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Addiction Recovery

Why Residential Treatment Works for Young People Addicted to Opiates

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

July 20, 2017

Addiction Recovery

Addiction on the Circuit: The Palm Springs White Party and Finding LGBT-Friendly Treatment that Works

A crystal methamphetamine epidemic continues to rip through the Southern California gay community, where crystal meth has emerged as the drug of choice among gay men. Many guys first try meth and designer club drugs such as “X” and “Special K” at the famed White Party in Palm Springs, one of the hottest so-called “gay … Continue reading Addiction on the Circuit: The Palm Springs White Party and Finding LGBT-Friendly Treatment that Works

July 18, 2017

Addiction Recovery

The Science Behind How Specialized Addiction Treatment Can Help LGBT Individuals

When it comes to finding a path to recovery and staying on it, people tend to be more successful when aided by trained mental health and addiction treatment professionals, even if the process of getting sober really is about self-discovery. Members of the LGBT community who face substance use disorders likely do so with many … Continue reading The Science Behind How Specialized Addiction Treatment Can Help LGBT Individuals

June 13, 2017

Addiction Recovery

Should Friends, Parents and Loved Ones of People with Opioid Addiction Carry Naloxone?

It has been a question swirling around communities for quite some time now, and it’s finally coming to a head: If you can’t save your loved one by convincing them to get into treatment, should you carry naloxone to prevent a deadly overdose, just in case? This is no longer the “elephant in the room,” … Continue reading Should Friends, Parents and Loved Ones of People with Opioid Addiction Carry Naloxone?

May 4, 2017

Addiction Recovery

Why Is Addiction So Highly Stigmatized?

Addiction is an extremely enigmatic, complicated disease. As we have continued researching and trying to learn more about addiction, our understanding of the disease has evolved. Presently, the American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.”1 When a person abuses mind-altering substances consistently … Continue reading Why Is Addiction So Highly Stigmatized?

May 4, 2017

Addiction Recovery

What Kind of Addiction and Mental Health President Will Donald Trump Be?

When it comes to how a Trump presidency will view addiction issues, two eyebrow-raising facts have emerged. First, Donald Trump has spoken openly about how he lost his older brother, Fred, to alcoholism at a young age. Fred’s death and the events leading to it impacted Donald in such a way that he never has … Continue reading What Kind of Addiction and Mental Health President Will Donald Trump Be?

January 19, 2017

Addiction Recovery

How to Choose a Recovery-Friendly New Year’s Resolution

The holiday season is a time to reflect on the previous year. It is a time to look ahead and plan positive changes. A New Year’s resolution is a promise for the New Year. It’s a promise you make to yourself. Resolutions often involve goals of better health, better relationships, or self-improvement. Making a resolution … Continue reading How to Choose a Recovery-Friendly New Year’s Resolution

December 9, 2016