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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.

Alcohol abuse prevalent than opioid abuse

Opioid abuse is a front-of-mind topic for many communities. But statistics show that across the country, more people are impacted by alcohol abuse. There were 64,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016, according to the Center for Disease Control. In October of 2017, President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a "public health emergency." Four months later, Congress was awarded $6 billion to help combat the opioid crisis. All of this seems to put opioid abuse at the forefront, but according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse, there are an [...]

Virtual reality world offers drug addicts low-risk place

Opioid addicts and others battling compulsion around drugs or alcohol are using a new high-tech, low-risk method to practice saying no—through virtual reality. “If you design the virtual environment to be therapeutic, you can allow them to escape a real environment, which has tons of cues that are encouraging addicts to use drugs or alcohol,” said Robinson. “We can use virtual reality as a way to immerse people into therapy and have them be able to be connected with social support.” Robinson’s research is under the direction of Steve Hollon, [...]

Drugs or alcohol factor into half of Texas child abuse

The number of Texas children dying from abuse and neglect decreased by 22.5 percent in the fiscal year 2017, according to a state report, but drug and alcohol use among caregivers is still leading to deaths from trauma, accidental smothering while sleeping and auto accidents, among other causes. “It’s going to be legal soon.” “Everyone we know smokes marijuana.” “I don’t smoke it around my kids.” Those are the responses Amy McShane often first hears when speaking to parents about their marijuana use or other substance abuse issues. As the [...]

Women experience addiction differently than men

March celebrates female achievement: not only is it Women’s History Month but March 8th was International Women’s Day. Today, women worldwide have amassed unprecedented success, becoming billionaires, filmmakers, trauma surgeons and Nobel laureates. Many famous women including Joan Crawford and Lady Gaga were born in March. Despite historic success by the everyday and celebrity woman, as a female physician specializing in addiction, certain disconcerting realities are not lost on me. In spite – or perhaps because of – colossal fame, both aforementioned superstars battled demons. The Hollywood legend famously struggled [...]

Robbed while getting help

The moment someone addicted to alcohol, opioids, or other drugs decides to seek treatment is pivotal. But the next step -- finding help -- could be fraught with hazards. "The addiction treatment industry has become very predatory as a whole," says Michael E. Schatman, PhD, director of research and network development at Boston Pain Care. "The consumer seeking help is in a bad position, and he or she is not going to know where to go." Experts say one of the biggest problems is that people seeking addiction treatment rely heavily [...]

Future Now Detox launches comprehensive addiction website

West Palm Beach, FL, March 14, 2018 --(PR.com)-- Future Now Detox is a proud provider of NAD treatment - Brain Restoration+ IV infusions. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) is a coenzyme found in every cell of the body. Vital for every cellular reaction, low levels of NAD can lead to poor mental health, decreased cognitive awareness, exhaustion, low motivation, and a host of other challenges. Research shows that NAD levels are low in addicts. The disease of addiction depletes NAD, and people with certain genes may also have low NAD, increasing [...]

Florida’s opioid epidemic gets lost

In May of last year, Gov. Rick Scott declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. In December, with data showing fatal overdoses jumping 35 percent, the Surgeon General said it necessitated the reinstatement of the Office of Drug Control. In January, Attorney General Pam Bondi called for more funds from the Legislature. And today, the opioid epidemic seems almost to be on the back burner. How did this happen? When the legislative session began nine weeks ago, solving this drug crisis was one of the most important objectives in [...]

Santa Rosa Jail starts program to provide free Vivitrol shots

Six Santa Rosa County Jail inmates are going through pre-screening interviews to become the first in the facility to start Vivitrol treatment when they are released. Vivitrol is a drug that stops the user from feeling the high of alcohol and opioids, meaning if participants did lapse and use drugs while on the program, they wouldn’t feel high. The monthly doses will give the selected inmates another tool to help kick their drug addiction. The program is grant-funded through the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association and is a partnership [...]

Quick Response Team helping addicts

Lake County’s Quick Response Team is still in its infancy, but it’s making progress. That is the observation of Concord Township Fire Chief Matt Sabo about the pilot program between the Lake County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Concord Township Fire Department and Perry Village Police Department that was launched in November. The program’s goal is to connect more people who are struggling with addiction disorders with treatment services. According to the ADAMHS Board, the program works like this: When a [...]

County turns to detox med to fight opiate crisis

Dustin Dailey said he got hooked on opioids after he took one OxyContin pill to relieve the pain of his sciatica. He ended up a homeless beggar. Desperate last spring, he walked into JFK Medical Center and into a new program that uses medication to wean addicts off heroin. He became patient No. 3 of the pilot program spearheaded by the Health Care District of Palm Beach County that uses buprenorphine to stave off the cravings that lead addicts back out to the street. Dailey said he hasn’t used an [...]

Kick-start addiction effort

The short sessions of the state Legislature in even-numbered years are intended, among other things, to allow legislators to deal with pressing business that can’t wait another year. House Bill 4137 qualifies under this definition by any measure. The bill, introduced by Rep. Tawna Sanchez, D-Portland, is an attempt to get the state government moving when it comes to dealing with alcohol and drug addiction. The Legislature voted to create an Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission in 2009 to produce “a plan for the funding and effective delivery of alcohol [...]

Parents preach hope in battle with addiction

Jeff and Edie Clarkson likely will spend the rest of their lives mourning a loss, but they will not accept defeat to drug addiction. The Jacksonville couple is dealing with the recent loss of their son Parker, who died of a drug overdose Feb. 20 in St. Augustine. But they’re using the personal tragedy as a springboard to action for others facing the ravages of addiction. The Clarksons were in town Friday to present a check to the Augustine Recovery Center, where Parker resided at two periods in his life [...]

State police seeks to connect addicts with treatment

The Kentucky State Police unveiled a program last week to help addicts find assistance from an unlikely source: the state police themselves. On Tuesday, the program was presented in more detail to local law enforcement agencies and health professionals at a meeting at Baptist Health Paducah. Called the Angel Initiative, the program calls on addicts to turn themselves in to any KSP post, where they will be directed to a rehabilitation center or program for treatment. Addicts taking part in the program must intend to turn themselves in. They can't [...]

