By Patti Richards Percocet is a combination of a narcotic and acetaminophen that’s prescribed by doctors to treat moderate to severe pain. The narcotic portion of Percocet helps change the way the body perceives pain, while acetaminophen increases the drug’s effectiveness and reduces fever.1 Percocet is considered an opioid because it’s a synthetic substance that … Continue reading Is Percocet an Opiate?
By Taylor Davis It’s no secret that college students drink — often under age and in large quantities. College introduces many young people to alcohol, and because their brains are still developing, they tend to overdo it and may be unaware of the consequences of their actions. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease … Continue reading Alcohol Poisoning: When One Drink Turns to Too Many
For individuals completing a stay in residential treatment, the idea of tackling “what’s next” in sobriety can seem overwhelming. After 30 or even 60 days of immersive treatment, the recovering person’s world suddenly opens up, brimming with possibility — and an inundation of choices. During residential treatment, much of an individual’s experience revolves around a … Continue reading What Is the Role of Aftercare in Addiction Treatment?
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