends of John Raukar will gather on Monday to celebrate the life of a man who gave so much to so many while never seeking the spotlight or asking anything in return. Raukar, who was originally from Minnesota and played football for the Green Bay Packers, died on May 26 after being diagnosed with cancer just three weeks earlier. He was a former adjunct professor at Idaho State University, a Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 administrator, a coach/teacher at Century High School and a tireless advocate for those [...]

Diverting drug offenders to rehab is more effective

New Bedford’s announcement last month that city police will begin diverting offenders who struggle with addiction to treatment programs, not jail, is a welcome one for us all. For too long, communities have relied solely on punitive responses to illegal drug use and misdemeanors related to drug and alcohol addiction, leading to jails that are overflowing with those struggling with addiction. As far back as 2010, a study by CASAColumbia at Columbia University showed that as much as 65 percent of all U.S. inmates met the criteria for substance abuse [...]

More addiction treatment coming to Butler County

Sojourner in Butler County to double capacity at women’s residential treatment facility. Sojourner Recovery Services will double the capacity at one of its women’s treatment facilities in response to community needs, according to organizations officials. In partnership with the Butler County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Services Board, Sojourner Recovery Services has expanded its women’s program, which provides residential treatment services to area women with drug or alcohol addiction. “We are excited about adding more residential treatment beds,” said Maria Laib, executive director of Sojourner Recovery Services. “The expansion will [...]

Local Somerset County police helping addicts get treatment

The Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program launched in the county in early May through the state Attorney General Josh Shapiro's office. It helps low-level, non-violent criminal offenders who are addicted to drugs get into treatment. So far, two addicts have been referred by local police to rehab centers. "It's not complicated if you have that foundation in place," said Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser, the Somerset County District Attorney. "When someone is at the point and says they need help, you have to get them help. You can't have a delay." The [...]

Details suggest how cardio could treat addiction

New research clarifies how aerobic exercise could affect the brain in ways that may support treatment—and even prevention strategies—for addiction. Also known as “cardio,” aerobic exercise is brisk exercise that increases heart rate, breathing, and circulation of oxygen through the blood, and is linked to a decrease in a variety of health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis. It also is linked to mental health benefits, such as reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. “Several studies have shown that, in addition to these benefits, aerobic exercise has been effective in [...]

Sober living home at risk after opioid deaths

On the surface the facts appear ironically damning: five drug overdose deaths in 17 months and a sixth suspected O.D. death at a tax-exempt facility for recovering drug addicts called "Our Safe Place." It doesn't help that the operators of Our Safe Place, or OSP, have described it as "a transitional residential living facility" — even though they've been operating it as such without the required permit for more than a dozen years — for men who have completed drug and/or alcohol treatment "under the care of trained professionals and [...]

Rehab clinic faces multiple NC investigations for forced labor

A man participating in the Recovery Connections Community rehab program was accused of sexually assaulting a disabled elderly woman in the shower at the care home in 2016. In response, Candler barred male rehab workers from bathing female residents, according to seven current and former employees and participants. As of mid-May 2018, the man was still working at the home. This Dec. 21, 2017 photo shows the Candler Living Center in Candler, N.C., outside Asheville. A man participating in the Recovery Connections Community rehab program was accused of sexually assaulting [...]

Progress made on opioid crisis

The death rate per 100,000 New Yorkers of all opioid drugs doubled in just five years On the website of the Renaissance Funeral Home and Cremation on Six Forks Road in Raleigh, N.C., is a photo of a handsome young man with a thick head of wavy auburn hair, bright green eyes, and a soft smile. Underneath the photo is tabs inviting visitors to the website to “Send Beautiful Flowers” or “Share a Memory.” His name was Caleb Mehlman and he had just turned 19 years old. His mother described [...]

Exercise helps treat addiction

New research by the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions has identified a key mechanism in how aerobic exercise can help impact the brain in ways that may support treatment — and even prevention strategies — for addiction. Also known as “cardio,” aerobic exercise is brisk exercise that increases heart rate, breathing, and circulation of oxygen through the blood, and is associated with decreasing many negative health issues, including diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis. It also is linked to numerous mental health benefits, such as reducing stress, anxiety, and [...]