ER To offer addiction medication maps

A clean-cut man in his early 30s buttons the jacket of his tailored suit as he strides to the head of a conference table at Massachusetts General Hospital. “Hi, I’m Mike, and I’m a recovering heroin addict,” the man tells a dozen emergency department (ED) physicians gathered to learn about buprenorphine, a drug used to treat heroin addiction. Mike is here to confirm, in the flesh, the findings of study after study that show buprenorphine saves lives. (We agreed to use just Mike’s first name because he’s worried about how [...]

Patients in drug treatment need counseling

State Rep. Kerry Benninghoff on Tuesday introduced a bill that would require every patient who’s receiving medication-assisted treatment for addiction to also go through counseling. The medication-assisted treatment uses drugs like Vivitrol, Suboxone, and methadone to curb the symptoms of opioid or alcohol withdrawal. “Providing counseling in conjunction with MAT is imperative for sustained, long-term recovery,” Benninghoff, R-Bellefonte, said in a statement. “Simply replacing one drug with another does not treat the ‘whole person,’ nor does it break the cycle of drug abuse or change patterns of risky behavior.” The [...]

Recovery house offers hope

ESCANABA — A new recovery house in Escanaba is offering a safe place for men to stay to overcome their alcohol and drug addictions by participating in a faith-based program proven to be 76 percent successful. “Our mission is to provide a safe housing environment based on mutual dignity and respect, promote well-being, and encourage positive social contribution through faith,” explained Jason Robarge, director of Alpha Omega House II, located at 226 S. Lincoln Road. The Alpha Omega House II opened earlier this year and is modeled after the Alpha [...]

Pregnant drug addicts need treatment

The latest assault on women in Missouri is an effort to criminalize drug addiction in pregnant women. Rep. Jered Taylor, R-Nixa, is sponsoring House Bill 1875, which would make it a felony for a pregnant woman to take narcotics or controlled substances without a prescription. The threat of jail is not the motivation women struggling with drug dependency need. Groups that might otherwise be on Taylor’s side, such as the anti-abortion group Campaign Life Missouri, have raised alarms about this misguided measure. Sam Lee, a longtime activist and director of [...]

Lock ‘em up

That’s been America’s approach to the problem of illegal drugs for decades. But is it working? Is it effective, both in stopping illegal drug use and getting addicts off drugs? The evidence would lead to the conclusion that we, as a society, should be open to new approaches to the problem of drug addiction. In Lynchburg, the judicial system has embarked on an innovative approach to tackle the problem: a special drug court that has medical treatment and rehabilitation as central elements of its philosophy rather than punishment and prison [...]

Osteoarthritis drug can be used for addiction treatment

A drug that failed to treat osteoarthritis pain could be used for opioid addiction treatment. Indiana University researchers found a compound, known as LY2828360, has the potential to prevent opioid addiction, reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms and be used in place of opioids to treat neuropathic pain. This compound could also be on the market relatively quickly because it has already been proven to be safe for people. Drug manufacturer Eli Lilly and Co. created the compound to treat osteoarthritis pain. During human trials, the compound was found ineffective. That’s what [...]

Medication to treat the disease of addiction

The best headline for an article on buprenorphine should read: "Medication to treat the disease of addiction saves lives" rather than the one selected for the well informed piece written by Luanne Rife: "User deaths increasing from medication mix" (January 12 news story). Dr. Hughes Melton of Virginia's Department of Health described the safety of buprenorphine when used appropriately, avoiding combinations with other drugs such as anti-anxiety medicines. It is unfortunate that a quick glance at the article's headline and graph label could egregiously mislead the reader to only focus [...]

Town hall outlines proposed treatment facility

A building in the 2500 block of Canyon Road might be the future site of a chemical dependency residential facility, according to a discussion at a town hall Thursday night in Bullhead City. The 5,000-square-foot location would house 16 beds and keep patients for up to 30 days, serving both Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System patients and those with private insurance. The building is an existing medical facility. The owner, Dr. Christina Goldstein- Charbonneau, practices integrative medicine, a discipline that focuses on the whole person and makes use of [...]

Peer addiction counseling grows

Evidence of Steven Beidler’s past is only a few clicks away. That’s how he started a recent conversation about his sobriety — plunking his name into a search engine to find a 2012 newspaper story about the day he smashed cash registers on the hunt for funds to feed his crack cocaine addiction. The burglaries landed him in jail, rehab, and, eventually, recovery. “I knew there had to be something better than that lifestyle, continually going to jail and being involved with the criminal justice system and hurting my family and [...]

Rehab Mogul raped women

A self-dubbed “Rehab Mogul” who operated more than 13 drug treatment centers in Southern California was convicted Monday of rape and drug dealing. In all, Christopher Bathum, 56, was found guilty of 31 criminal counts. A Los Angeles jury also found him not guilty on 12 similar counts and deadlocked on three others. Before he was arrested in 2016, Bathum owned and operated 13 “Community Recovery” treatment centers in Los Angeles and Orange counties, as well as six in the state of Colorado. He faces a maximum sentence of 65 [...]

Wonder drug for alcohol use abuse

Baclofen has been used since the 1970s as an anti-spasticity drug. Alcohol dependence is also frequently treated with naltrexone. Baclofen offers a significant benefit over already approved medications: it is eliminated primarily in the urine. It is, therefore, possible to give baclofen to people suffering alcohol-related liver disease, a patient population with very high needs, and who often can't tolerate licensed drug treatments. Magic pill Baclofen is a commonly prescribed medication that is frequently touted as a cure for alcoholism. After many successful clinical trials, the usage of baclofen skyrocketed [...]

