By: Kathryn Millán, LPC/MHSP Sometimes it seems like the national news contains one tragedy after another. National and world disasters wreak havoc on families and individuals, and these traumas often create ripple effects that impact people outside of the actual physical incident. Is it possible to become traumatized from afar by watching or reading the … Continue reading Can Being Exposed to Disasters and Tragedies in the Media Cause Trauma?
By Melissa Riddle Chalos First sold in the US in 2006-2007, the modern e-cigarette — also known as e-hookah, hookah pen, vapes, vape pen and mods — is a handheld electronic device that mimics the experience of smoking tobacco.1,2 It heats a liquid substance to create a vapor (with nicotine, flavoring and/or other chemicals) that … Continue reading Smoke and Mirrors: Does Vaping Make It Easy to Hide Drug Use?
By Becca Owens Each person’s experience in life is unique, and how you process your life experiences can greatly affect your success and your stay in an addiction treatment program. If you’re part of the LGBTQ community, recovery can present distinct challenges unless you’ve chosen a treatment center that’s sensitive to your specialized needs. The … Continue reading Addiction Help for the LGBTQ Community
By Stephanie Thomas With opioid use on the rise, the risk of overdose is real and present for every addicted individual. The most recent numbers suggest a terrifying prospect for future overdose predictions: More than two million Americans rely heavily on opioids, which include prescription painkillers, heroin and its synthetic counterpart, fentanyl.1 It’s no wonder … Continue reading Are Narcan Home Kits a Lifesaver or Safety Net for Opioid Addiction?
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?