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Alcohol Addiction

Strength Through Perseverance During Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Sports rarely pique my interest. Golf does so even less often. Despite these facts, I found myself inspired by Tiger Woods’s 2008 U.S. Open win. He won this tournament despite stress fractures and a damaged ACL. He won this tournament despite being told to not even try. As ESPN[1] reports, “Woods told the doctors who … Continue reading Strength Through Perseverance During Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment

October 16, 2009

Alcohol Addiction

Taking Prescription Painkillers During Drug and Alcohol Rehab: Relapse or Not?

It’s a big debate among those in recovery: is medical use of prescribed medication a relapse if that medication is physically addictive? Because so many end up in drug rehab due to developing an addiction to their medical prescription for drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, codeine, Xanax and more, it’s a concern in the recovery community … Continue reading Taking Prescription Painkillers During Drug and Alcohol Rehab: Relapse or Not?

September 30, 2009

Drug Abuse

Drug Addiction as Entertainment: Glorification or Education?

Across media types, everyone exploits drug addiction: music, movies, television and now, even the theater is getting in on it. There have even been research studies done to determine the percentage of times that drug abuse and drug addiction is mentioned in different genres of music. Parent groups have formed solely to protest the number … Continue reading Drug Addiction as Entertainment: Glorification or Education?

September 7, 2009

Alcohol Addiction

3 Ways to Get What You Need from a 12-Step Meeting During Drug Rehab and Recovery

Part of any drug addiction treatment program as well as most people’s lives after they graduate from drug and alcohol rehab are 12-step meetings: Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and others. These meetings are open to anyone who identifies themselves as an addict (in some cases, they are open to family members and supporters as well) … Continue reading 3 Ways to Get What You Need from a 12-Step Meeting During Drug Rehab and Recovery

September 3, 2009

Alcohol Addiction

5 Tips to Help Your Child Heal From Drug and Alcohol Addiction

For parents, there are few things worse than discovering that their child is addicted to drugs and alcohol. But there’s one thing that few parents realize: there are few things worse for your child to discover about him or herself as well. As the anti-drug commercials put it, “No one ever said, ‘When I grow … Continue reading 5 Tips to Help Your Child Heal From Drug and Alcohol Addiction

August 31, 2009

Drug Addiction

Painkiller Addiction: Self-Medicating Emotional Pain

Painkillers, especially opiate painkillers, are extremely addictive. It doesn’t matter who you are: if you take prescription medications like OxyContin, hydrocodone, Xanax, Vicodin, Fentanyl or codeine, you will build up a tolerance to opioid drugs. Eventually, you will need more of the opioid substance to achieve the initial painkilling effects. Opioid painkillers (also known as … Continue reading Painkiller Addiction: Self-Medicating Emotional Pain

August 15, 2009