Redwoods Rural and Singing Trees

Thanks to a federal grant Redwoods Rural Health Center in Redway and Singing Trees Recovery Center in Richardson Grove are teaming up to offer free substance abuse and mental health counseling. The partnership is afforded by a $150,000 Access Increases in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. The goal of the partnership is to increase opioid abuse treatment, prevention and awareness but counseling for alcohol and other drugs is also available. “We we’re really fortunate [...]

Treating addiction in prison

A treatment program for opioid addiction launched by the Rhode Island Department of Corrections was associated with a significant drop in drug overdose deaths after inmates were released—and contributed to an overall drop in overdose deaths statewide, a new study finds. “We wanted to see if that intervention could impact statewide overdose mortality, and the answer is a resounding yes.” The program, launched in 2016 and the only one of its kind in the nation, screens all Rhode Island inmates for opioid use disorder and provides medications for addiction treatment [...]

App to fight drug addiction using blockchain technology

Research suggests that there are 240 million people worldwide who are dependent on alcohol, according to results published in the journal Addiction. Figures from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) show that around 29 million people suffer from drug use disorders. Yet, what if it was now possible for those suffering from chronic and fatal diseases, such as drug and alcohol addiction, to manage their addictions better? Hayver, a new drug, and alcohol recovery app is aiming to provide a solution for those suffering from addiction while [...]

Drug addicted New Yorkers scammed out of thousands

Addiction expert Rob Kent described the rampant treatment fraud targeting New Yorkers as heartless and dangerous. In dealing with public complaints, Kent has heard stories of New York families mortgaging houses to pay for $30,000 out-of-state treatment, only to have the loved one return home still in the grips of drug addiction. Some tales end in bankruptcy and lives broken by shady recovery programs offering little more than broken promises to New Yorkers in their darkest hours, said Kent, general counsel for New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. [...]

Owners defrauded Medicaid Program

Clinics wrote thousands of prescriptions for addiction drug. It was a fraud, suit says. A clinic with locations in Central and Eastern Kentucky improperly prescribed thousands of doses of a drug designed to help treat people addicted to opioids such as heroin and pain pills, Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office charged in a lawsuit filed Friday. The lawsuit alleges that The Recovery Center, which is based in Breathitt County, and four of its owners defrauded the Medicaid program by falsely claiming it offered patients required medical advice and individual treatment [...]

Drug industry wages opioid battle

As Minnesota lawmakers prepared to push a proposed tax on opioid sales in November, the pharmaceutical industry lobbyists who opposed the bill set up a meeting with its sponsors, and they brought an unusual guest: Jessica Hulsey Nickel, a prominent anti-addiction advocate in Washington. Ms. Nickel told the lawmakers that she took no position on the tax and was simply offering her group’s resources to help fight the state’s drug epidemic. But her presence along with five representatives from the industry’s trade group raised eyebrows among the Minnesota lawmakers, who [...]

Relapse happens

Like any other chronic illness, addiction is a disease of remission and relapse. Addiction is often viewed as a moral issue. For example, it only takes one slip up and someone who has been sober for 10 years will be considered a failure. But addiction, like other diseases such as cancer and diabetes, is a disease that can include both remission and relapse. A relapse shouldn’t represent a failure but, rather, a symptom of the chronic illness that it is. While addiction is a brain disease that needs ongoing treatment and [...]

I first had to accept it

Accepting the reality of my addiction doesn't mean I'm resigned to it. It means I let go of what's outside my control. A few years before finally finding real sobriety and recovery, I made several attempts to stop using drugs and alcohol. During one struggle, mostly trying to save my failing marriage, I made a pledge to stay completely abstinent from all drugs and alcohol. Even to my closest friends, I couldn’t be honest about why I suddenly decided to avoid alcohol. I would dodge their questions or pass it [...]

Providence St. Joseph Medical Center

According to data collected at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson, 27 percent of all newborn babies delivered there in the first half of 2016 tested positive for drugs, and 29 percent of those tested positive for multiple substances. Babies who are exposed to drugs and become dependent before birth to the drugs their mothers have taken during pregnancy are diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. They experience withdrawal upon birth, including symptoms like irritability, difficulty sleeping, seizures, jaundice and an increased breathing rate. They often have to spend more [...]

Young men explain drug rehab

A group of boys wearing white button-up shirts and multicolored ties greeted Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti when she visited the Riverside Resolve Center a few weeks ago. Their young, clean-shaven faces beamed as the lieutenant governor sat down with them in a group room. After explaining the cause behind her visit — the opioid crisis — she asked the boys how they ended up in rehab. The persona of a church group disappeared. Behind those baby faces were stories often heard in courtrooms. Most were there because of probation on [...]

Untouched by sustained drug epidemic

The stories are in every community, across every income and background. The woman who sold her body for drugs. The man found dead from an overdose in the front yard of his home. The paramedics, exhausted and jaded from squad run after squad run with the same outcome: more overdoses, more dead. We are increasingly addicted and dying. And the signs are all over our communities. Syringes litter the park where your kids play and the streets where you walk to work. Officers are spending extra time patrolling neighborhoods after [...]

Opioid command center up and running

Three weeks into Gov. Tom Wolf’s declaration that the opioid crisis is a disaster emergency, a new Opioid Operations Command Center is up and running, and the administration is pushing for new legislation. “A lot of different agencies had a lot of different initiatives going on,” and now they’re “under one roof,” said Ray Barishansky, deputy secretary for health planning and assessment for the state Department of Health, at a press conference Monday at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency's Harrisburg office. Thirteen agencies are now communicating daily, he said, knocking [...]

Marijuana and kratom to treat opioid addiction

Some people in recovery swear by the effectiveness of the drugs, but the FDA and many treatment experts say there is no credible evidence to support their use. Arron Veysey credits marijuana, kratom and Roxanne Gullikson with helping him quit an opioid habit that was ruining his life. “She basically saved my life,” said Veysey, 33, who works as a prep cook at a Portland retirement home. “I’m able to get up and go to work every day, and have a life. I don’t look at marijuana as a drug [...]

