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Needle Exchange Programs Benefit Entire Community

Needle Exchange Programs Benefit Entire Community

  When drug addicts take a step deeper in their addiction, they may begin to shoot up their drugs of choice intravenously. IV drug users are at a very high risk for contracting HIV/AIDS or other transmittable diseases, especially if they are sharing and reusing needles. In the late 1980’s, needle exchange programs started to pop up around the country in order to combat the HIV epidemic among drug users by providing clean needles and a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Recovery, Substance Abuse

Mindfulness Meditation and Addiction

Mindfulness Meditation and Addiction

  New research suggests that mindfulness meditation helps people to reduce tobacco use and manage stress, according to scientists Michael Posner and Yi-Yuan Tang. It has long been established that addiction to drugs, alcohol, and even cigarettes involves a specific area of the brain related to self-control. This area, which is located in the fronto-median cortex, has been studied by researchers using brain scans and other brain imaging methods. In a recent study conducted by scientists at … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Latest News, Recovery, Research, Spirituality

The Past Meets the Present in My Recovery

The Past Meets the Present in My Recovery

  In recovery, we work hard to acknowledge our past, make peace with it, and move forward. Despite all of our efforts, there are times when our pasts will show up uninvited into our lives. This can be a very jarring experience, because it brings together two very different aspects of our lives: our lives in recovery and our lives in active addiction. We can choose to react to these situations rationally or emotionally; we can … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Life, Recovery

Addiction Treatment in America throughout History

  Approximately ten percent of the human population is addicted to mind-altering substances. Most of these people cannot stop using on their own and need help. Since the birth of America as a colony, addicts have sought help to stop using through various treatment methods, and some have remained viable for centuries. The first known self-help groups in America were conducted by Native Americans, who had been living on American soil for thousands of years prior to white settlement. Europeans brought a flurry of new ideas, technology, and culture with them to the new world. Unfortunately, these settlers also brought alcohol with them. The introduction of colonists and their alcohol in the lives of Native Americans proved to be devastating. Today, some theories suggest Native American people are genetically susceptible to addiction. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Recovery, Research, Spirituality

Pope Francis Takes Firm Stance against Drug Legalization

  Pope Francis took the opportunity to speak out against the legalization of drugs while on a landmark trip to Brazil in July. During Francis’ first trip to back to South America, where he is from, the Pope urged regional leaders to take a firm stance against drug legalization plans in Latin America. Pope Francis denounced the illegal drug trade as well, condemning drug dealers and drug traffickers. “How many dealers of death there are that follow the logic of money and power at any cost! The scourge of drug trafficking, that favors violence and sows the seeds of suffering and death, requires of society as a whole an act of courage,” he said. He also urged people to overcome the roots of the drug epidemic while on the third day of his … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Latest News, Recovery, Spirituality

Doctors Are Unprepared to Diagnose and Treat Addiction

Doctors Are Unprepared to Diagnose and Treat Addiction

  The prevalence of addiction in this country no longer comes across as shocking news to the general public as most people are aware that the drug and alcohol problem in America is enormous. However, what may come as a surprise is the inability of doctors to feel comfortable in diagnosing and treating any form of addiction. In fact, many physicians do not receive adequate training in addiction medicine – which only exacerbates a problem that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Interviews with Recovery Professionals, Recovery, Research

A Pain Medication as Potent as Morphine without the Risk of Dependence?

A Pain Medication as Potent as Morphine without the Risk of Dependence?

  The need for prescription opiate medication (pain medication), such as morphine, may arise for just about anyone.  For most, it serves it purpose post-surgery or post-injury, but for some it is the start to addiction and dependence, and for others, specifically addicts in recovery, it can be the cause of a terrible period of relapse.  Some addicts in recovery, so afraid of the potential danger in opiate therapy, harrowingly opt to treat severe pain post-surgery … Read entire article »

Filed under: Latest News, Substance Abuse

Boston Mayoral Candidate Proposes Recovery Services Office to Treat Addiction

  There are many problems politicians hope to fix when running for office; candidates in all levels of politics hope to make changes that will help solve societal woes. These “fixes” can range from mental health to public transportation and everywhere in between; but we don’t often see candidates harp on the growing problem of substance addiction in our country. That is, except for Martin Walsh, a mayoral candidate in Boston, who is seeking to make it easier for alcoholics and addicts to receive the help they need; he proposes forming an Office of Recovery Services devoted to helping those in need to navigate the system and get treatment (Ryan). For Walsh, this is not only a political move but a very personal quest. Walsh is a recovering alcoholic with 18 years … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Latest News, Recovery, Substance Abuse, Treatment

Impulsivity a Key Factor in Addiction, Research Shows

Impulsivity a Key Factor in Addiction, Research Shows

  Do you ever find yourself saying it seemed like a good idea at the time? We have all experienced moments where we act on an impulse – a sudden, unpremeditated urge or desire – without thinking logically about the consequences.  Thus, it comes as no surprise then, that impulsivity is often closely associated with the disease of addiction; from its early onset to relapse prevention, and recent neurological research has provided further evidence. In order to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Research, Substance Abuse

Parents of Addicts Need to Take Care of Themselves First

Parents of Addicts Need to Take Care of Themselves First

No parent wants to believe that his or her child is an addict, even when all the signs of addiction are glaring. After all, this is the child they have raised, taught to the best of their ability, and loved unconditionally. How could that child become an addict? The fact is that addiction happens, and it can happen to anybody who makes these dangerous choices, regardless of how much they were loved, given, and taught. It … Read entire article »

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