Recovery coach program for opioid addiction

A program that pairs overdose patients with recovery coaches is expanding countywide, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced Thursday. Expanding the program, which is a partnership between the county and Safe Communities — a nonprofit that works on improving health and safety issues in Dane County — is an effort to intervene in the growing opioid epidemic. Through this program, people admitted to the emergency room for an overdose are matched with a recovery coach. Recovery coaches, who are state-certified and also in recovery, can identify with patients' experiences and [...]

Forced rehab

The last thing Lizabeth Loud wanted, a month from giving birth, was to be forced into treatment for her heroin and prescription painkiller addiction. But her mother saw no other choice and sought a judge's order to have her committed against her will. Three years later, Loud said her month in state prison, where Massachusetts sent civilly committed women until recent reforms, was the wake-up call she needed. "I was really miserable when I was there," the 32-year-old Boston-area resident said. "That was one bottom I wasn't willing to revisit [...]

Gambling addiction researchers wary amid legal sports betting

Gambling addiction researchers are concerned about a potential rise in problem gambling, following the U.S. Supreme Court striking down a 1992 federal law that prevented states from permitting sports betting. Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Lia Nower, director of the Center for Gambling Studies at Rutgers University, and Michael Burke, who was addicted to gambling and is now executive director of the Michigan Association on Problem Gambling. This undated file photo provided by the National Park Service shows a mountain lion, known as P-45, that is believed to [...]

Drug addiction – Is brain stimulation the answer?

In 2016, more than 64,000 people in the United States are thought to have died from a drug overdose. According to the most recent estimates, about 21.5 million U.S. individuals aged 12 and above live with a substance abuse disorder. While the exact causes of drug addiction are unknown and researchers do not yet fully understand what causes someone to become addicted to a drug, we do know that, over time, drug abuse triggers changes in the brain that perpetuate the addiction cycle. For example, we now know that the brain's [...]

Dedicated drug detox center to open in Maryland

As the opioid epidemic rages, a new center in Maryland is joining the ranks of those working to thwart its damage by tackling the first step of treatment and recovery. Maryland House Detox in Anne Arundel County opens Monday and will be the Free State’s first free-standing center specifically for medical detoxification. Sober Group reports Maryland House Detox in Linthicum, Maryland, received a six-month accreditation from the Maryland Department of Health. The center has 16 beds, and two of those have been set aside for Medicaid-eligible patients. Because the center in [...]

Thailand Is Going After Rehab Tourists

Thailand, a tropical paradise known as a place to let loose, these days is starting to get another reputation: as a low-cost option for foreigners looking to dry out. While the Southeast Asian country’s fun-in-the-sun reputation has attracted more than 200 million visitors over the past decade, Thailand in recent years has become one of the world’s top medical tourism destinations. Along with reasonably priced medical options, its warm climate and relatively cheap food and lodging make it a prime destination for those seeking alcohol or drug recovery at hospitals [...]

Preventing drug addiction

During the recent Addiction Forum, co-hosted by the Newark Advocate, participants from much local public and non-profit agencies, recovering addicts, family members impacted by addiction, and other concerned residents, met to discuss the impacts, causes, and solutions to Licking County’s addiction crisis. It became clear from the conversations, that while Licking County has an opioid problem, evidenced by the overdose emergency responses and fatalities, opioids are just one drug in a broad spectrum of substances abused. In fact, those suffering from addiction are often using multiple drugs, and opioids like [...]

New San Angelo detox and treatment center

The Journey Recovery Center, 3600 U.S. 277 North, will be a 20,000-square-foot facility with a detox center and residential treatment program. “Unfortunately in San Angelo, we’ve lost too many people to the disease of addiction,” said Eric Sanchez, CEO of the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council for the Concho Valley, which will run the new facility. Referring to the facility as filling the gap, Sanchez said ADACCV will now be able to offer residents a complete treatment plan, including detox, residential treatment, and aftercare. While there is a private treatment [...]

Treatment in Ashland boosted by program

The Police Department of Ashland, Kentucky has instituted a program designed to help the local people receive access to drug and alcohol treatment services instead of being incarcerated. The Angel Program is what the Ashland Police Department will be instituting and Ashland will become the fourth city to implement this program and will be the first in Boyd County. Ashland residents now have the opportunity to turn in their drugs into a local police station and a counselor will help them in locating the nearest drug and alcohol treatment center. [...]