Immersion Recovery raises thousands

Immersion Recovery Center raised thousands for a Delray Beach Police Department program that supports individuals and families in crisis. Immersion Recovery Center, along with RECO Intensive, co-hosted the Annual Recovery Dodgeball Tournament, which drew more than 250 people, on Saturday, Jan. 13 at Pompey Park. "This particular event is one that we put on every year, and it shows those new to recovery that they can still have fun without drugs or alcohol," said Meredith Turnbull, events manager at Immersion Recovery Center. The annual tournament benefits a different non-profit organization [...]

Child death review recommends treatment

14 children whose cases had been reported to the Division of Child and Family Services died last year. Montana local government could help prevent child deaths by offering more treatment services for pregnant women and new mothers who are battling drug and alcohol addiction, a Department of Justice review recommended.The Office of the Child and Family Ombudsman reviewed the deaths last year of 14 children whose cases had been reported to the Division of Child and Family Services within a year of their deaths. Ten of the children were younger [...]

Triumphs over addiction

It spotlights the success of people in long-term recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, and she’s had friends who were in it. The thing is only people who have been in recovery for at least three years are chosen. This is Royal’s year. “This year I made it in and I’m proud of that,” said the 45-year-old from Eastpointe. After struggling for 30 years Royal sought the help she needed through the Warren-Center Line Treatment Court’s 12-step program, which was started by federal administrative law judge for Social Security, Dawn [...]

Opioid addiction knows no color

On a street lined with garbage trucks, in an industrial edge of Brooklyn, dozens of people started filing into an unmarked building before the winter sun rose. Patients gather here every day to visit the Vincent Dole Clinic, where they are promised relief from their cravings and from the constant search for heroin on the streets. Robert Perez exited the clinic on a recent Wednesday and walked toward the subway, along the Gowanus Canal. Within the clinic’s antiseptic blue walls, he had just swallowed a red liquid from a small [...]

$35,000 to support recovery programs

In the face of a growing opioid abuse epidemic, WellCare of Kentucky is donating $35,000 to support addiction recovery programs in Louisville and eastern Kentucky. WellCare of Kentucky, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), is this week donating $10,000 to The Healing Place in Louisville and $25,000 to Addiction Recovery Care, (ARC) which operates seven residential facilities throughout eastern Kentucky. "Our interest is in saving lives and improving the health of people in Kentucky," said Bill Jones, president of WellCare of Kentucky. "Opioid abuse is life-threatening – [...]

Facility expanding in New Haven

A program that helps young people beat drug and alcohol addition is expanding its services in New Haven. For the past decade and a half, Turnbridge has been helping people in their teens and early 20s with drug and alcohol addiction. Clients live in a group setting, and get comprehensive help managing their addictions and their lives. The need is so great now, however, they are branching out. Turnbridge is officially offering help beating drug and alcohol addiction to, potentially, hundreds more people. For 15 years, Turnbridge has only been [...]

Tennessee overdose deaths

Medication used to treat opioid addiction has now been blamed as a factor in dozens of overdose deaths in Tennessee. According to data released by the state health department, toxicology reports found buprenorphine played a role in 67 of the 1,600 overdose deaths in 2016. The drug in question comes in several varieties under brand names like Suboxone and Bunavail, but the generic form — buprenorphine — is similar to methadone. Instead of being administered in clinics like methadone, doctors who've been certified can prescribe buprenorphine for patients to take on [...]

Wheaton residents flood city with complaints

A Chicago nonprofit group faces backlash over plans to open a drug and alcohol treatment center in Wheaton, even as state and county officials throw support behind the facility they say would provide much-needed services in the fight against the opioid crisis. Hundreds of letters and emails have flooded the city's planning department in advance of a hearing on the project tonight. Many are from residents worried about crime, property values and the proximity of the proposed center to a kid-friendly shopping district that includes a day-care center, a toy [...]

Treat pain

Seven years ago, Robert Kerley, who makes his living as a truck driver, was loading drywall when a gust of wind knocked him off the trailer. Kerley fell 14 feet and hurt his back. For pain, a series of doctors prescribed him a variety of opioids: Vicodin, Percocet and OxyContin. In less than a year, the 45-year-old from Federal Heights, Colo., said he was hooked. “I spent most of my time high, laying on the couch, not doing nothing, falling asleep everywhere,” he said. Kerley lost weight. He lost his [...]

Meth feeds

The Koochiching County Jail roster and the court sentences show the consequences of using or selling methamphetamine. What the community doesn’t see is the recovery of hundreds and hundreds of local people who no longer use alcohol, meth, heroin, and other drugs. We don’t celebrate recovery.  And we shame addiction, something that medical and psychology associations agree is a brain disease, based on evidence and science. Those are among the concerns of Gus and Sue Christianson, who own and operate Rainy River Recovery, located in Backus Community Center in International [...]

A healing oasis In South Florida

A South Florida treatment center has quickly established a reputation as a pioneer in the field of addiction treatment and recovery. Q Health Palm Beach, the premiere treatment center based in South Palm Beach, Florida, was established with the intent of creating a positive, and thriving, recovery community, where those seeking treatment are equipped with the necessary skills to achieve, and maintain, sobriety. Situated on a sprawling, well-maintained property, with lush greens, and designated indoor and outdoor as well as male and female housing units, Q Health Palm Beach takes [...]

Drug therapy could help beat meth

University of Florida neuroscientists have made what they describe as a significant finding that holds the potential to break the cycle of addiction for methamphetamine users. They say they have identified a novel way to use on-the-market medicines to preventively decrease the reward effects of methamphetamine on the brain. "Our data show that there are drugs already approved for other conditions by the Food and Drug Administration that can help methamphetamine addiction," said Habibeh Khoshbouei, an associate professor of neuroscience and psychiatry at UF’s College of Medicine, part of UF [...]

Scams and crooks

Philip Ganong, his wife and their 34-year-old son built a fast-growing, multimillion-dollar empire on urine. They collected it from drug addicts at their chain of Southern California sober living homes. They created labs to test it. And they charged insurance companies to analyze it. But the success story was a scam, according to prosecutors, who have accused the Ganongs of fraud. They say the family used a network of doctors and others to bilk insurers out of as much as $22 million for tests that were unnecessary or never performed. [...]

