By Alanna Hilbink Family looks different for everyone. There are the people you’re related to by blood and the people you’re related to through marriage. There are also the people you choose to be close to because you share a mutual care for each other. When you’re addicted, your substance use affects everyone close to … Continue reading Making Peace With Your Addiction’s Effect on Family
Well intentioned as she was, Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” slogan in the 1980s became a mockery in schools nationwide from the first time she ever said them. Even students at low risk for drug abuse knew that “the war on drugs” wasn’t going to be won that easily. If addiction were as simple as … Continue reading Would the DARE Program Work or Fail If Brought Back by the Attorney General?
By Dane O’Leary When it comes to recovery, there’s a common assumption that the only effective way to overcome our nation’s addiction crisis is to encourage drug users to complete a series of clinical rehabilitative treatments. While most experts agree that addiction treatment programs afford the best chances for an individual to achieve lasting sobriety, … Continue reading Will Southern California Host the First Supervised Injection Site in the U.S.?
By Dane O’Leary The term “opioid” refers to a substance that acts on the opioid receptors in the brain, producing morphine-like effects. The opioid class includes opiates — drugs that come directly from opium, including morphine and codeine — as well as numerous synthetic and semisynthetic drugs such as oxycodone, fentanyl and even naloxone.1 Simply put, … Continue reading The Fight Against Opioid Addiction: Where Do We Stand?
By Dane O’Leary Research has helped us to gain a better understanding of addiction while providing the opportunity to develop new, innovative and more effective ways of treating this deadly disease. Through observation and study, we’ve amassed a plethora of different treatments and therapeutic techniques that are effective in addressing substance abuse problems. While we’ve … Continue reading Scientists Are Testing Ketamine as a Treatment for Alcoholism
By Dane O’Leary Life has become more fast-paced than every before. We’re constantly looking for ways to squeeze just a bit more time out of the day, whether it means juggling far too many simultaneous tasks at work, inserting lots of superfluous adjectives to achieve the required length for a college term paper, or driving … Continue reading How has the ‘Quick Fix’ Mentality Made Us Vulnerable to Addiction?
Traditionally, women have faced some unique challenges when it comes to seeking addiction treatment. They might be afraid of being judged as bad mothers or of losing custody of their children because of the social stigma. But much progress has been made in this area, such as better family court procedures and nurseries at treatment … Continue reading How to Embrace All People Groups in Recovery
By Jim Woods Over the past year and a half, the drug fentanyl has rapidly grown in popularity across the United States with nine fentanyl seizures in the state of California alone. Some of the cities affected include Los Angeles, Riverside, San Francisco, Pine Valley, San Clemente and Chula Vista.1 Specifically, in June 2017, San … Continue reading Is Southern California a Hotbed for Fentanyl?
Addiction usually begins as innocent experimentation with drugs that are thought to be safe because they are legal. But when alcohol and marijuana are no longer enough, and recreational drug users get bored with their experiences, prescription opioids and heroin are often the next step. But even one dose of heroin can start a person … Continue reading The Future of Drug Use
Young people who seek inpatient treatment at a facility that treats both substance use and mental health disorders not only reclaim their lives but they also save the health care system millions of dollars annually. That’s per new research published in Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work. While most research looking at opioid addiction focuses on … Continue reading Why Residential Treatment Works for Young People Addicted to Opiates