Connecticut drug rehab center pays $1.3M to settle claims

New Era Rehabilitation Center agreed to settle allegations it fraudulently billed Medicaid for services to patients fighting methadone addiction. A Connecticut-based substance abuse treatment facility has agreed to pay $1.37 million to settle claims it defrauded the Medicaid program. The agreement by the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Connecticut with New Era Rehabilitation Center would resolve allegations the business violated the state and federal False Claims Act. But it first requires judicial approval. “We must ensure that taxpayers’ health care dollars used for [...]

Uber And Lyft to transport patients to drug treatment

Forty-year-old local resident Mike, checked his cell phone recently, just outside the main entrance to St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, while waiting for an Uber car to pull up. “Hi I’m Michael,” he said as he greeted the Uber driver before jumping into the back seat of the dark grey sedan. Mike, who asked us not to use his last name, is fighting drug addiction. Like many people who hit rock bottom, the lack of transportation was a major barrier preventing him from completing drug addiction treatment, he said. St. [...]

New drug treatment office to open In Birmingham

Birmingham will be home to a new office-based drug and alcohol treatment practice, located at St. Vincent's East. This week, Pathway Healthcare will open its flagship office and that opening brings a new approach to one of the major issues facing Alabama. The office will open on May 1. Pathway Healthcare specializes in treating opioid use disorder, alcohol dependency, and other drug use disorders through a proprietary care model, known as MAT Plus, that combines medication-assisted treatment with behavioral counseling. The opioid crisis has been one of the main talking [...]

Best alcohol treatment facilities in Miami, Florida

If you're trying to find a drug treatment facility within the Miami, Florida region, allow us to help. Locating the ideal program is crucial for you or your dearly loved one to attain a successful result. The facility you decide on will need to handle your dependency with a plan tailor-made for your situation. Why you need to make use of a referral program instead of exploring Miami drug rehab all on your own? There are numerous sorts of rehabilitation facilities; several specialize in alcohol assistance, some concentrate on drug [...]

Neighbors learn about drug treatment center

Another drug treatment center wants approval from the city but is getting some push back from neighbors. This one is in west Toledo, on Sylvania Avenue right at the corner of Sylvania and Jackman. The vacant church could house a new drug treatment center. A total of 48 beds for those trying to combat drug and alcohol addiction through an inpatient, residential 30-day program. "We're looking to bring a glimmer of hope,” said Breanna David, with Byrans Treatment Center. “Overdoses are happening every single day, people are dying, and we just [...]

New vaccine to combat addiction to bath salts

Hey, here’s a thought: Why don’t we create a vaccine for drug addiction? It’s a devilishly elegant solution for something as stigmatized as drug abuse and, even worse, relapse. Train the immune system to attack molecules of the drug if it ends up in the body, and the person won’t get high. Bam. Simple. The concept has come up before, for drugs like opioids and alcohol. And now, researchers have started making one for bath salts, according to a new study. But there’s a reason that there are no true [...]

Eminem and other celebs who are sober

In addition to Eminem, there are many other celebrities celebrating their sobriety. Eminem recently took to Instagram to celebrate a decade of sobriety. The rapper captioned the photo “Celebrated my 10 years yesterday,” while holding up a coin given to members of Alcoholics Anonymous when they hit the 10-year milestone. Us Weekly reminds everyone that Marshall Mathers was nearly killed after he accidentally overdosed 11 years ago. After overdosing on pills and ending up in the hospital, the singer and actor decided it was time to change his life for the [...]

Faith-based recovery program shows leadership

CityReach Ashland is lending a hand to those struggling with addiction with its Hope Home and in turn, the men of the home are giving back to the community. I see these guys when they come into the home and they're broken,” said Hope Hope Director Donald Joseph. “You see them come into the home and they change.” Hope Home takes in men who are struggling with addictions like drugs and alcohol and rehabilitates them back into communities through a faith-based system. The men work jobs throughout the community using their [...]

Minnesota officials detail extent of opioid crisis

Minnesota’s opioid epidemic was more deadly than ever in Ramsey County last year, taking the lives of 72 people, a 16 percent increase over the year before. The urgent need to address the crisis came into sharp focus again Thursday, April 19, as law enforcement officials announced a counterfeit prescription drug containing the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl killed the rock star Prince in 2016. Authorities said they didn’t have enough evidence to pursue criminal charges in the death. While detailing a new collaborative to fight the opioid epidemic, Ramsey County [...]