More women are going to jail

Alicia Skeats was a tall blond Texan who believed in second chances: for stray cats, unreliable boyfriends, and her own battle with addiction. She took methadone to fight an old heroin habit; her scanty legal troubles involved traffic violations. The 33-year-old climbed into a cab in Mesquite on April 15, 2014; five days later she was found “unresponsive,” dead on the floor of the Dallas County jail. Law enforcement officials labeled her death as “natural causes”; her autopsy said drug withdrawal killed her. Alicia Skeats, 33, loved animals, cars, and [...]

Help is still hard to find

Even though alcohol is the most abused substance in Maine, opioid and other prescription drug abuse is a growing concern; 185 Mainers died of a drug overdose in the first six months of this year, according to the Maine Attorney General’s office. In 2016, the total number of deaths was 376. A state-level opiate task force will make its recommendations to the state legislature, probably by next week, according to a legislative analyst working on the task force report. The final recommendations will likely include specific requests for state legislative [...]

Volunteers addiction and recovery stories

How can the island help those addicted to opiates find help? And how can it help those in recovery stay clean? The Opioid-Free Island Partnership and Healthy Acadia brought two men and one woman to the Island Community Center on December 4 to share their stories of addiction and recovery. Opiate-Free Island Partnership formed in 2016 as opiate use spiked in Deer Isle and Stonington, mirroring the nation at large. Recently, it paid for seven volunteers to undergo recovery coach training, to work one-on-one with people with substance abuse disorders, [...]

Workers struggling with addiction

Experts say new policies are compassionate, aid productivity. Businesses in New Hampshire are shifting their policies on how they deal with employees who fail drug tests. Instead of firing workers, businesses are increasingly becoming access points for confronting addiction and treating it. Employers said the policy changes are compassionate, but they’re also motivated by productivity and profit. Chris Placy and his wife own Substance Free Workplace of Newmarket, a company that conducts employee drug testing and provides other services. "People think I'm going to teach somebody how to talk to somebody [...]

Outbreak of fentanyl

It’s a menacing nightmare that killed more than 64,000 people in 2016 and has taken the lives of at least 4,000 Californians, with 130 deaths in the Bay Area since 2015. It’s the substance that’s behind most of the surging overdose deaths, and evidence suggests that the pandemic has continued to worsen in 2017. As well as the human toll, it costs the US economy $78.5 billion in the form of lost earningsand criminal-justice and health-care costs. It’s the culprit that lurks in the backdrop of the addiction stories that [...]

Columbus money to fight opiate addiction

Columbus Public Health wants to start an outpatient medication-assisted treatment program next year to help people who are struggling with drug addiction as the city looks for ways to fight the opioid crisis that has ravaged the state. Mayor Andrew J. Ginther’s proposed budget for 2018 includes about $982,000 for programs meant to deal with the crisis, but that doesn’t include ongoing education efforts, needle dropoffs and $100,000 the city has provided for a new 55-bed “addiction stabilization center” that Maryhaven will operate on the city’s South Side. “I think [...]

Telemedicine addiction treatment

When President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, it came with a regulatory change intended to make it easier for people to get care. Doctors are now allowed to prescribe addiction medicine virtually, without ever seeing the patient in person. In Indiana, this kind of virtual visit has been legal since early 2017. So I called about a dozen addiction specialists in Indiana to find out how it was going. But no one had heard of doctors using telemedicine for opioid addiction treatment until I ran across [...]

Changing faces of New York’s counselors

Interest is down as field demands more education Two things happened in Jason Oliver's life that made him want to be an addiction counselor. The first was his job as a police officer. In his 19 years on the job, he'd seen addiction touch everyone — young, old, black, white, poor, rich. From the teen who tried heroin once on a bet to the middle-class family man who never imagined himself a junkie, Oliver had seen and heard a lot to convince him incarceration was not the solution to addiction. [...]

Hope to addicts

It’s a new program, and the first of its kind for a nonprofit in the United States, according to Pamlico Hope director Sherri Rettew in Bayboro. “To date, we’ve enrolled about 37,” she said. “Most are from Pamlico, but some are from Craven and Beaufort (County). Ninety-nine percent is for opioid addiction — 36 out of 37.” That extra one is an alcoholic, but being surrounded by drug abusers doesn’t make him feel like the odd man out. Addiction is an addiction, Rettew pointed out, and “once you’re addicted, from [...]

Talk about drug addiction

Last Wednesday night, news that artist Lil Peep, whose full name is Gustav, had died of a Xanax overdose sent shockwaves throughout the hip-hop community. The 21-year-old rapper was found unresponsive in his tour bus in Tucson, Arizona,  before a scheduled show. Despite the attempts of first responders to save him, Gustav was pronounced dead at 8:53 p.m. Prior to his death, Gustav had made numerous posts on social media displaying his drug addiction and depression. While tragic, Gustav’s death marks a larger trend of ignoring the victims of drug [...]

Addicted doctors and nurses

It's estimated roughly 10 percent of nurses in the U.S. have a dependency on drugs. Roughly 15 percent of doctors are considered addicted to drugs or alcohol. In Florida, the Professionals Resource Network (PRN) and the Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN) are state-contracted programs that help addicted practitioners and nurses get treatment while still being able to hold on to their licenses.  The programs have been around for decades and are widely respected and considered critically needed. However, some practitioners who have been through the state's doctor rehab program are now speaking out—claiming [...]

FDA chief warns about kratom

Citing 36 deaths, the Food and Drug Administration chief warned  consumers Tuesday not to use the herbal supplement kratom to ease opioid withdrawal and announce plans to step its regulatory oversight to combat the opioid epidemic. The FDA public health advisory on kratom follows the Drug Enforcement Administration's reversal or at least delay of plans to classify kratom as a controlled substance on the same level as heroin and LSD. FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the FDA plans to work with the DEA to determine how kratom should be classified. Kratom, a plant grown naturally in countries [...]

