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10 Things NOT to Do When Your Loved One Comes Home from Drug Rehab

August 29, 2014
It can be exciting when your loved one returns home after 30 days or more at a residential addiction treatment facility. It can also be nerve-wracking. You may hope for the best and fear the worst – and be completely unsure of what your new [...]
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New NIH System Will Monitor New Trends in Drug Use and Abuse

August 27, 2014
As of this month, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will be funding a five-year project using a new National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) that will monitor the changing trends of drug use and abuse in the United States. The goal of the project [...]
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Are You Drinking Too Much? 5 Signs You Might Need Treatment

August 25, 2014
Who’s to say what’s “too much” when it comes to drinking alcohol? The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines moderate drinking as no more than one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men, but almost no one [...]
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46,000 Drug Offenders May Be Set Free Under Early Release Plan: Is This a Good Thing?

August 22, 2014
The US Sentencing Commission recently voted unanimously to approve a reduction in terms for low-level drug traffickers who are currently in lockup, according to NPR. Now, an estimated 46,000 prisoners may be looking at early release, losing an average of 2+ years of prison time [...]
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Is Vaping the New Trend Among Young Professionals?

August 20, 2014
Vaporizers come in all shapes and sizes, much like those who enjoy using them to get high. At one time, they were the favorite of hardcore stoners dedicated to little but their marijuana-using habit. Today, they come in such a variety of discreet options that [...]
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The Brain’s Role in Addiction

August 18, 2014
In the past, addiction was defined as a moral issue. Those who chose to continue abusing drugs despite the obvious detriment to their health, their standing in the community, and the mental peace of their family members were deemed incorrigible and somehow morally flawed. In [...]
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The Real Border Threat: Black Tar Heroin

August 14, 2014
While some are concerned about immigrants crossing the Mexico-United States border and depleting our economic resources, it has been suggested that the true border threat is being overlooked: the huge rush of black tar heroin that is crossing the border into the US from South [...]
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Should You Hire Someone to Help You Not Get Drunk?

August 12, 2014
Sober companions, sober living coaches, sober coaches – they go by a number of different names but their essential task is the same: helping someone who is newly sober and returning to their daily life after rehab to remain true to their new principles and [...]
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Addiction and Loss: Grieving a Lost Identity

August 8, 2014
Addiction is more than just a medical and psychological disorder. For addicts, it’s a way of life. For many, the prospect of getting clean and sober is not just about stopping use of drugs and alcohol; it’s about changing everything about how they live, whom [...]
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Addicted to Your Meds? Should You Just Quit?

August 6, 2014
If you’re like most people in the United States, you’ve had a prescription for a narcotic pain reliever at some point in your life. OxyContin, Percocet, Lortab – for acute pain or chronic pain management, most Americans have opiate painkillers in their medicine cabinet. Without [...]
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