People with autism aren’t protected from opioid addiction

We’ve gotten much better at integration since the start of the autism wave, but it comes with risks, too. I used to work for an autism treatment program, but now I work on an addiction and detox unit. Recently, I was sent a video from a series posted by the Des Moines Register titled “The Lost Boys of Heroin.” The video featured an anguished mother telling the story of her son’s overdose, summed up by the caption: “Richard, was a bright young man who loved fixing computers and navigating the [...]

New program helps inmates drug addiction

"The goal of providing Vivitrol to eligible inmates is twofold. In addition to helping prevent their relapse into opioid addiction after their release, we also hope to end the cycle of recidivism for as many as possible of the approximately 75 percent of our inmates who have a substance abuse problem." Jefferson County is trying something new to help inmates battling drug addiction get clean and continue treatment even after they get out of jail. This week, Sheriff Jeff Shrader announced a new program that allows inmates at the Jefferson [...]

A disease that requires medications

I remember standing on my tippy toes to be eye to eye with the kitchen counter, trying my best not to spill as I poured the orange juice into the glass. Something about the acidity would settle my mom’s stomach, slightly easing her wrenching symptoms of heroin withdrawal—something akin to the stomach flu mixed with food poisoning, but a hundred times worse. My mother was one of the millions of people who suffer from the disease of addiction in this country. In the decades since my childhood, we have made [...]

Google set to reinstate ads for rehab centers

Google is to reinstate adverts for drug and alcohol treatment centers on its U.S. search engine from July, after it suspended ads for such facilities. In September 2017, tech website The Verge published an expose on how vulnerable people were targeted by ads on search engines for treatment centers that were scams. "The companies are united by their dependence on Google, some of them spending huge sums on ads to show up in the searches of desperate people with the right insurance," its article stated. Soon, the search giant will [...]

Frontline expands treatment effort

Frontline Foundations is opening a larger outpatient treatment facility downtown with addiction therapy programs involving art, music, and — in a delicious twist — food. Unveiled during an open house Thursday, the facility at 714 Lincoln-Way provides not only effective treatment, organizers say, but a comprehensive recovery support system for those dealing with drug or alcohol addictions. “We hope to provide a place where young people can stay plugged in during their recovery and interact with their peers no matter what their interests,” executive director Amber Hensell-Hicks said. Organizers were [...]

Data privacy rights hinder effective treatment

The American Hospital Association is pushing Congress for passage of HR 3545, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, which would curb data privacy rights for addiction treatment patients. - The American Hospital Association (AHA) is pushing for passage of HR 3545, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, which would curb data privacy rights under 42 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 2 that prevent healthcare providers from sharing information on a patient’s substance abuse history unless the patient gives consent. 42 CFR Part 2 is designed to protect [...]

Recovering addicts aim to inspire

The event is for overcoming addicts to come together with their family and support groups to spread hope and encouragement for others struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. Support is everything when it comes to fighting drug addiction. That's why the Walk For Recovery is so vital for those struggling with substance abuse their families and the community. You can help rally around those who need it most at an upcoming event in the Triad later this month. Fellow Hall Inc., will hold their second annual 'Walk For Recovery' event [...]

Chemists seek anti-addiction drug

Powerful chemical countermeasures could one day enter the battle against opioid addiction, which killed more than 42,000 people in the United States in 2016. Doctors and first responders already use medications to combat the effects of opioids, including the high and the slowed breathing of an overdose. But the new candidate drugs target the neural circuitry of addiction itself. A compound known as OV329 is the latest addition. In animal studies it quiets the brain's reward system, sharply reducing cravings and halting addicted animals' tendency to self-administer cocaine and other [...]

Courts advance use of new treatment program

Lake County officials are advancing a new treatment program through the jail to combat the opioid epidemic. The Lake County Jail and court system have started implementing a drug treatment program for people addicted to opioids and alcohol to help aid recidivism and treat the growing epidemic in Northwest Indiana. “Our duty as public servants is to do something,” said Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. “I think we’re doing that.” Dr. William Forgey, of Correctional Health Indiana and manages jail medical operations, said the jail has two options for the [...]