Non-drug treatment for anxiety

Nexalin Technology is pleased to announce the initiation of clinical trials designed by the University of Pennsylvania to investigate the effectiveness of the Nexalin transcranial stimulation (TACS) for major depressive disorder. A subsidiary of Legacy Ventures International Inc. (OTC PINK: LGYV), Nexalin Technology is an FDA cleared medical device company that utilizes a safe, non-invasive, non-drug treatment for anxiety, depression, and insomnia. The clinical trials, designed independently by Dr. Michael Perlis of the University of Pennsylvania, will test the effectiveness of Nexalin TACS at New Jersey's Carrier Clinic. The trials' focus [...]

Family opioid antidote

It is happening more frequently — a relative is found nearly unconscious, succumbing to the effects of an opioid overdose. What do you do? In the coming weeks family members of those struggling with an opioid addiction will be able to administer the antidote to their loved ones while they wait for professional help to arrive. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, will be made available to county residents through the Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone) program coming to the county on Nov. 15. The statewide program is being held [...]

Occasional AA meeting

Norrid and hundreds of other individuals ended up at the Drug and Alcohol Recovery Program (D.A.R.P.) either because they were sent there by a court or went voluntarily for drug or alcohol treatment during probation. Instead of receiving counseling and addiction recovery services, however, they worked grueling hours for no pay, lived in inhumane conditions, and received little to no actual addiction treatment.

Repair the family

Too many Americans are dying deaths of despair, and their lack of a support system is a big part of the problem. I want to share with you an extraordinary chart, one that shows the immense cost of loneliness, brokenness, and despair. From Scott Winship, the director of Senator Mike Lee’s invaluable Social Capital Project, here are opiate overdoses by educational level and marriage: If you follow the opioid crisis at all, it shouldn’t surprise you that the overdose rate is higher among Americans with less education. After all, less-educated [...]

Business of treating sex addiction

To the last point, there is debate over whether the condition qualifies as an addiction. No reference to sex addiction or compulsive sexual behavior appears in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), considered the definitive guide to mental health disorders. That makes diagnosing and treating it especially difficult—and makes it doubly challenging to tell legitimate practitioners from quacks. Since it was first described in the 1980s, sex addiction has come to be defined as a condition where people lose control around sex or use it as a [...]

Relapse by an addicted opioid user should be a crime

Julie Eldred is back at home in Massachusetts now. But she was sentenced to a treatment program for opioid addiction as part of a probation agreement, then sent to jail when she relapsed. Some addiction specialists say that's unjust. Julie Eldred has been struggling with addiction to opioids for more than a decade and she says the criminal justice system punishes her for it. Eldred, a part-time pet caretaker in Acton, Mass., was put on probation last year for theft. She knew staying drug-free would be tough — especially at [...]

Pastors in recovery seek to help others

On Sunday mornings, Marie Campbell stands at the front of the Life Church sanctuary with the worship team, hands lifted as she sings. It's the same Assembly of God church she walked into 32 years ago as a hometown drug dealer with an IV heroin addiction, the church where, after a week of revival services, she found God. "I was tired of being in the life that I was in, tired of being tired, tired of getting hurt, tired of hurting those around me," Campbell, the church's assistant pastor recalled. "And I just called out to [...]

Former surgeon hunt for a heroin vaccine

Roger Crystal was the on-call surgeon at University College Hospital in London on July 7, 2005, when a series of explosions in the Underground killed 56 people and injured more than 700. Terror victims streamed into his operating room. Even so, his toughest case that day, he says, was a heroin addict who’d contracted a flesh-eating infection from a dirty needle. “He was lying there with his liver and intestines exposed, and all he wanted to do was shoot up on heroin,” Crystal says. “That’s when I realized just how [...]

No problem for addicts using drugs in treatment

Addicts living in sober homes operated by Bradley Vercosa complained that sometimes there was no running water, electricity, sheets, bowls, or pillows but they stayed anyway because they paid no rent and were allowed to use drugs, according to a police report. Vercosa, 50, of Wellington, was one of six people arrested Thursday and charged with patient brokering, which includes accepting referral fees from drug treatment centers for enrolling addicts in their program or inducing addicts to live in a sober home by offering free rent, airfare, cigarettes, movie passes, and [...]

Solution to opioid addiction is medication-assisted treatment

There has been a lot of talk about opioid addiction in business and government circles, and the discussion is getting personal, too. If you’re like most people in Arizona and throughout the nation, you probably know someone whose life has been impacted by substance abuse. Perhaps a relative is addicted to heroin, a friend is dependent on alcohol, or a co-worker is hooked on painkillers. Addiction isn’t picky. It’s a national epidemic and Arizona has been hit especially hard. All told, 790 Arizonans died of opioid overdoses — 482 from [...]

Once-a-month shot for opioid addiction

A once-a-month shot to treat opioid addiction was as effective in maintaining short-term abstinence from heroin and similar drugs as a more commonly prescribed daily treatment, according to a Norwegian study released Wednesday. The study is believed to be the first to directly compare Vivitrol — administered as a monthly shot — with a combination drug treatment sold under the brand name Suboxone. In the U.S. and many other countries, Suboxone or methadone has been the standard medical treatment for people with an opioid use disorder. Researchers in Norway found the [...]

Uptick in drug abuse in seniors

Seniors are not typically an age group people think about when it comes to treatment for addiction. One Valley rehabilitation facility is seeing an uptick of senior citizens seeking treatment for alcoholism and addiction to prescription narcotics. "We’re getting one or two a week now, recently,” said David Larimer, program director of the Scottsdale Recovery Center. He says it is hard to know exactly what’s behind the recent influx of senior patients, but the majority of those admitted for treatment suffer from mental health issues and an addiction to alcohol [...]

