In this episode of Recovery Unscripted, we hear from Shane Ramer, creator of That Sober Guy, a podcast with over 150 episodes that focus on living a healthy, sober lifestyle. Ramer sat down with me at the Innovations in Behavioral Healthcare conference in Nashville to explain how his journey led him from addiction to a … Continue reading Recovery Unscripted Podcast: Telling the Story of Sobriety
By Stephanie Thomas If you struggle with addiction — or love someone who does — you know what it feels like to keep hoping for a move toward permanent change. Ideally, the motivation will come from wanting better for oneself and others. Sometimes, though, it’s simply the result of hitting rock bottom. Regardless, when the … Continue reading Questions You Should Ask Before Going to Rehab
By Wesley Gallagher For decades, opioids have been prescribed for pain management – from acute injury and post-surgery pain to chronic and cancer-related pain. They have been touted as one of the best ways to treat pain, and many doctors look to them first to give their patients relief. With opioid and heroin addiction on … Continue reading No, Opioids Are Not the Only Way to Manage Your Pain
By Cindy Coloma The sun was just setting over the trees, and my friend Courtney and I pulled into the little roadside market on our way back from a hike. We were both thirsty and craving a snack. I grabbed a juice and a bag of pretzels, while Courtney handed a bag of raw nuts … Continue reading Can Recovering Alcoholics Drink Kombucha?
By Cindy Coloma “People don’t realize this, but loneliness is underrated,” Tom Hansen, a character in the movie 500 Days of Summer, says. The process of working through sobriety looks different for every person. The decision to stop drinking or using drugs may come gradually over time, or it may come in a flash like … Continue reading Everyone Has Someone: Getting Through the Loneliness of Early Recovery
By Taylor Davis Following President Trump’s declaration of a nationwide public health emergency to address the opioid crisis in 2017, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) facilitated its 14th Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The DEA’s semiannual events are intended to provide opportunities for people to remove unused opioids and other prescription drugs from their homes … Continue reading What to Do with Unused Prescription Drugs
By Taylor Davis With an average of 150 Americans dying each day from drug overdoses — many of them opioid-related — President Trump declared the opioid epidemic to be a public health emergency in the fall of 2017. This was the result of a recommendation to declare an emergency from a commission appointed by the … Continue reading The Opioid Crisis: A Public Health Emergency
By Jim Woods Searching for help with a drug problem can be a bit confusing. That’s because, in some cases, the terms “drug detox” and “drug treatment” are used interchangeably — even though they’re not the same thing. So what’s the difference? Let’s take a look at what’s included in both detox and treatment and … Continue reading How Is Treatment Different Than Detox?
By Jenni Deming Alcohol use disorder affects more than 15 million adults in the United States, according to the most recent stats from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.1 An even harsher reality: Approximately 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes each year.2 That’s even higher than the estimated 64,000 drug-related deaths in … Continue reading Medication-Assisted Treatment: Is It a Secret Weapon Against Alcohol Dependency?
By Tom Tjornehoj To the chagrin of all levels of law enforcement – from federal to local – methamphetamine use has been on the rise, and California is on the front lines of the epidemic. Methamphetamine use increased nationally by 61 percent for current users age 12 and older and 71 percent for new users … Continue reading Is Meth Addiction Still a Problem?