First inpatient center in Williston opens soon

A nonprofit organization is planning to open the first inpatient drug rehab center in Williston, North Dakota after several months of discussion. Last December, a town hall meeting welcomed Williston officials, local healthcare providers and members of the community to discuss the ongoing opioid crisis. They brought up the need for an inpatient drug rehab center in McKenzie County and voiced their frustrations with the lack of available treatment resources in Williston. There currently isn’t an inpatient drug rehab center in Williston but that is potentially about to change. The [...]

Trying to Quit Drinking?

Trying to Quit Drinking?  This Implant Will Snitch If You Fall off the Wagon Christmas parties. Dates. Football games. Cookouts. Wherever humans socialize, you can bet that the booze will follow. Its omnipresence, plus its addictive qualities, can make it really hard for people to stop drinking, even if they really want to. Now, researchers are working on a new alcohol-monitoring implant that could help people stay on the wagon. All they’ll have to give up is some of their autonomy. Researchers at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) developed [...]

Pregnant women fight addiction

As the rate of opioid addiction continues to rise in Minnesota, it only makes sense that the number of addicted pregnant women will also rise. To be addicted and pregnant is a toxic situation: Expectant mothers feel guilt, shame and anxiety about the fate of their future children, but when they reach out for help, they often run into a dead end. Most addiction treatment programs do not accept pregnant women. The Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Services Program at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul is the only inpatient program [...]

Keep Naloxone close by

“You don’t have to be a policeman or a firefighter or a paramedic to save a life,” said Dr. Jerome Adams, the nation’s top doctor, who spoke at the National RX Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta. The advisory was welcomed by drug-treatment experts and officials locally and across the nation, as opiate addiction continues to take tens of thousands of American lives annually. Dr. Jerome Adams said in a news release that he hopes those at risk -- and their friends and family members -- will keep Naxalone [...]

Drug used to treat heroin addicts to cancer patients

The Irish College of General Practitioners, when asked if it was aware of GPs promoting LDN as a cancer treatment, said it “only supports evidence-based, specialist-led, multidisciplinary care” for cancer patients. Irish doctors have been prescribing cancer patients a controversial drug traditionally used in higher doses to combat heroin addiction, the Irish Cancer Society has complained. Unhappy about the practice, society has hit out at GPs who treat cancer patients with Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN), saying they are putting vulnerable patients at “tremendous risk” and operating “outside of their scope of [...]

Health officials are sounding an alarm on Gabapentin

Gabapentin, a purportedly nonaddictive painkiller primarily used to treat shingles and control seizures, has landed on the radar of beleaguered health officials and law enforcement already battling the deadly opioid epidemic that has ripped through the Rust Belt and claimed thousands of lives across the country. Kentucky last year became the first state to classify gabapentin as a controlled substance after the drug showed up in a third of the state’s fatal overdoses in 2016, as The Louisville Courier-Journal first reported. And police in Ohio have reported a dramatic rise [...]

Alcoholics stay on the wagon

Good news. If you’re trying to kick an opioid, cocaine and/or alcohol addiction, a new study has found that the cannabidiol (aka CBD) in marijuana can help keep you from falling off the wagon. If you happen to be a rat, that is. Still, it’s a really exciting finding. A paper reporting the results of the study, done by a research team at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, appeared in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology. Friedbert Weiss, the study’s lead author, called the study “pre-clinical.” “The results provide proof [...]

Abuse treatment program to educate juvenile offenders

The initiative, which started in 2017, is being undertaken in partnership with the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) to educate juvenile offenders and minors about substance abuse and to offer treatment. The START comes on the heels of the findings of the NCDA's 2016 Household Drug Survey, which indicated that one in every six males and one in every 17 females admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol and using illegal drugs. The survey also revealed that over the review period, alcohol usage and underage drinking among youngsters [...]

Milwaukee helping teens

The Adolescent Recovery Program (ARP) was created by Rodgers Behavioral Health to help teens struggling with addiction and keep them from overdosing from an opioid or another form of substance abuse. Between 2012 and 2016, 17 adolescents died of drug-related overdoses in the city. In 2016, 2 percent of drug overdoses deaths in Milwaukee were attributed to adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19, while 22 percent were attributed to people between the ages of 20 and 29, according to the Milwaukee County Overdose Report. There were 294 drug-related [...]

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