Lakeview Health seeks drug addiction patients

Lakeview Health Systems wants to develop short-term housing in Arlington for patients in treatment and therapy for drug and alcohol addiction. Lakeview proposes to own and operate the housing on almost 22 acres at 275 Aralia Lane, off of Arlington Road South behind the Harveys Supermarket. The site is wooded. A request for a zoning exception and administrative deviation explains the housing is not a treatment center because Lakeview provides that at its master campus nearby at 1900 Corporate Square Blvd. Once patients complete the initial course of treatment at [...]

Therapy unlikely to help Harvey Weinstein

Fallen Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has reportedly checked in to a US rehabilitation center that treats male sex addicts, but experts say such therapy is unlikely to help. English comic actor Russell Brand, golfer Tiger Woods, rocker Ozzy Osbourne and actor Michael Douglas are among the high-powered celebrities who have proclaimed they were battling sex addiction—after their philandering was revealed. While psychologists typically refrain from diagnosing someone from afar, some say Weinstein—who is accused of sexually assaulting a string of actresses over the years—fits the profile of a sexual predator, [...]

She ran away with drugs and has a second chance

Hope Academy student Sophi Herrick, 16, talks about her experience coming to Hope Academy recovery school to work toward sobriety while completing her education, at the Fairbanks addiction treatment center in Indianapolis. Around 9 p.m. on a school night, idling outside of Warren Central High School, Daniel Herrick slowly realized his teenage daughter wasn't going to walk out of the building. Sophi said she had band practice until 8 p.m. It took Herrick about an hour to realize she lied. She was on the run. This, he says, remains the scariest [...]

Kokomo woman hit low point before recovery

Morgan Vetter said she doesn’t remember the point when she shifted from being a recreational drug user into a full-fledged addict. Likewise, she noted she can’t quite remember when everything clicked into place in her mind that she needed to get clean. “All I know is that it happened,” she said. Now closing in on four years clean, Morgan and her father, Mike Vetter, sat together and detailed how Morgan has changed, and the events that made her who she was and who she is today. Morgan said she came [...]

Drug court offers rehabilitation

The consequences of addiction are very real for thousands of Americans who resort to crime to feed their drug habit. When they get caught and prosecuted, many end up behind bars. But more and more are heading to drug court and rehabilitation because statistics show it’s working. DC4 in Nashville is the nation’s first court-operated residential drug court. There, men from all different backgrounds from across the state of Tennessee are learning how to heal themselves. The men share a common bond: they’re all convicted felons and addicts. Justin is [...]

Bills seek pain prescription limits

A bipartisan effort to combat the opioid epidemic is underway in Tallahassee with lawmakers having filed five bills that address the crisis from multiple fronts. Prescriptions - SB 458, filed by Sen. Aaron Beach, R-Jacksonville, would limit opioid prescriptions for temporary pain. The bill would allow a 30-day renewal of an opioid prescription after the initial seven-day prescription. The bill also requires doctors to consult the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, known as the PDMP, before prescribing controlled substances and to complete a two-hour course on prescribing opioids in order [...]

How to help a teenager kick heroin

When Dr. Jason Reynolds learned that one of his teenage patients was in the emergency room after overdosing on heroin, he was stunned. Reynolds had been Nate Morse's pediatrician since the boy was 6. Now, he wondered what he could do for Nate, who was still not 21. "I remember leaving the room and thinking, OK, where are we going to find help for you?" Reynolds told Today's Kate Snow. "And how are we going to help you with this. And really, there's not a lot." Reynolds had just found [...]

New York’s drug epidemic

The deadly lure of opioids is devastating communities across New York and the United States. Parents, neighbors, elected officials, doctors, and police are struggling to find a solution. In the Capital Region, police agencies have been lauded for progressive drug policies and lawmakers have sued prescription medication manufacturers. "The sad reality is that the opioid crisis hasn't reached a peak yet. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, projects that heroin addiction and overdose deaths will continue to rise for five to 10 more years," Assemblyman John McDonald, a Cohoes [...]

Ogden church converted

Aiming to provide a more immersive treatment experience for people battling drug and alcohol addiction, a former Catholic church in Ogden has been converted into a rehabilitation center. Ryan West opened North Wasatch Recovery in the former St. Mary's church about a year ago in order to provide continuous care aimed at helping people recover and reintegrate into society. The vast majority of people who detox only will relapse within three months, so the center offers levels of treatment programs as well as onsite living, West said. "What we're looking [...]

Alcohol therapy

Scientists in Ireland have shown how a drug that has been prescribed for 60 years to treat alcohol addiction can also resensitize treatment-resistant non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) to chemotherapy. The drug, disulfiram—also known as Antabuse—blocks aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH), which is a key enzyme involved in metabolizing alcohol, but is also involved in early stem cell differentiation. A team led by Martin P. Barr, Ph.D., at the Trinity Translational Medicine Institute, St. James’s Hospital and Trinity College in Dublin, has now demonstrated that using Antabuse to block ALDH1 in subpopulations of [...]

Drug rehab requires travel

With the closing of the Wells Center drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in April, patients have had to travel as far as Springfield to receive rehabilitation. In April of this year, the Wells Center was forced to shut its doors after nearly 50 years of service due to lack of funds, an issue exacerbated by the state’s cash flow issues and budgetary crisis. Thomas Britton, CEO of the Gateway Foundation, one of the few drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers within an hour of Jacksonville, said that this is an issue [...]

Portland improves Oregon’s addiction treatment

A pile of nearly 1,000 shoes was created Saturday in Portland's Shemanski Park as a crowd of over 1,000 turned out to protest Oregon's lack of support for addiction treatment and to launch a new advocacy campaign called Oregon Recovers. Each shoe had the name of an Oregonian lost to addiction on its sole scribbled by a loved one. The shoes will be dumped in lawmakers’ offices in Salem near the start of the legislative session. The campaign is designed to dramatically improve access to addiction, treatment and recovery services in Oregon, [...]

Gene Discovery Lead to New Treatment

Understanding why recovering drug users relapse requires a host of complicated considerations. But a new study published today in Neuron reveals a previously unrecognized role for genetics, raising hopes of finding a medication to prevent relapse. Although drugs addiction, like any other behavior or environmental factor, cannot physically alter our DNA, it can alter the way that certain genes are expressed—a process known as epigenetic changes. Researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina wanted to know exactly what those changes were and how they happened. To better understand which genes are activated during [...]

