What Would a Hillary Clinton Presidency Mean for Mental Health and Addiction Treatment?

With the 2016 elections just around the corner, Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s health have made their way to center stage, dominating coverage from the Dr. Oz show to NPR. Harder to find, however, have been the candidates’ health plan platforms. According to the information that Trump has released about his plan, it is focused […]

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It’s Not Your Fault: Study Links Pain to Opioid Addiction

It hardly comes as a surprise, but now there’s scientific proof that many people become addicted to opioids simply because they are in pain. The findings were published July 22 in the American Journal of Psychiatry. It marked the first time researchers ever set out to determine whether there is a direct link between pain […]

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Substance Abuse and the LGBT Community: What We Know

Despite an overwhelming consensus1 that members of the LGBT community face a greater risk for substance abuse, much of the research done on addiction and recovery does not specifically account for sexual orientation. This was the conclusion researchers came to in a 2015 article published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.2 In it, the […]

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What Is Cross-Addiction and How Can You Combat It?

Many addicts become dependent on something else after quitting their primary addiction. This is called cross-addiction. But why does it happen and how can addicts combat it? When an addict takes their drink or drug of choice, the brain releases a chemical called dopamine into the bloodstream. Dopamine is a neural messenger, signaling to the […]

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Could Your Job Be Putting You at Risk for a Substance Abuse Problem?

Addiction is a highly stigmatized disease. Largely due to how addicts are portrayed in the media—which naturally focuses on the most extreme cases—society sees addicts in a decidedly negative light. Unfortunately, this moral persecution has made addicts less likely to seek treatment, has encouraged medical professionals to treat addicts poorly, has caused prejudices toward addicted […]

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The Importance of Medical Detox Before Rehab

Asking or agreeing to go to treatment is a big first step in the road to recovery. If you have never gone to drug or alcohol rehabilitation before, different ideas and preconceptions probably come to mind. You may think of what you have seen in movies or TV shows and pictures of people going through […]

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Can You Cure Addiction?

Every year, new findings are released in the field of addiction recovery. The latest research indicates that addiction is a chronic disease that requires ongoing maintenance. In the early stages of recovery, addiction treatment can be very beneficial in treating acute withdrawal as well as breaking the cycle of addictive behavior. After initial addiction treatment, […]

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