Women likely to become addicted to drugs and alcohol

There are a number of reasons for this. Among them are the growing expectations of women. Stephanie Sam is in intensive outpatient treatment for alcoholism at Racing for Recovery. "We hold ourselves to higher standards a lot, I think a lot of it is insecurity. I know for me I always felt like I wasn't good enough," says Sam. "We have a lot more responsibility in general and we try to do all of it," Sam admits that she probably drank alcoholically since she was 14, but her disease was [...]

There’s a drug that could help opioid addiction

Suboxone, the brand name of the medication Buprenorphine plus the overdose antidote, Naloxone, is an effective treatment that can help people addicted to opioids and save lives. But few doctors prescribe it. Last year in King County over three hundred died from overdoses, a record number. Hargrove is married, has four grandkids, and goes to church every Sunday. Twelve years ago she had major surgery. “I was in the hospital maybe three weeks, and then I came home,” Hargrove said. “But in that time I was on pain medication and [...]

At Swift River, high-end drug treatment cannot be for everyone

Without spending a penny, Carla Hiers kicked a lifelong heroin habit at an upscale Cummington detox center. But not everyone struggling with addiction can afford to get treatment at places like Swift River, raising questions about the rush to open for-profit treatment centers during a fast-growing nationwide opioid crisis. At what was once the Swift River Academy, a school for troubled young people, the renovated Swift River facility opened last fall. One of four treatment centers in the U.S. owned by Addiction Campuses, it sits on 500 acres of wilderness [...]

New treatment centers wants to revolutionize rebab

Could restaurant-quality food and fancy gym memberships have a role to play in preventing relapses? The dining room at the front of the six-story former paint factory in the trendy Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood of DUMBO is well-lit; light pours in through high windows that line the top of the room. The tables are round, and on them sits a hipster’s feast: an egg sandwich made with smoked salmon and marinated cucumbers, ancient grain porridge decorated with stewed blueberries, banana bread topped with peach compote, and of course, avocado toast. If [...]

FDA approves reset app to help treat addiction

The FDA exercises an important role in American medicine, regulating new drugs and devices to ensure patient safety. Now, for the first time, they are adding mobile apps to that list. An app called Reset, developed by Pear Therapeutics is intended to be used in conjunction with outpatient therapy to help treat substance use disorders. At present, the Reset app is intended to be used with outpatient therapy to treat alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, and stimulant substance abuse disorders, but is not intended to be used with opioid dependence. “This is [...]

Can weight loss drugs combat cocaine addiction?

Boston Medical Center's (BMC) psychiatry team is studying a drug called lorcaserin, which targets the brain's serotonin receptors and could help reduce cocaine cravings as well as dampen the rewards associated with taking cocaine. Research with lorcaserin, and other medications that have similar effects on serotonin receptors in the brain, suggest that it may help people to reduce cocaine use and the risk of returning to use after quitting. Lorcaserin is currently FDA-approved for adults who are obese or overweight and have weight-related medical problems to help them lose weight. [...]

Rutgers becomes national model for helping student addicts in recovery

When you think of college dorms, rowdy parties, red Solo cups, and the thick stench of pot might come to mind. But for student addicts in recovery, the often easy access to drugs and alcohol can be challenging. As the opioid crisis has intensified in the U.S., more colleges and universities have been turning to sober-living programs to help these students stay sober and graduate. Many of them are using the blueprint Rutgers University created nearly 30 years ago. Last year, Lisa moved into one of the three recovery houses [...]

How heroin destroyed an Alabama drug counselor

When they found out she would be buried at 10 a.m., April Carpri's friends quickly made a memorial to place at the head of her grave. A basic black frame contained a wallet-sized photo of the former social worker surrounded by tributes to her counseling skills. The three women at the gravesite all worked with Carpri at the Shelby County Treatment Center, a clinic that specializes in treating people addicted to opioids. The memorial cited her warmth, humor and even her diligence with patient charts. The picture brought smiles to [...]

Google sets limits on addiction treatment ads

As drug addiction soars in the United States, a booming business of rehab centers has sprung up to treat the problem. And when drug addicts and their families search for help, they often turn to Google. But prosecutors and health advocates have warned that many online searches are leading addicts to click on ads for rehab centers that are unfit to help them or, in some cases, endangering their lives. This week, Google acknowledged the problem — and started restricting ads that come up when someone searches for addiction treatment [...]

Can you drum away your drug addiction?

For those who thought recovery is just about treatment, medication, and 12-step programs, the 2017 Ohio Recovery Conference was an eye-opener. The 1,000 people who attended the two-day, statewide conference discovered recovery from addiction, mental illness, and development disabilities is also about art, writing, photography, yoga, Reiki, and drumming. Yes, drumming. Those recovery techniques and more were featured at the conference sponsored by the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Authorities and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The event wrapped up Tuesday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel [...]

Hurricanes drive addiction issues into public square

In the whirr of preparations for Hurricane Irma, a needle exchange program in Miami's Overtown neighborhood handed out extra syringes to heroin users. Others trying to break from the drug's grasp picked up advance medication from methadone clinics. Disasters cause stress, and stress can cause relapse for people struggling with addiction, whether their problem is alcohol, tobacco, pills, or heroin. Authorities planning for the devastating effects of hurricanes now factor in the heightened danger of relapse and overdose. The problems of alcoholism and addiction become more public in a storm, [...]

Tips for finding a drug alcohol treatment center

Look for longevity, check the facility's resources and don't fall for guarantees of success Your life is careening out of control due to excessive alcohol consumption or drug use, and you need to find a treatment center to get off the addiction train before it crashes and wrecks – or ends – your life. Or your child’s drug-fueled reckless behavior has prompted you to look for a treatment center for him or her. Finding the right treatment program for your or your child’s substance use disorder is crucial – and [...]

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